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Great Quote:

So I am what you’d call a High I/D personality. According to the DISC personality profile that means I am pretty outgoing driven person. I also have very little S (nurturer) and Zero C (detail / analytical). According to this profile I should not over analyze things and for the most part I don’t do this hardly ever except in sports. Specifically golf.

I literally wear myself out over my golf game. I think about it constantly and it just creates a mess for me on the course. This was most recently evidenced last weekend when I went up to play a 3 day tournament in Michigan. I made it 16 holes and then decided to go do something else for the day / weekend. Pitiful I know. I just was playing horrible and not having any fun as a result.

As I was getting ready to come back home my Dad gave me the following quote and had me read it out loud in the car. It certainly puts things in perspective and it is my hope that I will be able to apply this line of thinking to my golf game. I think I’ll enjoy it more. . . Enjoy. . .

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear or embarrassement or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be rapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Steve Jobs
CEO of Apple 

The Ultimate Gift. . .

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So I had read this book a couple of times. First recommended to me by my friend, Mike Hardwick. It is a story by Jim Stovall and here’s what the website has to say about the movie. . .

The Ultimate Gift

When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens anticipates a big inheritance. Instead, his grandfather has devised a crash course on life with twelve tasks – or “gifts” – designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and forcing him to determine what is most important in life: money or happiness.

 Amanda, the girls and I went to check out the movie the other night and it was pretty good. Because I’d read the book, I wanted the girls to really take in the lessons of this movie so I told them there would be a quiz at the end. Each question would have a $ amount attached. They are saving money for a trip to NYC so I thought this would be adequate motivation.

We had a great discussion on the way home and I was pretty surprised at how many of the gifts they had learned and really given some thought to.  Not many times can you take your kids to the movies and really leave with some life lessons. It was a good time. Of course, it was also a really easy opportunity to talk to them about God who gave us the ultimate gift in his son Christ Jesus.

Like I said. . .it’s not a Blockbuster and it’s not great. It’s a good movie that’s worth seeing. It probably won’t be at theatres for long so if it’s near you. . . go and check it out.

Memories. . .

The Money GameSo last night I’m cleaning out my basement and I find an aircheck of The Dave Ramsey Show from 1993. I haven’t talked to Dave yet but this could be the first one that was ever done. The show wasn’t called The Dave Ramsey Show then but “The Money Game”. We changed the name of the show back in 1999 (maybe late ’98) because when we were trying to syndicate the show people would get our information and figure it was a boring money show and woudn’t listen to it. If they did listen to it they would consider us for weekends only b/c that’s where boring money shows went. 1993! What a difference 13 years makes. My last two posts have revolved around “remembering where you came from” so I’ll try to let this go at least until the next post but I gotta tell ya. . .Coming in and being a part of this show for the last 8 years, and thinking about all the memories surrounding the road we’ve travelled. . . it is a pretty special thing to hear what could be the first one. . .where it all started. It had to start somewhere. Dave had to turn on that mic for the first time and take a chance. It’s pretty funny to listen to. Dave certainly was not the pro that he is today.

I’m getting ready to call our radio team in here to listen to it. 12-15 of us will gather around and many of them will hear it for the first time. It will be fun and we will laugh but we will also remember, once again, where this all started and remember, once again, where we came from. It will be a good day.

Remember how you got here. . .

cleanlogo.JPGI am the Executive VP of Broadcast for Dave Ramsey’s company. I tell you that b/c I am honored to be able to lead at what I consider to be one of the great companies operating today. As we have done since our founding, our entire company gathered together this morning. We have 2 mandatory company wide meetings each week.   (I participated in one of these meetings 10 years ago when there were 8 team members around a conference table and this morning 180 of us gathered) This morning a few of our team members reminded me how important it is to remember where you came from. 

This morning we asked a couple employees to stand up and “tell their story”.  Take 5-10 minutes to give the rest of us a little insight into your history. I have to tell you that it was so refreshing and inspiring to hear about these people’s lives. 

The Dave Ramsey Show is a nationally syndicated talk radio show that airs live from 2-5pm EST on almost 300 stations.  From time to time we will let radio stations air us at times different than our live time. One of those times was on a radio station in Nebraska.  A few years ago this station asked if they could carry the show during morning drive. That certainly wasn’t ideal (we would always prefer to be live) but we accepted the clear.  I tell you that b/c as one of our employees spoke this morning he let us know that when he was at his job in Nebraska, and was miserable, and in a real rut in his life, he turned on the radio one morning and he heard the show. He loved the show, couldn’t stop listening and now as a result is the Marketing Director for the largest department in our company.  Did I want the show to be on in Nebraska during morning drive? No. Did God have other plans? Yes.

 Knowing Tim’s story and a little about the path he took to get here changes my perspective on things.  This is just one story. There were many told this morning.

 If you are currently leading a company and it’s growing fast. Maybe you feel like you’ve lost a little of that “family atmosphere”. Take the time to let your employees tell their story. Let the new employees hear about the sacrifices it took to get to where you are today. I once heard someone say that the problem his kids have is that “they woke up 3rd base and thought they hit a triple!” In other words they were SPOILED! They forgot that it takes work to get to third base. It took effort and time and practice and diligence by those that came before them!

Tell your story! Tell it often! If you aren’t tired of telling it you haven’t told it enough! Have your more experienced employees tell it to the newer employees! It’s easy to forget this. . .don’t let it happen at your organization.


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My name is William D. Rhodes Hampton. People who know me call me Bill. My friends call me Hampton. Fun Fact #1 - The "D" doesn't stand for anything. I was born and raised in Michigan and now I call Nashville, TN home. I have a beautiful wife and two of the most gorgeous little girls you've ever laid eyes on. We live in Franklin, TN where we're active at The Journey Church. Blogging is new to me, but I'm very interested and excited to learn more about it. I'm officially entering the conversation.