To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.

Steve "Pre" Prefontaine

My big overarching philosophy on life is to live large, impact others, and leave a legacy.


What does that mean?

Live Large doesn’t mean flashing pics of my Rolls Royce all over social media, or flying my Learjet to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun…although it could.

I don’t actually have those things. Not yet.

My desire to Live Large, and my encouragement for others to do the same, comes from a place of “Why not!?” Why wouldn’t you want to live large? Why play small?

Life’s too short to hold back on your business, your life, and your ambitions.

Plus, the more you have, the more you can give away.

I want to be like Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest men who ever lived (second after King Solomon, and ahead of Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos if you factor in inflation).

Carnegie once said, “I want to spend the first half of my life making money, and the second half giving it away,” and he did. I plan to as well. We can’t take it with us.

Beyond that, I subscribe to three philosophies:

I’m a Minimalist, an Essentialist, and a Possibilityist.


The less I have (materially), the happier I am. The less I eat (including intermittent fasting, for life), the happier and healthier I am.

The fewer decisions I have to make each day, the better. The more minimalist my wardrobe, exercise routine, and writing routine, the better.

I keep my possessions (besides books) to a minimum. I detest shopping. I buy things that last a long time, like my custom-made suit I’ve had since 1995, a pair of Taft boots that will probably outlive me, and jackets I’ve had for decades (and are still in style).

I value experiences over stuff. Two things I’ve never regretted spending money on: Personal or professional development (education, courses, workshops, retreats) and travel.

As I wrote once in an International Living quote contest (which I won):

Travel is the best investment in living life to its fullest. There’s no better return on your money, and you can ‘cash in’ the memories anytime you want.

I like wealth and I like having nice things. I just don’t need a lot of things.


“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

That’s a quote by John Maxwell as noted by Greg McKeown in his excellent book, Essentialism.

We’re bombarded with news, entertainment, and ideas from all directions, 24/7. Most of it adds no value to our lives. I don’t need to keep up on everything. What’s the point?

Nassim Nicholas Taleb states it like this in his book, Antifragile:

Much of what other people know isn’t worth knowing.” Amen.

Along with that, we also have to remember this: Everyone is selling something.

I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. Sales is the lifeblood of our economy. My business depends on it, and so does yours.

What I mean is, besides products or services, everyone is selling something — an idea, a viewpoint, or an opinion — in exchange for our time.

I’ve simply chosen to apply extreme criteria to making choices about what to take in. I say “no” a lot more than I say “yes.” I’m very careful about whom and what I let into my world. That’s the essence of being an Essentialist.

By the same token, I realize I’m not everyone’s cup of tea either. I’m clear about who I am, what I do, and what I stand for. That probably won’t win me a popularity contest or get me elected to public office (which I’ve thought about, except…too many skeletons in the closet).


That’s my own made-up word for the third of my Life Philosophies.

I look at things I want to do and say, “Why not?” I look at what could be.

In our family, we don’t think it’s a big deal to do big things.

That’s why my wife, Emida, is fast becoming the premier community-based mural artist in the country. It’s why I have plans to continue writing books, hosting retreats, and spreading my message far and wide.

It’s why our four kids are all making their mark in the world. I won’t brag about them here, but if you’re on my email list, you’ll hear the occasional story (with a business or life lesson thrown in for good measure).

We Rollers expect big things, and we make them happen.

I also believe in the power of human transformation.

I believe we can all change, and should, ongoing, throughout our lives until the day we die. It’s not where you start, it’s where you’re going.

We can do that best when we have freedom. There’s nothing like being free to live as we choose, to express ourselves in any way, to associate with whomever we want, and to avoid people and situations we don’t want.

I revel in the freedom to live wherever I want and travel wherever and whenever I want, at will. I love being able to run my own business and find clients who match up with my values and philosophy.

I live an unencumbered life and an abundant life — in health and relationships as well as materially and financially. I’m blessed, and I know I have a beautiful life ahead. I plan for good things to come my way, and they do.

Living as a Possibilityist is the best way I know to have an impact on others and leave a legacy.

Above all, I’m a Christian. I follow the teachings of a Jewish carpenter who lived 2,000 years ago and will return someday, possibly in my lifetime. I believe he was who he said he was, and I believe he’ll do what he said he’s going to do.

This choice gives me peace, comfort, and joy. I try to live with that firmly entrenched in my mind and my heart.

Does any of this jibe with your outlook on life? If so, we should connect sometime.