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Stop Playing Small Ball

December 26, 2019 — Leave a comment

Let’s Talk Baseball

The New York Yankees are the most storied franchise in all of sports. I’ll even go so far as to say, “Rightfully so” seeing as they are currently the highest valued ($4B) in all of baseball and second only to The Dallas Cowboys ($4.2B) in all of sports. As for the Yankees you could argue that much of their success and value stems from playing in a large market city like New York. Possibly so, but the fact is, regardless of their market, they have won more championships (27) than any other sports franchise. These 27 Championships were won by some of the best players in the history of baseball. Names like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Rivera and Jeter. Great talent doesn’t come cheap. The Yankees typically have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

 

The Yankees Mystique

I will likely catch some flack here but I am a Yankees fan. Before my fanatical Red Sox fans get too anxious….. oddly enough I am also a Sox fan. yes that is possible. However, mostly I am a fan of winners! Whether its teams, people or groups; I like the idea of winning. Someone who wins repeatedly knows what it takes and consistently puts forth the effort to make it happen. Highly admirable! When you do it repeatedly over years or even decades you get a reputation or “mystique’ which proceeds you. The Yankees Mystique” is much talked about from their fans and severely maligned by others.

The Yankee Pinstripes, their iconic home uniforms, even carry that same mystique. Frank Abagnale was quoted as saying, “Why do the Yankees always win?… The other team can’t stop looking at the pinstripes.”

 

Small Ball

Small Ball is a baseball offensive strategy employed in which a high value is placed on individual runs and attempts to score them without requiring extra base hits, or sometimes without base hits at all.

I’d suggest that they Yankees have rarely if ever been accused of playing small ball. They’re noted for having the big sluggers who linger around and then ultimately explode on you. Rarely will they rely on typical small ball tactics which are also noted as safe, conservative or even boring. They go for the Big Kill!

Adopt tThe Yankees Mystique For Your Life - Todd Burkhalter

Your Life, Business and The New York Yankees

Why am I discussing the style and attributes of The New York Yankees with you? How does this translate to yours and my life and business?

Simply put, I think many of us are held back by playing “small ball” in life. We think that sticking to the middle of the road mentality is the best strategy. Never putting ourselves into a position to hit that homerun; Never reaching our full potential thus never creating the wins in business and life that we ultimately desire.

A Small Ball or Middle of The Road Mindset will often seem very normal looking; possibly even admirable to some. Same job for years (hoping for a 2% raise each year), two weeks of vacation, decent vehicle, living through credit card debt, school loans, net worth primarily made up of home equity they can’t access and a favorite restaurant….. let’s say Olive Garden. All fine stuff! Please do not hear me wrong! I am not dogging that…… its just not for me! 

 

So, if it isn’t for you either. Let’s keep talking.

If the description which I just shared isn’t for you either it is likely because you want an extraordinary life, the memorable, notable life that carries that “Yankees Mystique.” The Yankees or any other successful person, team or group didn’t achieve success over night or through some happenstance favor or luck. They were committed to building their team, brand and skills consistently for generations, seasons and decades. If you want to achieve the extraordinary I want to suggest that you do the same. Follow the model created by this great franchise and others like them.

 

The Yankee Model

Remember earlier when I mentioned The Yankees Payroll? I also could have included that accompanying their large payroll was also the largest grossing revenue/income for any sports team. Meaning they sell more shirts, hats, tickets, drinks than anyone else and they win. I am suggesting that you will need to spend money to achieve the extraordinary. In life or business spending could mean investing into your own education/skillset, tools or possibly investing into a team around you to help you grow. Whatever that looks like for you it likely means that you will need to adopt new strategies to get new results. The Yankees could have “saved” some money by not hiring or developing these legendary players but at what cost? Would they have won so many championships, sold so many tickets, shirts etc? You will not “Save” your way to “Wealth.”

The Yankees created their iconic look and have stuck to it. They’ve avoided many of the fads or temptations to change. However, do not hear me wrong they’ve changed and adapted when needed hence “The New Stadium.” They won many championships within the famed “House that Ruth Built” but when it was old and no longer exemplified their brand they changed. In business and life there will be times to change but it isn’t necessary to sell out to some other brand look or style. You may just need to update your skills, team or tools. 

 

The Timing

The Yankees and all other teams tend to re-load and shift at the beginning of each year with some minor tweaks mid-year. When they want new results they make new changes. Frankly I hate that I am writing this near the end of a year when New Year/New You articles are everywhere. I beg you… plead with you to not dismiss this message to another new year message. This is a message about the life you want… not about a baseball team. The Yankees routinely achieve extraordinary success….. I want that for you!

 

Your Action

Do something. Let me encourage you to do something BIG. If you’ve always played it “middle of the road” maybe its time for a change if you you want new results. Grant Cardone, Real Estate Investor and Author, says, ” most people radically underestimate the amount of effort it will take to be successful.” He would suggest that whatever you’re thinking it will take; multiply it by 10 times. His words, Take Massive Action! Tony Robbins, Success and Business Coach, suggests that the right mentor or partnerships can shrink decades into days. So, find the right partners and get busy.

If you are reading this and want change but don’t know where to start. I want to help! Me and my team at Drive Planning develop customized programs for each person, business, family or organization that engages with us. Each package, service or process is developed with your success in mind. We are here to serve you.

You follow me on-line through facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, tik-tok or Instagram to learn more about me and our method. For more in depth information reach out directly through e-mail or a call.

todd.burkhalter@driveplanning.com or 404-429-4132

 

Play Ball!

 

Happy Advicegiving

November 26, 2019 — 29 Comments

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are, by far, my favorite time of the year. There is cheer in the air and an overall feeling of generosity. Being in the financial field for the past 22 years I have also learned that this is the time of the year when advice is handed out most freely.

So take this as a word of caution for this “Advicegiving Season.”

Most of this advice is well intentioned however often unsolicited. It typically happens when the large meal of the day is finished, politics has been exhausted and the football games are winding down. Now enter the “rich uncle”, you know the one, everybody has one. (And they aren’t always rich) I can say everybody has one regardless of your economic situation or without me even knowing you. The rich uncle or relative is the guy that likes to tell you all of his huge successes throughout the year, whether they are real or not.

It almost always starts with a philanthropic tone of, “you should get into _________.” It starts this way so that everyone in the room feels like, wow! He is looking out for me or I am getting an inside tip. Then this person drones on and on about how well it has done. If it were to stop there I probably wouldn’t be even mentioning this non-event. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always stop there.

As I mentioned being in the financial field; Now I get to hear about all of these huge successes in the weeks following each of the holidays. It has happened repeatedly for the past 22 years. Which is both great and unfortunate?

It’s great to hear about these ideas/investments because I love to hear new ideas. Great because there are things out there that genuinely successful people do that I want to know about and be involved. Trust me, I certainly don’t claim to know it all and I also spend a great deal of time each year researching and learning anyways.

The unfortunate part is when it derails a financial plan that was totally on the right track. Unfortunately many of these proclaimed investment ideas aren’t always entirely true or even understood. Never does the afore mentioned rich uncle take the time to understand if his idea, be it good or bad, is appropriate for the season of life of the recipient or fits in to their overall goals.

So this holiday season take the advice and be gracious. However, I would caution you to think through who is giving the advice. Have they been successful? Are they in a different phase of life than you? Are their values in line with yours? Most importantly make sure that you overlay this advice with your well-coordinated plan to ensure that it fits into your families’ hopes and dreams.

Best of luck this Advicegiving season! I would encourage you to stick with throwing the football with the kids after lunch.

 

Do you have that Uncle? Let us know, maybe it would be even be fun to tag them on twitter or facebook as you respond:) 

 

Happy Holidays!

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2018 — Leave a comment

HNY The Life

 

Happy New Year from Our Entire Team!

 

We have enjoyed these holidays and are looking forward to all that 2019 brings. Last year was an incredible year for The Life You Can Afford to Live and our entire team at Drive Planning.
We added a number of new investments, programs and a ton of educational events throughout the year. We are planning on even more growth in 2019! Thanks for following along here and on all of our social media channels. As always please continue to share our message with your friends both on-line and in real life:)
Cheers!
Todd Burkhalter