Welcome to 2021. We are fully into it now.
It’s been a while since I was last moved to send an email. I, along with many of you, found 2020 to be a year of challenges. For many of us, we leveled up in a several ways.
We learned how to work from home. We got healthier. We worked on ourselves and our families. Many learned that home schooling makes a lot more sense these days than ever before.
Many can’t wait for their kids and grand kids to get back to school too!
It takes all kinds of kinds.
Many found themselves laid off, out of work, and bereft of hope. For all of you, I hope that this new year has found you back to work and happy.
We all watched the politics of 2020, the Corona Virus response, the obliteration of small business, the power grab by public officials — both elected and non-elected — and it feels upside down.
The United States political system — often flawed — now as broken as it has ever been. The beacon of freedom and hope for the world has devolved into petty self interests and the shenanigans of a banana republics with our November election.
We saw good Americans get set up on January 6th.
We saw Washington DC turn into a militarized green zone. We might as well call it Baghdad DC.
So, why pound out an email now, Tex?
There are still good things happening out there. I know they seem to be more difficult to find because the media only shows you the stories that they think will keep us divided and distracted.
So what do we do?
We concentrate on the things around us. That which is within our control. We jettison the negativity. We limit our news sources. We turn off the TV. We back down our social media time. We focus on our immediate families.
Thing still don’t feel right. Some states, like Texas and Florida, are getting back to personal freedom faster than many other states. People are moving from the totalitarian local and state governments to more friendly ones.
It’s no longer required that you sit in a cubicle in some office farm in a big city.
That’s a huge positive to me.
For many, this is a new way to work. A new way to live.
You can now live just about anywhere you want and still work your job. That is such a huge paradigm shift.
For many, mortgage rates dipping into the 2-3% range was a huge blessing. They either were able to buy their first house or got a sweet refinance deal, saving a lot of money or shaving years off their note.
The power base of our former world finds itself on these same shifting sands. The oligarchs are scrambling too.
We are seeing a shift in the financial world with Bitcoin taking off. With predictions of a continued bull run in 2021, even the $50K price of BTC may one day appear the bargain of a lifetime. (I’m not offering investment advice)
What an amazing time to be alive!
There are new opportunities opening up all around us. We just have to keep our eyes open and our minds clear.
You have to be willing to think outside the box now.
There really is not going back to 2019. Those days are forever in our rear view mirror.
One of the challenges of aging is having technology pass you by. You get trapped in the past while the world keeps advancing.
I think that’s where we find ourselves with literally everything we are dealing with today. Most people are still clutching to 2019 and early 2020, waiting for the “good old days” to come back.
Don’t be that person.
Embrace these changes. You are in the turbulent surf. The waves are crashing around us. Two options: get rolled over or grab a surfboard!
For the extroverts out there, we’ve felt cut off. For the introverts out there, virus lock down was less a thing.
For our children, it’s been rougher.
It’s time to take back control of your life if you feel like you’ve lost your grasp.
If you’re already way up the mountain, I encourage you to keep going. Don’t stop. The view from the top is amazing.
In 2020, I got healthier. I met up with my brothers at 21Con in Orlando in October. I stayed active in my tribes. I crushed it at work, even though I couldn’t travel like normal. I had two different weeks with my grandsons and daughter at the beach in the summer. We closed one business and opened a new one.
Life didn’t stop.
We kept pushing the play button in my family. My friends, both on-line and in real life, did the same.
In 2021, I’ve back down my time on social media. We are all either consumers or creators. I don’t make any money off Twitter. All the negativity does eat away at me anyway. I’m there maybe 10 min a day to post one “Tex Tip” and then I exit. So refreshing. Time regained.
Embrace these changes and the rest of this year will be a lot more fun for all of us!
And, i promise, it won’t be a year again before my next email.
If you like this email, please share it with a friend. Email lists like this one help ward off the cancel culture we all have to deal with.
Expand your networks.
P.S. My October 2019 full speech on Dominance and submission from the 21 Convention hit YouTube a week or two ago. As of this writing, it’s gotten 30,000 views in two weeks. I guess it has hit a nerve. I invite you to watch it.