Rawhide! President Ronald Reagan loved working with his hands, and being outdoors. And, you can see from this photo, taken at Camp David in November of 1981, that he loved to ride horses.
Photo Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library
“I’ve often said, there’s nothing better for the inside of a man, than the outside of a horse.”
– Ronald Reagan on many occasions.
Excerpt from Lead Like Reagan – Principles of Dynamic Leadership
Rancho del Cielo
This picture of Reagan was taken 7 months after the 70-year old entered George Washington University Hospital to have a would-be-assassin’s bullet removed from his chest. Horseback riding at Camp David was therapeutic for Ronald Reagan. But, Rancho del Cielo was his true sanctuary.
He called it his “Cathedral in the Sky” (Rancho del Cielo is Spanish for Sky’s Ranch, or Heaven’s Ranch). It is where he could sort out problems while riding his favorite seventeen-hands-high
A friend of mine once said, “Chaos is my friend!” While he was kidding, I could sense that there was a part of him that relished multitasking a hundred things at the same time. It was almost like a game for him; a game he thought he played well.
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Chaos is not Your friend!
One of the main reasons people avoid creating a life plan is because they have become comfortable with chaos. This manifests itself in 5 different ways.
Walking and Talking … Cap Rates!
Cap Rates. You hear about them all the time, from people who specialize in investment real estate. They’ll says things like, “That property sold for a 6 cap,” or, “We’re looking for properties priced in the 9 to 10 cap range.” Today’s Walking and Talking podcast is all about Cap Rates!
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Today, you will learn 5 things:
- What is a cap rate?
- The reason why so many people are often confused about cap rates.
- The best way to remember how to easily calculate a cap rate for any investment property.
- The five main factors that influence cap rates.
- Why you should beware that all cap rates are not created equal!
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It has been said, in a lot of clever ways, that people who do not care where they are going, don’t need a map. But CEO’s need a business plan, coaches need a game plan, pilots need a flight plan, and leaders need a life plan. Here are 5 things to include in yours …
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The Five Elements of a Single Page Life Plan™:
1. Mission or Vision Statement:
This is the overarching vision you have for your life. All other parts of your plan synchronize with this.
2. Life Categories:
Your Life Categories are the six major highways that lead a path towards your Vision Statement. These Life Categories are the most vital aspects of your life.
All I can say about My 3 Favorites Speakers of 2014, who I’ve been able to see in person, is … Wow! (Founder of Folds of Honor, Top Gun award recipient, & PGA Golfer, Major Dan Rooney)
My 3 Favorite Speakers of 2014:
Major Dan Rooney, Chad Hymas, and Fr. Robert Barron
Here is the criteria for my list:
- Are they genuine people with an authentic message?
- Do they leave you uniquely inspired with tangible ideas you can use to improve your life?
- Are you still reflecting back on their message 3, 6, 12 months later?
It helps too if they are:
- Have a great sense of humor, and
- Are fascinated by the important things in life
These 3 have it all!
Imagine that you are Ronald Reagan when he was 65 years old. You have just spent the last 20 years of your life dedicated to implementing a policy of political leadership that you believe will help your country and the world. All of your efforts to touch hearts and garner support for your vision comes down to a single vote at the national convention in 1976. The vote is 1,187 to 1,070 … and you lose.
Ronald Reagan at Camp David with Nancy Reagan, Photo courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library
Smile When They Say You’re Too Old to Lead
Excerpt from Lead Like Reagan – Principles of Dynamic Leadership:
“One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is when he said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, but by his acts.’ And ever since he told me that…”
– Ronald Reagan, Annual Salute to Congress Dinner, February 1981.
Losing the Primary at Age 65
This is what happened to Ronald Reagan. He had just lost the convention vote to be the nominee for president of the United States to incumbent president Gerald Ford. He was 65 years old and had the financial security to retire in style. He had a large family, lots of friends, good health and many interests. He loved to spend time on his beautiful ranch in California, riding horses and working chores. I often wonder if Ronald Reagan was tempted to ride off into the sunset and spend the rest of his days in well-earned retirement.
My book, Single Page Life Plan explains how you can extend single page planning to all of your important projects and ventures. Single Page Checklists are a ‘catch-all’ for special projects that you can review regularly to stay focused.
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For example, the Single Page Checklist for Buying Apartments summarizes on a single page the 4-color, 6 page laminated flyer I created that explains:
When I speak to young adults in 8th grade or in high school, I make them this promise:
Nobody ever looks back on their high school or college years and says …
“I wish I had smoked more cigarettes. I could be up to a pack-a-day smoker by now!”
“I wish I had spent more nights, staying out drinking ’til 2:00 am in the morning.”
“I wish I had purchased more drugs while in school.”
They don’t. And you won’t either.
I was in my office one day, when a real estate investor called me on the phone. He said, “Garry, I just had one of my tenants move out – and they took the refrigerator with them! They said it was theirs.” Uh oh.
They took the refrigerator!
I immediately called the seller, who explained that those particular tenants had previously sold their home, and so they had brought their own refrigerator with them. He had simply forgotten, and there was no mention of it in the lease.
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I will never forget the day I learned my first lesson in commercial real estate. It came shortly after I joined a team of 25 brokers at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate. They ultimately became a who’s who of Columbus real estate that included Richard Schuen, Ed Joseph, John Hall, Don Matsanoff, Greg Schenk, Chuck Manofsky, Doug Goddard, Ted Hobson, Bob Matias, Benton Benalcazar, Tom McGarity and several others.
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The Day I Learned About Walking and Talking
One of those brokers was Wayne Harer. Wayne played 10 years of minor league baseball for the Red Sox and Yankee organizations and actually won the