Richard is an incredible man. From making movies with his production company, to being a Gang Intelligence Expert while training Police and Military on fighting techniques , Richard’s mission is to keep law enforcement alive. Join me today on the podcast as we discover the new books Richard is writing, some co-written with a Pulitzer nominated author. A tenth degree Master in 3 systems of Martial Arts, Richard’s perspective on Combat and Fighting is fascinating. Richard travels the world teaching his techniques , with his company:RichardMorrisSeminars.com . Our discussion uncovers how a life of discipline and hard work serving in stressful situations can be navigated using timeless principles presented by Zig Ziglar. Richard had the honor of Training Zig and other Ziglar family members in Martial Arts.
As a retired Sergeant in the Fort Work Police Department, Richard can now, full time, take his unique brand of training the Body , Mind and Spirt to your organization. To connect with Richard send him an email at Richard@RichardMorrisSeminars.com
John Maxwell, one of the top leadership authorities in America, says that most people would rather work on their personality than on their character, and how right he is. Perhaps that is because the personality development brings more immediate rewards, is less demanding and, in most cases, involves little sacrifice on our part. Personality development involves learning new conversational skills, style, or developing a speaking ability.
The development of character is more profound, is considerably more difficult, often involves making changes that are at least temporarily uncomfortable and often very demanding. The changing of habits is always a difficult procedure. The development of virtues also requires time because it means we must discipline some of our appetites and passions. Keeping promises and being sensitive to the feelings and convictions of others is not something that most of us do naturally. We have to work at it. Character development is the best indication of maturity.
Yes, it is more difficult to develop character than it is personality and yes, it’s true that the rewards are not as immediate. However, the long-term rewards are infinitely greater. To value oneself is important, but to be able at the same time to subordinate yourself to higher purposes and principles is the paradoxical essence of highest humanity and it is the foundation for effective leadership. I believe I’m safe in saying that in today’s world, the need for character and leadership outweighs the need for more people with more personality. Fortunately, when you develop the character, the personality develops far more easily and more naturally. Think about it. Build on character and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.
Question: How would you feel if you lost an Olympic Gold Medal by two-thousandths of a second? You probably wonder, “How could they measure that closely?” Mathematically speaking, the distance you can swim in two-thousandths of a second is about the thickness of a coat of paint or about one-tenth of the time of a typical eye blink. To have worked years and years and to have been so close to the ultimate prize and yet miss it by that length of time in a four hundred meter individual medley, must have been a difficult pill to swallow.
That very thing happened to American swimmer Tim McKee. The event took place in the 1972 Olympics in Munich when Olympic swimming timing had just “converted from stopwatches to the use of electronic touchpads.” At that time stopwatches were “still sliced no finer than a hundredth of a second,” but the just-installed electronic touchpads could measure the distance to the thousandths of a second. McKee had tied for first place with Gunnar Larsson of Sweden to the hundredth of a second, according to the stopwatch, but lost by two thousandths of a second, according to the electronic touchpad.
To make the matter even worse, at the meet in Los Angeles in 1984, gold medals were awarded to both swimmers who had tied to the hundredth of a second. I’m certain the disappointment was intense for Tim McKee, but in life we have many disappointments. Those who go on to greater things dwell on the disappointments briefly and then move on. Tim realized that his entire life was still in front of him and whether he won or lost the gold medal he would always have his innate ability, drive, character, determination, love, commitment, responsibility, and all of the other things that help make him successful in life. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
I hope you decide to make your disappointments a springboard on your journey to the top. SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglaris known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.