What The Duck?

“Love the uniforms,” Amanda said to Mel. “Thanks for handling it all.”

“No worries. Since our team name is The Ducks, the yellow jerseys with orange shorts make sense,” Mel replied. “Otherwise, it would just be weird.”

“With our first game two weeks away, we should wear our uniforms out and about to promote the team and the league,” Amanda said, holding a jersey up to get a good look.

“I agree. Not many people expect or realize there’s a woman’s flag football league with six teams in it.”

“Made up of moms, I might add.”

“I had the company that made the uniforms create some imprinted rubber ducks we can give away as well. Help me open the box,” Mel said.

The two teammates ripped open the box and each pulled out a duck and just stared at it. Amanda spoke first, “What the duck is this? This duck has two beaks.”

“ I don’t know how that happened! This is a disaster.”

“Maybe not,” Amanda said staring at the odd looking little duck. “This could be promotional gold. Think about it, we can get people saying, ‘What the duck?’ when they see them, which is kind of what they’re probably thinking when it comes to a flag football league made up of moms—both are unexpected.”

“So what you’re saying is this is a blessing in disguise. We’re going to make lemonade from lemons—or try to pass of these freaky looking ducks off as normal.”

“Not normal, but unique. Special, even.”

“If you say so.”

“I do.”

The strange looking ducks were a hit. There were duck races in the bay as a fundraiser, “What the Duck” T-shirts were made and sold to raise money, and a “Support the Ducks” campaign landed Amanda and Mel on the local news—which then went viral. When the season started the women’s flag football games were the hottest ticket in town.

[Editor’s Note: This story is purely fictional, but the fact is sometimes “mistakes” make for the best outcomes.]

What The Duck?

Beat Yesterday

I have always loved the idea of trying to be a little bit better every day. How about a little faster every day, too? Since there are a host of things we have to do, it would make sense to try to do them faster so we have more time left for the things we want to do. If you time yourself doing a task one day, and then try to beat that time the next day, you will likely do them better and faster.

I’ve been mowing the infield of the baseball field where I coach for two years. The first time I mowed it took me 75 minutes. Each time I’ve done it since I have found ways to do it faster (and better) so that now I can get it done in under 20 minutes–and get my cardio in as well. If I didn’t care about my time it would probably have leveled off at an hour, but now I have an extra 40 minutes each week.

Beat Yesterday

Do What Comes Naturally

What are you so good at you don’t even have to try and you do it well? What are you doing when time flies and you don’t even realize it’s been an hour or two? What comes so naturally to you it seems like you were born to do it? The more we do what comes naturally to us, the easier our lives become.

We should work with our natural tendencies instead of fight against them. Where to store stuff and organize our workspace should be based on how we think things should be and not what others think. The types of tasks and projects we work on should (if we have the choice) be things that bring out the best in us and align with what we like to do. We are who we are, maybe we should embrace our quirks and use them to our advantage.

Do What Comes Naturally

Low Maintenance

Does technology save time and simplify your life? Sometimes. Often technology and devices can become a burden, complicate our lives, and waste our time. The same can be said for non-tech items as well. One way to simplify our lives is to cut off complications at the pass.

Choosing to buy or accept only things that will make your life easier is one way to simplify things. They say the grass is always greener on the other side–maybe because it’s fake. When I had fake grass installed in my yard it simplified my life in a dozen different ways. On the flip side, I purchased software that promised to make bookkeeping easier, yet it was a pain in the neck, so I went back to my simplified system instead.

Low Maintenance

What Can I Give?

What if we earned “money” by doing good deeds? The more we give, the more we get. We could swipe a card and earn “points” every time we helped someone, and then use those points to purchase things.

Those considered wealthy and elite would be those who did the most good. Unfortunately, this is a fantasy and people don’t become wealthy (in the traditional sense) by giving away their time, talent, and things.

Maybe we could still ask ourselves now and again, “What can I give?” instead of, “What do I get?” It’s a start.

What Can I Give?

Dates In Your Calendar Are Closer Than They Appear

We all agree that time flies, but we don’t always keep track of it. It may seem like we are on a speeding train looking out of the window as our life zips by in a blur. If we keep putting off what we want and need to do, we may run out of time, energy, and opportunity—plus we’ll have regrets.

If we’re lucky, men can expect to live to be 74, and women to 83 years of age. I did the math, I’ve already lived 69% of my life. I have four summers left with my oldest son at home, three seasons to coach my youngest son’s baseball team, and probably only a couple more Thanksgivings with my mom.

It’s made me question some things. These are the questions I’m asking my self.
• What is most important right now and how can I make sure I don’t miss it?
• What do I want or need to do, but haven’t?
• What would I regret not doing if I died today?
• If today were my last day would I want to do what I’m doing?

The next step is to take small steps to do these things.

Dates In Your Calendar Are Closer Than They Appear


If everyone thought like entrepreneurs, there would be a lot less complaining and a lot more doing. Where most people see a problem, an entrepreneur see an opportunity. This kind of thinking (find a problem and solve it) spurs innovative thinking and action.

Since many people are employees and not entrepreneurs, their mindset is different. What if employees thought of their job as their business and their employer as the client? The result would be a combination of entrepreneurialism and empowerment—or, “empowership”.