It’s That Season Now… Time for a Check-up

2022 is quickly coming to a close… a part of me feels like it should be summer still.

Nevertheless, as a big sports fan, here we are the middle of football season (as a Southerner, nothing like college FB), Major League Baseball playoffs crowning a World Champion in 2-3 weeks, and the NBA basketball season begins next week.

If You Had to Do It Again

If you had the chance to start over with your agency, what would you do differently?

Here’s what I would do…

There is no doubt in my mind that I would start off by build a winning team of specialists instead of generalists that are trained throughout their career.

Basketball’s Greatest Player Passes Away

You haven’t seen any news of Michael Jordan or that other guy currently playing in the NBA passing away, have you?

Well, it’s because they are both very much alive and well.

I wrote that headline to GRAB YOUR ATTENTION.

Even if you only know that a basketball is round …

You know who Jordan and that other guy are because of the many debates of who’s the GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

On July 31, one of basketball's greatest players Bill Russell died at age 88

Since 1966, in my first grade, basketball has always been my favorite sport.

Digital Addiction … The World’s Worse

I believe digital dementia and addiction will easily pass alcohol and drug addiction if it has not already. It can certainly lead to drug & alcohol consumption and even addiction.

This is my opinion. It comes from being very observant especially over the past decade studying alcohol and drug addiction.

Recipe of the Month: Granola Banana Sticks

Looking for the perfect after school treat for your kids or a tasty mid-day snack for yourself? Look no further than here. We’ve got a great recipe for you. Whip up some Granola Banana Sticks and dig in. They are easy to make and make a delicious, healthy snack anywhere, anytime!


1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
4-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons of milk
3 medium firm bananas
6 Popsicle sticks
2 crunchy oat and honey granola bars, crushed


In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, and milk; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Excuses are Weakness. Action is Strength

Recently, retired Allstate Agency Owner and former BGI Mastermind Member Paul Phaneuf sent an old, but still very relevant, email message I had sent to him in 2010 in this very same platform we use & send to you every Sunday afternoon (mostly).

Last year, Paul and his wife Tessa moved to Atlanta from Tampa after selling their Allstate Agency.

The Past Cannot Be Changed

You can google this and get a ton of information on it. I lot of it. I find most of it boring and way out there.

I have always been fond of the line, “the past cannot be changed.” I have my own interpretation of it.

I learned more about this topic from Dan Sullivan.

Sure Way To Get More Referrals

Networking… I do it. You do it. Insurance Agency Owners and other business owners do it.

Networking is about positioning what you & your business do in your market. This can dramatically help with referrals, retention, new customers, and cross/up-selling existing customers.

Goal Setting Is Bull$#@?

You may be thinking … I cannot BG just wrote that statement!!

He’s definitely goal oriented.

He’s shared not only his success, but also BGI’s Top Mastermind and Platinum Coaching Members successes for more than a decade.

I Am Back In Summer School

School is never out for the pro.

This message is long.

It is LOADED with good, good stuff.

People like you and I dare to be different from the mediocre majority. If you were not, you would not be reading this message every week.

During my daily early morning walk which is about 60-70 minutes, 4-5 miles, & 8,000-10,000 steps I allow about 15 minutes at the very end of my walk to what my coach Michael McLean calls, “Listening to Your Golden Gut”.

Golden Gut time for me, requires my ear pods turned off after listening to

Michael’s daily video message,
Pastor Rick Warren’s daily message, and
A podcast episode of OptSpot Marketing.