Joshua Medcalf is the author of many books, including the mega best seller, Chop Wood Carry Water. He is the founder of T2BC, a boutique consulting firm whose focus is leadership, life skills, and mental training. 

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  • Chop Wood Carry Water – “The only thing that is truly significant about today is who you become in the process. Each of us are building our own house. Sometimes you might think you are building for your school, your family, your company, or your team,  if you are always building your own house. I hope you build wisely.”
  • Ingvar Kamprad — would go door to door selling individual matches. Rode his bike 3 hours to Stockholm Sweden each day to buy matches. He later would start and opened IKEA.
  • “The scorecard society judges us by is tragically flawed, and pursuing it will leave you completely unfulfilled.”
  • A positive journal – at least 15 things you did well today. At the tip write a value statement and a growth mindset statement —- the next part is to write only 2 areas of growth. Then write two things you learned today. Because remember, nothing is a test. Everything is an opportunity to learn.
  • “Chopping wood and carrying water is the price of admission for the opportunity to reach sustained excellence.”
  • Burn Your Goals – Goal-driven versus mission-driven. Goals are about achieving, whereas a mission is about who you become.  What will they work towards if we don’t have goals? Answer: true mental toughness.
  • Excellence sells itself. Ferrari doesn’t put ads on Tv. Greatness never goes on sale.
  • “Those destined for greatness must first walk alone in the desert.” — Winston Churchill.
  • “Everyone wants to be great until it’s time to do what greatness requires.”
  • The stonecutter – “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
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