10 Things About Nate
1. What is your professional background?
For the celebrity seeker or sports fan, I am not the father of a star basketball player. I am a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel; former senior manager with two Fortune 300 companies; and, a retired General Schedule (GS-15) civilian.
I am also passionate about helping others -- who want to work -- overcome their challenges; master their obstacles; live an authentic life; say no to their doubters; and, say yes to their dreams.
2. What were 5 of the most challenging obstacles in your life?
I was fortunate to be challenged by poverty; stuttering; racism; raised in a single-parent home; and, "being different." Of the five, stuttering was the most challenging.
Yet, I addressed over 1,500 fellow students and parents during our high school graduation. As a senior leader, I have spoken to thousands of people in various military, public sector, and government jobs; on international and diverse committees; and, community events. My stuttering is an enabler as I love to speak.
I still thrive on challenges because my dreams are larger than those of my doubters. I know my why; mastered the how; understand when to adjust related actions to get the desired results; and, value the power of constant self-improvement and personal development.
3. Why did you want to change?
In March 1987, I was a very successful career professional; however, my personal life (e.g., relationships, community, spirituality) was spiraling out of control. In addition to hurting my quality of life, I was also negatively impacting people around me that I cared a lot about. I did not want my 3-year old son to model my poor work-life balance.
I had used personal development tools (e.g., prayer, Bible, and help from teachers, relatives, etc.) from an early childhood. Yet, I knew my current challenges required me to access others who had overcome similar challenges and gotten documented results which I wanted.
4. What tools and resources helped you to change?
Through books; cassette tapes; compact discs; magazines (e.g., Success and Entrepreneur); and, opportunity meetings,
With my life purpose, I had mastered achievements in my career, health and wellness, and travel -- three of my core lifestyle pillars.
My breakthrough came when I found virtual mentors (not in my family or the same zip code) who overcame obstacles and found success in my final four core lifestyle areas: community (networking), finance, relationships, and spirituality.
5. Who were some of your Virtual Mentors and what did they teach you?
My list is very long because I studied, read. and listened to books, quotes, and resources from people associated with the below virtual mentors. Yet, I must signal out the below people for helping me begin my transformation in 1987. Their teachings assist me today.
Thanks to Earl "Lead the Field" Nightingale; Napoleon "Think and Grow Rich" Hill; Les "You Got to Be Hungry" Brown; Jim "Seasons of Life" Rohn; Jerry "The Rhino" Clark; Brian "The Psychology of Selling" Tracy; Charlie "Tremendous" Jones; Tony "Unlimited Power" Robbins; Jeffery "You Can Have It All Combs"; Randy "Escape the Rat Race" and "Prosperity Principles" Gage; George "The Richest Man in Babylon" Clason; Og "The Greatest Salesman in the World" Mandino; Booker T. "Character Building" Washington; and, Zig "You Can Have Everything in Life You Want, If You Will Just Help Other People Get What They Want" Ziglar.
I learned how to identify my why; see obstacles as opportunities to overcome; set realistic goals; appreciate who I am through self-awareness; and, commit to living an inspired life which helps others.
They also helped me to grow deeper in my seven core lifestyle pillars (career, community, finance, health and wellness, relationships, spirituality, and travel).
I invest hundreds of dollars annually on my personal development and seek out associates with tools to share with my network.
6. What were your key action steps to change?
I created a more focused personal vision; kept my heart and gut aligned with my goals; said yes to my dreams; and, decided these changes were an active part of my life transformation.
I saw my obstacles as just delays in achieving my destiny. I learned how to draw on little successes (as I had already overcome some major ones). Most importantly, I saw the solution to my problem before tackling it.
Yes, your guts, resilience, intention, and tough-mindedness (aka GRIT) can help keep your goals larger than obstacles you face.
Bottom line, I learned how to laugh at my naysayers (doubters) as they forego their destiny and embrace someone's vision of them.
"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." Jim Rohn
I did not treat any of this as an event, but as a process to work daily and to share my story with as many as I could until I leave this earth.
7. What is the significance of your seven core lifestyle pillars?
Over the years, I learned the powers of focus, relevancy, and simplicity on which my lifestyle pillars are based.
Everyone must: (1) work (career); (2) be involved where we work and live (community); (3) manage money and our resources (finance); (4) live mindful of nutrition and mental health (health and wellness); (5) be involved with others (relationships); (6) improve habits and believe in someone or something higher (spirituality); and, (7) learn more about zip code and other locales of interests (travel).
Since elementary school, some of these pillars were part of my subconsciousness; helped me master obstacles throughout my early work life; and, were key during my search for authenticity and transformation in the spring of 1987.
They remain the cornerstone of my life. I adjust them as needed to succeed, but never will change them. Focusing on them has ensured I did not retire sick or broke and enjoy a better lifestyle.
8. How can you help me?
You can learn from my answers to the above topics.
Then, you must ask yourself what do you want help with and if some of it is provided, what steps will you take to fully implement it.
Also, take heed of my credo since 1978 (college student): "don't let anyone steal what is in your head, in your heart, or in your gut. For when you let them, you have given up your destiny." Nate Robinson
Remember that a lot of challenges exist and so do opportunities to overcome them. Yet, there aren't too many chances to redo life.
9. Where is more proof of your successes?
You must prove to yourself that changes in your life will make a difference for you and your family before you ask someone to prove to you what has worked for them.
Your life, challenges, attitude, effort, and many other behaviors or situations will be very different from mine or anyone else. Yet, you can learn from me or anyone else if you are willing to and if they are on a path similar to where you want to go.
Regardless of who you listen to or follow -- please understand that where they are is where you may end up.
My goal is to provide resources, focused on overcoming challenges and mastering your obstacles, which when dutifully applied can help you keep your goals larger than your obstacles. You must do the work.
I am unsure about you, but it took my first 33 years on this earth and many heartaches, changes, disappointments, etc. to realize how to achieve my destiny.
True transformation is a never ending process. I am still refining my process today because I want to consistently chase, achieve, and enjoy my dreams. I am reinventing me to develop into the best me.
There is no short-cut to a better lifestyle. Also, each of us will have a different definition of what is acceptable for us and our family.
10. What happens if I don't do anything?
Opportunity + Choices = Lifestyle
Before you can transform your life, you must reassess and most likely reprogram your belief system. Over the past 33 years, we have paid for access to hundreds of tools (e.g., action guides, affirmation-reflections; audios; courses; ebooks; videos; and, worksheets). You will also have access to my experience and those people I know.
Become a part of part of my better lifestyle community to access these resources (free and paid) and start writing your success story.
Am I Bragging or Challenging You?
Let's get real ... I am doing a little of both. I am proud of my journey because I did what a lot of people doubted then and even today that I would not be able to do. I still get the snide comments or weird looks when people hear my story or review my accomplishments. Yet, that is their smaller vision of themselves and not my reality.
Had I let society's labels placed on me early in life impact my desires; yield to distractions; be overcome by negativism; quit because of non-believers around me, I would have given up. Quitting is not in my DNA nor will it ever be. You should not give up on your dreams.
Instead, take off the green lenses and try to learn from reading this.
Most importantly, use some of my story to help you conquer your obstacles or those from others you are letting overcome your life.
As kids, we are often impacted by a lot of things we can't change --
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