You’ve seen these dogs. The ones who are obsessed with the ball. Any ball. They beg their owner to throw the ball. They return it with urgency. And then they beg to have it thrown again. Relentlessly.

They’re addicted to the dopamine rush that comes from playing this game. It’s fun!

Our culture celebrates the men and women who are addicted to achievement. We see them in the headlines and on the covers of magazines at the airport.

Perhaps someone wants to train us to believe that being a ball chaser is the ideal. It makes sense – ball chasers are excellent followers. Just pickup the ball and we know what they will do.


I don’t have any disdain for ball chasers, but I’m rarely inspired by them. I appreciate the hard work and determination and the skill it takes to consistently chase the ball and bring it back. Absolutely.

But I don’t coach people to become better ball chasers. I coach them to become the ones throwing the ball. I coach the creators.

I’m drawn to the one who throws the ball. The one who creates the game. This is the leader. This is the visionary.

These men and women – these creators – are asking themselves:

“What am I here to experience before I die? What can I create that will have an impact? What can I do to make the world a better place?”

The creator has a calling. The creator isn’t here to play someone else’s game. By definition, the creator is here to create their own game, their own path, their own vision.

This mindset gives little interest to how well they’re doing what they “should” be doing. Or the score. Or awards. Or votes. Or Twitter. Or the ball.

Will you spend the rest of your life chasing someone else’s balls? Or will you create your own game?

Here’s to having some real fun,

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