Your Personal Best

Just came out of a great weekend down in Columbus., where thousands of people attended the LIFE business major leadership convention. The LIFE business exploding, and I’m so excited to see all the lives its materials and compensation plan are changing. One of the talks that I’ve really carried with me since leaving the function posed this question: “Are you doing your personal best?”

It hit me really hard because I knew my answer would have to be, “No.” So then, the question that follows, of course, is “Why not?” And to that, I do not have an answer. Only a personal commitment to myself that I will strive from here on out to be able to answer, “Yes,” to that question at the end of every day. I love the poem listed in the image above, so much that I’m going to rewrite it below.

At God’s footstool to confess , a poor soul knelt and bowed his head. “I failed,” he cried.
The master said, “Thou did thy best, that is success.”

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden said, “[Become] the best that you are capable of becoming. It is impossible to accomplish more than that.” His name is practically synonymous with the idea of doing our personal best. It was through him I discovered the poem, and in honor of the lasting impact he’s had on countless numbers of people, I’ll close with a talk he gave a few years ago in which he explains his own personal definition of success.

God bless,



  1. Scott Staley · · Reply

    I love that poem. Thank you for sharing – I think its a great message as I know that many people compare their weaknesses to others strengths.

  2. Tim Miler · · Reply

    Like the video!! Well said about the weekend’s talks.

  3. Rob Crichlow · · Reply

    That is a great talk by Wooden. I had not heard it. I too came away from the weekend struggling with doing my personal best. I will also be pushing myself to give my best going forward. Anything less is wasted material. Thanks for this post.

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