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Just Keep Moving Forward Blog - Bruce Dunn

February 2024:


When One Door Closes, Another Opens…BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!!


Don’t you just hate that phrase when someone is trying to cheer you up, put things in perspective, or when the world is seemingly crashing down on you? As you discovered from the last edition of #JKMF, I’ve been on this earth a little longer than one may have imagined. I can’t even comprehend the amount of decades I’ve been breathing air.

 

The one thing I do know is that the more time one has lived on this planet, the more times one will experience pain, sorrow and loss of life…along with hopefully great joy and happiness. This so-called rinse and repeat of life is one of the best educators to prepare you for both the good and the well, not so good. However, with those decades of breathing air comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes a bit of perspective. The problem is that if you’re like me, the school of hard knocks had to be attended far longer than the prescribed graduation date. I was not on the 6-year plan, I’ve seemingly been on the lifelong plan!

 

To the point of the subject line, “When One Door Closes, Another Opens”...that has occurred so many times in my life that there are people in my circle who believe it’s ALWAYS so and that the door-closing moments are inevitably followed by another opportunity. Of course that’s not always true for me or anyone else, but how you deal with adversity is in my opinion how you will navigate running/walking/crawling through the next open door.

 

My perspective has always been faith driven. Being challenged by believing in a Savior whom you "can't see, touch or smell". By learning to have faith in a God that allows you to be free of judging others.

 

The ability to weather the storm while knowing there is a rock in a world where good and evil are not adjudicated equally. God can bring peace to your soul.  And a belief in Jesus is not a panacea for pain and suffering, it's a foundation and a comfort when it comes your way. Just ask those who've experienced the most unthinkable tragedies and what sustained them through the darkest periods of their lives. Those that have experienced the closing of one door…maybe even two or three; then the doors often do indeed open soon thereafter! 

 

Believe in yourself and just put one foot in front of the other…that open door is coming soon!

 

January 2024:


Launch Pad of Life…Turning 29 for the 31st Time!

This is the first of what I hope will be a few insights on myself, our company, and some personal musing on life.  A look under the hood so to speak to what makes me tick, what’s happening with All Sports Productions and what I can be heard oftentimes saying during our events, we’re going to “Just Keep Moving Forward”.

At the end of each of the last 21 seasons of my professional life with All Sports Productions,  there has been a pause to review what was and then what can be for the upcoming year. Both the reflection of the past year and the perception of the future have been a mix of a “false sense of accomplishment” along with a very healthy dose of reality of the successes and failures of the year. This combined with how to make the upcoming year a true success!


Our company measurements, like most organizations, have a concrete marker which is profit and loss, but also the anecdotal measurements of personal feedback from our sponsors, team members and athletes.  The latter is such a unique perspective and in the final analysis, there are still the unknowns or the intangibles which drive me to #JustKeepMovingForward.


Oddly enough in prepping for this newsletter, I came across three interesting documentaries on personal growth and development.

  • “Stutz” with Jonah Hill and Phil Stutz.  The major takeaways and ones which are continually reinforced in my life is there is always Pain, Uncertainty and Constant Work along with you should take care of your body first, your people and then you in terms of the relationship with yourself.
  • “I Am Not Your Guru” by Tony Robbins. There is a bit of colorful language, but there are some pearls for sure.
  • “The Call To Courage” by Brene’ Brown.  Another reinforcement in a very humorous way…life is uncertain and “you know what happens”, so how will you deal with it.


I’m personally recommitting to a healthy body, emotional connections and a better relationship with myself.  A healthy body begins with exercise, getting plenty of rest, and eating well.  Emotional connections are about my commitment to a better spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ along with connecting in a deeper way with friends and family.  And then finally investing the time and energy to educate myself on being a better leader to our All Sports Productions’ team.


Being a leader is not one of my strong points. Does it have something to do with being an only child, losing my father when I was 10 or having not worked in a corporate environment with lots of professional training and development?  The answer is probably all of the above.


2024 is a BIG year for two reasons…I turn 60!  I know, I act like a teenager sometimes! But, I feel there is so much to accomplish and I’m just getting warmed up!  And Debra and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage.  Las Vegas was giving big odds on the under when she and I walked down the aisle.  And if there had been electronic betting, there would have been more than one of our friends who would’ve taken the under. Lost Wages for everyone except us!  A successful marriage is about never giving up and constant work.  Hmmm…that mirrors life, doesn’t it!

Bruce Dunn - Owner/Race Director : bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com : 479-521-7766 (office)

 
 

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