Paradise Valley, AZ

Since I have traveled a great deal over the years, I have had the opportunity to dine at some of the finest restaurants in the world. People often ask for recommendations, and I literally have dozens of eateries to share. That being said, just last night a gentleman asked if I could recommend a restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ and I told him one of my most favorite culinary delights in the Southwest (maybe America) is El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley. Not far from Scottsdale, this 1930’s schoolhouse has been crafted into a cozy, beautiful and dare I say, romantic restaurant. Although it’s been a couple of years since I have been able to visit, I often refer people and have been assured the fragrant fires still burn in the outdoor dining area and the “sticky buns” remain a feature you won’t want to miss. If you ever in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale area, you must treat yourself to the El Chorro Lodge.
Now before you tell me your favorite restaurants…don’t. But if you have tried any that I share with you…let me know what you think.

In fine dining like in life…you “Don’t Just Do It”

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The “Non-Delusional Life”

In the airport the other day, I overheard a couple chatting about all the “work” they needed to catch-up on when they returned from vacation. As the three children sat quietly (playing games on their IPods), it seemed as though the parents were in a “I need to do more than you” contest. Quite frankly, none of it sounded very important.
All to often, people live what I refer to as a “Delusional Life”. They think that as long as they have a hefty “to do” list, then life is important.┬áIn other words, doing busy work is not really living.
One of the best parts of our family vacations was talking about the best of…whatever and what each person enjoyed the most and why. Vacation began with the planning phase, which everyone was involved in, and was not complete until we returned to work or school.

It certainly didn’t sound like this young couple had their priorities straight, which is a key step in living a “Non-delusional” life. In life, like in business…you “Don’t Just Do It!”

Swimming is the Priority!

Young Eric Shanteau’s effort in the Olympic 200 meter breaststroke beat his personal best. However, he came up 0.13 seconds short of qualifying for the last finals spot. Why is this important? Because Eric has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. (You can read more about Eric in this article from USA Today) He made the decision to hold off on his required surgery since he made the team. Now that his event is completed, he plans on returning to Atlanta to begin his fight against the disease. Eric is taking cancer on with the same attitude he does with his swimming competition when he says: “This thing stands no chance.”

Although there are those that criticize Shanteau’s decision to participate in the games and delay his cancer treatment, but it shows he clearly understands his personal priorities, is committed to a plan and has people that coach and support him throughout.

It is also clear to me that Eric understands how important life is and that you…Don’t Just Do It!

Why the fish?

Okay…several people have asked why I have a picture of fish swimming toward me on the front of my blog.
For those of you who have been fortunate enough to hear my “Don’t Just Do It” speech, you know that several years ago I nearly drowned in the ocean. Not to minimize the terror I felt at the time, it was somewhat of a “life-changing” event. At that moment, I came to realize that our lives must be managed like a business. Thus the BYOCPO concept.
The picture of the fish was taken several days later. It’s as though they are laughing at the guy who nearly killed himself while snorkeling.

Life is too important…Don’t Just Do It!