Basketball Season is Underway!

As I’ve always said, this blog is about my life as a father and husband and not only business. So this post is more related to the things I really love, my family and supporting them in what they do.

 

Our family really enjoys this time of year. The kids are back in full swing of basketball mode and we are doing our best to follow them around to get to all their events. All of my kids are attending American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, Arizona. Daxon’s season has just got underway (8th grade) and they are 1-1. I’ll have some game tape for him that I’ll share soon.

 

I have the opportunity to help coach Tia’s team. She’s a junior this year and has started out strong. Her stats can be tracked on MaxPreps HERE

 

This past weekend we played in the Holiday Hoops women’s Basketball Tournament in Phoenix and Tia was named to the All Tournament All-Star Team. Our first game was probably her best where she had 29 points, she was 7 for 9 from behind the three point line, had 16 rebounds and 8 steals.

 

It’s going to be a fun year watching both Tia and Daxon, we are really looking forward to it!

 

 

 

 

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Tia Heggie – U17 Basketball Alberta

Looking forward to another summer of basketball with Tia playing for Basketball Alberta.

Team Alberta will be playing at the NIKE End of the Trail basketball tournament in Oregon City OR from July 5-8. From there they will head to Langley BC for some exhibition games. They will cap off the year at the Canadian National Championships in Regina SK from July 24-31.

 

 

 

Tia Heggie Basketball Highlights – Spring & Summer 2015

It was another fun summer following Tia around with her basketball. Unfortunately she suffered an early spring broken leg that slowed her down for a while but she healed up and finished strong. She played on the University of Lethbridge PEBL team in the spring and the U16 Basketball Alberta team during the summer.

Now it’s time for an exciting season of volleyball for Tia and football for Daxon!

Western Canada Summer Games 2015 – Wood Buffalo Alberta

We had the opportunity to spend the last week in Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Alberta at the Western Canadian Summer Games.  The organizers of the event did a great job. Each event was well organized and the facilities were great. The opening ceremonies were great to watch!

The purpose for us to be at the games was to watch our daughter, Tia Heggie, play with the U16 Basketball Alberta women’s team. We are very proud of Tia and her team. They fought through some tough games and finished fourth overall.

These are some highlights of Tia in her first three games

More Fun… Zip-Lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Last week I had the opportunity to take a youth group from our church down to the West Glacier area in Montana to camp.  It is a beautiful area in the mountains with a lot to do.  We spent a day with Glacier Raft Company doing some white water rafting.  The water levels were lower than average the it was a little cool that day, but we still had an excellent time.  I would definitely recommend Glacier Raft Company.

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We also spent a day at Whitefish Mountain. I have spent a lot of time on the mountain skiing in the winters but I’ve never experienced any of their summer adventures before.  Some of our group spent their time in the Aerial Adventure Park and had a great time. I took a group on the Zip-Line Tours and we loved every minute of it. Soaring high above the ski slopes, over ravines & through the trees was a great experience. With some of the lines reaching up to 1,900 feet in length and as high as 300 feet above the trees it was a great adventure. We had the opportunity to enjoy seven different lines, all with breathtaking  views of the mountains.  It’s definitely an activity I’m happy to refer others to.

This is a short video of three of the zip-lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Tia Heggie Point Guard – Basketball 2014/2015

Tia and her team had a great season of basketball in 2014/2015. Tia was the point guard of the team and is looking forward to entering high school next year to play at the next level.  This summer she is playing for Basketball Alberta again on the U16 Girls team.  They will be playing in the Seattle Summer Showcase from July 10-12, 2015 and then will be headed north to Langley BC for some exhibition games.  After these games their next big event is the Western Canadian Summer Games in Wood Buffalo AB that begin on August 7.

This is a highlight video of Tia with her Grade 9 Cardston Cougar Team.

This spring Tia also made the University of Lethbridge PEBL (Prairie Elite Basketball League) U17 team.  Unfortunately during their first tournament at the University of Alberta she broke a bone in her leg and didn’t get to play the entire season.  But this video shows some highlights from her first couple games at the UofA tournament.  She’s excited to be healed up and ready for Alberta Ball now. (She is #3 on the blue and white team)

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A Lesson Zuck Taught Me

I recently read The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick. I thought it was a fascinating book. Although I’m not in Silicon Valley and I’m not running a tech company, I think there was a lot to learn from this book.  I’m not talking about the start in your dorm room or follow your love type of stuff. I’m talking about something much more valuable. I’m talking about focus and confidence.

Mark Zuckerberg had multiple opportunities to make himself a very rich man very early on in the life of Facebook. Opportunities that would have saved him from headaches and a lot of work down the road. Opportunities that would have let him work on new projects without worrying about money.

But Zuck had a vision of the future for Facebook. He had a vision for what it was meant to bring to the world. So regardless of the exit options he was offered with, regardless of the dollars flashed in front if him, he stayed on plan with a focus and confidence to take it where he knew it could go. His focus and determination continue to move the company forward.

The wording in the Amazon.com review say it well. “Kirkpatrick shows how Zuckerberg steadfastly refused to compromise his vision, insistently focusing on growth over profits and preaching that Facebook must dominate (his word) communication on the Internet.”

Facebook’s IPO.  How many expected, how many wanted to see the Facebook IPO flop?  This was all still a part of Zuck’s focused march toward his goal.  Today he sits at #11 on the Forbes 400 list as the biggest dollar gainer of the year after his Facebook stock has soared, adding $15 billion to his net worth in the past year.  I think he’s done something right.

Have there been failures along the way for Zuck.  Yes, of course there have been.  That’s part of the whole story.  But in the end he knew what he wanted, he knew what he needed to do to get there and he kept his focus.  I’m anxious to watch how the rest of the story unfolds for this man, this company and this industry.

So what can you and I learn from this?  Is it that when we have come up with another “best idea ever” we give it all of our focus and march forward no matter what?  Hoping that it all works out and ignoring any advice or guidance that might tell us we are on the wrong track? Of course not.  One of the most valuable things a business owner can do is surround herself with others that are smarter than she is.  Others that have experience, that can give advice and guidance.  Zuck hasn’t done everything on his own without help, input and guidance from mentors.  What he has done is known where his company could go and kept his focus on getting it there.

We have squirrels everywhere that distract us from focusing on the most important things that will make ourselves and our companies successful.  On our journey to success, we need to have our goals, to have the end in mind.  But most importantly, we need to be able to keep our eye on the target, to keep our focus and to know what needs to be done to get there.  Distractions and opportunities will try to pull you away.  For Zuck, some of those distractions were opportunities to put millions of dollars in his pocket.  But his goal meant more to him than those dollars and he knew that when he achieved his goals there would be extra zeros added to the dollars in his pocket.

Focus.  Work hard.  Work smart.  Commit yourself to your goal.  It won’t be the amount of time you spend at the office that matters, it will be the amount of time that you spend in focused concentration working towards your goal.  Good luck!

Having Fun

I’ve had some great opportunities to have some fun and stretch myself in the past year.  I’ve decided that I no longer want to have those things on my bucket list that might happen sometime in the future.  I’ve decided to start knocking those things off the list.  It’s been great.  I’ve had to stretch myself a bit and I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone.  But, wow, have we had some fun.

 

It started when my wife and I took some of our team members and went skydiving!

 

Then most recently, my daughter and I went swimming with the sharks in Hawaii!

 

 

I don’t know what is next, but I’ve promised my team that we’ll do something fun in 2014! This is what it’s all about.  Don’t coast through life, step out of your comfort zone, have fun and make your mark on the world!

 

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