Any great journey, adventure, or endeavor – and the rewards and success that might come as a result – requires unwavering commitment and discipline. We are seduced into comfort – the soft couch and comfy pillow beckon us to drop the work and get cozy… that hard work can wait until tomorrow or ‘when we feel like it’ … unfortunately, nothing great ever resulted from comfort – except needed rest. 

So, as we embark on a quest for excellence in our organizations, as leaders, as teams – consider these timeless words from Epictetus.  If you are resolved to do something significant – print this and hang it on your vision board to be reminded of the necessity of daily discipline to do the work.  The game is NOW! The challenge is HERE. Will you respond?



“From now on, then,

resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress

and make whatever you think best a law

that you never set aside.

And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded,

remember that the contest is now:

you are at the Olympic Games,

you cannot wait any longer.

Your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event.



Jesse DePriest

Lean Leadership and Transformation Coach

Serious Joy

I am a lean leadership and transformation coach. I am honored and privileged to help leaders and their teams do their work better.  The work is serious, but we approach it with a spirit of joy. 

We were made for adventure, purpose, passion, discomfort, and problem solving. If we first start with an attitude of JOY, we will find the discipline necessary to combat the demons and breach obstacles that leads to our full purpose. 

SO, gather your team – get real about where you are, how you are going to work together. Create a vision of excellence that you can strive toward together. And pick up the spirit of Serious Joy and start climbing… It’s demon repellent. 


Keep Smiling. Keep Striving.

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