LOOK AT THE END GAME
Look at the End Game so you can live your Best Life, your beliefs, your wishes, your passions, your career and your relationships! When Your Mind + Body + Soul are aligned things will magically appear for you without difficulties!
“And then it happens………….. one day you wake up and you’re in this place. You’re in this place where everything feels right. Your heart is calm. Your soul is lit. Your thoughts are positive. Your vision is clear. You’re at peace, at peace with where you’ve been, at peace with what you’ve been through and at peace with where you’re headed.” Unknown
“You can’t go back and change the beginning. But you can start where you are and change the ending”!”, Unknown
Our interview with Terry Tucker, started off with incredible vision of hope to the end of tips and tricks from the best! He has come full circle to help heal others and to help you move towards your best life. Whatever that looks like. Terry Tucker is the founder of www.motivationalcheck.com and an Author of Sustainable Excellence. Everything you need to know from Terry is in this fantastic book! Look at the End Game was a start of this whole vision!
Look at the End Game was so useful in so many ways. So in 2012, I was a high school basketball coach in Texas, I had a callous break open on the bottom of my foot, right below my third toe. I didn’t think a lot of it initially because, as I said, being a coach, you’re on your feet a lot. And after a few weeks when it didn’t heal, I went to a podiatrist, a foot doctor friend of mine, and he did the basic stuff. We’ll give you some padding for your shoes and things like that. When that didn’t work, he took an X-ray and he said, I think you’ve got a little sit in there and I can cut it out. And he did, and he showed it to me. It was a little gelatin sack with some white fat in it. Nothing to be concerned about. No dark spot now, blood, nothing like that. But he sent it off to pathology just to make sure.
Well, two weeks later, I get a call from him. And as I said, he was a friend of mine, and the more difficulty as he was talking, the more scared I became until he finally just laid it on the line. He said, Terry, I’ve been practicing for 25 years as a foot specialist and I’ve never seen this form of cancer. I think you should go to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and be treated there. So, I did. I went to MD Anderson. I had two surgeries, 1 to remove the tumor on the bottom of my foot, the other to remove all the lymph nodes in my groin. And when I healed, I was put on a weekly injection of a drug called Interferon. No interference for me was a horrible, nasty, debilitating drug. And I took these weekly injections for almost five years before the medicine became so toxic to my body tonight that ended up in the intensive care unit with a fever of 108 degrees.
So I’ve always been a big fan of Western movies, kind of Cowboys and Indians here, and my parents used to let me stay up late to watch Gun Smoke or Wild Wild West and stuff like that.
A successful lawman’s plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
But in 1993, the movie Tombstone came out and you may have seen it. Kurt Russell played a guy by the name of Wyatt Earp, and Val Kilmer played a man by the name John Doc Holiday. Now Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday were two living, breathing human beings that actually walked on the face of the Earth. They were not made up characters for the movie. And in the very end of the movie, Doc, they called him Doc because he was a dentist by trade, but he was pretty much a card shark and a gunslinger. And Wyatt had been a law man his entire life. So these two men from entirely different backgrounds had formed this great friendship. But at this point in the movie, Doc is dying in the Sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. And the real Doc Holiday did die at that Sanitarium. It’s about three hours from our house. And Wyatt, at this point in his life, is destitute. He has no money, he has no job. He has no prospects for a job.
So he comes every day to play cards with Doc just to pass the time. And the two men are talking about what they want out of life. And Doc says, you know, when I was younger, I was in love with my cousin, but she joined a convent over the affair. But she’s all that I ever wanted. And he looks at what he says, What about you? What do you want and why? It says, I just want to lead a normal life. And Doc looks at him and says, There’s no normal. There’s just life.
Get on with living yours. And I think that’s a story I like to end with, because we’re all kind of waiting for that. If this happens, then I’ll do this. Or if that happens, I’ll do that. Don’t wait. There’s no normal life. There’s just life. The life that you have now. And use that life. Find your purpose. Live your purpose. Because when you get to the end of your life like I am, you’re gonna be a whole lot happier than if you didn’t find it, that’s for sure.
And tell us about your book. The book is called Sustainable Excellence to 10 Principles, The Leading Your Uncommon and Extraordinary Life.
It’s a book that was born out of two stories. I already told you about my former teammate. Another one was a young College student who connected with me on LinkedIn and said one of the things I need to know to not only be successful in business or my job, but in life in general. And I didn’t want to give them get up early, work hard, help others. Those aren’t important. They are, but they’ve been done. And so I spent some time writing some notes, and eventually.
Look at the End Game was a start to all of these 10 principles. I had these 10 principles, and so I sent them to them. And then I stepped back, and I was like, you know, I’ve got a life story that emulates that principle. I know somebody’s life who emulates that principle. So literally, between the time I was diagnosed, I was heading to surgery to remove my leg. And the time I started chemotherapy for the tumors. And my lunch is about three months. I sat down at the computer and I took those 10 Principles, and I just built stories underneath them.
And then I had this book, and I was all excited about it. I’ve got to sell books and stuff like that. And I had somebody tell me that. Now, Terry, you wrote this book to help people. So your job is to help people, not to sell books. If you help people, your books will sell themselves. So I’m so glad he told me that, and kind of hit me in the face with it. And I wrote the book to make a difference, not to get famous, not to get rich. And so really, now it’s all about can people use that book to make their life better? And I had an 87 year old man by the book read it and get in touch with me. And he said, you know, if I would have had these principles when I was younger, I would have had a much better life.
I thought, well, maybe the book’s going to do people some good. Absolutely. How can it not?
I love this final note from Terry Tucker above, but I couldn’t just end on that note. Here’s another great note from Terry. And that one you just asked me about what you leave behind is what you leave in the hearts of others.
“I always ask people to kind of think about the end game.” Look at the End Game. What are people going to say about you at your funeral now? What is your legacy in life going to be? What would your ancestors say about the life that you have lived? And if you’re in your twenties or thirties or wherever you are? If you think about the end game, if you think about your own death and you don’t like the answers to those questions, I don’t like what people are going to say. He’s a jerk. Well, you know what? You’ve got time now to make changes in your life to improve your life. And I’m not saying you should live for other people. I don’t think you should. I think you kind of have to live the life that you were born to live. Beautiful Terry! Thank you for your interview!
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