Jake LaCaze

May 10, 2024 ↓

Who's on your personal board of directors?

Ryan Leaf is a great redemption story, even if you're not a sports fan.

The No. 2 pick of the 1998 NFL draft (second only to Peyton Manning) is widely known as being one of the biggest busts in NFL history.

FUN FACT: Leaf recently declared himself the greatest bust in NFL history so that fans could save their breath by no longer having to argue about the topic.

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Leaf's status as an NFL bust was worsened by drug addition, for which he served time in prison.

It's hard to imagine someone hitting rock bottom harder than Ryan Leaf. It's equally hard to imagine someone bouncing back as high as he has.

Leaf appears to have truly come to terms with his past. He doesn't shy away from talking about his failures while he's working for Westwood One or when he's guest hosting for sports commentating legends like Dan Patrick and Rich Eisen.

Leaf's redemption is inspiring. As is one crucial detail: He didn't do it alone.

Leaf has in the past described himself as the CEO of his own life. Like any other CEO, he seeks guidance from his board of directors, comprised of five people he trusts in the sensitive matters of his life.

I love Leaf's analogy because we're all CEOs--CEOs of our own lives. And we all need the support of our own board of directors.

For the last few days I've been asking myself who's on my own personal board of directors. The first slot is easy: It belongs to my wife. As the leading stockholder, she has the most to gain or lose from my decisions.

The next two spots were easy to fill. Those last two spots are a couple boogers, but I have some good candidates in mind.

Perhaps you've heard the line that you are the average of the five people you must hang out with. Ideally, these five people would make great board members. But if they don't, maybe it's time to reconsider whom you give your time.

So, I think it's time to ask:

Who's on your board of directors?

Jake LaCaze knows we all need hope to make it through hard times. What better source than those who've been there and done that?


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