Weekly Pillar Post 9/21


beFIT – Ryan

We’ve already talked about one of our new favorite workout types on social media, but wanted to give it a special shoutout on the blog as well. I have no idea what it’s called and I’m sure many people have done it before. Regardless, it’s a lot of fun and allows you to push yourself and your buddies.

15 minutes of benching 135 lbs. with Andrew, Mike, and Ryan

Here’s how it works:

  1. Grab 2-3 friends who want a good workout – We’ve found that a total of 4 people doing this works pretty well
  2. Decide what movement/lift you want to do – Bench press, back squat, pull-ups, and shoulder press are just a few of the things we’ve tried.
  3. Set a time limit – 10-15 minutes seems to be a pretty good range for most movements
  4. Decide on max reps per set – 8-10 is usually a pretty good number here
  5. Set the rotation and get to work! – Each person does as many reps as they can without reaching failure, then the next guy in the rotation jumps in.
  6. Mark your reps and rounds – To keep track of improvement next time… or just for bragging rights.

If you give this a try, let us know some of your favorite movements/weights/times on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

beDRIVEN – Mike

I’ve mentioned Ryan Hawk’s name before on our podcast. I was introduced to him through my boss and have gotten to hear some awesome content from his podcasts through many of the top leaders in the world and also from him during his Learning Leader Academy that I attended last year. His book, Welcome to Management is by far the best book on management that I’ve read. You can find some of this info below on his website, but in case you don’t click on the link…


Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast with millions of listeners in more than 150 countries.  He is the author of Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader  (McGraw-Hill, January 28, 2020).

A lifelong student of leadership, he rose to roles as a professional quarterback and VP of Sales at a multibillion-dollar company. Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates “Leadership Circles” that offers structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders.


The Learning Leader Academy is designed to not only provide you with online training videos, but also gives you the opportunity to interact with an active community of leaders with growth-oriented mindsets.

The video lessons serve as a framework to stimulate discussion amongst our community of thoughtful and intentional leaders helping each other grow into the kind of leader that inspires others to follow.


A podcast dedicated to learning from top leaders like General Stanley McChrystal, Jim Collins and John Maxwell

beNOBLE – Matt

If there is one downside to trying hard things, it’s that you learn how under prepared and powerless you really are. I think sometimes that the point of doing hard things is to ultimately fail and then realize where we need to grow.

Maybe there is a failure in your life that you haven’t taken full advantage of yet. This week, think about how you have dropped the ball or broken a promise and diagnose what really went wrong. What caused the failure may not be what you originally thought. Maybe the reason you failed is because you had to prioritize something more important or maybe the goal that was set was the wrong goal. Knowing what really caused the problem will help make sure that it doesn’t cause the next.

Man Standing on Cliff Photography

One of the greatest outcomes of epic failure, if we choose to accept it, is humility. The Bible tells us that humility is good. Get out there and embrace the humility that comes with knowing we suck. That is when we are primed to learn the most.

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Psalm 25:9

beCHILL – Andrew

With summer drawing to a close we approach one of my favorite past times: Fantasy Football.

Starting with trash talking during the draft to picking the best team names (Baby got Dak and Country road, take Mahomes are two of my favorite this year) I love everything about fantasy football. I find there is no better way to relax on a Sunday than to watch your team beat up on your friends or co-workers.

Who doesn’t need an excuse to work on their mental health these days? Check out this article about the ways fantasy football is actually good for your brain.

Selective Focus Close-up Photo of Brown Wilson Pigskin Football on Green Grass

So if you’re looking to build camaraderie, critical thinking, or just plain competition get some friends together and start a league of your own.

Just like my home town Browns, my fantasy team usually breaks my heart by the end of week 3. But as my fellow arm chair quarterbacks know, it’s always darkest before Deshaun.

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