In The Deed, The Glory

As I sit in my hotel room in New Orleans, sipping complimentary merlot from what appears to be a juice glass, I am suddenly struck with a huge wave of gratitude.

This week I met a ton of new people. I extensively interviewed five of them, and it took me until after dark tonight to finish. And you know what? I loved it. I loved the whole experience.

Not that interviewing strangers is always (or even often) interesting, but it puts a lot of things in perspective. I met five people who sincerely wanted to better themselves, improve their lives, and help others.

And the small part I played in the process will give one of them the opportunity to do just that. What an amazing honor. I mean that.


Gratitude: What You Do Matters

Banker, cop, dry cleaner, bartender, garbage collector, or doctor…you make someone’s life better. And reciprocally, those who you serve make your life better.

Each and every one of you who regularly reads whatever rant happens to spill out of my brain and onto my keyboard makes my life better. The fact that you get something valuable out of what I do here makes me happier than you could imagine. Your presence matters.

You’re a risk-taker, an awesome Dad, a great leader, and a model man in general. I am lucky to have re-connected with you.

You have an energy that I love and admire. It jumps out of your typed words and hits me like a fun, happy, positive brick. You make me smile consistently. 🙂 See?

Dude, you’re amazing. You know more about money at 21 than I aspire to know by 50. You’re a polite, brilliant, articulate young guy who I am proud to know.

You, my friend, were among the first to embrace this blog. Honest as the day is long, sincere, and hard working. You are a solid, capable human being – and I appreciate you.

You’re salt-of-the-earth tough, resilient, enterprising, and kind. Thank you for your service to our country – and for your support of me and what I do here.

Who Props You Up?

Those are just a few of my regular readers who I have had the privilege to get to know because of this blog. Not one cent has ever exchanged hands between any of us, and yet they have all in some way had a valuable and profound influence on me.

In your professional or personal life you are blessed with people like this, too. They’re always there, so they’re easy to overlook.

Stop overlooking them.

Look around you. Who is it that adds that little sumthin’-sumthin’ extra to your day?

And who might you be giving a boost to without knowing?

How about you identify those people and intentionally make their life a little better today?


Something You Didn’t Know About Me

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. My father played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and so did I. Truth be told, I mostly practiced for them…but you get the point. I’m a Husker to the core.

On the outside of Memorial Stadium above the southwest entrance, there is a phrase inscribed in concrete that has stuck with me since I was old enough to look up and sound out the words. This week, it has come to the forefront of my mind several times.

“Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.”

gratitudeIn other words, it’s the activity – the action that matters. The day-to-day. The fight. Each and every interaction you have with others, and every little battle you have with yourself.

Appreciate those.


The wins, the accolades, the grandeur – it’s all a byproduct of the action of living.

Do what you do and do it for the right reasons.

And enjoy the ride.

About Gary Korisko

Gary is a battle-tested sales and marketing pro, copywriter, coach, and business strategist who teaches how to create worthwhile work on Reboot Authentic. Connect with Gary on Google+ and Twitter.

21 Replies

  1. Mark Mathia

    …and you my friend offer uncommon wisdom, powerful “far-side” strategic thinking and honesty – to the core. You are the type of person who gives- not to receive, but to bless. It’s been great to take the field again in life with you. Thanks Gary and yes…Go. Huskers!

    1. Thanks, buddy.

      That means a lot to me. I have no words. (for once)

  2. Gee, thanks Gary! =) I’m quite fond of your energy too, if ya can’t tell.
    I love your point about doing things for the right reasons (which are not fame and glory). It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Hugh Prather: “To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.” Like my morning writing of my book – if I expected results every day, I would never write the damn thing. All I can do is sit down everyday and write. If it becomes something, fantastic, if not? I enjoyed the process.
    Part of this is, like you said, appreciating people. So I thank you, Gary, for the boost and the constant call to authenticity. You are SO appreciated. =)

    1. I agree.

      I actually had a talk like this with my boss today. We were talking about how the results and the win is important, but what is more important is doing the right things for the right reasons. When you do, the results follow.

      I like that quote, too. Thanks for sharing it, Kaylee.

      1. Jerry Budd

        “what is more important is doing the right things for the right reasons. When you do, the results follow” – Sounds like a life lesson from Coach Osborne… 😉

        GBR, Jerry

        1. Spoken like a true Husker there, Jerry. Thanks for chiming in. And, as always, GBR.

  3. Randy

    Wow Gary- I’m (almost) speechless. Hope you tell my wife and my boss- in that order- about these attributes of mine that none of us realized I had.

    Seriously, this column made me think about the people in my life. Not just family and friends- my coworkers, vendors, customers too. People are what make life interesting, and I for one tend to look at negatives instead of all the good stuff. Thanks for the reminder- it really was authentically passionate- what I’ve come to expect from a Guru:)

    1. Ha. Guru. You crack me up!

      And you’re right…people are what make life interesting. It’s sometimes hard for me to see past the negatives, too. But I try to remind myself that in every negative and in every butt-kicking there is a positive lesson somewhere. It’s often hard to find, but it’s there somewhere.

      Glad you found the post useful. And thanks as always for your support here, Randy.

  4. I like what you’ve got goin’ on here Gary! You had my interest on Twitter with “writer of blunt content”. Yay for radical honesty… and empowerment.

    1. Thanks, Debbianne!

      Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate it.

      And as a side-note, I may have a soft spot for you already because of your name. I’ll try to keep this short, but I had a friend who I went to kindergarten through graduation with. Wonderful girl. Her name was Debra Anne, so everyone called her Debann. We lost her shortly after graduation – very sad.

      Thank you for visiting and for participating. I hope we see much more of you here.


      1. Aww! Warm fuzzies back atcha.

  5. Yes, I think it’s definitely important to remember the impact we have and the contribution we’re making to the world — that helps me to let go of doubts like “I hope I’m not bothering anyone with my creative work.” 🙂

    1. For sure, Chris.

      I’ve noticed that for everyone who gets something from what you produce, there’s a little something that you get back from them, too.

      Thanks for stopping in and for contributing to the conversation!

  6. Gary, I love the fact that you’re fighting the good fight! Keep it up. I can’t wait to read about your successes. You’ve got the talent. Just keep pressing and building your community!

    1. I’m on it, Mike!

      And thank you for all your support. I appreciate you!

  7. Jane Robinson- Art Epicurean

    Gary, glad to meet your energy, interesting writing style and thoughts. I like that you tell your message honestly “without fluff”. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, Jane!

      For the visit and for speaking up and contributing. I hope to see you here more in the future.

  8. Priska

    ‘Not the victory but the action, not the goal but the game, in the deed the glory’.
    Love this quote. We are so programed to achieve we need to remind ourselves to enjoy participating in the action, game or deed.

    1. Agreed, Priska.

      I find the older…or more experienced I get, the more I enjoy the action and the fight. The day to day is something to be savored for sure.

      Thank you for speaking up!

  9. Awesome quote! I’ll have to remember that one. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but it’s definitely about the journey and not the destination.

    1. Thanks for the comment and the visit Kim. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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