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A VACATION AND A MASTERMIND MEETING On the Waves of Waikiki
Back in our February newsletter, I mentioned that Alison and I were heading out to Hawaii around Valentine’s Day. Well, we’ve since returned!
Alison and I had a fantastic getaway visiting Oahu and Maui over two weeks. This picture was taken on Waikiki Beach where we stayed — and surfed — while on Oahu. The surf is always perfect on Waikiki for beginners like us! Since it's one of my favorite destinations, I’ve spent a couple of months in total staying on Waikiki. It’s always a great time, with great views. We ended up staying six days on Oahu, in Honolulu and Waikiki, and six days on Maui along the Kaanapali Beach and around Lahaina. While both destinations were amazing, I did prefer staying on Waikiki. It is more crowded, but everything you need is within walking distance, and this meant we could buy groceries and use our kitchenette! We even rented a car for a day and drove around the island to take everything in. After Waikiki, we headed to Maui. It’s been seven years since I last visited the island. We visited the typical tourist spots like Haleakala and the Road to Hana. We also drove the entire southern and northern sections of the island, but we stayed on the western side of the island, which gave us a view of the sunset every evening. And I will say, those sunsets were amazing! I think on that fact alone, Alison decided she preferred Maui to Oahu. Not only did we get to take in some perfect sunsets there, but it’s also less crowded and more laid back. Of course, I didn’t just go to Hawaii for vacation. While I was in Maui, I attended a mastermind group and mixed business with pleasure, which is something I like to do when I can, especially when it takes us out of Texas. The mastermind principle was first introduced by Napoleon Hill, renowned self-help author from the early-to-mid 20th century, in his 1928 publication “The Law of Success.” The mastermind principle consists of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common
objective. Hill believed that success does not come without the cooperation of others.
I was able to meet with a group of like-minded attorneys, and we were all able to openly share ideas to help each other in our practices. It was only a one-day meeting, but we were able to pack in so much in the short time we were together. The highlight of the mastermind to me was meeting John Morgan, who has arguably built the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm in the nation, with over 600 attorneys on staff. During the meeting, he shared some things he’s learned while building his firm. I gained a lot of great insights, which I brought back to the firm and to our clients. Alison and I are already looking forward to our next Hawaii trip, and I’m also looking forward to my next mastermind meeting, even though it won’t be in beautiful Hawaii.
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