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This is the podcast I told myself I’d never record.

But here we are, about a month after my old dog, best buddy, and constant companion, Bally the Dog, ran off to puppy heaven to chase rabbits, swim in the river, and roll in the grass.

He taught me a lot, and today I’m giving you the top 7 lessons from my little chocolate lab who changed my life.

Take this love, energy, enthusiasm, puppy wisdom, and peace from a dog’s heart and apply it to your own life so that you become an unstoppable high performer, both personally and professionally, so you can dominate your days and leave a powerful legacy in life… just like Old Bally the Dog.

  • Lesson #1 — You Can’t Control Others
    • He’s simply not the best-behaved dog. Understanding what I can’t control, and having the wisdom to focus on what I can control, has made a big difference in my life. I’m less stressed, more forgiving, and frankly, I spend far less energy on the drama that can fill my days.
  • Lesson #2 — Time is 700% More Important Than You Think
    • The stark reality: Owning a dog is a harsh reminder that our lives are passing even faster than you think.
  • Lesson #3 – Bring the Energy
    • People want positive people & puppies
  • Lesson #4 – Action Takers Rule The World
    • Get out and do something
  • Lesson #5 – Never, EVER give up on what is important to you
  • Lesson #6 – Life is short, have fun, play in the mud, give lots of kisses… don’t take yourself so seriously
  • Lesson #7 — Love a Lot More, Worry a Lot Less
    • The heart of a dog knows no limits. Now I know that mine has none, either. And neither does yours. Take these lessons from my dog to heart. Love more, forgive more and make more of the time you have with the people you love.

I hope you enjoyed this tribute to my mentor. He changed my life. Please let me know what you think. Send me a DM on Instagram or email me at

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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