My dear friend from college, Roger, passed away after his third battle with brain tumors.  I miss Roger but I don’t mourn him.  I’ve felt that he embraced life so much better than almost everyone else I know.  So to mourn would be disrespectful to him and how he lived his life.  BIGGEEERR!


Even in college, Roger would push me forward on all sorts of things by saying, “Think BIGGEEERRR!” as he held his hands far apart, like a fisherman exaggerating his catch.

Think Bigger QuoteWhat would happen?  I would think bigger.  And he would would then say, “No, think BIGGEEERRR!”

Know what… I would again!   I’d think bigger each time he pushed me to do so.

Now bigger did not always mean large.  It could be more creative, more interesting, sneakier, funnier or just plain smarter.

In business, I think of Roger’s advice often.  And without him in my ear, I have to now stand on my own and remember to “Think BIGGEEERRR!” without that fun, smiling face that could see my potential better than I could see it.

We all need someone to take us out of our comfort zones or to push us along.  Some people do this well on their own.  However, even Olympians have coaches to push and teach.  

I submit that anyone that claims they don’t need any push, motivation or training has chosen to stay where they are instead of growing personally and professionally.  They won’t say that, but their actions speak for them.

Do you have a Roger?  Can you be your own Roger?  I highly recommend it!


P.S.  So, here is an example of how big and different Roger could be…. my college stories begin with things like, “So my friend Roger found this store that sells cannon fuse….”



About the Author

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.