Greetings from Orlando, FL!

This is the third Tanner Talks in a row that I’m coming to you from a new city. I promise I’m not as much of a world traveler as it seems.

What were you doing in Orlando?

I spent the weekend at the OnBaseU pitching certification run by Dr. Greg Rose. I was initially skeptical, but it ended up being a good event and one that I anticipate I’ll implement a lot from.


In his popular book Principles, Ray Dalio shares about his experience documenting his principles in various areas of life. This helped him to have regular methods for making decisions and taking action that he could. As he gained more experience, he would update his principles or add new ones altogether depending on what he had gone through.

This proved to be an invaluable practice. Dalio is a billionaire and one of the most successful investors of all time. He also created an incredible organization at his firm, Bridgewater.

Without delaying the point any further, I’m planning on taking up this practice.

Writing improves your thinking. And better thinking leads to better decisions and outcomes. I’d like to invite you to join me in establishing your own unique principles.

A few areas to consider:

  • Life principles
  • Work principles
  • Industry-specific principles (baseball coach, for example)
  • Relationship principles

The list could go on-and-on.

To get started, check out where you can download the Principles app and read the entire book for free.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The storytelling ability of author Daniel James Brown is incredible. Prepare to be mesmerized by the unification of the Washington Huskies’ men’s rowing team, the journey of a lovable Joe Rantz, and an Olympic-sized victory over the evil Nazi empire. You won’t regret reading this.

Article: What Having a “Growth Mindset” Actually Means

I’ve noticed a bad trend and even fallen into it myself. That trend? Mistaking learning for production. When we think about productivity, we often think about crossing off the to-do list. I think that’s dangerous.

On the same line of thought, a lot of people have taken the concept of “Growth Mindset” to just be about learning. That’s not what Carol Dweck meant it to be, and we should reclaim that term for what it truly is.

HBO GO: The Art of Coaching

I love learning from great coaches in other sports to help me improve my coaching skills. HBO’s documentary on football coaching legends Bill Belichick and Nick Saban was interesting and well worth the 75 minutes.

That’s all I have for you this week.

I’ll talk to you again two weeks from now.

As always, if you come across something you think I’d be interested in, please send it my way at

Have a great week,