Tobi Lyon MooreThis past weekend Tobi and Bil invited us over for a Valentine’s themed dinner.  Tobi greeted us at the door with a glass of champagne and a big hug.  The dinner table gorgeous and filled with all sorts of holiday candies scattered in between one of the most amazing meals I’ve had in a long time.  The highlight, though, was a personalized Valentine’s Day card Tobi gave to each of her guests.  Saturday reminded me how fortunate I am to have Tobi Moore in my life.

Tobi is one of the most generous people I know.  She is always willing to lend a hand or offer advice.  I could call Tobi anytime of the day or night and I know she would be there if I needed her.  Honestly, Tobi is more of a sister to me than a friend.  We’ve always hit it off and I’m consistently learning from her.

Who/what inspires you?

I love the saying from Zig Zigler, “People often say motivation doesn’t last.  Well neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” 

I have always been driven and determined. I believe that things don’t just come to you when you sit around; it’s up to you to make them happen.  The one person who taught me that was my Dad. I don’t know anyone who works harder than he has his entire life.  He truly has made me become the woman I am today and I am an extremely fortunate girl to have the family and upbringing I did to know how to work hard and find inspiration within.   I think that is why I kept my maiden name of Lyon, to truly never forget where I came from and the honor I feel to have come from some extraordinary and inspiring individuals.

Do you have a slogan, motto or mantra?

“Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” ― Archimedes

I was always told my energy level would fade the older I got, and my mother probably hoped it would have at a much younger age… like before I could walk.  However, if anything my energy level has only increased with age.   I won’t let the fire within me burn out, I love that I am blessed to be able to maintain that energy level.

Do you have a lesson or thought to share?

I have been told that I tend to trust too much; I believe in others and trust in people when others would not have. However, that is one thing about me I don’t want to change, because my hope is that one day everyone will be as honest, genuine and loyal as I gave them credit for in the beginning.

My other life lesson is to surround yourself with great people.  A few years ago I cleaned out of my life with all unhealthy relationships. It wasn’t always easy but it has allowed me to go further, be better and live a richer and more satisfying life.

How do you deal with stress?

My husband has been the best stress reliever. When you have spent the majority of your professional career being single, there is something to be said about always having that rock there to support you.  I know I married a saint, my biggest cheerleader, but most of all a guy who never lets me forget the rock star I am, even when I lose faith in myself.

The other stress reliever for me is running. I took several years off, but have recently started running again.  It has truly been a blessing to be training for races and running with great friends.   While I am not very fast (yet!) and don’t look that great doing it (but I will!), it makes my head feel great.

Another way I de-stress is through laughter. I’m blessed to be surrounded by some of the funniest people that God has put on this earth.  And other times I’m busy laughing at myself as I tend to sometimes say or do ridiculous things.

Anything you want to add; words of wisdom?

My advice to everyone is you have to do the hard things; the things no one else is doing… the things that scare you. You have to care more about others than they care about you and, yes, you even have to be kind to people who are cruel to you.  It’s okay to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.  You have to lead when no one else is following you yet. You have to try and fail and try again.

The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid, to excuse away, to pretend they don’t apply to you. The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

 

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