We Need New Heroes- 2018

Who are your heroes in 2018: TV stars, athletes, movie stars, super heroes, models, politicians or singers?  We idolize their personalities, wealth, music, athletic abilities, looks and songs.  We ask for their autographs, go to their concerts, and watch them on TV.  However, are these the heroes we want?  Do they have the qualities that…

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Creative Debt

I attend a weekly meeting every Tuesday morning with a group of Christian business owners and the leader of the group is a man named Eric. The group has 5-7 people who show up at 7:00 am- the early time keeps the group small. Eric asks probing questions each week which make us re-think how…

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Show Up

To “Show Up” means one can’t always being politically correct. We live in a time when political correctness is a major barrier to showing up each and every day. The idea that we can speak our mind openly and honestly is greatly impeded by the fear that is associated with being politically in-correct. We are…

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Christmas through the eyes of a child/ parent/ grandparent

As we gather this holiday season what type of mindset will you have going into it?  The mindset you have will impact your mood, behavior, anxiety levels, and overall holiday experience.  I talked to a child, a parent, and a grandparent and asked them what they thought of the upcoming holiday season. Child: I asked…

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Rushing

I don’t know about you, but I am always in a rush. Going from meetings to meetings, taking calls, making calls, getting to and from work and the list goes on and on. What are the consequences of rushing personally and professionally? First, when we are in a rush we are rarely in the moment….

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“A Circus Without Animals”

The founders of Cirque Du Soleil asked themselves, “What if we could deliver a circus without any animals?” That took them to a whole new market where they could charge hundreds of dollars for a ticket versus the tens of dollars that the traditional circuses charged*. Differentiation What do you do that is different than…

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“It is Better to Fail at your Own Life than Succeed at Someone Else’s*”

I lived in LA for 7 years and had a few successes and many more failures. One of the successes I had included doing a commercial for Procter & Gamble which allowed me to get into the Screen Actors Guild. I remember during the orientation they told us this is the only union in the…

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Visionaries- Why so few?

Ever wonder why so few people get the label “Visionary?” This word is reserved for the elites like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Why are there so few visionaries in the world? What is a visionary? A visionary is someone who thinks about or plans for the future with imagination and…

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

Albert Einstein famously said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Do you agree with this statement? I would say most men and women in working America would disagree. The question becomes why? Why do we put a higher premium on knowledge than imagination? Compare knowledge and imagination in these 3 areas: #1 Idea Generation- Imagine…

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What we can learn from Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is not only the king of pop, but a master improviser. At his concert you will see him yelling at his fans and telling them that he loves them, he then begins chanting with them and exchanging dialogue all of which is improvised. Take a look: The most memorable keynote address I delivered…

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Now

“Now” is a powerful word because it leaves no chance of future planning. Many of us want to plan our lives away without ever taking action. What if you took action now by: 1. Booking your dream vacation 2. Reading books on a daily basis 3. Exercising My most recent “Now” moment included reading 2…

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Kick Out the Ladder

Soichoro Honda (Founder of Honda) personally experienced numerous crisis and unexpected setbacks in his early years in the auto industry which included: 1. Factory destroyed by fire 2. Supplies rationed during wartime 3. Designs failed and threw productions schedules into a panic While the crisis weren’t welcomed, Honda began to note how each crisis improved…

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