STARTING FIRES

Starting fires (negativity) in the workplace is an easy formula. Make an assumption about someone at your office (spark). Create a beginning, middle and end to your story to support your assumption (flame). Operate in a negative manufactured reality (fire).

Mr. Barzo

Imagine you’re at an elementary school and you have 3 teacher’s to choose from that includes teacher “X”, teacher “Y” and Mr. Barzo. Teacher “X” and teacher “Y” operate out of their head/box and are very linear, structured and serious. They follow their lesson plans, keep the class quiet and orderly, work off a Smartboard…

Continue Reading

Turn Off the Tape Recorder

Operating out of our head/box allows the mind to increase our anxiety levels. That is exactly what happened when I lived in L.A. and went on my auditions. My mind would start racing and telling myself I had to be perfect in this audition otherwise I may never get another shot. It would go on…

Continue Reading

Fish in a Blender

I do a creative workshop twice a year called “SMASH” which allows individuals to get out of their head/ box. At this workshop I teach a style of theater called Surrealism. Surrealism is an art form that aims at releasing the creative potential of the unconscious mind. I put the students in groups of 3…

Continue Reading

Playing It Safe Is The Problem

John Chen is the CEO of Blackberry and made the following statement: “Customers and the market will only respond if you’re innovating again”. Innovation is what make companies money! Think about some of our most creative companies and look at their stock prices: Google- $598.26/ share Apple-$101.73/ share Amazon-$328.21/ share Tesla- $252.14/ share It’s easy…

Continue Reading

A BLADE OF GRASS

When I was at the University of Kentucky we had a guest speaker come to our campus and in the workshop he talked about “3-D Living”. “3-D Living” is using all of our senses during the day. When we live in our head/box we become disconnected from our senses and miss out on opportunities to…

Continue Reading

Play Fast

When you embrace failure you give yourself a chance to do great things, and this way of thinking applies in all aspects of one’s life: social, personal and professional. “You have to give yourself a chance to fail.” That’s what Kenny “The Jet” Smith said during an NCAA college basketball tournament, about a star player…

Continue Reading

$MASHING THE BOX & MAKING $$$

Here are the financial returns for individuals who thought inside the box, out of the box and SMASHED THE BOX over a 10 year period. Inside the box- .17%- 1.988%/ Savings account & CD Outside the box- 2.6%/ Blend of equities & fixed income SMASHED THE BOX- 306%/ IBB Biotech ETF SMASH THE BOX IS…

Continue Reading

Life’s Train Ride

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believed they will always travel at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our…

Continue Reading

Validate Your Assumptions

It’s easy to make assumptions. The problem with making assumptions is we begin to create a false reality that is not grounded in facts or truth. Furthermore, we are more worried about winning our point with our assumption rather than asking questions and getting to the truth of the matter. Take for instance two individuals…

Continue Reading

The Mental Prison

MENTAL PRISON- 4 SIDES 1st side of a box- Perfectionism 2nd side of a box- Negativity 3rd side of box- Judgment 4th side of box- Fear How do we get in the box? If our focus is internal (on ourselves and our issues) we are living in the mental prison/ head. Being in our head…

Continue Reading

Think About It

THINK ABOUT IT I had just finished my keynote address for an insurance company at the Columbus Zoo when out of the corner of his eye I saw a man about 10 feet away looking at me. This man had quite a presence, at 6 foot 4, he had the build of a former wrestler….

Continue Reading