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One day in LA while trying to get an agent, I executed on an original idea and turned it into an action. As an actor, a high priority was getting an agent, and one way to get their attention, was to mail them your head shot, resume, and a cover letter. I remember being in…

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Connect the Dots

Once you “Connect the Dots” on your life your perspective changes. Understanding where you come from and where you are going adds purpose and meaning to one’s life. For some of us, our “dots” are all over the place in that we have changed careers, professions, started new businesses, and gone back to school for…

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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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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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“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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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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Improvisational Sales

In order to be successful in sales, being a skilled improviser will help. One of the tenants of improvising is to make statements, they keep the story moving forward and develop characters- the characters in real life being you and I. In sales we have been trained to ask questions. Everything begins and ends with…

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Fail Fast

We must allow ourselves the opportunity to fail in that the cornerstone for creativity is experimentation and exploration.  Creativity hinges on these two pillars and when one experiments and explores failure will undoubtedly be part of the process.  The key is to embrace failure- but do it fast! Marissa Mayer (CEO/ Yahoo) talks about the…

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