Escape the “Noise”

Noise” (social media, podcasts, blogs, TV, streaming radio) distracts us from our passions and ultimately, doing what we love. This week I had an “Unplanned Collaboration*” with a fellow tenant and we were discussing “Noise” and the impact it has on individuals. He brought up a great insight during our discussion and said, “Not only…

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Go to Mars

“Choose to go to the Moon”

President John F. Kennedy taught us to dream, to think bigger than our current situation, and make bold choices. JFK motivated his citizens to do the unthinkable and unimaginable which included going to the moon. All of us can have our own “Moon” experience if we: 1. Set goals- Create big, bold and audacious goals…

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Energy= Success

One’s energy, not financial position, will determine one’s success. We all want to be around people who have good energy, who make us feel good about ourselves and others during our interaction. The more positive energy people have, the more success they will have in business, relationships and at work. Think about the people you…

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Live outside the box

Change Roles/ Change You

I had a student in my film acting class who was a doctor at The Ohio State University and he took the class to improve his presentation skills. His name was Zulfiqar and he went by “Z.” Z took the 8 week film acting course and after the class ended, he and I were backstage,…

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“Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License”

Orville Wright was out on the plains of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina trying to get a pile of metal, bolts, and wings up into the air and fly. He didn’t ask for anyone permission, wait to get a certification, or receive a diploma, he just did it. His mindset which was about experimentation, exploration, and…

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Running With the Herd

When we run with the herd we don’t think original thoughts, push the boundaries, innovate or create. I run with the herd and my goal is to separate from it and think independent and original thoughts which are the catalyst for creativity! I am reading a book titled, “Think Like a Freak” and this quote…

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Getting Off the Script

Getting off the script (breaking patterns and routines) is where creativity, spontaneity and innovation lie. Steve jobs had a concept called “Unplanned Collaborations” where his employees from all different departments would bounce ideas off of one another throughout the workday unannounced, unplanned and unscripted. Mr. Jobs purposefully designed the atrium at Pixar to include all…

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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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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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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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