“Pressing Pause”

Urban Meyer is the head football coach at The Ohio State University. Here is an excerpt from his book, “Above the Line:” “We teach our players, in response to any situation they face, to press pause and ask: What does this situation require of me?” When I am working I am reminding myself to “Press…

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Inspiration vs. Desperation?

The times I get the most done, cross things off my “To Do” list, come from inspiration, not desperation. Inspiration is what drives us, gives us energy. It is why we get up early in the morning and work out, arrive first to work, and focus our energies at the task on hand. Some say…

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Many businesses have a business plan… Few have a creative plan.

Idea generating, branding, differentiating from the competition are an integral part to a company’s (Groups/ Organizations/ Schools) success.  Yet, very few companies have a plan in place to make it happen.  Below, is a creative plan I use with companies in the meeting room as a means of generating new ideas which give them a…

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Ideas= Money

Groups with original ideas generate revenue. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Light Stream, Starbucks continuously produce new ideas which allow them to be the leaders in their industry, rather than the followers. While companies that aren’t able to generate new ideas are the followers of these types of companies. It begins with our ability to generate…

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Integrity

I attended a Christian business group two weeks ago and one of the members in the group is a general contractor who was struggling with a personal issue. He told us that he is working on a house and one of his suppliers offered him a pallet of bricks at a discounted rate if he…

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The “Through Line” in Life

I presented “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror” last week, and in the keynote address we talked about creating a “Through Line” in your life.  I was touched by the amount of men and women who came up to me saying that their “Through Line” was not defined.  However, now they are determined to discover it….

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Expand Your Tent

Expansion, expansion, expansion… Isn’t that what it is all about, expanding, conquering, and growing? Whether we own, work for, or manage a business we all want to expand our presence, our market share and move up the corporate ladder. When I started my acting studio Broadway2LA that was my thinking, I wanted to expand, and…

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Turn the Page

We all have that page that is extremely difficult to turn in life, that weighs us down, and is left open. The page we can’t turn includes our regrets, and more specifically, the memory with the most guilt. The more guilt we have associated with a memory the harder it is to turn that page….

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Super Objectives

In the world of acting, knowing what your character wants (objective) is crucial when preparing a role. A character’s actions will align with their objectives, whatever their wants and needs are, their actions will follow. This holds true not only in the craft of acting, but in life. I met an individual last week who…

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Capacity: Mental/ Physical/ Emotional

Recently, I heard a football coach talks about his players’ mental and physical capacity this off-season and how much more they can handle this year as compared to prior years. He went on to say that the higher one’s capacity the better the performance on and off the field for his student athletes. Capacity can…

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Upstage or Downstage?

The majority of my actors when performing want to perform as far back as possible (upstage) to hide and feel safe. I am constantly asking my actors to perform downstage and be closer to the audience. I have observed over the years the actors who perform downstage lack self-confidence and have trouble communicating clearly and…

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In Quickness Is Truth

I was reading excerpts from Ray Bradbury’s book “Zen in the Art of Writing” and he has a principle which he states: “In quickness is truth.” I write a weekly blog and the most effective blogs I write are without hesitation. I have found that the more I delay when I am writing the less…

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