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One of the Best Motivational Videos You Will Ever Watch

In 1961 a band auditioned for a Decca Records deal. Decca Records rejected them , saying "guitar groups are on the way out" and "The band would have no future in show business,". That band was the The Beatles.

In 2003 a group of friends came together to start a gaming company. They made 51 games with no luck. Their 52nd game was Angry Birds.

Failed at business eight times, Milton Hershey founded the Hershey's which is now one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S.

He was rejected by Eddie Bond when the 18-year old Elvis Presley auditioned for his band. Eddie Bond 'advised' Presley to stick with driving trucks 'because you're never going to make it as a singer'. Shortly after, Presley recorded his first single.  The rest is history.

What does it take to overcome failure? Hope, faith, belief... these are important, especially when failure feels imminent. This video might inspire you to have a little more faith in yourself and fuel your inspiration:

Topics: Success Inspiration Motivation

A Story About a Duck

This is a story I have told many times. It is a funny story about a duck, success and thinking fast. (with a moral to the story)

A Story About a Duck

Topics: Funny Personal Branding Inspiration

How Can I Get into the New York Times?

It's been about seven years since I sat across the dinner table from Cameron who had the honor of being invited to celebrate Gary Vaynerchuk's 300th video blog for Wine Library TV. After dinner, my new friend says to connect and follow Gary V - so I did.  

No, we are not best friends (though I do have a book Gary V signed saying: "To my new BFF") but he does remain an inspiration and resource. What you may not know is that Gary Vaynerchuk is on HubSpot's advisory board.  As a HubSpot partner and perpetual inbound marketer, I appreciate working with a company with such an advantage.

Gary V. offers advice in his recent video to help you understand how to get in the New York Times, in front of the bigger celebrities or get connected to that BIG audience.

Topics: Guerrilla Marketing Marketing Marketing Plan Inspiration

Socrates, Aristotle and Confucious as Bloggers

Deep thoughts to consider building a success.  Go back in time to when there was no TV or Internet.  Blogging by those from ancient times would give us deep thoughts vs. noise, don't you think?

Topics: Leadership Inspiration Quotes

The Story About a Jeep, a Boat and a Helicopter

This is a story about a man with hope and faith during a time of emergency.  It is applicable to both personal life and business success of entrepreneurs.

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There once was a man who lived in a two story house.  The house was near a river and unfortunately the river began to flood. 

As the river rose, warnings were given via radio, TV and shortwave. Large jeeps drove through the area to evacuate people.  As a jeep drove by the man's house, he was told:

"You are in danger.  Your life is at stake.  You must evacuate.  Get in the Jeep.  Let us help you evacuate."

Topics: Leadership Inspiration

I Died at 55

Oddly enough it was not the personal catastrophes, pain or losses that pushed me to the point of death.  It was instead, the people who believed, who believed in me more than I.

The biggest changes came from two things:  

  1. Introductions  - A friend or associate had just enough appreciation to introduce me to another who would change my life.

    And/Or

  2. Invitations - They would make an invitation and ask me to attend an event, a club, a meeting, a dinner, etc.

With each introduction and invitation, I have connected with people who leave me humbled and appreciative.  It was not the clever wit that helped to improve connections. Instead, they acknowledged and treasured commitment, compassion, loyalty and action. 

Where can you find such people who have a truly selfless commitment, loyalty and the willingness to take action?

Topics: Paradigm Success Inspiration Story Success Stories

"Being deaf made me who I am" says Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman [video]

The success story you will hear about fullback Derrick Coleman is inspiring.  Coleman is the first legally deaf offensive player in the National Football League.

"Just quit." "You won’t make it." "This isn’t for you." This is what friends told Derrick Coleman to get him to stop playing football, because he is deaf.

In the 2012 NFL Draft, 253 players were selected, and he wasn't one of them. However, he didn't give up on his dream.  

Topics: Business Success Deep Thoughts Inspiration

Get ready to be fired - Zig Ziglar [video]

Zig Ziglar shares principles which are timeless and certainly applicable to more than "sales".  On the other hand, Zig will tell you repeatedly:

Everyone is in sales, even a mother."

This video is fast and powerful.  He tells the story of an angry lady who needs his help.  What he tells her is not quite what she expected. 

Topics: Inspiration

SHUT UP! [Video] Eric Thomas

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How much time have you lost while talking about your goals and dreams?

Its time to let it all go and get to work!

SHUT UP!

Topics: Inspiration Personal Development

Not the Same Old Garden Path - How we can literally think differently

As we age, neuroscientists tell us, our thoughts and patterns become more ingrained.  The way our brains process, sort and ultimately respond to questions is akin to taking the same path through the garden over and over.  We get to know the path very well, and it becomes familiar to us. As long as the problems we face are familiar, so are our approaches to solving these problems. We are in our intellectual “comfort zones.” 

What happens if our efforts to solve a problem aren’t producing innovative results? The thought might occur to us, “How do I go about thinking differently?”  When we are asked to deviate from the paths ingrained in our minds, it may seem like an interesting notion, but here’s where the going gets tough.  Despite trying to think differently, we typically end up with little to show for our efforts.  Our steps continue to lead us down the same old garden path.

Topics: Innovation Recommended Books Inspiration Entrepreneurship

Think, Talk and Get Paid

The perfect role many wish for is:  "Think, Talk and Get Paid."  Thinking and talking seem easy enough. Often times those who are very wise and may ask: "Why am I the only one who sees this?"  

Topics: Deep Thoughts Leadership Inspiration

Get Referrals by Following the Law of Contribution

As to the challenge of the referral theory, I tend to listen to my own drummer. There are so many resources about marketing “advice” and I often wonder if it isn't best to keep thoughts under my hat.  Everyone has a theory and certainly there are books and workshops which can challenge paradigms. 

For 30 years my thought about referrals has been:  “Don’t worry about it”

Referrals are a symptom.  I believe if you are committed, have amazing service, and over the top with your delivery... you get referrals.  

Topics: Guerrilla Marketing Ideas Inspiration Referral Marketing