What were the odds that I would just happen to be in the Los Angeles area for the final stop of Rob Bell’s “How To Be Here Experience” in West Hollywood? What a fabulous stroke of luck!
I was in the front row for this talk. Rob is an amazing speaker and I wanted the up-close-and-personal experience.
Rob said that he decided on this in-the-round configuration because he wanted it to feel like a big living room. I wasn’t more than three feet away from him for seven hours. But how do I describe this riveting one-man show? Continue reading →
Yesterday, on election day in the United States, I traveled across the country from Sarasota, Florida to Ojai, California. Sea to shining sea (almost). What a beautiful country I live in.
I woke up at 4:00 AM because I was still on Eastern time. I saw the election results. First, I was stunned. Then I went into shock.
I’m not usually one to talk about politics, but in this case I need to make an exception. It won’t cost me any clients because if you voted for him, you won’t be drawn to me or my teachings.
This November I am making a huge investment (for me) in my skills and my business. Last week I attended Michael and Amy Port’s Heroic Public Speaking Live event in Ft. Lauderdale. Now, I am in Ojai about to work with Max Simon of Big Vision Business on how to scale my business in a big way.
I am spending thousands of dollars on this. I found myself thinking that I would not have made that investment knowing what I know today. I feel that we are truly on the brink.
I can’t feel this way and do the type of work I do. Often, I have to help people out of the black pit of despair so that they can create clarity and confidence, find focus, and move forward. (That’s been my tag line for years.)
Therefore, I can’t be in the black pit of despair myself.
So, I started doing what I would do after any life disaster. I started looking for the lessons. And I started looking for a silver lining. Continue reading →
Often the work experiences that are the most frustrating and irritating yield the most value over the long term.
While you’re in the thick of it, you may not be able to think about anything except your extreme aggravation, but I would like to suggest that you adopt a different perspective.
My second job was a pearl job. I was the assistant to the managing partner of a technical analysis software boutique. We originally had a DOS-based product, and later one of the first Windows-based charting software products for traders, hedge funds, and money managers.
This was bleeding-edge technology at the time, believe it or not. (And yes, I am that old.)
This job stretched me in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine. I went from not being able to type at all (I paid a friend to type my college papers) and having never interacted with a PC to installing software, troubleshooting problems on the phone and at client sites, preparing for annual audits – and SO much more. Continue reading →
I know I’m not the only one searching for some bright spot in the middle of this politically charged time. I’m not the only one who has questioned my relationship to others of my species. But this video, and the resulting videos, have brought sheer joy and laughter to me and to the interwebs – at a time when we truly needed it.
There are more than 142 million views (over 3 million shares) of the first video captured on Facebook Live as I write this. That is bananas!
Candace Payne, the “Chewbacca Mom,” exploded onto the scene with a hilarious amateur video in her car from the Kohl’s parking lot. Who would have expected it to go viral?
Now here’s the thing: You can’t plan to make a viral video. (If you could, we’d all be doing it!) But what you can do is be real, authentic, and tap into emotion, which is exactly what happened here. She wanted her friends and family to know that it was HER mask. Continue reading →