Motivational Workshops

As you saw on this page, I’m big on motivation. To me, it’s the reason that I’m where I am today.

There’s so much out there on the internet that you could quite literally keep yourself occupied with motivational podcasts, speeches and recordings forever without having to actually attend a seminar. But the best thing about the seminars is the energy in a conference room when a presenter is introduced in front of a bunch of excited guests.

I was one of those guests in a conference down at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in The Woodlands Texas. To see more about their resort, which I highly recommend going to, see the website here: www.woodlandsresort.com.

I was hoping to meet Grant Cardone during this stay, as there was rumor that he would at least be in the building, but I had no luck. There were a few guests that said they did see him poolside mingling, but they were unable to get their paws on him, or bend his ear for a minute or two.

Upon my arrival into Bush International, I was whisked away by a nice Lincoln sedan courtesy of the great Limo Service from Limos of the Woodlands. If you’re in the Houston or Woodlands area you should check them out. My chauffeur said they have a big fleet of vehicles to choose from, and I was treated very well.

The luxury of this conference center took my eye right off the bat, and I was pretty happy to have booked a room there, as not all the conference participants had rooms there. I could have been at a Marriott down the road, or somewhere not onsite, and although that would have been fine, I was happy with where I was.

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The slick limo service that we rent from

Here’s your chance to make your event truly memorable. Limousines are not just for ferrying celebrities and diplomats about the place, they’re for you when you need something special. Hiring a limo not only removes the stress of getting to an event on time, but provides the luxury and prestige that is unsurpassed by no other.

Limos of The Woodlands is the trusted name in Houston for professional, luxurious and quality service. Their warm and friendly chauffeurs are experienced and will cater to your needs.

When you step into a limo that truly knocks your socks off, you will know it. That’s what I experienced when I walked into the SUV Hummer limo right outside of the Galleria Mall in The Woodlands a couple months ago when I was there for a conference. If you don’t believe me, you should check them out (if you are in the Woodlands of course). Just give them a call and inquire about their limo rentals!

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Don’t let the little things get to you

Today, I called my local limo company in The Woodlands Texas and let them know that I needed a ride to the Houston airport to travel to LA for a conference. While I was on my way to GW Bush, my chauffeur asked me what I wanted to accomplish at the conference, and while I initially thought I knew the answer to that question, I was a bit unsure of myself after he asked the question.

You see, normally, when I travel to a conference, I’m pretty well equipped with a good action plan, and knowing what my plan of attack is. When I left for this trip, I realized that my plan of attack wasn’t that great to begin with. When I travel, and if I’m spending a lot of money on things such as Limo rentals, hotels, meals out and entertainment, I want to ensure that I’m getting the most out of the travel. This time, I wasn’t so sure. So, I had to go internal for a bit, and figure out exactly why I was travelling to this conference in downtown LA.

First, I have been working on my personal, professional, and physical development for some time now. Normally when I approach every single day, I have an action plan, which I still had on this day of travel, but I didn’t specifically have for the trip. Now, I could have let this bother me, but I took a different approach. More on that later.

Second, I thought back to why I had booked the trip in the first place. Chance to meet like minded people, and a lot of business owners to pitch my services to. I hadn’t really broken it down, because I was thinking that I would just let the chips fall where they may, and kind of play this trip as a wait and see game.

But I have to remember that I’m not really the wait and see kind of person. I’m more measured, want to think about things a bit ahead of time, and get my head game right before having a conversation that I might not be well equipped for if I am not ready for it mentally.

This time, after realizing that I wasn’t ready mentally for the trip, I kind of flipped the switch to tell myself to try my very best to play it spontaneously and let conversations, introductions and things of that nature come to me.

I don’t know where that’s going to leave me, but I hope that I can change things up a bit. I had to remind myself to not let little things get to me like this, and live a little. That’s sometimes what life is about.

 

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My favorite podcast

I’ve become a big podcast fan. They are easy to listen to when I need to get work done, or when I’m at the gym, or when I’m going grocery shopping. But I absolutely love them when I’m in the car. What’s better than a motivational podcast for about an hour when you’re in the car driving somewhere? Or if you have a flight for at least a couple of hours. Most podcasts don’t last longer than about 30 minutes, but I like to have them on repeat, so I can listen to them for a very long time.

My new favorite is ‘The Ask Gary Vee show’ hosted by Gary Vaynerchuk. If you don’t know who Gary Vaynerchuk is, you should take the time to figure it out, and quick. He’s in the same realm as Grant Cardone, and some of the other motivational entrepreneurs who have weekly podcasts. Vaynerchuk owns a company called Vayner Media, located in New York City. They are, like their title says, a media company. Vaynerchuk is the owner of winelibrary.com, which is a site where you can purchase some good wine at a cheap price. That’s how Vaynerchuk got his start as an entrepreneur, through wine.

Listening to Vaynerchuk gives you a big dose of motivation every time he produces a podcast. Basically, people send in questions either through twitter, instagram, email, or by filming a short video and sending it to him. His staff picks about 4-5 questions per 15-20 minute podcast, and they are read out loud either in the voice of one his staff, or if a video is sent, by the person who is asking the question. Vaynerchuk loves to swear, which is one reason I like his podcast so much, because he relates very well to normal everyday people. Vaynerchuk answers everything very confidently because he has been an entrepreneur for a very long time.

He’s a massive New York Jets fan, and hates the New England Patriots with all of his heart. One of his goals in business is to buy the New York Jets, which is a lifelong serious goal of his that has come about in the last 5 or so years, from what I can gather.

But the absolute best part about Vaynerchuk, is that everyone seems to love him. He constantly speaks about the fact that he loves his employees, and he doesn’t take that big of a salary because he keeps investing in his people. To me, this would define the term ‘humanist’, which is basically when someone gives other people all of themselves (not the real definition, but I don’t really want to look it up just to blog about it). He speaks about his wife and kids a little bit, but not that much, choosing to leave them out of his podcasts so he can keep his personal life more personal to him. I can greatly respect that.

Here’s a picture of Vaynerchuk giving a keynote after his book ‘Crush It’ was released.

Gary Vaynerchuk

 

I’ll keep following and listening to Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk (if you listen to his podcast, you’ll get the hyphen reference) until he stops putting out podcasts. I’m going to pick up ‘Crush It’ as well and read or listen to that on Audiobook very soon.

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Ted Talks

If you haven’t yet subscribed to a Ted Talks podcast, or seen any of the TedX videos on Youtube, do yourself a favor and jump on that right now. When I’m working from home or I have my headphones available and can get some work done while listening to the amazing people that are blessed to give these amazing speeches and demonstrations. Some of the most profound things that I’ve learned or have known since I became obsessed with bettering myself I have had either reinforced or nailed into my head by listening to Ted Talks. Take the below from Richard Branson:

Richard Branson famous quote from Ted

 

Obviously this isn’t very profound a statement, but when it comes from a global icon who has created so much in business, then, well, I tend to listen to it. I have a close friend who runs a business that’s called ‘Complex Simplified’, and he speaks to this all the time. It’s very difficult to make something simple because we as human beings tend to complicate everything to the point where we are adding too many steps to things. Either that, or we think about adding extra things that aren’t that important in the grand scheme of either a job or life in general.

So, as I was listening to one of the few Branson’s Ted Talk segments, I began to wonder about how I could make things a little less complex in my own life. One thing that I had heard from my friend Mike who runs Complex Simplified is that there is normally too much time wasted on the little things that don’t matter because we don’t prioritize what really needs to be accomplished throughout any day. He said that there are so many things that we can do to take little things off our plate, like outsource them to someone else. Something as simple as email, or all the little things that you do around your apartment or house. The message basically was ‘How much time can you create for yourself if you take the things that you don’t need to waste any time doing away’?

I’m going to be instituting a program soon that helps me cut the proverbial fat from my daily diet, so that I can get more done with the things that matter, like progressing towards goals and also starting to build my body the way I want to.

Stay tuned!

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The Golden Ticket

For my first post, I’d like to address something one of my buddies told me about the other day, and that’s the idea of the ‘Golden Ticket’.

The Golden Ticket isn't exactly what most people think it is.
The Golden Ticket isn’t exactly what most people think it is.

Most people see the Golden Ticket, and they automatically think of Willy Wonka. Sure, when I was a kid, and then well into my 20’s living in NYC, I would also think that the golden ticket was right around the corner. Maybe it would be delivered to me in the form of a lottery ticket, or in the form of getting signed to play professional baseball (I was pretty good), or anything else that might have been out of my control. Perhaps becoming a pro baseball player might have been in my control a bit, but there’s only so much you can do with minimal talent. I had to work hard to get to where I got, and was happy with the career I had.

Anyway, my buddy Jackson and I were talking about what he perceived to be the golden ticket, which was creating something for yourself that provided to be the golden ticket.

Over the past few years, I’ve had a few revelations about things that I did in the past, or thoughts that I had in the past that hampered my professional development. I have never had a bigger awakening than when I was not picked up by a Independent league baseball team after what I thought was a great tryout at the age of 24 years old. One of the big reasons that I wasn’t picked up was because I played a position that was not in demand among the teams signing players at the time. Again, this was out of my control. I could have changed positions, but what I thought was my golden ticket (outfield) was not a premier position on that day on that ballfield.

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