Sound Decisions:

From good to better to best:  Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  Today is another day of reflection.  I have been taking time to try to learn, trying to teach.  I try to learn from doing, then I try to teach what I am learning, and then I try to learn from what I am teaching.  I am trying to learn to live the advice I give.  This means you have to try to follow your dreams, learn from those who are doing; you have to learn to do and then teach what you are doing.  Today I want to talk about how to go from good to better to best.  Give me a minute.

I have been playing in a Praise Band.  I have been playing the Bass Guitar and the Drums.  I have spent my time trying to make sure everyone is heard.  I try to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward.  For a couple of weeks, I have taken a step back to regroup and recharge.  I have struggled to figure out what my next move should be; there has been many people saying what we should do to improve the overall sound of the sound system.  I have taken a moment to listen.

My place in the band, I feel was appreciated most by the other musicians.  I tried to make sure that everyone was being heard, but I was hearing from the stage, a much different position than what you hear from the crowd.  The last couple of weeks I have listened from the crowd and not everyone is being heard.  I know what is missing, but it seems that others are someone oblivious to what they are seeing versus what they are hearing.  When I see someone playing the guitar but I cannot hear them, there is a disconnect in my mind.  I am asking myself if I am better off learning how the sound men operate the sound-system?  I am asking myself if I should walk a mile in their shoes first?  The answer is obvious, isn’t it?  The challenge is not so obvious.  The desire to play, the discipline to step back and volunteer to learn; it may take a little while longer, but the lesson is greater.   I don’t want to settle for good.  I am not sure things are getting better if people are playing and not being heard.  So I how can I help make things better without coming off like a know it all.

Have you noticed in the movies how things go from normal to bad, and then from bad to worse.  As you learn more and more about each character the action seems to escalate.  Each passing moment can bring more tension, more suspense, more drama, more action and more destruction.  Things get so bad that at the movies climax, they can’t get any worse.  When everything is said and done, most times the movie do not even show things back to normal, just the elimination of the threat.  Things going from worse to bad may be better but it does not mean things are good, or even back to normal.

We get bored with normal.  We accept normal as good not fully understanding that is does not take much effort to make things better, we only need to learn.  It is not about working harder it is about learning to work smarter.  When people do not know what they are missing they never miss it.  If things could be better, but all you know is bad and worse, you accept bad and worse as normal.  You accept bad as better than worse so you think that it is good, or good enough.

We live in a world where people connect $300 Headphones to MP3 players that have sound that has been compressed to save file size and computer memory.  This compression robs the sound of what it should be.  I noticed how clean and crisp cymbals should sound while playing the drums.  I noticed how much a 12 string guitar can shimmer over the sound of a 6 string guitar while standing between guitar players.  I learned that most people cannot tell the difference between a good bass player and a great bass player and no bass coming out of the system at all by playing the bass.  I have also learned that most people never hear these subtle things because the sound system has not been tuned and mixed properly.  If you never are taught how good things can be, you never miss what you have never learned.

Can I help out more by not playing but spending time learning what everyone else is going through?  Being the sound man is a thankless job.  When everything goes well no one notices.  But when things go bad, when people cannot hear the person speaking or if microphones begin to squeal and howl, then people wonder why the sound is so bad.  I have heard people say what needs to be done, but none of them have volunteered to do what needs to be done.  You cannot drive a car from the back seat or from the side of a track.  If you want to drive the car you have to get behind the wheel.  I am at that place where I believe it is time for me to see if I can learn from those who are doing, improve what they are doing and teach them how to notice the little things they have been missing.

Good to better to best means learn by studying, learn by doing; study what you are doing, then teach what you are doing so others can learn.  This is a time for me to reflect to step back from the stage and into the background.  This is a time for me to practice what I am preaching.  This is a time for me to live the advice I give.  I am trying to make sound decisions; I hope others will do the same.  You appreciate what you have when things go from bad to worse; but can you learn to appreciate what you have and take things from normal, to good, to better.  Can you learn by doing and then teach what you have learned?  Can I do what I am asking others to do?  Can I make sound decisions?  Can I make a difference in the background instead of trying to run out front?  I sure hope I can.

Not being as bad as the worst is not much of an excuse.

Have you heard it said before? Someone in their feeble attempt to defend their bad behavior will say something to the effect of “Well at least I am not a bad as so and so.” Or “What about so and so, they are even worse.” Explain to me how being better than the worst example makes you good? I am trying to be funny and serious at the same time. I am trying to deal with something that is very negative without going negative myself.

“Well at least it not as bad as…” this is almost always the beginning of a lame excuse. Maybe people have suffered for so long they just want to not seem like they have given up, even though they have basically given up. “It could always be worse…” Isn’t that another one? I only have one question that begs and honest answer; “Did you do your best?” If the answer is “Yes” then there is no need for an excuse. If the answer is “No” then I guess any excuse will do.

Think about Automobile Racing. It is ok for the new team that can barely put together enough a budget to qualify for a race to come in last and learn as much as possible from the experience. But, what about the team that has a wealth of experience and even more financing? If they make all the wrong choices and come in next to last, are they ok with saying “At least were not last?” Do we say these things to lessen the sting of the blow so we can sleep better at night?

So another great excuse; “We had the most fun!” Ok, I can go with you on this one, under certain circumstances. If you know you are out matched and you just want to have a good time I can understand, as long as you are doing your best. I know a bunch of amateur Hockey Players who love to play in tournaments together. They put together a team and played in a tournament that was way out of their league. The other teams where younger, faster and played at higher levels than this friendly bunch of amateurs who knew each other from their day jobs. They played to win and had fun losing. I guess I get that, to a point. It is OK to make the best of a bad situation.

I am also saying that this can be a slippery slope for those of us who can do better, but we just don’t try hard enough. I know that I cannot do some things I did when I was younger. A Forty Something aged person cannot take the same risks as a Thirty Something. A Forty Something cannot bounce back as fast as a Twenty Something. But you can still play it smart and do your best. You can still be successful with having adjusted goals. I am still getting over how bad Brazil was overwhelmed on their own soil during the 2014 World Cup. How do you explain it to their fans? Was one player really that important to what they were doing? They did not respond by saying, “We were not as bad as so and so…” They responded by saying the result was un-acceptable, we should have prepared better. At the highest levels you must always be learning and striving to get better.

So why is Ok for those in the middle to think it is OK to not be as bad as those behind them? I try not to be envious of others. I don’t know enough about what they have been through or how they got where they are now. I can only keep track of what I did to get to where I am, and what I can learn to do better the next time. This is why I say, “Not as Bad as…” is a trap. Don’t fall in it. The key take away from every situation is “We did our best and this is what we learned.” Win, lose or draw; fun or no fun, do your best and learn from the situation. Not as bad as so and so, just does not work for me.

Don’t Fake it!

Have you heard the popular term, “Fake it until you make it?” I find myself at odds with this phrase. I find too many people have made it by faking it. Now that they have made it, why should they stop? I say “Be the Real Deal!” I challenge “Fake it until you make it.” Will you stay with me for a minute?

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo where I try to give the only advice I think is worthy. I try to give the kind of advice that I will follow. It’s all free so there is no cost, and I always say to double and triple check any advice you are given, so double and triple check mine. You have to follow what you believe; you have to do your thing. This is why I do not like the term “Fake it until you make it.” If you really believe in what you are doing, why would you want to fake it?

Quick, what do you call a Parrot that quotes Einstein? “A Parrot,” It may be a genius Parrot as far as Parrots go but it is still a Parrot. So what do you call and Average Joe that quotes Einstein? “An Average Joe,” I can say this because my name is Joe. It seems lots of people are quoting Einstein and Gandhi thinking their life will change, but at the end of the day; you have to think for yourself. So if I can just “fake it” and memorize a bunch of lines made famous by other people, what exactly have I done that merits making it?

I played Bass Guitar in a Jazz FusionJam Band once. For one summer our trio of Guitar, Bass and Drums could Rock Out with the best of them. We never really wrote any traditional songs. We had lots of bits and pieces that we could fit together and we could play for two or three solid hours without a set list or any set in stone songs. Now each of the members of this Jam Band had practiced there individual Instruments for a long time. Each of us was very good at what we did. One time we were contemplating doing a show and the Drummer told me, he hated “Half Stepping.” I told him “Half Stepping” was better than “No Stepping.” By the way, Half-Stepping means to give a less than adequate effort toward a task. The very nature of our band was to just jam. We weren’t “faking it,” we were doing what we loved to do. Now imagine if we could not play our instruments and we just made noise. That would have been faking it. If we would have made it to the big show, why would we ever bother to learn to play?

Now with things like Leadership and Management, imagine if you worked for a Leader or a Manager who was not open and honest with you? Imagine if they were “Faking it” and you had to get let go to cover their mistake. Would you be alright with that? Wouldn’t it better for everyone if the Leader or Manager was able to say, “This is outside or my area of expertise, but let’s figure it out together.” That is not faking it. That is being up front and honest.

So again, if you “Fake it and Make it” why would you stop faking it? I say do what you love and learn to do it the right way. If you are new or a novice then do not try to pass yourself off as being experienced or an expert. Early in my career, people would call me an expert and then not listen to what I truly believed was the right thing to do. When things went wrong do you think anyone stood up and said, “Yes we were warned but we chose to go another way?” Do you know how hard it is for people to admit they still have things they need to learn? I will admit it right here. I still have plenty to learn, but I don’t think I can learn by “Faking It.” I think the best way to learn is to be honest and real about what it is you want to and need to learn.

Now, listen very carefully. Sometimes the people who run around saying how “Real” they are can be some of the biggest “Fakers” of them all. Be careful either way. The proof is in the pudding. I hate to string together too many clichés, but “Look before you leap.” I say before you follow anyone’s advice, stand back and watch them from a distance. Many people act one way when they know you are watching and act a different way when you are not around. Would you follow their advice if you knew what they were saying behind your back or behind close doors?

So I am not saying that everyone who says “Fake it until you make it” has bad intentions. I am saying I feel that “Faking it” is not the right way to learn how to do something. One last bad memory before I close out. I once saw a band that used a Drummer, Guitar Player, Keyboard Player, Saxophone Player and Two Singers. They were doing a lot of Classic Pop and Motown Covers. I was watching very closely and checking out their equipment. That is when I noticed the Keyboards were not plugged in. Also the Drums were very small, undersized like a child’s beginner set. The Drummer was playing very softly. The Guitar Player was kind of half jamming and just playing lightly in the back ground not really following the songs kind of like the Drummer. The Saxophone Playing and the Singers were giving it there all. The Sax Man and the Singers were really belting it out. That is about the time I noticed the Saxophone Player was switching out a bunch of Mini-Discs and they had a very Big Sound System to fill in what they were not playing. They were basically Jamming to Karaoke Versions of the Songs they were playing. Half of the members of the group were “Faking it.” They put on a good show, but it was an act, it was a con, it was a sham. Not everyone noticed, but I did. So I ask, will you notice who is “Faking it?” Will you notice if you are being conned?

I say “Be the Real Deal!” I challenge “Fake it until you make it.” Half-Stepping is better than No-Stepping, but Full Stepping is the way to go! Admit what you are, what you can do, and learn the rest in an open and honest environment. Be the Real Deal as a Leader, Manager, Musician or anything else you do.

Don’t Hesitate:

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I just basically relay my life lessons via this blog in hopes to motivate anyone who reads it and motivate myself to live the lessons I have learned.  Today’s lesson:  Don’t Hesitate.

I was recently in a situation where I was travelling home.  I had a flight from a Small Town Wisconsin that connected into Chicago Illinois.  We were late getting into Chicago because of bad weather, this was not a major problem because I had a three-hour lay-over before my connecting flight.  When we landed in Chicago my flight was listed as On-Time and I had a chance to grab something to eat and make it to my gate.  The flight before mine at the gate was delayed so I basically settled in for a short wait until my flight home was due to board.

Suddenly people at the terminal were scrambling to make phones calls.  The gate showed the flight before mine was cancelled.  Not to worry, I walked over to the Big Board that listed all the departure times and flights all over the country went from On Time to Cancelled; my flight was one of them.  No problem I thought, I will walk back to the terminal, get on the phone and re-book my flight.  Don’t Panic, but Don’t Hesitate either.

After a short time I hold I was able to re-book my flight for the next day.  Now I had a new choice to make.  Try to find a hotel, or maybe rent a car and drive home.  This was not something I could take a lot of time trying to figure out.  You see, there are only so many hotel rooms and only so many rental cars at the airport on any given day.  I quickly made up my mind, I will try to rent a car and drive the rest of the way home.  It was a short walk through the terminal and a ride on the rental car shuttle to get a car.  Upon getting to the Car Rental Office I was informed they had no cars available to rent.  I asked very politely if I could speak to a manager, and the rental car agent told me they could see if they could find me a car at a different rental company.  While this was happening another customer walked in looking to rent a car, their flight was cancelled also.  After about ten minutes and a short walk in the rain I was in line in another rental car agency with a confirmation number.  So in less than an hour from the time my flight was cancelled, I had rebooked my flight and was about to get a rental car.  I looked around and wondered how many other people in line had also decided to try to drive, try to re-book or try to get a hotel room.  I did not panic, but I did not hesitate.

I was lucky, I was able to get in a car, get on the road and refund the last leg of my air travel for about the same cost as renting the car.  I was able to get home in about Five Hours instead of trying to book a last-minute hotel room or having to spend the night in an airport terminal.  I was one of the lucky ones.  I was able to act quickly and get the help I needed.  I did not panic but I did not hesitate either.

Life happens; sometimes storms change your plans.  Panic clouds you from seeing your choices; but once you see your choice you should not wait around, you should not hesitate.  If I would have waited I may not have been able to rent a car or find a hotel room close to the airport.  As the saying goes, “He who hesitates is lost.”  I say, don’t panic but don’t hesitate either.

The Relentless pursuit of Truth:

The Relentless pursuit of Truth:

Evil is ruthless so Good must be relentless. Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, where I give the most best, most valuable free advice I can muster. I basically write about my thoughts, my life lessons and my studies of the teachings of those who have come before me.

It is not enough to walk around saying and thinking you are a good person because you are not as bad as the next person. I do believe that being incrementally better leads to exponential increases in your life, but that means you must aspire to be better. The pursuit of truth has to be a relentless pursuit, because those who will do you harm will ruthlessly conspire to hide the truth. One of evil’s greatest lies is that you should be rewarded for doing nothing. Evil’s greatest lie is that evil does not exist. No hell, then no need for heaven. No Devil, than no need for God. We are all equal, so why try to be any better than you are right now?

You were perfectly formed; I do believe this is true. But that does not mean you do not have a duty to do the best you can, whenever you can. Can you love a lie? What’s wrong with a little lie if it helps protect someone’s feelings? What is wrong with a little lie if it keeps me out of trouble? One lie leads to another and another and one more to cover up all the lies. Little lies spread like weeds until it is hard to tell what the truth is, even when the truth is plain as day.

The truth is; I have made plenty of mistakes in my life. There comes a time when you say enough is enough and all you want is some truth, some reality and some clarity; or you just continue to buy into all the lies and just go with the flow. Evil is ruthless so the pursuit of truth has to be relentless.

How much have we really changed over time? With all the technology in the world, with all the resources in the world, we still crave the same things; money, power, love, lust and lies. We still argue over if God is real, and is there a heaven. We know that war is wrong; yet we still fight them. We know that killing is wrong; but we still justify it. We know that lying is wrong; yet people still do it. Even when caught on camera, people will still deny what they have done. When do we say enough is enough?

So I look at little kids and I ask; when are the old enough to know the truth? I want to be that person who has always told the little kids to be good, thank God and do their best. Get their homework done and look out for their friends. I want to be the guy who will tell them the truth. I believe in Heaven and I believe in God and I believe that Love and Truth walk hand in hand. I know I have to make up for a lot of mistakes in my life, but I cannot go back and change time. I can only go forward and change my state of mind, and not redo what I have done wrong but stick to my pursuit of truth with my whole heart. Do you think the world has thrown open its arms to greet me when I make this stance? Well of course not. You can tell when people want nothing to do with the truth. You just have to open your eyes.

Do you think that because one person looks at their life and says, I know I can do better; everyone will stop lying and begin to tell the truth? If it were only that easy; why do we still have wars? Why do we still worship idols? It is easier for some to believe in witchcraft or superheroes or their own intelligence than to believe in God and believe that God is Love and Truth. God is not Love and Lies? No evil means no hell, and no hell means no heaven, and no heaven means no God. Would you fall for this? None of us are perfect, but that does not mean we should not be doing our best. The only good way to die is to now that you gave it your all in life. I will live the rest of my life convinced that God is at the center of our capacity to love and tell the truth. Our pursuit of truth must be relentless. Maybe I cannot prove an absolute truth just yet, but I will live the rest of my life believing in it and trying to find it.

The Relentless Pursuit of Truth:

Treat each day at work like it is your first day on the job.

Treat each day at work like it is your first day on the job.

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  Welcome to my little corner of the internet, where I give the only advice that I think is worthwhile.  I try to give the advice that I follow, the advice that I aspire too and the advice that I will give regardless of who is listening.  I do all I can to give the kind of advice that I do not change depending on my audience.  I give this advice to all, if you are 9 months, 9 years or 90 years old.  I give the same advice to those who make more than me and to those who make less.  I give the advice that I have learned through my triumphs and failures.  I just try to tell the closest thing to the truth that I have learned.

So today I say to you to treat each day at work like it is your first day on the job.  Whenever we start a new job, we are excited and we have lots of questions; we have so much to learn.  When a job is new it is fun and full of possibilities.  Your first day on the job most people what to learn the right want to do things.  Today I say, try to remember how it feels when you are new and hunger to learn.  Try to recapture that energy every day.

I have been fortunate in my career to have always been able to find another job.  Sometimes things worked out pretty good and sometimes things have worked out not so well.  I worked plenty of odd jobs while I was in and out of college trying to find myself and what I wanted to do with my life.  I made plenty of mistakes, and I still am making mistakes; but most importantly I am trying to learn from my mistakes.  Regardless of if a job worked out or if I switched jobs in a year or less, I was always excited on the first day.  One the first day everything is new and everything is possible.  I think the best way to go to work every day is to recapture that first day on the job energy and attitude.

On your first day on the job, we say “Hello” to everyone we meet.  Then that can seem to fade as we settle in to our routine.  I ask why?  I understand it is easy to become shy or get busy being distracted on other things.  I say recapture that first day energy and say “Hello” and “Good Morning” to as many people as possible.  On your first day on the job, you ask questions and you explore.  Then we settle in to ruts where we are afraid to ask questions and go exploring for fear people will think we don’t know what we are doing.  I say, continue to ask questions and continue to explore.  Find out what is missing and where you can help fill a gap or void.  Find out ways that you can help move things forward that maybe others have not thought of doing.

Do you really think that your job is still exciting and new?  Do you think you are going to make a difference?  If the answer is “No,” I ask if you felt that way when you took the job.  Were you just there, are you just there to punch a clock and trade your time for a paycheck?  I looked for jobs that not only filled my need for a paycheck, but also filled my need to believe I could learn, have fun and make a difference.  I have begun every job believing that I could take on the world.  I say that is the best attitude to take into everyday on the job, not just the first day.  Now, I can honestly say I do not always feel this way, but I can also say this is the best way to start each week and each day on the job.

When you get up in morning, on your ride into work; do you believe you are going to have a great day?   Do you believe you can make a difference when you start each work day?  I say recapture that first day on the job attitude and energy.  Try it on Mondays.  Convince yourself you will make this week something special.  Once you do it every Monday, you will find yourself able to do it every day.  Make every week and every day a great week and a great day.  Do not allow you self to get pulled into and stuck in a rut.  Keep that conquer the world, first day on the job energy!  This is the best way to start each day that I have found.

Treat each day at work like it is your first day on the job.

A tree falls in the middle of a busy road.

A tree falls in the middle of a busy road.

I saw a really cool video about a tree that had fallen in the middle of the road. The video and background music were filmed in India, so I did not understand any of the words.

Anyway, a large tree had fallen and was blocking a very busy road. Traffic was backing up and no one could figure out what to do. It started raining so everyone got back into their cars, buses or went inside any shelter they could find. Everyone ran for cover except for a little boy who walked up to the tree and started to push it. What could one little boy do, the tree did not budge. Still in the rain he pushed and pushed smiling all the way. After about a minute a bunch of other little kids started pushing the tree, all the while laughing in the rain. All of the adults who had run for cover from the rain saw this, and one by one they started to help out. Before you knew it everyone was out of their cars, out of their buses and out of their warm, dry comfort zones helping the little boy in the rain. The video ended with the tree out-of-the-way, the rain had ended and the sun was coming out.

We can all look at how much work needs to be done to organize community service events, and go back to our comfort zones. Or we can work together in the rain to move the tree out of the road. I did not understand one word of the background music; I did not need to. It may look like it is raining and there are road blocks everywhere, but let’s work together and clear the road just like a bunch of kids playing in the rain. Maybe just maybe if 5 or 10 of us really believe we can do this, others will join in and help. I really needed to see this video today. I wish I could share this video with everyone. Instead I will share the story.

Don’t let a tree in your path block your way. Don’t let a little rain take you out of your comfort zone. Be like that little kid who was convinced he could move that tree. Be like those other little kids who did not let a little rain stop them from helping out. Be like those adults who saw some kids trying to do the impossible with smiles on their faces and helped out. Get everyone together and move that tree out-of-the-way.

A tree falls in the middle of a busy road.  Don’t let that stop you.

Crazy does not mean dumb.

Crazy does not mean dumb.

Have you ever been called crazy? Have you ever had an idea that was so far out there, people thought you had lost your mind? Have you ever wanted to shake things up and try something that had never been done before, or put a new spin on the same old song and dance? Have you wanted to be the one that helps other’s when no one else will? I am taking about the positive sense of the word crazy. I have blogged about the fact, that if no one has called you crazy you are not trying hard enough.

So let’s think about crazy. Maybe you want to build your own airplane, or maybe you want to walk on the moon, or maybe you want to escape bondage and then help others do the same. People may call you crazy. I am sure they will, but will you let that stop you?

I am sure they called Neil Armstrong crazy. I am sure they called the Wright Brothers Crazy. I am sure they called Harriet Tubman crazy. Who are they anyway? Don’t listen to them. Listen to that little voice inside of you that tells you that you can do it, listen when it means helping others and helping change the world for the better. Crazy does not mean dumb; crazy means you may change the world one day.

I am sure that as a kid Neil Armstrong told people he was going to walk on the moon one day. I am sure that people called him crazy. Many people had tried to reach the moon and failed. Little by little, more and more was learned from each failure, until one day there was successful space launches and then the first successful trip to the moon, and even more remarkably a successful return trip to earth to go with it. How many people still think that man has never been to the moon? That is crazy! Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means you may walk on the moon one day!

And before we went to the moon, we had to learn to fly. For many, many years people have dreamed of flying. I am sure many people had tried many times to invent flying machines. Before the Wright Brothers, people used Hot Air Balloons and Gliders; but to be the first to build an Airplane, I am sure that meant people called them crazy all the time. I am sure they tried and they failed, and with each failure they learned. Can you imagine a world without airplanes now? Because of the Wright Brothers and all the crazy people who came before them the modern economy depends on air travel with thousands of airplanes taking off and landing safely every day. I have been half way around the world twice thanks to air travel and I know people who are afraid to fly, I think that is crazy! Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means you may learn to fly one day!

So maybe your dreams are not about walking on the moon, or flying in an airplane. Maybe you dream of freedom. Maybe you dream of freedom from bills or freedom from bondage. Many people once they are free vow to never return to from which they came. Imagine if your life was in danger, and you went back to the land where you were held captive. Harriet Tubman not only escaped slavery, but made 13 return trips to help others escape bondage. Now you want to talk about being called crazy. What do you think they told her when after she escaped slavery she told people she was going back to lead others to freedom? This time failure was not something you could learn from, in this case failure meant return to bondage if not the difference between life and death.  Harriet Tubman was part of a network of people who risked their lives to help others. Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means you might help others escape bondage if you have the guts.

So if everyone is calling you crazy, don’t listen to them. Listen to the people who will actually help you win your freedom; listen to those who will help you fly. Listen to those people who will help you land on the moon and then get home safely. Listening to people who will not help you is crazy. Neil Armstrong, The Wright Brothers and Harriet Tubman were all called crazy in their time, I am sure of it. Now we call them heroes! I can’t imagine living in the world without their accomplishments, but the work is not done. We still need crazy people to stand up and chase their dreams and help each other change the world, for the better! Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means do the work and miracles might happen.

Neil Armstrong: Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon.

The Wright Brothers: The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited[1][2][3] with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight

Harriet Tubman: Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends,[1] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage.

Good enough is never good enough.

I have tried to learn from my mistakes. I have tried to give the kind of advice that works universally no matter who is listening. I try to give the kind of advice that I will follow. That is the only real measure of advice isn’t it? Does it work for everyone, and will you follow the advice you give?

So I have learned from my mistakes and the one thing I have learned is that “Good Enough” is not “Good Enough.” I have learned that “Good Enough” is not “Good” or “Enough.” There have been times in my life where I was the one who said, “We have done good enough.” Pretty much every time I said “Good Enough” it was basically a cop-out. I was either bored or tired or just plain being lazy. Pretty much every time I said “Good Enough” it was to deaden the pain of not really doing my best.

So if you set a goal and you fall short is it ok to say “Good Enough?” Well, do you want to be the best? Do you want to have fun? What are your goals? “Good Enough” is usually a way to say, we did not reach our goal but we did good or we did enough. Did you really? Did you do your best? Did you go above and beyond the call of duty? Let me say it again, whenever I said “Good Enough” it was pretty much a cop-out. The times I have failed, really failed is because I did not try. If I did not put out my best effort I pretty much almost always fell short. It is great to say hey we are in this to have fun and do our best. So stop saying “Good Enough!” Start saying, “Do your best!” Start saying “Give it your all!” Start saying “Enjoy the ride!”

“Good Enough” is not “Good” or “Enough”. Did you do good? Did you do enough? Then say it, say “We did our best.” But do not say “We did our best” unless you really did your best!  Say “We gave it our all” only after you gave it your all! Say “We had the most fun” if and only if you set out to have the most fun! I have stopped saying “Good Enough” and have started asking, “What can I do to help?” I have stopped saying “Good Enough” and started asking “What is needed the most that I can do?”  I have stooped saying “Good Enough” and started asking “What is our goal?” What is our target? Have we reached our goal? Are we on target? Are we ahead of schedule? How do we get back on track?

“Good Enough” is neither “Good” or “Enough.” Good is doing your best! Enough is giving it your all! The only person you are fooling by saying “Good Enough” is yourself, your team and everyone who is listening to you. So stop Fooling yourself and for God’s sake don’t fool your team into believing that “Good Enough” is OK when it is based on a second-rate effort. Did you really do your best? Did you really give it your all? Did you really enjoy the ride? The only person you are fooling is yourself.

Always reach for that little extra instead of saying we did “Good Enough.”   A little extra effort, a little smarter approach and a little time to enjoy the ride; that little extra is what makes it “Good!” That little extra is what makes it “Enough!” So learn from my mistake, and try this little piece of advice. If you are going to do something, do your best. If you are going to learn, then learn. If you want to have fun, then have fun.  Give it your all!

How to find your dream job:

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I am on a mission. I am on a mission to find my dream job. So, I offer up to you my formula for how to find your dream job. Now you may say, this guy is crazy, how can he tell me how to do something he is trying to do? Well, I am opening up my plan to you. How I am going about finding my dream job. I will detail some things I have done correctly and some things I could have done better. How to find your dream job:

Step One: Figure out it is that you really want to do with your life. The sooner you figure this out, the sooner you will find your dream job. I can pretty much say this, because out of all the people I have talked to who are “Living the dream” as they called it figured this out at the beginning of their careers.

Step Two: Take any legal job you can find. Now, the only way to know your dream job when it comes along is to have a frame of reference. If you have figured out what you want to do with your life, take any job you can get that is in the field you want to go into. If you have not figure out what you want to do, take any legal job you can find. You may have to figure out what you don’t want to do to help you figure out what you really want to do. Now notice I said “Legal Job,” I will never encourage you to do something illegal or that is a scam.

Step Three: Figure out if you really want to be the boss. If you do, you should start your own side business. Not everyone is cut out to be the boss so it is better to not risk your main source of income until you know for sure that you want to run the show. If you can’t start something on the side and grow it, you more than likely do not have what it takes anyway. This is not a bad thing; you might take over someone else’s business one day.

Step Four: Contact as many recruiters as possible and listen to each and every one of them. Do this until you find a short list of recruiters who seem to know how to match what you are saying with what you mean. You will find out that they will help update your resume and guide your career, because they make money from helping you find a new job.

Step Five: Find a Better Job. This means you will have to update your resume and prepare for job interviews. The best way to find a new job is to already have a job. We live in a “What have you done for me lately society. “ When you are looking for a new job, you will want to put your best foot forward. The key to excelling at your current job and to find a better job is to always put your best foot forward.

Step Six: Figure out when a job you are being offered is no better than the job you already have. This is a very important step. You might take a job and find out that you made big mistake. Again, this will help you figure out what you really want to be doing.

Step Seven: Network, network, network with friends and recruiters and people who work at companies where you think you want to work. Get to know them and listen to their stories. Not just the good or the bad, but the good and the bad. This will help you find the leads before others find out about them.

Step Eight: Always, always, always keep your resume current: Update you resume every six months and post it to as many job search boards as possible. This has to be your standard practice.

Step Nine: Remember LinkedIn is not Facebook. LinkedIn is where you keep track of all your Professional Contacts and put you best foot forward. LinkedIn is where you network with other Professionals not where you talk about what you did last weekend or what you are going to do next weekend. Do you want to be the first person on people’s minds when that new job is being talked about?

Step Ten: Repeat Steps One and Four!

Step Eleven: Review this list every 90 days! Looking for a job needs to be something you are always the doing. The closer you get to your dream job, the more offers you will find yourself turning down. Focus on the things that are working in your job search and do not be distracted by people who are full of sour grapes.

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