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The best is yet to come.

The best is yet to come.

It is more than a song.  It is a battle cry.  It is a way of life.

Where are you?  Can your life get better?  Of course, it can.  Do you have the attitude that your best days are behind you?  Well, let me tell you; you need new friends.  The best is yet to come and won’t it be fine?

It is more than a song; it is a battle cry!  You got to sing it to the top of your lungs if you have to!  Change your attitude.  Read a book or two.  Figure out a way to make things better.  Really, what do you have to lose?

Every day from today forward, when you look in the mirror say it.  The best is yet to come!  Forget about the good old days and focus on the good news days!  Look forward to today and look forward to tomorrow.

The best is yet to come.  It is more than a song, it is a battle cry; it is a way of life!  You have to change the way you think.  This is not about being high on anything other than life itself.  If you have to listen to every song with the title, “The best is yet to come!”  Put it on a CD or on a play list and listen to them over and over and over until you get this, then leave me a comment or two.

The best is yet to come.

It is more than a song.  It is a battle cry.  It is a way of life.

American DJ Cross-Fit Training:

American DJ Cross-fit Training:

You may not understand how being a DJ or a Musician can keep you in shape.  Usually fitness and entertainment are rarely seen in the same light.  It is a shame.  Not everyone working in the entertainment industry is pampered with Limousines and Lear Jets.  I have told people that it is a workout to load up a bunch of equipment and be on your feet all day.  So to get myself ready, I developed American DJ Cross-Fit training.  If you have minute, read on.

Before you can DJ an Event, some has to setup a bunch of sound and lighting equipment.   Now unless you want to rent the equipment and pay someone to set it up, this task will fall to the DJ.  This usually means you want to get there early, get everything set up, and then get cleaned up and change into some clean clothes.  I did a quick search.  I have DJ speakers that run 30 pounds, 45 pounds and 50 pounds each.  Power amps can run 50 pounds or more.  Add in mixers, lights and speaker stands and you have a full array of weights to lift while loading up, transporting, setting up, tearing down and putting everything back in to storage.

OK, enough sob story, what is American DJ Cross Fit Training.  Well, to get myself into shape I decided to go to my storage locker, take out 2 Speakers that weigh 30 pounds each, and one that weighs 45 pounds, put them on a cart with a speaker stand and wheel them down to the loading dock.  I then set up the speaker stand to its Highest Setting – 6 Notches and placed the 45 Pound Speaker on the Top of the Speaker Stand.  The Speaker looked a little high off the ground for my taste, but this was about fitness first.  I then loaded the two 30 Pounds Speakers into my car.  I then took the 30 pound speakers out of the car and put them back on the cart, and then took the 45 pound speaker off the stand and put it back on the cart also.  I then lowered the Speaker Stand down to 5 Notches and repeated the process.   The 45 pound Speaker still looked too tall on the stand, so after loading and unloading the speakers on the stand and in the car, I lowered the speaker stand down to 4 notches.

Needless to say I was beginning to sweat, which was the whole point.  Get myself into shape using my new found American DJ Cross-fit training.  After loading the speakers into the car and onto the stand, the 45 pound speaker still looked too high off the ground.  So, I took it down, and unloaded the car and put the speakers back on the cart.  Lifting, bending, twisting and turning to load and unload speakers stepping down off the dock and then back up to load and unload the cart, and lifting the speaker over shoulder level to put them up on the stand.  Then sizing up the speakers and doing it all over again.  4 notches still seemed too high off the ground for the 45 pound speaker.   One more set at 3 notches then.

Step Up, Step down, Twist Turn, Lift and set down, all in the name of being a good DJ and Host for a wedding or a corporate event.  Trust me, when the days are hot and long before you even get started, you want to be in good shape for the job ahead.  Sometimes it means being on your feet for 8 hours while dressed in a Tuxedo, so you want to stay cool and dry.  At the 3 notch-height looked just about right on the stand, so I repeated the process 5 more times; load two 30 pound speakers into the car and raise the 45 pound speaker up on the stand, take the 45 pounds speaker down and put it back on the cart, and then unload the car and put the 30 pound speakers back on the cart.  Step up and Step down off the dock each time.  Start sweating, take a deep breath and then back at it

To successfully complete a gig you have to load up your car fist, which is like a 30 minute workout in itself.  Speakers, Amps, Lights, Stands, Cables, Mixer, Backup equipment all need to get loaded into your car or truck like solving a three dimensional Cube Puzzle.  Then you have to transport your equipment to the location.  This means avoiding traffic and construction zones so to be safe you always, always, always leave early.   Then you have to unload and set up your equipment and test it all out.  This is usually another 45 minutes to an hour of exercise.  You then get to breath a sign of relief, freshen up and change clothes and be the ready to go before the 1st guests arrive.   You then have to make those opening announcements, and hopefully get a chance to eat and then be on your feet for 4 to 6 hours throughout the event.  When everyone else is leaving, you have to tear down and load up your car before you drive home.  Then you are faced with the choice of loading everything back into storage that night or the next day.  So all in all, you are talking (4) four 30 to 60 minute workouts and 6 to 8 hours on your feet.

OK, OK enough whining and back to the loading dock.  After my sets of loading the 30 pounds weights, I mean 30 pound speakers into the car and putting the 45 pound speaker on the stand while adjusting the height between each set.  And the repeating the process until I was happy, and then 4 or 5 more times for good measure; I reset the speaker stand to the original height of 6 notches.  You see, I usually load the smaller speakers on the stand.  So for my encore, I decided to load the 45 pound speaker into the car, and then put the 30 pounds speakers up on the stand (one at a time of course.)  So now it was step down, load the car with the 45 pound speaker, step up, put one speaker on the stand, take it off, and switch to the other speaker, then reload the cart with the 30 pounds speakers and then step down and take the 45 pound speaker out of the car.  Hey this is American DJ Cross Fit Training.

I remember talking to a drummer who told me he plays his drums for free, but he needs to get paid to move them around.  I almost feel the same way.  I DJ for free, but I get paid to put in the prep work.  The setup and tear down and maintain all the equipment and making sure I have all the music ready to go and maintaining backups for the CD’s the Laptop and all the other stuff like amps and speakers.

So here I am on a lazy weekend afternoon in 80 degree heat loading and unloading my car with speakers and putting speakers up on a stand to take them back down.  I would stop for a minute when I worked up a sweat and then right back at it.  Phase One:  Put the 45 Pound Speaker on the Stand and load the two 30 pounds speakers into the car; was done about 10 times.   Then I switched it up and did Phase Two 5 times for good measure.  Loading the 45 pounds speaker into the car and put the 30 pounds speakers up on the stand – one at a time, each time loading and unloading the cart.  Yeah, it took about a solid hour but I wanted to over load the hour with more lifting than I would do in a weekend.  Needless to say I was pretty tired and fairly sore for a couple of days after, but it is what it takes.  Some weekends I may DJ two times from Friday to Sunday.  So I might as well find a way to make getting ready fun.

American DJ Cross-fit Training:  Let the games begin.

Homework!

American Ninja Warrior

Cross Fit Games

Yamaha Speakers

Crown Amps

American DJ Lighting

My Recovery Workout Plan

My Recovery Workout Plan

16 Ounce Curls. No this is not what some people think. These are actual One Pound Soft Weights that are strapped around you wrist. 16 ounce curls and 16 ounce shadow boxing while I walk. It is all part of my Recovery Workout Plan.

As you may or not know if you have been following 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, I have blogged about different Fitness Routines I have dreamed up and followed over time. Life continues to throw its curve balls at me and I continue to respond with new and improved ways to rise to the challenge. So I have basically Three Levels of Power Walking with or without Ankle Weights. When I use the Five Pound Ankle Weights, I walk very deliberately at a Slow Pace. When I use the Two and a Half Pound Weights I walk at a Medium Pace. I walk briskly when I do not wear ankle weights, but I will wear compression braces to protect my knees. I also use Five Pound, Three Pound or One Pound Soft Weights to work my arms while I walk. The Five Pound Weights may not seem like much, but when you do sets of 20 or 30 reps over and over without setting down the weights your arms and shoulders never get a rest. 100’s of reps of a Five Pound Weight begin to Add Up. Same goes for the Three Pound Weights. Using the One Pound Weight is more for keeping the muscles warmed up than building or toning, but these recovery workouts are also important.

Stock Fitness Clipart 01When I wear the One Pound Weights around my wrists, I also use wrist bands to keep the weights secure. I walk at a brisk pace, and I shadow box and do 16 ounce curls. People have told me I look like a boxer. No, I have never boxed so I guess I might as well workout like a retired boxer just trying to stay in shape. Honestly the One Pounds weights do not challenge me physically anywhere near like the Three and Five Pounds Weights do, but they challenge me mentally. It is a game you play in your own mind to keep going, to keep getting stronger and faster, to recover from your last workout with the heavier weights.

So I challenge my own mind. Shadow box 50 or 100 reps, curl 100 reps, walk briskly but stay in control. Does not seem like much when you start down the block and around the corner, my calves hurt a little from the day before but not a problem. Simple enough, but I have three miles to go. Shadow Box, then curls again and again, keep moving briskly; keep walking at a steady pace. First Mile Down, starting to feel it a little more in my calves, but I am warming up to this chilly weather.

Keep moving and keep an eye out for stray dogs while I am listening to my workout mix. Also keep an eye on the traffic and other people who are out walking and biking. Two Miles down, my arms do not hurt from the 16 ounces curls, but I seem to lose count when I throw my shadow punches, I have to count them out 10, 20, 30, 40 and then 50. I have to play games in my own mind; I have to keep myself honest. Keep the pace, stay just above the pace that breaks a sweat, keep my arms moving, that extra pound on each wrist makes a difference after hundreds and hundreds of repetitions.

Stock Fitness Clipart 03Turn the last corner and head for home. My legs are a little tired. My iFit reminds me I have put in 10,000 steps for the day. My throat is dry; I can’t wait for that Gatorade when I get home. Three miles down and just have to stay on the pace. No giving up. Keep those arms moving 50 to 100 curls then 50 Shadow Box Punches; the curls are easy but I really have to count out those punches to get to 50. I am not a boxer, I don’t even play one on television or in the movies; but I may as well fight the good fight in my mind to stay at some kind of fitness level that works for me.

Every time I do my Shadow Box Power walks, I have to keep nudging up the pace. My legs are getting stronger, my knees are getting stronger and the weather is getting colder; nothing combats the cold like a brisk pace and a “Just Do It” attitude. One day I will have my “Joseph Luellen Fitness 4 Life Work-Out Video Series” ready to go, but for now it is just me against the sunset and the chilly fall wind. As I make it back home it is time for the cool down Gatorade, get cleaned up and have some dinner.

Stock Fitness Clipart 02Here I am working out with One Pound Soft Wrist Weights, 16 ounces curls and shadow boxing while I power walk to some high energy tunes, does life get any better? Yes, it does. One day I will live the life I have been dreaming of; until them I will keep fighting and be ready to take my mountain. 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, out!

Life In One Day

LIFE IN ONE DAY – HOWARD JONES 1985 hit – YouTube

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Today I hijack the lyrics to Howard Jones’ hit song, “Life In One Day.” So today maybe it is Motivational Hojo-Mojo, I don’t know. I will include a link to the video on YouTube. Why this song? Well today I was going through quite a bit so I cued it up on my CD player and let it rip.

Howard Jones Lyrics in Bold

My Comments are in Italic

Howard Jones – Life In One Day

“The old man said to me
Said don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song”

Hey so no matter what I am going through I should not take it too seriously?

I need to sing my song!

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

I need to remember the future will take care of itself somehow!

[Chorus]
Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away
Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

Sometimes we need to slow down no matter what we are going through, good or bad!

The old man said to me
Said you can’t change the world single handedly
Raise a glass enjoy the scenery

I can’t do it all myself

Pretend the water is champagne
And fill my glass again and again
While the wolves are gathering round your door

OK so maybe the wolves will be after me, but I should enjoy what I have

Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

[Chorus]

The old man said to me
Said don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song

I need to sing my song!

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

I need to remember the future will take care of itself somehow!

I tried to live my life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

I bit off more than I can chew
Only so much you can do

Ok, I bit off more than I can chew so I need to learn from it!

Wolves are gathering round my door
Ask them in and invite some more

OK so maybe the wolves will be after me, but I should enjoy what I have

I tried to live my life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

Don’t try to live your life in one day

Howard Jones – Life In One Day Lyrics

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/h/howard+jones/life+in+one+day_20066182.html

I used to love working out.

Challenge

When I was in my 20’s I felt like I could work out as often as I wanted, for as long as I wanted at whatever intensity I chose that day. I could lift weights or run or go cycling. I could go heavy or go light, super set with little or no rest in-between, I could circuit train or take laps in between sets. Oh how I miss my twenties.

Now I am older and hopefully wiser and I have to plan ahead. I have to listen to my body and take what it will give me. I have to challenge my mind to go a little lighter for longer times. I walk instead of run, I wear braces when my body aches. I pay closer attention to the form and my range of motion when I work out. I combine walking with lifting soft weights strapped to my ankles to strengthen my legs and using soft dumb-bells to strengthen my arms. I am not the man I was when I was in my twenties. I have to be smarter about things.

I can do thisWhen I was young, the more I would sweat the better. I could work on my feet and run to and from work. I would listen to music on my Walkman Tape Deck and had to change out the batteries every week, wait how old am I? Now I listen on my MP3 Player and I have to remember to recharge it once a week. When I was younger I had to count laps around the in-door track that I would run taking the stair in between laps. Now I have an iFit that does the counting for me. When I was in my Twenties, I would run for 30 to 45 minutes and pace myself to push through the wall of pain and like it. Now I walk until I hit 5,000 or 10,000 steps and then check my phone to make sure my blue-tooth link is still working.

I used to love working out. When I was young I thought I would live forever. Now I am little older and a little wiser. Every day is more precious and every work out is thought through a little better. When I was in my twenties, I would get up and workout and run from job to school and still go out at night; the weekends where a no stop blur. Now that I am a little older sometimes I think about working out on a Saturday but my body says, no today you will stay inside and relax.

Your headWhen I was younger I would work all week and workout at night and then drag my musical equipment or DJ equipment out on the weekends and play a show or DJ a party and be on the move the whole time. Now I listen closely to the aches and pains of my body and I work through the pain in a slow and controlled manner, recovering from those nagging injuries. When I was younger I had nothing but time. Now I know that time is the great hunter and I have to fight against the dying of the light.

I used to love working out. Now get this straight. I still do. I have declared that I will be 21 forever. Call me crazy and tell me I need to grow up and be realistic. I will ask you one question; why? I will continue to learn how time affects my body. I will take what each day gives me and I will push for a little more. I will watch more closely how foods affect my workouts and my recovery, but I will not be held hostage by a fad diet. I will limit my caffeine and sugar in takes but I will not get into the protein vs carbohydrates debate. I now there is a fire in my belly that is the fuel for my workouts. Each drop of sweat comes at a higher price and it seems I need more Gatorade to quench my thirst.

Starting OverI used to love working out and I still do. I am a little older and a little wiser and crazy enough to declare 21 forever. Against all odds, against all common sense; my mother used to tell me. “Keep on Living.” Now I tell it to her. I will keep on living. When I am Ninety Years old I intend to have Ten More good years before I slow down! You have to say it now, while you are young enough to still do something about it. No walkers for me, no strollers for me, no wheel chairs for me; I will continue to stay active and fight through the pain. I still love working out; I just have to be a little wiser about it.

Work for it

If at first you don’t succeed.

If at first you don’t succeed.

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Today’s obvious observation; if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So simple, but do we really do this in our lives? I have at times tried and other times given up. Every time I gave up, I never got closer to my goals. The only time I ever got closer to my goals is when I failed and tried again.

Let me tell you three different stories in my life where trying again, paid off. Three things that I am currently going through that keep me convinced that you have to be tenacious to reach your goals. Now these are just a few examples, there are still lots of goals that I have that have yet to be reached, so if I am going to get there; I have to take my own advice.

What do knee injuries, software and job hunting have in common? Let me explain. I am currently recovering from a couple of nagging knee injuries. I also like working with computers and making music, so I have some music software I want to learn. I also have a day job and without it there would be no money for making music, let alone things like food and shelter. So I am constantly trying to further my career and I am trying to stay in shape because we only have one chance at this life. So first things first, I have been strengthening my knees by working out with soft weights and wearing knee braces. I started with leg lifts and leg curls but the nagging knee pains just seemed like they would not go away.   I would also walk a mile or two to keep getting stronger and stay in some kind of shape. One day to try something new, I walked with the ankle weights on. I had to take big steps, like walking in deep snow. My legs ached while I was walking and they hurt the next day even more. A strange thing happened two days after my ankle weight walk. My knees hurt less than they had in a long time. So I figure, why not repeat this every weekend and have the week to recover. So every weekend I would strap on my Five Pound Ankle Weights and walk until my knees and legs begged me to stop. Again, I was very careful not to make things worse; I stayed under control each step of the way.

One day, while at the store, I found some two and a half pound ankle weights. I figure, why not wear them in the between days while I walk around at work, and step up my five pound power walk days to a couple of times a week. Keep trying and trying again until I find the right mix of workouts. I noticed I was recovering faster. Yes, I would have a bad day for every workout day, but I also had less and less pain on each day after the recovery days. Try, try again.

Now I also was trying to make sure I was making the right career moves. I have been lucky and blessed to be moving forward the last few years. I was able to change gears and not take a step backward; all the while, every 6 months or so I would apply to a company that was closer to home. I really wanted a shorter commute. This went on for a few years. I switched jobs not once, but twice; trying to find the right place for me. I could not even get an interview at the company I was targeting.

After Five Years of Trying, putting in my resume online and by e-mail every six months; the company I was targeting called me. I had switched jobs twice and was feeling pretty good about myself. Needless to say all the interviews and jobs I didn’t get, and all the jobs I did get, prepared me for the interview with the company I was targeting. When they called me, I was more than ready to go in for an interview. I ended up getting two different offers within 24 hours. After 5 years of trying, I was finally hired in at the place I had targeted all along. Try, try again.

Now during all of this, I was trying to work with special software that would allow me to make music using a variety of pre-recorded loops, virtual instruments and external keyboards that I had been collecting. I bought a lot of things second hand and on clearance and I wanted one piece of software that would tie everything together. I actually bought a second hand laptop and a second hand keyboard, just to get the software I need for free. I loaded up the software – Ableton Live Version 7 Lite. I registered the software online and also bought a couple of mini key boards that were half off to get more free software to use with Ableton. Needless to say the software was out of date and I had to e-mail tech support. They gave me a free upgrade to Ableton Live Version 8. I loaded up all the software and my laptop started acting strange. The hard drive would spin out of control. I thought I caught a virus from all the free stuff I was trying. I could not get the software to behave on the laptop.

Try, try again. So after buying another used laptop and getting the software and memory upgraded, I bought yet another ½ off clearance keyboard to get a new copy of Ableton Live Version 9. After years of struggles I was able to obtain success. Some of, most of the software I had compiled would not run in Ableton 9 because it was 32 bit instead of 64 bit; but other copies of the software I had compiled ran and ran very nicely. Sorry about the Techno-Jargon Babble, 3 versions of software latter and I am up and running with lots to learn and lots to look forward to learning.

My job, my hobby and my health; I could have given up one either and all of them. I could have said, this is all there is and all there will ever be; but I choose to try again. So now I give to you the only advice I think that is worth giving. I give to you the advice that I am living. Try, try again.

I still have lots more to do. I have to settle in at a new job and make my mark. I have to continue to work out and get stronger. I have many, many hours chasing inspiration and learning new software. But what do I have to lose by trying? I stand to gain more by trying and trying again until I get things right. You gain nothing when you give up. You can gain the world if you will only try and try again.

My Rehabilitation Walk:

My Rehabilitation Walk:

I am recovering from a couple of knee injuries. I have to challenge myself to get past the pain of the bad days and appreciate the lesser pain or near pain free good days. This is all part of my rehabilitation walk.

I have to believe in the promise. I was not promised to never be sick or never have an injury. I have been promised that I will get sick and recover from all manner of infirmary. So I continue to believe in the promise. So I do not give into injury, I continue to stretch and strengthen my legs so that my knees will recover. I will take my mountain.

Nay-sayers have told me I should go to the doctor or get surgery, but I believe I can get back to full strength in due time. So you have to be really careful what advice you accept some times. What news do you listen to and what news do you spread? I will recover thanks to the promise, but I have an active role in my recovery.

No Pain, No Gain! You heard this haven’t you? You do not exercise today to be stronger today. You exercise today to recover tomorrow and get stronger as time progresses. So I broke out my ankle weights and put them to good use. First I did leg exercises on weekends and a few week nights while I watched television; leg extensions and leg curls, sets of twenty until I could not stand the pain. No pain, no gain. I would wear soft knee braces on weekdays and walked with a limp. I continued to get stronger and tried to correct my walking, no visible limp on good days. I tried to not use the braces on weekends first, then a little at a time on weekdays here and there. I will take my mountain.

I had good days and bad days. Two steps forward and one step back so it seemed. Yes my faith has been tested, but I believe in the promise; I will recover. As I have been getting stronger, I decided to put on the ankle weights and go for a walk. Slowly, deliberately walking with 5 pound soft weights strapped around each ankle; I walk around our apartment complex. So I started to sweat after the first lap; that is a good sign. Then I started to notice that my muscles began to ache, another good sign. Then I had to challenge myself to keep going on lap 3 and 4 and 5; another good sign. No Pain, No Gain.

After my Rehab walks, I had to take it easy for the rest of the day. Watch Television and stretch, all the while believing in the promise, I will recover. Sometimes I would feel better the next day, sometimes I would feel worse, but by the second day after my Rehab walks I would feel a lot less pain than on the days before my rehab walks. I will take my mountain.

These rehab walks are making my knees stronger. It may look funny to people who see me. They do not know that I have 5 pound weights strapped to each ankle as I do my walks. It probably looks like I am riding a giant bicycle in slow motion. It may look like I am walking in deep snow as I walk around each lap. I listen to music on my trusty MP3 player and my headphones as I smile my way through the pain. But each time I feel I get stronger. Each week, I wear my knee braces less and less. Each week I get a little stronger, short term pain leads to longer term gain. Each week I learn to stay in control and stay the course.

I share this with you because I believe in the promise. I will get sick and recover. I share this with you because I believe in spreading good news. The same promise that has been given to me is available to you. I am not telling you to stop going to the doctor or stop taking any medicine you may be on; I am telling you to believe in the promise, you may get sick but you can recover. I will take my mountain.

So much to teach, so much to learn:

So I have been on a mission.  I am on a mission to learn to become a better leader.  I am also on a mission to become a better teacher.  I am on a mission to become a better servant.  Yes, I want to become a good coach, mentor, and instructor.  I basically want to learn.  I want to learn to become better at everything I do.  I have learned that teaching is learning.  I have also learned that you can learn Mastery which involves Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring.  So I am trying to do those things so I can master the things I want to be very good at doing.

People can learn by doing, and you can learn more be listening to experts and you can learn even more by coaching and sharing.  So I have done all I can to help others.  I have spent a lot of time on stage performing.  I have learned a lot about mixing sound, but I never took the time to be a sound man for someone else.  So for the past month, I have asked myself, can I set aside my ego and make sure everyone else can be heard?  Can I make sure the best possible sound is coming out of the sound system?  Can I help make everyone else and learn in the process?

So what I have learned.  People are more receptive to your teaching if you are receptive to learning from them.  So I began by having people teach me what they know first.  I have also learned that I have a lot to learn.  So you have to open yourself up to learning.  This may sound crazy, but you must admit that you have things you need to learn.  So simple and yet so hard; this may seem really basic, but it is still true.  I have also learned that coaching, mentoring and teaching is basically sharing.  Sharing is most effective when it is a two-way street.

Most people do not pay attention when things sound good, but they look around when things so bad.  By learning what others were doing behind the soundboard while running the sound system made it easier for me to compare notes and show the next person.  So once I learned what others were doing, I learned that some of the things I thought I knew we just not true.  It is better to know for sure than to think you know.  So always confirm what it is you think you know.  I have also learned that sometimes it is better to get out-of-the-way and let others do what they need to do than to hover over them and make things harder to get done.  This is a great big metaphor for making space for people.  This is also a lesson I was able to teach while running sound.  If everyone is fighting for the same space not everyone is getting heard.  Learning how to make space for everyone makes everything better.

Sometimes the best way to be a leader is to be a better servant.  I believe in learning by doing, by listening to experts; and then by coaching, mentoring and teaching others.  In my quest to learn to become a better leader, I have learned that I have more to learn.  For all the things we have made better, there are still lots of things we need to figure out.  I guess that is the final lesson of mastery; there is always more to learn and there is always more to teach.

Never confuse Attitude with Talent:

Never confuse Attitude with Talent:

Attitude:

  1. Manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind:

Talent:

  1. A special natural ability or aptitude:
  2. A capacity for achievement or success; ability:

Sometimes when we see a successful person or a successful team we look for secrets to their success.  Sometimes we look at their personality traits and hope we can identify and isolate what makes them successful.  A lot of times successful people have a certain attitude we can identify with and we think that is the reason they are successful.  I say be careful with confusing Attitude with Talent.  I believe that Talent is the leading indicator of Success.  I think we all have a Talent and it is up to each of us to develop and harness our Talent.  I think the right Attitude can help, but I think Talent is the key.  Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I hope you find today’s topic worthy.

Attitude can come in all shapes and sizes.  Attitudes can be good or bad and can cover a whole range of human emotions.  Attitude can give you confidence and can help make you successful.  But Attitude in and of itself is not Talent.  I believe at the core of every successful team or organization you will find Talent.  Talent alone will not guarantee success; talent has to be harnessed.  Attitude can help harness the power of Talent, for good or bad.  Some will tell you good and bad are relative.  Let’s not stray, Sometimes people identify with an Attitude because it taps into their emotions, but Success is more a product of Talent than Attitude.

Punk Rock vs. Jazz

Some people like Punk Rock and some people like Jazz.  Do not confuse the style of Music with the level of Talent from Musician to Musician and Group to Group.  Some Punk bands have lots more Talent than they are ever given credit for having.  Some Jazz Musicians are given credit they do not deserve purely by association of the company they keep.  The reverse is also true.  Sometimes people like a certain style of music so they give every musician in that category more credit than they may deserve.  Other times people do not like a style of music so they cannot recognize any talent in that segment based not on their knowledge of music, but purely based on their taste in music.  Do not confuse Attitude with Talent.  Many times that most popular artist is not the most talented, case in point Jazz Fusion:  No one can deny the level of talent that has come out of Jazz Fusion, but it did not make it popular.  Again, a Popular Attitude or style does not mean you lack talent, but Pop Music Artists are rarely given credit for having the most Talent.

So the same is true of more than just music.  For me music is a very simple and universal example.  You can look at many different businesses and see many different Management and Leadership styles.  You will find many different words for Attitude, Culture or Passion.  You will find many different justifications for each of these Styles.  I say without Talent, Attitude alone will not get you very far.  Attitude is easy to copy, but Talent has to be developed over time.  To be successful, I honestly believe Talent is always at the core and proper Attitude harnesses this Talent.  Not all types of Attitude will create a Positive Environment, and you may not be able to adjust to all types of Attitudes, Management and Leadership Styles and Environments.  Being able to separate Talent from Attitude will make things easier.  Be careful not to confuse them.  Never confuse Attitude with Talent:

Some of my favorite Holiday Songs / Videos

1:  Do they know it’s Christmas:

Do they know it’s Christmas:  This Instant Classic from a British All Star Group for Charity is still one of my favorite Holiday Songs.

2:  We Three Kings:

Speaking of Super-groups: This Jazz Super-Group of Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Larry Carlton and Paul Shaffer even had a quick cameo in the “Scrooged Moive”  Who can argue the amount of talent on this track.

3:  Frosty the Snowman:

Usually with the Cocteau Twins there is no hope of understanding what the lead singer is saying.  This Dreamy Alternative Pop is your once chance.

4:  Christmas Time is Here:

Even though this is a cartoon, this is a very lounge-y feeling classic.

5:  The Grinch Song:

Sorry, I have a thing for these cartoon classics.  Maybe this one stretches it a bit, but it isn’t Christmas without the Grinch and Scrooge.

6:  Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy

David Bowie and Bing Crosby, it doesn’t get any better does it?

7:  Last Christmas

Wham was about to split up, but not before dropping this Holiday Favorite.

8:  All I want for Christmas:

Say what you want about Mariah Carey, this one is as good as it gets.

9:  Happy Xmas / War is Over

John Lennon, enough said.

10:  Wonderful Christmas Time

Can’t have John without Paul

11:  This Christmas

I quickly find myself running out of room.  I could go on and on, but I think I am going to leave you with this one.