At the end of October of this year I was reflecting on my life and why I was stuck. I was fat, broke and not improving. ”How can I get out of this funk”, I was asked myself. I picked up my journal and started reviewing the past few years. Inside my journal I had recorded my weight, the amount of money I had saved, what is going on in life at that time and how I was feeling. 2010 was a banner year for me. I could see where I was overweight at the beginning of that year and my weight progressively went from 234 in March to 200 pounds in August, which is the least amount I’ve weighed in all of my life. I was running every day and could run 13 miles. I self-confident and inspired.
Reviewing My Journal
So I started looking at each day in my journal for that year. What was I doing? What was Continue Reading…
This isn’t a fun post to write. It’s about a failure, or should I say, another failure.
I had planned to re-launch my book, You Can Sleep In Your Car But You Can’t Drive Your House To Work, on August 27th. I had it all set up. I even had 28 incredible people signed up as a launch team. Yet for almost two months I’ve been relatively silent on my blog.
“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s over I’ll never be hungry again. No nor any of my foe. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness I’ll never be hungry again!” -Scarlett O’hara
All great comebacks start with determination.
What can you learn from this video? Can you learn to channel your anger and frustrations to overcome obstacles in your life?
Recently I hired a studio and producer to record one of my songs,This Is Your Life. When the song was finished I was so excited and I knew it was a potential hit if I could get enough people to listen to it. So I made a radical decision, I decided to give it away for free.
It is a radical decision because this song is the pay off for years of dedication and sometimes frustrating work. Eighteen years ago I got rid of all my possessions except what would fit in my car and I moved to Nashville, TN, home of Country Music, to pursue a career in music.
I hung out with other songwriters and played at the Bluebird Cafe and other bars that hosted songwriter nights in Nashville. I listened for song ideas at work, at the mall, in the bars and everywhere else I went. I wrote the ideas on a napkins, notebooks or my hand if I didn’t have paper. I’ve written close to 1,000 songs and
1.) Have I ever sat in my cubicle on a sunny day, looking out a window and wished that I was weed eating the grass outside like the landscaping crew instead of being locked up inside?
2.) Have I ever finished paying all my bills to find out I have no money for myself?
3.) Do I have to get approval from my boss to take a vacation?
If you would rather be outside and your career has left you broke then why not quit?
When the power is in the game and you suck at the game you can either get better at the game or quit. If you are not a good fit for the game, in this case corporate business, then you will never win. If you quit the game, then you take all of the power away from it and can start taking control of your life.
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What are you like when no one is looking?
Usually they are vacant when I clean on the weekends and the parking lots are empty. That was always the case except for one of my accounts. Every weekend one of the offices had a car parked out front. Sometimes when I left the area or when I was entering I see a businessman outside smoking so I always smiled Continue Reading…
For the past ten years I’ve wanted professional recordings of my songs. I told my friends how I couldn’t afford it and I’d never make my money back but I needed them promote my songs. I didn’t save the money and book a studio, all I did was bitch.
For the past seven years I have tried to quit smoking. I’ve told all my friends why I going to quit and how hard it is to quit and why I failed to quit. I didn’t quit, all I did was Continue Reading…
Have you ever felt like a slave to your job? Have you ever looked out your office windows at the lawn care guys and wish you were outside with a weed eater instead of stuck inside an office?
Let me tell you a story. In 2004 I worked for Verizon Wireless as a bill collector. I had a nice cubicle and advanced to the title of Sr. Financial Services Advisor. But I hated calling people all day and getting yelled at by them because they couldn’t pay their overdue cell phone bill. By May I had used up all of my personal days and vacation days for the year.
One day while driving into work I stopped at Starbucks and read and article in the New York Times about a contractor in Iraq who was captured by the Taliban and killed. He was about my age and went to Iraq to earn some extra money for his family. I asked myself, “If this was my last day on earth, would I go to work today?” My answer was Continue Reading…
Have you ever had a goal that for some reason you just couldn’t reach? My nemesis was quitting smoking. I’ve tried and even succeeded for a couple of months but then something stressful would happen (car breakdown, etc) and I would would reach for a smoke. I’ve tried the using the patch, quitting cold turkey and going on a juice fast to get me started. I always failed.
Never work in a cubicle, factory or any place that makes you punch a time card. If the boss is a corporate dick, or just a dick, quit. Life is too short and you can never replace the time you waste there. You can replace the money.
Money doesn’t buy the experiences you remember. How many days at work do you remember? How many vacations Continue Reading…
Last week I gave my first keynote speech in front of almost 300 people forGraceworks ministries. Here’s a short clip:
The next day I was reflecting upon my the moves that helped me get to this point. Here are the five steps I took to manifest my new career:
I am a musician who has played thousands of gigs next to jukeboxes and dart boards. I realized that unless I changed something I would never get out of bars. I heard aboutJana Stanfield, who was a Nashville songwriter, like me, struggling to make her way. She started speaking and using her music to convey a positive message. Now she travels the world sharing the stagewithJack CanfieldandWayne Dyer. She made the leap and that became my dream: To travel the world speaking and sharing my music.
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results” -James Allen
In Steve Jobs biography it is written that Steve felt thought patterns were like grooves on a record. The mind will generally stay in that groove unless you change it. I relate to this a little differently. I call it the thought snowball.
How do you handle adversity? Are you thankful for it? Are you proactive?
Over the past 7 years I have not concerned myself with finances much. If I had rent, gas and food then I just enjoyed my life. Now I really hunger to move on to a higher level of financial success. Here is where I am at financially:
Speaker Cavett Robert once told a story of the King’s servant who stumbled upon a Genie in the bottle one day. After he rubbed the bottle the Genie came out, thanked him and granted him one wish. The King’s servant said, “All my life I have been serving the King and his court. I would like for others to now serve me”. The Genie granted his one with and then disappeared.
The servant then walked to the street and a car appeared. The driver got out, opened the door for him and asked him where he would like to go. The servant, rather impressed, asked to go to dinner. The driver took him to the finest restraunt, pulled in front then opened the car door for him. He got out and someone opened the door of the dinner and he was waited on by the staff. After dinner the car Continue Reading…