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Now You Know How I Roll


The video that proves it.

By |September 8th, 2010|misc|4 Comments

No Time Like the Present

Thanks Grasshopper for putting this together.

By |August 27th, 2010|misc|3 Comments

Irvine Hires Carl Sandburg to Pen a Poem

Carl SandburgIn an effort to bolster the local economy and lift the spirits of its residents, the city of Irvine brought the poet Carl Sandburg out of his cryogenically frozen state for a few days.

He walked around Irvine and wrote a little poem.

You may remember Carl.

He put Chicago on the map with this:

“Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning…”

And now he has done the same for Irvine…

Video Game Designer for the World,

Botox Maker, Stacker of Integrated Circuits,

Player with Real Estate and the Nation’s Mortgage Broker,

Calm, quaint, quiet, City of the Perfect Plan:

They tell me you are dull and I believe them, for I have seen your streamlined streets and homogenous homes luring Los Angelenos.

And they tell me you are polite and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the car yield to the bicycle.

And they tell me you are quiet and my reply is: I once heard a hummingbird while sitting in a Starbucks.

And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city and I give them back the sneer and say to them:

Come and show me another city so safe, so educated, built for children, groomed for adults determined to bounce back and thrive once more…

By |August 10th, 2010|misc|11 Comments

Don’t Make it Happen, Let it Happen

Just found this great interview with Steve Moore, the West Virgina cover band drummer who went viral on YouTube last week.

It’s pretty long, so I found the best part and posted it here.

It’s a funky little lesson in changing your mindset, letting go, allowing things to happen.

Anyone who has ever gone out on their own, started a new business, tried to create something from nothing, can relate to Steve Moore here:

“It’s really ironic the way things have panned out. Up until literally a few months ago, I used to stress over everything. I wanted to handle everything, I wanted to know everything. I would go as hard and fast as I could, twenty-four seven.

Just trying to work work work. Then about two months ago, I got to reading different books, talking to different friends, and I realized I couldn’t control everything, that I had to just let certain things happen. It may sound silly, but I had to just, just relax. That doesn’t mean you stop working, but I had to stop stressing over it.

All you can do it the best you can do, and if something’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. Just allow it to happen, don’t make it happen. And I think I’ve been trying to make things happen my entire life. So I finally just adopted a new way of thinking where I was going to allow things to happen.

And a few months later the thing went viral.

It may sound a bit silly to you, but as a result of that I’m not really putting much thought into it, I’m just kind of letting things unfold the way they unfold. I’m not trying to “seize the opportunity” and go at it like a bull.  I’m just trying to enjoy it. It’s taken 30 years for this to happen. I ‘m just enjoying that fact that so many people are getting a kick out of it.”

Sell Like a Six Year Old Girl

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Relentless.

Tenacious.

Unyielding.

A wildfire?

Kobe Bryant?

Attila the Hun?

Nope.

Just a six-year old girl who wants something very specific from her father.

She offers all the ways you can convince someone to take action on your behalf.

I’ve counted about a dozen different techniques and characteristics that make her a great salesperson and virtually guaranteed to achieve her goal.

1.  She knows exactly what she wants.

2.  She tells you about it in multiple ways.

3.  She reminds you on multiple days.

4.  She tells you all the benefits.

5.  She backs off when she senses annoyance.

6.  She never deviates from her mission

7.  She expresses unrestrained enthusiasm.

8.  She sells with honey.

9.  She doesn’t make it about money.

10.  She times everything.

11.  She implies in place of ranting.

12.  She never gives up.

She’s my role model for selling, at a time when it’s more important than ever to set yourself up for a profitable new year.

We Need You


We need you.
We need your service.
We need your product.
We need your courage, your conviction, your enthusiasm.
We’re waiting.
For you.

(stick with this vid past the 1:12 mark, you will not be disappointed)