A Story About Mickey Mouse, A Breakroom Outburst and Being Authentic

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This week’s episode is about my time as a Disneyland employee and what Mickey Mouse taught me about being authentic. Right out of high school I got a job at Disneyland as a Submarine Captain. And, during that time, I shared a breakroom with a bunch of employees including the people who dressed up in the costumes. One day, Mickey Mouse came in…took off his head…lit up a smoke…and began to rant about all the bratty kids he dealt with on his last shift. I found this to be really funny at the time, being really young, but later in …

The Missing Piece Between Motivation and Success

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Motivational memes, speeches, Youtube videos and quotes do a good job at firing you up… …but ultimately fizzle out when the excitement is gone or when you hit that first big obstacle. This week’s episode is all about the missing piece between motivation and success. Show topics include: Are motivational speakers, memes, videos and quotes doing more harm than good? How motivational material is like giving a kid a bunch of sugar Why motivation stuff is so addictive Why motivation stuff is so NOT effective in getting you results The key to turning motivation into actual, measurable life improvement … …

A Story About A Prince, A Poet and Your Happiness

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This week’s Surrounded by Idiots Radio Podcast is all about exposing how the pursuit of happiness can lead to a lot of sadness. The story I share is about a popular prince from long ago that shared a little secret about his own happiness. It is also about a poet that provided great insight into happiness with one little poem. It’s also about the Happiness Industry that is constantly trying to sell us that happiness should be our ultimate goal in life. Problem is, having that goal will lead to frustration, sadness, depression and an overall bummer of a life. …

2 Doctors | 1 Story | Your Relationships

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This week’s show sheds light on how we see things in life and how that shapes our reality and the level of success we have with our relationships. The story told is about my daughter’s ongoing battle with Leukemia and the way that two doctors communicated the same message so completely different. This example shows there are a number of ways to frame the same picture…question is…are you using the right frame? Show topics include: The power of learning how to frame your life for ultimate success How to live off the good news even when you know the bad …

Story About Hot Dogs, A Traumatized Uncle and the Awkwardness of Success

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This week I talk about Success and success (two different things) by telling the story of grilling hot dogs with my traumatized uncle. This episode all came from an article I was reading a couple of days ago about success. There was a great line in the article that talked about forward movement requiring Intention and Effort AND Awkwardness. It was the awkwardness that jumped off the page for me because it is so true!! There is not a success that has ever been succeeded successfully without some form of messy or awkward or failure. So, why is it that …

Story About A Naked King, A Smart Kid And The Price of Vanity

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This week I wanted to share a fairy tale about a naked king, a smart kid and the price of vanity. The story is The Emperor’s New Clothes, by Hans Christian Andersen. If you’re not familiar, it’s about a very vain ruler who gets swindled into thinking a new outfit will show who in his kingdom is unfit for office or unusually stupid. The story is about how simple it is for someone to play your ego, your vanity to their advantage while at the same time making you look like a fool. Some topics I talk about include: Are …

A Story About Crabs, Asking Permission and Doing Your Thing

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This week’s show is all about how we mistakenly seek out permission to make big changes in our life and how crabs can teach us a lot about breaking free and doing our own thing. Some stuff I talk about: How Red in the Shawshank Redemption perfectly shows how we become programmed to ask permission instead of just doing our own thing Why you make decisions now that are based on your childhood and how it’s keeping you from growing and doing the things your want to do with your life How the most successful people in the world bust …