March Motivation Madness #1 Winner

March 8, 2010 by  
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This giveaway was alot of fun for me. Here’s my video announcing our first winner.

The next drawing is Monday, March 15. Make sure you’re subscribed to be eligible to win (via email: if you get my posts then you’re already subscribed; via RSS, email me to let me know you’d like to participate – Good luck in the next drawing and I hope you love your new goodies!

Maximize Your Return On Investment

March 5, 2010 by  
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One of my personal mantras is “Put Yourself First”. I came to this thought by observing that a person can give time, effort, affection and support to others but not always receive the time, effort, affection and support they need themselves. So I was nodding my head when my friend posted on her Facebook status yesterday,”What percentage of the LOVE that we GIVE AWAY is really EARNED? No more handouts, NO EXCEPTIONS! From this day forward ANYONE who gets MY LOVE will be DESERVING AND RECIPROCATE IT….(and pls spare me with the “love everyone” foolishness, thats NOT realistic!).” It also got me to thinking: its definitely important to put yourself first and invest in yourself – because you are your greatest asset. But how do you determine how much to invest in others?

Your Investment In Human Assets

From Wikipedia:

“Investment is the commitment of money or capital to purchase financial instruments or other assets in order to gain profitable returns in form of interest, income, or appreciation of the value of the instrument.”

Your family, friends, coworkers and associates are the human instruments that you invest in. Do you expect to get profitable returns from your efforts? Or is your philosophy that you love and do for others unselfishly and don’t expect to get anything in return? I’m not trying to be funny, but if the latter is your answer, how is that working out for you?

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Quick Note to RSS Subscribers

March 4, 2010 by  
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To my Motivated CEOs who subscribe via RSS –

I emailed my subscribers about the March Motivation Madness giveaway that’s taking place on March 8. Since I don’t have your email address, shoot me a quick email at so I’ll know that you’re participating in the giveaway also. I’m giving away a $25 Barnes & Noble giftcard to help you stay motivated, learn how to be, do or have what it is you’re striving for, and help you take it to the next level.

Need Some Specialized Motivation?

March 4, 2010 by  
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Is there a specific issue that you’re dealing with, that you need an extra nudge to get you going? I love writing to encourage you guys, but I’d also like to know what other ways you could use some encouragement. It was a great experience for me to roll up my sleeves and answer the subscriber question that inspired my How To Reach The Stars post. I’d love to do the same for you. Just email me your question/topic at, and I’ll be sure to respond and keep your name private. You’re always welcome to email me for inspiration and motivation at any time – today I felt the need to put out an open call =)

What Are Your Guilty Pleasures?

March 2, 2010 by  
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While I love being motivated, productive, feeling accomplished and inspired, there are some times and some days where I have to take a step back and chill out. There are also days where I’m not motivated, so I decide to give my mind a break from constantly going. Because I might not physically be working, but I’m constantly putting my brain to use – by visualizing, planning, working out problems and taking in new information.

So during this time, I indulge my guilty pleasures. I don’t mean to imply that I feel guilty for doing this, or that I’m embarrased to like these things. Honestly there isn’t a real reason for labeling them that, but I just do. Sometimes I’m into different things, and currently my guilty pleasures are:

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Sometimes You’ll Stand Alone

March 1, 2010 by  
Filed under motivation, personal development, relationships

I love watching fantasy movies. Every die-hard fantasy fan has seen Lord of the Rings, and alot of books/movies in the genre have copied J. R. R. Tolkien’s plot: young, inexperienced person goes on a quest to save the world against the forces of evil; aided by bumbling friends, magical creatures, ancient wizards and courageous knights (or other such brave fighters), he beats the odds to save everyone’s neck.

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a posse at our backs during our quests through life? You could assemble your best friend, a wise elder, 2 or 3 fighting dudes and your love interest, and set off for parts unknown to make the world right again. Wouldn’t that be great?

Man, it’d be even better if we had a real-life posse that had our backs, but such is life. We can’t all be the questing hero, going from innocence to experience over the course of a movie (or really long book, in Tolkien’s case). And we’re lucky if we have a few friends to support us when we want to do something that others don’t believe in. Everyone will not share your vision; everyone will not support your quest.

The Posse Doesn’t Exist

My grandmother had two sayings: “you were born alone and you’ll die alone (and occassionally she’d add, “and you’ll get this whippin’ alone”, but I digress…)”; and “the only thing I have to do is stay black and die”. Those two sayings are pertinent in my message today, because they support my view that you have to stand alone. This choice is not always made because you want to, but because its absolutely necessary. Because the only person who has to support you is you.

We often hold ourselves back by waiting for the approval and support of others. Well, what will you do if that support never comes? If your parents never approve of the career choice you want to make, mate you want to marry or dream you want to pursue? Will you deny yourself because you don’t have anyone to travel on your quest with you? Or will you pack your necessities and travel that road alone?

Our friends and family have a funny way of innocently condemning our choices, but holding themselves back out of fear as well. So in their estimation, nothing would be achieved, because you shouldn’t follow your dreams and they won’t follow theirs either. Well where does that leave you? Forget about where it leaves them, put yourself first.

(caption: Believe in yourself when all around you may doubt you. Inner strength is the root of confidence.)

Your family is only responsible for your upbringing and once you’re an adult you’re to take it from there. Everything else isn’t a requirement. And we all know people who weren’t blessed to have one or both of their parents growing up, so I’m not suggesting that we take their presence for granted. But its just that – their presence – meaning the leadership of your life comes from you. That’s why I call you a Motivated CEO – you are the chief executive of your own life. Will a CEO poll other CEOs, and only act in his company’s best interest if the other CEOs say so? Even if your family serves as your board of directors, that’s the limit of their role; they’re your advisors, its still your ship to run.

So run it with full knowledge that you are the only one required to be at the helm. It’d be great to have the support of others, but if you don’t, then be prepared to forge ahead on your own. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

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