Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Motivational Speech

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock gives an important life lesson - don't think that what you always want is the best thing for you. If something that you think is good doesn't happen, it can lead to greener and better pastures. Keep grinding.

My favorite line from this that is so inspiring is this:

"The best thing that never happened." When one door closes, another opens, but sometimes we get so hung up on what we think we have to have, be, or do that we can't see the forest for the trees. Pause. Give thanks. Reflect on what you have and have already accomplished. Make a new decision even if it is only to be okay with the way things are for the moment.

The best thing that never happened could be the place behind you while the newly opened door awaits your crossing the threshold.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Let’s get Lucky today

As Bart prepare for a talk with 50 Entrepreneur’s this week,
he shares about the power of prep and a little bit of Luck.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Celebrate Your Successes Past and Present

"Acknowledge Your Positive Past:

Because the brain more easily remembers 
events that were accompanied by strong emotions, 
most people underestimate and underappreciate 
the number of successes they've had
in relation to the number of failures, they've had.
One of the ways to counteract this phenomenon is
to consciously focus on and celebrate your successes."

-- Jack Canfield,
 Principle 26 of The Success Principles

I love Jack Canfield's book, The Success Principles. It contains 64 principles to success and all are short enough to read in a few minutes, come back any time, or just open the book where ever you might like and pull out a gem of wisdom. My copy has post-it notes all throughout of places I want to visit again and again.

This one is great because he says that we are trained in this pattern early with our parents and in grade school. A lot of people get upset if we don't perform properly and punish us or yell at us to help guide us to do better, but what really happens is we become more emotionally involved in the failures and that makes it seem sometimes that we have more failure than success.

Jack says, "the sad truth is that we all have many more victories than failures--it's just that we set the bar too high for what we call a success." He goes on to talk about a participant in one of his programs who told that he left Iran to Germany where he learned the language and became an auto mechanic. Then he had the opportunity to come to America, learn English and was learning how to be a welder, but he thought he was not a success. Come to find out, his idea of success was being at home in Beverly Hills and driving a luxury car! Yet, to many others, his life was an ongoing massive success.

Jack talks about creating a Victory Log, which can be a fancy leather-bound diary or a spiral notebook. It is just something that you record your successes or victories regardless of the size of them to later show how many you have. Success needs to be reinforced.

He adds to display your success on a success wall and look at it often. Make it so that your successes, however minor they may seem to get the attention they deserve, or rather, you deserve to create in each of us a stronger and more risk-taking self-esteem. It's not about bragging, it's about putting things in perspective. We may as well let our successes lead the way.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tired Of Following An Ineffective Leader? Lead From Where You Are!

Regarding following an ineffective leader. . .

"Your job isn't to fix the leader; it's to add value.
If the leader won't change, then change your
attitude or your work address."

"No matter what our circumstances, 
our greatest limitation isn't the leader above us--
it's the spirit within us."

"Your leadership is as much disposition as position."

-- John C Maxwell,
from The 360 Degree Leader

I've had several opportunities to be in the position of following an ineffective leader. In those positions, I used to complain every day, usually to my wife or some other poor unfortunate soul. I didn't mince words either. How could the owner have hired such idiots in the first place? They were so inept and lame. It's not that they were bad people, they were just bad at their jobs.

Of course, I was not in that league. I was good at my job. In fact, I knew their job better than they did and could probably do my job and theirs and have time left over--you know, me being perfect and all. . .

The more I complained, the more there was to complain about. Ever heard of the Law of Attraction? Duh! Was I trying to make myself feel better? Yes. Was it working? No. Was I helping my situation at all by this complaining? No. Was I hurting myself by this activity? Yes. Another self-inflicted wound!

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Recently, I've been re-reading and studying The 360 Degree Leader by John C Maxwell. It's a wonderful book about leadership and in particular, leading from the middle of an organization. I absolutely love the first quote above: It's not my job to fix the leader--it's my job to ADD VALUE, then it goes on to say, if the leader won't change (and you know they aren't going to. . .), you have two choices: One, develop a new attitude, or a new way of looking at things, or two, get a different job.

Now, if I like my job, what I do and where I do it, I have only one choice: choose better thoughts, learn to appreciate my boss more, maybe get to know them more, seek their strengths and accentuate them--in other words, stop complaining and start praising.

You know what happens then? They seem to change almost overnight. They all of a sudden have skills you didn't know they had, hobbies that are fascinating, they have the knowledge you were unaware of, and a previously hidden but pleasant personality. What an amazing transformation! It's a miracle! Who knew that people could change that quickly?

It's an amazing thing. . .

Some Of The People I Have Come To Respect Highly Have Been Previous Bosses I Used To Complain About. . . Many After I Left. Better Late Than Never.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Speakers and Leaders Thrive Here!

The Maxwell Speakers Club is the world's first speakers club dedicated to helping leaders communicate & connect more effectively.

Now more than ever, it is important for you as a leader to continue to develop your speaking skills. Join our Speakers Club and we’ll help you thrive!
Join our club for weekly training, live speaking critiques, worldwide competitions and more! Participating in the Maxwell Speakers Club is the next best thing to being trained by John Maxwell himself.

Each week, we will watch and extract lessons from John’s live presentations and speeches. As your facilitator, I will guide you through practical exercises to help you master your communication and become a better speaker. You will experience the same quality instruction used by John and Speaker Trainer, Roddy Galbraith, to train speakers all over the world through the John Maxwell Team.

Here’s What You Can Expect:

  • Support and encouragement.
  • Teachings from the master communicator, John Maxwell.
  • Experiential learning through speeches, live feedback, and critiques.
  • Practical weekly topics and assignments.
  • Participation in World Speaking Championships.

Our Weekly Speaker Training Continuity Program means you can:

  • Start at any time.
  • Learn and grow through active participation and real-time feedback.
  • Receive weekly modeling and teaching exercises.
  • Connect with like-minded professionals for support and accountability.

Each week we will build upon the previous week’s lesson and help you master your style of speaking and delivery. Get valuable feedback from your peers, support others in their journey, and receive expert guidance along the way. The Maxwell Speakers Club is your place to become the best speaker, communicator and presenter you can be!


Sunday, August 12, 2018

MONEY: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

John is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 22 million books. His organizations have trained more than 6 million leaders worldwide.

I am a John Maxwell Team Executive Director and have been trained to teach much of the wisdom and effectiveness of John Maxwell's leadership skills. See more at

Thursday, August 9, 2018

5 Things Not to Do in the Morning | Jack Canfield

How you start your day sets the tone for how the rest of your day and ultimately the rest of your life will go. Make sure your morning routine is setting you up for success by avoiding these 5 things.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game Makes Learning FUN.

The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game is a comprehensive game based on the teachings of John C. Maxwell. The game helps organizations improve their leadership intelligence and increase their effectiveness. Why? “Because everything rises and falls on leadership,” says Maxwell. These leadership principles carry consequences with them. Apply the laws to your organization and people will follow you. Violate and ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others. But there’s news: every one of the laws can be learned.” How? Play the game with 6-12 of your most influential leaders and find out! The game is also available for Teenagers, ages 12-19.

Find out more by calling Bart Nollenberger at 480-327-8751 or see more information here.

Friday, August 3, 2018

SUCCESSFUL: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

John is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 22 million books. His organizations have trained more than 6 million leaders worldwide.