Being Brave

The paradox of creativity

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Second round of rough drafts completed yesterday.


If fear is our enemy to being creative. Then creativity is the antidote for fear.

Nothing slays fear like action.

Failure is progress.

Inaction is not progress.

It really is this simple.

Just passed 100 days since retiring from Disney and things are starting to gel. They’re gelling because big decisions are being made.

Fear fades away like a distant memory.


Doing business differently.
Paying in advance and double her going rate.


Paying in advance and double her fee seems as natural as breathing. Fear, not lack of creativity, keeps this from being a common business practice.

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Anyone Else Think Like This?

Quotes inspire us for a moment, and we think, “Yeah, damn right”

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The project has several tasks, including making the mobile look make sense (which this does not)


Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli

The thing with quotes like this is they inspire us for a moment, and we think, “Yeah, damn right”.

And then some shiny thing catches our attention (again).

Know what I mean?

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Brand Loyalty

Is there a bridge from common sense to action?

Car loaded down for cross-country rode trip


Tent camping along Wyoming Interstate in 1984


Last night had a flashback to 18 months ago at work.

That moment when you wanted to be in bed 30 minutes ago because you’re spent, but kept feeding on Internet inspiration… and came to a realization…

You packed up all your meager belongings and drove from Washington State to Orlando to work for a Man and a Mouse….

And it’s now been 30 years at Walt Disney World Resort, including the past 15 speaking to over one-million people…

How’d that happen?

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Am I The Only One?

My blind spot is believing people are rational

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If he could talk, I’d hear a long list of blind spots


My blind spot is believing people are rational.

My second challenge is thinking people want to change.

Ultimately, I assume that once someone knows what I know, they will choose what I chose.



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Sense of Urgency

Sense of Urgency?
Sense of Urgency?

Reading a book has the potential to alter the way we behave. This can be a gift. It can also be a curse.

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch, was a gift.

Randy’s book helped me see the same things I always see, in a completely different light.

It was in the contemplative moments, inspired by his news, “You have about six months to live”, that really helped me see a blind spot.

A blind spot that most humans share.

Putting important things off because they are not urgent.

Health.  Family.  Spirit.  Life.  Legacy.

What does this have to do with leadership?

Do I really have to explain it?  Because if I do, it worries me that you still might not get it.

You will eventually, but what if someone disconnects your phone?