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Professionally Speaking

i should have known better

Delta flight map
Can’t sleep with legs up against the wall unsupported. Too taxing behind the knees. Totally need the support.

i should have known better. 

Everything i envisioned on this trip, including the vision for the ultimate travel experience was crushed. 

Disproportionate time was spent trying to solve for what seemed like a bad dream. 

Nothing worked. 

And so it goes with air travel. 

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If Disney Ran Your Life

You are never tested and tempted to make excuses

Goucher library
Goucher library

 

Goucher library
Goucher library

 

group meeting expectations list
The list of flaws is long…this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Goucher library
Goucher library…aloha.

 

Goucher library
Goucher library…the friendly, and frigid, Arctic?

 

Goucher library
Goucher library…Gandhi, before India?

 

Being on the road reminds me of how important habits are.

You are never tested and tempted to make excuses like you are when you travel – everything about your routine is out of synch.

You’re living in a hotel room.

No kitchen, no car (probably), travel fatigue, weather changes, limited to resources that fit in your travel bag(s), etc.

The interesting thing as i observe people and organizations as a profession is that habits drive everything we do.

We have the power to change habits, but we almost always make excuses for why we can’t change.

To which a brilliant piece of wisdom emerges automatically:

Can’t and won’t are not synonymous.

 

i can’t change.

i won’t change.

Those two are not the same.

 

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Professionally Speaking

How patient and how often?

Disney Keynote Speakers
Selfie-time, 8:03am.

 

conference questions
Breakout sessions thought starters created by the conference sponsor.

 

Westin Vail hottub
Spent an hour up to my shoulders in hot water. Glorious.

 

quote
Always learning.

 

quote
Knowledge isn’t skill. Fat isn’t muscle.

 

Vail, CO
Who knew?

 

Westin fireplace
Only one enjoying the fire at 4:50am.

 

Disney Keynote Speakers
Westin, Vail lobby 4:50AM yesterday.

 

sleep
Five hours hurts, but it could be worse.

 

Vail, CO
Cool stuff.

 

Disney Keynote Speakers
Really thought yesterday would be a typical and uneventful travel day back to Walt Disney World.

 

Disney Keynote Speakers
New record. Cool, i guess.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park at 7:45am yesterday.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park
Zooming in.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park
Bigger zoom. Thanks iPhone.

 

Colorado plains
The Plains begin as soon as the mountains end.

 

High School speaker
Arrived two minutes late at 7:02PM last night.

 

How patient and how often?

Long and draining travel days set you up for an unplanned final exam.

Patience is pass-fail.

Anything less than being patient is not patient (fail).

 

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Professionally Speaking

Chasing India

bead jar jeff noel
So much commitment, discipline, vision, and forethought. A $10 investment in a bottle and a small bag of plastic beads, and one-hour roundtrip drive to the craft store.

 

(warning, not short, but certainly pithy)

Seventy-five (75) months without any revenue.

Would you give up?

And spending $1,000 per month, all 75 months – would you stop?

Would you even make it three-plus years (and $36,000 in the hole) like this let alone six-plus years?

This post is also being written on an iPhone as i walk four miles roundtrip to the gym this morning.

Received an email before heading out the door – the Speakers Bureau agent said he is “chasing India”, in response to my request for a client update.

The fee on the table is 1/3 my former annual Disney salary.

For one speech.

So yeah, mind-boggling.

To say a clear, concise, compelling vision is the single most important blueprint in your 19-point organizational architecture, is, well, the understatement of your career.

Without that type of visioning, giving up seems like a viable option after a “reasonable” amount of time.

One of the hells no one knew i was going through (2008-2014) was the uncertain and lonely entrepreneurial journey to start something.

Something that may not work.

Something that may never pay the bills.

And to this very morning, there continues to be no guarantee next year will be a profitable year.

 

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Being Brave

Only one way in and i almost didn’t take it

Trilogy Health Service
While waiting for an Omni Convention Concierge employee to return with the Omni Convention Director’s business card, i scanned Trilogy’s website.

 

Michael Jr
Only one way to get to this place…open the door and walk in.

 

Michael Jr
Michael Jr travels with a camera crew sometimes?

 

Omni Louisville
Best Hotel in town? Maybe.

 

Only one way into the room where laughter from 600 people was emanating.

And i almost didn’t take it.

 

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