Be You, or Bust

Cristiano Ronaldo poses next to the bronze bust.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Imagine being honored with a bronze statue to immortalize you and at the unveiling the statue is said to look like someone else? Does that invalidate the artists work or make it any less of a masterpiece?

Participants at a recent Q and A with best selling author and speaker Seth Godin, were hungry for the magic formula that led to his success. This was a common question asked several different ways. Seth’s formula was simple –  Be You. Write about issues that matter to you. Be causal about your passions. Be inspired by others and add your unique perspective. The world is full of people and places that inspire us! Don’t let what others think stop you from sharing who you are with the world. It’s only their perspective.

Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else. Judy Garland

Only we can create the best version of ourselves, and we are perfect just the way we are. We have everything we need inside of us to be, do and achieve anything and have everything life has to offer.

Be you. You are a masterpiece. Believe it, or bust.


on writing

i have a lot to say and then two things happen. i am afraid of what others will think and i’m afraid of looking bad. the older i get the less it matters.

i have amazing things to accomplish in this world, and I surround myself with people who lift me up. is that an alternative reality? can i make that case that i can surely find someone who shares my cause?

when like-minded people come together it’s a cause.

i’m surrounded by 2499 people at a John Maxwell international conference and I have met amazing people with amazing ideas. To think is surely to create.

in particular, when i escaped the buffet line and opted for a seat at the bar with spaghetti, meatballs and 2 glasses of pinot, and met two incredible women who want to start a coaching practice for spouses of first responders. We have enough ideas, what we need is execution – Seth Godin.

Of all the themes in the last two days, I know these to be truths:

  1. Write and write often
  2. Execution is more critical than ideas
  3. Be different and bold in your thinking. Well-behaved women seldom make history
  4. Connection is key
  5. Enrollment is key.
  6. Be contagious

My head is exploding with information as it typically does when I attend conferences like these. However, the stories of courage, overcoming obstacles, human kindness and perseverance, wealth building, business building, are overwhelming.

The synergy at this conference is palpable. Everyone, I mean everyone smiles at you.

Although I’m in Orlando, the JMT IMC is the happiest place on earth.















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My 2012 Book List

  • January – The 7 Powers of Questions  Dorothy Leads
  • February – The Art of War for Women, Chin Ning Chu
  • March –  Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  • April – Presenting to Win, Jerry Weissman
  • May – Drive The surprising truth about what motivates us, Daniel Pink
  • June – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership   John Maxwell
  • July – Lead with Love, Ken Blanchard
  • August – Ethics for the New Millenium, Dalai Lama
  • September – Developing the Leader within you , John Maxwell
  • October- Relationships are Everything, Muriel McLellan
  • November – Today Matters, John Maxwell
  • December???…SUGGESTIONS??