Category: Motivational

The Confidence Loop

The Confidence Loop

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

I was chatting with a young employee over a beer the other day and we started talking about confidence and its importance. Here is a summary of the conversation along with a diagram on the cyclical pattern of confidence. What is confidence? Confidence is a state of mind. It is a lens that we choose […]

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Design Life. Drive Life.

Design Life. Drive Life.

| November 27, 2012 | Reply

Drive life. Say Yes more often. Challenge your barriers. Be comfortable outside your comfort zone. But, don’t just drive life. Design it. Design your outcome. And design time in between driving, to be still – to float. To explore. To be, without trying. To breathe, without thinking. And to surrender, without wanting. – Steven 2011.

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You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

My friend Erin Mellinger posted this on facebook the other day. It’s so insightful, I wanted to share it with you: “There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.” Wow! How powerful that is when you think about it. Every number ever produced is a […]

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What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

| November 12, 2012 | 2 Replies

(Nadav is my buddy and CEO of Enlightened.org) Nadav Wilf asks on Facebook: What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?? Stefania Andra I’d like to call our relationship successful so that answers the second part of the question as well 🙂 hehe Julien Brandt Easy: It’s strictly based on how […]

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Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

| October 16, 2012 | 1 Reply

“I was a fidgety and noisy child. All my school reports said that I couldn’t concentrate and that I was always distracting the rest of the class – I was a pain, by all accounts. But when I drew, I was calm. Drawing allowed me to get lost in a bubble, and I was suddenly […]

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A Birthday Wish That Can Change Destiny

A Birthday Wish That Can Change Destiny

| October 2, 2012 | 3 Replies

Last Saturday was my birf-day, and I got to spend it with 60 of the most amazing people on the planet. As a side note, the party had a hat theme – which means we asked everyone to wear hats. I’ll post some pics later in the week, but it was pretty fabulous. Here’s one […]

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Keep Running

Keep Running

| September 12, 2012 | 2 Replies

I just got back from a five mile run along San Diego’s waterfront. The sun was out, the skies clear, and The Chemical Brothers blasted at perfect volume through my iPod. Yet, for whatever reason, I struggled. Every step was difficult, and every mile challenging. A few times, I felt like stopping and taking a […]

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Wag More, Bark Less

Wag More, Bark Less

| August 7, 2012 | 1 Reply

Recently, I’ve started noticing these stickers everywhere. They remind me of a great piece of life advice John Assaraf recently shared with me, encouraging me to make a shift in how I spend my time. A thread runs through this simple sticker and John Assaraf’s words: simply put, spend more time pursuing your passions than […]

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A 6th Anniversary Toast, to TakeLessons!

A 6th Anniversary Toast, to TakeLessons!

| July 11, 2012 | Reply

“So, I’d like to raise this toast to honor not only those who came before us, but to celebrate you. And whether you’ve been here, six years, six months, or six days, this is now YOUR story. YOUR company. YOUR journey. And the past won’t hold a pittance to where we’re going to go together.”

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Charisma – Richard Branson Style

Charisma – Richard Branson Style

| June 26, 2012 | Reply

My buddy, Nadav Wilf, just got back from an incredible trip to Neckar Island with Richard Branson. I was offered to go, but there wasn't a guarantee that Mr. B was going to be there, so I took a pass. (I have another blog post brewing about my own issue of saying 'no' to too […]

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Attitude

Attitude

| May 31, 2012 | 1 Reply

I'm convinced that attitude is one of the biggest factors on our level of success and happiness. The same event could happen to two people, yet they would 'see' it differently based on their lens, which is made up on their view of the world. Negative. Positive. Victim. Victor. Strength. Weakness. Love. Indifference. All depends […]

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Benjamin Zandler Persuades You to Fall in Love with Classical Music

Benjamin Zandler Persuades You to Fall in Love with Classical Music

| January 6, 2012 | 1 Reply

Benjamin Zandler, motivational speaker and conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, gives a fabulous TED talk to persuade the audience to fall in love with classical music. He explains that everyone can hear and no one is tone deaf. He then plays a piece by Chopin and helps you identify impulses and chord progressions – ending […]

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Michael Lazero of Buddy Media On the Value of Beating Fear

Michael Lazero of Buddy Media On the Value of Beating Fear

| November 19, 2011 | Reply

I met Michael back in the late 90's when he was working on UWire and I was working for an early social network called CollegeClub.com. He's done great work with his company, Buddy Media. Here's a recent video of him speaking on how he was able to use the realization of his own mortality to […]

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The Road to Success

The Road to Success

| October 19, 2011 | Reply

  Start. Stop. Turn. Stop. Go fast. Run. Jump. Backpedal. Think. Twist. Get depressed. Pull yourself up. Build a team. Fall down. Get up.  Take another step. Get you footing. Build something real. And never ever doubt that you will make it.   (Image borrowed from rockstar Megan O'Brien)

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Steve Jobs: Magnificence and Mortality

Steve Jobs: Magnificence and Mortality

| October 6, 2011 | Reply

Today, I woke up to the death of Steve Jobs. At the age of 56, he did what most entrepreneurs dream of doing – changing the world for the better. Even though I didn't know him, I could help but feel saddened and tearful. Part out of respect – and part out of feeling that […]

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