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Jokers Are Wild

Get organized would you?

Those books. When? Soon? Please.

The greatest trap is telling yourself you’ll do something important later. Tomorrow.

Today is yesterday’s tomorrow.

Excuses feed apathy.

Apathy feeds waiting and doing nothing.

The longer you wait the harder it gets.

“Later” is where dreams go to die.

Say that again, “Later is where dreams go to die.”

Rejoice, once again, in your initiative.

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Carving Out A Life

Do not become a dinosaur

Or a dinosaur? No. Not a dinosaur.

Making slow and steady progress to use voice dictation to compose emails, texts, and social media updates…the vision is to make typing the exception not the rule. PS. Be amazed and be amazing

Bonus: Be an example, not a warning.

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Disney Creativity & Innovation book

If Disney Ran Your Life name origin

After 22 practice episodes over Season 1 and Season 2, we officially launched If Disney Ran Your Life from up on the observation deck, 7,000 miles from home.

If Disney Ran Your Life name origin.

It was a truly desperate effort to reach outsiders – global Disney Institute business professionals – because nothing i tried seemed to work for the masses. No one else on the Disney Institute team had solved for this and, weirdly, i was traveling a lonely path to figure this out.

A flash of insane creativity and risk-taking.

What if i applied world-class, time-tested Disney business principles to my personal life?

The biggest application came to personal health. The year (1999) i joined Disney Institute, a wake-up call in the form of a danger-zone cholesterol report rattled me to the core.

Long story longer, i began running 100 meters (the distance between neighborhood mailboxes) daily for a week. Second week, 200 meters daily. Third week 300 meters.

Ten years later, i represented the United States at the 2009 Masters Track & Field World Championships in Finland in the 50-54 age group at 400 meters.

While the application was a world class change to my personal life, never felt comfortable sharing the story in the Disney Institute classroom or on stage at a speech.

As the years went by, the name – If Disney Ran Your Life – became a thing that i knew had potential, partially inspired by Fred Lee’s book, If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9.5 things you’d do differently.

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Growing Up

You were born to play

Literally every speech i deliver involves a selfie-moment. Over-focused so the audience has a tangible memory of the event. Work feels like play. This is a risk i took at TEDx AUK.

We experience time three ways:

  1. anticipate (future)
  2. activate (present)
  3. reflect (past)

Our perception of time is an unfocused mix of now, later, and gone.

Until we can unravel our own distractions and sabotage, we will never learn to live presently, mindfully, and peacefully. 

We are born to play. It’s how we learn.

When we stop playing, we stop learning.

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Dear Son

Jack the Bear

Jack the Bear
Exact same bear. One is a road warrior and former pet toy. A third, identical bear in mint condition, is missing.

Jack the Bear has been around the world.

Jack went to Finland for the 2009 Masters Track and Field World Championships.

Jack has listened to the tapping of various MacBook keyboards since 2008.

Jack the Bear, i’m guessing, would like to see some books published.

Who wouldn’t, right?

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