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What a difference a preposition makes

“Behind every great man is a great woman”

We hear that statement (or some variant: “Behind every successful man is a woman”) so often, particularly in politics. It’s so popular that with the rise of successful women in business and politics we hear the gender role reversal: Behind every great woman is a great man. Regardless of the gender roles, the statement has an underlying tone that the spouse of a great/successful person is hidden “behind” the successful person.

Maybe we see the significant other on the stage… Maybe the great wo/man is mentioned in an acceptance speech… Maybe in the memoirs…

The reality is that *Beside* every great wo/man is a great wo/man. It’s just a preposition, but this preposition swap accurately reflects the true spirit of this popular idiom. The spouse of a successful person stands besides them, not behind them. When they walked down the isle, they walked beside each other. No one individual was behind or in front of the other, and it’s the same in success and greatness.

When I achieve success in business or life, my wife is always beside me; not behind me. And I know that the same holds true for her. We’re on this adventure together. One of us certainly takes the lead depending on what obstacle is in front of us, but when we cross that finish line… When we achieve success, it’s beside one another.

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Google Maps Busts a Cheater

A friend of mine at work was checking out Google Maps the other day. They have a new “Street View” feature that was getting the attention of everyone in the office. Soon, we all wanted to see if our house was on Google maps. This one lady pulled up her house on Google Maps and found something very disturbing: Her husbands car in the driveway with the car of her best friend on the street! What!?! Needless to say, there was a lot of splainin to do. Cool technology does not bode well for cheaters, but it’s really great for everyone else!

Google Maps 1: Cheaters 0!

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Movie Recommendation: Run Fat Boy Run

It isn’t often that I recommend a movie to people. After all, in my opinion, most movies aren’t good. Yet, I’m still paying 10 bucks to go see them every week, go figure.

Anyway, Run Fat Boy Run is a perfect movie for any of the following people to see:

  • Men who ever dated someone that you just could decide if she was the right one
  • Women who ever dated the guy who just couldn’t decide if you were the right one

The above includes just about everyone in the world, but here are more people who should go see Run Fat Boy Run:

  • Dead beat/loser fathers – So you can see what it takes to win your family back
  • Co-parents of the dead beat/loser father – So you can see what someone who is really committed to your family does to win you back
  • People who like to laugh… A LOT!!!
  • People who like to cry… a little
  • People who like to watch movies with real life scenarios that aren’t overacted

I really enjoyed this film. I was laughing throughout, save a couple of times when tears welled up in my eyes. It is a superb film and well worth the money at the theater. And don’t forget to take the woman that you haven’t been able to make your mind up about for the last five years either! That adds value to the experience of this film 😀

View the trailer for Run Fat Boy Run.

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You Really Are That Great

People have been telling me that I’ve been gifted with a great voice since I was a young child. I’m not talking about an American Idol kind of voice. I’m talking about speaking. I haven’t delivered a speech in nearly a decade. Outside of the interview of me by Dr. Joe Vitale about my advertising, I haven’t been doing much along the lines of speaking publicly. That was until this weekend…

A friend of mine, Doctor Nat (yes, a blond rocket scientist) has been working with a guy by the name of Scott Evans (he did the movie “Pass it On“) on putting together a workshop for inventors. The idea was to provide attendees with training and information that would take them from thinking about a product/service/business to actually brining it to market. Or if they already had the product… Make it a wild success. They got that and then some!

The weekend was packed. Non-stop, high energy from 9 in the morning to 11 at night the whole weekend. And there was NEVER a dull moment! To give you an idea about what it was like, here is the list of speakers:
Sarah Caldicott
Scott Evans
Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff
Jeffrey G. Sheldon
Louis Foreman
Scott Painter
Gene McNaughton
Glenn Blake
Jace Souder
Mike Stuhley
Jared Tracy (me)
Mary Ligon
Darren Jacklin
Dr. Zonnya

That’s a great team of speakers! If you want to walk out of a weekend on fire and with knowledge that can be applied to your business, product, relationships, and life in general, it doesn’t get much better than what you see above!

I must admit that the best part of the entire weekend was when several people came up to me on a break or after the event and told me that what I contributed to them is going to make a significant difference in their business. That’s what it’s all about! And it felt every so great after having not done anything like that for nearly 10 years. I’ve been smiling from ear to ear ever since. I might have even been smiling while I was sleeping on the plane ride back to Los Angeles.

If you spent some time clicking on those names above or ran a Google search on those names, you would see that it is an extraordinary group of people. People who move mountains and make the extraordinary happen every day.

The best news of all… You are just as powerful, moving, inspirational, intelligent, and gifted as any one of the people on that list.

How can that be? Well, it is simple. You were born that way. And that is why all of us really are that great  😀

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First Open Water Swim for the Triathlon

I went to Triathlon Lab in Redondo today to checkout some gear for the triathlon training I’m going through. We rented a wetsuit to checkout an open water swim. I was trying on all kinds of training outfits. Some of them were a little too Sven for me, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, we grabs our wetsuits and drove down to the Redondo Pier. When we got there, we packed it all up and then jogged down to the far side of the jetty. We slipped on our suits and goggles and dipped into the ocean. Its amazing how much warmer the Pacific Ocean is when you are wearing a swimming wetsuit.

I must say that swimming in the ocean is completely different than anything else I’ve done for training. I mean, I must have passed at least 20 gallons of salt water through my nose in the 1/4 mile swim we did. It was a great experience. Afterwards, we went back to Triathlon Lab. I picked up a sweet deal on a ton of training gear. The guy Robert was a great help with everything and hooked me up because of our mutual friend.

I’m really excited about the training that’s going to be taking place over the next couple of months for the LA Triathlon!

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If you Love your Mom

I’m sitting in my chair at my Team Management and Leadership Program Weekend on Sunday, and I hear the most profound thing I’ve ever heard:

If you really love your mother, buy HER flowers on YOUR birthday

I got to thinking… How many years have I been sitting here expecting my mom to get me this or do that for me? blah blah blah. My expectation from my mom is that she gives me something for recognition of her giving birth to me. WTF!

Now, I admit that I’ve had my ins and my outs with my mom. I’ve had plenty of complaints my whole life. Yet, if it wasn’t for my mom, I wouldn’t even be around to complain about her in the first place! I love my mom, and you can bet that she’s getting flowers on my birthday for the rest of my life.

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First ever Gadget Panel Radio

On BlogTalkRadio.com. Pardon the first 20 seconds… I had some technical difficulties 😀

There’s even a clip from the Kevin Smith keynote from the Scriptwriter’s Showcase on Friday evening.

Vadim tells us about his move from the Ukraine to America and the horifying experience of moving around. Then he talks about the coolest products in the world!

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