I’ve Been Tagged/Memed

Nina Simosko tagged me for a book meme.  The rules go something like this:

  • List the books currently being absorbed
  • Pick up the book closest to you
  • Turn to page 123
  • Locate the 5th sentence
  • Post the next 3 sentences
  • Tag 5 more people

Here’s my contribution:

Books I’m Reading:

Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin – a book about not letting your marketing get confused.

Success Built To Last by Jerry Poras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson – a constant companion on my journey.  The book illustrates how many have married their purpose with success.

The Red Wine Diet by Roger Corder – I am a red wine lover and seeing how it can help medicinally is powerful.

A Work of Heart by Reggie McNeal – a book that comforts and keeps me sane, even though there are those that say it’s too late:)

Closest book:

Success Built To Last was the closest book at-hand.


" ‘When you’re swimming upstream in a nation where the average conversation is ‘what’s wrong with the children,’ and I am telling them what’s right with the children-well, that’s not a conversation that wants to be heard.’  So after 14 years of battling, of ‘seeing such lowered expectations for our children,’ Marva Collins started her own school, funding it out of her own pocketbook.  Collins believes she can change the world by helping children believe that the world would be a darker place without each of them. "

I will be tagging the following folks:

Ed Batista – http://edbatista.com/

Matthew Scott – http://site.lifesworkgroup.com/

John Moore – http://brandautopsy.typepad.com/

Wayne Turmel – http://cmm.thepodcastnetwork.com/

Pinny Cohen – http://pinnycohen.com/

Podcast with The Engaging Brand

As promised, you can click here to check out my interview (Escaping the corporate rut) with Anna Farmery of The Engaging Brand.  It would be an understatement to say that I enjoyed my interview with Anna.  She’s a great interviewer and host. 

Listening or watching myself is not easy endeavor for me (I’m my biggest critic), but after listening to the podcast I was most pleased about how the content reflected what I most wanted communicated about "waking up."

Thanks so much, Anna.

Open Post to Readers/Subscribers

On yesterday’s Epic Living Hour program I stated my appreciation for referrals.  I also want to take the opportunity to express the same in writing.

I have made every effort to make the Epic Living brand the highest quality possible.  Judging by the response from you-the reader/subscriber-I have done a good job of that.  Obviously, I’m always looking for more ways to make it better.

A few things occurred to me last week:

  • some might think I’m sitting on top of the world (a very dangerous place to be when you think about it). 
  • some might think this journey I’m on is one based on building a very successful business.
  • some might think my ideas spread on their own through this blog or my book.

I want all of you to understand that I have no desire to sit on top of the world and I’m only building a successful business so that I can spread the ideas contained in my heart and head.  And yes, the blog and book help. 

Here is what I think is most important:

  • Help from you in spreading the ideas.  This is done through your referrals (speaking, teaching, coaching/guiding, etc.).  I am grateful to all of you who have done this for me.
  • Help from you in telling others about this blog, the book, the radio show.
  • Creating win-win opportunities with you. 
  • Leaving a brilliant light behind.

I’m asking you to keep me present in your mind regarding those bold bullets above.

Thanks for being a part of the Epic Living fabric.

April 11 Epic Living Hour Radio Show

Friday’s show will focus on "The Evil Number Seventeen."  If you’re not familiar, we’re going to discuss how we dance with time.  Do we dance in step or do we find ourselves out of rhythm.

There will be life and work applications on the show.  Hope you can tune and/or call in.

Click here for show details.

Share This

We’ve added a new (at least new for us at Epic Living) tool for the blog.  Share This is a neat addition to each of our daily posts.  It will allow you, the reader/subscriber, to…well…share the post with others.

I always appreciate your help in spreading the word about this blog and the ideas contained within.

If you’re involved in something where ideas need to be spread, I would highly recommend Share This.

Friday’s Epic Living Hour Radio Show

One of the most searched posts from this blog deals with the subject of insecurities.  Specifically, around how leaders can overcome their insecurities.  You can view the post here.

Friday’s Epic Living Hour radio show will be dedicated to insecurities and how to manage, if not handle them.  It will be a show for those who are out in-front or those hiding. Click here for show details.

The below clip from Unstrung Heroes will give you more context for Friday’s show…especially John Tuturro’s character Sidney:

You Don’t Need Oprah

First, let me say, if one of Oprah’s producers called/emailed me I would respond.  But in the end, you and I don’t need Oprah.  Do I have something against Oprah?  Not in the least.  It’s all about what’s the most effective way to leave a brilliant life behind you.

Kevin Kelly and Guy Kawasaki have some compelling arguments in support of the above.  Even as you may see them as source of your desire.

The following list will give you more insight on why you don’t need Oprah (or anyone of her stature and scale):

  1. Your DNA demands that you follow a path that is greater than one held (imagined) captive by an A-lister.
  2. Find the few and reproduce within that group.  Jesus had only eleven learners and look what impact they’re still having. 
  3. John Wooden is well into his nineties and look at the ripple he has created.  By the way, his impact was forged in a game…a game.
  4. Eaglepointe Winery has refined the art of "less is more."
  5. If you need fame and fortune to feel better about yourself, you should get out of the business of people.  People are looking for a future brighter than the one they have now, and for leaders who will point in that direction.  Go make toothpaste; people will use it a lot and they won’t think about you and your need for glory.
  6. Shooting for mega causes you to embrace counter-genuine behaviors.

Those who are authentically into what you are doing are waiting for you to provide true value.  Don’t forget about their power.