Category Archives: Talent

Rules To Live By

Do you have any rules or guiding principles that you live by?

Over the last 2 years I have created a list of rules to live by. They are less rules and more guiding principles for me. I add to the list as I hear, read, learn, or experience something new. I post the current list here and will keep an updated list on this page.

What other guiding principles should I add to the list? I would love to hear from you.

Rules to live by:

1. Always stand for the helpless including women and children.
2. The Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Live by it!
3. Misunderstandings can be overcome by clearly communicating with the other party.
4. Save more than you spend. Especially if you have all daughters.
5. Never take a no from someone who can’t give you a yes.
6. God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.
7. Don’t let mental lions keep you from experiencing everything God has to offer.
8. You gotta do quantity to get to quality.
9. Never again say “I don’t have time!” For people or God directed projects.
10. Pray without ceasing. Continue to knock in prayer at the plans the Lord has given to my heart.
11. Be willing to say no to a contractor if the product is not up to my standards. There is no obligation until it’s right.
12. If I had another crack at my budding entrepreneur, I would take him off to the side and counsel him this way: Business always involves money, people and systems. Learn all you can about each. Consciously build your character. Find a high purpose for your business.
13. Suffering can be a friend who drives you where you didn’t know you needed to go.
14. Life’s detours means God wants you to run right into His arms so He can reconstruct your heart.
15. Images are the language of the 21st century.
16. The mind of the ungodly man is bent upon pleasure, the mind of the godly man in prayer.
17. We need to be reminded, again and again, that telling the message isn’t our ultimate goal. Worship is.
18. Life is pain and you get to choose: either the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment.
19. Brilliant doesn’t matter if you can’t get out of bed. That goes for ideas too.
20. Talent doesn’t mean a thing if you let fear be some terrorist that takes you hostage.
21. Find the practical money. Don’t gamble.
22. Practicality and patience are key – Gary Vee

What else?

Screenplay Visibility – Get Your Story Out There

There are so many great writers out there trying to have their stories told on the big screen but due to market conditions and a variety of stories and other factors most of these writers never have their works see the light of day.

So they go find a “real job” and waste their days away working for something that is not their dream. This shouldn’t be that way. So we wanted to give these writers another way to have their stories told. Another way to build an audience. Another way to earn some income.

That ways comes in the form of Same Shirt Audio. Same Shirt Audio produces unproduced,  unoptioned screenplays into fully produced audio books. By fully produced I mean that the books have voice actors for each character, a full soundtrack, musical scores and so much more to make these stories come alive.

So if you are a screenwriter or know a screenwriter let them know about our company. We would love to help them produce their screenplay as an audio book.

You can find out more information at Same Shirt Audio

You can submit your screenplays here >>>> Submit Your Screenplay

We look forward to telling some great stories.

Hear your story. build Your Audience.

Chaos vs. Order In Life

I am always thinking about ways to better organize my life. Ways I can be more efficient and get more done. For that reason I read a lot of books on the subject.

I have read books like Getting Things Done by David Allen

and The Productive Person by Chandler Bolt and James Roper

as well as Do More Better by Tim Challies

As well as many others on the subject. All of these books have great insights and wisdom that are helpful in ordering and organizing ones life. I have found many useful points that have helped me along the way.

Each of these three books lay out a program for the reader to help the reader be more organized in life and to get more done. Each of these books points toward order in ones life.

The problem is that my life always reverts to chaos. Not chaos in the sense of an out of control life but chaos in the sense of my to-do list didn’t get done and my calendar is out of wack. That is the kind of chaos I am talking about. The “Well things didn’t go as planned” type of chaos.

That is the kind of chaos I experience most of the time. I try out one of these book’s philosophies and it works well for a while but then it all falls apart. I’ve tried and tried and tried but it all falls apart anyways.

So I have resorted to embracing the chaos. That is, I embrace  the surprises that life throws my way. To embrace this chaos I have to learn to adjust. Adjustment is about sacrifice.

So I have to learn to sacrifice my own plans so that I can move forward in life.

But I also have to have some non-negotiables that I will not sacrifice. I will not sacrifice daily time with the Lord. I will not sacrifice time with my family. I will not sacrifice physical activity.

So now I approach each day clinching tightly to my non-negotiables. Embracing the chaos of the day.

I will embrace the chaos from now on. Well at least until the next book on productivity comes along and then I will give it a try for a while.

How do you organize your life? I would love to hear from you.

All Practice No Game

When I was in junior high school I would spend hours in our driveway practicing basketball. I would dribble the ball everywhere on the driveway. I would take a lot of shots. I got to where I was shooting a couple hundred free throws every day. And I was making most of them. I was all about basketball to say the least.

This love for basketball continued when I was in high school. I loved to get out in the driveway and play basketball for hours. In high school I played on the varsity team as a sophomore. It was a tough season for us because we started 4 sophomores that year. It was hard but it was a good learning experience for us all.

By all accounts things should have gone well for me. And for the most part they did but there was one problem. The problem, I was all practice and no game. Meaning, I spent hours in the driveway taking the shot but I was never willing to take the shot when I was in the game. I would shoot the ball on a rebound, under the basket, but rarely ever took the open shot anywhere else on the court.

All practice and no game.

This phrase still defines a lot of my life. I love to read. I love to gather information. But I often fail to put that information to good use. Reading, by itself, doesn’t lead to any positive outcomes.

Therefore, the time used to practice is wasted. Why spend hours preparing for something that I never do? The practice is not the problem. Neither is the time used in practicing.

The problem is the doing. The problem is getting from the knowledge of how to do something to actually doing it. That is the problem.

Does anyone have any solutions? How do you keep going every day to complete tasks and accomplish goals?

I would love to hear from you!

Who Is The Man Upstairs?

Last night, during his post game interview, Peyton Manning gave thanks to “the man upstairs” for the Denver win. The statement he made got me to thinking; who is this man upstairs?

Was he giving indirect thanks to Broncos General Manager John Elway? Maybe Elway’s office is upstairs above Manning’s (Do star quarterbacks have offices? Oh yeah, their office is the football field). No if that were true he would say something like this, “I would like to thank John Elway, the man upstairs, for putting together a great team this year.”

Was he thanking the Broncos ownership? No, if that were true he would have said something like this, “Thank you Pat Bowlen, the man upstairs for owning this team well.”

Or maybe Manning has a loft apartment over his home and he has someone living there.

Who could be living there?

Maybe it’s his uncle Johnny. No, that can’t be it. If that were the case he would have said something like this, “I would like to thank my uncle Johnny, the man who lives in our upstairs apartment, for this win. Plus uncle Johnny cooks me eggs every morning and that makes me strong.”

Maybe he has taken in a homeless man to live in his loft apartment. No, in that case he would have said, “I would like to thank the homeless man that we have taken in and who lives in our loft apartment. He is the man upstairs and he never gives up and I am inspired by that!”

No, no, I’ve got it. Manning was talking to one of his fans. Maybe one of his fans was in the upper deck at the Super Bowl and Manning was thanking him. This fan probably wrote him a really cool email and he was thanking him for the inspiration. No that can’t be it. If that were the case he would have said something like, “Thank you to my greatest fan, the man upstairs in the upper deck, who wrote me this really inspirational email this week and it helped me get through this game.”

It also could be that Manning rents out his loft apartment. He could have been saying, “Thanks to the man upstairs who always pays his rent on time. He helps me put food on the table for my kids.” No that probably isn’t what he means. He doesn’t need to rent that out to earn a living. In fact he rented himself out last night with the Budweiser statement he made right before he thanked the man upstairs. (He got paid to say that and please don’t believe otherwise.)

I could go on with these but I think you get the point. The phrase, “I want to give thanks to the man upstairs” is open to a lot of speculation.

I get it. This phrase is a cultural phrase that is used quite often to refer to God but I fear that it is too broad. It is true that Manning could have made no reference to God at all. But I also believe it has become a cultural norm to soften what one really believes when in the public spotlight.

Can we get to a place where one can have convictions and speak them with boldness? I hope so. I pray so.

We need faithful men and women who are guided by their convictions and their convictions guide their words. We need men and women who are willing to say, “I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for gifting me with the ability to play this game and lift high His name.”

That is an honest statement. That is a clear statement. That statement is not open to silly speculation.

Let us be clear in our convictions. Let us be clear in our use of language.

A lost world needs us to do that.

 

 

 

 

 

38 Day Plunge – Day 20 – Ask the Right Question!

In this video I share with you the tough lesson I learned this week.

I did a survey and asked which cover I should use for my book Real World Man.

In the survey I asked, “Which cover is your favorite?” But that is not the right question.

Watch as I share what the right question is when taking a survey like this.

Also, Thank you so much to all that helped by responding to the survey!

 

Here is the video that explains the 38 Day Plunge. Check it out!

Have a great day!

38 Day Plunge: The Value of Having a Plan in writing! — Day 15

In this video I discuss the role that having a plan in writing has played in helping me stay on track to reaching the goal of writing a book in 38 days.

Here is a picture of the calendar that I used to lay out this process! I have a goals for each day that helps me reach the overall goal of writing a book!

Photo May 13, 2 49 37 PM

 

In the video I also make reference to a workout that I found that helps you wake up in the morning. It involves some simple body movements and actions to help get you going. Let me know what you think! You can check it out here!  The exercises sound silly but they really wake me up well. I only do a few of them.

38 Day Plunge – Day 11 – The Process I Used To Select An Editor!

Here it is, day 11 of my 38 Day Plunge where I attempt to write and publish a book on the kindle platform in 38 days. Check out the video to hear about the progress.

I also give a short run down of the process I used to select my editor for this project. Check it out and then leave a comment below!

If you are confused about the 38 Day Plunge then check out this video. It explains my goal and the reasons for setting this goal!