Pretty Ugly

pretty-ugly

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was in third grade and had just moved to a new town in the middle of the school year. I was a pretty normal kid. Except maybe for the awkwardly curly hair, buck teeth, braces, thick brown glasses and the trombone I was carrying. Other than that? Totally normal. On my first day at my new school, one of the girls in my class came up to me and … [Read more...]

I’m Scared Shitless, What About You?

It's show and tell time! For the past two months I have been jumping out of my boots. Excited to show off the painted rock that I found in my backyard. I think it's something pretty awesome. Like a dinosaur fossil. I've been counting the days until I get to share it with you. Planning and scheming. Carefully crafting every word I would say as I stand there showing off this new found treasure that … [Read more...]

Your Turn…What Do I Suck At?

Looking back at a lot of my previous posts I think we can all agree that I haven't been terribly shy in pointing out many of the things that we as humans have been screwing up for years. I suppose it's a gift. Well, today the tables have turned. You see, my friend Hal Elrod has a book coming out next week called "The Miracle Morning." And because Hal thinks I'm all that and a bag of chips, he let … [Read more...]

Stop Calling Yourself a Guru, Jedi, Rock Star and Ninja (Unless You Are a Guru, Jedi, Rock Star or Ninja)

Being an expert is cool. Think about it. You get to know everything about something without ever having to prove anything! Have more than 1,000 followers on Twitter? You are a Social Media Guru! Have you made more than $100 online? Guess who is an Internet Marketing Rock Star? Were you an early adopter on Pinterest? Consider yourself a Ninja...or should I say a "Pinja?" … [Read more...]

How to Write a New York Times Best Selling Book (from a Guy that Has Never Done it…Yet)

I'm writing a book. It's going to be a really good book. In fact, you'll be able to find it on the New York Times Best Sellers list sometime in the next year or so. That's how good it will be. It's going to be published by Wiley in their New Rules for Social Media Series. Neither Wiley nor David Meerman Scott actually know this yet, although I suppose if they are reading this, they do now...they … [Read more...]

Are You Willing to Let Go?

Letting go of my career as a professional musician was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Even though I had not played professionally in over ten years, I couldn't get myself to do it. What would my family think of me if I just gave up on being a musician? How do I explain to my friends that I just quit? How will other musicians treat me thinking that I couldn't handle it? This … [Read more...]

What I Learned from My Friend Bart

I didn't wake up this morning with a burning desire to author another dissertation on how to "live each moment as if it were your last." Quite frankly, the Internet has plenty of them already and yet still very few of us actually live this way. Don't get me wrong, we've all declared we would at some point...after a car accident, a catastrophic event, the death of a loved one or even a sad movie or … [Read more...]

Is Perfection Attainable?

Growing up we've all heard the expression "practice makes perfect" every time we inevitably screwed something up. It didn't matter if it was baseball, music, math or reading...whatever subject, sport or activity you happened to suck at during that stage of your life, it was our parents obligation as life-givers to pat us on the head and enthusiastically mutter "practice makes perfect!" But is … [Read more...]