Team Hoyt – I Can (Inspirational Video)

This video is amazing. Whenever you think you have it harder then most, remember it could be worst. Be thankful for the blessings you have and seek to help those that are less fortunate. We are all strong in our own way – How will you show your strength?

Mr. Rogers Remix – PBS Digital Studios

Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood) entertained and captured the mind of children for over 30 years. He is best known for encouraging curiosity and politeness. John D. Boswell and PBS Digital Studios recently released this remix of the legendary man.

The powerful messages have survived the test of time. Dream big, be curious, seek discovery, find what you love and chase it. Whether Rogers was a Marine sniper or not (highly debated), he left the world a better place. We could use a few more role models like Mr. Rogers.

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You Have Been Approaching It All Wrong – Start With Why

I have been on a reading binge lately. One book has really stood out – Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek. This is a book that allows you to incorporate the lessons into everything you do. While Sinek focuses on business and entrepreneurship, anyone could apply the principles to their daily life.

Ever wondered why some companies are able to be so successful while others lose their way? Or why certain individuals seem to be very charismatic and great leaders? The answer usually lies in their approach and perspective. Instead of worrying about HOW or WHAT they do, these individuals and businesses are concerned with WHY they do them. I found this to be a very profound idea when explained.

The book uses great real world examples of companies such as Apple, Coke, Costco, Walmart, etc. Usually these analysis’ are one sided but not this book. Sinek looks at individuals/businesses that use his approach and ones that don’t. His writing style is very easy to understand and keeps you interested.

Some people will think the book is a bit repetitive but I found that approach to be just what I needed. Telling me once or twice is nice but telling me 10 or 12 times ensures that I will learn it. Maybe he wrote the book with me in mind…who knows! I highly suggest you grab the book and take a look. You can purchase it here.

Here is the video from Sinek’s TED talk that will give you an idea of what he discusses in the book. If you are intrigued, the book is even better!

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Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow’s Amazing Video

Michael Lazerow just secured himself as a legend. This video is simply amazing. Congratulations to all the people at Buddy Media. Their leader is authentic and it shows. Sit back, enjoy the video and adopt this perspective in your life.

TeamVinnyV and Cancer’s Worst Nightmare

I was approached by a good friend with the request that I write about what was happening at Monroe-Woodbury High School in his hometown. My initial reaction was “I don’t write based on solicitations.” Then I read the story and got the facts. Every so often I run across stories or causes that I think need to be shared with others. Each one of us will face trials and tribulations in our lifetime. The more people that can rally around us, the easier the fight. Vinny Vespa is that person right now.

Vinny is a 14 year old kid from New York who had the world at his feet two weeks ago. A 9th grader, wrestling on Varsity, on his way to represent the state of New York at the National Championships in North Dakota this July. For a kid who had been wrestling his entire life he wanted nothing but to be a champion.

After clinching his spot on the state team, Vinny went to the doctor to find out why he had been getting short of breath all season. The answer was the worst case scenario. Vinny is believed to have Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. Think about that….a kid who dominated all season on the wrestling mat (31-8 record) did it with stage 4 cancer and only 50% of his normal breathing capacity.

Usually stories like this end with an athlete who moves out of the limelight and begins the battle to merely survive. Vinny appears to have a different idea in mind. According to his supporters Vinny is “cancer’s worst nightmare.” Everything said about him speaks to his character and determination. This kid isn’t worried about surviving, he still wants that national championship.

Think he is going to battle alone? Forget it, that’s where Team VinnyV comes in. Within 48 hours of creating a Twitter account (@teamVinnyV) he had over 1,220 followers. He should break 2,000 today. His family and friends have gotten T-shirts made and organized fundraising events. This 14 year old has served as an inspiration to his community due to his persistence and never die attitude. While both Section IX Wrestling and New York Wrestling News have covered the story, TeamVinnyV would like to get national coverage. We can help them do that.

Please tweet at or about TeamVinnyV. Share this blog post or the other stories. Tell people about Vinny. Buy a t-shirt. Hound ESPN and Sportscenter until they can’t ignore TeamVinnyV anymore. These stories need to be shared. Vinny needs any help you can give him….are you game?

Quitting is not an option (Inspirational)

This footage has been around for almost 20 years. I rarely share where I get my motivation from but this is too good not to share. I have watched it hundreds of times, many of which I needed motivation to continue with something I was doing. This particular video does a great job explaining the situation and what Derek was able to accomplish.

Never give up. Keep going. Success in your endeavors is right around the corner.

21 Ways of Self-Reliance

Miyamoto Musashi is widely considered to be the greatest samurai warrior, if not the greatest warrior of all time. He fought hundreds of battles to the death, never losing a single one. After he wrote his famous “The Book of Five Rings,” he wrote down his “21 Ways of Self-Reliance.” Below are the 21 points that he lived his life by:
  1. Do not stubbornly rebel against the ways of the world.
  2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
  3. Do not rely upon any half-hearted feelings.
  4. Think lightly of yourself and think deeply of the world.
  5. Remain detached from desire.
  6. Do not regret what you have done.
  7. Never be jealous of others.
  8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
  9. Abandon resentment and complaint.
  10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of love.
  11. Disregard your personal preferences.
  12. Accept your dwelling and living conditions.
  13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
  14. Do not hoard ancient treasures intended for future generations.
  15. Do not mindlessly follow the ways of the world.
  16. Do not become obsessed with weapons or fighting.
  17. Do not run from death.
  18. Do not accumulate goods and riches for your old age.
  19. Respect the gods, without relying on their help.
  20. You can abandon your own body, but never let go of your honor.
  21. Never depart from the way of strategy.

It is easy to see why a man who lived his life through these principles was so accomplished. How do you stack up to these principles? Do you follow any of them?