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Matt and I focus our respective mind dogs on the transformational power of public speaking and creativity for entrepreneurs to reach new levels of success. Listen now, your ears will thank you.

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Vin and I talk about the writing process, wearing the green hat of creativity and a bit about our moms

The Secret Behind the Source of the World’s Greatest Book on Personal Development


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 Every now and then a book is written that contains such powerful ideas that it can reset the trajectory of the reader’s life. One such book is “How to Raise Your Own Salary” published by Napoleon Hill in 1953.

Click below to discover the secrets of success… 

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Quotes for Creativity

Creativity is not about being right or wrong. It’s about trying new things, experimenting and discovery. It’s about having fun and and not being afraid to fail, learning something new and trying again. It’s about letting yourself be inspired by the world around you.

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Incredible World Record #457

It’s a new year and that means it’s time to…

Do something challenging.

Best wishes for big success in 2015!!!

Achieving Success Through Creativity

confidence boyOn our journey to success we have two choices. We can work hard and be miserable. Or we could work hard and have fun. Most people would like to pick the latter route but instead go with the former. Why? Because most people believe that hard work and being miserable go hand and hand. I’m happy to report that doesn’t have to be true.

Yes, hard work is hard. Think about working out at a gym. Your heartrate increases, you pant, you sweat. Think about doing yard work. Again, you’re doing physical labor that makes you tired. But you also feel exhilirated when done. You’ve accomplished what you planned to do. You’ve implemented each step of your plan required to reach you goal. That feels good. So there’s two types of feeling good, the pure physicality of working your body and the mental aspect of working through your plan.

Now let’s take a step back to before the creation of your plan. There were many decisions that went into developing this specific plan. Let’s say you were raking leaves in your backyard. An apparently simple task. Here are some of the decisions you’ll need to make. Will you give yourself a deadline to complete the job? Will you use plastic or paper bags? Will you ask you kids to help? How many breaks will you take? Will you rake them into one big pile or many smaller ones? Will you let your kids jump in the pile or piles before bagging? What do you do with the stray rocks or branches you find?

The way you resolve these “problems” will determine how your plan develops. Even for a simple goal like ridding your backyard of leaves, there are numerous plans that you can follow. Which one you choose will determine the specific path you take in reaching your goal. There isn’t necessarily one path to your goal that is the best. There may be many of equal value. But it’s best that you choose one and then stay on it so as not to waste time and effort jumping back and forth.

When we speak about options, alternative paths and multiple approaches we enter the realm of creativity. This is an area which many people misunderstand as being the sole province of artists, writers and designers, or “creatives.” This idea could not be further from the truth. Many people see the output of creative individuals, like paintings, scultpture and books, and convince themselves that they could never do it this themselves. And then unfortunately they stop themselves from even trying. They forget to look at all the effort and years which the creatives spent honing their craft. They ignore the fact that an artist’s work did not just pop into existence one day. Let’s not forget that the road to success depends on making an attempt. And then we need to keep at it.

Another false assumption that people have regarding creative production is that the path of the creativity is straight and points directly to a masterpiece. Not true. A prime reason why an artist, or anyone for that matter, is successful is because they are not afraid to try multiple approaches. When they reach a dead end, they turn around and try a different route. But they don’t waste the time it took traveling towards the dead end. They realize that that effort was a learning process and use their new found knowledge to take them closer to the dream; even if they don’t yet know how to get there. The bottom line is that creatives are creative because they never give up, are flexible in their approach and are consistently learning.

These are the traits of creative people. And the good news…you can be one of them simply by cultivating a creative mindset. You may not be an artistic or a writer or an architect. You may be an accountant or a banker or a carpenter. Whatever your profession may be, you can benefit by being more creative. The key is to develop a mindset that allows you to come up with more than one idea. You don’t stop at that first thought. You record it and go for another one and then another. Soon you’ll have a collection of ideas. Only then are you ready to compare the ideas, retain the good ones and then combine them into an even better one. It’ll form the basis for your path for your plan of action. Follow the plan and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goal. In other words, you’ll be more likely to achieve success by beginning your journey with a creative mindset.

I’m not going to promise that you won’t encounter bumps, roadblocks and dead ends along the way. Those obstacles are a given, though I will leave you with this thought…by being creative your road to success can be an enjoyable learning process. Remember that reaching your success takes time, so you might as well have some fun on your way there.

© 2014 Seth Greenwald

On Speaking Well…

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 Ralph Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters, Author of ‘Speech Engineering: 25 Ways to Build a Speech’:

“There are no absolutes in public speaking. Circumstances always modify rules.”

Dale Carnegie, Author of ‘Public Speaking for Success’:

“Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail couched in concrete colorful language is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.”

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Computers:

“To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”

(Steve is talking about designing products. His philosophy can easily be applied to designing presentations.)

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister UK, Author of ‘Secret Session Speeches’:

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

Aristotle, Greek Philosopher, Author of ‘The Art of Rhetoric’:

“These are the three things—volume of sound, modulation of pitch, and rhythm—that a speaker bears in mind. It is those who do bear them in mind who usually win prizes in the dramatic contests.”

Maya Angelou, Poet, Author of  ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Mark Twain, Author of  ‘How to Tell a Story’:

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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