Tick, Tick, Ticking Away.

“If you allow yourself, life can pass you by. Time is tick, tick, ticking away. If you’re not careful, you can find that your whole life has gone by, with this idea of ‘Maybe I’ll do this one day…’ It’s a very sad sentiment of regret, of what should have been and what could have been. Sometimes that feeling of comfort can be a real drug.” – Steven Wilson


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I Can’t Help Myself

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend over lunch as he was telling me about his desire to grow his business, or offer different services, or….. just something different.

It reminded me that getting what you want isn’t the hardest thing, it’s KNOWING what you want. How many people can clearly and succinctly define a goal they have? Even when people say they know their goal, frequently that’s just the physical manifestation of some deeper goal that they don’t clearly recognize. Further, some ‘goals’ aren’t goals at all because they haven’t thought about if they’re willing to do what it takes to attain the goal.goal

If you ask a person what their goal is, many will simply say, “more money.” Really? How do you plan to do it? You might not like the requirements to make more money. The longer hours, the less-than-pleasant decisions, the sacrifices you may have to make. Money is just the byproduct or side effect of the bigger goal. If you don’t love what you’re doing along the way, you won’t be great at it and you want get there.


What I love to do is help small business owners be successful. Even without consciously realizing it, it’s what I’ve always been drawn to, what I’ve always done. From the beginning of my career working as a junior booking agent in the music business to working for startups to now living in Grand Rapids, MI and helping small businesses grow their sales and client base through internet marketing. I respect people that have taken that scary step of moving out on their own and working to create something. I couldn’t do anything else if I tried. I love the fight, the struggle, the roller coaster, the thrill of victory and even the possibility of the agony of defeat.

It may sound silly, but I didn’t consciously know that about myself for a long time. My goal, my personal satisfaction, is accomplished by helping others identify and reach their goals.

And by the way, if you’re looking for a great Grand Rapids gym, check out Iron Orr. It’s a no-nonsense, no-fad weight room. Ask for Stu, owner and personal trainer. My wife and I have been working with him for 7 months now and I’m in the best shape of my life. Maybe I’ll post some before and current pics soon 😉

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Disney’s Behavioral Modification Program

I’m sure many of you wouldn’t find it hard to believe that behind the scenes at Disney Land and Disney World there’s some sort of ‘Clockwork Orange’ type treatment the Mouse overlords subject all new employees to in order to ALWAYS be that happy and smiley. Just seems plausible, doesn’t it?

But really, what I mean by Disney’s Behavioral Modification Program goes on right before the public’s eyes and doesn’t involve being strapped down to a chair and forced to watch hours upon hours of Bambi, Cinderella, Lion King, Dumbo, etc… without blinking.25262_376666828877_5441818_n

I recently got back from spending an entire week at Disney World with my whole family. Even though it was considered a ‘quiet’ time at Disney, there were still seas of people everywhere we went. Families from all over the world converging on one confined space should create absolute chaos and more than a few conflict as cultures collide.

How is it that everyone manages to be relatively polite to each other despite walking miles every day, dealing with lines, dealing with people with different cultural norms, crowds, and screaming kids that are past their nap time? I believe it has to do with how Disney employees (cast members?) behave. Every employee I came across at Disney was always super cheery, willing to help, and very sociable.

By filling the park with that attitude exuded from employees, Disney has created the expectation for a certain behavior and politeness from their customers. Rather than telling and forcing people to behave by certain rules, they lead by example showing how they expect people to behave. I’m sure there are more than a few goons on payroll that can handle any trouble (though doing it nicely and with mouse ears on), but I’ve never once in all the times I’ve gone to a Disney park seen it come to that.

One of the hardest parts of leaving Disney property is coming back to the real world. When we got to the Orlando airport I was still smiling at everyone and saying hello and making conversation and expecting the people behind the airline check-in desk to be cheery and eager to help. It was a cold, cold wake-up, let me tell you.

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It SOUNDS Awesome….

I bet this would be really cool if it weren’t created by Yahoo…


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My Indiana Jones 4 Review

Just got home from watching Indiana Jones 4. Like Godfather 3 and Rocky 5, it never should have been made.

Random thoughts that came to me throughout the two hours that I will never be able to get back…

1. All this movie is missing is Ewoks. (But just then, a bunch of monkeys showed up that basically filled the role.)

2. How long until the Disney ride is announced? (**edit – Too late)

3. Shai Labeuouueueooueaeio(sometimes y)f. My new rule: If he’s in it, don’t see it.

4. Skulls with frickin lasers

5. This is like a video game played on super-novice level. Or with the immortality cheat code used.

6. I don’t really remember the Temple of Doom movie except that it had really grating and annoying sidekicks. Oh wait…

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