At the end of the day, when you think about the products and services you are bringing your customers and clients, what are you really trying to create for them? The answer is simple.

Delight.

We’re all in the business of delivering delight. Step back for a moment and look at what you do. How does delight show up in your organization? Here are a couple of places we see it:

Form and function meet delight… If you have a product that you’ve developed for consumers, delight always plays a significant role in the design process. How will your product…

Success is something we’re all chasing in one area or another, but how do we define it so we know when we achieve it?

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“Success leaves clues.” — Tony Robbins

This quote has stuck with me from the moment I heard it, and I’ve been looking for the clues ever since.

Most of us would say that we want to be successful in life. What that looks like is different for everyone, but we each have areas in our lives where we want to be successful. Some of us want financial success, or to be successful professionally. Others want to be successful in our marriages and raising our kids. Maybe you want to be successful as an athlete or an artist. …

Over the past week, on four different occasions with four different prospective clients, we’ve heard the same thing. Two men, two women, four completely different businesses. They called us reaching out for help in their content marketing, and in each instance, they shared the following, almost word for word… “I know that I should get in front of a camera, shoot some video, and tell our story. I just don’t want to. It’s so uncomfortable… and it’s just not me.”

Friends, that’s the point. It IS you!

When you step in front of the camera and start to talk about…

I spent a good part of my life looking for the easiest and fastest ways to succeed. At everything. From my work and making money to my relationships, I wanted to get to my destination as quickly as possible with minimal work. That’s probably why I was a sprinter in high school and not a distance runner. The sooner I could cross the finish line, the happier I was. I wanted to be uncomfortable for as little time as possible.

Fast forward from high school to 2015, when Cristina and I ran Grandma’s Marathon along Lake Superior. I went from…

Strengths and weaknesses… What areas do you excel in, and where are you lacking? Often, we try to stretch our boundaries. We want to get stronger in the areas where we’re weak. From a growth perspective, that can be a good thing. Constantly learning new things and stretching ourselves leads to growth. At the same time, there are moments where we need to step back and reassess.

Years ago, we worked with one of the most talented digital illustrators in the country. His work was magical. Through his illustrations, he possessed the unique ability to transport you to different worlds…

How much of your life are you leaving on the table? This isn’t meant as some kind of a rah-rah question. You don’t need a cheerleader. You do need a quick reality check. We all do. Ask yourself right now… Am I living up to my potential or tapping into less than what’s possible? As in, 80% of my potential? 60%? 40%?

Here are five things that get in our way…

1. Self Talk — The words we speak to ourselves are our greatest enemy. “I’m not good enough, strong enough, smart enough.” If you’re saying those things to yourself…

I recently heard Jesse Itzler talking about the concept of a Misogi Challenge on a podcast. For reference, Jesse is a successful entrepreneur, brand incubator, author, former rapper, and the husband of Sara Blakely, who founded Spanx. As he shared, “The notion around the misogi is you do something so hard one time a year that it has an impact the other 364 days of the year.” He continued, “Put one big thing on the calendar that scares you, that you never thought you could do, and go out and do it.”

In other words, once a year, do something…

“It’s weird. One of the most peaceful feelings is when you get pulled under a big wave and you’re completely helpless under the water. You learn to get relaxed as it crashes down above you and rolls you around. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Talking the other day with two friends who live on the California coast, we landed on the topic of surfing. Both shared the same experience. With a big wave coming at you, getting pulled under and rolled around under the swell, you learn to find calm in the chaos. I asked them, “Isn’t that super scary?” Both…

From 1997 to 2002, “Think different.” was Apple’s ad slogan. It showed up in TV commercials, print ads, and posters, and the campaign honored a collection of individuals who were known for thinking different and innovating. The list included Albert Einstein, Jim Henson, Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King Jr., and Pablo Picasso. The ad agency that created the campaign, Chiat\Day, referred to them as the “Crazy Ones” in the TV commercials which Steve Jobs narrated.

The message is still influential today…

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The…

Imagine this… It’s fifteen degrees below zero on a cold winter night, and your dog needs to go outside. You could bundle up in your jacket, boots, hat, and gloves to go out with them — but like I said, it’s fifteen degrees below zero. That’s not going to happen. Instead, you crack open the door, and they bolt outside to take care of their business. Within seconds, they are back at the door, wanting to get in from the cold. …

John Gamades

Creative, entrepreneur, blogger, husband, and dad — focused on cutting through the negative noise with a message of positivity and growth.

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