Discipline, Work, and the Difference

20 05 2009

Just because you have one of these

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And you are on a floor with one of these
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Doesn’t mean you will be like this guy
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It takes hard work. It takes discipline to get up and keep trying. It takes following your passions. It doesn’t happen just because you dressed the part….or have arrived at the basketball court.

The truth is most people will end up looking like this guy
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The difference is the work you put into to becoming the best. Don’t settle for mediocre. Set your target above…and each day move closer.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

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Thank You Coldplay

18 05 2009

Now that’s the way to say thanks, free live cuts from Coldplay. Check it out here

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Free, the new commerce of the web.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Reject Passivity

17 05 2009

It’s the original sin. It is the fall of man. It is ugly and subtle. Passivity is where Adam stood as he watched Eve take that bite. And just as we still do thousands of years later, when questioned why we were passive we point the finger away from us. I found this sketch from SZOeptic online when googling passivity images:
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Passivity will precede missed opportunities. Passivity will precede corruption. Passivity will precede failure. I believe it is the main reason the church in the west is going through an awakening. We held to our passivity that created cages around our faith. In the words of Mark Batterson we practiced “cageianity” not christianity. Pick up “Wild Goose Chase” if you want to be inspired to adventure.

My point is passivity creeps up in our lives subtly. It slowly chips away at our spirit. If you are a father or mother, take an active role in parenting. If you are a spouse, take an active role in serving your significant other. If you are a team leader take an active role in developing your team. If you are a project manager, take an active role. The list goes on and on.

If you think you are taking that active role…pause a second, and really examine yourself. WE ALL battle passivity. It hides in the shadows. Be intentional this week to sniff it out, and REJECT PASSIVITY.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





The Chaos of Radio

15 05 2009

If you don’t keep up with Mark Ramsey’s blog, you need to. If you think the state of radio is fine, wake up and take a listen to this interview. If you work in marketing or any company that reaches to the masses via some type of media vehicle, grab Bob Garfield’s “The Chaos Scenario” when it comes out.

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Marketing as it has been know is gone. Advertising will never be the same. Great peek at what Bob is talking about here. Are you ready?

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Frances Cold Water Video

14 05 2009

You don’t have to have a blockbuster budget to make a cool vid…dig the split screen,

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Advertising Mash Up

12 05 2009

I love this mash-up advertising approach to the NBA finals on TNT and the new movie trailer for “Angels and Demons.” Captures a cool vibe from both brands, timely, is one of the first mash-ups I’ve seen for official movie trailers and major sports events.

What do you think? What would your summer movie trailer mash-up be this year?

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Effort

12 05 2009

I saw this in the bathroom at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant recently. As I washed my hands I realized why it was there.
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The soap dispenser has a dripping problem. Instead of fixing the problem, the solution was to place a fruit cup bowl underneath it. Somebody recognized the issue, and instead of treating the source looked for a quick fix. Which, in reality, isn’t a fix. In fact, for me it tarnished my perception of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. They are usually a notch above most fast food joints.

What probably took the same amount of effort, could have been directed the right way towards something or someone who could really fix the problem. What dripping soap dispensers plague your work, your business, your ministry, your sphere? What are you doing to really fix the problem?

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

BTW, I can’t mention Chick-Fil-A without throwing out this funny video…saw Tim Hawkins perform this at Catalyst West, hilarious!