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What do Robert Plant, Maya Angelou, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Diane Sawyer have in common…?…Aside from talent, what helps Snoop Dogg sell records and Andy Samberg sell his (sometimes off-kilter) ideas…?…why do we pay far too much money for a pair of jeans or (what may seem like) a simple hair cut…?




This is nothing new: Swagger has been a determining factor for a lot of things. Think back to your time on the playground: the one kiddo that was the captain of the kickball team…it wasn’t because he/she showed up with the ball…it’s because he/she had that little (at the time) indescribable quality that just brought everyone together. I can recall this one kid that just made things a little bit more fun on the playground – it’s like he knew what to say, how to play fair, when to break out the Big League Chew…he just got it.


It’s like he walked to a ‘Billy Bad A**’ song that only he heard…



Don’t underestimate the power of Swagger – it can help move the needle for a company in the right direction. It can bring teams together and unite them for a worthy cause.  It can help create some excitement for a team when the chips are down.  It can help you identify with a product or service. Swagger can help you sell.


The great thing about Swagger is that everyone has it.  Some people come by it like their distributors, while some may not even realize they have it.


But it’s there.


All you have to do is just tap into that a little and you’ll find that extra bit of courage to pitch that story…present that idea to the board…sell that product…write that great American novel…start that business…ask that girl out.


But, how, you may ask, does one ‘tap into’ that Swagger?  Look, I’m no doctor, nor an expert on how the human brain works.  But I can tell you what works for me: (big surprise) music. We’re all emotional people, and the best way to tap into that place of Swagger is to find a song that makes you sway with confidence. A good tune goes a long way.


I recall a time when @ArikHanson, @StoryAssistant, @DMullen and myself were talking over an idea and came to a particular song that could serve as opening music to our entrance. We each have our own strengths and talents (making us sound like Charlie’s Angels), but this song would’ve helped amp up our Swagger.


I’ve been using songs and poems to pump up the swagger for quite some time…



What do you think?  Am I overrating this whole thing?


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Project Runway has got to be one of the most fun and watchable shows on television right now. 
Not only because the show puts designers in the throes of creating 1-3 looks within an obscenely short amount of time, but also because the producers have been incredibly smart about highlighting the drama that happens behind the scenes of the competition.  

But beyond that, I love the Project runway show for 3 big reasons:

  1. It gives people a much better appreciation on the amount of work that artisans (yes, artisans) put into creating something from scratch
  2. It can be the best portfolio any artist would want
  3. It can be a designers worst nightmare


It really begins to heat up at the 1:47 mark – it’s like a feeding frenzy of nasty little fish.


For the sake of my title, I’m going to focus on the last point.  Because it truly astounds me how the designers of this season’s show seem to have a total disregard for the cameras right in front of them.  This is not to say that I want the cast members to censor themselves – NAY NAY!  I just think that when you show a level of comfort in your cattiness on-camera, it makes one wonder how very nasty you can be off-camera.  You’ve given me a reason to not trust you – to watch my back and keep my guard up around you.


There’s one ‘designer’ (if you watch the show, you know who this person is) on the show who does nothing but make people uneasy, nervous and anxious.  And, as an artist, you CANNOT be your best when you’re playing defense.  You play it safe and tread water to stay alive. 


You forget that you actually know how to swim.


Just like the design room in Project Runway, any business environment will suffocate with this kind of poison in the mix.  People hate work, avoid teamwork and actively look for other employment.  And if you’re the person polluting the waters, you have to realize that (with or without cameras) word gets out about your behavior.  And you will get jacked!


Like it or lump it, karma has cameras everywhere.  And if you’re part of the problem instead of the solution, those karma cameras will be your worst enemy.


How clean is your karma pool?  When you have some ‘poison’ at work, what do you to survive?

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37 years ago this week, a powerhouse of a guy died too soon.  Aside from being an awesome force in martial arts, his work in film helped cement his status as a cultural icon.  This dude was Bruce Lee.

He was altogether

  • Calm
  • Active
  • Flexible
  • Tenacious

Much Like Water…

In business, much like Bruce Lee, it pays to be fast, nimble and strong.  But you don’t always have to use force to be heard or recognized.  Do it like water:

  • Calm
  • Active
  • Flexible
  • Tenacious


Be Like Water, My Friends…

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