SINATRA’S ALL-TIME FAVORITE ARTIST CELEBRATES 91 YEARS.  You know this man!   Why it’s Anthony Dominick Benedetto who was born on August 3, 1926.  He celebrated his 91st birthday yesterday.  We know him as that Great Master of the Ballads, Mr. Tony Bennett.

No other vocalist  has captured the heart of the public for as long as this Crooner who experienced his first Hit in 1951 with Because of You.  As Wikipedia states, “It started out gaining popularity on jukeboxes (I remember them, do you?)  then reached #1 on the pop charts and stayed there for ten weeks selling over a million copies.

1951-2017.  Count ’em up.  That’s 67 years on stage with a mic in his hands, with an orchestra behind him making music that people love to experience.   In the last ten years he has become famous for duets, with All-Star performing artists the world over.   He is particularly known for his duet album with Lady Gaga.  When I first heard them sing, “The Lady Is A Tramp” I knew I wanted to purchase the album.  It’s a favorite.  I will listen to it often in the car as these two knock it out of the park with electrifying vocal chemistry!

So, what does this man think about himself?  In his own words he said, “I get up and boy I can’t wait to paint (his favorite  past time) and study music and keep learning.   I just love it.”  He goes on to say in another statement, “I love entertaining people. I strive to make them feel good.”

Well, he made Mr. Sinatra feel  good enough that mid-way in Tony’s career,  Sinatra identified Mr. Bennett as his favorite vocalist.  He is in my Top 5 all time vocalists.  Think about it.  Here is an entertainer, who in his 91st year, can stand before an audience and deliver a musical lyric with phrasing, breath control and the engaging energy of love that in one word is …extraordinary.   He knows what it means to bring artistic beauty and elegance to every ballad he sings…even when its I Left My Heart in San Francisco…which he just has to sing at every performance.  His audience won’t let him off the stage!

I salute this great American vocalist.   He embodies inspiration with his life calling…making music.  He has said, “I never want to retire.”   I hope he doesn’t.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bennett.



PASSIONATELY CURIOUS    “I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious.”   It’s hard to imagine these are Albert Einstein’s words.   Incredible, huh!  The most brilliant thinker of the 20th century knew himself to be curious, not brainy cerebral.

I’m intrigued by the passion of curiosity and how easily it is lost in adulthood. I love experiencing the passionate curiosity of children.  At the beach it is a delight to watch children play at the shoreline as they thrill to a rolling wave pursuing them with undeniable power.   A child knows delight and wants to feel delight.    Feeling the passionate curiosity of a wave rolling up against the shore fires the synapses of FUN in a young child with a curious mind.

Why do we adults forsake curiosity and pursue certainty?  I bet you have a thought on that big Roundhouse question.   Is a child’s mind more nimble than an adult mind. Neurologically, yes.  As we age neglected synapses atrophy.   One of the important findings about brain health is that the brain thrives like a muscle.  if we don’t exercise it, neglect, it or abuse it, the brain atrophies.

Do you think a child’s mind is infinitely more curious than an adult mind?  Maybe not.  Maybe a vitally alive mind like Einstein’s was so because of his constant curiosity to pursue the NEW.

Neuroscience is a rich, new topic for exploration.  Are you curious to go exploring into the world of neuroscience and you?  We have re-scheduled our Neuroleadership and You Workshop.

Dr. Bob Adamik is our Workshop Presenter and Facilitator.   He is an  energizer bunny of passionate Wow about  the  world of neuroscience and its application to our mission as leaders at work and in our communities of influence.

There is a saying in Neuroleadership “Neurons that fire together wire together.”  This is a day to  come together,  learn together and fire up new insights about our personal and professional life.  You will experiences lots of new techniques, exercises, readings and thought provoking concepts.
The workshop, presentation and exercises offer insightful, enriching, energizing exploration that includes:
Regulate Emotions       Decision Making /Problem Solving         Collaboration/Teams Facilitating Change
Saturday, September 16,  2017
Atrium Hotel  18700 MacArthur Blvd.  Newport Beach across from JWA.  9: 00 am  to 12:00 am
Register beginning Tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 3rd.  Use this link to register:
There is a saying in Neuroleadership: “Neurons that fire together wire together.”  So, if we can come together and learn together, we can experience our passionate curiosity for life.   There are lots of new techniques, exercises, readings and thought provoking concepts that will help you become an “Influencer for Good.”
Who Should Attend this  Neuroleadership Workshop?
Those who want a creative leadership style
Those who want to discover new patterns of relating with others. better relate to others
Those who want to gain knowledge to re-energized yourself.
Those who want to pursue the behaviors of passionately curious people.
A HUGE Bonus awaits each participant.Special Offering of a professional Personality Assessment valued at $1,000  prepared for you by Dr. Bob.
 Join with me  as we find something today that fuels our curiosity about this thing called Life.



IF YOU DON’T LIKE HOW THINGS ARE, CHANGE IT!     Jim Rohn, one of America’s most insightful writers, business leaders and inspirational voices, wrote these words.  He finished his His statement with these words: “You’re not a tree.”

No, a tree does not get to become a flower, a bird, a fox.  But, you? me? we?  What is so extraordinary about human consciousness is that it has the ability to continuously express, to re-create, and re-state.  If you think about it, there is nothing truer to a person’s life book than the capacity to:  create a chapter; live a chapter; close a chapter.  Our  capacity to pursue conscious change is a gift we give ourselves.

I witnessed an inspiring case in point this weekend.  John and his new bride, Emily, shared their vows of commitment before 200 guests at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church.  My wife and I have known John for 20+ years dating back to his entry into his teen years with our son and his group of friends.

Looking at John stand with Emily brought a flood of memories to my mind about that kid of long ago and the man he has now become.  John spent many years, not unlike many teens, facing lots of challenges.  Our family was part of the network who came alongside him when his life was in free fall…much of which was not in his control at all.

But, now here he was…a day  symbolizing  monumental changes and choices over the last dozen years. He has created good health.  He has healed his relationships with family members and they with him.  He is a Pastor involved in a dynamic church ministry at a Presbyterian Church in Seattle. He is studying to get his Doctorate. He is over the moon in love with his new bride.  And, as a funny aside to this man who has made life change the currency of his life,  he has tenaciously and tightly held onto one love from his past that doesn’t seem to bring him any trouble whatsoever.  John is a hardcore Laker fan.  Emily is now being indoctrinated to this part of John’s old life chapters.

John’s  story is intended for Monday Morning motivation.  My question is:  Are you the person who can choose to make changes you seek?  John’s new chapter is a watershed change.  It’s big, bold and full of life discovery  He now pursues.  Saturday was a declaration day for John and for Emily

Is it possible you are working on change?   Is a new chapter now emerging and being defined by new choices you now consider?  Invite yourself to step onto the doormat of such change firmly grounded:

  • Keep track of your self-dialogue concerning the change, particularly if it is a major one.
  • Investigate the steps that may be involved with the change.
  • Discuss the change with trusted advisors.

Let me conclude with a final word on change from Mr. Rohn: “Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’  Say, ‘If I can, I will.”

Let’s leap into this Monday’s Magic shaping the good.!


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LEADERS NEED SOLITUDE TO THRIVE   Dwight Eisenhower found solitude staring out the window into pelting rain for several spellbinding minutes.  He did this in the company of his generals before giving the order for D-Day.

In an engaging article written by Andrew Stark that appeared on July 23,2017 in the Wall Street Journal, which an Inspiration Impulse Reader told me about, I read about a new book on leadership by Raymond Kethledge and Michael Erwin called Lead Yourself First.  The book focuses on the vital necessity of solitude for a leader constantly faced with demands coming from everywhere.

Solitude.  Peter Crawford, a Schwab Executive, comments, “Solitude makes it possible to engage in the mental equivalent of ‘stripping away all the cookies’ on a computer.  Once they’re cleared, my mind works better.”

Solitude.  Typically it’s a serendipitous encounter.  “Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup, found it in his garden. For entrepreneur, Sarah Dillard, it’s found when she’s hiking. Tim Hall, a cycling coach, grabs some solitude while gazing out at his bird feeder over coffee. Pastor Jimmy Bartz encounters it while fly fishing.”

Solitude, comments Stark, gives a leader the chance to “percolate and marinate in his own feelings and to step out of events and locate sacred space where he can reflect on what’s going on inside, thus attaining the moral and emotional conviction necessary to act.”

Solitude.  Key moments of solitude do not necessarily fall upon great leaders at times they plan.   Stark comments about Martin Luther King Jr., “in the solitude of his own kitchen on a crucial January night in Montgomery in 1956, felt keenly that he was never alone.  Lincoln used solitude to write a letter to General George Meade chastising him for failing to pursue Lee after the victory of Gettysburg…but never sent it. Rather, Lincoln “began an inner dialogue with Meade and so came to appreciate the burdens  Meade’s soldiers would have to bear destroying Lee’s army.”

Solitude.  Is it available to each of us?  Yes. It’s a breath away.  Solitude invites us to be fearless with moments of silence when we simply linger and relax a bit with ourselves.   I know YOU know what lingering is and isn’t.  Lingering is not hurrying to figure something out.  Lingering allows you to deeply encounter the NOW Moment.

Yes, nature can be a catalyst to encounter the rich refuge of solitude.   But, it’s not a requirement.  I know what solitude’s lingering means to me.  It happens when I stand at the side of myself as the fair witness and neutral observer…just noticing me being with me.  Solitude places us in moments of self-reflection which hold no judgment, condemnation.  and can often occur with no requirement to take action on anything.

I appreciated reading Stark’s WSJ article about vital, invigorating information for leaders, presented by Kethledge and Erwin in their new book, Lead Yourself First.  Perhaps today’s Post will lead you to a bubble bath moment of self-refreshment that is Solitude.

Have good day!


Mark Twain

GOOD OL’ SUMMERTIME WITH  MARK TWAIN   Our family was in Twain Hart recently to play our annual round of miniature golf at the best 18 holes I know.  As you will remember from your school days, Twain Hart was made famous by Mark Twain, America’s great humorist, author, novelist and world renown lecturer of his day.

So, I wanted to bring you a bit of Monday inspiration in the form of some witty, timeless, and pithy statements that Twain made.   Twain’s insight into the human condition is fully on display. Today’s cultural social media scene has no voice like this man did in his day.   And, likewise, I would venture the bold belief that no one today could use Twitter regularly and deliver the genius mind that Twain delivered to the America of his day.  The closest we have  to experiencing  a mind like Twain’s is Garrison Keillor.

So, I invite you to enjoy a small slice of the deep reservoir that IS Samuel Clemens, just as I did in selecting a sampling of quotable quotes from this 19th century extraordinary voice of the American storybook.

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“When I was younger I could remember anything whether it happened or not.”

“It is not the size of the dog in the fight. It is the size of the fight in the dog.”

“Do the right thing.  It will gratify most people and astonish the rest.”

“Be careful reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

“The best way to cheer your self up is to try to cheer someone else up.”

“When you fish to love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”

“When in doubt, tell the truth.”

“Man was made at the end of the week when God was tired.”

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

“It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it be around neglected.”

“Go to heaven for the climate; hell for the company.”

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”  “Never put off ’til tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

“The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

Well, my Inspiration Impulse friend, did you find one or more that really perked you up and put a smile on your face to greet another busy week of you doing YOU?  Let me leave you with my favorite Twain quote as I sign off with this Monday morning vitamin of motivational lightheartedness:  “Never put off ’til tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”


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WHO? WHAT? IS TROUBLING YOU?   Did today’s blog title lead you to think I was going to ponder something super serious with you?   Well, I won’t go so far as to exclaim, “Gotcha!”  But, I can say, I wanted to tease you a bit with my title hoping I might turn the issue of trouble into an enticing self-exploration of mindfulness training.

To do so, I invite and encourage you to put a tiny smile on your face as you read an intentionally humorous quote by America’s most famous 19th century christian evangelical, Dwight L. Moody.  Born in 1837, by mid century, Moody became known far and wide as a major voice of Christian vision, mission and wit.  He was well known on the fruited plains as well as in the cities and small towns that shaped America’s expansion.

Moody made the following tongue-in-cheek comment about trouble:  “I have had more trouble with myself than any other man (person) I know.”  Now, his words may not have produced a LOL chuckle,  but if you allowed them to be about you, there is a possibility you can put a thoughtful smile on your face.   Moody’s statement is like jumping into a cold mountain pool.   It grabs your attention.  It evokes a feeling.   It says Wow! That’s true!

Moody’s brief stream of words says much, precisely, about where we can choose to go 1st when confronted with the constant currents of inconsequential, yet attention-getting, nuisances that show up daily.

Who? What? is the nuisance, the irritation, the problem?   Oh,  trouble carries a 1000 masks but behind each one is the important hidden face…you! me! us!    We get ourselves into a pickle time and time again as we try to find a way to point the finger of trouble somewhere at something…someone…some situation.

Are we, Americans, finding it increasingly difficult to laugh at our self-serving antics of pointing a finger of trouble at  everyone…everywhere? Sometimes, in a stream of mindfulness awareness, I’ll watch someone doing something that momentarily irritates me.  I will notice a well-worn tape… a silent conversation with myself… that goes like this:

He / she is bothering me.  Why would he / she do that?   Doesn’t he / she know that’s not right?  Stop it.

This self-absorbed conversation goes to the heart of Moody’s witty wisdom.    The question we can ask in moments that pop up daily is simple, straight forward self inquiry… framed with a wee-bit of self-effacing humor in our heart.  We gently ask our self:  Where IS the trouble? Who IS causing the trouble? Why,  I do wonder, am I the trouble?

It’s the weekend.  You may find a fruitful moment with our 19th century voice of wisdom, Mr. Moody.  If you do, remember that this guy, Russell Williams, shared this message because he knows it’s a good one for him to enjoy and encounter along with you, my  Inspiration Impulse Reader.

I’ll be back with you on Monday. Enjoy your lazy, crazy days of summer.

Patience Attains The Goal!

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Patience Attains The Goal!   Can I offer you and me a mini Patience Workshop using under 500 words about the most challenging, ongoing life lesson most of us experience? let me give it a go!

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”  I am not proud of the fact that I continue to want to smash the egg rather than let it hatch.  My ‘get it done right now’ MO can be a recipe for annoyance particularly when timing plans are not altogether in your hands.

Enter Leo Tolstoy: “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”  These two are not enemies.  Yet, we/I can make them adversaries.  How do we make time and our seeming impatience slow down long enough to find a renewed perspective?  Here is a simple reminder to put these two together as buddies: It came to pass and not to stay.

This leads me to Ralph Waldo Emerson,  “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”  Can we/I claim a new rhythm quickly so as not to waste our emotional energy on what we think should be, but isn’t?  The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ as we quickly shift our focus from what is not in our control and re-direct our attention to doing something that is in our control.  literally, a 2-3 minute power focus on a focused To-Do will become the patience restorer.

Finally, two wisdom voices…Tertullian from antiquity and Elon Musk from today:  Musk wrote, “Patience is as virtue. I’m learning. It’s a tough lesson.  And Tetullian, “Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”

I like to think that the wisdom of the ages is lifetime work and is not for the faint hearted.  When it comes to the virtue of pastience, perennial hopefulness is always in play when we see our quest of mastering virtues as a meaningful way for us to keep the lamp of lifetime learning burning brightly.

What say you?  My word count is 349. Perhaps you, my Inspiration Impulse reader, has a few words to add.