author, family, international, interview

Bob Goff Interviewed by Dad & Daughter

No Comments 02 February 2015

Screen shot 2015-02-02 at 10.55.44 AMMy daughter Sydney and I both got to interview Bob Goff, a very talented speaker, best-selling author, founder of Restore International, and a guy who has had many crazy adventures both in business and with his kids. Which interview do you like better?

Sydney’s Interview:

My interview:

Comment below on whose interview you like better!

P.S. I’m voting for Syd ūüôā

Also check out: Syd singing “Let It Go” in a snow storm (http://bit.ly/SnowSyd)
My daughters B & Syd (with their cousins) learning how to use a fire extingquisher: (http://bit.ly/FireXTree)

business, celebrities, interview

Cheers, Pixar, Star Wars & America- Interview with John Ratzenberger

No Comments 13 January 2015

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What do you ask an actor and speaker who was in your favorite movie (Empire Strikes Back), one of your favorite sit-coms (Cheers), and all those Pixar movies you watch with your kids?¬† Anything you can!¬† (Thanks to all of you who emailed questions to me in advance!)¬† Here’s a sampling of those questions- make sure to watch the video to hear John’s answers!

What was your favorite Pixar character to play?

What was it like being on the set of Star Wars?

What is your advice for being successful?

How did you come up with Clifford Clavin?

What are some of the best things about America’s culture?

Without further ado, here’s my exclusive interview with John Ratzenberger:

 

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Behind the scenes of Black Hawk Down and Sweet Home Alabama with Keni Thomas.

 

 

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The Surprising Reason Rock Stars Prefer M&Ms

 

The Story of An Unknown Mental Health Pioneer

"Safety Car" 1961, Dr. Burton Kintner

“Safety Car” 1961, Dr. Burton Kintner

baseball, interview

Interview with Royals ’85 World Series Hero Jim Sundberg

1 Comment 29 October 2014

Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 4.07.19 PMFOX has been replaying Jim Sundberg’s famous game-winning slide for the Royals from the 1985 World Series practically non-stop. I caught up with Jim and he was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about the series.

 

This year’s Royals team is looked on as a Cinderella that came out of nowhere.¬† Was your ’85 team looked on the same way?
Similar in several ways in that we didn’t win our division until one day remaining in regular season. We had strong pitching, good defense and timing hitting. I believe we had a better rotation and the current KC Club had a better back end bullpen. We hardly used our bullpen outside of Quisenbury in WS, whereas, the ’14 KC team will hope they use their last three guys out of the pen. If they have a 6th or 7th inning lead, KC will win the series.

What do you think made your 1985 World Series team so special?
Our starting rotation ended up being the best in baseball the last three weeks of regular season and all of the post season play. I believe both Toronto and St. Louis hit around .150 – .160 as a team. Good defense and grinding out guys with key hits.

Catchers are often called the quarterback of the baseball diamond, especially with a younger team.  What do you feel made you a good leader?
KC manager Dick Howser said that I was a missing ingredient that would help the Royals win a WS because of KC’s young staff. Our young pitchers, Brett Saberhagen, Danny Jackson and Mark Gubizah along with veterans Bud Black and Charlie Leibrant were great to work with and very talented. A great roation to a catcher is like a great bullpen to a manager, they make us looks smart. We had great chemistry, good communication and they respected what I brought to the table, experience! A good leader knows his staff, what makes them click, how to get the best out of them and they know that he cares about their success and is respected for those characteristics.

What lessons have you carried over from the experience into being a successful baseball executive?
I have learned that the characteristics mentioned above about a good leader is true: knows his staff, what makes them click, how to get the best out of them and they know that you care about their success and is respected for those characteristics. An executive has to be ab le to ‚Äúshow the way‚ÄĚ (walk the talk), communicate the way on a regular basis (sale it internally to staff) and willingness to adjust vision details (adapt to cultural changes).

When you speak to audiences about leadership and teamwork, what can they learn from that special 1985 World Series team?
Baseball is a great example of how people need to except and appreciate what the others around them can do. Every player on the field has a role and supported by those playing around them. A group of people need to decide to come together, excepting each ones’ skill set and appreciate what others bring to the table and there is a buy-in because the gain far outweighs the pain. From this point, momentum will come from consistent successes and will chemistry will add to coming together and the cycle starts again.

Jim is currently with the Texas Rangers organization and is a sought after motivational speaker that you can check out here.

 

Also check out: What’s It Like To Spend A Morning With Peyton Manning?

A Little Known Robin Williams Story

interview, running, triathlon

Mark Allen- The Art of Ironman Success

No Comments 07 October 2014

MarkAllenMark Allen, who ESPN picked as the #1 endurance athlete of all-time, took some time to do this interview with me and answer some of these questions:

What is the single best step an age-group triathlete can take to be successful?

How do you come back from a tough defeat? (Dave lost the Ironman world championship six time before overcoming his arch rival Dave Scott to win six straight himself).

WATCH: EXCLUSIVE Interview with all-time great triathlete, Chrissie Wellington

What are the universal tools people need in order to be successful in sports and business?

It’s the week of the Ironman World Championship, so I’ll be posting triathlon stories all week long!
READ: WHY OLDER TRIATHLETES ARE FREAKS
READ:¬† THE TRIATHLETE’S SECRET WEAPON AT WORK

READ: RE-RUNNING THE RACE THAT STARTED IT ALL

basketball, celebrities, interview

What You Can Learn About Hustle From A 7’4 Guy

No Comments 02 October 2014

Screen shot 2014-10-02 at 2.48.52 PMIf you can take a story from a 7’4 NBA player and immediately apply it to your elementary school daughters, you know the guy has a good story. ¬†Former auto mechanic turned NBA all-star Mark Eaton was nice enough to swing by the office for lunch and an interview. ¬†One of his stories I liked best is that even with a natural advantage (being 7’4), he still had to work extremely hard to succeed.

When I got home that evening, I asked my daughters this question- If you knew you were going to be on the bench and wouldn’t get in the game, would you still work hard at practice? ¬†My oldest daughter immediately said, “Yes, so I can get in the game!”. ¬†My youngest daughter wasn’t so sure, so I shared part of Mark’s story. ¬†Spotted by a junior college coachon an LA street corner¬†on his way to his job as an auto mechanic, Mark eventually made it onto UCLA’s squad, where he sat the bench. ¬†In his senior year, he played a total of just 41 minutes during the entire season. ¬†However, following the advice of the junior college coach who helped him get started, he made sure to make every practice count. ¬†He’d treat every practice like it was the game, where he’d try to out-work and out-hustle everyone. He’d be the first person to the gym and the last person to leave.

After graduation, he and his old coach began cold calling NBA teams for a tryout, because no one had ever heard of him. ¬†One team, the Jazz, were so desperate that they gave a tryout to a guy who couldn’t get off the bench in college. ¬†That 7 feet, four inches of height wasn’t enough to get him into a game in college, but adding that to those thankless years of hard work paid off. ¬†Mark not only got in the game, but he became a starter. He became not just a starter, but an All-Star and two-time Defensive Player Of The Year on a perennial playoff team, going from a total of 41 minutes of game time his senior year to over 25,000 minutes of playing time over 11 years against the best players in the world in the NBA.

So, I got to share his message right away with my daughters- natural ability has it’s place, but you’ll go so much farther if you combine it with hard work.

Here’s my interview with Mark Eaton:

Special thanks to Eric Woodie for the video work.

Watch: 10 Tools Every Leaders Should Have- Interview with Southwest Airlines CEO Howard Putnam

Behind The Scenes of “Blackhawk Down” & “Sweet Home Alabama”- Interview with Keni Thomas.

Read: What Would You Do On The Worst Day Of Your Life?

george w bush, interview

Pilot of Air Force One on 9/11, Col. Mark Tillman [Interview]

No Comments 09 September 2014

Tillman2BrianWhat system allows you to be prepared no matter the situation? ¬†Col. Mark Tillman, Pilot of Air Force One on ¬†9/11, shares about the “Zero Fail Mission” philosophy. ¬†Col. Tillman flew for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush and certainly has some amazing stories to tell.

 

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Fmr Southwest Airlines CEO- 10 Tools Every Leader Should Have

No Comments 09 September 2014

Howard PutnamDuring a chance encounter on an airplane (where else?), former Southwest Airlines CEO Howard Putnam ran into a talented and ambitious but inexperienced leader in need of some guidance.  What 1o tools did Howard Putnam tell this younger leader were needed?

celebrities, interview, movies, speaker

Blackhawk Down & Sweet Home Alabama- Behind The Scenes with Keni Thomas

No Comments 26 August 2014

KeniThomasInterviewHow realistic was Blackhawk Down? For that matter, how realistic was Sweet Home Alabama?  What did Speaker, Country Singer, Actor and Army Ranger Keni Thomas get from Reese Witherspoon as a gift?  What did Ridley Scott and his crew do to almost get kicked out of the country by the king of Morocco? These and many more extremely important questions are answered here:

READ: The Surprising Reason Rock Stars Demand M&Ms

Interview with Elizabeth Smart: How Do You Put The Past Behind You?

How Robin Williams Secretly Used His Events To Help The Homeless

 

Hope, inspiration, interview, speaker

Elizabeth Smart- How To Move On From Tragedy

No Comments 15 August 2014

Screen shot 2013-03-18 at 9.27.05 AMElizabeth Smart endured the tragedy being abducted and held captive for several months. Today she’s married and is one of America’s most sought after speakers. In my interview with her, she acknowledges how everyone has had struggles in their past, how to accept it, and how to move on.

interview, triathlon

Chrissie Wellington-Life Without Limits

No Comments 04 August 2014

Screen shot 2014-08-04 at 2.05.22 PMChrissie Wellington is more than just one of the greatest triathletes in history- she’s a humanitarian, traveler, and one of the most thoughtful people you’ll ever hear.¬† Watch this exclusive interview about her book “Life Without Limits”. ¬†This is actually just Part 1. ¬†The interview I did with Chrissie is the longest I ever recorded- something like an hour- so I’m splitting it up into multiple section. ¬†I now have no doubt in watching her old races that at no point is her mind not going even faster than her jet-propelled bike!

NEXT: Check out why older triathletes are freaks!

Note: Sometimes wires get crossed during requests, and Chrissie had thought this was supposed to be an audio interview.  Being known to be able to handle surprises and obstacles, she went through with her interview sans make-up like the trooper she is.

 

Why older triathletes are freaks!

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