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I wrote a piece on my The Comedy Mentor page at MySpace not too long ago about dreams and what they have to do with Stand-up comedy.

I saw this clip and it couldn’t drive home the point more clearly. Watch it and you’ll understand what I mean. This gal went on to win although everyone laughed at her and didn’t believe she could do it.

Click here to watch: Keeping The Dream Alive

47 Year old Susan Boyle wows the judges with her performance in the auditions for Britain’s Got Talent, singing I dreamed a dream from “Les Miserables”. A Wonderful Song Sung by Susan Boyle… The Audience was laughing before starting the song… after the song the audience were silent, with smiles on their faces and judges gave her 3 Yes’s!

Lyrics:

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame.

And still
I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms
We cannot weather…

I had a dream my life would be
So different form this hell I’m living
so different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

So, whatever your dream may be, don’t ever let anyone try and steal it from you. It is God-given and you deserve to have it. Go For Your Dream!

Cheers, Smiles and Success,
Crazy J

As we go through life, whether in our personal or professional arena, we will encounter disappointments. It is inevitable. It can be a crummy product we purchase and download, a business associate that doesn’t keep to agreed-upon deadlines, a business partner that steals your idea or concept or someone who is close to you that decides to be dishonest to you. Stuff will happen.

The most important thing to remember is that it is not “You” but the decision that “other” person made to act or do what they did.  They probably didn’t do it to hurt you, but rather they did it because it was what benefitted them or filled their need most at that moment.

Now that doesn’t excuse what they did or mean you have to accept or tolerate it. It is just important that you don’t fixate on the feelings you experience when that happens and respond solely in an emotional fashion. You need to step back and try and look at the situation without letting your feelings dictate your reaction.

I know that I have personally messed up business decisions, because I responded emotionally to a situation and lost focus on what would have been a more profitable solution. If you purchase a product and are unhappy with it, request a refund. If a simple request doesn’t work, make a second request and politely let them know you will be taking legal action if the problem is not resolved.

If someone steals your idea or concept, ask yourself if you done what is necessary to protect yourself from such a theft (copyright, trademark, treatment) and if so, approach the other party with the facts and request that they cease to use, sell or promote “your” material. Don’t stoop to calling names, running around bad-mouthing them or whatever, you will look like the one out of control. Stay calm and decide which plan of action to take (legal ones) and do it without fanfare.

If you maintain your posture and control, you will ultimately come out ahead. Other people can see what is going on and will ultimately recognize the truth. One of my favourite sayings is: “People of Integrity expect to be believed, and when they’re not, they let time prove them right!” Keep integrity on your side and you will be the winner.

All these tips will work in your business and personal dealings. You never win an injustice within a relationship by being overly emotional and exploding. You might win the fight but you ultimately lose the war.

You give all your power to the person that already hurt you by letting them take control of your emotional state. Step back and analyze why you are angry, list the feelings that are adding up, that make you feel that way, and then think about how to deal with those feelings individually.

I learned in a seminar once, that anger in itself is not a feeling… but the result or sum of other feelings. You can’t just feel anger, it usually comes from a compilation of feelings. For example if someone lies to you might feel the following:

                        1.hurt

                        2.disappointed

                        3.betrayed

                        4.frustrated

                        5.cheated

                        6.used_____

Sum total:           ANGER

 

By diffusing the feelings that cause “anger” you can see more clearly and focus on the best solution.

You are a special person and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Respect yourself by staying in control of your emotions when you’ve been wronged and will find these types of situations decrease. You run your life. Don’t let someone or something else try to.

Thanks for listening, hope these tips help somehow, somewhere, sometime.

Cheers, Smiles and Success,
Crazy J

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I just got done watching this video by Seth Godin on the concept of being different.

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He never once really promotes his new book: Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable”,  but his talk is so fascinating I went out and purchased it. So many of us struggle to get recognized or spread our “brand” and can’t figure out why it’s not working like we expect. Check out some of the stories from some industry top dogs and you’ll see that they don’t always hit the target the first time either.

The quote on his video says: “In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.”

I especially enjoyed the great amount of humor he injected into his talk.  As I have always said: “When they’re laughing, they’re learning”  So that is another point to remember when you are trying to get people’s attention, try and get them to laugh and they will listen more intently.

So enough for now, enjoy the video.

Cheers, Smiles and Success,
Crazy J




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