Archive for Behind the Scenes
Emotional intelligence is one of the leading factors for a successful life, it’s definitely been a game changer for me. In this Google Hangout, my good friend Lewis Howes and I talk candidly about exactly what it’s done for the success of our businesses, relationships and all areas of life.
We were only planning to do it for 45 minutes but everything that opened up and the incredible response from the audience compelled us to keep going. For more on the workshop we did, click here.
How are you developing your emotional intelligence?
I re-emerged after 10 straight days of silent meditation and I’m happy to report that all the good things I heard about the Vipassana meditation experience are true. Allowing myself to unplug and turn inward so intensely gave me insight about some deep rooted blind spots that I hadn’t actually resolved. It felt like a detox for my mind and played out like the most profound game of connect the dots. I uncovered the sources of behavior patterns I knew weren’t my best self and discovered some that I wasn’t even aware were holding me back. It’s a higher level of conciousness. I’m looking back on so much of how I’ve lived my life, understanding it deeper and actually forgiving myself for it now. It’s a new level of compassion and clarity. I feel like I’ve reinvented myself again. Quddus 2.0 is up to bat now and I can’t wait to share him with you.
If you’re interested to learn more about the Vipassana course, check out Dhamma.org. It’s based in Buddhism but it’s not sectarian. I highly recommend it for anyone.
Leadership is not easy. It’s actually somewhat masochistic. Look at Barack Obama. No matter what the guy does, he gets criticized in some way. Taking on leadership requires vision, commitment and some serious courage. Well this group of inspired individuals decided to see how they could step up to make a bigger difference in the world and it was my honor to lead them in that pursuit for the past 5 months.
I had to pinch myself at their graduation on Sunday night because when I first heard about the courses at M.I.T.T. (Mastery In Transformational Training) in the fall of 2011, I would not have predicted that a year and a half later, I’d be one of the people leading it. It pushed all my buttons and I even dropped out at one point. Thankfully, I reconsidered how growth happens exponentially when you open yourself up to coaching (ie. even how Michael Jordan listened to Phil Jackson) and I eventually embraced the course. Ultimately, it proved to be a game changer for me. The results were massive improvement in every area of my life. ABC hired me to host Duets, I successfully launched my production company, The Q Side Entertainment, mended the tensions in my family, and even my love life finally started working!
Once I graduated, I was asked if I’d like to help facilitate the course as a support staff/coach for the next course that was starting up. Although busy with my career, I thought about how significant the staff was in supporting me through my journey and how fulfilling it would be to give back that way so I said yes. After supporting a team all the way through the curriculum as a coach, I decided to take on an even more important role as co-captain alongside the incredible Margo Majdi for the next Legacy Program, the course that follows the Basic and Advanced course at M.I.T.T. It was a bigger commitment but it was the kind of challenge I knew would expand my own view of what I am capable of. Over the course of co-captaining the 107th Legacy Program, there were times I doubted myself wondering if I was really up for it but by the end of it, there was no doubt at all. I love making a difference with people, especially ones who have the same desire to make a difference in this world as leaders and visionaries– LP 107 was that kind of team.
The graduation ceremony is as unconventional as the leadership course it celebrates. It’s called Torchpass. It represents the passing of the torch and responsibility of leadership to the next team which in this case was LP 108. It was monumental. As Roger Morgan, the director of M.I.T.T., told the crowd in attendance about what we had accomplished, it really sunk in. The students having had over 270 breakthrough conversations with the people in their lives, the community service project that fed over 2500 underprivileged people around LA, and the $12,000 we raised in 24 hours for the victims of the Santa Monica College shooting. Then when a member of one of the victimized families (Mrs. Franco), and Dr. Margaret Quinonez of Santa Monica College came out of the crowd to acknowledge our effort and tell us how much they appreciated it, our mission felt accomplished. So while leadership isn’t easy, there isn’t a better feeling in the world than knowing you’ve made a difference.
Recently, my friend Ajay Relan thought of a way to make feeding the homeless easy and fun. Our friends get together once a month to make lunches for passing out to the homeless people of LA. We turn up the music and have a good time while doing it. We post about it on social media using #HashtagLunchbag and the next thing you know, it’s something people are doing internationally now. If you want to know more about how you can do it in your community, join the movement, check out HashtagLunchbag.com and this video will show how awesome it can be.
Generosity Water and I hosted a rooftop event in downtown LA to raise money for 5 clean water wells to be built in Haiti and this video is a recap of that amazing night.
The man has won 27 Grammy’s but we both ended up at Mel’s Diner around 3am on Friday night. Quincy Jones. Serendipity never ceases to amaze me.
So proud of the group of people who just graduated from the leadership course I helped facilitate for the past 5 months. The team created this workshop called Unity in Diversity that really made a difference in the lives of these children. It’s amazing what happens when we take responsibility for the world around us. Check out this incredible video of what happened.
If your faith is shaken by the shooting in Newtown, this interview is for you. The popular young pastor takes on some of the toughest questions about the challenges of faith in the face of natural disasters and tragedy.
It was the kind of moment I’m going to tell my children about. Something I’ve dreamed about for years. 60,000 people in Central Park for a concert to end poverty. The Global Citizen Festival was the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast TV history and it felt like it. When I got on that mic it felt like I was in a vortex of pure energy. It felt like there was only room for greatness. Backstage before I got in front of the people, I was bumping into people like Katie Couric, Olivia Wilde and K’naan. There were Noble Peace Prize winners talking about their latest initiatives to make a global impact. It was the kind of company that inspires me and everyone was in awe of the magnitude of this event.
There have only been 2 other concerts given the green light by the New York City Parks Department to happen on a Saturday at the Great Lawn, Simon and Garkunkel and more recently Bon Jovi. The Global Poverty Project was at the heart of what made this all happen. Their vision to unify a variety of the most incredible charities under one umbrella inspired us all to be involved to create a movement to mobilize for change to happen now. If you haven’t signed up to become a Global Citizen click here.
Mateo recently released the track Carry On and this week he released another new gem called Looking You Up from his upcoming mixtape Suite 823 (out August 1st). Get an inside look at how they made Suite 823 above then stream and download Looking You Up right here.