Lewis Howes does this podcast with the clearest intention: get the stories from accomplished people that will get the audience that much closer to their goals. Definitely honored to share my journey on it. Download on iTunes or listen to it here.
This series of mixes has become one of my favorite things about summer.
The 20/20 Experience in all its glory.
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.
Leave it to Mayer to imagine up a social life for dogs like this. Hilarious. His new album is called Where Does This Door Go and you can pre-order it here.
His first official single since being signed to Interscope. The song is as earnest as they get but Mateo had a lot of fun with this video for it. Office daydreaming to another level.
Quadron is a Danish duo consisting of singer Coco O and musician/producer Robin Hannibal. They’ve been on my radar since their manager/my friend Anthony Demby put their music into my inbox. Quadron makes the kind of soul music that adds on to everything that’s been working in the genre. Coco’s voice is classic and she uses it as passionately as she should. For example, this video for their single Hey Love off their new album Avalanche.
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.
These guys are not shy. Look out for their upcoming album here.