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I’ve spent plenty of time on stage talking about pop culture but I’ve never been as raw about my own life as I was here. Being a featured speaker at the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas seemed like the perfect place to let it all hang out. I shared about how unpacking my baggage and listening to my heart more than my head led me to love. Then after I got off stage, a young guy from the crowd came up to me and told me it inspired him to reach out to a girl he had been holding back from. Needless to say, I plan on doing this more often.
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?
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.
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.
Black Hollywood Live did an episode of Portraits on me and they got a lot in this. It’s the kind of interview you grab a snack for.
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.
It’s been 13 years since I started in this business. Vox, MTV, Dance On Sunset, MySpace, Access Hollywood, Duets, The Q Side. It’s been quite a ride.
I’ll never forget my first day hosting TRL, it was like an out of body experience. Thankfully since then I’ve settled into it but what’s never changed is how much I appreciate these moments. There’s still a lot more to do but this highlight reel is definitely a nice reminder of how far I’ve come.
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.
I’ve never had more fun doing a show. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s mine and it affords me the opportunity to do whatever I want or maybe it’s just about where I’m at in my life. However I break it down, doing the first season of this show was so much fun. While we get ready for its TV debut later this year, here’s a highlight reel of the good times we’ve had so far on The Q Side.
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.