Skip to main content

Get Motivated!

Recently my company allowed everyone in the Memphis office to go to the Get Motivated! Seminar that was advertised all over town. I couldn’t help myself, I was curious. It was like an all day pep rally of feel goodness. The seminar provided an interesting experience of speeches, motivation and a lot of common sense. Common sense of course, that every now and then it is good to be reminded of. Steve Forbes spoke on success and by pointing out that some of the most successful people of our time and in history were made successful not by inventing something but rather by improving upon and existing product or idea. The surprisingly funny Terry Bradshaw spoke of finding our own happiness, reminding us that each of us has our own personal problems we must deal with, but that it is our responsibility to make ourselves happy. Gratitude was a big theme of the day that and something that Bradshaw touched on by saying “everyone has someone to say thank you to”. Rudy Giuliani took the stage next and spoke on the importance of using information to help us do whatever it is we do better. He acknowledged that living in the “information age” we can sometimes be overwhelmed by all the information that is available it is better to have too much information than not enough. Giuliani stressed the importance of reading and the importance of being prepared for the challenges me may face. After lunch, John Walsh spoke on the heartbreaking story of the kidnapping and murder of his son in 1989 and how this lead him to create the show “America’s Most Wanted”. Walsh reminded the crowd that crime and / or tragedy can strike anyone. He encouraged the crowd by offer this piece of advice “life takes you in a strange way. Rise up to the challenge – there are good people that will help you”. Laura Bush was next and focused her speech on what it is like to be the President’s wife and encouraging patriotism. Bush spoke of the difficulties and sometimes even comedic times her family faced by being in the public spotlight and reminded the audience that it is important to know who you are, and as long as you know that what anyone else says about you won’t matter. Although I adore LB her speech was recycled for the Mehtodist lunch a few months ago so I had heard it. Lou Hultz challenges the audience to “live your life so that if you didn’t show up someone would miss you” He spoke on how everything starts with a dream and if is what we do (or don’t) do with that dream that determines or success in life. Hultz also talked about how he feels our society focuses too much on what we don’t have and not enough on what we do have. He called people to keep it simple and to remember that business success is about “giving people what they want and making a profit while doing it.” An energetic crowd then heard Colin Powell –who was the crowd favorite of the day – speak on leadership. Powell told a story of how it is his habit to keep a stash of postcard sized note with his letter head of hand and after he meets with someone on his team to sent them a quick note of praise and thanks. He said that every time he sees someone after he sent that note he finds his “10 cent note in a $150 frame”, the point to his story being how incredibly easy it is to touch people. Powell said that leadership is about giving followers a purpose and he stressed the important of being kind and fair to everyone in your organization – not just those at the top. Leigh Ann Tuhoy wrapped things up with her uplifting story of opening up her home and her heart. Leigh Ann’s message was that one turn around changed her life and you never know when something will come along and change yours, but you needs to be open to it. Although the actual, advertised speakers were quite good there were also two additional speaker on the agenda. Both sleazy sales guys and both were successful in getting large amounts of people to by their get rich quick scam product. The first guy was offering a stock tracking website that supposedly tells people when to buy and when to sell. Trust me people, if it was this easy everyone would be doing it, and the market cannot sustain everone winning and thus we would create a crash. The sales guy spoke for over an hour and then people started running – RUNNING! – to sign up for his $99 class. I have read the reviews online and have bad news for the folks who bought that class – it is a two day sales pitch to buy the $1,500 class. This picture above was taken at the event when the crowds started gather around the sales table. The second sleaze bag basically wants people to get rich by being slum lords and for $49 he will offer a class on how to do so. Folks, getting rich is not as simple as buying gross properties with no interest down and then sitting at home collecting the rent checks. First off, good luck occupying your slum, and then good luck getting good checks from your tenants. Oh yes, and then don’t forget about property maintenance, people skipping out in the middle of the night, the insurance costs and a multitude of other problems that arise when you are a landlord. I actually knew the sleazy sales guys were coming on because I read reviews of Get Motivated! Before actually attending. Their presence didn’t bother me because I did get to hear great speakers, but I do think the Get Motivated! folks could have done a better job of disguising these jerks as legitimate speakers. About 3 hours of the day was wasted on their speeches and time to buy their sleazy products. I did not appreciate the fact that the show did not keep a proper time schedule. The event was scheduled to end at 4:45 and Leigh Ann took the stage at 4:40pm with two people to come after her. I had to leave. Overall, I am still glad I went but I do think it an experience it once type of thing, I wouldn’t go back. I also heard a lot of complaints about the conservative political and religious overtone. As a Christian republican I was bothered by neither but I understand how some were offended and left. Steve Forbes got the most political. I didn’t feel that Bush, Powell, or Giuliani had a political overtone but I guess some liberals would criticize them no matter what. If Michelle Obama had spoken I wouldn’t have been offended. If they come back to your part of the country and you don’t mind a little bit of conservative smarts I do recommend going, but please just don’t buy anything beyond your lunch.

Comments

Amazon

Popular posts from this blog

Custom Hair Care with Formulate

I've had short hair most of my life, but the past few years I have been growing my hair out and one thing has become very clear - long hair is a commitment. And long hair that has been color treated for years is a project, which is why I was so excited when the team at Formulate reached out to have me try their new custom shampoo and conditioner. Even better yet - we have teamed up to give one lucky reader their own custom set for FREE!

Enter GIVEAWAY here! Getting hair care customized for your hair sounds complicated but the process was very simple as a consumer - I took a brief survey about my hair's current condition and what my hair goals were - you can pick up to five. I have a pretty oily scalp so that was my top priority but color protection, heat protection,. frizz and volume are also my concerns. I was then able to select my scent and strength - I like a strong scent in my shampoo that leaves a light linger and selected the green apple - I've been getting complime…

Vi Peel

2018 Update: Hello Internet! Welcome to my most popular blog post - I presume you're here because you're considering getting a facial peel. Please keep in mind this is an old post and my photo quality is not great. Please feel free to read and enjoy but I do want to let you know that as the years have passed I have taken a more proactive approach with my skin care and I do not get frequent peels. If you'd like to see my modern approach to skincare check out some of my other beauty posts and I'd love for you to connect with me on Instagram to keep up with my latest and greatest recommendations.
___________________________________________________________________________________

Hello! So I got my first Vi Peel which I was super excited about. Since the Botox post was popular I figure y'all would like this too. Besides, it's well established I'm beyond any sense of privacy or shame here.
I got my first peel years ago - a mild Glycolic peel added onto my fac…

This is Us

Y’all this year I was so excited for our anniversary activity - the 2nd anniversary traditional gift is cotton and there was a cotton field nearby. The website said “mid October” would be the perfect time for pictures so I booked a session for our anniversary weekend on the 21st. We stop by the field the day before to check it out and it was all gone. Even though no harvest date was listed on the website a week earlier it had since been updated that the cotton was harvested that Friday – seriously, they couldn’t have given one more weekend for photos, grr! All the other cotton fields were too far away so I cried how our anniversary was ruined. We wound up moving photos to the same spot where we took our wedding photos and brought along the dogs to get our family Christmas card photo. This session did not go as well as I would have liked – Because I didn’t plan to originally have the dogs sweetie was not freshly groomed. My brand new sweater got snagged by one of the dogs getting in and…

Birthday Discounts

Woohoo! It's my birthday week y'all! Birthdays are always a great time for brands to make customers special and each year I'm able to take advantage of some pretty good discounts in July so I thought I would share the love and talk about some of my favorite discounts and how to get them.

My absolute favorite discount is from Kendra Scott! During your birthday month you can receive one regular item at 50% off. It's your first time you'll have to show your id in store and sign up for their email list but then once they have you on file you can just go into the store and say that you would like to apply your birthday discount to your purchase and give your email address. This year I purchased the Tatiana Long Pendant Necklace which usually sells for $175. This necklace takes the look of the popular Rayne necklace and really amps it up.  
If jewelry is your thing you can also get a $10 credit from Charming Charlie - this discount is sent to Charm Rewards members at the…

Why I Blog

Years before I had an instagram account I had a Yelp account and I must admit that my very first review was a terrible 1 star review. While I think honest good and bad experiences are valuable on review sites I realized that's not the person I wanted to be. Instead of only putting negative thoughts into the world I challenged myself that for every negative review to take the time to write five positive reviews. Soon I found myself gushing over businesses I love and writing reviews of businesses I was trying for the first time. Within a few months I was invited to join the Elite squad - now I  have over 250 reviews and have reached gold elite status - this means I've been on the squad for five years. As much as I enjoy sharing reviews I enjoy reading them. I'm a planner and researcher by nature so before I go anywhere I want to know as much as possible. For example, when we go out to California we're going to have tea at the Hello Kitty Grand Café - I have read every …