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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.

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