One Video Every Week for a Year, the Brendon Burchard #52WkVideoChallenge.

I have a new major priority that actually aligns pretty nicely with my Renaissance pursuits. Making and publishing one video every week for a whole year. Minimum one video, but I really need to be doing more than just one. Why am I making this a priority? And, what will I make my videos about? I am making this a priority for a few reasons, so I’ll explain the context of this priority.

After my totally life changing, amazing experience at World’s Greatest Speaker Training I was and still am committed. Committed to actually doing this, going for my dreams. More so now than ever. A final call to action at WGST was from Brendon Burchard directly: Make a video every week for a year. My life will change just from that process, but he also added a reward: do that and he will share your message to his over 3 Million Fans on Facebook. Fortunately this aligns with what I really want to do and if you’ll look on My Renaissance Defined (linkTK) then you’ll see the desire to make videos and understand production from all aspects. That’s what some of my first learning curves have been. There’s a lot of quality work I need to practice.

What You Need to Know:

1.My Videos Will be released every Sunday for Brendon’s Challenge.

2. I’ll repost some of the videos on my blog, but I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube if you want to be first to see the whole evolution.

3. I created a hashtag #52WkVideoChallenge that I’ll be using on Twitter Meerkat, Periscope, and Instagram

4. These videos ARE going to get better. Bare with me as I learn everything.

This is my first video—it’s a discussion about how much practice this takes and the expectations I had that I didn’t meet in doing my first video. Please watch it and let me know what you think in the comments below. (Full Disclosure: my opinion is that I can always do better at this point in my learning journey, so it ain’t great—to put it mildly)

For my second video, I decided to create a video about my top takeaways from the amazing experience at World’s Greatest Speaker. I forgot my notes when we got to location (I had two friends help me on this one), and went off the top of my head. Probably not the best, but for me the great thing about video 2 is the location we found. It displays my city in graffiti, and the size of the DALLAS is about the size of a small to average stage that I will one day end up on. This is great for me to work on and evaluate my movements on stage (as Bo Eason specialized in) and noticing repetitive expressive patterns (wordTK). I do hope that you can get some value from watching my second video—I share many truths that I was given by some master Orators and performers. Check it out and let me know your feedback. EDIT: Forgot to mention how bad the sound is. I had a handheld mic but it was windy so I had to edit out the wind in Adobe Audition (still not great at sound editing).

Did you watch either video? Have a comment or question, let me know. I’m going to be creating many more and I will often MeerKat (@multitude27) and Periscope (@multitude27)  behind the scenes material which has been pretty funny, and maybe somewhat insightful.

Thank you for reading and watching. Wait until you see what I’ve got planned.

I’m At Brendon Burchard’s Worlds Greatest Speaker Training: Review (Day 4)

DAY 4:

Last day 😦

6:27 AM

Slept in a little bit more today, these hotel beds are super comfy. An abbreviated workout here in my hotel room and some visualizing took the place of my gym workout yesterday. Getting some writing done too has been good. I’m ready for another great day here at WGST.

Ready to put in the work required for Greatness.

Ready to put in the work required for Greatness.

9:00 AM

Here we go, last session. I’m going to finish strong. This is the 4th quarter I will give all my focus and energy into these last few hours.

3:00 PM

It’s very challenging to put into words how exactly this event has impacted me. Now that it’s all over I really feel strongly as I mentioned on my day 1 post—this has been the best investment of time and money that I’ve ever made. The level of inspiration I feel; coupled with almost 60 pages of notes on strategy, tactics, techniques, tips, and great information has me already at my next level. But I can’t stop. I can’t go back to “normal life”. I won’t let the ball touch the ground. This is the beginning of the next decade of work I put in to become amongst the Worlds Greatest. I’m coming back next year, and I’m going to be up on that stage sharing a Signature Story. I hope that anybody reading this will consider first and foremost following Brendon Burchard and his message—his podcast, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and all of his books are of immense value to anybody at any stage in life. You can even get his new book: The Motivation Manifesto here for FREE! (Just pay Shipping & Handling) After that immersion, get one of his online courses. And attend a live event. Then at any point come back to this blog post and comment on how he’s helped. Because I know without a single doubt that this man is here to help the world, he has already helped me immensely and I know he can help you too. Secondly, I hope that anybody reading this will also consider investing in themselves. Time, money, energy, love, kindness and compassion. Invest those in directions that bring inner fulfillment and by doing so enable you to make a real difference in the world.

World’s Greatest Speaker Training ended with great value from each speaker, and the final series of Signature Stories. The last person to step up on stage was Brendon’s mom. She had been there helping as a volunteer the whole time, and I had definitely seen and interacted with her several times. Brendon expressed that she was the real reason he’s achieved what he has and he does what he does. I was moved to tears thinking of my own mother and the immense generosity and love she’s always given to me. I actually posted a Video to Twitter which Brendon Burchard himself retweeted! Amazing.

How can I summarize something that I truly believe changed my life? I can’t here on this page. But what I can do is put into practice what I’ve learned and live from a place of joy and faith that I can and will change the world. That I can and will live my dreams. I encourage you to cultivate these beliefs, and to watch me grow into a Renaissance Man.

Thank you Brendon, Roger, Bo, Rachel, Chelene, everybody who had the courage to get up on stage and share their signature stories, the entire team that put on World’s Greatest Speaker 2015, and thank you to the AMAZING people that made up the crowd. I know we’ll work together and do great things for the world.

I'll be back next year!

I’ll be back next year!

Stay tuned…I’m just getting started.

I’m At Brendon Burchard’s Worlds Greatest Speaker Training: Review (Day 3)

DAY 3:

5:45AM

Back on my grind with my warrior path. Knew I needed to get in the gym this morning and get my body back into my priorities. Just a quick workout: run half mile on 15% Incline at 6mph, chest press 3×12 w 135 lbs, leg raises 3×15, Hammer Curl 25/12, 35/10, 45/8 45/8, 20/15, and myotatic crunch 3×15. Nothing epic on a Spartan training level, but a good travel workout.

8:45AM

Ready for a great day of learning and interaction, as I get ready to enter the conference for day 3. Having a great experience so far, let’s hope it continues.

1:55 PM

Enjoying lunch break and working by the pool.

Enjoying lunch break and working by the pool.

Poolside work. Getting back to planning my days with more intention. The morning session was wonderful. Lot’s of time with Bo on stage and he is so charismatic. Beyond charisma. I want to attend his workshop just as bad as I want to attend Rogers, or this one again. Learning to have the same level of presence and dominance on stage or in any discussion the same way Bo Eason does will be a great tool in my future, and I will purchase his course in my lifetime. I’ve felt pretty great all day from taking the time to get my morning ritual more in place and exercise. Even without that it’s almost impossible to feel anything but great at this event because there is SO much positive energy everywhere. The people in the crowd that I’ve met have all been incredible. And WOW! there is SO many fellow Canadians here! Can’t believe how many I’ve met, maybe 20-30. And they’ve all been stellar individuals.

8:00 PM

As Day 3 Wrapped up there was more signature stories and some really valuable short to the point takeaways. I’ve got at least 20 pages of notes at this point maybe more, and I’ve realized that there are several stories from my life that I can share effectively to communicate a message or give the audience some valuable information. I have had many creative flashes of insight throughout this experience, including many business ideas. Day 3 featured lot’s of techniques for getting ready right before going on stage, including movements and breathing patterns, (wait for my video(s) for further information) and strategies to avoid or eliminate the stage fright that everybody even the greatest feel. Turning the fear into love.

I’ve seen and experienced so much this past 72h and I know I was supposed to be here. Grateful to all the teachers and everybody in the audience for coming together for the betterment of our lives and the world through our new skills, refined stories/messages, and the new friends and allies we’re making.

I’m At Brendon Burchard’s Worlds Greatest Speaker Training:  Review (day 1) 

8:46AM
Registered and ready for the 9:00 door opening. The lanyard we chose determines where we enter the conference at. The Santa Clara Mariott is a nice hotel. Nicer then I thought it would be. The room keys are pictures of the Motivation Manifesto and all staff have been very nice. The Burchard team have all been wonderfully kind and energized.
1:45pm

Wow. Just wow. I felt part way through the morning that this is the beat investment I’ve ever made. Without a doubt. The value from Brendon, Bo, and Roger is staggering, tremendous and important. I’m not selling this program or profiting from it. This is genuinely how I feel sitting here on break having lunch. The nuances of speaking on stage, storytelling, physicality and voice, taught by some of the best in the world. It’s only half way through day 1 but the takeaways are immense. And I will certainly share the core of what I’ve learned. But far more apt then to type will be to make a video and speak these takeaways. Practicing the practical application rather then a written listacle: “top 10 takeaways from Worlds Greatest Speaker.”  Even though from a SEO and total hits to my blog standpoint it would generate more traffic. I think that would be a shortcut, and I need the practice and time spent on a video. The video may not be released at the same time as this post so if you’re reading this then look for the video soon, or comment on the post and bug me to get it done.

8:15pm
Day 1 wrapped up. Honestly surprised it’s only been one day. Learning so much and so inspired by the fellow people at this event and the presenters. I have much work to do on my journey but this is a dream come true and the first progress I’ve ever made towards this particular Renaissance pursuit of Oration and speaking.
More to come tomorrow.

Grateful.

The Most Introverted and Reflective Year of My Life..so far. 

This is my first post from my iPhone. 
  
this is been a different here than any other year I can recall. 
I’ve definitely spent a lot of time looking at my life in a lot of different ways I’ve tried a lot of different things and failed honestly. I really think that this is valuable time even though half of me thinks that I’ve been wasting a lot of time this year. Maybe I have, but I am called to continue pushing in the direction of my dreams. 

I’ve always set goals, but setting these new kind of goals I’m working towards now with deadlines is exciting and scary at the same time. I’m putting a lot of effort into changing my psychology. Understanding what’s been holding me back in my own mind and in the physical world. Every time I get a good idea I’m like wow this is it this is the one but the value of an idea lies in its execution and implementation not simply in a bold stroke of creative genius.  

 Plain and simple I have to do the work. In 2015 it is so easy to be distracted probably easier than ever, but I’m choosing my focus better with each passing day. 

People can say what they want about personal development or “self-help “but I’ve always wanted to be successful so studying success and ways to overcome your own struggles is valuable to me. I’m immersing myself in only positive and pertinent material, with aims of creating my own. Tim Ferriss and Anthony Robbins have been major helps to me this year. Although Tim is more in the Learning and lifestyle design space, I still help myself with his content. Unfortunately self help has a somewhat negative connotation, so I don’t want to lump Tim with a group to which he is much more diverse than. I’ve been a major follower of Tim since I was 22 and working 80 hour weeks in the craziest job I’ve ever had. Finding the 4 hour work week back then was life changing. This year I will re read it and execute on its principles like never before. Tim actually put me on to Tony Robbins. Of course I’d heard of him and read quotes, but never had I chosen to dive deep into his work until hearing him on the Tim Ferriss Show Podcast, I then purchased Tony’s new book and subsequently his Ultimate Edge program. Amazing value! Understanding how my brain works and why I do things is incredible knowledge. Acting upon this knowledge is my main aim at present.  I now truly am committed as I write these words to getting back to work, rekindling the hardest working spirit of my deepest warrior soul. 

Creating content and realizing my goals and ideas is what I am solely focused on. I don’t need to party, “chill” or anything else other then create the life I deserve and dream of. Much work to do, but I have found a way to love it. Loosing momentum and not following through are painful and I’m finished with that pain. Writing, learning, helping others, oration, fitness and documenting it all equal massive pleasure. 
Here’s to being back on the campaign trail to being a Renaissance Man and Warrior. 

It’s Race Week

Race at Cowboys Stadium!This Saturday I’ll be in the stadium of the Dallas Cowboys doing the Spartan Sprint. I am so excited to be able to compete in the stadium of my all time favorite sports team!! This will be the shortest distance Spartan Race I’ve ever done, but I’m betting that the obstacles and bleachers will make up for the 3 mile distance, still providing a fun and challenging course. I am a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan, and always have been. This race represents an opportunity to sweat, struggle and perform in the same arena as the Cowboys on Sundays. What a wild and awesome experience. My first ever stadium race and I hear they are a different animal. Without the necessity for long distance endurance, more explosive athletes may have a better day.  This week I’m getting prepared to race my best race, I have nutrition and training at the best they’ve been so far. I’ve been really honing in my training and improving the consistency. I know that after my races in May (posts and videos to come) that I will have to really continue to innovate, improve, and invest in my training. I want to be at a true elite level, not just paying the extra money to sign up for the elite heats, but really being at my best and competing at a level worthy of the title elite. I have a long way to go and mountains to climb on my journey to the pinnacle of my own performance. But this Saturday I’m going to enjoy how far I’ve come and the chance to Throw Up the X on the Jumbotron at JerryWorld. I’ll be capturing and creating content over the weekend to showcase this unique and exciting experience. Wish me luck!

BattleFrog vs. Spartan Race. How did it measure up? (In my opinion)

April 11th 2015 I volunteered with some friends at BattleFrog Dallas. At that point, I had ran 4 Spartan races as my primary reference point for the Obstacle Course Racing world. What did I think of the BattleFrog? Does it live up to it’s Spartan counterpart? Let me tell you that BattleFrog is a serious race, and I was very impressed with the obstacles and course design. Volunteering was a truly fulfilling experience too, and I highly recommend it to anybody, not just for the free race either.

My friend Liam is a Beast, he could have won the Open Category race that day, but was slowing down to run with me.

My friend Liam is a Beast, he could have won the Open Category race that day, but was slowing down to run with me. I was struggling with this obstacle!!

Volunteering was fun? Yes, without a doubt. Being behind the scenes of an OCR event was a cool perspective, and made me totally respect all the volunteers even more at every race! There is so much work that goes into these races, and it’s easy to just show up run it and never give it a second thought. I was an elite course marshall on the 12ft wall and it was a great experience. Being able to help people overcome the obstacle from a physical and mental standpoint was very rewarding. There were a few racers I remember in particular, racers who I helped get over the top, through words of encouragement, and bringing out their own determination. I often heard “I can’t do it!” or “I’m going to fail.” To those affirming the negative, I would repeat with great force “Don’t say that! You CAN do it!” or “You’re almost there, don’t give up!!” To see someone who once vehemently believed they couldn’t accomplish something, change their mind-set and overcome the wall was really special. Seeing others in that situation gives me a good perspective when I’m suffering on a tough course or through a tough training session.

What makes BattleFrog tough? Is it tougher then a Spartan Race? I think BattleFrog presents more challenging obstacles, especially for grip strength and the upper body. I felt as challenged at the BattleFrog Dallas as I did at the Dallas Beast 2014, but the running was much less. The course was designed to strategically call on grip strength endurance, and overall strength endurance something which I found out was a real weakness in my repertoire. Not just being able to do monkey bars, carry gas cans and sandbags, but doing so during a distance running event in a sequence designed to promote total muscle fatigue. I personally realized during the gas can carry that my grip was weak, and my left arm was giving out sooner than my right. I had to stop several times and put the cans down. After that there were many walls, ropes, monkey bars and structures to climb and all required the grip strength that I had fatigued immensely carrying the 20lb gas cans earlier. Very challenging, and helped me re-visit my training protocols and include grip strength routines often. Overall BattleFrog gave any Spartan Race I’ve done a run for it’s money—and speaking of running for money, they pay the elite winners more then Spartan Race does. Is one race superior? To me both have their merits and I’ll continue to race both brands. I was just surprised that BattleFrog was able to hold its own and actually be more challenging than Spartans in some aspects.

I am committed to continuing my fitness journey and testing my progress via obstacle course races. I will be racing a minimum of 3 more Spartan Races this year: Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Lake Tahoe World Championship Beast course, and the Dallas Beast. I would really like to fit another Battle Frog in there too. Have you done an Obstacle Course Race, or several? Any comments or opinions?