The Celebrate Life Series- Marcello Recommends: 10 Things You Can Do To Have A Better Day by Mike Walter
He’s been a featured guest on MMP’s Celebrate Life Series and a frequent contributor to our Sunshine Club; he’s an established business leader, consultant and performer in the DJ Entertainment industry- and now, he’s a twice- published author. Mike Walter, once again joins our recommended list of influential thought leaders who wrote a book for all of the aspiring souls out there who were wondering, “is this as good as it gets?”
With his latest release, 10 Things You Can Do To Have a Better Day, Mike joins the ranks of Neen James , Brene Brown, Danny Meyer, Kevin Hall, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Hsieh who took the time to eloquently share part of their life’s journey with others. For most of these extraordinary personalities, their best sellers were either published as a cathartic endeavor, a kindle-friendly way to pass on the sage guidance they were fortunate to receive over the years, or simply a personal commitment to paying it forward. I think the 10 Things handbook is an engaging trifecta.
Wanna lose weight? check. Find more energy? check. Enjoy a more satisfying relationship? check. Discover fulfillment? check. Take a vacation? check again. Do you wanna be more productive, be happier and smile more than you ever thought was possible????…. Like they told Joey in the old Prego commercial, It’s In There!
DISCLAIMER: your mileage and results may vary and you might not look as good or content as the guy on the left when you’re done. But, if you don’t at least feel a little better about your life’s potential, your future opportunities, or this limit-less world we live in after reading Mike’s pocketful of sunshine, you better check your pulse. Seriously.
Don’t just take my word for it. 10 Things has been getting rave reviews since its release a few months ago. Even if I didn’t have the honor and pleasure to call Mike a dear friend and colleague, I’d still be praising the positive vibes that his book is spreading across the globe.
In this episode of the Celebrate Life Interview Series, Mike dishes out some more great tips and suggestions for finding joy, planning a cool honeymoon, which sports teams to cheer for, and how to mentally prepare for a marathon.
He also gives a sneak peak into the upcoming sequel to Ten Things as well as a little tease of his father’s fascinating book which is due out shortly.
With wedding plans just months away, the MMP team would like to wish Mike and his beautiful fiance Kelly, who is also a Sunshine Club contributor, all the health, happiness and success that life has to offer.
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Jason Jani and the SCE Event Group revealed their firm’s new corporate headquarters to a select group of entertainment industry A-listers and social media glitterati. (and being the awesome person that Jason is, he invited his mom and dad to be a part of the festivities too.)
As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Jason. He has a saying that we always refer to… “Make It Happen.”
JJ has been working on the new diggs while simultaneously dazzling his clients and the Mobile Entertainment and Event Production industry for a few years now. His hard work and perseverance has paid off handsomely. Indeed, he made it happen. No shortcuts.
As a colleague and co-collaborator in his Signature Events Division, I’m honored to be a part of the synergy that he consistently produces.
Kudos and Congrats Mr. Jani. Continued success!,
In the AfterWord of “Aspire,” Dr. Gerald Bell wrote that Kevin Hall’s “passion for living a purposeful life is contagious.” After two days of ingesting, contemplating and being inspired by Kevin’s insightful collection of thoughts, I think Gerald summed up the glaring feeling that you’ll experience upon completion of the book. If not, check your pulse.
When I was younger, my mom encouraged me to ask people I admired out to lunch to see if they’d be gracious enough to share their expertise and winning ways with an enthusiastic sponge who revels in the pursuit of happiness. (A practice I continue to this day)
Most were incredibly generous and many became treasured friends and mentors. It was obvious that Kevin, an undeniable master of this practice, is seemingly fearless when it comes to connecting with people & positive vibes while allowing his curiosity for betterment steer him in the direction of the wisest folks on the planet. Hall has also managed to breathe new life into etymology and treat the world to a nugget-packed, four year literary effort entitled, “Aspire- Discovering Your Purpose Through The Power of Words”
Without trying to make lite or over-simplifying it, the best way I can describe Kevin’s book is to say that it was like reading 11 extended versions of the most profound fortune cookies ever opened up. The 11 cookies/chapters included personal stories and poignant research about core values and philosophies like Humility, Empathy, Namaste, Ollin, Passion, Sapere Vedere and Integrity.
There are guest contributions and targeted mentions throughout the pages by inspirational A-listers like Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci as well as Lance Armstrong, Stephen Covey, Harry Cordellos and Marva Collins to name a few.
I think a good book, aside from being one that I actually keep reading after the first 10 pages, is one that either makes you think, that entertains you or one that makes you take action. Aspire is a trifecta. Kevin added a cool little twist and interactive ending to each chapter that encourages you to reconnect and show gratitude to specifically-impactful people in your life. This commendable reminder alone would have made the read worth it. Good on you Kevin.
Special thanks to my dear friend, Neen James, for sending me a copy of Aspire.
Below are a few excerpts to whet your appetite …
“Understanding, as well as appreciating, our unique calling is crucial. The two most important days of our life are the day we were born and the day we discover what we were born to do. That’s the day we catch the vision of who we were meant to be.” -Kevin Hall
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -Viktor Frankl
“We often receive what we desire for others.” -Pravin Cherkoori
“Enthusiasm is the fuel of happiness and bliss. It refers to the divine light that shines within each one of us.” -Authur Watkins
Everything about Mother Nature is harmony and flow. She doesn’t fight the elements, she embraces them. Rivers don’t run uphill. Plants don’t try to grown in the Arctic. Animals thrive in their natural state.” -Kevin Hall
“Sight is a function of the eyes, vision is a function of the heart… Vision sets you free from the limitations of what the eyes can see and allows you to enter into the liberty of what the heart can feel. Never let your eyes determine what your heart believes.” -Myles Munroe
“Live life in crescendo… It means that your greatest work or contribution is always ahead of you.” -Steven Covey
“Limitless possibilities await those who have the humility to admit they don’t know it all. Prosperity is found by cultivating and attitude of lifelong learning.” -Kevin Hall
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being”- Albert Schweitzer
Nothing is more validating and affirming than feeling understood. And the moment a person begins feeling understood, that person becomes far more open to influence and change. Empathy is to the heart what air is to the body.” –Stephen Covey
“I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” -John Burroughs
“The masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and play, their labor and their love, their minds and their bodies, their information, their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which; they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.” -James Michener
You know it’s going to be a great party when the hostess greets you at the door and offers you a beverage and a tattoo.
Super-Productivity expert and social media darling, Neen James, along with her Master of the Barbie and technology aficionado husband, Andy, held their annual Celebrate Australia soiree at their lovely home in Bucks County, Pa.
What makes a party fabulous? First and foremost, it’s your guest list. As I mentioned in the last post, 10 Tips for Celebratory Success, when you invite the people you care about and the people who care about you, the rest will fall into place.
Neen and Andy are connected to an eclectic group of cool people and thought leaders from all over the world. The house was buzzing with teachers, lawyers, publicists, professional speakers, realtors, media specialists, marketing managers, designers, make-up artists, yoga studio owners, tech experts, and even one special event entrepreneur who got a golden e-ticket this year.
The vibe was ultra-friendly and positive. Laughter was a constant- as was a nice mix of aspirational conversation, trips down memory lane and a sprinkle of networking for potential collaborations… Just right for a festively-chic night out.
Neen tweeted her guests earlier in the week reminding them to “bring your appetite.” I’m glad I took her advice and also ran an extra 3 miles in the morning. The constant service of delectable Aussie-inspired appetizers featured; prawns on the barbie, meat pies, sausage rolls, lamb chops and specialty quiches. The aromas were as delightful as the flavors.
Neen Knows: If you’re planning a party and want to create an intimate affair but don’t want the potential stuffiness and conversational limitations that can result from a sit-down dinner, opt for a heavy menu of passed hors d’oeuvres instead. When paired up with the right mixology offerings, this ‘freedom to mingle alternative’ to being a seating chart slave can really enhance your guest’s experience.
Neen and Andy also came through in what I call the “little things” department. They decorated the house with Aussie flags, played some cool Aussie beats in the pool room, offered everyone temporary Aussie tattoos, and had an awesome ‘Best of Australia’ photo montage playing on their huge living room plasma screen. The images were stunning! All of these elements combine to spark fun and interactive exchanges among your newly-introduced friends.
It was a pleasure meeting everyone in the fabulous network of Neen. No matter who I encountered, everyone agreed that her ability to ignite people’s productivity on both a personal and professional level is uber-impressive. If you think you can keep up, fasten your seat belt and follow her on twitter. @NeenJames
Special thanks to Neen and Andy for their generous hospitality and friendship.
Continued health, happiness and success!
Their tag line is, “It’s Who You Know.” Fitting, because, the reason I was at the 4th annual Network Now meeting was because I knew Michael Port. After a nice lunch last month with Michael and Neen James, I was invited to join this year’s event. Speaking of Neen and who you know, I dropped her name when I met Cindy Po, owner of Serenity Fit, and her face lit up like a bride on her wedding day. Turns out, Neen, a global productivity expert, is one of Cindy’s mentors and has had a tremendous impact on her life. And speaking of ‘tremendous impact,’ the founder of Network Now, Jamie Broderick, seems to have touched the lives of all the grateful members in this impressive organization.
You couldn’t talk to anyone who wasn’t helped, empowered or inspired by Jamie in some way. It was an awesome vibe. Way beyond a bunch of complacent women gathered together to gossip or talk about the Kardashians and the NJ Housewives…. Network Now is a professional organization that is made up of driven women with an entrepreneurial spirit that genuinely care about each other’s unique journey and how they can assist in their quest for success.
The theme of the night was offered up by the host, Mr. Port. After a few of the special guests spoke briefly about their companies and offered up a few toasts of appreciation for Jamie and the network, Michael added some pretty deep fodder for introspection. The gist of his message was, ‘be someone- that other people want to help.’ I think the take-away from his mini 4 minute sermon was to be ethical, be supportive, and be the best ‘you’ that you can be for others so you’ll have the power of many vs. the power of one. As a fan of Karma and paying it forward, this sentiment was right up my alley.
I knew these warm fuzzies were legit when I met Sabine Hayes, from Phase Five Interiors. After exchanging initial pleasantries with her and Kimberly Hallman, from Devine Powers, Sabine simply asked… “how can I help you and your business.” And she meant it. Very cool.
The event was filled with some of the best and brightest in the Bucks County area. It was a pleasure to meet everyone. These were some of the future Fortune 500 CEOs that I had the chance to connect with; Lynn Doyle from It’s Your Call, Darlene Centanni from Centennial Blueprint, Susan Rovello from Creative Solutions, Ellen Marie Cox from Mary Kay, Michelle Spatz from Fabric Goddess, and Laura Pedrick from Pedrick Photography who was kind enough to take and share this photo with us.
Special thanks to Michael Breslin and his partners, Gene Agnew and Martin Hoegar, from Bitter Green Catering, who provided the delectable cuisine for the evening. Among many, my culinary favorites were the crab appetizer and scallops wrapped in bacon. Phenomenal!
And of course, to the host and hostess with mostess, Michael Port and the lovely Petra Kolber, thank you for your generous hospitality and friendship.
Continued success! -mp