Work Less, Live More, & Make the Most of Your Days: Artem Lomaz Reviews “Celebrate Life” by Marcello Pedalino

Special thanks to Artem Lomaz for his book review of Celebrate Life.  -D.H

A book review in which the reviewer knows the author personally will inevitably be a bit biased. If you’re picking up a copy of “Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve”, you may not personally know the author, Marcello Pedalino, but you’ve likely heard of him. But perhaps you haven’t. Let’s assume you’re considering reading this book solely because it seems as though it has a positive message to offer. If the photo of the proud father – beaming with happiness as he and his daughter give the camera as many thumbs up as four hands will allow while soaking up the fresh air in their convertible – which graces the front cover, doesn’t convince you enough about the author’s intent to show you how to celebrate your life and enjoy all that it has to offer, please, open the book.

Pedalino’s messaging becomes pretty evident as soon as you glance at the chapter titles in the Contents section. While ‘Take Care of Yourself”, “Keep Good Company”, “Do What You Love”, “Travel”, “Make A Difference”, “Let Go”, and “Evolve” all may sound self-explanatory, Pedalino offers insights into each element that may often be overlooked. You may even think, some of these are easier said than done. If that’s the case, buy the book.

Perhaps you’re in the market for a good motivational read. You’re a motivated individual striving for your own definition of success and you need to refresh that motivation. Throughout the chapters, Pedalino offers methods that he’s implemented that keep him focused and inspired, including on his health, and how that is a part of his self-actualization. Please note, this includes physical and mental health. He shares these techniques through a very empathetic process, as he divulges personal struggles that he had to overcome in order to position himself for consistency and success. From admitted struggles with emotional stress-eating (as someone who has worked in NYC advertising, and partook in one too many cookies-from-the-pharmacy-downstairs dinners, I can, as I’m sure many of us can, certainly relate), to acknowledging the benefits of yoga, and ultimately focusing on “letting go” of negative situations, or people. These real-life examples, and the way the chapters are aligned, helps readers seamlessly transition from each key aspect.

From his early entrepreneurial efforts, such as selling candy to his classmates (I don’t know why he priced Chiclets ten times higher than Starbursts – I guess the late eighties were a weird time), to his solidified status atop the event entertainment world, Pedalino describes how his childhood helped shape his personality, and ultimately his career and life journey. Throughout, he acknowledges the various factors that attribute to his fulfillment, such as traveling (which includes the importance of sharing vacations with your children, maintaining a habitual nutritional schedule during your travels, and the powerful qualities of a good clear-your-head getaway), giving back/volunteering, and letting go. It’s evident that the chapter about letting go was the most difficult to address for Pedalino. Why wouldn’t it be – it would be just as hard for anyone. The emphasis on this chapter revolves not around toxicity, but rather on best practices on how to best avoid it, which is always the best solution. Whether it’s a good work out, a hobby, or simply focusing on the positives in life, solutions are available. Half of that chapter consists of exquisite photos that the author has taken on his travels, at home, and throughout – coupled with inspirational quotes that will help the reader feel engulfed in positivity.

Please be aware, this book is for the motivated, the enthusiastic, and the carpe diem-esque. Pedalino makes sure to emphasize the importance of desire. As he vividly points out early on, in a section regarding taking care of one’s health, only when someone is sick and tired of being sick and tired will they exhibit the self-motivation that’s required to make significant life changes. When it comes to the notion of moderation, a nice reminder of “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” surfaces (personally an oft-reflected reminder when challenged with an all-you-can-eat menu), the importance of friends that are realistic and say it “how it is” is stressed, and an “all-in” mentality when pursuing your passion is highlighted. This book is for the “make it happen” crowd. The good news is…everyone is part of that crowd! Everyone is motivated, enthusiastic, and carpe diem-esque in their own way for their own purpose. The key is to harness your focus and energy on those passions that drive you.

Let’s say you’re already motivated, nutritionally aware, posses positive fitness habits, and an overall sense of wellness. That would bring you masterfully to Pedalino’s final chapter in the book, “Evolve”. It’s silly to think you’re at your peak when there is always room for improvement. Whether it’s another area of your life, or simply improving upon the already great elements you’re mainly focused on, once you wrap up “Celebrate Life”, you’ll find yourself revisiting your approach to life in an ever-evolving strive for fulfillment and joy.

If you want to work less, and live more, make the most of your days, tune into WKIP (see “Keep Good Company” chapter for reference), and simply make things happen, on your terms, then invest in this book, open it, and read it (it won’t do much for you sitting on the shelf).

~Artem Lomaz

NYC to Indiana: The Celebrate Life Book Tours visits Caroline Dowd-Higgens and Your Working Life Podcast

From New York City to Indiana, the Celebrate Life Book Tour continues. Special thanks to Caroline Dowd Higgins for having me on her podcast, Your Working Life. In this 5 minute clip, we riff about the importance of patience and portion control when it comes to getting what you’re worth and staying fit. For the full interview and to learn more about my incredible host, click here.

Cheers,

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

Work-Life Integration: Marcello Pedalino Delivers Closing Keynote Presentation at Dallas Think Tank

A few minutes from a recent speaking engagement by Celebrate Life author, Marcello Pedalino. This stop on the Celebrate Life book tour was Dallas, Texas. The presentation was for a group 50 live event producers and entertainment production company owners from across the country. Marcello was asked to close out this organization’s conference with a keynote that hit on health, wellness, success, influence, and work-life integration.

-D.H

It’s All In the Name: Marcello Pedalino -The Social DJ Podcast, Episode 43 with Steven Parry

Special thanks to Steven Parry for including me as a featured entrepreneur on his interview series, The Social DJ.

We riffed about being a proactive concierge and possibilitarian, the importance of character, prioritizing wellness, a few of my favorite books and some choice epitaphs. That was fun!

This clip features a few highlights from the episode.

Onwards and upwards!

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

Marcello Pedalino featured by Chauvet in their “Master the Ceremony” series.

Special thanks to Chauvet for including MMP’s executive Director, Marcello Pedalino, in their “Master The Ceremony” interview series!  Marcello spoke with Jody Ligas from Chauvet about how his passion for style, fitness, blogging and being an “entertainment concierge” has helped MMP achieve over two decades of success.  Bravo Mr. Pedalino!   -DH

“CHAUVET® DJ Master the Ceremony brings you career tips from top mobile DJs and entertainment companies in the industry. Learn ways to set yourself apart in a saturated market, increase your bottom line and how to ultimately master every ceremony. This edition features tips from Marcello Pedalino — founder and president of MMP Entertainment, three-time national DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient. For industry tips and advice, subscribe to Pedalino’s blog .”

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