The Dynasty: Ducks, Tech, and Champagne Showers

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What makes a dynasty? Often times organizations go decades before winning something. From the sporting and entertainment industries, to apparel and manufacturing, organizations all over the world strive to be the best in their respective fields. Every year we see crowned winners, champagne showers, and more and more duck memorabilia! Champions are made.

Becoming a champion will motivate your competitors to beat you. However, becoming a dynasty will motivate your competitors to follow you in every facet. How do you become a dynasty, you ask?

Kobe and MJ know. The Robertsons definitely know. And most recently, EMC knows.

So let’s raise our glasses to the fade-away, the duck call, the VNX, and to the 3-peat.

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How Badly Do You Want to Succeed?

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“When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. ” – Eric Thomas

Just Do It

nevergiveupWell it’s that time of year. Resolutions are in full swing…hopefully. With these resolutions, we are still swarmed and overwhelmed with our everyday lives. Work, kids, entertainment, and temptation cloud our vision and can easily deter us from what we know we have wanted/needed/committed to complete.

Trust me…I know…

From that special someone to that special something, we all need that something to keep us on the straight and narrow. A support structure, if you will. I have my NYRs in full tilt. The support net is what makes me…what wakes me…

Take a second to think about what you want to change. What do you want to actually do?

Now, what will it take for you to achieve it?

Figure it out, Just Do It, and NEVER GIVE UP.

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P.S. You’re welcome, Nike.

#Swoosh

Live Strong

Judgment day has come for Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong brand. After years of extreme defensive measures, outright attacks on the accusers, and seven Tour de France victories, Lance has finally admitted it.

Pause for dramatic effect…

However, what is more amazing to me is the emotions stirred from his admission of guilt. The craziest part of this entire saga is that we’re not in shock, there is no remorse for Lance, nor is there a tear shed for the pressure he’s had during his career. Furthermore, we’re not all that upset for what Lance actually did wrong. Seriously, everyone was doing it! What people are downright outraged by is the way in which he presented himself during the time that he was doing it:

“I’m doing it to fund the fight against doping”

“I can’t lie”

“Desperate for attention and money”

“I’m going to make your life a living… f—ing … hell”

These direct quotes from Lance throughout the years defending his innocence, and attacking those who question it would be (at least a little more) acceptable if…you know…he was actually TELLING THE TRUTH! For someone with so much fame, so much to lose, and an almost spiritual following, he sure did have an uncanny way to nuke anyone who crossed his overwhelming guilt.

Watching him in the interview with Oprah, giving arctic-like cold answers, you soon realize that you have no remorse, and have become desensitized.

I do not remember an era with so many world-class athletes being tossed from the throne, down to the grave, so quickly. From Tiger to Tyson , A-Rod to Bonds, Lance to Manti Te’o, you begin to question what makes the superstar such a super star.

In a world where we idolize salaries and superstars, accolades and records, let’s stop for a second and acknowledge those who do “it” the right way. It takes a lot to become the greatest. However, in my mind, sometimes it takes more to simply say, “It’s not worth it.”

Dan

The Truth Behind Success?

Our world is full of constant competition, never ending struggles, and peaks and valleys of successes and failures. From the sports we play, to the professions we strive to master, to the fitness we stick to, to the video games we play, to the promotion we’re after, we’re persistent and ruthless until we cross that proverbial finish line before everyone else.

 

A question I asked myself last night after a double workout session including but not limited to spin class with a FREAK of an instructor (in a good way) and a Boot Camp class (bad idea to do that after spin- never again) is this:

 

*Why are we so motivated to succeed?*

 

As much as motivation is a personal thing and very much a case-by-case basis, why we as a society continue to strive for success fascinates me. Is it because we are afraid of failure? Is it because we enjoy seeing others lose? Why do we LOVE the sweet taste of victory?

 

On the flip side, why are there those select few who are completely comfortable with mediocrity, so complacent with the constant bronze metal, and so accepting of failure?

 

Where is the healthy balance of success and failure?

 

Sunday Night Football

Dear NFL, You’re killing your brand. Quit being stubborn and cheap and just pay your refs to referee YOUR brand! Your game is about to get out of control (in a bad way).

Boston Without the Accent

Sunday Night Football will be the death of me! Why must it start so late? I think it is safe to say that primetime ends at 11pm not midnight. And I don’t get it because the late afternoon games end by 7:30 so there’s no reason they can’t kickoff SNF then! As if Mondays weren’t torturous enough, the NFL has to make it 10 times worse for football fanatics everywhere (well, on the East Coast at least).

And it seems to be some kind of unwritten rule that the Sunday night games are always the most exciting. It’s never a 35-7 game going into the third quarter like the afternoon games so you can turn it off early, it’s always a nail-biter until 12: freaking 20 AM. Ugh.

So let’s discuss this game.

Bring. Back. The. Real. Refs.

Okay, I think that about summed it up.

But for real, if…

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What Are We Buying!? (Part II of III)

The Want, the Dull, and the Potato Twister

We’ve all been there. We enter the car dealership, the mall, answer the phone or visit a website looking for a specific product or service. Whether it’s the car, the pair of shoes, the headphones, the sun-lotion, or the storage array, we’ve all gone in hoping to find what we want and need, then are swiftly and painfully shot back down to reality with the constant “Let me show you how amazing all of this stuff is that you actually don’t need but my company trained me to sell you anyways”. It’s a constant battle we face, full of the quick look-away, fake cell phone conversation, “I’m just looking”, and “I’m all set”.

*Are you shaking your head in disgust?*

What if they actually knew what we needed, or laid out the options of what we could possibly purchase to satisfy all of our heart’s desires. Now, companies are finally beginning to listen to this concept, and are making it easier than ever before for us to research, customize, and purchase almost anything we want. We can pick and choose our dinners with Applebee’s 2 for $20 menu (Potato Twisters!? I’ll take two!), and can customize our new Audi S4. It is safe to say that we all like the availability of choice and flexibility. We like to be able to swap out dressings on our salads, upgrade the headlights on our car, and have a technology based on what we actually want.

Imagine the only way you could purchase a car is if it came with three sets of different headlights, sets of tires for the winter and summer seasons, three cans of different colored paint, subwoofers for premium sound, and a car seat for your non-existent child. Would we all love the idea of having these as an additional add-on feature? Absolutely! Living in New England, I would love to have tires for different seasons (or all weather tires for consolidation…PUN), but if I lived in Tempe, Arizona, not a chance!

“…but we’re giving you all of the options you could ever imagine (and probably never need) up front! That way if you ever need them, you’ll be all set and ready to conquer the world.”

Yeah…no thank you.

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To be continued…

*In the meantime, click here for part one!