Each week, I hear from people who say things like, “I start with good intentions, but I can’t seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time.”
Or, they will say, “I struggle with mental endurance. I get started but I can’t seem to follow through and stay focused for very long.”
Don’t worry. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.
For example, I’ll start one project, work on it for a little bit, then lose focus and try something else. And then I’ll lose focus on my new goal and try something else. And on and on. When everything is said and done, I’ve stopped and started so many times that I never really made much progress.
Maybe you have felt this way too.
This problem reminds me of a lesson I learned while working out one day…
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From the SMART Leadership Archives
With the aid of the film, Apollo 13, let’s briefly consider the concept of failure and its role in innovation, problem solving and decision-making.
The Apollo 13 movie documents the heroic efforts of the NASA flight team in successfully returning their crew of three astronauts to earth in their ill-fated, aborted, mission to land on the moon. There’s a compelling scene where the flight engineers discuss the crippled space craft’s desperate power situation that concludes with Flight Director Gene Kranz’s (portrayed by Ed Harris as pictured at left) determined declaration:
“Failure is not an option.”
(Reuters) – Congressional negotiations to end a U.S. fiscal crisis gripping Washington and spooking financial markets hung by a thread on Saturday after bipartisan talks broke down in the House of Representatives and shifted to Senate leaders.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, held an initial session with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. But uncertainty remained about their ability to reach an agreement quickly to end a partial government shutdown and increase the nation’s borrowing authority.
Thursday is the deadline for raising the debt ceiling, necessary to avoid a possible government default. The Senate was set to meet on Sunday, but the U.S. House of Representatives was not, so Congress will be cutting it close.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/12/us-usa-fiscal-idUSBRE98N11220131012
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Eminem‘s daughter, Hailie Scott, is now a homecoming queen.
Scott was crowned Homecoming Queen of Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, Mich., on Friday, Oct. 4, after students and faculty voted for the court, the Macomb Daily reported. Her famous father was apparently on hand to see her win and was very “proud” of his not-so-little girl, whom members of the community described as a “smart, athletic, and caring young woman.”
“Hailie came out with her mother Kim (Scott) when she was introduced with all the other kids but her father watched from inside the school because he didn’t want to cause a scene — he wanted Hailie to have her own moment,” a parent of a Chippewa Valley student told the Macomb Daily.
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(Reuters) – Asia’s new mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio transmitters to high-definition, multi-lens, digital cameras that can scan huge gaming floors and catch the deftest sleight of hand.
Security solution providers such as German-Australian joint venture Dallmeier International, California-based Pelco, a unit of Schneider Electric PA, and Samsung Techwin Co Ltd, about 25 percent-owned by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, are among those reaping the benefits of Asia’s casino building boom.
Tens of thousands of security cameras, including some of the most advanced commercially available, have been installed in the southern Chinese territory of Macau alone in the past five years, and many thousands more are on order for the multi-billion-dollar hotel-casino resorts still in the pipeline.
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Author: Josh Mateer – International Marketing Assistant at Sony Music Entertainment
The idea that one can find any repeatable pathway into the music business is one frequently met with mystery. Often, when attempting to identify a formula for getting your foot in the door, the elusiveness of any stable pattern becomes agonizingly apparent for the aspiring seeker.
We hear all too often the response to such a question, as ‘it’s whom you know, not what you know’. However, I would contend from experience that it might actually be whom you know because of what you know, unless you have a conveniently placed uncle of course…
In the same respect, if you were to ask me now ‘How do I get a job in the music business’, I would hope, and you’ll find out why below, that you are somewhere between the age of 16-18. Progress in this industry can be an exhausting, laborious hike. I would possibly go as for saying it’s a career path with the prerequisite of being something you’ll feel you were absolutely born to do.
The beginnings of my own career, if you can yet call it that, trace back to a decision I made at 13 years old. I had written a concerned email to the management of a well-known rock band that was due to play a concert in my native city of Belfast. The letter reached out to management in a bid to question why the act had chosen to play an 18 + venue, and in doing so choosing to alienate all fans below that threshold-of-age. After brief correspondence, I was offered an Access All Area’s pass in a successful attempt to bypass the age restriction. This was my first experience in the music business.
Over the next 3 years I would be in and out of many short-lived bands playing across Ireland, when I probably should have been studying for my GCSE’s*. The fun I had playing in a handful of awful bands somehow morphed into eventual aspirations of becoming a concert promoter. I would make my first international booking for £600, money I did not yet have at 16 years old, and a fee that relied on ticket sales in order to honour.
3 further years* and a string of concerts later, I clumsily stumbled my way through academia. This, paired with my rudimentary, yet self-made industry experience, somehow led me to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, in England, where I was accepted to train as a Music Manager.
Some people question the need for academic pursuit, and its link to getting into the music business. I understand this as a reasonable angle if you are an aspiring musician, or less so, music producer. But as for the management of it all, such artful disciplines are few and far between within the walls of a major record company.
It was my status as an undergraduate student that allowed me to undertake three [unpaid] internships before graduating. These term-time achievements [admittedly tied with luck] are indisputably linked to my success in gaining a graduate role at a major record label.
Two of my internships during college were for majors, one in Los Angeles and the other in London. For anyone wondering, I attribute the achievement of getting my foot in the first major label door to the days spent as a concert promoter, as well as to the nature of my degree. Potential icing on the resume cake was a one-month work experience at a small music publisher in northern England, which gave me the office-based experience I probably needed.
My finishing note on education’s role in getting ahead is that in respect of the university / career relationship, it was my student loan that permitted the financing of numerous small but successful projects in the business. Such projects provided me with a platform for building myself up from zero upon my move to England.
Most of my working day now consists of liaising, sometimes tenuously, sometimes directly, with global superstars and their managers, in order to help channel and build international artist development. I am also responsible for supporting the team of international marketing executives with whom I work most closely, as well as their global affiliates.
For those of you thinking of pursuing a career in this business, or perhaps struggling in transit, my only advice is that you ask yourself one question. Can you envision yourself working in any other field? If the answer is anything other than absolutely not, and if the very thought of settling for something else doesn’t fill you with crippling fear, then you may have already lost the chase. Keep persisting; keep knocking on doors that don’t want to be opened. If you want it enough, one of them will eventually catch on your foot.
*For the American’s amongst these paragraphs, GCSE’s are an academic similarity to your high school SAT’s.
* Remember: exhausting, laborious hike
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LONDON — With flying pigs and wigs, Lady Gaga debuted her “ARTPOP” songs at the iTunes Festival.
The pop star performed seven new songs, as she headlined the event at London’s Roundhouse Sunday night.
It is Gaga’s first solo show since she had hip surgery in February.
The concert started with her swinging over the audience in a cage and involved many on-stage costume changes, elaborate wigs and dancers in hazard suits wearing pig masks, hanging from the ceiling.
The songs included “Jewels & Drugs” _a rap number featuring T.I._ pop song “Sex Dreams” and ballad “I Wanna Be With You.”
Also the title track of Gaga’s new album, “ARTPOP,” which is released Nov. 11.
iTunes Festival continues throughout September with Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry on the line-up.
Taylor Swift called out former beau Harry Styles at the MTV Video Music Awards in high style.
Vulture caught up with the guys of One Direction at the New York premiere of “One Direction: This Is Us” and asked them how they felt about Swift’s apparent diss. Liam Payne joked, “Hashtag get over it … I was going to do a Kanye! It’s the best video of all time!”
Styles stayed quiet during the interaction but did say he offered Rihanna some of the orange he was seen eating. “I was very conscious while I was peeling it. I thought I was going to spray her in the back of the head.”
When Swift won Best Female Video for “Trouble,” the star said the subject of the breakup song “knows exactly who he is.” The camera then panned to Styles, even though most rumors link that song to former loves John Mayer or Jake Gyllenhaal. The real low blow came when the guys of One Direction took the stage. Swift was then caught on camera mouthing “Shut the f*** up” to pal Selena Gomez.
But now she’s best friends with Justin Timberlake, so whatever.