Monthly Archives: November 2010

All Star – Smash Mouth

I was first attracted to “All Star” by Smash Mouth, because of the fun play on words.

Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas

I need to get myself away from this place

I said ya what a concept

I could use a little fuel myself

And we could all use a little change

I was impressed with their cleverness, but then I realized I also liked the meaning of the words too. Couldn’t we all use a little fuel and little change?

So now this is one of my go to songs when I need some encouragement on a project. When I find myself wanting to skip the steps of progression or when I’m at the point where I need to be brave and do something different to get to the next level, I crank it up.

So much to do so much to see

So what’s wrong with taking the back streets

You’ll never know if you don’t go

You’ll never shine if you don’t glow


Hey now you’re an All Star get your game on, go play

Hey now you’re a Rock Star get the show on get paid

And all that glitters is gold

Only shooting stars break the mold


Start with the glow. Do something and the shine will follow.

It reminds me of a quote that I first heard from Steven Tyler, “Fake it, till you make it.” Hmmm. Maybe an Aerosmith song for next month.

Joe Formola

My day job is environmental, health and safety consulting. This job can be hazardous at times. We never know what conditions a client site could be in, so our company requires all employees to take First Aid and CPR Training. These trainings, due to their technical nature, can sometimes be a little dry. My most recent experience was far from that. Joe was my trainer.

You could feel the enthusiasm from Joe as he walked us through the training. There was no way he was just going through the motions to collect a check. He wanted to share his knowledge and wanted us to learn so we would be able to go out and help others. There was no doubt that he had a passion for what he was doing.

Passion is a huge energetic force. When you have passion fatigue goes away. The right words appear and time moves much more quickly. Passion is a great ally, but don’t freak out when it’s gone missing. Like any energetic force, it waxes and wanes.

When Joe did the training at my work, he was running on just a few hours of sleep. He had spent the night riding with a rescue squad and he was beat. Do you think he woke up with a deep passion to give this class to me and my colleagues? So where did this passion come from that I saw that day?

To harness the energy of passion effectively, people like Joe have learned to use it as one uses a dimmer switch to control electricity. They know the tools, tricks and rituals that will help them turn up the volume when needed (for Joe it was a simple cup of coffee that morning). They turn it down to conserve it. There is a balance. It’s not on all the time in full blast mode nor is it off for good. They regulate passion and ramp it up when they want to or have to.

So take the time to learn how to use your own passion dimmer switch. Don’t waste passion by feeling you need to have it on at all times, but know you can access it when you need it.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare-Before-ChristmasTim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with it’s creepy creatures and greusome gouls, may not seem like the most obvious pick for an inspirational movie night, but stay with me.

First, I find the film to be visually inspiring. The time and effort to create this stop motion world is just mind blowing to me. It took two years to make the movie. Two years! I find myself getting frustrated when projects take longer than a few weeks. So I find great inspiration in that.

Then there’s the story itself. Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, the ruler of Halloween Town. The movie starts with Jack coming off of, yet again, another great Halloween. He should be happy. He should have a sense of accomplishment. But he doesn’t.

“Year after year it’s the same old thing,” Jack sings. He’s gotten to the point where he can excel without even trying. Frankly, he’s bored. He needs to mix things up bit. Get a change of scenery. And he gets just that in Christmas Town. He’s so inspired by the new sights, sounds, even smells, that Jack kidnaps “Sandie Claws.” He decides that he and the other inhabitants of Halloween Town can handle Christmas. Even do it better

Alas, it’s not the case. But don’t feel bad for Jack. By trying something new, he finds a new appreciation for what he has been doing. He’s re-charged his battery and finds love in the process.

So this month with the Halloween spirit still fresh and the Christmas spirit building, check out Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas and re-charge your own battery.