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“Power over Logic”

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the parking lot of the UNLV campus. I was there to interview a guest for the podcast. Looking to pay for my parking I realized an app was needed to make a payment. After about 15 minutes of waiting for it to download then entering the...
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“Hi, I’m Brandon, and I’m an Alcoholic”

What if I woke up every single morning and told myself that to start the day? How many times would I have to repeat that to myself before it actually came true? This came up during an interview on a podcast that I host called Summerlin Advice Givers®. My guests Kristine Modzelewskii and Kim Advent shared the ideas...
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“How Can I?”

I hadn’t played flag football in at least 2 years. My friend Xavier, who we call “X”, had me come out and play with some guys we have played with throughout the years. It was just a friendly pickup game, weekend warrior type stuff, nothing serious. The problem wasn’t just that I hadn’t played in awhile...
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“What The Hell Is Bagna?”

As you walk up to the house you can already smell it outside. Starting to salivate you realize what you’re in for. A 10 hour session of stuffing your face. Not a 7-course meal served on dainty plates of bite-sized portions of Foie Gras and Duck Confit prepared by Gordon Ramsey. Nah… This is more...
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“Get Out of Your Head”

When attending a conference you’ll typically head to the registration table, get your lanyard, itinerary, S.W.A.G. etc. Then, you might flip through the schedule looking for classes you’d like to attend and speakers you’d like to hear. Not this one. This one, is more like MTV’s “The Real World”, so I use the term conference...
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“With a knife”

Sometimes I forget how literal children’s minds work. I was reminded of this today with my son who is 5. When his sister was about his same age nearly 6 years ago, I was just getting into authors and speakers such as Tony Robbins and Hal Elrod. You know, the motivational guys. I was really...
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“He Just Looked Down”

Growing up we all had idols, people that we liked or wanted to be like. Whether it was an athlete, movie star, Evel Knievel or whoever, we all had somebody that we wanted to be like. I have heard through most of my life, that if I want to be successful at something I need...
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“A tough lesson”

She reaches down to tighten her laces as she stands on the fresh cut grass, then gets into position. The whistle blows, signaling to start. She takes 3 steps and BOOM! The ball launches off of her foot just past the goalie’s outstretched hands and finds the back of the net and just like that,...
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“Is this what I signed up for?”

Just over 3 weeks ago I made a commitment to my family and myself. After slowly “letting myself go”, AGAIN. It was decided that I would commit for the next 7 weeks to a Crossfit challenge that would test my physical and mental limits and discipline. During this challenge I head to the Kaizen Crossfit gym, or...
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“Was that all it took?”

Artists create. They create whether someone will like what they’ve come up with or not, but in the end they create. Others, like myself, struggle through that process. Even when we think we have great ideas our attempts fall flat when it comes to execution. Although it has been challenge for me to produce my...
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“Please Tell Me I Can’t”

One of my best friends and mentors said this to me a few years ago. It wasn’t something I didn’t already know however. When you know someone since the age of 4 there are some things that just don’t need to be said. Knowing Nick McLean for this long has given me the opportunity to watch him...
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“What if failure didn’t matter…”

Would you be likely to take more risk or simply continue what you’re doing? This “F” word is quite possibly more powerful than the real one. This word has the ability to build up, break down, inspire and discourage. Some welcome it, some learn from it and some fear it. The funny thing is, it...
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“I have nothing to offer”

I was lucky enough to come across this post today. https://bit.ly/2pMoIHI. Probably exactly when I needed it, since I’m on week 2 of 7 of a crossfit challenge Eva and I are participating in at Kaizen Crossfit. Jason has lost over 60lbs in the last year and a half, dropping from 245lbs to 183lbs, all through hard work and...
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“I promise, I’m not talking down to you”

It is weird to think that I have to clarify, but I get it and it makes sense. As someone who is curious about others I have a habit of asking friends, associates and even people I just met if they like to read books. Never realizing though, that this type of question could come...
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“Is He Ok?”

Yeah, WOW… Yesterday’s post https://bit.ly/2pDChss, probably got some people thinking… “Is Brandon ok? He just brought some shit up from like, 20 years ago”. To which I assure you, I am good, better than good actually. But I get it, that wasn’t the type of thing that people, especially those who know me well, are used...
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Can You Handle Adversity?

When I was growing up all I wanted to do was play baseball and why not? I was going to play professionally. There was no doubt in my mind, it wasn’t a matter of IF but WHEN. Baseball consumed me to the point I tried convincing my dad I needed a batting cage in our...
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