The Champion Mentality

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As I was sitting in the crowd during the opening keynote at Blog World 2011 Los Angeles I was awestruck. This was the first conference that I had ever been to and it was overwhelming, in a good way. Seeing Peter Shankman speak so easily about rocking some of his ideas got everyone excited. Even though I felt the same excitement I started thinking, “why am I excited? What is he saying that is speaking to me? How is he saying it that speaks to me? What is his thought process to grow this idea or project?” This lead me to start thinking more about the people that we put on pedestals and why we put them there. Luckily I met some of the other speakers a little later after all of this had been going through my head. Talking to them was further research into these questions and the key thing I learned from it was to look at everyone and everything in a different way than I previously had.

There is a mentality that helps some people exceed where others fail. This is the champion mentality. It has been called many different things by many different leaders. Many leaders never could pinpoint what it is that made them a leader or why they did a certain something in a certain situation. I would like to find out more about this a encourage people to work on some these traits to become the best in their own lives.


ancient thinkerThere are many different thought patterns and shifts that can take us all in very different directions. Some will help lead us to greatness, which is different for all of us based on our own rating metrics. Because of the thousands of different traits that each of us have we all can be great in so many different ways. My goal is to find some commonalities between the champions in each region and why a certain person is thought of as great.

When we label someone great or think that someone is successful, it is often because they make us feel that we are that way as well, or at the very least, we can achieve it. This feeling is what keeps the dream alive and the passion behind the dream is what makes it achievable. Many times we empathize in certain ways with champions and feel as though we are in their place in that moment and it makes us feel like a champion.

Pre Greatness

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut while everyone around you is starting to have awesome things happen to them, ie. they got the job that you didn’t, they have friends when you don’t have friends, etc. Some people call it failure, mediocre, despair, why me?, unfair, or underwhelming. I like to call it Pre Greatness and I’ll tell you why.

After a crushing depression based on my own body’s chemicals added to some severe emotional situations that I had encountered I found myself spinning my wheels in a rut of blah. I still had some great moments and some bad moments but it wasn’t consistent or predicted.

I then developed the mentality for quite a while that everyone else got the things they wanted but I never got what I wanted. I wasn’t bitter about it but I definitely thought I was just unlucky or that I was being punished unfairly. Now I see things in a completely different way.

Now I see that everyone has greatness inside them and it’s up to them to find it and share it with others. That is why I call it Pre Greatness. The bottle just needs to be shaken up and opened to let the greatness out others.


We all have the a champion inside us. In order to let it out we need to be our life’s champion and lead ourselves to greatness. It’s important to keep looking at things in different ways so we can see where we are going and make sure that it is in the direction we are hoping to go.

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Blog World Expo 2011 LA Day 1

My wife (@DelysiaStyle) and I made it to the Blog World Expo in Los Angeles, California. So far it has been a great time. We attended the morning keynote speaker and have met a couple of great people already. I’ll put together a post of everything I digested (non food related) each day of the conference.

Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman
Peter Shankman
Peter Shankman was the keynote speaker on Thursday morning. He’s most known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO). Here is a little more about him straight from his site:

Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage.

An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, and customer service.

His presentation/speech covered more of the marketing theory and how to get your head straight while existing. Even though most of what he was talking about was business related, he showed how these are great traits to develop in your personal life.

One of the main points that Peter talks about is how the game is still the same as it was in the early internet days. We have more tools and possibly more reach from those tools but the bottom line is: do what works. If your doing something that you find isn’t working, maybe nobody clicked on your “thoughtful” title, be sure to change or stop that thing. If you find something that does work, maybe your post resonated with your audience, keep doing that thing.

Another point is that you should always be available. This means on everything you put out there, make sure there is some way for someone to easily contact you about it. You never know what is going to take off and who is going to give you a call the next day to discuss the future.

If you want something you’ve never had, do something that you’ve never done.

~ Peter Shankman

The last point I want to share is do not give it up. If you truly believe in what you’re doing or you are passionate about it make sure you don’t give up, no matter how rough you feel or how tired you are. Always remember to follow your passions.

Mari Smith

Mari Smith
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Today Suzanne and I met one of my favorite internet personalities. Mari Smith is a social media guru who has influenced me for the past couple of years. No matter how crazy things get in the digital world she is the breath of positivity. You can always count on her to get to the core of the Facebook updates or to find the cool tools to help reach out more. Mari’s has authored a couple of books, with her new one just being released. The book is “The New Relationship Marketing.” I just picked up today and I’m very excited to crack it open and learn about growing loyal networks through genuine relationships. This idea of relationship marketing isn’t new idea but so many businesses have started to lose touch with this. Mari Smith is definitely one to follow to learn to get back to the roots of talking to people. Her positivity and general love for people is exactly what we all need in order to listen to our clients, colleagues and even our nay sayers. Through listening and engaging we can reshape the businesses are run and we can create a win-win environment for both business and consumer.

Amber Nasland

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Amber Naslund
Amber Nasland is a brilliant thinker in the social media realm. Her talk today was a rally cry to help form the social media foundation. The direction that this new media is going is completely up to us and it is changing the businesses and customers think and react. Amber equates the social media movers as wayfarers finding the trail through the fog of unknown. The time is now for every blogger to step up and get their hands dirty with every aspect of blogging. She is very well spoken and very intelligent. I look forward to reading more of her content as she is one the great strategists and emerging architects in this new media.

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan has been a blogging leader that I have followed for a couple of years. Some of his best strengths are his honesty, humor, and level head. At first I thought it would be tough to go up and talk to him since he sees thousands of people a month and I figured there wouldn’t be much engagement. I was way off. He is down to earth and very engaging. The amount that he remembers about the people he meets briefly is incredible. I was able to talk to him about many different aspects of blogging ethics and why to keep it all honest. I’m looking forward to talking some more about honest blogging and being transparent.


The biggest thing that I’ve learned from my first day at Blog World Expo is that everyone is human. We see all these amazing thought leaders across the web and it’s so easy to think that they are unreachable when it is the opposite. They all are excited to meet others and want to learn and help others around them. My advice for everyone on the web: find your industry leaders and reach out to them. If you’re not sure what to say, say hi and thank them for putting out great content. It goes a long way for you personally to know that it’s not us and them. It’s just us, learning and discussing all together.

Jimbo’s Naturally and the Magic Bag

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jimbos naturally logoFitness and nutrition are a big part of my life now and I’m always on the lookout for the real deal in nutritious food and food services. Jimbo’s Naturally is such a place. They are an incredible breath of fresh air in a crazy mix of bad food markets. Jimbo’s sells the highest quality organic (mostly local) and natural foods. They are strong supporters and members of the Non GMO Project. My wife and I have been vegan for a while now and have been very impressed with the huge selection of vegan foods in the deli and the bakery. They even have a bunch of raw vegan treats! Thank you Jimbo’s Naturally and all of the vendors!

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The Giveaway

jimbos naturally bagRecently my wife and I decided to fill out a card to win the amazing bag of goodies at the Escondido Jimbo’s. Today we got the call to tell us that won! The bag is incredible. It has such an array of top notch goodies. Here is a list of what we received in the bag: