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September 02, 2011 | Comment

Roadtrip Nation Season Eight Official Trailer from Roadtrip Nation on Vimeo.

Roadtrip Nation exists to empower individuals to define their own roads in life. What started as an annual documentary series on public television has grown to include an innovative educational curriculum, live campus events, nationally-publicized books, and multimedia online content.Roadtrip Nation began in 2001 as an idea Mike, Nathan, Brian and Amanda, four friends fresh out of college, formed when they were not sure what to do with their lives. Initially, the scope of the plan was relatively small – climb aboard an old RV, paint it green, and traverse the country with the purpose of interviewing people who inspired them by living lives that centered around what was meaningful to them. Along the way, the four realized that the conversations that they were having on the road could not remain within the confines of their own RV, but held relevancy that could be shared with a world that was losing the know-how of living lives that pulse on personal passion rather than someone else’s expectations.

Got Your Own Road?!

November 10, 2010 | Comment

Rise - The Documentary Film Project
Even though I live in a house full of water, I have been grateful fighting for it (the helicopter).” ~ Agustin, “The Helicopter Man”
Beginning in 2007 Producer-Directors Tyler Bastian and Trevor Hill embarked on a journey to make a film that tells a story of a man Tyler met in Honduras over a decade ago. Rise is about Agustin, who is physically disabled from polio, yet has spent 50 years building a surprisingly advanced helicopter out of re-bar, bicycle parts and wood. His dream to take flight has inspired us to capture his spirit, attitude, and perspective in an emotional film about determination and the purpose of life goals.

KC Note: I’m a proud funder/backer (+ 109 other “believers”) of this film via KICKSTARTER - the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. RISE is now fully funded!! Stay tuned for more info about screenings.

March 10, 2010 | Comment

Start the Work that Matters!
It’s time to do more of the work that means something to you, stretches you and makes a difference. In Michael Bungay Stanier’s Do More Great Work you’ll find fifteen ??maps’, practical exercises to help you identify how to find, start and sustain more Great Work. Amongst other things you’ll learn:

  * Where to find clues to your own Great Work. (They’re all around you.)
  * How to locate the sweet spot between what you want to do and what your organization wants you to do.
  * Tactics to best manage the overwhelm.
  * How to double the likelihood you’ll do what you want to do.

There are also original contributions from leading thinkers like Seth Godin, Dave Ulrich, Michael Port, Penelope Trunk, Leo Babauta and Chris Guillebeau on how to do more of the important stuff. To do more Great Work you need focus, you need courage and you need resilience.

Give a listen to the Do More Great Work Interview Michael did with me recently- Listen! His enthusiasm & passion for this topic is undeniable!

Got Passion & Purpose?!

March 08, 2009 | Comment

Photo courtesy of The Oregonian

This past weekend the Rose City played host to 62 skilled, passion-filled, java artisans in the U.S. at the 2009 Barista Championships . The 62 competitors hailed from around the country and put their latte luv and espresso expertise on display for the chance to represent the USA at the Bartista World Championship later this year in Atlanta.

I must admit that this wonderfully, playful story, from the Saturday edition of The Oregonian, was exuberantly brought to my attention by my coffee-lovin’ wife - Kim!

Enjoy the read?preferably over a nicely prepared cup o’ your favorite coffee concoction! 

August 22, 2008 | Comment


From TomPeters.Com:

Dispatches from the new world of work
World’s Worst Advice!

An old friend visited for a couple of days last week. Google him, and you’ll be impressed. Or you would be, if I’d tell you who it is.

In the course of a dozen conversations—old guy conversations—we shared stories of joys and sorrows, anger and pain, good fortune and ill winds, pals and foes and traitors and through-it-all supporters.

His Hall-of-Fame career includes bushels of excoriating criticisms along the way. Embarrassing and well-deserved failures. Off years—in fact, off decades.

And musing on it all reminded me of a Very Sensible Saying that I think is pure, unmitigated crap, in fact the World’s Worst Advice:

“Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”

As I said ... pure crap.

Forget “fold ‘em.”
Drop it from your vocabulary.
Excise it.
Bury it.
Stomp on its grave.

If you care, really care, really really care about what you are pursuing, well, then, pursue-the-hell-out-of-it-until-hell-freezes-over-and-then-some-and-then-some-more. And may the naysayers roast in hell or freeze in the Antarctic or bore themselves to death with the sound of their “statistically accurate” advice?

There you have it!


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

July 24, 2008 | Comment

Thursday Shoutout is our time to feature those who have given us love on their websites or blogs.  This is our way of saying: Backatcha!

From the Schoolhouse Blog, online resource for the Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association:

TEAM TEPSA…in the Game for Kids!

“Live each waking moment as if it might be a ‘teachable moment’, a chance to expand your mind and strengthen your abilities.” ~Kevin Carroll, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball

TEPSA volunteer leaders gathered this month to discuss ideas for the association and learn new ways to energize school leaders at the local level. One idea that was shared was having teachers read “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball” by Kevin Carroll as an inspirational book study when the school year begins.

It’s always validating when people read Rules of the Red Rubber Ball and find something in it that resonates with them; to have it considered for use as a teaching tool or book study text is icing on the cake.  Thank you for your shoutout and know that it inspires me to dig more deeply and put out more material that will have even greater impact.  Speaking of which: Stay Tuned for a BIG announcement along those lines!!

July 15, 2008 | Comment

From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:

(Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

Artist turns tragic crash into art, inspiration
By Alfred Lee, Staff Writer

Martin Vogel is a racer. He raced motorcycles as a youth until a crash with another biker paralyzed him from the waist down. He was 21 then, and has been in a wheelchair ever since.

His voice steels when recalling how he woke up two weeks after the crash to the news of his paralysis.

“I wasn’t depressed. I didn’t care,” he said. “That’s where I got it all. The answers to life. I got a little clarity.”

Vogel, now 44, still races for the Los Angeles Kart Club, using hand controls he built himself. He lifts up his shirt and points to one of his ribs. It juts out at a sickening angle.

“The g-forces are the equivalent of Indy car racing,” he said, with more than a hint of pride. “I’m fifth in points.”

Immediately next to the garage that Vogel keeps his go karts is a new art studio. These days, Vogel’s primary focus is on painting. He creates abstract images using the wheels of his wheelchair.

He first got the idea about 15 years ago, he said, when he and his friends went up to Cheney Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.

“I would get ahead of my friends, and have to stop and turn around and wait for them. Then I looked down and saw all these patterns I was making in the ground,” he said. “I thought, `That’s me.”’

He went down to a nearby baseball diamond to practice making various shapes and forms. In the years since, he’s refined the rhyme and reason to his technique: First, he sketches out the moves he needs to make on paper. He then paints the lines with his wheelchair on a canvas taped to the floor, stretches the canvas out on a stretcher board - which again, he builds himself - and hand paints the rest.

I marvel at how often certain people, dealt an incredibly difficult hand in life, end up being MORE productive than the average person.  Let’s see: motorcycle racer.  Paraplegic.  Kart racer.  Painter.  How many of us allow some kind of slight to ruin our day, our week, our year?  On television this weekend, there was the story of a kid born without eyes and unable to walk, who played two or three instruments, was in his university marching band and was an inspiration to all around him.  He said that he was not “disabled” but “able,” because his so-called disability allowed him to ‘see’ the heart of people and not be distracted by externals.  The petty slights, insecurities and excuses fall away (or never take root), replaced instead by a clear, keen vision of the goal at hand. 

If they can do it, why can’t I, or you? 


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

July 10, 2008 | 3 comments

Thursday Shoutout is our time to feature those who have given us love on their websites or blogs.  This is our way of saying: Backatcha!

From Kenya over at the Info Spot blog:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Great Book! - Rules of the Red Rubber Ball
I recently read a very inspiring book titled, “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball” by Kevin Carroll. This book was about how we all must find our passion in life and learning how to apply that passion to our careers, whether an entrepreneur or working a 9-5 for someone else. It’s important to have a career that you’re passionate about. Ultimately, the book is uplifting and definitely help me put some things into perspective and it’s very creatively written. If you get a chance to read it, let me know your thoughts.

Kenya, thanks for your kind words and I’m glad that Rules of the RRB inspired you.  Good luck with your real estate career!


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!