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You’re too old, fat, ugly, skinny, bald, or whatever to make it.

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That title is from a myth I busted in my book Breaking into Acting.

It’s really not true. As a matter of fact, you may succeed in what you want to do simply because you look different. I do. I’m the only guy on the conference circuit not afraid to rock a fierce, long red Viking beard.

All those other guys out there doing motivational speaking and leadership seminars think a nice suit makes up for a lack of beard.

Take a look at this excerpt from my acting book and see how it can apply to your endeavor too…

 

Myths about Acting

“The odds are stacked against you.”

Yeah. They are. There are way more people wanting to be in films and television than there are roles. There are also way more qualified people out there trying to do the same thing. There are known actors who might want the same roles you’re trying out for.

Scared yet?

Don’t be. If the odds weren’t stacked, it wouldn’t seem so cool, would it? I’m guessing that part of the reason you want to do it is because it is a little bit selective. So, don’t let that scare you off. There are so many things in life that I would have never tried and done if I ever considered the odds. My life would be so much less rewarding than it has been.

With my advice and tips that you’ll find in this guide, you’ll see that acting is way more possible than winning the lottery, playing cards or craps in a casino, or dropping money into a slot machine. Yet many of you have done that on a regular basis, right?

 

“You can’t be an actor without lessons.”

This is absolutely not true. The closest thing I’ve ever had to acting lessons is advice from friends and a few Improv classes, and that hasn’t stopped me. Now, that doesn’t mean I won’t take any lessons in the future. After all, lessons will help up your game and make you even more selectable. I just don’t want you thinking that you’ll never do it without them. I would also say that it depends on your goals. My goal of playing bit parts and extra roles may mean that I never need lessons.

 

“You’re too old, fat, ugly, skinny, bald, or whatever to make it.”

If you fit any of these terms or others that you think of, it actually means you’re better suited to get noticed and get a role than someone else. There are way too many pretty people already acting. There are also a lot of, shall we say, non-perfect people who make a fulltime living as actors. The next time you watch a show or movie, look at the people other than the main actors. Look at the people in the background and the ones who play all those extras and featured extra roles. They’re all different shapes and sizes. Then take a glance at many of the supporting actors and even the main roles.

I don’t even know you, and I’m saying that there are roles out there just right for you.

I’m slightly overweight, barrel-chested, red-faced, bald, pale and fiercely bearded. And, yes, there are roles out there for me too.

Wanna hear something even more awesome? I’ve done modeling too!

Want to buy the book? Get it right HERE.

I’m also teaching a one hour class based on the book tomorrow night in Chattanooga TN. Check out The Chattery for more information.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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What’s Better than a Punch in the Face?

I’ll tell you what’s better than a punch in the face…being ready for that punch in the face.

You see, most people set goals, but then give up on those goals when something bad happens. We refer to those times as “getting punched in the face”.

I got punched in the face recently when we lost the financing for a house. We’ve been living 4 kids and 2 parents in a three bedroom apartment for two years. One of those bedrooms is my office. Now that baby Sherlock is here, we’re 5 kids and 2 parents in what is essentially a two bedroom place. But guess what, we can’t afford to buy a house right now. We just got punched in the face and have to shift gears.

Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

That’s where Red Team thinking comes into play. A military Red Team is a group that examines, tests, and attacks installations, procedures, and programs to look for weaknesses. Then those weaknesses can be addressed or avoided.

That’s what we do with goals.

To encourage you, here’s a pile of the #FacepunchFriday memes I’ve been posting.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Are You Utilizing Small Teams in Your Business?

The notion of small team leadership isn’t new by any stretch, as you can see from the image below that comes from a decades old military manual.

After its successful use in recent years by special operations troops, many businesses, government entities, and even churches are seeing its benefits and practical applications.

Are you currently working with a small team concept?

Have you tried small teams in the past?

Do you know which one of the soldiers above would be your spot on the team?

For answers to all these questions and more, get in touch. If you want to investigate small teams before calling me to consult with your group, check out the amazing book, Team of Teams by Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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What does getting punched in the face have to do with goals?

In case you haven’t been checking in with them or didn’t know, every Friday here at my office is Facepunch Friday. It’s the day we celebrate proper goal-setting in the face of adversity.

Because goal-setting often involves change and plans gone awry, that’s why we highlight the facepunch, in honor of the famous Mike Tyson quote…

Your goals will likely never go according to plan, so that’s why we plan for the problems. Here at the office we call it…

Check in with us each Friday on our social media outlets and we’ll post a new Facepunch Friday pic. If nothing else, enjoy the fact that someone besides you is getting popped. On Twitter just search for #FacePunchFriday, and you can see old ones.

If you need help with your personal goals or those for your team to help make them robust despite problems, give me a call.

For now, I’ll end with a few of our more popular pics…

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Best Teambuilding Movies?

I need some input from you on the best teambuilding movies out there. I’d love to get some ideas from you before I put together a poll to vote on the top ten.

My only caveat is that it has to be at least a small team and not a couple. For small team I’d go with 5 or more.

Here’s some ideas from my end…

  • Oceans 11 series
  • Uncommon Valor
  • Expendables
  • Ronin
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Heat

Please feel free to nominate yours in the comments. Don’t worry about hitting any doubles. I’ll take that into consideration for the poll.

Thanks!

PS…After reviewing my list, I’m seeing that most of the team movies I like most involve illegal activities, so feel free to find some good guys too.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Quit Making Dumb Goals. Make them S-M-A-R-T.

I teach a lot on goal-setting at various conferences and with my coaching clients. Depending on my time with them, I may delve deeper into other related issues, but a core piece of my goal-setting process is the SMART method.

The SMART method is pretty easy and simple to remember. It’s one of the reasons I use it. It stands for…

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Achievable

R- Results Based

T- Time Oriented

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Here’s an example from my own life…

At the beginning of the year I weighed 243 lbs. My goal for the end of the year is to weigh in as a light heavyweight at 206 lbs or less. That means a loss of 37 lbs for the year, 3.08 lbs per month, or 0.71 lbs per week. Now this is a SMART goal.

Specific– Weigh in at the end of the year at 206 pounds or less.

Measurable– I can look at the scales and see if I’m on track or not.

Achievable– 0.71 pounds per week is very achievable and healthy. Something crazy like 5 pounds per week would be unhealthy.

Results Based– The entire goal is based on my weight results.

Time Oriented– Get it done by the end of January 31. Maybe if I do better than expected I can eat more junk on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of the year and meeting my goal.

As of my weigh-in on Monday I’ve lost 5 lbs in 7 weeks, which is 0.71 lbs per week, give or take 15 or more decimal places. I’m right on schedule so far. This is even better than you think because I started my new lifestyle change halfway into January. I’m still going to stick with the beginning of the year as my start date though.

That’s it. I’m doing great on my plan, have set a great set of goals, and I’m well on my way to success. I want you to do the same. I recommend starting small, like this…

  1. Take something you consider a goal or a dream. It could be better fitness, a cruise vacation, or anything that sits unaccomplished.
  2. Grab a piece of paper and write that goal at the top.
  3. Go through the SMART method with your goal. Do not skip any steps. If it doesn’t fit SMART, then you may need to change the goal so that it does.
  4. Now complete it.

I hope this plan helps you. If you would like to delve deeper into goal-setting, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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My fave goal-setting book by Brian Tracy

Disclaimer- I didn’t invent the SMART method. I first heard it taught in college. The method was first presented by George T. Doran in a 1981 issue of Management Review. 


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Is Your Team Anything Like the Star Wars Crew?

Aside from the obvious enjoyment of interstellar travel and light saber duels, the Star Wars movies offer a great many lessons in other areas. Because team building is a primary focus of my speaking, I would like to point out a few lessons from Han Solo and others as they relate to teams.

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  • Small teams can accomplish great things. Rebel Alliance- 2, Death Stars- 0.
  • Every team needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi to serve as the gatherer to bring members together. This person may or may not be the team leader. It just depends.
  • The goals are sometimes more important than the team itself. Sometimes people, products, or processes are sacrificed to reach the goal. Luke Skywalker’s arm is never gonna grow back.
  • Sometimes teams need to come together for a season and then disband when the job is done. The main crew in Star Wars is constantly evolving.
  • Teams don’t always have to get along perfectly to work. Just think about all the constant infighting among the Star Wars crew.

There are so many more lessons to learn. If you want to see all of these principles in play and realize your own, have your team sit down and watch a few or all of the movies and analyze them in terms of team building.

I hope this helps you and your team. If you would like to delve deeper into team building, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Buy the original Star Wars trilogy and watch it as a team


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Delta Airlines Should Switch Over to a 550 Team Setup

I’m sure by now most of you have heard of the monstrous computer FUBAR that Delta Airlines faced this week. If you were trying to fly Delta and you’re reading this, I’m very sorry. I’ve slept in airports on several occasions, and it is not fun.

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Delta’s computer shutdown and subsequent loss of service for virtually everyone in their system is common. Not the specifics but the idea that a small issue cripples an entire operation. Delta is experiencing a problem very common to large, established, or older businesses. They lack resiliency and mobility as a company. When things run perfect, it’s golden, but if something goes wrong, all is off. Imagine Delta as a mammoth with a hangnail. The whole beast stops because of a tiny problem.

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The opposite of this is what I preach in my 550 Team approach. It’s based on utilizing small teams capable of adaptability and quick change rather than one huge team focused solely on seeking efficiency and never finding it.

You see, if a small team hits a snag or runs into a problem, they can change up fast and respond in a different way. If they flame out completely, then there are other small teams to step in without ever slowing down the larger machine.

Delta is already in the middle of this huge problem. Let’s hope their leadership decides to change things once the fires settle down Let’s hope they break down the behemoth into batches of small teams so we can all get flying faster.

Hey, at least it’s not a worst case scenario. Could you imagine if this happened over the holidays?

If you want a rundown of the problem at Delta, click HERE.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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