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Leadership Feature MEME


I want you all to follow me on this one but many of you won’t like it because of the football references.


I know some of you despise sports, but I promise this is about you, the artist.

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We just witnessed the greatest Super Bowl of all time.





If you’ve read enough of my posts, you KNOW I’m a diehard Green Bay Packer fan.


I have exactly ZERO allegiance to the Falcons or the Patriots but I LOVE a good game, especially when I think of the mentality of the leaders, you know, how they keep it together in the face of certain defeat.

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Sound familiar?




Do you ever feel like you’re not winning, you’re not going to win, and everyone is rooting against you?


Now I have your attention, huh?


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We just witnessed greatness, y’all.





Great courage, great leadership, grit, and mental toughness.


We witnessed a plan being put forth and then execution of that plan. The execution of the plan, in the beginning, was clearly FLAWED by the Patriots.


But then they regrouped, adjusted the plan, EXECUTED, and achieved a greatness that surpasses winning the Super Bowl.


Leadership boy CEO MEME TOP DOWN



That kind of character and leadership comes from THE TOP DOWN. The leaders must have it for the team to have it.




The coach is required to have it.


The QB is also required to have it.


Then the team will respond.


QB’s get paid for the same reason you’re going to get paid; they make big, important game-altering decisions right now.


Leadership Paid MEME Game ChangingThis is about YOU because these are the attributes that will make you successful REGARDLESS of your actual talent, luck, money, favors, connections, access to studios, what you have, or what you don’t have.



Tom Brady just became the first QB ever to have earned 5 Super Bowl rings.


He surpassed 2 other QB’s, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, who were the only other two Quarterbacks with 4 rings received from playing (as opposed to also coaching).


He just surpassed a very small, elite club to create a new club, for the moment, that is all his own.


This is what you are trying to do; create a club all your own.


Hey, it’s totally doable.


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Here are some compelling facts about an amazing journey to think about and apply to your own situation.




The NFL didn’t think all that much of Tom Brady when they drafted him.


To be drafted in the NFL means you have a minimal level of talent but we always hear about the #1 draft choices like Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Cam Newton, etc. If they don’t go #1 it’s still impressive (and far more lucrative for the athlete) if they’re drafted in the first round.

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Tom Brady was a 6th-round draft pick number 199 overall.


That’s what the NFL’s vetting system thought of him.





Tom and his family were led to believe he’d go in the 2nd or 3rd round, but once they got to the end of the 5th round, Tom had to leave the house to take a walk and grapple with the idea that he might not play football professionally.


Sounds crazy, right?


How in the hell did the NFL get it so wrong?


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Let’s look at what Tom Brady didn’t have.




Here’s a scouting report by the NFL


Negatives: Poor build. Very skinny and narrow. Ended the ’99 season weighing 195 pounds and still looks like a rail at 211. Looks a little frail and lacks great physical stature and strength. Can get pushed down more easily than you’d like. Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush. Lacks a really strong arm. Can’t drive the ball down the field and does not throw a really tight spiral. System-type player who can get exposed if he must ad-lib and do things on his own.

Summary: Is not what you’re looking for in terms of physical stature, strength, arm strength and mobility, but he has the intangibles and production and showed great Griese-like improvement as a senior. Could make it in the right system but will not be for everyone.

We all look bad on paper at some time.



Leadership Bad On Paper



I wonder, what are your intangibles?




This is where you must factor in perspective to help you with your faith in the future outcome of your career.


Get it?


I’ll bet you feel that way sometimes. Let me restate that, if you occasionally say to yourself, “What the hell am I doing here?” you’re on the right path.


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To me, that means that you’re chasing something you love right now, but it looks bad on paper.




Tom Brady was not heavily recruited in college either. He was lucky to get a last-minute offer from Michigan.


So, he was grateful. An attribute that he still possesses to this day.


He had to EARN his way to a starter position and his ultimate satisfaction; being voted as the team-leader in his senior year.


How’s your humility these days?


Leadership Grateful

Are you truly grateful for what you have or are you expending copious amounts of energy negatively stewing about what you don’t have?



What’s more is that he followed in the footsteps of Brian Griese (the prodigy son of one of the greatest NFL QB’s Bob Griese) who took Michigan to a championship.


Have you ever felt overshadowed?


Leadership Overshadowed



Is there some ghost, legacy, or expectation that deep down inside you feel you have to live up too?




I have news for you, Brady’s numbers weren’t stellar in college. They were decent but they didn’t win a championship under his leadership. In fact, there were zero accolades. No All-American, no Heisman Trophy, no Davey O’Brien Award.


Leadership Bored Ho Hum


Ho hum.



Clearly, the lack of early blue ribbons has had exactly ZERO to do with the outcome of his career.


That should be encouraging.


The year Tom was drafted, there were a TON of QB’s in the draft including Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, and Tim Couch all of whom went in the first 3 picks of the first round.


Have you ever felt passed over?


Have you ever felt a little inferior?


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How about feeling like the competition is too stiff or too abundant?






Do you covet the success of your friends, acquaintances, and heroes who seem to have figured out their path before you?


Here’s the deal, Brady LOVES THE GAME.  All aspects of the game, all times of the year.


In the pre-game banter, Michael Strahan shared a Brady anecdote. He recalled being at a small party, 4 couples, 8 people in April (after football season) a few years back. Michael went to make a drink and asked Brady if he wanted one. Brady replied, “No, I’m training”.


When you’re a student of the game, you seek to master all the facets of the game, even the not-so-fun parts.


Leadership Toilet Paper



This is a little gross, but effective, so forgive the reference, but y’all are students of the game when it comes to taking a crap.




There’s paperwork to be done afterward. Sometimes it’s real messy.  But you do it, and you do it well because the outcome of a poorly executed plan in this situation is intolerable.


Marketing, for most of you, is the nasty paperwork that you don’t want to deal with.


Without an effective marketing strategy, I PROMISE, the outcome of your artist career will be intolerable.


Yes, you’re not good at it. YET.


This is where you need to have faith in your ability to learn about a MISSION CRITICAL piece of your success strategy.


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 All you need to do is work for it.  Who knows, you might actually begin to LIKE it.




In yesterday’s Super Bowl the Patriots were down 28-3 as late as half-way through the 3rd quarter!


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To put it another way, the Patriots have now set a record; the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.



BTW, don’t forget that Tom Brady was unfairly singled out and made a scapegoat for “Deflate Gate” from 2 years ago.  With zero evidence (of a sin I believe every NFL team commits) they punished Tom Brady this season with a 4-game suspension, to show the world they meant business


Have you ever felt unfairly punished?


Leadership Life's unfair



When was the last time you got a little angry or disgruntled because life is unfair?




Tom was at the top of his game and he got stung; badly.


It never stops, y’all.

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Life is unfair to everyone of all races, creeds, and colors. We ALL get screwed over early and often. NOBODY has a life on a boulevard of unbroken green lights.





It just seems that way, man. That’s a story you’re telling yourself.


Who thinks that Tom Brady focused or stewed about this stuff?


Leadership is the key here.


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Leadership and mental toughness.


YOU are the leader of your destiny.




If your leadership is effective, others will follow. If you’re not an effective leader, you’re going to feel alone.


Most of us watching last night’s game wrote it off as a blowout about half way into the 3rd quarter.


Brady only saw that he had a job to do and it wasn’t done yet.


He didn’t focus on the immediate past. He was in the present.


In the NOW. Always.


Brady has an interesting perspective on this. He says [paraphrasing], “You have to live in the present. Live like a kid. Why do kids have so much fun all the time? They are always only focused on what they’re doing right now.”


This is how I want y’all to think.  Forget about what you don’t have and focus on what you do have.


Forget about your last defeat and move forward to figure out how to get a win.


Leadership 28-3 Screwed


He and the Patriots were SO SCREWED half way through the 3rd quarter that statistically they weren’t going to recover.




Have you ever felt like that?


Do you feel like that now?


Has nobody from your circle, family, hood, or group of friends ever made a living as an artist?


What are the speedbumps that you’re allowing to become catastrophic, monumental career crushers?


The first 2 ½ quarters of last night’s game were a huge speedbump!


There were players, just on that field (let alone the entire NFL), with far more natural talent, who had far more early career breaks, who could run faster, jump higher, throw farther, who looked unbelievable on paper that couldn’t do what Brady did.


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They didn’t do what Brady did.



I believe Brady is the only player and certainly the only QB with 5 rings received from PLAYING.


Whether you like football or not, this article provides UNDENIABLE PROOF that you don’t have to look like the best and the industry doesn’t have to think you’re the best to achieve greatness.


The past doesn’t matter.


Tom Brady had zero college accolades, barely made it into the NFL, has a mediocre arm, he’s slow, he’s tall but not as big as other QB’s, he had NOTHING going for him.


Wait, except for one thing; he really wanted to play football.


Some of you are a bit disgruntled because you have tons of talent and you’re getting no love from the industry.


Leadership RIGHT NOW



Other of you are disenfranchised because you don’t have the incredible amount of talent you see with other artists, so you low-key feel you don’t belong here.




In both of these scenarios, y’all are not taking responsibility for your own careers.


The ONLY thing you can control is RIGHT NOW.


What can you do to step up your game as an artist with your art?


With your marketing?









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Lombardi Feature MEME

Vince Lombardi achieved GREATNESS. He was an amazing, driven, highly successful, and highly influential individual who chose professional football coaching as a career back when the pressure was the same but professional football coach’s salaries were nowhere near what they are today.

So he didn’t do it for the money, he did it out of love.

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Just like you do with your music career.


Vince Lombardi was so influential in his chosen endeavor that the trophy for the highest level of success in pro football, the Super Bowl trophy (this is the trophy that every pro player, coach, and team owner want to be photographed holding), is called the Lombardi trophy.

It represents excellence, achievement, and culmination of a long struggle.


It embodies greatness.


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I’m on a Green Bay Packer kick today because my sister, bless her buns, called me last Thursday and said she had 2 extra tickets to the Brett Favre Packer Hall Of Fame induction at Lambeau Field. Of course my girlfriend Cari and I IMMEDIATELY made plans to witness history and went up to Green Bay for the weekend.

Watching Brett Favre address the 67,000 fans (all tickets sold out in 90 minutes, btw) who showed up at Lambeau to share his accomplishment was special. Grown men, and I was one of them, Lombardi Lambeau Fieldsobbing in the stands because Brett and that team brought the air of excellence BACK to the Packers organization.


We used to be great, then we lost the habit of winning 20 years prior (when Lombardi left Green Bay), now we simply EXPECT to win every game again.


Not hope, EXPECT.


Cari, my sister, my brother-in-law, and I were witnessing greatness.


That got me thinking of what greatness means.


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That got me thinking of how greatness is achieved.


That got me thinking of how most people so falsely believe that one is born with greatness, they easily and predictably overlook the fact that greatness is always a result of hard work and dedication.


This notion naturally circled me back to Vince Lombardi.




Then I imagined how the mind and thought process of Lombardi could be attributed to your music career.

Greatness is attainable for anyone.Lombardi Edison Opportunity Quote MEME


I’ll rephrase, greatness is attainable for anyone who is willing to work.

So greatness is attainable to you…if you’re willing to work.




Just like in the music business, the NFL has players who are born with amazing talent who amount to nothing because they won’t work, who buckle in the face of adversity and hang it up mentally.


They psychologically quit, and that becomes a habit.

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Just like in the music business, the NFL has players who are measurably less talented and smaller than those that surround them but are willing to out-work everyone, they know they must out-work everyone to compete to win the job that will grant them the opportunity to achieve greatness.




Brett Favre (2nd round pick drafted to the Falcons as a 3rd string QB) and Tom Brady (6th round draft pick) immediately come to mind.


These two men weren’t the “darlings of the NFL draft” to say the least. They were afterthoughts.Lombardi Favre PIc



Do you ever feel like an afterthought?

Afterthoughts can achieve greatness.





I think as humans and certainly as artists we often get mentally hung up on the ultimate goal, which is far enough away that we forget to focus on what will make us great.

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We forget to focus on the little wins, the little battles that determine momentum.




Like in Football.

They say football is a game of inches.

Inches that are mission critical in a 4 down series.

Each 4 down series is a battle that needs to be understood, dissected, and ultimately won to create a new set of opportunities; another 4 down series.

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That leads to another opportunity to add to or change the momentum, and then another opportunity and so on.


Many little battles are won and it’s exciting because it creates momentum.

Many little battles are lost and that’s frustrating because momentum is lost.


But you can lose a bunch of battles and still win the game.


You can lose a bunch of games and still win your division which creates the opportunity to achieve greatness in the playoffs.


See my point?


Don’t overthink the wins. They are little battles that when won, need to be celebrated but you have another battle coming right up and you need to prepare to win that one, so don’t get carried away on a head trip.

Lombardi Big Head Devil

Don’t get a big head, you DEVIL!



Get to work.


Don’t overthink the losses, they are little battles that if mentally treated correctly, become learning experiences that help you win the war. The same advice applies to these losses, don’t get carried away on a head trip.

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Get to work.











Here are some of my favorite Lombardi quotes and some notes/responses I have added to apply them to your music career.

Read them and introspect for a moment. Hit me back and let me know which of these quotes resonates with you the most.


Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”  I think the pursuit of perfection keeps you in writing or practicing mode just long enough to raise the bar.

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.The task at hand is not becoming a successful artist, the task at hand is whatever you should be doing that day to get closer to success. Focus on the TASK AT HAND.


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The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – This is the most common denominator with successful people in the music business; will to survive. After that there are varying degrees of talent, strength, and knowledge, but EVERYONE must possess the will.

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.I am blessed to be working with 2 young artists, Abbey Cone and Bailey James. Yes, both of these girls are very talented, but they are important artists and they will achieve greatness because they out-work everyone around them. That’s really the main reason.

Believe me each of their careers is not an unbroken boulevard of green lights, there is plenty of adversity, they consistently overcome it.Lombardi Abbey Bailey Collage

They are quite literally making themselves into leaders.



Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” – Therefore you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to do the work.


I don’t know why so many artists don’t understand this, maybe it’s a need to be famous rather than a need to be an artist.


There is definitely a laziness factor in many people.

Lombardi Laziness Rubiks CubeArtistry in any endeavor is about work, period.


“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – I see this time and time again and it is ubiquitous across all the industries I have had careers in as well as my personal life. The harder I work at it, the better my quality of life gets.

How much are you really working on improving the quality of your life?



 “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Whoa.


If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?Artists should keep score with momentum.

Don’t focus on the ultimate goal.Lombardi Leaders aren't born they are made MEME

Focus on executing the next step.


With Bailey James we are constantly attending to the creation of consistent content and growing not only her reach on social media but her engagement. As we increase her engagement we increase her fan base. 5 months later she has astounding numbers (averaging 500 likes and 50 comments per post on Instagram) and we still haven’t released the EP.


“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.Nothing beats that feeling of success. Make sure you are managing expectations and setting attainable goals to succeed at. Momentum is key here, get 1% better than you did the day before. ENJOY and CELEBRATE the little victories…then get back to work.


Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.” – The world doesn’t care about what you want to do, only about what you have done. You better make sure you get that, it’ll help you make crucial decisions as to what the world should see and when they should see it.

Lombardi RISK Free PixabayWinning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”- If you feel like you are in the habit of losing, habits can be changed. Changing habits is a behavior modification. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got. Don’t be afraid to take a risk….What have you got to lose?


The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – This quote sums up the biggest, most common mistake I see artists making. It’s the old “If I only had this, I could get that” mentality.

This thought process is simply an excuse not to achieve.

Forget about what you don’t have and focus on what you do have.Lombardi Tony Iommi Fingers

Tony Iommi who is arguably one of the most influential rock guitar players in history lost 3 finger tips in a Blue Collar job related accident early in his career. He focused on what he had (the ability to play guitar) instead of what he didn’t have (fingertips) and invented leather tips so he could continue playing. Some have argued that it’s the leather fingertips that added to his unique sound, one that changed the sound and tone of Rock & Roll forever.


So focus on what you DO HAVE.


You will create opportunities

You will create momentum.


You will become more attractive.


The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” – This is probably one of the most common human pitfalls.

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Why are we so focused on avoiding the fall?


Is it because we are concerned more with perception over reality?


No matter how much thought EVERY human puts into this concept, regardless of intelligence, regardless of work ethic, falling is inevitable. The successful simply learn, get up, and find another way to win.


Every success is preceded by many challenges.

Every failure is preceded by an excuse.


Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” – I think this quote speaks to being firmly grounded in reality. If you are realistic in what it takes to achieve greatness, you will be willing to endure the many challenges and falls that will surely come. Don’t be naïve as to the price.


The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – I mean, right?!?!?!Lombardi Thomas Edison quote


We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” – Edison didn’t fail 2,000 times at creating the light bulb, he discovered 2,000 not to do it. Then there was the 2,001st time.


Get it?



It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.” – NOW is the time to have faith and discipline.

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Why do so many people think they will execute that kind of behavior once they “make it”?





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