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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Moments of Conception 191: The Judges Scene in Rounders

All creativity begins with the moment of conception.

That little piece of kindling that gets the fire going. That initial source of inspiration that takes on a life of its own. That single note from which the entire symphony grows. That single spark of life that signals an idea’s movement value, almost screaming to us, something wants to be built here.


Based on my books in The Prolific Series, I’m going to be deconstructing my favorite moments of conception from popular movies. Each post will contain a video clip from a different film, along with a series of lessons we can learn from the characters.


Today's clip comes from the judges scene from Rounders:




Score when it matters. Mike knows the summer internship for a second year law student is crucial. Landing that clerkship could result in a job offer after graduation and help him hone the relevant skills to be successful in the long term. And so, he creates a stiletto moment. He takes advantage of an opportunity to concentrate his portfolio of talents into a tight little package that demonstrates the full firepower of his creative arsenal. Mike’s performance showcases his ability to negotiate a deal, take calculated risks, make a case for himself, monitor and leverage emotional information, entertain an audience, influence behavior and communicate clearly. All in less than five minutes. And as a result, he ingratiates himself to the judges, making himself a more attractive, likeable and memorable candidate for the internship. Jackpot. I’m reminded of a conversation I had with my mentor. We were watching a playoff hockey game, when the defenseman from our team scored a goal with thirty seconds left on the clock. Which was an exhilarating moment, but the only problem was, our team was already down by five goals. Winning was statistically impossible at that point. That’s when my mentor looked over at me and said, you have to score when it matters. In sports, in business, in life, timing isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. If you want the world to say yes to you, you have to sing the song that is natural for you to sing, in the way that is natural for you to sing it, in front of the fans who most naturally need to hear it. How will you bridge the gap that exists between you and your potential audience?

Up the emotional and psychological ante. From a physical standpoint, I’m not interested in risk. I have zero need for speed. I don’t play extreme sports. I’ve never been in a fight. And I walk away from even the slightest hint of violence. But when it comes to emotional, psychological risk, I’m quite the daredevil. Relocating to a city with no job and no friends? Starting a business with no money and experience? Delivering a speech in front of four thousand foreigners? Walking into an office building and straight up asking the president for a job? Sign me up. That’s the kind of risk I can get behind. If betting on yourself is wrong, I don’t want to be right. As my favorite gambler once said, winning, losing, it’s all the same after a while, it’s the risk that keeps you going. Mike lives by this principle. As a lawyer, he’s constantly trusting his spontaneous instinctual abilities. And as a rounder, he’s constantly honing his emotional willingness to open himself to new possibilities. Even if that means looking ridiculous in front of his elders. And so, he bets on himself. Even in this casual, consequence free setting. Because he knows it keeps his risk muscle sharp. And because the minute he stops taking the creative risks that made him successful in the first place, he’s finished. How often are you tearing yourself away from the safe harbor of certainty?

Side window, not front door. When I relocated to a new city without a single business contact, the first thing I did was google around to find the coolest companies in the area. I spent a few hours each morning researching and locating a target list of companies that I felt represented the culture and energy I wanted to align myself with. Next, I emailed every single employee of these organizations and requested an interview with the president. But not as a potential employee, rather, as a professional journalist. After all, I had authored a dozen books, published a popular blog and wrote regular columns for dozens of publications. Why not leverage those assets to position myself in a completely different way? What’s amazing is, almost every company wrote back to me. More than seventy percent of them agreed to the interview. And half of them extended an open invitation to stop by their office anytime. This approach completely changed the dynamic of my introduction to the organization. It shifted my context from a needy job seeker into a friendly resource. And that presale position allowed me to connect with and engage the organization in a unique, personal and memorable way. Proving, that you can’t demand someone’s attention, you can only attract it by breaking their patterns. Carlin was right. When you enter through the side window instead of the front door, coming from direction they’re not expecting, you engage their imagination. Why do your competitors get more attention that you?

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Steal Scott's Ideas, Issue 008: Phoney Baloney, Bystandard & Baggit

Ideas are free, execution is priceless.

That’s been my mantra since day one of starting my business.

It’s also the title of a book I wrote a few years back. You can download it for free here.

But here’s the problem. I'm an idea junkie. Everything I look at in the world breaks down into a collection of ideas. I have about fifty new ones every day, and sadly, I can only execute so many of them. Even if I had all the resources and all the time in the world, I still wouldn’t be able to keep up with the whirlwind of insanity that gusts through my brain.

And that’s where you come in.

I believe ideas were never meant to stay that way. And so, in this new blog series, I’m going to be publishing a sample of them on a weekly basis, in the hopes that they inspire you to (a) execute them, (b) improve them, or (c) invent something completely different.

Remember, once an idea springs into existence, it cannot be unthought.

Even if that idea is ridiculous.

Enjoy! 

Steal Scott's Ideas, Issue 008

01. HallsAde. A menthol and eucalyptus based hot tea for performers who ned to keep their voices healthy during shows.
02. Phoney Baloney. A greeting card service to send public notes to professional bullshit artists.
03. Give Up Day. A national holiday that gives people permission to quit failing projects, dreams and relationships without guilt, regret or shame.
04. Done & Done. A grief counseling program for company executives who need to close down shop after years of successful business.
05. Exeqyoosh. A full service design and branding agency that creates real marketing materials for fake products.
06. Dramaless. A dating website for people who don't have feelings or want any form of intimate human contact with their partners.
07. Bystandard. An anonymous photo and video sharing platform that allows citizens to submit criminal evidence to local law enforcement.
08. Half Sammie. A charity program where customers of delis donate fifty percent of their excessive sandwich meat to homeless food drives. 
09. Baggit. A personal concierge service for frequent travelers who suddenly need to replenish the contents of lost luggage quickly and exactly to their specifications.
10. Sweatr. A travel app that offers resources, affirmations and clothing suggestions for people who have shame around their chronic perspiration problems.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

A loving landfill for everybody else’s trash

Some people are simply overwhelming. They’re exhausting to be around. Communicating with them is not a relaxing experience. In fact, every time we interact with them, it feels like there’s this dam of what they need to say built up behind them, and we’re the one they need to unleash it upon. 

Blech

It’s completely draining. And the problem is, when we’re hardwired to fix and help and encourage and inspire the people around us, it’s hard to walk away from that conversation. Because doing so would be inconsistent with the noble and benevolent and heroic picture we hold of ourselves. 

Story of my life. Being oppressively helpful, taking burdens that are not mine to carry, taking up crosses that are not mine to bear. 

The good news is, as I get older and, consequently, become a stronger advocate for my own boundaries, I’ve learned how to keep my internal superhero at bay. I’ve recognized that I don’t owe it to every person I encounter to be a captive audience to them. 

Yes, it’s essential to be an empathetic listener for those who matter most, but it’s not my job to make sure everyone around me is okay. There’s no rule that says I have to take responsibility for other people’s feelings. I have a hard enough time working through my own shit, much less becoming a loving landfill for everybody else’s. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bending over dollars to pick up dimes

My business has had its share of lean years. 

But every time the bills start to mount the anxiety starts to deepen, my brain enters into crisis management mode. 


And the internal debate is always the same. Should I reduce costs or increase revenue? Because on one hand, cutting costs is immediate and gratifying and cleansing and it has a direct affect on the bottom line. 


I remember getting auditing one year and spending two days reducing my monthly expense burden by several hundred dollars. Which made feel like a million bucks, ironically enough. But the problem was, that locked me into a poverty mindset. I started bending over dollars just to pick up dimes. I started operating from money saving mode, not money making mode. And by focusing all of my energies on what needed to be deleted, I lost unrecoverable time that could have been devoted to noticing and nurturing new revenue opportunities. 


Not that cutting costs isn’t a vital business activity. But I believe money is flowing into my life from all directions. I hold a mindset of abundance and prosperity in everything I do. 


And so, instead of looking to cut costs wherever I can, look to create value however you can. 


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"Scott Ginsberg’s employee training on approachability was the absolute perfect fit, and completely exceeded everyone’s expectations, including mine. The feedback we received from our team was that this was hands down the best training they have ever been to. Scott found out what was important to us and gave us several options for training solutions. I would highly recommend him for a variety of industries, and I would happily work with him again!"  --Anne Conway, PHR | Corporate Director of Training and Development, | Lodging Hospitality Management

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Storytelling isn’t everything, it’s the only thing

A friend of mine asked me what kind of clinical, peer reviewed research I typically conducted when writing books. 

I almost fell out of my chair. After all, she’s academic, and so, she was trained in the objective, statistically rigorous analysis of scientific inquiry. 

But I explained to her, I write from life. That is my research. The world gives me everything I need. And that doesn’t make my words any less serious, objective or valuable. Carr’s essay on the power of anecdote put it best:

The danger in scorning the anecdotal, is that science gets too far removed from the actual experience of life, and it loses sight of the fact that mathematical averages and other such measures are always abstractions. But philosophers, poets, artists, their raw material includes the anecdote, and they remain, even more so than scientists, our best guides to what it means to exist. It’s time we rehabilitating the anecdote. It’s time we finally made room for both the statistical and the anecdotal. Because numbers can lie. 

The point is, research and data and studies and numbers can be manipulated into supporting whatever argument you want to make. But anecdotal is not a curse word. Story is not a distortion. I understand that people remember the past the way they need to. And I understand that the plural of anecdote is not evidence. But I also understand that we live in a world made of more story than stuff. And that narrative is the basic tool for making sense of the world, the currency of human contact, the fundamental instrument of thought and the foundation that psychologically sustains our species.

Storytelling isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Eyes Full Of Dreams -- Chapter 14: Beautiful World (2015) -- Scott Ginsberg Concert Documentary

Eyes Full Of Dreams is a musical and motivational masterclass about making use of everything you are. 

This film will be presented as a serialized, episodic documentary. I’m premiering each song as a stand alone chapter.


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Beautiful World


Progress is forgotten
This most curious machine
But the duty is loud and constant

Beautiful world that I return to
Beautiful world that I return to
We all need something that we can point to
Beautiful world that I return to

Dreamer of golden dreams
Fingers they are permanently crossed
In this chasm of lunacy

Beautiful world that I return to
Beautiful world that I return to
I miss the monster living in my room
Beautiful world that I return to

Summer shuffles her cards
And my armor don’t need to be thicker
For this revolution of the heart

Beautiful world that I return to
Beautiful world that I return to
I got a bucket and a bathing suit
Beautiful world that I return to

All of my prayers are either please or thank you
Beautiful world that I return to
Beautiful world that I return to


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"Scott Ginsberg’s employee training on approachability was the absolute perfect fit, and completely exceeded everyone’s expectations, including mine. The feedback we received from our team was that this was hands down the best training they have ever been to. Scott found out what was important to us and gave us several options for training solutions. I would highly recommend him for a variety of industries, and I would happily work with him again!"  --Anne Conway, PHR | Corporate Director of Training and Development, | Lodging Hospitality Management

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"Scott Ginsberg’s employee training on approachability was the absolute perfect fit, and completely exceeded everyone’s expectations, including mine. The feedback we received from our team was that this was hands down the best training they have ever been to. Scott found out what was important to us and gave us several options for training solutions. I would highly recommend him for a variety of industries, and I would happily work with him again!"  --Anne Conway, PHR | Corporate Director of Training and Development, | Lodging Hospitality Management

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Actively seek out fellow travelers on the road to success

Rushdie famously said that if you can’t have religion, there are big absences that you have to find somewhere else in life. 

Because in addition to exaltation, religion provides people with a community, the sense of something shared, a common language, a common metaphor structure and a framework for explaining yourself to people. 

And so, the fundamental question becomes, how will you fill that hole? Where will you find the replacements for the things religion typically provides? And how will you meet the universal human needs that exist regardless of belief or religious affiliation? 

What’s interesting is how this line of questioning applies to the business world. Because with more and more of us working alone, or working without an office, or working on distributed teams, or working on episodic freelance projects, there are similar holes to be filled. Big ones. Social and existential longings that, when undernurtured, can cause significant psychological anguish. 

Hill’s research on the science of success found that every outstanding business success story in the country was due to the individual’s knowledge and application of the mastermind principle, in which people borrow and use the education, experience and influence of others in carrying out their own plans in life. 

I’ve had the same mastermind group for ten years. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to coworkers. And the three of us have supported each other through every conceivable business challenge known to man. Even if we only gather once a year. Without that sacred connection, without that trusted community, none of us would be at the level of success we are today. 

And so, whatever professional journey you’re on, remember that it’s hard to dream alone. Actively seek out fellow travelers on the road to success. Find people who are not only like minded, but also like hearted and like spirited, and draw freely upon their forces. 

Because without that kind of support, it’s a long, lonely road. 

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"Scott Ginsberg’s employee training on approachability was the absolute perfect fit, and completely exceeded everyone’s expectations, including mine. The feedback we received from our team was that this was hands down the best training they have ever been to. Scott found out what was important to us and gave us several options for training solutions. I would highly recommend him for a variety of industries, and I would happily work with him again!"  --Anne Conway, PHR | Corporate Director of Training and Development, | Lodging Hospitality Management

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Moments of Conception 190: The Baseball Scene from Space Jam

All creativity begins with the moment of conception.

That little piece of kindling that gets the fire going. That initial source of inspiration that takes on a life of its own. That single note from which the entire symphony grows. That single spark of life that signals an idea’s movement value, almost screaming to us, something wants to be built here.


Based on my books in The Prolific Series, I’m going to be deconstructing my favorite moments of conception from popular movies. Each post will contain a video clip from a different film, along with a series of lessons we can learn from the characters.


Today's clip comes from the baseball scene from Space Jam:





A whiff of meaningless creeps in. There’s a very real withdrawal process after you finish a creative project. It’s like coming down after a six month high, and the gravity of the experience is commensurate with the level of ambition you put in the work. And so, the more time and energy and money you invested, the weightier that withdrawal becomes. It’s a psychological fallout. You stand in the void between projects, feeling anxious and empty and idle and a little paranoid, wondering what the heck you’re going to create next. You realize, oh crap, now that you’ve shipped, there’s a huge hole in your creative life, and you don’t know how to fill it. And if you don’t plug up that hole soon, it’s bad times for all. Blech. I’ve gone through that withdrawal dozens of times over the years, and it never gets an easier. That space in between obsessions, where the smell of meaninglessness quietly creeps in like a slow gas leak, sometimes I feel like I want to jump out of my skin. But I don’t. Because I remember that things don’t need to be fixed, they need to be understood. So I sit with the feelings. As long as I have to. Sometimes I even start a conversation with them in my mind, asking what brings them to town. It’s all part of accepting and appreciating the turmoil of genuine process. What’s your early warning system for impending inner turmoil and anxiety?

Get good enough, and you can do anything you want. Jordan was the greatest basketball player who ever lived. But as a child, he dreamed of doing more than just shooting hoops. And so, after retiring from basketball upon the tragic death of his father, he surprised the entire world by signing a major league baseball contract. Nobody could believe it. Jordan swinging a bat? Say it ain’t so. And even though his talent for baseball was nowhere near his talent for basketball, at least he tried. Even though he had a subpar batting average and dozens of scuffling attempts in the outfield, at least he gave his dream a shot. And that’s the story worth remembering. That if you get good enough, and you can do anything you want. Don’t limit himself just because people can’t accept the fact that you can do something else. Keep exploring new ways of being an artist. Keep evolving into the next form for yourself. Even if the world conspires to make you less than you are. Even if people are invested in keeping you where you are. As my mentor once said, your option for how to create fulfilling work is only limited by your imagination’s ability to create scenarios that excite you. The definition of work, of career, of what is and is not a business, are forever altered and can be molded to fit anything that excites and feeds your soul if you choose to explore it intentionally. What could you do today that would be a complete step forward in your professional evolution?

Decisiveness is the antidote to regret. Michael didn’t regret his brief baseball career. How could he? It was his childhood dream and he finally accomplished it. Period. Nobody could take that away from him. And even though he only played for one year, he still got his allotment. That’s a big word for me, allotment. It stems from the biblical term for the parcel of land assigned to someone for some purpose, but also has numerous applications in gardening, traveling, stock trading and state lotteries. But each of us has our own allotments in life. And it’s always our choice about how we choose to expend them. As an example, I’ve been sober my entire life, save for my twenty first birthday. That night I managed to get good and pissed and had the time of my life. The next day, of course, I was so hung over that I didn’t get out of bed until dinner. But that was my allotment. I got the beast out of my system and got on with my life. The point is, if you don’t act while a door is open, it can shut forever. And before you know it, regret piles up around you like books you never read. Decisiveness, on the other hand, is the antidote to regret. Because when you make a choice, follow through with absolute commitment and bravely deal with the consequences of that choice, regret cowers into the corner in the fetal position. That’s the big win. Doing things because you don’t want to regret not doing them. Doing things because you don’t want to die wondering. As my mentor once said, if you want to be unhappy, just find the thing you love and don’t let yourself have it. What’s your allotment?

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Friday, October 23, 2015

The orange cones of life don’t care if you cut them

Every school year, it was inevitable. We had to run the mile in gym class. 

I hated this tradition. I was slow and doughy and noncompetitive and didn’t care. Running was stupid. I’d rather create art projects with my friends. 

However, what I did appreciate about the mile run were the orange cones that marked the perimeter of the track. Because if you paced yourself strategically, you could cut corners to increase your overall time. Not by much. Maybe a few seconds per lap. But to me, that was a powerful lesson. It challenged me to question the boundaries of a given task. It trained me to discern which corners were worth cutting. And it forced me to find ways to reduce labor intensity at every opportunity. 

That’s not just a lesson for running, that’s a mindset for running an enterprise. Once you’ve been around the block a few times, you quickly realize that the orange cones of life don’t care if you cut them. They’re not federal laws, their suggestions. And nobody is going to care or even notice if you do.

Here’s a prime example. The biggest difference between publishing my first book and publishing my thirtieth book is the number of corners I was willing to cut in the production process. In fact, when I reflect on the amount of time and energy and money I spent conducting in depth historical research, carefully thinking through every grammatical detail, making laborious proofreads, waiting for peer editor feedback, groveling for cover blurbs, registering the book with the government, writing pointless press releases, sending out review copies, negotiating with retail distributors, doing humiliating book signings, it’s amazing any of the books actually shipped. I’m almost embarrassed about the labor intensity at which I used to operate. 

But it all goes back to permission. Liberating yourself from the tyranny of redundancy. Circumventing as many orange cones as you can. 

Remember, it’s not about being cool enough not to care, it’s about being discerning enough not to dwell.

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"Scott Ginsberg’s employee training on approachability was the absolute perfect fit, and completely exceeded everyone’s expectations, including mine. The feedback we received from our team was that this was hands down the best training they have ever been to. Scott found out what was important to us and gave us several options for training solutions. I would highly recommend him for a variety of industries, and I would happily work with him again!"  --Anne Conway, PHR | Corporate Director of Training and Development, | Lodging Hospitality Management

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Steal Scott's Ideas, Issue 007: Coached Up, Yoga Notes & Dissfunctional

Ideas are free, execution is priceless.

That’s been my mantra since day one of starting my business.

It’s also the title of a book I wrote a few years back. You can download it for free here.

But here’s the problem. I'm an idea junkie. Everything I look at in the world breaks down into a collection of ideas. I have about fifty new ones every day, and sadly, I can only execute so many of them. Even if I had all the resources and all the time in the world, I still wouldn’t be able to keep up with the whirlwind of insanity that gusts through my brain.

And that’s where you come in.

I believe ideas were never meant to stay that way. And so, in this new blog series, I’m going to be publishing a sample of them on a weekly basis, in the hopes that they inspire you to (a) execute them, (b) improve them, or (c) invent something completely different.

Remember, once an idea springs into existence, it cannot be unthought.

Even if that idea is ridiculous.

Enjoy! 

Steal Scott's Ideas, Issue 007

01. Friends With Benefits. A musical about a group of millennials who work crappy jobs just to get health insurance.
02. Yoga Notes. A digital journaling system for yogis who want to record insights they have during class.
03. Herochat. A service where terminally sick kids can video chat with their favorite comic book superheroes.
04. Busk 2 Dawn. A city wide festival where all local street performers and buskers perform a marathon from sunset to sunrise.
05. Coached Up. A music app for athletes that layers soundbites from famous sports movies over your music to inspire you while you're working out.
06. Routeenly. A mentoring program that helps inner city teenagers create healthy daily routines.
07. Soda Jerks. A controversial documentary about Big Soda and the blackhearted marketing executives who create their advertising campaigns.
08. Retreet. An outdoor moving meditation center for intellectuals who want to relax their minds by moving their bodies, instead of sitting on a cushion all day.
09. Beauty Scale. A numberless bathroom scale whose screen shows positive body image affirmations instead of the number of pounds you weigh.
10. Dissfunctional. An anonymous microblogging service where people share and vote up insane quotes from their crazy ass family members.

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