Cancer Sucks – Time’s Running Out

Have you or someone you know ever been affected in some way by cancer? Many people have it and it sucks. But I’m certain it can put you in perspective on just how precious life is and the time left we have on this planet. Do you know the amount of weeks you have left? How many weekends you have left if you live an average life span? Well, think about this… in the United States the average age for a person to live is …….. That’s, …… weeks, or ….. weekends or ……. Days…..WOW! And for me at age 57 I only have….

I am in the business of helping people make a difference. Either in business with my rock star results driven business presentation called Opportunity Rocks, or through the serving and work we do at our church in Las Vegas called Verve. A church for people who don’t like church. We have a sign that says,”No perfect people allowed.” Check us out on-line, all or our rock star sermons are available on line.

What are you in business for? Well, what ever it is, time is running out. That’s if the law or averages are in your favor. I recently was asked for the second year in a row to emcee, entertain, and be the auctioneer for the 37 annual American Cancer Society Gala in my hometown in Missouri. It’s a major event for the small city of Cape Girardeau. The committee is made up of local volunteers from working moms, to Dr’s wives, and a local college sorority, just to name a few. The whole community shows huge support for this event. They bring a flare of Las Vegas to town for a few hours. They also honor a local cancer survivor who actually used the services provided. It’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears! A lot of stress and a few choice words, but in the end they raised over $150,000.

So what is my point? That the one thing we all have an equal amount of is time. What kind of value do you put on it? How much is your time worth? How much of it do you waste on family feuds? Or spend being mad at your friends? How about the time spent on TV show’s binge watching? Or turning down opportunities to serve and help others in need. Mother nature has been pretty mad the last couple of months. Our country is divided instead of united over petty stuff  that people will probably forget in a few months. Or until the next drama fest comes along. Change your mindset today, flip the script of your life, start something that is exciting that will help someone change something. So many people blow it off by saying, “I am only one person.” But a viral tweet or post can be stated with just one click or share. When you have a lot of people all doing that same thing at the same time, all passionate about the same dream or a vision, that’s when the magic happens. That’s when you become a Bon Jovi, a Kiss, a Jay Z or Beyoncé.  That’s what it means to build a rock star team with a rock star dream. Building your fan base or Kiss Army that will follow you in battle. Will there be pain and suffering along the way? Probably. Will there be hardship and toil? Probably. Will if be worth it? Just ask any rock star of the cancer gala volunteer group and they will give you a HELL YA! We as humans are designed to love and to give, to help and to serve. Start some random acts of kindness today expecting nothing in return. Say yes and teach others to say yes, teach your children to say yes, your friends and neighbors to say yes. Wouldn’t you rather be on the stage then sitting in the cheap seats? What do you have to lose? Besides time. How much time do you have left?

 

 

 

 

“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Dad, and believes in God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun, entertaining, and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars.

Get Unstuck When You’re In A Rut

No rock star has ever risen to fame by following a path free of challenges. The road to rock is paved with disappointments, setbacks, tragedies, and days where you’d just rather curl up in the fetal position and hide in your closet underneath your studded leather pants.

There are many “chords” or concepts involved in being a rock star that I share in my book, Opportunity Rocks, and my keynote experience. Some of these include: Pushing past fear to seize opportunities, Embracing your vision and committing to it, Developing a strong, Positive energy, and Surrounding yourself with the right people and the right relationships.

A recent Unstuck Happiness Conference reminded me of just how universal these chords are. Speakers shared stories of the experiences that threatened to break them, and the tools they used to overcome them. While you may never have lost a child, been homeless, lost your arms and legs to a flesh eating bacteria, or been molested as a child – you can still transform your life and your business by learning the strategies that helped get these speakers “unstuck”.  Here are a few rock star success takeaways you can use to rock your life.

Sheryl Green, a resiliency expert talked about the fear she had to face and overcome in order to leave her husband after he was arrested for soliciting a minor online. She experienced a deep depression during this time, but overcame it by facing her fears and living by the motto “Never Miss an Opportunity”.  She uses a technique called The Regret Hangover – not to be confused with the tequila hangover (does anyone have an aspirin?), focusing more on how she will feel if she doesn’t take action, rather than how afraid she is to take action. We all experience fear and doubt, but if you want to make it on stage and take the business world by storm, you’ll have to push past that fear.

When Judi Moreo decided to start her own business, Universal Models and Finishing School, she threw her life savings into it. With just $2000 to invest, and an economic downturn right around the corner, Judi learned just how essential it was to commit 100% to her vision. The road was rough, but through her determination, she built an empire and has dedicated her life to inspiring others to achieve their dreams. Are you 100% committed to your business? Are you shedding blood, sweat, and tears to make your dreams a reality?

Eddie Garcia loves to ask, “Can I give you hand?”. Not because he’s helpful (though he is). It’s because a few years ago, Eddie contracted a flesh eating bacteria. Doctors didn’t think he would survive… but Eddie was strong. He may have lost his hands and feet, but he didn’t lose his amazing spirit. Eddie shares his positive energy and his message of perseverance with the youth softball and basketball teams that he coaches. When you face a setback at home or at work, do you allow it to change your attitude or do you find a way to stay positive and inspire your team?

Conference founder, John Polish’s only daughter was born with a genetic disorder and only lived a few days, but her impact on John and the world can’t be ignored. John allowed himself to be a victim of his circumstances, but the experience inspired him to help himself and others get unstuck. In order to do that, he needed a partner. He met Dale Krause (Mr. Bucket List), a man dealing with colon cancer and dancing his way through chemo. Together, they founded the conference and connected with the other inspiring speakers who share their stories to help others overcome their circumstances.

All of these speakers changed their lives and became rock stars because they took action. Are you ready to learn why Opportunity Rocks?

 

 

 

“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Dad, and believes in God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun, entertaining, and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars.

Are You An Impersonator Or A Copy Cat?

Imagine someone wants to impersonate you. What would they say? What would they wear? How would they act? Who would they hang out with? Would you be flattered or offended?  I attended an Anthony Robbins seminar and he said, “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” Seems simple enough. Before I started my career as a keynote entertainer/keynote speaker,  I traveled the world as a corporate entertainer.  And part of that entertainment included impersonating certain characters. Such as, Austin Powers, Elvis, 80’s rock stars and many others. I tried to impersonate people that I admired, or who had accomplished great things. After the decision was made I would study the character, watch movies, videos of that person, and research scripts of their famous catchphrases. I would then practice and rehearse, and practice and rehearse, and practice and rehearse. As we teach in Opportunity Rocks, I would do this so much so that when I hit the stage, I felt that I was that person and I wanted the audience to feel it too.

An old acting coach told me that once you’re in character or costume to never break that character. As long as there were people around, you were in character. I have a friend who was a flight attendant for private jets. She shared a story with me about a time Tom Hanks was her passenger. And the whole flight he kept talking really funny and in a weird accent. She didn’t know why, so she asked him, “Why are you talking like that?” And he answered, “You’ll find out soon enough, Jenny.” It was about a year later that the movie Forrest Gump came out.

My point is this, if you are starting out in business, or you’re part of the sales organization or you’re making a plan to achieve your goals, or you’ve already accomplished your goals and it’s time to set new unreasonable goals, or when you don’t know where to start, find someone who has already achieved what you want to do, and impersonate them. It’s not rocket science, it’s ROCK-IT Science. If you can actually have a conversation with that person, be in a position to ask them questions, pick their brain, or better yet, have them be a part of your mastermind group, then you just received your standing ovation in advance. Who knows they might even agree to become a mentor. My keynote speaker friend Patricia Fripp says, “The answer is always no, unless you ask. Just be respectful of their time and do more listening then talking.”

So what is a copycat? The dictionary says: a copycat may refer to a person that adopts, copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the same thing as someone. Sounds like there is a fine line between an impersonator and a copycat. But for business purposes my definition is this;  To impersonate someone that is where/who you want to be, you have to have respect for what that person has accomplished and how he/she achieved their success. You approach with integrity, respect, and don’t steal their intellectual property.  They inspire you to be a better person in business and at home. You ask for permission in some cases. Who knows they may give you more then you ask for. Most successful people have done the exact same thing and love to pay it forward. A copycat to me is someone who approaches unethically with the intention to deceive. They actually rip the person off word for word. They are sneaky about it and do not give the proper credit to the person for their intellectual property. They are a rip off artist.

So, back to my original question, “What would it look like if someone impersonated you?” The cool thing is that you know you are doing something right or headed in the right direction if people are. Opportunity Rocks. Rock On!  “Marvelless” Mark Kamp

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“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Dad, and believes in God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun, entertaining, and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars.