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Do You Get Paid to Play?

Do you get paid to play? Is your company’s mission statement also your mission statement? Does it have anything to do with you having fun?  What if you added the word fun to your mission statement or your company’s vision?  Would that make a difference in your culture? Would it make a difference in how you interact with your customers or associates? Your boss? Your employees? Your family? Would it make you want to jump out of bed and go to work or go to play everyday? Think about it. From a very small infant what are you programed to do? Play! We play as a baby, we play at school, and we played in college.  Some of us a little more than others. So why wouldn’t you naturally just want to play at work? Guess what rock stars love to do? PLAY. But not just on stage! They play at home, and they play hard. But they play with a purpose. Their play is in alignment with their D Chord. They have big unreasonable DREAMS. They have Dreams or a mission statement of their company. They have a rock star mindset. Great leaders play with a purpose and lead their teams to do just that. They have a rock star mindset. That is when Opportunity Rocks. But what does that look like? It starts with a small shift in the way you think. Shift happens. Change the way you think, change the way you feel. Or in this case, change the way you think, change the way you play. To help that shift to happen here are three action items you can do.

  1. Re-write your mission or vision statement. Making it clear, laser focused, meaningful and add the words play or fun to it. If you are going to spend over 8 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year, and 30 to 40 years of your life doing something wouldn’t you rather have fun doing it? Refuse to grow up.
  2. Re-write your company’s mission or vision statement. Make it clear, more purposeful and work in the words- fun and play. Then take it up the ladder to whoever has the power to change it. Sell them on your idea. Do your homework first. Show them the research of how company’s productivity and employee and customer engagement goes up with companies that have a “play with a purpose” culture. Companies that have a rock star mindset.
  3. Just do it. Thank you Nike. Play your A Chord and take immediate action everyday. If your company doesn’t buy into it at first, be a rock star and break the rules. Pretend they did and just start doing it on your own. Share it with other team members and watch it spread. Excitement is contagious. That’s when the magic really happens and you drive change instead of change driving you. Marvelless Mark said, “Rock stars drive change not ride it.” Eventually someone will notice.

Maybe you’re saying, “easier said than done”, or “we are not allowed to have fun at work”. Says who? Is it a written policy? Let’s pull a Mike Rayburn and say, “What if?”. What if you could play with a purpose? What would it look like? What would you say, do and act like? Isn’t that worth a shot? If you’re dedicating such a large chunk of your life to something let’s make it fun. Research shows people learn and perform better when their having fun. If you don’t love your job, then love why you do it. Thank you Tony Robbins. Find a way to have fun.

If you don’t make sacrifices for the things you want, the things you want become the sacrifices. I challenge you to start thinking like a rock star. Look for ways to play with a purpose at work and at home. This stuff works great for relationships and families too.

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

Dropping the F Bomb

’Tis the season that people are dropping the F-Bomb, a lot. Either at work or at home. Have you noticed an increase of the F-bomb around you?  We can only hope so. All great leaders and speakers drop the F-bomb frequently.  By F–Bomb I mean FORGIVENESS.

A couple of years ago our pastor from the church our family regularly attends called VERVE did a series called “dropping the F-Bomb”. It received a lot of attention and a high amount of openings because of the title. But the whole foundation of the series was about forgiveness. Forgiveness when someone wrongs you, forgiveness when someone makes a mistake, forgiveness when someone hurts us, forgiveness for just about everything. That’s what God and Jesus did. No matter who or what you believe in, history would show that God and Jesus were great leaders for a lot of reasons. The two main ones are Love and Forgiveness. The cool thing is, you can’t really have one without the other. But let’s talk about Forgiveness in the work place. People are more sensitive about things today than they ever were. Things move and change faster than ever. It’s easy to get tired, overwhelmed , stressed and offended.  But don’t worry, it’s not just you, it’s just about everyone. Forgiveness can help and it goes both ways. A president, CEO, Executive Vide President, Directors, Managers, all the way down to the teams that actually get the work done need to practice dropping the F-bomb daily.

Maybe you said something a little too harsh; maybe you behaved inappropriately. (There’s a lot of that going on these days) Maybe you busted your butt on something and didn’t get the praise your were expecting. It just doesn’t matter, but you have to get into the habit of both Forgiving those you have wronged and receiving or accepting forgiveness.  Most importantly you have to forgive yourself.

Here’s why. Life is too short and it’s just not healthy. People die from stress.  Stress at work is a huge issue. It’s one of the topics I teach and speak on when doing training seminars for Pryor Learning Systems and Career Track. In the Opportunity Rocks business, it’s like that one bad apple in the band or team that if they are not properly dealt with will infect the whole team.  It’s like having your anchor in the water when you’re trying to move your ship forward. It’s extra drag. So here’s your holiday challenge, F.. …..it.  Just F……. it. Forgive it. Don’t confuse forgive with forget.  But just let it go. If you’re a true leader, you will check your ego at the door every day, and ask for forgiveness to those you have wronged.  Checking you ego at the door is one of the rock star success secrets we speak of in my book Opportunity Rocks (which by the way would make a great gift to the music lover, business rock star, or leader in your life.) If you were someone who was hurt, wronged, or offended, you have to be the bigger person and forgive those who you feel have wronged you.  It’s simple enough but not always easy. But like any great habit, you have to be aware that it needs to be done, and then just say it. Say it again, and again. After a few times you will notice how a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders. The boat is moving faster and smoother. The band or team is playing better, longer, stronger and having fun again.  The more you do it the better you will feel, perform, and people will be more willing to follow you. 

I remember years ago before I got into the keynote speaking and motivational speaker business, I had a friend I had mentored in the entertainment business. I taught him my skills, some of my trade secrets and the next thing I knew he was using them in his own show behind my back. He didn’t even give me credit for them. And when I confronted him, he denied it. I was crushed, mad and hurt and separated myself from him for years.  After learning about the 12 step program from an AA friend I sponsored, I thought to myself, who can I try this process on to test it? Boom, my ole entertainment friend.  So I prayed on it, and finally made the call. I asked for his forgiveness too. We became friends again, have hung out a few times and he have even booked me on a couple of keynote speaking gigs.  Besides all of that, I felt like a new person. I was freed from a prison. I loved the feeling so much I eventually went through my whole list of people who have wronged me and people I had wronged and started dropping the F-Bomb. You still have to be aware it’s not always easy, but it’s the greatest holiday gift that you can give, receive or both. So my challenge for you is to give the gift of the F-bomb this holiday season to as many people as possible. One way we can both help each other is to just share this post on as many sites and media avenues as possible. Forward or share to as many friends, partners and associates as possible. After all, Opportunity Rocks when you drop the F –Bomb.

PS. This stuff works at home too!

 

 

 

 

“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 Balanced In Business Or Life?

Imagine getting on a plane and you’re the only passenger. How weird is that! Some may think awesome, I can sleep! Others may find it too quiet or creepy. Your creator or whom ever you believe in made you to be social, to interact, to connect or to Love. That can’t happen when you are by yourself. When you think about the time we have on this earth compared to eternity, it’s pretty dog gone short. So why wouldn’t you take advantage of every opportunity possible to connect and love as many people as possible?

Well a lot of things get in our way. The two biggest: work and fear.  Fear of rejection, making a fool of ourselves, or just speaking out loud. But when you let these fears over take you, you lose control or lose out on opportunities. So if work is one of the factors that gets in your way of love and connection, and you are a driven person, you are probably short changing yourself and missing opportunities.

As a keynote speaker or keynote entertainer as some people call me, I have the privilege of traveling a lot.  Back in the day I was one of those guys who would find my seat, curl up to sleep, or dive into a movie or book. Can you relate? Until a few years ago when one of my coaches shared with me all of the opportunities I was missing out on by being a hermit.  The person sitting next to you could be your next gig, your next best friend. They may know someone you know, they may share knowledge that could change or help you in some way. They might even be your next love connection. Or vice versa, you might have information or a story that could be life changing for them. A pay it forward missed opportunity.  If you don’t fly a lot, then maybe you’re like this at work, a restaurant, club or other places where there are lots of people. While traveling to Orlando to speak at a conference, I was fortunate enough to receive my first class upgrade. Sitting next to me was a nice looking older woman who was giving off a really positive vibe. So I asked the standard ice-breaking question that we all know the answer to, “Where are you headed?”  “Orlando” she said with a smile. “Where are you from?”, I asked. “Atlanta. I’m heading to the World Championship of Volleyball to see my Granddaughters’ compete”. I didn’t know there was such a thing, but since I love to interview people, I started firing questions off to her. She had ordered a drink and was ready to talk. I could see how she lit up and I wanted to make sure that I was her best seat companion ever.

Before the flight was over I found out that she has been married 5 times, two of the same men twice. She had worked most of her life in the telecommunications business. She supported most of her husbands, had a son who became her priority and she was moving on through life. She asked if I have ever heard of a Rockin’ Blues player named “Joe Bonamassa. “I think I have”, I replied. “ My guitar playing buddy Mark Werner from Missouri is a fan of his.” She went on to say how she became a fan by hearing his music on a bus tour in another country and now follows him around the country. So I said, “You are a groupie”.  Her son retired at age 50 after inventing some sort of software and then selling it. Now he is a full time volleyball dad. I also found out that the Red Rock Amphitheater has 322 steps to the bottom.  I don’t know about you, but I love to here stories like this. It restores my faith in America and the American Dream.  Yes we have a lot of challenges in this country, but it is still the greatest country in the world. Challenges are what make us grow in life and at work, so if you want our country to grow, we must have them too. As I sit on a plane to Tampa with my awesome, amazing family on this 4th of July, I want to thank all the men and women of this country around the world that sacrifice daily for us to have this freedom and daily opportunities to succeed. Also to those who have given their lives. You have a duty, obligation and responsibility to your creator, (who ever you believe that to be). Personally. I choose to believe my creator is God and he wants us to be our best every day. “For me – it’s to be the BEST husband, father, Christian, and speaker I can possible be.” Do you do your best every day? Do you encourage your team and family to do their best everyday?  Do you choose love over fear?  Do you even know what your best is or what your goals are?

So where am I going with this for you?  If you make life or success your duty, obligation and responsibility you are at rock star status. Rock Stars play full out all the time. That’s how you win. That’s how you win big, sell out arenas. That’s how you win consistently. It’s a commitment. What plays a key factor in this for you is Love. You have to love what you do and who you do it with. If circumstances do not currently allow you to love what you do then love why you do it. Or whom you are doing it for.  That may mean paying it forward, trying to always be in a positive mood, helping out strangers, and yes talking to strangers on the plane.

Marie is one of my new friends and fans of Marvelless Mark. I told her about my book Opportunity Rocks and gave her a signed copy. I shared stories with her about my touring career, when I headlined at the Venetian at Las Vegas, and my current speaking tour. We exchanged information right as the wheels touched down.

Two weeks ago I received an email from Marie that brought a smile and tear to my eye at the same time. It went like this:

Marvelless Mark,

I read your book the next day.  It was incredible.  How can I order copies????  I have to say reading the book made me realize I was married to five men, not just because they were losers, but they had no goals in life.  I always had a goal, working and taking care of my son.  Although I no longer work, your book made me realize that although I embrace each day as a gift, I need some goals!!! Leaving Orlando, I was on my way to the airport and saw a helicopter and realized I have never flown in one.  As a result I am going to book a helicopter flight around Atlanta!!! I think you are now vacationing with your family in FL. Hope all is well with you and you have fun.  My phone number is 770-xxx-xxxx and I guess you can see my email is ……………….. Hoping you will send that photo you took of us.  Please let me know how to get books.   Marie

Marie purchased 7 books to share with friends, is not afraid to embrace life daily, set goals, play full out, and be her best everyday. Why ? Because she is a rock star. She gets it. Even at her age and being retired. Did I mention she was a two-time cancer survivor of lung and breast cancer?  She makes some of us younger peeps look like whining little babies. Thank you Marie for being you, sharing with me, and being a rock star role model to many.  Opportunity Rocks and you just proved it.

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Marvelless Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer who 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. Mark love’s what he does and wants to share his love and passion of rock star success with the business world.

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Marvelless Mark’s Top Ten Travel Tips

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Marvelless Mark is always discovering new ways to make business travel easier. As a global and local Las Vegas motivational speaker and entertainer, I’ve logged more than two million miles. I know that I can’t do anything about long lines, shrinking seats, or delayed flights, but I recently asked my frequent traveler friends to share their best travel tips with me, so I could share them with you. The results—these 10 travel tips—are my “best of the best” ideas that can make your future trips a bit easier.

  1. If you are a CostCo member, you can book a rental car through Costcotravel.com and save 25% or more, and you’re often eligible for additional coupons or upgrades. Plus, Costco’s search tool lets users compare prices from most major rental car companies, and then automatically adds in all applicable coupons, codes, and discounts.
  2. Bring your own healthy snacks with you. Packing snacks such as raisins, nuts, granola, trail mix, banana chips, protein bars, or fresh fruit is a great way to eat healthy and save money on the road.
  3. If your travel requires a layover, visit the airport’s website in advance or on your mobile device to know what food, drink, and shopping options are available.
  4. Purchasing bottled water in an airport can be expensive. Pack an empty bottle in your carry-on then fill it with water on the other side of the security.
  5. With the help of hot water from an in-room coffeemaker, instant oatmeal becomes a money-saving, healthy breakfast.
  6. Instead of paying $20 a day for the hotel internet, consider using your phone’s personal hotspot. Even if you have to increase your network data plan, it will likely cost less than one day of the hotel’s internet charge.
  7. Before showering, hang your clothes in the bathroom and let the steam from the hot water get the wrinkles out.
  8. Pack Epsom salt to give your feet a relaxing soak at the end of a long day.
  9. If you need extra room to spread out, let your hotel room’s ironing board double as a storage surface for your belongings.
  10. Pack your own power strip and extension cord to ensure you’ll have plenty of outlets within reach.

AND HERE’S A BONUS TIP for anyone who is an emcee, keynote speaker, corporate entertainer, or other people who spend a lot of time speaking in front of audiences: always bring a bag of cough drops backstage and share them generously, especially with other speakers. Anyone can get a dry, scratchy throat, and it usually happens at the worst time. When that happens, a simple cough drop can save your day or someone else’s.