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Prepare for the Possible

Chet Atkins and I played guitar together. Here’s the story. I’ve met some very interesting people in my life.  When I was a television writer I would interview guests and prepare talking points for the host of the show.  This placed me face to face with some of the biggest…
Philip Martin
May 19, 2022
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Fill Before Empty

Running on Empty.  Somehow that last quarter of a tank of gas has all but disappeared, and it seems the car is running on fumes.  The little orange light appears to glow with more intensity, screaming “Gas! I Need Fuel! NOW!”  But just like Cousin Eddy I “coasted into town…
Philip Martin
April 29, 2022
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When the Devil Comes for You

Did you see it?  If not you probably heard about it.  The slap heard round the world!  Will Smith marched onto the stage of the Oscars and slapped comedian Chris Rock in response to a joke he made about Smith’s wife.  He returned to his seat, and the theater was…
Philip Martin
March 31, 2022
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Create the Environment

Have you watched Ted Lasso?  I was late to the party, but I’m glad I finally showed up.  There is something magical about how Ted focuses on creating an environment for his team to grow.  And once they grow… they start to win.  What’s the environment before Ted arrives?  Everyone…
Philip Martin
February 11, 2022
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Trust in Yourself

“Silenzio Bruno!”  If you’ve seen the Disney movie “Luca” you know exactly what this means.  Luca and his new friend Alberto start to race down a dangerous hill on a home made Vespa (yes it’s as rickety as it sounds).  Luca is scared, and the doubt in his head is…
Philip Martin
August 13, 2021
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Practice Makes Better

Photo by Justiniano Adriano from Pexels “If you’re not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he’ll be ready to take your job.” - Brooks Robinson, Former Professional Baseball Player “We’re talking about practice!”  Former NBA all-star guard Allen Iverson ranted about the criticism to him missing practices.  “. . . I…
Philip Martin
July 8, 2021
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Deliver the Truth

Telling the truth is one of our cardinal rules for life.  But we tend to think of the truth as the opposite of a lie, instead of the foundation for communicating and connecting.  If we see something that “rings true” we don’t mean that it isn’t a lie.  Instead we…
Philip Martin
May 28, 2021
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Just Stand

Sarah was a young actor, and this was the first time she was on the stage under my direction.  She started her monologue and I quickly realized she didn’t know what to do with her lines or her body, so she aimlessly wandered on stage.  Her eyes were glazed over…
Philip Martin
May 17, 2021