Dreams do come true

A little over ten years ago, around 2006 or so, I was working with my co-founder Christina Wodtke on a product startup centered around PublicSquare, a collaborative publishing platform, a product, business, and relationship that didn’t go anywhere. At the time I was on a Tony Robbins binge. I was reading his books, listening to his audio programs, and implementing his advice. Fun fact: I’ve actually never been to any of his live events.

One thing that really resonated with me, and has stayed with me ever since, was a story about Stephen Spielberg, and how he worked. I’m going to paraphrase from memory here, because even if it turns out I got the whole thing wrong, it’s the story that stayed in my head that mattered. As I recall it, Tony described Spielberg’s way of working as going around sprinkling magic fairy dust on things. His businesses and productions were all running smoothly without him, so he’d just go around, almost unnoticed, and see where he felt called to add his special little extra something. Immediately I knew, this is how I want to work.

A few years later, around 2010, I read an interview in Inc. magazine with Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMs Shoes. No, his name is not Tom. He talked about living on a yacht on the water ouside Los Angeles, and starting each day by meditating, journaling, and doing his spiritual practice. The company staffed with talented people who know what they’re doing, he was free to ruminate on the bigger picture, and he’d just stay in touch with his team daily by phone. Again, I knew, this is how I want to work.

Fast-forward to today, it’s March 2017, and I just relaized, holy shit, this is my reality now! I have a software company generating money and happiness for myself and our many customers all over the world, and a wonderful, talented, committed team doing great work, and I get to start each day meditating, journaling, and doing my spiritual practice.

I just spent 10 days in Austin for SXSW, and I went in with the intention of connecting with a manager for my music career, and came back with something much deeper and more profound: A complete reorientation of how I live my life and how I do my art. And I’m realizing, this is exactly what I do best, and this is exactly what I always dreamt of.

I don’t fancy myself a traditional business leader or CEO. I see myself more as a spiritual leader, like Richard Branson, or perhaps Steve Jobs. I can’t do the day-to-day managerial stuff. I can’t even show up in an office each day. It would never work for me, I’d hate it, and I’d end up creating way too much chaos.

What I can do is exactly what I’m doing. Allow myself the freedom to experince, learn, grow, discover, download, envision, and then take that and create art from it, in the form of businesses, products, strategies, paintings, music, writing, food, events, and everything else.

That’s what I always wanted to do, and now I’m doing it. And I didn’t even notice it.

That’s the power of visions, of dreams, of knowing what you want. One day you might wake up and realize, you created it, and you weren’t even consciously trying.

What do you dream of?

When you want to help someone who is suffering

I see a lot of big-hearted, spiritual, healers, and helpers, who really want to help other people and alleviate their pain.

Here’s how most people go about that in a way that doesn’t work, and how to do it in a way that does…

What’s been your experience? Have you tried this where it worked? Where it didn’t? Let me know in the comments.

The Calvin Show Episode 013: Is Having Money Okay?

Hello!

Let’s jump in!

In this episode, I reply to a question sent to us by Georgian from The Gratitude Podcast (give a listen to our conversation on his podcast).

We find out:

  • How does over delivering hurt us, and our clients?
  • Where is love?
  • Are you afraid of money?
  • What is the most important thing to invest in?

 

 

What are your issues, fears, and thoughts around money? Share with me, so we can move this important conversation forward!

The Calvin Show Episode 012: Learning From Trump

Welcome back to another episode of The Calvin Show!

In this inauguration filled episode:

  • Do rules matter?
  • How do we get others to manifest for us?
  • How can polarizing people work for you?
  • What’s the best thing we can do right now?

 

 

 

Post your Trump experiences, thoughts, and any questions you may have in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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The Calvin Show Episode 011: Tuning In

Hello!

It’s been dark and rainy here in NYC, so let’s throw some light out there!

In this love filled episode of The Calvin Show:

  • What did George Michael see in the mirror?
  • What is the music industry filled with?
  • Who are the Hendricks’?
  • How do we open ourselves to discovery?
  • When are we being defensive and how do we acknowledge it?
  • How to learn from mentors?

Post your experiences, thoughts, and any questions you may have in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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The Calvin Show Episode 010: The Sausage

Hello, beautiful people!

On today’s episode of The Calvin Show:

  • How is sausage made?
  • Come on a walk with me in the LES and West Village
  • What is cooking?
  • Will construction in my apartment building ever end?

 

 

Have any great recipes?
Send them my way and I could end up cooking it on the show!

Post your cooking/food experiences, thoughts, and any questions you may have in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

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The Calvin Show Episode 009: Masculine and Feminine

Hello!

Can you believe we are almost through the end of January?

On today’s episode of The Calvin Show:

  • Where did society go wrong?
  • I did stand up comedy?
  • Sexual energy, where is it okay?
  • Don’t cut yourself off at the waist!
  • How do we tap into the unconscious?
  • Recognizing unconscious programming, what to we do next?

What do you think about the function of masculine and feminine?

Post your experiences, thoughts, and any questions you may have in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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The Calvin Show Episode 008: Eat The Dessert!!

Hello all you beautiful people!

Yes, you are all beautiful AND there is NOTHING wrong with you!

On today’s episode of The Calvin Show:

 

  • Why there is NOTHING wrong with you!
  • Anarchy, let’s do it!
  • What’s it really all about?
  • Self-hate, what do we do about it?
  • Gorgeous & famous people hate their bodies too!
  • Seducing the ego, what should you tell it?

Post your experiences, thoughts, and any questions you may have in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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