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Ashlee Smoot – Anything For a Friend

My cousin’s wife, Ashlee, is as beautiful and incredible as any woman you’d expect to meet.  Along with her hubby, Audy, they mountain climb, bike, and take their kids all over the world as travelers and people that truly enjoy life.  As fate can sometimes be so cruel, their days filled with joy and adventure were stopped dead in their tracks when Ashlee was diagnosed at age 32 with Stage IV colon cancer.  3 young kids, everything ahead of them, this kind of thing is just as wrong as it gets.  You may be interested in reading about their journey HERE. However, Ashlee is no quitter.  She does her rounds of chemo, and somehow is back on her bike racing along as if nothing’s wrong with her.  She is determined to beat this.  She has every reason, all she has to do is look at the little ones and she
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Commitment to Joy: Paul Brewer

“What a wonderful introduction!  Thank you so much!  Of all the intros I’ve had, that’s the most recent…It’s nice to see you are back to wearing men’s clothing again.” – Paul Brewer Leave it to Paul Brewer to fill a room with a laugh a minute, or more like every 5 seconds, when he takes the stage at the corporate event, a life celebration, or giving young people at a school the most memorable assembly they’ve ever seen. Growing up in Utah the two best places to go as a kid were the famous Lagoon Amusement Park (still around and doing better than ever) and The 49th Street Galleria (long gone for fun and instead now an education facility…which may be fun for someone, but not me).  Lagoon was summer fun, 49th Street Galleria was winter indoors adventure.  For years, the resident Magician was Paul Brewer.  In fact, he came to
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Commitment to Winning: Tony Ingle

  “I Don’t Mind Hitting Bottom, I Just Hate Dragging” is the title of Tony Ingle’s book.  The sense of humor this man has is something out of a Will Rogers meets Andy Griffith playbook.  He has had more ups and downs than the scale in my weight room, and yet somehow continues smiling, cracking jokes, and winning at work and more importantly, life. Tony Ingle is the greatest story of repeated struggle/triumph, difficulty/overcoming, most people have never heard.  If you’ve read my book, or followed my blog, you know he is the person who set me on the path to becoming an entertainer after seeing my dedication to basketball and suggesting I focus on making people laugh.  It was a tough lesson for me, but I’m grateful I listened, as he introduced me to the right people to help make things happen in my life. If you want a
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Commitment to Goal Setting: Heidi Totten

  Over the past few years I’ve watched on Facebook as a few of my friends have taken trips to Africa, India, and other service adventures in order to serve the people of the world.  I don’t imagine these trips feel like a vacation, as building huts, digging toilets, giving haircuts, and all else doesn’t seem as simple as a week at the beach.  I mean, I prefer a Westin heavenly bed any day to sleeping on the floor and having bugs in my sheets, but I could always stay at a motel off the interstate in California and have the same type of experience. Yet watching my friends do these trips inspires me.  It so much inspired one of my friends that she said to me one day, “Just so you know, I’ll be gone most of the month of March, I just decided I’m doing this and going to
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Joy of Commitment: Friendship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhFpZkJGwWM – Watch Video of Troubadours In my high school days, asking a girl out was pretty much the most frightening thing I could consider doing. Try out for a basketball team I might not make?  No problem. Run for President of the Student Body even though I had the worst grades in my entire class?  Let’s go for it. Rip my shirt off on stage at a religious event just to get a laugh, regardless of lack of six pack, tan, and public shaming?  Easy. But ask a girl out?  No way.  Scared me to death. Enter my friend, Quinn Dietlein, who had no fear of the ladies, in fact they flocked to him and I stood in awe.  That’s when he suggested we put a little doo-wop group together and sing a song to ask a girl out, make it fun, silly, non-threatening.  What a concept!  Me with my
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JH in Concert

Welcome to March!  Did you watch the Superbowl? It’s amazing how huge productions can bring out emotions of joy, sorrow, elation, and even a sense of community. I spent much of the Superbowl holding a really cute baby, and decided that I could make a career out of having people drop off their babies for me to hold. I think that would be a great commitment to daily joy. March is a month where flowers start to bloom and birds start to chirp and we get all excited about Spring just in time for an April snow shower to hit. We’ve had a very mild Winter here in Utah, but I just have a feeling that we still have a day or two of sledding in our future. That being said, I have some fun things for you while we slide into Spring that I want to share with you.
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Introducing My Friend, Jeff Havens: The One & Only

By Jeff Havens By now you’ve heard your fair share of motivational speakers. Some of them are impressive, and others are impressively boring. Some of them make you analyze your own behavior and help you see things in a new and productive way, while others make you wish you were participating in an IRS audit instead. But either way, all motivational speakers focus their entire energy on telling you what you should do. Which is perfectly fine. However, it’s way more fun to talk about what you shouldn’t do. There’s nothing wrong with being asked to embrace change as it comes. But wouldn’t it be more entertaining to listen to someone “encourage” you to fear change and fight against it with everything you have? Wouldn’t it be a refreshing change of pace to hear someone urge you to blame others for your mistakes? After all, we’ve outsourced textiles and manufacturing
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Commitment to Joy: CEO & Homeschool

In the effort to “Viva La Vida Loca”, ala Ricky Martin, I am constantly trying to figure out how to actually make my life crazier.  Hire a trainer to learn kettlebell swings?  Why not!  Take 2 days off to make Pinewood Derby cars with my boys and end up with a broken block of wood and 3 of us sobbing? Bring it on!  Sing through the sore throat until you’re at the doctor doing Vocal Physical Therapy?  Yes please! And so it is, the craziness that is my life.  I love it and wonder how it can get any more bizarre, and then it does.   Next thing I know I’m performing in front of Mrs. Hall, the teacher who discovered I could sing and changed my life forever.  And wait, what’s that?  We have brought back together The Troubadours from The Waterford School and are bidding adieu the Founder
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The Myth of Mentoring

To be clear, mentoring is not a myth. Unicorns are a myth, as are comfortable bicycle seats. (Seriously, cyclists, why do you hate your butts so much?) But there is a myth about mentoring that I’d like to clear up. I speak so often on the importance of mentors when addressing corporate leadership, as well as youth audiences, that I’ve even included a discussion about this in my book, “Signature Moves: How To Stand Out in a Sit Down World”. The Myth of Mentoring is this: You have to be the top of the heap, best of the best, and a major Success before you can Mentor someone. The truth, however, is that everyone can and should be a mentor. You don’t have to have specific expertise to offer great guidance to those who need it. For example, I have never ridden a shark. However, I believe I could still
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Commitment to Joy: The Daddy Daughter Dance

The Annual Daddy Daughter Dance has become something of a big deal in the Hewlett household.  We have a few different dances to choose from as Valentine’s Day nears, and have made the rounds through the years, going from one venue to the next checking out the dances we decide are the best.  This year we found ourselves at the Daybreak Dance in our neighborhood and had a wonderful time. It’s fun to see the daughters all decked out in their outfits, flowers in their hair, ready to P-A-R-T-Y. And it’s also funny to watch the dads show up in, what just very well may be, the only time this year they put on a tie or a buttoned up collared shirt. The combination of Daddy Daughter is an interesting one – Girls want to dance / Dad shows up to eat Girls spend hours doing hair, buying dress, getting ready
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