The Promise of Staying Positive

Over the past few weeks I can easily say more has gone wrong than right on our RV trek across America.  The challenge is when you set your expectations so high, and hope every idea will turn out, and then reality happens. The thing I have to keep saying to myself is to stay positive.  It’s such a simple affirmation, but it is real. Slice my hand open on hose/water faucet – stay positive. Drag kids out of bed at 5:30 AM to watch sunrise over the ocean, only to realize we are in the gulf facing south – stay
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General RV Review

You may be surprised that I would post something like this online.  I normally post nothing negative.  But The Promise to The Audience is just as important to The One.  In this case I was the recipient of the service of someone and you’ll see my story below.  I sent it to General RV.  Hope you take 10 minutes to read it, as I feel it is important to fill out surveys when asked.   Dear General RV, We purchased our first RV 2 summers ago at Camping World, joined their Good Sam Club, and were promptly stunned at the
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The RV Trip Promise

Kids are sleeping. It’s 2 AM here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and my mind will not shut off. Two years ago, after we as a family made a very big decision and purchased a Class C 32 ft. Winnebago motorhome to cross the USA in 4 weeks, I promised the kids that 2 years later we’d hit the Southern states, since we got all the Northern ones in 2015. Here we are 10 days into the trip. Should be Day 15 but our old motorhome had some mechanical issues that couldn’t be resolved before July, and we
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This One Made Me Laugh

Some stories you just can’t make up.     I talk about the importance of loving one’s family, but also know not everyone is having success in that department. This news article made me laugh out loud in both the silliness of it, as well as feeling sad at the same time for this guy. Comedy is Tragedy, and this is a bit of both. Hope you’ll Promise to love your Family. Thanks to FOX13 in Utah for this story.   ~ jason hewlett Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for
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The Descent: The Greater Ascension

  As I sobbed into the phone from the summit of The Grand Teton, following a 24-hour long arduous trek to get to the legendary craggy peak, I left a message for my family in both gratitude for their help with my preparations to ascend, and also mixed with terror at the thought of what I had just accomplished. It wasn’t until the moment I stepped foot off the top of the mountain to begin the journey home that I realized The Descent is more important and dangerous than any Ascent. Every mountain climb has an Ascent and a Descent.
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The Promise of Family First

Today Phil Mickelsen, in the prime of his illustrious golf career, has withdrawn from the the U.S. Open. Not due to weather. Not because he’s having back pain. Because his daughter, who is class president, is graduating from high school, and giving the commencement speech. The U.S. Open is in Wisconsin.  Even with a private jet, Mickelsen wouldn’t be able to race from his daughter’s Carlsbad, CA speech to make his tee time. What makes this decision even more amazing is reported by ESPN, “Mickelson holds the U.S. Open record with six runner-up finishes, and it’s the only major keeping
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Father Time 2.0

  Just in time for Father’s Day this weekend we have released my “Father Time” NEW recording, as completed at the VidAngel studios with DryBar Comedy a few weeks ago.  I blogged about it HERE. You’ll relate to my singing “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons as I patiently make the kids gather their stuff; You’ll laugh with the Family Prayer and Bedtime Song (Metallica) routine that has become one of the most favorable requested routines I’ve ever written for the hilarity of nighttime rituals; You’ll enjoy the Daddy Dinosaur, AC/DC, Adele, “Shut Up’s a Potty Word to Me”,
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What Kind of Parent Are You?

A man in his mid-60’s walked up following my Closing Keynote at a leadership conference in Colorado, with tears in his eyes, and said, “I thought it was too late to become the father I never was for my children, but your message just opened my eyes to what I can become as a Grandfather by doing something now.  I feel I’ve just been granted a second chance at the one thing I failed so greatly at.  My Promise is to be the World’s Greatest Grandpa.  Thank you so much for giving me that hope and realization.” I didn’t realize
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Have You Heard of VidAngel?

  The other night our family snuggled in for a chance to watch something fun on NETFLIX. As we scrolled through the options, our kids had seen a majority of the limited “Family Movies” section, even multiple times, so we went in search of something new and fun to watch together. After scrolling and previewing our options for nearly 30 minutes we came to the realization that the few good movies we’d already seen, others were too much cartoon based and uninteresting, and all the rest, meaning 99/100 movies, were truly inappropriate for our kids to see. So we went
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The Promise of Compliments

How often do you give others a compliment? There is no quicker way to engage someone, a complete stranger, and gain a fast friend, than to offer a sincere compliment. I hope you enjoy this video with my humorous examples of giving compliments to random strangers and how it made their day better and makes my life happier. I keep a promise every day to myself, and to the world at large, to give as many compliments as possible, because seriously, who doesn’t love a compliment? And when was the last time you gave a compliment?   ~ jason hewlett
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