46 Ways To Reach Your Own Super Bowl

Can there be anyone on the planet that doesn’t know what the Super Bowl is? Whether you watch it or not, more than a billion people will be watching this bad boy today in at least 65 countries around the world. It’s a monster whether you have a favored horse in the race or not.

This year pits two teams together that got to this game in different ways. One team, the New England Patriots, were expected to be here. They’ve shown a consistent pattern of success over the years by following the same formula, even when they change players. The other team, the New York Giants, got here through sheer determination, as they were literally at the point where if they lost one more game their season was done, and they’ve run off an impressive string of unexpected wins.

What this proves is that there’s no one way to attain success, yet there are things that everyone should think about in some fashion so that they can achieve success in their lives. Yes, this is one of those motivational posts of mine and to coincide with Super Bowl XLVI, or 46, I’ve come up with 46 ways that we all can reach our own pinnacle of success, our own Super Bowl. And think of it this way; whether you win it or not, do you think that if you finished close to your ultimate dreams that you won’t have succeeded in life? As a friend of mine once pointed out, success sometimes happens by only a nose; second place pays very well.

These are in no particular order except the first and last one; enjoy the day!

  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Believe in a purpose
  3. Have a dream to pursue
  4. Dream big
  5. Share your dream with your best friends
  6. If they don’t like your dream, find new friends that will
  7. Learn everything you can about your dream
  8. Never be afraid to take chances on things you want
  9. Research to make more informed decisions
  10. Think positively about things you want to do
  11. Don’t be reckless but don’t fear change
  12. Find mentors you can follow, whether they know it or not
  13. Find like minded people who also have a vision, whether it’s the same as yours or not
  14. Motivation is always a good thing to have
  15. It’s never a bad thing to have to get motivated again; we have to eat and bathe often as well
  16. There will be setbacks; realize it, and let them roll off your back
  17. Nobody is perfect; learn from your mistakes
  18. If you follow what someone else did word for word it might not always work for you, so only use it as a guide
  19. Make plans to attain your ultimate dreams
  20. Set goals both reachable and unattainable so you can show successes while always striving for more
  21. Don’t do things you know aren’t right for you even if everyone else is doing it
  22. If you need help, ask for it
  23. Don’t lie to yourself; you won’t respect yourself for it in the morning
  24. If you need time to reflect on things, take it; just don’t go away too long
  25. Don’t do things because they’re popular; do them because they’re fun
  26. Don’t forget to take care of yourself while you’re reaching for the stars
  27. Work on reaching your goals and you’ll find that your success will attract others
  28. Don’t always look for the next big thing; it will distract you and could harm you
  29. Don’t trust or distrust others without reason; no one gets successful on their own
  30. Just because you have plans and goals doesn’t mean you can’t alter them on the fly
  31. Always take time to help someone along the way if they ask for it; you won’t believe the dividends it will pay later
  32. Hold yourself accountable for working towards your dreams
  33. If you need one, a vision board of things you want when you become successful might help
  34. Always have a priority list of what’s most important in your life
  35. Don’t limit what you want in life; doing that limits how hard you’ll work for it
  36. The biggest, strongest, smartest, richest or bravest aren’t always the ones who’ll succeed before you
  37. Loyalty, honesty and trustworthiness will bring you more joy and success than you can imagine
  38. Imagination is your friend; no one ever created something special without it
  39. Always think of the greater good while you’re reaching for your dreams
  40. Wealth is always attainable; make sure you have your internal infrastructure ready to handle it
  41. Take in the beauty around you; if you don’t think you have any, then go find some
  42. Love your family; success means nothing without someone to share it with
  43. Finish things; many people have great ideas that they never complete
  44. Open up to others but don’t ever tell them things they might use against you later on
  45. Support the dreams of others; give advice when you can if they’ll accept it
  46. Nobody is better than you; are you feeling that now?

 

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Sunday Question – The Super Bowl; Who Are You Pulling For?

You know, one would think this one would only interest American markets, but the reality is that in 2007 it was broadcast in 232 countries, which is astounding to me because I didn’t even realize there were 232 countries, and of course that’s not all of them because I’m doubting Iran is watching, as much as they hate America.

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So, who do we have? This year it pits the Pittsburgh Steelers (that wasn’t supposed to be a pun but I’ll run with it) against the Green Bay Packers. The team that has an opportunity to become the winningest Super Bowl team in history against the team that won the first two Super Bowls ever. This one looks fairly balanced, and thus it could end up being a good game for those football fans like me who normally don’t care who wins unless it’s my favorite team in there.

And yet, my friend Scott and I bet on the game every year. If one of my favorite teams is in then I get them, and if one of his is in then he gets to pick. If we don’t care, coin flip. This year his team, the Green Bay Packers, is in, and thus I have Pittsburgh.

In the end I think my pick would have been Pittsburgh anyway. Pittsburgh comes into this game with a regular season record of 12-4, Green Bay at 10-6. Green Bay was an underdog in 2 of its 3 playoff games; Pittsburgh was expected to win. Both have big quarterbacks that can throw the ball well. Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay can run; Ben Roethlisburger is, well, big, strong, hard to bring down, and is already a 2-time winner of the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh also has the top defense against the rush and in points allowed and was second in total yards defense, along with the defensive player of the year in Troy Polamalu while Green Bay was 24th in rushing out of 30 teams.

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Oh yeah, what’s our bet? Pizza or calzones at one of our favorite places, Pizza Villa in Oswego, where we both went to college. I can’t remember if we’re making a run today, as we alternate sometimes and I believe we went up last year, but whatever we get will be delicious.

And of course I’ll be taping the game at home, as we’ll watch at his house, so I can rewatch any commercials I either liked or might have missed. All that and the Black Eyed Peas; I can hardly wait. So, who’s your choice for the big winner? Either way, have fun, and be smart; don’t drink and drive.

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My Top 6 Super Bowl XLIV Commercials

This was an interesting year for Super Bowl commercials, I couldn’t believe how many of them had men and women in their underwear, mainly men. And let’s just say that these weren’t people almost any of us would consider as “hot”.

Overall there were 68 commercials of mainly what we’re used to. There were car commercials, beer commercials, Doritos commercials galore. There were a few Denny’s commercials with screaming chickens because they were running the free Grand Slam breakfast promotion like they ran last year (and for the second year in a row I missed it, since it was today until 2PM). There was a lot of pre-game controversy over an anti-abortion ad that didn’t quite live up to the hype, and was a much nicer commercial than I was expecting it to be. And there were the usual duds, but that’s to be expected.

Anyway, I have my favorite six, which I’m going to rank in reverse order. It seems that most of my favorite choices weren’t ranked all that high by other consumers, but hey, this is my list. And the commercials are here for your review as well; I wonder how long they’ll stay around this time before I’ll have to go back and find updated ones. Anyway, here we go.

6. Coke, Sleepwalker. This one had a guy who sleepwalks through the jungle and all its dangers because he’s in search of a Coca Cola. I thought it was really creative; critics said they didn’t get it. What’s to get? Course, throw in a little Bolero and I’m a happy guy.

5. Doritos, Dog. This one has a guy sitting on a park bench when a dog comes wanting a Dorito, but has a dog collar that zaps the dog if he barks. My wife didn’t get it, but I loved it. The critics didn’t like this one either; shame.

4. Budweiser, Clydesdales & Steer. Every year we all wait for the Clydesdales, and Budweiser, which wasn’t initially going to do one this year, eventually came through. This time they added a friends back story which included a steer with the same colors as the clydesdales; I thought it was cute, the critics thought it was unoriginal.

3. Letterman, Leno & Oprah. Man, no one saw this coming, and it’s one of two that the critics agree with me on. All we’ve heard over the past number of years was how much David Letterman and Jay Leno have been after each other. And of course we heard how Oprah first didn’t like Dave, and now was against Jay because of what’s going on with Conan. Great spot, and great satire also.

2. Snickers, Betty White & Abe Vigoda. This is the other one critics loved, and it seems it was the most popular ad of the night in most surveys. Having Betty White utter the line “that’s not what your girlfriend said” is a classic, and pulling Abe Vigoda out for another cameo was just a great touch.

1. Doritos, Little Boy. This one started out with a creep factor, but when this little boy drops his video remote, you know it’s on. I liked the sass it showed, and a little boy protecting his mother against someone whose values seem skewed… big ups for me.

And there you are, my favorites. I’m sure you have your own, if you watched the game, or saw any of the commercials; share your thoughts.

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Some Random Sunday Things

I’ve been on quite a clip lately in writing this blog, my other blogs, other people’s blogs and all the articles I’ve been writing as well. I could have taken today off, and I kind of am because this is a quick hitter to mention a few things that have entertained or mentioned me lately.

The first is another online radio interview I did with Beverly Mahone of Boomer Diva Nation, the same group that named me as one of the top Baby Boomer Men of 2010. I thank her for that, and I hope to be able to live up to it for the year. Here’s the interview, which you can download as a MP3.

The second is both an honor and some confusion, I guess. I was listed on Not A Pro Blog by Jordan Cooper as one of the 20 Bloggers To Watch Out For In A Back Alley (at least I was; seems the actual Problogger bought this particular blog in April 2010, so the rest of this paragraph makes little sense, but I’m leaving it here anyway).

There’s a video that picks on 20 of us guys, but when he gets to me he compares me to Magilla Gorilla. I missed the reference, my wife isn’t happy for some reason (probably that “equating a black man with a gorilla thing), but I like that I got a mention anyway. I’d have commented on his blog but he has Disqus, and you know how I feel about that, so I figure he’ll see the trackback. His blog is pretty good, and I subscribe to it, so go ahead and check it out.

The third is just a bit of funny that I saw that I wanted to pop up here, though I’m not sure I’m really allowed to do. If I’m contacted, I’ll take it back down, but I’ll get a bit of fun out of it first. This is how you take someone’s power away when they don’t really have it to begin with. I wish I could have thought of saying stuff like this back to people when I was a kid; now I don’t have to deal with such things. I bring you Get Fuzzy:

Finally, some quick football picks. I’m obviously not the best guy at picking games, but I’ll have my fun with it anyway. In the AFC, I expect Indianapolis to win big, but I’m pulling for the NY Jets. They have to be the emotional pick in this game, and all week we’ve been evoking the memories of Broadway Joe here in NY state. In the NFC, man, I really don’t care since my Cowboys lost, but since I have to make a pick I’m going with New Orleans, though for no particular reason.

Indianapolis versus Minnesota would have way more back stories to tell, and the networks would love the Manning vs. Favre comparisons, and of course that game would easily draw in more visitors and make more money than a Jets versus Saints Super Bowl, but most of the world will watch no matter who’s playing, and I’ll have a legitimate betting interest in the game then (Scott, get ready!). By the way, the Jets prove why you play these games rather than just anoint the teams that should be there. No one saw the Jets making it this far with a rookie QB and new coach; fantastic stuff.

That’s it; a “short post” that ended up being more than 500 words anyway. Enjoy your Sunday y’all!

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Videos On This Blog, 2007 – June 2008

You know, when I started out on this quest to link to posts of mine that have videos on them, it never even entered my mind that I might have gone to the video vault as often as I seem to have gone. Once I got through February 2008, I realized that I was going to have to break this up somehow, otherwise this post could have been a major mess. Therefore, I decided to go only through June 2008, and since this blog began December 2007, that’s included as well.

It’s funny, but early on my posts were relatively short, so sometimes I only had one paragraph and then a video. I think I’ve come a long way. Still, I wanted to have a link to videos because every once in awhile I’m looking for something, and, well, I think some videos are just entertaining as anything. And who knows, you might find something in here you like and want to check out. So, here are the links to the videos, with a brief take on what the post was about:

I Still Believe – I love Mariah Carey and I love the song in this music video, even when Brenda K Starr did it.

Stout Hearted Men – If you ever watched Wonder Years, you probably died laughing when this scene played surrounding the boys glee club.

Martin Luther King Jr – The Finale – this was Dr. King’s final speech before he was assassinated the next day; timely since tomorrow is the King Holiday.

Turn The World Around – Harry Belafonte & the Muppets did this as the last song when he was on the Muppet Show. Turns out to also be the song performed by Belafonte at Henson’s funeral.

Lizards dancing to Thriller – This was my favorite commercial during the 2008 Super Bowl, which figures since it used a Michael Jackson song

Blame It On The Boogie – A Jackson’s music video and song I happened to like.

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan music video.

Amp – I questioned whether this commercial during the Super Bowl was effective advertising or not.

Web Design Rap – I thought this was a pretty creative educational video about web design.

Pulp Fiction? – the Muppets take on Pulp Fiction; got an idea how much I love the Muppets?

The Oil Crisis – this is a pretty long video by a guy who says he has inside information that oil prices are being falsely manufactured to kill us with high prices.

Push It – I started out talking about human beatboxes, then decided to put in the full Salt ‘n Pepa video that the Amp commercial bit a chunk off.

A Video Parody – if anyone remembers when that goofy kid got on video and cried while telling the world to leave Britney Spears alone, they you’ll like this video, which was a parody of that one telling people to leave PCs alone during the Vista disaster & Mac commercial period

2 Legit 2 Quit – MC Hammer’s video, my favorite video & song of his.

I Want You Back – my favorite song of all time by my favorite group of all time with my favorite entertainer of all time; ’nuff said.

Never Saw It Coming – a funny video involving pandas.

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