Make 2012 A Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays,

I’m sure that you, like many others, are about to make your new year’s resolutions.  I have just finished doing my own!  I love the feeling of winding one year down and preparing for an improved new year.

There is an unparalleled feeling of optimism in most people.  The key is MAINTAINING that optimism beyond the end of January.  Setting the goals is not the key…..The key is following through and ATTAINING those objectives.

Here is a video that will give you MY KEY to consistently reaching the goals I set in my New Years Resolutions.

Enjoy and have a blessed 2012
Marc

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Exploring the Unknown – Marc Accetta

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In our most recent Edutainment Weekly, Marc Accetta explores events that have contributed to our lives and have allowed us to continue to grow.  Many of these events were unknown and unexplored but individuals that thought outside the box questioned, “What If”?  Individuals like Henry Ford asking his group of engineers to make him a V8 engine and them telling him it’s not possible and through his persistence we now have V8 engines. We hope you enjoy this video!

Changing the Game You Are In!

My dad grew up a die hard New York yankee fan.  He grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan, so it was a natural thing since he was there for the Yankees glory days spanning the era’s of Babe Ruth and Joe Dimaggio. When I was about 8 years old, he brought me to Yankee Stadium for the first time to make sure I saw the immortal Mickey Mantle play one time in person before he retired at the end of that season.
It was beautiful summer day and the Yanks were playing a double header against the Kansas City Athletics.  They A’s were featuring some young superstars named Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter.  The most amazing thing about the visiting team was their uniforms….bright green and Gold……with ‘White” shoes!  That was unheard of in that day and age.  No one wore white spikes.  I was hooked on the A’s!
My dad was not happy!  What the hell was wrong with his son……How could he bring me to the hallowed Yankee stadium to watch the Mick…and have me betray him like that?  But that’s what happened.  The A’s moved to Oakland a couple of years later and won the World Series form 1972-1974.  I have been a die hard A’s fan since that fateful day in 1968.
The ironic thing is that the two players I fell in love with ended up playing for the Yankees years later through Free Agency.  That was definitely karmic payback for my dad!
I have struggled through many lean seasons with the A’s.  The last time we were formidable was about 7-8 years ago when we brought up some young superstars through our organization….Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Eric Chavez…just to name a few.
The team almost won it all, but was shortly thereafter decimated due to our pitifully low payroll limitations and the allure of free agency to all those star players.
Thanks God for our GM Billy Bean.  He developed a totally new system of rating players that allowed us to pick up players as great bargins and somehow keep a competitive team on the field.  Now everyone in baseball is following his system.  He truly changed the game.  The new movie MoneyBall staring Brad Pitt tell the amazing story in great detail.
Click this link below and I will explain how Billy Bean’s actions can inspire you to change the game that you are in!
Blessings,
Marc

Leaders Affect Their Enviornment!

Do you consider yourself to be a leader? Leadership is one of the most overused terms in the world today. My old mentor used to say that the first thing you need to be considered a leader is… A following!

I love that! How many self professed leaders have no one following them… At least not voluntarily. You have to earn leadership; it can’t be bestowed on you. It can be, but that’s not true leadership.

Let me give you the simplest way to determine if you are a leader or not. This will also tell you how to become a leader if you realize you are not one yet.

Leaders AFFECT their environment; they are not AFFECTED by it!

Are you affected by others? When someone whines and complains do you join in? Do you just stay quiet so you don’t upset the old apple cart, or do you step up and put the whiners in their place? Leaders affect whiners! They take away their excuses. They get them to stop focusing on their adverse circumstances, stop being victims and focus on solutions!

Is that you?

When your team is underperforming and putting in less that 100% effort, do you just kinda play down to their level? Or, do you get on them and let them know that their lack of effort is unacceptable so they can play UP to you level?

Many of you are right in the middle of this right now. Your team or company is in a slump. Morale is down. What are you going to do about it?

Leadership is not easy. The main thing that it takes is guts! True leaders are not concerned with winning a popularity contest; they are concerned with getting their team to perform at a higher level than they would perform without him or her.

You know what is right in your heart. All you have to do is follow it with passion and AFFECT everyone around you to be the same way.  Michael Jordan was undeniably the greatest athlete I have ever seen in my lifetime, but for the first part of his career with the Chicago Bulls, that’s all he was…A great player.

Then he learned how to AFFECT everyone on the team and make them better players! He learned how to get them to feed off his passion and greatness and play UP to his level and the rest was history!

When he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame he said, “it’s true that there is no “I” in TEAM, but there is an “I” in WIN!

Make no mistake about it, Michael Jordan AFFECTED his environment. Now it’s time for you to go affect yours!

Blessings,
Marc

Broke is NOT a financial state, it’s a State of Mind!

I have had the amazing pleasure to travel throughout much of Europe over the last two years and I have to tell you that if you are not traveling to Europe, and other great parts of the world, you are REALLY missing out! I am doing as many training videos from my travels here so you can see just how amazing this part of the world is.

This weeks video is in good fun, but it makes a good point too. That’s the whole idea of Edutainment Weekly. I hope you enjoy this clip from my trip to Amsterdam.

Blessings,
Marc Accetta