Steve Gamlin Walked Away From His Radio DJ Job Without a New One Lined Up

Steve Gamlin Walked Away From His Radio DJ Job Without a New One Lined Up


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My guest for Episode #144 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Steve Gamlin. He is a Speaker, Author, VisionBoarder and Humor Punch-Up Specialist. His company is Motivational Firewood.

What does Steve do? He teaches individuals and organizations…to SEE THEIR GOALS, understand WHY they want them… and build an Action Plan for achievement.

How? With a blend of back-to-basics positivity, engagement, humor… and Visualization.

He is the author of four books including, Table 7, Your Centerpiece Is on Fire!

In today's episode, Steve shares his “favorite mistake” story about walking away from his radio DJ job without having another one lined up. Why did he get so frustrated? What did he learn from the experience?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • What was the cause of the frustration??
  • What’s the story behind the name of your company, Motivational Firewood?
  • What are vision boards?? Life tool not just a work tool
  • Business mistakes
  • Humor mistakes – punch up work
  • Less obvious mistakes with trying to use humor
  • What happens when you bomb?
  • Speaking mistakes
  • Vision Board Learning Program
  • Free master class is a lead in to that

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  • Video of the episode
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  • How to subscribe
  • Full transcript

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"[The doctors] said, look, you're in your mid 30s. You're going to be dead by 40, if you keep this up."
 "I don't tell jokes. I didn't tell jokes. When I was a comedian, I was a storyteller."
"I started to ask a lot more questions to educate myself more, to make sure that I was the right fit for whomever I might be working with. And to not be afraid to say no and say, 'Here's the reason why I'm not a good fit.'"

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.