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What Do You Need?

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community, Leadership

Photo Credit: milos milosevic via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: milos milosevic via Compfight cc

It’s probably one of the most important questions you can ever be asked.

And your answer, honestly, communicates more about your state of being, than anything else.

The unfortunate reality is most of us don’t have the slightest clue as to the answer.

Most of the time, simply being asked this question throws us in to some kind of a unexpected tail spin, where we’re scrambling to get out of having to answer at all.

I mean it’s awkward, if you think about it, having someone intently look in your eyes and sincerely ask you what you need. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen much.

The other day I was told a Production Manager was needed to come help rescue an event that had suddenly ballooned into a much larger, more exquisite experience. Naturally I was overjoyed, because I love creating awesome experiences!

And that’s what Creating the Awesome is all about.

Asking you what you need, and helping you get it. And if you don’t happen to know the answer, then even better, I’d love to help you get there.

So as I sit here in beautiful Marrakech, Morocco, I’m asking you that same question.

What do you need?

Yeah, that, what was that? That thing that just popped in your head?

Jot it down, email it to me, write it in the comments below.

Nothing is too silly, or too outrageous an answer.

Besides, what do you have to lose?

Nothing gives me more joy than knowing your stories, and knowing how I can help!

The really cool thing, I mean the coolest thing ever, is I actually respond! Not some virtual executive assistant, or some back door automated response.

Me!

Personally!

So give it a shot, let me know what you need. I bet you’ll be surprised at just how much I can help!

 

Posted on: May 27, 2013

5 Major Reasons Why You Need To Travel The World

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

It never fails that whenever someone finds out how I’ve made a living for most of my life or with whom I’ve been fortunate enough to work with, one of the very first questions I’m asked is; what’s it like to travel the world? Being the storyteller I am, I love being asked the question and I love engaging in the conversation even more!

Just the other day I received an urgent e-mail desperately seeking my immediate availability and now here I sit currently in London about to fly into Marrakech, Morocco.

Life is crazy sometimes!

Photo Courtesy of www.tcsignature.com

Photo Courtesy of www.tcsignature.com

The image above is the venue for this amazing awards ceremony, fashion show and concert featuring John Legend, Youssou Ndour, Akon, and Mos Def, just to name a few.

Traveling back across the “pond” has got me to thinking, once again, of the many great lessons I’ve learned from traveling the world. So in the continual effort to answer the above question, here are 5 major reasons why you need to travel the world.

1. It hits the refresh button on life. If you’ve ever surfed the internet and experienced a web site not load correctly, and then refreshed the page and suddenly that seemed to correct things, then know exactly what I’m talking about here. Sometimes in life, tunnel vision gets the best of us. We forget about others and even forget about what’s truly important in life. Last week I wrote about Awesome’s Ending, and frankly one of the beautiful rewards from traveling the world is that it hits the refresh button, reminding us of the brevity of life.

2. It awakens your soul to new senses and experiences. There are really two sides to this but both are ultimately good. Traveling the world awakens your soul and provides you with experiences that you otherwise would never have. Experiences like the lack of personal space, say on a 18 hour flight across the Atlantic. Or the sensation of rare and exquisite cuisine from a foreign country. All have a unique ability to stoke the fire of our soul, awakening, what many times are hidden desires and passions.

3. Traveling the world teaches you life is not all about you. Did I just remind you of something there? Like a parent or spouse, perhaps? It’s interesting that there was a time, in fact, when it was commonly accepted in the scientific community that the Sun rotated around the Earth, and the Earth was at the center of the universe. We’ve since disproved that theory, but isn’t it curious how many times you and I live like we are the center of the universe. Traveling the world teaches you in no uncertain terms that this life is not about you.

4. It forces you to grow and adapt to new environments. The best example of this is can be found by learning how to use a phone outside of your familiar homeland. Oh, it may sound simple enough, but trust me, just try it. Ever heard of a country code? When you’re out of the country, you can’t just pick up and start dialing, you have to think about where you’re dialing, what’s the country code, then the areas code etc. There’s a bit of learning curve to it. And then there’s the whole idea of currency exchange. And on, and on, and on… That’s just naming a couple quick examples.

5. Last but not least, traveling the world gives you the best gift possible: perspective. I’ve already hinted at how traveling reminds of the brevity of life, but beyond that, upon entering a foreign country, say Africa for example, you’re quickly given a culture shock, revealing just how lucky you are. Those aren’t actors in those commercials on tv. Things like poverty, famine, and genocide exist and are brutally horrific to experience first hand. Traveling the world and intentionally reaching outside your comfort zone is one of the most beneficial things you could ever do in your lifetime, no matter your age.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

I love the quote above from St. Augustine and I love that I have been so blessed and fortunate to encounter the many awesome experiences I have over the years.

If you could pick one place, one destination that you’ve always dreamed of going, where would that be?

Share in the comments below!

Posted on: May 24, 2013

What is an Awesome Experience?

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

I love engaging with others about awesome experiences they’ve enjoyed and listening to them recall those stories. It’s an amazing experiment that ultimately leads to the same result each and every time. Regardless of whether those are experiences from business, or life, or church, they all posses the same essence. They are powerful. So powerful in fact, they can change and alter the course of your life.

But, just so we’re clear, lets define experience.

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My favorite definition comes from more of a philosophical vantage point, where experience is defined as:

“the totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood and remembered.”

I have spent the last 15 years, working and traveling the globe, creating experiences for the entertainment industry.  Sometimes those experiences were awesome and sometimes they weren’t. But let me just say one thing:

Everything is about the experience.

Each and every interaction we have throughout our day gives us an experience.  The reality is, most times we just aren’t present enough and don’t recognize or pay attention to them.

Regardless, billions and billions of dollars are spent every year to help create experiences that will either result in us buying one product instead of another or visiting one destination instead of the other.  In the case of politics, billions of dollars are even spent to convince us that one person is more trust-worthy and therefore more electable than someone else.

As you can start to see, absolutely everything is about the experience.

Do me a favor, think about the last time you went to a restaurant and had an awesome experience.  What were some of the things that set it apart?  How did the food taste?  What was your immediate thought as you took that first bite?  What was the presentation and the service like?  What about the environment and ambiance of the room?  What did all of that make you want to do?

You become an evangelist for them!

Ok, now let’s try to think about it this way.  Think about the last time you stayed in an awesome hotel?   Try to remember walking into the lobby.  What was the first thing you noticed when you walked in?  How were you greeted?  What did it feel like getting to your room, putting your key in and opening the door?  What did the room smell like?  What was your first impression of how it looked?  How did the sheets, pillows, and bed feel?  Now think about the bathroom.  What did it look like?  What kind of light fixtures, sink, faucet, tub and shower did it have?

All of these things work together, creating, what ultimately results in awesome experiences.

Awesome experiences create markers in our lives and memories, helping us tell our story. (tweet that)

One last picture and we’ll move on.  This one may not apply to everyone, but it certainly should.  Close your eyes and think about the last Apple product you bought.  Yeah I can tell this one works, because if you’re like me, you’ve already got a huge smile on your face.  Whether it was a Macbook Pro, iPad, or even an iPhone, think about pinching the corners and tearing at the plastic.  Picture opening that box for the first time. All the anticipation and excitement, pulling the plastic off and looking at that fresh, clean, brand spanking new toy!  Bloggers and creatives have united worldwide, even webcasting the unboxing of their favorite, anticipated Apple toy.  Its become such a phenomenon that people camp out and line up for blocks, to get a shot at a new iPhone or iPad.

That’s what I’m talking about and that’s the power of the Awesome Experience!

Awesome Experiences are greater than any advertising slogan and far more effective than any marketing campaign. (awesome starts with tweeting this)

There is no doubt in my mind that we have been uniquely created with a very specific vacuum inside each and every one of us.  And that space, that vacuum, can only be touched and accessed thru the power of the awesome, authentic experience.

And when that space is accessed, that’s when change happens.  That’s when movements are created.  That’s where culture can be created or shifted.

That’s the power of the Awesome Experience!

I know you have a few stories yourself, of some awesome experiences and I’d love to hear them!

Share with us all below!

 

Posted on: May 21, 2013

These Are The Facts: I Will Get Better

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

The facts are I can have you eating out of the palm of my hand, with the stories from a life spent traveling around the world, creating awesome experiences.  Stories that will simply and utterly amaze you, and probably shock you at the same time.

And while I would love for that to immediately gain your attention and respect, the truth is it doesn’t and rightfully so.

Because, if we are going to just talk about creating awesome experiences or telling stories, then I’m your expert.  I’ve been doing that for years and years and years and have rubbed elbows with some of the most incredible entertainers, artists and influencers around, but in this medium, in this arena, I’m a rookie and I’m hustling as fast as I can like I’m in my 20’s again. (Thanks to Jon Acuff for that last line.)

That’s just the simple truth.

And I’m ok with that, because I will get better.

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I’m excited to be a part of the launch team for Jon Acuff’s newest book, Start, and having read it already, let me just issue you a warning and offer you some wisdom. If you wait and don’t get it now, then most likely that dream or vision, that hidden purpose that keeps you up at night, is going to continue to stay hidden and on the shelf for a long time. But Wisdom is crying out on the street corner begging you to come and take action.

To Start!

So here’s a link to help you on your way.

Do me a favor at least click on it cause it would be great to win a cool prize. At least for me, that is, but there’s a ton of great free stuff you can still get if you pre-order.

But seriously though, I’ve got a lot to learn.  The cool thing is I am ok with that.  I’m actually more than ok, because that’s one voice of fear I’ve successfully punched in the face.

So stick with me, cause I promise I will get better, much much better.

Having said that, I’m super excited to announce that there are big things  planned in the weeks ahead! I’ve been working diligently for months on the launch of a new website and eBook and can’t wait to reveal it to you guys! I know you’re going to love it!

The most excited part for me is that, although this has been a very long journey and something I’ve actually been working towards for years now, I’m beyond elated to see it coming into view!

Here’s how you can help:

In the comments below, share what awesome things you are working on and why you are excited about them!

Posted on: April 5, 2013

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