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This Is The Most-Avoided Question That Will Make You Challenge Your Job Situation

27 Jul Shawn Byfield Google

Shawn Byfield at Google

YES! Let’s check Silicon Valley and Googleplex off my list!

Totally inspired. Earlier this month on my Instagram, I finally visited one of the largest and most inventive tech companies on Earth. Always wanted to go. Since I was in San Jose on a marketing convention I took time to head to the search engine giant’s complex in Mountain View, California.

Building access to the public was extremely limited, but that doesn’t stop you from feeling the teamwork and positive energy on site from everyone there.

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Just shows what an idea, some hard work, and big balls can do.

Technology Is Evolving… Are You?

Its sad that many of us are skeptical. So many people coast through life making excuses our blaming others for their unhappiness or lack of success. It saddens me that mainstream media has made us afraid of change. And I see far too many people that settle…

…Because they aren’t willing, or too afraid, to learn skills that can better provide for their family, community, and financial future.

Whether you like it or not, technology is evolving.

The select few who make a difference in the lives of many SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES when they come their way, and they TAKE A RISK. The few who take time to learn how to capitalize on the evolution, and revolution- are #winning in the marketplace and changing lives!

Winning business leaders agree: Living in the 21st century is an exciting time. Anyone with a laptop, internet access, some hustle and an ounce of grit can enrich their future.

Google started with two young punks at Stanford. And now, their company LITERALLY affects almost everyone on the planet. Ever heard of this Facebook thingy? Similar story.

Silicon Valley is filled with passionate stories of startups, roadblocks, failures, obstacles… which OVER TIME lead the winners to success and victory. You should know there are NO overnight success stories. I was thrilled to feel the energy of the entrepreneurial culture down there.

You should definitely plan a trip.

Ok, Here’s Your Retina Display* Opening Wake Up Call

(* Apple Inc reference, if you’re a not-so-quick-to-embrace-technology minded reader)

Nobody ever became wealthy or financially free working a 9-5 for somebody else. It’s important to add, it’s NOT always about the money: it’s about the TIME you can add to your life. Time freedom to finally enjoy doing what you wanna do with whoever you want, whenever you want.

Good news! There are vehicles to help you get there. In fact, it’s estimated there will be 20 million millionaires by 2020 through technology, communications and distribution. My plan is already in motion to be in that mix… But is yours?

This is the question to ask yourself, honestly:

Is what you’re doing right now, TODAY, putting you in the position to have more equity and time freedom? And will your current job give you and your family the financial freedom you want and deserve five years from now?

If you answer NO to the question above, here’s a bold prediction:

Unless YOU change something, your next 5 years will be pretty much like your last five.

If answered NO, then do you relate to any of the following statements?

  • You have so much more to offer in life, but don’t know how to start;
  • You feel “stuck” in current job, want to do something else but you’re too afraid to make a leap;
  • You’re secretly terrified of losing your job, but don’t know what to do about it;
  • You avoid these discussions because you feel you don’t have any other options;
  • You have to keep working even if you’re sick, because if you take time off you have no other income stream;
  • You’re looking for the right vehicle to shine, and become the success that you’re entitled to;
  • You know your purpose is to make a significant difference helping others,
  • You wonder how to start your own business and work for yourself;

If you relate to just one of these, INBOX me and share your thoughts. I know people who’ll truly help you figure it out. I’ll put you in touch so you can find out how you can put YOUR plan in motion, how you can take charge, starting TONIGHT. It all starts with YOU sending a message, you’re the only one who can do it.

Dream big. What have you got to lose?

– Shawn B

How To Win: The BEST PRIZE At Dance Competition

15 Apr Shawn Byfield dance competition

Shawn Byfield dance competition

Yes, it’s dance competition season. So train hard, show up focused, and commit to your team that you’ll do your best. But the most valuable prize is this: knowing you got out there and left your HEART on that stage. Dance with PASSION. When you start living like THAT, know what happens? Magic. Magic happens. And that’s a prize more fulfilling than ANY trophy.

Sending you energy and high-fives,

@ShawnByfield

 

shawnsquareAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! 


 

The Secret Truth About What’s On Your Playlist RIGHT NOW

7 Apr LionelRichie

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HELLO… And I’m So NERVOUS

Why am I nervous? Because:

“Who is MJ?” Someone young actually asked me last month.

In the words of Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On?! We officially have a generation of aspiring dancers, upcoming singers and rising artists with NO IDEA of where good music came from! Forget that fact that many of them have no idea about the influence of previous choreographers, songwriters, directors and the like who paved the way for them… sigh.

In this post, let’s just chat about MUSIC. The secret truth is this:

  • North America’s new “microwave mentality” combined with the:
  • false promotion of instant gratification we see on TV, enhanced with:
  • the I-deserve-it-all-NOW attitudes we see in young people all around us…

…are all contributing factors in our next generation’s lack of musical appreciation. This makes me very nervous, because great music can easily die out in a short period of time if we’re not careful.

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If you’re an impatient singer, musician, songwriter or artist, Read This Not-So-Charming Post for a wake up call- and 5 point checklist you should magnetize to your fridge
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Like, for instance:

It’s important to know that artists like R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Usher respect Lionel Richie. Why?

Not only is he “Nicole Richie’s dad,” or original member of the Commodores… he’s in fact right up there as one of the BEST-SELLING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME…

And yes, he sang at MJ’s funeral.

No damnit- Michal Jordan is still alive! I refer to The OTHER Michael.

 

YOUNG UNS: Lemme Holler At Chu

Sam The Record Man

If you’re 26 and under, lemme holler at chu for a min. There’s something important you should know:

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Ask someone older about that photo above, it was a Toronto landmark
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If you didn’t already know, many of today’s grooves, hooks and hits were ACTUALLY influenced by yesterday’s classics, some 10, 20, even 30+ years ago. Yup, before you were a twinkle twinkle in your parents eyes.

Yes I agree, those Tupac, Kendrick and Biggie samples you hear ARE sick! But many times that’s just delicious slice of a bigger pie, an even better, harder, faster, stronger song that the record labels don’t always give credit to.

Understanding the earlier artists who influenced today’s hip hop, pop, R&B, house and more will give you a better knowledge and respect of today’s artists- AND help you appreciate what “timeless” music actually means.

So. Take the time to learn a little bit more about what you’re listening to. Everybody wins when you do.

To continue my mission to positively lift up society, educate our community and support the arts, I’ll regularly post influencing funk, disco and other classics I find on my twitter page. Put your headphones on and sink your teeth into these.

 

ATTENTION Dance Teachers! Do You:

Need an upbeat, crowd pleasing song for a jazz group or waaking routine?

Today’s BIG TUNE below is a disco classic, guaranteed to make you move. You might recognize it from various house tracks, as well as Kirk Franklin’s “Looking For You.” Enjoy,

– Shawn B

Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard

 

Shawn-thumbnailAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.

CONGRATULATIONS Winners! (The Simple, PROVEN, 2 Step Formula For Winning At Everything)

23 Mar do you

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I LOVE hearing good news from my dancers and friends.

Just found out one of them made the callback for Argos Cheerleaders! Out of 165 girls fighting to get paid to dance, do community work, and cheer on Toronto’s Grey Cup winning team, she’s in!

PLUS: one of my friends, after shadowing me, improving her presentation skills and contacting the right people went from adjudicating ZERO competitions to judging 8 events this year. Zero to hero, just like that!

AND my littlest one who’s 12 (TWELVE, just to be clear) got FIRST PLACE in her tap category, AND first place junior soloist in the ENTIRE competition- that’s hundreds of entries… twice! (She did this last month too)

I’m so very proud of you girls, you worked your BUTTS OFF. I know you wanted this, and I believed in you. Still do, it isn’t over!

I’m honoured to be part of a winning team.

Now On The Flip Side…

Those are just a few stories. Now on the flip side, if only everyone actually listened to me, ugghh.

I have the world’s SIMPLEST two-step formula for winning. The dancers who invest in my training are successful because they are:

  1. COACHABLE and
  2. Put in the WORK

Because of the world’s simplest, easy-as-pie, doesn’t-require-a-scientist, actionable two steps (ONLY TWO!) they performed with Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Stratford Festival, Disney, Broadway, major movies and more. They get to share their passion with the world, and bring in many tens of thousands of dollars. The BIG bucks.

Dance and get paid? Trust me, it’s not a bad deal.

But allow me to be BLUNT: If you want it, you need to…

Shut Your Pie Hole

Sad part is, most of us are stuck in ego and excuse world. Why you “can’t” do this and why you “can’t” do that. “I’m not this enough. I’m not that enough.”

Shut your pie hole and open your eyes, because others are ALREADY doing what you want to achieve! Look around you! Turn on the TV, read a magazine, open a book, look online… There’s no question that whatever you want is possible…

…YOU just need to invest the time and resources to get there.

GOOD NEWS!

Your investment always pays off in the end- IF YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH and you’re willing to shut up, put your ego aside, and work with someone who can ACTUALLY get you there.

Think about it. What’s your response when Ryan asks you:

What do you want?

What do you WANT??

I already know it will happen, I know you will win. And I’m always rooting for you! =D

– Shawn B

Shawn-thumbnailAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.

WOW… Here’s Why ASKHOLES Drive Me Nuts!

25 Feb askhole

askhole Funny, but not funny post. One of the most frustrating people I meet: ASKHOLES.

“Someone who continually asks for advice and does nothing with it”

If you didn’t know this about me already:

I LOVE helping you. I really do.

I know I’m a wired encourager and my purpose is to help others achieve their higher potential. It’s embedded deep in my dna to support anyone trying to make a positive difference on a personal, family, community or global level. I’ll always be on your side, rooting for you to win! However…

…I can only encourage, challenge and cheer you on so much.

I discovered askholes a long time ago, and unfortunately, they still live among us. These people have to be willing to accept advice, stop asking more questions, stop looking for more motivation, stop reading more quotes, stop making excuses and actually IMPLEMENT the steps, strategies, feedback and advice given.

It drives me nuts when someone repeatedly asks what I think they should do, then they go do something else. Why did you waste my time? More importantly, why did you waste yours?

Round And Round They Go

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It’s like being on a hamster wheel.

Those cute pets* will run and run and run, thinking they’re getting ahead. In reality, even though the wheel goes round and round they’re actually in the same physical place. (*Hairy rodents? Mice with fur?)

Sometimes, askholes don’t even realize their destructive habit. They have to get off the hamster wheel of seeking advice with little intention of implementing, and start DOING.

Read what Darren Hardy has to say about Askholes here.

If you know you’re struggling with this, help is out there. Know that I love you, but I refuse to support your habit! And if you’re not, know that it’s NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to do the work for the askholes around you.

Share this with all the askholes in your life and let’s all grow together,

– Shawn B =) Tweet Me

 


 

Shawn-thumbnailAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.

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