David Shoup

Is Russell Wilson the New Tom Brady?

Is Russell Wilson the New Tom Brady?

First off, quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is, without question, a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee and it will take many more years of playing to come close to matching all that he has achieved in his unbelievable career. But, if you compare Brady's 2001-2003 stats to quarterback Russell Wilson's current totals, (the first three years both players were starting QBs) the future is looking very bright for Russell Wilson

Pump Up the Jam!! What Music Motivates You?

Pump Up the Jam!! What Music Motivates You?

Music has an unbelievable power to inspire and motivate us. We have all had moments in our life when a song has picked us up off the ground and got us back into the game or at times has taken us from good to great in business, family or personal lives.

Two Certainties: Life Lessons from My Parents

Two Certainties: Life Lessons from My Parents

It was my senior year at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA and I was preparing to take that next big step in many young peoples lives. I was looking into attending college and had begun the process of checking out schools and determining what kind of options that I had in front of me.... 

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Roll Out the MAT System

Roll Out the MAT System

The other day I was forwarded a wonderful question as a result of a recent phone call that I felt was appropriate to address in a post. It is my hope that this will be beneficial and provide some insight to all who read this:

            “…how can we stay positive when we are around negative people, (specifically)   family members and/or co-workers?”

Have An Inspiring Life Everyday - Part II

Have An Inspiring Life Everyday - Part II

In Part I: 3 Steps to An Inspiring Life I touched on what I like to refer as our Internal Coaching System. First of all, each of us has our own ICS. Think of it as an internal GPS System that helps us to move in the right direction, when we listen to it. Some call it intuition, others call it a gut-feeling. However you personally define it, the fact is when we have our ICS working at full capacity, life seems to be much easier and enjoyable....

Have An Inspiring Life Everyday - Part I

Have An Inspiring Life Everyday - Part I

How many of us have got to the end of a week, month or year and had the feeling “Man, where did the time go?”  Or, you even had the thought “Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun?” Well, Ed Cooke, considered a Grand Master of Memory according to World Memory Championship has an interesting take on the passage of time that I personally love....

Go Forth and Fail - From Setback to Success

Go Forth and Fail - From Setback to Success

How is it that the most successful people have gotten to where they are? Is it because they are smarter or more talented then we are? Do they experience success because they have more money? Maybe it is because they are better looking or they are just plain lucky? The stars always seem to line up for them?

I would suggest that the answer to that is a resounding NO!...

Laughter IS the Best Medicine

Laughter IS the Best Medicine

I believe laughter truly is the best medicine. Uncle Albert says it perfectly in Mary Poppins when he sings, “The more I laugh the more I fill with glee, and the more the glee the more I’m a merrier me.” Yeah, okay, I realize that’s silly but it’s true. I mean laughter makes you happy or at least it makes you happier than if you’re not laughing....

Using Sales Self-Talk to Your Advantage

Using Sales Self-Talk to Your Advantage

We are going to discuss sales self-talk or what I like to refer to as our internal coaching system. You know, what we say to ourselves has a powerful impact; not only in our business but our personal lives as well. It is pretty amazing, but we have the ability to mentally program ourselves to either succeed or fail based on the thoughts that we put into our head on a daily basis.

30 Day Experiment: Memorize a Deck of Cards

30 Day Experiment: Memorize a Deck of Cards

No, I did not do this for the reason you think I might be doing it! I don't even know how to play Texas Hold 'em so, let's just quell that idea right off... My goal was to simply see if I could, after 30 days of preparing, be able to memorize an entire shuffled deck of 52 cards in the exact order that I flipped them. I did give myself a few rules to follow as I made the attempt:

Breathe Your Fears Away

Breathe Your Fears Away

During a relatively recent trip to the Maya Riviera with some close friends, I was given the opportunity to participate in a scuba diving excursion in the cenotes (under water caves) and jumped at the chance.

Super Secret Advanced Sales! Shhhhh, Don't Tell...

Super Secret Advanced Sales! Shhhhh, Don't Tell...

Who would like to spend less time on the phone and experience the same amount of results in your business or better? Anybody interested in how you can have more clients eager to hear from you? What about increase your sales from where you are currently? Anybody want to increase your income by an additional 10% this coming year?

Apply the "And" Principle to Guarantee Success

Apply the "And" Principle to Guarantee Success

So, what is the "And" Principle? This is a common question I am asked whenever I bring up the idea that anyone who wants to truly hit their goals can make it happen with a couple simple adjustments to their business and by applying the "And" Principle. 

30 Day Experiment: Daily Friend Letter

30 Day Experiment: Daily Friend Letter

"Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" ...Probably not, but I think you're nice! ... One of the goals I set for myself this year was to stay better connected with my friends. With Texting, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Linkedin, blogging & Google+ you would think that would be easy, right? Well, if I just wanted to "like" a post or forward a tweet or ask for a reference than I believe there are certainly enough options at my disposal. It seems that all these awesome modes of staying "connected" have actually caused the opposite to occur in my life.

30 Day Experiment: No Second Helpings

30 Day Experiment: No Second Helpings

"But, if I can't have seconds, how do I overeat, get super bloated, burp all night and feel generally disgusting?" Over the years I have grown accustomed to the habit of asking for seconds or grabbing that extra handful of chips and on many occasions experienced the exact scenario described above.

30 Day Experiment: Save "Soda" Money

30 Day Experiment: Save "Soda" Money

Save on what is not important so you can invest in what is[/tweet] This lesson is something I seem to relearn over and over again. This need to "save" money always tends to follow the belief that I don't have enough. Whether I didn't have enough to pay my bills, to purchase that amazing trip to Australia and swim with the Great White Sharks or order that authentic Star Wars Han Solo DL-44 heavy blaster pistol (It was the side arm of choice for smugglers and bounty hunters alike) each caused me much stress.