In each of my three Maximum Performance Arenas I CHOSE to passionately commit to travel the same path….to execute the same system…to complete and achieve the same uplifting inspiring empowering Mental and Physical Journey of Maximum Performance…. In each of my Performance Arenas I CHOSE to passionately commit to deliver Maximum Top Line Results.
My Maximum Performance Foundational Belief: I learned the most powerful top line growth strategy is that my life in the Academic Arena is not a process of discovery, but a continuous journey of self-creation……a continuous journey of self-achievement….a continuous journey of self-leadership. I am not discovering myself, but I am creating myself anew (over and over again)…… I seek, therefore, not to find out who I am; rather I seek to determine who I want to be!!!!!!!!
I Chose to: Master My Mind…I Chose to: Masterfully Execute My Mental and Physical Success Factors…I Chose to: Maximize My Results!
As an Academic Student: Neither of my parents had finished high school. After I scored below average in a standard elementary school IQ test, the good Sisters of Charity (with the best of intentions) tried to guide me towards a NYC Vocational Trade H.S…. I decided that was not for me! Instead, I chose to envision….to picture….to clearly see in my own mind my future “Academic Success.” Instead, I willfully chose to take…….to travel….to enter upon a far more rigorous academic journey.
With the direction and support of my Maximum Performance Academic Coaches I began to “see and appreciate my academic capabilities” in a completely new light. I consciously and systematically grew and developed an ice-cold self-confident inner belief in my academic capabilities (mental success factor) ………I grew and developed “an ice-cold inner expectation” of maximizing my academic performance (mental success factor) ……I grew and developed an on-fire action focus to master and achieve all the physical success factors necessary to maximize my academic performance.
I went on to win a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Studies/Education (via an Athletic scholarship); a Master’s Degree in Leadership in American History (via an Academic scholarship); a 2nd Master’s Degree in Individual, Team, and Organizational Performance (via an Academic scholarship.) I respectfully turned down 3 different PhD programs (all Academic scholarships) in Ed Psych, Organizational Management, and Gestalt Psychology.
As a High School Student Athlete: I was elected President of my class in my sophomore, junior and senior years. I was also elected Co-captain of my school’s competitive swim team. In an all-boys high school (Cardinal Hayes H. S. in Bronx, NY) that traditionally voted the captain of the football team to School President, I was elected Vice-President (2nd place) of my entire school (2000 students) losing the Presidency to the Captain of the football team by 7 votes. Many members of the football team later apologized to me explaining that the “school football powers” forced them to vote for their captain instead of me.
As a Classroom Teacher: Graduating from college I taught in an inner-city public school in New York City. My Maximum Performance Academic Coaches urged me to teach with a conscious on-fire “big picture top line” focus. They insisted I embrace all the mental and physical success factors that determined my own maximum performance as a teacher. They held me ice-cold accountable to measurably maximize the academic performance results of my kids…….and to continually and measurably master and maximize my own academic (leadership and achievement) performance.
I approached each class of students as a team, my team. With my coaches’ direction and support I was committed to uplift, inspire and empower each and every child to believe in themselves….to believe in their academic capabilities…..to raise their self-confidence….and to create within each child an on-fire willful action-focus to achieve….and to create within each child an ice-cold inner expectation to achieve. I was committed to inspire my kids to master my rules for homework assignments…….to master my rules for classroom participation…….and to master my performance requirements on quizzes, on tests and on exams.
My coaches knew from their own hands-on experience that maximizing my students’ academic performance is totally and directly linked to what a student believes to be true about his/her own academic capabilities. I quickly learned and passionately embraced that the mind completely controls how the body performs. I inspired my kids to believe in themselves …. I inspired my kids to believe in their own academic capabilities….I inspired my kids to believe that they could absolutely maximize their academic physical performance
My maximum performance coaches held me ice-cold accountable to maximize my relationships with the powerful community groups that existed outside my own classroom...groups that would have a clear impact on the academic performance of my kids. My conscious and deliberate focus was to develop and maximize my relationships with my kids’ parents, with their other subject teachers, with school administrators and school support staff, with local Black Muslims, local Black Panthers, and local Ghetto Gang Leaders.
I focused on making all those success factors work together in the most optimal way possible. I realized exceedingly early that I, as their teacher, would have by far, the biggest impact on the short-term and long-term academic performance of my youngsters. As a teacher/team/academic class leader I was committed to make a lasting….an impactful…..a significant contribution to each of my kids. It was an awesome and exciting responsibility……and I welcomed the opportunity to excel!
I Organized and Taught an Innovative “Before School Tutoring Class”: My first year of teaching (age 21yrs.), I ran smack up against the aggressive push-back and negative contractual protests from the leaders” of the United Federation of Teachers (teacher’s union.) I paid zero attention to Union protests!
Keeping the academic growth of my kids at the fore front of my teaching focus, and without any compensation from anyone, I first, clearly envisioned in my mind what I was going to do…and what I wanted to accomplish. I then, enthusiastically organized and taught a voluntary tutoring class for reading-challenged and immigrant non-English speaking youngsters 3 school mornings per week from 7:30 to 8:40 am. My focus was on their academic achievement and instilling in each of them a strong positive sense of self-confidence to achieve academically….a strong sense of teamwork and support……and “a strong peer coaching/helping responsibility” towards each of their classmates.
Backed by the vocal support of my Principal, the Parents Association, and strong passionate Community Leaders, 30 (initially non-English speaking and reading-challenged) youngsters completely transformed the way they looked at themselves……completely transformed the way they looked at and appreciated their own academic capabilities…….and significantly improved their academic results.
My youngsters grew and developed their confidence. They built their self-esteem, and they enthusiastically embraced their unlimited potential! For the first time they became excited about school and excited about their own learning……for the first time they experienced themselves as creative as valuable as capable….for the first time they saw and appreciated themselves as successful achievers….as successful peer coaches……..as successful leaders along their academic journeys
Leadership Achievements with the surrounding Community Groups: Focusing on my relationship building skills and establishing mutual trust and respect I positioned to Parents and School officials the real academic value of free (non-political) Breakfast Programs and Math Tutorial programs of local Black Panthers and Black Muslims. I worked closely with local gang leaders building rapport, mutual trust, and respect. Gang leaders agreed to open school yard recreational activities to my students and agreed to actively provide drug-free and weapon-free recreational zones for the complete safety and security of my students.
Teacher-in-Charge of the Cafeteria: Considered to be the most stressful, most challenging, and potentially the most volatile “3-year teaching assignment” in the entire school. I led/supervised the School Cafeteria of 400 inner-city teen age youngsters who all financially qualified for free lunch. As Cafeteria Supervisor I focused on and strongly encouraged my youngsters:
I was totally committed “to lead-by-example.” As the Teacher-in Charge of the Cafeteria I was totally committed to being a very apparent and a very obvious role model for all the values/beliefs/attitudes and for all the required actions that I asked of my kids.
In a dramatic show of respect and appreciation each year on “Teacher Recognition Day” My Cafeteria Kids would enthusiastically give gifts of candy, flowers, personal “thank you” gifts made in their art classes, to the cafeteria staff who each day prepared and served their meals. Many adult tears of joy were shed that day!
For three consecutive years my Cafeteria Kids played music of their choice during lunch without a single disruptive incident ever breaking out in the cafeteria. And often 3–5-piece bands (made up of school graduates) entertained my kids during lunch. My Principal with great pride, would showcase “My Cafeteria Kids” to Local School Board Members……to District School Board Members….and to the members of the New York City Central Board of Education!
I was quickly recognized as a disciplined, inspiring, caring and totally involved teacher…. who focused upon, and was passionately committed to the growth, development, and maximum progress of my youngsters, while creating positive…. helping relationships with parents and community leaders. Each year my kids responded with high levels of academic performance both in the classroom and in the student lunch cafeteria. My parents were super delighted. School administration was ecstatic. I had developed a reputation of working well with tough, inner-city kids.
My Principal’s Evaluation: When I left teaching my principal declared that “In all his years in education, he had never worked with a teaching professional, who had won the respect and admiration of the students, parents, administration, the teaching and cafeteria staffs and the local community leaders as I had”. He put those words in a letter to the New York City Central Board of Education. I was proud of his evaluation of me. I was proud of how I grew my own confidence…. how I grew my belief in my own capabilities. I was proud of my teaching and leadership accomplishments.
But what I was really and truly proud of ………. what I was really and truly uplifted and inspired about was how my kids grew their confidence……how they grew their beliefs in their own capabilities…. how they recognized that they had accomplished wonderful things…. how they began to see and appreciate their own inner value their own inner worth as young people……...how they began to see themselves……how they began, perhaps for the first time in their young lives, to appreciate themselves as powerful achievers as powerful winners as powerful leaders. For me It simply does not get any better than that!
My Maximum Performance Foundational Belief: I learned the most powerful top line growth strategy is that my life in the Athletic Arena is not a process of discovery, but a continuous journey of self-creation……a continuous journey of self-achievement….a continuous journey of self-leadership. I am not discovering myself, but I am creating myself anew (over and over again)…… I seek, therefore, not to find out who I am; rather I seek to determine who I want to be!!!!!!!!
I Chose to: Master My Mind…I Chose to: Masterfully Execute My Mental and Physical Success Factors…I Chose to: Maximize My Results!
With Passion, Enthusiasm, and Inspiration, I Focused All My Attention on Mastering My Maximum Performance Athletic System as an Individual Achiever and as a Leader of Others. Inspired by my Maximum Performance Coaches:
As a Competitive Swimmer I won an Athletic Scholarship to Manhattan College: In the spring semester of my high school sophomore year my Dad told me that the family could not afford to finance my way to college. Shocked and dismayed, I then became determined to pay my way to college via an athletic scholarship (competitive swimming.) At that point Multi Naysayers reminded me I had no background…no experience in age group swimming to draw upon and I simply did not have enough practice time over the next 18 months to qualify for a collegiate Division 1 swim scholarship.
Not to be deterred I contacted the Chairman of the Swim Committee at the prestigious New York Athletic Club in NYC and became involved with Maximum Performance Coaches there. With my coaches I worked hard at 2 grueling practices per day. In addition, my coaches focused on eliminating/diffusing any sense of self-doubt….any fear….any negative inner beliefs about my own swim capabilities that might prevent me from achieving my goal (an athletic scholarship.)
My Coaches passionately built-up my confidence and belief in my competitive swimming capabilities. They inspired me to adopt an on-fire willful action-focus to achieve….and an ice-cold inner expectation to win.
I immersed myself in books, articles on “winning competitive swimming.” I studiously attended Swim Clinics solely geared for Swim Coaches only. I then applied their coaching wisdom directly into my own swim workouts. I vigorously trained my mind to consciously focus on totally expecting to achieve my goal.
Manhattan College (NYC) offered me a Division One athletic scholarship. It was there that I went on to establish 3 school records, win the Most Valuable Swimmer award 3 years in a row, Co-Capt. of our team in my senior year and become a New York Metropolitan Collegiate Champion in the 400 Yds. Individual Medley.
As a Head Swim Coach: At the age of 21 I won my first Head Swim Coach position. My Maximum Performance Athletic Coaches urged me to coach with a conscious on-fire mental and physical “top line” focus…….to maximize the swim performance results of my kids……and to continue to maximize my own coaching performance results.
With my Maximum Performance Coaches’ insistence, I approached each group of swimmers as a team, my team. I was determined to uplift, inspire, and empower each of my swimmers to passionately believe in their own competitive swimming capabilities….to raise their self-confidence….to create in each of my swimmers an on-fire willful action focus to achieve….and to create within each of my swimmers an ice-cold inner expectation to win.
With my Maximum Performance Coaches’ insistence, I was determined to uplift, inspire, and empower each of my swimmers to master my mental rules for practice and for competition…….to master my physical work standards for swim practice…….to mentally embrace the power of teamwork, trust, and mutual respect …….to mentally commit to a team unifying goal…….and to master our physical performance requirements for competition.
My coaches knew from their own coaching experience, I held the keys to maximizing my teams’ athletic performance.
My Maximum Performance Coaches taught me to identify and assess all the “Big Picture” Mental and Physical Success Factors that would impact my swimmers’ maximum performance. As you can imagine there were quite a few factors that would impact their athletic results. My commitment was to positively influence, as much as possible, the success factors that I could not control (family issues, social issues, economic issues etc.) and significantly enhance the success factors that I could control (beginning with my own coaching capabilities, my relationships with my swimmers, my relationships with their parents, with their teachers, with school and pool administrators.)
I focused on making all those success factors work together in the most optimal way possible. I realized exceedingly early that I, as their coach, would have the biggest impact on the athletic performance of each of my youngsters. As their coach I was committed to making a lasting contribution to each of my kids. For me it was an awesome and exciting personal responsibility……and I welcomed the opportunity to excel!
As Head Swim Coach - Plandome Country Club, Manhasset, NY: Over a two- year span we won 2 Long Island Team Championships and won “2 never-before achieved” Regional Team Championships in the Washington D.C. – Virginia – Maryland League.
As a Head Swim Coach - Xavier H. S., NYC: I totally transformed how the team viewed their mental and physical performance capabilities and we went from a bottom dweller to 1st place in our first year together. We went on to win 4 New York City CHSAA (Catholic High Schools) Team Championships….3 New York City PHSAA (Private High Schools) Team Championships and I was selected High School Swim Coach of the Year in the New York Tri-State Area (NY-NJ-Ct.)
Completed the New York City Marathon in 3 hrs. and 19 minutes: With zero competitive running experience in High School and College, I prepared and trained with Maximum Performance Coaches at The New York Road Runners Club. I passionately applied their mental and physical performance wisdom to my daily running/training program. I completed my first and only New York City Marathon in 3 hrs. and 19 minutes, finishing in the top 19% of New York finishers and faster than 89% of all male Marathoners globally.
My Maximum Performance Foundational Belief: From my Maximum Performance Coaches I learned the most powerful top line growth strategy is that my life in Top Line Sales/Business Arena is not a process of discovery, but a continuous journey of self-creation……a continuous journey of self-achievement….a continuous journey of self-leadership. I am not discovering myself, but I am creating myself anew (over and over again)…… I seek, therefore, not to find out who I am; rather I seek to determine who I want to be!!!!!!!!
I Chose to: Master My Mind…I Chose to: Masterfully Execute My Mental and Physical Success Factors…I Chose to Maximize My Results!
With Passion, Enthusiasm, and Inspiration, I Focused All My Attention on Mastering My Top Line Maximum Performance Business System as an Individual Achiever and as a Leader of Others. Inspired by my Maximum Performance Coaches:
Military/Business Arena: Won and Implemented a Consulting Engagement with Senior Officers of the U.S. Armed Forces...... I coached, taught, and mentored Army, Navy, and Marine senior officers on how to uplift, inspire and empower their junior officers. I coached, taught, and monitored senior officers on the execution of the mental and physical success factors that maximized the mental and physical skill development of their junior officers……that maximized the productivity of their junior officers……and that maximized the retention of their junior officers.
Business Arena: Transformed how an entire TV Advertising Industry selected/hired entry-level salespeople. Transitioning from the academic and athletic coaching performance arenas to the business/sales arena, I refused to follow “the advice of experienced tv media sales naysayers” who unequivocally declared that I would never be hired by a NYC-based TV Ad Sales Rep Firm without having prior sales experience. Dismissing their negative opinions about “what was possible for me,” in their business, I created a Big Picture Top Line Strategic Sales Pitch and presented it to the top 5 TV Advertising Rep Firms in New York City (the media capital of the world!)
My Big Picture Top Line Strategic Sales Pitch focused on the top line mental and physical sales achievement and sales leader achievement success factors that drive top line maximum revenue performance. I enthusiastically presented how I passionately believed in my ability to execute my top line success factors……. how I would drive my top line maximum performance and maximize my top line results……and how I would monitor and measure my progress.
After I presented my pitch, I promptly ignited an aggressive recruiting war for my services among the 5 TV Rep Firms. After I was hired by Petry Television, all the TV Rep Firms in the entire industry “collaborated” and agreed to an iron-clad industry-wide contract for the selection of all future entry–level salespeople. Their new-industry wide contract included a fixed 3-year commitment accompanied by a fixed entry-level compensation package.
Business Arena: Achieved an Accelerated Promotion to New York Sales Team Manager: After only 8 months of selling to NYC Advertising Agencies I was promoted to sales team manager. In my formal “sales team manager pitch” to my Executive Team, I identified and assessed all the mental and physical success factors that would impact my maximum performance as a N.Y. Sales Manager. In addition, I confidently convinced my Executive Team that I possessed the capabilities to master and execute the required mental and physical success factors that would lead, coach, inspire and drive my sales team’s top line maximum performance and maximize my team’s top line revenue results. My CEO called my presentation “the greatest strategic big picture pitch for sales management” he ever saw.
Business Arena: I developed an Industry-wide Reputation for Developing Future Elite Sales and Management Talent: Beginning with my early days of selling TV Advertising and continuing through my management career I developed a strong reputation for identifying raw undeveloped sales and leadership talent. I developed a reputation for growing, developing, and transforming entry-level salespeople into maximum performing producers………transforming maximum performing salespeople into maximum performing sales team managers and maximum performing senior management professionals. In an industry initially dominated by men I grew and developed the maximum performing talent of women from our buying community and from outside our industry, just like myself.
Business Arena: Innovative Industry-Changing Top Line Sales Strategy: To the absolute delight of all my major tv station–clients I partnered with senior management of a major NYC based tv advertising buying service. My top line maximum performance revenue innovations include crafting, orchestrating, and closing The First Unwired Network Sale in the history of television media. My innovative never-before-seen top line revenue contribution rewrote and repositioned the selling strategy of an entire industry.
Business Arena: Innovative Industry-Changing Top Line Sales Strategy: Fox Prime Time Network: Partnering with media mogul, Rupert Murdoch I led the New York Sales Team that introduced, sold, and implemented a revolutionary alternative to ABC-CBS-NBC network television, heralding the initial broadcast of Fox Prime Time Network. Rupert Murdoch amassed and invested heavily in the required writing, directing, designing, programming, and acting talent and I led the New York Sales Team that raised and delivered the required advertising revenue to actually air the programs for the first time across the United States of America. In addition to successfully launching a brand-new mega-size revenue stream into traditional Network Television, my sales team helped to launch the media careers of Johnny Depp (21 Jump Street) …..Jim Carrey and Jaime Foxx (In Living Color)…. Katey Sagal and Ed O’Neill (Married with Children) and of course, The Simpsons!
Business Arena: Selected by an Independent Nationally Based Public Relations Firm as the Top-Performing Senior Sales Unit Manager: From a field of 100 senior sales managers, I was honored/acknowledged by COX Communications for leading/managing the sales unit that generated the highest levels of revenue………generated the highest levels of profitability…...generated the highest levels of talent retention and development….and generated the highest levels of client satisfaction.
I was inspired by my Maximum Performance Coaches: I learned….I applied…and I earned a reputation as a leader of others who “Sees and Appreciates” the Unlimited top line talent, the Unlimited top line creativity and the Unlimited top line ability that actually lives within each and every one of us.
I was inspired by my Maximum Performance Coaches: With my leadership, with my coaching and with my teaching I helped top line performers to Develop and Embrace an Iron-Clad Mentally Tough Belief in their own top line capabilities.
I was inspired by my Maximum Performance Coaches: With my leadership, with my coaching and with my teaching I Uplifted…. I Inspired… and I Empowered top line performers to Masterfully Execute their Mental and Physical Success Factors and Maximize Their Top Line Results!!!!!
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