A “Frame of Mind” & Inspirations


You might remember singer/songwriter Steve Archdeacon from the post titled “Make This Moment Your Moment!” He has recently released a new song titled “Frame of Mind.”  You can enjoy his song below:

Steve and I had a chance to sit down and reflect on where he has been on life’s journey, see how he’s doing today and learn about his frame of mind.

Joshua A.: What inspired you to become a musician?

Steve: Well, I’d have to say the one band that really got me interested and inspired to play music in high school was Pink Floyd! I’ve never wanted to just have a 9-5 job, as I’ve always wanted to forge my own path and live life on my terms. One day, when I was in high school, I was driving in the car with my friend and I said to her, “Ya know what? I think I finally figured out what I wanna do with my life.” She said, “What’s that?” I simply said, “I wanna play the guitar for the rest of my life.” Music really is the universal language and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my life, as I truly love what I do!

Joshua A.: What challenges and obstacles have helped shape who you are today?

Steve: I’d have to say the biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome was my father’s passing on February 15th, 2008. Unfortunately, I was the one who found him, which isn’t easy to deal with at times, but the best and healthiest way I deal with it is through my music. After he passed, I was devastated–and I pretty much still am to this day–but, it’s something you learn to live with and deal with on a daily basis. It’s not something you get over, as anyone that has lost a parent can attest to. But, I’ve always been the type of person to face my challenges head on no matter what they were, and this is no different.

After my father passed I basically went tunnel-vision into music. Let’s put it this way: the year before my father passed I made about $500 for the year in music, and the year after he passed I made $7,700 for the year. I’ve always tried to do what Michael Jordan says he did, and that is to always turn a negative into a positive in life. One of my favorite quotes of all time that comes to mind about overcoming obstacles in life, which has helped me over the years, is this:

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” [Booker T. Washington]

Joshua A.: For those that are motivated to pursue their musical dreams what is your advice?

Steve: My grandfather told me years ago before he died–as I asked him how he succeeded in the construction business with only a high school education–and, he said to me to seek out the people that already have what you want, and to apply what they have done to succeed in your own life. I’ve studied anyone from Michael Jordan to Bruce Lee. Tony Robbins–Tony Robbins is one of my biggest influences and I’m going to see him at one of his live events in New Jersey in a few months; it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for about 17 years now. And, Wayne Dyer among many other people.

Also, go to Music Conferences, network. And, most of all, instead of asking yourself how can this person or that person help me get to the next level–which most people do–ask yourself: “How can I help that person get to the next level?” That way, when they succeed because of your help, then they will be much more willing to help you in your career too! Another thing is to read books on the music industry and if you’re a songwriter then read books about songwriting. We have to continually feed our minds and focus on what we want. One of the best investments I made in my music career was going to the TAXI Music Conference over the years, as I’ve gained more knowledge about music and the music industry over the six years I’ve attended the Conference than in the other 31 years I’ve been alive.

I do have a “Music Tips” section on my new website. If you want to read some more tips, just visit: www.archdeaconmusic.com/music-tips.

Joshua A.: Tell us about your new album and the song “Frame of Mind.”

Steve: My new song, entitled “Frame of Mind,” is also the name of my next album, as I think everything in life is about creating the right frame of mind or state of mind, so we can live a happy and fulfilled life no matter what we are doing. I recorded the song before going to L.A. for a music conference, in the beginning of November, 2014, and to me the song and album title is very fitting for me, because it encapsulates a lot of what I’ve learned over the years into one song. Here is a video of me playing it live in L.A. at the TAXI Music Conference:

I believe that everyone can relate to this song and it’s also a more upbeat song that also shows what I can do with my live looping too! If you’re not familiar with what looping is, it is the ability to record the guitar and/or vocals and play them back live. I just recently made an Acoustic Duo “Live Looping” Promo Video with Sean Dolan on drum/vocals.  Sean is a Juilliard graduate and is one of the most talented musicians I’ve had the pleasure of playing with over the years. Everything I do is live looping as nothing is pre-recorded. Performing as an acoustic duo with Sean makes it fun. Check out the video below to see our new 3 minute Acoustic Duo looping demo:

Joshua A.: What are some exciting experiences you’ve had so far?

Steve: I’ve had a lot over the years, but I’d say my Top Six would have to be:

  1. steve 3Recording and releasing my album No Turning Back, which is dedicated to my dad. That album means more to me than anything I’ve ever done in my life to this day!
  2. Going on tour to England for seven weeks in the summer of 2000 and playing at the Cavern, where the Beatles became famous.
  3. Playing in the Veterans Day Parade in N.Y.C. with the Wounded Warrior Project three years in a row (2011-2013).
  4. Playing at Sunken Meadow Park (Kings Park, NY) with my good friend Sean Dolan (drums/vocals) and seeing a lady actually get out of her wheelchair and start to dance. I found out after we took a break that she hadn’t gotten out of her wheelchair in over two years and her caretaker was almost in tears telling me that. That’s the power of music and why I love to play and perform. To spread joy and love through music is the best gift I could have possibly asked for.
  5. Performing at the Boulton Center in Bayshore, NY with my good friend Sean Dolan (drums/vocals/Juilliard graduate), as the last time I was there before playing there I saw Eric Johnson, who is one of the greatest guitarists of this generation, perform there. It was also a benefit to raise money to battle hunger, as it’s always a good thing to be able to use your musical ability to help others in need.
  6. Getting a picture placed on the front cover of the Indie Bible 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions, which is a 300-plus page publication that comes out once a year designed to help independent musicians.

Joshua A.: Are you going to be out on tour?

Steve: I’m always performing as I’ve played over 60 shows this year already, which is probably the most shows I’ve ever played in one year. I mean, I’ve toured anywhere from England, to L.A., North Carolina, Vermont, Tennessee, Delaware, among other places; but, it’s been a while since I’ve really gone on a proper tour. That might be something to seriously consider doing again especially after recording my next album, Frame of Mind.

Joshua A.: Who are you biggest influences in music and in life?

Steve: I’d have to say Pink Floyd (David Gilmore is awesome), Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Satriani, and John Mayer would be the main influences of my music. The best way I describe my original music is: a mix between Dave Matthews meets Clapton and Hendrix. Here is a video of me playing a cover of “Belief” by John Mayer:

As for my biggest influences in my life I’d have to say both my mom and my dad, and my old basketball coach who also passed away a couple years after my father passed, Stan Kellner. My parents have always been there for me and have taught me to always be honest, be loyal, loving, and most importantly to give to others. My old basketball coach Stan Kellner taught me with my dad for three straight years and I not only learned about the game of basketball, but more importantly about the game of life. Stan was one of the smartest men I knew, and he even taught Mitch Kupchak into the NBA as he played and won a championship with Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers. He is currently the General Manager of the Lakers, and has been for the past 10 years. Stan spoke at my father’s wake and I just remember him saying, “Don was my hero.” That totally blew me away; and all the things my parents and Stan taught me over the years I use every day of my life!

Joshua A.: What’s next for Steve?

Steve: Well, last month I went to L.A. for the TAXI Music Conference and I recorded my new song “Frame of Mind” before going out there and got a great response from everyone who heard it. When I came back I totally redesigned my music website, and it has everything I want to have in a website, plus I have full control of editing the content, which is very important! I’m also going to record four multiple-camera shoots in my apartment: two solo acoustic looping and two acoustic duo looping songs with Sean Dolan, so people can really get an idea of how we sound live and what we are doing with the live looping.

After that, I will be doing a Kickstarter campaign, which is basically a fan funding platform in order to raise money to record my next album. Then, after I raise the money to record, the real work begins to actually create the album and to fulfill my end of the bargain in whatever packages people choose in order to support my music. I haven’t launched the campaign yet, but I will in a few months. If you’d like to contribute and be a part of helping me make my next album through Kickstarter just visit my website and sign up for my mailing list, so I can keep you updated. Also, here is the website I will be doing the campaign. Just type in “Steven Archdeacon” into the search bar and check back periodically.

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Joshua A.: Where can people go to purchase your music and learn about your upcoming shows?

Steve: The best place to visit would be my new music website. I totally re-designed it within the past month. You can access it at www.ArchdeaconMusic.com. If you sign up for the mailing list on the website, you will get my new song “Frame of Mind” emailed to you for free. Also, if you’d like to purchase “No Turning Back,” click this link: www.cdbaby.com/archdeacon2.

Joshua A.: Steve, thank you for sharing your new song Frame of Mind and all your personal experiences.  

Steve: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview as I really appreciate it very much. It’s always good talking to you buddy!

For anyone who is inspired and is searching for creative refuge, music and songwriting are both wonderful and rewarding zeniths for you to embrace and enjoy.  If you’d like to follow Steve you can click on the links and his logo below.

  • Click this link to visit Steve’s new website & for show dates as well: www.ArchdeaconMusic.com
  • Also, if you’d like to purchase “No Turning Back,” click this link: www.cdbaby.com/archdeacon2
  • 20% of the proceeds from the album go to help the Wounded Warrior Project, which is an organization that helps out our soldier wounded in battle.

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For more inspiration please check out my posts here and here.  If you would like some coaching on overcoming adversity, courage, or to get yourself back-on-track you can view my suite of services here or click on the banner below.




Has “writer’s block” impeded your completion of résumés or cover letters?

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Clients have many needs related to writing a resume, a cover letter, a thank you note, a business plan, etc.   It can be a very stressful process.  Career coaching provides a safe, comfortable, and confidential place to get your documents built and coaching serves as a great confidential, private launching pad for taking your career to higher levels.  Career coaching is a great place to grow, discover, and explore your what motivates you, strengthen your courage and determination, and elevate your level of self-confidence.  If you would like more information related to my Career Coaching services you can go here. I would like to introduce you to Craig Wynne.  He is a writing coach who specializes in helping young adults overcome writer’s block and writing anxiety and has written fantastic articles related to the subject.  Enjoy what he has to say!

What are writing anxiety and writer’s block?

by Dr. Craig Wynne

There are many definitions for these terms, but in its simplest form, writing anxiety consists of the negative feelings that writers have when they attempt to produce ideas and words.  These feelings can prevent them from being successful in their writing.

What causes “Writing Anxiety?”

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Any number of factors can contribute to writing anxiety.  Studies have shown that, for the most part, writing anxiety is based on situational factors.  You could feel completely at ease writing a text message to your best friend or delivering a Facebook posting, but you might feel completely lost as to how to write a cover letter for that dream job.

Here are some situations that can cause writing anxiety:

  1. Adapting to a new style of writing  or a form of writing you’re not used to (a senior thesis, a cover letter, a memo, etc.)
  2. Writing for a tough audience (i.e., a professor who’s been highly critical of your work, the CEO of that company you really want to work for)
  3. Thinking about criticism you’ve received in the past (even if the person who has criticized you isn’t the audience for your writing)
  4. Tight deadlines (See “Strategies for Managing” on how to deal with those)

Strategies for Managing

  1. Ask for help. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act.  A career counselor can help you with a cover letter, for example.  A counselor hasn’t had his/her nose as close to the problem as you have.  An objective opinion might be able to steer you in the right direction. You can also ask your roommate, your RA, your neighbor, or even your mother!  You’ll be surprised at what an outsider’s eye can do.
  2. Avoid perfectionism.  You’ll never get your writing perfect on the first try.  Professional writers can take years to put something together.  A good method is to use the writing process: focus on the ideas first, and then move into organization and grammar.  If you’re stuck for ideas, try one of these prewriting strategies.
  3. Use time management strategies.  In other words, don’t wait until the last minute to complete your writing: this alone can create unneeded stress, no matter who your audience is.  Depending on when your piece is die, give yourself 45 minutes to an hour each day to work on it, step by step.  Give yourself a goal for each day (“Today, I’m going to construct my objective statement.” “Today, I’m going to proofread.”).    Little by little, you’ll see your piece come together, and it won’t seem like such a big climb.
  4.  If you’re getting really stressed out, stop.  You’re not going to be able to write well if you’re feeling tense.  Take a breather from it.  Go for a walk.  Eat something.  Go on Facebook for a few minutes.  Just take some time to clear your head.  When you come back, you’ll be able to approach the assignment with fresh eyes.
  5. Keep a positive frame of mind.  Even if you absolutely hate writing, keep those negative feelings at bay.  If you can think of it as an adventure with a goal in mind, it won’t seem so daunting.  You may even enjoy it!
  6. Reward yourself.  Once you’ve handed your paper in, celebrate.  Go to a movie.  Hang out with friends.  You’ve worked hard; you deserve it!

witters block illustrationDr. Wynne’s Closing Thoughts …

The final thing to keep in mind is that nearly everyone (even the best of writers) gets apprehensive about writing.  However, if you follow the suggestions listed above, you may be able to relieve a great deal of the pressure.  Even if you don’t get the job or find you’ve made a mistake, don’t let the disappointment defeat you.  Mistakes are a natural part of learning.  It’s what you do next time that counts, so keep a positive frame of mind, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the results!

Dr. Wynne has a great deal of expertise on this subject.  If you would like a Webinar on this subject and would like to learn more, you can sign up for them here. If you would like more information related to Craig’s services, you can visit his website here or click on the image below.  If you want coaching to really tackle everything discussed here one-on-one in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment please contact me here.  We both thank you and wish you all the very best.

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Take a snapshot and discover where you are on life’s journey!

Hi, this is your coach Josh Lissauer.  I have built and designed a tool to help you see a “snapshot” into discovering where you are on your journey in life, in your careers, and how you could enjoy the benefits of my suite of coaching services.  In designing it, I chose to breakdown my Career and Life Coaching Services in to four distinct categories.  By doing that you can choose to do a focused learning, discovering scores in only one category, a few categories or complete the full questionnaire.  My recommendation is to enjoy the freedom and flexibility in how you use it.  It’s also designed to enable you to come back to it as you see fit and find out where you are since your first “snapshot”.  You are in complete control of what you want to get out of the experience.

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You can access or download a .pdf copy of the free Client Questionnaire by clicking here. Doing that will help you follow along as I break everything down.

So, here are the four main categories of the Client Questionnaire:

  1. Job Searching & Interviewing
  2. Personal Growth & Self Improvement
  3. Career Development
  4. Career & Life Goals

First, begin the Questionnaire by asking yourself, do I want to examine just one of the four main categories?  Or, do I want a complete and comprehensive “snapshot” into all of them?  The questions in each category enables you to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5.  Five being the highest level of satisfaction.   I encourage you enjoy the freedom to see where you are in one “specific category”.  You’ll uncover where you are right now, in your life, and or in your career.  This Questionnaire enables you to get the results by seeing and understanding where you rate on a certain concept, or skill, found within all the questions. Through our coaching you’ll learn and make wonderful growth and strides, with the potential to notice improved scores in the future when decide to re-take the questionnaire.

When you as the “questionnaire taker” reach out to me to schedule coaching, you’ll have my unconditional support, my valued trust, and a maintained confidentiality.   That will enable you to have the freedom to grow and blossom, showing everyone what a wonderful and successful person, you absolutely are!  Our initial conversation could go something like this:

You: “Josh, I took your Client Questionnaire and I gave myself a ‘so, so’ for ‘Self-Confidence’ in the ‘Personal Growth & Self Improvement Category’.  I really would like to work with you and make improvements in that area, moving forward.”

Me: “Why absolutely, you came to the right place, what does your schedule look like?”

So, by reaching out and taking that step and completing a “specific category” you will discover and uncover what could bring you from a “3 to a 4”.  Later, as we partner, and you re-take the questionnaire, you’ll notice your progress within that category as you experience your accomplishments.  You’ll perform actions and commitments within your post-coaching-session-experiments that will enable you to improve your habits, and enhance your learning and development of each skill. You’ll make growth, and progress, and accomplish all your goals.

Beyond just that freedom of coaching sessions related to a “specific category”, you can also reach out to me for coaching after taking the “full questionnaire”.  That will enable you to see a larger and wider “snapshot” of yourself.  You’ll discover more insights into “each category” and into yourself.  You’ll enjoy making accomplishments both in your life, and in your career.  You’ll really see where you’d like make improvements and growth towards achieving a healthy work-life balance.  With the “full snapshot”, you’ll then be able to identify more things, that you’d like to work on and gain out of your coaching experience.  As you move forward, towards making your life, your career, your dreams, and all your endeavors a reality, I will provide complete trust and support to you!

Our conversation related to coaching based on your completion of a “full questionnaire” could go something like this:

You: “Josh, I took your Client Questionnaire and I found my overall score had pretty low satisfaction in 2 categories: Personal Growth & Self Improvement” and “Career Development, I do feel I could move forward and be more successful these areas, can you help?”

Me: “Why absolutely, you came to the right place, what does your schedule look like?”


I hope you get a lot of value in the learning and discovery that will come from the Client Questionnaire which is built and designed just for you. Again, I think its a wonderful a tool to help you discover seeing where you are in life and where you are in your career.  The Questionnaire will help enjoy the benefits of Professional Coaching.

  • For feedback, you can e-mail a downloaded questionnaire to: josh@jalcoaching.com.
  • If you have any questions or comments please send an e-mail to: josh@jalcoaching.com, or call: 516-297-7152
  • Once completed Joshua will be in touch to discuss and explore your future goals, moving forward. 
  •  To see my suite of coaching services you can go here.
  • To learn more about me you can visit my Bio Page. Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you.

For a free coaching consultation you can contact Joshua here or by clicking on the banner below.


Just go out there, embrace fear and make peace with yourself!

Unconditional love, support, determination, courage and motivation, lead to accomplishments, achievement and success.  Steven Gadecki personally has been to the summit of 129 mountains to date and has hiked to the summit of each mountain with his friends and his loving family.  To see the world through both his lens and his son Hunter’s eyes is a breathtaking experience.  Its one we all could appreciate and treasure.  For anyone that enjoys inspirational stories of love, courage and determination, having a personal experience with nature is one place to embrace.  So, come see first-hand what this wonderful planet has to offer, hiking could be a wonderful and rewarding zenith to enjoy. I had a chance to meet up with Steve recently for a wonderful interview, which came as he ended his year-long participation in “The Discovery Project” with L.L. Bean.  I hope you enjoy!

Josh: Steve, I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview today.

Steve: Thank you.

Josh: I know you have had some “happy trails …” recently through your hiking adventures, and  I’m looking forward to hearing about it ….

Steve: The timing is really, perfect because I actually just wrapped up my “Year of Discovery” which started November 11, 2012.  I was part of a project with L.L. Bean called the “Discovery Project”. When I joined it, there was basically me and seventeen other individuals.   We were brought on-board to test and proof gear for them, over the course of one year.  When I joined and was invited in, I thought to myself, one year from now, what will I wish I had done with this experience when its all over.  It was such a rare moment and I really wanted to embrace it.  So, I sat and wrote down a Discover list of everything I wanted to see especially though my son Hunter’s eyes.  He was going to come along with me and had just started hiking with me.

Josh: I see … how exciting!

Gadecki 3Steve:  So, we just started going out, and what I did was make a sign that says “Discover” on it.  And everywhere, and every moment that we discovered, I would write the name on the sign of the place we discovered, and what I did was embrace this positive moment.  I thought about all of the people in my past that have helped me get to this point and moment and helped me along my trail or path along the way.  So, I decided to make a donation to the National Park Foundation to someone very positive in my past.  At the end, the experience was great, and I had hiked over 150 miles and Hunter was with me for 60 of those miles.  We went to 6 National Parks and experienced all these great things.  I got to hike Mt. Whitney, which is the highest elevation of point in the contiguous United States and just had a lot of fun through the whole experience.  I was able to get over 800.00 dollars donated to the National Park Foundation and my company matched a dollar-for-dollar in the end.  All, in all, it was a great moment to experience and it had a positive ending, and I was able to get a lot of my friends and family involved.

Josh: So, you could see a lot of metaphor with your achievements in climbing mountains, as well as some personal achievements and accomplishments in yourself. When you are fusing the two together, and you are involved in the experiences, can you tell people that haven’t done mountain climbing, or looking to pursuit hiking, how that can lead to their success, and overcoming adversity and obstacles?

gadecki 4Steve: You know with hiking, when I first started my goal for hiking, especially with mountains, was always to summit. And I had be the first to summit.  And, if I was with my friends, it was like a healthy competition right there.  We would try to race each other up to the top.  But, then I started realizing on the walk back down, all the things I missed on the way up.  And especially if you did the loop trail.  You would go quickly up to the top of the summit and you would come down the back end, but you would never go back down the same way you came.  So, in a sense, I was missing out on what I had just gone through.  And, it was the old adage “take time to smell the roses.”  So, I started realizing what nature was doing for me with my day to day, and just going out and experiencing things; because you had a sense of okay I’m going to go to the trail-head today and summit that mountain.  You didn’t know what was going to happen in between.  You kind of knew your destination.  Its kind of like waking up in the morning, you know it that night you’re going to go and be back in bed.  So, you know the beginning and the tail end but you never know what is going to happen in the middle.  So, it was that kind of excitement of okay what is going to happen when I go out here and what am I going to see or what am I going to witness.  And, what kind of thoughts am I going to have.  And that really inspired me to keep moving forward.


Josh: How interesting …

Steve:  Its hard to inspire somebody to do something if its not internally there.  But, I kind of grew up with my parents always having this thing called the “no thank you helping”  I would have to try something at least once, and if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to eat it, ever again.  I still had to try it once to see if I liked it or if it sparked something inside of me.  So, I guess I kind of embraced that with nature and it just became an opportunity to just go out, and just witness these moments and things.  And, just feel like I was just getting a sense of the world and what was around me and just experiencing it in living.  If you haven’t thought about hiking or haven’t hiked you know sometimes I had people that would tell me, “I can’t believe you went out and hiked overnight by yourself or you went ahead and did 20 miles by yourself.”  It was just a sense of, like, a cleansing for me.  I just go out there, I comeback ready to deal with the world.  I think about everything, and I organize my thoughts and now with the kids I go more than ever.


Josh: What terrific stories, Steve.  So, is there anything more you would like to share about the Discovery Project, and any experiences you had with it?

Steve: I viewed it as a time in my life that I was going to be able to experience something, and experience it with my son and my wife, and my future son Ryland when he was born.  When I thought about how I wanted to incorporate all my friends and family in the past; and make it this generosity towards the National Park Foundation; and thanks to L.L. Bean for Everything they had done for me; that is why I just poured myself into the whole project.  And, I couldn’t have done it without my wife because she was pregnant during this time, and then she had my son Ryland.  So, it was a lot of support from her to help me just do this 1 year and this one moment because I am going to get older, and then, I’m going to lose access to my sons.  Because now they’re going to be doing maybe, soccer on the weekend, and there is going to be sleepovers and friends, so he’s just not going to have the availability right there where I have them in the morning, and just put them in the car and take them hiking with me.  So, I realized that this was going to be a moment here and when he’s older I have everything saved.  I have all of the pictures and I have our Discover sign.  I can sit down and talk to him, and just tell him about this awesome thing that he and I did together; and, to know that he’s gone out and experienced it.  Hiking is part of his vocabulary now.  He sees the backpack in the garage and says I want to go hiking.  Its great that he’s just grasping the concept of what is happening with what we are doing.


Josh: Oh, how very cute, and, that is one of the great things about the fact that you created your own blog and to capture these moments.  It really engages a lot of your friends and family into the whole experience with you, too.  You really can, through your lens, learn how exciting nature can be.  Just taking time out of your busy day going for a long walk can be a wonderful experience.

Steve:  Well, its not just friends and family, because last year I was a part of LL Bean, their whole marketing campaign.  I tried to find the best way I came to say “thank you” to them for my experience and the gift they had given me.   I then realized I needed a louder voice of my own to do this, and to accomplish this.  So, I had reached out to the Superintendent of every national park I had ever visited and along with the Senator, Congress person, and Governor of the State that National Park lies in.  And, any influential person that ran programs because I was in Life Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps.  I reached out to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and I told them what had happened to me; and then, I told them how they were a part of my story or with me at some point along the way.

Josh: Cool!  That’s awesome!

Steve:  And, I told them at the end, what LL Bean had done, and that they were also doing a campaign called “The Million Moment Mission Campaign”, where they donated a million dollars to the National Park Foundation and I was really touched by that because they were a corporation that was investing their own money where their consumers interacted.  So, they were not just selling products. They were also helping to safe-guard the place where their product was enjoyed and I felt like this kind of corporate responsibility needed to be acknowledged.  That is why I wrote to everyone and I asked them all to please write a thank you letter to LL Bean.  And, it was amazing because the Superintendent started writing and they would write me letters or they would “CC” me on the letters they wrote to them.  There was the Congresswomen of Maine and the Governor of Oregon, and then, Jimmy Carter and I was blown away when I got his letter.   And, I got this handwritten letter from Jimmy Carter and he said:

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Steve:  The letter was brief, but it was very impactful.  And, I wrote Jimmy Carter a “thank you” letter back for writing and then he wrote me back a letter again.  Then, when I was doing my Discovery Initiative and making donations for people, I made a donation for him, and I sent it to him and he wrote me another letter.  So, I have 3 hand written letters from Jimmy Carter.  He’s truly an amazing man.

Josh: Wow! Nice!  How very exciting?  Steve, Congratulations!

Steve:  Thanks, and regardless of how you feel about the man he is a leader…  for him  to take the time and personally write me back it was just really … I remember just standing there holding the letter in disbelief when I first got it and, ah … it was awesome!  And, the whole time when I first thought of the idea to write all these letters I said its kind of crazy, it’s a little crazy.  But then, I thought I’m not going to hurt anybody, and if they don’t read my letter and respond to me then no harm done  But, I had this idea and I just went for it.  I just did it.  I wrote something down, and I wrote them.  I was sending them letters.  I would send a couple of them a letter or 2, consistently.  To just to try to understand the importance of what I was trying to do and accomplish.  The Superintendent of Death Valley, she had written to them to tell them about a program where they take inner-city youth and bring them out to the mountains.  And, the kids witnessed the Milky Way they also got to sleep in a tent all for their first time.  And, they were talking about how the money donated influenced this and that, so that is why I kind of followed their lead.  When I was discovering all my moments I made a donation to the National Park Foundation as well, because it was also an environment where I had just been able to grow, and see myself grow and know that I will always grow there.

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Josh: Yeah … And, for those that are in need to experience the courage to enjoy all of this and get complete fulfillment out of life what can you tell them about courage?  What advice do you have for someone that is exploring and discovering courage themselves?

Steve: This is a hard question because with that you have to embrace fear.   And, embracing fear is where that threshold comes of living within your safety zone and, breaking out of that safety zone and it can be tough sometimes.  But, what is amazing about it is that if you break out of it, then you look back upon it and you say “wow” that actually wasn’t as hard as I made it out to be.”  So, sometimes you just have to take that “no thank you helping”, but go try it and you have to realize that the reason you are trying this is because somewhere in the back of your mind you know that you will experience something new and may better yourself for it.  And then, sometimes to try to understand what is so scary.  I remember the first time I was out in Yosemite and I was in a tent all by myself, and I was about 5 miles from the road…  you definitely listen to every single sound, and you don’t know if there is a bear there.  Its just you!  Its hard sometimes to just rely only on yourself, because if you let yourself down or if you mess up its only you, and sometimes you could be your worst critic and tear yourself down.  So, its making peace with yourself and it’s a whole process of going through that.

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Josh: So how many mountains have you climbed so far?  I know you have done a ton!

Steve: I have hiked 129 mountains to date.  I have done a lot of them multiple times.  The one you and I hiked together back in the day, that was Lyon Mountain.  That is my favorite mountain.  I hiked that 11 times.  Its funny, too, because I hiked, around, I think, close to 40 mountains when I was living in Plattsburgh, NY and I was only there for about two years and I didn’t own a car.

Josh: Wow … 40 in two years that’s awesome!

Steve:  I came in, in the end of 1997, that Fall Semester.  I left the Spring of 2000.  I was able to go out there and hike all of those mountains, and Lyon Mountain was just this awesome mountain.  It was the first mountain I hiked when I went to Plattsburgh.  And, when I went up there they had all these Birch Trees everywhere.  And, in that winter was “the big ice storm” that came through and devastated the whole area.  It just tore it all apart and these birch trees that used to go across the trail were all torn down.  So, I got to see the beauty of that trail right before it got devastated and every time I hiked it I never lost a vision of what it looked like.  And, just getting out there and looking down at Chazy Lake, I always just enjoyed it, it was just one of those mountains for me.


Josh: Yeah … Steve, I’d like to take this time to really thank you for coming to the interview with me today.  I know that there are a lot of people out there that will really be able to see and read these stories through your lens, and Hunter’s lens.  And, also find that courage that they are looking to really capture for themselves, and discover that motivation and inspiration to embrace new challenges!  Thank you for joining me today.  Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Steve: No, but if you just think about something, and you want to try it go try it!  And then, if its weighing heavily on you, you have to think to yourself … like when I was writing letters, “what is the real harm here?”  “Am I worried about looking like a fool?”  Or, “am I worried about failing?” So, “it’s like, what’s the real worry?”

Josh: That’s great!  I think a lot of people will really get a good experience from reading our interview.  Thank you for your time.

Steve: Yeah, thank you Josh!

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For anyone who needs inspiration and is searching to be “at one” with nature, and see first-hand what this wonderful planet has to offer, hiking could be a wonderful and rewarding zenith for you to embrace, and enjoy.  If you’d like to follow Steve on his trails check out his blog here or you can click on his logo below.  For more inspiration please check out my posts here and here. If you would like some coaching on overcoming adversity, courage , to get yourself  back-on-track please view my suite of services here.



Become a High-Performing Leader and Earn a Well-Respected Reputation!

One barrier that tends to creep up on employees at all levels of any company is the gap of fusing Empathy with Emotional Intelligence and attuning them towards your reputation and performance output. The other barrier is your Cultural Intelligence Level and your values towards Embracing Diversity.  There are many successful Managers, Supervisors or Team Leaders, which have a deep ability and technical-breadth in their Industry/Trade/Profession and still are deficient in this critical importance as they lead their teams.  All of those leaders have experience delivering high performance on challenging tasks, and assignments, and have made huge progress in their careers, as they worked their way up their company ladder. The fact of the matter is many aren’t even aware how important having a attuned fusion of empathy and emotional intelligence, could actually help propel, and advance their careers to even, higher, and more successful levels.

The 5 key criteria to making even higher career advances fast is by leading the way in:

  1. Cultural Intelligence – IQ
  2. Embracing Diversity – Social Awareness
  3. Emotional Intelligence – Relationship Management
  4. Attuned Empathy towards your community – Your Potential
  5. Values – Inspirational Leadership

The fusion of the 5 critical criteria will demonstrate that you are a leader with a well-respected, personal brand!  Once all that is in place, you’ll serve and lead your teams highly effectively! Open yourself up, embrace education and learning.  Discover, explore, learn, understand and embrace forming connections with other cultures, other beliefs, other genders and sexual orientations. Fully attune your empathy into expanding and learning about cultures and people all around the world. Embracing and discovering a deeper cultural, spiritual affection towards the world around you will have many positive results for you and the rest of your community, staff and teams. You could deepen your Cultural Intelligence through reading this wonderful poetry book  here.

My services for young adults encourages clients to explore and discover building better private habits, skills, knowledge and practices.  To improve your personal and private brand includes a expanded understanding of the application of  the 5 critical criteria mentioned above. Again, they are:

  1. Cultural Intelligence – IQ
  2. Embracing Diversity – Social Awareness
  3. Emotional Intelligence – Relationship Management
  4. Attuned Empathy towards your community – Your Potential
  5. Values – Inspirational Leadership

Those that ignore the 5 criteria, and don’t grow understand their vital importance, will find themselves in small tenures. You also may already be in managerial and or leadership positions before these criteria become completely remolded, polished and repackaged into positive, personal and private brands. Do you see a need to work and develop some personal re-branding strategies?   You could read a little bit more about that here.  See, Coaching is a safe place to develop and grow the critical criteria which embody our future leaders.  Its a confidential, safe and private service so please reach out to me, I’ll work with you, as you move forward.

Therefore, here is my suggestion, if you feel that you may need to improve these critical skills, do it right away! Don’t wait! Contact me for coaching here. Coaching is the proper place to set you safely on the right path to success and its a great place to turn for a private and honest “confidentiality”, “safety-nets” and “sounding-boards”.  As a Coach, I partner with you, and together we work on personal branding, personal re-branding, interpersonal communication skills, active listening skills and self-improvement. Through Coaching, you can discover empowering skills, to flourish, and leading by example.  You’ll grow into a very effective, and well-connected leader.  For more information related to my suite of services, you can go here. I wish all of you the very best, I’m here for you!

15 great places to discover and explore inspiration, courage and motivation!

Coaching helps you find your wings, so you can fly and soar through the air, overcoming obstacles and barriers in your path.

Everyone experiences moments in their life where they are faced with adversity and setbacks. Coaching is a very valuable resource to help you sort through it all and design actions with you so you could rise to the top. So you can find your wings to help you fly and soar through the air overcoming your obstacles and barriers in your path.    Through coaching you’ll enjoy our brainstorming, discovery and exploration sessions. We’ll discover and wonderfully design action plans that provide you with positive growth and development. Your coach will partner with you to help you stay on the right track to achieve your, goals, dreams and endeavors.

15 great places to discover inspiration, courage and motivation may be explored though:

1. Art
2. Music
3. Sports
4. Movies
5. Literature
6. Nature
7. Architecture
8. Religion
9. Fitness
10. Wellness/Nutrition
11. Traveling/Trips/Vacations
12. Business
13. Personal/Private Networks
14. Family
15. Friends

The process is not simple and at times its not fast, but once you discover your inner-strength and courage you’ll find everything really starts to fall into place. All of the 15 items listed above will certainly inspire you. If you just unlocked ideas and clues it’s wonderful and you are off to a great start towards, taking that important, next-step for yourself. If you’d like a free coaching consultation you can contact me here. Let’s partner towards helping you overcome obstacles, setbacks and adversity together. If you’d like some musical inspiration you can go here.  If you would like to read some wonderful books on a few of these topics you can go here, here and here.