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The Make+Be+Live Podcast
20 minutes | Mar 25, 2018
“Lead” | The Make+Be+Live Podcast starring Roy Golden 0232
LEAD “Articulate the vision.” I love that definition of leading. After all, words are my tools and writing is my trade. Of the four functions of management (Plan, Organize, Lead, Control) leading is the least prominent skill set in the business world. There are many “leaders” in position or title but true “articulators” are few. We can look throughout history and see that on virtually every occasion we find a successful entrepreneur we find an incredibly skilled communicator. Organizational efficiency depends, in large part, on employees pulling in the same direction with the same goals in mind. It’s tug o’ war, on a massive scale: When everyone combines efforts at the same time in the same direction, considerable force is created. Contrastingly, if one or more team members either aren’t providing maximum effort, or even worse, pulling in the wrong direction, the game is assuredly lost. As a leader, it is our job to communicate corporate goals in such a way that each team member is inspired and motivated to give maximum effort with maximum efficiency. “Inspired” in the sense that our goal is worthy of achievement; I like to call it “inspired by desire.” “Motivated” in the sense that exceptional individual effort is compensated fairly. Leadership is not limited to the corporate world. Setting worthy goals in our personal lives require us to utilize leadership skills, too. The more friends and family we have on our side supporting and encouraging us in the journey of life, the greater our chances of short- and long-term success. Words are powerful, so communicate clearly… Articulate your vision with certainty, and success will certainly follow your lead.
26 minutes | Mar 18, 2018
“The Plan” | The Make+Be+Live Podcast starring Roy Golden 0222
THE PLAN All I wanted to do was impress a girl. Here I am, FOUR YEARS LATER, sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a bedroom studio that doubles as acoustic wall treatment when I’m recording, mixing, and mastering… At this point I can’t even remember which girl I was trying to impress in the first place!?? But I do remember I had a plan. A goal. A worthy goal, in fact. That worthy goal has not changed, nor will it ever change: – “Earn a living to support myself and my family by sharing an intimate, emotional connection with you through the magic of music…” – That, to me, is an achievable goal. And it’s a goal worthy of achievement. I’ve witnessed business leaders be successful and also fail miserably when it comes to setting goals. Do you remember the scene from “A Beautiful Mind” when the plan was to ignore the super attractive woman in the bar? Neither do I. Its premise always stuck with me. To paraphrase, “The best results come when we simultaneously do what is best for us AND the group.” I think too often corporate goals fail to take into consideration what is simultaneously best for employees, customers, and the company. In essence, one group is ALWAYS going to get shafted if worthy goals are not carefully and deeply considered from a wide range of differing perspectives prior to implementation. Of the 4 functions of management I referred to in my last post, I spend probably 55-60% of the entire time in the planning phase. I make sure the direction I want to go is on the right path to achieve my worthy goal. In this way, I’ve found I can more quickly adjust to meet challenges, both anticipated and unseen, as they arise. What is your worthy goal? It’s perfectly okay to spend more than a day preparing the course that will lead you safely to your destination. Better to remain in the harbor until fully supplied than prematurely starve at sea. After all… this is the journey of a lifetime.
20 minutes | Mar 9, 2018
“I Cry Too” | The Make+Be+Live Podcast starring Roy Golden 0218
I CRY TOO Hidden are the paths that lead us to our destination… Only after we arrive do we finally see our steps. In Day 08 of my first daily journal series I wrote about the moving experience I had when listening to Kaela Sinclair’s song, “Golden.” These past few months I’ve listened to more of Kaela’s music on Spotify + YouTube, and I especially enjoyed seeing her early videos… There is one she did at a women’s music retreat and as she’s singing the new song she wrote the wind nearly blows the lyric sheet off the table and cars are whizzing by in the background, but there’s Kaela, singing right through it, while another talented female musician accompanies her on guitar… Then there’s the Tiny Desk Concert submission video when I teared up at the end when the credit cutouts came on… Then there was the legendary Texas Rangers public address voice Chuck Morgan introducing Kaela as she belted out one of the most powerful national anthems I’ve seen in a decade… Then there’s Kaela onstage playing keys and slaying “Oblivion” with the supergroup M83, first at Sasquatch, then at Red Rocks, and again at my personal favorite, Oakland… Then there she is on Jimmy Kimmel trying not to crack up as Anthony is staring right at her wearing a Teen Wolf mask while performing “Go!”… 8-7-6-5-4-3 I’M COMIN’ I’M COMIN’ I’M COMIN’ FOR YOU! Kaela’s path to this point could never have been guessed, yet here she is. And now it’s clear how she got here: sincere songwriting, tremendous musicianship, powerful vocals, opportunity creation, and above all, over a decades of relentless effort, training, and persistence. This week she released a new single, “I Cry Too.” Once again, I got the unique sensation she is singing TO ME. I felt that way about “Golden,” “Second Skin,” “Lock and Key,” and on and on. It’s a testament to her songwriting strength that she can elicit that connection with listeners. “I Cry Too” is exceptional. In the light of her explanation on Valfre’s blog, and in the beautifully illustrated video interpretation, Kaela’s songwriting skill shines even brighter.
21 minutes | Mar 4, 2018
“Catch Up” | The Make+Be+Live Podcast starring Roy Golden 0211
CATCH UP I ran the 1600m in track during middle school. I’ll never forget my first meet! I started out stride for stride with my teammate and the District’s top mile runner, and things went very well… for the first lap! But his pace was not my pace. By the middle of the second lap I started sliding back as the pack overtook me. By the end of the race I found myself DEAD LAST. I didn’t fret it, though… I knew the mistake I’d made and it was an easy fix. At the final meet of the year, the one that determined which school would take home 1st-place District honors, I ran the mile again. This time, I ran MY race. I didn’t run against the other athletes. I didn’t run against myself. I simply ran the most efficient race I was physically and mentally capable of running. On the final lap, I started getting stronger. I moved up one place at a time. By the time I reached the final straightaway I had just enough energy left to make a late burst and ended up finishing in 6th place, and that 6th place finish earned our school just enough points to jump into 1st place and be crowned District champs that year! Ever since that moment, I have moved through life at my own pace. What seems like a slow start to some is actually me just being efficient at first… I’m not a sprinter. I will lose the short game every single time. Fortunately, I’m playing the long game, and as I round the last corner of this 23-year quest to bring you “A Bedroom Boy’s Best,” I’m starting to make my move… Which race are you running today? Do you feel like you’re falling behind? Stick to your gameplan. Run your race. Let’s sprint to the finish line together.
42 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
“Revisions” | The Make+Be+Live Podcast starring Roy Golden 0201
REVISIONS Exactly one year ago today I made a decision: I was going to share my journey to complete a revision of my debut album (“Omniville/A Bedroom Boy’s Best”) with the world through a series of daily live broadcasts from my one-bedroom Valley Ranch apartment. I didn’t know much about YouTube, but I discovered an iPhone app that would allow me to broadcast live across the world using my YouTube channel. “This,” I thought, “is extraordinary!” Essentially I had a live worldwide video distribution capable of reaching a greater audience than the world’s largest TV broadcasters… in HD, no less! I borrowed some LED light fixtures from a friend, taped up some spare grey photo paper backdrop I brought home from an event, bought a selfie stick with funds from a Walmart gift card I received for my birthday, and voila… I was in business. I even watched some contour and highlight makeup tutorials to look my very best. I really had no idea what I was going to say or do that night. But after a couple of false starts I decided to simply introduce myself, sing an a cappella version of one of my songs, and end with my slogan. That night began a series of over thirty consecutive broadcasts as I talked about everything from music, to my backstory, to my goals, influences, and writing techniques. The first Dorado’s Forty Days series I focused on setting up principles for success in making a jump from the corporate world to the entertainment world. This series I am going to show how I apply those principles to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges that stand in my way. A lot can change in forty days… join me now and let’s see how dramatic the difference will be after making a few revisions to music, and most importantly, life.
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