The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 16 - John Bosley

From designing toys for The Walking Dead to head designer at RAYGUN to launching his own company specializing in illustrating well-known cities, landmarks and geographic icons, John Bosley is a machine! In this episode, John talks about following his passion for art, illustration and design and making that passion his career.

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Memorable Quotes

"I wanted to stop building someone else's castle and build my own."

"If there's something you're interested in doing, just do it, you've got nothing to lose"

"If you love doing it at the end of the day, that's all that matters"

What They're Sayin..

"John’s a hustler. He never seems to slow down. He ‘chases the work’ as I like to say - doing the work that gets you to the dream. He’s been solo for about two years and has designed almost his full body of work in that time - amazing." - Chrissy Jensen

"John Bosley is the mayor of Des Moines. He has a really unique formula of talent, personality, and hustle. I've never seen anybody launch their own creative business and make it so successful in such a short amount of time. John has just GOT IT." - Dani Ausen

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by P7DesignBozz Prints, and Powers Media House.

Episode Breakdown:

3:45 - What's John Doing Now?
5:08 - Early Bozz Days
9:00 - The Formation of Bozz Prints
14:20 - Making The Jump
19:45 - Finding Design Inspiration
24:05 - Design Process
31:45 - The Iowa License Plate Campaign
36:15 - Navigating the Wholesale Scene
40:13 - The Iowa Cubs Yearbook Project
44:08 - The Bozz Workflow
47:50 - Designing The Walking Dead Toys
50:38 - What's Next for Bozz Prints
53:00 - Outgrowing the Basement / Mainframe
59:35 - Inspirations / Life Hacks / Challenges
1:06:20 - The Bozz Legacy & Expansion
1:10:11 - Sneaker Game - Jordan's
1:19:27 - People Talk
1:25:30 - Quick Hitters

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 15 - Brad Argo

A big dreamer and an executor, Brad Argo has moved houses, formed a successful adventure company and turned his passion for ping pong into a beloved game lounge for all to enjoy. In this episode, we explore how Brad takes big ideas and successfully brings them to life.

What they're sayin'...

"It's easy to have exciting ideas, but only someone like Argo can have exciting ideas and bring them to fruition. He's driven, tenacious, and can see the big picture." - Justin Mandelbaum

"Brad looks for what's next and is always looking to improve his projects even if they are already successful. I would also say most of the projects he is involved in are not only business venture but passion projects so the commitment and attention to detail is there." - Mike Utley

"Brad creatively pursues his passions and learns how to be an expert at them. He carefully focuses on specific concepts and industries and possesses the drive to do them better than anyone else. On top of this he is a tireless promoter and supporter of causes and people he believes in." - Zach Mannheimer

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DREAM

Imagine the feeling of accomplishing something you want more than anything else. Imagine all the hard work, time, blood, sweat and tears that went into that accomplishment. It was so worth it.  Featuring a tireless vintage font with rugged distressed markings, this shirt symbolizes the ultimate feeling of achievement. Dreams do come true.

The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 14 Patrick Tape Fleming

From performing on picnic tables in small-town Iowa to a national concert tour, Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom Balloon and The Poison Control Center joins The DRMN BG Podcast. In this episode, Patrick shares his stories from the road and explains how his love for music led to a successful career in songwriting, performance and production. 

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Be Fearless

You can have anything you want if you have the courage to pursue it. You might have to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You might stumble and fall, so what? Who cares? Especially if you’re that passionate about it. We often get caught up in seeking validation from the outside - to hell with that. Validate yourself. Be Fearless.

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The DRMN BG Podcast - Episode 13 Tony Watson

From small town Iowa to the World Series: Season 2 of The DRMN BG Podcast kicks off with our friend, Major League Baseball player Tony Watson! In this episode, Tony explains how he turned his biggest dream into reality, his formula for success and gives us an inside look at life in the big leagues. 

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Stop and Smell the Roses

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We often get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to enjoy the little things or we tell ourselves that we’ll celebrate once we reach the end goal.

It’s important to celebrate the small victories on your way to the big celebration. Celebrating the small wins reminds you that you’re making progress. Be happy now in celebrating your small successes. Enjoying the little wins refreshes your motivation to keep going. Knowing that you’re making progress boosts your confidence. “Holy shit, I really CAN do this” and your recent accomplishments are proof.

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The Fight

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“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” - Mike Tyson

You’re going to land some punches. You’re also going to get hit. You might even get knocked down. Setbacks.Things that get in the way of accomplishing your dream. While these setbacks delay your progress, you’ve got to adapt and keep going. Keep fighting. What defines you is how you react to adversity, not adversity itself. The setbacks are necessary. They are invaluable learning experiences that make us wiser and stronger. 
We are all fighting for something. What are you fighting for? When the going gets tough, put your gloves on and fight for what you believe in and what you’re trying to accomplish. It’ll be worth it in the end.

Be Positive. Be Persistent. Be Patient. Be Resilient. Be Adaptable.

Jump

The thought of trying something new or making a change can be scary. One thing we’ve learned along the way is that there never is a perfect time - the thought of the jump is scarier than the jump itself. Whatever it is you want to do in life, big or small, do your research and prepare to set yourself up for success but don’t let that preparation stop you from making the leap. I sometimes stress out about the small details, which are important but most of the time aren’t going to make or break the grand scheme of DRMN BG. What are you waiting for? Go get what you want.

The thought of trying something new or making a change can be scary. One thing we’ve learned along the way is that there never is a perfect time - the thought of the jump is scarier than the jump itself. Whatever it is you want to do in life, big or small, do your research and prepare to set yourself up for success but don’t let that preparation stop you from making the leap. I sometimes stress out about the small details, which are important but most of the time aren’t going to make or break the grand scheme of DRMN BG. What are you waiting for? Go get what you want.

Adventure Giveaway

 

GIVEAWAY TIME: Take DRMN BG on your next adventure.

Leave your next travel destination (near or far) in the comments below and we'll select 3 individuals to receive a free DRMN BG hat!

Send us a photo with your new hat on your adventure and we'll publish a short feature on our social media pages.

Update: Winners Announced:

Congrats to Kara B., Chelsey S. and Margaret D.

The Law of the Garbage Truck

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you’re the Terminator, you’re probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of your success is how quickly you can refocus on what’s important in your life. 

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. And I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened. 

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, the car skidded, the tires squealed, and at the very last moment our car stopped just one inch from the other car’s back-end. 

I couldn’t believe it. But then I couldn’t believe what happened next. The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. How do I know? Ask any New Yorker, some words in New York come with a special face. And he even threw in a one finger salute! I couldn’t believe it! 

But then here’s what really blew me away. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that!? This guy could have killed us!” And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck®.” He said: 

“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.” 

So I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the street? It was then that I said, “I don’t want their garbage and I’m not going to spread it anymore.” 

I began to see Garbage Trucks. Like in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” the little boy said, “I see Dead People.” Well now “I see Garbage Trucks.” I see the load they’re carrying. I see them coming to dump it. And like my taxi driver, I don’t take it personally; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on. 

One of my favorite football players of all time was Walter Payton. Every day on the football field, after being tackled, he would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground. He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best. Over the years the best players from around the world in every sport have played this way: Muhammad Ali, Nadia Comaneci, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, and Pele are just some of those players. And the most inspiring leaders have lived this way: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. 

See, Roy Baumeister, a psychology researcher from Florida State University, found in his extensive research that you remember bad things more often than good things in your life. You store the bad memories more easily, and you recall them more frequently. 

So the odds are against you when a Garbage Truck comes your way. But when you follow The Law of the Garbage Truck®, you take back control of your life. You make room for the good by letting go of the bad. 

The best leaders know that they have to be ready for their next meeting. The best sales people know that they have to be ready for their next client. And the best parents know that they have to be ready to greet their children with hugs and kisses, no matter how many garbage trucks they might have faced that day. All of us know that we have to be fully present, and at our best for the people we care about. 

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their lives. 

What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? 

Here’s my bet: You’ll be happier. 

David J. Pollay 

David J. Pollay is an acclaimed speaker and the creator and author of the international phenomenon, The Law of the Garbage Truck. You can find his best-selling book, The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Stop People from Dumping On You

The Final 10%

The following article is written by Chance Scoggins from http://www.chancescoggins.com/

Do you have a hundred plates spinning in the air?

Are you expecting them to come crashing down any minute? 

Are you buckling under the weight of your responsibility? 

Are you losing sleep while your mind races over all that remains undone? 

Are you neglecting your family, friends and yourself? 

Are you overwhelmed?  

It was easy for me to make that list of questions.  I just thought about how I’ve felt on my hardest days during the last 6 months.   

At the beginning of this year, I took on a large project for a client.  I knew going in that it would be a great challenge.  I expected it to dominate my time and attention.  I knew it would require me to bring my A-game.  But I was excited by the challenge, and invigorated by the possibility of what a job well done would mean personally, professionally and for the sake of others. 

I made a step by step plan, trying to predict every potential road block ahead.  But I fooled myself into thinking that if I followed it and did my best, I’d arrive at the end of this project, unscathed.  Needless to say, life happened, as it always does, and over time, there were dozens of obstacles and distractions I couldn’t have named beforehand.  I had imagined reaching the end would feel something like crossing a finish line in victory, making my way to a podium and collecting a medal.  It actually feels more like sliding into home, skinning my knee and limping back to the bench. 

And you know what?  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I put my heart into every piece of this project that I touched.  I offered something that no one else in the world could offer it.  My work is worthy of my name.  I gave my best.  But, there was a time when I almost didn’t care anymore – and that’s why I’m writing today.  I learned something in this process that I’m not sure I’d truly known before.   

The final 10% is designed to show you what you’re made of. 

If you’re a smart and resourceful person, your existing ability is enough to get you through the first 90% of most things you do. It’s that final ten percent – the last little bit before you reach a big goal – where you’re really tested.  You’ve come so far.  You’ve given so much.  The initial excitement has worn off.  Your adrenaline is used up.  You’re tired and nearing empty.  You can see the end in sight.  But then, seemingly out of nowhere, obstacles and distractions come at you from every side.  You find that you’re not as close as you thought you were, and you begin to wonder if you’ve got enough left in you to finish well. 

Welcome to the final 10%.  This is where you find something in yourself that wasn’t there before.  This is how you become the next and better version of yourself. This is when you grow.   

Few people finish well when things get tougher than they expected.  Out of fatigue or maybe even laziness, they grow complacent and lower the bar.  They look for short cuts.  They cut corners.  And in the process, after having come so far and done so much hard work, they fall short of what they’re capable of and created for.  They settle, and sacrifice the glory of bringing their whole selves to their goal or cause. 

Let it never again be said of you and me.   

If you’re tired – keep digging deep. 

If you’re overwhelmed – do the next right thing.  

If you’re tempted to lower the bar – don’t.  Do what you said you’d do. 

Better yet, do more than you said you’d do – and do it with a smile on your face.  

Inspire others to dig deeper in themselves.

This is what you were made for. 

After six months of some of the hardest work I’ve ever taken on, I’m on the other side.  My goal really is in sight.  I’m almost done and I’m beginning to taste the fruit of my labor. It’s sweeter than I’d imagined.  It’s worth every single bit of the trouble and sacrifice.  Having so recently stood where some of you stand today, I want to share with you what I needed to hear myself, most especially during my final ten percent.   

You will make it. 

You can do this. 

It will be worth your effort and sacrifice. 

Great things are ahead of you… for you, and for others because of you. 

Don’t give up. 

Keep going.  

The final 10% will make or break you.  Finish well.  Go do what only you can do, and do it all the way.

Opinions

"Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding." 

Bill Bullard

How to Build and Maintain Credibility as a Leader

Excerpt From: SET THE STANDARD 

For Leaders to be credible, they must know "their stuff." Ethics speak louder than words, so therefore every Leader needs to learn how to: 

Delegate appropriately. 

Tame the ego. 

Stay in control of your emotions. 

Remain logical, reasonable and consistent. 

Honor confidences. 

Help people avoid embarrassment. 

Avoid threatening or being threatened. 

Keep your sense of humor while striving for perfection. 

And remember; always try to be the boss you wish you had! 

Be A Legendary Leader Today...Walk the Talk! 

Culture eats vision for Lunch and Leadership starts with you! You are either Coaching culture or you are allowing it to happen, there is no in-between". - The Legacy Builder 

As leaders let's make where we work AWESOME! 

Make Someone Feel Good Today

The following comes from WhatWillMatter.com.

“It’s true I am only one, but I am one and the fact that I cannot do everything will not prevent me from doing what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

What can be more meaningful and fulfilling than making a positive difference in this world by making a difference in the lives we touch? It is the essence of living a life that matter. As the following story illustrates it is so much easier than it we might think and its something we all can do every day of the year. 

Marta was a hard-working single mother. When her minister sermonized about “living a life that matters,” she worried that working to raise her kids and going to church wasn’t enough. So, on the bus to work she made a list of other jobs she could do and volunteer work she could try. 

Sylvia, an elderly woman, saw the worry on Marta’s face and asked what was wrong. Marta explained her problem. Sylvia said, “Oh my, did your minister say you weren’t doing enough?” 

“No,” Marta said, “But I know I’m not living a life that matters and i want to.” 

“You don’t have to change jobs or do more volunteer work,” Sylvia consoled her. “It’s enough that you’re a good mother. But if you want to do more, think about what you can do while doing what you already do. It’s not about what you do, but how you do it.” 

“You don’t understand,” Marta said. “I sell hamburgers. How do I make that significant?” 

“How many people do you deal with every day?” Sylvia asked. 

“Two to three hundred.” 

“Well, what if you set out to cheer, encourage, teach or inspire as many of those people as you could? A compliment, a bit of advice, a cheerful hello or a warm smile can start a chain reaction that lights up lives like an endless string of Christmas bulbs.” 

“But that’s just being nice,” Marta protested. 

“Right,” said Sylvia, “Niceness can change lives.” 

Marta looked at the old woman. “What do you do?” 

“I was a housekeeper until I retired,” Sylvia said. “Now I just ride the bus talking to people.” 

Sylvia made a difference in Marta’s life simply by helping her look at things differently so the next day at work she went out of her way to encourage others with a kind word. Her goal was to make someone feel good about themselves and smile. She particularly began to enjoy the moments when someone actually said thank you and she got better at it. 

Toward the end of the first day of her campaign to make a difference through kindness she saw a woman in line holding a baby in one arm and struggling to keep her two other children in control. She was clearly frazzled when she got to Marta’s window to order her food. Marta said, “I couldn’t help but notice that you are an extraordinary mother. It is so clear you are worn out but your love for your children and your consideration for others is amazing. Thank You.” 

The mom’s face changed almost instantly and she replied, “I can’t tell you how much that means to me. You have made my day.” After another moment she added, “no you didn’t just make my day, you affirmed my life. Thank you.” 

Marta was filled with a sense of gratitude and she couldn’t wait to tell Sylvia on the bus ride home. 

“People don’t always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou