Truth is a Total Defense

The easiest part of writing is writing. The hardest part of writing is thinking.

– Steven Bochco – Truth is a Total Defense

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Steven Bochco is one of the most acclaimed television writer/producers of all time. When Hill Street Blues made its TV debut, and then won the most EMMYS in television history, it changed the medium forever.

He then followed that legendary series with other game changing shows such as L.A. Law, Doogie Howser and the genre busting NYPD Blue. 

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To me, story is everything. If the story is right, it’s almost impossible to write a bad script. But if there’s something wrong you can’t write a good script, the story won’t let you.

Steven is a creative force and in our conversation he shares his wisdom from over fifty years in television and a recent battle with cancer.

Life often hangs by a thread. But it’s a remarkably sturdy thread, thin as it may be. The life force in all of us is unbelievably strong.

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Steven however is not resting on his laurels. He believes that television is a mirror into society: “Reflecting who we are, what we are, as well as what we aspire to be.” And he revealed in our conversation that one of his most popular shows, L.A. Law, which reflected society and its justice system, will be returning with a modern version that mirrors what is going on in our country today.

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And another thing that Steven reminds us is that:

Most of us, at some point in life, have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves – to allow our better, or stronger, natures to prevail. It takes courage and hard work, but it’s possible.

Have a great week, enjoy the episode and let your better natures prevail,

Barry

 

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A Love of Labor

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

-Steve Jobs- 

This Labor Day weekend, besides great barbeques and time with good friends and family, we celebrate labor. But even the word itself often times has connotations that seem contradictory to celebration. However, when viewed in the right light, it can be one of the most liberating factors of our lives.

Greg Brenneman is one man I know who embodies this sentiment and shares his insights with all on a daily basis. As the one time CEO of Burger King and Continental Airlines he lead both companies to success keeping a few things always in mind: The Golden Rule and having fun in every aspect of work and life. 

His appearance on Between the Lines, and our conversation about his book Right Away & All At Once, inspired so many viewers I want to share the entire episode with all my readers around the world and viewers who might not have seen the show or want to bask, once again, in Greg’s wisdom on this special holiday. Just hit the play button and enjoy.

Plus, airing this week on our PBS stations, Sandra Tsing Loh and our conversation about her book The Mad Woman in the Volvo.

Have a great holiday and may you always find love in your labor,

Barry

 

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The Legend behind the Legends

A problem is an opportunity in disguise. Turn a problem inside out and it’s the solution.

– Dick Guttman – Starflacker

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Everyone can have their five minutes of fame, but for those whose fame is of celebrity stature, each one has a public relations manager, or PR person behind them.

But what if you go beyond celebrity? What if you are in the rare stratosphere of iconic legend? What if you are Barbara Streisand, Kirk Douglas, Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Jane Seymore and dozens more of this exceptional stature, who then do you turn to?

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The answer is my guest this week on Between the Lines, the legendary publicist, Dick Guttman. A publicist who cares not only about his clients but their art and well being.

However, being a publicist by itself would not warrant an appearance on the show. It is Dick’s uncanny wisdom about life that makes his clients stay with him for over forty years.

Don’t fixate on your home runs or strikeouts. Learn from each.

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But Dick is more than just a publicist. He is a man of impeccable integrity and his book, Starflacker, is not just about him and certainly not a “tell-all” about his clients. His mission, and the focus of our conversation, is about the useful skills of persuasion and learning to love and embrace the tough problems we all face.

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It’s what you do with what you get that determines who you will be.

 

Have a great week and do the best you can with what you got,

Barry

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TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com

Fear: The Cure for Stress

There is no such thing as stress. Stress, as we know it, does not exist!.. The term stress is humankind’s attempt to take one of nature’s finest gifts to our bodies and label it a disease!

– Robert Maurer, PhD – Mastering Fear  

The short answer to almost every dilemma we face is stress. We are too stressed out, it raises our blood pressure, causes anxiety, we believe it shortens our lives, and in turn we do everything in our power to relieve it.

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But what if stress, as Dr. Robert Maurer states above, does not really exist?

First, we would probably call him a quack, which I can assure you he is not. Then, if we take it seriously, what should we call all the stress and anxiety we have been dealing with all these years?

The answer to that last question may also be at the root to relieving the stress, anxiety and depression we experience or at the very least minimizing it and its effects. But, the word we should be using has even more negative connotations than stress. The word is FEAR!

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However, according to Dr. Maurer we better get used to it because by not properly identifying it we cannot properly deal with it.

Many of us use words like “stress, anxiety, depression,” or “nerves” to describe a strong, persistent feeling of upset in our bodies. However, I have been intrigued by how rarely highly successful people use these words… They all used the word fear. 

Dr. Maurer knows that fear, in its most primal form, is the gift of survival. If we face our fears, rather than the nebulous “stress, anxiety, or nerves” it can allow us to finally address the main issues rather than letting them stew and then lead to anxiety or depression.

Stress is actually fear trapped in a culture with an unhealthy relationship to that emotion.

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In my conversation with Dr. Maurer this week we delve deep into an issue that just might provide the solace we all need, not only to get us through our stress filled lives, but to actually turn them around so we can face our fears and reach our highest potential.

Fear not, enjoy the show and have a great week,

Barry

 

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Unbridled

I want to reach people to wake them up. Maybe one person will try something they wouldn’t try.

– Riva Spier –

What would life be like if whatever was holding us back we could face head on and give us unbridled freedom? Most of us would say it would feel pretty damn good. Of course we would still have to fight through the daily grind of life but there would be a sense of freedom unleashed.

I have covered this concept in a variety of ways with some prominent guests from all walks of life and will continue to do so because it is truly the definition of “The Pursuit of Happiness.” However, when I realized I knew someone on a personal level who not only deals with the everyday issues most of us face but who went beyond that to create challenges because she wanted to fulfill her passions, I decided I wanted all my viewers to experience her first hand.

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Her name is Riva Spier, a single mom who earns her living as a physical trainer, one of the best in my opinion, who has changed the lives of so many including my wife and her friends. Her “Boomer Fitness Workout” and her special gift for reaching all, is designed to keep women of all ages active and strong.

But Riva had another passion that had to be fulfilled. Or as she put it: “I just had to seize the moment from my heart… And saddle up and go.”

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Riva needed to sing, but not just for herself, she wanted to touch audiences and inspire.

Whatever the music makes them feel they move away from the mundane for that time, and that brings me a great feeling of joy.

This week on our PBS stations you too will feel the joy when Riva and I discuss her new CD Unbridled and why it is never too late to find out what brings you joy and to stop at nothing to make it happen.

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Enjoy the episode and have a great week,

Barry

 

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Right Away & All At Once

Work is not primarily the thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. 

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How we view our work is a major factor in our overall happiness and emotional health. The key to creating a positive outlook about our work is to align it as closely with our purpose and mission in life. Now, file that concept as the definition of something easy to say and so difficult to do.

Plus, what adds to that dilemma is that many of us cannot wait to find our purpose before we have to start working. In fact, in my case it was quite some time after working before I connected with my purpose. But, that may actually be the key. The work we do can unfold the envelope that holds that elusive mission we crave and desire and the success it can lead to.

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Few recognize that better, and have successfully implemented it in their own life, than Greg Brenneman

Greg is a true visionary business leader. As the one time CEO of Burger King and Continental Airlines he brought new life to both companies and took Continental from one of the lowest ranked airlines to a top notch and most respected organization. Currently he is CEO and Chairman of his own global private equity firm CCMP and proudly sits on the board of Home Depot. 

As impressive as the position’s he held are his insights and philosophies about work and life.   

Stop trying to achieve the impossibility of work/life balance, and focus instead on work/ life integration.

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In our conversation this week about his book Right Away & All At Once, Greg shares how we can challenge ourselves to better understand our lives and our work and how to blend them into a natural form that benefits our jobs, our families and ourselves.

I also had the privilege of talking with Greg before and after the taping and to see how he embodies his wisdom is a pure delight and contagious as you too will experience when you meet this fine gentleman.

Enjoy the episode, integrate your life and work, and feel the joy it brings.

Have a great week,

Barry

 

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Are We There Yet?

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I could write a book about the things I’ve learned but still don’t know. Just like the little kid in the back of the car, I wonder when I will get to that indescribable place where I feel at one with myself and in a sense, complete.

A part of me says; NEVER. A part of me says; WHEN? And a part of me sometimes says; NOW. However, they are not in equal parts. The feelings resemble a bell curve with the NEVER and the NOW on the very ends and a large sweeping WHEN hovering across most of it.

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Although it does not always feel that way, WHEN at least means motion and since every single thing from the tiniest of particles to the massiveness of the universe is always in motion, I can at least feel in good company.

You express gratitude for what you already have and for all that you’d like to receive as though you have already received it…

GRATITUDE that is the key in my opinion to setting this all in motion.

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Ah, that lovely word GRATITUDE. Why does that have such a hard time staying in the forefront of my consciousness, but is so comfortable lying down in the back of my mind?

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Some enlightening answers to that question comes from my conversation with May McCarthy, seen this week on Between the Lines.

May is an extremely successful entrepreneur, speaker and author who believes that we all have the power within to: “Eliminate old behaviors that have kept you from the experiences you really want.”

I have gotten to know May very well and I am certain that she is right. However, I still cannot help but wonder: “Am I there yet?”

Until I can I will keep her words in mind:

Remain calm in the face of adversity – There will always be distressing situations in life that we can’t control. But if we’re prepared, we don’t have to experience debilitating distress.

Enjoy the episode, remain calm and have a great week whether you are there or not yet,

Barry

 

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