Trump’s Failure at Reinventing Himself

donald-trump-2The recent release of a video showing Donald Trump speaking of women in vulgar sexual terms delivered a punishing blow to his campaign and plunged the Republican party into a crisis just week’s before the election. It was not this single video that did Trump in. Relying purely on his ego and an inflated sense of self, Donald Trump believed he could reinvent himself as a viable candidate for President of the United States without following the essential rules of reinvention:

Use Your Past to Create Your Future: Whereas successful reinventors rely on their strengths to follow their true passions into the future, Trump would have preferred to hide his past from the very people he was asking to trust and invest in him. His arrogance most notably shows itself when his public persona is challenged.

Put in the Work: What clearly came across in the first Presidential debate against Hillary Clinton is that Trump believed he could “wing it” without preparing; that somehow his celebrity status was a free pass that magically brought with it the credibility to debate his ability to lead the country.

Challenge Your Relevancy:  Simply knowing the buzz words for the pain and needs of the American people and parroting them back is not being relevant. Without original thoughts and true solutions to the crises facing America, Trump does not offer a realistic ROV (Return on Vote) with which he can distinguish himself. Trump comes off as someone who really doesn’t care enough to be an expert on the issues. For him, it’s just about the win.

Be Real…Not Reality TV: Only by being authentic and bridling your passion to deliver positive results that benefit everyone can anyone truly impact the world and each person in it. Authenticity is essential.

Don’t Reinvent Yourself Alone: Anyone who has successfully traveled up  reinvention road knows intimately the need to rely on others’ advice and support. He’s completely ignored the mentors who were available to him.

Ironically, for a man who relies on publicly repeating his private sector successes as a businessperson and entrepreneur, Donald Trump breaks every rule of reinvention only to reveal himself as anything but the goods he’s trying to sell America.

Robi Ludwig on DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

ludwig_bestageisnowGarrison’s guest in this segment is Robi Ludwig, nationally known psychotherapist, award winning reporter and author of a hot new book entitled, Your Best Age Is Now. Robi is a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s Scorned and is on the medical board and a contributor for Bella Magazine. She’s a regular guest on CNN, Fox News and Headline News and has appeared on Today, HLN, 20/20, The View, Steve Harvey, The Wendy Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight, World News Tonight, and Nightline, 

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Profound Wisdom for the Individual from Mass Producer

henry-fordAmerican industrialist Henry Ford Henry Ford may have come up with the assembly line for mass production in automobile manufacturing but when it came to entrepreneurism and the human spirit he was a rugged individualist. Ford  developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, he transformed the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th Century.

His wisdom for entrepreneurs is profoundly simple:

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”


Low-Life Common Thief

goorin-brosI am passionate about entrepreneurs and people pursuing their dreams. That’s why today I was visiting Goorin Bros. The Goorin family has been selling well-crafted hats since 1895 and their presence at 337 Bleecker Street in the West Village of New York City is a real millinery treat.

thiefA little after 3pm today while in the store I saw this man and the woman he was with walking out with expensive hats without paying for them. THEY STOLE THEM! They split up after leaving the store but I snagged a photo of him with the stolen merchandise.

price-tagThe price tag is still on the hat!

I showed the photo to the store clerk and he said they hadn’t paid. He called the owner who contacted the police and they have been given the photo.  Shortly after, they fled speeding down Bleecker Street in a red SUV, almost hitting people and going through a red light.

We need to be a community of people who care about and look after each other. Should you recognize the common thief please let the folks at Goorin Bros. know:

337 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014


Mandela’s Inspiring Words for Entrepreneurs and Reinventors

nelson-mandela-1South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by confronting racism and promoting racial reconciliation.  Mandela later became an elder statesman and focused on charitable work, combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Reflecting on the scale of his legacy, he gained international acclaim for his activism, receiving more than 250 honors including the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Lenin Peace Prize.

Nelson Mandela holds a deep belief that is as relevant on the political stage as it is in the hearts and minds of every entrepreneur and reinventor:

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

O’Keeffe’s Brushstrokes of Courage

georgia-okeeffeAmerican painter Georgia Totto O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. The Mother of American Modernism has braved dramatic artistic paths with a personal insight into courage that everyone can be inspired by:

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”


Dr. John’s Prescription for Risk Taking

dr-john_color5a-houlgraveMalcolm John Michael Creaux “Mac” Rebennack, better known by the stage name Dr. John,  created a signature blend of blues, pop, jazz, zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.  Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies.

greezy-wheels-with-dr-john-posterDr. John’s musical legacy includes recording over 20 albums and a top-20 hit with “Right Place Wrong Time”. He’s the winner of six Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University jokingly referred to by Tulane’s president, Scott Cowen, as “Dr. Dr. John.”

Dr. John’s prescription for risk taking is good medicine for entrepreneurs and reinventors:

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about taking chances, and how it’s really just about overcoming your fears. Because the truth is, every time you take a big risk in your life, no matter how it ends up, you’re always glad you took it.”

Listen to excerpts from Garrison’s classic interview with Dr. John: