Delta Diner Owner Todd Bucher on DESIGN YOU

img_3794Todd Bucher traded in a successful career in the advertising, marketing and magazine publishing fields to renovate a 1940s classic diner that whips up down-home American eats from breakfast favorites to burgers. Along with his wife and partner, Nina Kurath Bucher, Todd reinvented his career and pursued his culinary passion, serving up unique solutions to new business challenges along the way. He is a classic reinventor who converted a mid-twentieth century Silk City diner into a 21st century success story. Todd still finds time to pursue his favorite pastimes such as hunting, winter camping, travel, motorcycles, and the Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

delta-diner-and-bikesCheck out the Delta Diner website and see what’s on the social media menu on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

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Don’t Milli Vanilli Your Authenticity

mv2The secret sauce of finding, freeing and following your passion is being true to your authentic self. You have to be an original YOU to achieve success on your terms. German duo Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, aka Milli Vanilli, had a debut hit album with Girl You Know It’s True which earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and their career soared during the ’80s and ’90s.

However, longevity was not in the music industry stars for the duo. It was revealed that Morvan and Pilatus did not actually sing any of the vocals heard on the record. The real singers behind the Milli Vanilli hits were female backup singers Jodie Rocco and Linda Rocco along with male leads Brad Howell, Charles Shaw and John Davis.  The Milli Vanilli success train succumbed to its own disingenuine design.

camus-1When you try to be someone you’re not, eventually the synthetic, albeit perhaps societally compliant, side of you ends up wearing the emperor’s clothes. French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus offers this advice:

“But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.”

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Archetypal Thought for Entrepreneurs and Reinventors

carl-jung-2In Jungian psychology, an archetype is a collectively inherited unconscious idea or pattern of thought that is universally present in individual psyches. A defining archetypal trait of successful entrepreneurs and persons who reinvent themselves can be argued to be authenticity of self.

Swiss psychiatrist and Founder of Analytical Psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, used the ingredients of psychiatry, philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies to develop the central concept of Analytical Psychology and human development: individuation- the psychological process of integrating opposites while still maintaining their relative autonomy.

For many persons, what they are doing today and who they are destined to become can be polar opposites. The journey to self-realization is discovered and realized through entrepreneurism and reinvention from which the undiscovered self comes to realize who he or she truly is. And, Jung celebrated the result of such self-discovery:

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

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Advice from Oprah for Knowing Your True Life Passion

oprah-1I’d say Oprah Winfrey knows a thing or thousand about following your passion to success. Best known for The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated television program of its kind in history, this talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and been bestowed honorary degrees from Duke and Harvard.  Therefore, when Oprah offers advice that benefits entrepreneurs and those looking to reinvent themselves, her words are worth taking to heart:

“Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing.”

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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.”