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Takeaways From Morocco

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

Wednesday, May 22nd, began just like every other day. I woke up at 5 am and began my usual morning routine when suddenly an urgent email came in, and to make a long story short, by 6 pm that evening I was on a flight to Morocco by way of London. I was being brought in on a large awards/fashion/music event in Marrakech, Morocco. And let me just say, it was awesome!

The whole event was a huge success and the challenge I was presented with was one I’ll never forget. Working with such a distinct and diverse people group presents all sorts of opportunities for growth and being the observant communicator I am, I wanted to present a few key takeaways from my experience with you all.

Photo Credit: marcp_dmoz via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: marcp_dmoz via Compfight cc

So here they are…

1. Moroccan Time.

I’m not talking about time zones here. I’m talking more about pace of life. You see I’ve worked all over the globe, so I’m keenly aware to the difference in the pace of things in different parts of the world, however, Moroccan time, is a whole different ball game. But what I kept thinking about was the insanity of trying to force my schedule, within reason, upon a culture and pace of life that simply didn’t need it. It’s no secret that here in America, we want everything now. Yesterday as a matter of fact. We have more fast food restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world and for a business to offer free overnight shipping has nearly become an expected bonus. So having to construct a massive stage over a pool, and integrate all the different facets of technology, branding, and mediums, in just a few days, with a slew of people speaking different languages, was quite a challenge.

The pace of life, can easily rob us of the beauty and sacrament of the moment. [tweet that if you like]

2. Haters are everywhere.

Jon Acuff has famously coined the phrase “Hater’s Math” and what surprised me was that even on the other side of the world, in Morocco, of all places, haters still exist. It was really challenging for me to reframe my experience in light of all the many congratulations and compliments from the organizers and fellow producers for a job well done, when all I could think about was that one hater. That one individual who seemed to just want to make everyone’s life miserable. But it just goes to show, you truly can’t please everyone, and when forming an identity around trying, the truest perspectives will be stolen from you.

Our ability to know the truth, will be stolen from us, when we create an identity based on people pleasing. [tweet that too]

3. Building a team.

This was the most amazing takeaway for me and one that I know just about everyone can benefit from. Everything in life worth doing well, that makes a difference or creates change involves a team. So learning how to attract and recruit, building that team, are necessary skills that we all need to sharpen if we are to Create the Awesome. So imagine a large group of people, speaking different languages. Some are speaking French, some Arabic, some Spanish, and even some Farsi. None are speaking english. That was my team in Morocco! Luckily for me, I understand and speak enough French and Spanish to get by, but honestly the key to success was learning a few Arabic phrases. That showed my team I was willing to get to their level and work with them, not just order them around. By the end of the week, we were like a giant family, laughing and thoroughly enjoying one another. Learning how to take a group of people, all with different skill sets, different passions and interests and unite them under a single purpose is one of the single greatest characteristics of a leader. I was honored and proud to experience that this past week!

Awesome happens when a leader builds and unites a team under a common purpose. [To be Awesome, tweet that!]


Although I have traveled and worked in just about every continent and country on the planet, this experience from Marrakech, Morocco tested and challenged me in ways, I truly count as blessings!

Have you ever had an experience that challenged you, but looking back on it, you consider it a blessing?

Leave a comment below!

Posted on: June 3, 2013

What The Movie Office Space Can Teach Us About Leaders

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership

Its Monday, and for years I dreaded Mondays. Usually I had just gotten home late the night before or early in the morning from a weekends worth of traveling, working 18 hour days. I was exhausted. Then it was like, BAM! Here comes a new week and some how I had to figure it all out again. I had that scene from the movie, Office Space on repeat in my mind.

Sounds like somebody’s got a case of The Monday’s…

Here’s the clip if you don’t remember.

Makes me laugh now, but I know I’m not alone in dreading mondays!

I wanted to share a powerful story with you from Tom Ewer.  I received this at just the perfect time and think that it probably will help you too!

One of the things I most like about running is that it can really set you up for the day — I almost always run in the morning, and it makes you feel great for the rest of the day.

It doesn’t always feel great when you’re doing it though — the run I went on this morning being a prime example. I usually run with my dad (which is great for accountability) but he was ill so couldn’t join me. It was cold — really cold. And dark — really dark. Oh, and absolutely chucking it down with rain. Circumstances had converged to present truly horrible running conditions.

And yet I (somehow) still managed to force myself out the house and start running, despite every muscle in my body screaming in protest. The first couples of miles were the worst, but once I was past that I didn’t really have a choice but to carry on. Even if I did turn around and run back home I would still have to do more running.

Seven miles later I was soaking wet, tired, and very pleased with myself. Although the run had been a pretty torrid experience, I could now bask in the afterglow of a job well done.

whenever you feel discouraged by a project or task, you must overpower that voice in your head that tells you not to bother — no matter how loud it is. Overpower it with action — don’t think, just do.

Here’s the thing. Leaders lean in. They just DO. As Tom suggests in the story above, Leaders know from the lessons they’ve learned that even in the mundane, even when they don’t quite feel like it, its sometimes in the process of doing, that we reconnect with our passion.

I love Jeff Goins’ quote about passion.

“When the Passion goes away, it’s the practice that sustains us.”

Our lives are not intended to be lived solely by our emotions.  That current will always mislead us and take us further away from the shore then we ever intended.

Leaders know this.

Leaders practice this.


Can you remember a time when you’ve quit something because you didn’t feel like it anymore? Maybe it was a blog, maybe it was an exercise program or a church, club, or some business venture.

Share your story below!

Posted on: March 25, 2013

The Single-Most Important Thing Necessary For You To Lead

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership

I’ve been around the world several times, stood on the world’s largest stages, and created some of the most powerful experiences you can imagine. And part of my continual effort to improve and fine tune my craft has created in me a desire to study history and the great leaders before us, that have created some pretty awesome experiences themselves.

Comfortable on the Fourth

Trey Ratcliff via Compfight

Do you know the greatest thing I’ve learned from all those years of studying great leaders from history and watching leaders as they’ve grown to lead impactful and meaningful lives?

They act.

They decide.

They make the hard decisions.

They don’t cower.

They don’t run.

They do.

But they do, from a safe place of knowing who they are.

Their creative order is in perfect balance; being before doing.

Important stuff for you and I today if we’re going to succeed in leading great lives, and living great stories.

Here’s a question for you:

How are the conflicts or situations in your life leaving you cowering afraid to act? In what ways are you avoiding action today?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: February 5, 2013

Don’t Let Fear Live In Your Bonus Room

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership


Fernando Rodríguez via Compfight


We know him well, although I’d have to say I feel like he’s been my best worst friend for most of my adult life.  As a matter of fact I’m pretty sure he’s been living in my bonus room, like that in-law, who has long since over stayed their welcome.  I like to think of fear as a person, a he specifically, because then I can think about doing mean, hurtful things back, like punching it in the face, as Jon Acuff would say, and I’m just too nice of a guy to do that to a woman.

I know you know what I mean.

Fear keeps us locked in a prison of our own creation. And the irony of it all is that we forget that we hold the keys to our freedom.

To be honest with you, I feel like I’m starting to see more and more, just how much fear has stolen from me.  Its like, I’ve finally gotten my bonus room back only to realize that I’m missing a bunch of stuff!

I can see a commercial in there somewhere, like the Direct TV ad “Don’t wake up in a ditch.”  Don’t let fear live in your bonus room, or you’ll end up in a ditch somewhere, or something like that.

That would be awesome!

Come to think of it, that would make a pretty cool sermon series.  I’m sure someone has thought of it already.

The point for all of us is not to expect that we’ll never have to see that relative again, but rather, to know that they aren’t allowed to stay the evening, camping out in our bonus room.

Instead, you should try a different strategy, put ‘em up in a hotel room for example.  After all, fear can be a good thing if we name it and deal with it in healthy ways.

The greatest leaders know that a healthy fear can become a powerful motivator. (you can tweet that, and be awesome)

Maybe it’s time for you to kick that relative out.

Maybe it’s time to stare fear back in the face, name it, do something different.

Maybe this is the invitation you’ve been waiting for to enter the next season of life and make progress towards Creating the Awesome.  

You’re not alone!

Question for you:

How can changing the way you view your fear, change the way you react to it?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: January 28, 2013

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