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No BS Craig Valine Takes A Trip Back Home to Boston

As you may have heard, a close uncle of mine passed away recently and I had to go home back to Boston for the funeral.

The good thing about funerals is that you get to see family you haven’t seen in years. It’s unfortunate as to why we all get together. But it is fortunate in that it becomes somewhat of a family reunion.

Since Mini-me was on summer vacation and still had a few weeks left until school started, I took him back with me. We stayed at my step-father’s house in a little town I grew up in called, Hull. It has one of the most popular beaches around the Boston area called, Nantasket Beach.

When I grew up there we had an amusement park in the town called Paragon Park. The park was 80 years old when they finally tore down the rollercoaster. Boatloads of people used to travel over from Boston just to spend a day in our little town. It was crazy growing up there in the 70’s and 80’s. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Hull is on a peninsula. It has Hull Bay on one side of it, and the Massachusetts Bay (the Atlantic Ocean) on the other side of it. My parents live on the Hull Bay side (pictured) and each and every morning I got to wake up to the beautiful site and smell of ocean. Despite being three hours ahead in Boston from my usual time here in California I rose up bright and early at 5:30am with my step-mother and the little kitten they just got who was pouncing above my head playing with the blinds. (Good times.)

My view each morning while I worked at the dining room table was gorgeous (Pictured). It was both distracting and peaceful. No stress whatsoever. Since my 73 y/o dad sleeps in until 9am and Mini-me sleeps in late anyway, all I experienced was just peace and quiet. Got to say, “#ineededthis.”

With the hectic nature of being an entrepreneur, do you make time for yourself to get some peace & quiet?

While we were visiting, Mini-me and I trekked into Boston via two buses and the MBTA Red Line train. It took almost an hour and half to get there. It’s funny, because we could see Boston from the deck of my dad’s house. But, because of public transportation—waiting for the buses and the trains, and making all the stops along the way, it took way longer than we wanted.

Nevertheless, we did make into downtown Boston and treated ourselves to a nice lunch at Quincy Market (aka “Faneuil Hall”). I knew exactly what Mini-me wanted: A nice fresh Lobster Roll with a side of Clam Chowdah. 🙂

Well, we walked through the Hall a few times and found a seat at a counter where they had really fresh seafood. We both had our Lobster Rolls and shared the Clam Chowder. It was “like coming home again.” 🙂 I missed that. It had been quite a while since I had “fresh” Lobster, and really good Clam Chowder.

When was the last time you treated yourself to something nice? A great restaurant? A great experience? When?

The week passed like that and it was almost time get ready to go home. The day before we were supposed to leave, something in Mini-me said, “I’m in the mood for a good hamburger.” So, knowing that there was a local celebrity-owned hamburger place a town away (“Wahlburgers”), we hopped on two buses again and made our way to get our hamburger.

You may or may not know that Mark Wahlberg, along with his brother Donny and another brother have capitalized on their celebrity with a reality show featuring this restaurant that we went to. So, luckily for us, we got there before the big rush to get a seat. But, we didn’t get there fast enough to order our hot, tasty burgers. It took almost 45 minutes to get my burger and onion rings, which were cold by the time I got them. The waitress was a little stand-offish and not very personable. The place was packed and chaotic—and I’ve gotta tell you… Not impressed.

So, my advice… if you go to Boston, don’t feel the need to check out Wahlburgers. It’s an over-sensationalized burger place with nothing really special about it. Heck, I could have saved two bus-rides and got bad service at Burger King. Geesh!

When was the last time you had such a great—or– lousy experience at a restaurant you just had to tell everyone about it?

It’s too bad. I wanted to enjoy it, but I could not.

Anyway… glad to be back home in Los Angeles.

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If You Want to Be Successful, Don’t Pick Up Your Friends at the Airport

Michael_LevineMy friend, Media Expert and Author Michael Levine (ML) was telling a story at UCLA a few months ago (which I attended) about his meeting with a wannabe actress who was working as a waitress until she gets her big break. She couldn’t figure out why she hadn’t made it yet.

ML: “How long have you been trying to be an actress?”

Waitress: “5 years or so.”

ML: “Do you want to be a successful actress?”

Waitress: “Yes, of course.”

ML: “How many times in the last year have you picked up your friends at the airport?” Continue reading

The Purpose of a Race is to Win

Mini-me has been running track for the past 3 years. His first year, he could barely make it around the track once. I remember walking across the infield, back and forth, to coach and inspire him to make it all the way around the very first time. First year, no medals in competition.

The second year, he could make it around once, but barely twice. Again, every time at practice he ran around the track, I was in the infield, walking back and forth, side to side, coaching and inspiring him to keep on keepin’ on until he made it.  Second year, no medals for competition.

The third year (last year), he could make it around the track twice, even three times (the 1200 meter). He was slow, but determined to make it every time he raced. I always reminded him before the race, “the purpose of a race is to win.” He chanted it every time he Continue reading

What’s the Most Inspiring Thing You’ve Ever Heard?

Quick question:

“What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve ever heard?”

I think the thing that has most inspired me was from the late Jim Rohn. He said:

“In order for things to change, you must change. And, if  you will change, everything will change for you.”

Those words and my action because of it have changed my life in the most amazing ways.

Want a quick chuckle? Got 13 seconds?

Watch this very short video to see what Dwight Schrute’s “Most inspiring thing ever said” was:  Continue reading

On Dream-Crushers

Question: If you’re in business for yourself and/or you’re an entrepreneur, have you ever heard this from a friend or loved one?

“Why don’t you get a real job?”

I’ve heard it for the past 15 years from a ‘loved’ one.

People who are not entrepreneurs have hard time understanding our drive for success. They don’t understand we have dreams and ambitions, and we don’t want to settle for less. Continue reading