Let’s play 20 Questions.

The game of 20 Questions is pretty simple: you ask 20 questions, and get 20 answers. I like to play this game a little differently. Ask yourself the same question 20 times, and give 20 different answers to the same question. I call this ‘The Creative Mindstorm.’ https://vip.mikerayburn.com/tools/mindstorm This is going to sound so simple…

Excellence Is Not Linear, It’s Exponential. The Simple Math Behind Luck and Becoming A Virtuoso

Excellence Is Not Linear, It’s Exponential… The Simple Math Behind Luck and Becoming a Virtuoso. Back when I played more than 1400 bar gigs for $60-90/night, and later more than 1800 college shows, I refused to relegate myself to being background music. Night after night, honing my skills, I made it a challenge to pull…

A hug from George Foreman

Write Bad Songs

Write Bad Songs I used to get horrible #writersblock. Like, write-one-song-in-a-year writer’s block.  This was bad considering my career relies completely on creating regularly.  There was a reason I was a “struggling” songwriter in Nashville.  Writer’s block (and all procrastination) ultimately comes down to one word: FEAR… usually of failure, success, or rejection.  I developed…

Is Your Life Worth Reliving? The Art of Action, and the Action of Art

Sometimes the best tips are not so much answers as questions. I read a great one this week: “If you were doomed to live the same life over and over again for eternity, would you choose the life you are living now?” Would you? If so, keep doing what you’re doing. If not, what are you doing to change that? I think most of us would want to relive some things but rather not relive others…

There Is A DARK SIDE Of My “What If…?” Message. Here It Is… 

Many of you know my “What IF…?” keynote is all about becoming more innovative by asking the question, “What if?” When you come up against the impossible instead of backing down, instead ask, “Hey, what if we could do this, how would it happen?”

Worldwide this message has resonated and exploded with great results.