Terrell ‘T.O.’ Owens Shows Pros and Joes How To Keep Making The Dough.

(Part 3) Empower Your Summer: Like The Pros Who Raise Their Game and Reach New Fame.

 T.O. and Donovan McNabb back on the same team? Must be a freakin’ dream. Cincinatti Bengals have taken interest. Ochocinco probably thinks it’s no contest. As seen on Spike TV. NFL pros bring their mojo. On the b-ball court also. Showing crossover skills. Giving fans new and exciting thrills.

Staying employed as a Joe or pro. Players in their prime. Knowing that it’s a matter of time. Before the window closes. On their Superbowl chances. Looking to add starpower. On a team that’s ready for the hour. Bringing experience and showmanship. Winning the ultimate championship.

Try not to lose a step. Maybe even your motivation and pep. Work on your staying-power. Boost your inner horsepower. Hang around those who are young. If you want to remain strong. Playing on the same team (or company) is not a surety. Reinvent yourself for career longevity. 

When all else fails. Passion will blow the sails. Find your true calling that’s poppin’. Make your game fun to win. Let it be the wind beneath your wings. Passion is like lovepower. You win or lose, but remembered forever. Oprah says your best life awaits. So let’s not sit for the pearly gates.

Reality TV stars in the off-season. Primetime players who some fear like poison. Their day job gets them in the game. Their play job gets them even more fame. Their dream job is the sum of the same. Not always in luck. Vying to make more bucks. The life of pros and Joes. Worth staying on their toes.

Tip: Pros show the everyday Joes how to position our skills and talents where the marketplace needs us.

Talkback: Will T.O. ever win a Superbowl or is his presence and play only good for ratings?

George Steinbrenner Showed What Being “The Boss” is All About.

(Part 2) Empower Your Summer: Like The Pros Who Raise Their Game and Reach New Fame.

 Was Steinbrenner the boss fans loved to hate? Putting lots of expectation. On a manager’s plate. Derek Jeter might take issue. Saying ‘George, we’re gonna miss you.’ Team owner like no other. Close to some like a brother. Showing different sides of being the boss. Winning at all cost.

As seen in business. When working with the crew. Someone jumps ship. Or rattles workplace friendship. The boss steps in. Making sure no one’s teeth gets bashed in. Steinbrenner brought personality. And a media profile too. Loved by many. Occupying the limelight. With much scrutiny.

Maybe hated by others. When he was too pre-occupied. With his name in lights. The boss ran things. Hiring and firing day or night. But it’s his passion that made things run. Gotta love what you do. For dreams to come true. He had passion like sugar. Making the wins much sweeter.

Signing big money contracts. With players like A-rod. Scoring team-winning highlights. That’s fit for your ipod. Moving the Yankees from the lows in rank. To loads of money in the bank. Winning multiple pennants. Repeating as pro baseball champs. Now that’s a player’s paradise!

The boss had good days and bad. Sometimes got people mad. But he made the game better. For rookies under pressure. And rising star go-getters. Even those under-performers. Who would have been written-off as failures. Many will remember. How this boss changed their life forever.

Tip: A good boss or leader is one who earns your respect, for better or worse and even from worst to better.

Talkback: Was there a boss, mentor or peer in your career that changed your life forever?

The Decision, Reaction and Fallout on Lebron James Going to South Beach.

(Part 1) Empower Your Summer: Like The Pros Who Raise Their Game and Reach New Fame.

 Rev. Jesse Jackson turned up the heat. On Lebron heading to the Miami suite. Following the comments from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. Jackson feels Gilbert showed a slave-master mentality. Sports and race. Moving at a fast pace. Lebron’s decision wasn’t easy. Less about betrayal. More about business.

It’s how free agents roll. Shopping around for a new team. In a city to live his dream. Using a business mindset. To find new fans/believers. As a professional jetsetter. James needed a change. Good place for him to start. To empower his game. And not be stuck. In the same old same.

The reaction was brutal. But the decision was crucial. James wants to add championships. To the Miami Heat ownership. Can’t do it alone. Before he’s dead and gone. Looking to Wade and Bosh. To help create a winning combination. That might be the ticket. To a confetti celebration.

Will Lebron’s brand take a hit? Let’s hope Dan Gilbert’s gotten over his fit. True, James taking less money. Treated by supporters funny. But his brand has more options in diversity. As the NBA goes global. Miami’s filled with culture. Lots of Spanish, African and Caribbean folks around the corner.

So Lebron, don’t believe the hype. A career move is not a death sentence. Starting anew, whether young or old. Is not wishful thinking. You went from high school to the pros. Because you’ve got madd skills. Now going from the Cavs to the Heat. Hoping to win big. In your new pro team gig.

Tip: Success on and off the court takes teamwork to make your dream work. 

Talkback: Can the Cavs without Lebron win an NBA title before the Heat with Lebron?