Blurry Festival Of People

Yeah, The Thing You’re Looking For, It Could Be Right In Front Of You

In 2012, my company was homeless as the result of our office flooding and landlord not addressing the issue.
 
A local Norcross church generously offered to let us office at their location. They didn’t use it during the week and us using the space would result in more income for the landlord. It was a win-win, but we went into it considering it a temporary solution. 

Read The Story Of How I Helped My Team See What Was In Front Of Us

Business Map - South America With Pins

A Powerful Plan To Move The Entrepreneur's Perpetual Startup Forward

Bang! That was me hitting the invisible ceiling with my established small marketing company. We grew each year until I finally hit my limit. My way of leading and managing moved me forward, but it wasn't going to get me to the destination. For three years, our company income went stagnant and we couldn't get over the hump.
 
It turns out this is a common occurrence with founders. Their company grows to a “stuck” point and doesn't go any further. How they initially fueled their success worked, but this same way fails to help sustain and grow.

Discover the map, the checkpoints along the way, and a plan to move out of the chaos

Star Wars - The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi is a Powerful Opportunity for Divided Star Wars Fans to Grow as Followers & Leaders — But It Won’t Be Easy

The following reflection on The Last Jedi includes major spoilers. Only proceed if you've seen the movie.

If The Force Awakens (episode 7) is a warm comforting blanket, The Last Jedi (episode 8) is an important bucket of cold water. But it wasn't until my second viewing, that I was able to fully appreciate this chilling water as a good thing.
 
And, it turns out for some time I've had a mental brewing about Star Wars, fandom, film criticism, how we interact with each other, and change. The Last Jedi just happened to be the vehicle to surface it all. Since I'm not alone in this, I've included a variety of interesting links to articles, insights, videos, and feedback about the Last Jedi throughout this blog to help bring you along on my journey.
 
By the end of this post, my aim is to help us become more teachable and deliberate with how we evaluate things we love while also learning to more effectively engage with each other (even when we vehemently disagree).
 
So, let me take a step back and share my first conflicting experience watching The Last Jedi before I share my deeper understanding of the movie, the challenge of embracing something different, the poor memory and zealous nature of fans, and the future of Star Wars as we know it.

Read my thoughts on the Last Jedi, the fan reactions, and coming to appreciate the film

Tom Cruise - Jason Montoya - American Made

My Experience As A Movie Extra On American Made With Tom Cruise + Movie Clip & Images

“He’s too young to play an ATF agent!”

That’s the essence of the production staff fight on my arrival to the set of American Made (affiliate link) which was, at the time, called Mena. 

A day earlier, I unexpectedly received a text message from an Atlanta background extras casting company. They asked if I was available the next day for a small shoot with a high profile actor. It was a project I had not applied for but they thought I’d be a good fit for the role based on a previous submission. 

I accepted and was driving to the city of Madison Georgia the next morning. When I arrived on the scene, they asked me to shave my face entirely. A few minutes later, the costume department was arguing in front of me with the production staff about me playing the role of an ATF agent. They said I looked too young and shouldn’t be used. Thankfully, they told them to use me anyway.

Read about my experience on the movie set American Made with Tom Cruise

Man Looking Out Onto The Horizon

Looking Ahead On The Month Of January 2018

A new year and a new month to start something great. 
 
This post is my checkpoint to set and share my goals for the month. What do I hope to accomplish over the next several weeks?
 
 
This powerful monthly checkpoint allows me to discover, share, and ultimately help move forward on my aspirations and personal growth opportunities. By sharing it, it’ll give you a peek into my life and hopefully inspire you in your journey. 

Read More About What's Ahead For Me In January

Montoya Family In Downtown Atlanta

This Year (2017) Has Been A Wild Ride Of Expected Change

It’s that time of year again where I take a moment to reflect, thank others and enter into a blogging break. This annual reflection point blog post is my last article for 2017. Come back and see me in 2018 or visit the blog archives for ones you may have missed.


“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” -Bill Gates

In the past three and half years, we’ve completely changed our lives after the shut down of our marketing company in 2014. It’s involved numerous small steps and big leaps after we rebooted. I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made in just over three years!

Continue Reading About My Highlights From 2017

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