Stephen Gibbons

Head down & #crushit.

I decided to partner up with ZFarls in NHL 14 to see if we could take down some bad guys in a online ranked game.

Two things I learned from this game…


#1 ZFarls is a TERRIBLE teamate. Blames me for everything

#2 LIVE on the back post.


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Does Tory O’Leary have what it takes to make in the NHL?

Stay tuned to see how is career plays out in NHL 14!

This video is my first walk-through of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Today begins my journey of playing more games and enjoying those games in the process.

I was so excited to start playing this game especially because of all the hype that it has received from critics, but also from fans around the country. It was the first time I sat down and played a game without an agenda and it was a great feeling.

My first impressions:

- Don’t play GTA V near your family or kids.
- Sit back. Relax. Play in the dark & enjoy this game.
- My first hour with the game was extremely enjoyable and I felt like there were tons of things for me to do within the game.

Have you played GTA V? Leave your thoughts on the game below!

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators Game #1

I lost every single face off in this game. Mayor of struggle city.

My first attempt to branch out and play more games. Letting up 8 goals and losing 31 faceoffs is not going to be the winning formula I’m looking for!

More or Less My Life Rewound 20 years.

There is so much I love about this photo from the stain washed jeans, mullet, and arguably one of the best 90’s cartoons DUCK TALES.

Fast forward to 2013 insert myself, add Madden to the TV screen, red Magic card deck to the table, CIV 5 figurines hanging, and Tom Brady posters to the wall and you have a carbon copy of my life.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Today: Thanks Zig

Do you believe that there is something you could specifically do in the next 3 weeks that could make your personal life, financial life, and business life WORSE?

Do you believe that there is something you could specifically do in the next 3 weeks that could make your personal life, financial life, and business life BETTER?

Do you believe that the choice to better or worse your life is yours?

Do you believe that every choice has an end result?

If you answered yes to the above questions then you agree that you can dominate in any economy, any situation, and in any pursuit that you strive to achieve.

Being negative is one of the easiest things that we do. It’s always someones else’s fault and there is always something to be criticized. With so much knowledge floating around there is always a reason why.

When we are constantly searching for answers as to why we never leave enough time to do.

Invest in yourself. Invest for your future and start doing today.

 

 

Thanks to the late Zig Ziglar who brought these questions to life

This quote is making it’s rounds this morning and I think about everything Gary says here, almost to a fault. I get so ooo-rah about it and I want to just tell everyone I come across what I feel and about my experiences to hopefully fire them up to follow their own passions.
On the flip side of that I don’t want to come across preachy. No one wants to be told what to do. Over the past few years I have struggled with this. How much is to much? How far can I actually push that message. How many people that see posts that I make think I’m crazy for always talking about doing what you love…every, single, day.
I worry that people will think that “it worked for him but my situation is different.”
It’s not different.
Here’s what I believe.
You have to make the decision that you are going to go all in. Not partially but all the way. You have to make the decision that you are going to give yourself a chance at happiness within your work/career that you could have never imagined. Passion is a big part of this. Yes, you should attempt to do something that you love and that keeps you excited every day. You should also make sure that when you set out that you are going to be the very best “window washer” that exists on the planet. Who cares what other people think. Wash that damn window better then anyone has ever washed it before. Care about making that window sparkle every time the Sun shines through.
If you don’t go all in you will continue to make excuses as to why things didn’t work out. I have seen myself do this over the past few years. I want to talk more about helping others achieve goals they never even imagined but I have always been afraid. Afraid of what people might think. Afraid I wasn’t good enough. Unfortunately if we don’t try we won’t be good enough. 
Here’s how you can start living out your dream.
Step 1: Go to http://www.tumblr.com and create an account (there are a number of other blogging sites but I have found Tumblr is extremely easy to use)Step 2: Start writing or recording (video/audio) what it is you care the most about in the world. Whatever it is that you love more then anything else, start immediately doing that. People are searching for your expertise, they want to hear what you have to say.Step 3: Become apart of the community. Search and find the people that are talking about whatever it is that you care about. This can be online and this can be offline. Become a member of that world and interact with those people.Step 4: Solve a problem for those people. This is how you can potentially start making money off of what you are doing. You are the expert and you can help others and not feel bad about it.Step 5: Never stop learning and never stop asking questions. Throughout the process you are going to feel like you can’t move forward because you “don’t know how” or “don’t have the time”. Learn how and make time.Step 6: Never for one second be embarrassed or think that you can’t do it. NeverStep 7: If you have questions along the way. Please. Email me. sgibs7@gmail.com
One of the hardest things you can do is simply making the decision that you are going to give yourself the chance to achieve everything you have ever wanted. Believe that you can do it and you will do it.
I believe that you can do it.

sgibs7@gmail.com@sgibs7

This quote is making it’s rounds this morning and I think about everything Gary says here, almost to a fault. I get so ooo-rah about it and I want to just tell everyone I come across what I feel and about my experiences to hopefully fire them up to follow their own passions.

On the flip side of that I don’t want to come across preachy. No one wants to be told what to do. Over the past few years I have struggled with this. How much is to much? How far can I actually push that message. How many people that see posts that I make think I’m crazy for always talking about doing what you love…every, single, day.

I worry that people will think that “it worked for him but my situation is different.”

It’s not different.

Here’s what I believe.

You have to make the decision that you are going to go all in. Not partially but all the way. You have to make the decision that you are going to give yourself a chance at happiness within your work/career that you could have never imagined. Passion is a big part of this. Yes, you should attempt to do something that you love and that keeps you excited every day. You should also make sure that when you set out that you are going to be the very best “window washer” that exists on the planet. Who cares what other people think. Wash that damn window better then anyone has ever washed it before. Care about making that window sparkle every time the Sun shines through.

If you don’t go all in you will continue to make excuses as to why things didn’t work out. I have seen myself do this over the past few years. I want to talk more about helping others achieve goals they never even imagined but I have always been afraid. Afraid of what people might think. Afraid I wasn’t good enough. Unfortunately if we don’t try we won’t be good enough.

Here’s how you can start living out your dream.

Step 1: Go to http://www.tumblr.com and create an account (there are a number of other blogging sites but I have found Tumblr is extremely easy to use)
Step 2: Start writing or recording (video/audio) what it is you care the most about in the world. Whatever it is that you love more then anything else, start immediately doing that. People are searching for your expertise, they want to hear what you have to say.
Step 3: Become apart of the community. Search and find the people that are talking about whatever it is that you care about. This can be online and this can be offline. Become a member of that world and interact with those people.
Step 4: Solve a problem for those people. This is how you can potentially start making money off of what you are doing. You are the expert and you can help others and not feel bad about it.
Step 5: Never stop learning and never stop asking questions. Throughout the process you are going to feel like you can’t move forward because you “don’t know how” or “don’t have the time”. Learn how and make time.
Step 6: Never for one second be embarrassed or think that you can’t do it. Never
Step 7: If you have questions along the way. Please. Email me. sgibs7@gmail.com

One of the hardest things you can do is simply making the decision that you are going to give yourself the chance to achieve everything you have ever wanted. Believe that you can do it and you will do it.

I believe that you can do it.

sgibs7@gmail.com
@sgibs7

                             How to Hard Boil an Egg (to Perfection)
I’m the self proclaimed best egg cooker/preparer that you can find in the current Greater Boston Area.
Doesn’t matter if it’s a fried egg (don’t ask for medium or hard, you only get easy) hard boiled, or scrambled. I just have a natural ability to cook eggs to perfection.
Bold.
Absolutely.
Today though I want to specifically talk about how to cook a Hard Boiled Egg to Perfection. The steps I use to cook my hard boiled eggs have been tweaked for the past 14 years.
Step 1: Use small sauce paStep 2: Fill 3/4 full of HOT water from your faucet (however hot you can get it.)Step 3: Turn heat up on stove as high as possibleStep 4: Cover with lid and let boilStep 5: Use a ladle to drop eggs inStep 6: Time exactly 7 minutesStep 7: Remove sauce pan from stove and fill with cold water from sink (do this until the water in the pan is completely cold)Step 8: Begin peeling eggsStep 9: Add Salt and Pepper 
If you follow the easy directions above you will get perfect “hard boiled” eggs every time. No, they aren’t exactly hard boiled but who likes chalky yolk anyways? This is a tweaner egg. It won’t be completely runny and destroy the rest of your plate and it won’t be all chalk. Good luck & please send me your delicious looking eggs via email.
sgibs@maddentips.com@sgibs7

How to Hard Boil an Egg (to Perfection)

I’m the self proclaimed best egg cooker/preparer that you can find in the current Greater Boston Area.

Doesn’t matter if it’s a fried egg (don’t ask for medium or hard, you only get easy) hard boiled, or scrambled. I just have a natural ability to cook eggs to perfection.

Bold.

Absolutely.

Today though I want to specifically talk about how to cook a Hard Boiled Egg to Perfection. The steps I use to cook my hard boiled eggs have been tweaked for the past 14 years.

Step 1: Use small sauce pa
Step 2: Fill 3/4 full of HOT water from your faucet (however hot you can get it.)
Step 3: Turn heat up on stove as high as possible
Step 4: Cover with lid and let boil
Step 5: Use a ladle to drop eggs in
Step 6: Time exactly 7 minutes
Step 7: Remove sauce pan from stove and fill with cold water from sink (do this until the water in the pan is completely cold)
Step 8: Begin peeling eggs
Step 9: Add Salt and Pepper

If you follow the easy directions above you will get perfect “hard boiled” eggs every time. No, they aren’t exactly hard boiled but who likes chalky yolk anyways? This is a tweaner egg. It won’t be completely runny and destroy the rest of your plate and it won’t be all chalk.

Good luck & please send me your delicious looking eggs via email.

sgibs@maddentips.com
@sgibs7

Google Search: Emotion 101

Step one. Watch the below video.

Step two. How do you feel?

If you are like me you got the shivers and the hair on the back of your neck stood up.

Why?

In one short minute video Google was able to connect with just about every single one of us emotionally. Jess and Elliot are identifiable for most . The difficulties of being shipped off to college, the introduction of a significant other, good times and bad, and then at the very end they deliver the knockout punch.

They connected all that emotion with their brand. They transferred everything you felt and made you feel great about Google and what they do.

This is the single best piece of marketing I have ever seen or come across. They connected deeper then any other brand I have come across in my twenty -six years on this planet.

Recently my Sister bought my parents a Google Chrome Book as a replacement for their old school Dell laptop. This past weekend I was home visiting and found the shiny new laptop sitting on the table. I picked it up and started checking it out. As I logged on to www.MaddenTips.com (naturally) I blurted out to the room “Mom how do you like this computer? It’s really small and light. Google really cares about their customers especially with this price”.

Immediately afterwards I couldn’t believe the words that came out of my mouth. I didn’t say anything bad but I was completely shocked about one specific thing that I said.

“Google really cares about their customers especially with this price”.

I literally have no idea about what Google cares about nor do I know their intentions.  So, why did I say it? What I do know is that they have deeply connected with me on a level that no other brand has because of Jess & Elliot. Is this why I yelled out that Google cares? If so that’s a great thing for Google because word of mouth marketing has a extremely high close rate.

I always like to sit back and analyze just about everything that happens in my life and to summarize this experience I will leave you with this. From an early age we are told that being kind and caring is the most important thing. Taking care of others and treating others how you would like to be treated is how you get ahead in life.  Relationships are what matter not the latest trend.

Yet somewhere along the way that message gets distorted. It starts getting cloudy; we start seeing much more negativity surrounding us. We are told by some the exact opposite of what we learn early on in life.

The amazing thing is…what we learned in those early years…is true.

Thank you Google. Thank you for caring.

 

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What Prevents Us

I have thought long and hard over the past few years about why we do the things we do. I have also thought about why we don’t do things.

I’m most interested in the second of these two thoughts.

I think it’s easy to understand the reasoning behind many of the things we do. We go to work to make money. We go to the gym for our health. We watch movies to be entertained and we read to be inspired. But what about why we don’t do things? Why don’t we invest more time in ourselves? Why don’t we spend more time creating? Why don’t we go to the gym? Why do we have such a hard time starting ANYTHING?

Fear.

Fear of the Unknown

Fear of Criticism

Fear of the First Step

We all are creatures of habits. We like things the way we like them. We don’t want change. When taking on new tasks or even goals its hard to follow through with them because we don’t know what’s behind door #1.  We don’t know what the outcome of today’s decisions will bring. Instead we feel better to just do what we have always done because we have a better understanding of what to expect. What type of formula for success is that? 

 

A bad one.

Think about all the positive life changing events in your life. Imagine if you didn’t go for that interview? Imagine if you didn’t go on that first date? Imagine if you never took that chance? How different would your life be? Every time fear of the unknown creeps into the back of your head think about all those positive events and remember to at least give it a shot.

I equate Fear of the Unknown to the following. I like hamburgers. In fact I typically shy away from just about everything on a typical menu in fear of not enjoying my decision. So I stick to what I know I like and that’s that. I’m just now starting to realize how pathetic that is. Take a chance dude. Live a little.  Think of all the great food I have missed out on because I was to afraid to try something new.

It was better to stick to what I knew, and prohibit further enjoyment, than to risk losing the expected enjoyment from the typical hamburger. Make this decision once in your life and you will be fine. Do this everyday and you can expect to be just as mediocre as that hamburger.

Fear of the Unknown is something that affects every single one of us. It has taken me two years to finally start putting my thoughts down on this blog, but why? Why was it so easy for me to tell the world about Madden but so hard to about anything else? 

Fear of Criticism.

I never really thought that this was something that affected me. “I don’t care what people think” but I totally do. Otherwise I would have started this two years ago. Why is criticism such a hard pill to swallow? At a very early age society as a whole tells us that different is bad. We should want to be like this person and we should do things the way they do it. To voice your opinion on anything means that you allow yourself to be judged and in todays world placing judgment on things is bad. Nothing can be better then anything else because then that would mean there is a reason behind it. Not all things are fair and not all things are equal. This opens our thoughts and beliefs up to this wonderful world of Criticism.  For me it’s easily the most frightening fear but its something that we all need to overcome. As long as you are doing great work don’t be afraid. Fear of Criticism is also the most upsetting to me. Think about all the great things we don’t accomplish because we are afraid of what others think?

Fear of Criticsm not only prevents us from doing great things but it also robs us of our individual identities. When we are afraid to voice our opinion it makes us all identical to one another. Not sure what I mean? Next time a National Event takes place take a quick look at your Facebook Feed and look at what everyone’s saying ( Super Bowl)

Fear of the First Step.

Is their anything harder then getting up off the couch and heading to the gym in 20 degree weather? How do you feel after the workout?

Taking the First Step always seems to be the last thing that prevents us from accomplishing our goals. I’ll start back up on Saturday. I’ll start that blog once I learn how to use wordpress. I’ll do this and that…once I…

Get the picture?

It seems that we are always waiting on something in order to eventually get to what we want to do. For some reason we are never satisfied with the present. It’s always better to procrastinate. The easiest thing that I have found that helps me with this type of behavior is to give myself only ONE thing to accomplish each day. I will go to the grocery store. I will write that blog post today. I will work on my resume tonight. Allowing myself only one thing per day to focus on makes me not feel so overwhelmed with a million inevitable things. It also makes me feel great that I accomplished today’s goal. Put less on your plate and the stress and anxiety of accomplishing things will diminish.

What I really want is for all of us to start doing the things that we enjoy. Start investing in yourself. Stop thinking you can’t and start thinking I will. Dig deep and think about what’s preventing you from doing some of the things you have always dreamed of.

I don’t just think you can do it.

I know you can do it.