I Think I Sort of Cheated on My Wife Today

The most bizarre thing happened following the posting of what you’re about to read.  On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:44 PM I posted on Facebook a few silly and pensive thoughts I had about an experience that day at the store.  The next morning it was gaining steam and by the evening it was going viral.  Within 48 hours we had been contacted by The Today Show, it was featured on Yahoo!, People, Cosmopolitan, and news channels nationwide.  By Friday we were hearing from family members we didn’t know we had, people coming out of the woodwork, with stories of love, reignited passion in relationships, and thankfulness for words shared from a husband’s perspective.  That night I did a show in Utah for a Holiday party and mentioned the post, more than half the room had read it that day!  Incredible.  By Saturday, December 5, my name was “trending” higher than Kim Kardashian, something that will never happen again.  What a wild experience.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the original writing as posted to Facebook, copied here on my blog.  We are still shocked this silly, yet sweet, public journal entry has been seen by millions and
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Can Good Come From Tragedy? Thoughts on Paris and a Sad Week

This past week was a tough one: Got rear-ended for the first time in my life, car in the shop for next week or more; Our family pet, Scotty the Gecko, passed away after being sick for months; I worked out every day, ate perfect, and gained 5 lbs; My Church has been in the media in a very challenging stance as I’ve watched my family & friends as supporters on both sides say things that can’t be unsaid, hurting each other on social media and in person; And most horrific of all, the tragedies which took the lives of the innocent in Paris. As a person who makes people laugh for a living, I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to laugh about this week and very little to say that can ease the pain felt worldwide, as well as the little things in our home. How do you explain a Gecko’s trip to the pearly gates to a 7-year old? How do you look your trainer in the eye and swear you didn’t eat any cheat meals when the scale has exponentially increased? How do you console a kid who hits your Subaru with his German sports car and
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Commitment to Joy: I Am A Speaker!

CONFESSION: Since I was a kid I wanted to be Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, and Tony Robbins more than Jim Carrey, Billy Joel, or Michael Jackson. However, the vehicle to which I knew I must get noticed, to make smiles, and to be heard was via entertaining. I freely admit I used comedy, voices, music, and impressions in Show form to get to where I have gone, and I will always use those as a way to open the hearts of the listener. I respect so highly all of the artists and performers I have known and looked up to.  I am grateful for them.  They inspire me. But my ultimate dream and hope was to entertain with a message, to drive home the idea that we can be inspired through music, comedy, story, and experiences shared together.   I have worked so hard at this, the weaving of a SPEECH that feels like a SHOW but is really a SPEECH but you react like a SHOW.  The meanings all mesh together now.   Today my friend Rita Craig recommended me as a Closing Keynote Speaker for the CareerSource of Florida.  We laughed, we cried, we threw chicken wings, we
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The Greatest Summer Ever

Hello My Friend.  I’ve been too busy having fun to write a blog post.  I imagine you have been outside enjoying the weather too much to read one. If you’ve been following my summer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or elsewhere, you know of our family journey in July: 5,800 miles over 29 days in a motorhome we purchased in June.  I only hit two buildings on the trip, promptly ripping off the awning the first time I drove it (retracted, not extended…yes, I was that close), as well as scratching the back end off of the bedroom slide out cover, but the vehicle still drives perfect! Many people have asked how we did this trip with 4 kids under 9 years in tow.  To be honest, the hardest part was deciding to Just Do It.  Here are the Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions: * Renting an RV for a month would have cost too much, so we bought a used one for my business use and family adventures. * The kids were only bored one time the entire trip, as voiced by my son from the back, “Dad!  I’m bored!”   “Son, look out your window.”  “What the!?
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Happy Father’s Day

  My life is beyond what I imagined it could have been. From a blessed childhood, born of goodly parents who gave me every shot to succeed and feel loved, with siblings who are my best friends and heroes, to friends that are still as close to me as when we were in 5th grade. Raised in Utah and bred in a faith based home, I couldn’t have hand picked a more opportune youth and experience. As a young man having the best schooling choices, due to my parent’s priorities and means, as well as the gratitude for a strong healthy body, which allowed me to play sports, give to my school in leadership, and eventually serve a full-time mission for my Church for 2 years in Brazil. As an adult, I married the most beautiful woman I’ve seen to this day, married into an incredible family with the best in-laws anyone could hope for, established a career few believed was possible, and traveled the world making the best and brightest smile with my creations. I have lived a charmed life. Yet nothing, none of it, compares to the joy of being a Dad. Nothing is grander, more fulfilling, more
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Commitment to Breaking Rules That Don’t Exist: Jason Kotecki

I love to speed.  When the sign reads “65 MPH” I’m pushing 66 every time. I always enter when doors read “Employees Only”, especially when the Restroom sign points that direction. If I recall, I even called a girl I went out with the day after our first date….and she eventually married me. If you know me, you know I break lots of rules.  Some are real rules, some are fake.  And thus my reason for sharing with you a book that could very well change the way you see the world and live your life. My friend Jason Kotecki and his lovely wife, Kim, are on a mission to fight Adultitis.  What does that mean you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  How about living by rules we’ve been told all of our lives and yet have no real meaning or rule breaking about them?  How about telling yourself you can’t do certain things, such as eating dessert first, or maybe that blowing bubbles in your milk with a straw is impolite, or perhaps telling a beautiful woman walking by that she looks beautiful tonight?  No harm, no foul, just making someone’s day! Yes, we all live by rules that never
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Commitment to Love: Tami Hewlett

  Turning the corner of the old church building I expected another normal Sunday of worship. Instead I received a revelation upon glancing in the direction that would forever alter my world. From the drinking fountain I viewed the most beautiful sight my eyes had ever beheld. Flowing blond hair, closed eyes with exquisitely formed eyelashes, lips that suggested a permanent smile of tranquility and gratitude. Upon finishing her drink I watched as her blue eyes scanned the hallway and accidentally met mine, as I stood in stunned awkwardness at the fact that I couldn’t stop myself from staring. Luckily for me she smiled and said a genuine “Hi”, to which I stammered a pathetic, “hey”, as she strode by. Her outfit was a mix of high fashion and down home good girl, a crème colored sweater turtleneck and comfortable leather brown skirt, high boots, the whole ensemble of which hugged her body in such a way I felt guilty for even noticing. She was Jackie Kennedy meets Jennifer Aniston meets Farah Fawcett meets…wait a minute, I’ve never seen anyone like this! I had just been granted a great gift. I had seen the girl of my dreams. I set
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Commitment to Giving: Bill Gates

On Sunday I posted on Facebook about how amazed I was by the event I just got to be a part of, how people were asking why they’d never heard of me, and ultimately how to book me for their events.  Yes, it was all because of a charity gig I did in Vancouver over 15 months ago, which has led to many, many opportunities, and continues to pay me back in spades.  Charity pays in very interesting ways. The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Family, their son Kyle, have had me perform for some of their most exclusive events and private parties over the past year, one of which I posted about HERE; 80th Birthday, 50th Anniversary, YPO in Canada, and now for their friends in Palm Springs, CA and an exclusive club they belong to that has members you don’t get to meet every day. It’s hard to explain in writing what went on that night, what I experienced, but needless to say, I stayed up all night in amazement as to the blessings I have been afforded, for the people I get to meet, make smile, and entertain.  I am not saying the members of the 10-Figure Club
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Commitment to Greatness: John Brazier Hewlett

    On May 13, 1952, a child was born.  It was Mother’s Day in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT and this was a celebration.  The 4th child and 2nd son of Lester and Peggy Hewlett was about to take the world by storm, with a healthy dose of charisma, extreme motivation to conquer any task, and a dream to reach his ultimate potential. John Brazier Hewlett is my Dad, and I am very proud of this man and grateful he is beating the family hereditary odds and still around at the ripe old age of 63 (yes, that age is still young, but in our family among the men, it’s generally considered the end of the road). The stories got as big as the fish through the years, but we never wanted to stop listening.  As kids we would hear of his adventures as a youth: shooting baskets until dark, shoveling snow on his entire block, the youngest kid selling fudge-cicles and ice cream bars at University of Utah games so he could watch them play, teaching himself guitar in his bedroom by listening to the radio, delivering greeting cards, and sawing up old Christmas trees left on the
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Commitment To Joy: Ernie Johnson

If you know anyone with cancer and what they go through, you can understand why someone would GIVE up a great honor in order to honor another. In Keith Olbermann’s words, “A unicorn appeared at the Emmy’s the other night in the form of Ernie Johnson.”  No way to say it better, because what just happened actually never happens in real life. Earlier this year, ESPN legend, Stuart Scott, passed away at 49 years young to cancer, and was memorialized  on the Emmy broadcast early in the night.  Scott was an Emmy nominated host that night following his passing, along with Olbermann, Ernie Johnson, and others, so it was something of a letdown to the audience once Johnson received the winning vote for his 3rd Emmy. However, Ernie Johnson is as good as a person gets.  Having suffered through cancer himself he was quick to recognize the importance of dedicating – NO – giving the award to Stuart Scott’s daughters to place on their home’s mantle “because it really belongs to your Dad” Johnson resolutely stated. I have to say this was about as cool of a thing as anyone can do. Question is: Would you do the same for
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