Eddie the Eagle & the Power of the Human Spirit

Inspiring Review with Brian Dodd

Many leaders can make money, increase shareholder value, or meet a monthly number. But few leaders can bring people joy. And I sense what the world needs right now is joy.

Eddie The Eagle is a wonderful movie!!! Absolutely delightful!!! Take your whole family to see this true story of Eddie Edwards, the British ski-jumper who participated in the 1988 Olympic games in Calgary. You will have a joyous time.

Searching for meaning and significance his entire life, Eddie overcame all odds, obstacles, physical limitations, doubters and the British establishment to become the most beloved athlete in the ’88 games.

This movie is for anyone who feels unimportant, marginalized and invisible. With enough determination and creative thought, you too can have your own shining moment.

The following are 22 Leadership Quotes And Principles From Eddie The Eagle:

1. Great Books Inspire People – Charlie Tremendous Jones once said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” As a young boy, Eddie of inspired by a book entitled Moments Of Glory. He wanted his own moment of glory.

2. Leaders Give People A Sense Of Direction And Purpose – Eddie’s father Terry said, “Name me one British ski jumper.” To which Eddie answered, “Me.”

3. Great Leaders Tell The Story Of Others And Give Them A Platform – Terry, trying to realistic but certainly not supportive, said, “It’s a world that doesn’t want to know you.”

4. Leadership Is Marked By Your Courage – As Eddie would look up at the height of the ski jumps and then at the distance below, his drive for significance eclipsed his fear of failure…and death.

5. If You’re Not Dead You’re Not Done – Most Olympic ski jumpers began when they were 6 years old. Eddie began at 22 years old.

6. Everyone Gets Better With Coaching – Eddie told his potential coach Bronson Peary, played by Hugh Jackman, “I’ve plateaued. Without your help I’m not going to get any better.”

7. Leaders Never Have To Recover From A Good Start – Peary told him, “The foundation of any jump is the takeoff.”

8. The Life Cycle Of A Ski-Jumper – Love – Bruises – Breaking Bones – Coffin. I just found this interesting from a leadership perspective.

9. Great Leaders Never Quit – Peary’s former coach, Warren Sharp played by Christopher Walken, wrote in his book, “A true Olympian is not a God-given skill set. It is never giving up.”

10. Smart Leaders Develop A Funding Strategy – Dreams die because of a lack of funding. Sponsorships often make the financial difference between the success and failure of an Olympic athlete.

11. Parents Make An Incredible Financial Investment In The Future Success Of Their Child(ren) – Edwards’s wonderful mother Janette was a continual source of encouragement and often sold everything for Eddie to pursue his dream of making the Olympic team.

12. Great Leaders Always Have Something To Prove – Eddie said, “I needed my own moment. A moment to prove them all wrong.”

13. Great Leaders Pay A Price Others Are Unwilling To Pay – Peary said, “I can get you you’re moment but it’s going to hurt.”

14. The Comparison Game Is One You Will Never Win – In defiance to the fellow jumpers and their coaches, Peary shouted after a jump of over 40 meters, “Personal best and we’re a disgrace.”

15. Great Leaders Have Proper Focus – Peary taught Eddie to remain “focused, not tense.”

16. Smart Leaders Make Good Choices – Eddie told his doubting coach, “I’d rather be a sober fool than a drunken coward.”

17.Leaders Worth Remembering Bring People Joy – After completing his first jump, Eddie’s impromptu celebration won over the crowd. Many leaders can make money, increase shareholder value, or meet a monthly number. Few bring people joy.

18. There Is A Difference Between Sensing Opportunity And Seizing It – The stodgy British Olympic Association wanted to squash the media frenzy surrounding Eddie The Eagle. Meanwhile, their press secretary had enough sense to capitalize on it.

19. Don’t Be Fooled. Great Leaders Have A Chip On Their Shoulder – Eddie said, “I love jumping nearly as much as I love proving people wrong.”

20. There Is A Difference Between Activity And Accomplishment – Eddie told the media, “I did not come here as a novelty act and I will not be going home as one.”

21. Smart Leaders Always Maintain A Healthy Sense Of Respect – Sharp said, “You’re never bigger than the hill.”

22. Leaders Get The Job Done – A British announcer concluded his broadcast of Eddie’s final jump by proclaiming, “The Eagle has landed.”

Once again, Eddie The Eagle is a wonderfully, inspirational movie. Go see it with your whole family this weekend.

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Escondido prepare for February Release: Walking With A Stranger

Up and coming music blog New Interstice recently released an article and video on Escondido that is too good not to share.

Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James.  Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim.  Their David Lynch approved desert rock was described by Vogue as “One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred” and led to appearances on Conan and ABC’s “Nashville.”  Following the release, the band toured North America and Europe with the likes of Lord Huron and Wild Cub while spending their down time composing music for TV & Film.  Most recently, they wrote a song with Lena Dunham for characters Marnie & Desi in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Girls.”  The duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger.

The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio.  “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen.  I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room.  Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’”  They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s.  “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros.  “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”

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Happy New Year

Bringing in the new year, hearts filled with inspiration, motivation; many exciting projects on the go and the near horizon.

We begin with ‘Love Yourself More’ a music documentary focusing on the ‘women behind the men of rock & roll’. The first in our ‘Women Strong’ series, understanding that behind every successful man stands a strong woman, we want to celebrate them all.

Fresh Independence along with our international correspondents will bring you stories written from the heart, music that ignites the soul, pictures from around our worlds and fashion look books that will imprint on your life & style.

Stay with us this 2016 and be inspired to do what you love – love what you do & always dare to dream.

Happy New Year!  xo



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Neulore – Nashville TN

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Adam Algin and William T. Cook a modern folk duo that take you by surprise on a sleepy day. Pull everything you love from the Lumineers & all you resonate with from Need To Breathe and roll them into one and there you will find Neulore ready and waiting for you.

 Name: Adam Agin
 Age: 29 in 11 days
 Where are you writing this: A Holiday Inn 20 miles south of Minneapolis

Home is where your story begins.

Tell us a little about where you come from and how Neulore came to be.

I grew up in Indiana. My father was a salesman and my mother was a gospel singer. We had our share of financial struggles, but love was never an issue. William grew up in Bowling Green, KY and we met in Nashville 5 years ago at a small gathering. I was on the hunt for people to build the band with and our musical chemistry came easily.

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 Best describe your musical style.

We call it Modern Folk, but really we are inspired by an array of styles. I grew up on singer songwriters like James Taylor and soul artists like Otis Redding. William has a classical background and went through a classic rock stage in high school. For us, it comes down to a good story and heart.

a neulore song writing What is the song writing process like for you.

I usually have a list of words or song titles that I’ve wanted to use. It’s an on going list. We typically flush out a progression or melody that seems to fit the the feeling we want to create that day. Then we work out lyrics. Our main goal is having the feeling of the instrumentation fit the story. 

Tell us how you bring together your music and the visual images so strongly portrayed in your songs.

For ‘Animal Evolve’ we created this alternate world. It only lives in our heads but it’s quite vivid to us. So we used a specific kind of vocabulary to help the listener hear what we see. 

 What would you like us to know about ‘Shadow of a Man’.

It was the last song we wrote for the record. The day before our last day in the studio. All we were going for was something upbeat and something epic. 

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