I stole a little piece of heaven the other night.  I went to see one of my all-time favorite musicians perform live. Yanni just launched The Yanni25 – Live At The Acropolis Anniversary Concert.  This was the third performance of his current world tour.


I almost didn’t go because I had so many other things going on at the time, but am I ever glad I did.  I didn’t even realize how much I ‘needed’ to be there.  I listened to my intuition and recognized how unlikely this moment was.  I’ve learned enough in my lifetime by now to know that this was a rare opportunity.  I had to do it.


There are times in your life when you are running on hyper-speed or you’re so stuck in your day-to-day world that your life is just screaming out to you to inject some sanity into it.  Or if you’re like many Experts, you’re so deep in your own rabbit hole, you forget to come up for air.  Sometimes it means you need a break, a diversion, you know, doing that thing that takes you away from it all if just for a moment.



Pay attention to those queues and listen to what you need. Taking those moments and acting on them is more beneficial to you than a month-long vacation.  They will re-calibrate you like a fine adaptogen.


I was in one of those times.  Things weren’t horrible, but they weren’t great either.  I seemed to have lost my steam, my inspiration, my joie de vivre.  I was being challenged from many angles.  Something was off.  I needed to inject some sanity back into my life.  It showed up on my doorstep and I spotted it.


I was scheduled to be in Florida.  I didn’t know it at the time, but so was Yanni.  He was scheduled to perform a concert at a theatre literally just around the corner from me while I was there.


Now, what are the chances?  He plays all around the world.  How could it be that we would be in the same city at the same time when I needed that boost and he was there to offer it? Coincidence?

Pay attention to the queues.






Yanni’s music stirs me like few others can.  It takes me away from my day-to-day existence to a place of elevated joy and tranquillity all at the same time.  When I listen to his music, it has the ability to calm me down and makes me want to raise the bar in my own life.  I feel possibility I haven’t yet recognized. That’s powerful.


You have key areas of interest in your life that take you there too.  What are they for you?


Is it a beautifully designed car? A movie or book with a storyline that makes you hold your breath until the very end?  Could it be the way colors are used to complement each other in a room design or piece of artwork?


These are clues and evidence of things that bear great significance to you.  They are designed to provide you a little relief in times of great stress.  They bring you back to a sense of self when the world seems to be pulling you apart.


They also provide evidence of your passions, which always points to the path of an enriched life.  We need these pieces in our life to help us remain balanced and grounded especially in our fast-paced, demanding world.


Don’t dismiss them.  Learn to use them.


Today, not only does Yanni share his talent and his gifts with us, he shares wisdom he’s collected along the way.  There is no path to success that doesn’t leave a few marks on your soul. [Tweet]


Throughout his masterful performances, Yanni speaks with the audience and imparts some of the most valuable messages he’s learned.  I’ve listed below the ones that made an impact on me.


Once you review them, I invite you to download more key success lessons I have recognized through Yanni’s journey that will support you in yours.  It’s like a mini masterclass on what it takes to become an Expert.  Don’t miss it.  Download it here,








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Have a dream for your life. You need to be able to imagine what can be.


Use your passion to create the life you want.


Go after that dream with a vengeance. He credits his mother for instilling that important message in him.


Don’t listen to the naysayers. There will be many of them. His father helped him to recognize that every moment counts.


No matter what you look like or where you’re from, people all around the world have the desire to live in peace experiencing a beautiful life.  What you do makes the difference to you and the people your life touches.





When Yanni sat down to put the song list for the concert together, he wasn’t thinking about me.  He had no idea that the day I would see him live was also Parental Alienation Awareness Day.  He had no idea that I haven’t seen my son or been in his life for over 6 years now.  So when he opened with a tribute song to his own mother, Yanni had no idea how much it meant to me.


Enjoy the song here,




Yanni’s passion to live your dream connects with mine, which is why I feel his music so deeply without understanding its origin.  Pay attention to the moments that stir your emotions. These are clues about your passions.  These are the clues you want to be reaching for when wanting to design a life of meaningful success.


Twenty-five years ago, the Acropolis concert put Yanni on the musical map.  He was told by everyone around him that it would never happen. With his persistence and perseverance, this event changed him, changed his career and impacted his life forever.


Perhaps the toughest part of actualizing any dream is that no one can do it for you.  No one will understand why you have to do it.  Rarely will you find the support you need from the very people you want it from.  In other words, you’re on your own.  It takes tremendous strength, courage, a strong vision and an unwavering belief in your Self to turn the dream into a reality.


SUCCESS ALIGNMENT® develops those traits in you giving you the advantage for accomplishing your life’s work.


Dreams are just wishful thinking until you do something about it.


Dreams unrealized never move beyond the imagination zone.


Dreams that never wake up, are the lives that don’t even recognize potential.



“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

~ James Allen



Yanni had a dream.  He went after it with a vengeance even though everyone around him told him to stop.  His dream led to a beautiful life realized and a gift that has touched many lives. He has earned his place on the world stage and was given the capacity to use his voice.


Now that he’s living his dream fully, he is able to encourage others to reach for theirs.  He is using his platform to inspire others, share important lessons he’s learned along the way and teach others that we are all in this together.  We all have the potential to pursue our dreams.  Through his gift, he is inviting the audience to find something deep within themselves by experiencing the music.  It’s magical.  It is his gift.  It is a purpose being realized.


Every person in the audience has a personal experience with his music. Sharing his music, his stories and himself is a gift to me.  His life is a model for me of what one man can do.  It’s a continual presence and reminder that makes me want to do better, go further.


The goal to become an Expert, Influencer or Thought Leader demands that you come to understand who you are and what it is you have that provides tremendous value. You may not fully understand how you will impact someone’s life, but there will be no impact until you step into what you are meant to do.


The purpose that has revealed itself to me is my ability work with those called to be / become Experts, Influencers and Thought Leaders by helping you realize the life and work you are meant for.  It’s why I developed the Success Alignment® brand.



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Yanni closed his concert with his personal message to us all, Go After Your Dreams by playing one of my favorite pieces - One Man’s Dream.

You can enjoy the video here,




If you have been feeling the pull to become an Expert, Influencer or Thought Leader, your life is calling you to discover your unique gifts.  Make a commitment to use them with excellence, find the dream and go after it with a vengeance.



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