A Very Subjective List of the Top Five Songs About Parenthood

You are what you listen to
“You are what you listen to.” Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

The folks over at the Twisted Lister podcast put together a very subjective list of the top five songs about parenthood. There is something for everyone to agree and disagree about, which is part of the fun listening to this conversation. Let us know what’s on your top five by leaving a comment below.

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Presidents Day among the presidents (portraits)

Spent part of Presidents Day exploring the presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery (one of the coolest museums and public spaces in Washington, District of Columbia). Also got to chat with Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough who shared some reflections on #POTUS 44.

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Teach them the game

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What Men Really Think – Inside The Man Brain Podcast

 

Mike Goodwin, Corie Johnson and Jeremy Harriot break down life from a guy’s point of view. Politics, religion, pop culture and current events are all up for grabs.

I recently sat down with the men behind The Man Brain Podcast for their 2017 wrap up show. The show bills itself as “What men REALLY think,” and I would have to agree. They break down life from a guy’s point of view from politics, religion, pop culture and current events. All topics are up for grabs.

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Roots Rock Reggae for the Thinking Man

Hurricane Ridge Photo by Bobby Stevenson on Unsplash
Photo by Bobby Stevenson on Unsplash

In this interview with Roots Rock Reggae on TakomaRadio.org where we cover manhood, fatherhood, parenting, entrepreneurship, bullying and much more. Many thanks to host Soul Rebel for the opportunity to share what we do at Thinking Good with your audience. The music is dope and the conversation inspiring. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Listening to Music Through New Ears

Riding in the car with the family when Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” comes on and my oldest says, “Why does this sound like Slick Rick?” When the rapped verse comes on my oldest shouts, “he even sounds like Slick Rick.” For the first time in more than 25 years listening to this song, I heard it for the first time. In under five minutes #myson gave me a deeper appreciation for a #song that has played in the background for most of my #adultlife. #thatsmyboy #ThanksSon #TeachMe #ImReadyToLearn #ProudDad #MyKidKnowsHipHop #HipHopHead #RaiseThemRight #ThemPalmerBoys #hiphop #rapmusic #slickrick #montelljordan #thisishowwedoit #childrensstory #classichiphop #90srnb #ThinkingGood #Fatherhood #musicwithkids #BeYourBetterSelf #harrypottershirt #nextgen #hiphopkids

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Suite Talk: Laugh and Learn with The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin

The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin fatherhood, marriage, money and more.
Comedian Mike Goodwin – Photo Courtesy of Mike Goodwin
Get ready to laugh and be inspired in this rollicking conversation with The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin as we explore fatherhood and marriage, developing the confidence to believe in yourself, learning from failure, money management and more.

Our conversation with Mike is a must listen if, you are like so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

Mike has penned two pieces for Thinking Good, Respect The Green Room and How to Kill the Interview, and there will be more to come. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

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How to Kill the Interview Process

“Be the sharpest dressed candidate in the history of the company’s interview process!” Photo by Clem OnojeghouCourtesy of Unsplah

I would definitely encourage you not to follow the advice I was given as a young professional, “Fake it ’til you make it!”

When I was venturing off into the professional world 15 years ago, folks older than me were giving that advice out like affluent neighborhoods give out the high quality candy like Snicker bars, bags of Skittles and Peanut M&Ms on Halloween.  And I’m not talking about the fun size versions either.  At every turn I heard, “Fake ’til you make it!”

And apparently I wasn’t the only one.  That is evident by the number of articles written about coaches and business executives falsifying information on their resumes. (Google it!)

Let me provide two valuable pieces of information as it relates to being prepared for your first job interview.  Follow my advice and you will be guaranteed to make a splash and be talked about for years to come.

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A Leadership Mantra For Modern Times: “I Failed!”

“The trick is to get back on the horse (or motorcycle) and try again. And again, and again.” Photo by Abigail KeenanCourtesy of Unsplash

Somewhere around third or fourth session of the beginner’s improv class I teach at The Unified Scene Theater, a brick-and-mortar improv space located in the Bloomingdale Neighborhood of Washington, DC, I make the entire class stand up, raise their hands, and yell, as loud as they can “I FAILED! I FAILED AT IMPROV! I FAILED AT MAKING CRAP UP! HOORAY!”

Because, I tell them, they will. Failure is built into this medium. Not everything is perfect the first time out. Even seasoned veterans have bad shows. The now syndicated show “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” airs for 22 minutes. But how long did it take to record the shows for the producer and directors to cherry-pick those segments? Hours. Why? Because not everything works. People who have shared the stage for decades sometimes have miscues, moments that don’t always result in brilliance and magic. It’s the nature of the beast. The trick is to get back on the horse and try again. And again, and again.

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Respect the Green Room: What the Stand-Up Circuit Teaches About Life

Comedian Mike Goodwin – Photo Courtesy of Mike Goodwin

You can make a few determinations about a comedy club by simply seeing the Green Room. It’s simple to evaluate things like: Is there an outlet to charge my phone? Does the TV work? Does the cable on the TV work? Is there an iron and ironing board?  Or what’s that smell?  Oh, it’s the baby! Ummm…Why is there a baby in the Green Room? This is probably not a great club.

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