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December round-up

It’s done, what a year and what a great 31 days to finish. Alcohol free for a month! It was twelve months living at my highest positive energy, doing my best to inspire others to change the game. To show what’s possible if you put your mind to it. We won some battles, lost others. It was a tough end to the year and we eeked out some Q4 growth. Quite rare for a media business right now. If you wanna know how just ask.

I set myself a goal to enjoy every month of year and learn lessons on how to live at my highest vibrations. The evidence suggests I succeeded.

I started the month at Offline with my good friend Howard Lewis thirty random individuals all with no agenda and a fun evening was had by all. He became the latest to sign the book. He is the king of serendipity. My interview with the Press Gazette came out, what a great conversation. After a week a home, Christmas Partied like champions, we were off again. I had written in my letter to the future about finishing the year watching the World Cup final, and what an amazing final to witness! It was a Messi and Mbappe masterclass. We celebrated at Nobu, Novikov poisoned me and we completed a hatrick of sushi at the Kempinski. Doha was safe, well organised, it lacks smiles, friendly faces and humanity. Staff are scared of doing the right things. We left Doha and flew to Bali to finish the year as per last years letter. Which was closed to Europeans when I wrote it! You have to believe.

Here is my thoughts about year. My word of the year has been progress, it’s hard to navigate and even harder to notice.
Here’s the example of being here in Bali it’s rained every day. We had massages daily, had a personal trainer, a chef, facials, yoga and sound therapy. Yet the thing we focused on was the weather rather than appreciating the amazing rebalancing we were doing. We need to notice all the small things that make up our lives for the better. Even if the whole picture is a little blurred. Never let a snapshot in time be the portrait of your life. As we enter 2023 I am going to spend more time on me, making me a smaller, better version of me, writing my next book and sharing all my beliefs and secrets to living to the maximum. I am grateful to my teams, my family and to everyone who had impact on my life this year. I spent time with some powerful individuals who helped me become this improved version of me.

2023 scares me. For reasons that will become clear soon. Remember opportunities are gift wrapped in problems.
#business #growth #future #opportunities #2023 #happynewyear

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November Round-up

27 days of magic – 3 days broken. Started the month on the Press Gazette podcast talking about the state of media. Quick change before departing for Vegas, with my two eldest, we had a blast, IVs, magic and light shows and a birthday dinner at Nobu. Dr. Travis W. Fox and Sandy Grigsby also signed the book in very different surroundings. Took the family to watch me on Brad Lea’s Dropping Bombs podcast. After a turbulent Southwest airline flight, in between two very odd people I finally arrived like Jonah in LA. Never seen rain like it. Great breakfast in Manhattan Beach with good news only legend , then on to Sofi Stadium for a day to remember. I had an amazing conversation on the playbook with David Meltzer and he signed his page in Equanimity – diary of a ceo in crisis. If that wasn’t enough I went on the field (pitch)scored a couple of touchdowns and kicked a few field goals. Lovely dinner with the legend that is Nikki Wood, we will work together one of these days.

Breakfast with Jeremy Jennings, lunch with my superhero Dr. Mark Goulston who also signed the book – this book is growing in value.Dinner with my main man Sanyika “The Firestarter” Street to watch Jordan Peterson. Wow that man is so clever we ended the night in the cigar lounge in Inglewood what a fun way to end the evening. Woke up early a cycled along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice nice chance to think about life. Another book signing and wonderful dinner with Tim Storey in Newport Beach. Got the early flight to Virginia to speak to the Governor and talk at their tourism convention. What an amazing reception, so much love in the building. I think my story resonated with so many. Popped into DC to see The Stagwell group. Two days in Miami before taking my 7th flight home.

Back in London good catching up with friends and family. Guess what I converted and had Thanksgiving in London. The push ups challenge broke me at 2750 my back gave in!
I owe you 250 when I recover. Lying in bed for three days gave me time to think and prepare mentally. So many opportunities out there right now.
Mad month, made so much magic happen, shook lots of hands and commercially was very pleased.
Finishing 2022 strong. Enjoy the video. #love #opportunities #change #airlines #equanimity

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October Roundup

What an amazing month, it started brilliantly with Arsenal beating Spurs and Liverpool, and still top of the league. Five flights, saw Nashville twice. Worked and spent quality time with Brad LeaCoach Micheal Burt John Lee Dumas Leah Amico OLY Bryan Post Brandon T. Adams and The Real Jason Duncan. I became a gold medalist briefly. Two keynotes and an amazing interview with Adam Carolla. Saw Robbie Williams live in London, I really love my life. My parents got to spend an evening with their 9 grandchildren a beautiful moment and picture.
I’ve got the XPill and I’m gonna take it. And Robert Richman gave me a culture education. My teams broke record after record. I am so proud of all them and the adventures they are embarking upon. Paid out the most commission for over two years! Two days of finding better ways to run a sales floor with the Professor Andy Keith. We made each other better. Beautiful and magical.
Together with Virginia Tourism Corporation and United Airlines we gave a lucky young man an amazing trip to the beautiful State and as the team visited London I organised a little cab to pick them up! Happy clients, happy teams, happy Simon. Only smoked two cigars all month, but they were good uns with great conversations. We made sure over a million passengers had free Wi-Fi sessions in the airports and inflight. I finished today on the BadAss Entrepreneur podcast and unveiled the biggest World Cup promotion with ReachTV and Sport24. We will play all 64 games World Cup games live inflight. All six NFL games played at airport this weekend and now the greatest sporting event on earth all powered by our very own ReachTV. A boyhood dream to work on the biggest sporting occasions.
If you want to work with us, if you want to enjoy super commissions, super colleagues who all wanna win, and help clients do work that gets them real financial results – let’s chat. The 100 press up a day challenge starts tomorrow, if you want to help me raise money for Cancer Research, you can sponsor me.
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#team #work #airlines #sales #education #love #worldcupqatar2022

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September Roundup

Another rollercoaster month, so many highlights, three outstanding keynote talks, helped start 13 new companies with Babson College and Project10K kudos to Jared Yellin for the vision, had an amazing feedback on White Belt Thinking and seven wonderful podcast conversations. Eight flights, three countries and so many incredible new things are bubbling.
Started on September 1 doing the Press Gazettes podcast, great interview, script writers having fun again…. They deleted it by accident. Six more interviews followed…. Be back in the studio in October to re-record. Then took off for Miami to see the team and instil the Q4 spirit early, a cracking commercial month with many new brands joining the Travel media bandwagon. So many big performances from across the business. We sold so many adverts so more people can get free Wi-Fi at the airport and inflight, it was very exciting to use the service multiple times this month – free wifi on planes is becoming the norm – thanks to the team at Ink – we are travel media/ReachTV. I had tea in Washington, had the most amazing time in Tulum with two terrific talks including an exceptional entrepreneurial group on the beach, and left them better than I found them. Tulum continues to develop itself and the new Hilton and Conrad are exceptional.
Smoked a few cigars, mostly Davidoff’s Winston Churchill The Late Hour. Played tennis on centre court and finished second again. We opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur.
Spent three wonderful days with Sanyika “The Firestarter” Street and he kicked me up the butt. All our offices are ready and primed to help as many customers as we can finish 2022 strong, before the recession starts in 2023 (by the way we are not participating). Dodged Hurricane Ian and ended up home sick in bed, what a way to finish off a tremendous month of watching people grow, develop and care about what they do. As I look into the future, I am excited by what’s coming next. Teams had fun in Mallorca celebrating a record issue. Good luck to my teams running the London Marathon this weekend, I am super proud of all of you.
To round off September I want to share a project that I have been working on in the background with one of my favourite artists Anthony Ricciardi, he loved my poems so much he turned them into a piece of art. Anthony you are an unreal human, a proper kindred spirit and one lives good ones. I appreciate you to Canada and back. We will auction this piece off for homeless charities – get in touch if you want to bid. #sales #kudos #thankyou #team

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August Roundup

August the slowest month of the year, so they say – not at ReachTV and Ink – we are travel media. We make magic happen whatever the month, whatever the season, whatever the economic climate. The world is in apparently in recession, and what you might have missed is record travel numbers, the highest daily numbers ever! Travel is booming and this Labour Day weekend will break every record. Come join the party. We have your customers.

We sent people backstage at Coldplay, we have teams in Costa Rica right now, teams went to Vegas, London and Singapore. Our new teams are bubbling and I am as excited as I have ever been to watch them grow and develop. I ate too many Pastel De Natas in Lisbon and saw the original Navigators. Had too much Guacamole in Cancun and despite being a holiday month for me, I still trained, learned and read four books. I was on 15, yes fifteen podcasts this month all available on luckyleslie.com/podcasts.
Some amazing nuggets, and Equanimity reached No 2 on Amazon. So proud my sons company  who sponsored the biggest ever influencer boxing event. Well done champ!

This was a fun month, we did our biggest ever deal, and from tomorrow until the end of the year it’s full steam ahead. You will see me all over America and Asia. Buckle up this shit is just about to get real. Cigars, rum, fun and a few keynote speeches, interviews and big big deals. #team #people #travel #amazon #london #media #equanimity -diary of a CEO in crisis.

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July Roundup

Another month passes by. It’s July it’s slow, not much going on. Well that’s not true, it was our best performing month of the year. I managed 13 podcasts, two interviews, a few inspirational talks and some super lunches. So proud to see the Hilton sales team reading White Belt Thinking. Had lovely day at Wimbledon. Watched the England ladies do what they English men failed to do.

Saw Elton John live at Vicarage Road, smoked a few cigars and watched as Equanimity arrived all over the world. More Corners had a super launch party in our new cool London offices.
The travelling starts again soon.

All the podcasts are on luckyleslie.com/podcasts if you are intrigued, interested or nosey.
A month getting the momentum back. Rock on August #sales #london #team

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June Roundup

After an eventful five months it was nice to slow down the pace. The leadership team spent three days in a bunker planning the final seven months of 2022. The Marketplace to reach travellers was born. I was on seven podcasts (https://lnkd.in/gZnN6qpp) and the book tour began in earnest. As soon as I started to wind down I got hit with covid, high blood pressure and fatigue. We had the best issues on one of our magazines ever, and finished Q2 on a high. The world is talking in a recession and Ink is not participating.

As I end the month, it’s been one of seeing old colleagues, great planning and time spent with nearly every member of my sales team. Great lunch with @the_fear_coach and best Father’s Day ever.

We are ready to rock and roll @inkglobal #relax #calm #getready

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MAY ROUND UP Today

Another 28 days has passed us by. What have you achieved in your first 59 days. How many resolutions have you broken already? I’m not happy with my own February performance, probably because my body doesn’t know what time zone it’s in. I crossed the Atlantic four times, I have not seen airports this busy ever, even pre the pandemedia can’t wait for travel to return.

I got to pop over to Los Angeles and was lucky enough to see the Rams win the home Super Bowl with a Navy Seal and a half time show they will talk about for many moons.

I have reversed my diabetes in less than 60 days!!! The health show is starting to move forward. Guess going to the gym every morning is working, who knew!

I had a romantic Valentines dinner with Tim Storey while Piers Morgan watched on. I bumped into Cameron Diaz at the Beverly Hills Hotel and joked with Michael Mcintyre. Another month of hanging out with people better than me, and learning wise lessons from each of them and throughout 2022 I will find ways to thank every person that helped me through the last two years turnaround.

I did a two day masterclass with Dan Clark learning how to craft better stories, how to improve my message to you all. I watched Steven Bartlett do his thing at the London palladium – life is about the memories we create. I did a few more podcasts, saw TIESTO and 50 pence close up and our brand new ReachTV studio opened for business in Miami with major chefs and celebrities gracing it’s stage. So proud we made this happen against the odds. Oh and we agreed two more deals! Growing again makes me so happy.

It wasn’t all sunshine and unicorns, we had more battles than we had days and I was reminded Karma is funny thing. Sometimes what others think as bad news is just news and noise. Yesterday American lost my luggage and Hertz put me on the do not rent list! Who is writing the script to my life and can they get off the psychedelics.

We have to remember every good month is filled with challenges, this months we had too many. Sending peace and love to all those in Ukraine and let’s hope the world does the right thing. #business #travel #health #airports #writing #writinglife #people #brand #reachtv
 
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After eight weeks away

After eight weeks away, I’ve finally landed home in London. I promised myself and my teams that 2022 will be the greatest year for all of us. In order to show the way, I will demonstrate what living to the max looks like. I will remain accountable and will stick to the commitment I made to myself and my team. 31 days of the 365 days this year are gone, I didn’t waste many of them. How about you?

So lets see how it panned out, I woke up on New Year’s Day in Mexico, what a way to start the year, sparkly sand and a bloody Mary cart that just wouldn’t leave me alone. From there I went to Scottsdale where my son and I drove ATVs, shot machine guns and enjoyed the most wonderful food. I popped over to Vegas and had a superb lunch with Chris ‘the greatest negotiator’ Voss. I had brilliant conversations with Sanyika Street, Dan Clark, Coach Micheal Burt, Lucas Jadin and Anthony Riccardi that left me feeling inspired and we talked about how we can work closer together on projects. It’s so nice to be able to hang out with such smart cookies. I secured tickets for the World cup final in Qatar for my family, the biggest task in my letter to my future self.

Miami became my temporary home for the month. I discovered the Turks and Caicos, a new happy place. Playing golf, sailing and even discovered how to play craps. It was a moment to think and brainstorm. Never seen blue waters quite like it. We took 30 people to the Pegasus Cup and watched amazing horse-racing, when Life is Good won the main event, I ended the day in the money, and then the Bengals increased my pot. I love winning.

I published two books, a poetry book Feel Good by themotivationalpoet and White Belt Thinking which is available at Amazon. I was lucky to talk about them on three amazing podcasts interviews, thanks Entrepreneurs on Fire, Media Masters and The All-in CEO. Smoked a few cigars, didn’t drink too much, ate healthier and trained 22 times. Thanks to Kien Vuu and Wade Foster for keeping me accountable. We completed our first deal of the year, with an investment into PlayersTV, an athlete owned media company. My goal is to do one a month.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses, I missed my sons first professional football game and we actually had a poor commercial month however we definitely sowed the seeds for amazing things to happen in February and beyond.

See you in 28 days for another update and it will be just as full to brim. Here’s something to think about, each day, do we get one more day or do we have one day less to live? Whichever it is, please don’t waste them. PEACE AND LOVE.

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Another 31 days passed us by

Another 31 days passed us by that’s 90 days gone. I’m not sure if I used them well, I did see the frigging pyramids, haggled in the souk and took a horse and cart through the streets of Cairo. Cruised down the Nile with a Cigar in my mouth. 

The @fourseason Cairo was lovely. Spent the weekend at @champneysspas seems to have gone down hill. Had a lovely breakfast on the beach with my uncle and my mummy on Mother’s Day. I finished my book in the beautiful library in NY loved being back in our offices in the World Trade Centre and enjoyed a lovely night in Miami with @jeremyleeminer, the view from @juviamiami is hard to beat. @timstoreyofficial made his first tv show in our studio.

We closed deals to take over the travel journey, the Wi-Fi at airports with our friends at Boingo, @reachtvnetwork is now powering Sport24 showing live sport on the planes and ships around the world. We became the home of live sport in travel, can’t wait to see our media in motion. We are now the proud owners of @businesstraveler_usa and I can’t wait to bring that brand the kudos it deserves in print and on TV. And I am very close to two more deals. Stayed married for 25 years that’s a major milestone. Finally finished Equanimity the book and started recording the podcast if you want to appear as a guest just holler!

I guess it wasn’t a terrible month, just wished I’d achieved a bit more.
See you at the end of April. #diarysofaceoincrisis