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My MoBay — Eric Boles

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Eric Boles Washington state-based motivational speaker, president at The Game Changers Inc, author of Moving To Great: Unleashing Your Best In Life and Work, retired National Football League pro, and Sagicor Motivational Seminar (SMS) Guest presenter

What are your first impressions of Montego Bay?

It is such a beautiful city, but the one thing that is even more beautiful than the city and its beaches are the people. My wife and I were loved and cared for by everyone we met. We are excited to return.

What's the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Montego Bay?

My most memorable meal was the jerk chicken and pork! I had it for lunch each day I was the Hyatt Ziva & Zilaria Resorts. Whomever the chef was who prepared them, was fantastic.

What would you do if you were mayor of Montego Bay for a day?

That's a tough question because there is so much I don't know. But, one thing I would do is have a huge celebration for the people of Montego Bay. Not for the tourists, but for the residents themselves.

What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Montego Bay?

Stay long enough to be able to see all of Montego Bay — at least a week, and not just the resort areas. This will give visitors a chance to really meet the wonderful people of Montego Bay and experience the incredible culture of Jamaica.

Approaching a blank whiteboard or mirror, what is a universal affirmation that you would scribble on it?

Every day, in every way, I get better

Who pushes you out of your comfort zone?

My wife Cindy and my daughters Taylor and Madison. They challenge me to live and lead authentically in all areas of my life.

Taking the lead requires what collection of attributes in the Experience Age?

There is a quote by the late moral and social philosopher Eric Hoffer that says, 'In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.' Which means it's critical to be a learn-it-all versus a know-it-all. Leaders are learners and learners are earners.

What is the most dangerous word in our everyday vocabulary?

Can't.

It is said that 'good is the enemy of great', how does the mediocrity or settling bug take root in the first place?

When we begin to accept less than our best, the disease of mediocrity begins to spread. This is why it is more important to 'be at your best' versus 'being the best'. You may be the best but still be performing far below your potential because who you are comparing yourself to might not be that good.

How did the game change you?

The game helped me to overcome my fear of failure. It taught me that failure is not what holds me back, but it's the fear of failure that does. The game taught me, in order to succeed I must make adjustments when I fail, not excuses.

What is the last thing you spoke into being?

My leadership curriculum and book Moving To Great. To watch my publication being sold all over the world, and my leadership curriculum being translated into nine different languages and helping to develop thousands of leaders is remarkable. What is even more amazing is I have that specific goal written as an affirmation in my journal. It is no longer an affirmation, it is now a reality.

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