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October 1, 2010

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle

Filed under: Business,Life,Nick Galieti — Nick Galieti @ 9:26 am
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As a musician, I grew up with teachers, church leaders, even other kids my age, telling me that I shouldn’t study music because musicians end up being poor. Later in life, I decided to learn sound engineering in order to have my own recording studio or to be a freelance sound engineer. In pursuing this avenue, a different, albeit similarly voiced group of individuals, told me, but you will have to go on tour or work late-long hours which won’t allow for a family. When I started into real estate, my parents questioned why, now with a family, I chose to get into a profession that has no regular income security like a salary/office job would have. Then I started to write a book and my in-laws started to wonder when I was going to get a real job.

Overtime I started to realize that I was an opportunity junkie. I was so tired of being told that my professional choices were flawed that I sought out new opportunities to try and quench those that doubted. Seeking opportunities were more to make others happy with my life than it was for me.

Then I came across this quote from Milton Berle. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” During this time of career shifting I continued to find that desk job that would make my in-laws happy, and the day job that would keep me around home. The more I tried, the more rejection I found. At some point I told myself, I can’t wait for some employer to find my value and to leave my future in his or her hands, and I don’t think that I would want some of the jobs that others were pushing me to find. Opportunity was not knocking at my door, so I went and built several doors. So I shifted my paradigm. I realized that there is a way to have a job with security, that keeps me close to my family, and can be in something that I love.

Now in 2010, I am hearing more knocking than I have ever before. I have my own recording and video production studio, a classic radio production facility, I have one documentary released with another being released later this year. My book is going to press and should be available before Christmas, and I have produced and recorded multiple albums this year. Nobody handed me these opportunities, I had to go make them happen. In tough economic times, we have the opportunity to make our own opportunities. Rather than be a victim of layoffs and unemployment, we can embrace the strengths we know we have and form the futures we have always wanted. This is not the promise of millions of dollars, but of satisfaction, of fulfillment, of lasting happiness.

Happy door building everyone!


July 20, 2010

If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there.

Filed under: Nick Galieti — Nick Galieti @ 7:26 pm
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From the Wizard of Oz comes the phrase, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there.” When we consider the paths that we all are taking in life, do we all know where that path is taking us?

When I see some of the people who have made the most notable achievements in this world, they seem to be those with a clear idea of what they want to accomplish and posses a strong desire to accomplish it. A business needs a plan, educational pursuits are best served in a degree program, and a life is most valued when the path we take is intentional.

I have heard it said that no one will make it to heaven on accident. I don’t believe that Walt Disney stumbled upon Disneyland, or that any major achievement of success happens without a plan or path in place to take us there.

Under this philosophy sometimes I wonder if we should be voting for people to run for office, but rather vote for programs we want to have done then pick the most efficient candidates for the selected public policy. Should we be the one’s voting for certain bills to be passed, not voting for people to do who knows what in office?

Businesses make business plans, strategic plans, marketing plans and financial plans to achieve the goals desired. Should our country be more focused on a business plan and less about who to put in office?

Perhaps this is rambling ignorance, but the reality is success comes first from vision, second from accomplishing that vision. This seems to be true both personally and in business, why not in government too?


June 25, 2010

Does “Made in the USA” matter anymore?

Filed under: Nick Galieti — Nick Galieti @ 10:02 am

There was a time where the phrase “made in the USA” was a badge of quality and pride. While I am not aware of any one particular event or reason why, but from my view of things that badge seems to have been set aside.

With events like the world cup, American principles are once again challenged and tested in our dedication to quality. The last world cup game for the United States showed a quality of the American spirit that is admirable and repeatable; to keep on fighting to the end regardless of how many times we may fail.

Does quality still matter? The success of Wal-Mart and e-bay would lead a person to conclude that price, not quality, is more important to the majority of consumers. Fast food is a constant in diet where the dedication to a well constructed quality meal is suffocated by other time consuming priorities.

So I wonder, has the pride of quality phrase “Made in the USA” faded because our nation has faded from a dedication to quality?


June 8, 2010

Would you buy a used mattress?

Filed under: Nick Galieti — Nick Galieti @ 3:18 pm
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A bad economy is often the cue for some to cut back and pay more attention to their finances. People cut back on some luxuries, downsize housing, buy generic brands, and so on.  Some, in touch economic times, even engage in unethical or illegal practices that they would not otherwise have found themselves in had they not become so desperate. Some may even become so desperate that they will…. dum dum dum…. buy a used mattress. I know, gross. But at what point are people not willing to cut back?

Buying a used mattress is like buying underwear at a thrift store. Someone may say its “clean”, or even sanitized, but I am just not willing to concede that it can get clean enough. I don’t consider myself a germaphobe, but I don’t try to expose myself to germs and filth if I can avoid it. I do feel that there should be a limit with certain sanitary standards. So when I drove passed a mattress store in West Valley and saw store side advertising that offered a queen mattress new for $169 bucks or used for $39 bucks I thought, “Wow that is a good price, but could that price go low enough that would tempt me to buy a used mattress?”

I suppose the answer is, “If I am poor enough I would take a used mattress over a no mattress.” GIven that rationale I suppose I would take a used mattress, but this same rationale wouldn’t apply to food – would it? If you were hungry enough, would you eat old food? People do!

So I ask, at what point in a bad economy are we willing to show compromise to our personal standards? Do we even know how far we are willing to go till we are pushed there?

May 29, 2010

Who’s the Man?

Filed under: Nick Galieti — Nick Galieti @ 7:00 am
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During a recent phone conversation with a good friend of mine, my friend expressed his excitement over being able to watch the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) this weekend. Instantly, IUFC Jeff Monson expressed my displeasure for the sport. Suprised at my response, my friend shot back that I needed to get more in touch with my masculine side. After much debate the argument became more a discussion about manliness, and what it means to be a man because somewhere, somehow UFC and manliness are connected.

My friend felt that, as a man, it is one’s responsibility to be able to defend one’s self, one’s possessions, one’s family. In that respect, I don’t disagree. He then felt that UFC is a celebration of skill, technique, achievement, and is taking mans ability to defend one’s self to the highest levels. I felt that the sport was barbaric, was violence porn, and might actually diminish masculinity because a real man does not have to prove himself in combat or through acts of violent aggression. In my opinion masculinity, true masculinity, is not judged in this manner.

After the course of the conversation had run and neither had changed the other’s opinion, I decided to pull the God card out. W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do)? I hardly believe that Jesus would be the type of man that would chose to embrace such a sport in light of much greater needs in the world. But I also believe that God does believe in developing talents – so long as those talents do good in the world.

Because there was much debate on both sides, I now ask you, the readers of the Jaren Davis Blog, “Who’s the Man?” And what discipline of masculinity is defined through their actions?


May 26, 2010

Who Are Our Heroes?

Filed under: Nick Galieti — Nick Galieti @ 10:24 pm

In a most powerful book, “That Ye Might Have Life”, by Sterling W. Sill, comes this profound and enabling precept:

“As we honor our heroes, we tend to build their great qualities into ourselves.”

Back in 2004 when I first moved to Utah from San Diego, CA, I found myself in a new house, a new area, and with a new career. I found myself at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a new real estate agent with Jaren Davis as my broker. Like many in the office I quickly came to appreciate the experience and trust that Jaren offered to those whom he worked with. His example of success and his desire to see that success repeated in others added him to my short list of heroes. From this time forward I realized that the reasons that people held him such high esteem is that Jaren exemplified characteristics that we all wanted to embrace in ourselves.

Sterling Sill continued, “We are also the beneficiaries of everyone else who has ever lived, for the world would be incomplete without them. Each of us is an unknown soldier, and one of our most exciting truths is the fact that we were created to be the benefactors of the rest of mankind.”

After considering these two quotes I came to the conclusion that while I may have those whom I admire and seek to emulate, we must not forget that others will follow us in this world. Who will their heroes be? If we are the beneficiaries of the lives that proceed us, what legacy will we leave for those that follow? Who will see us as their heroes? In this way, the greatest gift we can give to the human race is to be the best heroes we can be.


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