Smokey and the Bandit: Firebird Trans Am

“Eastbound and down; loaded up and truckin’.” Those are the first words of the song Jerry Reed wrote for the movie, Smokey and the Bandit, a 1977 classic that most people could never get sick of watching.

This week’s theme is about the hot rod cars that changed or influenced us. Today’s car is the only GM car in the group. It is also the only factory car that was readily available. All the other cars we’ll feature this week were “made up”; they had huge modifications.

According to the websites, the Firebird from the movie was also changed a little bit. They used the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am during filming, but because the movie came out in 1977, they changed the car to look like a ’77 model. This movie is credited with the huge sales of the Trans Am in the late 1970s, as documented in Hot Rod magazine as well as the reference pages about the movie.

The car influenced the sales of a production car, a concept that is used in the sport of NASCAR to this day. NASCAR still uses a manufactured body to help with the sales of the current year’s cars.

I can personally name a few people who owned the late 1970s Firebird, and this movie did have an influence on why they owned it. One of my wife’s high school classmates got a 1978 Trans Am when he was 15 and still had it in mint condition for their 30th reunion last summer. For the movie, Pontiac donated the cars, as well as the police cars that were used – a promotion that overwhelmingly helped them sell cars.

When I started this idea of Rock ‘n’ Roll success, I did it with the idea that things that are popular can change your life or business. I wanted to use the example of things that changed the world for the better as a form of inspiration and motivation to build a world of successful entrepreneurs.

What can you use in the world today to make your business grow? What is something that gives you joy? I started from day one using my motorcycle and my love for rock music as an important piece of my business. It’s about finding what you love. And who knows? You could change the outcome of a generation.

This is only day two of Hot Rods of Influence. What other cars could be in this group? Come back to find out, then change your life with a story.

RockStar Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll success in your world in 2013?

Are You an Entrepreneur or an Employee?

1099w2So many hate where the world they live in has taken them. They want to make a change and get out. This week, we’re going to focus on some hard facts about real entrepreneurs and making change.

In my life there have been two moments when I realized I was, in fact, an entrepreneur. I tell the stories often. The day my dad came home from work early because he had lost another job would be the first. As a young child, when you see your life vision, many things can put doubt into your mind about whether or not that vision is true. The biggest problem we have with finding the truth behind our true vision is the message other people in our lives tell us.

The second story was in October 2008 when a friend hit the facts dead on at a men’s prayer group I was attending. Nate hit hard that day with a statement that I never forgot: “We live in America. No matter who is president, we control our own economy.”

You must make the same choice I did, from that moment in 2008 to the point I left my last job in 2010. It was a battle to move towards what I know my purpose is: to be an entrepreneur. This week I will write on five hard facts about entrepreneurs. Warning: this week’s posts are not about feeling good in your life. They are focused on helping you decide that you are an entrepreneur or that you really belong working or leading a team for someone else.


If you’re an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job.

~ Guy Kawasaki


I know this is a hard fact to accept. So many people come to me with great ideas. They talk of great business ideas and plans they have. Yet they are not ready to leave the comfort of a regular income.

They have the idea but think that someone else will be in control of their destiny. I read the many posts from my friends — both conservative and liberal in their political views. They all base so much on who is our leader; they talk of how the party that is in the White House is going to take away freedoms or hurt business by the way they take on debt or raise taxes. They believe incorrectly that the person in office is responsible for everything that is wrong.

It’s time for you, the entrepreneur, to realize that it is up to you to get out and make a new choice to save your world and create a new one for you, for your family, for your community, and for your country.

So what are you? Entrepreneur or employee? It’s really up to you to decide. The great thing is that no matter which you choose, I will continue to show you how to make the world and your business better.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll Success in your world in 2013?

Maintain Your Speed

runnin from police“No, officer, I don’t know why you’re pulling me over.” So that was the answer given to the question, “Do you know why I pulled you over today?” Right now you are thinking of that person sitting on the side of the road with a white or blue car with flashing lights on it. Those lights would be flashing blue and red.

This is one of the things that could hold back your progress in the journey or the road trip you are on. Having the unpleasant moment when you look in your rear view mirror to view those flashing lights, then as you pull towards the side you see him following you.

My favorite is when I pull over a lane and the officer is just working his way around me to fly up and catch that person who went past like a speeding bullet.

The second thing that could hold you back in reaching your goals is that ever-so-tough pull to the side of the road because the motorcycle needs some repair work. Washing the bike was just part of the process, usually when I am back in Dallas I would take my bike over to the dealer to get it washed. But on the road with all the dirt I am the one washing it. Washing it is just part of the maintenance. While washing I noticed an oil leak that will need to be fixed when I return to Dallas in 2 weeks.

So many people, when starting or building their businesses, forget two very similar things like those mentioned above:


1.  They forget the small maintenance, feeling like it can wait. It’s more important to just work really hard and get the tasks done that will make money and make it faster. That is why so many entrepreneurs end up divorced, end up with personal problems. They put off those things that mattered, when a little communication with their partner could have built a wonderful team that will cause their business to shine.

2.  They forget to slow down instead of rushing ahead without thinking. They set themselves and their businesses on a rush race to see how fast they can get to the top. I wish the many people who came to use the services of my coaching had come to me before they rushed to success and fell flat. The penalties they face are just like that speeding ticket you get when you are caught going to fast.


Just like this road trip, everything takes time, when you take short cuts to build a successful entrepreneurship venture, you usually end up with short-term success. So what is the solution, you ask?

Why not make a plan that builds? Start where you are and build a plan to get to the next step. Hire a coach to help you build the long-term success. I was watching a video this morning that I received in my email from the great money-making expert, Loral Langemeier. She told how she has been working with coaching since she was 17 then explained how long ago that was. She has accomplished so much in her life and business. Her journey has not always been a smooth ride. But she shares a picture of years of slow and steady progress building success.

So I leave you with a challenge today: what will it take to get you to find a coaching program that will successfully take you past the challenge you’re facing now? I challenge you to find a coach, someone who has done what you want to do. Look to see if they have a program that fits you.

Want to know more about how we can help? Sign up for our Rock’n’Roll Entrepreneur Bootcamp by clicking the link below. Hope to see you there.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

Take It To the Limit

This past weekend while flipping among the movie channels, I came across a show about the Eagles. You remember the band don’t you? I could use so many things for Rock ‘n’ Roll business growth from the show, and from the story of the band itself.

While watching it, I was thinking, “What would I do as a theme for next week’s blog?” There were so many different things I wanted to do as a weekly theme and I have outlines of new programs that I am working on for this coming year. Yet I want to get back to crazy ideas that make people think. So I decided to do a week of inspiration and growth and we’re going to do that with something crazy like what I learned from the Eagles about being successful.

Today we are starting with the song title, “Take It To the Limit,” a song from their fourth album. (Boy that shows my age, the word “album.”) If you ever listened to the lyrics of Eagles songs, you know Don Henley and Glenn Frey have been a powerful song-writing team over the years.

In this week of seeking business lessons from many aspects of The Eagles’ career, the words to this song, as many others, have one of those “hit-me” spots. The line is, “I’ve always been a dreamer, and it’s so hard to change.”

I think about my life, my business ventures over the years, how I have become an entrepreneur and nothing seems to change about that. I have always been a dreamer. It was during the past year that I started pushing things to the limit; now I am watching some changes in life.

Watching the Eagles’ story impressed on me the idea of where I am meant to be. I think of so many of their songs that have a great sound, a great story, and great lyrics. I want to say it’s hard to pick a favorite. But the theme of the show is how they just kept trying new things.

In your life or business, as an entrepreneur you must always be trying new things. So many times I see from music to business to many other areas, we look for a pattern then build comfort from doing the same thing over and over again. We need to always be pushing our limits to find and try new things.

So take this as Lesson Number One from The Eagles. You need to push your dream to the limit. Once you find a level of success, it’s time to look higher and seek to reach the next level. To soar like an eagle and take it to the limit, one more time.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to take it to the limit in 2013 and make it rock?

Take Control ~ Can’t Touch This

Or maybe we talk about the ‘80s and ‘90s and the singer Bobby Brown. We could name many of his songs. But when you mention Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston what do you think of?

Many people would remember the songs, but so many would remember MC Hammer for the fact that he went bankrupt because he lost control of his spending.

Many would remember the great song Whitney Houston sang, “I Will Always Love You.” But for so many, when you add Bobbie Brown into the mix they will only think of the drugs and lifestyle stories that ultimately led to her death.

I tell these stories today in our week on Responsible Entrepreneurs to point out the fact that when you think of successful entrepreneurs, they are not the ones you think of doing radical things. They are people who have control of things in business and life.

One of my Friends is Larry Broughton, the great hotel entrepreneur from California. He is a veteran and teaches through his firm, Broughton Advisory, how so many successful entrepreneurs in business are former veterans. Then he explains why.

Veterans are used to a system of discipline they follow all the time, so once they enter the world of business they find a system and follow it. The responsible entrepreneur is the person who puts his business first.

So I want to issue a call to action to you today, do you have control of your business? Let’s look at your life. Are you a person who has control in your life? Write down five areas in your life where you can improve your level of control. Now look at how you handle your business. If need be, list another five areas where you can take better control.

Do you need help in taking this to another level?

RockStarTim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here .  Free Online Training that Rocks

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