Train Kept A-Rolling


I’m still on a fired-up ride home from the RockStar marketing boot camp. As I’ve been driving over these past two days I am filled with so many ideas to help grow my business, help with providing you ways to help change your life and grow also.

I am reminded of that old Aerosmith song, “Train Kept A-Rolling All Night Long.” As I was settling into my hotel last night, I was having such a hard time resting. The ideas kept coming to me about the great event we are starting to plan for this fall in Dallas.

I was able to speak with one of my partners who is going to join forces with me to bring together this great RockStar life event. Do you remember when you had so many ideas for your life that you could not wait to get up and face each day? That is how I am feeling now, but like my mentor Zig would say, “If you want something in life you must help enough other people.” So this train is going to be about you getting your life right. Finding that very excitement that I am feeling while writing this, that feeling where you can’t sleep at night because you are so excited about your life.

What was the last thing that you got excited about? What were you willing to give up making that dream come to a reality? It’s time for you to start making a list of things that bring you joy, to find a passion that you have in your heart. Rocker Life Coach programs are about three things and we are going to use these three things to change your life.

1.  Clean out the clutter that is holding you back? The first step in the process to getting what you want is realizing there are things that are holding you back. If you know you want more, you know you are going to have to release the weights that are holding you down. For some of you that may be the job you have; for others it may be the home that is keeping you imprisoned. No matter what it is, we all have something we are holding onto that is keeping us from the dream we want.

2.  Find out what you really want to do with your life. We have heard that the way to find this out is by asking the question, “What would you do with your time if you won a million dollars?” Or answering the question, “If I bought you any car you wanted what would it be?” I believe the real way to find out what you want in life is by asking the question, “What would you do with the most precious of all things – your time?” After all the most valuable thing of mine is my time.

3.  What is your RockStar dream and how can we build a business model to help you live that dream? Many have a dream to run their own company. For others it is running a charity or foundation to help others, from those who need help in the town we live in to those in a special part of the world we have a heart for.

It’s time for you to change the mindset and reach for your RockStar dream. And my job is helping you develop that entrepreneur mindset that will help you build a large data base of ideas taking you towards your dream.

So while I am driving with excitement to begin helping you, make your own start with your list of what you want, what you love to do, and what needs to be cleaned up to get there.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream by finding what you love and building a process to become the RockStar in your world.

Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night

So we are at the mid-point of the week. It will be my last day on the road, driving back home from LA and I’m still so excited about the changes in life and business I am making. I am reminded of a video I watched in the ‘80s of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. It was one of those videos that was supposed to show their real life.

Of course we all know the song and now I bet I can get you singing the lyrics. “I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.” That song became more famous when KISS put their make-up back on in the late ‘90s and they toured again with all four original members.

I love how they rebuilt their brand; how much joy they had in life when they began touring again; how Gene Simmons marketed himself with his shows and events and business. I heard that despite his party persona, Gene is not a party kind of guy; he does not drink or do drugs.

Imagine that. I am always about making a better life, living the highs of life. Why is it that a man who is famous for playing a song saying he wants to party every day actually doesn’t party in the traditional sense at all? Did you ever think maybe his idea of a party is different than yours?

In my life, I’m not a big drinker. Sure, I enjoy a good glass of wine or a good beer, but I really enjoy a great cup of espresso each morning. It’s a great way for me to taste the pleasures of life and not just get high on things for a feeling; it’s about that high of life for me.

So I’m driving today, entering my home state of Texas and almost home. I am enjoying the trip. Check out the video Gwynne’s dad and I added on YouTube yesterday. All I’m going to say is “Tombstone.”

What is your life about and are you ready to make a change? You know you can always make a comeback – just like KISS. Use the great skills you have and get started today. Need help? Give me a call.

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. Make a comeback and be the RockStar in your world. It’s time.

Shooting Star


This song was from the 1970s by a band named “Bad Company.” While the song’s story is close to the song we used the other day, this one was not inspired by something that really happened, although it seems like it could have been. The song tells the story of a young man still in school who was so inspired by a Beatles song that he joins a band. As he grows old enough, he says goodbye to his mom, packs up and leaves home, telling his mom, “I’m going to be a big star.”

The song goes into how he makes his first record, an immediate hit. This boy, Johnny, becomes a star, hitting the big time. But the fame and fortune takes their toll on his life, and he gets caught up in drugs and alcohol. Eventually he ends up overdosing and losing his life at a young age.

Last year I did a post about how we need to build a life that lasts. We talked about three great musicians who were all cutting-edge for their time died under the age of 30 by either suicide or drugs and alcohol. But this post is not about getting off drugs; we have a million messages about that from TV, radio and print ads. This post is about the dangers of not having the wisdom to deal with your success.

I am currently in my mid 40s and people often ask me why I didn’t start my message many years ago. They ask why I am just now getting into the field of speaking, writing and coaching. The truth is, I was a young fool for many years; I did some wild and crazy things. I am so lucky that those things did not end me and now I’m promoting the idea of living your RockStar dream. My purpose now is to help those who want to find success and to help those who are finding success early in life to keep it longer.

If you have read back through some of my posts from the beginning of this blog, you will see the story I told of how, at the young age of 13, I was asked by a Sunday School teacher what one word I would like to describe me at age 40.  My word was RockStar. At that young age I had the same dream Johnny in the song, Shooting Star, had. Today, RockStar takes on a meaning that is far different. I’m thankful that before I went for “RockStar” with this business I got to meet people who taught me how to live, not just to be successful.

So as we close out our week on RockStar Dreams, I hope you have found and defined a dream for yourself. Maybe it’s a small dream to the world – like that of Rudy Ruettiger we shared earlier this week. Maybe you have a super dream now like we mentioned of those running for president. I hope you have the vision to know that your dream is going to take work like we explained with the “Juke Box Hero” blog. Whatever your dream, it has to be your dream.

If you want a way to start planning your dream, let me give you a small piece of advice that Zig Ziglar gave me about writing. When writing, he told me to get a working title first; in my dream, it was one word: RockStar. Take this time and write a small working title to your dream, like I did with the word RockStar. Then take that title and find the way to define it with your life.

Come back next week to see our week about mentors; it’s another step to finding how important having the right mentors in life is to achieving your dream. I will be traveling next week, taking a road trip to be at the RockStar boot camp in Los Angeles with one of my mentors, Craig Duswalt. If you are in Los Angeles and would like to meet, send me an email and let’s schedule a time to find your RockStar dream.

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. Get the wisdom you need to build your RockStar Dream and make your success last.

Juke Box Hero


Juke Box Hero, 1981 song written by Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner was inspired by a fan who stood outside in the rain for hours. The young fan longed to see the concert, wanting to see a band he loved. Inspired by the fan’s dedication, Mick Jones invited him to the back-stage party. Then he wrote the song about it.

The song itself tells the story of a young man who cannot afford a ticket to a sold-out show for his favorite band. He stands in the rain, putting his ear to the wall to hear the concert he is missing inside. When he hears the sound of a guitar, he gets his RockStar dream that will inspire him to do great things. The song explains how the next day he buys a guitar in a pawn shop or second-hand shop. He learns to play the guitar with no lessons, inspired by the sound of that guitar he heard through the wall. The fact he could not get into the show drives him to Rock ‘n’ Roll success.

In our lives we will have dreams. Sometimes, we may not have the funds to get all the education we need. We might not be able afford the tools to do the job or build the business or dream we want right away. Even as I’m writing these posts this week, I am trying to work out a way to make it to an event with limited funds. I am inspired by the sound of the event and really think it would benefit me. But with low funds right now, I’m out working magic to make this RockStar dream of mine come true.

What inspiration is driving you now? Do you have something you want to do, but money, lack of education, or lack of contacts is holding you back? As I mentioned in the beginning of the week, this idea of Rocker Life Coach was to help people live a RockStar life – not to be a RockStar at work although that can be part of getting to your RockStar life. It’s also not about partying like a RockStar to get crazy. It’s about actually living, and living an ultimate dream that only you could dream for yourself. It’s about having the family life you want, having the job you want, doing what you want to do with your time and money.

So getting back to the song, it goes on to explain how years later this young man, after going to a concert one night in the shadows, gets a sight of someone who is outside in the rain – just like he once was. I have never met the guys from Foreigner, but I have read about the song. It tells how this man now has to keep rocking to stay on top.

In any industry you work in, you will always be working to stay on top once you get there. So if you are working now to be a top performer at your company, you will find once you have arrived that it takes work to stay there. That is why I help people build a complete life, not just a shooting star to the top. In fact, we will cover the story of shooting stars later in the week.

The song is called “Juke Box Hero” because that is where he must keep his music playing in order to stay on top. If you ever look at a juke box you will notice that many older songs are no longer in there; they have to keep popular recent songs available because that’s usually what people want to hear.

In life, to be a RockStar means you will live a life that others only dream about. I have put the quote up so many times: “I do today what other people won’t, but I will live tomorrow like others will only dream of.” You see, to keep a hit song longer in the jukebox it has to be a super hit, one that is long-lasting with fans. Next time you are at a juke box look to see how many songs are in the playlist from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Compare them to how many songs are there from the past 5 years.

Take your life and think of it in the big picture of the world. Like we mentioned yesterday with Rudy Ruettiger, he had a dream that was big but he achieved it through perseverance. Eventually they made a movie about his story. Is your life story the kind they will make a movie about? What Rudy did was not that big for many people, but it was a huge thing for him. Take that one thing that motivates you; don’t let the obstacles cause you to give up. Find a way to become a juke box hero with your RockStar dream.

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, find something to inspire you to live a RockStar dream with your life.

A Boy Named Sue


It’s the end of a week on being different. We started with a tribute to Johnny Cash and it’s time to end the week with one of the most different message songs that Johnny did. A Boy Named Sue has always been a favorite song of mine to hear. The story in the song is about a young boy who has to endure the punishment of living life with a name that was not only unusual, it was also a girl’s name. And for a young boy to have it meant that he would be laughed at, put down and abused most of his life for it. At the end of the song he meets his dad, who left the family right after the boy was born. In the encounter, his dad tells him why he gave him the name: to make him tough.

In the world we are in today, many people now have strange names. Yesterday we talked about generations and how we find ourselves applying the standards of behavior from our childhoods to our kids. Our preferred names have changed over time. They can also change from where we grew up.  And the names we give our kids here in America could be far different than the names given to kids where my brother lives, in Singapore.  When this song was written it would have reached people in our country, and it would have been strange to have a boy with a girl’s name.

There was a purpose in the father naming his son that; it was done out of love but that would be hard to see. We all want love to be a good feeling, we want love to feel warm and bring us only good times. The truth is love has some hard times in it. When coaching people they have some tough things to face, hard choices to bring the success they want in life. It’s that tough love that brings great success.

I wanted to use this song first as a wrap-up to our week on the word “different;” it was the song I first thought of when making the week’s theme and the fact that last week would have been Johnny Cash’s birthday made it more appropriate. This week was also influenced by the fact we had a different day in the middle since Feb 29th only comes once every four years.  But I definitely wanted to use the final song to close out the week’s theme with a song that really showed a boy who was different.

We all do not have a different name like being a boy named Sue, but we are all just as different from everyone else as the boy in the song being named Sue. We all try to fit into a mold that was created for us to be just like everyone else. When I talk of ideas to become a unique you and build a great brand of who you are, that is what brings far better success than just building a franchise based on someone else. I once heard the phrase, “You can only be a second best someone else. But you can be the best you that you can possibly be.”

It’s time to take your life and become that best. Like it or not you are just like the song about a boy or girl who stand out. It may not be your name, but you stand out from everyone else. You have to learn to use it for your success. In the song he used it to become tough. Tough may be too much in a world crying “peace” today. But as a dad he knew, it was a tough world and he wanted his son to make it in a tough world. He thought giving him that name would make him tough.

It’s a tough world out there; so many things are trying to make us all the same, trying to make sure each of us is on a level playing field, to make sure we all have the same success, that we are all even. Well, I am against that idea. When we all are trying to be even that takes away the challenge to always be working to become better. The difference in my belief is you need to become your strongest competition. You need to be working to make yourself better than you are, not working to always be making yourself better than your friends or neighbors.

Over the years I was taught how names have meaning. I was told my name, Timothy, meant Honoring God. That was a tough name to live up to. I still feel every day I fall short of the meaning of my name. But I will spend the rest of my life working to make me better at living up to that different idea that Tim must be better to live up to a name that means Honoring God. I hope you now see you are different. Learn to make it work for you and become successful. If you need help call or email for a free consultation on your purpose and place.

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. Use the fact that you are different to become a RockStar in your world.

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