A Woman Coaching In the NFL? The Impressive Achievements of Jen Welter!

With a new NFL season looming large, here’s an article I wrote originally published via Huffington Post (btw I’ve posted a link to my Huff Post profile at the bottom)…

"Jen Welter" "Gordon Bryan"
Summer 2015, and the Arizona Cardinals make an announcement about a coaching intern. Nothing too exciting about that you might think, but you’d be wrong, because this was an announcement that lit up social media, and even made the press here in the UK!

Jen Welter. Dr Jen Welter as it happens.

She’s the intern, and she’ll join the Cardinals for preseason training camp. She’s the first female coach in the NFL, and while her position is not exactly head coach, and might be seen as only a tiny breach of the male domination of the game, it’s a move that must be welcomed, and after researching Welter it doesn’t come as a surprise that she’s the one to make the leap…

She’s an achiever through and through, in life not just sports.

She has a Masters in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology, and it’s not hard to see that anyone getting to that kind of level of qualification is an achiever that has put in some serious hard work!

Hang on though, if you’re going to coach male American Football players, shouldn’t you have played it yourself?

Well, not always, but that *is* usually the case in the NFL, and Jen’s got that covered too! She played many many years in the female game, and in 2014 made history (again) by playing for the Texas Revolution, a male indoor team, making her the first woman to play in a pro male sports league in a non kicking position.

So, she’s no token gesture. She’s clearly someone who knows how to play hard, and knows how to work hard to get things done. You can bet she has high expectations for herself, and you can bet just as surely she will have high expectations for anyone she coaches.

Who *wouldn’t* want someone like that on your coaching staff?

Now, of course we’ll need to see how it pans out, but I’ve written before about the lack of female managers in soccer’s Premier League in England, which is one of the richest leagues in all of sport, a move like this has to be welcomed, because once the first has done it, the second will surely follow, leading to, yep you guessed it, the third, and so on until it no longer becomes a story.

Then the women will start to rise up the level of the coaching ladder. Don’t hold your breath for a female Head Coach in the NFL anytime soon, but considering her achievements so far at 37, I wouldn’t put it past Jen Welter to be blazing the trail for women a good deal more before she’s done!

She simply says “ I want little girls everywhere knowing they can do anything, even play football.”
The NFL hardly gets any press coverage here in the UK, but this story actually made it into a few of the sports pages, just showing the ripples it has made.

I say well done to the Arizona Cardinals, but an even bigger well done to Jen Welter herself. I find it impressive. Am I wrong?

Let me know what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s that link I mentioned to Gordon Bryan on Huffington Post

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jose Mourinho – What’s Up Doc?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is well known for being controversial throughout his career, but his latest outburst has left people baffled and annoyed. I fall into the ‘annoyed’ camp…

"Jose Mourinho" "Gordon Bryan"
During stoppage time in Chelsea’s first game of the season, with the match looking like being a draw with Swansea, Eden Hazard went down under a challenge, and rolled around, appearing in agony.

Nothing new there, and the Chelsea doctor and physio ran onto the pitch to treat him. This means that under the rules of the game, Hazard had to leave the pitch. This meant that Chelsea, who had already been reduced to 10 men after a sending off, had to play for a while with only 9 players.

Mourinho was furious, clearly castigating the doctor Eva Carneiro on the sideline.

After the game he said she had been naïve to go onto the pitch because of the 9 player issue, and that staff ‘needed to understand the game.’ He also said he knew full well Hazard didn’t need medical assistance, as he “was just tired.”

Really Jose?

He could have left the castigation for behind doors, after the match. He could have chosen not to criticise her publicly afterwards, but that’s not the way Mourinho operates.

All pretty unpleasant, but it seems all the more unpleasant because Carneiro has since been banned from attending team training sessions, the team hotel, or match day.

She still retains her title as first team doctor, but that can’t be sustainable with those restrictions in place. There is talk of her suing the club for constructive dismissal, and it looks like she has a case.

Let’s look a bit more at the finer details of the Hazard incident, and then to Carneiro herself…

Medical staff are only allowed onto the pitch in 2 situations – either if the player asks the ref, and the ref agrees, of if the ref calls them on him or herself. Video of the incident seems to show the ref asking Hazard if he wanted the medics, then calling them on. When they didn’t go on, he called them again, and it’s then that Carneiro and team physic Jon Fearn ran onto the pitch.

The question to be asked is this – what were they supposed to do? Stay sat on the bench? In fact Mourinho has criticised her before, in that case it was for not going on quickly enough, and you can only imagine the uproar if any team’s medical staff remained in their seats having been called twice by the ref.

To suggest that their focus should be on a tactical decision to go on or not, rather than to look after the players, is just ludicrous. These are highly qualified medical professionals, and it’s not unusual for medical staff of opposing teams to help each other out.

The doctor’s football organisations have come out in support of Carneiro, and rightly so in my view. They ask why she is being sanctioned for simply doing her job, and doing it in a professional way.

Carneiro herself is a bit of a role model. It’s unusual to see women doctors in football, the whole sport is male dominated, and she has said herself that most of her mail is from women or girls wanting to follow her path.

Mourinho is not one to back down – he has an ego the size of a planet, and he has the results to back it up. It doesn’t look like Carneiro is about to back down either, and I can’t see what she’s done wrong.

In all the years I’ve been watching football (over 40 in case you wondered) I have never known a team doctor be torn down for going onto the pitch to treat a player. The fact that it’s a doctor who has a profile in the sport because she’s blazing a trail for women only helps to fuel the storm, with the press lapping it up.

I think Mourinho has got this one wrong, badly. I’m not sure how it’ll be resolved, maybe Carneiro will leave the club, maybe she’ll take Chelsea to court, or maybe, since he’s done it before, Mourinho will totally throw his toys out of the pram and resign himself.

He’s a hard one to figure out, that’s for sure, and it certainly seems fair to ask ‘hey Jose, what’s up Doc?’

Ok, I’d love to hear what you think, leave a comment below!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget, if sport is a passion for you, why not grab my guide to turning it into profit:
FB Passion Profits!

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Aug 18th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

I though that for this edition I would focus on something that too many people ignore, which is a shame. It’s a shame because it’s something simple, which can make a huge difference to your personal development, to your contentment in life. It’s this…

The feelgood factor.

While it may sound a bit of a cliché, there is no doubt that when you get a burst of the feel good factor, it relaxes you and it removes stress. Either of those 2 results can then help with attitude and productivity, so to have a shot of both at the same time – well, you can see the benefits.

So, I’ve got 3 that I came across since the last newsletter –

1. I saw this story on Facebook, and although I’m not much of a ‘sharer’ on my own wall, I did share this one, because it was something I enjoyed reading, and I knew others would too. Of course that’s why I’m including it here too!

To sum it up, some firefighters went to get something to eat after a night working on a fire. When the went to pay, they found that the waitress, Liz Woodward, had written on the bill that she had paid for their breakfast, and she wanted to thank them for the work they did. Unsurprisingly, this gesture put a smile on their faces. They thanked her, and posted on their face book that their friends should visit the café as a return gesture.

All well and good, one nice gesture getting another one back in return, but the story didn’t end there. The firefighters found out that Liz’s father is paralysed, and she was trying to raise funds for a wheelchair accessible van.

They posted that this was a *better* way to help Liz, and in within a few days, the target of $17,000 had been passed – way past, with over $70,000 being raised.

Liz says she only expected a smile in return for her gesture, and it just showed what kindness could bring.

Click on the picture to go to the original story:
"Liz Woodward"

2. This is a sporting one. Come on, you *knew* there’d be a sport one, right? Doncaster Rovers V. Bury.
An unspoken rule with footballers is that when a team kicks the ball out of play because one of their team needs medical treatment, the opposition then return the ball back to that tea, when play restarts.

In this case, the Doncaster player booted the ball back from the halfway line in the 95th minute but accidentally scored. It was clearly unintentional, but the goal would have to stand. So, the Doncaster manager Paul Dickov, instructed his players to then deliberately let Bury score from the restart by not offering any challenges. Bury then duly walked the ball down the field and scored.
Lots of commenters have said it might have been a different story had it been at the end of the season rather than the opening day, and while that may or may not be true, let’s applaud some sportsmanship from Dickov – there seems to be so little of it at the higher levels of football these days, so it’s worth appreciating when seen!

Here’s a link to a video about it:
Paul Dickov orders his team to let opponents score

3. I saw an article in the paper saying that looking at a sunrise or sunset can give a real boost to happiness. I wasn’t surprised by that, and if you’re a face book friend of mine you will have seen lots of my photos of sunsets, with the odd sunrise thrown in (I’ll probably take more of those later in the year when the sunrise is a bit later in the morning!)

Recently I nipped about a half hour drive down the road to the coast, where there’s a nice long prom to walk along, and the sunset there can look marvellous. Here are two photos I took then:
"Whitstable" "Gordon Bryan"

"Whitstable" "Gordon Bryan"

Ok, that’s it for today. Do not underestimate the power of the feel good factor, so when you come across it, take a moment to actively stop and appreciate it – your body and mind will appreciate it!

I’d love to hear what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til next time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Here are the titles of the article I’ve written since last time, which you find links to either here, at Huffington Post, or always via my facebook profile!
Why Are There No Women Managers In The Premier League?
Cilla – Goal Achievement in Black And White!
I Haven’t Drunk Coke In 6 Months And Counting – Thanks To Football!
Athletics In First Ever Drugs Storm? Er, Hardly!
A Woman Coaching In The NFL? The Impressive Achievements Of Jen Welter!
Hang On – West Ham Got The Olympic Stadium For HOW Much?
Jose Mourinho – What’s Up Doc?

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Athletics In First Ever Drugs Storm – Er, Hardly!

August 2015, and the Sunday Times newspaper has run a big story, claiming that a database of blood tests from over 12,000 athletes shows 5,000 results which are suspicious. So, is this the first drugs crisis to hit athletics..?


We have multi dope failer Justin Gatlin destroying fields in the current season, alongside fellow failers Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell.

"Gordon Bryan" "athletics"
Let’s not forget Marion Jones, all American hero, who fiercely denied all claims against her, but ended up going to jail after admitting she had lied to a federal court.

Oh, then there’s Ben Johnson, who took the 100m gold a the 1988 Olympics. He also denied everything, only to admit it eventually. There’s that iconic photo of a beaten Carl Lewis staring at Johnson as he crosses the line, although Lewis himself was so cocky he was always going to be in the crosshairs of drugs claims himself.

In fact, why don’t we go back to the days of the Eastern European bloc countries, as East German women smashed world records, some of which ludicrously still stand today, after a full on regime of athlete doping.

I say ‘go back’ to the days of the Eastern Europeans, but if we whip back to today, the Russians are not exactly squeaky clean – with many athletes being caught and banned, and many more under suspicion.

Oh dear, oh dearie me!

Seb Coe, who is standing to be President of the IAAF, says it’s a ‘declaration of war’ against his sport, and that the findings should either be handed over, or people should shut up about it.

He is treading a fine line here. On the one hand he is right when he says that athletics has made huge leaps forwards, that it does as much testing as any other sport, if not more, and that the number of positive tests and bans shows that the more robust systems are working.

That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t address the problem that the increase in positive tests and bans has a massive impact on the perception of the sport – that any athlete who breaks a world record, or improves their performance ‘must be’ on drugs.

At the very least it means that people will take an attitude of ‘no surprise’ if winners turn out to be cheaters in the future.

I’ve written before that I won’t watch any meeting which features Gatlin, and it’s the short length of bans which also causes a massive perception problem – even if caught the athletes can still be at the next Olympics – how can *that* be right?

It could be that the big ‘exclusive’ from the Sunday Times about these 5,000 readings turns out to be nothing more than bluster, but what strikes me is that general sense of ‘oh well, no surprise there’ – that’s a massive problem. It’s a problem that has been brewing steadily for 30 years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.

Ok, I’d love to hear your views, leave a comment below!

‘Til next time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. I’m soon going to be doing a presentation showing me open up a new income stream from sport – if you fancy seeing it, make sure we are connected on facebook for information ;-)

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, TV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I Haven’t Drunk Coke in 6 Months and Counting – Thanks to Football!

I published this article originally via Huffington Post (the link to my article there is at the bottom), but I realised I have been behind in publishing them here too, so here goes…

"the great gordino"
Now, you might think that the protection of my teeth would be a good reason to stop drinking drinks like Coke, but since the state of my teeth mean they’re probably a lost cause anyway, let me tell you why football is the actual reason…

Well, not football itself, but the worldwide governing body of the game, FIFA.

When the host of the 2018 World Cup was announced as Russia, it caused a stir, but what caused even more of a stir was the unusual decision to announce the host of the 2022 tournament at the same time. When that host was announced as Qatar, a small country with no football heritage and summer temperatures that would make a football tournament ridiculous, red flags of suspicion were immediately raised.

England, who have unbelievably not hosted the tournament for nearly 50 years, put in a good bid, which most neutral observers felt would have been a logical choice, and since the British media has long campaigned about corruption within FIFA, with fingers pointed at President Sepp Blatter, that campaign went up a notch after the 2018/22 announcements.

Blatter initially blamed sour grapes from England, but after pressure he grudgingly ordered an inquiry, but then refused to publish the report. Instead, the self-run FIFA ethics committee published a summary which the man who produced the report, Michael Garcia, said was so inaccurate and unreflective of what he found, he resigned.

Classic FIFA, and classic Sepp Blatter. He’s been carrying on like that for years, propped up by some of the smaller nations in world football, who have benefited from his generosity.

When I say *his* generosity, I mean FIFA’s, and even that’s guesswork, because trying to get a clear picture concerning FIFA’s finances, in or out, is like herding cats.

In 2014, when the furore around the Garcia report was at its’ height, I remember reading an article saying the only way things would change would be for fans to lean on the main sponsors.

If that worked, they might withdraw, and since it’s their money that drives the whole circus, it might all collapse around Blatter like a house of cards.

So, I wrote to Coke, telling them that despite buying it for decades, I would not buy any more, and that until the report was published in full, or Blatter stepped down as President, their sponsorship was sending my money directly to their competitor Pepsi.

I got the standard reply they were using at the time, which was this:

“Anything that detracts from the mission and ideals of the World Cup is a concern to us.

The current conflicting perspectives regarding the investigation are disappointing. Our expectation is that this will be resolved quickly in a transparent and efficient manner.”

Hmm. The glaring problem there is that transparent and efficient resolving of issues by FIFA, or lack thereof, is precisely the problem!

2 days before the 2015 FIFA Presidential election, dawn raids from the FBI and Swiss prosecutors saw 14 men arrested, concerning corruption, bribes, and who knows what else. Another big scandal for FIFA, probably their biggest (which is saying something), involving staggering amounts of money.

Blatter has not been arrested, it must be said and, guess what, was re-elected to serve a 5th term, despite FIFA’s reputation being at rock bottom.

Exasperation at his refusal to acknowledge he has any part in any of it, let alone resigning, has put the British media in full attack mode, and they are focusing heavily on the angle of…leaning on the sponsors.

The media is heavily pushing the idea that continued association with FIFA is becoming toxic to the brands. Of course by doing that, they are trying to bed in that perception with the people who really drive football, the fans who hand over the money at the bottom of the pile.

Funnily enough, I heard one commentator say “no-one is suggesting that people would stop drinking Coke, for example, while they remain as a headline FIFA sponsor.”

Oh yeah?

I’m suggesting it! I said exactly that to Coke themselves. I can feel a little reminder to them in the pipeline, telling them that my 6 month (and counting) withdrawal of custom was no doubt being welcomed at Pepsi, maybe asking them how they felt their association with FIFA was working out?

At the moment, miniscule pin pricks like myself do not outweigh the massive benefits companies like Coke get from sponsoring the World Cup. If more of us join in though, if the trickle becomes a stream, then a river, then a flood, then the benefits might start to be outweighed by the negatives.

Combine that with a pincer movement of European teams threatening to boycott the World Cup, and Blatter’s supporters might fade away quicker than you can shout “FBI!”

In the meantime, my teeth and waistline continue to sigh with relief, and whenever I see an advert for Coke, I simply smile a little smile. As I sip on a glass of Pepsi.

Ok, I’d love to hear what you think, I love the feedback!
‘Til next time,
health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s the link to Gordon Bryan on Huffington Post
P.P.S. I’m soon going to do a webinar showing me opening a new income stream from sport, if you’d like to keep up to date when it happens, connect with me via facebook.com/thegreatgordino

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Setting, News, Self Improvement, Sport, TV | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Cilla – Goal Achievement In Black and White!

August 2015, and Cilla Black has passed away. Established as a TV personality for many years, this was largely based on her previous work from years ago, but by going back even further still, to the 1960s in fact, we can see a goal achievement tale in real black and white…

"Cilla Black"
Priscilla White had a variety of jobs – typing pool, waitressing, and cloakroom attendant at a club in her home town of Liverpool called the Cavern.

She saw all the local bands, and would get up and sing guest songs with them, impressing the crowd and the big local band, 4 lads going by name of The Beatles.

John Lennon arranged for their manager Brian Epstein to come and see her, but instead of the rockier songs she normally sang, not only did she choose a slower song, she forgot to tell The Beatles that she needed it played in a different key to their own. Needless to say the song did not go well, and she wasn’t signed.

One mistake, but a big one, and her chance had gone, right? Well, pretty much yes, and she could have given up right there and then. In fact, she pretty much did give up, and it was only the cajoling of her friend Bobby that got her back up on stage, after a break.

She soon fell back into her enjoyment of singing, and getting paid for it, and one person seeing her from the audience in full flow at a gig, was a certain Brian Epstein. Now he could see what others had seen, and he signed her up.

An enigmatic manager, he wanted her to do big ballads, and despite her protestations and lukewarm success of her first record, he got her to record ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It was a massive number 1 for her, followed by another ‘You’re My World.’

Epstein wanted to take her to the US to see if she could follow in The Beatles’ footsteps over there. It didn’t work out for her, with homesickness and poorly attended cabaret shows leading her to come back home.

Giving up after another failure? Well, possibly, and in fact her relationship with Epstein was not going well, with him trying to persuade her to go into TV, while she still wanted to be a singing star.

After Epstein suddenly died from an overdose, it was found he had sorted out a contract with the BBC for Cilla to have her own show. With encouragement from Bobby who took over full time management, she took the contract, opening each show with the Paul McCartney penned ‘Step Inside Love.’

Her show ran for years, a woman at the top of a male dominated tree, and she then cemented herself even more as a TV personality with shows like Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

As I grew up I only knew her as a TV presenter, and it was only when I started my journey of discovery into music that I found out about her old hits, and you should have seen the looks on my friends’ faces when I told them about ‘great Cilla Black hits!’

Here’s a youtube piece about her recording ‘Alfie’

So, it’s an interesting tale isn’t it! Following her dreams, coming back from big failures to big successes, taking action when opportunity presented itself, listening to encouragement and advice from others. These are all classic goal achievement principles, which is why I say we can remember Cilla as a classic goal achievement tale in black and white!

Ok, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Till Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my motivational book ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, Music, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Why Are There No Women Managers In The Premier League?

As the 7th Women’s World Cup takes place in Canada, a third of the 24 national football teams are managed by women, but don’t expect to see a woman manager in the Premier League anytime soon…

"Gordon Bryan articles"

As it happens, it’s interesting to note that of the match officials, 100% are women, and while that’s a related point I’ll come back to later, for this article I want to focus on the manager. So, why is the percentage so low?

Well, for it to be a third of the teams having a woman manager is actually quite a high percentage when you look at the women’s game as a whole. There are 65 women who hold a UEFA Pro coaching licence, compared to, wait for it, 9,387 men!

Those numbers are a stark illustration of the issue, and before we look at the reason behind that differential in numbers, let’s ask what the numbers mean for the chance of a woman getting to the Premier League. (Here’s a hint – not much chance!)

If you look at the make up of managers in the Premier League, which is one of the richest leagues in any world sport, you can roughly put them into 3 categories –

1. The unknown British manager that has taken the club up through the lower leagues.
2. The ex-top-flight player, who went into management and has a solid if not spectacular CV.
3. The foreign coach who has proven success at the highest club level.

Football is all about results, and I think you can also divide the Premier League into 3 categories –

1. Chasing for the title, or at least a top 4 finish to secure Champions League football.
2. A solid mid table club looking to consolidate that position.
3. A lower table, or newly promoted club, putting survival in the Premier League as their absolute priority.

If you combine those 3 types of clubs with the pool of the 3 types of manager, it’s hard for an outsider to break through. Hard that is, for any of the 9,387 men with the Pro licence. For the 65 women, pretty much impossible.

A woman coach is likely to be an ex-player, but they won’t have proven top flight success, without experience at top clubs, which they won’t get without experience at lower level clubs, which they won’t get with such competition from male coaches.

So, why is that number of coaches *so* low in the first place..?

I think you can sum it up in one word – culture.

At the highest level, football is a macho game. At grass roots level, it’s even *more* of a macho game. Any Sunday morning spent watching a junior league, hearing parents spitting venom as they scream at their own kids, any other kids, the refs, other parents, will show you that.

It’s got to be a certain type of male to want to put themselves into that kind of world, so for a woman it’s even harder.

I did mention the refs earlier. Male officials have a terrible time with abuse at all levels of the game, and women get it just as bad, but with sexism thrown in.

It’s a deliberate ploy for FIFA to have all women officials at the women’s World Cup, and while they have a rule that their Under 21 tournament teams have to have women *coaches*, that’s not the case at the full senior level.

Could it be that the answer is to employ the NFL’s ‘Rooney Rule?’
With that rule, an NFL team looking for a new head coach, has to interview at least one black candidate.

Could that work for women in football management, or would it just be a patronising waste of time?

I’m not sure. I suspect that at the moment it would indeed be a waste if time, a box ticking exercise, but in the long term it might start to have a impact. It could be that chairmen of lower level teams who would never have considered a woman manager, get surprised by what they see and hear if they are forced to have them at interview.

That in turn could lead to chairmen hiring a woman that wouldn’t even have been seen otherwise, which in turn might provide more role models, and then more women going into coaching in the first place.

A woman manager in the Premier League? I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t start hold your breath just yet though.

Ok, let me know what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. I’m thinking about letting people watch as I open a brand new income stream online from sport. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, make sure you are friends with me on facebook!

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, TV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Jul 28th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

Ok, so you may remember from my last newsletter, I said I wasn’t sure about the newsletter, that when I started it first time around way back over a decade ago, it was pretty much the way to go, but that nowadays, with social media everywhere, I’m not sure if me just summarising what I’ve put on social media serves any purpose.

However, while I struggle with that view, the idea of stopping it completely feels wrong – that’s a good thing and shows what happens when things become habit, so here’s today’s issue at least…

Last week I had a great evening, just lovely.

I had seen a video in someone’s FB feed a while back with a clown singing with a great voice, calling himself Puddles Pity Party. Here’s that video…

As I often do with videos like this showing me a new act, I sought out his website, and then found he was coming to London as part of his tour! I investigated the show, and found it was a small cabaret venue in London – I booked up pretty much right away!

I didn’t find out too much about his show beforehand, wanted it to be a surprise, and it was a *nice* surprise!

"Gordon Bryan"
It’s a real cabaret act – he is silent apart from the singing, he gets people up on stage for comedy bits, and what a voice! At 6’8’’ tall he has a commanding presence, which you’d expect.

At the end of the show it comes up on screen that he’d love people to come outside and get a picture taken, which I duly did. That kind of engagement with people really builds a fan base, and he has a bucket load of followers everywhere!

Oh, I had a great time – it really pushed my performer buttons, and I felt more than a twinge of envy about the act he had, and the pleasure it brought. Hard work though – after his run in London finished on the Saturday, he had a gig on Monday this week in Canada, and then will be back over here for a run at the Edinburgh Festival – that kind of schedule really is hard work.

"Puddles Pity Party"
Did I tell you I had a good time!! ;-)

"Gordon Bryan" "The Great Gordino"
Here are 3 pics – one onstage, I didn’t take many, as he moves about quite a bit, and I also wanted to enjoy watching the show rather than spend the whole time taking photos of it! Then 2 from his meet and greet – nice to meet you Puddles!

Ok, that’s it for this time!

‘Til Next Time,
health & happiness,
P.S. If cabaret, or shows, or music, or entertainment are things you would describe as passions for you, why not check out my book on how to turn that passion into profits online!
FB Passion Profits!

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Development, Self Improvement, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why Dawn Fraser Was Wrong *And* Right About Nick Kyrgios

Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser has apologised for remarks about tennis player Nick Kyrgios, but could it be she is right after all?

"Nick Kyrgios" "Gordon Bryan"
Here’s the scene – Wimbledon 2015, and Australian Nick Kyrgios is playing Richard Gasquet. After an exchange of words with the umpire during one of the breaks in the second set, Kyrgios is given a code violation for using ‘audible obscenity.’

Then it all kicked off! During the next game, with Gasquet serving, Kyrgios basically gave up. He trudged between serves, moving over to the opposite side of the court almost at the same time as Gasquet served, clearly making no attempt to play the ball.

Not trying, basically.

Boos rang out from the crowd, and although he fought back in the 3rd and 4th sets, Kyrgios lost, and the ‘non trying’ incident was always going to be talked about.

Later after the match, Dawn Fraser said in an interview that it was ‘disgusting,’ and that if he didn’t like it maybe Kyrgios should go back to where his parents came from.

That’s where she was wrong. She first defended her comments, saying she hadn’t intended them in a racist way, but she has now issued a statement saying she apologised ‘unreservedly.’

So although she was wrong, she was *right* when she said it was disgusting.

Fraser won 4 Olympic gold medals, so she knows a thing or two about competing at the highest level, and it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about the Australian sporting mindset.

Personally I love the Aussie sporting mindset. It says that you compete hard, you expect to win, and you don’t give up.

It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s one the Aussies are rightly proud of, because it’s brought them massive success on the sporting stage, and it embodies an ethic of hard work and self confidence.

That’s why, if Kyrgios’ behaviour jarred with non Aussies, it’s not hard to see how it went down with the Aussie crowd!

Kyrgios himself said in post match interviews that he had ups and downs on the court, and suggested he hand a racket to a journalist to see how many of Gasquet’s serves the journalist could return.

Now, my own experience of playing sport at the highest level is absolutely zero, so I have no way of relating. That means I do accept the possibility of a young man reacting the wrong way under pressure.

Kyrgios was still in the wrong though. He clearly *wasn’t* trying in that game, and will likely receive a massive fine for it.

Rightly so. As a professional sportsman, being paid a lot of money to play in front of a lot of spectators, who have paid a lot of money, in your sport’s most prestigious tournament, you had better be trying if you ask me!

Had he tried that at any tennis club or coaching academy he would have been put right in no uncertain terms, so although Fraser was wrong with the comment about going back to where his parents came from (Kyrgios was born in Australia to a Greek born father and a Malaysian born mother), she was most certainly right to use the word ‘disgusting.’

ok, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. If you love sport, and would like to watch as I use my own love of sport to open a new 4 figure income stream, make sure you are friends with me on facebook so I can let know the dates!
The Great Gordino on Facebook

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter, TV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Great Gordino Newsletter – July 17th 2015

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote a newsletter as just the newsletter!

I’ve been busy with so many things, and I wonder if the day of the email newsletter has passed.

Social media is at such a stage where you can post everything there, and anyone that wants to see what you post can do, at a time that suits them, without having to sign up to any email lists.

For me, it’s Facebook. If you haven’t ‘friended’ me there yet, please do, here’s the link:

I love it. I link to my articles there, I post my thoughts there, I share links, I post my photos.

The email newsletter rose to prominence in the days before Facebook was even around (even if it seems hard to imagine those days!)

I had been finding that I was saving things up to write about in the newsletter, things that I had maybe already posted about on FB – I do appreciate that some people choose not to use face book at all, so it seemed a good idea.

I think what I might do, having realised it was so long since I’d written an actual newsletter, that I might take it to a real ‘summary only’ type thing – pointing out posts I had made in case anyone had missed them.

I’ve been writing a lot of sport articles lately, posting on Huffington Post in an attempt to further the sports writing, so why don’t I start with linking to that!
Here’s my profile on Huffington Post, and you can see if any of the article titles grab your attention: Gordon on Huffington Post

Anniversaries lately that I posted about – the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It was huge in the cementing the confidence of Britain in the fight, and huge in the denting of confidence of Hitler. Had the battle over the skies been lost, the outcome of the war would have been very different.

It prompted Churchill to say that ‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.’

The date of 13th July had me wondering why it was ringing a bell. Then I remembered that was the date for the Live Aid gig, and despite there not being much publicity about it, it was 30 years ago!

"Gordon Bryan at Live Aid"
I remember going to the gig at the old Wembley stadium back in 1985 – Queen were as good as everyone says they were, and it was amazing to be in the stadium seeing massive star after massive star – Bowie, McCartney et al.

What a memory, and as you can see from the photo, the TV cameras managed to spot me!

Back on the 3rd of this month it was my birthday, and it had me wondering about how my 50th birthday might have an impact on you, on the personal development front.

I’m not 50 by the way, but that’s something to leave for another article I think!

I’ve also been into taking picture lately, and am contemplating trying some painting, so I’ll put up posts with the various photo trips and paintings (as long as they don’t turn out rubbish!)

"Ailsa Craig" "Gordon Bryan"
Let’s start with a little birthday trip I made to Ailsa Craig. It’s where the world’s curling stones come from, and since I love the tradition of the sport, I loved that I was able to go and visit. Here’s a taster photo.

Ok, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. As I said earlier, do connect with me on facebook if you haven’t already ;-)

Posted in Inspiration, Motivation, News, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments