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“Faith is the intangible force that comes the rescue when your beliefs begin to falter.” – Rizzo-ism

Combating Stress and Staying Productive—Is It Possible?

Stress is a word that’s all too familiar to the modern individual. It’s the feeling that anyone can relate to and understand. The effects of stress are also a familiar feeling for most people: headaches, shoulder and back tension, fatigue, brain fog, hypertension—so on and so forth. Most people would recommend taking a long, relaxing […]

How to Feel Fulfilled and Happier While Working a Desk Job

Not everyone dreams of that 9–5 grind, sitting at your desk for hours on end, typing away or filing forms. Even though they offer a lot of security, desk jobs get a bad rep, being portrayed as some kind of soul-sucking, mind-numbing experience. It’s not surprising that they’re associated with ennui and dissatisfaction, of course. […]

Stop and Smell the Roses—Why You Need to Slow Down and Enjoy Your Achievements

Our entire lives, we’re taught to work our fingers to the bone. We’re taught the importance of the grind; we’re taught to work and push through and focus on some abstract, eventual goal that we’ll achieve. The issue, however, is that everyone’s goals look different. Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be […]

Having a Bad Day? Here’s How To Turn It Around

The average America has 60 bad days per year. Sometimes, having a bad day is inevitable, but there are some ways you can prevent a day from turning inot a total disaster.

Finding a Healthy Outlet to Channel Your Stress

Stress can get to the best of us. It doesn’t matter if you hate your job, love it or you’re indifferent to it. It doesn’t matter if your stress is related to your academics or your home life. It’s a real, emotional experience that most of us know all too well. However, the problem with […]

Emotion Management at the Workplace—A Guide

Working is tough, no matter who you are or what you do. Every job comes with a range of stresses and worries, pressures and expectations, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’ve all been there, we’ve all had those days when you’re tired and you have to drag yourself to work, or you’re denied a leave. Perhaps you […]

4 Reasons to Carry on No Matter What Curveball Comes Your Way

Life is a journey that’s riddled with ups and downs, highs and lows, good days and bad. There are moments that leave you speechless, breathless and dazed; days when all you can do is think “why me?” Some things that are within your control, others so far beyond your reach that it’s pointless even trying to […]

6 Ways to Keep Your Mind Active at Any Age

The human mind is a powerful thing. It’s complex, mystifying and a source of constant curiosity for people. We use our minds every day of our lives—when we think, when we feel, when we emote. We use it when we speak, when we express and when we listen.

Health Is Wealth—Why You Can’t Ignore Your Body and Mind

You know the saying work until you can’t anymore, then work some more? No? Well, you’re lucky. An important piece of advice on persistence and pushing on despite circumstances, this attitude to work can cause more harm than good in today’s incredibly competitive, power-driven world.

4 Habits That Can Improve Your Productivity in the Workplace

Do you leave work every day feeling like you weren’t able to accomplish everything on your list? It’s not just you! People start every workday with a plan, but are often unable to complete their work on time. Being productive at work is difficult, especially on lazy Mondays or when the work is monotonous. Here are […]

Seeking Solitude: 3 Ways You Can Make Time for Yourself

How many times have you thought about doing something you like, only to cast the thought aside because you don’t have time? It could be as simple as going to a spa or something grand like a trip to Europe. Many of us fulfill all our obligations, but in doing so, disregard the things we […]

Performing Under Pressure: How to Ace That Shift!

Performing well under pressure is tough, especially if it’s a situation that induces severe anxiety and stress. The truth is, nobody likes pressure, but the thing that differentiates successful people from those who fail is that they’re able to mitigate the negative effects of their environment while working under pressure.

What to Do When You Doubt Yourself as a Leader

You’re heading a major project, and it’s becoming increasingly hard to keep the team together. The work is about to fall apart, and you’ve begun doubting your abilities as a leader. What do you do? Self-doubt is the scariest part of leading a team. Leaders are expected to be self-assured, but what most people don’t know is […]

Tips For Turning A Job You Hate Into A Job You Love

Even people who are relative happy at work go through periods in which they hate their jobs for days, weeks, or even months, at a time.

The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Post-New Year’s, only 8 percent of people follow through with their resolutions. This indicates that only a handful of people possess the inner drive to keep their commitments. In other words, they lack self-motivation. The reason why self-motivation is so important is that it determines our ability to complete tasks and reach our goals. People with […]

Age Is Just A Number: It’s Never Too Late To Chase Success

It may seem like there’s a certain age when you can peak in terms of career success. People usually assume that your 20s are the epitome and your life goes downhill from there.

Want To Get Out Of The Rut You’re In? Adjust Your Attitude!

Challenges and stress are an inevitable part of life. There’s no way you can escape them, even if they take a toll on your wellbeing. But dealing with too many disappointments and failures can de-motivate you.

Feel Like You’ve Hit Rock Bottom? You Can Only Go Up From Here!

Do you constantly feel that your life is stuck in a constant loop? Like you keep going through the same motions every day to no avail? When you’re already frustrated with the direction your life is going in, it’s easy to perceive everything through that lens. You may be convinced that nothing ever goes right […]

Get Your Shift Together: How To Stay Driven To Do Better

Sometimes, life begins to feel like a series of exhausting, never-ending weeks. In such times, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay motivated. After all, anyone can fall prey to burnout after long periods of working consistently.

The Best of Both Worlds: How to Inspire Your Workforce the Right Way

Have you noticed your employees’ work output diminishing gradually? Do you find them distracted and unproductive most of the time?

How Failure Takes You One Step Closer To Success

Taking Control Of What Affects Your Life

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Burnt out? Knocked down? You can always get back up

Life is never smooth sailing. I’m sure you already know that. But knowing this truth isn’t always enough because no matter how much we prepare for the bad days, they still hurt us. I’ve been there too, so I’m not going to tell you it’ll be okay or that you’ll get over it.

Your Job Doesn’t Define You—But You Shouldn’t Slack Off Either

We all know the dread of waking up day in and day out, showing up to work, waiting for the weekend and catching a case of the Sunday night blues before Monday comes back around. It can be daunting—even exhausting—to show up to work when you’re burnt out and tired to the bone.

The Beauty of Having It All Fall Apart—How To Keep Your SHIFT Together

What’s the best thing about things falling apart? You get to decide how they get pieced back together! As a manager or business owner, it’s hard to keep every team member on the same page. But that’s the difference between an adequate boss and a great one.

When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left: Why You Shouldn’t Worry If Things Don’t Go As Planned

There are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. The rest is just a combination of luck, planning and hoping against all hope that things go as expected. Nothing is really within our control, and it’s tough to accept that.

Know What Matters—The Purpose of Keynote Speeches

Let’s start off with the basics. A keynote speech is the primary address at a public gathering that conveys the main theme and purpose of the event.

How to Learn to Accept Praise and Feedback with Grace

You pitch an idea during a meeting, and your manager gives you a thumbs-up. There’s awkward silence as you try to thank him or her.

3 Things to Stop Doing When You’re Feeling Burnt Out

You never once imagined that working your dream job would make you miserable. When you first started, you were keen to learn and know everything.

The Best Strategies for Coping with Failure and Disappointment

Disappointment and frustration are two very tricky emotions to deal with. This is because we often deal with situations in the workplace that can bring disappointment.

How to Reinvent Yourself When You’re Feeling Stuck and Unfulfilled

You’ve got a job you’re not happy with. You’re only staying because it pays well. You often feel empty and unfulfilled. You feel like you’re stuck in a rut.

How Difficulties in Life Help You Grow

Encouraging Someone Else To Do Their Best Won’t Hurt You

Words of encouragement, hope and joy that you speak out loud are like seeds that will always bear fruit that’s nourishing to the soul. Words that signify lack, chaos and hopelessness will always bear fruit that will no doubt give your soul, well, at the very least, indigestion.”  – Steve Rizzo We live in a […]

The Key to Success Is Your Definition of It

From very early on in our lives we are trained to believe that unless we own expensive property, flashy cars and are traveling to exotic locations every summer break then we aren’t truly living.

5 Things to Keep You Grounded in the Hardest Times

Sometimes the hardest times fall on us and we’re left wondering what we did to deserve it; in truth, nobody knows. You can be a saint, a sinner or a mix of the two like most of us are, and it can still be confusing to understand why you’re going through whatever it is you’re […]

Why It’s Important to Listen to the Naysayers and Still Persevere

Former president of Liberia and the first woman who was elected head of state of an African country, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once said that if your dreams don’t scare you, then you’re not dreaming big enough.

Personal Development – Why is it so Important?

What Stops You From Achieving Your Goal

Growth vs. Comfort: Making a Choice for Your Career

There comes a time in your career where everything is comfortably stable. You’ve been doing the same thing day in and day out, and you’ve grown to find comfort in it. The steady routine, although not that stimulating, gives you a sense of security. More often than not, this sense of security is false – […]

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? Ways to Find Out

It may come as a shock, but sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Hard to believe, right?

Hard Work vs. Talent: Which One Wins the Race?

Success is often either attributed to talent or hard work. People who excel on the power of seemingly magical abilities are touted as talented. Those that work their way up to the top are called hard-working. However, a natural question arises in our minds:

Signs That Say You’re on the Right Path in Life

The mysterious and elusive “right path” is talked about by many, but trod upon by few. The right path doesn’t knock on our door one morning asking us to follow it. If only it could be that straightforward!

Reasons People Give Up and Burn Out, and What to Do About It

You start the day with great enthusiasm. Today, you’re going to get things done and you won’t stay behind at work.

Why Hitting Rock-Bottom Is Essential For Success

Hitting rock bottom is terribly frightening but as numerous stories indicate, hitting rock-bottom can also be the point where personal success begins.

5 Powerful Quotes About Success That Will Empower You

They say that motivation comes from within, but you have to find it first. Whether it’s a painting, a book or a movie, there’s inspiration around every corner. All you have to do is look in the right places.

How to Challenge Yourself and Come Out of Your “Comfort Zone”

Fear is immobilizing. It can consume you and be paralyzing. Just when you think you’re one step closer to achieving your dreams, it can hold you back and hamper success.

Here’s Why Self-Actualization Is Vital For Your Success

The Art of Assertion – How to Stand Up for Yourself

Your buddy from college continues to badger you about when you’re going to finally settle down. Your colleague is rude and borderline disrespectful.

Dealing with Change Positively in the Workplace

Fear helps us survive. It tells us to be afraid of the vicious dog across the street. Or to look both way as you cross the street. It protects us from danger.

Take Control – Improving Your Confidence at the Workplace

You were vetted through a process; cleared after a test; passed your interview. In short, you were hired through the right channel. Yet, you’ve been failing to perform at work. Your rankings haven’t improved; your boss doesn’t really see you as a star employee. Either you don’t like your job, or you’ve been feeling a […]

Material Life, Miserable Life – Why Materialistic Achievements Don’t Necessarily Matter

That materialism equals misery is no secret. The Guardian recently cited studies about the correlation between unhappiness and material pursuit.  The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science published a study about the levels of post-traumatic stress disorders in materialistic individuals.

All You Need to Know About Transforming Your Life for the Better!

How Entrepreneurs Can Become Self-Actualized Individuals

Simply put, self-actualization means becoming the best version of yourself and reaching your full potential. The eminent psychologist Abraham Maslow placed self-actualization above even esteem needs in his hierarchy of human needs. To achieve this stage, one must learn to conquer one goal and be ready to achieve the next.

The Happiness Challenge: How To Be Happy

Only one in three Americans say they’re happy. Let that sink in. What does this statistic mean? It means that despite how essential happiness is to living a healthy life, not many people feel it.

Want to Transform Your Life? Change Your Thoughts

It’s no secret that the quality of our lives is intricately tied to the quality of our thoughts. Optimistic, happy thoughts can help our heart beat joyously and our blood flow freely. They bring a spring in our step and make the world look brighter.

This Is Why Your Time Is Worth More Than Money

Some people keep a keen eye on their bank accounts to figure out how much they can spend, give away or invest. The one thing they may not give as much attention to is their time. Time is a far more precious resource and one that they waste without realizing.

Top Employee Motivation Killers

Although it’s part of numerous resumes and is a common job requirement, the term “self-motivated” doesn’t mean much for most. People simply don’t come with this “built-in” feature.

Why Workplace Diversity Is Crucial

When you hear the term “diversity”, what comes to your mind? The most popular answers are race, gender, age and cultural background. However, diversifying your workforce goes beyond filling the required female quota or hiring people that fall within certain age brackets.

What Employees Want From Their Leaders

“What do employees want from their managers?” Before we answer this question, we want you to think about this next statement.

How Entrepreneurs Can Keep Themselves Motivated

As an entrepreneur, it can sometimes get difficult to set your own tasks without an employer’s support. As time goes on you will face a few setbacks. It might be hard to strike the perfect balance between the plethora of entrepreneurial tasks and your personal life.

Telltale Signs You Need an Attitude Adjustment

More Ways to Make a Good First Impression

All you have is 7 seconds. No pressure, right? In all honesty, first impressions might not be the be-all and end-all of introductions. This is certainly true for relaxed, social situations.

The Ultimate Guide to Delivering Business Presentations

If you think delivering a powerful business presentation is about creating impressive PowerPoint slides, think again. Your real work begins after you finish preparing your slides.

The Secret to Power Networking

It’s likely that your next big career move could be because of influential contacts—so start networking! It could be your co-workers, friends, online personalities or individuals you aspire to meet. These are the folks who can potentially be your asset. They can help you achieve your goals such as forming an expansive client base or […]

Strategies to Close a Sales Deal

The effectiveness of the closing process is a make-or-break point in any sales deal. The final verdict largely depends on how well the salesperson is able to persuade the prospect to sign on the dotted line.

The Art of Meditation: Does It Help?

The age-old art of meditation has helped a number of people conquer their problems. With the positive attitude and increased sensitivity meditators enjoy, you can expect a 360-degree life change.

Successful People vs. Unsuccessful People: Know The Difference

We’ve all come across two types of people—those who constantly complain about their troubles and those who get everything done in spite of them.

Battling Depression: You CAN Win

From the moment you open your eyes till the time you head to bed, you’re engaged in a battle. You spend most of your energy chasing the dark thoughts away, the persistent voice that claims you’re not perfect. You clash with your own demons while trying to make logical decisions, meet deadlines and take care […]

How To Effectively Deal With Difficult People At Work

There are difficult people in almost every workplace. Sometimes, it may seem that they take it upon themselves to get on your last nerve and make staying professional a challenge.

Lacking the Drive to Work – What You Should Know

5 Lessons Getting Fired Teaches You

Nobody like getting fired, but if you take a moment to put aside the embarrassment of being let go, there are a few lessons it can teach you.

Personality Traits you should develop to be Successful in Your Career

Ever wondered why some people’s careers seemed to accelerate at a faster pace than others? Professional accomplishments definitely do have a role to play, but a lot of it has to do with their personality.

The Significance of Paying Your Dues & Staying Motivated

We’ve all heard of unbelievable stories of people who witnessed overnight success in their careers, but as inspirational as those stores are, they are rare.

The Power of Attitude: How your Attitude Impacts Your Career

Just like life, your career too has its ups and downs. If you’re lucky, you’ll find your calling as soon as you start, but that’s rarely the case.

The Road To Mental Resilience

You can’t fake mental resilience; it’s not something that can happen overnight. 

Positive Thinking: How To Recover From an Epic Failure

When nothing seems to be going your way, the last thing on your mind is positivity. People telling you to cheer up and “it’s a bad day, not a bad life” only makes it worse.

3 Productivity Hacks To Change Your Life

When you’re dealing with a mountain of workload, an 8-hour work shift can easily turn into 12. Staying late isn’t an ideal situation anyone wants to be in. However, there are times when you don’t have a choice.

3 Mental Shifts For A Highly Successful Life

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

Dreams To Reality: It’s Never Too Late!

Taking our dreams and establishing them in the real world can be scary, sure. If you do manage to do just that, though, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime!

The Beauty of Passion: How It Can Change Your Life

What’s common amongst Richard Branson, Jon Bon Jovi and Oprah Winfrey?

No More Procrastination: Only You Can Make Your Dreams Come True

What’s your purpose? What inspires you? What are you passionate about? We take a moment to think about what gets our adrenaline pumping, what piques our interest, what gets us excited.

Sometimes Those Naysayers Include YOU! How to Free Yourself From Self-Doubt

Have you ever looked up to a colleague at work and immediately proceeded to reprimand yourself for not being more like them?

Effective Ways to Increase Your Productivity

The Daily Routine of Successful People

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you know a colleague whose impeccable work ethics make you question your own.

3 Effective Ways to Stop Wasting Time on the Internet

Isn’t it funny how the internet is supposed to be one of the greatest innovations of our time and yet it seems to take up almost all of it.

7 Ways to Dramatically Increase Your Productivity

The first day of work is always exciting. You get to meet new people, learn new things and test yourself by taking up different challenges.

3 Easy Steps to Overcoming Procrastination

We all have bad habits we’re guilty of. Whether it’s spending time watching videos on YouTube or neglecting work until the deadline, we all struggle at some point.

Transforming an Unmotivated Employee into a Remarkable One

As the leader, it’s your job to motivate your troops. However, most businesses believe that those who straggle must be made redundant.

Stop Making Excuses Today: Beating Procrastination At Its Own Game

You probably envy your colleagues who leave work early and wish you could join them for Happy Hour.

Motivating Yourself Is Not Easy, But It’s Possible

Motivation never comes when you need it. From simple tasks like walking your dog to working on complex projects and deadlines, it can be difficult finding the inspiration you need to get things done.

Breaking the Habit: Combating Addiction to Negative Thoughts

Found yourself focusing on that half-empty glass? From something-bad-is-going-happen to doubting every happy situation, your gut wrenches at the thought of something finally going right.

Self-Criticism – How to Deal With It

The Importance of Employee Critical Thinking

Enhance Work Performance With These Simple Tips

Feeling like you’re falling behind at work? Wondering if your current performance is good enough? There’s always a little—or a lot of—room for improvement, and we can help you boost your productivity and work more efficiently with these handy tips!

From Plan A to Plan Z: The Art of Never Giving Up

You’ve tried Plan A, Plan B, Plan C—and it could be forever until you stumble across a plan that works for you. We all come close to giving up, willing to settle for less than we deserve because it seems to be the easy way out of a difficult position.

Fighting Against Procrastination: Getting Things Done on Time

All of us procrastinate—some more than others. Often, when we perceive a particular task to be uninteresting and time-consuming, we turn to activities that offer more enjoyment and instant pleasure.

Setting Goals for Better Success

On the surface, you may perceive goal setting to be a flimsy exercise, something that doesn’t really get you anywhere. Naturally, merely setting a goal isn’t enough to achieve it. However, doing so is the very first step in doing what is required to become the person who can actually accomplish said goals.

Ways to Boost Yourself Confidence and Feel Beautiful Again

Recovering From a Setback

Quick Tips to Help You!

On Finding Strength During Tough Times

At some point in their lives, almost everybody becomes a recipient of a ton of negativity that comes with tough times. We’re not talking having a bad day at work tough, but the intense tough of losing a promotion and facing relationship fallouts and struggling through financial crises.

7 Powerful Ways To Motivate Yourself

Everyone has days where they feel like giving up. When life has pushed them to such limits that all they want to do is quit their work, isolate themselves from their social life and come home to burrow in their bed and not move…ever.

Entrepreneurial Burnout Is Not Forever

So, a while back you started out on your entrepreneurial journey. For a while it was exciting, you were inspired and doing well…till you found yourself balancing too many responsibilities at once, got stressed out and eventually lost your passion.

Timeless Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

The life of an entrepreneur is a challenging one. Every day there are new decisions to be made, new roadblocks in their startup’s success, new business relationships to form. It’s not unheard of for entrepreneurs to lose their spirit when things consistently take a turn for the worse.

Living By Design Over Default

Do you ever stop and wonder how you passed your day? As far as you can recall, you pretty much did most of your work on autopilot. In fact, autopilot has been your mode for the last few days…or years.

7 Ways Your Boss May Be Killing Employee Motivation

Sometimes, demotivation comes from lack of energy. Sometimes it’s because things at home are tougher than usual. Sometimes you’re going through a mental crisis.

7 Ways To Keep Hope Alive During The Tough Times

There are times when it seems everything is working against you. Life is tough, and just when you surpass one obstacle, there’s another one. Before you know it, you’re overcome with an ongoing sense of hopelessness.

Five Ways Passive Aggressive Behavior Undermines Leadership

Common Sense Success Strategies That Aren’t Too Common

Sometimes, the answer to our most challenging problem actually turns out to be the simplest. Hidden in plain sight, we simply ignore it because we erroneously associate wisdom with complexity.

5 Motivational Mantras to Kick Off 2018

A lot of people tend to believe that writing New Year’s resolutions is just a gimmicky holiday ritual meant to make you feel more confident about your future.

4 Things You Should Be Grateful For In This Very Moment

Drop whatever you’re doing right now and take a deep breath.

Laughter At Work: Applying Humor in Stressful Situations

If you come home after a hard day’s work and feel utterly miserable, ask yourself a simple question: when was the last time you had a good laugh?

Feeling Low? How to Get Motivated When You’re Feeling Down

“A little progress every day adds up to big results” – Satya Nani There comes a point in our lives when we want to throw in the towel and ask ourselves, “What have I achieved?”

Why Do We Feel Stuck In Life?

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? Your health? Your job? Your love life?

Mind Games – How to Train Your Subconscious and Achieve the Impossible

When it comes to your journey toward personal and professional success, all your efforts toward goal attainment, it wouldn’t be amiss to say that it’s all in your head. The power to succeed, the drive to perform tasks that bring you closer and closer to your goals—it’s all about playing the right kind of mind […]

3 Powerful Technique to Use When Feeling Stuck

We all have days where we struggle to get out of bed and get ready for work. Sometimes our mind doesn’t agree with our body and heart, and we’re left juggling decisions.

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Here’s Why Successful Companies Hire Motivational Speakers

  It’s inevitable for employees to become jaded at work. It’s only natural. Going through the same old routines, people can quickly lose their creative energy. They forget what inspired them to work for their organization in the first place. They need to regain their inspiration and remember why they chose to work with you. […]

Want To Boost Employee Productivity? Here’s How A Motivational Speaker Can Help!

Motivational speakers are more than just personalities who help you encourage your employees. They are the driving force behind a substantial change in your organization and new business goals. You can’t go wrong letting a person with fresh insights and perspectives inspire your workforce. Let’s take a look at how a motivational speaker can kick […]

Motivational Quotes to Get You Back in the Game

Most of us respond to stories about a true underdog, an ordinary person who overcomes great odds to achieve the extraordinary. We hear these stories over and over and enjoy them more each time—because in movie characters like Rocky Balboa we see our potential realized and our dreams fulfilled. The most impactful stories don’t come […]

A Guide to Finding Motivational Speakers

Careful planning is of utmost significance when you need your corporate event to be successful and memorable. The goal of such a meeting is to convey the right information to members of your organization and inspire them to be more productive. It all comes down to the speaker; you need to hire someone who is […]

7 Mannerisms Of Self-Induced Unhappiness

Our life takes a turn, and suddenly we’re faced with experiences that question our strengths, our beliefs, our values.

5 Brain Hacks to Motivate Yourself Instantly

Same Difference: Personal Development For Professional Development

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw If you are looking to succeed in life, it’s essential to work on both your personal and professional development.

Effective Philosophies For Dealing With Exasperation

You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. Ralph Marston

The Relevance Of Mindset In Increased Productivity

Life is full of opportunities at every new turn. Each day, you are presented with decisions, where all it takes is your perspective to determine the outcome.

5 Nightly Rituals for a Rewarding New Day

In an age where we are surrounded by a plethora of distractions, going to sleep without something heavy on our minds is difficult.

Good Things Come to Those Who Believe

Remaining steadfast in your beliefs can be often perceived as a negative aspect. “Change your direction, think of something else!” That is what others will often tell you. However, the effort of hustling, of standing unwavering despite the curve balls thrown at you from every direction, pays off immensely.

A Little Funny Business: Introducing Humor in the Workplace

As working professionals, we have a certain routine, a certain cycle of going back and forth from the workplace. When stuck in the usual nine-to-fives, a bit of humor becomes necessary for survival.

Pause And Reflect… And Let Go: 3 Ways To Stop Over-Thinking

There is a fine line between strategic thinking and over-thinking. As happens so often, we cross that line and let ourselves submerge in a sea of indecisiveness and distress. That being said, here is how you can determine the difference between the two. Strategic thinking is when you reach conclusions toward better decisions promptly. It […]

4 Steps to Developing Your Adaptability Quotient

Good Things Come to Those Who Believe

Remaining steadfast in your beliefs can be often perceived as a negative aspect. “Change your direction, think of something else!” That is what others will often tell you. However, the effort of hustling, of standing unwavering despite the curveballs thrown at you from every direction, pays off immensely.

Perishing Your People Pleasing Nature

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

No Ordinary Ordeals: Entrepreneurial Challenges for the Millennials

If starting our own business was as easy as baking a pie, everyone would become an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship comes with its own complex problems and risks. Sure, starting a business and seeing it grow is rewarding, but in order to achieve the end results, a lot has to be compromised.

Get Going: Enhancing Your Mood NOW!

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”  – Scott Hamilton A bad attitude is similar to a flat tire. Unless you change it, you can’t move forward. Often, we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Headaches, noisy neighbors, birds that just won’t stop chirping—these are a few things that can […]

Engaging Employees the Right Way

The secret to the success for any commercial organization lies in those who contribute to its daily operations—i.e., its workforce. When the employees are happy, motivated and satisfied, it’s bound to show up in their performance. Not only does it reflect in the way they work, it helps inspire and motivate new recruits.

Four Great Habits to Adopt From Successful People

When Exhaustion Settles In: Tips on Keeping Motivated

It doesn’t matter how good you are at handling stress. There are days we all want to throw in the towel. Overwhelmed, overworked and exhausted. We’ve all felt this way.

Resisting Resistance—Getting the Job Done!

“A year from now, you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb One of the common problems we face today is procrastination. You’re probably avoiding doing something right now. Ironically, we often procrastinate by searching for ways to stop procrastinating!

The Importance and Transformative Power of Passion

Every successful person started by pursuing their passion. Passion is not an object; it is the desire to chase after what we really want. It is the energy that keeps us going. It is the drive that helps us accomplish what we’ve set our minds to. Without passion, we would be aimless.

Cultivating Confidence: A Necessity for Personal and Professional Success

Have you ever felt admiration for a colleague or boss because of the way they carried themselves? Confidence is not only an attractive trait; it is one of the keys to success.

Tips To Live Your Life without Any Regrets

The Journey Is More Important Than the Destination

Oliver Goldsmith once said, “Life is a journey that must be travelled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” We always hear those around us tell us to focus on the goal. But the journey that leads us to our dreams is what helps bring the change in us.

Steve Rizzo, featured in C-Suite NewsBrief: The Challenge with Motivation

  One of the biggest challenges that people in business and in life face today is keeping themselves motivated to be at their best. I believe the challenge lies not just in knowing how to get motivated, but how to stay motivated and optimistic to be at their best for more than just a few […]

How You Can Stop Being a Perfectionist

As Maria Shriver once said, “Perfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect; it makes you feel inadequate.” Have you ever wondered what would happen if we woke up one day to find ourselves as the perfect clones of robots we see in movies?

Here Are Some Tips for Living Passionately

We’re so busy with our life’s mundane routine that we’ve forgotten what life is really supposed to be about. Taking the time to take care of ourselves has also become a decision we have to think twice about. It’s not so much the routine but the stress that comes along with it.

4 Ways You Can Enhance Productivity in the Workplace

Without resources, it’s impossible for an organization to carry out daily operations. How do you keep your team happy?

5 Practical Ways You Can Bring Positivity into Your Life

The Secrets to a Work-Life Balance

What is work-life balance? It may very well be the Loch Ness monster, aka Nessie, of the corporate world—a myth. Yet, how much truth is behind this ideal? How can you, the common worker bee, achieve a good work-life balance?

Saying Goodbye to Stress – Some Tips

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris Everyone who has ever held a job—it doesn’t matter how much high-paying or demanding—has felt the pressure of work-related stress at some point.

Living a Life Without Regrets

“I don’t have any regrets” We can never really say that with complete certainty. We all have regrets. We all face moments of uncertainty, especially when faced with two choices. Very often, we choose the safest fork in the road – because we are unsure about the results.

Ways to Achieve the ‘Flow’ Experience

Imagine going down an icy slope. You are skiing—your full attention focused on each movement your body makes. You are fully immersed in the entire experience of cruising down the slope, the wind whistling past your face, the snow-shrouded trees hurtling by, the careful way you are skiing.

Five Expert Tips to Help Let Go of Your Fears

RIZZ-O-ISMS: Part 1

  Rizzo-Isms are “Attitude Adjustment Strategies” that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success and happiness.   If you get your words and attitude going in the right direction you will […]

The Meaning Of Positivism

  Anyone can tell you that one key to living a happy, successful life is having a positive attitude, especially during adverse times.  I know that sometimes there just isn’t justification for all the unfortunate things that happen to us.  But I also know that we all have what it takes to deal with misfortune […]

There Are People Who Do and Those Who Do Not: Which One Are You?

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel. Throughout the course of human history, we have seen people tumble, fall and still achieve something magnanimous, defying all odds. What is it about them that makes them so special? Is it their hard work, confidence, passion—or all of […]

Success Comes From Failure… Persevere!

Walt Disney, the man who invented the American animation industry, was fired by one of the head editors because he ”lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” With characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy—this “unimaginative” man went on to literally redefine the American childhood. Talk about creativity! Broke, depressed and divorced, J.K. […]

Stress Has No Place in the Workplace!

Over the past few decades, stress levels of the American workforce have soared incredibly. According to The American Institute of Stress, a whopping 80 percent of workers in the country feel stressed at their jobs. From lack of control to excessive demands, there are many reasons that employees feel this way. Stress can lead to […]

You Are Responsible for Your Success & Happiness

  I know how easy it is to play the victim when times are tough and it seems that your world has run out of saviors. It’s easy to blame outside circumstances for interfering with your plans and goals. There are a host of convenient scapegoats that are all too easy to give a role […]

Facing Fear: Staying Focused

From asking your crush out on a date to skydiving, it is our fears that stop us from living fully. They are so powerful that they set us back each day. We all want to conquer our fears to remove all the could-haves and should-haves from our stories. It is only through courageous living that […]

Five Ways to Find Happiness on Your Pursuit to Success

Way Beyond Comedy

  “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” -Mark Twain   When I give my talks, people often ask, “What is it about comedians that separate them from everyone else?”  My answer is simple – it’s the way we/they look at life.  A comedian views life and all of its obstacles, tragedies, mistakes and […]

Humor Defuses Stress: The Wizard of Laughter

  Often times when I’m in the midst of a stressful situation I vent my frustrations in the voice of a famous person, cartoon character or a particular accent. You might call me crazy but since I’m good at it and enjoy doing impressions, the result is that the tension dissipates, my mood changes, and […]

Don’t Wait to Be Happy: Happiness of the Pursuit

  Back in my stand-up comedy days, I’ve known many comics who put their happiness on hold.  They had difficulty enjoying the process because they believed they wouldn’t be happy until they signed with HBO, got their own sitcom, or movie deal, or whatever it was they thought would make them happy.  I know, because […]

Strict Control vs. Runaway Success: Which One Would You Choose?

There is a constant power struggle within organizational structures, and oftentimes, it’s not so subtle. Some managers are of the view that keeping complete control over each task is their right! Others are convinced that giving complete autonomy to the workforce is the best possible route for success as an organization. However, managers know that […]

Your People CAN Be Trusted!

Positive relationships in the workplace are based on trust. A corporate environment that is conducive to trust-building offers safety for everyone. It should be known that managers and employees clearly have each other’s best interests in mind. When workplaces encourage respect, trust and an innate understanding of each others’ roles in the organization, it results […]

The Importance of Fostering Independence and Self-Development for Motivated Employees

There is plenty of research to back up the fact that motivated employees are an essential part—some would say the core—of achieving business goals. However, many employers simply overlook the fact that not everyone is motivated by financial incentives. For some employees, it takes a lot more than a big fat paycheck.

Results Are Only Possible Through Actions

The need to enjoy a good, comfortable life is common to us all. We want similar things—health, relationships, career and enough money to live happily. There is nothing wrong with wanting a life of abundance and prosperity. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming of doing amazing things either. However, many of us are only […]

Stop Sabotaging Your Success & Happiness

Have you noticed that some people manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chances at happiness by complaining and blaming outside circumstances for their unfortunate plight? Then there are those who seem to have every obstacle imaginable thrown in front of them and they move ahead, refusing to give up.  They take these obstacles […]

5 Overlooked Tips to Improve Your Life!

Positive Thinking Leads to Positive Results

Your mind holds the key to your happiness and positivity. As a leading motivational speaker, Steve Rizzo often addresses the importance of positivity in his talks and publications. According to him, each and every one of us is capable of finding the light and programming the mind to remain positive, even in adversity. You Can […]

Feeling the Burn-out? 3 Ways to Recharge Yourself … FAST!

Whether you are dedicated to waiting tables at the moment or running a multinational company, chances are that your job is a huge stressor in your life. A fulfilling career comes with its own set of challenges and sometimes staying inspired can become extremely difficult no matter how hard we try. Hall of Fame member […]

How to Be Inspired and Ready for the Seemingly Impossible!

There are those days when you wake up feeling just right, ready to take on the day. But then there is a little voice inside your head that’s holding you back. It doesn’t quiet down. It’s constant. That idea that you were so passionate about once isn’t there anymore. You face the truth, sit back […]

Building Blocks of a Productive, Cohesive Team

Running a successful business is more than just about keeping your books in check and maintaining a steady cash flow. It is about building a team with characteristics that complement each other and, more importantly, a team that strives towards a single goal. You know one of those moments when you are driving to work […]

Law of Attraction – Our Attitude Is Everything

Hello fellow RIZZ-O-GRAMERS!  Please enjoy this wonderful video that was created by “Live Today With Passion”  The first 5 minutes is my message and the remaining 15 minutes is my Humor. This YouTube Video already has over 50,000 views in just 4 days. I don’t know the people who created this, but I love what […]

Six Benefits of Positive Thinking

The Challenge with Motivation

  One of the biggest challenges that people in business and in life face today is keeping themselves motivated to be at their best. I believe the challenge lies not just in knowing how to get motivated, but how to stay motivated and optimistic to be at their best for more than just a few […]

Envision Your Success to Reality

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France Apathy and complacency are the real enemies of your vision. You will never see them because these feelings sneak up on you and drain all your imagination until you lose the motivation to grow […]

Achieving Your Personal and Professional Goals in 2017

During our time on this planet, all of us are in search of two things above all else: to be intrinsically happy and to feel satisfied with our life choices. As we begin a new year, many of us will be setting up journals, calendars, to-do lists and resolutions for 2017. Of course, personal satisfaction […]

The Economics of Laughter: Morale Boost & Productivity!

We have all heard time and again that laughter is good for the soul. But is it good for business, too? Certainly, the economics of laughter are undeniable. Laughter is an effective tool for raising morale in the workplace. More importantly, it leads to personal fulfillment and a feeling of satisfaction. Workplaces Are Afraid of […]

The Art of Meditation

Meditation is simply a form of reflection, introspection and examination. It brings clarity, encourages innovative ideas, seeing new things and find inspiration in life itself. On the other hand, meditation is an inner energy that is something of an amalgam of enthusiasm and perception that drives people to accomplish their goals. Key to Employee Motivation […]

Pursuit of Happiness

Enjoy another wonderfully produced video by “The Best Motivation Video.”  This video is my gift and wish for all of you in 2017.  Please feel free to share this video with friends, family and business associates.   Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his […]

Steve Rizzo – Spreading Secrets of Happiness and Success across the Globe

Meditation and the Motivation Factor

  My only purpose for discussing the art of meditation is to show you how this wonderful activity keeps me motivated and has transformed my life with hardly any effort at all. Throughout the years various meditation techniques have given me clarity over challenging circumstances, guided me to make the right choices, revealed solutions to […]

Enjoy Life

Please enjoy this wonderfully produced video, which was created by “MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOS.”  If you like it please share it with family, friends and business associates.   Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development expert, […]

Visualize and It Will Materialize

  Visualization is a “Common Sense Success Strategy” that can keep you motivated throughout the day. As I’ve often said, “Visualize and it will materialize.” Visualization is the applying of your given gift of imagination to your faith and confidence. You can use it to discover ways to work through tough times, to rise above […]

How to Stay Up When Life Has You Down

Too many people start their day in a bad mood—or a low mood at best. And most of the time, they have no idea why. That is to say, people might not be consciously aware that they focus on what is broken and not what can be created from their day. As soon as they […]

The Fuel that Drives Motivation

  Right now I’m about to give you a golden nugget of information that can change your life forever. Are you ready? Here it is. The key to starting your day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed and to keep the motivation going throughout the day, is to make sure you are feeling good during […]

Focus Pocus: What You Think is What You Get

  It absolutely amazes me that there are people who have been given every opportunity in life and still manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chances at happiness. Somewhere along the way they have adopted a negative perception about life and they continue to reinforce that perception by obsessive thinking. Let’s face it; […]

Mind Your Business – Steve Rizzo on Radio!

Please enjoy this interview I did on WABC Radio “Mind Your Business” with host Yitzchok Saftlas!   Please feel free to share your thoughts and insights. I welcome all comments. Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  […]

What Good is a Gift if You Don’t Use it?

Laughter is surely one of our greatest gifts.  What good is a gift that we don’t use?  (The fruitcakes at Christmas don’t count.  Those are always best left uneaten.)   I understand that there are times when your problems and concerns are so overwhelming that it feels disrespectful to laugh, you just don’t want to […]

The Key to Embrace Change

I often speak to companies on how to embrace change in the workplace. Many times the audience members have the same educational background, same job description, and the same or similar responsibilities. Everyone is experiencing the changes that are taking place. Yet I know for a fact that some will move forward with enthusiasm, positive […]

It’s a Matter of Choice

Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. But hold on! If this is true, then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have […]

Happiness is a Choice

Allow me to let you in on a little secret. (No, it’s not Victoria’s Secret.   Victoria really doesn’t have a secret. Have you ever seen the merchandise in that store? It’s obvious the secret is pretty much revealed.) Are you ready? Here it is: Happiness is a choice, that’s it. It’s a little secret, right? […]

Enjoyment in the Workplace

Please enjoy this short video on “Enjoyment In The Workplace.”     Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development expert, motivational business speaker, corporate-comedian and best-selling author. It’s no surprise that Steve is […]

Steve Rizzo in Success Magazine: The Key to Your Overall Happiness is Simple

  By Steve Rizzo When I made the decision to make happiness my No. 1 priority every day, I became aware of a whole new world of possibilities. Healthier choices instantly presented themselves. I learned how to make myself feel better when times were tough, simply by shifting my thoughts and focusing on something that […]

RIZZ-O-ISMS: Part 10

  Rizzo-Isms are “Attitude Adjustment Strategies” that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success and happiness.   A miracle is simply a shift in perception that can re-arrange your life for […]

In Memory of 9/11: Laughter and the Fear Factor

“We have to be able to figure out how to laugh and cry at the same time.” -Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani at a post-9/11 press conference announcing that he would still host Saturday Night Live On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was on a flight from JFK airport to Salt […]

The Fuel That Drives Motivation

Please click the link below and enjoy this most important key to staying motivated throughout the day.     Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development expert, motivational business speaker, corporate-comedian and best-selling […]

If You Want to Change Your Life, Change What You Think

Please enjoy my latest column for Success Magazine: I sometimes tend to think of life as a battlefield—albeit, a metaphorical one, very different from the horrors of war. Can anyone deny that bloodless battles rage around us every day, often fought against familiar enemies that loom from the past? The cause of these everyday battle […]

SHIFT Your Attitude

Please click the link below and enjoy this Common Sense Success Strategy on how to start your day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed!     Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development […]

Enjoy the Day and Stay Motivated

  Too many people start their day in a bad or low mood at best.   And what makes it worse is that they have no idea why. That is to say, people may not be conscious of the fact that they are focusing on what is broken and not what can be created from their […]

Motivation + Life Balance = Happiness

Make conscious choices to periodically step away from your job and shift your attention to neglected parts of yourself that are yearning to be expressed: – Steve Rizzo (That’s me) Sometimes we get so caught up in the daily drama of our jobs and become so determined to get what we think we want, that […]

How to Confront Your Fear-Based Thoughts

If you’re always thinking about how badly life is treating you, and telling whoever will stand still long enough to regret doing so about how you can’t get a fair shake, you will always feel miserable. Ever hear anyone say, “Misery loves company?”  Being miserable doesn’t exactly attract good things to you.  Get it?  If […]

The Ozone Layer is Being Destroyed by Cow Gas

It’s time for a little Laughter Break!  Please enjoy this short funny clip.   Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development expert, motivational business speaker, corporate-comedian and best-selling author. It’s no surprise that […]

Humor and the Motivation Factor

  Did you know that laughter is essential for a healthy and productive workplace?  If you didn’t, you do now. Whether you are in sales, in service, in education, or in any other business, using humor as a strategy in your process will improve morale, increase efficiency, and help you create lifelong relationships for success. […]

Some People Don’t Have a Sense of Humor

It’s time for a little Laughter Break!  Please enjoy this short funny clip.   Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development expert, motivational business speaker, corporate-comedian and best-selling author. It’s no surprise that […]

RIZZ-O-ISMS: Part 9

Rizzo-Isms are “Attitude Adjustment Strategies” that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success and happiness.    You can experience unease, sadness and pain at times and still be happy overall. Your […]

My Time and Life Balance

I put a great deal of time and energy into building my career.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done; new projects to be worked on in the way of books, podcasts, radio and TV interview, Webinars and customizing programs for clients.  The more engagements I complete, the more in-demand as […]

Steve Rizzo in Success Magazine: How to (Positively) Think Your Way to Success

  By Steve Rizzo Some people say the situations life presents dictate what kind of life you will have. Others maintain it’s the way you react to these challenges that determines your satisfaction in life. But I take a different approach from the nature versus nurture debate. It’s not the situation itself that determines your […]

Humor: Your Emotional Self Defense Mechanism

      Did you know that only a few seconds of laughter in the midst of a stressful situation is all you need to catch your second wind? Even a little levity can help change how you view a particular problem. I noticed that the more I utilized my Humor Being as a strategy […]

RIZZ-O-ISMS: Part 8

  Rizzo-Isms are “Attitude Adjustment Strategies” that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success and happiness.   It isn’t necessarily the details of a particular challenge that weigh us down, but […]

Your Beliefs Write the Story of Your Life

  Last week I was on a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando Florida. The woman next to me asked me what I did for a living. I told her that I was a motivational business speaker who challenges the attendees to shift their way of thinking so they can discover increased productivity, greater enthusiasm […]

The Positive Side of Anger

I think we can agree that anger is a very powerful force that needs to be reckoned with. People respond to anger in different ways. Some respond with aggression and want to hit something or someone, scream, curse, break something, blame someone, throw a tantrum or tell someone off. While others try to repress their […]

Feeling Good: The Fuel that Drives Motivation

I’m about to give you a golden nugget of information that can change your life forever. Are you ready? Here it is. The key to staying motivated throughout the day, is to make sure that you are feeling good during the process of whatever you are trying to achieve. That’s it!  That’s all you need […]

Your Overall Happiness

When I made the decision to make happiness my number one priority every day, I became aware of a whole new world of possibilities. Healthier choices instantly presented themselves. I learned how to make myself feel better when times were tough simply by shifting my thoughts and focusing on something that would lift my spirits. […]

Beliefs, Labels and Writing the Stories of Your Life

The great poet Milton said, “The mind is its own place and it can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven.”  What a powerful statement and how true it is.  The mind is its own place, but it’s important that you understand that your thoughts both emanate from your mind and influence […]

Laugh in the Face of Fear: Humor Being to the Rescue!

The first time I can recall my sense of humor having a dramatic effect on my life was when I was in the third grade.  I was performing in the play “Alice in Wonderland.”  No, I wasn’t Alice.  I was Humpty Dumpty. You know, the egghead who was damaged irreparably when he found out he […]

“Empower Radio” Podcast Interview with Cheryl Maloney

  Enjoy my recent “Empower Radio” Podcast Interview with host Cheryl Maloney:   http://www.empowerradio.net/podcasts/ssrc_050813_steverizzo.mp3   Steve Rizzo is the Attitude Adjuster.  You can’t attend one of his keynote speeches, seminars, or read his books and leave with the same attitude.  He’s a personal development expert, motivational business speaker, corporate-comedian and best-selling author. It’s no surprise that […]

The High Price of Stress

Here’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Sometimes I don’t practice what I preach. There, I said it and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Yes, I know, I’m a funny motivational speaker and I should be able to walk the talk. For the most part I do, but sometimes I […]

Is Your Toxic Past Following You?

In 1992 I was sitting backstage at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City. I had just finished the rehearsal for my SHOWTIME comedy special that was to take place the following night.  Woody Harrelson, who was hosting the show, approached me and asked me how I wanted to be introduced.  I thought for a moment […]

How Negative Thinking Can Ruin Your Life

I know a woman, a full-time resident of the negative zone, who saved for years to go on her dream vacation. Once she finally got there, it rained constantly—and her vacation was ruined. Now, it’s important to understand that residing in the negative zone means that no matter what good may come your way, you […]

A Common Sense Strategy for Happiness: Are You Feeding Your Ego or Higher Self?

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer   Recently I was on a flight from New York to Portland, Oregon. This doesn’t happen too often, but […]

A Success Strategy to Embrace Change

A few years ago I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of a well-known financial group. My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace change […]

Enjoy the Journey or Pay the Price

Here’s something to consider.  Let’s say your goal is to become a Vice President of a big company.  After many years of intense stress, worry and an avalanche of emotional, mental and physical overload, you finally achieve your goal, along with all the wealth and prestige that comes with it.  Is this success? If you […]

Happiness in Business and in Life

I would like to get something off my chest.  As many of you know, I am a Funny Motivational Speaker and my mission is to show people in business and in life how to be happy and successful, regardless of what their circumstances are.  Let me make this perfectly clear!  I am in no way […]

The Psychology of Laughter in Business

People often ask me what my greatest strength is as a Funny Motivational Business Speaker. The answer of course is my ability to engage the audience with laughter. No matter what group I’m speaking to or what program I’m giving, I always start off with 5 to 10 minutes of non-stop comedy.  Why?  Because nothing […]

Enjoyment: The Spark That Ignites Passion & Enthusiasm

Did you know that studies have shown that those who make conscious choices to enjoy themselves and laugh throughout the day are more creative, productive and resilient to challenging situations?  They are also more likely to easily find solutions to complex problems.  In other words, focusing on your happiness makes you smarter.  How smart are […]

Happiness is a Choice

Allow me to let you in on a little secret. (No, it’s not Victoria’s Secret. Victoria really doesn’t have a secret. Have you ever seen the merchandise in that store?  It’s obvious the secret is pretty much revealed.) Are you ready? Here it is: Happiness is a choice, that’s it.  It’s a little secret, right? But, a great one. Happiness […]

Laughter and the Fear Factor

“We have to be able to figure out how to laugh and cry at the same time.” -Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani at a post-9/11 press conference announcing that he would still host Saturday Night Live On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was on a plane from JFK Airport to Salt […]

The Journey towards the Goal

Here’s something to consider.  Let’s say your goal is to become a Vice President of a big company.  After many years of intense stress, worry and an avalanche of emotional, mental and physical overload, you finally achieve your goal, along with all the wealth and prestige that comes with it.  Is this success?    If […]

Stop Waiting to Be Happy

Back in my stand-up comedy days, I’ve known many comics who put their happiness on hold. They had difficulty enjoying the process because they believed they wouldn’t be happy until they signed with HBO, got their own sitcom or movie deal, or whatever it was they thought would make them happy. I know—because I was […]

Rizz-O-Isms: Common Sense Success Strategies (Part 7)

Rizz-O-Isms are “Attitude Adjustment Strategies” that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success and happiness.

The Battlefield of Everyday Life

I sometimes tend to think of life as a battlefield–albeit, a metaphorical one — very different from the physical and mental horrors of war. Can anyone deny that bloodless battles rage around us every day, often fought against familiar enemies that loom from the past?  The cause of these everyday battle wounds vary: a bitter […]

Rizz-O-Isms: Common Sense Success Strategies (Part 6)

Rizz-O-Isms are “Attitude Adjustment Strategies” that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success and happiness. The only way to defeat procrastination is to take action. NOW! Great men and woman always […]

A Christmas Lesson: Humor and the Holiday Spirit

Years ago, I attended the wake and funeral services of a comedian friend who was killed in a car crash. I have been to many wakes, viewings, funeral services and memorials throughout the course of my life, but there was something special about this one in particular. Perhaps it was because it was during the […]

You Need a New York Attitude

Hello fellow Rizz-O-Gramers. Please enjoy this short and funny video on how to acquire a healthy attitude. Because as we all know: It’s All About Attitude!! Always Enjoy The Process!

The Eddie Murphy Story – Steve Rizzo explains Eddie’s key to success

Please enjoy this short Video Clip about Eddie Murphy: He Believed and he Achieved it.  

Airport Security Humor

Hello fellow Rizz-O-Gramer. I believe It’s time to Laugh!  Enjoy this short video on how I reduce stress at the airport.

You Have 2 Options: Dance or Drown

A few years ago, I spent four wonderful days in Kona, Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a well-known financial group. My job was to give them the tools they needed to embrace the changes and intense growth they were then experiencing and would inevitably continue to experience in the coming years. […]

Attitude Adjustment 101: Say It Out Loud with Me…

As an attitude adjuster by profession, people will ask me, “What is the most valuable lesson you have learned about success and happiness?” My response, without hesitating, is always, “Never use your words to describe a challenging situation. Rather, use your words to change your perspective on a challenging situation.”

A Key to Happiness

Are you feeding your Ego or Higher Self? I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer Recently I was on a flight from New York to Portland […]

It’s All About Attitude

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that nothing in life is wasted if I view it as a lesson learned.  I now understand that every step I took, whether forward or backward, was necessary to prepare me to recognize and receive whatever gift was being given to me at the time. I needed every […]

Rizz-O-Isms: Common Sense Success Strategies (Part 5)

Rizz-O-Isms are Strategies for Success and Happiness that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success. Keeping a positive attitude, especially when it seems your world has run out of saviors, is […]

The Big Mouth inside Your Head

“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.” -Albert Einstein I absolutely love the above statement from Albert Einstein. The present is the only place where your life can happen. Not the past, not the future.  The present is also the only place where happiness and peace can […]

Your Thoughts Create Your Beliefs

Have you ever wondered where your beliefs come from? They don’t just pop into your head out of thin air. The beliefs you have about anything in your life are created over a period of time through a consistent way of thinking. You could think of your mind as a big cave, filled with different caverns.  (Or […]

You are Responsible for your Success & Happiness

I know how easy it is to play the victim when times are tough and it seems that your world has run out of saviors. It’s easy to blame outside circumstances for interfering with your plans and goals. There are a host of convenient scapegoats that are all too easy to give a role in […]

How to Confront Your Fear-Based Thoughts

If you’re always thinking about how badly life is treating you, and telling whoever will stand still long enough to regret doing so about how you can’t get a fair shake, you will always feel miserable.  Ever hear anyone say, “Misery loves company?”  Being miserable doesn’t exactly attract good things to you. Get it? If you want […]

A SHIFT to Your Higher Self – The Ultimate Success Strategy

As a motivational business speaker I have often stated that our ability to make a shift to view a stressful or painful situation from a healthier perspective is the ultimate empowerment. And whether you know it or not, the reason you gain this empowerment is because you have made a connection, either consciously or unconsciously, […]

Unleash the Power of Your Humor Being

Laughter is your natural defense mechanism. It’s a prescription from your Humor Being to cure the chaos that attacks you from day to day. What is a Humor Being? Keep reading my friend, you’ll find out soon enough.

Part 4: Rizz-O-Isms

It’s Rizz-O-Gram time!!  Here are more Rizzo-Isms:  Strategies for Success and Happiness that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life. They are designed to help you to reduce stress, acquire a positive attitude and to create habits for success.

How To Self-Motivate Every Day

Please Enjoy this short clip on “How To Self-Motivate Every day.” From yours truly “Funny Motivational Business Speaker” Steve Rizzo

Happiness is a Choice

Allow me to let you in on a little secret. (No, it’s not Victoria’s Secret. Victoria really doesn’t have a secret.  Have you ever seen the merchandise in that store? It’s obvious the secret is pretty much revealed.) Are you ready? Here it is: Happiness is a choice, that’s it.  It’s a little secret, right?  But, a great one. […]

Rizz-O-Isms: Common Sense Success Strategies (Part 3)

It’s Rizz-O-Gram time!!  Here are more Rizz-O-Isms!! As you know Rizz-O-Isms are Common Sense Success Strategies that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life.

Bad Mood? Here’s How to Bounce Back into a Good One

Years ago, in the middle of my comedy career, I was in New York City driving a rental car that kept breaking down. It was 98 degrees, the air conditioning didn’t work, and sweat was pouring from my body. To make matters worse, I was in the world’s biggest traffic jam and I was already […]

Rizz-O-Isms: Common Sense Success Strategies

Enjoy my Rizz-O-Isms. They are Common Sense Success Strategies that will take you to a better place in Business and in Life.  In my view that’s the ultimate Success. -Your Humor Being is of your higher self.  It’s the part of you that brings out the best in you when times get tough.  What your […]

Think Successful, Happy and Optimistic Thoughts

Some people say that the situations life naturally presents dictate what kind of life you will have.  Others maintain that it’s the way you react to these challenges that determine your satisfaction in life.  I, however, take a different approach from classic “nature versus nurture” debate.  It’s not the situation itself that determines your quality […]

Airport Security Humor

I hope you enjoy this short Video on how I deal with stress at the airport.

Ignite Passion and Take Action

I hope you enjoy this short Video Clip on “How to Ignite Passion & Enthusiasm.”

Hope was Her Companion, Humor Was Her Shield

One morning some time ago, I was on a flight from New York to Nashville.  Standing in the row adjacent to mine was an attractive woman wearing sunglasses.  She was talking to two distinguished looking men who (as I overheard from their conversation) were from MCA Records.  I didn’t know exactly what they were talking […]

The Eeyore Syndrome

I know a woman, a full-time resident of the Negative Zone, who saved for years to go on her dream vacation.  Once she got there, it rained constantly and her vacation was ruined.  Now, it’s important to understand that residing in the Negative Zone, means that no matter what good may come your way, you […]

Eddie Murphy and the Power of Positive Thinking

One Saturday night in 1980, I was performing at the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island. I was fairly new in the comedy arena and this was my first weekend appearance at a premiere comedy club. To say that I was a bit nervous would be an understatement. Sharing the marquee with me was […]

What Separates Chronically Positive People from Everyone Else

Anyone can tell you that one key to living a happy, successful life is having a positive attitude, especially during adverse times. I know that sometimes there just isn’t justification for all the unfortunate things that happen to us—but I also know that we all have what it takes to deal with misfortune. That is […]

Victim or Victor

  Have you noticed that some people manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chances at happiness by complaining and blaming outside circumstances for their unfortunate plight? Then there are those who seem to have every obstacle imaginable thrown in front of them and they move ahead, refusing to give up.  They take these […]

Believe Me, I Know What Stress Is

Did you know that every time you laugh your body releases chemicals called endorphins?  Endorphins are naturally manufactured by the body to relieve pain.  Usually produced during periods of extreme stress, endorphins block pain signals that are triggered by the nervous system.  Endorphins are what marathon runners live for.  They are the body’s natural painkillers, […]

Part 1: Rizz-O-Isms

I hope you enjoy my Rizz-O-Isms. They are Common Sense Success Strategies that will not only take you to a better place in business but in life. If you get your words and attitude going in the right direction you will notice a shift in the way your day and your life is going. Visualizing […]

Are You Putting Your Happiness on Hold?

Webster’s Dictionary defines success as follows. 1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.  2. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.  I think it’s amazing that the words “happy” or “happiness “or “joy” are not included in the definition of the word “success.” Unfortunately, our conventional definition of success is […]

Enjoy the Process

Many of my clients refer to me as “The Attitude Adjuster.”  Why?   I help people realize how they can acquire the attitude they need to succeed in all levels of life while enjoying the process.  Therein lays the key, my friend; “While enjoying the process.”  Unfortunately, in this day and age, enjoyment seems to […]

Steve Rizzo TV #3: Enjoying the process

Hello everyone, I am excited to share with you the next episode of Steve Rizzo TV.  In this episode you will learn how to enjoy yourself during the process of achieving your goals.

Shift Your Thoughts and Change Your Reality

Last week at JFK airport, the place was packed.  Snow was inches deep outside and everyone seemed to be feeling stressed out. I was standing at the gate, waiting to board, when the airline announced that my flight was cancelled. (Oh gee, what else is new?) It was obvious that the guy in front of […]

Is Your Job Who You Think You Are?

Years ago I was watching a Barbara Walters special on television.  She was interviewing Johnny Carson, a man who greatly influenced me as a comedian. It was during his last year as the host of “The Tonight Show.” I turned my TV on 15 minutes in advance, just to be sure I didn’t miss a […]

The Day I Became a Superhero

I’m nine years old and the youngest of three rowdy brothers.  I know my folks don’t have much money, but that doesn’t stop me from envying some of the other boys on our block – the ones with real store-bought superhero costumes. For what seems like a long time to me, maybe days, I watch […]

Are You Honoring Your Values?

We are living in a world that is moving at an amazing pace.  It is easy to get lost and misplace our feelings and values.  Most of us are conditioned to devote most of our waking hours on our jobs and professional goals leaving little, if any, time for other important aspects of our lives. […]

A Power SHIFT in Focus

A few weeks after Kelly’s mother died, we were at a business lunch with some of the other speaking agents who book me around the country. I’ve known Kelly for years and I like her because she is a warm, energetic and unusually sympathetic person.  She was picking at her Caesar salad that day and […]

How to Use Humor as a Weapon to Nourish Your Soul

I saw a road sign recently that made me smile: “Don’t wait for the storms of your life to pass. Learn to dance in the rain.” Read that again. That statement is a touchstone for living a happier life. “Dancing in the rain” is an attitude that truly happy and successful people live by and […]

Steve Rizzo TV #2: Brain Adjustment

Hello everyone.  I am excited to share with you the next episode of Steve Rizzo TV. Here you will learn secret to starting each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed, regardless of your circumstances.   Peace & Laughter, Steve

Rizz-O-Isms: Common Sense Success Strategies [Part 2]

. I hope you enjoy my RIZZ-O-ISMS. These are Common Sense Success Strategies that will not only take you to a better place in Business, but in Life. In my View, that’s the ultimate Success.   1)  When you fully appreciate that the mood you’re in right this second affects how you’ll deal with what’s […]

Introducing Steve Rizzo TV

Hello everyone, I am excited to share with you the first episode of “Steve Rizzo TV!” Steve Rizzo TV is a laugh and learn program where I offer common-sense success strategies on how to get to a better place in business and in life, regardless of your circumstances. Please feel free to share your comments […]

Emotional Self Defense in Business and in Life

One Saturday night in 1992, I was performing at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. The place was sold out, standing room only.   I was backstage talking to a fellow comedian, also named Steve.  We were discussing what a trip it was to make people laugh and, better yet, get paid for it.  We […]

And I Think To Myself, It’s A Wonderful World

And I Think to Myself, “What a Wonderful World!” This morning I was at my favorite table at my local “Panera Bread” restaurant when an elderly couple walked in.  They both had gray hair and the woman was wearing a soft pink sweater under her coat.  I noticed when they got in line, they were […]

Give the Gift of Laughter

“Tis the season for holiday parties, family dinners and of course family arguments.” Isn’t this supposed to be the season to be jolly? Yet most people I know this time of year are usually pretty grumpy. So this holiday season I’ve decided to give the gift of laughter. Laughter is one of our greatest gifts.  […]

Does Your Business Own You?

Not too long ago, I was sitting on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and noticed a couple holding hands, walking along the shoreline. They looked so peaceful, like an advertisement for an island getaway.  And then it happened: his cell phone went off.  She gave him a look as if to say, “I […]

RIzzo-isms: Common Sense Success Strategies

I hope you enjoy my RIZZO-ISMS. These are Common Sense Success Strategies that will not only take you to a better place in Business, but in Life. In my View, that’s the ultimate Success. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is that nothing in life is wasted, if I learn from it. I […]

Christopher Reeve Is A True Super Hero

Sometimes it takes a great amount of courage to learn the lessons that life puts in front of us that enable us to grow. Many things of value can not be taught, they must be lived. Every now and then however, people come into our lives and set the ultimate example for what it means […]

Attitude Adjustment 101: Say It Out Loud with Me

As an attitude adjuster by profession, people will ask me, “What is the most valuable lesson you have learned about success and happiness?” My response, without hesitating, is always, “Never use your words to describe a challenging situation. Rather, use your words to change your perspective on a challenging situation.” We need to be especially […]

The Last of the Human Freedoms

As you may know I often speak to groups on how to shift their focus and way of thinking so they can live a happier existence, regardless of their circumstances. We are all aware that there are people on this planet who live in horrific conditions and experience oppression of all kinds.  To suggest to […]

Make your Kid Laugh-Toddler Laughing Hysterically at Steve Rizzo

Hello my Fellow Humor Beings, Please watch this video and witness the power of Laughter!!   Peace & Laughter, Steve

Seeing the Good in Adversity

On August 10, 2003, I was sitting in the intensive care waiting room at Good Samaritan Hospital on Long Island.  My mother was unconscious and in critical condition, the result of lifetime of ailments and complications.  Doctors had told us that she could stay in that condition for days, or even weeks, before she passed […]

Reality Is Whatever You Identify With

It absolutely amazes me that there are people who have been given every opportunity in life and still manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chance at happiness. Somewhere along the way they have adopted a negative perception about life and they continue to reinforce that perception by obsessive thinking. Let’s face it; it’s […]

The Secret to Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again

The first time I can recall my sense of humor having a dramatic effect on my life was when I was in the third grade. I was performing in our school play, Alice in Wonderland. No, I wasn’t Alice. I was Humpty Dumpty—you know, the egghead who was damaged irreparably when he found out he didn’t […]

Way Beyond Comedy

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” -Mark Twain When I give my talks, people often ask, “What is it about comedians that separate them from everyone else?” My answer is simple – it’s the way we/they look at life. A comedian views life and all of its obstacles, tragedies, mistakes and embarrassing moments […]

How to Create a Positive Attitude (video)

Please enjoy this funny video clip from one of my speeches – especially the part about husbands and wives.  Make it a great day and find the laughter within you and all around you.  Remember…Humor is the instant-mind-SHIFT!

Which One Are You Feeding?

Recently I was on a flight from New York to Portland Oregon. This doesn’t happen too often, but the service was exceptionally good.  There was one flight attendant in particular who stood out from the rest.  His smile was genuine.  What I mean is that I had a sense that he smiled because he wanted […]

A SHIFT in Direction

A while back I was attending a National Speakers Association conference at The Marriott World Hotel in Orlando FL. One Sunday Evening a group of us were sitting in the lobby area telling stories, laughing and having fun. Then someone said, “Hey Steve, why did you quit stand-up-comedy? I always thought you were one of […]

Enjoy the Roses outside Your Window Today by Steve Rizzo

I just read something from Dale Carnegie and I want to share it with you. “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon–instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming […]

Ignite Passion and Take Action

  In this video clip Steve Rizzo talks about how enjoyment is the fuel that drives motivation. If you are not enjoying yourself during the process of achieving your goals it will be nearly impossible to stay motivated in the long haul.  Enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm.  Slap that on your […]

How to Turn Around a Terrible Day

As published on Success.com: In his typically humorous style, motivational speaker and SUCCESS blogger Steve Rizzo tells the story of how he overcame one particularly terrible day. One sweltering summer afternoon in New York City, Rizzo, who was already late for an audition, found himself stuck in “the world’s biggest traffic jam.” With a rental […]

Robin Williams: The Ultimate Humor Being

  Today I am truly saddened by the death of Robin Williams; a fellow comedian, friend and the Ultimate Humor Being. Robin has always given us a reason to laugh. Now we all have a reason to cry. Let us always remember the Laughter In my view today more than ever we all need ways […]

Learn To Dance in the Rain

A few years ago I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of a well-known financial group. My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace the changes and intense […]

Stop Waiting to Be Happy

Back in my stand-up comedy days, I’ve known many comics who put their happiness on hold. They had difficulty enjoying the process because they believed they wouldn’t be happy until they signed with HBO, got their own sitcom or movie deal, or whatever it was they thought would make them happy. I know—because I was […]

How to Create a Positive Attitude

Please enjoy this Video Link how to start your day in a Positive Mood. As always, the choice is yours.

4 Ways to Help You Embrace Change

Let me make this perfectly clear my friends, change is inevitable in the workplace today!!! Right now we are all experiencing very challenging times in regards to an uncertain and shaky economy. The result; companies are going out of business, people are still getting laid off, and many are being forced to change their lifestyles. […]

Some People Don’t Have a Sense of Humor

Your Humor Being is of your higher self.  It’s the part of you that brings out the best in you when times get tough. What your Humor Being can give you more than anything else is emotional stability. But beware!  Some people refuse to acknowledge that they have a Humor Being.   Please View this […]

Laugh More, Stress Less!

It seems like whenever I’m in a hurry to get somewhere, something inconvenient can happen, and it usually does. I can’t tell you how often I’m running behind for a big meeting and notice a stain on my shirt or a broken shoelace. Sometimes I can’t find my car keys or I notice the gas […]

Unleash Your Humor Being

We’re living in a world that’s moving incredibly fast. On top of our personal problems and everyday pressures, newspapers and evening newscasts tell us our economy is falling apart, corporations are being forced to downsize and massive technological advances are causing people to re-evaluate, adjust and change their lives. Cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones and tablet […]

Rodney Dangerfield Gets No Happiness

One Saturday night in 1986, I was performing at Rodney Dangerfield’s Comedy Club in Manhattan. I had just finished my show and the emcee was making his final announcements when I noticed someone approaching the stage. No introduction was necessary. It was Rodney Dangerfield himself, at the pinnacle of his career. Wearing his trademark white shirt […]

From Stress To Success

There is nothing like laughter that can instantly shift your mind into a good mood and help you to bounce back to enjoy the day.  Not even sex has the same power — and this is coming from someone of the male gender.  What I mean is that, to most men sex is like pizza.  […]

Why We Need to Redefine Success

Here’s something to consider. Let’s say your goal is to become the founder of a successful company or to reach the corner office of a large corporation. After many years of stress, worry and an avalanche of emotional, mental and physical overload, you finally achieve your goal, along with all the wealth and prestige that […]

Eddie Murphy and the Power of Positive Thinking

Excited to be a contributor to Success Magazine! One Saturday night in 1980, I was performing at the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island. I was fairly new in the comedy arena and this was my first weekend appearance at a premiere comedy club. To say that I was a bit nervous would be […]

One of our Greatest Gifts in Business and in Life

Laughter is surely one of our greatest gifts.  What good is a gift that we don’t use?  (The fruitcakes at Christmas don’t count.  Those are always best left uneaten.)   I understand that there are times when your problems and concerns are so overwhelming that it feels disrespectful to laugh, you just don’t want to […]

Humor Defuses Stress Or The Wizard of Laughter

  Often times when I’m in the midst of a stressful situation I vent my frustrations in the voice of a famous person, cartoon character or a particular accent. You might call me crazy but since I’m good at it and enjoy doing impressions, the result is that the tension dissipates, my mood changes, and […]

What It Means To Be Positive

  The word “positive” seems to frustrate a lot of people.  I hear people say, “How do you expect me to be positive when nothing in my life is working?”  Or, “It’s easy for you to be positive and feel blessed.  You didn’t lose someone you love or you didn’t lose your job.” Maybe we should […]

How To Handle Airport Security With Humor

Hey Folks, I believe it’s time for “Nothing but the Funny Stuff!” In this Video Clip you will see how my Humor Being helps me deal with the stress of Air Travel and Airport Security. So sit back and relax. You deserve a Humor Break!!!

Way Beyond Comedy

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” -Mark Twain When I give my talks, people often ask, “What is it about comedians that separate them from everyone else?”  My answer is simple – it’s the way we/they look at life.  A comedian views life and all of its obstacles, tragedies, mistakes and embarrassing moments […]

You Need a New York Attitude!

I am known by many as the “Attitude Adjuster” I show people how to start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed and how to stay motivated throughout the day, regardless of their circumstances. I know that sounds like a tall order, but that’s what I do and I don’t mind saying that I […]

Humor Being to the Rescue | The importance of Humor in Business and in Life

The first time I can recall my sense of humor having a dramatic effect on my life was when I was in the third grade.  I was performing in the play “Alice in Wonderland.”  No, I wasn’t Alice.  I was Humpty Dumpty. You know, the egghead who was damaged irreparably when he found out he […]

As a Man Thinketh in Business and in Life

The Bible says, “As a man thinketh so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)  Many people refer to this as the “Law of Attraction.”  Some have come to know it as “The Secret.”  I’m from New York and I prefer the straightforward, “What you think is what you get.”  It doesn’t matter what you call it.  All […]

The Business of Nourishing Your Soul in Business

In my last Blog I stated that when I shift my focus and allow my Higher Self to take over, I know that there is that in me that can meet any challenge head-on and be blessed by it.  It is this rock solid attitude that opens my spiritual reservoir and fosters my soul to […]

What Are You Waiting For!?

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain You are […]

A SHIFT to a Happier Mind-set | The Girl with the Radiant Smile

One day I was walking along a pier in San Diego when I noticed a young woman dancing and singing softly to herself.  Occasionally, she would stop and take a sip of her coffee. As I walked by she waved and smiled, and this wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill, everyday smile.  It was a radiant smile […]

How to Stay Positive during Adverse Times

Anyone can tell you that one key to living a happy, successful life is having a positive attitude, especially during adverse times. I know that sometimes it’s impossible to justify the depth of misfortune we encounter. I know that sometimes it seems impossible to stand tall and be positive when it feels like your world […]

A Simple SHIFT to Laughter Humor in Business and in Life

Years ago, I was speaking in the Midwest. I needed to stock up on writing accessories, so I drove to a nearby K-Mart. As I proceeded to purchase my goods, I noticed there was only one register open, so I took my place at the end of a long line.  While waiting, I heard the […]

Are You Married To Your Job?

One of the biggest challenges people face in business today is finding a balance between their professional and personal lives.  The following story is an example on how easy it is to get caught up in our business affairs and how it can affect other important aspects of our lives. Not too long ago, I […]

It’s A Matter Of Choice

Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. But hold on! If this is true, then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have […]

What You Think And What You Say Out Loud…Is Who You Become!

Last week I sent you an article entitled “Speak Words That Empower You”  Now I invite you to sit back and enjoy my message in action. Remember, whether coming from a positive or negative place, your words inevitably affect your attitude, and thus your situation. The moment you open your mouth to say something, you […]

Speak Words That Empower You | A Common Sense Attitude Adjustment Strategy

As an Attitude Adjuster by profession, I am often asked, “What is the most valuable lesson you learned about success and happiness?”  Without hesitation, my response is always, “Never use your words to describe a challenging situation. Rather, use your words to change your perspective on a challenging situation.” We need to be especially careful […]

If You Can Find Humor In Anything….

Years ago, I was watching a television news special. Dan Rather was interviewing Bill Cosby only weeks after his son was murdered. After sharing his grief over his son’s death, the comedian was asked what I thought was a very difficult, if not unfair, question. “Now that Bill Cosby’s son is no longer with us,” said Rather “what […]

Better Left To Chance, Than to Miss "The Dance" – A Message for Everyone in Business & in Life

Holding you, I held everything For a moment, wasn’t I the king? But if I’d only known how the king would fall Hey who’s to say?  You know I might have changed it all And now, I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end, the way it all would go Our lives, […]

How to Experience True Happiness in Business and in Life

I would like to get something off my chest. As many of you know, I am a motivational speaker and my mission in life is to show people in business and in life how to be happy and successful, regardless of what their circumstances are. Let me make this perfectly clear! I am in no […]

My New Year’s Resolution? Make NO New Year’s Resolutions!

Hey everyone,  Steve Rizzo here.  Well a New Year is here and I want to take this time to wish everyone a very Happy, Successful and Healthy New Year.  I also want to take this time to share with you my New Year’s Resolution.  Are you ready?  My New Year’s Resolution is to not make any […]

A Cosmic Wakeup Call to Put Your Life into Perspective

The other day I was in a bit of a rut. Okay, it was more like a negative tail-spin. Don’t give me that look.  Even a Funny Motivational Speaker, comedian, stress management speaker, funny corporate speaker, or whatever title you want to tag me with, can enter the Negative Zone. In fact, not only was […]

How to Captivate an Audience with Laughter

No matter what group I’m speaking to or what program I’m giving, I always start off with 5 to 10 minutes of non-stop comedy.  Why?  Because nothing can captivate an audience and hold their attention more than “The Power of Laughter.” As soon as the laughter starts I can actually feel the tension in the […]

The Price We Pay for Negative Thinking

Here’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Sometimes I don’t practice what I preach. Sometimes I’m so caught up in life, so busy paying bills, catching planes, making decisions, writing books about being busy, achieving goals, and trying to balance my life that I don’t live in […]

Eddie Murphy: If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It

I am amazed that some people have been given every advantage in life and still manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chances at happiness.  Then there are those who seem to have every obstacle imaginable thrown in front of them and they move ahead, refusing to give up.  They take these obstacles and […]

To Bounce Back with Resilience You Need a New York Attitude

  I’m here to tell you that no matter what your circumstances are, you can adjust your attitude and create a brighter reality for yourself.  It’s not the bad neighborhood you grew up in that led you on the wrong path.  It’s not the teacher who shunned your artistic talents or the parent who suggested […]

Laugh More Stress Less

As a Funny Motivational Speaker, I know that people go to comedy clubs because they want to laugh. That’s the only reason. Why do they want to laugh? The same reason they have sex. It makes them feel good. That’s the bottom line. Laughter simply makes you feel good. It charges your inner battery and […]

Learn To Dance in the Rain

A few years ago I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of a well-known financial group. My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace the changes and intense […]

Let Go and Live YOUR Life

  This week I would like to share with you a 7 minute Video Resume explaining why and how I made the SHIFT from Comedian to Attitude Adjuster.  After you’ve finished watching the Video please read the article below.  It just might help you to get to a better place in business and in life. […]

May the SHIFT Be With You

Some people say I’m a funny motivational speaker. Some say I’m a comedian, or a humorist with a great message.  When people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I’m an Attitude Adjuster. I show people how to start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed, regardless of their circumstances.” I’m […]

The Way Towards the Goal

Here’s something to consider.  Let’s say your goal is to become a Vice President of a big company.  After many years of intense stress, worry and an avalanche of emotional, mental and physical overload, you finally achieve your goal, along with all the wealth and prestige that comes with it.  Is this success?   If you […]

Happiness of the Pursuit

Back in my stand-up comedy days, I’ve known many comics who put their happiness on hold.  They had difficulty enjoying the process because they believed they wouldn’t be happy until they signed with HBO, got their own sitcom, or movie deal, or whatever it was they thought would make them happy.  I know, because I […]

Laugh More, Stress Less & Enjoy Success!

It seems like whenever I’m in a hurry to get somewhere, anything can happen, and it usually does.  I can’t tell you how often I notice a stain on my shirt or a broken shoelace.  Sometimes I can’t find my car keys or I notice the gas tank is near empty. Boy, does life seem […]

Wellness in the Workplace

Did you know that laughter is essential for a healthy and productive workplace?  If you didn’t, you do now.  Whether you are in sales, in service, or in any other business using humor in your process will not only reduce stress, but improve morale, increase efficiency, and help you create lifelong relationships for success.  Humor […]

An Interview with Stephanie Chandler of the Business Info Guide

Did you know that I was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” in my senior class in high school? Read my latest interview with Stephanie Chandler of the Business Info Guide and grab Attitude Adjustment Strategies. Here’s the link http://businessinfoguide.com/steve-rizzo-author-of-get-your-shift-together/ Green6789

Huffington Post: My take on "edutainment" with BJ Gallagher

Find out what “edutainment” is all about in a feature blog post called ‘Steve Rizzo: Laughing and Learning’ by BJ Gallagher in the Huffington Post. Read it here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bj-gallagher/steve-rizzo-laughing-and-_b_3136223.html

7 Questions With An Author: An Interview with Tor Constantino

It was a unique pleasure to talk with Tor Constantino and be featured in The Daily Retort. You may catch a glimpse of the 7 Questions With An Author: Steve Rizzo today.

"Steve Rizzo, I hate you."

Sometimes creating Healthy habits is a difficult thing to do, but in the long run it’s definitely worth it. I urge everyone to read what Loren Murfield had to say about “Happiness is a Choice.” Apparently Loren hates me. Until now I didn’t know that was a good thing. I salute you for your honesty […]

‘Happiness is a Choice’ In Josh Hinds’ Get Motivation Site

My guest blog post in Josh Hind’s Get Motivation site is out. It is called, ‘Happiness is a Choice.’ Check it out here http://www.getmotivation.com/motivationblog/2013/02/happiness-is-a-choice/

Leadership Guru Skip Prichard Interviews Steve Rizzo

Honored to have been interviewed by the former CEO of Ingram Content Group Skip Prichard on his Leadership Insights blog.   I think you will really enjoy it! Here is the link http://www.skipprichard.com/get-your-shift-together/

Christopher Reeve – A True Super Hero

Sometimes it takes a great amount of courage to learn the lessons that life puts in front of us that enable us to grow. Many things of value can not be taught, they must be lived. Every now and then however, people come into our lives and set the ultimate example for what it means […]

Rodney Dangerfield: Funny Man, Sad Story

One Saturday night in 1986, I was performing at Dangerfield’s Comedy Club in Manhattan.  I had just finished my show and the emcee was making his final announcements when I noticed someone approaching the stage.  No introduction was necessary. Rodney Dangerfield was at the pinnacle of his career and everyone knew who he was.  Wearing […]

Eddie Murphy: He Believed It and He Achieved It

One Saturday night in 1980, I was performing at East Side Comedy Club on Long Island.  I was fairly new in the comedy arena and this was my first weekend appearance at a premiere comedy club.  To say that I was a bit nervous would be an understatement. Sharing the marquee with me was a […]

Humor, The Instant Mindshift

We’re living in a world that’s moving incredibly fast.  On top of our personal problems and everyday pressures, the newspapers and evening newscasts tell us that our economy is falling apart, corporations are being forced to downsize and massive technological advances are causing people to re-evaluate, adjust and change their lives. Cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones […]

Employee Motivation by Steve Rizzo

Part 1 One of the biggest challenges that companies face today is keeping their employees motivated to be at their best. I believe the challenge lies not just in knowing how to motivate, but how to keep them motivated to be at their best for more than just a few days. Most companies put a […]

A Change In Direction by Steve Rizzo

Last year I was attending a National Speakers Association conference at The Marriott World Hotel in Orlando, FL. On Sunday Evening a group of us were sitting in the lobby area telling stories, laughing and having fun. Then someone said, “Hey Steve, why did you quit stand-up-comedy? I always thought you were one of the […]

My Time by Steve Rizzo

I put a great deal of time and energy into building my career.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done; new projects to be worked on in the way of books, DVD’s, CD’s and customizing programs for clients.  The more engagements I complete, the more in-demand as a speaker I am. […]

The Price We Pay by Steve Rizzo

Here’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.  Sometimes I don’t practice what I preach.  Sometimes I’m so caught up in life, so busy paying bills, catching planes, making decisions, writing books about being busy, achieving goals, and trying to balance my life that I don’t live in […]

Is Your Toxic Past Following You by Steve Rizzo

In 1992 I was sitting backstage at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City. I had just finished the rehearsal for my SHOWTIME comedy special that was to take place the following night. Woody Harrelson, who was hosting the show, approached me and asked me how I wanted to be introduced. I thought for a moment […]

Short and Sweet by Steve Rizzo

This isn’t easy for me, but I’m going to make this short and sweet. Your Higher Self and your Human Self are parts of you that make up the whole of you. If we could all adhere to this and not only allow these two parts to co-exist in our lives, but also to let […]

When You Shift Your Perspective, Your Life Changes, Steve Rizzo

When you shift your perspective your life changes. So for your sake, get your shift together! ~Steve Rizzo “You’re sence of Perspective”is part five in a series of humorous but serious messages on maintaining a successful life while enjoying the process no matter what

The Power of Choice

Steve Rizzo In the City, The Power of Choice

One of our Greatest Gifts by Steve Rizzo

Laughter is surely one of our greatest gifts. What good is a gift that we don’t use? (The fruitcakes at Christmas don’t count. Those are always best left uneaten.) I understand that there are times when your problems and concerns are so overwhelming that it feels disrespectful to laugh, you just don’t want to laugh, […]

Funny Man – Sad Story by Steve Rizzo

One Saturday night in 1986, I was performing at Dangerfield’s Comedy Club in Manhattan. I had just finished my show and the emcee was making his final announcements when I noticed someone approaching the stage. No introduction was necessary. Rodney Dangerfield was at the pinnacle of his career and everyone knew who he was. Wearing […]

Shift Your Focus, Change Your Life by Steve Rizzo

I am constantly amazed by the ways that people manage to deny themselves the chance at happiness in the moment. Instead, they fall prey to dangerous mindsets that decrease their potential for happiness. They put their happiness on hold when they repeat and internalize negative statements like, “When I finally buy a house, I’ll be […]

What It Means To BE Positive by Steve Rizzo

The word “positive” seems to frustrate a lot of people. I hear people say, “How do you expect me to be positive when nothing in my life is working?” Or, “It’s easy for you to be positive and feel blessed. You didn’t lose someone you love or you didn’t lose your job.” Maybe we should […]

Making Yourself Important

When you make feeling happy of paramount importance, you will seek out that which truly makes you feel happy.

Laughter!

Sometimes a moment of laughter is all you need to keep you from giving up, Steve Rizzo. Here is some laughter, ENJOY!!!

Something for You to Ponder by Steve Rizzo

Here’s something for you to ponder in that wonderful brain of yours. Once you realize that your daily reality is a mirror of the thoughts you have and the actions you take, then change in any area of your life is possible and, what’s more, well within your control. By shifting your focus, thoughts, words […]

Messengers of Hope

We all have opportunities to be messengers of hope when we give of ourselves and indulge in acts of kindness, Steve Rizzo Happy Thanksgiving!

Better Left to Chance

Holding you, I held everything For a moment, wasn’t I the king? But if I’d only known how the king would fall Hey who’s to say, you know I might have changed it all And now I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end, the way it all would go Our lives, […]

It is the Journey

It’s the journey toward your goal; lessons learned, that ultimately promote an inner state of true happiness. Steve Rizzo, Humor With a Message

Adventure; It Holds So Many Possibilities

Life does not always have to be scary while trying new things, consider it an adventure. Do you remember when you were a kid & all you wanted to do was go off & go on an adventure. Well, you’re an adult now, go……. Why Not Enjoy The Process

The Girl with the Radiant Smile

One day I was walking along a pier in San Diego when I noticed a young woman dancing and singing softly to herself. Occasionally, she would stop and take a sip of her coffee. As I walked by she waved and smiled, and this wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill, everyday smile. It was a radiant smile. […]

Married To Your Job by Steve Rizzo

Not too long ago, I was sitting on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and noticed a couple holding hands, walking along the shoreline. They looked so peaceful, like an advertisement for an island getaway. And then it happened: his cell phone went off. She gave him a look as if to say, “I […]

Nourish Your Soul by Steve Rizzo

In my last Blog I stated that when I shift my focus and allow my Higher Self to take over, I know that there is that in me that can meet any challenge head-on and be blessed by it. It is this rock solid attitude that opens my spiritual reservoir and fosters my soul to […]

ALLOW YOUR HIGHER SELF TO TAKE OVER by Steve Rizzo

Your ability to make a shift to view a stressful or painful situation from a healthier perspective is the ultimate empowerment. And whether you know it or not, the reason you gain this empowerment is because you have made a connection, either consciously or unconsciously, to a higher part of yourself. Yes, there is more […]

Our Inner Conflicts: Part 3

In part 2 you learned how humor can be a difference maker in learning life’s lessons. Now I will show you step by step how you Humor Being can help you to learn those lessons. Remember, your Humor Being is the part of you that brings out the best in you when times are tough. […]

Our Inner Conflicts: Part 2

In part 1, we learned how our lives become easier when we view our challenges and annoyances not as burdens that bring us down, but as opportunities to evolve. Here is where humor can be a big difference maker. One time, Gina and I were running late for an important dinner engagement with a corporate […]

Our Inner Conflicts; Part 1

It’s not a coincidence that we are confronted with annoying people and situations day-in and day-out. That’s life, and it follows us everywhere, like someone stepping on your heels. When we allow these outside factors to keep us from enjoying our lives, they quickly manifest themselves as our inner conflicts. Make no doubt about it, […]

Thoughts are Good, but just That!

Thoughts are good, but just that. You need to take action or they never go anywhere.

Beliefs & Choices of the Past

Like it or not, where you are at this point in your life is based on the beliefs you had & the choices you made in the past.

Humor is a GIFT!

Humor is a Gift! Find time to allow yourself to use Humor on a daily basis. You will Thank Yourself!

Have A GREAT DAY, Laugh!

Having a GREAT day should ALWAYS be in the plan, Steve Rizzohttp://youtu.be/kuQPCS9r8Lc

LIFE & FUN

Life can be fun, if you make it so.

Learn To Dance in the Rain

Last week I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of Ameritus Financial. My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace the changes and intense growth they were currently […]

Experiencing True Happiness

I would like to get something off my chest. As many of you know, my mission in life is to show people how to be happy and successful, regardless what their circumstances are. Let me make this perfectly clear! I am in no way expecting anyone to be happy 24-7, 365 days a year. Give […]

Attitude of Gratitude by Steve Rizzo

On May 31st I spoke to a wonderful group of people at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Connecticut. On the way home the Limo driver asked me what I did for a living. I told him that I speak to groups all over the world on how to be happy and successful regardless of what their […]

Choose to be Happy Now

Choose to be happy now, no matter what is happening around you. If you wait for something else to change first, you don’t stand a chance at happiness. How’s that for delivering the truth?

Your Higher Self

The real purpose of frustration isn’t to frustrate you. It’s to push you to align with your higher-self, Steve Rizzo. http://bit.ly/kaDw4M

Which One Are You Feeding

Recently I was on a flight from New York to Portland Oregon. This doesn’t happen too often, but the service was exceptionally good. There was one flight attendant in particular who stood out from the rest. His smile was genuine. What I mean is that I had a sense that he smiled because he wanted […]

America’s Collective Humor Being

A few weeks after 9/11, I experienced an inward glow when I witnessed America’s collective Humor Being helping us to shift our focus away from the pain. Not only was Osama Bin Laden being bombarded by air strikes, but also by punch lines. Late night television hosts like Jay Leno led the attack and helped […]

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE LAUGHTER

There is nothing like laughter that can instantly shift your mind into a good mood and help you to bounce back to enjoy the day. Not even sex has the same power- and this is coming from someone of the male gender. What I mean is that, to most men sex is like pizza. When […]

A Salute to Nurses Everywhere – Worth Repeating

The Happiest people don’t always have the best of everything: they just make the most of everything that comes along.

The Goal is Just a Gift

For those of you who think that achieving the goal is the most important attribute to success, you are wrong. Achievement does not make the person. The goal is just a gift. It’s how you’ve lived and what you’ve done to achieve the goal that brings value to it. It’s the challenges that dare you […]

Don’t Relinquish Your Control

Too many people relinquish control of their lives and accept their circumstances for what they might seem to be. Why? They don’t know they have a choice, the tools, the power, or the know-how to confront their fears and challenges head on. I am telling you that you do. You always have a choice, you […]

I Believe In Miracles

Someone asked me the other day if I believed in miracles and divine intervention. Without missing a beat I said, “Yes.” I also believe that when times are tough, especially when the odds are against us, we all have opportunities to perform our own miracles. It’s a matter of how you perceive and meet the […]

For Your Sake

For your sake, especially during though times get into the habit of choosing positive thoughts and speaking empowering words. Focus on hope, gratitude and seeing the good during adverse times, and you will discover a brighter day, regardless of what is happening to you.

Nothing In Life Is Wasted

On of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is that nothing in life is wasted if I view it as a lesson learned. I needed every experience to help me grow. And I mean every single experience; the good and the bad, the successes and the failures, the pain and the glory. I now understand […]

About Positive People

For those of you who think otherwise; Positive people do not get a free pass from life’s pain. They simply have ways of feeling the pain, recognizing the situation calls for a new viewpoint, and shifting their perspective. When the tears are gone they choose to seek the joy that the world still has to […]

Resilience & Bouncing Back

The path towards the goal is where your life unfolds and happiness becomes truyly meaningful. ~Steve Rizzo

When Shift Happens

Life is an ongoing obstacle course, always challenging you to be the best you can be. Each obstacle, no matter how big or small, is an opportunity for you to make the choice to shift your perspective and view it through the eyes of hope and peace. This is what acquiring a positive attitude is […]

Breaking Negative Beliefs

One of the keys to breaking negative beliefs is to become aware that you are creating barriers in your life.

When Shift Happens, Your Life Changes

Life Can Be Rough.

Life can be rough, period. Laughter has a way of smoothing out the wrinkles, period.

Nurses The Unsung Heroes

This is for Nurses everywhere, Thank YOU!!!

Steve Rizzo-No I’m not Mary Poppins

Everyone for Ethan

On the evening of November 6th, Gina and I attended a benefit for Ethan Brons. Ethan is a 21 month old boy who is suffering from an extremely rare disease called Periodic Fever Syndrome. Below is part a letter from Ethan’s family that was written in a local paper. We would like to extend our […]

My Brother Gave Me the Finger

As a humor keynote professional speaker, I have this video for you. It is dedicated to all who have served in the military a Heartfelt Thank You! Here is a story of inspiration. “My Brother Gave Me the Finger”.

Family Members

Earlier this morning I took my 16 year old Lab Casey for a walk. I swear I couldn’t help but wonder if she needed to go, or if she sensed that I needed to get out in the fresh air to clear my head. Dogs are like that you know. Not only do they have […]

The Most Valuable Lesson

On October 13, 2010 I spoke for over 300 district and field managers for American Family Mutual Life Insurance Company. The mission for the event was to provide them with resources, tools and information on how to deal with the many changes the organization is now experiencing. Oh, by the way, I had a blast […]

To Struggling Performers & Artists Everywhere

September 28, 2010 I donated my services and spoke to AFTRA, (American Federation of Television and Radio Association.) Although it was a small group, (actors, dancers, performers and writers) the response was huge. I’m still getting e-mails thanking me for showing them how to cope with so many of the unique problems and challenges that […]

Job Well Done And We Had Fun

Last week I invited my friends and business associates Ed Primeau and Shelley Sink to spend 4 days and 3 nights at my home. The plan was to make this visit a joint venture of business/vacation and I must say that it was a brilliant idea. We all had an absolute blast! Great food, great […]

Think Bold Pray Bold

Last week Gina and I took a 4 hour drive to my brother Michael’s summer home in up-state New York. We both needed some time off, away from the usual hustle and bustle. The drive up was very relaxing. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. I already sensed that 3 days away from work was exactly […]

Taking Time Off Is Not A Waste Of Time

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot people complaining that they are overwhelmed and stressed out over their jobs. One way to remedy work-related stress and overwhelm is to simply take some time off, even for just a short while, and do something that lifts you spirit. Why not? You deserve it! Unfortunately, there are those […]

Enjoy The Roses Outside Your Window Today

I just read something from Dale Carnegie and I want to share it with you. “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon–instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming […]

A Change In Direction

Last week I was attending a National Speakers Association conference at The Marriott World Hotel in Orlando FL. On Sunday Evening a group of us were sitting in the lobby area telling stories, laughing and having fun. Then someone said, “Hey Steve, why did you quit stand-up-comedy? I always thought you were one of the […]

Lessons Learned

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that my dad passed away a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I have come to this conclusion. The greatest gift our parent’s give us are lessens we choose to learn along the way. Guess what? It is your responsibility […]

Humor Being To The Rescue

A few years ago, I was speaking in the Midwest. I needed to stock up on writing accessories, so I drove to a nearby K-Mart. As I proceeded to purchase my goods, I noticed there was only one register open, so I took my place at the end of a long line. While waiting, I […]

That’s What Humor Does

Last week I was on my way to Kona, Hawaii to give a keynote speech to over one thousand people. I called home during my connection in Los Angeles and my wife told me my father passed away. I made a decision to continue on to Kona. My plan was to give my speech the […]

Hello world!

Welcome to Steve Rizzo’s Blog.

How I Captivate My Audience

No matter what group I’m speaking to or what program I’m giving, I always start off with 5 to 10 minutes of non-stop comedy. Why? Because nothing can captivate an audience and hold their attention more than “The Power Of Laughter.” As soon as the laughter starts I can actually feel the tension in the […]

Hell or Heaven

Ralph Waldo Emerson was right when he said, “To different minds, the same world is a hell or heaven.” It’s a matter of perspective.The same occurrence can be experienced and interpreted in different ways by different people. There are those who view little mishaps as a major catastrophe, while others find the humor in them. […]

Being Successful

The entire world can view your life as the ultimate success story, but the bottom line is this: If you are not happy, you are not successful.

Speak Words That Empower

We need to be especially careful about the words we speak out loud when things aren’t going the way we want. Yes, it’s true that what you think is what you get, but what you say out loud in the midst of troubling times has even greater impact on how long you stay in those […]

Reality Is Whatever You Identify With

It absolutely amazes me that there are people who have been given every opportunity in life and still manage to sabotage their success and destroy their chance at happiness. Somewhere along the way they have adopted a negative perception about life and they continue to reinforce that perception by obsessive thinking. Let’s face it; it’s […]

I Love My Job

On March 13th I flew to Macau China, where I experienced five incredible days of laughter, friendship, great food, great wine, and top notch service. No, I wasn’t on vacation. It was a business trip. Fortunately, I’m in the type of business where quite often it’s difficult to tell the difference. Yes I love my […]

It’s A Matter Of Choice

Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self pity. But hold on! If this is true, then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in that manner?The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have […]

Part 2: Why You Are Here by Steve Rizzo

I think we can all agree that life is an ongoing obstacle course, always challenging you to be the best you can be. Each obstacle, no matter how big or small, is an opportunity for you to shift your perspective and view it through the eyes of hope and peace, and that choice my friend […]

Part 1: Why You Are Here

This is for anyone who is currently going through tough times. This is for anyone who is always having difficulty dealing with adversity at work or in life. And this is for anyone who can’t escape from the confines of feeling victimized. Adversity is necessary in order for you to grow. This is something optimistic […]

The Foundation To A Healthy Attitude

By now I’m sure you’ve heard or read the saying “Attitude Is Everything.” Or, perhaps you’ve read or heard the phrase, “It’s All About Attitude.” If you haven’t, well, you just did. My job is to show people how to acquire the attitude they need to succeed on all levels of life. Not just at […]

Steve’s Nothing But The Funny Stuff

It’s always darkest before the dawn, so if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it!

Steve’s Nothing But The Funny Stuff

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a flat tire, no spare, and a dead cell phone.

LIVE!

Steve Rizzo, “Don’t just survive, step outside your comfort zone & LIVE!

Your Foundation To Success

The key to creating the success and happiness you desire is to build your life on a rock-solid foundation. Read that again my friend. Why? Because it seems to be something most people don’t ever consider. Let me ask you a question. Would you build your dream house without a strong foundation to support it? […]

Don’t Fear The Mountains!

Don’t fear the mountains in the distance, they can challenge you, keep your head up, & sometimes help raise you higher than you thought possible.

I Know What Stress Is

People go to comedy clubs because they want to laugh. Why do they want to laugh? The same reason they have sex. It makes them feel good. That’s the bottom line. Laughter simply makes you feel good. It charges your inner battery and helps you to cope with tough times. When you laugh, your body […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Scars can remind us of where we’ve been, they don’t have to dictate where we’re going! Happy New Year, it’s yours to put to good use!!

IF YOU CAN FIND HUMOR IN ANYTHING…

Years ago, I was watching a television news special. Dan Rather was interviewing Bill Cosby only weeks after his son was murdered. After sharing his grief over his son’s death, the comedian was asked what I thought was a very difficult, if not unfair, question. “Now that Bill Cosby’s son is no longer with us,” […]

Failing At Something

Failing at something doesn’t matter – It’s how You Deal with it that does! https://www.steverizzo.com/SteveRizzosSecretMinuteToSuccess.aspx?vid=2

NEVER LOSE HOPE

Never lose Hope – Even the smallest Light Shines in the darkness.https://www.steverizzo.com/SteveRizzosSecretMinuteToSuccess.aspx?vid=1

For Those Who Are Still Waiting

Time Ticking away the moments that make up a dull dayYou fritter and waste the hours in an off hand wayKicking around on a piece of ground in your home townWaiting for someone or something to show you the way Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rainYou are young and […]

Better Left to Chance

Holding you, I held everythingFor a moment, wasn’t I the kingBut if I’d only known how the king would fallHey who’s to say , you know I might have changed it allAnd now I”m glad I didn’t knowThe way it all would end, the way it all would goOur lives, are better left in chance, […]

A Powershift in Focus!

Pay It Forward

On September 8th 2009, I donated my time and lead an effort to empower a staff of over 500 employees at a soon-to-be-closed American Airline call center in Windsor, Connecticut. The event was held at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, in Uncasville Connecticut. I have flown all over the country with American Airlines during […]

WORK SHOULD BE FUN

Hello my friends, and once again welcome to my Blah, Blah, Blah, Blog. Well I am about to launch my new video Demo. I must say that it is the best video I have ever done. Thanks to the great Ed Primeau and Shelly Sink. Ed has been my business associate and close friend for […]

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

In every experience you face, there is always a moment when all problems start out as merely seed possibilities. It is your responsibility to make sure that they don’t blossom into emotional havoc. Every spiritually evolved person that I have read about alludes to a principle that states that there is always a peaceful part […]

Change…. Enjoy The Process.

IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU VIEW IT

Years ago, I was waiting for what I considered to be a very important phone call from my agent. He had left a message the night before stating that three shows that had been booked were now cancelled, and a television special I was in the running for, now looked bleak. I immediately called him […]

TAKE CONTROL

Years ago, in the middle of my comedy career, I was in New York City, driving a rental car that kept breaking down. It was ninety-eight degrees, the air conditioning didn’t work, and sweat was pouring from my body. To make matters worse, I was in the world’s biggest traffic jam and I was already […]

Secret Minute To Success – Start Your Day in a Good Mood.

EMOTIONAL SELF-DEFENSE

One Saturday night, years ago, I was performing at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. I was backstage conversing with a fellow comedian named Steve. We were discussing what a trip it was to make people laugh and better yet, get paid for it. We agreed that the power of laughter has many medicinal purposes. […]

WAY BEYOND COMEDY

Quite often people come up to me and say, Steve (because that’s my name), what’s one of the main characteristics that separates a comedian from everyone else? I simply respond, that it’s the way a comedian looks at life. A comedian views life and all of its obstacles, absurdities, tragedies, mistakes, incomprehensibility’s, and embarrassing moments […]

Change: What You Think Is What You Get!

Let me make this perfectly clear my friends, change is inevitable in the workplace today!!! Right now we are all experiencing very challenging times in regards to an uncertain and shaky economy. The result; companies are going out of business, people are getting laid off, and many are being forced to change their lifestyles. Regardless […]

LAUGHTER & EXTREME ADVERSITY

Years ago, I attended the wake and funeral services of a friend who was killed in a car crash. He was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I have been to many wakes, viewings, funeral services and memorials throughout the course of my life, but there was something special about this […]

UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR "HUMOR BEING"

We’re living in a world that’s moving incredibly fast. On top of our personal problems and everyday pressures, we read the newspapers and watch the evening newscasts to learn that corporations are being forced to downsize and massive technological advancements in the workplace are causing people to drastically change their lives. Cell phones, Blackberry’s, e-mails, […]

Speak Words that Empower You

Thoughts are one thing. Sometimes, you can even convince yourself that you’re not being very negative, especially when the situation really calls for some good old fashioned angst. Words are an entirely different and often times more powerful animal. We need to be especially careful about the words we speak out loud when things aren’t […]

What It Means To Be Positive

Anyone can tell you that one key to living a happy, successful life is having a positive attitude, especially during adverse times. I know that sometimes there just isn’t justification for all the unfortunate things that happen to us. But I also know that we all have what it takes to deal with misfortune when […]

What You Think Is What You Get

I find it absolutely amazing that some people seem to have every advantage within their reach and still manage to destroy their lives and sabotage their success and happiness. Then there are those who seem to have every disadvantage thrown their way and choose to move forward and refuse to go down. They take what […]

Hello Fellow Bloggers,Just thought I would keep you up to date on what’s happening in “Rizzo World”. I am very proud and excited to announce the launching of a new addition to my Website. It’s called Rizzo’s Comedy Cellar. Or as my friend Jeffery Gitomer says “Comedy Seller”.Here you can purchase vintage comedy performances from […]

The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch July 21, 2008

On July 21, 2008 I was a guest on “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch on CNBC. The segment title was called, Inside the minds of those who have achieved the American Dream. Other guests included Erin Brockovich, famous for the Academy Award winning movie “Erin Brockovich”. Famous Dave Anderson, entrepreneur and multi-millionaire and Paul […]

You always have a choice how to respond to life

Hello out there- Here’s some advice for those who travel a lot. Get use to the long lines and high prices. There is really not much you can do about it. Complaining doesn’t help. In fact it only makes a tough situation worse. I know it is an inconvenience to have to take off your […]

What kind of name is BLOG?

HELLO OUT THERE! Welcome to my BLOG. What kind of a name is BLOG? It sounds like some kind of disease. “Steve can’t come out now, because he’s got the BLOG.” Anyway, I just came back from a speaking engagement at the El Conquistador Resort in San Juan Puerto Rico. Yes, the crowd did love […]

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