Influence: Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

The man, the myth, and the legend. Hugh Hefner has lived a life that many people dream of (men in particular). A magazine, beautiful women, mansion, and of course, money. Mr. Hefner has done it all and seen it all (literally). So, what brings me to Hugh Hefner? Well, you have to go back when I was a teenager. Like all curious teenage boys, I was very curious (and intrigued) about Playboy magazine. In today’s world all you have to do is search anything on Google, but seeing and feeling a Playboy magazine in your hands was something magical. Playboy was always the frontrunner in featuring beautiful women in their magazines, but it wasn’t until I got older that I understood the comment, “I read Playboy for the articles.” Once you gaze over the women in the magazine and start to read the articles, you quickly realize that there’s damn good writing in Playboy.

It never dawned on me to learn more about Hugh Hefner. I thought he was just living the life (which he was and still is), but once I started to hear more about Hugh Hefner over they years, I finally began to learn more about him. Hugh Hefner was a man of many talents and interests. For instance, I never knew that Mr. Hefner was a big fan of jazz music, and featured his favorite musical artists on ‘Playboy After Dark’, and he fought against racism. There was just more to Hugh Hefner than meets the eye, and I was impressed by the way he ran Playboy and the way that he respected women and gave them a platform to succeed in life.

Playboy Magazine

I was most impressed by Mr. Hefner’s ability to start Playboy from the ground up, and turn it into one of the most recognizable magazines in the world. When I first started my blog, I didn’t know exactly what to write. Whatever came to mind, I would quickly put together a post. If you look back on previous posts on my blog, you’ll find that I interviewed a lot of models. I never intended to go down that route, but that all changed when I sent out an email to Abigail Ratchford. Abigail was just starting out as a model when I first interviewed her, but now she’s a sensation. Abigail has been on TMZ countless times, and she’s been dominating on Instagram. She was very impressed with my unique questions and my ability to engage her in good conversation. Since I first interviewed her, we’ve become good friends, and I’ll be forever grateful for that. And ironically, Abigail has done photo shoots for Playboy and even shot some content with them. Like Hugh Hefner, I was starting something that gave me great satisfaction knowing that I just wasn’t doing the same thing such as other publications and websites.

Playboy Magazine

Other people may view Hugh Hefner differently than I, but I see him as a pioneer and an innovator. He was truly passionate about the work he was doing, and he paid exceptional detail to each and every magazine that was put out. Things are a lot different now with Playboy, but I’ll always be inspired by Hugh Hefner whether I’m writing something down on paper or typing.

Influence: Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins

Next up in my Influence series is the master of self-improvement, Tony Robbins. With his booming voice and a stature like a WWE wrestler, Tony Robbins has been helping people achieve their dreams and conquer their fears for over three decades. I first stumbled upon Tony Robbins in my early twenties. Like everyone else seeking out Tony Robbins, I was looking to make my life better and gain an edge in life. When I first started to read Tony Robbin’s book ‘Awake the Giant Within,’ I was blown away. Tony has a way of speaking (and writing) that gets to you on a personal level. It’s as if he’s sitting right next to you and talking you through things. Of course, I couldn’t stop there: I wanted more. With over three decades of work, Tony Robbins has published books and his top selling audio programs. It wasn’t long before I purchased Tony Robbin’s audio programs, and it was worth every penny. Listening to his audio program was refreshing, and the way that Tony talks about the program get through to you in a way like nobody else can.

Now don’t get me wrong: you’re not going to change your life overnight, and that’s what I like about Tony Robbins the most. He lays out the truth to you that you must put in the work to succeed in your life. Tony is all about results, and to get those results that you want in your life, you have to work continuously on yourself and do a daily assessment of where you’re at and where you want to be. Tony Robbins lays out the foundation for you to succeed. It’s up to you on how far you want to go and how much work you’re willing to put in.

Over the years, Tony Robbins has received criticism and skepticism about his work and his products. The truth of the matter is that people are claiming that Tony is taking people’s money or that he’s not truthful is downright wrong. There is no magic pill in life. Tony has never claimed to guarantee anybody anything. He’s an open book (pardon the pun), and he has nothing to hide. Just like any other product: results may vary. You don’t go three decades helping people out by being a conman.

Just recently, Tony Robbins had a documentary made about him and his top selling program “Date with Destiny” on Netflix titled ‘I am not your Guru.’ It’s an excellent documentary detailing what goes on at a Tony Robbins event. You can even see for yourself how much Tony cares about helping people and the situations that they’re trying to get out of. I encourage you to set some time aside and watch this amazingly made documentary. There’s no doubt that Tony Robbins has a gift, and it’s something special to behold when he gets a person to snap out of their state of negative thinking and depressed mindset.

Tony Robbins has had a huge influence on my life, and he’s gotten me to see life in a different aspect. I’ll keep on using his techniques and will always refer to his books and audio programs from time to time. Everyone has had an aha moment in their life once (or a few times), and mine just happened to be with Mr. Robbins and his books/programs. In closing, I would like to leave you with Tony’s sendoff message, “Live with passion.”

Influence: David Copperfield

David Copperfield


My first influence that I’m going to share with you is none other than the greatest (arguably) of all-time, David Copperfield. I’ve been interested and fascinated in magic since I was a child. Watching David Copperfield on TV was so inspiring, and I wanted to be just like him. Eventually, my passion for magic grew, and my parents ended up buying me a magic set. I thought it was so cool to not only know how an illusion is done but how to perform it correctly as well. When I was ten years old, my parents surprised me with tickets to the Fox Theater in Detroit for David Copperfield. Seeing him perform live was something that I’ll never forget. What makes David Copperfield so special is his passion for magic and people. Whether you’re watching him live on stage or youtube, you can feel the energy and the impeccable storytelling that David Copperfield possesses.

It’s so rare to come across someone like David Copperfield. To be so dedicated to the art of magic, and to keep coming up with new illusions and tricks is very impressive. David is constantly trying to improve the art of magic, and he thoroughly enjoys performing for people. Still to this day, I perform magic, and I always feel a sense of amazement and wonder no matter how many times I watch David Copperfield perform. I’ll always remember the impact that David Copperfield had on me (and still does). Below is a video of one of my favorite performances by the man himself. I encourage you to get into magic and see for yourself how rewarding it can be.

How Influences Made Me A Better Person



I believe that influences play a key factor in one’s  life. We are molded by different people that we come into contact with during our lifetime. Sure our parents, friends, and coaches have an impact on all of us as we’re growing up, but people can also influence us that we never meet. Whether it be through books, TV, or movies at one point, we’ve all been influenced by someone that we admire. I’m going to share with you over several posts who has influenced me in my life so far. I hope to accomplish two things: let you (the reader) know more about me and my life, and I hope that people can share who their influences are. I’ve always been fascinated by reading about people and how they got to where they are today. Starting tomorrow, I will reveal who my influences are one by one. I hope you stick around and get to know more about me.