Motivational Speaker Says – Got Joy? Give it Away!

PulseLong before I became a motivational speaker, I was a professional actor. I performed on stage in dramas, comedies, musicals, and the classics. I loved it. Passionately, deeply, sincerely loved it. And today, after seeing a production of a show called "Noah Racey's Pulse" at the Asolo State Theater, I saw a much bigger picture of what might be going on when an audience shows up to watch a bunch of actors, singers and dancers leap and hop around on a stage.  Something that everyone could benefit from – regardless of what they do for a job – or in life.

Actually, today was my fourth time seeing the show in one week. The first time I saw it, I had tears running down my face for half the show – and the tears showed up for every performance thereafter.  I was, simply put, overwhelmed with this tremendous feeling of joy. The cast was a brilliantly talented group of singers and dancers, drummers and musicians. Conceived, choreographed, written and narrated in spoken word artistry by Mr. Racey, he and the rest of the cast proved to be some of the most astonishing performers I have ever seen.  Prior to today's show, I had been fully fixated on the EXTREME over-the-top passion that every single person exuded as they sang or danced. There was not one single nanosecond of "work" going on on that stage. Nothing but passion and joy and love and happiness exploding from each and every one of them. And oh, how I caught that passion. Hence – the tears of sheer joy.

But today I noticed something else. From where I was sitting in the theater, I could see other audience members. And I saw that they ALL, like me, had caught the passion of the performers. Yes, like me they were screaming and wildly applauding. They leapt to their feet just as I did in spontaneous standing ovations in the middle of the show. They laughed, they cried, they were stunned and moved and totally filled with….joy. Hundreds of people, old, young, and from every walk in life were undeniably, unapologetically and unabashedly happy

The actor/singer/dancers all felt it and freely expressed it – and we caught it. I was lifted up by it. I felt like every single cell in my body was nourished and healed by this tranferrence of joy.  And that got me to thinking.

What if we did that? You and me. What if we made the decision that WHATEVER we bring to the world in the name of work – we would infuse it with joy? How happy would we be? How happy would that make the people around us?  How much sheer FUN would that be?

Oh, I can hear it now. "But I don't even LIKE my job. How can I be joyous about it?"  Or, "But I'm surrounded by idiots. They won't LET me by joyous."

Okay. Two things here.

One: If you are not joyous in your job – or with the people in your life you have three choices. 

  • You can learn to be joyous in SPITE of your circumstances or the people (yes, it can be done.)
  • You can leave. You really do have that option. And/or…
  • Accept everything the way it is, and give up on the "joy thing." (You might want to stop reading now if this one applies to you.)  

Two: If you can't be joyous at work – then find SOMETHING to get joyous about! Painting, gardening, volunteering, something, grand-parenting! Get over-the-moon happy about what you are doing and then go give it away to anyone who comes within a five mile radius of you. You will be SOOO happy you did. And they will be so happy you did.

Oh, and if this show ever comes ANYWHERE near you, go see it. You'll be…um…happy you did (is there a recurrent theme here?)


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I wish I could see that show! But regardless, COUNT ME IN!!!!!

  2. And by the way, Linda, this is how people feel when they are around you. You exude joy and happiness. It pours out of you. And it is contagious. I promise.

  3. Amen to that, Kelly!  Linda, I feel my spirit lift when I'm in your company and I see that same effect you have on others!  To quote Mother Teresa (again, Marilyn) "Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."  Let's be that joy everybody!

  4. Yes there is a theme here, and that is that we all celebrate YOU and the joy and happiness you bring to eveyone you encounter.  Linda I am thrilled you were able to expereince this show and noitice all the happy faces around you… because ususally you are the one on stage and the lights probably prevent you from seeing all those smiles : )  I have all my fingers crossed this show will head up to NYC next, and you can bet this keynote speaker will be in the audience!!!  

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