Rain Delay Speech


There is a serious leadership moment when Heyward called a Team Meeting (Players only) during the rain delay in Game 7.

Heyward’s message, via MLB.com:

“I told them I love them. I told them I’m proud of the way they overcame everything together. I told them everyone has to look in the mirror, and know everyone contributed to this season and to where we are at this point. I said, ‘I don’t know how it’s going to happen, how we’re going to do it, but let’s go out and try to get a W.'”

Great lessons for all of us.  We all have moments when we need to give the right speech at the right time.
When has been a time in your life when you heard the right thing at the right time?  Have you been the person that needed to give this speech?  Comment below!

Watch the Speech here: Rain Delay Speech

Being Grateful

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on what we are most grateful for this year.  I am particularly grateful for family, good health, great business partners, In-n-out and the Lakers winning (lately!).

I received the following article from Michael Josephson.  I’ve been following him since I moved to LA in 1998.  He ran a radio program called “Character Counts”, and I have found his blogs and words of wisdom to be a great inspiration.

Enjoy these words on gratitude and it’s importance.  What are you grateful for this season?  I would love to hear about it in the comments section!



Be Thankful for Your Parents

On this Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to remind children of all ages to think about your parents and all the things you could feel thankful for. Even if you didn’t have a perfect home life or ideal parents, it’s a good day to appreciate those who need affirmation, approval, and encouragement as much as you did when you were a child.

It’s natural to criticize your parents and be preoccupied with your own life, but this doesn’t free you from the basic responsibility to be courteous, kind, empathetic, respectful, and grateful.

Children, especially teens and young adults, often become so self-absorbed with their own lives that they really believe they’re too busy or too poor to be attentive to their parents’ emotional needs. They don’t make thoughtful phone calls or get even symbolic birthday, anniversary, or holiday gifts (with parents, it really is the thought that counts). Because their parents forgive them, they think what they did or didn’t do is okay. Well, it isn’t.

You have an enormous power to cause happiness or hurt. Sharing good news, even asking for advice, can give your mom or dad great pleasure and pride. If, however, you ignore, demean, or shut out your parents due to thoughtlessness or malice, you can cause enduring distress, even misery.

Good parents – the ones who are easiest to hurt – change their lives in thousands of ways for their children. They don’t do it for gratitude, but they deserve thankfulness. In a moment of despair, King Lear utters an age-old truth: “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”

Make America Kind Again

With the results of the election settling in it really bothers me to see how much hate there is.  Trump fans are boastful and insulting (it seems).  Clinton fans (or Trump Haters) are very unhappy and vocal.
Check out how this one mom is trying to spread kindness amongst all the negativity out there
Somehow we all need to stop the hate.  

Football Lesson in Leadership

I’m sure a bunch of you watched the Sunday night football game between the Seahawks and the Cardinals.  Pretty crazy finish to say the least.

Check out this article from Inc.com.  It’s a great lesson regarding leadership.  How the two coaches reacted and talked about their players to the media is something that we can all learn from.
As leaders, our goal is to build confidence in our people.  Pete Carroll is definitely proficient at this.
Enjoy the read!
Photo from Getty Images

What can I learn/know right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?

Check out my entire answers on Quora.com: https://www.quora.com/What-can-I-learn-know-right-now-in-10-minutes-that-will-be-useful-for-the-rest-of-my-life/answer/Jaime-Hepp?srid=uYPGu

1) Be a person of your word. It might seem old school – let your word be your bond. It’s interesting how people that can be taken seriously, people that have a high amount of trust from others – they do the simple things like following through with the things they say they’re going to do. I think a lot of people underestimate the power of “let your word be your bond”.

Kobe Bryant’s Work Ethic

I have a special place in my heart for Kobe.  We were both new comers to LA in the late 90’s.  He was an up-and-coming superstar in a great city… and I was a wanna-be entrepreneur in this same great city.  Kobe, Shaq, and team struggled in the beginning – as did I.  Learning about myself; trying to figure myself out; strengths; weaknesses; teammates.
I observed Kobe.  Kobe studied MJ (my childhood idol) and became the closest thing to Jordan since Jordan.  (Read MJ – The Life – and there’s a really good chapter in there about how Jordan knew Kobe was “The One”).  Kobe was relentless.  His work ethic was not to be matched.  Kobe was a terrific player, but his leadership was suspect – and he needed to improve in this area.  While crafting his game as one of the best the world had ever seen, he learned how to increase his leadership lid.  Kobe stumbled in his personal life and created many haters – myself included.  He showed us how to bounce back.  His family showed us how to forgive and move on.  Kobe made me a fan again; he made a lot of us fans again.  Kobe gave us hope in ourselves bouncing back – no matter what we were dealing with.
Los Angeles experienced something really cool, and fans partied.  I have so many fond memories of walking out of Staples Center, local restaurants, my office – and celebrating with my fellow Angelinos.  There’s something really cool about high-fiving everyone (fans at the game, fans in the restaurants, the homeless people on the street).  The city really unified and became one – and it seemed that one’s social status meant nothing.  We were all Lakers fans.  Nothing else mattered.  I fell in love with LA; and LA became home.


I find athletics and business to be two of the same.  Long hours, commitment, overcoming adversity, winning, losing, reinventing yourself, etc.
It has been fun and educational studying Kobe Bryant over the years.  His relentlessness is admirable (in my opinion) – and I think his will to win (like MJ) is something we can all insert in to our careers.


I hope you find value in the article below.  I hope there is some inspiration here to help us all “step up our games”.  Enjoy the read.  ~ Jaime
Check out the original article by Business Insider on: http://www.businessinsider.com/kobe-bryant-insane-work-ethic-2013-8

22 examples of Kobe Bryant’s insane work ethic

– He works out harder and earlier than even the NBA’s best players.

– He had Nike shave a few millimeters off the bottom of his shoes in 2008 to get ‘a hundredth of a second better reaction time’

– He says he taught himself to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on piano by ear.

See the entire list on Business Insider. 

Greatness Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Kobe Bryant playing against a high school all-star or Jaime Hepp aka the Vanilla Mamba delivering a morning meeting versus a new leader. What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional? Better yet, how do you go from being mediocre, prospering to good, then excelling to great? We all know most people are satisfied with just being good, but the select few, the special ones, always strive to be great. Excelling at long term goals can be fickle. There are many factors that have to commence for greatness to happen, even so one thing is for sure, you can’t become great without a consistent regimen to keep you on the right path.

How many have seen the meme where the two guys are digging for the treasure and the one guy stops right before he gets to it and the other guy is still frantically digging, destined to reach the treasure. This paints the perfect analogy of getting discouraged before you become consistent. There are many trials; many versions of yourself that need to be flushed out before your final form is reached.

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Da Vinci and Michelangelo each spent 4 years painting the Mona Lisa and Sistine Chapel. Most of us are not art connoisseurs but if you ever get a chance to take a closer look at those works, you can see how meticulous each man was with their art; how much thought and focus they must have put into each brush stroke to get it right. Also, knowing they would go through several versions before finishing the priceless work we see today.

Greatness doesn’t happen overnight. With the way the media is today you may see more of the process, but you can guarantee it did not manifest in the segment that it is being shown. As well, a mantra of patience should be a constant reminder particularly because we are so impatient. We need to remember that if Da Vinci could not paint the Mona Lisa in one try, then our discouragement should pale in comparison; and rather, we find ourselves making small ‘strokes’ to reach a larger masterpiece.