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Duane Michael Wagner St. Petersburg Florida Chief Marketing Officer Proactive Health

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Michael Wagner Vero Beach Florida

Highly accomplished, visionary executive with proven ability to impact financial, social, and political goals through commitment to global issues, innovation, and diversity. Results-oriented, decisive leader offering 15+ years of success in sales, operations, and marketing. Deliver excellence in execution and developing people, utilizing international / multicultural experience to provide unique perspective and creative solutions, achieving high performance within diverse organizational cultures. Demonstrate rapid advancement based on high performance, with the ability to quickly transfer skills across industries. Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity, and solid work ethic; creative, highly analytical, and able to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects with keen attention to detail, excellent organization, and outstanding persuasive skills. Able to skillfully inspire, motivate, and lead teams for consistently winning outcomes.

Weekends In the Burg Michael Wagner Financial Services Executive Palm Beach Gardens

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Michael Wagner Executive Profile Financial Services St. Petersburg Florida

Highly accomplished, visionary executive with proven ability to impact financial, social, and political goals through commitment to global issues, innovation, and diversity. Results-oriented, decisive leader offering 15+ years of success in sales, operations, and marketing. Deliver excellence in execution and developing people, utilizing international / multicultural experience to provide unique perspective and creative solutions, achieving high performance within diverse organizational cultures. Demonstrate rapid advancement based on high performance, with the ability to quickly transfer skills across industries. Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity, and solid work ethic; creative, highly analytical, and able to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects with keen attention to detail, excellent organization, and outstanding persuasive skills. Able to skillfully inspire, motivate, and lead teams for consistently winning outcomes.

Michael Wagner Palm Beach Gardens Financial Services Executive

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Teaching yoga may seem glamorous and exciting to some. It appears we have boundless energy, that we just do yoga all day long, stretching and relaxing.

We wish this was true. Teaching yoga is a job. A pleasure of course, but a job nonetheless. Here are some little known facts about what it’s like to teach:

We consider it a complete honor to teach you:

Guiding a group of people through a practice is such a humbling and moving experience that we’re sometimes on the verge of tears as the class ends—that’s the kind of impact it has on us.

Seeing the sincerity and vulnerability you bring to your practice, your courage in the face of fear, and experiencing your playfulness and sense of adventure when we show you something new is simply amazing.

Please realize that we’re human too: 

Some days we’re tired, our body hurts, and we’d rather be kicking back on a lounge chair with a drink in our hand having our feet rubbed while someone fans us with palm fronds.

Yes, there are days when we’re not always feeling all charged up and ready to teach but we dig deep and bring our best anyway. Just like you, we have bills to pay, children to care for, and all of the usual “stuff” to deal with. So sometimes we may seem not quite as cheery when class begins but the beautiful thing is that just a few minutes into teaching you, everything shifts and we’re getting just a yoga stoned as you are.

We’re not perfect (far from it) and sometimes our best efforts will fall short but let’s make a deal; you bring your best each time and so will we!

Do you have any idea how thrilling it is for us to watch you progress?

Our favorite classes are the ones when we see one or more of you break through a barrier or progress in an asana—and we’re still grinning about it the next day. We all remember the milestones in our practice (including back when we couldn’t even touch our toes) so seeing you progress and grow is one of the non-monetary ways we get paid.

We still remember your first headstand like a proud parent and we especially love it when you do something we can’t do anymore (or never could). So, please keep coming to class and keep practicing!

Teaching beginners, people with debilitating injuries, and special populations is a much bigger challenge for us since it requires more training, patience, and attention:

Some teachers avoid these classes altogether and we think they are missing out.

The easiest thing in the world is to teach a bunch of young, fit, and bendy people in an intermediate or advanced asana class.  It’s like teaching a bunch of birds to fly—they already know how!

Recently we interacted with an up and coming celebri-yogi who claimed that all they want to do is teach young and healthy people. Well, of course! You don’t need to modify poses, make adjustments, or even pay a lot of attention when teaching young, healthy, and fit yogis. They more or less know the poses, they are less likely to get hurt (and if they do, they can just walk it off), and they progress rapidly.

BUT! For those long time teachers, with years of experience teaching, that have experienced injuries and illnesses, and the limitations that come with age, it is a joy! Teaching those that need yoga (and those with physical limitations and illnesses really need yoga!) is so much more satisfying. Watching the progress of someone struggling to walk again, or alleviating chronic pain is more satisfying than seeing you do a flawless handstand, or sitting on your head.

Sometimes when certain students show up, we get excited and know it’s going to be a great class because of the amazing energy they bring with them:  

Sometimes we’ll even encourage them to place their mat in a certain spot where their radiant energy can infect more students in the class. Yes, dear yoga student, sometimes your teacher needs a little extra boost and we’re blessed when you cannot just take energy from the class, but to bring and share it as well.

A class is a group experience, and the energy you bring with you affects the entire room! So, put aside your stinkin’ thinkin’ as you lay out your mat, and be open to change your mood and your mind. Yoga affects the most subtle aspects of our selves. Bring your best to every class, even if it’s the worst day of your life. There is solace and love to be found in our practice and our communities!

As we often say, a yoga class is like energetic stone soup, we all bring what we have with us to class, and make it a sincere offering which is mixed together. What is then served back to us is greater than what we gave, and exactly what we need!

Okay, it’s no secret, but we do this because we love it—really:  

We sure aren’t doing it for the money! Sometimes we’re only getting $2-3 of that $15 drop in fee you paid and if you’re attending a yoga festival, we’re usually not getting paid at all.  Oh yeah, and we paid $4 to park there too and you’ll notice our car is not a Lexus but a beat up old Datsun with 230,000 miles on it. At a lot of studios, the yoga teacher is the poorest person in the room—something to remember.

We spend many years and thousands of dollars training to develop these skills and techniques to serve you and most teachers will never recoup materially what they’ve put into that. We do it because we want to share the beautiful gift of this practice, even when it means that doing so requires a sacrifice on our part. So please, respect this.

Also, keep in mind that keeping us after class for 10, 15, or 30 minutes is taking away our time, as well as studio time. Most classes are back to back. This can delay the next class from beginning, and steals time from the teacher of the next class, as well as all the students waiting for the space to be clear.

When our day is done, we want nothing more than to get home, eat, and, perform our necessary chores….maybe even practice ourselves! If you need that much time and have so many questions, book your teacher for a private lesson or consultation. Yes, it costs more. But, the information and personal attention you get in one session can transform your entire practice!

We really wish we could be more helpful when you ask us for advice on medical conditions and psychiatric issues but we are not trained and equipped to deal with them, nor would it be ethical for us to do so:

C’mon, our 200 or 500 hour training certificates (and many of us do spend a lot of extra time studying anatomy and physiology) do not come close to the years of study that goes into medical school and residency!

If there is a kink in your body, our training and experience can help to determine if there is something in your practice causing it or an asana to help it. If you are feeling down and confused, we have enormous supplies of compassion to share. Want some advice on your love life? Oh, we can always give you our opinion (which is exactly worth what you pay for it)! But beyond that, you need to go see a doctor, physical therapist, psychiatrist, therapist, or marriage counselor for anything else.

We don’t practice asana that often:

It’s true. And sad. But so much of our energy goes into your practice!  Most of us have a full-time job and teach part-time. That means a full day working at a desk (where our bodies can get stiffer than yours), followed by a mad dash to get to class so we can teach. Some of us teach full-time. That means 3-5 classes a day. If we’re lucky, they are at the same place. If not, we spend more time in transit than teaching.

Would we rather be practicing? Of course! The more we practice, the more we have to offer. But, it takes a lot more effort for us to find the time and energy to practice than you’d expect.

The secret: long time teachers are the ones that have found a way to teach and maintain their personal practice. So if you want the best possible class, find a long-time teacher/practitioner. Hint: They’re probably going to be older, have some gray hair, and not wearing the sexiest yoga clothes.

Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we can teach it! Or, Just because we can’t do, doesn’t mean we can’t teach it:

A friend recently told us she didn’t want to do yoga anymore because it was too much like “performance art”. That made us sad. But, with yoga festivals having celebri-yogis perform asana “shows” (we used to call those ‘demonstrations’ but there was no rock band or light show), and a barrage of videos and photos on social media, it is no wonder people have that impression. yoga-junky-monkey

But, just because you can do a pose doesn’t mean you can teach it. A gymnast can perform asanas better than a yogi. A monkey can perform them better than a gymnast! While taking a class from a monkey may be interesting (and messy since they like to throw pooh), it may not be the transformative experience you’re looking for.

If we demonstrate a pose, it’s to show that pose and it’s progression, not to show off. If we are in fact showing off, please stop coming! It means we need an ego check and your lack of attendance sends a clear message.

We love seeing you connect and create friendships with other students, being inclusive and welcoming new people into the community:

This is how communities are born, how they grow, and how they thrive.

Community is an important part of the practice. In our communities we can share our joys and sorrows, and find strength when we are weak and share our strength when others need it. We learn more and grow more – together. Our spiritual communities are actually what keep us on our path, keep us teaching even if we are sacrificing financial comfort, weekends, health insurance, and dinners with our families.

It is our community that teaches us our most important lessons. Because it is in our communities that we see ourselves reflected first in students, and gradually, in all things. The biggest truth is that teachers are really just students. We teach to learn from you! And just like you, we are trying, just like you, to improve our practice, master our bodies and minds, and get back to our true Self.

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Michael Wagner Chief Executive Officer Proactive Health currently

Highly accomplished, visionary executive with proven ability to impact financial, social, and political goals through commitment to global issues, innovation, and diversity. Results-oriented, decisive leader offering 15+ years of success in sales, operations, and marketing. Deliver excellence in execution and developing people, utilizing international / multicultural experience to provide unique perspective and creative solutions, achieving high performance within diverse organizational cultures. Demonstrate rapid advancement based on high performance, with the ability to quickly transfer skills across industries. Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity, and solid work ethic; creative, highly analytical, and able to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects with keen attention to detail, excellent organization, and outstanding persuasive skills. Able to skillfully inspire, motivate, and lead teams for consistently winning outcomes.

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Duane Michael Wagner II Executive Leader | Chief Marketing Officer | Expert Brand Builder | Global Business Driver

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Duane Michael Wagner II

Executive Leader | Chief Marketing Officer | Expert Brand Builder | Global Business Driver

Highly accomplished, visionary executive with proven ability to impact financial, social, and political goals through commitment to global issues, innovation, and diversity. Results-oriented, decisive leader offering 15+ years of success in sales, operations, and marketing. Deliver excellence in execution and developing people, utilizing international / multicultural experience to provide unique perspective and creative solutions, achieving high performance within diverse organizational cultures. Demonstrate rapid advancement based on high performance, with the ability to quickly transfer skills across industries. Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity, and solid work ethic; creative, highly analytical, and able to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects with keen attention to detail, excellent organization, and outstanding persuasive skills. Able to skillfully inspire, motivate, and lead teams for consistently winning outcomes.

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Michael Wagner St. Petersburg Florida

Duane Michael Wagner Executive Leader | Chief Marketing Officer | Expert Brand Builder | Global Business Driver Proactive Health Palm Beach Gardens

Highly accomplished, visionary executive with proven ability to impact financial, social, and political goals through commitment to global issues, innovation, and diversity. Results-oriented, decisive leader offering 15+ years of success in sales, operations, and marketing. Deliver excellence in execution and developing people, utilizing international / multicultural experience to provide unique perspective and creative solutions, achieving high performance within diverse organizational cultures. Demonstrate rapid advancement based on high performance, with the ability to quickly transfer skills across industries. Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity, and solid work ethic; creative, highly analytical, and able to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects with keen attention to detail, excellent organization, and outstanding persuasive skills. Able to skillfully inspire, motivate, and lead teams for consistently winning outcomes.

We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.

But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

Want to be Amazing? Surround Yourself with Amazing People

The Make or Break List

A good friend of mine once told me of a man he knows who brought himself up from rags to riches.  Living paycheck to paycheck was a luxury for this man, and he decided that he was tired of being trapped by his own life. The poor man looked around at his friends, and noticed that one of them – who wasn’t particularly smart or more talented – had become quite wealthy. He asked this man how he accrued this wealth, how he was able to become a millionaire. The wealthy man’s response was simple: “keep the right company.”

The man took that advice to heart. He quickly noticed that all of the other friends he had hated hard work and had no desire to improve themselves. So he sought out new friends, he went around to conventions and seminars to connect with people who had made something of themselves. After he had completely replaced the people in his network, he decided to make a list. This list was simple. It had a column for people who would improve his life, and a column for people who would drag him down.

If someone could improve his life, he spent as much time around them as possible. If someone could drag him down, he never spent more than five minutes around them. After following his “make or break” list, the man was able to become a millionaire within three years.

No One does it Alone

Better Friends Help To Be Successful<img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-17023″ src=”http://addicted2success.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Better-Friends-Help-To-Be-Successful.jpg” alt=”Better Friends Help To Be Successful” width=”170″ height=”236″ />The five-minute rule may be a little extreme, but there is an important lesson to learn from it: if you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky is the limit.

There is an ideal in our society of the “self-made” man – a man who is able to find success through his own efforts. Now, don’t get me wrong, success does require an immense amount of determination and personal grit. However, success also depends on the ability to connect with people who have already made it.

There was once a man named Ernest Hemingway. If you aren’t familiar with Ernest Hemingway, he was one of the greatest American writers of all time. Even a great writer like Hemingway didn’t succeed on his own. He worked at a newspaper where his boss – a writer named Sherwood Anderson – helped him get his first novel published. Hemingway then connected with other no-name writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce.

This community of great writers helped to influence his style, success, and drove him to write every single day and become one of the greatest authors of his generation.

Hemingway is a testament to the fact that innate talent alone does not equal success. It’s hard to keep up a strict schedule to perfect your craft or improve yourself if you don’t have people around you with similar interests. Your network – your five key people – will determine the way you think, the way you act, and the way you approach your life goals.

Three Essential People

A mentor once told me that no matter how many close people you have in your network, if you want to be truly great, you must have three essential people in your life at all times: 

  1. A person who is older and more successful than you to learn from
  2. A person who is equal to you to exchange ideas with
  3. A person below you to coach and keep you energized

A great figure of history who embodied this principle was Aristotle. Aristotle was one of the greatest minds to ever grace this beautiful Earth, but this was only so because he was constantly challenging himself and working to refine his talents. He exchanged ideas with other Greek philosophers in the “Academy,” learned from his mentor Plato, and taught a young boy named Alexander…who would later become “Alexander the Great.”

Better Successful People Around You<img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-17074″ src=”http://addicted2success.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Better-Successful-People-Around-You.jpg” alt=”Better Successful People Around You” width=”220″ height=”187″ />Every great person was, is, or will be successful because of the company he or she keeps. They will make an impact because of a successful network of driven peers who provide both inspiration and healthy competition.

If you want to be remarkable, you must constantly challenge yourself and surround yourself with remarkable people. So think about what your goals are, and take a look around you. Do you need to write a “make or break” list?

Do you have the kind of people who are going to lead you to live the life of your dreams?

Don’t join an easy crowd. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform and achieve are high.” – Jim Rohn