“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

This is a quote that I had not heard about until I met my very good friend Wayne Nugent, Co-Owner of WorldVentures.  I have been very blessed to come across WorldVentures through Marc Accetta being their Director of Training.  I’ve seen amazing places throughout the world.

As I am sitting here writing this, my girlfriend and I just got back from an amazing trip out to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  She had never visited any of the islands in the Carribbean Sea nor Jamaica so it was such a thrill for me to be able to give her that first gift of experiencing walking along the sea and putting her feet in the sand and just creating those great memories for her and for both of us.

I still remember when I was small my dad getting me this book that had all these pictures of islands and various places throughout the world and just explaining a bit about them and why go there.  Growing up we really didn’t take that many vaccations, most vacations were that of visiting family throughout Texas.  And it wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I got to do a bit more traveling while playing with the bands I was with.  I still remember my first trip to Vegas and just being amazed that everyone was always awake 24/7 or so it seemed to me, I honestly thought that the Lion at MGM Grand was made of 24 karat gold.  LOL, but I feel truly blessed that my parents always would let me dream big and never put limitations on how crazy I would think.  I was never told that I couldn’t do anything.  Not that I was spoiled and given everything I ever asked for, but they taught me that I could acquire whatever I wanted through hard work and persistence.  I feel blessed to have such great parents in my life and through their actions also show me that anything was possible.   I want to go back and look for that book…because I feel that everything happens for a reason.  God placed me right where I needed to be at the exact time in order to experience life at its fullest.   I just wanted to write a quick blog to let everyone know that EVERYONE should travel and create great memories with your friends, families and those that are special in your life…Here’s some videos of the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit….make sure and check out my YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/monicoperez.  Let me know some other places that you’ve visited to that perhaps I haven’t gotten a chance to visit.  I’d love to know!

Let me know what are some of your favorite places that you’ve been to…

Back to Back….Great Weekend Events just keep coming!

Wow…we’ve just completed what in my opinion was one of the top trainings we’ve had to date over the past 9 years that I’ve been working with Marc AccettaA View from the Edge is a unique training that’s a bit hard to explain! It takes education and entertainment and Marc has mastered the way of combining both of those fields and delivers them with his unique style of public speaking to create an awesome experience.  One crucial element to this years View from the Edge training was our production overhaul that we did.  As you can see from some of our pictures, we’ve totally outdone the production value of this seminar and taken it to that next digital level…that just left everyone at WorldVentures in amazement after the weekend.

I’d like to thank all the people that stopped by my AV station to say, “Thank You” & “Great Job”.  It feels great that I am having a small part in allowing everyone to experience a great event put on by one of the best Personal Growth Trainers and Public Speakers in the world!

But now we’re off to Las Vegas, Nevada for our next 3DayMBA training with Gabe Shirey…I got a chance to visit with Gabe shortly during the View and he told me the line up he has of Speakers, Authors and Internet Marketing Professionals he has lined up for this coming weekend in Vegas and WOW that’s going to be one talent packed room this weekend.  On top of that he has some of the most sought after, inspirational, motivating UFC Machines in the sport coming in to speak!  What’s crazy to me is how down to earth and approachable these guys are, Gabe was super cool in introducing me to his buddies and that was just a awesome highlight to the weekend, as well as an educational-motivational one as well! It was great and I cannot wait to get to Las Vegas and see Marc Accetta in Action on stage alongside some of the best of the best in the industry that I’ve followed, read blogs, follow on twitter, read articles and am looking forward to an incredible weekend of learning and fun….not to mention on top of that it’s Halloween Weekend in VEGAS! Are you kidding me! You can’t miss out this weekend….Click Here for more INFO!

Life is Good!

Well here we are just a couple of days after my 32nd birthday and man oh man, has it been an exciting past couple of days.  It all started off on the right foot when we were out in New Jersey for a WorldVentures Acceleration Training, which it’s always awesome to visit the east coast and just get to see the sites, eat the food and people watch.  At this training it was awesome because it was the first time that Ex-NFL Denver Bronco Gerald Willhite took the stage.  And to say that he delivered is an understatement…he is one of the most powerful trainers that WorldVentures has.  He concluded his speaking on Sunday with a ride down memory lane allowing everyone to see some of his high light reels from when he played for the Denver Bronco’s and man this guy is ruthless on the field.  Also we got an invitation to go and eat at Tribeca Grill which is owned by Robert DeNiro.   WOW is that place good, nestled within the Greenwich Village and only blocks down from Ground Zero, it was truly an East Coast Treat.  From there we headed to the opposite side of the US out to Burbank, California for our 2nd Acceleration Training headed by Marc Accetta, featuring Kari Schneider, Byron Schrag and Troy Brown.  This team of trainers just kept on setting the bar higher and higher and for anyone in attendance can definitely tell you, if you missed Burbank, YOU HONESTLY MISSED OUT ON SOME GREAT INFORMATION.  Each one of these WorldVentures Acceleration Trainings offer amazing building tools for people that are either starting off their business or are networking veterans.  Don’t miss May in Kansas City!

As many of you know, I work directly with Marc Accetta (www.MarcAccetta.com) and for the past couple of weeks we have been working diligently on giving his website a brand new facelift.  Not that the old site was not good because it was, but there were several details that we had wanted to update.  For instance, before we used to have a video section that members could log into and view personal growth videos that Marc Accetta would do, now we still have that section with all brand new videos and we’ve named it MarcTV, the great thing about this section is that it is completely and totally FREE for everyone to view and share with their friends.  With the technology of video sharing and posting, we’ve allowed all visitors to not only view all of the videos but also allow them to share them on Facebook, Myspace, YouTube and several other Social Networking sites that are out there.  We have had a lot of visitors and repeat visitors based on the fact that Marc Accetta  is one of the few Success Coaches out there that offers a FREE Personality Test that allows you to not only take the test online but then gives you your results immediately and allows you to go through and allow Marc Accetta himself to explain what each one of the personalities means and between updating the site and working on our normal Acceleration Trainings with WorldVentures to say that we had little time for play was an understatement.  Luckily we were able to get in a little bit of play.

Thanks to Mike Putman, President of Rovia, he invited me and my girlfriend to a weekend getaway to hang out in Vegas for the weekend, alongside his wife and our friend Robert Shultz.

Monico & Melinda, Mike & Beth Putman, Robert & Anita Schultz
Monico & Melinda, Mike & Beth Putman, Robert & Anita Schultz

I am definitely no stranger to Las Vegas myself but hadn’t had an opportunity to stay or visit the Encore property until now and wow is this property in a category of its own.  Most properties throughout Las Vegas have the similar sections with their buffets, casino floors, pools, shops, etc. however, Encore is in a league of it’s own.  Right from the get go, we started having fun and some “Red Watson’s”, if you haven’t gotten a chance to try this drink…I definitely suggest you try it!  It was just another great time that we all had there in Las Vegas throughout the day and then into the evening as we went out to The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay and finished off the night at XS Nightclub at the Encore.  The entire weekend was just a breath of fresh air, I don’t think I had been on a non-work related trip in about 3 years, Saturday included more of the same fun, gambling and site seeing that I hadn’t gotten a chance to do in a while.  That night we met up with friends from Las Vegas, Tim & Hali Gillin and Robert & Susan Sprauge which are recently became engaged so it was a semi-celebration of their engagement.  But we went out to Nobu for dinner which has some of the most amazing sushi I have ever had and finished off the night at PURE in Ceasar’s Palace.  My cousin which for some reason always manages to be in Las Vegas when I am there works for www.Tickets4AnyEvent.com  and was there for several shows taking care of clients and in return took care of us at PURE that night, we had a blast till about 8am and still managed to catch our flights out on Sunday.

Then it was back to Dallas for a quick trip before we headed out to Philadelphia to see Denis Leary, which I know some of you already know I had seen him earlier this year at his Rescue Me Comedy Tour here in Dallas,TX.  But being that it was going to be his last show of the year and also Marc and Kelly Accetta were going to be out in Philadelphia for business, I figured Me and Melinda would get tickets and fly out to meet them in the evening after their business affairs for some laughter.  Little did I know that I would have an opportunity to not only check out Denis Leary’s last show of the tour but also get to see Bruce Springsteen and eat a famous Philly Cheese steak from the famous Pat’s King of Steaks, (http://www.patskingofsteaks.com/index.html) all within a quick 2 day trip.

Pat's Philly Cheese Steak

I have always heard of how many fans Bruce Springsteen has out towards the East Coast and if I ever had the opportunity to go and see him in concert East Coast would be the place to do it.  Growing up I followed The Boss but not as hardcore as some people that know every word to every song.  Besides I knew all of the famous MTV songs, Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark, Born in the USA.  Not until I met and began to work with Marc Accetta that I started knowing a couple of other songs that I began to enjoy.  So when presented with the opportunity to see Bruce Springsteen out in Philly…I was so excited.  It’s so awesome to see that Marc not only talks the talk but also walks the walk.  Here I see him at several seminars telling individuals to Work Hard and Play Hard but never did I imagine that he would take time out of his business schedule to come down and take me to my first ever Bruce Springsteen concert.  And from the 1st note it was just incredible to see someone take such control of the stage and the audience with every song, every note, every word that came out of Bruce.  E Street Band was also in full effect just being as amazing as people had told me they were.  Being a drummer myself, I was excited to see Max Weinberg take the stage and do what he does best behind that drumset.

As the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (1974-1989) Weinberg has performed for millions of people around the world and been featured at many prestigious events, including the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inauguration Galas, the 1995 Grammy Awards and the 1995 Gala Concert for the dedication of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he rejoined his former group. Called “the rhythmic backbone of the E Street Band,” by Robert Palmer of The New York Times, Weinberg was invited to perform in the East Room of the White House in December 1996 and served as the music director for Comic Relief 8 starring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams at Radio City Music hall in New York City. (http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Max_Weinberg.html)

And with a couple of days left before my 32nd birthday I can honestly say that God has blessed me in several ways throughout my life, from giving me wonderful parents and family, allowing me to fulfill one of my life long dreams of touring nationwide and recording with a major record label, allowing me the opportunity to see the world but the main thing that I am thankful for after 32 years of life is having the blessing of all my friends.  I have come across so many wonderful people throughout my life that have allowed me in their lives and showed me how to enjoy life and live life to the fullest.  Here’s to everyone I’ve ever been lucky enough to share a conversation or smile with…Love ya!

Happy Birthday to me…It’s been a good year and its only just begun!

Just wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone that was with me for my birthday this year. This year we were out in Nashville, Tennessee for an Acceleration Training headed by Marc Accetta (www.MarcAccetta.com) for WorldVentures. From their initial conception trainings have now grown in sizes well over the 1,000 person mark with the help of being spearheaded by Marc Accetta, personal friend and mentor to me on a monthly basis throughout the US. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to such places as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Hawaii, Miami, as well as other great destinations that most people only dream of visiting. This year while in Nashville I had the honor to meet one of Marc’s long time personal friends Laurie Rubidge (www.laurierubidge.com). Laurie has also had amazing success in the Personal Growth and Development industry throughout Laurie Rubidge’s career she has trained tens of thousands of people from all over the globe. Laurie has dedicated over 18 years of her life to inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be. Being that we were visiting he hometown she took the initiative to be in charge of giving us all the hotspots to visit while in Nashville. I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend Melinda with me, also one of my best friends Robert Oblon, which as of this past March in Las Vegas, NV has been named President of WorldVentures at their Annual Convention. This year at the WorldVentures Convention in front of over 4,000 people in attendance we were able to do the first ever WorldVentures concert. It was definitely awesome to play drums along with Robert, as well as having Marc sing a couple of songs. It was something that no one ever expected. A lot of work and time went into this year’s convention and I would have to say that everyone was excited and amazed to see several of WorldVentures reps & employees participate in this year’s concert. Who knows what we’ll pull off in 2009…

On another note, I wanted to give much props to both Robert and Marc, Robert Oblon recently became a big with the North Texas Big Brother Big Sister organization. Marc and Kelly Accetta which have been involved with the Big Brother Big Sister organization already for about 6 years have recently been asked to head the Board of Directors for Collin County chapter of BBBS. Big Brother Big Sister is an amazing organization and I’ve been lucky enough to attend their annual Black Tie and Boots ceremony for the past 2 years and meet one of their top people Mr.Charles Pierson. Just being around Marc and Kelly and seeing all of the positive guidance and support that they have given their little brother has made me realize that I should also apply to join to help out this organization in 2008.

As we all organized ourselves in the lobby at the Gaylord Opryland and waited for the limos the excitement and laughs had already began remembering how on Saturday night I rang in my birthday at the local Jack Daniel’s Saloon with Jeff Bolf singing on stage and also having my midnight birthday drink with Marc, Melinda and the rest of my friends there. We had a great party crew that was getting ready to invade downtown Nashville, so we went to The Stage where we tuned in to a little different kind of music than what most people have seen me listen to…Country! A lot of people think that because I listen to mainstream party music or hip hop then that’s all I listen to but they forget that I was born in South Texas just minutes from the border. And I’ve played in a number of bands where we sometimes had to play some country music, so I was no stranger to Dwight Yoakum, George Strait, Georgia Satellites and many others. On our way out of The Stage we stumbled across Layla’s Hillbilly & Country INN….there they had a great country band that was just jamming out. I had the honor of being asked to come up and jam out with them as you’ll see below and it was definitely fun, a little different than playing with Tejano bands but it was still fun to get back behind the set and jam out in Nashville.

I must say that in the past 2 or 3 months, I’ve been finding myself behind the drum set more and more often. First, in Las Vegas for the WorldVentures Annual Convention, we did some cover tunes from The Beatles, Eddie Money, Stevie Wonder and a couple of other bands. I’ll be sharing some of those videos down the road. Then in April Eddie Head and Jessica his fiancé decided to join their lives together in holy matrimony. I must say both of them are some of the most amazing people that I’ve had the opportunity of meeting, if you want to see some photos from their wedding check out this link…(http://www.perezblog.net/). So during their wedding reception we got an opportunity to get up on stage and jam out for a couple of songs. Then finally in Nashville for my birthday I had the opportunity to play once again. Drumming has always been one of the passions in my life and although I don’t pursue it on a full time base now, I still think that I’ll keep behind a drumset throughout my life and if an opportunity does allow itself where I can squeeze in playing with a band that can handle my crazy traveling schedule well then I am definitely open to the opportunity…That’s all for now…