Garrison Wynn
Speaker, Consultant, Author

Garrison Wynn

Founder of Wynn Solutions, this keynote speaker is a former stand-up comedian and author of "The Real Truth About Success

Archive: Garrison Wynn

Behemothian Rhapsody

If you consider freedom and creativity more important than stability, then yes, there's plenty of opportunity. But the truth is that most people are not risk takers.

By Garrison Wynn | December 6, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)


If you're a winning athlete or coach, it makes sense that the public would forgive you even if you're a horrible person. Many people think Bobby Knight is one of the best basketball coaches in collegiate history -- even though he has choked and hit players.

By Garrison Wynn | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Oh, come on!

Your ability to cope is based on how you have interpreted what's happened to you, what you value most and your born-in mental mix, not simply the problems you did or did not have in your life.

By Garrison Wynn | November 15, 2010; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Civility War

Disagreement is the foundation of true agreement. If everyone agrees too quickly, it can be a sign that we're not being honest with each other.

By Garrison Wynn | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Traditionally unique

Unique or tried-and-true? Both can succeed. Macaroni & cheese is never 'a complex mix of sophisticated flavors that borders on the divine.' But if you don't screw it up, kids and adults alike will gladly dig in.

By Garrison Wynn | November 1, 2010; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mining for miracles

The specifics of the experience, the kind of person you are before the experience and the customs of your culture can influence how you react to traumatic events.

By Garrison Wynn | October 25, 2010; 04:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

The collaboration of one

I agree that we piggyback on others' ideas to create great innovations. But how often does a committee come up with an idea so innovative that it changes the world?

By Garrison Wynn | October 11, 2010; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Shed ideas -- and grow

Change is not the problem; it's our resistance to change that causes problems.

By Garrison Wynn | October 4, 2010; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Educated idiots

Where you went to school is not as important as actually being worth the money they are paying you at your entry-level position.

By Garrison Wynn | September 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Polluting your talent

People don't choose what's best; they choose what they are the most comfortable with. Consequently, how you present yourself and your ideas is more powerful than who you really are.

By Garrison Wynn | September 20, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (5)

Negative thinking = success

I'm not into the whole recession thing; I think we generally have to work harder and smarter. It's a fact that the people with the most money buy in depressed economies, and there is always someone in every industry doing very well in tough times.

By Garrison Wynn | September 6, 2010; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Youthful thinking

Most of the great things done by the human mind seem to happen before age 40. Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb at age 32; Alexander Graham Bell built the first functioning telephone at age 29. And on and on.

By Garrison Wynn | August 23, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Circumstantial insanity

Slater is more lunatic than hero. It's only because people are losing their jobs and frustrated that the word "hero" has shown up in the media. Any time you exit your public ranting episode by using an inflatable slide, your professionalism flies out the door.

By Garrison Wynn | August 16, 2010; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Annoyingly successful

Compulsive behavior, coupled with a lack of satisfaction in their accomplishments, is the driving force that keeps many entrepeneurs' businesses growing.

By Garrison Wynn | August 9, 2010; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Celeb news is good news

Our culture pays too much attention to celebrities, but so do people in other places. I once was talking with a Chinese CEO, and the first thing he asked me was, 'How's Angelina Jolie doing?'

By Garrison Wynn | August 5, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injured and immature

As a young upstart, I took two important VPs in their mid 60s out for an evening of fun. They were both missing for the big meeting the next day. Apparently, there is an age limit for drinking shots of Jagermeister.

By Garrison Wynn | July 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Thinking is overrated

Do we become dumber as our technology becomes more advanced? Well, how is your spelling since they invented spel chek?

By Garrison Wynn | July 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Addictive behavior

Face it. Sex sells, but it's often politically survivable. Some politicians are guilty and some are not, but the story is good even if the accuser is just a nutcase seeking primetime attention.

By Garrison Wynn | July 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Be influential or quit

I've noticed over the years that when the people who are driving change wear a lot of holiday clothing, your chances of global impact are minimal.

By Garrison Wynn | July 1, 2010; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Almost famous

I became a department head at a Fortune 500 company at age 27. My next stop? I became a professional stand-up comedian.

By Garrison Wynn | June 23, 2010; 05:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Responsibly partying

There's a term for a boat with no steering mechanism; we call it 'adrift.' If you don't have a leader, you do not have any ... what's the word? ... followers!

By Garrison Wynn | June 17, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hype, hype, hooray!

We love to make people stars before they prove they have staying power. Then we freak out when they fail to become legends.

By Garrison Wynn | June 14, 2010; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

BP: Big Problem

Let's get real about what's going on: Most of the time, it's just a lot cheaper to pay the fine than it is to practice safety and prevention.

By Garrison Wynn | June 3, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Honed or hyped?

Honing your skills is a good idea, but you never know when the opportunity for the big time will show up. We do know, however, that it often shows up only once.

By Garrison Wynn | May 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pick your outsiders carefully

Let's face it: Politicians are not getting any better these days. Mostly you wind up with someone who did whatever it took to get elected.

By Garrison Wynn | May 24, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

Under a white-hot spotlight

We like to think that a lot of things get better with age, but mostly that applies to just wine and cheese.

By Garrison Wynn | May 17, 2010; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Teams don't create success

Compromises often produce an outcome that everyone publicly supports but privately criticizes. Like Ronco's Pocket Fisherman, it seems like a great idea, until you realize it just isn't very practical.

By Garrison Wynn | May 13, 2010; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

The illusion of real life

Times have changed, but good parenting is still good parenting, and it often involves lessons that are nearly impossible to instill if your aim is to be your child's BFF.

By Garrison Wynn | May 9, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time of the wimps

Are people are not standing up for social movements like they used to? Or are we just running out of truly important things to stand up for?

By Garrison Wynn | May 6, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The key to greatness

Let's be real: A lack of satisfaction creates the continual improvements that move our civilization forward. Satisfaction may be the goal of the common man, but it is the enemy of greatness.

By Garrison Wynn | April 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Don't fool yourself

Let me be brutally honest: The only people who truly believe that American cars are better than Asian cars are the people who have never owned both.

By Garrison Wynn | April 26, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Not the girl next door

Let's be clear: Oprah is absolutely nothing like you (no offense) or anyone you know.

By Garrison Wynn | April 21, 2010; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (8)

A perfect storm

Religion is almost never the problem. It's the fact that humans suffer from all-too-human shortcomings that create the scandals, the pain, and the desertion from faith.

By Garrison Wynn | April 8, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Avoid Loser Town

The myth is that if we believe we can achieve success and keep a positive attitude, we can accomplish anything.

By Garrison Wynn | April 5, 2010; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

The talented and terrible

According to most research, the key ingredient to the drive for excellence is a nice, disturbing dose of compulsive behavior.

By Garrison Wynn | March 31, 2010; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

A one-term presidency

This is a just a lousy time in history to be an American president. I think in times like these, you just go in for your one term, do the best you can, and then hire some extra security people when you leave.

By Garrison Wynn | March 23, 2010; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (6)

The celebrity survival kit

They say true talent is forged in pain and unhappiness, and there is a lot of truth to that.

By Garrison Wynn | March 11, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

The king's crown

If you leave your kingdom and then decide to come back, it rarely goes well for anyone.

By Garrison Wynn | March 4, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Often, it's all relative

Patrick Kennedy is doing what he wants and I think that makes more sense than just doing what people think you are supposed to do.

By Garrison Wynn | February 18, 2010; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Cho must go on

We do have to make sacrifices to be successful, but most people are not really into doing what it takes to be No. 1. At what point did ditching school become proof that you're a winner?

By Garrison Wynn | February 16, 2010; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keep it simple, guys

If you keep things simple, you typically have longevity. The more moving parts something has, the more likely it is to break down.

By Garrison Wynn | February 11, 2010; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not so pretty

If there is one thing that these competitive beauties will have absolutely no impact on, it's world peace!

By Garrison Wynn | February 10, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not many Jobs these days

The first people to enter any market make most of the money. And Jobs not only got there first; he pretty much invented the market!

By Garrison Wynn | January 29, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Instant glory: The myth

If Scott Brown works hard for a few years and plays his cards right, he might eventually become an overnight success in the White House.

By Garrison Wynn | January 25, 2010; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

The high price of charity

As far as trust goes, you should always trust people to be... well... people. And people tend to reward themselves (and those in their entourage) for their good deeds.

By Garrison Wynn | January 22, 2010; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fear-based prejudice

I have been in several companies' all-male boardrooms as a consultant and heard things you would not believe about female leaders ... and this was just a few years ago!

By Garrison Wynn | January 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is Leno a Loser?

When it comes to risk, the question is this: How fast do you want to go and can you survive the consequences of your failure?

By Garrison Wynn | January 14, 2010; 12:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is satisfaction overrated?

The link between job satisfaction and success is strong in some cases and weak in others. It depends on whether the workers' on-the-job productivity comes mostly from a skill or a talent.

By Garrison Wynn | January 11, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Real resolutions

If you want to quit smoking, you have to look at dealing with your compulsive behavior or mindset that consistently creates the need.

By Garrison Wynn | December 31, 2009; 01:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

How, ho, how?

Things that really catch on usually have a combination of things going for them.

By Garrison Wynn | December 22, 2009; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

How to slice it

Life is like ordering a medium-size pizza for a group of teenagers: There will never be enough to go around -- and you will always be left with a mess!

By Garrison Wynn | December 17, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not many slackers

The truth is that you don't see a lot of Hispanic slackers. For these immigrant families, it's almost culturally unacceptable not to work hard.

By Garrison Wynn | December 14, 2009; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oh, the drama!

It's hard to recover from heartbreaking setbacks; but let me just say that if a football team tops your list of disappointments, then your life must be fantastic!

By Garrison Wynn | December 11, 2009; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Paying for fame

We just expect more of people who are well-known because we secretly want them to pay a price for their fame and money.

By Garrison Wynn | December 8, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (8)

Being famous

Tell your kids that honing a talent or being willing to create your own fame takes effort.

By Garrison Wynn | December 7, 2009; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oprah's connection

Oprah is successful as a talk-show host because she connects with her studio audience, a connection that transfers to viewers at home, too.

By Garrison Wynn | November 30, 2009; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gilt or guilt?

I'm not saying that people are not compassionate; I'm saying that it's a lot easier to be compassionate when you can afford it and prefer to have someone other than the IRS wind up with your money.

By Garrison Wynn | November 23, 2009; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

A brighter light

I think the lesson is to be aware of the two directions your circumstances can lead you and know that the light at the end of the tunnel may be brighter than you think.

By Garrison Wynn | November 19, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Negative-critical thinkers

Top performers can be blunt by nature but know they must be tactful under certain conditions.

By Garrison Wynn | November 16, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

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