Hanging inspirational sayings on the wall may not motivate all employees, but it does inspire me. I'm a sucker for a quote. So, when we received Pete Hanson, our new market manager in March 2011 and the first thing he did was hang up a bunch of inspriational quotes, I thought, 'This is some Kool Aid I can drink'.

Townsquare Media Market Manager Pete Hanson


TRI 102.5's morning show is all about happiness, positive thinking, and having a great life. I believe in these sayings and use them on the air, and I found that I loved having them on the walls. Especially super early in the morning when the halls of radio station are completely deserted, I found myself taking time to read them and pondering how I could bring the wisdom from these great people to the listeners of Northern Colorado.

Then I found out Pete is a cancer survivor

We discuss this further in the interview, but that affected me. Whenever I am bringing drama to the table and Pete is mediating, he remains very calm. I think to myself, 'If I had faced mortality the way he did, would I be worried about this issue?' I don't know if Pete filters this way, (I ask him about it in the interview), but I try to keep that in mind as I make decisions, at work and otherwise.

Since Pete is one of the most positive people I know, and that's coming from a veritable Chris Trager here, I asked him to come into the studio and share his thoughts with us.

Here are the links to the books and people we mentioned in the interview.

Watchmen's Rattle by Rebecca Costa

The Four Agreements

Wayne Dyer

Richard Branson

Seth Godin