The Talk That Started It All....

If you haven’t seen this, allow me to show you what turned out to be a transformative experience for me that launched the book (risk, create, change), my solo law practice (Tuk Law Offices), a multi-day music festival (the now dormant Allentown JazzFest), a very good musical adventure (The Bryan Tuk Complex), four recording projects (Liftoff, Life in High Gravity, and two you don’t know about yet!), a percussion and music teaching studio (grooveKSQ), and a podcast (CRE8Rconfidential). Whew. 2014 was the beginning of an extremely fertile time for creative projects that is still running full throttle.


Five years ago, I gave a TEDx talk. At the time, in 2014, it presented a unique challenge. Up to that point, I usually presented information to groups of people in two ways: 1) I usually spoke from prepared notes, or 2) completely extemporaneously with some idea of the theme, and then some improvisation on the expansion of those themes. Here’s the catch: neither of the scenarios would be memorialized in the way that the TEDx talk would be, where people would view it years later.

This event just felt like it had a lot of weight to it, and I wanted to turn in the best performance I could. The main thread running through the talk was this: if you embrace your own true nature, and allow that person to come to the surface in your professional world, then many pleasant and surprising things will happen to you. You will unlock your own potential. This was really the first time anyone from my professional (legal) orbit saw that I was a musician at my core.

This all seems self evident, but anyone who has entered the work world knows that often you have to wear a mask of sorts to advance your career. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. There were many points I tried to make, and I hope that anyone who hears this has at least one takeaway that they can deploy immediately in their own life to improve their experience.