Life Defining Moments - As You Wish Princess Bride

In everyone's life, there are defining moments. Those are the moments where you make a pivotal decision that forever changed your life. For me, one of the defining events of my life was kayaking the Grand Canyon. But the defining moment came on the second day when I was sitting on the side of the river in my kayak, scared to death, and I made a decision to paddle back out into the current. Because if I hadn't paddled back out at that point, I knew that I would not continue down the Grand Canyon. 

As you wish. 

This week I'm gonna give you three tips on how to take action in your defining moments. Make sure you stick around to the end, because this week is the 30th anniversary of Princess Bride, so I'm gonna have a bonus tip that is inspired by the movie The Princess Bride. 

Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. 

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True, but that's hardly common knowledge, is it? Thank you. 

Tip number one is to imagine it. So, you want to actually see yourself completing each of the steps in the task you're trying to do. And you want to see yourself successfully accomplishing that thing. In your mind, you want to picture exactly what it's like to have that positive outcome that you're after. 

Woo hoo hoo, look who knows so much, huh. 

Tip number two is to feel it. It's not enough just to imagine a positive outcome, you have to actually feel what it's like to achieve that positive outcome. For me, what I'll do is I'll sit there and I'll imagine it in my mind with my eyes closed until I feel that big grin on my face then I know I'm in that moment and I have achieved my goal. 

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect. 

Wait till I get going. 

Tip number three is to define it. In the movie Tin Cup, Kevin Costner's character says, "When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you." This is your moment, so you have to make the decision, take action, and define that moment and get the outcome you want. 

Bye-bye boys. 

Have fun storming the castle.

Think it'll work? 

It would take a miracle. 

This week's bonus is to have fun. Life is short but sweet, so you might as well cherish every moment. If you're facing impossible odds, you might as well have fun, face them with a big smile on your face, and go out there and define your life. 

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The Pareto Principle - How to Improve Productivity

Do you ever feel like you're just always busy, and you just don't have enough time to get everything done? Well this week I'm gonna give you three tips to help you be more productive, and make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus tip.

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Tip number one is to identify the task. So the way I like to do this is to get a pad of sticky notes, and I just write down everything I can think of. So I think about what I do daily, what I do weekly, and what I do monthly, and I just write it all down, take a good 5 or 10 minutes to just write everything you can possibly think of.

Tip number two is to prioritize the task. So the way I like to do this is to take a piece of paper, or a whiteboard, or whatever you have available, and split it up into four quadrants. And as you go up higher it's gonna be a higher impact, and as you go across it's gonna be a higher ease, and you're gonna take all those sticky notes and you're gonna put them in those four quadrants on that chart. And then you're gonna identify the things that are really highly impactful that you can do.

So, if you've ever heard of the Pareto principle, well, this kind of goes with that, or the 80/20 rule. So basically, what that says is that 20% of the things you're doing are gonna have 80% of your productivity. So as you start to put these things in your chart, you'll see those things up top, with the high impact, are gonna be more of the things that fall in that 20% that are getting you 80% of your results. So that's where you'll wanna focus your time and effort.

Tip number three is to apply the four Ds. All right, so the four Ds are: to do it, to delegate it, to defer it, or delete it. So those things that are in the first quadrant, the high impact, high ease, go ahead and just knock those things out. They're easy for you, they're gonna have a big impact; those are the things you wanna do, whether it'd be doing them daily, weekly, monthly, whatever it is, that's where you're gonna focus your time, that's where you're gonna get your 20% that are giving you 80% of the results.

All right, those things that are high impact, low ease, now you really have to think about those. Is it in your strength and passion to do those things? If not, you probably don't wanna waste your time, so go ahead and delegate those. And that means, whether we're finding somebody else to do it, or paying somebody else to do it, whatever you have to do, because your time is worth more than that, so don't waste your time there, get somebody else to do it.

Now, those other two quadrants, the ones that are low impact, that's where deferring and deleting come in. So just either put it off for later, or just totally get it out of your mind and get rid of it off your list. Don't do it anymore, it's a waste of your time.

This week's bonus is clarity, because when you really know what you want, it's easy to decide what you need to say yes to, and what you need to say no to.

And I have a simple question I use for that, and I just ask, "Is this moving me closer to my goal?" If that answer is no, then that's not something I need to be doing.

If you take a look in the description below, I've included a link to my Facebook group, called The Hero Mastermind. That's a great place for you to go connect with other like-minded people, that love geeky stuff and are also on their journey to become a hero.

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Hack Freedom - The Matrix Red or Blue Pill

Put on your sunglasses, because this week we're plugging into the Matrix. I will be giving you five tips on how to hack your freedom and be the one. So buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye.

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Tip number one is take the pill. One of the most famous scenes in the Matrix is where Morpheus offers Neo the choice of the blue pill or the red pill. 

You take the red pill you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit goes.

And of course he chooses the red pill, and he goes further down the rabbit hole. Well, the red pill is really about freedom, and that's kind of the underlying theme of this whole movie. Is that you have freedom of choice, and your fate is not set. When you have opportunities presented to you make sure you choose freedom. Choose that opportunity, and go after it, because like Agent Smith says, there are billions of people in this world living completely oblivious, and they're oblivious to all the opportunities that surround them, and their opportunities to seize their freedom.

Tip number two is to load the software. Just like Neo needed to learn things in the Matrix, there are things you need to learn as well. Just like Neo, you can load the software. So you need to figure out where you're at, and where you want to be, and what you need to learn to get there. So whether it be to advance your career, or get the next promotion, or to start a business, or to take your business to the next level. Whatever it is the knowledge is out there, you just have to load the programs and learn it. 

Tip number three is fight the agents. Morpheus tells Neo that everyone is part of the system, and they want to protect the system, and anyone can be an agent. Well, an agent is those people that are telling you that you can't do it. They're the ones telling you that you can't get that promotion you want, you can't start the business, you can't get out of your job. Whatever it is, you have to keep fighting those agents and not let them tell you that you can't do it.

Tip number four is to shape the world. The Matrix is a world that is pulled over your eyes to hide the truth. The truth is that you can make it anything you want it to be. So just like in the Matrix the rules can be bent or broken. Now one of my favorite quotes is from Steve Jobs, and it was a game changer for me. He said, "That once you realize that everything around you is made up by people that are no smarter than yourself, then you can change it." So go out and shape your world.

Tip number five is believe you're the one. You can't just think you're the one, you have to know you're the one. I can show you the door, but you have to walk through it. You have to be willing to hack your freedom. The Matrix doesn't define Neo, and this world doesn't define you. Whatever happened in your past doesn't define who you are today. Don't let it hold you back. Go out and get the things you want, hack your freedom, and be the one. 

I'm going to include a link in the description below to my Facebook group called the Hero Mastermind. It's a great place for you to go and connect with other people that are on their journey to be the one. 

A world where anything is possible. 

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Influence and Persuasion - Jedi Mind Tricks Star Wars

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a young Jedi Knight tried to use a mind trick on a Hutt.

If you're wondering what to do when your Jedi mind trick fails, then this is the video for you. This week, I'll be giving you three tips for influence and persuasion, and make sure you stick around to the end for a bonus. On this channel, I help you unlock your powers and be the hero of your story. If you're new to my channel, make sure you click below and subscribe. I put out new videos every Friday, and you don't want to miss out.

Tip number one is confidence. If you don't believe, then why should anybody else? You have to absolutely believe in yourself and believe in your cause. If you look in the description below, I'm going to include a link to my video on how to find your WHY, because when you know your WHY, you can be absolutely confident. The next time you're trying to get your X-wing fighter out of a swamp in the Dagobah system, remember, be confident.

Tip number two is to understand. You have to absolutely understand the person or group that you're trying to influence. You have to get inside their head and figure out what it is they want and then tell them why they should care and how it's going to make their life better. Once you can do that, it'll be easier to win them over to your cause.

Tip number three is storytelling. The only thing more powerful than telling people how it's going to change their lives is, actually show people how it's going to change their lives. Look for an example of an early win where your cause has helped someone, and then share that story like crazy. I mean, jump on that thing and ride it like a stolen speeder bike through the Endor forest.

All right, so now it's time for this week's bonus, and that is knowledge. You need to be the absolute expert on whatever your cause is, so that way you can not only answer the questions that people are asking you, but you can also answer the questions they're thinking about, so you can eliminate their objections and bring them over to your cause.

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Top 10 Live Instagram August 2017

Alright, so last month I went live every single day on Instagram. This week I'm gonna be bringing you my top 10 tips. Plus, stick around til the end for a special announcement. 

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Alright, so tip number one is Long Term Thinking. Don't give in to instant gratification and choose pleasure now, over the pleasure you'll achieve when you reach your long term goals.

Tip number two is to Make Every Minute Count. You want to live deliberately, and you want to choose to be completely in the moment and either focus on work, or focus on pleasure, or whatever it is you're doing at the time, but make every minute count.

Tip number three is 10x Goal Setting. This is something I learned from listening to Peter Diamandis. For instance, my Twitter goal for 90 days was 500 followers. I multiplied that times 10, so I had to really get creative and within two weeks I had over 500 followers. This is a great way to really step up your goals and make you think outside the box.

Tip number four is to Do Your Thing. Life is too short to worry about what other people think. You have to figure out how to be you and do your thing and make the most of your life.

Alright, so tip number five is to Attack Your Problems. One day I was listening to Dean Graziosi talk about leaning into your problems, and it reminded me of when I was kayaking the Grand Canyon. I learned to lean into the waves and attack the waves with my paddle. It kept me from getting flipped by the waves. It's kind of the same thing when you have problems in life. You don't want to lean away from your problems. You don't want to escape into a book, or movies, or games, or whatever it is you like to do for fun. You have to stay in reality, and you have to attack those problems and take care of them.

Tip number six is Return On Time. If you've ever heard of the Pareto principle, it says that 20% of the things you're doing are accounting for 80% of your results. You need to figure out what that 20 % is and focus your time there so you get the most return on your time investment.

Tip number seven is the Power Of Decisions. The decisions you make and actions you take, shape your life. You need to learn to make good decisions to get the results you want.

Tip number eight is Dealing With Trolls. Whether you're online or offline, you're gonna come across people who are just gonna try and get a reaction out of you. You have to just ignore them, ban them, mute them, do whatever you got to do to get them out of your life. Don't feed the trolls. This is my Easter egg for this week. For my fantasy followers, comment below and tell me how you keep trolls from regenerating?

Tip number nine is the Power Of Focus. Focus on what you can control, and let the rest go. You can consider all the outcomes, but the thing is, you don't want to be emotional about things that haven't happened yet. Just focus on what you can control.

Tip number ten is to Be A Hero. Both at work and at home those people are depending on you to protect them and take care of them, so be the hero that they need.

Alright, so that was my top ten tips from going live on Instagram last month. This month I'm gonna be going live on Facebook every single day. Check out the link in the description below, and you can follow me there and see what's going on in my life and hopefully get some more awesome tips like the ones you learned today.

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Leadership Mindset - Building Trust in the Workplace

When you win it's "we" or "they," when you fail it's "I." This is a huge shift in mindset and many leaders struggle with it. So this week I'm going to give you three tips on how to make this shift in your mindset, and make sure you stick around in the end 'cause I'm going to give you a special bonus.

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Tip Number One: is to take care of people. When people leave their house, to stay and go to work, their family is entrusting you as their leader to take care of them, and make sure they come home safe. So treat the people that work for you just like family and take care of them every day.

Tip Number Two: is to recognize people. When you become a leader it's no longer about making yourself look good, it's about making your team look good. If you look in the description below I'm going to include a link to my video on employee recognition and it includes some of my favorite ways to recognize people. So make sure you check that out.

Time Number Three: is to take responsibility. So no matter what happens, it's ultimately your responsibility as the leader of your team. So make sure you have your team's back and take responsibility, and when you do that they're going to recognize that and they're going to have your back as well.

All right, now it's time for today's bonus and that is trust. Because when you do these other three things, you will build trust, and trust is the most important factor for a team. When your team trusts you they will go above and beyond to make a difference, and to make your team successful. They are going to be more engaged, they're going to bring you their ideas, they're going to bring you concerns, and everything is just going to work better. So make sure you do these three things and build trust with your team.

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Managerial Decision Making Process - How to Make Good Decisions

I've had people tell me that I think and act faster than anyone they've ever met, and the reason is because I learned to make decisions at an early age. By the age of 25, I was supervising the engine room of a nuclear powered submarine and I had to be able to quickly figure out what was going on and make good decisions because people's lives depended on it. 

And this week I'm gonna give you four tips on how to make decisions and a special bonus, so make sure you stick around to the end.

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Tip number one is to get the facts. I always say that great leaders ask great questions. When you become a leader, you don't always want to be the smartest person in the room, but you do want to ask the best questions in the room so you can find out exactly what's going on and get all the facts.

Tip number two is to consider the consequences. You want to think about all the different possible outcomes from your decision and decide if it's a low consequence or a high consequence decision, and that way, you know the best way to move forward. 

Tip number three is to consider the timing. You need to decide if this is a decision that has to be made right now or if it can wait 'til later, because if it's a high-consequence decision, you may want to put it off until later or sleep on it or gather some more information.

Tip number four is to consider the players. Sometimes it's not your decision to make. I remember one time when an engineer and I got together and we decided to repair a pump, and it turned out the repair cost was way above my approval amount, so sometimes, it's not your decision to make, so make sure that you don't jump the gun, and consider everyone involved.

Alright, and this week's bonus is to find out if they already know. Sometimes, if you've done a good job with surrounding yourself with good people, they already know what to do. They just don't want to make that decision and take responsibility. So ask them: what do you think we should do? And find out if they already know.

I'm a visual person and I cannot resist the irony of making a decision tree for making decisions. So if you look in the description below, I'm going to include the link to that file, and when you download that file, you'll be the first to know about our free course I'm going to put together on how to make decisions, because I literally had pages of notes when I put together this video and I've got a lot more I'd like to share, so make sure you check that out.

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Millennial Workplace - What Millennials Want in the Workplace

Do you struggle to figure out how to inspire and engage your millennials? Well this week, I'm gonna be telling you what millennials want in the workplace. Make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus.

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The first things millennials want is a voice, so from day one, you need to be getting their ideas. They bring a really different perspective to the workplace. They look at things of how they can apply technology or how they can bring a social aspect to it. So they're gonna bring some really unique ideas and solutions that you need to capture.

The second thing millennials want is to learn and you need to let them learn and grow as fast as they possibly can. You don't want to use the status quo of how long it takes to learn a certain process. Get them involved. Let them go at their own pace. Let them learn and grow as much and as fast as they possibly can and keep them challenged and engaged with your team.

The next thing millennials want is to advance and they're gonna want to move up as fast as they possibly can. So don't look them from how long have they been with the company. Look at them from what skills and expertise they bring to the position.

I really identify with this because I remember as a kid taking karate and I moved up through white and yellow and green and purple belts and four months. Then they told me, "You can't move up again for six months. That's just the way it works." I hated it and that's how millennials feel. Just 'cause you think it always takes that long to move up, for them, if they have the skills and expertise, well, they're ready to go. If you don't move them up in your company or at least find the opportunity for them to learn and grow, they're gonna move out. 

All right and that brings us to my special bonus for this week and that is referral 'cause that's what they're gonna be looking for is they don't get what they need in the workplace. With no pensions, you're typically looking at three to five years for people who are moving, if not sooner than that nowadays. So you really have to figure out how to keep these millennials inspired and engaged. Give them the opportunities they need. Let them learn and grow. Let them advance at the pace that they're ready to do so and get them involved as being the next leaders in your company.

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Interview Tips and Tricks - How to CRUSH a Job Interview

Are you in the market for a new job? Well, this week I'm going to teach you how to absolutely own your job interview. Make sure you stick around till the end because I'm going to give you a bonus that will help you get the right job for you.

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Tip number one is to be prepared. I like to take some notes on my resume prior to the interview, and on that I'll put things like projects I've done, teams I've led, maybe some things from different jobs, different times in my life that aren't included in my resume, and also I like to include some stuff from outside of work like maybe charity work I've done or just different organizations I've been involved with. You never really know what's going to come up, and this way you have some sources to go to, to give you ideas.

Tip number two is to drive the interview. In this case, I want you to drive it like it's stolen. When they ask you a question, go ahead and write that question down, and while you're doing that, look at the notes you took in tip number one and then you're going to answer that question and you're going to steer towards one of those things that you wrote down that you really want to talk about. And you're going to talk until you can't talk anymore, or they tell you to shut up. In this way, you're going to get to cover all of the things that you want to make sure come out in the interview.

Tip number three is to turn the table. Not only are they interviewing you, you're also interviewing them. You want to make sure it's a good fit and you want to ask them the hard questions during the interview. So ask them what are the biggest threats for their organization, what are their challenges, what are the o pportunities for the role that you're interviewing for. The earlier you can bring that up, the better because you can use that in your answers to show them how you can solve their problems.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus tip and that is to be yourself. You want to go in there and answer the questions honestly and show them exactly who you are and what you're about. So if they give you a job offer, you know that they know what you bring to the job and that you're a good fit for their organization. 

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Branding and Marketing Strategies - How to Brand a Business

Over the years, I've started a number of businesses including online, brick and mortar, and everything from a sole proprietorship to corporations. So this week I'm gonna be talking to you about how to brand and market a new business. Also, make sure you stick around to the end for a bonus tip that you don't want to miss.

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All right, so the first step is to pick a name and that's not as easy as it sounds, so you've got a bunch of different things to consider. You want to have a short and simple name. You want to have a name that describes what you do, so when you tell people your business name, they shouldn't have to guess what it is that you do. You also want to make sure it's available everywhere that you want to use it. That used to be pretty difficult. You have to go and you have to figure out is the domain name available? So your website. Is the different social medias you want to be on available? Also, you need to go to your Secretary of State's website if you're gonna start a business and look and see if that name's available in your state. So quite a few things to do. Along the lines of the name, you want to make sure it's short. You want to minimize the number of syllables for a dot com.

Speaking of which, you want a dot com. You don't want a dot net, a dot org, a dot info, whatever it is because if you think about it, dot com is built into your keyboard on your phone. It's built into your web browsers. You can hit control enter, I believe, and it automatically puts the dot com on what you're typing in the search bar. So if you don't have the dot com, you're missing out on traffic. So make sure you keep it short and simple. Make sure it's descriptive about what you do and make sure you get the dot com.

All right and that sounds like a lot of work, so I'm actually gonna put a link in the description below. I'm gonna have a free download. I'm gonna have the links to a website that will let you search for not only your domain name but all the major social media sites all at once. So that'll really speed up your time of finding the name you want and I'll also include the link to all 50 states for the secretary of state's site. You can go to their site and what you're looking for is usually something along the lines of a business search, a business entity search. So you can go in there and search your name of your business for both all your online use and for use in your state.

All right, so the next step's to actually reserve your name, so you've got your name picked out now. You have to get it reserved in all the places that you want it, so the first place I like to go is to reserve my domain name. For that, I used Squarespace most recently. I used to own a web design business. I know how to do web design, but for me, the simple drag and drop methods of building web pages these days is just too easy and simple. I like Squarespace. They actually give you a free one-year registration for a domain name when you set up your web hosting, so I went through them and that was a great choice for me. See what else is out there, but that's what I like.

Okay. The next step is your social media sites, so you want to have your @ whatever your business name is on all the major ones. So the big three are Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Make sure you definitely get your name there. The other ones to consider, depending on your target audience is Snapchat. The younger people definitely gravitate towards Snapchat. And LinkedIn if you're doing a more business to business type company, so also it doesn't hurt to have your name reserved in other places. I don't use Snapchat, but I have it reserved 'cause you never know. When Facebook first started out, it was all college students and now my uncles and aunts and people's grandparents, people of all ages are on Facebook. So you never know how the social media world's gonna change. So go ahead and reserve it and any other major players and go ahead and have that ready to go.

The next step is to look at your state and/or city, so as I mentioned, you might want to go to your Secretary of State and that applies if you're starting something like an LLC, Limited Liability Company, or a corporation. You'll want to go through your state. For those, if you've never done it before, I'd recommend talking to either a CPA and/or attorney. If you're just doing a sole proprietorship, all you have to do is go down to your city hall and they can walk you through how to do that. It's pretty easy.

You can also convert that sole proprietorship over to an LLC or corporation later. I've actually done that with a business that I had that took off for me. Something I personally like that's now available in every state is a single member LLC. The reason I like that, it's very much like a sole proprietorship. So all your profits and losses are just basically added to your taxes just like a sole proprietorship. But you have an LLC. Looks better and sounds better and gives you a little extra protection more than just a sole proprietorship. So, that's something I personally like.

All right, so the next step is to get your logo. Personally, I've used BrandCrowd for my last couple logos. I really like it because you can go in and you can search and find different types of logo. My business is actually Fearless Strategy, LLC and I think I searched for "fearless" and a lion came up. I kind of like the idea of having a lion, so if you go to my website, you'll see my little lion logo that I bought on BrandCrowd. The different artists put their logos there and you can actually make them an offer. So you don't have to pay what they're asking unless you really, really want it. After they accept the offer, they'll go in and make any customization you want. In the download that I mentioned before that's gonna be in the description, I'm actually gonna include my logo guy, the guy I use. I love him. He is awesome and he's made all kinds of changes for me, never charged me extra, gave me every format I wanted. So I'm gonna include that in the download. He doesn't know this. I'm not getting any kickbacks or anything like that. I just think he's really good and I trust him, so I think he'll help you out if you're looking for a logo.

Also in that, I'm gonna include some stuff about colors and contrast. It's something I'm really interested in. I didn't realize how much I like marketing and advertising until I started messing around with it. I'm gonna include kinda the meanings of different colors, what they transmit as far as the meaning, emotion of your company. Then I'm also gonna include some contrast, like different colors that work well together. This is gonna actually help you out if you go on YouTube with your thumbnails or if you're gonna have a brick and mortar or even just your website. It'll help you have good colors that work together well and actually stand out and make your logo, your text easy to see and read. So make sure you check that out.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus and that is an Employer Identification Number. If you're doing a sole proprietorship, you can just use your social security number. But if you're gonna do a Limited Liability Company or corporation, you're probably gonna want an Employer Identification Number. It's actually free. You can go onto the IRS's website and I think it's Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM 'til 10:00 PM is the only times you can do it. But it's free. You go in there and you request your Employer Identification Number. They give it to you. It's basically kinda like a social security number for a business and it allows you to do things like open your bank account. So it's something good to have and, like I mentioned, if you're gonna start a business like that, you may want to consider getting a CPA or an attorney. But no matter what you do, don't forget to look into that Employer Identification Number.

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Manage Your Time - Tips for Time Management

So you always hear people say that time is more valuable than money, yet as a society, we budget our money, we save our money, we invest our money, we put our money into savings accounts. We get financial advisors, so there's a whole series of businesses, industries, careers all built around money, yet not time, but time's more valuable than money, right?

Thinking about this, I thought about, well, what if we could budget time? So that's what I'm going to be talking about this week is how to budget your time. Make sure you stick around to the end for a special bonus.

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Tip number one is to track your time. We all have the same 24 hours in the day, and you have to figure out where your 24 hours is going, so the first tip is track your time. Just start writing down everything you do for about a week, that way you kind of get your work week built in, get your weekend built in. If you got some special stuff going on, you may want to go a little longer than a week, and then kind of start to figure out where your time is going.

Tip number two is to categorize your time. Now that you have a week of time to work with, we need to figure out where to put that time into different buckets. What I'm going to recommend is something based on the 50-20-30 method of budgeting your money, and it actually is 50% is fixed, and 20% is investment, and 30% is your personal money. Well, we're going to do it a little different, because if you do the math, your fixed, you have a job possibly, so eight hours a day. You have sleeping, hopefully seven to eight hours a day, so right there, you're already at about 60% of your time is invested just in fixed cost, your work, and your sleep.

We're going to try something a little different. We're going to do 60% for fixed, 15% for investing, or your future, your goals, that type of thing, and 25% for your personal time. So let's break down that 60-15-25. What does that look like in hours? Well, the 60% is your fixed, and that's about 100 hours a week, so that's pretty good. That's going to work, and sleeping, about 100 hours a week, so that leaves 68 hours that week.

The 25% that's your personal time is actually going to work out to about 40 hours a week, so that's pretty good. You can put quite a few things into 40 hours a week, things you need to take care of for yourself, whether it be watching Game of Thrones or reading a book, or whatever it is. You got 40 hours a week to do that.

The 15% you're investing, that's about 25 hours a week. I'm having to look down at my notes, so you got about 25 hours a week to invest in your future, in your goals, so that's actually quite a bit. One thing is, you can play with it. So what is investing for you? It could be reading, it could be going to the gym, it could be actually doing things that are making money, things that are actually putting time into your business making money, whatever that business is.

You get to play with these buckets. You get to decide what goes where. For one person reading, may be investing in themselves. For another, that may be personal. Depends on what you're reading, right? Depends on what your goals are. For me, say if I go on Twitter, and I'm doing things, I'm being social on Twitter. Well, I could consider that an investment in my business, 'cause I'm building my following hopefully on Twitter, or I could consider that personal, 'cause I just enjoy getting on there and socializing with people. That's the awesome thing about this. You get to decide what goes into those buckets.

Tip number three is to eliminate the time wasters. Now it's time to really take a hard look at all those things you put in those buckets and figure out. What's not moving you closer to your goals? It may be something in your personal bucket that's really not adding value to your life, maybe your time might be spent better hanging out with your family or going to visit friends, or whatever it is. You got to really figure out what it is that maybe isn't working for you. Maybe it's how you're investing your time.

Are the things you're doing really giving you a return on investment, or is this kind of a time waster? If I'm getting on Instagram and I'm posting all day, cool, but if I'm not getting followers and people aren't following through and going and checking out my videos, it's a time waster, right? I've got to figure out what's working for me and what's actually adding value and moving me closer to my goals.

Also, I want to work within my strengths. What are your strengths? What is your goal, your long-term goal? Think about that. You want to do things that are helping you move you forward. You want to do things that you enjoy and that you're good at, and if it doesn't fall into that category, then you need to figure out how you can get rid of it, whether that be a virtual assistant to do that, hiring somebody to go mowing your lawn 'cause that's not getting you any closer to what you want to do, or maybe you enjoy mowing your lawn, so that falls into your personal bucket because that's something you want to do.

You really need to take a hard look at this and just kind of eliminate those things that are kind of dabbling. They aren't really adding value, okay? Obviously, don't go too crazy. You still want to have some fun, but look for the time wasters. They're there, and like I said at the beginning, we all have the same 24 hours of the day, so you need to figure out the best way to use your 24 hours to get the best value out of your life.

Tip number four is to implement time savers. Now hopefully you've gotten rid of some of those things that are wasting your time. Now you need to figure out how to do the things that are left as efficiently as possible. I'm going to give you something called the four D's, and I actually learned this for email, and the four D's are to delete it, to delegate it, to do it, or defer it. We already kind of went through and deleted some things, right? We talked a little bit about to delegating it. If it's not something that you're really good at, if it's not something that's adding value, you can delegate it to somebody else to do.

To do it, if it takes you five minutes or less, go ahead and knock it out. Don't leave that hanging over your head, and to defer it, so if it's going to take you awhile and you need to plan something, you need to get some more information, whatever, then just defer it for later. You can use that for obviously anything in your life, not just your email, but speaking of your email, that's another place you can eliminate some wasted time.

Something I've done recently, after reading, I'm still actually reading it, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and I'll link to that book on Amazon below. I started using his method of doing my email just twice a day, so at 10:00 and 4:00 I check my email, and then other than that, I've turned off all the alerts. I don't get alerts on my phone. I don't get alerts on my computer. I can do my work without getting interference, and just twice a day I go in and batch my email. I do it all at once.

Same thing with the videos. Today I'm shooting videos. I've got to set up lights, I've got to set up my camera, got to put the mic on, put on a decent shirt, so I'm doing a batch of videos. I'm shooting several videos at once to get the most out of my time, to be efficient.

So now it's time for today's bonus, and that is to have some fun, all right? When I first started my business, I was just going, going, going, and I finally just kind of burned myself out. You don't want to do that to yourself. You want to still give yourself some time to sleep, some time to have fun, some time to hang out with your family, whatever it is you need to do to recover and bring your best self to what you're doing every day. Make sure you do that and don't burn yourself out.

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Employee Rewards and Recognition - How to Recognize Employees

So a guy is out fishing and he sees a snake, and the snakes got a frog in his mouth. He decides to rescue the frog, but now the snake looks really sad, and the guy doesn't have anything to give him. He just has some bourbon. He puts a few drops of bourbon in the snake's mouth, and the snake swims off happy. Well, a few minutes pass and the snake comes back, and he's got two frogs in his mouth. The lesson is what gets rewarded gets done.

That story is from a book called The Greatest Management Principle in the World, by Michael LeBoeuf. It was a book that was really important to me. I think I read it back in like 1994 when it first came out, and I was a supervisor on a nuclear-powered submarine, and I learned a lot from that and was able to apply in my job. 

Obviously this week we're going to be talking about employee rewards and recognition. Make sure you stick around at the end for a special bonus.

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Alright, so tip number one is recognition needs to be timely. You don't want people wondering what they're being recognized for because it's been so long that they've forgotten and don't know what you're talking about. The longest I would ever recommend going is a week. I used to use that for one company I worked at that had a computer system for recognition. I'd keep a list on my desk of everything that happened that week, who did it, what they did, and at the end of the week I'd go in all at once and give everybody recognition. 

Now that doesn't mean that during the week I wasn't doing other things to recognize people as well. At the end of this video that's going to be the bonus I kind of alluded to. I'm going to give you some specific examples of my favorite ways to recognize people.

Tip number two is recognition needs to be specific. You don't want to just tell people hey great job. Well, great job of what? Try and make the recognition ... Give some specific examples. Also if you can tie it back to your values of your company, or your business to your vision, as I've talked about in the past. It's great to have a vision to kind of give people guidance, and then recognize the behaviors that are consistent with the vision. Make sure you give people specific examples so they know why they're being recognized in the first place.

Tip number three is recognition is meaningful. You want it to have meaning to the person, and each person is different, so you need to figure out what is meaningful to that person. For one person they may want to be recognized in front of a group. For another person that's introverted, that may be their worst nightmare, so that's not the most meaningful way to recognize them. They may want you to send a card to their home, so their family sees that they're doing a good job at work. Everybody's different, everybody gives different meanings to different recognitions, so you just kind of have to experiment, and know your people, and figure out what works best for each person.

Alright so now it's time for today's bonus, and that is I'm going to share some of my favorite ways to recognize employees. I'm going to use a cheat sheet for this because I have quite a few of them. Breakfast is always welcome. People love food, doughnuts, or if you're Louisiana like me kolaches are a favorite. Ice cream in the hot months of summer, people love ice cream. Can't go wrong with it. 

You can take people out to lunch. Something that some of my past groups are still talking is I came in on Christmas Eve day, took time away from my family, and brought sandwich trays. It was at a place that was 24 hours a day, so I brought four sandwich trays. One for Christmas Eve day, one for Christmas Eve night, one for Christmas Day, one for Christmas night, and people are still talking about that.

Alright. You can send cards as I mentioned. You can send them for birthdays, you can send them for holidays, you can send them for something good they did at work. You can also keep cards at work. I always kept a pack of cards at my desk, and I would just do some handwritten notes sometimes. It might be to an individual, it might be to a group. People posted those on bulletin boards and kept them for months and months. 

I've done things like fill my pockets up with candy, and just gone out in the field and walked around. When I saw people doing good things I went and handed them candy, or sometimes it was just a conversation starter to kind of find out what they were up to, and get to know them. You can invite somebody higher up your organization to come recognize somebody in a group setting, like in a meeting, or something, training, things like that. Bringing somebody that's really, them recognizing a person is going to blow them away, and be really meaningful to them. 

Let's see. Of course, like I mentioned, electronic. Electronic is not always the best way, but some companies do use that. Something I did is I always added nice pictures if you have that ability in your software. I've added some really cool like motivational type pictures. Do a really good write-up, as I mentioned be specific, and just really good detailed write-up, and then print it out. Not only was it on the electronic system, I printed it out and posted it in our workplace, so everybody saw who was getting recognized, and for what. That was a little more meaningful way to do that.

I think that's about it for today. If you have any questions about recognition hit me up. I've actually put together recognition programs for some companies in the past, and it's something I'm really passionate about, so I hope this video has helped you. If you liked this video please like it below, share it with your friends and make sure you subscribe. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video. 

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Being a Great Leader - How to Be a Great Leader

I have a passion for people and I strive to create a workplace where people are excited to come to work each day knowing they have a great place to work and people that care about them, but I've been told that you can't teach leadership and that you can't teach people to do what I do. Well, today we're going to start to change that because today I'm going to give you five tips on how to be a great leader and make sure you stick around to the end because I'm going to give you a special bonus tip. My name is Roman Ryder, and on this channel, I teach you strategies for leadership and personal development. I put out a new video every Friday, so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out.

Tip number one, great leaders have an inspiring vision. Do you know your WHY? WHY is that secret ingredient that takes people from, "I have to" to "I want to"? If you can figure out your WHY and you can express it with passion, you can inspire people, so do you know your WHY? Why do you get up and go to work? Is it just to get a paycheck or are you excited to go to work each day? Well, if you need help finding your WHY, you can look in the description below and I have a link to my free course. You can sign up and then watch a 15-minute video, and there's a free worksheet you can download. It'll actually help you figure out what your purpose is and then it'll help you turn that into a vision statement that will help you inspire your team or your organization, so make sure you check that out.

Tip number two is great leaders do and say what they believe. Now that you have a vision, you have to consistently and persistently do and say what you believe because trust me, people are watching and you don't want to be inconsistent, but when you persistently do and say what you believe, you'll start to build trust with your organization. There's going to be people that see it right away, and they're going to want to help you out and make your vision a reality. Some people are going to be watching closely and they're going to wait a while, but they're eventually going to see it as long as you're consistent, and they're going to want to become a part of your vision too and help you make your WHY into a reality. That's what creates a culture because then you get a whole group of people that are actively doing and saying what you believe, your vision that you've communicated to your organization and that's an amazing thing to see.

Tip number three is great leaders recognize the behavior they want. Now that you have a vision, you want to recognize the behaviors that are consistent with your vision and reinforce those. Gallup actually has been doing a survey for a number years and they determined that 7 out of 10 employees aren't engaged, so imagine if you had more than just three employees in your workforce that were engaged, and actively going out and trying to improve your organization, and not just showing up and collecting a paycheck. So how do you do that? Well, they determined that the number one question in their survey that determined if someone was engaged or not is, "Have I been praised or recognized in the last seven days?" 

What I often hear when I tell people this is that, "Why would I recognize somebody just for doing their job?" Well, if you don't recognize people for doing their job, it becomes a thankless task and they're going to start to ask themselves, "Why am I doing this? Nobody cares anyway," and soon that job is no longer going to be done anymore, so you want to recognize those behaviors that are consistent with your vision, and there's no such thing as too much recognition as long as it's sincere and deserved.

Tip number four is great leaders empower other leaders. You can't always be there and you can't make every decision, so you want to empower people that are capable of making decisions at all levels of your organization. That way, we have leaders from the top down through every level, and how do you do that? Well, you have a vision and that vision can help provide guidance. In my last organization, I simply said that we take care of people and keep them safe, so when I was at home asleep in my bed and somebody had to make a decision on the night shift, they knew to make a decision consistent with my vision of taking care of people and keeping them safe. By that way, I created a culture where we took care of people and kept them safe from the top down at every level. Everybody knew that's what we were doing and we had consistently awesome performance because of that.

Tip number five is great leaders focus on people. As I mentioned, in my last organization we always talked about taking care of people and keeping them safe, and by doing that, by taking care of people, we found that the people would take care of our business, so by taking care of people, we had world class performance, we had top notch safety, we had great production, we had great reliability. We pulled off three outages, turnarounds, whatever you want to call them, with record-setting times, so we were ahead of schedule, we were under budget and we had no employer contractor injuries, so by focusing on people we were actually able to get the awesome results that we wanted in all areas of our business.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus tip, and that is simply to listen. If you don't know about it, you can't fix, so you have to cater and you have to talk to people. You have to find out what's giving them problems and you have to get those things fixed and you have to celebrate them. In that way, your group starts to see that you are not only saying things, but you are doing things. You are making things happen. You are making their life better and they're going to want to be a part of your team and they're going to want to help you succeed, so get out there and listen and get those problems fixed. If you liked this video, don't forget to like it below, share it with your friends and make sure you subscribe. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

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Confidence Tips - How to Gain Confidence in Yourself

Confidence is absolutely crucial to your success. Confidence gives you the ability to believe in yourself, and it gives you the ability to overcome your fears and get started, to stand up for yourself, to say no to the people and things that aren't serving your life, and yes to the things that are, so it's absolutely crucial that you have confidence. So this week I'm going to give you five tips on how to boost your confidence, and also make sure you stick around to the end. I'm going to give a bonus tip and a free tool you can use to boost your confidence every single day. I'm Roman Ryder, and on this channel I talk about strategies for leadership and personal development. I put out new videos every Friday, so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out. Tip number one is to know your strengths. It's important that you know what you're good at and look for opportunities to use those strengths in everything you do so that you can really shine and be confident about what you're doing.

Now, if you don't know what you're good at, I've mentioned before there's a great book called StrengthsFinder 2.0, and I'll put a link for that in the description below, and it comes with a code that you enter and take a test online, and it'll help you identify your top five strengths, so that's a pretty awesome start. Also, I've got another free tool if you go, once again, the description below. I'll give you a link to my Find Your Why. It's a free 15-minute video course, and it actually comes with a worksheet that you can download and kind of work through brainstorming what you're good at, what are your skills and talents, what are you passionate about, because that'll really help you hone in on what you're good at and where you need to be focusing your strengths.

All right, so tip number two is to remember your wins. You want to surround yourself with things that make you feel confident, so that not only goes for work. It also goes for play, so at work, you can write down the things you accomplished. Maybe you finished a cool project. Maybe you got a new idea passed through and made a big change for your workplace. Anything you do, you want to write it down, and then you can bring those things back up to help you in your performance review, to help you shape out your résumé for future opportunities, and also, like I said, you want to remember things outside of work, too. Like I've got pictures in my office of me kayaking, and those things instantly bring me back to a place of confidence, because I had to overcome fears to do those things. So maybe you did a marathon. You can have your medal up in your office. Maybe you did a ropes course on vacation. Did you get a picture? Put that up in your office. Just keep yourself surrounded with things that make you feel strong and confident.

Tip number three is practice, practice, practice. I had to do a big presentation in front of a conference full of people. There were hundreds of people, including VPs from my company, there, and I practiced that presentation over, and over, and over again, because it was a TED-style presentation, if you're familiar with that. So it was basically 15 minutes with 11 slides, pretty much just pictures, so when I got up there, I had to know exactly what I was going to say, and I pretty much, even though I was nervous when I started out, I went into autopilot because I practiced so much that I knew exactly what I was going to do, and it went smooth as can be. So if you practice enough, you'll have confidence just knowing that you're super prepared for what it is you're about to do.

Tip number four is the strike a pose. So they have proven in multiple studies now that by striking power poses, you actually raise your testosterone level, in both men and women, and instantly feel more confident. So what's a power pose? Well, think of it like making yourself big, so it might be the kind of, the Wonder Woman pose, if you're familiar with that, with the hands on the hips, or a V, like you see somebody crossing the finish line of a big race, so these things where you're getting yourself big and posing and getting wide, it just makes you feel more confident. I feel more confident already, right? Just kidding, but have fun with it. Take a minute to kind of get yourself prepared. If you're walking into a big interview, maybe get off to where nobody can see you, and kind of pose and fire yourself up and get ready to go in there and show them who you are and what you're about.

All right, so tip number five is to model a real or fictional character that you admire, so maybe you really look up to Steve Jobs, and you're in a high-pressure situation and think, "Hey, what would Steve Jobs do in this situation?" Or maybe you're a fan of Batman, like myself, and you're not feeling really confident, but you're like, "Hey, I can be like Batman. What would Batman do in this situation? Or what would Bruce Wayne, the billionaire, do in this situation?" So by modeling how they would react in that situation you're in, you take a more confident role by just modeling the behaviors of somebody you look up to.

All right, so now it's time for this week's bonus, and that is positive reinforcement. Every day, I start my day by looking in the mirror, and I have posted there of what I call The Fearless Manifesto, and it's a series of positive statements that I read out loud both at morning and at night, and it kind of instantly puts me in a little more positive mood and kind of gives me a more confident approach to my day. And I've also taken that and broken it down into alarms that I put in my smartphone, so throughout the day, I'm getting these little reminders to kind of keep me on track and keep me confident and being my best self. I'm going to put a link in the description below, and you can actually go to my website and download that for free, so a very cool little bonus for you there. If you like this video, hit the like button below, share with your friends, and be sure to subscribe. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video.
 

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Fight Fear - How to Conquer Your Fears

Fear is the number one reason people fail to take action and achieve their dreams. This week I'm going to give you four tips on how to conquer your fears and be an action hero. 

My name's Roman Ryder and on this channel, I talk to you about fearless strategies for leadership and personal development. Before we talk about conquering your fears, if you're new to my channel make sure you click below and subscribe and also make sure you stick around till the end for an awesome bonus tip. 

Tip number one is to Identify It. It's not enough to know that you're afraid. You really need to dig deep and figure out exactly what it is you're afraid of because until you know exactly what that thing is that's making you afraid, you can't really do anything about it and address it to overcome that fear. 

They say that nearly one in three Americans has a fear of flying. They're either anxious to fly or afraid to fly, but if you dig deep and you find out why those people are actually afraid to fly you'll find it's quite a few different reasons. For instance, mechanical problems during flight, a flight during bad weather, flying at night, or flying over a body of water. That's what it means to really dig deep and figure out exactly what it is that you're afraid of. 

Alright. Tip number two is to Eliminate It. If we take a look at the previous example about a fear of flying, one of the reasons people are afraid to fly is flying at night so, a way to eliminate that would be to schedule their flight first thing in the morning. That way even if their flight's delayed they're still going to be flying during the day and they've eliminated that thing that's causing their fear. 

Tip number three is to Mitigate It. When I was kayaking the Grand Canyon I had to run a rapid called Lava Falls, which is the biggest rapid in the Grand Canyon. It's the one that has everybody nervous the whole time going up to it. To mitigate that, I had really great training before I went there. Also, I had really great safety gear. I had a good helmet. I had a good life jacket. We put safety in place. I had friends waiting downstream waiting on me in case something happened. They were there to keep me safe. By doing that, I was able to mitigate the risk and overcome my fears and take action because the things we regret are the things we don't do and if I hadn't run that rapid, I would've really regretted it. 

Tip number four is to Conquer It. Let's take this back to the workplace. If you've ever heard of impostor syndrome, I suffered from that greatly. I went from being hourly to a supervisor to a superintendent in less than a year and I went from supervising three people to managing three dozen people from a tiny little power plant to a huge power plant so, obviously, you can have impostor syndrome in a case like that. But, it ended up being an awesome experience and I had a lot of success in that position and if I hadn't pushed past my fears and taken that opportunity I would have missed out. 

Alright. Now, it's time for today's Bonus tip and that is if your why is bigger than your fear it's easy to conquer those fears and take action. If you look in the description below I have a link to my website for a free video course that will walk you through how to find your WHY. It also includes a free worksheet you can download. Make sure you check that out. 

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Discovering Your Purpose - How to Find Your Why

Most people know what they want, but very few people know why they want it. Why is a key difference that can help you push through the hard times and reach your goals. This week I'm going to give you three tips on how to find your Why. My name is Roman Ryder and on this channel, I give you fearless strategies for leadership and personal development. Before we get into finding your Why, if you haven't subscribed, please consider subscribing to my channel. I put out new content every week. Also, make sure you stick around to the end for some free bonus material. Let's get started.

All right, so tip number one is to consider your skills and talents. Make sure you don't just consider hard skills like spreadsheets and graphic design, make sure you also consider your soft skills like do you have integrity, do you pay attention to detail, are you good with people? If you're having trouble figuring out what your strengths are, I highly recommend a book called Strength Finders 2.0. I'll put a link for it in the description below. I've used this for my teams in the past, I've passed them out as Christmas presents and it will actually help you identify your top five strengths. It's a great tool you can use to figure out what you're good at.

Tip number two is to consider your passions and expertise. What are you passionate about at work? What do you really enjoy doing? What are you passionate about in your life outside of work? What do people come to you? What are you considered the expert in that people come to you and say, hey help me with this, this is something you're good at? Consider those passions and expertise.

All right, so tip number three for finding your Why is to consider your impact and legacy. What kind of impact do you want to make? What is the change that you want to be in the world? What do you want to make better? What do you want people to think about you when you're gone? What kind of difference do you want to leave behind? All these things can help you figure out your impact and legacy and what you want to do in this world. I'll give you something I did once before, I wrote my obituary as it would read today and I wrote my obituary as I wanted it to read. Then I figured out where the gaps were, so I could reverse engineer the changes I needed to make in my life to leave that impact and legacy that I wanted.

All right, now I'm going to give you today's bonus tip and that is that it's not always good to turn your passion into a job. I'm a whitewater kayaker, I absolutely love it, I love going out and kayaking but I opened a kayak shop, which turned out to be a huge mistake because sooner or later I wasn't kayaking anymore, it was just going to the store every day and working and I was no longer enjoying kayaking. It was work. It's not always good to take what you love to do and turn it into your job. Sometimes it's better to figure out what you're good at and just find more time to enjoy the things you love to do.

All right, so now you should have three lists, right? You should have your skills and talents, your passions and expertise and your impact and legacy. Now start going through those lists and figuring out where they intersect, where they kind of match up and you'll start to find your Why. All right, so now you know how to find your Why but do you really know? If you look below, I'm including a link in this video to some free training. It's going to be a video that we're really going to a deep dive into finding your Why and I'm going to give you an awesome tool that you can not only use for that, but you can also use it for other problems in your life. Also, you'll have a free worksheet that you can download. Make sure you check that out and share it with your friends.

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What to Do When You Feel Hopeless

One of the hardest things in life is when you feel like it's hopeless. When something has happened or you did something or said something and you don't feel like there's any way to come back from it. Let me tell you that you can come back. It's going to be ok. Today I'm going to give you a few tools you can use when you reach those hard times in life and don't see a way out.

1. Will this really matter in 5 years?

Ask yourself will this really matter in 5 years or 10 years? No matter how hard it seems, if you ask yourself if it will matter in 5 or 10 years, it will look a lot better. I've been through some tough things. I said, "Will it really matter in 5 years? No...not really. It kinda sucks right now, but in 5 years I'll be ok. It won't be a big deal. It will be a thing of the past and I won't even think about it."

2. Focus on what you can control.

The second tool is to focus on what you can control. Forget about the things that are out of your control. They just going to be something to worry about. Don't worry about them. Focus on what you can control and start moving forward. Start from where you're at today and find your way out.

3. Never ever give up!

The third tool is to never ever give up! Some of the toughest things I've been through in life were followed by some of the best things I've been through in life. If I had given up, I would have never gotten to experience those great things. Never ever give up!

Sometimes life is like a blacksmith and I'm the metal. He's hammering on me and heating me up in the forge. He's beating me into a tool. He's beating me into the weapon that I need to be. He's making me stronger. It's not easy. It hurts sometimes, but life is trying to make you stronger. Like Tony Robbins says, "Life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you".

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How to Get Through Hard Times

It's important to have a work-life balance and today it was time for me to get out and go kayaking. Today I'm going to discuss a couple of subjects.

My friends used to pick on me a lot because I jumped from hobby to hobby. They said I'd master something and then I'd move on. Then I found whitewater kayaking about 10 years ago and I stuck with it.

I think the reason is that it became who was and not something I did. Kayaking has brought me all over the country and I've had some amazing adventures, but I've had a lot of hard times along the way. The first day I went whitewater kayaking, I flipped and swam six times. It was a freezing cold day in a cold Arkansas river, but I kept going. I've also had some scary swims. I swam once in the Grand Canyon through massive waves. It hard to even find a place to get a breath, but I kept going because kayaking is who I am, it's not something I just do.

I think it's important to find those things in life that are who you are. Then it's easier not to quit on yourself, to keep going and pursue your dreams, and push through the hard times.

The other thing obviously is work-life balance. I've got a job other than my business and have been working hard. Also, my wife is having some health issues, so I've been doing more around the house. Then I'm also trying to get my business going. Today I just really needed to get outside and get to one of my favorite places. I've been over there surfing on a wave for hours and it has been very relaxing and very therapeutic.

In summary, figure out the things that are who you are, not just things you do and that will help you to stick with them. Also, make sure you take the time to get outside and play a little bit. Find your work-life balance. It will help you in the long run. You'll have more energy and the ability to pursue your goals and push through the hard times.

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The Power of Focus

The sun is powerful and spreads its' power across our planet. If you take a magnifying glass and focus the sun's light, you can burn stuff. You need to take your power and focus it down to a hot source that can get things done.

This week was a struggle for me. I know I need to get my video out, but at the same time, I'm tired and could just as easily be sitting on the couch. However, I'm focused. I know what I want and why I want it. I want to be here to help you, so I know I need to get this done.

So how do we get you focused? First, we need to figure out what you want and more importantly, figure out why you want it. Then the tricky part is keeping you on track. For that, I'm going to give you the most important question I know, "Will this get me closer to my goal or dream?".

When I have decisions to make, I have to ask myself "Will this get me closer to my goal?". Will watching a movie get me closer to my goal or will making a video get me closer to my goal? Will eating a donut get me closer to my weight loss goal or will jumping on a spin bike and riding 10 minutes get me closer to my weight loss goal?

You have to figure out what you want and why you want it and then figure out if what you're about to do will get you closer that goal or move you further away. This one question can be used to change any aspect of your life and create an alternate future.

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Kind Acts - How to Be Kind to Others

Today I want to talk to you about gambling and it's not what you're thinking. It's the gamble you take when you're kind to other people. The thing is that when you're kind to other people, you can't lose.  You're going to win. I live near a casino. I recently saw a shirt that said, "It's only a gambling problem if you're losing". I'm going to tell you how to win today.

The first thing you need to do is smile. Any time you see someone, smile. If they don't smile back, that's their problem. Share a smile. Smiling releases endorphins. It's going to make you feel better. It's going to reduce stress. It's a gamble you're going to win.

The second thing is to do something kind and unexpected for someone. This can be something as simple as tipping your waiter a little something extra, telling their manager what a great job they did, paying someone else's parking meter, paying for the person behind you in the movie line, or letting someone merge into traffic. There are opportunities all day, every day for you to go out and do something kind.

There's also chemistry behind being kind. Every time you're kind to someone, you're going to get oxytocin. Oxytocin lowers your blood pressure. You're also going to get a dose of dopamine. Dopamine makes you feel better. When you smile and be kind, you're getting a neurochemical mix of endorphins, oxytocin, and dopamine.

It's going to make you feel better all day. You're going to be more productive. You're going to make the world a better place. Plus, it's contagious. When you're kind to someone, they may turn around and be kind to someone else. Sometimes you may run across a negative person that doesn't care. That's their problem. Share your smile and be kind to them. Maybe it will rub off on them.

Either way, you're taking the high road. You're putting out your positive vibes. You're sharing your love with the world. It's going to be a great thing!

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