Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning.
I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland?
My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer
I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
Wow! So, Wiley had to push the book back a few weeks to deal with some last minute stuff (probably my fault), and so that gives me just a little more time to lay some groundwork. For YOU, that means if you’re thinking of having an event and if you want to take advantage of the absolutely most affordable way to have me speak live and in person to your community and event, there’s still time.
Hire Me to Speak for Only 300 Books
Not bucks. Let’s not be crazy. But books. The deal is this: hire me for an event in this or the next calendar year for the cost of your purchasing of 300 copies of my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, plus airfare and hotel (some small details apply), and I’ll gladly come and be part of your event.
I can tell you without a doubt that people who participated in (not attended) my last live event in Boston with Rob Hatch and Jacqueline Carly would go to the mat for anyone else in that room. There’s a guest room available for anyone who participated in whatever cities people came from (Philadelphia, Miami, East Hampton, etc). There are buyers and promoters now for each other’s works. Heck, we invested in one artist right then and there on the spot (note: his prices will go up in a few days. Buy now!)
In working on how I will make Owner Media Group a successful business in 2014 and beyond, Rob and I both agree that we are dedicated to serving the Monchu above all else. ( What the heck is a Monchu?) To do that, we have to sort out who is in and who’s just passing by. I’ve done that quite well.
Last night, I stayed up an hour or so past my bedtime to be with new friends. I ended up having trouble sleeping. That made waking up difficult. That made getting to the gym difficult. I’m now running late for a big day with a big event.
Decisions are Dominos
Our choices tip other choices closer or further away from us. “It’s just one cookie” is a choice further from our fitness goals. “I’ll call her later” is a choice away from a business goal. “200 words on my book today is plenty” is a choice away from your publishing goal.
If you follow my Instagram account, you’ve already been barraged by my fitness photos. There will be more on there later today. Don’t worry. There always is. I am learning so much about business at the gym, so I want to share some of that with you. The lesson for today? Focus on your core.
Focus on Your Core
The “core” of our body are those areas we often call our “abs,” but also our lower back muscles, our obliques (side area) and everything around the middle (the trunk stuff). They aren’t just for “six pack abs.” They help keep you upright. They improve your lower back pain issues. It turns out, they do a LOT for you.
My next book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth says that weirdos and misfits are cool. Seth said We Are All Weird. I say that the personal business revolution is coming and that mass production isn’t a huge deal. Seth said Small Is the New Big. I say that it’s great to be an artist and creative type and that you’ll succeed that way. Seth said that the big lie that the artists all burn when they reach for the sun is The Icarus Deception. I know that your monchu is the most important part of your world. Seth says it’s all about Tribes.
Seth Godin has said it all. All of the things. Already.
Everything old is new again. It seems that the wild west of podcasting is back and alive and that people are all planning on starting a show (I say “all” because of my position in the universe. Your uncle probably isn’t starting a show.) And yet, people are having trouble answering a very simple question: “Why bother with a podcast?”
What Does It Take to Start a Podcast?
It doesn’t take much to start a podcast. You need a place to store files, something to record the audio and/or video, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some editing.
The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, published by John C Wiley and Sons. The important concept I’m hoping to get across as a cornerstone for this book is that it’s important that one learns deeply about belonging:
Business is About Belonging
I’ve received compliments with a consistent theme over the past decade or so. People tell me, “You really do care about people,” and “I feel like you see me and understand me” and “I’ve really enjoyed meeting and getting to know the people you’ve gathered into your community.”
Many books don’t come with a soundtrack, unless they’re eventually made into a movie. With my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, there’s most definitely a theme song. It doesn’t have to be your theme song. That’s the best part about being a freak, a weirdo, a misfit, a world dominator. You can be whatever you choose. That’s part of it. But, here’s a song for the freaks.