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.
I’m so excited to announce that my next book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth will be out very soon (
March 17thEarly April in the USA, and not sure for other countries). This book is quite different than my prior books, and yet, there’s definitely an echo of what has come before in several ways. I can see little hints of Trust Agents speckled in the systems I put in place for you, and by you, I mean maybe you’re a freak?
Who are the Freaks?
If you’ve ever wanted to run business your own way but felt that maybe you were too different, or weren’t really the business making type, this might be you. If you’re the kind of person who is a tattoo artist or a one woman livery service (hi, Jane!), or a small town chocolatier, you might be a freak.
Having given several hundred people access to my new project, the Owner Mastery Foundation Group, I’ve been slapped hard with the realization that no one reads. Several hundred people somehow missed the part on the welcome letter that said, “You have to do THIS to get access to the group that goes with the program.” And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s my fault.
Well, Not Fault
I am every one of these people. I don’t read things all the time. I miss the instructions. If they’re not made easy to understand, I miss them. That’s how I broke my Dell evidently. Somewhere on page 9 (9!!!!!) of their documents, it said, “If you use any power source other than the fussy fancy pants one that comes with this device, you’re gonna have a bad time.” (Not an actual quote.)
I really love that the Asymmetrical Press released a book called “Advice to My 18 Year Old Self.” I love them, period, but this is something that’s on my mind all the time. I wish I could go back and talk to myself when I was 18. It’s such a great way to think about what you know now. To that end, here’s some advice to myself. And then? I want you to write yours to yourself. (Oh and buy this book!)
Advice to My 18 Year Old Self
The original story was here.
Summary: Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet dies a few weeks after buying it. I go through hell trying to get it serviced, more hell, more hell, some social media people try to help, kind of reinforcing the part that bugs me (that baseline service is broken and this shouldn’t require social media cowboys to fix).