On this episode of the Dot Com Life Vlog, I drove down to the Outlets at San Clemente to check out the South Orange County Cars and Coffee. The event happens every Saturday morning from 9am till 11am and brings together up to 600 cars. It’s really nice family friendly event and well worth checking out if you’re a car enthusiast.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my production because the more I can get done means the more return on my bottom line. I’m always asking myself this question: What was my total output in the end of the day? If the answer is honest and I know deep inside I got a lot of work done that compliments my bottom line, then I know I’ve had a great day. However, it’s important to tell you that NOT everything was so clean cut because I had to tweak my productivity strategies to make the most out of my days. I studied successful people, making sure I was incorporating their strategies into my day. I went over each one, looking for a pattern of productivity, so, in other words, what strategies produced the MOST output from everything I incorporated into my daily lifestyle.
When I started to use this strategy, I looked at successful relevant people to see what they did throughout the day. I read about people who are pioneers in the industry, like John Chow and Neil Patel. I also went outside the box, reading on billionaires and how they accomplished what they did. I noticed something amazing….
They all had disciplined themselves to tweak productivity and follow through on them every day. Here are a few more things I’ve learned over the past several weeks that I’ll be trying out.
Someone Should Hold You Accountable
If you’re operating a business, then you’re going to have other people working for you. If you have several things on your mind at once, it might be strategic to have someone else hold you accountable for NOT getting work done. However, to put a twist on this concept, you should hire someone for this EXACT job. This means the person will work hard to force you to get the work done because their job does depend on it. Having someone else hold you accountable for NOT getting your tasks done means you’re not only letting yourself down, but the other person as well. Many successful people will tell you they’ve succeeded by letting others do well so when you let someone else down, it has twice the effect.
15 Minute Intervals
Here’s something cool I’ve been utilizing and it’s been working awesome so far. I’m still in testing mode because I want to find out what timeframe works the best, but so far, 15 minute intervals of work have produced cool results. This strategy is very simple and is perfect for those easily distracted. Complete work in 15 minute intervals, then give yourself a break to do what you need to for 15 minutes. However, during work time, you have NO distraction and only have a timer in place to countdown from 15 minutes. I’ve noticed when you’re racing against time, you’ll write content quickly and the output will be awesome. When writing this content, I’ve written up to here in 15 minutes and will take a break. But I know once I start writing again, I’ll be done before the counter hits “0”. The point is, I’ve completed my work in 20-30 minutes so this was a productive session.
Set Email Timing
One of the biggest distractions for those people who make a living online is emails. If I was going to start responding to every email message I get from the very start, then I’d still be checking emails right now. I receive an enormous amount emails daily and they don’t stop coming in so I’ve learned to set times to respond to them. The funny thing is, during my 15 minute break time mentioned in the strategy above is when I check emails. I have set times I stick to and they start in the morning. For example, here’s a quick breakdown:
- 30 minutes first thing in the morning
- 15 minutes during first content writing break
- 15 minutes during second content writing break
- 30 minutes after finished writing content for the entire day
- 30 minutes before going to bed
This will give me enough time to divide emails according to importance and reply to the ones I need to right away. It’s an awesome strategy and has worked very well for me.
Tackle MOST Time Consuming Tasks First
Here’s something that has worked great for me and I encourage everyone to try this strategy before incorporating it into your daily habits. I’ve noticed I am MOST productive and creative first thing in the morning so I like to tackle complicated tasks early in the morning. This way, I put 100% effort and get them out of the way without the quality suffering. For example, I write content early in the morning after I’ve just woke up after a good night’s sleep and this has worked great for me in producing engaging content. Once the hard things are out of the way, I can start to focus on other stuff that is second on my list. Because I’ve done the hard stuff, I can start to play around with how much time I give to other tasks but at this point, it doesn’t matter because the “heavy” stuff has been completed.
It’s important to try what works for you and then you can incorporate it into your daily habits. You just have to test and tweak just like you would anything else.
I’ve always been terrified of public speaking. It turns out most people suffer from the same fear.
Then I joined a public speaking group called Toastmasters to try and up my game. The first speech didn’t go well. I stood there with a blank look on my face, trembling from the fear. I was sweating and went bright red like a tomato sauce bottle (I must sound like a real Aussie saying that).
For the next few months, I did two speeches and I got better. Then the momentum stopped altogether.
For the following 6 months, nothing happened in terms of delivering pre-prepared speeches. I did keep doing judging roles and impromptu speaking though. This is where I got some chops. It was the regular habit of ‘doing’ that so many people forget, that helped me.
Then I got dobbed into competing.
Ok, now I was really scared! Signing up for a competition where the environment turns formal – where everyone is looking at you expecting you to be good. I was dobbed into this competition because I was thought to be good at impromptu speaking. I thought I was dreadful.
What helped was that I’ve had a mentor for the last little while. My mentor Bharat recently competed in the international championships for public speaking. To say he’s a son of a gun full of talent is not giving him enough credit.
He told me “Tim you can do it. You have all the content through your blogging. You know how to inspire.”
So stupidly I practiced what I teach all of you and got up there. The hours leading up to the speech involved a very negative situation at work, but somehow I made it on time.
My competition was tough.
“I must be the dumbest bloke on Earth” – at least that’s what I was thinking.
As I waited outside with the other speakers, I realized I was up against a guy who’d made it through every year for the last few years. He’d sold his business, he was a brilliant storyteller, he was very funny, he was better looking: basically, he was everything I thought I wasn’t.
To make it worse, he was talking to me so I couldn’t concentrate on what I was doing.
“I felt the fear and stayed at the battlegrounds of my mind, conquering negative thoughts”
Somehow I remembered to get into a peak state.
Once the guy I was up against went up on stage, I was outside by myself in total silence, waiting for my turn. Somehow I miraculously remembered to get into a peak state.
“I moved my shoulders back, poked my chest out and told myself ‘I am the expert’.”
I told myself “I don’t think, I know. I’ve been doing this for years.”
I repeated in my mind “I inspire people for a living and I’ve been doing that for years” as well.
Showtime with passion.
It was now my turn. I went on stage and was given my topic which was privacy on the Internet. My eyes lit up an immediately I was in flow. I looked at everyone in the audience with a sense of authority. I backed myself!
Then I took a breath and started speaking. I let every ounce of passion show. I spoke loudly and then quietly. I looked at the audience with lots of funny looks.
My speech was about the new iPhone and how people are obsessed with privacy. I made my thoughts clear and challenged everyone to be authentic. I told the audience to stop hiding behind privacy and share their life lessons with people. I acted out what I would look like when I unlock my new phone using my face. I made the audience believe they could be better than they thought they were.
I stood firm on that stage and told myself that it was time to come out of my shell.
“As Joel Brown taught me, you can’t hide behind a bloody computer forever!”
I saw this as my coming out moment.
So I won the entire competition. I beat the other two international level speakers and made it through. I don’t say this to brag; I tell you this because if I can do it then so can you. We all have dreams and when we take action, they come true.
Here are some tips to crush your public speaking fear:
A) Get them in the first 5 seconds with charisma.
How you start your speech will determine the rest of it. I was told by my mentor that what I did well was capture the audience using charisma in the first five seconds of the speech.
B) Be vulnerable and authentic.
When you share personal stories and tell people things about your own struggles, you make them feel safe – you inspire them. The key I learned is to hold nothing back and share all of the story. Even tell them you’re nervous and suck at public speaking if you have to. That will crush the nerves.
C) Focus on the audience and not on how you look.
An obsession with you and how you look will make you nervous. Focus on delivering one key message that will help your audience. I’ve found this to be the ultimate fear crusher when it comes to public speaking. Imagining how you look or sound will guarantee failure.
D) Dress comfortably and don’t be an actor.
On the day, I wore comfortable clothes and made no extra effort for the occasion when it came to my daily routine. The moment you put that special stuff in your hair or wear a suit, you tell your brain that today is different. You also tell yourself that you are going to be an actor instead of who you really are.
Public speaking is not a stage show and you’re not an actor wearing a mask. Be comfortable.
E) Grab every opportunity you can.
My peers also told me that because I grabbed every speaking opportunity I could, I had put in the hours even though I didn’t do any pre-prepared speeches. In fact, doing impromptu speaking is the hardest way to get good but it’s also the fastest.
Not knowing what you are going to speak about is where all the growth comes from. It takes your focus away from the audience and onto the words coming out of your mouth.
F) Believe in big things.
The whole time I was on stage I believed that I could go all the way to the finals. I told myself that today was only the beginning and tomorrow I will climb the biggest mountain that has scared the pants of me for as long as I can remember.
Focusing on how big your dream can get gives you an added energy boost. You can be world champion if you believe you can.
G) Share your public speaking stories.
As soon as I had won the entire competition, I shared the story on social media. Again, not to brag but to inspire others to do the same. The other reason I shared my story was because it reinforces in my brain that I am enough. Sharing your story gives you momentum to do it all again.
Now I’m ready for the next round of the competition because people sent me inspiring messages after I shared this success. It’s those messages that tell me I am enough.
During the packing up stage of the competition, my public speaking peers told me that they believed I was going to win from the start. The only person that didn’t believe was me. That’s what can be so stupid about having a fear of public speaking. Often, you’re better than you think.
It’s your negative self-talk that’s holding you back. Stop it!
Okay, what I didn’t expect.
Two people that I admire a lot saw the story of my public speaking fear on social media and sent me amazing messages. These are two people that I never believed would look up to silly old me and my crazy looking haircut.
They both speak in front of thousands and have made more money than I could ever dream of. That’s what can happen from public speaking.
Crushing your fears is fun and when you have people you admire telling you to keep going, you can become unstoppable. That’s how I feel right now writing these words.
Finally, some ingredients of a good speech.
Okay so if you want to be good at this whole public speaking game then there are a few really simple ingredients that will help you win:
Teach people something with simple steps to follow.
The same also works for blogging. Surprise, surprise!
Now stop being afraid and go and do that thing that you’ve always feared.
Practice being phenomenal. Take action.
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Trust is the core need for every human transaction, whether it is in business, family matter or in your love life. If you want others to listen to you, need to inspire trust and getting people to trust you it s often a tough affair. Social psychologist and proponent of the power-pose, Amy Cuddy says, “Trust is the conduit for influence: It’s the medium through which ideas travel. If they don’t trust you, your ideas are just dead in the water. If they trust you, they are open, and they can hear what you are offering. Having the best idea is worth nothing if people do not trust you”. Putting this fact parallel to our body language, which is amongst the most crucial and sound part of our personality, there are certain ways to build trust with body language. Our body language makes our statements more assertive, enrich the message, and reflect confidence, which works as a catalyst to build trust. Body language helps us to express our thoughts with better clarity and create a better connection to the person next to you. This connection is the seed of trust that you can plant. While computing this thought, let us talk about some convincing practices to be trusted or get others trust in you, while using body language. Here are a few simple ways and hints for using right & decent body language. 1 Eye Contact: The above all thing! Your eyes reflect as the mirror of your self-confidence and help immensely in building trust. Maintaining eye contact when someone is talking will help to build credence because it shows how genuinely you are interested in listening what they are saying. Try to make consistent eye contact during conversation. “Listen with your eyes,” says Paul Zak, Ph.D. author of Trust Factor: The Science Of Creating High-Performance Companies. People always used to judge anyone by their eye contact. Another critical factor is blinking. Blinking too much also may affect the listener. So maintaining consistent eye contact is very important. 2 Nodding & Smile: While someone is interacting with you, let that other person realize that you care for their words and genuinely listening to the person. Nodd your head when they are talking & explaining things, it shows that you agree and accept their thoughts and consider their opinions. Smile! It is never wrong, and it is in itself is a potent weapon in today’s life. Your smile can disarm anyone, even to your enemy. Smiling genuinely will relax any situation. But do not smile too much as it often looks fake. 3 Uncross your Arms & Legs: Do not cross your legs and arms. Let them realize that you are unbound, and your opinion is free. Sit or stand with open arms, hold your palms open and make sure your body looks open. This way you will also look more open to welcome others thoughts. Do not point your fingers while interacting as it may seem as you are accusing the person. 4 Distance & Body Posture: Maintain an appropriate distance and body posture express your interest, your confidence, and your firmness. Stand straight, look firm while interacting with the person. Standing face to face is better. Do not stand too close as it gives a message that you are intervening the other person's space and sometimes threatening the person. 5 Stable Head: Don’t move your head a lot during conversation, move your head very little as if you are sincerely interested in the other person and attending their views 6 Furrowed Brow: Your forehead also gives significant signals. Raise your brows to give the expression of surprise. To give the expression of sympathy and concern for someone’s troubles pulled together brows translates your gesture in a better way. 7 Watch Your Voice Tone: Technically voice tone does not exactly come in body language, but it is crucial how you roll out your words to implant trust in between. Your tone can make you seem rushed or bored. Keep your voice on the natural pitch because it is a cue that can be detected even on phone calls. Keep your voice tone as natural as you can keep it. Because Sometimes It is not about What you Say but about How you Say it. 8 Your Concern: Showing your concern about them and their affairs to build trust. Be attentive, listen far more than speaking and keep the attention on their pleasure. Tilt your head forward to show interest. 9 Wrong Touch: Light touching a friend on hand can show your support, display your concern and sympathy for that friend or the person you are interacting with. But touching on shoulder or elbow can make the person uncomfortable, particularly in case of women, they get irritated so do not use these tactics in any conversation. Such acts not only cause them lose interest but also show you disrespectful. 10 Respectful: Till the time the respect part is missing, trust is somewhat impossible to gain. So while interacting with someone whether you agree or not, whether you are interested or not show your respect for the person. 11 Come Down To Their Level: Sitting on a higher chair than others indicates as you are dominating over them and it is not good and not in your favor if you’re trying to build trust. “Trust Makes The World Go Round”. And these are some Simple, magical and straightforward phrases that can qualify you to get their trust. -------------- Joseph Payne is the marketing manager at CouponsMonk.com, deals and discounts provider company. He is passionate about money savings, investment and finance industry. In addition, Joseph also supports non-profit agencies that provide healthcare solutions to handicapped and disabled people.
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By now you have undoubtedly heard about how important it is to keep your brain healthy and active. In order to prevent issues as you age, such as Alzheimers, you should try to exercise your mind. This can be done through many different types of brain-training games, but unfortunately they can often be a bit boring or repetitive. For example, Sudoku or other puzzle games can be fun at first, but once you get the hang of them it can feel a bit robotic.
Some apps claim to be brain-training, but often focus on one specific goal such as focus or logical thinking. Plus, those apps tend to ignore progress reporting which can present challenges when trying to monitor any type of improvement.
Why You Should Care about Brain Health
When discussing mental fitness, your mind may conjure up memories of school exams or even IQ tests, but it’s actually more about your physical and emotional health. When your brain is healthy it’s easier for you to slow down, decompress and even boost a flagging memory .
Now think about the way your mind and body are connected. Do you remember the last time you had a really great workout? Maybe you ran a mile or biked through your neighborhood. That physical activity increased your oxygen flowing up to your brain and triggered a response of released endorphins. These are the chemicals that make you feel happy. When you have a constant stream of endorphins, you tend to be a happier person and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Mental exercise is just as important! Brain games like those found in the Lumosity App can increase your ability to reason and solve problems.
Sometimes it can be hard to turn your brain off. Maybe after an especially stressful day you couldn’t wait to sleep, but despite how physically tired you were, you couldn’t stop thinking. In this instance, brain health and fitness is crucial. If you’re mentally fit enough to be able to visualize something peaceful, you can physically reduce tension in your body and mind. Lumosity can help you achieve that state faster.
The Right App for Brain-Training
Luminosity is an innovative app that excels where the other apps lack. The impressive amount of thought that went into this app was no coincidence. In fact, it was created by a team of real-life scientists and designers who wanted to explore new ways to challenge the brain while simultaneously pushing cognitive research forward.
What Makes Lumosity So Different From Other Brain Training Apps
Over 85 million users already enjoy challenging their brains with cognitive games, and they’re never bored; you can access a new brain workout every day of the month. The creators of the app made sure the experience seems fun and not at all like a chore.
Lumosity’s scientists took common cognitive and neuropsychological tasks, along with some new challenges, and partnered with designers to they transform these tasks into fun games that challenge core cognitive skills. They accomplished this though game-like memory training, attention training and more all while monitoring and tracking progress.
Along with a training calendar (showing days you have played at least one game), users can also access a performance trend. This feature monitors performance from the previous four weeks and tells you how many points you are in either direction. Performance categories include speed, memory, attention and flexibility.
This free app can be used by almost anyone, as it comes in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish .
Don’t Wait and Start Your Training Now
The app is available for Apple devices from the App Store. Not only is it free, but it’s easy to use and fun, too! What’s holding you back from having a healthier brain that gives you the ability to take charge of your life and also extend it? Try Lumosity today.
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Technology is both sinner and saint. The Internet and its mobile cousin, the smartphone, have given us incredible gifts: unlimited knowledge at our fingertips and a reach greater than the Pentagon had just 40 years ago.
Despite this, our lives seem to be getting harder and more stressful.. We have become so dependent on technology to the point where it’s become the opposite of what it set out to do – make our lives better. It’s certainly more convenient, but for many people, it’s become an addiction. And no addiction is good.
Numbers don’t lie
According to a national survey from TeleNav, here are some statistics to think about.
- 66% of smartphone users said they sleep with their phone next to them.
- 21% of respondents would give up their shoes for a week instead of their phone.
- 21% of iPhone users said that they would rather go a week without seeing their significant other than give up their phone
- 34% of iPhone users regularly check their email at the dinner table.
So we have a problem and the first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging you have one. The second step is going to work on it.
Here are five productivity hacks that are surprisingly simple, and yet incredibly effective. It’s not a question of if they’ll work for you and your unique situation, but how many of them will you actually put into use.
1. The email trap
This is something a friend learned from Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy and was kind enough to share it with me. Want to be 30% more productive today with almost no effort? Stop looking at your email in the first 60 minutes of the day. 90% of people wake up, grab their phone, and check their emails. By doing this, you let other people’s needs and wants dictate your life.
Tony Robbins would talk about this back in the 80s with his late-night infomercials, and it’s something he’s gotten even more passionate about as new information is uncovered in the fields of nutrition and neuroscience. Health can be divided into three separate areas: Food, water and stretch.
Food is fuel for your body. You wouldn’t put cheap oil in a Ferrari, so why do people eat fast food? Because they want something quick that fills them up. I get it, and from time to time it’s no big deal, but you want to have a well-balanced diet full of vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken, and pork.
Hydrating, aka drinking water, is one of the fastest productivity hacks around. Every high-performance coach talks about it. Instead of drinking alcohol, coffee, soda, switch to water. Within a week, you’ll feel a difference in how you feel. You’ll have more energy, sleep better and more productive than ever. Try it and see.
We all know the benefits of exercise, so why is it we find every excuse not to do it. A work-out takes time, you sweat, you feel tired and it can be downright depressing to see how out of shape you are when you haven’t exercised for a long time. Stretching, on the other hand, is quick and easy. No heavy lifting. Just 10 minutes to get your body limber will go a long way to feeling better. Your body will thank you.
“Love is not as important as good health. You cannot be in love if you’re not healthy. You can’t appreciate it.” – Bryan Cranston
3. Oxygenate your body
If you want to give your body a boost then breathe. Not unconsciously, like we all do but consciously like people doing yoga. This takes less than five minutes and you’re good to go. Athletes such as swimmers, runners, and karate fighters understand the power of breathing better than anyone, and how it is a critical component of success. The best part, it’s easier than ever to train yourself to breath better with the help of apps such as Breathe2Relax, Pranayama, Breathing Zone and Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief.
4. Confirmation email
This was taught to me by my mentor back in my late twenties and it transformed how I dealt with coworkers. We often think that the greatest pull on our time are clients, but what is often overlooked is the frenemy. Colleagues that are seemingly on your side, but are taking advantage of your time and energy.
We have all met them before. They are the ones who pawn off their most difficult, challenging tasks to others. They appeal to people’s kindness and ask them if they can “help” them with something. What they often mean is, “Can you do it for me?” But they know that doesn’t fly so they resort to sneakiness.
When I first learned the technique of the confirmation email, I could hardly believe my eyes because tasks that had been thrown in my lap and taking up much of my time, suddenly vanished. People eventually stopped asking me to help them, because they couldn’t be bothered.
Car salespeople have an expression for these people: tire kickers. In business, to weed out the serious from the not so serious, just ask them to put their request in an email. It’s amazing just how powerful this technique can be.
“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.” – George Matthew Adams
My personal favorite productivity hack, and the one I have my clients implement immediately because it’s just so easy. Essentially it’s doing two tasks at the same time, but no, I’m not talking about multitasking. Multitasking is dividing your energy between two or more tasks, which is counterproductive. Chunking is combining two activities together that don’t detract from the other.
Here are some examples of chunking that work for me:
– Having a meeting while walking
– Stretching while watching TV
– Doing breathing exercises while sitting in front of your computer
– Listen to an audio program while driving
And there you have it, the five most effective productivity hacks for the busy entrepreneur. Easier than you think, more powerful than you realize.
Which one of these was your favorite productivity hack? Let us know in the comments below!
Have you ever gone to bed early after a long day at work, only to find that you just can’t fall asleep? Most of us assume that when we feel tired, it will be easy to drift off. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. In fact, if you are under a lot of stress, you might find it hard to stop all those negative thoughts whirring around in your head. For example, if you are having trouble finishing a project at work, it can seem impossible to stop worrying about it. This can cause you to lose out on previous sleep.
It’s not new that sleep is important to a productive life
Poor sleep quality and insomnia don’t just leave you feeling tired and grouchy – they can have serious effects on your health. A lack of sleep makes you more vulnerable to accidents, it puts you at risk of chronic ailments including heart disease, and it makes you more likely to gain weight. If you suffer from depression, you should pay particular attention to your sleeping patterns, as improving the quality of your sleep will improve your mood. Finally, poor sleep can even raise your risk of death. Research has shown that the mortality risk of people who get fewer than seven hours’ sleep per night is 12% higher compared to that of the general population.
Listening to natural sound would make it easier for you to fall asleep
Fortunately, there’s an app that will help you wind down before sleep, and allow you to wake up feeling refreshed. “Sleep Time & Nature Sounds” is an easy, effective way to get a great night’s sleep! The app lets you play tunes and soothing sounds which will clear your mind ready for sleep:
The app lets you create your own playlists for tunes and videos, or you can use its readymade lists that span a range of genres including jazz and hip-hop:
Finally, the app comes with a timer that will turn off the app once you have fallen asleep. Just program it with your desired time, and the sound will gradually wind down once the time is up.
This app is perfect for those of us who need some help relaxing at the end of a difficult day, or winding down after a tough week at work. Download it today and get ready for the best night’s sleep of your life!
Premium Membership costs $7.99 per week, or $9.99 per month. Upgrading your experience means you will no longer have to see in-app advertisements, plus you will have access to a wider range of tunes and soothing sounds.
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Ever since the Industrial Revolution, man has been pitted against machine. And ever since that time, machine has ultimately triumphed. That’s because a well-designed machine will always be more efficient, more accurate, more precise, and more cost-effective in the long run than its flesh-and-bone counterpart. Not all machines have gotten there yet and there’s always more work to be done, but this trend is undeniable.
And it completely and utterly applies to the world of Internet marketing and making money online too. But before we get there, let’s take a few steps back and consider what has already happened in the marketplace over history.
It used to be machines were simply the more effective tools that still had to be wielded by human hands. A sewing machine is more efficient than trying to sew something with just a needle and thread, but someone still has to operate the sewing machine. That’s what we saw with the boom of the manufacturing industry in places like Detroit. But we all know what happened to places like Detroit.
As technology continued to advance and get smarter, fewer people were actually needed to man the machines. Just a small handful of engineers and experts could oversee an entire assembly floor of robots. Each of these robots is assigned a single task that it does over and over again. And it can do this by itself with no intervention. The guy who operated that machine is obsolete.
Because the manufacturing process can largely be automated, the human part of the equation can largely be replaced.
These days, we’re seeing it more and more with the service industry. Here in Vancouver (as well as in many other parts of the world), McDonald’s is installing a number of self-serve kiosks which you use to place your order. While there was once a half dozen cashiers manning the counter, all but one is replaced by a touchscreen terminal. You don’t need a human to take the order, because the machine can do it. And it can do it for less than $15 an hour.
It’s only a matter of time before jobs like taxi and bus drivers are obsolete too. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has explicitly stated that his long-term goal for the company is to have a fleet of self-driving cars doing all the work. People become unnecessary.
So, what does this all mean in the context of making money online? When you consider the kind of the product or service that you have, you really have to think about whether it can be automated. Can you be replaced by a machine or by software?
Do you install and setup WordPress blogs for people? There are automated scripts that can do pretty well all of that. Do you aggregate relevant news to present to analysts and other interested parties? There are algorithms that can handle a lot of that too. They’re not perfect, but as long as they are good enough and as long as they are significantly cheaper, the choice becomes increasingly obvious for your potential customer base.
What value are you providing? What are you doing that some lines of code cannot?
This is why it is critically important that you move away from menial and repetitive tasks, outsourcing them (either to tools or people) so that you can focus on the tasks that really require your unique human input. This is why I foresee more creative careers really flourishing in the next several years.
An algorithm can “intelligently” edit together some video clips for you — we see this happening automatically when you upload enough content to Google Photos — but that algorithm cannot replace the creative vision and unique perspective of a professional video producer and editor. The same is true with writing, graphic design, and app development.
Unique, creative ideas are what will drive the economy and your personal success. Make yourself irreplaceable.
Have you ever wondered why many of the most successful entrepreneurs that you follow on social media and read articles about wake up early? Waking up early allows them to focus on themselves and get things done that they need to get done before everyone else wakes up and needs their attention.
Some of them use this time to work on their physical health by exercising and getting a work out in. Some of them use this time to focus on their mental health by meditating. Some of them even just do this so they can get to their tasks that they want to accomplish before the work day gets started.
Either which way, waking up early is the key to your success in the future. What you do in the early hours of the day will determine what dreams and goals you will accomplish in the future. Wake up early and be productive with that time.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
The first 90 minutes of the day are yours, to work on and create the life you truly want to live. Between 4:30am and 6am is when I work on myself, my body, my dreams and my vision for life; distraction free and with a fresh mind, body and soul.
For most of you, waking up that early is a weird concept but for me waking up and rolling out of bed to go to work for someone else is a weird concept. If you’re not doing something for your own pleasure, personal development and your dreams when you wake up, then you’re simply wasting the best part of the day.
Your life won’t change until you give yourself the gift of time to create and work on yourself and your ideas. I can assure you the number one reason people never get to live the life they want is they simply never give themselves the time to imagine a new life. To work and create the best version of themselves and work on their ideas, dreams and vision for life.
If you don’t make yourself and your dreams a priority then you will end up leaving this earth never having done what you truly wanted to do and find yourself in the rat race wondering why your life is the way it is.
“Make every day a great day by starting the day on your own terms and doing something for yourself and your dreams before you do anything else!” – Joe Duncan, Founder of Before5am
The first 90 minutes of the day belong to you and whatever happens during the day, happens but you’ve taken charge of your life and made progress on what’s truly important to you before anything else happens. That’s how you start to build the life you want while you live the life you’ve already created or fallen into for yourself.
You want change? This is the most basic and simple strategy of all and the easiest to implement into your life. In fact I’ve committed my life to helping people wake up earlier so they can make that change through my lifestyle brand Before5am. The concept is rather simple, wake up early and use that time to focus on you and your life, not anyone else’s. The rest of your day can be about everyone else, but the early hours in the morning are yours and you need to take advantage of that.
What are you focusing on when you wake up early? Leave a comment below!
Some years ago I gulped down at least 2-3 unflavoured, whey protein shakes a day, while eating multiple chicken breasts. I thought protein was the holy grail when it comes to muscle growth. Yet I didn’t see the results that I truly wanted in the gym. Instead I was feeling low on energy and bloated.
People training in the gym often consume tons of protein because they expect it to be converted into muscles. Yet the effectiveness of excess protein intake, especially protein shakes has never been scientifically proven. If you drink protein shakes regularly, it’s very likely that you’re taking in more protein than you should.
Will Protein Be Converted To Muscles?
The biggest misconception there is on protein, is that muscles consist entirely of it. This isn’t true.
Muscles consist of protein, yes. But only a fraction of your muscles, approximately 20%, actually is protein. The other 80% are made up of different components, mostly water.
You don’t need to consume as much protein as you think you do. Let me show you that with a simple calculation:
In my multiple years as a trainer, I seldom saw an increase in raw muscles more than 5 kilograms in a year. Even for beginners. This is not because I’m a bad trainer, no, this is just the hard truth for natural athletes. There’s a lot of deceptive marketing out there. Don’t believe it. When I started training in the gym I started to look pretty massive after one year of training and gained multiple kilograms, but it was never, never more than 5 kilograms of raw muscle in a single year.
To continue the math and show you how much protein you would need for that natural muscle gain:
One-fifth of those 5 kilograms is 1 kilogram. 1 kilogram of raw protein that your muscles would actually need. If you divide that one kilogram of protein again through 365 (amount of the days in a year), you get only a few grams. In fact it is a one-digit figure. This results to only a few grams that you would need to eat extra in a day, to guarantee muscle growth.
You need way less protein than you think you need. All the excess protein that you will consume, will be converted to fat and stored in fat cells.
How Much Protein Do You Really Need?
You’re more likely to suffer from protein excess, than deficiency. If you eat sufficient calories in your daily life, you will not be protein deficient.
I myself strive to consume about 1.3 grams of protein per day. Which might even be too much scientifically speaking, yet moderately higher levels of protein intake are still considered safe.
Unbiased studies recommend consuming about 0.8 to 0.9 grams of protein per day, if you’re an adult. Most people may even need protein intakes of only 0.6 grams of protein per day, but the recommendation’s aim is to cover most of the bell curve. Experienced athletes may even need less than that, according to some studies, as their body is better able to make use of the protein that they actually consume.
Once I’ve made that switch to a lower protein diet, I’ve actually experienced less fatigue and more energy in the gym and in my life.
The Downsides Of Protein Excess
Protein can do more harm than good. I’ve heard this sentence from my mother many times over, back when I was still drinking frequent protein shakes. I ignored it when I was younger and thought my mother was crazy, yet she still had a decent point.
Our current protein focused diet in the western world is promoting hyperfiltration of your kidneys. This increases the workload of your kidneys and therefore increases the stress that you put on that organ. Too much protein in your diet also diminishes the blood flow of your filtration helper and may even leak protein in your urine. Long-term high protein diets may therefore lead to kidney problems. There is also a linkage to increased cancer risk, liver malfunction, and worsening of coronary artery disease.
Not All Protein Is Created Equal
There is a guy training in the fitness center that I’m a fitness manager in. He’s a really friendly guy, but suffers from severe kidney problems.
I recently discussed his workout and nutrition regime with him, so I might give him some additional advice on how to better his condition. I advised him on cutting back his protein shakes and animal protein intake as meat and dairy can lead to an inflammatory response in his body. He’s consuming a lot of protein on a regular basis.
Sadly he refused to listen to my advice and told me, that his doctors recommended him to keep following his regular diet plan. They told him that altering one’s nutrition doesn’t make a big difference anyway. Tip: If your doctor tells you that, you must change your doctor as soon as possible.
Some weeks later, after our workout session, he told me about his holidays with his family. And how he needed to cancel them in the last minute, because he was suffering yet again from intense stomach pains. He had to undergo operation that same day to ease the pain. It was his second alarming operation this year.
Focus on a plant-based, unprocessed protein source. Such as beans, legumes, seeds and nuts in your diet.
What To Do Now
If you drink a protein shake every day, ask yourself: Is this truly working? If not, it may be the time to let go of some of your precious beliefs.
Consume a plant-based protein shake if you actually like the taste of it. If not, throw it away and don’t waste your money on that beverage ever again.
Don’t stress protein out too much in your diet. If you don’t like gulping down pounds of lowfat-quark, don’t do it. The extra protein in that food won’t make your muscles pop out. I’ve been there. I was that weird guy that was eating nearly a kilogram of low-fat quark in the morning at 5am after going out, to preserve my muscles. It wasn’t worth it.
You should take a sincere look at your protein consumption and ask yourself: Am I truly enjoying the excess protein that I put in my body? If not, you should let it go. It isn’t necessary and may even be unhealthy in the long run.
You have to realize that supplement companies are marketing companies. Ignore those supplements for the beginning and focus on whole foods. Most people in the US are deficient in fiber and antioxidants. A deficiency that can be fatal. It is time to put more fruits and vegetables in your diet and not worry about protein deficiency.
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