Ari Meisel

The Less Doing Podcast with Ari Meisel: The Best Life Hacks And Productivity Tips For Less Doing, More Living

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The Less Doing Podcast with Ari Meisel: The Best Life Hacks And Productivity Tips For Less Doing, More Living

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Welcome to The Less Doing Podcast—the most productive podcast on the planet. If you’re looking for strategies to become more efficient—to have more time and freedom to do the things you love—this is the podcast for you. Get ready to... -Learn life hacks & tips directly from amazing guests including Tim Ferriss, Dan Sullivan, and Victoria Labalme... -Discover new apps, tools, technologies, habits, ideas, and workflows you can use to improve your productivity... -Skyrocket your personal and professional efficiency...

Episodes

324: Joe Polish — What Needs Solved?

May 30, 2018 35:23

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Joe Polish makes a reappearance in this episode to provide us with more insights and learnings. Joe is the founder of Genius Network, the highest level group for entrepreneurs in the entire world, but he also has a lot of other interests, including addiction recovery and helping entrepreneurs in general.

 

Joe and Ari discuss the importance of asking the question — what needs solved? — and how this can drive entrepreneurs. He shares the key role of learning (and unlearning) in bringing about a change in perspective that is often crucial, and how he helps entrepreneurs adopt a resourceful mindset. Joe’s business, while successful, is not without its own challenges, and he highlights some areas in which he is developing his teams to take his organizations to the next level. Tune in also for Joe’s great tips on how to become more effective.

 

Key Takeaways:

[:30] Ari introduces his guest for this episode — Joe Polish.

[1:34] What does Joe do?

[5:29] Despite having achieved so much, Joe is still learning (and unlearning). Why is this so important to him?

[9:09] The next Less Doing Live event is coming up in June!

[9:44] How does Joe’s first interaction with entrepreneurs usually go?

[15:15] What’s a challenge Joe has in his business right now?

[18:17] Joe talks about his new book on addiction recovery, and how his needs for his team have changed over time.

[22:13] Joe and Ari discuss the concept of overwhelm, and why it’s important for him to be his first priority.

[27:15] What are Joe’s top three pieces of advice for people to be more effective?

[33:25] Find out more about Joe and what he’s working on by visiting his website.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Less Doing

Less Doing on Facebook

Ari Meisel on Twitter

Ari Meisel on Instagram

Join the Less Doing Labs at www.lessdoinglabs.com/moredone

Less Doing Live 2018 in LA

Joe Polish

Genius Network

Genius Network Annual Event

Genius Recovery

Artists for Addicts

Strategic Coach

Miracle Morning for Addiction Recovery, by Joe Polish, Hal Elrod and Anna David

Anna David

321: TJ Anderson — Your Health is an Asset

May 9, 2018 24:28

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Your health is at the heart of everything you do. On this episode, Ari interviews TJ Anderson, health hacker, clinical health coach, and recent author of The Art of Health Hacking.

 

TJ’s interest in health started out of college, and professionally, he got involved in health coaching and group fitness. After a health scare, TJ was moved to really consider not just the quantitative but also the qualitative aspects of his health.

 

Ari and TJ discuss some of his key takeaways from his personal journey and the insights he has gained from writing his book. Tune in to this episode for some great tips and strategies to hack your health and turn it from a liability to an asset.

 

 

Key Takeaways:

[:29] Ari introduces his guest for this episode — TJ Anderson.

[1:06] What does TJ stand for?

[1:31] How did TJ become a health hacker?

[4:22] What role did stress play in TJ’s journey to become a health hacker?

[5:02] What was the first step in TJ’s health hacking journey? TJ breaks down the five sections of his book.

[6:56] Quantitative vs qualitative health. TJ shares his own experience with over-quantifying.

[8:05] What are some things that TJ tracks with regards to his health?

[9:44] What are some areas that TJ is working to optimize at the moment?

[11:15] TJ is also engaged in health coaching.

[11:49] What are some common areas where people are not acting optimally?

[14:38] When it comes to mindfulness, what are some of the most effective strategies for the people TJ works with?

[17:04] Why does alternate nostril breathing have the benefits it does?

[18:18] Who does the book benefit the most, and what kinds of benefits can they get?

[20:12] What are TJ’s top three pieces of advice for people to be more effective?

[22:27] Get your copy of TJ’s book on his website and check out his website and social media pages. He also has a free Kindle promotion on Amazon on the 8th of May.

 

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Less Doing

Less Doing on Facebook

Ari Meisel on Twitter

Ari Meisel on Instagram

Join the Less Doing Labs at www.lessdoinglabs.com/moredone

TJ Anderson

The Art of Health Hacking, by TJ Anderson

WellnessFX

Join me in NYC tomorrow at Strategic Coach!

318: Rob Dube - Slowing Down to Speed Up

Apr 18, 2018 26:33

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On this enlightening interview, Ari talks to Rob Dube, author of Do Nothing. Slow down to speed up. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it is at the heart of what Rob preaches.

 

Rob started his company in 1991 and had to deal with family and health issues when he was younger, as well as anxiety. He discovered meditation about 13 years ago, and it has changed his perspective both in his life and as a leader in his organization. Rob talks about the importance of taking the time to slow down and be truly present in the moment, and how this impacts efficiency and productivity in organizations.

 

Tune in to also find out more about the silent retreat Rob is organizing, and how meditation could be an effective tool for you.

 

Key Takeaways:

[:30] Ari introduces his guest for this episode — Rob Dube.

[:56] What doesn’t Rob do?

[2:50] What is Image 1?

[3:27] How does Rob's meditation translate into his leadership with his team?

[5:42] How can companies balance between employees mediating and being driven?

[6:48] What kind of physical environment does Rob have for his employees to find clarity of mind?

[8:07] What is a challenge Rob is facing in the growth of his organization?

[10:04] How does Rob present his company culture to potential candidates in the hiring process?

[11:37] When an employee is not a good fit for his organization, how does Rob handle offboarding?

[15:04] What kinds of jobs is Rob trying to fill in his organization that he’s having trouble with? Why?

[16:58] What is next for Rob’s growth?

[18:38] Ari and Rob discuss his upcoming silent retreat.

[23:35] What are Rob’s top three pieces of advice for people to be more effective?

[25:08] Get in touch with Rob via his website to find out more about his work.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Less Doing

Less Doing on Facebook

Ari Meisel on Twitter

Ari Meisel on Instagram

Do Nothing, by Robe Dube

Image One

Episode 315 - Dean Jackson

Mar 28, 2018 01:09:50

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Any time you get to sit down with Dean Jackson is time well spent.

We had an illuminating conversation about "The Customer Journey" when Dean was a guest at our Less Doing LIVE Miami event. He shared how he zeros in on how to get a conversation going with a customer, how he nurtures that relationship and how he's able to cultivate life-long relationships with his audience. 

It's always a pleasure to listen to a person who truly enjoys what he does. Dean is that guy. 

 

Episode 312 - Dan Sullivan

Mar 1, 2018 23:57

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SPOILER ALERT - You will want to listen to this podcast at least three times...and be prepared to take notes.

Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, is a legend and his insights and advice flow fast and furious in this illuminating episode. 

Ari and Dan discuss the creation of the "Impact Filter". The Jose Canseco Syndrome Dan's Freedom Model  Finding your ideal customer  An essential Quarterly Task Exercise

And why there would not be a Strategic Coach without Babs. 

If you listen to only one of Ari's podcast, you have to listen to this compelling conversation. 

 

Episode 311 - Julia Pimsleur

Feb 22, 2018 17:00

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Julia Pimsleur discovered some startling things on her way to building a multi-million dollar business. 

She realized in her quest for VC to fund the growth of "LittlePim" - a language learning program for children, that only 3 percent of women-run businesses ever get to over $1 million and that only 4 percent of Venture Capital goes to women-run businesses. 

So, she wrote a book called "Million Dollar Women" and started the industry's marquis event by the same name. 

In her quest to help women scale up she has uncovered the three essential qualities female entrepreneurs really need. 

The proper MINDSET about going big.

The right SKILLSET that allows them to fill in business gaps.

The most productive NETWORK that mentors and strategizes. 

Julia is, without a doubt, a force of nature. 

Episode 310 - Benjamin Hardy

Feb 15, 2018 32:29

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Ari meets up with Ben Hardy - - The World's Most Clapped For Man.

Medium has become one of the most accessible and therefore, popular virtual content provider. But getting attention there can be insurmountable for many. Not for Ben Hardy who has developed a foolproof tactic for creating content that gets noticed. It's how he became the most popular writer on the site.

He talks about how he began his writing career, how he discovered the world of blog writing and how he developed a following on Medium.

Ben also waxes pretty damn eloquently on social psychology, making the most of your mornings and why our definition of success could use some work. 

Episode 309 - Amy Birks

Feb 8, 2018 26:27

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Full show notes coming soon!

Episode 308 - Trivinia Barber

Feb 1, 2018 28:13

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In this episode, Ari interviews Trivinia Barber, the founder of Priority VA. Priority VA provides dedicated Virtual Assistants with the skills and flexibility needed to handle anything from routine administrative tasks to more complex business and marketing initiatives.

In this episode, Trivinia and Ari discuss the joys and challenges of running a VA company, what separates a good VA from a great VA, and how people can utilize a VA in the most effective manner.

Common Misconceptions About a Virtual Assistant

Many people have never heard of a VA or are laboring under false assumptions about what a VA can do. VAs can run the gamut from basic administrative tasks to more complex business development projects and everything in between! Listen as Ari and Trivinia discuss what a VA can do and how they can partner with you in your life and business to accelerate your success.

What Makes a Virtual Assistant Great

Trivinia explains how she hires VAs and the vetting process she goes through to ensure her company has the highest qualified candidates. For her, character traits regularly trump certifications and skills. In this episode, Trivinia explains why that is, why that is such an extraordinary benefit to her clients, and how she chooses who she works with.

Continuous Training for the Most Skilled Virtual Assistants

One of the things that sets Prioroity VA apart from other VA services is their focus on continued growth. Trivinia shares with Ari how she makes learning a part of the culture in her business and the opportunity she provides her VAs to continue to hone their skills so they can best serve their clients.

What to do When it's Not a Match

Sometimes the VA client-relationship doesn’t work out. Trivinia and Ari discuss tasks they have had to say no to and how turning people down in the right manner can help to build your brand.

If you have ever considered using a Virtual Assistant but aren't sure where to begin, don't miss this episode of the Less Doing podcast!


0:25 - Ari opens the show and introduces his guest, Trivinia Barber.

1:45 - Trivina explains what her company does and the wide range of tasks a VA can perform for clients.

2:41 - Trivinia shares advice on how clients can build trust with their VAs.

3:47 - Trivinia explains her background and why she started Priority VA.

6:06 - Ari and Trivinia discuss how a VA is really a partner with you in your business and the advantages they can have over an in-person assistant.

7:25 - Trivinia shares what she believes makes a VA great and how she hires VA based on this belief. 

9:50 - Ari and Trivinia discuss tasks that should be outsourced but often aren't. 

11:16 - Trivinia explains what her team looks like and how she uses a VA in her life and business. 

12:35 - Ari and Trivinia talk about the most in-demand skills for VAs today. 

13:38 - Trivinia shares  advice on how you can find the best VA for your situation. 

15:20 - Trivinia offers tips for keeping your VA motivated and engaged. 

18:25 - Ari and Trivinia discuss some of the craziest tasks their VAs have been asked to complete. They also share what they do when a task can't be completed and how the team rallies to help solve complex problems. 

25:33 - Trivinia shares her top three tips to help people become more effective. 

27:15 - Ari closes the show


Go to Priorityva.com/ari to find out more about how Priority VA can benefit you!

 

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Episode 307 - Andy Hnilo

Jan 25, 2018 01:00:23

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In this episode, Ari sits down with Andy Hnilo, the founder of Alitura Naturals. They discuss the evolution of the company, and Ari helps Andy work through some of the issues that are holding his company back from reaching its full potential.

 

Accident Turned Innovation

 

Andy had a promising career in the entertainment industry until a serious car wreck derailed his plans. Eager to speed the recovery process, he began researching and learning all he could about healing and skin care. Andy explains how he turned experiments in his bedroom-turned-lab into a thriving skincare company with proven results.

 

Managing Email and Customer Relations

 

Managing email and customer communications can be a challenge for a small team. Without a proper system in place, it’s easy to spend hours responding to emails and customer requests at the expense of progress. Listen as Ari explains the importance of having separate systems for internal and external communications and suggests some tools and processes that will help Andy save time and communicate more effectively.



An Optimized Process for Content Creation

 

Creating educational content is a hugely impactful marketing method, especially for businesses like Alitura naturals. Ari shares his thoughts on why this needs to be Andy’s primary focus in order to have the biggest impact in the business. In this episode, Ari explains how content creation will benefit Andy’s company and shares a method to allow him to optimize his content creation process.

 

How to Outsource Effectively

 

Outsourcing effectively is a challenge many businesses face. In this episode, Andy and Ari discuss the challenges with Andy’s Virtual Assistant and some of the services he is using to process orders. Ari explains when and why you would choose a specialist over a generalist and suggests some services Andy should look into.

 

Special Bonus: Use the discount code “MEISEL” to get 20% off the entire Alitura Naturals store.




:025 - Ari opens the show and introduces his guest, Andy Hnilo of Alitura Naturals

1:22- Andy tells his story and shares the evolution of the business.

7:32 - Andy shares his challenges optimizing his customer interactions.

8:47 - Andy talks about the unique ingredients in his products and why this is such a critical part of the business.

16:44 - Ari asks Andy about the make-up of his team.

22:48 - Andy details his day-to-day activities and processes and the challenges he faces.

24:50 - Ari explains how Intercom could benefit Andy in responding to customers

28:50 - Ari explains the importance of separating internal and external communication and how using Intercom and Slack together make an effective combination of tools.

29:30 - Andy explains his order fulfillment process, and Ari details how Intercom makes this processes more optimized.

31:10 - Ari illustrates what a customer process could look like in Intercom and how this process can help Andy’s business scale.

31:50 - Ari and Andy talk about Dollar Fulfillment.

32:26 - Andy shares some challenges he is having with his Virtual Assistant.

34:30 - Ari explains the 6 Levels of Delegation

35:00 - Ari explains GrowthGeeks and why he believes they are a great option for managing Andy’s social media.

35:29 - Andy and Ari talk more about Andy’s challenges with his VA.

36:20 - Ari offers solutions to Andy’s trouble with marketing effectively.

43:00 - Ari has some suggestions for how Andy could improve his website.

48:35 - Andy shares all the things he wants to hire someone else to do so he can focus on areas where his talents are best utilized.

51:25 - Content creation is one of the most important tasks for Andy, and Ari explains how he can optimize this process.

55:18 - Andy would be better served by hiring a variety of specialists instead of generalists.  

56:58 - Ari talks about an exercise he likes to plan out an entire year of content in advance.

57:30 - Ari explains why Andy needs more optimized processes and not a bigger team.

58:40 - Ari and Andy conclude the show, and Andy offers a discount code for listeners.

 

Tools:

Alitura Naturals

EasyPost

HelpScout

Intercom

Slack

Stripe

WooCommerce

Wordpress

ShippingEasy

Dollar Fulfilment

Growth Geeks

Shopify

UseProof

Casey Neistat

Design Pickle

Taki Moore - The Mind and Methods of a Coaching Coach

Dec 28, 2017 41:41

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In this episode, Ari interviews Taki Moore, the founder of Million Dollar Coach. Taki “coaches coaches to be better coaches” and provides a practical framework to guide them in developing a scalable business that showcases their talents.

A Coach for Coaches

If you run any sort of coaching business, you do not want to miss this episode! Hear Taki share some of his best advice, techniques, and tools for creating a business and a life that is sustainable, profitable, and fulfilling.

A Business Framework that Works for Everyone

One of the many benefits Taki provides to his clients is a framework for growing their coaching business regardless of the type of coaching they do. In this episode, Taki explains how he developed this framework and the importance of it being content agnostic to enable it to work for any type of business.

You Don’t Have to be a Technology Whiz to Have a Successful Business

Many people might think that you have to be exceptionally tech-savvy in order to have a successful business in today’s marketplace. However, Taki proves that this is not true. Hear him share the way he does business and the analog tools he uses in this episode.

 

Outline of the Show:

[0:27] - Ari opens the show and introduces his guest, Taki Moore.

[2:25] - Taki shares what his business does and why.

[5:19] - Taki explains where his content-agnostic framework came from and how it was developed.

[7:00] - Ari talks about Taki’s method for planning a whole year of content at once and how he is using it in his own business.

[10:37] - Taki believes that it’s simple to be successful when you’re using the right framework.

[11:14] - Taki shares how he got started in the coaching business.

[15:40] - Taki explains his three areas of focus and why these are important to him.

[18:24] - Million Dollar Coach is an entirely distributed team. Taki shares what this looks like and why it works best for his business.

[20:03] - Ari loves the different touchpoints Taki has with his clients, but he’s surprised that none of them are automated. Taki explains why he does things this way.

[22:10] - Ari talks about the recent call he had with Taki and why it was so effective.

[24:55] - Taki explains the “3 Quicks”.

[27:05] - Ari and Taki discuss the importance of a specific call-to-action.

[28:43] - Taki shares the two things that help him do his best work.

[30:45] - Taki explains what his typical day looks like.

[34:02] - Taki gives his top three pieces of advice for being more productive.

[39:58] - Listeners can find Taki’s new podcast at MillionDollarCoach.show and read his blog and find other resources at MillionDollarCoach.com.

[40:44] - Ari thanks Taki and closes the show.

 

Resources mentioned:

MillionDollarCoach.show

MillionDollarCoach.com  


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Cesar Kuriyama - One Second Every Day

Dec 21, 2017 29:40

Description:

“At this point, I personally am about to hit 7 years…It’s like a 40-minute video at this point... I’ve not forgotten a day of my life since I started.” Cesar Kuriyama, creator of 1 Second Everyday

 

In our fast-paced world, it can be hard to keep track of the important moments that happen every day. Time goes by in a blur, months blend into the next, and it’s easy to suddenly find yourself unable to remember what you’ve done with your time. This can be discouraging and have a negative impact on mood and productivity. 

Cesar Kuriyama has developed a solution to this problem with the app 1 Second Everyday. This app provides a simple, user-friendly way to create a video journal made up of - you guessed it! - one second from every day of your life. In this episode, Ari and Cesar discuss the app, the amazing benefits it’s providing its users, and how it creates a meaningful way to look back on your life.  If you’ve ever wanted to know how to keep a video journal, you don’t want to miss this episode!

 

Do You Struggle With Keeping a Journal? Well, Here’s an Easy Way!

 

The benefits of journaling are well known. The process can improve memory, boost your mood, encourage mindfulness, and increase overall happiness. However, many people don’t know how to keep a journal or struggle to maintain a journaling habit. Hear how 1 Second Everyday makes it easy, fun, and memorable to keep a video journal.

 

Creating Habits for Success

 

Much research has been done on how habits are created and how people can harness the power of habit to improve their daily lives. This issue created unique challenges for Cesar and his team throughout the development of the app. In this episode, Ari and Cesar discuss the complex science of habit and how Cesar’s ultimate goal is to help people live a better life by installing positive habits.

 

An App for Greater Effectiveness

 

Studies are currently being done on the impacts of 1 Second Everyday on its users. Initial results and personal stories reveal a significant effect on the happiness, well-being, and effectiveness of the people using this app. Hear Cesar share these stories as well as his top three tips for being more effective.

 

Outline of the Show:



[0:28] - Ari opens the show and introduces his guest, Cesar Kuriyama.

[0:57] - Cesar explains the inspiration behind the app.

[6:30] - Cesar shares his personal experience with using the app as a journal to remember the meaningful moments from his days.

[7:38] - Deciding what moment to use can be stressful for some people. Cesar offers some advice.  

[10:10] - Cesar explains some of the features and how it works.

[12:44] - The science of habit-forming impacts the development of 1 Second Everyday. Research is being done on the effects of the app on its users.

[16:18] - Cesar explains how he chooses his second.

[17:45] - There are many exciting new updates being released between now and the new year.

[20:20] - 1 Second Everyday is helping people to install better habits in their lives.

[22:00] - Cesar shares his top three tips to be more effective to include the benefits of trusting your gut, the value of reading and research, and how to make a distributed team function well.

[26:03] - Cesar talks about new updates to the iOS version of the app versus the Android app and shares information on some great new features.

[28:58] - Ari closes the show.

 

Resources:

1 Second Everyday

1 Second Everyday on iOS

1 Second Everyday for Andriod

 

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John Ruhlin - The Power and Skill of Giving

Dec 14, 2017 31:28

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“Do gifting when you don’t have to, and then you don’t have to do gifting. It already becomes a part of the process, and people want to renew with you… It just becomes a natural progression.” John Ruhlin, author of Giftology

 

It’s December, and you are struggling with the eternal question: “What gift should I give my employees, clients, and the people I want to maintain a relationship with?” Bad news: you’re already wrong.

In this episode of the Less Doing podcast, Ari chats with John Ruhlin, the author of Giftology and an expert in gifting and gratitude strategy. John rose from farm-boy roots and selling Cutco knives to being the leading expert on how to use gifting to deepen and maintain relationships, stay top-of-mind with your most important clients, and accelerate your business.

 Why Giving the Best Gift is Crucial

 Giving a gift can be an effective way to show your appreciation for a client or employee. However, did you know that most companies give the wrong gifts at the wrong times? This does more harm than good. The wrong gifts actually hurt your business and make people think less of you (although, according to John, nobody will ever tell you that!).  In this episode, John explains the value of a gifting strategy and how, when done right, it easily turns your clients into raving fans of your business.

 What Types of Companies Can Benefit From Gift Giving

 Gifting and gratitude can give your business a competitive advantage that sets you apart from your competition. This strategy is most effective of certain types of business with goals to grow or maintain employee and client relationships. However, as John and Ari discuss, there are certain criteria that need to be met for a gifting strategy to be effective. Find out what those are and if gifting will accelerate your business in this episode.

 The Best Gifts For Your Clients and Employees

 Effective gifting goes beyond a simple item. The best gifts effectively keep you top of mind with them throughout the year. The best gifts are those that make the receiver think of you each time they interact with (whether they want to or not!). If you are struggling with what to give, you don’t want to miss this episode where John shares some of his best tips. And if you want to know what NOT to give, you can get a list of John’s top ten WORST gifts here.

 

Outline of the Show

[0:25] - Ari opens the show and introduces his guest, John Ruhlin

[0:50] - John explains his background and how he became “the gift guy”

[4:58] - What is Cutco, why so many great sales leaders got their start there, and John’s biggest take-away from his experience selling knives

[10:00] - the importance of cost per impression and focusing on tangible items

[13:15] - John explains how he turned gifting into a successful business

[15:30] - the ideal business that could benefit from a gifting strategy

[20:30] - the best time to give gifts to clients

[22:30] - John shares his most memorable experiences with giving the best gift

[27:07] - gifting mistakes

[30:00] - John shares where you can get a copy of his book, and Ari closes the show

 

Resources Mentioned:

Cutco Cutlery & Kitchen Knives

Giftology

Download the top 10 worst gift ideas here

John Ruhlin on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

 

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JT McCormick - Pimps, Prostitutes, & Perseverance

Dec 7, 2017 21:40

Description:

 

“I’m often asked ‘What’s the one thing?’... The fact is, it’s not one thing. It’s the course of several things… but if someone wants me to give them one answer, I express that it’s mindset: What are you going to do to achieve success?”

 

JT McCormick’s childhood was fraught with poverty, violence, gang activity, and incarceration. Despite these challenges, he has become the CEO of Book in a Box and one of the premier experts on scaling and growing a business. In this episode, Ari and JT discuss the importance of mindset, discipline, and sacrifice on the road to success.

 

Outline:

 

0:25 - Ari opens the podcast and introduces his guest, JT McCormick

1:20 - JT talks about his start in the professional world and his introduction to Book in a Box as an author.

2:15 - Ari and JT discuss his backstory and the challenges of his childhood.

4:14 - JT shares a moment from his youth that changed his outlook and set him on the path to success.

5:40 - Even though he was never exposed to entrepreneurship, JT explains how he was able to learn by observing his environment. Even in his first job as a young adult, the drive and dedication that would lead him to success was apparent.  

10:45 -  Discipline is the root of JT’s success. He thrives on discipline, cultivating the right mindset, and structure. He shares his daily routine.

12:43 - While JT can attribute his success to several factors, mindset has been the most impactful.

13.15 - JT talks about the 3 S’s: sleep, sacrifice, and success. He has an uncommon willingness to sacrifice for success, and he discusses how this has manifested in career.  

15:35 - Ari and JT share the challenges of parenting small children.

17:10 - Ari asks JT what excites him most about Book in a Box.

18:22 - JT shares the successes of Book in a Box and the biggest challenges he sees going forward.

20:53 - Ari closes the show

 

Resources:

Book in a Box website: https://bookinabox.com/

Find JT McCormick on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtmccormick/

Email JT at JT@bookinabox.com

 

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Dr. Doug Brackmann - The Psychology of the Entrepreneur's Mind

Nov 30, 2017 49:54

Description:

“Human beings are not wired for safety, we are wired for the familiar,” says Dr. Doug Brackmann, author of the bestseller, Driven. and Ari’s guest on this insightful and compelling podcast. Dr. Brackmann theorizes that there’s a 10 percent minority among us whose brains, whose DNA, does not follow this axiom. Entrepreneurs, pro-athletes, inventors, adventurers, and Navy SEALs all have certain genes that can manifest resilient and highly focused people. But they also are impulsive and easily distracted. While these traits enabled our ancient ancestors to survive, if you have these traits today, it can create havoc in your life. Ari and Doug talk through the strategies necessary to stop self-sabotage, end shame and doubt, find your wolf pack and use meditation to put yourself on the right path. And they talk about Buddha. 

 

George Bryant aka The Civilized Caveman - From PTSD to Paleo

Nov 23, 2017 26:06

Description:

Ari gets with George Bryant - Marine, food blogger, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, father and author of the best-selling cookbook The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking. It’s a rapid-fire, no holds barred conversation and his a-ha moments about cooking, life, overcoming obstacles and purpose come at you hard and fast. George’s story is tragic and heroic in equal measure and he drops almost back-to-back nuggets of wisdom that will stay with you long after the episode ends. You will absolutely find yourself returning to this conversation again and again. 

Ari Meisel - An Introspective with Mackenzie Sweeney, Episode 300

Nov 9, 2017 33:26

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Ari Meisel (@arimeisel) is a world-renowned expert in productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, a father of four kids under the age of five, and the founder of Less Doing, More Living. How did Ari create the OAO (Optimize, Automate, Outsource) methodology?

 

Join Mackenzie and Ari as they dive into the mission of Less Doing, Ari's journey to realizing his revolutionary methodology, biohacking, and the master’s top tips to be the most effective!

 

" 'What would you do if you could only work an hour a day?' Because of the debilitating illness that I had, you could either throw your hands up and just let the tide wash over you or you have to figure out some way to innovate in that situation, and for me it was an entirely new system of productivity."

 

Learn about Ari's history and the challenges he faced that led to the genesis of the Less Doing method. Discover some of Ari's greatest (and simplest!) hacks that can have a massive impact on your day-to-day life. And find out how being replaceable may be the greatest asset you can have!

 

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Doug Barber: The Minaal Backpack, Episode 299

Nov 2, 2017 20:27

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Doug Barber is the co-founder of Minaal, one of, if not, the best traveling bag in the world. Doug is a full-time traveler and wanted a bag that catered to his needs. Tune in as he and Ari go through the genesis of Minaal, Doug's astounding Kickstarter campaign, and the meaning behind the name "Minaal!"

"I woke up at about four in the morning after a few weeks of mulling it over and not really coming up with anything good. And 'Minaal' popped in to my head, and I registered the dot com and went back to sleep after that...we discovered it is a word already...it was the made up word that wasn't."

Get to know Doug as Ari dives into the process Doug went through to prototype, manufacture, and market the bag. Learn Doug's "Why?" and what being a traveler means to him. And hear Doug's tips on how to be a more effective traveler.

 

Quickie:

Doug and Jimmy, the founders of Minaal, met and bonded while living in a van with 3 other people, eventually circumnavigating North America on a 17,000 mile, 52-day road trip. They wanted Minaal to go against standard forms of production and put emphasis on the user instead of producing dozens of models to satisfy sales targets and quotas. Doug and Jimmy ran a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $560,000 -- 56 times more than they hoped to raise. What are the best ways to travel? How to minimize jet lag. What does a full-time traveler HAVE to have in his bag?

 

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A Letter to Listeners from Ari Meisel, Episode 298

Oct 26, 2017 08:40

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"When you reach a fork in the road where one founder wants to go one way and one wants to go the other, you can not take both forks."

Today, it’s just me. A letter of how and why I’ve changed my direction. Not going back to, but a revival of my brand and endeavors that allowed me to be closest to the work I crave the most: help someone reclaim their time. This is when I feel the most impactful.

In this episode is the I wrote this letter to my community detailing this transition. The why and the what’s next. Several of the core values from the company I co-founded such as “love what you do”, “learn from experience”, and “never settle” are being felt and honored in full force throughout these weeks following this transition. 

I chose to take my fork in the road on my own, following my heart and focusing my attention on the thing I am most passionate about: people.

My future, is the reaffirmation, expansion, and evolution of Less Doing and the Optimize, Automate, Outsource framework through the Less Doing Labs, the Less Doing Coaching Certification, The Less Doing Mastermind, and my own speaking and consulting. I can’t wait to see what challenges I get to work on tomorrow.

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Naveen Jain: Going to the Moon & Listening to your Gut…Literally, Episode #297

Oct 20, 2017 30:40

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Naveen Jain (@naveen_jain_ceo) is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He gives new meaning to the phrase “to the moon and back” and has changed the industry of monitoring inner health.

“Making money is like having an orgasm: you would never get it if you focus on it. It has to be a byproduct of the things you really enjoy doing.” — Naveen Jain

On this episode, you’ll get to know Naveen’s two most recent ventures, Moon Express and Viome, alongside his brilliant advice for entrepreneurs in creating successful work endeavors.

 

Quickie:

Moon Express is the first company in the universe with authorization to leave Earth’s orbit and land on the moon #tothemoonandback Learn leveraging the mineral resources the moon has to offer {specifically Helium 3 aka the best fusion source we have} is beneficial for humanity. How do you know if your dream is realistic? When once you start to think something is impossible, it becomes impossible for you and not someone else. The more people who think it’s impossible, the more people have taken themselves out of solving that problem. That means you have the field to yourself. Does being a non-expert help you or hurt you? Fundamentally challenge the foundation, you have to challenge the experts have taken for granted Viome is the company creating a world where illness is optional #listentoyourgut All chronic illness starts with your gut, using Viome, learn how to manage your inner health Dream so big people think you’re crazy… And so much more! Resources: www.naveenjain.com Moon Express Viome | Use code lessdoing for a deal! Naveen on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Drop Naveen an email at Naveen.jain@gmail.com

Want to hear Naveen's top 3 tips to be more effective? Go to www.lessdoing.com/296 to find out.

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Zoltan Szalas on Accessing Co-Working Spaces on the Go, Episode #296

Oct 12, 2017 21:42

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Full show notes coming soon!

Steve Sims on The Mindset Behind Doing Impossible Things, Episode #295

Oct 5, 2017 22:22

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There are people we all admire who have done seemingly impossible things. But you’ve probably never met a person like Steve Sims - his company specializes in doing impossible things for anyone who has the money to pay for it. No kidding. He’s learned how to make connections with people all across the globe to make things happen that you’d never think are possible. On this episode, Steve explains how he came to do what he’s doing, why he feels anyone can make the connections they need to make in order to move forward, and what you can do to be more effective.

Doing impossible things starts with believing it HAS to be possible.

If you want to accomplish something that seems impossible you have to start by changing the way you think about the situation. There’s nothing that’s truly impossible (though not everything is smart to attempt). Steve Sims says that if you’re willing to go for it, you’ll often be surprised by the things you can accomplish - simply because the mental barrier is out of the way and possibilities you couldn’t see before open up to you. Find out how Steve went from construction worker to founder of the world’s only high-priced experience concierge service, on this episode of Leverage.

Everything has an app these days - except for great relationships.

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that.” It’s true in most cases. You can have your spoken words translated, get star charts to examine and track the night sky, and a world of other things. But in this episode, Steve Sims points out that there will never be an app for building great relationships. That’s because good relationships require a mindset and character that are committed to caring about others and being curious and bold. On this episode, you’ll hear Steve talk about how he came to understand that and how it has enabled him to build a business that caters to connecting with anyone for any reason. He’s a fascinating guy, so don’t miss this episode.

In order to be effective, stop thinking.

When it comes to being effective we often get derailed by our own thinking. We overthink, create drama that isn’t really there, and often convince ourselves that things will be harder than they really are. Steve Sims says the first thing you need to do in order to be more effective is to stop thinking. Once you know what to do, turn off your brain and just go do it. Don’t allow room for analyzation or excuses, just take action. You’ll find yourself rapidly moving toward success every time.

Get rid of any vampires (people who suck the energy out of you).

If you really want to do impossible things with your life you’ll have to optimize every aspect of your existence. One aspect of that is setting yourself up for relational success. Steve Sims says you can’t move forward positively if you have people around you who are what he calls “vampires” - they who suck the life out of you or infuse negative energy into you. If you allow those people in your life they will impact the way you move forward and the type of influence (or lack of it) you’re able to have. You can hear more insights like this one from Steve on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] The impossible things Bluefish does and the type of things they say “No” to. [3:15] How the Bluefish process works from a team perspective. [4:27] Steve’s incredible journey from construction worker to Bluefish concierge. [10:00] Why Steve decided to write a book now, after 20 years. [13:50] How to move closer to the person who can get you what you want. [16:43] You have a debt to allow others to benefit from your knowledge. [19:20] Steve’s top 3 pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned www.SteveDSims.com The Bluefish BOOK: Bluefish: The Art of Making Things Happen Steve on Facebook Steve on Twitter

 

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Tom Bilyeu on The Body Mind Connection - Episode #294

Sep 27, 2017 20:54

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Tom Bilyeu is a guy who’s been amazingly successful and a huge part of what’s made him successful is that he’s done the work to understand the body mind connection. From the outrageous growth of his company, Quest Nutrition to his work now with Impact Theory, a media company aimed at helping people level up their lives, Tom's story is incredible. In this conversation, we talk about the body mind connection, how to improve your own performance and mindset, what Tom is doing to help others via social media and entertainment, and more.

It’s easy to see the impact of ignorance relating to the body. Not so much with the mind.

If someone is doing a bad job managing their physical health you’re able to see it pretty easily. Things like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are noticeable and unavoidable. But when you don’t take care of the mind and its connection to the body, it’s not quite as easy to diagnose. Tom Bilyeu has spent his adult life learning what it takes to develop a strong mind and use it to keep himself on track physically, as well as optimizing what it takes to push forward to greater levels of performance. You can learn about how Tom led Quest Nutrition to record growth and is now leading Impact Theory - a weekly interview show that explores the mindsets of the world’s highest achievers to learn their secrets to success.

Mindset, coming together with entrepreneurship and media.

Impact Theory is Tom Bilyeu’s video show and podcast that interviews world-changing entrepreneurs, scientists, coaches, and gurus with an aim to understanding what makes them the world-changers they are. Tom is not shy about asking hard questions that get beneath the surface of carefully rehearsed answers to uncover the nuances of high performance and achievement. In this episode of Leverage Tom explains why he’s gone from leading a super successful nutrition company to leading the charge in entertainment and media, so don’t miss it.

It matters what you build your self-esteem around.

One of the most important things Tom Bilyeu stressed on this episode is that it matters what you build your self-esteem around. Accomplishments and achievements are tempting targets but they will let you down in the end. You’re better served by focusing on who you are and the things that make you unique. Always be the learner. Get to the right answers first. Admit your mistakes quickly. Optimize your time. These tips and many more are among the things Tom shared when Ari asked him for 3 things you can do in order to be more effective, don’t miss it.

What you do and don’t do each day should be a slave to your ultra-specific goals.

Productivity is important. But in order for productivity to truly be effective, you need to ensure that you’re being productive at the right things. That’s why Tom Bilyeu says you need to be ultra-specific about your goals first and foremost. Only then can you take the next step: Make every action you take during the day a slave to those goals. That’s what enables you to hone in on the most important, valuable actions that will drive toward your goals in record time and with incredible focus. You won’t want to miss this episode, so be sure to listen.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Who is Tom Bilyeu and why is he on the show today? [1:37] What made the difference for Quest in a super crowded market? [6:09] Managing the constant state of growth and is moves exponentially forward. [8:33] What Tom is doing now that he’s no longer leading Quest Nutrition. [10:41] How Tom decides who to invite on his podcast. [14:08] The next step for Tom: traditional media including comic books, TV, film, etc. [16:20] Tom’s story before Quest: film school, business, emotional crisis, and more. [18:21] Tom’s top 3 pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned Tom Bilyeu (see his podcast, “Impact Theory”) Quest Nutrition Tom on Facebook Tom on Twitter Tom on Instagram Tom on YouTube

 

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Cy Wakeman: No Drama, No Ego, and Determining Your Own Happiness - Episode #293

Sep 20, 2017 25:36

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This episode of Leverage features Cy Wakeman, a drama researcher who has discovered that the average person spends two and a half hours per day engaged in drama. She says this is not only a tremendous waste of energy, it’s also a significant drain on the person’s ability to live a happy and productive life. In this conversation Ari and Cy chat about what the research shows, how Cy coaches people to avoid drama and deal with reality, and what it takes to do this for yourself. This episode is practical for everyone, so be sure you listen.

It’s time to say “NO DRAMA!”

You probably don’t believe it’s true for you but research shows that the average person spends 2 ½ hours per day engaged in drama. Cy Wakeman defines drama as the mental conversations we have that have no basis in reality. Can you imagine what could happen in your life if you could remove the negative energy associated with drama and replace it with positive, reality-based action? Find out how you can effectively say “no drama” for your life and work, on this episode.

You should never automatically believe what you think.

Cy Wakeman points out that the brain is wired to construct possibilities whenever you face a new circumstance. It’s that wiring that causes your brain to immediately begin making up reasons for the things you experience. The problem is that most of the time the reasons your brain comes up with are not based in reality. Simply put, you’re making up things about the situation that aren’t true - and it causes all kinds of problems for you. That’s why Cy advises that you never automatically believe everything you think. You need to learn how to self-assess so that you can be intentional in dealing with the truth of reality around you. Ari chats with Cy Wakeman about her new book, “No Ego” on this episode of Leverage.

Why leaders should be empathetic and not sympathetic.

It’s sometimes the case that when a team member comes to the leader with a complaint or concern, the leader immediately becomes a shoulder to cry on, sympathizing with the person about their grievances and fueling the fire of drama. Cy Wakeman says leaders should be empathetic, not sympathetic. That means they acknowledge the person’s feelings and frustration but direct them to a more positive, change-making attitude to fix the problem instead of getting stuck in complaint mode. You can hear how Cy recommends we move to a “no drama” mindset, on this episode.

Stop judging and start helping.

One of Cy Wakeman’s favorite mantras is “Stop judging and start helping.” She doesn’t mean you should turn off your brain and not make any kind of rational judgment - she means you should stop trying to discern the motives of other people and instead do what YOU can to make the situation better for everyone. On this episode, Cy has great insights to share about drama, workplace effectiveness, ego issues, and much more so don’t miss it!

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Cy’s previous book, Reality Based Leadership and why he wrote it. [1:20] How most people waste 2 1/2 hours a day in drama. [4:20] What are the things driving ego and how do we become aware of the problem? [7:00] When do negative ego issues become worse over time? [12:17] Why leaders should be empathetic, not sympathetic. [17:20] How to step around external circumstances to tap into the power to choose. [19:30] Suggestions regarding drama on remote teams. [22:24] Cy’s 3 tips for becoming more effective. Resources Mentioned http://www.realitybasedleadership.com/ - Cy’s website and company BOOK: No Ego BOOK: Reality Based Leadership Cy on Facebook Cy on Twitter Cy on Youtube

 

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Chase Hughes on Influencing Skills, Real and Perceived Authority, and Better Human Interactions - Episode #292

Sep 13, 2017 26:38

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What would it mean for your life or business if you had the influencing skills to connect more deeply with people, close more deals, and create the kind of trust that fuels long-term interactions? It’s not easy to do, but it’s possible - and on this episode of Leverage Chase Hughes of Ellipsis Behavior provides insight into how we can break through the social masks to expose every person we meet (in a good way). This is a fascinating conversation and Chase shares free resources you can use to understand people better, so be sure you take the time to listen.

Influencing skills can be learned, but won’t be effective unless you are mature within yourself.

Chase Hughes says that many times a person comes to him to learn influencing skills because of an important meeting or negotiation on their calendar. They want him to teach them how to influence people and win them over, but it doesn’t take long before Chase gathers that they are so undisciplined personally that they don’t even make their own bed consistently. What he’s pointing out is that a person who is able to influence others effectively is a person who is self-disciplined. It’s not about the bed being made, it’s about the order and self-control needed to take on challenges - both mundane and high-stakes - and do what it takes to win. This is an example of the incredible insights into human behavior Chase has, and this conversation serves to show what you can do by learning how to lead and influence more effectively.

 

It’s vital to know the difference between real authority and perceived authority.

There have been fascinating experiments over the years that have shown how one aspect of how we are wired as humans is to respond with deference to authority figures, even if the people in question are not real authorities but are only perceived that way by us. In this episode, Chase Hughes talks about what it takes to be a true authority and what it takes to overcome your own propensity to defer to those you perceive as authorities who really have no right or place to dictate any part of your life. You’ll be fascinated by what he has to share.

Don’t ask what people on your team are good at. What do they want to be SEEN as good at?

During this conversation, Chase Hughes brought up the common team-building advice you hear that you need to put the right person in the right slot within your team. That’s true, but his definition of how you accomplish that is far different than what the so-called gurus are saying. In his study, it’s become apparent that you don’t necessarily need to ensure that the person most skilled at a task is placed in that role. Instead, you need to find out what the person being considered wants to be SEEN as being proficient at. If you can place them in roles that fit that desire you’ll find them to be a motivated achiever in that position - much more so than the person who already has the skills to do the job. You can hear more insights like this from Chase, on this episode of Leverage.

Focus on human needs to be more effective.

When Ari asked his guest, Chase Hughes, for 3 tips to help listeners be more effective, Chase said it’s important to focus on human needs. When you are able to identify the real human needs in any interaction - be it a relationship, a product development meeting, a sales presentation, etc. - you’ll be able to identify the real issues at the core of the conversation. Those are the things you want to focus on because true effectiveness hinges on their resolution. Chase and his organization are doing some amazing things to help their clients develop greater influencing skills, understand and build stronger teams, and much more, so don’t miss out on what he shares on this episode. 

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Ari’s intro of today’s guest and special guest co-host, Brittney Martinson. [1:04] How Chase became interested in human behavior and interactions. [2:15] The castle analogy Chase uses to explain our behavior toward others. [5:05] How the ability to read people can humanize your own interactions. [8:10] The tools Chase covers in his book to help you read people better. [13:03] Comparing real authority to perceived authority. [15:55] The 5 characteristics that trigger an authority state in the human brain. [19:40] Small picture gratitude and big picture gratitude in mind at the same time. [20:58] Why it’s important to figure out what people want to be seen as being good at. [23:06] Chase’s top 3 pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned Ellipsis Behavior - Chase’s organization BOOK: The Ellipsis Manual www.EllipsisBehavior.com/Leverage - get your free resource Chase on Twitter The Obedience Experiment

 

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Peter Shankman: Know Yourself To Optimize Your Effectiveness - Episode #291

Sep 6, 2017 39:18

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There is a bit of debate about whether it was the ancient Egyptians or Greeks who first said, “Know thyself,” but whoever it was, Peter Shankman entirely agrees. Peter says that when you know yourself - including all your personal idiosyncrasies and weaknesses - you are better able to maximize and leverage your strengths and minimize and avoid your weaknesses. This conversation with Peter is all over the board but in a good way. It touches on so many good things we’re not even going to try to summarize it. Just listen.

Self-medicating for ADD in a positive way. Peter Shankman’s approach.

Peter Shankman is outspoken in his advocacy for those who suffer from ADD. His podcast alone is doing wonders to make much-needed information more well known. But he says he’s not convinced that medication is always the best approach. In this conversation, Peter tells how as a child with ADD he learned to manage his own approach to things to make his ADD serve him rather than the other way around. It’s a great section of the overall conversation that you’ll find intriguing.

If you don’t know yourself you’ll constantly be frustrated with yourself.

All of us have frustrations about the way we operate in the world, but none of us have to stay in that place. Step number one to addressing the frustration is taking the time and investing the energy to know ourselves. Peter Shankman says it’s no shame to admit where you’re weak or the ways you are downright unloving or unkind. Knowing those things is the first step to learning how to deal with them. Peter has some powerful approaches to avoidance of bad behaviors and the encouragement of good ones that make perfect sense when you hear him explain them. You can have that privilege by listening to this episode of Leverage.

If you know yourself, you know what you’re good at and what you suck at. That’s priceless.

One of the ways Peter has enabled himself to be so productive is by knowing himself backward and forward. He knows what he’s really good at and maximizes his opportunities to stay within those borders. For the things that still need to be done but that he is terrible at, he surrounds himself with people who can offset those weaknesses by taking on the tasks for him. Those are VAs, personal assistants, and many others. You can hear how Peter came to the conclusion he had to take that approach and how it works for him, on this episode.

If you don’t like who you are, move. You are not a tree.

As Ari wrapped up this episode he asked his favorite question, 3 tips to be more effective. Peter’s answers didn’t disappoint. He started with one Ari’s wife tells him all the time. “If you don’t like who you are, move. You are not a tree.” Behind the statement is the truth that we all have the power to grow, to become something more than we are at present. It’s that power that enables us to change even the most ingrained aspects of who we are as human beings. Listen in as Ari, Nick, and their guest Peter Shankman discuss how to know yourself to be more effective, on this episode.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Peter’s journey, even before he started HARO and how the service came about. [4:22] How Peter decided to sell the service and how it changed with the sale. [6:29] Nick’s question about Peter’s ADD and why he doesn’t think drugs are always the answer. [13:10] How Peter has learned to manage his time and productivity: know yourself. [20:12] What Peter does to handle new ideas effectively. [25:29] Why skydiving is one of the most peaceful and productive things for Peter. [29:52] The benefits Peter has found from cryotherapy. [33:42] Peter’s nighttime routine. [37:29] Peter’s top 3 pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned www.Shankman.com www.Shankminds.com Podcast: Faster Than Normal Peter on Twitter Peter on Facebook HARO - Help a Reporter Out BOOK: Zombie Loyalist BOOK: Deep Work MOVIE: War Games

 

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Tom Wahlin on Lifestyle Travel, Gadgets that Make it Possible, and Design Lessons Learned - Episode #290

Aug 30, 2017 24:59

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Lifestyle travel is a hot topic these days, and more and more companies are focusing on this emerging area of passion. Today’s guest, Tom Wahlin is an avid lifestyle traveler, living and working from locations across the globe most of the year. His passion for travel has led him to create a company that reviews travel related gear to help those interested in a travel based lifestyle make it work. On this episode, Tom shares some of his favorite travel gear, tells why travel matters so much to him, and gets into the details of his experience helping Nick and Ari create the new “Dashboard” app for the Leverage brand.

Lifestyle travel is easier when you have the right gadgets.

Depending on what line of work you are in, a lifestyle of travel may seem impossible to you. But more and more tech is being developed that makes it possible, so don’t write it off entirely if you are interested. On this episode, Tom Wahlin shares his top 3 travel gadgets. These are the things he won’t leave home without. You can find many more pieces of gear that Tom and his team have reviewed on his website, Pack Hacker. And listen to his explanation of why the travel lifestyle is more possible than ever, on this episode.

How Tom’s obsession with travel led to building a lifestyle travel company.

Tom Wahlin is one of those people who has been bitten by the travel bug. He has spent extended seasons of his life living and working in various corners of the globe. On this episode, Tom explains how his passion for travel led him to create a company that reviews and features travel related gear. He wants to help everyone who desires to travel do so more easily. The company website states, “We are committed to finding the best gear for any trip. Function, form, and aesthetic are top of mind to ensure what you bring with you on the road not only holds up but looks good doing so.”

Why the best design should be invisible.

The Leverage team has been working to get the new “Dashboard” productivity app ready for clients and Tom Wahlin has been an instrumental part of the design team. On this episode, Nick and Tom chat about the app, but more specifically about how Tom has approached the design process. In his mind, what’s coming together in the app is a beautiful and simple interface that enables the user to simply use it without much thought. In his mind, the best design should be invisible to the end user.

Tom’s design mantra: Done is better than perfect.

In every endeavor it’s easy to get caught up in the details, to keep working on the minutia of the project without releasing it to the end user. Tom Wahlin says that in his career as a designer he’s learned that “done is better than perfect.” More progress is made when the end user is allowed to get their hands on the product and provide feedback as they use it. This enables the design team to see what features and design elements really matter and make modifications over time. You can hear more of how Tom approaches design and learn about the coming rollout of the “Dashboard” app, on this episode.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Nicks’ welcome and introduction of Tom Wahlin. [2:20] The obsession that led to building a company. [5:30] The top three things Tom takes with him on every trip. [8:45] The biggest challenges of traveling for a year straight. [11:40] Tom’s process for design - what goes on in his head and how it progresses. [16:08] What questions to ask when looking for a designer. [17:58] Design trends and tec: How Tom sees things moving forward. [20:15] Tom’s top 3 tips for being more effective. Resources Mentioned Pack Hacker - Tom’s travel lifestyle gear site Kikkerland Travel Adapter The Trip Mate Titan battery pack Skyroam router Vivobarefoot shoes Uber Amazon Echo

 

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Walter O’Brien, the Real-Life, High I.Q. Genius Behind TV’s Scorpion - Episode #289

Aug 23, 2017 52:55

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He’s the owner of the 5th highest I.Q. ever measured and the founder of Scorpion Computer Services. He’s also the inspiration behind the CBS TV show, “Scorpion.”  Walter O’Brien is Ari and Nick's guest on Leverage this episode, and he’s got a load of interesting stories to share. From cyber warfare to breaking up an engagement at the request of a wealthy, concerned father, Walter’s team will take on any job and figure out how to get it done. This is one of the most fascinating podcast episodes you’ll ever hear. In Walter’s words, it is important that you pay attention because this episode could change your life.

A movie-worthy, real-life spy mission pulled off by Scorpion.

When Ari asked Walter about one of the most interesting projects he's ever worked on,  he shared the story of a wealthy American father who was concerned that his son's engagement to a young woman from Eastern Europe was motivated entirely by ulterior motives. Walter shares the entire story of how his team set up a sting operation of sorts that tricked the girl into confessing her true motives, broke up the relationship, got Homeland Security involved on the American side, and accomplished the mission that reunited the father and his estranged son. It's truly a movie-worthy story that you can hear on this episode.

The most difficult tasks Scorpion faces is the marketing of its own services.

For a company that solves the major problems of governments and billion-dollar corporations, you would think Scorpion wouldn't have many problems of its own to solve. But that would be wrong. When Walter talks about the biggest problems his company faces, he immediately mentions the challenge that marketing and sales are for his own company. If you listen, you will discover how one of the smartest men in the world is still at a loss when it comes to predicting human nature and motivating purchases. Be sure you listen.

How you can hire a Supernanny and a Genius to solve your biggest problem.

If you have $10,000 available and a serious problem to solve you can hire the team at Scorpion Computer Services to take on your project. They will assign your problem a Supernanny and at least one Genius who will lead a team to investigate all the issues surrounding your problem and provide a solution for it. The team at Scorpion has an amazing workflow and systematized approach that enables them to solve even the most difficult problems. Don't miss this conversation, it's one of the best you will hear.

Why you should assume 99% of the people around you are wrong.

When Ari asked Walter O'Brien For his top three pieces of advice to enable others to be more effective, Walter pointed out that if you make more than $34,000 per year, you're in the top one percent of people in the world, in terms of wealth. His point was that 99% of the people in the world have not been as successful as you. That means you need to be very careful about who you listen to and the advice you take. Most of the people around you don't know as much as you. You can hear more insightful observations like this from Walter, on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Ari’s introduction to Walter O’Brien and how he became interested in computers. [5:19] Walter’s current role and the rare times he still gets to program or code. [7:36] How Walter thinks about the Russian “hacks” of the U.S. election. [8:23] The 3 areas of focus Walter’s company addresses. [11:43] One of the most difficult problems Walter’s company has solved. [17:23] The way Walter’s company works to pull off missions - including super nannies and geniuses. [21:47] Tools the company uses to communicate and manage projects. [28:00] How Walter’s group picked a winning race horse using DNA. [38:03] The most challenging tasks Scorpion faces: Marketing their own services. [40:11] The biggest challenges of quantum computing: cyber warfare. [44:59] $10,000 opens an account with the Scorpion team. [49:27] The top 3 pieces of advice for being more effective. Resources Mentioned Scorpion Computer Services www.ConciergeUp.com Scorpion TV Show BOOK: Into the Heart of the Mind Redmine Skype Zoom

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Geoff Blades on How to Systematize Your Life for Success - Episode #288

Aug 16, 2017 24:34

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There are few people who have figured out what it takes to systematize life in ways that lead to true effectiveness. Geoff Blades is one of those people. He’s not only figured it out for his own life but helps Wall Street professionals and large companies design and implement systems through every aspect of their existence in order to create greater results and more of what they truly want. In this conversation, Ari and Nick chat with Geoff about his journey to discovering how to get what he wants, why systems are the key for every person, and how systematizing your life can lead to the goals you really want. You should do everything you can to clear out the space to listen to this episode.

What does it mean to systematize your career? Here are Geoff Blades’ 5 steps to do it.

How often have you thought of your career as a series of causes and effects? It’s more common to conceive of a career in terms of things that happen TO you rather than a series of events that come about because of things YOU have done. But Geoff Blades has discovered that anyone can orient their own career path in the direction of their biggest goals if they are willing to get crystal clear on what those goals are and put the systems in place that will serve those goals. It’s an intriguing concept that makes total sense, and you’ll hear Geoff describe how it works on this episode of Leverage.

The power of defining your goal: you can’t go anywhere if you miss this.

Many people wind up hating their jobs simply because they can’t see how the job serves the end goals they have for life itself.  But deeper than that is a more significant problem: few people have truly clarified what they are aiming at in life in the first place. Geoff Blades says that you have no chance of attaining anything you really want in life if you don’t know what it is. It’s common sense when he says it that way - and on this episode, he explains how he helps his clients get super clear on their goals and systematize their lives to reach them.

What holds people back is the unwillingness to move through their fears.

One of the most common barriers to people accomplishing their goals is fear. But a layer down from the fear itself is this reality - most people are so inhibited by the fear that they won’t commit to doing whatever it takes to move through it and overcome it. That’s the real issue. Geoff Blades has come to that realization and has an uncanny way of helping people recognize their fears, learn how to face them, and conquer them for the sake of creating the life they really want. You’ve got to hear this conversation with Geoff.

How do you win and how can you systematize winning?

When it comes to success in life, Geoff Woods says that it all comes down to asking one simple question: How do you win in life? That’s the issue of getting clarity about your goals - and the answer will be different for every person. But once you have that goal clearly defined you need to go a step further and discover the systems you can intentionally build and put in place to make sure you hit those goals without fail. Find out how Geoff’s book can help you get the clarity you need to pursue and systematize your goals for life, on this episode.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Geoff’s history - from Wall Street to Entrepreneur and Consultant [4:20] How many people working on Wall Street are trapped in the middle. [6:04] What does it look like to systematize your career? [10:04] Why systematizing impacts every area of your life. [12:01] The challenges you need to overcome to excel. [16:20] How are you wired when it comes to your motivation to make life all it can be? [18:25] The coaching model Geoff has created and how he works with corporations. [21:00] 3 systems for every person to succeed. [22:58] Geoff’s 3 tips for being more effective. Resources Mentioned www.GeoffBlades.com BOOK: Do What You Want BOOK: Do What You Want On Wall Street BOOK: Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway Rescue Time BOOK: The 80/20 Principle BOOK: Eat That Frog

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Jeff Madoff on How Technology Has Changed Our Lives, and Continues To Do So - Episode #287

Aug 9, 2017 39:06

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As you think about how technology has changed our lives you’ll see many examples - the printing press, the screen, mobile communications, and more. But if you go down that path a little further you’ll become keenly aware that the process is not over. There are new developments every day that impact economies, governments, and social systems. In this conversation Ari and Nick chat with Jeff Madoff about the way technology has changed and continues to change the world we live in - and what savvy companies and entrepreneurs are doing to stay ahead of the changes, adapt, and remain relevant.

How changes in technology continue to impact physical businesses.

We’ve all seen the detrimental impact technology has had on the corner bookstore. Amazon has made it so easy and simple to purchase and receive your next book that the bookseller of old is having a hard time keeping up. The same types of technological changes have impacted video stores through streaming video subscriptions, and there are many more examples you could point to. But it's not right to believe that all physical businesses are doomed. Jeff Madoff says physical businesses have to focus on their strongest point of service, which is customer service and customer experience if they are going to stay afloat. His insights come from many years of observation and personal experience, and the recommendations he suggests on this episode make a lot of sense. Be sure you listen.

Finding new markets can be a great way to adapt to changes in technology.

When you think about technologies that have come and gone, cassette tapes are among those that few people would expect to be relevant today. But on this episode, Ari points out that there are companies who are still producing millions of cassette tapes every year - and they’ve stayed relevant by pivoting into a new market. What market is it and how are these companies being effective in those markets and staying profitable in a digital world? You’ll have to hear this conversation to find out.

A simple vision, expertly executed can change everything.

While technology continues to change the way we live, simple ideas applied with precision can still make a huge impact. One example Jeff Madoff cites in this episode is the company S’well - they produce metal water bottles - a simple, mundane thing. But the founder of S'well says that she took a different approach to water bottles by considering that they should be a type of fashion accessory - sharp, clean, trendy - and the idea has exploded her company’s success. Jeff makes the point that a simple vision, expertly executed can still make a tremendous impact on a market.

Persistence is the most important aspect of being effective.

As always, Ari asked his guest Jeff Madoff for his top 3 suggestions for people to be more effective. Jeff says that the first and most important value when it comes to being effective is persistence. Without it, you’ll be unable to overcome the obstacles and hurdles that will inevitably come as you strive to make your projects successful. Jeff shares 3 additional tips on this episode, so be sure you take the time to listen.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Who is Jeff Madoff? Branding expert, filmmaker, and creative. [3:01] The experience of producing a Broadway play. [7:19] The big changes Jeff has seen in the film industry. [9:33] How changes in technology impact physical businesses. [16:45] Why categories (Gen Y, Gen Z) are designed by marketers, not reality. [23:35] Could large numbers of people go back to older tech for various reasons? [30:55] Adaptation through finding new markets. [33:15] How to be more effective: Jeff’s tips. Resources Mentioned Madoff Productions (Jeff’s company) Madoff Productions on Facebook Madoff Productions on Twitter yCombinator Netflix Blockbuster Bertrand Russell Polaroid Kodak Sony Braun S’well Bottles

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Ozan Varol on How Lawyers Can Be Most Effective - Episode #286

Aug 2, 2017 23:22

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Anyone - who does anything - needs to know how to be most effective. It’s the thing that enables you to make the absolute most out of your most valuable resource: time. Ozan Varol is a Leverage certified coach who specializes in helping lawyers and others in the legal profession be most effective with their time. On this episode, Ozan shares how he got into the legal profession, what most solo and large practice attorneys do that decreases effectiveness, and more. Take the time to listen even if you are not a lawyer, you’ll hear some very practical ideas.

The biggest effectiveness-killers for lawyers were learned in law school: procrastination and perfectionism.

Law school is a demanding educational path. No lawyer would tell you differently. But the way it is structured teaches some aspiring attorneys habits they didn’t expect or want. Procrastination and perfectionism. On this episode of Leverage, Ozan Varol explains how law school perpetuates those two bad habits and reveals how lawyers can get past them to be most effective in their practice. You won’t want to miss this episode.

If something can be done 80% as well by someone else, delegate it.

Delegation is one of those things that almost every person who tries it, struggles with at first. None of us wants to let go of the things we deem important simply because we don’t know how to trust others to do it as well as we do. But Ozan Verol reiterates a famous maxim on this episode that he’s seen benefit his coaching clients over and over. “If something can be done 80% as well by someone else, delegate it to them.” It doesn’t need to be 100% and it doesn’t need to be you who does it. You’ll find the time you are able to devote to higher value projects is worth the risk of delegating.

Why the 2nd law of thermodynamics applies to productivity.

Newton’s second law of thermodynamics states that objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Ozan Varol says it's a law that isn’t just about physics, it’s about productivity and effectiveness. To be most effective you need to get started. Nothing is going to happen if you stay put and refuse to move. With that in mind, one of the things Ozan focuses on with his coaching clients is to get started. The encouragement and momentum that are built are often just the thing clients need to become “unstuck” and accomplish great things.

For greater effectiveness, ask yourself, “What have I failed at this week?”

When Ari asked his guest, Ozan Varol for 3 pieces of advice to help others become most effective he shared a lesson he learned from Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. She tells how her Dad asked her every evening at dinner what she’d failed at that day. In his mind, if his kids weren’t failing at something regularly, they weren’t living boldly. Ozan took that lesson seriously and believes it’s an attitude that can set people up for greater effectiveness. Find out how Ozan coaches those in the legal profession toward greater productivity and effectiveness, on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Who is Ozan Varol? Creator of “The Effective Lawyer” program and certified Leverage coach. [3:15] Issues Ozan observes in solo law practices. [5:04] The problems of procrastination and perfectionism in the legal profession. [10:13] Why delegation is one of the most important things for lawyers to learn. [14:11] What does it look like to work with Ozan for coaching? [16:44] The hacks Ozan uses to maximize and organize his own time. [17:49] Ozan’s top three pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned The Effective Lawyer - Ozan’s website - get your free playbook www.OzanVarol.com www.FamousFailures.club Toggl time tracker Trello Chartify Slack Rescue Time Spanx BOOK: A Beautiful Constraints

 

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Connor Blakley on Generation Z Marketing and Building a Cool Brand - Episode #285

Jul 26, 2017 22:55

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There’s a lot of talk out there about generation Z marketing - what it is and why it’s important. But on this episode of Leverage Ari chats with the guy who knows the subject better than anyone, because he’s part of the generation companies are trying to target, and he’s incredibly savvy for his 17 years of experience. Connor Blakley is Ari’s guest on this episode of Leverage.

A lot of entrepreneurs are looking for permission rather than giving it to themselves.

When it comes to specializing as an entrepreneur, either as a generation z marketer or something else entirely, Connor Blakley says that one of the most important things every entrepreneur needs to learn is to give themselves permission to go for it. You are the only one who can choose to jump-start your learning and build a business for yourself. Nobody else is going to ask you to do it or give you permission. It’s up to you. When Connor learned that lesson is when he started taking bold steps that have paid off tremendously. Now, as the premier consultant for generation Z marketing Connor has proven that anyone can build the business they want if they stop waiting on other people and give themselves permission.

Why there’s a difference between school and education.

One of the questions Ari asked Connor Blakley, a 17-year old, in-demand marketing consultant was when he finds time for school - and Connor says he doesn’t. He’s come to the conclusion that school the way he was being required to do it was not worth it for him. He didn’t want to waste his time memorizing things he’d never use again. Instead, he has dedicated himself to learning the things that interest him and can enable him to establish a business to fuel his life long-term. Find out how Connor has become a sought-after consultant on generation Z marketing, on this episode of Leverage.

The goal is to connect with the generation. It’s not to connect so you can get them to buy.

When it comes to marketing to generation Z, many companies get it entirely wrong. So says Connor Blakley, a 17-year-old entrepreneur who advises big-name companies about how to reach his generation. He says the point of marketing to generation Z is not to get them to buy your products. It’s to connect with them and to get their endorsement - so to speak - that your brand is a cool brand. It’s that notoriety and “coolness” factor that can drive your sales with other generations. It’s a fascinating perspective that Connor shares with passion on this episode.

You suck at everything - but you’re also able to be really good at everything.

When Ari asked Connor Blakley what 3 pieces of advice he’d give to anyone wanting to be more effective, he said that everyone needs to realize that they both suck at everything and are able to be really good at everything. It’s a statement about the reality of starting out and the potential that every person has. Of course, you’re going to be bad at the beginning of whatever you decide to do, but you can learn and grow and get better at it. In fact, you will get better at it if you dedicate yourself to it. Find out how Connor sees the world through the eyes of generation Z, on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Who is Connor Blakley: 17 years old and a marketer for big-name brands. [1:00] How Connor got into an entrepreneurial lifestyle. [3:48] How Connor reached out to Cameron Herald and Gary Vaynerchuk [5:13] The thing Connor learned from Gary V - You’re definitely not stupid. [8:08] There’s a difference between school and education. [10:18] The kinds of things Connor does for his high-level clients. [12:00] How Connor has set up his team (contractors, mainly). [13:01] How companies should market to generation Z. [19:04] The appeal of creating a cool brand. [20:40] The top 3 things people can do to be more effective. Resources Mentioned http://connorblakley.com/ Gary Vaynerchuk Cameron Herold Genius Network Ryan Holiday about running a mile a day

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Matthew Brimer on Why the Future of Work Will Be Married With Ongoing Education - Episode #284

Jul 19, 2017 46:22

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When it comes to understanding what is coming in the future of work, there are few people who have more relevant insights than Matthew Brimer. Matthew is the co-founder of General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation that specializes in teaching people today’s most in-demand skills. This conversation with Matthew is intriguing, hitting on many themes having to do with the future of work and what you can do to position yourself for success, so be sure you listen.

Outcome oriented education that tees you up for real-world skills and employment.

General Assembly is all about outcome-oriented education. What does that mean practically? It means the GA team approaches education not from the standpoint of a standardized curriculum, but rather from the perspective of what the desired end-goal is. They do so by staying abreast of what companies are and will be looking for in terms of employee skills and talents in years ahead. That enables General Assembly to stay on the cutting edge of what students need to learn. Find out why Ari and Nick have begun working alongside the General Assembly team, on this episode of Leverage.

Why everyone needs to think more entrepreneurially about their career.

When Ari asked Matthew Brimer about the future of work, he said that he’s pretty certain that everyone in the workforce is going to need to learn how to think entrepreneurially about their career. He’s not saying everyone should become an entrepreneur, but that everyone needs to learn how to push the envelope, be creative, and take risks in order to discover the things about their field and their skillset that make them uniquely suited for particular roles. It’s going to cause the workforce to be more agile, but more specialized, which is what Matthew believes the future will demand. Find out more of Matthew’s thoughts about the future of work, on this episode.

Experimentation is part of the game as you move forward on the success journey.

Gone are the days of rote, mechanical roles in a static workplace. As technology and commerce advance at increasingly higher rates those in the workforce will be required to flex, adapt, and experiment, even in well-established roles. Matthew Brimer says that experimentation is part of what will enable people to discover their unique fit and thrive in the ever-changing future of work. As co-founder of General Assembly, Matthew has a unique perspective on this topic that you’ll want to hear, so be sure to listen.

To be more effective, intentionally and diligently surround yourself with people who raise the bar.

Matthew Brimer is a person who knows that growth doesn’t come from staying in the same environment you’ve always been in. That’s why his advice about how to be more effective began with intentionally surrounding yourself with people who push you toward growth. He pointed out that great things are seldom done in isolation and those who achieve great things in their lives are those who are constantly interacting with others who are on the same trajectory. You can hear all three of Matthew’s recommendations for how to be more effective, on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Welcome to Matthew Brimer - a guy who’s a bigger deal than he realizes. [2:40] Why Matthew is on the cutting edge of technology and education at the same time. [4:55] What is Daybreaker and why did Matthew even try such an out of the box thing? [10:30] How Matthew starts his day and manages time as his most important resource. [14:30] How Matthew chooses the kind of companies he will serve as an advisor. [16:39] Matthew’s thoughts about the future of work. [22:47] Why the valedictorian of the will not be the high achiever of the future. [26:40] Matthew’s biggest startup failure: they made every mistake in the book. [35:00] What was the MVP for General Assembly? [39:30] Matthew’s top tips for becoming more effective. Resources Mentioned General Assembly - a global educational institution Daybreaker - an art project and social experiment www.GoCrossCampus.com - Matthew’s startup failure ZZDriggs - subscription furniture company Fluent City - language learning and cultural education Common - re-imagining residential living Barking Up The Wrong Tree Blog

 

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Toréa Rodriguez: Using Functional Diagnostic Nutrition to Maximize Your Health and Life - Episode #283

Jul 12, 2017 25:57

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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition is not something most people have heard of. Nick and Ari’s guest on this episode, Toréa Rodriquez is just the person to help us understand. She’s a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® practitioner who offers lifestyle coaching to help her clients get to the root cause of what ails them - and she's a member of the Leverage community.  FDN is based on functional medicine combined with modern diagnostic labs to build a customized health plan, unique to each individual. With Toréa’s help, her clients explore food, rest, movement, stress reduction and supplementation programs to rebuild their health and restore their quality of life. Hear how Toréa came to her current business and practice as an FDN provider from walking through a health crisis of her own, on this episode of Leverage.

Lifestyle issues are always at the heart of physical conditions.

Toréa Rodriguez says that at the heart of every physical illness or condition is some kind of lifestyle issue - whether it’s diet and nutrition, lack of sufficient rest, stress, or inadequate physical or mental activity. In her work as a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner Toréa has seen many people turn around their health problems and restore themselves to a more satisfying and fulfilling life through addressing the lifestyle habits that have put them in a bad place, to begin with. You can hear how Toréa helps her clients, on this episode.

Most people don’t have a clue about how they are REALLY doing from a health perspective.

In modern society, we’ve relied on traditional, medicine-based approaches to health for so long that we’ve lost our ability to wisely consider other ways of assessing and addressing health issues. Toréa Rodriguez says that even the most basic blood work is not a part of how the average family practice or medical doctor approaches understanding and treatment… at least not until a situation is in dire need of a solution. On this episode, Toréa walks Ari and Nick through a handful of blood tests and evaluations she feels are crucial for most people and explains the kind of results you can expect and the path toward addressing each one.

How important is family history for diagnosing risk of certain conditions?

On this episode, Nick mentioned to his guest, Toréa Rodriguez that his doctor is concerned about his risks for certain conditions because of family history in those areas. Toréa replied that though family history is a factor to consider, it’s not always as telling a sign as doctors imply, simply because your lifestyle and diet choices may be far different than those in your family who have come before you. On this episode, Toréa walks through some of Nick’s test numbers and gives him advice on what additional tests he should do to get a clearer picture of his health.

Time is time, whether personal or work related. Optimizing your ability to use it is vital.

When asked about her 3 biggest pieces of advice for people who want to be more effective, Toréa Rodriguez said that people need to do whatever they can to automate their lives so they can do what is truly important. She says that no matter what you need to use your time for - personal or work-related - it’s all the same thing: time. That means you need to maximize it by automating everything you can in order to spend your time doing the things that are most important. You can hear her singing Ari and Nick’s song, can’t you? Get more of Toréa’s insights on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode [0:11] How Toréa went from being a commercial pilot to a functional medicine practitioner. [3:47] What does it entail to work with Toréa? [5:00] Toréa’s advice about essential bloodwork most people should have done. [13:19] Why you need to do prior health work before doing heavy metal testing. [14:57] Approaching issues in a phased approach to get the best, biggest gains sooner. [15:51] Supplements Toréa recommends everyone take. [20:23] Dealing with blood sugar issues like hypoglycemia. [21:56] Toréa’s approach to organizing her day as a solopreneur. [22:37] The most interesting tasks Toréa has used her Leverage training for. [24:12] The 3 things you can do to be most effective. Resources Mentioned www.ToreaRodriguez.com Functional Diagnostic Nutrition https://dutchtest.com/ Quest Full Blood Workup Prescript-asist supplements Nordic Natural Cod Liver Oil

 

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J. P. Sears: Always Bet on Your Authentic Self - #282

Jul 5, 2017 43:14

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You’ve likely seen a J.P. Sears video on Facebook or Youtube - he’s the guy with the long red hair who does the tongue-in-cheek comedy videos about spirituality, politics, relationships, and so much more. J.P. has become somewhat of a Youtube sensation these days and is on the show with Ari and Nick to tell the story of how he went from emotional healer to emotional healing Youtube sensation. You’ll find his insight about how to be your authentic self and be productive at the same time quite helpful, and you’ll have a few laughs along the way. Join Ari and Nick on this episode as they chat (and laugh) with J.P. Sears.

How things exploded for J.P. (in a good way) when he quit believing lies.

On this episode of Leverage, J.P. Sears tells the story of how he was not gaining much traction in his emotional healing practice because he was telling himself lies What were the lies? That he’d ruin his credibility if he allowed his natural sense of humor to come out. But when he decided that was a part of himself he could no longer keep hidden, he decided to let it out by recording his first comedy video. He not only found a new avenue of personal fulfillment but also discovered that others were drawn to his sense of humor. That's when his career began to skyrocket. You can hear the rest of his story in detail, on this episode of Leverage.

What does it mean to bet on your authentic self?

You hear the term “authentic self” a lot these days. J.P. Sears says that everyone needs to learn how to be who they really are, not who they think people expect them to be or want them to be. That’s the only way you can truly know who you are and what you bring to the world that is unique and beneficial. His advice for anyone who wants to be more effective: Always bet on your authentic self. Find out what he means by that, on this episode.

Avoiding the people-pleasing trap is essential for anyone who wants to make a difference.

One of the things that held J.P. Sears back from excelling in his career as an emotional healing coach was that he was trying to please others. He wanted to be respected in his field so he was careful to do the things he believed others in the field would expect of him. But he found that important aspects of who he was were being stifled, and in time he couldn’t continue with the dissonance that was going on in his own soul. Once he let out the parts of him he was keeping tucked away, his career began to take off. J.P.’s story is an example of how being true to your authentic self is the best thing you can do to be effective. 

How J.P. uses outsourcing to highlight his unique abilities. 

It’s obvious from watching any of J.P. Sears’ videos that he’s a witty, creative person. In order to be most effective in his creativity, he’s had to outsource some of the tasks that need to happen for the sake of his business success so he doesn’t become bogged down in them. That allows him to continue to use his creative gifts effectively. On this episode J.P. describes a bit of the process he’s gone through to outsource for the sake of effectiveness, so be sure you listen.

Outline of This Episode  [0:03] Why J.P. is glad they guys are irresponsible enough to ask him on the show. [1:45] J.P.’s specific background as an emotional healing coach and how he got started. [5:13] How J.P. transitioned from wholistic healer to Youtube sensation. [11:09] How comedy videos have helped J.P. accomplish his goals. [14:37] The places and people J.P. derives inspiration from. [19:11] J.P.’s morning routine. [23:42] What J.P. hopes readers get from his new book. [26:52] Ari’s idea for a business retreat: J.P.’s response. [33:42] A Facebook question: Are Vegans better people? Yes, but they are hypocritical. [34:20] What is J.P.’s unique ability and how does he use outsourcing to protect it? [37:52] What’s next for J.P.? [40:04] J.P.’s top three pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned  www.AwakenWithJP.com BOOK: How to Be Ultra Spiritual

 

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How to Identify, Prioritize, and Do the Most Important Thing in Your Life with Geoff Woods - Episode #281

Jun 28, 2017 16:59

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None of us want to waste our lives on trivial things. That’s why we care about productivity and working effectively. Geoff Woods says it’s therefore vital that we discover the most important thing we need to accomplish at any given time. It’s the singular focus that has enabled him and the organization he works with to become a world-class leader in their industry. Geoff is on the show to chat about his life-changing experience over the last year as CEO of the new “One Thing” company alongside Jay Papasan and Gary Keller. What he shares on this episode is simple but powerful. You won’t want to miss it.

The most important thing is the most important thing. 

There are many things that crowd into our lives, seeking our attention and energy. But the most important things are simply that - the most important things. And Geoff Woods would argue that we don’t have the capacity to effectively focus on more than one thing at a time. That’s why we must simplify our “to dos” - boiling them down to one main thing that deserves our focus. It’s not easy to explain in a short paragraph, but you're in luck - because Geoff explains it in detail, in this conversation, so don’t miss it. 

You don’t have the right to think of tasks down the line until you complete the first task.

I huge mindset shift included in “The One Thing” approach to productivity that Geoff Woods describes on this episode, is that even though you may have decided upon steps you need to accomplish to move you toward a certain goal, you haven’t earned the right to work on or consider the things that are later on your list until you’ve completed those listed first. This concept is at the heart of doing the most important things first so that you are more productive and eventually successful at accomplishing your greater goals. Find out how it works, on this episode.

How can you identify your “one thing?” 

One of the hardest aspects of productivity is the process of discovering what things are actually the most important to accomplish. Geoff Woods has learned from his mentor, Gary Keller that a singular focus on one thing until it is accomplished, makes him productive at an accelerated rate and moves the needle to a greater degree. How do you discover what is most important for you to do? And is it always a major task, or can it sometimes be a simple, small one that simply must come first? Geoff explains the powerful “One Thing” approach in detail, on this episode.

When you say “yes” to other people, you’re saying “no” to yourself. 

When Ari asked Geoff for 3 pieces of advice to those who want to be more effective, Geoff's first piece of advice was that most people need to learn how to say “no” to more things. He made the point that when you say “yes” to other people, you’re saying “no” to yourself - and more specifically, to the things you’ve determined are most important for you to accomplish. Geoff has a great way of explaining the nuances surrounding these kinds of decisions, so be sure you give yourself the opportunity to learn from him by listening to this episode. 

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Ari’s introduction to Geoff Woods and his history. [1:41] What is “The 1 Thing” concept Gary Keller has written about? [2:05] The life-changing year Geoff has lived alongside Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. [4:37] The framework for identifying your “one thing” in each area of life, and how to choose which one to start with. [6:03] How big or small should your “one thing” be? [8:22] The vital nature of systems to recruit amazing, talented people. [11:07] How the KW team uses their “411” tool to identify the big tasks to do each week. [13:30] Using the “one thing” approach to work effectively as a team. [14:48] Geoff’s top 3 pieces of advice in order to be more effective.  Resources Mentioned The Mentee Podcast The One Thing Podcast BOOK: The One Thing

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Aaron Schiff, Building Team Trust for Greater Productivity and Success - Episode #280

Jun 21, 2017 33:29

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Team trust is an important aspect of every business. But do you know exactly HOW important? On this episode of Leverage, Ari and Nick discuss the issue of trust on teams with their friend, Aaron Schiff. Aaron is one of the people who inspired Ari to become an entrepreneur in the first place - you can hear that story at the beginning of the conversation. But Aaron has also become a master at building a very successful remote team and infusing it with the trust that makes it work well. Get all the details on this episode.

What happens when a team trusts each other? 

The short answer is that success happens. But there’s more to it than that. Trust is what enables team members to communicate effectively, to work harmoniously, and to work toward common goals. There are so many implications of team trust that it took an entire episode to talk about it, and you can hear that conversation between Ari and Nick, and their good friend Aaron Schiff, on this episode of Leverage.

OK, so it’s vital to build team trust. So, how do you do it?

Trust is a commodity that isn’t easy to come by. It takes time because it requires that you demonstrate your trustworthiness to others repeatedly. But there are ways to speed up the process. On this episode, Aaron Schiff describes some of the things he’s done to infuse his team with trust for each other and for him - things like transparency in compensation, collaboration in the creation of systems and policies, and more. Aaron’s got a knack for this kind of thing so you’d be wise to hear what he’s got to say. It will undoubtedly challenge you to think outside your normal box as well as help you come up with your own ways to build trust on your team.

It’s the CEO’s job to build a team culture that fosters trust.

When Ari asked his guest, Aaron Schiff, what his primary role is now that his company - Matic Insurance - has gotten larger, Aaron pointed to three main parts he plays in the company’s success. One of the things he shared is that it's his responsibility to steward the company vision that provides a healthy and enabling team culture. There’s a lot to it but Aaron isn’t shy about sharing the details, so be sure you make the time to listen to this episode of Leverage.

Always question what you believe to be 100% true about yourself. It’s usually not. 

As always, on this episode, Ari asked his friend and guest, Aaron Schiff for three pieces of advice to be more effective. Aaron pointed to the fact that most of us are not as self-aware as we believe we are. In his words, “Always question what you believe to be 100% true about yourself. It’s usually not.” He's pointing out that when you’re willing to see yourself in a new light you’re able to sidestep some of the issues that make for poor team communication and degrade team trust. You’ll enjoy hearing Aaron’s insights about team trust, so don’t miss this episode. 

Outline of This Episode  [0:08] You need to meet Aaron (and Nick’s) best friend - Aaron Schiff. [2:34] Aaron’s story - the companies he’s built, worked for, and where he is now. [6:58] Sometimes, being first makes you the winner. [8:20] How Aaron has structured his team. [9:15] The vital nature of trust in effective teamwork. [12:39] Finding the right developers to create the platform. [15:02] The unique role Aaron plays in the company now. [16:25] How Aaron gets his company together in the Ukraine. [19:07] The road ahead for Matic. [19:53] How consumers can use the Matic tools. [21:41] The tools used to run the company. [31:21] Aaron’s 3 pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned  Aaron’s company - https://maticinsurance.com/ Aaron on LInkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronschiff/ Aaron(at)getMatic(dot)com Slack Google Hangouts Wheel Decide Google Drive - Google Docs Asana Trello Zoom.us Zapier Kolbe Test Meyer’s Briggs

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Tony Wrighton: Using NLP for Better Persuasiveness and to Hack Your Life - Episode #279

Jun 14, 2017 17:16

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Tony Wrighton is one of those guys who is talented in a number of areas. You may know him best from his role on Sky Sports, or perhaps from his podcast, Zestology. Tony loves to study the issue of human performance and is also a licensed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner. This episode features Ari’s conversation with Tony about NLP, how it can be used to be more persuasive, and what you can do to apply NLP practices to your own life. It’s an intriguing conversation that is definitely worth your time. 

There’s nothing worse than a bad NLPer. ~ Tony Wrighton

As Ari and his guest, Tony Wrighton chatted about NLP, Ari asked what makes NLP persuasion techniques different than flat-out manipulation. Tony responded that every form of communication, in some way, is a form of manipulation - but it’s how you go about it and the motives behind it that make all the difference. He said NLP can definitely be misused in that regard. In his words, “There’s nothing worse than a bad NLPer.” You can learn how Tony uses NLP practices to encourage others and empower his own life, in this conversation.  

A simple example of NLP persuasion in communication, on this episode.

Tony Wrighton demonstrated how NLP can be applied to everyday conversations through the use of the word “might” when making a request. “Dear, I wonder if you might bring me a cup of coffee?” Tony says the insertion of “might” into the sentence softens the request so that it sounds less like a command and more of a kind-hearted request. Psychologically, that kind of request falls more gracefully on the thoughts of the hearer and raises fewer objections. It’s a simple technique that is second nature to Tony by now. You can hear more examples of how NLP can be used to increase the effectiveness of your daily communication, on this episode.

Energy levels and happiness can increase by unplugging. 

At the end of every episode of Leverage Ari asks his guests for their top 3 tips for increased productivity. Today’s guest, Tony Wrighton said that he’s noticed a greater degree of happiness and energy in his own life by turning off his phone for at least 2 hours every day. Can you imagine what it might be like to have NO notifications ringing in your ear for a portion of every day? If not, you might need to try what Tony’s suggesting. Tony shares some insightful tips from his experience as an NLP coach and broadcaster, on this episode of Leverage.

Tracking things tangibly is one of the best ways to know what to tweak in your life. 

We’ve all been at the point in life where we know something needs to change, but we’re not sure exactly what it is. One of the ways Tony Wrighton suggests discovering where to make the incremental tweaks in your life is to tangibly track things, using a spreadsheet. Sleep, exercise, nutrition, and many other aspects of personal life can be logged in ways that enable you to know exactly what’s going on in your life and how it correlates to increased or decreased energy levels, mental clarity, and other vital things for performance. Be sure you listen to this episode to hear Tony’s tips.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Ari’s introduction of Tony and how he got into NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programing). [1:55] How NLP plays out practically in language and interactions. [3:20] The difference between persuasion and manipulation - and how NLP persuades. [6:14] How Tony has integrated NLP practices into his sportscasting. [7:31] The use of performance tracking/NLP to help people gain more self-awareness. [12:00] Tips for NLP-ing yourself[ [14:20] Tony’s top 3 pieces of advice for being more productive. Resources Mentioned  www.TonyWrighton.com Tony’s podcast: Zestology Sleepcycle The Oura Ring BOOK: 10% Happier Health Mapper

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Andrew Schulz, Standup Comic and Entrepreneur on Insecurity, Risk, and Making Things Happen - Episode #278

Jun 7, 2017 01:01:06

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It’s hard to imagine a profession more fraught with the potential for insecurity than that of a standup comic. Andrew Schulz says sure, it’s there - but you can’t let it rule your life or derail your career. In this candid - and graphic - conversation, Andrew, Ari, and Nick chat about Andrew’s career journey, how he’s fought to rise to the top of his profession in spite of insecurity and fear, and what it takes to make things happen - from a comedy perspective and a business perspective. He's a great example of someone who has ground out his success one step at a time.

Andrew Schulz is like most people: He loves delegation and hates management.

As Ari asked his guest, comedian Andrew Schulz how he manages his busy life and all the projects he has going, Andrew pointed to Trello as his “to-do list that other people can see,” and mentioned that he loves delegating things to his assistant but hates the stress that comes from overseeing whether she really did the things he delegated. Ari pointed out that what Andrew feels is common, and it's exactly what he should feel. He's talking about the management piece - and every entrepreneur has to learn how to offload that aspect of business in order to create space for the things they really want in life. You can find out how that looks in the life of a standup comedian, on this episode with Andrew Schulz.

In any field, you’ve got to learn to deal with risk, insecurity, and the fear of failure.

Andrew Schulz says he admires anyone who has absolutely no fear of rejection. It’s a quality that very few people seem to have. He struggles with fear of rejection regularly as he tries out new comedy routines and learns to pivot, iterate, and adapt to the realities of what is truly funny to people - but he also makes the point that every field requires a certain amount of risk. Those who are successful in their field have to face the insecurity squarely so it can be conquered. Find out how Andrew has dealt with the inevitable fear of failure so far, and what he does to keep himself pressing forward in spite of it, on this episode of Leverage.

The freedom to do what you want comes from creating independent streams of income. 

In this conversation Ari asked Andrew Schulz how he is able to do the things he truly loves and Andrew pointed to a principle entrepreneurs should know very well: You’ve got to create streams of income that allow you to have the consistency and stability you need for life in order to be free to pursue the things you really want to pursue. That’s what he’s done through a handful of revenue sources - and now he’s able to say “No” to commercial or sponsorship gigs that he doesn’t want to do in order to pursue the opportunities that are bigger and more aligned with his brand as a comic. You can hear how he applies the principle to his life and see how to apply it to your situation, on this episode.

Assume people like you. It enables you to treat people better.

At the end of each episode, Ari asks his guests to share 3 things listeners can do to be more productive - and Andrew Schulz immediately shared that if you can assume people like you, you will be empowered to treat them better - and the results are nothing but good. He gives a few examples of what he means by this that help flesh out the concept, so be sure you listen and learn to be more optimistic when it comes to meeting and interacting with new people.

Outline of This Episode [0:03] Parental warning: This episode will be quite EXPLICIT. Be advised. [3:03] How Ari and Andrew know each other and have reconnected. [4:11] The road to becoming a standup comedian. [9:11] Learning to deal with risk, insecurity, and the fear of failure. [16:46] The importance of clearing your head through focus. [22:10] The business side of Andrew’s comedy career. [32:04] How Andrew’s mindset mirrors that of an entrepreneur trying to find product/market fit. [36:15] The comedians Andrew looks up to - in terms of comedy and business. [44:15] The reality of what the internet is doing to hold us accountable. [48:36] Andrew’s current projects and goals: And why he works to create stability and job security for himself. [53:28] The material Andrew is most proud of. [55:41] Andrew’s 3 pieces of advice to be more effective. Resources Mentioned http://theandrewschulz.com/ Andrew Schulz Podcast Headspace Haymakers for Hope Trello Best Week Ever (by VH1) Guy Code The Propeller Conference

 

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Jonny Deacon on DNA Diagnostics for Increased Training and Performance - Episode #277

May 31, 2017 21:38

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DNA diagnostics are one of the cutting-edge things that are of huge interest to us here at Leverage. We believe that understanding the science behind how the human body works is a powerful way to not only be more productive but to be truly effective in life. When you take that approach to an individual level you’re able to optimize your actions and make the best choices for you as an individual. This episode is a conversation with Jonny Deacon of My DNA Coach, a company that helps athletes and regular people alike understand their unique genetic markers and use that information to reach the health goals they dream of reaching. Find out more on this episode.

DNA diagnostics can help you create a custom training plan for your unique physiology.

One of the primary tools Jonny Deacon uses at My DNA Coach is DNA diagnostics. He believes and has seen in the work he does with his clients, that genetic data can provide a powerful window into the way your unique physiology works - and can be leveraged to create a training program that works WITH your body’s natural way of operating instead of against it. Make sure you listen to this episode to discover how you can discover your particular approach to training, productivity, and more.

Why a one-size-fits-all exercise protocol is no longer applicable. 

We’ve all heard the 3-sets, 3 days a week exercise approach. We’ve probably done it. But that approach to fitness, while better than nothing, is seriously limited in what it enables you to accomplish - simply because it’s not tailored to your specific body and abilities. On this episode of Leverage, Nick and Ari talk with Jonny Deacon of My DNA Coach to find out how DNA testing and diagnostics reveal specific physiological strengths and weaknesses that inform the exercise choices and routines individuals can follow to achieve greater and faster results in their fitness and performance goals. You won’t want to miss this one.

How DNA diagnostics can inform diet and nutrition choices.

Some of the most popular modern uses of DNA testing is for things like paternity tests, ancestry research, etc. But it’s also proving very helpful for making better nutritional and dietary choices. As you are able to know the facts of your own body’s strengths and weaknesses, you can make food choices specifically aimed at shoring up the weaknesses and amplifying the strengths. Jonny Deacon is our guest on this episode and he’s got a wealth of DNA-based knowledge to share with you - don’t miss it.

What type of goals can you address with DNA diagnostics?

Most of us seek help when everything we’ve tried on our own has either failed or proven less successful than we had hoped. Jonny Deacon says another reason to seek the advice of a skilled professional is to gain knowledge that you simply can’t gain on your own. That’s why My DNA Coach exists. His team comes alongside individuals who want to maximize their personal well-being by receiving mental, physical, and DNA-based coaching for the sake of weight loss, fitness, and sports and career performance. You can find out more about the amazing work Jonny is doing, on this episode of Leverage.

Outline of This Episode  [0:33] Who is Jonny Deacon and why is he on the show today? [3:20] Using Nick’s results as an example of what Jonny does for clients. [9:10] How to use DNA testing to build a strategy for better training. [17:18] The unique process Jonny uses to work with clients. [19:16] The types of goals people come to Jonny to address. Resources Mentioned Jonny's website: www.mydnacoach.com Jonny's Membership Link: www.mydnacoach.com/apply MY DNA Coach Podcast Kolbe testing Dan Sullivan at Strategic Coach The Ora ring sleep tracker

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Cameron Herold on How To Conduct A Meeting So It Doesn’t Suck - Episode #276

May 24, 2017 17:45

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Everyone in business is will need to conduct a meeting at some point. When that time comes, you want to do it well, right? Ari and Nick’s guest on this episode is Cameron Herold, author of “Meetings Suck.” He’s on the show to talk specifically about how to conduct meetings in a way that makes them beneficial to everyone involved. In fact, Cameron says that you want to conduct your meetings in a way that people are actually eager to come. How can that happen? You can find out on this episode.

Do you know how to conduct a meeting for your team well? 

When Cameron Herold first came up with the idea for his book, “Meetings Suck” he was chatting with one of his peers who was bemoaning the meetings he had to conduct. When Cameron asked him if he’d ever been taught how to conduct an effective meeting, his friend said, “No.” That was the starting point and the book is the result. “Meetings Suck” serves as a primer on what meetings are for, how they should be planned, the best format and structure for meetings, and ground rules for participation. You’ll find Cameron’s insights into effective meetings very helpful, so be sure you listen. 

Do your meetings suck or do you suck at running meetings?

Most meetings drag on and on simply because the person conducting the meeting doesn’t know what they are doing. They wrongly believe that they are supposed to let everyone voice their opinion, allow for comments about everything, and be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Cameron Herold says that’s the best way to frustrate everyone in the company and make attendance at meetings as much fun a root canal. You can hear some actionable, practical tips from Cameron about running effective meetings, on this episode. 

“Sorry, I’m  late” means, “I’m selfish and don’t value your time.” ~ Cameron Herold 

Every company or team needs to have ground rules for their meetings - and they need to be widely and clearly communicated. One of the most important ground rules is that you don’t show up late. Cameron Herold says that showing up late says, “I am selfish and I don’t value the time of the other people who are attending this meeting.” If you’ll take the time to hear what Cameron has to say about team culture as it pertains to meetings, you’ll discover some of the missing pieces that can make your meetings more effective and enjoyable for your team.

How to best conduct meetings for remote teams. 

It’s more and more common for companies (like the Leverage Team, for example) to work remotely all across the globe. That makes in-person meetings an impossibility most of the time. So what are some good alternatives and how should they be used most effectively? On this episode of The Leverage Podcast, Ari and Nick chat with Cameron Herold about meetings for remote teams and find out that most of the principles that should be applied to in-person meetings are even more important when it comes to video or phone meetings for remote teams. You’ll want to hear this one.

Outline of This Episode  [0:03] Introduction of Cameron Herold, COO of 1-800-Got-Junk. [0.14] How Cameron came to write “Meetings Suck.” [2:12] How rigid should you be with scheduling of meetings? [3:53] Cameron’s basic meeting template and goals. [6:26] When is asynchronous video communication OK to replace meetings? [8:30] The primary purpose of meetings has to be meeting-specific. [9:42] How do Cameron’s principles about meetings apply to remote teams? [12:30] Using meetings well is about using people, time, and money well. [13:25] Tips for building team culture on a remote team. [15:50] Cameron’s top 3 tips to be more effective. Resources Mentioned www.CameronHerold.com www.1800GotJunk.com The COO Alliance BOOK: Double, Double BOOK: Meetings Suck BOOK: The Miracle Morning For Entrepreneurs Slack Fika Tinypost.co Commit To 3 App

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Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #275

May 17, 2017 22:42

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Go to www.bakadesuyo.com to find out much more about Eric and his upcoming book. 

 

 

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Jason Saltzman, Creating the New York City Entrepreneurial Scene - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #274

May 10, 2017 53:01

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Jason Saltzman is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing. Through his role as CEO of Alley and as a TechStars mentor, he advises hundreds of startups, offering real life practical application and creative marketing advice.  He is also considered a “must know” in the New York City entrepreneurial scene.  

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Peter Shallard, Skyrocket Your Business Success - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #273

May 3, 2017 32:14

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Peter Shallard is the founder and CEO of Commit Action. Known as the shrink for entrepreneurs, Peter started as a psychotherapist working with people who had mental health problems before he directed his focus towards working with business people. His passion is working with for-profit businesses that aim to make a positive impact. Listen as Peter shares his thoughts about setting goals, the importance of accountability, and the urgency in achieving it.

What You'll Learn:

- How Peter became the shrink for entrepreneurs through his practice as a psychotherapist  

- What his clients mainly talk to him about (ex. business partnerships) 

- Peter’s advice for those who are working with partners 

- How Commit Action came about  

- What Commit Action can do for your business and your personal goals and how it gives you accountability 

- The coach sets milestones based on your timeframe and you will have weekly rituals to track your development  

- How accountability coaches help you achieve your goals through a sense of urgency 

- What Peter, Nick and Ari do that complements each other 

- How the key is to NOT be consumed with just business  

- Peter’s top three pieces of advice to be more effective: 

Stack many layers of accountability in your life  Break down your goals into the smallest possible steps  Deadlines are really important 

Andrew Horn, Capturing Special Moments - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #272

Apr 26, 2017 13:01

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Andrew Horn is the co-founder of Tribute, which The New Yorker called Hallmark 2.0. He is also a speaker and social entrepreneur who has been invited by Fortune 500’s, universities and associations to share about his expertise in communication and entrepreneurship. Learn about the inspiration behind Tribute and how you can make personalized video greetings for your loved ones. Check out Tribute and get a 50% discount exclusively offered by Andrew to listeners of Leverage.

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What You’ll Learn 

How Andrew got the idea for Tribute after his girlfriend made a video tribute for him for his birthday 

Tribute has a 3-step process for making videos: 

They send reminders and deadlines to the email list  People can upload videos on a collection page  They have their own collaborative video editor 

The features of tribute including how only videos and photos can be created by the site 

Tribute’s current marketing efforts to reach out  

Andrew got engaged two months ago 

Their special feature of doing live, on-site tributes 

Options for users of Tribute: do it yourself or let Tribute do it for you 

How people are given prompting questions to answer in their videos 

The videos are stored in perpetuity on their servers 

Andrew’s top three pieces of advice: 

Spend time with people you love and who inspire you  Go on a meditation program  Have a consistent practice of gratitude 

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Dave Asprey on Mitochondrial Health, Brain Energy, and Working Smarter - Episode #271

Apr 19, 2017 01:03:53

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The optimization of performance happens on many levels, but few of us go as deeply as Dave Asprey has in his new book, “Head Strong.” His focus? Mitochondrial health. If you listen to this conversation I had with Dave you’ll understand why he has paid such close attention to the health of these tiny organelles that reside within each of your 37.2 trillion cells, but more importantly you’ll discover some of the things you can do to maximize your body’s ability to generate energy and make it possible for your to think and work smarter and more effectively.

 

A cheat day is like rewarding yourself with a punch in the face.

 

As Dave and I spoke about mitochondrial health on this episode of The Leverage Podcast I asked him about the impact of dietary “cheat days” on overall health. He was quick to point out that the way most people implement what they CALL a “cheat day” is like rewarding yourself for eating well with a punch in the face. He’d rather make an exception to his diet consciously when needed because he wants to participate more fully in a holiday or celebration of some kind and know that it was worth it for that reason. Find out why Dave abhors the concept of “cheat days” and what he suggests instead, by listening to this episode.

 

Sleeping better is better than sleeping more.

 

There’s so much talk about the importance of sleep and making sure you are getting enough sleep. But Dave Asprey is more concerned with the quality of sleep he’s getting than he is about the amount of sleep. In his mind, sleeping better is better than sleeping more - and in order to do that he shares a number of hacks he uses to maximize the quality of his sleep, including True Dark Glasses, sleep apps, and more. If you want the straight scoop on sleep you need to hear what Dave shares on this episode.

 

You can train your body for greater mitochondrial health.

 

It may sound impossible that you can program the mitochondria in your cells to do their job more effectively, but it’s true. Dave Asprey has researched the subject thoroughly and has come to the conclusion that while mitochondria operate in complex ways to provide health to the cells, they are also very stupid. They function on a basic, three-level hierarchy that can be manipulated and amplified through a number of variables, including diet, sleep, light, and more. Listen to this episode to find out why Dave says that maximizing your body’s ability to produce more energy is one of the greatest ways to be more effective.

 

If you want to be more effective, make fewer decisions.

 

As you know, I always wrap up the show by asking my guest to share their top 3 tips for being more effective - and though I’ve asked that question of Dave Asprey before, I couldn’t really think of a better way to end. So, I asked - and Dave began his list with this one - make fewer decisions. He gives a couple of examples of how that looks, including how he uses his calendar and the approach he takes to his team’s requests of him for decisions. He's got a common sense approach and explains it well, so be sure you listen.

 

Outline of This Episode

 

[0:22] Ari’s introduction to this session with Dave Asprey - and his new book, “Headstrong.” [3:00] A book to help you increase the “battery power” of your body. [4:22] How the KREBs cycle works - and why it matters. [5:45] The impact of Dave’s tips for killing off weak mitochondria and letting the strong ones run your body. [14:47] Is a “cheat day” worth it on a healthy diet? [18:15] Why the typical advice Docs give regarding cholesterol treatment is incomplete. [24:03] The top three tests people should do to get a baseline on their health. [28:23] Why Dave uses True Dark Glasses and the impact they have. [41:22] Supplements everyone should be using that they don’t know about. [49:00] Gadgets Dave recommends. [57:17] A biohacking experiment that went badly for Dave. [1:00:05] Dave’s top 3 pieces of advice to be more effective.

 

Resources & People Mentioned

 

Dave’s website: https://bulletproof.com/ Dave’s new book: www.OrderHeadStrong.com and www.HeadStrongTour.com Bulletproof on Facebook Bulletproof on Twitter Bulletproof on YouTube Bulletproof on Instagram True Dark Glasses Oura Ring Sleep Cycle App Bedposted App KetoPrime supplement Get Leverage Freestyle Libre Heart Rate Variability Monitor

Increasing Financial Intelligence with Brian Scrone and Jennifer Love - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #270

Apr 12, 2017 53:54

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Brian Scrone of Family Board Meetings is a seasoned real estate investor and speaker. Brian is passionate about serving others, earning money from it, and also strongly believes in having a balanced lifestyle—giving priority to family and relationships. Jennifer Love of One More Woman is a CEO, entrepreneur, adviser, speaker and a writer. As a serial entrepreneur, she has more than 17 years of experience working with companies to grow and raise revenue. One of Jennifer’s notable accomplishments is the creation of NibMor—a wholesale chocolate company that originated as a kitchen concept. Listen as the four of them talk about their respective fields and what they have to offer for entrepreneurs of any age or gender.

Key Quote

“There is a complete congruency gap between what people are telling themselves are their priorities and how they are investing their time.”

What You’ll Learn One More Woman helps women scale their business and leverage their power Brian recommends the board game, Cashflow, which helps children learn about finance in a fun way Family Board Meetings does parent-to-child retreats with a focus on spending quality time with one another, financial intelligence, relationships, communication, and service What it means to rewrite your money story Brian shares about his book, What Matters Most, and how it’s his journey through self-love and faith, relationships and learning how to prioritize Jennifer is running a Boot Camp for women entrepreneurs, anyone who joins gets a treat from QuickBooks Nick and Ari will be releasing a free project management tool for companies that they can use internally How to make things sustainable by gamifying it and making it fun Jennifer’s top three pieces of advice to be more effective: A morning routine Get an abundance partner or advisers you can lean on The double down strategy: making numbers and analyzing data—do more of what works and stop doing what doesn’t Brian’s top three pieces of advice to be more effective: Get clear in your priorities An accountability system Delegate, delegate, delegate

Healing through Yoga with Dr. Somer Nicole - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #269

Apr 5, 2017 12:17

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Dr. Somer Nicole is the founder of Evolve Physical Therapy and Yoga. Dr. Somer integrates her knowledge of therapy and yoga by offering a holistic approach of care and healing for her clients. She has a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. She has been a Hatha Yoga teacher since 2002. Listen as Ari, Nich and Dr. Somer talk about the benefits of the holistic approach and the other benefits of doing the yoga therapy.

“Nature is the most healing thing for all of us” How Somer Nicole got into yoga because she wanted an exercise routine that was more holistic The 10 different styles of yoga including Hatha, Lyengar, Anusara and Kundalini How Yoga is a science of angles The services Somer offers including home practice for those who are recovering from an injury or are post-surgical Lower back injuries affect the deepest abdominal muscles and must be properly retrained How Somer’s yoga therapy is specific to every person depending on what they need What is Kundalini and how it helps break a negative habit in 40 days Top three pieces of advice for people to be more effective: Develop a morning practice and do it every single day Meditation Get into nature every single day Being with nature paves the way for the cycle of gratitude There is a promo that people can try at Yoga Doctors

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Getting Calls with Emily LaRusch - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #268

Mar 29, 2017 12:51

Description:

Emily LaRusch is the founder and CEO of Back Office Betties, a virtual receptionist company for small business owners. Before creating Back Office Betties, Emily worked at JP Morgan Chase, Quicken Loans and Wells Fargo. Discover why Nick prefers Emily’s company before others who provide the same service. Emily also shares how the business works, the tools and software that run their ship and how Emily secures her best hires. 

What You’ll Learn

What Back Office Betties offers as a virtual receptionist company for small business owners How Back Office Betties creates tools using ProProfs for their team How Emily’s team utilizes Zoho for all their needs The software that Emily uses to streamline their processes The price of using Emily’s services (average cost of the service is $260 a month) The total number of employees of Back Office Betties is 13 and all are working from home Where Emily hires her employees (ex. Flex Jobs) The hiring process for Emily: includes ads, phone interviews and a live process test How Back Office Betties takes calls and is capable of doing warm sales Their current number of clients

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Getting Balanced with Jim Klopman - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #267

Mar 23, 2017 17:39

Description:

Jim Klopman is the inventor and owner of The Slack Bow Balance Training System.

He is also the author of Balance is Power and was a Board Member, Treasurer, and Leadership Consultant for the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

The Slack Bow is an indoor unit, primarily developed by and for Jim, to increase one’s athletic balance. Listen as Jim explains the importance of balance, the very things that deplete our balance, and how you can improve your balance using Slack bow.

 

"Our science is [that] we've really developed great progressions."

What You’ll Learn  How the greatest secret to athleticism is improving your balance What the Klopman Balance Index is The things that deplete our balance Why balance is important for people and athletes The importance of the athletic position and the different variations What Jim means by activating the muscles Why using heavy weights are unnatural for the body How Jim helps his clients through progressions How balance plays a role in coordination and the ability to pull your muscles and kinetic chain The price of the Slack Bow and other products offered by Jim

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Ari & Nick are Interviewed by Blake Eastman & Helena Clegg - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #266

Mar 16, 2017 29:47

Description:

The microphones are turned around today! Ari and Nick are interviewed by Blake Eastman and Helena Clegg! Listen in to hear how Ari & Nick run www.getleverage.com, what their 3 Pieces of Advice to be More Effective are and much much more.

Find all of our Podcasts, Episodes and Resources at www.leveragepodcasts.com

Be a Coach - The Leverage Podcast with Michael Bungay Stanier - Episode #265

Mar 9, 2017 12:31

Description:

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. He is also the Senior Partner at Box of Crayons whose facilitators works with organizations, helping managers to learn how to coach. Michael has worked with a diverse set of clients including the United Nations, The University Health Network, USAA and, Box. He is a sought after speaker regarding leadership and coaching and was named the first Canadian Coach of the Year. Michael shares the importance of being coach-like, being coachable, and how coaching can be the means to help people reach their goals.

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Checkout Michael's Haiku Competition!: Box of Crayons

“How vulnerable are you willing to be?” What You’ll Learn How being more coach-like can help you be better 7 good questions for being coach-like How the book is a middle ground for being coach-like and wanting to be coached Why Michael wrote the book and what crayons have to do with it How to become coachable The different types of coaches and how to find the one you need How people can work hard and have big impact The three different types of work The resources that Michael offers Michael’s top three pieces of advice: Don’t start anything unless it scares you Go all the way Get better at saying “no”

Listen to Your Body - The Leverage Podcast with Oura Ring Creator Petteri Lahtela - Episode #264

Mar 2, 2017 17:16

Description:

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Petteri Lahtela is the CEO and co-founder of Ōura, the first wellness ring and app. Petteri is a serial entrepreneur with over 21 years of experience in creating hi-tech products and building international businesses. His strengths include improving profits, leadership and management across several cultures and business disciplines, as well as business creation and development. Listen as Petteri discusses The Ōura Ring and how it can help better your mental and physical performance by assessing how your body responds to your current lifestyle.

Key Quote “Our passion is for people to understand how unique they are and how they can keep up with their performance.” What You’ll Learn What the Ōura ring can do for your health and wellbeing How the Ōura ring work Why the Ōura ring is an innovative product Why it is important to get the data of pulse amplitude in different sleep stages The data the Ōura ring assesses from you The three different versions of the Ōura rings The future for Ōura ring The features of the Ōura ring (ex. waterproof) Where the core team of Ōura is located. The top three pieces of advice from Petteri Lahtela: People are unique Small changes in life and daily routines can affect performance—mentally and physically People can realize their passion by how their body responds to their lifestyle

Less Doing Podcast Resources - www.leveragepodcasts.com

Getting Focused - The Leverage Podcast with Dan Sullivan - Episode #263

Feb 23, 2017 53:01

Description:

Dan Sullivan. Dan Sullivan is the founder and President of The Strategic Coach Inc. He is entrepreneurial coach, speaker, consultant, and highly sought after strategist. He is also the creator of the Strategic Coach Program and has written several books such as The Great Crossover and The 21st Century Agent. Learn more about Dan and his thoughts regarding start-ups, keeping clients, marketing, biotechnology and so much more.

Key Quote

“There is a real difference between entrepreneurs – those who are successful as they need to be and those who are successful as they want to be—and there is a huge difference between needing to be successful and wanting to be successful.”

What You’ll Learn How Dan Sullivan started his coaching business and what he considers to be the three-staged disruption in the old model that has paved the way for his business The importance of doing a “no receivables” business Why Dan’s coaching program is not suitable for start-ups Three things that Dan does well What entrepreneurs are doing wrong and how to avoid it Tips regarding work ethic and finding and retaining clients The difference between the “needing” entrepreneurs and “wanting” entrepreneurs The importance of having free days for yourself and your business Where Dan gets his ideas and why it is okay to NOT remember every idea you get How Dan feels about being 70 and his plans for the next 25 years

Company Culture and the Invaluable Role it Plays - The Leverage Podcast with Dave Will - Episode #262

Feb 16, 2017 31:00

Description:

Dave Will is a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, and the founder of two fantastic companies—Peach New Media and Prop Fuel. In his interview with Nick, listen to Dave share his motivation behind the founding of Prop Fuel, and why culture cannot be overlooked as a key value. Dave will also talk about what it means to motivate employees, and how he recommends aspiring entrepreneurs go about creating an ideal working environment. And if anyone wants to be a beta tester for Prop Fuel…be sure to listen till the end of the episode! 

Key Quote

“Creating culture is one of the key pillars in creating a successful company. It cannot be overstated in importance.”

What You’ll Learn The importance of knowing what motivates people and how that knowledge automatically helps the leader of a company. What the Taxi Cab paradox is. Why you should recognize and appreciate your employees at all times. Dave shares a good video about what motivates people. Creating your company’s Vision, Mission and Values. Dave shares Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk about creating purpose for employees. The motivation behind Prop Fuel and the influence of Yvon Chouinard. What monk and Hindu priest Dandapani told Dave about focus. The top three pieces of advice Dave has to be more effective. Connect with Dave if you want to be a beta tester of Prop Fuel.

Defining the Entrepreneurial Personality - The Leverage Podcast with Alex Charfen - Episode #261

Feb 9, 2017 27:38

Description:

Meet Alex Charfen, the man who pioneering adventurer who discovered the Entrepreneurial Personality type, and the Founder/CEO of Charfen. Alex works as a personal consultant to billionaires, Fortune 500 CEOs, and some of the world’s most successful individuals of industry. In addition to his brain power he loans for top-dollar, Alex is also a prominent speaker and writer who has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe.

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Key Quote

“When I look at the world, I think there are different types of people. And when you look at the entrepreneurs, and when you examine entrepreneurs, we’re different than most”

What You’ll Learn The Entrepreneurial Personality Type The difference between entrepreneurs and the majority of the population The Contribution Gap and how Charfen helps bridge the gap The 4-Step High-Level Process Lower pressure and noise Increase protection and support Grow strengths and abilities Make that greatest contribution The BIG issue facing the vast majority of entrepreneurs The importance of knowing what to do in order to achieve your vision Why you should always communicate and authenticate your vision with your team The Scrum Methodology The meaning of, “Chase the membership you serve” Alex’s Top 3 pieces of advice Make sure there’s a clear outcome for anything and everything you do—not matter the action, know the desired outcome. Above all, exercise transparency with your internal and external people—employees, clients, etc. Practice accountability at all times. Make a habit of it.

How to Become an Automatic Millionaire - The Leverage Podcast with David Bach - Episode #260

Feb 2, 2017 28:21

Description:

David Bach is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Automatic Millionaire, Expanded and Updated: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich. He was also on the bestseller list for Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and USA Today. He has become a trusted guide and resource for financial planning as his book sold over 1.5M copies. David is a highly, sought after speaker and is also a contributor for NBC’s The Today show. If you’re interested in a virtual book signing, you can find more information here. David also offers a free, virtual class on CreativeLive called Start Late, Finish Rich which started on January 19th. Tune in as he shares what has contributed to his success including the importance of slowing down and taking a break. 

Key Quote

“The experience of taking a sabbatical was probably the single most important thing I’ve ever done in my life, because as an entrepreneur, I had been charging hard for, you know, almost 25 years and I didn’t realize I was burnt out. ”

What You’ll Learn David’s transition from being an extremely active in his career to becoming a dad How important a sabbatical is for an entrepreneur The Automatic Millionaire was launched by Oprah The real message behind, “The way to really build wealth is to build wealth automatically” Why the first step to becoming a millionaire is to change the way you think The importance of paying yourself first and tools to help with your finances such as Mint, Prosper Daily, Acorns, Wealth Front, Betterment, and Personal Capital Why you need your accounts setup and automated How creating systems are the real key to leverage Why it’s NEVER too late to start planning your finances David’s top 3 pieces of advice: have your goals written, meditate, and positive focus with the 5 Minute Journal App

Launching Your Business Models Quickly - The Leverage Podcast with Noah Kagan - Episode #259

Jan 25, 2017 32:12

Description:

Noah Kagan is the founder of KickFlip and AppSumo. Prior to founding his businesses, he was Employee #30 at Facebook working as a product manager and later joined Mint.com as the Director of Marketing. Listen as Noah shares why you need to launch as quickly as you can, the traits you should be honing, and the reason why you can never blame marketing for not selling. Connect with Noah on his blog OkDork or at SumoMe.

Key Quote

“I think what I’ve done well and what worked for me is that I launched very quickly, and I keep iterating, very aggressively.”

What You’ll Learn What KickFlip is and how Noah founded it Why it’s helpful to launch quickly From KickFlip to Gambit Why resourcefulness and flexibility are important traits you should have Practicing the challenge of asking for money How to limit the amount of time you have Why you cannot blame marketing when you don’t sell Building your network How Noah plans out his goals Why Noah recommends having quarterly themes Why you need to take more time to think things through The importance of reviewing your previous week with an accountability partner Why you need to spend more to save on time

"Rock the Room" - The Leverage Podcast with Victoria Labalme - Episode #258

Jan 18, 2017 26:59

Description:

Victoria is founder of Rock the Room® and Risk Forward™. She is a performing artist and performance coach who helps people express their most authentic self and their hidden genius – on stage, in workshops, on video, and in life. Victoria is a private presentation coach to top executives and teams at companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks and Paypal. She also coaches leading entrepreneurs, NY Times bestselling authors, Hollywood directors, and thought leaders who speak on the TED talk platform. Her recent TEDx talk- Risk Forward™- is spreading fast. In this episode, Victoria gives tips and ample advice on how you can “Rock the Room” and express your hidden genius.  

Key Quote

“How do I design an experience for the audience to achieve the outcome that I really want?”

What You’ll Learn How Victoria can help you express your hidden genius through the 5 modules of Rock the Room proprietary system. The importance of structure, content, and delivery in giving a presentation The importance of knowing what your underlying message is and making it the starting point of your presentation The biggest mistake that people make when delivering a talk Quick tips and advice for beginners and professionals Victoria’s examples of great models and masterful storytellers Why Victoria considers Kris Carr as her biggest success story How to present your credentials and handle issues such as sounding monotone and hand gestures Victoria’s top 3 pieces of advice to be more effective in business and in life

 

Tim Ferriss - New York Times Bestselling Book, Tools of Titans - The Leverage Podcast - Episode #257

Jan 11, 2017 35:07

Description:

Tim Ferriss is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, and more recently, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performer. He is also an angel investor and advisor for companies such as Facebook, Evernote, Uber, and Twitter and is considered by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Business People”. Listen as Tim shares the story behind his latest bestselling book and how it came to be through online tools such as Evernote, Google Docs, and DropBox.

Key Quote

“[When] the book was initially put together, it was not called Tools of Titans, it was just a notebook for myself. I was putting together cliff notes of the most actionable, impactful, small things that had a big impact.”

What You’ll Learn How Tim wrote the book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers, using online tools The importance of higher order principles in staying effective and efficient with the tools you use How the quality of your questions determine the quality of your life The list of people Tim wants to have on his podcast The benefits of surrounding yourself with people better than you Affording time vs affording distractions How Tim’s investments allowed him to be financially free Why investing in education and health is always a good idea Why Tim’s attention to detail saves him a lot of headaches Tim’s top 3 pieces of advice to becoming more effective 

Resources - Less Doing Podcast Resources

The Content Creation of a Rabbi - The Leverage Podcast with Daniel Geffen - Episode #256

Jan 5, 2017 31:52

Description:

Ari and Nick welcome Rabbi Daniel Geffen to the show to discuss how a Rabbi creates content and much more.

 

Full show notes coming soon.

The Science of Sleep - The Leverage Podcast with Dr. Michael Breus - Episode #255

Dec 29, 2016 23:25

Description:

The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus, is interviewed by Ari and Nick as they follow up from the popular episode of the Less Doing Podcast. 

 

Show notes coming soon. 

Sending Personalized Gifts - The Leverage Podcast with Gregg Alyce - Episode #254

Dec 21, 2016 28:28

Description:

In this episode of the Leverage Podcast, Ari and Nick interview Greg Segall, CEO of Alyce, a gifting service that matches customers with their intended recipients with unique B2C based gifts. Alyce strategically profiles its customers using social data to find that perfect gift. Listen as Gregg gives us the inside look into Alyce’s services and how sending a personalized gift has a greater impact to those on the receiving end. 

Key Quote 

“Everyone knows that when you send a gift that’s personalized to any individual, it’s a hundred times more impactful than when you’re actually just sending a generic gift to anybody.” 

What You’ll Learn 

What Alyce is and how it works  The impact that gifts have when sent in the perfect timing  How Alyce does extensive research to match gifts  What other platforms Alyce uses to source information  Alyce only needs your first name, last name, company name, and email  How gift suggestions are made  How Alyce profiles a customer’s demographics and psychographics  The psychology behind what the giver wants to give vs. what the recipient wants to receive  Alyce uses a general scoring algorithm for finding gift suggestions  Alyce’s catalogs are highly curated 

How Alyce tailors packages for businesses who want to send gifts to their audience 

The importance of being focused, taking care of yourself, and being better 

 

Alyce - https://www.alyce.com

 

Gregg’s email - gregg@alyce.com

 

Less Doing Podcast Resources

Trello Board - https://trello.com/b/jtqdNTp3/leverage-podcast-resources

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression - The Leverage Podcast with Justin Stenstrom - Episode #253

Dec 15, 2016 17:09

Description:

Summary 

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick interview Justin Stenstrom, the founder of the Elite Man Magazine, the Elite Man Podcast and the Elite Man Conference. Listen as Justin walks us through his transition from a teenager with anxiety and depression problems to being the founder of one of the most successful men’s magazine to date. 

Key Quote 

“It all started with me…my transformational period back when I was 18 or 19 years old going through all this stuff, learning how to get confidence and overcome my anxiety and depression problems and my dating problems…” 

What You’ll Learn 

How the Elite Man Magazine started  How long it took Justin to overcome his anxiety and depression problems  The root cause of Justin’s panic attacks  Justin’s life as an isolated teenager  Taking care of your mental health  The process to stop panic attacks  Justin’s 7 Step Formula to becoming more productive  Write out a schedule  Put aside time  Avoid social media and cell phones  Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good  Get more passionate about what you’re doing  Breakdown your work to shorter segments  Don’t try to do a week’s worth of work in a day  Justin’s new podcast, The Justin Stenstrom Show

Less Doing Podcast Resources: 

Trello Board - https://trello.com/b/jtqdNTp3/leverage-podcast-resources

Living a More Active Life as a Film Editor - The Leverage Podcast with Zack Arnold - Episode #252

Dec 7, 2016 17:02

Description:

Guests 

Zack Arnold

Summary 

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari talks to Zack Arnold, creator of Fitness in Post and Optimize Yourself. Listen as Zack shares with us how his transition went from being an active kid to becoming a 60-hour work week person in the film industry and his struggles of blending the two paths together that lead him to where he is now. 

Key Quote 

“I’ve lived a life for the last 15 years in a small dark room in front of a computer for 12-16 hours a day…after a long day at work, I said, I just do not want to live like this anymore and I need to find a better way.” 

What You’ll Learn 

Zack’s background as a film and television editor  Why Zack’s brain and body fought back  Blending intense creative work with high performance athletics  The biomechanics of your body  How Zack uses Trello for his day-to-day activities  The activity video vault  Changing your daily habits  Using Zapier and IFTTT for Zack’s personal automations  The Optimize Yourself Program’s system  Understand how ineffective you are when you’re sedentary 

Less Doing Podcast Resources: 

Trello Board - https://trello.com/b/jtqdNTp3/leverage-podcast-resources

A New Paradigm of Personalized Medicine - The Leverage Podcast with Ben Ahrens - Episode #251

Dec 4, 2016 23:49

Description:

Summary 

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari welcomes Ben Ahrens to the show. Ben is a health and performance coaching expert and the current Executive Vice President of Innovative Medicine. Listen as Ben shares his journey battling Lyme Disease and what Innovative Medicine does for people like him. 

Key Quote 

“We are doing research, development, and educating medical doctors in a new paradigm of personalized medicine that takes personalized protocols and personalized treatments to a whole new level.” 

What You’ll Learn 

What Innovative Medicine is and what they do  Ben describes his battle with Lyme Disease  Getting stuck in a negative feedback loop  What is neuro-cognitive rehabilitation?  The symptoms kept coming back and and we have to choose how to respond  Lyme is a multi-faceted and multi-systemic disease  The medical protocol and nutritional supplements that were involved in treating Ben  Ben is working on a book called, The Set Point Effect  The idea is to not force change from the outside-in  The basic conception of homeostasis  The science of “small wins” explained  Ben’s blog and event, Set Point Coaching – use Promo code LessDoing to get 30% OFF 

Less Doing Podcast Resources: 

Trello Board - https://trello.com/b/jtqdNTp3/leverage-podcast-resources  

How to Understand Your Kids More - The Leverage Podcast with Dr. Erica Reischer - Episode #250

Dec 4, 2016 30:51

Description:

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari shares the mic with Dr. Erica Reischer, a psychologist and the author of What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive. Listen as Dr. Erica opens a new world for understanding your children as parents, what the common parenting mistakes are and how you can correct them for a better emotional connection with your kids.

Key Quote

“Parents say things to kids using blame, shame, or fear. But kids are NOT responsible for our feelings.”

What You’ll Learn

How having kids can make you more empathetic and compassionate. How we respond to our kids depends on how we perceive what they’re doing. Why you have to pay attention to your feelings and thoughts as parents. How your biological needs as a human play a part in good parenting. The importance of each parent being consistent, especially with rules. Balancing short and long game parenting. What the common parenting mistakes are and how to fix them. To make your kids understand that it isn’t them that is the problem, but their behavior—which is a choice. How siblings influence each other’s behavior. How you cannot assume what is obvious to us is obvious to our kids as well. How to meet feelings with feelings. Emotional connection is the cornerstone to a happy family.

Less Doing Podcast Resources:

Trello Board - https://trello.com/b/jtqdNTp3/leverage-podcast-resources

Selling Magic the Gathering and More – The Less Doing Podcast with Dan McCarty of Crystal Commerce - Episode #249

Nov 16, 2016 14:57

Description:

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick interview Dan McCarty, founder of Crystal Commerce, a leading web solution company dedicated to servicing game and hobby industry. Crystal uses a proprietary system to allow retailers to launch new websites while fully integrating their inventory and e-commerce systems in less than 24 hours. Listen to learn how Dan and his company are changing the way brick and mortar hobby stores do business.

Key Quote

“We’re serving an entire community vertical which is any game and hobby store.”

What You’ll Learn

What Crystal Commerce is and what it does How Crystal Commerce proprietary system works and how it caters to brick and mortar clients Syndicating inventory across platforms Processing orders from Ebay to a central CRM How much Crystal Commerce charges its customers Group leverage on catalogs and inventory The challenges of moving to a multi-tenant platform How you can use Grow for analytics The importance of having a content marketing routine How to start with the value proposition of local

Less Doing Podcast Resources:

Trello Board - https://trello.com/b/jtqdNTp3/less-doing-podcast-resources

Using Trello for Business – The Less Doing Podcast with Michael Pryor & JD Peterson of Trello - Episode #248

Nov 4, 2016 59:22

Description:

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick sit down at the Trello headquarters with guests, Michael Pryor (CEO and Founder of Trello) and JD Peterson (CMO of Trello). Listen to learn Trello’s origin story—from concept to execution—how this once nascent company is quickly marching down the pathway to $100M in revenue. PS—don’t you dare call Trello a project management tool any more…find out why in this episode!

Key Quote

“Trello is a visual collaboration tool. The three words that describe it are collaboration, organization, and perspective.”

“The strength of Trello is how unstructured it is.”

What You’ll Learn

How Trello was conceptualized Why you shouldn’t crowd source for a name internally Trello is NOT a project management tool but a visual collaboration tool Why these – Collaboration, Organization, Perspective --  are the best words to describe Trello. Why there isn’t a “one way” to use Trello. Using Trello for communication and integration with Slack The meta activities Trello is working on to indicate card status What attracts people to Trello and why they are joining the movement Learn how to see the really important things that are happening with your boards How the road to $100M for Trello looks How Trello meet-up events work How to invite people to the platform and show them how to use it The strength and weakness of Trello is being unstructured Trello.com/inspiration is where people can share boards Collecting concerns to see what issues there are Why working at Trello is not a job, but a part of your life How Trello can be used to make you more effective

Winning Coaching Philosophy with Cole Hatter of Thrive – The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #247

Oct 27, 2016 15:20

Description:

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari interviews Cole Hatter, host of the annual Thrive Conference, a business coach, and a former firefighter. Listen as Cole shares his journey from life as a firefighter, to brain injury survivor, to coach who spends each and every day working hard to help and inspire others life lives they could never imagined possible.

Key Quote:

“I believe that business can be the number one catalyst in the world for change.”

What You’ll Learn:

What the Thrive is and how its format flows. Why Cole started his professional life as a firefighter. How Cole’s real estate success practically evaporated overnight in 2008. The importance of investing in yourself. Why Cole never released his book. How Cole uses entrepreneurship as a catalyst for fulfillment. The importance of scaling up. Why outsourcing is the easiest way to optimize productivity, but only if done properly. How to identify your strengths, and sidestep your weaknesses. The key to focusing on money generating activities.

Reading Faster and Understanding More with Holger Seim of Blinkist – The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #246

Oct 19, 2016 15:05

Description:

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick interview Holger Seim, one of the founders of Blinkist, a site that lets users extract the key lessons from more than 1000+ nonfiction books in less than 15 minutes. Listen to as Holger shares the idea behind Blinklist, where the idea for the company came from , and what his advice is for all the entrepreneurs out there.

Key Quote

“It’s all from the idea of helping people to keep learning and inspiring them to try something new every day.”

What You’ll Learn What Blinkist is and how it works. Why reading books end-to-end is actually really inefficient. How Blinkist handles hiring. The potential copyright issues tied to Blinkist’s work. How Blinkist preserves the surprise moments for the readers. The technology and tools Blinklist uses to summarize the books. How Blinklist coordinates an employee roster that stretches across dozens of countries. The importance of orchestrating a plan. Why you need to focus on developing a winning plan and tackling the challenges at hand. The all too often overlooked art of relaxation.

Sleeping Pills? You Don’t Need Them According to Dr. Michael Breus – The Less Doing Podcast

Oct 12, 2016 26:18

Description:

Guest 

Dr. Michael Breus –The Sleep Doctor 

   

Summary 

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick interview The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus. Get ready to learn all about chronotypes, your true sleeping patters, and the trick to defeating those pesky cases of insomnia.  

Key Quote 

“It’s all about understanding your genetics first—otherwise you’re battling Mother Nature.” 

What You’ll Learn 

Why not all doctors are created equally.  How to treat insomnia with behavioral techniques.  What a chronotype is and how they are related to your sleep.  How chronotypes orchestrate and determine your hormonal distribution cycle.  Why the best time for sleep (and everything else) depends on your chronotype.  The reason sleeping pills (and other drugs) aren’t really necessary for sleep.  Why it’s difficult to sleep sitting up.  The variability in defining “good sleep”.  Why you need to create a consistent sleep schedule.  How to high-five the sun every morning. 

Entrepreneur and Marketing Genius - Josh Steimle - The Less Doing Podcast with Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg

Oct 6, 2016 15:13

Description:

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick sit down for a conversation with Professor Gary Charness, professor of behavioral economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Listen in as they discuss Nick’s in-class experience at UCSB, the value of communication in facilitating better social outcomes, the disparity between behavioral economics, experimental economics, and game theory, and much, much more.

Key Quote

“Entrepreneurship is the only job I’ve ever been able to keep longer than five months.”

What You’ll Learn Why, if the conditions are right for it, you should live in another country. The importance of following your passion, and how it will invariably lead you down the right path. What Josh’s company handles. How to be transparent with your clients. The importance of getting the client to focus on the results. The motivation behind Josh’s book. Why some clients prefer Basecamp while others prefer Trello. What Josh spends most of his day (and energy) focusing on. Why you should try to make yourself unnecessary.

The hidden value of bringing on a partner.

Economics and psychology with Professor Gary Charness – The Less Doing Podcast - #243

Sep 29, 2016 27:18

Description:

Guest

Professor Gary Charness – Economics University of California at Santa Barbara

Title

Economics and psychology with Professor Gary Charness – The Less Doing Podcast

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick sit down for a conversation with Professor Gary Charness, professor of behavioral economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Listen in as they discuss Nick’s in-class experience at UCSB, the value of communication in facilitating better social outcomes, the disparity between behavioral economics, experimental economics, and game theory, and much, much more.

Key Quote

“When you start to identify with the team, you become more willing to take one for the team.”

What You’ll Learn What behavioral economics is at its core. Why people are not and ever will be rational. The secret to reestablishing habits after breaks or interruptions. What makes grades such a critical component of education. How to enhance ingratiation and identity. The essence of cultivating competition at the individual level. Experimental economics versus behavioral economics versus game theory. The cognitive limitations associated with behavior. How communication in games leads to better social outcomes. The value of self-belief and asking for what you want.

“Your analytics tool is only as good as the data you put into it.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #242 with Derek Steer

Sep 22, 2016 20:55

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Guest

Derek Steer – Mode Analytics

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick sit down for a conversation with Derek Steer of Mode Analytics, a collaborative analytics platform built by analysts, for analyst that processes more than 20,000 SQL queries a day to help people around the world make data-informed decisions. Before launching Mode, Derek orchestrated analytics for a number of marquee companies including Facebook, Yammer, and Microsoft. When he’s not working away inside the Mode offices, you can find Derek competing in triathlons, rock climbing, or playing guitar.

Key Quote

“Your analytics tool is only as good as the data you put into it.”

What You’ll Learn The data sources Mode uses to generate groundbreaking analytics What an analytic-specific database looks like. The leading analytic indicator to determine whether or not a client will leave Less Doing. How Derek applies Mode to internal data analysis. What graduating from Tableau or Looker to Mode looks like. Why it’s important to look at different data sources to understand how advertisements are performing. How everything is connected from the front-end to the back-end at Mode. The upcoming BIG changes happening at Mode. The difference between “vanity metrics” and metrics that can lead to meaningful changes. How Derek defines productivity by motivation.

“Looking at life from the position of something other than your thoughts and feelings, to really disconnect from that—it’s invaluable.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #241

Sep 14, 2016 24:01

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Guest

Luke Storey – School of Style

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick spend some time with Luke Storey, founder of the School of Style and host of The Life Stylist Podcast. Luke is known as a rock star stylist who has successfully worked with Aerosmith, Kanye West, and The Foo Fighters, just to name a few. He is also a lifestyle coach who has dedicated years of his life to share strategies for healing and happiness with the world.

Key Quote

“Looking at life from the position of something other than your thoughts and feelings, to really disconnect from that—it’s invaluable.”

What You’ll Learn How Luke turned into a successful stylist from a homeless musician in Hollywood The lifestyle of artists in late 80s to early 90s What is School of Style and how it started Peak Time vs. the Brain-Dead time How outsourcing helped Luke focus on the more important tasks The key to utilizing tools that can help run the business The structure of the business when you work as a fashion stylist How meditation increases productivity Luke’s current and future guests on his podcasts Luke’s Top Three Pieces of Advice to help you be more effective

“Once you set it up, you’ve got a 315 pound gym at your disposal.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #240 with Michael Humenasky

Sep 7, 2016 10:26

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Guest

Michael HumenanskyMobell Muscle

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick sit down with Michael Humenansky, founder of Mobell Muscle, Men's Health '2016 Product of the Year' and a patent-pending, innovative portable gym that offers athletes accessible, productive, affordable, and versatile means to achieve peak performance in life.

Key Quote

“Once you set it up, you’ve got a 315 pound gym at your disposal.”

What You’ll Learn What the Mobell kit includes. How weights are created with what’s available. How a 60 pound case becomes a 315 pound gym. The struggles troops have staying in shape while on deployment. How a 3-piece bar can still support more than 1,000 pounds. The necessity of beta testing for consumer goods. Pivoting from government-only clients to the broader consumer community. Mobell’s plans for growth in the future. Why keeping diverse personalities in the company is integral to Mobell’s success.

The importance of spending quality time on the plan.

“You can create a very quick and easy tribute video with hundreds of people.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #239

Sep 2, 2016 12:02

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Key Quote


“You can create a very quick and easy tribute video with hundreds of people.”


Time-Stamped Notes


01:00 – Ari and Nick are both very busy and are getting ready to launch their new book.
01:40 – The Thunderclap campaign for this podcast.
02:07 – Nick is enjoying some lamb neck.
03:00 – Tribute.co
03:07 – People can collaborate to make a video tribute for someone.
03:27 – It compiles the video for you.
03:40 – Growth Geeks
03:50 – Freelance for “growth geeks”
04:00 – Design Geeks and Word Geeks
04:15 – New branches off of Growth Geeks
04:40 – See the benefits of outsourcing.
05:20 – Respondable
05:45 – Find out how likely you are to get a response from your emails in real time.
06:25 – It could help for cold emails.
06:40 – They just raised prices.
06:55 – They’ve been using Google Docs for editing and reviewing their book.
08:00 – Calendly to set up shifts with higher pay on nights and weekends.
08:50 – Having developers come in person to work with them.
09:15 – Every once and a while, it’s great to meet someone in person.
09:40 – Building team culture and breaking down barriers.
10:35 – Less Doing Coaching Program
10:55 – A yearlong program. Go to lessdoing.com to apply.
11:16 – The HeroX Project
11:26 – Submit any automation ideas
11:55 – That’s it for today!
XXXX – Haymakers for Hope

“There needs to be true partnership between the vision person, and the person in charge of executing operations.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode 238 with Cameron Herold

Aug 31, 2016 17:07

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Guest

Cameron Herold – Double Double

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari sits down with Cameron Herold, author of the book, Double Double, and the man who helps entrepreneurs turn their dreams into realities.  Listen as Cameron discusses the overlooked value of meeting, highlights the importance of having operations people inside every organization, and why transitioning from startup to corporate in culture isn’t a bad thing.

Key Quote

“There needs to be true partnership between the vision person, and the person in charge of executing operations.”

What You’ll Learn How Cameron transforms dreams into realities. What Cameron does to help businesses 10x their operations. Being entrepreneurial versus staying entrepreneurial. Why going “corporate” isn’t a bad thing IF it’s done in the right way. The reality that meetings don’t suck—it’s just the way we run them sucks. The value of developing a vivid vision. All about Cameron’s COO Alliance. The misunderstood role of the COO. How remote workforces will impact culture and growth. Why a willingness to admit vulnerability is essential.

“I don’t like things where it takes you a really long time to get to a point of usability.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #237

Aug 26, 2016 05:42

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Key Quote

 “I don’t like things where it takes you a really long time to get to a point of usability.”

Time-Stamped Notes 00:10 – The new podcast will be launched September 7 00:30 – Skype Channel on IFTTT 00:45 – You can be notified by things in Skype 01:04 – Great for people who live in Skype 01:15 – SlideBot creates powerful slides in seconds 01:30 –You provide the text, and it will automatically create the design. 01:53 – It makes it easy to make a unique presentation. 02:20 – Other programs take a really long time to figure out. 03:00 – Startup Value website 03:15 – A decent way for someone to steal your idea. 03:35 – Their new book manuscript comes out this week. 03:45 – See Ari & Nicks book for free by emailing va@lessdoing.com 03:58 – The first five people to email us will get to read the book. 04:05 – The Less Doing Dashboard 04:18 – A new way of managing tasks 04:25 – Email va@lessdoing.com to be a beta tester 04:40 – Go to com to sign up for the newsletter 04:50 – Less Doing Coaching Certification is coming up in November. Sign up on the website.

“One of the scariest questions that you can ask yourself is, ‘What are the mistakes that you’re making over and over again?’” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode 236 with UJ Ramdas

Aug 24, 2016 23:40

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Guest

UJ Ramdas – The Five Minute Journal

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick meet with UJ Ramdas, creator of the Five Minute Journal. UJ is an expert in the art of journaling. He knows journaling can help everyone get on task to make progress and achieve goals. He has come up with a number of products and applications to help people start journaling.

Key Quote

“One of the scariest questions that you can ask yourself is, ‘What are the mistakes that you’re making over and over again?’”

What You’ll Learn Why journaling is beneficial to externalize your ideas A physical journal vs. a journal app – Figuring out which is right for you The research behind a physical journal and why it might be better The thinking and frustration behind the productivity journal Three elements for a planner: prioritizing, time blocking, focused reflection Creating products that you actually want for yourself One of the scariest questions you can ask yourself How breaking down your daily tasks helps you psychologically The new products that UJ has coming out UJ’s Top Three Pieces of Advice to help you be more effective

“Generally speaking, you’re not going to be looking at ordered-in food as your source of micronutrients….” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #235

Aug 19, 2016 15:00

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Key Quote

“Generally speaking, you’re not going to be looking at ordered-in food as your source of micronutrients….”

Time-Stamped Notes 00:10 – The second Less Doing podcast, “Optimize, Automate, Outsource,” starting September 7 01:05 – Multiply Labs 01:15 – A customized supplement pill 02:00 – One pill with everything you want throughout the day 02:20 – A survey lets you know what supplements you might want to take 03:05 – Great for someone who doesn’t like to take supplements 03:40 – How many pills do Ari and Nick take? 06:00 – Why you should take Vitamin D 07:20 – Cronometer 07:40 – The most detailed application to track your food and overall health 07:55 – A micronutrient break down 08:30 – You can determine from your food what nutrients you are lacking 09:00 – The accuracy of food trackers 09:25 – This app lets you get really specific with what foods you are eating 10:30 – How to record Nick’s Oxtail Stew 11:40 – Editorr 12:00 – An app for an on-demand editing service 12:25 -- $5 for 150 words 12:45 – Average pickup time is one minute 14:00 – Pana, a travel agency service 14:15 – Dashboarding tools, like Datadeck and Geckoboard 14:40 – Hotjar and Ptengine

“The quality of the design is only going to be as good as the thinking that you put behind it.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode 234 with J.J. Kaye

Aug 17, 2016 22:45

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Guest

J.J. Kaye – High Pressure Zone

Summary

In this episode of the Less Doing Podcast, Ari and Nick chat with J.J. Kaye, a designer who looks beyond the aesthetic value of art and applies business applications to design strategy.  Having worked with several companies to develop successful brands, J.J. has incredible insights into where the worlds of design and business currently collide, and where they will collide in the future.

Key Quote

“The quality of the design is only going to be as good as the thinking that you put behind it.”

What You’ll Learn The value of design, and it’s role in strengthening companies and products How companies waste both time and money on the misconceptions surrounding design Ari and Nick’s process with their website design and how they have learned to focus on what their goals are for the site Translating user feedback on design and identifying how it affects the user experience JJ’s balance between a business mind and a designer’s mind—designing for the business and not for yourself How product design, marketing, and brand design are all part of the same design unit The current stage of JJ’s company and his system to find the best designers Hiring strong designers vs. developing a strong concept JJ’s Top Three Pieces of Advice to Be More Effective

“This is one more way that Amazon is getting in there.” - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode #233

Aug 12, 2016 07:46

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Key Quote

 “This is one more way that Amazon is getting in there.”

Time-Stamped Notes 00:10 – The Art of Less Doing, on Audible 00:45 – Amazon Prime Now has restaurants 01:30 – So many restaurants can’t do delivery 01:50 – Get CloudApp to easily share anything. 02:55 – Gridspace Memo is a conferencing solution that automatically gives summaries of conference calls. 04:00 – A resource if you have lots of conference calls 04:30 – Brieftube is a Chrome extension that will automatically summarize a video. 04:50 – It will give you summaries and a table of contents for the video you’re watching. 05:20 – Keplr takes your data and makes a prediction model 06:20 – You still need some customization and some work beyond the app 06:45 – Let us know what you think about this book title: Idea to Execution in a Day

“Find a way to take a bite-sized chunk of something instead of jumping into something too big.” - Less Doing Podcast - Episode 232 - with Scotty Studer, Author of Small Changes, Big Results

Aug 10, 2016 23:32

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Guest

Scotty Studer – author of Small Changes, Big Results

Summary

In this episode, Ari and Nick get to know Scotty Studer, IT guy turned successful and health-conscious author. Scotty worked happily in the IT field for years until one day, his sedentary lifestyle (and the weigh that came with it) caught him off guard. He realized he needed to make a chance to live a healthier, happier, more energy-laden life. Through trial and error, Scotty developed a system for self-improvement he realized he needed to share with the world. That system was the foundation for a new book, which helps people make small changes that drive BIG results.

Key Quote

“Find a way to take a bite-sized chunk of something instead of jumping into something too big.”

What You’ll Learn How Scotty came to the realization he needed to improve his health. The catalyst for his book, when he shifted his lifestyle and started tracking his weight, exercise, and sleep. The premise for Small Changes, Big Results, and what you can do to see significant shifts in your life. Scotty’s daily routine that keeps him on track to accomplish his goals. The 26 Principle, a tool to provide you and your spouse a little financial freedom every day. The benefits of proactive scheduling. Scotty’s job in the information technology world. Where you can find Scott’s book. A few simple practices that you can use RIGHT NOW to have a healthier, more fulfilling life.

“I had a chicken bone broth with a raw egg and butter, and then they put it in a blender!" - The Less Doing Podcast - Episode 231

Aug 5, 2016 13:33

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Key Quote

“I had a chicken bone broth with a raw egg and butter, and then they put it in a blender. And it was absolutely delicious.”

Time-Stamped Notes 00:05 – Ari introduces the new format of the podcast 00:20 -- Get on the newsletter at com 00:40 – Does Nick like cold brew coffee? 00:50 – Cold brew coffee is 75% less acidic than regularly brewed coffee. 01:00 – It is also a lot stronger. 01:25 – Eze Cold Brew Coffee Bottle 01:45 – Make your coffee the night before, and you can grab it on the go the next morning. 02:20 – Ari’s minivan is getting fixed, and he is using his mother’s Mini Cooper 02:45 – Multimac makes units to add more seats to small cars 03:10 – You can have a small car but still carry around multiple kids safely. 03:50 – Screenful on Trello 04:05 – Visual analytics for Trello boards 04:30 – Automated reports 05:05 – Leaf 05:12 – Automated device to grow your own marijuana at home. 05:35 – It is only referred to as “medicine” on the product. 05:50 – It does all the work for you to grow your marijuana. 06:30 – Different types of growing systems depending on what variety of plant you want. 07:00 – An article in Tech Insider 07:15 – “The Two Exercises That Will Keep You Fit for Life” 07:30 – Burpees and jump roping 08:15 – The Altitude Mask 08:30 – “It’s trained me to calm myself and steadily breath through my nose.” 08:50 – “The Biggest Productivity Myth Is That Rigid Rules Like the Pomodoro Technique Are for Everyone” Article 09:18 – Don’t confuse productivity with effectiveness 09:35 – Producing more in sprints doesn’t mean you’re more effective. 10:55 – Springbone Kitchen 11:16 – Blended soups in New York 12:00 – GeckoBoard 12:08 – Dashboarding tool to connect analytics from different platforms 12:30 – Hotjar 12:40 – See how people interact with your website 13:00 – Provides useful insight and an outside perspective

13:20 – Go to lessdoing.com

“I’m not a philanthropist, I’m a capitalist.” - Episode 230 - The Less Doing Podcast with Nathan Latka

Aug 3, 2016 28:13

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Guest

Nathan Latka – The Top Podcast

Key Quote

“I’m not a philanthropist, I’m a capitalist.”

What You’ll Learn How Nathan Latka got his start with Heyo—drag and drop Facebook platform Nathan’s plan for the future, including taking a company public before the age of 30, running for president in 2036, and starting a hedge fund at the age of 45 When you put it out there, the world will help you get where you want to be Why you need to aim to be a “Top 100 Person” at something on the planet How Nathan tried to buy Success Magazine for $5M What Nathan’s “team” looks like The pros and cons of using an overseas developer The power of keeping “it” free (or cheap) as long as you can Nathan’s Top 3 Tips to be More Productive

“All the Supplements End Up Looking Like Big Piles of Cocaine” - The Less Doing Podcast Episode 229

Jul 29, 2016 11:02

Description:

Time-Stamped Notes 00:12 – Ari introduces the new format of the podcast 00:52 – Send any feedback on the new format to VA@LessDoing.com 01:05 – Special offer for those who send feedback and sign-up for the VA service 01:26 – Where Ari is right now 01:56 – Odd numbered episodes will be exclusively Ari and Nick / Even numbered episodes will be interviews 02:20 – workshop.lessdoing.com 03:10 – Instagram.com/lessdoing 04:25 – Haymakers for Hope (details forthcoming) 04:52 – BulkSupplements 05:03 – Talking L-Glutamine 06:06 – One of the best proteins you can take is collagen 06:24 – Marine collagen 07:15 – Eating Lionfish 07:48 – Recyclable oyster shells 08:34 – Mailtester 09:09 – Test your newsletter for SPAM-quality 10:15 – Art of Less Doing to be available on Audible.com on August 4th

“A morning routine is how you win the day before it even begins” - Episode 228 The Less Doing Podcast

Jul 27, 2016 22:41

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Guest

Peter Awad – Slow Hustle Podcast

Key Quote

“A morning routine is how you win the day before it even begins”

What You’ll Learn Every founder has to endure the same experience with every business they start—somedays you crush the business, somedays the business crushes you. The value of having one-on-one time with your children How the Miracle Morning helps Peter balance professional success and family life The essence of what it means to be lean as a startup Two essential but oft overlooked keys to success—batching and blocking

"We’re trying to do for socks what Starbucks did for coffee." - Episode 227 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jul 20, 2016 37:45

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Summary:

In Episode #227 Ari and Nick welcome Dave Heath from Bombas Socks onto the Less Doing Podcast. Growing up, Dave was always irritated by the toe seam in his socks. As he got older and became more interested in fashion, he discovered there was no affordable, high-quality sock in the marketplace, so he filled the niche with Bombas Socks. Listen to learn how Dave made the most of a small window of opportunity, and how the lessons from his experience can be extracted for universal benefit.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

 

15:15 – Introduction of Dave Heath 15:45 – “An engineering marvel” 16:05 – How Dave got the idea 16:45 – The sock marketplace 17:15 – Premium socks were marketed to specific athletic categories 17:50 – But they did have a real difference in quality 18:10 – He took the good qualities and made something with a lower price point 18:30 – Multi-purpose socks 19:30 – Bombas Socks are geared to a mass market 20:20 – “We’re trying to do for socks what Starbucks did for coffee.” 21:00 – The technology of the sock 21:20 – Dave grew up as a kid with ADHD 22:10 – The toe seam 22:40 – Arch support 23:00 – Preventing blisters 23:20 – Compression 23:40 – High-grade cotton 24:10 – The line seam 24:30 – The history of “tube socks” 25:50 – “It really makes a huge difference.” 26:15 – Gross-market costs are doubled 26:30 – They donate one pair for every pair sold 27:03 – The grey and black socks that they started with 27:40 – The donation sock changed 28:40 – The donation sock is only 10% cheaper to produce than the regular socks 29:25 – What donation companies need to consider 30:15 – Talking margins 30:50 – Their donation model has helped drive much of Bombas success 32:15 – The company was first launched on Indiegogo 32:45 – Copycats on crowdfunding sites 33:15 – “We were one of the first to launch our sock brand on Indiegogo” 33:30 – The benefits of using the digital medium 35:10 – Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Be really good at one thing. Do 15 to 20 minutes of meditation each day. com 37:25 – Dave’s favorite sock is their black quarter-length.

 

3 Key Points: Don’t be afraid to mess with something that has been the same for thirty years. Keep your niche very specific until you have proven your success. Be careful with donation companies. Look closely at their margins and what quality of product they donate. Resources Mentioned: Indiegogo: The crowdfunding site that got Bombas Socks started. New Podcast: Email your ideas for the podcast’s name to va@lessdoing.com Blinkist: An online resource that provides book summaries Calbert: A Chrome extension that takes an event from your email and adds it to your calendar. Rthm: Takes your DNA and gives you feedback for aspects of your life. Slaask: Connects through Slack with customers and clients “How to Be Productive”: An article that teaches you how to utilize your time Text DOLESS to 33733 to sign up for the Less Doing Newsletter Credits Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

“You have to change the way you think, and the way you feel.” - Episode #226 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jul 13, 2016 52:25

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Summary:

In Episode #226 Ari and Nick welcome Eric Paskin, an accomplished entrepreneur and family man to the Less Doing Podcast. Eric started in the addiction recovery industry doing marketing, and he now owns Restore Health and Wellness Center in L.A. Listen as Ari and Eric discuss Eric’s treatment center, his own journey with addiction, and his experience working with people who want to combat their addiction to substances.

Time Stamped Show Notes: 08:00 – Introduction of Eric Paskin 08:10 – He started as an employee at a treatment center and later started his own consulting business, and finally a treatment center. 08:50 – An effective recovery program 09:30 – Eric’s center is evidence based 10:00 – Eric: “You have to change the way you think and the way you feel.” 11:15 – Alcoholics Anonymous, a support group, is not the same as treatment 12:35 – Eric: “Recovery is a personal journey.” 13:05 – Eric also works in intervention 13:40 – He doesn’t look it at a sales technique, but an opportunity for better health. 14:40 – Create an environment that is desirable for addicts to heal people. 15:30 – It’s important to catch people in the window of opportunity and get them to the center right away. 16:35 – Although it's difficult to see people in the throes of addiction, Eric finds his work extremely rewarding. 18:35 – Relapses can’t be predicted. 19:15 – Eric talks about his own relapses with alcohol 20:30 – The family is an important part of the healing process. The patient and family need each other. 21:55 – Intervention as seen on TV is one specific model, but for Eric his model has been better and less confrontational 23:00 – Eric’s model is less of a surprise, and the person is not as defensive. 24:20 – Eric believes the more time you spend in treatment, the greater chance you have to remain abstinent. 25:50 – He recommends that minimum treatment is 90 days 26:30 – “It’s always a revolutionary process.” –Eric Paskin 27:45 – Eric sees a lot of drug and alcohol abuse 28:10 – Many people are Opium dependent 31:00 – Ari discusses a show on Amazon and its representation of addiction 33:45 – A positive support system’s role in addiction 36:30 – Eric has been sober for nine years, as a result of long-term recovery and consequential thinking 38:45 – Even though every person is different, Eric believes addicts who successfully defeat addiction genuinely do not want to relapse. 39:45 – It took Eric three years to feel that way. 40:50 – The relationship between addiction and the need for instant gratification 42:00 – Too often patients don't stay in treatment long enough to see improvement 42:45 – Discussing the measured reintroduction of drugs and alcohol POST-recovery 44:30 – “The more open you can be about it, the better you can protect yourself from a relapse.” –Eric Paskin 45:00 – Eric can manage his work and his family with different strategies 45:35 – Prioritizing what's important 46:40 – Delegating professional responsibility 48:40 – Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Identify what you want in life and what you hope to achieve Identify what you’re not good at Enjoy your life 51:15 – restorecenterla.com is one resource for addiction, or call 888-519-1570 Resources Mentioned: Upcall: An affordable source to implement a calling campaign Readyman: Completely flat survival tools How Much Per Day?: A guide for a minimum amount of exercise to be healthy Workshop.lessdoing.com : Preview of a video by Ari and Nick on outsourcing Text DOLESS to 33733 to sign up for the Less Doing Newsletter Credits Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

"It's Not About The Money, It's About The Rush." - Episode #225 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jul 6, 2016 33:19

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Episode 225

Summary:

In Episode #225 Nick interviews Larry Love, famed chess hustler from Washington Square Park. Listen as Nick and Larry discuss the impact chess has had on their lives, why it is truly the greatest game in the world for your mind, and why life is about you and you alone.

Time-stamped Show Notes

21:30 – Nick kicks off the interview 22:03 – Larry shares his background playing chess 22:30 – Losing repeatedly in chess to learn how to become dominant 23:03 – Larry never read a book about chess, he just took his lumps 25:20 – Nick plays 3-5 hours with Larry per week 26:28 – Looking ahead in moves 26:40 – Larry likes to look 3 to 4 moves ahead 27:05 – Games are typically 5 minutes long—it’s speed chess 28:50 – Larry gets bored playing anything other than speed chess 29:18 – Larry is the first person to ever back Nick in a game of Chess 30:10 – Speed chess isn’t about the money, it’s about the rush 30:30 – Get into chess because it wakes your brain up and keeps you sharp 31:07 – The best practices for learning how to play chess?—jump in the pool, get on the bike…you’ll struggle, but you’ll learn 32:27 – Larry has a daughter who’s an honor student and applying to Stanford 32:49 – Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Learn how to play chess because chess IS life Do what you gotta do for yourself—don’t do it for anyone else Be humble

Key Points:

Start playing chess, it will keep your mind sharp and on-point. Always look 3 to 4 moves ahead in life, and you’ll find yourself on top. Live your life for yourself and no one else.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Your Voice and Disease – Researchers believe the sound of someone’s voice can help diagnose disease Stand Up Screen – A whiteboard that will generate automatic updates in Trello Finalem – Must Read—build a daily digest of what you message in Slack Emma – An autonomous AI that promises the world, but it’s unclear what it does ChartMogul – Analytics for Stripe, Chargify, etc. Go to iTunes and leave a review for the Less Doing Podcast, and you’ll receive 1 free hour of service from Less Doing Virtual Assistants workshop.lessdoing.com

 

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Credits

Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

“Copy what I’m doing because it WORKS” - Episode #224 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jun 29, 2016 49:45

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Episode 224

Summary:

In Episode #224 Ari and Nick interview Giovanni Marsico of the Archangel Academy, an annual gathering of the world's leading 'messengers'. The event is an intensive 2-day mastermind, designed for big entrepreneurs with big dreams to help the world. Listen as Giovanni shares his story, highlights how he not only built but branded his tribe, and why joining a mastermind is the single greatest thing you can do to help yourself as an entrepreneur.

Time-stamped Show Notes

12:45 – Ari accidentally deleted the interview 13:50 – So today, we’re getting an interview between John Bowen and Giovanni Marsico on AES Nation 14:32 – Interview between John and Giovanni kicks off 16:29 – Giovanni is the first employee of Strategic Coach to come back as a client. 18:15 – Giovanni has generated over $100M in real estate sales 18:44 – The ascension model of building a tribe 21:15 – How Lady GaGa is CRUSHING it in a dying industry 21:40 – Lady GaGa’s little monsters 23:34 – The first thing an entrepreneur should do (if they can afford it) is join a high-end mastermind 24:43 – JJ Virgin and Joe Polish 26:52 – Start a movement versus selling a product 27:52 – Don’t obsess over making money or making a difference—find the sweet spot 28:45 – The ONLY way to get paid as an entrepreneur is to create value 29:40 – Giovanni’s business model for his membership site 30:57 – Don’t just build your tribe, BRAND your tribe 32:43 – Discussing Giovanni’s referral strategy 35:25 – Do NOT glorify being busy—build structure (including free time) into your day 37:39 – You are responsible for creating your productive time. 38:51 – Giovanni is a huge fan of WAZE 40:26 – Archangel.club 41:55 – “Copy what I’m doing because it WORKS” 45:00 – Don’t chase new clients, be good to your current clients and the rest will take care of itself 47:18 – Life it too hard to do it on your own—get some good friends and work together 48:34 – The Pomodoro Technique

Key Points:

Don’t waste your time chasing new clients—invest in giving your current clients the best experience imaginable You can do IT—whatever that it may be. It won’t always feel like it, but you most certainly can if you’re unwilling to quit or compromise. Creative time doesn’t fall out of the sky, it has to be created and scheduled with purpose.

Resources Mentioned:

Zungle – Magic sunglasses that let you hear music without hearing it…its sorcery!—but also cool Time to Hire – Outsource sales Dropbox Update – Dropbox now allows you to intelligently scan documents, create MS word docs directly in Dropbox, etc. Trello and Slack – Trello NOW has its own built in integration with Slack Data Deck – Spreadsheets visualized GeckoBoard – Build clear, impossible to misunderstand dashboards

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

"You are NOT what you eat" - Episode #223 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jun 24, 2016 59:52

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Episode 223

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In Episode #223 Ari and Nick share a presentation from biohacker extraordinaire and leader for the Biohacker Summit, Teemu Arina. Listen and Teemu highlights the biggest misconceptions surrounding biohacking, important secrets for maximum benefit from biohacking, and why you are NOT simply what you eat.

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10:05 – Teemu Welcoming Dr. Anthony Beck to the show 10:49 – Biohacking is a slow process 12:00 – The three chapters of Teemu’s book 13:09 – Biohacking is your aspiration of what you want to become in the future 14:10 – As a biohacker, you can’t help anyone else until you help yourself. 15:30 – You are NOT what you eat, you ARE what you absorb. 18:04 – Most people have no idea what’s best for their body 19:26 – Talking about blood analysis 20:30 – Understand the aspects of the food you eat, not just the food—there are SO many variables 22:40 – Talking increased risks and absorption deficiencies 23:32 – The official Vitamin D recommendation for people in Finland 24:57 – Vitamin D impacts more than 200 genes 26:55 – The top 10 sustainable foods are responsible for 90% of the world’s food intake and that’s problematic 28:44 – When choosing greens, the darker the better 29:10 – If you’re micronutrient deficient your whole life, your body will start harvesting those nutrients from your organs 31:50 – Processed meats aren’t inherently a bad thing…again, it depends on the quality markers, on the fundamental ingredients—sausage isn’t inherently bad, it depends on how it was made and what it was made with 36:11 – Figure out your genome, figure out your diet, figure out your feces 36:46 – You know the feeling of butterflies in your stomach?—that’s your brain impacting your gut, so—naturally—the gut can do the opposite…influence the brain 38:32 – ONE antibiotic prescription can destroy more than 30% of your gut bacteria 39:37 – Get rid of Teflon pans 42:15 – The SECRET ingredient to a magical smoothie?—the avocado, it is the PERFECT food 45:22 – If you’re a coffee drinker, only drink coffee that’s been roasted recently 46:15 – Sitting in a chair all day MURDERS your metabolism 49:50 – Measure cortisol levels from saliva 50:20 – Drinking too much in the evening kills the body’s ability to reduce stress through a good night’s sleep 53:25 – Meditation is a great tool for lowering your resting heart rate 54:02 – Talking about MUSE 54:18 – Sleep is paramount for peak human performance 56:10 – Seriously consider purchasing an air purifier for your bedroom 57:24 – Avoid blue light prior to bed 59:00 – Biohacking always starts with intention 59:50 – If you want to stack the odds in your favor during the game of life, biohacking is the way to do it

Key Points:

Biohacking is the master key to unlocking every secret of your potential. You are NOT what you eat, you are what you ABSORB. Antibiotics are obviously important to human healthy, but be cognizant that 1 standard prescription is enough to wipe out 30% of your gut bacteria.

Resources Mentioned:

Spacious – A company that is converting empty restaurants into co-working spaces Biohacking Book – Buy a great book in biohacking (Discount code LESSDOING) Data Wallet – If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em—an app that lets people sell their data Message Us – A service that allows people to message any business Open Test – Seamless screen and mic recording for Chrome How to make good decisions – From Barking up the Wrong Tree, an article on strategic decision making

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Could You Ask Your Mom to Mortgage Her House? - Episode #222 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jun 16, 2016 46:10

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In Episode #222 Ari and Nick interview Daymond John, a former Shark Tank SHARK who built his first business on $300k in clothing orders that he had no capital to fill. After convincing his mother to mortgage her house to get the cash required, Daymond has turned that initial investment into multiple businesses, TV engagements, and speaking appearances. Tune in to hear why you need to fail small, fast, and often; why being broke drives your creativity; and why you need to be setting hard goals.

Time-stamped Show Notes

13:35 - Welcoming Daymond to the show 13:50 - How Daymond got started in design 15:31 - Growing up in New York meant he engaged with the clothes people were wearing as part of street culture 16:20 - He started selling on the street in Queens 17:00 - “People in New York are very blunt...you get a lot of feedback” 17:30 - Daymond was funded by asking his mother to mortgage her house 18:00 - Failed several times because of evaporating capital - and picked up again and again 18:20 - Placed his T-shirts in rap videos - around 20 videos in 2 years - and started building up the brand 19:20 - He didn’t have money to finance his orders initially 19:55 - Daymond had $300k in orders before his mother mortgaged the house 20:50 - “She was putting a lot on the line...but she felt that her risk was not that great” 21:45 - How did Daymon start understanding the financials of business? 22:25 - Took out an ad in the New York Times looking for strategic partners - and had a reply from Samsung 22:57 - “I made big mistakes” 23:40 - It all goes back to proof of concept - you need to show people that you’re consistent 24:30 - “The power of broke” - Nick decided to limit his money in order to push himself to make Calvin work 25:45 - Daymond’s current mentor is Jay Abraham 26:43 - What can you do for your mentors? Ask yourself how you can serve the people you want to connect with 27:25 - Mentors can be people younger than yourself 27:55 - How does Daymond channel the power of broke now that he’s successful? 30:10 - How’s Daymond spending most of his time right now? 30:35 - Shooting and promoting Shark Tank takes around 3 months of a year - the rest of the time Daymond spends speaking or running his own companies 32:05 - “The reason we buy into a company of Shark Tank is first of all the people” 33:00 - Daymond recently invested in food products - a total departure from his usual technology or fitness interests 34:50 - The Pavlok’s recent appearance on TV 37:45 - “I’ve seen some sharks purchase things that I would never touch in my life” 38:40 - It takes the right person at the right time with the right vision 41:03 - What’s the biggest lesson that Daymond’s learnt in business? 41:28 - “Fail quick, fail small, and fail fast” Take small steps, get proof of concept, and learn 41:50 - Top 3 Tips For Being More Effective Trust your gut Surround yourself with like-minded people; find mentors Set goals 43:15 - Find out more about Daymond at his website

Key Points:

Your mentors don’t have to be flashy - connect with people around you who know what they’re doing Fail fast, fail small, and learn from your mistakes Set hard goals and hold yourself accountable Ask yourself how you can serve the people you want to connect with

Resources Mentioned:

Omni - On-demand storage and delivery FOMO - Why FOMO comes from sadness Is Popcorn Good For You? Tracks - Stories that make you run The Art of Less Doing on Thunderclap Noah Kagan is meeting people for lunch GBoard - The new Google keyboard

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"We Don't Treat Diseases, We Support Systems" - Episode #221 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jun 9, 2016 47:34

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In Episode #221 Ari and Nick share an interview with Dr. Anthony Beck - an expert on functional medicine and wellness who helps people to optimize the way their body works. Tune in to hear exactly why the latest health fad didn’t work for you, the 6 input factors that affect your health, and why light and love might help you to optimize your body for Iron Man.

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13:26 - Welcoming Dr. Anthony Beck to the show 14:03 - Anthony works in functional medicine - a branch of medicine that looks at the whole body and its interconnections 15:15 - A functional medicine approach supports the body’s own systems instead of treating symptoms 16:43 - “We don’t treat diseases, we support systems” 17:30 - What are the indicators to look for? 18:40 - “You can’t expect to get well in the same environment you got sick” 18:48 - Anthony looks 6 factors: food, water, air, light, sound, EMF 20:45 - Focus on how you’re functioning 21:50 - All consulting is done remotely 22:50 - Consultations are offered online and sample kits are delivered to patients 24:40 - You don’t just need to focus on data - focus on learning a patient’s story 26:50 - “You don’t hear the bad stuff” 28:24 - Anthony’s background is in sports medicine 30:31 - Everybody’s body is different - everybody’s system is different. 31:25 - People produce energy from different sorts of food - some people need carbs, some people need fats, depending on how fast they oxidize input 34:32 - “You can get advice from anyone...you can only get expertise from certain people” 35:05 - Anthony charges $885 for a first consultation 37:54 - Sleep - Anthony gets 9 hours of sleep a night 40:04 - “No one is static - the seasons are going to change how your body is fueled” 42:14 - “Food is fuel and it’s information” 42:45 - It takes a lot of energy to turn food into you - those things become us 44:20 - There is no one-size-fits-all solution - all the possible solutions work differently for different people 46:00 - Search to find what works for you 46:21 - Top 3 Tips For Being More Effective Get in the sunshine - we’re beings of light Eat a varied diet of single-source foods Love - Get your mind and emotions in order 47:15 - Find out more about Anthony at his website

Key Points:

Get in the sunshine. Ground yourself. Everyone’s body has its own story - don’t expect solutions to work equally for different people We aren’t static. What used to keep you healthy might not work anymore. The body’s systems are all connected. To be well, you need to support all of your body’s systems

Resources Mentioned:

Heimlich Finally Uses Famed Manoeuvre Slack Alert - A physical alert button for Slack Loverino - Transcribes audio and lets you search for keywords Google Inbox - a Gmail overlay to help you reach Inbox Zero Vidzy - Make gift-giving quick and simple

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

She Spent $65K on Someone Who Did Nothing - Episode #220 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jun 1, 2016 27:59

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In Episode #220 Ari and Nick share a ton of useful links, as well as an interview with Linda Formichelli - author of How to Do It All - While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. Linda’s an effective delegator who’s passionate about helping people regain control of their time. Listen in to hear Linda’ top tips for time management, how to zero in on your core competency, and why you need to stop making excuses and start doing things.

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09:30 - Nick and Ari have launched a HeroX Campaign with a prize for the best automation 10:20 - They’re also writing a book on outsourcing using Book In A Box 10:35 - Welcoming Linda to the show 10:56 - Wrote the book in response to the people who were saying “don’t do it all” 11:37 - Time management and attitude management skills 12:03 - Women have a cultural narrative directed at them telling them to slow down 12:35 - “Don’t expect your family to support you” 13:30 - Don’t set prerequisites for getting started - just do it 14:22 - Linda outsources many aspects of her life, from taxes to blog posting to cleaning 15:12 - “Figure out what you do best and outsource the rest’ 16:22 - You have more time than you think you do 17:11 - Ari and Nick started Less Doing on zero dollars 17:38 - Linda’s core competency is writing 18:50 - Linda made mistakes when she started outsourcing 19:16 - She spent $6500 on someone who did almost nothing 19:00 - Linda employs virtual assistants to help her 20:12 - Start tracking your time - it’s the first step to doing more 20:50 - Analyze and optimize your schedule 21:20 - Other people can do the things you do 22:00 - 168 Hours - book by Laura Vanderkam 23:10 - Linda moved from Slavic linguistics to entrepreneurship 23:50 - She built her first website with an HTML book she found in a phone booth 24:45 - Linda’s working on two books: about control, and about ‘doing it anyway’ 25:30 - What are the main excuses people have for not doing things? 25:52 - Top 3 Tips For Being More Effective Come to terms with the fact that if you’re middle-class, you have enough of everything Outsource everything Track your time and analyze your schedule 27:15 - Find out more about Linda at How To Do It All

 

Key Points:

Figure out what you do best, and outsource the rest. You have more time than you think you do. Analyze your schedule and find ways to make it more efficient. Don’t expect anyone to support you - get started on your own terms.

 

Resources Mentioned:

How To Do It All - Linda’s book The Renegade Writer - Linda’s blog How to Make Life Spectacular - Article from Barking Up The Wrong Tree Why Parents Don't Like Their Kid's Boyfriends and Girlfriends - Article from Fatherly Chaos is Good for Cognition - Article from Fatherly Reply Up - Automatically send follow-up emails Vidrack - Embed videos from fans in your website

 

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Testosterone is Important for More Than Sex - Episode #219 - The Less Doing Podcast

May 25, 2016 38:37

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In Episode #219 Ari and Nick share an interview with Sara Gottfried, author of The Hormone Cure. Listen in to hear about how hormone levels affect your mood, health, and energy - and how you can leverage your hormones to improve your life.

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03:30 - Nick’s latest project has involved using the development platform of Zapier 05:40 - The Less Doing bootcamp has some exciting changes coming up - sign up to the Less Doing newsletter to find out more 06:45 - The flat rate for VA services is now $129 each month, including 5 free hours 07:40 - When you sign up for VA services, you’ll gain unlimited free calls to our Less Doing service 09:15 - Interview with Sara Gottfried 09:50 - Hormones are extremely significant in our lives 10:20 - “Stress is the small hinge that swings big doors” 10:57 - If you’re stressed all the time, your stress hormones will be in overproduction 12:05 - “Testosterone is important. It’s not just linked to sex drive, it’s linked to all kinds of energy.” 13:45 - Many hormones act as neurotransmitters as well as carrying messages to different parts of your body 15:10 - “The body does best when it’s nudged, not shoved” 16:10 - The steps (in order of severity) to improving hormone balance: Changing how you eat, move, think and supplement Take proven botanical therapies in the short term Bio-identical hormones, in small doses and in the short term 18:03 - Addressing root causes is essential to developing robust health 19:40 - There are plenty of ways to get your hormones in balance without using bio-identical hormones 21:00 - When’s the best time to do a base case for hormone levels? 24:00 - How about ageing? What are ideal hormone levels as you get older? 25:30 - Everyone’s bodies are adjusted to different levels 26:50 - How does sex affect hormone levels? 27:50 - Orgasm raises testosterone and reduces cortisol in both men and women 29:55 - It also helps to balance the thyroid 31:00 - In Daoist philosophy, there is a focus on sexual plateaus rather than sudden climaxes 34:00 - Women are used to squeezing a lot of benefit from a small amount of oxytocin 34:50 - What foods are good for helping to balance hormones? 35:30 - Napa cabbage and crustaceans are great for balancing zinc and copper 36:00 - Cutting sugar is one of the best steps you can take to balancing your hormones 38:00 - Find more information at The Hormone Cure

 

Resources Mentioned:

CodeGophers - Programming tasks completed in 48 hours The Hormone Cure - Sara's Book

  

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Propanolol For Anxiety and Fear? - Episode #218 - The Less Doing Podcast

May 18, 2016 29:01

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In Episode #218 Ari and Nick share a load of fascinating links, useful tools, and the latest wins and hacks from Less Doing.

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23:30 - Ari and Nick have created a hack that automatically generates trello cards when a client records an audio message on his phone 24:50 - Created a hack to take information automatically from Stripe to Chargify 26:05 - The flat rate for VA services is now $129 for 5 hours 27:33 - Ari and Nick have started playing with GrowSumo to manage affiliate partnerships 28:00 - Creating a hack to link Zapier to Toggl

Resources Mentioned:

Lydia - Pay people in Slack Bintel - Pull business intelligence information into Slack chats Treat Fear With a Pill - Propanolol is being prescribed to manage anxiety and phobias A Bitter Pill - A fecal microbiota pill for people with chronic gut problems Hubbr - Add a chat channel to a Trello board Sherbit - Pull in data from 50 sources to give you actionable information The DUTCH Method - An hormone test that you can do at home Pomoslack - Run a Pomodoro timer in Slack Baubax - A travel jacket with a built-in inflatable neck pillow and eye mask Two Hour Marathon - Using sports science to break the two-hour marathon barrier The Next AI Is No AI - AI is becoming more and more integrated

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Meet U.S. Army General Jefforey Smith, Deputy Commander at Fort Bragg - Episode #217 - The Less Doing Podcast

May 12, 2016 32:21

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In Episode #217 Ari and Nick interview General Jefforey Smith. General Smith is Deputy Commander at Fort Bragg - one of the USA’s most significant military bases and home to 90,000 people. Listen in as General Smith breaks down what’s involved in managing a military base, long-term strategic planning, and how to communicate a sense of purpose.

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11:27 – Welcoming General Smith to the show 12:01 – General Smith’s 32-year military career 12:31 – Being a general at Fort Bragg is similar to being the mayor of a small city 13:34 – What does a typical day look like? 14:07 – Around 80-90,000 people live and work in Fort Bragg 14:52 – General Smith spends around 30% of time on strategic planning and infrastructure 15:55 – Right now General Smith is focusing on planning a deployment 16:30 – Decisions include healthcare, infrastructure management, traffic, and capital investment in addition to military duties 18:30 – Mostly employ a civilian workforce rather than military engineers 19:15 – Fort Bragg is like army’s 911 - they can deploy almost anywhere within 18 hours 21:14 – The garrison command and staff remain on the base even if other units are deployed 22:00 – Ari: “How do you manage your projects and communicate with everyone?” 22:31 – You must have principles that you live and work by. 23:00 – “Activity, nutrition, and sleep are the triad that allow you to maintain performance in a consistent and enduring way.” 23:55 – “Sleep is generally the weakest link for most people” 24:30 – Running an organization starts with vision: the leader has to have a vision, and a reason for existing, that they can communicate to the people in their organization 25:50 – If you have a strong why, the how and what become less challenging 26:45 – Individuals within a company can have an entrepreneurial spirit - even if they aren’t running a startup 27:50 – What processes is General Smith using to organize and plan strategy? 28:30 – “We use the same strategic management software as any private company” 29:29– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Focus on the most important things Have some kind of routine that helps you be in control of your life Have a balanced life. Make sure you have a way to recharge.

 

Key Points:

Being a general on a military base is like managing a small city: there’s a lot of strategic planning and management as well as military duties Have principles that you live and work by. When you know why you’re doing something, and can communicate that vision, you’ll be effective. Maintain routines - exercise, sleep, and good nutrition - that keep you in control of your health and your life Focus on getting the most important things done Cultivate an entrepreneurial attitude, even if you work within an organization

Resources Mentioned:

Dropbox: Project Infinite - View and edit everything from your computer without syncing it Exist - Aggregate data from all your health tracking devices Microsoft Flow - Create automations between various services Lead Dyno - Manage affiliate programmes

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

“All Psychiatric Illnesses are Not Single or Simple Disorders” - Episode #216 - The Less Doing Podcast

May 4, 2016 40:58

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In Episode #216 Ari interviews Dr Daniel Amen: the man who’s scanned more brains than anyone else in the world. Daniel’s a psychiatrist with a background in medical imaging who believes that the health of your brain is physical, social, and spiritual as well as mental. He’s the author of The 7 Types of ADD, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. Tune in to learn more about Daniel’s work, and find out how to make your brain function better.

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15:22 – Welcoming Daniel to the show 15:43 – Daniel was an infantry medic in Vietnam and retrained as an x-ray technician 16:16 – Was inspired by the potential of psychiatry to change people’s lives 17:20 – Has developed a database of 120,000 brain scans 17:27 – “You’re not stuck with the brain you have...you can make it better” 19:00 – How large a part of Daniel’s process is the Spec Scan? 20:20 – Health is physical, mental, social and spiritual 21:20 – Psychiatry needs to look at damage to the brain as a physical organ 22:20 – “I originally trained as a marital therapist” 23:30 – Daniel scanned the brains of his most troubled couple: “It helped so much” 24:30 – Many problems have physical causes - for instance, toxoplasmosis 25:30 – “We should be analysing and rehabilitating criminals...let’s invest in making people effective” 26:26 – Daniel started looking at ADD when he was a child psychiatrist 27:30 – “All psychiatric illnesses are not single or simple disorders” - like physical symptoms, they have multiple causes and need different treatments 30:20 – “Everybody’s ADD is different” 30:45 – “I don’t like fighting with people...my colleagues hate what I’m doing and it used to really trouble me.” 32:00 – What’s Daniel’s treatment methodology? 33:20 – Treatments range from nutrition supplements, to education, to medication 35:58 – How much of Daniel’s work is corrective and how much is optimisation? 37:05 – Daniel and his wife are starting a new course: “The Brain Warrior’s Way” 39:09 – “We’d love to see entrepreneurs get really serious about the health of their brains” 30:20– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Improve the quality of your decisions Never let yourself get hungry Make sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night Visit the Amen Clinics website for more information

Key Points:

When your brain is healthy, you are healthy Health is simultaneously physical, social, mental, and spiritual: ‘mental illness’ can have physical or social causes You can make your brain function better by making the right decisions: fight to keep it healthy with good nutrition, sleep, and stimulation Psychiatric illness, like physical illness, is complicated: different treatments work for different people

Resources Mentioned:

Tab Snooze - Make open tabs go away until you need them Get See Note - The Post-It note, upgraded with e-Ink Ummo - Track and improve your public speaking The world's first co-working space Smooch - Automate responses and customer support Front App - Aggregate all your messages to one collaborative inbox

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Know When to Stop if You Want to be Successful - Episode #215 - The Less Doing Podcast

Apr 27, 2016 34:50

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In Episode #215 Ari interviews Rodney King, creator of Crazy Monkey Defense - a modern system of self-defense and mindful living. The personal skills and attitudes Rodney learned from martial arts took him from the streets of Johannesburg to success. Listen as Ari and Rodney discuss mindfulness on the mat, and how the lessons of fortitude, resilience, and non-aggression can create success in business.

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13:53 – Welcoming Rodney to the show 14:21 – Crazy Monkey Defense is a modern self-defense lifestyle brand 14:55 – Designed to help people to take on the martial arts of everyday life 15:40 – Incorporates elements from multiple systems and Rodney’s own experience 17:10 – Teaches de-escalation as well as effective self-defense 18:22 – De-escalation through body language 20:00 – “Nobody wants to get into a fight” 21:00 – A hyper-aggressive approach to self-defense is dangerous - it’s best to get out 21:50 – “Martial arts is about restraint” 22:30 – “Knowing when to stop is important in every part of your life” 23:00 – “Killer instinct is unhelpful both in martial arts and in the business world” 24:10 – It’s important to have a Zen mind - to be calm instead of emotional 25:10 – Accept how you are feeling, put it aside, and move toward your goals 25:55 – Rodney grew up in the south of Johannesburg 26:30 – Was kicked out of his house at the age of 17 27:05 – “I’ve always been pretty self-aware...I decided to choose my path and choose my attitude” 28:00 – Martial arts training developed resilience and fortitude for Rodney 28:45 – Decided to teach people how to bring the internal skills from martial arts into their leadership and their life 30:20– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Your story is what holds you back: change the story you tell yourself Practise mindfulness Just because you feel or think a certain way, doesn’t define the outcome Visit Rodney's website or Full Contact Living for more information

 

Key Points:

Accept how you’re feeling. There are no negative emotions - every emotion has a role. Accept what’s happening inside you, remain calm, and keep moving towards your goals. Be mindful of the story you’re telling yourself. Change the story and you’ll change your outcomes. You are always free to choose your attitude and your reaction to a situation. Exercise that freedom. Practice restraint. Don’t be controlled by aggression, either in martial arts or in business.

Resources Mentioned:

Scatter Dot - Share an image in Slack and point to it synchronously or asynchronously Notarize - Visit a notary digitally How To Tell If Someone Is Lying PaperJet - Automatically creates fillable forms from PDF documents SkipLino - Skip the line at restaurants and venues Halo Neuro - Increase athletic performance by rewiring your brain Nexar - A dashcam app that records events

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

“Nailing Strategy Can Cover Up Execution Flaws” - Episode #214 - The Less Doing Podcast

Apr 20, 2016 35:24

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In Episode #214 Ari welcome Vern Harnish - founder of EO, CEO of Gazelles, and author of Scaling Up. Vern’s a strategic planning expert who helps companies to scale up successfully. Listen in as Ari and Vern discuss delegation, hyper-focus, and how ‘scale-ups’ are going to replace ‘start-ups’ as drivers of business.

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16:28 – Welcoming Vern to the show 16:50 – CEO of Gazelles - a firm that helps growing firms to scale up 18:20 – “Nailing strategy can cover a lot of execution flaws” 19:20 – “I would define ‘scaling’ as growing at 20% to 100% per year” 20:00 – “We look at 4 scale areas: talent, strategy, execution and practice 20:40 – Communication and execution are the main challenges 22:20 – “What’s the biggest problem people face when they can’t scale?” 22:40 – CEOs should spend 4 of 5 days on market-facing activities 23:30 – Talented people often struggle to delegate. People can’t let go. 24:30 – “We’re big on gamifying companies” 24:50 – Currently working on 4 books 25:30 – “We want to create the Techstars for scale-ups” 26:25 – “Most people’s creativity increases hugely as they age” 27:05 – “I think we’ll see a move from start-ups to scale-ups” 29:00 – “Become the absolute expert in your niche - you need to hyper-specialise” 29:45 – Scaling-up doesn’t have to be about reaching more people - you can focus more tightly and become the absolute master in your field 31:52– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: The most leverage comes from people...write down the 25 people that you absolutely need to get on board with your project and start working that list Find the tone or two words that you need to own in the mind of the market Read Eli Goldratt’s book The Goal Visit com for free personal plans and strategic planning help

 

Key Points:

Hyper-focus. Find a niche you can absolutely dominate, and own it. Scaling doesn’t have to mean going broader. Work on your company, not in your company. Learn to delegate, automate, and outsource so that you can focus on strategy and expansion. Your biggest leverage point is people. Write down the people you need behind you, and work on that list.

Resources Mentioned:

Pop Slate 2 - An iPhone case that turns the back of your phone into a 2nd screen Nadi - An outfit that corrects your form in real time during exercise No More Voice Mail - An app to keep your voice mail box empty Card Form - Build a blog from Trello Dieterest - Text-based diet coach

 

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Original Music provided by Felix Bird Audio Production by Chris Mottram Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

"Meetings are a Festival to Avoid Responsibility - Episode #213 - The Less Doing Podcast

Apr 13, 2016 41:11

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In Episode #213 Ari welcomes Seth Godin, a man who needs no introduction. (Find his blog by typing “Seth G” into Google.) Seth’s a bestselling author, speaker, thinker and doer. Listen as he and Ari talk about becoming more productive, why bigger isn’t better, and how to move past your fear and start doing the work.

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14:30 – Welcoming Seth to the show 15:41 – “Where we live is a state of mind” 17:40 – Eliminate meetings 19:30 – “Meetings are a festival to avoid responsibility” 21:10 – Don’t be busy to be busy 21:50 – “It can be entirely appropriate to be a meaningful specific” 23:00 – “Just because it’s important to you, doesn’t mean it should be on my agenda” 23:20 – Seth writes every day 24:50 – Writing forces you to have a point of view. That makes you meaningful. 25:50 – “A freelancer gets paid when she works. An entrepreneur builds a business bigger than herself” 27:00 – Seth is currently a freelancer - “I do all the work I get paid for” 27:40 – “You can’t do both at once...decide what you’re good at” 31:10 – “It doesn’t scale - so what? Bigger doesn’t have to be better” 33:10 – Seth sees his job as noticing and engaging with patterns 34:30 – “I’m always writing with my head and sometimes I’m writing with my fingers” 35:20 – Productivity tips help. But 90% is merely doing the work. 37:40– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Commit to ongoing education. Learn how to engage, connect, think and speak. Create a culture around you that reinforces the effectiveness you seek. Commit to strategy, not tactics. sethgodin.com

 

Key Points:

Entrepreneurs create something bigger than themselves. Freelancers turn themselves into something big. You can’t be both at once. Do the work. Write every day. Learn how to connect, engage, and make change happen. It’s as simple - simple, not easy - as that Eliminate meetings. Communicate by email or one-on-one. Look for truth, even when it’s difficult and frightening. Notice the world. Decide what kind of person you want to be.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Enflux - A suit that gives real-time feedback on your workout form Cola - A text app that lets you carry out tasks like surveys - in one message Video Slam - Make a movie from photos and videos in your camera roll Keezel - Access American web content when you’re out of the country The Leader - Feedback on satisfaction and leadership If You're A Real Grownup Minivans Are Cool - Article from Jalopnik Deep Gram - Transforms transcription by letting you search audio files for keywords

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There is No One-Size-Fits-All Health Solution - Episode #212 - The Less Doing Podcast

Apr 6, 2016 58:50

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In Episode #212 Ari welcomes Jason Wachob, the founder of mindbodygreen, and the author of a new book called Wellth. Jason’s an ex-trader and entrepreneur whose practice of yoga sparked his passion for wellness. Listen as Jason and Ari talk about how to maintain health and happiness in your life.

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33:45 – Welcoming Jason to the show 34:10 – mindbodygreen - a health and wellness site 34:40 – Jason left his job as a trader to become an entrepreneur 35:25 – Became very unwell running his startup: started practising yoga 37:10 – Sparked an interest in wellness 38:00 – Led to the launch of mindbodygreen 38:30 – A literary agent contacted Jason about a book 40:20 – He wrote every time he flew and slowly built up enough words 41:40 – What’s in Wellth? 42:30 – Wanting to refocus people on health and happiness 43:50 – Health and nutrition is incredibly important 44:20 – There’s no one-size-fits-all health solution for everyone 45:30 – Rigidity isn’t sustainable 46:40 – In this culture people want to be told what to do - it doesn’t work 47:50 – It’s important to ground yourself in the natural world 50:00 – We think about soulmates all wrong 55:00 – A soulmate is never going to complete you - just make you a little better 56:30– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Listen to your intuition. Your gut will never fail you. Find some kind of stress reduction practice that works for you. Prioritise the things you’re passionate about wellth.mindbodygreen.com

 

Key Points:

Wellness is holistic. Mind, body, relationships, nutrition and the environment are all connected to each other. Follow your passion. It will make your happier than doing anything else. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to having a healthy life. Commit to finding what makes you well and happy.

 

Resources Mentioned:

com - A new virtual credit card for every site you sign up for Craft the Perfect Productivity Playlist Calvin - App to make scheduling your social life a cinch coffee - Custom ground and roasted coffee Boom - The fastest aeroplane ever Slack API - A conversational Slack bot iOS Night Shift - A slightly less jarring nighttime screen How Often Do You Need To Shower? - Against daily showering The Secrets of Being Productive - Analysing the self-help genre

 

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Write a Goal for Every Day - Episode #211 - The Less Doing Podcast

Mar 30, 2016 33:12

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Episode 211

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In Episode #211 Ari welcomes Catherine Lavery, co-creator of the SELF journal - a mindfulness and planning journal with tens of thousands of backers - to the podcast. Listen as Ari and Catherine talk about goal-setting that works, managing to-do lists and how to achieve the things you want to .

Time Stamped Show Notes:

17:15 – Welcoming Catherine to the show 17:30 – The Self Journal - a 13-week goal planner 18:20 – A means of breaking down a goal into steps and tracking performance 19:00 – Focus on one thing at a time 19:40 – Catherine’s own goal-setting 20:20 – Taking a huge goal and breaking it down into daily tasks 21:50 – How do you choose the right goal for that framework? 22:30 – Find an emotional connection to your goal - how will it affect your life? 23:30 – The journal: write your goal every day and set targets 24:00 – Writing wins at the end of a day 24:40 – At the end of the week, reflecting on the goal and progress 25:20 – Catherine’s journal page for today 27:30 – The importance of checking in, morning and evening 28:36 – What’s next? An app? 29:00 – Developing products to complement the journal 29:50– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Ask yourself how each ‘to-do’ relates to getting where you want to be Know what’s draining for you and what’s energising Look at what you’ve achieved bestself.co

 

Key Points:

Work on one goal at a time, and constantly check in with how you’re getting there Understand why you want to achieve your goal. What difference will it make in your life? If you don’t have an emotional connection it’s easy to give up. Look at what you’ve achieved as well as what’s left to do. Goals become achievable when you break them into daily tasks.

 

Resources Mentioned:

SELF Journal - Journal designed by Catherine to help people achieve their goals Watch Your Mind For 5 Minutes - Mindfulness article from Barking up the Wrong Tree People making a living from content sharing Trim - Manage and cancel subscriptions by text Recharge - Book free hotel rooms by the hour Prompt App - A bot for everything, controlled via text

 

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Special Episode - Be The Brick Breaker

Mar 23, 2016 19:40

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Sorry Team, no notes this week :(

The Easiest Way to Raise Status is with Celebrity - Episode #209 - The Less Doing Podcast

Mar 16, 2016 29:55

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In Episode #209 Ari welcomes Clint Arthur, the CEO of Statusfactory and author of ‘Performance’. Listen as Clint and Ari discuss the importance of status for entrepreneurs, how to manufacture celebrity, and why being more entertaining is the best business strategy.

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14:20 – Introduction of Clint Arthur 14:38 – What is Statusfactory? 14:59 – To be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to be perceived as high status 15:22 – The easiest way to raise status is with celebrity 16:05 – Raising status with speaking engagements 17:15 – Clint’s background 17:50 – Meeting Donald Trump 18:10 – Using celebrity as a tool to appear to be a thought leader 18:40 – How do you sell a book? Get on TV 19:40 – Start with tiny cities and work your way up 21:50 – Booking his own publicity 22:40 – Appearing on the Today show 23:04 – You can work up to big markets, as long as you have the right formula 23:50 – Clint’s pitch email for his appearance was the best one ever sent to Less Doing 24:14 – ‘Performance’ 25:20 – The skills that help you on TV, webseries, and presentations 26:03 – ‘Performance’ is about how to be entertaining in everything you do 41:36– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Realze that you need to be in showbiz Talk louder: it conveys energy Choose a costume that sends the right message clintarthur.tv

3 Key Points:

The best way to be trusted is to be perceived as high status. If you want to be famous, start with small appearances and work your way up. If you’re in business, be in show business. Always be performing.

Resources Mentioned:

The Jolly Roger Telephone Company: An entertaining system for dealing with telemarketers. Medical Daily: A study correlating grip strength to self-control Alton Brown: The science of cooking a perfect steak Good Morning Mantras Will Automation Make Your Job Redundant?: The jobs most likely to be taken over by robots Scout: A service that allows you to send custom postcards Buy Me Once: Products that last a lifetime HDP Health: Service that provides summaries of medical research papers Law Trades: The on-demand legal service is now based on Slack Class Pass: Pay a monthly fee for unlimited studio classes in your area Get Croissant: Pay a monthly fee for up to 40 hours at multiple co-working spaces Calvin: Seriously effective scheduling app

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Break Bad Habits and Break them Now - Episode #208 - The Less Doing Podcast

Mar 9, 2016 44:43

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In Episode #208 Ari welcomes Maneesh Sethi, founder of Pavlok—a device that uses electrical shocks—to train you out of your bad habits—back to the Less Doing Podcast. Listen as Maneesh and Ari talk about the tricks of habit-forming and habit-changing, as well as how strategically formed habits can be the foundation of a more productive life.

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22:57 – Introduction of Maneesh 23:28 – Explanation of Pavlok 24:56 – How aversion works - training the reptile brain 26:07 – Reducing cravings 26:36 - Breaking bad habits 27:15 – Forming a good habit 28:45 – It’s easier to break a bad habit than form a new one 29:40 - Using the Pavlok as a habit-forming tool 30:50 - A zapping alarm clock 31:55 – Waking up one street before you get home 32:50 - Available apps: Pavlok Break Bad Habits, and Pavlok Alarm Clock 33:50 – Having a jolt of adrenaline when you get up to put your kids to bed 35:00 – Making Pavlok work with the RescueTime app 35:34 – Gaining an hour a day is important: having the right elements in that hour doubly so 36:30 – What’s Maneesh using the app for right now? 37:00 – Getting over an ex 37:43 – An user identifying the triggers for her depression 39:20 – The zap is as much an awareness creator as an aversion trainer 40:28 – Using Pavlok with someone else 41:10 – Accountability partners 41:36– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Sleep on time; wake up early; eat healthily and be fit Begin forming habits in a planned way Lay out your apartment to maximize productivity 43:50 – pavlok.com/ari

3 Key Points:

You can train the reptile part of your brain to break bad habits and change thought patterns. Using aversion and interruption techniques helps to make you aware of triggers for your habits, and change them more quickly. Gaining extra time in your day is great; using that time for the right things is even better.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Gmailify – Add Gmail features to your Outlook or Hotmail accounts Make Your Life Awesome – An article from Barking Up The Wrong Tree   Juicing is Bad for You and the Earth – A great article on health from The Daily Beast 15 Things Insanely Productive People Do Differently – A different take on a hackneyed topic from Medium Smart Moderation – Moderate social media groups automatically Portia – A tool to scrape websites visually Treat – An app to help you work with a personal nutritionist Vocus – Neat tool that lets you manage complex email functions Since You've Been Gone – Delivers personalized product updates to users

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The Resiliency of the U.S. Army Ranger - Episode #207 - The Less Doing Podcast

Mar 2, 2016 53:56

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In Episode #207 Ari welcomes Jesse Yandell, an NCO and US Army Ranger who’s successfully transitioning from life as a Special Forces operator, to life as an entrepreneur. Listen as Jesse and Ari talk about what it takes to make it as an US Army Ranger, how military training is perfect for any aspiring entrepreneur, and why doing the routine things routinely is of the utmost importance.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

31:15 – Introduction of Jesse Yandell 31:45 – NCO and US Army Ranger 32:02 – What the Rangers do 33:05 – When much is given, much is expected 34:10 – The Standard—there’s no grey area…it’s pass or fail in the Special Forces 35:35 – What the Rangers specialize in? What’s their talent?—The Ranger Fire Team 37:04 – Turning fear into courage 37:55 – Jesse has done 15 tours 39:15 – Describing the week of recovery 40:50 – The resiliency of the Ranger 41:50 – The Special Forces community uses PT to handle the recovery process 43:03 – Rangers are responsible for making sure their teammates get the help they need when they need it 43:52 – You need to take your recovery as seriously as your training 44:22 – No one ever sees their own warning signs 45:00 – Do the routine things routinely 45:22 – Waking up at 5:30 AM every day 47:47 – Jesse’s Ranger Buddy in Business 48:05 – AmericanDreamU.com 49:20 – The Uncommon Human 51:00 – Don’t put yourself in a compromising situation 51:24 – Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Become confident, than become self-reliant Live with discipline and humility Maintain balance 52:25 – uncommonhuman.com

3 Key Points:

Do the routine things routinely. Understand that when much is given to you, much is expected of you. Never intentionally put yourself into a situation where you’re questioning your morals or integrity.

Resources Mentioned:

SirCa – Helps you find services and facilities along your route, regardless of your mode of transit What the Productive Won’t Do – A great article from Marc and Angel How to be a Better Parent – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree Hail Overman – A flow-state writing app that will keep you writing True Bill – Find, track, and cancel all your subscriptions in one go Workato – Like Zapier, but you’re talking to a bot to create the automation in slack Knote – Want to be creative? Don’t sleep SethGodin – An upcoming interview with Ari The Uncommon Human – Jesse’s Company

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Complex Work is What Moves Us Forward - Episode #206 - The Less Doing Podcast

Feb 24, 2016 42:26

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In Episode #206 Ari welcomes Taylor Pearson, author of The End of Jobs one of the most highly rated books of 2015. Listen as Ari and Taylor talk about our transition away from a service based economy to an entrepreneurial economy, and the monumental significance of addressing the bottlenecks in your business.

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27:44 – Introduction of Taylor 28:00 – Taylor shares his background 28:44 – The new life script thanks to automation and outsourcing 29:55 – What people can extract from Taylor’s book—The End of Jobs 30:11 – Automation and outsourcing 31:50 – Safe and secure careers are not safe and secure anymore 32:13 – There is always ONE bottleneck—if you don’t clear the limit, you’re wasting resources 35:10 – Complex work is what moves us forward—work without clear outcomes is how we find true success 35:45 – Definition is the hardest thing 36:08 – Can you figure out what’s worth doing and can you figure out how to do it? 36:29 – OmWriter 37:48 – How Taylor arranges his day 38:40 – Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Mediate Establish and hold to a morning ritual Have more structured, non-work social time 41:11 – www.TaylorPearson.me

3 Key Points:

If work is constantly creeping into all aspects of your life, establish structured social times where you can’t work. There is a bottleneck in every business—any resources you dedicate that don’t address that bottleneck are being wasted. Agrarian economy à industrial economy à service economy à we are not in the Entrepreneur Economy

Resources Mentioned:

Hack your Stress – Using sex—Yay! Lose weight with cake? – From the Washington Post, and article talking about weight loss and cake Get Movi – Gives the illusion of having multiple cameras at an event Cultivating Serendipity – Take 10 minutes to space out after finishing some intense activity Reginald – Automated passive aggressive emails Optimal Energy Measurement – From Fast Company, how to measure optimal energy Thermo – A bad ass thermometer

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"Return the Favor" - Episode #205 - The Less Doing Podcast

Feb 17, 2016 28:14

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Episode 205

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In Episode #205 Ari welcomes Geoff Woods, host of The Mentee Podcast. Listen as Geoff shares how he transitioned from employee to entrepreneur in just ten months, and his advice for improving personal efficiency and effectiveness.

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13:56 – Introduction of Geoff Woods 14:11 – What Geoff does and what he’s been doing 14:59 – You’re the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with 15:05 – The world is chalk-full of amazing people, but if they’re not living the life you want to live, they shouldn’t be giving you advice on how to get where you want to go 15:40 – Geoff talks about his media company and repurposing of content 17:15 – Still developing that systematic approach 18:05 – The first hire 18:38 – Identifying mentors that can be impactful 18:45 – Commit to yourself, your goals, and the changes necessary to get where you want to be 19:01 – Getting clear on where you need the most help is vital 19:35 – Ask yourself, who would my ideal personal guide/mentor be? 20:15 – Drawing inspiration from Jeff Hoffman founder of priceline.com 20:55 – “Return the favor” and mentor someone else 21:10 – The mentor gets more from the mentor-mentee relationship 21:45 – Coming for mentorship 22:10 – Expressing interest in the person you’d like to mentor or be mentored by 23:33 – Get in to the habit of taking action consistently 24:00 – Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: Plan with structure and priority Surrounding yourself with the right people all the time Make time for meaningful thought and meditation 26:45 – mentors.com

3 Key Points:

You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Commit to making a change and hold yourself accountable. Consistent action is the only way to facilitate success.

Resources Mentioned:

Alert – The best way to get important emails Productivity Magic Hour – They key time for productivity TrueBill – The easiest way to cancel paid subscriptions Entro – The Holy Grail of email introductions Drift Daily – The easiest way to generate new leads All Set – The easiest way to get lunch done Negative Food? – Does bad food compel us to eat more of it? Try Tara – your LIVE on-demand team SeedFeed – Crowdfunded real estate deals

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Suspend Your Ego to Succeed - Episode #204 - The Less Doing Podcast

Feb 11, 2016 37:59

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In Episode #204 Ari shares the Less Doing Podcast with speaker, writer, and coach, Shari Alexander.   Listen as Ari and Shari discuss the power of persuasion, the importance of remaining curious at heart, and why believing in someone’s values and leveraging someone’s values are not the same thing.

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21:18 – Introduction of persuasiveness coach Shari Alexander 21:30 – What a persuasiveness coach does 22:50 – Anybody can learn to be more persuasive—observe, connect, influence 23:49 – Entrepreneurial leaders are the majority of Shari’s clients 24:40 – Time, preparation, methodology 26:50 – You cannot influence somebody you’re judging 27:18 – Stay in a curious mindset like a scientist 27:46 – You cannot influence yourself into new ideas or beliefs if you’re self-flagellating 28:09 --- There is no ONE influential technique 29:05 – If you have ONE mark to hit with, you need multiple techniques—if you have multiple marks, you can use ONE technique 29:50 – Pay attention to the influential V.I.B.E.S. of somebody 30:30 – Just because you don’t believe in someone’s values, doesn’t mean you can’t leverage them 31:41 – Talking neuro-linguistic programming 34:25 – Look for patterns in body language if you’re trying to determine if they’re being honest 34:53 – Shari’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 34:58 – Suspend your ego 35:22 – We are all anchoring in emotional states with our behaviors//be what you want to see 36:13 – Words have magical powers so pay attention to what you’re saying every day 36:45 – Shari-Alexander.com

3 Key Points:

Anybody can learn to be more persuasive. Stay curious—be a scientist! If you’re judging someone, you cannot influence them or yourself.

Resources Mentioned:

How to Bootstrap Prison – An article from Entrepreneur magazine about the savviness of the incarcerated Informed Delivery – By signing up with USPS you can see what letters, packages, etc. are coming in-advance Stringify – Basically IFTTT but way more complicated Roger App – Basically a walkie-talkie app iCliniqi – An add-in for paid-slack that basically acts as an on-demand doctor Shelfie – An app for cataloguing eBooks Stacktive – Like Class Pass but on-demand and cheaper Chat by KeyReply – A free, crazy-easy-to-integrate app for inflowing chats into slack Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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"Ask Yourself 'Am I Stuck'" - Episode #203 - The Less Doing Podcast

Feb 3, 2016 34:57

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In Episode #203 Ari shares the Less Doing Podcast with Floyd Marinescu, CEO and Founder of C4Media, a media company that focuses on delivering unbiased content and information in the enterprise development community, through two main platforms, InfoQ and QCon Conferences. Listen as Ari and Floyd discuss the challenges of running a company in the virtual space, and the tricks they use to make it all work.

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12:55 – Introduction of Floyd Marinescu, CEO and Founder of C4Media 13:40 – At the age of 37, Floyd has only had eight months of in-office experience—he’s always worked virtually 14:19 – Floyd defines what C4Media does 14:45 – www.InfoQ.com 15:03 – Floyd is based in Toronto—his company is based EVERYWHERE 17:51 – Floyd’s company has yet to find a reason to pivot from Skype and Hangouts instead of Slack 18:48 – Slack doesn’t support threading really well which can be a problem 19:19 – Running a virtual company is all about understanding rhythm—without rhythm it doesn’t work 21:23 – Make your employees actively ask the question “Am I stuck?” 22:12 – When people are left alone, their productivity soars 22:55 – When you’re not forced to commute, when you’re not force to interact with co-workers merely for the sake of sustaining social norms/etiquette, your energy levels and focus remain high from sunup to sundown 24:24 – Floyd breaks down his day in detail 26:26 – If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t exist 28:31 – On-boarding and transparency are integral to the success of any business, not just a digital business 29:50 – Be bottom-up in every respect, encourage employees to self-report 33:10 – The one quality Floyd looks for in employees joining his virtual environment?—transparency and accountability 33:55 – www.InfoQ.com

5 Key Points:

Once your employees are ramped-up, give them your trust, give them autonomy. Encourage your organization to operate from the bottom-up. Transparency and accountability are the two things your employees MUST have—everything else can be taught. Never be afraid to ask yourself “Am I stuck?” and “Do I need help?” If you need your conversations stacked, don’t use Slack.

Resources Mentioned:

How to Bootstrap Prison – An article from Entrepreneur magazine about the savviness of the incarcerated The Interest in Having Children – A questionable test comparing reactivity to porn in men, and their desire to have children Beepi – A new service that makes it easier to buy and sell your car CodeDesign – a plug-in for Google Chrome to help web designers Mezi – Your personal shopping assistant Esper – How you spend your time each week OverLap – An AI scheduling assistant Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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focusing on Improving Weaknesses Is Inefficient - Episode #202 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jan 27, 2016 30:21

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In Episode #202 Ari shares the Less Doing Podcast with Mike Goldman of Performance Breakthrough, a company that helps mid-sized businesses achieve dramatic growth through leadership development, and habit/culture optimization. Listen as Ari and Mike discuss the importance of culture, core values, and the danger of over-emphasizing company strategy.

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13:01 – Introduction of Mike Goldman of Performance Breakthrough 13:18 – Mike describes his background 13:30 – First 17 years of career involved consulting for Fortune 500 companies 14:00 – How Mike got into Gazelles 15:32 – The impetus for creating the Performance Breakthrough book 17:17 – Culture eats strategy for lunch 17:43 – Finding, keeping, and leveraging A-players 18:02 – Kongo Gumi 19:14 – Creating a sustainable culture 19:52 – Define what you want your culture to look like—don’t let them evolve organically—define them early on 21:06 – Mike defines what some non-negotiable behaviors are 21:52 – The power of continuous leaning 23:18 – Are you committed to firing anyone for violating your core values? 24:00 – Are you willing to take a financial hit in order to maintain your core values? 24:15 – Are you currently practicing your core values? 25:14 – Mike talks about leveraging positives 26:28 – When you focus on being a well-rounded individual, you’re focusing on improving your weaknesses which is highly inefficient 27:18 – You’re A-Players have the greatest room for growth 28:46 – www.performance-breakthrough.com 29:22 – 201-301-2841

5 Key Points:

Don’t just absentmindedly select the core values for your business—really sit down and iron them out. Create an environment of continuous learning. To generate success and growth, focus on positives, not negatives…strengths, not weaknesses. When engineering your company culture, engineer it with sustainability in mind. Always remember that your “A-Players” are the ones with the most room for improvement.

Resources Mentioned:

SmartRope – An intelligent jump rope designed to help you optimize fitness Mummo – Helps you help people who simply are NOT tech savvy with a simple text 6 Secrets to be More Creative – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, an article with tips to improve creativity TripDelta – Guarantees the cheapest trip possible, but not the most convenient Total Recall Sounds Great – An article from I-Fing-Love-Science talking about the risks of having a memory that’s too good (aka you need to forget) Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Eventually—Your Body Will Quit on You - Episode #201 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jan 20, 2016 27:11

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In Episode #201 Ari shares the Less Doing Podcast with Max More of Alcor, a company that will put you into cold-storage—literally—through cryogenic freezing. Listen as Ari and Max talk about the scientific and philosophical challenges of cryogenics, as well as how Alcor operates as a truly “long-term” business.

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11:06 – Introduction of Max More of Alcor 11:19 – What Alcor does 12:40 – The process for preservation 12:54 – The two main parts of the Cryonic procedure—freezing and reanimation 13:42 – There is evidence that the brain is being preserved under reasonable conditions 14:01 – Electron microscopes used to analyze the health of frozen animal brains 14:29 – Medical grade anti-freeze 14:38 – Ice Crystals damage cells but do not destroy them 15:36 – Eventually, we will have a cure for aging…it’s not a question of IF but WHEN 16:52 – There are two different ways to cryo-freeze someone—the head or the whole body. 17:28 – If you want to survive and come back, most of the essentials are contained within the brain 18:35 – The gut-brain connection and Cryo-Freezing 19:30 – Creating the custom body 19:55 – Why have a brain?—Why not download the brain onto a thumb drive 21:14 – The business side of Alcor—they’re operating on a 100+ year timeline 22:01 – Already 43 years old and is a registered 501c(3) 22:22 – Given a long-enough timeline, things WILL go wrong 22:40 – There is no electricity for Alcor’s cold storage, they just need fresh liquid nitrogen 23:51 – Max’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 24:07 – Maintain a good diet 24:34 – Practice regular exercise 25:02 – Keep stress to an absolute minimum—learn how to relax 25:45 – www.alcor.org

5 Key Points:

Eventually—your body will quit on you, no matter the treatment—cryogenics is the only “live-forever” option we currently have. Good Diet + Regular Exercise – Stress = A long, Happy Life. Freezing is the easy part of cryogenics—it’s reanimation that’s proving exceedingly difficult. Are you your body, or just your brain?—it’s a highly challenging philosophical question. The way biotechnology is progressing, there will undoubtedly be cures for aging in the future.

Resources Mentioned:

How to Eat Healthy – Article from Barking Up the Wrong Tree featuring strategies to help people make better dietary decisions Good Doctors Bad for Health? – Why having an excellent healthcare professional might be counter productive 16 Excel Formulas to Change Your Life – Excel formulas that will change your life for the better Teleport – Bring your friends and family to you Evernote for Creativity – 9 ways you can use Evernote to boost your creativity Hire Peter – AI based legal services Skulpt – Measure Body Fat and Muscle Quality Virtual Interview Platform – Built to test talented coders Retracted Papers – A publishing of some oft-cited sources that have since been retracted Better Time Management – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, 5 secrets to better time management Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Advice Isn't Universal - Episode #200 - The Less Doing Podcast

Jan 13, 2016 40:31

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In Episode #200 Ari interviews Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist who studies human nature through the lens of ancestral survival and reproductive behaviors.  Listen as Ari and Geoffrey talk about the latter’s studies and experiences as a researcher in a relatively unexplored field.

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11:45 – Geoffrey joins the show. 11:53 – Evolutionary psychology is a relatively new field that studies human nature in terms of how our ancestors survived and reproduced. 13:00 – The methods of studying evolutionary psychology are varied – from studying indigenous societies to conducting online surveys. 14:20 – As an undergraduate at Columbia Geoffrey studied neuroscience and cognitive psychology, but became passionately interested in evolutionary psychology instead. 15:44 – Geoffrey studied lap dancers and found that they earned more money in tips when they’re just about to ovulate. The study won the Ig Noble Prize in 2008 for economics. 17:12 – Unfortunately, the exact reasons for the increase in tips is unknown. 17:55 – The lap dancers in the study were consistent in experience. Geoffrey is confident that it wasn’t a superficial change that changed their earnings. 19:02 – There is evidence that suggests that women become more competitive with the same-sex before ovulation. 19:40 – Research has found that women who use a contraceptive pill to eliminate their cycle earn on average 15-20K less than women who don’t. 20:45 – Geoffrey advises people to pay attention to the correlation between bio cycles and productivity. 21:39 – Women may be able to use their cycles to their advantage – by being more productive or competitive during certain times of the month. 23:39 – Geoffrey thinks that the emphasis on the contraceptive pill for women is an unusual American phenomenon. He’s not an expert but he would recommend the IUD. 24:37 – Often times negative consequences can occur from messing with bodily hormones. 25:33 – The Mating Ground was designed to help single men find a partner with a scientific approach that was also practical and actionable. 27:44 – Geoffrey recommends that all young men should scope out gender ratios and cultures when moving to an unfamiliar area such as for college or work. 30:56 – Geoffrey recommends that young men should make their dating life an extension of their social life. 32:00 – Geoffrey’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective      32:09 – Know yourself – your mental strengths and weaknesses. Take advice that is well suited for your personal suits and strengths. 33:29 – Don’t delude yourself about why you’re doing things. 35:48 – A lot of men are handicapped in the personal style and grooming department. 37:50 – Geoffrey discusses a study on a woman’s perception of a man wearing certain shoes.

4 Key Points:

Humans are heavily influenced by biological processes such as ovulation. Evolutionary psychologists study behavior that stems from how our ancestors survived and reproduced.    Advice isn’t always universal – types of advice work more effectively for certain types of people. One of the biggest deficiencies in American single men today in attracting women is paying attention to personal style and being well groomed. Young men should make their dating life an extension of their social life instead of treating the two separately.

Resources Mentioned:

Endurance - A small app that boosts your Mac's battery by 20% App Content Analytics by Branch - Figure out which app content drives installs Snitcher - See which companies are visiting your website Wine Clubs by Winestyr - The best small-production wines delivered to your door Neyya - A smart ring connected to your phone ThinkYum - Meal planning has never been easier Bellmetric Conversion Platform - Identify when visitors need a little nudge SONA - Connected bracelet for mind and body Time Article - Doctors Find ‘Crystal Ball for Childhood Cancer’ in Gene Study  Noke - World's First Keyless Bluetooth Padlock  Flicks – Cordless projector Tech Crunch - Apixio’s New Iris Platform Uses Your Doctor’s Notes To Derive Insights  Medical Daily - Uber Health Brings Flu Shots To Your Doorstep: From Taxi Service To House Calls  Werd - Survival Laces  uCella - The smartest package & delivery mailbox Sketchboard for Slack - Digital team whiteboard for visual communication on Slack The Telegraph - Men eat more food when they are trying to impress women, study finds Greatist - The Best Yoga Poses When You Feel Super Full IFL Science - The Science Of Hypnosis Threads.io - Trigger automated behavior-driven emails (by SendGrid). Clutch - Monthly subscription for car rentals Make your own Jeans - Affordable ($59-$79) custom made Jeans Join the Box - Everything you need to start a subscription business. Lead to SMS - From your site's contact form to your phone Saffron Drift - Remove the blue light from TV that keeps you awake Poppi – Concept Airline Dine - Simplify Your Search for the Perfect Restaurant  Business Insider - Programmer automates his job Time Study - Simply Eating Walnuts May Improve Your Diet Overall Booking.js by Timekit - Make a beautiful embeddable booking widget in minutes.  Peel Glass - The ultimate iPhone screen protector. Cloudetect - Discover your essential documents buried in the clouds Highbrow 2.0 - Bite-sized courses delivered to your inbox every morning Shoppable for Chrome - Universal checkout for everything online Toky for Business - Receive calls from your website UbiMeet - Save time preparing for and running more productive meetings Airinum - An urban breathing mask for the 21st century Neverdrop iPhone Case - The iPhone case you'll never drop Brik Book - A LEGO laptop case FaceMatch - Get to know your colleagues, integrated with Slack  ilos - Ridiculously simple screen recording The 7 Second Diet - The meal tracking app that takes seconds a day Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

 

Episode #199 - With Chip Franks of Joe Volunteer

Jan 6, 2016 36:59

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In Episode #199 Ari interviews Chip Franks, a real estate entrepreneur who co-founded Joe Volunteer, a project that aims to increase the number of volunteers helping anywhere in the world.  Listen as Ari and Chip discuss how Joe Volunteer plans to better connect volunteers and charitable organizations.

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16:16 – Frank joins the show. 16:25 – Chip takes care of three children with his wife Laura and owns a real estate company. 18:12 – Volunteering locations vary widely in the need for volunteers. 19:23 – Joe Volunteer is an app on which organizations can ask for volunteers for their events. 20:03 – Joe Volunteer is undergoing beta testing in the Austin, Texas area to work out bugs. 21:26 – There’s a crowdfunding campaign and IndieGogo fundraiser to further develop the app. 22:26 – The idea for Joe Volunteer began when Joe Polish mentioned that such a service would be useful during one of his podcast episodes. 24:33 – Chip heard the idea and decided to put it into action. 25:34 – Chip talks about his daily routine which he begins at 5 am. 28:14 – Chip uses the Headspace app and Anthony Robbins routines to meditate. 29:27 – Ari and Chip talk about the advantages of waking up early in the morning. 30:42 – Financial independence or a business that generates money by itself is a personal goal for Chip. 32:12 – Chip’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 32:14 – Think about your big ‘why.’ To become great, find a way to serve the many. 33:02 – Begin and continue a self-development project – one to act as a constant reminder to improve on oneself. 35:02 – Develop your very own daily practice. Do something physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally for yourself every day. Chip tries to do one kind act for another human being once a day. 35:32 – The best way to keep up with Chip’s project, Joe Volunteer, is to sign up to be a volunteer on the website.

 

4 Key Points:

The supply of volunteers varies widely for organizations – Joe Volunteer aims to provide potential volunteers with in-depth information about events happening around them.    Two sayings that Chip believes are the key to a focused life: “To be great, find a way to serve the many” and “Begin with the end in mind.” Daily rituals set the tone for one’s life. Anyone with an idea can bring it to life, it’s just a matter of being proactive.

Resources Mentioned:

Elevator - Any team can be acquihired Omni - On-demand itemized physical storage Apifier - Web scraper that works on every website Avocado Recipes – Delicious and healthy Amazing Selling Machine – Successful business ownership Luma - WiFi System Portable Charger - Dark Energy Poseidon Knote - How to triple your blog traffic without lifting a finger Tech Crunch - Kickbooster Will Pay You For Sharing Your Favorite Crowdfunding Campaigns  Make Use Of - 9 Easy IFTTT DO Button Tricks to Quickly Automate Your Life  The Muse -The 4 Secrets Behind Teams That Work Together So Well That Everyone Else is Jealous Chronos - Smart Watch Disc Birdly - Business Cards Gliimpse -  MINT but for your health Weld – Slack assistant Sameroom - Unify chatrooms Time - Baby In Remission From Cancer After Gene-Editing Therapy  Vocativ - Why This Study Has Headlines Claiming All Women Are ‘Bi Or Gay’  Parcl - International shopping and shipping community  IFL Science - Scientists Figure Out Why High Intensity Training Can Be As Effective As Longer Exercise Overcoming Crohn’s - How I Dropped Sugar and Gained 30 Pounds  Analytics for Instagram - Free basic analytics for Instagram PeakFeed - Easiest way to monitor your brand's social media efforts Uberbot - Test the coding skills of potential hires  Dropbox API v2 - A powerful API for apps that work with files Animaker - Create animated videos with less effort, time & cost uSound - Converts smartphones into digital hearing aids Neonmetrics - A new way to collect metrics Introducing Human Longevity, Inc. - Health Nucleus Radar Newsletter - A curated newsletter of everything interesting in tech Squire - The pen is a mighty sword SupportYourApp - Scale your Startup with Outsourced Customer Support. Wordly - Keep track of the words and time you spend writing  The Diary - Your personal health assistant on iPhone and Apple watch Mark’s Daily Apple - 15 Alternatives to Sitting Meditation Motion AI - Easily create Artificial Intelligence to do almost anything!  Nora - The Smart Snoring Solution by Smart Nora Inc Tech Crunch - No UI Is The New UI IFL Science - Which Country Consumes The Most Calories? Alloy - Automates Tasks In Nearly Any App on iOS Soply - A marketplace for hiring designers and creatives StartupResources.io - Tightly curated lists of the best startup tools Startup Tracker 2.0 - Keep tabs on cool, up-and-coming and competing startups Drop Shipping with Shopify - Simple way to run your business hands free  Pefin - World's first AI financial advisor Ellipse 2.0 by Thoughtly – AI for research How To Stop Feeling Guilty - 5 Secrets Backed By Research  Stress Is Actually Contagious—Here’s How to Make Yourself Immune  Super - Home ownership, reinvented Flip - Get out of your lease, hassle free. Tweetpilot - Grow a relevant and responsive following on Twitter  Writrsbloc - A curated newsletter with the week's best writing  Make Use Of - 14 Best Automated Bots You Need for Your Slack Channel  Brain.fm - AI generated music to improve focus, relaxation and sleep Beagle Sense - Measure what matters in your home Mixpanel Predict - See who will convert, before they do.  Wisp - Easiest way to create a mobile employee handbook Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #198 - With Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Dec 30, 2015 39:56

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In Episode #198 Ari interviews Brian Scudamore, a Canadian/American-born serial entrepreneur, best known as the Founder and CEO of international junk removal franchise 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Listen as Ari and Brian discuss the three fundamental practices for a strong business.

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02:47 – Daily meditation podcast episode 318. 19:31 – Brian Scudamore joins the show. 20:06 – 1-800-GOT-JUNK started when Brian was looking for a way to pay for college. 21:24 – Brian’s always been inspired by franchising as a model and knew early on that it would be a path he chose for his company. 3:03 – When Brian was first starting out, what set him apart from other junk haulers was customer service; he went above and beyond. 23:42 – He eventually had a vision that he wanted to create a FedEx of junk removal with clean trucks, friendly uniformed drivers, and upfront rates. 24:14 – “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” 26:00 – 61.3% of the things 1-800-GOT-JUNK hauls away gets reused, recycled, or donated. 26:46 – Brian describes some of the strange things 1-800-GOT-JUNK has found or hauled away. 28:09 – The company outsources the recycling and reusing of what they haul away. They focus on what they do well already.   28:32 – Brian talks about his two-in-the-box model of leadership. 29:46 – Brian’s role is to look for new opportunities and maintain the vision of the company’s customer experience. His role is culture, his co-leader is execution. 30:23 – The company has about 300 employees between two offices. 31:02 – Brian attributes his company’s growth through strong leadership. 33:15 – Brian’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 33:24 – Have a strong vision or a ‘painted picture’ so you know where you’re going. 34:38 – Make sure you have good people in the right positions working for you—compensate for your weaknesses by hiring people with the right strengths. 35:02 – Have documented processes in your business on how to do certain things such as how to price jobs or how to answer phone calls in the call center. 36:08 – Brian discusses an example of how a system has been implemented in his moving business. 37:27 – Brian’s employees are trained through a combination of methods. 38:35 – O2Ebrands.com

 

4 Key Points:

If you don’t have a highly unique product, use unbeatable customer service to help you establish leverage over your competition.    Seek out new opportunities that are already in-line with your existing business vision. Ensure you have the right people working for you – compensate for weaknesses by hiring people with strengths in areas that aren’t your forte. It’s important to know your destination and how to get there. Have a strong vision for your goals.

Resources Mentioned:

1-800-GOT-JUNK – Brian Scudamore’s junk removal company. Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #197 with Simo Suoheimo of Ambronite

Dec 23, 2015 29:53

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In Episode #197 Ari interviews Simo Suoheimo of Ambronite, a drinkable supermeal designed to give consumers more freedom, time and choice. Listen as Ari and Simo talk about the carefully selected ingredients in Ambronite and its nutritional benefits.

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14:02 – Introduction of Simo Suoheimo 14:20 – Ambronite is an organic drinkable meal that’s been nutritionally optimized to fulfill dietary essentials. 15:33– The product’s been extensively developed from the latest nutritional research in order to find the best overall combination for health. 16:20 – Ambronite covers fatty acids, carbs, and protein among other things. It’s also vegan. 17:34 – The product has found popularity with triathlon athletes and consumers who are in need of a full meal on the go. 18:20 – Simo's sent samples to the European space agency, because the product isn’t just for busy-bodies. 19:34 – Interestingly, stinging nettle is included in the recipe for Ambronite because of its rich calcium content. 20:24 – Lacuma, which comes from South America is included for its sweetness and nutritional value. 21:08 – Nutritional yeast is included as an exceptional source of vitamin B12. 21:47 – Bilberry is included in Ambronite, a potent antioxidant.  24:22 – Ambronite is named after Ambrosia, a drink from Greek myths. 25:55 – Ambronite uses scientifically well-documented ingredients that are natural, which is an edge the product has over its competitors. 26:55 – People have gone for weeks on Ambronite only. 27:55 – Ari and Simo discuss the pros and cons of not chewing when consuming food. 28:46 – The product is available at ambronite.com.

 3 Key Points:

Ambronite is an organic drinkable meal that’s been nutritionally optimized to fulfill dietary essentials. It’s also vegan. The product is not just for people on-the-go, it’s also pushing the boundaries of what makes an individual efficient. Some unusual ingredients in Ambronite include stinging nettle, bilberry, and nutritional yeast for dietary purposes.

Resources Mentioned:

Ambronite – Simo’s drinkable product containing necessary daily nutrients. Salt is more than a seasoning - Salt Powered Self Defense Gun Refold - Foldable Desk Calm Down Now - Stop panic and anxiety, relax instantly CopyHacking - The Ultimate guide to No-Pain Copywriting 39 Breakfast Hacks – From Time magazine, 38 Breakfast recommendations from nutritional leaders unPack - Travelers have affordable premium essentials delivered to hotel The Book Seer - Enter a recently read book and seer gives recommendations The Ion Belt - Sleek, safe, and stylish portable charging from your belt Decisive Health - Doctor patient billing in real time Tiny Fax - Turn your iPhone or iPad into a fax machine Chatbaka - the safe way to send messages while driving NetSpot - Plan, optimize, and improve your Wi-Fi anywhere Torch - A simple router for digital parenting. Stop Procrastinating - This Is The Lazy Way To Stop Procrastinating Under-The-Jack Pack - Ultra-thing laptop bag you wear under your jacket Growbot for Slack - Celebrate team wins in Slack The Left Hand - 20 Little-Known Facts About Being Left-Handed Re-Purposing Coffee? Sure! - Six Things You Can Do with Coffee After You've Finished Drinking it Animating the Impact of Stress - The Effects of Stress On Your Entire Body, As Told by This Unique Animation Tenrocket - Launch your app in 10 days for 10K UsBidi - The world's most intelligent charger ever. Request - The smarter way to scheudle and send meeting requests Flightfox - Fly Better For Less Starship - Self-driving robot for local delivery HeyScale - Scheduled announcements and recurring reminders for Slack The Podcast Universe - Visualization of podcast networks Start Sleeping Better - 24 Easy Ways to Sleep Better Tonight Elevator - Any team can be acquihired. Omni - On-demand itemized physical storage Call Frank - Get a call every night to record feedback on your day Slash Commands - A much easier way to install slash commands. Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #196 - with Blake Eastman of The Nonverbal Group

Dec 16, 2015 42:46

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In Episode #196 Ari interviews Blake Eastman, the founder of The Nonverbal Group—a group of academics and professionals who are dedicated to conducting research on nonverbal communication. Listen as Ari and Blake talk about building the largest database of human behavior.

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16:00 – Introduction of Blake Eastman 16:28 – The nonverbal group started through frustration in the process of publishing academic research – was too slow and bureaucratic. 17:16 – First studies conducted in 2008 when the group set up a bunch of blind dates and observed them. 18:00 – Their goal is to create the largest database of human behavior. 19:23 – The average person has no concept of what they look like in a social situation. 20:19 – People are constantly regulating their behavior in social interactions which creates an incongruence from their subconscious. 21:18 – Blake’s group aims to remove some regulations instead of adding them. Getting an individual to be authentic is a hard step. 22:03 – Blake explains how self-dialogue hinders an individual’s ability to be present in a situation. 23:36 – Largest behavioral study ever, the group brought in poker players and recorded them from different angles – over two years they analyzed their behavior meticulously. 24:10 – The scientific model of grounding theory in large studies 27:07 – Offshore workers are more adept at keeping focus when counting monotonous things like blinks. 28:00 – The nonverbal group treats individual as their own puzzle instead of generalizing certain behaviors as universal. 30:02 – Blake finds that not holding back makes him a much better communicator. He’ll address behavior immediately. 32:38 – To lower anxiety during presentations, it’s prudent to treat it more like an interactive conversation. 34:49 – Blake describes his “Wizard Principle” to catch people’s attention during a presentation. 37:27 – It’s important to tailor your perspective to an audience during a presentation. 38:11 – Everyone overestimates how much other people pay attention to them. 39:51 – According to Blake, people should express themselves much more often. 40:23 – It’s good to have a mentality of “never put stuff down.” Finish what you start no matter how small.

 3 Key Points:

The Nonverbal Group is dedicated to building the largest human behavior database and sharing the academic findings in the future. They also offer classes to teach reading human body language. Getting an individual to be their authentic self is probably the hardest step. Generally, people overestimate how much other people pay attention to them, underestimate the value of their expressed thought, and don’t finish things that they don’t get right the first time.

Resources Mentioned:

Beyond Tells – Creating a new breed of poker through tell training, research and analysis The Nonverbal Group – Blake Eastman’s social science group Capitan – AI powered shopping list Solid – Automates Your Meetings To Get The Most Out Of Them Howdy - Your new digital coworker for Slack! ResumUP – Website that converts your resume into an infographic Amino - Make more confident decisions about your health care Neutun - Smartwatch app for tracking seizures Website - Hyper-local alerts targeted by NYC neighborhood Chocomize - Create your own custom chocolate bar SaneConnect - Instantly turn every employee into a sales person Foodstirs - Baking kits for you to enjoy with your family  Starling - A child's wearable that can boost IQ Neighborhoods NYC – The official website on NYC’s diverse neighborhoods Autoimmune Flare Ups – How certain autoimmune diseases might actually be triggered by dietary fats Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #195 - with Marco Altini of HRV4Training

Dec 9, 2015 40:47

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In Episode #195 Ari interviews Marco Altini of HRV4Training—an app designed to help people get in great shape with HRV training. Listen as Ari and JV talk about the value of HRV, how the HRV4Training app works, and how Marco got into app development.  

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27:07 – Introduction of Marco Altini  27:35 – HRV measurements via smartphone cameras  27:45 – Marco’s background  28:40 – Think of solutions that employ your knowledge 29:20 – Stress can greatly compromise Heart Rate Variability 29:49 – By directing light at the finger, the light reflected back into the camera can determine blood flood, heart rate, etc. 30:18 – Why people need to care about HRV?—it’s a strong marker of parasympathetic activity 31:42 – The versatility of knowing your HRV 33:03 – Determining the accuracy disparity between the camera-reader and a more traditional chest-reader (ECG) 35:30 – The advantage of simple HRV tests 37:40 – All ways do the HRV test at the same time, in the same position for consistency 38:00 – Don’t do anything (even read your email) that might impact your physiology before taking a baseline test

 

3 Key Points:

Think of solutions that are rooted in that which you already know—it will help you save time and be more efficient. Stress might be the single greatest influencer of Heart Rate Variability. HRV is a wonderful marker for measuring overall health.

Resources Mentioned:

The #1 Mistake Parents Make When Arguing – From Barking up the Wrong Tree Using Food as Medicine – An article explaining how you can become legally allowed to prescribe food as medicine Spark – Inspiration on your phone and wrist Elegantt – A new plugin for Trello Studies.Show – Want to know what studies show?—this is your site  Press Record – A simple new app designed to let you sync your audio recording across disparate devices How Productive People Start the Day – From Greatest Howdy.ai – For Slack users, a bot build to make you more effective Amino – Find doctors to perfectly match your needs Neutun – Seizure tracking made easy Neighborhoods NYC – The official website on NYC’s diverse neighborhoods Chocomize – Personalized chocolate gifts Sane Connect – Turn every employee into a sales person Starling – A tracking system designed to help children Foodstirs – Creative baking care packages Autoimmune Flare Ups – How certain autoimmune diseases might actually be triggered by dietary fats Crohn’s and Colitis Week – December 1st through the 7th Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #194 with Mike Vardy of The Productivityist

Dec 2, 2015 35:02

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In Episode #194 Ari interviews Mike Vardy of The Productivityist. Listen as Ari and Mike talk about the value the productive space, and how developing a personal methodology for productivity can help individuals harness tools instead of letting productivity tools control them.

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01:01 – Introduction to today’s show with Mike Vardy 02:30 – Links 12:02 – Less Doing Boot Camp 13:43 – Speaking with Mike Vardy 14:02 – Mike's background in productivity education 15:37 – First steps in becoming more productive 17:34 – GTD Principals 19:53 – The people of GTD 20:54 – Being productive vs. doing productive 21:47 – The approach is more important than the app or tool. “Men can become the tools of their tools” 23:14 – What aspects of productivity planning work well 24:33 – Put personal back in productivity 25:51 – Sanebox and other email organizers 27:04 – Unroll Me 27:52 – Productivity maintenance vs. growth 28:41 – Mike's daily routines 31:21 – Daily themes 31:53 – Mike's Top 3 Tips to be More Productive 31:55- Have a simple morning and evening routine 32:15 – Write journal entries 32:34 – Work by mode

 3 Key Points:

There is a psychology to productivity—without the psychology, it can’t work. Don’t let your tools take you over. Develop a routine and stick to it—the benefits will be massive.

Resources Mentioned:

Pavlok Wristband –  Pavlok Wristband’s safe electronic stimulus helps relieve users of bad habits like smoking, overeating, and more.  Tap Slash – Slash is a free keyboard for iPhone & iPad that makes it easy to share anything, without switching apps. Just tap "/" to unlock Places, GIFs, Music, Stickers, Videos, and much more. Instant App – Instant tracks all your daily activities automatically so that you will be able to notice how you spend time on your smartphone. Easy Swag – Easy Swag is powered by Large, a free office admin in Slack that gets your team anything hassle free. Synkio Music Library – Use Synkio’s to access music professionals who will manage your music and licensing needs. Startup Threads – StartupThreads is the easiest way to automatically send custom shirts and apparel to your loyal customers and fans, without having to hold inventory in your office. GTD – ‘Getting Things Done’ is a productivity methodology. Sanebox – SaneBox works on top of your email account. It prioritizes important emails and summarizes the rest. Unroll Me – Unroll Me allows you to unsubscribe from subscriptions or combine your favorite subscriptions into one email. 194MikeVardyOfProductivistInterview">Evernote – vernote keeps all your writing in one place, from notes to lengthy research. The Productivityist – Mick’s productivity business that provides productivity coaching, events, and podcasts. Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

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Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #193 - With Julien Smith from Breather

Nov 25, 2015 33:12

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In Episode #193 Ari interviews Julien Smith from Breather, a company that provides workspace by the hour in several of the major metropolises in America and Canada. 

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12:40 – Julien background is hugely buried. No education. He came across the internet at a young age. His first claim to fame was being one of the first podcasters in the world. 13:05 – Did radio when he was younger.   13:21 – His show got picked up by Sirius Satellite Radio. 13:29 – After rising to fame, he wrote books about the social web. He wrote the first social media marketing book, which became a best-seller. 13:39 – He ended up writing three books. 13:48 –As he travelled around the world, he noticed the lack of privacy everywhere he went and that ended up being the catalyst for starting Breather. 14:09 – Breather takes electronic locks, put them on cool rooms and then they allow the locks to be opened with anyone with mobile apps. Basically, it’s like a private club or private offices that can be rented. 14:29 – There are about 50 in Manhattan and growing. 14:33 – Rooms can be booked for as little as 30 minutes to as long as a day. 15:56 – Because of the books he wrote, he had a big network in which he found support for his idea. 16:41- He did go through a lot of objections. He took it as proof that Breather was a disruptive company. 18:18 – He designed it to be sort of like a “personal Starbucks”. 19:13 – His co-founder designed the original spaces and now there’s a team to curate and design spaces. 21:25 – To maintain the spaces in good shape/clean depends on the density of the location. A location with high density of traffic is easier to clean up, which makes it more affordable to do over time. Employees clean after themselves, and they clean rooms on the regular. 23:00 – The only major problem they have is people smoking, contrary to what many people might think. 24:47 – Some people use it for life coaching, meditation, meetings, psychotherapy, etc. 27:00 – People can’t use the offices after a certain hour because the spaces are intended to compete with hotels. 28:16 – 5 cities that they are hiring for: London, Chicago, LA, Washington D.C., and Toronto.

 

3 Key Points:

       Start with a blank slate (a clean desk, a clean space, a clean desktop, etc.).        Write everything down.        Focus on one major project at a time.

Resources Mentioned:

Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733 Stressed Out – Can quantify your psychological stress level and help you understanding how different events impact your physiology and wellbeing. The 15-Minute HIIT Workout That’ll Build Strength Fast- Does just what it says What Is Golden Milk? – Golden milk is a tea with turmeric and coconut oil, and black pepper. 12 Secrets to Simplifying Your Life and Lightening Your Load – From Marc and Angel, an article on simplification Two Meals a Day Is Ideal, But Which Two Is Up To You – Talks about intermittent fasting, where you’re not eating for twelve to fourteen hours. With this idea, your meals should be ideally between 6 to 8 hours, and you’re not calorie restricting. The article suggests skipping dinner, but you can choose which 2 meals a day to have. First World Gluten – Talks about different words used on foods to sound “good” marketing wise, but don’t actually mean anything. Swipecast – Brings together models, designers, photographers and stylists all in one place where they can message each other, review each other’s portfolios, set up castings and send secure payments for jobs.  Brain Tap CNS – Measure your Central Nervous System fatigue by doing one simple exercise. Scrumpt – Portioned ingredients and instructions to make fun, easy-to-assemble lunches for your little ones.  9 Ways to Entertain Your Toddler Without Using a Smartphone – Fun, brain-boosting ideas to entertain a toddler using a smartphone.   Makerarm – Makerarm is a robotic 3D printer, laser cutter, drawing and ink printer, fabricator and assembly machine all rolled into one that fits on a desktop and promises to make pretty much anything – including an entire laptop. Twit Ninja – Automated growth hacking for Twitter. How a Vaccine Is Like a Banana and Why That’s Good - One of the greatest misconceptions of the antivaxxers is that there’s some binary divide between anything that is chemical and natural. Bubble – Build your startup by pointing and clicking. Air Tailor –Expert clothing alterations on demand via text for men’s clothing. Wrap.me –Personalized photo wrapping paper. ExpenseBot – Expense reports done for you, not by you. Parabo –Small batch print processes for design-minded photo takers. Boost – The world’s first Wi-Fi repeating light bulb. The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #192 - With JV Crum of The Conscious Millionaire

Nov 18, 2015 45:41

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In Episode #192 Ari interviews JV Crum of The Conscious Millionaire. Listen as Ari and JV talk about the value of having real purpose in life, and how chasing that purpose means having measurable goals and focused priorities.  

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04:44 – Less Doists -- the virtual assistant service Ari started with Nick S. of Calvin app lore -- did 100 hours of work for its clients 26:42 – Introduction of JV Crum III—the Conscious Millionaire 26:59 – JV stands for ‘Joint Venture’. JV was called ‘Junior Varsity’ in law school and he decided to change that by telling people at conferences it stood for ‘Joint Venture.’ His full name is James Vivien Crum the III 28:20 – Before being ‘The Conscious Millionaire’ JV grew up in a family with a lot of financial struggles and decided that the end to that was to grow up and be a millionaire. He became a millionaire when he was about 25 28:50 – He realized his life was miserable and he went on sweat lodges, spiritual retreats as part of a 15 year journey to try and figure out what was missing 29:27 – He sold the companies because he realized he wasn’t living his purpose and went on to find out what was his purpose 29:41 – Had a revelation in Lake Tahoe and solved the phrase in his head ‘Conscious Millionaire’ and decided that’s what he was supposed to be doing. 30:10 – He made his money by working in his dad’s business (regional trucking line). He turned the business around and within 3 years the company was making three figure profits in a month 32:02 – Teaching people how to make money in alignment with their purpose, their passion 32:47 – Helps people find their passion or purpose with coaching 33:30 – Journaling 33:36 – How to figure out passion: What are the things you’re so passionate about that hours pass and you don’t even know it? And when you’re engaged in it you feel joy? And I bet those are the same activities you’ve helped friends/clients for free. 34:11 – 2. How to figure out your purpose: a difference you want to make. 35:08 – Purpose is about being of service to others. 35: 15 – How to figure out your purpose: if you could wake up every day and make this difference for people, you’d feel joy, you’d feel happy? 35:28 – What are your natural strengths? 35:40 – Strengths = things you do almost perfectly every time. 36:29 – People don’t know how to make money out of it. 36:31 – You make money by looking at a few niche markets that have problems that the difference you want to make can help provide solutions for. 36:47 – The only thing a buyer will buy is solutions. 37:01 – Only chose one of those niches and two or three problems and 1 product 38:01 – His first product was coaching 39:47 – Having a holistic approach 40:12 – The energy from your heart space is what really pushes you 40:28 – Health and fitness practices are indispensable 42:00 – JV’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 42:23 – Have priorities and don’t have more than 3 42:34 – Don’t wake up with a to-do list, wake up with a priority 43:25 – Take focused action and have measurable results 43:55 – www.ConsciousMillionaire.com

 3 Key Points:

Have a priority that’s connected to your goal. Make sure that you are able to measure the execution of that priority and goal. Only focus on actions that are designed to get you specific, measurable results for the day.

Resources Mentioned:

Nature Aminos – Essential amino acids tablets Pro.com – Allows you to book home projects that are flat rate over text or Facebook Messenger You text a product to 776-776 and you tell them what you want, i.e plumbing, etc, and they’ll give you a flat price Ipiit – Scan food products to check for allergens Assembly – graphic design for everyone Moo – business cards. Burner- Disposable phone numbers Clearbit Sheets- Turns Google Sheets into a powerful sales prospecting tool Unsendit – Regret-free emailing. Unsend or edit any email after you send it, even after it’s been opened Awesome – A Slack sidekick. It highlights, organizes and summarizes Slack activity Transkey – An inline translating keyboard The Next Ten Years of Automation and What It Might Mean For The Job Market-Tech Crunch Article The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari Checkkeeper – Let’s you print checks online in ten seconds Nima – Portable gluten tester WinIt – Let’s you win your parking tickets Wand – A messaging app that allows you to take action Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

Episode #191 - With Mark Podolsky of The Land Geek

Nov 11, 2015 51:41

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In Episode #191 Ari interviews Mark Podolsky of The Land Geek, a company that’s founded on land flipping and the development of passive income. Tune in to hear Mark and Ari talk secrets to success and why all your entrepreneurial attention should be on moving the needle.

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This week’s episode of the Less Doing Podcast is brought to you by JustWorks, an innovative company striving to make payroll, benefits, and compliance management a seamless and stress-free process.

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00:35 – Introduction of JustWorks and Isaac Oats 00:55 – Nuts and bolts are the hardest part of HR for small companies 02:45 – Ari muses on Daylight Savings Time 33:56 – Introduction of Mark Podolsky of The Land Geek 34:11 – Mark Podolsky’s background 36:21 – The process of identifying properties 38:00 – Now Mark teaches Land Flipping 40:05 – Automation has become integral to Mark’s success 40:32 – The automation of the offer sending process is the keystone to Mark’s success 41:12 – Click to Mail 42:29 – Mark’s vetting process doubles as his marketing process 42:54 – Don’t worry about “generating traffic” just go to where the buyers are 43:58 – The Death of Money 44:50 -- $6000 for a property and flipping it for $55K 46:37 – The course creation process 47:53 – Mark’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 48:05 – Take imperfect action 48:42 – Don’t recreate the wheel—respect your time 49:11 – Be aware of everything you do—have your numbers DOWN 49:30 – “Playing Business” doesn’t move the needle—focus on what does 50:08 – www.TheLandGeek.com

 

5 Key Points:

Don’t waste your time on things that don’t move the needle. Respect your time. Niche markets can be a highly lucrative (and easy) way to make money. Don’t worry about traffic, just take yourself to where the buyers are. KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.

Resources Mentioned:

The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733 iflscience – From Sleep Researcher Paul Kelly, an article explaining why the day shouldn’t start until 10AM Ivee – Talk to your home with a voice integrated assistant Kimerakoffee – Coffee infused the high-quality nootropics Power of Empathy – The 3 ways empathy can improve your life Homey App – Assign chores with snapshots SVET – Smart lightbulbs that improve your life Anti-Vaccine Group Hurts Itself – An Anti-Vaccine group funded an objective study that showed no correlation exists between autism and vaccines The Fountain of Youth – 116 Year old woman eats bacon every day Fun Fungi – A fungi that brings the thunder in the bedroom The World’s Sexiest Antidepressant? – Apparently it’s semen Task Pipes – Automate data extraction and data processing CryoChoice – Banking sperm has never been easier Ask Pam – Helps travelers focus on top rated concierges while the vacation Kidslox – Parental controls for tablets and mobile devices How to Never Get Angry –Venting anger actually intensifies emotions and other interesting facts Tiny Calm – A new mediation app Hey Scale – An operational efficiency tool for slack 17 Most Dangerous Foods – An infographic highlighting the 17 most dangerous foods in the world CoPatient – Medical bill reviewing Less Play Equals More Sensory Issues – From the Washington Post, an article demonstrating the importance of play in preschoolers AptDeco – New and used furniture Nathan Latka – The formula for starting a successful podcast

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #190 - With Guillermo Miotti of LEGO Serious Play

Nov 4, 2015 48:27

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In Episode #190 Ari interviews Guillermo Miotti of LEGO Serious Play, a consultancy designed to help multinational businesses improve internal communications and processes through creative, LEGO-based problem solving exercises.

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This week’s episode of the Less Doing Podcast is brought to you by JustWorks, an innovative company striving to make payroll, benefits, and compliance management a seamless and stress-free process.

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0:32- Introduction of JustWorks and Isaac Oats 0:39 – Payroll is obviously complicated and scalable 0:55 – Payroll is unfair for smaller businesses 01:15 – What JustWorks does 01:35 – JustWorks is built to work with employees more so than contractors 06:40 – The Less Doing Mastermind program is no more 07:35 – Calvin App has finally gone LIVE 10:40 – Many soldiers are NOT ready to enter the job market 11:40 – LDVA has opened up the hiring—if you are looking for a new opportunity, or know someone who is, send an email to Jobs@LessDoists.com 13:00 – LDVA.com 27:05 – Introduction of Guillermo Miotti of LEGO Serious Play 27:36 – Guillermo’s background as a psychologist and HR Specialist in Argentina 28:28 – Quickly became a “change management” expert 29:45 – How LEGO determined LEGOs can be effective in the workplace 32:28 – Testing included bouts at MIT and NASA 33:12 – LEGO Education is a HUGE business unit 33:45 – It’s all about being OPEN to learning 34:00 – What a “play” session looks like 34:20 – Start by DEFINING the problem 35:35 – Ask a question, provide an answer, analyze the answer, reflect as a team 36:30 – When we are using our hands to play, 100% of our attention is on the task at hand 37:55 – LEGO Serious Play engages EVERYONE in the room, not just the traditional decision makers 39:40 – Our hands share an intimate neural connection with our brains 40:32 – The LEGO sets are specifically designed for customers and are not available in stores 41:22 – Guillermo works (primarily) for multinationals 42:17 – If you OR your organization created the problem, you also have the capacity to solve it 42:45 – We don’t normally conceptualize in 3D 44:30 – Storymaking (not telling) is undervalued 45:32 – Part of the beauty of the program is the simplicity of LEGOs 45:45 – Guillermo’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 45:56 – Be aware of what drives you—what is your passion? 46:21 – Have fun—PLAY! 46:35 – Try to create something new with others 47:00 – www.SeriousPlay.com and www.juegoserio.com

 

5 Key Points:

Define your problems explicitly—if you don’t you can’t solve them. Find beauty in simplicity. “Get in there with your hands!”—our hands share serious neural connections with our brains, helping us to think more effectively. Don’t just storytell, storymake. If you created a problem you also have the capacity to solve it.

Resources Mentioned:

The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733 Washing Dishes for Mindfulness – Washing dishes by hand is the first step on the path to improved mindfulness OneGo – Unlimited flights, nationwide AppStarter – Simple, iOS app development made easy Protein for Vegans – 20 unique sources of protein for Vegan Developing Emotional Intelligence – EI is a skill that you can cultivate and is more correlated with success than anything else—watch TV Dramas? You probably have high EI Flip7 – Printstagram for videos Jumpstrtr – Crowdsourced Problem Solving for Crowdfunded Startups Vague Goals Into Actionable Tasks – From Lifehacker, a tool designed to help people take vague ideas and turn them into actionable tasks Sell it Easy – Sell your stuff with ease Time Travel – Uber in advance Gophr – London’s premiere currier service Oral.IV – Advanced rehydration supplementation Cut Stress, Cut Healthcare – From Time Magazine—programmatic steps to reduce stress can drastically cut healthcare costs Brain Scans as Fingerprints – Brain scans can tell us more than we thing, in fact, they are so unique they can be used like fingerprints Focus Booster – This utilizes the Pomodoro technique, combined with tracking to help people boost focus MakerArm – The first robotic arm that makes anything, anywhere

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #189 - With Daniel Vitalis of SurThrival

Oct 28, 2015 58:13

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In Episode #189 Ari interviews Daniel Vitalis of SurThrival, a company that specializes in blending and supplying quality natural supplements for an increasingly unnatural world. Listen as Ari and Daniel talk Elk Antler Spray, Pine Pollen, and hardcore nutritional history.

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0:43- Introduction of JustWorks and Isaac Oats

o   0:49- Just works helps small/medium business become compliant with payroll benefits

o   1:08- Entrepreneurs spend too much time filling out paper work

28:15- Introduction: Daniel Vitalis the founder of SurThrival 27:41- Daniel has been obsessed with the ancient past since childhood 28:07- What would you do without influence from others? 28:43- The term ‘Rewilding’ was coined by Daniel and has since been made into an extensive product line

o   29:06- Rewilding suggest that the domestic destruction we have created as a culture is reversible

o   29:38- We often fight our wild side—we must realign ourselves with our human biology

30:16- The four elements, earth, water, air, and fire represent our interaction with the community of life on this planet 30:38- The Office removes all four natural elements from our environment with processing

o   31:27- This isolated indoor environment does not foster life

 31:55- Humans need to reincorporate natural things into life like healthy foods from farms and natural sunlight, air, water 32:29- We often get in our own way and prevent reconnection with nature 33:37- Is there a balance between urban and natural life? 34:04- Find what works for you

o   34:56- Often people are too connected to their office environment and forget to reconnect with the natural environment we came from

35:36- Elk Antler Velvet supplement

o   36:10- Everything at SurThrival is a crude food (unprocessed)

o   36:53- Buck antlers grow at 2 inches per day, they eventually fall of an regrow year after year

o   37:34- The rapid grown of antlers requires a lot of strong minerals and vitamins

o    38:31- Elk Antler Velvet is administered through a dropper and puts about 24 different growth factors into the body

42:04- Pine Pollen supplement

o   42:13- During pollen season, pine trees drop their sperm which is identical to testosterone in the human body

o   43:10- This type of testosterone is good for humans because it is a whole food

o   44:03- Pine Pollen is great for older men and women

45:13- Daniel tries to emulate natural people when creating his diet

o   45:23- The healthiest diet ever is the hunter-gatherer diet

o   45:29- Modern diets are based on agriculture and are often lower in nutrition

o   47:14- A low calorie, high nutrient diet lengthens lifespans

49:39- Intermittent fasting?

o   49:51- It is naturally good to feel some feast and famine

o   51:04- Domestication creates an environment where nothing changes, but really we should live cyclically where everything changes all the time

54:20- Daniel’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective:

o   54:26- You have instincts that deserve to be listened to

o   55:09- Constantly adapt

o   55:52- Don’t become ultra-effective only to lose your health later in life

3 Key Points:

Adapt or die—seriously. Don’t limit or restrict your inner-wilderness just because society has become overly-domesticated. If you’ve never had an opportunity to try a hunter-gather diet—try it.

Resources Mentioned:

The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733 Popily – Visually organizes data like population growth or heritage trees in an easily digestible format Join Whim – An AI matchmaker designed to help people find dates at convenient times and locations MeetnGreetMe – Provides local personal assistants anywhere around the world Instavet – On-demand veterinarian services Zirks – A new parking app designed to help people enjoy car ownership IN urban environments Swipe to Meet – Invite people on dates with similar schedules Raw Spice Bar – Freshly ground spice kits for only $6 USD a month Humandx – Allows users to submit symptoms to doctors and demand and get an approximate diagnosis from a real-life physician Hook – Provides free email copy feedback True Reach – Mental wellness on the go—a cognitive behavioral therapy app Break Your iPhone? – From Peach Labs, an app designed to automatically help users in the event they break their phones

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #188 - With Adam Stone of Speedlancer

Oct 21, 2015 25:43

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In Episode #188 Ari interviews Adam Stone of Speedlancer, a service that promises high-quality freelancing services and task completion in less than four hours of hire.

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14:13 – Introduction of Adam Stone 14:39 – The fastest freelancing on the planet 15:24 – Quality and speed rarely go hand in hand 15:40 – Acceptance time is usually within 10 minutes 16:17 – High-quality writing and graphic design is impressive given the short turnaround time 17:08 – How Adam got to a 10-minute workweek 17:40 – The more time Adam put into outsourcing, the more time he saved in the future 18:50 – Speedlancer only uses native-English speakers form the US, CAN, UK, AU, and NZ 19:52 – How does the timing work out? 20:28 – Expansion plans 20:56 – Agencies, Start-ups and Small businesses are the target of Speedlancer 21:15 – Adam’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 21:18 – Start—you can’t be effective if you don’t get going 21:28 – Do everything yourself first—once you get the hang of it, document it down and get rid of it 22:09 – Be careful—outsourcing is a risky business 23:00 – Speedlaner is fully integrated with Slack thanks to a Speedlancer bot 24:11 – www.Speedlancer.com or Adam@Speedlancer.com

3 Key Points:

The more you put into outsourcing today, the more you can get out of it tomorrow. Just start working—you can’t get something accomplished if you never start. When it comes to outsourcing, use varying degrees of caution—it can be risky.

Resources Mentioned:

The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733 Kindara – An app synced to a Bluetooth oral thermometer to help people understand their best times for conception Emergency Breather – A respirator that filters out toxic gasses and chemicals for up to 5 minutes in the event of an emergency Circle Medical – On-demand house calls for basic medical services, and it works with insurance carriers IFL Science – Staring into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes can alter consciousness The History of Obstacle Courses – From Art of Manliness, the history of obstacle courses Thrive App – An app designed to help small business owners streamline their operations Nootrobox – Birch box for Nootropics Instawork – Outsourced labor in less than 24 hours Sharalike – Music-laden videos made out of photos you submit to the service Visible.VC – A way to manage the logistical aspects of investor communication

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #187 - With Adam Gilbert of My Body Tutor

Oct 14, 2015 33:54

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In Episode #186 Ari interviews Adam Gilbert of My Body Tutor, one of the best resources available for people looking to improve their health through a minimalist combination of diet, exercise, and accountability.

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14:54 – The Introduction of Adam Gilbert 15:10 – Adam’s background 16:13 – The dangers of food as a self-nurturing drug 16:34 – What My Body Tutor is 16:55 – My Body Tutor holds clients accountable for their progress 17:50 – Daily accountability is HUGE difference maker 18:09 – People can do amazing things when they know others are watching 18:50 – Adam’s general philosophy?—dispel the myth that there is a magic formula to fitness—it’s about eating, exercise, and consistency 19:25 – Why is consistency so hard? 19:30 – Most diet and exercise are not sustainable 20:30 – Most people just go on food diets—there needs to be psychological change 21:23 – There’s no accountability 21:50 – It’s not about never making mistakes—it’s about mitigating those mistakes 22:40 – When we understand why we’re eating, it’s easier to understand what we’re eating 23:29 – It’s easier to replace a behavior than it is to quit a behavior 25:00 – Ask yourself why when you’re eating 26:11 – Ari’s sugar addiction 27:18 – Exercise at My Body Tutor is individualized based on the client goals 27:33 – Exercise is the key to happiness and stress relief whereas diet is the key to weight loss 30:12 – Frequency of workouts depends on the client 30:52 – Adam’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 31:15 – Identify your 3 to 5 critical “balls” 31:50 – Write down everything 32:09 – If it can be done in less than two minutes, get it done right away 32:47 – www.MyBodyTutor.com

5 Key Points:

If your diet isn’t sustainable, it won’t work. Dietary mistakes and fitness lapses are OK—just so long as they are few and far between. Understand why you’re eating if you want to understand what you’re eating. If not now, then when? It’s easier to replace a behavior than it is to quit a behavior.

Resources Mentioned:

The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari Call 1-844-i-do-less – Toll-Free number, Press “0” to speak with a Less Doing Certified Coach Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733 rettyInstant.com – On-Demand Photography Slack Digest – A daily digest of the most important conversations in your channels Kono.ai – An AI mobile scheduler that uses metrics to tell you the best time and location for the event Get Duffel – Securely download gmail emails into PDFs with one click Screen Hero – A new screen sharing and collaboration tool that allows MULTIPLE mouse cursors at the same time Circadian Rhythm – Bicycle mechanism of potassium and sodium that controls sleep/wake cycles Jetme.Aero – The priceline.com of private air travel Apple Watch Waterproof Case – From Catalyst, a waterproof case for the apple watch Are You Strong Enough to Save Your Own Life? – From the Art of Manliness…pretty self-explanatory… Famebit – Get a Social Media start to endorse your products or services

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #186 - With Jason Zook of Buy My Future

Oct 7, 2015 47:32

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Episode 186

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In Episode #186 Ari interviews Jason Zook, a man so interesting we can’t do his story justice with a summary introduction. This is simply an interview you’ll need to hear to believe.

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17:32 – Non-Introduction of Jason Zook 18:12 – Jason is a man of five last names 20:08 – How Jason started selling his last name 21:09 – Within 24 hours, Jason had been offered over $33K for his last name 22:25 – The changing of the last name process—it’s not a guarantee, the court can say NO 23:53 – The second time Jason changed his last name 25:30 – Long story short? Jason made just under $100K in two years just by selling his last name 26:25 – I’ll Wear Your Shirt 28:40 – We literally walk around advertising brands – for free ­– every day 29:55 – Building a social media page or a website?—Unless you tell people it’s there, you might as well put a billboard up in the desert—No one will find it if you don’t 30:05 – Use friends and family as an entrepreneurial outreach resources 31:00 – Jason is the man behind Bump Sale 32:12 – Going from $1,000,000 in revenue to $100,000 in debt 32:38 – Sometimes scale isn’t what your business needs 32:55 – Focus on maximizing profits and minimizing expenses 34:15 – Getting a $75K advance for a book, while standing in line for a burrito 35:45 – Publishing is old world which makes earning money hard 36:45 – SponsorMyBook.com 37:15 – Jason probably sent about 5K emails (literally) to get the book made 38:44 – Sometimes you just need to dive in, even if you don’t know what you’re doing 40:35 – If what you’re doing isn’t congruent with who you are—stop doing it! 41:27 – BuyMyFuture.com 44:10 – Follow the 90/10 rule when it comes to emails 44:44 – Jason’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 44:53 – You don’t get what you don’t ask for 45:00 – Feedback is dangerous 45:25 – Figure out how to be more creative 46:25 – www.BuyMyFuture.com

5 Key Points:

Creativity will lead you to success. Scale isn’t always what a business needs to succeed. Sometimes it’s better to jump right into a project and try, even if you have no idea what you’re doing. Family and friends are your best means for entrepreneurial outreach. Believe it or not, the court can actually deny a change of name petition.

Resources Mentioned:

The Less Doing WODcast – A FULLY AUTOMATED daily workout routine brought to you for FREE by Dave Rael and Ari KeyTouch – Use the ID feature on the iPhone to unlock websites, bypass website passwords, etc. Elf Worker – Send small programing jobs via email and get a reply in 24 hours Marker – Screenshotting with annotations with seamless integration to a variety of programs Talko – An app for team calling that integrates with Slack Grow SumoLike Bucket – Trip planning with different buckets for travel plans Startup Retreats – An AirBNB for startups that want a place to conduct a retreat Kontrol App – Control a NEST thermostat from the Apple Watch 5 Natural Sleep Aids – From Mercola, an article about 5 natural sleep aids Developer on Fire – Dave Rael’s budding podcast

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #185 with Shivani Nazareth from Counsyl

Sep 30, 2015 28:30

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In Episode #185 Ari interviews Shivani Nazareth, the Director of Women’s Health at Counsyl, a health technology and DNA-screening company that works to provide people insight into their predisposed genetic diseases using saliva and blood-based tests. Listen as Ari and Shivani talk about the importance of testing, why knowledge is empowering rather than limiting, and why fear isn’t a good reason to stay away from testing.

Special Announcements:

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

11:31 – Introduction of Shivani Nazareth 12:28 – Counsyl places an emphasis on pre-conception and pregnancy testing 14:20 – Ari talks about his family’s experience with 23 and Me 15:15 – When it comes to carrier screening, having the information BEFORE pregnancy is so, so important 15:50 – Unlike other over the counter testing solutions, Counsyl uses next-generation sequencing technology to pick up all mutations within a targeted gene 16:16 – Breaking it down in layman’s terms 17:28 – 40% of people don’t know the TRUE ethnic background of all four grandparents 18:18 – IVF is an option a lot of couples will pursue to avoid the risks of negative genetic mutations 20:30 – Rare is actually pretty common with genetic diseases, collectively speaking 21:03 – Did Counsyl always intend to focus on pre-conception testing? 22:30 – DNA does NOT change when it comes to the types of mutations that Counsyl tests for 23:30 – Genetic counselling helps people understand and process the data of their results 24:05 – Often women end up being tested for disease before men 25:25 – The differences between submitting tests based on saliva and blood 26:00 – Shivani’s background 27:28 – www.Counsyl.com

3 Key Points:

40% of people don’t actually know the ethnic background of their 4 grandparents Rare is actually common (collectively speaking) when it comes to genetic disease If considering genetic testing, make sure to enlist the help of  genetic counsellor to help you understand your results.

Resources Mentioned:

Robots Making Music – And not just any music, real, original, classical compositions Pulling an All-Nighter – Tips to strategically approach an all-nighter, courtesy of the Special Forces Breakout Room – An extremely quick, easy, and STABLE means of screen sharing, live-broadcasting, etc. Universal Language – MIT claims to have found what is – apparently – a universal language Mobile Passport US June Oven – An intelligent oven (with an app) that can identify the food that is to be cooked, and how it should be cooked Marcus Aurelius and Mediation – From Maria Popova, a discussion on mediation and stoicism Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #184 - With Doren Aldana

Sep 23, 2015 34:53

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In Episode #184 Ari interviews Doran Aldana, the founder of My Testimonial Engine, a service that automatically collects testimonials from your customers and shares them on your social media channels. Listen as Ari and Doran talk about everything from entrepreneurial roots in College Pro Painters to the importance of trust and endorsements in facilitating professional success.

Special Announcements:

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

13:43 – Introduction of Doran Aldana – Founder of My Testimonial Engine 14:04 – Doran talks about his background 15:00 – Pivoting to life coaching 15:50 – The mortgage marketing coach 16:04 – Founding Testimonial engine 16:19 – Trust is the prerequisite to EVERY sale 16:31 – Borrowed endorsement is the catalyst for success 17:03 – College Pro Painters as a proving ground 17:58 – Don’t fly by the seat of your pants—get a system and get a mentor if you want to launch an entrepreneurial career 18:45 – Why are people so afraid to ask for testimonials? 19:12 – SYSTEM = Save YourSelf Time Energy Money & Stress 22:00 – Long story short, simplicity is KEY for obtaining testimonials 24:18 – The older, higher affluent clients are those that are hardest to obtain testimonials from 26:26 – Transform breakdowns into breakthrough for your clients 26:48 – The types of testimonials that are more effective than others?—Prior Problem. Solution. Result. 27:40 – The PSR formula is not without limitations 28:34 – Don’t be afraid to write the testimonial for a client and just ask them to sign off on it 29:07 – Doren’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 29:40 – Identify a meaningful goal that you want to accomplish and why it’s important 30:07 – Create a plan 30:30 – Find a winning formula—borrow it if you need to—and then never quit 33:42 – www.MyTestimonialEngine.com/ARI

5 Key Points:

Winners never quit and quitters never win—it’s a cliché but it’s true. Trust is the prerequisite for every sale. Never ever underestimate the importance of planning—do not fly by the seat of your pants. Find a mentor and hold on to them. Simplicity is the key to getting a good testimonial.

Resources Mentioned:

Word’s Best Travel Jacket – A Kickstarter for the world’s most intelligent and optimized travel jacket Unified Weapons Master – High-tech, martial arts body armor for use with REAL weapons Ease.ly – Inforgraphics featuring intelligent, easy to use templates Inbox Vudu – Sits on top of your email and automatically pulls up emails with an action item, creates a summary, etc. Moo-Q – Intelligent Mood Tracking List Your eBook – A active database that can be used to promote eBooks for free or at a discount Slack as the Ultimate Tool for a CommunityBizzy.io – A web service that claims it can boost sales by 35% Trustify – On Demand Private Investigation Text DOLESS – Text DOLESS to 33733

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #183 with Tero Isokauppila of Four Sigma Foods

Sep 16, 2015 37:37

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In Episode #183 Ari interviews Tero Isokauppila of Four Sigma Foods, a company dedicated to making medicinal mushrooms more popular in the United States. Listen as Ari and Tero take a deep-dive in the fun and surprisingly healthy world of fungi.  

Special Announcements:

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

13:42 – Introduction of Tero Isokauppila of Four Sigma Foods, a company that makes dietary supplements using mushroom extracts 14:02 – Tero talks about the Nordic history with foraging mushrooms and berries 15:00 – Why people (at least in the United States) aren’t overly interested in mushrooms 15:30 – People are scared of fungi just like they’re scared of bacteria because there has been an excessive focus on the negative rather than positive properties 16:30 – Half of the best selling drugs in the world are based on fungi 16:45 – The healthiest mushrooms are tree mushrooms which are bitter 18:07 – There are 6x more variety of fungi on the planet than plants 18:55 – Almost all poisonous mushrooms are ground mushrooms 19:25 – Medicinal (tree mushrooms) versus Nutritional/Culinary (ground mushrooms) 21:21 – The Four Sigma Foods extraction method—mushrooms consist of water soluble compounds and fat soluble compounds 23:05 – Reishi is the most popular medicinal mushroom—“The Queen of the Mushrooms” 23:25 – Well known for its ability to improve the microbiome and act as an anti-histamine 24:19 – Lion’s Mane is also a great mushroom to try—it acts as a nootropic 24:46 – Mushroom Coffee 25:57 – Micro-toxins are actually mushrooms themselves 28:25 – Temperature as related to drinking mushroom based drinks 31:25 – Mushrooms Four Sigma Foods would like to add to their inventory in the future 32:30 – Turkey Tail Mushrooms are the easiest to find in the US and are anti-viral and anti-inflammatory 33:22 – Tero’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 33:33 – Hydration 34:10 – Breathing 34:58 – Constantly try one new thing 35:50 – www.FourSigmaFoods.com

5 Key Points:

Mushrooms have astounding anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and positive microbial properties. Microtoxins are actually mushrooms. The Turkey Tail Mushroom is the most prevalent mushroom in the United States and has a variety of positive properties. Much like bacteria, fungi have gotten a bad rap—people focus on the negative without considering the positive. When it comes to safety and medicinal relevance, tree mushrooms (as opposed to ground) can’t be beaten.

Resources Mentioned:

All the Rooms – Searches all the different types of places one can stay—essentially a Kayak for rooms World’s Strongest Man – An article in Vocativ talking about World’s Strongest Man, Brian Shaw’s, diet Gatekeeper – A Chrome Extension for filtering Facebook feeds Pipetop – Data qualified prospects for sales operations Teachery – A site that helps people offer online educational courses Small PDF – A site that enables people to do multiple things with PDFs Audeliver – Creates bookmarking and feeds for audio and video Making Slack Work With All Your Services – From Make Use of, an article highlighting the benefits of Slack Be Loved By Everyone – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Six ways to make people love you  Four Sigma Foods – When you’re ready to improve your overall health and mental wellness, check out Four Sigma Foods and their array of fungi-based supplements. Use the promo code lessdoing to enjoy a 15% discount at checkout.

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #182 - with Russ Perry of Design Pickle

Sep 10, 2015 39:05

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Episode 182

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In Episode #182 Ari – fresh off the Labor Day Weekend – interviews Russ Perry of Design Pickle, the company that’s turning the world of graphic design on its head in favor of the consumer. Listen as Ari and Russ talk entrepreneurship, Optimized Dad, and discuss what makes outsourcing so effective.

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

20:04 – Introduction of Russ Perry, founder of Design Pickle 21:20 – Russ outlines the idea for Design Pickle 21:48 – Design Pickle is a way to get graphic design done without the need to post jobs, etc. 24:36 – The specialization of outsourcing 25:55 – Complications drive up costs 26:22 – How can Design Pickle afford to provide unlimited Graphic Design 27:35 – Power users aren’t actually a huge problem 28:00 – Design Pickle runs on 1) a custom software solution, 2) Stripe, 3) Fresh Desk 29:25 – Design Pickle uses an “air traffic controller” to route the design need to the right designer 30:32 – Russ uses graphic designers all over the world, particularly in the Philippines 32:15 – The hope is that outsourcing can come full circle and companies like Design Pickle will be able to employ US-only workers 33:02 – The future of Design Pickle 34:30 – Russ’ Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 34:47 – Know your core values 35:18 – Delegate as much as possible to software and services 36:12 – Enjoy what you’re doing 37:15 – www.DesignPickle.com

5 Key Points:

Outsourcing is specializing and it’s a welcomed change. Knowing your core values will help you run a business more efficiently. Complications increases costs—avoid them as best as you can. Expect frequently outsourced tasks like manufacturing to come back to the US in the future. Life is short—there’s no point in doing something you don’t enjoy every day.

Resources Mentioned:

 Butter in Your Coffee and Other Cons – Article attacked the Bulletproof Diet and other dietary/fitness phenomena  Pull an All Nighter –  An article from Greatest highlighting ways to hack an all-nighter  Get Graava – This is a GoPro that automatically pulls out the “best parts” and creates a fully edited video  Mobile Passport – An app for the phone that lets you use your phone as a passport  Tiny Nudge – Pomello turns Trello cards into Pomodoro tasks  Enlighten – An app that uses GPS and math to predict when a red light will go green  Ollert – Learn what your Trello cards aren’t telling you  Stress Scale – A way of measuring long term stress on the psyche  Klarisimo – An interesting approach to 3D Body Scanning  Iron Clad – Automated assistant for managing legal documents for your company  Mergency – A global network of registered emergency personnel

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #181 - with Eric Glyman of Paribus

Sep 2, 2015 22:26

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Episode 181

Summary:

In Episode #181 Ari – fresh off his trip to the ER – interviews Eric Glyman of Paribus, a company wholly dedicated to helping online consumers save money in the most simple, straightforward way possible.

Special Announcements:

Hello Harvard

Ari will be speaking THIS SATURDAY at Harvard in Cambridge, MA! The even lasts from 1-5 PM so for those in the Boston area don’t miss this last-minute opportunity to see Ari bring the thunder in person!

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

06:01 – Introduction of Eric Glyman 06:15 – Eric defines Paribus 08:00 – Businesses take advantage of the “we have your back” psychology, but do the absolute minimum to enforce it  09:40 – Paribus needs to deal with a HUGE amount of data 10:26 – Design a business that is always in the best interests of the consumer 11:15 – One of the challenges of Paribus, prices change incredibly fast—for example, Amazon changes 80 million prices per day 12:50 – Paribus is now working to take advantage of mass buying and mass discounts 13:20 -- Never stray from fighting for consumers 13:40 – The Paribus team is constructed in a lean, startup way 15:03 – Paribus is based out of Williamsburg, NY and Menlo Park, CA 15:30 – Dealing with stores that Paribus is not connected with 16:15 – Paribus plans to add stores based on customer input and total store sales 17:25 – Eric’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 17:43 – Don’t start going to work right away—have a plan 19:00 – Don’t be shy about telling people what you’re working on 20:20 – The base status of a startup now is that “nobody cares”—you need to push people 20:54 – Paribus.Co

5 Key Points:

Don’t trust retailers just because “they have your back” on paper. Don’t keep your project to yourself, share it with the world. Get comfortable pushing people—it’s the only way to get what you want. People don’t care about startups anymore, so being aggressive and committed is key. Always keep the consumers best interests at heart and your business will thrive.

Resources Mentioned:

 NO LINKS!!! Surprise!

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #180 with Abelard Lindsay of CilTep

Aug 26, 2015 43:23

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In Episode #180 Ari – joined by special guest hosts Nick Sonnenberg, founder of Calvin App and co-founder of Less Doing Virtual Assistants – interviews Abelard Lindsay, the creator of CilTep, a powerful, over-the-counter nootropic. Listen as Ari and Abelard talk brain chemistry, memory development, and cognitive function.

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

18:34 – Introduction of Abelard Lindsay—Director of Research Development for Natural Stacks 20:40 – Talking about CilTep 21:20 – Coming up with the foundational ingredients 21:53 – PDE4 inhibitors 22:26 – There’s a long cascade from short-term memory to long-term memory 24:50 – Abelard basically conducted self-study with supplements to find the basis of CilTep 26:20 – CilTep prolongs a state of wonder—it makes studying pleasurably addictive 27:28 – When dopamine receptors are activated, they release CAMP into the neuron which causes memory encoding to increase 29:08 – PDE5 is closely related to PDE4 but it drives sexual rather than mental arousal 30:30 – Developing the pathway to improvement and problem solving 33:10 – What Abelard takes regularly 34:25 – Can you overdo it on nootropics? 35:58 – Hard to clearly say because everyone is different 36:45 – Nexus, CilTep, and Mitogen all work on different systems 38:35 – None of Abelard’s stacks feature caffeine 39:10 – Abelard’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 39:18 – Get to know your brain 39:54 – Try to argue without using logical fallacies 40:28 – Write down ideas  41:38 – www.AbelardResearch.com and www.NaturalStacks.com and www.axonlabs.io and @CilTep

5 Key Points:

Memory isn’t a singular concept—there are different kinds of memory Keep a written log of your ideas Don’t necessarily be opposed to self-experimentation. Become close friends with your brain—get to know it. Nootropic can help you create and prolong a natural state of wonder.

Resources Mentioned:

The MiFold – A grab and go Car booster seat Drones for Blood Testing – Exploring the use of drones for blood transfer, testing, etc. The Slack Post – A simple online newspaper for the posting of all Slack integrations Chronic Inflammation and Behavior – From Medical Daily, an article highlighting how probiotics can help with mental illness Make a Game Out of Eating – For kids, a smart placemat that makes a game out of eating The Matador – The droplet wet bag The Skysaver – Cable-based escape backpack for workers and residents of skyscrapers How Ronaldo Sleeps – From The Guardian, an article explaining how Cristiano Ronaldo went to a sleep coach

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #179 with Russel Brunson of Click Funnels

Aug 20, 2015 51:46

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Episode 179

Summary:

In Episode #179 Ari – joined by special guest hosts Adam Hopper of the Less Doing Mastermind Group – interviews Russel Brunson of DotComSecrets and the creator of ClickFunnels. During their conversation, Russel talks entrepreneurship, team-management, and the importance of continual learning.

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

21:30 – Introduction of Russel Brunson from DotComSecrets and ClickFunnels 22:48 – Russel shares his background 24:30 – Russel was never a great student—but he became obsessed with learning when he discovered it led to money 25:53 – Exploring a variety of crafts and services has made Russel a better marketer 28:50 – If you really believe in what you’re doing you’ve got to get out there and be aggressive 30:28 – The difference between an employee and an entrepreneur 32:26 -- Your employees should be able to do 70% of your role at a minimum 33:20 – Talking about Click Funnels 34:30 – It took 10 months to take Click Funnels from an idea to a product 35:52 – You don’t need a blueprint to get started with a project 37:05 – Defining what the Click Funnels and DotComSecrets team(s) look like 38:12 – Russel’s favorite tools 41:10 – Learning from embarrassment 44:50 – You don’t need an amazing skill-set or product to make a living as an entrepreneur 45:30 – Ari is great at speaking, bad at selling 45:48 – Russel’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 46:10 – Understand sooner rather than later that you can’t do everything 47:00 – There are something you just have to figure out on your own 47:47 – Become good at modeling other people 48:46 – If there is someone that’s already doing something well, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it—it means you can learn from them 50:05 – DotComSecrets.com

7 Key Points:

Find your motivation and build everything around that. If you’re passionate about your business, you need to be highly aggressive. 98% of your ideas are ultimately going to fail. Ask yourself, How do I give myself a raise? every day. Learn from your humiliation. Learn from your mistakes. There are certain things you need to grasp yourself—outsourcing isn’t always the answer. You will need help at some point. Don’t hesitate to ask for it.

Resources Mentioned:

CoBoat – A floating (expensive) co-working space MoneyPenny – A dedicated answering service Ignored Productivity Tips – From Make Use Of, an article with some interesting ideas on improving productivity Life-Changing Tips for Sensitive People – From Marc and Angel—a great article demoing how to defeat sensitivity Intelligent Supplements – An IndieGoGo for Nourish, a machine that will create daily, custom blended supplements Speed as a Habit – An article that demonstrates why being decisive matters MeetZimni – Service dedicated to helping people save money and time The Airhook – Kickstarter for a product that acts as an in-flight beverage holder

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #178 with Bonnie Low Kramen of Be The Ultimate Assistant

Aug 17, 2015 43:10

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In Episode #178 Ari – joined by special guest hosts Holly Hanson of the Less Doing Mastermind Group – interviews Bonnie Low Kramen of Be the Ultimate Assistant. During the interview, Bonnie defines what makes a great assistant, and explains how she’s remained exclusive assistant to one of Hollywood’s biggest names for more than 25 years.

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

13:18 – Introduction of Bonnie Low Kramen 13:53 – How Bonnie became an assistant 15:53 – Being a great assistant is all about customized, personalized needs-based service 16:55 – Every assistant wants more 1-on-1 time with their managers—the great ones make due without it 18:00 – It’s important to know how things work manually, if you don’t your life is impaired by the quality and availability of your digital devices 19:30 – A job description is never set in stone 19:50 – Want a successful working relationship – especially with your assistant?—remove the barriers, break down the walls 22:25 – What executives really want from their assistants is delegation 22:45 – Your work as an assistant should enable your employer to do only the things they’re capable of doing 24:54 – Get over the fear that mistakes may happen because – guess what? – they’re going to happen anyway 26:45 – The old paradigm of “managers on high” is dead 27:20 – Assistants often see things the executives miss 29:10 – Executives who empower their staff to speak their mind will do themselves a HUGE favor 30:10 – The strangest requests Bonnie has fulfilled 37:10 – Find your “service heart” 37:40 – If you don’t like the person you’re spending time with – personally or professionally – END THE RELATIONSHIP, life is too short to do otherwise 39:10 – Don’t put up barriers for people who want to stretch and grow 39:50 – Bonnie’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 40:05 – Make great lists—be supremely organized 40:35 – Schedule downtime 41:19 – Keep it personal—take the time to talk on the phone, etc.

7 Key Points:

Don’t feel limited b your studies or degree—know what you love and find a way to incorporate it into your career. The secret to being a great assistant?—Know how to conduct administrative triage. Trust is invaluable in a strategic business partnership. Understand that if you want to be successful, your job description is never set in stone. Get over the fear that mistakes may happen if you delegate to your assistant—the mistakes are going to happen no matter what. You don’t need public acknowledgement to feel happy, learn to internally relish in your own success. If you don’t like the people you’re with, leave them—life is too short to do otherwise.

Resources Mentioned:

Waking Up is Hard to Do – An article from Medium on becoming a morning person Get Simple Prints – Text based service for 1-hour photo album turnaround creation Cambridge Sciences – A test for your brain to highlight where you cognitively stand Super Foods for Health – From Mercola, an article highlighting 10 foods to supercharge your health Phin – Pool care simplified 7 Steps to Change your Life at Any Age – A great article from Marc and Angel to help people become better at life The Lazy Way to an Awesome Life – An article from Ari’s favorite website—Barking Up The Wrong Tree Concurrency – A game that’s specifically built to improve the ability to multitask

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #177 with Serial Entrepreneur Jay Samit

Aug 13, 2015 51:37

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Episode 177

Summary:

In Episode #177 Ari – joined by special guest hosts Kavon and Andrew James of the Less Doing Mastermind Group – interviews Jay Samit, serial entrepreneur, digital media innovator and pioneer in the music, video distribution, social media, and eCommerce spaces. Listen as Jay and Ari talk disruption, entrepreneurship, and the benefits of failure.

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

30:37 – Introduction of Jay Samit 30:56 – How Jay got started 31:43 – “Intrapreneur” 32:38 – Figure out how to build bridges and take on the establishment—otherwise you will fail 33:00 – Disruption isn’t necessarily the essence of entrepreneurship but it is a large component of it 33:24 – The Benihana example 34:25 – Disruption is applicable to business or social institutions 34:45 – Whatever you were told as a kid is BS—you are LIMITLESS 35:19 – The only people that solve problems are entrepreneurs 36:25 – Jay is the guy behind buying ringtones 37:13 – The disruption factor for ooVoo 38:05 – It’s not that their product is better (which it is), but it meets the market need 39:55 – Systematizing disruption 40:18 – Believe that you can and don’t be afraid to fail 40:23 – The biggest mistake people make is not even trying 40:35 – Opportunities ripe for disruption 41:38 – You only need to be ripe for one second to become a billionaire 42:52 – Jay is dyslexic 43:27 – You are not hard-wired to be good or bad at anything—you control your brain 43:58 – Jay’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 44:03 – You can’t go it alone—find the right mentor 44:17 – Focus on where value is captured 44:27 – Get over your fear of failure 46:15 – If you have the drive and determination, you can hire every other aspect of the business 46:38 – Jay’s thought on SMS-based businesses 47:55 – Most of the technologies that were invented, weren’t invented with a business case in mind 50:09 – www.JaySamit.com

7 Key Points:

Failure and failing are NOT the same thing. You only need one second and one idea to become a billionaire. Often people’s biggest regret is the risk they never took. Challenge the establishment but build bridges while doing so. You only need drive and determination—every other element can be outsourced. Always try something at least once—otherwise you might regret it. You are limitless!

Resources Mentioned:

Pixate – Really, really cool design portal where – with no code – you can prototype an app Jet – Guaranteed lowest price available for anything you buy Concert Hotels – Got rhythm? A game that syncs rhythm and keyboard strokes UO Beam – A small, but HD projector that utilizes a laser diode XCut – Free video editing services Tone Analyzer – From IBM Watson, a tool that pulls emotional tone out of written text Mishkafw – Electrical stimulation for the brain CrossFit Solace – An amazing CrossFit box located in the heart of Manhattan

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode # 176 with Jeremie Rodger

Aug 10, 2015 45:49

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Summary:

In Episode #176 Ari – joined by special guest host Kavon of the Less Doing Mastermind Group – interviews Jeremie Rodger, a Couch Surfing veteran and 26 year-old entrepreneur with a natural knack for taking roads less travelled in order to find success. Tune-in to hear Ari and Jeremie talk automation and outsourcing in meticulous detail!

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

17:48 – Introduction of Jeremie Rodger 18:10 – Jeremie shares his background 18:33 – How Jeremie got into business 19:12 – Spent 19-21 travelling around Europe via CouchSurfing.com 19:45 – Jeremie addresses the safety concerns of Couch Surfing 22:15 – As much as Jeremie enjoyed being a broke-hippie, he knew he would need money and a professional future so he started looking at digital opportunities 23:10 – Started making websites and then started outsourcing website design 23:43 – Jeremie got into the Yoga niche on Amazon 24:25 – Sometimes the best ideas are reverse-engineered 25:50 – Get good at hiring people overseas to cut down on your costs and time 26:33 – What are the repeatable processes that happen and who’s going to do them? 27:21 – When you do something twice, it takes you more than 10 minutes, and/or you don’t like doing it, that’s a ripe opportunity for systemization 28:29 – Some people don’t realize how much time can be saved if they just shift their mindset 29:29 – Until people are forced to do something, they’ll often avoid doing it 30:30 – How Jeremie systemizes everything using: Google Sites, Dropbox, Slack, Asana, Screenflow 32:48 – Sometimes Ari creates a complicated process for automation to better pinpoint where problems are when they happen  34:50 – Talking about Slack 35:17 – MeeKan—a scheduling bot 37:00 – Jeremie makes screencasts of everything he does and then uploads said videos to a private YouTube Channel 39:50 – “Oh fuck, we need systems”—truer words were never spoken 41:00 – Jeremie’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 41:18 – Think more like a board member or shareholder than a manager 42:10 – The best productivity tool of all time is staff 43:19 – Have a great product 44:07 – Sidekicks.Co and Jeremie Rodger

7 Key Points:

Don’t be stupid—you NEED systems and processes. Don’t be afraid to drop everything and travel—some of life’s greatest insights, opportunities, and people are discovered that way. Think like a shareholder, not a manager. Learn how to hire people overseas. If you do something twice, take longer than 10 minutes, or you don’t like doing it, find a way to automate or outsource. Identify repeatable process and automate them. Sometimes the best way to start doing something (or defeat a fear) is to intentionally put yourself in a hole with no other way out.

Resources Mentioned:

Vida – Personal Health Coaching Minute.ly – Watch and share only the best parts of the videos you love Native App – Virtual travel assistant PennySaved – Similar to Mint, a personal finance coach to help people manage their money Open Listings – Expert homebuyer support with an average $23K refund Mapstr – Never forget places again—a personalized map of your world Keelo – Short, high-intensity workouts—an app focused entirely on HITT workouts Sip Snap – A silicone cover that can be used to turn any cup into a spill proof sippy-cup Coupon Code: 4ARI

 Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #175 with Tripp of TrippAdvice

Aug 6, 2015 53:38

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Episode 175

Summary:

In Episode #175 Ari – joined by special guest host Kavon of the Less Doing Mastermind Group – interviews Tripp of TrippAdvice, a company wholly dedicated to helping men move past traditional female dating roadblocks. Listen as Ari and Tripp discuss women, sex, entrepreneurship, and a whole lot more!

Special Announcements:

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

29:05 – Introduction of Tripp from TrippAdvice 29:28 – How Tripp got started in the world of dating advice 31:19 – Creating general principles for dating 31:36 – Dating starts with what a man is, what a woman is, and what creates attraction 32:15 – Finding a mate and getting married is such a huge part of life 32:40 – Not all rules are set in stone and that goes for dating rules too—sometimes breaking the rules is the best thing you can do 34:40 – Try and kiss a girl on the first date 36:05 – Ari is terrible at networking—man or woman 36:30 – You’ll always get that butterfly in your stomach when you meet new people 36:50 – Comfort comes with practice 37:25 – Practice systematic desensitization to conquer social anxiety 38:00 – It’s not so bad to go up and talk to a stranger—remember that they’re people just like you 38:06 – Most people will actually be relieved that you broke the ice so they didn’t have to  39:24 – When you approach people at an event you’re automatically going to be seen as a social guy/gal  39:50 – Women want to be approached, they want to meet a man 40:19 – Give women the opportunity to meet you because they want to 41:00 – Develop and own a confident smile 41:09 – If you go up to a woman and say “Hi, I just had to meet you” you’re going to give her butterflies because most men don’t do that 42:00 – People are paying less attention to you than you think 43:50 – A lot of guys are afraid that everyone will be looking at them if they go up and talk to a girl 45:27 – Working 1-on-1 wasn’t a scalable business model for Tripp 46:01 – Tripp’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 46:13 – Fail fast 47:19 – Realize that everyone has to put themselves out there—we’re all fragile and have egos—Don’t assign value to people or yourself 48:58 – Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do—take risks and work hard 52:25 – TrippAdvice

7 Key Points:

If you suffer from social anxiety, practice systematic desensitization. Give women the opportunity to meet you because – guess what? – they want to. Just saying “Hi” is one of the most powerful pickup lines of all. Understand what a man is, what a woman is, and what creates attraction—that’s the key to dating. People are paying less attention to you than you think. Develop and own a confident smile. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.

Resources Mentioned:

Text2Mindmap – A text-based mind-map creation service BodyWhat – Body fat analysis service that uses picture to create a 3d model of the body Ambronite - A drinkable "supermeal" made with ingredients from Whole Foods AmEx Small Business – 5 Ways to Squeeze More Minutes Out of Your Busy Day Six Things Productive People Do – Tech Crunch article highlighting the 6 things the most productive people do every day The Science of Food Addiction – From Mercola, a great article about food addiction Procrastination – Large, long article that highlights everything you’d ever want to know about procrastination which can be aligned with a lack of self-worth How to Improve Your Writing – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, 5 secrets to improve your writing stolen from Hollywood HELP – Virtual Assistant services, similar to Fancy Hands BUT they charge $.15 per minute Sip Snap – A silicone cover that can be used to turn any cup into a spill proof sippy-cup Coupon Code: 4ARI

 Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #174 with Edan Harari of Kinetic Massage

Aug 3, 2015 30:28

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In Episode #174 Ari speaks with Edan Harari of Kinetic Massage, a new style of tissue therapy focusing on embracing problems rather than going to war against them. Listen as Ari and Edan talk about innovative healing techniques, outside-the-box health concepts and the story of Ortho-Bionomy.

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

08:23 – Introduction of Edan Harari of Kinetic Massage 08:49 – Edan explains how he got into Ortho-Bionomy 12:20 – Ari attests to the results of Ortho-Bionomy 12:55 – How Ortho-Bionomy works—painless and permanent knot relief in 5 seconds 14:18 – It’s all about realigning structure—when the body is put into a position of comfort and ease, it allows the muscles and joints to let go of tension 15:35 – Think of muscle knots as “nerve knots” rather than muscle knots—it’s about getting the nerves to relax, that’s the secret 16:00 – Ortho-Bionomy is about homeopathic healing where less is really more 16:18 – The body knows what it needs to do, it just needs to get out of its own way 16:55 – Ortho-Bionomists are facilitators, not healers 19:14 – If you’re traumatizing your body, it’s going to protect itself—when it does, it contracts, tightens and braces 20:09 – Work WITH the body instead of against it—otherwise you’ll never heal 21:25 – When it comes to self-care, use all the tools in your tool kit 23:22 – The limitations of Ortho-Bionomy 24:00 – Ortho-Bionomy isn’t protocol-based, it’s principle-based 24:55 – Find a language of likes rather than a language of opposites 25:44 – Embrace self-corrective mechanisms 25:57 – Edan’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 26:04 – Move more—literally 26:30 – Remember to keep your tissues supple and flexible 27:59 – Regularly ask yourself strategic questions 29:04 – www.kineticmassage.com

5 Key Points:

Knots aren’t really in the muscle—they’re in the nerve. Your body is intelligent—it knows what it needs to do—help it get out of its own way. Focus on realigning the body. Keep your mind and body supple. Correct problems by embracing the problem—it seems counterintuitive but sometimes it’s the easiest way.

Resources Mentioned:

American Time Use Survey – From the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, survey results shedding light on how the average American spends his or her day Text Awesome – Text-based, on-demand virtual assistant services 7 Things You Gain By Letting Go – When you let go of “control”, you gain seven amazing things EK – An app that aggregates all ride-share, ride-provision services Menstruation and the Female Brain – Female cognitive function – for better or for worse – are heavily influenced by chemical imbalances during menstruation 5 Sites to Easily Start Your Blog – An article highlighting 5 sites that make it super-easy to start a blog

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #173 with David Schneider of Ninja Outreach

Jul 30, 2015 27:07

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Summary:

In Episode #173 Ari invites David Schneider of Ninja Outreach, a company that makes outreach marketing simple. In this brief but informative interview David explains how a late-start in the entrepreneurial game isn’t a bad thing and why outreach marketing might be the next big thing.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

12:30 – Introduction of David Schneider 12:50 – Ninja outreach is a software application for outreach marketing 13:48 – David walks Ari through an example of how the technology works 14:55 – How current clients are using the technology 15:53 – David was a late-blooming entrepreneur 17:00 – Freelance work and travel blogging led to David become an entrepreneur 17:40 – What the Ninja Outreach team looks like now 19:14 – Ninja Outreach is a bootstrap start up 19:25 – Ninja Outreach has international clients 20:30 – David like to use basic tools to manage his company/team like Google Docs, Trello, oDesk and Skype 22:26 – The future plans for Ninja Outreach 23:10 – Stagnation is death—never stop innovating 23:44 – David’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 23:52 – Have a clear to-do list each day 24:44 – Leverage assistants 25:50 – www.NinjaOutreach.com or Dave@NinjaOutreach.com

 

3 Keys:

The most effective marketing you can do is the kind you don’t have to create or facilitate internally. Stagnation is the death of any business. Want to have entrepreneurial success? Keep it simple and leverage assistants.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Law Trades – Larry—an SMS-based legal service provider Go the F*** to Sleep – An article discussing the productivity impact of sleep Make Your Own Drugs – Smart drugs, that is Taylor Bot – A bot-based travel planning assistant Alternative to the 8 Hour Workday – From Make Use Of, an article defining the origins and questioning the effectiveness of the 8 hour workday Homping – Smokeless, indoor grill Fear of Rejection – Two tips to overpower the fear of rejection Aboardly – Email automation made simple

 

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #172 with Nir Eyal of Hooked

Jul 27, 2015 39:29

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In Episode #172 Ari is joined by Nir Eyal – author of Hooked – on the Less Doing Podcast. During this Sunday’s episode, Ari and Nir speak at length about the secrets behind human habit-forming. Listen as Nir illustrates why we struggle with habit-forming and habit retention.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

08:49 – Introduction of Nir Eyal 09:26 – Nir Eyal shares his background into the business of behavior 10:15 – The psychology of how behavior is designed is the basis for Nir’s book Hooked 11:10 – How quickly can a habit be formed?—there’s no universal number 11:28 – Habits-forming is directly correlated with emotional resonance 13:39 – Many habits are difficult to start because we simply don’t like to do them 14:29 – We too frequently make habits punitive—this is a mistake 14:51 – Find the hooks in your life 15:40 – Nir defines his 4-step process 16:29 – Create associations with internal triggers 17:00 – The products always change but the fundamental itch that they scratch remains constant 18:27 – One of the biggest drivers of using products on the web is boredom 19:40 – Additions by definition are always bad 19:59 – Nir defines the difference between an addition and a habit 22:10 – Companionship and social connection 23:10 – The focus of Nir’s work – on the commercial side – is to build products that help people create healthy habits 25:09 – Nir asks Ari about email 28:12 – The Human Auto-Responder 29:55 – Whittle away the tasks you do need to spend your time doing 30:58 – Ari defines his former Fancy Hands plan 31:33 – Ari has issued 6700 tasks to Fancy Hands 31:58 – Timesvr.com – the only Fancy Hands-like service that provides unlimited tasks 33:00 – Nir’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 31:41 – Find a mantra or prayer—remind yourself of it every day 34:35 – Figure out what you would do if money was no object 36:44 – Find a great life partner 38:17 – www.NirandFar.com

 

7 Key Points:

Products change, but the human need they fulfill never changes. Don’t make habits punitive. Habits are hard to form because – more often than note – we don’t like what we’re doing. Addictions – by definition – are bad—there are no good addictions. Ask yourself what you’d do if money was not an object. Don’t waste time doing tasks your attention and time don’t deserve. Find a great life partner and hold on to them.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 One Deep Breath – A Ted Talk from Ben Ahren’s about defeating Lyme Disease  Decluttr – A service designed to help people clear out the clutter of their homes  Quad Jobs – Similar to Task Rabbit, but a cheaper alternative  Monahg – Mission-based product purchasing assistance  Kelby and Co – A clothing company that makes stain-proof men’s shirts

 

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #171 with Timo Ahopelto of The Human Charger

Jul 23, 2015 33:42

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In Episode #171 Ari invites Timo Ahopelto of The Human Charger onto the Less Doing Podcast to talk about the oft overlooked role of light in our daily lives. Listen as Ari and Timo discuss the measurable impact artificial light can have on seasonal depression, jet-lag, and sleep.

Sponsored By:

 FollowUp.CC – For years, FollowUp.CC has been Ari’s #1 recommended productivity tool. Now the Less Doing Nation has the opportunity to try FollowUp.CC for a FULL YEAR – that’s right, 12 whole months – for ½ price! To receive your 50% discount, use the coupon code “LessDoing” when you register.

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

13:20 – Introduction of Timo Ahopelto, creator of The Human Charger 14:18 – Ari’s thank you to Timo and personal testament to the product 14:53 – The origins of The Human Charger 16:03 – Timo explains what The Human Charger is, how it works and how it looks 17:27 – The trick is getting the light inside your ear where the specific cells and proteins reside from making us feel “awake” 18:06 – Why The Human Charger uses a 12-minute light dose 19:35 – The risk of The Human Charger is using it incorrectly which can complete throw off your schedule 20:00 – The sun dominates everything we do on Earth 20:14 – Jet lag is a result of non-natural living conditions 21:00 – It’s extremely important to take the charger at the right times 22:17 – When flying due east, use The Human Charger in the morning hours of your destination 22:25 – When flying due west, use the Charger in the evening hours of your destination 23:50 – The Human Charger can be used for Seasonal Depression Disorder 26:10 – Convenience and ease of use are key elements of successful product development 27:50 – Shift workers – particularly night shift workers – struggle from stress and other diseases directly related to their inability consistently sleep 29:19 – Timo’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 30:05 – Be extremely selective in what you do 30:40 – Take one task on at a time and do it to completion 31:07 – Unfinished projects are productivity killers 32:15 – Get the Human Charger on Amazon exclusive Less Doing Promotional Code: LESS10HC

7 Key Points:

Shift workers (specifically night shift) would benefit most from using of The Human Charger. Start a task and finish it—go end to end. There are specific, light-sensitive cells and proteins within the ear that help our bodies plan the sleep cycle. When developing a new product, something that is convenient and easy to use. The sun dominates everything we do on Earth. Jet-lag is the natural consequence of an unnatural process. Be highly selective with your time.

Resources Mentioned:

Text Riley –Text-based virtual service used to help people find a home Common Email Acronyms – From the Muse, 20 common email acronyms explained Cheating Sleep – Poly-phasic sleep used to “cheat sleep” for an entire year Seeflo – Records video of people viewing your site Helpa – Very similar to Fetch, a VA service with an emphasis on purchasing Persistent Surveillance Systems 1 – Technology used to map IED detonations in Iraq is now used to stop crime in American cities Proprly – A service that helps make AirBNB hosts’ lives easier Droids and Jobs – Ted Talk from Andrew McAfee about the future of robots, jobs and the future

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #170 with Trevor Shirk of the United States Army Rangers

Jul 20, 2015 36:04

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Summary:

In Episode #170 Ari chats with Trevor Shirk, an engineer, Captain in the United States Army and a member of the US Army Rangers.  During their conversation, Ari and Trevor talk American Dream University, the US Army’s Ranger School and the key drivers for human excellence.

Sponsored By:

 FollowUp.CC – For years, FollowUp.CC has been Ari’s #1 recommended productivity tool. Now the Less Doing Nation has the opportunity to try FollowUp.CC for a FULL YEAR – that’s right, 12 whole months – for ½ price! To receive your 50% discount, use the coupon code “LessDoing” when you register.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

Subscribe to the Podcast or Leave Us a Review!

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

11:12 – Introduction of Trevor Shirk of the US Army 11:39 – Why Trevor joined the military 13:00 – Trevor’s focus in Afghanistan was IED clearance 14:10 – Trevor is a Ranger-qualified engineering officer 14:50 – The experience of Ranger School 15:20 – Ranger School teaches men and women how to perform optimally in the worst of circumstances 16:23 – The Best Ranger Competition 16:55 – Essentially a 60-hour, non-stop event 19:00 – Defining what the Rangers are known for 20:10 – The Lean Transformation 22:05 – Trevor developed a 2-week sprint framework for transforming his life, focused on 6-7 activities 23:14 – Focus on positive, residual benefits for the future 24:00 – Trevor did a Lean Transformation for his marriage and personal finance as well 25:30 – We focus on 30-day, six-month programs…but the timeframes are far too long—two weeks is the sweet spot 27:15 – There is no one-size-fits-all solution 27:40 – American Dream University 31:49 – Speaking to soldiers at Fort Benning was one of the highlights of Ari’s life 32:25 – Vets are good at what they do but they don’t know what’s possible with their skills in civilian life 32:55 – Trevor’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 33:05 – Find your true purpose, the thing that makes you tick 33:36 – To be effective, you need to be a leader 34:36 – You need to grow—practice a growth mindset

 

7 Key Points:

When it comes to fitness, we focus too much on strength and weight gain—more often than not this leads us past our optimal performing weight/strength level. Keep your mind set on the positive, residual benefits of whatever activity you’re doing. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to any problem—you need to create your own, custom solution. Get clear on your priorities. Ranger School teaches men and women how to perform optimally in the worst of circumstances. You can change your life in two weeks. Find your purpose and then go full-throttle.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Instamic – The GoPRO of microphones The Secret to Success – An article from The Muse about doing less to achieve more Coverr—Free background videos for your homepage Make Your Commute More Productive – An infographic from MakeUseOf demonstrating how people can better use their commute time Send Later – A tool used to delay the sending of emails 11 Tips of the Ultraproductive -- Article from the muse highlighting 11 habits of ultraproductive people

 

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #169 with Colin Darretta of Well Path

Jul 16, 2015 36:34

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In Episode #169 Ari chats with Colin Darretta of Well Path, a company dedicated to providing innovative solutions to personalized modern wellness. During the interview, Colin and Ari invest the majority of their time talking about health and wellness topics including supplements, sleep and proper nutrition.

 

Sponsored By:

 FollowUp.CC – For years, FollowUp.CC has been Ari’s #1 recommended productivity tool. Now the Less Doing Nation has the opportunity to try FollowUp.CC for a FULL YEAR – that’s right, 12 whole months – for ½ price! To receive your 50% discount, use the coupon code “LessDoing” when you register.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

Freeing Finland

Come watch Ari and a collection of other well-renowned biohackers free the people of Finland from their bodily limitations at the 2015 Biohacker Summit being held in Helsinki, Finland from September 23rd through September 24th. Those interested in attending can buy tickets here.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

11:29 – Introduction of Colin Darretta of Well Path 11:53 – How Well Path got started 14:13 – Supplements are nutritional insurance 14:38 – 90% of America is nutritional deficient in some vertical 14:59 – Generally speaking, it’s unrealistic to expect people to obtain all their nutrients via food 16:57 – Well Path pairs supplements with a broad range of macronutrient needs 17:35 – Well Path works to create holistic supplements, custom engineered for the individual 19:55 – The vast majority of GNC employees have no idea what they’re talking about 22:08 – Breaking down the definition of “customized” for Well Path 22:45 – Certain architypes come up again, and again, and again 24:15 – There’s a lot of data out there today about the quantified self, but no one is aggregating the qualitative 24:59 – Well Path’s 8 categories 27:02 – Some of Colin’s favorite supplements 27:30 – Most supplements that have legitimate heath benefits have been around for a while 29:10 – Go for trial and error with supplements 31:00 – Colin never takes new, trendy, “super-sexy” supplements 31:25 – Colin’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 31:37 – Get rid of your TV 33:12 – Stop surfing the internet—carte blanche 33:56 – Don’t try to hack your sleep  35:15 – www.GoWellPath.com

 

7 Key Points:

You need your sleep—stop trying to hack it. Get rid of your TV and stop surfing the internet. Go with the oldest supplements, they tend to be the most effective. Too often the focus is placed on quantitative data when it comes to health and wellness—don’t forget about the qualitative. 90% of Americans are nutritionally deficient in some vertical. Think of supplements as nutritional insurance. It would be nice to get all of our nutrients from food but – in actuality – it’s very difficult to do.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Precrastinator – Helps people break 9 major productivity killers What We Did Today – Keeps everyone on your team updated on your daily project progress Kokoon Eeg – Kickstarter campaign for world’s first EEG headphones Okmylo – Helps users select an outfit for any occasion Narro – A replacement for Sound Gecko—can convert any written text into audio Male Weight Loss Tips – A collection of tips from medical daily about the best ways for men to lose weight Tweetlead.io – Allows people to create 1-click sign-up buttons via a Tweet

 

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #168 with Steve J. Martin of The small BIG

Jul 13, 2015 43:06

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Summary:

In Episode #168 Ari speaks with Steve J. Martin, master of persuasion and Co-Author of The small BIG. During this interview, Ari and Steve cover the science of persuasion, the importance of ethics and the paradox of neutrality.

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

13:57 – Introduction of Steve J. Martin of 14:48 – How Steve got started in the art of persuasion 15:15 – Measuring the skill of sales teams 16:14 – Sometimes success is all about being in a good place at the right time 17:04 – There is no neutrality with influence and persuasion 17:38 – Be honest, be ethical 18:58 – Our response to being manipulated isn’t to the tactic used, it’s to the manipulator 21:43 – We want more of the things we can have less of 22:33 – Scarcity confers value 24:18 – Typically, following what others like us have done is an efficient way to make decisions 24:37 – Find shortcuts to make less decisions 26:40 – Beware of testimonials 28:12 – Knowing the principles of persuasion doesn’t empower you to avoid them 29:25 – Steve’s upcoming projects 31:04 – Small tweaks can lead to big effects 35:07 – What makes people want to give online businesses their contact information 35:23 – The give and take effect 37:19 – Steve’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 37:35 –Understand and learn the 3 keys of human motivation 38:48 – Do not dismiss the power of small things 39:45 – Be human 41:21 – Science and persuasion

7 Key Points:

Find shortcuts to make fewer decisions. Small changes can have massive impact. Scarcity convers value. We live in an information age—we do not live in a knowledge age. Never lose sight of your humanity. Luck plays a role in everything. Be honest and ethical.

Resources Mentioned:

Timeagram – Enables users to schedule their post to Instagram Retroospect – Walks users through their previous work week to determine the best days and times for productivity, etc. 99u – The four types of productivity styles 19 Go-To Foods for a Healthy Pantry – From Ben Greenfield fitness, 19 foods to live a happier, healthier life Best Conditions for a Unicorn – From Tech Crunch, an article highlighting the best conditions to create a “unicorn” of a company Handwriting.IO – A programming API that provides digital handwriting Breathometer – An Indigogo campaign, a device designed to measure oral health Counsyl – A family-prep service to help people who want to get genetically screened before having kids Inoreader – A high-level blog and article processing system—great for speed readers Parenting Tips – From Barking up the Wrong Tree, four new parenting tips to make your kids awesome

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Special Episode #4 with Ben Greenfield of BenGreenfieldFitness.com

Jul 10, 2015 30:42

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Summary:

In Special Episode #4 features a special audio book chapter reading from Ben Greenfield of Ben Greenfield Fitness. During the reading Ben highlights his Top Ten Tips for improving productivity and efficiency across all aspects of life.

Special Announcements:

 Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:15 – Introduction from Ari, including a synopsis of Special Episode #4 04:34 – Beyond Training Chapter 20—as read by author Ben Greenfield 04:55 – This chapter covers 10 of Ben’s top time-saving and productivity tips 05:25 – Checklists are cruel—employ the “buckets” strategy 07:21 – Eliminate TV—don’t throw out your TV—but eliminate cable, satellite, etc. 08:36 – Eat simply—minimize your choices 10:00 – Outsource everything as much as possible 14:04 – Take the time to study the principles and lessons of Ari Meisel from Less Doing, More Living 14:18 – Be smart with email 16:54 – Eliminate distractions 17:53 – Avoid snacking 18:35 – Mini breaks add up—avoid them 19:00 – Aggregate content 21:47 – Start with the hard stuff—start the day with your most challenging task 24:20 – Keep your mind clear 26:15 – Beware of psychological associations 27:50 – Check out LifeHacker, Less Doing, Udemy43 FoldersDumb Little Man4-hour life

5 Key Points:

Eat simply, live simply. Be smart with email and communication tools in general. Read Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel Outsource as much as possible. Avoid checklists—use productivity buckets

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram

Episode #167 with Serial Entrepreneur Eelco DeBoer

Jul 9, 2015 53:10

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Summary:

In Episode #167 Ari speaks with Eelco DeBoer, a Dutch serial entrepreneur who got his start in online business selling hip-hop CDs and other wares over eBay. Since then, Eelco has grown into one of Holland’s most prolific digital businessman, with no less than six different companies to his name.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Harvard Hijinks

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in Cambridge, MA.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

29:00 – Introduction of internet entrepreneur Eelco DeBoer 29:30 – Eelco defines his business background—it all started with hip hop records 31:38 – For five years, Eelco sold thousands and thousands of products on Ebay and other online platforms to make money 32:18 – Information products slowly became Eelco’s bread and butter 33:33 – Strategy wasn’t a part of Eelco’s development—in some sense, success just fell out of the sky based on what Eelco needed and enjoyed doing 34:10 – Eelco labored furiously to educate his customers so they would buy from him 35:30 – The main resource Eelco used to build his business?—pure luck 36:45 – Europe still struggles with accepting Entrepreneurship 38:45 – Why Eelco focuses his operations on Holland as opposed to the globe 40:50 – The absence of a business model can provide a certain level of freedom and flexibility that’s empowering 42:50 – Exciting marketing tools and technologies on the horizon 43:20 – The great thing about Facebook is – in a short amount of time – you can reach large volumes of your ideal audience 44:30 – Forget investing in real estate, invest in virtual real estate 45:20 – Bridging the gap between followers and buyers 46:10 – Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea 46:25 – Business is two things—sowing and reaping—most people are only good at one or the other 48:06 – Eelco’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 48:14 – Switch off the internet 49:29 – Give away your password to your Facebook account to someone you trust 50:50 – Exercise and outsource your discipline 52:05 – Eel.Co

 

7 Key Points:

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones. Like it or not, luck will play some role in your success. Invest in virtual real estate. To create a winning business, you don’t necessarily need a business model. Follow your passion and it will lead you places you never thought possible. Social media marketing is shockingly under-utilized. Business is two things: reaping and sowing.

 

Resources Mentioned:

The Annoyance of the Unread – An Atlantic article using science to explain why unread emails are so annoying Right Signature – Quick and easy digital document signing Lollie.biz – Same idea as Bump-Sale—every time someone buys your product, the price increases by a dollar Videvo – Stock video footage available on-demand Uber Drive Test Drive – A game produced by Uber and available in the app store to help recruit new Uber Drivers Natural Inflammation Treatment – Medical Daily article that highlights how breathing techniques and ice baths can naturally reduce inflammation Everyday Tracking – Lifehacker article demonstrating how tracking how we spend our time can help reduce overwhelm How to get more Likes and Comments – For Instagram users, an article that scientifically demonstrates how to get more comments and likes Are the French the Most Productive – An article form Business Week suggesting that French people are the most productive in the world Effects of Egg Consumption – A scientific study that is – ultimately – a fancy way to say adding an egg to your vegetables will allow for better absorption of nutrients

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #166 with Stu McLaren of Stu.Me

Jul 6, 2015 51:27

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Summary:

In Episode #166 Ari interviews Stu McLaren, co-creator of the WishList Member, one of the most popular WordPress plug-ins of all time. During their conversation, Ari and Stu talk about getting clear on real wants, the nuances of entrepreneurship and the secret to running a great membership site.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

16:00 – Introduction of Stu McLaren, Co-Creator of the best-selling Wordpress Plug-in WishList Member 17:00 – Stu shares his story 18:00 – The first digital product Stu ever sold was an e-book 19:30 – The importance of buying ads and investing in traffic 19:59 – Stu’s #1 strength?—Positivity 20:44 – Stu’s first digital sale? $7.95 22:00 – That $7.95 cost Stu nearly $900 22:29 – Fast-forward a few years the truth comes out—Stu’s brother was actually responsible for that first sale 23:40 – One simple act can have lasting and majorly impactful consequences 24:05 – We all start somewhere 24:30 – The small things DO make a huge difference 25:37 – The profit margins with online business are greater than almost any other business someone can get into 26:45 – Stu started WishList out of personal necessity, not burning desire or passion 27:50 – See a problem, create a solution, a business is born 29:53 – Whenever you’re creating a product that is going to fulfill your needs, focus on what would make it “super awesome” for you—then find other people it can be adapted to 31:30 – Essentialism and The One Thing 32:06 – Whenever you’re looking at different opportunities, get clear on how you’re going to rank those opportunities—you need to clearly outline your criterion 33:55 – Mental bandwidth is your most valuable commodity 37:15 – If you have a big or even modest following, find a way to monetize it 39:09 – Stu shares his key advice for a membership site 39:34 – Get REAL clear on what your audience wants 41:25 – Batch create your content 41:33 – Do NOT provide your members with too much content 41:53 – Value isn’t in the volume of content, it is in content that can drive the results sought 43:18 – Do not avoid planning—if you do, everything will become reactive 44:17 – Stu’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 44:27 – Get clear on what matters most 46:54 – Create and design your life around what matters most 47:43 – Be generous

 

7 Key Points:

Mental bandwidth is your most valuable commodity. See a problem. Solve a problem. Now you have a business. Everyone starts somewhere and it’s usually somewhere way down at the bottom. The small things really can have the biggest impact. STAY POSITIVE. Focus on what your customers WANT and be mindful of how you provide it to them. Do not avoid planning—Take the time to plan. It pays dividends.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Ztailors – Uber for tailoring services Fruits and Veg for June – An article from Time talking about six foods that will taste better in June than they will all year Big Benefits of Squats – For better bowel movements, squat don’t sit Mimry – For $5 a month, receive personal styling advice (men only) Eden Tech – Uber for tech support Bump Sale – Digital product sales and – for every sale – the price goes up $1 Pahoj – A child bike seat and stroller in one!

 

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #165 With Rory Vaden of Procrastinate on Purpose

Jul 2, 2015 45:36

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In Episode #165 Ari hosts Rory Vaden, a refined public speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author of Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose who works to help people live healthier, happier, more effective lives. During the interview, Rory breaks down the Procrastinate on Purpose methodology and explains why everything you know about time-management is wrong.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

17:40 – Introduction of Rory Vaden, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose 18:09 – How Rory got into the “success” business 20:30 – Rory got to meet and be mentored by Zig Zigler 20:55 – Rory conducts 1-on-1 sales coaching—they have over 115 employees and 800 clients 22:10 – The approach Rory takes is, “what’s holding you back?” 22:30 – Improvement is less about a change in process and more about a change in thinking 23:20 – Everything you know about time management is wrong 24:36 – Efficiency has a point of diminishing returns 25:04 – Importance and efficiency need to be correlated—if they’re not, you’ll find yourself in a never ending struggle to “catch-up” 26:35 – The POP methodology 27:00 – Significance changes everything 27:15 – Dissecting the modern-day to-do list 27:45 – You can’t solve today’s problems with yesterday’s tools and strategies 28:05 – How can I use my time today to create more time tomorrow? 29:50 – Online bill pay example 31:00 – Give yourself the permission to take the time 31:13 – ROTI—Return on Time Invested 33:04 – The Focus Funnel 33:58 – Time management today isn’t just logical, it’s emotional 37:20 – Some of Rory’s favorite sources of automation: 37:26 – Infusionsoft 40:00 – Automation is to your time what compounding interest is to your money 40:39 – We’re living in a day and age where automation has never been more readily available 41:05 – Think long term!—Don’t overweight the urgency, place greater emphasis on significance 42:40 – Rory’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 42:55 – Give yourself permission to invest an hour with Rory 43:23 – Ask yourself the question: Is what I am doing right now something that ONLY I CAN DO?—ask this question all the time 44:03 – It doesn’t matter who you are, or how good/bad you’ve been—success is never owned, it’s rented, and the rent is due every day.

 

7 Key Points:

Identify the thing(s) that is holding you back. Improvement isn’t about a change in process it’s about a change in thinking. To solve today’s problems, you cannot use yesterday’s tools and strategies. Use your time today to create more time tomorrow. Do NOT disregard the return on time invested. Efficiency has a point of diminishing returns. Automation is to your time what compounding interest is to your money

 

Resources Mentioned:

Thankster – A service that will mail authentic, hand-written thank you cards—integrates with Zapier right out of the box Everblock Systems – A company that will build on-demand modular plastic blocks Here Active Listening – From Doppler Labs, a Kickstarter campaign for (arguably) the worlds smartest earbuds Sleep Problem Solutions – 5 Sleep Problems Nobody Talks About Fancy Hands Texting – A nice perk to stay in contact with your VA during a specific task

 

Credits:

 Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram  Original Music provided by Felix Bird  Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #164 with Josh Davis of Two Awesome Hours

Jun 29, 2015 55:23

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In Episode #164 Ari invites PhD and author of Two Awesome Hours, Josh Davis, on the Less Doing podcast. During this week’s interview, Ari and Josh go in-depth on the subject of brains, neural programming and why working for great lengths of time is far from being the right way to tackle a busy schedule.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

Rockefeller Roundtable

Come watch Ari regale a roundtable of avid Helm Society listeners with the lessons of Less Doing on September 9th from 10AM to 2PM in New York City.  

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

30:46 – Introduction of Josh Davis of Two Awesome Hours 31:05 – Josh defines the NeuroLeadership Institute 32:47 – Josh’s background is varied but he eventually fell into psychology and research 34:15 – The genesis for Two Awesome Hours 34:30 – More and more—people are being overwhelmed with work and the natural response is to work harder, longer and more frequently—this is a terrible solution for a human being 35:15 – What we can do, is be very effective for short bursts of time—we’re sprinters 36:23 – You don’t need to be “ON” all day long 37:12 – People who brag about how much work they do or how little they sleep are (for lack of a better word) foolish 38:52 – The strategies Josh recommends 38:58 – There really are only a handful of moments throughout the day where we can make decisions about what task to do next 39:39 – Most of the time we’re rolling on auto pilot so recognize those few moments when you’re fully aware and present 40:39 – Do what’s important, not what’s urgent 41:12 – Time isn’t wasted during those moments we’re “in-between” tasks…time is wasted when we get started on the wrong task 41:30 – Josh’s routine 43:46 – Exercise has incredible short-term benefits 46:00 – Things that we need to do “well” are things where we need to be fully present 48:04 – The importance of environment and how we can improve any workspace 49:03 – ADD isn’t a problem—that’s how your brain, your attention system, is supposed to work 51:59 – Josh’s Top 2 Tips to be More Effective: 52:07 – Learn some self-compassion 52:48 – Understand that mind-wandering is completely healthy 53:30 – Check out the NeuroLeadership Institute and http://www.twoawesomehours.com/

 

7 Key Points:

Enjoy the moments when your mind decides to wander—let it happen. Your brain is naturally wired to have what essentially amounts to ADD—it’s not a problem. Obtain self-compassion. You can’t be “ON all day and, more importantly, you don’t need to be. We can be incredibly effective for short periods of time. Time isn’t wasted in-between tasks, it’s wasted when the wrong task is started. Exercise has amazing and oft-overlooked short-term benefits.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Warrant.ly – Paper warranties are no more! Scan or snap a picture of your warranty and upload it to the app Ultradox – Like IFTTT or Zapier but for documents Build Fire – Build amazing mobile apps in minutes AwardMeApp – An app that tracks your spending and credit card offers so you never miss an opportunity to earn free travel points Blood Test for Viruses – VirScan—a $25 test that uses a drop of blood to determine every virus you have ever been exposed to InboxVudu – An app that does three things to optimize your inbox Test Results That Shouldn’t Alarm – Medical Daily article explaining that some “positive” tests in labs aren’t worth getting excited about Coral Life – Not super innovative, but useful—an interactive home-guide for guests staying in your home Waze – Travel app focusing on travel and navigation Vitamin B Complex – Has proven to be a HUGE energy boost for Felix

 

Reviews, Comments and Questions:

03:30 – Review – From UK listener SI1605 – “This is an indispensable podcast to me. Each podcast is split into two sections. In the first part Ari – and sometimes another person – discuss the latest productivity hacks and apps they have found…very useful and I always have a pen and paper to write down what I am going to try out next. In the second part, Ari interviews a guest about their productivity tips. An excellent podcast that I will recommend to all!”

 

Credits:

Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #163 with Mary Meckley of Sip and Om

Jun 25, 2015 33:28

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Episode 163

 

Summary:

In Episode #163 Ari interviews his much-appreciated meditation teacher Mary Meckley of Sip and Om. During the interview, Mary explains how her time working in corporate Japan led to her discovery of meditation, how that discovery led to a newfound love, and how that newfound love ultimately led to the birth of Sip and Om.

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

10:25 – Introduction of Mary Meckley of Sip and Om 11:19 – Mary explains how she got into meditation 14:19 – Meditation creates new neural pathways in the brain 15:01 – Mary does not focus on one specific type of meditation 15:40 – Use whatever techniques you need to get there – there being a place of calm and mindfulness 16:17 – Have something to look forward to every day 16:40 – Meditation is about slowing downs and becoming self-aware 18:15 – How Mary lays out the weekly meditation schedule 19:00 – Get outside and connect with the world…with nature…with your environment 20:26 – When one faces the elements everyday they become more capable of handling stress, anxiety, etc. 22:45 – The most important thing in meditation is to allow yourself to transition…you can’t just sit down and turn it on 25:20 – For most people, conducting a daily podcast would be a challenge but Mary enjoys it 25:28 – Make your meditation rough around the edges 26:23 – Consistency is important in meditative success 26:55 – The people that become the best meditators – that get the most out of mediation – are those with high-energy 28:16 – Mary’s sources of inspiration 30:14 – The more you learn, the more you’re obligated to do something with that knowledge 31:48 – www.SimAndOm.com

 

7 Key Points:

Find something to look forward to every single day. People need to adapt themselves to the seasons – to the outside world – rather than just create a false level of “comfort” all the time. Meditation needs to be rough around the edges. Become a master of transition. Consistent meditation has been proven to create new neural pathways in the brain. Everyone needs a source of inspiration, but that source need not be grandiose. Exposure to the natural world helps us better understand (and ultimately control) things like anxiety and stress.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 Sound Hound – Actually it’s called Houndify but it’s awesome nonetheless—this is Siri on every PED imaginable  AnalyzeCorp – An outsourcing service for data science  IBS Test – Medical daily article highlighting a new test designed to definitively identify the cause of IBS  Diff Bot – Automated website scraping complete with an API and other elegant features  Slack’s Secret Sauce – An article by Andrew Wilkinson explaining why Slack has become such a searing hot success  How Successful People Work Less and Do More – Article in Entrepreneur Magazine from Travis Bradberry highlighting a variety of habits found in successful people  Less Doing, More Living on Sip and Om – A 7-day meditation series from Mary Meckley on Productivity

 

Credits:

 Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram  Original Music provided by Felix Bird  Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #162 With Dr. Jeff Spencer of The Champion's Blueprint

Jun 22, 2015 35:44

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Episode 162

 

Summary:

In Episode #162 Ari interviews Jeff Spencer of The Champion’s Blueprint. During the episode, Ari and Jeff discuss the secrets to success in all aspects of life and highlight the unheralded importance of a good cornerman.  

 

Special Announcements:

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

11:39 – Introduction of Dr. Jeff Spencer of The Champion’s Blueprint 13:27 – The less assuming tend to win in life 14:49 – In life or in sports, everyone needs a body that can perform 15:42 – Everyone needs a cornerman 16:37 – There are 9 areas of life 16:55 – The person with the most technical skill is not the champion—the champ is the person who’s ready for the 3-5 pivotal moments 18:26 – Identify the real obstacles standing in your way 19:14 – The punch you need to fear is the one you never see coming 20:29 – History does not lie—it’s an amazing reference point and predictor of the future 20:44 – Most people fail to prepare 21:49 – How a cornerman is different from a coach 23:00 – One good cornerman is better than 10 coaches 25:40 – Jeff’s original cornerman 27:13 – “My mentors saved my life” 27:28 – “You can’t win alone, it’s impossible” 30:00 – Sports are a great metaphor for life 31:20 – Success has less to do with the small details and more to do with having all the elements in the equation moving harmoniously 32:13 – Jeff’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 32:24 – Will and talent cannot save you 33:11 – Find a cornerman and hold on to him 33:42 – No one wins alone 34:28 --- www.DrJeffSpencer.com

 

7 Key Points:

Having a high-performance body is not just important for athletes, it’s important for everyone. Everyone needs a cornerman. Don’t go it alone—in life, business, sports, anywhere. Always prepare for the 3-5 pivotal moments that determine success. Know thy history, love thy history. Understand that sports are a wonderful metaphor for life. If you want to be successful, building a blueprint isn’t just a good idea, it’s a necessity.

 

Resources Mentioned:

The Human Charger – A device designed to help people defeat the adverse effects of jet-lag (promotion code: LESS10HC) Pycnogenol – French maritime pine bark extract…one of the richest sources of antioxidants Movement and Circadian Rhythms – An NYT Blog discussing the role movement plays on circadian rhythms WordZen – Gmail plug-in that allows for more effective emailing Front App – Shared email and SMS inbox for teams. Ikea Hack – A standing desk that can be built from $22 worth of supplies available at Ikea Thync – A “thinking” headband designed to directly improve moods and energy Doorman – A service-based app designed for people without a doorman

 

Credits:

 Audio Engineering provided by Chris Mottram  Original Music provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #161 With Steve Sims of The Blue Fish

Jun 18, 2015 31:25

Description:

Episode 161

 

Summary:

In Episode #161 Ari interviews Steve Sims of The Blue Fish, the world’s leading provider of luxury concierge services. During their brief but powerful conversation, Steve outlines the method to his astoundingly successful customer-retention madness and explains why The Blue Fish is truly a concierge service unlike any other.  

 

Special Announcements:

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

10:56 – Introduction of Steve Sims, founder of The Blue Fish 11:39 – The Blue Fish is a real-life wizard of Oz 12:12 – An unforgettable private dining experience in Florence… 17:18 – The “envelope in the hotel” tactic 19:24 – Only 7-12% of emails actually get through to and read by their intended recipient 20:15 – If you want an open rate that’s 100% you have to stand out, you have to be different, you have to be distinct—and you cannot use email 21:00 – Don’t send personal letters, notes, etc. just to friends and personal acquaintances—send them to people you’re trying to entice 21:35 – Show you care, show you have that personal touch 22:30 – The Blue Fish has just under 4,000 clients 22:48 – If you don’t like talking to clients, you had better like watching your bank account disappear 23:20 – Be hyper-observant when it comes to what your client ISN’T saying 24:16 – Find a way of connecting 25:00 – Don’t keep it in your head, write it down 25:33 – When you’re writing notes, personalize them and keep it short 26:24 – Try the snail mail, note-based system and watch your conversion rates skyrocket 27:22 – Steve’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 27:31 – Be YOU 27:52 – Dumb it down—avoid airs and graces 28:25 – Be humble and respect other people 28:56 – The Blue Fish membership requires a $5K a year fee, an interview and an application 29:38 – UglySims.com

 

7 Key Points:

Handwritten notes are the only way to leave a lasting impression on your clients. Find a way of connecting with your clients on a personal level—if you do, you’ll resonate. Don’t keep an idea, thought, or notion in your head. WRITE IT DOWN! Most people read less than 15% of their email and they respond to even less of it. Letters aren’t just for personal friends—they’re for business partners and customers you’re trying to court. Do more than just get to know your clients as their profession—get to know them as people. Master the art of personal touch and personal flair.

 

Resources Mentioned:

How to Stop Worrying – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, an article highlighting ways people can stop worrying Join Send – A company that will provide pick-up and drop-off services for a fixed rate depending on the item Any Fetch – Chrome extension that will provide you information on the person you’re currently emailing The Benefits of a Working Mom – A study done by the Harvard Business Review highlighting the positive impact of having a working mom Unld – A text based service that will help you sell your stuff—think of it as Craigslist in the flesh The Suitsy – A onsie that looks like a suit

 

Credits:

         Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird          Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #160 with Ric Thompson of Done For You Solutions

Jun 16, 2015 17:53

Description:

Episode 160

 

Summary:

This week features a leaner, meaner Less Doing Podcast—no links, no special announcements, just a dynamite interview with Ric Thompson of Done For You Solutions—a game-changer of an organization within the virtual assistant space.

Special Announcements:

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

01:21 – Introduction of Ric Thompson, the founder of Done For You Solutions 02:02 – Ric defines Done For You Solutions as a team of VA’s rather than an individual VA 03:10 – Ric has always surrounded himself with an excellent team, people always (jokingly) asked about hiring his team—an idea is born! 03:35 – More frequently than not, Ric’s team is hired to do web development because “that’s the stuff no one wants to do or learn” 04:01 – They’re also asked to do a lot of admin work—why?—because admin work is a time suck 04:20 – Content for your business needs to come from a professional writer 05:19 – If you’re an expert on something, outsource everything else 06:08 – Ric’s team follows the distributed model (his team is all over the world) and leverages modern technology 07:19 – The key to defeating outsourcing objections according to Ric?—clear communication 08:17 – Delegation is not something you can just wake up and do—like anything else, it’s a skill that needs development 08:20 – Stephen Covey – The 5 Levels of Delegation 08:45 – Most people want to start at level 4 or 5 of delegation 08:57 – Delegation is a relationship 10:48 – Steve’s Top 3 Tech Tools for successful outsourcing 10:51 – Skype 11:06 – Basecamp and Trello 12:09 – DropBox 12:30 – Entrepreneurs and small business owners want to get stuff DONE, but they tend to skip thinking things through 13:30 – Ric is always focused on sales and hiring because he has outsourced all of his other tasks 14:22 – Ric’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 14:28 – Own the proper mindset 15:32 – You are NOT your business—to your business, time is a scalable resource but YOU are limited to 24 hours in a day 15:52 – Keep dialing in your effective communication skills 16:21 – DoneForYouSolutions.com

 

7 Key Points:

Effective communication is 100% critical to the success of any outsourcing effort. Surround yourself with a quality team and a quality business will quickly emerge. Leverage modern technology to make your life easier. Delegation is a skill that requires an investment of time and effort to master. Never forget that you are NOT your business. Content for your business needs to come from a professional writer. If you are an expert at something, outsource everything else so you can focus on what you do best.

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #159 - With Tim Ferriss of The Four Hour X

Jun 11, 2015 01:14:04

Description:

Episode 159

 

Summary:

In Episode #159 Ari is joined by productivity man, myth and legend Tim Ferriss of The 4 Hour Work Week fame. During this hour-plus interview, Ari asks Tim about the origins of his success, the keys to his continued habits of excellence and what makes “The Four Hour X” approach to life so radically helpful.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles. For the most up-to-date information on the Growth Summit, check out TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn!

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

25:59 – Introduction of Tim Ferriss of The 4 Hour Work Week 26:52 – Talking about the Tim Ferriss Experiment 29:08 – Tim has “failed” at TV twice 31:14 – It’s not enough to be a positive thinker—you need the “feet on the ground” strategies 32:00 – Mastery comes through teaching 32:38 – Tim didn’t learn how to swim until he was in his 30s 33:12 – When you suddenly overcome an “impossible” other impossibles in your life start to fall 37:30 – Tim’s next “skill” to develop? 39:03 – Tim’s to-do list 41:14 – Becoming proficient in any activity creates far-reaching transferrable skill 42:38 – The Checklist Manifesto 42:45 – No matter how dexterous of mind and body you are, checklists (processes) will make you better 43:40 – Is there blowback from people who are offended by the notion that Tim can “learn” a task in one-week? 46:12 – Be unorthodox and challenge the “best-practices” of your given skill 46:29 – “This takes a lifetime to learn” is something people say when they’re trying to defend their fiefdom 46:44 – More often than not, it is said to deter people from trying 48:31 – Tim’s key tools for automation 48:47 – Boomerang as a Gmail extension 50:14 – Delegate anything that consumes attention rather than time 53:32 – Ari defines Optimization as…tracking…looking at the process you’re going through as it exists and making it better 54:15 – Tim’s key tool for Optimization 54:26 – The quantified-self movement 54:45 – People who track for the sake of tracking 54:55 – People who track for goal accomplishment 58:35 – Don’t view the physical body as separate from the mind—Your brain is an organ subject to the same constraints and variables as your body 61:00 – Temperature is the under-discussed aspect of sleep 62:15 – When you take care of your primary asset, everything becomes easier 63:12 – Tim’s take on the Invisible UX movement—text-based services 63:37 – One of the easiest types of businesses to prototype and start but the most difficult to scale 67:25 – Tim’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 67:55 – You are the average of the 5 people you associate with most 68:48 – Exercise regularly, at least 15-20 minutes of motion per day 69:39 – Meditate first thing in the morning, even if it’s just 5 minutes *70:25 – Download and use the Chrome extension Momentum 71:40 – If you’re feeling self-doubt or are living in a dark place, read: Productivity Tricks and Practical Thoughts on Suicide *48:37 – The small things – when repeated – become very, very important

 

7 Key Points:

The internet is helpful, but it’s also a rat-hole—don’t get lost in it. More than anything else, mastery comes from teaching. Your brain is an organ subject to the same constraints and variables as your body—it needs proper nutrition, exercise and rest. Good tracking habits are key to optimization. Don’t be afraid to challenge best practices—be unorthodox. The small things, when repeated, become the big things. Conquer something you have long deemed “impossible”—watch as all the other “impossible” things start to become possible.

Resources Mentioned:

How to Stop Worrying – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, an article aiming to help people defeat their worries Is Multitasking Bad? – It is impossible to truly multitask, but you can combine low-focus tasks with high-focus tasks Telegram That – Physical telegram delivery, available only in San Francisco Video Pixie – A freelancing website, specifically dedicated to video production PariBus – Automated price-drop recovery technology Launch Kit – An app store sales recorder GetTre.at – Mobile payments by visiting specific locations Infant Antibiotics and Adult Disease – Science Daily article explaining how heavy antibiotic use as children can weaken our gut flora and immune systems as adults Sidekick – A Google Chrome plugin that allows users to quickly see who opens and clicks on their emails

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #158 - With Marie Forleo of MarieTV

Jun 8, 2015 37:51

Description:

Episode 158  

Summary:

In Episode #158 Ari brings “part business strategist, part marketing maven and part spiritual ass-kicker”, Marie Forleo of MarieTV on to the Less Doing Podcast. During this energetic interview, Marie talks about her Jersey roots, Italian heritage and building a multimillion dollar brand from scratch.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles. For the most up-to-date information on the Growth Summit, check out TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn!

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

08:59 – Introduction of Marie Forleo, creator of Marie TV 09:23 – Marie got her start as a 23 year-old life coach and fitness video instructor 10:20 – The conventional wisdom that you have to choose one thing to “be” as an adult is wrong 13:30 – Ari used to teach a cardio class at his wife’s yoga studio 14:00 – If you don’t know how to laugh…learn how 15:05 – Many of us can be our own worst enemy 16:41 – The process of creation is NOT easy 17:05 – The act of creation is fun 17:43 – Make sure you’re doing at least a portion of your work for YOU 18:30 – When starting a business, profitability takes time to achieve 20:45 – There’s traditionally a lack of soulfulness in business training/teaching 22:38 – At her core, Marie is a natural teacher and student 23:55 – The more we can get into our bodies and avoid living from the neck up, the more creative and successful we can be 24:33 – Marie’s daily routine 25:05 – 10 minutes of meditation in the morning is a MUST 25:48 – Schedules and routines are great, but they need to be flexible 26:17 – Ride the rhythm of life 27:14 – Marie writes every single day, but not in a ritualistic way 29:55 – Learn how to shut out the distractions and just get your work DONE 30:33 – Marie’s dietary direction?—lots of water and lots of plants with dustings of dairy, carbs and alcohol 34:00 – Marie’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 34:12 – Recognize that priorities equate to prosperity 34:45 – Before ending your workday, outline tomorrow 35:02 – Get better at saying “no”  36:08 – www.MarieForleo.com  

 

7 Key Points:

Ride the rhythm of life—don’t be excessively rigid in your routines or habits. Saying “no” to people is an invaluable life-skill—learn how to do it. The process of creation is not easy but it is fun. Reaching a state of profitability in business takes time and commitment. Being a good teacher means being a good student. We spend too much time living life from the neck up. Make sure you’re doing your work for YOU.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Lily Camera – New – very cool – automated drone camera Complete.li – Think of it as auto-complete for Gmail Ringr – iPhone and Android app that allows for seamless call recording 33Vincent – Virtual Assistant service IntroBar – Custom introductions to your website Heyo – Allows users to make purchases through Facebook Proonto – Video, audio and chat support for your website

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #157 with Dan Peña of Ask the 50 Billion Dollar Man

Jun 4, 2015 42:17

Description:

Episode 157

 

Summary:

In Episode #157 of the Less Doing podcast, Ari is joined by Dan Peña of Ask the 50 Billion Dollar Man. Follow along as Dan outlines his dos and don’ts of business, from the importance of long hours at the office to having the right attitude to achieve success. Listeners beware—Dan loves himself an expletive or two so those with sensitive ears may want to skip this episode.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles. For the most up-to-date information on the Growth Summit, check out TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn!

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

11:25 – Introduction of Dan Peña of Ask the 50 Billion Dollar Man 12:00 – Explaining the origins of “The 50 Billion Dollar Man” 13:30 -- $50 billion is the value/money Dan has created for others 14:10 – Dan’s model is to pull as many people across the goal line as possible 14:30 – Everybody wants wealth, but not everybody wants notoriety 15:32 – Quantum Leap Advantage: QLA 18:00 – Dan does between 2 and 6 retreats per year 18:40 – Homework is an important part of improvement and success 18:50 – Nothing will drain your energy like negative emotion 19:37 – Dan started with no money…$820 dollars 20:30 – High-performance people have a lot of energy 20:39 – Motivation gets you started, good habits keep you going 21:00 – “You may not like Donald Trump but he is a high-performance guy…he doesn’t go to the Super Bowl, he doesn’t hang out at sports bars” 22:22 – It’s easier now than ever to conduct business thanks to the internet…you can cover WAY more ground 23:28 – How Dan turned $832 into a career 23:55 – Look for a need and try and fill it…if you can’t be first you have to be different 24:19 – If you ever want to do business with someone who overpays, do business with government 26:05 – His first year in the refinery business, Dan did $50 million in revenue with one employee (himself), a leased fax machine and a phone 26:28 – Use your leverage 27:04 – Go to where the market is hot 28:45 – Most young people wouldn’t know a good deal if it kicked them in the balls 29:25 – Go for it when you’re young…you have the energy…work the 20 hour day 29:54 – The most successful people in our society – Buffet, Branson, Gates, Trump, etc. – None of them are 4-hour work week people…they’re 14, 15, 20 hour WORKDAY people 30:54 – Different perspectives and ideas will keep you sharp and young 32:10 – Dan openly tells people to rip his material via TOR 33:12 – Sometimes you need to be willing to say: if you can’t figure it out yourself, fuck you. 33:30 – Dan defines his morning routine 33:55 – Be awake for at least 90 minutes before you need to interact with people 34:16 – Dan takes between 150 and 180 pills a day 36:56 – Dan’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 37:18 – Just fucking do it 37:24 – Look to do business with a government entity—they’re sloppy and leave profit margin on the table 38:30 – Find a mentor and leverage off their experience…make sure you have more in common with them than just business 39:49 – www.DanPena.com 40:20 – www.Askthe50billiondollarman.com 40:39 – The world is your oyster

 

7 Key Points:

Just…Fucking…DO IT! Nothing saps energy like negative emotion. Motivation gets you started, good habits keep you going. Look for a need and try and fill it…if you can’t be first you have to be different. The most successful members of our society have a 12-hour workday, minimum. Take complete advantage of your leverage, whatever it may be. If you’re looking to make money in a business venture, do business with government.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Genie – The Keurig coffee pod concept but for food…seriously Fit Men Cook – A new app that catalogues unique recipes, calories consumed, etc. Bablic – A website app that will automatically translate your website into any language you want automatically 5 Steps to Hack & Heal Female Sexual Desire – An article that discusses all of the unexpected things that kill female sexual desire Dufl – Takes the hassle out of bringing clothes with you when you’re travelling TransLoader – Time saving app that allows users to download large things (.ZIP files, etc.) directly from their iPhone to their Mac TrackR – A Chrome plug-in that will catalogue how much time you spend on each website in a graph Chili Pad – A dual-zone mattress topper that allows for custom sleep temperature adjustment

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #156 with Gretchen Rubin of Better Than Before

Jun 1, 2015 46:42

Description:

Episode 156

 

Summary:

In Episode #156 Ari invites Gretchen Rubin, a happiness hero and author of The Happiness Project and Better Then Before to the Less Doing podcast. Listen in as Gretchen and Ari talk about their tips and tricks surrounding happiness, habits and all-around better living.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles. For the most up-to-date information on the Growth Summit, check out TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn!

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

11:20 – Introduction of Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Better Then Before 11:55 – How the Happiness Project came to pass 12:15 – We often don’t spend enough time thinking about happiness 13:08 – Gretchen shares some of the things she found immediately improved her happiness      13:30 – Your physical experience always colors your emotional experience 14:30 – The Japanese Art of Decluttering 16:00 – Testing the big theories of happiness 16:55 – www.GretchenRubin.com 17:08 – Happier with Gretchen Rubin 17:45 – Sometimes you have to accept a negative period in order to get the benefits that ultimately lead to happiness 19:05 – Sometimes you just have to trust yourself—You’re doing the right thing, just be patient 20:15 – Even if you don’t see the change right away, stick with it!—As long as you know what you’re doing is right for you 21:10 – Research suggests that 40% of our day is shaped by habit 22:50 – The Four Tendencies 25:25 – Keeping the “streak” is incredibly important in keeping your habits up 26:04 – Ari’s 5 daily habits that he MUST keep up 28:52 – Ari’s habits are about staying balanced and maintaining self-control 29:45 – Some people assume that if they load themselves with guilt and shame they can better practice their good habits—that is not the case 30:35 – Every once and awhile you’ll fail 31:50 – How Gretchen quit sugar 31:55 – Samuel Johnson—Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult 34:40 – “It’s not rigid for me” 36:04 – Habits Gretchen is currently working on implanting in her life 36:46 – “Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time.” 37:15 – Brush your teeth after dinner to stop night-snacking 38:55 – Gretchen’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 39:02 – Know thyself 41:10 – Find clarity—be clear about what you want and why you want it 42:25 – Think of your body

 

7 Key Points:

Take the time to consciously think about your happiness. Physical experience invariably colors your emotional experience. When making big change, be patient and stay committed—it takes a while for the benefits to show up. Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time. “Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult.” “Keeping the streak” is an incredibly effective psychological tool for maintaining good habits Find clarity—about yourself, your goals, your work…everything.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Art Tatum – A partially blind Jazz Pianist who learned to play on a player piano; all about making the impossible possible 7 Apps for People Who Hate Working Out – A Time-magazine article containing 7 apps for people who loathe a trip to the gym Camio – Takes the footage from dropcam and automatically parses it into a series of daily highlights so users don’t have sort through all the footage Junk Food and Stress – Sugar provide stress relief by killing cortisol which is why people crave it Meditation for Productivity – A 7-day series featuring meditation designed to enhance productivity Tylenol and Pain – Not only is Tylenol good for aches, pains and fevers, but it’s also good at dulling emotional pain Dogs Eyes and Oxytocin – Looking into a dog’s eyes triggers the release of the “love” hormone Tzoa – A wearable environmental tracker

 

Credits:

 Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird  Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #155 with Christian Bjelland of Club Alfred

May 28, 2015 37:17

Description:

Episode 155

 

Summary:

In Episode #155 Ari speaks with Christian Bjelland of Club Alfred, the new task take-down service that’s revolutionizing the way people approach getting chores, errands and other odd jobs done. During the interview, Christian explains how Alfred got started and why he feels it will change the way people run their homes.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

19:41 – Introduction of Christian Bjelland of Club Alfred 19:55 – Christian defines Alfred as a single-point to create and manage daily/weekly routines 20:08 – The service costs $25 a week 20:21 – The essential goal of the service is to allow users to improve their time and energy usage by eliminating tasks from “to-do” lists (like buying groceries) 20:50 – Think of Alfred as a home or project manager 21:50 – Unlike other on-demand services, Alfred employs automation and a white-glove approach 23:18 – Are there any issues with trust? Security? 24:18 – Many people refer to Alfred as “hotel service in your own home” 24:50 – Client managers come from a variety of backgrounds and are required to have a college degree or relevant experience 25:35 – Client managers have ownership of their clients and are encouraged to go above and beyond 26:55 – For $25 you receive a primary visit and a complementary return day if necessary 27:30 – Thus far, the service is only available in NYC and Boston 28:29 – Does Alfred conduct any data-capture? 29:55 – The primary method of communication when using Alfred is text message base 30:22 – There is an app under development 30:35 – Quick, conversational communication is important to success 31:15 – Christian is originally from Norway and his background is in investment banking 32:40 – The success of Alfred is heavily dependent upon the client managers, for this reason all client managers are W-2 employees, not contractors   33:22 – Christian’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 33:33 – Start using Alfred 34:15 – Spend a little time every week to plan things out 34:52 – Find a place where you can be in complete isolation  35:58 – www.helloalfred.com

 

7 Key Points:

Don’t feel professionally limited by your background. Keep communication concise and clear. Know how to not only price your product but price it well. The new UX is no UX. Take the time to plan out your day, week, month and year. When you need to work, isolate yourself and eliminate distractions. Treat your employees well, and they’ll treat your customers well.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Vit – A new meal-replacement service Hello – Makers of Sense, the smart alarm clock that helps you improve your sleep Women and Chemicals – The average woman puts 168 chemicals into her body every day Text Hotel – A concierge, text-based hotel booking service Use Tailor – Automated A-B website testing Just Tell Julie – Overdue invoice collection services Calvin App – The ultimate planning and scheduling app SatoriPrime – A virtual-based educational and mentorship community Air Pollution in Cities – Medical daily article outlining the dangers of particulate pollution in the air Hot Jar – Web-based tool that allows website operators to track user behavior Growth Geeks – Podcast automation for $197 an episode Bettir – On-demand blood pressure evaluation services One Tab – Google Chrome plug-in that collapses all open tabs into one Tab Suspender – Google Chrome plug-in that suspends inactive tabs to improve CPU performance

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #154 with Alex Epstein of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

May 25, 2015 31:22

Description:

Episode 154

 

Summary:

In Episode #154 Ari shares an enlightening conversation with Alex Epstein of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. During this short but powerful interview, Alex explains why he believes the prevailing moral opinion of “fossil fuels are bad” is not only misguided, but flat-out wrong.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

08:17 – Introduction of Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 08:34 – How Alex came to his very unique conclusions about the planet and fossil fuel usage 09:55 – The energy industry empowers us to do everything in our lives 10:30 – Fossil Fuel energy is vastly more efficient (right now) than using any other form of energy 11:41 – The concept of efficiency is not defined in most contexts and therefore not used well in most circumstances 12:43 – “The internal combustion engine is super-inefficient” but by what standard is that statement being made? 13:00 – The cost-benefit ratio of using an ICE (internal combustion engine) is far more favorable that the cost-benefit ration of any other resource 15:02 – It takes very little skill and equipment to take crude oil and convert it into usable fuel (gasoline) 15:25 – Only 3 forms of energy are cheap, plentiful and reliable—Fossil, Nuclear and Hydro-Electric—of the three, only Fossil is really scalable 15:48 – All  3 of these forms have 3 things in common: they’re naturally concentrated, they’re naturally plentiful and they’re naturally stored 18:14 – The “morality of bad” 19:03 – People foolishly latch onto things they deem “virtuous” 19:25 – Alex’s take on Global Warming 20:20 – We tend to not value energy in the many ways it deserves to be valued 21:30 – Yes, we are having a warming effect, but it’s very moderate and, in many ways in-line with normal atmospheric trends 22:10 – People are exaggerating the threat of global warming because there is this inherent belief that it is wrong for us to impact the climate, which – if you truly want to live your life beholden to that standard – means you should protest the existence of cities 22:29 – People “draw the line” at complete arbitrary places 23:25 – Anti-impact prejudice coupled with a fear of the new 23:35 – Center of Industrial Progress 23:51 – The Green movement is the Anti-Human movement 25:05 – Drawing the line at “are humans impacting things” – is the wrong place to draw the line 25:43 – Alex’s Top 3 Tips to be More Efficent 26:05 – Always have a purpose in mind—be able to ask the question “what is my purpose?” Know the answer 28:10 – You cannot upgrade the basic structure of your life too much 28:58 – Prioritize the structure over the work  30:04 – IndustrialProgress.com

 

7 Key Points:

Fossil fuel is the cornerstone of modernity. When looking at energy consumption with a cost-benefit mindset, fossil fuel is the winning fuel sources hands-down. Only 3 forms of energy—fossil, nuclear and hydro-electric—are readily available, reliable and cheap. Global warming isn’t a lie, but the way in which it is being pitched to us is. Don’t latch on to something as being “virtuous” because that’s what society tells you—analyze it for yourself. Practice purposefulness every day. When trying to make an informed opinion about any given topic, ask yourself by what standard am I judging this?

 

Resources Mentioned:

CookBrite – An Android app that makes recipe recommendations based on what ingredients you have on hand NeuroCardiology – Too amazing to even summarize…just click the link and read Handwriting Isn’t Dear – An article in the WSJ explaining how smart-pens and styluses are saving handwriting 3 Science Based Habits for Curbing Your Diet – An article from Examiner highlighting three, science-based methods for curbing appetite Chins, why do we have them? – A Time magazine article highlighting the origins of the human chin Can Meditation Be Bad For you? – Article from Good magazine demonstrating how and when meditation can be bad for you Text Doug – A text based service for financial advice

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode 153 - With Shane Snow of Smartcuts

May 21, 2015 52:01

Description:

Episode 153

 

Summary:

In Episode #153 Ari is joined by Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts, a book that highlights how hour-hackers and innovators (like Ari Meisel) help improve not only their lives but the lives of those around them. This is a seriously juicy interview and one no Less Doing fanatic will want to miss!

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

16:14 – Introduction of Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts and co-founder of Contently 16:33 – Shane shares the origins of Contently 16:45 – There was/is a trend of journalistic talent being treated as a “variable cost” by employers 17:04 – Increasing trend of non-traditional publishers 18:32 – We’re talking about Soylent people! 20:55 – Living on it is pretty miserable but it IS convenient 21:53 – The best thing about Soylent?—it sparked a conversation about nutrition 23:06 – Improper nutrition has emotional consequences 23:57 – A lot of our social interactions and relationships are formed in or around food 25:50 – There is a real benefit to doing certain things (like cleaning, cooking, etc) yourself from a social standpoint 26:32 – Don’t be afraid to take a contrarian view 27:11 – Too many of us think we’re “working hard” by doing tasks, jobs, etc. the way we were told to do them 27:58 – Lateral Thinking—Approaching problem solving sideways—shift your perspective and look at the problem differently 28:25 – Most people solve problems linearly—the algebra way 29:45 – Those that have accomplished the greatest things in our society have applied their work in a “smarter” direction 30:02 – Escape the room 31:23 – Lateral thinking is a skill that can be learned          32:40 – Why do immigrants start so many businesses? Why do multi-sex boardrooms outperform unisex ones?—They are immune to the norms of whatever they are getting into 33:45 – Seeing more of the world is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself 34:42 – Ask yourself “How would X look at this problem?” where “X” is someone extraordinarily different from yourself 35:27 – More often than not, we are in our own way 35:59 – When you become an “expert” you tend to obtain blinders 38:45 – Having an agitator in your life is really beneficial 39:00 – Experiencing the uncomfortable spurs the mind to think differently 39:39 – Shane shares some of his favorite stories from Smartcuts 41:19 – What makes for a good president or leader?—Adaptability 43:34 – About half the stories Shane covered didn’t even make it to the book 46:32 – List out all the assumptions inherent to a problem and create hypotheticals by crossing some of the assumptions out 47:25 – What is would the expected way of doing “X” be and why are we doing it that way? 48:42 – Great stories are a product of three things: reporting, writing and thinking—most people are pretty good at the first two but not the third and that’s the difference between OK content and amazing content 49:10 – Shane’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 49:30 – Question your assumptions 49:43 – Look for patterns and think at the outset of a project before jumping in 50:14 – Find mentors 50:55 – ShaneSnow.com

 

7 Key Points:

More often than not, people get in their own way on the road to success. Take a contrarian view to the norm and see where it takes you. When you’re stuck on a problem, be it psychological or physical, try and approach it using Lateral Thinking. “Oh no, that’s not how it’s done here” is the rallying-cry of poisonous cognitive entrenchment. Adaptability is indispensable. Don’t just jump into a task, hobby or job—think and ask questions first. Assumptions are only healthy in moderation.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Coconut Oil Toothpaste – Six reasons to use coconut oil as toothpaste 1 Minute Google Forms – Article from MakeUseOf highlighting key areas where you can use Google Forms to improve your life Get On Demand – Text-based errands, medical consultations, etc. Get it Eazy – A text-based service to provide local on-demand services—a cross between Task Rabbit and Thumbtack 15 Things to Remember for Crohns Disease – A LifeHacker article for those with loved ones suffering from Crohns Get Drip – Next-level email marketing automation software Crocosite – Full website services including hosting, backups, fixes, speedup, seo, design, security, mobile, analytics and more for $79/month Indx – A iOS app that allows users to index various SMS based services Bill Guard – An app designed to “gray charges” and make users more aware of their expenses

 

Reviews, Comments and Questions:

02:29 – Review – From listener ScottyListener – “Ari is a Jedi-Master of productivity. This is such a valuable podcast that has improved so many different areas of my life…highly recommend it!” 03:11 – Question – From listener Anonymous – “Hi Ari—I want to begin by saying I love the program and everything you and Felix are doing. Getting to the question…I was recently listening to another podcast, Jesse Meacham’s YNAB (which stands for ‘You Need A Budget’) and he had some interesting things to say about the risks of automation, particularly when it pertains to finance. The essence of the point is this: automation makes us less aware and therefore less responsible, especially when it comes to managing our own money. What are your thoughts on Mr. Meacham’s point? Is this baseless or is there some food for thought here? Thank you very much!” 03:53 – Answer from Ari

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #152 - With Tucker Max of Book In A Box

May 18, 2015 01:02:25

Description:

Episode 152  

Summary:

In Episode #152 Ari defies surgical packing, general anesthesia, and conventional medical wisdom to conduct an interview with Tucker Max, creator of Book in a Box and author of the New York Times Best Seller, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. As the conversation unfolds, Ari and Tucker about everything from writing and entrepreneurship to fatherhood and married life. This episode not only features Tucker’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective but a special Top 3 Tips from Ari as well!

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

19:41 – Introduction of Tucker Max, CEO of Book in a Box and a 3X - NY Times Best-Selling Author 20:17 – What Book in a Box IS and how it came to be 23:21 – The service is NOT ghostwriting; ghostwriters tend to be very expensive 23:55 – There are a number of brilliant people in the world with plenty to share but there are social or structural barriers that keep them from sharing 24:17 – Writing is a very distinct cognitive process and a very distinct skill that is totally separate from creating a book 24:50 – The New Yorker is a great example of wonderful writers with nothing to say 25:17 – The writing industry is incredibly elitist and it doesn’t have to be 26:28 – Tucker starts the Book In a Box development process by clearly defining the author’s goal 27:37 – Most people start a book without a goal in mind, that’s the wrong way to go about it. Identify your ultimate goal first THEN start writing 28:22 – The second step in the development process is to define the target audience 28:30 – The third and final step is to identify what the book is about 29:43 – Books occupy a strange place in our cultural hierarchy 30:34 – Most people want books for ego, status, etc. 32:43 – Tucker’s real (original) goal with becoming an author 35:03 – TuckerMax.com 35:52 – Tucker always wanted to sell books, not win the Nobel for Literature 37:15 – For Tucker, there were some deep familial psychological issues that drove him to success: “If I become successful, my parents have to pay attention” 37:58 – If you don’t identify what your main motivation is, you’re going to make a lot of weird decisions that won’t create the results you want 39:29 – The two definitions of good writing: Obtuse v Compelling 40:57 – In the literary community, good writing means fancy, difficult to understand and intentionally obtuse (AKA no commercial success) 41:20 – The best definition of “good writing” is work that engages people and helps them to achieve what they set out to accomplish 43:42 – The best marketing you can do (for your or your business) is writing a great book 44:20 – Right now, discovery is a fundamentally broken process for books 46:04 – People tell other people things – offer suggestions, give advice, make recommendations – because it will reflect positively upon them 47:19 – Transitioning from “fratire” to married life 48:44 – As a man you have way more time to “figure it out” biologically speaking  52:47 – Tucker defines what makes him a “good” father and husband 53:08 – The main thing with being a good parent is providing a space where the child feels unconditionally loved and accepted 54:21 – Tucker’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 55:27 – Understand what you want and why you want it 55:55 – Create a specific, actionable plan to achieve that goal 56:35 – Test your plan, watch it fail, and then modify the plan 57:29 – BookInaBox.com and TuckerMax.com and The Mating Grounds 58:45 – Ari’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective 58:58 – Create the external brain 59:36 – When dealing with email (or your life) “Delete, Deal With or Defer” 60:19 – Create the manual of YOU

 

7 Key Points:

Writing a book isn’t about “hard work.” If you don’t enjoy writing, you can’t be a successful writer; but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a successful book. The book discovery process is broken. Great things are extremely difficult to accomplish without a clearly defined plan. A good book is the ultimate marketing tool. Good writing isn’t necessarily “good writing.” If you want to be a great parent, create a place where your child can feel unconditional love and acceptance.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Finger Length and Personality – An article talking about some correlations between finger length and personality Clever Layover – A unique way to save 30-40% on flights Blink – On-demand vision testing Identifying Grass Fed Beef – 4 simple ways to determine if your beef is grass fed DocSend – A service that can not only send documents, but provide analytics on what the recipients did with the document Tunnel Mob – A legal way to get information about your businesses competition Smart Lock – An Indiegogo campaign for wi-fi enabled door locks Transformy – Automated list transformation

 

Credits:

 Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird  Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #151 with Anthony Melchiorri of Hotel Impossible

May 14, 2015 17:34

Description:

Episode 151

 

Summary:

In Episode #151 Ari brings the host of Hotel Impossible – Anthony Melchiorri – onto the podcast for an interview that explains how on Earth it is possible for one man to turn a hotel from a loser into a winner in just four days!

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

 02:59 – Introduction of Anthony Melchiorri of Hotel Impossible  03:38 – Defining what Hotel Impossible is  03:55 – How the show came about  05:15 – Why Anthony is concerned about the next generation of hoteliers  05:48 – How Anthony knew he could turn around a hotel in 4 days?—He was told to turn it around in 4 days  07:20 – With only 4 days to flip a hotel, efficiency with thinking is key  08:44 – Anthony starts every hotel by thinking about the guest (his Vulnerability of the Guest principle)…if the guest has a bad experience, your hotel is condemned to death  10:00 – The bottom line isn’t the important factor—hotels that overly focus on the bottom line will drive their customers away  11:07 – Everyone should be nicer to everyone based on the principle of “vulnerability of the guest”  12:38 – Anthony has to combat overpowering fear  14:18 – The best stress management technique is to have fun  14:30 – Anthony’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 14:45 – Tell the truth 15:13 – Exercise and eat right 15:45 – If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room  16:16 – AnthonyMelchiorri.com or Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel, Tuesdays at 9PM

 

3 Key Points:

Sometimes you just have to go with it—When you accept that, you can do the impossible. In any hospitality business, do not overly focus on the bottom line. Practice “vulnerability of the guest” in your daily life and be nicer to people.

 

Credits:

 Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #150 - With Christine Carter of Raising Happiness

May 11, 2015 33:06

Description:

Episode 150

 

Summary:

In Episode #150 Ari invites author Christine Carter of Raising Happiness onto the Less Doing Podcast to talk about her work on happiness, busyness and health. During their conversation, Christine shares her top tips for finding contentment and explains why she endorses the tenants of Less Doing.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

 02:10 – Introduction of Christine Carter  02:35 – Achieving happiness and the most scientific ways to do that  03:40 – Christine very much believes in the essence of Less Doing  04:00 – Christine is a self-described perfectionist, but her obsession with perfection prevented her from finding happiness in spite of her successes  05:09 – Less Doing was started to systematically attack stress  06:10 – There are certain cultural believes that lead to behaviors that prevent happiness  07:29—Question big cultural beliefs, particularly around busyness  08:29 – “More is better” is a sickness  09:05 – Ari’s least favorite phrase  10:05 – Cognitive overload impairs our ability to live  11:31 – Christine shares her thoughts on the concept of “Recess”  12:12 – We see stillness as a sign of economic instability and that is simply not true  13:28 – Our greatest powers and moments are a consequence of creative insight  14:36 – Aqua Notes  15:06 – The importance of recess for the brain’s “awake cycles”  16:16 – Go with the way your brain was designed to operate…take breaks!  17:12 – 17 minutes of recess for 51 minutes of work  18:20 – Doing nothing is NOT a waste of time  20:45 – We need to make sure structure is established for healthy technology use  22:00 – Arguing with a spouse in front of children  25:13 – Christine’s most challenging area when it comes to being happy and being a parent  26:50 – We cannot multitask—we just switch back and forth which is exceedingly taxing on the brain  29:10 – Christine’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 29:19 – Find ways to decrease busyness 29:28 – Pay attention to your social connections 31:01 – Upgrade the software in your brain

 

7 Key Points:

Understand the importance of taking recess. Start systematically attacking the sources of stress and busyness in your life. More is NOT better. Doing nothing is NOT a waste of time. Cognitive overload impairs our ability to live and live happily Stop trying to fit a square peg in a round hole; the brain was not built to multitask. Focus on your in-the-flesh social relationships…put down the iPhone and engage with another human.

 

Credits:

 Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird  Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #149 With Julie Armet of Tawkify

May 7, 2015 45:31

Description:

 

Episode 149

 

Summary:

In Episode #149 Ari shares the podcast with Julie Armet of Tawkify, a new online service that is bring concierge quality to the world of online dating. During this episode, Ari asks Julie to explain the world of modern dating, what makes Tawkify so unique and why young professionals want concierge dating services.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

22:54 – The introduction of Julie Armet 23:10 – Julie explains what Tawkify is 23:50 – There are so many options for online dating at this point that a dating concierge has become a necessity 25:10 – Making the decision of “who to meet” on your own is debilitating 25:28 – Our visually-oriented dating culture has condemned online dating to a shopping mentality which is highly un-healthy 27:25 – The metrics a Tawkify concierge will use to measure a person’s relationship wants 27:49 – Energy is an intangible quality and vitally important to finding a good match 28:45 – The less criteria you have when it comes to dating the better it is 29:00 – Different dating sites have different outcomes and different ideal audiences 31:00 – This generation of young professionals grew up in the world of social media which makes us better networkers and better researchers 32:45 – Tawkify plans date designs by their research and being creative 33:35 – Tawkify tries to take the attention off the couple and put it on the experience 34:49 – Vulnerability increases the odds of falling in love 35:10 – The #1 mistake people do while dating?—TALKING ABOUT DATING 36:30 – Julie brings one of her dating experts onto the podcast 37:50 – The purpose of the question is more important than the question itself—You’re trying to gauge the conversation that evolves from the question rather than the answer 40:00 – The goal of Tawkify is to get people to meet again—That’s their success metric 41:30 – How Tawkify develops matchmakers 42:50 – Julie’s Top 3 Tips to Be More Effective: 43:05 – Be persistent. Follow-up. 43:14 – Be proactive. Show accountability. 43:23 – Treat people the way you want to be treated 44:00 – Tawkify.com and Julie’s Instagram and Julie’s Twitter

 

7 Key Points:

Finding a good partner starts with finding someone who can complement your level of energy. Online dating has become a visually-oriented enterprise akin to shopping…people overly focus on quantity rather than quality. The less criteria you have for a partner the healthier your dating-life and relationships will be. Want to plan a successful date?—Take the attention off the couple and place it on the experience of the date itself. The #1 dating mistake?—Talking about dating. When asking questions on a first date, evaluate the quality of the conversation that evolves NOT the answer. If you like your date, keep your goals simple: you’d like to meet them again—That’s it.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Sqwiggle – For people who work with remote teams, an application that allows people to see each other while they work ASAP Tasks – A neighborhood-focused, Task Rabbit-like service Salmonella Cancer – GizMag article discussing how modified Salmonella bacteria can fight cancer 3000 Emails to Zero – A blog post from Change Collective on getting to Inbox Zero BreezeWorks – Run all business services from a phone Good Bacteria Versus Depression – Medical Daily article highlighting the importance of probiotics on mood Text Nerd To Me – This is a text-based service that texts a Stanford student your on-demand academic requests Rational Wiki Versus Crime – A Rational Wiki article talking about the correlation between lead exposure, impulse control and lower crime rates

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi  

Episode #148 With Ann Rae of Making Art, Making Money and Artists Who Thrive

May 4, 2015 48:01

Description:

Episode 148

 

Summary:

In Episode #148 Ari shares the podcast with Ann Rae of Artists Who Thrive and Making Art, Making Money—Resources that help artists understand the business-end of creativity. During their conversation Ann explains how she persevered in the face of failure to ultimately create an art-centric career capable of generating over $100,000 per year.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

16:03 – Introduction of Ann Rae of Making Art, Making Money and Artists Who Thrive 16:25 – Ann’s personal story 16:50 – The art market is absolutely HUGE business and it exploded during the recession…unfortunately – like publishing and music – it is guarded by gatekeepers 17:39 – Why Ann quit art school for a corporate job 18:00 – Why Ann returned to art: If you’re naturally a creative person and you’re not creating anything it can have absolutely devastating effects on your psyche 19:30 – The IRS doesn’t care that you’re “an artist” If you’re making money with your art,  you’re a business person 19:40 – There is a false and idiotic distinction between making art and making money 20:37 – The Making Art, Making Money semester 22:00 – “The starving artist” reference is bullshit 25:05 – Is there a benefit to going to art school? 26:12 – Selling your material is about being friends with your benefactors…at least at the beginning 27:00 – You have to learn your craft 27:15 – Every entrepreneur is an artist and every artist is an entrepreneur 28:20 – Self-expression without attention to the craft is worthless 29:30 – The stereotypical artist “self-absorption” is completely counter-productive to success 30:40 – The film Untitled 33:30 – If you have a message for the world you need to make art—But if you want to be heard, you have to sell your art 34:50 – Selling art sucks, the art market is completely saturated—Art needs to be the by-product of a greater value proposition 35:15 – Create unique value above-and-beyond the art that serves a target market 36:20 – Copywriting is key—PROTECT YOUR WORK 38:07 – Art dealers are very, very hit or miss 38:40 – The problem using an intermediary 42:55 – Ann’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective: 43:03 – Know yourself…being effective is great, but to what end? 43:45 – We do not succeed alone…relationships equal revenue 44:32 – Take some time to goof-of 46:40 – MakingArtMakingMoney.com and ArtistWhoThrive.com

 

7 Key Points:

The art industry is plagued with gatekeepers—Learn how to market yourself and your product If you’re naturally a creative person and you’re not creating anything it can have absolutely devastating effects on your psyche. Making art and making money do not need to be mutually exclusive. Artists may not like to hear it, but if they’re making money with their work they are – by default – entrepreneurs. If you have a message for the world you need to make art—But if you want to be heard, you have to sell your art. Network. Network. Network. Define your end—Productivity and effectiveness are great, but only if you can apply their use to an end that meets YOUR goals.

 

Resources Mentioned:

The Kid Runner – A trailer to be hooked onto a belt to allow runners to pull their kids behind them in a trailer Unwind.ME – On-demand massage services with membership benefits Nutzo – The only 7-nut/seed butter on the planet! Blocking Blue Light – An article from Medical Daily highlighting how orange-lensed glasses block blue light and promote better sleep Outsourcing Waiting in Line – An article from Task Rabbit’s blog discussing how waiting in-line has been outsourced since the 1850s Get Franke – An app that puts email into Slack BioHacking Acid Reflux – From Bulletproof, how to naturally get off acid reflux drugs 10 Everyday Items to Toss – Mercola article talking about the 10 things you need to ditch to live a healthier life

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #147 with Christy Paul of Talk Space

Apr 30, 2015 53:16

Description:

Episode 147

 

Summary:

In Episode #147 with Christy Paul of Talk Space, an online platform for therapy. During the final pre-Live Event episode, Ari and Christy talk about unfair stigmas, the benefits of therapy in the digital space and the future of mental health.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

 26:36 – Introduction of Christy Paul of Talk Space  27:02 – What Talk Space is  27:50 – Christy describes her specific role  28:45 – Therapy has a really unfair stigma in our society 29:38 – When the story has to be written, there is a great-deal of self-checking 30:45 – Writing down the story also allows for personal and tangible progression tracking 33:10 – Visiting a therapist in-person can be really, really frustrating, particularly when there are weeks between conversations 35:20 – Sometimes therapy is most-beneficial when it is asynchronous 35:58 – Properly processing feedback from a therapist is exceedingly challenging when constricted to the timeline of a single 45-minute meeting 37:21 – From the therapist point of view, this is a very exciting new way to dynamically engage with clients from all over the world 39:25 – A lot of people seeking counselling on Talk Space are doing so because they are embarrassed or nervous to go into face-to-face therapy 41:45 – Wherever Christy is, she can converse with her clients and help them as it’s needed 42:40 – Compared to regular therapy, Talk Space is incredibly cost-effective 43:40 – The monthly Talk Space subscriptions cost $99 45:30 – Members of Talk Space need to be at least 18 years old 47:59 – Christy’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective: 48:32 – Recognize what your purpose is and live it out 49:02 – We are a culture of “me” and if you live your live only trying to serve yourself you will be unhappy 50:35 – No matter the circumstances, find a way to be happy 51:45 – TalkSpace.com

 

7 Key Points:

Bad things happen to everyone—Find a way to be happy and move forward. Therapy can be an intimidating experience, particularly when it is a face-to-face encounter—Digital platforms (like Talk Space) can help patients be more open and forthcoming. Compartmentalizing mental health can be really counter-productive. Therapy and counseling have brutally unfair stigmas in our society—If you feel like you need help, don’t be afraid to contact professional therapists for a conversation. Digital resources are becoming widely-used in the health space. Writing down thoughts, feelings and ideas allows for accountability. The most beneficial therapy can be asynchronous.

 

Resources Mentioned:

How to Hard Boil Eggs En Mass – An article from food 52 offering people a helpful strategy for hard-boiling large numbers of eggs Matcha Green Tea – A new take on green tea The Secret to Never Being Frustrated Again – From Barking Up the Wrong Tree, an article to help people combat their frustration Get Kumu – Personal wellness coaching for personal wellness goals Credit Card Miles – An article from Racked on people who know how to game the credit card points system 25 Ways to Improve Insulin Sensitivity – An article from Mark’s Daily Apple with tips and tricks to help people dominate their insulin Hero Keyboard – A new and improved way for typing with increased speed Self-Control and Freedom – Being able to hear “no” and say “no” is highly important, so much so that self-control IS freedom

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #146 with Clay Hebert of Crowdfunding Hacks

Apr 27, 2015 58:17

Description:

Episode 145

 

Summary:

In Episode #146 talks to Clay Hebert of Crowdfunding Hacks, a blog that talks tips and tricks when it comes to crowdfunding. During the interview, Clay details the differences between IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, explains what makes a campaign a boon versus bust and why some products simply don’t work for crowdfunding.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

30:00 – Introduction of Clay Hebert of  Crowdfunding Hacks 31:22 – Clay explains what he does: Help entrepreneurs fund their dreams using IndieGoGo and Kickstarter 32:34 – The concept of crowdfunding 35:10 – What shouldn’t be crowdfunded 35:35 – There needs to be a tribe of people who will get excited about the product being crowdfunded 35:46 – Is it a portable story that the backer will want to tell their friends about? 36:35 – You won’t get funding just based on the quality of your product: the quality of your marketing and your ability to find people who are willing to get interested are more important 37:55 – The importance of setting the right funding goal 38:12 – One of the biggest myths surrounding crowdfunding is the existence of a “crowd” 38: 35 – Set the funding goal as low as humanly possible to complete the project and deliver on your guarantees 39:00 – Lower goals give confidence for later backers 40:10 – Crowdfunded products are proof of market AND traction 40:35 – The two elements that make or break a crowdfunding campaign?—Traffic and conversion 41:10 – Traffic is rarely the issue, it’s conversion 41:45 – Tell a great story with the video and keep it as short as possible, ideally 2 minutes or less 43:07 – Own a position in your customer’s mind 43:40 – Fundraising and crowdfunding are NOT the same 45:15 – Fulfillment risk 46:00 – Lack of clarity—poor copywriting—is a huge issue with branding and marketing 47:45 – Momentum is big—Use the bartender fishbowl mentality 49:20 – Crowdfunding is the single best marketing laboratory AND it offers research AT-SCALE 51:00 – Kickstarter versus IndieGoGo 52:55 – Bluesmart Suitcase campaign 55:40 – Clay has worked on 120 campaigns and raised over $25 million 55:55 – Crowdfundinghacks.com

 

7 Key Points:

Carefully examine products and services before considering crowdfunding as a source of investment—some things do not work with crowdfunding. A short, enticing video is an absolute MUST for the promotion of a crowdfunding campaign. Make your crowdfunding goals as low as possible. Find a position within your target consumer’s mind and own it. Want to demonstrate the potential of your product?—A successfully crowdfunded campaign demonstrates a viable consumer market AND social traction. Momentum is a huge component of success—Try starting your campaign off with a large donation, even if you have to provide it yourself. There is no “crowd” in crowdfunding.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Healing Power of Personal Data – A NYTimes article that highlights how personal medical records can improve the body’s ability to heal Married v Single – A Medical Daily article talking about the pros and cons of companionship when it comes to health Enveloupe – Send a PDF by mail AirBNB in Cuba – AirBNB is now up and running in Cuba Leanne Brown – A PDF cookbook that focuses on a $4 per day budget Moni.ai – Basically Siri for the iPhone but it’s role is to perform functions rather than collect information Worry and Work – A WSJ article explaining how moderate pessimism and concern can result in higher productivity That Sugar Film – A new Australian film that studies the dark history of sugar in western culture

 

Reviews, Comments and Questions:

02:02 – Question – From listener Rebecca – “My question is: I have an iPhone and want to limit the hours in which email can come to my phone and I’m looking for either an app or a mail client or a work-around through I phone, but I do have email based in several different platforms. Do you know of a way to make that happen, to control the inflow of email to my phone? Thank you!” 02:28 – Answer from Felix and Ari

 

Credits:

         Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird          Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #145 with Dr. Isaac Jones of Designer Health Centers

Apr 23, 2015 48:10

Description:

Episode 145

 

Summary:

In Episode #145 Ari speaks with Dr. Isaac Jones of Designer Health Centers to talk about wellness and the arrival of functional digital health. During their conversation, Ari asks Dr. Jones about lifestyle choices, making the most out of a diet, supplement essentials and the origins of the DHC business.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

16:28 – Introduction of Dr. Isaac Jones of Designer Health Centers 16:53 – Dr. Jones is a high-performance health consultant 20:14 – Dr. Jones went to school in Canada before coming down to the US to get his doctorate 21:45 – Maximizing performance means real, tangible benefits 22:22 – Nutrition impacts the expression of the genome 24:00 – The future of healthcare is in behavioral health science 24:15 – Micronutrient deficiency is a real problem 25:50 – Most lab tests look downstream…Dr. Jones looks upstream 27:00 – Many of our most virulent diseases are diseases of lifestyle which means they are PREVENTABLE 27:18 – What most people don’t realize is that disease starts 10, 20, 30 years before ever being diagnosed 29:49 – If you really want to maximize performance you have to look upstream 30:40 – Dr. Jones ideal diet for high-performers 30:55 – Beta-oxidation 31:40 – Aim for a low-carb diet, enriched with healthy fats 34:30 – Working out on an empty stomach spikes your natural HGH levels 35:45 – Dr. Jones shares his 1st meal of the day 37:00 – Beef protein is hypoallergenic 38:04 – Dr. Jones supplements 39:35 – Vitamin C is not Vitamin C 41:05 – People are starting to overdose on Omega-3s 43:40 – DesignerHeathCenters.com or SuperHumanEntrepreneur.com

 

7 Key Points:

Don’t be limited by geographical origins or location. If you maximize your performance, a better life will find you. Nutrition directly impacts the health and structure of your genome. Don’t address problems as they are presented; anticipate them before they arrive. Looking for a creative way to boost the effectiveness of your workout?—Try exercising on an empty stomach. Many of the killer diseases plaguing western society (heart disease, certain types of cancer, etc.) are fundamentally preventable. Eat well. Be well.

 

Resources Mentioned:

German Wings – An article suggesting that pilots may commit suicide more often than reported Otto – Basically Siri but far more responsive and accurate, plus, it’s always listening Carte – Similar to Fetch except it’s a website you use yourself; unlike Fetch, this is not a concierge service Pitch Black in Real Life – A new substance that may allow humans to see in the dark Pack Lane – Next-level, customized packaging for branding We Are Becoming Flaky – Being a “flake” is a growing problem that’s tarnishing human relationships Questions to Change Problems – An article highlighting questions you can ask yourself to put your problems in perspective Overcoming Adversity – The 5 secrets to overcoming adversity

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #144 with Shannon Waller of Strategic Coach

Apr 20, 2015 44:38

Description:

Episode 144

 

Summary:

In Episode #144 Ari sits down to speak with Shannon Waller of Strategic Coach. During their lengthy conversation, Shannon and Ari talk about unique abilities; how they can be identified, implemented and continually developed.  

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

15:35 – Introduction of Shannon Waller of Strategic Coach 15:55 – Defining Shannon’s 3 passions 16:35 – Teamwork 16:45 – Effectiveness 17:25 – Strategy 17:45 – Shannon talks about Dan Sullivan and Strategic Coach 18:05 – The Ceiling of Complexity 19:20 – Don’t tell people how to do things, provide them with a system so they can use their own strengths to forge the future 21:20 – Tune into what is essential 22:25 – The differences between DISC and KOLBE profiles 25:23 – Unique Abilities are things you have a passion for, do better than most, are constantly trying to improve and find energizing 26:30 – Where do you get to be the hero? 26:49 – Find the right audience for your unique abilities 30:15 – Protecting unique abilities versus leveraging them 30:49 – Surround yourself with people who complement your skills 35:30 – Finding quality team members is a real challenge for a lot of people 36:10 – The process of FINDING unique ability 39:33 – Shannon’s Top 3 Things to be More Effective: 39:46 – Figure out your unique ability and do it 39:50 – Surround yourself with people who love to do what you don’t—forge a partnership 40:03 – Bring your heart to what you do 40:45 – StrategicCoach.com and TeamSuccessHandbook.com

 

7 Key Points:

Teamwork, Effectiveness and Strategy are markers for success. Unique abilities are meaningless without an audience that can appreciate your possession of said abilities. Discover what is essential in your life and never let go of it. Finding success is far more challenging if you’re unwilling to surround yourself with complementary persons Integrate your heart, your head and your guts. Find where you get to be the hero and stay there. The best way to “protect” your unique abilities is by leveraging them as much as possible.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 Crystal Knows – A program that helps people determine the best possible tone, style, etc. to write emails depending upon the recipient Assistants and CEOs – An inside look at the secret club of high-profile CEO assistants GI Tract and the 2nd Brain – How your “gut feeling” basically acts as a second braing Urban Walks – A NYC-specific app that does pre-determined walking tours of NYC  Spreed – A chrome plug-in that will show you one word at a time at any speed you want World’s Fastest Workout – A 4-minute, redline workout Upbeat Emotions – An NYTimes Wellness Blog talking about the benefits for being awe-inspired MyHealthPal – A new health app designed to help people take control of their medical conditions Titanium Bottle Opener – A Kickstarter campaign for the smallest bottle opener on the market, made from 100% titanium Hey Woax – An IndieGoGo campaign for an earpiece with AI

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #143 with Garth Brown of Carincrest Farms

Apr 16, 2015 39:49

Description:

GarthofCairnCrestFarmsInterview Episode 143

 

Summary:

In Episode #143 Ari solo-hosts the podcast once again for this week’s interview with Garth Brown of Carincrest Farm. During the podcast Ari and Garth talk about sustainability, the all-too-frequently overlooked challenges of farming and the future of food.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

12:52 – Introduction of Garth Brown of Carincrest Farms 13:19 – The essence of Carincrest Farms is this: Only eat what YOU grow for 1-calendar year 15:00 – This has been an endeavor 5 years in the making 16:00 – Why Garth (and his brother) decided to make the switch to full-time farming 19:00 – How Garth learned about farming and land-management 19:18 – Read and ask questions 20:00 – The challenge with any objective is taking all of the sub-goals and bringing them to fruition 21:05 – Due to FDA regulations, an FDA inspected slaughterhouse needs to be in-place if the processed meat is to be sold for retail 23:18 – How animal stress can impact the quality  of the meat 25:03 – Garth’s biggest goal is to ensure there is no off-flavor in the meat 25:20 – If you’re charging a premium price, you need to ensure delivery of a premium product 25:48 – Some of the items Garth & CO have had to sacrifice during their 12-month journey 26:35 – The day-to-day food is great but, honestly, the lack of variety is tiring 27:10 – The Carincrest farm does not have dairy cows so dairy is OUT 27:40 – A sample Carincrest meal 29:29 – A second sample Carincrest meal 29:45 – To date, Garth has not lost weight but he is low on energy since embarking on this dietary journey 30:25 – Garth’s extremities get colder quicker now and he sleeps more 31:52 – The future of Carincrest meat production 34:40 – Where Carincrest meats are sold 36:10 – Carincrestfarm.com

 

7 Key Points:

The average 1st world consumer is simply spoiled by their year-round access to a wide-variety of foods. Reading and asking questions is the key to educational development. Be prepared to sacrifice to see mental goals become physical realities. A high-quality diet will never be as valued as a high-variety diet. To produce quality meat, you must have quality animals, quality feeds and a low-stress environment for the livestock. Fats are far more important to health and wellness that we generally think. Create a main goal and then outline the necessary sub-goals required for accomplishment.

 

Resources Mentioned:

How Long Does it Take to Get Out of Shape? – An article from greatest talking about how long it takes people to fall OUT of shape Cash.Me – An app designed to help people transfer money quickly and easily The Fertile Void – A space where you can discover new ideas and life direction New Flesh-Saving Saw – Table saw designed to not only save your finger, but the blade as well Things Emotionally Stable People Do Not Do – An article highlighting the 8 things that emotionally stable people don’t do Mastering Krav Maga – A kick-starter campaign to help people learn Krav Maga online Household Chores and Success – An article highlighting the best age to start giving chores to children Launcher – An iPhone app designed to improve the efficiency of the iPhone Compassion and Pills – Researchers have discovered a chemical they can compress into a pill to induce compassion in others

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Episode #142 - With Dave Rael of Optimized Programmer

Apr 13, 2015 40:59

Description:

Episode 142  

Summary:

In Episode #142 Air jump on the podcast with the one, the only, THE Dave Rael of Optimized Programmer! During this episode, Ari revisits the early days of the podcast by conducting a solo “links” segment and asks Dave to talk in-depth about his brand new podcast automation software.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

14:58 – Introduction of Dave Rael as a first-time guest on the Less Doing Podcast and his new product Podcast Done! 15:55 – Dave shares his background—his plan to become a teacher unexpectedly brought him to enterprise software development 17:59 – Ari and Dave chat about the various aspects of podcast development  20:35 – Audio development and quality aside, a blog post or show notes should complement a podcast 22:29 – What Dave’s software looks like 22:35 – Web-based 22:50 – Background process with no user-interface 23:05 – The initial user-interface is just a cloud-storage folder 23:50 – Why Dave feels there is a great deal of room to optimize time-stamping processes 24:20 – Dave details different aspects of Podcast Done! 26:15 – Making a better podcast means making a better workflow to development 27:15 –Dave’s software, will send notification emails for anything that cannot be automated (requires a human)   28:45 – It doesn’t all need to be automation; where human intervention is necessary there’s room for it 29:50 – Phase 1 of Dave’s system is setting up user-preferences as a podcaster 30:03 – Phase 2 is actually setting up the individual podcast 31:35 – From the main root folder, Dave’s software will set up separate root directories for each individual podcast 33:20 – What is the definition of “podcast?”—Is it really just audio? 34:25 – Dave will be talking about podcast automation at the Less Doing Live Event and the software WILL be available 35:00 – Dave’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 35:10 – Upgrade your hardware 35:50 – Work in a focused manner 36:40 – Listen to the Less Doing Podcast

 

7 Key Points:

A specific degree does not equate to a specific career. An intended career path can change in a heartbeat. Don’t be restrict yourself to existing definitions—bend the rules and get outside the box. Automation is amazing but if you’ll make a better product by including some human intervention, make room for it! Podcast production is tricky, don’t take it for granted as a listener. Work focused and success will follow. Practice the principles of Less Doing in your daily life.

 

Resources Mentioned:

Send Letterly – Yet another service that allows users to send hand-written letters or cards, digitally TalkToChef – On demand knowledge service to help users with cooking 11 Ways Dogs Make You Healthier – An article explaining why dogs are legitimately beneficial to health 8 Things to Avoid on Food Labels – From Miercola, an article highlighting some of the most awful things added to everyday foods Paying For Phone Calls, etc. – Named Orri, this is a new, on-demand assistance model provided by the same people that run Fancy Hands Indoor Air Monitor – An indoor air quality monitor named Speck Guide to Nuts – From Mark’s Daily Apple, an article discussing which nuts pack the most punch for individual health needs Scannable – A separate app that is simply the fastest way to scan a document into Evernote Gorgias.IO – Email templates for Gmail Flytographer –  A professional photographer for personal use while travelling

 

Credits:

Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Podcast #141 - With Erik Ownings of Mushin NYC

Apr 9, 2015 45:47

Description:

Episode 141

 

Summary:

In Episode #141 Ari chats with Erik Owings of Mushin NYC, a New York-based gym that specializes in mixed martial arts fitness and training. In this interview Ari shares his personal history with Brazilian jujitsu while asking Erik about nutrition, mixed martial arts and entrepreneurship.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

15:04 – Introduction of Erik Owings of Mushin and Effectus 17:35 – Erik doesn’t enjoy the fighting of mixed martial arts, but he does love the lifestyle and training 18:55 – Brazilian jujitsu is an art of control, not submission 19:58 – There are 4 subsets of jujitsu that are all distinctly different  21:35 – Brazilian jujitsu conquers two fears Getting really close to your opponent Fighting from your back 24:00 – The best part of Brazilian jujitsu?—At no point should one be vulnerable 24:35 – There is no better workout than a boxing workout 25:30 – The adrenal dump in professional fighting is incomparable to any other sport 26:30 – A lot of people expend 50% of their energy before the fight begins because of the anticipation 27:45 – Erik explains how he knows so much about nutrition 28:10 – Look for consistency in the information you read and use common sense  29:15 – It took Erik nearly 18 years to fully grasp good nutrition – His goal is to pass it along to the passes quickly and effectively 30:40 – If someone has a proper diet, dietary supplements become unnecessary 32:10 – EffectusNutrition.com 32:50 – The easiest way to lose weight? – Eliminate the BAD FOODS! 33:20 – Effectus’ 3 main supplements 35:52 – Erik talks multivitamins 37:25 – Erik talks about digestive enzymes 38:15 – The paradox of choice hinders people when it comes to supplement selection 39:18 – Erik’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective: 39:28 – Have a goal 39:36 – Make a plan, then simplify it 39:52 – Execute the plan 41:50 – EffectusNutrition.com 42:00 – Use coupon code “ARI” to get a 20% discount

 

7 Key Points:

Life, like Brazilian jujitsu, is about control not submission. It takes time – sometimes decades – and intense passion to remotely master any subject so do not quit. There is no better workout than a boxer’s workout. Want to improve your health in the easiest way possible?—Focus on eliminating the bad foods. Beware the paradox of choice. Reduce any plan to its simplest form in order to maximize the likelihood of success. Practicing strong and healthy dietary habits can essentially eliminate the need for supplements.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 Why Men Like Big Butts – Yes, there is a SCIENTIFIC reason behind why men like big butts! Dressing for House of Cards – An article discussing an algorithm that helps people achieve the same looks as their favorite TV shows like House of Cards Send Letterly – Yet another service that allows users to send hand-written letters or cards, digitally Make YOU Happy – The 5 daily rituals that will make YOU happy from Barking up the Wrong Tree Dream Cheaper – A web-based service designed to make hotel reservations cheaper, EVEN if they’ve already been booked SpritzInc – A speed-reading service that WORKS The Brain and Sugar – An article explaining the benefits of cutting sugar from your diet Money and Messenger – Facebook’s answer to square cash à Money transfers via Facebook’s messanger

 

Credits:

         Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird          Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi

Podcast #140 - With Jay Henderson of Real Talent and Hiring

Apr 6, 2015 01:08:18

Description:

Episode 140

 

Summary:

In Episode #140 Ari speaks with Jay Henderson of Real Talent and Hiring, a consulting company that helps other businesses make intelligent and long-lasting hiring solutions. During their conversation, Jay explains the origins of his business, how he works to help companies handle personnel acquisition and why hiring may be the most important aspect of running a business.

 

Special Announcements:

Less Doing Does Europe!

Watch Ari bring the lessons of Less Doing to some of Europe’s most famous cities including Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and Budapest for the 2015 European Growth Summit. Ari will be joined by fellow masters of entrepreneurship Steve Martin, Director of Influence at Work in the UK, and Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles.

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Less Doing Ringtone

Want to get access to the FREE Less Doing Ringtone? Click here to Tweet about our live event and get instant access to the ringtone created by our very own Fantastic Felix!

Less Doing Live Event

The Less Doing LIVE Event in NYC is less than six months away! The best minds in business and productivity are joining Ari in his hometown of New York City to share their tips, strategies and secrets for success. Visit LessDoingLive.com to learn more about this fantastic opportunity running from May 1st – 3rd.

Mastermind Talks

Looking for an opportunity to see Ari speak live somewhere on the west coast?—Look no further! On April 29th and 30th, Ari will be featured at the Mastermind Talks event in Napa, California. To learn more about this opportunity to watch Ari “Optimize, Outsource and Automate” in wine country, click here.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

29:56 – Introduction of Jay Henderson, Founder and Owner of Real Talent and Hiring 30:12 – Jay defines his business and what makes it unique 31:55 – Jay defines his methodology 32:05 – How people value the three, core decision-making values of the universe 32:15 – Any business is made up of three things: People, Tasks and Systems 33:05 – Examples of exercises Jay uses to conduct evaluations 36:20 – The key is to understand how people think and make decisions; we can see their behavior and their results, but how does the mind work? 36:50 – What about those trying to “game” the system? 39:27 – If you don’t understand the parameters, you cannot game the system 39:36 – Most tools are subjective in how they reveal information about a person—the Real Talent process has zero subjectivity 40:30 – How Jay got into this industry 42:15 – Axial Metrics 44:25 – The Real Talent and Hiring system is adaptable—It’s not black and white 45:50 – Most people going through the hiring process do NOT realize (good or bad) what they have in a potential candidate 46:35 – Data isn’t worth anything if it isn’t reliable 49:35 – People can have an X-factor that’s invisible to the naked eye—Just because they look like they won’t be a good fit or their resume lacks notable credentials doesn’t mean they won’t be a GREAT hire 52:29 – You can’t measure management’s TIME when it comes to having to deal with bad employees 52:55 – Not only will a bad fit turnover, but a bad fit will create MORE turnover by polluting the work environment 53:35 – Good hires see things that others readily miss—They team-up and PERFORM 55:15 – Jay’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective: 55:24 – Raise your hiring standards 57:12 – Slow down—Hire for attitude and fire for performance 64:44 – Get a good system for hiring and it will pay dividends 64:57 – RealTalentHiring.com

 

7 Key Points:

Potential employees can have an immensely valuable X-factor that’s overlooked in the hiring process. People are as – if not more – valuable as the processes and systems that make a business “GO.” Data without reliability is useless. Hiring the wrong person for the job has oft overlooked economic consequences. Understanding how people think is more important than observing how they behave. Employ stringent hiring standards. Hire for attitude and fire for performance.

 

Resources Mentioned:

 French Lunchbox – A beautifully designed app that gives users a new lunch recipe each week  Book Video Club – A service currently in the pre-launch phase that provides video summaries of books  Atom Wise – Better medicines, faster using the power of big-data  Keen – Smart-vents for the home  Checklists for Bloggers – A checklist tool designed to make working with digital teams vastly easier through optimized processes  Mail Lift – Handwritten letter service targeted for the businesses/professional audience  Bags VIP – Personalized pick-up from baggage claim and home delivery