August 5, 2017

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https://www.inc.com/business-insider/mind-blowing-podcasts-learn-something-new-30-minutes-or-less.html

The average morning commute in the US is just shy of 30 minutes. That’s no fun if you spend it in rush-hour traffic, but it’s a good time to try out a new podcast, especially one that upends the way you see and think about the world. From business to history to psychology, here are some of the most mind-expanding podcasts that you can gobble up in a half-hour or less. The nine podcasts are hidden brain, happier with Gretchen Rubin, Arming the Donkeys, 99% invisible, Planet Money, No Such Thing as a Fish, Revisionist History, Success! How I Did it, and the Food Chain. Personally, I didn’t start seriously listening to podcasts until earlier this year, so I’m learning more and more about the content available. There’s literally thousands of podcasts on just about any topic you can imagine. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, I suggest downloading an episode to your media device and playing it through either Bluetooth or USB. In my work place, some of my co-workers have said that their car is their office. I suggest instead of just listening to music, strengthen your mind by listening to a podcast on a topic you enjoy. I’ve selected a few highlights from the article, but be sure to read the article. In Hidden Brain, host Shankar Vedantam guides listeners through their own cognitive missteps, biases, and blind spots. He reveals the many hard-to-see ways our decision making and judgment are influenced by various forces, such as our built-in fear of losing money and our tendency to romanticize the past. There’s a lot we don’t know about the human brain, but Vedantam illuminates the fascinating things we do know — but probably don’t notice. Finance can be a snooze to most people, but Planet Money takes a sideways look at the world of cash and business. The podcast explains complex topics in easy-to-understand terms. Past episodes have delved into the complex world of aquarium bartering and free-money programs in Kenya. Listening regularly might help you get a firmer grasp on 401(k) programs or hedge funds, but that knowledge will probably come through strange, funny stories. Put on by the BBC, The Food Chain explores the food industry from all angles, including the science of food production, the business of moving food from farms to supermarkets, and the latest health trends. The series also examines the cultural significance of certain foods, taking an anthropological approach to the topic. Recent episodes question whether foods need added doses of micro-nutrients (such as iodine in table salt), and what the diets of people who live to be older than 100 have in common.

Your brain is one of the most important muscles in your human body. Constant exercise and proper rest will help you unlock new ways of thinking, and problem solving, that can help make a difference in your life, but in other people’s lives too. I’m going to subscribe to Planet Money to listen to a few episodes. I already subscribe to: TEDTalks, the Time Ferris Show, ARC, the Tony Robbins Podcast, John Maxwell, Gateway Church Audio Podcast, Jentezen Franklin, and the Rich Dad Radio Show. If you’ve got the long drive to work then consider adding podcasts into your routine.

http://www.businessinsider.com/financial-independence-simple-2017-7

I’m playing Jenga because that’s what my nephews always want to play when I’m around. But then we move on to Xbox because kids get bored quickly, so we have to change from one thing to another.  So why when we grow up do we have to play the same game over and over again for the rest of our lives? I mean, as soon as you discover what you’re good at you have to do that for your career.  And then because you can earn more money in that field than any other field you’re forced to do it forever. You never get to say, “I’m bored and I hate my job and I want to play something else.” You might know how this feels because 70% of people hate their job and The 4-Hour Workweek spent more than four years on The New York Times bestseller list.  Most people tell themselves, “Well, that’s just the way life is.” I know, because that’s what I used to say until I discovered financial independence.  And I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about how to become financially independent in just one sentence. Are you ready? Spend less than you earn and invest the difference.  The reason it is often hard for people to obtain financial independence is the endowment effect. It’s putting more value on what we have vs. what we don’t have. Financial independence requires hard work and discipline. Mark Cuban said time is your most valuable asset: “You can’t buy it, you can’t find it, you can’t store it, you can’t trade it.” What he’s saying is if you’re not doing what you want to be doing with your time you’re wasting it, because you can’t get any more of it. When you become financially independent you get your time back because now you control it, and that’s what financial independence is really about. Freedom is something that can be obtained in this lifetime if you’re willing to examine yourself and determine what makes you happy. Personally, I’m focused on legacy and eternity. I want to have a family of my own children and have enough passive income producing assets that can pay more than our monthly expenses, so I can work at my job in freedom and not dependent upon a paycheck. With every penny, I’m also focused on giving to my church, Church of the Highlands. As a part of the Legacy team, I give to the Capital Buildings, Highlands College, Local, National and Global Missions Lanes. I have faith that each contribution will make a difference in someone else’s life. I also trust that my family will one day follow my vision.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

This week, I’ve included THIS IS YOUR MOMENT – MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO [GYM MOTIVATION] from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG

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July 12, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

https://www.inc.com/brenda-barbosa/these-6-questions-from-a-buddhist-monk-turned-millionaire-investor-will-help-you.html

Christine Comaford sees this problem time and time again. From U.S. presidents to billionaire CEOs to budding entrepreneurs, the problem that continually arises for leaders throughout all stages of growth and development is answering a deceptively simple question: What do I want? Answering this one crucial question is the first step to reaching any desired outcome. But for so many, the answer is elusive. In fact, most people are pretty good at rattling off in full detail all the things they don’t want, but when it comes to describing what they do want, the specifics are remarkably fuzzy. Getting clear on the exact outcomes you’d like to achieve, and knowing what you have to give up (or postpone) in order to reach those goals, is the key to success because there are no achievements that come without corresponding trade-offs. “Many people actually don’t know what they want, or they don’t know the cost of it,” Comaford says in this interview. “And if you don’t know the cost of it, you can’t create it.” At the age of 17, Comaford entered a Buddhist monastery where she stayed as a monk for seven years. Afterwards she had careers with Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple, and became an angel investor for such start-ups as Google, and even wrote two New York Times bestselling books. It was this unconventional set of lives that would lead her to become a high performance executive coach. She now has “a 360-degree ability to understand business not just as a set of strategies but also as a complex web of human interactions.” She seeks to help a person with the simple question of what do you want?, and if you struggle to answer this question she takes you through the Outcome Frame which is a series of six questions: what would you like?, what will having that outcome do for you?, how will you know when you have it?, where when and with whom do you want it?, what of value might you risk or lose?, and what are the next steps?. These six questions will help guide and shape your drive and give you strength. I suggest that you write these six questions and place them where they can be seen, and even take the time to review them at least monthly. The more you remind yourself the more you can re-align yourself. Personally, I look at my life through the lens of eternity and legacy. I use Church of the Highlands‘s Steps to help me understand my relationship and relationships in general. The four steps are: Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference. I believe once you understand your purpose and live in it, you’ll have a sincere desire to make a difference in this life and not just in this world.

https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/forgetfulness-is-just-annoying-9-unusual-ways-to-improve-your-memory.html

Don’t you just love it when this happens? You go to another room in the house for some reason and there you are, but you can’t remember why. Or, you shake someone’s hand and forget their name before you even let go. Oh, and my favorite: running into the grocery store to pick up two or three items, only to head home without the most important ingredient–which was why you went to the store in the first place. That’s just annoying. The symptoms of poor short-term memory can be caused by preoccupation, distractions, lack of focus, and a weakened memory muscle. Sure, it gets worse as we age, but people who are overwhelmed struggle with forgetfulness at any age. Entrepreneurs certainly fit into this category. None of it is totally out of your control. Try these slightly off-beat ways to exercise your memory muscle and you could see an improvement in weeks. The nine unusual techniques are: chew gum while learning, move your eyes from side to side, clench your fists, use unusual fonts, doodle, laugh, practice good posture, eat a Mediterranean diet, and finally meditate. Laughter is a medicine that is good not just for your body but your soul as well. After watching a funny video for 20-minutes, cortisol levels were lowered for participants. Since this hormone is associated with stress, which is known to negatively impact the memory, a good dose of daily laughter will prove beneficial for your overall health. Finally, meditation is a simple practice that anyone can do. Even if you spend five minutes to slow your day and breathe deeply you cause your mind to focus in a new and different way. Regular meditation improves your ability to focus, and even pass tests. I can testify to this as it definitely affects my focus and short-term memory when I fall off my meditation track. This may be why: Studies at Harvard Medical School revealed that people who meditate have more control over alpha rhythm–a brain wave believed to filter out everyday distractions, allowing more important things to process. This is only one hypothesis. Meditation is known to significantly increase blood flow to the brain and multiply storage mechanisms, ensuring that your brain retains the ability to store new memories now, and as you age. Meditation over time becomes a practice as natural as breathing. There are also different types of meditation that you can explore. Just take a moment and be still.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

This week, I’ve included BE THE HERO – Motivational Video [ JOE ROGAN] from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG