Last July, I made a stupid business decision – leave social media.
As all business owners know, as well as what is just common sense, social media is a free place to promote your product to millions and millions of potential new customers. Why would you leave all of that opportunity on the table?
My answer – because it's not worth it.
“You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” – L Ron Hubbard.
In 1953, science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard set out on a mission – create a new religion based on his book Dianetics.
Hubbard truly believed in the psychological benefits of the practices suggested in the book. So he released it to the psychological community – expecting to be hailed as a genius for discovering these new ways of understanding and improving the human mind.
It can feel like you’re drowning.
No matter what you do, no matter how hard you work, no matter what productivity strategies you try; you just can't seem to find enough hours in the day.
I knew that feeling well. But I was able to escape the quicksand over the last year through one simple rule:
Work one fewer hour each day.
No, this isn't going to be one of those posts about how you need to rest more – I didn't escape 'the quicksand of not enough hours in the day' by taking that hour off.
I did it by devoting that one hour to automation.
The clock was ticking…And I was up against it.
I had just begun calling experts to sell them on the Educo platform, and I hadn’t had much success yet.
I was nervous.
I was awkward.
I was failing.
And I needed some way to separate my ego from the results.
In life, certain things will always be out of your control. How others respond to you is one of them.
Of course, you can improve your communication skills, but if someone has a bad day, they are not going to respond as well to a proposal.
In moments like that, you need to let go of focusing on results, and focus on what you can control.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
That's what former Marine, Erik Therwanger, told me about the approach to leadership that he learned in the Marines.
It's also the foundation of his 90 day run.
The concept is incredibly simple – the US military has a long history of teaching young men and women how to become the best version of themselves in just 90 days.
So why not apply that same methodology to the civilian world as well?
Virginia Tech psychology professor, Scott Geller, and I cover the topics in his latest book: "Life Lessons from Psychological Science." We discuss how his ideas apply to our lives, to our work, and to our communities.
In this episode of the Educo Community Podcast, I speak with the founder of Think Great, Erik Therwanger.
We discuss what it takes to be a great leader, how to respond to crises, and how to plan and execute on your goals.
Today I am joined by Shauna Shapiro. Shauna is a professor, author, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. She has over 20 years of studying meditation in Thailand, Nepal, and the West.
She has also published 150 Journal articles and chapters and co-authored the critically acclaimed texts, "The Art and Science of Mindfulness," as well as "Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child."
Today she and I talk about how mindfulness applies to personal development, to education, to the corporate world, and to parenting.
For the fourth episode, I want to share with you a podcast interview I did about a year ago when I had just come up with the idea that would turn into Educo Community as it is today.
The podcast interview is with Rajiv Nathan and Martin McGovern the cofounders of Idea Lemon. An organization dedicated to helping people make their ideas a reality.
We talked about how to find meaning in work, finding the right metrics of success, and an idea I had that would turn into Educo Community.
In the third episode of the Educo Community podcast, Dr. Regan A.R. Gurung and I discuss how to improve your self-awareness, deal with difficult emotions in the right way, and how to build the proper social networks to achieve your greater goals.