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The Secret to a Better Quality (and Quantity) Life

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #85

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs

What is a better quality life to you? More time with loved ones, more time to do the things you love, or both?

The bottom line, is we all want more time (quantity) to do the things we love with the people we love (quality).

The challenge, so few of us make the time to do those things.

Take this past weekend for example, what did you waste time on? Did you spend the weekend doing spring cleaning, mowing the lawn, or even worse, doing your taxes?

I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time. – Stephen King

If you did manage to spend it doing what you loved, did you feel overwhelmed when you got back home that there was a mountain of “to-do’s” that had been neglected?

Here is a really simple question I want to ask you (answer it honestly…)

How much time did you waste doing the things you hated doing this weekend, and what would you have rather been doing (write down the answer in the comments below).

Now, before I explain why that is important I want to share a little story with you…

A little over three years ago, my wife and I were blessed with our firs child, and a quick 18 months later our second. To say life was hectic would be an understatement.

Like most parents with young kids, our days were somewhat the same: early morning wake-ups, preparing meals, cleaning dishes, rushing out the door for work, only to rush home to get dinner ready, do some more dishes, baths, and bedtime. We would relax for an hour or so watching Suits, House of Cards, or Homeland (which is so addictive) while catching up on some work we missed trying to get home for dinner…

Sound familiar???

So when the weekends arrived, the last thing we wanted to do was clean our house. We wanted to do something fun, but the guilt of all the “stuff we had to do” would hang over us.

While we couldn’t really afford it – we decided to hire a cleaning service. This meant we would get back at least half a day on our weekends.

So back to my original point. What’s more important to you, a quality life, or quantity? This little investment in a cleaning service gave us both the quantity and quality time we needed!

I can imagine at this point, you’re probably having the exact same reluctance we had when it came to hiring someone to clean our house and many of you would probably argue that it is a huge waste of money.

Well here’s some simple math to consider…

The big problem too many of us have, is we have little to no respect for our time.

If you make $50,000/year, that is roughly equivalent to $25/hour. If it takes you 4 hours to clean your home top to bottom and you do it twice a month, it is, in fact, costing you $200/month (and for those who have kids know that it takes twice or three times as long to do anything).

I can tell you first hand that there are thousands, if not millions of ways to make an extra $100, $10,000 and event $100,000 per year on the side that will allow you to afford to live not only a better quality life but one with more quantity of the things you enjoy.

Here are 5 things you could do today to improve your quality (and quantity) of life:

1. Stop hoarding, start selling

How long are you going to hold on to your PS2, PS3, and XBox? The baby toys? Most importantly that collection of old phones? If you are looking for a cleaning service or a lawn care company, in most places you are looking for $150-400 per month depending on your home.

If you can find a way to sell $1,200 – $2,000 of junk, you’re more than halfway to buying back your quality and quantity of life.

2. Ask for a raise

For most people, talking about money, let alone asking for it, is one of their biggest fears. Think about ways you can provide more value to your employer. Make a proposal that you would like to do “X”, and in exchange for doing so you would like “$Y”. If your employer agrees, simply over deliver. Ramit Sethi has an awesome guide, where he breaks this entire process down, click here for the details:

[Related: Ramit Sethi’s Ultimate Guide to Asking For A Raise]

3. Cut wasteful spending

I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking Starbucks, that will be short-lived.  Consider the wasteful spending like the gym membership you signed up for 6 months ago and have been to twice. Take a close look at your credit card statement (especially from iTunes) – are there recurring membership charges from “trials” that renewed. Are you actually using your Amazon Prime membership? There are countless ways to curb your spending, but be realistic when making cuts. Find the things you do not actually use or enjoy, not the things like Starbucks and going out for lunch.

4. Barter

We all have a unique skill that we can exchange with someone. Find someone who values that service and exchange quid pro quo. For example, if you are a web designer, but hate yard work. Find a local lawn maintenance company and exchange your services.

5. Start a side business doing what you love

Just like bartering, everyone reading this has some unique skill they can share and charge for. I have interviewed 75+ people who all have built unique businesses or raised significant amounts of money by combining their passion and taking action. Below is a quick graphic summarizing one of my favorite visuals for finding your “Ikigai” (your ideal business). Once you have found that, you can reach out to your friends and family to ask how you can help. It may be as simple as helping tutor the kids of friends and family members on math, or English? If you want to do some freelancing work, you can use websites like UpWork of Fiverr.

I want to be clear, and this is the reason I left this as the last point. I do not suggest this option as a means to buy back your time as something that is simple. It takes a conscious effort to build a business, however, if your goal is to make an additional $1,250 – $1,500 you will have a lot more fun making money on the side doing what you love, to afford the better quality life, than undervaluing yourself and doing the chores you hate.

Source: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai

 

 

TL;DR – Here are the shortcuts to creating a better quality life:

Start valuing your time, and what it is worth. Here are 5 Things you can do to create a better quality and quantity of life:

  1. Sell your junk – use craigslist, eBay, Kijiji, or a Garage Sale – you’re goal is between $1,000 – $1,500
  2. Ask for a raise – find out how you can provide more value, over deliver, and ask for fair compensation
  3. Cut wasteful spending – get rid of unused memberships (like the gym you haven’t seen in 6 months)
  4. Barter – how can you exchange services to do more of what your life, in exchange for what you don’t (i.e. if you like woodwork, could you help someone build a deck?)
  5. Start a side business doing what you love – there are limitless opportunities to offer your own unique value to make an extra $100-200/month (tutoring, web design, photoshop, baking, etc.)

 

What’s next in creating a better quality life?

One of my favorite questions to ask guests, from billionaires to entrepreneurs just getting started is

“Do you remember the first dollar you made as an entrepreneur?”

Action Step: Write down the thing you wasted time on this weekend (or something you hate doing on a regular basis). Immediately below that, write down what you would have rather been doing.

Once you the two choices besides one another, you can make a clear choice on what you do next.

Do you invest in building a better quality of life, or do you continue to undervalue your time?

I hope this inspires your journey to earn your first dollar and being to build the life you want. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

If you need help on coming up with an idea, or figuring out which part of your life to outsource first, leave it below.

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How To Rewire Your Brain For Success

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #80 with Colette Streicher

How To Rewire Your Brain For Success

Happiness is undervalued in our lives…we value hardwork, and success, but none of those are possible without happiness

I recently finished reading “Stealing Fire” by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. The book is about “Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high-performance upside down.”

Within minutes of talking to Colette Streicher, I saw an instant connection to how high performers are using a heightened state of consciousness to up their game to a new level.

Colette Streicher moved to the United States from France in 1995. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in family therapy.  Colette currently operates a successful international practice as Peak Performance Coach.

For more than 20 years, Colette continually studied many different therapies stemming from the field of Energy Psychology.  These studies include EFT with Gary Craig, Thought Field Therapy, Matrix Energetics, Bodytalk, Quantum techniques, Seemorg Matrix as well as many others.

In 2013 Colette co-founded a new method in the field of psychology (Manifesting All Possibilities(TM), MAP for short.

Through the use of MAP, practitioners are able to create extraordinary results. The method was proven effective to rewire the brain through the use of QEEG technology. MAP is a revolution in the field of psychology as it gets instantaneous results without the use of tapping or even talking.

What will you learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • 7 Steps To High-Performance
  • The importance of happiness in becoming successful
  • Why top athletes and entrepreneurs NEED a business coach
  • How to create happiness and reach your goals at lightning speed

How to connect with Colette Streicher:

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How To Write Your Own Success Story

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #79

How To Write Your Own Success Story with Marie Wiese, Founder of Marketing CoPilot

I knew this podcast episode was going to be great…

A Canadian, Content Marketer, Best Selling Author, and Entrepreneur – that’s a recipe for a perfect guest and Marie Wiese didn’t disappoint!

In this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, Marie Wiese talks about her entrepreneurial journey and how she was able to literally write her own success story. After being gifted a typewriter when she was a little girl by her grandmother, that gift for storytelling, led to a career in PR. That career quickly led down an entrepreneurial path with a startup, which, like many other dot-com businesses in the mid-2000’s, unfortunately, led to a financial collapse.

Marie bounced back and started consulting. After reflecting on how she helped the business grow to 100+ employees and raised over $25 million in funding, she knew she could repeat that process. Years later, Marie continues to run Marketing CoPilot and “help companies build digital marketing programs that make a difference. We deliver strategic guidance and tactical execution so companies can jump-start their digital marketing efforts to be more engaging, customer-centric and competitive.”

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to overcome fear
  • The importance of asking for help
  • What Marie’s next book will be about
  • The value of storytelling

How to connect with Marie Wiese:

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How To Write Your Own Success Story

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #76 with AJ Adams

How to Write Your Own Success Story

You’re not a passive character in your success story, you’re the author!

I came across AJ’s work on Instagram and knew instantly that he was going to be a perfect guest for the show…

Impacted so deeply by the tragedy at Columbine, AJ was literally shocked into action. Working humbly as a janitor and struggling to put food on the table AJ tapped into the passion for helping people, that he started a public speaking career that now has him traveling the world.

For many of us, change is difficult, so much so that it becomes paralyzing. One of the things that AJ talks about is how important it is to take action now. The longer you wait, the harder it will become to chase down your dreams. Once you lock onto that big dream, you can begin to take action and embrace change in your life one day at a time.

More about AJ Adams (http://www.ajadamsonline.com/bio)

Awarded “Best of 2015” and ranked in the Top 3 of motivational speakers in his home city of Phoenix, AZ, AJ will shed a bright light of the often overlooked principles that build success and significance. He will teach your audience about The Other Half of Success. AJ takes you beyond the cliche’ one-liners or dreaming big and setting lofty goals, and teaches you what it really takes to achieve the success you deserve. The Other Half of Success is a message packed with inspiring stories and practical principles to help you take action NOW! On and off stage, AJ delivers the “Aha!” moments that inspire audience members to take action. Meeting planners only wish they had hired AJ for past events!

AJ will teach your people how to:

  • Shift from passive workers, students, and staff in the organization to becoming active contributors to its success
  • Take ownership of their individual success and performanceWork with greater sense of passion and purpose
  • Position themselves to achieve greater success and produce greater results, thus adding greater value to their organization

How to connect with AJ Adams:

AJ Adams on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast #76

  • Instagram: @imajadams
  • Snap: imajadams
  • Bonus Material: http://www.ajadamsonline.com/ig-masterclass-replay
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How Focusing on Value Can Triple (3x) Your Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #75

How Focusing on Value Can Triple (3x) Your Business with Jen Berson, Founder of JenerationPR

Success meant being able to control my own time

The hardest part of starting a business is finding customers. The second hardest part of a business is parting ways with a client.

This past year, JenerationPR tripled their business, yes 3x, and Jen Berson attributes that success by parting ways with her first, and longest standing client. For most people, that would sound absolutely insane. Yet, when you take a deep honest look at your life and your business, you need to get clear about what’s holding you back and where you can deliver value.

Throughout this episode, Jen shares how the focus on value helped her scale her business. What was unique about Jen’s perspective on value, is it was not limited to the value she provides to her clients, but also to the people on her team and how she can add value to their lives by giving them flexibility in their daily lives.

What you will learn on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • Why you might need to fire your client
  • How to change your mindset to scale your business
  • The important of the value chain (internally and externally)

How to connect with Jen Berson:

 

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Why you need to enjoy the journey, not the destination

It wasn’t until I was alone, with the gun on the table when I realized I had hit bottom…

-Wilson Horrell

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #72 with Wilson Horrell

It’s hard for me not to start every single episode with “I was blown away by this guest…”

Podcasting has been one of the most powerful gifts when it comes to my personal development. I have the opportunity to share some of the most powerful and vulnerable stories that are beyond inspiring.

When I started The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, I wanted to inspire people to find happiness in the pursuit of their dreams by taking action. In this episode, we not only talk about the power of action but more importantly how taking action saved Wilson’s life.

Wilson Horrell was a hard working, successful business owner. During a trip to Las Vegas, he hit the jackpot, literally, and won over $2 Million. Following that win, Wilson went on a wild ride with drugs and alcohol which led to him losing everything, including his family. While his story is a sad and common one amongst lottery winners, what Wilson did after is amazing.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of finding a community
  • The necessity of taking action immediately
  • Why you need to enjoy the journey, not the destination

How to connect with Wilson Horrell:

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #72 with Wilson Horrell

More about Wilson Horrell:

Wilson Horrell is a 40-year-old father of two children, and a husband of a beautiful wife named Amanda. In the December of 2002, Wilson won $2.3 million on a $.025 slot machine in Las Vegas. By 2011, he had a $300 a day pill addiction and was not seen after 6am without a drink in his hand. After reaching rock bottom and waking up with a gun next to him in bed, he decided to get help. Through rehab, community, and 12-step fellowship, Wilson was able to get sober and has been sober since July of 2011.

About one year into recovery he found Olive Branch CrossFit and a crew of wonderful people. Somewhere along his fitness journey, he found the love of trail running and set his sights on the Lift Heavy Run Long 50mile/400deadlift club.

He has since become a partner in Lift Heavy Run Long and believes it is his mission to try and support and encourage people to be active and enjoy their lives. Wilson has no stance on the different varieties of exercise, but is confident that activity, of any type, will enrich people’s life.

Wilson started the Lift Heavy Run Long Podcast in an effort to build community and help people to feel comfortable about sticking their toe into the intimidating world of fitness and activity.
Wilson has a weekly blog on www.liftheavyrunlong and writes under the nickname of “Beefcake”.

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5 Easy Questions To Find Your Passion

When you look at the people who have climbed to the top they all have a bunch of elements in common… which is a triangulation and intersection of the three things:
1. The thing you’re best at.
2. The thing you love doing.
3. Something the world values.
If these three things are in place that’s when the odds of success go up exponentially.

-Jeff Hoffman

This past year I had the incredible opportunity to interview Jeff Hoffman, founder of Priceline.com on Episode #42 on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast. It was a conversation that would change my life and helped me understand what is possible when you find your passion and take action.

When I asked Jeff; “why he chose to become an entrepreneur and what he was most passionate about?” His answer shocked me.

Jeff always had a dream to visit every country in the world. One day while at his office, he was on the elevator headed to the 4th floor where he worked. One of his friends and colleagues got onto the elevator and proceeded to push the 6th floor. When Jeff got to his desk, he realized he had yet to visit the 6th floor of the building to see his friend.

If I can’t even get to the 6th floor to see my friend, how am I going to see the world?

Jeff was so determined to see the world and so passionate about accomplishing that goal, it became the centerpiece of so many businesses. If you pull back the covers of what he has done, you can see how travel is at the core:

  • Founded Priceline.com
  • Invented the technology that allows you to print boarding passes at the airport
  • Founded “Unreasonable At Sea” – a philanthropic mission to solve the world’s problems by taking a cruise ship of millennials around the globe to witness and solve the challenges they observed

Jeff was able to build a life around what he loved – and is changing the world in the process.

How can you find your passion and start to change the world on your own terms?

Here are 5 simple questions that you can ask yourself to help you find your passion:

  1. What do you read?
  2. What do you watch?
  3. What do you talk about?
  4. What do you write about?
  5. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

How to find your passion [infographic]

When you find your passion, you will begin to unlock a world of potential.

 

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How to build an online business from scratch

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #70 with John Lagoudakis

The knowledge you need is everywhere around you…

Imagine building a business so you could be home with your kids, have time freedom, and a decent predictable income…then one day in a single email and it is all gone! That’s what happened to this episode’s guest!

John Lagoudakis is constantly seeking opportunity. In 1999 he built an IT business to help companies with Y2K. Following that business, he built an affiliate marketing business so he could spend more time with his family, at least until catastrophic changes in Google’s ad platform literally killed the business overnight.

Today, John is one of Australia’s leading Internet marketers. He has been awarded a Top 100 Clickbank Affiliate and has been featured on CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Newsweek and the Today Show.

What you will learn on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to start your own online business
  • The reason you MUST start reading immediately
  • John’s favorite books
  • The biggest lessons from entrepreneurial failures

How to connect with John Lagoudakis:

John Lagoudakis on Happiness of Pursuit #70

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How to Start a Business by Accident with Kris Reid

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #68 with Kris Reid, “The Coolest Guy in SEO” and Founder of Ardor Media Factory.

There’s a theme amongst many of this show’s guests that starts something like this…

“Well after I lost my job in 2008…”

Like millions of others, I lost my job in 2008 as a result of the economy downturn. I was fortunate to find another job quickly, but part of me wonders if I had taken the leap into entrepreneurship sooner what life would look like today?

Fortunately, this episode’s guest took that leap and has built an incredibly successful SEO business that operates primarily online. Here’s some background to give some context:

My name is Kris Reid. I am a Software Engineer, originally from Brisbane where I graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (A university for the real world).

I was backpacking around the world a few years ago and because of my love for software development, I built an online game. As the completion day came near for the game I made, I thought that I should learn how to market if anyone else is ever going to play with it. So, I started studying how Google works and learned about Search Engine Optimisation. I quickly discovered how important backlinks are – not just any backlinks, but only quality backlinks with relevant and compelling content on powerful industry-specific websites.

Then, I set out to build the perfect service to provide just that – high-quality backlinks with compelling content on industry-specific websites.

Fast forward a few years later, I now have a permanent office based here in Davao City, Philippines. It’s a quiet beach-side city that gives me access to virtually-unlimited skilled writers, editors, and content marketers to provide essentially limitless amounts of super high-quality powerful backlinks.

What I loved about Kris’ story, was the simple fact that his business came from taking action. He had followed a passion in building a game, however, he needed to find a way to bring it to market and in doing so found a great business opportunity.

That is yet another example of why I encourage listeners to simply take action! That simple choice will lead to so many opportunities for you in business, in your relationships and in life.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of taking action
  • Why you need to pursue your passion, despite the critics
  • How to start a business by solving a problem
  • The importance of learning from the past (lessons from Stoicism)

How to connect with Kris Reid:

Kris Reid on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

  • https://www.facebook.com/ardorseocom
  • https://twitter.com/coolestguyinseo
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/coolestguyinseo

BONUS CONTEST: COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITE AUDIT (Click Here)

Books we discussed in the show:

  • Ego is The Enemy, Ryan Holiday
  • The Obstacle Is The Way, Ryan Holiday
  • 10% Happier, Dan Harris
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How To Make Your New Years Resolution Stick

Make New Years Resolutions Stick

It’s that time of year again…

Everyone is excited about a “new year, new me”. The gyms are full, people are positive, and productivity is at an all-time high…at least until Friday.

I want this year to be the year that you not only keep that New Years Resolution – but start with one big enough to make meaningful change in your life that will carry you beyond 2017. Here are three simple tips to help.

How to make your New Years Resolution Stick.

1. STOP CALLING IT “NEW YEARS RESOLUTION.”

We are so bound by this tie to a ‘New Year, New Me,’ that we rarely seek to understand the rationale behind what it takes to change a habit, nor do we look deep enough to prepare ourselves to make lasting and meaningful changes in your life.

If New Years is a catalyst, or tipping point, or a motivator for you to make progress; use that as the initial motivator; however you’re going to need to connect to something bigger and understand the basics of motivation.It is controlled by two forces, PAIN or PLEASURE. You are either going to run from the

Simply put, motivation is derived from two forces, PAIN or PLEASURE. You are either going to run from the PAIN or RUN towards PLEASURE. The challenge most people face when it comes to setting longstanding goals is either the pain is not severe enough, nor is the pleasure great enough for people for the consequences of attaining the goals.

For example, if your New Years resolution is losing 10 lbs, it is unlikely that those 10 lbs are making life painful, nor will losing them provide enough pleasure to have an impact to make you stick to your New Years Resolution! Now if you said I want to lose 25 lbs to help run my first marathon – that’s got a chance of sticking.

BONUS TIP: If you really want to make it stick – GO REGISTER for a marathon right now! Don’t wait for a friend, just do it (literally RIGHT NOW)!

2. FIND YOUR PASSION AND DO IT EVERYDAY!

The whole premise of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast is to inspire people to find their passion, take action, and build the life they want. In doing so, listeners will find the happiness that comes with the pursuit of attaining that goal, versus trying to find happiness.

When you align your goals and activities with what your passionate about, you are more likely to be able to survive the tough days – the days when you feel like skipping a workout or eating the candy.

To emphasize this point, here’s a great story from Jeff Hoffman about how Evander Holyfield committed to working out, and how he stays true to his commitment to excellence (click here – skip to 39:30).

3. TAKE ACTION!

Regardless of whether or not we talk about a bucket list, or a new years resolution, the single choice to intentionally take action to chase your dreams will be the difference between a fulfilling life, and a life of regret.

There is no life-hack or simple tip I can share when it comes to making your New Years Resolution stick. All you need to do is TAKE ACTION – JUST DO IT!

As you begin your journey in 2017, I want to leave you with one simple quote:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Take a step every single day in the direction of your dreams. Every day that you do that, you move closer to whatever dream you have. If it’s running that marathon, try to run a little further every day.

You have a ton of greatness within you, and no matter how big your dream is – YOU CAN DO IT!

May this year be the year you start to pursue the big things and may happiness follow you in that journey.

If there is ANYTHING I can do to help you in you please connect with me here. I look forward to sharing in your journey.

Happy New Year!

 

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