What are you going to do about it?

We are overloaded with daily opportunities to learn. It starts early, from the time we read our morning newspapers, it ends late, after we’ve watched the late night news before bedtime, and we’re hit all day in between with digital feeds and streaming news reports. Then there are the magazines, books, people, seminars, and training sessions that we seek out as a way of concentrating our focus on specific topics of information. But at the end of our continuous daily cycles of learning, do we really have that much useful and valuable information at our disposal? – Paid to Think

The Starting Key to Being Productive

Finding a good productivity system is so much more than the mechanics of whatever tool you use. In fact, almost every tool is more or less the same.

They have due dates, and start dates. You can organize things into projects and sub-folders. Some of them allow collaboration and some don’t. Some follow Agile methods or Kanban or some other productivity methodology.

In many ways, none of those methods matter for you either. No one can tell you that Agile always works because it doesn’t always. If your team hasn’t bought in 100% and doesn’t follow the methods described, then it won’t work for you.

Are You Measuring The Gain or the Gap?

I just finished reading Michael Hyatt’s, Your Best Year Ever. Yup the review is coming.

Today I want to talk about one of the ideas in that book. Most times we measure the gap. The distance we have to go till we reach…success…or whatever we’re striving for.

Till we match the success of someone we look up to.

That’s faulty, we should be measuring the gap. The distance we’ve come since we started working on our goal.

But that can be hard. Listen to the podcast today to hear more about my struggles measuring the gap instead of the gain.

151 – Avoiding Hardship

Too many people avoid any sense of hardship in their lives. They fear they can’t handle it or that they’ll be judged or rejected. – High Performance Habits


Our culture today is obsessively focused on unrealistically positive expectations: Be happier. Be healthier. Be the best, better than the rest. – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—k

How much are you avoiding hardship? Are you putting any stock at all in the highlight reels you see around you?

Today I’m going to talk about hardship and positivity, and how it’s probably a block on your way to success.

You Do You, I’ll Do Me

When you see to improve yourself as a leader by following the popular approach of trying to adopt certain personality traits or even mimic leadership styles of successful leaders, you’re heading out on a divergent path away from the outcome you’re actually seeking. That’s because transferring an attribute like “charisma” from one person to yourself or others is difficult at best, if not altogether impossible. – Paid to Think

Today I’m going to talk about my advice, and what you should do with it.

We’re also on week two of the next 12 Week Year, so I’ll give you an update on where I’m at and what my plans are for the next 11 weeks.

Mark Schinnerer and The Success Grower

Today I talk to Mark Schinnerer about his book The Success Grower. I read the book the week it came out, and I very much enjoyed the content. The 8 Elements might be something you’ve heard before, but the way Mark threads story through the book, sets it apart from the standard ‘business’ or ‘self-help’ book out there.

We talk about many things, but here are the three quotes I bring up with Mark. Watch for my full written review of the book coming in a few weeks.

If your not continually preparing your mind to accept new information and ideas, you’ll just become an old dried-up field full of weeds.

Success isn’t measured in the end result, it’s measured in the little progress you make every day, and the course changes or corrections you make when faced with an obstacle.

As in all things, a choice will be required of you. Will you choose to let the storm destroy your life and plans, or will you choose to build a shelter from the storm and pick up after it is over to keep moving forward? The only way to weather a storm is to go through it.


Recap of 2017 & Thanks for All The Fish

Welcome to the last Smart Business Show episode of 2017. Thanks for all the fish.

I’ll be taking at least two weeks off so no podcast next week and no podcast in the first week of January.

During that time I’ll be doing a few things.

  • hanging out with my kids and wife
  • spending an afternoon with my wife talking about how the year went and how we want next year to go. What changes are we going to make
  • updating my computer with High Sierra, maybe. Not sure about it yet maybe a clean install of Sierra instead
  • writing, I’ll be writing
  • planing my 12 week cycle starting in the first week of January when I’m taking a week off
  • writing, more writing hoping to finish a book length piece for January

Recaping 2017

I wrote and published around 215k words. Some was in book form. Some was in video form but almost all of it was free on this site.

My income was down the most it has ever been. This is due to mostly switching over to coaching and not having the time to put in to development projects, at the same time as not having coaching pick up fully yet. I’m hoping to turn that around in 2018 with a number of different ventures planned so I can be back up to my 2016 levels and beyond.

I published three books:

I launched a video course called The 8 Week Business BootCamp. Along with that I launched a membership that includes a bunch of stuff like access to my books and to the books I’m writing in 2018. Joining me for extra content and discussion during the month, and a monthly book club.

I did a video course for Asian Efficiency which you can get in January as a member of their Dojo.

I started a set of reading lists for you so you don’t have to dig through a bunch of crap reading first. Watch those pages for more reading as I add more books. I’ll also be building out a way to search through all the books I’ve read and reviewed so that you can find them easier. I keep having people ask about how to find all the books and it’s just not easy right now.

I’d love to hear about your recap and what your plans are for 2018.

Thanks for the Fish

One thing I want to address for the podcast listeners is, that I don’t actually want you to have a 6-figure income. I want you to have a life that suits your needs. I want you to spend time with your kids and such.

That’s the goal I have and I think that aiming for business success only and failing in relationships still means you’re a failure.

Is your Mind Fertile Soil?

We’re getting closer to the end of the year, what are the things you struggled with this year? What is your plan for 2018 to fill those gaps?

In this show we’ll talk about:

How do I score my 12 week year?

How do I score my 12 week year? That is the question from Youtube. This is one place I’m still a bit rocky on. I don’t do a bunch of scoring and really need to dig back into the book to figure out how to score properly.

Here are the 4 questions I ask myself every week:

1: Connect. Who did I connect with this week. (Phone, in person)
2: Invite. Who did I invite into a powerful coaching experience?
3: Create: How many did you give a coaching experience?
4: Propose: How much money did you propose in coaching this week?

That is the only thing that matters for me week in week out.

At the end, catch Jason Resnick talking about coaching and what he’s found helpful.

Stop Making Things Easier

Don’t just jump to the easy tool or the easy option. Sometimes, oftentimes adding friction to a process can improve it. With friction in place you’re forced to evaluate if the job is worth doing at all.

Without friction it’s easy to push tasks off to ‘future you’ and never evaluate them until your lists are so big you’re going to dump a previously good system.

Constraints and friction are awesome for you.