Born for This

Born For This

Chris Guillebeau is someone who I’ve looked up to for some time. Back when I was first starting to think about starting a business, I bought his first book The $100 Startup. As someone new into the business world, I admired how he designed his career and his life. He was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing – traveling the world, helping people reach their big goals in life, and making a good income. His content has always been solid so I naturally picked up this latest book.

The Cold Shower Challenge

Back in 2015, I decided to take part in a cold shower challenge. If you aren’t familiar with the challenge, it’s pretty straight forward. Only take cold showers for 30 days straight.

During the challenge, I shot this video to provide my insights and take-a-ways.

Today I take about 6-10 cold showers per week. It’s now part of my habit, and most people think I’m crazy…but it’s awesome. I feel so much more alive and it reminds me that if I can take a freezing cold shower (especially in the winter) than I can do anything.

Prepare Like An Olympian

What makes an athlete, an Olympian? Surely there are many things that contribute to their success: positive habits, willpower, superior practice…the list goes on. All of these things add up to them being world class in their sport. To put it simply, they are master preparers. They spend years preparing for only moments in time. The more prepared they are, the higher the chances those moments turn into a lifetime of fame.

Olympian Swimmer

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The 6 Habits You Need to Thrive in Corporate America

Whether we like it or not, over half of Americans work for corporations these days. I say “like it or not” because 70% of these workers are considered unengaged and quite frankly, unhappy. Now, I’m not sure where you lie in these statistics, but since you are reading this post, I will assume you are somewhere in the majority. That means you are looking to improve the quality of your work life. And you’re not alone. If we are to build careers that we love, it starts with taking accountability for our happiness, and learning how to thrive in Corporate America.

Satisfied With Work

I recently hit my 5 year anniversary of graduating college and working in the professional world. During this time I have worked for some of the biggest companies and biggest brands.

Through my short experience in the corporate world, I have noticed a few things that have already begun to change. You may have seen this too.

People like Arianna Huffington, CEO of The Huffington Post are leading the way for working less and sleeping more, and tech companies are pushing the limits to benefits offered .

Work is now becoming more of a life experience, as opposed to your life being your work.

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Consuming Negativity, Consumes Us

By the time FDR was elected into office the first time, the Great Depression was at it’s worst. People were suffering immeasurable obstacles and hope was at an all time low. During his inaugural address, he left us with a quote that will forever be marked in the history books: “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

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His plea to the American people was to ignore all that was wrong, as with increased focus comes increased despair. Only by ignoring the negativity and fear, can we begin to see new opportunities that lead to new prosperities. This mentality was latched onto by the American people 75 years ago, but has been lost since. It has faded away as mainstream media has infiltrated our world. Although increased access to worldly events has brought many great things to us, I believe it has been for the worse.

Why? Because bad news dominates the headlines. Everybody knows that. What many people don’t understand is how it affects us subconsciously.

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The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique

Becoming more productive is less about the things you do, than the things you don’t do. That’s why I love the Pomodoro Technique, because it allows me to do less of the things I shouldn’t do.

If you’re like me, I get easily distracted. Especially because I work out of a co-working office where everyone is on a different schedule. Staying focused on my work can be challenging. I am always looking for ways to stay focused, and this technique is one of my favorites.

Coined by Francesco Cirillo, the system “Pomodoro” was after the tomato-shaped timer he used to track his work as a university student. The best part about it – it’s simple: When faced with any large task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called “Pomodoros”) that are spaced out by short breaks.

This allows you to be more productive, in less time. I love that.

So, watch the video to understand more about how I use this technique, and to get my recommendation on an app to help keep you honest. If you want even more information check out: Pomodoro Technique

Through my mentoring and leadership work with millennials and organizations, I have found that most people are looking at the millennials generation (or all generations) the wrong way.

As the millennials generation is becoming more and more important to understand, we have to start asking ourselves the right questions and developing the right solutions.

When we do this, it will begin to make our cultures stronger, our relationships deeper, and our businesses more profitable.

Here is a glimpse into my work at Ignite DFW.

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics—with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides which automatically advance after 15 seconds. For more info, check out http://ignitedallas.org/

Too Many Choices, Just The Right Amount of Time

You make thousands of choices every day. What you eat, who you text, what Netflix show you binge-watch—you are constantly evaluating and making decisions. Although these choices may seem insignificant, making choices has never been more difficult than it is today. With so many options available, and big consequences on the line, it’s becoming harder to be confident in the choices you make.

Millennial Choices

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