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Archive for July 2015

Budget Traveling Tips and Tricks

Saving Money while traveling is easy and can actually be fun. There are a ton of tips in this episode on how you can travel to your dream location without breaking the bank.

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Biggest Takeaway’s:

  • Set your goals high for where you want to travel too. Make it a goal that you want to achieve. Use your bucket list and go to the place you most want to go to, not just the cheapest.
  • ALWAYS BOOK FLIGHTS ON A TUESDAY
  • You can book flights to one city in Europe then take a regional airline to your final destination to save money
  • Use booking.com for last minute hotel deals
  • Cook your own food, or at least avoid the tourist traps
  • Don’t bring such a big back pack you only need a 50 Liter or so back pack
  • Security while traveling is important be aware of your surroundings and use common sense
  • Do what you want do, and get out there and go do something big!

Market Your Book, A How To Guide

The world is full of great products…that no one knows about. Today we learn about marketing, specifically how to market and sell your ebay.

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  • You need to convert random somewhat curious people into followers and fan.
  • The first step is to get traffic to your website, blog or whatever.
  • The next step is you need those people to give you there email…this is a key step.
  • If you don’t have a book yet and you want to get some emails, use giveaways, from one giveaway Nick has gotten up to 8,000 emails.
  • Most Authors focus on amazon
  • Use those emails smartly, tease them first, send out some small basic teasers of the content
  • There is a whole launch strategy in the emails but the basics is tease them, let them know whats coming and let them know they won’t get the bonuses unless they get the book in the first week or so
  • KDP select is good for some people but not for everyone
  • Perma free model might be the best way to “sell” your book if your just using the book as a lead magnet

Write Your Book, A How To Guide

Write 50,000 words in just one day! That is what Matt did, and you can do it too. Even if, like me, you think writing that many words in one day is a little extreme, this episode will give you a ton of great tips on how to write a book in record time!

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  • This is one of those episodes I am going to go back to over and over again, it is super dense with information on how to write a book
  • One of the biggest takeaways I got from this is outline your book and then just start jamming and writing as much as you can.
  • Go back read your book edit things, and rewrite
  • Writing a book should be an iterative process, infact Matt says the real artist in you doesn’t come out till around your 3rd
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself, just get the words out!
  • His last piece of advice is do with your life what you truly love doing, don’t settle! He talks about in his twenties was the first time in his life where loved ones and people around him started to pass away. This made him realize don’t waste your life doing something you hate.

Having Fun in Your Twenties without Breaking Your Brain

 

This article is a guest post by Anthony Simola who was on the podcast for the episode Increase Your Brain Power, A How to Guide  and wrote the book The Roving Mind: A Modern Approach to Cognitive Enhancement

This short article is intended to show a way of having fun in your twenties without causing permanent damage to your health and your mind. Nobody is asking you to live like a monk but I do advise you to be shrewd and strategic about the choices you make. I can provide counsel on maintaining your health but I cannot fix your attitude—if you want to live fast and die young, this article probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re interested in living fast and maintaining your health long enough to tell your grandchildren about it (and well beyond that point), keep reading.

 

It goes without saying that the basis for minimizing the damage from alcohol consumption and partying rests on a foundation of sound health. If you have an active social life on the weekends, make sure to exercise during the week, eat healthful food, and rest sufficiently. Rest, by the way, entails not only sleep; spend some time outdoors, and take a conscious approach to managing your levels of stress. Like Travis and I talked about in a recent podcast episode, it is vital to get your basics right before moving up to more advanced things. Additionally, keep your mind sharp—you’re going to need it a lot in the future, so read, learn, and challenge yourself.

 

Alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs are all habit-forming and addictive, and that is why I tend to be categorically opposed to the habitual use of any even marginally harmful substance. Over time, its negative effects will compound geometrically but a one-off occasional use of something (with the exception of hard drugs) is not going to have a significant negative effect on your well-being after the fact. Before making a decision about drinking, smoking, or otherwise consuming something on a night out, determine if what you are doing is a singular experience or the continuation of a habit. The former will produce a memorable event and enhance your quality of life, while the latter will inevitably in one way or another diminish it.

 

Alcohol specifically deserves a mention because it serves as the default social lubricant for today’s youth. The most important factor comes in picking your poison wisely to control your caloric load—stay away from sugary cocktails and chasers, and watch the beer calories. I prefer bourbon or domestic whiskey like Jack Daniel’s. Also, if you have a tendency to eat junk food at the end of a night, keep your evening meal light and protein-heavy to make you feel full while still allowing room for cheeseburgers later. Drinking water serves a dual purpose—it prevents you from going too hard on the liquor and also mitigates the effects of a possible hangover the day after.

 

The extent to which you should pay attention to the following advice depends on how often you plan to drink and how much you are worried about the negative effects of alcohol consumption. Note that you should consult your licensed physician before undertaking any kind of nutritional or supplemental regimen that could affect your health. Drinking exposes you to a risk of liver cirrhosis, nerve and brain damage, and various types of cancer in the long term. If you’re inclined to drink more than recommended, you can mitigate those harmful effects by consuming certain supplements that will counter the harm that ethanol inflicts on your body.

 

The most obvious one of these is vitamin C—as you probably know, it’s an essential nutrient that is required for negating the effects of oxidative stress, particularly in the brain. Not surprisingly, consuming alcohol depletes it, which is why you are recommended to supplement with two grams (2,000 mg) of it on the day of going out and the day after. Similarly, drinking dehydrates you and exhausts intramuscular magnesium, which is required for serotonin production and thus well-being. Consider supplementing with magnesium citrate (200-800 milligrams) in pill or capsule form, or drink high-quality mineral water like Gerolsteiner or San Pellegrino. When choosing a dosage, keep in mind that the amount of physical activity you do will influence your magnesium needs.

 

As already mentioned, alcohol severely damages cell membranes in two very important organs—the brain and the liver. This process is called lipid peroxidation, and vitamin E can block it and may prevent damage caused by alcohol in the brain and the liver. Consider a dosage of ten milligrams. Under regular conditions, the liver produces its own antioxidant called glutathione—it binds to toxins that can then be excreted in the bile or urine. Unsurprisingly, chronic alcohol consumption depletes it, so you may find it advantageous to take lipoceutical glutathione, grape-seed extract, or N-acetylcysteine, which is a supplement that has been shown to restore glutathione levels back to normal.

 

Drinking depletes thiamine, also known as vitamin B1. The symptoms of this particular deficiency include lethargy, tiredness, memory loss, and others. Although the biochemical process behind it is complex, thiamine prevents proteins in the body from reacting with glucose to form advanced glycation end products, which harm brain cells. Even if you are not planning on drinking, make a note to research vitamin B1, as it is the most underrated nutrient I have come across so far.

 

Finally, focus on the fun of the night instead of ruminating on the negative side effects of drinking. Obsessing over the details of your health regimen has the devious effect of leading your mind off of things you need to pay careful attention to—your safety and security. Stay out of fights, don’t drive, and enjoy your time out.

 

Anthony Simola is CEO and Chairman of Simola Technologies Inc., an engineering consultancy. Educated at Columbia University and Vanderbilt University, he is the author of “The Roving Mind: A Modern Approach to Cognitive Enhancement,” published in the March of 2015.

Build Your Brand, A How to Guide

You are amazing, and don’t you think the world should know this? In this episode Michael Peggs and I talk about how to build your own brand. This episode is filled with practical advice to help you present yourself in a better light, which is crucial for entrepreneurs, but can be very helpful even for those 9-5ers.

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  • Building your own personal brand is important not only because it helps you strive higher in your chosen career but also because it gives you a better sense of yourself.
  • There is three questions you should ask yourself when building a personal brand, what is your story, what is your gift and How to server others.
  • Finding out your story is something you have to do personally, journaling can help.   You can ask others for guidance but ultimately however you need to meditate on the idea and figure it out for your self.
  • To find out what your gift is, ask other people. Also analyze what other people come to you for help with.
  • Finally you need to figure out how you can serve others. The key here is taking what you have learned and figuring out how to help others with it.
  • Blogs, Podcast and YouTube are all great ways to actively build your own brand.
  • I obviously choose podcasting, but I am very interested in YouTube in the future.