WOW! Welcome to my new joint-podcast featuring Mira Butler and I. At the time, we started with four but the others weren’t in alignment with the overall purpose of this podcast so now it’s just Mira Butler and I. In the future, we will attract more to us.
Because I’m the first podcast debuting, I need to give a solid introduction behind why I started a new podcast. Mira Butler and I have done a ton of work together, and we’re trying to conjure up ways to expand our reach. We began with the IG lives because we realized they would play a pivotal role in creating our tribe, but having a podcast, too, would obviously push things out there at a far-quicker pace. Our goal is to bring coaches with specialities in a wide-range of areas. Mira being a transformation coach, myself being an inspiration coach, and we’ll find others who specialize in other areas. There’s a lot to be spoken about and there will be an introduction podcast coming shortly, but today is my inspirational message.
First time I came to Thailand, I was put in such a crazy, uncomfortable position. Seeing green rivers covered in days/weeks/months old trash, the way people were looking at me (which ended up being a huge foreshadow of things to come); nevertheless, I saw the ultra-gorgeous, lush green vegetation towering over turquoise waters down below.
Was this inspiration? Not necessarily, but this was the beginning of my journey.
Vietnam – 2016
After visiting the Remnants War Museum in HCMC, I saw the absolutely destruction of what the United States Military did to Vietnamese people, also known as “communists.” I stood next to a Chinook (ironically named after a tribe of Native American Indians — a group which that was wiped out by the colonizers), and then switched to a heavy-artillery propeller. A plaque read, “this machine causes mass damage and casualties in Vietnam.” I then glanced up and said, “you’ve killed so many people.”
I took a step back, clicked on the photos app in my phone and deleted all the militaristic garbage from my phone. When I went inside and went up 5 floors of anguish and hell, it caused so much grief. I saw my friend tearing up, who was Vietnamese, and all my life I’ve been told to respect a military.
I was going to @ Borack Obama and all United States military channels and berate them words of hell. Never again have I saluted, represented or mention the military anymore and I never will again.
Innocent people in Laos are still dying today because the bombs that were dropped 45 years ago.
Americans would say, “look at the brightside,” I would say, “well, with how pooly you treated blacks, and with the Native American genocide, you’re now depicting us as the monsters….but in fact, no one knows about what you’ve done.”
I didn’t make it a mission to expose anglo-America/Europe for their genocides that wreaked havoc around the world, but I did want to give back. Seeing the children, the photos of my friend teaching at poor schools in the war-torn, ravaged middle of Vietnam…..I found my inspiration.
No one deserved to have anyone come in their house and kill them, but in saying all of that, Vietnamese people of BOTH SIDES came together after the war and has coexisted to this day. What I saw was an inspiration for me to give back — to come back to Vietnam, and to help people who desperately need help.
Laos – 2018
I was approached by an amazing manager of a hotel who had sent me a number of whatsapp messages, wanting to know about my arrival. I arranged a taxi and a few other services with the hotel. It delivered (although loud from music), but the hospitality was amazing compared to other places. The manager of the hotel invited me for drinks at night and took me to a wonderful noodle shop before my flight.
He invited me to come back and to volunteer at a poor school about 1.5 hours outside of the main city.
This was my dream. This brings more happiness then making 5k-10k per month. This is true fulfillment.
Finding my inspiration. It dealt with a lot. Seeing poverty, seeing death, but also seeing my soul open up to the masses out there. People need my voice, and that’s why I created it.
It’s been a long time coming, but Carla and I finally had the opportunity to connect on a wonderful Facebook live (both in YouTube and podcast format) in a very captivating and enlightening chat about a wide variety of things. You guys are going to enjoy this. The topics, audio and video are down below!
Welcome back to another blog, people! Today I’m tackling a controversial topic.
When it comes to podcasts, you want to listen to podcasts that bring you the most value. Was just listening to Pat Flynn about hosting guests on podcasts, and I believe that 98% of podcasts out there in the world don’t value the listeners time.
If I look at my podcast, that’s why it hasn’t grown in three years. I kept scratching my head saying, “how come it’s not getting more popular?” This happened shortly after launching my ESL podcast, which toppled charts and insane amounts of attention within the first few months — still growing as I write today.
It’s because each podcast has a theme and teaches a specific facet of the English language. I give an eternal preview, give target vocab/grammar, and sum it up at the end with a blog. My personal development podcasts, however, doesn’t have that. Often times I talked about my problems in all of 2016 with very little value.
Now, I’ve been bringing different podcasts on that have themes, interviewees that speak about specific subjects, and I have actionable steps that I put in at the end, as well as assessments.
And what happened? Well, I’ve made more money on my podcasts the last two months than the previous 18 months (when I first turned on monitization).
Now that we’ve cleared that up, what about audio books? Well, you heard me recommend scribd, but how am I able to juggle both of them? Well, if you look at the majority of podcasts, a lot of them are recycled. Gary Vee, who I very seldom listen to anymore, recycles a lot of his videos that I already know about. I’ve graduated from that.
Tom Bilyeu, who I believed peaked at the beginning of Impact Theory, has ridiculous ads smack down in the middle of his podcast. I think that’s the absolute worst marketing strategy. On top of that, Lewis Howes’ pre-roll agitates me, just as Jim Kwik’s does, so I find myself speeding through the first five minutes to avoid it.
I’m telling you not from a complaining standpoint, but a listening standpoint.
HOWEVER, when it comes to audio books, all you have are the respective table of contents at the beginning and that’s IT. This puts a huge smile on my face, because I know what I’m listening to. For instance, there’s a book featuring Napoleon Hill interviewing Andrew Carnegie and I’ve gotten more from the first 5 chapters of that audio book than I’ve gotten from any Grant Cardone, Gary Vee or Tom Bilyeu podcast all year!
Books have an insane amount of knowledge, and without them — the majority of these entrepreneurs wouldn’t exist.
Find an audiobook that you need help with.
Example, there are specific blogs that are viewed relentlessly on my blog. Why? The unbelievable amount of value it has. It was out of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits book. So, from a marketing standpoint, I wanted to review another Stephen Covey book, not only that, but I needed to learn more about myself and trusting people.
So, I got the Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust, and now those blogs are skyrocketing.
Find an area of your life that you need help with and focus on that area through audio books.
2. Podcasts will become a saturated market, so keywording things you want to learn about online and seeing the figures you like might ultimately help you.
With Gary Vee suggesting to 10 million of his followers to make a podcast, if you’re not branding the hell out of yourself with hashtags at the moment, you’re in trouble. But if you’re looking for one, I suggest going for audio books first because again, you will learn a hell of a lot more in books.
3. Don’t research top podcasts; research top books.
Think and Grow Rich, Laws of Success, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, How to Win and Influence People, these are just a few. Find the audio form of these, grab a notepad and start writing. This is exactly what my sidekick does, Luke Burrows.
Another month, another close. Yes, it’s been a year with far more ups than downs, but the closing is coming to an end.
How will you leave your mark?
For those of you tuning in for the first time, this is a podcast that’s for people who are willing to identify what areas of life are their strengths and which ones they’ve been neglecting. Here are the categories.
Fun & Hobbies
Family & Friends
Rate yourself from 1-10 in each category and be brutally honest about yourself. Once you understand what areas are suffering, now you’re consciously aware and can make a change. Here are not only my categories, but what I need to improve in.
Improvement Stages Launch
Normally I’ve talked about my main scores followed by explanation, but I want to see where I can improve. It’s not about becoming a perfectionist, but improving.
Physical Environment – *3
So, in terms of my physical environment, I believe that it can increase significantly. First and foremost, my separate projects outside my main place of work are great. A turning point happened at my job where someone “bitched” at me over something that isn’t even worth repeating (ok, it was about writing on a back of a sheet of paper), but it made me realize “maybe this place doesn’t deserve a teacher like me?” When she did this, I scratched my head and said, “I’m not going to get my visa until early next year…and that’s if I’m still here.”
That’s called a yellow flag, folks. Never fully commit when you have nastiness happening.
I’m now cancelling a lot of my availability with the job — because I CAN. I’m also focusing on my main projects, but that and a couple of blackouts at my condo has hampered the everlasting 10 you would see on a continuous basis.
Physical Environment – *2
I could’ve increased my personal development by a large margin if I just know how to end my day.
I’ve been scuffling and trying to figure out an evening routine that’s suitable for m Because I finish work so ridiculously late, it’s very hard for me to end my day effectively (no excuses. It all deals with my phone. If I’m able to listen to affirmations or listen to my “calm” application, which has some nice story-telling to put me in a good state of mind, I win. However, I haven’t been able to do that.
So, there are several things that I will implement. Tune into my podcast down below for that!
Career – *1.5
Honestly, I’m on the right track. The comments, the love, the support, the things I’m attracting…but my actions are still not showing that I’m hungry for my ebook and webinar launch.
Wealth – *5
This was the category that made me upset. I should be making a solid figure per month at my day job, but I’m not — STILL. So, what can I do to buck the trend? In the podcast!
Because I don’t want to make this long extra long, I decided put everything into my podcast down below to here how I’m able to cope with things that aren’t working.
You guys don’t know, but two days ago had to be the most terrifying moment of my life. After sucking down two cups of coffee (1pm and 4pm), I decided to “test” out my new pre-workout, Amino Energy, at 6pm.
Yeah. Bonehead move. There was no effects at the moment, but I while I was walking to my bus stop after work, I got super lightheaded. Why? Maybe too much of a surplus in caffeine.
I tried sleeping around 9:30, and everytime I closed my eyes and went into a stage of sleep before I actually fell asleep, everything felt like it was moving and I would get a jolt of warm energy from my elbows to my hands. This ensued to 11pm, 1am, 3am….I had enough. I was down near on a 24-hour stint and I headed to the clinic to get some medication to fall asleep. Disclaimer: do this only during worse case scenarios…never on a regular basis because these drugs are terrible and they can affect your kidney.
I went to sleep around 4:30 am, woke up once to call in sick, and slept again until 11:30 am. I felt so groggy and completely fatigue, but it was because of the excess caffeine.
So, I was scared when I woke up. I looked at my pre-workout and it looked at me. I said, “should I, “and ‘it’ said, “should.” I took only a half-a-scoop and off I went to the gym. Now, there were no tingling effects or anything, but what I felt was an extreme amount of focus. In this class had 4 other women and a guy. The women I like to call “fair-weather” because some days they say good morning, other days they completely ignore you. Didn’t matter, but it was motivation on top of the focus.
When the workout started, I was zoned it COMPLETELY. This reminded me of the day I took Jack 3D back in 2012 and my energy was bouncing off the walls. I didn’t give up once. I kept it rolling for a full hour, which is unheard of. Even during breaks, I kneeled and remained focus….normally I would chat it up or try throwing some conversation gambits out there for bait (lol).
Now, is this as good as Stimul, my absolute favorite pre-workout? Well, Stimul never gave me insomnia. All will tell later on tonight if I can sleep or not.
Nonetheless, the ingredients, reviews and everything I saw online made me purchase this two days ago, and it surely didn’t disappoint.
I had a student, long ago, who was more frail than ever. She’s what I would call a “white Thai,” a girl who simply changes her skin tone because she thinks white is beautiful. Not only that, she said she loves being thin because Thai men like thin, white-Thai girls.
However, this was coming at a great cost: her health. Her health was despicable at the time and she was only 20 years old.
Her cousin, who sat right next to her, was on a high-protein diet. She cooked chicken ALL THE TIME and that’s what her diet primarily consisted of (and of course vegetables). As a 21-year-old, she had a gorgeous body and was fit.
However, her cousin, who looked like she was dying, was sitting next to her, pathetically. I asked her, “why are you so skinny?”
“I don’t eat protein!” she replied.
I remember reading an article on Dr. Axe’s website about protein deficiency, and the horrors of what that girl was going through was evident.
Eating too little protein can result in these symptoms as well:
Trouble losing weight
Trouble building muscle mass
Low energy levels and fatigue
Poor concentration and trouble learning
Moodiness and mood swings
Muscle, bone and joint pain
Blood sugar changes that can lead to diabetes
Slow wound healing
For those of you who want to read on this website instead of Dr. Axe’s, here are some symptoms in the blocked quote down below.
1. You have high cholesterol
High cholesterol and triglycerides are not just caused by eating fatty foods — they are also a result of increased inflammation, hormonal imbalances and high-processed/high-sugar diets. If you tend to replace protein foods with sugary snacks, refined carbs and packaged convenient goods, your cholesterol can start to rise as your liver and cells process fats less efficiently. Some studies have even found an inverse relationship exists between protein intake and risk of heart disease.
2. You’re feeling more anxious and moody
Amino acids are the building blocks for neurotransmitters which control your mood. Proteins help the brain synthesize hormones like dopamine and serotonin that help bring on positive feelings like calm, excitement and positivity.
3. Your workouts are suffering
You’re probably already aware that protein is needed to build new muscle mass, but it’s also important for sustaining your energy and motivation. A low protein diet can result in muscle wasting (or muscle atrophy), fatigue and even fat gain — it can also be behind female athlete triad. In fact, you can workout more, but see less results if your diet isn’t adequate to support tissue repair or your energy needs.
4. You aren’t sleeping well
Poor sleep and insomnia can sometimes be linked to unstable blood sugar levels, a rise in cortisol and a decrease in serotonin production. Blood sugar swings during the day carry over through the night. Carbohydrates require much more insulin than fat or protein does. Eating foods with protein before bed can help with tryptophan and serotonin production, and they have a minimal effect on blood glucose levels; in fact, protein slows down the absorption of sugar during a meal.
5. You have “brain fog”
Protein is needed to support many aspects of healthy neurological functioning. Brain fog, poor concentration, lack of motivation and trouble learning new information can be signs that you’re low in neurotransmitters you need to focus including dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Neurotransmitters are synthesized in the brain using amino acids, and studies show that balanced diets with enough protein can boost work performance, learning and motor skills.
6. You’re gassy and can’t go to the bathroom
Many metabolic and digestive functions depend on amino acid intake. If your body feels fatigued and run down in general due to protein deficiency, enzyme production, muscle contractions in your GI tract and digestion in general will suffer.
7. Your pants are feeling tighter
Although sometimes higher in calories than carbs, high-protein foods cause increased satiety to a greater extent than carbohydrates or fats do, so they can prevent overeating and snacking. They also help stabilize your blood sugar, allow you to retain more muscle which burns more calories all day, and can reduce cravings.
8. Your menstrual cycle is irregular
One of the most common reasons women suffer from irregular periods and infertility is the condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Two major risk factors for PCOS are obesity and pre-diabetes or diabetes — in fact, insulin resistance affects 50–70 percent of all women with PCOS. Low-protein, high-sugar/high-carb diets can contribute to insulin resistance, fatigue, inflammation and weight gain that disrupts the delicate balance of female hormones (including that of estrogen, progesterone and DHEA) needed to sustain a regular cycle.
9. You’ve been getting injured more often and are slow to heal
A low protein diet can raise your risk for muscle loss, falling, slow bone healing, bone weakness, fractures and even osteoporosis. Protein is needed for calcium absorption and helping with bone metabolism. Studies show that older adults with the greatest bone losses are those with a low protein intake of about 16–50 grams per day. Research also shows that a diet high in amino acids can help treat muscle loss due to aging (sarcopenia).
How can you motivate others? How can you motivate others who don’t want motivation? How can a parent motivate a child and vice versa?
These are some questions that have been hanging over my head for years. My mother never motivated me to learn Spanish. My father never motivated me to learn about personal development. My father, quite frankly, didn’t do a god damn thing. I’ve made that very apparent over recent years, but sitting here looking back now I actually wonder how I was able to motivate myself — and why am I motivating others today?
“It is important to know how to motivate others in an effective manner and in a desirable direction. Throughout life you play dual parts in which you motivate others and they motivate you: parent and child, teacher and pupil, salesman and buyer, master and servant—you take each part.
How a child motivated his father. A boy two-and-one-half years of age was walking with his father after a very heavy Christmas Day dinner. When they had walked about a block and a half, the youngster stopped, looked up at his father with a smile, and said: “Daddy …” then hesitated. His father responded, “Yes?” The boy paused for a second or two and continued, “If you say please, I’ll let you carry me.” Now, who could resist this type of motivation? Even a new-born baby motivates his parents to action.”
Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.
Napoleon Hill was dealing with a tragedy for so many years and his family thought he was broken.
When I tried motivating my family after I came back from Australia, they wanted to part. They always went back to the same, bickering, “I hate life” type of lifestyle. My brother and I almost got into a fist fight because I tried motivating him by telling him that he was in charge of his life and that with the law of attraction, everything that has happened in the past cane become undone.
I have to really look back to the point where everything began to “change.” When did I start MOTIVATING people around me? Was it Australia? No. I think my first real jump into motivation was when I came back from Australia, landed at McCarran International Airport, and then walked back into the living room of my house after a year — only to see my younger sister, who I’ve never had a nice relationship with, sitting and waiting for me to spur her on. In that moment I lectured her about leaving the country. It was a 20 minute conversation of pure love and soul from my heart — a connection I never once had with an already deteriorated relationship with her.
Throughout my dental assisting career, there was hardly anything that was inspirational. Hell, when I tried motivating a very pedantic, inconsiderate and cold worker back then, she would get super angry at me and say I was “flaunting” that I had been abroad before. From that moment forward, I did somewhat have it in my blood to give me experiences to others in a very positive way.
“When you want to motivate, say it with an inspirational, self-help action book. The most important factors to success in selling are, in order of importance: (a) inspiration to action; (b) knowledge of a successful sales technique for the particular product or service—which is termed know-how ; and (c) knowledge of the product or service itself, activity knowledge. Now, these same three principles can be related to success in any business or profession.
In the story that you have just read you can assume that the salesman had knowledge of the sales know-how and knowledge of the service he was selling. But he did lack the most important ingredient—inspiration to action.”
After so many months of not reading this book (and now realizing that I’m finished with the Gary Vee book), I’ve reverted my attention back to one of the most splendidly terrifying books out there that’s almost certain to put all men in some of the most uncomfortable places. I present you the ALPHA MASK!
“You’re in a bar and some guy gets rude. You’re in a meeting and someone other than you is getting all the attention. You’re trying to talk your phone bill down, but the guy on the other end of the line is a jerk about it.
How does this make you feel? How do you respond? For a lot of men, the answer is simple: It challenges their very identity as a man. It makes them feel less than. Since they see themselves as alpha males—the top dogs—they simply cannot handle the downgrade in status.
But here’s the danger—in some of the situations, the degree to which you are assertive and display your full alpha colors could meaningfully change what happens, for better or worse. It might affect whether you are able to walk away in one piece.”
Excerpt From: Lewis Howes. “The Mask of Masculinity.” iBooks.
BOOM! Omg! I mean, when I read this, I laughed out loud! How many times, especially throughout our daily lives, are we accosted by this insidious behavior?
Ok, I’ve been seeing a lot of trolls on Gary Vee’s LinkedIn who literally argue against everything he writes. You got the “labelers,” who call themselves “CEO, founder, manager, and other ridiculously outlandish and egotistical titles, who berate Gary Vee with the most senseless antics and phrases imaginable. Remedial yokels from another dimension.
A long time ago, I was holding a sign, peacefully, inside McCarran International airport when I was approached by a group of clowns…..those who call themselves “McDonalds Managers,” and one specific man said, “omg who prepped you?” It was like three back-to-back-to-back questions that sounded like 21 questions. He did this because he wanted to have that managerial feel. The feeling of superiority — and this is why Americans are so WAY-IN-OVER-THEIR-HEADS because they let titles, which don’t go to the grave with them, get to them.
You got the shady clubbing men who go to clubs in groups to stalk “prey” (yes, I’m saying that in a very mysogynistic way because they do treat women like objects). After they make eye-contact with another one who’s trying to gain power over the other, he approaches him by saying, “wtf are you looking at?” Brawl happens; orbital bones are broken; people are slammed; concussions are given.
It’s head-scratching, isn’t it? Males, even here in Thailand, have a tendency of beating women.
“Well, getting everything they want is actually third on their list. First of all, being in control is number one on their list, and that’s emotionally satisfying. The second thing is the alpha type—which we refer to as “the assertive”—the one thing that’s more important to them than actually getting what they want is being respected and making sure that you know everything about what they’re coming from.” – Chris Voss
Excerpt From: Lewis Howes. “The Mask of Masculinity.” iBooks.
“That’s the lesson for me. You might think you’re the big tough alpha male, but you’re actually profoundly weak. It occurs to me that establishing “alphaness” is what drives a lot of outrageous behavior and needless mistakes. When I think about things like gang violence or terrorism or bar fights or abuse, all of them seem to trace back to this need to establish one’s presence or dominance or strength. All of these acts seem to be about men wanting to show off how alpha they are.” – Lewis Howes