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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 16: Permission Granted!

“Creativity takes courage.” ~Henri Matisss

This episode may be the perfect follow-up to last Friday’s Frequently Asked Friday (FAF), “What if I fail?”

With the thought of “failure” comes a lot of resistance that prevents many of us from ever getting started.

Similarly, when a person is considering taking on any creative endeavor, they often will unknowingly seek permission to begin— as though someone is going to grant them that ability.

What happens when you give yourself permission to:

-Take the first step
-Start that company
-Write that book
-Develop that app
-Start that blog
-Fail (at anything), etc.

Martin explores this idea that we (YOU) don’t need permission from anyone to begin your creative project/endeavor NOW and recognizes that had he sought permission to write The Habit Factor® or The Pressure Paradox™ or develop his apps, he could have been waiting a lifetime.

The interesting thing is not only was nobody going to grant him permission but the impact that the book and app have had on thousands of people around the world would have never come to pass.

Check out today’s episode and remove that last bit of resistance to get started today.

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

S02-INT12: Glenn R. Fox: How Gratitude is the Game-Changer


“The word is out… gratitude has incredible benefits.” ~Glenn Fox

In this entertaining interview, Glenn covers his journey toward graduate school and beyond. Citing stories of getting his top-level mechanics degree and his love of cars and, how being a mechanic served much of his mindfulness development.

His eclectic background combined with an element of chance ultimately leads Glenn to find a great mentor who recommendeds that he study an emerging field, “affective neuroscience”.

Glenn shares wonderful insights and studies related to neuroscience and gratitude and how for him he must “win the home field” — a great metaphor to help him remember it’s really about having healthy, quality relationships —that foster success.

Glenn R. Fox earned his PhD from USC’s Neuroscience Graduate Program and his extensive research regarding gratitude is widely published.

Just some of what Martin and Glenn cover:

-How across nearly all religions and philosophies Glenn has noticed that gratitude is a fundamental theme
-How mindfulness and gratitude are practices
-How emotion can help us to narrow the range of options
-How the brain process emotion

-How emotion influences our decisions and behaviors
-How we might better understand the value of emotions to make better decisions
-His influences like Antonio Damasio and Pema Chodron
even,
-Why Glenn sees envy as a positive emotion
And much more…

The point is emotion narrows the decisions we can make so we’re not just frozen… it’s useful and helps us make decisions — it probably exists for a reason.

 

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Resources

Glenn’s Book list:
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Glenn’s Blog: http://glennrfox.com/TheEmpiricistBlog/ .

The Habit Factor app

TheHabitFactor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-Mind Bullet Monday 11: Be Like Ben


“I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may
follow the example and reap the benefit.” ~Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to personal development very few know that the great grandfather or the great, great grandfather of PD is Benjamin Franklin.

It’s hard to find a more prolific American than Benjamin Franklin yet most people don’t know that at a young age Ben believed himself to be abrasive, brash and argumentative and wrote about this in his autobiography.

He outlined thirteen virtues he hoped to assume as he matured. He was determined to start tracking each virtue, one per week, and would move to the next virtue rotating through all thirteen throughout the course of each year.
1. Temperance.
2. Silence.
3. Order.
4. Resolution.
5. Frugality.
6. INDUSTRY.
7. Sincerity.
8. Justice.
9. Moderation.
10. Cleanliness.
11. Tranquillity.
12. Chastity.
13. Humility.

YES! The path to virtue is via HABIT and this story got Martin thinking a lot about the similarity of tracking habits to achieve goals and Ben’s process of tracking habits to develop and refine his virtues.

Aristotle shared that Virtue is long-standing habit.

Martin shares this story to prove to ANYONE (who is committed) that they have within them the capacity AND a proven process to improve themselves.

Martin ends the episode with some of his favorite Ben Franklin quotes:

“Your net worth to the world is what you get when you subtract your bad habits form your good ones”

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

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Resources

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Paperback)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (FREE) Gutenberg.org

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

S02-INT06: Jon Carder, Super Entrepreneur: Lessons in Perseverence (Keeping the Dream Alive)

After selling his company for millions at age 26, Jon Carder briefly retires to surf the South Pacific. It turns out to be a very short “retirement” that lasts only about 3 weeks…

“I think doing a business for money is absolutely the wrong motivation and will actually lead to a lot of challenges.

“The only thing you have to do to be successful is to be better than just about everyone else at just one thing. It’s simple but it’s not easy.” ~Jon Carder

At just 26, Jon Carder was featured on the cover of Fortune Small Business magazine (link) wearing just board shorts and holding a surfboard as the sun set with the title, “Time to Sell?” He had just sold his company for millions and was ready to “retire” and surf.

But Jon Carder isn’t your typical Southern California surf rat. He’s also been featured in Business Insider and dozens of other publications and is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and a mentor with The Founders Institute. He has founded several multi-million-dollar companies, and along the way has raised upwards of $35 million.

While his “success” story is legendary, it’s actually his entire story— the failures, the struggles and all the hard work, agility and perseverance — that make for a very educational and entertaining interview, particularly for the aspiring entrepreneur.

In this episode, Jon recounts his unique journey from selling microwaved hot dogs in his neighborhood as a kid, to selling baby products at a swap meet in college and later selling one of his companies for millions. Today, Jon is on the precipice of changing the face of online-to-offline commerce with his innovative technology.

In this episode JC shares:

  • Why not to start any business
  • The surfing insight that led to his abundance mindset
  • How following others’ insights helped him evolve his companies
  • Why great marketing can never make up for poor customer service — there’s a funny story here
  • The critical importance of focus
  • How he picked himself up through failure and depression to start his second company— the one he ultimately sold!
  • How three months into his next company they netted over $100,000
  • How he actually applied the lessons learned from his prior company failure
  • The birthing of MojoPages, MOGL and of course, Empyr
  • His desire and passion to create a positive impact
  • Donating about 1 million meals to help feed those in need
  • The origination of his online-to-offline platform and API, a HUGE opportunity resulting from his persistence and something known as the “corridor principle”
  • The KEY mindset that carries him through the darkest of times
  • Relax HARD!
  • His key success habits these days
  • and so much more…

“What really makes me happy is following that journey, and not just for the ups and downs, but doing it for the potential positive impact…the bigger the impact the more thrilling the ride.”

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Resources

EMPYR – Empyr

Jon Carder Blog

Business Insider Article on Jon Carder

Elon Musk (book) Jon mentions

The Score Takes Care of Itself – Bill Walsh
(Correction: MG mistakenly thinks JC is talking about Bill Walton… This is a great book by the former legendary Forty-Niner Coach, Bill Walsh!)

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-Frequently Asked Friday 04: What is the Law of Cosmic Habit Force?

After searching for nearly 20 years Napoleon Hill finally declares he’s discovered the missing link— the secret that he unintentionally left out of his bestselling classic, “Think & Grow Rich”.

It appears that The Law of Cosmic Habit Force is only something Napoleon Hill could have discovered after writing Think & Grow Rich and hearing from many that, “it didn’t work” and wasn’t making them rich.

A distraught Napoleon was confounded as he heard this sort of feedback repeatedly. Even though it worked for many, his 16 principles fell short for a number of other readers.

“WHAT was missing!?”

Well, Mr. Hill pondered that question long and hard, and, as he explained it, he found himself meditating upon this “missing link” FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS!

So, what was missing!?

Well, it’s almost unfair to tell you/share it ; ). Consider that Napoleon Hill spent 20 years of his life formulating this success philosophy and authoring Think & Grow Rich, then another 20 years trying to figure out what the “MISSING LINK” was (those are HIS words) —40 Years total!

This may be too BIG a topic for a short Mind-Bullet Monday but Martin does his best to shed light on this mystery in about 12 minutes and encourages those who want to learn and understand more to check out thehabitfactor.com blog and / or the book. An article/post specifically about it is linked here and below.

When completely understood there may be nothing more powerful and impactful to one’s life. Check it out now and learn about Hill’s unbelievable insight in this Mind Bullet Monday!

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Think & Grow Rich (Book) Amazon

The Science of Personal Achievement: Follow in the Footsteps of the Giants of Success  (Amazon)
Note: In this program he adds the 17th principle— the Law of Cosmic Habit Force (not in Think & Grow Rich)

YOUTUBE VIDEO – Napoleon Hill Describing The Law of Cosmic Habit Force – watch and listen 3 x!

The Habit Factor Article “NAPOLEON HILL Missing secret LINK

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

S02-INT04: Thom McElroy: Co-Founder Volcom, An Icon in the Surfwear Industry

“The primary mark has to work in black and white and it has to be as simple as possible” 

“That logo was talking to me… and it was talking to everyone…” ~Thom McElroy, Co-Founder Volcom


Thom McElroy covers a ton of ground in this special interview (recorded live from his ultra-modern, beachfront crib in Laguna Beach ; ).

He speaks candidly about his early days, being a “grom” growing up in Huntington Beach, as a graphic design major at SDSU, and yes, the creation of the Volcom logo and all the graphics that rallied the “YAE” Youth Against Establishment”.

The interview covers his inspirations and thoughts on logo and design, the rise and early struggle of the rebellious surf, skate and snowboard company Volcom.

Thom pulls no punches and shares

  • The crazy story that led him to SDSU— it’s surf related!
  • Growing up in Huntington beach
  • How his life pivots toward art and graphic design
  • How he defines success
  • His most important habits
  • The birth and evolution of the Volcom logo
  • His design influences
  • The essence of a great logo and the technique to get there!
  • & so much more!

“I love reading books about the struggles and how to get over the struggles and how to still win.”

When Volcom went public in 2005, Thom went on a leave of absence that eventually lead to his retirement. For the past ten years he has consulted with many new companies and young CEOs and invested in several emerging brands. Thom currently sits on the Campanile Board of Directors and Chairs the Alumni Engagement Committee. He also mentors at the Lavin Entrepreneur Management Center and is involved in the School of Business, the Zahn Center of Engineering and The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU.

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The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-Frequently Asked Friday 03: Are Habits Better Than Goals?


“Are habits better than goals?”

This is a semi-crazy meme that Martin wrote about last week (here). In this episode, Martin elaborates on the idea that these are equal and complementary components when it comes to goal achievement. Then he shares a bit of a surprise— just how far back this realization actually dates.

The short story is that goals properly set (with significant motivation to achieve them) illuminate the ideal behaviors/habits one needs to foster. 

And, using The Habit Factor’s method of habit development, P.A.R.R. (Plan, Act, Record & Reassess) one is able to develop habits more quickly.

Then, Martin shares a quick example and reviews a little “Goal Setting Theory” and a man named Edwin Locke (you likely know him via his SMART goals system).

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GOAL Setting -Wikipedia (Something is missing ; )

The Habit Factor Article “Are Habits Better Than Goals? Are Goals Bad?

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

The Path to Happiness & Joy: An Interview with R. Michael Anderson

“I joke often that I know a lot about happiness because I’ve experienced a lot of unhappiness first.”  ~R. Michael Anderson


Bestselling Author. Speaker. Founder of Executive Joy Institute.
• We teach competitive driven people how to lead happier lives
• “Things” looked great from the outside: Partying at the Playboy mansion, etc., but missing meaning and fulfillment
• Michael opens up about his personal journey where competitive drive and winning doesn’t always equate to personal satisfaction
• GTR: Share inspiring story about sponsoring young lady from orphanage – a recent visit to celebrate high school graduation
• Touches on a story of GRIT and perseverance
• Avoiding “victim” mindset
• The path to learning about joy and happiness
• His massive TURNING point! –
• A few tips and tools to experience happiness and joy DAILY

Find Michael’s “Complete Journal” mentioned on the show here:  http://tiny.cc/complete-me

“Leaders tend to give so much to other people yet often have chaotic inner lives”  ~R. Michael Anderson

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