Mon, 20 July 2015
There is one thing sure to kill your hopes and dreams. It's the "mismatch." And there is one thing sure to bring you the "good life: Health, Wealth, Love, Happiness." It's avoiding the "mismatch."
Wed, 1 July 2015
Every million dollars you earn will start with an idea. But an idea isn't enough. It must evolve into a strategy. Another word for strategy is a "plan." In today's Book-of-the-Day, "How to Write a Great Business Plan" the Harvard professor William explains the secrets to creating your own powerful business strategy. It's a short read. But you definitely want to buy it. Here are a few of my notes for you:
1. Plan around 4 main areas:
A. Why your team is qualified (What do you know? Whom do you know? How well are you known?)
B. The opportunity (Things the entrepreneur can control.)
C. The context (Things the entrepreneur can NOT control.)
D. Risk and Reward (Be honest about what things could make your venture fail, not just about how many you could make theoretically.)
2. Your plan should seem like a movie about the future: Show the story from multiple angles. Unfold possibilities of problems and you reacting to them. Discuss things as a moving target not as a guarantee that you know what the future holds.
3. Don't be too cocky and think you're the only one with the idea: "Among the many sins committed by business plan writers is arrogance. In today's economy, few ideas are truly proprietary."
Go out and do something big with your life. But don't do it randomly. Make sure you are following a good plan.
Wed, 1 July 2015
**Sign up for my free online seminar this Thursday June 11th to learn "How to get 1 Million People to Pay Attention to your Idea: What I Wish Someone had told me at 18" -
Tai interviews psychologist George Mumford, adviser to all-star athletes Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and championship winning coach Phil Jackson.
Mumford is author of the book, "The Mindful Athlete", which you can purchase here - http://amzn.to/1FHWgp8
Hear the legendary stories and lessons learned from over twenty years experience working in professional sports.
They discuss everything from sports, mindfulness and how Tai can improve his ping pong skills :)
There's a ton of good information in this video you can take away and apply to your life.
A lot of what George Mumford talks about is stuff Tai wishes someone had told him when he was 18.
Direct download: The_Mindful_Athlete_-_What_Michael_Jordan_Knew_About_Success.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:49pm PST
Wed, 1 July 2015
I spend most of my workday walking on this treadmill desk because sitting kills more people than smoking. For every one hour you sit, two hours of your life is lost forever.
Dr. James Levine makes strong claims in today's Book-of-the-Day, "Get Up."
And he's no pseudo "fake" scientist. He runs a Mayo Clinic...
His main point is that your office chair, your sofa, the seat in your car - they are all killing you.
75% of health care costs (currently at $3.8 trillion) come from things like diabetes, high blood pressure, back pain, obesity, depression, cancer, cardiovascular disease - issues directly related to sitting too much.
Here are my book notes:
1. Going to the gym won't fix sitting all day: “4 large studies in Australia and the U.S. demonstrate that going to the gym at the end of the day sadly doesn’t quite offset the apparent harm of sitting all day long."
2. To lose weight you have to increase your "NEAT" activity - your non-exercise activity: “Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) calories—explain why an active person can expend 2,000 calories a day more than an inactive person of the same size.”
3. It's sitting at work that's your main problem: “Job is the major predictor of NEAT. Active work can expend 2,000 calories per day more than a sedentary job.”
4. It's killing our kids: “In the USA only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools and 2% of high schools provide daily physical education. We were also told that many fidgety children (probably those with high NEAT in their brain circuits) were frequently medicated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”
5. Walk after eating: “With a 1-mph walk after a meal, blood sugar peaks are halved. After every meal, I take a short NEAT walk, usually for 15 minutes”
6. Walk 10,000 steps (2 to 3 miles) using a treadmill desk: This way you can use work hours to get in the ideal 10,000 steps a day. Plus treadmills can measure your daily steps. Also most iPhones now can measure too.
I love my treadmill desk. Set it to 1.5 mph and you easily walk 5 miles a day without even realizing it.
I use the ones from http://www.lifespanfitness.com - I don't make a penny from them for all you skeptics...
Check out the full video demonstration on my youtube.com/tailopez channel.
Direct download: Is_Your_Office_Chair_Killing_You-_Why_I_Use_A_Treadmill_Desk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm PST
Wed, 1 July 2015
It's amazing how big an impact Robin Williams' suicide had on society. Celebrities, presidents, musicians, little kids - the whole world noticed.
For today's Book-of-the-Day I was reading Emily Herbert's, "Robin Williams - When The Laughter Stops."
It made me think deeply about human happiness.
The book lists different theories on the reason for Williams' suicide: money problems, bad marriages, drugs and alcohol, being bullied as a child, an absent mother, Parkinson's prescription drug side effects, a highly sensitive personality, and addiction to video games.
He struggled with demons his whole life.
Here are my notes:
1. You can't be delusional: "One of Williams' tragedies was that, although an exceptionally intelligent man, he couldn't see the truth about himself."
2. Video games made his depression worse: "Dr. Douglas Gentile says, 'I was expecting to find that depression leads to video gaming. But (our study) found the opposite. Depression seems to follow the video gaming. As kids became addicted the depression seems to get worse… I think it's truly co-morbid - where medical conditions are intertwined."
3. Physical exercise helped his depression: "Robin Williams took up cycling… And the more he cycled the better he felt… Physical exercise helps anyone with depression…" Williams' said, "Cycling saved my life… "
4. He knew how to change the world: "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. "
I don't know the answers to these hard issues but I know there is much to learn from mentors who achieve great things like Robin Williams did.
P.S. My favorite Robin Williams joke: "If women ran the world, we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days." Haha