Shift Cast #56: Empire Building

Completed Psychology Program

http://www.phoenix.edu/

This was a Bachelor’s in Science…in case you think I was working on a Master’s program…my last class felt a little bit emotional. I will miss the weekly interactions and mental stimulation that this program brought into my life. Even though I don’t feel drawn toward a career in psychology now…I am already integrating and applying psychological principles to my life to help me grow.

…Like all things in life…there are many things NOT good with psychology…the focus on victimology, pathology, and using drugs sooner rather than later can be included in this NOT GOOD category…

The positive side of psychology is that it helps people and has the potential to help more people with a few fundamental shifts in perspective…To see some example of the GOOD side of psychology check out…

http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx

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Massage Therapy School

This started as a HOOT!  I was looking for something fun to do with the rest of my GI Bill benefits…I found out that I could become a certified massage therapist.  Yayoi and I have been getting massages lately after long car trips…they really help ease the stress, fatique, weariness that a long drive brings…

Also, I have been giving Yayoi massages without knowing how for years…so I thought, if nothing else…at least Yayoi will get some really nice FREE massages from me if I learn how…

Now, I am actually excited to start! I am looking forward to learning about anatomy, physiology, and all the therapies included in the program. I looking into the National Holistic Institute…

http://nhi.edu/massage_school/training/core.html

Juice Reboot Update

I am making two juices in the morning, and it takes an hour or more to prepare, juice, and then clean up.  The juicing is violent fun…here’s a video of me “killing” some fruits and veggies…*evil grin*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr2pGJEHHIQ&feature=youtu.be

Choice Overload – Chunking

Rick learned about choice overload playing a game called Battle Nations on his iPod Touch…

When he was first presented with all the choices of all varied troop types, he experienced choice overall.  So, he looked up a how to play the game, he learned which categories of troops mixed together will lead to the most victories…

When you look at a large number of choices…start putting the choices into categories…or chunks…and then you can reduce the number of choices you have in front of you…

Empire building kit

I bought the EBK from Chris Guillebeau from the Art of Non-Conformity…and I have to say I love it!!!  I am not getting PAID anything by Chris for saying any of this….

The EBK is a kit to take you from wherever you are…working in a job that pays the bills, but you don’t love…or you love what you do, but you want to strike out on your own, so you own the dream you are creating…

The kit includes

– 365 daily emails automated to ship in order
– Video interviews and transcripts
– PDF case studies
– Specific training videos
– Webinar(s)
– (Product) Launch Checklist

I am impressed with Chris’s ability to create value from very simple uses of technology…he is not really worried about making everything perfect…The interviews were recorded as skype calls…sometimes the sound drops out, or the video is really bad quality because of the vagaries of the internet connection that Chris happened to be using from the road…none of that matters…the point is that information is valuable to me and if something was missed…he catches up…then there are always the transcripts and summaries in the emails as well.

This is a great example of busting the thought that every product you create MUST be polished and perfect to be valuable…nope…I think it’s better this way, because it teaches that I don’t need a team of slaves to create valuable information products…I can work from anywhere and get loads done with what I have right now…

If this sounds cool to you check out the link below…

http://unconventionalguides.com/ebk.htm

We also referred to this podcast about branding…

http://publicspeaker.quickanddirtytips.com/How-To-Boost-your-Brand-At-Work.aspx

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Thanks to Charlie Crowe for the Song “Crowe Jam”

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