How my startup almost killed my cash cow

You ever been poor?

And by poor, I mean P-O-O-R.

Like so damn lacking in loot that even a coffee is a luxury?

Well, I have and let me tell you right now, there are few people I’d wish such a predicament on.

This is why I have a policy of always having more than one income stream on the go at all times.

Just this year, I chose to run with an idea I felt had tons of potential based on similar models.

Like any other venture out there waving their flags in a crowded marketplace, mine had the deck stacked against it, meaning it was going to require some breastfeeding.

Where I Went Wrong On My MSOI Policy

Multiple streams of income are a very good thing…so long as they spring from the same source.

Ecommerce is my main source of income.

The venture I launched is more along the lines of AirBnB, where my site offers to broker deals between two parties.

Ecommerce vs. AirBnB = completely different models and no (viable) way to meld the two together.

If you’ve tried your hand at creating a business or you’re already running one, you’re well aware that it requires as much attention as a freshly-hatched snot-machine (the breastfeeding stage).

Hence why, if your new venture is not your only business, it has to have some correlation to what you already have on the go.

I didn’t pay heed to this fact and the attention on spent on my new venture came at the detriment of my ecommerce efforts…

…the cash cow that keeps the bills paid and the fridge full.

Have you ever noticed how much of a whiny,  ungrateful little shitbag a 14-year-old girl can be?

I’d bet my bottom ducats that 14-year-old daughters are the leading cause of vasectomies in North America.

Well, lucky moi, my ecommerce operation took to acting up like a 14-year-old princess and causing me all types of flack and drama.

If only a minor snip to the old nutsack could make it all go away…

Steering The Ship Away From The Iceberg

This was a very stern warning and I was lucky enough to reclaim enough wisdom to see the error of my ways.

Give a man a seductive idea and he’ll bend all the rules of reality that stand between himself and logic.

I’m no different than yourself and the next guy.

Bears mentioning that there are some players reading this right now who are dead serious about their endeavours, yet I’ve seen jump onto a senseless business idea.

Ultimately the solution to the havoc I’d created lay in leveraging the supply chains and selling networks I already have merging them with new partners, manufacturers and content providers.

Took only a couple of weeks to make it all kosher again.

The ecommerce side of my business has transformed back to its hard-boiled, Sin City-esque demeanor without a trace of the skanky/screechy 14-year-old siren remaining.

Recap:

1) Multiple streams of income are a very safe bet and generally good policy

2) Doesn’t matter if you have a strong team or you work alone, your streams of income have to match-up to some degree. The mechanic who services my truck is looking at buying a car wash a couple of doors over. Makes perfect sense. But if he started selling candied pecans…not so much

3) Before starting a new venture, sti down and write out all the ways your potential new venture can piggyback on your existing business’ assets and networks

4) For the record, the concept for my venture was actually very tight and a couple of companies have already embraced the model, but I was nowhere near as passionate about it as having my own lines of products created and being able to hold them in my hand.

Tomorrow – while my new venture is now sleeping with the fishes, there are a number of things I did right.

If you’re serious about your next venture, you should be doing these exact things I did (almost got me a $40K loan after only a month in existence) to catapult it to the next level abnormally fast.

PS – Do You Live In Canada? The venture mentioned in this post is still operational online and fully incorporated. If you’re interested in buying your way into something pre-built, get in touch.

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From Gut-Sucking to GutCheck

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Before launching into this one – I need your help.

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No More Gut-sucking

I rolled the bones and the roll came out in my favor.

For the first time in six years, no more sucking of the gut is required.

The final piece of the puzzle to make it happen: Military Body (thank you, Jason – I owe you a coffee).

+++ What I need your help with: if you’ve been following along with your own excercise, you’ve probably experienced the odd paradox of being tired by the exercise, but having more energy.

Anyone else unable to sleep late into the night? If so, and you’ve solved the problem, how’d you do it?

I need my early mornings back. If you have a solution to this problem, there’s a complimentary NinJournal in it for you.

The Gut Check

Checked out Perry Marshall / Richard Kock’s Star Principle and…

…it’s mind-blowing.

I’ve been shifting my focus to having a line of products manufactured for Amazon.

After seeing what I’d accomplished in my first eight months of action, it was finally time to get a couple of prototypes for branded products done-up and take it to the next level.

Part of what inspired me to get that next step going is what Perry Marshall and Richard Koch have been teaching through their 80/20 Principle and Star Principle line of teaching.

Now it’s your turn.

Do you have the kind of business (product/service) that can actually grow and be sold off?

Take the Star Principle test here

The bad news: if your score isn’t that great, the nature of the questions will motivate you to get up to where you need to be.

The good news: the better your score, the higher the chances you have of being a buy-out target or (should you wish to keep growing) attract savvy investors.

For those of you not familiar with the Star Principle, it’s based on Perry’s book, 80/20 Sales & Marketing, which is listed as one of the top books on the NinjaHobo bookshelf.

I know what a few readers are up to with their entrepreneurial ambitions, but always curious to find out more. Doesn’t matter where you’re at: wishful, just launched or established, share it.

Next Week…

The content coming in over the next 7 moons will be more of a business-y nature.

I’ll be throwing open the doors to the following topics:

1) Why my latest startup severly hurt my present cash-cow

2) What I did right with my startup (and you should emulate)

3) There’ll be a cool guide on dating, but before you get the link, I want to hear the most audacious pick-up line / direct request for nookie you ever gave a chick.

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Bucking the real estate myth

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As you probably already know, I live in Toronto.

A hive of villainy and scum.

Or wait…

…I think that’s Mos Eisley, but the descriptor still stands.

If there ever was an over-hyped, over-priced real estate market, T-Dot takes the cake.

Know how much it costs for the average one-bedroom condo?

$375K.

Oh, you want to be a little prince and demand that extra room?

2 bedroom condo in Toronto: $475K.

Perhaps you’re like me and don’t have much love for condos (too stuffy and with the maintenance fees, you can pretty much kiss appreciation goodbye).

I grew up in homes that have backyards and a decent amount of space away from the next cowboy.

Well, if a detached home in Toronto is what you’re after…

…make sure you have $1.1 Million socked away in the old coin purse.

You’re laughing, aren’t you?

Oh there goes John blowing smoke up my ass

Nuh-uhh >>> Read the (sad) truth here

Personally, I just don’t get it.

Everyone’s racing to see who can achieve bankruptcy and total financial ruin the fastest…and for what?

To live in a city that’s over-populated, under-serviced and is about to be choked to death by the Pan Am games?

To hell with common sense – everyone else is robbing themselves blind for the privilege of constant traffic and $20 hamburgers, so why can’t they?

Fuck that.

Calling All Nomads

On Monday, I told you I’d share the fascinating discovery I made.

I found a company that specializes in micro-homes.

Honestly, before this discovery, I had no idea there was such a thing as a micro-home industry.

You can check it out here.

The reason I bring this up now is because I need to remain in Toronto for a little while longer, but I also need my own pied-a-terre somewhere remote.

These microhomes only cost $28K per unit and you can stack as many as you want.

Bare land can also be had for cheap.

I found a beautiful patch of waterfront close by to my father’s home for $25K, and I’m still not sure what to do with all that space…

…but if you’re a bad guy or super-villain, count on having a secret lair you can retire to between attempts to take control of the world.

So if you’re like me and need to remain in the city for a while yet and want an affordable way to have your cake and eat it too, this is the ticket.

The Big PS

Since I mentioned my father’s home, I should also mention that on my way to see him this past Sunday for Father’s Day, I came upon a very intriguing find.

Something you could only find along a B-highway.

I’m not a big car guy, never was, but this forced me to pull over:

classic cars for sale

 Wouldn’t you know it, each of those models is priced at about $6K each. Beautiful condition.

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Why Most Coaching “Gurus” Are Useless To You

Thinking of finding that “ace”…that “expert” who can help you with the breakthrough you need to get to the ‘next level’?

Well, before you bust open your slush fund and wire them a fat stack, I have a little warning to transmit:

Most “high-level” coaching/consulting is total bullshit.

Pourquoi?

So glad you queried.

A couple of years ago, I wasted a big amount of money.

I hired a ‘name brand’ guru to help me iron-out a plan for a company I was very excited about.

I paid $5K for his consulting services.

Overall value delivered?

I’d place it at somewhere closer to $800. That’s it.

Can’t say it’s entirely his fault, though. A good deal of it was mine for not taking a few simple factors into consideration.

1. I didn’t match up his background with my own

There are too many life/background mismatches.

He left home at 25. I flew the coop at 17.

His family helped set him up in his home.

My family doesn’t have that kind of scratch and it would sting too  much anyway.

Bottom line is that his sense of urgency and independence is radically different from mine.

If he screws up, his family has his back – low risk.

If I screw up, I could wind up doing my groceries at the local dumpster.

2. He didn’t strike me as a do-it-againer

What I mean by this is that should you strip a man of everything he has, could he regain it all by applying what he teaches?

When it comes down to it, most of these guys who are seen as online success stories were simply at the right place at the right time and cashed in on the internet boom and wouldn’t be able to replicate their success without that specific set of market conditions.

You have no idea how many of the “big guys” (think blond surfer dude) were hunting for lists to SPAM on private black hat Skype rooms.

If I were to hire someone at a high-price again, he’d have to:

  • Have started a company that had employees and/or forced him to wear several hats until he could afford employees
  • Have gone totally bankrupt and worked two jobs to build a new company
  • Succeeded after having been to jail / been to war

3. I should’ve taken a closer look at his track record with others

He had bad habits (like constant cancellations and re-scheduling).

This is one reason I won’t do consulting anymore – I hate being confined to another person’s schedule.

If you choose to hire a coach/consultant, make sure you check around for the cancellation ratio – it will tell you all you need to know about how much (or how little) they value your time.

And believe, you can expect some pretty shitty results when your guy isn’t fully committed.

As for cancellations and rescheduling, crap happens and sometimes, it can’t be avoided.

However, if the situation is persistent, your “expert” should be quick n’ ready to offer up a refund.

Clarity

I’ve recommended Clarity in the past and I swear by this resource.

It’s a site that allows you to hook up with experts in a range of areas such as business, marketing, lifestyle change, fashion addiction and hell, I even saw one guy offering to teach you how to re-grow hair.

What’s great about it is that you pay by the minute and hire someone starting at 15 minutes.

Excellent.

Seeing as the average expert charges an average of $3.50 a minute, you can test-drive them for around $50 and decide from an actual conversation (and not a sales page), if they’re worth more of your money.

Many of the guys and gals on Clarity are not ‘name branders’, but that’s the problem with the online world.

Thanks to some highly-engineered marketing, we believe someone is only worth our dough if we heard of them before.

Two of the top consultants I hired on Clarity could be considered ‘no-names’ and they delivered some seriously hardcore value.

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Robbery, Lawsuits & Mouth-Breathers A Round-Up Like No Other

I pray this summer doesn’t flash by the way this past week has, otherwise I really will have to buy that beachside shack in Nicaragua.

Here’s what you absolutely, positively cannot miss from the week that’s passed:

1) Short on rent this month?

smokes poutine bloor westI went for a poutine on Bloor west in Toronto this week and for 10 WHOLE minutes (I’d already been served, I’d never wait in line waiting for someone to show up), the register was left unguarded.

Yep, no human presence in the front of the store for ten minutes.

2) Outsourcing blues

Speaking of hired help…

It.

Happened.

Again.

I hired someone, made a video and step-by-step text instructions a 2nd-grader could understand and when I woke up this morning, I discovered that he still managed to lay waste to a simple task.

Please, if you’ve got someone astute and reliable working for you and don’t mind sharing their time, I’d love to hear from you.

3) Donald Trump – America’s Nero

I’d call Trump polarizing, however from what I’ve observed, people seem largely opposed to him. 

He claims he assembled a ‘research committee’ to study his chances in the political market this spring, but I knew for a fact that he was running at this very time last year, when he threatened me with a lawsuit.

4) The NinjaHobo Journals should be ready in two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited.

A couple of readers will be receiving a complimentary journal as thanks for answering a few questions.

These journals will initially be set-up for sale on Amazon, however, the plan is to sell them from the main NinjaHobo site.

You still have a chance at getting a complimentary copy next week, as there’s something I’ve been thinking about starting a conversation with you about and it has to do with this killer article I cannot allow you to ignore.

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I knew Donald Trump Would Run A Year Ago…Because He Tried To Sue Me About It

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I knew for a fact that Donald Trump was running for president at this time last year.

I became aware of this fact because he was trying to sue me over my ownership of the domain Trump2016.com.

Just a little further below are links to the legal notice he sent me.

It was a moment I both dreaded and anticipated at the same time.

This piece is both an unofficial how-to when dealing with any lawsuits that infringe on trademarks (though speaking to a lawyer is always strongly recommended).

It’s also a cautionary tale about playing with fire.

And, this piece is also a preview of what Americans could face should Donald Trump ever become president of the U.S.

How It Began

In October 2010, I was scouring the interwebs looking for cool or intriguing domains that could be potentially profitable.

Today, I can’t remember exactly what brought me to the opportunity, but something led me to check if the domain Trump2016.com might be available.

So I snapped it up and got ready to wait.

And wait…until the day Donald Trump’s people got in touch with me regarding the domain.

Talk about getting the complete opposite reaction!

Instead of me telling you what happened, I’ll let you read the letter they sent me:

Page 1

Page 2

Wow.

I’ll be realistic – I did think that something like this could happen, I just didn’t think that it really would.

In all honesty (as if you didn’t pick up on it yet), my intention was totally to profit from this opportunity (and I guess that’s where I thought Trump would have a different perspective than the one he actually held).

What took me by surprise, was that while I was very well aware of Donald Trump the businessman, at the time I had pruchased the domain, I had no idea Trump was such a litigous soul, otherwise, I would certainly have passed.

I decided to check in with a lawyer and this was his response:

I’ve done some quick research and it looks like Trump successfully sued someone else who registered domain names with “Trump” in it.

Based on that information, I would have to pass on the case.

My best advice would be to discontinue ownership of the domain, but that is only informal advice, since we are not retained as your counsel – other lawyers might disagree with that opinion and I would encourage you to seek out other opinions if you would like to retain or sell the domain name and not to rely solely on my opinion. Thank you for again contacting me about this.

The critical piece his research turned up was this lawsuit.

I was quick to drop the domain because I had for all intents and purposes obtained the domain with intentions of personal gain.

Now here’s where we get to the part that makes it all worse – Trump’s repugnant need to push people around and attempt to assert himself as the boss.

After agreeing to drop the domain, they started getting even pushier:

To insure that Trump2016.com is transferred directly to Mr. Trump without complication, I have spoken with Dynadot and they have told me the easiest way to make this happen is to do the following.

First, please execute the enclosed letter and PDF it back to me. Once I have received the PDF, please contact Dynadot at —————- and request that the domain not be deleted.

Once that has been done, and you have control of the domain again, please contact us and our IT department will walk you through the steps to transfer the domain.

Heh. Not going to happen.

Another lawyer had advised me to merely delete the domain (which terminates my ownership and thereby releases me).

I called up Trump’s counsel and informed them that I was deleting the domain from my registrar’s account, and that I had no intention of going to the trouble of transferring it to their tech team.

The counsel kept urging me to “push” the domain to the organization so they wouldn’t run the risk of losing it to another buyer.

You see, when you delete any domain, it goes back out into “the wild” of the internet and is up for grabs to the highest bidder.

I have no idea what Trump’s organization paid to obtain the domain, but I can tell you right now, it wasn’t the $10 that is typical of domain registration fees.

And that was that – a little further below, I have a lengthy list of frivolous lawsuits Trump is responsible for, but first, I want to tackle what is most important:

Donald Trump is NOT The “Brilliant” Entrepreneur He Wants You To Believe He Is

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You’re likely well aware of Trump’s numerous bankruptcy filings.

That’s one way he’s managed to hold on to his wealth.

Only, his wealth isn’t his.

See, contrary to what Donald would love to have you believe, Trump is the product of privilege.

His father, Frank Trump was already very rich by the time Donald was born.

Like I said, Trump running for president is something I both anticipated and dreaded.

You already know why I anticipated it, now for the why the dread.

As the head of state, you will be responsible for running the largest economy in the world.

How then can Americans entrust their countries economy to a man who is not only constantly bankrupt, but was bankrupt less than a year ago (at the time of this writing.

How does Trump repeatedly file for bankruptcy

Bankruptcy laws reward Donald Trump, screw over the rest of us

Ordinary people bear economic risks, Donald Trump doesn’t

Drunk on Lawsuits

This is where we see that without lawsuits, Trump would be in far worse shape.

However, his loud, litigious past could prove to be his biggest stumbling block with the Republican Party.

Just in case you weren’t aware of how terminally addicted Trump is to lawsuits, here’s a collection for you to dig into.

The lawsuits of Donald Trump

Trump vs. Palm Beach

Trump vs. Serial Killers

Trump vs. Miss Pennsylvania

Trump vs. Bill Maher

Trump vs. The Light Company

Trump vs. Reality

I could keep going on, but I have to eventually eat.

Seriously, America, can you imagine this man as your president?

There’d be gulags across the country, and over half of America would be locked up in them for speaking against him.

Turns out the Republicans are very keen about having a guy so hopelessly addicted to lawsuits as a member of their team.

Especially when he sues people AFTER he’s swindled them:

How dare you!

He especially hates it when he gets his ass kicked at his own game by an 87-year-old woman he attempted to bully.

…But Seriously:

At the end of the day, being another name on Trump’s grand list of litigation targets and coming up snake eyes with the domain doesn’t bother me. After a while I thought the domain would go completely unused because it seemed like Trump might know better than to actually run.

Turns out I was wrong.

To have done everything documented in this piece (and so much more), one has to be insanely deluded and severely detached from reality.

Just remember the last time an uber-wealthy presidential candidate lost all hopes of victory after simply uttering the words “you people”.

Trump has gone so far past those two words, his opponents don’t even need to open fire on him. He’ll shoot himself in the foot and then file a lawsuit against anyone who tried to help him.

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Oh the irony…A sniper uncle with a dough belly

“It’s impossible for a man over the age of 30 to have a flat belly”

My Jaded Uncle

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Here are a few things you should know about my uncle:

1) He spent his life working for the Canadian military

2) Like Chris Kyle, his specialty was that of a sniper

3) While Chris Kyle got fitter later in life, the opposite was true for my uncle…

…and what I’m about to tell you will about “negative nosh” is going to turn things on their head.

See, what I didn’t reveal in the NinjaHobo Guide to Lifestyle Change is that I ate a lot more junk food than I should have been during my efforts, but was still reducing that waistline.

My uncle on the other hand, has all-out stopped the efforts and goes totally nuts on eating like Jabba the Hutt…

>>> DO NOT read this on an empty stomach:

He lives in China full-time now and when he comes back to Canada, he gorges like he’s on death row.

Allow me to ‘splain: pizza’s very hard to come by in some parts of China and going a year without the stuff is hell on him, so the first day he arrived back I took him to a pizzeria where he ordered a large meat-lovers pizza all to himself.

After finishing the main part of the pizza, he’d slather the crust in butter(!!) and dip that buttery crust into his glass of Pepsi.

I am not making this shit up.

In fact watching him go at pizza or a platter of hotdogs kinda looks like this:

The funny thing is that I sometimes gorge the same way my uncle does (expect for that butter and Pepsi thing, which is outright depraved) and still shed the poundage.

It’s based on three principles from the military program I’m taking.

Principle #1 Metabolism Reset

Think of metabolism reset as when a jet starts up its turbine engine.

It goes from dormant, chewing up tons of energy in very quickly.

Principle #2 Hormonal Synchronization

Hormonal synchronization is a breakthrough method that has yet to be seen by the general public as the most practical way to burn fat and keep it off.

H.S. is based on Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal or opposite reaction.

When you don’t gorge on glycemic foods for extended bouts of time, your body cranks out hormones like leptin and burns fat while bulking you up.

Principle #3 Re-activation

This is where eating what you want is “safe” (for lack of a better word) and you won’t see the results in your waist or ass.

Turns out the human body is actually designed to work this way.

TOMORROW: I have something for you to print out and hang over the spot you see most throughout the day. Believe me, it’ll help you with the negative noshing.

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Goddamn F’N Dough-Belly

insulin belly fatAlright, this is my grand “sequel”.

The big follow-up to the NinjaHobo Guide to Lifestyle Change.

If you haven’t read anything about the NinjaHobo lifestyle Change up to this point:

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Picking up where the guide left off, I’ve made a lot of progress in the past three months (if you’ve been following along, be sure to share the progress).

But, the belly, it’s still there…despite looking great compared to what it used to look like.

This is a problem…but we’re going to do things differently and start with the solution…

The Solution:

Up to this point, I’d switched programs, from P90X to a lesser-known program put out by Mike Geary.

After three months, my progress has stagnated as I’ve reached that phase where what little fat remains is putingt up one hell of a fight to stay on board.

My breakthrough?

Watching the movie American Sniper.

I realized that Chris Kyle was close to my age when he joined the Marines and that he wasn’t in what you’d call “army shape”.

If you’ve seen it, you’ve realized how challenging it is for a guy in his mid-thirties to break into the army and go through the training than some dude in his mid-twenties.

Regardless, Kyle got his cookie-dough ass whipped into prime shape and that’s was jostled me into looking into marine-style training to rid myself of the remaining belly.

My research led me to this program.

Food intake:

1) Still having a few junk food vices to vanquish, I paid a visit to a local chain here known as Bulk Barn, which sells a variety of nuts, dried fruit, candy, spices, sauce/soup mixes by the scoop. I figures that by having a handful of different foods to nosh on, I stand a better chance of vanquishing.

Will keep you posted on that.

2) Just as my fruit smoothie is a staple of my mornings, I’ve now managed to make a large bowl of raw veggies (celery, cucumbers and carrots) a daily staple. Time it took for the new habit to set: Two Weeks.

Cause & Effect

So here’s the why behind the weight gain and why the last part is so tough to melt off.

Insulin’s your body’s primary of distributing nutrients

Insulin’s a result of noshing on carbs, fat and protein

Swell things about the Insulin:

+ Increases testosterone

+ Boost yet libido

+ Keeps energy levels status quo (you know…that sweet spot between couch potato and total fucking spazz)

Not-so swell things about Insulin (when it’s “broken”):

+ Sugar (re: glucose) builds up in your bloodstream

+ When that happens, the sugar gets stored up as (you guessed it – F-A-T)..

+ …THIS equals the big “D”

You’ll know this is a problem for you when:

– You can’t sleep right

– You’re getting rounder, even though your appetite’s not consistent

This is why I’m taking a military approach to the situation.

Tomorrow, we’ll have us a chuckle over the dumbest thing my uncle ever said about men’s health.

Warning: When you see tomorrow’s post, DO NOT open it unless you’ve eaten first.

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Introduction

So why was this guy created?

As if that weren’t evident enough already, here goes: to help the non-athlete (that being a guy who doesn’t exercise at all or does so infrequently/inconsistently).

I am one of those guys.

For most of the year, I’m pretty good about keeping up with exercising.

It’s not always easy to do in such a fast-paced life.

What you’re about to read in this guide is not the wisdom of some trained fitness guru.

You’re going to see how a regular guy makes time to work out.

You’ll also see how I challenge my bad habits and overcome them for the most part (it goes completely against what the so-called experts preach).

That’s why you should read this guide before investing in that next expensive program or hiring a personal trainer…

…because I’m coming at you from the same position you’re in now.

With all that being said, I find it best that we kick things off with the factor that matters most in all this…

…The Power of Habit

Does that title sound familiar? “The Power of Habit“?

It should.

Let’s call it out like is, shall we?

Most books hitting the market are little more than piles of pulpy fluff bound together with the sole intention of milking a temporary blast of excitement.

Once everyone’s done riding the flake train and pouring their ducats down the hatch, these pulpy piles of fluff are retired to the abyss of obscurity, never to be spoken about again…not even at the most un-sexed book club meeting.

The Power of Habit, written by Charles Duhigg, is one of those oeuvres that will give humanity a fighting chance in its battle against mediocrity.

Of course, reading it is one thing.

Embracing the underlying message – that humans can program themselves (or be programmed by others) to accomplish incredible feats does take some effort.

I’ll shine a light on my own personal feats to give an example of how small changes, implemented one at a time and gradually ramped up, make a massive difference:

1) I never (ever) have a solid breakfast anymore. Smoothies only and over time, I’ve added many rich and nourishing ingredients to make it as potent as possible, with the lastest ingredient being coconut oil.

2) I’ve gone from hitting the gym three times a week to visiting it every day, TWICE a day.

3) My gut, like so many other men, is the trouble area that isn’t budging much, even at two visits a day to the gym. But the thing is, I just put my head down and ignore the gut.

End result – while it’s taking a while for it to shrink, the rest of my body is getting as cut as a diamond. (That’s to say, make a habit of observing the positives and not dwelling on the negs).

4) When starting a new project related to business, I set a big goal (example: huge cash payout), but got into the habit of breaking the steps to that big reward into small, highly-achievable benchmarks (make the first $100 on new project).

5) Relates to point #4 in a big way –>> “[…] Accept the things you cannot change and the courage to change the things you can, and develop the wisdom to know the difference”

6) Doing the same tasks at the same time each day.

7) Constructive “torture” – when I was learning the art of copywriting, I discovered a word of advice from a master of the craft, Eugene Schwartz: set a timer for 33 minutes and work relentlessly for that time.

When the timer’s done, go walk around the house/office and then do another 33 minutes.

Point being that we can all do things we consider laborious or unpleasant if it’s for a short enough time.

Listen, if an ADHD baby like me with my hair-trigger temper can embrace the power of habit…ANYONE can.

Thinking Of Changing Your Diet?

Baby steps, baby steps

Instead of radically altering the way you eat, kick things off by taking the sample diet below and eating what’s on that list for two days of the week (Sunday / Thursday).

That’s it.

Just see how you react to eating that sample diet once or twice a week.

Brain juice smoothie (consists of):

  • Banana
  • Assorted frozen berries
  • Teaspoon coconut oil
  • Almond milk
  • Spinach
  • All-natural peanut butter (two spoonfuls)
  • Vega Protein Powder
  • Teaspoon tumeric powder

The rest of the day should see you ‘noshin on the following:

  • Two chia granola Kashi bars
  • Roasted chicken thighs with brown rice
  • Bowl of raw veggies
  • About 100 grams of mixed nuts
  • 16 brown rice crackers with inch-long slivers of low-fat cheddar

Why I ditched P90X & Just Made Smarter Changes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve no doubt heard about the P90X workout system.

I’ve owned the original one for several years now, and when you mix it up with Insanity, I don’t think any other system gives you a quicker jolt after stopping cold with the physical activity for a little while.

For my yearly pre-summer cut-up, I decided to change things up and if you’re still in the process of getting ready for the season, here are some ideas for you:

1) Been vegetarian since about October of last year – Digestion levels are way up, I’m ready for post-meal action far sooner than when I had just downed a big-ass burger.

2) I drink close to a gallon of water per day

3) Stopped drinking alcohol – pretty much same effect as meat: feel less heavy/sluggish

4) This time around, instead of busting out the P90X, I decided to hit the gym two times daily for a month with stairmaster action for four days of the week and select exercises from Mike Geary’s system on the two remaining other days.

5) I swallow two melatonin tabs per night to ensure a good sleep to recover from all this work

End result so far: 3.5 Inches lost from the belly and now closing in on the pesky “lower paunch” that haunts us all when we undertake this venture.

Other results: 7 pound gain in muscle.

WARNING: If you do not work out on a semi-regular basis like I do on my off-times, DON’T suddenly start going to the gym twice a day.

Seriously, you will f*ck youself up and in all likelihood, injure yourself to the point where you can’t work out.

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How I made several health changes at the same time without fail

When I originally shared with you the methods I used to get in shape not just in time for another summer, but also to get in the best possible shape on a permanent basis.

A friend of mine saw my link on Facebook.

Her and I used to party hard back in the day, but we’ve both turned the corner, but for different reasons.

She just gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

That fact, plus a diagnosis of a fatty liver a couple of years beforehand, forced her into lifestyle changes.

So she told me that since I wasn’t forced into change to way she was, yet made so many changes in such quick succession while so many fail when they make too many changes too fast, that I should share how I did it.

Fair enough.

So, piece by piece, here’s how I pulled off each change listed in the previous missive:

1) Becoming vegetarian – I used to be vegetarian when I was a punk rawk teen. Then of course, came back.

What turned me back again? Watch the movie Vegucated (It’s on Netflix). Seriously, in this modern day, vegetarians have every tool they need to lead a life of optimum health and nutrition.

2) Drinking a gallon of water a day – I’ve been drinking a lot of water for a couple of years now, but over the past six months, I’ve forced myself to count how many times I refill my Camelbak bottle.

Rule of thumb: if your urine isn’t completely transluscent, you need more water.

3) Stopped drinking alcohol. Many reasons here, but here’s the biggest one: both of my younger uncles lost their livers due to alchohol.

In fact, one of them almost died in February, but got a transplant just in time. He will recover, but he’ll never be the same.

So really, WTF would I pay to (maybe) end up that same way?

4) Ditching P90X and doing what I felt was right. To trim the fat, I did research on the most intense exercise I can do that doesn’t include having to do a whole bunch of different moves.

I did some research and found out that hitting a stairmaster at level 10 to 12 for 30 minutes at a time and combining it with some weight exercises is most efffective for thinning down.

My schedule allows for me to hit the gym twice a day. So four days out of the week, I’d hit the stairmaster at 7:00 am and again at 3:00 pm for a total of 1 hour a day.

The two days I do weight training, I went with this program to replace P90X – BUT – I did not force myself to follow everything in the program.

I picked out the exercises I knew were most effective for me, and of those, the ones I knew I wouldn’t mind repeating over and over.

It’s really just that – I had very solid reasons to change consumption habits and when it came to the exercise, I listened to what my body was telling me, not what a fitness guru told me.

I believe a lot of people who try to change believe that just because they paid money for a program they absolutely must follow each directive.

Not so.

Let’s Talk Testicles

testicular healthTime to get a little VERY personal.

Let’s talk about balls.

My balls.

Your balls too.

As you’ve seen over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking charge and putting health front and center.

Part of that has much to do with listening to the signals my body emits…

…and it should be no different with you.

Honest disclosure: Of all the signals I’ve been getting, feeling a dull ache in one of my testicles is one that I pay ultra-close attention to.

When these kinds of things happen, I tend to give it a day or two to go away and then I consider a visit to the quack.

Actually, I shouldn’t say that about my doctor, he’s far from a quack, he’s a very kind individual.

This time, things went on longer than I cared to let it and I booked an appointment very quickly to see my family practitioner and get myself checked.

When I got to the doctor’s office I was made to wait over half-an-hour longer than I should have.

Was I annoyed?

Yup.

Finally the moment of truth came.

I dropped my pants.

The doc strapped on the latex gloves.

I took in a deep breath hoping for the best.

“OK, that’s good, nothing out of the ordinary here,” he said as he examined the first one.

“And it seems like all’s good with this one too”

My shoulders floated to the air and a huge wave of relief took hold.

With there being cancer in my family, I can’t afford to take any chances and dropping my plans for an urgent exam is totally worth it.

Why am I writing you something so personal?

To goad you into acting to preserve your own health.

If you have someone in your family with a history of cancer, you cannot take chances.

This is why Angelina Jolie opted to have her breasts removed.

Maintaining Lifestyle Changes

quitting gymA funny thing happens when you choose to take a bit of time off the gym…nothing.

Nothing is in, one day of non-activity lapses into the next, until before you know it, you just paid for an entire month of gym membership and not used a day of it.

Who can blame you?

You lead a busy life, you’ve got some serious shit to take care of, it’s bound to happen.

The longer the absence from the gym goes on, the longer the list of reasons to stay away gets.

That’s when you know it’s time to embrace Brian Tracy’s philosophy and just eat that frog (get it over with)?

If it’s been longer than two weeks since you visited the gym, here are a few shortcuts to help you get back into that groove like you never stopped in the first place.

1) Start with strecthing – this helps in a number of ways. The first being that you don’t need equipment, so you can do it in the privacy of your home.

After you’ve gotten into the habit of stretching, you’ll start seeing the results of your previous workouts more clearly, which will encourage you to get back to more.

That’s because stretching helps your muscles heal faster, which will also help you get past the soreness that typically discourages you from hitting the gym.

2) Feeling tired? – chances are your sleep will not be anywhere as sweet as when you workout regularly. Use this fact as incentive. Best bet – try waking up early and making your workout the first activity of your day.

Your overall productivity will shoot right up and you’ll start to feel tired enough to fall asleep at exactly the right time.

3) Coffee. I already feel guilty speaking ill about the nectar of the gods, but without the rush you feel from the gym, you’re likely hitting coffee (or other caffeinated beverages) harder than usual to compensate for the shortfall in physical activity.

This of course becomes a negative self-fulfilling prophecy, especially when the caffeine consumption goes on past 4pm.

If you’re not a natural athlete (read: someone who has an ingrained love for physical activity), but someone who acknowledges that you must maintain a certain degree of exercise for the sake of your health, little breaks here and there are part of the deal, so don’t beat yourself up.

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…stop harping on about the fucking Blarney Stone, Guiness and funky green soap and lure visitors over with the promise of what may (has) happen(ed) in a Dublin nightclub parking lot:

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Extra points to the chick on the left for texting while doing this.

Priceless.

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