TUL 029 – Book Review: The Four Hour Work Week

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Books have the power to change minds, which have the power to change lives.  That’s why THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE exists, to help you make significant changes in your life!

On today’s show I break down for you the powerful insights found within the wildly popular book, “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris.  This book as sold well over a million copies and sat on the New York Times best seller list for 7 years!

Tim breaks this practical book down into 4 main steps following the acronym D-E-A-L.  Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation.  Following this formula, Tim paints the picture of what he is calling the “New Rich,” those who understand and there are more currencies than just money.  For example, time, and mobility.  The “New Rich” believe that the aim is not to necessarily be millionaires but to be able to live like they think millionaires would live…more time to do what they want and enjoy, and the ability to engage in a wealth of new experiences.

I’m not kidding when i say this book is full of useful and thought provoking ideas.  You can, and will, find something that makes you think and likely pushes you further into that which you really desire to achieve.

Have a listen as I share an insightful overview as well as numerous significant quotes and takeaways that have helped me and I hope will help you.  If you’re looking for Tim’s Dreamlining recourse sheet (references in today’s episode) you can find that here dreamlineworksheet1.1.

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TUL 028 – You are the average of the five people you associate with most!

“You are the average of the five people that you associate with most”    – Jim Rohn

The quote is short and sweet, right to the point.  Who you hang around matters.  What influences you surround yourself with matters.

Many of us learned this as children.  You are who you hang around, for better or worse.

Join me on today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE as I break down not only the truth found within this phrase, but just as importantly an exercise to help you best apply it to your life!

Here’s the short version: Get some paper or get your notes app and write down the following in order.

  • The 5 people you spend you associate with the most (not just physically present with but influences like authors, books, podcasts, etc… as well)
  • What kind of person do I want to be? What are the qualities you want to possess? (to be healthy, express a remarkable faith, succeed at business dealings, competence, good with people, make wise decisions, disciplined)
  • What are the 3 primary qualities (good or bad) that I see in those 5 people? (lazy, fun, good listener, complainer, cheater, smart, could be anything)
  • Do their qualities match who I want to become? Do they elevate me or bring me down? 
  • Who are the top 5 people who embody the qualities I desire? (could be known by you or not, living or dead)
  • How can I increase my contact with them? (Direct contact, exposed to products of their work, visualize being with them)

You can make significant changes in your life and an enormous factor in your ability to do so has to do with the company you keep, the influences you place around yourself. 

Who are yours?  Are they bringing you up or down?  Closer to your goals or further away? 

Take some time this week and listen in to the show and begin to take a hard look at the company you keep.  

As always, the choice is yours.  May you do what must be done to live an UNSTOPPABLE LIFE!

 

TUL 027 – Life Lessons From March Madness

3-2-1….It’s GOOOOD!!!

It’s March and Madness is in the air!  You don’t even have to be a basketball lover to get hooked on these few week’s of the year that feature, perennial powerhouses verses their meager foes.  The “Big Dance” as it’s called is truly one of sports great displays.  68 teams from every league clash to make a deep run and the fortunate one that makes it through unscathed is crowned national champion!

It certainly makes for great entertainment, cheering for the underdog, waiting on the edge of your seat for the buzzer beating shot, cheering on your favorite team.

 But what if there are transferable principles from March Madness that can make a difference in your own life?

Well, I’m glad you asked, because I believe that their most definitely are!

On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I spend a little time breaking it down for us.  Sport is a great teacher for life and there is much for us to learn from it.  As you entertain yourself with a dose of March Madness this year, consider these principles and how they can, and will, make a difference in your life today.

  1. Don’t ever count yourself out!  It’s not over until it’s over.  As an avid Purdue Basketball fan I know this all too well (However, this year will be different)!   The last two NCAA tourney were gut wrenching but nevertheless prove this point (listen to episode 027 to get the full effect). Life gets tough, maybe circumstances are stacked against you….don’t count yourself out!  Teams that pull off the upset are teams that believe they can!  If you don’t believe you can -you won’t- simple as that.  Your belief in yourself is enough to set you apart and take you to another level in life.
  2. You must be prepared.  The best team won’t always win, but the team the out prepares and outworks the other nearly always will!  They don’t just show up and become Cinderella.  It’s the stage they need, sure, but maybe more importantly it is the belief that they can do it!  They put in the work, and if you want to make strides in life, YOU MUST PREPARE.
  3. Predict the unpredictable.  Every year after the first weekend of the tourney they always announce that out of X hundreds of thousands of brackets there are 1 or 2 or no perfect brackets left.  The only thing you can predict with any certainty is that you can’t predict anything!  The best basketball analysts in the world don’t even come close to getting it right.  Like me, I’m sure you’ve seen your wife or the random coworker, who couldn’t name one player from any team, chose based on the mascots and beat you!  It will be uncertain and it is all about how you adjust.  Life is eerily similar.  We can try to predict and plan things out but life will always surprise you, throw you off, bring something to the table that you never saw coming and if you can’t adjust you will lose.

In episode 026 Chris Norton also touched on some of these necessary qualities (attitude and effort).  Also mix in a good dose of preparation and you have a recipe of champions!  Those principles will take you further than you thought possible if you apply them to your work, life, goals.  The ball is truly in your court!

So let March Maddness be a lesson to us all, may it make us better at our jobs, better in our families, better personally, better at life.

At the end of it all someone will lift a championship trophy and no one can ever take that away.  Why not you?  Whatever sphere or venue of life is most pressing for you, give it all you got, and prepare well, control your attitude, effort, and prepare well and you’ll go far.

I hope you do!

Boiler UP!

TUL 026 – Interview: Chris Norton Finds Happiness Through Adversity

What are you shooting for?  Odds are it’s not big enough!

Today’s guest on THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE has a story that will inspire, encourage, motivate, and challenge you.  My guest, Chris Norton, has been through far more adversity and change in his young life than most of us will have to deal with in all of ours.  After a college football injury left him entirely paralyzed Chris was determined to not give up and to refused to let that be the final chapter to his story.

Chris set the nearly impossible goal of walking across the stage at his college graduation at a point where he could not even support the weight of his own head!  The Doctors told him he had only a 3% chance of ever moving anything again.  Chris’ incredible determination, willpower, faith, and work ethic helped him accomplish this impossible goal!

His story has been documented through most major national media outlets, and videos floating around the web of his walk are in the multi-millions.  He came on the show today to share a candid conversation with me chronicling his journey and explaining how he dealt with it and what’s he’s learned along the way.  As we recently discussed the topic of happiness on the past couple episodes of the show, you’ll find that Chris’ perspective and insights are the perfect culmination to the series.

Listen to his powerful message, and unwavering attitude, as his story is certain to impact yours!

You can watch a great version of one of those videos below.

Wherever you find yourself, know that there is hope.  You can move beyond it as your attitude and effort are always in your control.

May Chris’ story inspire you to live an UNSTOPPABLE LIFE today!  You can get more information about Chris Norton, including contact information for motivational speaking engagements at https://www.nortonmotivation.com/

His transparent and powerful book “The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes,” which he co-authored with his father, can be purchased here.