Take More Naps – Increase Productivity

 

This is just a partial list of famous nappers. Catching Zs where ever I can grab them has always been my motto. It’s one of the reasons I own my company and haven’t’ worked as an employee in 17 years. Take naps!

  • Leonardo da Vinci took multiple naps a day and slept less at night.
  • The French emperor Napoleon was not shy about taking naps. He indulged daily.
  • Though Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, he also practiced this ritual on a daily basis.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, used to boost her energy before speaking engagements by napping.
  • Gene Autry, “the Singing Cowboy,” routinely took naps in his dressing room between performances.
  • President John F. Kennedy ate his lunch in bed and then settled in for a nap—every day!
  • Oil industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller napped every afternoon in his office.
  • Winston Churchill’s afternoon nap was a non-negotiable. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day.
List from 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science written by CamMi Pham for Medium

Why present day is the best time to be alive

Based on this article from the BBC It feels like it’s been a bad couple of years, but scientific and societal strides forward in recent decades have transformed global living standards.

And this video with Steven Pinker on The Cobert Report. Steven Pinker believes the world is increasingly nonviolent and that this may be the most peaceful time in human existence.

 

Or how about in this New York Times article

 President Obama noted: “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” It might seem difficult to reconcile this sentiment with daily horrors in the Middle East, terrorist attacks and other media-hyped doom and gloom. But he’s right: Though violent conflicts still happen around the world, the broad trend lines are all in the right direction.

Take a look at this infographic by phys.org noting everything we are currently fretting about.

So what gives? It feels more chaotic than ever, more violent and most disjointed. Could it be that the real problem is that we aren’t worse off locally or globally but we just aren’t thinking for ourselves? what if we close the newspapers and magazines, turn off the TV, our social media accounts, and the radio? Not as a reactive measure but as a way to measure our own lives. If we were to remove all the data points that are input into our lives and only worked with our experiences how would we answer the following questions?

Have you or someone you love been a victim of violence?

Do you know (personally) a child that has been abducted?

Have you been cyberbullied? Were you ever bullied as a child?

Have you been a victim of a crime or a theft?

Could it be that with a 24-hour news cycle seven days a week we just look for more things to talk about and those things tend to sway towards the negative? What if we made a conscious choice to tune it all out and just look at our lives and our own experiences.  What if we used our own lense to determine our level of safety and security, based not on what we are told but based on what we see, hear and experience ourselves. It’s time to stop listening, stop being scared and take our lives back and leave the fear behind. Do your own homework, research this topic – things just are not as bad as we want them to seem. Ask yourself why are citizens living so fearfully in this day and age? Could it be by design? Fearful societies watch over each other, they behave and they report. Is this the future we all want?

 

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Every Business Open To All

 

As an Arizona business owner, I can not even fathom not working with anyone based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, class, age, religion or otherwise. I recognize that other business owners may feel differently. How unfortunate for them as any discrimination means missing out on experiencing the richness that is all of humankind. Together we can all work every day to create a landscape where no one ever has to experience such hate.

This is an issue not of who to serve or not serve, this is about dignity. As the Supreme Court decides if the homophobic cake maker in Colorado has a right to discriminate we should all take a look at our own practices and behaviors. We can all do better, speak up more and support those with fewer rights then we have ourselves.

For more on the case click HERE.

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Guerrilla Success

The Guerrilla Success Book is out!

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I was fortunate to be asked to write a chapter for a book by my hero by Jay Conrad Levinson who was the founder of Guerrilla Marketing. I have long been a fan of his work and when he passed away in 2013 I thought that would be the end of his voice but luckily he left essays behind and his wife Jeannie Levinson took up the cause. 

Jay Conrad and Jeannie Levinson, were the creators of the term Guerrilla Entrepreneur. They described them as men and women who think outside-the-box. In their words: He’s embraced new ways of thinking, new ways of working, new ways of living. He well knows that he’s left behind an age characterized by a worship of profits, a surfeit of working hours, and a neglect of family and self.

I am thrilled that the book is out and my essay is included. Here is the link to grab a copy for yourself:

Guerrilla Success

 

Setting Goals #startupgrind

This month the Laboratory5 group coaching call focused on goals. I am sitting at my desk today streaming Global Conference Live Stream Start Up Grind. The conversation between Marc Andreessen and Clayton Christensen was fascinating and it reminds be that the link to accomplishing goals is commitment and intention. Clayton Christensen ended with a story about being true to your word and stick to doing what you said you would do because:

“It’s easier to hold to our principles 100% of the time than 98% of the time”

  • Clayton Christensen

So if we have big goals but we aren’t 100% committed then what is our percentage of accomplishing them? I also wanted to share a link that was tweeted over It is 10 goals every entrepreneur should set themselves for 2016

 

A Lesson in No!

Entrepreneur Business Tip –

All day long I will tell anyone who is listening that Seth Godin is a hero of mine and a total genius. Why? Because he is passionate, real and is a truth teller. I love his style of ‘tell it like it is’ and he’s not too big to share the love. Every time I reach out to him he replies immediately. His blog post today (reposted below) is about saying yes. I totally agree with him and it reminded me that I should share how important it is to say NO! and why.

I am great at the no. I say this as a recovering work-a-holic. I used to say yes to everything, constantly distracted by the next opportunity, possibility and shiny squirrel. I have recovered from that and now am very comfortable saying no. Here is the thing I learned. By saying no I honor myself, my time and the person on the other side of the ask because I don’t over book and let them down. On the flip side when I do say yes the person asking feels extra good because they know it is meaningful and it matters. To get my yes is a privilege and those who receive it don’t take it lightly or for granted. That is a respectful win win to all.

Seth’s Post:

Instant yes 

The other day, a friend asked me for a favor. I gave him an instant yes.

The instant yes is precious. It’s earned, it doesn’t last forever, it’s easily abused.

Not the yes of, “I’ll look it over and if it makes sense or fits in my calendar or is profitable then of course, I’ll do it,” but the yes of, “yes.”

Do you want to try our daily special, it’s really good? Do you want to see my new project proposal? Will you come to this event I’m holding? Will you contribute to this discussion? Can I borrow $500?

How many people will give you an instant yes if you ask them? How many times has your organization (or you) earned the privilege of the benefit of the doubt?

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