Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wonders of the world

Originally published in Rebootology

Sometimes we forget the little things in life as we battle the horror the television news brings into our living rooms each evening. If it's not terror, Iraq, car road trauma it's the politicians blatantly lying to us. Even the distraction of my beloved sport holds little comfort - the cheating in cricket in the South Africa was a farce, the West Coast Eagles using trickery to get players off, and drugs in sport becoming acceptable if "we" get the medals.

So, when this little story came across my desk, sent in by Maverick Spiriter Kevin Bolt, it immediately struck a cord and I just had to share it with you.

"A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. "The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.

"The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the '7 Wonders of the World' are:

1. To See
2. To Hear
3. To Touch
4. To Taste
5. To Feel
6. To Laugh
7. And to Love."

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The
things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!"

Kevin writes: "A gentle reminder -- that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man."

And in the next email, a friend from Tasmania felt she had to share this gem:

Back again, they just gave me the quote of the day so had to pass it on to you.

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming WOO WOO - what a ride.

Great philosophy I think.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

There just is!

Originally published in Rebootology

In times of turmoil… droughts at home, earthquakes in Indonesia, civil unrest in the USA, I find it helps to take a step back and count my blessings.

Many times what I think is fantastic others will consider a disaster… and this story that I had cross my desk this morning puts things into perspective.:

In the Eye of the Beholder

One day a father, of a very wealthy family, took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from the trip, the father asked his son,"How was the trip?"

"It was great Dad!"

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered,

" I saw we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

With this the boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added,

"Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

With a over half of 2018 officially spent, let’s reflect on the good and bad of the first 90 days of the year, reset our visions and look forward to a stimulating 175 days of the rest of the year.

But remind yourself each morning… there is no good or bad… there just is!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Puppies for Sales

Originally published in Rebootology

Everything can’t be how we would always want it. As I was checking through my email, this one jumped out at me. This email was called “Puppies for Sale.”

There is a strong message here… make the most of what you have and realise that there is beauty everywhere that often depends on YOUR perspective not mine.

Enjoy “Puppies for Sales”

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies For Sale."

Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner's sign. "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" he asked.

The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."
The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37," he said. "Can I please look at them?"

The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, "What's wrong with that little dog?"

The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn't have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. "That is the puppy that I want to buy."

The store owner said, "No, you don't want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I'll just give him to you."

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner's eyes, pointing his finger, and said, "I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I'll pay full price. In fact, I'll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for."
The store owner countered, "You really don't want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies."

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace.

He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, "Well, I don't run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"

We ALL need someone who Understands!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Looking to add some much-needed income to your retirement savings Now you have left the workforce, Here are some examples:

Originally published in Rebootology

Carol Merchasin, an author and former law firm partner in Philadelphia, now livies with her husband in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
"My husband and I boosted our retirement income by leveraging what we did before we retired into less stressful and more part time employment that doesn't require being in an office or even in a particular place," Merchasin says. "When I left my law firm, I continued doing training but only as an independent contractor, often doing webcasts from Mexico. Now, ten years later, at almost 70 years old, I still do webcasts and I develop and audit training programs. All from wherever I want to be."
Merchasin also published a book on Mexico called This is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications and does speaking engagements on Mexican culture from a U.S. expatriate perspective. Her husband, also a lawyer, invested in a small property with three apartments that he now rents out to short term visitors to San Miguel. "Our long term strategy has been to support ourselves without touching our nest egg until we were 70, but we are still keeping with that strategy for a few more years," she says. "Boosting retirement income for us has meant not taking anything out and allowing it to grow as long as we're still able to work comfortably at our own pace."
Financial experts say that Merchasin is on to something, and that, since retirees may not be saving enough for retirement, they should seek extra income while they're in retirement. "Living comfortably in retirement isn't so much about how much money you have, but more importantly what counts is having a solid cash flow plan in place that includes a very clear income and distribution strategy, says Gary Plessl, who co-authored The Book on Retirement.

As of 2013, the median retirement account balance among all households ages 55 to 64 was only $US14,500.I

f you're in the same leaky boat, consider being part of Rebootology, and see how you can earn extra income in retirement,

Put TELL ME MORE in the comments.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

11 Rules for Rebootologists

Originally published in Rebootology

1.It’s got to be a BIG idea that you can “get” in seconds. 
2.Strive to create 10x – 100x in value for Money you invest. Your rewards will always proportionate to the value you provide. 
3.You must expect premium price so you can provide an extraordinary value & experience. 
4.Provide a ‘Reason Why’ people should do join you and be happy to pay you a premium.
5.Get paid before you deliver your product or service.
6.You get to make the rules for your life. Don’t let other people's norms dictate how you’ll work or who you’ll work with.
7.Create your next adventure around your life instead of settling for your life around your adventure.
8.Consistently and constantly force yourself to focus on the ‘critically few’ proactive activities that produce exponential results. Don’t get caught up in minutia & bullshit.
9.Seek to minimize start-up risk but have maximum upside potential.
10.Get your idea out there as fast as possible even if it’s not quite ready by setting must-hit deadlines. Let the market tell you if you have a winner or not. If not – move on and fail forward fast! If it’s got potential – then you can make it better.
11.Find partners and team members who are strong where you are weak and appreciate being paid on results.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

What are you doing?

Originally published in Rebootology

Yesterday, Anne, one of my early morning coffee companians, who appears homeless but I don't think she is [ she carries so much stuff and lately is porting a pink hair do ] stopped to ask me "what are you doing... I thought you were writing your autobiography" and it got me to thinking... maybe the books should be published in a "traditional form".

This morning the newsletter that grabbed me first was James Altucher's and he posed the question why and then listed the many reasons to write a book:

A legacy for your descendants. I would love if I could read a book written by my great-great-great grandfather describing what his life was like. 

What’s the audience for that book? Just his descendants. But that’s a decent reason.

Getting to talk about something you are passionate about.
Often people write a book to get speaking or consulting opportunities that are very lucrative. If a company is trying to decide between consultant A and consultant B, they will pick the person who has written a book. I know this to be true.

Practice. Many people write several books before they manage to produce their big bestseller that changes their lives completely. Book writing is a craft and, like any craft, it takes time to build the skill set.
You aren’t limited by genre. You can write a book that YOU want to write as opposed to fitting a specific marketplace.

To complement your business. A friend of mine makes a special kind of makeup and moisturiser catered to women going through menopause. So she wrote a small book about menopause that explains in detail the chemical and hormonal reactions in the body and how certain chemicals can help. This complements her product sales.

And I am sure there are hundreds of other reasons.... I will share a couple tomorrow.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

You deserve better… I know because I do too.

Originally published in Rebootology

When have a look at your life at the moment and you contemplate being rich, or even getting ahead and you feel it is impossible, you might find some answers here.

Firstly it might help to consider the difference between being poor and being broke, which are not the same thing. I have never been poor but unfortunately I have to confess to being broke acouple of times.

What’s the difference? Poor is the state of having nothing and never having the possibility of having anything. Some thing I witnessed first hand on a recent trip to Mumbai, India where 3 million people have absolutely nothing and in a remarkable state of affairs seem like they are happy with that and won’t in my lifetime do anything to change it.

Broke is a state of self inflicted misery where you owe more than you are worth and unfortunately many asset rich people are Broke because they can’t meet their everyday expenses. To be wealthy, you will have to work out how to get past broke. There are two ways to do that: the basic one is spend less than you earn. This means adjusting your lifestyle to meet the amount of money you earn which is difficult with out exercising self discipline against the constant barrage of credit companies and retailers shouting that you deserve it all and now! I wonder what happens when a unsolicited increase in your credit card limit arrives unannounced… I know I have been guilty of saying: “Is that all I can have…”

The second way to get passed broke is to earn more money. This is not as easy as most get rich gurus would have you believe but it is possible and highly likely if you invest the time to learn how to earn.

So how do you see your way out of your situation? If you think it as impossible, then it is. I want you to stop thinking that way. If you say it is impossible, it is. Stop talking that way. If you act as if it is impossible, it is. Stop acting that way.

To achieve the impossible requires discipline which is in short supply for most modern Aussies. Discipline requires work – a daily commitment of action designed to achieve your goal of being rich. Now here is where the goal setting spruikers let us all down. Thinking and acting “as if” you have achieved your goal without DOING anything about it is just plan lunacy. Every day needs directed activity to achieve your goals.

Do you reckon you could life a 200 kilo cow? Probably not yet many people on farms all around the world can do so without thinking twice about it. How is it done??

If you were to start lifting a calf from the first day it was born, and did so every day, its increase in weight would be so small each day that you would be able to lift it the next day, just as you had the day before. As a kid in Margaret River I remember watching a giant of a man called Dave Ironmonger lift two fully grown sheep, one in each hand, and throw them onto the back of his ute. A super human feat… no, Dave had been lifting lambs all his life, whether they were a day old or a year old. How did he do it?? Well, he just could because he did something about every day.

But what if you miss a day? This is what would happen… If for a week, you lifted the calf each day, you would not feel any difference in his weight and you would expect to, and actually lift him. However, say you missed doing this for a couple of weeks, and you came back to lift him. You would be confronted by a significantly bigger animal, who weighed a lot more, who probably didn’t want to be lifted and most importantly, you would be beginning to doubt you could do it… and a surprising thing would happen: That calf would be too heavy for you to lift!!

Impossible doesn’t care whether you are busy, don’t feel well, have other “pressing commitments” or just feeling down on yourself… all it requires you to do is to do something EVERY DAY, without fail, towards getting from where you are now to where you want to be in the future.

To go from broke to rich you have to spend a little less, save a little more, pay a little more off your debts, do a little more, and have to do it every day. You can’t miss a day.

But there is just one more thing you need to do to achieve the impossible… you need to make a decision right now to get rich because you deserve it. So stop for a minute and write down your decision to be rich. You must write it down for it to be real.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

70? 62? 50? Strategies for Retiring at Every Age

Originally published in Rebootology

Adapted from article by DANA ANSPACH :

Retirement is a big decision. It is one of the biggest life transitions you'll encounter. Research shows the happiest retirees start planning at least five years before their desired retirement date. 

Have a look at what it takes to retire by 40, 50, 55, 62, 65 or 70.

Retiring at 50

Those who retire by 50 do one of a few things; they live on very little and save a lot, they inherit money, or they grow and sell a profitable business (or develop some other form of intellectual property).

If you are willing to live on less and don't have a lot of savings, consider a low-cost retirement lifestyle, such as residing in an RV in a campground, retiring in a low-cost overseas community, or living in a small apartment located in a place where owning your own vehicle isn't necessary. If these lifestyles sound reasonable to you, an early retirement may work for you.

If you've always been a career-oriented person, an "A type" or an over-achiever, and you have the funds to sustain an early retirement, there are other non-financial reasons for you to think twice before retiring. You may find retirement enjoyable for a few months, but without a new project to work on, too much leisure time may get old for you. Business owners and working professionals are those most likely to get bored in retirement. 

Retiring at 55

If you have sufficient savings, retiring at age 55 may be more feasible than you think. Taking money out of retirement accounts early while delaying when you get the age pension just might be what the doctor ordered.

Retiring at 62
Apparently, 62 is the average retirement age.

Think you've got a good plan? If you've consolidated accounts, understand your Social Security claiming options, know which accounts you will withdraw from and have estimated the taxes you'll pay in retirement, then you're doing things right.

Retiring at 65

Sixty-five is a realistic retirement age for most. With Medicare benefits, Social Security and there are no penalty taxes for retirement account withdrawals.

But beware, for upcoming retirees full retirement age for your Social Security benefits is NOT 65 - it is age 66 or later. For most of you this means even if you retire at 65, you'll be best off waiting a year or so before beginning your Social Security benefits.

If you're still working at 70 you may be the type who never wants to retire. There is nothing wrong with that!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Sheep and more sheep

Originally published in Rebootology

I was at a business expo today [ LambExpo in Perth but that is a story for another day ] and I was struck by these statistics... in 1990 Australia had 170 million sheep and today 2017/8 we only have 70 million sheep.... that is a lot of sheep that have been eaten or exported.... 100 million sheep have ceased to exist in Australia since 1990.

So, there is a debate about at the moment about live sheep export - soon there will be no sheep to export.

When we think about red meat the actual number of animals that it requires for us to enjoy a "medium rare steak " as I am today at the 7 Mile Inn in Balcatta, it is mind bloggling.

And Ian said farmers in the UK know their animals by name.. it is all very challenging to me... but I hope thought provoking to you.

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Social Proof is Legit

Originally published in Rebootology

Social proof is a huge factor when it comes to influencing our decisions, especially people want us to part with money.

For a lot of people, it’s the relevancy of the social proof that matters most. Is it from someone like them, or someone they already know and trust? Social proof can also depend on a number of other factors, such as how recent it was.

If you want to do better . Implement a system of social proof that allows for you to regularly obtain examples of social proof. 

Of course, the best social proof occurs when you’re doing a great job so people want to recommend you!

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Never Good or Bad - it just is...

Originally published in Rebootology

Are you worried about the future?? Well you shouldn't be... it gets better but different every day.

Less death, less motor vehicle accidents, less crime, less war... but if you consume normal media you wouldn't believe it...

Harry is apparently happy with Meghan but Brad still longs for .... you know how it is ROYALS and CELEBS are all the go.

Interestingly old style retail is dying along side NEW style retail.. Dick Smith Foods closes and the world's biggest food delivery service exits Australia. Business is business, regardless of the year it started.

So, as I sit at my no 2 office [ the one that serves great coffee ] I am watching the rain piss down... the joy of living in Perth is that you wonder at rain... it does so rarely it is an event.

Remember it just is...

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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Things to do differently

Originally published in Rebootology

At the start of this year, not as a New Years Resolution but as an awareness "Ha Ha"' I made a few decisions to do things differently - I will share a few and the outcomes

To be less angry

I had previously been convinced that being "angry" got a better result with organisations like Telstra but it didn't work so well in other situations, so I made a consciousness decision to be less angry.

How did it work out - Often I don't catch myself and I have an angry reaction and nearly universally the result is worse than it could have been. When I am purposely NICE, the result nearly always turns out better - even with organisation like Telstra. However, when I am deep in thought and somebody interrupts me my default [ which I have had for 60+ years ] of REACTING has never served me well. So, I am a work in progress on being "less angry"

Take things less personally

I have been accused [probably correctly ] of existing in my own bubble. Others have said to me "You don't need anybody else" or "you seem happier with your own company than with others". For an example, every morning I am up and walking before most people have even gotten out of bed.

In the last few presentations of our Management Seminars, I have been criticised on a number of accounts and I admit it has affected me personally. Where it was, over the previous 25 years, rare to get any negative feed back I was now getting letters to my boss [ me ] about how Wayne Mansfield was an old cranky sexist loud mouth. and I seriously considered giving the sessions away.

Why not??

On two recent occasions people said to me that my sessions were " a breath of fresh air" and one lady actually commented that she had been to dozens of professional development sessions and was dreading another BUT "You had me in the first 5 secs.."

Now taking things personally I would get a swelled head but by actually taking my advice, I have decided to put more work into the content and not take any issue with how it is delivered. Some people will like the material or not... some people will like the presenter or not... and that is OK. My position is that I should continually work on the material to make it relevant. And discuss things like #metoo, transgender at work, and the iPhone and how they affect the work place and how you should react to it.

I take responsibilty for outcomes

This is really hard. Whilst there are circumstance that occur and many influences on the outcome, the outcome is always a result of my decisions on what I have perceived the situation to be. If the outcome is less than optimum then I had the greatest influence on it and I can't blame anyone else even if it appears they "caused" it. It has been totally of my doing.

So there are three things I am trying to do differently

I want to know what obvious-in-hindsight changes you’ve made in your life in the past year or two. What did you try that made you wish you’d done it years ago? Say so in the comments. It doesn’t have to be big — it could just be a better way of grocery shopping.

All that matters is that it’s so much better than your old way that you wish you’d always done it.

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Tips to write better - from James Altucher

Originally published in Rebootology

1) Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph

Here’s the funny thing about this rule. It’s sort of like knowing the future. You still can’t change it. In other words, even if you know this rule and write the article, the article will still be better if you take out the first paragraph and the last paragraph.

2) Take a huge bowel movement every day

You won’t see that on any other list on how to be a better writer. If your body doesn’t flow then your brain won’t flow. Eat more fruit if you have to.

3) Bleed in the first line

We’re all human. A computer can win Jeopardy but still not write a novel. If you want people to relate to you, then you have to be human.

Penelope Trunk started a post a few weeks ago: “I smashed a lamp over my head. There was blood everywhere. And glass. And I took a picture.” That’s real bleeding. My wife recently put up a post where the first line was so painful she had to take it down. Too many people were crying.

4) Don’t ask for permission

In other words, never say “in my opinion” (or worse “IMHO”). We know it’s your opinion. You’re writing it.

5) Write a lot

I spent the entire ’90s writing bad fiction. Five bad novels. Dozens of bad stories. But I learned to handle massive rejection. And how to put two words together. In my head, I won the Pulitzer prize. But in my hand, over 100 rejection letters.

6) Read a lot

You can’t write without first reading. A lot. When I was writing five bad novels in a row I would read all day long whenever I wasn’t writing (I had a job as a programmer, which I would do for about five minutes a day because my programs all worked and I just had to “maintain” them). I read everything I could get my hands on.

7) Read before you write

Before I write every day I spend 30-60 minutes reading high quality short stories poetry, or essays. Here are some authors to start:

Denis Johnson
Miranda July
David Foster Wallace
Ariel Leve
William Vollmann
Raymond Carver
All of the writers are in the top 1/1,000 of 1% of writers. What you are reading has to be at that level or else it won’t lift up your writing at all.

8) Coffee

I go through three cups at least before I even begin to write. No coffee, no creativity.

9) Break the laws of physics

There’s no time in text. Nothing has to go in order. Don’t make it nonsense. But don’t be beholden to the laws of physics. My post, “Advice I Want to Tell My Daughters”, is an example.

10) Be Honest

Tell people the stuff they all think but nobody ever says. Some people will be angry that you let out the secret. But most people will be grateful. If you aren’t being honest, you aren’t delivering value. Be the little boy in the Emperor Wears No Clothes. If you can’t do this, don’t write.

11) Don’t Hurt Anyone

This goes against the above rule, but I never like to hurt people. And I don’t respect people who get page views by breaking this rule.

Hope that is an interesting read.

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Deliberate practice - beats 10,000 hour rule EVERY TIME.

Originally published in Rebootology

I am NOT a basketball fan... but it is generally accepted that Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest NBA players of all time. THe wasn’t born gifted. He’s an exceptionally hard worker. One trainer recounted how Bryant would exercise from 4:15 to 7 a.m. and then play basketball until the team’s practice at 11 a.m. Yes, Bryant trained for seven hours before practice even began.

It’s easy to look at the masters in any field—be it Bryant, Mozart or Oprah—and credit their skills to genetics, innate abilities and hours of practice. But research on the science of peak performance has shown that it’s not just talent and hours of practice that lead to expertise. Instead it’s the type of practice one does. We can reach mastery-level greatness through hard work, discipline and something called deliberate practice, or the process of understanding your weaknesses and then making considerable efforts to learn the skills you lack.

To improve at anything, you must push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

When you put sustained effort toward improving your weaknesses, you will grow. This is the logic behind deliberate practice, a research-backed tool introduced by researcher Anders Ericsson.

For the past 30 years, Ericsson has studied the masters. His research has shown that how you practice matters much more than how much you practice. Experts become great by focusing on improving their weaknesses. Many people focus only on practicing things they can do effortlessly, but this never leads to improvement. Working hard just to work hard will exhaust you. Working hard for the purpose of improving is the secret to success.

And importantly, a factor of deliberate practice is constant feedback. Without feedback, you won’t know how to improve.

So, you must reach out to others in your field and ask for criticism and advice.

Measuring your progress is also a key component of deliberate practice. Back to Kobe Bryant. He measured his progress in many ways, such as counting the number of baskets he made daily. Every single day, he forced himself to make 400 shots. He never allowed himself to stop improving, even as his fame increased.

You can measure anything: the number of cold calls you make, the pace you run or the amount of times you pitch your business.

To be better you shuld incorporate deliberate practice into your own life with these steps.

1. Identify your goals and write them down.
2. Identify your weakest link and what is keeping you from achieving your goals.
3. Purposely and deliberately work on improving this skill.
4. Seek feedback from others.
5. Push yourself to show up and do it again and again.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

If only….

Originally published in Rebootology

Boomers are healthier than their parents.

Baby boomers have the longest life expectancy in history. The average 65-year-old today can expect to 84.3— nearly three years longer than a 65-year-old in 1980. 

New tests to screen for health issues, along with greater public awareness about the dangers of smoking, sitting and obesity, give boomers health advantages that their parents never had. Statins to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease weren’t even introduced until 1987. Boomers are tracking their fitness, tallying their steps and counting their calories. It’s natural to assume they are healthier than the previous generation.
But the data doesn’t agree. “We have all these medical advances, fitness and technology. There’s this belief that with so many more tools available that boomers have to be doing better, but it’s a misperception,” say Health Experts.

Research published in 2013 showed that boomers were in worse health than their parents at about the same age. They had more disabilities and higher rates of chronic diseases.

Just 13 percent of the studied boomers said they were in excellent health, compared with 32 percent of people from the previous generation. Boomers were more likely to be obese, exercised less, and had higher rates of hypertension and high cholesterol.

So in simple terms boomers are heavier, less fit and their minds are giving out.

Want to give yourself an edge - find out more about Rebootology.

All you need to do is say “tell me more" in the comments.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It’s a Myth - Boomers are wealthy.

Originally published in Rebootology

Rather than downsizing, many empty nesters are snapping up second homes in lifestyle villages.

For instance, many lifestyle villages offer custom homes with garages as huge as 100sqms, to place to park RVs, boats and caravans. Increasingly, “retirement isn’t all about being practical,” Ken Dychtwald, founder and chief executive of the consulting firm Age Wave, commented earlier this year.
Such stories of big spending have dominated popular perceptions of boomers in their later years.
But many boomers couldn’t be further from living that dream. While some benefit from multiple income streams, members of this sandwich generation often are saddled simultaneously with their children’s mortgage guarantees [ Bank of Mum and Dad ] and health expenses for their ageing parents. Some have to leave their jobs to be full-time caregivers. About 1 in 5 workers between ages 45 and 74 had either taken leave or quit a job to care for an adult family member in the past five years.

On top of that, there’s a mounting number of grey divorce couples who, in their 50's and 60's, suddenly have to divide assets they had counted on. Given boomers’ longer life expectancy, that translates into a lot more bills for many more years.

Savings aren’t helping them much. Even the median savings of just $50,000, is about $250,000 short of their goal. And plans to keep their jobs longer might not work. In the same study, 49 percent of retired respondents said they left the workforce earlier than expected, frequently because of health problems or an employer’s decision.

Boomers know that their financial situation is more precarious than others think. Many boomers believe they will "outlive their money.”

Hence the creation of Rebootology - a community of people who want to be engaged and maybe top up their retirement funds by helping business achieve more… let me know if you want to know more.

Just add tell me more in the comments.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Of all the bullshit I have read…

Originally published in Rebootology

Michael Masterson is one of my favourite authors in the Self Help and Motivation area. He writes the Early To Rise newsletter and you can subscribe to his Michael Masterson Journal that livens up many a Saturday morning for me.

In the never ending search to become more effective so I can spend more time enjoying life, I read the thoughts of Masterson hoping for a gem that will add enjoyment and a few free hours to my day. You know, that extra half an hour to spend contemplating why red wine from Australia is so much better than from anywhere else in the world. And especially if it is from my beloved Margaret River or from my backyard, Perth’s Swan Valley.

You know how it is… every word that comes from the mouth of a guru should be followed without question… well in Masterson’s new book The Pledge, there are a number of pieces of advice which are just plan bull!!
When have you heard that a truly relaxing and healthy pursuit is time spent writing in a “cigar lounge”?? Geez hasn’t secondary smoking disease warnings got to Florida yet?? I might be really relaxed, pity about the lung cancer I got from inhaling your cigar smoke.

But the real dozy of Masterson’s advice is his impassioned plea to cut down your shower to 2 minutes!!

Hasn’t Michael heard that the world’s best thoughts appear whilst having a long relaxing warm shower?? Geez, you couldn’t get wet in under 2 minutes and surely you would still be smelly with that little water on your body.

Masterson recognises that this advice is not well received because when he has suggested it before in his writings the feedback received has been unanimously negative. So, it would seem to make his point about more strongly, he brings out the politically correct argument – shower less and save the planet!! Give me a break mate. Hasn’t he heard about the 2010 floods in Queensland, NSW and Western Australia. Is he seriously suggesting shorter showers will save us from the change in world climate…

I love it when we have these “the world is getting hotter” floods, the floods aren’t anywhere as bad as those we had 100 years ago… they even have a term for these events – “once in a 100 year flood.”

So, in my continuing search for better ways to do things, I am going to pass on having shorter showers… the time we have is too short to be worried about BO…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Read every day.

Originally published in Rebootology

Reading information that will increase your knowledge about your business or career will make you more valuable to colleagues, customers or clients. 

Among wealthy people, 88 percent read 30 minutes or more every day. Just as important, they make good use of their reading time:

63 percent listen to audiobooks during their commute.
79 percent read educational career-related material.
55 percent read for personal development.
58 percent read biographies of successful people.
94 percent read current events.
51 percent read about history.
11 percent—only 11 percent—read purely for entertainment purposes.

The reason successful people read is to improve themselves.
This separates them from the competition. By increasing their knowledge, they are able to see more opportunities, which translate into more money. Comparatively speaking, only one in 50 of those struggling financially engages in this daily self-improvement reading, and as a result the poor don’t grow professionally and are among the first to be fired or downsized.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Not perfect AT FIRST

Originally published in Rebootology

Are you one of my readers who is going to check this issue of Reboot Your Life to see that I have correct spelling, correct grammar and punctuation? Maybe you are one of the people who write to me and correct my writing…

Do you know that your need to seek perfection is holding you back?

Is this you:

“When I retired in I had time to reflect on my career and how I could have made success come easier. My one complaint was that I felt I had worked too many hours to achieve it. 
After considerable thought, I had a revelation: I was a diehard perfectionist and my perfectionism had doubled the time it took me to be successful!”

Do you treat perfection like a proud war veteran who had been awarded medals. The truth is, those "medals" were a millstone around his neck and were slowing him down. 

I remember being challenged by James Newman, who had come to Australia in the mid eighties to present his seminar “Release Your Brakes” saying to be that:

“It doesn’t need to be perfect… at first!” and in that he gave me permission to be striving for perfection but at the same time being able to accept that 90% was often good enough if you “got it done!”

Is perfectionism keeping you from accomplishing your goals?

Have you ever said anything like: 
"I must find the perfect gift for my sister's wedding."
"This report has to be perfect before I turn it in."
"I have to make sure my presentation is perfect before I meet with this client."

The sad truth is, nothing is perfect. Striving for perfection is foolish - and it's impossible to reach. So trying to make things perfect can prevent you from ever achieving the things you want to accomplish. 

The other nasty thing about perfectionism is that it can stall you - keep you treading water instead of progressing. In other words, if you're always trying to make your novel perfect, you'll never get it published.

Keep in mind that you are a work in progress. So, too, are your goals... works in progress. If you never start on them... you can never benefit from the results.
Beating perfectionism is tough work. And sometimes the very thought that you aren't doing something "perfectly" can stop you in your tracks and stomp on your motivation.
Try This The Slump Buster
If you feel your energy level sliding, or if you are losing your motivation, here's a simple strategy that will help you get back in the game.
Maintain a list of small, meaningful tasks that need doing - things like replacing a light bulb, writing a letter, or returning a phone call. Take out your list when you feel a slump coming on and take care of one of those tasks. You will be out of your slump by the time you have completed it. 
Why? Because you will have "stepped back" to catch your breath. Plus, accomplishing even small tasks is energizing. 

Results are always good! 

When I get those emails chastising me about my spelling, or grammar or punctuation I often reply by saying “They are deliberate errors – did you get the other 3??”

Interestingly, the people who read my emails the most thoroughly, and send me a list of my transgressions, rarely buy from me. I find that strange.

So can I suggest that you keep your perfectionism under control. Please keep in mind "the bigger picture,” and to push to move your goals forward. Can you make this your rule: 90 percent means good to go!

Don't waste time and energy striving for perfect. Do the best you can. Then take time later to fine-tune your work.
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Power of Purpose

Originally published in Rebootology

Even though I live in Perth there is starting, ever so slowly, a felling that times are getting tougher. Each day as the price of petrol inches towards $2.00 a litre it seems that the good times have come to an end. [ $159.90 yesterday ]

Well I think we need a purpose to make us appreciate that times aren’t tough they are just different.

I can recall one of my first mentors, by way of books and audio programs was Zig Ziglar whose famous saying is: “You can have whatever you want in this world as long as you help enough people achieve whatever it is that they want.” I recall spending time with Zig and his wife “The Redhead” way back in the early 1980’s at Fremantle Fisherman’s Harbour and being inspired to make something of my life.

Zig passed at 85 a couple of years ago but not before he released his 25th book. His message is just as inspiring in “Better than Good” his greeting to people he meets and the title of his new book.

I have been reading about the Power of Purpose and the Power of One. And Zig had a way with words as he set out why it is a positive to feel that things could be better.

If you didn’t care it wouldn’t be worth going on.

Think about the awesome power of one person, who could just be you, who could change the way history unfolds. Here are a couple of examples:

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England
In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German
In 1845, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment
In 1875, on vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic
In 1942, one vote saved the Selective Service System just twelve weeks before Pearl Harbour was attacked

And unfortunately, in 1923 one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of the Nazi Party of Germany.

Combine this awesome Power of One with a Power of Purpose and you can achieve anything.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Be amazed what you can achieve.

Originally published in Rebootology

Justin Herald started his Attitude Gear business when he was 25 years old, and never anticipated that it would grow to what it has today, with the brand being licensed by more then 20 companies throughout the world. 

He readily admits that he didn’t know very much about business in those early days, so he would create his own way of doing things that kept everything as simple as possible. However, he thrived on a challenge, and when a store owner told him that there had been no demand for his gear to warrant him buying stock, Justin arranged for three of his friends to ring the store each week for the next four weeks asking about his clothing range. The owner eventually said that he was waiting for the rep to give him a call, so Justin realised the importance of trying to protect his brand, and set about trying to patent the word Attitude.

If you have ever been through the process of trying to patent a generic word such as attitude you will understand the resistance he experiences for the patents office. However after three years of persistence he finally succeeded. This master stroke is what has now propelled his business into world wide expansion as large corporations who were keen to break unto the youth market Attitude Gear was attracting have paid him millions of dollars to co-brand their products with the Attitude name.

When you believe that anything can be done – it’s amazing what you can achieve.

Can I recommend that if you need a mentor Justin has a fantastic program... let me know in the comments and I will put you in touch!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How do you tell the difference between a lack bear and a brown bear?

Originally published in Rebootology

It is important because one will eat you to death and the other will lick you to death?

I came across another example of this recently which I read of how a National Park in the USA got a very serious message across to their client in a light hearted way. 

This is what the sign post said. In the light of the rising frequency of serious accidents between humans and black bears, the Montana Department of Fish & Game is advising hikers, hunters and fisherman to take extra precautions and keep alert for black bears while in the field. We advise that outdoorsmen should wear small noisy bells on the clothing as warning, so as not to unexpectantly startle bears.

We would also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of a close encounter with a bear. Additionally, it is a good idea to watch for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should be able to recognise the difference between black bear and its more ferocious cousin, the grizzly bear.

While the tracks for the two species of bear are quite similar, black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. On the other hand, grizzly dung has little bells in it and it smells like pepper.

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