What is Life’s Meaning?

When was the last time you thought about Life’s Meaning?

Have you ever asked yourself one or all of the following questions?
What is Life all About?
What is My Life going to mean when it is done?
What is Important in Life?
In other words, What is Life’s Meaning… for you?.

Very few people take the time to think about the purpose of life on a regular basis but those that do are able to achieve much more than you can even imagine.

Wikipedia says

embracing ikigai”, or ” the reason for being/reason for getting out of bed”…

Ikigai is the idea that life is filled with purpose is one worth living and there is always a reason to get up in the morning. The Fraternal Order of Moai (known as Ipu Ki) is the Polynesian tradition of forming a social network and creating safety nets through friendships so that people can feel they have something or in this case somebody to fall back upon if something were to go wrong.

What is your “reason for getting out of bed”?

The book by Dan Buettner The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living for Living Longer from People Who have Lived the Longest states that people who live longer, stronger lives have a stronger sense of ikigai.  When people retire, it’s a proven fact that the ones that do not have something to do that is important to them are the first ones who die.  Research shows that making the best of life and living it to the fullest isn’t about genetics at all, it’s what you make if it each and every day!

Are you making “A Great Life” every day?

Off the coast of Greece there is a small island called Icaria.  The residents who live there are known to be the longest living in perhaps the entire world.  Many of which do not know actually how old they are due to the fact that they don’t keep track of time, they don’t wear watches, in fact the clocks in their homes never say the correct time.  They get up when they want to, eat when they want to, are more sexually active through their later years in life, have more sense of community and spend more time being social….is that the key to a meaningful life?

Something to think about !

 

 

Day2 Resources from Tim Ferriss’ “4 Hour Life” on CreativeLIVE

Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life Day 2

If you watched Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life streaming video on Creative LIVE you noticed that he threw out a bunch of references to resources and recommends.  Below is a the Day 2 partial list of all the great people, websites and products that he mentioned.

If you were able to watch Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life streaming video on Creative LIVE you would have noticed that he threw out a bunch of references to resources that he recommends.  This is a partial list of all the great people, websites and products that he mentioned.
Day 2
Noah @AppSumo.com
Injure on Reddit.com  (didn’t get all of this reference)
book: Drop Dead Healthy by A.J.Jacobs (on Amazon)
Start day with GAEBY:  Gratitude, Attitude, Exercise, Breakfast, You
Rejection Phone Numbers / HiNoah@AppSumo.com / RejectionTherapy.com
“Letters by a Stoic” by Seneca (inoculate yourself against fear, “is the condition I so feared?”)
TacoDeli.com (to Noah’s heart thru his stomach?)
Eric Reis “Vanity Metrics
Case Study:  Mola (biodegradable toothbrushes)
sethbrooklyn2@gmail.com (100 at $50 each via Paypal)
Case Study:  Corey
22 Laws of Marketing by
Y-Combinator “What are your prospective customers currently cobbling together to solve a problem?”
520or90.com ”Find out which bridge is faster or cheaper in less than 10 seconds”
Work backward from a specific number (e.g. “top app”)
Google Forms… “What’s Your Email?” “Who is your friend who scares you?  What’s their email?”
@millionaireby25
Guest: Dave Camarillo, Guerilla Jiu Jitsu
“Own Your Walk”
4 Hr. Chef “Kitchen Segment:
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Pantry Setup:
Salts – 3 types… (missed the names.  Please add them in the comments if you got them.)
Mackavoy Olive Oil
Grape seed Oil
Ghee (in place of oil)
Coconut Oil
Wellness Effects.com
Sherry Vinegar
Champagne Vinegar
Dijon Mustard (watch for sugar)
Beans, Lentils,…
Kitchen Gear Plus:
Porlex or Horio Coffee Grinder (portable)
Aeropress
Temp Probe
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet ($20-30)
Glycerin
Chocolate
Knives…
Lettuce Knife
butcher looking knife (name?) $6-9 Amazon.com
Koon Raccoon (spelling?) peelers $8
[Slow Carb] Butterfinger Recipe…Sweet Potato (6 min. in microwave, scoop/mash), scoop of Chocolate Whey Protein, 1 tablespoon of Peanut butter, mix & eat.
Guest: Chase Jarvis
Guest: Rick Torbett
IceboxAthlete.com website “Lower Emotional Content” 3F’s – Flush Emotions, Fix it, Forget it
Guest: John Jackson, Founder, ArcheryTag.com
Conclusion by Tim:
Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as “Remember your mortality”, “Remember you must die” or “Remember you will die” [wikipedia]
Why am I putting this list out?
While I hope this list is a real value to everyone who enjoys Tim’s books and blog, I am doing this for purely self-serving reasons.  I want people to visit my website so if you find this list useful, please post a link to it on Facebook or your blog.  If you like Tim’s stuff, I am sure you will like the articles on this site too !
* If you want more diet / brain training tips, check out my book, “Fat is all in your Head; 101 Small Decisions for Amazing Health” at www.FATisallinyourHEAD.com.  Sign up for the book mailing list and get the first 50 pages of my book !
The first day of Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life on Creative Live was outstanding too (check it out here)!
Leave your comments or additions below !

Day 1 Resources from Tim Ferriss’ “4 Hour Life” on CreativeLIVE

Tim-Ferris-4-Hour-Life-Day1

If you were able to watch Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life streaming video on Creative LIVE you would have noticed that he threw out a bunch of references to resources that he recommends.  This is a partial list of all the great people, websites and products that he mentioned.

If you were able to watch Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life streaming video on Creative LIVE you would have noticed that he threw out a bunch of references to resources that he recommends.  This is a partial list of all the great people, websites and products that he mentioned.
Why am I putting this list out?
While I hope this list is a real value to everyone who enjoys Tim’s books and blog, I am doing this for purely self-serving reasons.  I want people to visit my website so if you find this list useful, please post a link to it on Facebook or your blog.  If you like Tim’s stuff, I am sure you will like the articles on this site too !
Resources:
SuperMemo (what is it?)

First Guest: Philippe von Borries, Refinery29
Gunderson Law Firm (for startups)… unsure of website.
Brad Feld, Boulder, CO
“Venture Deals Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist” by Brad Feld (book on Amazon.com)
“Losing My Virginity” by Richard Branson (book on Amazon.com)
Unbounce.com (test landing pages)
Google Website Optimizer … “Website Optimizer has been integrated with Google Analytics as Content Experiments. To use Content Experiments, sign in to Analytics, open Standard Reporting, and in the Content section, click Experiments.”
Second Guest:  Leila Janah, Samasource.org
Third Guest: Neil Strauss, Author of “Everyone Loves You when you are dead
Joseph Campbell “The insecure way is the secure way” [follow your passion]
Program: “Freedom” (unplug & lock you out from internet)
Scrivener software (for MAC) (for Win) for writing scripts, books, etc.
ScreenFlow screen recordingDropBox.com
On Writing Well by William Zinsser (book)
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (book)
Brigade to Cuisine
wordpress for blogging (WordPress.com or WordPress.org)
Blog2Book examples …

   smitten kitchen cookbook
Stanford D School (free stuff online re: telling stories)
Learn a Language in 3 Months
michel thomas language recordings (Amazon)
Vis-ed.com (flash cards)
Japanese comic books
Slow Carb Diet *
Tim’s Dad… “30g of protein within 30 minutes of getting up each morning”… Myoplex by EAS

Dr. Kelly Starrett, physical therapist, www.mobilityWOD.com
YouTube videos
Mark Bell, weight lifter
* If you want more diet / brain training tips, check out my book, “Fat is all in your Head; 101 Small Decisions for Amazing Health” at www.FATisallinyourHEAD.com.  Sign up for the mailing list and get the first 50 pages of my book !
The first day of Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Life on Creative Live was outstanding and check back here for the resources list for Day 2 !
Leave your comments or additions below !

Speaker Demo Video for dMark “Dave” Wheeler

Speaker Demo Video of dMark “Dave” Wheeler – Mindset Training Expert

Text of the video:

WHEELER:  Now let’s talk about this big pink elephant.  That’s your subconscious mind.

Your subconscious mind is very powerful, it’s very large.  It takes in everything that’s going on, everything.  All of the emotions.

How do you control that elephant?  Does anybody know how they train elephants to stay with the circus so that they don’t kind of rampage off through the town?  Well what they do is when they’re small, they take a rope, not a big rope just a regular rope and tie it around their ankle and they stick a little stake in the ground.  Tiny little stake.  And the elephant doesn’t go anywhere.  Huge elephant that just pulled the tent up and he’s got a little rope around it and he says no I can’t do it.

How does that happen?  Well it started way back when he was a little elephant and he physically couldn’t pull it out.  He tried and he tried, couldn’t do it.  And eventually he learns I can’t pull it out, and he can easily pull that stake out.

As a matter of fact, when the circus goes to a new town, the elephant is the one that pulls the tent pulls up.  It’s powerful but it’s already decided that it can’t pull that stake out.

Right from when you were born you were being conditioned.  Your parents said don’t do that, you know.  Don’t do that, you should do this, and you believed it.  That became part of your conditioning, part of your programming.

Even now beyond friends and family you have the media.  And if it’s repeated enough, your mind says … well I’ve heard it ten, 20, 30 times and it must be true … even if it’s not.

Understand this, the most powerful form of conditioning are the words that are going on in your head, the words that you actually say.

There’s a rope on your elephant that’s holding you back, a rope that you could easily yank out. You have the choice.

You can train your brain to do whatever you want.  The choice is yours.

HIRE Dave to speak to your group !

Email:  dave [at] dmarkwheeler.com

 

Brain Game Training – update Week 2

As I first introduced in a post about Brain Games 2 Train Your Brain, the website www.lumosity.com has a unique program of online interactive games to train your brain.  They are also quantitative so you can track your progress using their BPI number.

What is Lumosity.com’s BPI number?

According to their website …

Brain Performance Index (BPI) is a measure of cognitive performance.

It is based on the combined results of your best games in each Brain Area – Memory, Attention, Speed, Flexibility, Problem Solving.

 What I have noticed so far:

I seem to be steadily improving my BPI score although I wonder if it is really effecting my brain’s structure or if it is simply a normal the learning process (similar to learning “the tricks” of a video game).  I have not yet seen any noticeable changes in my abilities to get things done in my business although I’m not exactly sure what I would be looking for.

One interesting Brain Game observation…

There is one game at Lumosity.com where the goal is to remember the names of various cartoon people to help improve your ability to remember people’s names.  As I played the game, I noticing that if a character looked familiar and I guessed at their name, I was right most of the time.  In a way, it may be giving me more confidence trusting my subconscious mind when it comes to remembering people’s names.

“Age is all in your mind”…

Another observation I have of Lumosity.com’s system is based on the fact that the “comparison function” groups people by their age in 5-10 year brackets.  I was curious  to see how I stacked up against other people of different ages so I put in a false birth date and re-ran the comparison statistics.  The graphics below show my scores as compared to 35-39 year olds and also 50-54 year olds.

I’m not saying which age group I am in… but I know that I’m hoping to interact with both ends of that range so I guess the comparative standings are good information to know.

Brain Game Training Week 2-30-39 y.o.


Brain Game Training Week 2 50-59 y.o.

If you know anyone at Lumosity.com, please forward a link to this article to them. I would love to hear more [in the comment section?] about how they set up the comparisons and why there is such a dramatic difference in index numbers for the different age groups. Is there a bias based on the design of the games? Is the sample size smaller for the older group and what effect does that cause?  How much of an effect is created by “self-selection”, i.e. younger people who enjoy online games choosing to participate vs. older people who are less likely to play online games?

Summary so far…

I am enjoying the games and find them a good way to get my head ready for work.  Sort of like a form of “productive procrastination”.  The real test will be to see what results I get after a month or two of brain game training.  Did I mention that I tend to get better scores after a caffeinated beverage?  It remains to be seen how the training will play out but I will keep you posted of the results as my head gets stronger & faster using Lumosity.com’s brain game training.

 

What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know your take on brain functionality !

Brain Games Train Your Brain

Brain Games based on ScienceLumosity Brain Games

When it comes to brain games, it seems like since the beginning of time, mankind has used games to develop useful skills.  I’m sure cavemen played “who can throw the spear the farthest” or “who can life the heaviest rock” or “who can slap a T-rex on the tail without getting eaten” (that last one may have been a predecessor to some of the stupid reality shows we have today).  While we have progressed quite a way since then (did you watch the Olympic Games in London?), there is still plenty of room for improvement when it comes to the training or conditioning of our brains through games.

I recently found a site called lumosity.com which has a neat way to “train your brain” that is a little different from my standard methods of mindset training.

The training on lumosity.com uses games based on neurological science (they are more fun than it sounds) and they focus on developing physical capabilities within the brain such as peripheral vision, spatial recognition and similar skills while my “brain training” is geared more toward using your brain to take control of your life.

Obviously I think taking control of your life is a little more important than peripheral vision, but I can’t argue with their theory that conditioning your brain through the use of games is a great way to keep your mental capabilities sharp, especially as you age.

Check out the site at www.lumosity.com and leave me a comment below to let me know if I should include a free trial to lumosity.com as part of my future Train Your Brain or Mindset Advantage Programs.

 

Hire the RIGHT Motivational And Inspirational Keynote Speaker

Who is the RIGHT Motivational & Inspiration Keynote Speaker … for you?

It is becoming increasingly important to hire the services of motivational and inspirational keynote speakers for business workshops, educational seminars and corporate retreats. Why?  Because we are often overwhelmed with responsibilities and it is very easy for people to lose interest in things; even their jobs. Thus, when men (or women) have been doing the same thing for a long time and may have lost their “zeal”, they will need to be challenged and encouraged by someone from outside the organization.

Empowerment

This is the major reason why businesses of all sizes need to go out of their way to organize programs for empowering their workers. An efficient keynote speaker knows how to fire the zeal and determination in the workers so that they can feel a sense of participation. This is because he makes them realize that they have the potential to achieve greatness.

A Wizard with Words

One of the tools in trade of inspirational speakers is that they are master of words. They are experts in using words to appeal to the intellectual and emotional reasoning of their listeners. In addition, they know how to use engaging words, personal stories and other real life stories to connect to their listeners. This enables them to break down all the emotional barriers that may be in the heart of the listeners.

Nevertheless, it is important that you know that employing effective keynote speakers should not be an impulsive decision. You must make it a point to consider some important aspects of potential speakers before you make the decision to hire anybody. For instance, it is very important that you consider the reputation of any speaker before you hire him or her.

Reputation & Accountability

You need to start by understanding the fact that you cannot afford to hire someone who will disappoint you by not showing up for the event. If you make the mistake of hiring some that would stand you and your attendees up, the consequences can be bad. In fact, you need no prophet to tell you that your attendees will leave the venue more uninspired than they were when they arrived at the center.

Style & Point of View

In addition, before you hire any speaker, you may also want to consider his presentation methods in for you to make an informed decision. For instance, some speakers know how to appeal to people to do the right thing while others know how to challenge them into doing the right thing. You may also want to reach a decision concerning the use of audio-visual stimulus.

Meet Your Target

You will also need to think about the outcome that you want to get from the whole presentation. If you want your workers to put more efforts into their production you will need different speakers than if you want them to bring new and innovative ideas to the company. The point is that you should considedMark-Wheeler-Keynote-Speakerr the outcome when hiring a speaker.

Bottom Line

Interestingly, if you are able to get your hiring decision right and you hire the right speaker for your audience, you can be sure that the attendees stands a good chance of gaining more knowledge. In essence, hiring a motivational and inspirational speaker can go a long way in helping you to record success in your business.

 

Inspirational video from a “Stronger” Hospital Ward

Inspired & Motivated by a Hospital

If you are looking for inspiration, you don’t always need to hear it from a professional speaker. Sometimes regular people (and kids) have to dig deep and find the motivation to overcome amazing challenges.

The video below from Seattle’s Children’s hospital has an amazing energy (and I love the song too.)  Did I mention that it was my theme song for the 6 weeks I was in a cast after achilles tendon surgery?  Check it out!  I bet you will be dancing right along with them.

 

The hemoncology floor of Seattle Children’s Hospital performs Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger”.

Don’t you wonder how all the patients & staff felt after the videographers made this video?
I don’t know about you, but I definitely felt better after watching the video.

Want more inspiration?

Here is a video showing the behind-the-scenes ”The Making of…”

 

Sometimes even celebrities are touched and inspired by a YouTube video.

Here is a short video showing one last aspect to this story (from Kelly Clarkson)…

You have got to be inspired by this story!

Are you motivated to bring some extra energy into some corner of life that needs it? There are opportunities all around … we just need to see something like this video to know that it is possible.

Inspire someone. It will come back to you many times over !

d.Mark “Dave” Wheeler
Mindset Training Expert

 

Dr. Daniel Amen says “Stop Being Stupid”

I recently received a link from Brendan Bouchard to a wonderful video featuring Dr. Daniel Amen, the author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day (Available on Amazon.com).

The overall video is about an hour and a half long, which would usually turn me off since I have so much to do and little time to get things done, but I’m glad I took the time to watch it.  I would have embedded the video below, but was not able to so here is a link to it…  http://www.highperformanceacademy.com/amen

Did you watch the video?
If you still don’t have time to watch the video, here is the “Reader’s Digest” version based on a few of the slides that Dr. Amen presented …

Dr. Amen's Bad Things to Avoid for your Brain Health

Dr. Amen's Bad Things to Avoid for your Brain Health

I found it facinating to see the “things to avoid if you want to maintain a healthy brain”. Some of them are obvious but some of them you might not have thought about. Dr. Amen’s experience having studied thousands of brain scans lends loads of credibility to his suggestions.

 

Living with Self Control - Physical Aspects of Brain Health and Decision Making Capability

Dr. Amen's Living with Self Control - Physical Aspects of Brain Health and Decision Making Capability

Dr. Amen’s “Living with Self Control” – Physical Aspects of Brain Health and Decision Making Capability.

Many of these suggestions are also featured in dMark Wheeler’s upcoming book titled, “FAT is all in your HEAD: plus 101 Small Changes to Improve Your Health”.  Look for it on Amazon soon !

Dr. Daniel Amen's Components of a BrainSmart Culture
Dr. Daniel Amen’s Components of a BrainSmart Culture

Dr. Daniel Amen’s Components of a BrainSmart Culture including nutrition, exercise and learning. 

 
I especially liked his story about being a friend, not an accomplice.  Another way of putting it would be to ask whether or not you are “enabling” someone else’s bad behaviour?  Do you eat more salads around your friends who are overweight or do you “splurge” when you are around them?
Your example can make a major difference in their life!  Think about it !
Dr. Amen's Call To Action ... for your brain
Dr. Amen’s Call To Action … for your brain

Dr. Amen’s Call To Action … for your brain.  It is the culmination of his presentation and includes some great ideas.

 
 
 
 
 
After watching this video, I’m definitely going to purchase a copy of Dr. Amen’s book !