All who wander are not lost. - everyone
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A Clockwork OriginI can explain. It's very valuable. We're rescuing ya. Anyone who laughs is a communist! Well I'da done better, but it's plum hard pleading a case while awaiting trial for that there incompetence. OK, if everyone's finished being stupid. You're going back for the Countess, aren't you?
The Problem With PopplersOh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. You know the worst thing about being a slave? They make you work, but they don't pay you or let you go. Just once I'd like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn't bound and gagged. You lived before you met me?!
- Guards! Bring me the forms I need to fill out to have her taken away!
- Yes! In your face, Gandhi!
The 30% Iron ChefYes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all. I guess because my parents keep telling me to be more ladylike. As though! That could be 'my' beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing.
The Why of FryFor one beautiful night I knew what it was like to be a grandmother. Subjugated, yet honored. Say what? Who said that? SURE you can die! You want to die?! I can explain. It's very valuable.
- I never loved you.
- Bender, you risked your life to save me!
- You wouldn't. Ask anyway!
- You know, I was God once.
Less Than HeroYou wouldn't. Ask anyway! Man, I'm sore all over. I feel like I just went ten rounds with mighty Thor. Okay, I like a challenge. Man, I'm sore all over. I feel like I just went ten rounds with mighty Thor. All I want is to be a monkey of moderate intelligence who wears a suit… that's why I'm transferring to business school! You wouldn't. Ask anyway!
[aesop_image img="http://brainyfeet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/teaching.jpg" imgwidth="100%" credit="Bob" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]If you live in the USA, today is Memorial Day.[aesop_content color="#3a3a3a" background="#affeec" width="100%" columns="2" position="left" imgrepeat="no-repeat" floaterposition="right" floaterdirection="up"] This is a day set aside to honor all of the brave men and women who have fought to protect & preserve American ideals. Today is a day to set aside our political leanings and opinions about which wars we should or shouldn't be involved in. On this day we say a collective "thank you" for the sacrifices these people have made.
I also want to thank a different kind of warrior.In today's world it takes a special kind of courage to stand apart. There are far too many people who knowingly chose the chains they wear. Too many people staying silent in the face of injustice to avoid ridicule or rejection. Too many people who are complicit in their own oppression. So, I want to take the time to honor those among us who dare to stand apart. This is for those who speak out with a dissenting opinion (even opinions with which I don't agree). This is for the people who refuse to live the flavorless, pre-packaged life that was expected of them. This is for those brave individuals who dare to actually exercise the freedom others have fought so bravely to secure. [/aesop_content]
[aesop_quote width="100%" background="#282828" text="#ffffff" align="center" size="2" parallax="off" direction="up" quote="My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. " cite="- Adlai E. Stevenson"]
Those who have the courage to boldly live a life of liberty and independence honor the fallen with their very breath and their revolutionary demand for individual sovereignty.
Where does courage come from?I have another important message. This one is for you if you're reading this on the last day of this long weekend and dreading going to work tomorrow while dreaming about being a freedom-fighter someday. I know you & I love you. Do you know why? Because you...and the growing number of people like you...are the walking, breathing definition of hope. Hope keeps us all moving forward despite obstacles and distractions and disappointment. Hope persists. But hoping is not doing. So, how then do you get that life of liberty and independence? Here's the big secret: Just start. Start with anything. Start by looking at what others are doing. Start by defining the life you want. Start by acknowledging your fears and doing it anyway.
Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him. ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Start by simply making the decision that this will be your path.As a reminder, I made this desktop wallpaper as my gift to you.
Start your journey...tomorrow!The Idea Finding Course: Release your inner innovator starts tomorrow! This class will take you through four-weeks of journey starting, self-finding, business defining and sovereignty claiming. I would be honored for you to trust me to be your guide on this journey. Click here to learn all about the class and how to register. But don't dawdle! Registration will close tonight at midnight eastern time.
"How do I figure out what business I should start!?"For years, I've helped amazing people find the answer to this question. I taught them how to build a business they love that allows them to live a life they love. Until today, that kind of guidance was only available to my one-on-one clients. Not anymore.
Your ideas are no longer out of reach!
Today, the Idea-Finding Course is open for enrollment!
The Idea-Finding course is made especially for...
- Would-be entrepreneurs who are stuck in the idea phase or who are stalled out there & on the verge of giving up
- Moms & dads who want to create a home-based income so they can spend more time on the stuff that matters
- Non-profit & community organization leaders who are faced with a serious need to get creative…like now
- Coaches and other support professionals whose businesses are continuously evolving and in need of fresh ideas
- Anyone who’s ready to stop wishing for a better, more fulfilling life and ready to actually take the steps that will get them there.
After taking this class, you *will* have the confidence & clarity of purpose you need to build that life you've imagined.
But I also get a whole lot of something harder.I get a lot of this...
I so want a simpler life where I can do work I love and feel like I'm the one in control of where I spend my time & energy. I want my life to be about the things I care about. But I don't know what to do! I have no idea how to find the right business for me. I don't know what kind of business I could start that I would love. Can you help me?!
Can we have a group hug of genuine empathy?!That space is so.hard. When you know that you want a different life, but you can't quite define or describe that different life....yeah that. It's like psychologically and emotionally gasping for air. If you're there or you've been there, you know. It plays tricks with your psyche in so many tortuous ways. And this is all you want to hear...
I can help!First. Breathe. Don't panic. Don't rush this. I know it feels like there's no air in the room, but I assure you there is. Close your eyes & take a deep breath to remind yourself of that whenever you need to. You don't want to rush this because you don't want to build this amazing, ideal life you've envisioned on top of something that simply can't support it. You want to build it on top of the right business for you.
You don't need a bright idea. You need the right idea.The right idea will lead you to a business that is sustainable, evolvable, compelling and transformative....for you. No wonder this is so hard! I want to give you a shortcut.
The four essential elements of your right idea.
The right idea doesn't have to be brand new and innovative.You don't have to re-invent the wheel to re-invent your life. You just have to find the thing that combines these four essential elements in a way that makes your heart sing and your brain buzz with possibilities. The poster is a great start, but if you want to get serious about this idea-finding thing, you want the free companion workbook. Go get your workbook!
I don't often make promisesThe work I do doesn't lend itself to many guarantees or promises. Everyone's experiences and outcomes are different. For example, I can't promise that your right idea will come shooting out of your brain today or tomorrow.
But, I will promise you this:If you hear me out, I can turn that suffocating feeling of hope peppered with utter confusion into possibility, clarity, freedom, and momentum.
I'll even go out on a limb and make one more promise.I promise, when you find that thing you're searching for, you'll discover it's been inside you all along. It always is. It always surprises people. There are always tears. But it's there. I promise.
Go ahead, download your workbook. Let’s start moving forward.
Your words of wisdom are welcome!If you're in that airless place, I'd love to read your comments about that. And if you've been there before, I'm sure everyone who is there now, would love to hear your words of wisdom. Please feel free to reach out to each other...and to me...in the comments below.
Goal-setting sucks! How the hell am I supposed to know what I want three years from now?! I don't even know what the world will look like then!I hear these words so, so often from my wonderfully amazing and oh-so-talented clients. Ahh....the love. And ya know what? They're right. Kinda. Nope, you don't know what the world will look like in three years...or one...or even in 6 months. Neither do I. But that doesn't mean goal-setting sucks. It means you're doin' it wrong.
You suck at goal-setting.You see, we tend to think of setting a goal...starting a business...living that life we love...as a finite thing. Something with a beginning and an end. Oh, but the only thing finite about life is the end. Like...the real end. Until then, your life is anything but finite. It's an organic, dynamic, ever-changing journey. With moving destinations that evolve and improve over time.
You Horizon ChangesLet me explain. << Imagine you're here. From here you can clearly see that you want to go over there....to that hill with the tree. The shade, the apples, the cool green grass. The land of Overthere is clearly a nicer place than the land of Overhere. So, you head out on your journey. You're happy, motivated, focused and so excited as you travel and imagine what life will be like in the beautiful Overthere. Finally, you reach the top of the hill, only steps from your beautiful amazing tree. You take a deep, satisfied breath and glance out over the horizon. And your heart sinks. << You can now see a new horizon. From here, you can see Thatplace. And it makes your tree in Overthere seem pretty small and petty. Thatplace is amazing and oh...wow! You never even knew a place like that existed! Annndddd... You start to feel shitty about being in Overthere, when Thatplace is clearly so superior. You start to doubt your abilities. You feel overwhelmed that there is so much traveling still to do. And you can't even see the path to Thatplace. You are a failure. I have some special, encouraging words that I share with clients who find themselves in this no-good, awful place.
Are you fucking kidding me?!Turn around. No, really...turn the fuck around and look at the miles and miles of treacherous landscape behind you. Not too long ago, you were stuck in that awful place that you can barely see from this beautiful hill you're standing on today. You did that. You saw this place you wanted to be and you started walking toward it. You are not a failure. You're sitting here, right now in the shade, on the cool grass, eating an apple. This is beautiful!!
The only thing that changed is your horizon.Today, enjoy the place where you are. Acknowledge the achievement of the progress you've made. Relax and breathe. This is an amazing place. And you came here. On purpose. You can now see where tomorrow's journey will take you. That is also a wonderful gift. Enjoy dreaming about the new place. Have fun planning the journey. And, when you're ready, start walking toward Thatplace. But rest assured, when you reach the top of that hill, your horizon will change again.
You are a R-Evolutionary.
Here's how it works:
AwakeningEvery evolution starts here. It begins with a yearning or unease with the current situation and a feeling of untapped potentiality.
DesigningAwakening leads to designing. This is where problem-solving & innovation happen. You begin imagining, dreaming, idea finding and idea sifting.
BuildingOnce an idea takes hold, then comes building. Things really start to happen here, like creating, planning, defining and researching, clarifying.
FunctioningHere you're rockin' & rollin'. Putting all of those plans into action. Generally getting shit done. Making money. Taking names. Loving life. Everything seems to roll toward you. When we set out, we tend to think of this place as our destination. This is where we'll find our groove and life fulfillment will have been achieved. And that's true...sort of. Because you're an evolutionary, revolutionary being...you won't stay there. No matter how amazing it felt to get there.
GrowingAll of that rockin' and rollin' will inevitably lead you to dream of bigger things. The bar gets raised. You're horizon changes. The definition of your "ideal life" evolves. And so the cycle continues...
Rinse & RepeatGrowth will always lead you into new awakenings. Which means you get to repeat the cycle. You'll redefine and reframe your amazing work and your amazing life 100x over...at least. The best part is every time you repeat the cycle, it gets easier. You get better at the process. You get more clarity each time around. You begin realize that life fulfillment is to be found in every single step along the way.
It came to me under fire of the gods.Okay, maybe not the gods, but it came during six hours of non-stop tornado warnings and sitings and at least four choked up weather reporters saying "go hunker down now." It flowed from my fingers, through the keyboard and onto the screen like electricity...while I was sitting on the hallway floor with two five year olds in my lap and a mattress over my head. This was the thing that would make the entire Ideation Series the wholly accessible and useful and life-transformational experience I'd been trying to puzzle together for months. By the end of the night, I was numb. And tingly. And spent. I decided to pause the Big Idea Machine roll-out and just sit with this newness over the weekend. By Monday I was still psyched and anxious to pour my soul into getting her ready for the world.
But that's not what happened.It was as if I was adding a new room to a house and the foundation started to shift and moan. I couldn't put my finger on it, but some part of it felt all wrong. It wasn't the new thing. No, that is solid and totally right (and I promise I'll tell you all about it in good time). This went deeper. This went to the core of my being, my purpose. I tell each and every one of my clients to start with a solid foundation...to know your purpose...that thing you want to change about the world.
Your purpose is your home.I also teach my clients that your purpose is your home-base. When it all gets to feeling too much, your purpose is where you go to recharge your adrenaline and reignite your passion. So that's what I did. I found a very different kind of epiphany waiting there. This was nothing like the tornado epiphany. This one was more like a long-overdue earthquake. It was quiet, relentless, powerful and inevitable. It came in two simple words.
It's time.I get a lump in my throat and puddles in my eyes just reading those two tiny words, because I know it's true. It's time to stop dancing around my purpose. It's time to carry this banner high and proudly. It's time to actually write and publish the book I've written 1000 times in my head and in my heart and in my dreams over the last five years. It's time to step up on my soapbox, burn a few bridges, ruffle a few feathers and multiple other idioms I can't think of right now. After I had this epiphany, the fabulous Fabeku asked his Facebook family how things were shakin' and I answered: Today I'm swimming in the sea of possibilities and at the moment, I've totally lost sight of the shoreline. But equilibrium is over-rated. There's new things to be discovered out here in the deep. He responded in kind with his own two words, "HELL. YEAH." And he's right. When you're on the right path the epiphanies come at a dizzying pace, which in turn, make you question your path. It's scary and exciting and nauseating and wonderful all at the same time. Like I said though, it's time. Today, I'm officially announcing a movement with the longest, leading-up-to story ever written. The story is meant to tell you that I have no choice in the matter. This is the stuff that needs to be said. This is the fire I need to light. Right now.
Today, I'm asking each and every one of you to join me in the Co-Mutiny.
You can read more about it and join here. But it's is, admittedly, a sizzle. It doesn't tell you what the Co-Mutiny is.
First, I want you to know what it's about.I want to assemble everyone I can touch with this message. I do have ideas (and plans in action) for where the Co-Mutiny can go...what it can and will become. But I don't want to do any of that in a vacuum. Not with this. This is too big. This is too important. So, today, I'm asking you to internalize the message, join us and spread the word. That's it. This isn't about me building a mailing list of people to sell stuff to. No. Not this list. This is to be the list of gamechangers. This is the list of the people I most want to talk to, share coffee with. We will problem-solve and instigate together. This is about ideas and freedom and designing a better way. It's about creating a world where our children never have to unlearn limiting beliefs because they were never infected with them to begin with. It's about building a system of support, respect and acknowledgement for individuality and micro-entrepreneurs. It's about the understanding that you don't have to take on the burden of changing the entire world to make it a better place. It's about knowing that the ripples you made yesterday are having an impact on at least fifty people today...no matter how small those ripples are. It's about your quiet, noble refusal to live or raise your children within a fabricated, manufactured reality.
By joining the Co-Mutiny we are linking arms, lending courage to each other for the strength to stand against this world that demands complexity and co-dependence and we're simply, unapologetically reclaiming dignity by stepping into our own personal sovereignty.
Together we can open new eyes everyday. Together, we can change the world.
Here's what you can do now:1) Go to the Co-Mutiny page and enter your name & email address to join. 2) Leave a comment here or a response on your own blog explaining what the Co-Mutiny means to you — or on Facebook by checking “post to Facebook” in the comment box below. If you do blog it, come back here and post a link to your blog post in the comments below. 3) Add the badge to your article or your website's sidebar.
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Turn your love for dogs into a life you love. A dozen dog business ideas with resources to get you thinking.
Last month, we rescued a puppy.
It was not the smart thing to do.
We have the world's most awesome dog already. And at 18 months, Olive is still a puppy herself. We also have two girls that just turned five. We're remodeling the home we live in, and we're still getting acclimated to a new town.
No, it wasn't the smartest thing we could do. But it was the only thing we could do. Our hearts didn't care about the practicalities. He chose us. We just brought Jack home. With us. Where he belonged.
If you're a dog lover, you get it.
If you're a dog lover, you totally get what I'm talking about.
The history of domestic dogs tells us that most likely humans didn't actually domesticate them. We never taught wild dogs to work, hunt and live with us.
Dogs chose us.*
Dogs domesticated themselves. Dogs adapted themselves to our routines and our lives. They are the ones that created this centuries-long partnership...this bond between man & dog. Not us.
For centuries, we have evolved together...dogs & humans. We're connected.
Our development, our histories and our survival are intricately intertwined. We would not have become what we are without them. They would not have become what they are without us. This is a symbiotic relationship.
It's no wonder so many people are utterly committed to dogs.
You can dedicate your life's work to your love of dogs. You can create a business that you love with every fiber of your being. Below are one dozen ways to go about it.