I’m At Brendon Burchard’s Worlds Greatest Speaker Training:  Review (day 1) 

8:46AM
Registered and ready for the 9:00 door opening. The lanyard we chose determines where we enter the conference at. The Santa Clara Mariott is a nice hotel. Nicer then I thought it would be. The room keys are pictures of the Motivation Manifesto and all staff have been very nice. The Burchard team have all been wonderfully kind and energized.
1:45pm

Wow. Just wow. I felt part way through the morning that this is the beat investment I’ve ever made. Without a doubt. The value from Brendon, Bo, and Roger is staggering, tremendous and important. I’m not selling this program or profiting from it. This is genuinely how I feel sitting here on break having lunch. The nuances of speaking on stage, storytelling, physicality and voice, taught by some of the best in the world. It’s only half way through day 1 but the takeaways are immense. And I will certainly share the core of what I’ve learned. But far more apt then to type will be to make a video and speak these takeaways. Practicing the practical application rather then a written listacle: “top 10 takeaways from Worlds Greatest Speaker.”  Even though from a SEO and total hits to my blog standpoint it would generate more traffic. I think that would be a shortcut, and I need the practice and time spent on a video. The video may not be released at the same time as this post so if you’re reading this then look for the video soon, or comment on the post and bug me to get it done.

8:15pm
Day 1 wrapped up. Honestly surprised it’s only been one day. Learning so much and so inspired by the fellow people at this event and the presenters. I have much work to do on my journey but this is a dream come true and the first progress I’ve ever made towards this particular Renaissance pursuit of Oration and speaking.
More to come tomorrow.

Grateful.

Why Write Two Places?

A personal note on personal choice.

I know this is my blog, but I’m writing with intent elsewhere now too. Different unique content. My Medium page only has a few posts, but I take it seriously. I was a reader on Medium for quite a while before every submitting anything. I feel like it’s a writers website, my blog is a personal journey and designed for diverse content.

Different situations call for different styles, different tactics and different energy. Not two different voices but two different contexts. One a personal blog, the other a community of at least somewhat serious writers, or readers. There are influencers, publications and sub publications, and groups to follow. It’s just a different animal on Medium. Everyone’s work format is the same by design, and it’s very raw paper black and white feel is great. Also, image quality and quantity can be noticed more I feel. It’s very cool, I’ve gotten the opportunity to be part of a Publication on Medium called Better Humans. It’s nice to join a group of people wanting to better their lives. I’ve been taking actions in many area’s I’d been stagnating.

Joining Medium and the Better Humans Publication is part of tying in something actionable I could do today to go after my goals: writing and teaching/coaching–  by writing, and by becoming a coach on Coach.me  My profile is almost finished and set up to help coach in areas where I have strength in daily habit, and know something about results and the process. I have all these ambitions and goals but it’s when I can link a few together and move forward with intent of gaining momentum I feel best about progressing long term. I want to write. It’s part of my pursuit of the path of the Renaissance Man. 

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Over the next few months I’m going to do some great things. There are obstacles ahead. Fortunately I’m a Spartan. Ready for the challenges.

Going for that full potential life. On the Campaign for Renaissance.

Brendan McCaughey

I wrote a post on Creativity. I published it on Medium.

On the Path to Renaissance

 

 

I’m linking to a piece I just wroe on Medium. Often I will double post on my blog and Medium the exact same content. I’ve decided not to do that any longer. I want my blog to be broad and comprehensive but also to get the content on other channels to have quality of their own. I should be doing twice as much creation. Not double posting the same thing to two different channels as unique. Sharing and connecting all the work I do is what I want my blog to be about. But I feel like only my “best writing” or whatever that means at present goes up on Medium.

 

All that being said check out my new piece

 

Medium: @multitude27 The Urge to Create.

 

 

Read Medium

Do You Read, or Look at Your Own Content From the Past?

 

Revisiting a Photograph I took from Sunset Blvd.

Revisiting a Photograph I took from Sunset Blvd.

I’m curious. Take this poll and let’s see how many people look back on their work after time has elapsed.

 

Recently I re read a post I did on Medium, and was blown away that I wrote it. It’s about excuses, and I’m still making them. I was astonished at the poignancy of my words and their still applicable nature to my life. I found myself thinking “Wow! I wrote that?” and “I should really heed my own words.” I’m writing to ask if you read and revisit your content at all after creating it? If so, do you find value in it? I certainly have, and intend to make this a regular practice. If I can get value after the fact out of my posts, that gives me hope that others may also find my words, photos or videos of value. Lifetime value not just the day it’s published but ongoing in the future. Creating evergreen content, not just a paltry list post that becomes obsolete as times change, and the marketplace evolves. Can the value sustain? Am I digging deep into life to examine worthwhile issues and sharing the best of what I’m learning on a day to day basis? Documenting my life and journey in a way that will have value in a year, or 5. That is much more of a strategy I can stand behind and work towards as opposed to continually posting only for volume. Clogging or diluting my portfolio and brand that I’m developing with quantity and not quality. Maybe I’m not the best writer or content developer now, but I genuinely want to publish and share my best work in any channel or platform. I don’t want only selfies on my Instagram or tawdry list posts on my blog. I want to push and pull the best out of my experiences. By doing that I will develop more skills, confidence, and content. Waiting for the perfect moment, or until I can create without finding flaws only delays my dreams. I eliminate the excuses for not taking action (insert Nike slogan).

I’m glad that I’m writing. Having the dream & goal of being a writer without writing has annoyed me for some time. Looking back over my content is a nice way to check my process and progress.

Outlining a Writing Workflow

Outlining a Writing Workflow

Two blog posts a year (2014) does not cut it. Being inspired to dedicate myself to learning content creation and marketing is a good feeling. Can I keep it up? Time will tell. When creating anything do you just ship it out and forget about it? Moving on to the next project and the next and the next? Take a moment to examine and revisit it after time has passed, does it still have relevancy? Is it timeless? I want to end with a paraphrased quote from Drake. Yes the R&B/hip hop artist. I remember hearing him being interviewed describing parts of his work and method. He stated he was all about lasting power. Creating music that can be listened to with the same enjoyment years after its creation. “I want my CD to stay in your car.” Perpetual relevance by placing an emphasis on quality. I realized that when listened to that interview at the time his CD Take Care had literally stayed in my car’s 6 CD changer since buying it. Create product that’s going to still be worth something in the future, maybe worth even more. That’s what I’m working towards, I have a long way to go, but knowing the difference between instant gratification and lasting power is truly valuable.

 

I hope you like what you read and decide to go re-visit some old work of yours.

 

An aside:

I started my first real content channel with my Instagram in 2012. I’ve always tried to put only photos that I think are good from a photographic standpoint first, and being an authentic representation of what I love and strive for. Over time my captions or comments have become more thoughtful. But I don’t post something unless I want it to stay there for 5 years. Will I look back at that snapshot and say “Why did I put that on the internet?” Or “That was important that I shared that, wow look at that great shot or I remember that rawness and hustle.”

 

My first Instagram Post Ever!

My first Instagram Post Ever!

 

 

The Notecard System: The Key For Remembering, Organizing And Using Everything You Read

This is very informative and apt for where I’m currently at in life. Writing and idea execution. Thanks for the great content Ryan, Amazon is delivering Obstacle is the way to me today, can’t wait.

Thought Catalog

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After the response to this recent LifeHacker piece, I thought I would explain the system I use to take notes, research books and keep track of anecdotes, stories and info I come across in my work.

This isn’t the perfect system. It might not work for you. All I can say is that since learning it about 7 years ago, it has totally transformed my process and drastically increased my creative output. It’s responsible for helping me publish three books in three years, (along with other books I’ve had the privilege of contributing to), write countless articles published in newspapers and websites, send out my reading recommendations every month, and make all sorts of other work and personal successes possible.

Now to be clear, this is not “my” notecard system. If anything, I use a perverted version of a system taught to me by the genius Robert…

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What Can I Give the World?

Blades of Grass holding Life's Essence

Blades of Grass holding Life’s Essence

Do I have anything meaningful to give to the world? Can I contribute and make my mark on an ever changing, crowded, and evolving planet Earth. Do my other 7 billion brothers and sisters feel the same way? Does everybody want to leave a positive legacy and be known for great things?

I’ve been pondering these questions, and I think the answer to all is a yes. At least to some degree. Certainly I wasn’t born without SOMETHING meaningful to give back—I can’t simply be a taker or consumer. Surely, I can develop a worthy attribute, skill, or mission that gives value to others on the planet we share, and the planet itself. Making my mark on the world has been a calling I’ve always felt, sometimes with a crushing pressure. I reflect upon the cliche “pressure makes diamonds” and aim to thrive under the pressure of expecting greatness from myself. A challenge I’ve faced is overload. I literally want to be excellent in my skill set in so many things that it is overwhelming. On the positive side it I’ve got an endless To Do list of things that I enjoy and can categorize as productive time on some level. This is great, but there is a bottom line that must be met for me to be functioning as a member of society. Some avenue that is being pursued must create “a living” in the societal sense. I just thought of this metaphor about my current undertakings. Taking one swing of an axe at 27 trees one at a time is a bad strategy to cut them all down. Possibly a better tactic would be to completely take each tree down, sharpening the axe between each tree. Or taking a few choice trees and rotating between them 1/3 at a time. The most ideal plan may be to step back and look at the forest. What? Looking at the alignment of the trees and noticing which one if cut with the right technique and forethought may knock down several other trees using the force of gravity on its way down. That is just a metaphor, I don’t want to cut down any trees, I’d honestly rather plant many many trees in m lifetime. If that metaphor was written poorly or I lost you replace the trees with goals and cutting down with accomplishing. So if I try to accomplish 27 goals at once versus accomplishing one at a time, or clustering a handful, or looking at the complete picture and seeing which goal can accomplish many others once it is completed.

 

So realizing that I need a better strategy, what do I even intend to give. The list of what I want is clearly posted on my blog, and that’s somewhat partial and not as specific as the goals I’m working with now on a daily basis. But, all that is me me me. What about you you you and we we we? Will I create soley for a selfish and personal reason, or can I ensure that I’m giving value and hopefully creating in service to others and good causes. The latter sounds much more noble, but can I or you say that that is our intent at all times? I can’t. Maybe it’s because I was an only child for most of my life, but I’ve noticed in times of reflection that I often behave very selfishly. Look out for number one they say. I don’t really consider that a great piece of wisdom. Number one is just one number. Focus entirely on that and that’s just one looking after one. Can’t I look after many, and then should I ever be in need have many that would consider looking after me? Has a nicer ring to it. Looking over the words that are written above it’s apparent there is a lot of “I” in this writing. This is a reflective and personal questioning of my motives in life, and I hope that you can see some value somewhere within. Gratitude for reading my words. Let me finish by answering the question initially posed. What can I give the world? Myself, my best self, working hard, candidly as I pursue deepening my strengths, improving my weaknesses and overcoming the obstacles while taking ideas through the creation and execution process—defining dreams and questing for success for myself but also for the tribe that we all are a part of.

The Most Introverted and Reflective Year of My Life..so far. 

This is my first post from my iPhone. 
  
this is been a different here than any other year I can recall. 
I’ve definitely spent a lot of time looking at my life in a lot of different ways I’ve tried a lot of different things and failed honestly. I really think that this is valuable time even though half of me thinks that I’ve been wasting a lot of time this year. Maybe I have, but I am called to continue pushing in the direction of my dreams. 

I’ve always set goals, but setting these new kind of goals I’m working towards now with deadlines is exciting and scary at the same time. I’m putting a lot of effort into changing my psychology. Understanding what’s been holding me back in my own mind and in the physical world. Every time I get a good idea I’m like wow this is it this is the one but the value of an idea lies in its execution and implementation not simply in a bold stroke of creative genius.  

 Plain and simple I have to do the work. In 2015 it is so easy to be distracted probably easier than ever, but I’m choosing my focus better with each passing day. 

People can say what they want about personal development or “self-help “but I’ve always wanted to be successful so studying success and ways to overcome your own struggles is valuable to me. I’m immersing myself in only positive and pertinent material, with aims of creating my own. Tim Ferriss and Anthony Robbins have been major helps to me this year. Although Tim is more in the Learning and lifestyle design space, I still help myself with his content. Unfortunately self help has a somewhat negative connotation, so I don’t want to lump Tim with a group to which he is much more diverse than. I’ve been a major follower of Tim since I was 22 and working 80 hour weeks in the craziest job I’ve ever had. Finding the 4 hour work week back then was life changing. This year I will re read it and execute on its principles like never before. Tim actually put me on to Tony Robbins. Of course I’d heard of him and read quotes, but never had I chosen to dive deep into his work until hearing him on the Tim Ferriss Show Podcast, I then purchased Tony’s new book and subsequently his Ultimate Edge program. Amazing value! Understanding how my brain works and why I do things is incredible knowledge. Acting upon this knowledge is my main aim at present.  I now truly am committed as I write these words to getting back to work, rekindling the hardest working spirit of my deepest warrior soul. 

Creating content and realizing my goals and ideas is what I am solely focused on. I don’t need to party, “chill” or anything else other then create the life I deserve and dream of. Much work to do, but I have found a way to love it. Loosing momentum and not following through are painful and I’m finished with that pain. Writing, learning, helping others, oration, fitness and documenting it all equal massive pleasure. 
Here’s to being back on the campaign trail to being a Renaissance Man and Warrior.