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Persistence…and the Frisbee….

Posted by on 7:31 am in Action, Entrepreneurship, Persistence | 0 comments

One of my favourite hobbies is to play frisbee. It’s great exercise, and a whole lot of fun. The model I use is the Aerobie Pro Ring (13″); which is a pink disk with a large hole in the middle. I’m not an affiliate of this company or anything, but seriously, if you want to see a frisbee fly a LONG ways, try one of these out! Eric Hemmings from California threw one over 1/4 of a mile in 2003 (for link to story, see here), and there are plenty of videos online showing people throwing this disk amazing distances. Earlier this week, in what must have been an attempt to break Eric Hemmings’ Aerobie record, my brother unloaded a throw with all he had, and with the wind being strong (and blowing to the right), the frisbee hooked and landed about half way up the tallest tree next to the park we play in. We tried everything that day to get the frisbee down. The tree was covered with slippery bark, making it near impossible to climb, had no lower limbs to even step up on and was in a thick brush which was hard to access. To make matters worse, the ring perfectly went through a long branch and rested tightly against the body of the tree, which made the chance of the wind blowing it down next to zero. After what seemed like an eternity, we gave up and went home, convinced a trip to Walmart later in the week to pick up a new Aerobie was needed. Late yesterday, we took a run to Walmart and discovered that they were all out of 13″ Aerobies (they had the 10″, but the smaller disks don’t fly as far)! That meant another visit to the park to see if there was some way to get the thing down from its perch in the tallest tree around. It was one of the hottest days of the year, feeling like +34 degrees celsius still at 5:30 pm, and we spent about a half an hour trying to push it out of the tree with the tallest branch we could find (couldn’t reach it), throwing things at it (couldn’t hit it – bad aim) and I even tried launching my own broom from home into the air (got the broom stuck too)! I’m not going to lie, I wanted to leave and drive across town to the other Walmart to see if they carried the product. Before doing this, my brother went farther into the woods and was able to find a tall, firm but light enough to lift, tree that he broke out of the ground (after about 15 minutes of wrestling with it). Approaching the Aerobie from a different angle (slightly from the side), with this tree in hand, he was able to just reach the disc and push it enough to dislodge it from the branch and get it back down to earth. What does this have to do with business, and life in general? Even if you’ve tried what seems like everything, and you’ve “failed”, there’s usually another solution if you just look hard enough. It seems like the entrepreneurs I know are great at this, and it probably explains how they’re able to look at a situation, analyze it and keep going without quitting....

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Goodbye Old Friend….

Posted by on 9:08 am in Action, Change, Personal Development | 2 comments

For the past 16 years or so, I’ve used the same combination lock at the gym (at an average of four workouts a week, that’s at least 3,328 times that I’ve opened and closed it)!  I probably purchased it for $1 or $2 when in university, and it’s been with me through multiple gym changes, and a move across country (and back). Needless to say, I’ve used that trusty combination, 25/10/20, so many times that it’s second nature to me. A few months ago, I started noticing that the old lock just wasn’t working the same. Often, after a workout, it was taking me 5 or 6 tries to even open it, as clearly the mechanism inside was wearing out (as you can tell from the picture at the right, the numbers on the outside had seen better days too)! I joked with people at the gym that would see me messing around with it that the hardest part of my workout wasn’t the weights or cardio, it was getting back into my locker. Not to mention, I’m pretty sure that from the way strangers looked at me, a few of them weren’t thinking I was trying to break into someone else’s locker… Finally, the other day, I tried for about 15 minutes to open the lock with no luck. I knew then that it was time to make a change. I borrowed a lock cutter from the gym staff and with one snap, broke it off and threw it in the garbage. I got to thinking, why is it so hard for people to make a change? Sometimes when things aren’t working (jobs, relationships, friendships and more), it’s easy to ignore the obvious and not do anything. In my life, I’ve made a pledge to myself to take responsibility and do something about getting rid of negative things, people and situations from my life. I’ve already noticed great results. As for my workouts, I now don’t have to worry about wrestling with a rusty old lock and in the long run will save time, frustration and a probably a few grey hairs. All it took was making the decision, and $3.99 for a new lock! Have something that isn’t working in your life? Is there a “lock” that you could throw away to improve your life? Have a great Monday! Matt...

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Podcasting? Huh?

Posted by on 4:48 pm in Entrepreneurship, Podcasting | 0 comments

“You’re doing what? I’ve heard of podcasting, but what is it?” Over the past few weeks, this question has been asked of me more than once since I gave notice at my traditional “9-5” job to start PodAssist. Not too long ago, I was just like the people that asked these questions. In fact, when my brother Marc told me he was starting a daily podcast to interview coaches (first plug of my blog – check out www.NaturalBornCoaches.com or his show on iTunes), I was a bit confused. Like the people I know that asked me, I wasn’t really familiar with the subject (I also wasn’t aware that the industry was booming, with approximately 250,000 shows online and that number growing daily). As I got to listen to his podcast, and check out others that discussed my various interests (fitness and music to name a few), I was intrigued. Of course, I was still focused on my day job in outside sales and never considered getting involved in the industry, but admired the dedication these entrepreneurs showed in sharing their message to world. That all changed recently. Things were happening at my previous job, including layoffs. At the same time, I was seeing my brother working a ton of hours, but loving every minute of coaching his clients, developing products, launching his courses, and of course – podcasting. Natural Born Coaches is a daily podcast, meaning it’s A LOT of work. I guess I only really considered the actual recording, not the hours a week spent on editing the shows, booking guests, social media, etc., which he was doing on his own. He spoke about the potential in me starting a company offering these services, at an affordable price, that would free up his time (along with the many other podcasters that may be facing the same issues). Are you a podcaster? Could you use more time, but don’t have thousands of additional dollars a month to spend on services related to your podcast? If so, please fill out the contact form on this page, book a consultation or connect with me on social media. If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, I can point you in the right direction for coaching. Click on “podcast coaching” on our main page to watch a video by our partner, who can take you from newbie to pro in no time! Finally, if you are like I was not too long ago, and not familiar with this growing industry, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find at least one podcast discussing the very subjects you are most interested in. Give them a listen and support the vision of the shows’ creator, and you never know what new world you’ll discover! Matt...

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