Smart and Simple Matters Podcast: Simplify, Organize, and Be Money Wise http://valueofsimple.com/start-here Joel Zaslofsky from Value of Simple taps into all his simplifying, organizing, personal finance, relationship, and curation strategies in an eclectic mix of interview and solo episodes. Discover how to use unconventional skills and mindsets to find freedom from “stuff,” live intentionally, and maybe even ignite a personal renaissance. Joel’s not an expert, but he’s also “been there, done that” when it comes to the unsexy – but rewarding – side of life. Need help with investing, clutter busting, minimalism, self-improvement, spreadsheets, or being vulnerable? Smart and Simple Matters is your podcast. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Joel Zaslofsky from Value of Simple taps into all his simplifying, organizing, personal finance, relationship, and curation strategies in an eclectic mix of interview and solo episodes. Discover how to use unconventional skills and mindsets to find freedom from "stuff," live intentionally, and maybe even ignite a personal renaissance. Joel's not an expert, but he's also "been there, done that" when it comes to the unsexy – but rewarding – side of life. Need help with investing, clutter busting, minimalism, self-improvement, spreadsheets, or being vulnerable? Smart and Simple Matters is your podcast. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude jezaslof@gmail.com jezaslof@gmail.com (Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude) UNCopyright The "How to" on Simplicity, Minimalism, Personal finance, Investing, Organizing, and Curation Smart and Simple Matters Podcast: Simplify, Organize, and Be Money Wise http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-1400x1400.jpg http://valueofsimple.com/start-here Edina, MN, USA The 4 Pillars of Survival and How to Reconnect to Nature with Cliff Hodges – SASM 080 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-080-the-four-pillars-of-survival-and-how-to-reconnect-to-nature-with-cliff-hodges/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-080-the-four-pillars-of-survival-and-how-to-reconnect-to-nature-with-cliff-hodges/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:00:18 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4550 This episode features Cliff Hodges on the benefits of "moving at the pace of nature," how to reconnect with your primal, animal heritage, and the 4 pillars of survival (one of them unique to humans).

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Cliff Hodges

Imagine a world where everybody felt like a global stakeholder.

Picture a wild landscape that everyone loved and cared for because they had experienced its true awesomeness for themselves.

What would it feel like if you could be “out there” with the ability to start a fire by friction, climb a mountain with minimal help, or build a shelter where other people only saw trees and grass?

Each person who listens to my guest for this episode – the fascinating and funny Cliff Hodges – gets us one step closer to a deep reconnection with nature. Everyone who surfs, rock climbs, backpacks, mountain bikes, or does survival camp via Cliff’s Adventure Out programs becomes more self-sufficient and more willing to partner with humans and non-humans alike.

This Cliff fella is ambitious, collaborative, respectful, and simply my kind of dude. And you’ll especially dig him and his mission if you’ve lost that loving feeling for wild spaces (you know, the one we’re all born with that’s often culturally unlearned or environmentally distant).

We call it “survival.” But for thousands of years, it was just called living. It was called waking up and facing another day. And now we have this image of survival as a struggle – going out into this alien environment … and so I remind people it isn’t a struggle. Survival is living in a different way and context … Moving back to a simplified, basic, and instinctual version of human life. The more disconnected we get, the easier it is for us to destroy what sustains us. – Cliff Hodges

From a curious Santa Cruz, CA youth to an MIT-trained electrical engineer and back to a problem-solving Santa Cruz nature enthusiast, he can inhabit many mindsets and places that other people can’t.

It’s shocking to me when people say they aren’t an environmentalist. Then I say, ‘Well, are you suicidal?” If you don’t care about the planet you live on, where are you looking to end up? Right now, this is it. – Cliff Hodges

You may want to listen to this episode multiple times to feel the full weight of some of the biggest challenges of our lifetime. But it all starts when you press that play button … so here we go!

You’re about to Learn …

  • The benefits of “moving at the pace of nature.”
  • How to reconnect with your primal, animal heritage.
  • The four pillars of survival (and which one is unique to humans).
  • Why most Americans don’t experience – or even understand – the natural wonder outside their home.
  • How a kid gets to teach adults primitive skills at summer camp.
  • Why respect and sacrifice drive Cliff to craft and hunt with his own bow and arrows.
  • Which of the thirty ways to create fire by friction is Cliff’s favorite.
  • Why people don’t respect the natural world until they become a stakeholder.
  • Different versions of crazy and when they are saner than mainstream thinking.
  • Why MIT gives out more degrees in problem solving than anything else.
  • How Cliff gets clients to return with their family and friends.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [07:24] Cliff’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [12:21] Why loving nature is available to anyone and for everyone
  • [14:05] Cliff’s educational history and why he moved back to Santa Cruz after MIT
  • [18:15] How and why to reconnect to nature
  • [21:36] Small and large transformations from Cliff’s Adventure Out excursions
  • [25:38] Helping people get comfortable being uncomfortable outdoors
  • [29:12] How to start a fire with friction
  • [32:14] Who inspires Cliff and why
  • [34:46] Thoughts on how and why to make primitive bows and arrows
  • [38:16] What simple living means to Cliff
  • [39:52] Some serious crazy-talk
  • [41:52] The Adventure Out Guide Training and Affiliate Program

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

I have mad gratitude to “iztheliz” for leaving this seriously groovy iTunes review of the show:

“Smart and Simple Matters is incredibly insightful, inspiring content. I love Joel’s questions and the guests he curates. I have been addicted to these podcasts for the past month or so and they have really inspired a major shift in my life.”

Keep those iTunes reviews comin’, folks! And for even more support, become my patron on Patreon.

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  1. Click here to visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page.
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the show cover art.
  3. When iTunes loads, click the navigation tab labeled “Ratings and Reviews” and then click the “Write a Review” button underneath the “Customer Reviews” heading.
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

Thanks again for your time and attention (I never take it for granted). And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-080-the-four-pillars-of-survival-and-how-to-reconnect-to-nature-with-cliff-hodges/feed/ 0 This episode features Cliff Hodges on the benefits of "moving at the pace of nature," how to reconnect with your primal, animal heritage, and the 4 pillars of survival (one of them unique to humans). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Imagine a world where everybody felt like a global stakeholder. Picture a wild landscape that everyone loved and cared for because they had experienced its true awesomeness for themselves. What would it feel like if you could be "out there" with the ability to start a fire by friction, climb a mountain with minimal help, or build a shelter where other people only saw trees and grass? Each person who listens to my guest for this episode – the fascinating and funny Cliff Hodges – gets us one step closer to a deep reconnection with nature. Everyone who surfs, rock climbs, backpacks, mountain bikes, or does survival camp via Cliff's Adventure Out programs becomes more self-sufficient and more willing to partner with humans and non-humans alike. This Cliff fella is ambitious, collaborative, respectful, and simply my kind of dude. And you'll especially dig him and his mission if you've lost that loving feeling for wild spaces (you know, the one we're all born with that's often culturally unlearned or environmentally distant). We call it "survival." But for thousands of years, it was just called living. It was called waking up and facing another day. And now we have this image of survival as a struggle – going out into this alien environment … and so I remind people it isn't a struggle. Survival is living in a different way and context ... Moving back to a simplified, basic, and instinctual version of human life. The more disconnected we get, the easier it is for us to destroy what sustains us. – Cliff Hodges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSWhI58iBtI) From a curious Santa Cruz, CA youth to an MIT-trained electrical engineer and back to a problem-solving Santa Cruz nature enthusiast, he can inhabit many mindsets and places that other people can't. It's shocking to me when people say they aren't an environmentalist. Then I say, 'Well, are you suicidal?" If you don't care about the planet you live on, where are you looking to end up? Right now, this is it. – Cliff Hodges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSWhI58iBtI) You may want to listen to this episode multiple times to feel the full weight of some of the biggest challenges of our lifetime. But it all starts when you press that play button … so here we go! You're about to Learn … * The benefits of "moving at the pace of nature." * How to reconnect with your primal, animal heritage. * The four pillars of survival (and which one is unique to humans). * Why most Americans don't experience – or even understand – the natural wonder outside their home. * How a kid gets to teach adults primitive skills at summer camp. * Why respect and sacrifice drive Cliff to craft and hunt with his own bow and arrows. * Which of the thirty ways to create fire by friction is Cliff's favorite. * Why people don't respect the natural world until they become a stakeholder. * Different versions of crazy and when they are saner than mainstream thinking. * Why MIT gives out more degrees in problem solving than anything else. * How Cliff gets clients to return with their family and friends.     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Adventure Out (http://www.adventureout.com/management/) * CliffHodges.com (http://www.cliffhodges.com/about/) * Past Skills Wilderness School (Bill McConnell) (http://pastskills.com/about.html) * Resources: * Adventure Out Guide Training and Affiliate Program (http://www.adventureout.com/guide-training-and-affiliation/) * SimpleREV 2015 Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * Remote Survival (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/remote-survival/) (Cliff's TV Show on the National Geographic Channel) * Videos: * Pedram Shojai's Origins Film Summit Deep Dive Interview with Cliff Hodges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSWhI58iBtI) * Origins * Fire By Friction - No Knife, Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 50:26
How to End the Undeclared War on Childhood and Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne – SASM 079 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-079-how-to-end-the-undeclared-war-on-childhood-and-simplicity-parenting-with-kim-john-payne/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-079-how-to-end-the-undeclared-war-on-childhood-and-simplicity-parenting-with-kim-john-payne/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:00:14 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4540 This episode features Kim John Payne on how our chronically overwhelmed culture creates an undeclared way on childhood, giving kids the gift of wandering or boredom, and the shifting parental role from Governor to Gardener to Guide.

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Simplicity ParentingSometimes we need to remember what’s at stake.

What happens if we let a generation of world-wide youth slip away because they’re chronically overwhelmed? Would you let a child you love get lost in distractions and paralyzed by inaction?

My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode, Kim John Payne, believes there’s a war going on inside most of our kids. And when combined with an external battle of glowing screens, stressed-out parents, and checked-out communities, bad things can happen (and already have).

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Kim’s Simplicity Parenting model is a case study in the power of less and a return to a more intuitive, history-tested parenting style. It’s been cultivated through his overnight “action shifts” at group homes for troubled youth, volunteer work in refugee camps after the Vietnam War, and with his own daughters.

Now we get to ask different questions.

What if we could get our kids out of survival mode and the constant flood of stress hormone that hijack their thoughts?

What would a world of intentionally wandering, curious, and creatively bored children look like?

We may have the answers to important questions like these if Kim has his way.

Anyone who claims they’re a perfect parent should come with a health warning. – Kim John Payne

Just click play to re-imagine what it means to raise kids and connect with children the way they need to be reached.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why parts of our brain are literally shrinking and devolving.
  • The common traits of troubled youth in gangs, refugee camps, and your own community.
  • How our chronically overwhelmed culture leads to an undeclared war on childhood.
  • Why we’ve gotten centuries ahead (or is it behind?) in dealing with stress.
  • Why you need to give kids the gift of boredom.
  • What household distractions emotionally and physically separate us from our kids.
  • Why all kids need to “myelinate” their brains.
  • When to shift your parental role from Governor to Gardener to Guide.
  • Why our kids need us to be a big heart with ears.
  • How to replace opinions with words that teenagers actually listen to.
  • Why peak stress can be as dangerous as peak oil.
  • How simplifying helps kids find their inner voice and trust their gut instincts.
  • Why “you may” choices work so well for kids.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:36] Kim’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [14:09] The narrative thread underneath the undeclared war on childhood
  • [21:33] The benefits of the Simplicity Parenting model
  • [27:45] Keeping your kids’ stuff (and sometimes kids) out of sight
  • [35:33] How parents’ roles can evolve with their kids
  • [38:32] Giving your kid “you may” choices
  • [47:05] How you can contribute to Kim’s work
  • [48:25] Why so much of family life feels amiss

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

Emily McDermott of Simply Emmy recently left me a wonderful iTunes review with the subject of, “Joel is the best companion for my commute!” and here’s what she wrote:

“I’ve recently been introduced to the amazing world of minimalism, simplicity, living intentionally, and making decisions in my life based upon the value it brings to myself and to others. Joel has a great conversational style, asks insightful questions, and is always concerned about bringing value to the listeners. This is a refreshing approach and keeps me coming back for more. In addition, the show notes are extremely well-organized and contain the essentials of what he discusses in the show without any fluff!”

Jay Listening to SASM in the CarAlso, a big shout out to Jay who took this picture of himself listening to Smart and Simple Matters in the car. Thanks for showing everyone what the show looks like in the wild, Jay!

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate an honest iTunes review on this page. Every single review is a huge help, lets others find the show more easily, and generates a ton of gratitude!

Here are the four quick steps to leave an iTunes review (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Click here to visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page.
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the show cover art.
  3. When iTunes loads, click the navigation tab labeled “Ratings and Reviews” and then click the “Write a Review” button underneath the “Customer Reviews” heading.
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

Thanks again for your time and attention (I never take it for granted). And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

 

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-079-how-to-end-the-undeclared-war-on-childhood-and-simplicity-parenting-with-kim-john-payne/feed/ 0 This episode features Kim John Payne on how our chronically overwhelmed culture creates an undeclared way on childhood, giving kids the gift of wandering or boredom, and the shifting parental role from Governor to Gardener to Guide. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Sometimes we need to remember what's at stake. What happens if we let a generation of world-wide youth slip away because they're chronically overwhelmed? Would you let a child you love get lost in distractions and paralyzed by inaction? My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode, Kim John Payne, believes there's a war going on inside most of our kids. And when combined with an external battle of glowing screens, stressed-out parents, and checked-out communities, bad things can happen (and already have). But it doesn't have to be this way. Kim's Simplicity Parenting model is a case study in the power of less and a return to a more intuitive, history-tested parenting style. It's been cultivated through his overnight "action shifts" at group homes for troubled youth, volunteer work in refugee camps after the Vietnam War, and with his own daughters. Now we get to ask different questions. What if we could get our kids out of survival mode and the constant flood of stress hormone that hijack their thoughts? What would a world of intentionally wandering, curious, and creatively bored children look like? We may have the answers to important questions like these if Kim has his way. Anyone who claims they're a perfect parent should come with a health warning. – Kim John Payne Just click play to re-imagine what it means to raise kids and connect with children the way they need to be reached. You're about to Learn … * Why parts of our brain are literally shrinking and devolving. * The common traits of troubled youth in gangs, refugee camps, and your own community. * How our chronically overwhelmed culture leads to an undeclared war on childhood. * Why we've gotten centuries ahead (or is it behind?) in dealing with stress. * Why you need to give kids the gift of boredom. * What household distractions emotionally and physically separate us from our kids. * Why all kids need to "myelinate" their brains. * When to shift your parental role from Governor to Gardener to Guide. * Why our kids need us to be a big heart with ears. * How to replace opinions with words that teenagers actually listen to. * Why peak stress can be as dangerous as peak oil. * How simplifying helps kids find their inner voice and trust their gut instincts. * Why "you may" choices work so well for kids.     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Simplicity Parenting (http://www.simplicityparenting.com/about-us-2/) * Resources: * Simplicity Parenting Coaches (http://www.simplicityparenting.com/parent-group-leaders/) (Global) * SimpleREV 2015 (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * Freelancers in the U.S. as of 2014 (Survey) (https://www.freelancersunion.org/blog/dispatches/2014/09/04/53million/) * Books: * Simplicity Parenting (affiliate link) * The Soul of Discipline * The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit * Working with Emotional Intelligence * Where to submit your Simplicity Parenting story: * Right Here (http://www.simplicityparenting.com/stories-from-the-heart-of-parenting/) * Where to find Kim on social media: * @PowerOfLess on Twitter (https://twitter.com/powerofless) Topics * [06:36] Kim's seeds of awesomeness * [14:09] The narrative thread underneath the undeclared war on childhood * [21:33] The benefits of the Simplicity Parenting model * [27:45] Keeping your kids' stuff (and sometimes kids) out of sight * [35:33] How parents' roles can evolve with their kids * [38:32] Giving your kid "you may" choices * [47:05] How you can contribute to Kim's work * [48:25] Why so much of family life feels amiss Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions Emily McDermott of Simply Emmy (http://simplyemmy.blogspot.com/) recently left me a wonderful iTunes review with the subject of, Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 58:47
The Gratitude Journal, Vision Board, and Tension between Hustle and Slowness with Vernon Foster – SASM 078 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-078-gratitude-journal-vision-board-tension-between-hustle-and-slowness-with-vernon-foster/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-078-gratitude-journal-vision-board-tension-between-hustle-and-slowness-with-vernon-foster/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:00:09 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4532 This episode features Vernon Foster on why attachment to outcomes can hold you back from best ones, how Costa Rica made him feel like he landed on another planet, a dynamite question that can change everything, and (perhaps my favorite) why you don't have to be Jean-Claude Van Damme every day.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Vernon Foster“It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?”

Are you rocking yet? Those are Rage Against the Machine lyrics – something my guest for this episode, Vernon Foster, subtly incorporated into his Event Supremacy podcast – and that I definitely noticed.

When I first listened to his show, I thought:

  1. This is one funky dude (which, of course, I can appreciate).
  2. This guy knows his stuff! Maybe the SimpleREV 2014 event I’m co-organizing won’t be a total train wreck with his help.
  3. Here’s a fella who knows how to hustle, but in a vulnerable, authentic way.

Vernon’s just a vibrant, charismatic man and I liked him from day 1 (he gets that a lot). But more importantly, he’s been on an unconventional simplifying journey recently. And he’s done it while still hustling – something that’s not normally associated with slowing down, gratitude journals, and the typical simple living landscape.

What’s his secret? He claims he doesn’t have any. But I know he’s got plenty-o’-experiences to share and a unique mindset. Check it:

If you’re not present, then you don’t have awareness. If you don’t have awareness, how can you expect to go anywhere? – Vernon Foster

Press that play button now if you want it to get all coolio up in your ears.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why attachment to outcomes can hold you back from beneficial ones.
  • How Costa Rica made Vernon feel like he landed on another planet.
  • One question you can ask yourself that can change everything.
  • Why you need a game plan to go beyond “putting food on the table.”
  • How to avoid dying with your dreams stuck inside you.
  • Why you don’t have to be Jean-Claude Van Damme every day.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:14] Vernon’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:48] The question Vernon asked that changed everything
  • [10:34] The Mexican fisherman story in real-life
  • [13:46] Vision boards and remembering that you always have a choice
  • [19:04] Vernon’s progression towards slowing down and mindfulness
  • [22:02] Unconventional forms of mentorship
  • [31:19] How a yoga course revealed some inner demons
  • [34:17] The tension between hustle and slowness

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

ToodleLooTime … this one’s for you! Thanks for the groovy iTunes review when you wrote:

“Am I gushing, Joel? Well, I really do enjoy your podcasts. Your style feels like it’s you and me just chatting. And I really do like how you have a variety of folks on the show who aren’t necessarily down the line entirely with how you think or live your life.

Yet you show each person great respect and seem truly interested in hearing their point of view. I’ll keep coming back for more. Keep up the good work!”

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I’m Grateful for Your Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate an honest iTunes review on this page. Every single review is a huge help, lets others find the show more easily, and generates a ton of gratitude!

Here are the four quick steps to leave an iTunes review (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Click here to visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page.
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the show cover art.
  3. When iTunes loads, click the navigation tab labeled “Ratings and Reviews” and then click the “Write a Review” button underneath the “Customer Reviews” heading.
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

Thanks again for your time and attention (I never take it for granted). And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

 

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-078-gratitude-journal-vision-board-tension-between-hustle-and-slowness-with-vernon-foster/feed/ 3 This episode features Vernon Foster on why attachment to outcomes can hold you back from best ones, how Costa Rica made him feel like he landed on another planet, a dynamite question that can change everything, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)"It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?" Are you rocking yet? Those are Rage Against the Machine lyrics – something my guest for this episode, Vernon Foster, subtly incorporated into his Event Supremacy podcast – and that I definitely noticed. When I first listened to his show, I thought: * This is one funky dude (which, of course, I can appreciate). * This guy knows his stuff! Maybe the SimpleREV 2014 event I'm co-organizing won't be a total train wreck with his help. * Here's a fella who knows how to hustle, but in a vulnerable, authentic way. Vernon's just a vibrant, charismatic man and I liked him from day 1 (he gets that a lot). But more importantly, he's been on an unconventional simplifying journey recently. And he's done it while still hustling – something that's not normally associated with slowing down, gratitude journals, and the typical simple living landscape. What's his secret? He claims he doesn't have any. But I know he's got plenty-o'-experiences to share and a unique mindset. Check it: If you're not present, then you don't have awareness. If you don't have awareness, how can you expect to go anywhere? – Vernon Foster Press that play button now if you want it to get all coolio up in your ears. You're about to Learn ... * Why attachment to outcomes can hold you back from beneficial ones. * How Costa Rica made Vernon feel like he landed on another planet. * One question you can ask yourself that can change everything. * Why you need a game plan to go beyond "putting food on the table." * How to avoid dying with your dreams stuck inside you. * Why you don't have to be Jean-Claude Van Damme every day.     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Event Supremacy (http://eventsupremacy.com/) * Pod Parrot (http://podparrot.com/) * SimpleREV (http://simplerev.com/) * Resources: * SimpleREV 2015 Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets/) * Books: * Experience Curating * Do You! * The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success * The Four Agreements (affiliate link) * Wherever You Go, There You Are * Podcast Episodes: * ESP 047: Event Guerilla Marketing: 15 Tips to Build More Buzz on the Streets (http://eventsupremacy.com/event-guerilla-marketing/) * Gratitude Gains from Pain, How to Remove “Bad” Days Forever, and New Ways to Show Love with Aaron Kennard - SASM 071 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-071-gratitude-no-bad-days-show-love-with-aaron-kennard) * Videos: * Vernon's Interview with Mike McNally of The Dream Executive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaktjNpC1Fk) * Where to find Vernon on social media: * Twitter (https://twitter.com/VernonFoster) (Personal) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/podparrot) (PodParrot) * Instagram (https://instagram.com/vernon_foster/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VernonMashwell) Topics * [04:14] Vernon's seeds of awesomeness * [08:48] The question Vernon asked that changed everything * [10:34] The Mexican fisherman story in real-life * [13:46] Vision boards and remembering that you always have a choice * [19:04] Vernon's progression towards slowing down and mindfulness * [22:02] Unconventional forms of mentorship * [31:19] How a yoga course revealed some inner demons * [34:17] The tension between hustle and slowness Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions ToodleLooTime … this one's for you! Thanks for the groovy iTunes review when you wrote: "Am I gushing, Joel? Well, I really do enjoy your podcasts. Your style feels like it’s you and me just chatting. And I really do like how you have a variety of folks on the show who aren’t necessarily down the line entirely with how you think or live your life. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 47:15
Want a Thriving Community? Share More, Own Less, and Join the Economy of Human Connection with Sash Milne – SASM 077 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-077-share-more-own-less-economy-of-human-connection-with-sash-milne/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-077-share-more-own-less-economy-of-human-connection-with-sash-milne/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:45 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4476 This episode features Sash Milne on how to break down the new, hidden barriers to human connection, why you have to act locally to be felt globally, what the "Economy of Human Connection" is (and how to participate), plus how the invisible walls of privilege can come crashing down.

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Sash MilneI knew it instantly: she’s my kind of people (and probably yours, too).

Sash Milne knows how to rapidly connect community with simplicity and is practically living in my vision for SimpleREV.

Consume less. Share more. Be intentional everywhere and at all times. Treat people as humans, not potential transactions.

I tell ya, I was overwhelmed with gratitude after watching her ABC Open interview and reading her related blog post. I mean, she gets straight to the heart of what’s important – to the simple-living movement and timeless community-building efforts – when she wrote:

A community is a place where the desire to share is greater than the desire to own. – Sash Milne

So I watched her TED Talk (and might have physically cheered at one point). I listened to other interviews and curated gems like this:

The Economy of Human Connection is about putting the needs of people before the importance of the profit we can make from them … Instead of [asking], ‘How much money can I make from this, or how much money am I going to save from this?’ think, ‘Who can I help by doing this or how is this going to bring me closer to my community?’ – Sash Milne

I could weave a rich tapestry with all of Sash’s quotes.

If you want to change [the world], you have to do it where you live. – Sash Milne

But I’d rather you hear from this pillar of simplifying, organizing, and mesmerizing yourself.

Connect with people before you connect with their product. – Sash Milne

I’m not sure what else to say other than “Just click play.” You, my friend, are in for a treat!

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to break down the new, hidden barriers to human connection.
  • Why you have to act locally to be felt globally.
  • What the “Economy of Human Connection” is and how to participate.
  • How the invisible walls of privilege can come crashing down.
  • How self-service checkout machines eat away at community.
  • Some basic, fundamental ways to connect with anyone (even strangers).
  • How a challenge to buy nothing new turned into a community-building project.
  • How consuming things became more important than genuine connection.
  • Why permaculture principles grow – almost by default – generous, humble people.
  • When and why time banks are better than “bank banks.”
  • How to travel in a place instead of through.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:16] Sash’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:46] How traveling through India and living in Indonesia changed Sash
  • [16:07] Culture shock and gaining the trust of a foreign community
  • [21:07] Big changes as Sash moved back to Australia with her baby
  • [25:28] The origins of Nothing New project and how it evolved
  • [31:41] Pay what you want garage sales and alternative economies
  • [35:49] The Economy of Human Connection
  • [41:33] Why and how to use time banks
  • [48:34] Where to find Sash online

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

Big ol’ thanks to Tyler Lawing for his support of the show and how brave he’s been with his new blog, Mostly Minimal.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-077-share-more-own-less-economy-of-human-connection-with-sash-milne/feed/ 0 This episode features Sash Milne on how to break down the new, hidden barriers to human connection, why you have to act locally to be felt globally, what the "Economy of Human Connection" is (and how to participate), (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)I knew it instantly: she's my kind of people (and probably yours, too). Sash Milne knows how to rapidly connect community with simplicity and is practically living in my vision for SimpleREV (http://valueofsimple.com/vision-for-simplerev-local-gatherings). Consume less. Share more. Be intentional everywhere and at all times. Treat people as humans, not potential transactions. I tell ya, I was overwhelmed with gratitude after watching her ABC Open interview and reading her related blog post. I mean, she gets straight to the heart of what's important – to the simple-living movement and timeless community-building efforts – when she wrote: A community is a place where the desire to share is greater than the desire to own. – Sash Milne (https://open.abc.net.au/explore/89732) So I watched her TED Talk (and might have physically cheered at one point). I listened to other interviews and curated gems like this: The Economy of Human Connection is about putting the needs of people before the importance of the profit we can make from them … Instead of [asking], 'How much money can I make from this, or how much money am I going to save from this?' think, 'Who can I help by doing this or how is this going to bring me closer to my community?' – Sash Milne (http://www.lifeonpurposeshow.com/episode14/) I could weave a rich tapestry with all of Sash's quotes. If you want to change [the world], you have to do it where you live. – Sash Milne But I'd rather you hear from this pillar of simplifying, organizing, and mesmerizing yourself. Connect with people before you connect with their product. – Sash Milne I'm not sure what else to say other than "Just click play." You, my friend, are in for a treat! You're about to Learn ... * How to break down the new, hidden barriers to human connection. * Why you have to act locally to be felt globally. * What the "Economy of Human Connection" is and how to participate. * How the invisible walls of privilege can come crashing down. * How self-service checkout machines eat away at community. * Some basic, fundamental ways to connect with anyone (even strangers). * How a challenge to buy nothing new turned into a community-building project. * How consuming things became more important than genuine connection. * Why permaculture principles grow – almost by default – generous, humble people. * When and why time banks are better than "bank banks." * How to travel in a place instead of through.     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Inked in Color (http://www.inkedincolour.com/) * SimpleREV (http://simplerev.com/) * Puttylike (http://puttylike.com/start-here/) * Resources: * Timebanks.org (http://timebanks.org/) * Hourworld.org (http://hourworld.org/) * Community Weaver (online timebank software) (http://timebanks.org/get-started/community-weaver/) * SimpleREV 2015 Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * Podcast Episodes: * Life on Purpose: Sash Milne on the Economy of Human Connection and the Nothing New Project (http://www.lifeonpurposeshow.com/episode14/) * Why World Domination Summit Has More Magic than 100 Unicorns (WDS2014 Recap) - SASM054 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-054-world-domination-summit-2014-recap) * SASM 026 - Multipotentialite Crimes and Triumphs with Emilie Wapnick (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-026-with-emilie-wapnick) * Videos: * Nothing New – Sash Milne – TEDxPerth (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Nothing-New-|-Sash-Milne-|-TEDx;Australia) * Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling – Emilie Wapnick – TEDxBend (http://valueofsimple.com/multited) * Blog Posts: * I Bought Nothing New for a Year (ABC Open) (https://open.abc.net.au/explore/89732) * How My Fear Manifests Itself Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:17
How to Go Carbon Neutral, Grow from Rejection, and Have the Pope Ask for Your Prayers with Jared Brock – SASM 076 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-076-go-carbon-neutral-grow-from-rejection-pope-prayers-with-jared-brock/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-076-go-carbon-neutral-grow-from-rejection-pope-prayers-with-jared-brock/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:00:04 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4472 This episode features Jared Brock on how living at an eco-resort or intentional community can change everything, what happens when a little kid loses a $20 bet (with money he doesn't have), why you need to do a full life audit to become carbon neutral, and why Pope Francis asked Jared to pray for him.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Jared Brock

I had no idea how Christians signed emails until I met my guest.

And you probably didn’t know that he flipped the script on books about prayer by making his eclectic, soulful, and hilarious.

This Smart and Simple Matters episode with Jared Brock – co-founder of Hope for the Sold, author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, and frequent forest resident of a 1975 Airstream trailer – switches quickly from inspiring, funny, and practical.

You’ll probably pull different gems from our conversation, but I was struck by a couple of Jared’s statements in particular. The first was his answer to one of my favorite questions: what does simple living mean to you?

Simple living means cultivating a margin of time and money in order to focus on projects that I feel called to do. [It’s] stripping out anything that’s non-essential to achieve our goals and dreams. – Jared Brock

The second was telling and insightful as well, especially if you struggle with the fear of rejection (I know I do):

[In life,] you’re currently at a baseline of “no.” No, the Pope’s not going to meet you. No, they’re not going to let you into North Korea … The worst case scenario with an ask is getting a “no.” But you’ve already got that [by not asking].” – Jared Brock

If you’re looking for hearty laughs, deep spirituality, or easy tips to tread lightly through the world, crank this episode up and don’t skip a moment.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How living at an eco-resort or intentional community can change everything.
  • What happens when a little kid loses a $20 bet (with money he doesn’t have).
  • Why you need to do a full life audit to become carbon neutral.
  • Some of the best, easiest ways to stay carbon neutral.
  • Why Pope Francis asked Jared to pray for him.
  • How Jared landed on “pizza buffet duty” during his Costa Rica travels.
  • His girlfriend’s one condition before she’d accept his marriage proposal.
  • The beauty of a silent Quaker church service.
  • Why you need a total disregard for rejection.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:45] Jared’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:36] How to practice Quaker simplicity and silence
  • [09:35] What simple living means to Jared
  • [12:51] The origins of his minimalist lifestyle
  • [15:09] What makes for a good intentional community
  • [17:38] Why Jared is carbon neutral and how he stays on track
  • [22:58] Passover Seder with Hasidic Jews
  • [24:44] Having lunch with Pope Francis at the Vatican
  • [27:26] More places and things Jared did in his year of living prayerfully
  • [31:15] How to have a total disregard for rejection

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

Phillipa Jenkins, you’re awesome. Thanks for these kind words:

“Joel’s podcast is great and I draw a lot of inspiration for simple living from what he talks about. His passion for living a simple, meaningful and connected to community life is off the charts. He is super enthusiastic and comes across as a really authentic and amazing person.”

Felix Häberle, thanks for becoming Smart and Simple Matters newest patron on Patreon!

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-076-go-carbon-neutral-grow-from-rejection-pope-prayers-with-jared-brock/feed/ 0 This episode features Jared Brock on how living at an eco-resort or intentional community can change everything, what happens when a little kid loses a $20 bet (with money he doesn't have), why you need to do a full life audit to become carbon neutral, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I had no idea how Christians signed emails until I met my guest. And you probably didn't know that he flipped the script on books about prayer by making his ... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 38:31
Feeling Stuck? How to Align Your Time, Money, and Energy with Stephen Warley – SASM 075 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-075-feeling-stuck-align-your-time-money-and-energy-with-stephen-warley/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-075-feeling-stuck-align-your-time-money-and-energy-with-stephen-warley/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:00:57 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4447 This episode features Stephen Warley on why having tons-o-free time isn't enough (and what else you absolutely need), some of the habits that can make you "unstuckable," how thinking less helps you align your time, money, and energy toward what you truly want, plus when (and how) to take control over what you purge.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Feeling StuckI’ve been there. You’ve been there. Heck … we’ve all been there.

You know, feeling stuck. Unsure about what kind of work to do. Unclear about which relationships to hold on to and where to put all the stuff that’s crept into our lives.

What if I told you that improving at any one of ten core habits could get you moving again? And I’m not talking baby steps. I’m talking “I’m a gentle giant who can go anywhere I freakin’ want in this world” kind of steps.

That’s my interpretation of Stephen Warley’s UnStuckable philosophy and you’re going to hear all about it from the awesome man himself.

Stephen interviewed me in January 2015 for his dormant (but still fantastic) UnStuckable podcast and I instantly knew, “I gotta have this dude on Smart and Simple Matters.”

Maybe it’s his eloquence and clarity that does it for me. Perhaps it’s because he has both depth and breadth of knowledge in tons of topics. Or it could be that he brings up spreadsheets in a conversation before I do (which is awfully tough to pull off).

Whatever it is, I know you’ll appreciate the live case study that he and I have on his former UnStuckable business. We guide you through his three steps of total life integration in less than fifteen minutes and give you something to chew on for a lifetime.

You’ll be feeling – and acting – less stuck after you listen … so whatcha waiting for? Crank us up!

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why having tons-o-free time isn’t enough (and what else you absolutely need).
  • Some of the habits that can make you “unstuckable.”
  • How thinking less helps you align your time, money, and energy toward what you truly want.
  • When (and how) to take control over what you purge.
  • Why a simple vow to walk or bike around your ‘hood can deeply change your life.
  • How to develop strong, self-reinforcing tools of self-awareness.
  • How Stephen knows you only work 3-4 hours a day … no matter who you are.
  • Why he has a shark tooth, tiny Buddha, and cow molar on his desk.
  • How to partner with your communities to learn what they need to learn.
  • Some strange ways that people are “particular” about their environment.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:37] Stephen’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:04] How to absorb other people’s stories to increase your self-awareness
  • [12:09] Why Steven wants more time more than anything else
  • [13:51] Steps 1 and 2 of total life integration: Ask why and look for patterns
  • [16:48] Step 3 of total life integration: Purge and purge again
  • [18:37] The live UnStuckable total life integration case study
  • [27:23] Why learning goals are important and become more essential as you get older
  • [30:47] How and when to take control over what you purge
  • [39:53] How to suck up information and do something with it
  • [42:25] Stephen’s future plans to help people get unstuck

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

Susan Merchant – I’m a big fan of you. You’re Smart and Simple Matters’ first-ever Patreon patron! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-075-feeling-stuck-align-your-time-money-and-energy-with-stephen-warley/feed/ 3 This episode features Stephen Warley on why having tons-o-free time isn't enough (and what else you absolutely need), some of the habits that can make you "unstuckable," how thinking less helps you align your time, money, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)I've been there. You've been there. Heck … we've all been there. You know, feeling stuck. Unsure about what kind of work to do. Unclear about which relationships to hold on to and where to put all the stuff that's crept into our lives. What if I told you that improving at any one of ten core habits could get you moving again? And I'm not talking baby steps. I'm talking "I'm a gentle giant who can go anywhere I freakin' want in this world" kind of steps. That's my interpretation of Stephen Warley's UnStuckable philosophy and you're going to hear all about it from the awesome man himself. Stephen interviewed me in January 2015 for his dormant (but still fantastic) UnStuckable podcast and I instantly knew, "I gotta have this dude on Smart and Simple Matters." Maybe it's his eloquence and clarity that does it for me. Perhaps it's because he has both depth and breadth of knowledge in tons of topics. Or it could be that he brings up spreadsheets in a conversation before I do (which is awfully tough to pull off). Whatever it is, I know you'll appreciate the live case study that he and I have on his former UnStuckable business. We guide you through his three steps of total life integration in less than fifteen minutes and give you something to chew on for a lifetime. You'll be feeling – and acting – less stuck after you listen … so whatcha waiting for? Crank us up! You're about to Learn … * Why having tons-o-free time isn't enough (and what else you absolutely need). * Some of the habits that can make you "unstuckable." * How thinking less helps you align your time, money, and energy toward what you truly want. * When (and how) to take control over what you purge. * Why a simple vow to walk or bike around your 'hood can deeply change your life. * How to develop strong, self-reinforcing tools of self-awareness. * How Stephen knows you only work 3-4 hours a day … no matter who you are. * Why he has a shark tooth, tiny Buddha, and cow molar on his desk. * How to partner with your communities to learn what they need to learn. * Some strange ways that people are "particular" about their environment.     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * UnStuckable (http://unstuckable.co/) * Joel on Patreon (http://valueofsimple.com/patreon) * Resources: * SimpleREV 2015 Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * Kristoffer Carter's Full Life Integration (http://www.thisepiclife.com/about/) * Books: * The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (affiliate link) * Experience Curating * Podcast Episodes: * How to Become a Minimalist with Joel Zaslofsky (Listen Money Matters) (http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/how-to-become-a-minimalist-with-joel-zaslofsky-from-smart-and-simple-matters-podcast/) * Where to find Stephen: * Email (mailto:stephen@warleymedia.com) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/stephenwarley) Topics * [06:37] Stephen's seeds of awesomeness * [10:04] How to absorb other people's stories to increase your self-awareness * [12:09] Why Steven wants more time more than anything else * [13:51] Steps 1 and 2 of total life integration: Ask why and look for patterns * [16:48] Step 3 of total life integration: Purge and purge again * [18:37] The live UnStuckable total life integration case study * [27:23] Why learning goals are important and become more essential as you get older * [30:47] How and when to take control over what you purge * [39:53] How to suck up information and do something with it * [42:25] Stephen's future plans to help people get unstuck Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions Susan Merchant – I'm a big fan of you. You're Smart and Simple Matters' first-ever Patreon patron! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 53:38
The Missing Connection Between Money, People, and Wellness with Joan Sotkin – SASM 074 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-074-missing-connection-between-money-people-and-wellness-with-joan-sotkin/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-074-missing-connection-between-money-people-and-wellness-with-joan-sotkin/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 07:00:49 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4438 This episode features Joan Sotkin with a simple, instant mindset shift to control your money worries, how to become someone who doesn't fear losing anything, why were not designed to have abundance (and why nothingness is so important), plus what happens when you eliminate sugar from your diet for 42 years.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Joan SotkinLet’s start with what you won’t hear in this episode.

First, you won’t hear me backing away from my mic to repeatedly laugh at Joan Sotkin’s hilarity. That happened numerous times.

Second, you won’t hear Joan make excuses for herself or apologize for the person she’s become.

Most people without working adrenal glands are miserable, but Joan is grateful that hers are toast. Most people are self-conscious about strange facial expressions, but Joan owns her eyebrows.

Publicly, she bills herself as a holistic business and money coach who helps folks like me and you experience freedom from personal, professional, and financial struggles. But she’s so, so much more than that.

You’ll hear it when she says things like:

Love is the healer. When you learn to treat yourself like someone you love, your life’s going to get a whole lot better. – Joan Sotkin

If you’ve been holding too tightly to things you need to let go … if you want to increase your self-awareness … if you need to show yourself more compassion … click play and prepare to be dazzled.

You’re about to Learn …

  • A simple, instant mindset shift to control your money worries.
  • How to become someone who doesn’t fear losing anything.
  • Why were not designed to have abundance (and why nothingness is so important).
  • What happens when you eliminate sugar from your diet for 42 years.
  • How Joan went from a near-death valium addict to almost perfect health.
  • Why I’m absolutely fascinated to read Joan’s next book.
  • Why things that drain us aren’t necessarily bad.
  • Why you need to “know your numbers” to make solid decisions.
  • How sitting silently can help you deeply connect with others.
  • Why Joan refused to be a “balabusta” (and what she became instead).

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:19] Joan’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:28] Why Joan gave away all her possessions and went on a spiritual journey
  • [16:54] What the voices that Joan thought she was channeling said to do
  • [20:14] Thoughts about abundance and the goals of “enough” vs. “plenty”
  • [23:53] What Joan does to have enough “nothing” in her life
  • [26:29] Is it possible to stop worrying about money?
  • [31:45] Why you need to keep track of your money (or at least the numbers)
  • [37:53] Why learning to connect with yourself is so important
  • [43:16] What happens when you let go of judgement and expectation
  • [47:06] The cultural shift in momentum of permission to let go

Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions

Chris Richmond from Awaken for Wellness made my day in early May 2015. Listen to the episode and you’ll get the whole story (thanks Chris!).

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I’m Grateful for Your Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate an honest iTunes review on this page. Every single review is a huge help, lets others find the show more easily, and generates a ton of gratitude!

Here are the four quick steps to leave an iTunes review (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Click here to visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page.
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the show cover art.
  3. When iTunes loads, click the navigation tab labeled “Ratings and Reviews” and then click the “Write a Review” button underneath the “Customer Reviews” heading.
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

Thanks again for your time and attention (I never take it for granted). And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-074-missing-connection-between-money-people-and-wellness-with-joan-sotkin/feed/ 2 This episode features Joan Sotkin with a simple, instant mindset shift to control your money worries, how to become someone who doesn't fear losing anything, why were not designed to have abundance (and why nothingness is so important), (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Let's start with what you won't hear in this episode. First, you won't hear me backing away from my mic to repeatedly laugh at Joan Sotkin's hilarity. That happened numerous times. Second, you won't hear Joan make excuses for herself or apologize for the person she's become. Most people without working adrenal glands are miserable, but Joan is grateful that hers are toast. Most people are self-conscious about strange facial expressions, but Joan owns her eyebrows. Publicly, she bills herself as a holistic business and money coach who helps folks like me and you experience freedom from personal, professional, and financial struggles. But she's so, so much more than that. You'll hear it when she says things like: Love is the healer. When you learn to treat yourself like someone you love, your life's going to get a whole lot better. – Joan Sotkin If you've been holding too tightly to things you need to let go … if you want to increase your self-awareness … if you need to show yourself more compassion … click play and prepare to be dazzled. You’re about to Learn … * A simple, instant mindset shift to control your money worries. * How to become someone who doesn't fear losing anything. * Why were not designed to have abundance (and why nothingness is so important). * What happens when you eliminate sugar from your diet for 42 years. * How Joan went from a near-death valium addict to almost perfect health. * Why I'm absolutely fascinated to read Joan's next book. * Why things that drain us aren't necessarily bad. * Why you need to "know your numbers" to make solid decisions. * How sitting silently can help you deeply connect with others. * Why Joan refused to be a "balabusta" (and what she became instead).     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Prosperity Place (http://ProsperityPlace.com/) * Joel and Smart and Simple Matters on Patreon (http://valueofsimple.com/patreon) * Resources: * Joan's Free Four-Part Video Training and Prosperity Blueprint (http://ProsperityPlace.com/freedom) * Books: * Build Your Money Muscles * Podcast Episodes: * Joan's Podcast, The Prosperity Show (http://prosperityplace.com/category/podcast/) * SASM 049 – How to Have Plenty of Anything (Including Wild Money) with Luna Jaffe (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-049-wild-money-luna-jaffe/) * Joan Sotkin: Satisfying Our Need for Connection Is Smart in Business TPS091 (http://prosperityplace.com/joan-sotkin-satisfying-our-need-for-connection-is-smart-in-business-tps091/) * Where to find Joan on social media: * Facebook (http://facebook.com/sotkin) * Twitter (http://twitter.com/joansotkin) Topics * [06:19] Joan's seeds of awesomeness * [10:28] Why Joan gave away all her possessions and went on a spiritual journey * [16:54] What the voices that Joan thought she was channeling said to do * [20:14] Thoughts about abundance and the goals of "enough" vs. "plenty" * [23:53] What Joan does to have enough "nothing" in her life * [26:29] Is it possible to stop worrying about money? * [31:45] Why you need to keep track of your money (or at least the numbers) * [37:53] Why learning to connect with yourself is so important * [43:16] What happens when you let go of judgement and expectation * [47:06] The cultural shift in momentum of permission to let go Extra Gratitude and Special Mentions Chris Richmond from Awaken for Wellness (http://awakenforwellness.com/float-tank.html) made my day in early May 2015. Listen to the episode and you'll get the whole story (thanks Chris!). Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 53:20
How to Find the Gold Inside When Life Piles on the Clay with Sean Rogers, “Ambassador of Water” – SASM 073 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-073-kayaking-gratitude-and-self-love-with-sean-rogers/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-073-kayaking-gratitude-and-self-love-with-sean-rogers/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 07:00:36 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4419 This episode features Sean Rogers on how to transform gratitude from just a word into a mindset, the "reverse outsider" perspective, how to find gold when life piles on the clay, and why self-love is a life-long journey (and can get easier every day).

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Sean RogersLet’s talk water.

But not the kind you drink or that falls from the sky.

Let’s talk about the water you can kayak on.

Ooooooh … yeah. Can you feel your stress melting away and your connection with nature going crazy?

This episode’s guest – Sean Rogers of Flotilla Flagship – is a self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Water” and I totally get it. You’ll hear all about his plans to get people into self-service kayaks across the United States … but really? It’s the reason why he’s so passionate about kayaking that’s super groovy.

I met Sean in Austin, TX at the 2015 South by Southwest festival – just two fellas at a millennial entrepreneurs meetup (clearly only fulfilling one of the key demographics) with the drive to slow down, be intentional, and simplify.

I was talking about this whole SimpleREV dealio and he decided it was interesting enough to come over for a chat. Wanna guess how long it took me to know that he should be on Smart and Simple Matters?

Oh … about three minutes. You’ll understand what I was drawn to pretty dang quick when you crank up this episode.

He radiates warmth, gratitude, and intensity like few other people I’ve met. You can feel it when he’s around and you can hear it in his words, too.

I go looking for challenges because, if not, challenges will come looking for me. – Sean Rogers

Shall I go on? I think I shall:

Kayaking [disconnects you from] your normal world and reconnects you with nature. It’s a reconnection of what we feel inside when we’re joyful. – Sean Rogers

Are you ready for his abundance and the abundance from the water? Why yes. Yes you are. So let’s do it!

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to transform gratitude from just a word into a mindset.
  • What really makes up your personal and cultural identity.
  • How Sean’s “reverse outsider” perspective has helped in surprising ways.
  • Why Sean is always looking for a bigger diving board.
  • How to find gold when life piles on the clay.
  • Why the creative adult is the child that survived.
  • Why self-love is a life-long journey (and can get easier every day).

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:37] Sean’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:07] The key books that transformed Sean
  • [13:24] What happens when you get into the gratitude mindset
  • [15:53] The origins of Flotilla Flagship and a new way to kayak
  • [26:07] The story of the Golden Buddha
  • [29:20] How Sean practices self-love and his gratitude journal
  • [34:52] How you can get involved with Flotilla Flagship

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate an honest iTunes review on this page. Every single review is a huge help, lets others find the show more easily, and generates a ton of gratitude!

Here are the four quick steps to leave an iTunes review (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Click here to visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page.
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the show cover art.
  3. When iTunes loads, click the navigation tab labeled “Ratings and Reviews” and then click the “Write a Review” button underneath the “Customer Reviews” heading.
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

Thanks again for your time and attention (I never take it for granted). And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

 

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-073-kayaking-gratitude-and-self-love-with-sean-rogers/feed/ 2 This episode features Sean Rogers on how to transform gratitude from just a word into a mindset, the "reverse outsider" perspective, how to find gold when life piles on the clay, and why self-love is a life-long journey (and can get easier every day). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Let's talk water. But not the kind you drink or that falls from the sky. Let's talk about the water you can kayak on. Ooooooh … yeah. Can you feel your stress melting away and your connection with nature going crazy? This episode's guest – Sean Rogers of Flotilla Flagship – is a self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Water" and I totally get it. You'll hear all about his plans to get people into self-service kayaks across the United States … but really? It's the reason why he's so passionate about kayaking that's super groovy. I met Sean in Austin, TX at the 2015 South by Southwest festival – just two fellas at a millennial entrepreneurs meetup (clearly only fulfilling one of the key demographics) with the drive to slow down, be intentional, and simplify. I was talking about this whole SimpleREV dealio (http://simplerev.com/) and he decided it was interesting enough to come over for a chat. Wanna guess how long it took me to know that he should be on Smart and Simple Matters? Oh … about three minutes. You'll understand what I was drawn to pretty dang quick when you crank up this episode. He radiates warmth, gratitude, and intensity like few other people I've met. You can feel it when he's around and you can hear it in his words, too. I go looking for challenges because, if not, challenges will come looking for me. – Sean Rogers Shall I go on? I think I shall: Kayaking [disconnects you from] your normal world and reconnects you with nature. It's a reconnection of what we feel inside when we're joyful. – Sean Rogers Are you ready for his abundance and the abundance from the water? Why yes. Yes you are. So let's do it! You’re about to Learn … * How to transform gratitude from just a word into a mindset. * What really makes up your personal and cultural identity. * How Sean's "reverse outsider" perspective has helped in surprising ways. * Why Sean is always looking for a bigger diving board. * How to find gold when life piles on the clay. * Why the creative adult is the child that survived. * Why self-love is a life-long journey (and can get easier every day).     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Flotilla Flagship (http://www.flotillaflagship.com/) * Resources: * SimpleREV 2015 Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * The Story of the Golden Buddha (http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/36188/the-golden-buddha) * Books: * The Four Agreements (http://valueofsimple.com/thefouragreements) (affiliate link) * Chicken Soup for the Soul (http://www.chickensoup.com/books) * The Power of Now (http://valueofsimple.com/thepowerofnow) (affiliate link) * Podcast Episodes: * Joel on Brooke McAlary's Slow Your Home Podcast (http://www.slowyourhome.com/2/) * Gratitude Gains from Pain, How to Remove “Bad” Days Forever, and New Ways to Show Love with Aaron Kennard - SASM 071 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-071-gratitude-no-bad-days-show-love-with-aaron-kennard) * The Dangers of “The Twitch” and How to Stop Yours with Anthony Ongaro - SASM 069 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-069-break-the-twitch-with-anthony-ongaro) * Contacting Sean * Email (mailto:sean@flotillaflagship.com) Topics * [05:37] Sean's seeds of awesomeness * [10:07] The key books that transformed Sean * [13:24] What happens when you get into the gratitude mindset * [15:53] The origins of Flotilla Flagship and a new way to kayak * [26:07] The story of the Golden Buddha * [29:20] How Sean practices self-love and his gratitude journal * [34:52] How you can get involved with Flotilla Flagship Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 42:22
From Desperately Lost to Intentionally Found: 5 Years of Striking Personal Renaissance Highs (and a Few Lows) – SASM 072 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-072-five-year-personal-renaissance-anniversary/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-072-five-year-personal-renaissance-anniversary/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:00:51 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4406 You're invited to celebrate Joel's five-year personal renaissance anniversary with a special podcast episode about some crazy experiments, the most amazing communities, resources in the "Refuge of Simplicity," and wild speculation about the next five years.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Morning RitualsWhat can happen in five glorious years of a personal renaissance?

Apparently a ton.

Publishing this SASM episode marks the five-year anniversary of my personal renaissance – my term for a rapid and expansive inner evolution – and it’s been a heckuva ride.

So I’m inviting you to celebrate this milestone with me. Let’s pay tribute together to the role that amazing individuals or communities can have in our lives. You might hear me say “I” a lot in this episode, but really, it’s all about you.

My wedding day, the birth of my sons, the time I almost had an in-the-park home run in Little League … few memories are as vivid as the transformational day I started my personal renaissance. And with it, ended arbitrary, selfish, money-hungry Joel’s thirty-year reign as the driver of my mind, body, and spirit.

I’ve done some radical experiments, folks. I’ve seen some crazy schtuff, my friend. And it’s a willingness to embrace uncertainty like an octopus giving its favorite person a hug that has made the difference.

Are you ready to hear all about my first (and horrible) blog, Enlightened Resource Management, why I “put it all in a spreadsheet,” and some funky mindsets?

Care to swim through the birth of Value of Simple and this here Smart and Simple Matters show, how events can transform you and the people around you in an instant, and my favorite communities that you may want to get in on, too?

Let’s learn together and break it down like a clown on a joy ride around town.

You’re about to Learn …

  • What my all-time boldest experiment is (and will probably always be).
  • The first and biggest step I took to avoid deadbeat dad status.
  • Why doing meaningful work – for fun, for profit, or to selflessly change the world – is your right.
  • What put selfish, arbitrary, and greedy Joel into permanent retirement.
  • Which communities have transformed me … and might shape you, too.
  • How podcasting can help you make amazing friends.
  • Why I created Enlightened Resource Management (and why it’s toast).
  • Some wild speculation about the future of my personal renaissance.
  • How to rock your Continuous Creation Challenge (the “CCC,” baby!).
  • The 2017 event that has me super stoked.
  • How the SimpleREV vision has changed in only 18 months.
  • Why my next solo episode will be about my failures (moral, ethical, and otherwise).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:03] The genesis of my personal renaissance
  • [08:48] My first radical experiments (freak-outs optional)
  • [22:17] Here comes Value of Simple, our declaration, and SASM
  • [26:09] How attending events opened up a whole new world
  • [31:29] I get into organizing events and … whoa
  • [38:31] The amazing communities I recommend and why
  • [43:15] Wild speculation about my next five years

Thanks for the Love

This one goes out to Theresa McLean for this blush-worthy tweet! You rock, Theresa!

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  • Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
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And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-072-five-year-personal-renaissance-anniversary/feed/ 0 You're invited to celebrate Joel's five-year personal renaissance anniversary with a special podcast episode about some crazy experiments, the most amazing communities, resources in the "Refuge of Simplicity, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)What can happen in five glorious years of a personal renaissance? Apparently a ton. Publishing this SASM episode marks the five-year anniversary of my personal renaissance (http://valueofsimple.com/my-story) – my term for a rapid and expansive inner evolution – and it's been a heckuva ride. So I'm inviting you to celebrate this milestone with me. Let's pay tribute together to the role that amazing individuals or communities can have in our lives. You might hear me say "I" a lot in this episode, but really, it's all about you. My wedding day, the birth of my sons, the time I almost had an in-the-park home run in Little League … few memories are as vivid as the transformational day I started my personal renaissance. And with it, ended arbitrary, selfish, money-hungry Joel's thirty-year reign as the driver of my mind, body, and spirit. I've done some radical experiments, folks. I've seen some crazy schtuff, my friend. And it's a willingness to embrace uncertainty like an octopus giving its favorite person a hug that has made the difference. Are you ready to hear all about my first (and horrible) blog, Enlightened Resource Management, why I "put it all in a spreadsheet," and some funky mindsets? Care to swim through the birth of Value of Simple and this here Smart and Simple Matters show, how events can transform you and the people around you in an instant, and my favorite communities that you may want to get in on, too? Let's learn together and break it down like a clown on a joy ride around town. You’re about to Learn … * What my all-time boldest experiment is (and will probably always be). * The first and biggest step I took to avoid deadbeat dad status. * Why doing meaningful work – for fun, for profit, or to selflessly change the world – is your right. * What put selfish, arbitrary, and greedy Joel into permanent retirement. * Which communities have transformed me … and might shape you, too. * How podcasting can help you make amazing friends. * Why I created Enlightened Resource Management (and why it's toast). * Some wild speculation about the future of my personal renaissance. * How to rock your Continuous Creation Challenge (the "CCC," baby!). * The 2017 event that has me super stoked. * How the SimpleREV vision has changed in only 18 months. * Why my next solo episode will be about my failures (moral, ethical, and otherwise). Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Rock Your Purpose Live (RYPL) (http://rypl.rocks/rypl-reason/) * FeverBee (http://www.feverbee.com/) * Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/about-us/) * Mark's Daily Apple (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/welcome-to-marks-daily-apple/) * Puttylike (http://puttylike.com/start-here/) * World Domination Summit (http://worlddominationsummit.com/) * Resources: * My Story (http://valueofsimple.com/my-story) * The Continuous Creation Challenge (http://valueofsimple.com/continuous-creation-challenge-resource-kit/) * The Value of Simple Declaration: This is Why We're Here (http://valueofsimple.com/declaration) * The Personal User Guide (http://valueofsimple.com/newsletter/) * Books: * Experience Curating * Everything That Remains * Podcast Episodes: * SASM 019 – The Continuous Creation Challenge and Your Ultimate Guide to Rock It (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-019-continuous-creation-challenge) * SASM 054 – Why World Domination Summit Has More Magic than 100 Unicorns - SASM054 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-054-world-domination-summit-2014-recap) * SASM 060 – How Simple and Primal Living “Grok” a Ton with Mark Sisson (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-060-primal-living-mark-sisson) * Blog Posts: Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 48:05
Gratitude Gains from Pain, How to Remove “Bad” Days Forever, and New Ways to Show Love with Aaron Kennard – SASM 071 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-071-gratitude-no-bad-days-show-love-with-aaron-kennard/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-071-gratitude-no-bad-days-show-love-with-aaron-kennard/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:00:38 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4384 This episode features Aaron Kennard on how to find euphoric joy in immense pain, eliminate bad days forever, use discomfort to trigger gratitude, the meaning of "Ho’oponopono," and why empowering habits start as one small, simple act.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Aaron KennardLet’s not mess around, folks. We have some thought-provoking and action-inducing questions to consider right now. For example:

  • Is it possible to find euphoric joy in immense pain?
  • Can you truly eliminate bad days forever?
  • How would your world change if you believed that everything is conspiring for your benefit?

This Smart and Simple Matters episode features a man, Aaron Kennard of Truly Amazing Life, who has powerfully answered these questions.

Actually, if you look at his Twitter bio, he says, “Go ahead … ask me how I know.” So I took him up on his offer and it turned into one of the most mind-bending episodes around.

It’s a story-filled – and often painful adventure – that starts with Aaron retelling the tale of chopping off his finger in high school and the surprising after-effects. But the pain gets much worse before he ends his suffering, intensifies his gratitude, and skyrockets his compassion … permanently.

You’ll hear Aaron quote wise words like this, but he’s full of original insight, too:

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill

We explore how your life would change if you could genuinely think – and even say – I love you to anyone at any time. And we …

Actually. You know what? Now’s a great time to get-to-listenin’ instead of continuin’-the-readin’.

Just press “Play” and don’t miss Aaron’s time-sensitive gift to you to get his book, Affirm Your Truth, for free.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How Aaron decided – yes, decided – to never have a bad day again.
  • The key difference between pain and suffering (and how to separate them).
  • Why empowering habits start as one small, simple act.
  • How to have exhilarating joy in the midst of immense pain.
  • What helped Aaron keep it together when his eight-year-old son was suicidal.
  • How to use discomfort as a trigger to practice gratitude.
  • A seed of compassion for everyone and everything.
  • The easy way to launch into a “frenzy of gratitude.”
  • Why (and when) mentally saying “I love you” to anyone is shockingly potent.
  • The meaning of “Ho’oponopono” and its ability to mend relationships.
  • Why feeling grateful is even better than being grateful.

 

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:03] Aaron’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:47] The evolution of a “there’s never a bad day” mindset
  • [21:51] The simple diet change that eliminated Aaron’s pain
  • [25:45] A small, simple process for amazing growth (with great examples)
  • [30:49] Getting yourself into a frenzy of gratitude
  • [32:39] A seed of compassion for everyone and everything
  • [37:57] How to get Affirm Your Truth for free (time-sensitive)

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-071-gratitude-no-bad-days-show-love-with-aaron-kennard/feed/ 1 This episode features Aaron Kennard on how to find euphoric joy in immense pain, eliminate bad days forever, use discomfort to trigger gratitude, the meaning of "Ho’oponopono," and why empowering habits start as one small, simple act. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Let's not mess around, folks. We have some thought-provoking and action-inducing questions to consider right now. For example: * Is it possible to find euphoric joy in immense pain? * Can you truly eliminate bad days forever? * How would your world change if you believed that everything is conspiring for your benefit? This Smart and Simple Matters episode features a man, Aaron Kennard of Truly Amazing Life, who has powerfully answered these questions. Actually, if you look at his Twitter bio, he says, "Go ahead … ask me how I know." So I took him up on his offer and it turned into one of the most mind-bending episodes around. It's a story-filled – and often painful adventure – that starts with Aaron retelling the tale of chopping off his finger in high school and the surprising after-effects. But the pain gets much worse before he ends his suffering, intensifies his gratitude, and skyrockets his compassion … permanently. You'll hear Aaron quote wise words like this, but he's full of original insight, too: Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill We explore how your life would change if you could genuinely think – and even say – I love you to anyone at any time. And we … Actually. You know what? Now's a great time to get-to-listenin' instead of continuin'-the-readin'. Just press "Play" and don't miss Aaron's time-sensitive gift to you to get his book, Affirm Your Truth, for free. You're about to Learn … * How Aaron decided – yes, decided – to never have a bad day again. * The key difference between pain and suffering (and how to separate them). * Why empowering habits start as one small, simple act. * How to have exhilarating joy in the midst of immense pain. * What helped Aaron keep it together when his eight-year-old son was suicidal. * How to use discomfort as a trigger to practice gratitude. * A seed of compassion for everyone and everything. * The easy way to launch into a "frenzy of gratitude." * Why (and when) mentally saying "I love you" to anyone is shockingly potent. * The meaning of "Ho’oponopono" and its ability to mend relationships. * Why feeling grateful is even better than being grateful.     Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Truly Amazing Life (http://trulyamazinglife.com/about/) * Resources: * SimpleREV 2015 Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * The Experience Curator (http://valueofsimple.com/theexperiencecurator) * The Truly Amazing Life 12 Pillars (Poster) (http://tiatal.leadpages.net/tal-poster-lp) * Books: * The Positive Thinking Secret (affiliate link) * Affirm Your Truth * Outwitting the Devil (affiliate link) * Podcast Episodes: * Truly Amazing Life Podcast 037: Daphne Clarke-Hudson Empowers You To Greatness (http://trulyamazinglife.com/episode37/) * Videos * Why I Believe This Is A Truly Amazing Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReD4yiua7Yw) * Blog Posts * How and Why to Lead With "I Love You" (http://valueofsimple.com/lead-with-i-love-you) * Aaron on Social Media: * Facebook (http://facebook.com/trulyamazinglife) * Twitter (http://twitter.com/aaronkennard) Topics * [05:03] Aaron's seeds of awesomeness * [09:47] The evolution of a "there’s never a bad day" mindset * [21:51] The simple diet change that eliminated Aaron's pain * [25:45] A small, simple process for amazing growth (with great examples) * [30:49] Getting yourself into a frenzy of gratitude * [32:39] A seed of compassion for everyone and everything * [37:57] How to get Affirm Your Truth for free (time-sensitive) Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 46:37
Simplify, Organize, and Minimize: Meet Your New Friend, Streamline, with Tico and Tina – SASM 070 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-070-streamline-with-tico-and-tina/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-070-streamline-with-tico-and-tina/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:00:29 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4364 This episode features David and Christina (a.k.a. Tico and Tina) on how to make life happen for you instead of happen to you, the mysterious link between productivity and a minimalist lifestyle, how to love yourself (and others) by embracing your inner tensions, and how "streamlining" supports a simple life.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Tico and TinaWhat would it feel like to get a cold water shower that changes everything … just four months into a marriage?

Does it have to take years and years to become debt-free, work from anywhere, and travel as freely as the wind?

These are the questions that my guests – David and Christina (a.k.a. “Tico and Tina”) – faced as a family and are helping others answer now.

It doesn’t take long to see how when you follow them online. It’s rare to see individuals, let alone couples, switch so seamlessly between hilarious, poignant, and vulnerable. But they pull it off with style and, in the process, make room for greatness.

Part of their appeal is in how they’ve streamlined their lives. And by “streamline,” they mean altering a landscape – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise – to make something more efficient or simple.

Are you on board with that? I know I am.

This is certainly one of the lighter and funnier Smart and Simple Matters episodes, but don’t let the joking around fool you. There’s plenty of uncommon insight to go along with your heaping helping of grooviness.

Here’s just one tidbit:

When you’re going a million different directions, you’re not productive in any of them. – Christina

And here’s another great nugget:

Simplicity is about being able to change direction quickly and, when the opportunity presents itself, being able to hit ‘it’ with everything you have. – David

Click play and let’s get into the groove with these two!

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to make life happen for you instead of happen to you.
  • The mysterious link between productivity and a slow, minimalist lifestyle.
  • How to love yourself (and others) by embracing your inner tensions.
  • The meaning of “streamlining” and how it supports a simple life.
  • Why there’s more to life than meeting your obligations.
  • How to (figuratively) make room for flowers to bloom and remove your weeds.
  • Why simplicity still needs a whole lot of simplifying.
  • Some small slices of simple advice that can work for anyone.
  • The intriguing link between agility and simplicity.
  • How to become a pro at car dance parties.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:23] David and Christina’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [11:42] How their life became frantic and reactive (a.k.a. “living by default”)
  • [14:00] The shift away from “the default” to finally living their “someday” life
  • [18:56] The concept of streamlining and how David and Christina do it
  • [25:15] How to streamline your digital world
  • [30:10] How this couple makes room for greatness (practically speaking)
  • [36:40] The unusual relationship between productivity and simple living
  • [40:45] How David and Christina help people (maybe even you)
  • [43:20] Some atypical skills that they have and how they got them
  • [48:15] Some simple advice that can work for anyone

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-070-streamline-with-tico-and-tina/feed/ 0 This episode features David and Christina (a.k.a. Tico and Tina) on how to make life happen for you instead of happen to you, the mysterious link between productivity and a minimalist lifestyle, how to love yourself (and others) by embracing your inner... (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)What would it feel like to get a cold water shower that changes everything … just four months into a marriage? Does it have to take years and years to become debt-free, work from anywhere, and travel as freely as the wind? These are the questions that my guests – David and Christina (a.k.a. "Tico and Tina") – faced as a family and are helping others answer now. It doesn't take long to see how when you follow them online. It's rare to see individuals, let alone couples, switch so seamlessly between hilarious, poignant, and vulnerable. But they pull it off with style and, in the process, make room for greatness. Part of their appeal is in how they've streamlined their lives. And by "streamline," they mean altering a landscape – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise – to make something more efficient or simple. Are you on board with that? I know I am. This is certainly one of the lighter and funnier Smart and Simple Matters episodes, but don't let the joking around fool you. There's plenty of uncommon insight to go along with your heaping helping of grooviness. Here's just one tidbit: When you're going a million different directions, you're not productive in any of them. – Christina And here's another great nugget: Simplicity is about being able to change direction quickly and, when the opportunity presents itself, being able to hit 'it' with everything you have. – David Click play and let's get into the groove with these two! You're about to Learn … * How to make life happen for you instead of happen to you. * The mysterious link between productivity and a slow, minimalist lifestyle. * How to love yourself (and others) by embracing your inner tensions. * The meaning of "streamlining" and how it supports a simple life. * Why there's more to life than meeting your obligations. * How to (figuratively) make room for flowers to bloom and remove your weeds. * Why simplicity still needs a whole lot of simplifying. * Some small slices of simple advice that can work for anyone. * The intriguing link between agility and simplicity. * How to become a pro at car dance parties. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Make Room for Greatness (http://www.ticoandtina.com/) * Resources: * David Ramsey's Financial Peace University (http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu) * Project 333 (Capsule Wardrobe) (http://theproject333.com/about/) * Neat Scanners (http://www.neat.com/products/) * Books: * (Why You're Not Living) The Life You Want * Blog Posts * The Very Easiest Decluttering Step – Digitizing (http://www.ticoandtina.com/easiest-decluttering-step-digitizing/) * Podcast Episodes * Simple Life Together 040: How To Organize Your Photos (http://simplelifetogether.com/how-to-organize-your-photos/) * Videos * Tico and Tina Share Thoughts on Our Interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8CBwG1d8Vk) * Tickets * SimpleREV 2015 (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * David and Christina on Social Media: * Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ticoandtina) * YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/ticoandtina) * Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ticotina) * Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/ticoandtina) Topics * [06:23] David and Christina's seeds of awesomeness * [11:42] How their life became frantic and reactive (a.k.a. "living by default") * [14:00] The shift away from "the default" to finally living their "someday" life * [18:56] The concept of streamlining and how David and Christina do it * [25:15] How to streamline your digital world * [30:10] How this couple makes room for greatness (practically speaking) * [36:40] The unusual relationship between productivity and simple living * [40:45] How David and Christina help people (maybe even you) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 56:26
The Dangers of “The Twitch” and How to Stop Yours with Anthony Ongaro – SASM 069 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-069-break-the-twitch-with-anthony-ongaro/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-069-break-the-twitch-with-anthony-ongaro/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:10 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4358 This episode features Anthony Ongaro on how to change your relationship with clothing (one load of laundry at a time), the quick tricks you can use to tame your smartphone, how one game helped him get rid of his excess stuff, plus the seemingly endless – and surprising – benefits of minimalism.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Anthony OngaroPicture this scenario.

You’re sharing a meal with two friends and one of them has a smartphone that beeps, buzzes, or flashes every other minute. Worse yet, he leaves his phone on the table and picks it up every time it begs for attention.

It’s “pardon the interruption” on steroids.

The other friend, however, leaves her phone in her purse. Her consistent eye contact, smiles, and sharp listening skills practically tell you, “You’re the most important thing to me right now.”

Which one of these friends is getting invited to your next gathering … and which one has a twitch they seriously need to break?

My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode – Anthony Ongaro, the man behind Break the Twitch – used to be mindlessly impulsive and unintentionally disruptive. And hey, I get it. I used to be that kind of dude, too.

But things started to change for him in a big way about a year ago when he realized his urges were dominating his life and crowding out what he valued most: friendships, jam sessions, travel, and focusing on the present moment.

He’s replaced one-click instant gratification on Amazon with an emphasis on helping people, shedding 80% of his stuff, and finally finding the intentional life he’s always wanted.

It’s amazing to see his rapid evolution in such a short time and we can learn a lot from this fella. Here’s a taste of what he has to say:

The twitch isn’t just one thing. It embodies all these things we do without doing them intentionally. – Anthony Ongaro

If you’re into challenges and experiments – either safe or a bit radical – you’ll get a ton from this guy. The groovy intersection of minimalism and lean startup principles has given him the flexibility to climb (sometimes literally) higher than he thought … and we know you can, too.

Relax into this episode and find yourself getting all pumped up for all the right reasons. And, as you listen, keep the following words in mind:

Focus on the things that make you feel light and get rid of the things that make you feel heavy. – Kyle Cease

Here we go!

You’re about to Learn …

  • The quick tricks Anthony uses to tame his smartphone and reclaim his attention.
  • How to change your relationship with clothing … one load of laundry at a time.
  • What sort of report made his eyes pop (and changed him forever).
  • How one game helped him and his wife remove 1,000 things in one month.
  • The seemingly endless – and surprising – benefits minimalism can give you.
  • Some great ways to create an “experimentally safe” environment for kids.
  • How to use the lean startup process to over-climb overcome your fears.
  • Why Anthony needed to meditate after the first date with his wife.
  • Which Disney song he and I are planning to sing a duet to.

 

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:04] Anthony’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:03] What he and I value in a friend
  • [09:24] The origins of Break the Twitch
  • [11:48] How Anthony one-click purchased his way into big trouble
  • [14:10] His unique explanation of the word “intentional”
  • [17:55] Reallocating time from mindless to mindful actions
  • [22:12] How Anthony transformed his approach to clothing and laundry
  • [30:02] Using lean startup methodology for rock climbing and beyond
  • [33:41] Why minimalism powers the freedom to travel
  • [35:57] Anthony’s evolving morning rituals
  • [42:45] His meditation practice and the concept of transformational comedy
  • [45:37] Parting words from a smart dude

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-069-break-the-twitch-with-anthony-ongaro/feed/ 1 This episode features Anthony Ongaro on how to change your relationship with clothing (one load of laundry at a time), the quick tricks you can use to tame your smartphone, how one game helped him get rid of his excess stuff, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Picture this scenario. You're sharing a meal with two friends and one of them has a smartphone that beeps, buzzes, or flashes every other minute. Worse yet, he leaves his phone on the table and picks it up every time it begs for attention. It's "pardon the interruption" on steroids. The other friend, however, leaves her phone in her purse. Her consistent eye contact, smiles, and sharp listening skills practically tell you, "You're the most important thing to me right now." Which one of these friends is getting invited to your next gathering … and which one has a twitch they seriously need to break? My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode – Anthony Ongaro, the man behind Break the Twitch – used to be mindlessly impulsive and unintentionally disruptive. And hey, I get it. I used to be that kind of dude, too. But things started to change for him in a big way about a year ago when he realized his urges were dominating his life and crowding out what he valued most: friendships, jam sessions, travel, and focusing on the present moment. He's replaced one-click instant gratification on Amazon with an emphasis on helping people, shedding 80% of his stuff, and finally finding the intentional life he's always wanted. It's amazing to see his rapid evolution in such a short time and we can learn a lot from this fella. Here's a taste of what he has to say: The twitch isn't just one thing. It embodies all these things we do without doing them intentionally. – Anthony Ongaro If you're into challenges and experiments – either safe or a bit radical – you'll get a ton from this guy. The groovy intersection of minimalism and lean startup principles has given him the flexibility to climb (sometimes literally) higher than he thought … and we know you can, too. Relax into this episode and find yourself getting all pumped up for all the right reasons. And, as you listen, keep the following words in mind: Focus on the things that make you feel light and get rid of the things that make you feel heavy. – Kyle Cease Here we go! You're about to Learn … * The quick tricks Anthony uses to tame his smartphone and reclaim his attention. * How to change your relationship with clothing … one load of laundry at a time. * What sort of report made his eyes pop (and changed him forever). * How one game helped him and his wife remove 1,000 things in one month. * The seemingly endless – and surprising – benefits minimalism can give you. * Some great ways to create an "experimentally safe" environment for kids. * How to use the lean startup process to over-climb overcome your fears. * Why Anthony needed to meditate after the first date with his wife. * Which Disney song he and I are planning to sing a duet to.   Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Break the Twitch (http://breakthetwitch.com/) * The Minimalists (http://www.theminimalists.com/about/) * Kyle Cease (http://www.kylecease.com/about-kyle/) * Nice Ride Minnesota (https://www.niceridemn.org/) * Resources: * SimpleREV (http://simplerev.com/) * The Mins Game (http://www.theminimalists.com/game/) * Hipmunk (https://www.hipmunk.com/) * Books: * The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (http://valueofsimple.com/tidyingup) (affiliate link) * Everything That Remains (http://www.theminimalists.com/etr/) * Simplify (http://valueofsimple.com/JoshuaBeckerSimplify) (affiliate link) * The Lean Startup (http://valueofsimple.com/theleanstartup) (affiliate link) * Podcast Episodes: * How to Create Power, Intention, and Focus with Morning Rituals - SASM 068 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-068-morning-rituals) * Blog Posts * The First Hour: A Meaningful Morning Routine (http://breakthetwitch.com/morning-routine/) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 50:20
How to Create Power, Intention, and Focus with Morning Rituals – SASM 068 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-068-morning-rituals/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-068-morning-rituals/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:29:37 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4343 Do you know the misunderstood – but essential – difference between routine and rituals? What do morning rituals have to do with sharing my complete, unedited, and previously private daily promises? You're about to get some answers ... and learn even more (like why maintenance is for gardens and machines, not humans.)

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Morning RitualsWhat if I can’t? What if I’m not ready for “this?”

These two questions paralyzed me for years. I desperately wanted to be like the amazing people who had empowering morning rituals – habits like meditation, exercise, visualization, affirmations – but …

What if I can’t? What if I’m not ready for “this?”

I finally (finally!) just broke through my self-imposed limits of creating a set of morning rituals and the results are profound.

I haven’t given up hours of sleep or sacrificed my relationships to do it. Instead, I’ve gained a ton like:

  • Beginning the day the way I always want to … with silence, darkness, and intention.
  • Turning meditation into a habit and receiving all the fantastic benefits that comes with it.
  • Learning how to consistently keep promises to myself (big ones and small ones).
  • Honoring the actions I’ve previously skipped when the world wanted too much from me, which lets me give so much more to the world.

I’m no wise man, but this Smart and Simple Matters episode is all about sharing my and others’ insight about morning rituals.

Meaningful morning rituals make the difference between feeling like the day is almost instantly out of control and slowing it down to match your preferred rhythm. They are the cornerstone of knowing what’s going on inside you before the outside world of email, Facebook, and the news comes knocking.

Morning rituals give us our daily strength, center us, and prepare us for whatever comes our way (expected or not). So before the kids, the Internet, and work show up to disrupt and reprioritize your day, get yourself ready.

Our thoughts, or their deliberate absence, drive everything we do and will be. Let’s sculpt them like a fine artist.

[Tweet That]

Our brains and bodies have evolved to be pessimists. Let’s show them why they don’t have to be fearful anymore.

I’ll share more words from my complete, unedited, and (formerly private) morning promises when you crank up this episode.

Your kids are looking to push buttons. Give them levers that generate kindness instead.

[Tweet That]

Here. We. Go.

You’re about to Learn …

  • What my complete, unedited, and previously private daily promises are.
  • The misunderstood – but essential – difference between routine and rituals.
  • Why maintenance is for gardens and machines … not humans.
  • How pessimists can begin each day sunny side up (and become optimists).
  • What practicing dying has to do with my morning rituals.
  • Why unlearning is as important as learning.
  • What I’ll be doing for National Hugging Day 2016.
  • Where I’m going after 200,000 downloads of this show.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [02:25] An update on all things Joel
  • [09:07] Why morning rituals are so dang important
  • [15:58] The ins and outs of how I meditate
  • [20:36] My challenges with visualization
  • [22:06] My full, unedited morning promises
  • [34:50] What I’d like to add to my morning rituals
  • [36:19] How to start your own morning rituals
  • [43:12] Examples of other people’s morning rituals
  • [46:18] The wrap up

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How to Align Your Money, Values, and Dreams with Sophia Bera – SASM 067 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-067-align-money-values-and-dreams-with-sophia-bera/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-067-align-money-values-and-dreams-with-sophia-bera/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:00:45 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4325 This episode features Sophia Bera on how to remove the distractions costing you time and money, what to do about student debt, and how to use your money to match your values (and achieve your dreams).

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Sophia BeraSome people think that money is what makes the world go ’round.

(And they should really study physics).

Some people believe that the key to personal finance is simply to make more than you spend.

But my guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode – Sophia Bera, Certified Financial Planner at GenY Planning – knows better.

Maybe it’s all the articles she’s written for The Huffington Post and Forbes. Maybe it’s because she started in the theater and brings a vitality to personal finance that stodgy old men have been stifling for centuries.

There’s just something about Sophia’s approach that’s so fresh, so free of cookie cutters, and so impactful. Whether you have student debt, major money hang-ups (I sure do), or want to sync up your income and expenses with your principles, this interview will help.

Catch a quick glimpse into Sophia’s new book and then give this whole episode a go.

Spending money becomes an issue when it’s spent mindlessly on things that don’t bring us happiness, or when we spend money fruitlessly in an effort to solve problems that are internal. – Sophia Bera

The big question that we ask, and that she begins to answer, is:

How can we help people use their money to match their values and achieve their dreams? – Sophia Bera

Let’s find out together.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to eliminate distractions that cost you money and time.
  • Why financial independence is a better goal than “retirement.”
  • How Sophia went from startup company burnout to solo entrepreneur spark plug.
  • Why writing down your ideal day is so powerful.
  • The coming changes to higher education and how it impacts your planning.
  • How to use your money to match your values and achieve your dreams.
  • The context behind the great “cash vs. credit card” debate (and which side I’m on).
  • When weekly budgets are better than monthly budgets.
  • How to give yourself future opportunities through investing.
  • Why new business owners fear charging what they’re worth.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:15] Sophia’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:13] The transition from theater to financial planning
  • [09:43] How Sophia aligns her money with her values
  • [15:06] Advice for people who want to lessen the role of money in their lives
  • [17:35] How Sophia simplifies her life by making the right cuts
  • [21:28] Why entrepreneurship is the new job security
  • [24:24] Where to go to learn personal finance
  • [27:24] Sophia’s views on the great “cash vs. credit” debate
  • [31:34] How to make investing simple
  • [37:29] Having a better relationship with money
  • [41:41] Details about Sophia’s new book

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  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
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5 Simple Tips to Shift from “Go! Go! Go!” to “Slow, Slow, Slow” – SASM 066 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-066-five-simple-tips/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-066-five-simple-tips/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:00:22 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4317 What are the surprising social norms of the most intentional, grateful, and inspiring people? Why is simplicity ready for you – right here and right now? Get answers to these questions and other practical, counter-intuitive tips like the "simplify by being a jerk" principle and how to reduce the stress of texts, tweets, blips, and bleeps.

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Simple TipsDo you ever feel that a simple, intentional life demands an off-grid cabin in the woods?

Does the explosion of emails, phone notifications, and social commitments make your head want to go “Ka-Boom?!”

Hey, I’ve been there. Heck, I still am there sometimes. But there’s hope for you, me, and everyone else. Because this episode covers five of my best tips to reclaim your simple living birthright.

I was going to write five blog posts – one for each tip – but then I decided to combine them into one rock ’em sock ’em podcast episode instead.

Is that decision due to the deep freeze in my future blogging plans? Why yes … yes it is. I announce why I’m stopping the blogging on Value of Simple, but more importantly, what’s going to replace it.

Crank up the show and catch those details, plus some other important announcements (SimpleREV 2015 and a new Experience Curating anyone?).

You won’t regret letting me into your ears as I reveal some groovy goodness coming from between my ears.

You’re about to Learn …

  • The surprising social norms of the most intentional, grateful, and inspiring people.
  • How to change a culture from “Go! Go! Go!” to “Slow, slow, slow.”
  • Why your slice of simple is ready for you, right here and right now.
  • The benefits of a practical, counter-intuitive principle I call, “Simplify by being a jerk.”
  • How to reduce the stress and volume of texts, tweets, blips, and bleeps.
  • My best tip to double dip in simplicity and Experience Curating.
  • Why you can’t wait for life to slow down.
  • How I use Evernote to capture amazing experiences.
  • Why you can’t win an “I love you!” contest.
  • What’s more crazy pants than trying to impress people with money.
  • Why 10 thank yous are better than a million dollars.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [02:43] What’s ahead in 2015 for Joel
  • [05:40] The overview of my five intentional, simple tips
  • [06:53] The “right here, right now” principle
  • [11:52] How to simplify by being a jerk
  • [16:17] Noticing and absorbing the social norms of simple living pros
  • [19:14] Better ways to excite people than money
  • [22:22] The double dip tip: “Wait a minute … “
  • [27:38] The episode recap and some important announcements

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How to Slow Down Your Life, Quiet the City, and Revive Our World with Bill Powers – SASM 065 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-065-slow-down-with-bill-powers/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-065-slow-down-with-bill-powers/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:00:06 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4302 This episode features Bill Powers on how to slow down, living tiny (and off-grid), why most world cultures are ecocidal, and where you'll find urban oases ... in any city.

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Slow DownTrends are a funny thing.

On one end we have industries like food and fashion, desperately trying to set the next trend, so they can win more market share.

But despite all these wonderful product and services – advertised as making our lives “easier” and “happier” – the long-term trend is to a less healthy, more busy, and more sleep-deprived society than ever.

What if there was a simple solution that gave us back a sense of freedom? Something important beyond the freedom to choose which Greek yogurt brand to buy?

What if there was a way of life that allowed us to eat mindfully, connect meaningfully, and intentionally slow down … even in the world’s fastest cities?

Bill Powers, my guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode, is highly qualified to address these questions. Urban or rural, North American or African, “go go go” and “slow slow slow” … he’s seen and lived it all.

You’ll often hear me talk about the crossroads of simple living and community-building from a SimpleREV perspective, but Bill’s a guy permanently camped as that intersection. Formerly an intentional aid worker and conservationist, he’s now motivating new generations with his book, New Slow City, to sustain a self-paced life.

He’s currently living on a permaculture farm in Bolivia with his wife and two-year-old daughter, so there’s authority and sincerity when he says:

For 1/5th the GDP, you can have the same happiness without destroying the planet. – Bill Powers

Join us to examine what it means to slow down, gain perspective, and experience abundance in some places you might not look (or even know about).

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why most of the world is ecocidal (and how we reverse that).
  • How to get off the work-and-spend treadmill.
  • Why you should “W.A.I.T.” before speaking.
  • What it’s like to live in a twelve-by-twelve foot cabin.
  • Why slowing down is essential to preserve (and enjoy) our natural bounty.
  • How Bill found an urban sanctuary on New York City’s “Tar Beach.”
  • Why Carlos Slim – the world’s richest man – wants a three-day work week.
  • How you can help make unsustainable systems obsolete … right now.
  • Why experiencing nothingness can revitalize you.
  • How Bill uses silent meals to fully connect with his surroundings.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:29] Bill’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:19] Using an apartment rooftop as your beach and backyard
  • [10:42] The benefits of going slow
  • [18:07] How to maintain healthy relationships when you go offline
  • [22:01] Making any space a meditative place
  • [26:36] Silent meals and the intention behind them
  • [30:40] The role of slow money in the slow movement
  • [33:53] Becoming more self-aware and thinking about thinking

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  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-065-slow-down-with-bill-powers/feed/ 0 This episode features Bill Powers on how to slow down, living tiny (and off-grid), why most world cultures are ecocidal, and where you'll find urban oases ... in any city. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Trends are a funny thing. On one end we have industries like food and fashion, desperately trying to set the next trend, so they can win more market share. But despite all these wonderful product and services – advertised as making our lives "easier" and "happier" – the long-term trend is to a less healthy, more busy, and more sleep-deprived society than ever. What if there was a simple solution that gave us back a sense of freedom? Something important beyond the freedom to choose which Greek yogurt brand to buy? What if there was a way of life that allowed us to eat mindfully, connect meaningfully, and intentionally slow down … even in the world's fastest cities? Bill Powers, my guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode, is highly qualified to address these questions. Urban or rural, North American or African, "go go go" and "slow slow slow" … he's seen and lived it all. You'll often hear me talk about the crossroads of simple living and community-building from a SimpleREV perspective (http://simplerev.com/), but Bill's a guy permanently camped as that intersection. Formerly an intentional aid worker and conservationist, he's now motivating new generations with his book, New Slow City, to sustain a self-paced life. He's currently living on a permaculture farm in Bolivia with his wife and two-year-old daughter, so there's authority and sincerity when he says: For 1/5th the GDP, you can have the same happiness without destroying the planet. – Bill Powers Join us to examine what it means to slow down, gain perspective, and experience abundance in some places you might not look (or even know about). You're about to Learn … * Why most of the world is ecocidal (and how we reverse that). * How to get off the work-and-spend treadmill. * Why you should "W.A.I.T." before speaking. * What it's like to live in a twelve-by-twelve foot cabin. * Why slowing down is essential to preserve (and enjoy) our natural bounty. * How Bill found an urban sanctuary on New York City's "Tar Beach." * Why Carlos Slim – the world's richest man – wants a three-day work week. * How you can help make unsustainable systems obsolete … right now. * Why experiencing nothingness can revitalize you. * How Bill uses silent meals to fully connect with his surroundings. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * William Powers Books (http://williampowersbooks.com/) * TimeDay.org (http://www.timeday.org/) * Resources: * Scott Dinsmore's Goal Setting and Action Workbook (http://liveyourlegend.net/email-updates/) (email opt-in required) * Books: * New Slow City * Twelve by Twelve * Podcast Episodes: * Why Simple is So Complex with Duane Elgin, Vicki Robin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal - SASM052 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-052-duane-elgin-vicki-robin-john-de-graaf-cecile-andrews-jerome-segal/) * Blog Posts: * Opening the Labyrinth from Dave Rowley (http://dave-rowley.com/opening-the-labyrinth) * Bill on Social Media * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/williampowersbooks) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/BillPowersBooks) Topics * [04:29] Bill's seeds of awesomeness * [09:19] Using an apartment rooftop as your beach and backyard * [10:42] The benefits of going slow * [18:07] How to maintain healthy relationships when you go offline * [22:01] Making any space a meditative place * [26:36] Silent meals and the intention behind them * [30:40] The role of slow money in the slow movement * [33:53] Becoming more self-aware and thinking about thinking Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 42:43
How to Erase Global Poverty with Tiny Teaspoons of Change (via d’Arcy Lunn) – SASM 064 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-064-happy-simply-darcy-lunn/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-064-happy-simply-darcy-lunn/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:00:06 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4279 This episode features d'Arcy Lunn living on $1.50 a day for five weeks, the Happy Simply tiny house, how to hone your "attention to intention," why global citizens are so content, and why crazy is the new normal.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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d'Arcy Lunn Global Citizen

“The village is just as important, if not more important, than the home.” – d’Arcy Lunn

*****

Do you enjoy funny, well-traveled, and inspiring people?

Yeah, me too. Which is why I’m so stoked to present d’Arcy Lunn for your listening pleasure/insight/grooviness.

I was introduced to d’Arcy (pronounced “Dar-cee”) by Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute and, ever since then, he and I have been members of the Mutual Appreciation Society.

More than that, our conversation was dazzling … and I believe you’ll agree.

This fella has so many amazing stories (some of them from the world’s most remote places). And now you get his first-hand report of what it’s like to live on $1.50 U.S. a day, how the battle to eradicate polio is going, and much more.

I was privileged to spend time in developing countries … and that’s where I got to see humans be human. – d’Arcy Lunn

If you’re looking to hone your attention to intention, discover how someone builds a self-sustaining tiny house in fourteen days, why crazy is the new normal, and want to understand one of the simplest, most powerful formulas on the planet, give this episode a few laps around your grey matter.

And speaking of matter – I’m 100% serious about this – you matter. I matter. And according to d’Arcy:

We’re all just as important and insignificant as everyone else. – d’Arcy Lunn

[Tweet That]

You’re about to Learn …

  • How d’Arcy lived on $1.50 a day … for five weeks … cycling around North America.
  • Why active, global citizens are so content (and how you can be one too).
  • How to hone your “attention to intention.”
  • Why crazy is the new normal.
  • How d’Arcy built a solar-powered, self-sufficient tiny house in fourteen days.
  • How d’Arcy educated 30,000 people with 400 presentations over 14 years.
  • Why individualism gives him the heebie-jeebies.
  • How to use the powerful formula: Gift + Passion = Change.
  • How Brunei’s students are helping immunize Pakistan’s students against polio.
  • The value in connecting via empathy instead of sympathy.
  • Why d’Arcy thinks I’m a “wonderful piece of fertilizer.”
  • The 1,000 km walk around Japan that sparked Teaspoons of Change.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:56] d’Arcy’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:46] Not following the “garden path” to start exploring your own back yard
  • [12:51] The richness of learning from other cultures
  • [18:58] d’Arcy’s insight from giving 400 presentations across the globe
  • [22:26] Building a self-sufficient tiny house in fourteen days
  • [26:19] Where just enough meets plenty
  • [29:53] Experiences and organizations about eradicating polio
  • [36:14] The Global Poverty Project and their wonderful projects
  • [44:00] Allowing for maximum human contact and impact
  • [44:57] Teaspoons of Change

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-064-happy-simply-darcy-lunn/feed/ 15 This episode features d'Arcy Lunn living on $1.50 a day for five weeks, the Happy Simply tiny house, how to hone your "attention to intention," why global citizens are so content, and why crazy is the new normal. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/dArcy-Lunn-Global-Citizen.jpg) "The village is just as important, if not more important, than the home." – d'Arcy Lunn ***** Do you enjoy funny, well-traveled, and inspiring people? Yeah, me too. Which is why I'm so stoked to present d'Arcy Lunn for your listening pleasure/insight/grooviness. I was introduced to d'Arcy (pronounced "Dar-cee") by Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute and, ever since then, he and I have been members of the Mutual Appreciation Society. More than that, our conversation was dazzling … and I believe you'll agree. This fella has so many amazing stories (some of them from the world's most remote places). And now you get his first-hand report of what it's like to live on $1.50 U.S. a day, how the battle to eradicate polio is going, and much more. I was privileged to spend time in developing countries … and that's where I got to see humans be human. – d'Arcy Lunn If you're looking to hone your attention to intention, discover how someone builds a self-sustaining tiny house in fourteen days, why crazy is the new normal, and want to understand one of the simplest, most powerful formulas on the planet, give this episode a few laps around your grey matter. And speaking of matter – I'm 100% serious about this – you matter. I matter. And according to d'Arcy: We're all just as important and insignificant as everyone else. – d'Arcy Lunn [Tweet That] (http://ctt.ec/R38be) You're about to Learn … * How d'Arcy lived on $1.50 a day … for five weeks … cycling around North America. * Why active, global citizens are so content (and how you can be one too). * How to hone your "attention to intention." * Why crazy is the new normal. * How d'Arcy built a solar-powered, self-sufficient tiny house in fourteen days. * How d'Arcy educated 30,000 people with 400 presentations over 14 years. * Why individualism gives him the heebie-jeebies. * How to use the powerful formula: Gift + Passion = Change. * How Brunei's students are helping immunize Pakistan's students against polio. * The value in connecting via empathy instead of sympathy. * Why d'Arcy thinks I'm a "wonderful piece of fertilizer." * The 1,000 km walk around Japan that sparked Teaspoons of Change. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Happy, Simply (http://happysimply.wordpress.com) * Teaspoons of Change (http://teaspoonsofchange.wordpress.com/) * Normal Life in the Life of Lunny (http://lunny06.wordpress.com/) * The Global Poverty Project (http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/about-us/) * Live Below the Line (http://www.livebelowtheline.com/) * Resources: * D'Arcy's Bio and Portfolio (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByVHu0paJcG-WWliUDNWNF9WWlE/view) * Polio Points (http://www.poliopoints.org/) * Videos * Happy Simply Tiny House on Wheels: People Power (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl8safGwXhQ) * D'Arcy on Social Media: * Teaspoons of Change on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teaspoonsofchange) * Happy, Simply on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/happysimplysa/) * D'Arcy on Twitter (http://twitter.com/darcylunn) Topics * [05:56] d'Arcy's seeds of awesomeness * [09:46] Not following the "garden path" to start exploring your own back yard * [12:51] The richness of learning from other cultures * [18:58] d'Arcy's insight from giving 400 presentations across the globe * [22:26] Building a self-sufficient tiny house in fourteen days * [26:19] Where just enough meets plenty * [29:53] Experiences and organizations about eradicating polio * [36:14] The Global Poverty Project and their wonderful projects * [44:00] Allowing for maximum human contact and impact * [44:57] Teaspoons of Change Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 51:38
How to Redefine Rich, Grow Gratitude, and Be Happily Humble with Matt Ham – SASM 063 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-063-redefine-rich-matt-ham-andy-traub/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-063-redefine-rich-matt-ham-andy-traub/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:00:04 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4273 Matt Ham joins Joel Zaslofsky and his special co-host, Andy Traub, to discuss the true meaning of being rich, replacing shattered dreams with better ones, why you need to plant gratitude early and often, and how 0.2 millimeters of skin might have saved Matt's life.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Redefine RichIs it possible to humble yourself with confidence?

And what if living a rich life is more about your heart than your bank account?

These are the kinds of questions that I and my special co-host for this episode – Andy Traub – Ask our groovy guest, Matt Ham.

Wait. What? Co-host?!

Yep … I’m continuing my experiments on Smart and Simple Matters and got a great idea for some co-hosted episodes from my pal, Jared Easley of Starve the Doubts.

So don’t be confused when you hear Andy opening up the episode. He’s a total pro at co-hosting and really rocked this for us.

We kept the spotlight on Matt, though, and his storytelling had us captivated. I don’t want to give it all away, but Matt has a lot of experience with inner conflict and adversity – stage three cancer, for example – that gives him a powerful lens to share his experiences.

But here I am, writing about what it means to live a rich life, and remembering something Matt told us in this episode:

It’s easy to write about something. It’s a whole different ballgame to try and live it. – Matt Ham

You won’t want to miss a second of this one, folks.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How you can change the world without a wallet or bank account.
  • The one book you can’t put down until you’re totally done.
  • How the death of Matt’s Aunt Trish changed him (and will change you).
  • What the surprising #1 dysfunction of a team is.
  • How 0.2 millimeters of skin might have saved Matt’s life.
  • Why infertility challenged Matt so much (and how he was redeemed).
  • How gratitude takes root and outgrows your invasive thoughts.
  • Why Andy and Matt believe God has a great sense of humor.
  • How to “humble yourself with confidence.”
  • Why Matt’s shattered baseball dreams now lift him up.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [03:09] Matt’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [05:08] What being and feeling rich means to Matt
  • [07:54] How Matt has handled his cancer at a young age
  • [11:49] How gratitude plays into the rich life
  • [20:27] The principle of “compound opportunity”
  • [26:39] How richness has a foundation in being broken
  • [31:39] How to “humble yourself with confidence”
  • [38:18] Where to learn more about a rich life

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-063-redefine-rich-matt-ham-andy-traub/feed/ 1 Matt Ham joins Joel Zaslofsky and his special co-host, Andy Traub, to discuss the true meaning of being rich, replacing shattered dreams with better ones, why you need to plant gratitude early and often, and how 0. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Is it possible to humble yourself with confidence? And what if living a rich life is more about your heart than your bank account? These are the kinds of questions that I and my special co-host for this episode – Andy Traub – Ask our groovy guest, Matt Ham. Wait. What? Co-host?! Yep … I'm continuing my experiments on Smart and Simple Matters and got a great idea for some co-hosted episodes from my pal, Jared Easley of Starve the Doubts. So don't be confused when you hear Andy opening up the episode. He's a total pro at co-hosting and really rocked this for us. We kept the spotlight on Matt, though, and his storytelling had us captivated. I don't want to give it all away, but Matt has a lot of experience with inner conflict and adversity – stage three cancer, for example – that gives him a powerful lens to share his experiences. But here I am, writing about what it means to live a rich life, and remembering something Matt told us in this episode: It's easy to write about something. It's a whole different ballgame to try and live it. – Matt Ham You won't want to miss a second of this one, folks. You're about to Learn … * How you can change the world without a wallet or bank account. * The one book you can't put down until you're totally done. * How the death of Matt's Aunt Trish changed him (and will change you). * What the surprising #1 dysfunction of a team is. * How 0.2 millimeters of skin might have saved Matt's life. * Why infertility challenged Matt so much (and how he was redeemed). * How gratitude takes root and outgrows your invasive thoughts. * Why Andy and Matt believe God has a great sense of humor. * How to "humble yourself with confidence." * Why Matt's shattered baseball dreams now lift him up. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Matt Ham (http://mattham.com/) * Take Permission (http://www.takepermission.com/) * Resources: * Young Life (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Life) * Books: * Redefine Rich * From Podcasting Good to Great * The Five Dysfunctions of a Team * Podcast Episodes: * Starve the Doubts: Redefining Rich with Matt Ham (http://www.starvethedoubts.com/redefining-rich-matt-ham/) * How to Be a Giving Tree - SASM 058 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-058-the-giving-tree) * Podcasts * Latest in Paleo with Angelo Coppola (http://www.latestinpaleo.com/paleo-podcast) * In The Loop with Andy Andrews (http://www.andyandrews.com/category/podcasts/) * Matt on Social Media * Twitter (https://twitter.com/matthamsr) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/matthamsr) Topics * [03:09] Matt's seeds of awesomeness * [05:08] What being and feeling rich means to Matt * [07:54] How Matt has handled his cancer at a young age * [11:49] How gratitude plays into the rich life * [20:27] The principle of "compound opportunity" * [26:39] How richness has a foundation in being broken * [31:39] How to "humble yourself with confidence" * [38:18] Where to learn more about a rich life Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://valueofsimple.com/stitcher) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 43:43
Hear That? It’s Simple and Better Quality Time with Your Kids from Chris and Sarah Wehkamp – SASM062 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-062-parents-who-imagining-aloud-with-chris-and-sarah-wehkamp/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-062-parents-who-imagining-aloud-with-chris-and-sarah-wehkamp/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:00:24 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4261 This episode features Chris and Sarah Wehkamp talking simple living, their quality Imagining Aloud audio stories for kids (and parents), plus invisible gifts you can give the child in your life ... at any time.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Imagining Aloud

I know many ways to get you or your kids laughing, being silly, and enjoying quality time.

But there are few better – and more reliable – ways than literally listening to Chris and Sarah Wehkamp.

They are the husband and wife duo behind Imagining Aloud, a series of high-quality, all-original, entertaining audio stories for children and families. You want warmth, humor, and universal human values, without the preachiness, delivered by memorable characters every single week?

They gotcha covered.

They created Imagining Aloud for their website, Parents Who, because, like me, they want families to have a screen-free, ad-free, guilt-free way to charge their kids’ creativity.

Imagining Aloud Banner

I know of nothing else like this. Exhausted parents, curious grandparents, eager educators, and diligent home-schoolers are already cranking their stories up … not to mention a four-year-old named Grant Zaslofsky and his papa.

Even if you’re not a parent of young ones or a parent at all, there are great lessons for everyone in this episode. ‘Cause Chris and Sarah are insightful simple living enthusiasts and just generally make people smile.

I’m proud to call them friends and jazzed to introduce you to this clever couple. Here’s just one golden nugget you’re going to get:

Get out of your kids’ way. There’s a thing happening now where nobody’s quite sure what parents should [or should not] be involved in … so we’ll just be involved with everything. But for me and my kids, we’ve seen great benefit in going the other direction. – Chris Wehkamp

I can’t say enough about the fun and quality of Imagining Aloud and I hope you get in on their launch promo like I did for a 50% discount. It’s only good for the first 100 subscribers, so the bargain might be gone depending on when you listen to this SASM episode.

(Side note: Don’t miss the special guest appearance from Mr. B toward the end.)

You’re about to Learn …

  • Some simple ways to hand your kids more – and better – quality time.
  • Why highly interactive media may be limiting your kid’s creativity.
  • How to get out of your kids’ way so they can make their own fun.
  • The talent that landed Chris in the principal’s office and an anime series starring role.
  • Why forced simplicity can be beautiful (even when it’s via identical twins).
  • The invisible gifts that travel gives your kids.
  • How to elegantly avoid the mommy Pinterest competition.
  • Why planned spontaneity is essential for kids and parents.
  • How you can help bring Imagining Aloud the success it deserves.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:41] Chris’ seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:30] Sarah’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [11:49] Leap-frogging from one travel experience to another
  • [13:58] What simple living means to Chris and Sarah
  • [19:59] What’s Imagining Aloud and who’s behind it
  • [25:51] The impact that Imagining Aloud is already having
  • [32:37] Vintage parenting practices that need to be revived
  • [43:11] Reviving the “How crazy is Joel?” segment
  • [45:08] The Imagining Aloud launch hookup (time sensitive)
  • [47:04] A special guest appearance from Mr. B

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

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If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-062-parents-who-imagining-aloud-with-chris-and-sarah-wehkamp/feed/ 4 This episode features Chris and Sarah Wehkamp talking simple living, their quality Imagining Aloud audio stories for kids (and parents), plus invisible gifts you can give the child in your life ... at any time. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I know many ways to get you or your kids laughing, being silly, and enjoying quality time. But there are few better – and more reliable – ways than literally listening to Chris and Sarah Wehkamp. They are the husband and wife duo behind Imagining Aloud, a series of high-quality, all-original, entertaining audio stories for children and families. You want warmth, humor, and universal human values, without the preachiness, delivered by memorable characters every single week? They gotcha covered. They created Imagining Aloud for their website, Parents Who (http://parentswho.com/about), because, like me, they want families to have a screen-free, ad-free, guilt-free way to charge their kids' creativity. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Imagining-Aloud-Banner.jpg) I know of nothing else like this. Exhausted parents, curious grandparents, eager educators, and diligent home-schoolers are already cranking their stories up … not to mention a four-year-old named Grant Zaslofsky and his papa. Even if you're not a parent of young ones or a parent at all, there are great lessons for everyone in this episode. 'Cause Chris and Sarah are insightful simple living enthusiasts and just generally make people smile. I'm proud to call them friends and jazzed to introduce you to this clever couple. Here's just one golden nugget you're going to get: Get out of your kids' way. There's a thing happening now where nobody's quite sure what parents should [or should not] be involved in ... so we'll just be involved with everything. But for me and my kids, we've seen great benefit in going the other direction. – Chris Wehkamp I can't say enough about the fun and quality of Imagining Aloud and I hope you get in on their launch promo like I did for a 50% discount. It's only good for the first 100 subscribers, so the bargain might be gone depending on when you listen to this SASM episode. (Side note: Don't miss the special guest appearance from Mr. B toward the end.) You're about to Learn … * Some simple ways to hand your kids more – and better – quality time. * Why highly interactive media may be limiting your kid's creativity. * How to get out of your kids' way so they can make their own fun. * The talent that landed Chris in the principal's office and an anime series starring role. * Why forced simplicity can be beautiful (even when it's via identical twins). * The invisible gifts that travel gives your kids. * How to elegantly avoid the mommy Pinterest competition. * Why planned spontaneity is essential for kids and parents. * How you can help bring Imagining Aloud the success it deserves. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Parents Who (http://parentswho.com/sasm) * FUNimation (http://www.funimation.com/) * Resources: * Imagining Aloud (http://www.parentswho.com/shop/) * Sparkle Stories (http://www.sparklestories.com/site/about) * Books: * Hank the Cowdog (http://www.hankthecowdog.com/books) * Cartoons: * Laughing Under the Clouds (http://www.funimation.com/shows/laughing-under-the-clouds/home) (Chris' anime show) * Social Media: * Sarah on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sarahwehkamp/) * Chris on Twitter (https://twitter.com/chriswehkamp/) * Parents Who on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parentswho) * Etc.: * How to Make Thanksgiving Today (or Whenever You Want) (http://valueofsimple.com/thanksgiving-is-today-round-2) * Sarah's "I'm thrilled about this SimpleREV thing" comment (http://valueofsimple.com/vision-simplerev/#comment-72958) Topics * [05:41] Chris' seeds of awesomeness * [07:30] Sarah's seeds of awesomeness * [11:49] Leap-frogging from one travel experience to another * [13:58] What simple living means to Chris and Sarah * [19:59] What's Imagining Aloud and who's behind it Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 51:41
Raw and Rocking Stories to Help You Simplify (SimpleREV 2014 Part 2) – SASM 061 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-061-simplerev-2014-part-2/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-061-simplerev-2014-part-2/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:00:41 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4210 Go behind-the-scenes of SimpleREV 2014 from an event organizer's unique perspective. You'll hear stories about tornado destruction, $11,000 Amazon bills, becoming "enoughist," and overcoming the social stigma linked to intentional down-sizing.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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SimpleREV 2014Pardon me while I bust into storytime song-mode, ’cause here comes the hotstepper (word ’em up).

*****

“There once was a man named Joel

Who was trying to fill a big hole

Then Dan came along

And they both sang a song

Now SimpleREV’s on a sweet roll

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What do ya think? Am I destined for a career in the limerick business?

I wanted to lead with a story because this Smart and Simple Matters episode is all about stories. But not just your regular “Ho hum, that was nice (and then I found five dollars)” kinda dealio.

You’re about to hear stories of people camped at the crossroads of simple living and community. And this episode – part two of my SimpleREV 2014 event recap – builds perfectly on part one.

Want to know something schuper schweet, though? I have high-quality audio from the event and I edited in some stories, straight from the people telling them.

You’ll hear struggles, triumphs, misconceptions, and a whole lot of insight like:

It’s OK to want things and not fulfill the want immediately. – Anthony Ongaro

Maybe words like this strike deep for you like they do for me?

I’m a recovering perfectionist. And I’m getting over the whole all-or-nothing mentality. Little steps really count. – Michelle Russell

It’s time for you to learn from these fantastic SimpleREVers, be touched and entertained, and hear about two SimpleREVers who are continuing the storytelling by Imagining Aloud (special details at the end of the episode).

You’re about to Learn …

  • How great it can be to have a … tornado destroy your house?
  • The real and deep social stigma linked to intentional down-sizing.
  • How little $11,000 might get you on Amazon over four years.
  • What your own version of “patio furniture” pressure looks like.
  • How Joshua Becker came this close to quitting Becoming Minimalist.
  • Why losing $1,000 worth of clothing makes you want to own (and carry) less stuff.
  • One man’s conviction to prove that tiny houses are real houses.
  • Why rejecting consumerism turbo-charges self-awareness.
  • How one woman is buying back her time to contribute to society.
  • One pilot’s quest to bring meaning to everyone before he dies.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [03:16] Introduction to SimpleREV 2014 Attendee Storytime
  • [05:56] Anthony’s story: Instant gratification and Amazon Prime
  • [09:06] Jean-Francois’ story: Physical challenges and inspiration
  • [12:22] Michelle’s story: Becoming “enoughist”
  • [16:38] Connor’s story: Travel, packing, loss, and growth
  • [18:57] Dave and Sheryl Balthrop’s insight about social stigma
  • [24:26] Tiny houses, sentimental items, traveling the world, and owning “only” one car
  • [29:57] Andrea’s story: Expectations of what a professional should own
  • [34:32] Steve’s story: Rejecting the “consumer” label and knowing who you are
  • [37:26] Joshua’s story: Coming back from quitting blogging
  • [39:25] David’s story: What he wants to do before he dies
  • [41:39] Rebecca’s story: From cynicism to warmth
  • [44:08] Details about Imagining Aloud: High-quality, all-original, entertaining audio stories for kids

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If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-061-simplerev-2014-part-2/feed/ 2 Go behind-the-scenes of SimpleREV 2014 from an event organizer's unique perspective. You'll hear stories about tornado destruction, $11,000 Amazon bills, becoming "enoughist," and overcoming the social stigma linked to intentional down-sizing. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Pardon me while I bust into storytime song-mode, 'cause here comes the hotstepper (word 'em up). ***** "There once was a man named Joel Who was trying to fill a big hole Then Dan came along And they both sang a song Now SimpleREV's on a sweet roll ***** What do ya think? Am I destined for a career in the limerick business? I wanted to lead with a story because this Smart and Simple Matters episode is all about stories. But not just your regular "Ho hum, that was nice (and then I found five dollars)" kinda dealio. You're about to hear stories of people camped at the crossroads of simple living and community. And this episode – part two of my SimpleREV 2014 event recap – builds perfectly on part one (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-059-simplerev-2014-part-1). Want to know something schuper schweet, though? I have high-quality audio from the event and I edited in some stories, straight from the people telling them. You'll hear struggles, triumphs, misconceptions, and a whole lot of insight like: It's OK to want things and not fulfill the want immediately. – Anthony Ongaro Maybe words like this strike deep for you like they do for me? I'm a recovering perfectionist. And I'm getting over the whole all-or-nothing mentality. Little steps really count. – Michelle Russell It's time for you to learn from these fantastic SimpleREVers, be touched and entertained, and hear about two SimpleREVers who are continuing the storytelling by Imagining Aloud (http://www.parentswho.com/) (special details at the end of the episode). You're about to Learn … * How great it can be to have a … tornado destroy your house? * The real and deep social stigma linked to intentional down-sizing. * How little $11,000 might get you on Amazon over four years. * What your own version of "patio furniture" pressure looks like. * How Joshua Becker came this close to quitting Becoming Minimalist. * Why losing $1,000 worth of clothing makes you want to own (and carry) less stuff. * One man's conviction to prove that tiny houses are real houses. * Why rejecting consumerism turbo-charges self-awareness. * How one woman is buying back her time to contribute to society. * One pilot's quest to bring meaning to everyone before he dies. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Revivers.ca (http://revivers.ca/about-us/) * Enoughist (http://www.enoughist.com/) * Simple Life Reboot (http://simplelifereboot.com/about-us/) * The Tiny House (http://www.thetinyhouse.net/) * Ashlee Consulting (http://www.ashleeconsulting.com/about-us/) * The Collective Giving Tree (http://thecollectivegivingtree.com/) * SteveTaubman.com (http://SteveTaubman.com) * Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/) * Pilot Fire (http://pilotfire.com/about/) * Simple Joy Living (http://simplejoyliving.com/lisa-luken/) * Cool Products or Services * Imagining Aloud from ParentsWho.com (http://www.parentswho.com/product/2-story-package/) * Resources: * SimpleREV Newsletter (http://simplerev.com/newsletter) * Simple Life Together (http://simplelifetogether.com/about-simple-life-together/) * Tiny House Decisions (http://valueofsimple.com/thd) (affiliate link) * * Blog Posts * On All the Sentimental Stuff and Clutter (http://bemorewithless.com/heartstuff/) * Determining If a Sentimental Item is Clutter or a Treasure (http://unclutterer.com/2012/04/10/determining-if-a-sentimental-item-is-clutter-or-a-treasure/) * Finding My Voice at SimpleREV (http://quietpursuit.com/2014/10/12/finding-my-voice-at-simplerev/) * Podcast Episodes * How 55 People Got Simple, Became Friends, and Owned Huggr (SimpleREV 2014 Part 1) - SASM 059 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-059-simplerev-2014-part-1) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 51:29
How Simple and Primal Living “Grok” a Ton with Mark Sisson – SASM 060 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-060-primal-living-mark-sisson/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-060-primal-living-mark-sisson/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:00:22 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4192 This episode features Mark Sisson discussing the single most undervalued, overlooked aspect of your health. Mix in some mindfulness, gratitude, and primal living tips ... and you'll be ready to "Grok" on in no-time.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Dee WilliamsIt all started in a small fishing village in Maine …

No, seriously. It did. Well, at least for Mark Sisson.

But how did this former elite endurance runner transform himself into a slow walking, primal living, fat-burning beast? By finding and channeling his inner Grok.

Grok is the poster (wild)child at Mark’s Daily Apple – the most popular website of the ancestral health movement – and he shows up often in the 4,000+ articles Mark has published.

Grok represents everything great about Primal living like getting plenty of sleep, enjoying the heck out of nature, and respecting ourselves enough to make wise decisions.

And Grok knows how to invest in himself: the greatest gift his kindred spirit, Mark Sisson, believes you can give (and get).

It’s hard to quantify the impact Mark’s having on his now massive Primal community. But with instantly best-selling books, a growing business empire, and the integrity of a diamond, I can easily see him meeting his goal of improving the lives of ten million people.

I should probably count as two people for as much as he’s helped me eat well, think straight, and add value to the world. I’m grateful that you now get to benefit from him and his insightful questions like:

How would my life be different if I had nothing … or if I had everything? – Mark Sisson

[Tweet That]

That’s a golden question regardless of if you’re into Primal, Paleo, or ancestral health. You’ll find his research and worldview refreshing when you hear him talk about, for example, how much sleep he can get away with instead of how little.

It’s all about what your genes expect from you and Mark knows some inner switches that your DNA will dig.

[Tweet That]

I’m camped out at the crossroads of simple and Primal living. Won’t you join me?

You’re about to Learn …

  • The single most undervalued, overlooked aspect of your health.
  • How empty relationships make us fill up on junk everywhere else.
  • One great exercise to stay mindful (and grateful).
  • Why you have to “run your race” or face disaster.
  • How to make intuitive choices about what’s best for you.
  • What your genes want … and what happens when you let them down.
  • Why you absolutely need to learn Primal science before starting on the path.
  • How to identify the unimportance of information.
  • Why beating yourself up over “unproductive” time is useless.
  • Mark’s biggest distraction and how his environment keeps him focused.
  • Why worrying will drag down your day (and maybe even life).
  • How to suck the marrow out of life.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:46] Mark’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:31] Mark’s version of being resourceful
  • [12:05] The abundance of digital communication leading to less everywhere else
  • [18:06] The dead-end street of unfair comparison
  • [21:10] The Primal Blueprint overview
  • [24:56] Major diet changes, adjustments, and a leap of faith
  • [29:26] Sleep: you need it
  • [35:30] The importance of silence
  • [38:58] Informational noise and determining what’s unimportant
  • [48:18] Details about The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification

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If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-060-primal-living-mark-sisson/feed/ 5 This episode features Mark Sisson discussing the single most undervalued, overlooked aspect of your health. Mix in some mindfulness, gratitude, and primal living tips ... and you'll be ready to "Grok" on in no-time. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)It all started in a small fishing village in Maine … No, seriously. It did. Well, at least for Mark Sisson. But how did this former elite endurance runner tra... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 58:54
How 55 People Got Simple, Became Friends, and Owned Huggr (SimpleREV 2014 Part 1) – SASM 059 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-059-simplerev-2014-part-1/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-059-simplerev-2014-part-1/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:18 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4185 This episode takes you behind-the-scenes of SimpleREV 2014 from an event organizer's unique perspective. Discover how 264 Post It Notes, three specific questions, a two-day bootstrapped event, and Huggr can help you be more simple and build community.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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SimpleREV 2014Want to know what planning, organizing, and orchestrating a two-day event at the crossroads of simple living and community is like?

Let me introduce you to a gathering thirteen months in the making and a few decades overdue: SimpleREV 2014.

Imagine a combination of fifty-five strangers, acquaintances, and friends gathered together in a cozy university classroom. The first workshop is about getting vulnerable and having meaningful relationships. The next one is about the social stigma associated with intentional down-sizing.

Then comes the Share Economy, developing your mindfulness practice, going paperless, unconventional goal-setting (and achieving), and more.

But some of the best parts are the connections in the hallways. The friendships grown over shared meals. The environmental commitment to minimal swag and maximum composting.

I spent hundreds of hours of my business time on it, but the work felt more like a “I’m all in, baby!” passion project than anything else. And let me tell you: SimpleREV 2014 would have been nothing without the team of volunteers that Dan Hayes (my co-organizer) and I built.

We’re still processing what the event meant to each of us and our entire community. But the early results are in from two participants:

SimpleREV was two mind-blowing days that left me with a head full of thoughts and a heart full of love.

And here’s another:

A remarkable gathering of like-minded people dedicated to living intentionally and supporting each other’s meaningful lives.

You’re about to hear all about the hugs, stories, resources, and high-fives during October 3-4 in Minneapolis, MN. So get ready for a whole lotta simple.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why we loved putting 264 Post It Notes on a blackboard.
  • What three questions lead directly to an intentional life.
  • Why you need to join Huggr – right now.
  • How we rocked a non-commercial, bootstrapped event with no sponsors.
  • Why we spent hundreds to divert 86% of our potential waste from the landfill.
  • How to build a community around a community event.
  • Why the “VITAL Framework” might be vital to you.
  • Fun facts about SimpleREV’s most dedicated (and awesome) volunteers.
  • What’s up with SERF, PFC, and WWGGE.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [00:30] The initial SimpleREV 2014 context
  • [05:52] The SimpleREV volunteers and how they rock it
  • [12:06] SimpleREV 2014 behind-the-scenes and “pre-game”
  • [17:53] SimpleREV 2014 Day 1 ins and outs
  • [28:21] SimpleREV 2014 Day 2 grooviness
  • [43:03] Ways to get involved with SimpleREV

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-059-simplerev-2014-part-1/feed/ 2 This episode takes you behind-the-scenes of SimpleREV 2014 from an event organizer's unique perspective. Discover how 264 Post It Notes, three specific questions, a two-day bootstrapped event, and Huggr can help you be more simple and build community. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Want to know what planning, organizing, and orchestrating a two-day event at the crossroads of simple living and community is like? Let me introduce you to a gathering thirteen months in the making and a few decades overdue: SimpleREV 2014 (http://simplerev.com/eventschedule/). Imagine a combination of fifty-five strangers, acquaintances, and friends gathered together in a cozy university classroom. The first workshop is about getting vulnerable and having meaningful relationships. The next one is about the social stigma associated with intentional down-sizing. Then comes the Share Economy, developing your mindfulness practice, going paperless, unconventional goal-setting (and achieving), and more. But some of the best parts are the connections in the hallways. The friendships grown over shared meals. The environmental commitment to minimal swag and maximum composting. I spent hundreds of hours of my business time on it, but the work felt more like a "I'm all in, baby!" passion project than anything else. And let me tell you: SimpleREV 2014 would have been nothing without the team of volunteers that Dan Hayes (my co-organizer) and I built. We're still processing what the event meant to each of us and our entire community. But the early results are in from two participants: SimpleREV was two mind-blowing days that left me with a head full of thoughts and a heart full of love. And here's another: A remarkable gathering of like-minded people dedicated to living intentionally and supporting each other's meaningful lives. You're about to hear all about the hugs, stories, resources, and high-fives during October 3-4 in Minneapolis, MN. So get ready for a whole lotta simple. You're about to Learn … * Why we loved putting 264 Post It Notes on a blackboard. * What three questions lead directly to an intentional life. * Why you need to join Huggr – right now. * How we rocked a non-commercial, bootstrapped event with no sponsors. * Why we spent hundreds to divert 86% of our potential waste from the landfill. * How to build a community around a community event. * Why the "VITAL Framework" might be vital to you. * Fun facts about SimpleREV's most dedicated (and awesome) volunteers. * What's up with SERF, PFC, and WWGGE. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Social 'Sotan (http://www.socialsotan.com/) * Simple Life Together (http://simplelifetogether.com/about-simple-life-together/) * Parents Who (http://www.parentswho.com/about/) * Ashlee Consulting (http://www.ashleeconsulting.com/about-us/) * Simple Life Reboot (http://simplelifereboot.com/about-us/) * Coffee, Bacon & Books (http://www.coffeebaconbooks.com/about/) * Saul-of-Hearts (http://www.saulofhearts.com/about/) * Post Growth Institute (http://postgrowth.org/about/charter/) * DocumentSnap (http://www.documentsnap.com/going-paperless-survival-guide/) * Enoughist (http://www.enoughist.com/) * Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/) * Pilot Fire (http://pilotfire.com/about/) * Productivityist (http://www.productivityist.com/start/) * Minimal Mac (http://minimalmac.com/about) * Resources: * SimpleREV Newsletter (http://simplerev.com/newsletter) * SimpleREV Declaration (http://simplerev.com/declaration) * What Simple Living Means to Me (http://simplerev.com/slm) * Offers and Needs Market Framework (http://simplerev.com/oanm) * A Simple System for Everything (http://pilotfire.com/a-simple-system-for-everything/) * Pictures: * Andrew Yelken's official event pictures (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simplerev/sets/72157648190305480/) * Erika Backberg flexing her composting muscles (https://twitter.com/socialsotan/status/519174124640690177/photo/1) * Patrick Rhone's workshop Sketchnotes (https://www.flickr. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 46:35
How to Be a Giving Tree – SASM 058 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-058-the-giving-tree/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-058-the-giving-tree/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:00:18 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4162 This episode features Joel channeling raw emotion into ways that you can be your own giving tree. Abundance is everywhere ... regardless of whether or not you've been inspired by Shel Silverstein's book, The Giving Tree. Here's how you can spread it.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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The Giving TreeShel Silverstein’s book, The Giving Tree, has blown me away.

Do you know this story?

It begins with a care-free, generous, and innocent boy playing with a tree every day. The tree loves the boy so much that she freely gives her apples to eat, her leaves to play with, her shade for rest, and her branches to embrace.

The boy and the tree are happy. They love each other. But … time passes. The boy gets a girlfriend and doesn’t come around much anymore. As he grows into a man, this once generous and playful boy only comes back to the giving tree when he needs something.

First he wants to “buy things and have fun,” asking the tree for money. Of course, the tree has no money, but offers her apples so the boy can sell them in the city. She desperately wants to see him happy.

Then the (now grown-up) boy comes back, “too busy to climb trees.” He says, “I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house?” The giving tree says that he can cut down her branches to build a house. Then he will be happy, right?

The man stays away until he’s much older. He comes back to tell the tree, “I am too old and sad to play. I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?” So the giving tree lets him cut down her trunk and says, “Then you can sail away … and be happy.”

At this point of the book I’ve lost it and I’m crying. Heck, I’m crying right now just typing this.

This selfless giving and ruthless taking contrast plays itself out billions of times every day. In financial transactions. In household responsibilities. In conversations between friends.

Yet, I have so many people in my life who are giving trees and I try to be one big giving tree for others too. There are ways to flip the scarcity-seeing, always taking mindset into an abundance-filled, constantly giving mindset.

That’s what this episode is about: how you can be a giving tree.

There were no waterworks as I recorded the episode, but I hope you’ll feel the raw emotion nonetheless. Hear how I’ve channeled my sorrow at the way things are into a hopeful message about the way things can be.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Some rewarding ways to practice self-compassion and self-care.
  • What to get everyone for Christmas without using your wallet.
  • How to ask a new question about what we desire.
  • Why you should join me for Free Money Day on September 15, 2015.
  • How asking other people for help can be a generous act.
  • Ways to stick it to mindless, consumer-driven, advertising-dependent companies.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [01:49] SimpleREV 2014 update
  • [04:25] My personal experience with The Giving Tree
  • [06:15] Who my giving trees are
  • [09:28] How to combat the “taking tree” mentality
  • [17:37] Ways to be a (self) giving tree

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  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-058-the-giving-tree/feed/ 0 This episode features Joel channeling raw emotion into ways that you can be your own giving tree. Abundance is everywhere ... regardless of whether or not you've been inspired by Shel Silverstein's book, The Giving Tree. Here's how you can spread it. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Shel Silverstein's book, The Giving Tree, has blown me away. Do you know this story? It begins with a care-free, generous, and innocent boy playing with a tree every day. The tree loves the boy so much that she freely gives her apples to eat, her leaves to play with, her shade for rest, and her branches to embrace. The boy and the tree are happy. They love each other. But … time passes. The boy gets a girlfriend and doesn't come around much anymore. As he grows into a man, this once generous and playful boy only comes back to the giving tree when he needs something. First he wants to "buy things and have fun," asking the tree for money. Of course, the tree has no money, but offers her apples so the boy can sell them in the city. She desperately wants to see him happy. Then the (now grown-up) boy comes back, "too busy to climb trees." He says, "I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house?" The giving tree says that he can cut down her branches to build a house. Then he will be happy, right? The man stays away until he's much older. He comes back to tell the tree, "I am too old and sad to play. I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?" So the giving tree lets him cut down her trunk and says, "Then you can sail away … and be happy." At this point of the book I've lost it and I'm crying. Heck, I'm crying right now just typing this. This selfless giving and ruthless taking contrast plays itself out billions of times every day. In financial transactions. In household responsibilities. In conversations between friends. Yet, I have so many people in my life who are giving trees and I try to be one big giving tree for others too. There are ways to flip the scarcity-seeing, always taking mindset into an abundance-filled, constantly giving mindset. That's what this episode is about: how you can be a giving tree. There were no waterworks as I recorded the episode, but I hope you'll feel the raw emotion nonetheless. Hear how I've channeled my sorrow at the way things are into a hopeful message about the way things can be. You're about to Learn … * Some rewarding ways to practice self-compassion and self-care. * What to get everyone for Christmas without using your wallet. * How to ask a new question about what we desire. * Why you should join me for Free Money Day on September 15, 2015. * How asking other people for help can be a generous act. * Ways to stick it to mindless, consumer-driven, advertising-dependent companies. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * The Collective Giving Tree (http://thecollectivegivingtree.com/) * Resources: * Free Money Day (http://www.freemoneyday.org/) * Books: * The Giving Tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree) * Letters from a Stoic (http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Penguin-Classics-Lucius-Annaeus/dp/0140442103) * Blog Posts: * Discovering a New Question to Ask (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/new-question/) * What to Get Everyone for Christmas (http://www.raptitude.com/2013/12/what-to-get-everyone-for-christmas/) Topics * [01:49] SimpleREV 2014 update * [04:25] My personal experience with The Giving Tree * [06:15] Who my giving trees are * [09:28] How to combat the "taking tree" mentality * [17:37] Ways to be a (self) giving tree Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://valueofsimple.com/stitcher) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 21:45
How to Get the Big Tiny House Life with Dee Williams – SASM 057 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-057-the-big-tiny-house-life-with-dee-williams/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-057-the-big-tiny-house-life-with-dee-williams/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:00:37 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4137 This episode features Dee Williams discussing the "bigness" of tiny house life, the profound freedom she's found by downsizing, what a "perfect storm of awakening" looks like, and how she reshaped her life by confronting death (over and over).

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Dee WilliamsBask, I say. Bask away.

Immerse yourself in Dee Williams’ world and you’ll get much more than tips on how or why to build a tiny house.

You’ll find heaping helpings of gratitude. You’ll be swimming in a pool of humility. You’ll learn what it means to be a true member of a small community … and how generosity flows back and forth among friends.

I met her in-person at World Domination Summit 2014 and, let me tell you, she’s a motivational force for good. Fortunately, I got to tell the story at the end of this episode of how Dee motivated me to help her hitch her 56 sq. ft. “retirement home” to her truck.

Unsurprisingly, she was grateful (and so was her dog, Ole).

Dee Williams and Ole

For the record, Dee is the founder of Portland Alternative Dwellings, the author of the popular The Big Tiny, has been featured in The New York Times and CBS This Morning, and knows a good pair of overall when she sees one.

You’ll hear some common themes from Dee with a lot of uncommon wisdom. For example:

It’s very easy to stop seeing the beauty and adventure in the simple things. Writing a book was a reintroduction to these simple things that I love so much. – Dee Williams

[Tweet That]

It was a real gift to be able to see my life with a texture and a depth that I don’t really think I understood before I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. – Dee Williams

And two more …

We have huge appetites for stuff … that we never actually use. – Dee Williams

[Tweet That]

There’s nothing like hanging out with kids to make you rearrange your brain and slow down. You don’t have any option around it. It’s same with nature. – Dee Williams

Need more reasons to listen to this episode? Alrighty. Here ya go.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How downsizing increases your ability to ask for (and get) help.
  • How confronting death reshapes your view of everything.
  • Why (and when) Dee experienced the “perfect storm of awakening.”
  • The intense liberation from shedding debt and stuff.
  • How far Dee will downsize from her 84 sq. ft. house to her “retirement home.”
  • How experiencing poverty or civil war – first-hand – changes you.
  • Why Dee quickly had more time, money, and freedom post-tiny house.
  • How to improve your relationship to nature … and find your sense of “bigness.”
  • Why Dee contributes so much to (and gets back a ton from) her local community.
  • How to have skyrocketing gratitude and humility.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:32] Dee’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:48] Dee’s trip to Guatemala and the health challenges that changed her
  • [15:48] The decision to build a tiny house
  • [22:11] What Dee has gained from living in her tiny house
  • [28:29] The intent behind and impact of The Big Tiny
  • [35:01] Slowing down and tending to your relationships
  • [38:41] Dee’s impatience and overactive brain
  • [47:48] Where to find Dee online and offline

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

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If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-057-the-big-tiny-house-life-with-dee-williams/feed/ 2 This episode features Dee Williams discussing the "bigness" of tiny house life, the profound freedom she's found by downsizing, what a "perfect storm of awakening" looks like, and how she reshaped her life by confronting death (over and over). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Bask, I say. Bask away. Immerse yourself in Dee Williams' world and you'll get much more than tips on how or why to build a tiny house. You'll find heaping helpings of gratitude. You'll be swimming in a pool of humility. You'll learn what it means to be a true member of a small community … and how generosity flows back and forth among friends. I met her in-person at World Domination Summit 2014 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-054-world-domination-summit-2014-recap) and, let me tell you, she's a motivational force for good. Fortunately, I got to tell the story at the end of this episode of how Dee motivated me to help her hitch her 56 sq. ft. "retirement home" to her truck. Unsurprisingly, she was grateful (and so was her dog, Ole). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Dee-Williams-and-Her-Dog-Ole.jpg) For the record, Dee is the founder of Portland Alternative Dwellings, the author of the popular The Big Tiny, has been featured in The New York Times and CBS This Morning, and knows a good pair of overall when she sees one. You'll hear some common themes from Dee with a lot of uncommon wisdom. For example: It's very easy to stop seeing the beauty and adventure in the simple things. Writing a book was a reintroduction to these simple things that I love so much. – Dee Williams [Tweet That (http://ctt.ec/_av9e)] It was a real gift to be able to see my life with a texture and a depth that I don't really think I understood before I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. – Dee Williams And two more … We have huge appetites for stuff … that we never actually use. – Dee Williams [Tweet That (http://ctt.ec/ee_1q)] There's nothing like hanging out with kids to make you rearrange your brain and slow down. You don't have any option around it. It's same with nature. – Dee Williams Need more reasons to listen to this episode? Alrighty. Here ya go. You're about to Learn … * How downsizing increases your ability to ask for (and get) help. * How confronting death reshapes your view of everything. * Why (and when) Dee experienced the "perfect storm of awakening." * The intense liberation from shedding debt and stuff. * How far Dee will downsize from her 84 sq. ft. house to her "retirement home." * How experiencing poverty or civil war – first-hand – changes you. * Why Dee quickly had more time, money, and freedom post-tiny house. * How to improve your relationship to nature … and find your sense of "bigness." * Why Dee contributes so much to (and gets back a ton from) her local community. * How to have skyrocketing gratitude and humility. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Portland Alternative Dwellings (http://padtinyhouses.com/who-is-pad/) (PAD) * PAD on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PADTinyHouses) * Resources: * SimpleREV Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * How Much Does a Tiny House Cost? (http://padtinyhouses.com/how-much-does-a-tiny-house-cost/) * PAD Workshops and Events (http://padtinyhouses.com/workshops-2/) * Books: * The Big Tiny * Videos: * Dee Williams' TEDx Talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A47JaOMDH4c) * Podcast Episodes: * 4 "C"s of Gross National Happiness and Study Circles with Cecile Andrews – SASM 055 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-055-gross-national-happiness-study-circles-with-cecile-andrews/) Topics * [05:32] Dee's seeds of awesomeness * [10:48] Dee's trip to Guatemala and the health challenges that changed her * [15:48] The decision to build a tiny house * [22:11] What Dee has gained from living in her tiny house * [28:29] The intent behind and impact of The Big Tiny * [35:01] Slowing down and tending to your relationships * [38:41] Dee's impatience and overactive brain Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 53:59
3 Simple Tools to Unstuff Your Life with Andrew Mellen – SASM 056 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-056-unstuff-your-life-with-andrew-mellen/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-056-unstuff-your-life-with-andrew-mellen/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:00:32 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4128 This episode features Andrew Mellen discussing the three simple rules of Unstuff Your Life, removing your physical obstacles to sustainable joy, using organizing to connect with what matters most to you, and the "stuff behind the stuff."

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Unstuff Your LifeYou’re doing something right when you get Oprah, Martha Stewart, and The New York Times’ attention.

And that’s exactly what Andrew Mellen, my guest on this Smart and Simple Matters episode, has done.

But before there was his best-selling book, Unstuff Your Life!, or his Unstuff U classes, Andrew was just a provocative actor with a messy history.

So how does someone go from being a disorganized kid to being labeled “The Most Organized Man in America?” He’s going to tell you the vivid story and help you manage what he calls the “stuff behind the stuff.”

This episode is as packed with insight as the average house, garage, and cabinet are packed with junk. For example:

There’s nothing that exempts you from having a meaningful, simple, organized life. – Andrew Mellen

[Tweet That]

CEO or artist? The Department of Education or a homeschooler? Andrew has you covered as a man who knows what it means – and takes – to simplify your life.

Let us help you release your stuff, remove some stress, and move about with a newfound freedom.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to use organizing to connect with what matters most to you.
  • The three simple rules behind Unstuff Your Life!
  • How to get relief from the time, space, and stuff crunch.
  • What you might have in common with a Nobel Prize winner.
  • Why you need to resolve the “stuff behind the stuff.”
  • How to remove the physical obstacles to sustainable joy.
  • Why fewer rules are better than more rules (as a general rule).
  • How to carefully use language to craft a new story of your possessions.
  • Why Andrew doesn’t care what “enough” looks like to you … if you achieve stuff equilibrium.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:21] Andrew’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:45] The long path to becoming an organizing expert
  • [14:10] The various pains that Andrew relieves
  • [18:39] The stories that people bring to their “stuff”
  • [23:48] Unstuff Your Life with The Organizational Triangle framework
  • [29:10] The skills of Unstuff U®
  • [34:57] Why anyone can get and stay organized

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-056-unstuff-your-life-with-andrew-mellen/feed/ 2 This episode features Andrew Mellen discussing the three simple rules of Unstuff Your Life, removing your physical obstacles to sustainable joy, using organizing to connect with what matters most to you, and the "stuff behind the stuff." (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)You're doing something right when you get Oprah, Martha Stewart, and The New York Times' attention. And that's exactly what Andrew Mellen, my guest on this Smart and Simple Matters episode, has done. But before there was his best-selling book, Unstuff Your Life!, or his Unstuff U classes, Andrew was just a provocative actor with a messy history. So how does someone go from being a disorganized kid to being labeled "The Most Organized Man in America?" He's going to tell you the vivid story and help you manage what he calls the "stuff behind the stuff." This episode is as packed with insight as the average house, garage, and cabinet are packed with junk. For example: There's nothing that exempts you from having a meaningful, simple, organized life. – Andrew Mellen [Tweet That] CEO or artist? The Department of Education or a homeschooler? Andrew has you covered as a man who knows what it means – and takes – to simplify your life. Let us help you release your stuff, remove some stress, and move about with a newfound freedom. You're about to Learn … * How to use organizing to connect with what matters most to you. * The three simple rules behind Unstuff Your Life! * How to get relief from the time, space, and stuff crunch. * What you might have in common with a Nobel Prize winner. * Why you need to resolve the "stuff behind the stuff." * How to remove the physical obstacles to sustainable joy. * Why fewer rules are better than more rules (as a general rule). * How to carefully use language to craft a new story of your possessions. * Why Andrew doesn't care what "enough" looks like to you … if you achieve stuff equilibrium. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * AndrewMellen.com (http://andrewmellen.com/about) * Resources: * Unstuff U® (http://andrewmellen.com/unstuff-u-tools-and-classes/) * The Digital Launch Playbook (http://valueofsimple.com/tdlp) * Books: * Unstuff Your Life! * Experience Curating Topics * [06:21] Andrew's seeds of awesomeness * [08:45] The long path to becoming an organizing expert * [14:10] The various pains that Andrew relieves * [18:39] The stories that people bring to their "stuff" * [23:48] Unstuff Your Life with The Organizational Triangle framework * [29:10] The skills of Unstuff U® * [34:57] Why anyone can get and stay organized Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude! If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed): * Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089 (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089) * Click the blue button on the left labeled "View in iTunes" below the cover art of the show * When iTunes loads, scroll down below the "Customer Reviews" section and click the link labeled "Write a Review" * Write a review with whatever title you like, Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 41:51
4 “C”s of Gross National Happiness and Study Circles with Cecile Andrews – SASM 055 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-055-gross-national-happiness-study-circles-with-cecile-andrews/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-055-gross-national-happiness-study-circles-with-cecile-andrews/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:00:59 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4122 This episode features Cecile Andrews as we discuss a move toward Gross National Happiness, the crossroads of simplicity and study circles, how you can have a joyful community, plus how to live a slow and examined life.

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Gross National HappinessDo you remember Cecile Andrews from Smart and Simple Matters episode 052?

Probably not … but that’s not her fault. She was only speaking for about a minute during our simple living roundtable chat due to some technical issues.

But now? Now you’re going to hear a ton of great stuff from Cecile. She’s back with me for a one-on-one conversation about where we harness happiness, how simplicity study circles work, and a whole lotta laughter.

She’s a joyful person building joyful communities for a joyful world. In other words, Cecile – a community leader who has been featured on CBS, NPR, and PBS and has some acclaimed slow/simple living books – is a real joy to listen to.

Here’s what I mean:

If we get people to work toward a joyful community, they don’t want to go shopping anymore. They’re not concerned with getting to the top. – Cecile Andrews

And here’s another bite of wisdom:

When people experience being cared for, they are able to care [too]. And if they can care for their own species, maybe they will care for the rest of the species. – Cecile Andrews

Give this episode a listen and you’ll understand why people have been seeking Cecile’s simple insight for decades.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How the 4 “C”s of happiness can change everything for you.
  • Why study circles are a barn raising (and not a battle).
  • What Cecile has in common with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.
  • The tragic event that caused Cecile to take life seriously.
  • Why the simple life is an examined life.
  • The one book that changed it all for Cecile.
  • How she got labeled a “hedonist” of the simplicity movement.
  • Why Cecile knows that any topic brings you back to simplicity.
  • How GNH (gross national happiness) could replace GDP someday.
  • Why I’m standing in the longest grocery store line from now on.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:05] Cecile’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:19] Why Cecile enjoys life and became a “hedonist” of simplicity
  • [12:40] Why simple living has nothing to do with self-deprivation
  • [16:56] Study circles and how they work
  • [29:25] The different forms of simple living and happiness
  • [34:06] Cecile’s involvement and support of Transition Towns
  • [39:31] What it means to live slow
  • [48:54] How you can connect with Cecile

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-055-gross-national-happiness-study-circles-with-cecile-andrews/feed/ 0 This episode features Cecile Andrews as we discuss a move toward Gross National Happiness, the crossroads of simplicity and study circles, how you can have a joyful community, plus how to live a slow and examined life. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Do you remember Cecile Andrews from Smart and Simple Matters episode 052? Probably not … but that's not her fault. She was only speaking for about a minute during our simple living roundtable chat due to some technical issues. But now? Now you're going to hear a ton of great stuff from Cecile. She's back with me for a one-on-one conversation about where we harness happiness, how simplicity study circles work, and a whole lotta laughter. She's a joyful person building joyful communities for a joyful world. In other words, Cecile – a community leader who has been featured on CBS, NPR, and PBS and has some acclaimed slow/simple living books (http://www.amazon.com/Cecile-Andrews/e/B000APV37Y) – is a real joy to listen to. Here's what I mean: If we get people to work toward a joyful community, they don't want to go shopping anymore. They're not concerned with getting to the top. – Cecile Andrews And here's another bite of wisdom: When people experience being cared for, they are able to care [too]. And if they can care for their own species, maybe they will care for the rest of the species. – Cecile Andrews Give this episode a listen and you'll understand why people have been seeking Cecile's simple insight for decades. You're about to Learn … * How the 4 "C"s of happiness can change everything for you. * Why study circles are a barn raising (and not a battle). * What Cecile has in common with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. * The tragic event that caused Cecile to take life seriously. * Why the simple life is an examined life. * The one book that changed it all for Cecile. * How she got labeled a "hedonist" of the simplicity movement. * Why Cecile knows that any topic brings you back to simplicity. * How GNH (gross national happiness) could replace GDP someday. * Why I'm standing in the longest grocery store line from now on. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * CecileAndrews.com (http://www.cecileandrews.com/Bio.htm#bio) * Cecile's articles on Resilience.org (http://www.resilience.org/author-detail/1007100-cecile-andrews) * Shareable.net (http://www.shareable.net/about) * Resources: * Study Circles (http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-08-21/the-solution-that-has-no-name) * Transition Town movement (http://www.transitionnetwork.org/what) * Gross National Happiness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_national_happiness) * Highlander Research and Education Center (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander_Research_and_Education_Center) * Truly Amazing Life (Podcast) (http://trulyamazinglife.com/podcast-2/) * Books: * Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness * Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good * The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life * Little Women * Podcast Episodes: * SASM 051 - Collaborative Consumption: How to Tap Idle Time and Resources with Lauren Anderson (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-051-collaborative-consumption-lauren-anderson) * SASM 052 - Why Simple is So Complex with Duane Elgin, Vicki Robin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-052-duane-elgin-vicki-robin-john-de-graaf-cecile-andrews-jerome-segal) Topics * [05:05] Cecile's seeds of awesomeness * [09:19] Why Cecile enjoys life and became a "hedonist" of simplicity * [12:40] Why simple living has nothing to do with self-deprivation * [16:56] Study circles and how they work * [29:25] The different forms of simple living and happiness * [34:06] Cecile's involvement and support of Transition Towns * [39:31] What it means to live slow * [48:54] How you can connect with Cecile Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:45
Why World Domination Summit Has More Magic than 100 Unicorns (#WDS2014 Recap) – SASM054 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-054-world-domination-summit-2014-recap/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-054-world-domination-summit-2014-recap/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:00:41 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4116 This episode features Joel Zaslofsky's curated recap of World Domination Summit 2014 (#WDS2014). Are you ready for surprising stories about "The Strider," why you need to learn the value of Ho'oponopono, and how imperfect action leads to amazing opportunity? Just press play.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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World Domination Summit (WDS)

Insult World Domination Summit (WDS) in front of 99% of past attendees and you’re in for a battle.

Back in 2012, I didn’t understand why WDS had a cult-like following. My friends who had attended absolutely raved about their experience. Bloggers and podcasters I respected implored me to go experience the magic myself.

I was intrigued, but skeptical. “This WDS thing can’t possibly be that awesome … can it?” I needed to find out for myself.

So I scored a ticket to WDS 2013: one of the top ten experiences of my life. After landing in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2013, I almost instantly got “it.”

But WDS 2014 couldn’t possibly live up to the astronomical expectations I built up … could it?

In a word: yes! In four words: a thousand times, yes!

Last year, I gave you a blog post recapping my World Domination Summit takeaways. I knew I couldn’t’ keep a blog post under 5,000 words this year, so you’re getting a bonus Smart and Simple Matters episode instead.

Ready to saddle up and discover why WDS is pure magic? After you’ve listened, you might be itching to join the community, adventure, and service around the only event I couldn’t imagine not going to.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why 3,000 people can’t wait for World Domination Summit each year.
  • How one woman helps terminally ill children channel their creativity.
  • If “The Strider” asked me to hitch her 56 square foot tiny house to her truck.
  • How the SimpleREV workshop leaders made my heart sing.
  • 4 must-eat Portland food stops (from Paleo to vegan).
  • Who gave me the best hug out of hundreds.
  • Why “I’m in” for anything with the letters LYL.
  • Which David Cameron I enjoy the most.
  • Why you need to learn the value of Ho’oponopono.
  • How imperfect action leads to amazing opportunity.
  • Ways to measure success that don’t involve money, power, or status.
  • How “The Great Namaste” broke a Guinness World Record for yoga.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:27] The World Domination Summit context
  • [08:02] The magical, radical, and practical people of WDS
  • [37:04] The dynamite public speakers on the big stage
  • [45:19] The event production and surprises
  • [53:05] The Portland, OR experience (and food)

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-054-world-domination-summit-2014-recap/feed/ 1 This episode features Joel Zaslofsky's curated recap of World Domination Summit 2014 (#WDS2014). Are you ready for surprising stories about "The Strider," why you need to learn the value of Ho'oponopono, and how imperfect action leads to amazing opport... (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Insult World Domination Summit (WDS) in front of 99% of past attendees and you're in for a battle. Back in 2012, I didn't understand why WDS had a cult-like following. My friends who had attended absolutely raved about their experience. Bloggers and podcasters I respected implored me to go experience the magic myself. I was intrigued, but skeptical. "This WDS thing can't possibly be that awesome … can it?" I needed to find out for myself. So I scored a ticket to WDS 2013: one of the top ten experiences of my life. (http://valueofsimple.com/unusual-ideas-from-wds-2013) After landing in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2013, I almost instantly got "it." But WDS 2014 couldn't possibly live up to the astronomical expectations I built up … could it? In a word: yes! In four words: a thousand times, yes! Last year, I gave you a blog post recapping my World Domination Summit takeaways. I knew I couldn't' keep a blog post under 5,000 words this year, so you're getting a bonus Smart and Simple Matters episode instead. Ready to saddle up and discover why WDS is pure magic? After you've listened, you might be itching to join the community, adventure, and service around the only event I couldn't imagine not going to. You're about to Learn … * Why 3,000 people can't wait for World Domination Summit each year. * How one woman helps terminally ill children channel their creativity. * If "The Strider" asked me to hitch her 56 square foot tiny house to her truck. * How the SimpleREV (http://simplerev.com/) workshop leaders made my heart sing. * 4 must-eat Portland food stops (from Paleo to vegan). * Who gave me the best hug out of hundreds. * Why "I'm in" for anything with the letters LYL. * Which David Cameron I enjoy the most. * Why you need to learn the value of Ho'oponopono. * How imperfect action leads to amazing opportunity. * Ways to measure success that don't involve money, power, or status. * How "The Great Namaste" broke a Guinness World Record for yoga. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * World Domination Summit (http://worlddominationsummit.com/) * Dee Williams (http://padtinyhouses.com/who-is-pad/) (PAD Tiny Houses) * Jadah Sellner (http://jadahsellner.com/about/) (Simple Green Smoothies) * A.J. Jacobs (http://ajjacobs.com/about/) * Elly Klein (http://www.ellyklein.com/about/) * Tom Frank (http://collegeinfogeek.com/about/) (College Info Geek) * Jeff Reifman (http://jeffreifman.com/about) * Saul of Hearts (http://www.saulofhearts.com/about/) * Dave and Sheryl Balthrop (http://simplelifereboot.com/about-us/) (Simple Life Reboot) * Mike Vardy (http://www.productivityist.com/mike-vardy/) (Productivityist) * Brooks Duncan (http://www.documentsnap.com/about/) (DocumentSnap) * Ethan Waldman (http://www.thetinyhouse.net/tiny-house-decisions/) (TheTinyHouse.net and Cloud Coach) * Scott Dinsmore (http://liveyourlegend.net/about/) (Live Your Legend) * Leah Hynes and Nazrin Murphie (http://www.rypl.net/) (Rock Your Purpose Live) * Emilie Wapnick (http://puttylike.com/about/) (Puttylike / Puttytribe) * Jeff Goins (http://goinswriter.com/about-me/) (Goins, Writer) * Andy Traub (http://www.takepermission.com/feedback/) (Take Permission) * Joshua Becker (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/about-us/) (Becoming Minimalist) * Steven Shewach (http://www.bogusbeliefbusters.com/) (Bogus Belief Busters) * Tyler Tervooren (http://riskology.co/about/) (Riskology) * Michelle Russell (http://www.enoughist.com/) (Enoughist) * Josh Becker (http://www.isimply.am/about-me/) (I Simply Am) * Rob Cooper (http://www.formerfatguy.com/about/) (Former Fat Guy) * Kelly Scotti (http://www.flyingdragonwellness.com/about-kelly-scotti) (Flying Dragon Wellness) * Christy Marek (http://www.wonderofallthings.com/christy/) (Wonder of All Things) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 1:01:47
The Collision of Tech and (Human) Nature with Robert Scoble – SASM053 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-053-technology-with-robert-scoble/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-053-technology-with-robert-scoble/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:42 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4108 This episode features Robert Scoble as we discuss the culture around self-driving cars, how he actively follows 40,000 people on Twitter, if tech can help us slow down, and Facebook's attempt to addict us.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Robert Scoble InterviewRobert Scoble has been on the giving and receiving side of interviews thousands of times.

He normally talks about startup companies, social media, new mobile hardware or apps, and the pervasive data around us.

But does anyone ask Robert – the man with 5.5 million G+ followers and who actively follows 40,000 people on Twitter – how technology can help us live intentionally and slow down?

Probably not … until now.

I asked Robert, former Microsoft tech evangelist and current best-selling author of Age of Context, for a contrarian view to most Smart and Simple Matters guests. And he delivered in his typical candid, colorful style.

Oh, did I mention that he was reading a tweet every second while recording our interview … and somehow stayed well-spoken and on point? The man eats information for breakfast, news for lunch, and data for dinner.

Have a listen to our surprising conversation and discover a new perspective on how things like mobile devices, tiny sensors, and location-based tech are changing us and everything else around us.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why Robert believes tech isn’t designed to help you slow down.
  • How software and computers are at odds with nature.
  • Why the digital divide makes people choose if they’re “all in.”
  • A great way to successfully challenge a stubborn child.
  • Why Robert hand-selected 40,000 people to listen to on Twitter.
  • Why we’re not culturally ready for self-driving cars.
  • The unexpected reason why Robert believes being overwhelmed isn’t bad.
  • How Facebook is trying – and succeeding – in addicting you.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:49] Robert’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:50] What technology means to Robert
  • [12:08] The Age of Context
  • [19:43] Using social media and automation to align our values
  • [23:31] The potential of smartphones and online communities
  • [28:57] How Robert listens to 40,000 people on Twitter
  • [33:19] How Robert spends his downtime

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-053-technology-with-robert-scoble/feed/ 2 This episode features Robert Scoble as we discuss the culture around self-driving cars, how he actively follows 40,000 people on Twitter, if tech can help us slow down, and Facebook's attempt to addict us. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Robert Scoble has been on the giving and receiving side of interviews thousands of times. He normally talks about startup companies, social media, new mobile hardware or apps, and the pervasive data around us. But does anyone ask Robert – the man with 5.5 million G+ followers and who actively follows 40,000 people on Twitter – how technology can help us live intentionally and slow down? Probably not … until now. I asked Robert, former Microsoft tech evangelist and current best-selling author of Age of Context, for a contrarian view to most Smart and Simple Matters guests. And he delivered in his typical candid, colorful style. Oh, did I mention that he was reading a tweet every second while recording our interview ... and somehow stayed well-spoken and on point? The man eats information for breakfast, news for lunch, and data for dinner. Have a listen to our surprising conversation and discover a new perspective on how things like mobile devices, tiny sensors, and location-based tech are changing us and everything else around us. You're about to Learn … * Why Robert believes tech isn't designed to help you slow down. * How software and computers are at odds with nature. * Why the digital divide makes people choose if they're "all in." * A great way to successfully challenge a stubborn child. * Why Robert hand-selected 40,000 people to listen to on Twitter. * Why we're not culturally ready for self-driving cars. * The unexpected reason why Robert believes being overwhelmed isn't bad. * How Facebook is trying – and succeeding – in addicting you. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Scobleizer.com (http://scobleizer.com/?page_id=8476) * Rackspace (http://www.rackspace.com/blog/author/rscoble/) * Building43 (http://www.building43.com/about-building43/) * Resources: * Uber (https://www.uber.com/) * TripIt (http://www.tripit.com/press/about) * Snapseed (https://support.google.com/snapseed/) * Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/06/everything-we-know-about-facebooks-secret-mood-manipulation-experiment/373648/) * Books: * Age of Context * Experience Curating * Robert on Social Media: * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble) * Google+ (https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/Scobleizer) * YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/Scobleizer) Topics * [05:49] Robert's seeds of awesomeness * [08:50] What technology means to Robert * [12:08] The Age of Context * [19:43] Using social media and automation to align our values * [23:31] The potential of smartphones and online communities * [28:57] How Robert listens to 40,000 people on Twitter * [33:19] How Robert spends his downtime Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude! If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed): Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 39:27
SASM 052 – Why Simple is So Complex with Duane Elgin, Vicki Robin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-052-duane-elgin-vicki-robin-john-de-graaf-cecile-andrews-jerome-segal/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-052-duane-elgin-vicki-robin-john-de-graaf-cecile-andrews-jerome-segal/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00:20 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4089 This episode features Vicki Robin, Duane Elgin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal discussing the nature of simple living and whether we should embrace simplicity ... or complexity. It's five former or current simple living all-stars at once, all lined up just for you.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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The Simplicity ForumNote: Don’t miss the special written recap section below for all the great stuff you didn’t get to hear in the audio.

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Do you ever try to chase a rabbit back up a hole?

I rewind conversations all the time to double back on where they started or branched off. But answering how I rounded up Duane Elgin, Vicki Robin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal – five simple living all-stars – for a casual conversation took some time.

Before my story, let me give you the tip of the iceberg on each of these amazing people:

How, here’s a brief timeline showing how persistence and follow-up plays out:

  1. In December 2013, I asked my pal Joshua Becker if he could connect me with anyone on a list of folks to help shape the vision for SimpleREV.
  2. Joshua emails Duane Elgin on my behalf in January 2014.
  3. I follow-up with Duane in early February 2014 and we strike up an email correspondence.
  4. Duane and I hop on Skype in mid-February to discuss SimpleREV and our collective missions. He recommends I speak with Vicki Robin, a fellow member of The Simplicity Forum, and I keep emailing Vicki until we arrange a chat for mid-April.
  5. Vicki and I have a lovely phone conversation. She also floats the idea of having me facilitate a conference call reunion of sorts with some members of The Simplicity Forum. Of course, I say, “Yes please!”
  6. Vicki introduces me to “the gang” via email on April 17 and, after lots of emails, many of them agree to have me coordinate a recorded call.
  7. On May 14, I host a conference call with Duane, Vicki, John, Cecile, and Jerome. Their experience and intellectual firepower blows me away.

As I continue to follow the simplicity rabbit down, sideways, and up a bunch of holes, I marvel at one fact: I had never heard of any of these dynamic people until December 2013.

Unfortunately, you won’t hear Vicki or John’s voice in this episode because of some audio issues while recording. And except for when Jerome and I were speaking, everyone had some level of echo that we couldn’t do anything about.

So I’ve added a special section to these show notes below recapping the entire conversation. Don’t let the manageable audio issues stop you from listening to this one all the way through. It’s worth it.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why you should demand TV broadcasters stop hypnotizing us into hyper-consumerism.
  • How the U.S. is the most inefficient society … ever.
  • Why we all need to be able to walk away from the economy.
  • How many types of simplicity there are (and where to find the cookbook).
  • Why simple living isn’t liberal, conservative, or tied to politics.
  • How to opt-out of the “getting” part of the economy.
  • Why simplicity is a freedom movement toward meaningfulness.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:36] Duane talks about replacing complex, unsustainable systems
  • [06:16] Jerome talks about replacing complex, unsustainable systems
  • [12:10] Cecile talks about reframing the real issues we face
  • [15:00] Duane talks about reframing the real issues we face
  • [17:50] Jerome talks about reframing the real issues we face

Joel’s Written Recap of People’s Comments

This is a special section highlighting the essence of everyone’s answers to my two core questions:

  1. How do we replace the systems preventing humans from making the simple, sustainable choice the default one?
  2. What actions would you like people to pursue and how do you frame the issues around them?

Here’s what everybody had to say (whether it was part of the audio or not).

Replacing Systems to Make the Simple Choice the Easy One

  • Duane Elgin: TV is hypnotizing us every day to have a high-consumption mindset. Tell broadcasters, “You are doing the public a disservice – which you reach on publicly-owned airwaves – with the content and advertising you are putting out.”
  • Vicki Robin: We’ve worked long and hard to relocalize and create sustainable practices, but we haven’t come far. Part of this is due to the corporate takeover of politics. We need to reclaim our economy at the local level and organizations like the Post Carbon Institute can help.
  • John de Graaf: There’s an assumption that our economy will collapse without ever-present growth. We need to address and challenge that ingrained assumption, particularly through public policy. For example, in Netherlands, government policy allows people to reduce their work hours and employers must comply with those wishes. People don’t lose their livelihood when they do that … they just get a salary cut.
  • Cecile Andrews: We’re running around mindless without taking time to reflect. Jerome’s concept of time thievery in an article he wrote in Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly makes it difficult for people to enjoy the pleasures of simplicity. “Time thievery,” comes in many forms; often they seem too petty to merit a public policy response, but in truth we have become a society in danger of “being nibbled to death by ducks.” Think about the traffic jam, tax preparation, and health insurance red tape and you’re just scratching the surface.
  • Jerome Segal: We should be able to withdraw from the “getting” and consuming part of life to do what’s inherently valuable to us (and wholly unrelated to the economy). Basic needs should be thought about in social, functional terms like being able to live in a safe neighborhood or have access to good public schools.

How to Frame Our Big Issues

  • Duane Elgin: “Simplicity” is not a hot topic for Americans today, but he’s never focused on this theme based on its popularity. If we don’t deal with consumerism, then we are ignoring the key driver for climate disruption. At the same time, there’s no cookbook for simplicity. It’s a personal path. And that personal path is aided by disconnecting from a strongly pro-consumer mass media.
  • Vicki Robin: She used the term “simplicity” back in the day because it’s what people used to talk about their pain and their longing. But now Vicki thinks life is complex and she loves the complexity as a basis of learning and innovation. Simplicity is more of a spiritual promise than a practical one these days. But no matter how you look at it, food is a huge bridge issue for everyone. Food is intimately tied to politics, health, nature, self-reliance, corporate policy, and much more. Let’s get people involved in systems that have a human bottom line, not a corporate one.
  • John de Graaf: We need a maximum income as much as we need a minimum income. Also, he believes that President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” speech of 1964 is more relevant today than it was fifty years ago.
  • Cecile Andrews: Build community at any level that you can. In clubs, neighborhoods … everywhere. Help people find an alternate vision of what could be; something other than a world where money rules all.
  • Jerome Segal: Simple living isn’t liberal or conservative, for Christians or atheists, or for any specific group. It’s for everyone. Simplicity is more a movement around freedom and liberation than anything else. But the question is: what liberates you? For Jerome, freedom is an economy that will allow us to sacrifice income to have meaningful work.

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-052-duane-elgin-vicki-robin-john-de-graaf-cecile-andrews-jerome-segal/feed/ 0 This episode features Vicki Robin, Duane Elgin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal discussing the nature of simple living and whether we should embrace simplicity ... or complexity. It's five former or current simple living all-stars at on... (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Note: Don't miss the special written recap section below for all the great stuff you didn't get to hear in the audio. ***** Do you ever try to chase a rabbit back up a hole? I rewind conversations all the time to double back on where they started or branched off. But answering how I rounded up Duane Elgin, Vicki Robin, John de Graaf, Cecile Andrews, and Jerome Segal – five simple living all-stars – for a casual conversation took some time. Before my story, let me give you the tip of the iceberg on each of these amazing people: * Duane Elgin: Media activist, author of best-sellers like Voluntary Simplicity, andGoi International Peace Award winner. * Vicki Robin: Co-author of the internationally popular Your Money of Your Life, relocalization movement champion, and co-founder of The Simplicity Forum (http://thesimplicityforum.org/). * John de Graaf: Best-selling author of Affluenza, challenger of social norms through Timeday.org (http://www.timeday.org/), and recipient of more than 100 regional, national, and international awards for film-making. * Cecile Andrews: Local community leader who has been featured on CBS, NPR, PBS and many other places for the themes of her acclaimed slow/simple living books (http://www.amazon.com/Cecile-Andrews/e/B000APV37Y). * Jerome Segal: Director of the University of Maryland's Peace Consultancy Project and President of the Jewish Peace Lobby (http://www.peacelobby.org/JeromeMSegalPresident.htm). How, here's a brief timeline showing how persistence and follow-up plays out: * In December 2013, I asked my pal Joshua Becker if he could connect me with anyone on a list of folks to help shape the vision for SimpleREV. * Joshua emails Duane Elgin on my behalf in January 2014. * I follow-up with Duane in early February 2014 and we strike up an email correspondence. * Duane and I hop on Skype in mid-February to discuss SimpleREV and our collective missions. He recommends I speak with Vicki Robin, a fellow member of The Simplicity Forum (http://thesimplicityforum.org/), and I keep emailing Vicki until we arrange a chat for mid-April. * Vicki and I have a lovely phone conversation. She also floats the idea of having me facilitate a conference call reunion of sorts with some members of The Simplicity Forum. Of course, I say, "Yes please!" * Vicki introduces me to "the gang" via email on April 17 and, after lots of emails, many of them agree to have me coordinate a recorded call. * On May 14, I host a conference call with Duane, Vicki, John, Cecile, and Jerome. Their experience and intellectual firepower blows me away. As I continue to follow the simplicity rabbit down, sideways, and up a bunch of holes, I marvel at one fact: I had never heard of any of these dynamic people until December 2013. Unfortunately, you won't hear Vicki or John's voice in this episode because of some audio issues while recording. And except for when Jerome and I were speaking, everyone had some level of echo that we couldn't do anything about. So I've added a special section to these show notes below recapping the entire conversation. Don't let the manageable audio issues stop you from listening to this one all the way through. It's worth it. You're about to Learn … * Why you should demand TV broadcasters stop hypnotizing us into hyper-consumerism. * How the U.S. is the most inefficient society … ever. * Why we all need to be able to walk away from the economy. * How many types of simplicity there are (and where to find the cookbook). * Why simple living isn't liberal, conservative, or tied to politics. * How to opt-out of the "getting" part of the economy. * Why simplicity is a freedom movement toward meaningfulness. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * The Simplicity Forum (http://thesimplicityforum.org/) * DuaneElgin.com Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 30:03
SASM 051 – Collaborative Consumption: How to Tap Idle Time and Resources with Lauren Anderson http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-051-collaborative-consumption-lauren-anderson/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-051-collaborative-consumption-lauren-anderson/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:13 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4061 This episode features Lauren Anderson as we discuss Collaborative Consumption, what an economy is for, how to tap into your idle time and skills (even if they're crazy), and why you want to live in a "sharable city."

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Collaborative ConsumptionIf ever there was a time for an Ice Ice Baby lyric, it’s now:

“Alright, stop. Collaborate and listen.” – Vanilla Ice

Let’s pick that verse apart in the context of my motivating chat with Collaborative Consumption pro, Lauren Anderson.

  • Alright, stop: Stop what? For starters, let’s stop a mindless chase of money, power, and status that doesn’t benefit you, me, or anyone else. Instead, let’s restart something that’s been going on for ages: an economy built around sharing, trust, and the exchange of excess time, skills, and resources.
  • Collaborate: How much good can you do by yourself? Not nearly as much as you could do with the help of others. Vanilla Ice had (limited) success going solo, but his roll didn’t last nearly as long as it could have if he teamed up with others – and his community – to make an impact.
  • Listen: Lauren and I want you to hear this episode so you can go out and make your own Collaborative Consumption mark. You do want to simplify, organize, and be money wise … all at the same time, right?

Just to make sure we’re on the same page, Collaborative Consumption describes the shift in societal values from ownership to access. New network technologies (e.g., Airbnb or ZipCar) allow us to be in that classic sweet spot of doing more with less: more renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting, and sharing “stuff” on the biggest scale possible.

Here’s some of the goodness when you click play.

The point isn’t to match demand with new supply. It’s actually to create a new kind of supply. – Lauren Anderson

[Tweet That]

There’s enough in the world. It’s just not distributed well. And we [now] have the tools to access [what] we need. – Lauren Anderson

I had a major breakthrough about ten minutes into my chat with Lauren. And depending on your current Collaborative Consumption knowledge, you may have a lot more than one “Ah ha!” moment.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why “growth” is the wrong focus for our economy.
  • How to tap into your idle time and skills (even the crazy ones).
  • What you can share to make a buck and do good.
  • Why Collaborative Consumption is here forever (and always has been).
  • How to build trust for strangers to exchange chainsaws.
  • Why sharing digital goods is harder than physical items.
  • What a “sharable city” is … and how you can have one.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [03:23] Lauren’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:28] What’s an economy for?
  • [11:24] Empowering yourself through Collaborative Consumption
  • [15:46] What affects which services you can use
  • [22:04] The challenges of sharing digital goods
  • [23:44] Two primary obstacles for Collaborative Consumption critical mass
  • [28:32] Why women are more successful at social entrepreneurship

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If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-051-collaborative-consumption-lauren-anderson/feed/ 2 This episode features Lauren Anderson as we discuss Collaborative Consumption, what an economy is for, how to tap into your idle time and skills (even if they're crazy), and why you want to live in a "sharable city." (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)If ever there was a time for an Ice Ice Baby lyric, it's now: "Alright, stop. Collaborate and listen." – Vanilla Ice Let's pick that verse apart in the context of my motivating chat with Collaborative Consumption pro, Lauren Anderson. * Alright, stop: Stop what? For starters, let's stop a mindless chase of money, power, and status that doesn't benefit you, me, or anyone else. Instead, let's restart something that's been going on for ages: an economy built around sharing, trust, and the exchange of excess time, skills, and resources. * Collaborate: How much good can you do by yourself? Not nearly as much as you could do with the help of others. Vanilla Ice had (limited) success going solo, but his roll didn't last nearly as long as it could have if he teamed up with others – and his community – to make an impact. * Listen: Lauren and I want you to hear this episode so you can go out and make your own Collaborative Consumption mark. You do want to simplify, organize, and be money wise … all at the same time, right? Just to make sure we're on the same page, Collaborative Consumption describes (http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/about/) the shift in societal values from ownership to access. New network technologies (e.g., Airbnb or ZipCar) allow us to be in that classic sweet spot of doing more with less: more renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting, and sharing "stuff" on the biggest scale possible. Here's some of the goodness when you click play. The point isn't to match demand with new supply. It's actually to create a new kind of supply. – Lauren Anderson [Tweet That (http://ctt.ec/Os942)] There's enough in the world. It's just not distributed well. And we [now] have the tools to access [what] we need. – Lauren Anderson I had a major breakthrough about ten minutes into my chat with Lauren. And depending on your current Collaborative Consumption knowledge, you may have a lot more than one "Ah ha!" moment. You're about to Learn … * Why "growth" is the wrong focus for our economy. * How to tap into your idle time and skills (even the crazy ones). * What you can share to make a buck and do good. * Why Collaborative Consumption is here forever (and always has been). * How to build trust for strangers to exchange chainsaws. * Why sharing digital goods is harder than physical items. * What a "sharable city" is … and how you can have one. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Collaborative Consumption (http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/about/) * Lauren Anderson's Biography (http://sternspeakers.com/speakers/lauren-anderson) * The Lovely (http://www.thelove.ly/) * Post Growth (http://postgrowth.org/about/) * Shareable.net (http://www.shareable.net/about) * Resources (General): * SimpleREV Tickets (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * Office Hours with Lauren at Levo (https://www.levo.com/officehours/lauren-anderson) * Resources (Collaborative Consumption) * Collaborative Consumption Services Directory (http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/directory/) * Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/) * TaskRabbit (https://www.taskrabbit.com/how-it-works) * Skillshare (http://www.skillshare.com/) * RelayRides (https://relayrides.com/how-it-works) * Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/how) * Car2Go (https://www.car2go.com/) * Nice Ride (https://www.niceridemn.org/about/) (Minnesota only) * Books: * What's Mine is Yours (http://www.rachelbotsman.com/book/) * Lauren on Social Media: * Twitter (https://twitter.com/l__anderson) Topics * [03:23] Lauren's seeds of awesomeness * [07:28] What's an economy for? * [11:24] Empowering yourself through Collaborative Consumption * [15:46] What affects which services you can use * [22:04] The challenges of sharing digital goods Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 41:24
SASM 050 – A Curated Recap of Episodes 1-49 http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-050-curated-recap-episodes-1-49/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-050-curated-recap-episodes-1-49/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:00:43 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=4039 This episode features Joel Zaslofsky giving a curated recap of the first 49 Smart and Simple Matters episodes. Hold on to your hats (and headphones)!

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Curated RecapIs Smart and Simple Matters right for you?

Maybe you enjoy strolls down memory lane with a curated context?

Whether you’re new to the show or have listened to the first forty-nine episodes, there’s something here for you in episode fifty.

I’m grateful to everyone who has supported and challenged me in my first twenty-three months of podcasting. From 19 downloads the first month to 10,104 downloads in May 2014, we’ve come a long way, baby!

This curated recap of episodes 1-49 was inspired by my friends Dan and Vanessa Hayes at Simple Life Together.

In their 50th episode, they shared their top 20 simplicity websites … but Dan and Vanessa also summarized, curated, and categorized their first 49 episodes in a cool way.

I’m using that same approach as a tribute to my amazing guests. But I also want this episode to be a resource for anyone new to Smart and Simple Matters (or with a leaky brain like me).

Maybe you listen to simplify, organize, and be money wise. Perhaps you dig getting nerdy about spreadsheets or love exploring how to cultivate and maintain awesome relationships.

Whatever you’re into, saddle up … ’cause we’re about to hit it!

You’re about to Learn …

  • The stories and insights of truly amazing people.
  • Why I’m happy to be embarrassed about episode one.
  • How to simplify from the inside out.
  • Unconventional ways to organize your brain, home, and gizmos.
  • Which version of money wise will work best for you.
  • What episode made me almost completely lose it.
  • How much our perspective can change over two years.
  • The easy things you can do to help others through this podcast.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Normally I just give you links to websites, articles, tools, and other items. But I’m thinking you’ll appreciate links to each previous episode of Smart and Simple Matters – categorized by topics – discussed in this episode.

Check them out after the typical links below.

Simplicity Episodes

Organizing Episodes

Money Wise Episodes

Curating Episodes

Relationship Episodes

The Other Stuff

Topics

  • [00:27] The context of this milestone episode
  • [07:13] The “simplify” episodes
  • [29:25] The “organize” episodes
  • [33:59] The “money wise” episodes
  • [42:17] The curating episodes
  • [49:20] The relationship episodes
  • [54:49] The “other” episodes

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-050-curated-recap-episodes-1-49/feed/ 2 This episode features Joel Zaslofsky giving a curated recap of the first 49 Smart and Simple Matters episodes. Hold on to your hats (and headphones)! (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Is Smart and Simple Matters right for you? Maybe you enjoy strolls down memory lane with a curated context? Whether you're new to the show or have listened to the first forty-nine episodes, there's something here for you in episode fifty. I'm grateful to everyone who has supported and challenged me in my first twenty-three months of podcasting. From 19 downloads the first month to 10,104 downloads in May 2014, we've come a long way, baby! This curated recap of episodes 1-49 was inspired by my friends Dan and Vanessa Hayes at Simple Life Together (http://simplelifetogether.com/). In their 50th episode, they shared their top 20 simplicity websites … but Dan and Vanessa also summarized, curated, and categorized their first 49 episodes in a cool way. I'm using that same approach as a tribute to my amazing guests. But I also want this episode to be a resource for anyone new to Smart and Simple Matters (or with a leaky brain like me). Maybe you listen to simplify, organize, and be money wise. Perhaps you dig getting nerdy about spreadsheets or love exploring how to cultivate and maintain awesome relationships. Whatever you're into, saddle up … 'cause we're about to hit it! You're about to Learn … * The stories and insights of truly amazing people. * Why I'm happy to be embarrassed about episode one. * How to simplify from the inside out. * Unconventional ways to organize your brain, home, and gizmos. * Which version of money wise will work best for you. * What episode made me almost completely lose it. * How much our perspective can change over two years. * The easy things you can do to help others through this podcast. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: Normally I just give you links to websites, articles, tools, and other items. But I'm thinking you'll appreciate links to each previous episode of Smart and Simple Matters – categorized by topics – discussed in this episode. Check them out after the typical links below. * Public Speaking Recordings: * How Minimalism Is Changing Entrepreneurship (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_IAP5711) (SXSW 2013) * Books: * Experience Curating (http://valueofsimple.com/ecb) * Podcast Episodes: * Simple Life Together 050: Our Top 20 Simplicity Websites (http://simplelifetogether.com/top-20-simplicity-websites/) Simplicity Episodes * SASM 003 – Healing Your Technology Illness with Ethan Waldman (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-003-with-ethan-waldman) * SASM 006 – Habit Stacking, Simplifying, and Your Wakeup Call with Courtney Carver (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-006-with-courtney-carver) * SASM 020 – How to Create Space, Kindness, and Happiness with Tammy Strobel (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-020-with-tammy-strobel/) * SASM 022 - Minimalism, Intentional Living, and Being the Best You with Joshua Becker (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-022-with-joshua-becker) * SASM 025 - Tetris Theory, Mental Frameworks, and How to Act Accordingly with Colin Wright (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-025-with-colin-wright) * SASM 028 - How to Grow Abundance and Combat Stagnation with Charlie Gilkey (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-028-with-charlie-gilkey) * SASM 029 - 4 Reasons and a Moral Imperative to Unsimplify (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-029-unsimplify-and-moral-imperative/) * SASM 031 - Why You Need More Nothing (and How to Get It) With Jessie Kinowski (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-031-with-jessie-kinowski/) * SASM 034 - How to Have a Million Dollar Lifestyle for Dirt Cheap with Ryan Avery (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-034-with-ryan-avery/) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 1:03:32
SASM 049 – How to Have Plenty of Anything (Including Wild Money) with Luna Jaffe http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-049-wild-money-luna-jaffe/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-049-wild-money-luna-jaffe/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:00:36 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3934 This episode features Luna Jaffe as we discuss Wild Money, the debate between "enough" and "plenty," and what the voice of money sounds like (seriously).

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Wild MoneyI’m ready to go under the microscope.

Are you?

My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode – Luna Jaffe – just has a way with words. And thoughts. And concepts. And money.

I’m an open, “It’s good to be vulnerable” kinda guy. But Luna brought out a whole new level of candor and reflection in me. She’ll probably do the same for you after you listen to our chat.

Luna holds a passionate conviction that your relationship with money is critical to having a successful and satisfying life. She’s the Founder and CEO of Lunaria Financial, in Portland, OR where she offers securities and advisory services through KMS Financial Services, Inc.

But despite being a Certified Financial Planner and award-winning author of Wild Money: A Creative Journey to Financial Wisdom, she’s not that interested in bank accounts.

In fact, you’ll hear her tell stories of happy accidents that took her from one type of work to the next (and across the world).

It’s only through a diversity of experiences and travel – internally and externally – that you gain the wisdom to say things like:

It’s possible to heal your relationship with money. Just because the tools or the processes or the people you’ve tried to learn from in the past didn’t work, doesn’t mean you’re stupid. – Luna Jaffe

[Tweet That]

Luna also understands something I believe we all know deep down, but don’t often act on: excess time is more important than excess money.

Get ready to be challenged. Get ready to grow. And get ready to answer questions like these, because here comes Luna to rock your brain.

How do I spend money? Am I intentional or unconscious? How am I when I go to nurture it? Can I sit with it? Can I let it pool around me? – Luna Jaffe

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why you shouldn’t judge how “good” or “bad” you are with money.
  • How a hand-painted silk picture can change everything.
  • The hot debate between “enough” and “plenty.”
  • How a lifetime of accidental changes can create deep intention.
  • What the voice of money sounds like.
  • How to define what makes you feel rich.
  • Why you want to learn from people who share your pain.
  • How to become self-aware by crafting your money story.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Luna’s ZGuide to Money Giveaway

Click here to get Luna’s ZGuide to Money for free.

Topics

  • [03:21] Luna’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:38] The origins of Wild Money
  • [11:50] How to assess your relationship with money
  • [17:43] What makes your life feel rich
  • [20:45] How Luna teaches financial literacy
  • [25:43] The Wild Money Monologues deal
  • [32:19] The gender differences in how we view money
  • [34:47] What it’s like to ride through a heard of rhinos
  • [36:22] The story of $10 and a Laptop
  • [42:36] Healing your relationship with money
  • [43:54] How to get your free copy of ZGuide to Money

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-049-wild-money-luna-jaffe/feed/ 4 This episode features Luna Jaffe as we discuss Wild Money, the debate between "enough" and "plenty," and what the voice of money sounds like (seriously). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)I'm ready to go under the microscope. Are you? My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode – Luna Jaffe – just has a way with words. And thoughts. And concepts. And money. I'm an open, "It's good to be vulnerable" kinda guy. But Luna brought out a whole new level of candor and reflection in me. She'll probably do the same for you after you listen to our chat. Luna holds a passionate conviction that your relationship with money is critical to having a successful and satisfying life. She's the Founder and CEO of Lunaria Financial, in Portland, OR where she offers securities and advisory services through KMS Financial Services, Inc. But despite being a Certified Financial Planner and award-winning author of Wild Money: A Creative Journey to Financial Wisdom (http://www.lunajaffe.com/wild-money/wild-money-book/), she's not that interested in bank accounts. In fact, you'll hear her tell stories of happy accidents that took her from one type of work to the next (and across the world). It's only through a diversity of experiences and travel – internally and externally – that you gain the wisdom to say things like: It's possible to heal your relationship with money. Just because the tools or the processes or the people you've tried to learn from in the past didn't work, doesn't mean you're stupid. – Luna Jaffe [Tweet That (http://ctt.ec/sQm6R)] Luna also understands something I believe we all know deep down, but don't often act on: excess time is more important than excess money. Get ready to be challenged. Get ready to grow. And get ready to answer questions like these, because here comes Luna to rock your brain. How do I spend money? Am I intentional or unconscious? How am I when I go to nurture it? Can I sit with it? Can I let it pool around me? – Luna Jaffe You're about to Learn … * Why you shouldn't judge how "good" or "bad" you are with money. * How a hand-painted silk picture can change everything. * The hot debate between "enough" and "plenty." * How a lifetime of accidental changes can create deep intention. * What the voice of money sounds like. * How to define what makes you feel rich. * Why you want to learn from people who share your pain. * How to become self-aware by crafting your money story. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Luna Jaffe (http://www.lunajaffe.com/) * Greg Hartle (https://greghartle.com/) * Events: * SimpleREV (http://simplerev.com/tickets) * Wild Money Monologues (http://www.lunajaffe.com/event/wild-money-monologues/) * The Instigator Experience (http://www.theinstigatorexperience.com/) * Books: * Wild Money * Zguide to Money * Experience Curating * Resources * Tony Robbins TED Talk: Why We Do What We Do (http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do.html) Luna's ZGuide to Money Giveaway Click here to get Luna's ZGuide to Money for free. Topics * [03:21] Luna's seeds of awesomeness * [08:38] The origins of Wild Money * [11:50] How to assess your relationship with money * [17:43] What makes your life feel rich * [20:45] How Luna teaches financial literacy * [25:43] The Wild Money Monologues deal * [32:19] The gender differences in how we view money * [34:47] What it's like to ride through a heard of rhinos * [36:22] The story of $10 and a Laptop * [42:36] Healing your relationship with money * [43:54] How to get your free copy of ZGuide to Money Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 51:22
SASM 048: A New Vision of Simple Living, SimpleREV Style http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-048-simplerev-vision/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-048-simplerev-vision/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 07:00:11 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3906 This episode features Joel Zaslofsky sharing the grand vision for SimpleREV. Trust us: you'll want to discover how this brand of simple living is the cause of a generation.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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SimpleREVDo you know why factory tours are so popular?

Is it because:

  1. We want to see how the sausage is made, even if we say otherwise?
  2. We feel a deeper connection to a creator as we get further behind-the-scenes?
  3. We like free beer?

There’s no free beer here. But you’ll dig this SimpleREV factory tour and the exciting vision being shared for the first time.

After all, it’s all about you.

I go solo in this episode to talk about the grand vision of redefining simple living … SimpleREV style.

How we can be intentional about what we think and do? Where do mindfulness and gratitude hang out?

Why it’s so dang important to develop a sense of “enough?” How can we be consumed with something other than consumption?

All these questions can be answered by our community of simple living enthusiasts.

It doesn’t hurt to have an amazing framework to build upon, which is what we’ve found in Jonathan Fields’ 18-step process to start non-violent revolutions.

So let’s take the SimpleREV factory tour together right now. Make sure to holler if we need to improve the workers, process, and story as you see the challenges, champions, and direction of this simple living movement,.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to declutter your heart, brain, and soul.
  • Why hyper-consumerism and mindlessness are driving us into a ditch.
  • Who the SimpleREV movement is serving (maybe you?).
  • Why simple living is so hard for so many people.
  • What we’re rallying against (and will rip to shreds).
  • How to get on Mother Nature’s really good side.
  • Why slowing down is so challenging … and so rewarding.
  • How to be motivated by outcome, not income.
  • What we’re building to replace “The System.”
  • Why you need to meet Amirah, Rich, and Martha.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [00:24] The SimpleREV vision and framework initial context
  • [06:21] SimpleREV avatar: Amirah (a.k.a. the Kool-Aid drinker)
  • [11:49] SimpleREV avatar: Rich (a.k.a. needs to drink the Kool-Aid)
  • [19:05] SimpleREV avatar: Martha (a.k.a. the simplicity champion)
  • [20:23] What our shared oppression and pain is
  • [24:49] Who is our dictator
  • [30:45] Who is/are our leader(s)
  • [31:32] Our inciting incident
  • [32:34] Our “away from” rallying cry
  • [35:18] Our unifying beliefs
  • [39:30] The world we’re moving towards
  • [41:34] The making of the SimpleREV story
  • [42:45] What our manifesto looks like
  • [44:42] Recap of steps 4-10
  • [46:04] Defining the path forward
  • [48:33] Steps 12-18
  • [53:03] Recap

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-048-simplerev-vision/feed/ 0 This episode features Joel Zaslofsky sharing the grand vision for SimpleREV. Trust us: you'll want to discover how this brand of simple living is the cause of a generation. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Do you know why factory tours are so popular? Is it because: * We want to see how the sausage is made, even if we say otherwise? * We feel a deeper connect... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 55:44
SASM 047: How to Reclaim the Commons … and Your Attention with Howard Rheingold http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-047-the-commons-howard-rheingold/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-047-the-commons-howard-rheingold/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:00:50 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3884 This episode features Howard Rheingold as we discuss the role of the Commons, controlling your attention, how curating increases consciousness, and why you should thank the U.S. Department of Defense (yes, seriously).

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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The CommonsThe Commons.

How much do you do for them?

How much does anyone do these days to preserve and expand the Commons?

I tell you what: one man is definitely improving our collective resources. He’s Howard Rheingold: prolific writer, passionate speaker, virtual community expert, and all around colorful fella.

Have you ever felt smothered by a system bottling up the best of you? Do you ever wonder why you stare at a glowing screen or let others dictate what gets your attention?

Howard does. This best-selling author and TED Talk speaker has been thinking about the evolution of information for decades. He can see the crossroads of isolated patterns when you and I see nothing at all.

But he’s humble and mindful. He’s deeply aware of how much he knows … and how much he doesn’t know. One thing’s for sure, though:

The problem with the Commons is that they can be enclosed. – Howard Rheingold

[Tweet that]

I also agree whole-heartedly with this statement:

The more I share, the more that comes back to me. – Howard Rheingold

Howard’s credentials are impressive, but it’s his uncommon perspective and unexpected experience that you’ll really dig. Find out what happens when Smart and Simple Matters meets Smart Mobs and Net Smart. You’re in for a whole lotta smart!

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why we need to preserve the Commons (and what happens if we don’t).
  • How to think about what you want to think about.
  • When intentional actions turn into unintentional actions.
  • Why you should thank the U.S. Department of Defense (it’s not what you think).
  • If you’re in control of where your attention goes.
  • How curating makes you more conscious about consumption.
  • Why you – and everyone else – benefits when you curate publicly.
  • Why Howard and I rebel against conformity and specialization.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [03:06] Howard’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:25] The depths of infotention
  • [17:59] Making decisions when you’re online
  • [23:11] The benefits of curation
  • [27:00] Repairing the Commons
  • [37:32] The origins of our modern media

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-047-the-commons-howard-rheingold/feed/ 1 This episode features Howard Rheingold as we discuss the role of the Commons, controlling your attention, how curating increases consciousness, and why you should thank the U.S. Department of Defense (yes, seriously). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)The Commons. How much do you do for them? How much does anyone do these days to preserve and expand the Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons)? I t... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 45:16
SASM 046 – How to Organize Your “Lives” (E-Memory Revolution or Not) with Gordon Bell http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-046-total-recall-gordon-bell/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-046-total-recall-gordon-bell/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3849 This episode features Gordon Bell as we discuss how to organize your digital "lives," how to be a paperless pioneer, and why e-memories are so valuable.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Gordon BellGordon Bell has seen and done things you and I can’t imagine.

He’s been, and still is, a major part of computing and engineering history. This barely scratches the surface, but Gordon has:

  • Advanced degrees from prestigious places like MIT.
  • Researcher Emeritus status at Microsoft.
  • Crazy computing street cred from his role in creating the first mini- and time-sharing computers.

Right now, though? Gordon’s going to tell you how to join the e-memory revolution. Not only that, but he’s pioneering a way to organize your “lives” – yes, I said “lives” – in a holistic, comprehensive way.

You may have heard that I believe in intentional, selective curating. But Gordon has no need for Experience Curating.

That’s because he captures everything and discards nothing. In other words, he has the systems and tools to grab anything he sees, hears, and physically feels.

Is that nuts, or what?!

As he writes in his book Total Recall:

The hard part is no longer deciding what [digital information] to hold on to, but how to efficiently organize it, sort it, access it, and find patterns and meaning in it.

Whether or not you’ve considered lifelogging or the Quantified Self movement – or heck, even if you’ve never heard of these things – you don’t need to be a futurist to get a ton from this conversation.

Go back in time and come far into the future with Gordon … because you might discover what you can do to create an amazing e-memory legacy.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to efficiently and enjoyably organize your life into “lives.”
  • Why the big tech question should be “Should we … ?”
  • How Gordon went paperless a full decade before practically anyone else.
  • Why it’s important to work on “stuff” as a kid.
  • How great e-memories can make us healthier, wealthier, and wise.
  • What you can achieve with focus and amazing collaborators.
  • The evolution of MyLifeBits (and why you can’t have it).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:17] Gordon’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:23] The origins of Total Recall
  • [14:18] The evolution of MyLifeBits
  • [18:41] The philosophy behind “Capture everything. Discard nothing.”
  • [24:52] How e-memories will make you healthier
  • [33:50] Why lifelogging can be at odds with simple living
  • [38:51] How to organize your digital life
  • [44:43] Tools for Total Recall

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-046-total-recall-gordon-bell/feed/ 0 This episode features Gordon Bell as we discuss how to organize your digital "lives," how to be a paperless pioneer, and why e-memories are so valuable. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Gordon Bell has seen and done things you and I can't imagine. He's been, and still is, a major part of computing and engineering history. This barely scratches ... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:18
SASM 045 – Exploring Innerspace and Bodhi Float Tanks with Chad Johnson and Richard Bonk http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-045-bodhi-float-chad-johnson-richard-bonk/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-045-bodhi-float-chad-johnson-richard-bonk/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:00:43 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3834 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Chad Johnson and Richard Bonk of Bodhi Float Center. We discuss how to overcome gravity, exploring innerspace, stories of redemption, "nothingness," and how to be ASWIM (that's "awesome" to you).

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Bodhi FloatYou’ve heard rags-to-riches stories, right?

But when’s the last time you heard a mindlessness-to-consciousness story?

Chad Johnson went from drug addict to float center pioneer over a very rocky road. But he has arrived, and boy am I ever grateful … on behalf of the world and for a selfish reason too.

Richard Bonk went from unquestioning religious kid to rapid explorer of what’s out “there.” And by “there” I mean everywhere. He’s all about what hides undiscovered – and untapped – within us all.

If you’ve never heard of float tanks before, a.k.a. sensory deprivation tanks or isolation chambers, you’re in for a serious treat! If you have heard of float tanks or heck, even have been in one, just wait until you get a load of what these two “consciousnaughts” are doing to help you.

[Float tanks] are simple technology. Nothing is done to you. You just put yourself in this environment where you can be, and things naturally go back into balance. – Richard Bonk

[Tweet that]

I kind of understand what Richard means. After all, I’ve floated before.

But I had no idea why float tanks unlock this unique environment inside us until I heard Chad and Richard dive into it.

What the tank facilitates is the opening of states that are natural to us. It can be very powerful. It’s a non-drug, a non-invasive way of inducing these states of consciousness. – Richard Bonk

If you’re ready to explore innerspace or learn an “awesome technique” – and I know you are – crank up this episode and get your mental float on.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to overcome gravity … in an instant.
  • The surprising potential of exploring innerspace.
  • Chad’s winding path from drug addiction to simple-living.
  • Why Richard felt betrayal – and freedom – from his faith.
  • What kinds of physical and mental pain float tanks can help with.
  • Why we should pursue community enlightenment over personal enlightenment.
  • How to get some cheap REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy).
  • What alpha and theta brain waves have to do with your health.
  • The simplicity of “nothingness.”
  • How the AWSIM technique creates lucid dreams.
  • How you can become a “consciousnaught” (and why you want to be one).
  • How to explore your mind … from the inside.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:33] Chad’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:12] Richard seeds of awesomeness
  • [11:06] What a float is and does
  • [14:15] The fascinating history of float tanks
  • [19:38] Varying experiences in and the science of float tanks
  • [25:00] Details on the Alternate Waking States Investigation Method
  • [28:35] The research Chad and Richard want to generate and facilitate
  • [35:44] More benefits of floating
  • [42:00] How you can support Bodhi Floatation Center

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-045-bodhi-float-chad-johnson-richard-bonk/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Chad Johnson and Richard Bonk of Bodhi Float Center. We discuss how to overcome gravity, exploring innerspace, stories of redemption, "nothingness," and how to be ASWIM (that's "awesome" to you). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)You've heard rags-to-riches stories, right? But when's the last time you heard a mindlessness-to-consciousness story? Chad Johnson went from drug addict to float center pioneer over a very rocky road. But he has arrived, and boy am I ever grateful … on behalf of the world and for a selfish reason too. Richard Bonk went from unquestioning religious kid to rapid explorer of what's out "there." And by "there" I mean everywhere. He's all about what hides undiscovered – and untapped – within us all. If you've never heard of float tanks before, a.k.a. sensory deprivation tanks or isolation chambers, you're in for a serious treat! If you have heard of float tanks or heck, even have been in one, just wait until you get a load of what these two "consciousnaughts" are doing to help you. [Float tanks] are simple technology. Nothing is done to you. You just put yourself in this environment where you can be, and things naturally go back into balance. – Richard Bonk [Tweet that (http://ctt.ec/ae23L)] I kind of understand what Richard means. After all, I've floated before (http://valueofsimple.com/isolation-tank). But I had no idea why float tanks unlock this unique environment inside us until I heard Chad and Richard dive into it. What the tank facilitates is the opening of states that are natural to us. It can be very powerful. It's a non-drug, a non-invasive way of inducing these states of consciousness. – Richard Bonk If you're ready to explore innerspace or learn an "awesome technique" – and I know you are – crank up this episode and get your mental float on. You're about to Learn … * How to overcome gravity … in an instant. * The surprising potential of exploring innerspace. * Chad's winding path from drug addiction to simple-living. * Why Richard felt betrayal – and freedom – from his faith. * What kinds of physical and mental pain float tanks can help with. * Why we should pursue community enlightenment over personal enlightenment. * How to get some cheap REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy). * What alpha and theta brain waves have to do with your health. * The simplicity of "nothingness." * How the AWSIM technique creates lucid dreams. * How you can become a "consciousnaught" (and why you want to be one). * How to explore your mind … from the inside. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Bodhi Float Center (http://bodhifloatctr.com/) * SimpleRev (http://simplerev.com/about) * Resources: * Alternate Waking States Investigation Method (http://richardbonk.com/awsim/) (AWSIM, or "Awesome") * Movies: * Float Nation (http://www.float-nation.com/floating.html) * Altered States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_States) * Innerspace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innerspace) * Connect with Bodhi Float Center * Twitter (https://twitter.com/BodhiFloatCtr) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FlotationMinnesota/) Topics * [06:33] Chad's seeds of awesomeness * [08:12] Richard seeds of awesomeness * [11:06] What a float is and does * [14:15] The fascinating history of float tanks * [19:38] Varying experiences in and the science of float tanks * [25:00] Details on the Alternate Waking States Investigation Method * [28:35] The research Chad and Richard want to generate and facilitate * [35:44] More benefits of floating * [42:00] How you can support Bodhi Floatation Center Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 52:33
SASM 044 – How to Find the Crossroads of Passion and Simplicity with Mohamed Tohami http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-044-midway-simplicity-mohamed-tohami/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-044-midway-simplicity-mohamed-tohami/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:00:31 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3816 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Mohamed Tohami of Midway Simplicity as we discuss finding your passion, decluttering anything, how to stop your paycheck from controlling your life, and why simple-living is addictive.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Midway SimplicityMohamed Tohami of Midway Simplicity has declared 2014 as the year passion meets simplicity.

Can I just say one thing about that?

I’m in. Way in.

I’m passionate about bringing people together and simple-living. So it’s no surprise that I’m co-organizing – and Tohami’s supporting – SimpleRev, an event for 200+ simplicity enthusiasts.

Tohami (as he’s called by his friends) knows more about the inseparable bond between passion and simplicity than just about anyone else.

He’s also Egypt’s #1 motivation expert, a dynamic public speaker, an Amazon best-selling author of books like The Pharaohs’ Code and the aptly titled Midway Simplicity, and the father of a tiny little guy named Adam.

Let’s get inside this humble and wise man’s head, shall we?

Some people think that you should lead your life by logic, which is a big mistake. The leader should be your heart. It should tell you what it wants to do. And the mind’s role is to find ways on how to fulfill your heart’s desires. – Mohamed Tohami

Get ready to develop a new passion for passion … and simplicity!

You’re about to Learn …

  • What transforms an ordinary person into an extraordinary person.
  • How to stop your paycheck from controlling your life.
  • Why simple-living is addictive (and how you can get addicted).
  • What’s written in books … and what’s hidden in the back stories.
  • How to find your life’s purpose in less than 30 minutes.
  • Why passion acts like a sweeper to clear away the excess.
  • A go-to and fail-safe approach to decluttering anything.
  • Why simple-living is about abundance, not sacrifice.
  • The one core principle of Midway Simplicity.
  • Why you should lead with your heart, not your mind.
  • The three great pillars that empower passionate work.
  • Tohami’s challenge to you … and your chance to connect the dots.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:26] Tohami’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:22] Tohami’s struggles in listening to his heart
  • [16:23] Why simplicity is addictive
  • [23:36] Role models for the intersection of passion and simplicity
  • [26:36] Slowing down and listening to your heart
  • [30:12] Ways to express gratitude
  • [32:35] Finding simplicity’s middle ground
  • [39:33] The P.A.S. Technique and finding your purpose

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-044-midway-simplicity-mohamed-tohami/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Mohamed Tohami of Midway Simplicity as we discuss finding your passion, decluttering anything, how to stop your paycheck from controlling your life, and why simple-living is addictive. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Mohamed Tohami of Midway Simplicity has declared 2014 as the year passion meets simplicity. Can I just say one thing about that? I'm in. Way in. I'm passionate about bringing people together and simple-living. So it's no surprise that I'm co-organizing – and Tohami's supporting – SimpleRev (http://simplerev.com/about), an event for 200+ simplicity enthusiasts. Tohami (as he's called by his friends) knows more about the inseparable bond between passion and simplicity than just about anyone else. He's also Egypt's #1 motivation expert, a dynamic public speaker, an Amazon best-selling author of books like The Pharaohs' Code and the aptly titled Midway Simplicity, and the father of a tiny little guy named Adam. Let's get inside this humble and wise man's head, shall we? Some people think that you should lead your life by logic, which is a big mistake. The leader should be your heart. It should tell you what it wants to do. And the mind's role is to find ways on how to fulfill your heart's desires. – Mohamed Tohami Get ready to develop a new passion for passion ... and simplicity! You're about to Learn … * What transforms an ordinary person into an extraordinary person. * How to stop your paycheck from controlling your life. * Why simple-living is addictive (and how you can get addicted). * What's written in books … and what's hidden in the back stories. * How to find your life's purpose in less than 30 minutes. * Why passion acts like a sweeper to clear away the excess. * A go-to and fail-safe approach to decluttering anything. * Why simple-living is about abundance, not sacrifice. * The one core principle of Midway Simplicity. * Why you should lead with your heart, not your mind. * The three great pillars that empower passionate work. * Tohami's challenge to you … and your chance to connect the dots. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * MidwaySimplicity (http://midwaysimplicity.com/about/) * Tohami.com (http://tohami.com/about/) * Live Your Legend (http://liveyourlegend.net/about/) * Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/about-us/) * Paid to Exist (http://paidtoexist.com/about/) * 365 Less Things (http://www.365lessthings.com/about/) * Resources: * The P.A.S. Technique (http://valueofsimple.com/pas) (affiliate link) * Midway Simplicity YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/MidwaySimplicity) * Live Your Legend's Goal Setting and Action Workbook (http://liveyourlegend.net/2014-goal-setting-action-workbook/) * Simple Life Together's Edit & Forget It Challenge (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EditandForgetIt/) * Books: * Midway Simplicity * The Pharaohs' Code * Videos: * Joel and Tohami Talk Passion and Simplicity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j00yw1GLBc) * Blog Posts: * Are You Overwhelmed by Decluttering? (http://midwaysimplicity.com/overwhelmed-by-decluttering/) Topics * [05:26] Tohami's seeds of awesomeness * [08:22] Tohami's struggles in listening to his heart * [16:23] Why simplicity is addictive * [23:36] Role models for the intersection of passion and simplicity * [26:36] Slowing down and listening to your heart * [30:12] Ways to express gratitude * [32:35] Finding simplicity's middle ground * [39:33] The P.A.S. Technique and finding your purpose Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 57:33
SASM 043 – How to Slow Your Home, Be Simple Enough, and Enjoy Zero with Brooke McAlary http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-043-slow-your-home-with-brooke-mcalary/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-043-slow-your-home-with-brooke-mcalary/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:00:39 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3797 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Brooke McAlary of Slow Your Home as we discuss how to be simple enough, making positive and intentional living the default, and learning to love nothing more than zero.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Slow Your HomeHere’s a quandary:

Is it possible to be positive when you’re experiencing zero?

Brook McAlary of Slow Your Home thinks so. And I agree.

Brooke joined me for a Smart and Simple Matters episode from her home in the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney, Australia. She’s the author of the popular Destination: Simple and the publisher of the rising digital magazine, Romper.

We didn’t directly say this, but Brooke and I basically explain why we often go around chasing meaning, mindfulness, and impact when it can instead be found by slowing down. In fact, we all benefit not just from slowing down, but even when coming to a dead stop.

Jessie Kinowski talked about “nothingness” in SASM 031 and Andy Puddicombe expanded on it in SASM 040. But I’m glad that Brooke was willing to continue the trend.

I spend a lot of time out in the garden or sitting in the sun [doing nothing]. And that’s helps. It grounds me. It tells me what’s real and what doesn’t change. – Brooke McAlary

I’ve been a big fan of Brooke and her work for two years, so it’s a pleasure to introduce her to a new audience that will benefit from what she writes and says.

Pro tip: Listen to the end of the episode to discover how to get a free copy of Issue X – the very first Romper issue – for a limited time. Once you start reading Brooke’s stuff and slowing down, you won’t want to miss a thing she does.

You’re about to Learn …

  • Why asking for help is a sign of strength (and saves lives).
  • How to get over perfectionism and disappointing others.
  • Why Brooke and I are big fans of “zero.”
  • How she willfully chose anxiety … and then willfully decided not to be anxious.
  • What money resources will help you rock at personal finance.
  • How to create a default mindset of positivity and intentionality.
  • The surprising history of simple-living … in one minute.
  • Why each person needs to define what “simple enough” is.
  • How to empty your mind to sleep better.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:45] Brooke’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:03] Breaking lifetime habits
  • [13:55] How different people express gratitude
  • [19:20] Reducing debt and staying out of it
  • [25:35] Details about Brooke’s digital magazine, Romper
  • [29:08] Brooke’s history lesson on simplicity
  • [34:24] What Brooke does to stay calm
  • [36:03] How to empty your mind to sleep better
  • [38:57] How to get a free copy of Romper, Issue X

How to Get Romper Issue X

As of March 5, 2014, the promo code of “simple” is working. Here’s how to get your copy

  1. Go to Romper.
  2. Click an image on the home page.
  3. Click the “I want this!” button.
  4. Enter your email address and the promo code of “simple” (without the quotes) in the “Offer code (optional)” field.
  5. Click the “Get!” button.

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-043-slow-your-home-with-brooke-mcalary/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Brooke McAlary of Slow Your Home as we discuss how to be simple enough, making positive and intentional living the default, and learning to love nothing more than zero. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Here's a quandary: Is it possible to be positive when you're experiencing zero? Brook McAlary of Slow Your Home thinks so. And I agree. Brooke joined me fo... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 47:03
SASM 042 – Experience Curating, Part 2: The FAOCAS Framework and Tools http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-042-experience-curating-part-2/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-042-experience-curating-part-2/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:00:31 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3772 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Joel Zaslofsky and Experience Curating. He explores who really owns your social media experiences, why his framework is descriptive (and not prescriptive), the simplicity of the "Everywhere Doctrine," and more.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Experience Curating

Note: This episode is part two of two in the Experience Curating series. Listen to SASM 041 first to get the most out of this one.

*****

Sometimes, you just gotta let loose.

This episode of Smart and Simple Matters was one of those times.

My brain said “Let ‘er rip!” to a bunch of things like:

  • The FAOCAS box analogy (a.k.a. the inspiration for my book cover).
  • Two initial testimonials for Experience Curating’s grooviness.
  • How to use awesome tools of the trade like Evernote and LibraryThing.
  • Why I love Excel so much … and still would even if I didn’t curate with it.

I also expanded on items like why I live/love this quote so much:

Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking. – Patrick Ness

[Tweet that]

But as much as I enjoy the “why” and “what” of Experience Curating, I realize that some people just want to know how to do the damn thing.

So this episode is all about how to get your Experience Curating on!

How about it? Have you already gotten your Experience Curating on?

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to spend 0.1% of your time maximizing the other 99.9%.
  • Why Experience Curating is descriptive, not prescriptive.
  • Who owns your Facebook experiences … and it’s not only you.
  • Why FAOCAS is like a box (a seriously awesome one).
  • What the building blocks, road signs, glue, and river of Experience Curating are.
  • The simplicity of the “Everywhere Doctrine” and how to use it.
  • How to avoid the “Click here! I’m awesome!” trap.
  • Why Evernote rocks (and sucks) for curating.
  • What the killer apps of spreadsheets are.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [02:42] Caveats and quick notes
  • [06:10] Introducing: The FAOCAS framework
  • [08:05] “F” is for Filter
  • [13:46] “A” #1 is for Archive
  • [22:10] “O” is for Organize
  • [31:30] “C” is for Contextualize
  • [34:15] “A” #2 is for Access
  • [35:38] “S” is for Share
  • [45:38] The major curating tool decisions
  • [53:36] Specific curating tools and how to use them
  • [1:07:08] Episode recap

Special Thanks

A big-time special thanks to my wife Melinda for giving me the freedom to express myself in funky ways. And a major shout out to Erin Kurup – the idea architect for Experience Curating – who helped to turn 36,000+ words of crap into something worth reading.

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-042-experience-curating-part-2/feed/ 2 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Joel Zaslofsky and Experience Curating. He explores who really owns your social media experiences, why his framework is descriptive (and not prescriptive), the simplicity of the "Everywhere Doctrine, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Note: This episode is part two of two in the Experience Curating series. Listen to SASM 041 (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-041-experience-curating-part-1) first to get the most out of this one. ***** Sometimes, you just gotta let loose. This episode of Smart and Simple Matters was one of those times. My brain said "Let 'er rip!" to a bunch of things like: * The FAOCAS box analogy (a.k.a. the inspiration for my book cover). * Two initial testimonials for Experience Curating's grooviness. * How to use awesome tools of the trade like Evernote and LibraryThing. * Why I love Excel so much … and still would even if I didn't curate with it. I also expanded on items like why I live/love this quote so much: Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking. - Patrick Ness [Tweet that] (http://ctt.ec/Qgbeq) But as much as I enjoy the "why" and "what" of Experience Curating, I realize that some people just want to know how to do the damn thing. So this episode is all about how to get your Experience Curating on! How about it? Have you already gotten your Experience Curating on? You're about to Learn … * How to spend 0.1% of your time maximizing the other 99.9%. * Why Experience Curating is descriptive, not prescriptive. * Who owns your Facebook experiences … and it's not only you. * Why FAOCAS is like a box (a seriously awesome one). * What the building blocks, road signs, glue, and river of Experience Curating are. * The simplicity of the "Everywhere Doctrine" and how to use it. * How to avoid the "Click here! I'm awesome!" trap. * Why Evernote rocks (and sucks) for curating. * What the killer apps of spreadsheets are. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Resources: * The Curator's Code (http://www.curatorscode.org/) * Robin Good: Content Curation Tools (https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good) * Research * Daniel Kahneman TED Talk: The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory (http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_kahneman_the_riddle_of_experience_vs_memory.html) * Your Memory is Like the Telephone Game (http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2012/09/your-memory-is-like-the-telephone-game.html) * Books: * Experience Curating * Tools * Excel (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/) * Evernote (http://evernote.com/) * LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com/) * Podcast Episodes: * SASM 041 - Experience Curating, Part 1: Origins, What It Is, and Best Practices (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-041-experience-curating-part-1) * Blog Posts: * Spreadsheets and You: How and Why to Put Your Life in Them (http://valueofsimple.com/spreadsheets-and-you) * How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book (http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/how-and-why-to-keep-a-commonplace-book/) Topics * [02:42] Caveats and quick notes * [06:10] Introducing: The FAOCAS framework * [08:05] "F" is for Filter * [13:46] "A" #1 is for Archive * [22:10] "O" is for Organize * [31:30] "C" is for Contextualize * [34:15] "A" #2 is for Access * [35:38] "S" is for Share * [45:38] The major curating tool decisions * [53:36] Specific curating tools and how to use them * [1:07:08] Episode recap Special Thanks A big-time special thanks to my wife Melinda for giving me the freedom to express myself in funky ways. And a major shout out to Erin Kurup – the idea architect (http://remadebyhand.com/services/) for Experience Curating – who helped to turn 36,000+ words of crap into something worth reading. Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 1:10:31
SASM 041 – Experience Curating, Part 1: Origins, What It Is, and Best Practices http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-041-experience-curating-part-1/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-041-experience-curating-part-1/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:00:56 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3727 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Joel Zaslofsky going solo with Experience Curating. He explores how to spend 0.1% of your time maximizing the other 99.9%, the synergy between simplicity and curating, how to become an expert in any topic, and more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Experience CuratingRumor on the street is I love curating.

But not just any kind of curating. Unsexy, Excel-fueled, minimalist, “no experience is off limits” curating.

It’s a little thing I call “Experience Curating,” and this Smart and Simple Matters episode is part one of two on Experience Curating – the concept – and Experience Curating – the book.

I’ve come a looooong way on my curating journey since I first discussed the topic on SASM 005. That’s because I now have years’ worth of experiences – recipes, book reviews, online content, quotes, and more – in a handful of Excel spreadsheets.

I can see the magic now. I’ve felt the benefits for me, my reputation, my friends, and anyone else who I might engage with.

My curating is all grown up. So I wrote a book about it and wanted you to hear all the good stuff on SASM.

If you want your experiences to make big things happen for you instead of passively happen to you, then you’re going to love Experience Curating.

Get your tweeting hat on, go down the rabbit hole with the links below, and let’s get ready to curaaaaaaate!

Groovy Stuff to Tweet

Imagine what would happen if you spent 0.1% of your time adding value to the other 99.9%.

[Tweet That]

Wealth of any type, just as love, must be shared to be fully realized. – Raam Dev

[Tweet That]

What the heck is Experience Curating? Find out in #SASM 041.

[Tweet That]

The question isn’t, ‘Should I curate?’ The question is ‘What should I be curating?’

[Tweet That]

If only I had crazy curating skills like Dewey, Luce, and The Brothers Grimm!

[Tweet That]

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to spend 0.1% of your time maximizing the other 99.9%.
  • Why curating simplifies the body, mind, and spirit.
  • What a “curating jam session” is (and why you need them).
  • How to use curating to become an expert on any topic.
  • The difference between a “man’s man” and a “curator’s curator.”
  • What a “filter bubble” is … and how to stay out of one.
  • Why Experience Curating is descriptive, not prescriptive.
  • Who’s in the Experience Curating Hall of Fame.
  • Why we love The Brothers Grimm, Melvil Dewey, and Henry Luce.
  • Insane stats about how much information is created online every minute.
  • Why you have a moral imperative to curate.
  • What you can or should curate (and are already curating).
  • Why trust is trendy, but never goes out of style.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [03:49] Quick notes about the episode.
  • [06:43] Episode overview and the origins of Experience Curating.
  • [10:37] What the heck is Experience Curating?
  • [12:15] A brief curating history lesson.
  • [19:02] Some benefits of Experience Curating.
  • [25:22] Crazy stats about how much information we’re exposed to.
  • [31:17] What can I or should I curate?
  • [34:47] The Experience Curating Hall of Fame.
  • [39:36] Experience Curating best practices.
  • [51:38] Soaring rhetoric from Joel (go get ’em!).

Special Thanks

A big-time special thanks to my wife Melinda for giving me the freedom to express myself in funky ways. And a major shout out to Erin Kurup – the idea architect for Experience Curating – who helped to turn 36,000+ words of crap into something worth reading.

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-041-experience-curating-part-1/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Joel Zaslofsky going solo with Experience Curating. He explores how to spend 0.1% of your time maximizing the other 99.9%, the synergy between simplicity and curating, how to become an expert in any topic, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Rumor on the street is I love curating. But not just any kind of curating. Unsexy, Excel-fueled, minimalist, "no experience is off limits" curating. It's a li... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 56:04
SASM 040 – Meditate on This: Mindfulness and Headspace with Andy Puddicombe http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-040-mindfulness-meditate-headspace-with-andy-puddicombe/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-040-mindfulness-meditate-headspace-with-andy-puddicombe/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:00:40 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3575 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Andy Puddicombe of Headspace as we discuss the science of meditation, looking after your mind like you would your body, and why softness is vastly underrated.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Andy PuddicombeGuess how many former Buddhist monks or circus performers I’ve had on Smart and Simple Matters?

The answer is zero … until now! That’s because Andy Puddicombe from Headspace is my guest for this episode.

You’re going to hear a lot about:

  • The science and benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
  • How to stop your mind from wandering away.
  • The themes of his TED Talk that has been viewed about two million times.

But you won’t expect where Andy has come from and why he is where he’s at now. There’s some seriously heavy stuff from his past that set him on a journey to come out the other end transformed.

These days, Andy is responsible for about a million people meditating on a regular basis. That’s primarily through the Headspace on the Go app, public speaking tours, and graciously giving interviews to folks like me.

His company even works with gold medal winning Olympic athletes who happen to attribute much of their success to meditation.

I respect Andy for what he’s accomplished, but more importantly, for who he is. He’s humble, driven for the common good, oozing mindfulness, and is a stabilizing presence.

Listen in (or meditate) on our conversation as we help you find more softness, more gentleness, and, of course, more headspace.

You’re about to Learn …

  • The fascinating science behind meditation.
  • Why you don’t look after your mind like you look after your body.
  • How to capture more fleeting mindfulness and headspace.
  • Why headspace is always with us (if we remember to look for it).
  • What “Take Ten” is and why you might benefit from it.
  • The surprising ripple effects when you meditate.
  • How to be familiar (and comfortable) with the present.
  • Why softness and gentleness is underrated.
  • How to be mindful … even without sunrises and surfing.
  • Why everythingness comes directly from nothingness.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:18] Andy’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:18] The difference between mindfulness, meditation, and headspace
  • [12:52] What Headspace is
  • [19:05] Why addiction is mitigated when you meditate
  • [22:37] Excuses for not meditating (and why they don’t help us)
  • [26:17] Meditation’s differences based on age and place
  • [32:18] Why meditation is a training for life
  • [35:45] Nothingness and everythingness

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-040-mindfulness-meditate-headspace-with-andy-puddicombe/feed/ 6 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Andy Puddicombe of Headspace as we discuss the science of meditation, looking after your mind like you would your body, and why softness is vastly underrated. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Guess how many former Buddhist monks or circus performers I've had on Smart and Simple Matters? The answer is zero … until now! That's because Andy Puddicombe from Headspace is my guest for this episode. You're going to hear a lot about: * The science and benefits of mindfulness and meditation. * How to stop your mind from wandering away. * The themes of his TED Talk that has been viewed about two million times. But you won't expect where Andy has come from and why he is where he's at now. There's some seriously heavy stuff from his past that set him on a journey to come out the other end transformed. These days, Andy is responsible for about a million people meditating on a regular basis. That's primarily through the Headspace on the Go app, public speaking tours, and graciously giving interviews to folks like me. His company even works with gold medal winning Olympic athletes who happen to attribute much of their success to meditation. I respect Andy for what he's accomplished, but more importantly, for who he is. He's humble, driven for the common good, oozing mindfulness, and is a stabilizing presence. Listen in (or meditate) on our conversation as we help you find more softness, more gentleness, and, of course, more headspace. You're about to Learn … * The fascinating science behind meditation. * Why you don't look after your mind like you look after your body. * How to capture more fleeting mindfulness and headspace. * Why headspace is always with us (if we remember to look for it). * What "Take Ten" is and why you might benefit from it. * The surprising ripple effects when you meditate. * How to be familiar (and comfortable) with the present. * Why softness and gentleness is underrated. * How to be mindful … even without sunrises and surfing. * Why everythingness comes directly from nothingness. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Headspace (http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/what-is-headspace.aspx) * SimpleRev (http://simplerev.com/) * Resources: * Andy's TED Talk: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes (http://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes.html) * Headspace on the Go (http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/shop/headspace-meditation-app.aspx) * Books: * The Headspace Diet * Get Some Headspace * Experience Curating (http://amazon.com/dp/B00HS533KY) * Other Podcast Episodes: * SASM 031 - Why You Need More Nothing (and How to Get It) With Jessie Kinowski (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-031-with-jessie-kinowski) Topics * [04:18] Andy's seeds of awesomeness * [10:18] The difference between mindfulness, meditation, and headspace * [12:52] What Headspace is * [19:05] Why addiction is mitigated when you meditate * [22:37] Excuses for not meditating (and why they don't help us) * [26:17] Meditation's differences based on age and place * [32:18] Why meditation is a training for life * [35:45] Nothingness and everythingness Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude! Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 45:58
SASM 039 – How to Build Super Systems (and Be Like Batman) with Shanna Mann http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-039-with-shanna-mann-build-systems/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-039-with-shanna-mann-build-systems/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:00:15 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3551 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Shanna Mann as we discuss how to build rockin' systems, whether we should emulate Batman or Superman, why habits (even great ones) can be giant blind spots, and more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Build SystemsFrom humble roots grow resilient crops.

I wish I had a witty analogy or metaphor to build on here, but I leave that kind of stuff up to my guest for this episode, the de-light-ful Shanna Mann.

She and I met in The Puttytribe two years ago, and, for some reason, she saw something in me. Fast forward to today and we’re in the same mastermind group, a place where Shanna helps to convince me to go for audacious projects like SimpleRev instead of pick the low-hanging fruit.

She’s the founder of Change Catalyst, runs three businesses, builds systems like ants build tunnels, loves going down the Reddit rabbit hole, and has more resilience that just about anyone I know.

Plus, she’s going to tell it to you straight with pizzazz and relevance. For example:

If the crops are crap, you’re hosed. – Shanna Mann

[Tweet this]

Indeed, Shanna. Indeed. The only thing she forgot was the “eh?” (she’s Canadian, you know).

So how about you? Are you ready to build systems that keep life moving even when you’re feeling brain dead?

Are you ready for some Shantastic gems like this?

You can’t systematize until you’re organized.

[Tweet this]

The show notes are light-hearted because Shanna’s a good friend. But I promise that we get serious in the episode, and that there’s serious value in it, too.

Don’t forget that Shanna’s giving SASM listeners a 50% discount until January 31, 2014 on Your Next 6 Months (Forever). I’ve been through the exercises, templates, and resources myself. It’s fantastic. It’s Shantastic. And maybe it’s just right for you.

You’re about to Learn …

  • The very unsexy – but super savvy – way that Shanna saves $15 a month.
  • Batman or Superman? We reveal who’s the better hero.
  • How to be the ant (and not the grasshopper).
  • The twenty-minute Reddit method to save a bunch of money.
  • Why to-do lists work better beside an “outcome list.”
  • The beautiful choreography that comes with super systems.
  • The difference between (and importance of) first versus second order systems.
  • Why habits, even great ones, can be giant blind spots.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:30] Shanna’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [08:23] Unconventional ways to be money wise
  • [17:27] Kanban, Pomodoro, and lists
  • [21:50] How to build systems, rituals, and habits for slowing down life
  • [28:34] Decision fatigue, limited willpower, and removing distractions
  • [33:20] Why you need to organize before you systematize
  • [39:18] Getting past the intimidation of systematizing
  • [45:33] To-don’t lists and having more of less
  • [49:06] The skinny on Your Next 6 Months (Forever)

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-039-with-shanna-mann-build-systems/feed/ 2 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Shanna Mann as we discuss how to build rockin' systems, whether we should emulate Batman or Superman, why habits (even great ones) can be giant blind spots, and more. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)From humble roots grow resilient crops. I wish I had a witty analogy or metaphor to build on here, but I leave that kind of stuff up to my guest for this episode, the de-light-ful Shanna Mann. She and I met in The Puttytribe two years ago, and, for some reason, she saw something in me. Fast forward to today and we're in the same mastermind group, a place where Shanna helps to convince me to go for audacious projects like SimpleRev instead of pick the low-hanging fruit. She's the founder of Change Catalyst (http://shannamann.com/me-you/about-me), runs three businesses, builds systems like ants build tunnels, loves going down the Reddit rabbit hole, and has more resilience that just about anyone I know. Plus, she's going to tell it to you straight with pizzazz and relevance. For example: If the crops are crap, you're hosed. – Shanna Mann [Tweet this (http://ctt.ec/z1PqU)] Indeed, Shanna. Indeed. The only thing she forgot was the "eh?" (she's Canadian, you know). So how about you? Are you ready to build systems that keep life moving even when you're feeling brain dead? Are you ready for some Shantastic gems like this? You can't systematize until you're organized. [Tweet this (http://ctt.ec/48OZM)] The show notes are light-hearted because Shanna's a good friend. But I promise that we get serious in the episode, and that there's serious value in it, too. Don't forget that Shanna's giving SASM listeners a 50% discount until January 31, 2014 on Your Next 6 Months (Forever) (http://shannamann.com/shop/your-next-6-months-forever). I've been through the exercises, templates, and resources myself. It's fantastic. It's Shantastic. And maybe it's just right for you. You're about to Learn … * The very unsexy – but super savvy – way that Shanna saves $15 a month. * Batman or Superman? We reveal who's the better hero. * How to be the ant (and not the grasshopper). * The twenty-minute Reddit method to save a bunch of money. * Why to-do lists work better beside an "outcome list." * The beautiful choreography that comes with super systems. * The difference between (and importance of) first versus second order systems. * Why habits, even great ones, can be giant blind spots. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Change Catalyst (http://shannamann.com/me-you/about-me) * Ittybiz (http://ittybiz.com/about/) * My Secret Cup (http://www.mysecretcup.com/pages/about-us) * Resources: * Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_virtual_network_operator) * Kanban Flow (https://kanbanflow.com/) * Pomodoro Technique (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique) * The Guild (on G+) (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101721331457001061388) * Shanna's Products: * Quick & Dirty Bookkeeping (http://shannamann.com/shop/bookkeeping) * Your Next 6 Months (Forever) (http://shannamann.com/shop/your-next-6-months-forever) * Articles * If Systemization is So Effective Why Doesn't Everyone Do It? (http://shannamann.com/blog/systemization-question) * Higher Concerns (a.k.a. How to Stare at a Wall) (http://exilelifestyle.com/higher-concerns/) Topics * [05:30] Shanna's seeds of awesomeness * [08:23] Unconventional ways to be money wise * [17:27] Kanban, Pomodoro, and lists * [21:50] How to build systems, rituals, and habits for slowing down life * [28:34] Decision fatigue, limited willpower, and removing distractions * [33:20] Why you need to organize before you systematize * [39:18] Getting past the intimidation of systematizing * [45:33] To-don't lists and having more of less * [49:06] The skinny on Your Next 6 Months (Forever) Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 57:18
SASM 038 – How to Be Control Free and Distraction Lite with Mike Burns http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-038-with-mike-burns/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-038-with-mike-burns/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:00:18 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3521 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Mike Burns as we talk about letting go of the need to control everything, why anti-distraction beats decluttering, what the "greater yes" is, and much more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Mike BurnsNow here’s a guy that makes it easy to create bad fun puns.

Because Mike Burns knows how to get things cooking without overheating.

I can feel his fiery drive to create amazing simplicity resources.

What? I’m laying it on too thick? OK. I’ll knock it off.

Here’s the straight scoop on Mr. Burns (as I avoid a reference to C. Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons):

  • He was once certain he would become a pro skateboarder and DJ.
  • Mike has six kids with his wife Jen between the ages of nine and sixteen.
  • He previously worked for Franklin Covey (and his productivity reflects that).
  • He somehow cranks out awesome books every other second … even with a separate full-time gig.

Mike just has a level of nuance and sophistication that tons of folks appreciate. And he combines being articulate with “I’m not going to sugarcoat this” flair quite well.

For example:

You don’t have to try and do it all. Because we [actually] know you can’t. – Mike Burns

He’s right. Nobody can do it all. Because the human appetite for more, better, stronger, and faster can be insatiable.

But we can live intentionally as we release the urge to control everything. We can let go of relentless organizing if we adopt simple systems. And we can find our “greater yes” as we say no to vampire distractions.

Get ready to discover the other side of complexity with me and Mike in this groovy SASM episode.

You’re about to Learn …

  • How to be vibrant while letting go of control.
  • The difference between decluttering and anti-distraction.
  • Why prioritization is most important in the moment of decision.
  • How Mike moved his eight-person family cross-country in a 6×12 foot trailer.
  • Why Mike is ill-prepared for Armageddon.
  • What the “greater yes” is and how you can use it to push yourself.
  • Mike’s elegant way to avoid the urge to hyper-organize.
  • Why simplifying helps you with organizing.
  • The single word that’s on Mike’s cell phone background.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:54] The seeds of awesomeness
  • [12:19] The ever-shifting landscape of personal priorities
  • [19:38] Why mainstream simplicity is important to Mike
  • [24:27] What simplicity in relationships looks like
  • [29:00] How Mike curates
  • [38:27] Resources to focus and live intentionally
  • [45:16] Why simplifying helps with organizing

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-038-with-mike-burns/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Mike Burns as we talk about letting go of the need to control everything, why anti-distraction beats decluttering, what the "greater yes" is, and much more. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Now here's a guy that makes it easy to create bad fun puns. Because Mike Burns knows how to get things cooking without overheating. I can feel his fiery drive to create amazing simplicity resources. What? I'm laying it on too thick? OK. I'll knock it off. Here's the straight scoop on Mr. Burns (as I avoid a reference to C. Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons): * He was once certain he would become a pro skateboarder and DJ. * Mike has six kids with his wife Jen between the ages of nine and sixteen. * He previously worked for Franklin Covey (and his productivity reflects that). * He somehow cranks out awesome books (http://theothersideofcomplexity.com/ebooks/) every other second … even with a separate full-time gig. Mike just has a level of nuance and sophistication that tons of folks appreciate. And he combines being articulate with "I'm not going to sugarcoat this" flair quite well. For example: You don't have to try and do it all. Because we [actually] know you can't. – Mike Burns He's right. Nobody can do it all. Because the human appetite for more, better, stronger, and faster can be insatiable. But we can live intentionally as we release the urge to control everything. We can let go of relentless organizing if we adopt simple systems. And we can find our "greater yes" as we say no to vampire distractions. Get ready to discover the other side of complexity with me and Mike in this groovy SASM episode. You're about to Learn … * How to be vibrant while letting go of control. * The difference between decluttering and anti-distraction. * Why prioritization is most important in the moment of decision. * How Mike moved his eight-person family cross-country in a 6x12 foot trailer. * Why Mike is ill-prepared for Armageddon. * What the "greater yes" is and how you can use it to push yourself. * Mike's elegant way to avoid the urge to hyper-organize. * Why simplifying helps you with organizing. * The single word that's on Mike's cell phone background. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * The Other Side of Complexity (http://theothersideofcomplexity.com/about/) * So They Can Fly (http://sotheycanfly.com/about/) * Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net/about/) * Resources: * Mike's "Do Less" Rap Video (http://theothersideofcomplexity.com/do-less-rap/) * Tim Ferriss Debates Leo Babauta on Setting Goals (http://vimeo.com/53629816) * Books: * Simpler: Declutter Your Life and Focus on What's Most Important * Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House * The Power of Less * Blog Posts: * Do Less: A Short Guide (http://zenhabits.net/less/) * Feedback for Joel: * Share Your Story (http://valueofsimple.com/share-your-story/) Topics * [06:54] The seeds of awesomeness * [12:19] The ever-shifting landscape of personal priorities * [19:38] Why mainstream simplicity is important to Mike * [24:27] What simplicity in relationships looks like * [29:00] How Mike curates * [38:27] Resources to focus and live intentionally * [45:16] Why simplifying helps with organizing Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 55:02
SASM 037 – Organize It All (OrgJunkie or Not) with Laura Wittmann http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-037-organize-it-all-with-laura-wittmann/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-037-organize-it-all-with-laura-wittmann/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:00:09 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3510 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Laura Wittmann of OrgJunkie.com as we cover organizing without frustration, why your home office might work best in a coat closet, how to get your kids to organize for themselves, and more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Organize ItI used to be a bull in a china shop at times.

Get in my way and I’d normally go around you … but I might consider steamrolling you instead.

These days, I don’t have many bullish tendencies left, and there certainly aren’t any china shops around. Yet, I know people that wish a bull would come into their house to destroy the fine china that they are desperate to get rid of. Sadly, they just can’t do it themselves.

My guest for this episode knows how to get rid of fine china and – better yet – knows how to organize everything that remains. In fact, Laura Wittmann of OrgJunkie.com knows how to organize it all.

It didn’t take long for Laura to reveal her “Ah ha!” moment when the frustration of organizing turned into joy. And as she digs into organizing it all for us, you’ll hear some simple guidance that hard-core minimalists or die-hard pack rats can act on. For example, she’ll elaborate on thoughts like:

There’s something to be said for not needing as much space, but making good use of the space you already own.

Laura is as real and straight-forward as it gets. And she’s certainly not the only one who has said:

I have more stuff than I have home. What’s [got] to go?

The difference between Laura and other folks is she knows how to make stuff go “poof.” She also delights in organizing the heck out of just about anything.

The really good news, though? She organizes with a perspective and framework that anyone can pick up in minutes. I’m happy that this Smart and Simple Matters episode turned into such an entertaining, invigorating conversation between a true organizing junkie and a fanatical spreadsheet user.

Yep … organizing it all has never been so fun (and rewarding).

You’re about to Learn …

  • The organizing method that cuts frustration down to size.
  • Why your home office might work best in a … coat closet?
  • How to get your kids to come up with creative organizing solutions for themselves.
  • Why descriptive is more powerful than prescriptive.
  • The red flag that one of your systems isn’t working.
  • How to get into (and out of) clutter rehab.
  • Why there’s hope … even if you don’t have the organizing gene.
  • Where clutter meets its maker (and it isn’t in storage bins).
  • How to overcome past chaos to create future order.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:40] The simple origins of Laura’s organizing addiction
  • [08:42] Laura’s “Ah ha!” moment
  • [17:57] Leading by example and the “PROCESS”
  • [26:37] Organize it all, especially digital photos
  • [28:58] How Laura felt while drastically downsizing her house
  • [31:49] How to enter (and exit) clutter rehab
  • [39:28] Why you’re not destined to a chaotic fate

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-037-organize-it-all-with-laura-wittmann/feed/ 1 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Laura Wittmann of OrgJunkie.com as we cover organizing without frustration, why your home office might work best in a coat closet, how to get your kids to organize for themselves, and more. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)I used to be a bull in a china shop at times. Get in my way and I'd normally go around you … but I might consider steamrolling you instead. These days, I don'... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 45:48
SASM 036 – How to Turn Dreams into Reality with Warren and Betsy Talbot http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-036-with-warren-talbot-betsy-talbot/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-036-with-warren-talbot-betsy-talbot/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:00:15 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3489 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Warren and Betsy Talbot. We talk about turning a vision into a lifestyle, making huge deadlines (and actually nailing them), unconventional simplicity, and how to get rid of "it."

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Warren Talbot Betsy Talbot

I’ve only known Warren and Betsy Talbot for three months. But I already want them to be my life-long friends.

There’s just something about their individual and combined personalities. They have this magnetic pull – you know, the one you can only explain when you experience it – and have reeled me in (intentionally or not).

Their past five years have been anything but conventional. It began with the dream of quitting cushy corporate gigs and has evolved into traveling the world with a backpack a piece. The full story is definitely worth a read.

I’ve been listening to their podcast – An Action Plan for Dreamers – ever since I read their guest post on Courtney Carver’s Be More with Less. And five minutes into the first episode, I knew I needed you to hear them on Smart and Simple Matters.

These two know fun. Warren and Betsy live and breathe simplicity. They just have a dynamism you gotta experience for yourself.

And guess what? I totally saw pre-personal renaissance Joel when Betsy said this during the episode:

There is no one out there who doesn’t know how to dream. But there [are] a shortage of people that will actually take action and make [those dreams] happen. – Betsy Talbot

No doubt about it: more people are making their dreams happen – simplicity related or otherwise – thank to the terrific Talbot team. So crank this episode up and enjoy it to the very end.

You won’t want to miss the details on the major Declutter Clinic discount (affiliate link).

You’re about to Learn:

  • Why wearing a sock tie and sweater vest to middle school can make you stronger.
  • How to make a real deadline and take immediate action on it.
  • The benefits of doubling down on your important relationships and …
  • … How to let go of relationships on life support.
  • Why you can never stop budgeting (hint: it’s sexy).
  • How to save $11,000 to visit Antarctica.
  • Why using the same tool consistently is more important than the tool itself.
  • How to get rid of “it.”
  • The steps to book Warren and Betsy to declutter your home in-person.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:30] Betsy’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [06:45] Warren’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [12:14] Why Warren and Betsy walked away from it all
  • [19:32] How to let go of relationships on life support
  • [25:33] The low tech/high tech combination for income and expense tracking
  • [30:22] How to set a deadline (and hit them)
  • [37:20] Who Declutter Clinic is for and how it helps
  • [40:30] How crazy is Joel

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-036-with-warren-talbot-betsy-talbot/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Warren and Betsy Talbot. We talk about turning a vision into a lifestyle, making huge deadlines (and actually nailing them), unconventional simplicity, and how to get rid of "it." (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I've only known Warren and Betsy Talbot for three months. But I already want them to be my life-long friends. There's just something about their individual and combined personalities. They have this magnetic pull – you know, the one you can only explain when you experience it – and have reeled me in (intentionally or not). Their past five years have been anything but conventional. It began with the dream of quitting cushy corporate gigs and has evolved into traveling the world with a backpack a piece. The full story (http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/our-story/) is definitely worth a read. I've been listening to their podcast – An Action Plan for Dreamers – ever since I read their guest post on Courtney Carver's Be More with Less. And five minutes into the first episode, I knew I needed you to hear them on Smart and Simple Matters. These two know fun. Warren and Betsy live and breathe simplicity. They just have a dynamism you gotta experience for yourself. And guess what? I totally saw pre-personal renaissance Joel when Betsy said this during the episode: There is no one out there who doesn't know how to dream. But there [are] a shortage of people that will actually take action and make [those dreams] happen. – Betsy Talbot No doubt about it: more people are making their dreams happen – simplicity related or otherwise – thank to the terrific Talbot team. So crank this episode up and enjoy it to the very end. You won't want to miss the details on the major Declutter Clinic discount (http://valueofsimple.com/dclinic) (affiliate link). You're about to Learn: * Why wearing a sock tie and sweater vest to middle school can make you stronger. * How to make a real deadline and take immediate action on it. * The benefits of doubling down on your important relationships and … * … How to let go of relationships on life support. * Why you can never stop budgeting (hint: it's sexy). * How to save $11,000 to visit Antarctica. * Why using the same tool consistently is more important than the tool itself. * How to get rid of "it." * The steps to book Warren and Betsy to declutter your home in-person. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Married with Luggage (http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/our-story/) * Declutter Clinic (http://valueofsimple.com/dclinic) (affiliate link) * IttyBiz (http://ittybiz.com/about/) * Resources: * The Talbot's budgeting and travel expense website (http://www.rtwexpenses.com/) * Trail Wallet (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trail-wallet-travel-budget/id547171665) (iOS only) * David Delp's SMART and SEXY Goals Framework (http://pilotfire.com/toolshop/smart-and-sexy-goals/) * Books: * Dream Save Do * Getting Rid of It * Strip Off Your Fear * Etc.: * Warren and Betsy's Podcast, An Action Plan for Dreamers (http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/actionplan/) * An Action Plan for Dreamers, Episode 37 with Joel Zaslofsky (http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/2013/11/19/3-steps-living-simpler/) Topics * [05:30] Betsy's seeds of awesomeness * [06:45] Warren's seeds of awesomeness * [12:14] Why Warren and Betsy walked away from it all * [19:32] How to let go of relationships on life support * [25:33] The low tech/high tech combination for income and expense tracking * [30:22] How to set a deadline (and hit them) * [37:20] Who Declutter Clinic is for and how it helps * [40:30] How crazy is Joel Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 49:50
SASM 035 – Scoop.it Review and Topic-Centric Curation with CEO Guillaume Decugis http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-035-with-guillaime-decugis-scoop-it-review/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-035-with-guillaime-decugis-scoop-it-review/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:00:22 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3473 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features the CEO of Scoop.it - Guillaume Decugis - as we talk about how curation can make you an expert, simplifying your self-expression, business failures that lead to success, and why "humanrithm" matters.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Scoop.it Review

It’s true.

Almost nobody loves curating as much as I do.

But you may fall deeply in love with curation if you viewed it like I do (and like this episode’s guest does).

We’ve come a long way from traditional curating environments like libraries and museums. Today, curating looks like Evernote, Pinterest, spreadsheets, Goodreads, a commonplace book and … Scoop.it.

This episode is about curation in general. But it’s really an almost real-time Scoop.it review – with specifics up the wazoo – alongside their CEO, Guillaume Decugis.

Guillaume knows how to fail hard, and he knows how to succeed wildly. He previously sold a business for over $100 million, and his current baby – Scoop.it – gets more hits than Ted Williams in the 1940s.

But like me, Guillaume is more than just a fella that knows about curating. He has the historical context, the technology savvy, and relationship capital to develop a platform that lets anyone become an expert on any topic.

His path is not the typical one toward business simplicity. That’s why I know you’ll enjoy his story and what he’s up to with Scoop.it.

Note: I also mention something called “The Curator’s Edge” at the end of this episode. It’s something I’ve never talked about before, and I need your insight on it. So enjoy the show and try out my new Speakpipe voice mail service that I describe in the episode.

I sure as heck can’t wait to hear from you!

In This Episode You’ll Learn about:

  • How Guillaume’s biggest business failure led to redemption via Scoop.it.
  • What “The Curator’s Edge” is and how you can guide it.
  • How curation can make anyone an expert or major media influencer.
  • Why topic-centric models can be better than people-centric models.
  • The common goal of all content curators (surprising, but true).
  • What “humanrithm” is … and why it matters.
  • Why curation is an evolution of human expression.
  • Who’s curating the curators (hint: it’s not me).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [05:27] Guillaume’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:05] The failures that led to future success and inventing Scoop.it
  • [19:39] Ways that people are using Scoop.it
  • [26:46] The Scoop.it curating process steps
  • [31:24] The business case for curation
  • [35:31] Some best practices of curating

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-035-with-guillaime-decugis-scoop-it-review/feed/ 2 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features the CEO of Scoop.it - Guillaume Decugis - as we talk about how curation can make you an expert, simplifying your self-expression, business failures that lead to success, and why "humanrithm" matters. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) It's true. Almost nobody loves curating as much as I do. But you may fall deeply in love with curation if you viewed it like I do (and like this episode's guest does). We've come a long way from traditional curating environments like libraries and museums. Today, curating looks like Evernote, Pinterest, spreadsheets, Goodreads, a commonplace book and … Scoop.it. This episode is about curation in general. But it's really an almost real-time Scoop.it review – with specifics up the wazoo – alongside their CEO, Guillaume Decugis. Guillaume knows how to fail hard, and he knows how to succeed wildly. He previously sold a business for over $100 million, and his current baby – Scoop.it – gets more hits than Ted Williams in the 1940s. But like me, Guillaume is more than just a fella that knows about curating. He has the historical context, the technology savvy, and relationship capital to develop a platform that lets anyone become an expert on any topic. His path is not the typical one toward business simplicity. That's why I know you'll enjoy his story and what he's up to with Scoop.it. Note: I also mention something called "The Curator's Edge" at the end of this episode. It's something I've never talked about before, and I need your insight on it. So enjoy the show and try out my new Speakpipe voice mail service that I describe in the episode. I sure as heck can't wait to hear from you! In This Episode You'll Learn about: * How Guillaume's biggest business failure led to redemption via Scoop.it. * What "The Curator's Edge" is and how you can guide it. * How curation can make anyone an expert or major media influencer. * Why topic-centric models can be better than people-centric models. * The common goal of all content curators (surprising, but true). * What "humanrithm" is … and why it matters. * Why curation is an evolution of human expression. * Who's curating the curators (hint: it's not me). Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Scoop.it (http://www.scoop.it/) * MYD Studio (Lauren Moss) (http://www.mydstudio.com/who) * Resources: * Guillaume on Scoop.it (http://www.scoop.it/u/gdecugis) * Karen Dietz on Scoop.it (http://blog.scoop.it/2011/10/18/lord-of-curation-series-karen-dietz/) * Robin Good on Scoop.it (http://www.scoop.it/u/RobinGood) * Related Podcast Episodes * SASM 023 - Curation, Informational Nurses, and Getting Some "P.I.E." with Robin Good (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-023-with-robin-good) * SASM 014 - Cultivating the Promise and Storytelling's Evolution with Steve Rosenbaum (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-014-curating-part-2-with-steve-rosenbaum) Topics * [05:27] Guillaume's seeds of awesomeness * [09:05] The failures that led to future success and inventing Scoop.it * [19:39] Ways that people are using Scoop.it * [26:46] The Scoop.it curating process steps * [31:24] The business case for curation * [35:31] Some best practices of curating Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude! Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 50:29
SASM 034 – How to Have a Million Dollar Lifestyle for Dirt Cheap with Ryan Avery http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-034-with-ryan-avery/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-034-with-ryan-avery/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:00:31 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3379 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Ryan Avery as we discuss how to get a million dollar lifestyle for dirt cheap, finding opportunity during the rough times, showering children with love instead of money, and his four pillars to a good life.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Ryan Avery

Every once in a while a Smart and Simple Matters listener will contact me and say something like this:

“Joel, you just gotta have person X on your show. He or she rocks, would be a great fit with your whole simplify, organize, and be money wise dealio, and wants to geek out on spreadsheets with you!”

OK, I may have made up that last part about spreadsheets. But the rest is legit.

This scenario played out when Jeremey Donovan – fan and friend of the show – suggested I bring Ryan Avery on. I wasn’t sure how he would fit on SASM at first, but I was sold after reading his blog post, How to Be a Speaker.

Ryan is more than just the guy who won the 2012 World Championship of Public Speaking over 30,000 other people. He’s a fantastic storyteller with get stories to tell. For instance, you’ll hear all about how he grew up with little financially, but had a whole lotta love and ingenuity going for him.

He’s also super passionate about helping people communicate in a way that improves their relationships, business, and capacity to simply be a good human being.

Put on your headphones and crank this one up!

(Whether or not you want to learn how to be a better hugger or understand the full power of the hug).

You’re About to Learn About …

  • Why you don’t need a million dollars to live a million dollar life.
  • How getting fired the day after your wedding can be an amazing opportunity.
  • What happens when you shower a child with love instead of money.
  • How to give 10% of your lifestyle away for maximum benefit.
  • Ryan’s four pillars to stay true to his core values.
  • Why Ryan and I are “hug first, ask questions later” guys.
  • How to communicate the way people want you to (not how you think they want).
  • Why marriage is so important … even for people that don’t want it.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:53] Ryan’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:24] How to live a good life
  • [16:56] How Ryan budgets (or doesn’t)
  • [20:55] The four pillars of Ryan’s core values
  • [27:51] Why communication skills are essential in any relationship
  • [31:36] The definition and meaning of love
  • [36:40] Why being a “hug first, ask questions later” guy is valuable
  • [39:13] Why marriage is so important

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-034-with-ryan-avery/feed/ 1 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Ryan Avery as we discuss how to get a million dollar lifestyle for dirt cheap, finding opportunity during the rough times, showering children with love instead of money, and his four pillars to a good life. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Every once in a while a Smart and Simple Matters listener will contact me and say something like this: "Joel, you just gotta have person X on your show. He o... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 45:52
SASM 033 – Positive Addictions and UNdefining Yourself with Sarah Peck http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-033-positive-addictions-with-sarah-peck/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-033-positive-addictions-with-sarah-peck/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:58 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3367 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Sarah Peck as we discuss positive addictions, undefining yourself, value-oriented work, and how to have self-compassion (even when changes come too slowly).

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Positive Addictions

Have you always wanted to redefine undefine yourself or have more addictions (positive ones, of course)?

I didn’t even know that undefining yourself or positive addictions existed until my personal renaissance started.

But I’ve located a master at removing self-imposed false labels or the ones that others slap on us without permission.

Her name is Sarah Peck and she’s behind all sorts of awesome creations. Itstartswith.com is my favorite, but you may prefer her other various outposts.

You’re going to hear stories of triumph, deep struggles, and everything in-between during our talk. You’ll probably even want to take notes (I know Sarah did) because gems like these are just waiting to be dug up:

Addiction isn’t terrible unless you’re not ending up as the person you want to be. – Sarah Peck

[Tweet that]

Anything that is a benefit [can also be] a terrible curse. Most things in the world are paradoxes. – Sarah Peck

And here’s something that I’ve heard before that bears repeating over and over again.

The only system you need is the one that works. – Sarah Peck

So come on and join us on a verbal journey that leads to some seriously groovy places. You’re about to understand why so many people think Sarah is fantastic. Yeah, fantastic enough to support her in raising over 30 grand for charity:water for her birthday (a story for another time).

Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • Why we’re so aggressive in defining who we are and what we do.
  • What Sarah’s mother’s biggest challenge was in raising her.
  • How to give people permission to be more honest and kind with you.
  • What value-oriented work is (and whether you have it).
  • How to create a mentality where you (and everything else) are “enough.”
  • Why addiction and adaptation are essential pieces of us.
  • How many things you’re addicted to (hint: it’s a ton).
  • The way out of negative addictions and how to create positive addictions.
  • How to have self-compassion … even when changes come too slowly.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:30] Sarah’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [11:22] Why the rush to fill time is so insidious
  • [17:40] What Sarah is doing to have more “nothing” in her life
  • [21:59] How Sarah curates her existence
  • [26:48] What mad scientist experiments are happening soon
  • [32:39] Why most things in the world are paradoxes and thoughts about addictions
  • [44:24] Details about Sarah’s writer’s workshop

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know)

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-033-positive-addictions-with-sarah-peck/feed/ 13 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Sarah Peck as we discuss positive addictions, undefining yourself, value-oriented work, and how to have self-compassion (even when changes come too slowly). (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Have you always wanted to redefine undefine yourself or have more addictions (positive ones, of course)? I didn't even know that undefining yourself or positive addictions existed until my personal renaissance started (http://valueofsimple.com/my-story). But I've located a master at removing self-imposed false labels or the ones that others slap on us without permission. Her name is Sarah Peck and she's behind all sorts of awesome creations. Itstartswith.com (http://itstartswith.com/about/) is my favorite, but you may prefer her other various outposts. You're going to hear stories of triumph, deep struggles, and everything in-between during our talk. You'll probably even want to take notes (I know Sarah did) because gems like these are just waiting to be dug up: Addiction isn't terrible unless you're not ending up as the person you want to be. – Sarah Peck [Tweet that (http://clicktotweet.com/XdWbw)] Anything that is a benefit [can also be] a terrible curse. Most things in the world are paradoxes. – Sarah Peck And here's something that I've heard before that bears repeating over and over again. The only system you need is the one that works. – Sarah Peck So come on and join us on a verbal journey that leads to some seriously groovy places. You're about to understand why so many people think Sarah is fantastic. Yeah, fantastic enough to support her in raising over 30 grand for charity:water for her birthday (a story for another time (http://itstartswith.com/2012/09/we-did-it/)). Here's What You'll Learn * Why we're so aggressive in defining who we are and what we do. * What Sarah's mother's biggest challenge was in raising her. * How to give people permission to be more honest and kind with you. * What value-oriented work is (and whether you have it). * How to create a mentality where you (and everything else) are "enough." * Why addiction and adaptation are essential pieces of us. * How many things you're addicted to (hint: it's a ton). * The way out of negative addictions and how to create positive addictions. * How to have self-compassion … even when changes come too slowly. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * It Starts With (http://itstartswith.com/about/) * HappierHuman (http://happierhuman.com/start-here/) * Resources: * The Writer's Workshop (http://itstartswith.com/writers-workshop/) * Unsexy System Sessions (http://valueofsimple.com/uss) * Stickk.com (http://www.stickk.com/) * Sarah's Twitter Profile (https://twitter.com/sarahkpeck) * Books: * Daring Greatly by Brene Brown * Articles: * Danielle LaPorte Take the Easy Way * Sarah's Jumping is Terrifying * Sarah's How to Live * Sarah's We Did It recap for raising $29k for Charity:Water * Previous Podcasts: * Multipotentialite Crimes, Triumphs, and Revealing Stories with Emilie Wapnick (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-026-with-emilie-wapnick) * Why You Need More Nothing (and How to Get It) With Jessie Kinowski (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-031-with-jessie-kinowski) * How to Create Space, Kindness, Empowerment, and Happiness with Tammy Strobel (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-020-with-tammy-strobel) Topics * [06:30] Sarah's seeds of awesomeness * [11:22] Why the rush to fill time is so insidious * [17:40] What Sarah is doing to have more "nothing" in her life * [21:59] How Sarah curates her existence * [26:48] What mad scientist experiments are happening soon * [32:39] Why most things in the world are paradoxes and thoughts about addictions * [44:24] Details about Sarah's writer's workshop Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 51:45
SASM 032 – Organization Tips and Preparing for Emergencies with Cassie Tillett http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-032-organization-tips-with-cassie-tillett/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-032-organization-tips-with-cassie-tillett/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:00:30 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3344 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Cassie Tillett as we discuss a host of organization tips, "sentiment-fests," and preparing for emergencies.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Organization Tips

Organizing can be horrific. Painful. Disorienting.

Organizing can also bring joy, order, and be a ton of fun.

How you feel about organizing and how you do it is framed by who’s got your back in the battle of overwhelming organization tips.

But I know one woman with organizing pointers more solid than a block of titanium. Her name is Cassie Tillett and she’s a heck of a Professional Organizer.

Cassie is also the President of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers United Kingdom (APDO-UK), a wonderfully resourceful and resilient lady, and creator of Working Order.

You definitely want to hear her thoughts on what she does when the going gets tough (hint: the tough get going… but that’s not all).

Besides a lively, chucklerific chat, Cassie also confirms why something I’ve been saying for so long is so true:

A tool or a system is only as good as your ability to access it.

[Tweet That]

Are you ready to hear how a fifteen year pro navigates the emotional minefield of sentimental items? Can you handle some simple thought experiments that can totally changes how you view your “stuff?”

Put the headphones on, start getting dinner ready, and don’t worry about staying awake. Quality organization tips, strategies for preparing for emergencies, and bad humor (mine, not hers) are comin’ your way!

What You’ll Learn

As if groovy organization tips and entertaining banter wasn’t enough, in this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How to keep everything you need within arm’s reach.
  • The hidden problems with items that aren’t beautiful or useful.
  • How an organized garden shed can lead to your calling.
  • What it takes to have a productive “Sentiment-fest.”
  • How to always have enough capacity to prepare for emergencies.
  • Why contacting a Professional Organizer might be your smartest move.
  • The one rule you must know when managing sentimental items.
  • How to stop your friends from perpetrating hoaxes (intentionally or unintentionally).
  • What the true meaning of “Working Order” is.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [06:14] The seeds of awesomeness
  • [13:44] How Cassie uses her professional discipline to overcome physical challenges
  • [25:18] Skill building, time management, and other things you don’t think a Professional Organizer would do
  • [30:42] Detaching (and valuing) the sentimental items
  • [39:10] How to be proactive in organizing
  • [42:58] How Cassie curates her existence (geek style)
  • [46:06] Why a home that “works” is more important than a home that’s minimalist

Topics

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-032-organization-tips-with-cassie-tillett/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Cassie Tillett as we discuss a host of organization tips, "sentiment-fests," and preparing for emergencies. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Organizing can be horrific. Painful. Disorienting. Organizing can also bring joy, order, and be a ton of fun. How you feel about organizing and how you do it is framed by who's got your back in the battle of overwhelming organization tips. But I know one woman with organizing pointers more solid than a block of titanium. Her name is Cassie Tillett and she's a heck of a Professional Organizer. Cassie is also the President of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers United Kingdom (APDO-UK), a wonderfully resourceful and resilient lady, and creator of Working Order (http://www.workingorder.co.uk/). You definitely want to hear her thoughts on what she does when the going gets tough (hint: the tough get going… but that's not all). Besides a lively, chucklerific chat, Cassie also confirms why something I've been saying for so long is so true: A tool or a system is only as good as your ability to access it. [Tweet That (http://clicktotweet.com/iA5xc)] Are you ready to hear how a fifteen year pro navigates the emotional minefield of sentimental items? Can you handle some simple thought experiments that can totally changes how you view your "stuff?" Put the headphones on, start getting dinner ready, and don't worry about staying awake. Quality organization tips, strategies for preparing for emergencies, and bad humor (mine, not hers) are comin' your way! What You'll Learn As if groovy organization tips and entertaining banter wasn't enough, in this episode you'll learn about: * How to keep everything you need within arm's reach. * The hidden problems with items that aren't beautiful or useful. * How an organized garden shed can lead to your calling. * What it takes to have a productive "Sentiment-fest." * How to always have enough capacity to prepare for emergencies. * Why contacting a Professional Organizer might be your smartest move. * The one rule you must know when managing sentimental items. * How to stop your friends from perpetrating hoaxes (intentionally or unintentionally). * What the true meaning of "Working Order" is. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Working Order (http://www.workingorder.co.uk/) * The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers (UK) (http://www.apdo-uk.co.uk/) * National Association of Professional Organizers (http://www.napo.net/)\ * Digital Unite (http://digitalunite.com/) * Resources: * Professional Organizer: Your Ultimate Guide to This Booming Service (http://valueofsimple.com/professional-organizers-guide) * Experience Curating (http://valueofsimple.com/ecb) Topics * [06:14] The seeds of awesomeness * [13:44] How Cassie uses her professional discipline to overcome physical challenges * [25:18] Skill building, time management, and other things you don't think a Professional Organizer would do * [30:42] Detaching (and valuing) the sentimental items * [39:10] How to be proactive in organizing * [42:58] How Cassie curates her existence (geek style) * [46:06] Why a home that "works" is more important than a home that's minimalist Topics Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:32
SASM 031 – Why You Need More Nothing With Jessie Kinowski http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-031-with-jessie-kinowski/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-031-with-jessie-kinowski/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:00:42 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3310 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features my great friend Jessie Kinowski. We discuss a whole lot of "nothing," how to manage people's expectations, why getting nothing (and being cool with it) is amazing, and why we can't get *the* answer.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Smart and Simple Matters

I don’t normally bring close friends onto Smart and Simple Matters.

It’s not because I don’t have amazing friends (I do) or because those amazing friends don’t have vivid insight to share (they do).

It’s just because a lot of my friends don’t live their lives around simplifying, organizing, and/or being money wise. But one of my best friends – Jessie Kinowski – has more wisdom about simplicity through having morenothing” than anyone I know.

I recognized that Jessie needed to be a guest on SASM when she told me last year:

All I want more of is… nothing. I realized there was something more that I wanted and that I had the power to control that.

In this episode, I heard the knowledge flow when she told me things like:

The whole point about getting to a place where you’re comfortable with nothing is being on a path that doesn’t lead anywhere… that can actually be a good thing, like a cul-de-sac. It doesn’t go anywhere. It’s a dead end. But those are some of the most highly valued properties because they’re secluded and they’re private and they’re safe in their own community.

Or:

You don’t have to think about what’s next if you can focus on what is.

[Tweet that]

So pour some tea or coffee and get ready to hear about a whole lotta nothin’ (not in a Seinfeld “this is a show about nothing” kind of way, but in a deep, spiritual, and powerful “let’s strip away all the excess in life until the only thing we want more of is … nothing” kind of way).

Warning: don’t play drinking or eating games with the word “nothing” while listening to this episode (even if you’re just drinking tea).

What You’ll Learn

  • Nothing to GiveHow to deal with other people’s unexpected reactions when you rapidly evolve.
  • Why getting to nothing and being comfortable with it is amazing.
  • How one day in seventh grade can fundamentally change a person.
  • Why you’ve never truly arrived at the answer.
  • How living at the end of a cul-de-sac can lead to beautiful nothingness.
  • Why you should prioritize yourself (without being selfish).
  • What to do to let go of expectations.
  • How to stretch positive experiences with self-reflection.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [08:35] Jessie’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [14:27] How experiences build upon each other
  • [18:47] What happens on a path that doesn’t lead anywhere
  • [23:46] Jessie’s experiences in the float tank
  • [33:47] Finding balance and The Value of Simple Declaration
  • [39:05] Tipping points and the ripple effect of being unbalanced or dissatisfied
  • [43:10] Choosing uncertainty over unhappiness
  • [51:25] Self-reflection and letting go of expectations

Special Thanks

I want to give a special round of thanks to all the people that have provided an outpouring of digital hugs, high-fives, congrats, and kudos since the birth of my second son, Clark.

I feel extremely grateful to be in the kind of community that celebrates the joyous moments with you. If you are one of those people that has given me a good ol’ pat on the back, I appreciate the heck out of you!

And I’m looking forward to celebrating the big moments in your life too.

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

Photo Credit: OUCHCharley

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-031-with-jessie-kinowski/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features my great friend Jessie Kinowski. We discuss a whole lot of "nothing," how to manage people's expectations, why getting nothing (and being cool with it) is amazing, and why we can't get *the* answer. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I don't normally bring close friends onto Smart and Simple Matters. It's not because I don't have amazing friends (I do) or because those amazing friends don't have vivid insight to share (they do). It's just because a lot of my friends don't live their lives around simplifying, organizing, and/or being money wise. But one of my best friends – Jessie Kinowski – has more wisdom about simplicity through having more "nothing" than anyone I know. I recognized that Jessie needed to be a guest on SASM when she told me last year: All I want more of is… nothing. I realized there was something more that I wanted and that I had the power to control that. In this episode, I heard the knowledge flow when she told me things like: The whole point about getting to a place where you're comfortable with nothing is being on a path that doesn't lead anywhere… that can actually be a good thing, like a cul-de-sac. It doesn't go anywhere. It's a dead end. But those are some of the most highly valued properties because they're secluded and they're private and they're safe in their own community. Or: You don't have to think about what's next if you can focus on what is. [Tweet that (http://clicktotweet.com/cbI51)] So pour some tea or coffee and get ready to hear about a whole lotta nothin' (not in a Seinfeld "this is a show about nothing" kind of way, but in a deep, spiritual, and powerful "let's strip away all the excess in life until the only thing we want more of is … nothing" kind of way). Warning: don't play drinking or eating games with the word "nothing" while listening to this episode (even if you're just drinking tea). What You'll Learn * (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Nothing-to-Give.jpg)How to deal with other people's unexpected reactions when you rapidly evolve. * Why getting to nothing and being comfortable with it is amazing. * How one day in seventh grade can fundamentally change a person. * Why you've never truly arrived at the answer. * How living at the end of a cul-de-sac can lead to beautiful nothingness. * Why you should prioritize yourself (without being selfish). * What to do to let go of expectations. * How to stretch positive experiences with self-reflection. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Choosing Conscious Health (http://choosingconscioushealth.com/about-kristen.php) * Resources: * The Value of Simple Declaration (http://valueofsimple.com/declaration) * Joel's isolation tank experience (http://valueofsimple.com/isolation-tank) * Practicing Dying to Simplify Living (http://valueofsimple.com/practicing-dying) * Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_College_Admission_Test) * Books: * Choosing Conscious Health for a Vibrant Life (http://choosingconscioushealth.com/about-the-book.php) * Other SASM Episodes * SASM 011 – Becoming an Accidental Daily Money Manager with Jen Koontz (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-011-with-jen-koontz) Topics * [08:35] Jessie's seeds of awesomeness * [14:27] How experiences build upon each other * [18:47] What happens on a path that doesn't lead anywhere * [23:46] Jessie's experiences in the float tank * [33:47] Finding balance and The Value of Simple Declaration * [39:05] Tipping points and the ripple effect of being unbalanced or dissatisfied * [43:10] Choosing uncertainty over unhappiness * [51:25] Self-reflection and letting go of expectations Special Thanks I want to give a special round of thanks to all the people that have provided an outpouring of digital hugs, high-fives, congrats, and kudos since the birth of my second son, Clark. I feel extremely grateful to be in the kind of community that celebrates the joyous moments with you. Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 1:02:34
SASM 030 – How Personal Capital Simplifies Your Personal Finances with CEO Bill Harris http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-030-with-bill-harris-personal-capital/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-030-with-bill-harris-personal-capital/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:00:56 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3244 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features CEO Bill Harris of Personal Capital. We talk about your biggest financial problem, investing in your investments, how Bill started a mutual fund when he was *thirteen*, and simplifying your finances.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Personal Capital Bill HarrisPersonal Capital proves that personal finance doesn’t need to be hard.

Well, I think that’s been proven before, but the vast majority of people don’t know about it (or don’t believe it).

So I brought Bill Harris – Personal Capital’s CEO – in for an episode of Smart and Simple Matters to do some fancy talkin’ with me about investing, budgets, and our relationship with money.

I not going to lie. This episode gets a bit technical and might be advanced stuff depending on your current money savvy. Bill and I throw around words like diversification, asset allocation, Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), and other ones you don’t hear every day.

But I believe everyone can get something from Bill’s insight and this episode.

So why should you care what Bill has to say?

Well … Bill was the CEO of business behemoth PayPal, CEO of personal finance giant Intuit (maker of one of my favorite pieces of software – Quicken), contributes to Inc.com, and has raised over $50 million in funding for Personal Capital so far.

He started his own mutual fund when he was thirteen-years-old, not to mention ran several contracting businesses before he left high school. And he’s generally right about everything he writes about, save an article here or there about why entrepreneurs make terrible investors (I disagree).

If you care even a smidgen about personal finance – and especially investing – this is the episode for you.

Insight You’ll Gain

There’s a ton of plain English wisdom mixed in with our industry fancy talkin’. For example, you’ll learn about:

  • What your biggest financial problem is (and it’s not what you think).
  • Why you need to be invested in your investments.
  • How Bill started his own mutual fund when he was thirteen.
  • Why fragmented finances adds needless complexity … and how to solve that.
  • The right way to budget with big-time benefits.
  • How smart it is to centralize your financial life.
  • Why Personal Capital can help you be emotionally healthier.
  • How practical and vivid data visualization makes you feel in control.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:59] Bill’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:35] Solving the problem of fragmented finances and the chaos it brings
  • [15:28] How Personal Capital works
  • [17:52] What separates Personal Capital from similar services
  • [20:00] Aggregating your financial life in one place
  • [26:35] The emotions of money and building a better relationship
  • [29:28] Being invested in your investments

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-030-with-bill-harris-personal-capital/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features CEO Bill Harris of Personal Capital. We talk about your biggest financial problem, investing in your investments, how Bill started a mutual fund when he was *thirteen*, and simplifying your finances. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Personal Capital proves that personal finance doesn't need to be hard. Well, I think that's been proven before, but the vast majority of people don't know about it (or don't believe it). So I brought Bill Harris – Personal Capital's CEO – in for an episode of Smart and Simple Matters to do some fancy talkin' with me about investing, budgets, and our relationship with money. I not going to lie. This episode gets a bit technical and might be advanced stuff depending on your current money savvy. Bill and I throw around words like diversification, asset allocation, Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_Investment_Advisor), and other ones you don't hear every day. But I believe everyone can get something from Bill's insight and this episode. So why should you care what Bill has to say? Well … Bill was the CEO of business behemoth PayPal, CEO of personal finance giant Intuit (maker of one of my favorite pieces of software – Quicken), contributes to Inc.com, and has raised over $50 million in funding for Personal Capital so far. He started his own mutual fund when he was thirteen-years-old, not to mention ran several contracting businesses before he left high school. And he's generally right about everything he writes about, save an article here or there about why entrepreneurs make terrible investors (http://www.inc.com/magazine/201305/bill-harris/why-entrepreneurs-make-terrible-investors.html) (I disagree). If you care even a smidgen about personal finance – and especially investing – this is the episode for you. Insight You'll Gain There's a ton of plain English wisdom mixed in with our industry fancy talkin'. For example, you'll learn about: * What your biggest financial problem is (and it's not what you think). * Why you need to be invested in your investments. * How Bill started his own mutual fund when he was thirteen. * Why fragmented finances adds needless complexity … and how to solve that. * The right way to budget with big-time benefits. * How smart it is to centralize your financial life. * Why Personal Capital can help you be emotionally healthier. * How practical and vivid data visualization makes you feel in control. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: * Websites: * Personal Capital (http://valueofsimple.com/percap) (referral link) * Resources: * Start Investing with $100 (http://www.startinvestingwith100.com/faq/) * Quicken (http://quicken.intuit.com/) * Mint.com (https://www.mint.com/) * Definitions and Examples: * Exchange Traded Funds (http://www.investopedia.com/video/play/understanding-etfs/) * Asset Allocation (http://www.investinganswers.com/financial-dictionary/investing/diversification-342) * Diversification (http://www.investinganswers.com/financial-dictionary/investing/diversification-342) * Etc.: * Personal Capital for iStuff (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-capital-banking-investing/id504672168) * Personal Capital on Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.personalcapital.pcapandroid&hl=en) Topics * [04:59] Bill's seeds of awesomeness * [09:35] Solving the problem of fragmented finances and the chaos it brings * [15:28] How Personal Capital works * [17:52] What separates Personal Capital from similar services * [20:00] Aggregating your financial life in one place * [26:35] The emotions of money and building a better relationship * [29:28] Being invested in your investments Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 35:55
SASM 029 – 4 Reasons and a Moral Imperative to Unsimplify http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-029-unsimplify-and-moral-imperative/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-029-unsimplify-and-moral-imperative/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:00:57 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3215 This Smart and Simple Matters episode reveals 4 reasons to UNsimplify and if there's ever a moral imperative to do so. I also answer the question, "Do you need to be worldly to be worthy?" and "Why is wading into the pool of other people's problems so damn complex?

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Moral Imperative to UnsimplifyIt all started with a fleeting bed-time thought.

“Joel. You haven’t increased your awareness today. Are you OK with that? What are you going to do about that?!”

That brief internal challenge was the catalyst for this solo episode of Smart and Simple Matters. The words spilled from my brain onto my monitor as I raced to write the outline for my moral imperative to unsimplify.

As I recorded this episode, one thought kept coming up over and over, like a broken record of unsimplicity:

There is room for and growth in seeking out new and expanded awareness every … single … day.

[Tweet that]

As I contemplated publishing something that would almost guarantee I’m a future hypocrite, I felt compelled to share my vision about why, how, and when to unsimplify.

After all, even people in simplicity circles don’t frequently resemble my unique brand of “simple.”

I take this challenge of unsimplifying seriously. Unsimplification is too often a topic that gets swept under a minimalist’s or simplifier’s rug when they fail to acknowledge the elephant in the room: that unsimplifying can sometimes be the just, moral, and best way.

I want to answer my own questions and the hidden questions lurking in every aspiring or accomplished simplifier’s brain. Questions like:

  • Do you have to be worldly to be worthy? – [Tweet that]
  • Why is wading into the pool of other people’s problems so damn complex?
  • Is there a strategic moral imperative to be as self-aware or globally aware as possible?

It’s asking these kinds of questions that helps us grow. And by trying to answer these doozies, I hope to push myself and challenge you in the pursuit of simplifying, organizing, and being money wise.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn along with me as I share my moral imperative to unsimplify and thoughts about:

  • How toxic news is to your body.
  • Who the holy prophets might be for your personal renaissance.
  • Why there’s a moral imperative to strategically unsimplify.
  • If you have to be worldly to be worthy.
  • Why constant curiosity and self-awareness is so important.
  • How changing a light bulb can be seriously unsimple (no joke required).
  • Why peer development is complex, but (almost) always worth it.
  • When unsimple is great, even if you don’t expect it.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [06:55] The story that crystallized my unsimplicity quest
  • [10:27] Joel gets worked up about a sensationalist article about news
  • [17:18] My moral imperative for unsimplifying the news
  • [20:49] Unsimplifying your family
  • [24:02] Unsimplifying your work
  • [28:45] Unsimplifying your relationships
  • [32:40] Why simplicity is still a core philosophy
  • [33:39] How to challenge yourself to unsimplify
  • [37:10] An update on the Refuge of Simplicity

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-029-unsimplify-and-moral-imperative/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode reveals 4 reasons to UNsimplify and if there's ever a moral imperative to do so. I also answer the question, "Do you need to be worldly to be worthy?" and "Why is wading into the pool of other people's problems so ... (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)It all started with a fleeting bed-time thought. "Joel. You haven't increased your awareness today. Are you OK with that? What are you going to do about that?!" That brief internal challenge was the catalyst for this solo episode of Smart and Simple Matters. The words spilled from my brain onto my monitor as I raced to write the outline for my moral imperative to unsimplify. As I recorded this episode, one thought kept coming up over and over, like a broken record of unsimplicity: There is room for and growth in seeking out new and expanded awareness every … single … day. [Tweet that (http://clicktotweet.com/z6MaL)] As I contemplated publishing something that would almost guarantee I'm a future hypocrite, I felt compelled to share my vision about why, how, and when to unsimplify. After all, even people in simplicity circles don't frequently resemble my unique brand of "simple." I take this challenge of unsimplifying seriously. Unsimplification is too often a topic that gets swept under a minimalist's or simplifier's rug when they fail to acknowledge the elephant in the room: that unsimplifying can sometimes be the just, moral, and best way. I want to answer my own questions and the hidden questions lurking in every aspiring or accomplished simplifier's brain. Questions like: * Do you have to be worldly to be worthy? - [Tweet that (http://clicktotweet.com/qtSa7)] * Why is wading into the pool of other people's problems so damn complex? * Is there a strategic moral imperative to be as self-aware or globally aware as possible? It's asking these kinds of questions that helps us grow. And by trying to answer these doozies, I hope to push myself and challenge you in the pursuit of simplifying, organizing, and being money wise. What You'll Learn You'll learn along with me as I share my moral imperative to unsimplify and thoughts about: * How toxic news is to your body. * Who the holy prophets might be for your personal renaissance. * Why there's a moral imperative to strategically unsimplify. * If you have to be worldly to be worthy. * Why constant curiosity and self-awareness is so important. * How changing a light bulb can be seriously unsimple (no joke required). * Why peer development is complex, but (almost) always worth it. * When unsimple is great, even if you don't expect it. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net/about/) * Raam Dev (http://raamdev.com/about/) * Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/about/) * Resources: * The Value of Simple Declaration (http://valueofsimple.com/declaration) * Experience Curating (http://valueofsimple.com/ecb) * The Continuous Creation Challenge (http://valueofsimple.com/ccc) * The Refuge of Simplicity (http://valueofsimple.com/newsletter) * Why Chasing Money Is Worse Than Dogs Chasing Cars (http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/why-chasing-money-is-worse-than-dogs-chasing-cars.html) * News is Bad for You – and Giving Up Reading It Will Make You Happier (http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli) * Feedly (http://feedly.com/) (for RSS) * Books: * The 4-Hour Workweek (http://valueofsimple.com/The-4-Hour-Workweek) * Public Speaking * My SXSW 2014 Talk, Experience Curating: the World in One Spreadsheet * Other SASM Episodes: * SASM 016 – Relationship Mindsets to Cultivate Lifetime Friends and Allies (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-016-relationship-mindsets) * SASM 019 – The Continuous Creation Challenge and Your Ultimate Guide to Rock It (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-019-continuous-creation-challenge) Topics * [06:55] The story that crystallized my unsimplicity quest Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 40:52
SASM 028 – How to Grow Abundance and Combat Stagnation with Charlie Gilkey http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-028-with-charlie-gilkey/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-028-with-charlie-gilkey/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:00:22 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3154 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Charlie Gilkey. We talk about how a philosopher becomes a warrior, why most things you want won't get you what you need, types of abundance, the small business cycle... and more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Charlie Gilkey

Charlie Gilkey is the kind of guy you can throw any question at.

What’s the difference between a philosopher soldier and a soldier philosopher?

Where did the phrase “what fires together, wires together” come from (and what does it mean)?

How can we get metaphysical and explain the formation of galaxies?

These are the kinds of questions Charlie is ready for and has mind-blowing answers to.

In a way, Charlie’s approach, smooth speaking, and being effortlessly persuasive reminds me of Todd Tressider. Todd and I got deep in episode 013 and Charlie swims in the deep end too.

Here’s just a taste of the insight Charlie offers up in this Smart and Simple Matters episode:

Experiences are really what we’re looking for. Not stuff… Asking yourself, ‘Is this stuff?’ means questioning what is serving you. Abundance, contentment, and happiness are tied to experiences and the quiet times you hear yourself talking about what [you] need. – Charlie Gilkey

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Adding to Charlie’s grooviness is his popular public speaking about taking action and the practical steps needed for big change. He has been featured at MSNBC, Seth Godin’s Domino Project, The Guardian, and Lifehacker, but he’s most often found at his home base, ProductiveFloushing.com.

His latest hit is the Amazon best-seller The Small Business Lifecycle and you’ll get to hear him explain how we can apply the principles of business to anything.

Get ready … ’cause here comes Charlie!

In This Episode You’ll Learn About:

  • Why most things you want won’t get you what you need.
  • How a philosopher becomes a warrior.
  • Why growing up poor can help you become an entrepreneur (not stop you).
  • Different types of abundance … and which ones will let you thrive.
  • Stage 1 of Minimalism: the core metric.
  • Why everyone hates stage 3 of the small business cycle.
  • The look and feel of a campaign against stagnant energy.
  • How to simultaneously curate experiences for yourself and someone else.
  • Why the phrase “what fires together, wires together” is so important.
  • If people are actually more capable than they think they are.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [09:11] Charlie’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [12:27] The philosopher solider
  • [15:34] Simple living and relieving pressure through nature
  • [20:49] How the small business lifecycle helps all facets of your life
  • [29:05] Email Triage
  • [35:02] How Charlie curates his existence
  • [41:13] Switching from connecting to consuming to creating

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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SASM 027 – Risk-Taking, Rough and Ready Creativity, and Checklists with Corwin Hiebert http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-027-with-corwin-hiebert/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-027-with-corwin-hiebert/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:00:31 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3119 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Corwin Hiebert. We talk about creative and financial risk-taking, the business side of simplicity, translating "rough and ready" cooking skills to business, and much more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Corwin Hiebert

I enjoy risk-taking, story-telling, and non-fancy-talking people.

I also like creative folks who help other creative folks express their creativity better.

That’s why Corwin Hiebert was a schweet guest for this episode of Smart and Simple Matters. Somehow… someway… Corwin is able to tell vivid, concise, and relevant stories about business and turn them into the practical actions that we can apply to just about anything.

It’s episodes like this that prove just how much personal lessons can be taken from the business world (and visa-versa). Plus, it’s guests like Corwin that show the sparks of simplifying, organizing, and being money wise are found wherever you scratch past the surface.

Corwin and I might not be the most tweetable dudes around, but some gems like this are waiting for you:

I would love to see a movement of collaboration amongst people reaching out to those with complementary skills, passions, relationships. In a time when it seems that everyone’s busier than they should be, collaboration sounds like a lot of work. But the comradery, opportunities, and joy that can come from putting together a shared idea [is amazing]. – Corwin Hiebert

So do what you always do when listening to an episode of SASM – like kicking back with some coffee, running, or driving ’round town – and fire up this audio grooviness right now!

What You’ll Learn

There’s no risk-taking necessary in listening to this episode, my friend. Get ready to learn about this, that, and the other thing like:

  • Why checklists might be holding you back (and what to do instead).
  • How to balance the need for exploration against the need for focus.
  • Why Corwin likes knives and “rough and ready” cooking.
  • How to get a spreadsheet with bells, whistles, carnival balloons, and cotton candy.
  • What good creative and financial risk-taking looks like.
  • Removing the mystery from running a smooth small business.
  • Why you should get in, connect, and get out of your social networks ASAP.
  • How experimental jazz makes you more creative and a better observer.
  • Why you should avoid “industry inbreeding” (and how to do it).
  • How to maximize your current prospects instead of constantly seeking new ones.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [09:34] Corwin’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [15:38] How Taendem takes the mystery of running a smooth small business
  • [20:04] Task management and overall organization
  • [25:57] Balancing the need for exploration against the need for focus
  • [33:58] “Industry inbreeding”
  • [37:49] Giving up the good life for a great life
  • [42:42] Why collaboration is so important

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-027-with-corwin-hiebert/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Corwin Hiebert. We talk about creative and financial risk-taking, the business side of simplicity, translating "rough and ready" cooking skills to business, and much more. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I enjoy risk-taking, story-telling, and non-fancy-talking people. I also like creative folks who help other creative folks express their creativity better. ... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 50:57
SASM 026 – Multipotentialite Crimes and Triumphs with Emilie Wapnick http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-026-with-emilie-wapnick/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-026-with-emilie-wapnick/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:00:27 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=3047 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Emilie Wapnick as we discuss multipotentialite crimes, triumphs, and some revealing stories from both of us.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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MultipotenialiteEmilie Wapnick is someone you should know.

Especially if you’re like me and have resisted the push to “specialize” all your life.

Or if people think you have ADD because you jump from one interest to another, and then to another… and then back to that passion from a decade ago.

“Multipotentialite” probably isn’t a common word for you, but you’ll be glad it’s in your vocabulary after listening to this episode. You’ll also dig this Smart and Simple Matters classic if you’re on the lookout to become a happier, well-rounded, better integrated business person.

This is more than a conversation about being a stellar generalist, scanner, or slasher (the good kind). This is a chat that explains why everyone can’t be a specialist and what could be potentially more rewarding.

As you’ll hear her say:

I stopped beating myself up about this [scanner] pattern and I started celebrating it to find a way to make it work. – Emilie Wapnick

And while you’re rockin’ your multipotentialite world, Emilie has resources to:

  • Build your confidence toolbox
  • Simplify your goal-setting and goal achieving
  • Help you combine the things you love into an income-generating dynamo

If ever there was a person qualified to bridge seemingly separate topics like simplifying, organizing, and being money wise, Emilie’s the one.

And just wait until you hear how Emilie turns the tables on me like no guest ever has. It’s fun, insightful, and reveals a personal story that very few people know.

In This Episode You’ll Learn About:

  • How to evolve from a dabbler to a multipotentialite maestro.
  • What it’s like to be a “leader of the weirdoes and dorks.”
  • What happens when you try to specialize … and you’re so not a specialist.
  • How to effectively (and enjoyably) “smoosh” your interests into an umbrella business.
  • Why you should set a launch date for any personal or professional project.
  • Using positive accountability as a motivational force.
  • Why stifling your multipotentialite nature is a crime.
  • How to flip the switch between focus time and scanner time.
  • What the original Value of Simple website name was supposed to be (I’m blushing).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [07:55] Emilie’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [16:31] What a multipotentialite is and how you know if you’re one
  • [21:40] How to overwhelm overwhelm
  • [29:09] Positive accountability
  • [35:20] Fighting internal resistance and finding focus
  • [39:20] Finding your overarching theme to bridge your passions
  • [43:59] Joel tells the origin story of Value of Simple

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-026-with-emilie-wapnick/feed/ 12 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Emilie Wapnick as we discuss multipotentialite crimes, triumphs, and some revealing stories from both of us. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Emilie Wapnick is someone you should know. Especially if you're like me and have resisted the push to "specialize" all your life. Or if people think you have ADD because you jump from one interest to another, and then to another… and then back to that passion from a decade ago. "Multipotentialite" probably isn't a common word for you, but you'll be glad it's in your vocabulary after listening to this episode. You'll also dig this Smart and Simple Matters classic if you're on the lookout to become a happier, well-rounded, better integrated business person. This is more than a conversation about being a stellar generalist, scanner, or slasher (the good kind). This is a chat that explains why everyone can't be a specialist and what could be potentially more rewarding. As you'll hear her say: I stopped beating myself up about this [scanner] pattern and I started celebrating it to find a way to make it work. – Emilie Wapnick And while you're rockin' your multipotentialite world, Emilie has resources to: * Build your confidence toolbox (http://puttylike.com/why-every-multipotentialite-needs-a-confidence-toolbox/) * Simplify your goal-setting and goal achieving * Help you combine the things you love into an income-generating dynamo If ever there was a person qualified to bridge seemingly separate topics like simplifying, organizing, and being money wise, Emilie's the one. And just wait until you hear how Emilie turns the tables on me like no guest ever has. It's fun, insightful, and reveals a personal story that very few people know. In This Episode You'll Learn About: * How to evolve from a dabbler to a multipotentialite maestro. * What it's like to be a "leader of the weirdoes and dorks." * What happens when you try to specialize … and you're so not a specialist. * How to effectively (and enjoyably) "smoosh" your interests into an umbrella business. * Why you should set a launch date for any personal or professional project. * Using positive accountability as a motivational force. * Why stifling your multipotentialite nature is a crime. * How to flip the switch between focus time and scanner time. * What the original Value of Simple website name was supposed to be (I'm blushing). Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Puttylike (https://puttylike.com/start-here/) * The Puttytribe (http://theputtytribe.com/) * Puttylabs (http://www.puttylabs.co/) * Nerd Fitness (http://www.nerdfitness.com/about-2/) * Marketing for Hippies (http://marketingforhippies.com/about-marketing-for-hippies/) * Resources: * Puttylike terminology page (http://puttylike.com/terminology/) * Legalzoom (http://valueofsimple.com/Legalzoom) (affiliate link) * Books: * Renaissance Business (http://valueofsimple.com/rb) (affiliate link) * Undeclared for Life (http://puttylike.com/undeclared-for-life-manifesto/) * The War of Art (http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/) * Articles * Can't Settle on a Niche for Your Business? Not a Problem (http://puttylike.com/cant-settle-on-a-niche-for-your-business-no-problem/) * How You Get the Puttylike Snowball Effect (http://puttylike.com/how-you-get-the-puttylike-snowball-effect/) * Why Specific Goals Matter Less than You Think (http://www.jonathanfields.com/blog/goals-matter/) * Etc.: * Joel's personal renaissance (http://valueofsimple.com/my-story) Topics * [07:55] Emilie's seeds of awesomeness * [16:31] What a multipotentialite is and how you know if you're one * [21:40] How to overwhelm overwhelm * [29:09] Positive accountability * [35:20] Fighting internal resistance and finding focus * [39:20] Finding your overarching theme to bridge your passions * [43:59] Joel tells the origin story of Value of Simple Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:11
SASM 025 – Tetris Theory and How to Act Accordingly with Colin Wright http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-025-with-colin-wright/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-025-with-colin-wright/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:00:49 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2977 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Colin Wright. We discuss Tetris Theory, mental frameworks, his new book - Act Accordingly - and why my sports team is better than yours.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Tetris Theory

Ka-boom!

That was the sound of my podcast publishing schedule blowing up to make way for a special dude and a special book.

In this episode of Smart and Simple Matters, I bring back my first two-time guest – Colin Wright – to talk about the themes of his new book Act Accordingly.

And let me tell you. This episode and Act Accordingly are testing the limits of Tetris Theory and the schuper schweet spectrum.

Plus, Colin’s letting me run a groovy giveaway of his book which I tell you all about in the episode.

I’m not going to waste time getting you pumped up about this one. I’ll let Colin do that for me with some of his words from our conversation.

Bridges are far more important than all the rivers we try to put between ourselves.

[Tweet this]

Every time I’m thinking that somebody’s a horrible person, I am also [a] horrible person in some context.

[Tweet this]

So I just have one question for you right now:

Ya’ll ready for this?

It’s time to let ‘er rip and let ‘er fly!

What You’ll Get

It’s impossible to listen to this episode and not have your mind expanded (or implode).

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to use “past you” to benefit “future you.”
  • Why we should surround ourselves with question-askers instead of solution-givers.
  • The Tetris Theory and how to be a thriver.
  • Whether you’re a cake person or an icing person.
  • Which is better: living like concrete or sculptor’s clay.
  • The last time Colin chopped off his (figurative) arm … and what he replaced it with.
  • How to detach from your work so people can understand you.
  • Why Colin wanted to hate his friends, but couldn’t.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [07:34] Why Colin’s in the U.S. and what he’s doing
  • [11:45] The cake and the icing on the cake
  • [18:31] “Right” vs. “wrong” and people who ask many questions
  • [24:20] Colin’s travels and his move to Montana
  • [28:41] Confidence and context in Act Accordingly
  • [36:16] The conflict of detaching yourself from your work
  • [43:48] Tetris Theory
  • [46:29] Simple Life Together recommendation and Act Accordingly giveaway details

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

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If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-025-with-colin-wright/feed/ 1 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Colin Wright. We discuss Tetris Theory, mental frameworks, his new book - Act Accordingly - and why my sports team is better than yours. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Ka-boom! That was the sound of my podcast publishing schedule blowing up to make way for a special dude and a special book. In this episode of Smart and S... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 52:06
SASM 024 – Reinventing Yourself and Rapidly Reframing Misfortune with Adam Shepard http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-024-with-adam-shepard/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-024-with-adam-shepard/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:00:17 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2917 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Adam Shepard. We discuss reinventing yourself, reframing misfortune, why budgeting is sexy, life-changing $10 purchases, living in a homeless shelter, and much more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Adam Shepard

This happens a lot lately.

Someone launching a new product, service, book, or website will reach out and ask me to do something for them or with them.

But Adam’s email was different. His intro was, “Heyyyy Joel” and instantly pulled me in with stories about growing a mullet and fighting bulls. Now, that’s how you do it, folks.

And as soon as I read this, I knew I wanted to know more about Adam:

In a world that wants to take your money, it’s essential that people are smart; that they make educated decisions about how to spend their money; and that they still manage to enjoy their lives in the process.

Those are the words of Adam Shepard. He’s an author, a public speaker, an experimenter, and a counter-cultural beacon swimming against the current.

Plus, he’s a super generous guy. You’ll know what I mean once you listen to the episode.

Because that’s where the details are about how to win a free copy of his new book One Year Lived (affiliate link) … and one lucky person will have it signed by Adam and shipped anywhere in the world.

I’m super jazzed about how this episode turned out, but I shouldn’t be surprised. Everywhere that Adam talks, people listen. And then they start to question why they think the way they do. Why they make certain decisions and how acting differently might lead to more fulfillment for them and health for everyone else.

This episode is a sock-knocker-offer in a number of ways and you gotta listen to understand the context of these words from Adam:

I would have played in Lithuania for $500 a month and I would have gone hunting for my own food. I didn’t care. I just wanted to play.

So join us to learn, explore … and find out how to win your free copy of One Year Lived.

In This Episode You’ll Learn About:

  • How to reinvent yourself when the one thing you were destined to do just isn’t happening.
  • Why Adam happily spent seventy days in a homeless shelter.
  • Some intriguing, unconventional views about what is (and isn’t) a sacrifice.
  • The stellar benefits of not being awesome at video games.
  • What Adam would take $500, a trip to Lithuania, and a bow and arrow to be able to do.
  • Why budgeting is sexy (hint: think momentum and victories).
  • The one purchase that put everything into perspective for Adam (and it was under $10).
  • How to rapidly reframe our misfortune to benefit us.
  • Why it’s so important to have people that hold you accountable.
  • How minimalism can lead to you fighting bulls in Nicaragua.
  • The opportunity costs of a year traveling around the world.
  • Why the most rewarding experiences come from stepping out of your comfort zone.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [06:39] Adam’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [12:40] Adam’s scratch beginnings
  • [15:46] Budgeting (and it’s sexy)
  • [21:20] Making sacrifices and what a sacrifice really is
  • [26:43] How to reframe our misfortune to benefit us
  • [30:46] How Adam practices minimalism
  • [37:55] Where we see Adam’s sweet mustache and mullet pictures

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-024-with-adam-shepard/feed/ 7 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Adam Shepard. We discuss reinventing yourself, reframing misfortune, why budgeting is sexy, life-changing $10 purchases, living in a homeless shelter, and much more. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) This happens a lot lately. Someone launching a new product, service, book, or website will reach out and ask me to do something for them or with them. But Adam's email was different. His intro was, "Heyyyy Joel" and instantly pulled me in with stories about growing a mullet and fighting bulls. Now, that's how you do it, folks. And as soon as I read this, I knew I wanted to know more about Adam: In a world that wants to take your money, it's essential that people are smart; that they make educated decisions about how to spend their money; and that they still manage to enjoy their lives in the process. Those are the words of Adam Shepard. He's an author, a public speaker, an experimenter, and a counter-cultural beacon swimming against the current. Plus, he's a super generous guy. You'll know what I mean once you listen to the episode. Because that's where the details are about how to win a free copy of his new book One Year Lived (http://valueofsimple.com/OneYearLived) (affiliate link) … and one lucky person will have it signed by Adam and shipped anywhere in the world. I'm super jazzed about how this episode turned out, but I shouldn't be surprised. Everywhere that Adam talks, people listen. And then they start to question why they think the way they do. Why they make certain decisions and how acting differently might lead to more fulfillment for them and health for everyone else. This episode is a sock-knocker-offer in a number of ways and you gotta listen to understand the context of these words from Adam: I would have played in Lithuania for $500 a month and I would have gone hunting for my own food. I didn't care. I just wanted to play. So join us to learn, explore … and find out how to win your free copy of One Year Lived. In This Episode You'll Learn About: * How to reinvent yourself when the one thing you were destined to do just isn't happening. * Why Adam happily spent seventy days in a homeless shelter. * Some intriguing, unconventional views about what is (and isn't) a sacrifice. * The stellar benefits of not being awesome at video games. * What Adam would take $500, a trip to Lithuania, and a bow and arrow to be able to do. * Why budgeting is sexy (hint: think momentum and victories). * The one purchase that put everything into perspective for Adam (and it was under $10). * How to rapidly reframe our misfortune to benefit us. * Why it's so important to have people that hold you accountable. * How minimalism can lead to you fighting bulls in Nicaragua. * The opportunity costs of a year traveling around the world. * Why the most rewarding experiences come from stepping out of your comfort zone. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * One Year Lived (http://www.oneyearlived.com/) * Resources: * Scott Dinsmore's Goal Setting and Action Workbook (http://liveyourlegend.net/free-2013-goal-setting-guide/) * Books: * One Year Lived (http://valueofsimple.com/OneYearLived) (affiliate link) * Scratch Beginnings (http://valueofsimple.com/ScratchBeginnings) (affiliate link) * Nickel and Dimed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_and_Dimed) * Articles: * Daily Money Manager: The Most Important Job You've Never Heard Of (http://valueofsimple.com/daily-money-management-handguide) * Picutres * Adam's Thailand mullet (http://oneyearlived.com/uploads/galleries/522013200759_602X394.JPG) * Adam's "Mustachio Bashio" 'stache (http://oneyearlived.com/uploads/galleries/522013192547_602X394.JPG) Topics * [06:39] Adam's seeds of awesomeness * [12:40] Adam's scratch beginnings * [15:46] Budgeting (and it's sexy) * [21:20] Making sacrifices and what a sacrifice really is * [26:43] How to reframe our misfortune to benefit us * [30:46] How Adam practices minimalism Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 44:49
SASM 023 – How to Curate and Informational Nurses with Robin Good http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-023-with-robin-good/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-023-with-robin-good/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:00:46 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2860 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Robin Good, curation master. We discuss curating (of course), how to be an informational nurse, getting a big slice of "P.I.E.," the limits of Google search results, and forming alliances with similarly passionate people.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Robin GoodYou know how some people tie their happiness into seeing other people create dreams, achieve goals, and realize success?

Robin Good is like that.

Thousands of people have deep respect for who Robin is and what he does. And just as many love why he’s become a master curator around a number of topics.

His life trajectory has ranged from thinking he wanted to be a classically trained biologist to knowing he needed to be an “informational nurse” for people around the world.

I guess we can expect as much from a guy who describes himself as a citizen of the world.

You’ll love this conversation if you’re interested in new media tools, storytelling, marketing, vivid verbal imagery and, of course, curating.

And you’ll see in the links below that he’s all over the place. That’s a good thing because Robin likes to engage people on different platforms, through different mediums, and on many topics.

Both he and I share a love for the spoken word, though. But we do differ on some key ideas.

For example, we differ on how much you need to laser target a specific niche to be successful online. And we also disagree about the usefulness of Seth Godin’s books (I’m in the minority on that one, though).

Come get your curating on and let Robin be your DJ in this unpredictable, motivational chat!

What You’ll Learn

Robin’s no one-trick-pony and he proves it over-and-over.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How you can be someone’s bow and let them be their own arrow.
  • Why 1975 was a very good year for Italy (and for Robin).
  • Why money inspires greed … at corporations and non-profits.
  • How Robin moved his newsletter online and started to make money hand over fist.
  • How you can be an “informational nurse” for your community.
  • Why relying on Google search results is like relying on a Big Mac to make you healthy.
  • The three-step process to get your own “P.I.E.”
  • How to develop power in alliances with similarly passionate people.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [00:30] Joel’s Ignite “Experience Curating” talk recap and an update on his upcoming book
  • [10:11] Robin’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [16:48] Robin’s transition into becoming an independent media publisher
  • [26:15] Why a good curator is like an awesome DJ
  • [31:30] How curating gives you god-like powers to shape your environment
  • [36:02] Robin’s recommendations about search engines and starting in independent publishing
  • [46:42] Robin’s tips for using your voice to make an impact

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

If you’re not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below.

Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-023-with-robin-good/feed/ 5 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Robin Good, curation master. We discuss curating (of course), how to be an informational nurse, getting a big slice of "P.I.E.," the limits of Google search results, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)You know how some people tie their happiness into seeing other people create dreams, achieve goals, and realize success? Robin Good is like that. Thousands of people have deep respect for who Robin is and what he does. And just as many love why he's become a master curator around a number of topics. His life trajectory has ranged from thinking he wanted to be a classically trained biologist to knowing he needed to be an "informational nurse" for people around the world. I guess we can expect as much from a guy who describes himself as a citizen of the world. You'll love this conversation if you're interested in new media tools, storytelling, marketing, vivid verbal imagery and, of course, curating. And you'll see in the links below that he's all over the place. That's a good thing because Robin likes to engage people on different platforms, through different mediums, and on many topics. Both he and I share a love for the spoken word, though. But we do differ on some key ideas. For example, we differ on how much you need to laser target a specific niche to be successful online. And we also disagree about the usefulness of Seth Godin's books (I'm in the minority on that one, though). Come get your curating on and let Robin be your DJ in this unpredictable, motivational chat! What You'll Learn Robin's no one-trick-pony and he proves it over-and-over. In this episode you'll learn about: * How you can be someone's bow and let them be their own arrow. * Why 1975 was a very good year for Italy (and for Robin). * Why money inspires greed … at corporations and non-profits. * How Robin moved his newsletter online and started to make money hand over fist. * How you can be an "informational nurse" for your community. * Why relying on Google search results is like relying on a Big Mac to make you healthy. * The three-step process to get your own "P.I.E." * How to develop power in alliances with similarly passionate people. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Masternewmedia.org (http://www.masternewmedia.org/about.htm) * Robin's Scoop.it Presence (http://www.scoop.it/u/RobinGood) * Resources: * Robin's Infographic Resume (https://cvgram.me/robin.good) * Robin's online curation tools mind map (http://www.mindmeister.com/55395228/content-curation-tools-the-newsmaster-toolkit-by-robin-good-2012) (it loads slow, but it's worth it) * Articles: * Robin's Transformation from Communication Consultant to Independent Media Publisher (http://www.masternewmedia.org/from-communication-consultant-to-independent-media-publisher-my-reasons/) * Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons (http://www.masternewmedia.org/curation-for-education-and-learning/) * Videos: * Experience Curating: Filter, Organize, and Share Your Way to Insane Value and Kicking Butt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbgfEmu3_MQ) * Etc.: * Robin on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RobinGood) * Robin everywhere else (http://about.me/robingood) Topics * [00:30] Joel's Ignite "Experience Curating" talk recap and an update on his upcoming book * [10:11] Robin's seeds of awesomeness * [16:48] Robin's transition into becoming an independent media publisher * [26:15] Why a good curator is like an awesome DJ * [31:30] How curating gives you god-like powers to shape your environment * [36:02] Robin's recommendations about search engines and starting in independent publishing * [46:42] Robin's tips for using your voice to make an impact Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:49
SASM 022 – Minimalism, Intentional Living, and Being the Best You with Joshua Becker http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-022-with-joshua-becker/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-022-with-joshua-becker/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 07:00:32 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2834 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Joshua Becker and his perspective on practical minimalism. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, the limit of minimalism, how to live intentionally, the pros and cons of competition, and being the best *you* that you can be.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Joshua BeckerThis is the reason I created Smart and Simple Matters: so I could have meaningful conversations with amazing people that improve your life.

And my guest for this episode truly falls into the amazing category. He has a ton to offer to everyone (including me) looking to simplify, organize, and be money wise.

It’s Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist, one of my go-to resources on intentional living and practical ways to be a great minimalist … without sacrificing what’s most important to you.

Joshua knows how to ask the right question at the right time like…

I bought that and I don’t need it. What was the disconnect between what I was thinking was true and what really is true in life?

…and offers insight with clarity and brevity.

Intentionality for me is just taking the time to question the assumption that we base our life upon.

[Tweet this]

Those things that you can’t possibly measure are the things that we should be chasing the most.

[Tweet this]

Minimalism [for me] has never been about subtraction for the sake of subtraction.

[Tweet this]

What I found was that the chasing of possessions, and even in some ways the unintentional allowing of them to absorb my life and resources, was distracting me and keeping me from becoming what I most wanted to be.

If that doesn’t get you fired up and ready to make some changes, I don’t know what will!

Joshua and I talk about a lot, including his best-selling books, subtle catalysts that turn into transformational moments, and the problems with (or opportunity in) competition.

Have a listen and discover why hundreds of thousands of people care about what Joshua says through his website, newsletter, public speaking events, and social media.

What You’ll Learn

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Joshua’s flashpoint for living intentionally … and how you can too.
  • Why you should just be the best “you” that you can be.
  • How many Goodwill donation trips it takes before asking yourself some hard questions.
  • Why comparison is always unfair.
  • How to lead your kids to a lifestyle without forcing them.
  • Realizing that struggles don’t always go away and don’t always need to be overcome.
  • Whether Joshua wants to celebrate Thanksgiving with me … on May 27th.
  • Why pursuing passionate work comes sooner with a big dose of simplicity and minimalism.
  • How to resolve destructive competition… even if you’re just competing with yourself.
  • What the greatest hurdle is for starting your entrepreneurial dream (you might be surprised).
  • Why competition drove me into a rage and to violently swinging a hammer.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [08:55] Joshua’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [11:11] The sparks of a minimalist journey
  • [17:05] Joshua’s evolution as a minimalist from physical items to something bigger
  • [22:22] The flashpoint for starting to live an intentional life
  • [28:05] How to stop the constant comparisons between you and everyone else
  • [35:09] Whether Joshua will bite on my “how crazy is Joel?” challenge
  • [41:39] Why minimalism isn’t Joshua’s greatest obsession
  • [45:15] The goal behind Joshua’s SXSW collaboration How Minimalism Is Changing Entrepreneurship
  • [49:00] How competition can be healthy… or destructive
  • [55:08] My three challenges to you

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-022-with-joshua-becker/feed/ 11 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Joshua Becker and his perspective on practical minimalism. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, the limit of minimalism, how to live intentionally, the pros and cons of competition, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)This is the reason I created Smart and Simple Matters: so I could have meaningful conversations with amazing people that improve your life. And my guest for this episode truly falls into the amazing category. He has a ton to offer to everyone (including me) looking to simplify, organize, and be money wise. It's Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/), one of my go-to resources on intentional living and practical ways to be a great minimalist … without sacrificing what's most important to you. Joshua knows how to ask the right question at the right time like… I bought that and I don't need it. What was the disconnect between what I was thinking was true and what really is true in life? …and offers insight with clarity and brevity. Intentionality for me is just taking the time to question the assumption that we base our life upon. [Tweet this (http://clicktotweet.com/Wv3La)] Those things that you can't possibly measure are the things that we should be chasing the most. [Tweet this (http://clicktotweet.com/efB9F)] Minimalism [for me] has never been about subtraction for the sake of subtraction. [Tweet this (http://clicktotweet.com/ndc7L)] What I found was that the chasing of possessions, and even in some ways the unintentional allowing of them to absorb my life and resources, was distracting me and keeping me from becoming what I most wanted to be. If that doesn't get you fired up and ready to make some changes, I don't know what will! Joshua and I talk about a lot, including his best-selling books, subtle catalysts that turn into transformational moments, and the problems with (or opportunity in) competition. Have a listen and discover why hundreds of thousands of people care about what Joshua says through his website, newsletter, public speaking events, and social media. What You'll Learn In this episode you'll learn about: * Joshua's flashpoint for living intentionally … and how you can too. * Why you should just be the best "you" that you can be. * How many Goodwill donation trips it takes before asking yourself some hard questions. * Why comparison is always unfair. * How to lead your kids to a lifestyle without forcing them. * Realizing that struggles don't always go away and don't always need to be overcome. * Whether Joshua wants to celebrate Thanksgiving with me … on May 27th. * Why pursuing passionate work comes sooner with a big dose of simplicity and minimalism. * How to resolve destructive competition… even if you're just competing with yourself. * What the greatest hurdle is for starting your entrepreneurial dream (you might be surprised). * Why competition drove me into a rage and to violently swinging a hammer. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/) * Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net/start/) * Be More with Less (http://bemorewithless.com/about/) * The Minimalists (http://www.theminimalists.com/start/) * Resources: * How Minimalism Is Changing Entrepreneurship (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_IAP5711) * The Becoming Minimalist Newsletter (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/newsletter-sign-up/) * Joshua's Ignite Phoenix Talk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou3ynsiQ4J4) * Books: * Inside-Out Simplicity (http://valueofsimple.com/InsideOutSimplicity) (affiliate link) * Simplify (http://valueofsimple.com/JoshuaBeckerSimplify) (affiliate link) * Living with Less (Simply for Students) (http://www.amazon.com/Living-Simply-Students-Joshua-Becker/dp/0764486608/ref=la_B0065BARJM_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366645226&sr=1-1) * Articles: * Stop Comparing Your Life. Start Living It Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 59:19
SASM 021 – Residual Income and Minimal Experiences with Natalie Sisson http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-021-with-natalie-sisson/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-021-with-natalie-sisson/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 07:00:04 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2780 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Natalie Sisson and her perspective on building freedom in business and adventure in life. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, generating residual income streams, minimalist experiences of non-minimalists, and "Tall Poppy Syndrome."

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Smart and Simple Matters

Are you familiar with suitcase entrepreneurs?

Natalie Sisson is… because she happens to be an original suitcase entrepreneur, and a super successful one at that.

I’ve seen Natalie’s name across the Interwebs for a while, but it wasn’t until her podcast with Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist that I started paying close attention.

And she’s absolutely worth paying close attention to.

I caught up with Natalie via Skype at her co-working location in Berlin for this episode of Smart and Simple Matters. She’s been globe-trotting, rocking and rolling in business, and spreading her vision to see people have freedom in all parts of life.

It was both a personal pleasure and a treat to talk to her about the things you care about. I’m not going to impress you with her credentials here as you can get that from the show and all around the web.

But Natalie can talk powerfully about just about any topic under the sun, so we covered a lot of ground. Here’s a slice of her philosophy as we started to get into what building freedom in business and adventure in life looks like:

If I really look at my path and how far I’ve come in the last few years, it’s all been when I got really clear on why I’m doing what I’m doing. Because up until then I was really [thinking], ‘Well, what the heck am I doing?’ And once I got it down to what is my purpose, what impact do I want to leave… everything just became crystal clear.

Pay full attention for this one and get ready to dig in for a lively and insightful conversation.

What You’ll Learn

Once you adjust to a little background noise – no big whoop and part of the ambiance – you’ll appreciate a ton from Natalie.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • What “Tall Poppy Syndrome” is and why Natalie is motivated by it.
  • How the “experiences over stuff” mindset uniquely evolves in a suitcase entrepreneur.
  • Why you should aim for residual income streams instead of passive income generation.
  • The stats behind the similarities between you, me, and everyone else.
  • Why competition is essential in life, business, and becoming a world-class Ultimate Frisbee player.
  • Who Natalie’s favorite guru is (and why he helps her believe in something big).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:58] Natalie’s background and her seeds of awesomeness
  • [07:43] The spark that lit Natalie’s suitcase entrepreneur existence
  • [15:15] What passive residual income looks like in Natalie’s business
  • [22:01] The various uses of Evernote and curating
  • [28:05] Natalie and I split hairs about how much people have in common
  • [30:36] “Why”
  • [35:38] What it’s like to compete in sports, business, and life

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-021-with-natalie-sisson/feed/ 4 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Natalie Sisson and her perspective on building freedom in business and adventure in life. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, generating residual income streams, minimalist experiences of non-minimalists, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Are you familiar with suitcase entrepreneurs? Natalie Sisson is… because she happens to be an original suitcase entrepreneur Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 44:10
SASM 020 – How to Create Space, Kindness, and Happiness with Tammy Strobel http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-020-with-tammy-strobel/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-020-with-tammy-strobel/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:00:14 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2689 This Smart and Simple Matters show features Tammy Strobel and her views on finding happiness, generating empowerment, the links between simplicity and groovy things, kindness, a peer mindset, and more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Tammy Strobel

I could never see Tammy Strobel walk into a room, not get something she wants, and then proclaim, “Do you know who I am?!”

She’s way too kind and humble for that. However…

I can definitely see myself walk to the far corners of the Internet, find people who don’t know who Tammy is, and then declare, “What?! You don’t know who Tammy Strobel is or what RowdyKittens is all about?”

That’s exactly what I’m doing with this episode of Smart and Simple Matters.

Tammy is a lot of things to a lot of people, but she’s also not a lot of things that most people are. And to me and the many people who follow her journey, that’s a very good thing.

In shorter terms, her mission is all about “going small, thinking big, and being happy.” It’s something that I can get behind, and so can the people who have heard about Tammy in places like USA Today, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Today Show.

In our chat, Tammy and I talk about some of the themes from her book – You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) – but we also go beyond happiness.

We talk about creating space in your life. How kindness and empowerment work together to become something even more powerful. We talk about… well… we cover a lot.

Here’s a glimpse of Tammy’s thoughtfulness:

I didn’t realize how much the “stuff” was weighing down my mental state. With a lot of stuff, you have to keep track of it [and] that takes up a lot of space in your brain. – Tammy

This was such a good conversation that even I said something useful.

It’s fun to be consumed when you’re consumed with the right things. – Joel

[Tweet This]

Tammy even complimented me on my curating via spreadsheets, so instantly, she gets bonus points. But don’t let my light-heartedness obscure the serious – and seriously awesome – message that Tammy has for us all.

You can read more about it below and I’d encourage you to click on some links if you normally don’t do that.

What You’ll Learn

Besides increasing mindfulness, creating space in all facets of your existence, and learning to use empowerment, you’ll get a ton from this one.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How to use your personal story to help people find their own happiness.
  • Why empowerment is so powerful … and can eliminate the feeling of being controlled.
  • How to have more physical (and mental) space for the things that matter.
  • Why “should” and “have to” should lead to you judging less.
  • How to push people towards happiness without shoving them unwillingly.
  • The strange, wonderful link between photography and simplicity.
  • How a morning ritual can help you slow down and be grateful.
  • Acting from a place of kindness and not making assumptions about people.
  • Approaching the roadblocks on a simplicity journey with a “beginners” mindset.
  • A double rainbow other than the YouTube guy’s one.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:49] Tammy’s seeds of awesomeness
  • [06:56] Tammy’s downsizing story
  • [11:33] Ways to find happiness
  • [16:31] The link between simplicity, photography, and rituals
  • [19:43] The peer mindset
  • [23:00] Why tiny houses are awesome
  • [25:46] How Tammy curates her existence
  • [28:52] E-courses (Tammy/Courtney Carver’s and others)
  • [33:40] Double rainbows

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-020-with-tammy-strobel/feed/ 8 This Smart and Simple Matters show features Tammy Strobel and her views on finding happiness, generating empowerment, the links between simplicity and groovy things, kindness, a peer mindset, and more. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I could never see Tammy Strobel walk into a room, not get something she wants, and then proclaim, "Do you know who I am?!" She's way too kind and humble for that. However… I can definitely see myself walk to the far corners of the Internet, find people who don't know who Tammy is, and then declare, "What?! You don't know who Tammy Strobel is or what RowdyKittens (http://rowdykittens.com/portfolio/) is all about?" That's exactly what I'm doing with this episode of Smart and Simple Matters. Tammy is a lot of things to a lot of people, but she's also not a lot of things that most people are. And to me and the many people who follow her journey, that's a very good thing. In shorter terms, her mission is all about "going small, thinking big, and being happy." It's something that I can get behind, and so can the people who have heard about Tammy in places like USA Today, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Today Show. In our chat, Tammy and I talk about some of the themes from her book – You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1608680835/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=rowdyk-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1608680835) – but we also go beyond happiness. We talk about creating space in your life. How kindness and empowerment work together to become something even more powerful. We talk about… well… we cover a lot. Here's a glimpse of Tammy's thoughtfulness: I didn't realize how much the "stuff" was weighing down my mental state. With a lot of stuff, you have to keep track of it [and] that takes up a lot of space in your brain. - Tammy This was such a good conversation that even I said something useful. It's fun to be consumed when you're consumed with the right things. - Joel [Tweet This] Tammy even complimented me on my curating via spreadsheets, so instantly, she gets bonus points. But don't let my light-heartedness obscure the serious – and seriously awesome – message that Tammy has for us all. You can read more about it below and I'd encourage you to click on some links if you normally don't do that. What You'll Learn Besides increasing mindfulness, creating space in all facets of your existence, and learning to use empowerment, you'll get a ton from this one. In this episode you'll learn about: * How to use your personal story to help people find their own happiness. * Why empowerment is so powerful … and can eliminate the feeling of being controlled. * How to have more physical (and mental) space for the things that matter. * Why "should" and "have to" should lead to you judging less. * How to push people towards happiness without shoving them unwillingly. * The strange, wonderful link between photography and simplicity. * How a morning ritual can help you slow down and be grateful. * Acting from a place of kindness and not making assumptions about people. * Approaching the roadblocks on a simplicity journey with a "beginners" mindset. * A double rainbow other than the YouTube guy's one. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: RowdyKittens (http://rowdykittens.com/portfolio/), Tiny House Blog (http://tinyhouseblog.com/about/), Tiny House Design (http://www.tinyhousedesign.com/about/), Be More with Less (http://bemorewithless.com/about/), Tammy on Instagram (http://instagram.com/rowdykittens) * Resources: Resources for Life: Small House Society (http://www.resourcesforlife.com/small-house-society/about), Scrivner (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php) (for writers), the Refuge of Simplicity (http://valueofsimple.com/newsletter) * Books: You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1608680835/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=rowdyk-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1608680835) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 38:31
SASM 019 – The Continuous Creation Challenge and Your Ultimate Guide to Rock It http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-019-continuous-creation-challenge/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-019-continuous-creation-challenge/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:00:53 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2621 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features the Continuous Creation Challenge and a full toolbox to rocking your experience with it. From what it is, the origin story, how it works, some insanely awesome highlights, and a planning guide... this is the whole shebang!

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Continuous Creation Challenge

This is a special episode of Smart and Simple Matters for many reasons.

The first reason is the topic, namely the Continuous Creation Challenge.

This is our insane (and insanely beneficial) challenge where – for a period of time – you shift all your energy from many forms of consumption into channeled creation.

There’s huge flexibility in your planning and doing of the Continuous Creation Challenge (CCC) – including how long, when, what consumption to eliminate, and what projects to create – but it’s disruptive enough to the status quo to open your eyes to what could be possible.

You’ll hear the full origin story of the CCC in this episode, but I never intended for anyone else to do one when I experimented with it in April 2012.

But now? I’m passionate about having 100,000 people create their own awesomeness during a CCC before the end of 2014.

Is this my most ambitious goal yet?

Probably. And I’ll need your help to pull this off. By the time you’re done listening to this episode, I bet you’ll be interested and motivated enough to help not just me, but to help yourself achieve an experience that many people would only dream about.

What You’ll Learn

I’m giving you the full who, what, when, where, and why in this show. Make sure to listen to the end for all the quirky, funny, and thoughtful commentary on this Continuous Creation Challenge business!

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How to stretch yourself to the point of discomfort … and liberation from the status quo.
  • What the heck a Continuous Creation Challenge is (kind of important, no?).
  • The best practices of planning and doing your CCC so you can rock it.
  • Why I intentionally fast for 72 hours and have tried to go even longer.
  • How you can (and may want to) help with my super-ambitious CCC goal.
  • Some funky FAQs (like whether sex is allowed during your CCC).
  • How to destroy your limiting beliefs and clarify what you’re capable of.
  • Major unexpected benefits of a CCC like enhanced self-awareness.
  • Who knows the “right” way to do a Continuous Creation Challenge.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [02:18] Intro to the Continuous Creation Challenge
  • [05:33] The origin story of the CCC
  • [09:17] I tell you how this CCC dealio actually works
  • [19:08] My previous CCC plans vs. what I actually experienced
  • [24:54] What you can create in 72 hours or 120 hours with focused intention
  • [31:50] What other people have created in their CCC
  • [36:28] The planning process for a smooth and rewarding CCC
  • [42:28] Basic troubleshooting and some FAQs
  • [48:59] Recap and a request for help

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Transcript

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-019-continuous-creation-challenge/feed/ 10 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features the Continuous Creation Challenge and a full toolbox to rocking your experience with it. From what it is, the origin story, how it works, some insanely awesome highlights, and a planning guide... (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) This is a special episode of Smart and Simple Matters for many reasons. The first reason is the topic, namely the Continuous Creation Challenge (http://valueofsimple.com/ccc). This is our insane (and insanely beneficial) challenge where – for a period of time – you shift all your energy from many forms of consumption into channeled creation. There's huge flexibility in your planning and doing of the Continuous Creation Challenge (CCC) – including how long, when, what consumption to eliminate, and what projects to create – but it's disruptive enough to the status quo to open your eyes to what could be possible. You'll hear the full origin story of the CCC in this episode, but I never intended for anyone else to do one when I experimented with it in April 2012. But now? I'm passionate about having 100,000 people create their own awesomeness (http://valueofsimple.com/ccc) during a CCC before the end of 2014. Is this my most ambitious goal yet? Probably. And I'll need your help to pull this off. By the time you're done listening to this episode, I bet you'll be interested and motivated enough to help not just me, but to help yourself achieve an experience that many people would only dream about. What You'll Learn I'm giving you the full who, what, when, where, and why in this show. Make sure to listen to the end for all the quirky, funny, and thoughtful commentary on this Continuous Creation Challenge business (http://valueofsimple.com/ccc)! In this episode you'll learn about: * How to stretch yourself to the point of discomfort … and liberation from the status quo. * What the heck a Continuous Creation Challenge is (kind of important, no?). * The best practices of planning and doing your CCC so you can rock it. * Why I intentionally fast for 72 hours and have tried to go even longer. * How you can (and may want to) help with my super-ambitious CCC goal. * Some funky FAQs (like whether sex is allowed during your CCC). * How to destroy your limiting beliefs and clarify what you're capable of. * Major unexpected benefits of a CCC like enhanced self-awareness. * Who knows the "right" way to do a Continuous Creation Challenge. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Resources: * The Continuous Creation Challenge Resource Page (including the Resource Kit) (http://valueofsimple.com/ccc) * Articles: * The 72 Hour Continuous Creation Challenge (No Consumption Allowed) (http://valueofsimple.com/72-hour-continuous-creation-challenge) * The 120 Hour Continuous Creation Challenge (http://valueofsimple.com/120-hour-continuous-creation-challenge) * The 120 Hour Continuous Creation Challenge Recap (http://valueofsimple.com/120-hour-continuous-creation-challenge-recap) Topics * [02:18] Intro to the Continuous Creation Challenge * [05:33] The origin story of the CCC * [09:17] I tell you how this CCC dealio actually works * [19:08] My previous CCC plans vs. what I actually experienced * [24:54] What you can create in 72 hours or 120 hours with focused intention * [31:50] What other people have created in their CCC * [36:28] The planning process for a smooth and rewarding CCC * [42:28] Basic troubleshooting and some FAQs * [48:59] Recap and a request for help Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know). I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 53:23
SASM 018 – Productivityists and Asking the Right Questions with Mike Vardy http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-018-with-mike-vardy/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-018-with-mike-vardy/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:00:28 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2481 This Smart and Simple Matters show features Mike Vardy and his perspectives on productivity. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, why "why?" is the best question to ask (and when), "status battles," and a whole new meaning of being productive.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy brings a lot to the party.

Or show. Or event. Or the Internet in general.

In this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, I welcome Mike to join me for a chat that bounces between wise, goofy, and practical dynamite.

I’ve been impressed with Mike for a while now – even before I knew he existed (you’ll have to listen to understand how that’s possible). His new book, The Front Nine, builds on a resume that already includes being a prolific podcaster, respected public speaker, and in some circles, a pretty great dad.

So it should be no surprise when Mike comes up with memorable words during our chat like this:

Being a productivityist becomes more about the ‘why to do’ instead of the ‘how to do.’ So you become more mindful. You start to make choices that are based about the things that you really want to as opposed to the things you have to do.

You can find Mike’s writing in many places now, but don’t go searching for his 3rd grade science serial masterpiece or his 8th grade novella The Green Thang and All. He’s evolved significantly since those formative writing days and has better things to offer the world now…like this great conversation.

What You’ll Learn

Besides understanding why Mike and I reference the song Baby Got Back a few times, you’ll learn a ton of practical stuff in this one.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How being a productivityist helps with simplifying, organizing, and being money wise.
  • Why “Why?” is the best question to ask … and when.
  • The meaning of a “status battle” and how that grows into something bigger.
  • What it’s like to focus on getting the right things done.
  • How to use productivity to go from training wheels to tricking out your bike.
  • What’s worse than an abandoned spreadsheet (hint: probably not what you think).
  • How to start your new year at any point … and hit it hard and heavy.
  • Creating a template to evaluate whether new experiences are worth it.
  • Why journaling can be a huge step in connecting to what’s truly important.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [04:25] Mike’s “seeds of awesomeness”
  • [11:40] How being a productivityist helps with simplifying, organizing, and being money wise
  • [20:32] “How crazy is Joel,” Mike’s book The Front Nine, and using golf as a metaphor
  • [27:15] How Mike uses spreadsheets and for what
  • [30:49] Curating, journaling, and using a working template for evaluating new experiences
  • [41:18] The lighter side of life, comedy, and some chuckles

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Tell Us How You Feel

If you appreciate this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and greatly appreciated!

To leave a review on iTunes (iTunes needs to be installed first), just do these four quick steps:

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
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  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-018-with-mike-vardy/feed/ 0 This Smart and Simple Matters show features Mike Vardy and his perspectives on productivity. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, why "why?" is the best question to ask (and when), "status battles," and a whole new meaning of being productive. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Mike Vardy brings a lot to the party. Or show. Or event. Or the Internet in general. In this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, I welcom... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 47:40
SASM 017 – Growing the Seeds of Health, Relationships, and Abundance with James Clear http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-017-with-james-clear/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-017-with-james-clear/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:00:38 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2432 This Smart and Simple Matters show features James Clear and his perspective on health. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, adopting an abundance mindset, starting your own movement, and why relationships are the ultimate personal capital.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Smart and Simple Matters

James Clear is all about helping people be healthy.

And after digging into JamesClear.com and listening to him speak, I have no doubt that his movement is on solid ground. Not only that, but he’s successful in helping people achieve and maintain their own version of optimal health.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. The communities exploding around fitness and health – online and offline – have a number of stellar people rocking their niche within this massive movement.

But as you’ll find, his concept of health is very different from the traditional mindset. After listening to James talk, you might be convinced that not getting your butt in gear (my words, not his) is a sure way to limit your happiness, health, curiosity, and ability to connect with others.

Now, some of you may already know James or have seen his words and photos online. His creations have been featured on US News & World Report, Travel & Leisure, Yahoo, Lifehacker, and the Flickr homepage.

But he offers us a slice of his philosophy and resources you won’t find anywhere else. Just from our chat, here are some words I’m reflecting on:

When you push yourself physically, it reveals what you’re made of mentally … and you solidify your sense of self-worth because you understand exactly what you can do. – James Clear

***

The people you surround yourself with is not a business decision. It’s a life decision. – James Clear

To see James’ abundance mindset even better, he is the first guest on Smart and Simple Matters that offered to package up the resources we spoke about (meaning I didn’t have to). Ummm … awesome! Thanks for doing that, James! Everyone can find those resources you’ve packaged up just for the SASM community at JamesClear.com/VoS.

One more thing before we get into what you’ll learn from our chat. Check out what this impressive fella has to say about the beauty of spreadsheets:

That spreadsheet’s always there for me to look at and say, ‘You know what? You’re still making progress every week. So there’s no reason to stop now … The numbers don’t lie.’

Are you stoked yet? I know I am!

What You’ll Learn

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • When to watch out for “getting so healthy that you’re unhealthy.”
  • How to be your family’s first entrepreneur…and rock it right out of the gate.
  • Where you could find the seeds of curiosity, exploration, and experimentation.
  • What James would have happily turned down a million dollars to continue doing.
  • Why James practices intermittent fasting … and how.
  • The link between spreadsheets and doing 100 push-ups in a row (seriously).
  • The abundance mindset and not being afraid to give.
  • What James was born and bred to be.
  • Why  relationships are the ultimate form of capital (even more than money and time).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [02:59] The seeds of awesomeness (a.k.a. stories from James’ youth)
  • [05:54] The mission and cause that’s bigger than any one person
  • [15:41] Why James practices intermittent fasting and how
  • [18:43] Measuring your progress in physical training and overall health
  • [22:32] What an “abundance mindset” looks like to James
  • [30:28] Being a practitioner of happiness and gratitude

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-017-with-james-clear/feed/ 6 This Smart and Simple Matters show features James Clear and his perspective on health. We discuss the seeds of awesomeness, adopting an abundance mindset, starting your own movement, and why relationships are the ultimate personal capital. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) James Clear is all about helping people be healthy. And after digging into JamesClear.com (http://jamesclear.com/) and listening to him speak, I have no doubt that his movement is on solid ground. Not only that, but he's successful in helping people achieve and maintain their own version of optimal health. This shouldn't be a surprise. The communities exploding around fitness and health – online and offline – have a number of stellar people rocking their niche within this massive movement. But as you'll find, his concept of health is very different from the traditional mindset. After listening to James talk, you might be convinced that not getting your butt in gear (my words, not his) is a sure way to limit your happiness, health, curiosity, and ability to connect with others. Now, some of you may already know James or have seen his words and photos online. His creations have been featured on US News & World Report, Travel & Leisure, Yahoo, Lifehacker, and the Flickr homepage. But he offers us a slice of his philosophy and resources you won't find anywhere else. Just from our chat, here are some words I'm reflecting on: When you push yourself physically, it reveals what you're made of mentally … and you solidify your sense of self-worth because you understand exactly what you can do. - James Clear *** The people you surround yourself with is not a business decision. It's a life decision. - James Clear To see James' abundance mindset even better, he is the first guest on Smart and Simple Matters that offered to package up the resources we spoke about (meaning I didn't have to). Ummm … awesome! Thanks for doing that, James! Everyone can find those resources you've packaged up just for the SASM community at JamesClear.com/VoS (http://jamesclear.com/vos). One more thing before we get into what you'll learn from our chat. Check out what this impressive fella has to say about the beauty of spreadsheets: That spreadsheet's always there for me to look at and say, 'You know what? You're still making progress every week. So there's no reason to stop now … The numbers don't lie.' Are you stoked yet? I know I am! What You'll Learn In this episode you'll learn about: * When to watch out for "getting so healthy that you're unhealthy." * How to be your family's first entrepreneur…and rock it right out of the gate. * Where you could find the seeds of curiosity, exploration, and experimentation. * What James would have happily turned down a million dollars to continue doing. * Why James practices intermittent fasting … and how. * The link between spreadsheets and doing 100 push-ups in a row (seriously). * The abundance mindset and not being afraid to give. * What James was born and bred to be. * Why  relationships are the ultimate form of capital (even more than money and time). Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: JamesClear.com (http://jamesclear.com/), PassivePanda.com (http://passivepanda.com/), HappierHuman.com (http://happierhuman.com/start-here/) * Resources: James special package for Smart and Simple Matters listeners (http://jamesclear.com/vos), The Value of Simple Declaration (http://valueofsimple.com/declaration), The Refuge of Simplicity (http://valueofsimple.com/newsletter) * Other Articles Discussed: 24 Networking Tips That Actually Work (http://passivepanda.com/networking-tips) Topics * [02:59] The seeds of awesomeness (a.k.a. stories from James' youth) * [05:54] The mission and cause that's bigger than any one person * [15:41] Why James practices intermittent fasting and how * [18:43] Measuring your progress in physical training and overall health * [22:32] What an "abundance mindset" looks like to James * [30:28] Being a practitioner of happiness and gratitude Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 37:16
SASM 016 – Relationship Mindsets to Cultivate Lifetime Friends and Allies http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-016-relationship-mindsets/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-016-relationship-mindsets/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:00:08 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2428 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features relationships and different mindsets we can apply for rich, life-long friends and allies. Join me as I cover the simple path to self-awareness through relationships, why peer development is better than self-development, and why we should start conversations with "I love you."

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Smart and Simple Matters

It’s time to get unleashed in this episode of Smart and Simple Matters (SASM).

The topic is relationships and this one is both deep and wide. Maybe you can tell the difference in tone, clarity, and impact between this episode and other solo episodes I’ve done?

SASM 005 about curating and SASM 009 about investing were written up and read line-for-line. But I’m taking a new approach to my solo shows and just rolling with an outline. I’d love to know if you dig the new approach and what kind of impact it had on you (positive or negative)!

At one point, I was afraid this episode was going to turn into an R.E.M. song. That I was going to talk for an hour and not have anything to show for it. You know …

Oh no, I’ve said too much. I haven’t said enough.

But by the time I got to the end, I was singing a new tune.

I knew somewhere amid all this distraction, was a little less talk and a lot more action.

Yes, that was an R.E.M. and Toby Keith reference in the same breath. That’s how I do things.

I hope you weren’t playing a drinking game for this episode where you chug every time you hear the word “relationship,” “genuine,” “intentional,” “instrumental,” or “deeply.” You’d be awfully hammered.

But I do want you to take my words that resonated and take action as a result.

This episode was requested and inspired by Erin, Sally, Tohami, and those of you who have noticed the vibrant relationships I’ve developed. I’m extremely grateful for them and wanted to explain why I approach relationships the way I do and how you might be more intentional with creating and cultivating yours.

Here’s a sample of some words about peer development (among the other topics related to relationships):

Don’t wait for someone to wave a white flag, surrender to the world and say ‘please help me.’ Go out and try and help the people who may not even say they need it, but do it anyway because that’s part of who you are.

If that speaks to you, then other segments of this episode will speak to you too.

What You’ll Learn

From why we don’t tell the people we love “I love you” to who my relationship gurus are, you’re in for a treat.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The simplest, most direct path to self-awareness.
  • How to weave your own rich tapestry of friends and allies.
  • Why I intentionally limit my influence to spend time lifting other people up.
  • What being a “multipotentialite” can do when combined with a snowball effect.
  • Why I want to start some conversations with “I love you.”
  • How many of my eighty-one recurring business tasks are relationship related.
  • Why peer development can get you father than self-development.
  • The many ways to put out your “I want to be your friend” sign.
  • Why the time I schedule for relationships is sacred.
  • The surprising way I got invited to contribute to The Huffington Post.
  • What my mom, Keith Ferrazzi, Scott Dinsmore, and my friend Erika have in common.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [02:24] Why I’m talking about relationships
  • [10:16] The results of some of my spontaneous and intentional relationships
  • [22:07] The how and why of peer development
  • [27:14] Scheduling time to create and grow relationships
  • [36:16] How to put out your “I want to be your friend” sign
  • [44:44] Reader and listener questions about relationships
  • [51:01] My relationship gurus
  • [57:16] Special thanks and final notes

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

The transcript will not be available until I find a new transcriptionist (if you know someone good, let me know).

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-016-relationship-mindsets/feed/ 8 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features relationships and different mindsets we can apply for rich, life-long friends and allies. Join me as I cover the simple path to self-awareness through relationships, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) It's time to get unleashed in this episode of Smart and Simple Matters (SASM). The topic is relationships and this one is both deep and wide. Maybe you can tell the difference in tone, clarity, and impact between this episode and other solo episodes I've done? SASM 005 about curating and SASM 009 about investing were written up and read line-for-line. But I'm taking a new approach to my solo shows and just rolling with an outline. I'd love to know if you dig the new approach and what kind of impact it had on you (positive or negative)! At one point, I was afraid this episode was going to turn into an R.E.M. song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ2yXWi0ppw). That I was going to talk for an hour and not have anything to show for it. You know … Oh no, I've said too much. I haven't said enough. But by the time I got to the end, I was singing a new tune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI7YzUKE_wI). I knew somewhere amid all this distraction, was a little less talk and a lot more action. Yes, that was an R.E.M. and Toby Keith reference in the same breath. That's how I do things. I hope you weren't playing a drinking game for this episode where you chug every time you hear the word "relationship," "genuine," "intentional," "instrumental," or "deeply." You'd be awfully hammered. But I do want you to take my words that resonated and take action as a result. This episode was requested and inspired by Erin (http://remadebyhand.com/welcome-to-remade-by-hand/), Sally, Tohami (http://midwaysimplicity.com/about/), and those of you who have noticed the vibrant relationships I've developed. I'm extremely grateful for them and wanted to explain why I approach relationships the way I do and how you might be more intentional with creating and cultivating yours. Here's a sample of some words about peer development (among the other topics related to relationships): Don't wait for someone to wave a white flag, surrender to the world and say 'please help me.' Go out and try and help the people who may not even say they need it, but do it anyway because that's part of who you are. If that speaks to you, then other segments of this episode will speak to you too. What You'll Learn From why we don't tell the people we love "I love you" to who my relationship gurus are, you're in for a treat. In this episode you'll learn about: * The simplest, most direct path to self-awareness. * How to weave your own rich tapestry of friends and allies. * Why I intentionally limit my influence to spend time lifting other people up. * What being a "multipotentialite" can do when combined with a snowball effect. * Why I want to start some conversations with "I love you." * How many of my eighty-one recurring business tasks are relationship related. * Why peer development can get you father than self-development. * The many ways to put out your "I want to be your friend" sign. * Why the time I schedule for relationships is sacred. * The surprising way I got invited to contribute to The Huffington Post. * What my mom, Keith Ferrazzi, Scott Dinsmore, and my friend Erika have in common. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: Midway Simplicity (http://midwaysimplicity.com/about/), {re}made by hand (http://remadebyhand.com/welcome-to-remade-by-hand/), Live Your Legend (http://liveyourlegend.net/start-here/), JamesClear.com (http://jamesclear.com/blog), Happier Human (http://happierhuman.com/start-here/), Advanced Riskology (http://advancedriskology.com/start-here/), Puttylike (http://puttylike.com/start-here/) * Articles: Invaluable 2nd Year Blogging Lessons (http://valueofsimple.com/second-year), How You Get the Puttylike Snowball Effect (http://puttylike.com/how-you-get-the-puttylike-snowball-effect/), Practicing Dying to Simplify Living (http://valueofsimple.com/practicing-dying), Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 1:01:53
SASM 015 – The Forces of Order and Simplifying with Dan and Vanessa Hayes http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-015-with-dan-and-vanessa-hayes/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-015-with-dan-and-vanessa-hayes/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:00:40 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2309 This Smart and Simple Matters show features Dan and Vanessa Hayes. We discuss our relationship with "stuff," how to simplify and organize all aspects of life, the differences between physical and digital clutter, and what universal topics everyone should be educated on.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Vanessa Hayes

Let me just get this out of the way.

Dan and Vanessa Hayes of Simple Life Together are my kind of people.

They come at life in an authentic, vulnerable, candid, and generous way. And if Keith Ferrazzi writes a third book (fingers crossed), they would be a perfect case study in the philosophy Keith shares in Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back.

Vanessa and I started interacting after she left a comment on my Professional Organizers article and offered to help get me featured on Lifehacker (like she has been). Well, it turns out that both she and Dan listen to Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) and this set the stage for one of my coolest experiences at New Media Expo (NMX).

I was chatting with some folks at NMX when I heard a voice from behind me ask, “Joel?” I turned around to see a guy who I didn’t recognize, but he had a warm smile on his face.

“Hey, I’m Dan Hayes”, he said and still it didn’t click. “You know, Vanessa Hayes’ husband”, he continued. Click. The light bulb went off and the connection was made. Dan didn’t recognize my bald head from behind and think, “I bet that’s Joel.” He recognized my voice from listening to SASM. I gotta say, that was pretty cool!

I knew I wanted to have Dan and Vanessa on the show after chatting with him for about fifteen minutes. Their story was so good, their mission was so persuasive, and their attitudes were so cheery that it seemed impossible to not have a good time and generate a ton of value on SASM.

The podcasting set up they have for their show made it really easy to record my first episode of SASM with two guests. When it comes to a dynamic duo that knows a ton about simplifying and organizing, you’ll want to turn to them for help.

So it’s time for you to discover more about and from this cool couple. If you like creating order and simplifying – not to mention laughing and great storytelling – then this is the one for you.

What You’ll Learn

Spreadsheets are no joke, but joking about spreadsheets is fun. You’ll learn much more than original spreadsheet jokes in this show.

I wasn’t sure what they [spreadsheets] were. I took the linen out of the closet and laid it around the bed. I called that spreadsheets. – Dan Hayes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How many hundreds of thousands of items the average American household has …
  • … And what this says about our relationship with “stuff.”
  • Ways other than 162 items on your fridge to honor what’s important.
  • Why most people need to organize and simplify their physical space before they tackle their digital landscape.
  • How getting into “listen mode” leads to less resistance and better results (in Professional Organizing and life).
  • How the OODA loop helps with your clutter and chaos issues.
  • Why digital file organization should be taught in school.
  • The problems of being overly-orderly and simple ways to combat it.
  • How to be the catalyst for starting your own community and movement.
  • Who’s the “Director of Common Sense” and why you need one.
  • Why I got reprimanded for not talking about spreadsheets and curating.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:43] How growing up in a military family and moving all the time shapes you
  • [10:26] The origins and impact of the Edit & Forget It Challenge
  • [19:05] How Vanessa tackles digital and physical clutter
  • [26:03] How crazy is Joel about the words “clutter” and “chaos”
  • [33:26] Dan’s digital tagging system with keyword rich titles
  • [40:31] Dan and Vanessa talk about their partner charities: Kiva and Charity:Water

Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show

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Transcript

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-015-with-dan-and-vanessa-hayes/feed/ 16 This Smart and Simple Matters show features Dan and Vanessa Hayes. We discuss our relationship with "stuff," how to simplify and organize all aspects of life, the differences between physical and digital clutter, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) Let me just get this out of the way. Dan and Vanessa Hayes of Simple Life Together (http://simplelifetogether.com/) are my kind of people. They come at life in an authentic, vulnerable, candid, and generous way. And if Keith Ferrazzi writes a third book (fingers crossed), they would be a perfect case study in the philosophy Keith shares in Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back. Vanessa and I started interacting after she left a comment on my Professional Organizers article (http://valueofsimple.com/professional-organizers-guide) and offered to help get me featured on Lifehacker (like she has been). Well, it turns out that both she and Dan listen to Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) and this set the stage for one of my coolest experiences at New Media Expo (http://valueofsimple.com/New-Media-Expo-Recap-2013) (NMX). I was chatting with some folks at NMX when I heard a voice from behind me ask, "Joel?" I turned around to see a guy who I didn't recognize, but he had a warm smile on his face. "Hey, I'm Dan Hayes", he said and still it didn't click. "You know, Vanessa Hayes' husband", he continued. Click. The light bulb went off and the connection was made. Dan didn't recognize my bald head from behind and think, "I bet that's Joel." He recognized my voice from listening to SASM. I gotta say, that was pretty cool! I knew I wanted to have Dan and Vanessa on the show after chatting with him for about fifteen minutes. Their story was so good, their mission was so persuasive, and their attitudes were so cheery that it seemed impossible to not have a good time and generate a ton of value on SASM. The podcasting set up they have for their show made it really easy to record my first episode of SASM with two guests. When it comes to a dynamic duo that knows a ton about simplifying and organizing, you'll want to turn to them for help. So it's time for you to discover more about and from this cool couple. If you like creating order and simplifying – not to mention laughing and great storytelling – then this is the one for you. What You'll Learn Spreadsheets are no joke (http://valueofsimple.com/spreadsheets-and-you), but joking about spreadsheets is fun. You'll learn much more than original spreadsheet jokes in this show. I wasn't sure what they [spreadsheets] were. I took the linen out of the closet and laid it around the bed. I called that spreadsheets. – Dan Hayes In this episode you'll learn about: * How many hundreds of thousands of items the average American household has … * … And what this says about our relationship with "stuff." * Ways other than 162 items on your fridge to honor what's important. * Why most people need to organize and simplify their physical space before they tackle their digital landscape. * How getting into "listen mode" leads to less resistance and better results (in Professional Organizing and life). * How the OODA loop helps with your clutter and chaos issues. * Why digital file organization should be taught in school. * The problems of being overly-orderly and simple ways to combat it. * How to be the catalyst for starting your own community and movement. * Who's the "Director of Common Sense" and why you need one. * Why I got reprimanded for not talking about spreadsheets and curating. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Get Simplifized (http://getsimplifized.com/about-get-simplifized) * National Association of Professional Organizers (http://www.napo.net/) * Becoming Minimalist (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/) * Resources: * Edit & Forget It, 2013 Fewer Things in 2013 (http://eepurl.com/tx1Xb) * The Refuge of Simplicity (http://valueofsimple.com/newsletter) * UCLA's Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century Study (http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/trouble-in-paradise-new-ucla-book.aspx) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 52:37
SASM 014 – Cultivating Curating’s Promise and Storytelling’s Evolution with Steve Rosenbaum http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-014-curating-part-2-with-steve-rosenbaum/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-014-curating-part-2-with-steve-rosenbaum/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:00:45 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2305 This edition of Smart and Simple Matters features Steve Rosenbaum discussing the promise of curating, the evolution of storytelling, filtering the Internet, and the balance of power between content creators, distribution platforms, and curators.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Steve RosenbaumI brought Steve Rosenbaum on with me for this episode of the show and … man!

I’m not sure why I sound tired near the end, but it’s probably because Steve overwhelmed my intellect with his awesomeness and original thinking.

To give you some context (like any good curator would), here are some of Steve’s bonafides:

  • Author of a popular book called Curation Nation
  • Had a TEDxTalk about curating
  • Has been granted the title “Entrepreneur At Large” for New York City’s Economic Development Corporation.
  • Is the CEO of Magnify.net
  • Contributor for Forbes, The Huffington Post, Mashable, and other prominent places
  • Winner of an Emmy for his documentary film 7 Days In September about the attacks of 9/11
  • Creator of the MTV show UNfiltered

Without all that to his name, he’s still an impressive fellow. If you’re even remotely interested in curating, storytelling, entrepreneurship, or dealing with the fire hose of the Internet, this will be like brain candy to you.

Where else are you going to get original thoughts like this one?

Robots don’t curate. Robots don’t write music, they don’t write poetry, they don’t write plays, they don’t paint pictures, they’re not artists, and they don’t choose sophisticated, interesting collections of ideas. – Steve Rosenbaum

There will be more groovy curators on Smart and Simple Matters in the future, but I’m super stoked that Steve was the first. Let me know in the comments if you have other insightful curators that you think I should bring on the show.

What You’ll Learn

Besides knowing whether there will ever be an algorithm that can replace me (*gulp*), you’ll get all this out of our chat.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How 800 people begged Steve to tell their story … and the simple mind shift that sparked it.
  • The primary reason that curation came to be (it’s not what you think).
  • Whether you should be a curator or find curators you can trust to filter the Internet fire hose.
  • How to look spiffy in your physical clothing and digital clothing.
  • The big change on the horizon of how content gets into our brains.
  • If people truly want more information or generally believe that less is more.
  • How many hours a day I curate (and what I spend it on).
  • A shocking stat about employees checking email in the middle of the night …
  • … And the crazy relationship between sleep, email, and the curating mindset.
  • The current and future balance of power between content creators, distribution platforms, and curators.
  • The responsibility that curators have to their craft and to their terminology.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [02:13] The two consistent themes of Steve’s work over the years
  • [05:00] Steve’s family history and how he got into curating
  • [08:26] Crowdsourcing some amazing stories
  • [11:09] The general philosophy of curating (according to Steve)
  • [15:12] A more narrow scope of the curating landscape
  • [20:03] The relationship between email, sleep, and curating
  • [21:14] How businesses – large or small – can tell better stories through video
  • [26:38] The current and future balance of power between content creators, distribution platforms, and curators
  • [33:55] The backlash against the word “curating”

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-014-curating-part-2-with-steve-rosenbaum/feed/ 8 This edition of Smart and Simple Matters features Steve Rosenbaum discussing the promise of curating, the evolution of storytelling, filtering the Internet, and the balance of power between content creators, distribution platforms, and curators. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)I brought Steve Rosenbaum on with me for this episode of the show and … man! I'm not sure why I sound tired near the end, but it's probably because Steve overwhelmed my intellect with his awesomeness and original thinking. To give you some context (like any good curator would), here are some of Steve's bonafides: * Author of a popular book called Curation Nation (http://curationnation.org/) * Had a TEDxTalk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iASluLoKQbo) about curating * Has been granted the title "Entrepreneur At Large (http://www.nycedc.com/press-release/nycedc-announces-steven-rosenbaum-serve-first-ever-entrepreneur-large)" for New York City's Economic Development Corporation. * Is the CEO of Magnify.net (http://www.magnify.net/) * Contributor for Forbes, The Huffington Post, Mashable, and other prominent places * Winner of an Emmy for his documentary film 7 Days In September (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348816/) about the attacks of 9/11 * Creator of the MTV show UNfiltered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNfiltered) Without all that to his name, he's still an impressive fellow. If you're even remotely interested in curating, storytelling, entrepreneurship, or dealing with the fire hose of the Internet, this will be like brain candy to you. Where else are you going to get original thoughts like this one? Robots don't curate. Robots don't write music, they don't write poetry, they don't write plays, they don't paint pictures, they're not artists, and they don't choose sophisticated, interesting collections of ideas. - Steve Rosenbaum There will be more groovy curators on Smart and Simple Matters in the future, but I'm super stoked that Steve was the first. Let me know in the comments if you have other insightful curators that you think I should bring on the show. What You'll Learn Besides knowing whether there will ever be an algorithm that can replace me (*gulp*), you'll get all this out of our chat. In this episode you'll learn about: * How 800 people begged Steve to tell their story … and the simple mind shift that sparked it. * The primary reason that curation came to be (it's not what you think). * Whether you should be a curator or find curators you can trust to filter the Internet fire hose. * How to look spiffy in your physical clothing and digital clothing. * The big change on the horizon of how content gets into our brains. * If people truly want more information or generally believe that less is more. * How many hours a day I curate (and what I spend it on). * A shocking stat about employees checking email in the middle of the night … * … And the crazy relationship between sleep, email, and the curating mindset. * The current and future balance of power between content creators, distribution platforms, and curators. * The responsibility that curators have to their craft and to their terminology. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: Magnify.net (http://www.magnify.net/), Jason Hirschhorn's Media ReDEFined (http://www.mediaredefined.com/), Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/)   * Resources: Steve's TEDxTalk in Grand Rapids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iASluLoKQbo) * Books: Curation Nation * Movies: 7 Days In September * Where to find Steve: @magnify (https://twitter.com/magnify) * Etc.: The Clinical Advisor videos (case study) (http://video.clinicaladvisor.com/), Joel's initial episode in the curating series (http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-005-curating-part-1), Steve's curating article for Mashable (http://mashable.com/2010/05/03/content-curation-creation/), Entrepreneur At Large (http://www.nycedc.com/press-release/nycedc-announces-steven-rosenbaum-serve-first-ever-entrepreneur-large) Topics * [02:13] The two consistent themes of Steve's work over the years Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 36:43
SASM 013 – Better Financial Decisions and Building Mindfulness with Todd Tresidder http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-013-with-todd-tresidder/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-013-with-todd-tresidder/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:00:08 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2234 This edition of Smart and Simple Matters features Todd Tresidder of FinancialMentor.com. We talk about his "next step" in personal finance, how to build mindfulness, healthy relationships with your money, and insightful quotes.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Smart and Simple Matters

I brought a bit of Nevada home with me after returning from New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode is financial decision pro Todd Tresidder of FinancialMentor.com. Todd lives up the road from Vegas in Reno, NV and we met at New Media Expo.

I gotta tell you, his personality is magnetic. You know how, once in a while, you meet a person and can immediate cut past the small talk into meaningful conversation? Todd’s like that.

He’s deep, well-spoken, a wealth of experience (pun intended), and has lots of great stuff to share.

What kind of stuff?

You’ll have to listen to this episode to really get it. But one thing he said that instantly made its way into my “Sayings” spreadsheet was this:

If I associate my self-worth with my stuff, that’s just a dangerous road to take my brain down.

Some of what Todd deals with on Financial Mentor is advanced wealth building strategies. Yet, he has something for you, regardless of philosophy or level of personal finance knowledge.

Like, have you seen his eighty free financial calculators for pretty much everything under the sun? That’s just the start. He and I love quotes and you’ll find the man is a living quote playground. From his website to his computer monitor, there are powerful quotes and power words emanating from Todd.

Join us in this (dare I say?) profound and action-packed chat about…well, a bit of everything.

What You’ll Learn

We covered a ton of ground in this one and there are many highlights.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • What Todd’s “next step” is in personal finance and money independence.
  • How to motivate people to see money as boring, rational, and unsexy.
  • Why being a college kid with very little wealth can be super rewarding.
  • What steps you can take to generate extraordinary value at attractive price points.
  • How getting kicked in the butt builds mindfulness.
  • Why giving away value can be a great business model … and how to smartly do it.
  • What the ultimate insult is to people who create for a living.
  • How the human mind is tremendously feeble at financial decisions.
  • The insightful quotes at the bottom of Todd’s computer monitor.
  • How to create plans that don’t require unpredictable assumptions.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [07:04] Thoughts about financial restraint and its origins
  • [15:00] The sparks for moving from hedge fund manager to meaningful, targeted work
  • [19:44] How one-on-one coaching isn’t necessarily a business model unto itself
  • [25:38] Preparing and experiencing “leveling up” your personal finance skills
  • [29:41] The motivation of kicking butt at managing your money and financial decisions
  • [36:05] How the human mind is tremendously feeble at decision-making

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

 

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-013-with-todd-tresidder/feed/ 18 This edition of Smart and Simple Matters features Todd Tresidder of FinancialMentor.com. We talk about his "next step" in personal finance, how to build mindfulness, healthy relationships with your money, and insightful quotes. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I brought a bit of Nevada home with me after returning from New Media Expo (http://valueofsimple.com/New-Media-Expo-Recap-2013) in Las Vegas. My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode is financial decision pro Todd Tresidder of FinancialMentor.com (http://financialmentor.com/). Todd lives up the road from Vegas in Reno, NV and we met at New Media Expo. I gotta tell you, his personality is magnetic. You know how, once in a while, you meet a person and can immediate cut past the small talk into meaningful conversation? Todd's like that. He's deep, well-spoken, a wealth of experience (pun intended), and has lots of great stuff to share. What kind of stuff? You'll have to listen to this episode to really get it. But one thing he said that instantly made its way into my "Sayings" spreadsheet (http://valueofsimple.com/spreadsheets-and-you) was this: If I associate my self-worth with my stuff, that's just a dangerous road to take my brain down. Some of what Todd deals with on Financial Mentor is advanced wealth building strategies. Yet, he has something for you, regardless of philosophy or level of personal finance knowledge. Like, have you seen his eighty free financial calculators (http://financialmentor.com/calculator) for pretty much everything under the sun? That's just the start. He and I love quotes and you'll find the man is a living quote playground. From his website to his computer monitor, there are powerful quotes and power words emanating from Todd. Join us in this (dare I say?) profound and action-packed chat about…well, a bit of everything. What You'll Learn We covered a ton of ground in this one and there are many highlights. In this episode you'll learn about: * What Todd's "next step" is in personal finance and money independence. * How to motivate people to see money as boring, rational, and unsexy. * Why being a college kid with very little wealth can be super rewarding. * What steps you can take to generate extraordinary value at attractive price points. * How getting kicked in the butt builds mindfulness. * Why giving away value can be a great business model … and how to smartly do it. * What the ultimate insult is to people who create for a living. * How the human mind is tremendously feeble at financial decisions. * The insightful quotes at the bottom of Todd's computer monitor. * How to create plans that don't require unpredictable assumptions. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * FinancialMentor.com (http://financialmentor.com/) * Resources: * Todd's Awesome Financial Calculators (http://financialmentor.com/calculator) * Seven Steps to Seven Figures (http://financialmentor.com/educational-products/seven-steps-to-seven-figures) * FinancialMentor.com Newsletter (http://financialmentor.com/free-stuff/investment-newsletter) * Books: * How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093CPJ9S/) * The 4% Rule and Safe Withdrawal Rates In Retirement * Etc.: * Todd's interview with Jaime Tardy of Eventual Millionaire (http://www.eventualmillionaire.com/blog/2011/05/millionaire-interview-todd-tresidder-financial-coach-and-owner-of-financialmentor-com/) * Andy Puddicombe's TEDTalk about Mindfulness (http://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes.html) * Cashflow 101 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashflow_101) Topics * [07:04] Thoughts about financial restraint and its origins * [15:00] The sparks for moving from hedge fund manager to meaningful, targeted work * [19:44] How one-on-one coaching isn't necessarily a business model unto itself * [25:38] Preparing and experiencing "leveling up" your personal finance skills * [29:41] The motivation of kicking butt at managing your money and financial decisions Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 47:07
SASM 012 – Remarkable Relationships and Doing the Impossible with Scott Dinsmore http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-012-with-scott-dinsmore/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-012-with-scott-dinsmore/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:00:40 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2090 This edition of Smart and Simple Matters features Scott Dinsmore, his brand of remarkable relationships, defining your "why," and how to do the impossible.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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Smart and Simple MattersMy timing was awesome for a change.

After months of coordinating details for a Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) episode with one of our Simple Sages – Scott Dinsmore – we got to chat shortly after Scott starts blowing up the Internet.

It’s not just his recent How to Connect with Anyone course/community launch or his powerful TEDx Talk on How to Find and Do Work You Love. He’s on Zen Habits, Smart Passive Income, and just about everywhere else I look.

I’ve been following Scott’s journey at Live Your Legend for three years and I see why he’s taking off like a rocket. The clarity and impact behind his message resonates because of statements from our SASM episode like these:

Doing work you love, doing work that is you…is a right. – Scott Dinsmore

and

I believe the purpose of most of us trying to help people is to inspire possibility. – Scott Dinsmore

I’ve been fortunate to have other Simple Sages like Pat Flynn, Courtney Carver, and Colin Wright on the show. Adding Scott to the lineup fills me with gratitude and his words are going to help a ton of folks.

Scott and I have much in common like our shared passion for the power of “why,” building amazing relationships, and doing the impossible. But we have different approaches to a number of things.

For example, Scott has investors outsource responsibility to him for growing their money while I empower others to insource their investments through Start Investing with $100. Both are principled positions with the same goal, yet we help people meet a need in very different ways.

With that said, I can’t wait for you to listen to these 45 minutes of awesomeness. Like the other Simple Sages on SASM so far, there was much more I wanted to cover. But I’m super proud of the value we generated in the time we had.

Just make sure you check out the resources from this episode I link to below. There’s a ton of great stuff waiting to be discovered, so please click a link or two after listening. If you want my curated list of Scott’s greatest Internet hits as well, let me know in the comments.

As I say in the intro to the show, get ready for some serious fireworks baby!

What You’ll Learn

What will you learn in this one? Geez, where do I start? I’ll give it a shot though.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Scott’s definition of success and how it leads to remarkable relationships.
  • Why you want to “brainwash the impossible” (and how you do it).
  • What event in Scott’s life was the ultimate 80/20 return on investment.
  • How much bigger your “why” can be than your “how” and “what.”
  • What Warren Buffett knows a ton about besides investing.
  • The formative event that sent Scott down the path to success.
  • What relationship step out of twenty being connected via social media is.
  • How to build a habit of “controlling what you can control.”
  • What’s in the Passionate Work Framework (and why you want it).
  • Reciprocal inspiration and how it starts.
  • Why field learning is more powerful than classroom learning.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [04:52] What’s shaped Scott since his college days
  • [11:49] What success with relationships means
  • [16:34] Insightful investing commentary and Scott’s role at Cumbre Capital Partners
  • [21:11] Weighting the role of “why,” “how,” and “what” at Live Your Legend
  • [27:50] Scott’s partner charity impossible2Possible
  • [34:40] A vivid verbal recap of Scott’s TEDx experience
  • [37:49] The Mt. Everest of physical challenges

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-012-with-scott-dinsmore/feed/ 17 This edition of Smart and Simple Matters features Scott Dinsmore, his brand of remarkable relationships, defining your "why," and how to do the impossible. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)My timing was awesome for a change. After months of coordinating details for a Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) episode with one of our Simple Sages – Scott Dinsmore – we got to chat shortly after Scott starts blowing up the Internet. It's not just his recent How to Connect with Anyone (http://howtoconnectwithanyone.com/joinus/) course/community launch or his powerful TEDx Talk on How to Find and Do Work You Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpe-LKn-4gM). He's on Zen Habits, Smart Passive Income, and just about everywhere else I look. I've been following Scott's journey at Live Your Legend (http://liveyourlegend.net/) for three years and I see why he's taking off like a rocket. The clarity and impact behind his message resonates because of statements from our SASM episode like these: Doing work you love, doing work that is you…is a right. – Scott Dinsmore and I believe the purpose of most of us trying to help people is to inspire possibility. – Scott Dinsmore I've been fortunate to have other Simple Sages like Pat Flynn, Courtney Carver, and Colin Wright on the show. Adding Scott to the lineup fills me with gratitude and his words are going to help a ton of folks. Scott and I have much in common like our shared passion for the power of "why," building amazing relationships, and doing the impossible. But we have different approaches to a number of things. For example, Scott has investors outsource responsibility to him for growing their money while I empower others to insource their investments through Start Investing with $100 (http://www.startinvestingwith100.com/). Both are principled positions with the same goal, yet we help people meet a need in very different ways. With that said, I can't wait for you to listen to these 45 minutes of awesomeness. Like the other Simple Sages on SASM so far, there was much more I wanted to cover. But I'm super proud of the value we generated in the time we had. Just make sure you check out the resources from this episode I link to below. There's a ton of great stuff waiting to be discovered, so please click a link or two after listening. If you want my curated list of Scott's greatest Internet hits as well, let me know in the comments. As I say in the intro to the show, get ready for some serious fireworks baby! What You'll Learn What will you learn in this one? Geez, where do I start? I'll give it a shot though. In this episode you'll learn about: * Scott's definition of success and how it leads to remarkable relationships. * Why you want to "brainwash the impossible" (and how you do it). * What event in Scott's life was the ultimate 80/20 return on investment. * How much bigger your "why" can be than your "how" and "what." * What Warren Buffett knows a ton about besides investing. * The formative event that sent Scott down the path to success. * What relationship step out of twenty being connected via social media is. * How to build a habit of "controlling what you can control." * What's in the Passionate Work Framework (and why you want it). * Reciprocal inspiration and how it starts. * Why field learning is more powerful than classroom learning. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: * Live Your Legend (http://liveyourlegend.net/) * How to Connect with Anyone (http://howtoconnectwithanyone.com/joinus/) * Western States 100 (http://www.wser.org/) * Resources: * Live Your Legend Passionate Work Toolkit (http://liveyourlegend.net/email-updates/) * Start Investing with $100 * The Personal User Guide (http://valueofsimple.com/newsletter) * Books: * What Color is Your Parachute? (http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/) * Start With Why (http://www.startwithwhy.com/) * Videos: * Scott Dinsmore's TEDx Talk How to Find and Do Work You Love Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 45:45
SASM 011 – Becoming an Accidental Daily Money Manager with Jen Koontz http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-011-with-jen-koontz/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-011-with-jen-koontz/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:00:04 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2083 This episode Smart and Simple Matters features Jen Koontz. Join us to learn how to avoid financial and organizational time bombs, what it's like having your house condemned by the Fire Marshall with no notice, how to break down needs vs. wants, and much more.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Smart and Simple Matters

I was both terrified and thrilled to hear her story.

At first I just heard it second-hand from my mom. I remember thinking:

“Wait. They horded how many years of paperwork?! Hold on. They had how many credit cards with unpaid balances?! Get out of here. The Fire Marshall condemned the house with zero notice?!”

Then I thought that this was a story that needed to be told. My mom knew I was all about Daily Money Management, so she encouraged me to contact her friend and former co-worker that the story was about.

Jen Koontz and I exchanged emails for a month until we first spoke in early August. She had every reason to be wary of me because we had never spoken and I was asking some rather probing questions about her family.

After an hour on the phone, I asked Jen if she would be willing to be a guest on the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show and she was game. It took three months to coordinate the episode and involved my first field report with new equipment. The podcasting gods smiled upon us because it worked out better than either of us hoped.

In this episode of SASM you’ll hear about some things that, frankly, are shocking. Jen’s an open, honest, and very good person, so I won’t be ruining the surprise when I mention that her mom and step-dad were:

  • Years behind on tax filing and payment.
  • Happy to have debt collectors call Jen at 6:00 am instead of them.
  • Prime candidates to be featured on the TV show Hoarders.
  • Not having anything to do with being “fixed.”
  • Refusing to take responsibility for any part of the situation they created.

This is a horror story without ghosts or physical harm, but the emotional, mental, and spiritual anguish is probably worse. Heroes show up on the scene and the situation does partially improve with some valiant efforts. I can’t promise a happy ending because the story is ongoing.

But there’s a lot to learn from Jen and a number of actions to take after listening to the tale of “Becoming an Accidental Daily Money Manager.”

She deserves a special thanks for her courage and desire to help people avoid or deal with unpleasant family madness. Let Jen know how much her story means to you in the comments and how you plan to help her spread the word about her ordeal.

What You’ll Learn

This one is all Jen. I don’t teach you anything other than how to facilitate an interview and ask good questions, but Jen makes up for it.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How many layers of debt someone can withstand (especially on a fixed income).
  • What it’s like having your house condemned by the Fire Marshall with no notice.
  • Why compassion is essential to surviving tough times.
  • How to play the parent role to your parents.
  • First steps to take when you uncover a financial or organizational time bomb.
  • Why uniting with your support team is critical.
  • How to dive into the “need vs. wants” and “them vs. me” discussions.
  • Why simplifying and automating is so valuable when you have major debt.
  • Having stress-free money conversations with family to prepare for the stressful ones.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:19] Just how bad Jen’s parents financial and organizational situation was
  • [11:40] Jen’s team that helped relieve her of some financial responsibility
  • [20:07] Sound first steps to take when you uncover a financial or organizational time bomb
  • [24:00] Holding your ground and staying consistent in your message
  • [34:00] Self-compassion and feeling it’s OK to lose your mind periodically
  • [41:46] Recap of lessons learned

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-011-with-jen-koontz/feed/ 10 This episode Smart and Simple Matters features Jen Koontz. Join us to learn how to avoid financial and organizational time bombs, what it's like having your house condemned by the Fire Marshall with no notice, how to break down needs vs. wants, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg) I was both terrified and thrilled to hear her story. At first I just heard it second-hand from my mom. I remember thinking: "Wait. They horded how many ye... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 44:16
SASM 010 – Freelancing Traps, Clever Productivity, and the Croatian Bear with Bernard Vukas http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-010-with-bernard-vukas/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-010-with-bernard-vukas/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:00:51 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=2038 This episode Smart and Simple Matters features Bernard Vukas (a.k.a. Mr. Spreadsheet). Join us to learn how to avoid freelancing traps, the art of clever productivity, and if the myth of The Croatian Bear is actually true.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Smart and Simple MattersIn this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, you’ll get geeked up about spreadsheets.

Wait. Spreadsheets aren’t your thing?

Then you’ll get geeked up about freelancing, productivity tips, how to live like a digital nomad, and laughing at me for making a fool of myself in part of the show.

I landed Bernard Vukas – also known as Mr. Spreadsheet – for episode ten. But Bernard is so much more than a fancy spreadsheet creator.

Who else do you know that has increased their freelancing hourly rate 1,400% over four years and will tell you how they did it? Who else do you know that’s been featured in Chris Guillebeau’s sweet book, The $100 Startup? And who else do you know that’s been personally thanked by the CEO of ODesk and nominated as “Best Contractor” in an uber competitive field like software development?

Bernard was gracious enough to speak with me recently from paradise in Boracay Island, Philippines. Although Internet connections aren’t exactly blazing fast out there, the scenery more than makes up for it.

Join us as we talk about some pretty awesome things that everyone can get into. And did I mention we explore the myth of The Croatian Bear? Yep, this one got a little wild at the end.

What You’ll Learn

Bernard has a history of teaching entrepreneurs, creating business plans, and showing people how project management is done. But today, you’re getting a look into the future of where freelancing and location independence is heading.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Which productivity techniques are best for working from home (they’re not what you think).
  • The biggest freelancing trap Bernard fell into … and how he got out.
  • How many books you need to read to become an efficient digital nomad.
  • Clever ways to curate that you’ve never thought about.
  • Rocking exercise routines for freelancing pros.
  • Why Ethan Waldman is going to laugh at me and how I made a fool of myself.
  • Whether the myth of The Croatian Bear is actually true.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:04] The impact starting young with computers can have
  • [06:28] Books that provided the spark for Bernard’s entrepreneurial spirit
  • [09:09] Which productivity technique works best for Bernard
  • [13:15] How curating can be delicious
  • [16:12] Freelancing traps and how to avoid them

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-010-with-bernard-vukas/feed/ 10 This episode Smart and Simple Matters features Bernard Vukas (a.k.a. Mr. Spreadsheet). Join us to learn how to avoid freelancing traps, the art of clever productivity, and if the myth of The Croatian Bear is actually true. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)In this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, you'll get geeked up about spreadsheets. Wait. Spreadsheets aren't your thing? Then you'll get ge... Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 28:57
SASM 009 – How to Find and USE the Investing Start (or Restart) Button http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-009-investing-start-button/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-009-investing-start-button/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:00:26 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=1996 This edition of the Smart and Simple Matters show features investing and why it's so essential to fight against taxes and inflation. Join me as I cover the initial considerations, five-step process for picking an investment company, and the surprising answers to "what do I invest in?".

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Start Investing with $100Note: Start Investing with $100 is no longer available as of October 10, 2014.

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I normally start the show notes by giving you some context about the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) episode.

However, most of that has already been provided in the Start Investing with $100 announcement article.

I spent a ton of time turning this investing specific episode into what actually is a free crash course to Start Investing with $100.

And although 54 minutes of audio might seem like a lot at first, once you listen, you’ll understand how much is packed into every last crevice of this episode. I’m actually amazed this didn’t turn out to be two hours!

Odds are your brain, pen, and fingers will be trying to take notes so fast that you’ll wish I didn’t try to do so much in one show. If you’re struggling to keep pace, check out the special edition of the transcript where I have a ton of links to resources, definitions, and more.

I’m proud of this episode and confident enough of its value to say that, if you spend only an hour this year getting educated about investing, make it this hour of Smart and Simple Matters.

What You’ll Learn

Gosh, where to begin. This is just a partial list to whet your appetite.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The considerations you must make before investing your first dime.
  • The simple – sometimes comically easy – five-step process to select an investment company.
  • Why investing increases more than just your financial health.
  • How to approach investing with fresh eyes and shed bad habits.
  • Why I’m a heretic and disliked by most of the investment industry.
  • My surprising answers to the question, “what do I invest in?”
  • How the value of your investments can skyrocket…but you still lose money.
  • The online course Start Investing with $100 and how it can help.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:06] Why I’m doing an investing specific episode
  • [08:40] The sequence and considerations to getting started
  • [16:28] Overview of picking an investment account structure
  • [20:29] Hey Joel! What should I invest in? A.K.A. investing principles.
  • [40:14] Socially and environmentally conscious investing
  • [42:11] How to select an investment company
  • [49:34] Key details about Start Investing with $100

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Transcript

I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-009-investing-start-button/feed/ 17 This edition of the Smart and Simple Matters show features investing and why it's so essential to fight against taxes and inflation. Join me as I cover the initial considerations, five-step process for picking an investment company, (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)Note: Start Investing with $100 is no longer available as of October 10, 2014. ***** I normally start the show notes by giving you some context about the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) episode. However, most of that has already been provided in the Start Investing with $100 announcement article (http://valueofsimple.com/start-investing-with-100-pre-launch). I spent a ton of time turning this investing specific episode into what actually is a free crash course to Start Investing with $100. And although 54 minutes of audio might seem like a lot at first, once you listen, you'll understand how much is packed into every last crevice of this episode. I'm actually amazed this didn't turn out to be two hours! Odds are your brain, pen, and fingers will be trying to take notes so fast that you'll wish I didn't try to do so much in one show. If you're struggling to keep pace, check out the special edition of the transcript (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Podcast-009-Transcript.pdf) where I have a ton of links to resources, definitions, and more. I'm proud of this episode and confident enough of its value to say that, if you spend only an hour this year getting educated about investing, make it this hour of Smart and Simple Matters. What You'll Learn Gosh, where to begin. This is just a partial list to whet your appetite. In this episode you'll learn about: * The considerations you must make before investing your first dime. * The simple – sometimes comically easy – five-step process to select an investment company. * Why investing increases more than just your financial health. * How to approach investing with fresh eyes and shed bad habits. * Why I'm a heretic and disliked by most of the investment industry. * My surprising answers to the question, "what do I invest in?" * How the value of your investments can skyrocket…but you still lose money. * The online course Start Investing with $100 and how it can help. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Resources: Investopedia (http://www.investopedia.com/) * Investment Screeners and Tools: Morningstar (http://www.morningstar.com/cover/Tools.html), TD Ameritrade (http://research.tdameritrade.com/grid/public/screener/overview/overview.asp), Yahoo Finance (http://screener.finance.yahoo.com/stocks.html), Financial Visualizations (http://finviz.com/screener.ashx) Topics * [03:06] Why I'm doing an investing specific episode * [08:40] The sequence and considerations to getting started * [16:28] Overview of picking an investment account structure * [20:29] Hey Joel! What should I invest in? A.K.A. investing principles. * [40:14] Socially and environmentally conscious investing * [42:11] How to select an investment company * [49:34] Key details about Start Investing with $100 Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) * Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?eid=22879980&refid=stpr) Transcript * Click here (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Podcast-009-Transcript.pdf) to download the transcript I'm Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews! If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page (http://valueofsimple.com/iTunes) and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude! If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed): Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 54:00
SASM 008 – Building Your Personal Brand and Blowing Up Your Box with Colin Wright http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-008-with-colin-wright/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-008-with-colin-wright/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:00:37 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=1952 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle. Join us to learn about building your personal brand, why you should live like a sphere instead of a box, and how the "team" you're on can cloud your view of the world.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Personal BrandIn this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, I have the privilege of hosting Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle.

This conversation with Colin proves once again that we can’t control all the events in our lives (and that we shouldn’t even try). For example, when the doorbell rings while you’re in the middle of recording an episode of Smart and Simple Matters and your two dogs start freaking out – running around and barking – make the best of it by pausing the recording and hoping your editing skills are up to the task. Now you know why there’s a strange edit about five minutes in.

If you like fountains, wisdom, or fountains of wisdom, you’ll love my chat with Colin. Whether it’s building your personal brand, why you should live like a sphere instead of a box, or how the “team” you’re on can cloud your view of the world, there’s something for everyone.

And besides, nobody else I know can seamlessly drop a Final Fantasy IV reference to Palom and Porom in a relevant way and make me almost have to stop the conversation to laugh hysterically.

Listening to this is fun but, more importantly, it reveals some insight that’s sorely lacking in our lives. There are a number of reasons I think we all should be more like Colin, but here’s one of my favorites from our talk straight from his mouth:

Anybody can replace a writer, or replace a designer with somebody cheaper, somebody outsourced, or a robot sometimes. But nobody can replace Colin Wright because I have this unique collection of skills and experiences.

He says this humbly and he’s damn right. And now I’m off to try a diet of cake icing. You’ll understand what I mean after listening to the episode.

What You’ll Learn

Besides why you should shoot Colin an email to say hello, you’re getting a ton of stuff in this one.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The smartest way to start building your personal brand.
  • The “grandma” test for an ethical business.
  • How telling people what you’re not is putting you into a box.
  • Why the majority of people everywhere are almost identical to you …
  • And how the small differences are as delicious as icing on a cake.
  • Why religion, sports, and politics give people a “team” to be on.
  • Why it’s dangerous to look at business as something separate from yourself.
  • Colin’s view on the importance of curating (and it’s not what you think).
  • What kind of accomplishment it takes for Colin to stop being so damn modest.
  • The majesty of road tripping across New Zealand (and an awesome travel hack).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [03:50] What got Colin started as a globetrotting entrepreneur
  • [08:14] Building your personal brand
  • [12:16] Why differences in religion are dwelled upon so heavily
  • [21:15] The organic evolution of life and business ethics
  • [29:14] The muse for Colin’s books
  • [32:19] Old school videos games like Tetris and Final Fantasy IV

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

And if you have someone or something you’d like us to cover on an upcoming show, tell us in the comments below.

*****

 

My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

*****

 
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http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-008-with-colin-wright/feed/ 25 This Smart and Simple Matters episode features Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle. Join us to learn about building your personal brand, why you should live like a sphere instead of a box, and how the "team" you're on can cloud your view of the world. (http://valueofsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/Smart-and-Simple-Matters-Cover-200x200.jpg)In this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, I have the privilege of hosting Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (http://exilelifestyle.com/). This conversation with Colin proves once again that we can't control all the events in our lives (and that we shouldn't even try). For example, when the doorbell rings while you're in the middle of recording an episode of Smart and Simple Matters and your two dogs start freaking out – running around and barking – make the best of it by pausing the recording and hoping your editing skills are up to the task. Now you know why there's a strange edit about five minutes in. If you like fountains, wisdom, or fountains of wisdom, you'll love my chat with Colin. Whether it's building your personal brand, why you should live like a sphere instead of a box, or how the "team" you're on can cloud your view of the world, there's something for everyone. And besides, nobody else I know can seamlessly drop a Final Fantasy IV reference to Palom and Porom in a relevant way and make me almost have to stop the conversation to laugh hysterically. Listening to this is fun but, more importantly, it reveals some insight that's sorely lacking in our lives. There are a number of reasons I think we all should be more like Colin, but here's one of my favorites from our talk straight from his mouth: Anybody can replace a writer, or replace a designer with somebody cheaper, somebody outsourced, or a robot sometimes. But nobody can replace Colin Wright because I have this unique collection of skills and experiences. He says this humbly and he's damn right. And now I'm off to try a diet of cake icing. You'll understand what I mean after listening to the episode. What You'll Learn Besides why you should shoot Colin an email to say hello, you're getting a ton of stuff in this one. In this episode you'll learn about: * The smartest way to start building your personal brand. * The "grandma" test for an ethical business. * How telling people what you're not is putting you into a box. * Why the majority of people everywhere are almost identical to you … * And how the small differences are as delicious as icing on a cake. * Why religion, sports, and politics give people a "team" to be on. * Why it's dangerous to look at business as something separate from yourself. * Colin's view on the importance of curating (and it's not what you think). * What kind of accomplishment it takes for Colin to stop being so damn modest. * The majesty of road tripping across New Zealand (and an awesome travel hack). Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include: * Websites: Exile Lifestyle (http://exilelifestyle.com/), Asymmetrical (http://press.asymmetrical.co/), Exiles (http://exil.es/) * Colin's Books: Iceland India Interstate (http://exilelifestyle.com/iceland-india-interstate/), Real Powers (http://www.amazon.com/Real-Powers-Part-One-ebook/dp/B009NHG442/), How to Travel Full Time (http://www.amazon.com/How-Travel-Full-Time-ebook/dp/B006479AUY/), Start a Freedom Business (http://www.amazon.com/Start-a-Freedom-Business-ebook/dp/B006W6XPLW/), How to Be Remarkable (http://www.amazon.com/How-to-Be-Remarkable-ebook/dp/B0061ZPRWO/) Topics * [03:50] What got Colin started as a globetrotting entrepreneur * [08:14] Building your personal brand * [12:16] Why differences in religion are dwelled upon so heavily * [21:15] The organic evolution of life and business ethics * [29:14] The muse for Colin's books * [32:19] Old school videos games like Tetris and Final Fantasy IV Awesome Ways to Subscribe to the Show If you're not already subscribed for automatic notifications of a new show, please do so with one of the links below. * Click here to subscribe with iTunes * Click here to subscribe via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast) Joel Zaslofsky: Simplifier, Curator, Entrepreneur, Connector, and Spreadsheet Dude no 41:58
SASM 007 – The Future of Education and Brilliant Teaching Movements with Pam Peterson http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-007-with-pam-peterson/ http://valueofsimple.com/smart-and-simple-matters-podcast-007-with-pam-peterson/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:00:15 +0000 http://valueofsimple.com/?p=1824 This edition of the Smart and Simple Matters show features the topics of education and teaching with an insightful teacher, Pam Peterson. Join us to learn about the "power of the yes," the dirty little secret about why students like competition, which learning muscles you need to work the most, and how to avoid wasting kids' time in the classroom.

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My updated book - Experience Curating - is now available. Don't just let your experiences happen to you. Use them to make big things happen for you. Click here to discover how.

 

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Pam Peterson

In this episode of the Smart and Simple Matters (SASM) show, I talk with one of the smartest, funniest, and well-spoken people I know.

Pam Peterson, one of the newest teachers in Minnesota, takes us on an insightful journey about education today and in the future. And if you have school age kids/grandkids or maybe just plan to have them at some point, you gotta listen to this.

After all, where else are you going to get a pearl of wisdom like this?

When push comes to shove, there are no test subjects in the classroom. They’re real kids spending real time in their real grade needing to acquire real responsibilities and real skill sets to move along. – Pam Peterson

Or how about this?

Ultimately what we want is for people to have courage. Courage to explore. Courage to ask better questions. Courage to put themselves out there. Courage to express themselves. – Pam Peterson

What You’ll Learn

Pam has been on an amazing journey to fulfill her almost decade-long passion to become one of the best darn teachers around. And she’s finally passed the crossroads to teaching full-time.

You’ll get to hear her riveting story about why teaching is the emotionally and spiritually lucrative option that allows Pam to leave corporate America with no regrets. Pam is an expert storyteller, but you’ll hear more than just magnetic tales here.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The “power of the yes” and when you should use it.
  • The dirty little secret about why students like competition in learning.
  • What can be achieved when you’re perspiration-smart instead of inspiration-smart.
  • Keys to becoming fully engaged with your work.
  • Which learning muscles you need to work the most.
  • How to avoid wasting kids’ time in the classroom.
  • New forms of teaching accountability … and what they say about the status quo.
  • Analyzing whether school material is relevant to the real world.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode Include:

Topics

  • [02:49] Pam’s values, history, fashion sense, and what makes her tick
  • [06:26] What’s prepared Pam for teaching and the “power of the yes”
  • [12:45] Doing simple things right like asking better questions and leading a conversation well
  • [16:50] A primary paradigm for teaching any subject in school
  • [20:56] Where the future of teaching is and should be going
  • [24:44] The challenge for parents to determine if online learning is right for their kids
  • [26:43] A crucial goal of teaching from K-12
  • [29:05] The universal skill sets that all children should have
  • [30:57] The myth about diversity and teaching that needs to be dispelled
  • [33:53] Educational movements you should be aware of
  • [36:44] Making school service projects more than just about service
  • [39:34] Enforcing key concepts across subjects

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I’m Grateful for Your iTunes Reviews!

If you enjoyed this specific episode or the Smart and Simple Matters show in general, I always appreciate when people go to the iTunes page and leave an honest review. Every single review is a huge help and received with gratitude!

If you want to make me incredibly thankful, like the people who have recently left an iTunes review, here are the four quick steps (assuming iTunes is already installed):

  1. Visit the Smart and Simple Matters iTunes page here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/value-simple-podcast-joel/id545208089
  2. Click the blue button on the left labeled “View in iTunes” below the cover art of the show
  3. When iTunes loads, scroll down below the “Customer Reviews” section and click the link labeled “Write a Review”
  4. Write a review with whatever title you like, whatever length you have time for, and give the show an honest rating. If you don’t think it deserves five stars, don’t rate it as a five star show.

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