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I’m quitting all my work in November!

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Don’t worry about me. This happens every year.

Every November 1, I stop all active work product and do a month long clean-up and planning session. I wanted to mention this to you, because, aside from my speaking events or maybe a new book that’s coming out, it’s one of the topics people ask me the most about.

Here’s a quick rundown on how I do this.
I have specific terminology for a lot of these items that I use in my classes, so if anything is unclear, reach out to me.

  • I stop doing any new creative work or starting new projects. Aside from time critical items, such as interviews or speaking engagements, everything goes on hold.
  • I pull out my Master Projects list so that I can modify it as needed. This is where I draw my 80-20-1 percent goals from through the year.
  • I pull out my Goals for the Coming Year list and modify it as needed. This is the document that drives everything I do. It covers all aspects of my life from spirituality to business.
  • I do a ‘spring cleaning’ of my hard drive and filing cabinets. A lot of crap accumulates, gets duplicated, or gets misfiled through the year. This is the time I get all medieval on my computer and hard copy files. It’s a time of both organization and purging. What I find in the files is what drives my Master Projects list.
  • I re-evaluate my daily life in all aspects. How is my morning routine? Does our homeschool need any revamping? etc, etc.

During this time, my office becomes an active hands-on mindmap, like something you’d see on…

I take most of the month to do all this and plan to be finished by Thanksgiving. This is so I can completely take Wednesday before Thanksgiving all the way to December 1 off work and just meditate on my plans for the coming year that I made earlier in the month. It’s a time of clarity for me.

Here’s what this does for me…

  • It sets my goals for the coming year BEFORE the year begins.
  • It alleviates a lot of pressure on me for wondering where my priorities are. I’m apt to start running in all directions trying to do everything at once if I don’t do this. Am I the only person that gets frazzled when there’s too many good ideas?
  • It allows me to get so much more done in the year.
  • Most of all, it helps me analyze which projects to trash or delay and which ones need to be top of the list.

If I can do anything to encourage you to take some time and plan, please let me know. You may not be able to take off an entire month. I mean, I worked years before I made this a routine. But if you can find some evening or weekend time, I promise it will be worth it.

Through this time I’ll update you a couple of times on what’s going on with the planning, so stay tuned for those e-mails.

Before I close, I have to give credit to two special friends for inspiring how I do my planning.
Kent Julian is the mastermind behind my goal-setting system. He teaches it in his speaker boot camp seminars, so check him out.
Dan Miller is the guru who inspired me to step back and plan the way I do. As a matter of fact, every year he publishes a free Goals Worksheet to help in the process. Click HERE to access that.

Thanks,
Dr. Redbeard

PS…I’ll have something special in store for a Cyber Monday e-mail, so make sure you check for it on Monday, November 26. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think would benefit from it.


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You’ve Got to Quit Watching the News!

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I used to love the news. Not too long ago I was one of those old school freaks who read an actual newspaper made out of paper. I enjoyed every aspect of it…

  • The walk to the front yard to pick it up.
  • Snapping the rubber band off or tearing the plastic bag if it was a wet morning.
  • Unrolling it and tossing out the ads.
  • Glancing over each and every page.
  • The black ink on my hands that I would forget about and then wipe all over my bald head by accident.

I also loved watching the news on television. I would go through a steady diet of CNN or Fox every morning when I got to my office. I enjoyed being the guy who knew what was going on in the world…a expert on current events.

I also got meaner. Way too late I realized that the news was affecting me in a bad way. It wasn’t until I quit the news cold turkey that I realized how much better things were without it. A steady diet of murders, abused kids, celebrity goings on, and politics was ruining my life.

It’s not just me either. There are a lot of articles and studies that reveal the detrimental effects of consuming the news. One of the best ones I came across was in The Guardian. You can find it right HERE.

If I can do one thing for you to help your psychological well-being, it would be to say, stop watching or reading the news. Go on a news diet immediately. I did this awhile back and haven’t missed a thing. I’m happier. Oddly enough, I still find ways to know about important things that are going on around me.

If you absolutely must consume the news for some reason, here’s what I recommend-

  1. Set online alerts for certain topics you NEED to know about for work or some other reason or items you’re really interested in. Check out Google Alerts, and you can have items delivered to your e-mail.
  2. IGNORE the news every other chance you get, like at the gym. I find that I have a better workout if I ignore it on the huge TVs there.
  3. Listen to podcasts of people you trust to give you RELEVANT news about topics you want.
  4. Politely beg away from conversations that DEPEND on the news and incite stress.
  5. UNFRIEND/UNFOLLOW social media folks who insist on telling you about everything that’s going on.

This is me at the new Panda Express near my house. Yeah, it’s not really on my diet, but I indulge occasionally. However, I do sit with my back to the news. Makes my meal taste better, and it’s easier to people watch that way.

Dr. Dave


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Behind the Scenes on My Speaking Tour

I get a lot of questions about my travel routine when I’m on a speaking tour, mainly because of all the adventures in between speaking events, so I thought I’d post a rough itinerary of how our normal trips go.

All the times listed below are only approximate. This is just the usual routine, but everything is subject to whimsy, curiosity, and adventure. All my trips are usually me and one up to five kids and my wife.

0700 hrs- Become awoke and go find morning sustenance. This is usually either the free hotel breakfast, a smoothie made in my small mixer, or a protein shake. Food for us on trips is purely for fuel, unless we’re stopping to eat out at a neat local joint we come across.

0900 hrs- Ignite the Max Rockatansky Pursuit Special and hit the road looking for adventure in a roundabout route toward a specific destination, avoiding interstates as much as possible.


*Disclaimer- Not really my car pictured above, but you get bonus points if you know where it’s from.

Three goals for the day-

  1. Find enough adventure to milk the crap out of life. For us, this is usually hiking, museums, battlefields, or random tourist stops like the world’s biggest ball of yarn or whatever.
  2. Listen to cool audiobooks for mental adventure. Right now I’m listening to Command Authority by Mark Greaney featuring characters created by Tom Clancy.
  3. Work and School. If any of the kids are with me, we do work and school while driving through boring spots. They do as much work as they can en route to avoid doing ‘homework’ in the night’s lodging. I also have them take dictation for me. I’ve dictated entire short stories, articles, and memos to my kids while driving. All I have to do is edit and proofread them later. This also saves me some time later at the lodging.

1700 hrs- Start looking for lodging. We usually stay in hotels. Because we have small vehicles with very little room or a minivan with ALL the kids in it, there just isn’t room  to camp out often. Camping also takes time to set up, more time than it takes to check into a hotel room.  To get the most out of both the trip and working as effectively as possible, i.e. getting a lot done in little time, we prefer hotels. I milk the reward points on these and get a lot of perks and/or free nights.

1800 hrs- Check in, carry bags in, and go swimming or hit the gym. After physical exercise of some kind, sit down and eat supper in the room while watching home improvement shows or Guy Fieri cooking shows on cable TV. We don’t have cable at home, and this is a guilty pleasure. Suppers are usually Mountain House pouches. My favorite right now is the beef stroganoff.

After supper I work more, check e-mails, and create more awesomeness to spread out into the world for a few hours, all the while with the aforementioned TV shows on in the background.

0000 I usually lay down for bed around midnight and read until I conk out, drop the book on my face, and lose my place.

Thanks!
Dr. Redbeard the Wanderer

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Going Back into the Workforce with Confidence after Having a Baby

I work so much with clients in career flux that I thought it would be a great idea to publish a post on career change after the birth of a child. Since I’m a dude, albeit a dad of five kids, I’m not the best person, er…guy, to write that post.

This is a guest post from my friend Emma Anderson in Australia. I hope you enjoy it. I hope it helps. Feel free to write in the comments below and contact her directly if you’d like. Her bio is at the end.

Thanks!

Dr. Dave


Going back into the Workforce with Confidence after Having a Baby

One of the biggest challenges for any new mother is returning into the workforce after she has given birth. You may think you have lost all of your old skills, yet you will find you have retained these, and you have also picked up some new ones along the way.

Your multi-tasking and time management skills will have improved as they do with most mothers, and your communication skills will have received a huge boost also.

If you are returning to work for your old employer, this can be slightly easier than if you have found a new position within a new company. There will still be a few hurdles to clear, yet once you have re-connected with your old boss and work colleagues, things should come flooding back.

Job Seeking

When looking for new positions, your resume should be updated, and rather having a space between dates, label this section as “parental leave.” This is more than enough to explain the gap on your CV. Prospective employers will also see this rather than thinking you have been unemployable for whatever period you have been out of work.

While you are away from work, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your skills, or learn some new ones. There are more than enough options on the internet to teach you how to do something related to your old career or something new. LinkedIn can also be a great benefit, many potential employers will see you are up to date with how the world is changing. There are also many potential employers who use LinkedIn to find potential employees.

Make the Most of Your Time Off

Today there are so many options for stay at home mothers. There are freelance sites where there are various positions available, or you can be more specific in the sort of part-time work you wish to do. Many of these positions are flexible enough to provide you with an excellent balance of home life and rearing your children, to earning enough to contribute to the household expenses.

You may even find, the workplace you are thinking of entering back into, is your home, and you have no reason to approach your old, or a new prospective employer if you so wish.

Some of the positions available are Online ESL (English as Second Language) teachers, transcribers, virtual assistants, blog or content writers and one that you may find you have a knack for while you are updating yours, resume writing services are often required.

The Workplace

Once a mother goes back to work, they may not find it as easy as they expected. They may have all the enthusiasm in the world, yet trying to find that job, and the personal life balance can cause a great deal of inner turmoil.

As a result of this, a returning mother can often feel like they are failing on many different levels, both at home and at work. This can be a very challenging experience for many women who are returning to work to go through.

Much of this experience comes from the woman’s confidence in her abilities. The decision for a woman to give up work to have a baby is difficult enough, and in most cases is a harder decision than the one to go back to work.

Commitment and determination are qualities that should be looked upon and applauded, rather than the gap in your resume, and ultimately they are more valuable to any employer.

Stay Up to Date

If you wish to return to your old career, it is important to remain up to date with how things have changed since you have been away. LinkedIn has been mentioned, yet it is also important to make sure your other professional social media accounts are up to date, Facebook and Twitter being the main two.

Any new skills you acquire while you have been away from the workplace can be added to your current resume. Any decent employer will consider these far more than the fact you had time off to have a baby.

Being Prepared

Many women have taken years away from work, yet they have prepared in advance for their return. This can result in a few family conversations to explain to your children (if they are old enough) so they understand your intentions.

If you have secured a position and have the chance of working flexible hours, a conversation with your employer is advised to iron out what options are available, and what can work best for the both of you.

The Work Environment

The change in environment can be one of the biggest challenges for returning mothers. For the period they have been away, they have not been exposed to life in the office and daily communication with work colleagues.

There will have been a great extent of isolation from the outside world, and this can be as difficult to get the hang of, as the work itself.

For many women returning to work, the first two to three months can seem a struggle, and it can for many, take up to six months to find their professional and home rhythm.

No matter which route you take, there is always going to be some apprehension and nerves creeping in.

Being out of work and then jumping straight back in is no easy task. The main thing to remember is you have only been out of work to raise a family, which is much harder and demanding than taking on the task of going back to the workplace.

It might take a little time for you to get back into the full swing of things, but you can quickly regain your confidence and hold your head up high.

Any job position you take cannot be any harder than rearing a newborn baby, what other job makes you get up in the middle of the night with little thanks or gratitude?

Stand proud in your achievements and enter the workplace full of confidence. You are a mother after all, and you can do this. No sweat.

Bio:

Emma Anderson is the head resume writer at Job Frog Resumes – www.jobfrog.com.au . She balances taking care of her energetic 3 year old girl, her hungry husband, work career and social life – just managing to fit sleep in there somewhere.

Twitter – @jobfrogresumes

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JobFrogResumes/

 


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10 Ways to Work Your Life Like Boxing Champ GGG

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You should know about GGG. If you don’t, there’s a lot you can learn from him, even if you’re not a boxing fan. In case you’re not familiar with him, Gennady Golovkin, also known as GGG or Triple G, is one of the best boxers in the world.

He didn’t get there by accident. It was on purpose with a very deliberate regimen of training coupled with a lifestyle that didn’t leave out everything else. If you want to take your life or business to the next level, consider the Triple G way of doing things.

Dress for the role you play.

When he’s working, GGG wears a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, even when it’s over 100 degrees in the gym. When he’s boxing, he wears trunks made to maximize his movement while protecting his midsection and holding a cup (I’ll state from personal experience fighting that this is very important).

How do you dress for your role? Do you dress for comfort or the way your audience and clients need to see you dressed? Or even worse, do you give any thought whatsoever to the way you dress?

Make it a focus. Design your wardrobe on purpose, not by accident. You know how Johnny Cash emphasized his role as the Man in Black? It wasn’t by accident.

Did you know Triple G’s forearms are so big that the lower sleeve of his dress shirts needs to be fitted specially for this?

Pay attention to the little things.

Triple G does chin pushups. That’s right, freakin’ chin pushups. I didn’t even know what that looked like until I checked it out. He is well known for conditioning each individual part of his body to withstand pain, absorb punches, and last as long as needed in the ring.

Want to know how he works his neck? Blind, weighted, hanging neck crunches on a contraption his trainer calls ‘The Machine’.

And you thought getting out of bed some mornings was rough.

I’m not saying you need to kill yourself with all the details and minutiae. What I am saying is that there are certain little things that need to be handled. Finances and physical fitness are two areas that I find the most neglected with my clients.

Work the long game.

Triple G has trained rigorously for decades and now he’s at the top of his game. Even though there are certain parts of the process you can hack through Rapid Skill Development processes, you need to plan for the long game with your life and business.

Put yourself on the right stage.

For years Triple G could only land fights with unqualified opponents. It’s not that they weren’t any good. It’s that he was so much better. Better boxers and title champions wouldn’t fight him because he didn’t have a name yet, and they didn’t want to lose to a nobody and damage their reputation.

It took quite a few well-placed fights to hit the right stage. Now, the tables have turned. It’s getting harder and harder to find fighters qualified to challenge him.

To quote an ESPN magazine article about him, “Finally, the stage matches his skill and reputation.”

That’s where you need to be. Fight your way to the top of your game. Then be the best one there. As far as the ‘right stage’ goes, there may be a time you need to just step out and create your own stage.

Fail upward.

Failures hurt. They’ll piss you off, make you want to quit, and even make you consider quitting or suicide at times. Ronda Rousey considered killing herself when she lost her women’s MMA title. Triple G considered retirement after a controversial Olympic loss.

She didn’t kill herself. She’s still fighting and examining other areas of success in her life, like acting.

He didn’t retire. Look where he is now.

You need to build a life with margin so that you can absorb failures, even critical, huge, life-changing ones. Without that margin you can’t fail upward or learn from your mistakes so that you can improve and come back bigger, harder, and faster.

Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, lived out of his car for a time with his wife. Now he’s a bazillionaire with a huge empire of books and products.

Recently, I got kicked out of my apartment with my wife and 5 kids because we had too many people for the size of the place. We were one step away from being homeless. Now we’re living in a cool place less than a mile from the beach and making more money than we were before.

Burn your bridges and boats behind you.

Everyone always says the opposite, and sure there are some bridges you need to keep, but I guarantee that if you burn almost all your bridges, it will help move you forward in ways you could never imagine. You’ve got to quit relying on what was behind you so much.

Many moons ago I was a paramedic. I let that certification drop as I moved further away from my prehospital medical career. I didn’t want that former job to be there as a backup. It would’ve been too easy to fall back and take the old job working 24 hour shifts for minimum wage pay. I burned that bridge.

When Triple G came to the U.S. to train, he showed up with one bag and nothing else.

Focus.

When Triple G showed up at the airport in Los Angeles with one bag, the trainer who picked him up questioned it.

He merely shrugged and said, “I came to train. Not to party.”

Find your path. Find your niche. Focus on that and eliminate all the other distractions. Don’t jump at every chance you come across to make money unless it fits into your plan and moves you forward.

In the gym when he trains, the TV is always playing old fights. It helps Triple G focus on his path. He’s not in there playing cat videos on Youtube, watching Star Trek on Netflix, or digital farming on his smartphone.

On working in a spartan training camp in California, Triple G said, “I can’t have a regular life. I have to be 100 percent focused on boxing.”

His trainer talked about a silence that comes upon them during their prefight routine, “I can see the transformation. I can see he’s already concentrating.”

Make time for your family.

Triple G is well known for keeping his family and work separated. That way, when he’s at work, he’s…you know…working. When he’s not training, he’s actively with his wife and son.

His mother has never attended any of his 400 plus fights. His father only attended one. His wife and son do not watch his fights.

I want you to go all out when you’re at work, but I also want you to make sure to plan quality time with your family. If you don’t, you’ll lose them, and no work is worth that.

I have sacrificed a lot of income over the years to be with my kids more. We homeschool them, and that takes a tremendous amount of time, but it’s worth it. I’d rather have fewer things, an older car, and way more experiences that we’ll never forget.

Don’t walk away from a fight.

There will always come a time in life and business where you need to fight. It may be physical, a lawsuit, a client that needs to be dropped, or a commitment that you need to say no to. When that time comes, put on your gloves and beat the crap out of it.

We had a saying in one of the military units I served in-

Triple G grew up in an area and time in Kazakhstan where he had to physically fight for every little thing, even food and clothing. I’m talking bare knuckle, in a back alley somewhere, with real consequences kind of fights. The really interesting thing is that this is how Triple G was discovered. He got into a fight with a bunch of older kids at a soccer game, and a local boxing coach saw him. A little training and a lot of discipline later, and he was soon after the best boxer in the area.

Launch your plan.

Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you launch. At some point you have to overcome your fear, create margin to allow for mistakes, and jump.

Software companies call it iterative processing. It’s the system where they develop a product until they can’t continue working on it. The product needs to be released in a less than perfect state so that other people can start using it and find the bugs for them. It’s not slacking for a company to do that. It’s not the easy way out. It’s a necessary part of developing the best product possible. That’s why you might find a bug or glitch in a new program and the next thing you know, there’s an update and a software patch you can download to fix it.

Do the same in your own life and business.

My good friend Ryan McRae at ADHD Nerd does this with some of his coaching programs and classes. In that respect he calls it ‘Beta Testing’. Sometimes he’ll offer a Beta version of a new class cheaper for a select few early adopters so that he can refine the final version for a launch.

The important thing is that you launch.

A recent article on Triple G ended with these words…

“It’s time to fight. It’s time for GGG.”

“I’m ready”, he says.

Are you ready?


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Who wants a free way to get more business?

Here’s an idea I wanted to pass along to all of you, my friends, that should help with getting more leads, business, and website views. It’s a low cost (meaning pretty much FREE) thing you can do.

I’m not sure what type of work all of you are in, although I know many of you are in similar fields as me. Whatever you do, I’m sure you can adapt this somehow to your field.

Although my business cards and bio often list me as an adventurer, pioneer, or beard expert, the core of my income comes from three sources- speaking (keynote and training), coaching/consulting, and books I’ve written.

*If you’re curious about this, feel free to check me out on my website to see more about how I do this.

I’ll reveal more business tips later, but the one I want to focus on today I call The Resources Page.

In my speaking I always mention a resource page near the end. It’s usually a blog post, and I forward an easy-to-remember custom domain name to it. One of mine is ConferenceSpecials.com. During the lecture I mention the attendees can go there to deep dive for more information, read up more on my sources, buy my books, and get in touch with me. I almost always offer a free gift as well. It’s usually one of my books or a resource that applies to what I’ve talked about.

I usually just do these as blog posts and leave them up there indefinitely. That way, people can always come back to it, pass it on, or folks who never saw the lecture might find it on a search for the topic.

By following this simple tactic, I’ve used this activity to accomplish several key things…

  • I provide more value.
  • I give them a reason to check out my website.
  • I’m offering them a bonus free gift.
  • I up my chances of getting more clients or selling more books after the presentation (and sometimes during!).

Check out one of my pages that I created for an emergency medicine conference HERE.

I know there’s a million ways this could be done by using paid services, easier clicks, or other apps, but I’ve found this to be an easy simple way to do it. If you want to throw in some of the more complicated ways that’ll cost you more later, go ahead and do that. I always recommend starting easy first.

I hope this helps you in your business. If you want to get in touch and brainstorm how to make this work for your particular industry, drop me a line. I’d love to talk.

Dr. Redbeard
Adventurer, Pioneer, Father of Five (Also Speaker, Author, and Coach)

PS…I always love taking a selfie before the room I’m speaking in fills up.


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It is Summer, my AC is Broken, and I am Melting

What stuff are you putting off too long?

The AC in my car is broken. It has been that way for about 4 years now. I just cannot bring myself to fix it. Because of the broken part and where it is deep inside the dash just past the Black Gate of Mordor, it is a $1500 fix.

Somewhere past that gate is my broken car AC.

Every time I think about fixing it, I wait too long, the weather cools down, and it seems unnecessary. I am writing this right now in the middle of the summer in South Carolina. It’s 98 degrees outside and about 4 billion percent humidity. I want to fix it really bad right now.

But the summer is almost over.
But it costs $1500 bucks
But I need to tough it out
But it is not that bad if I drive really fast with the windows down

The excuses win, and I say I will wait until next summer.

Some of you might be thinking I just need to tough it out or maybe you went without AC for a long time and it did not kill you. Well, that is you.

I am a certified ginger. Heat and sun are my Kryptonite. I have climbed mountains, rucked for days in the Marines, and run 2 marathons. I can handle stress, trouble, and pain. But in the heat, I melt. I do it in stages too. Sweat, turn beet red, and then melt into a puddle leaving a nasty stain where even my sweet caramel core melts down.

Put your Ben and Jerry ice cream in the microwave for 2 minutes and watch it. That is me.

So, what big thing are you making excuses about or willing to endure the pain of?

I am seriously gettng personal and asking this. I know you have something.

Marital counseling
Starting your business
Quitting a job
Having kids

What are you putting off?

If I can help you look at things and make that decision, get in touch.

Thanks,

Dr. Dave the Decision Instigator

PS- In my book Becoming a Turtle about my solo expedition across North America I talk about how I used the windows down-AC off method to determine the need for showers. Check it out!


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Help Wanted- I’m Looking for a Doctor Who Companion

I’m Seeking a Companion

That might sound weird to some of you, so let me explain.

I’m seeking a companion in the sense of the Doctor Who use of that term. If you already know what I’m talking about, and you’re interested, you might be a shoe-in for the job. If you’re not sure what a companion is, you’re not completely out of the running, but you might need to educate yourself before applying.

Here’s a couple of good links to check out if you need more information-

What is a companion?

Who are past Doctor Who companions?

I’m seeking a companion who will fulfill a variety of roles, but primarily that of assistant, friend, and fellow adventurer. You won’t be the first companion I’ve had, but it’s time for a new one.

The duties of a companion will depend on the skills and strengths of the person chosen. Past companions were geniuses in their own areas. One was a computer graphics master and designed everything from signs to logos and book covers. Another was a fitness trainer who co-authored exercise articles with me.

Companions stay with me as long as their time is mutually beneficial for both of us. Some move on to the next phase of their lives. Others use their time with me to enhance their resumes and level up in their careers. Basically, companions assist me in multiplying my efforts, and it pays handsomely  for them as well.

Here are a few examples of activities and adventures companions have embarked on with me over the years-

  • Writing more than a dozen books and over 500 magazine and newspaper articles, many of them co-authored with full shared credit
  • Organizing logistics and participating in mountain climbing expeditions
  • Speaking to audiences of up to 1000’s of people at conference keynotes
  • Accompanying me on speaking and book tours or other expeditions
  • Starring in movie or television roles with me

There is no standard formal application for companion. If you’re interested, get in touch with me at drdave@redteamgoals.com and we’ll talk.

Here’s a sample list of what I need most right now in case your skillset or desires fit…

  • Licensing my artwork and that of others I own or control to other companies
  • Formatting and publishing electronic and print books
  • Opening up new streams of income from works I’ve already developed, such as online courses
  • Photoshop graphic work beyond my chimpanzee in a china shop level of skill
  • Building online sales funnels

Depending on what you do, much of the work can be done from a remote work location.

To borrow a page from Tim Ferriss and one of his help wanted applications, much of what follows next is modified from him…

PERKS

* You’d be working behind the curtains on high-profile projects. You’ll see all of my projects first, and get to play a critical role in their creation and launch.

* I will ask your advice and look to you for original ideas, new experiments, and more.

* You will also be invited to spend time with the most impressive people in my network. In fact, that would be part of your job.

* I might send you great coffee, there will be strange assignments, and you get to work with a weirdo. That’s me. There won’t be a lot of boredom.

DOWNSIDES

Alas, I still prefer the Shackleton approach to job descriptions. Being my Managing Editor will not be easy. Rewarding? Definitely. Exciting at many times? Absolutely. Easy? Not likely. Think of it like a professional sports team.  I’m not going to haze you or anything stupid, but my content works because I take it very, very seriously. We’re here to create posts that are more valuable (traffic-wise) two years after publication than the week we put them out. We want epic content that gets linked to by “real” media all over the world. If you have the right personality for it, you’ll love this. But…

Here are some fair expectations:

* I’m an unrelenting perfectionist. If you’re not the same, it will probably make you insane.
* I live and die by deadlines. They are absolutely sacred, and I am merciless about this.
* You will need to be self-directed and very self-organized. Besides inflexible deadlines, I won’t provide a lot of structure. I assume you’re bringing a lot of your own process and best practices.
* You need good mental and physical stamina, and you MUST have the discipline to “turn off” and recharge during off hours. You should have a regular exercise regimen or activities for decompressing.

I hope to hear from the right person soon.

Thanks!

Dr. Dave


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Stop Whining and Start a Revolution

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I always liked seeing this bumper sticker, but I don’t like it anymore. It used to inspire me, but then I started seeing it everywhere. I’d see it on cars surrounded by the usual complement of other stickers that likely came from the same vape shop. You know, the “CoExist” sticker with all the religious symbols, some type of legalize marijuana sticker, and at least one sticker about saving some animal or another.

I’m all for the not whining part, but the other part just doesn’t work anymore. Think about it, if people actually started a revolution every time they got insulted or butt hurt, then we’d be exactly…where we are now. There’s a new revolution around every corner, and most of them involve a lot of whining on social media and a whole lot of people who fall smack into the “I’m a victim too” mob mentality. I’ve quit watching the news and stopped following people who only ever talk about things they’re never willing to do anything about. It’s made me so much happier and more stress free.

Here’s the thing. Revolution really is needed sometimes. I’m talking about that in the most general of terms too. It’s needed in your business, in your family life, in our country, and in everything from your morning routine to how you sleep at night. So many things need sudden and specific changes.

I’d love to help you do that, whether it’s through my coaching or my lectures. If I can help, get in touch.

For now, I’d like to leave you with a few things that might help your revolution…

1. Watch this video- How Many People Does It Take to Start a Revolution. If you really do want to start something real, maybe this will help.

2. Decide what you want to change. Be very specific. It’s like picking a niche for your business. Me, I want to change how young boys become men in our American culture. That’s why I wrote Rite of Passage- Initiating Your Son in Adulthood. I guess you could consider it my manifesto for a revolution.

3. Write a manifesto. Don’t be all Unabomber on this thing. I’m just saying that you need to concisely write out what you’re doing, why, and the desired result in a way that helps you build support. Chris Guillebeau wrote one that’s an excellent example. You can download it free right HERE.

4. Let me know about it. If you have a valid revolution you’re starting from something personal to world-changing, and you’ve followed the steps above, I’d love to hear about it. I may even help promote it through my channels.

Until then, stop whining and get to work on your revolution.

Dr. Dave, Your revolution maestro


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What are Your Kids Reading?

I am a voracious reader. Have been since I was a wee little brat.

I once read The Hobbit during a sick day at home in elementary school.

One year I read over a 100 books.

I often have 3-5 books I’m reading at any given time.

But no matter how much I love reading, I just can’t get my kids to appreciate it as much as I’d like. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

I did find one idea that I started incorporating into my own books that I write.

This is my little girl Astrid looking through a copy of Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson. She just picked it up and started leafing through it. You know why?

Cartoons!

All over his book, written by an adult for adults, Russell has stick figure drawings to illustrate key concepts. They’ve become so popular that he even published a small booklet with nothing but the drawings inside.

I’d show you one, but I didn’t ask Russell’s permission yet, so I better not. You can buy his book right HERE if you’re interested.

I’m not saying you need to insert cartoons into everything you do, but what I am saying is this, if you want to reach both kids and adults more, make it fun and interesting. Find out what appeals to your audience and give them a good time.

If you’re teaching EMT and paramedic skills for a living, use coloring books for anatomy lessons.

If you’re preparing boring financial reports for a company, insert some photos of what actually happened with those expenditures.

If you’re a life coach, meet outdoors. I sometimes do coaching sessions while we hike trails.

Life is way too short to do everything the most boring and uninteresting way, so don’t. Have a little fun. You have my permission.

Dr. Redbeard


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