Do you remember where you were when you heard Robin Williams died? The whole world was in shock…this seemingly happy, joyful person we all loved had silently been hurting and was in pain. How many people do you know that might be silently struggling? In today’s episode I talk with someone who has dedicated his life to helping those who struggle.
In today’s episode, our guest and I talk about:
- Writing when you aren’t a writer
- The importance of telling a story
- Jamie’s transition from surf company salesman to Non-Profit leader.
- How To Write Love On Her Arms is helping those who are hurting
Have you ever found yourself in a funk and not been able to get out, no matter what you do?
It’s that time of year again. For a lot of us the weather is changing. We’re spending less time outdoors, more time cramped up inside with the heat on, the dry stagnant air, and the days are getting shorter and shorter.
It’s easy to get into a funk. But how do you get yourself out of it?
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Today, I share seven steps to get you out of that funk and get back on track.
- Take responsibility for your situation.
- Change it up.
- Create something.
- Dig into the funk.
- Fake it.
- Give of your time.
I discuss each of those in much more detail in the episode, so listen below.
Have you ever pushed yourself to the brink of disaster?
You’ve worked so hard for so long. Fatigue takes over. Sickness ensues.
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I’ve been there. I remember it like it was yesterday.
I woke up Christmas morning 2012 completely exhausted. I felt sick, I’d gained fifteen pounds in less than two months and I didn’t want to get out of bed…ever. Was this really how I was supposed to feel on Christmas morning? Our daughter’s second Christmas…she was so excited…and I was a mess.
For the previous seven weeks, I strung together a series of 10 to 12-hour days. Day after day, with (thankfully) only Sundays off. I was now at the end of this nightmare stretch and my mind and body had paid the price.
“How can I change the world when my life is so messed up?”
So, your life isn’t perfect. Join the club.
This is something I hear so often. People who question their ability to be a world changer just because their lives aren’t right out of a black-and-white sitcom from the 1950’s. Their lives aren’t bright, shiny, sterile, and wrapped up in a pretty little bow.
In other words, their lives are real. Their problems are real. And yet, somehow, they can’t change the world? I don’t think so.
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The notion that you have to be perfect to change the world is ridiculous. In fact, no world changer in history (save for one) was perfect.
3 examples from history
If he were alive today, Abraham Lincoln would probably have spent the past twenty years watching soap operas in a Snuggie while popping anti-depressants. He was prone to severe and debilitating bouts with depression that often led to suicidal thoughts. But he described his depression in a letter to a friend as “a misfortune, not a fault.” That is the attitude that allowed him to be a world changer.
What kills more people than smoking and alters your mind more than marijuana?
This thing is potentially the deadliest thing on the planet. More dangerous than guns, illegal drugs, illicit sex, and sugar combined.
And yet almost all of us have it in our homes.
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You may have guessed by now that I am referring to the television.
And the language I used above is not hyperbole. It’s 100% accurate, backed by mounds of scientific evidence now.
This is the story of a seven-year old entrepreneur who could change the world.
Seven-year old Jalen asked me, “Do you like Burger King?
I told her that I don’t and she mentioned that she was trying to sell a coupon for a free burger for a dollar.
“Is that for school?” I asked.
“No. I found it in the newspaper and I’m trying to sell it. It’s worth two dollars and I’m going to sell it for a dollar.”
I was finally leaving my office in an old neighborhood near downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was freezing cold, ready to get home, and yet I stopped.
I know little about Jalen’s background, but from what I can make of it, she certainly doesn’t come from privilege. So when she showed me more entrepreneurial spirit in that moment than most people will show in a lifetime, I knew what I had to do.