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What business can learn from Wonder Woman hit movie

Wonder Woman

The Wonder Woman movie is a huge sign that people want things that matter. It isn’t all about how fast the superhero can fight. It’s about doing the right thing and doing it well.

The director of the movie wanted this film to be the best superhero movie, not the best women lead superhero movie directed by a woman. But the best superhero movie. Big difference. Doing the right thing like have a woman power affirming movie that influences women and especially girls to know they can be the hero, they can be anything they want to be. But, it won’t have the impact if the movie wasn’t done really really well. And it was.

Spoiler alert below.

What makes this movie different than any other superhero movie is love. The two main characters fall in love. Love is the basis of her core belief. Sure she kicks bad guy ass and does it with flair, it’s amazing. But, a superhero that talks about love? That’s never been done like this.

Hollywood will take notice. Woman and men have shown that they are willing to spend a lot of money on films made by women, about women.

And business take notes, doing the right thing makes money because people want the right thing done and are willing to pay for it.

Can’t wait for Wonder Woman 2.

Stepped Into Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Back in 2016 I took part in a Native American ceremony and had some major visions.  It was an interesting night.

Someone in our small group part way into the ceremony continuous kept saying “I just want to know the truth.” I thought it was going to ruin my ceremony even though I was trying to focus and get my experience out of it.

He was so loud that the shaman went over several times to get him to quiet him down. It didn’t work. She got to a point where she said “You are ruining my ceremony”. And he quietly did say a word the rest of the night. Her fantastic leadership skills on how she handled the situation started bringing up leadership visions up in me. Times where I did great at leadership and times when I didn’t. And times where a leader let me down. I had that a few months before this ceremony when a leader I looked up to completely blew it. I had visions on how I would have handled it.

Then that vision lead me to seeing Necker Island from above and I flew down and into Richard Branson. I literally became Richard Brandon. I walked around as him. I instantly knew his leadership style, how he thought and how he would handle situations. He was talking to some fellow entrepreneurs when he noticed some had run out their drink. He got up and walked over the house manager and said me and my friends would like a refill. His attitude was that the house manager was the boss. The house manager was in charge and Richard was coming to him like any of the other guests asking for something. Richard’s attitude was being the guest. And it would be that since Richard is a systems entrepreneur.

The experience was so deep. I literally felt like Richard Branson. It was greatly influenced my life. My leadership style as changed to be more systems driven and to help my team get things done smoothly and with some fun. I make them responsible for doing things and give them systems to get it all done. When people are in charge of an area they make it work, they do what’s best. You just have to hire people that care about what they do.

Living on a dollar a day

Living on One Dollar

Staying in Mexico for awhile has shown me what poverty really looks like.

I’ve walked by people’s homes that had no electricity and they cooked dinner over an open flame. It looks like an an abandoned lot, but an entire family is living there.

And across the street is a nice new restaurant. The neighborhood is scaling up because people like me are living here.

My penthouse condo is a 10 minute walk away.

Coming from the USA where we had a Mercedes and a convertible plus a five bedroom home I personally feel like we upscaled to a two bedroom penthouse with a roof Terrence. But when I see people without electricity and cooking everyday over an open fire I really feel I upscaled.

With the growth of the resort town I’m living in i know these families are months away from cashing out and ups along themselves but it does make you pause when you walk by.

Living on One DollarThen I watched a documentary Living On One Dollar on Netflix that showed me really poverty. Families making a dollar a day per person and how hard that is.

A dollar a day in a country like Guatamela is a completely different story. You get sick and you can’t afford the medicine and you die.

Knowing about poverty, seeing it on a screen and then walking by it in our own town is another thing.

I’m very grateful for this experience and I’m very grateful for my high living conditions.

Is the truth of death being surpressed?

Death

Is the real purpose of death being surpressed from humans?

Is the truth just too “real” for the general population to hangle?

If their was undeniable scientific proof of an afterlife would most kill themselves in order to start over?

The DiscoveryThe sci-fi movie The Discovery addresses that boldly.

And it got me thinking.

I totally believe that this isn’t my only existance, but I have no intention of ending my life early on this existance because I want to raise consciousness. That’s why I started my company to publish transformational leaders. I may not be the most conscious person on the planet but I can do my part and help conscious leaders get out there.

I belive if you have found your true purpose in life and you totally believed in the afterlife that you would strive on making yourself as conscious at the best of your ability until you die of natural causes and you do your best at making that a really long time.

If you think suicide is an answer then you haven’t found your true purpose yet.

Keep striving.

Also check out the movie, there’s a big secret in it and I don’t want to give it away.

Your own VPN

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vpnI was talking to some other Digital Nomads about security on the Internet at a party. Someone just moved in from an iffy freedom country and he asked what VPNs we used, that’s Virtual Private Network which allows you to use the Internet as if you were in another country, encryption and everything. Everybody had different opinions and which one was best and such was discussed.
What I didn’t like about all of them is that a commercial operation of a VPN means that their IP address is very well known and can be blocked. I wanted my own IP address to avoid that issue. All the commercial free and paid VPNs I used Netflix knew about and blocked them outright.
I did a search in LifeHacker.com techy hub for people who are way more technical than I am and found this article. I also read the software the article suggestions readme file and just followed the directions, pretty much copy and paste, very easy.
Plus there is no additional software you need on your computer. This solution runs with Mac and Windows operating system resources you already have.
Oh and Netflix has no idea because it’s my own VPN just for me and no one else.

I’m not a techy

techy
I was recently told that I’m a complete failure at being a techy. And I completely agree. Because, I’m not a techy. I have a business degree. I’ve never said I’m a techy. My partner has told people that I’m a techy because well let’s face it when I meet her she could barely turn her computers on in her office. I did her first website design, for free. And I got a free dinner for fixing her computer. We later started dating and we are very happy together.
 
I’ve had people say I’m a techy too because I’m a big believer in systems. A business is essentially a system made up of people and software. If anything I’m a systems guy. And so I do know about software to get things done but I’m not a techy. I don’t know how to program and if I did, it would break. Back in the 90’s when I started out after college I did have to do some programming. It was an epic disaster. I was working at American Express and I weekly broke the “build” when they would compile the last AOL check your card balance app. I was famous for it. I had to remind my boss that I was a system tester and shouldn’t be programming in the first place and that I was “volunteered” to program because I was the senior guy at the age of 25 there. Having me program was of course a big mistake.
 
On the side during nights and weekends I did write a software program in what’s called a 4G programming system which means I drew the buttons and text fields on a window and it generated the code and compiled it, I had to write very little code which was easy. The program did well in the market. I quit AMEX and became a full-time entrepreneur and have been one ever since. But I outsource all techy things since 1999 when I learned about that when working at AMEX. Thank you AMEX.
 
So no I’m not a techy. And even as an entrepreneur I haven’t sold a techy product in many many years. I focus on spiritual and self-help products and services and occasionally on the side help others systemize what they do as long as it’s cool.
 
I do like techy things. Totally love my AppleTV and I have no desire to program anything for it. My iPhone is full of apps, totally love trying out new ones. I geek out looking at the latest tech stuff at Product Hunt. Seriously some great stuff there. You can see my favorite picks at https://www.producthunt.com/@chrissherrod

Minimalism is it the answer?

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important ThingsI watched the documentary Minimalism on Netflix and was struck that I essentially did that by going on around the world trip slowly that began in October 2016.

I didn’t realize I was doing that, I just wanted an adventure while I worked on my business.

But, when you won’t be staying longer than 6 to 12 months somewhere you can’t bring everything. In fact, everything I use fits in two big suitcases and a backpack. Everything else I buy as I travel.

And it’s been refreshing not having to track so much stuff. My penthouse rental came with almost everything. Besides the usual travel gear, I also bought a monitor that barely fits in one of my suitcases and an AppleTV because I can’t stand cable television and have to hunt something to watch, Netflix is just too good.

Other than that I don’t miss my Mercedes or my five bedroom home. I did miss my Denon stereo for a month, but the bluetooth speakers I have are a close second. All the stuff that I filled it with is not what I miss. I really don’t miss anything. If I need to go somewhere that is too far of a walk I get a taxi. If I can’t find something locally I can get it on my next trip to a big city like I did recently when I visited Los Angeles, what a great weekend shopping trip, maybe I’ll do Miami next time.

Having less has been a major upgrade in my life. I love where I live currently more than anywhere I’ve lived. I haven’t driven a car in over six months which has been a major stress reliever, I just hire a driver for the day if I need to go out.

Doing a slow around the world trip does help you focus on what is really important, like having friends come over and celebrate occasions or having friends come over for vacations and you can host them and show them around. That has been incredibly fun and one of our friends liked it here in the tropics where I live so much she moved here 6 weeks after returning home.

I think minimalism can be taken too far, at least for me. I can’t handle a small condo that isn’t nice for instance and it has to be convenient to restaurants and shopping for my daily and weekly needs. Palm trees are a must and no snow, like ever. And convenient to a beach as well. Living in a resort town is ideal for me as there is plenty of fun things to do.

And watching this documentary has shown me that everyone’s minimalism is different. It’s about not about how many things you own, but about not having the stuff you own rule over you so you don’t enjoy your life. I got rid of the things that help me back from doing this trip. And I buy things that enhance my life. And when I’m done with my slow trip around the world and settle into my favorite new place where ever that is I’m going to buy more stuff that enhances my new place. It’s how I feel about it that matters.

Career more important than love?

benita abraham

Benita Abraham is getting a lot of buzz for her photos she had done of her with her job acceptance letter she got for her dream job.

She found her soulmate of a company and got a friend to do a photoshoot to record her new status just like an engagement shoot except instead of her mate it’s the job offer letter.

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Benita Abraham said yes to job offer

Why did this go viral?

Why is celebrating your job position unusual?

For Miss Abraham and many others, their careers are very important. It defines us.

And I think people are picky about what they do. Taking on a job has to have meaning. Doing something great that means something.

It is as important as who you fall in love with.

When at a party and you meet someone for the first time the very first question is almost “So, what do you do?”. Almost never, are you married?

And it’s one of the major achievements you have in life.

So, I think Miss Abraham doing a photoshoot is totally appropriate.

And I hope it encourages more people to celebrate their business careers more. May we all celebrate our major moments in life.

Marketing in Pokemon Go

Jamba Juice Pokestop Offer
Pokemon Dracula

My favorite Pokemon “Dracula”

I got on Pokemon Go the day it launched so I could play it with my kids. They love Pokemon. And it has been very cool to see the most popular game become that in days. I’m currently level 10 and my favorite Pokemon is named Dracula and is almost ready for a showdown in a Pokemon Gym. My kids are loving the game and getting out of their homes more, they are in college and live out of state. So I’m thrilled they are getting out and meeting people. If they had dogs they would be very happy, they have cats who don’t notice when they are gone.

While playing Pokemon Go I started noticing small mom and pop shops start using it as a marketing tool about three days in. The cool hip places with hip owners. Like “Thirsty from Pokemon Go, come in for a cool drink”. Now the national chains are getting in on using Pokemon Go. I saw this sign this morning from Jamba Juice, a nationwide chain.

Jamba Juice Pokestop Offer

Jamba Juice Pokestop Offer

This is in my nearby shopping area with my basic places I goto almost daily, Starbucks this morning. I saw this sign while walking back to my car.

Storefronts that are near Pokestops are using Lures in the game at Pokestops to attract players. Lures can be left at a Pokestop for 30 minutes and they attract Pokemon to the general area which brings players.

For $99.99 worth of Lures you can have Pokemon Go attract potential clients for 84 hours. That’s $1.19 per hour for marketing and a $10 sign.
And with a sign like this you can convert those players to come enjoy something cool and refreshing.