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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.

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.

How I moved without knowing where I was going – Taking a leap of faith

San Diego Beach

I recently moved to San Diego.

Christopher Sherrod & Nan Akasha

Christopher Sherrod & Nan Akasha

It was a lesson on making things happen.

Me and my love both wanted to move there for business reasons. Lots of events for her to go to.

It doesn’t matter where I live as I do business online, she speaks a lot at events and there are a lot of events in San Diego.

However, if I choose where I want to live I would choose San Diego, Manhattan, San Francisco, London and Singapore. I was tired of allergies in Austin. Tired of living indoors with a spinning head from allergies for months at a time.

My partner went to San Diego 13 times in 2013 on business so…San Diego won.

We both were in San Diego at separate events and looking at places before and after our events and places were going so quickly that we couldn’t secure a place.

I flew back to Austin and she stayed for a couple more events and to look around more.

Two weeks later after being in San Diego for nearly a month she flew back to Austin.

I picked her up at the airport with flowers of course and then went out to dinner.

She didn’t want to come back. She could had stayed longer and gone to more events and connected with more people than she could in Austin.

And that is because more people in our niche live in Southern California. More events in our space happen here then anywhere else.

I blame Tony Robbins as he moved to La Jolla just north of San Diego so many years ago. ( He lives in Fiji now ).

But everyone in the self help space moved to San Diego area because of Tony. Like minded people like to hang out with like minded people. Plus the weather is ideal.

Over the years of going to seminars every month I’ve noticed that for self help seminars they do well in San Diego. Worst place is Dallas. I still haven’t figured out what the deal is with Dallas but others in the business agree, Dallas has some issues regarding self help.

So my partner didn’t want to come back to Austin and just wanted to stay in San Diego and figure it all out.

So I told her why didn’t you.

She felt guilty about being aware from our 17 year old daughter and me of course. 🙂

Two weeks later she’s on a one way 1st class flight to San Diego.

We decided just to take a leap of faith and figure it out.

We made that decision and she left the next day, which was the next plane ride we could find.

I stayed in Austin to sell a lot of stuff and pack our 4 bedroom home.

Our daughter who graduated from high school at 16 last year got a short term job in San Antonio.

It was just me to sell and pack.

Amazing what some people will buy and what won’t sell at all.

I sold all our furniture excepts our beds.

I really enjoyed selling and giving away stuff that really could use it. The 8 year old girl who was going to use my futon chair as a chair and bed. Or the 12 year old girl that got our indoor trampoline. I’m so happy the stuff we didn’t want anymore is making other people’s lives happier.

At first we wanted to get rid of our furniture because with professional movers it is actually more expensive to move big furniture than it is to buy new furniture (unless it super antique, which is not our style)

But five weeks of selling 95% of our furniture and 50% of everything else that we hadn’t used in the last year became a real eye opener to what really matters.

We’ve moved into a bigger place in San Diego and only about 75% of the boxes are unpacked plus I got rid of 50% of our stuff to begin with and I don’t miss it.

I love how zen the new place is.

It’s amazing how little stuff you really need to be comfortable and happy.

It’s all about where you live.

How many people in your niche can you connect with? How convenient is the stores and restaurants? How close is the beach? Do places deliver? Can you get a good maid?

These are questions that I have found to be important to me.

Everything I could possibly need is 8 minutes away.

So my partner flew to San Diego and networked. She connected with so many people.

Many people offered to have her stay with them while she figured out a place to live which was incredibly helpful because my partner could feel the vibe of so many neighborhoods. That helped us figure out where we wanted to live.

I focused on selling and packing stuff.

We had a hard date where we needed a new place to live in San Diego. We worked on it daily and it all worked out, because we focused.

We were determined to make it happen because otherwise we were going to be homeless with a ton of stuff and no where to put it.

Most people and my entire family would have freaked out.

Most people want to know the next few steps (more like their entire lives).

We barely knew the next step.

We basically jumped out of a plane and figured out where the parachute was, stuck it on, figured out how it worked and deployed it before hitting the ground.

But the end result is I live in a much bigger place. Got another car, a convertible.. Goto the beach almost daily. And I’m having a blast connecting with people.

I’m living outside much more and getting more active because the weather is perfect and there are no Central Texas allergies pinning me indoors.

San Diego BeachSan Diego is paradise without island fever.

I heard recently someone answer a question of why they moved to San Diego when they had a business where they could live anywhere. Their answer was why wouldn’t I live in San Diego. If you have your own business and you’re making at least multiple six figures, then why wouldn’t you want to live in what many consider the best climate in the world, that has a lot of entrepreneurs that really care about where they live.

Yes the cost of living is more, like two times more than Austin, plus there is a state income tax. Funny though that alcohol at stores and maids are half the price.

But what is your life worth?

If you’re bored where you live, if your business would leap and grow if you moved somewhere else, wouldn’t you? Why not? Why are you reducing your peak potential?

Right now San Diego is the ideal place for me and my partner. If that changes than we will move.

If you live in the San Diego area and would like to meet up, contact me.

I would love to connect with fellow Entrepreneurs over lunch or a nice walk on the beach. If you like to talk business I’m available.

Where did my ego go?

Since I retired from working with a lot of clients and only partnering with very select people my business has changed a lot.

I use to market myself and help client after client on a consulting basis.

I flipped to just partnering. I only do anything if I own part of the company, period.

It was a good decision looking back.

But, it’s been hard on my ego.

And as my businesses have grown I’ve had to outsource many things I’ve done for years. I’ve hired people that honestly are just better at some things than I am. And I have felt like I’ve disappeared from social media, blogging, hanging out with my marketing buddies. And it’s true, I have.

In order to grow business to be real big I’ve had to let go of my ego. I’ve felt at times that I’m not useful, or even needed because I literally just hire and rarely fire people, I make decisions and tell my team to do it. I talk to people which I love and gotten out more to meet real people in person. I’ve gotten away from the computer a lot. And I use to be defined by how well I used a computer.

I don’t even consider myself a marketer anymore, even though that is the heart of what I focus on. I hire the best to help in that, really anything.

But, I have to admit it’s been hard. I liked being known and wanted. But, if I stayed at what I was doing and how I was doing it, I wouldn’t have a business that supports me like it does now.

Would I do it again?

Yes I would.

I do better, I’ve learned more about what it really takes to be successful by focusing and owning part of the business.

But, I do miss the ego pumping days. But my overall happiness is more important. Being able to do what I want to and having a team support me is more important to me.

I Killed Chris

I killed Chris. Yup, I killed myself.

Don’t worry, don’t call 911. No crimes have been committed. In fact, I’m very happy.

But, I’ve changed so much that I actually thought about changing my name.

You see I built up a business I didn’t like. Even with contractors and only spending two to five hours per clients just talking on the phone I just didn’t like doing it.

I had a dream that I was dead and at my funeral someone said “He was really good at doing WordPress websites”. For me that was a nightmare. I didn’t want to be known for that. Heck my team did it all and I actually didn’t create the websites anymore.

But, that was so little of my life and not what I was passionate about. And I was diversified in business so that I could just retire from that business, I’m involved in others where I’m not the front person.

In order to move on to the next phase of my life I had to killed myself off and be reborn into what I wanted to be known for.

It took me some time to figure out, about a year.

And I had a blast figuring it out.

I just went out and experiemented. I took classes on different subjects. I played around. I traveled. I got healthy (more about that later). And I’ve learned that I really suck at  many things. Don’t worry I’m great at the key stuff for me and I have help.

I basically had a mid life crisis. Best thing ever to happen to me after falling in love.

Nan Akasha has been so supportive. As many of you know we are partners in a business together. And that is not going to change but I am going to be doing some new things. I’ll update here as I launch them.

I want to encourage you to be bold and take bold moves. Kill yourself off when you are not happy and be reborn. Do what makes you enjoy life and don’t think you can’t make money at it. I know a lot of people that are rich and unhappy. It’s not fun. You can have both. Go for the lifestyle you want. Kill yourself and be reborn into the person you want to be, not what you have turned out to be or what others want you to be like. It’s so worth it and it makes more money because it is based on what turns you on so you’ll actually give your all.

I wrote a book about creating new business ideas years ago and recently I changed the name of the book from Play Prosperity Games to How To Create Business Ideas to better reflect what it is about, I also updated the book and added a bonus. I myself went thru the process recently and came up with three ideas which I’ll be working on one at a time.

Go for the lifestyle you want. Give yourself permission to start fresh.

Why you are failing

Last week I had a mastermind member call me the Internet Marketing guru of the group.  Quite flattering and it made me uncomfortable because I look up to many others as gurus of Internet Marketing. Then he called me the guru of websites which I would agree with as I”ve been creating them for 13 or so years more than anyone I know.

My conversation with one of my mastermind members got me thinking why he and other think I”m a guru of Internet Marketing.  I simply think it is because I actually create products.  So many people simply don”t do anything at all.  Period.  I think I can be successful so I do something and make corrections as I go.  Ready, Fire, Aim.  Some people are scared of failing. Do it a few times and you get over it.  I did.

Then I thought of a recent email my girlfriend Nan forwarded to me from Marlon, a successful Internet Marketer.  I think it clearly reflects why some people are failing.

But dominantly, I’m a producer and a promoter of products.
My job in life is to come up with new products that create
value for my customers and to promote them to the best of
my ability within the time and money constraints I decide
on.

“Marlon, I have SPENT a small fortune. I have BEEN in
coaching programs. I have BOUGHT the course. How come I”m
NOT making any dough?”

Answer: You”re consuming. But are you PRODUCING and PROMOTING?
And are you doing it more than ONCE? Are you out there playing
the Game every day?

Let me explain…

The problem I see a lot of people have is they consume,
consume, consume. But NEVER cross the bridge to creating,
producing and promoting.

Go out and fail a lot.  It’s the best thing you can do.  Start creating now.  If you need some ideas check out my book How To Create New Business Ideas Based On What You Love where you can create new business ideas based on what you love.

What would Paul and Linda do?

Yesterday I was listening to Paul McCartney.  I’m in an home exchange here in Paris France and they have a bunch of Paul’s albums.  So I’m listening to them and enjoying them.  He writes and sings about love and it fit in very well with our stay here in Paris.

But, I also started thinking about his partnership with Linda.  And how they supported each other. When Linda had a photo exhibit Paul made sure he came and supported her.  And he didn’t go to promote his current album.  He went as a loving partner. I imagined him walking up to someone appreciating one of Linda’s photos and striking up a conversation about how good the image is.

And of course Linda supported Paul.  Played in his band when it would have probably been easier to not because of all the negative criticism about her keyboard playing.  I have a live album of Paul’s where they edit him introducing Linda to the audience in many languages.  They were truly in love.

My reflection was deep as I too am very in love. My partner Nan Akaska is the love of my life.  She is so fantastic that I wouldn’t be able to express it to you adequately.  And when you love your partner you want to support them.

I look at Paul and Linda as role models for how I want to live life.  The people that are in a relationship but don’t talk about their partner because it is “bad for business” and doesn’t fit in with their “marketing plan” just makes no sense to me.  They have a bad business plan.  “It’ll drive away women. Are you kidding me?  Women know that men look sexier and more attractive when they are with someone.  That type of marketing doesn’t work for me.  And it doesn’t work out with your partner either. They will feel neglected.  That they are not appreciated.  And men and women can only handle that for so long before it drives them apart.

A balance like Paul and Linda had is essential I believe.  They both had their own projects and some in common.  And they both supported each other in the various projects.  They didn’t hide that they were together and in fact it helped greatly.

If you don’t talk about your partner because of “marketing” or your “business plan” then look at yourself.  Your audience will find you, but will think you’re not completely truthful if they find out later that you are hiding your partner.

So what would Paul and Linda do?  Be yourself and live life to it’s fullest.  I’m going to have a lovely evening with my Nan on the Seine here in Paris France.  Here’s to life.

Got Critics?

If you don”t have critics then you aren’t trying hard enough.  You think I”m kidding.  I”m not.  You”re not pushing the envelope, you”re not sharing yourself enough, you”re not out there.

I get criticized and laughed at when I say you can be successful and not be a workaholic.  Many people like that is a big big lie.  Their mentors are major workaholics.  So they think I’m nuts.

These suggestions from Alexandria are helpful when you get critics.  Hopefully soon if not already because it is a sign of success.

What I HAVE learned is that if any of these critics get nasty with you, don’t sink to their level. Remember that as a publisher you’re also in the business of customer service. I typically handle it via one of these three methods:

a) respond calmly and acknowledge their point (some people just want to be heard)
b) disregard or delete their message (if their comments are so inappropriate or hurtful that I can’t answer back calmly)
c) remove them from my list

Even better: Have someone else screen your email, like I do now. My assistants protect me in a wonderful way, and only pass on to me what I need to see. This does wonders for my mood and keeps me in a positive place and in good energy!

Through these petty annoyances, remember the big picture of why you started your e-zine or your current venture. It was likely to gain credibility and expert status while increasing your marketing reach and revenues. Your professional reputation is always on the line.

You may want to lash back, but in the long run, it ALWAYS pays to take the high road.

Got Critics? Yeah, Me Too

The No Patrol

Sometimes you have to say no. So you can say yes. Focusing on what you do best means you sometimes have to say no. But what do you say no to. That is always a big question. It gets easier with experience, much easier. But, it is always a question.

I just read a post by Susan Mernit who works at Yahoo Personals. She has an excellent article on how knows what to say no to.[/excerpt]

Over at Susan’s website she has learned to say no.

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