What I would have done differently at Problogger…

Chris Ducker, Darren Rowse, Pat Flynn

In August 2014 I attended my first Problogger event.... Is this your first ProBlogger event?   Being a newbie proBlogger attendee I had no idea what to expect, no idea what to wear, no idea how to act. I was dreading Problogger. Pit of my stomach dread.  Ofcourse I was excited and wanted to go, but there’s always that little voice in your head that tells you that you don't belong there.   I wrote this post the day after Problogger - I survived my first Problogger and you can too! Blogging since 04’ and only met my first blogger in 2014 On August 29th 2014 I went to my first ProBlogger training event held on the sunny Gold Coast at QT hotel. ProBlogger is 2 days full of sessions aimed to help bloggers build profitable blogs. The  Problogger training  events is now in it's 5th year and was started by Darren Rowse  - a man whose name is synonymous with blogging. Darren can be credited to inspiring the launch of hundreds, if not … [Read more...]

Day 32: Multitasking vs Monotasking – A post inspired by Paolo Cardini’s Ted talk

multi tasking woman

Continuing on with the 365 Days of Ted Talks productivity theme week, today’s blog post is in response to Paolo Cardini's Ted talk “Forget multitasking, try monotasking.” In this brief 3 minute talk Paolo challenges us to really question whether multitasking is all that it’s cracked up to be and he provides us with an alternative - monotasking. Monotasking vs Multitasking Multitasking simply means doing more than one thing at once.  Monotasking means to just focus on the one single task at hand. I have noticed a trend were people who multitask used to be seen as highly productive people, but nowadays if someone tells you they multitask they are perceived to be overwhelmed and not efficient. It is almost as if they are seen as multitasking out of necessity  as they have not scheduled their time effectively. That’s just my observation, yours might be completely different, and it could very well be based on my own personal … [Read more...]

Day 21: What I learned from watching BJ Fogg’s Tedx talk “Forget big change, start with a tiny habit”

Time for Change

21 days make a habit and today I celebrate the fact that I am 21 days into my 365 Days of Ted journey. For this reason I decided to seek out a Ted talk on habits and found a great one by BJ Fogg called "Forget big change, start with a tiny habit" In this talk BJ shares his method of creating big change in a small way.     What I learned from watching BJ Fogg's Ted talk "Forget big change, start with a tiny habit" This particular talk really resonated with me as it covers a principle that I have adopted in my life over the past 12 months with a good level of success and that is attaching new habits onto existing ones. The way this works is when you participate in the old habit, your brain is trained to mentally trigger the new habit. An example that BJ gives is every morning he always does push-ups after he has been to the bathroom. The two morning habits have become a pair and one habit is no longer complete … [Read more...]

Day 15: What I learned from watching Richard St. John’s Ted talk “8 secrets of success”


Today's instalment of my 365 Days of Ted features a 3 minute Ted talk by Richard St. John titled "8 Secrets of success" Don't be fooled by the very short duration talk, the content that Richard shares in those 8 minutes sums up  pretty much  what what I have read in every self-development book on success and to have it delivered in a succinct 3 minute speech is extremely helpful.      So what are the 8 traits of success people? The event which triggered this Ted talk happened about 7 years before Richard gave this talk in 2007.  Richard was on a plane to a Ted event when a high-school aged teenager sitting beside him asked him what leads to success.  How's that for small talk! Although Richard was unable to give the girl a definitive answer in the moment, this single conversation led Richard down a path of discovery as he interviewed over 500 successful people to find out the 8 most common traits that they have in … [Read more...]

Day 07: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

Be happy

To finish up on my first week of my 365 Days of Ted challenge I decided to watch a Ted talk with a simple message - be grateful. Delivered by  Brother David Steindl-Rast a monk and interfaith scholar his speaks in a calming manner and raises awareness of some common truths that sometimes gets lost in the everyday moments of chaos. What's the talk about? David starts off his talk with one universal truth - everyone wants to be happy.  Everyone may have their own interpretation of what that happiness means to them and everyone will have different ways of finding their happiness, but nonetheless the pursuit of happiness is something that binds us all.  David reveals the secret to happiness, which is simply being grateful for what you have and adopting grateful living into your life.  David points out situations when people who have a lot of hardship and misfortune in their lives still seem to radiate happiness. Why? Simply put, … [Read more...]

Day 05: Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

Happy child blowing dandelion

Todays Ted talk is by a woman called Tania Luna. Tania talks about how finding a penny in the United States made her feel like a millionaire .  A traumatic incident at an early age shaped the way that Tania would forever perceive the world.  When tania was just 1 years old she spent 9 months in hospital after the Chernobyl accident in the Ukraine. Her family were also affected - her sisters hair fell out in clumps. The silver lining came when   Tania was 6 years old and  her family were given asylum in the United States due to the accident. The experience Tania had in her short 6 years made her view America with wonderment. On Tania's very first day in New York she found a penny and bought herself some bazooka bubblegum - she felt like a millionaire .  Years later when  Tania finds a bag full of stuffed toys in the trash and she feels as if she has won the jackpot - she has never owned that many toys combined in her entire … [Read more...]

Day 02: Do you know the six needs of your customers? A post inspired by Tony Robbin’s Ted talk

six human needs

I have read Tony Robbins on and off over the last few years. I first picked up his personal power cassette tapes at a secondhand  book festival four years ago.  Fortunately at the time I was driving an Magna that still had the original car radio complete with a cassette tape player.  I quickly learnt that cassette tapes are so awkward when it comes to trying to find certain points to relisten to… but I digress.  These Anthony Robbins tapes for me was a gamer changer as it sparked an interest within me about  personal development and human behaviour .  Considering most of Tony Robbins talks are hours long I was interested to see what Tony considered was the core message from his talks to include in a heavily condensed 22 minute Ted talk. This Ted talk was basically an extract of Tony's core teaching, a teaser for his programs.  The key take away for me was his very brief discussion of what Tony calls the 6 basic human needs. … [Read more...]