“So What Do You Do? Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question” – Book Launch

 

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           “So What Do You Do” inkling sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a book project with New York Times best-selling author Joel Comm. And, today’s the official release day!

You may be familiar with Joel. He’s been doing business on the Internet since 1995. Not only a New York Times best-selling author, he’s also a social media expert, International speaker and a super nice guy. Needless to say, with all he’s done, he’s reached – and inspired – millions of people around the world.

Earlier this year I heard Joel speak at a live event and had the opportunity to meet him. He talked about how every person is created to do something special – to bring value to the world around them. His message really resonated with me because as you know I am very passionate about sketching.

Joel explained that he was writing a new book – one that would feature people from all walks of life. He wanted to place the spotlight on other people who were bringing great value to the world around them. And, he wanted co-authors to collaborate with him. That’s when I knew I wanted to be part of this cool project!

When Joel accepted my manuscript for his new book, I was thrilled to be called a co-author. Now, I’m even more excited to announce that the book is available for you to purchase TODAY!

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It’s called So What Do You Do? Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question. My chapter is entitled, “Quit Telling Yourself Lines” and you’ll find it on page 76 of the book.

I really hope you’ll pick up a copy of So What Do You Do. When you purchase the softcover edition, you’ll also receive the eBook version of the book, with Joel’s compliments. BUT, that’s not all. Joel is also giving away copies of TWO of his most popular books in digital form, The AdSense Code and Click Here to Order.

AND to make things even more appealing, several of my co-authors are also giving away FREE bonuses when you purchase this book.

Go to the official website. There you’ll discover more about the book as well as how you can access all the bonuses.

==> http://www.SoWhatDoYouDo.com

People are already leaving rave reviews on Amazon. So, if you’re anything like them, I think you’re really going to be inspired by it! Please be sure to let me know what you think of the book. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Here’s to the genius inside of you.

Enjoy!

Sketching On the Go – A look Inside My SKIT

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Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Kit

A look inside SKIT

Fall is here!

The amazing colors of the foliage are Mother Nature's open invitation to get outside and do some sketching and painting. I love being able to be outside and do on location, spur of the moment inkling watercolor sketches. Sometimes the thought of having to lug around all the tools (paper, paints, pens, pencils, brushes, etc...) would hold me back from getting outside and creating. I have a full size easel with a storage compartment, but its rather large and cumbersome for quick on the spot drawings.

Recently, I put together an "on-the-go" sketch kit that seems to be working well for me. I call it my SKIT (a mashup of Sketch and Kit).

My SKIT review.........

The Good

Holds all I need

​Metal Clip board is wearing well and a good surface to work on

Metal clip firmly holds art in place

The Bad

Not the easiest to hold.  Would be great if it had a handle or strap on it.

The clasp that locks the lid shut does not firmly lock in place.

The Ugly

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.....

Although my SKIT may not be perfect, it's working well and I'm enjoying sketching outside while surrounded by the world's canvas. Get out there and Live Creatively!

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Cyclops Syndrome or Self-Centered i

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The Cyclops Syndrome or Self-Centered i

We all the know the type. That person who in only fixated on themselves and what impacts them in the world. No regard for others feelings and needs. They aren’t human. They are all EGO. It’s what I call the Cyclops Syndrome or the Self-centered i.

I find it fascinating how people can go through life without other’s concerns in mind. Fascinating from the point of view how that person can enjoy who they are with a lack of connection — spiritual, physical, emotional. Is life easier for them because they only have one person to take care of? Perhaps. Is it as fulfilling? I would tend to guess not. Having nobody to share those moments of joy. Those moments of despair. Those aha moments.– to me, seems lonely.

But who am I to judge? I am not writing to criticize or say what is right or wrong. I am only observing. It’s from observing patterns in others that we help to form ourselves. We can pick and choose from the habit menu of life and adopt those traits that we want to.

It’s always so easy for us to point our finger and blame another for making us the person that we are….when in reality, each and every one of us has the power inside to choose who we want to be. And by observing those habits and traits that we don’t like, we make mental notes about emulating the opposite. In my case…one such trait is the Cyclops Syndrome.

What are some traits you’ve observed that you simply said….”no way. I’ll never be like that.” to?

Life….LIVE it!

16: Observe: How to SEE the world in 3 steps.

Sitting on a park bench….yeah I know it’s the beginning of a Jethro Tull song, but this post has nothing to do with that.  (Sorry aqualung fans). 
What a fabulous day for people watching!  Softball game.  People walking, jogging, and biking.  Parents teaching their kids how to ride bikes. Its wonderful just taking a moment to kick back, enjoy, and observe the world.

 

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/skynesher

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/skynesher

This brings us to word number 16 in our journey of 42 Words to a Better You series……..OBSERVE

Observation is something that we often take for granted.  How often do we take the time  in our daily hustle and bustle to actually observe?  My guess is that it isn’t enough. 
 Observing  reminds us that we re not alone in this world.  There are other people, places, colors, smells, things.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the ME ME ME syndrome.  This blocks out the opportunity for any external stimulation — stimulation that can enhance our life experience making it amazing.
 How can we successfully engage in the  environment around us?  Following are my 3 steps on how to SEE the world.

 

§  Stop.  Simply take a moment to stop and sit down somewhere – anywhere.  The mere act of stopping puts your on life on a momentary pause while life continues around you.

§  Experience.  Experience all that is around you.  Soak in the world.  Use all of your senses.  Focus by using one sense at a time.  What do you see? Hear? Smell? Taste? Touch?  Isolate and engage each sense to its fullest.

§  Encapsulate the feelings inside you based upon your observations.  By associating a feeling with an observation,  it encapsulates the moment  in your soul creating a snapshot of space and time in your mind.

So, what has been my biggest observation sitting here in the park?  Never park your car outside the fence of a softball field…. Somebody may actually hit a home run over the fence only to have your car end up catching the ball.  Egads!

 

What are some of ways you observe the world?

I would love your thoughts.  Post them below to keep the conversation going.

17: M&M’s

Today’s word in our countdown on 42 Words to a better you journey is……

M&M’s….

not only do they melt in your mouth, but they also melt the hearts of people everywhere.

 

photo courtesy of @istockphoto/plainview

 

I was fortunate enough to attend an amazing seminar event this weekend hosted by Ray Edwards, more of which you will be hearing about in a future post. At the hotel reception desk there is an M&M dispenser on the counter. Adjacent to the dispenser are small clear plastic cups. Free candy for the taking. Who could refuse?

When I first checked in, I was oblivious to the candy. Nervous about being in a strange place with absolutely nobody I knew was distracting my focus.

The first day at the seminar, I noticed a cup filled with the delicious bright-colored candy on a table in the seminar room. The person next to me offered me some.  I heard the buzz of M&M’s echoing throughout the room and halls that day.  They were a pure conversation starter.

Throughout the weekend, not only did the tables become more colorful with containers of candy l, but the entire room turned into a rainbow of pure joy and camaraderie.

I’m not sure if the hotel put the M&M’s out as a pure marketing device that would make the guests feel “at home” or if they are there as a pure friendly gesture, but who would have thought that something so simple could be so powerful in helping to bring people together.

M&M = ice breaker. Who would’ve thought?

What are some of the ways you break the ice?

 

18: Schedule

Wow!  It has been way too long since my last post.  Why haven’t I posted in a while? Honestly, time has slipped away from me.  Seconds have turned into minutes…minutes into hours….hours into days…day into months.  This year has been one big blur.  Sometimes we get lost in the blur of life neglecting the obvious.  Do you feel the same way?  If so then word number 18 in our continuing series of 42 Words to a Better You may just be one way to help with this situation…………

 

photo courtesy of @iStockphoto/STILLFX

photo courtesy of @iStockphoto/STILLFX

18: Schedule

I used to think of schedule as a negative word. I felt that schedules impeded my creative freedom.  It was like my mind was not free to roam and explore the world when I had to be “there” at a certain time or do “this” on a specific day.  After all, who wants to be a slave to the numbers on the clock and the calendar, right?

Wrong!  Scheduling is really the opposite of being constricting.  I am starting to take a careful look at my calendar these days and blocking out times not only for business related activities, but for family, friends, and myself.  I’m not saying to schedule every little detail of your life, but to at least schedule those items which are a priority to you.

Why is scheduling beneficial for me?

  • Liberation:  When I schedule my activities it frees up my mind allows it to be open for the creative process because I’m not constantly thinking in the back of my mind what I have to do and when I must have it done by
  • Efficiency: Chunking my schedule by grouping similar activities together allows me greater focus. For example, blocking out a time for writing multiple blog posts in one sitting.   Multitasking on unrelated tasks doesn’t work for me.  When I multitask it takes me longer to get things accomplished.  And the results are not as thorough as they should be.
  • Organization:  Scheduling allows me to  build in the time I need to do the things I want to do.  Nothing is getting lost in the shuffle of the daily hubbub.  I can see where and how my time is spent.

These are just a few of the benefits I have noticed so far.  I’m sure more will come to light.

We often say that there’s not enough time in life to do the things we love.  In these days of craziness, I say there is the time if we plan for it.

What are some of the ways you organize and prioritize your time so that life doesn’t slip away from you?

I would love to hear your feedback.  Please comment below.