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A huge amount of the world gets up every day, goes to work, and spends most of their day working at a job they don’t like, or even hate! If you think about this, this is a serious problem, and extremely sad. Most people will spend the majority of their lives at work, and if you hate your work, then you spend the majority of your life doing something you don’t like!

However, there is a growing trend and opportunity for people to transition out of the job they hate and into something they love! And the benefits of making this change are difficult to accurately put into words. They are tremendous! To move away from spending most of your life not happy at work, to spending that times fulfilled and doing something you love is a huge win!

But how do you do it? This is the tricky part, and it’s the part a lot of people mess up. You need to be aware of specific strategies for making the move, understand yourself well enough to know what strategy is best for you, and then execute. Learn how on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • One way to force yourself to make a major change is to “burn the boats” so you have no recourse and have to make it work
  • Or, while you’re doing whatever you’re unhappy with, invest time and effort learning everything you possibly can about what you want to go into
  • You can be almost certain that a lot of people won’t understand your decision to pursue what you really want
  • Each step of the way will include both joy and frustration, and both are important aspects of the learning process
  • If you’re spending time watching TV, Netflix, etc, you’re wasting time that could be spend creating your dream life
  • It doesn’t matter what you SAY you’re going to do, it only matters what you actually do
  • If you say you’re going to do something, DO IT

Resources:

How To Beat Procrastination

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Did you know that when you do an act of kindness for someone, without the idea of any reciprocation but simply to help someone else out, you are probably getting even more benefit out of it than the person you are helping?

My guest today is John Wang, and he’s talking about why performing an act of kindness is actually, believe it or not, a selfish act! A good selfish act, that everyone should do more of everyday, but a selfish nonetheless because of the tremendous benefit that you will receive from performing the act!

John Wang founded the “One Kindness Challenge,” which is a challenge to perform one act of selfless (but actually selfish) act of kindness everyday! Are you ready to take the challenge?

Key Takeaways:

  • What we do every single day will have tremendous impact, whether negative or positive, whether to ourselves or the world
  • An act of kindness can in fact be a selfish act, because of the tremendous value it brings you!
  • When you help someone, endorphins are released, and you get a type of “helper’s high”
  • When you help someone, it’s important that you do it without the expectation of anything in return
  • Try doing one act of kindness each day
  • Inviting someone to something can be an act of kindness

Resources

OneKindness.org

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Did you know that when you do an act of kindness for someone, without the idea of any reciprocation but simply to help someone else out, you are probably getting even more benefit out of it than the person you are helping?

My guest today is John Wang, and he’s talking about why performing an act of kindness is actually, believe it or not, a selfish act! A good selfish act, that everyone should do more of everyday, but a selfish nonetheless because of the tremendous benefit that you will receive from performing the act!

John Wang founded the “One Kindness Challenge,” which is a challenge to perform one act of selfless (but actually selfish) act of kindness everyday! Are you ready to take the challenge?

Key Takeaways:

  • What we do every single day will have tremendous impact, whether negative or positive, whether to ourselves or the world
  • An act of kindness can in fact be a selfish act, because of the tremendous value it brings you!
  • When you help someone, endorphins are released, and you get a type of “helper’s high”
  • When you help someone, it’s important that you do it without the expectation of anything in return
  • Try doing one act of kindness each day
  • Inviting someone to something can be an act of kindness

Resources

OneKindness.org

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/263

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We all have those days, right? Those days when it just feels like everything is going wrong. When nothing comes easy, and each time you try to accomplish a new task, you find yourself blocked by some unforeseen problem. Roadblocks to your productivity pop up out of nowhere, and things that would normally be a breeze to get done are practically impossible.

Sometimes, those momentary setbacks and problems in life can put you in a funk. They put you in this kind of attitude where it seems like everything in your life is going wrong, like you don’t have anything to be thankful for, and like you’re in the worst situation possible.

Whenever this happens, if you look at the actual circumstances, you will almost certainly find that you are definitely NOT in the worst situation, but that doesn’t change how these times can make you feel.

Today, I’m talking about what I do when I find myself in these moods of depression and anxiety, how I deal with it, and how I eventually recover and get myself out. We all go through those times, so listen to this episode for practical tips and tricks to get out of your mental funk and back to your productive self!

Key Takeaways:

  • Small annoying things can all add up to large frustrations.
  • Regardless of all the good things going on in your life, it’s still easy to let yourself get overwhelmed and sink into depression.
  • Be willing to connect with the way that you really feel in the moment, even if it is a negative feeling.
  • Try changing your physiology drastically to quickly adjust your emotional state.
  • Feel and express gratitude. Checkout: FiveMinuteJournal.com
  • Drink lots of water.
  • You can either look at the good, or the bad side of each issue you encounter.

Resources:

FiveMinuteJournal.com

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Procrastination plagues almost everyone who dreams about doing great things. Humans are inherently lazy, which means that making progress on anything you want to do is going to be a struggle. But you have a very simple choice: The short term pain of getting off your ass and taking the first step, or the long term, immensely greater pain of regretting not reaching your full potential.

This is the incredible danger of procrastination: It can easily cause you to wake up 10 years, 25 years, or 50 years later, and feel like it passed in an instant without accomplishing what we truly wanted to. If you find yourself held back from taking the first steps in your goals and dreams, consider the very real danger and fear of waking up in 10 years and still being right where you are now.

That fear should spur you to action TODAY! This episode is my call to you to stop being lazy, to stop letting fear hold you back, and to finally beat procrastination and start doing the things you want to do in this life!

Key Takeaways:

  • Almost EVERYONE knows that they’re procrastinating too much
  • A lot of people let the thought of how long something will take keep them from getting started
  • Life will not slow down for you. You simply need to speed up to keep up with it
  • Go FASTER
  • Sometime is NO time
  • Humans beings are inherently lazy, so achievement is a constant fight against that
  • No matter how far you’ve come, you will always struggle with the desire to procrastinate. You just get better at saying no to it
  • Take short term pain over long term struggle every time
  • The struggle makes you appreciate the results more
  • The fear will never go away. You just need to feel the fear and do it anyway
  • Focus on one little step that you can take
  • Change your language to change the way you feel about something
  • Just do it

Resources:

JamesSwanwick.com/Procrastination

 

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A lot of you will already know my guest today. Aaron Marino of Alpha M is an expert in fashion, self-discovery, confidence, and business. Today we’re talking about fashion, swag, and success for the modern man.

In the current age, an alpha male is a much different thing than it has been throughout history. In previous ages, dressing well was almost considered feminine, and not often conflated with the idea of the alpha male. But all of that has changed, and that is what I’m speaking with Aaron Marino about today.

We also dig into the idea of the overnight success (spoiler alert: it doesn’t exist), the single most important aspect to look at in clothing, and why each failure leads you one step closer to success. All that and more, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • In the modern age, the idea of an alpha-male is less one-dimensional than it used to be
  • Start helping people. Be self-less to start discovering yourself and gain confidence
  • Overnight success almost never happens. Success take time
  • Fit is the single most important aspect of clothing to consider
  • Develop a grooming habit and stick to it!
  • If you fear starting something, go through the worst-case scenario. It’s probably not that bad
  • Each failure leads you closer to success
  • We buy products that we connect with on an emotional level
  • Alcohol often leads to crappy foods. Quitting alcohol can cause a healthy chain reaction

Resources:

PeteAndPedro.com

Tiege.com

Alpha M on Youtube

IAmAlphaM.com

AaronMarino.com

30DayNoAlcoholChallenge.com

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A lot of you will already know my guest today. Aaron Marino of Alpha M is an expert in fashion, self-discovery, confidence, and business. Today we’re talking about fashion, swag, and success for the modern man.

In the current age, an alpha male is a much different thing than it has been throughout history. In previous ages, dressing well was almost considered feminine, and not often conflated with the idea of the alpha male. But all of that has changed, and that is what I’m speaking with Aaron Marino about today.

We also dig into the idea of the overnight success (spoiler alert: it doesn’t exist), the single most important aspect to look at in clothing, and why each failure leads you one step closer to success. All that and more, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • In the modern age, the idea of an alpha-male is less one-dimensional than it used to be
  • Start helping people. Be self-less to start discovering yourself and gain confidence
  • Overnight success almost never happens. Success take time
  • Fit is the single most important aspect of clothing to consider
  • Develop a grooming habit and stick to it!
  • If you fear starting something, go through the worst-case scenario. It’s probably not that bad
  • Each failure leads you closer to success
  • We buy products that we connect with on an emotional level
  • Alcohol often leads to crappy foods. Quitting alcohol can cause a healthy chain reaction

Resources:

PeteAndPedro.com

Tiege.com

Alpha M on Youtube

IAmAlphaM.com

AaronMarino.com

30DayNoAlcoholChallenge.com

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/260

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Whether you’ve moved to a new place, decided to level-up the kind of friends you hang around, or just want to broaden your social circle, learning how to make new friends quickly is an essential skill for the human existence. From our earliest ages and through the rest of life, the ability to make new friends plays a large role in your ability to be successful and happy in your life.

This episode is about how to make new friends quickly. Having moved around a lot, I’ve found myself in the position of needing to make new friends quickly several times, and have found out what works well, and what brings the right kind of people into your life. That’s what I’m sharing on this episode, so take notes and learn how to make new friends fast on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Commit to hosting a social event. Be the host
  • When you are an active connector of people, you make a very good impression on both people
  • Consider joining a sports time, if that’s your thing, to get plugged in quickly
  • Consider organizing meetups around your interests
  • If you want people to be interested in you, you must be interested in them first
  • Whenever you go to a new place, find out from facebook any friends you have who used to live there, and ask them to intro you to anyone you should meet in the area
  • Make a sincere effort. Invite people
  • Say yes to invites. Get into the habit
  • Just go to where the people are
  • Get involved in the community and charity
  • Host a potluck party

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These days, it’s possible to find almost anything online. Not only that, if you’re a little tech-savvy, you can even find pirated versions of a lot of content, and effectively “cheat” your way into thousands of dollars worth of content! But the question is: Should you?

What I have learned through trying both ways is that financial investment is essential to get you to really take massive action on what you want to learn. If you don’t invest, and won’t have “skin in the game,” you will continue to procrastinate, and the education will be worth far, far less to you.

That’s why my phone says “pay to get rich.” It’s a bit counterintuitive, isn’t it? But it’s a fundamental truth, and once you learn it and start investing in yourself, you will see your results dramatically improve, and your learning and education will become so much more valuable.

Key Takeaways:

  • You will find that when you pay for coaching, you take it more seriously
  • Skin in the game is what you gain from purchasing coaching
  • Investing enough money to have skin in the game will help you to make the right decision down the road, when you are tempted to be distracted and not follow through
  • You can learn almost anything you need to for free, but WILL YOU?
  • The act of paying for something fuels productivity, clarity and focus

Resources:

30DayNoAlcoholChallenge.com

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Do you remember the movie “Limitless” with Bradley Cooper? In the movie, Cooper plays a character who gains access to a pill that will give his brain limitless functional capability, and completely turns his life around.

But is something like this possible in the real world?

My guest today is Daniel Schmachtenberger, founder of NeuroHacker, a company working to develop nootropics, a kind “brain pill” that increases brain function, alertness, and productivity. In addition, we’re talking about the kind of diet and lifestyle that results in optimal brain function, so listen to this episode to take your intelligence and brain functionality to the next level!

Key Takeaways:

  • Modern diets tend to be low in the nutrients the brain needs to perform at optimum levels
  • Modern habits also contribute toward sub-optimal brain power
  • Go local and organic for foods that won’t hamper brain functionality
  • For optimal ergonomics, look just slightly up at the screen, with the keyboard low
  • It’s important to understand the difference between facebook friends and deep, interpersonal human relationships
  • Smart drugs and nootropics are not supplements, would not appear in nature, and so boost mental performance beyond the baseline of good nutrition

Resources:

NeuroHacker.com

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