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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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JamesSwanwick.com/Procrastination

JamesSwanwick.com/FreeStuff

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There is a saying that goes, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, there’s almost nothing as important to your ultimate success in life as who you choose to be your friends.

That is why I would argue emphatically that YES, you should be picky about your friend group. If there is an area of your life that you definitely should purposefully be picky about, it is your group of friends. However, it can often be tricky to make smart decisions without hurting people. How can you be diplomatic about the decisions you are making? How do you deal with family?

I’m answering all of that and more on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Audit your friend group, and ask yourself: Are they pulling you in the right direction, or the wrong?
  • Some people need to break up with several of their friends
  • Understand that you will change, and your friend group might need to change as well
  • When everything is competing for your attention, you need to make careful decisions about what you put your energy into, and you will put a lot of energy into your friends
  • Your friend-group is an area of your life that you should be very picky about
  • But, it’s not all strategic. Think about who makes you happy
  • You don’t always need to cut people off, just be careful about the amount of time you will invest with them

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While it’s true that sometimes you need to make mistakes to learn, hopefully they don’t have to be YOUR mistakes! This means that you can learn from the mistakes of others, through books, podcasts, and mentors.

Today I am talking about the biggest mistakes that I made in business, so that you don’t have to make the same ones. These mistakes were costly, and if someone had told me this I probably could have saved millions of dollars.

So learn from my mistakes, and avoid them in your own business ventures!

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to be a “business-person” as soon as you can. Educate yourself!
  • Instead of listening to music to kill time, educate yourself with podcasts and audiobooks
  • If you just listen to educational material while working out instead of listening to music, you could be ahead of most people by about an hour a day!
  • Knowledge is not power. Applied knowledge is power. Do it!
  • Take action! Take the first step. Getting started is so essential, and too many people don’t do it
  • Don’t procrastinate!
  • When you have a thought about something you want to do, take immediate action. Otherwise, you risk procrastination over the long-run
  • Don’t take on too many partners, especially early on in business
  • Assign deadlines to projects, and put them in your calendar

Resources:

JamesSwanwick.com/Coaching

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There are a lot of extremely successful people in measurements of finance, fitness, and many other categories of life, who simply can’t seem to be able to figure out the romantic and relationship side of things, so that is the subject that I’m tackling with Heather Ann Havenwood on today’s episode of the James Swanwick Show.

Heather digs into my own life, past relationships, some of my own preconceived notions about women, what I look for, what has been difficult for me in the past. In fact, this episode basically turned into a “get James a wife” conversation. If you want some practical advice on understanding the often confusing world of relationships, this episode is for you! Hope you enjoy!

Key Takeaways:

  • Marriage, for the woman, is often about security
  • Men have to quickly decipher between “crazy” or “psycho” in a woman
  • We tend to attract what we are
  • Look for a mate who is at a similar level of self-esteem as you
  • Shifting self-esteem is a core change, very difficult to change, which is why it’s better to look for someone who is at a similar level as you rather than to try to change them
  • Feminine and masculine energy are more powerful when they come together than apart
  • Time tested success principles show that masculine and feminine come together for more success together than apart
  • If you may want a prenup, bring it up very early on
  • Be upfront with yourself and people you date about if you want marriage or not
  • Understand how environments shape and affect those in them, and look in the categories that match what you’re looking for
  • Understand the energy that you are looking for in a partner

Resources:

HeatherHavenwood.com

Podcast: HeatherHavenwood.com/podcast

DatingTriggers.com

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Today’s episode is a bit off the cuff. I’m sharing an Uber with my mate Brad Blanks, on the way to the airport. We’re both trying to switch our flights, but we manage to talk about some really interesting topics that I think you’ll enjoy and find useful.

We get into how I am able to travel the world through entrepreneurialism, why it’s extremely worth it to get coaches, educate yourself, and put effort and money into building the you of the future, and how sometime it can be clarifying to focus on what you don’t want, to better understand exactly what you do want. Enjoy!

Key Takeaways:

  • 90% of success is just showing up
  • Entrepreneurialism can give you the opportunity to travel the world without worrying about stopping the flow of money
  • Get coaches, put effort and money into learning, because it pays off down the road
  • Focus on what you do not want first, to clarify what you do want
  • Never rest on your success, always be looking for what the next thing is

Resources:

Are You Still Stick? Youtube video

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The choices that you make about how you structure your day, what you spend your time on, the order that you do things in, has a very direct effect on how productive you are able to be and, as a consequence, how successful you are able to be.

Today I am going through the details of how I structure my day, and specifically how I do so today versus earlier in my life when I was less productive. It’s the little choices that I make throughout the day that, individually don’t seem like much, but add up to a large advantage,

For instance, most people listen to pump-up music or something like that when they’re working out, but I listen to educational material. This simple choice ensures that I get an additional 30-90 minutes of education every single day, and over time, that adds up to far more knowledge.

That is just one of the examples of how I make consciously and very purposeful choices to make sure I am able to get the most out of every day. Learn the rest of them on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Use a calendar. Too many people don’t even take that step
  • Making a practice of putting everything in your calendar will help you get them done
  • Put anything in a calendar that you really want to make sure happens
  • Give yourself an “impossible,” or difficult, deadline for projects that you want to make happen
  • Use video conferencing if you work with people remotely
  • Write down your goals. This gives you a far better chance of accomplishing
  • Consider a personal assistant, depending on where you are in your career and if it makes sense
  • Understand exactly the value of your time to make a smart decision about paying for people to help you
  • Do multiple things at the same time, like learning while exercising
  • Consider using Binaural beats if you need to really focus for a bit
  • Build a team to help you
  • If you don’t have a lot of money, look to trade services
  • In terms of getting organized, eliminating, and then delegate
  • If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room
  • Put yourself in an environment of people who will push you and make you grow

Resources:

ScheduleOnce.com

Binaural Beats on Youtube

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Dan Peña is known around the world as the “50 Billion Dollar Man,” because his mentees cumulatively have created over 50 billion dollars worth of wealth. There are not too many, if any, people who can make a claim like that, and today he is bringing his passion and fire to help others create wealth to the James Swanwick Show.

We talk about how President Trump will change the world, why a first impression is so vital, how to grow a pair, why you must get comfortable being uncomfortable, and how to get the money that you need to build and grow a business.

If you’ve felt like you weren’t living up to your full potential before, in business and in life, Dan Peña is the guy to help you get that extra boost, and that is the knowledge and passion that he is bringing to the show today. Enjoy!

Key Takeaways:

  • You only have one chance to make a good first impression, so craft it carefully
  • In a lot of ways, the world has gone soft. People need backbone to survive and thrive
  • Build a personal foundation. Know who you really are
  • You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable
  • Understand where you really want to go, and the sacrifices and decisions that will get you there
  • There's more money available to you than you think
  • Your parents usually mess you up with the mindset they instill in you
  • The majority of the world is unhappy with what they do, and that should not be
  • There is only one standard: Be all you can be
  • Most people, at the end of the day, want to be liked, and this desire is holding them back

Resources:

 

Website                       http://www.danpena.com/

About Dan Peña          http://www.danpena.com/about/

Podcasts                      http://www.danpena.com/ask-the-50-billion-dollar-man-podcast/podcasts/

QLA Seminar               http://www.danpena.com/seminar/

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook                             https://www.facebook.com/danpenasr

Twitter                                https://twitter.com/danspena

Linkedin                               https://www.linkedin.com/in/danpena

 

For any other inquiries (e.g. book, appointments, etc.), please emailthelmag@guthriecastle.com

 

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If you feel stressed out, like you’re always striving for more and more, and never able to attain it, or like nothing ever goes right for you and you’re constantly fighting an uphill battle, this episode will speak to you directly.

This episode is a book review of the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, which is all about the freedom, joy, and happiness that comes from acceptance. When something goes wrong, act as if it were what you wanted to happen, and spring into action! Take advantage of everything that goes wrong to accomplish something else!

So much of true happiness and contentedness is in how you see the world and circumstances, and this book trains you on how to be happier and more fulfilled in your life through the power of now.

Key Takeaways:

  • A lot of what you want are stories in your head, so when they don’t happen you feel loss, when you really didn’t lose anything because you didn’t have it in the first place
  • This allows you to see what you gain out of difficult situations, rather than what you think you lose
  • Accept conditions and work with them
  • Practice being able to accept things
  • Accept it as if you had chosen it, and then act! See it as an opportunity for something else
  • Complaining makes you a victim, and means you’re not accepting what is
  • If you are unhappy, remove yourself from it, change it, or accept it
  • When something bad happens, look at it as a good sign to make something good happen
  • Live in complete acceptance of what is

Resources:

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

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In this age of big businesses, there is a subtle change that is starting to take place: Business are starting to focus on doing good! Whereas businesses used to focus exclusively on the bottom line and pocketing more money, social businesses are starting to pop up, whose founders and operators are focused on doing good in the world, and Adam Force is here to talk to us about that change.

The good news is that any business can change or tweak its focus to be more on social good than bottom line revenue, so this episode is a discussion of what the differences are in these two lines of thinking, how businesses can be changed to be more socially conscious, and how to start and build a business from the ground up that has this intent.

Key Takeaways:

  • Younger generations are more interested in buying things from companies that align with their values
  • In social entrepreneurship, you need to think about scaling impact above scaling income
  • Social entrepreneurs work to make money so that they can continue to address the problem that their business focuses on
  • Upfront self exploration is essential in effective social entrepreneurship
  • Look for ways to build scale into the original model of your business
  • Build systems for people to do good into your business

Resources:

ChangeCreatorMag.com

Twitter: @Change_Creator

How to Stop Procrastinating

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In this age of big businesses, there is a subtle change that is starting to take place: Business are starting to focus on doing good! Whereas businesses used to focus exclusively on the bottom line and pocketing more money, social businesses are starting to pop up, whose founders and operators are focused on doing good in the world, and Adam Force is here to talk to us about that change.

The good news is that any business can change or tweak its focus to be more on social good than bottom line revenue, so this episode is a discussion of what the differences are in these two lines of thinking, how businesses can be changed to be more socially conscious, and how to start and build a business from the ground up that has this intent.

Key Takeaways:

  • Younger generations are more interested in buying things from companies that align with their values
  • In social entrepreneurship, you need to think about scaling impact above scaling income
  • Social entrepreneurs work to make money so that they can continue to address the problem that their business focuses on
  • Upfront self exploration is essential in effective social entrepreneurship
  • Look for ways to build scale into the original model of your business
  • Build systems for people to do good into your business

Resources:

ChangeCreatorMag.com

Twitter: @Change_Creator

How to Stop Procrastinating

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