The James Swanwick Show

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People love to be thought of. Whether it’s a quick Snapchat, or a letter in the mail, the thought that others care enough to reach out has an immense impact on a person. If you can learn simple practices to stay in touch with others, then your relationships will grow, and studies show- you will be happier. On today’s episode I am going to discuss the simplicity and accessibility that technology brings to keeping up with friendships.

We are lucky. It has never been easier to stay in touch with a friend than it is now. The technology that we have allows us to communicate with people that are thousands of miles away, or just a mere block away. It can take seconds to simply send a quick text message, record a quick audio, or even send a video to remind someone that you are thinking about them.

People love to be thought of. Who, in your life, can you just pick up the phone and give a quick call to? Learn the importance of seconds of intentionality with conversation on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Studies have shown that the happiest people have a good group of friends and acquaintances. These are people that they can count on, people that they have deep relationships with, and history with; is there a point that you would let a friendship peter out?
  • DO NOT let a good friendship peter out, simply send a quick text, voice memo, or video to remind them you are thinking about them.
  • Long distance is no excuse for a poor friendship.
  • Messaging is FREE. There is absolutely no excuse not to send a quick message to a good friend.
  • That said- messaging is lame, you’re still hiding behind the electronic world with small written statements. You cannot tell a tone, expression, or intent with a text message.
  • Recording a quick voice message will allow you to be more personal with someone as they can hear your tone and expression through the message.
  • Audio is more powerful than the written word, I challenge you to leave an audio message for your friend. Next thing you know you will have an ongoing string of voice messages being sent back and forth.
  • Even more personal than audio is a video message. Who wouldn’t love getting a video message from a friend, reminding them they’re still important to them?
  • Everyone has their preference in communication, but if you start sending audio and video messages, you will watch as your long distance friendships become more and more personal with time.
  • Thanks to ever-improving technology, keeping up with friends just keeps getting easier and easier. Take advantage of this.

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Today I’m taking a walk around Hollywood and having a conversation with entrepreneur Sophia Parsa about her journey to building businesses that are successful, that do good, and create positive cashflow.

Along the way, we talk about how to start new relationships, why passion is an essential ingredient to your business idea, the importance of mentorship, and why too many people are worried about others stealing their amazing idea, when the only thing that really matter is execution!

If you’ve ever wanted to start a business, or maybe have one going already, this episode is going to bring you advice to up your entrepreneur game and see success!

Key Takeaways:

  • Start new relationships with the question: How can I help this person?
  • Strike up friendly conversations with no agenda
  • Unless you have passion and an amazing idea, it’s probably foolish to jump into starting a business
  • Instead, go find someone to learn from
  • Put emphasis on building the right team. The people you work with are one of the most important aspects of your business
  • Don’t be reluctant to share for fear that someone else will do it first. Execution is what really matters
  • The specific way that you make introductions and connections is important
  • Make SURE you’re passionate about whatever business you start
  • Be vulnerable with people

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/265

When things go wrong, it’s extremely important to learn from whatever happened. Otherwise, a mistake is a complete waste! If you carefully learn from your (or other people’s) mistakes, they can actually be a very good thing and an opportunity to learn! On today’s episode, I am going over some of the major mistakes I made last week, so that you don’t have to make them!

When you have conflict in your life, you have two options: You can either let the conflict sit there and simmer just below the surface, or you can confront it head on. If you let it simmer, you will find that it takes up a large amount of mental energy, keeps you from focusing on what you have to focus on, and essentially eats at you as long as it’s there!

Instead, the proper response is to confront it head on! It might be painful, but ripping off the bandaid quickly is far better than trying to go slow and gentle. Don’t let conflicts take up your mental energy, confront them!

Learn from my mistakes to live your best life, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Resolve conflicts as fast as you can. When you leave things unresolved, it leaves an open loop, and it eats at you and takes up mental energy
  • When you ignore problems and don’t confront them, they don’t just go away
  • Be prepared for things to go wrong. They always will, and if you’re unprepared you will waste a lot of time
  • When you get into an emotional state, you end up making much worse decisions than you would otherwise
  • Put things in the calendar to make sure they happen
  • Be aggressive about making SURE you do what you say you’re going to do
  • Value your time and put strict limits around it

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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

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/263

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/263

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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