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Social Media and Simply Hired

Posted in Uncategorized by cdaymude on December 28, 2009

YOUR Life is amazing; what are you doing with it?

Posted in inspiration, Personal, What is your Legacy? by cdaymude on April 28, 2009

If it is the only productive thing you do today, you HAVE to watch this video. Then subscribe to Michael’s blog, follow him on twitter, spread the word and over all  do what you can to add meaning to his life.

Secrets of World’s Toughest Questions

Posted in Communication, goals, inspiration, Personal, Save The World by cdaymude on March 26, 2009

Of course, these are not life shattering querries about the top three subjects that people should never discuss. You know, religion, politics, abortion.

No, these are the three most visited questions that I see thrown about in the press, on blogs, on twitter, facebook, infomercials etc. on a daily basis. In fact billions of dollars change hands every year just to solve these issues.

So the saying goes,

You can never be  too thin, too rich or too beautiful !

And people will PAY anything  for even little bits of  information they can get to be in one or all of these categories. But the amazing thing is that you can boil all the advice, all the books, manuscripts, lectures, webinars, infomercials, infotainers etc etc. down to just a few simple solutions.

So if you are ready for the multi-billion dollar solutions then read one.

Question 1: How to lose weight.

Billion dollar answer 1: Burn more calories than you take in.

Question 2: How do I get rich.

Billion dollar answer 2: Spend less than you earn.

Question 3: How do I have good relationships?

Billion dollar answer 3: Give more than you take.

So there you have it; these answers sum up the volumes of crap that people are dishing out now a days. Who da known that its just simple math?  And now you can save all your money. But don’t tell the info marketers that I’m letting these secrets out because some of them are friends of mine and I don’t want them to know that it was me that put them out of business.

Most of you will of course be skeptical and go buy ten MORE books about how to lose weight or what ever. Go for it if it makes you feel better but I’d bet that all the other problems in life can be solved with solutions that are just as simple. Its just that most people want “a magic” pill and don’t want to do the simple math. Or they think that solutions have to be complicated to work. Here’s what Einstein has to say about it all:

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

How do you know you are getting your message accross?

Posted in Communication, inspiration by cdaymude on February 28, 2009

This is one of my favorite stories and I got it from Chip and Dan Heath and the book “Made to Stick“. I highly encourage you to buy it and check out the website for other great “insights”. I’ve used this story in presentations and it always makes people think about how they are communicating with their kids, spouse, co-workers, boss, audience etc.

In 1990, Elizabeth Newton earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford by studying a simple game in which she assigned people to one of two roles: “tappers” or “listeners.” Tappers received a list of twenty-five well-known songs, such as “Happy Birthday to You” and “The StarSpangled Banner.” Each tapper was asked to pick a song and tap out the rhythm to a listener (by knocking on a table). The listener’s job was to guess the song, based on the rhythm being tapped. (By the way, this experiment is fun to try at home if there’s a good “listener” candidate nearby.)

The listener’s job in this game is quite difficult. Over the course of Newton’s experiment, 120 songs were tapped out. Listeners guessed only 2.5 percent of the songs: 3 out of 120.

But here’s what made the result worthy of a dissertation in psychology. Before the listeners guessed the name of the song, Newton asked the tappers to predict the odds that the listeners would guess correctly. They predicted that the odds were 50 percent. The tappers got their message across 1 time in 40, but they thought they were getting their message across 1 time in 2. Why?

When a tapper taps, she is hearing the song in her head. Go ahead and try it for yourself — tap out “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It’s impossible to avoid hearing the tune in your head. Meanwhile, the listeners can’t hear that tune — all they can hear is a bunch of disconnected taps, like a kind of bizarre Morse Code.

In the experiment, tappers are flabbergasted at how hard the listeners seem to be working to pick up the tune. Isn’t the song obvious? The tappers’ expressions, when a listener guesses “Happy Birthday to You” for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” are priceless: How could you be so stupid?

It’s hard to be a tapper. The problem is that tappers have been given knowledge (the song title) that makes it impossible for them to imagine what it’s like to lack that knowledge. When they’re tapping, they can’t imagine what it’s like for the listeners to hear isolated taps rather than a song. This is the Curse of Knowledge. Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. Our knowledge has “cursed” us. And it becomes difficult for us to share our knowledge with others, because we can’t readily re-create our listeners’ state of mind.

The tapper/listener experiment is reenacted every day across the world. The tappers and listeners are CEOs and frontline employees, teachers and students, politicians and voters, marketers and customers, writers and readers. All of these Groups rely on ongoing communication, but, like the tappers and listeners, they suffer from enormous information imbalances. When a CEO discusses “unlocking shareholder value,” there is a tune playing in her head that the employees can’t hear.

It’s a hard problem to avoid — a CEO might have thirty years of daily immersion in the logic and conventions of business. Reversing the process is as impossible as un-ringing a bell. You can’t unlearn what you already know. There are, in fact, only two ways to beat the Curse of Knowledge reliably. The first is not to learn anything. The second is to take your ideas and transform them.

This book will teach you how to transform your ideas to beat the Curse of Knowledge. The six principles presented earlier are your best weapons. They can be used as a kind of checklist. Let’s take the CEO who announces to her staff that they must strive to “maximize shareholder value.”

Is this idea simple? Yes, in the sense that it’s short, but it lacks the useful simplicity of a proverb. Is it unexpected? No. Concrete? Not at all. Credible? Only in the sense that it’s coming from the mouth of the CEO. Emotional? Um, no. A story? No.

Contrast the “maximize shareholder value” idea with John F. Kennedy’s famous 1961 call to “put a man on the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade.” Simple? Yes. Unexpected? Yes. Concrete? Amazingly so. Credible? The goal seemed like science fiction, but the source was credible. Emotional? Yes. Story? In miniature.

Had John F. Kennedy been a CEO, he would have said, “Our mission is to become the international leader in the space industry through maximum team-centered innovation and strategically targeted aerospace initiatives.” Fortunately, JFK was more intuitive than a modern-day CEO; he knew that opaque, abstract missions don’t captivate and inspire people. The moon mission was a classic case of a communicator’s dodging the Curse of Knowledge. It was a brilliant and beautiful idea — a single idea that motivated the actions of millions of people for a decade.

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Double or nothing; good sales tactic?

Posted in goals, Infusionsoft, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on February 18, 2009

Okay so if you had read any of my earlier posts this year you will know that I set a goal to lose 19 pounds by Feb 14th. And to make myself a little more accountable I did the following:

  • kept an exercise and diet log on my blog
  • bet my 11yr old (bet against me) and 7 yr old (he was on my side)
  • I tweeted about it too to make sure people held me accountable

I thought that the public scrutiny would work but really it was betting against my very competitive 11 yr old that was the toughest. I just wasn’t ready for my kids to know that dad was a real person. The kids do find that out eventually and probably when we least expect it!  But there was no way I was going to purposely cause myself to be knocked from the parental pedestal.  And it doesn’t matter that my son can whip me in a 5k already; psychologically he still thinks I can beat him. Most likely because I have avoided a head to head race.

So here we are, just passed the goal line and I failed miserably!  It was a good start–all 4 or 5 days of it. And it doesn’t matter what the excuse is. Irregular schedule, travel, socializing or just good ole fashion lack of commitment.

As a good parent I had to use this as an opportunity to teach the kids a few lessons. At least that’s the spin I put on it!

Lesson number one:   don’t give up. Just because you set a goal and miss it has no relevance to your ability to set a new goal and complete it. Keeping with Edison, I now know one more way NOT to lose the weight that I wanted to. Perseverance is the key. And there is a perfect quote from Edison on the subject:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Edison

Lesson number two: more accountability is better. So I tought my boys about Double or Nothing. The original bet was $5. You’re right, not much accountability in that dollar figure.  So when I went for double or nothing, Caleb said, NO. What? So I upped it to $20 and then $50. Obviously he is brighter than I am because he held out for $100!

The good news is that I haven’t lost the bet, I still have face and I have much more accountability for stage 2.

I now have until March 9th to lose the 19 pounds (yes the starting point is the same!) and I am changing a few things (of course you can’t expect different results without actually doing something differently).  I got my wife to buy in–she’s an awesome baker and I’ll have none of that. You know, lead us not into temptation! Other than that I am doing a much better job of tracking what I am doing daily by using an iphone application called lose it.

More updates on that to come but now to a little business:

I started thinking about how much more accountable I would be with the double or nothing bet. I don’t win anything at the end except what really matters. The weight loss, pride, healthier eating, completion of another significant goal. The $5 would have meant nothing compared to all the intangibles. It really is about the destination.

And that lead me to think about my company, Infusionsoft , and how we have done the same thing. We are the only CRM company (tough to call us that because we are so much more) to offer a guarantee to Double Your Sales. Double or Nothing. If you don’t double your sales, you pay nothing (a complete refund on the set up and consultation).  And if you do double your sales then we all win. But just like my own personal goal, companies who qualify will have to make a significant committment to make it happen. We just provide the tools and the road map; you have to provide the sweat. And that brings me to another great Edison quote:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Edison

Just think of how much more accountable Infusionsoft is now that we have promissed to double the sales of any company who qualifies?

So Double or Nothing; Good Sales Tactic? I think so because we all come out winners. If I lose my weight, my son doesn’t get $100 or even $5. But keeping dad on a pedestal is priceless.

And if you want to join me and the team on our Nationwide Double Your Sales Tour, just click here and register. Its free!

Save The World One Pet Peeve At a Time

Posted in goals, inspiration, Save The World, What is your Legacy? by cdaymude on January 21, 2009

How often do you get the chance to Save the World?

And have a lot of fun doing it? I would say that I have never been offered that opportunity in my 44 glorious years on this Earth. Or is it that the offer just wasn’t as obvious as this one?

There’s no guess work involved here; no back-handed, slight of hand marketing techniques. Just plain, simple, save the world one pet peeve at a time stuff. I’m talking about a Book, with Celebrity as well as regular fold contributors.

So you wanna help AND be a part of something as big as the Chicken Soup Series (just imagine getting in with Mark Victor Hansen from the beginning)? This thing’s going viral.

There are two (3) ways to contribute:

1) Submit a peeve right here on this blog. The Peeve’s with the highest votes go in the book for the world to see. Sorry but you don’t get any money for your efforts.

100% of the profits from the book go to charity.

2) Spread the word about the project by twittering, facebooking, digging, or just good old fashioned cut and paste a link to get the word out networking. Every effort will make a difference…….

3) Post a rebuttal. I’m sure it won’t make sense but go for it.

And just how do we Save The World with Pet Peeve’s?

Well there is a good reason that I chose the specific charity that I did. One big reason is that it will allow us to Save The World one person at a time by significantly increasing the number of people working on the solutions to our biggest problems.

You see, an amazing 17% of the United States is illiterate! And its not that those people don’t have the capacity to do amazing things, it’s just that many of them didn’t have the same opportunities as the other 83%. An interesting fact is that the person who is attributed with the highest IQ in the world currently is by most standards, a loser. It is not enough that he has intelligence higher than Einstein’s, he didn’t have the opportunities in school that challenged him appropriately nor did he have parents with the resources to recognize his potential. Just imagine if that IQ was channeled towards finding an alternative energy source or curing cancer? And just imagine if we had an additional 17% of our population to draw from to look for solutions…..think of the possibilities. Think of the solutions that could come from a completely diverse population of people and the different solutions that would follow. And that’s why I chose a charity that is working towards taking the 83% and making it 100%.

Think of our current population of solution providers a different way. Think of them as an incestuous group. A group that comes from similar ideals and backgrounds. Similar educational up-bringing and backgrounds yield similar results.

I was talking to my 11 yr old while we were watching the Olympics this summer and he asked about the people competing. I said that they were the best people who were doing what they were doing at this time. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people in the world who don’t have the capability to be even better than the current Olympians. But most people never have the opportunity to develop the natural physical skills that they have. And that is perfectly analogous to our academic situation. I’m not going to beat a dead horse here; if you want all the back up data in the world about this, I encourage you to read Outliers, The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

I truly believe that the “best” people are not necessarily working on our toughest problems. I think that the best people in our current pool of talent is probably working on our problems.

Let’s fill the pool with allot more swimmers!

The Ron Clark Academy is working on filling that pool as we speak. But he needs allot of help. Think of the OCEAN being 17% below its full pool and trying to fill it up. That’s the challenge we face. It is a monumental challenge.

100% of the Profits from the book will go to The Ron Clark Academy

So why Pet Peeve’s? Why not? Hey its fun and its ironic that the contributors to the book are highly successful and optimistic people. And even though solving these “peeves” will not likely change the world all by them self, on some level we all feel like getting these little problems out of the way, will somehow clear the path so that we can get serious about the real problems. And that makes for a light hearted solution; one that will be easy for your to spread. So get to spreadin’ the word! And besides, we are doing a service to humanity to by giving a bunch of ignorant people A CLUE and making the rest of the world a better place to live (see I told you we were going to be Saving the World).

So what does a “Pet Peeve” look like and what are the rules?

I’m glad you asked because there ARE rules. In order for your contribution to count, your “peeve”
has to have the follow qualities*:


1) State your Peeve (give me a title)


2) Pick your category (like, kids, family, shopping, work, bosses, driving etc)


3) Catch phrase with acronym (so people can spread the news easily)

4) Real life example (so the rest of the world can relate)

5) Your example should be funny (enough said, this isn’t a masterpiece, its entertainment) and give a reason people should change: why? Look if we just list the Pet Peeves without the lesson then we are never going to change the world. People will just get defensive. They won’t listen and worse off they will likely rebel. And that would be bad because at least before, these people were just ignorant. But if they know you have a mission to fulfill….oh that would be bad. My quest to make the world a better place one peeve at a time would back-fire! It would be Pet Peeve Jihad. So please, no rhyme without the reason, no ying without the yang

6) You peeve should include a rebuttal (hey its only fair to give these losers a one line)

*Don’t sweat it if you can’t meet all 6 of the guidelines. There will be excellent editors who actually have writing talent and will be able to touch up your entry.
BUT the more information you leave out the more difficult it will be for people to vote your entry as a winner. 

Here’s an example of a “Pet Peeve” (hint, they are nothing like Pet Rocks, these are minor annoyances that we live with every day)

1) State your Peeve: people who back into parking spaces

2) Category: driving

3) Catch Phrase with Acronym: back parkers, beeps (explanation below)

4) and 5) Real Life Example:

I was driving with my buddy Mark going to a movie at the Biltmore in Phoenix when we were talking about pet peeves. Just as he was committing act #1. Can you believe it? Yes I let him have it and the world is a little better because of it. As I thought, he just didn’t know…

The reason for the backing in thing is this: Imagine you are following a Back Parker (official name). Or you call them beeps (you know, short for the b and p in Back Parker that also doubles for an expletive cover up. My kids are aware of cuss words because I’m one of those evil parents who actually exposes them to the world rather than sheltering them from it. I would rather them find out around me than a bunch of drunk idiots. Anyway when the kids want to repeat something they have heard and it contains an expletive, they just substitute beep; because they know it’s not a positive message to the world (they watch My Name Is Earl and know all about karma, who needs Buddha anyway?) to cuss. So when you see a Back Parker feel free to just yell out a good solid “BEEP”! So you’re following this ‘beep’ and you have no idea what they’re doing ‘cause you lost your mind reading abilities just after puberty ended. You don’t know if this person is leaving the mall or just coming in or waiting in the isle for their spouse to return. But they pull past the parking space you see open. You’re right on their tail, but not close enough to be a tail-gaiter, (better known as a teeg) but just close enough to let the mall monger coming the other direction that you have dibs on the spot (come on you know that’s exactly what you’re thinking). Your heart is pounding because you’re going to win the coveted spot that you can now taste and you know has to be much better than the one on the next isle over.

The feeling of anticipation runs through you and nothing else in the world matters until your quest for perfect parking culminates in you pulling into that very spot.

And then just as you begin to turn the wheel ever so slightly in continued conquest over the “other direction” challenger, it happens. You know what I’m talking about. “Beep”, you shout! The SUV ahead of you has stopped, put their inferior auto in reverse so they can light up their lack of respect and they are leaning with one arm over the seat and looking at you in preparation to Back Park. And somehow I think these beeps really believe that the other people in the isle, on both sides, actually know what they were planning all along. So now I have to back up and wait. Because it takes forever for them to back their car in the spot and I can’t even get around them and get the spot that was vacated while I waited 20 minutes for the Back Parker to do their selfish deed. Why? Because the mall monger from the other side of the isle got the spot and all the satisfaction.

And What’s The real truth? Back parkers everywhere hear this. We don’t know what the beep you’re doing and when we finally realize it, you block the whole isle and take forever. So next time go to the gym, and park as far away as possible. I’m sure you could use the extra exercise anyway.

Rebuttal: confessions of a Back Parker (pending)

There you have it! Ready to contribute but you just can’t think of a Peeve to get you going?  Here are a few options. You just need to supply the passion:

1)  Butt Flickers–ignorant people who flick their cigarette butts all over the world like it is their ashtray and start forest fires etc etc.

2)  Tail Gaiters–come on folks do you really think you going to get there quicker by getting that much closer to my bumper?

3) Stupid People Breeders—why is it that people on Jerry Springer have so many more children than the average family? Should there be an IQ test?

4) Open Coughers—if you want to hack up a lung, keep your germs to yourself. Cover your mouth you idiot, you are responsible for millions of dollars in lost work due to illness and probably the cause of our health care issues in America.

Okay you get the picture. Now one last detail. Entries submitted on this blog will be ranked based on public vote. For the final product, public entries will be combined with Celebrity entries.

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Cutting YouTube Videos Short

Posted in Tech Stuff by cdaymude on January 7, 2009

When linking to YouTube videos, there may only be a certain part of the video you’d like people to see. Here’s how to make it easier.

A couple of months back, YouTube implemented a feature to allow for linking directly to a specific time within each video. All you need to do is to append this to the end of a YouTube URL:


Where X=minute/s and Y=seconds.

Here’s an example:

In the above, the video will start playing 1 minute and 41 seconds into the sequence.

A great feature from YouTube that’s super-easy to use

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Weight Loss Goal Day 3

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 4, 2009

Lost 1.5 Pounds–New weight 202.5 from 209—-6.5 pounds in 3 days—-and not hungry and feel GREAT.

Exercise: 1 hour swim in the am from 7 to 8 while you were still sleeping on a Saturday morning!  I was very tired from the day before and used fins to keep up with everyone–oops then everyone got to use fins adn I was in trouble.  Helped a buddy cut up a white oak tree for most of the day and I’m sore today from it (we cut it and chopped it). So that was alot more exercise than I planned on today but changing things up is a really good idea. Not to mention I had a great time hanging out with a couple of friends, his dogs and horses. Not to mention my firewood pile is once again full. I love the smell of fresh cut wood.

Breakfast:My regular shake. An important part of losing weight is changing things up–not only your exercise but your diet (your body gets complacent easily). But honestly I can eat this shake as one of my meals every day. But I put different frozen fruits in and so it does give it different textures and tastes to keep it interesting.

Snack: You see that I have snacks every day–at least two, if not three times a day. That’s critical. If you let yourself get too hungry then you will overeat on the bad stuff later on. So I had about a cup of nuts and about an ounce of beef jerky. I had to plan ahead and take this snack with me since I knew I would be cutting down a tree and would not have my regular food supplies. Planning is one of the biggest factors in losing weight (or getting anything accomplished).

Lunch: 6 inch turkey and cheese sub from Subway–hey Jared knows what he is talking about. Whenever you have the opportunity to put what equates to a salad on your sandwich, that’s a good thing. No mayo of course–if you don’t have it for a while you will think it is disgusting. Because it is. Mustard may take some getting used to by some people but once you do you will realize that it is not only added flavor, but has essentially no bad calories. And a large diet coke! Yum–this really is dessert. Look at it this way, if you were stuck in the middle of a dessert for a week with nothing to eat or drink, the first thing you would want is a glass of water. So what we crave is all relative. If you get rid of the nasty stuff you have been eating—you will stop craving it and actually realize that it is nasty when you go back and try it later on. I have a huge sweet tooth but I think regular Coke is disgusting now that I am used to Diet Coke (I used to be hooked on regular Coke).

Snack: a few more nuts and beef jerky and a hard boiled egg–cause we didn’t eat until late.

Dinner: a burrito bowl from Chipotle. Yes I cheated on the “white” rule (nothing white) by getting white rice and cheese instead of salad in my bowl. But to be honest, I know i needed the calories and probably the carbs and I had waited too long to eat (had I had a healthy snack with me I would have been able to resist the rice).

Snack—no after dinner snack since it was so late and I was feeling pretty full from the Burrito bowl. Even though it is grilled chicken and salsa (a very good food) that dinner was still probably packed with a ton of calories and not all good ones. But if your hungry–you should eat–just make it something good.

Weight Loss Goal Day 2

Posted in goals, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 2, 2009

Let’s start with                            Lost 2 Pounds

Exercise: because I got up at 5:30 and started my day that way. That’s just what you have to do to accomplish your goals. I went to Master’s swim practice–where I am by far the slowest person in the pool many times. That’s okay–I’m faster than all the people laying in bed!  I think we did about 4000 yards. A pretty tough workout actually, I was tired.

Breakfast: 1/2 cup of Blueberries again with 1/2 cup of Steel cut oatmeal and 1 tablespoon flaxseed. Because I worked out hard I added a half scoop of protein powder–this is fortified like a multi-vitamin.

Whatever you do when you are cutting calories. DONT over do it–your body will fight back and  you will over eat later.

Snack: Banana and a large glass of water

Lunch: 6 inch ultimate sub on 5 grain bread from Publix. I had lettuce, tomato, green peppers and spicy mustard. This is a real treat and fills me up pretty well. Its a complete meal with bread, veggies, cheese and meat.I went crazy with a large diet coke. This is like dessert to me….

Snack: Sardines. Ohh Suzanne hates the smell but they are awesome for you. One of the cleanest fishes and best sources of Omega 3’s fatty oils. Fat is good as long as it is good fat.

Dinner: Lentil soup over whole grain pasta with fresh spinach. Large glass of water.

Snack: Yogurt with that WASA wafer thing that I like so much.

That’s is for tonight–weigh in #2 tomorrow!

Weight Loss Goal Day 1

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 2, 2009

Okay, first day down. 3 pounds lost and Caleb is not too happy. Goal for this week was just 3 pounds. At this rate I’ll be done by the end of the week but I know the losses don’t keep up at this pace….

So here’s how I did it.  First of all I won’t say “diet”–oops I just said it! For me it’s always just being a consistently better, healthier eater. I call it “clean” eating.

I ate clean yesterday. That means nothing white; no sugar, white bread, white rice, mayo etc.

Breakfast:  1/2 cup Steal cut oats with 1/2 cup fresh blackberries and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Snack: About 1/2 cup raw cashews/walnuts

Lunch: Suzanne fixed a wrap with whole wheat tortilla, 2 slices of turkey, tomatoes, fresh spinach and spicy mustard (yum).

Snack: we went to see Marley and me so I took about 2 oz of beef jerky that I had bought from Pigeon Forge, TN and some more nuts.

Dinner: a very awesome, yummy shake with 1 cup of mixed berries (frozen so they make the shake thick), flaxseed, spinach, 1 cup soy milk

Snack: a cup of fat free yogurt (blueberry) with a piece of WASA cracker (don’t know what these are but they are bigger than a piece of bread, crunchy, somewhat tasty, whole grain and yummy)

There you have it, completely satisfied all day. If you’re hungry–you should eat. Losing weight is about adding to your diet. Replacing the bad with even more good.

Exercise: I walked 5 minutes, ran 5 minutes over the river and through the woods for 58 minutes.

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