Archive for May 2019

200: Exponential Income

exponential income

EXPONENTIAL INCOME

This 200th episode of Change Your Story, Change Your Life looks at the stories behind our beliefs about money.

It explores some facts and myths that may affect your life in ways your never thought about. You’ll learn:

  • The fascinating link that unites these three things – sewing machines, cars, and hamburgers
  • A brief history of franchises
  • The powerful difference between linear and residual or exponential income
  • Why exponential income is so attractive and so scary

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Listen in for a surprising, thought provoking, entertaining ride.

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199: Singularity

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SINGULARITY

This episode is about human evolution. It’s about digital technology. It’s about disruption. It’s the story of the singularity.

What is the singularity? It’s that moment in time when AI exceeds human intelligence and man merges with the machine.

Sounds like a sci-fi horror story? To some. To others, like Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, it’s a step in human development that takes us closer to genius and immortality.

I do not try to impose a point of view on you in this podcast. I do want you to open your mind to the dramatic changes that are happening and will continue to happen to your world as digital technology advances.

You will learn fascinating things about the latest developments in:

  • Manufacturing with 3D Printing
  • Construction – homes can be 3D printed in a few days
  • Transportation – the emergence of driverless vehicles
  • Retail – it will slowly disappear as more people shop online
  • Longevity – the ability to live longer, and, perhaps, forever

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

 

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198: Rules of Consent

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RULES OF CONSENT

Should we hate or thank Harvey Weinstein. His behavior as a sexual predator awakened a new social awareness about the dialogue between men and women when it comes to sex. The Me Too movement has raised uncomfortable and important questions about the rules of consent. One of those questions is, “When does yes mean no?”

It’s a heated question; some may feel that yes can only mean yes.. Today’s podcast guest is talented Canadian playwright, Amy Lee Lavoie. Her latest play, C’MON, Angie, puts the challenging question, when does yes mean no, front and center.

I interviewed the actors of the Toronto production of C’MON, Angie in episode 193. Now, you get to hear from the woman who created this smart play that explodes our notions about the rules of consent between sexual partners.

Are you ready to learn, grow, and get uncomfortable about the way you may view sex, seduction, and what is right and wrong in the bedroom? Then you will enjoy this discussion between Amy and me, and, later, between Amy’s husband and me.

We cover a lot of sensitive ground in this episode. Here are few of our conversation’s highlights:

  • What are the boundaries after a couple has agreed to have sex?
  • Can a man unconsciously assault a woman sexually?
  • How does drinking alcohol before sex influence consent?
  • What role does a man’s intention play when determining consent?

The power of Amy Lee Lavoie’s play is the balanced portrait of her characters. She doesn’t paint the picture of the man as a monster. Nor does she portray Angie as a saint. They are human beings with strengths, weaknesses, and flaws. The play is designed to make you to care about its characters, and to make you ask some uncomfortable questions about your views and feelings about sex.

Toward the end of the interview with Amy, her husband, Omari Newton, joined the discussion spontaneously. He is also a writer. Our brief dialogue raises some uncomfortable questions about race.

This episode will engage your mind and your emotions; it may inspire or inflame you. I  promise it won’t bore you.

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

Dutchman and the Slave by Leroi Jones

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

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197: Ideal Story

ideal story

IDEAL STORY

It’s good to pursue ideals. Right? Not always.

When you set goals that are really ideals, you create a blueprint for disappointment and failure.

How do you know the difference between an ideal and a real goal? That’s what this ideal story reveals.

This episode presents the core ideas of Dan Sullivan’s brilliant book, The Gap and the Gain: Building Your Progress and Happiness on How Your Brain Works for You.

Dan is a powerful agent of change whose thinking can dramatically transform your personal and financial life.

In today’s podcast you’ll learn:

  • The huge difference between and ideal and a real goal
  • Why pursuing an ideal is like trying to reach the horizon
  • Why looking back is more productive than looking forward
  • How to set and pursue goals that constantly energize you
  • Why you should want a progress vs. results mindset

Dan Sullivan created Strategic Coach, a company that has catapulted the success of entrepreneurs for decades. he has a gift for explaining profound truths in very simple ways that you can understand and apply.

Your ideal story may not be so ideal. Listen, find out why, switch your thinking to a powerful new mindset, prosper, and grow.

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196: “True” Stories

True Stories

TRUE STORIES

Is it possible for a true story to be untrue? Yes.

Although true stories are based on”facts,” the person “telling” the story must present those facts in a frame that carries his/her bias  or interpretation of the facts.

Simply put, what we call objective reality is always tinged by subjectivity. What you look at is always colored by the lens through which you view it.

This episode explores fascinating examples of this. The first one focuses on a famous Impressionist painting, “Le Pont de l’Europe,” by Gustave Caillebotte. The English translation is “The Bridge of Europe.”

The painting seems like a realistic representation of the bridge. Closer inspection reveals a “distorted” or exaggerated perspective that the artist used to create specific feelings and thoughts about his society.

You may be intrigued when you learn about:

  • Diane Arbus – her famous photographs of people are far from objective representations of their subjects.
  • Leni Riefenstahl – the images in her brilliant “documentary” films, “Triumph of the Will,” about Hitler’s Nuremberg rally, and her movie about the German Olympics can be seen as propaganda.
  • Rashomon, a play based on two Japanese short stories, and, later, a film thriller by Akira Kurosawa, examines the nature of truth.

This episode challenges your critical thinking and asks you to not get intellectually lazy about the questions, “What are facts?” and, “Are there any true stories?”

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