Many of us start a business to escape the 9 to 5 grind and take control of our lives, but too often the business ends up controlling us. We find ourselves trapped in a role we didn't envision for ourselves. We spent hours of each day on email and various mundane tasks with no time left over to work on longer-term goals. We work in the business when we should be working on the business. If your business seems like a never-ending slog, then you'll definitely want to hear from…

When you run a business or household for that matter, it's easy for things to descend into chaos. That's always been true but with all the distractions available to us now, it's far easier for us to get bogged down with information overload and shiny objects syndrome. This isn't a minor issue. If you don't get a handle on chaos in your business or in your life, it can quickly escalate into serious problems. My guest for this episode is productivity expert, Charles Byrd. He is an Evernote-certified influencer and…

Our brains can hold only so much information. If you're an ambitious person like me, you probably have many projects and ideas on the go that some things get forgotten. It's almost like you need a second brain to keep track of everything. You might be surprised to know that you can build a second brain. I’m not talking about some AI Robot. I’m talking about an innovative system that acts an extension of your mind. Tiago Forte is the Founder of Forte Labs and a writer, speaker and teacher…

If you run a business, you've probably considered switching to a remote workforce. Why not? There are plenty of proven benefits for both you and your employees. That's not to say there aren't some challenges. For one, it can be difficult to keep track of what your team is working on, how many hours they've worked and if they're staying focused. My guest for this episode is Rob Rawson, a serial entrepreneur with employees in over nine different countries. That's not the only reason he's an expert in outsourcing. Rob…

In talking with various branding experts over the years, I have heard many definitions of the word, brand. My favorite of these definitions is this: A brand is a promise fulfilled. It is so short and so elegant. I have rebranded. The Optimized Geek Podcast is no longer. Welcome to Get Yourself Optimized. The reason for the rebrand is simple. I want to appeal to more than just geeks. My brand promise is to help you get optimized, regardless of whether you identify as a geek or not. This wider…

In a world obsessed with five and ten-year plans, it’s easy to get so caught up in the big picture that you forget to take the smaller steps you need to get there. Believe it or not, any goal you make should only be 90 days out. Research around procrastination and avoidant behavior indicate that goals further out than this create high levels of avoidant behavior. While it’s important to keep the big picture in mind, sticking to concrete, 90-day goals helps you stay focused on getting there. "Doing more…

For many of us, it’s hard to let go of control of many aspects of our business. Whether it’s our email inbox or our blog posts, it’s never easy to relinquish control. Imagine how much easier life would be, though, if you knew you could go on sabbatical for six months and your business wouldn’t miss a beat. When you have the right team of virtual assistants, your business can operate with minimal input from you. This means you can focus on the things that you actually need to do…

Fear sets up a dam across creative impulse, and doesn’t let anything through except fear itself. (And, as you’ll learn, fear takes a great deal of creativity in its own right!) Just as fear knows how to grow itself, creativity knows how to grow itself too. By focusing on creativity, you can become more creative. By focusing on desire, expectation, and imagination, you can find unbridled, unimpeded creativity flowing through you more powerfully than you ever thought was possible. You’ll learn all about this, and much more, with Barnet Bain…

If you’re a faithful Get Yourself Optimized listener, you’ve probably already heard my recent conversation with Luke Storey. Luke, who hosts the Life Stylist Podcast, was already a recurring guest on the show. He originally joined me to talk about fashion in one of my very first episodes. In our more recent conversation, we discussed extreme biohacking, spirituality, and how this combination can lead to a higher level of consciousness. Today, Luke generously joins me for a third time to talk about lots of great new topics that we didn’t…

Most of us stop believing in Santa Claus when we’re children. But what if believing in him as an adult enhanced (rather than detracted from) our lives? Because we are fundamentally unable to access ultimate truth, we shouldn’t think of our beliefs as true or false. Rather, we should view our beliefs as either empowering or disempowering. Choosing empowering beliefs leads to an empowered life! Luke Storey explores this concept as well as many others in an episode that is a fascinating combination of biohacking and spirituality. We’ll talk about…

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