Productivity

The Art of Slowing Down

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 3 minutes

Five days ago I sat on top of a 14,000 ft. mountain taking in the most breathtaking view I'd experienced in years. I was on top of Mt. Shasta in Northern California and I'd spent the past two full days camping on snow and climbing with crampons and an ice axe to get myself to the top. Do you know what the best part about it was? There was no rush. With as badly as I wanted to make it to the top, there was absolutely no hurry. In fact I had no choice but to go slowly. If I didn't, my legs would tire, I'd risk slipping and my lungs wouldn't acclimate to the thinning oxygen. The faster you go, the more dangerous the trek. Where else in life is going slowly so strongly encouraged and even enforced? That's what made my experience up there so perfect.

There was no rush. There couldn't be. And I loved it.

When was the last time you felt no hurry in doing something? For many of us it's been too long.

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 3.5 minutes

"Life is just a quick succession of busy nothings." -Jane Austen

Do you remember the last time you asked someone how work was? How about life in general? What was their response? What did you say the last time you were asked those questions? I bet I know. It's the same thing almost everyone I talk to says, and something I've been keeping track of the past few weeks. The unanimous answer: "busy" The response is almost programmed. No need to even think. And then they look at me proudly, as if I should be impressed. Well, I can't say that I am. I must admit that "busy" has been my response for years. But how did we all of a sudden find ourselves in a society where busy was the most acceptable way to be spending our time?

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 5 minutes

What's more likely to get you to buy something: a slick sales pitch or a friendly referral? It's no surprise that we'd all prefer to do business with someone we like and trust. And who couldn't use a reminder? Well a group of 150 entrepreneurs and I had the chance to make this a life motto when we heard Jim Cathcart speak at a Catalyst For Thought event in Santa Barbara last week. What followed was an hour-long energizing, motivating, belly laughing, masters education on how to live life. Jim's written 14 books on relationship selling and speaks, coaches and inspires behavior across the world. Yet we had him all to ourselves. He learned early in life that business should be an act of friendship and has guided his life accordingly. If that's where you start, there's no limit to where you'll end.

Avoid the Chatter! Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 4.7 minutes

I propose an idea. A call to action to fight the chatter and enjoy what's presently in front of us. Let me explain. Last week I found myself at a social media marketing event in San Francisco called SMASH. Fascinating and inspiring to say that least. Of all I learned, there was one word that stood out more than most: Chatter. Talk about a buzz word! In fact that one word summed up the whole event. For those of you not aware, chatter is the noise all the social networks in the world make when they have something to say...which is at least every second. It can be heard through your iPhone, your computer, your RSS and your iPad-and just about anything else you carry around that needs electricity. At some point it became our job to listen to and follow it. Anyone with a blog or interest online feels the interest and likely the obligation to keep up with this chatter. But how much better off does it leave us?

The80/20 Principle and Richard Koch Interview

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 4.5 minutes

Ask Richard Koch and he'll tell you that life efficiency can be summed up in a sentence: 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. My guess is we've all heard it before (especially if you read my resent post summarizing his book). But what might surprise many of you is that he sums up life happiness and fulfillment in just the same way. I had to learn more. After virtually following him between his homes in South Africa, Portugal and Sevilla, I learned two things. 1. He's not the easiest to track down and 2. He lives what he writes, to the T. He IS the 80/20 Principle. He of course wouldn't give a phone interview, only email--it was an 80/20 thing...

Learn to Speed Read

Average Reading Time: 7 minutes

A few years ago I read a study that out of all the books purchased, only 10% of them are read past chapter 1. The statement blew my mind. But then again how many of you have piles of unread books on your shelves? I know I do. There are a number of reasons for the above statistic, not the least of which is that so many readers have never been taught an efficient way to get through a book. I hope to change that with this 6-step guide.