Beware the mindfulness snake oil

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Mindfulness probably doesn’t cure cancer

Mindfulness is hot right now and, like any trend, lots of people are jumping onboard to make some money.

Many of these people, in an effort to cash in, are selling what I call mindfulness snake oil.

I recently tweeted about a class offered in New York where attendees had a couple of drinks. They were asked to be more present as they had those two drinks in 90 minutes.

I don’t know anything about the people offering the class – are they trained psychologists or therapists? Is there science behind what they’re teaching or are they just making it up as they go along?

Anyway, someone called me out for posting this and, in hindsight, I’m glad she did.

I need to be more careful about the content I’m curating and sharing with you about mindfulness and meditation.

Mindfulness is the buzzword of the day, so you should expect people to look for ways to profit from it. There are bound to be legitimate people in the mindfulness space as well as charlatans.

So, how can you tell the difference?

I think I found a good place to start. I came across an interesting article from Harvard Business Review. It’s titled Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For.

The researchers who wrote this piece did a literature review on meditation and mindfulness and found that most studies did not exactly meet even decent standards for medical research.

Good news for mindfulness

However, the studies that did meet good research standards revealed four genuine mindfulness benefits:

  • stronger focus
  • staying calmer under stress
  • better memory
  • good corporate citizenship.

I personally feel I have experienced the first three benefits. Maybe the fourth, good corporate citizenship, is me producing this podcast.

So, it’s good news/bad news for mindfulness.

There are some awesome mindfulness benefits. We just need to apply some healthy skepticism to all the mindfulness claims.

Let’s be careful out there.

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Curious about cryptocurrency? There’s a new podcast for that

The Crypto Cousins podcast - about cryptocurrency

The Crypto Cousins podcast

I don’t want to sound too dramatic here, but… two men have done more to change my life than anyone. And now, those two have teamed up to start a new podcast about cryptocurrency.

I hope this doesn’t come off sounding too much like a commercial, but here goes…

Gary Leland and Tony Cecala are launching the Crypto Cousins podcast.

I’ve been talking to both of them about their new show and, I have to tell you, I’m really excited.

I’m excited for them because I think this show is going to be big. And I’m excited about the opportunities in cryptocurrency.

I can’t promise or guarantee results if you invest in cryptocurrencies. This is definitely a “buyer beware” situation.

But, I believe, this is a great time to get into the game.

Cryptocurrency is still a wide-open opportunity. It’s going to shake up our world.

I realize that many of you have heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Some of you may have dismissed it while others might be a little unclear about exactly what it is.

Well, this podcast is for you. This is your chance to learn about and get into the cryptocurrency game while it’s still in its infancy.

They have a Facebook group and Facebook  page for the show. I recommend you Like the page and Join the group so you don’t miss out.

And, when their podcast launches soon, be sure and subscribe to the show.

I can’t predict the future, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Change the world one podcast at a time

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We can do it

I want you to listen to me very carefully. We are going to change the world.

So, here’s what I need you to do:

Go out into the world – it doesn’t matter where – and find some interesting people.

They’re out there. Trust me on this, they’re everywhere. Maybe even next door.

Next, I want you to talk to them. As a matter of fact, why don’t you interview them?

Today, while I was out visiting a local business, I noticed a guy sitting at a table with a nice camera. He and his girlfriend were busy editing pictures on his laptop.

YooHoo!

His name is Jesse Hernandez. She is Lindsay McCoy.

Two very interesting people who are starting a photography business – YooHoo Photo.

YooHoo Photo bridal picture
Courtesy: YooHoo Photo

You should absolutely check out their website. And, if you’re in the area and are looking for a photographer, you’ve found one!

Jesse is a talented photographer with a unique and artistic eye. His pictures don’t look like the typical photographer’s. And you know how sometimes, you can just tell someone is going to be successful?

Jesse and Lindsay are incredibly nice people, too.  They helped make my day a lot more awesome.

So, like I said, go out there, meet interesting people, interview them and then…

Start a podcast. Share these stories on your show.

It’s so simple: if more people go out and meet other people, create podcasts, and tell these stories, more people will listen to podcasts.

Once that happens, we can change the world. We can make the world a little better.

One podcast at a time.

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Going mobile – get out there and touch the world

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Get out of the house for a better life

Ever since I started getting out of the house, things have gotten a lot more interesting.

One way I can get more done while being out and about is by “going mobile”.

I mentioned this yesterday, but I often stop at coffee shops after work instead of heading straight home. I’ve started using a Chromebook laptop for these stops and it’s working out pretty well.

The Chromebook solution

The Chromebook is an inexpensive laptop that runs the Chrome browser as its operating system. Mine has 4 GB of RAM and it’s pretty fast.

Most of the work I need to do on the computer, I can do on the Chromebook. For example,  I can use Evernote on the web for writing.

However, there is some software I have loaded on my Mac that I can’t replace with websites and apps on the Chromebook. Luckily, I discovered the FREE Chrome Remote Desktop plugin.

This plugin lets me access my Mac remotely using the Chromebook.

And, if my Chromebook is lost, stolen, or destroyed, it’s not the end of the world. Nothing is saved locally on the laptop and it isn’t crazy expensive, like the Mac.

However, I do regret that I didn’t buy the 14-inch version.


This is the 14-inch version (affiliate link).

I really enjoy going out more each evening. I’m getting my other work done and I get to meet some interesting people and discover some interesting new places.

So, my simple advice for changing your life is, get out of the house.

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Get back to work – deep work

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Is your work getting you where you want to go?

I’ve been pretty mindful for the last few months and I’m getting a lot done. However, I’m not really making much progress with my side hustle.

Yesterday on the show, I mentioned I hadn’t sold a shirt on Merch by Amazon – not a single one – after two months.

I got some great feedback yesterday on why my shirts aren’t selling. It’s up to me to take that feedback and get to work.

I remember being a lot more focused and productive right after I read Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (affiliate link).

Cal Newport, a productivity superstar, wrote this amazing book.

This really makes me question whether I’m really being productive if I’m not achieving my side-hustle goal.

I read the book back in March. Maybe it’s time I look it over again to get back on track.

If you’re looking for a big productivity boost, I can’t recommend Deep Work enough.

But, don’t just read it. You’ve got to work it!


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My mindfulness status report

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Status report! Status report!

It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update on my online business.

Making money online is hard – for Mitch.

I have five shirts for sale on Amazon using their Merch program. So far, after two months, I still haven’t sold a single shirt.

No one seems to want my adorable Yorkie shirt or my hilarious jetpack shirt or my clever meditation shirt.

But, help is on the way thanks to my friend Lisa Irby of Passive Shirt Profits.

Lisa is killing it. Last month, she sold nearly 1,000 shirts on Merch.

Of course, I’m going to listen to Lisa’s advice.

Here’s what she had to say about my listings:

“The #1 thing almost EVERYONE is doing who has emailed me is going way too broad and there’s too much competition in the keywords they are targeting. But I like the concept. I think it’s just too much competition.”

She’s right, of course. She did an Amazon search on the keywords for one of my shirts and got 180 pages of results. And she got over 80 pages of search results for another.

By the way, if you want to learn more about Merch, you really need to check out Lisa’s website at passiveshirtprofits.com.

She also advises:

“Combining two niches/topics can be a gold mine if you get the right combo.”

Clearly, I have some work to do. Once I get this show edited and scheduled, I’ll get right on it.

Time to apply the Meditate with Mitch Mindfulness Mind Trick!

I’ll give you an update when conditions warrant. Hopefully, soon!

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The future is coming whether you like it or not

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There’s no stopping the future (or you)

Are you looking forward to the future or dreading it?

If you watch a lot of science fiction movies, you may have noticed a trend: lots of depressing stories set in a dystopian future.

I’m not saying these movies or stories are bad, but I just don’t see the future as being so bleak.

I read a technology story today that asks if you’re a “techno-optimist” or “techno-pessimist”.

Put me in the optimist column.

If you aren’t optimistic about the future, what’s the point? Of anything?

If you’ve been practicing mindfulness and paying attention, you may have noticed you’re the one driving your reality. You get to decide if you’re having a good day or a bad day.

You get to decide whether you’re moving forward with your life or standing still.

And you get to decide if you’re going to look ahead with wonder or alarm.

Tomorrow, you get to start over. The same goes for the tomorrow after that and the tomorrow after that.

Meditation and mindfulness practices won’t fix everything or make things perfect. But, they can give you the fuel you need to move ahead to your next adventure.

And, you get to pick that next adventure.

Choose wisely.

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Podcasters: study what the successful shows are doing

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Copycats, thieves, and podcasters

Here it is, part six of my six-part series for creating a better podcast to compete with the really popular shows.

Tip number six: study the great podcasts.

This one is pretty simple and obvious. But, how many of us take the time and effort to really study what the successful podcasters are doing?

Don’t just listen – take notes. Try and analyze how these shows are written, structured, and edited. Think about how you can use these same techniques in your show.

I realize many of the popular podcasts utilize a production team, but that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out ways to bring the same production values to your show.

I mentioned this earlier, but one way to improve your show is to change your show frequency. Once you aren’t shackled to the tyranny of a weekly show, you’ll have time to make each episode better.

You can study shows that are ranked at the top of the iTunes chart to get started. And, don’t forget to study shows you like to listen to.

I started doing this a couple of weeks ago. I’ve only gotten through about eight shows, but I’ve already learned a lot. Not only that, I’ve come up with a lot of great ideas I can incorporate into my new show.

And, I can’t recommend the following advice enough:

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – somebody famous probably

This brings us to the end of this six-part series.

If you have a podcast or plan to launch one, here’s a simple plan for success:

  1. Figure out who you want to serve
  2. Figure out how you’ll serve them with your show
  3. Make an amazing show

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Build your team for a better podcast

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Regular or irregular?

This is part five of my six-part series for creating a better podcast to compete with the really popular shows.

Tip number five: to build the best possible team for your podcast, find a mix of one-time and regular contributors.

Remember to think like an editor of a magazine. Each podcast episode can be made up of segments or stories.

Regular contributors on your team might be a co-host or commentator or cover a specific “beat” for your show. And, you can think of the one-time contributors as being like freelance writers for a magazine.

This model allows you to create a flexible virtual team for each podcast episode. Bringing in new contributors on each episode can help keep your show fresh.

Another advantage to bringing in one-time contributors is it might be easier to find people to create content for the show for free – since it’s a one-time deal. And, you can think of it like a guest post on a blog. Depending on your show and your audience, it could be good exposure for the contributor.

So, go out there and put your team together. Your show will be a lot better for it.

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How to pay contributors for your podcast

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Payment is due – what do you do?

This is part four of my six-part series for creating a better podcast to compete with the really popular shows.

In a previous episode, I talked about finding content creators to help you make your show better.

Tip number four is how to “pay” those content creators.

Obviously, if you can afford it, you can simply pay them for their contribution to the show. I’m guessing this isn’t possible for most of us.

So, assuming you don’t have the cash, it’s time to get creative.

Since these content creators are probably thought leaders in their space (or would like to be), they could probably use some help promoting what they’re doing. Just as you need a larger podcast audience, they need more followers.

You can certainly credit them on the podcast episode they contribute to and you should. Be generous with credits. And don’t forget to give out their contact information on the podcast and provide links to their website in your show notes.

Be sure to promote them on your social media, too. And do this more than once. If you have a mailing list, you have another opportunity to promote them.

Finally, see if there is something you can offer in trade for their contribution. Maybe they’re starting their own podcast and could use some assistance. Perhaps you can help them with an email campaign.

Don’t be afraid to ask them what would make it worth their time and effort.

Ultimately, you’re looking for the proverbial “win-win” here. Just be upfront and honest about what you can offer in “payment” when you ask for their help on your show.

And don’t be surprised if they offer to contribute for free.

Tomorrow, tip number five.

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