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5 Cs of the Scholarly Way: TCC Episode 21henrydavidthoreau106041

Today's Episode

  • Mission to Save Kids Lives
  • What is the Scholarly Way
  • 5 Cs of the Scholarly Way

Mission to Save Kids Lives!

I'm on a mission to save kids lives. I need your help to support my son's efforts. Help Save Children's Lives by supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through Extra Life at http://danhansen.com/extralife. Go to http://WantMyCoffee.com and buy a box or two of coffee. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO EXTRA LIFE!

What is the Scholarly Way

Scholarly (2014) is concerned with or related to formal study and/or research while posessing the characteristics of a scholar

Scholar (2014) is a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.

The scholarly way is not only about having or showing knowledge, learning, or devotion to academic research but also living a way that promotes good health, faith, family, and displaying the 5 Cs of the scholarly way.

5 Cs of the Scholarly Way

  1. Curiosity - a keen sense of wonder, looking at life without filters, and seeing things in unusual ways
  2. Confidence - Know that you know. You are the expert and people will look to you as a leader.
  3. Courage - Have a fighter's mentality. Never give up attitude. Be Persistent.
  4. Commitment - Commit to the process no matter how long it may take. Keep your promise to yourself and others.
  5. Connectedness - Connect with mentors, instructors, students, and other scholars. You can do this through social media or reading scholarly articles and journals.

References:

Scholar. (2014). Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scholar

Scholarly. (2014). Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scholarly

The Beginning of My Dissertation JourneyThe Maroon  Bells

It all started in 2005, while I attended DeVry working on my masters in Network and Communications Management with an emphasis in eCommerce. During that time, while I was working on my masters, a friend of mine, Ron born in Thailand, and I started translating the FDA handbook from English to Thai. We met at his computer store on the Southside of Chicago frequently. We completed the project at the end of 2006. The Thai government paid for us to go there as a thank you for doing this project.

My buddy had connections at a university there. Long story short, they invited me to share my knowledge from not only my masters degree but also one of my previous jobs programming touch screen kiosks. I gave four presentations, in Thailand, on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok. It was because of this experience that I decided to get my doctorates degree. While there, I also consulted with the university on kiosk designs to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens from the various provinces. It was exciting sharing my knowledge and expertise. Now I want to do more of it.

In 2008, I decided to enroll at Walden University where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Information Management Systems. As of the writing of this section, I’m in the proposal phase of the dissertation process. My Prospectus and Dissertation committee were approved by Walden. All my classes and KAMs have been completed which means I'm finally ready to get the dissertation done. Now the real journey begins.

Bolker (1998) suggested that you own your dissertation and responsible for getting it from conception to birth; you get there by whatever process works for you. It is by sharing my journey through the dissertation process and beyond, that I can help you get through yours. I am in service to you and will help any way possible.

References:

Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.

Links:

Why I Decided to Write This BookThe Scholarly Way

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process. I'll be looking at best practices, risks, risk mitigation, personal development, health, faith, and how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

I have never been the best student in traditional learning environments. It wasn't until I went to DeVry University and Keller Graduate School that I realized that I excelled in courses that were hands-on. I always thought I had a learning disability. In high school I had counselors that suggested that I'd never get into college, especially after my ACT scores came back.

My ACT's we dismal a whopping 13 and even worse the second time. The one thing I had going for me was my passion for technology and the way the mind worked; even though I didn't see my first computer until my sophomore year in college. I got a minor in psychology and became a certified clinical hypnotherapist in 1988.

In 1991 I left my father-in-laws investment firm and opened my hypnosis and wellness center. Seven months later I lost that and was forced to go back to work in the real world. During that time I was also the first hypnotist that I knew to own a computer. I then went back to school in 1993 part-time at DeVry where I got my Bachelors in Computer Information Systems.

I received my Masters Degree in Network & Information Management focusing in e-Commerce from DeVry University. The focus of my studies were online collaboration, social networking and database management. I decided to get my doctorates degree after giving presentations on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, I consulted with the university on a kiosk design to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens faster from the various provinces.

This experience has changed my life. That is why I decided to write this book.

The Scholarly Way: TCC Episode 20The Scholarly Way

Today's Episode

  • The Scholarly Way
  • Why I'm Writing It

The Scholarly Way

The Scholarly Way will be about how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

Area to be covered:

  • Best practices
  • Risks and risk mitigation
  • Personal development
  • Health
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Anything else I can think of that will help you.

Challenges I faced:

  • Learning style
  • Study habits
  • TIme Management

The Scholarly Way was inspired by The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick, Dissertation and Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: 2013 Edition by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. (Author), Jim Goes Ph.D. (Author), Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker, The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Other books that helped make this works possible: How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir and Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition by David Gaughran.

Why I'm Writing It

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process.

I plan on writing two or three posts a week, God willing. I don't see the book as a very long one, therefore  I'm hoping it won't take too long to finish it.

This will  be my first draft. I'm  not a professional editor, although I’ll be reading through each post at least once, doing a spellcheck, and then hit “publish.” If there are typos or grammatical errors, I’ll catch those later. That's what editors are for.

Special Thanks to:

Dr. Walter McCollum my Walden University mentor and dissertation chair

Dr. Antony Lolas of my dissertation committee

Marilyn K Simon for her expertise and support for research design

Dr. Latrice Walker for her mentorship outside Walden (Walden Graduate)

Dr. Brandon Hamilton for his mentorship outside Walden (DeVry University)

Those Who Encouraged Me to Launch this Project:

K.M. Weiland of the Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Nina Amir, author of the How to Blog a Book, for her book that made me seriously think about launching this book project.

Links:







5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process: TCC Episode 19

Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.
Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.

Today's Episode:

  • My progress
  • Motivation During the Dissertation Process
  • 5 Ways to Stay Motivated

My Progress

Date: September 16, 2014

Name: Dissertation Writing

Topic: The Proposal

Milestones: Chapter 3 revisions

Summary: After coming back from a leave of absence, I'm on my second revision of chapter 3

Risk: Over thinking the process and getting stuck

Risk Mitigation Strategy: Meditation, work on a different section, and working on smaller chunks.

Project timeline: On Time

Committee Member: Dr. Walter McCollum & Dr. Anthony Lolas

URR: N/A

Motivation During the Dissertation Process

Thanks to Dr. Walter McCollum, my dissertation chair and mentor, Drs. Latrice Walker and Brandon Hamilton, my mentors and friends, email and phone me increasing my levels of motivation during the dissertation process. I also found a writing support system face-to-face, with my fellow classmate and friend, Helen. She has been facing many of the challenges that I have, such as: family, work, and procrastination. I want to first congratulated her on her her milestones so far, completing KAM 6 and working on the application section of KAM 7. Hang in there!!!! We can do this!

Motivation is that desire or willingness from deep within us to do something (Hiam, 2002). In other words, dig deep and never give up. In our case, it is to get the dissertation done and graduate. How can you keep yourself motivated?

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process

5 Ways to Stay Motivated during the Dissertation Process (Simon and Goes, 2013; Bolker, 2010):

  • Meditate (complete stillness)
  • Take care of yourself
  • Visualize yourself completing the dissertation and graduation
  • Find a support system
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Like minded people
    • Blog or Podcast
  • Create relationships on social media
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook

References:

Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.

Hiam, A. (2002). Motivational management. (p. 12). New York, NY: AMACOM Books.

Simon, M. K., & Goes, J. (2013). Dissertation & scholarly research: Recipes for success. (2013 ed.). USA: Dissertation Success, LLC.

Links:

Latrice Walker, Ph.D.: http://robinkelly.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/constituent-spotlightlatrice-walker

Brandon Hamilton, Ph.D. - Hamilton's Solutions: http://hamiltonssolutions.intuitwebsites.com/

Walter McCollum, Ph.D. - McCollum Enterprises, LLC: http://www.mccollumenterprisesllc.com/1905782.html

Books:

Remembering 9-11

Remember 9-11

I remember on September 11, 2001, I was in the teachers lounge at St. Christopher's in Midlothian. The TV was on when the first tower went down. There was dead silence. The Principal jumped on the PA to announce what had happened. Our mission was to keep all the children safe.

I remember the confusion, sorrow, and anger, especially in the days and weeks that followed. I remember the sacrifices made by citizens, firefighters, and police officers. I remember friends going to New York to help. I remember how unified we felt as a country.

Most of all, I remember at the school getting a list of those who were lost and pulling a name or two off the list. Then we pray for their safe journey to heaven and bless and comfort their families. BecauseI live in St. John Fisher Parish, the name I drew was by no accident, John Fisher. Somewhere I still have the 3x5 card I drew, but I don't need it to remember because I pass by the church everyday.

Bless and Protect

For John R. Fischer, 46, New York City Fire Department, World Trade Center and and all those lost, click here to see a list. For our soldiers, in all branches of the military, who fight to protect our country. For the Firefighters and Police officers who sacrifice to serve and protect. For all our world leaders to find a means to create world peace. For all of us to help others before ourselves.

 

The Universe Does Hear You: TCC Episode 18

“We are the creators of our universe” ~ Rhonda Byrne author of The Secret

This Episode

  • The Universe
  • The Universe Does Hear You

The Universe

Aladdin and the Lamp. The genie of the lamp says, "Your wish is my command."

  • The Universe, God, Genie or whatever you call the the infinite intelligence is real and will grant you your hearts desire
  • According to Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, What you can conceive in your mind, believe it in your heart, you can achieve.
  • You provide the feelings of having it now and the universe will respond in kind
  • According to the King James BibleAsk, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you
  • The universe always knows the quickest, fastest, most harmonious way between you and your dream
  • The universe will make it happen

I realized there was definitely something holding me back. I was accused of being a "Nice Guy." Then the phrase "Nice Guys Finish Last" popped in my head. Fortunately I didn't have to accept that.  Thank goodness I'm a work in progress and, according to the Secret, I am the creator. David Schartz, author of The Magic of Thinking Big, suggested that we are our own laboratory and can keep on working to improve ourselves, check out danhansen.com/10 to hear why. Once I realized this and talked with my mentor, I turned it around. I even went so far as to write a check to myself for $1,000,000 to be cashed when I reach my destination.

the garden
The is the rendering of the garden I drew for a meditation I wrote.

The Universe Does Hear You

The Universe responds in many ways. Today, just before I wrote this, my son was putting ice in the basement freezer and a pile of my stuff crashed down on his head. Amongst that debris was a manuscript for a book I started in the 90s, on a manual typewriter, and a handwritten meditation with a sketched image to go with it. It looks like the Universe wants me to publish my first book and create the meditation audio for you. I'm on it.


Links:

Books:



Football or Reach My Goals

I finally fit in this jersey after 10 years. Staying fiercely focused helped.
I finally fit in this jersey after 10 years. Staying fiercely focused helped.

Today my football season officially begins. I'm a Die-Hard Bears Fan working on building a business, writing my dissertation, working on my Podcast and blog. I know watching the games on Sunday won't help me reach my goals. I really don't need the distraction.

I face a challenge of how to support my Bears and still work on what I need to do. With a little brainstorming and weight loss, I have an answer. I will dress in my Bears colors and work on my projects. I started with a Walter Payton Jersey I bought 10 years ago that I never wore because it was too tight. Then I went to make calls without success. May be they were watching the Bears... Hmmm.

I had to ask which is more important, football or reach my goals? I decided to stay focused this football season. Instead of getting my my comfy recliner, I worked on my many projects. I could always go back to watching later, however, I would rather watch from the VIP seats and bring friends with. In Episode 17, I talked about abundance and what it is I want to accomplish plus what that looks like.Little did I know there was something still holding me back. Something amazing happened, the Universe responded.

The Universe

I started the day kinda weird. There was definitely something holding me back. Thank goodness I'm a work in progress and, according to the Secret, I am the creator. Once I realized this and talked with my mentor, I turned it around. I even went so far as to write a check to myself for $1,000,000 to be cashed when I reach my destination.

the gardenThe Universe responds in many ways. Today, just before I wrote this, my son was putting ice in the basement freezer and a pile of my stuff crashed down on his head. Amongst that debris was a manuscript for a book I started in the 90s, on a manual typewriter, and a handwritten meditation with a sketched image to go with it. It looks like the Universe wants me to publish my first book and create the meditation audio for you.

Goals

Following are some of my goals to...

... Continue to take off 10 pounds a month until I reach 220 pounds

... Be an author who writes books and screenplays that entertain and inspire, RIGHT NOW

... Finish my dissertation and graduate with my Ph.D. by December 31, 2014

... Build a million dollar coffee business in 30 days

 

Wednesday Weigh-in - 9/3/2014Cornucopia

Wow! Another Wonderful Wednesday Weigh-in! I challenged myself last week by doing something different. I did a fruit fast to cleanse my body. It paid off. I lost 6.5 in the last week. When I was cleansing I felt sharp. My mind was more creative. I had more energy. As a result, I decided to start thinking about a lifestyle change.

After doing that body cleanse, however, I had meat for the first time this Labor Day! I found that I liked the taste but not the effects. The grease tasted nasty and is still sitting with me. Last night I tried Greek style Chicken breast (boneless and skinless). I feel a little sluggish and still taste the grease from Monday. Now I know why people become or are vegetarians.

This morning I got a lot of texts. I had more energy and felt great; now I felt like a slug. I was asked it you are what you eat. I said yes because I felt bloated like a cow, fat as a pig, and lethargic like a sloth. Now I'm looking at switching over to a more vegan lifestyle. I used to love meats. Now the thought of eating meats makes me nauseous.  I don't like it.

Today, I decided that it's back to fruits and salad to flush the yuck from my body. I look forward to next Wednesday's Weigh-in.

Thinking Going Vegan? Weiss (2013) suggested 5 ways to approach going vegan by doing it in steps.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-weiss/vegan-lifestyle_b_3314017.html

My Routine

I drink water and my health coffee. Then I take Organo Gold Capsules where I start the day with Grapeseed Extract and Mycelium great for arthritis and mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep. Looking forward to Wednesday weigh in.

References:

Weiss, M. (2013, June 4). 5 Tips for Going Vegan. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-weiss/vegan-lifestyle_b_3314017.html.

 

 

5 Ways to Tune Into Abundance: TCC Episode 17abundance

This Episode

  • What is Abundance
  • Dreams and Goals
  • 5 Ways to Tune Into Abundance

What is Abundance?

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

Abundance (2014) a large amount of something. That something could be anything from money to possessions, to love, or even happiness.

The movie, The Secret, helped me understand the Law of Attraction and creating abundance.

Dreams or Goals

I want to do is make a difference in the world and let people know I was here. I have a financial goal to reach a level of income of over $1,000,000 a year in Organo Gold as a Diamond, called the number one lifestyle in the world. I want to lose weight as well. I see what that looks like.

What does that look like?

  • I see myself getting knighted
  • I see myself with the sword and shield
  • I have a picture of a million dollar bill so I can see it everyday
  • I see myself sitting in the front with the other Diamonds
  • I see myself sitting on an airplane without a seatbelt extension

Why do I want to do it?

  • To improve my mothers living conditions
  • Own my own lighthouse
  • Change my address I like Maine and Hawaii
  • Freedom to travel all around the world
  • Financial freedom and time to finish my dissertation and do more research
  • Financial freedom and time to write books and screenplays that entertain and inspire.

What will I gain?

  • Accomplishing something greater than myself
  • Become Dr. Dan by completing my Ph.D.
  • Become an author and screenwriter, who writes books and movies that entertain and inspire
  • Saving kids’ lives by supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through Extra Life at http://danhansen.com/extralife
  • Helping Native Americans decrease diabetes with a healthier coffee

5 Ways to Tune Into Abundance

  1. Think Big - Write down your dreams and goals
  2. See Big - Picture it in your minds eye or theater of the mind
  3. Speak Big - Say it outloud in affirmations or I'm happy and grateful statements
  4. Believe Big - Start putting big emotion or feeling behind what you are saying
  5. Doing Big - Do the activity that will get you where you want to go.

References

Abundance. (2014). Retrieved, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundance

Links

Dr. Wayne Dyer quote http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/waynedyer154383.html

Books

 

 

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