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Reward Yourself with Family - TCC Episode 34desmondtutu-family

Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

Today's Episode:

  • Your children need role models not critics
  • How to be a Positive Influence

Your children need role models not critics

My 5 F's or core values are Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, and Finance. My second one is family. We just went through the holidays surrounded with family and loved ones. Why not do that more often?

I had to break some old patterns passed from generation to generation. I made a decision to be there for my children. I made a decision to be a positive influence on his life.

How to be a Positive Influence

  1. Positive talk: When my son was very young, I talked positively to him as he slept telling him that he's the best and that he's loved.
  2. Take time to be with family: Why wait for the holidays, graduation or funeral to surround yourself with family.
  3. Be a positive role model: Show don't tell that you stand for something better than yourself. Show that you affect others positively.

Tis the Season for Giving (Going the Extra Mile)

Less than 54 days to help keep the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope going into the future.

Tis still the season for giving and still coffee makes a great gift. My goal is to sell 10,000 boxes of coffee to help raise most of if not all the $40,000 needed to keep their doors open. Buy 3 or 4 boxes at WantMyCoffee.com. 50% of all profits will be donated to the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope.

Links:

House Of Hope-1
A Visit to the Last House on the Block ~ Carol Marin, Chicago Sun-Times

Books:


Don't Look Back - TCC Episode 33dont_quit

Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.

~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

“The past does not equal The future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today, or a moment ago, or for the last six months; the last 16 years, or the last fifty years of life doesn’t mean anything…All that matters is what are you going to do, Right Now.”

- Anthony Robbins, American self-help writer and professional speaker.

 Today's Episode:

  • Your Past Doesn't Equal Your Future
  • Don't Look Back

Your Past Doesn't Equal Your Future

Mandino (1990) suggested, rule 3 for a better way to live, that when you make a mistake or life knocks you down, don't dwell on it too long. Robbins (1991) suggested your past doesn't need to equal your future. Thomas Edison found 9,999 ways not to make a lightbulb.

I've made a few mistakes along the way. There are lessons to be learned. Sometimes I'll make the same mistake again and again, means I need to try something different. There are somethings you can do to help you not to dwell on past mistakes.

Don't Look Back

  • Picture your dreams: Create a vision board, write down your goals and dreams, read them everyday, create affirmations
  • Don't Quit: Just keep showing up. Persistence pays.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

Robbins, A. (1991). Awaken the giant within: How to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical & financial destiny. New York, N.Y.: Summit Books.

Links:

CANI - Blog post about Constant And Neverending Improvement 

House of Hope - Podcast Episode 32

Books:


St. Martin De Porres House of Hope

house of hope bldgChampion a Cause

I first heard of the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope a few years ago from a close friend of the family, Cathie. A few weeks Cathie called asking for donations and support. My mission is to Help Other People Everywhere (HOPE) and took this as a sign. A cause I could Champion.

Interview with Sr. Therese O'Sullivan

I visited St. Martin De Porres House of Hope, located in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, recently and interviewed Sr. Therese O'Sullivan. She talked about the House of Hope and her hopes for the future. The House of Hope is a converted Catholic grammar school to a shelter for homeless women. Listen at http://danhansen.com/32.

Tis the Season for Giving (Going the Extra Mile)

Less than 62 days to help keep the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope going into the future.

Christmas has come and gone. Tis still the season for giving and still coffee makes a great gift. My goal is to sell 8,000 boxes of coffee to help raise most of if not all the $40,000 needed to keep their doors open. Buy 3 or 4 boxes at WantMyCoffee.com. 50% of all profits will be donated to the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope.

Links:

House Of Hope-1
A Visit to the Last House on the Block ~ Carol Marin, Chicago Sun-Times

House of Hope - TCC Episode 32house of hope bldg

Today's Episode

  • Champion a Cause
  • Interview with Sr. Therese O'Sullivan
  • Tis the Season for Giving (Going the Extra Mile)

Champion a Cause

I first heard of the House of Hope a few years ago from a close friend of the family, Cathie. Last week Cathie called for asking for donations and support. We discussed their Internet based fundraising campaign. I gave her a few tips for promoting it on social media. Then I thought of my mission to Help Other People Everywhere (HOPE) and took this as a sign. A cause I could Champion.

Interview with Sr. Therese O'Sullivan

I visited St. Martin De Porres House of Hope,located in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, recently and interviewed Sr. Therese O'Sullivan. She talked about the House of Hope and her hopes for the future. The House of Hope is a converted Catholic grammar school to a shelter for homeless women.

Tis the Season for Giving (Going the Extra Mile)

Less than 68 days to help keep the House of Hope going into the future.

Christmas is coming and coffee makes a great gift. Buy 3 or 4 boxes at WantMyCoffee.com or donate directly to the link below. A large portion of all profits will be donated to the House of Hope.

Links:

House Of Hope-1
A Visit to the Last House on the Block ~ Carol Marin, Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

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Go the Extra Mile: TCC Episode 31extramile

Today, and everyday, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
~ Og Mandino, Author and Public Speaker

Today's Episode:

  • Today, and everyday, deliver more than you are getting paid to do
  • Go the Extra Mile

Today, and everyday, deliver more than you are getting paid to do.

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.

Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World, tells the tale of a young camel boy, Hafid, who asks his master to become the greatest salesman in the world like him. His motivation was he wanted to change station because he was in love with the daughter of a rich man. His master sent him into  Bethlehem and sell the fines robe money could by. After being in Bethlehem and about to give up he remembered why he was doing it.

He heard a noise outside the cave he was in. He saw a man, woman, and a baby wrapped in the parents robes. He felt sorry for the poor baby shivering in the night, gave the parents their robes back and wrapped the infant in the robe his master sent to sell. He went back to his master was coming up with all sorts of excuses for not selling the robe.

As Hafid approached the camp where his master wait in awe as a star rose up behind the approaching boy. Tears welled up in his eyes for he had witnessed a miracle. Hafid told the tale of how he went the extra mile and failed, to sell the robe. His master assured him he did not fail and gave him the secrets to happiness and wealth.

Sometimes you don't get paid for your services. Still go out there and be your best. Go out into the world with your head held high. There are many things you could do to go the extra mile.

Go the Extra Mile

  1. Do what others aren't willing to do
  2. Add a smile
  3. Say Hello
  4. Create a relationship
  5. Say please and thank you

Books:

Count Your Blessings: TCC Episode 30count  your blessings

Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

Today's Episode:

  • Counting Your Blessings
  • List Your Blessings
  • Happy and Grateful Affirmations

Counting Your Blessings

Count your blessings. You are one of a kind. There's no one in the world like you. You are amazing.
Richard Simmons, Fitness Guru and Motivational Speaker

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale tells a story about a man who lost everything. Had that man sit down and started listing off the things he did have. He listed things like his health, loving wife, good kids, a brain to think with, etc...

I've been there and may be you have too. I realized that I'm in a recession when my neighbor loses his/her job. It's a depression is when it happened to you. Instead of dwelling on those things you lost, start listing what you do have and be grateful for them. Life is too short!

List Your Blessings

  • Faith - I still have a God that loves me even though I forget to tell him/her
  • Family - I have a good wife mother to my great son, my mother is still with us, my brothers, and my Organo Gold family
  • Friends - I have friends who support me
  • Fitness - I've lost 86 pounds. I can still speak, hear and see. I can move around easily. I still have a few hairs on my head.
  • Finances - I will be a coffee millionaire. I have a roof over my head. My car gets me to where I need to be.

Happy and Grateful Affirmations

In the movie, The Secret, I heard the statement I am happy and grateful now that... and you fill in the blank. These are affirmations that you can use to take you to your hopes and dreams.

I am happy and grateful now that I have a loving family that supports me.

I am happy and grateful now that I am a Diamond in Organo Gold living the number one lifestyle in the World.

I am happy and grateful now that I have the freedom to help and serve other people everywhere.

Richard Simmons, Count Your Blessings, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/blessings_3.html#ss843g02sfBBOe5f.99

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Better Way to Live: TCC Episode 29og_mandino1

Today's Episode:

  • A Better Way to Live
  • 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life

A Better Way to Live Revisited

Jim Rohn said the same wind blows on us all and the difference is how we set the sails to take us to  our hopes and dreams. I decided to draw a line in the sand and set sails towards happiness, health, and wealth. My mission is to help other people everywhere and if I can help you realize some of your dreams then mission accomplished.

In my blog post, Better Way To Live, I mention a book I pulled off the shelf A Better Way to Live by Og Mandino. I started reading it and decided that it was time to apply the principles in this book. I will blog about each rule and discuss them over the next several weeks.

Mr. Mandino was talking right to me. He invited me into his writing sanctuary and gave me a personal tour. I have worked to create a similar work space because it sounded warm and inspiring. He also talked about his background where I found a few similarities especially finding out the same winds had blown on his life. Then he turned and told me his solutions.

Mr. Mandino's solution have become my goal; to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

 

Download:

17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

Books:



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Better Way to Live

I walked to my bookshelves in my office looking for something to read. Since I have been focused on personal development, I found three books by Og Mandino: A Better Way to LiveThe Greatest Salesman in the World, and The Choice. I pulled all three off the shelf and tucked them into my book bag. One day I head out for a weekly coffee meeting to help my business.

The presenter suggested reading A Better Way to Live: Og Mandino's Own Personal Story of Success Featuring 17 Rules to Live By  and talked about each of the 17 Rules to Live By. 

I will be discussing each rule on The Coffee Couch and as blog posts over the next few months. My goal is to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each. Each week I will talk about how I applied these rules.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

Books:


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Brainstorming: TCC Episode 28brainstorm_diagram_new

Today's Episode:

  • Brainstorming
  • Questions Yourself
  • Brainstorming Exercises

Brainstorming
Brainstorming (2014) is the pondering of ideas in order to come up with a solution, a new book idea, overcoming writers block, or finding your brand. I like brainstorming ideas for screenplays, novels, or dissertation or podcast ideas. I find it fun and easy to do. I've even brainstormed this podcast.

Brainstorming this podcast. I worked with Dave Jackson, of the School of Podcasting, and Erik K. Johnson, your Podcast Talent Coach. We looked at my passion of personal development, hypnosis and coffee. Then we looked at my challenges as an online student working on my PhD.  I wanted to find connections with my other classmates, instructors and like minded people like you. That's how The Coffee Couch was born.

Question Yourself

The questions that were the starting point for my podcast:

  • Who is my audience? I chose graduate students in their 40s to 50s. I came up with that by googling the average age o of online students about 35 to 40. I wanted to include people my own age who started later than most. I think of my fellow classmates in my dissertation cohort when I record.
  • What do I know? I know about online learning, social media, personal development, hypnotherapy, the dissertation process, and coffee.
  • What am I passionate about or love? I passionate about making a difference and helping others. I want to see you succeed.
  • What does my audience love? I started looking at statistics from the hits to blog posts. I found that my information on the dissertation writing, personal development and coffee got the most views.  That is still a mystery. Let me know what you're passionate about?

Brainstorming Exercises

  1. Subscribe to Blogs or Podcasts: Find our what others are thinking about what you're passionate about.
  2. Funnel Approach: Take a broad topic, Start narrowing it down, keep tightening until you have a specific topic.
  3. Put ideas in a hat: Take small pieces of paper, write your ideas on each one (no limit), and then pull out 3. Write those 3 ideas in a notebook or your journal. See what you get.
  4. Get together with your mastermind group: Sit down with friends, instructors, writers group, or even your family They might not get what you're working on but you never know what will come up.

Reference:

Brainstorming. (2014). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved December 28, 2013, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brainstorming

Links:

Dave Jackson: http://schoolofpodcasting.com

Eik K. Johnson: http://podcasttalentcoach.com

Black to Gold with Shane Morand: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/black-to-gold-shane-morand/id722696033?mt=2

K.M. Weiland: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

Michael Hyatt’s: This is Your Life Podcast

Writing Excuses Podcast: http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Software:

FreeMind: http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Srapple: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php

Books:

 

Save Kids Lives!

Victoria Enmon's Inspiring Story

positive_social_change

My son, David, and I are on a mission to Save Kids Lives and we need your help. Our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

David started his first Extra Life event as a way of doing something good with his nerdy passions of tabletop and video gaming. He learned that his mother, my wife, had spent months as a child in the hospital he is supporting.  Since his first year participating in Extra-Life, that hospital has moved to a wonderful new facility. He has been able to visit it and was inspired to see what they provide for the children and their families. Our family has made this Extra-Life gaming event a fun and exciting experience every year since.

Extra Life

Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon (see her story). Her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the SarcasticGamer.com Blog/Podcast Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.

Tragically, Tori was lost to cancer in January 2008. Later that year, Sarcastic Gamer launched Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago).

On November 15, 2014, we participated in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds. We went from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! This year we did something a bit different.

We added coffee to the 24-hour video game marathon and created a site where individuals can purchase coffee to continue supporting Extra Life… buy our coffee, http://etralifecafe.com. Your purchases may be tax deductible since 50% of all profits will go to help Save Kids Lives.

Change Your Coffee & Save Kids – It’s That Simple!

Links:

The Extra Life Story: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1095

Extra Life Cafe: http://etralifecafe.com

Extra Life Organization: http://danhansen.com/extralife