Good mate to the Mojo Radio Show Blake Beattie is back to talk about making resolutions. Make them, keep them and get them done! Blake tells us how. Our double shot then rolls into Rik Mcaig and Adam Fleming who run the Athlete Development Program at Bendigo South East Secondary College in the Australian state of Victoria. This sports program has been so successful and is so impressive with its application, both the Australian Cricket Association and British Cycling have had their note pads out taking tips and tools about the program. Leaders and parents alike will learn valuable insights in this week's show. It’s a big show.
With petrol prices the way they are, for many of us filling up our tank is one of our major expenses for the week. Automotive supplier Bosch has announced the development of an accelerator pedal that can provide haptic feedback to tell you when you're burning fuel at too high a rate. The pedal can also tell you if you’re hitting a curb too fast, breaking the speed limit or driving in a way that could be seen to be dangerous (though that part will only work if you have your pedal hooked up to your GPS and have cameras that read road signs).
All this is another step towards what we’re heading towards in self driven cars but for now this idea of having a pedal that will gently vibrate when you are using excess fuel seems like a pretty cool concept. Not only could it save lives but right now it's also going to save your wallet.
Table tennis or ping pong are said to be among the greatest activities for stimulating left and right brain thinking. It's the movement of playing left and right that stimulates both parts of the brain and can help creativity and innovation, plus it relaxes you and puts you in a better place for creativity.
Yet for as long as I can remember the table tennis paddle has remained unchanged, until now. The Coconut Paddle has an edge that is grained bamboo wood that enables a precision style grip, however if you look at the grip, it’s completely different to what we are used to. Thanks to a hole in the middle of the handle, it lets you stick a finger through giving you a much more secure grip and ensuring that none of your fingers can fall of the back of the paddle. The centre is made from blonde three-ply bamboo wood and each one is finished in Winconsin with custom foam handle inserts that improve grip. Interestingly it works for both left and right handed players.
It’s stylish, it's different and we love it because someone has taken something we all took for granted and asked, "How could I do that differently?"
A growing trend in our workforce is that of being a digital nomad, someone who essentially moves from place to place with minimalist needs, a laptop and connectivity. Regular readers of The Espresso will recall us talking about the trend of tiny homes - small places, less stuff but a more meaningful life. Being a digital nomad fits into the minimalist/tiny homes lifestyle.
There are different types of digital nomads. The first is a van dweller who lives out of a car or van, moves from place to place and uses places like caravan parks for their essential amenities. Then there are the RVers who move around in RVs or tiny homes on wheels. They’re the same as van dwellers except they probably have more space and more facilities. The third type is the Airbnb-er who travels the world from place to place using traditional rental situations via Airbnb. They work from the road as long as they have access to Wi-Fi.
The digital nomad finds a working space in coffee shops, co-working offices or the many new versions of creative spaces that you can rent by the hour or the day. As long as they have Wi-Fi connection these guys are happy. Recruiters, business leaders and people dreaming of a more minimalist, free and less controlled lifestyle are going to lean towards this new trend and it will be interesting to see how far this new world of remote operator will go.
There are not many apartments that have their own internal slide. From the top floor to the open plan bottom floor, the designers of the Kiev slide apartment have done away with a staircase and replaced it with a slide. Cool idea that most of us would love to have if we had the appropriate two or three storey home, but let's face it, practically speaking, it probably wouldn't work for most homes or families.
Still, it’s a beautiful home complete with skylights to let in lots of natural light and we admire than rather than go through all the 'What ifs' and 'Why nots', they’ve gone ahead and said, "Hell yeah, let's do it!" If you were to design your perfect home with no barriers, no restrictions, to be your haven, exactly the way you wanted it, what would you do?
The smart home is just around the corner. Smart technology is ever increasing in the home and we’ve found ComfyLight, a wireless light bulb that screws into a regular bulb socket. It syncs with the app on your phone and in doing so begins to keep records of your regular movements. When you walk into a room the system automatically switches on the lights and if you head out, it turns them off. What’s cool about this idea is that once you leave your home it activates the security mode. ComfyLight will then simulate the normal user patterns that you have conditioned it to to mirror the home environment as if you were there. You can also keep track of the activity via your phone. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the first batch of ComfyLights are set to be sent out soon.
Matt Lumsdaine helps individuals and teams in the corporate sector improve their wellbeing, productivity, and ability to manage conflict by teaching them to manage their most precious resource, their power of attention.
Matt has faced the challenges of overcoming distractions and learning to master his own power of attention. In this overly distracted business and personal world we live in, this show draws back the curtain on attention and gives you powerful thought provoking ideas that can help you focus better in order to crack better ideas and ultimately win at life and business. It may just enhance or even save your personal relationships.... and is sure to get your MOJO working!
Have you ever wondered about the condition of your phone? Kyocera have developed a smartphone that you can wash with soap. The DIGNO Rafre handset contains standard Android software but the outer casing has been done in such a way that it will resist the penetration of soap and water. As well as this, the back of the smartphone is coated with a scratch-healing material that allows minor abrasions to restore themselves. If you’re worried about the condition of your phone and what nasties may be on the front or back then this one may be for you.
With the amount of accidents being caused by people’s distraction with social media and digital communication, this one has the potential to save lives. Carloudy is an ink display that basically puts your navigation system onto your windscreen as opposed to having it as part of your dash.
It all works from light outside the car hitting the display and bouncing onto the windscreen allowing you to see a map, speed, and relevant information. If it's dark or you’re in a tunnel, sensors pick it up automatically and activate the back lighting so you can still see the display. It’s controlled through voice commands so you can ask it for help to navigate to a location, find a park, search nearby restaurants or the nearest place for petrol or a car wash. You connect with your smartphone via the companion app and Bluetooth and it takes over the car's media controls in an instant.
It dosen’t look that great yet however the concept is encouraging, the functionality is great and once it becomes mainstream, I’m sure that the optics are going to quickly progress. It's important to note that features such as text alerts and email and social media notifications were left out of the design.
So how was your day yesterday? Did you foster your creative spirit? Spend time with your loved ones? Develop your passion? Lose yourself in a hobby or interest? Catch up on reading? Get plenty of rest? Exercise? Or sit under a tree and ponder your dreams?
Annie Dillard says, ‘The Way We Live Our Days is the Way We Live Our Lives’.
Sometimes it's worth taking an audit of your yesterdays to work out what your tomorrows will look like. It’s not a should or could, it’s a will. Think about whether you’re maximising your day, making the most of every moment, being present and engaging in true conversations with friends and loved ones.
How you do it each day is a representation of what your life will look at the end of that long winding dirt road. If you live your days in chaos, frantically jumping from meeting, email, conversations and posts while shovelling down food, then that’s how you’ll lead the rest of your life. As Derek Sivers would say, 'If your yesterday was busy it means your life is out of control.'