I was speaking at a gig the other day in Alexandria, Sydney. Joseph was my taxi driver. On the way to the venue, we drove past a Ferrari dealership. Joseph said 'That’s my dream… to own a Ferrari F430.”
Curious, I asked him about his dream. He said “I always dreamt of owning a Harley Softtail and now I have one”. He then passed me his phone with a photo of him sitting on his Harley-Davidson.
Joseph then leaned forward and pointed to a Ferrari necklace hanging from his rear view mirror. He said “That’s there - all day, every day so I can keep focused on my dream”. He said “It will happen one day - I just work each day toward my Ferrari.”
Whether it be a photo, an insignia, a word, a drawing, or a Pinterest board, having a visual representation of your dream helps your brain focus on what you want and not just what you think you can do.
See it first, then get after it, one small notch at a time.© GB
The London Transit Authoritytfl.gov.uk is testing a new system for its rail commuters by Twitter. Essentially you can sign up and receive customised tweets or alerts regarding your travel plans. You can also specify the information you want to receive - if you regularly catch a train to or from work it would be a rather handy tool to let you know of any delays as opposed to finding out on the platform.
Interesting how social media platforms are going from just being social to now being more applicable to different aspects of our world. With the way many train systems operate in the world your Twitter feed could not only be hugely beneficial and save you engaging in unproductive time disruptions, delays and cancellations
Here is one for the minimalists who embrace tiny home living. Air-conditioning units are large and in some cases noisy, ceiling fans or floor mounted fans may not be appropriate or safe in a tiny home. Geizeer is a small portable eco-friendly box that acts like an air-conditioning unit only looks more like a Bluetooth speaker. You put a reusable cooling element from your freezer inside of wooden insulator and click it into place. Once all clicked together it operates a USB battery and turns on the fan. It's enough to cool a 12 m² room. It's small, simple, energy and cost efficient, and is perfect but the minimalist tiny home owner. Hoping to get funded through kick starter this cool idea is sure to find a home with early adopters.
We have all had as occasions when travelling when your room checkout is at 11am however your flight is at six in the evening. You want to sightsee, however it is hot and it is going to be a long day before your flight. Recharge is a new accommodation service where you can book a hotel room with the click of a button for as little as one minute at a time.
We believe the service charges $.67 per minute and will be charged once you check out. You book online, grab a key at the front desk, and then pay as you leave. It's a whole new model and way of thinking hotels where a resource that sits vacant can be used to generate revenue. It's the essence of collaborative consumption.
We live in a society that rewards us being busy. The rush we get from a like, the nod we get from the work mate when we proudly boast how busy we've been, or the knowing understanding of someone who is working as hard as you are and can acknowledge you as part of the tribe. However back through the ages it was known that being busy does not create new ideas.
It's what Cal Newport talks about as shallow work. Deep work, focused quiet, laser beam concentration, silence and stillness are the ticket to your next true great idea. Leonardo Da Vinci once said “there is no room in a busy mind for creativity”.
Yet today to be lazy comes with a sense of guilt. We feel we have to be doing something. To stop, sit, ponder and do nothing, to just look around to observe and contemplate, comes with an enormous guilt where we feel as though to be part of the tribe we should be doing something, accomplishing the next goal, or checking in on social to make sure we are up to date with the latest happenings.
Finding time to chill, relax, contemplate, drop your shoulders and be lazy is okay. Pick any of your creative heroes and they are sure to have times where they disconnect, and sit or lie down and enter into the space called lazy. It is not rewarded but it brings the rewards.
I was recently interviewed by Andrew Woodward as part of a series on delving into the mind sets of “geniuses of wealth creation”. As part of the interview, he asked this 2 really important questions… the first being - “If you had to start creating wealth today from scratch, knowing what you do now, what would you do first? What mindset strategy would you focus on?” The second question he asked was: “Given today’s complex and continuing changing world, what are your best tools or techniques that are working great for you or your clients today?”
It has been a while since I spoke about money and Mojo. It was a very enjoyable interview and thought that the subscribers of the Espresso would be interested in not only my perspective, but also the perspective of some world experts about the mindset required to build wealth. If you are interested in seeing my journey with wealth and how the Mojo mindset relates to the wealth creation mindset check out the link below. Access the interview series and transcripts today at http://geniusesofwealthcreation.com/geniuses/
The Mojo Radio Show - EP 96 - The Impact Colour can have on our Plate and our Mojo - Dr Deanna Minich
Can Blue and Purple Coloured Foods Really Impact our Brains and Thinking?
Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognised teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist. She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. Her Master’s degree allowed her to explore the health benefits of the colourful, plant-based carotenoids.
We chat on a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.This is truely colourful show, that will have an impact on your health, and the on the mojo for your whole family. Get your health in shape, you get your mojo working.
Okay - this one is kind of odd. A new project is looking to build a dairy farm on a floating pontoon. Out of the Netherlands, The Floating Farm set to launch in January 2017 is a daily dairy production farm where the cows essentially live on a transparent barge.
A key feature of the farm will be guided tours where you can visit the floating farm and check out their technology for food production, and waste and water treatment and where visitors can view the entire process of milk handling, animal welfare and the high-tech robotics.
They also hope to operate as a high-tech living lab where they research with several technology partners and universities a better food production process, waste and water treatment.
We can only imagine the line up of people on dry land who will have their own opinions on this method of farming.
Imagine a pair of shoes that when worn can disconnect you from the Internet.
Anatomic & Co have created this capability. Built into the sole of the shoe, and using Bluetooth technology, is a system that connects to an app. Within the app you can personalise your preferences, dictating when you would like the app to disconnect you from the web.
Connectivity is a major disruptor in the world of creativity innovation performance and mindfulness. It's a shame we have to go to these lengths due to our own lack of discipline to allow us some quiet thinking time, or socializing time undistracted and unconnected.
This brings to light the mission of the business which is to make the world a more sociable place to live, by making the world's most sociable shoes. Check them out on Kickstarter.
Cosmetics giant L’Oreal are doing their bit to lessen the impact of skin cancer by creating a thin sticky patch that when placed on your skin can show you exactly how much sun you are being exposed to.
The patch will be launched in different parts of the world shortly and is aimed at limiting our sun exposure and hence the risk of cancer to our largest organ.
The patch called the My UV Patch is only a few centimetres big and half the thickness of an average strand of hair. When used with the free app will decipher the degree of UV exposure due to any colour changes in the patch and hence giving you an indication of sun exposure.
When parents Megan and Anthony Elliott discovered their son Max had a deep passion for Rugby, but was unable to participate in the game like the other kids, they decide to modify the game. They soon learned that there are many kids and families who face the same challenge, children who learn and perceive things differently. The Modified Rugby Program was born.
News spread and Rugby legend and former Wallaby Captain Nathan Sharpe soon came on board. In this show we discuss the challenge faced and the dream that is changing lives for children, their parents and those getting involved. We also get time with Nathan Sharpe to discuss the program, his career, and the learnings of a Wallaby Captain.
Many writers choose to get started early in the morning when writing books, copying blogs or content. In the excellent book “Deep Work” by Cal Newport - he wrote about starting your day well before dawn to give you uninterrupted time to focus with no distractions.
There is however another reason to do your work in the early morning - It helps to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper early, and if you do it before your inhibitions take hold of you later in the day when you may be tired or stressed, or have to make decisions, and in many cases you may feel overwhelmed. The point being, your inhibitions can dictate your thoughts, before you even get them out of your head.
What does this mean? If you are building proposals, writing a book, developing content for a blog, a keynote speech, a presentation for work, or an address you're doing to your local community group, do it early in the morning. Your creativity and focus will be in peak form.
There is much to support the concept of writing before the sun rises. © GB
Crayola is one of the world’s great creative resources. Now the brand have created Crayola Imaginable - a wonderful customised service that allows children to draw their own animal artwork, send it to Crayola, who will then make it into a huggable soft toy.
This is just a wonderful concept that builds their brand, encourages artistic imagination in children, then gives them the tactile reward of having their ideas come to life before their eyes.
Here’s how it works. The child draws a picture using Crayola product, takes a photo of the artwork, uploads the photo and sends it to Crayola by email or text, then wait for their plush toy to arrive at their home. You don’t even need to outline preferred colours, features, and attributes of the animal. What a wonderful concept.
Anyone in retail or the service industry should take note of this idea and start to consider its application in their business.
Oyster Card is a typical transit credit card which allows you to travel on the London Tube when swiped. Oyster Card have now an embedded microchip transit card set into a set of false fingernails that allow you to enter and leave the transport system with just a touch of your fingernails on the microchip reader. Designed by fashion student Lucie Davis, Davis wanted to create a space between portable and wearable objects and adornment.
Only in concept stage, this should provoke thought among brand owners who are looking to simplify the transaction between the business and their customers.
AirBnB have created a new category in accommodation. As one of the world's biggest providers of hotel rooms, it is little wonder that somebody has now created a new category within AirbNb’s style of accommodation.
The FreeBird Club is a business style accommodation service available, targeted at seniors aged 55 and older. The grey nomads are active, wanting to travel, experience the world, but one could imagine would feel more comfortable being in the presence of others of the same age.
Members pay a small fee to join and are then able to choose between being a guest or a host. This is a classic example of starting a new business and creating a new category. One of the rules of marketing warfare is if you can't own a category, start your own.
Nori-Fly is a pair of pants that will set you a text when you have forgotten to zip up your fly.
Apparently the pants use electronic fabric and thread that have the ability to tell when your fly is down. Your pants then essentially respond to situations via sensory technology.
This is such an odd innovation we just had to run it up the flagpole but consensus is that you may not want that technology so close to your sensitive parts.
Many years ago a movie was released about the famous circus showman PT Barnum. The movie took us through his life and one quote I have always remembered is “ Genius is the ability to see what's been there all the while to be seen, and no one else could see it”. Perhaps that's why we love this art by street artist Ernest Zacharevic. His site specific work often includes children interacting with rusty pipes or abandoned infrastructure, materials we easily wander by without notice or care, yet in his mind he sees something remarkable.
In a world where we are unable to watch the nightly news in the presence of the child due to the nature of what's reported, it’s refreshing to see beauty, innovation, someone with a different perspective, the celebration of childhood exploration openly displayed where others see a relic.
This edition of The Espresso is dedicated to the imagination, courage, boundless possibilities that exist in the mind of a child.
Take a moment to enjoy this selection of art, to appreciate the creativity, and the artist behind the work, and contemplate - all that we walk past on a daily basis that could be turned into something special.
We also offer some great tips for the whole family on sleep and a link to a presentation on getting creative and stimulating great ideas.
We leave this addition with quote from another famous artist - Pablo Picasso:
“Every child is an artist - The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”.
THE MOJO RADIO SHOW - EP 94 - Why we Struggle to Sleep and What to do for a Great Restful Sleep - Ahna de Vena.
Powerful Advice for the Whole Family for a Better Quality Sleep.
Almost 6 out of 10 of us are finding it hard to get a decent nights sleep and many children are not getting the sleep they need! It’s simple… when we sleep better, we perform better…. in every aspect of our day, and night!
Ahna de Vena, known as the Sleep Muse, is a sleep expert and a returning guest to The Mojo Radio show due to her immense popularity. This episode, we dig deeper into sleep, rest, silence and stillness and the impact that can have on our kids. How do we get that great nights sleep and can we use sleep and stillness to really improve our health, brain function and even recover from an ailment? Sleepless nights are a curse for many and Ahna knows what we need to do, and can do, to get that great night's rest.
We also delve into how we can assist our children to get a restful nights sleep. Full of practical and applicable tools for everyone, this is a powerful and necessary podcast for many of us to hear. This show will give you powerful strategies to help you and your family sleep, rest and recharge more effectively.