“$100 STARTUP” WHY NOT? ASKS CHRIS GUILLEBEAU!

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Chris Guillebeau

Tuesday evening 05.29.12 at 7

Greetings All,

Wouldn’t it be a great time to create your own startup? Chris Guillebeau says that it is. He has impressive data and worldwide experiential evidence to prove it. He has traveled all over the globe doing his own thing and meeting and analyzing others doing theirs. Better yet, many of the success stories started with less than $100 cash.  Even if you don’t quit your day job or stop interviewing to land one you could pocket some serious change. To make Guillebeau’s list the startups had to make at least $50,000.00 per year. Better yet Guillebeau details a simple but sensible “idea matrix” that separates  “hobbies and passions” from being viable “$100 Startup” ventures.  Further, most of the ventures were free of “special skills requirements.”  Is there a hobby, passion, special interest or such that you have dreamed about making money at? You really ought to read this one.

Extended unemployment funds have dried up. The rules all changed in late 2008. Job security became the ultimate oxymoron as millions of jobs were shed in the corporate universe. Many of those jobs have not returned or now offer less in terms of salary, benefits, and satisfaction. Temporary and short-term contractual work has surged. Restructuring and downsizing have spread across the globe. Experience and transferable skills have not lead to new careers in alternate industries. New graduates have failed to land jobs in their fields of study or yielded anything beyond positions that were once filled by those with only a high school education or GED. Sounds bleak? It could get worse. Another recession is not unthinkable.

Why not let your imagination soar and vet it against the prudent strategies outlined in “The $100 Startup?” Or you could keep waiting for The Man or politicians to make things better.

 “$100 Startup” Discussion Questions:

  • Is your current employer or current industry looking out for you?
  • How much time do you waste per week that could be used to create a viable enterprise?
  • Do you have any skills, hobbies, abilities that people frequently compliment you on?
  • What have you seen other people doing for money and realized that you could do it better?
  • Why is “action” always more important than “planning?”
  • What are your “excuses?” “But, but, but…”
  • What if you “fail?”
  • How are those “retirement projections” looking about now?
  • What is “job security?”
  • Could your “personal mission statement fit on twitter?”
  • Next steps?

 “The money you have is enough. Chris makes it crystal clear: there are no excuses left.  START.  Start now, not later.  Hurry.” –Seth Godin

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

Just $100 to start?

Just $100 to start?

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

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Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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“The Charge” by Brendon Burchard is Extraordinary

The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Brendon Burchard

Tuesday evening 05.22.12 at 7

Greetings All,

Bloody personal trauma and the huge questions born from such pain created this book. High-performance coach, speaker, and trainer Brendon Burchard observes that many go through life “emotionally flat lined” and has made it his personal calling to rectify that. Just how “alive” do you feel these days? “The Charge” defines ten “baseline and forward drives” that make us tick and push us forward, somewhat like an updated Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It could also be called the Paleo Diet for the psyche’. Burchard details “activators” explaining how they help us to tap into compelling drives that give momentum to life. These “drive activators” can lead to extraordinary and positive changes in your life.

Burchard asks many deeply penetrating questions that assist one in defining how they need to stand upright from the flat lined position. Are you involved in activities and actions that push your development further or just clocking the hours? Where on the chart would you rate yourself for invigoration and engagement? Brendon’s Mastermind Group would have such names the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, David Bach, Tim Ferriss, and many more. He has worked with major clients that include Accenture, Alcoa, Amazon.com, The United States Naval Academy, many global universities.

If you are compelled to live a truly “charged life” Brendon Burchard and “The Charge” is an excellent place to start and a fabulous map to follow.

For A High “Charge” Discussion:

  • What drives your getting out of bed daily?
  • Does the evening find you feeling fulfilled or numb?
  • Have you ever felt that you lead a “caged life?”
  • How much control do you feel over your life?
  • What is the role of “caring” in your life?
  • What is your comfort level with “change and challenge?”
  • “Choices!”It’s always about “choices…”
  • Play word association with the words “congruence, contribution, and consciousness”
  • Are you shooting for viable success or for something much lower?
  • Who in your life would you consider to be a “growth friend?”
  • How consistent is your “personal drive?”
  • Is “connection” something that happens easily for you or does it feel forced?
  • How do you apply “creative expression?”
  • In terms of productivity- how much of your time do you outright kill?
  • What are the “consequences” of inaction?

 “Attitudes are contagious and mine just might kill you.” —Poster from Despair.com

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

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“I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are” By Howard Falco

I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Howard Falco

Tuesday evening 05.15.12 at 7

Greetings All,

This week we turn to a book suggested by Mr. Darian Johnson. The last few years have demanded many to reassess who and what they are. Many still clearly struggle with even their 30-second elevator speech, power message, TMAY, cocktail line or whatever you desire to call it. Can you do it? Can you distill your very essence into a couple of quick and concise lines?  Forget the little spiel. The far deeper issue is that you don’t get the very “I AM” of your existence. And until you do the foundation is weak for any larger life architecture to evolve.

Could you handle a personal epiphany? Are you ready for alternative answers?  Howard Falco was the traditional American success profile of an investments broker with the wife and two kids in 2003 and then began to re-evaluate everything in his “ordinary” existence.  His personal studies kindled a more intentional pathway of enlightenment. Survival, reorganization, embracing and confronting change are just some of the many issues outlined in “I AM.” Falco offers a rarer perspective and profound sense of gratitude.

Ordinary seems to be a lost option. Are you willing to redefine yourself as “extraordinary?” Howard Falco may be on the right path.

 “I AM” Questions:

  • What does “a fulfilling reality” mean?
  • Balancing “fulfillment” with financial survival? How?
  • What “drives and propels you?”
  • Is your ego an enemy or an “ally” as Falco states?
  • Who determines your “life experience and identity?
  • Is your state of mind controllable? By whom?
  • Are your emotions a blessing or a curse?
  • How are your personal identity and your goals interlinked?
  • What is the purpose and benefit of “fear?”

“The issue is not whether the answer to any questions exists, but only a matter of whether or not you are ready to embrace the new way of looking at and experiencing the world that the answer will bring.” – Howard Falco, author of I AM

 Join us, won’t you?

Monte

I AM by Howard Falco

I AM by Howard Falco

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

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Mark Murphy On “Hiring for Attitude”

Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting and Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skills and Superb Attitude

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Mark Murphy

Tuesday evening 05.08.12 at 7

Greetings All,

This book reads well from either side of the negotiations table. If you are going to be in the workforce for the next few decades you need to get this.  That includes either getting hired or staying hired. Attitude may be the critical ingredient and deciding factor that never get audibly discussed or documented in any form of interview. Nonetheless, do not discount how important this issue is. In a market where skills and experience are flattened this could be the deal maker or breaker. You decide.

CEO of IQ Leadership, and author of both Hundred Percenters and Hiring for Attitude,” Mark Murphy, has plenty of credentials to get your attention on this subject. He has been featured internationally in print, radio, and television. I won’t waste keystrokes here attempting to justify the book on that level. Where Murphy hits home is his ability to not only zero in on problem issues but to give folks the understanding of how these issues can be addressed.  His research and ability to express the results in a riveting manner is truly impressive.

“ATTITUDE” Discussion Points:

  • What is an “emotional vampire?”
  • What do “critical past tense verbs vs. future tense verbs” show?
  • Does the language differ between “high and low performers?”
  • Have you ever “miss-hired” or been one? How/why?
  • How do you prove that you are “coachable?”
  • Be a “company seeker vs. job seeker!” How?
  • Could “attitudinal questions trump behavioral questions?”
  • Are there specific words that sabotage interviews?
  • Can you hide a bad attitude?
  • “Culture” matters a very great deal!

Did you know that 46% of new hires fail in the first 18 months? And attitude is the cause of 89% of these new hire failures.— Mark Murphy

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

How is your attitude?

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

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Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

 

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LIFE’S A PITCH- And Philip Delves Broughton Writes How!

The Art of the Sale: Learning from the Masters About the Business of Life

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Philip Delves Broughton

Tuesday evening 05.01.12 at 7

Greetings All,

With the cerebral eloquence of an Englander Philip Delves Broughton explores sales from both the psyche of the seller and from the much rarer sensitivity of the buyer. The art of selling is a daily part of our lives from convincing toddlers to eat vegetables to customers to acquire products sales dominates the dialog. And is not romance the greatest sales job of all? So why do so many of us shrink from it? Is it the ill-fitting and depressing images that we associate with the likes of Willy Loman or GlennGarry Glen Ross? How do they differ from P.T. Barnum, Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett and others? Who are the great salesmen of politics, business and faith that we applaud?

Philip Delves Broughton brings vivid illumination to these issues and offers hope to those that shrink from capitalistic ventures. Take heart! “The Art of the Sale” can be learned by taking careful note of the masters both past and present. You have the right and need to sell you and your stuff, whatever that might be. Broughton offers up insights and wisdom not found in the formal educational curriculum of the Harvard MBA programs or others like it. His work helps deal with our issues of being adverse to rejection and haggling. Also to control the deeper issues of doubt in ourselves, our product, service, or cause. Selling is a survivalist skill and not an option. Philip Delves Broughton is doing a great service by sharing his research.

 “The Art of the Sale” Discussion Points:

  • What is “selling?”
  • What are the ramifications of denying how important sales is in our lives?
  • Is selling a talent or a skill? Both?
  • Who sells and who buys? Think widely here?
  • How do you balance your need and that of the prospect?
  • Define “profit”
  • What does “resilience and optimism” have to do with it?
  • What does “trust” have to do with it?
  • What does “creativity” want to do with it?
  • What are the consequences of failing the basics of sales?
  • What brilliant/horrendous salesman can you think of?
  • Do you need to like people to succeed in sales? How much?
  • Are the best sales people extroverts or introverts? Why?
  • How and where could improved selling techniques benefit your life right now?

 “Sales solve everything.” — Mark Cuban

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

 What does it mean to have "loose robes?"

What does it mean to have “loose robes?”

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

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Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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LaPorte Sets Your Mind Ablaze: “The Fire Starter Sessions”

THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS: A SOULFUL + PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CREATING SUCCESS ON YOUR OWN TERMS

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Danielle LaPorte

Tuesday evening 04.24.12 at 7

Greetings All,

I have fallen deeply in love with Danielle LaPorte after just some three hundred pages. This book will challenge you and at times infuriate you whether you are burning with entrepreneurial spirit, dwelling amongst the cubicles or slaving on an assembly line. This book will make you think and drive you to dream even if you ultimately reject her wisdom and choose the comfort of mediocrity in the end. LaPorte minces no words and is often more than a tad in-your-face. You will want to argue with her and claim that what she proposes is not possible in our world today. You will want to fling back excuses and throw tantrums at her demands. Don’t expect the traditional business or personal development vocabulary or any hand-holding here. Street rules apply! As she bluntly states in one of her videos “FIGURE IT OUT!”

After one blazing hi-speed-read through I detect elements of a Universal Intelligence spiritualist laced with massive street smarts and cloaked in the wardrobe of a she-cat chica Dom. Expressing a drive that is unstoppable even in the face of some colossal setbacks LaPorte surges onward. Her energy bursts from the pages and her ruthlessly exploratory and “burning” questions rip through layers of political correctness and staid cultural conditioning. Her questions rudely expose the true underlying reasons that most of us hide in the status quo.  She brings a switchblade edge to the Tom Rath “StrengthFinder 2.0” approach and even dares to tell you to “screw your principles” as “they might be holding you back.”

LaPorte has run Washington D.C. think tanks, birthed and killed ventures, learned the hard way and risen from the ashes and is most passionate about spreading the blaze on how you too, can be a FireStarter.” It is not fair to attempt to review and discuss this work in one single evening. We will do our best and probably come back to specific questionnaires throughout the book on future nights. The FireStarter embers demand to be fanned to flame.

Please read this book or the eBook version.

 “FireStarters” for Discussion:

  • What is your “soul fire?”
  • Can you dream “authentically” even if those dreams aren’t necessarily “big financially?”
  • What does it mean to be “spirit-fatigued?”
  • Are you willing to hold a “Dream Funeral” for dreams that did not come true?
  • Why is “normal boring?”
  • Why do many settle for lackluster lives?
  • Why is “competency for suckers?”
  • What “makes you feel ahhh-MAZing?”
  • “What do you want to be known for?”
  • Where do you need to “re-calibrate?”
  • Does your “cocktail line” sound genuine?
  • “Can you talk about who you are without referencing the past?”
  • What makes you feel most “inspired?”
  • “What do you need to stop doing?”
  • Why and how “tribal feedback” matters
  • What is on your “glory board?”
  • Do you believe that “invisible hands” guide you? (Joseph Campbell)
  • What is “vision prompting?”
  • Why you should “respect your fear”
  • “How do you ‘show up’ in the world?”
  • Can you “leverage your shortcomings?” How?
  • What’s your “BIG REAL?”
  • “Why do people hate self-promotion?”
  • Are you willing to “launch + learn?”
  • MANY VALUABLE WORKSHEETS FOR DISCUSSION THROUGHOUT!

 “In the name of the Fire,

The Flame

And the Light;

Praise the pure presence of fire

That burns from within

Without thought of time.” — John O’Donohue

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

Do you have what it takes to be a FireStarter?

Do you have what it takes to be a FireStarter?

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

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Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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Looking Forward to a Discussion on “The Now Effect”

The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Elisha Goldstein

Tuesday evening 04.17.12 at 7

Greetings All,

I do not much like the now. I rather tend to be nostalgic about back then even though I really didn’t like it all that much when that was the now. I often long for an idealized future though I know that it will just feel like now when I get there. So it is with mixed feelings that I tackle The Now Effect now.  That stated, many of us are stressed due to the light-speed cascade of changes we face today and our instinctive fight or flight reflexes seem poorly suited as coping mechanisms. Is there a better way?

Elisha Goldstein feels that he has “evidence-based research” that offers solutions. My inner-cynic always chuckles a tad at such claims. Elisha does at the very least present a challenge to be more playful with life and to become aware of just how much anxiety, stress and various negative emotions are battering you around. The futility of expending energy on “blame” or even “causes” is valuable in itself. Our own emotions can be more damaging than helpful and this is clearly defined in his work. It is all about your response to any stimulus.

While not yet convinced that one single moment can change the rest of a life it does seem potentially fruitful to give a few moments to consider how this one moment might help.

“Now” for Discussion:

  • What is being “mindful of the moment?” Is it merely New Age/meditation babble?
  • What hinges upon a single moment? Why?
  • What are the blessings and curses of “daily routine?”
  • Can you remember moments where emotions hijacked you?
  • Are there simply times when you feel out-of-touch or numb these days? Why?
  • Do you carry around a vague and poorly directed anger?
  • Do current events have more emotional impact on you than they should?
  • Do you frequently escape to a more perfect past or an idealistic future?
  • Does “now” often feel lackluster, depressing or painful?
  • Applications of Goldstein’s STOP practice, how does it work?
  • How might Maslow feel about “The Now Effect?”
  • How much time to you spend these days contemplating being more “playful?”
  • Just where does “Now” intersect with “Happy?”
  • How could being in the “Now” lead to being more productive?

 “It is not too uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” — Eckhart Tolle

Now join us, won’t you?

Monte

Are you wasting the "now" for the yesterday or tomorrow?

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

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