Facebook Did What?!

1 in every 7 people on the planet used Facebook yesterday. Did you?

It marks the first time in its history that more than 1 billion people were using the site in a single day.

Facebook has come a long way since 2004 when starting out, essentially, as an online directory for Harvard’s students.

I utilize many social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc. (Feel free to follow me on any of these channels…I promise to follow back.)

For pleasure, Instagram is my favorite. For business, whether promoting an idea, blog post or event, Facebook is clearly the best arrow in my quiver. And, it’s not even close.

If you are a small business owner, blogger, teacher, entrepreneur or anyone trying to reach the largest and most engaged possible audience, you need to consider using Facebook. Now.

Don’t just take my word for it. Take the world’s. (139 words)

P.S. – If you need help setting up a Facebook business page or just need a little advice or encouragement, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Podcasts: A New Way to Grow

I used to listen to talk radio for hours while driving in my car.

I used to put on headphones and sing along to my favorite songs while mowing, running or chilling on the deck.

Not anymore.

Because life flies by, I’ve decided to maximize my time by listening to people who help me grow.

Podcasting is hot, and I can hear why. The best and brightest minds and hearts offer up insights and encouragement to anyone, anywhere, anytime…for free. In fact, I’m currently attending a course, “How to Start a Startup”, through Stanford University (regardless of my SAT score) at no cost. The experience has been incredibly valuable.

The messages from these podcasts give fuel to regular people like you and me to do more than we could ever imagine on our own. I like that. (139 words)

Here are a few podcasts that inspire and challenge me to think broader, love bigger and live better:

Pat Flynn podcast (best online business advice around, startup stories)

John Lee Dumas (interviews leading entrepreneurs EVERY day, amazing)

James Altucher podcast (writer, investor who keeps it real in business and life)

Brian Houston podcast (senior pastor of Hillsong Church, faith and leadership)

Chris Brogan podcast (helping humanize and grow your biz, connect so well)

Gary Vaynerchuk podcast (media rock star, investor and marketing guru)

Amy Porterfield podcast (social media strategist, she’s the real deal)

Tim Ferriss podcast (author of “The 4-Day Workweek”, investor, crazy smart)

(Podcast Primer: How to Subscribe to a Podcast on Your Phone & Computer)

* I want to give a shout out to Jamieson Webking, a good friend of mine who turned me on to podcasting. He will be launching his very own podcast shortly, and will get that out to you, as well!

The Secret

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” the Apostle Paul – Philippians 4:12

Ask me what I want for Christmas, and I’ll respond with the same answer I give my wife and my children: “Nothing. I have all I need.” While not very helpful, and likely a tad annoying with Black Friday just days away, it’s absolutely true.

Daily reminder in our kitchen.

My heart’s desire is to be grateful and content in all circumstances. While I fall short more often than I’d like to admit, when contentment is at my core, freedom and generosity rule the day.

When you and I learn and live out the “secret of being content”, grateful at all times, everything looks different:

  • Health concerns are real, but not defeating.
  • Job security/fulfillment doesn’t dictate joy.
  • Financial goals become rightly ordered.
  • The welfare of others trumps our own. Every. Single. Day.

May this Thanksgiving set the tone for a life of contentment, peace and joy. (139 words)

VIDEO CLIP “It’s Just a Foot”: Charlie’s perspective is one I’d like to have and be known for…give it a quick view.

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Why “Looking Back” is Trending

While all alone the other night, I had the option of watching football, hockey, the news or any number of my fav cooking shows.

Instead, I watched a cartoon. Why would a 50 year old do such a thing?

Because, I’m tired.

Though I’m a forward thinker and embrace change of all kinds, I sometimes find myself needing something familiar.

I believe it’s a key reason why pictures and memories of “days gone by” are so popular on social media today, including 250 million photos tagged with “ThrowbackThursday” or “tbt” hashtags on Instagram alone.

With so many unknowns in our life (insert Ebola scares, the economy, political landscape, health issues, job security, relationship navigation, etc.), we’ve grown to long for the expected. It requires no thinking, no adjusting, no surprises…just familiarity.

Delight in your future, but make time to relax in your past.

Your mind and heart will thank you for it. Happy Halloween! (140 words)

Is It Just Me? Am I just getting old, or do you notice your mind needing a rest? (I sure hope it’s the latter)

To Try: Establish holiday traditions that give you familiarity and comfort. Browse through your photo albums and take your time telling stories about the pictures with family or friends. Watch an old sitcom from your youth and try explaining to your kids why it was funny back then.

Here Goes Nothing

True story…

Church Elder (via phone): Hi, Pastor, how are you?

Pastor: Good, thanks.

Elder: Say, we’re launching a new prayer ministry Thursday night, and would love for you to join us. What do you have going on that evening?

Pastor: Nothing, actually.

Elder: Great! So, we’ll see you around 6:45 pm at church, then?

Pastor: Nope.

Elder: Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said you were doing nothing that night.

Pastor: You’re right, and that’s what I plan on doing that night…nothing.

Elder: Humph. (click)

Your busy lifestyle and schedule does not impress anyone or cause others to feel sorry for you. Stop responding to “How are you doing?” with, “Good, but busy.” Everyone’s busy.

What we need out of you is a rested mind, body and soul so you can be at your best when called upon.

Schedule NOTHING on your calendar today.

*I may or may not have been that pastor. (136 words)