How great leaders inspire action – by Simon Sinek

How great leaders inspire action – by Simon Sinek

I love this TED talk!

Simon Sinek discusses how great leaders inspire action:

The 'art' of manliness??

I recently came across the blog The Art of Manliness.

In a recent post, Brett McKay writes on how to measure yourself for clothing (business shirt, pants sizes etc) beyond the typical X, XXL.

I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, I first thought the site was either some sort of homosexaul, greco roman wrestling site or an attention seeking spam site.

I was wrong on both occasions!

It’s a quirky “man’s man” site.  It has advice on how to shave, how to tie a tie and to stop hanging out with women and start dating them!

It is as if the writers squared up at Justin Bieber and all the modern day metro sexuals and kicked them square in the nuts!

I was really surprised at how its not gratuitous or rude.  It is literally a time warp back to the 1950’s!

Go have a read!

Low carb update

It’s been a while since I last posted on the whole low carb / weight loss thing.

So here’s my 6 months review:

  • It works!
  • Weight loss to date is 12.5kg / 27 pounds
  • My cholesterol is sky high! (7.7)
  • My waist measurement is 104cm (<94cm is optimal)

Mentally my outlook has drastically changed.  At my age (36) and height (6’2″) I should be aiming for about 90kg.  Never before have I felt so confident that I will hit that.

Physically I have so much more energy.  Not in the “I’m going to go to the gym for the 9th time this week”.  It is more in the little things.  For example, I used to leave the dirty dishes in the sink and clean them the next day.  Now I see it has something that I can do in 5 minutes.

The only downside I’ve found is sugar.  I’ve been following Season 2 of Masterchef.  Some of the deserts look fantastic!  But from a weight loss point of view they are very expensive!

Take for example a Neenish Tart.  I would often have one of these with a coffee (~ 1 per week).  Now I know they aren’t good for you and that I shouldn’t have them, but just how bad are they?

(I’m not going to promote one low carb vs another.  I had great results with Michael Eades’, your results may vary).  The Wikipedia article couldn’t clearly define what is and isn’t low carbs.  So for arguments sake, lets say you are eating 20 – 30 grams per day.

What is in a Neenish Tart?

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 batch 768g
Calories 3187
Calories from Fat 1368 (42%)
Amount Per Serving %DV
Total Fat 152.0g 233%
Saturated Fat 93.5g 467%
Monounsaturated Fat 39.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 603mg 201%
Sodium 1807mg 75%
Potassium 676mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 427.9g 142%
Dietary Fiber 6.3g 25%
Sugars 250.7g
Protein 37.3g 74%
how is this calculated?

In my experience, going off the rails like this isn’t the end of the world, but it can be a setback.

What’s your experience been like?

Where is Matt?

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

If you have done any sort of self development, there is often the recurring theme of gratitude  (see The Secret, Tony Robbins or John Demartini).

First time I heard the concept I dismissed it and belittled its importance.  But watching “What the Bleep” and particularly the Love Crystals changed my mind.

I don’t want to get all Yoda on you, either you have an open mind or you don’t.  I was skeptical, but have an open mind.  If you feel that that isn’t you then perhaps you should stop reading.

So have a look at the site by Leah Dieterich.  Basically she writes a daily “thank you” to whatever is going on in her life.

I know it’s a little ironic, but I can’t remember for the life of me who recommend I read it.  If it was you, thank you!

Rock on!

Telling a story…

In a recent post, Seth Godin wrote

Here’s a $20 bottle of soap. Functionally identical to a $3 bottle, so what’s the $17 for?

He then lists several reasons why someone would pay an extra $17.

I’ve written before on the 6 Human Needs, but I thought it was worth repeating. The quick version:

Every basic human need can be boiled down to one of six:
1. Certainty (I have a ham & cheese sandwich every day because that’s why I have for lunch)
2. Uncertainty – picking a fight, trying something new, a bored teenager wanting a new experience. It doesn’t matter if it is good or bad, so long as it is different
3. Significance – it makes me feel important / different / special
4. Connection / Love – Having a pet, flirting, talking to a stranger
5. Growth – if we don’t grow we die!
6. Contribution – giving back

Take for example an armed robbery. Uncertainty – Anything could happen! Significance – if I pull a gun on you I am the center of your attention. Certainty – I know I will feel significant if I pull a gun on you.

Using the Soap Bottle:  the hang tag, mineral botanic, Dead Sea Laboratories, bamboo and pansy, very dry skin, French + velvet!

These are all either Significance (if this is your first time) or Certainty (you know that it is worth the extra $17)

Interesting eh?!

How would this product need to change to meet your need for Growth (by using this you will learn…) or Connection?  THAT makes this world a better place 😉