Michael's Motivation

Michael's Motivation

By Michael Whitehouse
I've got something to say, and you might need to hear it. This podcast is a stream of consciousness on topics of motivation, meaning, purpose, and using your gifts to benefit the world. Maybe you'll like it. If you do, let me know. Maybe you don't like it. If you don't, then don't listen.

I record this to motivate myself, but perhaps it may motivate you as well.

Use your gifts. Make the world a better place.
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Ep 30 - How to Dabble
We can only have one or maybe two core focuses in our professional life. If we try to have more, we become scattered and ineffective. But you can dabble, and if you do so properly, maintaining your resources and synergizing your projects, you can use your dabbling to build your key priorities rather than distracting from them.
09:40
August 24, 2019
Episode 29 - Fearsetting
Our brains are very good about warning us for short term risk, but bad at long term benefit. Try this exercise called Fearsetting to put your risks and opportunities in perspective. Based on a TED talk by Tim Ferriss. https://youtu.be/5J6jAC6XxAI
07:11
August 23, 2019
Ep 27 - Make More Money By Giving Stuff Away Free
To get something valuable you have to give something valuable. You want your customer's attention, time, money. Give them value to get it. It could be information through a blog, podcast, or book, or it could be service. Don't devalue your work, but do give away enough for customers to know what you are worth.To get something valuable you have to give something valuable. You want your customer's attention, time, money. Give them value to get it. It could be information through a blog, podcast, or book, or it could be service. Don't devalue your work, but do give away enough for customers to know what you are worth.
10:26
August 22, 2019
Ep 26 - Unicorn Objections
In business and sales, it's easy to be distracted by interesting but ultimately unimportant challenges, objections, and problems. Just because a prospect asks a question doesn't mean it needs to be answered. Sometimes they are asking the wrong question because they do not understand your product. Ask yourself what value will be achieved if you succeed in answering the question before going down the rabbit hole.
08:17
August 21, 2019
Ep 25 - Ask Not What Your Network Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Network
I want you to try this. Post on your social media of choice an offer. Ask everyone how you can benefit them with an introduction. Offer to connect and introduce them to anyone you know, and see how you can help. Then let me know how it goes. Email the results and stories to michael@guywhoknowsaguy.com
05:27
August 20, 2019
Ep 24 - Common Sense Coaching
As a business owner, everything falls to you. You are the captain, the admiral, and the cook. If you are in the weeds in operations, how can to focus on the strategic? That's where a coach comes in. Someone who helps you to clarify your own thoughts to find your own genius.
05:41
August 19, 2019
Ep 23 - What is a Meeting Worth?
I have given approximately $200,000 in value to people I've networked with in the last year, which means that each meeting I have with someone is statistically worth $200-$400. Some people tell me they don't need to meet with me. Must be awesome when your time is worth $400/hr.
06:41
August 18, 2019
Ep 22 - Vitriolic Endorsements
We live in a new age of vitriol and hostility, but in a world of constant insults and derision, sometimes we find that our esteem among the right people can increase if the derision comes from the right source.
07:56
August 16, 2019
Ep 21 - Command and Control
The most important resource in solving any problem is the ability to assess the problem and deploy resources. Take care of your head and the rest will follow.
06:47
August 15, 2019
Ep 20 - Is it Impossible or are you just Doing It Wrong?
Two businesses in the same market. One is growing, one is stagnant. One hires good people. One says there's no one out there to hire. How can something be impossible if the guy down the street is doing it?
06:34
August 14, 2019
Ep 19 - Survivorship Bias
We often make choices based on what might have happened or what we imagine to be risks, but with completely false data leading to bad decisions and lost opportunities.
06:05
August 13, 2019
Ep 18 - Get Inspired with New Ideas
What do you do when you're staring at the blank page and it just stares back? How do you find inspiration? Listen to the podcast and find out.
07:39
August 12, 2019
Ep 17 - Not a Hero but...
Sometimes we might find ourselves in a place where something needs to be done and we are the ones to do it. Our reaction might be frustration, impatience, or reluctance, but in the end we may find that we were just the right person at the right time for the moment.
08:00
August 11, 2019
Ep 16 - Live to Tape
I'm volunteering this morning at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, and it got me thinking about how I used to love working scifi conventions, but no longer have conventions to work. At first this was sad until I realized that there are great local events that I can have just as much fun working right in my community.
05:20
August 10, 2019
Ep 15 - What If You Fail?
You followed your head and heart. Took a huge risk. And it failed. Now what? Thank you to Jeff Tingley for suggesting this excellent topic.
11:41
August 9, 2019
Ep 14 - Saying Nay to Naysayers
No matter what you do, if you are doing something meaningful, you'll face naysayers. Some are trying to protect you. Others are trying to tear you down. Either way, you can't avoid them, but you can fortify yourself so that they can't take you off your track to success.
15:35
August 8, 2019
Ep 13 - Give Proper Weight To The Good
Hundreds of events occur every day in our lives. Some bad. Some good. Most have a few major good events and many minor, unimportant bad events, but this can trick us into believing that life is overall bad. But that's just bad math.
10:59
August 7, 2019
Ep 12 - Look It Right In The Eye
Our instinct is to veer away from that which is uncomfortable or painful, but that merely exposes our blind side to it. Look that problem right in the eye and take it down.
05:30
August 6, 2019
Ep 11 - Seek Excellence Even in Ordinary Tasks
It doesn't matter if you're the CEO or the janitor, whether you're performing surgery or shoveling snow, seek excellence in all activities and the rewards are substantial.
06:28
August 5, 2019
Ep 10 - Will You Give A Crap About This Tomorrow?
Our minds put massively excessive priority on what is right in front of us, whether or not it's relevant right now or even important at all. This thing on your mind: do you need to worry about it now? Do you need to worry about it at all? Maybe. Maybe not.
08:37
August 4, 2019
Ep 9 - No Lottery Ticket To Success
We call it the journey to success, but too many think of it as the lottery ticket to success. People fixate on the big break, the big move. In reality, success comes from slow, often boring, methodical, plodding work from one step to the next to the next. You can't leap to the top. I know. I've tried.
09:14
August 3, 2019
Ep 8 - Holy F$%*, Your Phone Number Is on a Public Podcast
A listener commented with some alarm and surprise that I share my phone number on my podcast as a way to connect with me. I explained that it's my business phone and that number is out everywhere. It got me thinking that so many people hide away from the world to protect themselves from bad people, but it does not work because bad people always find their way in. It's the good ones they end up hiding from.
15:03
August 2, 2019
Ep 7 - Don't Be An Asshole
Too many people out there think they're all that. They think they are superior to others and don't need to make the time to even acknowledge them. I've watched such a person slowly but surely lose prestige and reputation by this kind of attitude. Everyone you meet is important and has influence, and every "little person" you dismiss can impact your representation in a small way. Don't do it. Be kind to everyone. The dividends are tremendous.
10:21
August 1, 2019
Ep 6 - If I Died Tomorrow
We live as creatures of motion. When we stop, so much of what we do collapses to a small legacy. It makes me wonder, if I suddenly ran out of time tomorrow, what would my legacy be? What would yours be?
06:58
July 31, 2019
Ep 5 - Two Kinds of People Who Will Try to Discourage You
If you are taking a shot at something, people will try to get you to reconsider and turn back to the "safe" path. There are two kinds of people who will do this: those who care about you and those who care about themselves. If you have committed, don't listen to either.
13:29
July 30, 2019
Ep 4 - Sprinting and Drifting
Balance is necessary in all things. After my baptism and the death of my cat yesterday, I started thinking about beginnings and seasons, and I realized that I have been giving my self one mode: all out. This is exhausting and ineffective. Instead, I've created a new mode to follow: sprint and drift. Seasons of intense work followed by seasons of renewal and rejuvenation. Are you constantly sprinting? Constantly drifting? Perhaps structure could benefit your seasons.
11:56
July 29, 2019
Ep 3 - My Cat Died Today
My cat has been sick for a while but we didn't know how bad it was. We do now. He passed away this morning. This episode may not be as upbeat and inspiring as the last two, but it's very honest and sincere and maybe you'll find some wisdom in it. Send feedback to michael@guywhoknowsaguy.com
11:16
July 28, 2019
Ep2 - The Right Start to the Day
There are certain components to a perfect start to the day. I often fail to incorporate most of them. First thing in the morning, you are a blank slate and your most creative. You're also at the lowest willpower state, so you check your phone instead of writing in that journal. You lie in bed a few more minutes instead of getting a fast start. Let's explore the right start to the day together.
15:29
July 27, 2019
Episode 1 - Failure to Use My Gift
I have a gift. God gave me the gift of speaking. I can speak in a way that inspires others, but I have failed to use it. When you fail to use your gift, God will put up roadblocks until you find your way back to the path that He intended. I have found more and more roadblocks in my way, and I believe that it is because I have been squandering this gift. What is your gift? What can you offer the world? Are you squandering it because of doubt and insecurity? God gave you the gift. Who are you to doubt it. I want your feedback. Email me at michael@guywhoknowsaguy.com
14:05
July 26, 2019
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