As a new podcaster and blogger, I have to say that this is the first time I’ve written anything like this for public consumption. So, putting aside the fact that I’m thoroughly terrified to hit enter at the end of this post….. Let the show begin!
I start every day by likening myself as a life-long learner!
Not the boring kind. The poverty stricken philosopher to whom reading his/her books while contemplating the meaning of life.
I’ve got WAAAAAAY too much nervous energy for that!
I’d probably proceed to eat the book I’m reading at the time!
But more the kind of person that can look at himself at the end of the year and honestly say that he knows more things and has developed more skills now than he did or had a year ago. Someone always looking to start something new or learn something new.
Since working in sales in my early 20’s, I’ve always been a bit of a self-improvement junky. I know, I know! But that’s who I am. Feel free to stop reading. But don’t worry, I won’t be sending you a seminar invite anytime soon!
Bottomline: I always figured there always has to be a better way to do____________. Fill in blank with whatever you can imagine.
So, as with anybody looking to find better ways of doing stuff, I look for places and people to learn from.
Thing is… everywhere out there telling people how to get better at something tend to be people at the furthest end of the spectrum from where I was going to be starting from.
So… not very helpful to me.
I spent so much time and money attending seminars, reading books on various topics, taking classes, returning to college to complete higher levels of education. It seemed endless, yet what was being taught just seemed disconnected. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but it just wasn’t the “right” information. And no, I can’t be more specific than that because it is hard to articulate the feeling of dissatisfaction. Like certain categories of inappropriate personal exposé, “You know it when you see it.”
After a while, I decided that for me, the problem was that I couldn’t draw a connection from where these people (or whatever the information source was) were so far removed from where I was, I couldn’t apply what they preached. I needed to take 25 steps forward to get to where I could apply their suggestions. Yet, they didn’t offer a list of those first 25 steps. I was LOST!
This hit me like a ton of bricks while listening to my favorite podcasts from one of my favorite authors/bloggers, Tim Ferriss. He’s the author of The Four-Hour Workweek, Four-Hour Body, and Four-Hour Chef. His site is fourhourworkweek.com, and his network of contacts that are interviewed on his podcast is star-studded, to say the least!
Problem is, how can a guy that runs a small courier operation and is a partner in a small media production company get any helpful information from Peter Thiel, a billionaire investor and former co-founder of PayPal, and first outside investor in Facebook??? A great conversation to hear and definitely interesting information to listen to. But it’s more entertainment than usable information in my case.
While listening it struck me, “I spent the last 2 hours listening to nothing that I can implement in my life.”
That day, the idea of Small Moves was born!
I need to digest information slowly. I can take in a lot of information quickly, as many of us can, but our brains can’t process that much that quickly. It takes time to file things away.
I decided to seek out sources of information that could be more easily consumed and implemented daily. Not in a grand “Ten Year Plan” sort of a way!
Small Moves is here to spread the benefits of that strategy, and to help everyone out there like me, who wants to make life a little better, but just isn’t quite sure how. Here’s how… START!
I’m not saying I know how to make life better for you! All I know is what’s worked for me after a dozen different ways of trying something until it worked.
I don’t know that the things I’ll be sharing on this site will work for you like they did for me. The things I come across that I think are compelling enough to discuss may not work for me, but may work like gangbusters for you!
That’s my hope!
All I can promise you is this: I’ll make no attempt to conceal my opinions about what works and what doesn’t. I’ll go out of my way to interview and report to you the opinions of experts whose opinions are different from my own.
What works for me may not work for you, and I don’t want little old me stopping you from getting that small bit of information that finally got you to start living a healthier life, or finally getting out of debt, or finally giving the time you really want to give to you family.
I’m here to share what works for me AND what I’ve heard works for others, backed up by research.
I hope you enjoy this journey we are about to take together.
Thank you so much for reading this. I appreciate you!