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Escape From The Steep Gravity Well Of The Mediocre

This is one of those strange sorts of days here at Casa de Dude. By strange, I mean we’re having someone other than Barry or me step in and talk for a bit.

In this case, please welcome Shawn Anderson, author and speaker. Miss-ter Ann-der-son (heh heh heh) sent out an e-mail I quite enjoyed. Instead of adapting it for you dudes, I thought I’d just let the man himself do the talking since I liked what he had to say.

So, take it away, Shawn Anderson.

Wake-up alarm sounds. Hit snooze button. Steal ten minutes more sleep. Groan. Get coffee. Wake kids. Take shower. Get dressed. Yell at kids. Drive to work. Slump into chair. Check email. Check Facebook. Meet deadlines. Waste time chatting. Watch clock. Check Facebook again. Sneak out early. Wait in traffic. Get groceries. Chaperone kids. Shout about homework. Make dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed. Repeat.

Of course, there is no way this sounds familiar. Right? Maybe to our friends, but never to us. Not to worry…this is for them. (The friends.)

To help those “friends” who are stuck in a life rut, motivational guru Shawn Anderson shares three quick rut-escaping tips you can provide to those who need emergency advice and are living the same day over…and over…and over:

TIP #1: Quit living in Mediocreland.

Stuck on mediocrity? Well, look in the mirror at the person responsible. It’s you. You created your average-ness…and you can un-create it, too. Want out of the rut? Quit making excuses, quit pointing fingers, and quit waiting for a miracle to fly you out of Mediocreland. If you’re ever going to leave the world of average, you need to start creating the changes you seek. Cast a vision. Create a plan. Take massive action. Passive residents are not allowed to fly.

TIP #2: Don’t expect an overnight miracle.

It’s impossible to go from “ice cold” (in the rut) to “red hot” (out of the rut) overnight. Massive change just doesn’t happen that way. Don’t expect it. Do expect, though, that you can grow to “red hot” if you hold yourself accountable to take one step a day towards the changes you want in your life. Single steps daily add up to big changes eventually.

 

TIP #3: Don’t wait for perfect.

Waiting for the perfect scenario to unfold before making changes? Your reasons to wait before taking action might sound good in your head now. The problem is that five years down the road those same reasons will probably still exist…and you’ll probably still be in a rut.

Life is too short to wait for the stars to fall into perfect alignment before we take life action. Live and live now. Otherwise, waiting too long for the right risk-taking moment eventually leads to paralyzing fear…which leads to complacency…which leads to “I don’t care” acceptance.

The author of six motivational books, including A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose, Shawn Anderson lives and breathes all things related to “going the extra mile” in order to live a life we love. Last year, Anderson’s Extra Mile America organization led 444 cities to declare 11/1/13 as “Extra Mile Day”… a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change for ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile.

“My feeling is ‘we get one life’ so why ever choose to live it with anything less than our deepest passion and most ardent dedication? We create the life we live…one way or another,” Anderson says.

Shawn Anderson is a six-time author, keynote speaker and motivational success coach. His book titles include A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose. For more information, visit www.ShawnAnderson.com.

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Buy A Ticket At Walmart, See Man Of Steel Before Nationwide Opening! Aw, Yeah!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. Which means I’m getting a little bit of cash to tell you something I would have done anyway. Mostly I would have written about this to try and prod Zippy the College Boy Returned Home For Summer and Hyper Lad into getting this sort of thing for me as a Father’s Day present.

Remember when I talked about how I’d love some sort of bespoke, handmade present, something that showed the young dudes put a little thought and effort into getting the present? Yeah? Forget it.

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And, if you’re smart, it’s what you’re going to want as well.

So here’s the skinny.

Walmart is offering you — yes, you — a chance to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steelbefore it opens nationwide at what looks to be every theater in existence. Yeah, before that massive opening, you’re going to get a chance to get a head start, be treated like the star you are.

If you go buy your ticket at the electronics department of any local Walmart store, you can go to a specially designated movie theater (you’re on your own here, but it shouldn’t be that hard to find out. Probably on the ticket. But, come on? Really? I’m not going to do everything for you dudes.) and see the movie at 7 pm on June 13.

That’s the Thursday before Father’s day, and definitely the first showing of any kind anywhere in the United States. This is a big deal. It’s the first time this has ever been done, offering tickets to the general public so we can go see a movie before it opens.

Man-of-Steel-Horizontal-Billboard-Image-610x296Normally, this sort of thing only is offered to very select businesses. For instance, I once got tickets to see Spy Kids 3D early. I regretted going, mind, but I did get the tickets for free from Rebel Base, a premier comic book shop here in Charlotte, NC.

This time, though, it’s not a question of who you know, but of whether or not you can get someone to go to Walmart and pony up the ticket price. And that shouldn’t be too hard, especially considering you’re probably the one paying the little dudes whatever money they get as an allowance.

I’m telling you dudes, I couldn’t be more excited. Superman is one of those characters who, when done right, can raise goosebumps of awesome all over your arms. Sure he’s got all those powers, but I think his most important one is the ability to inspire us to greatness. We all want to be Superman, even the Iron Giant.Man-of-Steel-One-Sheet-Image-610x732

Despite my initial misgivings (I mean, it’s Zack Snyder directing so I figure fully a third of its length is going to be in slow motion), I’m really getting excited about this one. It looks like we’re finally going to get the Superman movie we’ve so desperately wanted for so long. It looks like Superman is actually going to punch someone. We’ve waited a long time for that one. And inspiration. Inspiration and punching. Combined.

Here. Check this out. It’s the trailer for the movie. If this doesn’t get you up off the couch, yelling in a little dude’s ear about getting you a ticket from the electronics department at Walmart, then, dude, you are dead.

Purchase tickets to the exclusive pre-screening of Man of Steel [PG-13], to be shown on June 13th, 2013 at 7 PM, by going to your local Walmart! Tickets can be purchased in the Electronics Department and include an exclusive digital comic book written by David S. Goyer, author of Man of Steel, as well as an exclusive opportunity to pre-order an HD digital download or Blu-Ray copy of the film.

  • Go to your local Walmart
  • Visit the electronics department
  • Purchase your EXCLUSIVE Man of Steel prescreening tickets (available in 2D or 3D)
  • Take your family to the theater location noted on your ticket and watch the EXCLUSIVE 7 p.m. premiere of Man of Steel on June 13th!

Learn more here!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros.

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Dude Food: Meatball Lasagna

by Richard

Things here at the Jones Compound are a bit. . . hectic. .  . at the moment. We’ve been forced to eat out for most of the last two months or so. And when I say forced, I mean joyously, rapturously enjoying the freedom of letting someone else do the cooking every night.

Er. . . I mean, ah, forced to eat out because that stuff can be bad for you on a constant basis, yeah, dear? Sweetie? She Who Must Be Given Her Fresh Veggies Or She Gets Quite Cross?

Anyway.

The other night I got the urge to do some cooking. Unfortunately, the only cooking appliances we have at the moment are an oven and a microwave. So I sat down and did a little thinking. Yes, it hurt. Why do you ask? I did some thinking.

I wanted to do a pasta, but I didn’t have a stove so I couldn’t do any boiling. I wanted to have some meat, but I didn’t have a stove so I couldn’t do any browning at all. And then inspiration hit me. After I chased inspiration down and hit the dude right back, I got to work. Here’s my recipe for Meatball Lasagna.

Here’s what you’ll need.

1 28-oz bag of frozen turkey meatballs
1 15-oz container of Ricotta cheese
2 two-cup packages of mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 bottles spaghetti sauce
no-boil lasagna noodles

Set out the meatballs so they can be unfrozen and at room temperature when you’re ready to start cooking. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

While the oven is preheating, cut the meatballs into halves or quarters. It’s up to you. Put the cut meatballs into a gallon-sized zip loc bag. Pour in the spaghetti sauce from one of the jars.

In a second gallon-sized zip loc bag, combine one package of the mozzarella cheese and the Ricotta cheese. In the bag, mush them together until they’re thoroughly combined.

Take out a 9×12 baking pan and coat the bottom and sides with non-stick cooking spray. Using the second jar of spaghetti sauce, put about a cup spread on the bottom of the pan. Then start layering. Put down the no-boil lasagna noodles. Then about a third of the cheese and then a third of the meatball mix. Repeat.

When you get to the end of all ingredients, then pour on the remaining sauce and top with about 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Tightly cover the pan with aluminum foil and place into the oven.

Bake for between 50 and 60 minutes. Take the foil off and then bake for another five minutes.

Once that’s done, set the lasagna out to let it cool and set for another five minutes and you’re good to go.

Enjoy, dudes!

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