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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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Adding To The Wind In That City

So, yeah I went  to Chicago  and  managed to talk my way onto another tv soundstage and start talking to another wonderful morning person. How these amazing people manage to be so perky and lucid so early in the morning is a miracle unknowable to me.

If the below works, it’s the video from the interview. If not, it might be a link. Make with the clicky. Or it might do nothing.

And the winner is that it will do nothing. So, no embed right now. In that case, I’ll try to give a plain old link.


Even that link looks kind of odd. Here’s hoping this link works. Don’t you dudes enjoy how I work out what works and what doesn’t right out here in the open? Yeah, I thought you would.

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Slab Of The Future Ringing In My Pocket

I was lost. Not on a mysterious island with a smoke monster lost. Not crying desperately for a warm bed and maybe a fire to keep the creatures at bay lost.

Nope. Merely lost.

I’d thought I could find my way from our rental house in Key West to the transition area for the Bone Island Triathlon, in which my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be On The Move, was competing. I was supposed to meet her as she came out of the water from a one-mile swim and before she left on her 56-mile cycling course.

Unfortunately, I’d lazed around in bed for a bit too long, much too confident in my own ability to navigate the twisty streets of Key West based only on a hazily printed map of the area that the triathlon people had sent to us. I thought it would have been easy.

I was, of course, wrong.

I’d hopped onto my rental scooter and taken off in the direction I thought led to the transition area. After my first guess turned up empty, I started doing the most unmanly but most dudely thing I could think: I started asking for directions from the race volunteers.

To a man and to a woman, they all responded with, “Um. . . I dunno.”

Which was about the time that I remembered I had a slab of the future riding along inside my front shorts pocket. I had a device on my person that was so advanced that a person from 1980 would have had to cart around a couple of semi-trucks behind her to achieve only half of what this phone could do.

In less than three minutes I had precise directions on how to get from where I was to where I needed to be. An everyday occurrence, yes? But think about it. Think about all that can be done by a little slab of glass, plastic and metal that we throw into a bag, or slip into out back pockets without a second thought.

It’s a little bit of a miracle, really. And the younger dudes and dudettes of the upcoming generation are never going to have known a time when they didn’t have an automatic map, dictionary, thesaurus, comedy club, movie camera, still camera, sound recorder, game center, instant communicator with anyone and everyone at every time thing sitting in their pockets. The only thing it can’t do is initiate a beam up to a starship.

Seriously, dudes. I think it’s probably time for us to just sit back and appreciate all the wonders that are filling the world around us at an ever-increasing rate. This is the future, dudes. It’s here in some places and it’s protruding into the present at an uneven rate. But it’s here.

And I think we need to understand just what a wonder it can be.

We don’t have to be lost. At least, we don’t have to be as long as we remember we’ve got something besides change in our pockets.

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