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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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Sunday Serenade: Nothing Like Summer Music

So, there I was, dudes.

All set to serve up some up-to-the-minute summer jamz for 2013. I had visions of being on the cutting edge of summer music, trotting it out to the rest of you and getting my boogie own, digging my toes in the sand and all that.

And then I went on youtube to actually look for it.

If this is summer music, give me autumn. Quickly.

Most of the alleged music was accompanied by either still shots of bikini-clad women, or, as a change of pace, videos of women. Wearing bikinis.

Not what I was looking for to show you dudes here on the Guide.

Still, my sojourn on youtube wasn’t a complete waste.

Provided you can get through the commercial that gets served up first, I’ve got some nice sounds for you. It’s 10 minutes of natural music, the sounds of the beach.

Supposedly it’s to help you sleep, but dudes. . . This sounds so very amazing. I’d really like to go.

Anyone headed to the beach and need a towel boy? I’m ready.


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More DudeFace Than You Know What To Do With

So Barry and Richard (who’s beginning to develop a fondness for speaking of himself in the third person, perhaps to make sure he’s able to actually hear a kind voice calling his name) have managed to con their way onto a number of different television and radio shows in the last little while.

So they thought, if you can call what they do thinking, why not collect them all in one place and then see if that webspace then proceeds to melt down from the sheer power of the appalling wonderful presence.

Or something.

Anyway, they just decided to put those links and embeds here for your viewing, well, let’s not call it pleasure, but how about experience? Viewing experience? Sounds good.

Suffer Enjoy!

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