Who Do You See?

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau. I've been mulling over this quote for the past couple of days......How might I use this bit of wisdom from Thoreau to frame a discussion on some topics that are close to my heart, right now. What do you see in your mind's eye when you read a blurb about someone who's 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73? Heuristics Who do you … [Read more...]

Overcoming Overwhelm

This is the system I described in a recent quick tips episode of the Discover Grow Shinecast, a new podcast to help you along the path to health, wealth, wisdom and a happier life. This is the system I use whenever I feel like I'm suddenly in the spinning-wheel of death mode that Mac-users know when their computer goes into system overload for too long. 1. Stop What You're Doing No matter how … [Read more...]

Learn From The Past, Don’t Replicate It

I've been reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel as I move into the next phase of my Shinecast® business and thought this quote would be a good reminder to share as I began to promote the Ignite Alabama podcast and resource website to Spark Innovation in Alabama. More later. … [Read more...]

Make New Holiday Memories

Does your family yearn for something new to do when a holiday rolls around? Are you tired of buying into the "buying" mentality that seems to accompany holidays in the U.S.? Today's Idea Machine focus is on ways to create new family memories on days when you want to spend time doing something fun without, as Claudia Altucher puts it, "following the herd." I decided to emphasize St. Patrick's … [Read more...]

10 Ideas to Help the Elderly

The topic for Day 43 of the Idea Machine Project is to come up with 10 business ideas to help the elderly. I decided to ignore issues of profitability and just focus on ideas that would accomplish one or more of three goals: Improve the health of elderly. Improve the quality of life of the elderly. Be accessible to the elderly who do not have access to top-notch retirement … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Writing Better Sales Copy

The prompt for Day 42 is to give 10 tips to help a friend write sales copy to sell her used car. This is a fun practice. I'm framing the examples for my tips using the used car as the product, but the tips can be applied to any product or service. If you stumbled upon this by accident, I'm blogging my way through Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine, [Amazon affiliate link] which … [Read more...]

Personal Posts & The Idea Machine Project

I'm finding that many of the idea prompts are about topics that are more personal in nature, rather than generally-applicable. It's possible this will change at some point, as I seem to recall Claudia Altucher mentioning in a podcast that the first 90 days are personal ideas and the second 90 days are ideas for others. In any event, I've decided to publish some of the more personal daily … [Read more...]

10 Nice Ways to Surprise Your Loved Ones

It's Day 39 of the Idea Machine Project and today is all about nice, inexpensive ways to surprise your friends and family. It feels good to do nice things for other people.  Research clearly shows that being kind to others makes us feel good and makes us happier. Doing something nice for others boosts your own endorphins, so there's a positive effect on your brain chemistry and it tends to … [Read more...]

Why Adults Don’t Laugh

For Day 36 of the Idea Machine, Claudia Altucher asks us to consider why adults stop laughing. The obvious answer is that we get busy and beaten down my life's challenges. But I think the real reason goes deeper into cultural norms and socialization that date back into the medieval age. 1. From The Court Jester and Other "Fools" to Stephen Colbert The professionalization of humor began with … [Read more...]

10 Funny Questions: Idea Machine, Day 36

Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project was challenging for me. I had to go out of town for the day to visit family and had little time to work on the topic: Coming up with 10 funny questions and answers at the third grade level. Alas, I managed only three originals to start with, but I'm still working on this prompt and will update later with my other funny questions. Here goes: Q. What's the … [Read more...]