A long time ago I made coffee…

A long time ago I made coffee…

In a galaxy far away, a long time ago, I made coffee for my boss and left early to buy lunch for everyone.

I was working on oil and natural gas rigs, we are doing horizontal drilling with MWD tools.

My manager told me on day 1, “you make coffee in the morning or you don’t work here.”

Later I learned I was buying him food every morning and taking care of that expense too.

So, what do I do?

I make coffee in the morning.

So here I am, puffy faced, making coffee, using someone else’s coffee machine.

The coffee machine had a certain kind of “filter requirement” as the minimum requirement.

Hey end users “You need X filter, for that Y machine, anything else isn’t sufficient.”

So, I used the only filters available to me.

  1. Someone else’s coffee filters.
  2. Someone else’s coffee machine
  3. Someone else’s coffee grinds
  4. To make someone else a coffee.

We worked the grave yard shift… you just need coffee to start your day. Imagine sleeping with the sun blaring down on your trailer, during the summer, in Oklahoma. You have to tape towels over the windows to avoid the sun waking you up at the wrong time. You better hope no one above you in the chain of command is a smoker because then you have to cover the AC vents. It gets hot af.

So i made some coffee…

I hit the GO button, turned around, and walked out of the trailer.

Trailers are rented and left at rigs around the world, it’s affordable, easy to move, and works for an office and living space.

You need a place to live by the office because this is a grueling job.

Paid decent too.

12 hour shifts. We had the 6pm to 6am shift.

Making coffee like a boss.

When you make coffee, make coffee like a boss.

This guy called me, “tyler turn around the coffee is everywhere.”

Me, 10 minutes from a 40minute trip to the nearest town.

“Turn around?”

“Yes.”

What happened?

“I dunno, I guess you made the coffee and now it’s on the ground.”

“Okay on my way back.”

I probably said 30 curse words on the side of the roads before I turned around.

I thought “could you not clean it up?” “Don’t you realize this is going to take another XYZ math problem to do.”

I kept this to myself until today.

A moral to my coffee story?

The moral to the story, always be sure the water is able to drain out the bottom of the coffee machine.

Don’t pull a Tyler and make a mess. Don’t turn around, wait there. Look at it. Take some time to enjoy the sights. Oh look at the mess on the ground, maybe I will clean that mess, but be sure you keep your eyes on the machine. It overflows and that sucks because then you need to clean that shit up.

Best,

Tyler G, Tableau consulting dude.

Previous blogs.

The Software PR Pandemic

Using Tableau to Visualize a Patch Bay

Download tableau workbook without using the tableau api

How to smooth lines in tableau desktop

Learning about arrays in python

How to automate twitter and build a brand

Build a better superstore kpi dashboard

Or find me on https://twitter.com/itylergarrett

Andrew Yang, Not for Bernie, Not for the People, Not a Leader

Andrew Yang, Not for Bernie, Not for the People, Not a Leader

Andrew Yang is NOT for the people and I feel this way because of how he’s acting right now. He’s not blasting on twitter about anything relevant to the major election happening right now, maybe “vote for X” would be a relevant variable to provide, but what does he stand to gain by not supporting a 100% people backed opponent Bernie Sanders?

He has not given any followers a solution beyond the point that we haven’t seen the last of him.

Andrew Yang, the American Entrepenur who came across as the problem solver and the solution to helping the current state of America. I love a guy who is all about math, but is he in this for “the people.”

The common people, like you and me. I’m not a billionaire and I don’t come from money.

So Andrew Yang… Is he for the people?

Maybe?

As of right now, he dropped out of the race and has said nothing about “next steps” other than “he will return.” I hope he does because he brought more awareness to topics that are important topics.

I’m writing this piece as awareness to others who are interested in the “American Entrepreneur” as a political figure who they can vote for as a president.

from his twitter

The True colors

At this point, you’re starting to see his true colors.

When you lose, you lose, and when you drop out, you lose.

I won’t beat around the bush, I think Andrew Yang is not for the people. The 99% of everyone in America; hoping, praying, and paying for a better future.

If Andrew Yang was for the people, Andrew Yang would look to Bernie Sanders and begin telling his followers to do the same because Bernie, unlike Andrew Yang, has not accepted donations from billionaires or big company bribes. No mainstream media bribes. No influence from any industry.

Everyone running has a history of SIDING with wallstreet, big pharma, banks, and the worst of the worst companies.

Bernie was generated by “the people” and this can be clearly understood by seeing where his donations are coming from today, and yesterday.

Andrew Yang is not for the people.

Don’t believe me? Just look. Look where his time is going right now, focus on what he’s NOT saying VS what he has been saying.

If you don’t see this as a problem, then does this mean you’re going to wait 4 years to get angry about problems?

Andrew Yang is a big part of the problem we face in the future of American politics.

If Andrew Yang was for the people, the average american who can’t afford $500 emergency, then why would Andrew Yang not be about Bernie Sanders campaign? It’s because he’s a part of the establishment.

For all the good Andrew Yang has done for himself & those in his organization, how much good is he doing for the 99%?

The only reason that makes sense is because Andrew Yang is in the pockets of the billionaires and millionaires of the American establishment. I can’t call it a government because a Government does good for their people. Which is the exact opposite of what Trump has accomplished for the American people and the exact opposite Andrew is doing right now for the average american.

Which is NOTHING…

To my son; about andrew yang…

Son, I hope you’re able to see through a well spoken person with a story, a website, and bullets. That’s me but you know me to be a problem solver, a solution person, and a person who has seen more data than Andrew Yang.

I do data for a living son, you know damn near everyone with a spreadsheet feels like they are data architects and if you don’t know now you do.

Andrew Yang is no different, he’s just another person who is using TECH keywords and saying stuff that is trending and relevant. That’s called intelligence, but not literal business intelligence.

Just using words, isn’t intelligence. Just having a heap of content and points to make, isn’t intelligence, it’s an intelligent decision to make but it’s not intelligence. Andrew Yangs entire message was “here’s some points, and here’s some info” but now he isn’t making any points, he isn’t using any math, except maybe he is doing MATH that’s related to his bank account.

Yes, andrew yang accepted money from the bad guys.

You can tell by how he’s acting. I could tell by how he was acting early on but that’s just a reaction I get when I think someone is full of it.

But having a lot of money and putting together a “plan” is merely what happened. A bunch of 1% money paid for a bunch of content that got a bunch of people HOOKED on Yang content.

But now… losing and not telling the following to follow the only president who’s looking out for the 99% for as long as I’ve been alive.. Son, you need to immediately consider, “what does he stand to gain.” Why would he not say “vote for bernie” every day? Why would he refuse everyone healthcare, education, better gun control, women rights & ability to make decisions over their own body, and many other clear cut helpful intentions.

Why would Andrew Yang avoid helping his following by providing a next step?

Why did andrew yang quit? And why can’t he get behind another candidate? Ego? Pride?… Oh right MONEY…

That’s because I don’t feel Andrew Yang was in this to solve problems, rather he’s in this to build a brand for himself, make money for his friends and donors, and that’s about it.

But what did we learn about andrew yang?

In short, what did we learn? We learned andrew yangs ally with the bad guys OR he would tell you to vote for the good guy.

We also learned… no matter how much data you have put together – it doesn’t mean you’re in it for the average person.

Andrew Yang is not in this for the people which means that’s another vote to Trump. Which is the trending ONLINE narrative…

The current online narrative is people want to vote for a hard work citizen, and that means without and real direction, people are trending to voting themselves into a deeper depression than currently being forecasted.

from wiki

As we continue to see candidates shifted in our media spotlight to only hinder the progression of the only candidate looking to remove “bribes” from the failed government establishment.

It seems like these companies will do just about anything to block the 99% from enjoying their future. Andrew Yang is a piece of the establishment and that’s clear by his actions; taking money from the 1% and not giving his following a clear solution during a time we need a revolution.

Andrew Yang’s pride or ego is hurt OR he is being paid to keep quiet. That’s what happens when you except 1% money. You have to do what you are told or you don’t get any more money.

Andrew Yang was never in this for you, me, or the 99% based on empirical observations found on his twitter account. This is a bad sign for his followers as they have been misguided into information built by the 1% donations, a team of smart people, like you and me, working for money, to provide information that is helpful and beneficial. But at the end, without direction, there is no leadership.

A Twitter Trend | Fraud Guarantee

A Twitter Trend | Fraud Guarantee

Over the last few years, I’ve remained rather quiet on a couple topics.

Now, I’m at a point where the News is starting to feel more and more like a movie.

Like.. I’ve accidentally entered a twilight novel or movie.

Worst part of the movie, I’m living in it.

— update, impeachment vote completed.

WHAT IS FRAUD GUARANTEE?

You’re likely wondering, what is it? I would tell you but I don’t think you would believe me immediately.

So let’s start with the background. I’m often writing these blogs in place of having a journal. The reason for journaling is because I want my son to read something when he grows up, read something about the time where he wasn’t able to maintain an archive of information, or let alone manage writing a sentence with a pencil.

Fraud Guarantee, is the name of a company. But let’s discuss how we got here. There’s more to this story.

Over the past few weeks, the non-stop chatter about Trump’s Impeachment has been ground shaking, to say the least.

But rather than giving my opinion, it seems rather important to keep it about the facts.

Data, data visualization, that cool stuff.

Let’s circle around and pretend we understand the “Washington Post” recent survey…

Which I found them sharing with Googlesheets, *sigh*.

It was a rather large view of data.

Try to make sense of this dump. Even with visualizing the data, it’s a rather big matrix of information…

Washington Post Survey 1000+ adults. No explanation of where or how. It could have been biased or not, or a Walmart parking lot, or a Target. A Red state or Blue state…

You can find the data here. Or their release of the survey here.

With that said… the latest “Fraud Guarantee”

I want to say, I warned you. Below, it’s all interesting stuff.

Wow…

When reading things like this.. you start to think. There’s nothing that can top this particular grain of information. It was so interesting, I took a screenshot and shared it on Facebook. It was the first time I’ve shared anything on facebook since I decided to stop using the app.

Fraud Guarantee is a new Twitter trend…because that’s the name of a business Giuliani…

Wait wait… Who cares about this guy, what the hell.

Someone called their name Fraud Guarantee.

So, yes, I’m thinking, “what’s Fraud Guarantee”… I must see!

Yet, I’m awkwardly found myself watching Giuliani.

I will admit, I don’t know who Giuliani is, or what he looks like, but I can hear things and I can see stuff. So here’s this.

A video of Giuliani @ Trump Hotel… Can you make this stuff up?

In this video, are a couple of arrested people says the New York Times.

Wild.

So, I guess #FraudGuarantee is more of an open forum to hammer this trial conviction through the courts. Where millions of people are starting to get in on this, which boom… It’s a trend.

It’s hard to think this is happening.

The men, Ukrainian-born Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, originally from Belarus, are accused of conspiring to “circumvent the federal laws against foreign interference by engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and State office,” according to a four-count indictment in the Southern District of New York. Two other men, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, also face charges

CBS News
Found here

Fraud Guarantee…

The name of the employer. Fraud Guarantee, lol.

I’m sitting here patiently scripting together data, what my developer friend loves to call normalizing, and because I’m over it… i call it “cleaning.”

Sorta like you call a business something, but for some reasons this person thought Fraud Guarantee was a good option.

Image

The name of the company is Fraud Guarantee, haha wait…

Meanwhile…

Outside is a large protest, the video above is a video of the other crowd.

Interesting handouts for Trump supporters to read. Not a bad idea.

Oh and here’s the same Trump Rally, the other side of it, the Protest that lasted late into the night.

Is Life Upsetting? Or You’re an Alien.

Is Life Upsetting? Or You’re an Alien.

For some reason I thought I needed to focus for the last 10+ years, ignore music, turn it into a x-hobby, and box it up.

Sometimes it’s okay to put a pause on things. I’ve learned putting a pause to long starts to creep into other portions of life. Similar to not stretching enough, now you pulled your neck, or not running enough, now you got a big ass.

Since 8 years old, I’ve played classical instruments, since my mid 20’s, I decided to take a break and focus on work. I thought, “if I worked hard, it will pay off, I will have my own studio, more time to work on my music, and never sell out.”

I worked – non-stop- for ages.

Building a music studio was everything for me in college, and it was everything for me not that long ago. Another important factor for me in college, was “one up my parents.” I wanted to ensure I had a job, that can be remote, coffee shop, or somewhere in a distant country.

Me, growing up in a tiny town in Louisiana, everyone my age wanted to escape, we disappeared into our rooms, our imaginations often leading us to distant lands beyond Louisiana.

What changed?

I love Louisiana, I love visiting, I love the weather, I love the food, I love the people. I would love to live in a small town in Louisiana again.

As a child – I was hungry for traveling – seeing big building – flying on a plane.

After seeing those things and feeling forced to live within that lifestyle, you start to want more distance from the flying, the traveling, the big buildings and busy days.

Finding time for relaxing, in a calm environment, without the big city echoing in the distance becomes important.

Which is one of many reasons why i love living in austin texas!

Time away from the screen

Without the light of the city covering the stars, you can see planets, satellites, stars, galaxies. And we all get the same warm fuzzy feeling once you start to notice the size and distance beyond our world, built into a 360 degree view port, without an on or off button.

It’s a good feeling to consider, “maybe it’s not the worst day in my life because I dropped my cellphone, maybe it’s a good day because a large space rock isn’t exploding the planet.”

– Tyler Garrett

That fuzzy feeling.. like going to the beach on vacation, getting in the water feels weird at first, but after a few hours, you don’t want to leave.

You’re connected to the world around you. Almost as if you’re an alien, found home, and now you want to call it your home.

Similar to going skiing or snowboarding. At first, you’re terrible. Crash a lot, hurt yourself. But once you get the hang of it, you feel right at home.

When you feel like alien, different from everyone, I’m learning you need to take life with a grain of salt.

Life is upsetting with every swipe of facebook, instagram, etc. so, maybe less time on social media is a good starting point.

What changed for my music production?

I had a kid? President? Media? Married? Started a company for word of mouth equity, it crashed and burned, almost lost my home due to people being terrible humans… Started another company….

Sounds like a lot of pressure.

But what changed?

I learned a lot… I’ve been locked into learning, screen time. It felt important to be able to figure out how to find people looking for services I can offer.

In the process of learning this, I learned about searching. I learned people are all searching for something.

My theory, we are are all searching for a tribe, a place to call home, and once we enter a new tribe of people who don’t have a lot of hobbies, it’s easy to be looked at as an alien.

Did you know there’s a tribe of people dedicated to your passion projects and all you need to do is find them. Twitter, Instagram, having a blog, and meeting people in the real world are great ways to establish your tribes.

“Tribes are not to be trifled with. Your ability to thrive depends on the tribe.” 
― Scott Perry, Endeavor: Thrive Through Work Aligned with Your Values, Talents, and Tribe

And if nothing fits in your area, maybe you need to build a tribe online.

Focusing on a few things…

Everyone told me, “you’re too spread out, you’re doing too much, you need to focus on what you’re good at.”

My thoughts, “I’m bored with your filters and way of thinking.”

What I’m noticing is, I’m comparing myself to other people.

It’s normal to compare yourself to others, we all want to relate to each other to find common ground, and we all want to be a part of a tribe. It’s our micro process to survival.

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” 
― Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

For millions of years humans have been apart of a tribe or the other. The tribes learn to communicate, and if the communication pattern is filtering your life, it’s time to find a new tribe!

Not all tribes are built for helping each other, take what you can from the tribe, and leave the rest in the trash.

You’re you. Not every piece of advice will work for you. This includes advice from friends, family, people you think are “blood tribe.” Sometimes they are jealous of your youth, looks, talents, and that’s not the right tribe for you.

You need a tribe who supports you, not everything you share – people are busy and that’s not probable.

You need a group of folks you can confide in, a tribe of people who understand your turmoil….

A tribe of people who know how to direct you to focusing on using your time to benefit you or others around you. Sometimes we need tribe in person, digitally, but end of day you need a tribe.

Being the alien in the tribe means you’re the smartest person, you don’t need to be in that tribe, go find a tribe where you’re not the coolest, best, smartest, and go stand next to that person, do what you can to learn and help them.

For some reason I thought focusing on a couple of things made sense.

Focusing on Tableau consulting, focusing on digital marketing, focusing on web development, focusing on user persona, graphic design, tech tech tech tech technology… techy tech tech.

Never do I consider re-focusing on music production. I built musicblip and stopped because I thought I needed to monetize it. But that was not why I built musicblip, that was advice from other people who did not know why I built musicblip. I built musicblip to give back, it is was never a goal to turn it into a massive money machine.

So, what changed?

My tribe. My influences. But that tribe is dead, so why don’t I go back to my hobbies?

Cutting out passion hobbies for LIFE, WORK, FAMILY… is like cutting off your good arm.

It becomes a phantom limb.

I removed the limb thinking a “sane” minds would prevail. But all I gained was a painful neck, repeated work stress injuries, repetitive reaching to computer and typing & clicking for prolonged periods of time.

What am I missing?… Oh my outlet.

Music production helped me learn a lot about workflow, working smart, optimizing how I work, and it allowed me to take my learnings into my professional life.

I would tell analogies about how making bad music is normal, just like building dashboards, they always suck in the beginning but after a good bit of time making crap dashboards, you 1 day make a good polished piece of crap, and it it impresses everyone.

That is the dumbest analogy every, but when I say something that simple, obvious, easy to connect,… well it becomes easy to become a part of this micro tribe. A group of my peers, customers, friends… Captivated by my story telling.

Having an outlet makes you more human.

Having an outlet makes you seem like you have a life outside of work.

People don’t like robots, sometimes you need to fake this part of you if you’re struggling to tribe up in micro meetings.

Aliens find friends online easy, but we can’t live online.

Living online does not work, they make netflix documentaries about it.

It’s OK to make digital mentors, friends, etc… It’s important to learn to be able to network and a few hours a week – learning from someone online – is not a negative.

However, non-stop screen time is a negative.

My thoughts… F*** social media. Start a blog.

And if you haven’t taken a break from Facebook, give yourself a chance.

Staring at the computer, to drive a digital needle, based on an algorithm I believe is easy because I can build the same solution…

Does not mean it’s a good usage of time, it means it’s a usage of time.

As an alien, who plays mystical instruments since childhood. Sending vibrations into the world needs to continue to ensure I’m apart of my history tribe. The tribe you build for yourself through your experiences and hard work. Often times these grinds are attributed to your ability to tell the story of your success in the future. We can share online, we can make music online, but we don’t come up with the best ideas when sitting around online.

Often the best ideas come from silence, doing boring stuff, exercise,…

Be okay with your work being stolen, and stealing good work.

Long ago, my work was stolen. It was stolen because it was good, not because they wanted to piss me off, frustrate me, or keep me from producing. Likely not the case.

So, I stopped making music. Turned off my soundcloud. Had a great excuse to stop making music.

But, my removed arm is needing to be re-attached.

I feel more alien not having my hobby in my life, it’s time to start changing the way I think.

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
  3. Write the book you want to read. (swap book for music)
  4. Use your hands.
  5. Side projects and hobbies are important.
  6. The secret: do good work and share it with people.
  7. Geography is no longer our master.
  8. Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
  9. Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

I never made music for anyone but myself.

I made music I wanted to listen to at the time.

I made music I wanted to listen to.

However culture, media, life, movies, tv, school, college… they had to teach me right from wrong…

We should not be mentally fighting, physically fighting, always working towards consumerism and destructive behaviors due to frustrations with my neighbor.

Always looking to right wrongs, like a super hero on the internet… Just like superman, who was an alien.

Do you ever feel frustrated or hyper connected to events?

I compare getting upset about people cheating in digital marketing, to landscaping…

It’s easier than explaining why I’m upset about politics.

My competitors cheat, it makes marketing more complex.

Every competitor of mine is cheating, I was upset for a long time….

I fought about it, I was not being kind. I was upset, trying to right a wrong…

There’s a positive side, it did a few things.

It taught me about traffic, it taught me about cheating, and instead of worrying about this cold lemon squeeze that life is handing me, I grab that lemon, shield my eye from the drip, and squeeze the mother f*** out of it.

That’s how you make SUPER LEMONS.

Think about the last thing that upset you…

Are you getting a positive return from being upset about this political, police beating, knock out video, sex tape, celebrity, boxing, mma, etc….

When was the last time someone paid you to watch netflix?

Do you earn money from being upset about life?

Let me use an analogy…

What is a weed in the grass? We know it’s there but do we need to point it out and make a big deal? What can you learn from this roadblock?

Do we need to peel apart the reason for the weed?

Do we need to call attention to the weed?

Do we need to think about how the weed will spread?

Notice all these internal dialogs and let them pass. You don’t need to greet the door of every concern in your life.

We need to shut the computer off, go outside, pick the stupid weed, pick another 10 weeds while you are at it.

Go throw it in the right bucket, don’t sweep it under, otherwise you’re gonna have a bunch of dead weeds under there.

Start making your digital life more analog or you will fade away. And it’s not the kind of drowning you need. Covered in lemon juice, hooked on netflix, worried about the weeds growing in your front yard.

Carve out a schedule, spend 30 minutes alone without asking for next steps, without solving problems, take a deep breath and fucking chill.
The world will give you every answer you need. The thing you’re looking for, is you.

If you’re upset with how things are, wishing for more…

Go steal someones hard work, make it your own, they will never notice you stealing their work, and give yourself a limitations to getting your work completed.

You don’t have unlimited time, you don’t have unlimited money, and “why didn’t I think of that?” Is a few steps away from, “I just thought of something better.”

I stole all the cheaters cheats, I squeeze the life out of the lemon life gave me, I cloned that lemon, now I have super lemons. Super cheats. Super life hacks.

Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain

Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain

The first 3 hours of your day can dictate how your life turns out. And this often begins with the very first thing that you decide to put in your brain. You can either start you day with junk food for the brain (the internet, distracting apps, etc) or you can start the day with healthy food for the brain (reading, meditation, journaling, exercising, etc). When you start the day with junk food for the brain, you put yourself at a self imposed handicap that inhibits your ability to get into flow and prevents you from doing deep work. When you start the day with health food for your brain, the exact opposite happens.

Anytime I start my day with junk food for the brain, the quality of the day goes down. I’m less happy, focused, and productive. I spend a ton of time on the internet and don’t get any real work done. But if I start my day with health food for the brain, I find that my mood is better, I’m happier, more focused and productive.

Why Junk Food for the Brain is Toxic

If you woke up in the morning, smoked a cigarette, ate 2 donuts, and washed it down with 2 cups of coffee, it wouldn’t be surprising that your physical performance is subpar. You’re probably not going to go out and run 2 miles or win a prize fight after that kind of breakfast.

maybe draw a puzzle.

But when it comes to our brain, we’re not nearly as mindful about the idea that we should treat the information we consume like the food we eat.

“When you wake up you’re in this theta alpha state and you’re highly suggestible. Every like, comment, share, you get this dopamine fix and it’s literally rewiring your brain. What you’re smart device is doing especially if that’s the first thing you grab when you wake up and you’re in this alpha theta state, is rewiring your brain to be distracted.” — @Jim Kwik

If we start our days by checking email, instagram, or the internet, we keep reinforcing the behavior of distraction until it becomes our new habit. Some of the smartest behavioral scientist and designers in the world have worked really hard to make sure that their products are addictive, habit forming, and only provide you with a temporary sense of fulfillment so the you are always jonesing for your next fix.

As Mark Manson so brilliantly said, cell phones are the new cigarettes.

And a significant amount of what’s on the internet is nothing more than junk food for the brain.

Why Healthy Food for the Brain is So Powerful

If you woke up in the morning and had a really healthy breakfast, that revitalized and energized you, you’d likely hit the gym or a morning run expecting to be at your peak. The same goes for our brains.

When we start the day with health food for the brain, instead of a self imposed handicap, we give ourselves a massive competitive advantage. On the days when I religiously follow through on the 8-step daily routine that allowed me to write multiple books and 100’s of articles, my productivity goes through the roof, flow happens effortlessly, and I end up doing a lot of deep work. The idea for this article was actually the result of giving my brain some health food to start the day.

  • I did 20 minutes of meditation
  • I did almost an hour of reading
  • I wrote in my journal for 30 minutes
  • When I turned on my computer, I blocked distractions and started writing.

When you start the day with health food for your brain, you don’t end up depleting your willpower, and as a result you get more done in far less time.

So how exactly do you start the day with health food for your brain? To wean ourselves off of junk food for the brain, we have to actually replace it with something else.

Don’t use your devices in the morning

Smartphones distract us whether they are on, off, in our pockets, or on a table, and they command our attention even when they are not our own. The best solution for preventing smartphone distraction is to remove it from the picture altogether — Steve Magness

If your refrigerator or pantry is filled with junk food, you’re going to be much more likely to eat it. Same goes for your devices. If you turn them on first thing in the morning, you’re going to be much more likely to give into the sources of distraction that they make accessible. The only thing that I use my phone for in the morning is a 20 minute meditation with the Calm app. After that, I take it out of the room I’m working in.

Set aside 20 minutes to meditate

Reality as we know it occurs in the space between stimulus and response. An event happens and we make it mean something. But this happens so fast that we don’t question the validity of the meaning we’ve assigned to an event, situation or circumstance. The way to take control of the meaning is to slow that process down, and the way to slow that process down is with meditation.

I have a natural tendency to overreact or make situations more stressful than they really are. But as my meditation practice has deepened, I’ve noticed a profound energetic shift. Many of the things that would have previously rattled me don’t. On the mornings that I follow through with my 20 minutes of meditation, I’m able to focus more easily, and I don’t crave sources of distraction nearly as much

The most successful people I’ve interviewed on Unmistakable Creative, all of the peak performance books I’ve read, spiritual teachings, and many billionaires all reference the role that a daily meditation habit is played in their life. That was convincing enough evidence for me to make it a daily habit.

Read books, not the internet

When we read on the internet, we tend to scan more than we read. How often do you sit around at a dinner party discussing the amazing article you read on the internet? Almost all of my ideas for what I want to write about have come from books. Almost none of them have come from reading articles on the internet. I’ve even found in my cases that when I read a physical book that I previously read on Kindle, I tend to get far more value out of it.

Years ago when I interviewed Julien Smith, he said “I don’t read blogs. I read books.” And he had one of the most popular blogs on the internet. I stopped reading blogs, started reading books, and as a result became a more prolific writer. After watching the prolific career that Ryan Holiday has built, and observing his reading habits, I decided to follow his lead. Believe me the irony that you’re reading this on the internet is not lost on me.

Do 1 hour of Deep Work

One hour of deep work is a form of self care. It’s incredibly fulfilling. It’s an affirmation to yourself and to the universe that you value yourself and your time. You can accomplish extraordinary things in just one focused hour a day of uninterrupted creation time. With deep work, you get disproportionate results from your efforts. It’s the 80–20 rule at work. 80% of your output will come from 20 percent of your effort.

Just some food for thought. When I started writing this article I set my distraction blocker for 45 minutes. As I wrote this sentence I decided to do a check on my word count and realized I’d written over 1200 words in about 35 minutes. That’s what happens when you combine flow and deep work together

One last thing to consider. What are you really getting out of checking Facebook, Instagram, or anything on your phone when you wake up in the morning? Is it making you happier or more successful in any way at all? If you added up all the time you possibly waste over the course of a year on this behavior, it’s likely you could write a book, build a business, or learn an instrument, all of which are going to do far more for the quality of your life than the temporary dopamine fix your phone provides.

Shared December 24, 2018

Starting Your Day on the Internet is Damaging Your Brain…

Do you disagree?

Start Typing to Get Traffic!

Start Typing to Get Traffic!

Start typing to get traffic…

It’s magic, I know.

If you say start typing a couple more times than your competitor, you’re going to confuse a robot and the algorithm will rank you #1.

There’s no tricks…

Just a lot of opinionated people who aren’t very technical, offering lots of bad content about how to get traffic.

Usually everyone PAYS to play.

But if you don’t pay… you can earn traffic by simply typing and blogging on other websites.

Seriously, it’s like you will start ranking for “start typing to get traffic.”

Most people don’t realize if you start typing to get traffic, you will get traffic because robots will have ranked you for start typing.

Notice, we can do different things, like say get traffic and start typing. They key is I’m doing something… I’m doing more than nothing, I’m doing more than scrolling on facebook. I’m not living my life by staring at someone else’s meal from yesterday…

You could blog about super complex API stuff, like I tend to do…

You can pretend like people understand your niche, circle stuff in pink like that will help…

Ultimately you need to type about stuff that isn’t really complex.

Making stuff for the masses is easy for everyone to understand you know what you’re talking about, and don’t need to stress the mechanics of how a clock turns.

So, I made a visualization.

The dashboard clearly explains the analytics jobs coming from LinkedIn.com.


A dashboard is a way for me to easy explain the data…

I can avoid talking of the complexities of prepping data from an API perspective, how I connected it to linkedin, how I had to parse data at a row level to answer questions I had about LinkedIn Job data….

None of that stuff matters.

PEOPLE just want to see the time…

But if you’re not willing to show them any of that…

Trust me the facebook group, facebook ad, stuff.. Will fade.

Pay to play will not be a resume booster.

Unless you’re doing something really techie…

Start typing to get traffic from robots first…

Robots need to find you and eventually they will. Make sure after a header, you talk about the header too, like start typing to get traffic from robots first – or you’re not going to get traffic ever…

traffic on Tyler Garrett‘s medium for 30 days.

Really simple stuff… I started typing on medium. It’s free.

medium.com

I type about whatever, coding, anything really…

And now I’m ranking on Google? Only people beating me are full of advertisements, which is likely because they are cheating to rank.

website above this looks like dog shit.

But that’s the wild west in ranking, shitty websites beat websites without a single advertisement. That’s how the game is played and everyone is cheating.

TIP:

Using bold also tells robots you’re serious about the two words.

And all you did was start typing about something.

Anything will do.

Putting it in double quotes can also help indicate the topic of the entire blog, but mostly, you want to say it in the title, the URL, the first paragraph, and maybe in a header or two below!

ranking for dev3lop.com

If you round it off with the keywords again, like how important it is to type anything, and keep trying.

It took 3 years before people really started sharing my content. It takes time to learn the internet when it’s full of fake accounts, fake consultancies, and scammers.