BI 069: Afford Anything Paula Pant Fear Expresses Itself As Procrastination

Paula Pant

When we conclude my interview with Paula Pant, you will learn about

What is her advice for future writers and public speakers?

Finally, we wrap things up by throwing some curve balls to find what makes Paula unique, what drives her and inspires her.

What is more important to her, who you know or what you know?

Why does Paula believe in doing something you’re good at and learning to love that?

What does your procrastination really mean?

Why was Paula’s boyfriend her biggest entrepreneur inspiration?

Who would she love to pick their brains over lunch?

What is Paula’s next personal goal?

How can being too frugal cause regrets, especially in travel?

Why did Paula stop reading frugality blogs?

Hear a typical day at Afford Anything.

What is Paula’s productivity tip for dealing with hitting the snooze button?

Why would she want to have Anna Kendrick (Air Up There) play her in a movie based on her life?

Resources

Stand and Deliver: How to Become a Masterful Communicator and Public Speaker

Cal Newport (So Good They Can’t Ignore You)

For more information on Afford Anything and Paula Pant, please visit http://affordanything.com.

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BI 068: Afford Anything Paula Pant Goes Where She Wants To Go

Paula Pant

A few years ago I learned about Paula Pant of Afford Anything and her globetrotting ways. She topped things off with her post, How I Traveled to 30 Countries by Age 30. I thought it would be great to hear about her travel adventures and her entrepreneur journey. After the interview, I wondered to myself, never mind the dream job, could Paula be actually living the dream life?

If you are a fan of Paula, you will learn

What is Paula’s favorite type of music?

What are her favorite foods?

Why does Paula love Legends of the Fall?

Where does she love to travel to and where are her dream destinations, the most original answer to date!

Why does Paula think you have to stay at a destination for at least a week to count?

When we get down to business with Paula, you will learn

What was her mindset when she left her job in 2008?

What is the difference with being self employed and being an entrepreneur?

How does Paula create passive income?

What inspired her love for travel?

What sparked Paula to start a business when she returned home?

In 2010, what metric did she use to guide her on being an entrepreneur?

Was there ever a time she wanted to go back to a corporate job?

Hear her thoughts on handing over your right to vacation to your job?

What is Paula’s advice for anyone wanting to leave their 9 to 5?

For more information on Afford Anything and Paula Pant, please visit http://affordanything.com/.

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San Diego Travel and Adventure Show 2014 Recap

SD Travel and Adventure Show

Since I had visited many travel booths at the recent Travel and Adventure Show in Long Beach, I was focused on seminars and vendors. Although this was the first show in San Diego and was smaller in size when compared to LA and Long Beach, you feel the excitement and passion for travel by all the San Diego attendees.

Invented by Necessity

After getting pick-pocketed in Xian China, Pick-Pocket Proof Pants, P^cubed Travel Pants founder Adam Rapp took matters into his own hands. He created the Pick-Pocket Proof Pants to stop pick-pockets dead in their tracks. Pockets have up to three levels of security. Hopefully I can speak to Adam on my podcast soon.

For more information on Pick-Pocket Proof Pants, visit http://clothingarts.com/ today.

Go Eat Give

Go Eat Give

Having already listened to Samantha Brown and Patricia Schultz from previous shows, I wanted to go off the beaten path.  I sat in on a thought provoking talk that focused on just that.  Sucheta Rawal, founder of Go Eat Give made me aware that everyone’s travel pictures, souvenirs, and stories are all  slowly becoming the same.  Everyone hits the same tourist hot spots, but are they really experiencing the place they are visiting? Go Eat Give is a non-profit organization that provides unique tours to a select number of countries. They generally last for a week and offers hands-on volunteer opportunities. Go Eat Give tourists are fully immersed into the culture, cuisine, and music of their travel destination.

For more information on Go Eat Give, please visit http://www.goeatgive.com/ today.

Segway

Segway Fun

In between talks and vendor visits, I did squeeze in my first ride on a Segway. Don’t laugh as the safety helmet is required before setting foot on one. Special thanks to Trevor and Daniel of Wheel Fun Rentals for teaching me the ropes. I felt like I was hovering on a futuristic transporter like the ones you see in sci-fi movies. The handling is very responsive and I did feel some speed on our short straight away.

Please click for more information on America’s Segway Tours By Wheel Fun Rentals today.

Leon Logothetis

Powered by Kindness

Last, but not least, I sat in on an inspiring talk by Leon Logothetis. He took us through his five month trip around the world with no money and riding his motorcycle appropriately named Kindness One. His passion was on full display as retold some very emotional and eye-opening moments that had me on the edge of my seat. I got the privilege of chatting with Captain Leon a bit after the talk and found out he lives in my neck of the woods. Hopefully we can catch up after he gets back into town. For now, it sounds like we have the second coming of the Motorcycle Diaries, only better and kinder.

For more information on Leon Logothetis and his journey, please visit http://kindnessone.com/ today.

San Diego

Final Thoughts

After a long day of learning about pick-pocket proof pants, volunteer travel opportunities, speeding around a Segway, and discovering the kindness of others around the world, I kicked up my feet and caught my breath. While resting near the main stage, San Diego travel lovers got great news as the show would be returning next year due to the tremendous turn out. Looks like Los Angeles and Long Beach won’t be the only place travel enthusiasts can spend a weekend getting excited about travel. Welcome aboard San Diego!

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BI 067: NGNG Enterprises Amber Ludwig Stand Out From The Crowd!

Amber Ludwig

When we conclude my interview with Amber Ludwig, one of the most present and passionate people I’ve met, you will learn about

What is the Authentic Business Success Summit?

How did Amber stand out when approaching the thought leaders she ended up working with?

Finally, we wrap things up by throwing some curve balls to find what makes Amber unique, what drives her and inspires her.

Why does she follow her gut and opportunities more than passion?

What is more important to Amber, who you know or what you know?

How does she deal with fear of failure and success?

“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who inspired Amber on her entrepreneur journey?

What type of person (mentor, client, team members) is she most drawn to?

Why would Amber love to meet Tony Robbins?

What musical instruments would she like to learn?

Does Amber have any regrets?

Hear about a typical day in her life.

What’s coming up for Amber and NGNG Enterprises?

Finally, hear Amber’s favorite actresses and why she would want a combination of two of them to play her in a movie based on her life.

Resources

Free Conference Calling

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

For more information on NGNG Enterprises and Amber Ludwig, please visit http://insightfuldevelopment.com/.

Thank you so much for listening and tune in next week for another educational, entertaining, and inspirational interview. Please do leave any comments, questions, and suggestions. If you haven’t already, please stop by iTunes to leave a review, good or bad. Don’t worry, I can handle the truth.

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BI 066: NGNG Enterprises Amber Ludwig No Guts No Glory!

Amber Ludwig

When I recently heard how Amber Ludwig teamed up with some of the biggest names in their respected niches, I knew I had to learn more about her and NGNG Enterprises. On top of that, who could not love her company motto of “No Guts No Glory”? Her energy and positive outlook fired me up and should do the same for you.

If you are a fan of Amber, you will learn

What is her favorite band and why it was so difficult for her to pick one song?

What is Amber’s favorite sport and team?

What is her favorite movie?

Where does Amber love to travel to and where is her dream destination?

When we get down to business with Amber, you will learn

What advice does Amber have for someone who is unclear about their passions?

Why does success not happen overnight?

Why is it important to surround yourself with people who support you?

What did Amber learn from a recent setback in her business?

How does she feel about self publishing and traditional publishing?

What is Amber’s best advice for anyone who feels they have a book in them?

Resources

Free Conference Calling

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

For more information on NGNG Enterprises and Amber Ludwig, please visit http://insightfuldevelopment.com/.

Thank you so much for listening and tune in next week for the second half of my interview with Amber Ludwig. Please do leave any comments, questions, and suggestions. If you haven’t already, please stop by iTunes to leave a review, good or bad. Don’t worry, I can handle the truth.

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Is Disney California Adventure Park Worth It?

Lightning McQueen

Last weekend I used the second of my three day, one park per day SoCal Resident Ticket. To mix things up, I visited California Adventure. I had three goals. One, have a fun relaxing day in the sun with my family. Two, see if going to California Adventure was worth the price of admission. Finally, figure out if I will be using my last day on Disneyland or California Adventure.

Correction, 29% Off

Last time when I asked if the SoCal Resident Ticket was worth it I mistakenly calculated that I was saving a whopping 42%. Under further review, a regular priced 3-Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket with Magic Morning goes for $225. Using this new figure against the SoCal Resident Ticket price of $159, I actually saved 29%. Not as much as I thought, but still, nothing to sneeze at.

Spectacular Shows

We started things off with Disney Junior – Live on Stage! A very energetic host sang and danced with puppets of our favorite Disney characters. Each segment had a life lesson for the kids. Although Baby Buck is too young to understand, seeing him move his hands to the beat and beaming his goofy grin was priceless.

Aladdin Musical Spectacular

Next up, our original showing of Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular was delayed due to technical difficulties. Thankfully we caught the second show and it was worth the wait. Just like the movie, the Genie stole the show with his over the top antics. Kudos to the writers for keeping the jokes fresh as the Genie poked fun at Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. Finally, superb performances by Aladdin and Jasmine as they effortlessly belted out all the classic songs from the soundtrack. I’m still flying on my magic carpet ride from all the heart warming scenes. This is a must see!

Turtle Talk with Crush

We cooled off in the animation studio in Hollywood Land and were treated to a combination of Imagineering and impromptu comedy. Crush our favorite turtle from Finding Nemo swims around on screen telling us about himself. Things get really fun when he selects people in the audience and fields their questions. Crush with his surfer quick wit had us rolling on the floor laughing. This was a pleasant surprise.

A Bug’s Land

We mixed things up and jumped on some rides in Bug’s Land. Sadly, we were a little disappointed. Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train was fun, but the ride was too short. When we reached the exit, I looked at the rider next to me and we both chuckled, “That’s it?”
We then got spun around like a top on Francis’ Ladybug Boogie. Perhaps I’m getting older now, but the rotation speed was making me a little dizzy.

Flik's Flyers

I felt the same getting whipped around high above the ground in Flik’s Flyers. Thankfully Baby Buck did not cry, but he did not look amused either. He looked confused and seemed to wonder, “What’s going on? Why is everything spinning?

Pixar Play Parade

Crush Pixar Play Parade

After regaining our balance, we found a nice spot next to the Hyperion Theater to catch the Pixar Play Parade. It was great seeing my favorite Pixar characters. The dance numbers, color costumes, and eye popping floats had me on the edge of the curb. Baby Buck waved along to the music and high fived some of the dancers.

World of Color

World of Color

The finale of the evening was World of Color. California Adventure pulled out the stops with lights, pyrotechnics, music, and laser images of our favorite Disney movies. Special viewing areas using a Fast Pass got a closer look at the show and were warned they may get wet. We had a nice view right next to the Golden Zephyr and were close enough to feel the heat from the pyrotechnics.

Final Thoughts

We had another fun day in the sun so I easily met my first goal. Secondly, was California Adventure worth it? Nowadays I have a weakness for live shows. The combination of Disney Junior, Aladdin, Turtle Talk with Crush, the Pixar Play Parade, and World of Color was definitely worth the price of admission.

BBQ Pork at Flo's V8 Cafe

Although I didn’t fully enjoy the rides, I was surprised by a delicious Coke BBQ Pork Loin dinner at Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land. The corn medley was zesty and I really tasted Coke in the barbecue sauce! We did get on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Flying Tires, but just like Bug’s Land, more spinning and getting jostled.

Paradise Pier

Finally, did I prefer Disneyland or California Adventure? California Adventure should really be renamed Pixar Land. Sadly I am not up to speed with all my Pixar movies so my association with the characters isn’t as strong as Disney. I enjoyed Disney’s themed rides over California Adventure’s spinning rides. The Little Mermaid ride near Paradise Pier was fun, but then I realized this was the only themed ride where you are whisked into fantasy like the ones found across the street. It looks like I will be using my third day in Disneyland.

Which do you prefer? Disneyland or California Adventure?

For more information on Disney California Adventure, click on https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disney-california-adventure/ today.

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BI 065: Energy First Gerry Morton Harness Your Butterflies!

Gerry Morton

As we conclude my interview with Gerry, you will learn

Why is it important to join a mastermind group?

Why are mentors important and how do you find one?

Finally, we wrap things up by throwing some curve balls to find what makes Gerry unique, what drives him and inspires him.

What does he think is more important, Who you know or what you know?

Did Gerry follow his passion or do something he was good at and learned to love that?

What does he feel about fear?

How did Gerry’s core values guide him on his entrepreneur journey?

Are entrepreneurs made or born?

What do you need if you want to learn to be an entrepreneur?

Who would Gerry love to meet?

What personal goals does he have for this year?

Who would Gerry want to play his role in a movie based on his life?

Resources

Commencement Address – University of Arizona Honors College Graduation – Gerry Morton

For more information on Energy First and Gerry Morton, please visit http://www.energyfirst.com/.

Thank you so much for listening and tune in next week for more exciting interviews. Please do leave any comments, questions, and suggestions. If you haven’t already, please stop by iTunes to leave a review, good or bad. Don’t worry, I can handle the truth.

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BI 064: Energy First Gerry Morton Fail Fast Fail Often!

Gerry Morton

Years ago, a friend of mine was trying to lose weight and was torturing himself with meal replacement shakes. When I heard about Gerry Morton and Energy First, I wanted to learn more about his business and how he became so successful in the meal replacement industry. On top of that, since he is a personal friend of two time guest Robert “Daddy” Nickell, I knew he would be a fun, educational, and inspirational interview.

If you are a fan of Gerry, you will learn

What is his favorite song?

What is Gerry’s favorite sport and team?

Why is his all time favorite movie Casablanca?

Where does Gerry love to travel to how does traveling help his business?

When we get down to business with Gerry, you will learn

What jobs did Gerry have before Energy First?

Why is Energy First different from other meal replacement shakes?

What is Gerry’s advice for someone wanting to leave their 9 to 5?

What was his mindset when he shifted to owning his own company?

What different data gathering techniques did Gerry use?

How does Gerry feel about the fear of failure?

Resources

Google Analytics

User Testing

For more information on Energy First and Gerry Morton, please visit http://www.energyfirst.com/.

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BI 063: Oh So Pinteresting Cynthia Sanchez Get Over Your Fear Of Failure!

Cynthia Sanchez

As we conclude our interview with Cynthia Sanchez of Oh So Pinteresting, you will learn

What is her advice for someone wanting to leave the 9 to 5?

Finally, we wrap things up by throwing some curve balls to find what drives and inspires Cynthia.

Did she follow her passion or do something she was good at and learned to love that?

What does Cynthia think is more important, Who you know or what you know?

How is she getting over her fear failure?

Who inspired Cynthia on her entrepreneur journey?

Who does she want to meet?

Why does Cynthia want to meet Mari Smith?

What personal goal does she have and why we should follow her lead?

What is her only business regret?

What is a typical day like for Cynthia?

What is next for Oh So Pinteresting?

What actress would Cynthia choose to play her role in a movie based on her life?

Resources

PicMonkey

For more information on Oh So Pinteresting and Cynthia Sanchez, please visit http://ohsopinteresting.com/.

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Are Disneyland SoCal Resident Tickets Worth It?

Disneyland

I haven’t been to Disneyland in years so when their SoCal Resident Ticket went on sale, I jumped at the chance.  When you dig deeper, the savings is pretty significant.

42% Off

I ultimately decided on a three day, one park per day pass for $159.  This includes one pass to enter a park one hour early which will save us some time for hitting the busier rides.  If you divide the total by 3, I pay an average of $53 a park a day.  That’s a whopping 42% off!  This alone should answer our is it worth it question, but there’s much more. The only drawback is having to use these tickets before summer and getting blacked out during most of April because of Spring Break.

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Our first show played to a packed house.  Some visitors were even turned away till the next show.  Everyone in the bleachers were whisked away by talented dancers, tons of Disney characters (live and CGI) and music from a handful of classic Disney movies.  After the show, I remember gasping, this show was worth the price of admission.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Disneyland Parade

Similar to the show, the parade that ran through Main Street was packed full of characters and beautiful floats as they marched in time with more classic Disney songs.  After about 40 minutes, the parade wrapped up with the Mary Poppins gang.  Can you say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Fireworks and Fantasmic!

Disneyland Fireworks

The highlight of the evening goes to the double bill of fireworks over the castle at 8:40 PM and Fantasmic! on the Rivers of America next to Frontierland at 9:00 PM.  Pictures and videos don’t do these extravaganzas justice.  You have to be there to experience all the sights and sounds in their full glory.  Rather than fight the huge crowds, we watched the fireworks from a nice spot along the lake.  In keeping with the show and parade, fireworks lit up the sky while more Disney tunes blared in the background.

In Fantasmic!, Mickey battled the evil queen as other Disney characters danced to their themes in riverboats.  Every thing was seamlessly merged together with impressive water acrobatics and laser light displays. At the end of it all, I caught my breath thinking each action spectacular was worth the price of admission.

Final Thoughts

Disney Castle

We brought fruits and snacks but spending so many hours at Disneyland we purchased some additional food items. During the day we got a frozen pink lemonade. It hit the spot, but cost $4.75. After Fantasmic!, we needed some additional nourishment. We devoured a delicious smoked turkey leg like a barbarian, but it too cost a pretty penny at $10.  Since it was officially Baby Buck’s first visit, he got a cool Disneyland first visit button from a souvenir shop. Last, but not least, we spent all our time bouncing through rides at Fantasyland and Toon Town.

Mickey and Walt Disney

Baby Buck had a meltdown waiting to ride the Flying Dumbo, but couldn’t get enough of Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. At first I thought even with the discount, the price was too rich for my blood. However, when you combine the rides, the show, the parade, and the evening extravaganzas, Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth proved me wrong. The SoCal Resident Ticket is definitely worth it.

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How was your experience at the Happiest Place on Earth?

For more information about Disneyland and their different attractions, click the links below.

Disneyland

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Fireworks at Disneyland Park

Fantasmic!

Living a Fulfilled Life Within Our Means