3 Keys to Get Your Kids to Sleep at Night

There are two times that can be a major source of tension for parents with young children.

If you fit into that category, listen up.  If you don't fit into that category and you may some day or you know someone who is in the category, listen for them.  

The first time that I'm referring to is meal time.  Meal time can be an all out battle when you're dealing with a toddler, or two, or three, or …yeah, I've been blessed with more.  

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I can't say that I've figured out the meal time part of the equation yet, but I believe we have a few keys to help with the other time…bed time.

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Learning From Others’ Mistakes

I have a confession to make.  Ready for it?   Ok, here goes….

I'm not perfect.

I have in fact made mistakes (hundreds, thousands, I would venture to say tens of thousands) during the course of my thirty years on the Earth.  Though I wish I could say that I learned from all of the mistakes, that statement wouldn't be accurate.

The lessons that I have learned have helped me gain wisdom in some areas of life and in many cases, I have passed these lessons on to others. 

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Should I Be Quiet?

If you look at the amount of information that floats around every day, it is easy to understand why there is such a sense of overload.

There are millions of blog posts being written on millions of blogs every day.

There are probably millions of videos being created and being posted each day (in fact I heard Cliff Ravenscraft say 72 hrs per minute uploaded to YouTube).

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One Thing That Holds Most People Back

If you know me personally or have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I love to read books by inspirational people and entrepreneurs.  

I also love to listen to podcasts and watch videos from successful people.  

Success stories amaze me and there is one thing that sticks out to me in most cases.  Successful people believe they can be successful.

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The Importance of Practice

We all know the saying, "Practice Makes Perfect".  Perhaps you have heard a variation of this phrase as I have too – "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect".  

I don't want to get into which is more appropriate or more correct, but the bottom line is we tend to get better at things when we spend time practicing them.  

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Podcasts I Listen To

Without a doubt, one of my favorite ways to get ideas and to learn new things is to listen to podcasts.

I listen to podcasts while washing the dishes.  I listen to podcasts while mopping floors (yes, I help out around the house).  I listen to podcasts while working in my office.  I listen to podcasts while taking walks.  I even listen to podcasts while cutting the grass on the weekends.

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It has become a part of my professional development and I'm glad to be able to listen to such great resources that cost me a grand total of $0.00.

Whenever I discuss podcasts, I often get asked what I listen to, so I figured I would share a list in this post.  FYI: I listen to all of these using the Stitcher app or Stitcher.com

Here is a list of most of the podcasts I listen to with brief descriptions:

  • The Dave Ramsey Show – great money management advice and encouragement. The real-life stories give a spark to get out of debt and "live like no one else now so you can live like no one else later"
  • Entreleadership – business/life lessons from Dave Ramsey and interviews of great leaders by Chris Locurto
  • This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt – Former CEO/Chairman at Thomas Nelson. He shares intentional leadership strategies in an easy-to-understand way. He's a great blogger/speaker and he shares success strategies.
  • Coach Radio with Justin Lukasavige – topics vary, but sometimes listening to real-life entrepreneurs have a conversation about different topics sparks an idea of something that I want to do.
  • Podcast Answer Man – Cliff Ravenscraft shares many things about podcasting and life.  He's the go-to guy for podcasting.
  • Unofficial Linchpin – Andy Traub periodically interviews people who are making things happen.
  • Eventual Millionaire – Jamie Tardy interviews millionaires and gets real advice that people who are starting out can use
  • Focus on the Family – I listen to this great family/ministry podcast nearly every weekday morning. Great encouragement for Christians, fathers, married couples, single folks, etc.
  • The Wired Homeschool – great tech topics for homeschooling families and parents in general
  • In The Loop with Andy Andrews – Andy Traub (A.T.) hosts and shares great conversations with author and speaker Andy Andrews 
  • Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn shares his experiences and how he runs his business
  • Beyond the To Do List – Erik J. Fisher shares great interviews with entrepreneurs 
  • 48 Days to the Work You Love – Author/Speaker, Dan Miller answers listener questions about doing work they love, whether finding a job, starting a business, or both.  Just the weekly dose of inspiration that I need.

Question:    How about you?  Do you listen to podcasts?  If so, what are some that you would recommend?

Ask The Right Questions To Save Money

Whenever I go back to old family videos, one thing that I notice about myself is that I ask a lot of questions.

The truth of the matter is I still do.

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A recognizable phrase that was developed from multiple scriptures is "you have not because you ask not".  In many cases, this is truth.  All it takes is asking the right questions to the right people.

A long time ago, I discovered that usually the worst thing that could happen when asking questions is receiving the answer "no"….or getting punched in the face or something like that…but most of the time, just "no".

Once I got comfortable with that, I made a decision to ask more questions, and not just more questions, but the right questions to more likely get the result I desire.

I have been able to barter my services, add on new features for a client, get furniture prices reduced, find out about deals that weren't advertised, and even get items free because I asked the right person the right questions.

Here are three keys to asking the right questions to save money:

1)  Make sure you have done research beforehand. If you are more informed, you can ask questions with more detail and insight.  It gives you more bargaining power.  Whatever you do, don't buy an expensive item like a car without doing the research.

2)  Ask questions to someone who has the power to do something.  If you ask for a discount or deal from someone who has no power to do it, you are wasting time.  If you ask the owner of a store or a manager who has some influence, a deal is more likely to happen.  Ask for something over-the-top and you might actually get a better deal than you expected.  

3)  Be honest but don't feel the need to reveal unnecessary information. If you're going to buy a sofa set, the store owner doesn't need to know how much you make every year. I'm a firm believer that you shouldn't lie or try to cut corners to save money, but there is only so much that you need to share.  Sometimes it's necessary to give information, such as when you're purchasing a car, but the key is to still give only what is needed when it is needed.  

Saving money is well worth the effort and the more you learn to ask the right questions, the easier it becomes.  I would love to hear some ways you have used these techniques.

Question:  What are some ways you have saved money by asking the right questions to the right people?  

Are We Addicted to Sitting?

I just read an article written in the Harvard Business Review called Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation.  

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Two quick observations: 

1)  Don't think I'm super smart or some sort of genius because I'm reading the Harvard Business Review.  Someone tweeted about the article and I followed the link.  If you want to think I'm incredibly intelligent though, please carry on.

2)  If you're sitting down while you're reading this article, if possible, get up and read it while standing.

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