8 Woo-Woo Things I Do Even Though I’m Not Superstitious

8 Woo-Woo Things I Do Even Though I’m Not Superstitious

Marketing legend Dan Kennedy is known for poking fun at new age, spiritual, and religious practices.

In the same breath, by his admission, he still practices what many consider “woo-woo” rituals.

I feel much the same way. I don’t know how much I buy into the woo-woo, but if you observed my actions even for just a week, you’d realize relatively quickly that some of what I do appears the furthest from logical and practical.

Here are eight woo-woo things I do even though I’m not superstitious.

I Meditate

Let’s start with what is probably the least superstitious thing I practice… meditation.

I was first introduced to it when I had a run-in with severe anxiety, and I did it out of necessity. It seemed to help.

In the years since I have tried many forms of meditation and have used it to visualize, change past events, uncover my spirit animal, and even more esoteric things.

It took a long time to cultivate as a habit, but it’s getting harder to imagine not meditating daily now.

I Declutter

When business is not flowing, one of the first things I do is declutter.

I’ll recycle old to-do lists, file away bills, take out the trash, take bottles and cans to the bottle depot, donate some things to Value Village, and so on.

Usually, after this has been completed, business starts flowing again, as if by magic. It’s also a documented phenomenon in Robert Anthony’s Beyond Positive Thinking.

A recent trip to Value Village did appear to set some things into motion in my life, though I can’t say for sure that there’s any correlation.

I Attempt to Feel as Good as I Can

This was instilled in me through various personal development programs like Your Wish Is Your Command.

I’ve become increasingly skeptical as to whether feeling good or “raising your vibrations” does anything to attract what you want, but all things being equal, it’s better to go through life feeling good rather than feeling bad, isn’t it?

I Whiteboard What I Want to Manifest

You could also call it goal setting. I’ll whiteboard a revenue goal for each month, and if I am compelled to, as I was during the recent total solar eclipse, I will also write down the things I want to manifest.

You don’t want to keep anything on your whiteboard for long, as the tool itself is designed to be used and reused.

So, if there’s anything I want to show up in my life, and I decide to whiteboard it, I will put a tighter timeline on it.

Though I do feel whiteboarding is a good way to keep my goals in front of me, I’m not certain that it has any inherent magical power.

I Feng Shui My Workspace

I’m not a Feng Shui master, but I do listen to those who are, such as Marie Diamond.

As a result, my desk is always facing the door, the direction of opportunity. I keep some (golden) currency on my desk as well. That’s about all I know to do, besides decluttering.

So far, I can’t say that it has helped in one way or another.

I Document My Income… in 3 Places

A bit of a weird habit, I suppose, but I document my income on my whiteboard, calendar pad, and computer.

The thought process is – the more I handle and manage money, the more I think about it, the more I document it, the more will come my way.

I used to think it made a difference, but I can’t say it has done anything for me lately.

I Affirm

Whenever I receive money, no matter the amount, I repeat the phrase in T. Harv Eker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind:

I am a money magnet. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There is evidence that gratitude is a good thing, so this might be a worthy habit to perpetuate. The word is out on whether it magnetizes you to additional income though.

I Pray / Ask for Spiritual Gifts

I talk to the Universe almost daily.

As for spiritual gifts, I was not in the habit of asking for them previously, but I’ve seen Gary Spivey do it on his live streams, so I thought “Why not?”

If I get them, I’m better off. If not, I would be in the same position I was in before I started. What have I got to lose by trying?

Final Thoughts

Do you have any weird habits, rituals, or practices, even if you don’t entirely believe in them?

What things have you tried that seem to work?

What have you tried that hasn’t worked?

I look forward to your comments.

My New Daily Routine

My New Daily Routine

Sometimes you need to change your approach.

The world is a changing place. And while evolving with it can often be frustrating and uncomfortable, it is a necessary part of life, according to the principle of entropy.

So, I’m evolving, and this is how I’m structuring my days for the next couple of weeks.

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM: Breakfast

Breakfast, at least for the time being, will probably amount to supplements, spirulina water, and a bowl of rice. I should be able to upgrade to oatmeal (and hopefully some fruit) soon.

7:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Content Creation & Distribution

I’m frontloading the day with the most mentally intensive work – content creation. Three hours per day will allow for the creation of email campaigns, articles, podcast episodes, and videos.

Without naming specific projects, I have many backlogged pieces to pump out. This may be my last run at trying to be a content creator, at least in the capacity I have done to this point, so it’s time to make the last stand and tackle the unfinished business.

Additionally…

The current economic collapse isn’t just here – it can now be tangibly felt. While I don’t claim to know all the right things to do during a downturn, one thing I do know is people will be turning more to content (including, of course, YouTube, Netflix, and video games) while they sit at home waiting for things to improve.

My theory is if I can make a small dent in the content power wave, I will at least make a decent income on viewership, if not on affiliate sales, sponsorships, and my products.

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Opportunity Hunting

While there is a near-limitless set of opportunities to explore, there’s only so much time in a day, so I had to narrow my search to a few key areas.

I will be routinizing scanning the following:

  • Local jobs. I’m not very good at jobs, don’t enjoy them, and generally don’t last long at them. But I’ve at least got to be willing, even if just temporarily, to humble and submit myself to another’s employ. Experience shows just some employment income helps around tax time too.
  • Classifieds. Odd jobs allowing me to earn $50+ will all be considered.
  • Pet sitting. Looking back on past income, I have done considerably more pet sitting (and sometimes caregiving) than I even thought. I have at least three pet owners who should give me good references now, so it’s in my best interest to keep seeking opportunities. For the most part, I have a very good rapport with dogs, though there are a few large breeds I don’t seem to get along with.
  • Upwork. Remote contracts are still ideal for me. I have a lot of experience with them, and their scope is usually limited enough that I can keep my focus and enthusiasm long enough to get the work done. I’ll be focusing on writing and virtual assisting unless I see something else that appeals.
  • Pro Blogger Jobs. One of the most popular online destinations connecting businesses with writers. New opportunities are popping up daily, and I occasionally see some with my name written all over them.
  • Podcast sponsors. I’m keeping an eye on Podcorn.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Live Stream

It has come to my attention that live streaming for 10 minutes per day is not that big of a deal. I have already live-streamed twice in the last two weeks, reading chapters from my latest book, so it is quickly becoming habit. In the future, I can also host webinars or bring guests on to talk, adding some variety to the streams.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

Rice and beans. Maybe potatoes.

12:45 PM – 2:30 PM: Client Work

I don’t have many clients at the moment, but I do have a few. Their projects do not necessarily require a ton of work, but either way, it would be in my best interest to set aside some time to serve them each day.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Networking

I have been attending a daily call for those looking to grow their business through content for the last four to five months. This group is set to open to the public soon, so that means besides being a good opportunity to learn and receive accountability, it may also become a great place to connect with new people and earn business.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Exercise

I usually lift weights twice per week and do aerobic and lower-body exercises in between. Since I’ll be getting up a little earlier than usual, my default will probably be light, aerobic exercise but we’ll see.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Promotion

By this time, most of the heavy lifting for the day will be over, and I’ll be able to focus on admin tasks.

This 60-minute block will be spent:

  • Executing a long list of book promotion tasks I’ve documented
  • Pitching and cold calling individuals and businesses I can help
  • Promoting my products and services on Fiverr
  • Exploring other places where I can share my products and services (forums, classified sites, freelancing sites, etc.)
  • Delivering on other promises I’ve made

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Profile Refresh

I’ve noted several channels that are due for a refresh. This includes:

  • My resume (I will probably end up creating multiple versions)
  • Most of my social media profiles
  • My LinkedIn profile
  • My YouTube channel (specifically, the banner image)
  • My Amazon author profile
  • My ValuedVoice profile
  • My website (for instance, I could add my work experience to the about page)

I should be able to tackle these categories in short order, though updating my website and resume will be an ongoing thing, so I may keep this task in my routine, even after the above channels have been brought up to date.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Meditation

Time to take a well-deserved rest, even if brief.

I don’t know how much I buy into “High vibes attract what you want,” but I do the things required to get into the right state anyway.

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Supper

One should not attempt to fight a war on an empty stomach.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Inventory Management

I have dozens of listings on Facebook Marketplace. I will need to keep them updated and renewed. I may still want to add a few things too.

I probably won’t need to spend a ton of time on this, but for the time being it has proven an important income source, so I will keep at it until it doesn’t make sense anymore.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Errands

I may need to buy groceries or run to the bank. I may want to attend a Meetup or an open mic. I may want to begin the process of creating a local community or find one I can plug into. I may also want to cancel some of my subscriptions to save some money.

This 60-minute time block also plays into the three basic scenarios I see playing out in the next one to two months or less:

  • Scenario 1: I do exactly as planned. I find good-paying work, I find a home in Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley, and life continues as expected.
  • Scenario 2: I find a few things locally (job, contract, community, girlfriend, etc.) that make it worth staying on the Island, and I find a place to live locally.
  • Scenario 3: Things don’t work out and I return to Calgary for a few months. This is probably the most desired outcome so far as friends and family are concerned. I am still weighing the pros and cons but I can accept that this is not the worst possible outcome, given the home base connections I already have in Calgary.

I have no reason to believe that Scenario 4, where I end up living out of a tent for a while, will play out, so I’m not planning for it.

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Phone Calls

Making phone calls to maintain and build relationships is something I should be doing anyway. I’m not great at it, and I don’t always enjoy it, but its value has been instilled in me through network marketing and the recent leadership program I’ve completed.

Others may be aware of opportunities I’m not, and I’ll be honest – even a few small cash injections wouldn’t hurt my financial standing (or mental health) right now.

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM: App Testing

This largely falls under the category of “Esoteric and experimental,” but at least it’s easy to do, even if I’m low on energy.

You may already be aware of the hordes of survey sites, games, gift card & cash-reward apps, review sites, and micro-work sites that exist.

I’ve been testing them out and documenting my journey on Better Ways to Survive.

As anyone who has tried these will attest, some are more efficient than others, but it’s hard to earn more than a few dollars per week this way.

In April, I have only earned about $13. But.. that is $13 I would not have earned otherwise, and I have done worse on Medium at times.

So, it’s still an income source, even if measly. And one of these times, I may come across an app that turns out to be a decent income earner (decent is good enough for me, especially if I’m only dedicating a couple of hours per night to the pursuit).

If I hope to find anything good, though, I think I will want to tear through the apps a little faster than I have been.

Delivery and other fetch-quest work also isn’t off the table, though locally these shoes mostly appear to be filled.

10:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Prepare for Bed

I’m going against my circadian rhythm a bit by getting up at 7:00 AM. I’ll want to get into the habit of readying myself for bed at 10:30 instead of idly watching YouTube videos or playing games on my phone until I collapse from exhaustion.

Reading might be a better habit to insert here, but no pressure.

Closing Thoughts

I am interviewing for a five-month contract this week, so if all goes according to plan, I won’t be sustaining the above schedule for longer than one to two weeks.

That said, I believe I have set myself up with enough possible avenues (without being too scattered), to find my way even if that contract doesn’t pan out.

Are you making any changes to your schedule? Are you doing anything to adapt to current economic conditions? What has been working for you?

Let me know in the comments.

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 2

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 2

I’m documenting the journey of how I got back to my feet financially.

If you’d like to see how this all got started, as well as how you can support me, click here.

With that, here’s my update for April 12, 2024.

I Live Streamed

No one was there to watch, but they should have been!

(Subscribe to my YouTube channel.)

I read the introduction from the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook, and even answered five questions.

And I will be back with more…

I Sold My Ibanez 12-String

This put a couple hundred dollars in my pocket.

I was a little sad to see it go, but I wasn’t using it that much. So, it deserves to be in the hands of someone who will make good use of it.

Plus, while the Ibanez wasn’t bad, I’m looking for a 12-string that plays even smoother than that one.

I Made Over 20 Videos

I’ve got something going called Spark 90, and there are three of us (including me) committed to making 90 pieces of social media content in four weeks.

I’ll be sharing more about this in the first ever MusicHackers.org newsletter. It will be very interesting to see what comes of it.

Either way, I’ve got until next Thursday to put together 90 videos, and I’m almost a third done.

I found it fun, and if I wasn’t feeling a little under the weather, I probably would have made even more videos.

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 1

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 1

I am currently documenting the journey of how I got back on my feet financially.

If you’d like to see how this all got started, as well as how you can support me, click here.

With that, here’s my update for April 11, 2024.

I Sold My Nintendo 3DS & Game Collection

This was not a hard sale, especially at the price I was selling it at. This earned me a few hundred dollars.

I probably could have sold it for more piecemeal, but then there’s no telling how long it may have taken to get what each game was worth. Still, I learned something from that.

Either way, I was surprised to find how popular handheld consoles are right now. And people still pay a premium for the games.

Nintendo botched the eShop and basically admitted it by shutting it down, so it’s amazing to see that there are still so many loyalists.

But if there’s one thing they did right with their marketing, it’s scarcity. There is a secondary market for the games, but if you want to buy games brand new, you’re still talking about $40 a pop. DS games can go for a lot more, especially rare ones!

I Listed 10 Xbox 360 Games for Sale

None have sold yet, but they have generated a bit of interest already.

Compared to DS or 3DS, you can’t expect to charge much for Xbox 360 games, but I did find that some were worth more than others.

If, for whatever reason, you’d like to explore everything I’m selling, you can check out my Facebook Marketplace profile.

I Asked Someone Whether They Wanted Me to Ghostwrite Their Book

Of course, it may turn into a ghostwriting contract, so I can’t tell you who it is.

But one thing I know for sure is that I only need a few of these contracts per year to keep me warm at night (though no doubt they are a lot of work).

Dan Kennedy’s Recommended Books

Dan Kennedy’s Recommended Books

If there’s one thing we know about grumpy no B.S. marketing legend Dan Kennedy, it’s that he’s a prolific reader.

Throughout his resources – books, presentations, audio recordings, courses, and more – Kennedy will often drop the names of books he suggests reading.

Here we’ve compiled Dan’s many book recommendations. This list, however, should not be considered comprehensive.

So, keep reading to find out what books influenced the guru himself.

Classic Personal Development Books

Dan says if you’ve got a motivated employee or a child who is finally willing to listen to you, you should turn them on to books like:

As well as some books referenced below, like Think and Grow Rich and Psycho-Cybernetics.

Classic Marketing Books

Dan was and is obsessed with marketing. It’s no wonder he recommends classic marketing books, like the following:

Robert Collier

Dan doesn’t reference specific Collier titles, suggesting he recommends reading all his works. Here are some of his titles:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

On the bookshelf of self-made millionaires, you will inevitably find a copy of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

What’s interesting about this selection, though, is that Kennedy thinks of it as a cautionary tale as much as a guide to attaining wealth.

Why? Read on to find out…

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

Later in life, the impenetrable Napoleon Hill wound up penniless and was effectively rescued by W. Clement Stone who put him to work in sales.

Kennedy says Hill and Stone are philosophically aligned, with a few minor differences and one major one:

Namely, Stone had a system while Hill only had a philosophy (it’s right in the title – The Success System That Never Fails).

Meaning – if you want to succeed in business, you must choose a market where you have a reasonable opportunity to succeed and create a repeatable system.

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Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

Dan makes a rather bold claim, that Napoleon Hill’s Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind is the best book Hill ever wrote.

If you’ve already made your way through Think and Grow Rich and Law of Success in 15 Lessons, Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind is well worth a look.

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

Some people are perhaps put off by the title. But Dan says Robert Ringer’s Winning Through Intimidation can help us avoid “rich uncle syndrome,” the tendency to think that the harder we work, the richer we get.

While I do think Winning Through Intimidation does a great job of dispelling the grind, Ringer isn’t exactly forthcoming on how to transition from working hard to working smart.

The problem is articulated clearly. The solution is for the reader to figure out.

Anything by Stuart Wilde

Stuart Wilde

When referring to British spiritual writer Stuart Wilde, Dan usually doesn’t specify which books to read. He simply says, “read Stuart Wilde.”

While Dan is quick to discard some of the more outlandish woo-woo facets of Wilde’s drunken writing, he says his business practices are spot on and well worth observing.

(And Dan, by his admission, still does some of that “woo-woo stuff.”)

What follows is a semi-comprehensive list of books Wilde wrote:

Thick Face, Black Heart by Ching Ning Chu

Thick Face, Black Heart by Ching Ning Chu

Dan references Ching Ning Chu’s Thick Face, Black Heart as an essential read in cultivating the right mindset – specifically in becoming immune to criticism.

It is a great read, and I would happily add it to my list of best books to read in your 40s.

I only have one piece of criticism, namely that the author sometimes offers illustrations that are more theoretical or imagined than practical and concrete.

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

I’m not familiar with the entire story of how Dan ended up purchasing personal development legend Maxwell Maltz’s intellectual property.

But since he did, it should not come as any surprise that Dan promoted Psycho-Cybernetics, quite heavily, at least for a time.

Dan also ushered forth The New Psycho-Cybernetics, though opinions are split on whether it was a worthwhile update.

Since Dan was contemplating the acquisition of Nightingale Conant at one point, it should not come as a surprise that he ended up the owner of some self-help-oriented intellectual property.

Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons

Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons

Dan references Gene Simmons’ Sex Money Kiss (a book that, for some reason, has gotten a little harder to find) in his meandering Speak To Sell.

More than anything, Dan emphasizes his philosophical alignment with Simmons.

I ended up quite pleased with the book recommendation. You can read my review of Sex Money Kiss here.

Closing Thoughts

What other books has Dan recommended? Have you read any of them? Which books made the biggest difference for you?

Let us know in the comments below.

How You Can Feel Totally Empty Even if You Have it All

How You Can Feel Totally Empty Even if You Have it All

I am again aboard the Queen of Cowichan on the 10:10 to Nanaimo. I thought I had approached the passenger deck well before most had exited their vehicles, but apparently, this sailing had a few more walk-ons than normal, as the desks I would normally exploit were all occupied by others.

Has the 10:10 to Nanaimo grown in infamy? Because of my letters? Nah. But it’s fun to think I may have piqued a few curiosities. And this sailing is a little more like the first, with a few creatures of the night peeking out of their hiding holes and even opting to graze in my vicinity.

Fortunately (actually, I don’t know how fortunate this is), there are some woefully uncomfortable stools near electrical outlets, so I’m not forced to give up my writing habit (not that I would have anyway – I would have found another way).

***

My mission to empty my storage was successful on almost every level. I only required the assistance of one gifted organizer and one burly man (the organizer’s husband) to get the lion’s share of the work done in less than two hours. It was not a strenuous two hours either, though I can thank myself for staying consistent with exercise.

I was initially wondering whether I’d need more help, and who would be there to meet me at a reasonable hour to complete the task, but the team of three turned out to be a true power trio.

It seems, however, that even in situations where all the traffic lights magically turn green at exactly the right moment, things never go 100% as planned.

Case in point – we had to drive 31 minutes out of the way to the nearest landfill to do away with that cursed furniture. Of course, that meant more than 31 minutes back to the U-Haul corral, and those orange-wearing slicksters are sticklers for extra mileage since that’s where a good chunk of their change is made (besides insurance, I am told).

(But maybe there’s a good business lesson there.)

Costs were incurred, but I knew before beginning this mission that I would be able to recoup my costs (and even come out on top), by selling a couple of my guitars or unneeded electronics.

Plus, I freed up over $2,100 per year in storage fees, so the immediate costs are offset by future savings (even if I did end up spending about half of what I would normally spend on a move to get this project out of the way).

***

I feel like I understand Robin Williams a little better. I’m not Robin, and I have never occupied his body let alone his mind. I never met him while he was alive, and I never spoke with the man. But I can understand how having it all could still leave someone utterly depressed.

I don’t have it all, yet I don’t consider my accomplishments insignificant. I have usually reinforced this point by quoting glory days Bulls role-player Steve Kerr – “I scraped and clawed for everything I’ve got,” and even that lot could fit comfortably in a cardboard box.

It feels trite, even disrespectful, to say that I did not receive the attention, recognition, and love that I needed from my parents, but in the depths of my being it rings true.

I am not saying that my parents did not love me. I know they did, to the nth degree! I am not saying that they abused, mistreated, abandoned, or neglected me. They didn’t!

No part of me believes they should be held in contempt for their actions if they were ever forced to give an account.

I’m strictly speaking of my experience, in my world, how things occurred to me, as a sensitive child needing attention, recognition, and love.

The result is a gaping hole I cannot fill. I have attempted to do so with most things one can name, especially work, but also food, music, video games, and addictions more generally. And it’s entirely possible I’ll try more ways before this fight is over.

I know full well that even if I do manifest the things I want – a beautiful, 8,000 square-foot home, a model-gorgeous wife, a six-figure business, a kick-ass band that tours the world – that no ambition, no dream, no goal fulfilled can offer permanent relief. It’s an exercise in futility!

But what can one do except try? To balloon the size of their dreams, to wake up every day with delusions of grandeur, to become fully vulnerable once more to everything it will mean to embrace and chase their desires?

I don’t know – I am asking myself as much as I am asking rhetoric.

***

I am recognizing that most relationships, projects, businesses, and even life itself, seem to follow the same trajectory – a bell curve.

After an initial burst of excitement, a project gains momentum, continues to grow, and eventually reaches its peak. Then, if left untended to, it will begin a sure descent into oblivion, even if gradual.

This curve can unfold over months, years, or even decades, so it’s easier to observe in hindsight. It’s difficult if not impossible to pre-empt.

The only way to change the trajectory of anything set into motion, to prevent its peaking and ultimate descent, is to reinvest in the business continually. Usually, though, there is some hesitancy when it comes time to pour more time, energy, and resources into the project. Namely, not enough time, not enough energy, and/or not enough resources.

The only way to change the trajectory of anything set into motion, to prevent its peaking and ultimate descent, is to reinvest. Click To Tweet

But if you beat the odds and somehow manage to keep reinvesting, the curve can continue to chart a hockey-stick growth path. If you don’t, well you already know… a parachute dive into hell (without a parachute).

From this, I gather two things:

  • When a karmic loop has closed, there is no turning back. When it’s done, it’s done, and it’s time to move on, even if it means starting from scratch. This can be an exhilarating process if you let it be.
  • If a project means the world to you, keep reinvesting in it, even if it hurts. Specifically, reinvest in the success of your partners, as Karmic Management suggests – employees, vendors, customers, and ultimately the world.

The reason I’m starting from scratch is because of the former – a karmic loop closed. But it’s an opportunity – an opportunity for Kaizen.