Incandescent with Rage: Podcast Ep 177

I’m incandescent with rage in today’s podcast, and more about that later. Our focus for today’s show is this wonderful quote from Jim Rohn “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” This thought takes us in lots of winding different directions, from the logical to the illogical. The logical include how not to devalue your time by putting an hourly rate on it and how to demonstrate to your potential clients the value of your expertise. The illogical covers what Nicola and I will and won’t pay for by […]

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What Price Education: Podcast Ep 176

What price a university education in 2018 in an era when information is free? Inspired by a post I saw on Facebook from Erica Blair, Nicola and I debate something I already know we agree on, whether or not to get into lifelong student debt for yourself/your kids in an era when information is free. Erica brings up YouTube and iTunes U, and I bring up James Altucher and Nicola Gary Vee. We are both lifelong learners and have paid for that too, and the conversation segues into what Nicola paid this week to sort her Facebook Ads problem and […]

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Up for a Challenge? No, Me Either! Podcast Ep: 175

The topic du jour today on the podcast is 30 Day Challenges. Nicola’s running one with and for her clients and getting a real buzz from it. What do I think? I bet she wishes she’d never asked me! I had to offer a metaphor – she’s on the blue team and I’m on the pink one. In fact, I loathe the marketing concept of a Challenge so much I had recently to ask Facebook to help me come up with an alternative word. I chose Adventure though I realise many will dislike that just as much, not least because – […]

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Time Bending with Tom: Podcast Ep 174

Mystics, sages and modern neuroscience How the brain works How to switch off a busy mind with meditation and find a timeless flow state When to meditate so as to create an interruption-free zone for your creative work How to own time, bend time and slow time How our bodies have an awareness of time via our heartbeat, circadian rhythms and breathing Slow your breathing and you live longer. These are all topics under review in Focus of the Week today as the Own It! the Podcast enjoys a historic first in guest Tom Evans who teaches us how to own […]

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No Explanations or Justifications Required: Podcast Ep 173

Prompted by this wonderful quote from Cheryl Strayed (she of Wild fame), and further by this post on Facebook from Justin Brooke, our conversation is about becoming unbusy and creating a life of meaning. I am further inspired in this context today and always by: Wayne Dyer’s 2009 movie Ambition to Meaning also known as The Shift This post from Anne Lamott John Lennon’s lyrics in his song Beautiful Boy which says  “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” And Nicola is inspired by Lisa Warner’s YouTube channel called A Life Full of Meaning. Cheryl, […]

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Exploring the Law of Attraction: Podcast Ep 172

Nicola surprised me today by bringing the Law of Attraction to the show as something we could discuss in Focus of the Week. She readily acknowledges that I am the more woo-woo of the two of us but she also knows the two men behind the Love the Law of Attraction Facebook Page which has more than six and a half million fans and followers – wow! She mentions the book called Zero Limits by Joe Vitale which I had already written a blog post about years ago and scheduled to share again in 48 hours’ time, not least because […]

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The Snowmageddon Show: Podcast Ep 171

Snowmageddon! Snowpocalypse! In today’s show, I tried to get across an accurate reflection of our snowy UK weather this week (last week by the time you read this) to Nicola in Stoupa in Greece surrounded by spring flowers at last, as she’s been promising us for a while now. Whereas I won’t be going anywhere for several days because of the severe threat to life weather warnings, super low temperatures below freezing and my car buried beneath at least a foot of the powdery white stuff. Despite our not having much of a focus for today’s show, we are obliged […]

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Facebook, Patreon and YouTube: Podcast Ep 170

In today’s radio show Nicola and I talk about how much it is appropriate to rely on third-party platforms like Facebook, Patreon and YouTube. There are so many pros and cons to consider, so many benefits and yet so many possible risks too. This is a topic which in one way or another we return to again and again, and with good reason. Nicola’s in trouble this week with YouTube (incurring their wrath in what they call a strikeout) and I am considering getting into bed with Patreon despite three and four provisos about how that puts me at potential […]

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Six Solopreneur Stories

You can now listen to the first six solopreneur stories as I’ve read them into my podcast. Here’s a list of the lovely little Squidger Blogfesters, to whom endless thanks for supporting my book. Jakki Francis, MoreThanABookkeeper.com 8.03 minutes Richard Pettitt, RichardPettitArt.com 11.09 minutes Nicola Cairncross, NicolaCairncross.com 9.51 minutes Paula Gardner, Scarlet Thinking.com 9.22 minutes Nicola Semple, NicolaSemple.com 10.27 minutes Gillian Lancaster, Relax And Create.Today 4.38 minutes And here’s the gorgeous Radio Public embedded player where you can listen to all of these lovely solopreneurs read in my own voice so you don’t have to read, although if you want […]

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Podcast Ep 169: Becoming a Loose Woman

Nicola and I have run out of ideas to talk about on the podcast after 168 episodes, so today’s show is all about the process we put ourselves through this week to try and find new things to discuss in each show. We came up with three ideas – The Manifesto Idea, The Loose Women Idea and The Guests Idea. We are moving ahead with all three and today we start with the middle one, and I become a Loose Woman, God help me. The Loose Women idea involves opening up the internet live on the show and finding something […]

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