Are you going to the Burn next week? If so, then come join me for a talk I’m doing on Friday.
It’s going to be on the topic of the next evolution of “conscious business” – and I’m going to be sharing some of my best ideas for building a business that succeeds, as well as contributes. I’m doing a couple of talks over the next month or so in front of larger crowds, and this will be my “warm-up” with this material.
Here’s the “address” – write it down:
The Purpose Circus
8:25 and Esplanade
Friday, the 4th at 2 PM
Look for the big top-hat. Come along, and bring friends!
[NOTE: This is the text from an email that I've sent to my "inner circle" of friends and clients - I'll leave it up here on my blog for a day or two - until the event is sold out.]
This is a personal invitation – it’s going out to my
friends first, then my “business friends” next.
You probably know that David Deida is the most
interesting and innovative teacher in the area of
relationships, spirituality and sexuality.
In any event, I had the privilege of interviewing
David for my interview series a few weeks ago, and
we hit it off.
David has been “unplugged” for the past year working
on some new material (and I can tell you… based on
the interview I did with him… it’s amazing stuff).
He’s gearing up to do a couple of big live programs
over the next few months. One of the things he’d like
to do is have a chance to practice with some of his
new, deeper material… which has created a VERY
David has decided to do a 2 1/2 day exclusive live
training for about 20 or so people in Ojai next month.
The dates are the 18th-20th of September,
which are a Friday-Sunday.
After discussing this event with him and his team,
I suggested that I know several people who would
love to attend something like this – and get an
“insider” experience with him.
I’m going to attend, personally… by the way (and
I’m pretty excited about it!).
So while we were discussing the program, I suggested
that maybe I invite some of my friends, and they loved
So here’s the deal:
David hasn’t done a small-group “invitation only”
event like this in several years (and he’s not
likely to do another one like it for several MORE
He wants a small group of people who know his work,
who are willing to go VERY deep, get VERY real, and
possibly go WAY beyond what they thought possible in
the realms of relationship and sexuality.
Because this is a small, invitation-only intensive
event, the price is a little higher than a “big”
It’s $5,000 for a male/female couple or $3,000 for
an individual to attend.
Originally, this event was going to cost $4,000-
$5,000 per person. After discussing with David’s
team, I told them that I wasn’t interested in making
any money promoting – and that I’d prefer to just
pass the savings on to the people I know who might
like to attend – so that’s how they arrived at the
special lower price.
So anyway, if you’d like to attend, the price is
only $5,000 for a couple or $3,000 for an individual.
A few more details:
The event starts on Friday evening. The first session
will go from approximately 7-10 PM. On Saturday and
Sunday, the event will start in the early afternoon,
and go until late at night.
The hours are a little later than most “seminar” type
experiences – because David has found that some of
the more profound work happens at night.
I attended one of David’s 2 1/2 day programs last
year that followed a similar format, and I have to
say, it BLEW MY MIND. Very transformational. That’s
why I’m going back for more!
So, if you’d like to attend this program with me,
then please call Michaela (she runs David’s
businesses) and tell her I sent you.
She’ll register you for the program, and get you
all the logistical details.
You can call Michaela at 323-493-3737 or send her
an email at:
Trust me on this one. This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity – and we’re going to have a great time.
Come if you can!
P.S. Here are a couple of quick thoughts – just to
make sure you get the most from this program and
know what to expect in terms of travel.
If you’ll be traveling to attend this program, you
will probably want to fly in to the Burbank airport
or LAX. Burbank is maybe an hour from Ojai and LAX
is maybe 90 minutes.
There are several hotels in Ojai you can stay at, and
the actual event is about 7 miles from downtown Ojai
(so you’ll need a car – or to carpool).
If you fly in on Friday (the first day), make SURE
you fly in early in the day – because Friday traffic
in LA is BRUTAL. I’d arrive at Noon and plan on
getting to Ojai by 1 or 2 in order to avoid afternoon
I’ve been focusing on improving the quality of my short breaks during the day, and I thought I’d ask you: What’s YOUR best idea for a quick break?
Some favorites (and a new one I just tried):
A set of pull ups, a set of push ups, and some body-weight squats really works for me. Takes 3 minutes, and pays huge dividends.
Another is a 5-10 minute meditation. Eyes closed, sitting with legs crossed, zen-breathing.
Taking a walk to the health-food store to get a fresh organic vegetable juice is REALLY working for me these days. Complete change of channel.
A 20-minute nap in the afternoon is magic (I know, it’s longer than 5 minutes… but this one is worth it!).
Yesterday, Rob (who works with me) recommended a 10-second headstand as an “energy booster.” I just tried it for the first time today – FANTASTIC.
So what do you recommend for a quick break to recharge, relax, or rejuvenate?
Leave your break idea in the comments below, and let’s help each other build a heathly, positive habit of taking breaks every hour or two throughout the day!
So I just returned from an amazing trip to the Galapagos Islands… and I thought you might like to see some of my favorite pictures from the trip.
And yes, it’s just like you see in documentaries: The animals are basically unafraid, and stand without flinching as you approach them.
The first picture below is a pair of “Blue-Footed Boobies” – doing a mating dance – and obviously feeling VERY sexy (what were YOU thinking when you read the title of this post, huh?).
Highlight of the trip: Seeing a Galapagos Hawk raiding the nest of a cormorant – and eating the eggs. Picture below. I stood about 5 or 6 feet from this bird as it ate these eggs, and it didn’t even care. It looked at me a few times – as you’ll see below. But other than that, it didn’t care that there were people walking right by.
Click on the thumbnails below to open the larger images.
For the geeks: I was using a Canon 5D (original, mark 1 version) and the Canon 135L lens for these pics. The 135 is great. Sharp, fast focus… and gives that beautiful 3D effect when you use it correctly (which I’ll never learn how to do, because I’m a hack photographer!).
Enjoy… and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!
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In this interview, you’ll hear Nathan Otto and Amber Lupton explain their “audacious” plan for creating world peace in 5 years… and how you can contribute as well. Press the play button to listen now, and leave your comments below!
I spent the afternoon at my friend Frank Kern’s house a few days ago, and we got on the topic of FUNK. I’m talking about funk MUSIC, of course.
As it turns out, Frank has never listened to much funk. I had to drop some knowledge on him.
After dropping said Funk Knowledge (with enthusiasm, I might add), I’ve decided that it’s in the best interest of all humans… and cultural evolution in general… for there to be a solid introduction to Funk in an easily-accessible form that anyone can understand and enjoy!
If YOU are not (yet) a fan of funk and funky, then I recommend that you:
- Get a life
- Get some funk
- Dig it
Here’s a “Funk Starter Kit” – to introduce you to quality funk music. This is relatively “easy” funk – good, classic, mainstream-ish stuff that anyone can groove to…
Start with these 12 tracks, and build your Funk House on a strong foundation! (At the end of this post is a link directly to the iTunes store where I’ve created an “iMix” of these tunes for easy downloading.)
If You Want Me To Stay by Sly & The Family Stone. Mellow, tight, groovy funk. Sly is INVENTING funk at this point in his career. Note the subtle drum machine and the tight bass line. This song is best listened to with eyes closed… adding a slight nodding movement of the head.
What Is Hip? by Tower Of Power. Rhythm section of Dave Garibaldi (drums) and Rocco Prestia (bass) is impossibly tight. TOP is the only band that can play music this COMPLEX and still make you wrinkle your brow because it’s just so damn funky. Dig the very end of the song. Tight funk! (If you dig this music, and you will, also check out their tunes “Soul Vaccination” and “Squibcakes.” BAD.)
You Got The Love by Rufus (with Chaka Khan). Quacky funky guitar riff in this song lays it down. If you ever see a band perform a cover of this song, you’ll be a happy funk-lover! Rufus and Chaka are great.
Fire by the Ohio Players. You’ll notice that this song starts out with a fire alarm. The funk is so hot that they need to call the fire department! Great bass and horn section in this one.
I Want You by Marvin Gaye. Marvin is one of my all-time favs, and this song is a great example of “blaxploitation movie” style funk. The build-up at the beginning of this tune can only be described as a masterpiece of “anticipatory funk” music! Also, not the background vocals. 147 layered tracks of the Marvin harmonizing with himself. I assume, after listening to the song many times, that Marvin didn’t have his eyes open at any point while recordig this track.
Flashlight by Parliament. George Clinton, literally translated, MEANS “funk.” (George is the funk guru behind Parliament, and thus, this tune.) Possibly the funkiest bass line ever recorded. It took me years of listening to this song before I realized that the flashlight was to HELP THEM FIND THE FUNK. No, really. And if you’re into funk, then this makes a special kind of sense. Listen to this song and try to not move your head. You’ll hurt yourself. NOTE: George Clinton’s songs have been sampled by literally THOUSANDS of modern hip-hop artists, and his grooves are behind more hits than probably any other funk-masters’ work.
Early In The Morning by the Gap Band. A more modern tune (early 80s)… but as funky as they get. Solid funk. Polished funk. I personally think this song goes to the next level around the 6:17 mark, when that bad new funk guitar riff starts. But that’s just me!
Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside. This is also polished, solid funk. Very smooth production. The emphasis on the downbeat during the verses is tight. The long “funk intervention” during the middle of the song is sweeeeet. “What you should do is take a listen to… so you can understand…”
Joyous by Pleasure. This verse of this song probably has the baddest groove of all time. Note, again, the “anticipitory funk” buildup theme for the first minute and forty seconds of this tune. You just KNOW that something funky is going to arrive during the first minute and a half. At 1:40 the main groove starts. When this part of the song begins, I typically have to stop any conversation I’m in, because I must REVERE THE GROOVE. Note the higher consciousness lyrics… back 30 years ago. A shout-out to Nate Phillips on the bass! Unreal bass-man-ship on the Pleasure stuff.
Too Tight by Con Funk Shun. This is slick funk. Polished funk. Happy funk. Tight rhythm, great horns, multi-layered vocals and clean, funky guitars. I dig Con Funk Shun. Awesome band that you need to check out!
Stomp by The Brothers Johnson. Stomp is the goods. And the Brother’s Johnson are well-versed in the art of funk. Their style was under the umbrella called “Sophisticated Funk” back in the ’70s. And with good reason! Quincy Jones produced this album, so you’ve got bad funk plus a world-class production. Once you hear this song, you’ll never forget it! A funk classic!
Getaway by Earth Wind and Fire. The pinnacle of funk, in my own humble opinion. I think that this song represents the pinnacle of musicianship, the funk style, and production. I honestly think that this song represents the best that music has to offer, period. When you listen to this song, you’re hearing a world-class funk band in their prime… playing a song that’s beyond funky. Can you tell that I dig this tune?
BONUS FUNK: Funkin’ For Jamaica by Tom Brown. Not available in the iTunes store, but one of the funkiest and best songs ever produced. Get it!
NOTE: All of these tunes except for Funkin’ For Jamaica can be found in the iTunes store HERE: The Funk Starter Kit (Open this link with iTunes, by the way.)
Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts about my “Funk Starter Kit.” Also, leave YOUR funk recommendations in your comment. If I get a lot of good feedback, I might just post and “Advanced Funk Connoisseur” list. Trust me, there’s a lot more funk where this came from!
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In our modern culture and society, we’re making a mistake that is costing us… well… everything.
In the past, wealth was about things like land, gold, food, and money.
Today, wealth is about education, enjoyment of life, quality of time and relationships with friends, cultural experience, personal development, fulfillment, contribution… and is COMPLETELY intangible and unmeasurable (in the traditional sense).
But the bizarre and almost mystical thing about these new forms of wealth – that makes them COMPLETELY different from monetary or “physical” wealth – is this:
When you give these new forms of wealth away, you still have them.
Think about that for a minute.
Let me say it again:
When you give them away, you STILL HAVE THEM.
You can give them away all day long, and not lose anything.
But that’s just the beginning…
The next question is: “How do we GET MORE ‘New Wealth’ – and truly become wealthy?”
The answer is so simple, and so counter-intuitive that almost every single person misses it almost completely.
The answer is to GIVE these new forms of wealth to as many others as possible.
Not only do you not LOSE these new forms of wealth when you give them away, you actually get more of them by giving them away.
This happens in 2 ways:
- When you give New Wealth away, you get AS you give. You also build the capacity within yourself to give even more. And ultimately, you experience or FEEL even more AS you give them away.
- When you give New Wealth away, you help others develop the capacity to give New Wealth, and they give some of their New Wealth to YOU.
For example, when you teach another human being how to do something, you learn it better. That person will then go off and use what they’ve learned from you, develop their own “style” or approach, blaze their own trail, then come back and teach you a new distinction that will help you go to the next level on your own path.
When you love another person pro-actively, you build the capacity to love in yourself. You create more love to give. As they experience and receive love, they develop their own capacity to love others – and they give love to you spontaneously.
When you contribute to another person, to a group, or to the world… you participate in the evolution of our culture, our species, and our planet. As the entire culture evolves, we all evolve. As our species evolves, we all evolve. As our planet evolves, we all evolve. You gain. The people you love gain. Everyone gains.
Most of the significant problems that we face as individual people, collectively as a species, and as a planet, come down to each of living in an old paradigm of “getting” and of “selfishness”… mistakenly believing that resources and wealth are scarce. We consume them without regard for the impact that this consumption is having on our health and our planet. We turn a blind eye to the impact that we’re having individually.
We’re literally living in the past, when the most valuable resources were things like food, land, and posessions.
That time is gone. A new time is here.
It’s here NOW.
The people who are on the “cutting edge” of evolution, education, contribution, health, relationships, etc. don’t care if you drive a fancy car, wear a fancy watch, or wear brand-name clothes. In fact, they’re suspicious if you DO “consume conspicuously.”
Living a life to get more material goods, show off so others will give you approval, own more stuff, etc. is a waste.
Living life to contribute more education, growth experiences, friendship, love, and evolution to others and to the planet is where it’s at.
In the final analysis, you have an opportunity to do something that most of the other people who have lived before us did not have the awareness or opportunity to do.
You have the opportunity to become wealthy RIGHT NOW. In this very instant. Immediately.
All you have to do is start giving your New Wealth away with consciousness and intention.
Here are a few action steps for you:
- Teach something to another person in a way that helps them grow on their path.
- Give someone an experience that will help them evolve.
- Introduce two people that could help each other – without expectation.
- Love another person unconditionally.
- Contribute to a group or cause that is working to change the world.
The single most powerful business and marketing lesson I’ve learned is something that I call “Move The Free Line.” It involves giving away a massive amount of value to potential customers – for free. This results in them trusting you, telling others, and getting a “sample” experience that helps them make the decision to buy from you and your company.
It’s just the beginning.
In the long-run, we will all become incredibly wealthy when we learn how to give Modern Wealth away consciously and consistently as a WAY OF LIFE.
Have a fantastic year, and do something to make yourself and the people around you wealthy TODAY.
Leave me a comment below to let me know your thoughts…
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First robot to walk like a human:
Robots that figure out how to lie:
Scientists extract visual images DIRECTLY from the brain:
60% of Roomba owners have given their robots NAMES:
IBM simulates a rat brain:
An interesting quote from this last one: “After years of hard work, they were finally able to watch their make-believe brain develop, synapse by synapse. The microchips were turning themselves into a mind.”
Last night, I had dinner with a man that affected me deeply.
His name is Getachew (pronounced “geh-tah-cho”).
Getachew is the department manager of an irrigation and water supply organization in Ethiopia. He oversees the building of wells for people who have no clean water.
I met Getachew through my friend Scott Harrison. You might remember Scott from my “Online Birthday Party” webinar – where we raised money to build wells in Africa.
I flew out to New York to attend Scott’s charity:water ball this week. As part of the ball, Scott flew Getachew from Ethiopia to speak at the ball, and share his story.
Here’s what I learned from Getachew…
The most important thing I learned is that it’s not easy for me to realize the REALITY of the life circumstances of another person – especially if I don’t have any frame of reference for those circumstances – or any similar experience of my own to relate to. I need to talk to a human who can explain it, or I need to see it with my own eyes.
Getachew grew up in Ethiopia as a typical son of a typical family. They had several cows, and a few sheep. This was the extent of their “worldly wealth”… so to speak.
While he was a child, Getachew slept on a bed that was made by building a mud and stone “bed” platform, then covering it with a cow skin or sheep skin. All of the children in a family sleep in the same bed, and share one blanket to sleep with.
Every day, he would wake up, and eat his single daily meal (as is typical for an Ethiopian, according to Getachew). This meal consists of one piece of bread. Getachew showed me the size of this bread meal with his hands.
Circular. Maybe ten inches across, and one inch thick.
These are typically made by the mother of the Ethiopian family. First, she takes wheat that has been donated by the government or by a foreign government (frequently the U.S., from what Getachew told me), and she grinds it by hand between a rough rock and a smooth rock. The ground wheat falls into a container on the floor. She then takes the ground wheat, and mixes it with a little water, to create a dough. No other ingredients than wheat and water. She kneads the mixture for about an hour by hand. Then, she shapes the “cakes” of bread, and bakes them on a traditional clay surface over a fire.
Getachew told me the story of being a teen-ager, and walking 50 kilometers each way to his school (where he would stay for the school week, by staying with friends). He walked this distance barefoot both ways weekly. He said the sharp rocks on the foot paths in Ethiopia would cut his feet. But there was no choice, so he made due.
When he would leave for school for the week, he would take 6-7 pieces of bread with him, in a bag over his shoulder. This was his food for the week.
By the 2nd or 3rd day, the bread would be so dried out that it would often be impossible to chew or bite into. So he would break off a piece, and dunk it into water, and eat it that way. Sometimes, it was so dried out that he would break it into little pieces – a powder of sorts – and then just mix it with water in a sort of soup, and eat it that way.
Things are different for Getachew now. He has a beautiful daughter and a wonderful wife… and a great job.
He is the manager of the water and irrigation facility in his area. He manages 150 people, and earns $500 per month as his salary. Before this, he was a “technician” – meaning that he actually built and worked on the wells and irrigation systems in Ethiopia. For 18 years, as a technician, he made in the neighborhood of $250 per month.
What struck me most about Getachew was, interestingly enough, NONE of what I’ve just told you.
What struck me most was his ATTITUDE.
The conversation I had with him was over dinner. In a beautiful New York apartment.
We were eating a catered meal that a talented chef created on the spot, just for the occasion.
We were drinking expensive wine.
We were surrounded by opulence and wealth.
Getachew wasn’t bitter. He didn’t point fingers at anyone, and say “you’re bad because you’re living this way.” He sat, ate, and enjoyed the company of the people who brought him to the U.S.A.
I told Getachew the story of how I “gave up my birthday” to build wells in Africa a couple of weeks earlier, and he said something that was fascinating to me.
He told me that I would be happy later in life.
He said “There’s nothing wrong with money and success. But if you help others with some of your success, you’ll grow old and be happy.”
It was clear that he didn’t feel that he, or anyone else, was “entitled” to anything. He was giving me advice based on what would make MY life better in the long run.
Of course, he also mentioned that people who buy dinners for a hundred bucks don’t realize that they could literally change the lives of a hundred living humans – by providing those hundred people FRESH WATER FOR A YEAR with the hundred dollars. But he never spoke in a way that sounded naive or unrealistically idealistic.
Getachew “gets it.”
Viktoria, Scott Harrison’s fiance (who also does the beautiful design work for charity:water) told me the story of what Getachew said when he first saw the buildings of New York upon his arrival. She said that he looked at them in admiration, and immediately began looking at the foundations, admiring the structures and ingenuity of the architects who could design a foundation to hold such a huge structure. This was, of course, his first visit to America.
As Getachew told me one story after another… of how his family members each wore the same single article of clothing for six months (until worn out)… of washing the garment every 2-3 months… of not washing his body every day like we do here in the U.S… of herding a dozen cows and sheep all day with a small stick as a way of life… of how his shorts had the seat worn out, so when he walked or ran he felt embarrassed from the exposure… he ALWAYS smiled with a deep, genuine smile.
Zero resentment. Zero anger. Zero entitlement.
I was crying within 5 minutes of starting my conversation with Getachew, and I appreciate him for it. I feel like I’m starting to wake up from a dream, but the waking up isn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve experienced. More to come… I hope.
Here’s something interesting: Getachew told me that his people in Ethiopia have a common “viewpoint” about why they live the way they do, relative to others in the world. They believe that God has chosen this life for them, and that they must accept God’s will for their lives. They don’t even have the IDEA that they could do something to change their life circumstances. They live in a “complete” world. And it has become not only the physical reality for them, but also the emotional, mental, and spiritual reality.
So what did I learn?
I learned that I’m AFRAID TO ASK people like Getachew what their lives are like. And I learned that when I do ask, others are more than glad to share, give perspective, and help me get insight.
I learned that my idea of how other people see the U.S.A. and how they see people like me is ENTIRELY fabricated, and based on nothing other than my imagination and ideas that were put in my mind by others.
I learned that I’m going to ask other people about their experiences, and to seek out people who have had VERY different experiences in life to share with me.
One final thought:
I walked out of the dinner party with Scott and Viktoria – just to get a few more minutes of face-time with them.
As we walked down the cold streets of New York, just the three of us, the conversation turned back to the work at hand.
Finding more donors for charity:water.
Building another page on their website.
Appointments and schedules.
Right now, as you read this, Scott and Viktoria are working on raising money and they’re building wells. Getachew is back in Ethiopia… overseeing the building of new wells for people who walk hours each way to carry polluted drinking water back to their families.
And I’m realizing just how fortunate I am that I was born in America. And I’m realizing that I like helping Scott, Viktoria, and Getachew build wells for the people in Africa who need clean water.
NOTE: If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch my “birthday webinar” – you can see it HERE:
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My biggest “find” in the last year or so is this book:
I consider this book to be the ultimate introduction to, and integration of, everything important about life and existence. Guy Murchie invested something like 15 years of his life writing this book – and then another entire YEAR illustrating it.
I honestly think it would be valuable for every person to read this book as they enter adulthood, and then review it at least once per year from them on. It’s that important.
Do you realize that every person you meet is… at MOST… your 50th cousin?
Did you know that sex evolved before death?
Would it surprise you to learn that there are at least 32 different senses that exist (not just the 5 that we commonly think of as “the” senses)?
Has anyone ever mentioned to you that the content of your thinking shapes the process of your thinking?
How about this: There are insects so small that they don’t feel gravity. In fact, to them, flying through air molecules feels like swimming would feel to us. To the smallest, flying most likely seems like DIGGING.
Finally: Even though the Earth “feels” smooth and motionless, we’re moving at 1/4 mile per second as the Earth rotates on its axis… 18 1/2 miles per second as the Earth travels around the sun… and 150 miles per second as our solar system orbits the galaxy.
This book will greatly assist in helping you “wake up.”
An integration of science, philosophy and art. Beautiful in its form, and impactful in its message. A deep book… but one that anyone will immediately be able to understand and appreciate.
You can get it HERE.