My Brain is strange blog

A collection of all the weird shit that goes on in my brain. 

Overthinking everything. Is this good or bad?

Your mind races. You wonder if your response to the stranger at Starbucks was adequate. Always curious if you’re being a good enough friend. Did you make the right decision when the customer had a difficult question… The thoughts linger in our minds for hours. It’s hard to flush it out and you don’t know …

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How to Use Keyword Research to Decide Your Next Niche Blog

The built-in complexities of starting your own niche blog can be quite overwhelming. Everything you do — from picking a website theme to designing your web pages — can spell the difference between the success or failure of your blog. However, before you even think about any of these, you first need to do keyword …

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3 things I Learned About Love In The Last 3 Years

I’m on the phone with my ex-girlfriend. We are still friends, she’s a lovely, amazing woman and I’m grateful we are still friends. She really made me think. She asked me “What have you learned about love since we broke up?”. Ummmm… I didn’t have an answer. I was stuck. And it frustrated me. Have …

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should you create a business name or use your own?

It always feels weird when someone asks me the name of my company. “I don’t have one…” “Oh okay…Well, what do you do again?” That’s usually the point when I start to feel like an Idiot. And I think this is why a lot of people come up with company names, even when they are …

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Thinking about why you like something can change your life and help you understand who you are, what makes you tick.

Why do you like that TV show, movie, certain vacation town, coffee shop…why do you like anything you do? It’s not a question we often ask ourselves, we simply know we like it. You ask 99% of people why they like a tv show, “it’s entertaining”. And they are not wrong. But go a level …

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5 reasons why Entourage is the greatest show about entrepreneurship, and what you can learn from it.

No doubt about it, Entourage is a show about entrepreneurship (there will be spoilers). If you have no idea what show I’m talking about, it’s an HBO series from the early 2000’s about an actor trying to make it in Hollywood accompanied by his 3 friends. A movie spin-off was done a few years ago …

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Why autoplay videos are killing your website

Ahhh, autoplay videos. The perfect way to get your amazing video in front of your customers. You don’t need them to press play, they just land on your site and your perfectly crafted message is in their face. In theory, fantastic idea. Videos are huge in today’s and can be a fantastic way to get …

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My first month living in Mexico

One month living in Mexico….It’s been..interesting. The most difficult part of this journey has been finding a place to live with the standard amenities in the United States. And by standard, I’m referring to hot water and internet. I’ve moved 4 times in the 4 weeks. I really anticipated coming down, finding a place, moving, …

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Every major decision I make I think about my future children

I have a unique way of making some a major decision in my life. This applies to decisions I make in business, relationships, travel adventures. At this point, it’s affected every major decision in my life. I don’t currently have kids As of today, no kids in my life. I’m 28 and enjoying every part …

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Replacing Thankful with Grateful is slowly changing my life

Numerous books, podcast, life hacks talk about being grateful. That being grateful leads to many good things, keeps them humble, keeps things in perspective. Okay, I can get with that. I started with the 5-minute journal, talked a lot about by Tim Ferriss. In the 5 minute journal, you’re writing down 3 things every morning …

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Why auto suggest marketing is the next big thing

It doesn’t feel like internet marketing has changed in, well, as long as digital marketing has been around. You find the small changes, optimizing for mobile searches, different engines starting ads (Youtube, Snapchat, etc.). But the core of it all hasn’t changed much. Run PPC directed at your target audience, which your target audience obviously …

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Open letter to all fitness supplement companies and your awful marketing

Supplement companies rule the fitness world right now. And I have absolutely nothing wrong with supplement companies, in fact, I’m a customer to many of them. What I have a problem with is your awful marketing. I follow or have followed, hundreds of supplement companies, and they all fall into the same game. The problem …

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How I decided to move to another country

I am officially 9 days away. I have a one-way ticket to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from the United States. Just me and my puppy on an adventure I’ve dreamed of for the last 5 years. The usual response I get is “that’s amazing, I wish I could do it”. Frankly, there’s no reason you can’t. The …

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If you don’t have a digital marketing plan, give up now.

I don’t say this to be mean, I say this to be realistic. A digital marketing plan is having a sign outside of your business 10 years ago. This is kind of a rant, so stay with me. “The man who stops advertising to save money is the same man that tries to stop a …

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Task 7 – Review of morning flooding, start of pick one goal

Tools of Titans is a book I simply can’t put down. I re-read it, different sections, bounce around. It’s really fascinating, and he has a new book coming out (name slips my mind), but it has a similar vibe. The last couple weeks have been crazy. I spent a week in Mexico (another blog post to …

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Why it’s important to do what makes you happy

My morning was bursting with energy. Jumped out of bed, in the gym within 15 minutes of waking up, running around, ideas flowing, ready to work. This never happens to me. Ever. My mornings are slow and methodical. Why the hell was it different now? The beginning My life as an entrepreneur began a few …

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task 6 – Morning Flooding by Scott Adams and review of 10 creative ideas

Another crazy week down. Our start-up is going through quite a bit of ups and downs right now, more downs than normal, but my outside projects are going great! Over the last week, my work productivity is through the fucking roof. I work a minimum of 15 hours a day, including weekends. It’s a good …

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Task 5 – James Altucher 10 creative ideas and review of giving your brain something to think about at night.

First, I need to switch up my process. When I initially started this, I was planning on trying to do a new task out of the book every day. That just wasn’t reasonable. I couldn’t focus enough on each task, constantly trying to implement something new. It made me feel overwhelmed, which I’m guessing is …

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Day 4 (long break) – Morning routine review. Start of “giving your brain an overnight task”

Well, I’ve been a lazy bum about keeping up with this. I want to say it’s because I’m busy, but we are all busy, so no reason. The honest reason is works been really difficult and I’ve been stressing about finances more than ever. Sometimes, when things get really hard to cope with, I kind …

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Day 3 – Fear setting complete. Start of 5 morning rituals

Two Tim Ferriss task down and onto the next. I’ve continued to do my day 1 task, with adding in fear setting, which will only be done once a month or once a quarter. My next task will be 5-morning habits to do. I’ve read this section before, tried to implement. Ultimately, I’ve been lazy …

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Tools of Titans experiment – Day 2 – Review of Loving-Kindness and start of Fear Setting

Off to a good start. Day one was an accomplishment of wishing 6 people, happiness. Loving-Kindness experience My car was in the shop, so I spent time around the car dealership. I wished for my maintenance worker to be happy, along with a young gentleman that was like a shop attendant. An elder lady inside …

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My Tools of Titans experiment. Day 1 – Loving-Kindness and the Happiest Day in 7 years

Alright, so I love the book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferrriss. If you haven’t picked it up, check it out. It’s a collection of the greatest minds living today. I’ve skimmed it several times, reading some sections, not all. The problem is, I just read it, but have a really hard time implementing anything, mainly because I forget. …

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Why being selfish is fucking awesome

That’s right. Being selfish is fucking awesome and has tremendously altered the path of my life. Now, I’m not saying you should be a dick by not donating or not lending a helping hand. No, I’m talking about doing what you want because you deemed you wanted to do it. Life is so much better …

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I had my first date that I didn’t wish was my ex girlfriend

Dating has been a real struggle for me lately. I have no shame in admitting that most my dates come from apps like Tinder and Bumble. Maybe not the smartest way to date, but for someone who works from home and travels a lot, it feels like the best option for me. Plus, I have …

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Well, shit, I hacked the symptoms of a disease out of my body and let me tell you, I feel fucking great.

As one health professional described me “From the outside, you look great. Internally, you are a car wreck.” And not like a little fender bender wreck. Like a 50 car pile up at the bottom of an ice hill and no one has any idea how to stop it. But I’m weird and it never …

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Dreamt I was murdered. What the hell does that mean?

Last night was trippy. I had a dream I was murdered. I don’t remember exactly where I was at, but it was public like a mall or something similar. But there was a guy with an assault rifle and just opened fired. I fell to the ground but wasn’t hit. I don’t recall anyone else …

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The worst phrase in sales…

Rant time. I fucking hate it when people say “I can sell ice to an Eskimo.” Congrats. You’ve officially called yourself a sleazy sales person. Or a piece of shit. Not terrible sure which one but they seem equally the same to me. But why? Doesn’t this mean I’m really good at sales? No, it …

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3 weeks of fasting and ketosis

Well, I am still trucking along, following this diet pretty damn well. That’s damn near one of my biggest diet feats, ever. There was a period where I ate really strict paleo, but I typically suck at trying these new crazy things. Honestly, it’s been really enjoyable. I’ve loved the journey thus far. But as …

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2/7/17 – A few days of Ketosis and fasting

Picture is from snowboarding in Keystone on my trip to Denver. no lack of energy from diet. Well, I was hungry a lot the first couple of days. And I mean a lot. I got really cranky, more like hangry. The struggle the first couple of days First couple of days I was hungry…A lot. …

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Elliot Manson

The start of my journey through intermittent fasting and Ketosis

So let’s start this with I’m really weird. I like to challenge myself in different ways to see what I’m mentally capable of. I find it fascinating what one can do to their body and mind. This is my journey in understanding how my mind and body react to intermittent fasting and a ketosis style …

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How to deal with a difficult client

We’ve all been there. That feeling when you see the email slip into your inbox from that one difficult client you can’t stand. It’s not a great feeling and unfortunately, it’s really an unavoidable feeling. If you love sales or any type of client service business, this shit is going to happen. But what do …

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Stephanie and I in love

I left the woman of my dreams. I’ve been fighting for her back ever since. She left my life for good, tonight.

Love can suck. Shit hurts. I’m kind of sensitive so it crushes me. I lost someone 7 months ago, but it feels like I officially lost her tonight. It makes me not want to love someone again anytime soon because well, I still love her and I don’t think I can emotionally commit to anyone …

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Not wanting to be like my parents is painful

This is really hard to talk about. My parents are amazing. They are loving. Would jump off a bridge for me. Truly, I couldn’t ask for two better people. Every good value and moral in my body are because of them. A million thank you’s could not repay the value they instilled in me. As …

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The truth about working from home

I have been working from home for about 4 years. I always hear the same two things, “you’re so lucky to work from home” and “I could never work from home”. They are both valid responses. Working from home can be great. It can also be a struggle. The Good No commute Not having a …

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5 reasons why traveling for work is awesome and equally terrible

I have been traveling for work going on 4 years now. A lot of travel for a large corporation and now travel for a small startup. Traveling was awesome at the time. And it was terrible at times. You get to see the world The good: I traveled to nearly every major city in the …

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How moving to a city knowing no one will change your life

I grew up in a small city in Northern Illinois. The city has greater problems than most and this isn’t by opinion, it’s a fact. The city is rated the worst midsize city in the United States based on crime and unemployment rate. I knew it wasn’t the place for me to live after school. …

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What to do when you don’t know what to do

I’m stuck. there are so many things I could do, but I don’t know which one is right and I don’t know if I will do it right… Ever have this feeling? I do basically every day of my life. There are a million things I could do and if I don’t have it prioritized, …

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Putting yourself in their shoes will change your world

I am obsessed with Gary Vaynerchuk. But not in a creepy way, like an, I think the world has been waiting for someone like him way. He puts out this daily vlog in which a camera guy follow him daily to film his life, his hustle, his rants. I’m watching a recent one, DailyVee episode …

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The two things I fear most in life

One of the only good things that came out of the Will Smith “After Earth” movie was an epic quote bout fear. “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not …

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Why I always trust my gut

It’s 11:26pm and I’m laying in bed, of course, this is when all my thinking happens. Maybe it’s because this is the first time in every day I officially turn my brain off, allowing the thoughts to flow. I probably need to incorporate a couple meditation routines throughout the day. That’s a whole other conversation. …

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A quote I’ve been living my life on, but never knew it until today

It’s 11pm on a Monday night. I finished writing a business proposal so I thought I would get on StumbleUpon for a minute to give my brain a break. 3 pages in, I get to a page called 20 truth filled quotes. I always find these interesting and in a way inspiring as it’s a …

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The idea of being contradictory

Well here is my first blog post and it comes at 11:36pm. Typically I like to be asleep by now, but I have a brain that literally never shuts off. Good thing for me, I’m typically thinking about business, how I can improve etc. You know the good shit. I’m not thinking about everything relationship I’ve …

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