Life Is Not Harder Than Death

By Cheval John

Nicole Welch (left) interviewing Pat Flynn (right) at Podcast Movement 2015 Courtesy of  Vallano Media

Nicole Welch (left) interviewing Pat Flynn (right) at Podcast Movement 2015 Courtesy of Vallano Media


A customer came in to order some supplies after work.

After his order, I asked him, “How was his day?”

He said, “It was a Monday, but it is not the same after working the weekend.”

Then, I followed up with his occupation.

He mentioned that he was a lawyer.

I had a feeling that he was not happy with his work granted that he had spent a huge amount of time in college to achieve the law degree.

So I asked him what his dream goal would be.

He mentioned, “Not working and sitting on the beach and watching his kids grow up.”

He added that he would not be able to “enjoy” life until he reaches the age of 75.

And when he was about to leave, he said, “Life Is Much Harder Than Death.”

That statement was a dagger in my heart.

He had accepted the old dogma that he had to work the long hours in order to be successful.

At the same time, I was not surprised because he is among the many Americans who are unhappy at their work according to this Forbes article by Susan Adams.

He did not see that he had the power to make the life of his dreams come true by finding his true calling.

The truth is that anyone can change their situation and make it better.

I had the fortune to spend the weekend at the Omni Hotel in Ft. Worth for Podcast Movement’15, organized by Jared Easley, Dan Franks, Mitch Todd and Gary A. Leland.

Though it was a national conference, which was the first of it kind, it felt like a small gathering of like-minded people who were either podcasters, about to start a podcast or was learning more about the medium.

They have podcasts about different subject matters like sports, books, self-help, video games, etc.

The podcasters that attended are authors, entrepreneurs, sales people, etc. and are all rock stars in their own right.

The best part was meeting fellow podcasters who I had developed great friendships with online and meeting others who I met for the first time.

What is more impressive is that they did settle for the status quo like the majority of people that was mentioned in the Forbes article.

They knew that they were meant to do more to make their lives better and also to help people to achieve their goals of making the world a better place.

People like Kimanzi Constable, who worked as a bread delivery person for 12 years before breaking free after he self-published two books that sold over 45,000 copies before getting a book deal with Sound Wisdom.

Now, he is is an accomplished speaker, coach and a contributor to large websites like Entrepreneur, the Huffington Post and Mind Body Green.

And because he did not settled for the mediocre, he was one of the co-founders of the Self-Publishing Success Academy, where they teach about being successful as a self-published author and has helped a lot of people to be accomplished authors.

And Patty Elizee, who has a podcast called, “The Brand You Economy.”

I had written about her story in the previous article, “Making An Investment In Yourself.”

She was energetic and was introducing everyone at the conference.

She brought a lot of life to the party.

Another person I will mention is Nicole Welch, who hosts a podcast called, “Real Time, Real Men Only.”

She was really awesome because she brought a lot of value to those who spent time with her.

Mrs. Welch also was one of the few who had the opportunity to interview Smart Passive Income’s Pat Flynn at the conference.

She showcased her personality and asked really good questions.

Another thing that stood out to me was the fact that Katie Krimitsos, of Biz Women Rock and the energetic, South Florida Podcast Group, wrote an excellent post on how to arrive at the Omni Hotel using the TRE Railway if attendees were arriving either at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport or Dallas’ Love Field Airport.

That thoughtful post made a big difference for those who were visiting Ft.Worth for the first time.

All of these podcasters showed that if you really want to enjoy life, you must create your own destiny and not settle for the mediocre.

The truth is, “Life Is Not Harder Than Death.”

What will you do to achieve the best life that you want to fulfill your calling to make the world a better place?

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Making An Investment In Yourself

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Podcast Movement

Photo Courtesy of Podcast Movement

People who are successful in their businesses or careers always do one thing that others don’t do.

They invest in themselves.

Whether it is buying information products about the public relations industry or attending conferences, they know that they will improve their skills because of the lessons learned.

That is why people who are achieve success are not lucky like many would say.

They also have the entrepreneurial mindset in which they don’t wait for permission to achieve their goals in order to make other people’s lives better.

People like Sara Blakely, who solved a problem for many women when she create the company Spanx, which made billions of dollars.

Or Patty Elizee, who decided not to settle for the status quo of working the 9-5 and founded her podcast, the Brand You Economy.

Ms. Elizee’s story is really awesome because she started that journey to freedom when she set goals for herself.

Among those goals were to participate in Cliff Ravenscraft’s “Podcasting A to Z Course” and to attend the inaugural Podcast Movement that took place last year.

It was there that she met Jared Easley, who was one of the co-founders of the conference.

Now there is a “twist” to the story of how Podcast Movement was founded.

Mr. Easley was attending the New Media Expo, an annual conference held earlier last year in Las Vegas.

This conference is geared towards evolving media like YouTube, podcasts, etc.

It was there that he over-heard a conversation of people who were wondering, “Why Isn’t There A Conference Exclusively For Podcasters?” #paraphrased

Mr. Easley was wondering the same thing and in that moment, he was thinking about the idea of creating a national conference for podcasters.

The reality of bringing together recognized speakers, securing a venue, and the costs to put a national conference together could have stopped Mr. Easley, Dan Franks, Gary Leland and Mitch Todd from creating the first national podcast conference.

However, they thought outside of the box and launched a Kick-Starter campaign to see if people would be interested.

The campaign goal was to raise $11,000 dollars in 30 days.

To their surprise, they achieved that goal in 9 hours and eventually raised the money by three times the amount in 30 days.

That was the signal that they needed to go out and create a national conference for podcasters

After much hard work and dedication, the first ever Podcast Movement took place in Dallas, Texas with over 600 attendees.

Seeing amazing commentary on how many past, present and future podcasters learned from each other and the meetups that transpired was great.

At the same time, I was sad because I missed out on this amazing conference.

I made the decision that I was not going to miss this year’s Podcast Movement.

Even though this will probably be the only conference I attend this year, it will be worth it because I will have the opportunity to meet great podcasters that I have built strong friendships with on social media and interviewed on my very own podcast, “What’s The Word?”

I honestly believe that if anyone will invest in conferences like Podcast Movement, they will be able to take their careers or business to another level that will allow them to make the world a better place.

The only question is “Are You Willing To Invest In Yourself?”

Learning A Language To Discover The World

By Cheval John

You may have heard these quotes:

“To Have Another Language Is To Possess Another Soul” Charlemagne

“The Limits of My Language Are The Limits Of My World” Frank Smith

“Language Is The Road Map To A Culture. It Tells You Where Its People Come From And Where They Are Going” Rita Mae Brown

The last quote is very profound.

When a person wants to learn more about the culture of a country or a tribe, the best way to access the culture is through the language.

It is true that we see great poetry like Don Quixote translated into English and being taught in schools.

However, it is difficult to really understand and appreciate the story of Don Quixote if a person is not a Spanish speaker.

And to bring on another example, Columbian super-star singer Shakira, who speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese, made an excellent song back in the mid-2000s called, “No” in her native Spanish.

The song is really beautiful and achieved a smashing success like her other songs.

When the producers or music executives of the record company wanted her to make the same song, “No” in English, she said “no” to the idea even though she recorded her other Spanish songs in English.

The reason why she decided not to record “No” in English was that it would not have had the same impact that it had when she sang it in her native Spanish.

So fans of Shakira who were only English speakers, missed out on an opportunity to hear the beautiful song, “No.”

Now the same fans could do what few in this world have done, learn another language.

The only thing that will keep them from learning another language is their limited belief that they can’t learn a second language.

I would suspect that they feel that they don’t need to learn another language because of the belief that the world is learning English.

It is true that English serves as the important language of organizations such as the United Nations and the language for aviation.

That should not be an excuse to not learn another language.

You might have to start learning from scratch if your are not a first generation American.

For those who are offsprings of immigrants, they have a fast start because they grow up listening to their parents native language and also English.

Ladan Jiracek is one of those people who had the fast start to knowing multiple languages.

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His parents immigrated from Slovokia and he had the fortune of growing up in a different culture and has traveled to over 80 countries.

What is really cool is that he took advantage of the opportunity to intern in Berlin, Germany while he was an undergraduate student.

Now, he lives in India and host the Travel Wisdom Podcast, where he interviews best-selling authors, world travelers, polyglots, etc.

The most important thing is that if you want to understand a culture that is different than yours, you have to speak the language.

When you know another language, three, 6, etc., you will have more options to work anywhere in the world and also enjoy your travels.

Video courtesy of Shakira Vevo

The Quest Of Learning A Foreign Language

By Cheval John

A quest is something that many should pursue if they want to have a fulfilling life.

The problem is that many are content with the o.k. lives that they have.

While others might think that pursuing a quest means going sky diving or climbing Mount Everest.

Those are worthy quest in a sense because you are pushing your limit.

However, pursuing a quest can be something that is not so adventurous.

Like learning multiple languages and becoming bilingual or even a polyglot.

You might even know that being bilingual, trilingual, or a polyglot can help a person to have more work opportunities according this article by Laura Morsch of Career Builder.com.

Some might think that it is too late to learn another language in their adult years.

They believe that if they don’t learn a second or even a third language by a certain age, they will miss out on the opportunity to be bilingual.

That is certainly not the case.

According to this article by Lucy Kinder of The Telegraph, learning a second language can allow your brain from getting dementia years later than those who only know one language.

This should give you encouragement to pursue language learning.

You might have the excuse that you do not have the time to learn another language because you are working full time or you are not living in another country where the language is spoken, etc.

Steve Kaufmann, founder of LingQ.com, explains in this interview with John Forthingham of I2mastery.com, that he spent time in Hong Kong in the late 60s where English was the predominant language and was still able to learn Mandarin Chinese.

He did not have all of the resources like Duolingo or iTalki plus the internet to chat with native language speakers that we have today.

And to add on to the fact of learning language late in life, Mr. Kaufmann, who speaks 11 languages, learned five of those languages after the age of 55.

Another benefit of knowing a lot of languages is the option of watching a major sporting event like the World Cup on television.

If you do not like the English commentary, you have the option of watching the same matchup in a different language and still be able to follow the matchup.

I will admit that it is great to be bilingual because of the options of watching a sporting event in a different language.

Now I feel that I am still limited despite knowing both English and Spanish.

My goal is to learn as many languages as possible during my lifetime.

And I have started this journey with Portuguese.

Though I began learning Portuguese last year, I did not continue with learning the language.

So I have restarted that goal of learning Portuguese and my goal is to be fluent in the language by the end of this year.

I honestly believe that I can achieve fluency in Portuguese because I have seen others achieve fluency in a short amount of time.

So in reality, it is never too late to learn a language late in life.

The only question is, “Who Will Join In On Learning Another Language?”

You Only Need One Person To Believe In Your Dreams

By Cheval John

People are afraid to go after their dreams because they fear that they will not achieve it.

Most of the time, they believe that many will not believe in them.

Like if they have an idea to create a better product to improve the usage of computers, they will hear from the masses that they are crazy.

Or if they are following their heart and pursuing their true calling, like becoming an entrepreneur, the majority will be wondering if they are crazy.

What if Steve Jobs had not followed his intuition and went along with the majority who graduated from college and work the normal 9-5 workweek for 40 years until he retired, we would not have had the Apple Computer.

And if the Apple Computer was not created, we would not have had the iPhone which later led to iTunes that has revolutionized the way everyone consumes podcasts.

What if Orville and Wilbur Wright had listened to the masses and not invented the airplane?

Then we would have not been able to travel to different parts of the world in less time and we would have probably be using ships which takes longer.

And what if Thomas Edison had said, “This is not meant to be” after he failed about 1,000 times with the invention of the light bulb?

We would still be using candles and it would have been a huge hassle for businesses, etc.

The primary reason why we know about Steve Jobs, Orville and Wilbur Wright and many others who revolutionized the world is because they did not follow the masses or listened to the naysayers who were content with the status quo.

They had a vision, took the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.

One final question?

What if Laura Wilkinson did not followed her heart and pursued her dream of being in the 2000 Sydney Olympics?

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Laura had broken her foot during training about 6 months before the Sydney Olympics.

She dealt with the injury and continued her pursuit of making the team.

When she qualified for the Olympics, Laura had another obstacle to overcome.

Many believed she was a long shot of winning a gold medal because she was competing against the powerhouse Chinese team.

China entered the 2000 Olympics as the favorites because they had won gold medals in the previous four Olympics.

It was true that she was the underdog because the last American to win a gold medal in the sport of diving during the Olympics was in 1964.

Plus with her broken foot, they believed she was not a contender for the medal.

It seemed like their predictions were going to come true because Laura was sitting in 8th place after two rounds in the diving competition.

However, Laura had a positive mindset and believed that if she had made her most difficult dive, the reverse 2 1/2 somersault, she would have a chance at competing for the medal.

Her intuitions was right because she made the dive and was awarded a 9.5.

Then the next four divers including the Chinese flopped on their dives and all of a sudden she was in contention for the gold medal.

She made her next two dives which put her in first place and was able to hold off the competition to win the gold.

Laura went on to make the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in Athens and Beijing, respectively.

However, she did not achieved any medals in those games.

If Laura had listened to the masses who said that she was too old to start competing in diving, or had said to herself, “It was not meant for me to be in the Sydney Olympics, #paraphrased” after breaking her foot, she would have been wondering “What would have happened if I had pursued the 2000 Sydney Olympics”?

So if you believe that it is too late to pursue your dream career or receiving a ton of rejections if you are just starting your business, remember that it takes one person to say that “I believe in you.”

Thankfully, Laura had that one person, Kenny Armstrong, who believed in her.

And because of Mr. Armstrong telling her, “I believe that you can succeed in diving, #paraphrased” the world was able to witnessed one of the biggest comebacks in Olympic history.