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Sometimes you have to come up for air and Breathe

It’s low season here in Thailand which means it rains just about every day. Gloomy clouds, ponchos on deck, all of that. My business partner and great friend of over 12 years flew in from San Francisco to plot next steps for Core Media Concepts and Core Mobile Apps. While down in Phuket, we got a heck of a lot of work done (not much choice as it rained Heavy almost the entire time). We were on the grind from hotel rooms, to restaurant tables, to cafes and tiny coffeeshops. Our brains were cloudy and burning out from the work. We needed a break to get back in that creative zone. The universe answered. The very next day(and for ONE day only), the sky opened up, a breathtaking day presented itself and we took our meeting offline – happily! We hired a longtail boat to take us to Maya Bay in the Phi Phi Islands where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. Got plenty of sun rays and interacted with the marine life all around. Even got Fiifi to dive in the water and “live a little” too! Haha. A few hours later we were back on land relaxed, grateful and recharged. The next few days of work were even better than the previous. It was probably the best business brainstorm meeting I’ve ever had. Work was done and we enjoyed ourselves in the process.

So, whatever that it is that you are working on or striving for, stay hungry and stay at it… but don’t forget to come up for air from time to time. Live in “the present” as it is truly a gift. Enjoy the moments of NOW as “nows” tends to drift by and turn into “thens” faster than we all realize. Take a break, play with your kids, enjoy nature, tell family members and the people you care about that you love them(and often). Don’t forget to live and love. Have a fabulous day today!

Ps. YES that’s a piece of fried chicken and NO my fried chicken eating self didn’t bring it (our captain had a wing just chilling in the back of the boat LOL).

– All Underwater shots taken with a GoPro Hero 4 Black – 4K camera

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Power of Podcasts: Top 10 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

In the information age, there is no shortage of helpful knowledge and insight out there on the web. From recipes on how to make some bomb baked chicken to calculating the monthly payment on a property you are looking to invest in, there is just so much to see! The inherent disadvantage to having ALL of this information at our fingertips is that we can drift in the vast “ocean of overwhelm” and not even realize it until it’s too late.

I’ve sat there working in a coffee shop and could feel myself wandering away from important tasks.


Look, a Shiny Object! Gmail notifications…Oh snap, “Single-propeller ‘drone’ flies when you throw it like a frisbee”. What? For REALZZ?? – Click. Click. Bye-bye work… *Check out the wooden figurine about to hit the nae-nae #dead #yeahthatwasmewhodidthat #childish #ohwell #funnydoe

Time floats by and the realization hits; What was I even supposed to be doing to begin with? Panic sets in as I look at the clock and realize, I haven’t gotten $h!t done in 3 and a half hours!

With so much to look at and sift through, the “noise” is real ya’ll. I needed a way to realign myself to the current task/goal at hand:

Keep it simple. Build businesses and live a dope life.

So what works for me personally is to get into the routine of consuming case studies of entrepreneurs who’ve been grinding it out and have had some successes. Hearing of other business minds helps me stay motivated, inspired, driven… and most importantly, on-track!

What have I found to be the most effective way to get this type of content? Podcasts.

In late 2011, I started listening to podcasts for constant knowledge and inspiration. I found myself diving more and more into them as they started to become more ubiquitous. I like this format for a couple reasons: 1.) I love the fact that I don’t necessarily have to be staring at a computer screen or sitting in one static position in order to obtain vast knowledge in things that I’m interested in. I can just pop in my headphones at the gym, or listen during my commute. 2.) There are always fresh podcast episodes coming out(weekly and even daily!) and new podcasts publishers getting in the game to provide even more value. I’ve learned things worth hundreds of thousands of $$ at this point. All for FREE.

Below is a list of my top 10 podcasts, all of which I have listened for a significant time and keep in steady rotation. I have a bunch of others I listen to (on topics like health & wellness, spirituality, etc) but the main focus of this post is the list the ones I would recommend to other entrepreneurs. They are in no particular order.

Top 10 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

  1. Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn(Business & Lifestyle) – Listen Now
  2. Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss(Business, Lifestyle & Mindset) – Listen Now
  3. The Cardone Zone by Grant Cardone(Real Estate & Business) – Listen Now
  4. Freedom Fastlane by Ryan Moran(Business, Mindset & Real Estate) – Listen Now
  5. Entrepreneur on Fire by John Lee Dumas(Business & Entrepreneurship) – Listen Now
  6. Travel Like a Boss Podcast by Johnny FD(Business & Lifestyle) –  Listen Now
  7. Mixergy by Andrew Warner(Business & Entrepreneurship) – Listen Now
  8. The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes – Listen Now
  9. The Ask Gary Vee Show by Gary Vaynerchuk – Listen Now
  10. Bigger Pockets Podcast by Brandon Turner & Joshua Dorkin – Listen Now


Ps. What are some of your favorite podcasts that weren’t mentioned here?


How to get a 30 day visa extension in Chiang Mai Thailand (2016)

Konnichiwa peeps! The visa extension policies and regulations in all countries change frequently so getting the most current information can save you some time and unnecessary headaches. Below is a video on just how to go about getting a visa extension in the new Promenada Mall location(The airport location is no longer handling visa extensions).

Make sure to have 1900 baht cash for the processing fee.

Ps. I misplaced my departure card and it was not an issue at all. For safe measure, I stopped by the police station in the Old City before heading to the immigration office and asked the foreign resource officer on duty if the departure card was truly necessary, and he said it wasn’t. This ended up being true and as a matter of fact, they did not even ask for it once I told the registration table attendees I didn’t have it.

Here is a link to the form needed at the time of filing your extension – Extension of Temporary Stay in The Kingdom Application Form (TM. 7)  I recommend printing this out and filling it in before you get to the immigration office. Make sure that you sign it, as well as the copy of your passport and any other official documents. It is also helpful to put an email address on these items, however, it is not required.

If you have any questions regarding the process, don’t hesitate to ask!