Category Archives: my story

Take This Productivity Class With Me…

What’s the fastest way to double your productivity,
and start getting TWICE the results in your life
and your business?

If you’re serious about doubling your results, and
growing your business, then take this new class
from Eben Pagan called “Wake Up Productive”:

How To Double Your Productivity Guaranteed

It turns out that the key to doubling productivity
isn’t to work more, and it’s not to work “harder.”

The key to doubling productivity isn’t doing more,
it’s getting more DONE… and particularly, getting
more of the high-value work done in your life and

So how do you get more of the work done that
actually pays you back the biggest returns in both
results and money?

The solution is to put two new habits in place – one
to increase your personal productivity, and one to
increase your business success and profit.

In Wake Up Productive, you’ll learn these two new
habits, and you’ll actually install them in your life
and business – so you automatically do the most
valuable thing in your life each day – and start
getting the growth and success you want.

Because Eben created this program while he was
building his business empire, he is offering a
“Business Growth” version of the course, that also
includes his best training on marketing, and his
best training on creating a winning product.

(And Eben has sold a couple of hundred million
dollars worth of products and services online, so
his marketing and business trainings are the best
you can get.)

In this new class, you’ll learn:

> How to eliminate distractions and interruptions,
so you can focus on the high-value actions that
bring you the big returns personally and financially

> How to put habits in place (instead of just trying
to do more), so you wake up and AUTOMATICALLY
start doing the things that bring you big results

> How to grow your business a lot faster, by focusing
on the few things that actually lead to growth and
profit – rather than wasting time on “busywork”

…and much, much more.

Watch this new video from Eben. You’ll learn a
lot about productivity and marketing by watching
it, and you’ll also get the details about the course.

Eben actually guarantees that you will double your
productivity by taking this course. But watch his video,
and I think you’ll agree that this is the real deal – and
that it can help you actually get twice the results that
you’re getting right now.

Sign up for this course with me today, and I’ll include
two special bonuses. First, I’ll set up weekly webinars
for us to chew what Eben is teaching, discuss any challenges
we have with implementation, and brainstorm together to find
solutions that will work for you. Second, after the 90-day course
is over, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a short series of
webinars with me where we will situate what we’ve learned in the
larger context of Living A Rational Life In an Irrational Society,
a theme that I’ve been exploring during my show, “Don’t Let It
Go Unheard.”

Register for Wake Up Productive today, and let’s
make this our most productive year ever!




UPDATE: I just learned that Eben will be releasing the weekly sessions on Mondays, and so we’ll have our weekly “chewing” webinars on Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., PT (7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET). I’m hoping that schedule will maximize participation from all time zones. The sessions will also be recorded, of course.

UPDATE 2: As of today, January 27, Eben has re-opened registration for ONE DAY ONLY. We are already starting to “chew” the initial fast-start sessions in a Facebook group I created, and we’ll start the webinars next Tuesday. So, if you want to get in on the discussion, register today!


Why (Selfish) Minimalism?

I thought I’d share a bit about why I became particularly interested in minimalism.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I admire the minimalist aesthetic described in Ayn Rand’s novels (find sample passages in my earlier posts). For most of my early life (before reading Rand) I was a minimalist of necessity, for three reasons:

(1) I was an army brat, so we moved frequently. Each time we moved, my mother pared down our possessions. (Unfortunately, I don’t recall playing a role in the paring-down process. That would have helped me a lot, but I can understand how it would be difficult to have the time and patience to sort through a daughter’s possessions with her—especially when you have three daughters, as my mother did!)

(2) We grew up “house poor”—my parents bought houses that were so expensive, they could not afford much else, including material gifts for us.

(3) My mother was, as I would have described her, a “neat freak.” I was very torn about this because, on the one hand, it often interfered with my having fun and relaxing; however, on the other hand, I have fond memories of being able to dust shelves perfectly because I needed only to remove and replace a few objects.

As a college student and, later, as a law student, I still could not afford to accumulate much stuff. But I accumulated and hung on to what I could and, more importantly, had no idea about how methodically to review what I did own with respect to its relevance. My mother died at the beginning of my law school career, and only after law school was I even in a position to start accumulating possessions and setting down roots. Once I got married and also had an income of my own, I was able for the first time to start buying all sorts of things I could not have considered earlier, and I went a bit crazy with it (no doubt reacting to my “house poor” childhood and protracted years as a “starving student”). Still, no idea about how methodically to review what I owned and systematically discard what was no longer relevant. Then, when I got divorced over a decade later, I moved into a much smaller space and took way too much of the stuff with me. (Another factor during all this time was that I accumulated not only too many things, but also too many activities, so that I would tell myself that I would sort through all that stuff at the end of the semester or, after that big dog agility competition, or after I finished writing that chapter or article, or after that great overseas trip, etc.) The last straw was when my grandmother and great aunt died a few years ago, and I wasn’t able to find the time to sort through all their stuff. What did I do? Packed it up and moved it to my already-stuffed-to-the-gills house and garage.

So, for the last few years I’ve been very slowly, too slowly, paring down this massive accumulation of possessions, periodically looking at images of the spacious interiors in Dwell Magazine for inspiration. (I love the aesthetic of much that is featured in Dwell, even though I could do without the “green” slant that seems to go along with it these days.) More recently, I came across the minimalist movement and have been working to separate the life-improving wheat from the altruist/”green”/ascetic chaff.

So, just as many people make a specialized study of diet when they are in the process of achieving their goals with respect to health or weight, I have been making a specialized study of minimalism because I am in the process of achieving my goals with respect to, in effect, curating my possessions.

That’s my story. If you’d like, I’d love to hear yours in the comments.