Life Coach Reid Walley http://www.reidwalley.com Screaming Confidence™ for Entrepreneurs and Professionals. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:38:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jessica Alba Founded A Billion-dollar Company? http://www.reidwalley.com/jessica-alba-founded-billion-dollar-company/ http://www.reidwalley.com/jessica-alba-founded-billion-dollar-company/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:04:59 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=20125 I just met a woman who didn’t quite believe that Jessica Alba – a mere actress – could be anything more than a hired “spokesperson” for a billion-dollar company like The Honest Company​. She was hard-pressed to believe that Alba was an actual co-founder who was there from the start. “Maybe Jessica Alba got a […]

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Jessica Alba SDCC 2014I just met a woman who didn’t quite believe that Jessica Alba – a mere actress – could be anything more than a hired “spokesperson” for a billion-dollar company like The Honest Company​. She was hard-pressed to believe that Alba was an actual co-founder who was there from the start.

“Maybe Jessica Alba got a percentage of the company in exchange for being the public face of the company,” she wondered out loud.

I can understand her skepticism. After all, we all see Jessica Alba as a well-known Hollywood movie star. When I first heard that Alba’s company hit a billion dollars and Alba was on the cover of Forbes magazine, I was like, “Wait, what? Jessica Alba, the actress?” Then I realized: holy cow, I have Jessica Alba’s toilet paper in my bathroom right now! When I bought it at Target, I didn’t even know The Honest Company was Alba’s.

Then everything changed for me when I read the reason why Jessica Alba founded The Honest Company! It’s her WHY* that has made me both a customer and advocate. And her WHY reminded me of Simon Sinek​’s TED Talk: Start With Why.

Why do we think an actress with a pretty face doesn’t have a brain? Or do we think that a famous person can’t do something completely different from what they’re known for. Maybe some people find it hard to believe that a woman can start a billion-dollar company.

Jessica Alba is an entrepreneur, plain and simple! And leading by example is what up-and-coming young girls need to see.

Alba proves that you can be anything you want to be: actress, wife, mom, businesswoman, advocate. She’s proving that a great business idea is solving a real-world problem. She has drive, guts and a WHY that drives The Honest Company. More importantly, for entrepreneurs everywhere, she never gave up in the face of her doubters.

Jessica Alba Forbes June 2015

How Jessica Alba Built A $1 Billion Company, And $200 Million Fortune, Selling Parents Peace Of Mind

To the very nice woman who genuinely didn’t quite believe that Alba started The Honest Company, I found some details that I didn’t know myself: “It took Alba three years to find her business partners—chief executive officer Brian Lee, chief operating officer Sean Kane, and chief product officer Christopher Gavigan.” Source.

*Like most great ideas, The Honest Company was inspired by a need that wasn’t being filled.

Featured Jessica Alba photo credit: By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s First Rule Is Gonna Piss Off A Lot Of Parents! http://www.reidwalley.com/arnold-schwarzenegger-first-rule-is-gonna-piss-off-a-lot-of-parents/ http://www.reidwalley.com/arnold-schwarzenegger-first-rule-is-gonna-piss-off-a-lot-of-parents/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:40:21 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=21402 Out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules for Success, it’s his First Rule for Success that is going to upset parents and teachers the most! GOOD! Too many poor souls follow their parent’s and teacher’s expectations and demands right into fucking mediocrity. Even the best-intentioned parents and teachers can hold you back simply because they do not […]

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Out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules for Success, it’s his First Rule for Success that is going to upset parents and teachers the most! GOOD! Too many poor souls follow their parent’s and teacher’s expectations and demands right into fucking mediocrity.

Even the best-intentioned parents and teachers can hold you back simply because they do not see outside of the box – either for themselves or for you.

You MUST follow Arnold’s First Rule for Success!

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Gary Vaynerchuk – Why Twitter Video Matters http://www.reidwalley.com/gary-vaynerchuk-why-twitter-video-matters/ http://www.reidwalley.com/gary-vaynerchuk-why-twitter-video-matters/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:27:42 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=21321 Gary Vaynerchuk’s real-world business advice on the importance of Twitter Video! “People want to say that it’s not about the hard work. They want to say that it’s about working smart. It’s just not. It’s about BOTH! Go deep instead of wide. Don’t worry about how many followers you have and how you can spam them […]

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s real-world business advice on the importance of Twitter Video!

“People want to say that it’s not about the hard work. They want to say that it’s about working smart. It’s just not. It’s about BOTH! Go deep instead of wide.

Don’t worry about how many followers you have and how you can spam them all.

“Try to make connections deeper, one-by-one. They will last longer. They will mean more.” – @GaryVee

My experience using Twitter Video

On May 28, 2015, I began implementing Gary’s advice and started thanking every new follower using Twitter video – and the response has been INSANE. People are BLOWN AWAY with how cool a Twitter video response is! A few peeps are even responding to my Twitter video reply with their own first Twitter video.

This will all eventually become normal and even mundane. But for now, peeps are DIGGIN the extra attention and effort!

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Go And See For Yourself – Don’t Believe Everything You Read http://www.reidwalley.com/go-see-for-yourself-dont-believe-everything-you-read/ http://www.reidwalley.com/go-see-for-yourself-dont-believe-everything-you-read/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:50:02 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=20142 Kay posted on Facebook: I just read this in a recently posted article by Foundr magazine: Just FYI, the original poster cannot leave tags in comments anymore…you might get one or two tags in before you get a red error message when commenting. Have to go back to putting them in the description. Bummer. What […]

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Kay posted on Facebook:

I just read this in a recently posted article by Foundr magazine:

Just FYI, the original poster cannot leave tags in comments anymore…you might get one or two tags in before you get a red error message when commenting. Have to go back to putting them in the description. Bummer.

What the hell?, I screamed to myself, I just created 7 hashtags in my own Instagram photo’s comment section – and specifically not in the photo’s description section. Foundr Magazine can NOT be correct.

Genchi Genbutsu

In Eric Ries’s Lean Startup there’s a Japanese phrase: Genchi Genbutsu. It means “go and see.” The concept of Genchi Genbutsu is attributed to Taiichi Ohno, considered to be the father of the Toyota Production System, which became Lean Manufacturing in the U.S.

Go and see for yourself

1. I took a pic with Instagram, added a non-hashtag description, then added 7 hashtags in my own comment section. Then I took a screenshot and shared it with Kay to show that it could be done.

She had an interesting response: “I don’t know what to tell you. The notice I posted was word for word copied and pasted from an article and comments published in a Foundr article… do what you have always done until [Instagram] tells you no more.”

In other words, she didn’t go and see for herself. And since I had not read the Foundr Magazine article myself, I needed to make my own assessment.

2. I searched Google for “foundr mag instagram tags” and found the original blog post: Instagram Marketing 101 – How We Acquired 10,000 Followers And Exploded Our Business. And, sure enough, there was the text that Kay had shared on Facebook.

Now I could see the whole context:

Anthony Octavio Ramos:
Just FYI, the original poster cannot leave tags in comments anymore…you might get one or two tags in before you get a red error message when commenting. Have to go back to putting them in the description. Source

The truth: the snippet that Kay posted was only a comment on the Foundr article, posted by Anthony Octavio Ramos about HIS personal experience with Instagram. It had nothing to do with Foundr’s recommendations for using Instagram’s hashtags!

Even the Foundr blog author, Nathan Chan, wasn’t sure what Anthony’s comment was referring to, stating:

Nathan Chan:
Hey Anthony, I’m not quite sure what you mean by this my man? Source

What does it all mean

There was nothing wrong. Instagram does not have a 2-hashtag limit – because I typed in 7. Instagram does have limits, as documented on Instragram.com itself. Don’t take anyone’s word for the truth, go and see for yourself. Go to the source. Even what I’ve written here today…

Genchi Genbutsu. Go and see for yourself.

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How To Practice A 5-7 Minute Toastmasters Speech http://www.reidwalley.com/how-to-practice-5-7-minute-toastmasters-speech/ http://www.reidwalley.com/how-to-practice-5-7-minute-toastmasters-speech/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 06:28:51 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=20079 You will discover that some techniques for practicing your speech work well, while others do not. My approach for practicing a speech is unique to me, so it’s important for you to gather advice from others as well. Research which patterns, practices and procedures work best for you to present a 5-7 minute speech, without […]

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You will discover that some techniques for practicing your speech work well, while others do not. My approach for practicing a speech is unique to me, so it’s important for you to gather advice from others as well. Research which patterns, practices and procedures work best for you to present a 5-7 minute speech, without notes, while coming across as confident and natural.

I added Ryan Avery‘s advice and write my speech in as close to poem form as possible. Then I took the advice of a number of World Champions of Public Speaking, like Ed Tate, and I memorize every word (for a 5-7 min speech). I then take my printed-out speech outside to my practice area and practice my speech out loud at least 6 times. This is my first of many run-throughs to get a feel for the stage and timing.

I’m also going through my stage positions while practicing out loud. I discovered that my stage positions also help me remember my next line/story.

After practicing my speech in my practice space over a week (3-6 times per day), then I don’t need my printed-out speech anymore. The speech has become part of me because it’s been marinating throughout my practice sessions.

At this point, I start doing an exercise that Ed Tate recommends: saying my speech at 2x it’s normal speed. It’s tough-going at first, but I find it very helpful.

There also comes a time when I don’t practice my speech at all – because I’m sick of all the damn practice. I take a break and come back to it a week later. This break, like a much-needed vacation, does wonders for being confident and sounding natural.

World-renowned speech coach, Patricia Fripp, advises that writing out your speech in a logical sequence helps you remember it better.

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You Just Won Your Toastmasters District Speech Contest – Now What? http://www.reidwalley.com/you-just-won-your-toastmasters-district-speech-contest-now-what/ http://www.reidwalley.com/you-just-won-your-toastmasters-district-speech-contest-now-what/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 23:01:09 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=19992 Congratulations on winning your District Toastmasters International Speech contest! Now what? Grab a copy of your Toastmasters District speech and upload it to YouTube so you can get it evaluated by previous World Champions, Advanced Toastmasters Clubs, mentors. Start developing your second speech, for Finals, right now! You will be presenting 2 speeches at the International […]

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Congratulations on winning your District Toastmasters International Speech contest!

Now what?

  1. Grab a copy of your Toastmasters District speech and upload it to YouTube so you can get it evaluated by previous World Champions, Advanced Toastmasters Clubs, mentors.
  2. Start developing your second speech, for Finals, right now! You will be presenting 2 speeches at the International speech contest: one for Semifinals (typically your District speech), and a completely new speech for Finals.

Get insight from previous World Champions

Contact previous World Champions and see how much they charge to evaluate your District-winning speech.

Get insight from 2nd- and 3rd-place World Champions

If they’re not competing in this year’s International speech contest, last year’s 2nd-place and 3rd-place World Champions are a great resource. Find them here.

Get insight from Advanced Toastmasters clubs

Contact your District’s Advanced Clubs for feedback and evaluations on your District speech – maybe even mentorship. They’re also the perfect environment to practice your Final speech.

One of my go-to Advanced Toastmasters Clubs in Sacramento, CA is Reveilliers Toastmasters. They really kicked my butt, told me the truth and provided top-notch evaluations. Most Advanced Club members have attended many International conferences and have heard many Semifinal and Final speeches over the years. An Advanced Club will tell you if you’re up-to-par or not – and, generally, how to fix it.

Get insight from your previous District winners

Contact your District’s previous District winners for help, advice, even mentorship.

Study previous World Champion speeches

There’s a huge difference between presenting at your District and the competition you’re going to face at the Semifinal and World Champion levels. Notice their deliberate use of the stage to set up scenes with characters and dialogue.

Watch previous Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking speeches.

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Positive Thinking Is Utterly Useless http://www.reidwalley.com/positive-thinking-useless/ http://www.reidwalley.com/positive-thinking-useless/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 06:06:16 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=19957 The post Positive Thinking Is Utterly Useless appeared first on Life Coach Reid Walley.

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Relationship Breakup Math http://www.reidwalley.com/relationship-breakup-math/ http://www.reidwalley.com/relationship-breakup-math/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 23:28:02 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=19954 The post Relationship Breakup Math appeared first on Life Coach Reid Walley.

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Relationship Advice: Starting Over After A Breakup http://www.reidwalley.com/relationship-advice-starting-over-after-a-breakup/ http://www.reidwalley.com/relationship-advice-starting-over-after-a-breakup/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 07:10:31 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=19940 Question from a guest: I went through a breakup 2 years ago and I’m still learning how to start over. So just wondering if you went through the same thing too and have any tips to offer on that. Answer: Starting over after a breakup can be tough. How long it takes to re-discover yourself […]

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Question from a guest: I went through a breakup 2 years ago and I’m still learning how to start over. So just wondering if you went through the same thing too and have any tips to offer on that.

Answer: Starting over after a breakup can be tough. How long it takes to re-discover yourself after a breakup depends solely on how much of your individuality was given up, discarded, hidden, or changed during your relationship. I’ve been there.

My ambitious goal is to have joy for myself and the other person, even if we break up. With that in mind, here’s my advice (in no particular order):

  1. Exercise, so you have progress over your own body, mind and spirit. Or exercises that are different from your normal routines. Maybe swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, whatever takes you to a new place.
  2. Gratitude for your life, that person’s life and blessings upon yourself and them. No doubt about it, this one is hard – and worth it.
  3. Activities: Toastmasters is one. Starting a business is another. Some sort of deep activity that takes time and is productive.
  4. Not “falling” for the next person, but instead, developing a friendship first. This is where I would really mess up – a lot. I’d fall head-over-heels, start dating immediately, get serious fast, and – boom – things would get rocky and eventually we’d break up. I hated this cycle. Ugh.
  5. Spending more time being “casual” with a new person, and forcing yourself to spend more time doing “your” activities – without them. Maintaining yourself.
  6. Being OK with being lonely. Damn, this one was hard for me. But the outcome is now I don’t feel “lonely” even when I’m alone. This is all mental. And you have to have a place to put your mental and emotional energies.
  7. Albert Einstein’s quote is a great place to start: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” This one is heavy-deep goodness. And while you’re focusing on awesome goals, you’ll meet people along the way that are worth looking into and getting to know. Maybe even dating and marring.

Some relationship advice items are easier to accomplish than others.

As our guest remarked, after reading the list above: “I spent one whole year healing and re-discovering myself and now I’m happy being myself and being alone. Now I want to move on to meeting and maybe dating again. But whenever I think about taking this next step, I’m still not fully convinced [that I should] take the leap. Still emotionally attached to the past.

“I still cannot fully commit to #2 that you listed above. I’m still bitter because I still wish the other person would go to hell!”

Boy, could I relate. I recommended a book that I – and countless others across the world – have found helpful: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.

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Post-workout Protein Shake http://www.reidwalley.com/post-workout-protein-shake/ http://www.reidwalley.com/post-workout-protein-shake/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:16:59 +0000 http://www.reidwalley.com/?p=19882 Protein shake ingredients and amounts for my post-workout shake. I make and drink this within minutes after finishing a bodyweight, resistance training and/or weightlifting workout. Step 1: ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST if you should be eating ANY of the below items! You could be allergic and break out in hives or die! Seriously, check […]

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Protein shake ingredients and amounts for my post-workout shake. I make and drink this within minutes after finishing a bodyweight, resistance training and/or weightlifting workout.

Step 1: ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST if you should be eating ANY of the below items! You could be allergic and break out in hives or die! Seriously, check with your doctor FIRST!

Step 2: Blend protein shake ingredients in NutriBullet blender for 1 minute

  • Water: 8 oz
  • Oats (Quaker Oats brand): 2 oz
  • Almond Butter (Justin’s brand, Classic flavor): 2 Tablespoons
  • Protein Powder (Muscle Milk brand, Lean Muscle Protein Powder, Chocolate): 1 scoop
  • Walnuts: handful (~9)
  • Milk (Organic Valley brand, Organic, Lactose-free, 2% Fat): 8 oz
  • Blueberries: handful (~12-18)
  • Ginger (root): ~3-4 slices
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s Organic brand): 1 teaspoon

Protein yield: ~35g

Step 2: Take the following items orally with post-workout shake

  • Cod Liver Oil (Nordic Naturals brand): 1 teaspoon
  • Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Supplement (Source of Life brand): 3 tablets
  • Garlic (Kyolic brand, Aged Garlic Extract, Formula 100): 2 capsules
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA), 100 mg: 2 tablets

Post-workout Protein Shake

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