Thriving The Future Podcast

by Thriving The Future

Thriving The Future Podcast focuses on

👍- Positive solutions to help you #Thrive

🔨- Design your Intentional life.

🐓- Homestead

🍓- Side Hustles

🤝 – Community

🧰 – #SkillsOverStuff

Podcast website: https://thrivingthefuture.com

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Ep. 120 - You Are Not Defined by Your Job Title

    Ep. 120 - You Are Not Defined by Your Job Title

    Positive Solutions in a Tough Labor Market You are in a social gathering, like church or some other social function, and the question comes up: "What do you do?" (for a living). How do you respond? Most people answer: "I am (this role) at XYZ company". But what is that really saying? You have boxed yourself into a role. And you (perhaps inadvertently) declared your allegiance to your current company. It is better to say: "I am a (role), currently working at XYZ company." This is subtle, but it leaves the door open. I have seen a person react with, "oh we have an opening at my company", or "my relative has been looking for that role at his company". That works for project managers and it also works for all jobs in a tight labor market. This is also why the recommended career advice is to change your LinkedIn profile title from your role at XYZ company (which is the default) to your role built into a one-line hook (like a one-line elevator speech). Not only the "what I do", but also the "where" “Where you are is more important than who you are.” - Wendell Berry You are greater than the sum of your parts. Write down all of the ways you would describe yourself to a new person that you have met - if you were initiating the conversation. Most likely, you would not start with your job title. Positive Solutions in a Tough Job Market Own your own career. Get training and stay at a job that is providing opportunities. Change jobs for better opportunitiesKeep the mindset that this may be temporary. Be prepared for adversity, but don't be ruled by the fear of it. Prepping is necessary to offset downturns and adversity. Your mindset is everything. You know stuff. You might not think it is all that much. You could even lay out the steps to do it. But someone will pay you to do those steps instead of doing it themselves. Establish your authority by doing. It has never been easier to outperform someone by doing. It's Proof of Work. Go beyond the hobby. Run it like a business. This is my side hustle formula: Dream, Plan, Build Build in Public, releasing often. Measure the outcome. Pivot if necessary. Tweak. Repeat. Episode website and show notes: https://thrivingthefuture.com/you-are-not-defined-by-your-job-title If you like this unique topic, shoot us a tip on Venmo @ThrivingtheFuture or CashApp $ThrivingtheFuture. Or join the Thriving Patreon at Patreon.com/ThrivingtheFuture. Sponsors: Grow Nut Trees - Chestnuts, elderberry, elderberry cuttings, comfrey crowns, adapted to the Midwest. https://GrowNutTrees.com. Check out How to Pick Your Homestead Property series on Thriving News - Thriving Community News, without the Noise at ThrivingNews.com

  • Ep. 119 - Concentrate Your Time on Building Your Own Brand - with John McCoy

    Ep. 119 - Concentrate Your Time on Building Your Own Brand - with John McCoy

    In this episode, John McCoy and I discuss creating content and building your own brand. John McCoy is a freelance blogger and owner of JustEnoughSEO.com. John was on Ep. 75 - How to Reinvent Yourself as Freelancer. "Time is the most precious asset that I have. And I decided that my time needed to go into building my own brand, not their brand. Numero uno comes first." Surfer SEO app (and most SEO tools) prod you to game the search engines by keyword stuffing and doing things that make it machine readable but not user friendly. As John says in his pinned tweet: "You are creating content for human beings and optimizing it for machines. Don't forget who you are writing to." We share our takes on ChatGPT one year later: You can easily tell that something is written in ChatGPT or other AI tools. It either talks around the topic, or it is overly effusive and the emotion is contrived and not believable. Tip: If you can write well, you can outdo AI. There is an ever-increasing market (at least for now) for human written content. Many blogs are selling the fact that their content is written by humans rather than machines. "If you are worried about AI taking your job, maybe you should spend your time getting better at what you do." And many more tips on SEO and optimizing your content. Episode website and show notes: https://thrivingthefuture.com/build-your-own-brand If you like this unique topic, shoot us a tip on Venmo @ThrivingtheFuture or CashApp $ThrivingtheFuture. Or join the Thriving Patreon at Patreon.com/ThrivingtheFuture. Sponsors: Grow Nut Trees - Chestnuts, elderberry, elderberry cuttings, comfrey crowns, adapted to the Midwest. https://GrowNutTrees.com. Check out How to Pick Your Homestead Property series on Thriving News - Thriving Community News, without the Noise at ThrivingNews.com

  • Ep. 118 - How to Build a Side Hustle by Buying a Mini-business or a Pre-made Website

    Ep. 118 - How to Build a Side Hustle by Buying a Mini-business or a Pre-made Website

    You're looking for a side hustle. What if you could buy a mini business that already has a website created for you? Flippa is an auction site to buy websites. It is similar to eBay - everything is an auction. There are two types of sites on Flippa:  Startup site: This site does not have any traffic, or very little. It does not have any significant income.   Established site: This has been running for some period of time. It usually has some traffic to the site and it may or may not have monthly revenue or income.   Mindset: Do you want to own the business?   Do you want to flip the business? Like build it up a little bit, improve it a little bit, and then flip it? Or do you want to use a domain name for something else?   Monetization: Usually through AdSense ads or affiliate sales - Amazon, or your fave affiliate or partner. May also sell e-books, courses, training, or services. AI: Would you, in good conscience, spin up a side hustle website with AI content just so you can make bank with affiliate marketing? The pros and cons of using AI. Most sites have some AI content. "Google favors content written in a way that illustrates first-hand knowledge of a topic" - John McCoy. Real world examples: All Garden Advice: Startup site (no traffic or revenue) - Garden blog site with great graphics. And another Startup Garden site - Garden Guide with a nice layout that sells e-books. Some of the problems that I ran into:  Read the fine print!   Do you really own the content and the website assets? Do you get those assets with the purchase? Do you “own” them or is it just a license? Can you use those assets somewhere else? Will the seller clone the website with a different domain name and resell the same content (competing with you)? And how many other sites have this same layout and content? - this is a common occurrence.  Established site - ask yourself: Can I do better than this? Can I write content better than this? Can I create a better looking site? (or spin up a similar site in this niche)? Episode website and show notes: https://thrivingthefuture.com/flippa-sidehustle If you like this unique topic, shoot us a tip on Venmo @ThrivingtheFuture or CashApp $ThrivingtheFuture. Or join the Thriving Patreon at Patreon.com/ThrivingtheFuture. Sponsors: Grow Nut Trees - Chestnuts, elderberry, elderberry cuttings, comfrey crowns, adapted to the Midwest. https://GrowNutTrees.com. Check out How to Pick Your Homestead Property series on Thriving News - Thriving Community News, without the Noise at ThrivingNews.com

  • Ep. 117 - Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease and AIP Diet - with Ryan

    Ep. 117 - Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease and AIP Diet - with Ryan

    Tips on Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet and other ways to deal with Hashimoto's - from our own personal experiences. Ryan Mitchel Brown joins me to talk about Hashimotos Autoimmune Disease, AIP Diet. I have Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease - where the body attacks the thyroid. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid disease leading to progressive damage and inflammation of the thyroid gland. The resulting damage from Hashimoto’s prevents the thyroid from producing adequate levels of thyroid hormones, It originally presents with hypothyroid symptoms - extremely tired, weight gain, sometimes muscle cramps. Just treating the hypothyroid symptoms with thyroid medicine did not help very much. I struggled many years with it and then took a Functional Medicine approach with a lab workup (showed high TPO (thyroid antibodies) and messed up values that were not being treated by the regular thyroid meds. AIP Diet Most of us have some form of inflammation, and many of us are allergic to some of the foods that we are eating. The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet has helped me in the past. This is an elimination diet where you cut out and grains, legumes, dairy, nightshades (peppers and potatoes), sugar, carbs (including pasta) and other things that may cause inflammation, for at least a month. Then add back in foods, one at a time, to determine what you may have issues with. It is also to see what clears up. Often your IBS-type symptoms, eczema, sinus issues, and other problems will clear up or improve. We also discuss supplements having good light therapy - blocking blue light as much as possible in the evening by using blue blocking glasses or red lights. These are the Sleep ZM blue blocking glasses that I use. I try (as much as possible) to go look at the sunset. Then I put these glasses on for the rest of evening. The result: I feel much more ready for sleep when it is bedtime. Let's face it - we were made to look at candles and firelight in the evening. These blue lights from LEDs, TVs, and phones are likely messing up our circadian rhythms. Disclaimer - We share our own personal experiences and should not be taken as primary medical advice. Please check with your medical or health practitioner. Lots more tips on the episode show notes - Episode website and show notes: https://thrivingthefuture.com/hashimotos-autoimmune If you like this unique topic, shoot us a tip on Venmo @ThrivingtheFuture or CashApp $ThrivingtheFuture. Or join the Thriving Patreon at Patreon.com/ThrivingtheFuture. Sponsors: Ryan Mitchel Brown at https://ryanmitchelbrown.com Grow Nut Trees - Chestnuts, elderberry, elderberry cuttings, comfrey crowns, adapted to the Midwest. https://GrowNutTrees.com. Check out How to Pick Your Homestead Property series on Thriving News - Thriving Community News, without the Noise at ThrivingNews.com

  • Ep. 116 - Tips on Skills Over Stuff and Side Hustles with Toolman Tim

    Ep. 116 - Tips on Skills Over Stuff and Side Hustles with Toolman Tim

    How to develop skills while doing your side hustle. Toolman Tim and I talk about how to develop skills while doing your side hustle. Lots of side hustle tips in this episode! It was -46 in Canada in mid-January. What it is like living in a mobile home in -46. Note that Celsius and Fahrenheit merge at -40. Skills Over Stuff Practice with your equipment when the weather is good. "You don't rise to the occasion, you fall to your level of training." Generator stories. Side hustles that you can start easily: Lawn aeration, cleaning windows, property management. Side Hustle Tips "The more someone pays for something, the less likely they are to complain about it." "Price by the job, not by the hour. If you price by the hour, the owner will constantly watch to see if you are on your phone." More of Toolman Tim: Toolman Tim on Twitter Toolman Tim's Workshop Toolman Tim's Workshop on Youtube Episode website: https://thrivingthefuture.com/ToolmanTim If you like this unique topic, shoot us a tip on Venmo @ThrivingtheFuture or CashApp $ThrivingtheFuture. Or join the Thriving Patreon at Patreon.com/ThrivingtheFuture. Sponsors: Strong Roots resources at strongrootsresources.com Grow Nut Trees - Chestnuts, elderberry, elderberry cuttings, comfrey crowns, adapted to the Midwest. https://GrowNutTrees.com. Check out How to Pick Your Homestead Property series on Thriving News - Thriving Community News, without the Noise at ThrivingNews.com