What is something odd that I do to improve myself and my business?  Why is it even necessary to do odd things?  What is something odd that you do?

In this podcast, I talk about

  • The odd thing from high school
  • Why are “Odd” things even necessary
  • The odd thing I do today

Transcript:

Hello everyone and welcome to the path to 1 million. This would be episode 84. The other day, I read an article about the odd things that people do. The intent of the article wasn’t necessarily so much to do something odd just to do something odd like before I talked about Howard Hughes and how he would make sure that every single day at three o’clock somebody put a cheeseburger in a tree outside of his window. I’m not talking about an oddity like that. I’m talking about something odd that you do that nobody else does to help you to improve or be a better person or to make your business better or anything else. And I remembered I was going back in time trying to think of when I made a decision that I know some people thought I was odd. And interestingly enough, it took me back to high school.

I remember in high school it was in 10th grade and we had to pick an elective to take for the year and I knew within probably one 10th of a second which elective it was that I wanted to take. That was a typing class. Now remember, this was back in the mid eighties at that time and I had spent probably the first, I don’t know, maybe not the first but a few years prior to that. Every single Saturday and Sunday I was in front of my Commodore 64 doing basic. I was teaching myself programming. I wasn’t watching cartoons or anything else like that. I had my commodore 64 all set up. It was connected to the television set cause there were no monitors, but it’s connected to the television show set and I was teaching myself programming and I remembered that everything for me was hunting pack. It was very slow, made the learning process very arduous.

However, when I got to 10th grade, I already knew that computers were going to be a part of my life. I did not understand or know what part that they were going to play, but I knew computers were going to be a part of my life. Now, if you think about it, back then when you took a typing class, it wasn’t even typing on a computer. It was typing on an actual type of writer. We had a computer lab with some computers in it and those computers cost the school a pretty penny. But everybody, I remember them making a big deal because they had gotten rid of their old manual typewriters. Now we had elect electric typewriters. So this was a pretty big deal. And I was the first one to use the typewriter that I had. Most of the people that were in that class that were around me took the type B class because they thought it would be some kind of an easy a or an easy B or they had some kind of hole in their schedule to fill.

So they were just going to take the typing class just to take it. But for me, I saw this class as being an avenue towards something that was going to be a big pat impact on my future. And I remember telling some people how excited I was to take typing class and I got some eyebrows about that because if you think about it, if you’re saying that you’re going to be an engineer or you’re, you’re accelerated in math or you’re going to be in science, the last thing you do is sit down in front of a typewriter and actually right now at this point in time, I wasn’t thinking about being a writer. I wasn’t thinking about expanding my typing skills just to write a better story. It was because I wanted it to be a better programmer, something odd that I was doing to to improve myself, to give myself a skillset that I could take with me into the future.

Interestingly enough, when I have conversations with people and we talk about high school and granted a lot of people bag on high school and how it didn’t prepare them for life and all this other crap, they always sit there and say, yeah, I didn’t get anything out of high school. That really helped me out in life. And I always smile because typing is that one class that I took in high school that I use every single day of my life, even if it’s on my phone or if it’s on an iPad, whatever computer that I might be using. But every single day I’m typing every single day I’m writing something. And those typing skills that I learned back then have really had an impact on what it is and how it is that I approach basically everything from writing, uh, from writing scopes of work to writing statements of work, to writing proposals, to writing my Facebook post to doing these videos.

Everything I do involve some level of writing, some level of storytelling in my head. And that way I can actually, when I type now, it’s all about, I don’t even think about the individual letters, I think about the words, right? So this has become a real skill that I’ve used every single day. The one thing that I incorporated a few years ago that people think is really odd and I do get some strange looks from this, is the fact that I am awake every single day at three o’clock in the morning. Not because I’m, I’m, I can’t sleep, not because I’m some Sicko or anything else like that. It is because I learned in one of my, one of my preliminary business classes that I took was that if you don’t have enough time in the day, it’s probably because you’re, you’re not manage your time correctly, which I think a lot of people are guilty of, but also simply because of the fact that maybe what you, what you want, you really don’t want.

And I started thinking about that and the guy actually said, for instance, in his class when he builds his business, he started getting up every single day at three o’clock because between three o’clock and seven o’clock he could get so much work done. Cause nobody was texting him, nobody was emailing him, nobody was bothering him. That’s what he said every single day at three o’clock. And I remember the reaction in the class and people were like, man, I didn’t even know three o’clock in the morning existed for most people, they don’t even know about three o’clock in the morning unless they’ve been drinking all night long and it’s three o’clock in the morning and they’re, they’re still awake. But I remember when he said that in class, something in there like really struck me because I remember that, you know, at that specific point in time I would roll out of bed about six or seven in the morning.

By the time I ate and got breakfast and got showered, I would have a whole host of text messages. I would have, my inbox would be filled with emails from people asking me single questions and it always felt like I started my day in a reactionary mode. Like I was responding to problems rather than being assertive rather than moving the ball forward myself, I was always in this pure reactionary mode. I didn’t have a chance to be aggressive and to get what I wanted to get done. So I thought to myself, you know what, I’m going to do this as an experiment for 30 days. Let’s see what happens. So I started setting my alarm for three o’clock in the morning and wouldn’t you know, it, it has become an integral part of my life. The only time it actually, uh, I actually like feel a little bit funny about it and I, I admit this totally true.

When I come back to Michigan, of course there’s a three hour difference in there. Uh, so when I’m waking up at six o’clock in the morning and Michigan, it’s three o’clock California time. But for some reason when I wake up and see the sun, I’m thinking, man, I’ve slept half my day away. Which is actually kind of true. Cause one of those things that I’ve come to realize is that by getting up at three o’clock in the morning and doing what needs to be done and getting work done and moving the ball forward, like for instance, doing these Facebook videos, by the time it hits noon, I’ve already put in a full day. I mean, I could literally knock off at 1231 o’clock if I wanted to and just take the rest of the day, the next seven or eight hours and do whatever I want to do.

But that is not why I’m doing this. When I’m doing this is because I want to accomplish more and I wanna to do more and I want to be more. That takes effort. That takes time, that takes commitment. So for me to be able to get done what needs to get done, I basically take up the whole day. And that to me makes it feel like even like the days where I sit there and say to myself, God, it feels like I didn’t accomplish anything today. I know I have because all they have to do is just point to those first four hours of the morning and say, look at all this stuff that you did get done. Right. And I know for a lot of people, when I tell them that I get up at three o’clock in the morning, I get some really bizarre reactions from them.

They just think that’s the weirdest thing. On the planet. There’s no way that I could do it. Well, the one thing I remember hearing over and over and over again, whenever I took these, these business classes, whenever I had mentors, whenever I’ve had people, they always say the same thing. Just remember something cliff, while your sleeping, somebody else’s grinding and I wanted that somebody else to be me. Anyways, that’s all I have for today. I hope you guys have a wonderful Saturday. It’s supposed to be absolutely beautiful here in southern California, Today, but everyday I guess is beautiful in southern California. Anyways, I will talk to you guys again tomorrow with a another story. Thank you, Sherry. Thank you Richard, a for watching hope. All is going well and I will talk to you guys again tomorrow. I’ll see you then.