Lifestyle

The Secret to Living to 100 by Tyson Pop

 

If you were to visit the Barbagia region of central Sardinia, there are a couple of things you would notice. 

Firstly, there are no gym memberships, people taking daily runs or counting their calories. The locals aren't up to date with the latest training programs and they don't subscribe to any of the latest diets that many of us swear by. 

You'd also notice the number of old, healthy and happy locals living in the area. That's because this part of the country contains ten times the amount of centenarians per capita than the United States. 

That's a lot of 100 year olds. 

They're obviously doing something right. 

In his book 'The Blue Zones', Dan Beuttner travels around the world with a research team to find out what the oldest and healthiest people on the planet are doing so well. This is what he noticed about this region of Sardinia. 

  • Diet - There is a real plant slant to the Sardinian diet. They eat a lot of fruit and vegetables that are grown locally, whole-grain bread and beans. When they do eat meat, it's on a Sunday or for a special occasion. 
     
  • Exercise - There are no gut-wrenching workouts taking place. Instead, the high percentage of shepherds in the area means that many are waling 5 miles or more each day, which provides great cardiovascular benefits, but doesn't comes with all the jarring to the joints and bones that you'd expect from long distance running. 
     
  • Wine – The one or two glasses of Cannonau wine that Sardinian's drink daily is know for its high level of artery-scrubbing flavonoids in comparison to other wines. It's also considered an explanation as to why lower levels of stress may exist in the area.
     
  • Family- Elderly are not thrown into an old persons home to live out their last years. In fact, hey are celebrated. Grand parents are looked after by the family and regularly provide childcare, financial support and wisdom and motivation to the young children to support their growth. 
     
  • Laughter - The locals in this area are known for their sardonic sense of humour. Most afternoons the men in this area meet up in the local streets to talk and laugh together. Laughter also doubles as a release to stress and plays a part in reducing cardiovascular disease. 

    If you'd like more insight into the oldest, healthiest people on the planet, this is a great article. 

The Internet Game by Tyson Pop

Have you noticed how amazing the internet is?

I know. Incredible. 

If you’re anything like me, you'd have noticed how easy it has become for us to commit every waking minute to something that captures our attention online. Between Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube Tinder, Grinder and whatever else you cheeky freaks get up to online, we never need to be bored again.

Though this can be amazing, it can also be a pain in the arse when we’re trying to get anything meaningful done. You probably know what I mean. That moment we sit down to start something important and the urge to check just something once more becomes too enticing to ignore. There is no doubt that despite being the ultimate tool to access the information you need, it’s also the ultimate tool to ensure you get absolutely nothing complete.

I have a game to help you. 

There's only one rule:

  • 60 minutes online each day for 30 days.  

It's a simple rule, but it's probably forced you to ask a few more questions. 

Let me answer them for you. 

Can I divide my time into 4 by 15-minute blocks?

No. You only have a one-hour block, once a day for 30 days.

What if my time runs out and I forgot something super important I need to check?

Write it down and check it tomorrow.

What if I match with an absolute babe in tinder?

If she’s that good looking you’ll remember to respond tomorrow. Plus, aren’t you supposed to make them wait a while anyway? Doesn’t that make you look less desperate?

Can I do less that one hour?

Of course. If you’re an expert at this, go for 30 minutes.

What the heck do I do with all the extra time?

Read, write, dance, sing, cook, run, gym, walk – use your imagination.

What will I do when I’m at work if I can’t go online?

 You’ll just have to do your work.

Good luck!

Embracing Chaos by Tyson Pop

Chaos is the land we’ve been taught to avoid.

It lies beyond the mountains surrounding the village we’ve grown up in. It’s the place where everything we’ve been told about the way things work is up for question. 

We never go to chaos alone, we're always led there by pain: the death of a friend, the questioning of our faith, the divorce from our partner or failing at the business we tried to start. 

Chaos has a habit of mercilessly eliminating the excess from our life and forcing us to question what we really value.

In the moments we're being led there, let's listen to her voice. 

She might be trying to show us something. 

The Only Road to Excellence by Tyson Pop

We have more tools promising us quicker results than any other point in history.

That’s incredible news for a culture that doesn't like to wait. We've become so attached to the idea of reaching our goals quickly that many of us have forgotten the core ingredient to doing great work: Excellence. 

Excellence demands far more from us.  

Excellence will beat us up, force us to grow and make us brave before we reach it. It separates the committed and non-committed. Not many of us can handle the road to excellence. But we always recognise it in those who've reached it. 

It was in The Beatles live concerts after years of playing in Hamburg before anyone knew their name. It's in Jay Z’s notebooks and later his live acts. It was in the world record Paula Radcliffe took twenty years to train for. It's in Seth Godin's daily blog. It was in Michael Jordan's career. 

Excellence always takes longer for us to reach than we'd like to admit. But the location it leads to is greater than any other place you could go. 

Don't just quit because it's taking longer than you'd have liked. 

You might just be on the right path. 

Defining Success by Tyson Pop

Success is a difficult word to define.  

It’s not one size fits all.

That can be problematic for many of us because when we don’t have a clear definition of what we mean when we use the word, it’s easy to seek what our culture calls success; more money, more fame, more power, without considering whether these things add value to our lives.

The word means something different to you than it does to me.

We need to define it for ourselves. 

But how do we do that?

By considering how we’d like to be remembered. What we'd like the people closest to us to say in our eulogy. When we consider this, we quickly realise that more money, fame and power aren’t the most important things we can invest in.  

So, before we start comparing, pursuing and reaching for success, let’s take some time to figure out what that actually means.

Stop Buying So Much Shit by Tyson Pop

Our lives are built around convenience. 

The things we want greatly exceed the things we need and we’re paying a high price for our wants. Eight hours a day, five days a week we work to support the habits of spending that our culture has promised us is normal. There is comfort in numbers and because we’re all doing the same thing so many of us have never been challenged to break out of our ‘work more to buy more’ mentality. We've become slaves to an illusion. 

When we can’t afford the next purchase immediately, we thank the bank for the credit they offer us and bury ourselves in more debt, and continue to work more to pay it off. We promise ourselves that when we start earning more then we’ll start saving more, but research shows that the more we earn the more we spend, which for many of us, despite driving a nicer car, we’re still in debt.

The problem is rarely the income, but the way we’re spending it.

The way we're spending it is crazy. 

The good news is, there a better way to spend our money. A way that allows us to escape the rat-race that many of us haven’t realised we’re taking part in. A way that challenges our desire to spend money at the end of the month, just because we have some left over. A way that forces us to separate the essential from the excess. 

I want to challenge our dependence on 'convenience items' with the intention of helping you start to wonder where all of your extra money has come from. 

You won't like it initially. We've already justified in our minds why we're buying the things we're buying. 

Put all that aside for a moment. 

If you’re not up for a challenge, stop reading here.

For the rest of you, consider the following:

  • Sell your car Ride a bike instead. I know, I got angry when I first heard this advice too. It wasn’t practical at all and Mr Money Mustache didn’t seem to care. It took me 45 minutes to drive to work, I had to use it to buy groceries and I don’t even have kids to take to school. So here’s the solution. Move within cycling distance of all three. Let’s break that down. 45 minutes in a car twice a day is 90 minutes of driving each day. Why do we allow ourselves to travel that far for work? That’s a lot of money in petrol and road tolls. Not to mention the fact that over five days that adds up to 7.5 hours of driving which essentially is a day a week in the car. You’re working 6 days a week when you’re travelling 45 mins each way to work. How could you adjust your current setup to allow you to need to drive so much? For more help, read this. 
     
  • Cancel your monthly memberships Have a look at where you’re spending your money on a monthly basis. Are you using everything you’re paying for? You don’t need a gym membership to get fit – read this.
     
  • Use the library Libraries are possibly one of the most underused resources we all have access to. Here’s the crazy thing – they’re usually always empty. Before you buy a book, see if they can get it in for you at your local library.
     
  • Cut your television Especially if you’re paying for extra channels. Televisions are completely unnecessary. With roughly 16 minutes of every hour being used to advertise the latest ‘in things,' they’re not only just a waste of time but a sales pitch that genius advertisers spend billions of dollars a year to convince you that you need to buy more shit. If you decide not to cut your internet, you have an infinite amount of options on YouTube, Netflix and the rest of the internet to find shows you like. I know you’ve probably heard it before, but the nightly news is purely entertainment and by no means necessary. Read about the important headlines online. 
     
  • Buy second hand You don’t want brand new, you want quality. Don’t get the two confused.
     
  • Stop buying take out coffee Drink it at home. You can buy great quality coffee to make at home for a whole lot cheaper than what it costs at a café. Two coffees a day costs you around $120 a month.
     
  • Stop upgrading This is the one that most of us really struggle with. The latest iPhone comes out around the moment our current phone plan is coming to an end so we justify the upgrade because it’s not going to cost us any more than the $80 a month we’re already paying. But a perfectly working iPhone 4 is just as good as an iPhone 7. When you finish paying for something, don’t use it as an excuse to justify spending the same amount on a newer version of that thing. This in itself can save us around $1000 each year. If your current car works fine, do you really need a new one? If you already have sunglasses, do you really need the latest model? If what you have is working well, why upgrade?
     
  • Cut your home internet I was 13 when we first got the internet. Until that point, I’d never had access to it before. I had to call my friends, read and play. There is free Wi-Fi everywhere. It’s amazing how quickly we adapt. The idea of going without it seems impossible. We have become so used to having constant access to the internet that we assume it’s essential to have at home. Rather than pay $60 a month on having the internet at home, write down what it is you want to look at online and schedule time to go to your local library or café and use the free Wi-Fi.
     
  • Eat simple foods You don’t need to spend a lot of money to eat incredibly well. The best food is natural food. Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Fish, Rice. You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well.
     
  • Quit impulse purchases We're being sold the idea that contentment is found in the next purchase. It's not. Don't buy it unless you actually need it. 

The only way to save our money is to spend less than we earn. That equation is far too simple for any of us to take seriously, but it’s the only one that will work. 

Can You Really Afford It? by Tyson Pop

Our lives are quickly filled with non essentials.

The things we buy that we didn’t need.

The commitments we made because we felt bad saying no.

Many of us have an obsession with taking on more than we should, because it gives us a sense of progress. We work more, to earn more, to buy more. 

This process often becomes a trap which stops us focussing our energies most effectively.

Let's be clear on our values before we commit. 

Then decide, 

Before we purchase, do we really need it?

Before we commit, is it really worth our time?

Can we afford to make the decision we’re about to make?

Dead end or defining moment? by Tyson Pop

I love success stories.

It's inspiring to hear about how a person made it from where they once were, to where they are now. When I hear their stories, I’m always surprised at how many obstacles they had to overcome on their journey. The times they fell short. The emotions that accompanied their falling short.

It’s easy to forget that people who have done well in their field had to overcome real challenges.

Just like you.

Just like me.

It’s easy to wish we were living their success story until we hear how their story was written. The journey to success in our field is sneaky like that. It always appears close, but as we step towards it, we realise there are twists and turns and mountains and valleys and wind and rain and stumbling blocks that slow down our progress. 

How we interpret the stumbling block dictates how we progress. Some of us misinterpret stumbling blocks as the end of our journey and turn back. Those who reach the elite level in their journey understand that there is a way to get around it. It may not be obvious. 

But it's there. 

Where are you in your journey?

Have you seen the stumbling blocks? 

Are you sure it's the end of the path?

Is there a chance that by focusing on the stumbling block, you haven't noticed the trail beside it?

The trail leads you through the next part of the journey. 

Should You Be A Minimalist? by Tyson Pop

Minimalism is so hot right now.

An awareness of the benefits of living a life with less has made a resurgence in our culture where consumerism is king, and most of us have become slaves to an illusion.  

But what is minimalism?

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean throwing away everything we own and living a life without possessions. Instead, it looks at removing the excess in our life, to make room for the essentials. It allows us to create space for the things we really value, not just the things we’ve been told to. 

Though it's beneficial to all of us, I want to recommend it to any of you in the following groups:
 

  • You’re in debt Most of the time, debt is something we volunteer for. It begins when we don’t have enough to make the purchase, so the bank lends us the money we need. This is perfect for a culture seeking gratification through continual upgrades, but a big problem for those of us trying to catch up on our finances. Minimising will help you question each purchase. 
     
  • Deciding what to wear each morning makes you stressed Most of us have more clothes than we need, but not enough to be content. In the name of fashion, we crave more clothes, but practically, we don’t need them. Creating a minimal closet will help. 

  • Your health is suffering Health is something we must make time for. If this area of our lives is suffering, every other area will suffer. Creating space in your life will help you focus on your health. Here are thirty tips to simplify your life and create the space you need to focus on your health. 
     
  • You can never find your wallet or keys Do they always get lost amongst the chaos of your house? It’s difficult to lose things in the mess when there is no mess. 

  • You can't organise all your stuff The best way to organise your stuff is to get rid of most of it.

  • You’re already craving the iPhone 8 Advertising relies on us craving a sense of joy that we believe their products will provide. Minimalism chooses to live practically, rather than upgrading because it's what we're told to do. 

  • You own things you haven’t used in twelve months Do you have a place you store all the things you might use one-day? For many of us, it’s in the garage. Rather than store things you don't need, get rid of them. 

  • You buy it on impulse or because it’s on sale Rather than making purchases based on sales prices, make purchases based on what you need. 
     
  • Looking at your desk makes you stressed Our physical space has an impact on our headspace. If you’re feeling as though your work area is impossible to sort out, then clean off the excess. What are the essentials? Clear the rest.
     
  • It’s hard to keep up with your social media feeds Minimalism is not something that relates solely to our physical space. If you're having trouble keeping up with what everyone is doing maybe its time to step away from a couple of social platforms and follow fewer people.
     

If you're interested in getting started, I highly recommend starting with this 30-Day Minimalism Game.

Let's Play A Game by Tyson Pop

I've got a game I'd like to introduce to you. 

It’s called One Month of Intention. 

Here are the rules: For one month, you will commit to the following three areas. 
 

  1. Minimise: Remove 3 items from our house each day (sell, donate or trash)
     
  2. Social Media: Only one 15 minute block of social media each day.
     
  3. Silence: 5 minutes of silence each day. At a time that works best for you. 

Make sure you choose a partner, or a few partners that you can play with to keep each-other accountable. 

I want to be a part of it with you, so make sure you share your progress, struggles and breakthroughs with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter:  #intentiongame

Good luck!

6 Amazing Podcast Episodes by Tyson Pop

It's only two months now until my brand new podcast Intention is released.

I can't wait for you to hear it. 

Because it's getting so close to being released, I've been spending some time recently thinking about what makes a podcast great. More specifically, what unique episodes I have found great in the last few years.

I planned for this just to be a tool for me to use, but I loved these episodes so much I had to share them with you.

 I hope you love them as much as I do.  
 

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience: Justin Wren
     
  2. The Robcast: Letting The Land Lie Fallow
     
  3. Foundr Podcast: Daniel Flynn
     
  4. The Minimalists: Health
     
  5. The Tim Ferriss Show: Jamie Foxx
     
  6. The Rich Roll Podcast: James "Iron Cowboy" Lawrence

The Things We Leave Behind by Tyson Pop

For many of us, as we approach the end of another year, our minds come alive with the possibilities of what the coming year will bring. We dream about what we can improve, change or implement to help us create a better life. 

For some of us, the idea of implementing anything new can be a little overwhelming as we're too busy to consider how we can possibly implement anything else into our already full schedule. 

It’s completely fair. 

How do we fit more into an already busy schedule?

I think when it comes to this question, many of us are trying to answer the wrong way. You see, a lot of us we’ve been encouraged to spend more time focussing on how to get more out of every day. As a result, we stay up later, get up earlier, get the latest organisation apps all in an attempt to get more done. 

I mean, that's ok sometimes.

But seriously. Long term, it's exhausting. 

I have an alternative. It might be uncomfortable to hear. You may not even believe me. 

You ready?

Maybe, the answer isn’t that we need to be more organised to fit more into our day.

Maybe we just need to do less.

Before we begin thinking about everything we want to begin, add and implement in the year to come, maybe we could begin by thinking about what we could leave behind.

Let go of.

You know, the things weighing us down. Adding no value to our journey. The things stopping us committing our time to what we really love. 

In order for us to most efficiently commit to the things we really value, we nee to cut all the extra stuff. 

But first, we need clarity on what we really value. 

When we develop clarity on what is essential in our life, saying no to the non-essential becomes easier.

As we approach this new year, before you decide what to add to your schedule, first ask yourself what's most important to you. 

Then ask,

What can I leave behind?

20 Books That Will Change The Way You Live by Tyson Pop

Think before you speak read before you think
— Fran Lebowitz

Over the last ten years I've developed a great love and appreciation for books. 

I say developed because I know my younger self wouldn't believe I could find joy in reading. You see, for me, reading began as task to be endured, but over time has transitioned into a discipline I greatly enjoy. 

I now see it as an opportunity to learn from the lessons of so the men and women who have gone before me. As a result, I've been guided, inspired, corrected and directed by so many great people I'd otherwise never get a chance to listen to.

Over the course of this journey, I've encountered some books that have truly changed the way I see the world; changed the way I live.

I wanted to share them with you. 

When I first began trying to make reading a discipline in my life, I had no idea where to start. I wish I'd come across this list like this at that point in my life. It's my hope that you not only enjoy these books, but are inspired and transformed by their words. 

Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of the books that are on the list, you don't need to hurry through them. Take your time. Select one that intrigues you first, and gradually work your way through those you're interested in. 

1. The Power Of Now

If you're anything like me, you'll know how easy it can be to get caught up reflecting on past events, dreaming about future events, and in the process completely missing the current moment. The now. If you relate to what I just said, then this book is for you. It's a guide book written by one of the greatest spiritual teachers alive today on how to live a life embracing the only moment we're ever guaranteed; right now. 

2. Fight Club

This book holds a mirror to society and asks the question "Why are you doing that"? It forces the reader to think about why we do the things we do. Tyler Durden (the main protagonist) symbolises the freedom that can accompany an individual when they have the courage to break out of 'the system' they've grown up in, and live a life in line with the things they actually value. 

3. Awaken The Giant Within

In 2006 I started to realise that I didn't need to be a victim of the anxiety I so often felt. I turned to the words of Tony Robbins in the hope that he could offer me some assistance in developing my mindset. I'm so glad I did. This book provides you with the tools we need to overcome the obstacles we face. Since the first time I read this book I've referred to it countless times and could not be more grateful for what I learnt through its pages. 

4. Immortal Diamond

In our money driven, status focussed culture, it's easy to get caught thinking our value is found in achievement. But chasing success can be stressful. Richard Rohr believes we already have what we're looking for. Immortal Diamond' is the metaphor he uses to describe the image of God that we each have within us. When we discover it, we can be content in all situations, regardless of whether we're rich poor, nameless or famous. It's the reason so many of the worlds poor are content, whilst the rich are still not satisfied. 

5. Walden

First published in 1854, Walden is Henry David Thoreau's reflection on two years he spent living in a cabin he built at Walden Pond, Massachusetts. He went there with the intention of trying to find out what he truly needed to survive, not what his culture was telling he needed. It's the ultimate book for anyone trying to create a simple, minimal lifestyle. 

6. The Sermon on the Mount

For so many people, religion has become something that we want nothing to do with. Rightly so. In this classic book, Emmet Fox looks at what he believes Jesus really taught and why his message is so relevant to us. This book is not just for those interested in God, but for anyone desperate to find out how to get the most out of themselves. 

7. Falling Upward

If there is a greater description of humanity and the way many of us operate than Falling Upward teaches, I don't know it. Richard Rohr says that we all each have two halves of life. The first half trying to become something important, and the second half when we realise we already are something important. A fresh perspective on humanity, and a confronting reality that we're caught up in. 

8. Simplify Your Life

One of the most simple yet profound books on creating a simple life I've ever read. It has 100 tips to help you live a more simple life. Regardless of how out of control you feel your life may be, you can simplify it and this book is a great place to start the process. Very easy to read, and a breath of fresh air. 

9. On the Shortness of Life

If we're not careful, the years of our life can slip away without us paying the slightest attention to why we're doing the things we're do. In this book, Seneca reminds us how we spend our days is how we spend our lives, so we should pay attention to our talents, passions, dreams and desires today. Because 'today' repeated day after day becomes our life. 

10. The Alchemist

We spend our lives looking for the ultimate treasure to bring peace to our soul. In the pursuit of our treasure, have we become blind to the fact that what we're looking for is found right where we are? The Alchemist is a beautiful story that suggests we may have done just that. It's inspiring, refreshing and recommended to anyone who, like me, can feel our constant desire for more never seems to be fully satisfied. 

11. No Mud, No Lotus

If we knew that the most difficult times in our life would produce our greatest strengths, would we still want to avoid them? In this classic book from Thich Nhat Hanh, he suggests that without the difficulty we experience, we wouldn't have the strength we now have as a result. Are you going through a hard time? You're character is being formed. Your difficulty gives birth to your strength. 

12. Status Anxiety

Where does our desire to climb the social ladder come from? What pressures and stresses that this desire to 'keep climbing' put on us? This book offers great insight into the 'modern man's' desire for more. More wealth, more status, more possessions. Alain De Botton takes us on a journey of the events that led our culture to where we are. 

13. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

This book is the best Autobiography I've ever read. It's a classic example of a man who believes so passionately in his cause that not even threats to his life would stop him spreading his message. Emotional, Raw, Truthful. You will love it. Regardless of your thoughts of Malcolm X and his mission, he is a classic example of a man who commits his life to his cause. 

14. David and Goliath

David and Goliath is a story of inspiration to the 'underdog'. We love to look at the underdog take down the favourite in whatever it is we're watching. We view the smaller, unsuspecting characters to have more difficulty bring down the 'giants' they're up against. In this book, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that who we call the underdogs, aren't always at a disadvantage. If they play to their strengths, rather than to the strengths of the giant, they may just end up making giants fall. 

15. The Essential Rumi

Rumi was a thirteenth century Poet, Islamic Scholar, Theologian and Sufi mystic. He took what we looked at in everyday life, and used it to teach about the spiritual world. 'The Essential Rumi' is a selection of Rumi's poems translated to English and as powerful now as the day he wrote them. It can be a trip from time to time, but an incredible book of observations on how humanity operates. 

16. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 Everyone needs to read this book. Covey walks you through the steps of developing real clarity on what you're trying to achieve, and how to make progress towards making the dream a reality. I read this book in Nepal, 2015 when I realised my dream to climb Mt Everest the following year was officially over. I finished this book with more clarity and confidence on what I would commit to from that day forward. 

17. Unlimited Power

If you haven't noticed yet, I absolutely love what Tony Robbins teaches. Unlimited Power is no exception. It's a guide book helping us take control of our mindset, while guiding us on how to learn what it took others years to learn. Reading this book will give you a greater appreciate on just how powerful the human mind is. It's done that time in my own life. 

18. Man's Search For Meaning

I think this is the most powerful book on this list. It is Viktor E. Frankl's observations of what life was like for the average prisoner of war, in concentration camps during WW2. Not only does he take your hand and guide you through what camp life was like, but he shares his inner most emotions and recollections of what he endured during his time in camp. From dealing with thoughts of suicide, to escape to whether any of his family was alive, this book has the incredible capability to quickly put into perspective how valuable our life is. 

19. Mastery

There is no doubt that the success of others, leaves clues for those wanting to emulate them. But how did those who have become masters in their fields do it? Robert Greene's book is the book to explain it. He guides the reader on many methods to help us get past our competitors by studying the patterns of greats like Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein and Charles Darwin. 

20. The 48 Laws of Power

When you start to realise that you can learn from the mistakes and the success' of those who went before you, naturally, it inspires you to look more carefully at what they have to teach. The 48 Laws of Power does just that, and ruthlessly so. Boiling 3000 years of power, looking at the philoshies of Sun Tzu, Michiavelli and much more, you'll end this book, shocked at how much you can change the rules of the game being played. 

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The Ultimate Podcast Playlist by Tyson Pop

I love podcasts. 

I have done for a few years now. 

I found them at a time I frustrated by the radio stations that were on offer in Melbourne. 

The radio stations in Melbourne are terrible. 

The conversations just filling air time. 

Having to wait so long for a good song.

The amount of ads. 

I found that podcasts were a great alternative. 

You could choose the conversation you listen to. 

You could skip the ads. 

It was a beautiful alternative. 

Since discovering the wonderful world of podcasts, I have barely touched a radio station. 

Right now, if you click my podcast app on my phone, these are the podcasts you would see.  
 

MY PODCAST PLAYLIST

  1. Alan Watts: Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker. He is well known today for his videos on YouTube like this. Originally he was known for introducing Eastern philosophy to a Western audience. His podcast are a series of recordings of him speaking about real human issues. Finding purpose, meaning, hope etc. His mind is on another level. 
     
  2. JocX Podcast: The JocX Podcast is hosted by one of my best mates on the planet, James O'Connor. He's a leadership and team success coach who started this podcast to learn about the habits, routines, tips, tricks and strategies from those who are the best in their fields. In this show, James picks the brains of those who have done it before to give his listeners a better idea of what those who are great at what they do, have experienced along the way. 
     
  3. Revisionist History: A new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. 
     
  4. Rich Roll Podcast: Rich Roll is most well known as a vegan Ultra Endurance athlete. His podcast has a broad range of guests, but always comes back to high performance and diet. Rich has been a huge influence on my life and the food choices I currently make. I've never felt better in my body since implementing much of Rich's advice into my own life. 
     
  5. Rob Bell Podcast: Rob Bell explores the divine. Sometimes he has a guest, sometimes he just speaks, but all the time, he's delving into the spiritual world and pulling out incredible thoughts, stories and ideas that we can apply to our lives. Incredible. 
     
  6. The Joe Rogan Experience: This is my favourite podcast. Joe is a comedian, UFC commentator and self described psychedelic adventurer. His podcast doesn't seem to have a 'theme' like so many others. He simply organises a guest, and lets the conversation go where it may. But it nearly always goes somewhere incredible. I love Joe's ability to challenge opinions but also be challenged, and his incredible skill of putting his thoughts into words. If you haven't heard of Joe Rogan, definitely take the time to have a listen. 
     
  7. The Tim Ferriss Show "Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art etc) to extract the tactics, tools and routines you can use. This includes favourite booking, morning routines, exercise habits, time management and much more" - Tim Ferriss
     
  8. Waking Up: In 2015 Sam Harris' Podcast was selected by Apple as one of the iTunes best. Sam is a neuroscientist and philosopher who looks at the important and controversial questions about the human mind, society and current events. I've only just recently subscribed to his channel, but really enjoy hearing his thoughts. 

8 Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self by Tyson Pop

Over the last twelve months I’ve spent a lot of time in Australian schools, running sessions on mindset for the students. 

I love it.

Working with teenagers is one of the most amazing parts of the work I do. Every time I leave a high school, I take away a fresh sense of excitement about the future of these students I work with.

There is so much talent in these teenagers.

Anyway.

At the end of my presentations, I always spend a little time doing questions and answers with the students I’ve just spoken with.

Teenagers ask the best questions.

Some are funny.

Some are random.

Some are deep.

They always keep me on my toes.

One question that always seems to come up when we’re chatting is this:

“If you could tell your teenage self something, what would it be”?

It’s such a good question.

And honestly, there are so many things I would tell myself.

I did some thinking over the last week about what the major things I would tell myself were.

This is what they look like. 

  1. Your grades don’t dictate your future Sure, some of the most amazing people do really well at school, and that's great. But some of the most amazing people don't do well at school, and that's fine too. If you're still in school, do the best you can, learn as much as you can. Try as hard as you can. But don't stress about your results. You may leave school with the realisation that you won't be able to go straight into the course you wanted to, but that's not the end. Find other ways to get into that course, think about whether there are better options. One door closes, another opens. 
     
  2. It won't all go exactly as you plan, but you'll be grateful If you had of told me as a teenager I wouldn't run in the Olympics, I would have felt like I had failed. What I didn't realise was the pursuit of that dream was going to teach me some of the greatest lessons I would ever learn. This gives me huge confidence to dream big for the rest of my life, because I've already fallen short in something I was so passionate about. Now I'm grateful for it. Commit to what it is you want to achieve, and however it goes, it will be a great teacher. 
     
  3. Work on your mindset Your mindset is your best friend or your worst enemy. When I was younger I didn't realise that I had the capacity to really make a big change in the way I used my mind. It's never what you look at that matters, but what you see. Learn to see the opportunity in trial, find clarity through confusion and develop confidence in something that can't be taken from you. Some of the most difficult things you're going through right now are going to provide you with a platform to help others who go through it later. 
     
  4. Learn to budget money I was taught how to try and get into a job that pays good money, but was never taught how to use that money. For a few years when I started earning money, I had no idea what to do with it. It took a lot of trial and error before I felt as though the way I was using my money was effective.
     
  5. Read about things you love I thought I hated reading in high school. What I didn’t realise at that time was that I actually loved reading, I just didn't love the books I had to read for school. Rather than giving up on reading because you've had to read a few books you don't like, go and choose some books on things you love, and read those. 
     
  6. It’s okay to ask questions Despite being a fairly confident kid at school, I always got really nervous if I wanted to ask a question about something we were being taught. I was worried that the other students would think it was taking me too long to learn, I was scared that what I was asking about was actually easy and people would laugh that I didn't understand it already. But here's the thing, whenever I asked a question, it always guaranteed me more of a chance to understand it. 
     
  7.  Stop following the crowd Just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it the right decision. What inspires you? What are you passionate about? Don't worry too much about the criticism from the crowd. Eventually you will inspire those who criticise you, and if not, don't worry, at least you're being genuine to yourself.  
     
  8. Speak to people who are doing what you want to do Success leaves clues. Don't guess your way through. There are people right now who are doing what you want to do, are at least something similar. Ask them about how they did it. If you don't know how to get in contact with them, read their books, watch their videos, listen to their podcast. Don't reinvent the wheel, start with the things that worked for others. 

How To Travel Like A Minimalist by Tyson Pop

Two years ago my wife and I went on a two-week holiday to Oregon, U.S.A. 

We each packed a suitcase filled with clothes and everything else we might need for our time away. 

We didn't want to forget anything, so we took...everything. 

It was ridiculous. 

But because everyone we knew who travelled seemed pack so much, we assumed it was the responsible thing to do. 

Two weeks later we arrived back in Melbourne, only to realise we hadn't used about 80% of what we had packed.

Despite paying for it, carting it around, trying to keep it neat in our room, we didn't even use it. 

To be honest, the way we packed was symbolic of the way we lived.

Too much crap, not enough clarity. 

We needed a new approach. 

Since then there have been some big changes in the way we operate. I've started to focus on living more intentionally, owning only the essentials and clearing out the excess. 

I've been on a few trips since then, and I've have had the chance to practice packing the things I actually use. 

Because it's only 13 days until Jessie and I spend two months travelling around the Greek Islands, Italy, France and Spain with only carryon luggage, the timing seems right to elaborate on the 'how' and 'why' of travelling minimally. 

HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?

We only pack the essential. All the just incase items we don't pack. 


WHAT AM I PACKING?

  • 10 pairs jocks
  • 10 pairs socks
  • 5 tee-shirts
  • 2 work-out shirts
  • 2 pair work-out shorts
  • 1 pair chinos
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 pair of tracksuit pants
  • 1 pair casual shorts
  • 1 pair funky trunks
  • 1 quick dry towel
  • 1 plastic bag (dirty washing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Casual shoes
  • Running shoes
  • Fold up back-pack
     
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Coconut oil
     
  • Kindle & charger
  • Laptop & charger
  • Phone & charger
  • Electric shaver & charger
  • Multi country adapter
  • Headphones
     
  • Passport
  • 28 degrees Card
     

FIVE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TRAVELLING MINIMALLY

  1. No check in luggage No waiting around for bags once you get off the plane. Instead, walk straight out the door. 
     
  2. Packing is easier When you have less stuff, it's easier to get it together. 
     
  3. Moving is easier It's lighter, smaller and easier to take in a train, car, plane, bus. Don't worry about whether it will fit; you can just know it will. 
     
  4. What you need is where you are You don't have to worry about which bag something is in. You'll know that's it's all in the one place. 
     
  5. Save money When you don't have to check things in, you're not paying for the service. 

Slaves To An Illusion by Tyson Pop

Since I was a kid I’ve been taught what I need to do to create a successful life.

The steps are easy to follow, and it’s the same process for everyone.

You know how it goes.

  • Do well at school: This gives you what you need to get into a good university
     
  • Do well at university: This will give you a good chance to get a good job
     
  • Do well at your job: This will mean you can climb the ranks and get a better role
     
  • Climb the ranks at work: This will help you earn more money
     
  • Buy more of what you want: This will help you be seen as successful
     
  • Be seen as successful: Because we're all obsessed with this
     
  •  Be Happy: With all of these added up, you should be happy.

It looks like a really neat formula, and sounds very practical.

But there’s one problem with it.

It doesn't work.


WHERE DOES THIS VIEW COME FROM?

Have you ever wondered why we can't seem to reach a point of contentment?

Has it ever confused you that despite getting more of what we’ve been told to accumulate, we still long for more?

Have you ever noticed how advertising seems to feed on this desire we have to own a little bit more?

It's as though we're trying to find contentment in the wrong place. 

Companies love this. Our vulnerability opens the door for them to offer the solution to our problems. It's usually found in the shape of a new phone, car, television, house or job. 

We’re literally being sold the idea that we can develop the life we crave through purchasing the latest release, update and upgrade. 

It’s the reason the iPhone 6 is ancient now. 

So we become slaves to the chase for more (see here)

But it’s an illusion.

The promises these companies make, never quite satisfy us as we hoped they would. 

No matter how close we get to contentment, it eludes us at the moment we thought we found it. 

Like the end of a rainbow, as we think we’ve found it, it disappears.  

So we continue to work more to buy more but never quite find what we were hoping to.

It's a dream to the companies making money from us, and a pointless chase for those of us caught up in it.

 ARE YOU TAKING PART?

Most of us are.

The problem with most of us doing the same thing is that it becomes normal.

And there is comfort in numbers.

Despite how depressed we are in our current situation we feel trapped in this horrible maze of dissatisfaction. But we’ve been taught that this is how life is, and everyone else is doing it. In fact, if we stop participating, people look at us like we’re crazy, lazy and are not giving ourself the best chance to be successful. 

So we continue working in a job we don’t love, feeling depressed but justifying our decision to stay based on our decent pay, we're almost due for a promotion which means we'll earn more, so we can buy more to impress more people. Plus we get a weekend every five days and four weeks of annual holidays each year. We convince ourself that if we keep doing this until we're 65, we can finally retire, rest and do what you love.

So we waste some of the best years of our life chasing some illusion that we think gives us a sense of value, only to retire and feel as though we wasted our best years.

Are we kidding?

Honestly, what are we doing?

 THE SIDE EFFECTS

If you’re stuck in this pattern of working towards the illusion of success, you’re probably well aware of the side effects that join it

Debt: Because you don’t have the money yet, but you want to buy it now

Stress: Because you owe money that you don’t have yet

Anxiety: Because you’re 'longing for more' never seems to be satisfied

Discontent: Because you feel that there must be a better way to use your time

Depression: Because you’re stuck in this pattern, and can’t seem to break free


HOW TO BREAK OUT

As with any change, going through the following steps can be confronting and uncomfortable. Don't let the fear of where these steps will lead you, stop you from developing an intentional, purposeful life. 

  1. Discover Enough At what point will you be content with how much you have? Don't accumulate for the sake of it. Find out what you need, and once you reach that, stop. 
     
  2. Stop upgrading We don't need the latest model. Regardless of what the companies' promise the latest product will offer, they said about their last model as well. 
     
  3. Think about your job Do you love it? What role does your work play in your life? Is it your passion? Is it supporting a passion? Are you working the amount you are because you need the amount you earn? Are there things that you could cut from your life that would allow you to need less money? Don't just work because you have been told that's what you have to do. When you start slowing down on your purchases, you won't need as much as you think. 
     
  4. Bin credit cards One of the biggest problems with our 'must have it now' society is that we have lost the ability to save our money and buy the product we want with cash. Credit cards allow us to have what we want right now but also put the unnecessary stress of making repayments. Take your time and save.
     
  5. Choose focus carefully Take some time to consider your greatest passions. I promote the idea of discovering your top five priorities with the idea of committing your days to them.

    THE BENEFITS OF BREAKING OUT
     
  6. More money When you decide to step off the road that most people are travelling on, you will feel less obliged to buy the latest of everything. This will allow you to put your money towards the things that really add value to your life. 
     
  7. More time Busy-ness is a bragging right in so many workplaces. But most of the people bragging about how busy they are are miserable. Spend less time doing a job you don't love, and enjoy the benefits that comes from having time for you. 
     
  8. More rest Learn to use your down time to rest. Stop the hurry. 
     
  9. More time for your passions Commit your extra time to the things you haven't been able to fit in until now. 
     
  10. Less stress Stress is often a by-product of trying to fit more into less time. When you learn to take on less, you will enjoy the reduced levels of stress.

Life As A Minimalist by Tyson Pop

I couldn't tell you how many times I used to get told to 'be more organised'.

Whether it was organising my stuff or the structure of my day, apparently my organisation wasn't up to scratch. 

Back then, I used to beat myself up about it.

It makes me laugh now. 

Though organisation was apparently not my strength, I always noticed that when I was working in a clean space, without clutter, I had better focus and was brilliant at getting what needed to be done, done. I also knew that when I wasn't over committed to anything, I thrived. 

But most people I knew didn't seem to work that way. From what I could see, they were happy rolling with the motto of: 

'Own as much stuff as you can. Make sure it's the latest model. If it's old you won't look successful. Get more on your calendar. Get more into your day.  Get more out of your day. If you're having trouble organising all that you own, come up with a system to keep it neat. If you're not earning enough money to buy all that you're buying, get an extra job. Start work earlier and finish later. Exercise more. Stress less. Do more. Worry less. Don't forget to look after your family. Come to all the meetings after work hours.  If you can't fit it all in you need an app to help you prioritise. Pay for a cleaner! Read books on how to organise your life. If you're having trouble with any of this, you're probably just disorganised.' 

I couldn't do it. 

I felt bad that I couldn't live the life that so many others defined as organised. 

I started to wonder if we had always lived like this?

Working more, buying more, stressing more. 

Then seemingly out of the blue, I started to think that maybe I don't need to be more organised, maybe I just need to do less?

Maybe I didn't need to have better systems to organise all my stuff, maybe I just needed to own less?

So I started to do a little research into how someone like me could best manage my stuff. 

I found it in a statement that shocked me initially. 

Get rid of most of it. 

But I decided to give it a go. 

HOW DID I GET RID OF MOST OF MY STUFF?

I'm an all in kind of guy. 

Once I realised that the clutter in my life was causing unnecessary stress, I immediately started going through everything I owned asking myself,

'Does this item add value to my life'?

If the answer was no, I sold it, gave it away or threw it out. 

It didn't take long to get rid of the excess. 

  • Books I didn't read
  • Old items in the shed
  • Old clothes
  • Draws
  • Old shoes
  • My car
  • My Desk 
  • Garmin
  • 'Just in case' items

That's just how I started. 

But there's no right way to minimise. We are simply finding what adds value to our lives, and getting rid of the rest. 

But if you're anything like me and you're craving a little more guidance on where to begin, I highly recommend the following essay written by 'The Minimalists'.

 

PERSONAL BENEFITS OF MINIMALISM

  1. More money: We don't need to buy anywhere near as much as we think we do. The Minimalist Lifestyle forces you to think carefully about what you're bringing into your home. When you think carefully before each purchase, you will naturally spend less. Spending becomes more intentional. 
     
  2. Less stress: Whether it is more space in your house, our more space in your day, there is no doubt that taking on less has a positive impact on your stress levels. If you want some more ideas on reducing stress, read this.
     
  3. Easier to clean: When you don't have some much stuff, you don't need to clean so much.
     
  4. Productivity improves: Busyness has become a form of laziness that stops us focussing on what is most important to us. Focussing on the essential rather than everything else naturally improves our productivity in what we truly value. 
     
  5. Own quality: When you're buying less, it's easier to invest in quality. Rather than owning a closet filled with clothes you may wear one day, it's replaced with good quality clothing that you love wearing everyday. You don't need to own a lot to be stylish. 
     
  6. Time for what matters: Minimalism removes the excess in your life, and allows you to focus on the essential. 
     
  7. Organisation: It's easier to organise less. 
     
  8. Visually appealing: Clean looks better than clutter. 
     
  9. Live in a smaller space: When you don't own so much, you don't need so much space to store it. 
     
  10. Clarity: When we do less more intentionally, we're more focussed. 

10 MINIMALISTS FROM HISTORY

  1. Jesus: “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.”
     
  2. Confucius: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
     
  3. Lao Tzu: “Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
     
  4. Socrates: “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
     
  5. Marcus Aurelius: Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
     
  6. Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
     
  7. Henry David Theroux “Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify! … Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose.”
     
  8. Leo Tolstoy: "Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on how we see them."
     
  9. Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
     
  10. Ghandi: “You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”

 

MINIMALISM LINKS

29 years: 29 Life Lessons by Tyson Pop

Today I turn 29. I've learnt some incredibly valuable lessons in that time. Here are 29 of the best. 

  1. Slow down. Seriously. Slow down. 

  2. Food is the best medicine. There is so much confusion on the subject of food. New diets, Super foods, Low Carb-High Fat, High Fat-Low Carb, High Protein, Low Protein, Low Sugar, No sugar, More meat, Less meat. You're right. It's overwhelming. Let me simplify it for you. If it's in a packet and has more than four ingredients, you don't need it. 

  3. You don't need more money, you need less stuff. Our culture is obsessed with the idea of making more money. We are under the illusion that money is the key that unlocks the door to our freedom. This mindset has made us slaves to our jobs, and stolen the freedom we crave. Rather than trying to earn more money, maybe you just need to buy less stuff. 

  4. Practice Meditation. Our mind is like the surface of a rough ocean. Turbulent. Meditation is diving deep down below the surface of that ocean and realising that despite how rough the surface is, there is a calm and peace beneath it.

  5. Keep it simple.

  6. Exercise. "But we're too busy". No, your health is your most important asset. Without it, you can't perform at your best in any other area. Remove something from your schedule, and invest in your body. Don't overcomplicate it. An easy method to remember is 222. That is 2 strength, 2 cardio and 2 stretching sessions each week. 20 minutes for each is ample. Starting is the hardest part, but momentum begins just after you do.  

  7. Lose the distraction. Television, iPhone's, Computers, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat. The list goes on forever. We love to fill the gaps of our day with something. We love the feeling of being busy. But how much of our busyness has become a form of laziness that stops us from focusing on what is truly important? Set boundaries on how you use these tools, and find out how you can invest all your new free time on the things you value most.

  8. Anxiety does nothing. "But it helps me get my work done". No it doesn't. Passion and a list does that. If anxiety is driving you, you need a new driver. If anxiety is always hovering over you, the following thought may help you; If you're anxious about something that has already happened, you can't change it. If you're anxious about something to come, you can change it. Either way, anxiety is unnecessary. 

  9. Doing less makes you more organised. We love trying to fit the absolute maximum amount of stuff into our day. It's considered productive. To manage our intense schedules, we create apps, tools and strategies to better organise it all. Rather than trying to maintain an amazing diary so you can squeeze as much as you can into your day, do less. But do it with more focus. You'll feel better and be more efficient. 

  10. Create a blueprint for your life.  The building of a house doesn't begin until a blueprint is complete. However, so many of us go through our lives with no idea of what it is we're trying to create. What we value is not found in what we say, but how we use our time. The best way to uncover what we value most, and how to prioritise our blueprint is to consider how we'd like our loved ones to speak about us at our funeral. What would they say about you? "He just loved the office" isn't that sexy.

  11. Write down your goals. Writing down our goals is taking the first step towards making them a reality. Goals are clarity on what you're moving towards. Nothing that has been created has just appeared; it was first just a thought. A goal is capturing that thought, and keeping yourself accountable as you work towards it. 

  12. Fail massively at something. This is when you know the goals you're setting for yourself are big enough. Anyway, what you'll achieve with this approach is far greater than setting the bar for yourself at 'average'.

  13. Action beats knowledge. Ever met someone with so much talent yet lacked the motivation to begin? Ever met someone with so much knowledge, who hasn't let it change them? Me too. Sometimes that person is me. Sometimes it's you. Don't settle for just knowing what the best thing to do is, actually do it. 

  14. Disappointment is a temporary lack of perspective. Don't worry that your world is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you're on is better than the side to come? Rumi

  15. Not everyone will like you. Whether you're being yourself, or trying to be more like someone else, not everyone will like you. Why not be the best version of yourself, rather than an okay imitation of someone you like. 

  16. There's comfort in numbers. If you're aiming to keep people happy, follow the majority. This is the easiest option. As you do, remember that the majority is not always right. Sometimes the right move will upset the most people.    

  17. When a wise person offers you harsh advice, it will probably help you. 

  18. You are more powerful than you think. Whether you're aware of it or not, there are gifts within you that others can only dream of having. Stop focusing on how you wish you were a little bit more like him or her and discover the absolute genius within you. If you don't know what it is, it's the thing that you can do with your eyes closed. It's the thing that is hard for everyone else, but when you do it you glide. 

  19. Your focus dictates your feelings. Have you ever met someone who seems to have everything and they're pissed off? What about someone who appears to have nothing, but a smile that tells you they have everything they need. We've all met these kinds of people. It's not an issue of what we have, but what we focus on. Look for the good in where you are, you'll find it. 

  20. God (energy, spirit, greater power, love, insert any description you prefer) is bigger than our words. He whispers through a preacher, is not shackled by religion and he is so clear in nature. 

  21. Your past doesn't equal your future. Don't let a failure from your past limit your dreams for your future. 

  22. That which goes hot easily goes cold easily. Have you got an awesome idea? Good! Write it down, and decide whether it's in line with your values and your blueprint. If its not, don't commit to it. Your time and talent is too precious to commit to every idea you have. Choose wisely. 

  23. Learn from everyone. Every person you ever meet is your teacher. 

  24. Forgive. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. 

  25. You are in control of your emotion. No one can upset you without your permission. Ever.

  26. Listen more than you speak. You already know what you know. What can you learn from someone else?

  27. Love is a choice. "But when I'm with her I feel like a butterfly". Give it time and that feeling will fade. When it fades, this is where love starts. Love is choosing to do the right thing, even when you don't feel like doing it. 

  28. Learn from your weaknesses before you let them go. Our greatest weakness can become our greatest strength. It becomes a platform for us to share hope with those we encounter who are struggling with the same problem. 

  29.  If your inner life isn't healthy, nothing will satisfy you. A few years ago, a wall at my Mum's house kept getting really damp. She kept fixing the wall, and a few months later, it would be damp again. Turns out that a pipe inside the wall needed to be fixed. Once she had that fixed, the wall never got wet again. Fix the internal problems first.