This podcast is for anyone wanting more control of their life, having too much stress, not feeling in control, not having the time, energy or resources to do what they want. It will help you get you more time, energy and resources, allow you to do what you want, reduce your stress.
The podcast is a series of how to's, observations, and information that provides tangible doable solutions to your lack of time, your out of control schedule and your scrambling to find the energy to cope with your day to day life.
Unlike standard "life coaching" and self help stuff,this podcast will actually give you tangible action items you can do that will give you what you want - time energy and resources, and reduce stress.
Based on the http://www.AlchemyFor.Life concept. Articles at http://www.Alchemyfor.life/balancecoaching/
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Find your core directives and something amazing happens
Everyone talks about passion. For a long time, you were told to follow your passion. I talked about passion in Job, Career or Calling a few years ago. Obviously passions are good as they give us that energy we need, but there are a lot of things we are not told about them.
But what if you have more than one passion?And what if you have more than one like? And what if you have passions that are (seemingly) completely disconnected?
That can all be confusing, and daunting.
Symptoms are to passions what ailments are to…
Just examining your passion(s) is like examining your systems when you are sick. Getting to the root of it is where your answers lie. And what do you think you can do with this information? The answer is something amazing.
By the way… this is one of the episodes in which I ask that you pause. It greatly benefits your absorption of this concept, and allows you to personalize it and take it to heart. So when we get to the part where you pause, please do so.
Let’s do it!
News from the future
Also, this podcast episode is drawing from an upcoming book, so you’re getting a sneak peek. if you’re intrigued, stay tuned for the release this year.
Bias, internal, external & my eye-opening talk with Google Gemini
Gemini is Google’s version of ChatGPT. It’s a large language model (LLM) that thinks and responds naturally. You can have conversations, ask for advice, ask it to play a part, and even ask it to generate images.
That’s where my journey began.
I asked it to generate a few images. This led to a discussion about Bias.
You see, Gemini’s handlers have you covered on bias, because they decided to remove all of it. The problem? They have their own bias.
Let’s talk about just how dangerous that is, and how it affects you, and why “removing all bias” is a lofty, impossible, and potentially harmful goal.
Check out AI, Language Models and Puppies for a background on AI (this time ChatGPT).
Here is the entire raw conversation. You can scroll past the images to when we discuss bias. For those familiar with AI image generation, Gemini’s generation is rather 1st generation, and for images ready for prime time, I use Midjourney.
Note – the original reason the word “blonde” came up is that, on a whim, I wanted to see if it could generate an image of the protagonist in Upside Down.
UPS – My secret for avoiding depression, being more productive
It’s normal for people to have down days, to have times in which they become less than motivated. it’s also normal to find yourself without purpose here and there. Sure, you have a purpose—you have good old Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to keep you going. Are ya hungry? In pain? Do you need to make money? Do you need a hug today (the answer is always yes).
But there are moments in which we lack a bit of motivation. Even people who are explicitly, painfully, blindly aware of motivation, productivity, the way things work, still have those moments.
Yes, I’m talking about me. Mark Bradford, at your service.
And I’m not talking about just “hanging out” or “putzing” or having fun. Those are all healthy, good things. I’m talking about those moments of being a little lost, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually1.
What are the two biggest reasons for depression?
Stressful life events and trauma especially when combined with isolation and lack of support can create an atmosphere of depression.
So when I find myself in those moments (whether they are a few seconds or it looks like it’s gonna be a long haul) I turn to the thing I created to save me, to pull me out of those down times—U.P.S.
Again with the acronyms? Oh yeah. LIfe is made of three things, there are five facets to life, there’s the Do it to a F.A.U.L.T. method of getting things done, and now U.P.S.
Listen to this quick episode to see if it applies to you.
Don’t read too much into that. This is not a discussion on being spiritually lost, or empty inside. That’s an entirely different discussion. I use the word “spiritually” because having a purpose can feel very much like you are in tune with the universe, thus “spiritual.” ↩︎
BEFORE you make resolutions listen to this
Did I catch you in time?
Every year I tell you not to make resolutions—not because I don’t want you to set goals, but because resolutions (at least the style of setting goals) traditionally have a fantastic failure rate.
So, before you make them (or if you’ve made them, before you try to execute them) listen to this, and it may be what actually allows you to make it happen. In fact, I’m sure of it.
Three types of resolutions, a different kind of goal, and
Did you know there are three? There are. Let’s talk about it.
A new book
I have a new book scheduled for 2024 that goes into depth on some of the things I touch on here (including anti-goals). If you’re following me in some way (amazon, this mailing list, etc) you won’t miss it. I’m rather excited about it.
PS – I’ve been getting over a head cold, so my apologies if my voice isn’t pristine, but I really wanted to catch you before you created that repeating cycle of resolution–>fail–>beat yourself up and feel bad–>give up.
AI, Language Models and puppies
AI & ChatGPT*
A language model uses a special kind of learning to conduct a ‘probability distribution’ over words used to predict the most likely next word in a sentence based on the previous entry. Language models learn from text and can be used for producing original responses (both short and very long), predicting the next word in a text, speech recognition, optical character recognition and handwriting recognition.
That description is mostly meaningless to the average person. When the average person uses it they announce a different description –“Oh, it’s a chatbot! This one is smart.”
Alarmed, alerted, aware, frightened, concerned—the visceral response
We have a visceral response when hearing AI, and movies exploit this response. Let’s talk about AI, our response to it, puppies and a very specific imperfection that has me concerned.
*Note that I am not picking on CHATGPT, but have had the most experience with it. This episode really applies to any iteration of a language learning model—past and future.
Japanese principles – helping you to fall in love with your job
There are a lot of lists out there for how to obtain happiness, productivity, etc. As you know Alchemy for Life™ is exactly about that too. So, I’d like to not only share some of these principals, but tell you about my real world experience with them as well as what you will encounter by utilizing them. In other words, what the reality is of these things.
Ikigai – the intersection of all things good
The first is a big one, called Ikigai (pronounced EE-KEY-GUY). I stumbled on this a few years ago. It is the intersection of What you love, what the world needs, what you’re good at and what you can be paid for. Check out the VENN diagram when you listen to the podcast. People talk about this a lot, but don’t really discuss where you start. I think that is one of the most important things to focus on when considering this outlook. Listen for the full discussion.
What makes you feel fulfilled at work?
People often wonder what makes them feel fulfilled. If I ask you how you measure success it is probably an intersection of many things on this chart.
Great interviewing style
Mark's interviews are well-balanced and come from a place of love and passion for the guest's story. Each episode is easy to listen to with a great back and forth between the host and guest.
Mark, Had your Podcast sent to me by a friend. It was a great listen and very insightful. Keep up the good work!
Love what you do
Great podcast, I can tell you speak from the heart and share your personal passion!