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Mike Murphy Unplugged is a podcast for one-man bands and content creators who want to move forward in business and in life. Learn how to start a podcast, how to create online content for a living, and how to create the life you want.

    The 2022 Life Update Show

    The 2022 Life Update Show

    Ep157: The 2022 Life Update Show
    As Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so today I simply want to say hello, reconnect and bring you up to speed on what I’ve been up to and what I have planned for 2022.
    Episode Summary:
    Hello and welcome to episode 157: The 2022 Life Update Show. 
    It’s been a minute since I published an episode and I simply wanted to touch base and provide a quick life and business update. So, let’s go.
    Life Updates 2022:
    In early January of 2022, I had to move out of my little old beach cottage that I have been happily renting for over 11 years because it was sold (big bummer)I lost my full-time job of 3+ years at Simplecast/SiriusXM on the exact same day (also a bummer because of the bad timing)The good news is I found an awesome place for rent right across the alley from my old cottage and I love the new digs/studio.The other good news is that I can focus on Mike Murphy Co and making a living as a tutorial maker and content creator (which is my North Star)Quote:
    “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”    - Eckhart Tolle 
    Life Updates 2021:
    The pandemic life was not fun, but Florida ignored it and my day-to-day routines did not change all that muchI  remained healthy throughout and never tested positive, but who knowsThe podcasting industry blew up during the pandemic which was a good thing, but I also started to burn out a littleI took a 7-week leave of absence in August of 2021  to recharge my mind and bodyTrip of A Lifetime
    I walked from St. Jean Pied de Port, France (starting on Aug 26, 2021)I walked 15-20 miles per day for 40+ days over the Pyrenees and across all of SpainI ended up in Muxia, Spain  in early October and walked a total of 650 milesThe Camino life was simple and incredible The mantra I lived by was 'One thing to do and all day to do it (walk from Village A to Village B)'The to-do list was Walk, Eat, Drink, Sleep, Repeat.Resources Mentioned in Episode:
    Movie: The Way starring Martin Sheen
    If you have any thoughts about going, do it! It's beyond words how amazing the experience was.  Book: The Courage To Be Disliked  by Ichiro Kishimi
    It's a book about how to find happiness and I really enjoyed it. It was recommended by a great YouTuber named Ali Abdaal.  Mike Murphy Co in 2022:
    My main focus is on growing the Mike Murphy Co YouTube channel  and increasing revenue streamsWeekly LivestreamsCreating a digital product (class)Writing on MediumFreelance & Consulting Gigs (helping people figure things out)Mike Murphy Unplugged Podcast:
    No set schedule or pressure on me to publish, but there will be new episodesI see it evolving into more of a personal audio journal to connect with you and the communityThe podcast will be my outlet to share life and business updates.Amazon Associates Disclosure:
    Mike Murphy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com
    Episode Notes: https://mikemurphy.co/ep157

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    The Change Show

    The Change Show

    In Today’s episode, I am going to read a simple, but practical checklist from a book that I recently finished to help or inspire you to create a positive change in your life
    The checklist I am going to share with you today is from the book, What to Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter which is all about rewiring your brain with positive thoughts and self-talk.
    Buy Book on Amazon: (affiliate link)
    What to Say When You Talk to Your Self
    by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D
    If you have an Amazon Alexa device, you can buy Kindle books on Amazon usually for $3.99 or less and use the Alexa app on our iOS Device and listen to your Kindle books like an audiobook. The voice of Alexa is a little robotic and not nearly as high of a production value as an Audible book, but it’s been a great discovery for me and I’m finding myself consuming a lot more books listening like I do podcasts at a fraction of the cost of Audible books.
    Quote From Book:Whatever you put into your mind in one way or another, is what you will get back out, in one way or another
    What does your self-talk sound like?Are you kind and positive and encouraging when you talk to yourself?
    Do you beat yourself up over all the things on your to-do list that you can’t seem to get done or the projects that you never seem to have time for or the failed attempts at getting in shape, or the inability to get ahead financially, etc.
    Ways to Create Positive ChangeBelieve In YourselfKeep Your Priorities StraightTake Responsibility For YourselfCreate Your Own FutureMeditate DailyPractice MindfulnessFocus On What You WantAttract What You DesireLearn To Visualize The Outcome Of Your GoalsNever Let Anyone Control Your Destiny For YouBe CreativeThink BigControl StressBe Aggressive And AssertiveThink PositivelyChart Your Own CourseSet Specific Goals And Review Them OftenSpend Some Time Each Day Improving Your MindReview Your Results And Readjust As NecessaryBe TolerantDo Everything With LoveDon’t HateHave CourageRecognize That Most Of What We Believe About Life Is An IllusionBe HonestWork HardBelieve Money Is Good And It Will Come To YouHave FaithIf You Agree To Do It, Enjoy ItBe StrongShow AffectionManage Your TimeDress RightLearn To Sell YourselfTake Time OffBelieve In A “Higher Self”Eat RightLive PrudentlySeek The Aid Of Others Who Are In Sympathy With Your GoalsGive Assistance To OthersKeep MotivatedBe OptimisticTrust Others And Be Worthy Of TrustRecognize That Success Is More Than MoneyBe KindSee The “Big Picture”Take Care Of The DetailsGet OrganizedDon’t ProcrastinateStay In ControlKeep FitSee Problems As “Opportunities”Learn Everything You Can About Your JobDon’t Be Afraid Of SuccessBe Generous To OthersBelieve In GodReach A Little Higher Than You Thought You CouldSet Your SightsTake ActionNever Give UpGandhi said it best:
    _Be the Change You Wish to See in The World.
    Buy Book on Amazon:
    What to Say When You Talk to Your Self
    by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D
    Amazon Affiliate Link:

    • 9 min
    The 4th Anniversary Show

    The 4th Anniversary Show

    Today is the 4th Anniversary of Mike Murphy Unplugged and I take a walk down memory lane and look at the takeaways from year 1 and see how they hold up today…a few years later !
    In this Episode 155:A big thank you to all of you who have been with me since the beginning of this journey! Cheers!
    In this episode, I look at my Top 10 Takeaways from Year One and see how they stack up today. Year 1 Mike vs. 2019 Mike
    Episode Notes:https://mikemurphy.co/ep155
    The Top 10 List is from 2016 (Listen for 2019 Comparison)
    Podcasting is a big commitment and hard work:I am proud to be a one-man bandPodcasting has made me a better teacher, thinker, writer…Podcasting has me be more confident in my abilitiesPodcasting can be fun and creativeWriting scripts is not fun (but are rewarding)Done is definitely better than perfectHaving templates and systems are EssentialI stink at self-promotion & marketingDo it for yourself and everything will always be worth it. (2019)Quotes from 2016:Karen Lamb: “A year from now you will wish you had started today”.
    Wayne Gretzky: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”.
    Patience is the key to most things in life.Everything takes time, but you have to take initiativeStart creating and doing and taking chancesLaunching the podcast was my first big shot on goal towards creating the life I wanted.If I can do it, so can you.Happy 4th Anniversary and Thank You!
    Thank you for joining me today and I hope you join my one man band and together we can Learn. Create & Move Forward. Cheers, Mike.
    Episode Notes: https://mikemurphy.co/ep155Contact Me:
    Email: mike@mikemurphy.co
    Twitter: @mikeunplugged

    • 13 min
    The Migration Show

    The Migration Show

    This episode breaks down the process of how to move your show (podcast) from one podcast hosting company to another without losing any subscribers.
    Topics covered in this episode:
    What is a podcast host?What is a podcast directory?What is an RSS Feed?What is a 301 Redirect?How do you move your show without losing subscribers?What is a podcast host?When you start podcast, one of the major decisions you will make is where to host your show. There are many podcast hosts available but some of the more popular ones include:
    Simplecast. Where I work full-time on the product support and content team.Others hosting companies include:
    LibsynBlubrryPodbeanBuzzSproutSpreakerSoundcloudAnchorWhat do podcast hosting platforms do?Overview of Podcast Hosts:1. Audio File Storage & Delivery2. Generate your RSS Feed3. Publishing & Syndication to directories.
    Audio File Storage & Delivery To store your audio files and serve them to listener devices when someone clicks play or download from a podcast app or an embed player or anywhere your podcast episodes can be accessed.
    Generate your RSS Feed which is the link between your show and subscribers and to all of the podcast apps and directories.
    Every podcast has one unique RSS Feed and that usually only changes when you change podcast hosts.
    Note: Your RSS Feed is not always generated at the location where you store your audio files. When moving a show, you will do so wherever your RSS Feed is located and not necessarily where your audio files are stored.
    My original set up was using the Powerpress plugin by Blubrry on my Wordpress website and I hosted my audio files for download only on the podcast host, Libsyn.
    If your RSS Feed was generated by Powerpress, then that is the location where you would redirect your feed.
    Ask if you are not certain.
    Publishing and Syndication To Directories. Podcast hosts make it possible for you to create and publish new episodes much like creating a blog post on a website. When you publish new episodes or make edits to already published episodes, your podcast hosting platform connects your RSS feed to the podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora so your show will always be updated automatically. This process of publishing and then updating everywhere automagically is possible because of the RSS Feed and this process is called syndication.Additional roles of podcast hosts:Analytics, websites, sharing tools, embed players, and some even have world-class support!
    What is a Podcast Directory?A podcast directory is simply a library or catalog of podcasts where one can browse, listen, and subscribe to new shows.
    Major Podcast Directories:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Podcasts
    Google Play
    iHeart Radio

    • 17 min
    The Budget Show

    The Budget Show

    Behind the scenes of my simple and practical new financial freedom plan to help me create the life I want. Today is about taking action and control of your finances so you can create the life you want.
    The motivation or my why for taking action on my finances.The two books that helped me build the framework and key takeaways from each.My new plan along with the tools I am using to put my financial plan on auto-pilot.Part 1: Why am I taking action on my finances? I turn 50 in November Reduce stress and self-doubt Financial Freedom Peace of Mind Control & Clarity Always Moving Forward Opportunity to AdvancePart 2: The 2 Books that led me to action I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi(Buy on Amazon) The Latte Factor by David Bach(Buy on Amazon) I Will Teach You To Be Rich 
    By Ramit Sethi
    1st Edition:
    My biggest takeaway from the 1st edition was setting up online banks for automating your finances. Set it and forget it. Deposit your paycheck in a checking account and have set amounts go to bills, savings, and investments automatically.
    2st Edition:
    I ordered the audiobook from Audible immediately and listened to it non-stop for 2 days.
    This book is a crash course in the fundamentals of investing and also very tactical in that he gives step by step advice along with specific recommendations for investments and online banks.
    I Will Teach You To Be Rich caused me to take action 10 years ago and it had the same effect on me the 2nd time around because the message throughout the book is taking the time to do this now will help you create the life you want.
    This book will teach you exactly what to invest in, how to set up online banking so your savings and investing are automatic, and what it means to live a rich life.
    It’s not about the money, it’s about intentional living and purpose.
    The Latte Factor
    by David Bach
    Podcast Mentioned:
    The James Altucher Show
    I also listened to The Latte Factor on Audible from start to finish.
    The Latte Factor is story about a girl named Zoey who is a twenty-something working and living the dream in NYC and is buried under student loans, debt, and living paycheck to paycheck just trying to make ends meet. Not an unfamiliar story for many. The thought of savings and investing are the furthest thing from her mind as she can barely afford rent. This is a story many of us have experienced and it can be a vicious cycle of financial stress and worry working hard just to pay debts and eek by without being able to put any money aside for travel or savings or retirement.
    Zoey meets a wise old man who changes her perspective and teaches her many valuable money and life lessons such as the power of compounding interest and one of the the most important lessons of this book and my biggest takeaway from the book is Pay yourself first.
    **Pay Yourself First: **
    You take the first hour of every working day and put that in your savings or investment account.
    You work 8 hours per day
    You take your hourly rate for 1 hour out of the 8 hours
    You put the first hour of payin your savings or investment account.
    You can multiply this 1 hour by the number of days you work or multiply by 7 for a full week.
    Bonus Math

    • 15 min
    The Merry Show

    The Merry Show

    Today is an update episode and I simply wanted to say hey wish you all a very happy Holiday Season.
    Episode Summary:So welcome to this holiday episode 152. In this episode I wanted to bring you up to speed on my journey and plans for 2019, but more importantly I really just wanted to make sure I took the time to wish each and every one of you a very merry holiday season and to wish you the best as we approach a new year.The Update:A couple of months ago I told you I was taking a hiatus from Mike Murphy Unplugged for a variety of reasons. This was not an easy decision to make and it saddened me a little to give up a piece of something that I worked extremely hard every single week for 3 years. I was and still am very proud of the consistency and hard work I put into this podcast and all of the content I make surrounding it, but I listened to my heart and took a step back. It was the right decision at the right time. I needed to get the weight off my shoulders as it was introducing negativity into my world and becoming a burden instead of something that inspired me to make.Consistency:I get asked all the time on social media how on Earth I am able to create tutorials and content on such a consistent basis. The answer is easy. I love it. I love to learn and teach. Making tutorials and quick tips is not easy in some ways, yet it’s all I want to do, so I just do it.Podcasting BreakI also still very much podcasting and will publish a podcast regularly again, but as soon as the process of podcasting became something that I no longer looked forward to, the problem solver in me clicked in. I do not like when things are broken and I have the ability to fix it. It drives me nuts actually when I see people who suffer and make no attempt to right the ship. That is why I stopped. I shifted and tweaked my process of podcasting until I decided the best course of action was to put it on the shelf and re-adjust.MinimalismDo you know what really made this easy? My push to simplify and get rid of physical, digital and mental clutter. 2018 was the year of minimalism for me and that meant letting things go that caused stress or were not contributing to my happiness or well-being. To be as candid as possible, the first half of 2018, my podcast was a thorn in my side. I was pulling topics out of thin air and I was making them simply because of self-discipline. Again, problem solver Mike knew that this was a problem, and I solved it. I did not give up or quit, I gave myself permission to free up some space and figure out what needed to be done.Opportunity KnocksAs soon as I put my podcast on hiatus, a door opened up for me out of the blue. And that was an opportunity to work for the podcasting technology company, Simplecast. Was this a coincidence? In my mind, no way. I manifested this opportunity by showing up every day making and publishing content. When I started I really had no idea what I wanted or what I was good at, so I just started exploring and making things and I started really wide and over time I just started narrowing down and finding my style and groove.Simplecast hired me to do exactly what I am best at and what I like to do. My job is in support and my role is to help solve problems for podcasters and create educational content in the form of tutorials and articles and to teach through webinars and eventually at conferences and workshops. If you have listened to this podcast for any length of time, you will probably realize that my role in Simplecast is exactly what I talk about all the time. If you find yourself in a position of self-doubt or uncertainty, but you know you want to improve your career or what you have going on in life, I cannot stress enough that you have to get started today and just do something. You do not need the answers to life to start. Move in the direction of

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Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

Scotty Mark Daddy ,

Always Helpful

Mike Murphy has a brilliant way of boiling things down to the essentials and making things simple to do.

There’s so many digital life “experts” out there and it can frustrating that they often contradict each other. Mike cuts through all that and just gives you his calm, soothing style of description.

It’s all about, “This is how I digit.” None of the finger wagging and, “this is how it should be done.”

My favorite episode is the one where Mike shared lessons learned by publishing his own ebook. Love it, Mike!

Urbanshooter ,

My New Friend Mike

I just discovered this show after a big Podfest in Florida when I met the host accidentally. I didn’t know what to expect BUT, I listened and I like this guy a lot. He is humble, smart and helpful. Go Mike Go!

Merkava 18 ,

Mike is the Best!

I just met Mike at Podfest18. We had an extended conversation regarding the podcasting world, how to set them up, and many related topics. On the way home I listened to a dozen or so of his episodes. He's witty, informative, helpful and breaks the nuances of whatever it is he's discussing into bite sized pieces. Great Podcaster! I highly recommend him to all new podcasters or podcasters in training. Just Go!

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