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WHY ARE THE EASIEST THINGS IN LIFE SO DARN HARD TO DO?

I'm Headmaster James Newcomb, and welcome to the official podcast of The Easy School of Hard Knocks.

Doing the things you need to do to run a business, practicing your instrument, exercising first thing in the morning...isn't exactly rocket surgery.

What isn't so easy is just doing it, especially when we're the only ones watching -- or so we think.

We live in an era of instant gratification. Things that once took years to do - if they could be done at all - can now be done by clicking a few buttons. It's no wonder that so many people start a business, and then flame out when they're not a millionaire on Day 7!

'Cuz it's easy, but you definitely learn plenty of lessons at the School of Hard Knocks along the way.

So, what is the point of The Easy School of Hard Knocks? Well, believe it or not there are a few people who have managed to succeed at this thing called entrepreneurship, be it online or offline.

In most if not all of these cases, these folks have taken things that are easy to do (a podcast, a blog, an online learning platform, etc.) and have created a system that's EASY TO OPERATE ONCE IMPLEMENTED CORRECTLY.

The Easy School of Hard Knocks will teach you the nuts and bolts of succeeding as an entrepreneur.

And you'll hear practical advice - and more importantly from fellow travelers on the train - that will help you develop:

• A success-oriented mindset
• Healthy lifestyle habits
• Relationship building

And much, much more.

To sum up, you'll get the tools, the motivation, and the occasional tough love that it takes to be successful at whatever you choose to undertake.

Class is in session, kids. Are you ready to learn?

James Newcomb
Founder and Headmaster
The Easy School of Hard Knocks

The Easy School of Hard Knocks James Newcomb

    • Entrepreneurship

WHY ARE THE EASIEST THINGS IN LIFE SO DARN HARD TO DO?

I'm Headmaster James Newcomb, and welcome to the official podcast of The Easy School of Hard Knocks.

Doing the things you need to do to run a business, practicing your instrument, exercising first thing in the morning...isn't exactly rocket surgery.

What isn't so easy is just doing it, especially when we're the only ones watching -- or so we think.

We live in an era of instant gratification. Things that once took years to do - if they could be done at all - can now be done by clicking a few buttons. It's no wonder that so many people start a business, and then flame out when they're not a millionaire on Day 7!

'Cuz it's easy, but you definitely learn plenty of lessons at the School of Hard Knocks along the way.

So, what is the point of The Easy School of Hard Knocks? Well, believe it or not there are a few people who have managed to succeed at this thing called entrepreneurship, be it online or offline.

In most if not all of these cases, these folks have taken things that are easy to do (a podcast, a blog, an online learning platform, etc.) and have created a system that's EASY TO OPERATE ONCE IMPLEMENTED CORRECTLY.

The Easy School of Hard Knocks will teach you the nuts and bolts of succeeding as an entrepreneur.

And you'll hear practical advice - and more importantly from fellow travelers on the train - that will help you develop:

• A success-oriented mindset
• Healthy lifestyle habits
• Relationship building

And much, much more.

To sum up, you'll get the tools, the motivation, and the occasional tough love that it takes to be successful at whatever you choose to undertake.

Class is in session, kids. Are you ready to learn?

James Newcomb
Founder and Headmaster
The Easy School of Hard Knocks

    Make It About You, Not Them: Practical Tips in Achieving True Performance Success

    Make It About You, Not Them: Practical Tips in Achieving True Performance Success

    I recently featured my friend and pastor Tim Conkling on my sister podcast, The Trumpet Jungle (http://www.thetrumpetjungle.com) .He spoke, rather eloquently I must say, about the root cause of performance anxiety.


    With all due respect to the Rev. Dr. Timothy G. Conkling, I must take issue with several of his key points and I want to set the record straight.


    Performance is something I take very seriously. Flawless performance I dare say is the only acceptable performance in my view.


    I've heard countless lectures on dealing with performance anxiety. A few years ago, I hosted a podcast and even produced an entire course on performance anxiety.


    All the "experts" say pretty much what Tim said in the trumpet podcast. "Check your ego at the door. Forget your mistakes. Live in the present."


    That all sounds good and it's not like I was going to rudely disagree with my guest on the podcast, but can we check in to reality for just 15 minutes before we return to the altruistic fantasy that what we do is some sort of service to humanity?


    We've more or less settled on the magic number of 10,000 hours it takes to master a craft (thank you, Malcolm Gladwell.) An instrument, copywriting, painting, podcasting, what have you.


    That's 10,000 hours of back-breaking work. Tears, sweat, probably a little bit of blood thrown in there too. And that's just to achieve mastery level. God knows how many more tens of thousands of hours will be invested in our craft when it's all said and done.


    And we're supposed to believe we do it for others? I'm not buying it.


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    In the series finale of Breaking Bad, Walter White finally concedes his true motivation for getting involved in the drug trade. For well over a year, he's told his wife Skylar that he did it all for his family. He's personally done or organized mass murder, he's lied to his own wife countless times, he's literally set fire to everything he touches. And it's all justified by his desire to provide for his family in wake of the death sentence he received with his cancer diagnosis.


    And now, his own death being but a few hours away, he shares this moment of clarity with his wife (who's life is forever ruined) where he acknowledges that he indeed did it all for himself.


    Would that we all had this clarity in our motivations, particularly when it comes to public performance: speaking, playing, acting, singing, what have you.


    So, having a better understanding of why we perform, along with a sterling example of that motivation, let's take a deeper dive into some of Pastor Tim's points from The Trumpet Jungle podcast.


    What's at the root of performance anxiety?It all comes down to you giving a s**t what other people think of you.


    Why would you care what anyone thinks about your abilities as a performer? They didn't put in 10,000 hours into your craft, YOU DID. If they criticize you for making a mistake, screw them. What do they know? Nothing about performing at a high level, that's for sure. If they did understand, they would know better than to say anything, right?


    In the event that some slob criticizes your performance, and believe me they will, especially if you make a mistake, it's important that there is no confusion on what you're dealing with so you could perform for them.


    The air conditioning was too high; it was turned off. You didn't get to properly prepare because your kid had a meltdown before you left the house. Someone in the back of the room was making a distracting noise.


    Like any of this is your fault. Reminding people of these circumstances which are completely out of your control will perhaps make them appreciate what you're doing for them, but I wouldn't count on it, at least in my own experience.


    Tell them anyway. One can only hope they'll think twice before criticizing another performer without thinking about how difficult it is

    • 15 min
    Victory Begins in the Morning: How to Start Your Day With Intention and Purpose

    Victory Begins in the Morning: How to Start Your Day With Intention and Purpose

    Have a good day!

    It seems so easy, doesn't it? But how many times do we try to pump ourselves up to do something great, only to find ourselves farting around on Fakebook at 10 am, wondering when the motivation to really work will finally arrive, telling ourselves we're grateful to even have a job?

    And the cycle repeats itself day after day...

    If that sounds like you, this pamphlet may be helpful to you. You see, motivation is great, but without a system in place to channel that motivation, it's not long before it becomes discouragement -- even despair if this cycle repeats itself too many times.

    What you need is a set routine for your morning. Something you anticipate, something you look forward to happening, and eventually your mind and body literally aches for if you don't do it.

    This episode will give some guidance and suggestions on setting your own personal morning routine. I use many examples of my own routine, but they're just examples. Over time, you'll eventually find what works best for you.

    • 35 min
    Crisis of Conscience: How to Deal With Irreconcilable Views at Work

    Crisis of Conscience: How to Deal With Irreconcilable Views at Work

    Sign up for the free webinar on how to craft your own Personal Identity Manifesto. Visit jamesnewcomb.io for the details!

    • 44 min
    Who Are You? and What Do You Do? My Personal Identity Manifesto (and why you should have one too)

    Who Are You? and What Do You Do? My Personal Identity Manifesto (and why you should have one too)

    Discovering your "true self" is so...cliche - yet essential at its core. I asked myself, Who are you, and what do you do? Here's what I came up with.

    I host a free webinar every Friday on how to build your own Personal Identity Manifesto. Go to jamesnewcomb.io for all the details!

    • 26 min
    How Our Thoughts, Actions and Mindset Crystallize Into Habits and Eventually Our Way of Life

    How Our Thoughts, Actions and Mindset Crystallize Into Habits and Eventually Our Way of Life

    Success and Failure. Redefined.


    Read (or listen to) my brand new ebook Success and Failure for FREE!


    Just visit jamesnewcomb.io (https://jamesnewcomb.io/) for all the details.

    • 9 min

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