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Receive the Universe’s Gifts – Episode 187

The Story: Being open to new opportunities

Some people seem to have all the luck – being able to travel the world, getting money, attracting romantic partners. And sometimes it really is luck – just a genetic accident or having the good fortune of being born in the right place. Many times, it’s not just luck, but an awareness of their surroundings, a willingness to try new things, and a mentality of readiness for opportunity.

In this world, it’s possible to make all kinds of connections, find all kinds of people, help them reach their goals, and allow them to help you reach yours. However, these gifts generally don’t come in the way you expect them. If you ever catch yourself saying things like “I could never do that…” or “I hate money” you may be putting up blocks in your life that prevent you from reaching abundance.

In this episode, Kurt explains his perspective on how sometimes, “luck” is actually the result of awareness, open-mindedness and preparedness. He explains how being open to love in different forms can help you be more fulfilled, how the next level of wisdom will always appear bizarre to you, and practising mindfulness meditation can bring you to new plateaux of prosperity. Join me on another heart-breaking, hair-raising, life-giving episode of… The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

The electricity of your intentions: Gela Amini – Episode 172

A life without precedent: Gela Amini – Episode 174

Value is everywhere – Episode 170

The Links:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Psyched Substance on YouTube

Swim on YouTube

Double Your Dating

Practising the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle audiobook

Read ’em and Reap by Joe Navarro

Revolver (2007) movie

The Cash:

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Code with intent: Rick Hernández – Episode 139

The Story: Entrepreneurship and coding with style

It’s been said that, within a few decades, humans will be divided into two categories: those who tell computers what to do, and those whom are told what to do by computers. Even today, learning to tell computers what to do can be a valuable skill, in monetary terms, and in terms of personal expression. For the nerds among us who have grown up using computers with enthusiasm and curiosity from a young age, learning to program can come quite naturally, but for the rest of us, it’s not so intuitive.

In this episode, Kurt interviews Rick Hernández about his business teaching people how to program, and giving them the tools they need to learn to talk to machines. We also discuss how Rick got started as an entrepreneur, machine learning, self-development and transforming from an introvert to an extrovert, and travelling around Mexico to get a different perspective on life and entrepreneurship.

Join us in the next exciting installment of The Paradise Paradox!

The Links:

Code with intent

The Cash:

If you enjoy our posts, please have a look at The Paradise Paradox’s page on Steemit where you can join, earn money, and upvote our posts to help support the show! You can also find a lot of additional content which is not posted on this site, with Kurt’s posts on Steemit and Aaron’s posts on Steemit.

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Episode 78 – Humberto Quintanilla: Pulsebtc

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The Story:

Ask almost any Bitcoin enthusiast for the main obstacles holding back Bitcoin from mainstream adoption, and usability will most likely fall in the top two. Many companies are working on solutions to this problem, such as ChangeTip, allowing people to send money to people through tweets or YouTube comments. Another is Netki, which changes Bitcoin addresses into warm and friendly, human readable addresses. And yet another is Pulsebtc, which enables regular people to enjoy some of the benefits of Bitcoin transactions, without ever having to know that they’re using blockchain technology.

The product comes in the form of a bracelet, which one day you will be able to swipe in taxis and cafés to pay for your product. Because of Bitcoin’s low transaction fees, It’s cheaper for the vendor, and it’s convenient for the user.

At LaBITconf, we met the CEO of Pulsebtc, Humberto Quintanilla, and discussed his vision, his journey as an entrepreneur, his ideas of what the future might look like, and his romantic outlook on life. Join us for another Bitcoin-transferring, coffee-and-donut-paying, technologically-innovating episode of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

Episode 73 – Anarchist Adventurer Kenny Palurintano

The Links:

Pulsebtc introduction video (in Spanish)

Pulsebtc on Facebook

Emprende2minutos (under maintenance at time of posting)

Episode 59 – Personal Development: The Critical Point

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The Story:

Many people are content to cruise through life without thinking too deeply about things, without questioning their own motivations, focusing on personal development, formulating a long-term plan, developing a strategy and being as honest as they possibly can with the man in the mirror. Without introspection, self-analysis and self-knowledge, one can be lead down the wrong path, mislead by their culture, mass media, friends and family, dictated to about what is important without ever extending the glance beyond the veil, beyond the superficial.

As I once wrote:
“You better be really sure of who you are and what you want from yourself,
Because there’s a lot of people who’d prefer you be someone else.”

It’s no surprise that years later many people can wake up to a mid-life crisis, or worse, a death-bed crisis, realising that they’ve wasted their lives and being so far off-target, that they don’t even know how to get back to shore. The stereotype of a middle-aged man buying a sports car and dating a much younger, attractive and vapid woman is a tragic manifestation of this, the man trying to recapture his youth, while at the same time not really remembering what it means to be young, to be full of hope about making a better world, open to possibilities and having the audacity to confront established norms. A new Ferrari and a set of fake tits in your face doesn’t even qualify as a consolation prize.

What does it take to be successful? What does it mean to be successful? Who can help you be successful, and what is the real meaning of the phrase “self-reliance”? We explore these questions and more with our friend Charlie “Carlos” Selman, discussing an essay by Exosphere founder Skinner Layne, “The Critical Point”. Join us as we embark on a journey of self-exploration in the next exciting chapter of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Links:

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

The Magic of Thinking Big

Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

How to Win Friends & Influence People

The Guy In The Glass poem

Bahá’í Faith on Wikipedia

Plato’s cave on Wikipedia

Heraclitus on Wikipedia

Sunk cost fallacy on Wikipedia

The Critical Point by Skinner Layne

Episode 53 – AirBNB & Travel

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The Story:

In 2007, two graphic designers were having troubles making ends meet in their San Francisco apartment. They had some space that they could free up in the loft which they thought they could use to accommodate travellers, and thought about putting it on Craigslist, but they thought it was too impersonal. Instead, they decided to create a website, offering people passing through a chance to stay cheaply on some air mattresses and eat a home-cooked breakfast. Pretty soon they were receiving emails asking when the service would be available in Buenos Aires, London and Tokyo, and they began to formulate a vision.

They contacted their old roommate, an engineer, to join the team. In a clever move to raise funding for the project, they designed custom boxes for cereal to appeal to voters in the upcoming election, selling 500 boxes of both Obama O’s and Cap’n McCains for $40 each, raising $30,000.

airbnb-obamo-os

Inviting the hosts to share their listings on Craigslist helped build their guest numbers and traffic considerably, as did spamming existing listings on Craigslist for similar properties. Then by developing their philosophy of offering personalised service, hospitality and something that guests just couldn’t find in a traditional hotel, they solidified their place as a key player in the accommodation industry.

Today, millions of people use AirBNB to travel cheaply, and to make money, subverting the conventional model of tourism and helping people to enjoy cities in a friendlier way. How has this business opened up the world to travellers, making it more affordable and interesting? What is the value of travel in general? Why do some people resist travelling adamantly? We explore these questions and more, in the next breathtaking chapter of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Links:

Into the Wild – movie

Into the Wild – book

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

Growth study – AirBNB

How AirBNB started

 

Episode 8 – 2015 New Year’s Resolutions Part 1

Happy New Year! Episode 8, Part 1 of a double episode to kick off 2015. We cover Australian vs Mexican cultural comparisons, where we discuss public awareness, customer service, social entitlements, living expenses and quality of purchasing power. Brief discussion into working smart not hard in the Sydney security industry and a few ideas on new year resolutions.

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Related links:
Dr. Thomas Sowell on how welfare subsidises poverty
“Good Intentions” by Walter Williams, a documentary describing the problems with government intervention in poverty