Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BOSS: Casey from Australia

Welcome to a semi-recurring series on this space called “This Is What A BOSS Looks Like.” We’ll be featuring people who are bosses themselves, or do boss-like things.

If you go online a lot, you’ve probably heard the story of Casey, the boy who fought back against a bully.

For those who don’t, Casey was supposedly bullied most of his short 16 year life. A short time ago, Casey was being bullied by a much young boy. The boy accused Casey of speaking badly about him, started punching him in the face, and tired to do a Muhammad Ali-type shuffle while punching him.

Casey snapped, picked up the smaller boy, and body-slammed him against the pavement. In the video, which can be seen here, it appears that the bully had his leg badly injured.

Sometimes, one needs to weigh the consequences of an illegal action against the crime. If you steal a loaf of bread, but you are able to feed your family with it, and the penalty is probation, do you do it? How about 10 years in prison? Do you do it then?

Make no mistake about it—Casey is a boss. He took his tormentor and sent a message to the world that he will no longer tolerate this kind of thing. If he was suspended (which he shouldn’t have been, but that’s beside the point) then it’s a suspension well served. He’ll do his time and when he comes back, I don’t think anyone will be gunning for him again.

If someone is bullying you, make no mistake about it. The school will not help you. Your parents will not help you. The only person who can stop it is yourself. So if you’re bullied, go to the bully and (a) record what he’s doing on your smart phone and (b) punch his lights out. If you’re not physically able to—do pushups and run until you can.

Casey, the bosses of the world salute you.

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Monday, March 14, 2011


Want to feel good, get in shape, look better and get a great start to your morning? Live the Boss Life and go running.

Running burns calories, elevates your heart count, gets your breathing going and works up a nice sweat (or a healthy glow if you are of the female persuasion).

It also makes your mind alert, which puts you in a good position to start the day.

Running is not always easy. When I first started running again, I could barely get past 10 minutes before feeling like I wanted to die from exhaustion and a build up of lactic acid. But the more often you do it, the better you’ll feel. Running will also help with any other sorts of exercises, because moving your whole body through running will increase your endurance.

Another thing--Lord forbid there is a zombie apocalypse, an angry significant other or a race gang coming to beat you up . Sometimes you have to run to survive! And you can't just run, you need to practice otherwise you'll burn out in five minutes and get stomped on.

I personally just got back from my morning run. I wake up at 5:00 AM (remember—Get Up Early) stretched/woke up for 30 mins, and then went out. Since it’s winter, it doesn’t get too hot while running, and since it’s pitch black, you can let your mind wander and focus on your visions.

Just run three to four times per week, and I guarantee that you’ll be feeling great in a matter of weeks.

So Live The Boss Life, put on your shoes, stretch out your legs, and start running! Hopefully I'll see you out there!
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Go to the Doctor

Have an illness you can’t seem to shake? Or a severe injury that requires expert attention? Then it’s time to bite the bullet and go to a doctor.

This might seem like obvious advice, but millions of Americans either (A) try to tough out injuries or illnesses or (B) don’t have insurance to pay for it.

Reason A is monumentally stupid. There are no prizes in life for suffering. You do not become enlightened by declining medical care. Chicks don’t dig the fact that you haven’t been or a doctor in years, or that you “walked off a sprained ankle.”

A famous example of one of these people is former American football star William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Perry never wanted to go to the doctor for his multiple health problems, including headaches, dizziness, pain, alcoholism and obesity. Eventually he relented, and the doctors saved his life. He’s avoiding doctors again, and if he continues, he will almost certainly die.

I also used to be one of these people. Than after a particularly late night of cavorting, I contracted a stomach illness I just couldn’t shake. I was nauseous for almost a full month! Eventually I went to a doctor who prescribed me a pill, and I felt better almost instantly.

The second reason is a lack of insurance. If you live in Canada or the UK, you won’t have this problem, because all healthcare is free, but rationed. Here in the USA, you have the potential to run up huge bills without health insurance.

Here’s what you do if you absolutely need medical care: Pretend that you’re an illegal alien. Show up, say “mi amo Pedro Gonzales, y [insert injury or sickness here]. Yo no hablo ingles muy bien.” Don’t give an address, a social security number, don’t say that you have insurance or any of that. When they ask you questions, answer in broken, accented English. Would the care be as good if you were a paying American? Probably not. But it would still be care.

The government blows billions of dollars a year on free medical care for illegal aliens. No reason why you can’t benefit from it to.

If you’re sick and you don’t go to the doctor, then you’re not A Boss.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wake Up Early

One of the founding fathers of America, Ben Franklin wrote that "early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." The old man knew what we was talking about.

There are only upsides to waking up early. First, you can take your time getting ready in the morning and not be rushed outside looking sloppy. You can also take the time to eat breakfast, while not "the most important meal of the day" is still pretty freaking important. Once you have done everything that you'very needed to do in the morning, you can study for the days classes or review what needs to happen at work that day. The only downside, and I mean the only, is that you'll want to go to bed earlier as a result. That's only a problem when people are going out at night.

I get up between 5:00 and 5:30. I do a little writing, get a little morning coffee, do a little blog reading, and I start heading into work at about 6:30-7:00. Commuting is a breeze when there are so few people heading in, and while I'm traveling, I review notes and study a bit.

Legit bosses are always hustling, whether its on the street or up in the boardroom. And whoever starts the hustle first, usually comes out on top. If you start as soon as you wake up, that means getting up early. Follow livethebosslife on Twitter

Monday, March 7, 2011

Don't Jump into the Ocean with a mobile phone otherwise the phone will break and you can't post. Definately NOT Boss.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Go on Vacation

Feeling a little burned out, stressed or just want to get away? Taking a little vacation (or “going on holiday” as the Brits, Aussies and Canadians say) could be the cure.

I define vacation as just getting away from what you have to do, whether it’s school or work. And by getting away, you don’t necessarily have to travel. Taking some time off school or work and just sitting around and playing video games all day also qualifies!

One of my favorite vacations I took was just as I was leaving one job and working on a major acquisition for one of my side businesses. It took some time for this acquisition to go through, wrangling over dollars and responsibilities, etc. So what I did was re-play Ogre Battle for the SNES. Not only is it one of the all-time great RPG’s (and a rare game to boot) but it was the perfect thing to take my mind off a potentially stressful situation.

Your standard vacation is traveling, and exploring a far off place. While potentially expensive, this can be pretty awesome and may give you memories for the rest of your life. One of my favorite blogs is “Frosty’s Travels and More” where the author posts pictures of his often gorgeous vacation spots. It almost feels like you’re there!

Another cool type of vacation is what I call a “review vacation.” If you’re like me, you’re learning tons of stuff at work and/or school. Taking a few days to sit back, review your notes and write down some really good questions can be a great way to relax, and has the added benefit of putting you on good footing when you get back (so long as you’re not missing out on additional learning).

If I take a vacation, the one thing I won’t be taking a break from is blogging—helping people live better lives is what makes me happy and recharges my batteries.

So take a little time off. You’ll feel better about everything and be “Living The Boss Life.”
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Appreciate What You Have

A story has been making the rounds this week about Raymond Daniel Towler, a man who was convicted of child rape and served nearly 30 years in jail. He didn’t spend more because of the advent of DNA evidence—evidence that exonerated Mr. Taylor.

Like any of us would be, he is angry and he is suing—he’ll receive $40,000 for each year of false imprisonment, and possibly more—but because he is free for the first time for what feels like forever, he’s enjoying littlest things that we take for granted.
[Towler] is like a new person, starting all over from where he left off. He's hoping to get in twenty more years. He tries not to think of all the time he spent behind bars as "lost." Instead, he tries to focus on the positive. Sometimes he finds himself standing for a few moments in the bathroom, sort of marveling. For three decades he lived in his bathroom. Now, after living with his cousin Carole for a few months, he lives in his own apartment (another of his life's belated firsts). No longer must he sh*t where he eats and sleeps.


So many choices. Which car insurance. Which cereal. Which deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo. Rows and rows of products. Varieties, sizes, colors. Which is cheaper? Which is better? What's the best buy? Which gum to chew? When he went into prison there were, like, two kinds of chewing gum. Now there are a zillion. One of the small gifts he gives himself is trying all the gums. "I can spoil myself a little so long as I stay within my means," he says. Papaya juice! Kiwi and strawberry nectar! Green tea! Arnold Palmer — he was a golfer when Towler went down. Now he is a drink, sweet and so incredibly thirst quenching.
This guy whose life almost was ruined is now finding the joy in the smallest things of life, like trying different sticks of gum!

Taking a serious look at your life and realizing how good you got it? Now that’s Boss.
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