Three powerful videos for mental breakthroughs (& are all under 6 minutes)

Some of the best mental breakthroughs I’ve had in my life have come from the shortest videos I’ve found on YouTube.

Below are three videos which have had a profound impact on my life:

Try something new for 30 days – Matt Cutts
Time: 3 minutes 27 seconds

After watching this inspirational video, I was craving for the next month to begin so I could start my 30-day challenge journey. My first challenge was one which Matt Cutts recommended – the photo challenge. It was to take one photo a day for 30 days. Many of them I posted to my blog (yup, the one you’re reading now) with their location, my take, and why it was important to me at the moment that day. While it was pretty easy as far as 30-day challenges go, I began to feel myself growing.

At the end of the 30-days, I developed more awareness of the world around me, I found a passion for art, and I even found more confidence in myself. The life I now live, five years after first watching this video, is paramount to what it would be without the video. I’ve done the photo challenge, three Whole-30 challenges, a vegetarian challenge (turns out it doesn’t work for me), a new recipe challenge, a fitness challenge (I have now worked out basically 5 days a week for the past 4 years), and so much more.

This video not only led me to try a lot of new things in life that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise, but I also started a blog series around them, talked about the topic at many Toastmasters speeches, and even got to experience the fruits of my labors in different ways than I knew possible. For example, completing the fitness challenge led me to climb Mount Washington with several friends and train for a half marathon – two things which I never even considered with my realm of possibility beforehand.

 

How to start a movement – Derek Sivers 
Time: 5 minutes 41 seconds.

I loved this video so much. Not only is Derek informative, but his clever use of supporting video footage was exceptional.

This video inspired me to cultivate my own thoughts on the topic, found here, “The Unspoken Power of a Great Follower.”
 

Responding To Stress – Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski
Time: 1 minute and 30 seconds

If you’re alive, you’ve encountered stress. I found what matters most to me is understanding what stress looks like, how to deal with it, and the best yet -how to thrive from it. This short video delivers a huge punch when it comes to better understanding how your brain works under stress.

Top Online Courses from Businesses and Individuals (Not Universities)

We’ve heard from inbound marketers everywhere that the internet has changed the way people buy and connect  (ahem, live) online. And now we’re seeing that the internet has changed the way people learn too.

The internet makes it possible for people to learn more things, easier and quicker. Here are two ways we see it happening every day at HubSpot Academy:

  1. There are tons more learning opportunities available. There are more lectures, trainings, and videos accessible than ever before, and from top-tier universities and businesses too. (Aside: Companies are now starting to see the value of getting into the education/training game for their prospects and customers too – AirBNB, Uber, Shyp, Kickstarter, Postmates, Hootesuite, Tailwind, Bulletproof, etc. etc. etc.).
  2. The internet has also made it easier for people to learn through doing. Before it was hard to get marketing experience unless you were interning or working for a company. Now you can do this all yourself.  Test potential theories (e.g. which CTA works better) easier and quicker, then iterate and adapt quicker, and then produce content available to the world which contains the learnings quicker than ever too.

With the rapid cycle of change, most industries are seeing the opportunity to step ahead of traditional educational systems. Think about it, for universities and professors, a syllabus is something a professor works on for years to perfect. Now one change on the internet can throw a wrench in their plans. That’s why many people are now turning to the industry leaders who are people or businesses to learn what they need to know about a topic. Queue the reason for the article – technology is encouraging people to learn differently and from different resources too.

Think about it:

People are teaching each other via Quora and Reddit. Want to learn about history, math or marketing? Just do a simple search and find content written and then upvoted by the community. (Here’s a fun one I wrote about the most successful marketing campaign ever.)

Industry thought-leaders and top businesses are now bringing their knowledge to the masses. They’re hosting content on their own websites, on online learning platforms like Udemy or Udacity, and are even building their own proprietary software (like we did at HubSpot). Who better to learn from than the industry experts in their field.

Below are some of the top business courses provided by experts in the field:

Marketing

Growth:

Brian Balfour and Andrew Chen’s Reforge Growth Series for $3,500.

Content:

Justin Champion’s Content Marketing Certification course (pre-register) for $0. 9 video classes taught by experts.

Startup:

Sujan Patel’s Content Marketer Bootcamp for $497, $997 or $25,000. Bonus from Sujan, his 100 Days of Growth eBook for $27. I read it. It was good. Real good.

Sam Altman’s How to Start a Startup for $0. 20 video lectures taught by experts.

HubSpot’s Inbound Certification course for $0. 12 video classes taught by experts.

Isaac Moche’s Email Marketing Bootcamp course for $0. 9 classes.

Sales

The Accidental Salesman’s Consultative Selling MasterClass for (?)$. It’s a 1-day training which can accommodate up to 21 people. (I found this via the comprehensive list by Docurated here).

Mark Roberge’s Inbound Sales Certification course hosted by HubSpot Academy for $0. 5 on-demand videos taught by sales experts.

Dale Carnegie Training’s Online Sales Effectiveness Courses for $0-199. There are ~13 courses available. I’m a big fan of this company’s training materials.

Design

Luke Summerfield’s Growth-Driven Design Certification course hosted by HubSpot Academy for $0. 13 videos.

HubSpot’s HubSpot Design Certification for $0. Learn some of HubSpot’s design tools, get a free Developer account and learn via the 6 video classes.

Why I began juicing & 5 major health benefits of it

Recently, I purchased a juicer. Now I know what you’re thinking – why buy an expensive juicer when you can easily create smoothies without all of the crazy clean-up.  Well, I’m glad you’ve asked. There seem to be a lot of confusion around juicing and how it compares and stacks up to blending – so I’d like to share why I took the plunge to start juicing.

You see, last September (2012) I embarked on a 21-day challenge that consisted of eating strict paleo, think Whole 30 strict. (Note: I’m partial to 30-day challenges, but to get a friend to do it with me, it had to only be 21 days – cc: @chrislodolce). And it was life changing. And I mean that.  After just two weeks of no processed foods, no dairy, no refined carbs, no alcohol – I hit this period of enlightenment which I liken to the protagonist, Bradley Cooper, in the movie Limitless. I had more energy, was waking up without my alarm and my mind and body were unfathomably clear. And that day I realized that, holy crap, what food you put in your body matters – and it matters a lot. Since then I’ve been on a journey to eat natural, healthy and find what my body thrives on to be the best.

This is where juicing comes in.

Green Juice Drink

I heard about juicing from a very health-focused friend of my, Jana. We were hanging out making on Easter Sunday making our Czech painted Easter Eggs and she explained how she’s been juicing, relayed the health benefits and encouraged me to give it a try. She even made me a delicious carrot and apple blend. I was hooked.

To see if what she said was true I researched a ton – not because I really wanted to – but because there isn’t that much information out there on the health benefits of juicing just yet. But with hours of research I realized that this was one bandwagon I had to jump on.

To share the wealth of knowledge that isn’t easily accessible, I’ve decided to share my findings I’ve gained from this venture.

(Disclaimer: I’m not a naturopath, but I’ve done a ton of searching and knowledge-gathering for this post.)

So here they are – the incredible health benefits of juicing – in order of ascending importance as I see it:

  1. You can easily get your recommended dose of vegetables:

    According to CDC, vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. They also provide necessary vitamins, nutrients and other essentials required for healthy living. Everyone’s required intake is different as it depends on your age, sex and activity level. Check out the vegetable calculator they have available to see how much you should be consuming. And I bet you’ll be surprised to see the amount – and even be mystified how you can consume this much in one day. That’s where juicing comes in. Juicing allows you to take all of those vital nutrients out and consume it straight into your system. Down below you’ll find a recipe for a healthy green juice – one thing I found incredible is really how much food goes into it – and the likelihood of me eating these over the course of one day is low. And I eat tons of salads and greens – and it’s still low. So, juicing = awesome in this aspect.

  2. Reverses signs of aging:

    Now as a 27 year old female in society, this is something I can get down with. Of course I wear 30-spf sunscreen everyday, even cloudy days, but this isn’t a topical cream – this is what your body wants and craves to be healthy. As Whole Living says, healthy greens are one of the top 10 foods you can consume to reduce the signs of aging. Folate, calcium, and other nutrients fight against bone and cognitive decline.  The cruciferous veggies (think broccoli and cabbage) help to fight memory loss and cancer. And then there are the berries – blueberries, blackberries and cranberries – that are chaulk-full of antioxidant compounds (known as anthocyanins) which studies have indicated can slow the growth of certain cancers and improve brain function, muscle tone and even balance.  One last note on this, Earth Remedy also says that it can reduce acne and rashes – which as an excema prone person, I can attest to this.

  3. Boosts energy levels:

    Juicing provides you with a concentrated supply of those nutrients mentioned above – and since there is no need for your body to digest it (the fiber is removed in the juicing process) it can be absorbed right into your body allowing you to be revived with an amazing supply of natural energy.  The thought of eating all of these vegetables isn’t nearly as enticing as getting the energy they provide in a delicious juice that takes less than 5 minutes to create.  So there may be no more need for caffeine, or at least the need is decreased.

  4. Reduce toxins:

    This is most prevalent when you’re doing a juice cleanse. But even starting your day with a juice can help remove toxins that have built up. Think about it – our bodies are always working to digest the food we’ve consumed, including the bad ones with preservatives or simply processed foods, leaving little time for our body to focus on healing. When you juice, you allow your body to focus it’s energy on healing, not digesting – since there is no food/fiber to digest.

  5. Juicing can bring your body back to it’s natural desire to be alkaline:

    The normal US diet is full of  foods like coffee, alcohol and refined sugars – and these are all very, very acidic in nature. And all of these acidic foods cause  bodies extra stress because they have to work hard to process all of the acidity – and then try and bring it to it’s natural state of being alkaline. The problem, besides the excess load on the digestive system, is that acidity is where cancer cells thrive. This imbalance also contributes to chronic fatigue, allergies, arthritis and more. Juicing allows you to return your body to the natural PH levels – making it more alkaline.

    If you’re especially worried about your body being acidic, you can add lime or lemon to your water which adds alkaline. I know this seems weird, since these citrus fruits seem so acidic, but they have an alkalizing effect on your body.

 

There are tons of other benefits, and just a few mentioned from EarthRemedy and Chic Vegan can be found below:

  • Boosts the immune system – There are so many vitamins and minerals your immune system needs and they can be found in juices.
  • It can reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol:  Juicing can help regulate your blood pressure by keeping it down! And you can get high cholesterol levels down and managed.
  • Alleviates allergies: Juicing can help take away the symptoms of allergies,  since many of them are caused by processed food. Surprise!

 

The following is my favorite green juice recipe thus far. It’s based on a Blue Print Cleanse recipe. Buying organic foods at Trader Joe’s makes this green juice concoction just a little bit over $3.00, whereas if you buy the Blue Print juice at Whole Foods – it costs $11 and it’s already oxidized when you buy it.

Green Juice Ingredients in the order in which I juice them:

  1. 1 Green Apple
  2. 4 ribs of celery
  3. 1 big handful of Kale
  4. 1 big handful of spinach (sometimes 2)
  5. 2 parsley sprigs
  6. 1 cucumber – or one half depending on it’s size
  7. Juice of one small lemon
  8. And sometimes I’ll add an inch of ginger root

Some other things to keep in mind when buying ingredients:

  • Always go organic. Less pesticides, enough said.
  • Scrub your food clean. Not just rub, but scrub. Some of these ingredients (apples, celery, cucumbers & spinach) are found on the list of the Dirty Dozen.
  • If you’re allergic to apples, you can use pears instead. They’re delicious and still give your green juice natural sweetness.

And if you’re considering purchasing a juicer, this is the one that I have, bought it on a recommendation from @VigerWoods:

 

Are you a fan of juicing? Have you noticed any difference in how you feel? Share thoughts and recipes in the comments below.