Respecting Culture (it’s “kob jay” here!)

Respecting Culture (it’s “kob jay” here!)

I find I have a bit of cultural arrogance. I am not of Thai descent. And I have only been here in Thailand for 3 months. Still, I guess because I am having such a wonderful time here, and the people for the most part have a beautiful spirit and have embraced me as one...

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Wisdom of the 2 Jeffs (Round holes and square pegs.)

Wisdom of the 2 Jeffs (Round holes and square pegs.)

This past week, I had to make a border run. It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Border Run. In order to get a new visa to be in Thailand for an additional 6 months, I had to leave Thailand, go to Vientiane, Laos, visit the Thailand visa office, apply for and purchase the...

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Samadhi on the River (surrender already!)

Samadhi on the River (surrender already!)

"Take me to the river And wash me down Won't you cleanse my soul Put my feet on the ground" Al Green - Take Me To The River This past weekend, I ventured out of Chiang Mai and into the countryside. I rode an elephant and visited a rural village filled with children,...

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Mon’s Integrity (no good for him, no good for me.)

Mon’s Integrity (no good for him, no good for me.)

Mon is a beautiful woman, mid 40s, who currently works two jobs. Morning job is running a restaurant. Evening job is serving drinks and running a bar. I met Mon on my first bar visit in Chiang Mai several weeks ago. She brought me my Singha beer, and we played a game...

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Cool Picture (now there’s no excuse)

Cool Picture (now there’s no excuse)

It’s just not that hard. Recently I had someone make this image of me. Since I am a phone coach, I asked an artist to take my marketing image, the big smile, and add some headphones. I sent him a quick selfie to see what the actual headphones (Logitech) look like on...

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TV and Butter (I hardly knew you)

TV and Butter (I hardly knew you)

Just the other day, I sat down for breakfast at a little restaurant on Loi Kroh Road, Crema Café in Chiang Mai. While I had spent the last 2 months in Phuket, my breakfast was primarily chicken and iced coffee. My go to spot was a hole in the wall that served chicken...

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Internet Marketing (Crossing the Comfort Bridge)

Internet Marketing (Crossing the Comfort Bridge)

The more I work on building my Internet Marketing business, the more I realize what is required of me. The dreamy image of me of sitting behind a computer, spending a few hours a day typing away while large sums of money are flowing into my bank account is not...

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How To Get All You Want Without Killing Yourself

How To Get All You Want Without Killing Yourself

Have you ever heard of the term Karoshi before? You might even be a victim of this and not even realize it!... Translated literally from Japanese as 'Death from Overwork', it's sadly taking the lives of more and more people everyday. People even in their 20's having...

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Sea of Scarves (Vietnam can wait)

Sea of Scarves (Vietnam can wait)

After 55 years of life, and getting kicked in the teeth all too many times, I have learned that free will is a myth, an Illusion, a lie, something we like to convince ourselves that we have so that we don’t have to admit that we have virtually no control over what...

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The Beauty of Ritual (watching the river flow)

The Beauty of Ritual (watching the river flow)

Last night I was privileged to participate in the Loi Krathong annual festival celebrated in major Thailand cities. The event is held in November on the nights of the full moon. The festival centers around water, and placing your dreams, wishes and prayers on a flower...

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Meet Boyd (the power of excellence)

Meet Boyd (the power of excellence)

Sitting in my Phuket home, I was looking at agoda.com , a travel website which lists hotels for Chiang Mai.  Each hotel has a ranking.  The highest ranking is “Superb” which indicates that virtually everyone who has visited the hotel has given it the highest ranking...

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Individualism (what’s your snakeskin jacket?)

Individualism (what’s your snakeskin jacket?)

“This is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it's a symbol of my individuality, and my belief... in personal freedom." Sailor Ripley (Wild At Heart) On Friday and Saturday nights here in Chiang Mai, there is a big ritual they call the Night Bazaar.  Several streets are...

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Nit’s Soup (What is right under your nose?)

Nit’s Soup (What is right under your nose?)

I admit it. I am hung-over. Sunday night, which is my Saturday night in terms of my Thai workweek, is a good night for me to drink a bit and let the young man rumble. Rumble young man rumble. It is not as crazy around here on a Sunday night, as say a Friday or...

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Retire in Thailand (Lessons from Peter)

Retire in Thailand (Lessons from Peter)

Traveling through Southeast Asia has completely shifted my thinking about retirement. My plan has always been to be in a position to retire at the age of 65. I have a plan to have so much money tucked away at that time so that if I wanted to stop working, I could. I...

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How To Increase RSS Subscription?

How To Increase RSS Subscription?

I’ve received a few requests to write a blog post on how to increase the number of RSS subscribers. Here are some tips on how to rocket that FeedBurner RSS counter. Why Do You Want A Big RSS Subscription? Before you try to increase the number of subscribers to your...

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It’s No Secret (Everyday She Chops)

It’s No Secret (Everyday She Chops)

I found the woman in the cowboy hat who serves stewed pork leg at her stand just outside of the Old City at the north wall in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was a phenomenal meal. It reminded me of my mom’s beef pot roast, but with pork and a slightly thinner, although...

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Aces In Their Places (I Suck at SEO)

Aces In Their Places (I Suck at SEO)

Aces in their places. My friend Doug told me this many years ago. Doug is really good at making hamburgers and now has the best hamburger joint in Nashville, Tennessee called Gabby Burgers and Fries. His restaurant’s motto is “Living the Dream!” Right on Doug! Aces in...

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Make Your Content Bite-Sized

Make Your Content Bite-Sized

As attention spans decrease, and more people consume their content on their mobile devices, it is increasingly important for marketers to make sure that their content is optimized for mobile use. In fact, many marketers are taking a design-for-mobile-first approach....

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The Power of Music (Appreciation for Keith Jarrett)

The Power of Music (Appreciation for Keith Jarrett)

I do quite a bit of writing. The truth about writing to which most authors will readily admit is it is often a laborious chore. Sure, there are times in which a rich wave of inspiration hits, and the words freely flow out of your fingertips on to the keyboard and are...

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