Tag: Jay Bildstein 2014

  • Beauty and the Brain: Amen Clinics Research and Weight Loss Director, the Dynamic and Insightful Kristen Willeumier, Ph.D., Back With the Low Down on Improving Our Brains While Benefiting Our Looks!

    We live in a looks obsessed society. Beauty is a multibillion dollar industry. Images, be they online, on television, in the movies or in magazines, fill our minds with visions of physical excellence seemingly beyond our grasp. And while looks garner a huge share of our attention, our brains - repositories of imagination, intellect and emotion - hardly get any attention at all. There are, however, people dedicated to studying the brain and helping us improve brain function. One of those individuals is Kristen Willeumier, Ph.D., Research and Weight Loss Director at the renowned Amen Clinics in Southern California. I have had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Willeumieur on a number of occasions, on CYInterview, along with my colleague Chris Yandek. Dr. Willeumieur is a neuroscientist who is able to take seemingly complicated concepts of brain chemistry and brain function and make them clear and understandable. That said, we thought we would pose to her some questions about improving the function of our brains while working at improving our looks.

  • Desperdiciar Menos Tiempo

    Me hubiera gustado llamar esta columna “La Completa Eliminación de Tiempo Perdido”, pero eso hubiese sido una pérdida de tiempo. ¿Por qué? La respuesta se encuentra en la misma naturaleza de establecer metas. Muchas personas establecen metas muy grandes, para después dejar de persiguirlas a los pocos días. A todos nos gusta soñar con cosas grandes, y eso no tiene nada de malo. Para poder alcanzar esos sueños, tenemos que trabajar al revés de donde queremos terminar. Debemos crear un buen número de metas subsidiarias, que en algún momento nos llevarán a donde queremos llegar. Sin embargo, si nos enfocamos en una meta lejana y dificil de alcanzar y no fijamos una serie de metas más pequeñas y más fáciles de alcanzar, lo único que sucederá es que nos desmoralizaremos.

  • Wasting Less Time

    I would have liked to call this column “The Complete Elimination of Wasted Time,” but that would have been a waste of time. Why? The answer lays in the nature of setting goals. Many people set lofty goals, only to stop pursuing them within days. We all like to dream big. There is nothing wrong with that. But to make those dreams come true, we must work backwards from the big dream. We must create a good number of subsidiary goals that will get us, eventually, to where we want to go. However, if we create a very daunting goal, and do not set up a bunch of smaller more manageable goals first, all that will happen is that we will demoralize ourselves. Being demoralized is a gateway to wasting time. Frequently, we waste time because we are avoiding, consciously or subconsciously, things that we have to do that are not a waste of time. And, often, we do this because we find ourselves with a daunting goal to tackle.

  • Dealing with Life’s Chaos

    Often, life seems overwhelming – absolutely, positively overwhelming. Health challenges, expenses, career issues, perhaps children to care for, we can find ourselves, seemingly all of a sudden, dragged into a swirling maelstrom that seems to be going nowhere but down. What to do? What indeed? Here are some ideas that might prove helpful when life seems overwhelming: Breathe – I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I get stressed I realize I am taking somewhat shortened breaths. It is the kind of breathing that takes place when we are afraid. There is no more fundamental activity to sustain life than to breathe. We can go without water for a few days and can go without food for even longer. However, if we stop breathing for a few minutes, we are gone.

  • Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

    Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, the nonsense song from the animated, 1950 movie Cinderella, produced by Walt Disney, reminds me of something I read in Gustav Le Bon’s 1895 book, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. Le Bon, and I am paraphrasing here, recounts that Napoleon stated there was only one tool in rhetoric worth anything; repetition. In the world of business, the phrase “Repetition makes the sale” is something that has been told to sales forces again and again – repetition – to remind them of the importance of that rhetorical tool. When it comes to public speaking, I was taught to “Tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; and tell them what you’ve told them.” This advice does not simply serve as a guide to structuring a talk you are going to give, it emphasizes the need for repetition.

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    Recent CYInterview Guest, Entrepreneur Art Davie, Author of Is This Legal? Inducted into the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame

    Last weekend, the visionary behind the UFC, entrepreneur, author Art Davie was inducted into the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame in Reno, Nevada. This year’s other inductees included Pat Miletich, Rickson Gracie, Big John McCarthy and Fedor Emelianeko. MMA personalities including Frank Shamrock, Dan Severn, Jens Pulver, Sean Wheelock, Monte Cox and Stephen Quadros were also in attendance. We recently had Art on CYInterview talking about his new book Is This Legal? and the beginnings of the Ultimate Fighting Championship [see here].

  • Technology is not Magic

    Technology is not magic. It might, at times, seem like magic, but it is not magic. One of the interesting things about technology is that it begets more technology. The more tools we have the more tools we can create. The creation of tools, in and of itself, is not necessarily good or bad. How we use the tools we create is good or bad. For example, let us look at what is referred to as social media. The websites that commonly are thought to comprise social media are merely tools enabling people to conveniently communicate with one another. This could be quite good if utilized for a noble purpose. However, if we simply use social media to kill time then an otherwise potentially valuable tool becomes a time waster.

  • La tecnología no es magia

    La tecnología no es magia. Puede ser que parezca magia, en ocasiones, pero no es magia. Una de las cosas interesantes de la tecnología es que engendra más tecnología. Entre más herramientas tenemos, más herramientas podemos crear. La creación de herramientas, en sí mismo, no es necesariamente buena o mala. Lo que es bueno o malo, es cómo usamos estas herramientas. Por ejemplo, veamos lo que llamamos medios sociales. Los sitios web que comúnmente se cree componen los medios sociales son meramente herramientas que permiten a las personas comunicarse de forma conveniente unas con otras. Esto puede ser muy bueno si se utiliza para un propósito noble. Sin embargo, si simplemente usamos los medios sociales para matar el tiempo, una herramienta que podría der potencialmente valiosa, se convierte en una pérdida de tiempo.

  • Entrepreneur Art Davie, Author of Is This Legal? The Inside Story of The First UFC From The Man Who Created It, Talks About His Book, More

    It is possible you would never have heard the names Randy Couture, Chuck Lidell, Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Dan Severn or Royce Gracie, along with so many others, if it were not for Art Davie. It can also be said that Mixed Martial Arts might not have reached the mainstream in America without him. For years, the entrepreneur imagined putting on a tournament of the best fighters in the world, bringing together men of all backgrounds from a variety of martial arts traditions including boxing and even sumo wrestling. By becoming a student at the school of the legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu family, the Gracies, and befriending them, Art was able to convince them that his notion of a best of the best fighters tournament would put their fighting style on the map. Everything came together on November 12th, 1993, in Denver, Colorado, when the first UFC was held. This coming weekend, 21 years after it all began, Mr. Davie will be inducted into the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame in Reno, Nevada.

  • I am the Author of Me! A Poem

    My goodness, my God, life is hard! Well, is it? Can it be? Or is that just how life is for me? Perhaps, it is all in our minds, based on how we perceive. We can choose to rejoice or we can choose to grieve; at least so says Epictetus – though not exactly in those words. Meanwhile, how many of us believe our emotions are beyond our control, that that guiding principle is absurd? Word! For too many of us, life is what we do when we are waiting for something else to happen! And with that attitude our dreams end up in the universe’s dust bin; hardly a triumphant win. Because we eschew personal responsibility saying, “If it is to be, it’s not up to me. It’s beyond me. I have no control. Hopefully, my fortunes will turn before I grow old.” Ah, hope, that cosmic soap on a rope! Is hope without merit? Non! Au contraire, mon frère, but it won’t float without work. That’s the water that makes it useful. Hope without work is like cornflakes without milk. You might be better off eating silk, and hoping to make a purse from it to lend to a pig. You dig?