Monthly Archives: August 2018

A Passport for Freedom: How to Travel the World Sustainably

Why do we do the things we do? Why do we put ourselves in a position of saving as much as we can and living life when we retire? Today I have a very special guest. Meet Matt Javit, a world traveler and a blogger, here to change the way you think about your life.

On today’s podcast:

  • Always try to get better
  • The freedom of fewer things
  • Leverage technology
  • The world is kind and inviting


Always try to get better

Matt was working consistent 60-hour weeks for an international IT services company. He worked really hard and had a lot of success.

He believes that if you have skills that are valuable in the market and you continue to improve every day, there is always going to be a role for you to produce in some capacity.

If you’re always trying to get better, you’ll have opportunities at your door when you decide to bring in more income.

The freedom of fewer things

Together with his wife, Matt took the leap of faith and went on an amazing journey traveling the world. They knew that there were a lot of risks involved but they felt that the rewards were ultimately greater than the risks.

Before they left for their travels, they made sure to leave everything in order.

They both realized that they didn’t need many of the things they thought they needed. It was extremely freeing.

Leverage technology

We live in a time where it’s never been easier to attempt to do what Matt and his wife are doing. They’ve leveraged technology in the greatest way.

They are taking full advantage of everything that’s out there in order to keep their costs down but also keep their cultural experiences at the highest level.

Their travels have changed their philosophies on so many levels.

The world is kind and inviting

Matt and his wife were pleasantly surprised to see that the English language is used in many parts of the world. Even when someone didn’t speak English, they could still understand each other using sign language or Google Translate.

Overall people wanted to do them right. Matt feels that the world is extremely kind and inviting.

He believes that what he is doing is going to become a lot more common in the future.

How to Master the Skill of Active Listening

My guest today is author and coach Denise Dudley, here to share with us her expertise on the art of active listening. It’s important that we all become aware of the fact that by fully listening to what someone has to say we honor that person. Active listening sounds like a tough job, but once we commit to it, we will almost instantly improve our relationships on a noticeable scale.

On today’s podcast:

  • Always watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still there
  • Commit to actively listen
  • Listen without formulating a response in your head
  • Paraphrase more


Always watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still there

Listening seems to us like a very passive activity. Research has shown that when you’re truly listening, many parts of your brain lighten up. There is a lot going on, but physically it feels like we’re just sitting there.

Part of your job as a speaker is to always be listening and watching for feedback in your listener(s). Watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still with you and they haven’t become bored.

Sometimes it’s important to sit still when we’re listening so that we can send the message of “I’m with you, I’m not thinking about anything else.”

Commit to actively listen

If you are going to really listen to someone, go to a quieter, neutral room. Make sure you also avoid distractions.

We try to have our most important conversations in person, because we get to have these visual cues.

The first step in any journey towards becoming better at whatever it is you’re interested in is to actually make a commitment.

Listen without formulating a response in your head

Sometimes people may have different views. It’s hard to suspend your immediate judgment, but it’s really important to do it if you really want to listen to what that person is saying.

Suspending your immediate judgment has to do with listening without formulating a response just yet and staying open enough.

It’s important to make a commitment not to interrupt. Wait because people need to feel that they are heard. Only interrupt someone if they’re being offensive or abusive.

Paraphrase more

Paraphrasing is really the best first thing that you can say once you’ve been listening to a segment of someone’s story.

When you hit it right, you see the other person lighten up. If you hit it wrong, you get a red light.

It’s also important to “listen” to nonverbal communication.

Brains don’t really love to multitask. Many people actually resist multitasking. You are multitasking if you’re listening and considering what you’re going to say next. Wait until the person is finished and then formulate your response.