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Deacon Hayes – Well Kept Wallet

Deacon Hayes is the financial expert at Well Kept Wallet where he helps people through writing, consulting, and coaching. These are his good things.

Good things to read.

Good to Great by Jim Collins. This book dives into what makes “good” companies “great”. I have learned so much from it as a business owner, however, there are many ways that you could apply the principles of this book to your everyday life. One of the things that stands out the most is the Stockdale Paradox. James Stockdale was a POW that eventually got his freedom. Collins says in his book,”You must retain faith that you can prevail to greatness in the end, while retaining the discipline to confront the brutal facts of your current reality.” It is important to be optimistic about life but you also have to embrace the reality of your situation to move forward. So many people are unrealistically optimistic and end up going bankrupt or going out of business.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. This book is great because it is an in-depth study of people that are Outliers like Bill Gates, The Beatles, etc and why they were so successful. One of my biggest takeaways was the 10,000 hour rule that states in order for you to be an expert at something you need to put in at least 10,000 hours. From Gladwell’s research all of these people did just that and it shows that if we want to be an expert at something, we have to invest the time to make that happen.

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz. I am reading this right now and there are many similarities to the first book I mentioned Good to Great. However, he really focuses on how to be good at something by following the example of growing the biggest pumpkin. In a nutshell, in order to grow the biggest pumpkin you need to plant with the right seed and get rid of the unhealthy pumpkins and focus only on the one that has the best chance to win. This helped me to re-evaluate my business and weed out the “bad pumpkins” so that I can focus on what will really give me the best results at the end of the day.

Good things to watch.

Shark Tank. I love this show because it highlights what investors look for in a a business to which they are willing to invest capital. If you are an entrepreneur or just love hearing about new business ideas, I highly recommend checking out this show.

I’m Fine Thanks. This is a documentary about complacency in America. A crew of guys drives around the United States and interview people from all walks of life that at one point were miserable with the way that there life was going. Then they decided to do something about it. To stop being complacent and pursue something that they loved. One guy goes from being a lawyer to being a Yoga instructor in NYC and loves it. Another guy decided to buy a school bus and live out of it with his family. It is a great movie that helps you think outside the box of how you can actually start pursuing your dreams today.

Pitch Perfect. This movie is about College students who compete in A Capella. It doesn’t sound like much, but the classic one liner’s along with the song choices for this movie make it a great watch. If you are into music and enjoy a good laugh than this is a must see.

Good things to use.

My Fitness Pal. Tracking what I eat and my exercise routines is super helpful for me to stay fit and hit my health goals. This app allows you to scan the bar-codes of your food or just manually enter in the info so that you can monitor your eating habits so you can stay on track. It also allows you to enter in your exercises so that you can track you strength training and cardio as well.

Google Calendar. If it wasn’t for this calendar I would be lost. It reminds of meetings that I need to go to ahead of time, it tells me when people’s birthdays are, I even use it to enter tasks that I need to get done so that I remember to do them. It is truly one of the most useful apps out there.

Audible. I am an auditory learner so this app/service is amazing. I get one audiobook a month and I can listen to it anywhere I go through my cellphone. I even have a bluetooth radio in my car so I can listen to these books with ease while driving. If you like to listen to books instead of reading them, this is a good resource.

Denise – Show Me Simplicity

Denise writes at Show Me Simplicity where she shares stories about failing miserably at being a minimalist, but attempts daily to live life in a more simple fashion and these are her good things.

Good things to read.

Children’s books. It’s funny how a children’s story book can cram a life lessons in fifteen pages and adult books drone on and on and on…

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Everyone writes: Letters, emails, blogs, books and those god-forsaken status updates. This handy book is my go-to resource every day. Yes. Every. Single. Day.

Joshua Becker’s Simple Living eBooks. I owe my current lifestyle to Josh. His thought-provoking, non-judgmental approach to minimalism is something anyone can incorporate if they desire a simpler life. My favorite is Inside-Out Simplicity: Life Changing Keys to Your Most Important Relationships.

Good things to watch.

Live music. My friend, Robin, hosts house concerts each month and I am so inspired by the local songwriters and singers who come to share their talent with us. I’m married to a musician and have to say there isn’t any kind of ‘bad’ mood that a good, thoughtfully written song can’t soothe.

Children playing. I became a mom last year at the age of 41. I thought I had reached a point in my life where nothing could amaze me anymore. But, when I watch my son reach for a wooden block, or see him laughing at the cat walk by, I realize the simple things in life are truly amazing. And it puts life in perspective for me.

I’m Fine Thanks. This film gives wonderful examples of everyday people giving up THE American Dream in order to live THEIR American Dream. It brought me to tears many times.

Good things to use.

Nap time. Last weekend the house was messy, I needed to go to the grocery store, and laundry piled up around me. And when my son went down for his afternoon nap, I joined him. Those three hours gave me strength to get through the rest of the day. Anyone who passes up a chance to nap is crazy!

The public library. Free classes, children’s story hour, book sales, workshops and um…books – all at your disposal and all free. My son and I go to the library at least once a week.

Parent’s Day Out. In my community, several local churches host these events and times vary. Here in my town, most PDO’s are daytime (and yes, I ship my son out two days a week for four hours), but one local church has a monthly Parent’s Night Out and that’s a great, affordable way to get babysitting so you can enjoy a date night with your partner.

Tammy Strobel – writer and photographer

Tammy Strobel’s is a writer and photographer at Rowdy Kittens, a site about going small, thinking big, and being happy. She’s written three books and teaches classes on writing and photography.  These are her good things.

Good things to read.

This I Know by Susannah Conway.

The Best Care Possible by Ira Byock

On Writing by Stephen King.

Good things to watch.

Oprah’s Next Chapter is inspiring and interesting.

I’m fine, Thanks is a sweet documentary.

I can’t wait to watch Tiny; it’s a story about living small.

Good things to use.

The camera in your phone. I love iPhone photography because it enables me to capture everyday magic.

Zassenhaus coffee grinder. We recently purchased this coffee grinder for our tiny house and love it. It’s beautiful, durable, and it has a 25-year warranty.

A Fitbit. Get outside and start counting your steps.

Trevor Page – Java Guru

These are Trevor Page’s good things.

Good things to read.

I’m a big fan of Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, it’s the only business book I’ve read through twice. Gary’s writing style is very bold and exciting and the book itself is thin enough to get through in a day of solid reading. “Crush it!” is filled with lots of advice about our modern social media world and how you can go about taking advantage of it. A very entertaining and useful read for any entrepreneur.

Yet another great resource for entrepreneurs is The Great Business Project e-zine. This e-zine is packed with a ton of actionable advice, all from successful entrepreneurs. When you’re reading an article written by millionaire after millionaire, it’s hard not to listen and implement the strategies that worked for them!

Last but not least, keeping on the “resources for entrepreneurs” theme, I’d have to recommend that you read Web Copy that Sells. This book focuses on how you should go about creating/designing your website to sell your products on the internet. It goes in depth about what to include and what NOT to include in your website, as well as what kinds of writing styles will result in an increase in sales. All of their data is backed by years of studies and hundreds of thousands of dollars in tested, tried and true marketing strategies used on large samples of REAL people. It’s hard to dispute their advice when you just “know it works”.

Good things to watch.

I was really inspired after I watched the documentary I’m fine, Thanks. This documentary loosely follows the journey of a man whose dream is to create a film. He spent his whole life knowing that this was his dream, but never took action on it, until one day he woke up and realized that he just wasn’t happy. The documentary follows him as he travels across the US to interview other people stuck in the same situation he is – stuck in a 9-5 that they hate and are dying to get out of. An inspiring and eye opening tale for anyone who hates their job (and wants to do something about it).

Breaking away from entrepreneurial theme, I’d also recommend watching Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking. This three part series explores the universe, both the known and the unknown and blows your mind with how small we are really are in the grand scheme of things. I have a fascination for all things “space”, so being able to explore the brain of Stephen Hawking while he explains all the strange things that happen in our universe is very exciting!

The third documentary I’d have to recommend is called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This documentary follows a gentleman from down under who is overweight with a plethora of health issues after he decides to do something about it. He makes a radical change in his diet to see if something simple can reverse all that ails him. On his journey he meets someone else with the same ailments and the story takes an unexpected and inspiring turn.

Good things to use.

Now let’s talk about getting things DONE! I’m a programmer, so the most important tool I use on a day to day basis is the Spring Tool Suite. This integrated development environment has a code generator so you can go from “zero to functioning web application” in under 30 minutes. It also has a performance measurement tool so that you can keep an eye on parts of your applications that are sluggish and fix them!

I subscribed to Netflix as a learning tool. I have a ferocious appetite for learning and I have been watching and digesting documentaries like crazy these days. Netflix has made this not only possible, but very easy as well. Just be careful you don’t waste time with all that reality TV garbage!

Last but not least, I use iTunes to discover podcasts. Podcasts are 100% what I attribute my success to. If it wasn’t for me finding the Smart Passive Income podcast (and countless others), I would never have taken the leap to start my own business and quit my day job. The amount of knowledge you can absorb listening to podcasts while performing other daily tasks (like driving to work or hitting the gym) is staggering. I try listening to at least one episode of a podcast every day to keep my wits about me.


If you’re interested in learning more about me, I teach Java Video Tutorials and run a programming blog on all things Java. I can be reached via trevor@javavideotutorials.net and love to talk about all things programming and business!