Everything Is Connected

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In this episode, we discuss how life doesn’t live in a vacuum, and how our actions affect different parts of the world. 

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Hi Everyone, welcome to the You’re Daily Cup of Joe Podcast, with your host Joe Bautista. In this podcast, my goal is to give you quick lessons that you can reflect on in your journal so you can grow yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and have a better career, better relationships, and better personal finances while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee.
I’m also the author of the book “More You Know, More You Grow: How to Get Better Every Day”. In this book I wrote down over 30 tips to help you grow in those four cornerstones. I’m also the founder of Grow With Joe, where I combine self-development coaching and financial planning for Latino Professionals.
At the end of today’s podcast episode, I’m going to give you a prompt question to reflect on in your journal. The idea is to take one to five minutes to reflect on today’s lesson and write a minimum of one paragraph on how you can apply the lesson in your life. You can use an actual journal, a word document like on Google Drive, or your note-taking app like Evernote. The idea is that you’re actually thinking about how to process the information to help you improve your life.
In today’s episode, we’re are going to talk about how everything is connected with each other and that life is really like a spider web. Where you have a tug in one area but it is felt on the entire spider web. This lesson is similar to the last podcast episode, but you have to realize that when you do things or things happen, it has a chain reaction.
That’s why I focus so much on my inner circle and the things I can control. If I want to have the outer circle success of having my business be successful so that I can set up an endowment fund to help out others, then I need to work on myself and make sure I do the things necessary to help me reach my goals. Then this is also going to help me have better relationships and help me greater financial security.
It’s all connected. You might not see the chain reaction, but it’s there. Like when people recycle their yogurt containers without washing them out. That’s just causing the machine that recycles the container to break down faster and causes the waste company to just bury the container instead. The effect of your one yogurt container might be really small but if a billion people do this, then it’s has a huge impact.
I’ve been traveling through South and Central America and when you see trash just piled up, it makes you think about your choices. Now I refuse to drink out of plastic straws if I can help it because I know where that straw is going to go. It’s really hard to be perfect but I try to the best of my ability.
I know my actions don’t live in a bubble and I just have to be aware of them. I also know when I’m working on a project, it doesn’t just require one skill, it requires a bunch of different skills to make something work. Like with public speaking, you have to have an interesting topic with story development. you have to have the right pitch and speed, with the right pauses, you have to know how to move around on stage. Then you need to do other stuff before and after to make your speech extra special.
If you look at your career or your relationships, you will probably see that it takes a bunch of different things to become successful. So if you’re stuck in something, try to figure out what else is necessary to make this thing work. When I was getting my public health degree, I took a health care economics class and I realized that economics and public health can go together and that really intrigued me. Take you can take economic principles and apply them to public health.
I don’t understand why college departments don’t interact with each other more like have the art school interact with the business school. I know for myself personally, I suck at making things pretty and that’s why I need to hire an artist to make the pretty stuff for me. If I can have visually stunning slides and an interesting topic, then my message is going to be more effectively spread.
This is a big reason why I like to read a bunch of different books. Last year I read a book on the female anatomy because I want to make sure that my partner is having their needs being satisfied. I also read books like Atlas Shrugg because I wanted to know why Republicans would like this book so much. Now I’m reading all sorts of books because I want to know what makes people think so then I can make connections, which will help me make better decisions.
I was just listening to Business Wars where they were talking about the rivalry between Boeing and Airbus, and a tactic that Airbus used to get the Emirates to buy their planes was that they said would publicly support Palestine. Airbus got the contract because they saw how different things were connected with each other. So if you can make this type of connection, then it can really help you out.
That’s it for today’s episode, to summarize it, you have to realize that everything is connected in some way. The connection might not be a strong one but there is most likely a connection. And when you can find those connections, then you can create a stronger bond for the thing that you’re working on. Don’t try to connect everything at once though because then you’ll just create a mess. You have to know which connections you should make and which ones you shouldn’t. And this might take some trial and error. But when you find the connections and realize that your actions have a ripple effect, then this can help you make better decisions with your life, which means you will have a better life.
So in your journal, ask yourself, what is a thing at work and has many different connections. Then what are the secondary and tertiary connections. I did this exercise in Public Health and it was known as the spider web technique. By doing this exercise, it can help you realize where there is a deficiency or a solution that you weren’t thinking about. I found the exercise to be pretty enlightening and helps me think of creative solutions. So in the middle put the outcome you want to have and then start creating a web of things that will give you that outcome and just build out from there.
To solve your problems, you have to reflect on what’s going on in your life and come up with an intervention to resolve those problems.
Thanks for listening today! To get a free copy of my book “More You Know, More You Grow: How to get better every day” just go to my website growwithjoe.me/book and just pay for shipping and handling.
I have a quiz on my website that grades your inner circle, so if you want to find out if your inner circle is an A, B, C, D, or F, you can take that quiz at growwithjoe.me/quiz
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