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Are We All Really That Different?

After an amazing few weeks at our London office things came to an apex in the final hours. It included key notes and time with Mr. Gary Vaynerchuck, two award winning Ted Talk speakers, a NY Times Best Selling Author and a social media disruptor with over 30 million imprints.

I find myself jumping into a car headed to the airport to catch a flight back to the states. Head a bit groggy from only 3 hours of sleep and a few pints. Needless to say I was in rare form.

The last thing I wanted to do was talk to the driver. But I am not a complete ass so I obliged. 45 minutes later we were sharing a high five as I unload my luggage from the trunk of his Prius – then it hits me.

He was sharing stories of all the different people he has met and how similar we all are….

In 15 days I have met well over 75 people from various walks of life.

So often when we meet others we look for the difference versus the similarities.

When have you judged or made a premature  first impression when you met someone? Race, economic status, sex, age…..

What happens when we focus on our similarities versus how we are different?

When we look for the similarities when meeting someone versus looking at the differences we put down first impressions and see how similar we all are.
Kolby was here – now I’m on a plane! — at Heathrow Airport.

It Feels Better to Do Stuff Than to Have Stuff

It Feels Better to Do Stuff Than to Have Stuff  – James Wallman

Two things manifested in my Facebook feed back to back. One was the above quote from Becoming Minimalist. The other was an article posted by my friend Tori from the Elite Daily titled, People Who Spend Money on Experiences Instead of Things are Much Happier. 

When you break this information down an interesting thing starts to happen. I love to get the latest gadget, pair of shoes or fresh gear. It’s not just the excitement of acquiring these things, it’s also the excitement of using these new things. One word came up as I was discussing this with my wife, moderation.

Every year our family takes a vacation to Encinitas California. We all come in from around the United States to meet and share 10 days as a family, at the beach, eating, drinking, laughing and sharing memories. My wife and I had a debate on the above topics and comparisons. As we unpacked the differences, a few examples stood out. Yes we spent money on our trip and on things while we are on our trip. It is fun picking up new gear that we can’t get back home. Then I caught a glimpse of my wife’s cell phone.

On the screen saver is a picture of my daughter and son at Moonlight Beach holding hands getting ready to head into the water. It is something out a Come to California brochure. It is also one of my all time favorite pictures and memories. I asked my wife what is one things she will remember most about this years trip. Spoiler alert – it had to do with the kids on the beach, not the new scarf she bought.


Kiddos Beach


Life is about memories, not diamonds.

Just think about it: At the end of your life, are you going to be reminiscing about the fact that you had an iPhone 6 Plus while everyone else was still using the 5, or are you going to recall golden memories you shared with the people who shaped who you’ve become?

The summer is a great time to build memories. Save a bit of cash and take a quick road trip. There are always discounted flight and hotel deals that come up. The time we have here is precious, spend it on memories that will last forever.


The Healthy Primate


Jason Coates- CEO and founder of Join us Around the World 

 This week we feature a conversation with Mr. Jason Coates, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Join Us Around The World. We discuss how a book changed his outlook and sent him on a mission to see the world. How his journey across over 20 countries allowed him the unique opportunity to start a global business. How this business turned into a huge humanitarian effort to support impoverished nations and people around the world.

We walk through his journey from the Philippines, Hatti and most recently Nepal. As his team provides people the tools & training which to instal and produce clean sustainable water. His teams efforts will provide over 480 million gallons of clean water to tens of thousands of people.  

Read This: Be sure to listen to the end of the podcast. Join Us Around The World is going to cover the costs for one of our listeners to get a FREE PASSPORT. If you have a dream of seeing the world, and giving back  – this is an episode that will inspire you. 

Contest Details:

Join Us Around the World is awarding one of our listeners with a FREE passport.
This is an amazing opportunity for one of our listeners to take action on global travel.
The call to action is to get out, find someplace abroad that you would like visit, and go.
Contest Rules: 
Complete your post no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time, Friday June 26th 2015. * Yes that is one minute before midnight on Sunday 🙂

You must be 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited, any taxes are your responsibility, no fictitious spam robots, unicorns or cylclops….unless you are all three. Then we just want to come have a beer with you. The team will announce the winner by June 30th.

Familiarize yourself with the Passport website and what the rules are as we cannot control that aspect of this contest.

Join Us Around The World


Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Join Us Around The World Documentary 

STATS: Every person in the world should have access to clean water
  1. 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 750 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
  2. Every minute a child dies from a water-related disease.*
  3. Surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the majority of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school. *
  4. Only 6% of international aid went towards investments in water and sanitation in 2011 *
  5. Join Us Around The World has provided the tools that will produce over 480 million gallons of clean water to people in the Philippines, Hatti and Nepal.
  6. Every person can make a difference

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