Brad Branson

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 Whatup!

I'm pretty excited about this weeks article, as I've seen this question asked COUNTLESS times in various forms.

You hear about the 30 day challenge, the path to mastery and how it takes 10,000 hours, and Napoleon Hill's "burning desire" needed to master any skill.

But there are only so many hours in the day, how do you accomplish more than one thing at a time?!

Immersion AND Maintenance.  And through cycling in and out of periods of Immersion, and periods of maintenance.

It kind of reminds me of the concept of multi tasking.  How there really is no such thing as multi tasking, you are just fractionating quickly between each task, and how it's better to focus solely on one thing for a long period of time.

I really think skill and life mastery needs to be looked at the same way.  Instead of trying to be amazing at everything in your life, choose one area, and dive in DEEP.  But don't forget about the rest, put them in mainenance mode.

Then later in the year, change your direction, your focus, and start tackling those other skills that you had in maintenance mode.  The immersive act goes into maintenance, and you start tweaking the dials, cycling through all of your goals and values through out the year.

Check out the vid, it does a better job of explaining the topic.  Watch. It. NOW!



I always used to ask myself if the self development trifecta was really possible.  Can you have the health, wealth, and relationships trifecta rocking all at elite levels.

And I guess the answer is yes and no.

At some point, every area of your life is so high, from cycles of Immersion and Maintenance, that from the outside it appears that you are just hitting it HARD at everything, and it's true to an extent, but the way to develop that is constantly cycling your focus, and putting the extra effort in to reach the next level.

Hope that helps you out, PLEASE comment below on what you think about this and if you have any questions, as it will help with my plans for next weeks video!!!

And for the music for the week, let's go with one of my old classic favorites since I got the jazz piano going, Miles Davis:

Enjoy!

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First. Man I feel like a douche.
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Hahahah the PIANO OMG!!

Sick vid man, psyched for your trip to LA and to see what you've got coming...

Tyler
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I really like the direction you're going in here. I hope to see more videos like this one. This is incredibly meaningful advice.
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Love this topic.
 
Some questions....
How do you know how much time/energy/ratio to spend on maintenance, like do you decide "I will spend 2 hours today on maintenance activities?"

And how do you know when to switch? For instance didn't it take YEARS of immersion of just pick-up to get really smooth?

Thanks
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This was GOLD for me right now.
I´ve been fucking up my whole year quite a bit by not doing this right.

Thanks.

Also love this lifestyle development direction!
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 Liked it Brad

A good metaphor that maybe has been used before is like spinning the plates on sticks, you have to keep going between the plates to keep them spinning, but while your'e spinning one or more, the others are slowing down, and you have to keep cycling between them to keep them all going

I often feel pressure to be killing it in all areas of my life and feel guilty if one area is losing priority as another area is being focused on.  It weighs on my mind knowing that one are is in maintenance, stagnating, or even worse, going BACKWARDS as is sometimes the case

You concept here goes some way to making me realise that you can't always be dominating in every area as it's not possible or realistic necessarily.  I am wary however of this becoming an excuse to have a massively out of balance life or for only having specific areas of my life handled

Loving your stuff lately man.  Lots of my friends and I are on similar paths to you in terms of wanting to have an amazing life and these concepts help give practical perspectives and insights that encourage us to keep going

Thanks - PS - Amazing piano skills, wish I didn't quit when I was a kid!
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Haha the content on this site is so awesome. Bitches brew... classic
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 You hit a point there about "feeling guilty of dropping the ball on other areas" it happened to me recently that im traveling and i´ve dropped the ball on my biz,  now i have to apply myself before schedule so my biz doesn´t bomb (as hard).

How do you prioritize what to focus and when?
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 wow, awesome content, awesome video

much appreciation :)
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 i was looking foward to this video all week!!

Keep up the good work, i love the direction your moving in!
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you guys just constantly shit over the competition with every blog entry. i really really can't even think of anyone who's on the same level as RSD when it comes down to output and quality...weird seeing this stuff evolve in front of my eyes, two years ago these videos were so basic lol
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 Haha loving the flick on the last note ;) 
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Have you had any success with Facebook ads yet?
Are you doing that to make money or just to promote your own businesses perhaps?
And can you recommend any resources for learning (besides Stack That Money)?

Lots of questions in a row there smile
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Burton wrote:
First. Man I feel like a douche.


You are a douche. ;)
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Tyler wrote:
Hahahah the PIANO OMG!!

Sick vid man, psyched for your trip to LA and to see what you've got coming...

Tyler


Hahaha, yeah I've been waiting for YEARS to finally show off my piano skillzzzz. lol
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originalrudeboy wrote:
I really like the direction you're going in here. I hope to see more videos like this one. This is incredibly meaningful advice.



Thanks man!

Glad you like the new stuff.  :)
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Popinjay wrote:
Love this topic.
 
Some questions....
How do you know how much time/energy/ratio to spend on maintenance, like do you decide "I will spend 2 hours today on maintenance activities?"

And how do you know when to switch? For instance didn't it take YEARS of immersion of just pick-up to get really smooth?

Thanks


One of my favorite quotes is from Brian Tracy, he says that the more successful you become, the greater your ability to make a decision NOW that affects further in the future.

So you need to prioritize, and plan for the long term, look where you see yourself in a year, and make a decision now on what's best going to benefit you then, as well as you can.

So it could be to stay doing what you are doing, or maybe you should switch, that's why it's so important to know WHY you are making that decision as well.

For me and the pickup stuff, it was a bit I was stuck in a rut, going through the motions, and there were definitely periods where I felt like I wasn't growing, but I really didn't know what the other path was.

Now I've found it. ;) CYCLES.
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Heisenburg wrote:
Haha the content on this site is so awesome. Bitches brew... classic


Nice. Yep, classic funk shit. Luv Miles.
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English Ben wrote:
 Liked it Brad

A good metaphor that maybe has been used before is like spinning the plates on sticks, you have to keep going between the plates to keep them spinning, but while your'e spinning one or more, the others are slowing down, and you have to keep cycling between them to keep them all going

I often feel pressure to be killing it in all areas of my life and feel guilty if one area is losing priority as another area is being focused on.  It weighs on my mind knowing that one are is in maintenance, stagnating, or even worse, going BACKWARDS as is sometimes the case

You concept here goes some way to making me realise that you can't always be dominating in every area as it's not possible or realistic necessarily.  I am wary however of this becoming an excuse to have a massively out of balance life or for only having specific areas of my life handled

Loving your stuff lately man.  Lots of my friends and I are on similar paths to you in terms of wanting to have an amazing life and these concepts help give practical perspectives and insights that encourage us to keep going

Thanks - PS - Amazing piano skills, wish I didn't quit when I was a kid!


Sikkkk! Glad you enjoyed it man. Yeah, it's amazing how many people get drawn on this path. The same books, creating a virtual business, getting mastermind groups, being healthy in the gym, girls, meditation, etc.
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Nice man.
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El_Diego wrote:
 You hit a point there about "feeling guilty of dropping the ball on other areas" it happened to me recently that im traveling and i´ve dropped the ball on my biz,  now i have to apply myself before schedule so my biz doesn´t bomb (as hard).

How do you prioritize what to focus and when?


This one takes a while to answer, I think I'm going to try and plan a free webinar to talk about this in a few weeks or something.. I'll keep ya posted. :)
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ludvig wrote:
Have you had any success with Facebook ads yet?
Are you doing that to make money or just to promote your own businesses perhaps?
And can you recommend any resources for learning (besides Stack That Money)?

Lots of questions in a row there smile


Just getting started with the facebook advertising, just starting off with a like campaign, but of course, any time you are "Promoting your own businesses" the goal is to make money hopefullly. Haha.

I'm working with a pro on this, he's super knowledgable, which has been fun, but for myself to get caught up to speed, Amy Porterfield has some good FB marketing courses.
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How about "maintaining social circles alive".
I rolled with a bunch of wings and always at some point egoistic selfish interests gets in the way. You can change the wingman of course... only to find out that these problems pops with the new one too. So instead of dumping wingmen.... (Brad enters here...)
Cheers!
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 Very good advice Brad, I really like this stuff!

I'd like to hear what you have to say about setting your long term and short term goals. Also, how do you setup motivational prizes for yourself? Do you set a goal goal that says "I want to reach this point by the end of the year, and if I do I get x"?

Do you also divide it out by the month and by the week?

This is what I have been mulling over in my mind for the past week. I want to set my goals, and also setup a process to achieve those goals on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. How do I do it? Your thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Damn Brad, you are looking good. No homo.
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Refreshing vid, Brad. I'm diggin the direction after last week's intro video. By the way I also live on Chicago and applied for your free consulting trial run on your website months ago, but I was at work and it froze after spending a lot of time on the app. wasn't sure if it was my work or your site's issue. regardless, what I'm saying is I'm interested in yoir new stuff.
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Love this vid Brad,

The stuff you're doing on your other website is cool as well, but the stuff you're putting on RSD is just more RAW and engaging. :)
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 "I learned the piano....and I got damn good at it." 

These are some sweet topics, helps me be happy if I have different patterns of behavior, in cycles like you say. 

Nice hair man. 
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 Very nice. Focused video, i enjoyed that. 

Reinforces something for me actually, a similar cycle. Sometimes people saw me as flakey or unfocused because they'd see me skipping from one thing to another, yet over time I found that was an important strategy. You go deeper, and switch, and deeper and switch, you can get a lot more ground covered that way. Very important for any creative profession or activity for sure. 
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Spot on, bit like crop rotation. 
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 That was a great video.  Maybe Brad will come along when Owen moves into self-help
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This was the perfect video for me as I have put practice in the maintenance bracket. Keep up the great work brad.
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So Julien AND Brad are musicians that became Pick-Up dudes! Joining the club... LOL
I play Jazz-Guitar and Sax, can I join the RSD band? :P

Jeffy- Drums/Rapping
Tim- Bass
Tyler- Sax/Rapping
Julien- Acoustic Guitar/sentimental singing
Brad- Piano

and I'd like to sit in on Jazz-Guitar and Sax, LOL.
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 Quite enlightening. 
As far as sticking points go for me; this one helps unover my issue of not being able to detect exactly where I am lacking in effort, commitment or planning, so as to better make adjustments to my game, workout, health/wealth plan.
this definitely helps out.
Plus I am noticing that having a planner/calender like you showed in your video is critical. I need to begin there.

Good shit, thanks man!
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Sing us a song, you're the pianoman!
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1. My work definitely been in maintenance mode for the last 4 months
2. Gym getting ready to immerse myself
3. pick up been working hard on that the last 4 months

two more months to get a gf then focus on work again and start making that cashhh
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yrpal34 wrote:
1. My work definitely been in maintenance mode for the last 4 months
2. Gym getting ready to immerse myself
3. pick up been working hard on that the last 4 months

two more months to get a gf then focus on work again and start making that cashhh


Exactly how you shoujld be focusing on things! That's totally how I do it.
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I loved this video Brad, my favourite of yours in a while.
I struggle with getting into things so intensely (immersion - and I'm good at that), but I forget the maintenance part.
The video laid it out well for me!
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Killer video. I like how you're making it clear that once we choose to put an area of out like into "maintance mode", it's again a conceous, positive choice that you have made.
Bangin... Btw get that piano tuned.
-chris
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  You are a Buddha! 
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Really enjoyed this.My biggest problem at the moment is that I have so many projects keeping me busy that I'm not getting very far in any of them.So time to divide up the day properly. Pick a project to immerse myself in and then maintain the rest.
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I can say that I've been applying these principles for two months, which is something I never can do from simply watching a video.
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