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Dozen Months of Discovery – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

October 10, 2019

This One Mic Session is a Reboot of an idea I tried 2 years ago…but just like life, sometimes excuses clutter your vision and momentum to accomplish things. So, it’s back to stay! The Dozen Months of Discovery.

Part of the premise of the Just Get Started Podcast is to get out of your comfort zone and try to accomplish things far greater than you ever imagined. Whether it is changing your eating habits, a better fitness routine, starting a business, etc. At the micro level, everything you do has to be “started” at some point but are we truly pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones as much as possible and learning new skills or knowledge that can become valuable. Or, maybe it doesn’t become something valuable but you can say you tried it because it was interesting at the time. That’s okay, too.

That, my friends, is the whole premise of the Dozen Months of Discovery.

12 months to have 12 new adventures. This could be anything from committing to a workout plan one month to learning how to play the piano another, learning a language, or detoxing from Social Media. Whatever it is you have to invest time into it and you have to practice but more than that is your mindset and focus on accomplishing the challenge must be present everyday. We (and I certainly mean me) say over and over “I wish I could do….” Or “I wish I tried….”. As the old saying goes, “You can wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which gets filled up first”. 

Stop wishing. Why not go out and do it? I know your answer. I don’t have time. It may actually take less than you think. Malcolm Gladwell famously wrote that you need about 10,000 hours to master a skill. But I’m not asking you to master a skill, I’m asking you to try and learn a new skill and become good at it. So, how long would that take?

Well, someone already did that research for me and his name is Josh Kaufman. Now, Josh did a phenomenal Ted talk about this topic and, in short, concluded that to learn and be good at a new skill it would take about 20 hours. I highly recommend you watch the entire Ted Talk here – How to Learn Anything in 20 Hours – as it provides a lot more context.

Also, Podcast Guest (Episode 76) Scott Young and his book “Ultralearning” is a fantastic guidebook of some useful techniques and stories to speed up your learning and actually make it sticky.

So, the question I posed to myself a little while back and will pose to you right now is…How far did you advance yourself this past year? How much more could you have done that would have led to increased skill development, more fulfillment or joy in your life, new doors being open…all of it….How far did you push that needle? 

Get out of your comfort zone and try to make the next year your best year even. You certainly won’t get there by doing the same thing you are doing now. You must broaden your horizons and I think this is one way to do it.

So here’s the challenge.

Pick 12 new skills/challenges/topics you think would be cool or interesting or maybe something you always wanted to learn. If you can’t think of that many then ask your friends and family or post online and ask your larger community to throw out ideas.

Next, write them down and share with the world those 12 you are going to learn.

Finally, each month you need to pick a goal that will be the accomplishment you are trying to achieve by the end of that month. If you don’t pick a goal you can’t conclude if you truly learned anything. Don’t make it too easy but push yourself.

Now, start with the first one on the first day of the next month and do it. Learn by taking classes locally, watching videos online, syncing up with a friend skilled in that craft, whatever. Invest around 20 hours that month and see what you can accomplish. 

I’m starting this endeavor on January 1st, 2020. My first monthly challenge is to not launch one social media app (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter) for the entire month. I’ll document each journey prior to starting and the week after I finish each month. Some other ideas I have are Stretching for 1-hour each day for a month and learning a new language over the course of a month. The list is still getting worked out and look forward to any suggestions!

If you are down to join, let me know and we can hold each other accountable. If not, we’ll catch you for the next one and I’d love to hear what you are trying to do to challenge yourself and push beyond your comfort zone.

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The Toolbox of Knowledge – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

September 12, 2019
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In this One Mic session, I discuss a topic that has been fascinating to me recently around acquiring knowledge and using it to improve yourself daily. A short episode but hopefully a lot of good nuggets for everyone.

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To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako

My Journey to Intermittent Fasting – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

July 25, 2019

This One Mic session covers some of my journey with nutrition and how I started Intermittent Fasting and the things I’ve learned along the way.

I’m not a Doctor or Nutritionist but I’ve worked a lot off logic in my life and this seems like the proper approach for where I wanted to take my fitness and nutrition into the future.

If interested, just type in “Intermittent Fasting” into google and read some articles or watch some videos. There are a variety out there so I won’t guide in too many directions but just explore and make your own decisions and I’d encourage to always consult your doctor.

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To learn more about the host, Brian Ondrako, check out https://brianondrako.com or find Brian on Instagram at @brianondrako 

Donating a Kidney with Special Guest Doug Neumann – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

July 3, 2019

Another One Mic Session in the books and this time I bring on a special guest in former Podcast guest Doug Neumann (Episode 57). Doug recently did something that I think many of us would never consider, he gave away 1 of his kidneys.

I was so excited to learn more about this story and the process involved with it I had to do a separate episode on this topic alone.

Doug was given a lot of help and guidance locally by UNC Hospital and if you wanted to learn more about donating a Kidney check out the link below:

UNC Hospital – Become a Donor – https://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/care-treatment/transplant-care/kidney-transplant/become-a-living-donor/

Hope you all enjoy it!

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To learn more about the host, Brian Ondrako, check out https://brianondrako.com or find Brian on Instagram at @brianondrako 

Selling Like a Human – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

June 13, 2019

On this episode of the One Mic series I start the conversation around Sales especially as it relates to people who have never had to “sell” before. This idea was originated from a great conversation I had up at the Next Gen Summit in NYC this past weekend. A lot of Start-up Founders have many talents and skills but one of the challenges a lot have is actually understand sales and the sales process of pitching VC’s, selling their first clients, etc.

I’m going to turn this into a multi-part series but wanted to give a taste of how I look at Sales and what has helped me become successful in the world of Sales.

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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast or learn more about the host, Brian Ondrako, check out https://brianondrako.com or find Brian on Instagram at @brianondrako 

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Gratitude…It Just Matters – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

April 16, 2019

On this One Mic session I go a bit deep on how lucky we all are to even be on this planet and have the opportunities that we do. What type of outlook do you want to take into each and every day of your life…positive or negative? A lot of that starts with gratitude.

Here is a link to that article I was referencing -> Link here

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Getting Started and Sticking With It – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

April 3, 2019

On this One Mic Session I talk a bit about the journey to getting started with whatever you are trying to tackle and share some insights to set you up for success early on and keep it going. I share some insights I’ve learned from over the years and from my many guests I’ve interviewed and hopefully some of the tips will be helpful for your journey.

Here is a link to the Josh Kaufman TED talk I reference -> https://youtu.be/5MgBikgcWnY

For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast or learn more about the host, Brian Ondrako, check out https://brianondrako.com or find Brian on Instagram at @brianondrako 

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Vulnerability Creates Opportunity – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

March 19, 2019

Pheww…My first One Mic Session is in the books. Excited to start sharing some insight and thoughts with the audience and I hope you all enjoy my perspective and have some takeaways.from this one.

If it was good, please let me know. If it is was horrible, please let me know that too!

For those that wanted to watch the Steve Jobs video where I referenced the quote from – here it is -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvEiSa6_EPA&feature=youtu.be

For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast or learn more about the host, Brian Ondrako, check out https://brianondrako.com or find Brian on Instagram at @brianondrako 

Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast