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Screaming in the Cloud
Stepping Onto the AWS Commerce Platform with James Greenfield

Screaming in the Cloud

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About JamesJames has been part of AWS for over 15 years. During that time he's led software engineering for Amazon EC2 and more recently leads the AWS Commerce Platform group that runs some of the largest systems in the world, handling volumes of data and request rates that would make your eyes water. And AWS customers trust us to be right all the time so there's no room for error.Links Referenced:Email: jamesg@amazon.comTranscriptAnnouncer: Hello, and welcome to Screaming in the Cloud with your host, Chief Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group, Corey Quinn. This weekly show features conversations with people doing interesting work in the world of cloud, thoughtful commentary on the state of the technical world, and ridiculous titles for which Corey refuses to apologize. This is Screaming in the Cloud.Corey: This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Vultr. 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My thanks to them for sponsoring this ridiculous podcast.Corey: Finding skilled DevOps engineers is a pain in the neck! And if you need to deploy a secure and compliant application to AWS, forgettaboutit! But that's where DuploCloud can help. Their comprehensive no-code/low-code software platform guarantees a secure and compliant infrastructure in as little as two weeks, while automating the full DevSecOps lifestyle. Get started with DevOps-as-a-Service from DuploCloud so that your cloud configurations are done right the first time. Tell them I sent you and your first two months are free. To learn more visit: snark.cloud/duplo. Thats's snark.cloud/D-U-P-L-O-C-L-O-U-D. Corey: Welcome to Screaming in the Cloud. I'm Corey Quinn. And I've been angling to get someone from a particular department at AWS on this show for nearly its entire run. If you were to find yourself in an Amazon building and wander through the various dungeons and boiler rooms and subterranean basements—I presume; I haven't seen nearly as many of you inside of those buildings as people might think—you pass interesting departments labeled things like ‘Spline Reticulation,' or whatnot. And then you come to a very particular group called Commerce Platform.Now, I'm not generally one to tell other people's stories for them. My guest today is James Greenfield, the VP of Commerce Platform at AWS. James, thank you for joining me and suffering the slings and arrows I will no doubt be hurling at you.James: Thanks for having me. I'm looking forward to it.Corey: So, let's start at the very beginning—because I guarantee you, you're going to do a better job of giving the chapter and verse answer than I would from a background mired deeply in snark—what is Commerce Platform? It sounds almost like it's the retail website that sells socks, books, and underpants.James: So, Commerce Platform actually spans a bunch of different things. And so, I'm going to try not to bore you with a laundry list of all of the things that we do—it's a much longer list than most people assume even internal to AWS—at its core, Commerce Platform owns all of the infrastructure and processes and software that takes the fact that you've been running an EC2 instance, or you're storing an object in S3 for some period of time, and turns it into a number at the end of the month. That is what you asked for that service and then proceeds to try to give you as many ways to pay us as easily as possible. There are a few other bits in there that are maybe less obvious. One is we're also responsible for protecting the platform and our customers from fraudulent activity. And then we're also responsible for helping collect all of the data that we need for internal reporting to support some of the back-ends services that a business needs to do things like revenue recognition and general financial reporting.Corey: One of the interesting aspects about the billing system is just how deeply it permeates everything that happens within AWS. I frequently say that when it comes to cloud, cost and architecture are foundationally and fundamentally the same exact thing. If your entire service goes down, a few interesting things happen. One, I don't believe a single customer is going to complain other than maybe a few accountants here and there because the books aren't reconciling, but also you've removed a whole bunch of constraints around why things are the way that they are. Like, what is the most efficient way to run this workload?Well, if all the computers suddenly become free, I don't really care about efficiency, so much is, “Oh, hey. There's a fly, what do I have as a flyswatter? That's right, I'm going to drop a building on it.” And those constraints breed almost everything. I've said, for example, that S3 has infinite storage because it does.They can add drives faster than we're able to fill them—at least historically; they added some more replication services—but they're going to be able to buy hard drives faster than the rest of us are going to be able to stretch our budgets. If that constraint of the budget falls away, all bets are really off, and more or less, we're talking about the destruction of the cloud as a viable business entity. No pressure or anything.James: [laugh].Corey: You're also a recent transplant into AWS billing as a whole, Commerce Platform in general. You spent 15 years at the company, the vast majority of that over an EC2. So, either it was you've been exiled to a basically digital Siberia or it was one of those, “Okay, keeping all the EC2 servers up, this is easy. I don't see what people stress about.” And they say, “Oh, ho ho, try this instead.” How did you find yourself migrating over to the Commerce Platform?James: That's actually one I've had a lot from folks that I've worked with. You're right, I spent the first 15 or so years of my career at AWS in EC2, responsible for various things over there. And when the leadership role in Commerce Platform opened up, the timing was fortuitous, and part of it, I was in the process of relocating my family. We moved to Vancouver in the middle of last year. And we had an opening in the role and started talking about, potentially, me stepping into that role.The reason that I took it—there's a few reasons, but the primary reason is that if I look back over my career, I've kind of naturally gravitated towards owning things where people only really remember that they exist when they're not working. And for some reason, you know, I enjoy the opportunity to try to keep those kinds of services ticking over to the point where people don't notice them. And so, Commerce Platform lands squarely in that space. I've always been attracted to opportunities to have an impact, and it's hard to imagine having much more of an impact than in the Commerce Platform space. It underpins everything, as you said earlier.Every single one of our customers depends on the service, whether they think about it or realize it. Every single service that we offer to customers depends on us. And so, that really is the sort of nexus within AWS. And I'm a platform guy, I've always been a platform guy. I like the force multiplier nature of platforms, and so Commerce Platform, you know, as I kind of thought through all of those elements, really was a great opportunity to step in.And I think there's something to be said for, I've been a customer of Commerce Platform internally for a long time. And so, a chance to cross over and be on the other side of that was something that I didn't want to pass up. And so, you know, I'm digging in, and learning quickly, ramping up. By no means an expert, very dependent on a very smart, talented, committed group of people within the team. That's kind of the long and short of how and why.Corey: Let's say that I am taking on the role of an AWS product team, for the sake of argument. I know, keep the cringe down for a second, as far as oh, God, the wince is just inevitable when the idea of me working there ever comes up to anyone. But I have an idea for a service—obviously, it runs containers, and maybe it does some other things as well—going from idea to six-pager to MVP to barely better than MVP day-one launch, and at some point, various things happen to that service. It gets staff with a team, objectives and a roadmap get built, a P&L and budget, and a pricing model and the rest. One the last thing that happens, apparently, is someone picks the worst name off of a list of candidates, slaps it on the product, and ships it off there.At what point does the billing system and figuring out the pricing dimensions for a given service tend to factor in? Is that a last-minute story? Is that almost from the beginning? Where along that journey does, “Oh, by the way, we're building this thing. Maybe we should figure out, I don't know, how to make money from it.” Factor into the conversation?James: There are two parts to that answer. Pretty early on as we're trying to define what that service is going to look like, we're already typically thinking about what are the dimensions that we might charge along. The actual pricing discussions typically happen fairly late, but identifying those dimensions and, sort of, the right way to present it to customers happens pretty early on. The thing that doesn't happen early enough is actually pulling the Commerce Platform team in. but it is something that we're going to work this year to try to get a little bit more in front of.Corey: Have you found historically that you have a pretty good idea of how a service is going to be priced, everything is mostly thought through, a service goes to either private preview or you're discussing about a launch, and then more or less, I don't know, someone like me crops up with a, “Hey, yeah, let's disregard 90% of what the service does because I see a way to misuse the remaining 10% of it as a database.” And you run some mental math and realize, “Huh. We're suddenly giving, like, eight petabytes of storage per customer away for free. Maybe we should guard against that because otherwise, it's rife with misuse.” It used to be that I could find interesting ways to sneak through the cracks of various services—usually in pursuit of a laugh—those are getting relatively hard to come by and invariably a lot more trouble than they're worth. Is that just better comprehensive diligence internally, is that learning from customers, or am I just bad at this?James: No, I mean, what you're describing is almost a variant of the Defender's Dilemma. They are way more ways to abuse something than you can imagine, and so defending against that is pretty challenging. And it's important because, you know, if you turn the economics of something upside down, then it just becomes harder for us to offer it to customers who want to use it legitimately. I would say 90% of that improvement is us learning. We make plenty of mistakes, but I think, you know, one of the things that I've always been impressed by over my time here is how intentional we are trying to learn from those mistakes.And so, I think that's what you're seeing there. And then we try very hard to listen to customers, talk to folks like you, because one of the best ways to tackle anything it smells of the Defender's Dilemma is to harness that collective creativity of a large number of smart people because you really are trying to cover as much ground as possible.Corey: There was a fun joke going around a while back of what is the most expensive environment you can get running on a free tier account before someone from AWS steps in, and I think I got it to something like half a billion dollars in the first month. Now, I haven't actually tested this for reasons that mostly have to do with being relatively poor compared to, you know, being able to buy Guam. And understanding as well the fraud protections built into something like AWS are largely built around defending against getting service usage for free that in some way, shape or form, benefits the attacker. The easy example of that would be mining cryptocurrency, which is just super-economic as long as you use someone else's AWS account to do it. Whereas a lot of my vectors are, “Yeah, ignore all of that. How do I just make the bill artificially high? What can I do to misuse data transfer? And passing a single gigabyte through, how much can I make that per gigabyte cost be?” And, “Oh, circular replication and the Lambda invokes itself pattern,” and basically every bad architectural decision you can possibly make only this time, it's intentional.And that shines some really interesting light on it. And I have to give credit where due, a lot of that didn't come from just me sitting here being sick and twisted nearly so much as it did having seen examples of that type of misconfiguration—by mistake—in a variety of customer accounts, most confidently my own because it turns out that the way I learn things is by screwing them up first.James: Yeah, you've touched on a couple of different things in there. So, you know, maybe the first one is, I typically try to draw a line between fraud and abuse. And fraud is essentially trying to spend somebody else's money to get something for free. And we spent a lot of time trying to shut that down, and we're getting really good at catching it. And then abuse is either intentional or unintentional. There's intentional abuse: You find a chink in our armor and you try to take advantage of it.But much more commonly is unintentional abuse. It's not really abuse, you know. Abuse has very negative connotations, but it's unintentionally setting something up so that you run up a much larger bill than you intended. And we have a number of different internal efforts, and we're working on a bunch more this year, to try to catch those early on because one of my personal goals is to minimize the frequency with which we surprise customers. And the least favorite kind of surprise for customers is a [laugh] large bill. And so, what you're talking about there is, in a sufficiently complex system, there's always going to be weaknesses and ways to get yourself tied up in knots.We're trying both at the service team level, but also within my teams to try to find ways to make it as hard as possible to accidentally do that to yourself and then catch when you do so that we can stop it. And even more on the intentional abuse side of things, if somebody's found a way to do something that's problematic for our services, then you know, that's pretty much on us. But we will often reach out and engage with whoever's doing and try to understand what they're trying to do and why. Because often, somebody's trying to do something legitimate, they've got a problem to solve, they found a creative way to solve it, and it may put strain on the service because it's just not something we designed for, and so we'll try to work with them to use that to feed into either new services, or find a better place for that workload, or just bolster what they're using. And maybe that's something that eventually becomes a fully-fledged feature that we offer the customers. We're always open to learning from our customers. They have found far more creative ways to get really cool things done with our services than we've ever imagined. And that's true today.Corey: I mean, most of my service criticisms come down to the fact that you have more-or-less built a very late model, high performing iPad, and I'm out there complaining about, “What a shitty hammer this thing is, it barely works at all, and then it breaks in my hand. What gives?” I would also challenge something you said a minute ago that the worst day for some customers is to get a giant surprise bill, but [unintelligible 00:13:53] to that is, yeah, but, on some level, that kind of only money; you do have levers on your side to fix those issues. A worse scenario is you have a customer that exhibits fraud-like behavior, they're suddenly using far more resources than they ever did before, so let's go ahead and turn them off or throttle them significantly, and you call them up to tell them you saved them some money, and, “Our Superbowl ad ran. What exactly do you think you're doing?” Because they don't get a second bite at that kind of Apple.So, there's a parallel on both sides of this. And those are just two examples. The world is full of nuances, and at the scale that you folks operate at. The one-in-a-million events happen multiple times a second, the corner cases become common cases, and I'm surprised—to be direct—how little I see you folks dropping the ball.James: Credit to all of the teams. I think our secret sauce, if anything, really does come down to our people. Like, a huge amount of what you see as hopefully relatively consistent, good execution comes down to people behind the scenes making sure. You know, like, some of it is software that we built and made sure it's robust and tested to scale, but there's always an element of people behind the scenes, when you hit those edge cases or something doesn't quite go the way that you planned, making sure that things run smoothly. And that, if anything, is something that I'm immensely proud of and is kind of amazing to watch from the inside.Corey: And, on some level, it's the small errors that are the bigger concern than the big ones. Back a couple years ago, when they announced GP3 volumes at re:Invent, well, great, well spin up a test volume and kick the tires on it for an hour. And I think it was 80 or 100 gigs or whatnot, and the next day in the bill, it showed up as about $5,000. And it was, “Okay, that's not great. Not great at all.” And it turned out that it was a mispricing error by I think a factor of a million.And okay, at least it stood out. But there are scenarios where we were prepared to pay it because, oops, you got one over on us. Good job. That's never been the mindset I've gotten about AWS's philosophy for pricing. The better example that I love because no one took it seriously, was a few years before that when there was a LightSail bug in the billing system, and it made the papers because people suddenly found that for their LightSail instance, they were getting predicted bills of $4 billion.And the way I see it, you really only had to make that work once and then you've made your numbers for the year, so why not? Someone's going to pay for it, probably. But that was such out-of-the-world numbers that no one saw that and ever thought it was anything other than a bug. It's the small pernicious things that creep in. Because the billing system is vast; I had no idea when I started working with AWS bills just how complicated it really was.James: Yeah, I remember both of those, and there's something in there that you touched on that I think is really important. That's something that I realized pretty early on at Amazon, and it's why customer obsession is our flagship leadership principle. It's not because it's love and butterflies and unicorns; customer obsession is key to us because that's how you build a long-term sustainable business is your customers depend on you. And it drives how we think about everything that we do. And in the billing space, small errors, even if there are small errors in the customer's favor, slowly erode that trust.So, we take any kind of error really seriously and we try to figure out how we can make sure that it doesn't happen again. We don't always get that right. As you said, we've built an enormous, super-complex business to growing really quickly, and really quick growth like that always acts as kind of a multiplier on top of complexity. And on the pricing points, we're managing millions of pricing points at the moment.And our tools that we use internally, there's always room for improvement. It's a huge area of focus for us. We're in the beginning of looking at applying things like formal methods to make sure that we can make very hard guarantees about the correctness of some of those. But at the end of the day, people are plugging numbers in and you need as many belts and braces as possible to make sure that you don't make mistakes there.Corey: One of the things that struck me by surprise when I first started getting deep into this space was the fact that the finalized bill was—what does it mean to have this be ‘finalized?' It can hit the Cost and Usage Report in an S3 bucket and it can change retroactively after the month closed periodically. And that's when I started to have an inkling of a few things: Not just the sheer scale and complexity inherent to something like the billing system that touches everything, but the sheer data retention stories where you clearly have to be able to go back and reconstruct a bill from the raw data years ago. And I know what the output of all of those things are in the form of Cost and Usage Reports and the billing data from our client accounts—which is the single largest expense in all of our AWS accounts; we spent thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars a year just on storing all of that data, let alone the processing piece of it—the sheer scale is staggering. I used to wonder why does it take you a day to record me using something to it's showing up in the bill? And the more I learned the more it became a how can you do that in only a day?James: Yes, the scale is actually mind-boggling. I'm pretty sure that the core of our billing system is—I'm reasonably confident it's the largest or one of the largest data processing systems on the planet. I remember pretty early on when I joined Commerce Platform and was still starting to wrap my head around some of these things, Googling the definition of quadrillion because we measured the number of metering events, which is how we record usage in services, on a daily basis in the quadrillions, which is a billion billions. So, it's just an absolutely staggering number. And so, the scale here is just out of this world.That's saying something because it's not like other services across AWS are small in their own right. But I'm still reasonably sure that being one of a handful of services that is kind of at the nexus of AWS and kind of deals with the aggregate of AWS's scale, this is probably one of the biggest systems on the planet. And that shows up in all sorts of places. You start with that input, just the sheer volume of metering events, but that has to produce as an output pretty fine-grained line item detailed information, which ultimately rolls up into the total that a customer will see in their bill. But we have a number of different systems further down the pipeline that try to do things like analyze your usage, make sensible recommendations, look for opportunities to improve your efficiency, give you the ability to slice and dice your data and allocate it out to different parts of your business in whatever way it makes sense for your business. And so, those systems have to deal with anywhere from millions to billions to recently, we were talking about trillions of data points themselves. And so, I was tangentially aware of some of the scale of this, but being in the thick of it having joined the team really just does underscore just how vast the systems are.Corey: I think it's, on some level, more than a little unfortunate that that story isn't being more widely told, more frequently. Because when Commerce Platform has job postings that are available on the website, you read it and it's very vague. It doesn't tend to give hard numbers about a lot of these things, and people who don't play in these waters can easily be forgiven for thinking the way that you folks do your job is you fire up one of those 24 terabyte of RAM instances that—you know, those monstrous things that you folks offer—and what do you do next? Well, Microsoft Excel. We have a special high memory version that we've done some horse-trading with our friends over at Microsoft for.It's, yeah, you're several steps beyond that, at this point. It's a challenging problem that every one of your customers has to deal with, on some level, as well. But we're only dealing with the output of a lot of the processing that you folks are doing first.James: You're exactly right. And a big focus for some of my teams is figuring out how to help customers deal with that output. Because even if you're talking about couple of orders of magnitude reduction, you're still talking about very large numbers there. So, to help customers make sense of that, we have a range of tools that exist, we're investing in.There's another dimension of complexity in the space that I think is one that's also very easy to miss. And I think of it as arbitrary complexity. And it's arbitrary because some of the rules that we have to box within here are driven by legislative changes. As you operate more and more countries around the world, you want to make sure that we're tax compliant, that we help our customers be tax compliant. Those rules evolve pretty rapidly, and Country A may sit next to Country B, but that doesn't mean that they're talking to one another. They've all got their own ideas. They're trying to accomplish r—00:22:47Corey: A company is picking up and relocating from India to Germany. How do we—James: Exactly.Corey: —change that on the AWS side and the rest? And it's, “Hoo boy, have you considered burning it all down and filing an insurance claim to start over?” And, like, there's a lot of complexity buried underneath that that just doesn't rise to the notice of 99% of your customers.James: And the fact that it doesn't rise to the notice is something that we strive for. Like, these shouldn't be things that customers have to worry about. Because it really is about clearing away the things that, as far as possible, you don't want to have to spend time thinking about so that you can focus on the thing that your business does that differentiates you. It's getting rid of that undifferentiated heavy lifting. And there's a ton of that in this space, and if you're blissfully unaware of it, then hopefully that means that we're doing our job.Corey: What I'm, I think, the most surprised about, and I have been for a long time. And please don't take this as an insult to various other folks—engineers, the rest, not just in other parts of AWS but throughout the other industry—but talking to the people who work within Commerce Platform has always been just a fantastic experience. The caliber of people that you have managed to attract and largely retain—we don't own people, they do matriculate out eventually—but the caliber of people that you've retained on your teams has just been out of this world. And at first, I wondered, why are these awesome people working on something as boring and prosaic as billing? And then I started learning a little bit more as I went, and, “Oh, wow. How did they learn all the stuff that they have to hold in their head in tension at once to be able to build things like this?” It's incredibly inspiring just watching the caliber of the people that you've been able to bring in.James: I've been really, really excited joining this team, as I've gotten other folks on the team because there's some super-smart people here. But what's really jumped out to me is how committed the team is. This is, for the most part, a team that has been in the space for many years. Many of them have—we talk about boomerangs, folks who live AWS, go spend some time somewhere else and come back and there's a surprisingly high proportion of folks in Commerce Platform who have spent time somewhere else and then come back because they enjoy the space, they find that challenging, folks are attracted to the ability to have an impact because it is so foundational. But yeah, there's a super-committed core to this team. And I really enjoy working with teams where you've got that because then you really can take the long view and build something great. And I think we have tons of opportunities to do that here.Corey: It sounds ridiculous, but I've reached out to team members before to explain two-cent variances in my bill, and never once have I been confronted with a, “It's two cents. What do you care?” They understand the requirement that these things be accurate, not just, “Eh, take our word for it.” And also, frankly, they understand that two cents on a $20 bill looks a little different on a $20 million bill. So yeah, let us figure out if this is systemic or something I have managed to break.It turns out the Cost and Usage Report processing systems don't love it when there's a cost allocation tag whose name contains an emoji. Who knew? It's the little things in life that just have this fun way of breaking when you least expect it.James: They're also a surprisingly interesting problem. So like, it turns out something as simple as rounding numbers consistently across a distributed system at this scale, is a non-trivial problem. And if you don't, then you do get small seventh or eighth decimal place differences that add up to something that then shows up as a two-cent difference somewhere. And so, there's some really, really interesting problems in the space. And I think the team often takes these kinds of things as a personal challenge. It should be correct, and it's not, so we should go make sure it is correct. The interesting problems abound here, but at the end of the day, it's the kind of thing that any engineering team wants to go and make sure it's correct because they know that it can be.Corey: This episode is sponsored in parts by our friend EnterpriseDB. EnterpriseDB has been powering enterprise applications with PostgreSQL for 15 years. And now EnterpriseDB has you covered wherever you deploy PostgreSQL on premises, private cloud, and they just announced a fully managed service on AWS and Azure called BigAnimal, all one word. Don't leave managing your database to your cloud vendor because they're too busy launching another half dozen manage databases to focus on any one of them that they didn't build themselves. Instead, work with the experts over at EnterpriseDB. They can save you time and money, they can even help you migrate legacy applications, including Oracle, to the cloud.To learn more, try BigAnimal for free. Go to biganimal.com/snark, and tell them Corey sent you.Corey: On the one hand, I love people who just round and estimate—we all do that, let's be clear; I sit there and I back-of-the-envelope everything first. But then I look at some of your pricing pages and I count the digits after the zeros. Like, you're talking about trillionths of a dollar on some of your pricing points. And you add it up in the course of a given hour and it's like, oh, it's $250 a month, most months. And it's you work backwards to way more decimal places of precision than is required, sometimes.I'm also a personal fan of the bill that counts, for example, number of Route 53 zones. Great. And it counts them to four decimal places of precision. Like, I don't even know what half of it Route 53 zone is at this point, let alone something to, like, ah the 1,000th of the zone is going to cause this. It's all an artifact of what the underlying systems are.Can you by any chance shed a little light on what the evolution of those systems has been over a period of time? I have to imagine that anything you built in the early days, 16 years ago or so from the time of this recording when S3 launched to general availability, you probably didn't have to worry about this scope and scale of what you do, now. In fact, I suspect if you tried to funnel this volume through S3 back then, the whole thing would have collapsed under its own weight. What's evolved over the time that you had the billing system there? Because changes come slowly to your environment. And frankly, I appreciate that as a customer. I don't like surprising people in finance.James: Yeah, you're totally right. So, I joined the EC2 team as an engineer myself, some 16 years ago, and the very first thing that I did was our billing integration. And so, my relationship with the Commerce Platform organization—what was the billing team way back when—it goes back over my entire career at AWS. And at the time, the billing team was similar, you know, [unintelligible 00:28:34] eight people. And that was everything. There was none of the scale and complexity; it was all one system.And much like many of our biggest, oldest services—EC2 is very similar, S3 is as well—there's been significant growth over the last decade-and-a-half. A lot of that growth has been rapid, and rapid growth presents its own challenges. And you live with decisions that you make early on that you didn't realize were significant decisions that have pretty deep implications 15 years later. We're still working through some of those; they present their own challenges. Evolving an existing system to keep up with the growth of business and a customer base that's as varied and complex as ours is always challenging.And also harder but I also think more fun than a clean sheet redo at this point. Like, that's a great thought exercise for, well, if we got to do this again today, what would we do now that we've learned so much over the last 15 years? But there's this—I find it personally fascinating challenge with evolving a live system where it's like, “No, no, like, things exist, so how do we go from there to where we want to be next?”Corey: Turn the billing system off for 18 months, rebuild—James: Yeah. [laugh].Corey: The whole thing from first principles. Light it up. I'm sure you'd have a much better billing system, and also not a company left anymore.James: [laugh]. Exactly, exactly. I've always enjoyed that challenge. You know, even prior to AWS, my previous careers have involved similar kinds of constraints where you've got a live system, or you've got an existing—in the one case, it was an existing SDK that was deployed to tens of thousands of customers around the world, and so backwards compatibility was something that I spent the first five years of my career thinking about it way more detail than I think most people do. And it's a very similar mindset. And I enjoy that challenge. I enjoy that: How do I evolve from here to there without breaking customers along the way?And that's something that we take pretty seriously across AWS. I think SimpleDB is the poster child for we never turn things off. But that applies equally to the services that are maybe less visible to customers, and billing is definitely one of them. Like, we don't get to switch stuff off. We don't get to throw things away and start again. It's this constant state of evolution.Corey: So, let's say that I were to find a way to route data through a series of two Managed NAT Gateways and then egress to internet, and the sheer density of the expense of that traffic tears a hole in the fabric of space-time, it goes back 15 years ago, and you can make a single change to how the billing system was built. What would it be? What pisses you off the most about the current constraints that you have to work within or around?James: I think one of the biggest challenges we've got, actually, is the concept of an account. Because an account means half-a-dozen different things. And way back, when it seemed like a great idea, you just needed an account; an account was your customer, and it was the same thing as the boundary that you put all your resources inside. And of course, it's the same thing that you're going to roll all of your usage up and issue a bill against. And that has been one of the areas that's seen the most evolution and probably still has a pretty long way to go.And what's interesting about that is, that's probably something we could have seen coming because we watched the retail business go through, kind of, the same evolution because they started with, well, a customer is a customer is a customer and had to evolve to support the concept of sellers and partners. And then users are different than customers, and you want to log in and that's a different thing. So, we saw that kind of bifurcation of a single entity into a wide range of different related but separate entities, and I think if we'd looked at that, you know, thought out 15 years, then yeah, we could probably have learned something from that. But at the same time, when AWS first kicked off, we had wild ambitions for it, but there was no guarantee that it was going to be the monster that it is today. So, I'm always a little bit reluctant to—like, it's a great thought exercise, but it's easy to end up second-guessing a pretty successful 15 years, so I'm always a little bit careful to walk that line. But I think account is one of the things that we would probably go back and think about a little bit more.Corey: I want to be very clear with this next question that it is intentionally setting up a question I suspect you get a lot. It does not mirror my own thinking on the matter even slightly, but I get a version of it myself all the time. “AWS bills, that sounds boring as hell. Why would you choose to work on such a thing?” Now, I have a laundry list of answers to that aren't nearly as interesting as I suspect yours are going to be. What makes working on this problem space interesting to you?James: There's a bunch of different things. So, first and foremost, the scale that we're talking about here is absolutely mind-blowing. And for any engineer who wants to get stuck into problems that deal with mind-blowingly large volumes of data, incredibly rich dimensions, problems where, honestly, applying techniques like statistical reasoning or machine learning is really the only way to chip away at it, that exists in spades in the space. It's not always immediately obvious, and I think from the outside, it's easy to assume this is actually pretty simple. So, the scale is a huge part of that.Corey: “Oh, petabytes. How quaint.”James: [laugh]. Exactly. Exactly I mean, it's mind-blowing every time I see some of the numbers in various parts of the Commerce Platform space. I talked about quadrillions earlier. Trillions is a pretty common unit of measure.The complexity that I talked about earlier, that's a result of external environments is another one. So, imposed by external entities, whether it's a government or a tax authority somewhere, or a business requirement from customers, or ourselves. I enjoy those as well. Those are different kinds of challenge. They really keep you on your toes.I enjoy thinking of them as an engineering problem, like, how do I get in front of them? And that's something we spend a lot of time doing in Commerce Platform. And when we get it right, customers are just unaware of it. And then the third one is, I personally am always attracted to the opportunity to have an impact. And this is a space where we get to hopefully positively impact every single customer every day. And that, to me is pretty fulfilling.Those are kind of the three standout reasons why I think this is actually a super-exciting space. And I think it's often an underestimated space. I think once folks join the team and sort of start to dig in, I've never heard anybody after they've joined, telling me that what they're doing is boring. Challenging, yes. Is frustrating, sometimes. Hard, absolutely, but boring never comes up.Corey: There's almost no service, other than IAM, that I can think of that impacts every customer simultaneously. And it's easy for me to sit in the cheap seats and say, “Oh, you should change this,” or, “You should change that.” But every change you have is so massive in scale that it's going to break a whole bunch of companies' automations around the bill processing in different ways. You have an entire category of user persona who is used to clicking a certain button in this certain place in the console to generate the report every month, and if that button moves or changes color, or has a different font, suddenly that renders their documentation invalid, and they're scrambling because it's not their core competency—nor should it be—and every change you make is so constricted, just based upon all the different concerns that you've got to be juggling with. How do you get anything done at all? I find that to be one of the most impressive aspects about your organization, bar none.James: Yeah, I'm not going to lie and say that it isn't a challenge, but a lot of it comes down to the talent that we have on the team. We have a super-motivated, super-smart, super-engaged team, and we spend a lot of time figuring out how to make sure that we can keep moving, keep up with the business, keep up with a world that's getting more complicated [laugh] with every passing day. So, you've kind of hit on one of the core challenges there, which is, how do we keep up with all of those different dimensions that are demanding an increasing amount of engineering and new support and new investment from us, while we keep those customers happy?And I think you touched on something else a little bit indirectly there, which is, a lot of our customers are actually pretty technical across AWS. The customers that Commerce Platform supports, are often the least technical of our customers, and so often need the most help understanding why things are the way they are, where the constraints are.Corey: “A big bill from Amazon. How many books did you people buy last month?”—James: [laugh]. Exactly.Corey: —is still very much level of understanding in some cases. And it's not because they're dumb; far from it. It's just, imagine that some people view there as being more to life than understanding the nuances and intricacies of cloud computing. How dare they?James: Exactly. Who would have thought?Corey: So, as you look now over all of your domain, such as it is, what sucks the most? What are you looking to fix as far as impactful changes that the rest of the world might experience? Because I'm not going to accept one of those questions like, “Oh, yeah, on the back-end, we have this storage subsystem for a tertiary thing that just annoys me because it wakes us up once in a whi”—no, no, I want something customer-facing. What's the painful thing you're looking at fixing next?James: I don't like surprising customers. And free tier is, sort of, one of those buckets of surprises, but there are others. Another one that's pretty squarely in my sights is, whether we like it or not, customer accounts get compromised. Usually, it's a password got reused somewhere or was accidentally committed into a GitHub repository somewhere.And we have pretty established, pretty effective mechanisms for finding all of those, we'll scan for passwords and credentials, and alert customers to those, and help them correct that pretty quickly. We're also actually pretty good at detecting when an account does start to do something that suggests that it's been compromised. Usually, the first thing that a compromised account starts to do is cryptocurrency mining. We're pretty quick to catch those; we catch those within a matter of hours, much faster most days.What we haven't really cracked and where I'm focused at the moment is getting back to the customer in a way that's effective. And by that I mean specifically, we detect an account compromised super-quickly, we reach out automatically. And so, you know, a customer has got some kind of contact from us usually within a couple of hours. It's not having the effect that we need it to. Customers are still being surprised a month later by a large bill. And so, we're digging into how much of that is because they never saw the contact, they didn't know what to do with the contact.Corey: It got buried with all the other, “Hey, we saw you spun up an S3 bucket. Have you heard of what S3 is?” Again, that's all valuable, but you have 300-some-odd services. If you start doing that for every service, you're going to hit mail sending limits for Gmail.James: Exactly. It's not just enough that we detect those and notify customers; we have to reduce the size of the surprise. It's one thing to spend 100 bucks a month on average, and then suddenly find that your spend has jumped $250 because you reused the password somewhere and somebody got ahold of it and it's cryptocurrency-mining your account. It's a whole different ballgame to spend 100 bucks a month and then at the end of the month discover that your bill is suddenly $2,000 or $20,000. And so, that's something that I really wanted to make some progress on this year. Corey: I've really enjoyed our conversation. If people want to learn more about how you view these things, how you're approaching some of these problems, or potentially are just the right kind of warped to consider joining up, where's the best place for them to go?James: They should drop me an email at jamesg@amazon.com. That is the most direct way to get hold of me, and I promise I will get back to you. I try to stay on top of my email as much as possible. But that will come straight to me, and I'm always happy to talk to folks about the space, talk to folks about opportunities in this team, opportunities across AWS, or just hear what's not working, make sure that it's something that we're aware of and looking at.Corey: Throughout Amazon, but particularly within Commerce Platform, I've always appreciated the response of, whenever I report something, no matter how ridiculous it is—and I assure you there's an awful lot of ridiculousness in my bug reports—the response has always been the same: “Tell me more. Help me understand what it is you're trying to achieve—even if it is ridiculous—so we can look at this and see what is actually going on.” Every Amazonian team has been great about that or you're not at Amazon very long, but you folks have taken that to an otherworldly level. I just want to thank you for doing that.James: I appreciate you for calling that out. We try, you know, we really do. We take listening to our customers very seriously because, at the end of the day, that's what makes us better, and that's how we make sure we're in it for the long haul.Corey: Thanks once again for being so generous with your time. I really appreciate it.James: Yeah, thanks for having me on. I've enjoyed it.Corey: James Greenfield, VP of Commerce Platform at AWS. I'm Cloud Economist Corey Quinn, and this is Screaming in the Cloud. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice, whereas if you've hated this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice along with an angry comment—possibly on YouTube as well—about how you aren't actually giving this five-stars at all; you have taken three trillions of a star off of the rating.Corey: If your AWS bill keeps rising and your blood pressure is doing the same, then you need The Duckbill Group. We help companies fix their AWS bill by making it smaller and less horrifying. The Duckbill Group works for you, not AWS. We tailor recommendations to your business and we get to the point. Visit duckbillgroup.com to get started.Announcer: This has been a HumblePod production. Stay humble.

The Athletic Baseball Show: A show about MLB
Ken's Mailbag | Offense up in May, challenging balls & strikes and the Mariners struggles

The Athletic Baseball Show: A show about MLB

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 40:51


Don't look now but offensive numbers are UP across MLB in recent weeks. Tim McMaster and Ken Rosenthal discuss why. Then it's on to the mailbag... -Is there proof that pitching limits lead to better health? -Is it too soon to panic over the Mariners start? -Could a ball/strike challenge system help the game? -Do hitting coaches matter? -Tweaking the 3-batter pitching rule -Do ballplayers care what's going on with other clubs? -Should Red Sox go into full sell mode? -Would the Cardinals trade Nolan Gorman for Xander Bogaeerts? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Very Bold Radio Podcast w/ Steve Teel
Very Bold Radio 5-14-22 with Billie Jauss

Very Bold Radio Podcast w/ Steve Teel

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 49:45


Billie Jauss comes on to the show to talk about her book Distraction Detox: Release Emotional Barriers, Restructure Priorities, and Realize God's Best. It is an episode about freedom, tackling toxic thoughts, and meditating on God's word. Time Stamps:  0:00-1:50 Intro to interview with Billie Jauss, author of Distraction Detox.  1:50-5:25 Billie's “Big League” life. Speaking about being a MLB Baseball wife. Using the baseball field as a mission field.  5:25-8:35 Challenging baseball players in their faith. Wanting to help the players be better men than they are baseball players.  8:35-10:40 Pouring into the wives of the players. Standing in the gap and filling the needs she sees.  10:40-12:00 Participating in Baseball Chapel, which provides services and bible studies.  12:00-15:10 Watching the Home Run Derby.  15:10-19:35 Starting the conversation about Billie's book Distraction Detox. Dealing with backlash in the baseball industry and how words can hold power for years.  19:35-22:15 Digging through the past to see why we have the negative thoughts that we do. Choosing to give more power to God's truth, than the words of people.   22:15-27:35 How Billie personally replaces negative thoughts that keep us stuck in discouragement. Facing fear and unbelief and being your own biggest bully.  27:35-35:00 How to handle fear of judgement and unfair judgement that comes from others. Finding freedom from the yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) 35:00-40:00 Ways to identify the toxic thoughts that we have. Pausing and inviting Jesus in. Creating healthy habits to fight these thoughts.  40:00-41:20 Host Steve Teel talks about his project in works of Scrappin', combining scriptures and rapping to help promote learning scripture.  41:20-44:15 Relating back to the book, Distraction Detox, where Billie Jauss shows deceptions versus their truths from scripture.  44:15-47:00 Words and a prayer from Billie. Reminding listeners that God wants you to be free.  47:00-49:45 Final encouragement from Steve Teel, that Jesus is very pleased with you. Go and be very bold.  Standout Moments/Quotes: 6:25 God has given you this platform and this financial ability to be able to make an impact on the Kingdom.  17:55 A lot of people think when they become successful that they don't need Jesus.  18:20 We have to experience the sadness and what pain feels like but with out getting stuck there.  25:45 The Holy Spirit can fill us with God's truth if we meditate on it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What's Left To Do?
Walter: Challenging This World As He Passes Through It (Part 1)

What's Left To Do?

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 65:17


Join us on Patreon for Part 2: www.patreon.com/whatslefttodo If Patreon isn't your thing, please join us in supporting this work with a contribution over at: www.whatslefttodo.com/support Walter Riley decided to live life on his own terms quite some time ago. First, as a young teen organizing sit-ins and other actions that led to the desegregation of the south. And later as a radical Marxist-Leninist labor organizer and civil rights attorney. (No wonder Boots turned out the way he did!)

Political Breakdown
Marc Levine on Challenging the 'Incumbent Industrial Complex'

Political Breakdown

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 30:10


Marisa and Scott preview Governor Gavin Newsom's revised budget announcement and discuss his gas tax relief proposal. Then, Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine joins to discuss his path into politics, his upset election to the state Assembly, his record on housing policy and his current run to unseat fellow Democrat Ricardo Lara as Insurance Commissioner. 

Tony Katz + The Morning News
Dr. William Jacobson Discusses Filing SC Brief In Support of Asian Student Challenging Race-Based Affirmative Action

Tony Katz + The Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 10:38


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The Vitalize Podcast
Designing the Future of Human Connection in the Metaverse and Sourcing Web3 Talent, with NOWHERE Founder Jon Morris

The Vitalize Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 29:19


Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Jon Morris (@yojonmorris), Founder and CEO of NOWHERE, an online metaverse platform that aims to revolutionize gathering with patent pending video presence technology that allows serendipitous social mingling between conversations with friends or colleagues at conferences, meetings, or parties all within dynamic web environments.Jon Morris is a conceptual artist who creates multilayered installations, performances, and experiences with the express intent of elevating his audience to a sublime state. Challenging the relationship between art and spectator, Morris' work is typically equal parts technical, playful, inventive and rich with depth. From Le Louvre to Lady Gaga from Cirque Du Soleil to the Metropolitan Opera, his work has been praised by NY Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Rolling Stone, NBC, VICE, Wired and more. He previously founded The Windmill Factory, an interdisciplinary arts collective that creates interactive installations, immersive performances, stage designs, and experiential events.He has been a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Kinnernet-Europe Experience Director, LaMaMa ETC Artist in residence, Watermill Center Fellow, Tennessee Williams Fellow, NCAA Post Graduate Scholar, 6-time All-American Springboard Diver, and holds a B.A. from the University of the South, Sewanee. Jon has taught master classes at Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Pace, The University of The South, Vanderbilt. Website: NOWHERELinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jonlmorris/Twitter: @yojonmorrisEmail: jon@urnowhere.comShow Notes: The future of online gathering with NOWHERE's metaverse platform Jon's journey from all-American springboard diver to tech founder NOWHERE as a pandemic-born pivot  Early creative development for the platform Developing NOWHERE's vision and the challenge of finding web3 engineers Sourcing talent and building the NOWHERE team The power of spatial audio in the NOWHERE platform Customer discovery and growing to venture scale How NOWHERE plays into the future of work NOWHERE's competitive advantage More about the show:The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 300+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series. The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors. The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital. More about us:Vitalize Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. Vitalize has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.The Vitalize Team:Gale - https://twitter.com/galeforceVCCaroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212Vitalize Angels, our angel investing community open to everyone:https://vitalize.vc/vitalizeangels/

Black and White Sports Podcast
Ron Desantis DEFEATS DISNEY AGAIN! Lawsuit Challenging Law STRIPPING Self Governing Status LOSES!

Black and White Sports Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 7:40


Ron Desantis DEFEATS DISNEY AGAIN! Lawsuit Challenging Law STRIPPING Self Governing Status LOSES!

Investors & Operators
Ep. 86 Taren Gesell, Founder, MōTTIV, Triathlon Taren

Investors & Operators

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 24:38


On this episode of Investors & Operators, Jordan sits down with Taren Gesell, Founder at  MōTTIV. Together, they discuss: Setting challenging goals, and developing a plan to achieve them Overcoming mental barriers Anticipating discomfort and building physical resilience ...and so much more. Taren describes his young adult life as an unhealthy and unhappy time where he realized that he was missing the challenge and fulfillment he really desired in life. 12 years later, Taren has risen to the top of content creators in the endurance world where his personalized training and nutrition programming has helped countless people discover and then realize their own dreams of completing endurance events. His approach to training is that this is where you dig deep, and really forge the mental resilience you will need to draw upon later during the race. His experiences have taught us that the more substantial discomfort is felt in training, so that the race really just becomes a victory lap. The race is going to hurt, but if you train properly, it is the expected level of discomfort. Challenging himself, and finding his passion for endurance sports has helped Taren to become fulfilled in life, and he has used that passion to help others do the same.

The ThriveOn Podcast
E163 Challenging the Impossible; How to Push Your Limits to Start Thriving, with Joel Runyon

The ThriveOn Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 61:56


“Impossible is not a statement, it's a challenge.” - Joel Runyon    In this episode, we welcome Joel Runyon to the podcast to discuss what it means to challenge the impossible and push your limits for a better life. We also chat about the importance of just showing up as you are, why you don't have to be an “expert” to make an impact, how he accomplished running seven ultramarathons on seven different continents, and more!   Tune in for more and see below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode!   Key Topics How Joel accomplished running seven ultramarathons on seven different continents and the hardest part of conquering that challenge  His background in running  How he built his mindset to be able to withstand that challenge  Joel's blog, how he got started in blogging, and how it has evolved into what it is now Why you don't have to be an “expert” to make an impact How running and pushing yourself helps with both the monotonous, daily tasks and the business world Explaining how the saying, “anything is possible” is a lie and why that's actually encouraging  Viewing the “impossible” as a challenge vs a statement  How to take steps to push your limits and test the impossible  Showing up is better than not doing anything at all  Joel's experience raising money to build schools through running and how he came up with the idea  How you can start making an impact now Increasing accountability with yourself  Joel's brand and how to connect with him What does “thriving” mean to Joel   Connect with Joel:  Joel's Instagram Connect with CJ Finley: CJ's Instagram   Thrive On Life Instagram Thrive On Life Website 

Blue Collar Bitcoin Podcast
BCB054_PETER McCORMACK: Challenging Your Ideology

Blue Collar Bitcoin Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 76:52


Peter McCormack, host of the What Bitcoin Did Podcast, joins Dan & Josh for a fun filled dialogue covering a multitude of topics, including: Peter's personal path and strategies to success Why Bitcoin is almost certainly dead & can't be resuscitated The importance of knowing CPR How to avoid trapping yourself in an ideology  The nature of free speech Vegan football clubs & more! SHOW SPONSORS: **LEDN** - A Bitcoin forward financial services company that has chosen to mirror and embrace the transparency, accountability, and auditability of Bitcoin itself by undergoing Proof of Reserves. Use Bitcoin as collateral and access dollar loans with Ledn Bitcoin backed loans. Harness your Bitcoin holdings to buy a new property or finance the home you already own with the upcoming Ledn Bitcoin Mortgage Product. Save Bitcoin and USDC and have access to Ledn's Dollar Loans and trading service. You can look into Ledn's well architected menu of services at Ledn.io (All products and services subject to availability & jurisdiction.)   **COINKITE** - Makers or the best Bitcoin security hardware in the world. Use PROMO CODE "BCB" for 5% off ColdCard Mk3 purchases at coinkite.com. Coinkite is the producer of the iconic ColdCard.  ColdCard is widely regarded as the MOST secure signing device in existence, and can be used by beginners all the way up to the most advanced users (The 2 of us have relied on this device for years.) If you wanna get frisky, check out the BlockClock Mini, this beauty sits on a bookshelf or hangs on the wall and displays any metric about Bitcoin you can think of.  BlockClock Mini is a lust worthy addition to any Bitcoiners home. Other Coinkite products include the OPENDIME, the SATSCARD, the TAPSIGNER, the SEEDPLATE, COLDPOWER and sweet hats. All available at coinkite.com. ColdCard Guides (ultra quick - intermediate - advanced) SUPPORT THE BCB PODCAST: ⇨TIPS: strike.me/bcb (tips also open on Twitter) ⇨PODCAST 2.0 STREAMING: You can stream us fractions of a cent via Bitcoin sats on the Lightning Network!  We are live on Podcast 2.0 apps & wallets. BREEZ Wallet is a great way to get started→HERE is an easy tutorial that demonstrates exactly how to do it. ABOUT PETER: Peter curates some of the most widespread Bitcoin content in the world.  He hosts the "What Bitcoin Did" Podcast, and more recently he's now the Chairman of Real Bedford Football Club in the U.K. ITEMS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: Robert Breedlove on Lex Fridman Podcast Bitcoin Obituaries  TWITTER: Follow Blue Collar Bitcoin Podcast @blue_collarbtc, Follow Peter @PeterMcCormack EMAIL: Send us questions, comments, or feedback at bluecollarbitcoinpodcast@gmail.com  

The Naked Leadership Podcast
E110 Finding Resources You Were Blind To

The Naked Leadership Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 46:09


Join us at the Revenant Process in June! https://wearerevenant.com This week Chad sits down with Dan and Adrian to explore the idea of finding resources. We discuss: Challenging your comfort to find resources Thinking you know what others can offer Asking yourself the question "how good could this turn out?" Options vs possibility Staying loose to discover resources And so much more! 

Adherent Apologetics
248. Challenging TMM on the Problem of Evil (w/ Josh Yen)

Adherent Apologetics

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 34:06


In this video, Josh joins me to respond to  @TMM  on the problem of evil and animal suffering. Original Video: https://youtu.be/-Q5Um0vjCTg -------------------------------- GIVING -------------------------------- Please consider becoming a Patron! I am a full-time student, so your support helps make our content better and provides me Ramen money. Patreon (Thanks!): https://www.patreon.com/AdherentApologetics YouTube Membership: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO8jj_CQwrRRwwwXBndo6nQ/join

Balance & Thrive
The 411 on Cold DMing on Social Media… Does It Actually Work?

Balance & Thrive

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 32:55


You probably already know what cold calling is – the process of calling someone (unsolicited) and trying to make a quick sale without forming a connection – and that's essentially what cold direct messaging is, too.If the idea of this kind of sales approach makes you cringe, you're in the right place because…I do NOT like or support cold DMing, and in this episode, I'm going into detail about why that is. You'll also learn more about my relationship-based approach to sales, why it feels good to me and why it's so effective in the long run.You'll definitely want to give this episode a listen if you're a coach or service provider who struggles to reach out to prospective clients – it CAN be done in a respectful, non-sleazy way, and I'm going to show you how!In this episode, I cover:What “cold direct messaging” is and why it works… sometimes [4:00]Why cold DMing often comes across as disingenuous and insincere [7:10]The low success rate of cold DMing and how that can impact your mental state [8:35]The danger of ending up with people who aren't a good fit for your programs and services when you primarily sell through cold DMs [10:15]Why I require sales calls for my programs that are above a particular price point [11:30]What someone who believes in selling through cold DMs might say to criticize my sales methods – and my rebuttal [12:15]Using direct messaging to connect with prospective clients and build authentic, meaningful relationships through genuine conversations [15:00]How the ease and success of my recent Wellness CEO Mastermind launch demonstrates the effectiveness of my sales practices [16:20]Why it doesn't have to feel weird when you reach out to someone you don't know via DM – assuming you want to get to know them and aren't just trying to make a quick sale [19:00]Examples of why selling truly is a service when done with integrity [20:50]Challenging your fears and insecurities about selling via directly communicating with potential clients – what's *really* holding you back? [23:35]Attraction marketing and why it can be a good alternative to reaching out to prospective clients [24:50]Why I believe in combining prospecting with attraction marketing to achieve the best results in your business [26:40]An important question to ask before joining a business coaching program [28:30]Why FCBA (fcbaprogram.com) might be a good fit for you if you're a new or aspiring wellness or fitness coach [29:25]Connect with Lynette:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynettemarieh Coaching With Impact Facebook group (my free business coaching group!): https://www.facebook.com/groups/coachingwithimpact Fitness Coaching Business Accelerator: https://fcbaprogram.com

Tough Girl Podcast
Shikha Tripathi - Outdoor Writer and Adventurer who has participated in expeditions in the Himalayas.

Tough Girl Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 40:39


Shikha is a writer based in Uttarakhand, India. Specialising in stories woven around nature and the outdoors, sustainable living, and those with a cultural insight from the remote mountains of India, Nepal and Bhutan.    Her travel stories appear in a wide variety of publications such as the National Geographic Traveller, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet, and more.    Her environmental and social interest stories have appeared in newspapers such as The Hindu, The New Indian Express, and on platforms such as Nature InFocus and RoundGlass Sustain.    Born and brought up in the mountains, she is a qualified mountaineer who has participated in expeditions in the Himalayas. Her mountaineering stories have appeared in The Outdoor Journal and online on the Red Bull forum.    Shikha is the recipient of a Commonwealth Writers fellowship for her stories on Himalayan ecology, and has also authored an award-winning children's book on Northeast India's first female Everester, Tine Mena, for a literacy NGO, Pratham.    Most recently, she authored a series of Lonely Planet pocket guide books on Nepal.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss out.    To support the tough girl mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media -  visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.      Show Notes Who is Shikha Growing up in the mountains in India Her love of exploration Deciding to become a professional writer Being curious about the world Quitting her job to backpack across the Indian Continent in 2008 Her love of writing and not wanting to be confined to an office cubicle Being drawn to the mountains and wanting to spend more time there Her year of self discovery Her childhood and early years Going into higher education Making the decision to quit her job and go on a gap year Planning her year out and travelling on a shoe string budget Wanting to get off the regular tourist circuit Heading to the North East of India Spending time in Nepal and Bhutan Building her career as a freelance writer Travelling solo in remote places Advice and tips for solo travel Why planning a little ahead can make things a lot easier Advice for travel writing Why you need to find your niche Finding your writing voice Telling the same story but in a different way Learning mountaineering skills  Encouraging more women to gain skills in the outdoors Challenging times in the mountains Walking on unmarked trails  Being underprepared on the mountains and the lessons learned Dealing with challenging situations and her process for handling it Staying positive and having a back up plan How to connect with Shikha  Putting together her website Writing her award-winning children's book on Northeast India's first female Everester, Tine Mena. Wanting to inspire young girls Advice for women and girls to spend more time in the mountains Future dreams and goals      Social Media   Instagram: @shikha_trip   

Nail Your Nutrition Podcast
63: Challenging Food Rules with Ultra Runner Kayla Fitzgerald, RD and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

Nail Your Nutrition Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 53:49


On this episode, we speak with Registered Dietitian Kayla Fitzgerald about all things training and ultrarunning, her journey into intuitive eating, and how she walks clients along their journeys with intuitive eating while balancing the nutritional needs and demands of training. We discuss: - how she got into distance running and progressed to her first marathon and then ultramarathon- her experience working with a coach vs doing her own training - reasons to get a running coach- how her nutrition has changed as running distance increased- how clients can learn to recognize and work through food rules- how to keep your love for running authentic To enroll in the NYN Fueling course, visit the NYN Course Page. For full show notes, visit the Nail Your Nutrition Podcast Notes Page.

7 Figure Annuity Sales
Income Strategies for Agents Pt. 2

7 Figure Annuity Sales

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 6:36


Don't just plan for the worst-case scenario; understand when to and when NOT to. In this week's episode, we continue part 2 on FIA's do's and don'ts.

Startup Therapy
Funding is a One Way Street

Startup Therapy

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 27:42


In today's Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the cost of raising a capital. Yes, additional funding is a good sign of progress, it's a sign that the company has potential to grow because people invested money in it. Yes, it is a milestone most founders want to achieve. The downside, however, is that you are no longer alone when making decisions. You are no longer the owner. You become another ‘employee'. Sign up for the Startups Newsletterhttps://www.startups.com/newsletterResources: Startup Therapy Podcast  https://www.startups.com/begin Join our Network of Top Founders  Check in with us on LinkedIn | Wil Schroter | Ryan Rutan What to Listen For 00:00 Intro 00:53 Challenging the common narrative of raising funds 03:32 What are you giving up when you raise funding? 08:57 When the founder doesn't feel comfortable 13:02 Investors will defend their money first above anything else 17:10 It's not our company anymore 23:09 The only positive side of raising capital

Ads for Success Podcast
E53: Challenging Sexism in the Workplace with Gill Whitty-Collins, author of Why Men Win At Work

Ads for Success Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 66:34


Welcome back to the Amanda Perry Podcast! Every Monday I'll be sharing insights from founders and leaders in the world of DTC, business and everything in-between. Gilly Whitty-Collins is a keynote speaker, consultant, executive coach and gender equality warrior. Join us as we talk to the former Senior Vice President of P&G Beauty about her 2020 book 'Why Men Win at Work'. We also chat about invisible sexism in the workplace, the big difference between competence and confidence, and how men can get on board.   Founder to Founder group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1165986567563254/ Grow+ https://www.growplusagency.com/   Gill Whitty-Collins: https://gillwhittycollins.com/  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillwhittycollins/?originalSubdomain=ch  https://www.instagram.com/gillwhittycollins/?hl=en    Amanda Perry: https://www.amandaperry.co.uk   https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaperryuk/  https://www.instagram.com/amandaperry/

Monday Motivation
"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself!" Monday Motivation w/Rabbi Garfinkel 5-9-2022

Monday Motivation

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 20:23


Think you know what it means to love your neighbor as yourself? Take a listen & find out! Enlightening, Empowering, Challenging, & Life-Changing Mitzvah is inside this podcast! Love, Rabbi Garfinkel of Project 613

Dear Grad Student
Challenging Shame & Channeling Vulnerability: Applying Brené Brown to Grad School & Beyond

Dear Grad Student

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 50:23


In this episode of Dear Grad Student, Elana chats with post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Rachel Foster, about Brené Brown's work in challenging shame, channeling vulnerability, and how these practices have helped shape Rachel's grad school experience and beyond.Connect with Rachel:Twitter: @Rachel_A_FosterListen to Brené Brown's Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7oShop LGBTQIA merch: https://www.deargradstudent.com/LGBTQIAFind all things podcast at: https://deargradstudent.comFind the podcast on Twitter: @DearGradStudentFind the podcast on Instagram: @DearGradStudentPodFind Elana on Twitter: @elana_glogerMusic provided by: Open Those Bright Eyes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4171-open-those-bright-eyesLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/[Episode edited by Coral Arroyo]BetterHelp - Online Counseling Get 10% OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH of the world's largest, 100% online, professional counseling serviceDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show

Whence Came You? - Freemasonry discussed and Masonic research for today's Freemason
Whence Came You? - 0544 - The Midwest Conference on Masonic Education - A Review

Whence Came You? - Freemasonry discussed and Masonic research for today's Freemason

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 42:56


This week, we get a rundown of what happened at the Midwest Conference of Masonic Education, 2022, in Kansas City, MO. What were some of the ideas passed around from state education officer to state education officer regarding best practices and discoveries within the realm of Masonic education? Then we'll hear, from Greg Knott, who tells us about a recent visit he had to a used bookstore. What treasures did he find? Finally, we'll wrap it up with reflections on being your own teacher--what that means and the duality of such an idea. Truth from within, or teenage angst? Going against the grain. Challenging the status quo. All this and more. Stay tuned! Smith Waite Deck https://amzn.to/3vUEset Craftsman+ FB Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftsmanplus/ WCY NFT https://wcypodcast.com/nft Get a Tarot Reading by RJ http://www.wcypodcast.com/tarot Masonic Curators https://www.youtube.com/c/MasonicCurators WCY Podcast YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/WhenceCameYou Ancient Modern Initiation: Special Edition http://www.wcypodcast.com/the-Shop The Master's Word- A Short Treatise on the Word, the Light, and the Self - Autographed https://wcypodcast.com/the-shop Get the new book! How to Charter a Lodge https://wcypodcast.com/the-shop Truth Quantum https://truthquantum.com Our Patreon www.patreon.com/wcypodcast Support the show on Paypal https://wcypodcast.com/support-the-show Get some swag! https://wcypodcast.com/the-shop Get the book! http://a.co/5rtYr2r The links listed may or may not be Amazon affiliate links.

LOLA Community Podcast
For When Life is Challenging

LOLA Community Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 14:42


In this short episode, I invite us to use "The Work that Reconnects" Model for healing, wholeness, and being with the challenges of life. You can see the visuals on the YouTube channel, here and listen to the playlist for embodied practice, here. Reach out to pleasance@lilomm.com or visit us at www.lolacommunity.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lolacommunity/message

Jumpstart Sessions for your Videography Business
Change your mindset to positive - Value the little things in life -

Jumpstart Sessions for your Videography Business

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 13:08


YOUR DAILY JUMPSTART Positive thinking isn't magic and it won't make all of your problems disappear. What it will do is make problems seem more manageable and help you approach hardships in a more positive and productive way. Challenging situations and obstacles are a part of life. When you're faced with one, focus on the good things no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they seem. If you look for it, you can always find the proverbial silver lining in every cloud — even if it's not immediately obvious. 

RN Drive - Separate stories podcast
Independent Dai Le challenging Fowler latecomer Kristina Keneally

RN Drive - Separate stories podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 12:34


Sixteen MPs contesting the federal election live in a different electorate to the one in which they're running. Does this matter? Dai Le says it does. The daughter of Vietnamese asylum seekers is running against Labor's Kristina Keneally in the western Sydney seat of Fowler. Senator Keneally only moved there from the city's northern beaches last year.

Thought Row
Season 2 – Episode 18: Shara Lewis-Campbell – Creating Publishing Opportunities for People with Challenging Backgrounds

Thought Row

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 43:33


Season 2 – Episode 18: Shara Lewis-Campbell – Creating Publishing Opportunities for People with Challenging Backgrounds In tIn this episode, we speak with Shara Lewis-Campbell and her partner's mission with Beauty and the Beast Publishing. It is a company that publishes writers from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and writers that are incarcerated, providing them a voice. … Continue reading Season 2 – Episode 18: Shara Lewis-Campbell – Creating Publishing Opportunities for People with Challenging Backgrounds →

Dream Freedom Beauty with Natalie Ross
Medicine Woman Charlotte James on Nakedness in Nature & the Intersection of Race and Psychedelics [episode 87]

Dream Freedom Beauty with Natalie Ross

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 79:02


Medicine Woman Charlotte James shares about healing from body dysmorphia with nakedness in nature. You'll also hear about: The intersection of race and psychedelics  Integration and the 5 circles of self How Charlotte began her journey working with Kambo and grandmother Ayahuasca The myth of whiteness and why whiteness isn't a monolith ♥♥♥ Join The Earth Speak Collective Membership! Join like-hearted folks in a sacred container and community where you'll: Connect deeply to yourself, others, nature & spirit Learn to trust your intuition Activate your Earth magic Expand your healing & divination skills Put your intuition into practice in everyday life Stop feeling lonely on your spiritual path Embody & express your creative power & truths Experience safe space without agenda or judgment When you join the Collective, you get access to all of our past workshops, any live workshops happening while you're a member, live weekly energetic reset calls, monthly community rituals, all the secret episodes, member-run meetups to explore magical topics, and a lively members-only forum (that's not on FB!). ▶▶▶ Learn more and sign up for the Collective membership here: https://www.earthspeak.love/collective ***** Charlotte James works to create a world in which all beings are able to live in fearless pursuit of their radical transformation. She uses her purpose as an entheogenic medicine woman and her skills as a coach and digital strategist to build and engage a community focused on pursuing collective liberation. Learn more about Charlotte's work at theancestorproject.com. In this episode, we talk about: How Charlotte began her journey working with Kambo and grandmother Ayahuasca On feeling called to facilitate the medicine  The intersection between race and psychedelics  What happened when Charlotte heard the call from mushrooms on the need to organize community for black women  Charlotte's experience apprenticing during the pandemic  Ancestral practice as harm reduction Working towards collective liberation  The myth of whiteness and why whiteness isn't a monolith  On connecting to the traditions of your ancestors  What are you policing within yourself?  Restorative justice and decolonizing the self  The importance of BIPOC only spaces  Communicating with respect and compassion for each other  Building the life and the world you want to see  Being responsible for replicating our own trauma  Why we cant manifest our way out of oppression  How our eagerness can overshadow our integrity  Channeling integration into daily action  How judgment and shame blocked Charlotte's connection to the medicine  Healing from body dysmorphia with nakedness in nature  Integration and the 5 circles of self Why it isn't selfish to have your needs met  Exploring nudism and nakedness in nature  Clothes and respectability politics  Challenging what we perceive as acceptable  Integration circles for BIPOC folks  And so much more! Secret Episodes! Get access to past secret episodes at https://www.earthspeak.love/secret. Earth Speak Links: Join the Earth Speak Collective Membership at https://www.earthspeak.love/collective Become an Earth Speak Sponsor and reach more of the people you're meant to serve www.earthspeak.love/sponsor  Support the Earth Speak Podcast and purchase our t-shirt  Support Earth Speak and make a donation   Get the secret episodes at https://www.earthspeak.love/secret Guest Links: Learn more about Charlotte's offerings at theancestorproject.com  Connect with Charlotte on Instagram @createdby.charlotte // https://www.instagram.com/createdby.charlotte  Connect with Ancestor Project on Instagram @theancestorproject // https://www.instagram.com/theancestorproject/  Connect with Charlotte on Facebook @theancestorproject References: Native Land https://native-land.ca/   Psychedelics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_drug  Rave scene https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rave  Cannabis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)  Anthropology https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropology  MDMA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDMA  Die Antwoord https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Antwoord  LSD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysergic_acid_diethylamide  Kambo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kambo_cleanse  Bufo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bufo  Ayahuasca https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca   San Pedro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinopsis_pachanoi  Iboga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibogaine  Cocaine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine  Okayplayer || Article https://www.okayplayer.com/originals/black-people-psychedelic-drugs-monnica-williams.html  Andrea Wright https://www.instagram.com/guidedbydre/  5-MeO-DMT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5-MeO-DMT  Mike Tyson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Tyson  Shaman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism  People of Color Psychedelic Collective https://www.pocpc.org/  Decolonization https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decolonization Appropriation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_appropriation  Systemic racism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutional_racism  Restorative justice https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restorative_justice  Vikings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings  Polytheistic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytheism  Animism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animism  Entheogen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entheogen  BIPOC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_color  Pagan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism  Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam  Judaism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism  Diaspora https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora Saxon People https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxons  5D https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-dimensional_space  Cognitive dissonance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance  Pedagogy of the Oppressed || Book https://amz.run/5YY1  Shipibo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipibo-Conibo  Body dysmorphia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder  Enneagram https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneagram_of_Personality  Tobacco https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco  Sage https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_apiana  Cacao https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_bean  Polyamorous https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyamory  Shawna https://www.instagram.com/shawna.cason/    ► Leave us a written review on iTunes, and get shouted out on the show! 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Farm Dog
Ep. 25: The Karakachan - challenging assumptions about livestock guardian dogs

Farm Dog

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 48:32


True or false? Livestock guardian dogs should weigh at least 100 pounds. LGD's should bark at everything they can't identify. LGD's should be aggressive and predatory. LGD breeds must have names that are difficult to pronounce. Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, is here to give us some surprising answers based on his breed of choice -- the Karakachan. Farm Dog is presented by Goats On The Go® and hosted by its founder, Aaron Steele. Questions, comments, or topic suggestions? Let us know at GoatsOnTheGo.com/FarmDog. American Karakachan Dog Association: http://www.karakachanusa.org/ Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/farmdog/message

News & Views with Joel Heitkamp
Riley Kuntz is challenging John Hoeven in the primary election

News & Views with Joel Heitkamp

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 12:25


05/04/22 : Joel is joined by Riley Kuntz on "News and Views." Riley is an oil worker from Dickinson and has filed paperwork to challenge John Hoeven in the Republican primary in June. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Higher Ed Geek Podcast
BONUS Episode #156: Vielka Hoy on Challenging College Rankings

The Higher Ed Geek Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 35:48


Find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. If you are an expert in your field, have a unique story to share, or an interesting point of view-- it's time to explore the world of podcasting with Kitcaster! Go to https://kitcaster.com/geek/ to apply for a special offer for friends of this podcast. Our guest for this week's bonus episode is Vielka Hoy, CEO and Founder of Bridge to College where she helps students find the best fit higher ed institutions for them on a deeper level through various social factors. Subscribe and listen via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify. Find the full show notes at higheredgeek.com/podcast Music by pond5.com

Journey To Launch
Episode 268- How To Design Your Intentional Life & Pursue What You Really Want

Journey To Launch

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 29:03


In this solo episode I discuss the importance of starting within ourselves when it comes to our life and financial journeys. Challenging the dreams and goals we've created or wish to create is the first and most vital part of being intentional with designing a life you want to live.  While numbers are certainly important, at the end of the day, they aren't what truly matters. If you're looking for actionable ways to map out the life you want to live, give this episode a listen. In this episode I discuss: 2 Exercises to narrow down what you want your life to look like  Why the why is more important than the financial numbers The importance of finding what makes you happy now  How living without self-judgment and shame can elevate your life + more Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode: https://tim.blog/2017/01/12/how-to-design-a-life-debbie-millman/ https://www.designmattersmedia.com https://www.kinderinstitute.com Join the waitlist for my signature course, Map Your Way To Financial Independence, here. Check out my new personal website here. Join The Weekly Newsletter List Leave me a voicemail– Leave me a question on the Journey To Launch voicemail and have it answered on the podcast! Watch me on News12  Watch my latest segments on News12 YNAB –  Start managing your money and budgeting so that you can reach your financial dreams. Sign up for a free 34 days trial of YNAB, my go-to budgeting app by using my referral link. Connect with me: Instagram: @Journeytolaunch Twitter: @JourneyToLaunch Facebook: @Journey To Launch Join the Private Facebook Group Join the Waitlist for My FI Course Get The Free Jumpstart Guide

Stacy Westfall Horse Podcast
Episode 181- Three reasons it can be challenging to sit a horses lope

Stacy Westfall Horse Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 37:03


A listener asks how she can sit the lope or canter without popping out of the saddle. She says, “I seem to pop out of the saddle quite a bit…Some people ride so quiet in a saddle, others seem to come up out of the saddle as their horse moves. I can't seem to sit to him as much as I try.” In answering the question I discuss: how the horses build affects the rider, how the horses training level impacts their ability to ‘lift' or carry a rider…and how if this is lacking it makes the horse difficult to ride smoothly, the stages where it is more approprate to sit lightly vs deeply...and several ways you can improve your seat.

Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine on WYPR
Challenging dishes to cook at home

Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine on WYPR

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 48:32


Making spaghetti or a pot roast at home? No problem! Preparing a lamb ragu or rabbit terrine? Not always so simple. If you have ever wanted to expand your cooking repertoire but certain dishes or products make you nervous, this show is for you. Tony and Chef Cindy go over approaches and preparations for spring dishes including duck, lamb, and rabbit. Plus, the return of the Chef's Challenge! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Curious Fox Podcast
Mental Health Month, F*** Bubble Baths and Self Care

Curious Fox Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 53:26


In a world where self-care has become synonymous with warm baths and face masks, how can we truly care for ourselves? Is taking it easy and putting your feet up the best way to support your mental health? How can we find a self-care practice that supports our current mental health needs?In honor of mental health month, Effy and Jaqueline take an intentional deep dive into focus on the most important relationship in our lives - our relationship with ourselves. Mentioned on the episode; Episode 33: Finding The Right Therapist for All Lifestyles with Dr. Thomas WhitfieldEpisode 57: Masturbation as self-love and sex nest update with Stella HarrisEpisode 92: Trauma, Sense of Safety and the Soma with Rida KıraşıTo find more about Effy Blue and Jacqueline Misla, follow them at @wearecuriousfoxes, @coacheffyblue, and @jacquelinemisla on Instagram.If you have a question that you would like to explore on the show, reach out to us and we may answer your question on one of our upcoming episodes. Leave us a voicemail at 201-870-0063 or email us at listening@wearecuriousfoxes.comFollow us on social media for further resources on this topic:fb.com/WeAreCuriousFoxesinstagram.com/wearecuriousfoxesJoin the conversation: fb.com/groups/CuriousFoxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/wearecuriousfoxes)

365 Driven
Creating Balance Between Life and Business - with Jaime Villalovos - EP248

365 Driven

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 63:28


Jaime Villalovos has an incredible story of strength, perseverance, and growth mindset that took her from a childhood of welfare and food stamps, to being a 7-figure earner before the age of 30. She has helped thousands of people to successfully start their own business, and has coached many to become leaders earning multiple 6 and 7 figure incomes. Through her Happy and Strong movement, Jaime coaches leaders and entrepreneurs on how to build their dream life with more success in business and more balance, wellness, and fulfillment. Being known as the “balance queen”, Jaime has achieved all this with an inspiring marriage, raising four children, being a philanthropist, and staying involved with her church and community. In this episode. Jaime shares all about her background and journey to achieving all that she set out to do. Her story is also a testament to the power of finding a great mentor and realizing that to unlock the doors that you want to open, sometimes you have to seek those that have already found the key and check your ego at the door when it comes to following their advice. Jaime also dives into the importance of not staying stagnant and continuing to set goals, yet finding the perfect balance to not let work control your life, because the true goal is happiness. Quote from the episode: “The great ones, the champions, the 1%ers, it's not just a business plan, it's not just goals, it's like an emotional game plan. What keeps them going when things are tough, when things are hard, when they want to quit, when they want to flip on the TV, and instead they turn it off and they make 10 more phone calls.” Key highlights: Jaime's story growing up poor in a small rural town and how that inspired her to do better The importance of finding a great mentor or coach Jaime's tips for reaching out to a mentor you aren't connected to Tony's advice for connecting with mentors How our entrepreneur journey changes through life's phases What a good team can do for your business How Jaime trains and hires staff Tony's time saving hacks for training new employees/team members Why you need an emotional game plan for when things get hard The importance of growth and new challenges Challenging your belief system Jaime's process for setting big goals How Jaime defines happiness and success How a mentor might be able to help you see where you are stuck Why you need fulfillment and contribution goals instead of a money “finish line” Jaime's new book Happy and Strong launching May 17 For more information about this episode, visit: 365driven.com/episode248

The James Altucher Show
844 - How to find the right innovations in the challenging time with Former President of Nintendo Reggie Fils-Aimé

The James Altucher Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 58:43


What does it takes to take the famous but underperforming (at that time) company, Nintendo, elevate them and create a whole culture following behind them? And how to take a food court brand, Panda Express, and make them a national chain restaurant?In this episode, I was joined by Reggie Fils-Aimé, is an American businessman best known for being the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, the North American division of the Japanese video game company Nintendo to talk about his new book, Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo.We explore Reggie's origin story, what makes him take up his role in Nintendo, how he turns Pizza Hut and Panda Express into a national chain, what's his philosophy when he faces any challenges, and more importantly, why does he likes to take up task and roles that are in the most challenging situation!We also talked about how he became the meme man, and gaming community!Visit Notepd.com to read more idea lists, or sign up and create your own idea list!My new book Skip The Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever you get your new book!Join You Should Run For President 2.0 Facebook Group, and we discuss why should run for president.I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts:Apple PodcastsStitcheriHeart RadioSpotify Follow me on Social Media:YouTubeTwitterFacebook

Cash Chats
265 | Hotel bookings, challenging debts, obsolete stamps & more (My month in money)

Cash Chats

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 26:33


Find out how I spent and saved over the last month The latest episode of the pod is a solo episode, and I'm talking about: A hotel booking mistake The threat of debt collectors Rediscovering the library Streamlining my streaming services Replacing stamps with new barcode versions & more   For links and further reading head to becleverwithyourcash.com/cashchats265 ABOUT CASH CHATS Cash Chats is presented by money blogger and broadcaster Andy Webb. The podcast has been featured as one of the top money podcasts by publications including Apple, Good Housekeeping, The Sun and the Independent. In 2021 and 2019 it was awarded Best Money Podcast at the SHOMOS - the UK Money Bloggers community annual awards, and runner-up in 2020. On each Cash Chats episode you can hear Andy share ways to get the most from your money. He's often joined for friendly and accessible conversations by a friend from the UK Money Blogger community to cover topics as diverse as freebies and investments. Andy also runs the award-winning website Be Clever With Your Cash, presented Channel 5's Shop Smart Save Money and founded the community ukmoneybloggers.com. To contact Andy email Andy@Becleverwithyourcash.com ANDY ON SOCIAL Andy's handle is @AndyCleverCash and you can follow him over at: twitter.com/AndyCleverCash instagram.com/andyclevercash   youtube.com/andyclevercash   GET ANDY'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER You'll also get a free Quidco bonus for signing up https://becleverwithyourcash.com/newsletter/ MUSIC The music is Easter Island by Lonely Punk and provided on a creative commons licence     

Southland Christian Church
Why Not Now | Challenging My Relationship With Friends

Southland Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 23:23


Most people have a surface level relationship with their friends. They aren't able to be vulnerable because they're afraid of being betrayed. In this message we will look at what it takes to become the kind of friend we want to have in others.

7 Figure Annuity Sales
Income Strategies for Agents Pt. 1

7 Figure Annuity Sales

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 19:26


Plan worst-case scenarios. Income strategies will rarely come up as a “need” unless you're planning worst-case scenarios. In this episode, Caleb and I discuss 4 strategies that will help you plan for your client's needs.

The Joy Junkie Show
[AMY SAYS] EP#441 - What to Do When You are Desiring Intimacy but Fearing Vulnerability

The Joy Junkie Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 42:15


Ever find yourself desiring deep, rich connections with your partner or your friends and family but have a hellova time letting your guard down? Maybe you even find yourself craving deep intimacy but you're absolutely terrified to really “be seen”. I mean, isn't it just safer to stay walled up? Well… if the other party was vulnerable first… maybe then it would be safe. Maybe. Why is it so damn hard to be vulnerable? If you've found your mind spinning with the same questions, you are certainly not the exception. Many of us crave rich, soulful connections with our loved ones, but we're absolutely paralyzed by fear of being vulnerable. So we put up massive walls, don't let people in, and then wonder why we don't have intimacy. In this episode, I dig into the detrimental notions we're inundated within our culture, how it sends major mixed messages about vulnerability, and why you need to drastically change the narrative if you want to experience intimacy in your relationships. And guess what? You get to take as many baby steps as you need to feel safe. Promise. This pod explores: How our society shapes our views of safety in relationships (And how that isn't doing you any favors) Challenging the notion that vulnerability equals weakness, when in reality vulnerability equals courage The three simplest ways to gradually and lovingly step into vulnerability (without feeling like you might die) The real cost of not allowing room for vulnerability in your life HIRE ME TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT! ACCESS ‘ENOUGHNESS'. POWERFULLY NAVIGATE FEAR. SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF. I have three battle-tested (and badass) keynote speeches that are ready to be delivered to your company, organization, group, or association. If you or anyone you know could benefit from me droppin' some gems (um, like, who couldn't use some new tools?) please send them to THIS FANCY INFO PAGE on my site where you/they can message me directly about specific needs. ______ PERKS FOR THE POD-IENCE This podcast is sponsored by LetsGetChecked and The Bold-Faced Truth Podcast listeners get a whoppin' 30% off their first test kit of choice at tryglc.com/boldtruth or simply enter code boldtruth at checkout. Hello!! Getting necessary medical testing can be simple, safe, and easily done in the privacy of your own home. Check out this killer offer from LetsGetChecked and save 30% on your first test kit! Check it out ~> ______ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: POD #440: Working With Your Inner Child + Attracting Love With Veronica Grant You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, by Tarana Burke, Brené Brown, et al. ___ HOW TO LEAVE APPLE PODCASTS REVIEWS: Click the “Subscribe on Apple Podcasts” button below or go HERE Click on blue button that reads “view in Apple Podcasts” which will open the podcast into your personal Apple Podcasts account Click “Ratings & Reviews” under the show title Click the star rating of choice and then click the “Write a Review” button You can also click “Subscribe” under the podcast photo to be automatically notified of new episodes ______ WANT TO SUBMIT A SHOW TOPIC? Swing by THIS PAGE and let us hear what you would like us to sound off on!

A Love Language Minute
Challenging the Biblical definition of marriage.

A Love Language Minute

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 1:00


What should your response be to someone who challenges the Biblical definition of marriage? Don't be argumentative. Instead, simply state what the Bible says. Ultimately, their issue is with God and his Word. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Chesterland Baptist Church Weekly Sermons
Challenging Cultural Compromise (1-May-22)

Chesterland Baptist Church Weekly Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 28:13


Challenging Cultural Compromise (1-May-22) by CBCOhio

The Fat Doctor Podcast
Challenging the twelfth law: Is it OK to discriminate against fat people?

The Fat Doctor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 28:32


In the final episode of season 2, Dr. Asher Larmie not only asks the question "is it OK to discriminate against fat people", but they also reflect on the future of the Fat Doctor Podcast.In this episode, Asher discusses:Why the wellness industry keeps getting it wrongWhat it means to be a "progressive"The reality of podcasting and how they plan to make this podcast more sustainable for the futureThank you for listeningIf you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor'? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. More about the show:How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one.Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle

Heartland Church of Fort Wayne
Challenging Society With Prayer

Heartland Church of Fort Wayne

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 47:27


When we center our lives around prayer and communion with God, it will be evident in all areas of our lives.

Social Media and Politics
Challenging Covid Vaccine Misinformation on Private Social Media, with Prof. Andrew Chadwick

Social Media and Politics

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 58:18


Prof. Andrew Chadwick, Professor of Communication at Loughborough University, shares insights from his new public research report: Covid Vaccines and Online Personal Messaging: The Challenge of Challenging Everyday Misinformation. The report explores how British citizens use private social messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and in particular how they experience and engage with coronavirus misinformation across private group chats on these platforms. We discuss the hybrid character of this engagement, the role of quantitative research in project designs, and person-centered solutions to countering misinformation on private social media.

Hatchcast
Part 2: Fast Design & Challenging the Creative Industry with Jim Shurter

Hatchcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 49:13


_______Like what you hear? Let us know! Subscribe and share—we really appreciate it.Have ideas or comments for us? Email us at hatchcast@msu.edu. For behind-the-scenes content, check us out on Facebook and Instagram.   Hatchcast is made possible by the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Michigan State University in collaboration with the MSU Innovation Center, the MSU Entrepreneurship Association, & MSU Women in Entrepreneurship.Today's episode was written and executive produced by Danielle Tice.Original Music & Sound Design by Kakia Gkoudina and Karina StankowskiEngineered & Edited by Danielle Tice and Will RowanThe Hatchcast is co-hosted and produced by Gabe Hales, Gabe Berke, Diego Fernandez, Danielle Tice, Karina Stankowski, Charlotte Bachelor, Will Rowan, & Aaryn Richard.MSU Burgess InstituteThe Burgess Institute empowers Michigan State University students to learn through action.TEDxMSUTED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.Women in EntrepreneurshipMSU WE's mission is to inspire, support, & empower women interested in building their ventures.

40 Plus: Real Men. Real Talk.
170: Lessons Learned From The Frugal Gay – Tom Brickman

40 Plus: Real Men. Real Talk.

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 45:13


What do you do when you just can't find the way to make money doing your passion? You just keep doing it on the side until you find the way. Is it difficult? Challenging? Worth it? Yes, yes, and yes. Tom Brickman - known as The Frugal Gay - shares his insights on how to make money and live your passion as a guy in your midlife, without screwing everything up. About Tom Tom Brickman 39, Married dog dad from Dallas TX. Recently retired from 9-5 to work on Real Estate full time (18 doors) a resale business and The Frugal Gay. Tom provides one on one coaching and covers financial literacy & getting that first real estate deal under contract. Connect With Tom https://twitter.com/Thefrugalgay11?t=aliq7UE5kyBfKfRFspfs5g&s=09 (Twitter) https://www.instagram.com/thefrugalgay11/ (Instagram) Hey Guys, Check This Out! Are you a guy who keeps struggling to do that thing? You know the thing you keep telling yourself and others you're going to do, but never do? Then it's time to get real and figure out why. Join the 40 Plus Men's Circle. Learn about about - http://40plusmenscircle.com/ (Click Here!) Break free of fears. Make bold moves. Live life without apologies P.S. get your free My Bold Life Manifesto, right here - https://rickclemons.com/manifesto/ (rickclemons.com/manifesto/) You can also listen to the podcast on… https://apple.co/2Q4nnbt ()   https://open.spotify.com/show/3D4LvaRQjd5EcHWW4nKmQp ()https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/rick-clemons/forty-plus-real-men-real-talk ()   http://tun.in/pjrug ()https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/40-plus-real-men-real-talk-854094 ()   https://radiopublic.com/40-plus-real-men-real-talk-WoBlp5 ()  

Optimal Health Daily
1707: The Benefits of Pullups by Jane Chertoff with Healthline on Challenging Back Exercises

Optimal Health Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 10:42


Jane Chertoff of Healthline discusses the benefits of pullups Episode 1707: The Benefits of Pullups by Jane Chertoff with Healthline on Challenging Back Exercises How you feel affects every precious day of your life. Healthline understands that, which is why they're committed to being your most trusted ally in your pursuit of health and well-being. You can depend on Healthline to provide expert content along with genuine caring--both of which will support, guide, and inspire you toward the best possible health outcomes for you and your family. The original post is located here: https://www.healthline.com/health/exercise-fitness/benefit-of-pull-up  If you or someone you love has Type 2 diabetes, take control of glucose levels with Pendulum Glucose Control. Use code OHD at Pendulumlife.com to get 20% off your first month of membership Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com  Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalHealthDailyDietNutritionFitness Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Nugget Climbing Podcast
EP 116: Paul Robinson — Coming Back From Injuries, Opening Up About Autism, and Working Boulders Top Down

The Nugget Climbing Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 153:49


Paul Robinson is one of the top boulderers in the world and has been climbing at a V15 level for more than a decade. We talked about building his new house, recovering from neck surgery, his recent diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, climbing 1000+ V11s or harder, his analogy of climbing as a book, hardest FAs, trying to climb V16, travel routines, filmmaking, and much more.Check out Chalk Cartel!chalkcartel.comUse code "NUGGET" at checkout for 20% off your next order!Check out Crimpd!crimpd.comOr download the Crimpd app! (Available for iOS and Android)Check out PhysiVantage!physivantage.com (link includes 15% off coupon)Use code "NUGGET15" at checkout for 15% off your next order!We are supported by these amazing BIG GIVERS:Leo Franchi, Michael Roy, David Lahaie, Robert Freehill, Jeremiah Johnson, Scott Donahue, Eli Conlee, Skyler Maxwell, and Craig LeeBecome a Patron:patreon.com/thenuggetclimbingShow Notes:  thenuggetclimbing.com/episodes/paul-robinsonNuggets:0:06:18 – Designing and building his house0:10:56 – How Paul got into filmmaking0:13:10 – Feature films vs. YouTube, and Hueco Dailies 0:15:14 – The Road to Recovery film series0:17:48 – Paul's neck injury0:24:00 – Leg injury0:26:25 – Being back to 90%, and finding new ways to improve0:28:09 – Hope, optimism, and a new perspective on finding challenges in climbing0:32:33 – Going through the stages of grief with an injury, getting older, and hoping to continue climbing at 60 years old0:35:29 – John Sherman0:36:32 – Paul's 8a.nu account, and his goal to climb 1000 boulders 8A (V11) or harder0:40:38 – Running out of things to climb, and getting psyched on finding new boulders0:43:14 – What Paul's drive alive, and his goals for his Hueco trip0:46:38 – The uniqueness of climbing, being a perfectionist, and seeking mastery0:49:57 – Climbing as a book, and whether Paul is still getting better at climbing0:52:24 – Why we don't often repeat things we've done, and Paul's story about flashing Nagual and repeating it for the Rock Rodeo0:55:56 – Does V16 feel important?1:01:41 – How Paul is thinking of training for ‘Box Therapy' V16, and why Paul tries to maintain a baseline of endurance for bouldering1:08:36 – Paul's projecting tactics1:13:10 – ‘Lucid Dreaming'1:25:01 – Dave Graham, 'Spectre', and 'Total Eclipse'1:30:40 – Patron question from Nick: If you could only climb one boulder for the rest of your life, what would you choose?1:31:27 – Fontainbleau1:32:43 – Opening up about being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and some of the symptoms Paul experiences1:38:32 – OCD tendencies, Paul's outfits, touch, social anxiety, and hyper-focus1:43:34 – Stuck laying on the couch, and opening up conversations1:50:35 – Routines that help Paul feel grounded1:53:53 – Challenging the clothing norms, and decision fatigue1:59:47 – Paul's go-to climbing shoes2:02:37 – Toe hooking, and customizing his Solutions for ‘The Story of Two Worlds'2:04:29 – Patron question from André: Any plans to try ‘Burden of Dreams' V17?2:07:13 – The challenge of living in the desert and trying to climb in humid environments2:09:33 – Bugalisen2:10:48 – Patron question from André: Which one of your FA's do you think is the hardest one?2:11:58 – Paul's project in the South Platte, CO, and how he names his boulders2:13:46 – ‘Karoshi'2:14:28 – Patron question from Ana: What areas does Paul think have the most remaining potential? Where is the next frontier for bouldering?2:18:30 – Paul's favorite rock type2:20:37 – Patron question from Prithipal: How strong are Paul's fingers?2:23:51 – Tiny crimps, and why you don't need to be able to do one-arm pullups to climb V162:26:58 – Meeting Paul back in 2013, and what's next

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0620 - Making Peace With the Beautiful and Challenging Parable of the Talents

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 10:35


Matthew 25:14-30 -      Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.