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285: Francis Pedraza | Becoming Minimalist

July 9th, 2014

Episode 201 of 602 episodes

“Even free stuff has a cost: it has a cost in your mind, it has a cost in terms of space, it has a cost in terms of distraction.” -Francis Pedraza GET A FREE BOOK FROM AUDIBLE AND SUPPORT THE SHOW Can the number of apps you have on your phone and the amount of stuff you have in your closet actually impact your creativity? Indeed it can and it does, says Francis Pedraza. Francis is the start-up captain behind the app Everest as well as other mega-successful entrepreneurial ventures. Listen in while we chat about minimalism, getting robbed, the cost of “stuff”, the real reason we get angry with people and how to effectively breed creativity into your life. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW: Francis is a self-described “minimalist”; he believes that by getting rid of the things we don’t need and recognizing that there is a cost to organizing the things we do keep, we can create a space for clarity. And when we have clarity, we have creativity. But he doesn’t just apply this to the “things” in his life, he also applies this to social media, our networking contacts and our email. He calls these areas our “inboxes” and believes we should use the “zero inbox” rule wherever possible. This is the most powerful organization system out there. He thinks we should get to as few Inboxes as possible and keep those Inboxes at zero. When they fill up, we remove the items inside until it’s at zero again, it works much like an accordion that expands and contracts. This revolutionary approach and attitude served him well when he was robbed; instead of feeling sorry for himself, he looked at both sides of the equation. He realized he was incredibly blessed that everything that was taken from him was replaced within a few days and many people loved and cared for his needs in the mean time. He also understood he was much better off than the person who stole from him; how difficult must that person’s life be that they resorted to stealing? And how fortunate was he that he wasn’t in that same position? The finer details of this show include: The 2 ways of living: what are they and which is most powerful? True or false: there’s a small “brain” in your gut? Asymmetric warfare: what is it and how to use it. When the Internet is the most powerful. The impact your five closest friends have on your life. And so much more! Francis has tackled the physical realm of life as well as the digital world. He has whittled down his Facebook contacts using a system so he can maximize his connections there as well as on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media outlets. We also talk about something called transference, a psychological term that explains why people’s actions anger some of us and not others. For example, if you had a start-up and you did X and it turned out badly, when you see your friend who is running a start-up do the same thing, you get upset even though the two situations are not the same. If you can become aware of when you are transferring, or any other self-defeating behavior (including hanging on to physical stuff), you can then choose. With awareness comes choice and with choice comes clarity and creativity. We touch on a few other topics, like when to declare bankruptcy, how to view deletion and his seriously cool app Everest. Everest, if you haven’t heard of it, takes the promise social media originally made (connection and sharing) and actually brings it to life. Everest, in Francis’ words, is “bringing meaning and story back through context”. Francis was an awesome guest. We had tons to chat about in this episode; he’s a minimalist in every way except great ideas and great conversation! Resources from this episode: Francis’ blog Francis on Twitter Everest You’ll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox -Best of The Art of Charm Podcast HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!