Tips to Help Your #Hustle: Book Club Book “The Book of Awesome”

As part of my continuing series, “Tips to Help Your #Hustle,” here is another quick tip to help dominate in your working life. The sooner you conquer your career the sooner you can be free to start living the life you’ve worked so hard for. For me, that life happens up high in the mountains of Park City, Utah.

Since I am busy not reading this month’s book club book (not fair, actually I’m half-way through) I wanted to share a previous month’s book club that I legitimately didn’t read all the way through. And that’s okay. It wasn’t exactly written as a beginning, middle, end-type book. It’s more of a flipper. The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha.

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Each page is a different episode of something being awesome. Like taking off your bra after a long day. Like when a grocery store opens up a new checkout aisle just as you walk to the front. Like fresh laundry out of the dryer: AWESOME. Some pages are filled with a story, others are one line. It’s a book to flip through and pause and chuckle and remember that though we work very hard for Big Successes, truly enjoying our experience comes from appreciating the little bits of awesome.

(The club I’m a part of is run by Amy Cairn of Academy Mortgage. Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments.)

Remember, it’s the start of a new week, a new chance to build our business, tighten our procedures, clarify our direction. It’s Monday. GAME ON.

Tips to Help Your #Hustle: Book Club Book, “Raving Fans”

As part of my continuing series, “Tips to Help Your #Hustle,” here is another quick tip to help dominate in your working life. The sooner you conquer your career the sooner you can be free to start living the life you’ve worked so hard for. For me, that life happens up high in the mountains of Park City, Utah.

Okay so between you and me, I don’t always read the whole book club book. The club I’m a part of is run by Amy Cairn of Academy Mortgage. All the books are great additions for personal and professional development, and thanks to the dynamic of group guilt, I am reading more of these books than I normally would. However, if I’m honest, some months I’m not sorry to see parables and big margins. August’s book fits that bill: Raving Fans, by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.

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There isn’t an industry that couldn’t be improved by building rapport with customers. I sell real estate, and my clients should be so madly in love with my service that they tell their friends. Amy is a mortgage broker who provides this book club service, and here I am telling you about her. Word of mouth advertising is serious business, especially when I can just click “Tweet” and tell 900 people about my experience instantly. I’m excited to get through this one, and will report back on what I see in it that applies to my business.

(Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments.)

Remember, it’s the start of a new week, a new chance to build our business, tighten our procedures, clarify our direction. It’s Monday. GAME ON.

Tips to Help Your #Hustle: Using a K-Cup in a MiniBru

Finished desk-brewed green tea Kuerig hack with a MiniBru

As part of my continuing series, “Tips to Help Your #Hustle,” here is another quick tip on ways to dominate in your working life. The sooner you conquer your career the sooner you can be free to start living the life you’ve worked so hard for. For me, that life happens up high in the mountains of Park City, Utah.

Most offices are moving towards a Kuerig machine versus the traditional coffee pot or kettle and boxes of tea bags. Easier for clients, easier for staff, everybody gets a version of what they prefer. It’s an amazing machine. But let’s say you don’t do the K-cup ordering. Or let’s say like me, you grind your own beans, use a French press most mornings, made the move to a Chemex, or–heaven forbid–want some caffeine but are just not in the mood for coffee come 4 PM. I wouldn’t say I’m a coffee snob, but I can’t deal with how over-roasted just about everything is right now. I’m also not terribly patient, so when I decide I need a hot beverage, I don’t want to just hang out for 5 minutes waiting for it to cool down. The last thing I want to do roll into the office and stick my face in a cup of scorched green tea or over-roasted coffee that somebody else chose AND have to wait for it to cool. And since I hate to take the time to grab a to-go latte with so much whipped cream that it cools down immediately, having a solution to hack your Kuerig supply in a pinch is a great way to get your go juice and not stop your hustle.

For Christmas, I received the MiniBru Coffee Press Mug from ThinkGeek.com. I’m a fan.

Finished desk-brewed green tea Kuerig hack with a MiniBru

First? Punch open that K-cup like it insulted your momma.

Kuerig green tea hack with a MiniBru

Next, heat the water. Entertain yourself while you wait.

Stay entertained.

Combine the leaves and hot water. Stir. Completely ignore the instructions on the mug.

Hacking a K-cup with a MiniBru

After your desired amount of brewing time–two minutes in this case for green tea–PLUNGE.


Is it perfect? No. But what’s a little fiber amongst friends?

Tea leaves in a MiniBru

However, after checking the leaves-in-my-teeth factor with the reverse cam on my iPhone 27 totally non-obsessive times while I was drinking it, I can assure you it’s not a big deal. Are you better off with loose-leaf tea or coarse-ground coffee? Sure. But for a quick desk hack to get a nice green tea or office coffee that’s not too hot, easy to drink, and with all the charm of doing it yourself and sparing the hassle of leaving your business to get your afternoon bump on?

It does the trick.