Apocalypse Now | Airplane Mode Will Not End the World As We Know It – A Knowledge Bomb

Show Notes

“I’ve never carried a iPhone.” – Paul Graham (The mentor and investor behind ViaWeb, Dropbox, AirBNB, Reddit, and Y-Combinator) What would happen if you turned your phone onto airplane mode? Would the world end if you were unreachable for 12 to 15 hours per day?

FUN FACTS – “The typical smartphone owner interacts with his or her phone an average of 85 times per day.” – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201706/are-smartphones-making-us-stupid

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases. Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process—the process of requiring yourself to not think about something—uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain.” – Adrian Ward (University of Texas, Austin)

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “I don’t think modern science has good answers here. I think that modern world is actually really bad. The modern world is full of distractions. Things like Twitter and Facebook are not making you happy. They are making you unhappy. You are essentially playing a game that’s created by the creators of those systems, and yes, it can be a useful game once in a blue moon. You are engaging in the dispute, and resentment, comparison, jealousy, anger about things that frankly just don’t matter.” – Naval Ravikant (Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.)

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “I’ve never carried an iPhone.” – Paul Graham (Paul Graham is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist author and investor. Paul Graham is also the mentor behind the success Y Combinator, AirBNB, Dropbox, and Reddit)

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

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Two men, 13 multimillion dollar businesses, eight kids, one business coaching radio show. It’s the thrive time business coaching radio show. Get ready to enter the thrive time show. All right, thrive nation. Welcome back to another homer of love edition here of the thrive time show on your podcast download. Today we’re going to be talking about why you won’t burn in Hell and you won’t come to a certain end of life moment. If you turn your phone off you, you won’t burn it. Hell, you won’t meet your immediate demise and the world will not end. If you turn your phone off, it is not when you turn your phone off, it will not cause an apocalypse and will not cause the armageddon. You can in fact turn your phone off. So as I’m driving here this morning on my way to the office, the official time here is 5:38 in the morning.

Our all staff meeting starts here at six and I want to just give you an overview of what happened as soon as I turned my phone on. And then I want to give you an overview how I turned my phone off. So, uh, you know, how it hard turn my phone off because I went to that airplane mode and I’m on my smartphone and I pulled down the little thing and then I click the airplane and Bam, no one could reach me. Right. I did that yesterday at 3:00 PM. I did that at 3:00 PM three. Then I woke up this morning and I haven’t turned my phone back on until just right now. And I’m on my way to the office where I’m going to be calling shelby here at 5:55. The executive producer of the thrive time show I’m there. They’ll be calling him and he’s basically the, the thrive time show radio show is aired in different networks throughout the country.

And those networks are owned by like Scripps Radio. They own HGTV, they own the travel channel, that kind of thing. And Shelby is the guy that makes sure our show goes up on the radio at the proper times with the proper cuts, with the proper commercials. I call him everyday to get that feedback to make sure I’m doing something right or just if I can think better, and specifically today I’ll be talking to him about some new voiceover intros that we’re having a recorded by the voice of choice. So I’ll come at 5:55 this morning to verify that he does in fact have those. If you have any questions about those reads to see if they’re done, et cetera. Then at six, I’ll hop into my staff meeting. Now, the reason why I have this gap of time to record this podcast, this, this knowledge bomb Hummer of loved Hummer of love, edition of the knowledge bombs here.

I’m on my way to work. It’s because I have control over my schedule. Um, you see no one can call me right now because my phone, it’s got that airplane button there. I put the airplane button on it and Bam, what’s going to happen here is when I turn the airplane button off versus turning my phone on. It’s gonna sound like I’m. It always sounds like a, almost like a casino game because my phone syncs to Bluetooth. No, I turned it on, all the messages come in and it’s like bringing meaning, meaning, meaning, meaning, , burlingame naming, and then when you look at the messages and you think to yourself, well, when’s a good time, you know, to turn your phone off, when’s the time where you won’t, you won’t miss a critical piece of information for, you know, when’s the time for me, you, the listener.

When’s the time that you should turn off your smartphone? Is it best to do it at 9:00 PM? Three PM, 5:00 PM. I don’t know that the boundaries and times for you. I just know for me it, my phone never stops ringing ever. It never stops and there’s always an emergency lurking. Uh, there’s always an issue. Uh, there’s always a problem somehow waiting for me at the other end of my messages. There’s always, if I, if I look at the messages and just a moment, if I turned my airplane button off, you know, it’s just good to have business coaching messages. Messages are going to just start coming in, bringing anything burning me, meaning they’re not going to stop putting the meeting, running the meeting, and it’s gonna be text messages and emails and facebook and I have. I have my facebook notifications off, but somebody will have emailed about a facebook problem yesterday.

Some guy wrote on facebook that one of my businesses used to be great, but now it feels like it’s just a factory. Well, we’ve run in the same way for eight years, but apparently one guy will. If you look into the context, apparently this guy is a disgruntled related to a former former disgruntled employee that they let go and put out. The point is it never stops. It never stops. The text messages never stopped. The voicemails never stopped. The inbound calls never stop the requests from really, really great guests to be on the show. Never stopped. The requests from really great advertisers to be on a radio show. Never stopped the requests from really, really cool folks to have their questions answered. Never stop, but if I. If I don’t turn my phone off, I, I, I, I can’t be a dad, you know, I can’t be a dad because his dad last night, but we were doing as a family as we were looking at homes and Puerto Rico that we would like to visit and potentially purchase a in Puerto Rico.

I’m working on my Spanish. There were tow rico, um, in October, maybe go out there visit in October, but the point is, the point is you got to hit that little airplane, but now I know that airplane, but you might feel as though when you hit that button, that life will cease to exist. That Armageddon will ensue, that the Zombie apocalypse will occur. That armageddon will be unleashed, that the bombs will drop, that the North Koreans will take over, that are good. Cuban friends will invade that Mr Putin and the Russian army will emerge that will emerge with submarines and take over the world and the Canadian mounties will come over and take over. That made people will come in from south of the border overnight and dominate us. Thought the sharks will swim around and eat the swimmers, that they will shut down starbucks, know that they will shut down starbucks, know that the Internet will go off, that the international banking system will be corrupted, that all of a sudden all copies of the Bible will be burned.

Know that you will develop a terminal illness if you turn off your phone. No, but someone will say you’re a bad person right now. Listen, if you turn off your phone, no, that’s going to happen, but what if people judge me and they can’t reach me? There was a time in American history called the entire time before the smartphone where people couldn’t reach you. There was a ton. Let me, let me tell you about time. Let me. Let me tell you about time. Let me tell you about a time. There was a time last year when Lebraun James was playing basketball. He’s playing the game of basketball and he’s in the game and no one can call him. Believe it or not. There was a time last year where Lebron James was playing basketball and nobody could call him. Nope. Nobody could reach him, you know, the average person, according to psychology today, is now interrupted over 85 times a day, 85 times a day.

Look at that article. Is your smart phone making you dumb? My psychology today, so there was a time last year where we’re Lebron James was playing basketball and no one can. No one can call them. He’s on the court playing. How weird would it be if he stopped the game and picked up a phone call and said, hey, I got to be reachable. It might be one of my kids. No, he’s never reachable during the game because he’s mentally present and basically present and I ask you again, why aren’t we in that airplane button? Where are we doing? I see bosses all the time, bring in their smartphones into their staff meetings. No, I people picking up their phone in a state. I see the leaders of companies in a staff meeting looking at their phone during the staff meeting, the phone rings and then they say, Oh, let me get this real quick and then pick it up.

Hey on. Sorry if that’s not a good time to talk. I’m in a meeting. Well, why’d you pick it up? Just turn your phone off. You can do it. There’s an airplane, but the people have like a arthritic finger issue. Is this what it does? Is it or is it arthritis? Do we have a problem? You just can’t hit the button. Is it? Is it or do we need like a manual? Do we not find the button? It’s like an ethical thing. Am I missing a part of the Bible that says thou shall always be reachable by Dow spouse because the spouse might have an business coaching emergency? What are you talking about? Get rid of the smart phone leash. It’s okay to have quiche in silence with your grandma. It’s okay to have a thoughtful dinner with your family. It is okay and it’s okay. You can go fishing.

Yes, you can go fishing. You can go fishing and you can turn off your smartphone while you’re fishing. You. You can turn off your smartphone in the plane. You can turn off your smartphone in the train. You can turn your smartphone off while you’re doing anything, but you gotta you gotta do it, but what’s. What’s. Is it? Is it a logistical thing? I think? I think it’s a are we are really worried about the end times. I don’t. I don’t know. Is it a. is it a fear thing, like A. is it Fulda fear of missing an opportunity to we are we fear of missing out? Fear of missing out or we. Oh Man. Fomo. Fear of missing out. Is that what it is? Oh, I missed a call from one super call that they’re going to call me and tell me. It’s my time to be on the voice.

Well, if you’re expecting US Pacific call, set a specific time for this specific call setting appointments. Say, Hey, here’s the deal, homie. Please call me at this specified time and then turn your phone off. Until then, I know you and I can do this. We can turn off the phone. We can begin to have thoughtful conversations. Should I turn my phone off when I’m having marital relations with my spouse? No, no. You should keep your phone on when you’re having marital relations, so that way you might have missed out on a call. Are you business coaching kidding me? There’s something many out there. I just helped somebody out. There you go. That’s me. You can turn your phone off at church. You can turn it off at church. I just helped somebody else there. You know you could. You could turn off your smart, but when you go to the bathroom, what are you doing?

It’s so gross. You see people going in there, you know visiting the Porcelain Palace one hand on the project, one hand checking messages. You still keep. You see people going out to dinner one hand on the fork, one hand on the smartphone. You see people trying to golf like this. It’s crazy. It’s crazy. Anybody who’s the best, anybody who masters a crap, anybody who is super successful has grasped this concept and anybody who is an internet charlatan because going to try to convince you that could make a million dollars a week from your laptop as a result of being a social media superstar will encourage you to never turn your phone off and those people are disasters. They never have time freedom. They never have financial freedom and they have this thing called overwhelming. It’s where you have an endless sea of data points 85 times per day interrupting you constantly like a unrelenting barrage of positivity, negativity, inquiry, skepticism, one upsmanship political debate, and it constantly is just pelting you over and over. Bang, boom, Bang, boom, boom. Some of us have these fancy little sounds on our phones. We’re clever.

Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, ding, and I just encourage you to turn your phone off everyday for at least 10 hours. Can we try that? Can we turn it off when we’re sleeping? Can we do that? Because you know, according to psychology today, a lot of people keep their phone on at night. Just in case. Can we try to turn it off one time? Can we actually had a half? Do you realize how bad it is for your body and your mind? Forget your body. Just remind to have your phone on you all the time. Look up the look of the studies. It’s. It’s disturbing what’s happening to your head. Your head is being. You’re getting overwhelmed because it’s a relentless amount of texting, social media, media in voice mailing. Mr Calls. It just, it won’t stop unless you are proactive. You gotTa build that digital boundary that didn’t exist before you got it. Turn that phone off. I know you can do it. I know. I know. People are worried about business coaching phone armageddon, but I promise if you turn your phone off, the end of the world will not happen immediately. No. It might happen eventually, but not immediately and certainly not as a result of you turning off.


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