Rode Procaster Review

Rode Procaster Review

Rode Procaster Review

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer


In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the Rode Procaster. And my first impression is it’s heavy. One thing that you’ll notice with Rode microphones is you could talk in any direction, and it will pick up solid audio. 

You’ll notice a little silver in the microphone’s front, this indicates that it is the front side of the microphone.

And just a heads up, it is an XLR only microphone, meaning you have to have an XLR cable to use this, and you need an XLR port on the recording device you’re using. You could use the Rode Caster Pro.

The Rode Caster Pro is a sound deck. It’s a tremendous device. And this is made to  work together and uniformity with the PSA1. So you’d be behooved yourself to have the stack of all Rode products. 

The Rode Caster is made to work with any recording device. However, the presets they’ve set in for their own devices is going to work better with their product. 

But the fact that it’s an XLR microphone, you need some device, whether it’s a Rode Caster Pro or the zoom h4 n or the h6n. You’re going to have to have something that will take in an XLR input. 

There is no option for USB in this. You will notice in this that it’s very similar to what came with the Shure—there are no cables or mic stand. You get the microphone and the adapter.

The Rode Procaster is a dynamic microphone, which means that it is made for voice content specifically for podcasting. And if you put this in the middle of a conference room, it wouldn’t work in the capacity you want it to because it’s not going to pick up 360-degree audio. It’s made for voice content directly in front of it. 

The benefit of it is that many people really struggle with echo and reverb and wherever the recording location involves.

If you have a dynamic microphone, it’s only going to pick up the sound directly in front of it. I also want you to notice what does it sound like the acoustics in the room. Are you picking up different noises around? 

Note: Please watch the video for the sound comparison.

The other thing is that the Rode Procaster requires phantom power. It means that this microphone requires another device that provides a power source to this.

The Rode Caster Pro has an advanced setting that you can quickly turn on phantom power. The way you’ll know if you need phantom power or not is you won’t see the decibels even if you are talking.  And one of the two things could be happening—you’re not you didn’t turn the microphone on, or you’re on a different channel.

If you’re using the Zoom H4N or H6N, the mic does require phantom power. By the way, these are the other devices that I recommend that are more of the handheld ones that are recording devices. They also have a feature where you can go to the advanced settings and turn on phantom power. 

With the Shure SM7B, I’m usually right up on it because that’s what it’s made to do. And I don’t hear any reverb at all with that microphone. So the further you have to sit away, the more likely it is that it is going to pick up things in the room, including your echo. 

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Overall, it is a seamless product. There are adapters that I need for the Shure to work with a PSA1 like an extension cord. The adapter is not expensive, but it is required to work with this specific Rode device.

You’ll find with Rode products that it is great about having a lot of accessories that go with their products, whereas some of the other microphone brands don’t necessarily have that. 

And something else you’ll notice that is going to be beneficial is that it comes with a pouch to protect your microphone from scratches to a large degree. It’s not a very large pouch, so you will need a different container for your cables.  

So this is great for travel purposes. 

Also, you are going to need a power source for that because I’ve never had a device that sucks the batteries more than the zoom devices. I can put them in and be dead in like two hours.

Rode makes a tremendous product, and I would say I’m curious to hear if you guys feel the same way. Let me know in the comments below. 

There’s a lot of different products that Rode offers all various price point ranges. You cannot go wrong with any of them. So what I recommend you do is do some sound sampling. Listen to your voice on it or look at videos like what I’m doing and hear a sound comparison.

Keep in mind that if you want to stack equipment and, if eventually, want to evolve into having a nice tech stack with your arm and your sound deck, you can always build on top of Rode products. They made it that way to be seamlessly integrated. 


Check that out the episode I’ve done where I go over the specifics of the SM7B microphone. If you are new in the market, I’ve done a lot of these videos. 

So if you check out our podcast playlist, you be able to check out all the equipment that we reviewed, in addition to my tips and advice on podcasting.  

Don’t forget to check out my program StartupU. I’m the founder of StartupU, and we help people turn their ideas into revenue-generating businesses. 

And I’ll see you guys in the next one.




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Calendly Tutorial

Calendly Tutorial

Calendly tutorial

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer


In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to use Calendly and some of the advanced features. 

Primarily speaking, I have coaching clients, and I also host a podcast. So I have guests every single week and using Calendly has been a game changer for a variety of reasons of which we’re going to talk about today.

One of the things that I dig about is that you can seamlessly integrate it with many different tools. You can embed it on your website where you have a Calendly link or an actual calendar where people can schedule right there.

If you’re a service provider, Calendly is a great option for you. Let’s go ahead and jump into it. I’m going to show you the cool features of Calendly. 

The first thing you’ll notice, when you log in to your Calendly account is you’ll see that you have event types. When you have a free account, you can only create a one event type. Once you exceed one or two, you’re going to pay for a basic plan of around $5 to $15 a month.

You can set the event to group or a one-on-one basis. You can have more than one respondent who’ll attend the event,. whereas some of these are the one-on-one basis. 

Calendly Dashboard

Viewing Scheduled Events

You can view all of your scheduled events by clicking the Scheduled Events tab on top of the page. Also, you can filter the events that you want to be shown on your dashboard. You can filter it by event types. But obviously, your primarily focused is your Upcoming.

Scheduled Events


Workflows is new. You can use survey for events like coaching calls or for things where you’re seeking out potential client feedback, This is a great thing to do as a follow up. 

Workflow Feature

Editing Events

Go to the Events Type tab and select the events you want to edit. Let’s edit the Entrepreneur Host Podcast – (inbound), for example. Just click on the gear button on top of the event, and it’ll show you all of its components.

Now, something that is cool s there’s an integration with Zoom. So when the guests book this event or if you have a meeting or something, it’ll synchronize and allow you to create a Zoom meeting automatically. 

So what they’ll receive at the end is they’ll get a calendar invite like a Gmail, Calendar invite, and it’ll include the zoom link in there.

You can also include notes, and you can create a custom event link where you can send this wherever you’d like it to. And you can just pick random colors. I don’t think any of these designate anything other than just knowing that they’re different.

Calendly with Zoom Integration

Changing Event Duration

So next what you’ll find out is, you can change the duration, so you can add custom, or you can just put 15 to 60 minutes. The Date Range will tell you how far out in advance you are booked.

Updating Scheduled Availability

Click the event from your calendar and select I’m unavailable, or you can apply to whatever day day and time. And you can make it recurring. So that makes it really easy. 


Left: Features under When can people schedule this event | Right: Editing of Availability

You can also go to your advanced settings. And you can show availability in 15-minute increments, or you can do event max. So if you only want to have one interview per day, you can set it to one.

You can set your event buffer before and after the event. So, just specify the duration you want as a buffer between your events. The last thing too is you can change last-minute schedules. 

So you can also copy availability from other events that you’ve created. You can hide an event if it’s an internal thing you’d want everybody to know about it. You can make it a secret event, which is a cool feature too. 


Advanced Settings of Availability

Invitee Questions

This is a big one for me because I need to know who the guest is coming on my show. A paid feature is where your guest can enter their phone number. And the reason being is because it sends text confirmations. 


So we’ll have text reminders here, where my show rate for my show is extraordinarily high. It’s very rare that we have a no show. I think it is primarily because we send both email confirmations, email reminders, and text reminders. 

You can personalize each one of these, you can put additional notes, and things that I nature. And you can add custom things where it’ll show event time and date. And it’ll do that automatically for you, you’re just going to add in your own text around this. It’s packaged up nicely and looks super professional. 


Notification and Cancellation Policy


One of the things that I’ve done (podcast-related), I mention to my guests that they’re going to get an email from me after the guesting. And the email that they will receive is going to ask them for a review. The link will be included. 

You could change the time that it sends. And you can use a no-reply email address if it’s something that’s a little bit generic which I think is another cool feature. 

Text Reminders

This is pretty simple, you can just set the designation as far as when you want to text them, but it will text them automatically. And again, it is an additional cost. It’s around $5 a month.

Confirmation Page 

I just used their generic confirmation page. You could use a landing page if you had something you want them to be doing before your actual meeting to prepare for it.

If it’s something that you want them to schedule thereafter, you can schedule another event, so you have that option as well. 

Notification and Cancellation Policy

So hope you guys like this episode. Don’t forget about checking out StartupU if you’re interested in entrepreneurship or you have an idea that you want to pursue to start a business venture startup. 

I will see you guys in the next one.


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Audio-Technica ATR2100X USB Microphone Review

Audio-Technica ATR2100X USB Microphone Review

Audio-Technica ATR2100X USB Microphone Review

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer


In today’s video, we’re going to review the ATR 2100 X.

I’ve done a recent episode about the equipment that I recommend for podcasting. And today, let’s talk about the ATR 2100x and how it has really blown me away.

If you’re just starting out with your podcast, this is one of the better microphones you could choose.

So there’s a lot of people that are concerned about the investment upfront. I’ve done a review on the Shure SM7B, it is a $400 microphone, and it requires a lot of other accessories and other components for it to work the way it’s designed to.

ATR2100x is awesome specifically for podcasting. You can put it on the mic arm and it would look tremendous. You can also get like a pop filter. I’d probably grab that.

It’s a real clean looking microphone, it’s very light. And it also comes with a little tripod is a really awesome benefit.

The benefit of podcasting in relation to having a YouTube channel is that you can do it remote. You could literally throw it in your backpack and grab a laptop and you can record any episode anywhere and have tremendous quality. 

I would keep this for travel, that’s what I would do, and the fact that it comes with a mic stand for free for $100 is awesome value because most of them you just get the microphone. 

With the Shure SM7B, you don’t get the cables. You literally just get a microphone that’s it no stand no cables, nothing so you can’t even do anything with it.

If you want a really good mic arm upgrade, you can get it for around $100. So you also get the component to the mic stand to actually hold it in place. 

Now a couple other things that you can grab from the box that are are the cables. These can be expensive—Mogami gold cables

With the Shure SM7B, I spent 60-70 bucks for Mogami gold cables, I’m not kidding you. So the fact that you get one in with this the ART2100x box and the microphone, and still only cost $100 is such great value.

The Audio Technical ATR200X Microphone

Next, we’ve got a micro USB, you’ve got all various inputs underneath the microphone. So you’ve got the XLR input, your regular USB, and an auxiliary. 

You’ve got multiple options on the bottom of this thing as far as what you want to use it. This is going to benefit you because you may not want to go XLR from the get-go because XLR requires additional components. You need some recording device like a Rode caster or like a Zoom H4/H6.

Some cameras will have you plug directly in your camera, but some podcasts are not doing a video podcast, so it doesn’t matter. So the fact that you get the micro and a regular USB port will be great again for travel. 

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I have talked about the BLUE products pretty negatively. I had the Yeti and the Snowball myself. Those are the first two microphones. 

If I could go back, I would have gone Audio Technica because it is pound for pound for podcasting. It is just a far superior product.

I explained in other videos why I think Yeti is a little bit overpriced. And the reason being primarily is because you’re paying for features that you don’t need. And honestly, I think they’ve just done a better job of marketing than what Audio Technica has done.

If you are just going straight to the computer through a micro USB cord, you’re going to hear a downgrade in sound quality because now we are no longer going through the advanced equipment. 

If you don’t have a micro USB port on your computer, that’s something you’re going to need to have as far as an adapter is concerned. It took me 30 seconds to literally just swap out cables and start recording.

So it’s very seamless as far as that transition going from XLR to USB. That will be great, but you will probably notice that it is a little bit downgraded sound quality. 

Overall, I think this mic is tremendous.  Please watch the video to listen to the audio differences  to see if you can get a true sound comparison.

So make sure you play around. Listen to the different samples that we provided here today. 

Drop a comment below. And don’t forget about our flagship program called StartupU where we help people turn ideas into revenue-generating businesses, and we turn people into superhuman entrepreneurs. 

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How to Start a Podcast?

How to Start a Podcast?

How to Start a Podcast?

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer


In today’s episode, I’m going to tell you how to start your podcast the right way.

For some context, I’ve been podcasting for about five years. The first four I spent just doing audio and then just last year, I included a video. So let’s go ahead and talk about some basic things you need to know.

#1 Deciding if it’s an audio or a video show

There are a lot more complexities with doing a video podcast. However, there are a lot of benefits with a video podcast. A lot of people resonate more with our show when they can see my face when they can see the faces of my guests. 

YouTube is a great platform for search, meaning people are looking for a specific topic but nothing builds superfans, quite like a podcast. Just know there are some setbacks to the lack of discoverability. 

Whatever your strategy is going to be involved with your podcast, I’d recommend you’re at least on one search platform, whether it’s a blog, on YouTube or Pinterest. Continue following your work with your podcast, joining your email list, and turn potential listeners into customers. 


#2 Types of equipment to use


Let’s talk about the audio part first—Rode NT, Shure SM58, and Audio Technica. You can’t go wrong with any three of those brands at any price point. They’re very good devices that may come down for you to USB versus XLR. 

The cable that’s coming from the microphone is an XLR cable and you can’t plug directly into my computer with that, but I can plug directly in if it was a USB microphone. The cord that transmits your signal, XLR, is higher quality. USB is a little bit more practical and convenient. 

If you have something like the SM58, it’s a traditional-looking microphone, you can just pack it away in a bag, and you can record from wherever.

The Shure products and XLRs, have a recording device, whether that’s one of the portable ones like a Zoom H4N or an H6N or a Rode Caster Pro. So an added step having to go from here into that before you go to a computer, your processing device. 

#3 Doing a video podcast

You can use a DSLR camera and you can go direct it with an HDMI cord into your processing device. When I’m doing a remote interview, I can use it as a webcam on zoom—any of the ones that allow for video. Zen Castors and Squadcast are others that allow you to record high-quality audio remote. 

I recommend you to start with Squadcast. And as far as audio is concerned, it is probably top of the line. All you need is your microphone. If you’re going to do a video, you just put a camera in front of you.

Don’t worry about the HDMI aspect. And for all intents and purposes, you’d probably be great. I am using Canon cameras, you can get for $500-$600. 

When I started doing video, I just used my phone, and I just put it on a tripod, put that right in front of me, and I was good to go. You can also use something like a Webcam Brio by Logitech

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#4 Where to host your show

Figure out whether you’re doing interviews or solo shows, and whether you’re going to do an audio or a video combination podcast.

I recommend you to use Libsyn. It distributes to more podcast players in any of the hosts that are out there that exist. It’s a little bit more costly, but there are some free options out there. But from my experience has been positive.

So, sign up for a Libsyn account. Start uploading your first five right out of the gates. So that if someone discovers your show, they can binge and they can decide if they want to subscribe, or if they want to pass on your specific show. 

There are a few like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Pandora that you’re going to have to submit externally. You’re just going to search how to submit your podcast, provide a link, information, and your classic RSS feed to be able to find that inside of Libsyn, if not Libsyn support can help you find that. 

Your thumbnail already is included with your Libsyn account. So you’ll be able to see it’ll give you recommendations for what your thumbnail will look like. And that’ll automatically push to all of the podcast players. 

There different tiers of pricing. So you get a certain amount of storage on Libsyn per month, choose however much the frequency of your show is going to be involved and pick whatever is going to work for you.

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#5 Create Amazing Thumbnails

I recommend Canva for creating your thumbnail.  There is a free and pro version. So, find a couple of podcasts that you like, Canva have some templates in there that you can select from. Choose the thumbnail’s actual dimensions that you need.

When creating thumbnails, use specific colors, use high-resolution images, use text, and be legible. And if you don’t feel comfortable doing that. You can go to someplace like Fiverr and pay somebody to design one for you. 

That’s the next part of my advice. So I would even go to Fiverr while you’re there and get somebody that does voiceover talent. You can hire somebody for $15 to $30. And what they’ll do is create a nice little intro or an outro for your show. 

You can select a little sound byte from Fiverr and Epidemic Sound. You’re going to pay for the rights to use that music up to a certain point. Make sure that it’s commercial-grade.

#6 Use social media to your advantage

Use social media to drive people to your show. To build your listenership, you can break down parts of your episode. You create one episode that’s 45 minutes long.

You can break down a lot of clips into micro-content that you can repurpose on social media. So that way, if you talk about certain specific things, people know what you’re talking about.

You can tease that content and get people over to the platform to specifically listen to your content. 

Also, I would recommend getting as many subscribers, whether it’s from family and friends. And do that reviews, subscribers, and downloads early. The first eight weeks of a podcast are very important. It’s how you get into new and noteworthy. Create as much buzz as you can early on to build as many viewers as you can. 

So overall, I wish you guys nothing but the best. Keep grinding and keep plugging away with it. If you have any questions, make sure to drop those in the comments below. 

I look forward to seeing you guys in the next episode.



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The Principles You MUST Have in Business

The Principles You MUST Have in Business

The Fundamentals You MUST Get Right 

to Succeed

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer


Everything from live streaming to broadcast to the curriculum is going to come out of there. We may have a population of seasoned executive people, but we still do various types of content that we can put out to the market for startups and information.

And most successful people want to give back and want to help others who are trying to find out how to break into their own business or how to be successful.

This is going to be a hub of what Daymond John calls entrepreneurship one-on-one.

We’re at a time now where everything is changing, and great executives are really innovative and it’s the art of business that they activate that is attracting because we get to see so many people doing business in a whole new way.

The business side was just normal. We’re always going to think about how to monetize and how to make it something worthy of our time.

We were at a time when so many people said, “I don’t know if I can mold to being a social media company, or I dunno if I can move to create my clothes directly to my customer. I got it depending on retailers.”

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The fundamentals of business are always going to be there. And any shark is going to know that you have to wake up before everybody and go to sleep after everybody. There are only three ways to deal with a customer: acquire a new one, upsell a current one, or make one buy more frequently. 

There are only two ways to operate a business: increase sales and to decrease costs. The fundamentals are always going to be there, but we also need to understand this new stuff.

There’s a lot of ways that people can be involved. First of all, as a member, you would need to go on there and have to be interviewed because you will be assessed if you can be somebody who can benefit from the space and who can add value to space. 

We’re talking about how the world is getting smaller and how we all need to be technically proficient as people who, whether we’re solopreneurs or whether we have 10,000 people working underneath us, we’d be the being the purpose.

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First of all, it’s the ability of coworking, and the way we’re going today is there are a lot of things that can help you be a little more proficient in business and mitigate the downside.

If you can get into a position where you don’t hold too much inventory, that’s really good. If you can get into a membership program where you talk directly to your customer, and you talk to them every month, you provide them value. Go to a focus group and social media is exactly a huge focus group. 

Before, we never did analytics on combat, we did analytics around numbers. How much was shipping? What’s our margin? Daymond learned all these things through shark tanks and young entrepreneurs.

So, when bringing people in, they have to be people who can be very beneficial to the members, and they have to know all these types of things that you’ll be talking about right now.

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Top Eight Successful Habits For Successful People

Top Eight Successful Habits For Successful People

Top Eight

Successful Habits

For successful people

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer


There’s a lot of success habits out there, and I believe that the most important thing is to find the ones that work for you. And in today’s episode, I’m going to give you my top 8 success habits that I’ve been practicing, so let’s get on to it.

#1 Build new Habits

Continue to be at a point where you’re constantly seeking out new habits and eliminating less than desirable habits. This is an ongoing process because you’re always going to be tweaking and refining and moving forward. 

So just keep on being persistent with developing new habits. And that might sound a little bit obvious. But seriously, that’s one of the biggest ones I can give you.


#2 Celebrate your wins

Something that we know now through a variety of different science, what motivates people is not the money; it’s the joy in what they do. And I know that sounds a little bit different than what you would expect to hear, but the byproduct is the money; it’s not what motivates them, primarily speaking. 

So there’s a book called Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. He studies the effect on a positive mindset. You can practice three or four gratitude every morning. This reminds you that you have so much to be grateful for and so much to be joyful for.

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#3 Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal will allow you to have measurables in place. One of the things that you’ll do is you’ll keep track of the tasks in your journal. All the things that you’re accomplishing. 

Remember that an unplanned day is a day filled with waste. 

It revolves around you having a journal so you can measure these things; goals can only be achieved through tangible, practical steps, you do that through a journal, so I’d highly recommend whatever journal you decide to choose from. I use the Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt. I highly recommend you engage with doing that exercise. 


#4 Have a wellness practice

If you look at the top-performing CEOs, one of the things they do that they’re notorious for is treating themselves like performance athletes; Brendon Burchard talks about it all the time.

I would highly recommend incorporating some healthy practices. Limit your alcohol, stay away from fast food, get plenty of sleep exercise three to five times a week. I think if you do those things as a starter.

This was also highlighted in Charles Duhigg’s, The Power of Habit, he talks about how exercise specifically is one of the keystone habits. That means that they found that certain habits will create a domino effect. When you nail a good habit, it knocks down other smaller bad habits you have. 

#5 Create a Structure

The structure is not going to be too appealing to you because the reason you probably start a business, to begin with, is that you wanted freedom. And I understand that. 

“Discipline equals freedom.” – Jocko Willink

If you are allowing yourself to work within constructs, within constraints, you’re going to maximize your work and output. It’s also going to open up the bandwidth for more creativity, or things of that nature to happen. 

But here’s the deal. If somebody says get up at four in the morning, that may work for them, but it might not work for you. So, create a structure; just make sure it’s a structure that you can work with. 

When you do your work, always tweak and modify it and recognize areas in your system that you’ve created where it’s just not working like you’d like for it too. So always continue to optimize that think you can find it to be very beneficial. 

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#6 Seek out advice 

People who rise to the top are not that they don’t do it alone because the work requires you to do a lot of pushing yourself.  They seek out mentors, advice, and they’re always wanting feedback on what they’re doing.

You probably have people that immediately come to mind where maybe you’ve just missed some of their advice. Make sure it’s not toxic advice, but people who are willing to sit down, hear you out, and provide constructive feedback. 


#7 Acquire specialized knowledge

The book, Think and Grow Rich talks about specialized knowledge versus general knowledge. Basically, whatever it is that you’re specifically doing, one of the things you want to do is you want to continue to acquire knowledge in your specific field. 

Figure out what you do for your life; if you’re in a sales capacity, who are the best people in sales? Do they have a course that you can go through? Whatever that looks like, they’re in constant pursuit of specialized knowledge. 

You want to be always hungry for more specialized knowledge and continue to level yourself up in every possible area related to your specific field of work or the things that will benefit you the most. 

Keep in mind, these may change over time. You may have things that come up in your life. They’re different than other times, sometimes, you might want to focus on your relationships, not as much as your sales ability.

8 Learn to disengage

One of the things that have been majorly beneficial for me is to have really fun habits. Things that I do that just take me away relieve the stress and put me in a different mindset. 

When I do that, I’ve realized that I just come back so refreshed and energized, and I have a different perspective on life, and everything is going on and fills out my gratitude tank big time. 

Dave Asprey gave a nice reframe of this; he called it uploading time versus off time because just like your phone, your phone turns off because it’s putting in new upgrades; that’s exactly what you’re doing when you’re taking time off—you’re filling yourself up in other areas outside of just the work that you do and being in grind mode.

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I hope this has beneficial guys. I hope you got a lot of this. There’s a million success habits. These are just the ones that immediately come to mind. 

I have a Biohacker Playlist so you guys can actually look at the various biohacking ideas about wellness. There’s a lot of things that I do and it leveled up my abilities to perform at a high level. I think you guys will enjoy that.

Drop me a comment below; tell me what your habits have worked best for you that I didn’t cover in this episode? 

I will see you guys in the next one.


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