Communication as a leader.

September 17th, 2017 Posted by Journey, Lightbulb Moments No Comment yet
My communication skills have always been my weakest link, my ability to get across how I truly think and feel without diminishing my feelings or blowing them out of proportion. While it’s not something I like to talk about I don’t feel like I can tell many people how I truly feel because I’ll say it the wrong way or I don’t even honestly know what that feeling is.

 

This has been my weakest point when leading a team. Communicating effectively to my team about what I believe, why I do what I do and how I do it is a daily battle for me. The next step is even harder, putting KPI’s, tasks and guidelines in place so that they know what they are doing, what is expected of them and where my boundaries are is something I’m continually working on.

 

Especially in a small business, where we are all a little family, we do care about each other on a personal level. Having to follow through on rewards is easy, I love that I want to give my team everything they could possibly want. Having to put in place expectations and boundaries and then follow through on them is the hardest thing.

 

Through all of these ups and downs being able to say what you truly think and feel is incredibly difficult for me, but then it’s not about me at all… is it. Which is a relief, I know that as long as I continue to believe in and work for cause that is greater than myself, it doesn’t matter if I say the wrong thing or communicate in the wrong way.

 

Of course that doesn’t mean don’t try, it means the opposite, it means that I can get the fuel and drive to try and try again because I get to serve a cause greater than myself.

 

…Shanti

It’s all about the long game.

September 12th, 2017 Posted by Journey, Lightbulb Moments No Comment yet
  • 2 years ago @skeevestevens & I got chipped, now we host “Chipping Parties.”
  • 5 years ago I started using and teaching other people how to use #fittech now we have a company called @superhumanology which is a tech support business for #wearables#lifetech & #fittech
  • 6 years ago we decided that our crazy fit each other so we got married

Of course there has been lots of other things done together and companies started, a lot of hard work and so much fun.
Skeeve always talked about long game, and I knew it was important but I never realised how important.
Just like a lot of amazing leaders Nikola Tesla put it well… the long game is awesome if you stay the course.

…Shanti

In Channel 9 News again…

September 11th, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, News No Comment yet

Microchips being inserted into people’s hands to make life easier

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We had our first in house “chipping party” and it was a lot of fun thanks to everyone that came along and made it a really easy, smooth and enjoyable experience.
I want to send a big thank you shout out to Channel 9, PHD Media and our awesome piercer for coming on this journey with us. Can’t wait for the next one!
… Shanti
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This really made me think…

September 10th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

I’ve been talking to people this concept all week. I believe we are in such blessed times, that we can learn from the people who have gone before us. It’s never been easier to learn from anyone no matter where they are in the world. 

I’ve always loved being around people who are older than me, or have really different opinions to mine, or come from a different culture, or younger than me.

As soon as I meet someone from a different culture I go into.million question mode, because I want to know about how they see the world.

One of my strongest beliefs is, I will only move forward if I’m willing to learn from everyone I meet/listen to. I don’t need t share the opinions or beliefs of everyone I learn from, but I can learn something from evryone. 

I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have mentors and influencers from an early age. Some people I asked to mentor me, some people I would have crazy debates, some I just flat put disagree with and some it’s more of a look back and reflect situation. But I will always learn something. 

Who has some IPv4 they want to sell?

August 29th, 2017 Posted by IPv4 Broker, Journey 1 comment
What happens when you are a broker or something and you run out of product to sell? If you are a realestate agent you can do letter box drops or cold calls and just ask people, “hey, thought of selling your house?” Sounds time consuming but you might get there – clearly I’m not a real estate agent.

 

I am an IPv4 broker, and have been doing that for a few years now. I have always had address ranges to sell people. I am getting even more requests for ranges… that’s great! But I’m tapped… I’m all out of people who need to sell space.

 

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I’m an IPv4 broker that needs IPv4 to sell to people who really need it. Some companies in India, China, Cambodia, Pakistan… the list goes on. More people are getting online, which means more people need IPv4 address space. This means I get more queries everyday from people who need address space.

 

Side step for non-techies, because IPv4 exhaustion is possibly one of the most boring topics I know about. The current IP addresses you use, that is IP version 4. As a world we all need to move to IP version 6. Most internet providers can already do this but there are a lot of costs of upgrading that us consumers don’t want to pay for. Because, why should we have to, the internet is their business, we just want to watch YouTube and Netflix without interruption… oh and do work and stuff of course… *cough*

 

IPv4 addresses get sold in pretty big blocks… so instead of just buying and selling one address at a time, I broker deals of blocks which are from 2048 to 65536 addresses at a time. So it really is like selling and buying an asset for your company, the only thing with this asset is, it’s one of those non-renuable ones. This means that the price will eventually get so high that it may be cheaper for people to implement the new way of doing things.

 

In summary, moving to the new way of doing things is expensive, so to buy some time, internet providers are purchasing more IPv4 addresses, and doing some other stuff that only boring geeks like me think are interesting like… ahahaha I would never bore you with that stuff.

 

This really means two things:
  1. Companies need to initiate all new network builds as dual stack networks from CPE to core.
    AKA – new systems need to be built with the new systems and hardware. Which for customers for the most part just means that your home router will need upgrade. Also, all the engineers who currently only know IPv4 need to skill up, though this is happening a lot already.
  2. Any old systems or equipment that aren’t dual stacked need to be replaced with compatible systems and hardware
    AKA – this is potentially going to be the most expensive step. It would be like upgrading all the road systems for a country all at once, yeah that is expensive and would hold up traffic for a long time. Some networks have some old points of failure that people don’t even want to touch. Half the time the people who actually know all the functions these devices control are no longer working for the organisation and no self respecting techy wants to admit they don’t know everything about the network they are managing.

 

I’m not a full time IPv4 broker so I’m not sitting around bored. However, I do have companies, people who want to purchase IPv4 address blocks. There are companies in India, China, Cambodia, Pakistan and more, that really need to expand their networks and get more people online. But I’m tapped out… I’m not the only IPv4 broker in the world, but I’m the only one based in the Asia-Pacific region. This region also has some of the highest demand, but can’t pay as much as some of the US companies. Of course I’m not surprised that the countries that need resources are the least likely to be able to afford them. Except for China, obviously, I have seen some companies in China paying a lot of money per IP.

 

At the end of the day the decline of IPv4 was and is a known problem, there are plenty of companies doing a lot about awareness and trying to make sure the resources go where they are needed in the world. My biggest issue is that I need more blocks of IP’s to sell to my clients who need them.

 

The problems with this are:
  1. Its not like physical realestate, I can’t physically go and ask random people if they want to sell IPv4. I need to tell everyone in the Asia-Pacific region who has unused IPv4, that they can sell these blocks and that I have people who want to purchase the IPv4 blocks.
  2. There are quite a few rules around IPv4 broker advertising, even if they mean well. Which means, even though there are forums for buying and selling IPv4, brokers aren’t really allowed to post.
  3. I basically have to wait for the people who need to sell IPv4 to contact me – which is very slow and inefficient.

 

In summary… I need more people who have IPv4 they want to sell, and overall we need to move to IPv6 because IPv4 will just eventually be too expensive.
However, for right now I really need a way to talk to more people who have excess IPv4, it’s just not as simple as it sounds.

 

Learning from a Judge and a Red Light

May 30th, 2017 Posted by Journey, Lightbulb Moments No Comment yet
I realise this blog is a little out of the ordinary for me, but I do believe that we can have lightbulb moments in the most unlikely of places. This day created such a lightbulb moment for me I have a new found respect and understanding of our court system, it was definitely worth the half a day.
In late Feb I was riding my scooter and I triggered a red light camera but I had actually stopped and I wasn’t going to go through the intersection. When I got the fine in the mail I went online and put in my appeal to get the fine reversed. However, the SDRO couldn’t do it. So we decided to appeal it in court. I am really happy that I did because I learnt so much.
Why go to court? Yes it’s $433, which is a lot less than Skeeve’s and my hourly rate together, in this case it wasn’t really about the money.  I had never been to court for anything before (aside from school excursions). So Skeeve said “there is no harm let’s give it a go, this is a great learning opportunity.” A great learning opportunity it was indeed, I really do have a newly found respect and understanding of the court system. In all honesty I didn’t think I really cared about my driving record until I realised it was totally clean after 9 years of driving and riding, I’d love my record to stay clean as long as possible.
When I walked into the court room I saw the Judge at the head back centre, she seemed to be in a good mood. Then in front of her were two clerks. One that didn’t leave her desk the whole time I was there and one guy who I was told was the the administration clerk, he did a lot of running around, co-ordination and handling of the tonne of paperwork.
I watched the judge handle about 15 cases before me, she seemed really fair, I don’t know why I was so shocked, judges are supposed to be fair. I have just watched too many movies and law shows. Very often, based on a driver’s history and the offence she would use her “discretion under section 10” to wave the fine and points.
The way my case got handled, I had to get up behind the mic two times, the first time was to plead “not guilty” and to ask to get a date to have my case heard. At that point the judge suggested I go to see one of the Duty Officers, that meaning there were two lawyers upstairs just sitting there waiting to answer people’s questions, for free. The Judge said I should go and see them before saying that I was not guilty because that is a lot harder than “pleading guilty with an excuse.” I ended up doing both which meant, I went to the next room and asked for a date for my “not guilty” case. Then, Skeeve and I went upstairs to double check with the Lawyers on Duty, in reality we were talking to two lawyers for 15mins, each of these lawyers would have been easily $500ph. This totally amazed me, I know that lawyers do pro-bono work but they were literally sitting there all day ready to help anyone who was going to be in court that day.
The lawyers upstairs really helped us because we went through my case and they helped us realise that I actually needed to go for the option of “pleading guilty with an excuse.” Even though I had set up the new date, it was totally fine, I went back to the second room, changed my plea and removed the previous date change. We then went back into the first room and said that I would now be changing my plea to guilty. Even better, the judge was happy to sort it out on the same day… after all of that. I was so shocked and humbled at this point, by the time I got up to see the judge again I was feeling like I deserved to pay the fine just to have this experience.
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When it was my turn to get up and give my excuse, the Judge got my case paperwork, she read through it very carefully then said “well you don’t need to say much your driving record speaks for itself.” That’s my cue so say as little as possible. So I explained that I had obviously stopped on my bike but I triggered the red light camera because I rolled over the line that was the start of the intersection. The Judge wanted to know why motorbikes needed to be at the front of the intersection, which I tried to explain in as little words as possible, that it is about safety etc. After 60 seconds of banter the Judge said I was a “marvellous driver” and that “we need more people like you on the roads.” The Judge used her discretion under section 10 to remove the penalty and the points, which means my license is still clean. With a warning that this only happens once every 10 years so I need to stick to the road rules. I said “Thank you Your Honour” and left.
Lessons I learnt from the Judge:
  • Be controlled and fair. Clearly it’s not good form for a Judge to get angry or flustered, this Judge nailed that code of conduct like she was born for the role.
  • Follow the process. There is a process for everything that happens in a court, they might be boring but they are there for a reason.
  • Not everyone knows what you know. The Judge was always happy to explain to any defendant things that were important or for their benefit. She never once assumed that we knew something or should have known something.
  • Being fair, doesn’t mean being a push over. The Judge was really fair all day, sometimes a case required enforcement and sometimes it needed leniency, she knew exactly what to do, the whole time. When the Judge needed to enforce the penalty she was kind and firm about it, when she was using her discretion under section 10 she was kind but she did want to know that you didn’t intend to just continue breaking the rules, you needed to know what you had done wrong and say you don’t intend to keep doing it.
  • Don’t loose your cool, ever. The poor Judge had to hear people talk when they didn’t need to, had to say the same thing over and over again and she was hearing about driving issues almost all day. I don’t know how she stayed so focused and calm all day.
  • Show respect. Everyone has titles, you need to use them. When you walk into or out of the court room you are supposed to give a small bow in sign of respect to The Commonwealth.
  • Stay on top of admin. From what I could see, about 40% of the Judge’s day was admin and specific case files, names and dates etc. All of this did seem to help though, the Judge always had the right paperwork and was always doing exactly what needed to be done, no more, no less.

Using the HaloSport: Week 5

May 29th, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, FitTech No Comment yet
I was struggling to focus this week, my body was going through all the motions but I was fairly tired after a big weekend of work at the Faqtory and filming with The Today Show on Monday morning so I was finding it difficult to get back into the groove of things when I started my workout week on Tuesday. All this considered, I was still going well in terms of process and activation of muscle groups. I also added in a couple of new exercises that I had picked up in my research.
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Looking back on my results this week, I’m actually doing really well. Next week I go back to 15 reps so that I can make an accurate comparison and I should have some real data to update you with. Though, regardless of weight increases, I know that I am activating and fatiguing the right muscle groups faster than ever so I’m really happy with that.
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For example, I used to get really stuck with anything to do with shoulders and back because I’ve never really done this kind of training before. So, lateral raises, rear delt flyes, single arm rows, lat pull downs etc, have proven to be really tricky for me. My traps have always been overactive and I would fatigue my forearms before I can finish my back workout.
With my increased ability to activate the specific muscle groups I can only assume that the Halo Sport is really helping me/my muscles to learn these new (to me) targeted exercises. When I first started learning these movements I was all about just getting the weight from A to B… I found the really specified exercises really hard because I had to decrease the weight so much to get them right. Brutal honesty time, my ego was hurt pretty bad in my initial workouts with Alex before it sunk in that it is not about how much weight you move it’s about fatiguing the right muscle groups without injury.

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During the week I came up with a new analogy, I feel like the karate kid just needed the Halo Sport… then he wouldn’t have had to paint Mr Miyagi’s whole fence or waxed his car 100 times. He would have learnt how to do the movements that Mr Miyagi’s was trying to teach him in a fraction of the time. Of course we all have the ability to learn and grow our muscle memory, however, if I can increase my ability to learn these new movements my workouts will be a lot more efficient.

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I was giving myself a bit of a hard time this week, because I really wasn’t ‘into’ my workouts. Turns out I was just getting sick, I got so sick I had to skip leg day this week. Normally when I get the flu I do prefer to push myself through, keep moving etc. This flu has been a bit different, I had really bad joint pain, fever and dizziness… so my leg workout just wasn’t going to happen. Which is sad because leg day is my favourite day of the week.
So in summary:
  • The Halo Sport seems to be very helpful in my learning of new targeted movements
  • Nothing fixes a bad flu like some quality rest

Also from this week, don’t forget… #MakeShantiPinkPrimers

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Using the HaloSport: Week 4

May 22nd, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, FitTech No Comment yet

This has been another great training week, it has ended with me sore in the places I’m supposed to be but without any unnecessary aches. During my workouts this week I’ve gone from 15 reps to 10 reps and trying to focus on power and increasing the weights in each lift, having slow and steady eccentric with explosive concentric.

In my back session I finally found and activated my rear delts, which I have never been able to do before. When I did shoulders I was able to really fatigue them without activating traps or aggravating my scapular which has been an issue for me. My mum came and worked out with me when I was doing chest, so I wasn’t focused, so my chest session wasn’t awesome but I’m ok with that. Friday was leg day… and leg day happened with vengeance, my TVA / lower back was feeling a bit weak so I didn’t want to add extra weight. So it was all body weight exercises, then I did lunges the full length of my complex carpark. I have spent 1.5 hours doing a leg workout before this week I was totally done in 50 mins. Very efficient leg day, focused & with no back pain, during the session or the next day.

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Before my leg workout I made a video which you can checkout here…

This week has been great, I’m really feeling the benifits of my workouts. I can really feel my legs and my shoulders. I’m already looking forward to next week’s workouts… I’m really curious at how this will progress, will there be a point where my brain gets exhausted and I feel the need to calm down on the stimulation, or will I be fine to just keep going?

 

In the last few days I’ve been talking about things I’m trying other than Halo FB Live link http://bit.ly/sbkfbnat Blog Post: http://bit.ly/sbknat. At the moment my pre-workout stack is: caffeine, Halo, Modafinil + pre-workout. This may sound like a lot but the only things that make this different to other pre-workouts are the Halo and Modafinil. At the moment this is working really well for me. Though, the biohacker in me isn’t completely satisfied with this, I want to know exactly what supplements I’m taking are making the most difference.

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The answer to, “what is all this actually doing for me?” Is of course… a experiment. So the plan is to do a mini study/experiment on myself… its going to look a little something like this – (4-6 week phases with documented food etc) natural, no caffeine just BCAAs. The next cycle add Halo + caffeine, then, Halo + Modafinil, then, Halo + full pre-workout, and finally, everything together. The workouts will be standardised but variable enough that I can increase weights or take out the weight like I had to do this Friday etc. Initially, this will be to share from my own experiences and to see what all this is doing… if anything.

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At the moment I’m gathering as much data as possible so that I know what data I really need to collect when this all gets more serious. I currently have a FitBit to measure daily activity and a special heart rate monitor for my workouts, with this tech I currently track heart rate, time, reps, weights, sleep quality and hours, food, mood and perceived levels of focus etc. Of course as I get more tech I’ll be adding it to this mix, soon to be in are the Athos https://www.liveathos.com/ & Hexoskin https://www.hexoskin.com/ to monitor muscle exertion and activation.

 

In summary, after using the HaloSport for a month I can say I’m really liking my results so far. I’m really looking forward to seeing how I go over the next four weeks.
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Nootropics and Training

May 14th, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, FitTech No Comment yet

Why would I use a “brain stimulant” to help enhance physical training? Well, if you have ever had an early morning or 3pm PT or bootcamp session you have probably also used a nootropic… have you ever had a coffee to give you a bit of “pep” for exercise or something physical you needed to do? Well, you are actually also using a nootropic. Caffeine is a stimulant that increases the levels of energy and happy chemicals in the brain. 

 

Having more energy for an exercise session is great, but there is also one other important thing that can get overlooked sometimes. That is the brain’s ability to connect to the body and different muscle groups which is crucial for quality training. My goal is always efficiency, I do enjoy training, I like being strong and learning physical things. But, I don’t want to spend 6-10 hours in the gym in a week, I also don’t want to cause my body excessive injury or stress because I have a life… I’m not a fitness professional, my various roles within my companies require my brain and energy.

 

Introducing nootropics and technology that can help you get that mind to muscle connection happening faster sounds to me like a really smart/effient move to make. So that’s exactly what I do, at different times I have used caffeine or modafinil or simple carbohydrates etc pre-workout to increase energy and ability to focus. Now I’m stepping it up to a whole new level, my goal is to maximise efficiency, so I give everything I have in my workouts because I only have four a week. I am now taking caffeine, modafinil and using the HaloSport pre-workout, to increase my energy, focus, increase the mind to muscle connection and ability to completely fatigue each muscle group.

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I’ve just completed week three of training like this and it is going really well for me. I’m very focused in my workouts, I’m able to switch in and out of workout mode quickly and my muscles are fatiguing effectively and efficiently. I’m not totally exhausted by the end of the week but I know that I have done some hard work.

 

I will be researching and writing more on the topic of nootropics, for now I’m wanting to know more about the importance of mind to muscle connection for myself and my training.

Things I know so far:

  • I have better workouts when I can focus and switch in and out of workout mode faster
  • When I take a systemised approach to anything I get better results
  • Having a highly focused brain makes my workouts more efficient
  • Helping my brain wake up faster means I’m able to train hard and smart even in the early morning
  • When I put a lot of effort in pre-workout I have to do my workout and I have to give it my all


Using The HaloSport: Week 3

May 14th, 2017 Posted by FitTech, Journey No Comment yet
This week has been a really good week for my training, I’ve had two really good active recovery sessions, and four great workouts, the workouts have been focused and efficient.

 

This week on Tuesday and Wednesday I had early morning starts so I had to get up even earlier to fit in my workout. Normally I would have just slept and made up for the workouts later in the week. But because I’m trying to keep these weeks consistent for the data I’m collecting I had more motivation to get up and get the workouts done.
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I have noticed that my form and muscle activation is getting a lot better, I am consistently activating the right muscles in the first set of my workout, even though I’m training first thing in the morning. All of my four workouts have been focused and achieved the muscle fatigue that was needed. Again, my back session was good, two weeks in a row with a good back workout is amazing for me. I’ve been splitting muscle groups for 5 months prior to using the Halo, back has always been the hardest because it feels so much harder to activate the right muscles. Now, I’m finding it so much easier to activate the right muscles within my back and make sure my traps aren’t being overactive. My traps, what I call my everyday stress muscles, are always overactive because I sit and am usually more stressed than I need to be during my day. So I have previously had to stop back and shoulder workouts because I just couldn’t relax my traps and focus on the right muscle groups. In comparison, my last couple of weeks have been a dream.

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I have also noticed that when I used the Halo with my active recovery session that they were a lot more efficient, I was able to activate my core and stretch a lot better. I’ve learnt from a lot of my own pain that when I don’t have these sessions the rest of my body hurts a lot more. My inner core muscle activation is really important to support all the sitting I do.
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The last couple of weeks I’ve been seeing articles with more and more sports teams using the Halo… even one of our teams has said they are using and loving it. (The Australian – Roos use brain wear) It’s great to see athletes using this kind of technology to help get the best out of their bodies… helping your brain do what it does better. Unlocking your own true potential, its absolutely amazing.

 

I also made a video about why I started using the HaloShanti Facebook Live – Why I use the HaloSport.


In summary, I’m not an athlete, it’s not even my job to be fit, strong or look a certain way, I am doing it because I’m a biohacker and I want to get the most out of my body. I am using the HaloSport because it’s not my job to be fit, strong or look a certain way, so, I want my time in the gym to be efficient and regular. I get a lot out of going to the gym, the physical benefits are great but for me it is crucial to mental health, stress and energy management, it is also my alone time, I could go on. So I do love that time, but when you have to spend 6-10 hours in the gym it is the first thing to get compromised. When all I need is 4 really good workouts, it is hard to “put that off” or say “I just don’t have time.”

I’m a entrepreneur, speaker, biohacker, mentor, budding author, wife, friend etc etc… I need my time to be spent efficiently.
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