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Book Content Questions
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There are so many good self-help books on the market, why should someone buy your book?
I wanted to write a book that made it fun and easy to get Spiritually Aroused. Inspiration is a very simple process that any individual can integrate into their life. If you do more things that inspire you and make you feel good, and do less things that don’t inspire you or make you feel bad you will tap into positive vibes immediately. This book empowers individuals with simple concepts and techniques to integrate and create positive habitual behaviors. I want readers to believe in themselves and never underestimate their ability to figure out their own happiness all by themselves.
How do you define inspiration?
Connecting to, and finding what inspires you, is like ripping your shirt off and defibrillating your happiness. Inspiration is that steamy, spicy spark that helps you break free from your current situation and emboldens you to be more than you ever thought possible. When you’re inspired, you will experience an invisible almost divine force that will energize, encourage and invigorate you to move in the direction of what you’re attempting to do or achieve.
If you could give one tip on how to stay inspired what would that be?
Get into nature as much as you possibly can.
Is inspiration for everybody?
Inspiration is for everybody, but it all depends on the individual and where they are at in life. If an individual is not interested in getting Spiritually Aroused then it is probably not the book for them.
Who won’t like this book?
What is your book about?
This book is about identifying and acting on what inspires you. First you have to figure out what inspires you. Once you clarify your inspiration, you may need to clean out some of the BS so there is room for inspiration. BS is any thought, belief, action, person or environment that works against your inspiration and happiness. As you make some room in your life you begin to build networks of inspirational support. Mentors, coaches and friends that support you and help you move forward on your path. You can increase your energy through healthy lifestyle and plenty of fun exercise. Create more money for Inspirational activities through Financial Wisdom. When you practice gratitude, kindness and helping others it will solidify your networks and magnify your inspiration.
What is a SmartAss Buddha?
A SmartAss Buddha is someone who has found their happiness in life by staying true to themselves and living life on their terms. They have the ability to light up a room, to lift a suffering soul and to make people feel better just by being in contact with them. These joyous souls can shift anybody who is lucky enough to come in contact with them.
Here is the word-by-word breakdown of the SmartAss Buddha name. We all have some kind of wisdom within us (Smart) we all can screw up be a jerk from time to time (Ass) and we all have the potential for enlightenment (Buddha).
When you believe that everybody has some kind of nugget of wisdom within them, it makes it easier for you to respect and appreciate all people for who they are. When you know nobody is perfect and that we all can act like an ass from time to time, it’s easier to forgive people’s indiscretions and to be more compassionate towards all human beings. If you have a core belief that we all have the potential for enlightenment, it makes it easier to understand that we are simply little spirits to find our own happiness or enlightenment on our own terms. Everybody has the potential to be a SmartAss Buddha.
Is this a book on Buddhism?
Not really, I just cherry picked some of the Buddhist concepts. Selectively choosing wisdom from other sources to create your own guidelines for life is a big part of this philosophy. I encourage the reader to cherry pick from any philosophy, and to learn anything, from anyone, whenever possible.
What inspired you to write a book on inspiration?
No matter what kind of journey you are on in life, the one “thing” that will give you endless energy and grit to get past any obstacle, is inspiration. Different religions may refer to it as connecting with God, embracing the holy-spirit or the hippies may say that their charkas are full of light but inspiration also means to be “in-spirit.” To me those are all the same things, but I use the word inspiration so it doesn’t freak out any particular religion or belief system. Getting inspired sounds a lot less woo-woo than finding enlightenment Having massive inspiration may not connect you directly to your god, but it will most certainly open up the lines of communication.
What do you want for people to get out of your book?
I want readers to have clarity about what inspires them and what doesn’t. I would love people to find, engage, act upon, and enjoy whatever inspires them in life. The more joyous and inspired people there are running around on the planet the more it becomes a win for all of us.
What is the most important thing that people DON'T know about your subject/genre, that they need to know?
Some people believe that inspiration is a random occurrence. I disagree. Inspiration can be intertwined into all aspects of your life so that it becomes natural and habitual. It is actually fairly easy to avoid BS and to feel Spiritually Aroused most, if not all of the time.
What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
Well the title is a good start. The concept is incredibly simple, do more things that inspire you, and less that don’t. Your thoughts, beliefs, actions, people and environments will either boost your inspiration, or they will hinder your inspiration. Most good self-help books have plenty of wonderful information but very little instruction on how to instill their philosophy and create positive habitual behavior. Using symbols, mantras and mentors, readers can build their own philosophy and create habitual inspirational behaviors out of the concepts they want to implement.
On what experiences did you base your book?
I have been watching, researching and interviewing happy joyous people for the last thirty years. I figured long ago that if I am going to learn to be happy, I am going to learn it from the happiest people I encounter.
Will applying the principles of your book make someone happy?
I have yet to meet a truly happy person who is not inspired in some context. Without inspiration, it is a pretty big challenge to be happy.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I don’t feel there was anything hard about writing this book because I was so inspired to do it. There were definitely moments of frustration, but I never felt it was that difficult.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not really. Not on this book anyway. I have been getting up at 4 or 5 am for five years, researching, writing, rewriting, interviewing and testing this inspirational philosophy. At this stage I don’t even feel it was a choice, this was exactly what I was suppose to do for the last five years
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
For this book I used a general outline and then wrote the first draft by hand. I really wanted to put down what came to mind instead of what I thought I should be writing. Once I typed it up, the first draft was 240,000 words. I tend to overwrite and then cut through the fluff as I go. All I can say is, I love my editor!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really enjoyed writing the birds of a feather chapter. There is a story in there about a friend helping a friend that struck me to my core. Even after writing and reading it more times than I wish to count it still tweaks an emotional response.
Ted Schredd Questions
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What do you do when you are not writing?
Riding my bike, hiking, traveling or seeking highly inspired souls.
Do you have a day job as well?
Not really – usually if I will take odd jobs or photography gigs to get me out for some new experiences.
What was your first book about?
I rode a bicycle 8,000 miles around North America. From Vancouver Canada to Key West Florida and back to Vancouver. I left with $160, no tent, no sleeping bag, and no clue as to what I was doing.
What was your second book about?
Grandma Knows the F Word – How Adults can Discover More Fun in Their Lives. This book is a user guide to having fun in life.
What made you want to become a writer?
I like the idea of doing something once and then getting paid over and over for that work.
How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
I had been an enthusiastic practitioner of fun but realized that having fun is just an activity. The next step up from fun is staying true to yourself and acting on your inspiration. Inspirational fun is far more Spiritually Arousing than regular fun.
What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
Sitting at the computer for thousands of hours when I should be out adventuring.
How is this world a better place because of your books?
Make the world a better place? If I can inspire one person to embrace happiness then for me it will be a success.
Why do you think inspiration is important?
It doesn’t matter what kind of journey you are undertaking, whether it is love, business, learning or improving your world, if you are lacking inspiration you will struggle and suffer all the way through.
What inspires you to write?
Passive income so I can go have more adventures!
What scares you the most?
Having a job
What is the weirdest thing that has ever been said or done to you by a fan?
I had a few wild ones when I worked in radio. One was a beautiful woman who would show up on location bearing chocolates and lusty looks, but she was one of the most unnerving characters I have ever met. It was her stalking that helped me to understand why radio stations have those big promotional RV’s. They are for more than just promotion, they are a safe house!
How do you take bad reviews?
Awesome! If they evoked an enthusiastic emotional response I know my writing is stirring something up.
What pisses you off?
Not much, oh wait untrained dogs owned by people who think they are the greatest trainers in the world.
What do you believe makes a successful life?
How much joy an individual experiences.
Who is the most important person in your life, and why?
I would say there are many important people in my life. They all serve different roles to help me shine.
What is your most treasured possession?
Are you happy or inspired all of the time?
Yes, most of the time. I don’t think any body can be happy ALL the time. Sometimes the tide is in, and sometime the tide is out.
What are the most important things to you in life?
Just one, being happy.
What are you passionate about?
Adventuring around the planet to connect with the most inspired souls I can find.
What are some day jobs that you have held?
I am not really a day job kind of guy anymore, but I have done the following:
World’s First Radio Traffic Reporter on a Bicycle – Z95.3FM – Vancouver, BC
Breakfast Television Host – CTV Vancouver
Corporate Speaker on Fun in the Workplace – Western Canada
Skiing Videographer – Lake Louise, AB
Frisbee Instructor – Vancouver, BC
Travel Photographer – Numerous shoots in Canada, US, Mexico and the Caribbean
Adventure Race Announcer/ MC – Numerous locations in Canada and US
Restaurant Photography - Across Canada and US
Pizza Delivery by Bicycle in downtown Vancouver.
What are you most grateful for in life?
I am most grateful for the unique experiences I have had along the way.
Ever been arrested?
When I was working at Vancouver Television I was covering the Asia Pacific Economic Conference which was attended by Bill Clinton and bunch of other political leaders. I ended up dancing on the press table live on TV and that kind of pissed of the police and the security personnel. I was put on a blacklist, but I didn’t have to do any hard time.
What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
Riding a bicycle around North America. It opened all kind of doors for me in love, a broadcasting career, a writing career and all kinds of perspective on reaching big goals one step at a time.
What is your greatest regret?
I don’t really have any right now.
What is next on your bucket list?
Ride a bicycle across Europe or live on a tropical beach for a few months
What project are you working on now?
Now that the book is out my project is to build a Secret Society of Inspired People whose mission is to help other people find and act on their inspiration.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I have a few ideas on what to right next but I haven’t decided just yet. I want some time away from the computer. I will be releasing The Cycling Adventures of Coconut Head and Gramma Knows the F Word in Ebook format.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Have more fun, more experiences and keep writing. Then go have more fun, more experiences and keep writing. Repeat as necessary.
Juggle/Hackeysack/ Frisbee/ Photography/ Video/ Audio/Editing/Marketing/Mocking/Cooking
Guatemala – Questions
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You wrote this book in Guatemala, why did you choose Guatemala?
If I am going to write a book on inspiration I may as well pick an inspired workspace. A place where I could be completely absorbed in the process and think through inspiration from every possible angle without distraction or discomfort. I considered Spain, Kauai and a few other destinations but nothing was screaming out for me to go. I just about had made my mind up on book a ticket and go to Thailand but received a call from a former TV colleague right before I started ticket shopping. My colleague suggested I consider a tiny little village in Guatemala nestled in between some volcanoes and a huge lake. With a little research I saw what I was in for, booked my ticket and ended up in San Pedro, La Laguna, Guatemala.
What was your writing space like?
When I first arrived I began to check out potential rental locations. Within the first thirty seconds of seeing the first property I pulled out my cash to pay the rent.
My computer area faced south and when you looked out the window all you could see were mango and papaya trees with rows of coffee in between them. Numerous tropical birds filled the treetops and behind the natural choir was the 9,908 foot Volcán San Pedro.
Now the only thing that was more astounding than my office space was the rooftop balcony. With 360-degree views of the lake and the surrounding volcanoes it still is the most amazing place I have ever lived. During the day you could sit out in the sun and watch the world go by. Vultures would swoop right over my head and catch the updrafts and circle up five thousand feet one puff of wind at a time.
At night I would have fires in a barrel (the deck was made of concrete), chart the stars and watch the universe pass by. Luna Azul was a magical once in a lifetime rental property that thoroughly enhanced my state of mind, expanded my inspiration and aroused my spirit right to the core. Oh did I mention, it was $6 a night?
What were the townspeople like?
The only way I can describe the people of San Pedro is that they are full of goodness and spiritual wisdom. They are pleasant, friendly, fun, playful, like to mock, never mean spirited and have hearts that are wide open. Most of them earn under a dollar an hour so to say they are not rich would be an understatement.
What else inspired you?
I was really inspired by some individual souls. Berna, Brenda, Olga, Anita and Angelica filled me with mounds of positive energy and projected that on to me every time I saw them.
Was it dangerous? Did you ever feel threatened?
It was dangerous but like anywhere you pay attention and avoid the hot spots. I felt it was more dangerous to hang out at the bars with drunken gringos then it was cruising around town.
What was you favorite moment?
My favorite moment was Berna and his family had a going away party in the middle of the night for me. They all work seven days a week so the only time everyone could get together was in the middle of the night. We had a BBQ, slide show and laughed so hard we nearly had an injury.
What was your favorite ritual?
Lattes made with Berna’s fresh roasted coffees. Drinking fresh juice everyday. Papaya and Belgian waffles. Watching every sunrise. Watching and listening to all the tropical birds. Seeing Olga, Berna, Brenda, Anita and Angelica. Staying away from the gringos
Ever get sick?
Yes I had parasites a couple of times but they make for a great weight loss program.
Would you do it again?
I will go and visit my friends but I think I have Kauai on my radar for the next writing retreat.
Story Ideas or Interview Themes
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Dying Before Your Time
This book was triggered by a family member dying way before their time and being filled with regret. If you were to die today would you have any regrets? What are you not doing today that you will regret later if you don’t take action?
Feeling Fully Alive
Happiness is more than being comfortable it means carving your own path and pursuing what is important to your heart and soul. That is when you feel fully alive when you follow your bliss.
Making Wise Choices
It depends what you base your life choices on, either you step in line and do what the TV, your parents, your peers or what society dictates or you make your choices based on whether you are staying true to yourself and pursuing what matters to you.
Inspiration vs. Motivation
People don’t need to get motivated people need to get inspired. Motivation is only for when you have have to do something and inspiration is when you want to do something. Motivation needs to poked and prodded on a daily basis where inspiration provides amazing energy to get things done.
Definition of Success
There are ten areas of success in life and money is only one of them. Some are of success are going to be more important than others and if you are chasing the wrong ones you will put canker sores on your joy.
Awareness of Inspiration
“What inspires you?” is a question that rarely comes up in social conversation. Most people have to really think about that and have vague answers. If someone wants to be inspired they need to exactly what inspires them and how to integrate those things into as much of their life as possible.
Have Fun in Life – This is the Mission
I don’t know what religion you belong too but if it doesn’t include the concept of having a happy joyous life you may want to get a refund. Life is about fun, joy, bliss and happiness. If your beliefs oppose this concept then happiness will ever be elusive.
Simplicity and How it Affects Your Ability to be Inspired
People complicate their lives by keeping busy and end up passing the tie doing a whole bunch of meaningless fluff. Once people simplify their possessions, their schedule and their life inspiration and happiness finally have some room to visit. I have yet to meet a person who has regretted simplifying their life
Of course you are supposed to think positive but what happens when negative emotions come to visit. Your emotions are your Happiness GPS system that lets you know when you are off track to happiness. The more inspired you are, the more alive you will feel and your negative emotions will either reduce their visitation time and stop visiting all together. You can’t be inspired when you sad, angry, scared or downright bitter.
When people fail to run their financial show in a responsible manner it crushes thier inspiration. Spending more than you earn, too many debt payments or making purchases that do nothing for your spiritual arousal are huge distractions. Once an inspirational path is identified it makes it far easier to channel your expenditures in a way that gives you more meaning to your life.
Nature the Inspiration Booster
Spending time in nature has to be the most accessible and efficient way to boost ones inspiration levels. Besides the fresh and exercise there is a spiritual cleanse and recharge that seems to happen. There are also numerous lessons in patience, connectedness, awareness, architecture, design, co eixistence, going with the flow and on and on. Accessible to everybody, usually costs nothing to do it
Networks of Support
Having positive support networks of mentors, coaches and friends gives you the added advantage in happiness and in life in general
When you start loving everything in your life it makes it really easy to be happy. When you are thankful you focus on the positive and you will get more.
Love and Kindness
The feel good emotion of the cosmos being loving and kind is the ultimate reward for being here. Being loving and kind to people is the best way to boost your value in the workplace, in your community, in your family and in all of your relationships.
The easiest way to make your life better is to make other people’s lives better. The more you help others the more people will help you. Help can be in form of unconditional support, mentoring, building confidence, connecting them with others or just waling beside a person. If you want to have a life that is full of inspirational networks of mentors, business contacts and friends then helping others is the way to go.
Radio Morning Show or Talk Show Themes
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Can pick a specific aspect of inspiration and then have callers give their perspective, here are some examples.
If you could have any career what would that be and why?
Who inspires you to be a better person?
Do you have a support team in life?
What makes a really great friend?
Which television shows inspire you and why?
Who do you find is inspiring when they speak?
What do you take for granted in your life?
Who in your life has inspired you?
If you died today what would you regret?
What is on your bucket list?
Who at your work/school has an unbelievable ability to bring happiness into the room?