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Oct 30, 2018

Recently, we experienced a forced Internet blackout day. The Internet for the entire city was out. But, that was not such a bad thing. Consider scheduling an Internet blackout day for yourself. You may be surprised at how productive you can be without access to the world wide web.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back to Morning Mindset. I am your host Paul Markel. Thank you, once again for making this show a part of your day. At least five days a week. I'm hoping that you're listening five days a week because we're delivering it that often except it's if it's a holiday or if I'm on vacation, but it's not a holiday and I'm not on vacation.

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So congratulations to you. I had kind of a holiday. Last Friday a week ago Friday, I got up and I was having my coffee and sitting at the table and I usually check you know, I do like probably the majority of you do I'm sitting there at the at the table waking up drinking my morning coffee and I pick up my phone and I want to check my emails and notifications and all that stuff before I start the day, and my phone is running really super slow.

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Like it's I look at it. Like how come I can't pull up my email and ran really slow. I was like, okay, so I look of course I look up in the corner and it's just I have no ice is I have no Wi-Fi connection or says the Wi-Fi connection. Is there meaning that my phone is reading the router right?

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I know. Techies are probably gonna say that's not a router. It's it's the modem or the whatever my foot point is this so the internet was not working at my house. The Wi-Fi isn't working thousand my okay. Well, I'm gonna go to the office anyway, so I get dressed and I go to the office and get into the office turn on the computer and I realize there's no internet there at the end so fortunately, Where I am in town, our office is walking distance to our internet providers office.

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Like it is literally like three businesses down the street. So I just walked out walked over and went into the internet providers office and I said, hey, good morning, and she says yes, it's down. I said, oh, I'm not the first one. She said and this is the quote. She gave me she said a third-party contractor was Excavating or something and they cut the lines.

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She said a third party contractor cut the lines and they're in the process of repairing them now. This is about nine o'clock in the morning on a Friday. Okay. So what did I do? I went back into the office and our know it was Thursday, whatever. I went back into the office, and I recorded some but of course, I couldn't put them I couldn't put them up for you guys because why because you need the internet to do that and I wasn't able to do our group show notes because we share those with people that are in multiple States via the Internet.

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So I did things around the office. It did not require the internet and then I went home and while it's always like well, I don't have to do internet work for business now. So what I'm going to do, what am I going to do? Why did physical things and physical things I did laundry? Thank you very much for asking washed it and folded it all myself come because I'm a big boy.

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I sat down and I played my guitar because guess what I have a guitar and an amplifier and I have a plastic pick and none of those things require a Wi-Fi connection. I read a little bit. Yes. I did. I read a little bit and essentially and I did some other things I prepare some projects for the TV show and some videos that were going to do, but the forced internet blackout.

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Was actually it was kind of great because no one expected me. Now, of course, I had phone service, you know, I had my normal phone service, but if you guys are like anybody else or like me or what have you. You don't want to be surfing the web all day long with your phone service unless you have unlimited, you know, 4G or whatever if you have unlimited 4G go ahead rock on but I.

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So I don't want to be using my phone connection to surf the web or whatever. I just sent out a message to everybody who needed to know. Hey, and it wasn't and here's the thing like where I am the entire city. I had no internet. It wasn't just like oh we'll go over to the go to the cafe go over to the coffee shop and use there's no there was Zero none nada the entire the entire Valley where we had no internet.

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So I just did physical things. As I said, you know I went out and I did some inventory stuff. I worked on some projects. I worked on a new project a new that we're doing for our other show and it was good. It really was and I would suggest it kind of like, you know, we talked about the 24-hour blackout while taking your phones and all your Wi-Fi things anything.

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It's electronic just turning it off. For 24 hours read books do chores or catch up on projects that you've been meaning to catch up on but you're constantly distracted by this or that or whatever and the great thing, you know the forced internet blackout. It wasn't like people like, hey, man, you're just you're just slacking off today and you need to get on it.

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You know, I sent a message. I'm like look don't ask me to answer anything via email or whatever because I can't do it. It's just not going to happen. No one expected me to be there. No one expected me to be on my phone or on the laptop or whatever and because no one expected that I just took care of business.

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I took care of what I needed to take care of. I think I might have taken a nap that day out naps are good, though. Naps are good, though, especially if you're training. I trained that day. Oh man, I forgot so I had weight training that day, and in addition to my normal programmed workout, I went ahead and I why put more weight on the squat bar than I ever have and I got underneath it and I squatted down I stood back up and I said a personal record for squatting so and I misspoke myself.

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I said Friday, it was actually Thursday. So it was a very, very productive. Now obviously I had to come back on Friday and take care of things. You know, we had to make sure that everything was scheduled in and what the weird irony of the internet being out and maybe it was just a trick played by somebody that didn't want to work that day.

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But when I got to the office around 9:00 or so in the morning, it was out and then my son Zachary, who actually puts the show up. He sent me a message about five 35 35 or something like that and said, hey the internet just came back up. So during the entire workday during the entire workday. The internet was down and I know you might be sitting out there.

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You're thinking dude it where I work if the internet were to go down, that would be a catastrophe. Could be a catastrophe would it really be a catastrophe or could you use that opportunity just to do something else if you have never I had a forced internet blackout day, but if you've never had an actual deliberate blackout day a 24-hour blackout where you just tell people look I'm not going to use my phone.

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I'm not going to text. I'm not going to email. I'm not going to do anything electronic. No phones, no laptops. No TVs anything. I'm going to read books. I'm going to take care of I'm going to do projects. I'm taking a nap. I don't want to do whatever I want to do. You should do that put that on your list of things that you should do and you'd be amazed at how wonderful of an experience that can be to just unplug from everything electronic.

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I'm not telling you to be a Luddite and I'm not telling you to you know to go back in time or what have you but. Just once in a while give yourself an internet blackout day. Just an Electronics internet, whatever you want to call it blackout day and relax and you'd be amazed. How much you enjoy it?

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Alright, ladies and gentlemen that is it for today. That's it for today's morning - oh, thank you very much for joining me. Make sure that you're leaving a review so that other people will know and if you have read the Morning Mindset book, and I know a lot of you have because we went through the whole thing, and we did a book study. Please feel free to go to Amazon and leave a review. Alright, I'm your host Paul Markel. I'll talk to you again real soon.


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