If there was an award for the shyest, most risk-averse kid growing up on the planet he probably would have won it. In his late 20’s, Paul Milano became determined to break out of this mold and was seeking out productivity, confidence and high-performance lessons.
He started blogging about his journey and what he found but was left frustrated that there was not any easy to follow the system.
There were fragments of pieces here and there but no one place where you could get everything you needed. I have always had an ability to take complex things and simplify them into systems and steps so this led me to build my online learning platform called EverProductive. I wanted to take a lot of the hard work and hundreds of hours of research and reading I did out of it for anyone going down a similar journey.
~ Paul Milano
Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2019?
Recently in the world, we find there is a lot of uneasiness with regards to the automation and AI movement. People are fearful of losing their jobs as the rate of change and progress in technology keeps accelerating. It can create a toxic atmosphere as I find people put the blame in the wrong place. We’re working on producing a lot of material and courses to help people deal with this. So instead of being afraid, they can be prepared, confident and ready to learn new skills quickly and adapt to any change. Change is inevitable, so if we can get people more prepared and able to be their fully productive selves and do their best work then I feel this will be a big positive for the world.
Change is inevitable, so if we can get people more prepared and able to be their fully productive selves and do their best work then I feel this will be a big positive for the world.
~ Paul Milano
Q: Who is your role model or hero?
Ask anyone who knows me and they will say I love Arnold Schwarzenegger. To me, he truly embodies the if you believe you can do it, you can mindset. Coming to a country with nothing and becoming the biggest bodybuilder, movie star and then governor is more than most can accomplish in 2 or 3 lifetimes. His recent championing of green energy and helping the environment has cemented him in my good books.
On top of that also my Mom. As I write this, I have taken some time off to be with my daughter full time while my wife returns to work. For anyone who has raised a kid full time, I think they get a new found level of respect for their parents. My mom left her full-time job to raise myself and my sister when we were young. (Though really as I now know, she was taking on an even more difficult full-time job!) She sacrificed to give us a good life and was / still is always there.
Q: What is your favorite book?
Growing up I always loved The Lorax and I think it’s what helped shaped me into being very passionate about the well being of our planet and all life on it. Aside from that, the biggest one that also stands out is “The Magic of Thinking Big”. That book really sparked my own internal motivation to know that there was no reason why I couldn’t break out of my “shy” stereotype I had boxed myself into and do bigger things.
Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations?
Definitely and most of the system I use can be found in the free EverProductive course we offer. For the coles notes version - It’s very much about breaking down tasks into easily manageable chunks and assigning specific time-blocks to work on them. Along with keeping your mind and body in a high performing state,
I use Evernote to track a master list of tasks to do. I like Evernote because it is accessible on all your devices, so if I’m walking down the street and have an idea, I can immediately plug it in. Every week, I then take from this master list and pick what I need to get done, using time blocks during the week to work on each one. If you don’t block out focused time to work on specific things, it will either never get finished or take you far longer than it should.
Q: Looking back - if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different - what would it be?
That is life, it’s incredibly easy to blame your problems on everything and everyone but yourself. Ultimately though, you are 100% responsible for who, what and where you are. And that will be just as true this time next year.
You are 100% responsible for who, what and where you are.
~ Paul Milano
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