Positivity Effect by Dr. Tom 006: Understanding Contrast - Michael O'Neal
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This week I talk with the one and only Michael O’Neal of the Solopreneur podcast about contrast, amongst other things. Mike is a funny down to earth dude and I’m honored that he joined us on the Positivity Effect.


Why he started the Solopreneur Hour podcast?

  • Wanted to change up the typical business podcast format
  • Found a need for a show with an open conversational format that’s entertaining
  • Felt the casual feel would be best for the audience to absorb powerful tips from the guests

Benefit of having a positive outlook

  • Changes you physically
  • Default in our minds = compare up
  • You’re more attractive physically when you have a positive attitude
  • Many people’s default to establish rapport = complain about something
  • Happiness = 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you respond to it

Understand the word contrast

  • When something bad happens to you, it’s easy to compare up
  • Example: “I don’t have as much money as Bob does”
  • Focus on the things you do have

Mike shows us why Hurricane Katrina really put life in perspective for him


Soul Food

  • “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn
  • We can be so tough on ourselves in our own heads
    • compare down and we are responsible for our own happiness
    • Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% of how we respond to life situations
  • Quickest way to feel better: Go help someone else
  • A smile goes a long way. Positive people stand out.

Most gratifying moment mentoring someone

  • A listener named Karen who has a debilitating nerve disorder

7 Essential books that helped transform his life (must be read in this order):

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