Archives for April 2011

Cube32 – How to Game Google ?!?!?

Many people obsess about their rankings in Google searches. Maybe instead of spending time and lots of energy on SEO and other dark arts, look at what Google says they care about.

In this cube, Matt Cutts, Chief Google WebSpam Executioner, tells what Google is looking for, and moving towards.


Over a year after this cube from This Week in Google 30, the same message has come from Google over and over & they are more effective at the things they have talked about.


Now, compare what you think about vs what Google thinks about.


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Starting Question:

How do you determine the direction of yourself, or organization you are involved with?

Cube31 – The Art of Understanding

Change is appealing. We all want the world, either our small section or the a large group or organization, to be better. Causing change either in an individual or a group can be one of the most difficult objectives a person can undertake.


This cube features a section about mental models from Peter Senge‘s book The Fifth Discipline. A wonderful book dealing with Systems Theory or Systems Thinking and why many of the issues in our world are due to something other than the distant evil boogie man.


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Starting Question:

What mental models should you improve upon to achieve your goals?

Cube30 – Short Term vs Long Term Thinking

We who are striving to build something great are optimists, and encouraged by good results. Paul Winkler, the investor coach,  talks with a caller to The Investor Coaching Show about when someone presents you an offer that seems great, but involves paying you to purchase or invest.


Then the conversation gets into how we react to positive results.


[mp3 – 8:38] One-Click Subscriptions: Zune : iTunes : RSS

Starting Question:

What was the best point, or thought that crossed your mind as you listened?

Cube29 – Freedom System


Most people dream of freedom. If you “own” a business, or are not an employee, there is a high change one of your reasons why is because you want the freedom or to avoid the lack of freedom you would have as an employee.


What happens if you discover that you don’t own a business, but rather own a job?

This cube comes from the second part of the book Rich Dad; Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki  titled Cashflow Quadrant.


It begins with a quick explanation of the Cashflow Quadrant, the E, S, B, & I. Followed by the main clip talking about the differences between being Self-Employed and a Business Owner. Finally a key to gaining long term financial wealth, no matter which of the four quadrants you primarily make money.



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Starting Questions:

  1. … … What came to your mind as you listened?
  2. How free are you?
  3. What do you plan on changing?

Cube28 – When Blocked You

When a group of people comes upon a obstical and overcomes it, there are at least two stories to tell. This cube from TWIg 80 features two tracks, one on technology developed to help people communicate, and one of people trying to stop communication & how the world has changed.

TWIg 80 was recorded on February 2nd 2011 – after the start of the issues in Egypt, but a while before anything in Libya.


[mp3 – 8:26] One-Click Subscriptions: Zune : iTunes : RSS

Starting Questions:

  1. What do you do when you encounter a failpoint, or blockage in your path?
  2. Has technology allowed you to communicate with more people? How?
  3. What are some systems you could bring together to achieve your goals?
  4. … … what questions came to your mind as you listened?

Cube27 – Find The Right Price

Middlemen are often condemned in our society. Are you a middleman? Should you use more middlemen in your life?

This cube features a story by Russ Roberts & Mike Munger in the EconTalk episode titled Munger on Middlemen.


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Starting Questions:

  1. How do you value your time?
  2. If you act in good faith & someone purchases something from you for more than you would … is that a win-win?
  3. Who are you a middleman to? Should you become a middleman to someone?
  4. … … what questions came to your mind as you listened?

Month 3 Update & Questions

Today we celebrate three months of Starting Cube.

26 episodes have been released, with Episode 25 – How to Succeed being the fastest to be downloaded.


How to Succeed is an important episode to me because is sorta outlines why I see StartingCube as so valuable for anyone striving for a dream bigger then themselves.


Of the 26 episodes; the cube came from:

  • Books = 8 times
  • Podcasts = 9 times
  • Quotations = 3 times
  • Radio / Podcast = 1 time
  • Record = 1 time
  • Story Quotation = 1 time
  • tv shows =3 times

Might look at adding more tv & movies into the mix.


Looking For:

We are looking for ideas for cubes, please send any you have in.



We are looking for a better understanding of who you are and what you have done.

This month we are looking to see how many of our fans have used the site, social media we are in, and sharing with others.


Thanks for following, sharing, and providing feedback. It helps us better help you build your dreams.


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Cube26 – Do Your Best

James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio dives into the serious business of entertainment. An industry, like many others, is not an exact science & people are just trying to find a great path to their goals. This cube features James Lipton interviewing Conan O’Brian in 2009, before he replaced Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

Conan mixes humor, wisdom, and experience into an interview great for anyone.

[mp3 – 6:43] One-Click Subscriptions: Zune : iTunes : RSS

Starting Questions:

  1. When you discover that someone else is human (does not know everything) how does that effect you?
  2. How many stories of other people have you discovered in the last week? month? year?
  3. How do you work to improve your production? How does Conan?
  4. … … what questions came to your mind as you listened?

Cube25 – How to Succeed

In the 1950’s Earl Nightingale created a record of him sharing The Strangest Secret. He talks of success, and how 5% of people achieve success, defined as progressive realization of a worthy ideal.


When you like a Cube, press the “Share This” button of the system you use the most [below].


Here is part of that recording for you to use:

[mp3 – 7:47] One-Click Subscriptions: Zune : iTunes : RSS

Starting Questions:

  1. How often do your show the opposite of courage?
  2. How do you become financially independent?
  3. How do you set goals?
  4. Why do people with goals achieve more?
  5. … … what questions came to your mind as you listened?

Testing QR codes

Option 1

QR Codes are often called 3Dbarcodes. They are a neat way to enter data into most smartphones.

At PodCamp Nashville 2011, I went to a session talking about QR Codes, and specifically manipulating them.




Option 2



A point was made that a large portion of people still print out webpages they want to read or remember, and I thought of the StartingCube logo … seems like a perfect place to throw a QR Code in the middle of, in the right instances.





Option 3

Today I am playing with some options & looking for feedback.


In these instances – the 24 is the episode number it’ll go to.

Option 4





Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.