Charlie Hoehn

Charlie Hoehn

Author of Play It Away

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON August 21, 2015

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Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
Hey, Product Hunt! My name is Charlie Hoehn, author of Play It Away and Recession Proof Graduate, founder of The Recess Project, and speaker for American Dream U. My work is the #1 search result on Google for "cure anxiety." I live in Austin, where I host weekly recess in Zilker park. Ask me anything! :)
Tucker Max
Tucker Max@tucker_max
@charliehoehn What is the most dangerous zone? TRICK QUESTION! It's The Danger Hoehn. Sorry, I don't have a question. I just love me some Charlie.
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@tuckermax Tucker wins for taking the most ridiculous picture of me ever: http://tuckermax.me/play-it-away...
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
Sithan Kanna
Sithan Kanna@sithankanna
What are you reading currently?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@sithankanna Rare Earths: Forbidden Cures. It's fascinating, but poorly edited.
Kevin Zittle
Kevin Zittle@kevinz · Co-Founder, GoVoluntr
Hey Charlie thanks for hanging out on PH today. I know you worked alongside Tim Ferris for a while, what one lesson did you learn during that time that has stayed with you?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@kevinz Hey Kevin, my pleasure! Ah man, there are so many. Tim is an amazing person on numerous levels, so it's hard to pick... I suppose I'll go with "Your network is your net worth." Tim is one of the most well-connected people in the Valley, and it's because he continually goes out of his way to cultivate and nurture REAL LIFE relationships with people (not just emails back and forth). In the digital age, that's priceless. In regards to the marketing brilliance I absorbed from Tim, look up "12 lessons learned while marketing The 4-Hour Body"
Kevin Zittle
Kevin Zittle@kevinz · Co-Founder, GoVoluntr
@charliehoehn Thanks! Yep, 12 lessons is one of those that I re-visit whenever I'm launching something new!
Sachit Gupta
Sachit Gupta@sachitgupta · Audience & Profit Growth for Publishers
@charliehoehn Here's that post: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2011... - Years later, I still refer to it when working on client projects.
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
@sachitgupta It's really good. Contributed to the success of my recent best seller.
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@charliehoehn can you tell us a little bit about how he did/does that ? what are some networking frameworks/principles he works by?
christopher Lambert
christopher Lambert@cfidhle · cl homes
Hey Charlie Can anyone show up for recess?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@cfidhle Yes, except for people who aren't kind, or think they're too cool :)
christopher Lambert
christopher Lambert@cfidhle · cl homes
@charliehoehn, I promise not to hog the ball or beat anyone up ;-)
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
Last Q: What does your morning routine look like?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@mrtampham I answered this for someone else: I typically start each day meditating for a few minutes, and visualizing the effect I'll have -- what that world looks like if I do that work. Then each night, I write down a list of the few things I want to get done the next day. Apart from that, focusing on getting adequate nutrition (take a micronutrient deficiency test, we're all deprived of essential nutrients and minerals!), 8-9 hours of sleep, and taking breaks to play with friends (recreation is re-creation).
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Charlie - could you tell us when you felt the most anxious in your life and how you worked through it?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@eriktorenberg Probably my first panic attack -- laying in my apartment with heart palpitations, cold sweats, left hand going numb, my brain pounding the thoughts "You are going crazy, you are going to die." I "handled it" by curling up in the fetal position on my apartment floor, resisting every second of it, and considering calling 911 or packing my bags and running away. Then the next morning, going on a long run and going straight back to all of my old habits. I know now that none of that was helpful or good for me.
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
Q4: If you had to spend 4 years of your life from 18 - 22 again, what would you do differently (if you had to)? Go to college? Apprentice under someone immediately? Take edu into your own hands and learn everything you possibly can?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@mrtampham I wouldn't change a thing. It lead me here.
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
@charliehoehn Well, if you had to ;-)
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@mrtampham Probably read more books. Not worried about grades in school.
Ben Davidson
Ben Davidson@kalamazooben · Front-End Web Designer
A year and a half out from releasing "Play It Away", what sort of feedback on the ideas in the book have you gotten? 4.7 stars on Amazon is awesome, just curious what the benefits/criticism you've received.
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@kalamazooben That book and my anxiety post have been such a blessing, for me and many others. I'm so glad I wrote it. I've heard from veterans and teenagers who didn't commit suicide because of it. Many people who've suffered with anxiety for years said it's the only thing that's helped. I've been moved to tears many times from emails I've gotten from people. I'm very fond of the message behind the book, it still makes me really happy I wrote it.
Ben Davidson
Ben Davidson@kalamazooben · Front-End Web Designer
@charliehoehn That's awesome! Have you received any criticism you'd like to share? I only ask because I'm curious how people might react negatively to the ideas in the book, if at all. No worries on whether I liked the book - I bought 3 copies ;)
Thomas Ulibarri
Thomas Ulibarri@thomas_ulibarri · Writing Enthusiast
@charliehoehn Hey Charlie, Another question. Can you please describe your morning theme and system that sets you up to win the day? Do recognize a commonality that successful & productive people as yourself are only able to execute on in the mornings? TY!
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@thomas_ulibarri This assumes I win the day, every day :) I try to do great work every day, sometimes I don't. I try to be a good friend / caring boyfriend / loving family member every day, sometimes I'm not. Those are the two important things to me: loving relationships and work. What I've realized that I really need in order to do great is PLAY (for rejuvenation and creativity), SLEEP (for rest and repair), and FEASTING (getting enough nutrients to function).
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@thomas_ulibarri Successful people have great friends and support. They're surrounded by people smarter than them. No one does it alone.
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
@charliehoehn Hey Charlie, what's are you currently focusing now in your life?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@mrtampham Launching my "Land a Job You Love" career course, building another course for anxiety sufferers, studying mental health, and The Recess Project :)
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
@charliehoehn Awesome. Love to know how I can help. Curious to know more about The Recess Project :)
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
One more question: If you had to teach a college course on any subject, what would it be and why?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@mrtampham I'd love to teach on the importance of play. I would have loved to have taken a college course on how certain people consistently live to be over 100 without getting all the diseases Americans get struck down by.
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
@charliehoehn That would be a "playful" class ;-) With many hidden benefits that most people overlook. Thanks for answering, Charlie.
Chris Schelzi
Chris Schelzi@schelzi3 · Director of Marketing @ AppSumo
@charliehoehn Hey Charlie! What is the single most important skill that you've developed since you graduated college that has given you the highest ROI?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@schelzi3 Solving the problems I care about, not the ones other people told me to solve.
Matt Lugo
Matt Lugo@wwmld · Customer Experience/Operations
@charliehoehn Hi Charlie, how do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@wwmld Hey Matt! Thanks for the question. I wrote down a mission statement awhile ago about what I believe I'm here to do, my purpose right now, and why that matters to me (what the world will look like if I do versus if I don't). I typically start each day meditating for a few minutes, and visualizing the effect I'll have -- what that world looks like if I do that work. Then each night, I write down a list of the few things I want to get done the next day. Apart from that, focusing on getting adequate nutrition (take a micronutrient deficiency test, we're all deprived of essential nutrients and minerals!), 8-9 hours of sleep, and taking breaks to play with friends (recreation is re-creation).
Matt Lugo
Matt Lugo@wwmld · Customer Experience/Operations
@charliehoehn I'm definitely big on writing things down and having self-awareness. Love recreation is re-creation!
Jeff Jassky
Jeff Jassky@jeffjassky · Web Developer, Showtime
@charliehoehn Hey, dude! Listening to your book now. I'm definitely the guy you made this book for. I was talking with my buddy @adamdangersmith this morning and he's familiar with you too. In fact he draws the people he looks up to and he had just drawn a picture of you last night. So I'm really curious - When you started improv did you go with a friend? Did you dive in immediately on your first session?
Jeff Jassky
Jeff Jassky@jeffjassky · Web Developer, Showtime
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@jeffjassky WHOA!! I LOVE THIS HAHA
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@jeffjassky I actually went by myself to improv! A friend of mine convinced me it was worthwhile though, I watched him perform a few times then decided to do it. Fantastic decision, totally worth it.
Thomas Ulibarri
Thomas Ulibarri@thomas_ulibarri · Writing Enthusiast
@charliehoehn Hey Charlie, love your material. Being the curator of doing free work to create invaluable opportunities into work you love. How do you prevent entrepreneurs or companies from taking advantage of your free services and where should someone draw the line of doing free work to paid work? Thanks so much!
Bill Trammel
Bill Trammel@bill_trammel · Product Design at iFixit. Maker.
Hi Charlie, if you could pick one change that you've made to your daily routine, which one have you found to have the most surprisingly positive effect on your well-being?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@trammel Recess! I'm a workaholic who does most of my work in solitude. I need recreation with friends, outdoors, running around in order to feel better. Buy an Aerobie, it's $8. Take it to the park with a friend and watch how it affects how you feel. Apart from that, I'm a HUGE fan of doing improv for what it does for your social life, communication skills, and well-being.
Bill Trammel
Bill Trammel@bill_trammel · Product Design at iFixit. Maker.
@charliehoehn Nice, I'd love to try improv. I'm the same way with work, and it's amazing what just going outside or having a cup of tea with a friend will do for your mind.
Hey Charlie, what is your advice for new graduates who feel like they can eat the world but in reality the world eats them?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@sc3wnet Graduates, you've been tricked! You don't HAVE to work, you can CHOOSE to work! Find and do what makes you happy, I can show you how to sell yourself and make it your living. Recession Proof Graduate answers this, my course does a much better job: http://learn.charliehoehn.com
Ben Davidson
Ben Davidson@kalamazooben · Front-End Web Designer
@charliehoehn I think your TEDx talk is a great primer, too.
Jonas Knipper
Jonas Knipper@jdker · Coder, learner, builder
Hey man, good to see you here. Since much is made of the "give and you will receive" approach that seems valid but far from automatic to me: When it comes to building up financial wealth, what do some people get right and what mistakes are the others making?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@jdker Thinking that wealth is tied to your time and effort, and saving it up. That's what everyone does wrong. The world has changed, you can get rich in a hurry if you know what you're doing.
Jeffrey Li
Jeffrey Li@jefffli
If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Charlie Hoehn
Charlie Hoehn@charliehoehn · Author
@jefffli Hmmm.... Probably Epicurus.