We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?”

Twice a week Navy veteran, former federal agent, and entrepreneur Gary Collins brings you fantastic guests (such as Rep. Thomas Massie, economist/actor Ben Stein, Sirius XM DJ Kristine Stone) covering topics such as financial freedom, building healthy habits, and finding your life’s purpose. If you’re ready to stop being a spectator in your own life and instead make real moves, this is the show you’ve been looking for.

We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?”

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Ep 135: Myles Wakeham: How Anyone can Make Money in Real Estate

Have you always wanted to get into real estate investing, but just don’t know how or where to start? Well, today, I have a fellow soldier of freedom and living the life you want, Myles Wakem. Myles and I have been investing in real estate for decades and have learned many lessons during that time. Today, we share with you some of those lessons and how anyone can get started in real estate investing and be successful if they exercise patience and realize it is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

As always, we dip into numerous other subjects relating to the economy, government abuse of power, and how taxation is actually theft.

About Myles in his own words: I was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide was a wonderful place. Clean, great community, great weather, great food. I mean the idyllic location. My parents were not wealthy, but nor were they poor. My father worked all of his life for the same company. My mother was a stay-at-home parent. My parents owned their own home and paid it off. They struggled financially but were able to put me through private school. I was an only child – I guess I didn’t have to share their focus with another, so I got lucky.

I had always been interested in technology from a young age. I was such an avid learner that I would go to great extremes to seek out things and get involved in clubs, community groups, etc. I rode my bike everywhere – even for hours to the city’s center to spend my Sunday afternoons in the public library. Soaking up every bit of knowledge I could get. Strange things that people often didn’t pay attention to. But I did.

One day I got exposed to CB Radios. This was in the 1970s. I became obsessed (as I often did with things). I learned about electronics, physics, communications, etc. This led me towards computers, and eventually, I bought one of the first personal computers – in 1978, the TRS-80 Model 1 computer. I learned everything about programming that computer, and it became everything to me. As the computer industry evolved, so did I. I started a software company and became one of the few experts in software development in Adelaide – getting gigs to write software for government departments, big corporations, etc., and I was still not even 20 years old. My passion for technology was matched with a business passion, which started well before I discovered technology. I guess business was in my DNA.

In 1989, I moved to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. I realized that the ability to migrate from one place to another was a life-changing experience. It taught me to embrace everything I found within my grasp, learning about business in the USA, I got involved in the music industry, and I was able to leverage my computer programming experience to land work in some early startups – one of which became Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology corporation. Although I spent much of the next 30 years living in the USA, I never lost touch with my home of Australia, and in the late 1990s moved back there for many years before returning to the USA. In 2002 I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and I’ve lived here since.

I am a self-made business owner. I don’t have a job. I do have clients and I do work on software projects and data centers, etc. today. It is because this is what I love to do. It isn’t because this is my career. I’ve never embraced that concept. I think if you are blessed to find your calling early in life and you can turn that into an income earner, you will embrace that far more than a defined “career” that people have to convince themselves that they love to do. I got lucky in that regard. But it was more that at a young age I was passionate to learn things. I still am. I just can’t learn them in a classroom, or a lecture hall, or books. I have to go out and see things with my own eyes and touch things with my own hands. It is just the way I operate.

Today I run a technology organization, and thanks to my wife and her focus on investments in the 1990s, we learned the power of real estate investing along with other passive income businesses, and today I make 100% of our financial needs from passive income. This means we are free to travel and live an unconstrained life. But I also respect that I got an early start in this sort of thing, so I want to give something back.

Topics Discussed:

* How Myles and I got started in real estate investing
* Why you should always first consider your house an investment then a place to live
* Why you should never chase a hot market, and my story of doing such
* Tax implications of owning and selling real estate
* How Myles took a leap and held real estate in two different countries and was successful
* Understand what boom/bust cycles are and how to take advantage of them
* Valuable lessons we have learned over the decades and make sure never to repeat
* Why this economy and housing bubble will be much worse than 2008
* How and why the banks and fed gov are pulling the same tricks as they did in 2008
* Why mortgages and all loans are designed to keep you broke
* How most people lose money on the sale of their house even though they think they made money
* How to buy real estate right
* Why timing is key
* There are deals to had even when markets are red hot
* How and why the American Dream is a bill of goods
* How the government colludes with the financial industry
* Why our economy is at a dangerous tipping point and how you can plan for it
* Why sitting tight is the key and be putting away cash for the deals to come

Episode Resources:

* Myles’ Website: https://www.beunconstrained.com/
* Link to episode 108, as an expat of Australia he discusses how they lost their freedom https://thesimplelifenow.com/ep-108-myles-wakeham-australia-is-at-war-with-its-own-citizens-an-example-of-freedoms-lost/
* Link to episode 81, where Myles discusses Bitcoin – fraud or a legitimate currency: https:/www.thesimplelifenow.com/e81/
* Link to episode 76, where Myles tells his story of becoming a millionaire three time: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/e76/
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 134: Ask Gary Anything (Round 5)

Welcome to another episode of “Ask Gary Anything.” This is where you, the audience, get to send in your questions about anything, and I will answer them. That is right, you heard it… anything, because that is how I roll! On occasion, I will pick listener questions and answer them on the air.

If you want to have your question(s) considered, simply fill out the contact form on my website www.thesimplelifenow.com, or better yet become a member of “The Simple Life Insider’s Circle” link is at the bottom of the show notes. Today, we have some great questions:

1. (Mark) what type of holsters do you use for your handguns?
2. (Adam) When you do have a drink, what is your favorite to have sitting around a fire?
3. (Martin) can go over your thoughts for relaxing and dealing with stress of dealing with todays world and having a job that you have been at too long. leaving someone to be unmotivated to much of anything.
4. (Jamilia) When I listened to your podcast with Mike Hayes, I was wondering if you have ever thought about writing a book about your experience working for the US government? Retracing your story in each sector you served.

Episode Resources:

* Where to send your questions: [email protected]
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 133: Dopamine Nation – Best Selling Author and Stanford University Chief of Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, Anna Lembke, MD

Today, I have a special guest, Anna Lembke, MD, a Professor/Clinical Researcher at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book Dopamine Nation – Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. We dig deep into the behaviors of addiction and its relationship with the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is no secret that not only in America, but the world, humans are fighting what appears to be a losing battle with addiction in various forms. I hope that with the information in this episode, those battling addiction will better understand what is causing it and, most importantly, how to fix it.
Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps an active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.
In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.
Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times Bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.

Topics Discussed:

* A bit about Doctor Lembke
* What is the role of the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic
* What is dopamine and how does it affect our day to day lives
* How did Americans become addicted to dopamine dumps
* How does dopamine play a large role in addiction
* Doctor Lembke shares her own battle with addiction and her experience with Prozac as a young adult
* Why and how has America become addicted to drugs and fast food, and why is it on the rise
* How has a lack of disciplining children led to our current situation of it is “not my fault.”
* What is the pleasure/pain balance and how does it affect us
* Why is being constantly exposed to pain and adversity key for a happy and successful life
* Why does America lead the world in the consumption of anti-depressants
* The question of is it a “lack of self-care or mental illness
* Why do rich countries have a higher rate of “anxiety disorders” than poor countries
* Why are in the most pain and unhappiness even though being the most prosperous
* How and why the opioid epidemic caused far more pain than helping people deal with chronic pain
* How a drug like cocaine can alter the brains neurological pathways forever
* What is “Radical Honesty” the key for winning the battle with addiction and living a life of moral character
* How the way we portray ourselves in personal stories determines our mental health

Episode Resources:

* Doctor Lembke’s website and where to purchase her books: https://www.annalembke.com/
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
* Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 132: State of The Economy Update – Preparing for The Storm Coming

In today’s episode, I discuss where I think the economy is going, what you can do to weather the storm, and recent moves I have made financially to put myself in the best position possible.

I’m a realist, and I like to make decisions on what I can see and prove. But today, we are being told the empty shelves, and skyrocketing consumer good prices are just transitory. Again, I only make decisions on what I can see and prove, which doesn’t pass the rational thinking and eyeball test. I know most of these upper-crust bureaucrats haven’t entered a grocery store or pumped their own gas in decades. So how would they even know that their fifty pints of boutique ice cream have gone up in price… simple answer, they don’t, and don’t care.

So what does the economy look like in the near future for us working class citizens who have to actually work and pay for things with our hard earned money?

Topics Discussed:

How and why we have been lied to… the economy is a disaster and has been for the last year
What is the real state of our economy
How I made a whole host of financial and life moves in the last year to get prepared
Why I think the economy is going to crash in the next 12-18 months big time
Why the concept of “transitory inflation” is completely made up
How inflation really works in the real world, not politician’s heads
Why you should not make any large purchases now or in the near future
Why if you can you should sell all your high value items and sit tight
Why being flexible and able to move on a dime is incredibly important
Why the Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is so critical to your financial security

Episode Resources:

My prior Economy Update podcast: https://thesimplelifenow.com/where-is-the-economy-going-and-how-to-survive-the-storm/
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 131: False Prophets – Support and Follow Them at Your Own Peril

As some of you know, I have been planning this episode for a long time. This is one of the few times I have lost sleep on how to address an incredibly important topic that no one seems to want to tackle. I consider this episode to be one of the most important I have ever done. Will some misinterpret the information in this episode? Yes. But I don’t care, I’m going to say what I have to say. In order to soften it a bit, I bring on Rob Kendall, to keep it fair and balanced and not just a “Gary Rant.”
Rob Kendall joins me again on the show and we discuss the False Prophets in society today. Who are they? How do they destroy our lives by us believing their BS?
Miriam Weaver and Rob Kendall, or Mock ‘N Rob, are heard live in central Indiana Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon. Mock is co-founder of The Chicks On The Right, and Rob was the youngest elected official in Hendricks County when he won a seat on the Brownsburg Town Council. Every day they boil down a complicated world with passionate conversation and a wicked sense of humor. It’s the stories you need to know more about and the stories other media hope you miss entirely. No topic is taboo and no public figure gets a pass!

Topics Discussed:

Why and how the False Prophets are destroying society and our lives
Rob’s view and thoughts of today’s False Prophets
Examples of today’s False Prophets and how they trick us into thinking they really care and live the principles the prescribe
Understanding humans fascination with “idol worshipping”
How politicians constantly play the part of savior when they are actually a False Prophet
Why pro athletes are a terrible source of inspiration for bettering your life
Why it is so important to get your information from the people who have experience in what you are trying to learn
Why you should never get life advice from a celebrity

Episode Resources:

Mock N’ Rob Show: https://www.wibc.com/show/mock-n-rob/
Other Appearance by Rob on Podcast: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/robert-kendall-critical-race-theory-101/
https://thesimplelifenow.com/ep-125-robert-kendall-why-today-there-is-no-difference-between-republicans-and-democrats/
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 130: The 5 Principles to Living a Life of Freedom

It is hard to believe that I came up with the 5 Principles to Living The Simple Life about a decade ago. I have been teaching them for a very long time now, and I like to review them from time to time. Just like you, even though I created them, I can get off the train of The Simple Life from time to time. A great way to make sure you don’t get too far off track is to review the things that have worked and will continue to work as long as you consistently follow them.

What are the 5 Principles to The Simple Life and How did I come up with them
Principle 1: Knowledge is Power
Principle 2: Avoid Extremes
Principle 3: Keep it Simple
Principle 4: Something is Better Than Nothing
Principle 5: Take Action Today and Every Day

Episode Resources:

* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 129: The Truth About Health with Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Jorge Lopez

Today, I have a special guest, friend, and warrior in the obtainment of optimal health, Dr. Jorge Lopez. We dig into the primary things making most people unhealthy today, and what you can do about it. It sounds complicated at first, but you will be surprised how simple things become once you have the right information from the right people. Remember, the first and most important leg of the Three-Legged Stool of living The Simple Life is optimal health.

About Dr. Lopez:

Dr. Jorge Lopez attended medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. Dr. Lopez has practiced medicine for over seven years. Prior to becoming a Naturopath Dr. Lopez accrued 10 years of medical experience in various aspects of the medical field including NYC emergency medical services at Metrocare and as an emergency room medical technician at Baptist hospital in Florida. Dr. Lopez has experience in conventional and naturopathic care and is able to treat his patients using natural means safely and effectively. Currently Dr. Lopez works with and Dr. Alex Coracides at Southwest Family Naturopathic Clinic as well as Southwest Accident and injury.  Dr. Lopez was voted “Top Doctors” for Naturopaths in “The Best of Phoenix Magazine” 2018, 2019, 2020 and is excited to work with you in all your health needs. On his time off Dr. Lopez practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and makes plant liquid extracts for his colleagues and his patients. 

Topics Discussed:

* A bit about Dr. Lopez
* What is Integrative Medicine and how can it help you in obtaining optimal health
* What is the difference between an OD, ND, and MD doctor
* Why your health should be your number one concern and priority
* How healthy food is different from the Standard American Diet
* Understanding that everyone is a bit different when it comes to obtaining optimal health
* How food effects your overall health
* Understanding your thyroid and endocrine system, as it relates to your health
* Why an elimination diet is always the first place to start
* Why elimination diets are so difficult to stick to
* What types of testing you can take to figure out certain food intolerances
* Why your genetics is just a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to your health

Find Out More About Dr. Lopez’s Services at: https://www.southwestfamilynd.com/
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 128: Ask Gary Anything (Round 4)

Welcome to another episode of “Ask Gary Anything.” This is where you, the audience, get to send in your questions about anything, and I will answer them. That is right, you heard it… anything, because that is how I roll! On occasion, I will pick listener questions and answer them on the air.

If you want to have your question(s) considered, simply fill out the contact form on my website www.thesimplelifenow.com, or better yet become a member of “The Simple Life Insider’s Circle” link is at the bottom of the show notes. Today, we have some great questions:

1. (Adam) What drove you start your podcast?
2. (Martin) can you briefly go over suggestions and thoughts on how to stay focused and disciplined. working towards overcoming procrastination. and maybe touch on how to avoid starting to many hobbies, or projects, at the same time and not following through with any of them.
3. (Jamila) Why did you move to Arizona of all the states in the USA? (Apart from the weather because it’s not the only one with a hot climate.)

Episode Resources:

* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 127: Judah Friedman: The Truth Clause – Have We Hit The Delete Button

Are we living in a time where the “False Prophets” have completely overrun our ability to think clearly and pursue the truth? I believe so. So what do we do about it? Today, I’m joined by a very dear friend and podcast associate, Judah Friedman, producer of The World According to Ben Stein. We dig into this topic and dissect why the “truth” has become a dirty word that just might get you canceled by the anti-truth nob.

Bite Size Chunks of Who Judah Is:

– A Writer
– Podcast Personality
– Bred in a Brooklyn now California Living
– Breaking the Jewish Stereotype
– Youtube The Word According to Ben Stein. Aka/Ben Stein’s Boswell! Apple Podcast The World According To Ben Stein

Topics covered in this episode:

* Why has the truth and being honest become so controversial today
* Is “fake until you make it” really the motto you should be following
* Why following what is considered “normal” today is not normal
* Why dishonest people seem to never be punished today
* How The World According to Ben Stein is different and fights against the anti-truth mob
* Why you should not get life advice from celebrities and politicians
* Why that 80 year old lady down the street has more to offer in wisdom than Oprah
* Why talking heads are just talking heads
* Why politicians are just lazy criminals

Prior episodes Judas has been a guest on:
https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/judah-friedman-is-it-time-for-a-shadow-government/
https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/e85-dating-as-an-alfa-male-in-a-beta-world/
The World According to Ben Stein Apple iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-world-according-to-ben-stein/id1540015480
The World According to Ben Stein Youtube live Tues, Thurs, Sat 7PM PST: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1nfcI4QIP262AoNNCwUlYQ
The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 125: Robert Kendall – Why Today There is no Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

Today, I have a very special guest, and fellow regular guest on The World According to Ben Stein Show; Robert Kendall of Indianapolis Radio Station 93WIBC. Rob dissects why he believes today there is no difference between the Hlack hats (Democrats) and White Hats (Republicans).

Miriam Weaver and Rob Kendall, or Mock ‘N Rob, are heard live in central Indiana Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon. Mock is co-founder of The Chicks On The Right, and Rob was the youngest elected official in Hendricks County when he won a seat on the Brownsburg Town Council. Every day they boil down a complicated world with passionate conversation and a wicked sense of humor. It’s the stories you need to know more about and the stories other media hope you miss entirely. No topic is taboo and no public figure gets a pass!

Topics Discussed:

* A bit about Rob and his super popular radio show Mock N’ Rob
* Rob’s perspective of our political strife today as a former politician
* How Rob came to his philosophy of Black and White Hats representing Republicans and Democrats
* When he believes the line between the differences of Democrats and Republicans became blurred
* He explains how both sides spend like drunken sailors, but continue to blame the other side
* Why picking sides is futile and why we need true Independents to solve the problem
* We go way off topic at the end, but you need to listen to find out what we discussed

Episode Resources:

* Mock N’ Rob Show: https://www.wibc.com/show/mock-n-rob/
* Other Appearance by Rob on Podcast: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/robert-kendall-critical-race-theory-101/
* The World According to Ben Stein Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-world-according-to-ben-stein/id1540015480
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 124: The Simple Life 3 Legged Stool: The 3 Keys to Living The Life You Want

The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is the bedrock of everything I teach. I don’t just say this willy nilly; the reason is I have lived the Three-Legged Stool myself. Well, that is how I came up with it, after all. One thing I can guarantee is you dial in the Three-Legged Stool, and your life will be much different and for the better. Here is the thing; it isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, it is really hard, and the work never ends. But that shouldn’t discourage you it should motivate you. As I always say, “Expecting perfection from yourself is unrealistic, but striving for it is a worthwhile goal.”

So today, I will review what The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is and why it is so darn important.

Topics Discussed:

* What is The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life and how I came up with it
* Why The Simple Life Three-Legged Stool is so important for you achieving your goals and living the life you want
* Why it is so hard to master
* Why most people don’t like to hear the truth, but it will ultimately set you free
* Why simple doesn’t mean easy
* Where you can find my products discussing The Simple Life Three-Legged Stool

Episode Resources:

* Special Coupon for Purchasing The Simple Life Journal Products: tsljournal10
* Link to my book Life Balance Reboot, which outlines The Three-Legged Stool: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/product/the-simple-life-life-balance-reboot-hardcopy/
* Link to my short course on how to implement The Three Legged Stool into your life: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/course-catalog/
* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com
*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

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