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How Does Favor Delivery Work? 85 Favors In

By Broderick on Mar 06, 2018 in Addiction , Income - 0 Comments

I decided to try being a runner for Favor in February.

Favor is a delivery service that delivers anything in under an hour.  I like that delivery services are popping up many places, but I believe that eventually this will be outsourced as well.  With self-driving cars in the works, I don’t feel there’s a significant reason to put THAT much effort and learning into these types of services, but they do provide a need for immediate money in exchange for time.

It has been very interesting being on the runner’s side.  I have ran a total of 85 Favors.  There is still some room for optimization, but I feel I have enough experience to give a fair assessment of what to expect if you decide to be a RUNNER for Favor.

THE PROS

Scheduling

The biggest pro for a runner feels like the choosing of your schedule.  You have many options here, and even more if you are granted early access to the schedule and even more if you’re in a heavily populated city that uses Favor.

Easy Money

It doesn’t take much skill to be a runner.  For each customer there’s a pretty set routine you follow for success.

1.) Message the customer saying you’re on your way to the store

2.) Order the items the customer wants

3.) Pay for it and take a picture of the receipt

4.) Take it and deliver it to the customer

5.) Rinse and Repeat.

There’s a template system you can use for messaging the customer and keeping them updated (recommended) and Favor gives you all the information about the customer’s order (name/address/phone number of the restaurant or store and the name/address/phone number of the customer).

Brain Training

I benefit that I wasn’t expecting was that it has training my mind to think steps ahead.  I feel like my mind is running too and getting a workout, and I feel mentally exhausted after my shifts.

Customer Service Training

You deal with the customer directly quite a bit with Runner.  It helps you get a feel for delivering high quality service to a customer, which is golden no matter what, seeing as you will always have a customer.

THE CONS

Parking

This has been by far the most annoying part of Favor, and I feel as though somehow this should be better for runners.  I run in Dallas, and usually during the times I run Downtown Dallas and Uptown Dallas are the most active areas, BUT because they are so active and so heavily populated during these times parking is hard to come by – even for the small amount of time you’re away from your car.  For me it would be a huge step backwards receiving a ticket or having a boot on my car, so I take very few take chances here.  There is a cost to not taking chances though!

Finding houses/apartments in the dark

Most of the times this isn’t an issue except in apartments or when a small kid is ordering.

The small kid can’t really give you driving directions to their house, and I can’t count the times where the adult in the house didn’t even know the kid was ordering anything.  Many times they’re reluctant to answer the phone or message back because they know they can’t give you the direction you’re looking for.

Apartments are pretty annoying when they have lots of steps to get to their house or lots of security or it’s pitch black outside.

I’ve learned that nicer neighborhoods have lots of advantages – location being on of them.  Lots of people in nicer neighborhoods have big houses that are easy to find.  They usually have family’s to fill up the big houses so the orders are larger and the tips are bigger!

Miles on the car

I want my car to keep it’s value for as long as possible.  I take very good care of it, but I also have noticed that since doing Favor my car is eating up miles like crazy!  With the Stride App you can keep track of this to write it off on taxes, but this is an obvious downside to doing any type of service with your car.

Customer Support

The customer support as it relates to the customer is A-1 with Favor.  The customer support for the runner while the runner isn’t running could drastically improve.  Sometimes there’s issues with your account, your earnings.  Sometimes I have questions that the FAQ doesn’t answer and I have to wait many days through email for a response.  I would love for there to actually be a number to call to talk to a real person.  Many companies are taking this route to save money, but I do see a trend going back to live customer support.

Not a great job for a Foodie/Food Addict

Most of the deliveries with Favor are food.  I am a food addict, and I find myself only drawn to foods from restaurants I’ve been before.  Yeah…this ain’t the best place for a Food Addict in recovery.

Conclusion

All in all Favor is an OK way to make some extra cash in the short term, but long-term no way is it appealing to me.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency – What I’ve Learned After a Month

By Broderick on Dec 28, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

I tried to ignore this! I really did, but my reality kept showing it to me. I kept denying it and people in my world kept telling me to look into it, so I finally did!

I am only sharing my experience and knowledge of cryptocurrency as I see it at the time of this writing. This is not investment advice and I am not a professional so take this with a grain of salt.

How I came to find out about Crypto

Here is a GREAT podcast explaining what Cryptocurrencies (Crypto) are and some in-depth information to help you make an informed decision.

I was really persuaded to invest in cryptocurrency through a friend, but first heard about it around October of last year (boy I wish I had of invested then). A little over a month ago, this friend told me (in a let’s-sit-down-and-have-a-serious-talk kind of way), to invest in cryptocurrency NOW and that even a small investment in cryptocurrency would have great rewards in the future, so I took the plunge and invested a small amount on November 26th, 2017. I invested in Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC). After seeing my initial invest almost triple – I was in.

I signed up through Coinbase and that was pretty much it for a while. It took about 10 days for my initial investments to show up on Coinbase, but when they did I began sending some of the profits to Binance to invest in some smaller coins.  There are some other exchanges like Kraken, but I haven’t used any except the ones listed below.  I would imagine they work very similarly.

What is Crypto?

Again, check out the link above for a more in-depth answer to this, but basically it is a digital currency…like USD or Euros except BTC, LTC, and ETH and other coins (called alt coins). The currency has an address and I can send the currency to another address digitally.

Where do you buy?

I buy the cryptocurrency on exchanges. I currently use Coinbase, Binance and Cryptopia.  Binance and Cryptopia are where the alt coins are purchased.  My favorite alt coin is SpankChain!

I start with Coinbase, buy some ETH or LTC (if I don’t have any) on Coinbase and transfer ETH to Binance and LTC to Cryptopia.  Binance and Cryptopia don’t operate in USD, so I have to transfer it to coins to use their exchanges.

Random stuff I’ve learned

  • Do not lose your identity/login information (usernames/passwords, etc).  
    • If you use the Authenticator app, don’t delete it or restore your phone and wipe it out.
      • I did this and I have been locked out of my Binance account for several weeks.  My experience has been that customer service is NOT good on any exchange I’ve been on so far, so I would just make sure to dot all your i’s cross your t’s.
  • Make your moves when other people aren’t making moves
    • I originally thought that I could sell or buy cryptocurrency anytime I wanted.  However, there have been several times I couldn’t buy or sell anything because everyone else was buying or selling and the site was overloaded, thus temporarily stopping the buying and selling of certain cryptocurrencies during that time.
  • I have missed out on some GREAT opportunities from the smaller coins not named Bitcoin, Litecoin or Etherium.
    • Many people have grown their investments by 100% and more.  Fortunately, from what I have gathered, it’s late but it’s still early.  If the use of cryptocurrency rises (which I am betting it does) then there is still SO much potential.
  • You can drive yourself crazy looking at the numbers
    • Today I’ve decided to just set my investments and let them grow.  Set it and forget it.  I have exhausted the refresh button, and I now realize that this can be addictive.  I’m a food addict so…it probably isn’t the best thing for me to check the numbers as often as I have.  Also, it makes you feel like you’re a trader vs. an investor.  I want to be an investor.

I hope this helps a little.  I’ll continue to add more as I learn more!

Lean on Consciousness

By Broderick on Dec 06, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

Losing 77 pounds

By Broderick on Oct 21, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

I came into this 12-step program for food addiction in November 2016 at 332 lbs and I now weigh 255 lbs (I’m 5’8 by the way).  Life has changed drastically.

Stomach is going down

The biggest difference physically for me has been the loss of my stomach.  It really gets in the way!  Particularly with sleep.  At 332 lbs it felt like I was sleeping on a beach ball, and I like sleeping on my side.

Feelings

I feel more bliss from day to day.  More mellow.  I notice that I’m happier after meals and I’m more present during the day.

Before entering this program, the first part of my day was a constant feeling of hangry (hungry+angry) because I didn’t eat anything until lunch time.  I’d feel angry, low and depressed.  I’d be starving by lunch and then I’d want a quick fix of some sugar/flour product, so I’d go get some fast food or order from something from a restaurant.  I’d feel great for about 15-30 min, then crash and wait to get hungry again and finish the day off with another big “meal” of sugar and flour.

I went on this cycle for 2 DECADES.  It was always a sugar or flour product / fast food / junk food.  Looking back I was starving for nutrition.

From XXXL to XL

I was trying on an XXL t-shirt and I said to myself “this is pretty big on me”.  I thought it was the brand that ran a little big, but as I started trying on other shirts, I noticed the same thing.  Then I realized…I had moved from what was originally a size 3XL shirt to 2XL and now I’m at an XL being “my size”.

There is so much more selection that you can have being able to fit into XL shirts, and I imagine there will be more going down to a “Large”.  I can see why people like shopping now. I used to walk in the store and HATE it.  It was a roll of the dice to actually find clothes that I thought looked good AND that fit me.

The Little Things

I can actually feel my hip bones!  When I move my fingers I can see vanes on the back of my hands that were covered by fat before.  My old clothes are huge!  I feel less pressure on my ankles and knees.  I can see my neck now in the mirror!  I can fit in chairs easier and don’t have to worry about breaking them.  Singing has gotten a lot better and more effortless because I can breathe better.

Mental Clarity

When I would sit back and listen to all the stories of the people in this 12-step program who were sharing strength, experience and hope, and the many success stories of weight loss, I would always wonder why they said that their weight loss wasn’t the biggest benefit.  I definitely understand what they mean now. The biggest benefit by far has been the mental clarity I experience throughout the day.

I didn’t realize how much my mood fluctuated throughout the day.  I was always on this high/low see saw every single day.  It was like being stuck in a casino.  Sometimes you win a lot of money!  Then other times you lose a lot.  You’d like to go home at some point and either cut you losses, enjoy your gains or leave how you came in, but you can’t.  You can’t leave, because you can’t find the exit anywhere.

There are no more highs and lows from sugar and flour anymore and I’m more thankful for that than words can describe.  It feels like a great relief to actually know how to eat and satisfy all the points where people go wrong (deprivation, dieting, restricting calories, weird diet plans, not liking the way the food tastes, etc).

My weight seems to go down 4-7 lbs each month.  I imagine this time next year I’ll be in my right-size body.  I also want to help people reach their right-size bodies. I want to pass on what was so graciously given to me.

How to Draw Cool Stuff

By Broderick on Aug 03, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

I was in a drawing mood today, so I revisited a book I “purchased”  called How to Draw Cool Stuff from Amazon a while back for free.  I am not a drawer!  I don’t draw on the regular.  I actually sat down since I have all the time in the world from being unemployed and tried some drawings out.  It was cool!!!  and I learned a lot.

I would always wonder how artists are so precise and how they know where to place different parts of their picture as they’re drawing it so it all comes together in the end.  This book answered that question by showing how to outline.

I was pretty impressed.  If I could do this after basically not having any practice, what would some practice do?

When the Walls Came Down

By Broderick on Jul 10, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

I didn’t realize this until recently, but CLW completely demolished the walls I had in place.  Walls I didn’t even know existed.

I’m 29 years old now.  When I was in elementary I was a very active, outgoing lil kid who was really into music.  I was taking piano lessons…in the school choir and church choir, taking saxophone lessons and performing at church and school plays.

I was also getting fat during that time.  I look back and I believe it was due to a feeling of loneliness and isolation which led me to consuming sugar and flour products to avoid that feeling, which then led me to gaining weight pretty fast.   There were about 4 people who really made it bad for me during elementary school with excessive teasing…so it was at that point I shut down.  I tried to hide the real me so I didn’t have to deal with the persistent teasing and stuck feeling I felt because I couldn’t make it stop.  During that time I made a decision to put up walls to block people out…and those walls followed me all the way to adulthood.

No more walls

I feel that…life is about to get waaaaay more fun…because people make it fun.  There’s only so much fun you can have alone.  My walls are down.  I’m a part of three coaching programs, a mastermind group and a beautiful 12-step fellowship.  I invite people in now.  People of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders are all welcome.  If you’re reading this (and you’re not a troll) you’re invited too!

3 Weeks After Being Laid Off

By Broderick on Jun 12, 2017 in beliefs , personal development - 0 Comments

Just the fact that I have the energy and space to work on outside projects is something I’m thankful for.

This was a quote from an article I wrote on March 31, 2017 called The Transition Out of a Job.

I’m aware that you get more of what you are thankful for.  I find it pretty funny I was thankful for the energy and space to work on outside projects and I just got a hell of a lot more time and space to work on outside projects.  Getting laid off is one way to transition out of a job you don’t like.

“I have to be productive” vs The Creator

A week after being laid off, I was internally beating myself up quite a bit over not feeling or being productive.  The next day I watched part of a video on Super Accelerated Living.  After watching that video I was feeling there was a mismatch between his attitude and my attitude, but I couldn’t put my finger on what the exact mismatch was.  Eventually I realized the mismatch is in the statement “I have to be productive” that had been running as a constant loop in my mind.  Nobody has to do anything except die!

The kid in anyone never says to himself “I have to be productive” or “I need to be productive” or “I should be productive”.  He just creates.  His/her natural state is a creator. “I have to be productive” seems like a left-over slave mentality that comes from a job mindset.

A look back at the last three weeks

When I sit back and evaluate how life has gone these past 3 weeks, the good outweighs the bad by a ton.

The Good

  • Not having to wake up at the same time every day in the morning
    • Technically I still do have to make a sponsor call at 6AM every day, but I actually like doing that…also many times I go back to sleep after that call.  As far as work is concerned, I did not like waking up knowing I was going to spend about 7.5 hours in a box doing repetitive busy work.  I would procrastinate and prolong sleep as long as I possibly could to avoid doing it.
  • Not having to play stupid office games
    • There were employees who would really go far to keep their jobs, and many times I would get thrown under the bus for no good reason so they didn’t get yelled at or disciplined by people “above” them.  To me there were so many silly games and incongruence with what people said and what actually happened it almost felt like a joke…and I was a participant in it.
  • No cubicles
    • This alone makes me wonder why I took this job in the first place.  I’m a more expressive guy than when I took this job, so when I would go to express myself at this job there’d be this cubicle in the way.
  • I can be my authentic self and not filter anything
    • To me, there was this invisible pressure to get along with people, since we were there for most of the day.  I always felt things should be professional in a professional environment.  I question “professional” now.  What does that even mean?
  • I notice life outside of the office
    • I notice the birds singing and the plants…I was in my head in my job so much and stayed in my head even while I was outside of my job.  There’s an ease to the day when everyone is at school and work in a big city.

The Bad

  • Finances – I’m not bringing in as much money as I was with my job.  There’s still unemployment pay but it’s not going to be as much, and it hasn’t kicked in yet.  This is the only negative.

While I am feeling the impact of that one negative, I can’t say that I’d trade that one negative in for all the good I’ve listed above.  I absolutely love this freedom.  It’s probably the calmest and most peaceful time I’ve had in my life.

Let the Lifestyle Lead

By Broderick on Apr 07, 2017 in beliefs , personal development - 0 Comments

Everyone can think of something they would like to do.  A common excuse for not actually doing it is “I can’t afford it”.   This was an excuse I used for almost any big event I wanted to attend.  I CAN’T AFFORD IT  would immediately delete my deepest desires.

I had a very real experience of overcoming that during the Conscious Life Workshop.  By my account I could not afford to attend that workshop.  With the costs of buying a round trip plane ticket + the hotel/room expenses + the cost of the actual workshop I didn’t know how I could afford it.

Looking back, I would say that my desire to go overrode my financial situation and I found a way.  I remember Robert Kiyosaki saying to not give up after thinking “I can’t afford it”, but instead to ask yourself the question “how can I afford it?”.  There was tremendous confidence in knowing that I fought and changed my life around to be able to afford that workshop.  I demanded a higher paying job because my original job had me living paycheck to paycheck.  I pawned some of my possesions!  I fought to afford it.  The whole experience made me value it more.  Because I fought so hard to attend it, I wanted to squeeze as much value out of it as possible.

That experience shifted the way I do things now.  It might have changed my beliefs permenenantly.  If I want to do something, and brings up some fear in me, I don’t automatically decline it.  I face it head first and I don’t think about the cost anymore.  I figure it’s a growth experience in itself to be able to find the money to do whatever that desire is.  I feel as though my lifestyle and my desires lead the way instead of money being the master and stopping everything.

When you think about it, you want the money to follow you right?  The money isn’t the leader, you are.  Let the lifestyle you want to have lead the way and have money be your servant.  When you say “I can’t afford it” or any other feeble excuse you use to deny your desires, you allow the excuse to determine what you can and can’t do.  The excuse is your master.

This doesn’t mean spending money you don’t have.  It means pushing past your comfort zone to acquire the money or to overcome whatever excuse you’re using at the moment to stop you from that which you desire.

The Transition out of a Job

By Broderick on Mar 31, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

This has been tough.  I am not the same person I was when I signed up for this job.  When I signed up for my first data entry position, I was primarily looking for a job.  Looking to earn an income.

When I signed up for this particular job I was a person who wanted to isolate myself and eat.  This job is very well aligned for that.  There’s a cubicle so when you want to express yourself there’s a wall there to receive everything you have to say.  There order an abundance of junk food all the time for anyone to consume and are always encouraging you to eat it.

I’m seeing I can’t really be myself here and that aggrivates me to no end.  If I was myself, I believe I would be fired pretty fast.  Nothing I want to say is appropriate for the job.   Subconsciously I might have decided to work on things that were not aligned with any typical job on purpose.

Just the fact that I have the energy and space to work on outside projects is something I’m thankful for.

Sales

If you want to transition out of a typical job, sales is pretty much the primary skill that needs to be learned.  You work at a company because the company generates sales…enough to pay you wages.  If there is no sales, there’s no business to work at.  If you can sell enough on your own of your own products or someone else’s products you can live a way more free lifestyle.  Yesterday I received a small royalty payment.  It was from SALES.  Learning how to market and sell and get value into people hands is the direction I am walking in.

The Relationship between Fear and Growth

By Broderick on Mar 31, 2017 in Addiction , Fear , Live Performance , personal development - 0 Comments

So far..in hindsight…the things that I’ve been most afraid to do (but still faced) have helped me grow the most.

I was afraid to live with strangers of a completely different culture, but it helped me grow so much.  The biggest lessons for me were how different men who grew up with fathers were.  If a man had an active father around it usually gave them advantages they didn’t even know they had.  I also remember this is where I learned that I could always contribute to society.  There’s some way I can get paid for work I do.

I was afraid to perform.  When I faced that fear I realized how much people enjoyed it….and as I kept performing I gained more insights from it.  I learned the more relaxed I am, the better the music comes out and the more people can feel the relaxation too.

I was afraid to put myself out there in the Conscious Life Workshop.  We put out a lot of personal information.  Our shames…our regrets…Lord I appreciate it all because it’s changed my life for the better.  I was also a little afraid to travel, but that stretched me out.

I was deathly afraid of walking through the doors of a 12-step program for food addiction.  I remember planning to go to a meeting and not having a clue what was going to happen…how it would be set up…. how many people would be there…what my role as a newcomer would be…Lots of uncertainty…but something about going there felt like the next step I needed to take.  Even after going in the meeting when they said “We abstain from eating sugar and flour” I ran for the hills.  I didn’t go to another meeting for 3 years!  But in the back of my mind I knew it was the right thing to do…so I faced it after coming out of the Conscious Life Workshop.

Whatever you Fear you Must Face

Maybe we should find something that stirs our soul and makes us have lots of butterflies in our stomachs.   That just might be where the real growth is.

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