Flinch Harder

Julien Serious Smith

Julien Smith releases his new book today, The Flinch. It’s available for FREE as a download, so get it NOW.

What’s it about? Changing how you react to everything. Changing how you see the world as you’ve already put it together. It’s a lot about retraining yourself to do what you used to do when you were a kid, but bringing the value of that forward into your adult life.

This video is about 13 minutes, and because it’s Julien, there are curses (many!). BUT, you might find the interview interesting.

Can’t see the video? CLICK HERE

Want the book? FREE? GET IT NOW.

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An UNCENSORED version of the interview:

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  • http://www.i95dev.com Henry Louis

    Hi Chris! Thanks for sharing this video. Interview is very interesting to watch. I like this interview.

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  • http://www.themotorbookstore.com Luis Hernandez Jr

    Interesting and that was a good interview. Had me “flinching” all over the place :o)  Downloaded the book to my Kindle. Will see…

  • Anonymous

    Really interesting view point around dealing with personal resistance, combined with a humanistic perspective. Thank you for this.

    This video really isn’t about the cursing but I did wonder: Does Julien “flinch” at the thought of controlling the cursing?

  • http://noteasytoforget.com James Ball

    Thanks for the heads-up Chris. I installed Kindle on my iPad just for this…your Amazon review was very compelling!

  • Diane Brogan

    Thanks for the great interview, Chris. I am anxious to read the book. Julien Smith is an outstanding individual. You make a great team.

  • http://www.discoverleecountyfl.com MargeNewton

    Thanks for the video interview, Chris.  I’m looking forward to getting my “Flinch” under control. 

    BTW, I love how you dealt with the cursing in this interview.  In fact, I did a little “Flinch” the first few times the music played.  :)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I now have the “with cursing” version for people who like it. : ) 

  • http://twitter.com/GabrielleNYC GabrielleLainePeters

    Done… downloaded, look forward to reading it. Thanks for the heads-up Chris :) 

  • Charlie Green

    Great interview of a great subject; I think Julien has tons to say about how to live life to the fullest.  The “flinch” is one of those subjects that you think, wow, isn’t that just exactly right, that’s how it works. 

    Thanks Julien; thanks Chris for helping get the word out. 

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      You’re a great guy, CHarlie. Glad you’re in. : ) 

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t punch me in the mouth! Julien, I love your philosophy – sometimes you scare me or make me angry (is that a flinch?), but in a good way. I always come away wondering about my motives…

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Scared and angry. All good stuff. 

  • http://www.dogwalkblog.com/ Rufus Dogg

    Hmmmm when a book is free, I flinch at THAT price. Free to me means no value. Am I the only one here? Have we really devalued an author’s work that much that we flinch at .01? Someone, please talk me off this ledge of wanting to give Julien money for his work.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Free because Seth Godin said so. 

  • http://twitter.com/mickmel mickmel

    “all seriousness aside, it’s a really good book”.  Nice. :)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      : ) I do that. 

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    I would like to say from personal experience that loud, hard kicking guns are more likely to induce a flinch than milder weapons.

  • http://mattreport.com Matt Medeiros

    IDEA: A Brogan and Smith web show. I would watch it every day. I’d also design the site for free. Think about it ;)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      We have tons of free time. : ) 

  • http://twitter.com/tishpiper Pat Zalewski

    Free price didn’t entice me but your video with Julien certainly did.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Glad to hear it. : ) 

  • http://contextaseo.com/ Michael Lautman

    IDEA:  Instead of that weird and distracting censoring noise, just a big fat warning that there’s lot’s of cursing.  Who even cares if there’s a ton of f-bombs?  If it bothers you, there’s extra reason to read the book… and you’re free to ignore Julien (to your own detriment).  Thanks for the interview Chris.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I just shot a video for you with no edits. Swearful. Just for you. : ) 

  • http://twitter.com/susangiurleo susangiurleo

    Great interview..but, you’re right, with no financial skin in the game, few people will read, fewer will take action. It’s a basic psychological wiring thing–we value what we have to invest in or pay for. And .01 makes a difference. Stupid evolutionary brain wiring! Why can’t you keep up with our lofty ideas?  : )   @rufusdogg:disqus states the cognitive dissonance well…most won’t think it through, but just ‘flinch’. Maybe that’s the point….?

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I don’t know. Julien’s saying that even if it cost a million bucks, people won’t do it. Money is friction. But isn’t it weird that we want SOME friction? 

      • Kerry Harvey

        I disagree. It’s not so much that money is friction for me — it’s time given to something that is friction. I don’t mind paying if it’s worth my time to read it. He does himself and other writers a disservice by making it free. 

        • Dni

          By making it free he saves me from walking down to the library.

          I’d never buy it, because there are so many books out there and life is too short to re-read!

      • http://nicole-simon.eu nicolesimon

        The people who are the real target group are people like yourself – and not only everyday people. While the latter group may not value it as much because it does not cost money, and they also will not act like it, people like yourself will take it into action.

      • http://twitter.com/susangiurleo susangiurleo

        Psychology is tricky…something that comes easily (or free) just isn’t valued. And I know it’s early yet, but I haven’t heard anything about actual cold showers or cups crashing on floors, even from those who say they bought and read and *think* no one will do it.  There may need to be a weekend retreat with cold showers and lots of fragile cups…And maybe Julien can punch a few faces in the process… : )

  • http://twitter.com/RawRawLife Carla Douglin

    Fucking brilliant. 

  • Claudene

    Downloaded the book — thank you!! — and immediately got stuck to the super-magnet that is Julien’s thinking and writing.  Stuck and pulled forward rapidly page after page after page.  This may just be the book that, more than any other book or tool, causes me to rewire what I do and rewire how I remember and relay certain aspects of my life…marking them either B.F. or A.F — Before Flinch, or After Flinch. 

  • http://www.GrahamLawCollaborative.com Kimberly

    Watching this, I was reminded that the only reason I’ve met a particular famous blog author is because when I realized he lived in my general vicinity, I asked him to coffee.  I did a lot of flinching before I made that invitation.  When we push past the flinching, we always learn *something.*  Worth doing!

    “Do something every day that scares you.”  Good advice.  

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Great! I’m glad you did that. : ) 

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  • http://www.therealtorstoolbox.blogspot.com Sean Carpenter

    Julien Smith is an idiot and I really hate him. I hate that he’s usually right and doesn’t make it easy for us to just be satisfied floating lazily down the river of life hoping that we’ll avoid the rapids and dangerous waterfalls and somwhere along the way we’ll bump into the secret of success. I think he’s an idiot because he drops F-bombs all the time and doesn’t have to feel censored by it. He gets to be himself every day of the week everywhere he goes. I need to be more of an idiot too.

    People like Julien and Seth Godin and you, Chris, actually don’t seem to care what we do or think but you really just want us to DO or THINK.

    I THINK that is really cool. Seriously, I DO.

    Thanks for the great stuff…as always. And hopefully it goes without saying but I don’t really think Julien is an idiot and I don’t hate him.

  • http://www.ProfitBlog.com Ben – Profit Blog

    Nice interview Chris.  the F-bombs sure had me captivated! LOL

  • Guest

    What happened to not reading books that tell you what to do?

  • http://socialbutterflyguy.com/ DJ Waldow

    Just got a PDF version (no Kindle for me – we’re a Nook family!). Read it in one sitting – that’s saying a lot considering my attention span. Looking forward to re-reading, then actually DOING something. As Julien says in your interview, “This is for people who WANT TO DO SOMETHING.”

    I totally agree with the “Most of the people who download this will do nothing” point. Isn’t that what we normally do? Read blog posts. Tweet stuff. Post to Facebook. But never really do anything? FWIW, I’m looking in the mirror on this one.

    Finally, very interesting discussion about “why free?” – I don’t have a lot to add other than, interesting discussion! I need to think about it more.

    Thanks Chris and Julien for adding some color to the book.

    • http://www.golfswingsecretsrevealed.com/blog Andy Brown

      Just wondered how you got the PDF version. I went to Amazon, where it told me I don’t have a Kindle (I do have an app on my phone) and now I don’t have anyway of accessing the book.

      • http://socialbutterflyguy.com/ DJ Waldow

        I left a comment on Julien’s blog saying I didn’t have a Kindle and he emailed me the PDF. Ha! However, I think there is still a way to view it without having a Kindle. There are desktop readers … I think.

  • http://ishift.fr Mohamed Semeunacte

    oh man you scared the hell outta me !
    I just didn’t understand where those strange sounds were coming. I was already shouting to my wife : “fuck it I think I have a virus or something”

    Anyway, really good interview and i think Julien is right : it’s not because the vast majority of people won’t do anything with what you gave them, that you have to sit and do nothing yourself. 

    Get your book on the shelves and screw the people who won’t do anything !

    Thanks Julien, Thanks Chris !

  • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Chris. You and Julien were so very kind to me when I was first starting out, I like to pounce on opportunities to support y’all.

    Happy day-late comment day!

  • http://twitter.com/mistressmia Mistress Mia

    I want to see everyone video posting their cold showers (please wear something!) and … breaking stuff.  But mostly thank you for sharing … on FACEBOOK, that you don’t use anymore, else I would have missed it and I haven’t been so hungry to read a book since the war of art.

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    Well, Chris,

    Given I’m writing from San Quentin Cell block 9A library, got any more ideas!


  • http://twitter.com/b_WEST Chris Burdge

    That was flinchin hilarious. You two should do more interviews like that.  

    Julien gave a talk at the first SMC Victoria in 2009 and dropped the requisite number of f-bombs, which if you’ve ever been to Canada (let alone Victoria), you’d know that it had people’s hair standing straight up. Having said that the positive feedback outweighed the negative. I suppose it was my fault for not warning everyone, but then nobody warned me… :-0 

    I luv Julien and would luv him even more if he would come to SMC Victoria in June 2012 and join you on stage to see who flinches first. 

  • http://www.signsallsigns.com/ Nelson

    I like it, god post

  • http://twitter.com/simplyforserver Jennifer Buzzeo

    I tried your download, but I have Nook not the kindle.  Is there download for the nook?

  • http://peterpaluska.com Peter Paluska

    Highly enjoyable. Dynamic, entertaining conversation – educational and enriching on so many levels. Well done!

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  • http://www.NatalieGelman.com/ Natalie Gelman

    SO well said! There are those that do and those that don’t – Here’s to being one of the people who is doing it this year and for years to come!!

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    Chris great stuff :) My goal is to make enough from my web business to never have a real job again on my way :)

  • Jan Beckman

    Reminds me of the book “Blink” by 
    Malcolm Gladwell.

  • http://twitter.com/Miz_Tebo Tebogo Sethokga

    Seems interesting will give it a read 

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