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5-Minute Friends

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Connections,Mind, Body, Spirit,Stress Less,Success

5-Minute Friend

What in the world is a 5-minute friend?

A 5-minute friend is someone who is closer to you than an acquaintance, but not necessarily as close as say, your BFF.  It’s someone who brightens your soul, but not someone you routinely see.  However, when you do run into your 5-minute friends (maybe in a restaurant, a lobby somewhere, or even just on Facebook), they always stop and make the time to catch up with you and spend about five minutes visiting with you to see what’s going on in  your world (unlike an acquaintance with whom you simply share a simple smile and a courteous “hello”).

Thanks to technology, we live in a socially connected world — a world our great-grandparents would find foreign.  Over the years, we’ve gone from having only acquaintances, friends, and best friends to having many types of friends across a very blurry and broad spectrum.

Today we have acquaintances, Facebook fans and friends, Twitter followers, connections, co-workers, 5-minute friends, friends, best friends, relationships, family, and everything in between (in no particular order) falling onto our friendship spectrum.  So why are 5-minute friends so special?

With 5-minute friends, there is a deeper, albeit not necessarily spoken, connection.  At the risk of sounding a little “wooey – wooey”, these are the people with whom your soul truly connects and resonates.  They light up your life,  but for whatever reason (good or bad), neither of you has taken the connection to a deeper friendship — and that’s okay!  We need 5-minute friends in our life.  They bring us a positive, uplifting, and energizing experience to the crazy, chaotic worlds in which we live.

A couple of years ago, I was


7 Reasons College is the Right Choice

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Maximize Your Grades,Quick Tips

Is College Right for You?  Yes.  Uh-huh.  And, probably.

Of course, I am biased.  I’m a college graduate, so I see this from the perspective of someone who has been there and done that.  Additionally, I’ve taught at a college.  I’m on an advisory board for a college, and a portion of my income comes from me speaking at colleges.  So how could I possibly be objective in this discussion?  Maybe I can’t, but I can make a good case for why college will benefit you.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room.  Is it absolutely necessary to attend college to be successful in life?  No, but attending college is certainly not going to hurt your opportunity for success.  In fact, it will likely help to improve your chances significantly.  Plain and simple:  the odds lean in your favor when you attend college and earn your degree.  Elephant #2:  What if I don’t actually end up “using” my degree?  So what!  There is nothing wasteful about gaining knowledge for the simple sake of knowledge.  Even if you go on to do something with your life that doesn’t utilize the specific degree you earned, it is still beneficial.  I have a cousin with a history degree and he works in the banking industry.  My best friend has a computer science degree with a minor in business.  He lasted a year in the computer world and couldn’t stand it.  Now he owns a lawn and landscape business and is crazy successful.  Neither would likely be where they are now without their degrees.

7 Reasons College Is the Right Choice

1.  The Education

The most obvious reason is that you’ll receive a quality education from attending college.  It’s such an obvious reason that I almost didn’t list it.  However, think about it for a minute.  Attending college gives you the opportunity to study topics that actually interest you — unlike all of your schooling up to this point, which was designed to teach you what you need to know instead of what you want to know.  In college, you can discuss and debate your favorite topics with professors and other students in an academic forum designed to ignite your desire for learning.  Pretty cool stuff, but you have to attend to participate.

2.  The Connections

The people you


What is Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™?

Posted in : About Chad,Be Amazing!,Health & Wellness,In the News,Maximize Your Grades,Mind, Body, Spirit,Stress Less

Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™ is an edgy, engaging, and entertaining program that shows you how to overcome the headgame hurdles that block our health, happiness, and ultimately our path to living life On Top of The World.  Its philosophy simplifies the complexity of our choices.  Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™ is the course we never had in school about choices, consequences, and how the two are interwoven to pave or derail our path to success.  The program offers strategies that can be implemented the minute you leave the talk … strategies that will skyrocket you to living life on top of the world.  The choices we make and the action we take determine the life we create.  When we improve our choices, we improve our chances for enhanced health, happiness, and success.

Ready. Set. Go.

The program begins with the basics:  Exploring our obsession with chemically stimulated living — our true chemical romance.  In today’s world, we have a bottle filled with some sort of “chemical” to help us wake up, stay awake, study harder, play the field, play on the field, and even hit the hay at night.  Remember the old advertisement that said, “We’ve got an app for that”?  Well, instead of an app, we’ve got a bottle for that!  From the bedroom to the boardroom and from the dorm room, to the classroom, and even into the locker room, we’ve got a bottle for each of life’s circumstances.

Energy drinks.  Alcohol.  Medications.  And more.

From there, I look at the most common bottles each of us use every day, yet this is not a substance abuse lecture … far from it, in fact (leave the substance abuse for the Dr. Drews of the world).  You’ll find none of the “thou shalt nots …” so often hurled toward you in an effort to force feed you an opinion — or worse:  to sell you another bottle that promises to help you succeed.  I’m not here to make up your mind for you.  My mission is to deliver the information you want in an edgy, engaging, and entertaining forum.  You make up your own mind about what is right for you.

Living Bigger Than A Bottle …

As the program moves forward, you’ll gain a solid foundation to help make more informed choices, to overcome the headgame hurdles holding you back, and you’ll gain solid strategies to give you all the energy, all the success, and even better health while no longer feeling mandated to reach for some kind of bottle to get these same benefits.  I call this Living Bigger Than A Bottle … the core philosophy of Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™.


Don’t Let Two Pennies Get You Down

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Mind, Body, Spirit,Quick Tips


Zig Ziglar is well know for his “automobile university” comments in many of his talks. Zig’s idea is that you listen to self improvement, business building, motivational, or spiritual types of lectures on CDs while you are driving your vehicle each day. I loved the idea the first time I heard it, but the truth is that I don’t really spend a lot of time in my car! In fact, I’m probably not in the car on most days for more than a few little bursts at a time here and there, so automobile university is not something that would work well for me. It would probably take me over a week to get through just one CD!

However, I do take an hour long walk almost every day, so I just load up my iPod with lectures that interest me and off I go! I guess you could call it “walking university.” Some days, I learn a ton of great information. Other days, I just learn bits and pieces. No matter what, I always learn something and finish my walk totally pumped up and jazzed to live life to its fullest and to take my business to the next level!

Today was different. The lecturer seemed polite and even somewhat knowledgeable about her industry, but everything she said was just so sour and such a downer. Gloom and doom this. Gloom and doom that. Unfortunately, this went on for a full hour … the length of my entire walk!

Some might say she was just being realistic, but I think a lot of people use “being realistic” as a shield for their own negative mindset. I like what the actor, Will Smith, says about being realistic, “Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity.”

As the “Debbie Downer” on my iPod was finishing up her discussion today while my walk was coming to an end, I saw two bright, shiny pennies on the pavement and picked them up. It was like God, the universe, and all my angels conspired to shout out at me saying, “Chad, don’t let this one opinion get you down. Think of the hundreds (if not thousands) of others who are giving a message that is 180 degrees opposite of her beliefs about business. Keep on keeping on … this is just her two cents.”

Just her two cents. Remember that the next time someone says something that could easily derail you from your mission. It’s just their two cents!

To your wellness and prosperity!

Chad Simpson
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice. They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner. Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen (including, but not limited to such things as exercise and physical therapy) without first checking with your physician.


Talk to Me

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Health & Wellness,In the News,LGBT,Stress Less


Hey Everyone!

A quick note about an amazing new program I just heard about from my friends over at The Trevor Project …

Check out The Trevor Project’s new campaign, “Talk To Me”.  Click the icon above for more information.

The Trevor Project is one of my favorite programs for at risk youth.  I’ll be making a shirt to wear on September 9th.  I’d love to see you do the same and join me!

Be well …


PS … Stay tuned for some insanely exciting information about my very soon to be released program, “The Prescription for Student Success … A fast acting formula for getting good grades & graduating on time!” I can’t wait to share this program with your school or organization.  In the meantime, talk a couple of minutes to check out the Talk To Me campaign by The Trevor Project (just click the icon above) … you’ll be glad you did!


The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise or physical therapy program.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.


Stress Less Decision Making

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Mind, Body, Spirit,Quick Tips,Stress Less

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As I’m sitting here in my study on this beautiful Saturday morning drinking my tea, I was thinking about a decision I made this week.  I even alluded to it in a recent Facebook post!  Many years ago — in fact, it almost feels like a lifetime ago, I would have obsessed about whether I had made the right decision or not, but that’s not how I am now.  Today, I am confident — and even a little happy — about the decision I made!

One of the strategies I share in my Stress Less Blueprint program is about decision making.  Sometimes making decisions can be tough, but it’s all the worry we create about having to live with the decisions we’ve made that ends up gnawing at us after the fact.  Well, I’ve got great news for you:  It doesn’t have to be that way!

Today, I want to share with you a brief summary of one of the strategies from my Stress Less Blueprint …

One of the most important skills to further develop is your ability to hear that still, small, inner voice that resides deep within each of us.  Some call it the voice of God.  Others call it your gut instinct.  It’s been referred to as the voice of Spirit, Angels, Source, and the Universe.  Some even call it each of those names depending on the situation!  For the purpose


Taking Lessons from an 11-Year Old

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Stress Less

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Although we all know that worrying about what other people think about us, can send our stress levels through the roof, it can be difficult to “stop” caring about what everybody else thinks of us!

I recently spent time with my awesome nieces, 11-year old Emileigh and 12-year old Ryleigh, who reminded me that we should not be concerned with what others think … that we should just be our own amazing self … no matter what!

Emileigh recently went shopping and


The Light

Posted in : Be Amazing!


Isn’t it a cool feeling when the flickering light bulb begins to shine brightly and you are able to clearly move your ideas from thoughts into action? You know you’re there when your forehead crinkles, your head tilts slightly to one side, and you think to yourself, “Oh! I get it!” and then you think, “How is it that I …never figured this out before now?”



Stop “Shoulding” on Yourself!

Posted in : Be Amazing!

This was my Facebook post from earlier today and I thought I’d share it here as well.  Really important, yet simple stuff …

Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve doesn’t count.  Throw them out the window! 



I'm a pharmacist who speaks to college & corporate groups. My signature program is an edgy, engaging, and entertaining talk called: Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull.™


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