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Meet Robert Hess; Entrepreneur, Health Advocate, Executive Coach, Cancer Survivor and Muser.

We’re excited to announce our newest blogger, Robert Hess. Robert joins our roster of guest bloggers, and will regularly post about his Muse Experience along with his work with the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project. We’re thrilled to start sharing Robert’s story:

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to provide my thoughts and experiences with my Muse device. I’ve been using it for a month now and it has been quite an enlightening experience.

Before I share my experiences I need to give you a bit of background on myself and why I am so interested in what I call “My Muse Project”.

I’m an entrepreneur, business owner, lifelong performance improvement architect, and health advocate. My current project is The Success Foundry Inc., an executive coaching and consulting firm based in Manhattan Beach, California, where I work with corporate and private clients to define specific business and life objectives and develop plans to reach these goals. I’m also a prostate cancer survivor, working with cancer survivors and caregivers to manage their emotional stress. I know this is a very long introduction but it’s important to understand why I find the Muse so valuable. Managing stress is a fundamental element of everyone’s life and Muse makes stress visible and controllable.

Stress is a fact of life for almost all of us. It surrounds us at work and in our personal lives. Stress makes it difficult to focus clearly and hard to make good decisions. I learned those lessons leading men in combat during my career in the Army. Poor decisions affect our professional and personal lives and even our physical health. Ask anyone if they are stressed and almost everyone will answer “yes.” We all would like to be less stressed but how can we get there?

One great way to get stress under control is meditation. Just about a decade ago I was fortunate to travel to Kathmandu in Nepal and meet the head of the Buddhist Karma Kagyu lineage. I learned about Buddhist meditation and its ability to control stress, and I’ve been working on my meditation practice since then. But I never had a method for measuring how well I was doing. I thought I was doing pretty well until I found Muse.

The first time I did a Muse session I was completely surprised because I was certain I was going to have a very calm mind. I went through 10 minutes of my normal mediation practice and then donned my Muse, started the Calm app on my iPhone, and went through my session. I was completely taken aback at my mind’s high activity level and my difficulty in controlling that activity.  

I have now have been using Muse for almost a month and have integrated Muse sessions into my personal daily routine and my executive coaching programs. I also plan to begin recommending Muse to the cancer survivors and caregivers that engage with my non-profit.  I think Muse will be particularly beneficial for cancer survivors because recent research has revealed that some of the molecular pathways that psychological stress uses to mediate changes, can activate pathways related to cancer and cancer’s recurrence. In my personal opinion, for cancer survivors, Muse becomes a holistic tool in preventing recurrence.  As a 10+ year cancer survivor, I have witnessed the daily stress borne by caregivers and I believe that Muse will be an invaluable aid to maintaining mental balance.

It’s easy to talk about products, but I think it’s even more useful to show them in action. So, beginning in May, I will be posting a weekly summary of my Muse sessions on my prostate cancer blog. I don’t have time to talk about that in this post, but you can expect that I will in the future. You can follow my Muse experience on the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project Blog.

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About Robert Hess

Robert is a serial entrepreneur, a best-selling author, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. He also is the founder of the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project based in Manhattan Beach, California, and the creator of ProstateTracker, the first Internet prostate cancer early detection system. He has been honored twice, 2011 and 2013, by the Los Angeles Business Journal for his role in health advocacy and has served as a consumer reviewer for prostate cancer research projects funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Read more about Robert’s career and connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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