Have you ever built such a focus and drive to accomplish something in your life that it consumes all your thoughts?
I heard a story not too long ago about an individual leading their organization in sales. The leaders of the organization were telling their story as motivation to the rest of the sales team. This individual was highly motivated and ambitious, which we all need in life, but the story told, made me cringe.
What was highlighted the most, or even praised, was that they worked 12-hour days? The organization leader also had to put a rule in place…
There’s plenty of entrepreneurial advice that encourages the creator, entrepreneur, change seeker to ‘just start.’ Co-founder of LinkedIn and American Entrepreneur Reid Hoffman said, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” Start. Figure it out. Make adjustments.
In an environment filled with uncertainty, wavering confidence, skepticism, and fear about starting something new, risky, and potentially out of your element, this serves as empowering advice. After all, you can’t fail or succeed if you don’t try.
Yet, taking action to ‘just-get-started,’ while courageous, bold, and a step in the right direction —…
My adult working life has been difficult, as it has been for many people. Struggling to understand how things work in the world. Working in many jobs that you knew you didn’t want to make a career — constantly feeling like you don’t have enough money or time to find something better.
There is no doubt that finding your way in adulthood, whether you enjoy your job or despise it, is hard enough without the constraints of career troubles. …
Before the deployment of Marine Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to Iraq in 2004 — the now-retired four-star general and former US Secretary of Defense — was asked by a colleague about the importance of reading for military officers who sometimes found themselves “too busy to read.”
General Mattis, who has accumulated over 7,000 titles in his library, responded with an email that went viral, in which he states, “The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. …
It’s never going to happen.
You’re always going to live with fear.
Fear of failure. Fear of loss. Fear of not living up to your standards, or maybe someone else’s standards.
Fear never goes away. It’s resilient. Stubborn. Unwilling to back down. Seeks total control. It will wither away at you until you quit, give in, or decide to stop fighting back.
Every day someone somewhere allows fear to determine their life. Fear takes over as if it’s in charge of the mind and dictates everything that goes on in this individual’s life. Each decision, each choice, is made with…
It’s not true, you know. There’s no such thing as ‘writer’s block.’ Whether it’s The Resistance or what Seth Godin calls ‘the lizard brain’ — either way, there is no ‘writer’s block.’
The truth is, some days, your ideas just suck. They aren’t worth the yellow legal pad you put them down on.
Still, if you want to be a writer, I’ve been told at least, and I believe the show must go on — you must get something down.
So you can say you did. So you can be pleased with your day. …
The world is so busy today that most people don’t take the time to practice solitude. Solitude?
Who would purposefully choose to be in a quiet room with only their thoughts? No phone. No Netflix. Just in thought.
There is an often-used quote from French philosopher Blaise Pascal, who wrote in 1654, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Even with this quote’s frequent use, it still holds the punch necessary to speak to us — almost four centuries later.
Technology plays a role in all of our lives, and…
What’s the point of reading a book if you do not learn from that which you read?
Power reading is a skill that we can all learn. There’s a long list of advantages to becoming a power reader, and these advantages grow daily in our modern world.
Application is essential in your transformation to becoming a power reader. As the author of The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene wrote, “ideas from books are pointless if they have no application to life as you live it.”
It’s important to keep this wisdom in mind in your reading. Whether you read…
Goal setting is the most overblown topic in the self-development world. Set an audacious goal, set a date, and track it with a complex system.
It doesn’t work like that.
In the book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bonnie Ware, she discovers from dying patients what they genuinely regret about their life. It’s not what they didn’t accomplish.
It’s what they didn’t pursue, how they spent their time, and who they spent their time with.
If you could fast forward 40 years into the future, would you be able to…
Most people fail in life because they don’t see success for what it is: the ability to take action towards the outcome of your choice.
Obstacles, setbacks, challenges, and failures aside — successful people move through it.
Look at any successful person you have ever looked up to or admired, and you’ll see adversity — of some kind — somewhere in their story. And while it’s easy to look at these people as perfect models of success, it’s their success that creates the image of perfection.
Why is becoming successful so damn hard? …