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…
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? …
If you’ve ever attempted to pursue something significant in life or find the most profound clarity on what’s important and what you want your future to look like, you know how much focus is required.
John D. Rockefeller was an American businessman, oil tycoon, and the wealthiest man in modern history. Rockefeller once asked this question, “Do not many of us who fail to achieve big things…fail because we lack concentration — the art of concentrating the mind on the thing to be done at the proper time and to the exclusion of everything else?
I once thought a productive day meant getting out of bed by noon.
When you’re not pursuing anything in life, your method for winning the day is absent. Spending your afternoon watching an English Premier matchup or Wedding Crashers or Shawshank Redemption for the 107th time seems like a pretty high achievement. When you’re in the business of “how much fun can I have tonight?” the hours leading up to it need to be pretty low-key.
Those times were not without their fun, but I’m now on to better, more meaningful, and much happier times in life.
Now, my days…
Personal development can lead to some super useless thinking if you aren’t careful.
Trevor Bauer, starting pitcher for the Los Angelos Dodgers, practices pitching with one eye closed. He believes it helps make him a better pitcher. As the 2020 CY Young award winner, he’s already pretty good. He wants to be better.
Throughout life, as we take on more responsibility, reach for higher ambitions, and pursue more, it’s easy to secretly, if not openly, hope that things get easier.
When you’ve had a tough day or week, do you hope for things to slow down or for you to…
I don’t believe that anyone is ‘a natural’ at something. Sure, some people have natural tendencies and god-given skills that may provide advantages in life. But anyone who has experienced a high level of success in their life has put in the work.
The force that is required to get yourself through the gap can be painful. It’s uncomfortable, feels awkward, and leaves you more frustrated than how you started.
I’ve forced myself through several gaps in life. Times where the growing became so painfully frustrating, I wonder how I would ever get through it. We all experience these gaps…