Measure Backward to Move Forward (The Gap and The Gain)

Measure Backward to Move Forward (The Gap and The Gain)

Most of us have an ideal outcome. An imagantive experience set sometime in the future. Maybe it’s early retirement with a nice house or world travel full of adventure. You might even create goals to get you to that ideal outcome and work towards them. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as most of us get. When it comes to big goals, we tend to give up in frustation because even after a certain amount of effort, we’re not much closer…

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Quiet Your Lizard Brain

Quiet Your Lizard Brain

Your job is not to be creative. Your job is to ship. -Seth Godin In Seth Godin’s speech at 99U, he implores creatives, entrepreneurs, writers, and anyone else trying to create something to ship first and improve later. This is a common theme among some of the most successful and brilliant minds. It’s easy for us to rationalize on why something can’t be launched, whether it’s a product, websites, service, or painting because we don’t see it as perfect. But the…

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The Difference Between You And Your Potential

The Difference Between You And Your Potential

I believe you have a nearly unlimited amount of potential. And that the bridge between you and your potential is risk. Calculated risk. And the biggest thing keeping you from taking the necessary risk is fear. It’s difficult to take a risk, i.e. trying something new, uncomfortable, challenging or difficult. You might fail. People might laugh at you. Even worse, if you succeed, people might not notice or care. Without risk, there is no progress. Walk across the bridge. The…

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The Morning Journal Routine

The Morning Journal Routine

Over the past 3 years, I’ve really worked to improve my morning routine and the way I approach each day. It’s easily been one of the most positive influences in my day-to-day life. Anytime anyone asks me what they can do to feel more energetic, productive or positive during the day, this is always where I tell them to start. The Template Month Day, 2016 Morning Pages Five Minute Journal 2016 mission: What I’m grateful for today: Yesterday’s random act…

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A New Perspective

A New Perspective

This is going to be a really short post. In the past week, this article was going viral and it’s one of the most effective pieces at helping you view life from a different perspective. It’s sad, inspiring and worth a read, maybe two. The Tail End – Wait But Why

A Reluctant Enthusiast

A Reluctant Enthusiast

This following is from Edward Abbey, an American writer, and environmentalist. It was given as part of a speech to a group of environmentalists in Montana 1976. Even thoough this was written 40 years ago, there’s perhaps no better critique of the modern workday in America. Enjoy. “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for…

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Stumbling On Happiness

Stumbling On Happiness

Today, I wanted to share a quote about “perpetual growth” as it relates to the global economy. It’s from the book “Stumbling On Happiness”, by Daniel Gilbert. Part of the quote is an excerpt written by Adam Smith, the famous Economist. “If no one wants to be rich, then we have a significant economic problem, because flourishing economies require that people continually procure and consume one another’s goods and services. Market economies require that we all have an insatiable hunger…

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The Power of Certainty

The Power of Certainty

In an interview with Frank Kern and John Reese, Tony Robbins talks about an extremely simple and useful framework for determining why some people follow through and some don’t. And why certainity is the key. It’s something I’ve had written down in my notes for a few years now and I often refer back to it when thinking about big projects I want to work on. Let’s get into it. As you can see, it’s four quadrants with Belief, Potential,…

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When It Comes to Failure, Stack the Deck In Your Favor

When It Comes to Failure, Stack the Deck In Your Favor

Failure is scary. Failure is inevitable. But not all failure is the same. If, like me, you’ve experienced a lot of failure in your life, then you know how much it can hold you back. The fear of failure, more than anything else, keeps people from achieving their dreams. Even though virtually every successful person explains how they failed several times before “making it”, we’re still afraid, So, knowing that it’s inevitable and knowing that we can’t change it, is…

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The Leverage of Knowledge

The Leverage of Knowledge

Knowledge, by itself, isn’t very helpful. Knowledge applied, that’s what you want. There are two major things holding people back from doing the things they want to do, whether that’s starting a business or taking up a new hobby. Too much information that it causes analysis paralysis so no action is taken Action taken without enough knowledge which causes slowdowns, frustrations and ultimately, failures. Too Much Information Let’s say you want to learn to play guitar. You do a quick…

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