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Things don’t change — you change.

“Remember: we all get what we tolerate. So stop tolerating excuses within yourself, limiting beliefs of the past, half-assed, or fearful states.” -Tony Robbins

Most people are not the best version of themselves right now. Not even close.

They are dragged down by mindsets defined primarily by limits — how smart they are, how far they can go, how hard they can work, how successful they can be. Most of these limits are pretty low.

“It’s lonely at the top,” wrote entrepreneur Tim Ferriss. “99% of people are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for…


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100/100 people can achieve greatness. Here’s why most won’t.

Anyone can achieve greatness. Anyone.

Greatness is relative, yes. The results might look different; for some, simply quitting an addiction means greatness. For others, creating a Fortune 500 company means greatness.

Anyone can do this. But most people won’t.

I’m not talking about simple averages and logistics, where “obviously everyone can’t be in the top 5%.” That’s bull. If you take a class of 100 students, 100 students could achieve greatness.

This is because we all have a choice, every moment of every day. As author Rebecca Eanes once wrote, “In between every action and reaction, there is a space.”…


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Flow: deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.

Most people can’t remember the last time they entered a flow state.

According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow, flow is “the optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.”

Most people sleepwalk through life without ever feeling so intensely focused, time seems to stand still.

The idea of flow might have been popularized the most with professional athletes, who often describe the feeling of succeeding on the field. Gold medalists, Tour de France winners, and World Cup champions, have all repeatedly recounted how they were in flow states for their winning performances.

But…


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In his book, Kitchen Confidential, world-renowned chef Anthony Bourdain described his mentor asking him if he had any enemies.

“You know Anthony,” he said. “I have many, many enemies. It’s good, sometimes, to have enemies — even if you don’t know who they are. It means you are…important.

I hate it when people don’t like me.

I hate it. I feel awful. I want to call them immediately and make up. I’ll do whatever it takes — just please take this awful feeling away.

After 4 years of writing, I had nothing to show for it — no followers, no…


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I’ve recently read a ton of autobiographies of really famous people — celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Ray Allen, Michelle Obama, Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, etc.

Most of them are millionaires, at least.

And all of them had to look stupid for a long time before they finally got it right.

But they eventually got it right. And the only way you’ll start getting things right is by trying, failing, experimenting, failing, and learning.

The problem is, most people are afraid of looking stupid. It’s painful, embarrassing, and people laugh at you. It’s not a nice feeling.


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Do what no one does to get what no one has

“People are always asking me about the secrets and tricks I use to get results. Sorry if this disappoints you: there are no secrets. There are no tricks. It’s simple: ask yourself where you are now, and where you want to be instead.” -Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s personal trainer

Most people are not willing to do “whatever it takes.”

They might give 50%. Some might give 75%. A few might even go as high as 90%.

But very few give that last remaining chunk of energy and motivation.

The truth is, it’s often this small amount of extra effort that…


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Do what no one else is willing to do.

Success doesn’t happen “to” you. It happens because of you.

In the words of Napoleon Hill, “Success comes to those who are success-conscious.” If you make progress your most important goal and actively make strides to improve, you will begin to attract success like a magnet.

During my first 4 years of blogging, I pitched guest posts to every website. I emailed every influencer. I tweeted every writer. I hand-wrote letters to authors and asked if they would mentor me.

Maybe 5% ever responded — most of which were thanks-but-no-thanks rejections.

But finally, I started taking myself and my writing…


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How to achieve what no one else can.

Most people are living under someone else’s rules.

Society encourages people to play it safe and avoid loss. Risking big for big payoffs is discouraged, labeled foolish and irrational.

But the world’s biggest players go all-in. In the words of author Grant Cardone, “The giants on this planet are willing to make the big plays.”

Enormously successful people don’t “play it safe.” On the contrary, they are riskier and bolder than 99% of everyone else.

And this doesn’t mean they’re foolish, either. Robert Kiyosaki once said, “Investments are not risky for the financially literate.” …


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“There is one thing that 99% of failures and successful people have in common: they all hate doing the same things. The difference is successful people do them anyway.” -Darren Hardy

Most people will spend their whole lives trying to change negative behaviors, but will never really have lasting success.

Changing behaviors is hard, no doubt about it. Evolving into better versions of yourself takes sacrifice, energy, and focus. Most people see the price and simply say no.

In his book, The 10x Rule, author Grant Cardone wrote that maintaining an average life takes about as much energy as developing…


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The wrong money will keep you in mediocrity.

“People are unhappy in large part because they are confused about what is valuable.” -William Irvine

Most people are making the “wrong” kind of money right now.

The wrong money is any money earned while doing tasks that are irrelevant to your Big Goals.

Wrong money is abundant. It’s everywhere. Ironically, it becomes especially abundant when you finally start to take a few steps towards that which matters most.

It’s funny — when I was unemployed and not-funny-anymore-broke for 6 straight months, money was nowhere to be found. I would have done any job for grocery money.

But now that…

Anthony Moore

Writer for CNBC, Business Insider, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, Yahoo! Finance, and you. Come say hey. anthonymoore.co

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