“95% of our society — the ‘mediocre majority’ — fail, time and time again, to start exercise routines, quit smoking, improve their diets, stick to a budget, or any other life habit that would improve their quality of life. Why? Most people don’t realize the seemingly unbearable first 10 days of a new habit is only temporary.” -Hal Elrod
A few years ago, I started to make a new online course.
Looking back, I’m embarrassed about how much I struggled with it.
I re-wrote the outline for the course at least a dozen times. (Like, fully-fledged outlining and drafting, several…
“How you perceive the world changes the way act in it.” -Kyle Eschenroeder
When you choose to act out of fear, panic, or impatience, the results are always bad — especially in relationships.
Instead, you should act in ways that align with your morals and values. You’ll feel happier and more confident in yourself, which will spread to every relationship in your life.
On the other hand, when you start acting out of fear and settle for less than you’re worth, your mindset and behavior will begin to rationalize this negative worldview. …
Most people won’t ever become truly successful.
Sadly, most people will remain bored with their work and lifestyle. Their relationships will remain shallow and superficial.
That nagging feeling that says, “I’m not supposed to be doing this” will always be there.
The worst part is, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Elon Musk once said, “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
But most people won’t. Here’s what I’ve found to be 7 of the most prominent ways to remain bored, lonely, and unfulfilled.
The other day, my wife and I took a…
I worked in corporate America for five years. After 60 months working for The Man, I realized a blunt, brutal truth that cannot be denied:
The only way I could make more money was if my boss allowed me to.
And most of the times, my boss hated me or was so dysfunctional no one could rise through the ranks.
This lesson has several blunt caveats, too.
First: You’ll never make more money than your boss. Their ceiling is your ceiling. If your boss isn’t rich, you certainly won’t be getting rich at the company, either.
Next: Effort usually doesn’t…
“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” -Dan Sullivan
Most people’s focus is spread far too thin to achieve anything meaningful.
Instead of narrowing their time and energy into only what is most important — family, health, personal development, leaving a legacy — they’re bogged down by countless obligations they don’t care about.
Most people spend the bulk of their most potent energy reserves on (when you really look at it) essentially meaningless tasks: Email. Commuting. Complaining. Television. Partying.
Many of these are simply inconsequential tasks we build up to be of utmost importance.
The worst part about prioritizing minutiae…
“Why trust the knowledge of a brickmaker about jewels? Would you go to the breadmaker to inquire about the stars?
No, by my tunic, you would go to the astronomer, if you had power to think. And next time if you would have advice about jewels, go to the jewel merchant. If you would know the truth about sheep, go to the herdsman.
Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you take only what is worth having. …
“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” -Andrew Carnegie, net worth $310 billion
Conventional wisdom says “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”
Why? Because that’s risky. It’s scary. And traditional wisdom is inherently risk-avoidant.
Going to college, getting a steady job, everything in moderation — that’s what traditional advice says. There’s nothing wrong with this path — life is a balance, and many people find much happiness and satisfaction in the road most traveled.
But if you want to be insanely successful — the kind of…
I’m not especially talented. There are far better writers out there than me. They also have better college degrees, better connections, better ideas, and probably sexier abs than I do.
But where other writers beat me in talent, I rely on the only big guns I have: my obsessive commitment to taking action, every single day.
See, what I’ve learned is this: consistency beats talent. Consistency beats good intentions. Consistency beats luck. And you want to know the real secret I’ve learned?
Consistency even beats quality.
That’s right. I regularly and consistently outperform others whose work is of much higher…
“Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” -Alan Keightly
In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, he reflected that one of the key moments of his youth was seeing a bodybuilder who wore glasses.
Until then, Schwarzenegger thought you could be either strong or smart — not both. But here was a man who was strong and smart (at least, the glasses made him look smart).
It was then he realized you didn’t have to choose just one identity — you could be everything you wanted.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” -W.B. Murray
When you begin to read autobiographies, interviews, and memoirs of some of the world’s most successful people, you realize how committed they were.