“If you have enemies, give ’em a lottery ticket.” -Anonymous
A few years ago, I was still a (very) amateur writer. I had a few dozen followers and a handful of views each day. That’s it.
I wanted, desperately, to be a big writer star. I wanted hundreds of thousands of people to read my stuff. I wanted to make a ton of money while I slept. Frankly, I wanted to be famous.
But do you know what would’ve happened if, one day, I woke up and saw that I had miraculously gained 1,000,000 followers with millions of dollars in…
“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. …
“There can be no progress, no achievement, without sacrifice, and a man’s worldly success will be in the measure that he sacrifices.” -James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
In his book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki recounts a common response he gets when he asks people why they aren’t open to lucrative real estate investments.
“When I speak to people about investing in real estate, they often tell me they’re not interested in real estate because they don’t want to fix toilets.
When someone says, ‘I don’t want to fix toilets,’ they’re saying that little problems like toilets are…
“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.” -Cal Newport
Deep work — a state of high-level concentration that enables top-tier results only able to be produced by long, uninterrupted periods of deep focus — is increasingly rare in today’s economy.
As such, it has become increasingly valuable. (If you can do deep work, you can make a lot of money).
Shallow work —…
“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” -Tchaikovsky
Here’s how I used to think inspiration works:
Inspiration > Motivation > Action
So, I would wait to get inspired.
Maybe I would watch Gladiator again, or I would see some before/after pictures on that home-workout fitness Instagram page I follow.
This surge of inspiration would create enormous motivation and drive for me to write and do work.
So, I would grit my teeth in a surge of inspiration and publish an article every day for like, eight days straight.
This is how most people operate when they “commit” to a new goal:
First, they bite off more than they can chew. Then, they miss a few days because the new habit is practically impossible to sustain. Finally, they give up hope and quit entirely.
Most people set themselves up for failure. Even the most motivated person couldn’t survive in that environment.
Sadly, the most well-intentioned people rarely ever take a look at the most important factor in behavioral change:
This is why 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail like, almost instantly. This is why most people who…
“First, isolate your fear. Pin it down. Determine exactly what you are afraid of. Second: take action.” -David Schwartz
I’ve been afraid most of my life.
I’ve been afraid of the dark. I still am, sometimes; I’m still freaked out when I’m alone in a dark room.
I’ve been afraid to tell people I looked at pornography all the time as a coping mechanism when I was growing up.
I’ve been afraid of possibly every single boss I’ve ever had.
My biggest fear was that if anybody I loved ever found out about the things I did, they’d abandon me…
“How many people do you know call themselves an “entrepreneur” but have never started a business?
How many people do you know call themselves a “writer” but write once a month?
How many people do you know call themselves a “fitness coach” but do not coach people in fitness?
How many people do you know who call themselves an “artist” but never create art?
Are you one of these people?”
Whenever I start to feel like I’m getting behind, I panic.
If I haven’t exercised in the past 2 days…
If I haven’t posted at least 2–3 articles…
“If you want to live an exceptional and extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a normal one.” -Srinivas Rao
The larger mob of society will never experience true success.
Because this majority is unwilling to become the CEO of their life — they’d rather someone else call the shots.
They are unwilling to take risks, to fail publicly, and be forced to try again after getting knocked down.
They are unwilling to sacrifice what is good for what is great.
In short, they are unwilling to give up their “normal”…
“Successful people make choices that support the expansion of their life.” -Darren Hardy
If you want world-class success, you need to make world-class choices.
Most people do not make world-class choices. Hell, most of the time they don’t even make good ones.
As a result, their lifestyle is not world-class. They’re overweight, unhappy, and stuck. They’re broke, dating people they don’t really like, stuck at jobs they don’t like.
The sad truth is: the majority of people live lives like this. Many will reach their grave without ever experiencing world-class success.
The reason people stay stuck in this cycle-of-suck is…