I don't believe it...
I thought as I hit my kick starter goal of $12,000 in November of last year. Only a few days earlier, everything seemed hopeless.
I was two-thirds of the way through the campaign, and only raised half of my funding goal...
**How was I going to raise just as much money in half the time, when I had already reached out to all of my friends, family, and subscribers!**
At 24 years of age, Mark Cuban was far from what many would call a success.
“I was living in a 3-bedroom apartment in Dallas. I didn’t have my own bedroom. I slept on the couch or floor depending on what time I got home. I had no closet. Instead, I had a pile that everyone knew was mine. My car had the usual hole in the floorboard, a ’77 FIAT X19 that burned a quart of oil that I couldn’t afford every week.”
Over the last 6 years, I have deliberately put myself in "no retreat" situations.
I have moved to a new city, I have set a hard deadline, or signed up to do something out of my comfort zone. Whenever I'm becoming a big fish in a small pond with my personal development, I jump into a bigger pond – even if I'm not ready.
I've done this so often, in fact, that I developed a process that helps me achieve the "unrealistic" goals necessary to make it in the "bigger pond."
Right now, I have yet another unrealistic goal. So here is how I planned to achieve it:
In 1813, Humphrey Davy–a prominent British scientist, and a member of the Royal Society–damaged his eyesight in an accident with nitrogen trichloride.
It was perhaps the luckiest accident in modern human history...
If you, with mind untroubled,
Would flourish, day-by-day,
Let each day of the seven
Find coffee on your tray.
It will your frame preserve from every malady
Its virtues drive afar la! la!
Migraine and dread catarrh – ha! ha!
Dull cold and lethargy.
Audiences were appalled in 1732 when Johan Sebastian Bach created the “Coffee Cantata” as a satirical protest of Germany’s demonization of his favorite beverage.
At the time, coffee was villainized just as much as many illegal drugs today. But Bach loved the drink so much that he was willing to explore an entirely new genre–humor–and begin protesting through his music.
And he was not alone.
There are two categories of people in this world: hedgehogs and foxes.
The fox knows a great many things. He is cunning and smart. He is fast and sneaky. He is willing to try a lot of strategies to beat the hedgehog and win his share of the forest.
The hedgehog, on the other hand, knows one big thing. He is simple. He knows only one strategy but executes it to perfection. Whatever the fox tries, the hedgehog defends himself with what he knows how to do best.
When they face each other, the fox always tries a new strategy to defeat the hedgehog.
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In 1979, Howard Putnam, CEO of Southwest Airlines, faced an extremely difficult decision—how should he run the company in a newly deregulated market.
Other airlines were scrambling to come up with new business models. But Putnam determined that the effects of deregulation, while significant, would not call for a radical change to Southwest’s business model.
So instead of proposing change, Putnam listed Southwest’s “recipe” for growth.
"Have I told you that story about how Charlie Parker became Charlie Parker? Parker's a young kid, pretty good on the sax. Gets up to play at a cutting session… and he (screws) it up...and he's laughed off-stage. Cries himself to sleep that night...
The notecards in my hands were soaked and shaking...
I was about to do my first pitch to a room of investors in my entrepreneurial career. As the clock ticked down to my turn to speak, I no longer feared being on stage…**I feared having a panic attack before I got there.**
Another morning… another day where feel like I can do nothing but stare blankly at the computer screen.
It’s time for me to continue working on the manuscript that has been the culmination of years of research, and that I raised over $13,000 to complete. But the bills keep piling up, and the publishing process is longer and more expensive than I thought it would be.
We talk about the keys to mastering willpower, the best habits, and more!
Are you a good problem solver?
If you believe you are, think about a problem that’s currently stressing you out.
It could be with work, relationships, anything. But it must be realistically solvable (ending world hunger will have to wait for another time).
Got your problem?
I’m a writer without the use of his hands…what am I going to do?
Those were my thoughts as the doctor put my wrist into a splint.
For the next month, I wouldn’t be able to type.
Being an old-fashioned guy, my doctor suggested buying a notebook and pen. A fine idea, but it doesn’t quite work for writing articles on the Internet. So I came home, opened Google, and searched for solutions to my problem.
"People don’t realize Star Wars is actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems – it’s not about spaceships."
“There were two things that have been abused from the original release of Star Wars.
Every once in a while you get that sweet, “AHA” moment. You have found the solution to your problem, and suddenly it seems like a New World of possibilities is now open.
It feels great.
But the underrated cousin of the “AHA” moment is the “DUH” moment. When a solution has been there all along…but for some reason you ignored it.
I don’t know about you, but I have many more “DUH” moments then “AHA” moments–and this one was a doozy.
In 1846, the head doctor of Vienna General Hospital had a crisis on his hands—1 in 6 women were dying of childbed fever. 
The risk of death was so bad, in fact, that women were choosing to take the risk of giving birth at home rather than going to his hospital. Not since the middle-ages had women willfully chosen to give birth at home–especially in a large city like Vienna.
I want to introduce you to two people–Christopher and John.
Each of them regularly consumes a particular substance that he truly enjoys. Christopher regularly consumes substance F and John regularly consumes substance A.
Both of these men realize that consuming their respective substances is an unhealthy habit, but they proceed to consume them every day regardless. For them, the unhealthy consequences are worth it.
Three hundred and fifty miles of pain and suffering.
That’s what Joe De Sena and his three teammates were looking at as they approached the starting line of the 2001 International Raid Ukatak. The Raid Ukatak is an adventure race held in Quebec, Canada, in the middle of the winter.
Joe’s team was ready and willing to endure torture. This was Joe’s first real test of his willpower.
As I read the words, I felt sick to my stomach…
“20 years of research on willpower may have just been debunked.”
They were referring to the concept of “ego-depletion” which I often refer to as your “willpower fuel.”
Destin Sandlin thought the task would be simple.
One of his friends had created something he called, “a backwards bike.”
The backwards bike concept is very basic:
- When you move the handlebars to the left, the bike’s tire goes right.
- When you move the handlebars to the right, the bike’s tire goes left.
Frightened for her life, Alison Cebulla jumped out of the way of the car rolling toward her. Then she looked up…
“The car was actually just parked there,” she told me. “It wasn’t moving at all. I was so sleep deprived, I was hallucinating all the time. So I looked like a crazy person.”
This was Alison’s lowest point in her addiction to methamphetamine.
Alison Cebulla's journey into the darkness of methamphetamine addiction. How she started, why she continued, and how she was able to overcome it!
Hitler would ADORE you!
My heart was pounding as I opened the email with that as the subject. It was the first email I received after posting this article explaining the psychology behind the love and hate of Trump.
As I opened up the email, I saw all of the hate...
How did we get to this?
I thought as violence erupted in my home town of Chicago.
Donald Trump was hosting a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and protestors were willing to do whatever they could to shut it down.
I had officially completed The Will of Heroes, and I felt incredibly proud of the accomplishment.
But as I moved onto the acknowledgements and citations I realized just how much brilliant writers and researchers who came before me have influenced my work.
The rigorous research, the groundbreaking conclusions, and brilliant principles taught by these people helped me become a willpower superstar—and they can help you become one as well!
I couldn’t believe my eyes. The towers that stood as a symbol of the iconic New York City skyline were up in flames.
People were jumping out of windows…
The streets were filled with emergency responders…
And almost 3,000 people died from the incident…
Even as a Canadian at the time, the images will forever be burned in my memory. And they justifiably instilled a sense of fear into millions of Americans. Americans who would soon lose their lives because of that fear.
Over the next few years alone, almost just as many Americans died due to the terror attacks of 9/11.
I’ll never forget that moment.
I had been studying the biographies of successful people for years trying to find the key factors that led them to greatness. I found things that were pretty obvious indicators of success—dreaming big, setting goals, working hard, and so on.
But these alone could not be the answer I was looking for.
Jim Stockdale was taking yet another beating from his captors in the Hanoi Hilton—one of the most brutal prisoner-of-war camps during the Vietnam War.
Just hold on for 5 more minutes…
Imagine sitting at a poker table with cameras and lights in your face, millions of people watching you live on ESPN, and the chance to win $2 million. The pressure is on.
Oh, I forgot to mention you also feel like the “odd man out” because you’re not like the other competitors.