How I Learned to Confront the Brutal Facts.

How I Learned to Confront the Brutal Facts.

Facts.

When I was a teenager, there were few things I feared more....

Not because of school work, but because they were a reminder that I *was not the person I aspired to be.*

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Why a Small Change in Mindset Leads to a Drastic Change in Results

Why a Small Change in Mindset Leads to a Drastic Change in Results

 

The hotel maids – all who claimed to be the furthest thing from habitual exercisers – were learning how many calories they were burning on a daily basis.

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Scarcity: What It Is, When to Use It, and What to Watch Out For...

Scarcity: What It Is, When to Use It, and What to Watch Out For...

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!**

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Read the Frickin' Manual

Read the Frickin' Manual

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.”

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My Planning Process for Achieving Unrealistic Goals

My Planning Process for Achieving Unrealistic Goals

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:

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Drastically Improve Your Success by Starting Each Goal With Why

Drastically Improve Your Success by Starting Each Goal With Why

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...

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Can Coffee Make You a Genius? A Scientific Answer

Can Coffee Make You a Genius? A Scientific Answer

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.

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A Simple Formula to Discover Your Passion, Talent, and Value

A Simple Formula to Discover Your Passion, Talent, and Value

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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[Webinar] 6 Ways to Use Willpower to Beat your Social Nerves, be Likeable, and Improve your Social Skills

[Webinar] 6 Ways to Use Willpower to Beat your Social Nerves, be Likeable, and Improve your Social Skills

·      How to answer the question you ALWAYS get, "What do you do for a living?"

·      How to create social habits to make it easier to socialize NATURALLY

·      Word-for-word scripts to start conversations and be CHARISMATIC

·      The RIGHT way to set communication goals, so you can achieve them with flying colors!

·      The #1 way to be ENGAGING & INTERESTING in ANY conversation

·      How to re-energize during social events to build your "SOCIAL STAMINA"

·      Live Q&A session during the webinar, so you can ask me anything

·      My free mini-course: How to Shut Up that Inner Voice & Beat Awkward Conversations, just for registering! 

·      My free eBook: 5 Quick Hacks to Avoid Awkward Conversations, just for registering!

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Create Great Habits Naturally With a "SMaC Formula"

Create Great Habits Naturally With a "SMaC Formula"

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. 

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8 Movies That Will Give You a Rush of Willpower

8 Movies That Will Give You a Rush of Willpower

"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...

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How to Maximize Your Willpower as an Introvert or Extrovert

How to Maximize Your Willpower as an Introvert or Extrovert

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.**

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How to Use Stories to Inspire Action...When All You Want to Do Is Procrastinate

How to Use Stories to Inspire Action...When All You Want to Do Is Procrastinate

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.

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How Can You Amplify Willpower? My Interview on Unleash Your Inner Genius

How Can You Amplify Willpower? My Interview on Unleash Your Inner Genius

Last week, I sat down with Ben Austin, the founder of Stop Start Do and the host of the Unleash Your Inner Genius Podcast!

We talk about the keys to mastering willpower, the best habits, and more!

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The Best Method for Finding Your Path to Success (That Most People Get REALLY Wrong)

The Best Method for Finding Your Path to Success (That Most People Get REALLY Wrong)

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?

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How I Doubled My Creativity and Productivity by Creating Scarcity

How I Doubled My Creativity and Productivity by Creating Scarcity

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.

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How George Lucas Lost His Integrity...and Why it's So Important

How George Lucas Lost His Integrity...and Why it's So Important

"People don’t realize Star Wars is actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems – it’s not about spaceships." 

Said George Lucas soon after watching Star Wars Episode VII in an interview with Charlie Rose. This was the first time he'd put Star Wars in someone else's hands, and he felt like it had been abused.

“There were two things that have been abused from the original release of Star Wars.

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My 5 Best Willpower Strategies After Over 5 Years Research

My 5 Best Willpower Strategies After Over 5 Years Research

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.

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The Incredible Power of the Intuitive Brain—And How to Master It

The Incredible Power of the Intuitive Brain—And How to Master It

In 1846, the head doctor of Vienna General Hospital had a crisis on his hands—1 in 6 women were dying of childbed fever. [1]

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.

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4 Insights That Will Change the Way You See Addiction Forever

4 Insights That Will Change the Way You See Addiction Forever

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.

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