How Small Details Make Incredible Differences

How Small Details Make Incredible Differences

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.”

Until that point, Cuban had been working exclusively in the service industry. His prospects were poor and he was essentially coasting through life. That all changed when Cuban landed a job with Your Business Software – the first retail software store in Dallas.

 

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Instantly Double Your Willpower by Leaving Yourself No Retreat

Instantly Double Your Willpower by Leaving Yourself No Retreat

The year was 1519 and Hernán Cortés, with some 600 Spanish soldiers, had landed on a vast inland plateau called Mexico.

The Span­ish con­quis­ta­dor and his men were about to embark on a con­quest of an empire that hoarded some of the world’s great­est trea­sure. But, with only 600 unarmored men, con­quer­ing an empire as vast as Mexico was a mission that was doomed to fail.

This fact was even more clear when you look at the history of Europeans invading Mexico. Many with more soldiers and more resources had tried and failed to conquer the empire.

So Cortés devised a different strategy.

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How To Make Incredible Progress By Using The Slight Edge

How To Make Incredible Progress By Using The Slight Edge

 

Where would you be today if you saved just $1/day every day since you graduated from high school? (Assuming a 2% interest rate)

If that was 10 years ago, you’d be $5807 richer.

If that was 20 years ago, you’d $12,887 richer.

If that was 30 years ago, $21,517 richer

And that’s just $1/day!  Those numbers would more than double if you had saved $2/day. 

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The Relentless Perseverance of the World's Best Performers

The Relentless Perseverance of the World's Best Performers

In the summer of 1990, Joanne Rowling – better known for her pen name J.K. Rowling – was on a train from Manchester to London when an idea came out of nowhere.

“I could see Harry very clearly. This scrawny little boy. And it was the most physical rush of excitement. I’ve never felt that physical reaction to anything about writing before.”

20 years later, J.K. Rowling became the first billionaire author, ever.

But her journey from that train when Harry Potter was a simple idea, to him being an international icon, written about and seen all over the world, was far from simple or easy.

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The Phenomenal Impact Your Friends Have on Your Willpower (For Better or Worse)

The Phenomenal Impact Your Friends Have on Your Willpower (For Better or Worse)

The town was Framingham, Massachusetts – a simple place in the Northeastern United States with a population of approximately 68,000. It is a lovely town with a mix of old colonial ties and new developments. And in 2012, Framingham was listed by CNN Money Magazine as the 36th best place to live in the United States.

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5 Things I Learned Fighting to Make Willpowered Into a Living

5 Things I Learned Fighting to Make Willpowered Into a Living

“I have 30 days of oxygen.”

That was what I told myself at the beginning of February. I had enough money to live for another 30 days and that was it. I was broke.

When I started Willpowered in October, I knew that this day was coming. I had a big circle on my calendar for March. March was when I was going to run out of the money I had saved to take the leap and fully commit to Performance Psychology.

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The Fox and the Hedgehog - The Remarkable Value of Trusting the Process

The Fox and the Hedgehog - The Remarkable Value of Trusting the Process

Are you a hedgehog or a fox?

In a famous essay by Isaiah Berlin, the 20th century philosopher divided the world into 2 categories of people: Hedgehogs and Foxes. [1]

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 to do best. 

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Why People Fail To Maintain Their Goals - And What You Can Do Differently

Why People Fail To Maintain Their Goals - And What You Can Do Differently

At 21 years of age, Jonah Hill exploded onto the Hollywood scene. His lead role in the comedy Superbad not only made audiences laugh, but also turned him into one of the most beloved comedic actors of his generation.  

It landed him many follow-up roles in movies like Forgetting Sarah MarshallFunny People and Get Him to the GreekIn each of these movies, Hill played the chubby, jovial, funny guy – a role that he played with brilliance. But in 2011, Hill wanted to mature as an actor and as a person.

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How Arnold Schwarzenegger Used a Vision To Achieve Greatness - And You Can Too

How Arnold Schwarzenegger Used a Vision To Achieve Greatness - And You Can Too

Growing up in rural Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger had very little chance of achieving fame or fortune. His parents were poor and his father was set on Arnold joining the military, then becoming a police officer like him. Arnold, however, had a different idea. 

As a child, he picked up a magazine with Mr. Universe, Reg Park, on the cover as the star of the new movie, Hercules. As Arnold read through the magazine, he the whole plan began to unfold for him. He was going to follow Reg Park’s footsteps, become a body-building champion and a huge movie star.

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The Surprising Advantages of Adversity - And How To Face It

The Surprising Advantages of Adversity - And How To Face It

In 1994, George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, realized something profound. Special effects technology was now at a point where he could finally create his vision for what he always wanted Star Wars to be! 

The first trilogy of Star Wars films – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – were 3 of the most famous movies in history. They had pushed the boundaries of special effects technology and created an imaginative, far away world that people loved.

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Playing Offense - What People With The Most Willpower Do Differently

Playing Offense - What People With The Most Willpower Do Differently

In the legendary tale, The Odyssey, the hero Odysseus is a man of great strength.

He takes on many challenges throughout his travels. He fights a cyclops, sails through treacherous winds and faces deceitful individuals. Despite his heroism, though, Odysseus is ultimately just a man – with the same weaknesses as the rest of us.

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How To Get Through The Middle of the Journey

How To Get Through The Middle of the Journey

It was 4am on January 6th, 2014. On this day, Chicago was hit by what was called the “Polar Vortex” where northern cities across the United States were hitting record low temperatures. It was a reported −16 °F (−27 °C) with a wind chill causing it to be −40 °F, so cold that Celsius and Fahrenheit measurements are actually the same. Like many people across the country, just one week earlier I had set big goals for the New Year.  

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Internal Locus of Control - Why You Should Focus on the Process, Not the Result

Internal Locus of Control - Why You Should Focus on the Process, Not the Result

The clock was ticking down as the UCLA Bruins were about to defeat the Seattle University Redhawks in the round of 16 game of the 1964 NCAA basketball tournament. The Bruins came into the game undefeated and were up 95-90. The win was all but assured, yet legendary coach John Wooden was not happy.

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The Power of a Great Purpose

The Power of a Great Purpose

The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s serves as one of the most historic movements in the United States of America. African Americans, who had never been treated as equals in the entire history of the American South, finally said “enough”.

It was time to stop being treated as second-class citizens. It was time to stop being abused for the sake of their color, and it was time to make a stand against the oppression they had faced for centuries. And the catalyst of the entire movement was one simple seamstress who would not give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger

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The Rule of One Thousand Ones - How To Accomplish Big Things by Focusing on Little Ones

The Rule of One Thousand Ones - How To Accomplish Big Things by Focusing on Little Ones

In 2009, a man named Joe DeSena founded a company called "Spartan Race". Spartan Race is an obstacle course that is typically run in trails where runners must climb up ropes, crawl under barbed wire, and scale over walls. Since then, the Spartan Race has grown rapidly; expanding into 17 countries and having over 1 million race participants in 2014.

But before DeSena created one of the top races in a fast growing sport, he sustained a hip injury and was told that he would never be able to run again. Being a tough competitor, DeSena sought to prove those doctors wrong...by running 14 Ironman Triathlons! 

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Why Success is Found in Simplicity

Why Success is Found in Simplicity

The coaching staff of a high school cross-country running team recently got together for dinner after winning its second state championship in two years.  

"I don't get it," said one of the coaches. "Why are we so successful? We don't work any harder than any other teams. And what we do is just so simple. Why does it work?"

He was referring to the strategy of the program: Run best at the end.  

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