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A Mastery Mindset Tip from Mark Manson: Handle Problems on Your Own Terms.

A Mastery Mindset Tip from Mark Manson: Handle Problems on Your Own Terms.

The following mastery mindset tip comes from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.  Before you dive in, take a moment to think about some of the problems and challenges you’re facing in your life…  Are they problems and challenges that are being forced upon you by someone else?  Or are they problems and challenges that are being chosen from within your control?  Once you have an idea of where you stand, read the excerpt below and think about how Manson’s mindset tip might help you take more control over your life.  Good luck!

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*Enter Mark Manson*

Imagine that somebody puts a gun to your head and tells you that you have to run 26.2 miles in under five hours, or else he’ll kill you and your entire family.

That would suck.

Now imagine that you bought nice shoes and running gear, trained religiously for months, and completed your first marathon with all of your closest family and friends cheering you on at the finish line.

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3 Quotes to Help You Take Control of Your Life [VIDEO]

3 Quotes to Help You Take Control of Your Life

The above 3 quotes on taking control of your life focus on grit and patience and are for anyone who is pursuing their Life’s Task that has every intention of living their best life possible.  Enjoy! 🙂

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Inspired By: 14 Quotes on Grit and Patience For Anyone Pursuing Their Life’s Task.

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14 Quotes on Grit and Patience For Anyone Pursuing Their Life’s Task.

14 Quotes on Grit and Patience For Anyone Pursuing Their Life's Task.

Introduction:  There’s no question about it, hard times will come.

Your Life Task is your career/ your creative work/ your mission/ etc., that puts to use your strengths and aptitudes and brings to life your unique visions and goals for the world.  Along the way, there are going to be times when you feel incredibly rewarded and times when the journey is going to absolutely suck.  The ebb and flow of any long-term pursuit is inevitable and unpredictable and it’s important that we brace ourselves for the days that we know are coming.

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3 Quotes from Mastery by Robert Greene [VIDEO]

3 Quotes from Mastery by Robert Greene

3 of my favorite quotes from Robert Greene’s book Mastery that will help you identify and cultivate your Life’s Task.

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Inspired By: 14 Quotes on Mastery and How To Identify and Cultivate Your Life’s Task

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14 Quotes on Mastery and How To Identify and Cultivate Your Life’s Task

14 Quotes on Mastery and How To Identify and Cultivate Your Life's Task.

Introduction:  Finding your Life’s Task can be one of the most important discoveries of your lifetime.

In order to live a fulfilled life, we need to live fulfilled days.  And if we want to feel fulfilled day-in and day-out then we need to pay attention to how we’re spending our time.  The great accumulation of minutes and hours turns into days and weeks which turns into months and years which, of course, turns into a lifetime.  And when you boil it down to how we spend the majority of our time on a daily basis, which area do most of us invest our time into?  It’s our Life’s Task.

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5 Things To Watch Out for When Taking Advice from Others

5 Things To Watch Out for When Taking Advice from Others

When we’re given good advice and it moves us to take good actions—we’ll get good results.  When we’re given bad advice, sometimes that will lead us to take bad actions (and get bad results that we can learn from), and sometimes it will stop us from moving at all.

When sorting through advice for the good vs. the bad, you should always remember that advice is only as good as the actions it inspires you to take.  It’s better to have taken a bad action that you can learn from and keep moving forward with, than to not have taken any action at all.  And at the other end, really great advice that you do nothing about is just as good as no advice at all—action is always the difference maker.

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How To Handle Problems and Challenges in Life [VIDEO]

How To Handle Problems and Challenges in Life

When it comes to success, there will ALWAYS be a struggle in some way, shape, or form and we should drop the notion of living a struggle-free life—it simply won’t happen. So, what’s the solution then?

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Inspired By:  15 No Bullsh*t Success Quotes from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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15 No Bullsh*t Success Quotes from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

15 No Bullsh*t Success Quotes from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Introduction:  No sugar-coating here.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson is a book that cuts right to the chase.  In his own words he says, “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.”  And while it may sound like a grim and negative perspective on life, his advice is actually quite practical and direct and can help you turn your life around in less time than a lot of the, “sugar-coated” products available on the market today.

When it comes to success, Manson’s stance is that there will ALWAYS be a struggle in some way, shape, or form and that you should drop the notion of having a struggle-free career or living a struggle-free life—it simply won’t happen.  Moreover, it would lead to a boring existence!  Problems force us to think outside of our comfort zones and challenge us to grow to stronger mental, physical, and spiritual states.  The same way our bodies become stronger when challenged with resistance training and conditioning, so too does our mind and spirit become stronger with problem solving and critical thinking.  The trick, Manson suggests, is to find the problems and struggles worth challenging yourself over—the ones you actually enjoy sitting with and working to solve.

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10 Quotes That Will Help You Believe In Yourself – Even When (Especially When) You’re Feeling Really Low.

10 Quotes That Will Help You Believe In Yourself - Even When (Especially When) You're Feeling Really Low.

Introduction:  Having Faith in the Sunshine

The following 10 quotes are from the book, I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas—an acclaimed exploration that began as a blog in 2007 of hauntingly beautiful words, photography, and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it.  I Wrote This For You is one of those rare books that doesn’t speak to you from the outside-in—like a friend giving you advice that you would then internalize, but rather from the inside-out—like you just opened up a diary and were feeling deep emotions that you could never verbalize or express, which, were then manifesting outward from your soul into your whole being.

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How to Deal with Fools Without Becoming One Yourself.

How to Deal with Fools Without Becoming One Yourself.

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The following is an excerpt from the book Mastery by Robert Greene.  In it, he discusses his strategies for dealing with fools in a way that allows you to keep focused on moving forward on your path towards personal mastery.  The path is long and arduous and the last thing you want is for some fools along the way to distract you, demotivate you, or bring you down to their level.  Read on and level up!

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In the course of your life you will be continually encountering fools.  There are simply too many to avoid.

We can classify people as fools by the following rubric: when it comes to practical life, what should matter is getting long-term results, and getting the work done in as efficient and creative a manner as possible.  That should be the supreme value that guides people’s actions.  But fools carry with them a different scale of values.

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40 Travel Picture Quotes to Inspire You To Buy That Damn Plane Ticket!

40 Travel Picture Quotes to Inspire You To Buy That Damn Plane Ticket!

Introduction:  The balance between home life and travel

Being home, in our hometown, surrounded by our friends and family, and busy with our purpose and mission—keeps us grounded and allows us to grow our roots.

Traveling to new places, in strange lands, surrounded by strangers and new experiences, and busy with the act of exploring—keeps us growing and allows us to stretch our branches.

The two experiences of deepening our roots and stretching our branches are the two balancing forces that lead to a well-rounded life.

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15 Mother’s Day Quotes That Will Warm Your Heart

15 Mother's Day Quotes That Will Warm Your Heart

My mom and me circa 1989

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Introduction:  To mothers, we are eternally grateful.

At this point in my life I consider myself to be a grown adult, yet just last week, it took the care of my mom to get me to the doctor’s office (which I was stubbornly avoiding) so that I could get the care I needed to feel better.  I feel better now.

When I was a teenager I went through an independence/ don’t-talk-to-me phase and essentially shut my mom out.   I was cold and short with conversation but her warmth never faded.  She knew how to take a hint and never pushed, but stayed in contact enough where we didn’t grow far apart.  I eventually started to open back up.

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Bill Bradley – How He Went From Slow and Gawky to the New York Knicks

Bill Bradley - How He Went From Slow and Gawky to the New York Knicks

Bill Bradley (b. 1943) fell in love with the sport of basketball somewhere around the age of ten.  He had one advantage over his peers—he was tall for his age.  But beyond that, he had no real natural gift for the game.  He was slow and gawky, and could not jump very high.  None of the aspects of the game came easily to him.  He would have to compensate for all of his inadequacies through sheer practice.  And so he proceeded to devise one of the most rigorous and efficient training routines in the history of sports.

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Bringing A Child With Autism to the Theater? This Reaction Might Surprise You.

Bringing A Child With Autism to the Theater? This Reaction Might Surprise You.

The following is an excerpt from the book, How To Live A Good Life by Jonathan Fields.

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“I am angry and sad,” Kelvin Moon Loh’s Facebook post began.  “Just got off stage from today’s matinee and yes, something happened.  Someone brought their autistic child to the theater.”

Loh was in the Broadway cast of The King and I, and a mom came to see the show with her son, who was apparently autistic.  During an intense moment Loh described as “the whipping scene,” the child yelped and then, according to reports, became inconsolable.  Loh wrote, “His voice pierced the theater.  The audience started to rally against the mother and her child to be removed.  I heard murmurs of ‘Why would you bring a child like that to the theater?'”

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