Ah, complacency… The silent killer of our big dreams and ambitions. When we’re complacent, we’re comfortable—and when we’re comfortable, we’re uncritical about ourselves and the path that we’ve chosen which takes the fire and fuel out of trying to grow and develop as a person. Seeking new knowledge, trying new things, taking calculated risks—these are all essential elements to unleashing our personal best and those things simply don’t happen when we’re uncritical / indifferent about where we are.
Tony Robbins. Ever heard of him? I’m guessing you have. He has touched the lives of millions upon millions of people from all across the world. To say Tony has made a difference in the world feels like an understatement—Tony has made a dent. He created the #1 personal and professional development program of all time, is the author of six internationally bestselling books, has had more than 4 million people attend his live seminars, and has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video and life training programs.
Tony lives a dream that’s beyond many of our wildest dreams. He has essentially all of the luxuries that you might expect a person at his level to have including several mansions, luxurious cars, private jets and helicopters—even a private resort and spa on the Fijian Islands. But what’s even more impressive about the dream that he’s living is how much he has been able to give back and help others. Continue reading
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Introduction: Why is the ego the enemy?
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The ego is the sense we have of our self-esteem and our self-worth. When it comes to moving forward in life, Ryan Holiday, author of Ego is the Enemy argues that both in success and in failure, ego only gets in the way and holds us back. The time we spend in our own heads comparing ourselves to others and measuring our esteem is time that is distracted from the real work we could be doing—the work of producing our art and cultivating our life’s task.
Jonathan Fields is a warm soul. He inspires possibility by producing rich and in-depth media that is shared all across the world. I first got to know Jonathan through his education venture, Good Life Project where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected and vital lives. They produce a top-rated podcast and video-series with millions of listens and views in more than 150 countries, where Jonathan regularly shares conversations with the world’s leading voices, like Sir Ken Robinson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Milton Glaser, Brene Brown, Gretchen Rubin and hundreds more.
Winning isn’t the result of never failing, it’s the result of failing more often than the rest. The key, is in learning how to fail forward.
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Introduction: Failures are only ever as detrimental as you make them.
The path towards your ultimate success is always going to be checkered with failures. If there are no failures then there simply aren’t enough attempts—or at least not enough of the right kinds of attempts. Winning isn’t the result of never failing, it’s the result of failing more often than the rest. The key, is in learning how to fail forward.
Failing forward is about seeing failures as opportunities for massive growth rather than events of massive decline.
This principle, of course, is easier said than done. Failures are painful and can be incredibly hard to rebound from. Continue reading
Introduction: Love needs more space to grow than the eyes alone can provide.
The following 15 love 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. The poetic observations that Thomas makes about love bring back a refreshing idea of love beyond, “looks.” And in today’s connected world, where public profiles are filtered, edited, and refined to appear seemingly perfect (in an attempt to attract the best looking mates) — ideas that go beyond the superficial couldn’t be more timely.
We live in very interesting and unique times for love. Never before have we had such overwhelming access to other humans from all across the world. Before the connection revolution with the internet, smart phones, and social media — relationships started from real life interactions with people that were within your immediate community which gave you a handful of potential mates that you could focus on. Anyone and everyone who lived beyond a few blocks of you might as well have been on a different planet—you never crossed paths. Now, the number of potential mates that we have access to has jumped exponentially from a handful to (quite literally) millions.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
Giving advice is easy; most everybody does it. Following advice is not so easy; tricky at best. Watching out for these 3 things will help you sort through the good vs the bad advice.
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