We couldn’t focus.
We couldn’t get things done.
We were tired.
Our minds were always racing.
We couldn’t sleep.
We kept making mistakes.
And our To-Do lists kept growing and growing and growing.
We tried to fix it…. by adding more to our to-do’s and doing more things at the same time. This only made it worse.
To make matters more confusing we blamed it on gluten, high fructose corn syrup, vaccines, mercury in our fish, fracking, and the depleting ozone layer. Mass media fed on our fears and convinced us that the problem was everywhere and there was nothing we could do. All of this noise confused us and led us away from the root cause of the problem.
It was right under our nose the whole time. You’re probably holding it in your hand.
Many books are written and released each year. Most of them are bad, some of them are good, a few are great, and the top .001% are exceptional.
It’s rare that an author is a great writer AND has deep domain expertise. This is a list of books by authors who are both.
Who’s this book list for? The creative/visionary/big picture thinker who wants to awaken their inner genius.
A man who took a handful of white pills in an attempt to quiet the demons that called his name… A nearly empty fifth of vodka, perched on a table… A set of dark sunken eyes staring back in a dimly light mirror… The core of a man being challenged by his god…
…..He could no longer escape his past and his future threatened him…. He fell down and got up…. He fell again, this time paralyzed, unable to move… Everything went black….
…An instant that changed his life.
When he woke up, the men wearing white coats said he was two hours away from dying. He’d taken too much this time, it nearly killed him. Next time he might not be lucky.
The pills were supposed to be just like valium- a drug he knew all too well. It wasn’t. The amount of Methadone he’d taken was the equivalent of 4 bags of heroin. Enough to kill most men.
As he lay there, part of him wanted it to be over, to escape the life that that tortured him. It would be easier this way. The the other part still had a spark. That part still wanted to make music, to be a good father and live a good life.
His spark kept him going.
This is his story of Eminem’s recovery. It’s about how he got motivated, created new success habits, used mentors to get his life back and began making music again.
My friend Dave is disappointed with life.
His job sucks, his life lacks meaning, his income is low, and he’s not confident.
All of these issues stem from what he see’s in the mirror. He’s skinny. Like really skinny.
It may be a compliment to call a girl skinny, but It’s the kiss of death for a guy. It not only insults his general manliness, but makes him feel weak, feminine, and soft.
Because he hates the way he looks, he finds it hard to be happy, grateful and assertive in his daily life. You would think this would be enough to start lifting weights and pounding down protein shakes. It isn’t.
Like most of us, he has tried to start an exercise habit, but failed.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to create one that sticks.
I’m not a big drinker. But when I do, I get crippling hangovers. It’s not just the awful hangover feeling that pisses me off, It’s that I stop being my best.
Instead of dealing with the repercussions of my poor decisions, I’ve been perfecting an antidote. It’s been years in the making, but I’m ready to release it.
I’m calling it “The Hangover Cure For The Masses“. You can call it whatever you want.
What I’ve done is broken down a hangover cure using food and supplements. This post focuses on the fundamentals of hacking your hangover, with a few notes for the elite performer who needs to bounce back quickly.
They Hated Him.
His biggest fans burned his jersey. They cursed his name. They wished he was never born.
When Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers he went from the biggest star in the NBA, to the most hated man in sports. Just like that, in an instance.
This post is about his road to redemption.
It’s about how he elevated himself to a new level of super-stardom.
In this guest post from my buddy Robert James Collier you’ll learn:
- The secret behind ‘Post Traumatic Growth’
- How he used his daily habits to create a new skillset. One that the basketball world had never seen.
- The common thread between elite performers like Lebron, Picasso and Steve Jobs.
The other day, I was listening to Hypnotize by Notorious BIG and started to get nostalgic. Remembering the ‘good old days’ when life didn’t have so many responsibilities, bills and worries.
I then started thinking…
How did Biggie and Pac get so good despite being in their early 20’s? How did they stand out from the crowd? What was their path to mastery?
This post is an attempt at answering those questions.
This article is a series of lessons learned from Hollywood’s greatest promoter and biggest dealmaker. He’s the man behind Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, John Denver, The Ocean’s 11 Franchise, The Karate Kid and many more.
No matter what life threw at him from club rooms of Brooklyn, to Mafia hangouts of NY’s Lower East side, to the hills of Hollywood he found a way to promote and sell tickets to his shows.
“All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage,” he writes. “I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: ‘Jerry Weintraub Presents.’
He’s is the most persuasive man in the history of showbiz and changed the industry with his unique insights. His path to mastery is a model for all of us.
Our lives (even if we are not farmers) are governed by rhythms, flows and seasons of our lives. We go through cycles of work, tinkering, learning, experimenting, planning, growing, organizing, cultivating, testing and resting.
When we respect these seasons, we flourish. When we don’t, we burn out, get sick, get fat and age early.
Are you respecting the Seasons of Your Life? Most of us push until something breaks. You need to look no further than the census of 2013 to understand that most Americans are overworked, overweight and overspending.
Our culture tells us to over-do it. Do it fast. Do it now.
And we do.
We live in a magic pill society.
- Get rich in 30 days!
- Lose 20 Lbs in 20 workouts!
- Find the woman/man of your dreams in 7 easy steps!
After being exposed to so many different marketing messages, we start to believe that we’re special (it’s everyone else who needs to figure it out!).
Ramit Sethi calls this “Special Snowflake Syndrome”, Andre 3000 of OutKast calls it “thinking your shit don’t stink” and Charlie Munger calls it “delusional confidence”. These phrases all point back to same fundamental flaws of human psychology.
- We can’t see how our daily habits affect us in the long term.
- We think we’re going to become an overnight success.
- We think we’ll avoid the decades of hard work that typically goes into building a life worth living.
- We think we deserve it.
Unfortunately, you can’t avoid the truth.