How to Build a Mastermind That Won’t Let You Quit

Three times further than you’ve ever run in your life. You’re at the final mile of your first ever marathon, and your legs feel like rubber and your heart feels like it’s going to explode out of your chest.

They told you about this. You’ve hit the wall.

It takes everything within you not to collapse. But despite your best efforts, your knees buckle and you fall to the ground.

If there was any water left in your body you might cry.… Click to read more

How Dustin Lee Made $117,000 Selling Design Goods In His Spare Time

Deep in debt, making little income, and with a new born on the way, Dustin was up against a wall. He was working 40 hours a week with me on a software startup that was making $0 money.

He was stressed out, overworked and had to find a way to make some income on the side. He didn’t have the luxury of creating a business plan or testing a lot of ideas.

Pressure and necessity forced him to:

  1. Focus only on what got results.
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The Advantage of Going Completely Mad

I didn’t know it at the time, but a madness was slowly growing within me.

It started like the peculiar feeling of a limb regaining feeling after falling asleep.

The only difference was that this was a “limb” I didn’t know I possessed.

The tingling grew into an itch in my consciousness. The itch turned into a vague question. It pulled at me, called me to seek, to reach… for something. I didn’t know what.

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like roman candles in the night —Jack Kerouac

Madness is often misunderstood.… Click to read more

It All Began One Day at My “Good Job”

Despite the fluorescent lighting, cheerless gray cubicles and confining schedule, I had a good job.

Or so I was told.

The truth is that I actually enjoyed the work that I did. It was purposeful and felt good to do.

I was paid well, enough to live comfortably and buy the things I wanted. And most days, I didn’t get too annoyed with the coworkers I never had a say in choosing to work with.

I was managing an employee recognition program for the largest non-profit healthcare company in the world.Click to read more

Note: This is part of a series on momentum. You can view the full series here.

Warning: I’m going to call you out on this one.

You fail at your goals mostly for one reason. You know what it is too, don’t you?

You’re completely freaking unreasonable.

We all make this mistake though. We think we can do it all!

Our hubris and naivety leads us to inflated expectations of what we can achieve at a given time.

One change isn’t enough — we must transform everything!… Click to read more