How to Be the One Who Proves Everyone Wrong

My boss laughed when I told her.

“Just watch me,” I thought.

A year later I would prove her wrong. But it wasn’t long before this that I had completely given up.

Maybe it was because I had just let myself down so much that I couldn’t trust myself anymore.

I said I wanted to be a musician, but I never practiced. I said I wanted to be in great physical shape, but I never picked up the weights.

So many of my ambitions were like this.… Click to read more


For every person that actually makes a living doing what they love, there are a million whose dreams never leave the ground.

It’s not that their idea wasn’t great. It’s not that they didn’t have what it takes.

There was just never enough wind for their ideas to take flight.

I spend a lot of time helping people take consistent action to build their passions into self-sustaining businesses.

For the most part, there is no shortage of energy.

Enthusiasm is a baseline requirement of success.… Click to read more

Kill Your Plans and Start Getting Shit Done

Planning can be the most advanced form of procrastination.

The problem is that it always feels smart.

We’re told things like:

  • “Planning is important!”
  • “Smart people plan!”
  • “If you don’t have a plan, you’re planning to fail!”

And the truth is there is some really great utility in planning. So, no, I’m not writing this to launch some holy war against planning. Planning is a useful, harmless activity yielded in the right way.

This is not a post for people that use planning as a way of getting more done.… Click to read more

The Cost of Not Showing Up and the One Person Rule

I almost didn’t write this.

All sorts of seemingly valid bullshit reasons why I shouldn’t swam through my mind.

“You don’t really know what you’re saying. Who are you to write about this when you haven’t gotten your shit completely together?”

“Enough people have talked about this already. You’re just contributing to the noise.”

“Doing something else would be easier, give yourself a break and go see what’s on Facebook.”

This type of thinking illustrates how collapsed I am internally.

What do I mean by this?… Click to read more

Buy Your Freedom by Wanting Less

My wife and I have been doing a lot of work lately around money.

For most of our adult lives we thought that being abundant meant having the ability to buy and have the things you wanted.

Now I’m realizing that this “abundant” mindset was really just another form of consumerism disguised in new age clothing. I’m sure it’s different for some people, but that’s certainly what it was for me.

Growing up in a low income family, we often had to scrimp and scrounge to get by (though it seemed we always had enough money for soda somehow).… Click to read more