People who do great things have great morning routines.

People who do great things have great morning routines.

A morning routine is like a pre-flight checklist. It can set you up for success or lead to disaster. It all depends on what you do. I used to be terrified of flying and even though I did it often, I could never get used to it. Maybe it was the fact that every car I’ve ever owned since I was 16 has broken down on me so my trust in mechanical things wasn’t the greatest. But whenever boarding a flight, the first thing I did was stare into the cockpit for those few seconds as I passed by. I was always trying to see who the pilots were. If they were young, I knew they were less experienced and that always made me more nervous. If they were older with the silver hair of wisdom, I immediately felt better about the flight. I was always looking for that “Captain Sully” looking pilot. That one who’d seen it all and experienced every possible flight situation. The one who’s voice came over the loud speaker completely calm and relaxed as we were bouncing through the turbulence. I felt like I could trust that guy more. But young or old, veteran or rookie, first flight or the last, every single pilot does the same thing they have done time and time again. They go down the pre-flight checklist. Failing to do so could lead to disaster, no matter how experienced you are.   Already “successful” or still on the journey, we need a pre-flight checklist. Just like these airline pilots, we need our own pre-flight checklist, but we call it a...
The bridge to success

The bridge to success

The difference between the successful and unsuccessful people is no secret at all. There’s no scheme, there’s no unfairness, there’s no “genetics” of success. People will come up with excuses like “you’re just techy, you’re artsy, you’re independent, your athletic”. Yes we’re all born with a personality type but even that we can change. Are you ready to hear what makes the successful people really successful and not just what many people think it is? They put in 50,000 more hours in than you did. They studied day and night instead of moping about how difficult it is. They got up early even while you slept in because “you’re not a morning person”, this might come as a shock but: neither are they.   Willpower is what they obtain instead of excuses. This is why there are so few successful people. Because we all want what they have, but we’re not willing to put in the work that they did. So we get mad at them, jealous that we’re not there yet and say things out of our own insecurities like, “well eating healthy is not living at all”, “Well they have an athletic build that’s why they’re so successful in sports”. No, they worked their butt off while you sat on yours so you can make claims about them to make yourself feel relevant. Desperation is what burns in their bellies. They got to this point where they said “everyone else is putting in this much effort, and this is what they’re getting out of it: mediocrity. If I put in more work than them, naturally I will have a...
Taking action will take the fears away

Taking action will take the fears away

Over-thinking will always inflate your fears, taking action will deflate them. By now you’ve heard countless times of the effect fear has on us. Everybody fears something, and this includes people who do amazing things in this world. We are visual beings living in a physical world so the way our brain keeps us alive is by warning us of what can kill us. If we see a tiger, our brain screams RUN!! If we see a fire, our brain screams RUN!! If we see a crowd we are supposed to speak in front of, our brain screams RUN!! Everything we think about doing is analyzed for it’s greatest risk. “Will this kill me? Will this embarrass me? Will I lose all of my money?” I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my right knee years ago while playing football. It hurt like hell when it happened and it hurt much worse for the next few months to come. I hoped my problem would go away by ignoring it because I was afraid to get the surgery required for my knee to work properly. I thought I was fine until a basketball game months later where my knee buckled and the pain was much worse than when I originally tore it. I knew right then, surgery was inevitable. Never having surgery before, I began to imagine all of the things that could go wrong. What if I died while under anesthesia? What if I woke up during surgery? What if the doctor operated on the wrong knee!? What if the surgery didn’t help? These are all irrational thoughts and may sound stupid but that’s what fears are....
Are you dreaming BIG enough?

Are you dreaming BIG enough?

If the biggest dream you currently have can be accomplished in one year, you are NOT dreaming big enough. If you know exactly how to achieve your biggest dream, you are NOT dreaming big enough. If achieving your dream does not require you to massively invest into yourself in all aspects of your life, you are NOT dreaming big enough.   3 years ago I came to a point in my life that required some huge changes for me. I was living with little direction and had a very vague idea of what a life of “purpose” might look like. I needed change and achieving a few goals was not going to bring that to me. It wasn’t more money, love, friends, muscles, or relationships that I needed. For a long time I had neglected to challenge myself or to allow myself to grow. My choice of “career” was pulled out of a hat, because well… you have to choose something, and I figured I was pretty much set up for success after that. What a miserable miscalculation that was. That lack of challenge, growth, creativity, and meaning killed me. I became dead inside as I withered away in my work space made of carpeted, inch-thick aluminum. Also known as a cubicle.   There are “basic human needs” and there are “Not-so-basic human needs” Our “basic” needs are things we need to do every day. Eat, poop, sleep, and eat again. The “Not-so-basic” needs are the ones that truly keep us alive. These are the things that pull us out of bed every morning, these are the needs that...
No such thing as an “overnight success”

No such thing as an “overnight success”

My success happens over nights. That’s not a spelling error and I don’t mean it happens over one night. I mean that my success is cultivated over many nights where the urge to relax or go to sleep pulls at me and yet, I choose to empower my ambition instead of giving in to leisure. Through many evenings and late nights, when others go home, and mentally check out of building their dream, I stay consistent. I stay faithful to my ‘Why’ of retiring my parents, and not just to retire them with enough money to survive. But so they could live like they’ve never dreamed of living!   Find your “Why” You see, my parents came to the United States more than 20 years ago as political refugees. With great risk, 7 children, and a small amount of money in their pockets. They were determined to give us a better life than what we would get back in the Soviet Union. My parents put every second of every day into caring for us, making sure we had everything we needed, and raising us to walk with Jesus. After these two angels raised us into teenagers, they opened up a business so that they could provide for us on another level. When I think about my selfless parents, working 7 days a week, nearing the age of sixty, doing manual labor that I myself couldn’t fathom, it pisses me off and it breaks my heart. Yet they continued to pour into this business so that we may be fed, and have comfortable lives. I told myself that I was...
The way you speak reveals what you believe about yourself.

The way you speak reveals what you believe about yourself.

Have you ever had someone try to congratulate you but you somehow knew they weren’t truly happy for you? I once had someone slap me on the shoulder and manage to squeeze out a big “so happy for you man,” to which I responded just as sarcastically, “Thank you… man,” with a shoulder slap in return. I immediately sensed the lack of authenticity. Why is that? Why is it so obvious? Well… because only a well-practiced bull-sh**er can look you in the eye and say something they don’t believe without blinking. 🙂 but… The rest of us are usually pretty bad at hiding our thoughts with our words. Our entire body gives us away. The words we use, our tone of voice, body language, eyes, and facial expressions are usually a pretty good indication of the way we feel. We can’t walk confidently when we are scared and insecure inside. We can’t speak confidently in a sales meeting when we don’t believe in our product. We can’t encourage someone to persist when we ourselves are discouraged. We can’t inspire, when we are uninspired. Our words will always reveal outwardly what we are feeling inwardly. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”   Sure we’ve gotten pretty good at disguising our feelings but not as good as we would like. This is why, if you pay close attention, you can tell what a person believes about themselves. Simply listen to the way they speak.   Why is this important for you to notice? Years ago I had an idea for an online business and told a co-worker about it....

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