Are you worried about conventional wisdom?

blog Jul 05, 2018

When I was younger, I watched my parents hustle their way to a comfortable life. I grew up in the ‘80s and the ‘90s. When I went to business school at USC, hard work was assumed. That way of thinking scared me a little. The reason that it scared me was not because I was not willing to do the hard work. It was because my disability got in the way of hustle and other factors that I assumed I needed to achieve amazing success.

As I started learning about success and I started creating my career, there were activities that my disability made exponentially more challenging or impossible. Although I was scared, I was up for the challenge.

Over the last few years, I have been looking at what makes people successful and what people do wrong. This year I came to a conclusion that, in order to become amazing and make a dream come true, we have to have a well-balanced life.

Instead of hustling all of the time, take time to think. I am rereading Experts Secrets by Russell Brunson....

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Be Disciplined

blog Jun 18, 2018

Distractions play a part in how well you execute on the four buckets of activities: professional, personal, growth and miscellaneous.  Every day we face more and more distractions.  Our friends, our phones, social media, competing projects, and other shiny objects get in the way of productivity.  It takes discipline to work on the activities that move us forward.  Instead of being seduced by distractions, you need to focus activities that drive you in the direction of your goals.

Saying you have priorities and saying that you have discipline is not enough.  Your actions must be consistent with your words. Our true priorities are dictated by our time, by our dollars and by our attention. In order to become amazing, you need to focus your time and actually put your priorities on a calendar and commit to your actions without distractions.  In your priorities, what are the tasks that you need to produce?  Commit the time by putting it on a calendar....

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Activities That Lead To An Amazing Life

blog Jun 18, 2018

There are four main buckets of activities that can lead to an amazing life. The way that you approach these buckets can empower you. They are: professional, personal, growth, and miscellaneous.

Professional

Whether you are an entrepreneur or you have a 9-to-5 job, the better that you execute the task, the more likely you are to grow and excel. What are the key projects that you need to execute?

Personal

We all have friends and family who require our love and attention. We need to put time and energy into these relationships in order for them to grow. The better we interact with our friends and loved ones, the more that we can enjoy them. Personal relationships are one of the most precious assets that we, as human beings, have.

Growth

If we don’t grow ourselves as human beings, we will never achieve our potential and the amazing life that we desire. This may include reading books, working on our psychological barriers, working on our limitations, dreaming and, even, sleeping....

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Everyday Opportunities

blog Jun 18, 2018

We are faced with opportunities almost every hour. Some are opportunities to work hard and to make our dreams come true. We also have opportunities that feel good in the moment.  These may include coming home and watching television, ordering a not so healthy meal or buying something that we really can’t afford. We know that we should not perform these activities, but it just feels so good. No matter who you are, you are faced with these competing opportunities every day, every hour and almost every minute. To compound things, it’s often how hard you try or how much you enjoy yourself.  Even though you are working, are you giving a full amount of effort or are you seeing what you can get away with?  Are you eating a whole pie or a tiny cookie?

How you handle these opportunities leads to the life you have. If you want an amazing life, you must exploit the opportunities that will lead you to your dreams and minimize the negative opportunities that will hurt...

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Who Are You Listening To?

blog May 31, 2018
We all have people in our lives and, no matter how strong you are, these people influence habits, routines, the way you think about what is possible and whether or not you can achieve your dreams.
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Human beings are social creatures. Many of our decisions are based on the cues that we receive from other human beings. Many people like to think of themselves as independent thinkers. However, our habits and our routines are somewhat dictated by social cues and norms.
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Oftentimes, the actions of others influence your behavior. If you have a client who usually runs 10 minutes late to a meeting, you are more likely to run late. If you go out with a buddy who orders dessert, you are more likely to do so. No matter how strong you are, we all take cues from the people around us.
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To achieve amazing success, we need to start listening and getting our social cues from amazing people. When I grew up, I never knew any motivational speakers, thought leaders or writers. I only recognized that I...
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Are you exploiting little opportunities?

blog May 31, 2018
The Foundation of Success
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One complaint that many people have is that there are not enough opportunities to create amazing success. People want to meet that one connection. They want to get discovered on a television show or in a coffee shop. The media celebrates these anomalies. However, there are opportunities around us almost every hour.
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To be amazing or extraordinary, you have to first perform ordinary tasks over and over again until you become amazing. The media does not celebrate a person who just puts their head down and works. When you focus on your work, you generate results. When you generate results, people notice and say “wow, that person produced results, let me get on the bandwagon.” That is how a foundation for an amazing life is built. It is the combination of hundreds of little tasks executed over and over again until, or even after, you become amazing.
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Don’t know where to begin?
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  1. Be on time. When you are late, you are telling the other...
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The Emotions of Amazing Success

blog May 16, 2018

A rarely discussed aspect of amazing success is the emotional intensity that comes with being successful. Many people often don’t go after their dreams because they don’t want to go through the emotions of success. The bigger and more audacious your dreams are, the more intense the emotions. People assume that amazing success will make their lives easier and less stressful. In reality, every emotion that you feel gets more intense.

According to Tony Robbins, international speaker and leading thought leader, people take action to either avoid pain or to seek pleasure. However, part of success is taking a hard look at what is wrong and trying to fix it.

As soon as you decide that you want more out of life, you are instantly inviting in new limitations and new challenges. Those challenges come with new emotions. For example, if you decide to take a trip that will cost $5,000, you will instantly have a new $5,000 challenge on your hands. Either you have to save up, you have...

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Are Your Emotions Dictating Your Success?

blog May 16, 2018

Last week, I wrote a blog about the emotions of success. This week, I would like to give some practical applications.

 When we start something new, it’s exciting. We envision all the possibilities proclaiming that we are going to be rich, happy, sexier and we can’t wait until we achieve our goals. However, when that initial excitement wears down, we are left with the work.

 Dreaming about our goals is easier than actually working on our goals. Once we start working on our goals we invite fear, disappointment, frustration and other emotions into our life. If you are not feeling these emotions, then your goals are not big enough, and you need to dream bigger. Many people don’t go after their dreams because they are not willing to get hurt. Every goal is going to hurt you at some point or another.

 Imagine a football player who is unwilling to get hit or a track star who is unwilling to pull a muscle. Yet, there are countless people who aren’t...

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Overcome

blog May 15, 2018

A huge part of amazing success is navigating challenges, limitations, problems and any obstacles that get in the way of your goals and your dreams.  This may include physical limitations or psychological barriers, such as fear.  As you move from one life level to the next, you carry limitations and other barriers.  Part of success is being able to navigate or deal with any obstacle that might get in your way.

In general, people don’t overcome their problems, because problems, like opportunities, change and evolve over time. Most problems or limitations have some psychological aspects attached, and these habits are etched into our psyche over time, and often from a very young age.

There are two categories of goals: finite goals and ongoing goals. An example of a finite goal is to win a championship, make a specified dollar amount in a certain month, get our kids through college or start a family.  Most goals are ongoing. Championship teams are not satisfied...

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Balancing Gratitude

blog May 07, 2018

It is important to have gratitude in your life because there are very few more humbling actions than being grateful.  When you are grateful, you have more strength and can deal with challenges in a positive way.  Living in positivity demonstrates that life isn’t so bad and gives you the strength to move forward.  Being grateful starts you from a place of service rather than a place of self-centeredness.

The most powerful words in this life are still “please” and “thank you.”  I’m grateful for the people in my world, for my team and that I’m not more disabled than I am.  Still, I have my moments when I don’t subscribe to my previous statement. Whenever I don’t, I’m not productive; I’m angry and I can’t live out my purpose. Another often overlooked benefit of heartfelt gratitude is that it actually feels amazing!

There are people who will walk into an immaculate room and point out that...

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