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If I can do it, so can you

One cold, early morning in late January 2018, I woke at 5:30 to let my new puppy relieve himself.

While he did his business, I brewed a pot of coffee then opened my laptop to start writing. About an hour later, I had written a draft of an article that would forever change my views on what was possible writing online.

That evening, I spent another 10 to 15 minutes editing the article before submitting it to The Mission as a freebie (not behind Medium’s paywall) to the world.

I settled on the title, “The 50/30/10/10 Rule for How to…

If you can learn these earlier, you’ll be WAY better off.

Life is full of lessons.

The longer you live, the more you (hopefully) learn.

Here are some fundamental lessons that took me until 30 to fully understand.

1. Acquire knowledge not stuff

Stuff weighs you down. Knowledge sets you free.

I used to spend a lot of money on cars, expensive phones, and other electronics.

Now, I spend it on books and online courses, which are far less expensive (saving money is wonderful), and they expand my overall knowledge, helping me to earn even more money in the future.

2. You are your best investment

401(k)’s, IRAs, Tesla, and Bitcoin are all great investments (as of today). …

I am not a morning person whatsoever.

Late last year, I began waking up at 5:30 AM to write for an hour then drive to work at an engineering firm. It was the hardest fucking thing I had done in a long time. But I did it.

And you know what?

I bet you could too.

Imagine how much better your day would be if you accomplished your hardest, most important work first thing in the morning. The rest of your day would be a breeze. …

We’re all slaves to psychology and the quirks of being human

You ever wonder what it would be like to be as fast as a cheetah, to have vision like a hawk, or to be as strong as a gorilla?

Don’t get me wrong, I love being human. We’re clearly the best (and not self-centered at all), but often I wonder if life would be simpler without all the quirks and responsibilities that come with humanity.

Sometimes, I hate that I’m a human, and here’s why you should too.

We’re highly dependent upon our caretakers well into our teenage years

In 1800, a young boy, aged 11 or 12, emerged from Aveyron forest in the South West of France. It’s believed that…

Your job isn’t to judge your ideas, it’s this

“That’s already been done before,” has killed more dreams than the Boogeyman himself.

It’s a lame excuse made up by your own monkey mind to keep your ego tucked safely and comfortably away in its cage.

I imagine there are a lot of other excuses that prevent you from sharing your ideas, too. But you know what? All of those excuses are in your own head, and if you’re like me, you’re a horrible critic when it comes to knowing what the masses want.

Some of my most viral stories like The 50/30/10/10 Rule for How to Wake Up Earlier…

And what to do after you’ve built your savings

I did a lot of stupid things in my twenties, especially when it came to my finances. For a guy who made $130,000 per year when he was 23, you would’ve thought I had more than $5,000 in my savings account, but I didn’t.

It took me quitting my job and hustling for a year to understand the importance of saving and being financially responsible.

Don’t be like me.

Start saving money now while you still have your job and your dignity. Ultimately, here’s what I did.

FYI I’m not a financial advisor, just a guy who’s done what I’ve…

Including one “quick” method

In my experience, there are really only three ways to change your outlook on life, and only one of them being “quick”.

1. Fall face-first into a crisis or miracle.

By far the quickest way to change your outlook on life is to come face-to-face with a life-changing moment i.e. something like a heart attack, stroke, loss of a loved one, or something more on the positive side such as a life-saving miracle (think like what happened in Breakthrough). For whatever reason, some don’t get this effect, but many others come out on the other end with an entirely different perspective. …

Some quick wins for health and happiness

Let’s be honest.

Life is oftentimes a big, fat steamy pile of shit. There are a lot of bad people out there doing bad things that impact society (aka all of us) in a very bad way.

So, today, I’m gonna share with you a list of awesome things that you can do awesomely in order to counteract those bad, smelly things in a not-so-smelly awesome way.

Let’sa go.

1. Call a family member you haven’t talked to in a while

Or better yet, go visit them. This month I lost my grandma and my uncle (ie. my second father), and I’d give anything for more time or another exchange to let…

Especially when you have a lot on your plate

My plate is typically fuller than a father’s of a family of 6 at the Golden Corral on Tuesday nights.

I have a 40-hour per week job as a project manager at an engineering firm, which usually eats up 40–50 hours of my week.

I co-own an online coffee shop where we handle all the logistics (ie. no drop shipping).

I publish a newsletter every Sunday (recently migrated it to Substack).

I write every day. Usually 30 minutes or more.

I exercise 6 days a week.

I raid two nights a week for 3 hours each night on World of…

And what to do instead

Have you ever felt like your motivation fails you ALL the damn time?

Join the club.

Motivation is hard to rely on because it’s influenced by so many external factors — your mood, your energy, time of day, your headspace, relationships (good luck trying to motivate yourself when you and your girlfriend are rocky), and about a billion other things.

Waiting for the strong desire (aka motivation) to work will make your outputs erratic, at best, because the times when you actually work will fluctuate wildly.

Erratic inputs = erratic outputs

What’s the alternative?

Engineering is all about designing systems to create reliable…

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