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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.

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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). …

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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. …

The only advice you need on beating writer’s block

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“I love writer’s block. I love it for the same reasons I love tree spirits and talking woodland creatures — they’re charming and they don’t exist.” — Paul J. Silvia, author, How to Write a Lot

I’m a bit torn on writer’s block.

On one hand, it HAS to exist. It has its own definition in Merriam-Webster, its own Wikipedia page, and one Google search of the term yields thousands of results. There are entire online courses on how you can overcome it and countless articles (like this one) on how to do the same.

But just because millions of…

No regrets from me on my death bed

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Have you ever had someone in a video game say “worth” to you after doing something incredibly stupid?

Well, I’d like to think that saying “worth” on my deathbed — and meaning it — would be a pretty badass way to end a great life.

Here’s how I intend to do that:

1. I do work that matters to me

No, I’m not talking about my day job as a Project Manager that pays the bills.

I’m talking about the work that I do on the side, of my own free will, in my spare time, and for much less pay than my day job (for now). …

Crinkle them up and toss them in the trash — time to start livin’.

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The older I’ve grown, the more I’ve learned that less is truly more. Often times, you don’t need more good habits in your life — you just need fewer bad ones.

And that’s the perfect segue into the first bad habit you’ll want to kick:

1. Doing too much

I used to love taking on new projects thinking, “Eh, bring it on — I can handle it.” It didn’t matter that I already had a full-time job, two side hustles, and an active social life. I believed more was better, so I kept piling it on.

But eventually, I burnt myself out. I started…

A simple strategy with profund results

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Every day I try to remind myself how small we are in comparison to the universe.

The other night as I was driving home, I looked up and saw a clear, bright-glowing moon over the USA night sky. It was absolutely gorgeous, and at the same time humbling to realize how much is out there, and how little the things we worry about daily actually matter.

My gratitude practice is a constant reminder of this. I began practicing a couple of years ago while going through some tough times with anxiety. …

Starting with the super simple 1–3–1 framework.

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Have you ever bought a new car that you thought was unique but then started seeing it everywhere?

Yeah, me too. I think most of us have. There’s actually a name for what’s happening there — the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, more commonly referred to as frequency illusion.

No, thousands of others weren’t suddenly inspired by your amazing taste in cars. Your brain has simply taken note of your new car and is now on the lookout for it. The increased awareness gives the illusion that it’s appearing more often.

The one difference between new and veteran writers

Newer writers aren’t aware of the game being played around them.


#3 Your writing could change the world

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Writing online changed my life, and it could change yours too.

I know, there are a billion reasons why you don’t think you should. Days go by and you convince yourself “it’s not the right time” or “I don’t have enough time” or “I don’t even know what to write about”. But we all know those are just excuses.

Set those aside bceause here are 10 really great reasons to start writing online today:

1. Break the consumerism cycle

Consuming is great but creating is far superior.

You’ve watched plenty of shows on Netlifx, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+. You’ve read (or listened to) stories in…

Set ablaze your self-limiting thoughts and behaviors

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Humanity’s greatest downfall is our inclination to self-sabotage.

Many people, without thinking, engage in behaviors that hinder their own chances to succeed. If you can avoid such destructive habits, you can do some pretty awesome things.

Here are five you definitely want to toss in the dumpster and set ablaze:

1. Ignoring ‘you’

In my early twenties, I was obsessed with fitting in. You would think by that age I might’ve felt somewhat confident in my own skin, but nope, I didn’t.

I spent years going out of my way to please others in a desperate plea for acceptance. …

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