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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. …

You don’t need to quit, you just need to learn how to leverage

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In January 2016, at 26 and making $130,000 per year, I quit my job.

You might think, “Ok, surely this dumbass at least had something lined up.”

But nope, I didn’t.

I bet my future solely on my ambitions to become a blogger and hit it big. I had zero experience running a business and working for myself. Unsurprisingly, I failed miserably.

Where I went wrong

I used to look at my 9 to 5 as a burden — an impedance to accomplishing my goal of making money online.

“Imagine what I could do with an extra 40 hours a week.”

But that was…

Time to burn your old way of thinking.

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“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” — Carl Jung

Here you are searching for another article that will change your life. Little did you know, all the answers you seek are already in your own head.

If you can make these 3 shifts in your mindset, you can put yourself on a better trajectory and maybe even accomplish your wildest aspirations.

Time to start looking inward.

Let’s go.

Learn to push your boulder up the hill with a smile.

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus ruled as king of Corinth and was known for two things: trickery and cheating death, twice.

After an act of defiance against Hades, Zeus condemned Sisyphus…

I wish I had understood these before I quit mine

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In January 2016, at 26 years old making $130,000 per year, I quit my engineering job to leave the town I was in, to follow a girl, and to start making big money online.

I had assumed that, because I had read the Four-Hour Workweek, I knew everything there was to know about making money online and figured having an extra 40 hours a week would make it a cinch. Boy, was I wrong.

That year I blew through $40,000 of my 401(k) (basically all of it), made very little money online, and ultimately ended up back in engineering after…

There’s a better way

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When I was 26 I read a book that changed my life.

That book was the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. I know — not very original, but it is what it is.

The details of the book were largely unimportant. I implemented a few of his tips, but I never reduced my workweek to 4 hours…and I didn’t expect to. The magic, however, was in Tim’s vision — that there’s a big world out there and a billion different ways to make a living, not just the “traditional” way.

After reading it, my eyes were opened to this new…

The process is simple, the execution is the hard part

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Productivity is actually kind of simple…if you’re dead-serious about becoming productive.

1. Clearly define your tasks and priorities

Most procrastination is a result of not knowing what to do. When you feel lost, you either do nothing or distract yourself with the wrong things (Twitter, video games, busy work, etc).

First step — clearly list the tasks you need to do.

2. Schedule them

Pick a place, day, and time to work on your priorities. Then, commit to them by blocking off time both in your calendar and in your mind. You can’t do one and not the other.

Doing both lets your inner-psyche know that you mean business.

3. Eliminate distractions


What I’ve learned each year since Day 1 in one sentence or less

Birthdays are a cause for celebration, but also for reflection and forward-thinking.

Today’s my birthday 🥳, and this year, I started a new tradition for myself. I went back through all 32 years of my life and documented the key milestones and lessons I learned from each year. It turned out to be a really cool exercise to reflect on my life and see my evolution from a 10,000-foot view.

Before diving in, just a few quick things to note:

  • I ordered the list in reverse chronological order since the later lessons are the most relevant and introspective
  • The last…

No need to stress about what to get her — I got you

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Mother’s Day used to feel like a chore.

I never knew what to get my mom and stressed over finding the “perfect” gift.

Since both she and I have grown older (I’m 31 and a gentleman never reveals his mother’s age), it’s become much easier to make her smile and feel appreciated, especially on Mother’s Day.

Here are a few extremely simple gift ideas every mother would love, starting with some of the obvious and low-budget ones:

1. A phone call

Everybody should call their mothers more, myself included.

This is the bare minimum that I do when I completely forget about Mother’s Day…

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