#1 was no joke

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Life’s a never-ending track event full of hurdles and competitors. Some of them you leap over or pass with ease, others you plow through like The Waterboy, but most knock you on your ass to see if you have what it takes to get up and keep going.

I’ve overcome quite a few challenges in my life to get to where I am today (and I’ve still got a long way to go). At any rate, here are a few of the more notable ones:

1. Anxiety

I grew up a happy-go-lucky kid who played a ton of sports and paraded around…


You’re closer to finding it than you know

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When I was 22, I moved 650 miles away from all my friends and family in Pittsburgh, PA to chase a high-paying “project engineering” job just outside Augusta, GA.

I was young as hell, a new grad and first-level engineer set to report to the highest-ranking guy on the construction site. On my first day, it was clear that he was disappointed in the decision our company made in assigning me to him. He wanted someone older — someone more experienced — who could help him tackle several key issues with our customer.

But what he got was me.

I…


4 principles to unlocking your potential

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As someone who has a 9 to 5 and does a LOT of extracurricular work, I’m often asked where I muster the motivation to get it all done. Unfortunately, there’s nothing special about what I do or how I go about doing it. The process boils down to just 4 simple principles.

1. I know when I’m most motivated and productive and that’s in the mornings

Step one for me is to do everything that I can to wake up earlier so that I can work when I’m at my best. …


I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing

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The older I get the more I realize how short life really is. We are all but a blip in time, a fart in the wind from Mother Earth. Kinda depressing to think about, but also painfully true. One day you wake up and can’t believe 31 years of your life have already passed you by.

I feel like I’ve learned the hard way how to make the most out of life, and I figured I’d share some of those lessons with you in hopes that you’ll learn them earlier than me. And if not, meh, better late than never.

1. Make health your number one priority


Mistakes were made, but lessons were learned.

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The other week, I jumped on the wagon with the other apes of /r/wallstreetbets and threw ~$4,000 into $GME stock.

My mistake wasn’t getting in. The math looked sound and lots of people made BIG money. Plus, the stock market has always been a game rigged in the favor of big money and “hedgies”, so I had no problems investing in a cause I believed in.

The mistake was getting swept up in the emotional movement of it all. Redditors aka retail investors were taking down Wall Street. …


Don’t make this mistake

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It’s Monday morning and I’m half-heartedly getting ready for school to catch the 8:15 AM bus. It’s snowing, cold as tits, and I’m praying for a 2-hour delay, or the Moby Dick of childhood dreams — a cancellation.

My mom’s watching the news while my brother and sister and I take turns showering and doing our hair in the one bathroom we have in our home. It’s a struggle. None of us want to go. But, we keep moving along.

Then, the harpoon fires and the mother of all whales slams on deck with thunderous cheers. School’s been canceled.

We…


Right now. I’m serious. Go.

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As of today, I’m 31 and convinced that starting to write was the best thing I ever did for myself in my twenties. My only regret? That I didn’t begin even sooner.

There are plenty of reasons to start a side hustle, but I’m about to share with you 11 awesome reasons why you should start one today, right now even, so that you can grow and benefit the same way I did.

Let’s get into it.

1. Personal satisfaction

Money is not the number one reason to start a side hustle.

Ask yourself, have you ever felt like you were meant for…


Give the people what they want.

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I was under the impression that most people strived for happiness, but apparently, misery is much more common. On the radio. On the news. On the sidewalk. And in the office. I’ve come across an awful lot of human beings who love being miserable.

If I’ve learned anything about writing online and being somewhat successful at it, it’s that you should mostly write for your audience, not for yourself. Personally, I enjoy being happy, but since the overwhelming majority long for misery and heartbreak, writing this guide for them was kind of a no-brainer.

Who needs a global pandemic to…


When to worry about falling out of habits

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Last week, I skipped my first workout in I don’t even know how long. I’m currently 31 and since my mid-twenties, I’ve been consistently hitting the gym and keeping up with my fitness. It’s no longer something I have to think about doing, hell, it’s not even a habit that I DON’T have to think about doing — it’s become an integral part of who I am. It’s just something I do.

My current regimen consists of 5 days per week of strength training coupled with 3 to 4 days of rowing (pretty much whatever days I’m up for it…


Love or hate ’em, they exist.

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  1. Treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO. Everyone’s role is important.
  2. Being well-liked will take you further than being the best at your job (though being good at your job helps). Your reputation is the best leverage you can get.
  3. Keep your word. This will help you to become well-liked and a person that others will want to work with.
  4. People love to gossip. If they’re not gossiping with you, you’re likely who they’re gossiping about. Do your job well enough not to be that person, or be really fucking cool.
  5. Don’t piss off the ring leaders…

Jason Gutierrez

Writer. Engineer. Co-founder dreamweavercoffee.com. Sharing the knowledge I’ve gained through my tiny lens of the world www.jasongutierrez.me

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