If you’re reading this, there are a million-and-a-half things you want to do: Build your business, exercise more, spend more time with friends and family, read more books, etc.
So how do you pack that into a 24-hour day that’s already occupied with sleeping and eating?
While most people try to become more productive by adding things, I’ve discovered it's far easier to start by subtracting what kills productivity in the first place. Because when you look at highly productive people, even though they’re in different industries with different workflows, they always avoid key mistakes that sabotage everyone else.
When I was a kid, I was miserable, hated life, and didn’t think things could improve: I had a traumatic childhood and was teased by other kids for being so “angry.” I knew I couldn’t go the rest of my days with so much negativity, tension, and pain, so I committed to change. And after a decade of studying hundreds of books, journaling thousands of pages, and testing countless strategies, I was able to reinvent my life to be happier than I’ve ever been.
Yet after pouring over all that information, here’s the single biggest lesson I’ve learned during that…
Whether you work from home or an office, many find it a struggle to focus, be productive, and finish all their tasks.
Since becoming self-employed in 2013, I’ve built a successful business, launched numerous side hustles, completed many large projects for several clients at once, and worked far fewer than 40 hours a week while traveling the world and relocating to dozens of cities.
But my secret isn’t earplugs, coffee, “more self-discipline,” or a magical time-management app. (In fact, I don’t use one single productivity tool at all.)
In this article, I’ll show you the exact, highly potent strategies that…
In my years of looking for “Ms. Right,” I’ve dealt with many frustrating disappointments: Dates that never panned out, abysmal timing, and scores of women who vanished with such strange coincidence, it felt like someone was sabotaging my dating life.
After one frustrating “ghost,” I walked into a local bookstore and stumbled on one written by the decorated Canadian astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield, called An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
As I read the book, my jaw dropped—all his lessons based on his decades of experience in NASA translated perfectly to my dating life. …
There’s a saying: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
Yet sometimes, the best decision is to quit, stop, or leave something—whether a job, relationship, city, etc. Maybe it’s a situation that just isn’t worth your effort anymore and you need to cut your losses and find something better.
“If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”
— Chinese Proverb
But how can you tell when you should keep going and overcome your obstacles or when you should stop wasting time on something that won’t work?
When I was 21, I made a bizarre decision that massively altered the course of my life. It was 2009 and I had just graduated university. My plan was to move to New York and work in investment banking, but due to the global financial crisis, I couldn’t find any jobs.
So I decided to teach English in South Korea for one year before coming back and trying to look for jobs again.
But I didn’t come back after that year. Getting distance from my old habits and environments allowed me to see life with fresh eyes and I learned…
For personal development, we often use things like books, videos, articles, courses, and mentorships. While those are all great, there’s another powerful tool that can do wonders for your self-improvement:
The truth is regular exercise can boost the results of your personal growth journey with benefits backed by science. It can help reinvent what goes on inside to accelerate your growth because those benefits carry over to virtually everything else:
“Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards…
You are what you say.
Because if you listen closely, you can read between the lines and notice the codewords that disguise our inner fears, self-doubts, and worries that block our success in the first place.
Ultimately, we use certain phrases to lie to ourselves, which holds us back from making serious progress in what’s most important to us.
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and…
Are you happy?
It’s a surprisingly complex question because many of us get happiness wrong: We think happiness equals “pleasure” and “excitement,” but those things are fleeting and just leave you wanting more. True happiness, however, is the peace of mind that comes from dropping the desires, cravings, and attachments that block your joy in the first place.
“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
— Henry David Thoreau
I’ve had the privilege…
Slumps are a part of life. No matter what you do or how successful you are, everyone has rough patches where they struggle, stumble, and fail a lot for a long period of time.
But the hardest part? Trying to get out of a slump, turn things around, and start building positive momentum.
I’ve had a number of slumps in my life where it seemed like everything I touched turned to crap. But over the years—whether from trial and error, reading, or studying successful people—I've learned a few powerful and proven strategies to get back on track and start making…