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Three ways to push the boundaries of who you can be

Every two years, I fall flat on my face — on purpose.

I’ll work my way to getting fired from a job or even quit just for the hell of it. I’ll end a romantic relationship when things probably could have been repaired. I’ll change the way I earn money from various side hustles. I’ll go from suit jackets to hoodies to see if I feel any different.

None of the changes are necessary, or even the “best” decisions per se, but each change keeps me from getting bored and helps me live a different way.

Until recently, I never…

My Bitcoin is down by more than $100,000 and I’m grinning. 13 years on, we’ve heard it all before. Here’s what is missed.

Saying Bitcoin is dead is nothing new.

It’s become so common that a website that tracks this bizarre phenomenon has recorded 416 times Bitcoin has been declared dead … and survived. Bitcoin rising from the dead is programmed into its code. Bitcoin will be declared dead many more times because it’s a silent protest that challenges the status quo. 13 years on, Bitcoin is still alive and breathing and roaring back to life.

My own Bitcoin portfolio is down more than $100,000. I am grinning at all the losses.

Here’s what is overwhelmingly misunderstood:

Bitcoin is a religion.

One of the greatest investors of all…

Simple philosophies you can borrow from.

Financial freedom isn’t living on a yacht with a laptop.

Financial freedom is accidentally romanticized. Financial freedom is having the time to work on whatever you want, instead of working solely to pay off debt. Many people are guilted into thinking financial freedom is a reality they will never reach. “The economy is screwed. There’s no hope for you.”

What if there was another way to buy back your time? There is.

The Power of Focusing All of Your Time on One Thing

Author Derek Sivers says, “You get wealthy by learning valuable skills.”

So learning a skill is the key to financial freedom. There’s way more to it. Many of…

“I’m at that stage in life where I stay out of discussions. Even if you say 1+1=5, you’re right — have fun.”

Mary J Blige was right: “No more drama,” please.

Peace and quiet are seriously underrated. I love nothing more than digging through Keanu Reeves conversations to tap into my inner Yoda. It’s not easy as Keanu doesn’t say a hell of a lot. You have to really dig.

When you do, you find the weirdest remarks. You find many ellipses in the transcripts of his conversations. You find periods of silence in his interviews. You discover questions he simply can’t answer and doesn’t know why. This is my all-time favorite quote of his:

I’m at that stage in life where…

The counter-intuitive way you can monetize content.

Write a blog post. Make money from a blog post.

That’s how a lot of us writers think about the business of writing. What if we’ve got it completely wrong?

One of my favorite writers of all time, James Clear, continuously helps me reinvent my approach to writing. He made a super-niche topic like habits into a New York Times Best Seller, that Elon’s future robots will still be reading on Mars in a hundred years.

Blogger and ConvertKit founder Nathan Barry gives us a behind the scenes look at his interactions with James Clear, which provides an alternative path…

Here are the practical lessons I learned

A boat in the middle of the desert
A boat in the middle of the desert

My website looks like it’s from the dark ages.

Broken links. Cringeworthy photos. External blog posts that are seven years old. A confusing layout. A website load time that’s slower than a snail on its way to eat a buffet lunch of even slower worms.

Finally, I decided to get the help of a WordPress developer to redo the site. I never got the site I paid for or a refund, and I now have to start all over again. I’m the biggest sucker when it comes to buying stuff online. …


Newsletter subscribers quietly perform a magical act most writers are not aware of

Newsletters have become boring.

Social media and writers eventually ruin everything. I’m on a mission to go deep into the dark caves of newsletters and see if there is another way. I want to help writers rethink everything we thought about traditional writing so we can find a different way to stand out from the crowd and reach a tiny audience we’re proud of.

Before we get started — a newsletter is simply a blog post you get via email, so let’s not get fancy or overthink it. Here is what my newsletter research has led me to. …

Think about this: You sit on your deathbed. Your children come into the room to say goodbye. What do you say to them?

Motivation can quickly evaporate.

Just ask writers. We’re this weird breed of humans that spend our days smashing plastic keyboards with our delicate sanitized hands in the hope of providing a touch of inspiration to a bruised soul.

My motivation goes to zero a lot, despite readers thinking I have Tony Robbins’ self-helps gods looking out for me. I’m just as susceptible to a sudden loss of motivation as the next person. Here’s what to do if your motivation is running out fast.

Create a Zoom-out Moment to Disrupt Your Thinking

This is a bizarre form of motivation I’ve categorized as “Mortality Motivation.” You won’t find it listed…

They’re free and can get you doing your best work faster.

Flow states are the holy grail for doing your best work.

According to research, music helps enhance your flow states. Great. The problem I’ve found is that a lot of music prevents flow. It’s got unexpected vocals, loud noises, or tiny distractions. Finding hours of continuous music to play while you work is harder than it seems.

The factors I look for in good flow state tracks are:

  • High energy
  • A consistent volume of music without too many highs and lows
  • Inspirational melodies

Music is a transfer of energy that bleeds into your work

Your mood bleeds into your work.

Energy from music transfers into your work. The people who are…

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