Are you struggling with a career move or lack thereof? Don’t know how to choose a career? Maybe this will help.
Questions are written in positive form so you can kinda keep count of yes vs no answers, though some questions are far more important than others. Continue reading
Brutal honesty can grant us an amazing level of freedom and power that most people rarely experience. It allows us to connect with other people at a deeper level and it can make us more aware of our own vulnerability. Continue reading
We all seem to have a very specific explanation for why we can’t do something or why we behave a certain way. Often it’s only this story which keeps us from moving forward. We find reasons for being unhappy instead of just doing the things that make us happy.
We look for some external cause or an innate flaw that will alleviate us from taking responsibility for our own choices. Continue reading
Where does motivation come from and how can we get more of it?
A boy falls in love with a girl. There’s just one problem: this girl is currently dating the captain of the football team. So, our boy hatches a plan to steal her from his competition by becoming the captain himself. Surely then she will notice him and reciprocate his love.
To achieve this goal, there’s a lot of work to do. Our hero isn’t really much of a hero. He’s out of shape and doesn’t really play football. There are many practices, training sessions, sprints to run, and weights to lift.
So how do we determine if our hero will be motivated enough to do all this work? We can use mathematical modeling to predict how motivated our hero will be, and we can use those models to discover how we can find our own motivation.
First we start with an older, but simple model developed by Victor Vroom. Continue reading
It’s easy to look around and say I feel overwhelmed or I don’t have time. We’re constantly bombarded with distraction and other people’s priorities.
However, the vast majority of this stress and distraction we bring on ourselves because we seek out things that aren’t really productive and aren’t really relaxing. We are caught in this middle ground of mildly annoying or mildly entertaining, but never fulfilling.
In the last 24 hours how many of these activities have you done. Write down the corresponding number for each one you’ve participated in. Continue reading
At the time I started writing this article the NSA drama was unraveling, and everyone seemed to be very concerned that their lives were no longer private. What I intend to show you is that the NSA recording your phone calls is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s actually the least scary thing happening right now.
A quick overview of what we’ll cover:
- Privacy is very important.
- We are all leaking massive amounts of data about ourselves.
- This data is being recorded and monitored by many people, not just the US government, mostly legally.
- That data is very insecure.
- We can do many things to protect our private lives, but most of them require technical proficiency and they must all be used together with consistency.
Along the way I will show you what little you can do to protect your privacy. Continue reading
Qualifying can help us no matter what our task. Whether you’re trying to convince your girlfriend to go camping or you’re trying to negotiate that million dollar deal, you can save a whole lot of time — and therefore massively increase your ability to persuade — by first qualifying your prospects.
In sales, qualifying is simply evaluating whether a customer is able to buy your product. Whether they need it. Whether they can afford it.
The more time you waste pitching unqualified prospects, the less time you have to close clients who are qualified. The faster and more accurate your qualifying, the more sales you can make.
Qualifying applies to a lot more than sales. Continue reading
Have you ever inherited something that’s really old? When you held it, did you notice that it’s different than what you can buy at the store today? Chances are your grandparents saved up for quite some time to buy it, and that’s why it’s lasted until now.
Often something that costs twice as much doesn’t perform twice as long, it lasts ten times longer.
When you multiply this over a lifetime, when it becomes the default, rather than the exception, you get more for your money.
People buy the cheapest stuff so they can afford to buy more with their money. But because more expensive stuff often provides more value in the long term, paying more means you can actually buy more. When you buy a John Deer or a Snapper you don’t have to replace it every other year like that random wally world lawnmower. Continue reading
What often separates those with massive success and those that end up average is their ability to turn down work.
When I did IT audit the biggest thing that separated our company from the big four accounting firms was our inability to serve large companies. Large companies come with larger budgets, better margins, and longer smoother engagements.
It wasn’t that we didn’t have the staff or that our staff wasn’t as good. In fact our IT people ran circles around most any other firm.
The problem is that we never said no to clients that weren’t as profitable. We were too busy with small clients to focus on winning large clients.
We’d burn through staff people running them all over the country for one week jobs. They grew tired of the travel and tired of the pressure. Eventually I was one of those staff.
That same thing happens in small business and particularly the fitness industry. Type A, motivated people often fail because they can’t say no. They try to promote every way they can, serve every customer, and they never become really great at one thing. They’re not so great at everything. You never get famous for being mediocre.
If you’ve ever asked this question, you’ve come to the right place. The importance of sleep can not be underestimated. Improving your sleep can, quite literally, change your life, if you’re sleeping poorly.
You may not even realize that you’re not sleeping well. If you’re always tired during the day, or having trouble falling asleep this guide can help you get better sleep as well as find ways to make time for more sleep. The improvement in quality of life can be substantial. Continue reading