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Why We Fail to Achieve Our Goals

Qualifying In the Army, soldiers have to zero and qualify with their weapon every six months. This is a requirement for everyone, regardless of rank or position. From cooks to pilots, Privates to Captains – everyone qualifies. Qualifying with a weapon means hitting a certain number of targets from set distances with a certain number of rounds. The point of qualifying is to validate that you know...

The Brutal Reality of Excuses and How to Conquer Them

What Do You Really Need? Do you really need more money in your bank account before you can create something worthwhile? Do you really need to develop a routine before you can start making something great? Do you really need more time in the day before you can dare boldly? Or is it possible that you can create something worthwhile regardless of the number of zeros in your checking account; or that...

4 Reasons to Start Before You're Ready

I talk to a lot of people – a lot of people with great ideas, great vision, and tons of untapped potential. But they’re stuck on ‘start.’ Instead of trying, attempting, and building, they wait around for the perfect opportunity, the perfect connection, and the perfect launch. News flash: perfect doesn’t exist. Besides Perfect Is good enough. You don’t need to...

What Will You Do With Your Dreams?

Dreams We all have them. Not just the kind when we sleep, but the more important ones – the ones we have when we’re awake. They come to us when we’re driving home from work, when we go for a long run, when we reminisce over war stories with an old friend. These dreams usually spark something deep within us.  They excite something dormant; something we didn’t know existed…at least for a moment. In...

3 Creative Hacks to Kick Start Your Next Project

Action It’s simple enough to understand that you must instigate to be successful. It’s much more difficult to put this understanding to use. And if our logical conclusions aren’t actionable, what’s the point? Here are a few quick tips I’ve compiled from some extremely clever, creative and successful people on how they created great works (everything from successful blogs, to best-selling books...

Why Seeking the Tribe Will Destroy You

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. [Mark Twain] The thing about writing, building, inventing, designing, or creating (essentially anything that requires leadership) is this: it’s not safe. Not only do you expose yourself to the dangers of a foreign environment (leadership by its nature takes the unknown path), but you expose yourself to the...

Your Reward for Taking the Road Less Traveled

The Journey of Creation As soon as you make the choice to create something worthwhile, you take the first step in a long and very real journey. Like most journeys, it’s not always pretty. Life will try to beat you down and break you if it can. There will come a time (many times, actually) when things are confusing, uncertain and perilous. You will face setbacks, breaking points, and failure...

The Enemy Defined (part 2: Negative Self-Talk Propaganda)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series explaining the Enemy (the thing stopping us from creating our epic work). You can read part one here. If you are new, read my new book: The Art of Instigating; this article will make more sense, I promise.   In the first part of this series, I explained the conventional forces of the Enemy: the Army of Bad Habits (the accumulation of years of individual...

draw your own map

It takes guts to create something from scratch. It takes guts because you’re in uncharted territory.  If you’re inventing, designing and building something from the ground up – from idea to physical, tangible product – there is no template to follow. It takes guts because your project might fail.  Your product (or service, or initiative, or speech) might not live up to your expectations, or...

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