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The Power of Immersion (the fastest way to change your life for the better)

I wanted to take a moment today to offer some more free content to help out all the creative entrepreneurs and instigators out there… But before I get to the free stuff (okay, you can just scroll down and grab the stuff if you really want…), I want to talk about why the articles you read, the people you hang out with, and the media you consume consistently, directly shapes your life… For...

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 Surprisingly Simple Way to Overcome Creative Block

The Block Have you ever tried writing a book, a blog, or business copy? If so, you’ve probably experience writers block: the inability to form your ideas into the perfect words, sentences, and paragraphs. But this type of block isn’t exclusive to writers. All creative entrepreneurs – from writers, designers, and inventors, to artists, marketers, and entrepreneurs, experience creative block...

The Creative Entrepreneur

The Conventional Entrepreneur en·tre·pre·neur: “The owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits” The entrepreneur seeks to make a profit – at least, conventionally speaking. The conventional entrepreneur believes he can do something better (cheaper, faster, closer etc.) than what exists in the market place. He builds something to...

Keep Fighting

When I was a sophomore in college, I tried to do something I wasn’t sure I could do. I decided to compete in the Brigade Open Boxing Tournament. The Brigade Open is an annual event at West Point.  It’s a chance for anyone to enter the ring and compete for a title belt.  It’s open to all students, but the winners are almost always those on the boxing team. So entering with very little experience...

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...

Why Keeping Your Options Open Could Destroy Your Project

Starting down the path to success is simple. To be successful at anything, you must commit. But committing to anything means you make a transition. When you commit, you transition from someone who dabbles to someone who goes all in; from someone who quits when things break to someone who takes it all the way; from someone who lets the claustrophobia of determination keep them from pursuing...

Why Most Startups Enter the Arena and Fail (and the One Thing You Can Do to Make Sure You Win)

Creating Creating anything takes guts; I explained that in depth in my book The Art of Instigating. It takes guts because you’re going to take a hit (no question about it), and taking a hit isn’t pleasant. Nobody WANTS to take a hit. But the person unwilling to take a hit might as well stay out of the arena. The boxer not willing to get knocked down shouldn’t enter the ring...

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...

Never Fail Again: 3 Proven Steps to Guarantee Your Success

Success isn’t random. Creating a successful project is no different. A business (whether an individual writing novels, a corporation selling insurance, or a nonprofit doing charitable work) is nothing more than a series of projects. A successful business, therefore, is nothing more than a series of successful projects. Look at any successful company – Coke, Nike, Apple, Kickstarter, Amazon...

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