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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...

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...

Winning Your Inner Creative War

The Pain of Creation Every act of artistic creation (business, blog, book or otherwise) begins in the mind. They begin as acts of love (we care about our ideas) and defiance (challenging what is with what could be). But being inside your own mind isn’t a pretty thing.  It’s nasty in there; what is right seems wrong; up is down; and every course of action can be rationalized (adding to the...

Heroes, Dragons, and Why You Need to Build Your Empire

Things Break The project you’re working on; the goals you set this year; the strategy you spent months planning – all of it will break. This goes for everything tangible in this life: The factory you built: at some point in the future, time and the elements will collapse it – another will come and take its place. The product you crafted: someday the hardware will degrade and stop working...

The Enemy Defined (part 3: the Commanding General of the Enemy)

  In the first part of this series, I described the conventional forces of the Enemy – the Army of Bad Habits (the largest of Enemy forces) In the second part of this series, I explained the unconventional force of the Enemy: Negative Self-Talk Propaganda (the most insidious of Enemy forces). In this third part of the series, we will examine who leads these Enemy forces, why he is...

Fighting Future Failure

You’ve made the decision; you’ve stepped into the arena. You’re fully aware of what this means – there will be pain, setback, and failure. But running blindly into battle isn’t the point.  Any ‘go-getter’ can take an idea and run with it straight into oncoming traffic. No, the skilled fighter understands that while he will take a beating, that’s not his job – his job is to give a beating. The...

into the arena

Almost 2,000 years ago, in 52 AD, dozens of Roman captives assembled in front of the emperor Claudius.  These captives were about to take part in a major gladiatorial event – a mock naval battle. The Roman captives gave a salute to the emperor before the “games” began: “Nos morituri te salutamus (We who are about to die salute you).” [Lives of the Caesars] By the end of the day, one thing was...

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