Finding Your Way to Happiness When You're Half-Dead Inside.

And he stood up. Or at least he tried to. Every time he tried to stand, he would fall. Pain would sear through every inch of his body.  But he knew he was only an hour hike from the camp. He had to try. The ground was uneven. making every step a possibly fatal one. But he persisted. And he made it to camp, trudging in like the walking dead, the others looked at him as if they were looking at a ghost. 

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How You End Up Being An Overnight Success.

Someone else did something wrong and it hurt you. You got taken advantage of.

It was their bad choices and poor decisions that came back to impact you negatively. It can all still work out in your favor. Failure isn't final. Bad times don't stay that way forever. The difference between failure and success is your ability to learn and adapt. And the best lessons to learn from are the ones that hurt you the deepest.

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It's Not Inspiration You Need. It's Some Progress.

You might not always feel like doing something, but it's always the right answer. Progress beats potential any day. So the next time you find yourself feeling like you're uninspired and in need of a good dose of motivation, remind yourself that the best inspiration is knowing that you're a step closer to where you want to be. And the only one who controls that, is you. Get up and move.

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11 Surprise Productivity Tools For Next Level Performance.

Precious minutes can turn into hours can turn into weeks looking for the best tools. And believe me, there are a lot of great tools out there that can do wonders for your business (and your productivity). Instead of sending you blindly out into the storm, we’ve found some favorites in our quest for the best of the best. Check out these 11 productivity tools you need to get your hands on:

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When You Find Yourself Gifted By Tragedy.

Spencer West has done what many people with two legs wouldn’t even attempt. He helped build a school in Africa.  He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro -- 80% of that climb was on his hands. He raised over half a million dollars for clean water in Kenya. What others saw as a tragedy was his greatest gift.Now, he travels around the world sharing his story of overcoming obstacles -- obstacles that seem impossible to some. 

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22 Rules Successful Business People Live By.
  1. Only worry about what you can improve -- Focus on the details and fix what’s broken rather than hoping things automatically improve without you having to do anything about it.
  2. Get “new school” with conversations -- Stop wasting time talking about things and communicate real-time using apps and messaging platforms that allow people to prioritize information, quantify needs, and clarify expectations.
  3. Fight passive aggression and mediocrity head on -- Don’t let people get away with playing games and rigging the system to stay employed but ineffective as a part of the team. Fire losers fast.
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11 Bad-Ass Ancient Warriors Who Will Inspire Greatness.

Khutulun could ride into enemy territory and pluck a captive up onto her horse as quickly as plucking a feather from a chicken. And when her suitors came about asking for her hand in marriage, Khutulun’s father let her deal with them. She told them that whoever could beat her in a wrestling match would be the lucky man. However, if they couldn’t beat her, they owed her some horses. Khutulun had a ton of suitors. None of which could be her wrestling prowess. She kept winning and kept collecting horses until she had a herd of over 10,000. Not only is that a lot of horses, but that’s a lot of wrestling matches. And a lot of suitors. 

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Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet At Awesomepalooza.

I’ve put together an epic one-day event in Greenville, SC on December 13th. Yes… two weeks from now. I would love to have you. I’m working on a VIP dinner the night before the event where we can sit down, chit chat, and you can let me know what topics to cover the following day. I’ve got 3 days of notes crammed into this AWESOMEPALOOZA folder and I know I can’t possibly cover it all in one day, so those of you in attendance will be telling me what is most important to you.

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Why The Eagle Doesn't Fly.

A young eagle lived in a nest high above a barnyard. One day, while his mother was out looking for food, the baby eagle fell out of his nest onto the floor below.But he was in luck. The young eagle fell amongst a nest of young chickens. The mother hen was especially kind, feeding the young eagle and making sure the other chickens treated the eagle like one of their fellow siblings.

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11 Reasons You Should Start Those New Years Resolutions Today

What are you hoping to accomplish next year? Lose weight? Get more organized? Save more? Spend less? Eat better? Join a gym? Change jobs? Get the promotion? Get the girl? Get the guy? Get married?It doesn’t matter what is on your list or whether you are reading this on November 27 or March 17 or any other day of the year, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) wait for the new year to arrive to start working on your life’s resolution list.

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Creating A Vision So Strong Your Dreams Become Possible.

And that’s exactly what he did from his humble beginnings. He envisioned himself in America. He envisioned himself as a bodybuilding champ. He envisioned himself as a leader. Because of that, he became a seven-time Mr. Olympia. Winning it six times back to back. Then he made an unexpected comeback when he entered the competition years later at the last minute. He scoped out the competition. He thought he could win. And so he did. He made it to America and became one of the highest paid actors of his time. His movies became cult classics. His name recognizable around the world. 

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Changing The Stories You Tell Yourself.

Your story might be that your life was meant for you to suffer. That you're not supposed to have good times. Your story might be that money is hard to make. That you're not one of those people who can be trusted with lots of money. Your story might be that life is out to get you. That no matter what you do, other people are going to take advantage of you and steal your joy.  You're not just telling yourself one story. You're telling yourself thousands of stories about yourself.

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11 Ways To Be An Awesome Public Speaker.

Great speakers are also great at making their audience feel uncomfortable -- yet safe. They say what the audience needs to hear not what they want to hear. They don’t sugar coat the issues.Great speakers aren’t patronizing. Nor do they belittle their audience. They just force the audience to go deeper. Think critically. Great speakers bring up subjects that the audience may be dealing with or avoiding; but they do it in such a way that by the end of the speech, the audience wants to face the day, face the problem, fix the issue, take the actions. 

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Naked. Afraid. And Just The Person To Stop A Massacre.

She had been dreading this moment. Refusing to come out of the palace where she had been protecting her adopted children and the Hutu refugees. But her family and the other Tutsis outside began to douse the palace with gasoline. They would burn it to the ground. With Maggy and her children inside. As well as her friends and their children.They beat Maggy. And stripped her naked in front of the gathering mob. Then they tied her to a chair. And made her watch the sadistic madness that was to follow.

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The Only Question Worth Asking Yourself.

Doing your best is the benchmark. That's where success starts.  And that's why you feel confused and frightening when you try to answer other questions first.  "Did we do our best" is the beginning of that journey. If you're not doing what you can with what you have then there is little else that can help you.  Not outside consultants.  Not friends, family, or therapists.  Not anyone. The only one who can help you is "you".

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11 Steps To Landing The Mentor Of Your Dreams.

Sure, your friends can sometimes be great motivators. They can even be great encouragers. But they can also be hindrances if they don’t understand your vision. If they don’t “get” what you’re trying to accomplish. You need a mentor to do that. So how do you find a great mentor? And how do you get them interested in helping you? Here are a few ideas to do just that:

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Achieving Your Confetti Moment When It's Only Darkness Right Now.

But he needed something to calm his mind. To make him stop thinking about the pressures of baseball. The pressures of what college he would go to. Which scholarships he would accept. The pressure of living up to the expectations of his parents who were no longer together. When he finally told his mom about his drug use, she insisted he go to rehab. That was at the same time he was scheduled to start Texas A&M on a baseball scholarship. He never showed up to Texas A&M. 

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The Muscle Of Awesomeness.

If all you can think about are the pending problems in your future, then you are going to find yourself relentlessly discouraged and uninspired. But if you make the tough decision to believe that your best days are ahead, despite not knowing how it is all going to work out, you'll find yourself stumbling upon opportunities for greatness you hadn't noticed before. Over time, you automatically come back to a core way of viewing the world. You have hope or you feel hopeless. You believe that you can change things for the better or you believe that no matter what you do you're still going to get treated unfairly.

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The Best Solution Is The Simple One.

It's you getting back to the basics. Ignoring the trap of quick fixes and people promising you fast growth with little investment. When you're feeling stuck and not sure what to do, take a look at the basics. Dig into the underside of what you really want to be doing. Be honest about where you are and why you're still not moving.

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