Extraordinary People Share More Productivity Tips

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I’m always looking for ways to improve my production because the more I can get done means the more return on my bottom line. I’m always asking myself this question: What was my total output in the end of the day? If the answer is honest and I know deep inside I got a lot of work done that compliments my bottom line, then I know I’ve had a great day. However, it’s important to tell you that NOT everything was so clean cut because I had to tweak my productivity strategies to make the most out of my days. I studied successful people, making sure I was incorporating their strategies into my day. I went over each one, looking for a pattern of productivity, so, in other words, what strategies produced the MOST output from everything I incorporated into my daily lifestyle.

When I started to use this strategy, I looked at successful relevant people to see what they did throughout the day. I read about people who are pioneers in the industry, like John Chow and Neil Patel. I also went outside the box, reading on billionaires and how they accomplished what they did. I noticed something amazing….

They all had disciplined themselves to tweak productivity and follow through on them every day. Here are a few more things I’ve learned over the past several weeks that I’ll be trying out.

Someone Should Hold You Accountable

If you’re operating a business, then you’re going to have other people working for you. If you have several things on your mind at once, it might be strategic to have someone else hold you accountable for NOT getting work done. However, to put a twist on this concept, you should hire someone for this EXACT job. This means the person will work hard to force you to get the work done because their job does depend on it. Having someone else hold you accountable for NOT getting your tasks done means you’re not only letting yourself down, but the other person as well. Many successful people will tell you they’ve succeeded by letting others do well so when you let someone else down, it has twice the effect.

15 Minute Intervals

Here’s something cool I’ve been utilizing and it’s been working awesome so far. I’m still in testing mode because I want to find out what timeframe works the best, but so far, 15 minute intervals of work have produced cool results. This strategy is very simple and is perfect for those easily distracted. Complete work in 15 minute intervals, then give yourself a break to do what you need to for 15 minutes. However, during work time, you have NO distraction and only have a timer in place to countdown from 15 minutes. I’ve noticed when you’re racing against time, you’ll write content quickly and the output will be awesome. When writing this content, I’ve written up to here in 15 minutes and will take a break. But I know once I start writing again, I’ll be done before the counter hits “0”. The point is, I’ve completed my work in 20-30 minutes so this was a productive session.

Set Email Timing

One of the biggest distractions for those people who make a living online is emails. If I was going to start responding to every email message I get from the very start, then I’d still be checking emails right now. I receive an enormous amount emails daily and they don’t stop coming in so I’ve learned to set times to respond to them. The funny thing is, during my 15 minute break time mentioned in the strategy above is when I check emails. I have set times I stick to and they start in the morning. For example, here’s a quick breakdown:

  • 30 minutes first thing in the morning
  • 15 minutes during first content writing break
  • 15 minutes during second content writing break
  • 30 minutes after finished writing content for the entire day
  • 30 minutes before going to bed

This will give me enough time to divide emails according to importance and reply to the ones I need to right away. It’s an awesome strategy and has worked very well for me.

Tackle MOST Time Consuming Tasks First

Here’s something that has worked great for me and I encourage everyone to try this strategy before incorporating it into your daily habits. I’ve noticed I am MOST productive and creative first thing in the morning so I like to tackle complicated tasks early in the morning. This way, I put 100% effort and get them out of the way without the quality suffering. For example, I write content early in the morning after I’ve just woke up after a good night’s sleep and this has worked great for me in producing engaging content. Once the hard things are out of the way, I can start to focus on other stuff that is second on my list. Because I’ve done the hard stuff, I can start to play around with how much time I give to other tasks but at this point, it doesn’t matter because the “heavy” stuff has been completed.

It’s important to try what works for you and then you can incorporate it into your daily habits. You just have to test and tweak just like you would anything else.

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I Crushed My Public Speaking Fear And So Can You.

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I’ve always been terrified of public speaking. It turns out most people suffer from the same fear.

Then I joined a public speaking group called Toastmasters to try and up my game. The first speech didn’t go well. I stood there with a blank look on my face, trembling from the fear. I was sweating and went bright red like a tomato sauce bottle (I must sound like a real Aussie saying that).

For the next few months, I did two speeches and I got better. Then the momentum stopped altogether.

For the following 6 months, nothing happened in terms of delivering pre-prepared speeches. I did keep doing judging roles and impromptu speaking though. This is where I got some chops. It was the regular habit of ‘doing’ that so many people forget, that helped me.


Then I got dobbed into competing.

Ok, now I was really scared! Signing up for a competition where the environment turns formal – where everyone is looking at you expecting you to be good. I was dobbed into this competition because I was thought to be good at impromptu speaking. I thought I was dreadful.

What helped was that I’ve had a mentor for the last little while. My mentor Bharat recently competed in the international championships for public speaking. To say he’s a son of a gun full of talent is not giving him enough credit.

He told me “Tim you can do it. You have all the content through your blogging. You know how to inspire.”

So stupidly I practiced what I teach all of you and got up there. The hours leading up to the speech involved a very negative situation at work, but somehow I made it on time.


My competition was tough.

“I must be the dumbest bloke on Earth” – at least that’s what I was thinking.

As I waited outside with the other speakers, I realized I was up against a guy who’d made it through every year for the last few years. He’d sold his business, he was a brilliant storyteller, he was very funny, he was better looking: basically, he was everything I thought I wasn’t.

To make it worse, he was talking to me so I couldn’t concentrate on what I was doing.

“I felt the fear and stayed at the battlegrounds of my mind, conquering negative thoughts”


Somehow I remembered to get into a peak state.

Once the guy I was up against went up on stage, I was outside by myself in total silence, waiting for my turn. Somehow I miraculously remembered to get into a peak state.

“I moved my shoulders back, poked my chest out and told myself ‘I am the expert’.”

I told myself “I don’t think, I know. I’ve been doing this for years.”
I repeated in my mind “I inspire people for a living and I’ve been doing that for years” as well.


Showtime with passion.

It was now my turn. I went on stage and was given my topic which was privacy on the Internet. My eyes lit up an immediately I was in flow. I looked at everyone in the audience with a sense of authority. I backed myself!

Then I took a breath and started speaking. I let every ounce of passion show. I spoke loudly and then quietly. I looked at the audience with lots of funny looks.

My speech was about the new iPhone and how people are obsessed with privacy. I made my thoughts clear and challenged everyone to be authentic. I told the audience to stop hiding behind privacy and share their life lessons with people. I acted out what I would look like when I unlock my new phone using my face. I made the audience believe they could be better than they thought they were.

I stood firm on that stage and told myself that it was time to come out of my shell.

“As Joel Brown taught me, you can’t hide behind a bloody computer forever!”

I saw this as my coming out moment.


What’s possible.

So I won the entire competition. I beat the other two international level speakers and made it through. I don’t say this to brag; I tell you this because if I can do it then so can you. We all have dreams and when we take action, they come true.

Here are some tips to crush your public speaking fear:


A) Get them in the first 5 seconds with charisma.

How you start your speech will determine the rest of it. I was told by my mentor that what I did well was capture the audience using charisma in the first five seconds of the speech.


B) Be vulnerable and authentic.

When you share personal stories and tell people things about your own struggles, you make them feel safe – you inspire them. The key I learned is to hold nothing back and share all of the story. Even tell them you’re nervous and suck at public speaking if you have to. That will crush the nerves.


C) Focus on the audience and not on how you look.

An obsession with you and how you look will make you nervous. Focus on delivering one key message that will help your audience. I’ve found this to be the ultimate fear crusher when it comes to public speaking. Imagining how you look or sound will guarantee failure.


D) Dress comfortably and don’t be an actor.

On the day, I wore comfortable clothes and made no extra effort for the occasion when it came to my daily routine. The moment you put that special stuff in your hair or wear a suit, you tell your brain that today is different. You also tell yourself that you are going to be an actor instead of who you really are.

Public speaking is not a stage show and you’re not an actor wearing a mask. Be comfortable.


E) Grab every opportunity you can.

My peers also told me that because I grabbed every speaking opportunity I could, I had put in the hours even though I didn’t do any pre-prepared speeches. In fact, doing impromptu speaking is the hardest way to get good but it’s also the fastest.

Not knowing what you are going to speak about is where all the growth comes from. It takes your focus away from the audience and onto the words coming out of your mouth.


F) Believe in big things.

The whole time I was on stage I believed that I could go all the way to the finals. I told myself that today was only the beginning and tomorrow I will climb the biggest mountain that has scared the pants of me for as long as I can remember.

Focusing on how big your dream can get gives you an added energy boost. You can be world champion if you believe you can.


G) Share your public speaking stories.

As soon as I had won the entire competition, I shared the story on social media. Again, not to brag but to inspire others to do the same. The other reason I shared my story was because it reinforces in my brain that I am enough. Sharing your story gives you momentum to do it all again.

Now I’m ready for the next round of the competition because people sent me inspiring messages after I shared this success. It’s those messages that tell me I am enough.

During the packing up stage of the competition, my public speaking peers told me that they believed I was going to win from the start. The only person that didn’t believe was me. That’s what can be so stupid about having a fear of public speaking. Often, you’re better than you think.

It’s your negative self-talk that’s holding you back. Stop it!


Okay, what I didn’t expect.

Two people that I admire a lot saw the story of my public speaking fear on social media and sent me amazing messages. These are two people that I never believed would look up to silly old me and my crazy looking haircut.

They both speak in front of thousands and have made more money than I could ever dream of. That’s what can happen from public speaking.

Crushing your fears is fun and when you have people you admire telling you to keep going, you can become unstoppable. That’s how I feel right now writing these words.


Finally, some ingredients of a good speech.

Okay so if you want to be good at this whole public speaking game then there are a few really simple ingredients that will help you win:

Use humor.
Use inspiration.
Teach people something with simple steps to follow.

The same also works for blogging. Surprise, surprise!

Now stop being afraid and go and do that thing that you’ve always feared.
Practice being phenomenal. Take action.

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This App Can Help You Get Thoughts Out Of Your Mind And Aid A Good Night Sleep

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Have you ever gone to bed early after a long day at work, only to find that you just can’t fall asleep? Most of us assume that when we feel tired, it will be easy to drift off. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. In fact, if you are under a lot of stress, you might find it hard to stop all those negative thoughts whirring around in your head. For example, if you are having trouble finishing a project at work, it can seem impossible to stop worrying about it. This can cause you to lose out on previous sleep.

It’s not new that sleep is important to a productive life

Poor sleep quality and insomnia don’t just leave you feeling tired and grouchy[1] – they can have serious effects on your health. A lack of sleep makes you more vulnerable to accidents, it puts you at risk of chronic ailments including heart disease, and it makes you more likely to gain weight[2]. If you suffer from depression, you should pay particular attention to your sleeping patterns, as improving the quality of your sleep will improve your mood[3]. Finally, poor sleep can even raise your risk of death. Research has shown that the mortality risk of people who get fewer than seven hours’ sleep per night is 12% higher compared to that of the general population[4].

Listening to natural sound would make it easier for you to fall asleep

Fortunately, there’s an app that will help you wind down before sleep, and allow you to wake up feeling refreshed. “Sleep Time & Nature Sounds” is an easy, effective way to get a great night’s sleep! The app lets you play tunes and soothing sounds which will clear your mind ready for sleep:

The app lets you create your own playlists for tunes and videos, or you can use its readymade lists that span a range of genres including jazz and hip-hop:

Finally, the app comes with a timer that will turn off the app once you have fallen asleep. Just program it with your desired time, and the sound will gradually wind down once the time is up.

This app is perfect for those of us who need some help relaxing at the end of a difficult day, or winding down after a tough week at work. Download it today and get ready for the best night’s sleep of your life!

Premium Membership costs $7.99 per week, or $9.99 per month. Upgrading your experience means you will no longer have to see in-app advertisements, plus you will have access to a wider range of tunes and soothing sounds.


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If It Can Be Automated, You Can Be Replaced

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Ever since the Industrial Revolution, man has been pitted against machine. And ever since that time, machine has ultimately triumphed. That’s because a well-designed machine will always be more efficient, more accurate, more precise, and more cost-effective in the long run than its flesh-and-bone counterpart. Not all machines have gotten there yet and there’s always more work to be done, but this trend is undeniable.

And it completely and utterly applies to the world of Internet marketing and making money online too. But before we get there, let’s take a few steps back and consider what has already happened in the marketplace over history.

It used to be machines were simply the more effective tools that still had to be wielded by human hands. A sewing machine is more efficient than trying to sew something with just a needle and thread, but someone still has to operate the sewing machine. That’s what we saw with the boom of the manufacturing industry in places like Detroit. But we all know what happened to places like Detroit.

As technology continued to advance and get smarter, fewer people were actually needed to man the machines. Just a small handful of engineers and experts could oversee an entire assembly floor of robots. Each of these robots is assigned a single task that it does over and over again. And it can do this by itself with no intervention. The guy who operated that machine is obsolete.

Because the manufacturing process can largely be automated, the human part of the equation can largely be replaced.

These days, we’re seeing it more and more with the service industry. Here in Vancouver (as well as in many other parts of the world), McDonald’s is installing a number of self-serve kiosks which you use to place your order. While there was once a half dozen cashiers manning the counter, all but one is replaced by a touchscreen terminal. You don’t need a human to take the order, because the machine can do it. And it can do it for less than $15 an hour.

It’s only a matter of time before jobs like taxi and bus drivers are obsolete too. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has explicitly stated that his long-term goal for the company is to have a fleet of self-driving cars doing all the work. People become unnecessary.

So, what does this all mean in the context of making money online? When you consider the kind of the product or service that you have, you really have to think about whether it can be automated. Can you be replaced by a machine or by software?

Do you install and setup WordPress blogs for people? There are automated scripts that can do pretty well all of that. Do you aggregate relevant news to present to analysts and other interested parties? There are algorithms that can handle a lot of that too. They’re not perfect, but as long as they are good enough and as long as they are significantly cheaper, the choice becomes increasingly obvious for your potential customer base.

What value are you providing? What are you doing that some lines of code cannot?

This is why it is critically important that you move away from menial and repetitive tasks, outsourcing them (either to tools or people) so that you can focus on the tasks that really require your unique human input. This is why I foresee more creative careers really flourishing in the next several years.

An algorithm can “intelligently” edit together some video clips for you — we see this happening automatically when you upload enough content to Google Photos — but that algorithm cannot replace the creative vision and unique perspective of a professional video producer and editor. The same is true with writing, graphic design, and app development.

Unique, creative ideas are what will drive the economy and your personal success. Make yourself irreplaceable.

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My Real Life Addiction To LinkedIn.

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My LinkedIn account has exploded over the last year.

That’s where the addiction all started.

“With every sexy, bright red, notification came a form of validation that made me feel worthy like I was somebody.”


What’s wrong with checking LinkedIn every 30 minutes?

That was the big question I asked myself. The answer was that I had become dependant on it. If people didn’t like what I was doing on LinkedIn, I’d have a bad day. LinkedIn was making me lose touch with the real world and all its glory.

I’d forgotten about travel.
I’d forgotten about nature.
I’d forgotten about love.


One bad comment from a former colleague made me lose prospective.

Generally, I deal with the Internet Trolls pretty well. That was until a former colleague I used to work with, who messed up badly at work, posted on one of my articles. I thought we were friends before the comment and then afterwards I had second thoughts.

She accused me of all sorts of things. I didn’t think they were true, but it made me mad.

I was mad, and I didn’t know why. I’d become addicted to LinkedIn, and I didn’t know why.

I think I was in denial at this stage.


Then the viral LinkedIn post happened.

Having millions read my blog post on LinkedIn sent the addiction into overdrive.

I became obsessed with responding to every comment in real-time because I knew that was a secret hack to gaming the LinkedIn newsfeed algorithm.

I knew live engagement mattered yet again, I’d lost perspective.

During work meetings, I’d check on the latest comments.
While on the phone to loved ones I’d check the comments.
While on the toilet I’d check the comments (okay probably too much information).

The challenge with all social media is that the more success you have in the form of engagement, the more addicted to the attention you become. The viral post I wrote on LinkedIn was part of that.


Video came next.

If the written blog post attention I was getting was not enough already, then LinkedIn introduced video. This sent my brain into a frenzy. I’d learned from Facebook that new features like video were rewarded by social platforms in the form of showing your content to more users.

This made me quickly figure out how to start posting video on LinkedIn. The trouble was that I had to find content that mattered to me and that took hours. I also became addicted to watching other people’s LinkedIn video’s for ideas, and again, I felt something was not quite right.

Instead of creating content, I had become a consumer all over again. My addiction grew further too.

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Influencers then started rejoining LinkedIn.

Yes, for those that didn’t know, many people had forgotten about LinkedIn until many began rejoining or using their accounts again this year. Why? They came back wanting the free organic reach that their content would be given on LinkedIn.

I’d begun to crave this same organic reach because no other social media platform was giving me this drug I wanted so badly.

I spent days and nights reading the posts of these LinkedIn influencers and learning what they did. I’d become lost and had forgotten why I joined LinkedIn in the first place.

What was I doing trying to get all this stupid attention?


I all of a sudden woke up from this nightmare.

Learning about stoicism and becoming more aware made me wake up from this nightmare. I reflected on what I was doing and started going back to my why.

I went on LinkedIn to inspire the world through entrepreneurship and personal development. I did not join LinkedIn to become an influencer, rack up meaningless stats or build a personal brand.

The game that is social media nearly dragged me in headfirst.


What’s the answer? How do we not become addicted?

What worked for me was focusing on purpose and inspiring others. You can have all the engagement, fans and numbers of shares in the world but without a decent why, you become lost.

Digital addiction is taking over and we must fight back!

By no means am I saying social media or LinkedIn is bad: what I’m saying is that you need to know why you’re on it and keep it under control.

You need to timebox your social media participation. If you can’t control your social media usage, then try quitting for a while.

There’s more to life than social media and instant gratification.

Becoming a beautiful human being and having real-world interactions should be the goal. I feel gullible in a way because yet again, I let social media distract me.

Well, not anymore ladies and gentlemen. I’m sticking to what Jon Westenberg said on Medium.com. I’m focusing on the long road. I’m never going to give up on my dream and I’m going to keep doing what I do regardless of social media metrics.

I’m going to choose my goal in life above all else. That’s what I have to give to the world.

I want the same for you.

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How to Acquire Like-minded People in Your Network and Increase Your Chances of Success

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Do you remember your last get-together with your friends? How did that feel like? Naturally, we should want to hang out with our friends more and more because they help us grow and bring out the best in us.

The obvious truth is that most people say they want to be successful but don’t do anything about it. What’s worse is that the ones who they surround themselves with get affected and it impacts their mindset. When you’re around people who want to succeed, the atmosphere is different. You feel energized, inspired, and the conversations you hear aren’t the typical ones involving endless gossip and mundane activities that don’t bring anyone closer to achieving their dreams.

It’s easy to identify who we want in our circle. The hard part is knowing where to find them. If you find yourself struggling with looking for like-minded people, or want to expand your current network, you can use the tips below:

1. Take advantage of social media

As someone who is involved in entrepreneurship, it can be very lonely at times. When I was starting out, I didn’t know a lot of people in the same stage as I was. After weeks of contemplation, I just realized that everything I was looking for could be accessed on my fingertips. With my different social media platforms and the use of Google, I slowly got the hang of it and knew what to search. Social media is free and if you use it right, it could lead you to groups you never knew existed and needed!

Take note, your connections don’t always have to be in the physical world. Digital connections are just as valuable as personal ones. Plus, low-cost airlines are just around the corner so there’s always that possibility of meeting in person! Don’t limit yourself to physical connections because you never know if the next opportunity might be from a virtual one.

I have joined multiple Facebook groups where we share the same interests. It lifts your soul and boosts your mood when you know you’re not going through your success journey alone. It also gives room for constructive criticism so you know where to improve, but for me the fun part about it was knowing new people and learning about their experiences. Everybody has a story to tell, and we can absorb pieces of valuable information applicable to our lives. Gaining knowledge about new cultures is interesting too!

“You can either allow social media to be helpful for you or it can be harmful. I like to let it be helpful.” – Ciara

2. Research on their watering holes and frequent them

Some of the things I’m passionate about are public speaking, travel, and self-improvement. To progress in these areas, I would want to be around public speakers, travelers and people seeking to improve themselves. Although I’m already part of digital groups for this, I also need physical connections so that there’s a balance.

There are apps I downloaded enabling me to meetup with people I have things in common with. It could be meetup group apps or event search apps to find the latest events in your area based on what you’re looking for.

For example, if you want to be fit, you can get a gym membership and you can expect everyone around you has the same goal. If you want to be a better public speaker, you can check out where your local toastmasters club hangs out. If you want to join broadway, go ahead and sign up for the auditions at the nearby theatre.

3. Continuously improve yourself

Likes attract likes. Don’t focus too much on networking that you neglect your personal growth. Be yourself when you meet new people and tell them about what you’re going through. Your vibe attracts your tribe.

Recall the time when you met your first few friends when you started school or on your first day of work. You became friends because of something you both liked, so there was an instant pull between you and them. Constantly improving yourself will bring out the best in you and make you a more interesting person. Go out, be better everyday and the right people will come to you too.

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates

There are over seven billion people in this world. It might be overwhelming to find a group that resonates with your being but don’t fret because that’s only the start. You will find them eventually as it just takes a little effort on your part.

Have you taken the time to take inventory on your friends? Are they people who are bringing you down or elevating you? Comment below and let us know!

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“JUST DOING” Is The Secret.

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I’ve studied many of the successful writers and bloggers in my field. I put all of their success down to one thing above all else: just doing.

I’m a tall, fun loving bloke from Australia who reaches millions per month through blogging. There have been many times where I have wanted to give up. Having something you want to be successful at is hard work and there are so many other distractions that seem much more interesting.

Had it not been for the consistent observation of the successful writers I followed, I reckon I would have given up by now. When you clicked this article, you were hoping I was going to share with you a secret that would change your life – that you’d never heard before.


The truth is you’ve heard it before.

That’s right. THERE IS NO SECRET.

There is, however, a strategy you can follow and you’ve heard it all before.

“Just doing what you love over and over is the secret because so many people hear it and never follow the advice”


Shortcuts don’t exist either.

You can’t get there faster because mastery and being successful is about the “doing.” It’s the showing up every day that will eventually get you what you want. You can’t buy your way to success or cheat your way into it either.

That’s because success is measured by your impact and the value you create, You can’t lie about that, and building up the knowledge that creates your unique value doesn’t happen overnight. Success doesn’t happen overnight my friends.


It takes years.

Well not for everyone, but for 99.1% of you.

Let’s do a case study: for this example will use my mate Jon Westenberg (sounds like Steven Spielberg).

Jon has amassed a massive audience across Medium and LinkedIn and many people think he just came out of the womb, did a couple of years at school and then became this blogging sensation that drops truth bombs like they’re going out of fashion.

Okay, well that’s wrong folks. Jon was addicted to Maccas. He’s tried everything. He was writing on LiveJournal (I’ve never heard of it) and Tumblr for years beforehand. During these years where no one noticed him, he was honing his craft.

Like a lot of success stories, he just wasn’t ready yet. He had to do the “doing” to discover the following:

– What was his unique value?
– What could people learn from him?
– What was the best way to share his message?
– What platform could amplify that message the best?

These questions take more than five minutes to answer. In fact, these questions can take years to answer. That’s why the “doing” is so important.

“It’s the doing that eventually answers these questions for you. You can’t find the answers on Wikipedia or at a conference run by a guru”


Are you willing to spend the rest of your life doing it?

We can do the “doing, ” but because that takes years, it may take up most of your life. This means your motivation for “just doing” better be freaking amazing!

You better have figured out why you want to do the “doing” and what it means to you. Failure to come to this realization will cause you (somewhere in the future) to lose the plot and go off track. Major failures and mishaps in life are guaranteed. It’s during these moments that we take a break from the “doing” and then find it nearly impossible to return again.

Motivation is one of the hardest things to master.

“What none of the picture quotes on the Internet tell you is that motivation comes almost entirely from within. Being self-motivated is how you keep doing the ‘doing.’ “


So, you were hoping to read about a secret.

Sorry to disappoint you yet again peeps. As I said earlier, there is no secret: there’s only “doing.”

If it pleases you, feel free to use the whole doing lesson as the secret that you learned from me today. All you can do is keep doing the “doing.” I promise you that if you do that over and over again, eventually, you’ll find the success you want.

The doing is repetitive.
The doing is essential.
Keep doing the “doing.”

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The First 90 Minutes of the Day Belong to You. What Are You Doing With It?

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Have you ever wondered why many of the most successful entrepreneurs that you follow on social media and read articles about wake up early? Waking up early allows them to focus on themselves and get things done that they need to get done before everyone else wakes up and needs their attention.

Some of them use this time to work on their physical health by exercising and getting a work out in. Some of them use this time to focus on their mental health by meditating. Some of them even just do this so they can get to their tasks that they want to accomplish before the work day gets started.

Either which way, waking up early is the key to your success in the future. What you do in the early hours of the day will determine what dreams and goals you will accomplish in the future. Wake up early and be productive with that time.

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

The first 90 minutes of the day are yours, to work on and create the life you truly want to live. Between 4:30am and 6am is when I work on myself, my body, my dreams and my vision for life; distraction free and with a fresh mind, body and soul.

For most of you, waking up that early is a weird concept but for me waking up and rolling out of bed to go to work for someone else is a weird concept. If you’re not doing something for your own pleasure, personal development and your dreams when you wake up, then you’re simply wasting the best part of the day.

Your life won’t change until you give yourself the gift of time to create and work on yourself and your ideas. I can assure you the number one reason people never get to live the life they want is they simply never give themselves the time to imagine a new life. To work and create the best version of themselves and work on their ideas, dreams and vision for life.

If you don’t make yourself and your dreams a priority then you will end up leaving this earth never having done what you truly wanted to do and find yourself in the rat race wondering why your life is the way it is.

“Make every day a great day by starting the day on your own terms and doing something for yourself and your dreams before you do anything else!” – Joe Duncan, Founder of Before5am

The first 90 minutes of the day belong to you and whatever happens during the day, happens but you’ve taken charge of your life and made progress on what’s truly important to you before anything else happens. That’s how you start to build the life you want while you live the life you’ve already created or fallen into for yourself.

You want change? This is the most basic and simple strategy of all and the easiest to implement into your life. In fact I’ve committed my life to helping people wake up earlier so they can make that change through my lifestyle brand Before5am. The concept is rather simple, wake up early and use that time to focus on you and your life, not anyone else’s. The rest of your day can be about everyone else, but the early hours in the morning are yours and you need to take advantage of that.

What are you focusing on when you wake up early? Leave a comment below!

The Biggest Myth Debunked: The More Protein You Eat, the Faster You Build Muscles?

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Some years ago I gulped down at least 2-3 unflavoured, whey protein shakes a day, while eating multiple chicken breasts. I thought protein was the holy grail when it comes to muscle growth. Yet I didn’t see the results that I truly wanted in the gym. Instead I was feeling low on energy and bloated.

People training in the gym often consume tons of protein because they expect it to be converted into muscles. Yet the effectiveness of excess protein intake, especially protein shakes has never been scientifically proven. If you drink protein shakes regularly, it’s very likely that you’re taking in more protein than you should.

Will Protein Be Converted To Muscles?

The biggest misconception there is on protein, is that muscles consist entirely of it. This isn’t true.

Muscles consist of protein, yes. But only a fraction of your muscles, approximately 20%, actually is protein. The other 80% are made up of different components, mostly water.

You don’t need to consume as much protein as you think you do. Let me show you that with a simple calculation:

In my multiple years as a trainer, I seldom saw an increase in raw muscles more than 5 kilograms in a year. Even for beginners. This is not because I’m a bad trainer, no, this is just the hard truth for natural athletes. There’s a lot of deceptive marketing out there. Don’t believe it. When I started training in the gym I started to look pretty massive after one year of training and gained multiple kilograms, but it was never, never more than 5 kilograms of raw muscle in a single year.

To continue the math and show you how much protein you would need for that natural muscle gain:

One-fifth of those 5 kilograms is 1 kilogram. 1 kilogram of raw protein that your muscles would actually need. If you divide that one kilogram of protein again through 365 (amount of the days in a year), you get only a few grams. In fact it is a one-digit figure. This results to only a few grams that you would need to eat extra in a day, to guarantee muscle growth.

You need way less protein than you think you need. All the excess protein that you will consume, will be converted to fat and stored in fat cells.

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

You’re more likely to suffer from protein excess, than deficiency. If you eat sufficient calories in your daily life, you will not be protein deficient.[1]

I myself strive to consume about 1.3 grams of protein per day. Which might even be too much scientifically speaking, yet moderately higher levels of protein intake are still considered safe.

Unbiased studies recommend consuming about 0.8 to 0.9 grams of protein per day, if you’re an adult. Most people may even need protein intakes of only 0.6 grams of protein per day, but the recommendation’s aim is to cover most of the bell curve. Experienced athletes may even need less than that, according to some studies, as their body is better able to make use of the protein that they actually consume.

Once I’ve made that switch to a lower protein diet, I’ve actually experienced less fatigue and more energy in the gym and in my life.

The Downsides Of Protein Excess

Protein can do more harm than good. I’ve heard this sentence from my mother many times over, back when I was still drinking frequent protein shakes. I ignored it when I was younger and thought my mother was crazy, yet she still had a decent point.

Our current protein focused diet in the western world is promoting hyperfiltration of your kidneys. This increases the workload of your kidneys and therefore increases the stress that you put on that organ. Too much protein in your diet also diminishes the blood flow of your filtration helper and may even leak protein in your urine.[2] Long-term high protein diets may therefore lead to kidney problems. There is also a linkage to increased cancer risk, liver malfunction, and worsening of coronary artery disease.[3]

Not All Protein Is Created Equal

There is a guy training in the fitness center that I’m a fitness manager in. He’s a really friendly guy, but suffers from severe kidney problems.

I recently discussed his workout and nutrition regime with him, so I might give him some additional advice on how to better his condition. I advised him on cutting back his protein shakes and animal protein intake as meat and dairy can lead to an inflammatory response in his body.[4] He’s consuming a lot of protein on a regular basis.

Sadly he refused to listen to my advice and told me, that his doctors recommended him to keep following his regular diet plan. They told him that altering one’s nutrition doesn’t make a big difference anyway. Tip: If your doctor tells you that, you must change your doctor as soon as possible.

Some weeks later, after our workout session, he told me about his holidays with his family. And how he needed to cancel them in the last minute, because he was suffering yet again from intense stomach pains. He had to undergo operation that same day to ease the pain. It was his second alarming operation this year.[5]

Focus on a plant-based, unprocessed protein source. Such as beans, legumes, seeds and nuts in your diet.

What To Do Now

If you drink a protein shake every day, ask yourself: Is this truly working? If not, it may be the time to let go of some of your precious beliefs.

Consume a plant-based protein shake if you actually like the taste of it. If not, throw it away and don’t waste your money on that beverage ever again.[6]

Don’t stress protein out too much in your diet. If you don’t like gulping down pounds of lowfat-quark, don’t do it. The extra protein in that food won’t make your muscles pop out. I’ve been there. I was that weird guy that was eating nearly a kilogram of low-fat quark in the morning at 5am after going out, to preserve my muscles. It wasn’t worth it.

You should take a sincere look at your protein consumption and ask yourself: Am I truly enjoying the excess protein that I put in my body? If not, you should let it go. It isn’t necessary and may even be unhealthy in the long run.

You have to realize that supplement companies are marketing companies. Ignore those supplements for the beginning and focus on whole foods. Most people in the US are deficient in fiber and antioxidants. A deficiency that can be fatal. It is time to put more fruits and vegetables in your diet and not worry about protein deficiency.

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37 Positive Robert Downey Jr. Quotes

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Robert Downey Jr. is one of the highest paid and most celebrated actors of our time.  However, he spent much of his life overcoming drug addiction and alcoholism before breaking out into the iconic roles that we know and recognize him for today.  Downey credits much of his success to staying humble, positive thinking, and always giving back.

Here are 37 of Robert Downey Jr’s most positive quotes:

1. “I know very little about acting.  I’m just an incredibly gifted faker” – Robert Downey Jr.

2. “The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven” – Robert Downey Jr.

3. “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there” – Robert Downey Jr.

4. “There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from” – Robert Downey Jr.

5. “Mediocrity is my biggest fear.  I’m not afraid of total failure because I don’t think that will happen.  I’m not afraid of success because that beats the hell out of failure.  It’s being in the middle that scares me” – Robert Downey Jr.

6. “There’s somewhere you’re suppoused to go, and if you get quiet enough, you’ll make it” – Robert Downey Jr.

7. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the f*&k you were gonna do anyway” – Robert Downey Jr.

8. “I used to be so convinced that happiness was the goal, yet all those years I was chasing after it I was unhappy in the pursuit. Maybe the goal really should be a life that values honor, duty, good work, friends and family.” – Robert Downey Jr.

9. “People rise out of the ashes, because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds” – Robert Downey Jr.

10. “There’s a little bit of asshole in every nice guy, and there’s a little bit of genius in every moron” – Robert Downey Jr.

11. “I’ve always felt that if you’re not on your side, why should anyone else be.  So I always encourage people to be confident, and sometime even a little falsely so, just so you can give yourself an opportunity” – Robert Downey Jr.

12. “I’ve always felt like an outsider in this industry.  Because I’m so insane I guess” – Robert Downey Jr.

13. “I have a sense of destiny that you are led to the things you are supposed to do” – Robert Downey Jr.

14. “To me, friendship means loving tolerance” – Robert Downey Jr.

15. “Nothing will serve you better than a strong work ethic. Nothing. And it’s something that you can’t teach. You have to be thrown into it, where you’re going to sink or swim. It’s amazing how self-correcting and how clarifying a good, hard, shitty job can be. Because at the end of the day, any profession I’ve seen anybody in, when you peer behind the curtains of ‘Oh, wouldn’t that be a great job? Wow, what an amazing thing, a philanthropic endeavor!’ it really just comes down to ‘It’s a f**king grind.’” – Robert Downey Jr.

16. “I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead” – Robert Downey Jr.

17. “It’s really not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems…what’s hard is to decide” – Robert Downey Jr.

18. “People never change because they are under threat or under duress.  Never.  They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living” – Robert Downey Jr.

19. “Life is just so painful and messy and hard and worth it and all that stuff” – Robert Downey Jr.

20. “I think that we all do heroic things, but her is not a noun, it’s a verb” – Robert Downey Jr.

21. “Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest” – Robert Downey Jr.

22. “I understand reversal of fortune; that usually has come through my own hand, but you know, you live life on life’s terms” – Robert Downey Jr.

23. “I just think it’s good to be confident.  If I’m not on my team why should anybody else be?” – Robert Downey Jr.

24. “The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be” – Robert Downey Jr.

25. “Everyone has a story, and the story changes, and the more I can root into the truth of things – it’s so hard – I don’t think anyone ever really puts it all together.  But somewhere along the way it all became fused” – Robert Downey Jr.

26. “I think it’s miraculous that anybody survives themselves” – Robert Downey Jr.

27. “It’s hard to get out of the barrel.  It’s slippery around the edges and people are happy to see you fall back in” – Robert Downey Jr.

28. “Job one is to get out of that cave.  A lot of people do get out but don’t change” – Robert Downey Jr.

29. “Look, even bad years are pretty good years I think” – Robert Downey Jr.

30. “I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it” – Robert Downey Jr.

31. “I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for you don’t want to happen” – Robert Downey Jr.

32. “Do I want to be a hero to my son?  No.  I would like to be a very real human being.  That’s hard enough” – Robert Downey Jr.

33. “Nothings a break for me.  Not even the breaks are breaks” – Robert Downey Jr.

34. “Discipline for me is about respect. It’s not even about self-respect; it’s about respect for life and all it offers.” – Robert Downey Jr.

35. “Whenever I watch someone doing something, even if it doesn’t turn out so great, I at least admire their intentions and stuff” – Robert Downey Jr.

36. “I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results” – Robert Downey Jr.

37. “I think that the power is the principle.  The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you the confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done” – Robert Downey Jr.

Which RDJ quote resonated with you the most?  Comment below!