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Last week, we were in Las Vegas.

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While we were there to watch our son's basketball tournament, I did manage to sneak in one of my favorite hobbies, poker...

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As someone who believes in growth, learning, competition and pattern recognition, poker is something I LOVE.

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It has so many life lessons.

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Whenever I play, I learn something and file it away.

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The biggest problem I have with the game is you need to play continuously, like most things in life, to maintain form and that's where this week's topic came from.

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Hand Analysis

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I'm going to take you through a hand.

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I'll share how I initially felt about it and my realization.

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Lastly, we'll talk about how I see that in everyday life and how you can use it to approach life in a better way.

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We were playing relatively low stakes: $1, $3 no-limit hold 'em and someone had raised to $6.

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I saw two face cards, Queen-Jack suited, not bad. I called, and it was then raised to $21, and we had four callers for an $84 pot.

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The flop came down with a Queen and two low cards and we all checked...

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The turn was a Jack and I bet $35 into the $84 pot and two players folded and one young guy called.

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He was your classic poker player - hoodie on his head, wearing sunglasses...This isn't the World Series of Poker, but sure.

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The river was innocuous - a Seven for example, and he led out with a bet of $80...

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I was stuck.

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I couldn't put him on a hand.

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After thinking for a long time, I called and he'd hit a set of 3s (three 7s) on the river to win.

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At first, I thought unlucky Clint, another Bad Beat

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The longer I sat there, the more I started to think about it...

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There was no Bad Beat

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There was only Bad Plays on my part.

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Let's break it down:

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There's $84 in the pot and the flop comes Queen high and I've got Queen-Jack...It doesn't get much better...

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I'm only likely behind to Ace-Queen, King-Queen or someone who flopped two-pair or 3-of-a-kind. I needed to test that out.

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I should have placed a bet of at least $25 to see if anyone had anything.

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Next, the turn card was the Jack, which gave me two pair and likely put me well ahead of most hands the people at the table had.

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If I'd bet $25 on the flop and had one caller, the pot would be $134...It would have made sense to bet the entire pot.

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If I did, he folds.

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We talked about it.

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He folds to a pot size bet.

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One of the challenges of not playing frequently is that I lose my aggression. I don't pick my spots as aggressively as I should and it was clear.

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I hadn't been unlucky

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I made two big mistakes

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The mistakes were the difference between + $109 and - $91, a $200 difference.

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The Lesson

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Too often, we look at events in our lives and think we were unlucky...

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We don't as often think about what we could have done differently in this situation.

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This is the lesson.

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More often than not, we weren't unlucky.

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Instead, we need to recognize what mistakes we may have made.

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When we examine how we can improve this next time, we will learn from our failures and become better at what we're doing.

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When you're making major decisions, remember to do a post-mortem.

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In a post-mortem, examine why you made the decision you made. What factors influenced your decision-making, and what other options could you have considered? Seek to understand the why behind your decision and evaluate the outcome against your expectations.

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Stop blaming luck.

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Start focusing on your decisions.

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Use the analysis to improve your decision-making.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we re-released one of our top listened to episodes with my guest, Derrick Kinney, author of Good Money Revolution: How to Make More Money to Do More Good.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of Bad Beats and Bad Play.

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Big Picture Thinkers

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You hear it a lot.

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I'm a Big Picture Thinker.

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The problem is, it's bullshit, when they say it.

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What I really hear is I don't want to deal with details.

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I've talked about it in the past, and I'll continue to talk about it until I'm blue in the face - you need to pay attention to the Forest AND the Trees.

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Not one, not either. BOTH.

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Entrepreneurship

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Nothing teaches you the importance of the Forest AND the Trees more than entrepreneurship.

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Let me explain.

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As you may be aware, I've recently started a real estate development company:

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Starting a company teaches you a lot.

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One of the things it teaches you is how much you weren't doing when you were employed.

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We forget, though.

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As we climb the ladder, we lose sight.

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We don't recall, sometimes, what we used to do.

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I'll give you an example to make sense of what I'm talking about.

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As CFO of a large real estate development company, I had a team of roughly 33 people across these functions:

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I started to shift my focus to the big picture (the Forest). To what each team should be focused on and the direction they travelled.

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Not even who would do it or how they would do it. Simply, what needed to be done.

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Now, it's on me.

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There's nobody to delegate to.

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There isn't a VP in charge of each of those five functions.

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There aren't teams of controllers, senior accountants, accountants and administrators.

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There's only me.

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A cashflow needs to be done. Me.

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An accounts payable policy needs to be written. Me.

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Okay, I'm cheating a little, Erin, an amazing bookkeeper, is helping me with some of the items, but you get the idea, in Entrepreneurship, it's on you.

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You need to:

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The Problem

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The problem with many young leaders is they haven't walked before they want to run.

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You know them.

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They have an idea of what to do, but they can't teach it.

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They have an idea of what to do, but they can't dive into the details.

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Bottom line, they haven't done what they're going to ask you to do for them and it shows.

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Here's an example, and you may have seen it on social media.

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Young people are coming out of school and they're buying sweaty main street businesses.

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Here's the problem.

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They don't understand the businesses.

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They've never run anything like these businesses.

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The whole premise is:

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But...

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It doesn't work that way...

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Sure, maybe it works for Codie Sanchez, Nick Huber or Alex Hormozi

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Or...does it...

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We don't actually know.

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Many of these people aren't operators.

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They're social media marketing specialists.

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That doesn't mean they don't know how to operate.

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It doesn't mean they aren't capable of operating a business.

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What it does mean is we don't actually know if they're operators yet.

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Now, young people want to be them.

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They want to borrow money to buy a business.

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They're going to hire operators and delegate the details and focus on the Big Picture...

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It works when the market is hot.

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It works when the market drives returns.

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When it doesn't work is when things turn south.

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It doesn't work when you actually need to be focused on the details.

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It doesn't work when your team is in a tough spot and they need your help to get them out of it.

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The Solution

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As a leader, you need to see the Big Picture.

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Heck, it's your job to paint the Big Picture Vision and motivate people to fall in line to help achieve the vision.

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It doesn't stop there, though.

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You need to be able to take the big picture and break it down to its smallest steps so you can understand how everyone on the team contributes to the vision:

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Business Plan --> Team Plan --> Functional Plans --> Individual performance plans

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If people achieve their performance plan, the functional teams succeed. If the functional teams succeed, each Team will succeed and then, the business will meet it's goals.

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The best leaders can step in when needed.

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That's not your job, you don't want to do someone else's lifting, but...

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Imagine someone on your team quits and you don't have an internal replacement, until you hire a replacement, who's going to do the work?

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Often, it's the leader.

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The leader picks up the slack, because they can.

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They can do that when they understand how the business works.

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That's your job.

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Understand the business.

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Understand every role and function.

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Ensure that you've got the ability to plant and mind the trees and then teach and delegate that responsibility to others.

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When things go south.

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When you have someone quit.

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When you run into an unexpected problem.

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When your team needs your help because they're lost.

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That's when it's time to get down into the mud, roll up your sleeves and help get things across the finish line.

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Sure, while you do it, teach them.

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While you do it, make sure next time you won't need to.

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But, if you can't get down in that dirt and get it done, you're not ready to lead, yet.

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TGG Podcast

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I talk about Having an Abundant Mindset this week on the Growth Guide Podcast.

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People with a scarcity mindset see everything in terms of win-lose.

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And because of that, they LOSE…

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There’s only so much, and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me, is how they think.

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The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality.

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If you have an abundant mindset, you think: If you win, I win.

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Let's make a bigger pie together and share in its rewards.

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I hope this episode inspires you to shift from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance. It’s a choice you can make every day.

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To hear more about Having an Abundant Mindset, Listen on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Last Word 👋

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of the Forest AND the Trees.

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I'd love to chat with you !

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Options

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A good life is filled with options.

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The more options, typically the better.

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I was thinking about it this week when I talked with my youngest son.

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We listened to a YouTube recording in which I was interviewed about real estate. They asked me whether a new type of housing that gave consumers more choices was a good idea.

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I paused the show and asked Tripp what do you think the answer is, is it good or bad and why?

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He said Yes, but he didn't know why.

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So, we had a conversation about choices.

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Options

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A lesson I learned from a wealthy real estate developer early in my career was the idea of optionality.

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He said he wanted optionality whenever he was pursuing negotiations, including real estate acquisitions.

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He didn't want to be pegged into a corner or stuck in a box.

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The ability to go in multiple different directions was a value to him.

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As I've moved forward, I've always tried to increase available options. One of the ways I've been able to increase optionality is to build rare skills.

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If you don't recall, rare skills combine skills that aren't commonly seen together. For example, an accountant who's good at copy writing, public speaking, emotional intelligence and leadership will have more options than someone who is simply an accountant.

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Another thing options do is increase the likelihood that a decision we're going to make is a Type 2 Decision - an Open Door Decision versus a Type 1 Decision - a Closed Door Decision, which I'll go into in more detail after we talk about Inflections.

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Inflection Points

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In mathematics, an inflection point is a point of a curve at which a change in the direction of curvature occurs.

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In business, which is how I've always thought about it, an inflection point is a time of significant change in a situation; a turning point.

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Where I've always considered inflection points is with respect to the career of people on my team and how the inflection points impact the retention of people on my team.

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Let me give you an example with accountants who I hire straight out of college as CPA students and we can walk through the inflection points they'll face in their career.

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Accountant to Senior Accountant

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This is the first inflection point.

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If a student can't progress from an accountant to senior accountant, they'll likely leave my team.

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Fortunately, this is an easy one, the inflection is solved by the student passing their CPA exam and meeting the required precedents of being a senior accountant.

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If they can't, we have a serious talk.

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There's an opportunity to stay, but I'll likely lose them without a promotion.

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Senior Accountant to Accounting Manager

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This is the second inflection point.

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This is when an upwardly mobile accountant has their next choice.

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The choice is to remain in the accounting ranks or move from the accountant role to the manager role.

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Often, they want to be a manager, because it seems that's where the glory is - the title, money and fame that comes with it...Little do they know.

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For each of these inflection points, we think of how long they're in the role before they inflect.

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I'd suggest each of these roles has a 2.5 to 3 year inflection point, which means we can retain someone as an accountant for up to 5 years before a decision needs to be made.

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At each level in their career, a person faces a decision, an inflection point. Can I stay in my current role or climb the ladder at my current place of employment? If I can't, then I need to leave.

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By its nature, then, I tend to view Inflection Points as Type 1 Decisions - Closed Doors

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Jeff Bezos Decision Making

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Type 1 decisions are irreversible. A one-way door.

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These are decisions we need to make slowly, carefully and deliberately.

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We should consult others and approach these decisions based on reasoned logic.

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These decisions remind me of inflection points, points where we can move forward but cannot reverse course.

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For example, I've always said that when you're considering staying in a role or leaving, you need to be willing to go to the altar. Once you ask for a raise and say you'll leave if you don't get it, you have to go if your bluff is called.

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Type 2 decisions are reversible. A two-way door.

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When a decision is reversible, we can make it quick without consulting others or being as sticky with our logic and reasoning.

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This is where optionality is valuable.

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Generally, when we have more options, the odds are we'll be able to reverse direction. We won't be stuck going one way or another but can explore multiple routes to our destination.

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Asymmetrical Opportunities

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This is where the magic happens.

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Not only do we want to increase our options.

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As much as possible, we want asymmetrical options or opportunities.

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I like to have people think of asymmetrical options as situations where you can lose a little or win a lot.

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An example of an asymmetrical opportunity may be a land acquisition contract with 24 months before you're required to close on the land.

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Let's talk about what's asymmetrical about it.

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If you aren't able to arrive at a sensible deal during the 24 months of due diligence, rezoning, etc., you've lost some due diligence costs, and it's on to the next site—a small loss.

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Let's contrast that with the upside scenario. During your 24 months of due diligence, rezoning, etc, not only do you come up with a great potential site, but the market also moves upward 30% during those two years. In this situation, you may be able to close on the land acquisition with no equity using the accumulated land lift.

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There's another key part to optionality - TIME.

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In business and life, not only do you want to buy or have optionality, but you also want to buy or have time. Time is the ultimate option and can be a key to arriving at asymmetrical opportunities.

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As you go through work, life and relationships, look for ways to increase:

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When you're able to do these, you're going to put yourself in situations with a higher likelihood of winning and you're going to be more likely to succeed.

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If you can achieve all three, the sky is your limit!

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I talk about The Power of Consistency.

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Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
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– Dwayne Johnson

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To be great, Embrace the Suck.

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Embrace the Suck long enough to be good.

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Be good long enough until you become great.

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To go from Suck → Good → Great, use Consistency.

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Whether positive or negative, consistency compounds.

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Consistency is key. It’s about showing up, doing the work, and embracing the suck long enough to see results.

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Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Stay consistent, stay disciplined, and never give up.

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of Optionality, Inflections and Asymmetry.

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Until next time, All my Best,

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It's Finally Time

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I'm super excited to announce my next step in life: Frame Properties

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It’s been a long road:

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The road has always led here.

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I’ve been hinting at it for months now.

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At least one or two of you have said tell me more.

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It’s time to re-introduce myself and share with you:

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For the past three years, I’ve written about personal, professional and financial growth.

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I’ve shared some of my personal stories but haven’t talked much about what I do for my day job or personal investing.

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That’s about to change.

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Now, it’s time to go to work as an entrepreneur.

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You’re probably thinking, Clint, you’re 45, WTF took you so long.

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It’s a question I ask myself, too.

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The simple answer is it comes down to priorities.

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There are always two people in a partnership, and, as I discussed last week, I promised my wife stability and earnings early in our relationship. I’ve held those up for 25+ years now, allowing us to reach a point where the risk will be tolerable for her.

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I did that by growing my career, with a compounding increase to my salary of ~ 15% per year for most of that time and by investing well.

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My first ten years were largely with KPMG and focused on private enterprises and real estate.

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Before I discuss where we’re at today, I would be remiss not to mention real estate has been my path to wealth.

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I’ve joined three past colleagues and friends in starting a real estate development shop, Frame Properties.

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Our first project, Emerson, will be under construction next week and has started pre-selling:

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Our second project will be 19 townhomes, and our next few projects (we have some LOIs out now and a few in DD) will be 25 to 30 townhomes in size and scale.

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After that, we’ll target townhome and apartment sites with revenue in the $40+ million range per site.

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Not much is going to change.

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The Time We Have

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79.5 years

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It's 954 months

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That's 4,134 weeks

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Which is 28,938 days

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This is how long you'll live.

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It is the average N. American life span.

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As our kids age and my wife and I grow older, I think about this a lot.

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We went to watch our son at the provincial (state) track and field championships last week.

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He was throwing the shot put, and between each throw, he went and talked to his coach but wouldn't talk with us.

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He came into the event seeded fifth in the province and was practicing outside school by himself with a shot put we bought off Amazon for him.

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The first two throws didn't go well.

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I wondered if maybe it was my fault, which I'll explain.

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He got up for his third and final throw. If he made the top 8 out of the 32 throwers, he'd go onto the playoff and get three more throws.

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He lined up, did his spin and threw a beauty. He'd punched his ticket. But, something was strange. They weren't measuring it and I realized, they'd put up the flag. His foot had touched the line on the edge of the circle. Foot fault. It didn't count.

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I watched him walk over to his coach. Head down. Broken. They talked and he started to walk back to his friends. I motioned him over. He didn't want to come. He was tearing up, I could see it. I hugged him and said I love you, it's okay.

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We later found out he finished 9th. That throw would have put him in the top 5 and he'd have had three more chances to podium...

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A Step Back

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Why would I think it was my fault?

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I've always put so much pressure on my boys, but mostly, my eldest.

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In the last few years, I've learned to let go. To be calmer. To let him live his life and to support his dreams.

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But, you never lose that past. The pressure I put on him for the first 12 or 13 years of his life are hard to forget.

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He may not even remember.

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It may be a distant part of his past.

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But, I can't help but think when he got up to throw with me standing there, it added the pressure he hadn't felt when he threw so much further in the two track meets leading up to the championships.

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What Next

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I'm cognizant I've only got so much time left.

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Even worse, I have even less time with my two boys, especially the eldest.

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In two years, he'll graduate high school.

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Once he's done, he'll likely go away to school. Either in the US or in Eastern Canada.

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This means I need as much quality time as I can with him between his sports, training, friendships and dating life. A tall order. I know.

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For every problem, though, there's a solution.

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I signed him up for a gym membership with me.

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Starting next week, he'll join me in the mornings at the gym before school and work.

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We'll get a workout in, together, have a steam or sauna, then get dressed, pick up his brother and head to school.

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It will be our time.

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To bond. Talk. Be there.

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When he goes to school, we'll transfer the membership to his younger brother and I'll get three years in the gym with him.

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The Bigger Picture

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If the statistics are accurate, I should plan on 34 more years.

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It's a lot and at the same time, it's scary to think that's all I have left.

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What it means, though, is I'm going to focus on making sure every week, month and year I have left is doing what I love.

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It will be spending time with people who light me up, add value to my life and make this world a brighter place.

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It was on my mind today when I talked with my wife about what we're creating together.

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Sometimes, when people ask her if she likes it, she makes a meh face and shrugs. Not exactly an endorsement.

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My feedback to her today was I don't want that for her.

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With a similar amount of time left and all she's done for our family, I want her to be happy, to love what she's doing, and to build the life she wants.

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If it means I need to hire a few VAs to help me with what I'm building, that's what we'll do.

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Her happiness.

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The rest of her time.

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That's what matters to me.

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To some extent, it's why I left my job.

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It's why I'm building a different life. A life I can't wait to share with you next Thursday.

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I know I said it would probably come today, but unfortunately, we're behind in the web build, and I want you to be able to see what we're doing in all of its splendor, which will take one more week.

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When you think about how much time you have:

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How do you want to spend that time?

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I talk about Building Your Eulogy vs Your Resume.

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On a past episode of the podcast, my guest, Vanessa Loder, talked about the concept of building your resume versus building your eulogy.

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It's a powerful idea, and it got me thinking deeply about how we live our lives and what we prioritize.

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While I was reflecting on Vanessa's words, I came across a quote by Kevin Kelly, that added even more depth to this concept.

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Even the idea of pausing and taking a step back is foreign to many of us.

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We're always moving forward, focused on the default path: job, title, salary, career, net worth, a new sports car, a bigger and better house.

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We’re so focused on the resume build we don’t notice life is passing us by.

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So, as you go through your week, think about what you're building. Are you focusing on your resume or your eulogy? The answer could change everything.

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of the Time We Have.

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I sat down for coffee with a friend and past colleague this week, and we had a great conversation.

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She reached out on LinkedIn.

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I hadn't realized she'd left her partnership role at KPMG, and once I had, I wanted to sit, talk and catch up on life.

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We'd worked together, and she'd been an advisor while I was in industry. Not to mention, our kids went to the same school, but it'd been years since we talked.

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Back to Coffee

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The first thing I wanted to know was why she'd left her great role.

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The answer flattened me and it hit home.

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She replied I realized I was living someone else's dream.

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It hit me like a ton of bricks.

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For the last 25 years, it's what I've been doing.

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I may have mentioned it in passing, but never dove deep, I never intended to be an accountant.

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It's probably the last thing anyone in my family would have expected.

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Heck, they were probably surprised I went to college.

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I guess it's why I did my Class 1 with Air, so I could drive tractor trailer or really anything for a backup living (but that's a whole other story)...

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When I first went to college, I majored in English and Psychology with the goal of pursuing a career in Psychology while writing Fiction on the side.

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At the time, with fairness, my girlfriend suggested I change to a degree that would get me a job, and so, I did. I changed to accounting.

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I've never asked her this nor confirmed my hypothesis, but I think she may not have had faith in me then...

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A college degree in Psychology wouldn't have been enough to get a well-paying job; I likely would have needed to do a Master's Degree or even a PhD.

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Her faith couldn't have been too high based on what she'd seen in high school.

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It's not all bad, though.

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When I commit to something, I commit.

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For the last 25 years, I've played the part of an accountant and I've played it really well.

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Really well.

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I was lucky enough to be hired by KPMG, my first big break, and made some of my closest friends in my year group. Some are now running practices across the country or are the CFO of one of the largest developers in our city. These are people who've pushed, supported and challenged me for 25 years.

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With my wife's support, I climbed the corporate ladder and became the CFO of one of the top real estate development companies in our city.

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Wow.

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Not bad for a guy who never wanted to be an accountant.

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But...

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The Subconscious

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The same thing happened for her that was happening with me.

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It starts to drag you down. You feel like something's wrong, but you can't put your finger on it.

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You can't know.

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Generally, you haven't done the Work.

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This is what I refer to as our hardware, friends.

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It's that conditioning that happens in our childhood that we're not even aware of.

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Until we do the work to understand our hardwiring, we let our conditioning lead us and we don't even know it, even if we're feeling the cognitive dissonance.

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The Work

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Six or seven years ago, I started to do the Work after my wife and I had a fight I thought may end our marriage until she said I’ll never stop fighting for us.

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It was then I realized.

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I couldn’t change her role in our marriage.

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But, I could change how I showed up in our marriage as a friend, father and husband.

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I also realized I needed to learn how to be a man to show up for my sons and help raise them to be good men.

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I joined a men’s group—Dove deep into manhood, psychoanalysis, shadow work and more.

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I was doing everything I could to become the best version of myself.

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I’d already worked on my operating systems in my early 30s and my software in my mid 30s, but now it was dismantling and rebuilding my hardware.

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I had a Buddhist coach and started to see a specialist in the area of Shadow Work and Psychoanalysis.

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After all that work, I realized the same thing my friend did during coffee, I was living someone else's life.

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When I said yes to my wife 25 years ago, I locked away who I was meant to become in this world.

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This is the transition you’ve been watching.

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I’ve been shifting from who I was to who I’m going to be, and you’ve been watching it live, which I appreciate.

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Ten months ago, I put Mission 2040 into the Universe, which someone mocked last night, that’s okay, besides the point.

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Within one month, I was exploring three options:

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The decision had to be made and it was.

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It’s why I’ve been so busy for the last nine months.

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It’s why I resigned from my role as a CFO, which paid me A LOT of money, in December.

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Next week, in our newsletter, I’m going to tell you what I chose, what it means, and what you can expect next.

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Until then, I want to know.

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Whose Dream Are You Living?

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Well, it's official.

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As you read this, I'm finishing my last day at Mosaic.

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It's hard to describe the value I experienced in the last 10-1/2 years:

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Next month, they'll turn 13 and 16, incredible. Unimaginable when it started.

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Tomorrow, a chapter ends.

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Monday, a new chapter begins.

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Quotes that Drive Us

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Well, as the day unwound today, I found myself recording a Podcast with Nick Bibeau and somewhere in there we were talking habits and he mentioned the quote on the wall behind me.

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Later, he talked about never giving in with respect to something I said and about how I take action and play the game, and I mentioned two other quotes hanging on either side of my squat rack to the left of my desk.

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They aren't just quotes on the wall.

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They're the definitions of the man I've become.

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It's the actions you take that matter.

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It isn't motivation you need, but discipline.

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Habits. It's the habits that make us.

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The habits we take on a daily basis that shape us.

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The Arena

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What's got me ahead the most in life is I'm smart enough to figure things out and I'm dumb enough to act on them.

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I don't site on the sidelines.

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I don't succumb to analysis paralysis.

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It's a willingness to suck until I'm good. To be good until I'm great.

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Persistence

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It's about being willing to push through any obstacle in the way until we cross the finish line.

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Never Give In

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This is it.

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The work ethic to my parents taught me.

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Blue Collar Folk who worked their way up in life.

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Man, did my father push me.

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No matter how hard I worked, it wasn't enough.

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No matter how well I played, I could have been better.

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They taught me to stand up for others, as well.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we re-released one of our top listened to episodes with our guest Bill Perkins. We talked about his book, Die with Zero: Getting All You Can From Your Money and Your Life.

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of the Quotes That Drive Me.

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Leadership Lessons

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For the last 20+ years, I've been focused on leadership.

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It's changed my life in many ways, including climbing the corporate ladder from a first-year accounting student to CFO.

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After an undergraduate degree in business and a Master's in Accounting, I realized I knew little about leadership.

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I also knew the way you climb the corporate ladder is through your people, not through your work.

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The people on your team need to believe in you and lift you up. They need to want to see you succeed.

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What it meant was I spent the next 20+ years studying good leaders:

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I looked for good leadership and tried to understand what made good leaders stand out.

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Below are 24 lessons I codified that helped shape my leadership style, which I share with young leaders on my team:

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It is not about you anymore

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You've already been promoted. Let go of the spotlight.

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Get the roadblocks out of your teams' way and let them shine.

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You need to listen more and ask good questions

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Not like you're thinking about what you're going to say. Like you care.

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Learn to ask great questions, the first two:

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Never stop learning. Ever

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A-players don't want to work for someone they've outgrown.

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The easiest way to prevent it isn't to hold them back, it's to outpace their learning:

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Raise your expectations and your empathy

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People respond well to challenges, and they respond better when the person who challenges them cares about them.

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This is a Mentor Leader. Be it.

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Give your team credit, and take the blame

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When things are going well, praise your team publicly and when things go wrong, own the problem.

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They know you have their back when they see this and will go to war for you.

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I do this by email.

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If things go well, I'll email the shareholders and cc my team praising their work.

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If things go well, I'll do the same taking the blame for the problem.

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Learn the golden rule of leadership

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Don't lead people the way you prefer to be led. Lead them the way that they want to be led.

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Every person is different. Adapt your style to your people and don't expect them to adapt to you.

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Leave your assumptions at the door

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When you have a meeting with one of your team, don’t go in with expectations.

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Seek to understand, and then, if needed, to be understood.

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Your team is not you

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There’s a reason you were the one who was promoted or hired.

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Don’t expect the same of your people as yourself.

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Expect of people what they’re capable of.

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Believe in people more than they do

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Your expectations may be higher than they have for themselves. That’s okay.

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Share your belief in them and help them make it a reality.

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They will be your teammates for life.

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Get used to uncertainty

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You aren’t a line player anymore.

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Your schedule isn’t set from the moment you punch in until you punch out.

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As a leader, you deal with curveballs. With fires and challenges.

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Get used to it.

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Have the hard conversations early

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Don’t shy away from them.

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Weak leaders do that. Instead, try this:

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Make it about the behavior, not the person.

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Fight for your people

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Some people think it is okay only to review salaries when their team asks.

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Unfortunately, women and many minorities are less likely to ask for a raise, and it is not right to ignore this fact.

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Do your research and fight for your people.

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Extend trust and respect without a need to \"earn it\"

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When you require someone to earn your trust and respect, you limit your relationships.

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You may get burned if you extend it quickly, but it's a much happier way to live and doesn't have a ceiling.

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Get outside and go for a walk and talk

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When you do, leave the agenda behind and connect with the person.

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What are their:

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  • aspirations
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How is their home life? Family life? Mental health?

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The best colleagues spot the best colleagues

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They also spot B-players, and if you don't cull your B-players, you will lose your A-players in time.

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Make the hard choices and cut quickly.

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Invest in your people:

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If you consistently tick all three boxes, you will have your teammate for a long horizon.

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You need to fire fast and hire slow

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If someone isn't a fit, you need them off the team quickly, before the chemistry can be poisoned.

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Likewise, unless you're sure someone is a fit, you cannot add them to your team.

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Involve your team in hiring

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The more people who meet new colleagues, the more likely they will fit.

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The number one rule is you cannot say \"yes\" unless everyone says yes.

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If someone has a reservation, don't make the hire until it has been explored and put to bed.

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Hire people you want to spend time with

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If you're looking to climb the leadership ladder, you're spending more time at work than at home.

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Make sure you spend that time with people you like, so it's enjoyable.

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Ask yourself: would I have this person over for a BBQ?

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Only ask people to do what you have done or would do

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Nobody wants to work for the person who asks them to work overtime and come in on weekends unless you're with them.

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Lead from the front, not from the back.

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It is a marathon, not a sprint

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Not all decisions need to be made right away, and some don't even need to be made.

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Recognize:

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  • Decisions that need you
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Slow down. Listen. Be more patient and reflective.

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Paint a picture for people

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Your team needs to know where they're going.

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You need to learn how to communicate your vision to your people to get them bought in and rowing alongside you.

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Go to Toastmasters and learn.

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Learn to see the forest and the trees

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Some people are good at detail.

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Some people are big picture thinkers.

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As a strong leader, you need to be able to zone out to 10,000 feet and get down in the mud and figure things out with your people when required.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I talk about why Money is Not Evil.

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Society teaches you Money is Evil. It's the biggest lie they tell us.

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Most of us are conditioned to believe money is evil and it creates two problems:

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The different ways society teach you money is evil are:

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I have two sons. I see this on TV, in the media, when they watch cartoons or movies. And, there's no way I'm going to let them think money is evil or they don't deserve it. It's our job as parents to teach them.

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Last Word 👋

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of my Leadership Lessons and what would you add?

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Trying is Failing

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Monday afternoon, I met with some great colleagues, talking about a special project we had to do.

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When one of my colleagues was assigned certain tasks, she said I'll Try in response.

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My spidey senses were triggered.

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I knew what I had to write about this week.

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You see, that's how this works. As I go through the week, I listen to what's happening. I think about things on my walks and come up with ideas that helped me on my journey. Ideas I think will help you, the readers.

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So, it's Wednesday night, and I'm sitting at a keyboard while my wife says get the newsletter done so I can edit it, and I begin to write.

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The Unit

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I loved watching and learning.

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There was one conversation on the show that stuck out to me.

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Sergeant Major Jonas Blane is on a camping trip with his daughter, Betsy, when she says I'll try.

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He looks at her and says in his deep baritone voice Trying is Failing.

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The moment he said it, I got chills up and down my spine because I was at a transition point in my life and needed to make changes.

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I know.

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You're thinking, what about Yoda

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That awesome little green guy said Do or Do Not, There is no Try.

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This started a shift in my life.

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I started to put more thought and consideration into how I talk to myself.

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What you say becomes what you do.

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What you do determines who you become.

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So, you know I have now eliminated try from my vocabulary, so what other changes have I made?

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Well, here you go:

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I Can't Do It

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When you say, \"I can't do it,\" you're right.

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Instead, choose to say, \"I'll Do It.\"

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Commit to your success and to achieving your goals.

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Strong leaders and successful people say \"Yes\" and then figure out how to do it.

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It's Impossible

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The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe It Is Possible.

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Successful people set big, hairy, audacious goals and take consistent steps to achieve them.

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They don't let others' definitions of what is possible get in the way of their dreams.

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I Need More [Blank]

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I need more time.

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I need more money.

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I need more experience.

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None of this is true.

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You need to start and believe in yourself.

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I Will Do It Tomorrow

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You will not do it tomorrow.

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Tomorrow never comes for those who're waiting for it.

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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is a mystery, and you only have today—this moment.

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I Should…Need To…Have To...

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When you tell yourself:

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You're dictating to yourself.

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Nobody likes a dictator, even when the dictator is you.

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Instead, use \"choose.\"

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  • I choose to listen
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  • I choose to exercise
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We all have the same time in the day.

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Some people choose how to use it better.

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They prioritize what they want to achieve and focus on those priorities.

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They read instead of playing video games.

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They exercise instead of watching Netflix.

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I Can Do It Myself

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When you tell others, \"I can do it myself,\" you're saying, \"I'm not a team player.\"

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If you want to go fast, go alone.

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If you want to go far, go together.

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Whether you can do it alone or not isn't the key, it's how much better you'll be together.

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I know

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When you say \"I know,\" you're assuming you have nothing to learn.

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Strong leaders, and successful people, assume they \"don't know.\"

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Instead, they ask questions and approach life with a beginner's mindset, always open to learning and possibilities.

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I Can't Change Who I Am

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People who think they can't change won't change.

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If you believe you have the power to change, you will.

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A growth mindset is needed to be a solid leader and a successful person.

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It is what it is, is Bullshit.

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It's what you choose it to be.

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So that's it this week, Team, subtle changes in your language are going to change how you behave and who you become !

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Seattle, Fractional CFO and Dinner with Friends

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We're headed to Seattle for the weekend for a hockey tournament. It's always nice to hit a tournament in Seattle, but two weeks in a row is a lot of driving!

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We'll be at a hockey tournament and hope the boys have a blast.

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When we're back in Vancouver, I'll talk with a few local real estate development shops about being a fractional CFO or doing special projects. Interesting times. More to come in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday night, I'll do what we love. Dinner with friends. Colleagues who I've had the privilege of working with for the last 10 to 13 years.

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In this week's episode of the Growth Guide Podcast, I talk about having a beginner's mindset.

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Humility drives a beginner's mindset. It recognizes that we do not have the answers to everything.

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Approach life with a beginner's mindset, always seeking to learn, question, and grow.

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My wife left for a week in Paris with her cousin Friday night.

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It's me home alone with the boys for a week as I write this to you.

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I know, you're reading the title and thinking to yourself, how can you be stressed in Paris, you idiot, it's the City of Love.

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You've been following along, so not much of this will be a surprise to you:

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You may be asking, why the lurch.

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Well, once I resigned, work decided they wouldn't need me through June, which meant my income was cut overnight.

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What goes with your income is the ability to get a mortgage.

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So, now my wife is sitting there looking at me like the biggest dummy in the world, saying

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Let me get this straight. You convinced me to buy a townhouse, quit your job and now we have no income, can't get a mortgage and haven't sold our house...WTF

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She Wasn't Wrong.

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But, I was able to offer sage words of advice, it will all work out.

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I know, you're reading that line and you're onside with her - there's no f*cking way I should give her that answer. ZERO.

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I've written about the combination of the Law of Attraction and the Law of Action before and talked about it here on YouTube - give the channel a subscribe, drop a comment and like it to help grow the channel [I'm supposed to say that, right].

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Okay, so how does that make my insanity sane?

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Well, it doesn't, but it does - hear me out.

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I'd already been taking action for 24 years, and for Mission 2040, I'd been laying the groundwork on social media for two years.

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I'll say this to you over and over again:

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That's it: Attract and then ACT

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We bought a new house

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Here's the challenge

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There are very few townhomes in the city that match what we need:

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Lots of indoor-outdoor space - A LOT.

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Four bedrooms and spacious living.

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It ticked every single box and there was only one home left, so we bought it. We had to.

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My Resignation

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It was time.

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I'd started to build businesses.

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I was continuing to pour into social media.

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And, by day, I was still the CFO of a large team while trying to be a father and husband.

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It wasn't sustainable.

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The right thing to do was step away.

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Sure, it didn't work exactly how I wanted it to, but it gave me time to build, and I used that time well.

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I haven't even announced I'll provide fractional CFO services and I've lined up a few opportunities, which could book me fully for two years while I build our businesses.

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The Mortgage

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I was reasonably certain, and wasn't wrong, that someone would provide us a mortgage based on our net worth and liquid assets.

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The Finale

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So, she was scheduled to leave for Paris on Friday and had been stressed for months. What changed?

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Last Thursday, we sold our home, check

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Yesterday, we had our mortgage approved, check

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I've had conversations about job opportunities, check

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So, I messaged her yesterday and said,

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Walk Back Down the Mountain

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Good News !

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We sold our house.

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Even better, we set a record price.

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But, it's hard to describe how I'm feeling right now. I guess I'd say:

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When I convinced my wife to build our house, I sold her on a vision.

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The vision had us being here for 20+ years and having dinners with our children and grandkids.

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When I was building that vision, though, I expected I'd be a shareholder at work and continue on the path I was on.

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That didn't work out.

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Being a shareholder wasn't on the table.

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So, I needed to take a different path. Forge a different outcome.

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Sure, I could have stayed.

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They were paying me boatloads of money.

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The problem is, when you start to climb the mountain, you see there are greater peaks beyond it that you can climb.

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But, here's the rub.

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To climb to the higher peaks you see, you need to walk back down the mountain first.

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You need to take steps backwards to take steps forward.

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Sometimes, you need to be willing to go back down the mountain to take a different path higher and that's what we're doing now.

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Here I share a post about our house and what I'll miss for posterity.

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Beginner's Mindset

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What we're talking about here is a beginner's mindset.

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The willingness to take steps down the mountain to start over again.

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It requires a willingness to let go of your ego and fear and to begin again. Naval Ravikant sums it up well in this video here:

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The two biggest roadblocks I see are money and ego.

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We get used to making a certain amount of money and let our lifestyle inflate to what we're making and can't give it up.

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We also tend to tie our ego to the job we have. To the level of prestige we believe it gives us. But, the reality is, we aren't our job. We aren't our position. And, nobody even thinks about it.

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When you're willing to let go of your pride and live lean, you can start over and climb to higher peaks.

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I feel like I failed...

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But, the truth is I just began again.

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And, I know, I'm going to go much further this time.

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Next month, we'll start to share what we're doing with everyone and we're excited for you to have the opportunity to come on this journey with us.

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In this week's episode of the Growth Guide Podcast, I talk about Building a Bias to Action, including the action spectrum, the impact of biases to action, and how to overcome common barriers to taking action.

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If you're like me, you like a no-nonsense approach to self-development.

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It's why I like the style of Mark Manson. Every week, he provides one idea, one question, and one exercise that could spark your next breakthrough. No fluff, no filler, no BS. Just five minutes each week that might change everything.

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Habits and Communication

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Today's newsletter is short.

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There's a twofold reason for that, and they both relate to exactly what we're going to discuss in this newsletter.

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We're going to talk about habits and how to convey your thoughts and I'll share a tweet with you on each.

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Sustainable Habits

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I always share the importance of habits with you and the importance of compounding, which is why this is something you need to understand:

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The best habit you can choose is the one you can sustain.

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Think about it for a minute.

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It's great to work out hard every day for a week.

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It's better to work out moderately every day for years.

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It's great to fast intermittently for a few days.

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It's better to maintain a healthy diet through the decades.

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Stop looking for the magic pill.

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Start looking for the habits and behaviors you can sustain.

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Simon Sinek does an excellent job explaining it here:

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You're not going to know when the magic will happen.

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What you need to know is it's going to happen eventually.

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This is why you'll need to be patient on the results and persistent on the process.

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As always, my friends, remember it goes slow until it goes fast.

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Clear + Concise Communication

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This second one's short.

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When you're communicating an idea, I want you to think of this.

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The communication should be exactly as long as it needs to be to convey the message you need to convey.

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Here's an example of that in play and how sometimes people can confuse it to think shorter is always better - it's not.

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Sometimes, it needs to be long.

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Sometimes, brevity is what matters.

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The goal, though, is to say it clearly in as few words as possible, so here's a picture:

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we re-released one of our top listened to episodes with our guest Brad Ritter. We talked about his book, School of Grit: Unlock Your Potential Through Purposeful Adversity.

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Some of the powerful ideas we discussed include:

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of Sustainability and Communication.

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I'd love to chat with you !

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All my best,

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As my time as a consultant winds down, I look forward to being able to work directly with members of my audience.

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To help people achieve their own breakthroughs: personally, professionally and financially.

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Never Give In

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I Give In...

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I whispered those words to myself.

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If my family was around the corner, I was going to throw in the towel.

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Luckily, they weren't around the corner and I started to think of one of my favorite quotes, which hangs on the wall of my office.

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Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
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You may be asking yourself now, what was I going to quit.

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On April 29, 2018, I was scheduled to run my longest ultramarathon, which was 50 miles. It was the Mt. Si ultramarathon and I'd been training by running daily for 1-1/2 years.

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I felt ready.

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I went out quick, not far off the leaders.

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We were maintaining a steady Zone 2 pace and I was having a blast, but I made a fateful mistake...

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I tried some new nutrition products on race day and my stomach said, no thank you, Mr. Clint.

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After a quick detour to the forest, I was back on the trails feeling great - don't worry, I'll leave that section up to your imagination...It wasn't pretty.

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At the halfway mark, I was feeling brilliant.

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I finished the first marathon in four hours flat and was ready to destroy the second half of the race in slightly over eight hours.

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I got to the next aid station and started walking while I ate and drank, which I did at all aid stations.

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But, the Wheels Fell Off.

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When I got to the other side of the aid station, I pressed the gas pedal, but my legs wouldn't run.

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Weird, I thought. Maybe I just need a few minutes.

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I know. I'll wait for the next group to pass me, latch onto the back of them and draft like a cyclist.

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It was a great plan.

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As Mike Tyson says, though, everybody has a plan until they're punched in the face.

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And, I was punched in the face.

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The group caught me and was jogging by slowly.

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I started to spin up my legs to run behind them at a slower pace than I'd been doing all day.

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Nope.

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Not even for a minute.

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My legs had told my brain I was done.

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They weren't willing to put in anymore work for me today.

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The next group, I kept telling myself, I'll latch onto the next group and every single group that went by, the same thing happened.

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The walking began.

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One mile, two, three miles four.

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It's when the voices started in my head.

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I Give In.

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Where's my family.

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If I see them around the corner, I quit...

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They weren't around the corner, though, so there was no quit.

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The March

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Well, if there's no quit and no exit vehicle, I only had one choice.

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It was a simple choice. The choice to put one foot in front of the other and it's what I did.

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Four miles became five, six miles seven.

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It continued like this to the base of a mountain...Are you f*cking kidding me, I've been walking seven miles and now I need to go up a mountain, I told myself.

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The only positive was my ultramarathon coaches never had me running uphill. It was always a power march and I'd already been power marching for seven miles so up I went and now, strangely, I started to pass people.

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Once I was at the top of the mountain, I decided to test something...Could I run down? It seemed reasonable. It should be easier and so I stretched out the legs and let myself go and my legs started to cycle. They started to sing as I ran down the mountain with the wind blowing by me. It was magical. I've rarely felt better, but I wasn't crazy. I paced it.

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Tears to My Eyes

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It was then, I realized, I can do this.

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I'm going to be able to finish this race, today.

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As I got to the bottom of the mountain, I rounded the corner into an aid station and it's when I saw the most beautiful site: My wife and two boys were standing their holding signs supporting me and my little guys (9 and 6) were cheering madly for their father.

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As I type it, I'm feeling tears coming to my eyes.

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In the moment, I was broken down.

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My body was broken and my mind was overcome.

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I smiled, I may have cried, and I picked up my youngest son and hugged him, kissed my wife and said I'm going to finish this, baby, but it's going rough...I'll be a while and I'd love to keep seeing you guys.

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She knew what was up.

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Every few aid stations, there they were.

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Every time, it provided the extra juice to keep on kicking ass.

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Run one kilometer.

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Walk a kilometer.

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Run. Walk. Run. Walk. Rinse. Repeat.

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I started to see runners who lost that battle.

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They were slowing down. They were giving in. People who'd passed me earlier were the people I was passing now. One by one, two by two, I went passed more and more of them.

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Run. Walk.

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Run. Walk.

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I repeated this process until I finished the 50 miles (80 kilometers).

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The total time on the course was 9:22:31 - the second half of the course was 1:22:31 longer than the first half.

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I didn't care.

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All I cared about was I finished.

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All I cared about was I Hadn't Given In.

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Lessons in Life

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Whether it was completing an Ironman when I was 32 or completing the ultramarathon at 39, I've learned through physical trials what we're capable of.

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It's why I know there is no limit.

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There's no ceiling to what we're able to do.

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We can do anything once we build our Get Sh!t Done Muscle.

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At a minimum, we can do much more than we expect we can do in life.

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Whether it's long hours in the office, a hard workout in the gym, it doesn't matter. Whatever needs doing can get done,

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In this week's episode of the Growth Guide Podcast, I talk about \"The Law of Attraction\" which suggests our conscious and unconscious thoughts influence our lives by attracting events and circumstances.

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People get the Law of attrACTION wrong.

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The problem is they’re focused on what they can attract.

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But, what they should be focusing on is the action they’re going to take to get it.

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The premise is simple, like attracts like:

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of Never Give In.

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Routine

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I've always loved variants of this quote,

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It's when I started to train for Triathlon.

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I started to understand the power of consistency and routine.

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But, while I was consistent in my actions for the next ten years, routines weren't exactly my thing...It's even why I wrote this post on Twitter, which goes viral every time I share it.

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Let's talk about why it resonates.

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People are tired of hearing the rules they need to follow to live their dream life.

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They want to know they can live their life, their way and still get the desired outcome they want.

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It's not untrue.

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And, it's not necessarily true.

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Sure, I can retire earlier than most people and live a good life.

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But, even though I was able to do a lot of what I wanted on the way, I sacrificed A LOT and I don't talk about it in the clickbait.

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On the What Are You Made of Show, which I had the pleasure to record last week (Listen on Apple or Spotify), I shared what I was made of was Fire.

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My whole life, my mantra has been to attack.

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If there's something I want, I go for it with everything I have.

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I'm willing to run into walls and burn myself out to achieve the outcomes I desire, which is why I can eat avocado toast, drink a lot of coffee and wake up when I want...

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The Change

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The thing is...

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That's not true anymore.

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As I age, I realize I need the routine.

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In fact, as I've left the workforce and start multiple businesses, I find I'm leaning into so many of the tropes I'd have previously made fun of and they're making my life and future better - let me give you an example relative to the above Netflix Twitter Post.

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I wake up at 4:45

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In the gym for bootcamp at 5:30

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After bootcamp I run for 35 minutes

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Follow that up with a Steam and Sauna.

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To cool off, I jump in an ice cold shower for 5 to 7 minutes

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I come home, eat a high protein breakfast with no carbs and take my boys to school.

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I'll then do my first shift of consulting for my former employer and follow it up with a high protein / low carb lunch.

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After that, it's my second shift of deep work building my businesses and ensuring I get done what needs doing.

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I'll have dinner, walk the dog, spend some family time, and then it's on to the Deep Work Shift 3, which is content creation, finishing up business building, etc. until I go to bed.

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It's a system.

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It sets me up for success.

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I'm starting to feel mentally and physically fit.

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I'm seeing changes in my weight, body composition and I'm happy.

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The realization is if there's something you really want you may need to change your approach to get it.

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I want this.

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I'm changing my approach.

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The Power to Change

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I had a great chat with my cousin this week.

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Someone I've always been close to and admired.

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He said some powerful words to me and they resonated:

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Damn, that hit home.

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I let him know it really landed for me.

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I also want you to know he's 100% right.

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My mindset has shifted exponentially over the last decade - I'm a completely different person and it's going to change even more over the next decade.

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That, my friends, is what personal development is all about.

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It's why you're reading this newsletter.

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It's why I read books, read newsletters and listen to podcasts.

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Every time we do, we're giving ourselves the opportunity to change who we tare.

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We're giving ourselves the opportunity to recognize there may be a better version of ourselves out there and we can become that version.

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I've talked about this one before and will talk about it forever.

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You can change.

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You can become better.

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You can see attributes in someone you know, someone you read about, listen to our see on the television.

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You can decide in that moment that you're going to adopt those attributes.

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My recommendation is you only change one attribute at a time and once you've adopted it, grab another and another until you are the person you want to be.

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Even better, some of the best people in the world with respect to the attributes you want to adopt are available online. I've taken men's work courses and shadow work training with an author I admire. I had a Buddhist coach in California who I met on a silent retreat. From them, I learned new skills, attributes and mindsets and I made them mine.

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I planted the seeds - more on that below !

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This week's episode of The Growth Guide is a lot shorter than the episodes that you're used to seeing from me.

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We're taking a bit of a pivot for a period of time while I’m in a moment of transition in my life.

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I’m moving away from being a full-time employee to an entrepreneur, consultant, etc. I'm going to write, podcast, public speak, coach and consult, and I'm also going to invest in private equity and real estate businesses.

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What that looks like is I'll start some businesses in those areas. Getting those businesses off the ground takes a lot of time, effort and capital. What I'm finding is I don't have enough time to dedicate to the conversations I was having with the amazing guests who were coming on this show.

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So, for a period of time, I'm going to do some shorter episodes. They're nuggets, bits of wisdom. They're things I've written about, whether on social media or in my newsletter.

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I'll also be sharing on the show and in my writing the lessons I'm learning from starting and scaling multiple businesses and look forward to building it all in public.

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In this week's episode, I introduce the concept of \"planting seeds\" for future success, and how present actions and patience are required for long-term growth. I encourage you all to consider the seeds you want to plant in the various areas of your lives for a better future.

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Last Word 👋

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of Routine.

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I'd love to chat with you !

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Bread and Circuses

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I've thought about this quote a lot over the years and even more so recently.

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Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.
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The saying dates from the late first and early second centuries AD and is often used in political contexts.

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Generally, it refers to politicians trying to keep us complacent by ensuring we're well-fed and have entertainment to distract us.

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The problem is inflation.

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Inflation is removing half the equation.

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Food costs are soaring and we're all starting to notice.

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I'm financially better off than most and have been a high earner. But, even I'm starting to find the increasing costs disturbing.

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As part of my workout routine and diet plan, I'm increasing my protein intake and mentioned buying chicken and steak to my wife. Her response was are you mad? I only buy steak from Costco when it's on sale...

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Wait, what?

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I hadn't noticed?

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Are we rationing our meat consumption?

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Around the same time, I was grabbing lunch and walked down to a drugstore to grab a bottle of Diet Pepsi, one of my few remaining vices, and a pack of gum. The machine charged me $6.

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I had to double-check. Surely, they must have charged me twice for either the pop or the gum, but they hadn't. It was $6, and I decided to reduce my consumption on the spot.

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Circuses

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When the Bread goes, the Circus increases.

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If the goal is to keep us complacent and we can't afford bread, then we need to increase the circuses.

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What does this mean for you and me?

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It means we're going to be bombarded by distractions and it will be harder to maintain our focus in life.

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Our focus is what sets us apart, though.

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Our focus is what allows us to achieve our goals.

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One of the goals of the Growth Guide is to help you increase your earnings, so the Bread part of the equation isn't relevant. So you can afford what you want in life.

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To do that, you can't get distracted by the Circuses.

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You need to be able to hold to the program:

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  5. Do the work. Day in. Day out
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When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you're going to stay focused.

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The next step in the equation is ensuring you maintain your focus enough to do the work day in and day out.

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Here are some things I've done to reduce the Circuses:

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  3. Replace the news with books
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  5. Ask yourself if it really matters (5 + 5)
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  7. Have a detailed list, and schedule, of goals
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  9. Surround yourself with people who are focused
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Create, Don't Consume

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The greatest Circus is in the palm of our hands.

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Our phones and the social media apps we have on them are a disaster for our attention, but they don't have to be.

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When you switch from the mindset of a consumer to a creator, you're going to experience a whole new side of social media.

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You'll surround yourself with other creators and you'll consume content that adds value to your life so you can share it with your world.

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No more doom scrolling.

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The goal is to cause the doom scrolling.

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While we're on it.

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Remember to curate your feeds.

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The arguments about politics, religion, wars, online aren't valuable.

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You're not going to change the world by being a social media keyboard warrior.

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Instead, curate the people you follow who add value to your life and block the people who constantly try to engage you in arguments. There's no point to them.

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Replace the News With Books

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The news is transient.

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What's a headline today is gone tomorrow.

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There's not a lot of benefit to your life to the 25+ Breaking News headlines the New York Times sends you everyday.

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If news is really important, people will tell you.

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If news is really important, you're going to find out.

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Whenever my wife asks me did you see that article about x, I reply with a simple No, tell me more if I'm interested or No, not interested if it's irrelevant.

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Books, though.

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Books are magical.

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They are a ladder to a better life.

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They let you stand on the shoulders of Giants.

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Think about it this way. Someone spent their professional life and years of research to provide you with information that can improve your life.

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When you start to think about that magic, you're going to want to consume as many books as you possibly can and to do it, you're going to watch and read the news less.

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Ask Yourself if it Really Matters

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We talked about this one a few weeks ago.

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I'm going to remind you of the 5 + 5 Rule.

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When you're worried about something or the circus is distracting you, ask yourself if this will matter in five years.

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If the answer is no, then don't spend more than 5 minutes on it.

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Let it go.

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Schedule Your Goals

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If you want to know what a person truly values,

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Look at how they spend their money and their time.

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If you say you value physical health, but spend no time working out, you don't value your physical health.

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Having a Goal is one thing.

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Putting it on a To Do list is another.

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But, the magic really happens when you schedule it.

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Get your goals into your calendar and stay focused on what you schedule.

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A Focused Circle

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If the people you surround yourself with are reading the news, debating politics and talking about the frivolities of pop culture, guess what you're going to be doing...

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If the people you surround yourself with are driven to succeed:

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Then you're going to achieve levels of success you've never imagined.

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I've managed to be lucky in life.

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To achieve accomplishments I never imagined.

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Yet, when I look at my circle, I sometimes feel like a slacker.

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I've surrounded myself with people who will ensure I'm always pushed to be a better version of myself and I'll do my best to ensure I push them the same way.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Steve Adcock about their book, ​Millionaire Habits: How to Achieve Financial Independence, Retire Early, and Make a Difference by Focusing on Yourself First.

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If you want to be a Millionaire,

You need to develop the right habits:

• Automate
• Own Your Shit
• Create your Luck
• Invest in Yourself
• Pay Yourself First
• Outwork the Room
• Be in the Right Room
• Exponential Thinking
• Increase Your Income

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Steve talks about “saving money” as not a goal in and of itself, but rather the end product of the personal wealth equation: Wealth = Income + Investments – Lifestyle.

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Check out this episode to hear more!

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of Bread and Circuses.

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I'd love to chat with you!

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Retirement

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To retire or not to retire...

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That is a question I ask myself.

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It's a question one of our audience members asked about last week, so I thought I'd write about it today and take you through my thought process.

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I will never retire

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I will work differently but never retire.

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Let me take you through my thought process.

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Purpose

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When I see people who live a long time, and I want to live for a very long time, they often have a purpose and activities that keep them mentally and physically engaged.

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  • Charlie Munger
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These are people worth hundreds of millions, or billions, of dollars and they're still showing up in the office consistently.

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They may work less hours

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They may take more vacations

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But, they're still regularly in the office to provide mentorship, have relationships and a sense of purpose.

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I see a lot of older people who retire who haven't planned for it and there seems to be a clear lack of purpose and it's often painful to watch:

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  • Decrease in health
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You start to see people planted in front of a television and mental and physical health begins to degrade.

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Human Connection

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Purpose is one thing.

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Human connection is another.

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When you leave the workforce, you can lose connection.

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For people who have a broad social network, this may not be an issue.

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But, for people who work heavily and are very focused on their career, often the people in the workplace are their social connection.

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When you retire, it's gone.

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Even with me leaving the workplace and starting my own businesses, I feel it.

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I'm not connected.

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I'm not seeing my peers or my team.

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The energy that gave me is missing in life.

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To make up for it, I'm changing my approach to life.

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It means waking up earlier, working out, surrounding myself with people focused on fitness and then starting my work, alone.

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I know one of the most important things for me is to find a shared office space with people to build that connection.

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I couldn't imagine 20+ years post-retirement without that energy.

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Mortality and Health

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Studies have shown that this lack of purpose and human connection increases mortality.

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Think about that for a minute.

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People retire from work and they die.

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That's not something I want in my life - simply, working longer causes better health – specifically longer life expectancy.

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The Centre for Retirement Research notes men ages 62-65 who worked longer saw a two-month increase in life expectancy during their late 60s.

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Harvard Health notes:

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  • Working even one more year beyond retirement age was associated with a 9% to 11% lower risk of dying
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  • Compared with people who retired, people who worked past age 65 were about three times more likely to report being in good health and about half as likely to have serious health problems, such as cancer or heart disease
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Working Differently

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It doesn't have to be this way.

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There's a way to get the benefits of it all.

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To me, that's working differently in my businesses.

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When I reach 60 to 65, I know what an ideal day would look like, for me:

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  • Spend a few hours in the family office
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  • Have lunch with young people - mentorship
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  • Afternoon walk with friends, family or business partners
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  • Take the afternoon to spend time with my wife and friends
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  • Evenings for reading, writing, creating content and to bed early
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I want to design my life to have human connection.

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To be able to challenge myself mentally and physically while adding value to young people in the workplace and industry.

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Spending time in the family office focused on ways to invest and grow the wealth of me and my partners is a way to continue to add value to the partnership.

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It's 15 to 20 years away, so there's no rush, but I like to have a vision board for where I'm going.

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Something to look on the horizon and say that's the destination and then I march in that direction until I hit it.

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What about you?

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What's your retirement plan?

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How do you see your life playing out?

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Jade Wu about their book, ​Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications.

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Data shows 30% of adults are sleep deprived.

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Poor sleep affects your mind, body and spirit.

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Jade discusses intricate nature of our relationship with sleep and emphasizes the importance of nurturing a healthy connection with sleep, likening it to a personal relationship that requires compassion and understanding.

Join as we discuss how to overcome insomnia, including:

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Last Word 👋

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of the Janitor Test.

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The Janitor Test

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Let's get straight into it this week.

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I've been thinking about this one for a while. Since I read this Twitter Thread:

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It got me thinking of my Dad.

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He had shoulder replacement surgery last week so I've been thinking about him.

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As your parents age, when they go in for surgery, you worry about them like they worried about you.

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He's doing well and on the road to recovery, which should be better for him long-term, so let's focus on how it ties to Trent's tweet.

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Growing Up

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Growing up, we didn't have much.

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We never stayed in the same place long, and my dad didn't hold down steady jobs. That didn't change until I was ~ 10 years old.

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At 10, my father made a decision to give up alcohol. A decision that changed his life and the lives of everyone in our family.

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During the school year, he worked full-time as a school bus driver and also did security work in the film industry. When school was out in June and the film industry was busy, he would work with the Teamsters as a driver—usually in the set decorating department.

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Over time, he moved to cast and crew driving and started a business renting equipment and vehicles to the movies. His income improved significantly, but it was by working 18+ hours per day. Double Time, Triple Time and on the good days, Quad Time.

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What does that have to do with the Janitor Test? Everything.

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One of the things I noticed about my dad that differentiated him from anyone else I've ever seen, other than my big brother maybe, is he would talk to anyone, absolutely anyone.

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Not only would he talk to them, he'd have meaningful conversations.

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We'd be in the big city shopping and come out of the store, and he'd be having a deep conversation with a homeless person on the street. He'd be finding out their story—how they got there—and when you joined him, he'd fill you in, fascinated by what he'd learned.

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It was like Humans of New York, but it was my Dad.

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I've never told him how much that impressed me, but gosh, did it ever.

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There was a lesson he taught my siblings and me.

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A lesson that's never left us. The Janitor Test.

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The Janitor Test

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The Janitor Test is simple.

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Whether someone is the CEO or the company janitor, you should treat them the same.

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He didn't only talk to important people. VIPs. He talked to everyone.

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He and my mother taught us to hold the door, say please and thank you, and do it respectfully regardless of who was on the other side.

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I think part of it was they always saw themselves on that other side. They saw their parents, uncles, aunts and siblings. People who battled to eek out a living. People who deserved respect.

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These are lessons I can never forget, no matter how rich I get.

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If you see someone who doesn't...

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Someone who only treats people who are valuable well but ignores others speaks to their character.

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Let me give you some simple examples:

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How many Big Twitter Accounts do you see that reply only to other large accounts and don't answer DMs?

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To me, they're failing the Janitor Test.

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Sure, if you send me a DM trying to sell me something, I'll just delete it.

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But, if you send me an authentic DM to have a conversation, I'll speak to you.

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If you reply to my tweets, I'm going to engage with you and the more I see it the more I engage, because you matter.

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You matter as much as a large account.

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You matter as much as an important VIP account.

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We're all human and we all deserve to have connection.

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The combination of my dad and growing up poor, with nothing, makes me realize how important it is to be seen.

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If you're someone who replies to my newsletter with an email, like below's questions, I'm going to reply. We're going to have a conversation. That's simply how respect works for me.

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Run the Test

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Here are some ways you can run the test.

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If you have a job applicant, test them.

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If you have someone you're dating, test them.

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Put them in situations where they'll be exposed to people in blue-collar or menial roles and have someone strike up a conversation.

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What you're seeking to understand is how they'll behave.

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You'll want to know whether it's the same as how they'd behave with you, your boss, or the company president.

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Let me know how your test goes and what you think when you see someone fail the Janitor Test.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Nir Eyal about their book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.​

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Last Word 👋

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for your feedback.

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How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of the Janitor Test.

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I'd love to chat with you!

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Vacation Time

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We don't have enough time left with our sons.

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I know, I know, we've all heard it, the time goes so quickly.

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But, the problem is I ignored that advice. For the first eight to nine years as a dad, I was completely focused on my career.

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It meant I missed too much of my boy's lives.

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I wasn't there for a lot of things I wish I'd been there for.

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I didn't realize how much I enjoyed spending time with my sons and the value the two of them would receive for it.

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What that means now is I try to be present.

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The goal is to be there for all their major events.

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Heck, it's one of the reasons I quit my job was to be there with them.

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Why I bring that up is some of you are parents and I don't want the same mistakes for you that I made myself.

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And, I also bring it up, because I'm on vacation so today's going to be quick.

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We're in NYC with our two boys and the families of some of our oldest boy's best friends.

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We get quality time with the boys and they get quality time with their friends and time to grow by spending time in NYC on their own.

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Five x Five

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Today's post is about perspective.

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We've talked about perspective before and how much it matters.

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When I read the headline of the 5 x 5 rule yesterday, it really stuck with me and I kept noodling it, over and over, so I could write to you today.

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You see, here's how the 5 x 5 rule works.

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When you're dealing with an issue, you simply ask yourself a question, will this matter to me in five years.

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If it's something that won't matter to you in five years, let it go. Don't spend more than 5 minutes on it.

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Let me give you an example with my youngest son.

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If I give him critical advice, something as simple as stop eating with your hands, he feels like I'm picking on him. He feels as if he's being bullied and he noodles it over and over until he snaps.

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If he were to use the 5 x 5 rule, he could simply say to himself, this doesn't matter, I can let it go and he'd be much better for it.

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What it got me thinking about were a few other important things I want to bring up.

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It Isn't About You

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I share this a lot, because it's something we need to be aware of.

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So often, when someone is harsh with us, we spend so much time dwelling on it.

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But, we need to remember. It's isn't about us. It's about them.

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When we can realize it's about them, we can let it go.

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We can not waste five minutes on it.

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How to Handle Critical Feedback

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I have a simple recipe I use for how to deal with critical feedback.

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No, it isn't to get my back up, be pissed off, and become passive aggressive.

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Trust me, too many people choose that route.

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It's to ask myself a series of questions:

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    3. If the answer is no, let it go
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    5. If the answer is yes, take some action
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I've had a friend say they chose to do this slightly differently and I appreciated their feedback, so I'll share it with you.

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Their feedback is to look at it and say What if this critical feedback was true. How would I change my behavior.

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Use either.

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Use them to reduce your stress.

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Reversible Decisions

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The last one I want you to think about.

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When you're wrestling with a decision, ask yourself is this decision reversible.

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Generally, there are two types of decisions:

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Jeff Bezos talks about these types of decisions as open doors and closed doors.

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An open door, or reversible, decision, is a decision that isn't permanent. If you make a mistake, you can fix it. You can go backward. These decisions you can make quickly and don't have to spend a lot of your time on them. They're not 5 year decisions, they're in the moment, so they can be quick.

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A closed-door, or non-reversible, decision is one that can't be undone and could have a five-year impact or more. These decisions are not made quickly. They are decisions you dwell on and contemplate, and you should get external advice on them.

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Latticework

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Something that jumped out at me as I wrote this is the importance of what Charlie Munger always talked about, which is your mental latticework.

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If you consciously develop and apply a Latticework of Mental Models, you can view problems from different perspectives and explore various options, which allows you to solve problems using a wide range of cognitive tools, rather than relying on a single solution.

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What you don't want to be is the Man with a Hammer.

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To the Man with a Hammer, every problem appears to be a nail.

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When you learn a new idea, like the 5 x 5 rule, ask yourself, how does this tie to other ideas I already have in my latticework.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Anne Lester about their book, Your Best Financial Life: Save Smart Now for the Future You Want.

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Anne shares her experience of overcoming a significant financial setback and how it led her to understand the crucial link between personal behavior and financial decisions.

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Last Word

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I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for feedback. How I'm doing with the Growth Guide. Is there anything you want to see more of or less? Which aspects of the Newsletter or Podcast do you like the most?

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Hit reply, say hello, and let me know what you think of the 5 x 5 rule.

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I'd love to chat with you!

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One Year

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Seriously, all it takes to change your life is One Year.

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Don't underestimate the power of a year. It can turn sadness into happiness, failure into success, and dreams into reality.
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At the moment, I'm starting a few businesses as I leave full-time employment. For those who haven't seen, I resigned in December and began a conversion from employee to contractor, which will last for the next two months before I'm in full-time build mode.

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In One Year, I know I'm going to be writing to you about each of those businesses, the success we're having, and sharing on topics like:

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You may think to yourself, that's cocky.

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But, what you're missing is it isn't cocky if you back it up.

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A Step Back

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Let me explain.

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I'm not saying it to be cocky.

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I have experienced enough in my life to date to understand the power a year can make, whether it's personally, professionally or financially.

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Let me give you some examples below and then we'll dive into how you can utilize the power of One Year to change your life.

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Ironman

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I've talked about this before.

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In 2008, I was an out of shape couch potato with a newborn and I'd just turned 30.

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After being fat shamed by a past friend, it probably isn't odd I say past friend, is it, I decided to make a change.

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That night in bed, I was reading a triathlon magazine and saw an advertisement for a race in Calgary, Alberta - an Ironman 70.3 or 1/2 Ironman.

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I said to my wife, I'm going to sign up for this.

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She replied Sure.

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She'd seen me say things like this before.

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She'd heard me talk about what I was going to do.

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But, this time was different.

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There was zero chance I was going to let myself get shamed again and it was the first time I implemented the concepts from the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, namely, Begin With the End in Mind.

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I created a plan.

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I executed on the plan.

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In that year, I lost over 30 lbs and completed the Ironman 70.3.

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One year later, I lost another 15 lbs and completed a full Ironman, Ironman Canada.

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I had taught myself How to Get Sh!t Done and life has never been the same.

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Social Media

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We started on Twitter, seriously, in August 2021 to promote our Podcast.

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When we started, I went hard.

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I made the decision to write every day for a year.

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Within four months, I crossed 10,000 followers and was just getting started.

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By April 2020, I'd become a much better writer and we began to add 20,000 followers per month, every month, for the next 2+ years.

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It reinforced another lesson I've learned over time, It goes slow until it goes fast.

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Podcast

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For the past 3 years, the Podcast has been my baby.

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When I started, though, I had the realization I would suck and I was okay with that.

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You see, You have to suck long enough to be good and you have to be consistently good long enough to be great.

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I was willing to do that.

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I'm always willing to look silly in the pursuit of my goals.

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I said to myself, Clint, don't judge yourself until episode 100.

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At first, I sucked.

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At first, I couldn't get guests.

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As time passed and I grew on social media, I was able to get great guests on the show.

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How to Use the Power of One Year

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I'm not going to tell you to go Monk Mode - we all have lives to live.

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But, some common themes I've understood to power me whenever I'm launching a new passion:

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Let's dive into each of these.

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Have a plan and do the work

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This is simple.

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I always say, to get what you want in life, it comes down to:

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You need all three steps.

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There's so much information out there today to help you create a plan for anything you want to achieve in life.

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Be Obsessed

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When you want something, you need to work for it.

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It's Step 3 in my plan above and it matters more than any other thing you can do. Action trumps almost anything.

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Even better, deliberate and intentional action guided at your plan is the best thing you can be doing at almost all times.

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The key for One Year to work, though, is it has to be consistent action over that year. For me, that will often look like taking consistent action every single day of that year.

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Yes, streaks.

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You've heard me talk about them before.

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You'll always hear me talk about the power of streaks.

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Become obsessed and prove your obsession through your actions.

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Embrace the Suck

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We already talked about it.

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You need to Embrace the Suck:

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There's no other way.

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Almost nobody is great overnight.

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They're putting in the reps when you aren't looking.

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They're not afraid to make mistakes on their pursuit of greatness.

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Be Patient and Persistent

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Be patient on the results.

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Be persistent on the process.

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Take the daily consistent action forward.

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Set a goal in the future when you'll judge yourself, whether it's 100 pieces published or it's one year after starting.

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This supports the idea that it will go slow until it goes fast. You'll see no results for long periods of time followed by the hockey stick parabolic overnight success. The key is to stick to it until you have that parabolic success and I promise, if you follow the steps above, YOU WILL.

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There's so much more that can help you on this journey, like starting small. Building on your successes. Surrounding yourself with people who are achieving what you want to achieve.

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Bottom line, you can do it.

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You can achieve your dreams in one year.

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I know I'll be sitting here sharing my dreams one year from now and hopefully you're sharing how you hit yours, which brings us to two questions:

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Drop me a line, I love to read them and share what your wins are with the rest of our audience !

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Jared Dillian about their book, No Worries: How to Live a Stress-Free Financial Life.

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No Worries shows how anyone can live a stress-free financial life and build wealth for the long term.

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In this episode, we discuss:

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Millionaire Habits

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If you want to Achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early you need to read my friend Steve Adcock's book, Millionaire Habits.

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Steve delivers a fun, insightful, and hands-on discussion of how to build financial security, retire early, and give back to the community. You’ll learn to focus on yourself and your family first, creating personal wealth to give back to others.

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Consequences

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In physics, Newton's Third Law of Motion states:

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For every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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If object A exerts a force on object B, object B also exerts an equal and opposite force on object A.

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In other words, forces result from interactions.

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The same is true in life.

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Let me give you a simple example.

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A Father and Son

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My youngest son can be volatile.

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He can easily fly off the handle...

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But, I've noticed something

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If I never fly off the handle and I don't respond to his escalation, the situation stops...

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It's force.

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It's the reaction.

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He responds to my energy.

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He responds to how I respond to him.

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If I respond in an angry way or my temper starts to rise, he gives me back that exact same energy and I reciprocate. We drive each other up an anger hurricane getting angrier and angrier until we explode.

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Once we've given each other space (no forces or reactions) we're calm instantly. We can hug it out and apologize, but it's not a comfortable way to live for me, him or our family.

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Now, contrast that to when I'm mindful, present and calm.

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He responds with calmness.

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He responds in a way that's relaxed.

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His energy pattern will match the energy I give him.

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The same is true in your daily interactions.

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How you treat the barista, your server or your colleagues at work are largely going to define how you're treated.

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This is what's contemplated in the concept of Karma, which is the relationship between a person's mental or physical action and the consequences following that action.

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What you put out in the world is what you get back, which is why I'm a firm believer in the CEO - Janitor Rule.

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Whether you're dealing with a CEO or with a Janitor, you should treat them the same. With respect for them as individuals.

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Too many people are nice to those who can give them something or help them move forward in life, but they're horrible to their server, hired help or people they believe are beneath them.

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Don't be that type of person.

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Choices

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This also mean our choices matter.

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Every decision you make in your life from minute to minute is going to have an impact on your life and your opportunity for success.

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For example, if you adopt the habits we talked about in last week's newsletter, you'll have better results in your life.

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Unfortunately, if you adopt bad habits and make poor choices you will have a life that reflects that.

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This came up for me this week, because my sister who's a teacher pointed out there's a lack of consequences in children today.

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Show up to sports week, get a ribbon.

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Yell at your teacher, or heaven forbid, physically assault them, and no repercussions.

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When we don't give our kids consequences for their behaviors, they don't learn the association between what I do and what I get.

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Damn.

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I like that line.

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Now that I typed it, I'm going to preach it.

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What You Do Determines What You Get.

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It's that simple.

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When you're faced with a decision or choice in life, ask yourself, If I do this, what will I get from it.

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Workout = Muscles

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Cheetos = Less Muscles

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It doesn't mean you can't have fun.

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All it means is we want you to realize the impact of the choice and to make it intentionally.

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After all, what you do will determine what you get.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Nick Hutchison about their book, Rise of the Reader: Strategies For Mastering Your Reading Habits and Applying What You Learn.​

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Everyone tells you to read, But nobody tells you how to do it.

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Habits

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Over 10 million people have read Atomic Habits, so it's likely you understand the power of habits.

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Based on observing successful people and what I've experienced in my life, I want to share some habits that will change your life.

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Don't worry, you don't have to disappear for 6 months for this to work, you just need to be consistent.

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Wake Up Early

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The early bird gets the worm.

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Research shows if you wake up early you'll go to bed earlier and have a longer, better sleep.

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Benefits are:

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  • Better diet and eating habits
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  • Increased likelihood of exercise
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Exercise

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Daily exercise helps to keep the doctor away even more than an apple does.

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Benefits of daily exercise include:

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  • Reduce risk of falls
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  • Improve cholesterol
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  • Lower blood pressure
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  • Reduce risk of heart attack
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  • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
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Meditate

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You don't need to be a monk to enjoy the benefits of meditation.

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When you take time out of your day to meditate, some of the benefits include:

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  • Controls anxiety
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  • Promotes higher EQ
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  • Enhances self-awareness
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  • Lengthens attention span
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Work hard

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My father taught me the benefit of working harder than others.

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I didn't realize the benefits included:

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  • Brings benefits to society
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  • Improves your reputation
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  • Forces personal development
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Read

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Benefits of reading for you will be:

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  • Improves sleep
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  • Exercises the brain
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  • Increase motivation
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Laugh

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Laughter is the best medicine.

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No, seriously, laughter is beneficial for your health:

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  • Relieves pain
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  • Reduces stress
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  • Soothes tension
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  • Improves your mood
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  • Improves your immune system
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Journal

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Journaling daily allows you to track your lives, refine your thinking and improve communication.

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Some of the benefits of journaling are:

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  • Track progress
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  • Improve memory
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  • Improve confidence
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  • Improve communication
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  • Reduce stress and anxiety
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Drink water

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You should drink four to six cups of water per day, which will provide the following benefits:

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  • Reduces weight
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  • Increase energy
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  • Prevents headaches
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  • Increases productivity
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  • Normalizes blood pressure
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Practice gratitude

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When you're grateful, you focus on what's right and not wrong.

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Benefits of gratitude are:

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  • Increases happiness
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  • Improves friendships
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  • Increases self-esteem
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  • Reduces stress and burnout
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  • Improves emotional regulation
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Practice mindfulness

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When you're mindful, you are present.

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When you're present, you'll succeed in life.

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Benefits of mindfulness include:

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  • Decreases depression
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  • Increases physical health
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  • Reduces anxiety and stress
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  • Improves emotional regulation
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Pray

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Whether you're religious or not, there are benefits to prayer:

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  • Increases lifespan
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  • Improves attitude
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  • Gives you strength
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  • Provides direction in life
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  • Reduces anger and depression
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  • Increases calm, control, and support
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If you commit to these habits for 6+ months consistently, you'll notice:

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  • Improved sleep
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  • Increased energy
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  • Increased confidence
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  • Improved emotional regulation
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  • Reduced anxiety and depression
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These habits will help you win this game we call life.

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Now, tell me what your favorite habits are.

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What isn't on the list above that you believe in and why?

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, I spoke to Shauna Shapiro about their book, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy.

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It's for people who care about an equitable, healthy world, and are actively looking for ways to improve it -- for themselves, and for everybody else.

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Success

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What is the definition of Success?

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Take a minute, and think about it for yourself.

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Too many people now tell me success is a dirty word.

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It triggers people.

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Wait...WTF...

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Think about that.

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The idea of success triggers people...

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It triggers people because of how they've been raised, educated and socialized.

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That's not you, though.

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When I think of the Growth Guide readers, I think of people who want to be successful. People who want to perform at the highest levels personally, professionally and financially.

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The problem is simple.

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Success is winning.

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In The Common Denominator of Success, Albert E. N. Gray breaks it down like perfectly:

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That's the problem.

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People who want to be successful, want to be the minority of people.

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They want to be better than average.

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Are you starting to see where the problem lies?

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To be successful, you can't be average. you can't do what the average person does.

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And your success, anyone's success, shines a mirror onto the faces of the Average Joe and Jane...

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They want their fucking ribbon, but nobody is coming to give it to them...

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Let's talk about how you can be successful

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Inversion

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In his speech, Albert takes a page out of Charlie Munger's playbook - he inverts.

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If you recall, inversion is the idea of thinking about a problem from the opposite direction.

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For example, Albert says:

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Think about it.

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You may not know what to do to be successful,

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But you definitely know some of the things you can do to be unsuccessful:

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  • Scroll social media all day
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Really, you could likely sit here all day and talk about the habits you would expect someone who's regularly shitting the bed to have - we all can.

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To be successful, simply don't engage in those habits.

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Let's walk through two simple examples - Fitness and Finances.

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Fitness

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If you want to be unhealthy and overweight, here's a simple program:

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  • Spend all day on the couch
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Simple.

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It's easy to do.

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It's simple to be out of shape.

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In fact, this is how most people live...

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If you want to be in shape, you simply need to reverse the list.

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That's it.

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To be successful, you don't follow the crowd.

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You're going to be seen as someone who's different.

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People are going to call out your behaviour as obsessive.

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But, that's how you become successful, by being obsessed.

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Finances

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Finances are easy.

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If you want to suck at your finances, live like the average person:

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  • Don't increase your earnings
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  • Spend more money than you make
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  • Spend a lot on the big ticket items: car, house, school
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  • Continue to spend on your credit cards and personal loans
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  • Have nothing left over for investments at the end of each month
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Instead, focus on the simple playbook:

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It really is that simple.

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To stand out from the crowd financially isn't hard.

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If you focus on this simple recipe, you're going to crush it.

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How do you define success?

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Why do you think success triggers people?

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What are you doing to ensure you're successful in life?

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Drop me a line - I want to hear from you

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, Ana Lorena Fabrega about their book, The Learning Game: Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves, Embrace Challenge, and Love Learning

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Even though I'm sick, I'm still blessed because it's all about perspective.

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Perspective

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Perspective is everything.

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Without it, we're lost.

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I was thinking about perspective a lot in the last couple of weeks.

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I tend to think about it more when things are challenging.

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It made me realize how much a proper perspective can influence our lives...

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Comparison

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Don't confuse comparison with perspective.

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President Theodore Roosevelt was right when he said comparison is the thief of joy.

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Perspective is not about comparing yourself to others, which is a recipe for disaster, it's about having a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something and when you have the right perspective, it changes your life.

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Wealth

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I'm about to be unemployed.

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I'm scared and nervous as it approaches and wonder how I'll feed my family.

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But, that's looking at my wealth without the right perspective.

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With the right perspective, the fear eases.

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Now, I know there are options for me and my family.

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I realize we're going to be able to make this next chapter work.

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Often, a simple perspective tool that I suggest more people use is the idea that When in Doubt, Zoom Out.

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When we get too myopic, we lose the big picture.

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When I'm too focused on leaving my job, I don't look at the wealth I've created.

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When we zoom out, we can see more. We can react better.

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Eyesight

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Eyesight is so interesting.

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It's interesting, because it's perspective.

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We all compare eyesight, but it's not the comparison that matters.

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This week, I went in to get my eyes tested again, because I've had some headaches and more challenges reading and sure enough, my eyes changed significantly, to me.

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That last part matters - to me.

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It's the difference between comparison and perspective.

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If I look at my eyes relative to the average person, I'd say my distance eyesight is great, it's 20 / 20.

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The problem is, for most of my life, it was 30 / 20 vision, which means I could see from 30 feet away what the average person would need to be 20 feet away to see.

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From my perspective, my eyesight is 50% worse than it used to be.

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When you want to examine a situation you're in and apply the right perspective(s), try to:

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Simone Stolzoff about their book, The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work.

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It's Time

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This is going to be a short one. I'm feeling rough.

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Unfortunately, I came down with the flu last night and had to leave work early today.

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It's Time

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I've been hinting at it.

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Talking about it on Twitter:

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Writing about it in our Newsletter issue - Making the Bet.

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Alright, what is he talking about you may be wondering.

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Well, it's simple.

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I resigned.

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In December, I gave notice.

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I'll be working for a few more months as we transition my role and responsibilities on a reducing capacity over the next four months.

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It's scary

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It's exciting

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It's hard to describe

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Have a Plan

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In our FI + PIvot conversation, I shared that I sat down with my boss in 2018 to have a conversation about my future.

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Based on the path set out for me, I told him I'd have ten more years and I would transition to:

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Now, it's time to do all of them when I pull the plug and pivot to my new life.

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It isn't easy.

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It's going to be the hardest transition of my life.

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And, it's going to be the most rewarding experience I've ever had.

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I expect I'll take July off with my family and August with friends and myself, before sharing the next steps on this journey - there's a lot cooking, my friends.

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I expect we'll continue to publish content on All Things Growth:

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As a future entrepreneur, leader and content producer, I need to always be the best version of myself I can be.

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I'm also going to share with you how I'm building my business(es) so you can take these steps if you want to, as well.

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Until next time, Let's Ride.

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Brent's book takes a deeper look at the physical manifestations of stress and anxiety in people’s bodies, and how your interpretation of your story when you reach out for help.

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80 million Americans experience back pain every year.

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Stress Manifestation

Stress and anxiety can lead to tensions held in your body:

• Causing Pain
• Affecting mobility
• Causing Discomfort

Day-to-day tensions are held in your muscles, while deeper anxieties are held in your organs, leading to physical discomfort.

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Mind-Body Connection

You've heard people say It's all in your head - They're right.

Studies have revealed back pain's caused by:

• Feelings
•Thoughts
• Behaviors

You need to embrace holistic approaches to pain management, including counseling and physical therapy.

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Personal responsibility

Embrace proactive health choices from a network of professionals:

• Doctors
• Counselors
• Physiotherapists

Engage in personal development practices, such as:

• Meditation
• Reading books
• Listen to Podcasts

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The air was crisp, filled with the scent of pine and the soft murmur of a distant stream. They were deep in discussion about the virtues of their monastic life, particularly the practice of celibacy and avoiding attachments, their voices harmonizing with the natural chorus around them.

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As they approached a narrow river, they noticed an elderly woman. Her eyes were pools of kindness, yet they held a glint of distress.

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The river, though not vast, was swift and treacherous. The woman hesitated at its edge, her frail frame quivering at the thought of crossing.

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Without a moment’s hesitation, the elder monk approached her. His movements were fluid, a dance of compassion in human form. Gently, he lifted her in his arms, his strength a silent testament to years of disciplined practice.

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The woman, initially startled, felt a wave of relief wash over her as she was carried safely to the other side where she smiled at the aged monk who winked at her with a twinkle in his eye as he set her safely on the shore.

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The monks continued their journey, but the air had shifted.

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The younger monk was visibly angry, his brow furrowed, his steps heavy with resentment. Hours passed, the once harmonious conversation was now replaced by a brooding silence. The trees whispered amongst themselves, sensing the tension.

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Finally, as the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky in shades of orange and pink, the younger monk could contain his turmoil no longer.

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How could you? he burst out, his words sharp as daggers. Our teachings forbid us from touching women, yet you carried that old woman as if you disregarded all our principles!

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The elder monk stopped and turned, his gaze soft and understanding, yet unwavering.

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My dear brother, he began, his voice a soothing balm, I carried the woman for a few minutes and left her on the other side of the river. Yet, you’ve been carrying her ever since.

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The Past is Gone

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When you begin to practice meditation, you'll often hear,

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The past is gone

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The future hasn't happened

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The only moment that matters is now

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Right here. Right now. This moment is what matters.

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When we dwell on the past too often, it can lead to bitterness, frustration and depression.

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When we dwell on the future too much, it can lead to anger, frustration and anxiety.

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When we live presently, in this moment, we can be free.

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Are you holding onto the past?

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What should you be putting down?

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Share your answers with me and tell me how you put them down to get added to the 1% club, below.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Edward D. Hess about his book, OWN YOUR WORK JOURNEY!: The Path to Meaningful Work and Happiness in the Age of Smart Technology and Radical Change.

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To succeed in your Life and Career, Become Your Best Self.

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  • Meditate: You don't need to be a monk to enjoy meditation benefits
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I've fallen into the pattern of chasing shiny objects and trying to do too much, especially with my personal brand-building side of things.

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I took my hands off the wheel on certain things to focus on other things.

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My plan for 2024 is to double down on my social media game and get back to writing new content daily.

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I'm also working with Chenell and doubling down on my newsletter. I treated it as an after-thought rather than something that could and should be my primary focus.

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I know you're going to do amazing things, Eric, and I look forward to seeing you do them, my friend.

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Remember, share your weekly wins with me and we'll profile them all in the 1% Club.

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If you haven't met Sahil yet, he's an investor, entrepreneur, and writer. Every week, he creates content that reaches millions of people across Twitter, his newsletter, LinkedIn, Instagram and more.

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At the bottom of our newsletter, you'll see an example of how Charles did less, better.

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Visualize

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I've always believed in visualization.

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Since my boys were young, I've used visualization with them in their lives.

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As a coach, I use visualization with the kids. In fact, let me share an example.

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Last year, we made it into the hockey playoffs at the U13 level (11 and 12-year-old kids).

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In the round-robin, we played each team twice and the top two teams would play in the Final Game.

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We were blessed enough to make the final game and I thought it would be tight, here's why:

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In the first game, we were up 4-1 and ended up tied 4-4.

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In the second game, we got up in the game 4-1 again and squeaked through with a 4-3 win.

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Pre-Game Visualization

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I wanted to change the approach to the final.

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Before the game, I had the boys form a circle in the dressing room and put a hand on each other.

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We walked through all the key things we'd been coaching during the year.

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I walked through each player asking them to visualize what I saw in them and wanted from them in the final game...

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I gave them time.

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It was the best version of them.

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I painted a picture of their best games.

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The picture was them in their best moments.

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It Worked

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Each boy played their best game

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Each boy did exactly what we asked them to do

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We won that hockey game 10 - 0

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Everything went right

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From the drop of the puck to the closing whistle

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Every single second the boys showed up the way we wanted

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Can it Work Again

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This came up for me because we had a hockey tournament this weekend.

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In our third game, it was a must-win to make it into the playoffs.

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So, I repeated the visualization exercise.

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It was insane.

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It was the same outcome, 4 - 1.

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Each boy played the way we described.

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The specific pattern we visualized for each boy was what we got out of them and we made it through to the quarter-finals, winning again, before being knocked out in the semi-final.

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The Science Supports It

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When we talk about visualization, we'll often talk about stress reduction, motivation and goal achievement.

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But, here's a wacky one for you.

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Scientists studied the power of mind exercises.

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They had people think deeply about working out, picturing themselves getting stronger...Seriously, must be easier than lifting weights, right, but...could it do anything?

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This process is called internal imagery. It's like playing a workout video in your mind.

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The study had three groups and one group practiced this mind workout, imagining exercise sessions for 15 minutes, five times a week, over six weeks.

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They weren't just daydreaming.

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Their muscle strength went up by 10.8%.

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It showed even thinking about exercise can make you stronger.

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How to Practice Visualization

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Here are some examples of areas you can use visualization and how you can use it for each area.

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Goal Achievement

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Exercise: Visualize achieving a major goal

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Steps:

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Practice daily for 5-10 minutes

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Stress Reduction

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Exercise: Create a tranquil place in your mind

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Skill Improvement

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Exercise: Master a new skill through visualization

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Confidence Building

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Exercise: Boost self-confidence before big events

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Personally, I use visualization on a regular basis and this last one is one of the ones I often use.

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In advance of a big meeting, a podcast, or a speech, I play it out in my head, even so far as to have staged conversations with podcast guests in my mind before I even meet them.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Yael Schonbrun about her book, Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connection (When Everything Feels Like Too Much).

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The 1% Club

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Charles shared a wonderful story of Doing Less, Better.

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He's a self-employed strategy and operations consultant for fintech companies, and in December he told one of his not-so-great clients he didn't plan to continue with them when his contract expired at the end of the year.

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Bottom Line: He didn't like the work they were assigning him nor the rate he was making.

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They asked him to write his ideal scope of work where he could add the most value.

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End Result: Charles is doing work that energizes him, spending half the time doing it and he's making the same amount of money.

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I love reading your 1% stories.

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Guiders,

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We want to hear what you've got going on.

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We'd love to share your story each week in the 1% Better Update.

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Tell us what you're doing to improve and bonus points if it ties to one of our newsletters or social media content.

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Reply with what you've got going on and let's do this.

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Do Less, Better

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2023 was an amazing year:

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  • Linkedin: 65,000+ new followers
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To say I'm tired would be an understatement.

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We wrote about this in our newsletter Hitting the Wall on November 12th.

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It got me thinking.

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It got us making plans.

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It's when we realized, life's got to change.

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In January, I read this tweet from Kate Bourgoin and it resonated with where we're going in 2024:

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Big news coming next month on what the changes will be...but, I'm sure you're starting to guess.

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Bottom line, we'll be doubling down on the Growth Guide on social media, the Podcast and the Newsletter with a heavy focus in 2024 on YouTube.

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I'll also be announcing a few businesses we'll be unveiling over the next 12 months that are in various states of inception, some as individual businesses and some with partners.

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To do this, we'll need to do less.

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We'll need to focus on our priorities.

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We'll also need to make the big changes.

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This was a Big Year - It changed our lives.

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And, 2024 is going to make it seem TINY.

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It's going to be fun to share this journey with you and the lessons we learn along the way.

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If you had to do LESS to do MORE, what would you do LESS of and what would you spend that time on to do MORE of?

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Dr. Greg Wells about his book, Powerhouse: Protect Your Energy, Optimize Your Health and Supercharge Your Performance. Greg's mission is to make the science of human limits understandable and actionable.

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Today, I'm going to talk about Financial Independence, which is why I want to share the ChooseFI Newsletter with you.

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My friend, Brad Barrett runs the largest Financial Independence community in the world where he simplifies personal finance and inspires you to take action to improve your:

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Today at a Glance:

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  • The only lottery you should bet on is YOU
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  • Let's talk about the basics of F.I.R.E. - Financial Independence and Early Retirement
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  • An introduction to FI + Pivot, building off of the Spiderman Principle
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Lotteries

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I first wrote about this in June when I read these two Sad Statistics:

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  • 30% of Americans can't retire until they're 80, and life expectancy is 77
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  • Roughly 40% of Americans think winning the lottery is a good retirement plan
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It struck me when I had this text exchange with my dad,

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Okay, I may have given my father a flippant answer, but, there's a reason for that.

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A lesson I've learned in life that flies in the face of the two statistics above is if we want to achieve Financial Independence, it's on us.

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Nobody is coming to save you.

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Nobody is going to write you a million-dollar cheque.

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Even if they introduce Universal Basic Income, it won't have the results people expect, because it will lead to a death spiral of inflation.

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You are the lottery ticket.

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You are how you're going to become wealthy.

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The actions you take on a daily basis are what will lead to wealth.

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The downside of Lotteries

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I have a greater problem with lotteries.

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I come from a family like many of you.

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We didn't have money growing up and nobody taught my parents or their parents about money and financial literacy.

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Without sufficient knowledge, my dad falls into the trap of so many people.

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He plays the lottery...

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It's one of the reasons I write this newsletter.

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I don't want you or my children to take that path in life.

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My dad isn't alone, though, as those statistics indicate.

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Lotteries prey on vulnerable people.

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Those most likely to play the lottery regularly are typically:

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  • Largely minorities
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  • And often drug addicts
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Lotteries are a Regressive Tax which place a greater burden on low-income earners.

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The Jet Renters and Lambo Loaners sell people:

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  • Pyramid Schemes
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  • Get Rich Quick Schemes
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The Bottom Line is there is no Get Rich Quick.

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Financial Literacy is about getting rich over time.

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FIRE Movement

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This is where the Financial Independence Community comes in, which Brad and I are a part of.

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You see, finance is simple.

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It isn’t easy, but it’s really, really simple:

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  1. Earn more
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  3. Spend less
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  5. Invest the rest
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But, this is where the financial independence movement can sometimes get a bad rap. People can be too focused on the 2nd part of the equation or think that the entire FIRE movement is focused on it.

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For example, I read a post yesterday I disagreed with on financial independence, which was written by my friend, Justin Welsh:

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As you can tell, 172 replies indicate there was some lively discussion on the topic.

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For those who aren't aware, FIRE stands for Financial Independence and Retire Early, and a lot of people were introduced to it historically through Mr. Money Mustache who preached what's now commonly referred to as LEAN FIRE, but that isn't the only way.

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Here are different types of FIRE, what they mean and examples of the people living each type:

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Lean FIRE: This is living frugally to retire early. Expenses are kept very low. An example is Pete Adeney, known as Mr. Money Mustache. He retired at 30 by living minimally.

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Fat FIRE: Opposite of Lean FIRE. It involves a more traditional lifestyle in retirement, requiring a larger nest egg. An example is Grant Sabatier author of Financial Freedom. He achieved financial independence at 30 and advocated for a balance between frugality and enjoying life.

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Coast FIRE: This means having enough investments to retire at a traditional age without needing to save more. The focus is on a job you enjoy without worrying about high income. An example is Tanja Hester, author of Work Optional, who retired at 38 and focuses on a life aligned with her values.

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Barista FIRE: This involves quitting your main career but still working part-time, often in a low-stress job, for health insurance or extra income.

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Regular FIRE: This is the standard approach, aiming for financial independence to retire in your 50s or early 60s. Vicki Robin, co-author of Your Money or Your Life is a leading voice in this space.

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My view was Justin's take was too narrow.

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It didn't offer the perspective of someone like my friend Brad of ChooseFI who popularized FI for mainstream people in a way that's decidedly not about pinching pennies and depriving. It's about value and intentionality with freedom as the ultimate goal*

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*These are Brad's words in reply to Justin's Tweet.

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This brings me to a concept that's been guiding my life - The FI and Pivot.

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FI and Pivot

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A couple weeks ago, we talked about Burning the Boats versus the Spiderman Approach.

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For the past 5 years, I was living the Spiderman Approach, which started in January 2018 when I told my boss I was going to retire early and focus on the following:

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  • Coaching and Consulting
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Whenever I talked about it with one of my closest friends, it bothered him that I used the word Retirement, because it's clear based on that list I was not going to retire.

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Instead, I was going to focus on what I wanted to do with my life for the rest of my life.

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Where we landed was the idea of FI and Pivot.

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I'm sure if we looked at it relative to the models above, we could slot it into either Coast FIRE or Barista FIRE, but it means more to me than that.

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The Pivot is intentional.

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It's a Pivot to your life's purpose.

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It's a Pivot to what gives you meaning in life.

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What you want to wake up and do every single day.

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It's increasing your net worth and your investments to the level where you can choose to do:

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  • Where you want
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  • If you even want to
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This is what I want for every person who read this newsletter.

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The ability to choose your path with intention. To mark a date in your calendar when you'll be able to live the life you choose.

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When I first said those words to my boss in 2018, I said I'd give him 10 more years.

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But, every time I started to write Mission 2028, I always ended up with Mission 2025 on the page.

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It was the Universe Talking.

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When you look at the list of areas I said I was going to focus on, you'll see that most of them have already been built.

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We got serious about the 10-year vision the Fall of 2020 and three years later we'd largely achieved it.

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In the next few weeks, I'll lay out the date I intend to FI + Pivot and what the next steps on this journey will look like.

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If you were to FI + Pivot, what would you Pivot to - send me your answers, I'm interested to hear.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Karolina Rzadkowolska about her book, Euphoric - Ditch Alcohol and Gain a Happier, More Confident You.

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This conversation was meaningful for me - in 2022, I quit drinking alcohol.

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It was the best decision I've ever made and my life improved in almost every measurable way.

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Here are 7 reasons you should consider Quitting Alcohol in 2024:

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We'll See...

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I read this parable when I was studying one of my mindfulness + meditation courses and it's stuck with me since.

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Let me share my version of the parable with you and we can break it down.

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In a tranquil village, there was an old farmer with a single horse. One sunny day, to the farmer's surprise, the horse escaped and ran into the wild. The villagers, concerned, gathered around, saying, This is terrible news! The farmer, calm and composed, responded, We'll see...

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After a few days, the horse returned, bringing with it several wild horses. The villagers, amazed, congratulated the farmer, You're so lucky! The farmer, gently brushing a horse, simply said, We'll see...

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His son, eager to train the new horses, took on the task with enthusiasm. But, one afternoon, he was thrown off a horse and broke his leg. The villagers, sympathetic, said, Such misfortune! The farmer, tending to his son, replied, We'll see...

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Soon after, heavy rains flooded the fields. The farmer couldn’t plow, and the villagers were worried about the crops. They said, This will be a tough year! The farmer, watching the rain, said, We'll see...

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The rains stopped and the fields blossomed, more fertile than ever. The villagers rejoiced, Your fields are the most bountiful! The farmer, harvesting his crops, smiled, We'll see...

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Then, a war broke out. Soldiers came to recruit the young men from the village. The farmer’s son, with his broken leg, was spared. The villagers said, Your son is lucky to stay! The farmer, with a knowing look, uttered, We'll see...

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Amor Fati

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The parable reminds me of a Stoic concept called Amor Fati.

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Amor Fati is a Latin phrase that could be translated as either love of fate or love of one’s fate. A central tenet of the ancient and practical philosophy of Stoicism, often represented by the symbol of fire. As Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic Emperor of Rome, wrote a blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.

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Though they likely never met, the lectures of Epictetus, which were made into Discourses by his student Arrian heavily influenced Marcus Aurelius. This relationship is beautiful in and of itself and is, to me, emblematic of Amor Fati. The words of Epictetus, a former slave, influenced Marcus Aurelius who would become the Emperor of Rome, perhaps the most powerful man in the world at that time.

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The words of Epictetus echoed throughout Marcus Aurelius’ own writings in Meditations.

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On Amor Fati, Epictetus said don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will — then your life will be serene.

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The concept of Amor Fati continued into the 19th Century when Friedrich Nietzsche said my formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it — all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary — but love it.

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Put simply, Amor Fati means to not only accept, but be grateful and love what has happened, what is happening and what will happen.

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What happens to you may not be positive. In fact, it may be horrible, if you let it be…

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The stimulus is the stimulus.

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How you perceive the stimulus is your choice. No one else’s.

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Don’t let the arrow hit you twice.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to John G Miller. John is the Founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value. A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986.

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John joined us today to talk about his best-selling book, The Question Behind the Question.

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Too many people are trapped by:

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  • Playing the Blame Game
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Burn the Boats

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We've all seen the posts.

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They tell you to quit your job and be an entrepreneur.

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The problem is, most of these posts are bullsh!t.

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Seriously, for the average person, it's a horrible idea. They have:

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If they quit their job to focus on being an entrepreneur, they're more likely than not going to set themselves up for failure.

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But, where does this idea come from?

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Why do people tell you to burn the boats on the beach?

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Well, that involves a history lesson I'd love to share with you because I do love stories.

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The Spanish Conquistador

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In the early 16th century, Hernán Cortés, a Spanish conquistador, embarked on a journey to the New World to conquer the vast and wealthy Aztec Empire in what is now Mexico.

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This was a time of great explorers and great conquests, and Cortés, with dreams of glory and riches, wanted to etch his name in the annals of history.

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Cortés' expedition was not the first to reach the shores of the New World, but he intended to be the most successful. With a fleet of 11 ships, 500 men, 13 horses, and a few cannons, he landed on the Yucatan Peninsula in 1519. The Aztec Empire was a formidable force, rich in culture, military might, and resources. Cortés knew that the task ahead was daunting and that success required not just military strategy but also psychological tactics.

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Here's where the legend takes a fascinating turn. Cortés, understanding the psychological barrier of retreat, made a decision that would forever be remembered. He ordered his men to burn their ships. As the flames consumed the fleet, a clear message was sent to every soldier: There was no turning back. They had to either conquer or perish.

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This radical move was not just about preventing physical retreat. It was about instilling a mindset of resilience and unyielding commitment. The men, now stranded, knew that their survival depended on their success. They had to adapt, learn from the natives, form alliances, and, above all, believe in their mission.

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Cortés' strategy was risky yet effective. Without the safety net of their ships, his men were more motivated and united in their cause. This psychological edge, coupled with Cortés' leadership and military tactics, eventually led to the fall of the Aztec Empire.

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But, it doesn't have to be this way.

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This is where I love to talk to people about the Spiderman Approach.

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The Spiderman Approach

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The Spiderman Approach is what I advocate for most people who need a steady income to pay the rent, cover their mortgage and provide for their family and lifestyles.

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In fact, the Spiderman Approach is what I've been doing for the last three years, let me explain.

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Have you ever noticed Spiderman will often stay attached to one building until he's attached to the next building?

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In that way, he's able to be safe and secure as he travels from building to building.

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This is where side hustling comes into play.

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You're able to start a new venture while still being attached to your current 9 to 5.

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You're not giving up your income and going all-in on the new venture, you're building it on the side until it can become full-time.

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Let me walk you through an example.

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Imagine you're a young woman who's an accountant, but you're passionate about some of these areas, or all of them:

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You could decide you're going to quit your 9 to 5 and pursue those areas all-in, but how will you make money? What's your path?

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For most of us who pursue a lifestyle as a creator, we'll generally see a timeline that takes three to four years before we're able to make a sustainable profit.

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Instead, this young woman could start to:

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Based on the uptake of her audience on each channel, she could decide on where to focus her time and efforts, remembering the important maxim of focusing on the intersection of:

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If people love your images on Instagram, but you hate the process, don't do it.

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As a colleague said to me today, to succeed in life, you need to be willing to do what others aren't for long periods.

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If you don't love what you're doing, you won't.

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This young woman may decide she will pursue these paths as a side hustle until she's able to generate 50% of her income on a part-time basis, recognizing she ought to be able to earn more if she moves from part-time to full-time.

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That, my friends, is the Spiderman Approach.

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I've got to warn you though, it's also got its downsides.

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When you're doing the Spiderman Approach, you're working a lot.

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Think about it.

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You've got your 9 to 5 AND you're trying to build your own side hustle business.

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It isn't easy. It's exhausting and can only be done for so long. Trust me.

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This is why, at some point, you'll decide it's time to move from the Spiderman Approach to Burning Your Boats and that's what I'll be sharing more about with you in the New Year, my friends.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Gloria studies the impact of digital media on people’s work and personal lives, examining multitasking, attention and stress.

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Gloria joined us today to talk about her book, Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness, and Productivity, which presents the science of how our attention spans have diminished in the digital age, along with solutions for regaining focus and well-being.

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You spend an average of just 47 seconds on any screen before shifting your attention.

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It takes 25 minutes to bring your attention back to a task after an interruption,

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The Fisherman and Businessman

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I just finished reading The Good Enough Job, by Simone Stolzoff, for an episode of the Growth Guide and he shared one of my favorite parables, which illustrates the And Then Mental Model.

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Let me share my version of the parable with you and then we can break it down.

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In a quaint Caribbean village, a fisherman, lean and fit with a serene expression, was returning early in the day, carrying a few large fish on his rod and a guitar on his back. His tan skin glistened under the sun, and he moved with a relaxed, almost Zen-like calmness.

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Observing this, a heavy-set businessman, red-faced and sweating profusely in the tropical heat, approached him. He was curious about the fisherman's early return.

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How long did it take you to catch those fish? the businessman asked, wiping his brow.

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Not long at all, the fisherman replied with a peaceful smile.

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Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish? the businessman inquired, puzzled.

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The fisherman explained, This is enough for my family’s dinner. Tonight, I’ll play my guitar by the fire on the beach with my friends and share some rum and good stories.

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But what do you do with the rest of your time? the businessman pressed on.

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The fisherman described his simple life: I sleep late, fish a little, play with my kids, take siestas with my wife, and spend evenings with my friends playing guitar while we talk, sing and dance around the fire.

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The businessman, eager to offer advice, said, I have an MBA. You should spend more time fishing. With the extra fish, you could buy a bigger boat.

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And Then? the fisherman asked.

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With a bigger boat, you’ll catch more fish. Then you can hire people to fish for you, the businessman explained.

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And Then? the fisherman repeated.

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Soon, you’ll be able to afford several boats. Eventually, you can move to the city, and then to New York City, to manage your expanding enterprise, the businessman said with growing excitement.

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And Then? the fisherman continued.

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You could go public, make millions! the businessman exclaimed, his face growing redder with enthusiasm.

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And Then? the fisherman calmly asked again.

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You’d retire. Move to a small coastal village, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and spend evenings playing guitar by the fire with your friends, the businessman concluded.

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The fisherman smiled warmly, thanked the businessman and walked away.

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The Games You Play

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And Then

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It's such a powerful question.

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It's a question I learned too late in life.

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After all, you don't want to Win a Game You Never Wanted to Play.

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And, you're only going to know whether you want to play or not if you play out the possible outcomes.

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Let me share one of my many stories where And Then would have helped me.

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In 2016, our townhouse had appreciated significantly in value and, I realized, it would be my chance to buy a single family home in Vancouver.

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My wife, said to me, I don't think we need it, but I was adamant and pushed until I eventually got her onside.

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The problem was, I never asked myself the question, And Then.

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We moved our family of four into 750 sq ft apartment while our home was being built and the build took 1+ years longer than expected and was ~ $500k over budget. Gut punch after gut punch.

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We went from a small mortgage on a wonderful townhouse in one of the best areas in this city to a massive mortgage on our dream house.

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But, remember, I never asked And Then.

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It wasn't long into the build process that I realized I may want to make a life pivot sooner than later, but...

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Now I had a big mortgage...

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Now I had my wife sold on a dream house...

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Now, I was shackled to the home and it removed optionality...

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If I'd asked myself the And Then question as it related to the house, I would have realized, it's only nice for a certain period of time And Then we'd downsize to a townhouse...And Then, we'd have more options with what to do with our life and future...And Then, we'd have Freedom.

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Remember, my friends, it isn't about the money. It's about the Freedom the Money provides and I'd taken away my freedom by not playing out the multiple scenarios that could unfold.

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But, all's not lost.

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We will be downsizing.

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You heard it here first, team, we walked it through to the end.

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By selling our home and downsizing to a townhouse, we increase our options and soon, I look forward to sharing what that means with you...

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Life is hard.

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Wow, I've made some mistakes.

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Charlie Munger

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Last week, the world lost a legend, Charlie Munger.

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Charlie is known as one of the forefathers of the idea of mental models, which is something I've appreciated reading from him for the last 20+ years.

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His Worldly Wisdom consists of a set of mental models framed as a latticework to help solve critical business problems.

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Warren and Charlie would often say the secret to the success of Berkshire Hathaway and their wealth was to remove ignorance and make fewer mistakes.

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Reciprocation

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Humans have a subconscious tendency to reciprocate favors and disfavors.

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When you go into a store, they offer you a bottle of water or, in a high-end jewelry store, they offer you a glass of champagne.

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The goal is to trigger your desire to reciprocate or buy.

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When you accept the water or champagne, you take a step towards a purchase.

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The answer is simple, unless you intend to buy, do not accept.

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Also, do not accept the free dinner in Las Vegas with a promise to watch the time share presentation.

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Overoptimism

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When life is going well, we are too optimistic.

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We make decisions with the thought it will all turn out well.

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Consider for a minute, the investments made the last two years, 13 years into a market bull run.

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Now, they appear to be mistakes.

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When life is going well, whether personally, professionally, or financially, you cannot let it go to your head.

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Practice the Stoic concept of premeditatio malorum. Imagine what can go wrong and what can be taken away from you.

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With this lens, consider more balanced decisions.

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Pain avoidance

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For many people, reality can be painful.

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To avoid this pain, we turn to chemicals:

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  • nicotine
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We abuse substances to take away the pain.

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Instead, before you take the chemicals, ask yourself what am I trying to avoid and sit with it.

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Liking & Loving

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We are conditioned from birth to like and love.

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For example, a mother is conditioned to love her child.

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A downside is we want to be liked and loved, which is what social media and advertisers use against us.

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They play on your desire to be liked.

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To combat this, do not tie your success or self-regard to results or external materials.

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Learn to find happiness and contentment inside yourself.

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With social media, focus on the process and creation, not the likes and retweets.

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Process > results, always.

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Envy & Jealousy

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We are conditioned, through evolution, to envy and jealousy.

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What started for early humans as a desire to have available food has become a desire to have what we see others have.

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Unfortunately, with social media, we see too much of what others have.

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When we see the Kardashians, we want their lifestyle - It's the Kardashian Effect.

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When we see someone with 1 million followers on Twitter, we want 1 million followers.

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A behavior that served our ancestors no longer serves us.

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Learn to look internally, value what you have and disregard what you don't.

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Kantian Fairness

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Kant believed we behave in a way that, if followed by others, will make the human system better for all of us - the categorical imperative.

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The problem becomes when we expect the world to always be fair. To follow the rules of fairness.

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We cannot expect life to always be fair.

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We cannot expect people to always behave in the right way.

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When we realize life isn't fair, and people will not always be fair, we are less likely to be surprised and are more likely to be prepared.

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Doubt-Avoidance

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We are programmed to remove doubt from our lives.

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One way we remove doubt is to make quick decisions, which sets us up for mistakes.

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To prevent this:

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Disliking & Hating

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We are programmed to like and love.

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We are also programmed to dislike and hate and it can be used against us.

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Consider how politicians use our hate to program us against our neighbors.

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We will make poor decisions when dealing with people we dislike.

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To combat this tendency, we must separate a person from a concept.

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If we dislike a person, we don't need to dislike their ideas.

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If we dislike a political party, we do not need to dislike every position they have.

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By doing this, we can remove polarization.

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Excessive Self-Regard

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Many people believe their success is a result of their work and their failures a result of bad luck.

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We believe people like us are better than others, which leads to cliques and a lack of diversity.

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We also often overestimate our abilities to our detriment, as is the case with sports betting.

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To combat this:

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Reward & Punishment

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Incentives are superpowers....the most important rule in management is to get the incentives right

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Our desire for rewards and against punishment is used against us daily:

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Ask yourself, how is my desire for rewards and punishment avoidance being used against me.

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Have a plan and focus on the process to achieve it.

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Also, focus on internal, not external, factors.

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Influence From Association

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This tendency has positive and negative angles, which cause you problems.

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For example, advertisers of beer or cigarettes show a very lively and desirable scene and your brain associates their product with that image.

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As well, if you dislike someone or a company, you will downplay their success and overplay their failures.

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To combat this tendency, once again separate people, companies, and parties from ideas and performance.

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Also, recognize when an advertiser tries to use it against you.

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TL;DR:

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Charlie, thank you for the 99 years of wisdom you've given this world.

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If you want to make fewer mistakes in your life, understand these 11 tendencies from Charlie Munger to succeed:

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  • Kantian fairness
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  • Reward & punishment
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  • Influence from association
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Charlie Munger died one month before his 100th birthday, but

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to a 102-year-old practicing doctor.

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The true mother of holistic medicine shared these 𝗦𝗶𝘅 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀:

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Gratitude

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If you and I were chatting in 2020 and you said today this newsletter would go out to 19,000 people today and we'd:

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Even more, we didn't even Press GO on the journey until November 2020 when I had the idea to create Mission 2030 as a path for my future.

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The driver of Mission 2030 is something we talk about a lot:

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It's more complicated than that.

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To be able to know what I want and understand what it takes requires clear thinking, deep work and constant questioning, which we'll talk about today.

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In Ten Years

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This is such a powerful prompt.

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I want you to think of a few ways you can use it and I'll share some of mine, in Ten Years:

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  5. How old will my children be
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  7. What will I be proud I accomplished
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  9. What are the regrets I'll have in my life
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  11. What will I want to be doing with my life
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  13. What will I want my net worth and finances to be
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The first question prompts me to remember my mortality.

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In his book Die With Zero, Bill Perkins, talks about the fact of focusing on what we can do in our lives while we're still healthy enough to do it.

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In ten years, I'll be 55 and likely won't be as fit or healthy as I am today, but I will have more money.

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When it comes to vacation planning or activity planning, I can focus on activities or bucket list items that may require me to be more youthful today, while saving long-term bucket list items that don't require health and mobility.

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How Old Will My Parents Be

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Sahil Bloom, who writes the Curiosity Chronicle, one of my favorite newsletters, has written about an important lunch he had.

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He was living on the West Coast and talked to a friend about how infrequently he saw his parents.

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When his friend asked their age and how often he went home, he determined the maximum number of times Sahil would likely see his parents again - it's just math by taking their life expectancy less their age multiplied by the visits per year.

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To Sahil, though, it wasn't just math.

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It was a sobering wakeup call to how few times he may see his parents.

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It was sobering enough that he and his wife made a decision to move back to the East Coast to be closer to home.

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Asking how old your parents will be in ten years may give you the wakeup call to spend your time with them, today.

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How Old Will My Children Be

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I regret not asking this one enough.

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My boys are 12 and 15 years old right now.

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Wow, in ten years, they'll be 22 and 25 years old and starting well on the way to their own lives.

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If I'd been more serious about these questions a decade ago, I may have made different decisions on how I approached my time with them and the hours I spent at the office.

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Hopefully, you're starting to see how a simple question can be perspective-shifting.

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Proud + Regret

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This is fun.

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It's two different approaches.

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For some people, asking what do I want or what will I be proud of is an easy question.

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They're able to think about what they want to achieve in the next ten years and go after it - I'm generally in this camp, as an example.

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For others, this isn't easy, so we have a fun approach.

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This one, we'll credit to our dearly departed Charlie Munger, who was a big fan of inversion, often joking All I Want To Know Is Where I'm Going To Die So I'll Never Go There.

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The idea of inversion is to understand what you don't want and how to avoid it.

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If you know you don't want to be overweight ten years from now, you may make healthier exercise or diet choices.

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By framing what you don't want and building a plan to avoid it, you'll likely end up in a spot you're happy with.

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What do I Want To Do

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This is a big one.

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Where do you want to be in ten years.

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For me, this is the most powerful question of them all.

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When I created Mission 2028 at the end of 2020, I said I wanted to:

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At some point, I thought I could achieve this as early as 2025...and...then...I realized I'm there...Right now...today...

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From January 2021 when we started recording the podcast to December 2023, three years, we largely completed our eight year plan.

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Once you know what you want to do and you have a plan to do it, the world conspires to help you achieve it.

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The Law of Action + The Law of Attraction = Amazing Results

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Net Worth and Finances

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What gets measured gets managed.

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If you're not tracking your budget, net worth and general finances, you're likely not going to achieve your financial goals.

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Crazily, shortly after I started to consistently prepare and update my budget, net worth and track my financial goals, we were able to become millionaires and, shortly thereafter, multi-millionaires.

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It may not have been causation, but it sure had a high correlation, in my opinion.

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Start with your budget.

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Prepare your net worth statement.

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Ask yourself where you want it to be, in ten years.

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Once you've done those three things, get to work on achieving it.

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Christopher Chabris, a cognitive scientist who has taught at Union University and Harvard University. His research focuses on decision-making, attention, intelligence and behavior genetics.

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Chris joined us today to talk about the book he co-authored, Nobody's Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do About It.

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Consumers in the United States lost $8.8 billion to fraud in 2022.

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More than $3.8 billion of that was from investment scams.

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Life's Seasons

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Your life has seasons.

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When you're in them, you often don't see them.

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As you age, and look back, you start to get perspective.

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The benefit, is certain phases get repeated, so if you missed them the first time, you get a second go around.

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For most of the seasons, you're an active participant the first time and a bystander, or less active participant, the second time, until the final season, death, where you're both a bystander and then, in the end, a participant:

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  • The Funeral Season Begins
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  • The Second Half Begins - Grandparents
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  • The Final Season Comes for All of Us - Death
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Trust me, once you cross into the Late Seasons you'll realize the Wedding Season wasn't as bad as you thought it was.

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The Formation Season

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The first ten years are formative.

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Unfortunately, you don't necessarily remember much of it.

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This is the Season that creates your Hardware, your subconscious hardwiring that drives your behavior.

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Adolescence

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This is where most of us start to work on our software.

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The stories you tell yourselves about what you can do, what you're capable of and what your limits are.

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You also start to set the foundation of your future life with:

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These first two stages are fun for most of us.

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Most of the cares in the world are held by our caregivers and parents.

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You're able to live in a relaxed state focused on your life and desires without worrying about crazy things like:

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Well, life changes fast.

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All of a sudden you're out of the nest.

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You're wrapping up college, starting your career and investing in your relationships through most of your 20s.

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For my boys, I want this to be a decade where they really explore the world and themselves versus going straight through college and into a career, because once you're in, it's hard to get out and explore.

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Wedding Season

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You know what I'm talking about.

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Each generation, the Season's getting later, but for many, it's still going to be your late 20s and early 30s.

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It feels like every summer is a wedding summer.

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You have multiple friends who're getting married each month and you're wondering how you are ever going to be able to afford another tuxedo rental or bridesmaid dress and WTF do they want you to wear fuschia anyway?

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Take a step back, though.

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Think about those weddings.

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Have you ever noticed the smiles on the faces of grandparents?

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When you've been through the Funeral Season and you're in the Season of Death, seeing your next generation(s) getting married, having children, is one of the greatest things you appreciate.

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You're seeing youth.

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You're seeing happiness.

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You aren't seeing death and decay.

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Next time you think of skipping a wedding, keep reading for the seasons of the second half to realize why you would want to enjoy these seasons while you can.

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Baby Season

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We felt like we had our children late.

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Well, I guess it was late relative to past generations but early relative to current generations.

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My wife created a 10-year plan when we were 20 that would culminate in our first child and she was accurate to within months (no seriously, she's that crazy a planner).

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We had our first son at 30.

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We had our second son at 33.

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We're 45 now, so they're 12 and 15, starting into Adolescence and not far from Early Adulthood.

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Our friends started to have babies shortly after us. Within a year actually, and it felt like we knew people having babies for the next 10+ years - a beautiful season and perhaps my favorite of them all.

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Though, it's like they say, the days go by slowly and the years go by fast.

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The Funeral Season

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This one's hard.

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It actually makes this the hardest piece I've ever written.

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Over the last two years, I was taking a teacher certification on mindfulness and meditation and one of the modules was on grief and loss and I couldn't relate, yet...

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Shortly over one year ago, I entered what I'm referencing as the Funeral Season.

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On my 44th birthday, I lost my uncle, my Godfather.

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It was sudden and came out of nowhere.

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It hit us all hard and it opened our eyes.

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My wife's parents have ~ 14 adults between their two families and my parents have 9, which means 23 adults plus partners over the age of 70.

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With an average life expectancy in Canada of 81.75 years, we can expect over the next decade to lose many members of our family and it hits hard once it's started.

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Over the last few weeks, I lost a close colleague at work who passed far too early from cancer.

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She was fit, healthy and such a positive human being.

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From the time she found out until she left us, was 3-1/2 months.

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Then, Last Night, it Hit Home HARD.

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We were out for dinner with some friends.

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We were all smiles and laughter, because life's going so well right now for the two of us and our family and the future's never been brighter, which I can't wait to share with all of you in time.

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Out of the corner of my eye, while I was having a conversation with a friend, I saw my wife on the phone, which was strange. It got even stranger when I saw her eyes start to tear up.

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I didn't know what was happening, but it was clear something was off so I switched seats with my friend and held her hand.

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She delivered the news we never want to hear.

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My father-in-law, who was on vacation in Hong Kong and China had a heart attack and passed away.

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He was 78, healthy and fit.

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We never expected it to happen.

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If anyone was going to beat the average, we thought it'd be him.

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He was such a big piece of our life and had been through all the seasons beside us.

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It hurts and it's going to continue.

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Once you enter the season it ends when you're on the other side and that's a lot of family we'll see.

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The Second Half - Grandparents

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This is a beautiful season.

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You've hopefully achieved your goals in life and get to step back.

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My mother and father-in-law, as examples, retired and sold their family restaurant when we returned to Vancouver and had our children and, over the last 15 years have been able to watch us and our children go through the seasons.

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They've had the opportunity to be primary caregivers, provide daycare, after-school care, come on family vacations and live beside us for much of that time.

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It's a stage where you can enjoy your grandchildren the way you weren't able to enjoy your own children.

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Often as parents, we set the rules, boundaries and are much more regimented with our children.

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When we're a grandparent, we're mellower, calmer and much happier to let our grandkids simply be themselves without trying to dictate what their future may be.

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To me, this is a beautiful season that I look forward to enjoying some day.

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The Final Season - Death

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This is it.

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You arrive at the final season.

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The longer you live, the more you see in this season.

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The friends and people around you start to disappear each year - they get sick and they pass away.

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Eventually, it comes for you.

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It comes for all of us, my friends.

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It's why I say, enjoy the early seasons as much as you can.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Mitchell Greene, a licensed clinical and sport psychologist, about his book, Courage over Confidence: Managing Mind Chatter and Winning the Mental Game.

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With courage over confidence, good players can become great competitors.

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The one that that gets in our way is ourselves.

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If we can learn how to deal with our mind chatter, we can change our lives.

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In this episode we talk about:

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Okay, it's not actually sponsored, my friends.

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FIRED UP is a new livestream show with my friend Steve Adcock, which will be streaming on Wednesday nights at 6:30PM on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Hitting the Wall

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It happens, Guiders, it happens.

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When you're attempting to operate at a high level across a number of areas, odds are, you may hit the wall.

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An image that makes me laugh, while exhausted, is a picture my friends Peter and Rob painted for me a few years ago.

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They told me I reminded them of a train barreling down a track with a single-minded purpose. But, the train doesn't realize it's heading directly for a heavily reinforced BRICK WALL...And, it doesn't end well.

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They weren't wrong.

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Shortly after that, I hit the wall.

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Fortunately, when you've hit the wall before, you learn how to bounce back.

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But, as you get older, it takes longer and longer to bounce back and sometimes you'll feel like you won't bounce back at all.

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Bouncing Back

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When you're young, a bounce back can be as simple as:

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The older you get, the more it takes to bounce back, but before you can be proactive, you need to be aware.

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Awareness

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The first step is the same for any problem.

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You need to be aware that there's a problem.

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When you feel yourself running full out and the gas tank is starting to empty, be aware of it.

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When you're aware, you can take steps to change it and here's how:

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Stop

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Stop.

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Take a step back.

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Understand the driver of your burnout.

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What are you doing that's causing you to hit the wall.

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Take a break, and you'll often realize you don't need to be going all out.

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The 3 Ds

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When you start to examine what's contributing to the pain, you can start to prioritize (1) what matters, (2) what needs to get done and (3) you can apply the 3 Ds:

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When it comes to the delegation, try not to delegate to yourself.

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I want you to defer and delete as much as you can and focus on the priorities that will move you forward in life.

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Set Boundaries

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No, seriously.

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You're hitting the wall because you didn't set boundaries.

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One of the first things you need to do when you're hitting the wall is to set boundaries with your:

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When you go through the 3Ds and start to prioritize, you need to shut down anything that doesn't commit to those priorities.

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Learn to Say No

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Boundaries are one thing.

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Learning to say NO is another.

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The realization that NO without an explanation is a perfectly acceptable answer is a game changer in life.

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If there's something that isn't aligned with your priorities and you know it will contribute to your burnout, the answer I want you to give is NO and I don't want you to worry about saying it.

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Self-Care Techniques

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Recovering from burnout can be tough and hopefully, you catch it before you get there, but if you don't, here are six simple steps to help you bounce back:

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  5. Exercise: Get moving! Even a short walk can boost your mood and energy
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  7. Mindfulness: Try meditation or yoga - they can help you stay present and reduce stress
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  9. Unplug: Take a break from screens, including smartphones and computers. It'll help clear your mind
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  11. Breathe: Practice deep breathing exercises. Inhale slowly, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly. It's calming
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Talk to Someone

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Above all, realize you aren't alone.

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There are plenty of people who are going through what you are.

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There are plenty of folks who've been where you are in this moment right now.

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Share your feelings with your:

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  • Therapist
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Let them know where you're at.

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Let them know what you need from them.

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Work with them to get you back on track, Team.

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TGG Podcast

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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast, we talked to Mike Rucker, an organizational psychologist, behavioral scientist and author of the best selling book, The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life.

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In this episode, we talk about:

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In The Fun Habit, Mike talks about how fun is beneficial to our physical and psychological well-being.

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Listen to hear more about:

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A Thought

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I used to try to keep running through the wall when I was approaching burnout.

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It took 35+ years and a physical and mental health shutdown before I learned to prioritize my mental and physical health.

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If I'd figured this out sooner, I'd be further ahead in life with less stress and efforts.

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