How to Stop Being So Busy and Instantly Reduce Stress

In our world, asking someone how things are going usually gets a response like: I’ve been so busy, I don’t have time for anything. OR… I’m just so stressed, I’m juggling a thousand things at once. Do we value being busy so much as a society that we choose to live this way? Or do we just not know how to handle the many to-do’s in our lives? Ultimately, this all leads to stress. A lot of it. There’s so much stress in our society that we have organizations dedicated to helping people deal with it. And almost all of this ...

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What Would You Do If Money Were No Object?

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. There’s a question someone asked me once that I would like to ask you: What would you do if money were no object? Watch the video below, and then read on. A Question Most Can’t Answer A powerful question, isn’t it? Most of us have heard this question before, or at least thought about it in one way or another. Yet we view it as unrealistic to live a life based purely on doing what we love. In fact, many people in our Western society completely devalue this. If you want to be successful there are ...

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The Self-Incarceration of a Generation: Two Choices That Shape Destiny

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. It seems like everyone has their own story. “I lost my dog when I was eight, so I can never love again.” “I had a learning disability in elementary school.” “I don’t have enough money to travel.” “I don’t have the right idea to start a business.” I’ve been miserable before. So I did what all of us does. I allowed myself to turn into a cold, lifeless, pulseless zombie. I trudged around and went through the motions. I stopped caring. Every time I questioned the misery or daydreamed about my desires I created a ...

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The Annual Review: Setting Yourself Up For Success

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes With every new year comes the feeling that you’re starting with a fresh, clean slate. It’s likely that you spent the holidays eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating with the people you care about most. If you did it really well, it probably looked something like this: It’s a great time of year to refresh and look back on the year you just completed. You might be asking yourself some questions like… What went well? What were your major accomplishments and/or magic moments? What didn’t go well? What old habits are still preventing you from a break ...

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The Revolution: What Russell Brand Would Say About Entrepreneurship

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes “Profit is a filthy word.” – Russell Brand Russell Brand—actor, comedian, and political activist—says there’s going to be a revolution. Simply put, this is the end of the current chapter of politics and economics. If you haven’t watched the viral video above of Russell Brand being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight, you should. I respect Russell Brand. I respect anyone who has the courage to speak their mind, propose new ideas, and look for ways to help us all grow and evolve. Now, in the interview above, Russell mostly goes into how he feels ...

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The Travel Bug: How You Know When It’s Time to Travel

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes Over the past few years, I’ve started to really admire people who have strict regimens, routines, and habits that they’ve implemented into their lives. Their commitment is impressive, and then tend to be really good at getting things done and staying on track. I used to despise routines and saw them as being boring, monotonous, and lacking one of my favorite things in life: spontaneity. You see, when you travel, you’re really igniting that part of your life that desires uncertainty, spontaneity, and the unknown. As much as we love being in control and being ...

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A Thought For Your Monday: Why Do We Dread Our Work?

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m sipping on some new Yerba Mate (Cruz de Malta) I recently picked up at a random organicy health foods market in San Francisco. I first learned about mate from Tim Ferriss, and I’ve been hooked ever since. As I take my next sip, an interesting thought goes through my mind… We can all agree that the majority of people absolutely hate Mondays. Passionately. Why is that? Every Monday I see the endless stream of angry posts on my Facebook news feed about Monday. Every so often though there’s this one weirdo that posts something ...

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7 Biggest Networking Mistakes People Make

 Total Reading Time: 5 minutes Networking is an art, and something of a balancing act. Just like negotiation (see this post/video for more on this), networking is something people are often intimidated by, but have to deal with all the time. Now, you could just hide in the bathroom if you like… But I have a better idea: don’t make the seven mistakes presented in this post, and you’ll be better off than 90% of people in the room. There are a few key keys to being a strong networker, and it really comes down to knowing how to balance the conversation ...

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How to Deal with Haters: Tall Poppy Syndrome

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Have you ever heard of Tall Poppy Syndrome? It’s a non-U.S. term (generally Australia and the U.K.) used to describe the odd situation that occurs when a person deserving of praise is instead criticized, put down, attacked, etc. by haters or negatrons, as I like to call them. This usually happens when a person decides to create new habits, or simply achieves more than before. In other words, they stand out from the crowd—or figuratively—grow too tall in a field of equal-sized poppy’s. If you ever choose to do something grandiose that others around you are too afraid to ...

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The Ultimate Secret to Success: 3 Steps to Getting Anything In Life

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes Success, Vision, Purpose, Drive. Hang with me for a moment. These words appear to some as lacking reality or science. A lot of people will hear a phrase like “the power of visualization” and automatically say something like, “C’mon Arman, not you, not this ‘foofoo’ stuff!” I agree, most of the time they’re right, it’s usually nonsense. Visualization alone will get you nowhere. You can sit in your room day and night, dreaming of the beautiful house in Tuscany or the paradise in Maldives (I hope they have good Wi-Fi), but without the right recipe ...

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