May 29, 2017
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What if you had the AUDACITY?

Today, I encourage you to consider what goals you would set if you just had the brash audacity to set them. This is an idea I lifted while reading the book The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. (Highly recommended if you want to get motivated to explore levels of effort that you haven’t experienced before!) We often don’t set truly ambitious goals because, as soon as we think them, our lizard brain tells us not to bother, we can’t do it. In fact, I’ll be the first to confess that when I want something badly, I’m more apt to avoid going […]
April 4, 2016
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Get Your First Guest Blog Post Published

This week I had my first guest post published by another site. (You can check it out right here!) It was exciting for two reasons: first, it was an accomplished goal, which is always awesome. Secondly, I really liked the article, I felt as though it was really strong, and I was happy to have it out there for people to check out. I thought it was inspiring and made a good impression on those who have no clue who I am. I want to talk to you about how I accomplished that. First, from a practical standpoint, but even […]
March 18, 2016
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What I Learned While Burning Ants With a Magnifying Glass

Those poor little ants. They were no match for the 8-year-old me and my magnifying glass. If they foolishly stood still for more than perhaps 2 seconds, they were incinerated. How interesting that the very same sunlight which you may use to get a nice base bronze or to slowly and gently grow delicate flowers from seeds, can simultaneously be used to create a mini furnace of intense, life-smothering, simmering heat! That’s the power of focus. It’s the same sunlight. The same temperature outside, the same weather, the same distance from the sun. The only difference is how those rays are […]
February 26, 2016
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Why I Won’t Double-Tap That: Lessons From Instagram

I recently launched a new Instagram account specifically for BrianBandas.com and I began looking around and perusing the accounts of various success-oriented accounts. Lots of inspirational quotes and photos of Lambourghini’s. I’ll tell you what frustrated me, and what I think is missing. Meaning. Substance. And struggle. In short, authenticity. The pain is missing. The confusion, the angst, the worry, the fear, the not-having-all-the-answers. The fight against the world and against self that inevitably follows those who follow the road less travelled. The meaning is missing, too. The depth. Something more than I-wanna-have-more-than-you-and-do-what-I-want-and-make-sure-people-are-jealous. I saw a meme yesterday (I flinch […]
February 24, 2016
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Why I Embrace the Angst of Pursing Big Goals

We who fight for our dream suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse, “Oh, well, I didn’t really want it any way.” We do want it, and [we] know that we have staked everything on it…” -The Alchemist   I was in tears. I remember sitting in the car with my dad, grasping for some sort of definite sign, some sort of concrete assurance that one day the dream that I wanted so badly would become more than that. I wanted it. I needed it. I desired it at a […]
January 29, 2016
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How ‘The Resistance’ Prevents You From Creating

In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, Pressfield talks about a creative person’s arch nemesis: the resistance. Allow me first to describe to you a creative person. This doesn’t apply exclusively to the traditionally creative, although they are included. No fedoras or recreational drugs or cluttered art studios required, for this to apply to you. Look at the root of the word “creative”—create. Anyone who is trying to create something exceptional in their life—be it building a rich marriage that inspires those around you, writing a rock opera, starting a sweet roll bakery or inventing the world’s greatest board game—falls […]