October 13, 2016

Defeating the Self-Perpetuating “Truth”

On our team, we talk a lot about limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is anything that you hold to be true—whether that is the case or not—that you then base you actions upon, and often they preclude you from doing what you are capable of or need to do. There is a particularly sinister type of limiting belief that I’ve run up against recently that I’m going to talk about today: The self-perpetuating truth. The self-perpetuating truth is a belief that is only true because you believe it. Or to say it another way: if you didn’t believe it, it […]
January 29, 2016

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 […]
January 13, 2016

How to Get a Record Deal in 5 Easy Steps

I got a record deal. I did! I did it. I dreamed about it, cried about it, prayed about it and obsessed over it for over a decade, and then… I got one. I’m not going to downplay my experience, because it was awesome. I got to do things that many a 15-year-old daydreams about. When I reflect back on that process, I realize that there are principles that can be applied to the building of any business, to the building of any significant project that is worth conquering, to the accomplishment of any worthy goal. So you’re ready to take […]
January 4, 2016
A person truly bent on success, on achieving greatness, must learn to take failure and to learn and grow from it, to use it as a tool to push toward excellence. Failure is empowering to true leaders.

Why I’m Okay With Failure

I’m tired of hype. I’m tired of people telling me how easy it was for them, how quick I can get rich, how I can lose weight without changing anything! You know why I’m tired of it? Because it’s a crock. It’s a bag of lies. For every guy who wins the lottery, there are 2o million who don’t. For every girl who is born the daughter of a hotel magnate, there are several billion who aren’t. The fact is, if you want to do something that can be called anything but “getting by,” it’s going to be hard. It’s going to […]
December 14, 2015
Anyone attempting great things will encounter struggles, failure, mistakes. It is how we react and use those mistakes that can separate us and allow us to find success as a leader, entrepreneur, communicator, business person.

What Do You Do With Mistakes?

On Friday, I was heading out of town with my wife to go to a wedding in Florida with her family. In order to do this, I scheduled everything that I needed to happen so that it would happen automatically on Friday morning. My email went out to my subscribers, I had a couple tweets that went out, and a few other little to-do’s that I was able to make happen automatically. It all went off without a hitch. Well, except for one minor detail… my article didn’t publish. So I sent out an email and tweets and all these […]
December 4, 2015
Consistency to executing effective and purposeful systems is critical to success as an entrepreneur, leader, business person, etc. Creating the right systems is important.

“Consistency With WHAT, Though?” (Creating Systems to Accomplish Goals)

Great question. My previous post, in which I blasted the Cleveland Browns for being terrible, talked about the importance of committing to a vision and then to a system that supported that vision, and finally, executing that system consistently over time. I got feedback asking, “What is the system? How do I develop this type of system?” “Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” (Princess Bride, any one??) The term “system” may make it sound like more than it is, so I’ll start with a fun and simple example. My goal: I want to get leaner […]