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 […]
March 21, 2016
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How to Quit Sabotaging Yourself In 3 Easy Steps

This article was originally written for and published on www.oohbother.com. It has since been revised. You don’t care about anyone but yourself. And neither do I. (To clarify, I don’t care about anyone but myself, not yourself.) This is a recipe for disaster, and it was true at one point, until I learned a few things the hard way. Until I was humbled by a difficult and important conversation. When I first quit Love and Theft (that’s right, I was once a D-list celebrity), I was in a tailspin. Not because I had done the wrong thing–I hadn’t–but because I […]
February 19, 2016
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Do You Know the Difference Between Greatness and Talent?

Greatness is not a level of talent. I’ll repeat that: greatness is not a level of talent. Sure, there are people who clearly seem to defy that statement: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lebron James, Michael Phelps, Warren Buffet. But the reality, what we’ve seen of these people is what was exposed to the world after the work was put in. We didn’t revere Michael Phelps when he was training as a young teenager. We didn’t know about his 12-hour days. No one in their right mind can deny the importance of natural talent—I do believe that that is one ingredient to […]
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 […]
November 30, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step Four

Part 4 in a 4-part blog serious on taking action in spite of fear. I encourage you to read Parts 1 through 3 first. We’ve spent 3 days looking at how to cope with fear internally. But what about how to actually take action? This is probably my least glamorous post in this series. There is very little magic to this. It’s so straight forward literally anyone can do it. So let’s re-cap: you’ve come to expect fear as an inevitable part of any worthy undertaking. You’ve embraced it as integral to growth, not to mention a good sign that […]
November 29, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step Three

Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear. I’d encourage you to read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Let’s talk about Stairway to Heaven, shall we? You guys know that I’m a big music nerd, and Led Zeppelin is absolutely and unequivocally the greatest band of all time. Don’t bother arguing with me. In Stairway to Heaven, the Zep begins with the simple sparseness of one acoustic guitar being finger-picked. Then they introduce the mellotron flutes. Then ol’ Bobby Plant’s voice enters in a gentle moan. From there, they begin adding layer after layer, […]