June 28, 2016
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A Powerful Exercise in Writing Down Goals

I’m not the first to say it, and I won’t be the last: Write down your goals! Something happens when you make that transition. It’s no longer a daydream or a neat idea—it’s a goal. As I said a few days ago, you need to make that transition from hoping that something comes to pass, to beginning to solve the problem of how it will come to pass. By writing down your goals, you make that mental transition. It’s a commitment of sorts. We are all wired or conditioned, as Robert Cialdini writes, in his book Influence, to place a […]
January 22, 2016
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The 4 Ways the Comparison Trap Squashes Success

Lewis Howes is an absolute monster. The guy is everywhere! He’s on TV shows, every time I log onto Facebook he’s on my news feed, he’s doing podcasts with a long list of people I’d like to know, and to top it off, he’s a New York Times bestseller. Lewis, who is only a couple years older than I, has already built several multi-million dollar online companies. He’s interviewed Alanis Morisette and Arianna Huffington and Tim Ferriss, and Olympic gold medalists and billionaires and… and those people don’t want to hang out with me. I don’t think I’m allowed to […]
January 15, 2016
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What I Learned When I Met Michael Hyatt

This post was originally published on OohBother in January 2014. As I alluded to in my last blog post, for years I was a touring musician. I hung out with Tim McGraw and Chris Young and Taylor Swift and a score of others. Careful you don’t trip over those names I just dropped. Don’t worry, I dropped them there for a reason, which we’ll get around to. I’ll pick ‘em up. This morning, I walked into a great little sandwich shop called the Franklin Mercantile in downtown Franklin, TN, and there, at a table off to the side, was a […]
January 13, 2016
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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 […]
December 16, 2015
Not sure what to get that person on your list who is obsessed with success, with self motivation, excellence and growth? That person who everyone knows is destined for greatness? Here is a Christmas list full of items sure to thrill the ambitious entrepreneur.

My 2015 Christmas List for Awesome People

I don’t know about you, but I’m in full Christmas mode, rockin’ day in and day out to Alvin and the Chipmunks. Don’t deny it, and don’t fight it! One thing that I know to be true—and this isn’t theory, this is straight from first hand experience—is that knowledge is power. Your brain is like a shoebox: you get out what you put in. Okay, that analogy needs work, but it’s still basically true. If it weren’t for a specific book I read a while back, I may not even know what passive income is, much less be changing the financial […]
November 27, 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 One

Part 1 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear. This morning I was listening to a podcast by Michael Hyatt about limiting beliefs. Michael and his co-host mentioned that we rarely see behind the scenes of other peoples’ lives—we simply see the front stage show, the carefully crafted facade. I immediately thought that it would be very important to me to be transparent with you. To reveal my weaknesses, flaws and general humanity. So I’ll start here… I’m experiencing gripping fear. Oddly enough, if you’re reading this, hopefully it means that I’ve overcome it. As […]