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Life is for the Unreasonable

For the past two months my wife and I have been vagabonding through New Zealand. Vagabonding is probably the best word for it – the majority of the time we’ve been living out of our backpack and a tiny red hatchback (The Getzya!). The first weekend here, we rented a car (buses are too expensive and a car would give us more flexibility).  Since then, we’ve managed to see more of New Zealand than...

Into the Unknown

Maybe I’m Crazy… In fact, I must be. Right now, as I write this blog post, I’m sitting outside a Starbucks in Boise, Idaho… I’m thousands of miles away from most of my friends and family… And I’m Homeless and unemployed. That’s right – no job, no predictable income, no home… And I have no intention of trying to get any of those things...

Spend Your Best Words Today

Great Work (part 3 of 3) This is the final post in a short series on great work. To be honest, I originally wrote a short book’s worth of content on this topic. But right before I hit publish, I decided to scrap everything and get to the heart of what I wanted to say: what great work means at the most fundamental level. Great work is all about impact.  And sometimes, the best way to make an...

Never Compromise

Just One Person In my previous post, I wrote about great work. Great work is impactful work – the kind that resonates with a person (or a million people) for years to follow. The sole criteria for determining great work is impact, and that’s specifically and uniquely determined by the person or people experiencing the work. If you impact just one person, you’ve created great work. So how do we...

Choosing Your Own Path

The Comforting Myth Coming up with a brilliant, life-altering idea is what matters. If you could only come up with that one perfect idea… It could re-energize you to tackle your project, inspire you to go after your audacious goal, and light your path to success, happiness and contentment. Of course, this is a myth. The moment we stop to really think about it, it’s clearly irrational – one idea...

The Surprisingly Simple Way to Overcome Creative Block

The Block Have you ever tried writing a book, a blog, or business copy? If so, you’ve probably experience writers block: the inability to form your ideas into the perfect words, sentences, and paragraphs. But this type of block isn’t exclusive to writers. All creative entrepreneurs – from writers, designers, and inventors, to artists, marketers, and entrepreneurs, experience creative block...

Keep Fighting

When I was a sophomore in college, I tried to do something I wasn’t sure I could do. I decided to compete in the Brigade Open Boxing Tournament. The Brigade Open is an annual event at West Point.  It’s a chance for anyone to enter the ring and compete for a title belt.  It’s open to all students, but the winners are almost always those on the boxing team. So entering with very little experience...

What Will You Do With Your Dreams?

Dreams We all have them. Not just the kind when we sleep, but the more important ones – the ones we have when we’re awake. They come to us when we’re driving home from work, when we go for a long run, when we reminisce over war stories with an old friend. These dreams usually spark something deep within us.  They excite something dormant; something we didn’t know existed…at least for a moment. In...

Winning Your Inner Creative War

The Pain of Creation Every act of artistic creation (business, blog, book or otherwise) begins in the mind. They begin as acts of love (we care about our ideas) and defiance (challenging what is with what could be). But being inside your own mind isn’t a pretty thing.  It’s nasty in there; what is right seems wrong; up is down; and every course of action can be rationalized (adding to the...

How to Build a Crazy Successful Blog and Get Published: an Interview With Jeff Goins

In the Trenches: Episode 3 This is the 3rd episode of “In the Trenches: The Resistance Broadcast Interview Series” and today I had the honor of interviewing Jeff Goins. [Listen to the Interview by clicking this link]   Jeff is a successful blogger, published author, and a self declared writer. Jeff Started his blog in 2010.  In less than 2 years time he grew his readership to an impressive...

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