All Problems Have Solutions. That's What Makes Them Problems.

For the last 146 days (but who's counting?) I've been getting up at an ungodly hour. A time reserved for paper boys, vampires and people who have yet to go to bed from a hard night of partying. My Fitbit vibrates at 4:38 a.m. My hands search the darkness for the headphones plugged into my phone. Two minutes later the sound of my alarm breaks the eerie silence. I hop out of bed, followed by a plump little Pug who seems lively but is only awake for a 47-second scarf down of kibble before crawling back into bed. For me, this is the start of my day. This feels like a problem without a solution.

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What To Do When You Don't Feel Creative But NEED To Be

Some weeks I feel inspired to write. I'll sit down and the words flow with the ease of turning the tap for a glass of water. The flow can be damn right magical. But the flipside is the unrealistic expectation you have for the next time you have to (insert any creative endeavour). A scary realization when you don't feel creative but need to be.

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Seinfeld and Seth Godin's Life-Changing Marketing Advice

Finding advice is never hard to come by. Finding good advice, on the other hand, is like scrolling through Netflix when you have no idea what you want to watch. I wanted to start a business that gave me a mission and a reason to get up every morning. I wanted to have meaningful impact in the lives of others. I wanted to lead a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life and business.

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How To Lead A Happy, Healthy, Purpose-Driven Life And Business

If you asked me a year ago what keeps me up at night, my answer would match that of most entrepreneurs. Along with the excitement and adventure of running a business, life can feel like a never-ending twenty-four-hour Le Mans car race. Until you realize there's another way of leading a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life and business.

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What Would Make You Attempt The Impossible?

This is coming from a guy who's not married, but I get the sense that most people marry with the intention of being partners for life. You found the person that understands you (and still loves you). You're not the same with anyone else. Your partner gets you in all your raw glory. They push your buttons with the expertise of an untouchable high score in Pacman. No relationship escapes the blood, sweat and tears that come from the oddly neurotic lives we all live. Yet, who would you be without that person in your life? Would your sense of purpose be lost? For Dashrath Manji, the near death of his wife set him on a quest to attempt the impossible.

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What Destination Are You Trying To Reach?

If you're anything like me, you listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. I can dive into a mastermind of the world's most brilliant and successful thinkers at the tap of a finger. There's no shortage of valuable insight and guidance for what you should be doing with your business. Here's the problem, we don't all have the same destination in mind.

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How To Find Your Own Voice

It's easy to forget how powerful a single experience can be in shaking us awake. Lit by the glow of candles dancing across bricks hand-laid a hundred or so years ago, I sat on a cushion with 75 strangers for a night of mindfulness and meditation in a converted spice factory. I'll probably never see any of them again, but it left me feeling the opposite of a night of social media. I felt fulfilled and rejuvenated. When's the last time you said that after spending time on your phone?

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Who Do You Want To Become?

You've probably heard the advice you need to trust the journey a million times before. But what if your life and business aren't meeting your expectations? What if the life you dream of having feels no closer to reality than it did a year ago? If you don't like some part of your life, it's time to make changes and new choices that put you on a path to a purposeful life. It starts by asking the question, who do you want to become?

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Winners And Losers Have The Same Goals

What popped into your head with the title of this piece? All I could think was, how did I never think of this before? The words leapt off the page in the midst of devouring Atomic Habits by James Clear. Clear is one of the world’s leading experts in the formation of habits. It makes so much damn sense. Your goal is not what makes you successful, your habits are. That's your system to success. Success is the eventual measure of good habits.

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I'm Struggling With The World's Worst Boss

A close friend is struggling. He's feeling overwhelmed in his job. It's affecting his home life. His boss expects a lot and never gives credit for the little wins. He's expected to work long hours, have perfect execution and know exactly what to do at all times. He feels like he has to say yes to everything that comes across his desk. Do you feel sympathy for what he's going through? Of course you do! You're not a heartless bastard. We can't help but feel compassion for a friend being in a position like this. Here's the problem... we all have a boss like this. The world’s worst boss is you (and me).

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How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

My mind was a couple of miles ahead of us, thinking about the business, what I had to do, and how I couldn't wait for it to take off. In an effort to bring myself back to the moment, I turned to my Dad riding beside me and asked: "Is there anything you'd do differently when you were my age?" His advice helped me see that sometimes we get so caught up in trying to accomplish something big, that we fail to notice all the little things that give life its magic.

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How To Focus On What Matters And Ignore The Rest

It's time to focus on what matters. The modern world will throw everything imaginable at you with time-consuming temptations. No matter who you are, you're given twenty-four-hours at the strike of twelve. Nothing more. Nothing less. Whatever you focus your time on is a decision of how you want to spend your energy. Energy is the currency of a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life. The point is: Don't exchange what you want most for what you kind of want at the moment.

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How To Embrace Your Present Reality For Lasting Change

I'm going to ask you a question and hold the space for you to sit a moment in reflection. I want you to try your best to ignore the impulsive desire to read on. I know you're busy and that's why I'm so appreciative of the fact you've taken a couple minutes to spend with me. One thing I bet we both have in common is a list of things we think we should be doing. Put that list aside and let us explore the power of asking, what is necessary and true about where you are right now? How does it feel to embrace this present reality?

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How To Get More Done And Work Less

From an early age, I adopted a belief like many of us that achievement, success, and knowledge only come from working batshit-crazy hours. Keeping up with the pace of modern culture is a major contributor to record burnout rates. A laundry list of projects and dreams further overwhelm you when they fizzle out. Battling with this tug-of-war mentality of wanting to do more great work but still live a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life drew me into seeking the knowledge of those before me. What I discovered may surprise you. You can get more done when you work less.

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What Matters Most To You In Life Right Now?

Where were you a year ago compared to where you are today? How different does your life look? My life received a transplant from a person I had no idea I could be. The core-shaking experiences I faced could play out in one of two ways with a single decision. Life was happening to me, or life was happening for me. It was preparing me for a life I never knew I could have. It forced me to decide for the first time in my life, what the hell was important to me right now?

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How To Summon The Courage To Uncover Your Life's Mission

We often rely on external circumstances to define our purpose in life, which leads to disappointment, frustration, and a lack of fulfillment. By turning our focus inward and asking the right questions of ourselves, we can identify a personal mission that gives deep meaning to our lives. This essay will help you get started with this important process.

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Best Damn Life Advice You'll Hear All Year

In 1967, Hunter S Thompson spent an entire year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in order to write a first-hand account of the lives and experiences of its members. But fifty years ago, when Thompson was 22, he wrote a letter to his friend in response to a request for life advice. It might just be the best damn advice you'll hear for finding your purpose and living a meaningful life.

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The Secret Of Dealing With People

We've all been there, hitting send on an anger-fueled text that we immediately regret. In a fit of I'm angry and want to let it out, I smashed send on a clever mocking of an acquaintance’s uncanny resemblance to a circus clown. My hyper focus blinded my sensibility to realize it was a) stupid and, b) being sent to the person, not my intended friend. Instant karma. I was still pulling my heart off the ground when I heard the ping of the response. Good ol' Abraham Lincoln learned a similar valuable lesson before he learned the big secret of dealing with people.

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