Treated Unfairly.

It’s going to happen. On your conquest through life, others are going to lie about you, stab you in the back, confuse your motives, and misinterpret your intentions.

They are going to overreact, blame you, say mean things about you — to everyone around you.

And you’re going to feel betrayed, indignant, and full of righteous rage.

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Finding Focus.

What you focus on most determines how successful you become.

Your thoughts and dreams and aspirations are a direct result of what you spend your time obsessing about.

Don’t waste that power you have.

Quit whining. Double down on working. Focus on being awesome.

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Working Tired.

Can you feel it? Can you feel it?

Can you feel momentum pushing you from where you are to where you want to be?

The single greatest power you have is to create and manage your own momentum.

The first time you do anything is the hardest. You don’t exactly know what you’re doing and you’re not sure what results you should be expecting.

Over time, if you keep working at it, you’ll be smooth and polished. Efficient and effective.

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Extreme Behavior.

What if no meeting lasted longer than 15 minutes?

How much more awesome would you be?

Learn what happened when a billion-dollar company questioned that idea…and another one embraced it.

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Do What Matters.

How the story of Scott Riddle makes Dan rethink everything he’s doing.

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[Bonus] The One Who Got Back Up.

It was Tokyo, Japan. The evening of February 11, 1990. Another heart-stopping boxing performance expected from the angriest boxer to ever set foot inside the ring.

Walking into the arena, James Douglas was a 42-1 underdog.

A dead man walking.

About to meet the most brutal boxer of all time — “Iron Mike” Tyson. A man who had demolished every fighter put in front of him. All 37 in a row. Undefeated. Unstoppable.

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Get Fit.

If you’re not fit, your dream will die.

You will find yourself sluggish, not focused. You won’t have the energy to listen and be as creative as you need to be.

From time to time when you need to put in extra hours, you’ll find yourself weak, dizzy, fatigued.

Which is why being fit matters. Your goals may not require you being like the Spartans who lived in peak fighting shape but being fit makes you better at whatever you’re trying to do.

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Just Ask for Help.

Being disciplined is about restraint, but it’s also about being able to ask for cooperation from those who can help you get to where you want to be.

But if you don’t know where that difference is, then the help you’re asking for just sounds like whining.

And no one wants to help that person.

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Avoiding Negativity.

The goal of negative people is to destroy and maim all those within earshot of their sniveling critiques.

Like a suicide bomber on a bad mission, their only concern is the destruction of those around them—even at the cost of their own life & happiness.

And that’s not something you can reason with.

If you’re smart, you’ll go out of your way to avoid them.

If you don’t, you will find yourself living a life of despair, just going through the motions.

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Ready to Learn.

What lessons have you learned recently? What type of new ideas and inspirational thinking are you proactively putting into your head?

What you learn determines how quickly you grow.

If the only time you learn is when you make a mistake, your path to success will be slow and painful. You’ll run out of time before you get to where you want to be.

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Get Some Intensity.

What’s it going to take to get your attention?

You’ve been wasting your time. Filling your life with self-destructive behaviors and fulfilling personal addictions. Thinking little of the consequences that are sure to follow.

You aren’t obsessed about a purpose.

You’re just trying to do as little as possible. You’re hoping that no one else notices that you’re not committed.

It’s not even about commitment.

You’re barely even going through the motions. You’re not even pretending to care.

But you will one day.

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Power of Apology.

Losers apologize slowly. You have to pry it out of them. And it comes six months late — way too late to be useful, believable, or appropriate.

We all screw up. The best policy is a human policy. Humans apologize when they do something wrong. They master just two simple words: “I’m sorry”. That’s all you have to say. It shows your character. It shows that you’re serious about improving.

“I’m sorry”.

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Get Out of Your Funk.

It is not an accident if you find yourself constantly nervous and frustrated. And it’s not a coincidence if you wake up tired but inspired.

Motivation is a pretty simple formula. What you put into your mind fuels the direction of your life.

If you spend your time listening to frantic, worrisome political news, you will find yourself frantic and worried.

If you devote a portion of your day to new ideas from your favorite author, you’ll see hope and opportunity — in spite of how your current day is unfolding.

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Successful Friends.

Your friendships determine your destiny.

Who you are as a competitor, what you achieve, and how you react to everyday circumstances — these are all reactions shaped by the people you surround yourself with most.

Those relationships will either make you or break you.

Those people closest to you either push you relentlessly forward or ensnare you in a web of unending distraction and soul-crushing malaise.

Which is why it matters who you choose to spend your time with.

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Failure Isn’t Final.

Can I share a behind-the-scenes story about failure? My failure.

Almost two years ago we started working on a podcast here at The EDGY Empire.

As we begin to talk about putting together a production of our own, we began to throw around some really crazy ideas. Our dream was to put together a series based on the real life stories of ordinary people who lived life heroically.

When I wrote my book, we had developed over a thousand stories, so I figured sharing those stories via podcast wouldn’t be much more difficult than writing about them in a book or doing research.

Boy, was I wrong. In every possible way. Seriously

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Learn and Improve.

Your mission is to learn and improve.

You don’t need to get it right the first time. Or even the second or third time. But you do need to learn from your mistakes and figure out a way to make sure you get to where you want to be.

That’s the secret to breakthrough. Continual improvement. An obsession with being a better version of yourself.

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The Details Matter.

It’s usually the small things that make the most difference.

It’s the details that will likely determine your degree of success or failure.

It’s not going to be one big moment or one grand experience that automatically propels you from where you are to where you want to be.

That’s luck. What you’re living is life.

If you want to be better than you are now, you have to improve the seemingly insignificant tactics you execute on a daily basis.

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Perception of Effort.

Progress takes hustle. Momentum requires sweat.

You can’t get from where you are now to where you want to be without massive amounts of hard work. That’s the truth.

Anything that you want to achieve is possible as long as you’re willing to work for it.

You have to work for it. No one can do it for you.

You can’t delegate being awesome. You can’t hire it out. Or reap the healthy consequences of someone else’s effort.

It’s on you.

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Your Drug of Choice.

It doesn’t need to be true. You just need to believe it.

That’s when everything changes. Because belief is a drug.

It changes how you think, how your body behaves, your energy, how you feel, what you see, and every other part of your existence.

Your belief is a pain reliever. And a hallucinogen.

What you believe becomes your future.

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