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March 22, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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One of the oldest rules of personal finance is the simple admonition to pay yourself first. All the money books tell you to do it. All the personal finance blogs say it, too. Even your parents have given you the same advice.

But it’s hard. That money could be used someplace else. You could pay the phone bill, could pay down debt, could buy a new DVD player. You’ve tried once or twice in the past, but it’s so easy to forget. You don’t keep a budget, so when payday rolls around, the money just finds its way elsewhere.

And besides: What does “pay yourself first” even mean?

To pay yourself first means simply this: Before you pay your bills, before you buy groceries, before you do anything else, set aside a portion of your income to save. Put the money into your 401(k), your Roth IRA, or your savings account. The first bill you pay each month should be to yourself. This habit, developed early, can help you build tremendous wealth.

Why pay yourself first?

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March 21, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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There is never a perfect time for you to take action. There is never a perfect time for you to launch that project, to spend time with your family, to write a book, change your habit, or embrace a new habit. Once you acknowledge this, you will get a lot more meaningful work done everyday.

I’m too tired. I don’t have the time. I am not capable. Someone else will do it. It’s too late now. Now is not the right time. I am not talented. I am not ready. I’m too scared. Nobody will help me. What if I fail. I don’t feel motivated. I’d rather do nothing. I don’t have the money..yet!

It’s easy to come up with excuses and justify not getting started. The longer you fill your head with rationalizations and empty excuses, the less time you have to take action.

It’s easy to say, “I will start when I have more experience, money, time and resources”. By this time next year, you will have a lot more excuses.


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March 20, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

“A well built physique is a status symbol. It reflects you worked hard for it, no money can buy it. You cannot borrow it, you cannot inherit it, you cannot steal it. You cannot hold onto it without constant work. It shows discipline, it shows self respect, it shows patience, work ethic and passion. That is why I do what I do.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

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March 19, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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You prove why you were born every day and every minute by the things you do and by the things you don’t do. ~Chad Howse

[Tweet “You prove why you were born every day and every minute by the things you do and by the things you don’t do.”]

There are a lot of babies that don’t make it out of the womb. There are others who die in infancy.

There are children and teens who die early deaths and here I sit thinking about what it is I should be doing.

Every minute I give a reason for my life. I determine whether it’s a good reason or a bad one, whether I’m worthy of the gift of life or whether it was wasted on me.

The harsh reality is that most of our lives are wasted. Many spend more time in avoidance than in actual action. Many others set to be mediocre not understanding the travesty of such a pursuit, the waste of such an attempt when the choice to pursue something greater is also on the table.

Few live with the tenacity of someone who understands that, not only are their days numbered, but millions didn’t even get the chance at the thing they now waste in laziness and mediocrity.

We prove we’re worth the chance by living.

Living, however, isn’t found in seeking safety nor falling in line. Living is using fear as a compass, something to guide you to, not from.

Living isn’t found in ease but in challenges, and in constantly finding greater challenges.

It exists in daring greatly, getting into the arena of life and getting your ass kicked while you’re in there, but getting up time and time again.

Life isn’t found in self-pity, in envy, in the narcissism and cynicism that pervades so much of our society.

Are you worth the gift?

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March 16, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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At the beginning of any path, we’re excited and nervous. So we seek to comfort ourselves externally instead of inwardly. There’s a weak side to each of us, that — like a trade union — isn’t exactly malicious but at the end of the day still wants to get as much public credit and attention as it can for doing the least. That side we call ego.

The writer and former Gawker blogger Emily Gould — ­essentially a real-­life Hannah Horvath — realized this during her two-­year struggle to get a novel published. Though she had a six-­figure book deal, she was stuck. Why? She was too busy “spending a lot of time on the Internet,” that’s why.

“In fact, I can’t really remember anything else I did in 2010. I tumbld, I tweeted and I scrolled. This didn’t earn me any money but it felt like work… It was also the only creative thing I was doing.”

She did what a lot of us do when we’re scared or overwhelmed by a project — she did everything but focus on it. In fact, many valuable endeavors we undertake are painfully difficult, whether it’s coding a new startup or mastering a craft. But talking, talking is always easy. So we do that instead.

It’s a temptation that exists for everyone — for talk and hype to replace action.

Doing great work is a struggle. It’s draining, it’s demoralizing, it’s frightening — not always, but it can feel that way when we’re deep in the middle of it. We talk to fill the void and the uncertainty.

The question is, when faced with your particular challenge — ­whether it is researching in a new field, starting a business, producing a film, securing a mentor, advancing an important cause — do you seek the respite of talk or do you face the struggle head­-on?

Ryan Holiday – Ego Is The Enemy

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March 15, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

On February 6, SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket and shot the electric car into deep space with a spacesuit-clad “Starman” dummy in the driver’s seat. The Tesla will cross the orbit of Mars sometime in July, swing past the orbit of Earth in August 2019, and repeat this roughly nine-month cosmic loop for thousands or even millions of years.

Musk said this was the “silliest thing” he could imagine launching with Falcon Heavy, leading some critics to bring up his ego — after all, it was Musk’s car, and one made by a car company he runs.

But Musk tweeted on Saturday that his intention was part of something much bigger.

“Life cannot just be about solving one sad problem after another,” he said. “There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That is why we did it. We did for you.”

Musk expanded on his rationale for the stunt and his larger dream for space travel.

“We really wanted to get the public here to wonder, to get excited about the possibility of something new happening in space — of the space frontier getting pushed forward,” Musk told the audience at SXSW. “The goal of this was to inspire you and make you believe again, just as people believed in the Apollo era, that anything is possible.”

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March 14, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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“Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.” – Nick Saban

Process finds a way to turn something complex into something simple. Simple isn’t easy, but it is easier. You’ve got something difficult? Don’t focus on the whole thing. Instead break it down into pieces. Simply do what you need to do right now. And do it well. And then move on to the next thing. Follow the process and not the prize.

Whether it’s pursuing the pinnacle of success in your field, or simply surviving some awful or trying ordeal, the same approach works. Don’t think about the end—think about surviving. Getting it right from meal to meal, meeting to meeting, project to project, paycheck to paycheck, one day at a time.

Trust the process.

Ryan Holiday – The Obstacle Is The Way

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March 13, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

"I have nothing left"

David Goggins finishes third in the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon in 25 hours and 49 minutes. Goggins shares his experience in the race and receives his award. Badwater Ultramarathon is the world’s toughest foot race. This legendary, epic, 135 mile running race travels non-stop in the heat of Summer from Badwater in Death Valley (elev. 282 feet below sea level) to Whitney Portal on Mt. Whitney (elev. 8360 feet).


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