The most dangerous risk of all; the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy the freedom to do it later. -Anonymous
The most dangerous risk of all: the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy the freedom to do it later. -Anonymous

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Help Us Choose a Book Cover

Daniel Harkavy and I have written a new book about life planning called, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Baker Books will be publishing it in the Spring of 2016. We need your help in choosing a cover.

Living Forward Cover Options

Contrary to the popular exhortation, people do judge books by their covers. That’s why it’s important we select the right one for this book.

That’s where you come in. Would you please take this short survey and tell us which option you prefer? It will take you less than one minute. I value your input and would be grateful for your help!

If you want to read more about the book—or be notified when it is available—click here.

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Season 4, Episode 2: Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone [Podcast]

7 Strategies for Making the Most of Challenging Situations

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the importance of setting up camp in the discomfort zone.

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If you’re an entrepreneur or leader of any kind you’re going to face discomfort and difficulty. But here’s the good news: These are the times we most grow and make progress towards our goals—especially if we follow seven strategies for making the most of challenging situations.

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Why The Best Reading App Available Today Is Not What You Think

4 Scientific Reasons Paper Is Still Superior to the Screen

This is going to sound crazy. After all, I run an online content business. But the best reading app for comprehension, emotional engagement, and more is … paper.

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Whether we go back to the ancient Egyptians or the Chinese, there’s nothing new about paper. What is new is the understanding that reading on paper is superior in many ways to reading on screens.

What to Do When You’re Afraid to Commit

4 Steps for Taking a Stand with Confidence

When we think of the fear of commitment, we usually picture a guy who’s been dating a girl since forever and won’t get off the dime, right? But there’s another kind of commitment phobia we need to address.

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Forget about relationships. Think instead about deadlines, deliverables, benchmarks, and budgets. How willing are you to make commitments in business?

What Has Been Your Experience in Setting Goals? [Survey]

Almost 10,000 people have gone through my 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course. While I am thrilled with the results, I am not content.

Setting and Achieving Goals Survey

My team and I have already begun work on the 2016 edition of the course. We have discovered some ground-breaking new research that will be a game-changer for most people—especially those who have struggled to achieve their most important goals.

However, I am now at the place where I need your input. Could you do me a quick favor and take this brief survey? It will take less than two minutes. However, it will help me better connect my research with your exact needs.

Please click here to participate. Thanks in advance for your help.

Season 4, Episode 1: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

We’re back! Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of our brand new season, Stu McLaren (who’s filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

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Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and stay on course. I’ve got six tricks for training yourself to persist when you want to quit.

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5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

The Science Behind Reading and Influence

Pollsters say reading is in decline. As an author and former publishing executive, the statistics make me wince. But I’m optimistic for another reason.

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Why? A readership crisis is really a leadership crisis. And for people who know how to respond, crisis is just another way of saying opportunity.

3 Surprising Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs Regular Exercise

Research Reveals How Getting and Staying Fit Helps You Achieve More

Exercise used to be the last thing on my mind. Now it’s a regular part of my life, and I can’t imagine missing the benefits—especially as an entrepreneur.

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Most adults don’t get the regular exercise they need, according to the CDC. As a high-achiever, I totally get it. Carving out time to run or strength train seems like a waste when there’s a project to complete or a product to launch, doesn’t it?

What You Do Right Before Bed Determines How Productive and Focused You’ll Be Tomorrow

My 9-Part Nighttime Ritual

I have written and talked a lot about how the right morning routine can set you up for a productive day. The same is true for nighttime rituals. The right activities before you sleep can set you up for success the next day.

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I used to have the worst time getting to sleep at night. I knew it was important for my health and productivity, but my mind raced long after the lights went out. I couldn’t seem to turn it off.

As a result, I woke up groggy, grumpy, and ill-prepared for the day. My energy flagged right after lunch, and my afternoons were a grind. I just wasn’t my best self. Maybe you can relate.

Don’t Hire People Unless the Batteries Are Included

5 Signs a Potential Employee Will Drain Your Team of Precious Energy, Creativity, and Joy

Some gadgets come with batteries and some don’t. If I told you it’s the same with people, what kind would you like to work with: those with or without batteries?

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I picked up this metaphor from a recent episode of Dan Sullivan’s 10XTalk Podcast. Dan said he basically divides everyone into one of two categories:

  1. Those that have their own energy source (those with batteries)
  2. Those that are dependent on others for their energy (those without batteries)

Some may not like it, but based on a few decades working in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings, I’d say the metaphor is spot-on.