5 Powerful Life Lessons From the Book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

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We love reading success stories. People like Steve Jobs and Michael Jordan inspire us to shoot for the stars. We may even insert ourselves into their story and ask ‘what if I could do that?’ But when the last chapter is read, we’re often left with a warm fuzzy feeling, but no actionable steps to take towards our own success.

There’s a disconnect because we can’t necessarily replicate Jobs’ environment or skill sets. But, if we know the practical life lessons that successful people live by, we can test these out. We can take what works and build our own blueprint for success and happiness.

In Tim Ferris’ new book Tools of Titans, he skillfully deconstructs world-class performers to extract the tactics, tools, and routines we can use.

Here are my five favorite life lessons from the book that are deceivingly simple, but powerfully effective:

1. Go First

Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, model, New York Times bestselling author, and fitness leader. She has a practice that is simple but powerful. She always goes first. If she’s at the supermarket checkout, she’s the first to say hello. When she comes across someone and makes eye contact, she smiles first.

This practice teaches us to take initiative and connect with people. We don’t need to wait for a cue from others before we act. Put yourself out there. Start conversations with strangers. Take a genuine interest in other people’s lives. You never know where the next conversation will lead you.

2. The Obstacle Is the Way

Ryan Holiday is a writer and media strategist. The Obstacle is the Way is the title of his third book. It’s also a powerful life lesson that we should repeat when facing challenges. The idea is that every obstacle presents an opportunity to get better, stronger, and tougher. It reminds us that we should be seeking out the things that scare and challenge us. This is the space in which growth occurs.

Think about your biggest achievements in life. Whether it was starting a business, completing a university degree, or running a marathon. You probably had your fair share of stress and obstacles to overcome. But you came out the other side a better person. Build a habit of getting outside of your comfort zone regularly. Realise that you’ll face tough situations, but they are the experiences that pave the way to success.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Marcus Aurelius

3. Show Up Consistently

Christopher Sommer is the former US national team gymnastics coach. He talks about making a single important decision to stay on course when working towards a goal.

We often overlook the simple things that create success, like deciding to show up consistently. When we start out building a business or learning a skill, it’s easy to get deterred in the initial stages. But if we focus on a single important decision—showing up consistently—the goal doesn’t seem so big.

So, when you start working toward a goal, don’t worry about performance. Initially, you have a single focus: show up and do the work every time.

“The secret is to show up, do the work, and go home. A blue collar work ethic married to indomitable will. It is literally that simple. Nothing interferes. Nothing can sway you from your purpose. Once the decision is made, simply refuse to budge. Refuse to compromise.” – Christopher Sommer 

4. Don’t Follow the Herd

Robert Rodriguez is a writer, producer, director, and composer. He talks about the importance of going against the grain. If everybody’s going left, you go right. Don’t follow the herd. You’re bound to stumble and fall, but you’ll find new ideas and success when you blaze your own trail. There’s also less competition when you don’t pursue the crowded channels.

Rethink the ‘safe routes’ that the herd follow. Do you really want to work a 9-5 corporate job for the rest of your life? Or are you willing to follow your passion and build your own business? Are you going to eat fast food regularly and end up as a statistic? Or will you go the other way and look after your body?

“The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” – Alan Ashley-Pitt

5. The Secrets of Life Are Hidden Behind the Word Cliché

Shay Carl went from manual labourer to having a YouTube channel with around 2.3 billion views. He explains how the secrets of life are hidden behind the clichés we often overlook.

Shay lost over 100 lb and cites the example of ‘eat more vegetables’. Something he’d been told millions of times but ignored. We hear things all the time like ‘actions speak louder than words’, ‘exercise regularly’, ‘get more sleep’, ‘be consistent’, and so on. These clichés hold powerful truths, but we don’t always put them into practice. At the end of the day, it’s the simple things in life that work.

Shay’s advice is to perk up and pay attention anytime you hear something that you think is a cliché. Go a step further and take one cliché and test it out for two weeks to see if your life improves.

So, there are the five powerful life lessons you can start using right away. Don’t let this be another post you read in passing. Make a choice to test one of these out for a few weeks. Decision creates action. Action creates results.

What is the most important step you need to take to reach success? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Simple Guide To A Green Roof

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Green roofs are roofs covered with vegetation. Before, vegetation growing on a rooftop was mostly due to neglect. Today, however, growing greens on a roof are making a trend.

And for good reason. Green roofs have many benefits for the environment and the home itself. Investing in a living roof can minimize storm waters, add to your home’s insulation, and provide protection for your rooftop. It can even help reduce your home’s carbon footprint and boost its appeal.

Some green roofs are easier to implement than others. It mostly depends on the size of the area you want to turn green and the slope of the roof.

There are three basic types of green roof system:

  • Extensive systems are for roof areas that are out of reach and not used for other purposes. These areas need appropriate vegetation that will make them low maintenance and self-sustaining.
  • Semi-intensive system requires some maintenance from time to time.
  • Intensive systems can make use of any vegetation and should be easy to access as it requires frequent maintenance. This type of green roof functions as a garden on your roof.

Flat roofs can become a lovely rooftop garden. Slope roofs, meanwhile, can have an aesthetic impact on your home. You can use the roof on top of your garden shed or the one on your porch.

Whichever it is, keep in mind that it is not recommended to install a green roof on a slope of over 10° or under 2° without professional advice. The roof should be in good condition and with a decent lifespan. Making sure that your roof can hold the weight of the vegetation and extra weight of saturation during rainfall is crucial to ensure that the roof won’t collapse.

sloping green roof

It does not matter whether you choose a small DIY green roof on top of your garage or if you get a professional to turn your sloped roof into a habitat for wild birds. The steps to building a green roof are the same.

How To Build A Green Roof

Step 1

The first layer should make your roof waterproof as well as root resistant. Therefore, you need to lay out an impermeable layer or root proof membrane. A single sheet is ideal for covering the whole area.

Step 2

At your local garden center, you can find a heavy duty pond liner. This is the next layer to your green roof that will require the use of an adhesive or mastic sealant. Mark all outlets as you will cut them out later to ensure proper drainage.

Step 3

Drainage is essential for your green roof as it allows excess water to escape. For this level, cut into the containment frame where the water can run into the gutter of the roof. Pebbles can be used to keep the outlets clear. You can add a layer of stones or rocks to avoid blockages or use them around the edges of the roof to stay clear of unwanted vegetation in that area.

Step 4

For DIY green roofs, the depth of the substrate is 70-200 mm. This will differ depending on the vegetation planted. The substrate should be lightweight and that is why garden soil is not okay. It tends to become very thick when wet and it may give life to other unwanted vegetation. Mix your substrate with about 70% inorganic material and 30% organic material.

Step 5

Here comes the fun part!

This is where you get to bring your green roof to life. You can plant seeds which are particularly for green roofs at your local seed supplier or by planting plug plants or plant cuttings. Another way to go is to purchase pre-vegetated mats or blankets.

With the right materials, roof angle and a solid roof, you can have your plants growing in no time. Framing around the vegetation can also be implemented if you want to ensure that the green layers stay intact.

chicago cityhall green roof

One of the disadvantages of a green roof is precisely the process of its creation which tends to be a challenge for many. Another one is its maintenance. It does require a bit more attention than a regular garden when it comes to planting choices or irrigation.

Still, have fun while putting your green roof together and be proud that you are contributing to the green movement to make this world a cleaner place.

See Also: Financial Benefits Of Going Green


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My Titanium Mastermind Contest Video Entry

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This is my entry for the July 2017 Titanium Mastermind video contest. While the winner gets $1,000 in MOBE money, I enter just for fun. My chance of winning the contest is next to zero. Voting is done by attendees at the mastermind and they generally never vote for me because they think I make too much money or something.

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The program includes a one-on-one coach who will work with you and answer any questions you may have. The application has a one time $49 fee, and allows you to go though all 21 steps. See you at the next mastermind!

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What My Self-Judgment Was Trying to Tell Me

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“Regret is a fair but tough teacher.” ~Brene Brown

A few weeks back, I found myself in the midst of a shame hangover and, like most people, when I’m in that unique internal cavern, self-judgments swoop into my consciousness like a colony of rabid bats in a four-foot tent.

I’ll paint the picture…

There are about two or three boys that have started visiting the houses on my block recently. They hold a rag and a windex bottle, come into every yard, knock on the door, and ask to wash the front doors (most of which are glass). Seems pretty harmless, huh? And, full, vulnerable disclosure here, they were also another ethnicity than I (and I consider myself a woke liberal).

The first time I saw them approaching the houses, I felt mildly perturbed. I didn’t have cash on me. I didn’t want to deal with them. I just wanted to be left alone. I didn’t want to have to tell them “no.” I had just washed that door.

They were around twelve years old, maybe younger, and I could tell they were working up the confidence to come into the yard and ask. It wasn’t easy for them. It was a little painful to watch.

I struggled with being irritated and simultaneously feeling empathy for them. Both uncomfortable. As they made their way into my yard, I told them I had just washed the door, but I noticed the edge in my voice. Something in me felt triggered and I wasn’t quite sure why. I felt a hot beat of shame flush in my cheeks. 

A few days later they returned, and as I answered the door, a boy with big brown eyes tried to get the words out but before he could even finish his sentence, I could feel anger rising in my body.

I was watching it happen, confused. Maybe it was all the years living in a big city and feeling bombarded constantly by people asking for money, asking for help, asking for compassion. Some self-protective part of me was kicking in for absolutely no reason.

I told them no, that I didn’t have cash, and I could hear my voice getting sharper and sharper. I wondered what they saw in that moment—a woman with a sign in her yard professing #lovewins, with a sharp tongue and narrowed eyes, skeptical and cold. I could feel myself tearing inside.

To make up for it, I said,”Maybe next time. Come back later?”

Three days later, they came back. I could see them making their way from down the street and the stories started spinning in my head. Do their parents know they’re doing this? Just making their way down the block multiple times a week? This is ridiculous. How much are they even charging for this? What a rip off! They are trying to scam us.

My body responded in kind, seamlessly. I could feel my cortisol levels rising. I wondered if this was a clue that I actually might be racist on some level. I’m realizing now, yes, of course I am.

“Excuse me ma’am,” one of them asked again.

Before he could finish, I noticed I was yelling across the yard and transforming into someone I hated. In a second, I was shrill, nasty, and reactive.

“If you want to get business, you probably shouldn’t come back every day,” I heard myself hiss as I jumped up and stomped over to the fence. “Do your parents even know where you are?”

It felt like an out-of-body experience. One self was feeling for these boys watching this lumbering, angry white woman approaching them. One was observing, was sad for what they were seeing, and one part was jumping head first into blame. I have never seen love and fear so clearly demonstrated in my dual personalities I felt so much separation of self.

“Well, you said to come back,” he replied honestly, “at another time.”

Oh crap. He was right, I had told them to come back (to get them to go away), to be left alone. They took me literally.

I realized how much I was shaping in that moment. I was teaching these boys how the world worked, how skeptical people are of other’s motivations (particularly people of their ethnicity), how nasty people can become for no apparent reason.

I was professing love on my yard signs and teaching them about fear. They saw me in my yard, lovingly interacting in my toddler and then treating them like their hearts were disposable.

I watched them walk away, wondering what they were muttering, as the shame cloak washed over me. For the next hour, I sat with my toddler son watching Horton Hears a Who. I was feeling so down I couldn’t even be present except to the message.

“A person is a person no matter how small.”

The self-judgments were getting darker and darker.  

You are a fraud.

You fool. You are a racist.

You are deep down a rotting mess.

You are a nasty b*tch. That is who you are really are.

And with each word, I sunk lower and lower in the cavern.

Until I took a moment to remember something important about self-judgments.

They can actually be a good thing, as long as you don’t take them literally. They are a sign of regret.

Regret is a fair but tough teacher.” ~Brene Brown

I regretted that situation because my fear-based actions were so out of alignment with what my deeper self desired. I wanted to take care of those boys. I wanted them to feel seen and valued, but fear stepped in and I created the opposite effect.

Self-judgments can tell us where we are out of alignment with deeper self and our intuitive responses.

I think of all the times love has told me what to do, has urged me toward compassionate action, toward mercy, toward lifting others up, and how often my fear steps in and death chokes it to the ground by reasoning it away. Each time, self-judgment promptly followed. Each of those instances is teaching me more and more how to listen to that intuitive voice before listening to the screams of fear.

Our deeper self whispers, and our fear screams, so it makes sense that it wins a lot of the time. If we continue to ignore those whispers, however, our deeper self will try to get our attention through the channels of self-judgment.

Yes, I have parts of me that are certainly nasty and rotten, and I am realizing, also racist. I also know these do not define who I am capable of becoming. They are expressions of fear and, just like every other human, I am capable of using them to defend myself when I am triggered. The more I recognize that impulse, the more choice I have to act in love.

The deeper self will scream (and use your own past wounds against you) if that is the only way to get you to pay attention. The mistake I initially made was that I was taking the self-judgments literally, and as truth, instead of decoding their messages.

“If the self-judgments aren’t literal, what might my deeper self be trying to say?” I asked myself.

When I looked underneath all of the judgments, I could see that I was afraid if I kept acting that way toward people that I would be a part of everything I hated about the world right now.

Underneath that fear was a request from my deeper self to start to choose loving and compassionate responses as much as I could, to be brave, to take responsibility for what is happening in this world right now, to get better.

I am sick and tired of betraying myself all the time. I am so sick of letting fear run the game of my life, keeping me separated from other people. I am committed to love winning inside of me more and more.

I can’t promise perfection. I can’t promise I won’t be triggered by a whole bunch of past conditioning and crap, but I can promise to try to get better each time, and to create a plan for what I am going to do get better, to create the world I want to live in.

For now, I’m keeping cash in my drawer, hoping those boys come back. If they do, I’m inviting them into the yard, introducing them to my son, asking their names, and thanking them for their help. I’m going to show them that people can love them without knowing them yet.


About Beth Clayton

Beth Clayton is a TedX speaker, lifestyle coach and owner of Soul Body Life. She helps people cut the mind chatter to release from outdated belief systems and past pain so they can connect with their intuition and accelerate momentum in their lives. You can check her out at www.soulbodylife.com and get her free e-book, "The Secrets in Your Sabotage" at http://bit.ly/2rnJkWf.

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Reading With Purpose Can Change Your Life

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As a person working in the advancing, quickly moving online industry, I always try to take the time to slow down and get lost in a book. Yes, there are many resources where I can get information instantly. But these little tid-bits of information filter through, and get lost in the abyss of the subconscious. It leaves me feeling empty, because regardless of the constant flow of information, it’s hard to have a firm grasp on any of it.

There is so much out there distracting us between entertainment, media, and social networks. Our attention is constantly getting interrupted. We tend to choose these little crumbs of instant gratification over the true gratification of indulging yourself in a fine piece of literature.

But when I read, I give myself fully to the book. Whether it’s a whimsical story, autobiography, or informative piece, I still allow it to take me elsewhere. I put myself in a frame of mind where I am involved with the processes being described, and am able to get a firmer grasp of the information being shared.

If your brain does not have to process the information presented, then the information will be lost. So actually reading that small excerpt will ultimately be a waste of time. But if you focus your attention and take an interest in the fact or scenario at hand, such as when you are reading a book, it is likely you won’t forget it.

Reading is the only way you can travel without leaving

Search engines are my best friend. I consult Google countless times a day, and I will bet that you do too. But these tools are designed to help you to solve the most common or shallow issues. When it comes to issues such as life decisions or interpersonal problems, a search engine cannot provide you with a solution that is solid and useful. It can direct you to some archives from people who may have similar experiences, but even those answers are typically shallow and just convey that someone else has the same issue.

In a book, you are able to work through the issues alongside the main character, almost as if you are processing through it yourself in real life. That is, because you are in a way. Whenever this issue arises in the future, you will know exactly how to handle it because you have already experienced that frame of mind.

Reading is the only way that you can travel without actually going anywhere. It is the only way that you can experience someone else’ life while still remaining yourself. It gives you the opportunity to “mentally travel” as you picture the places and people being described. You are able to experience the hardships of people from a culture very different from yours, understanding how they perceive and handle life. Experience it as your own pain and joy as well because you are a part of the journey.

You can get that sense of transcendence from movies as well. In a sense, yes. If you really throw yourself into the plot and imagine yourself as a part of the story it is possible. But so much is lost because the film makers have already visualized the ideas and feelings for you.

Reading is an investment that will leave your mind rich

Committing to a book is certainly a test of will. The average book will take between 5-10 hours to finish depending on your reading speed and interest in the material. 10 hours is a lot of time, make sure it is spent wisely.

If you are truly invested in the material, you will absorb and internal the information without even realizing it. Many of us don’t have 10 hours to spend reading, nor could our eyes and minds stay focused for that long. So breaking it up into 1 or 2 hour sessions is just fine, as long as you stay consistent.

Keep it in mind that if you take too long of breaks in between reading sessions, you are going to forget the previous material and need to backtrack. Think about how often you can remember things you read a month ago? When you are not reading constantly , not only will you lose focus and interest, you will have to pay much effort to reconnect the bits and pieces in your mind. It’s better for you to adjust your reading time so you will be committed to read every day.

Ready to take the mental adventure again? Here are some mental notes to find the right book

There are loads of books covering the same topic, so you have lots of options to find one that really appeals to you. You just need to find the genre and writing styles that you prefer, and it is a bit of a snowball effect from there!

I have grouped books into 3 categories that you can choose from based on the benefits that can be attained from reading them:

1. Pick something that can strengthen your skills

These are packed with knowledge that are consolidate over the years as you read on about this topic or trade. There is scientific evidence that reading for 1 hour per day about a particular field will make you an expert on the subject within 7 years.

2. Go through success stories and learn about the struggles and failures

These will walk you through the challenges and struggles faced by some of your most successful idols. It will help you to humanize the process and realize that the head haunchos are really just people, and they falter too. And now you can get an insider’s perspective of how they turned their obstacles into opportunity.

3. Allow yourself to experience lives that are completely different from yours

The best thing about reading is that you can vicariously live lives that aren’t your own. This will give you insight on other’s life experiences, and help you to be more understanding about people. Reading about the process of other people’s struggles and experiences will help you to prepare yourself in the event that something similar happens to you in the future.

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Smart People Don't Choose Their Seats Randomly

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Every week I have coaching session with some of our team members. In the meeting room we use most often for our meetings, there are 5 seats. I noticed that different team members chose specific seats at each meeting. And that makes a difference.

Seating positions reveal a lot

When we select our meeting real estate, we send messages about ourselves to the other members of the group. These decisions are not random, and they provide insight into the power dynamics in a room.

Observing a person’s seating choice, like observing their body language, can tell us how close that individual is to the other members of a group. A person’s motives may also be revealed through when they elect to sit. When we understand these key principles, we can actively use this knowledge to achieve our own goals.

When it comes to work, things become tricky

For intimate relationships, we don’t think about where we sit too much. Most couples prefer sitting side by side because it reflects an egalitarian mindset and encourages cooperation. Sitting across from one another can seem competitive or defensive.[1]

When it comes to work, things can be trickier. Usually we aren’t as close to our coworkers as we are to our partners. You don’t want to seem too distant, but you also don’t want to encroach on someone’s space. It can be hard to strike a balance, but we’ll try to clarify some best practices for you when you choose your seat at work.

Don’t choose a spot randomly. Have a goal in mind

In any situation, it is important to frame your thinking before you try to learn and apply new skills. If you were the person giving a presentation, you’d remember to prepare slides, conduct research, and compose speaking notes beforehand. Of course you’d want to be prepared, and you’d act accordingly.

Very few people remember to ask themselves what they hope to get from the meeting or event before they sit down. They may file in late, or randomly choose a spot. This may work sometimes, but if you can enter a meeting with clear intentions, you’ll have a better chance of getting what you want. Much of getting what you want comes down to where you sit.[2]

The best spot to build trust

If you want to gain the trust of someone who isn’t close to you, you would be better off choosing a seating arrangement that encourages collaboration instead of defensiveness. Situations in which you might want to build trust include selling something, coaching another person, or participating in a job interview where you want to demonstrate your capacity to work with others.

Choose a corner spot at the table

For situations where you need to build trust, choosing a corner position gives you an advantage over other spots. Sitting beside a person at a diagonal is a place from which you could review documents or notes together. You can easily display body language that says, “I’m on your side.”

Sitting opposite the other people at the table can make you seem too competitive or aggressive. Positioning yourself right next to another person may feel too intimate for an initial meeting.

Sit on the right

Which corner you choose to sit in makes a difference as well. There’s really something to being someone’s “right-hand man/ woman.”

Choosing the right side is less threatening than sitting on the left. This may be tied to the fact that most people are right-handed. A right-handed person sitting next to you is unlikely to inflict any harm with their non-dominant left hand, which will be closer to you in this situation.

Let the other person sit with their back facing a wall instead of a door

With a wall or solid screen behind them, the other person will feel more secure. There is no threat of someone sneaking in the door behind them or creeping past them on the other side of a glass wall. The person with their back against the wall and a clear view of the door is in a power position.

The spot to show people you’re a dependable leader

Whether you’re already in a leadership position, or you’re gunning for a promotion, you’ll want to choose a seat that conveys your power and competence.

Sit at the head of the table

If you are able, choose the spot at the head of the table. We are predisposed to assume that the person in that seat is the person with the most power. Sitting in that spot is a way to step into a leadership role in the minds of your audience members.

Stay away from the door

The power you derive from sitting at the head of the table is easily negated if you sit with your back to the door. The most powerful spot is the head position in which your back is against a wall or screen.

Keeping your back against a wall instead of facing a door is important here for the same reasons that it applies when you are establishing trust. Having your back facing a door does not offer you the opportunity to command the space because people can enter and exit behind you.

If you can’t sit at the head of the table, opt for the middle seat

In some cases, your boss or a higher-ranking official will claim the head position. Perhaps in your office, there’s an unspoken rule that the manager takes the head spot. When this happens, sit in the middle position.

The middle position is an excellent spot because it allows you to be the mediator. Your body language from the middle seat can show people that you are prepared to connect ideas and draw people together.

People seated in the middle tend to ask questions and keep the discussion moving forward. Being surrounded by others is a safe position, which can give people who need a confidence boost some added support.

How organizers can get everyone engaged

Event organizers and leaders can hack into the psychology of seat arrangement to make meetings and programs run more smoothly.[3] Whether you’re holding a campaign, teaching a class, or training a group of people, there are a few seating options you can adopt to improve your outcomes for yourself and your audience.

Use a round table instead of square or rectangular one

If you can choose your tables, pick round ones over square or rectangular ones. Since there is no head position, everyone has a chance to have equal footing in the conversation. The round table allows everyone to feel empowered and have a voice. You can also see everyone at a round table, which isn’t always possible with a square table.[4]

At a rectilinear table, people are more likely to be placed opposite to one another. Sitting across from people can lead to more conflicts than consensus. Remember, sitting across from someone is often a place of opposition.

Avoid positioning people in rows

In the old days, students sat in neat rows facing the front. This seating may seem organized, but it isn’t an effective way for people to build connections and learn from one another. Many classrooms have broken away from this rigid seating configuration. Arranging seats in a horseshoe shape or at round tables in small groups is better.

Where there are rows, there is a hierarchy of attention. Attentive students choose to sit in the front or middle of a group. The people relegated to the left side and back of the room will become detached or distracted.

If you want everyone to participate, divide them into small groups at round tables. With this arrangement, the focus is on the other group members instead of the one person at the front of the room. In small groups, everyone has more opportunities to connect, and they can’t hide in the back.

Armed with this knowledge, you can make conscious seating decisions that will help you achieve your goals. You’ll notice a difference in your effectiveness at meetings, and others will register the subtle changes in body language and authority based on your position.

We may no longer fear someone pulling a sword on us when they sit on our left-hand side, but we still tend to trust the person sitting on our right more. The history of certain seating arrangements carries meaning, even as many of the early justifications for these traditions have been forgotten. Pull up a chair at a round table to collaborate or sit at the head step into your power.


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To All Of The Robots Out There Chasing Job Titles

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Your job title doesn’t define you. I don’t care and neither does the next person.

I’m meeting a lot of people at the moment who seem to be working twelve plus hours a day, and forgetting about friends and family. None of them have any idea why they are working such crazy hours, other than they think they need the next job title.

Guess what? Once they get that job title, they are not happy. Then, when they become CEO, it’s still not enough. There’s then pressure to sit on lots of boards and drink champagne and eat caviar.

Since when did anyone ever meet someone and hear their job title, and be completely wowed and fall to their knees? The answer is never. You’re a human, not a robot with a title, make and serial number.

Here’s what you should think about instead:


A) People are what’s impressive

Meeting a compassionate and kind human being that’s changing the world, will always crap all over any ridiculous job title.

“It’s not what your title says you do, but what you actually do that’s important”

There are a lot of people that have a job title that suggests they do really cool stuff and the reality is they do two-tenths of not much. A meeting here, a meeting there, shake hands there. It all sounds very impressive. The reality of it is anything but impressive.

We all can talk a good game about our career or business. Talk is one thing, demonstrating that you’re on another level and want to serve others is so much harder to prove.

Don’t be fooled by the stars buzzing around someone’s head because of their job title. Get excited by the person instead, even if they clean the bathroom for a living.


B) It’s not about how good you are; it’s about how good you can be

Where the magic happens is when you get to see someone grow as a person. Many people that have hit great job titles are boring as hell because they become complacent and think they’re the top dog.
The people that will add value to your life are the “up and comers” – the hustlers who are still chasing the dream and don’t have an over inflated ego.

I personally think the under dogs are far better than the “C Suite” job titles people get impressed by.

The best feeling in the world is being the person who goes from nothing to someone that changes the game forever. The second best feeling is seeing someone else do that and watching the journey through your own eyes.


CIt’s not about where you are right now

You may not have the job title yet but forget that. Why you do what you do is far more important. Unless you derive meaning from your career, you’ll never get the feeling you’ve been chasing. A better job title does not mean a better life. Spend time working for or creating great companies.

“A company is nothing more than a group of people, organized under a common label, working for a common cause. It’s the cause that will wow people, not the job title”


D) Think about all of those hours

These crazy cats that are working twelve-hour days, staying single and ignoring the people that want to know them for who they are, are missing out. You don’t want to be one of those people.

You can’t buy back all of these hours. You’ll be taken advantage of if you work twelve hours plus to gain a job title and be happy being a workhorse. It’s not about working hard; it’s about working smart. Lots of people spend plenty of time in front of their computer: that doesn’t mean they are reaching any meaningful goal. It’s easy to look busy. It’s easy to look smart and successful.

What’s hard is to do stuff that matters. Really dig deep and understand why you work such crazy hours. Until you know why, you’ll continue to waste your time and it will eventually catch up with you. Time is all you have.

Time with friends. Time with your partner. Time with your family. This time is what you’ll remember when it’s all over. There will be a game over phase called death that will come eventually.

Don’t die slaving away in an office cubicle having never known what it’s like to serve others. Don’t die not knowing what it’s like to work towards a cause that you’ll be remembered for long after your gone.


E) The motivation you need is not in the job title

Do what lights you up and you’ll never need motivation again. This sounds so dumb, yet the best advice often is. The job title you think you want doesn’t come with added inspiration or motivation. You have to be self-motivated and that will never come from a job title.

The way you push through the barriers is by searching for meaning. That process will start with the search for meaning in your career and then ultimately you will get where I am today: looking for the meaning of your entire life.

Once you reach this question, you’ll stop wasting hours on gaining job titles. Instead, you’ll seek a much deeper connection with the people around you. You’ll begin the search within yourself where all the answers you’ll ever need are found.


***My job title journey***

This advice that I am writing comes from my own experience. I too chased job titles for many years. I thought that the word founder or CEO could make me special. I got all the material things that came along with these titles and none of it changed my state in the slightest.

Then I fell off the side of the cliff so to speak and had to come back from nothing. I became the under dog that had nothing (not even a job title). I had to rediscover what everything meant, and I questioned everything I was ever told about business and the workforce.

I met people that had incredible job titles, Each of these people seemed to suffer from burnout. They were expected to work round the clock and never turn their phone off. They were always on and only used their four weeks of annual leave as an excuse to say they did take a break.

As organizational change occurred, many of these leaders I met found themselves out of a job or moved into a lesser role. All of a sudden, what they thought they had was taken away. What they didn’t realize is that no job title is forever. This realization should make you rethink what you do day-to-day.

“Chase forever (meaning), not tomorrow’s job title (a short term label)”


So what does matter if a job title doesn’t?

We’re not robots and we’re not defined by a job title, made up of complex labels that no one really understands. Each of us is special in our own way (y the way your education doesn’t define you either just like your job title doesn’t). What matters is the following:

– Who you are right this moment
– Who you’re becoming
– How you serve others
– What your single mission is in life
– How you treat people

Those five things will define the title people give you.

The title you want is “beautiful human being”

You’re not a robot with a title and serial number that works round the clock, towards a predefined, meaningless program full of performance metrics.

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25 Awesome Lewis Howes Quotes

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Lewis Howes, is a former pro-athlete turned entrepreneur.  He is best known for his podcast The School of Greatness where he interviews people who have achieved great success.  Some special guests include Daymond John, Grant Cardone, Tim Ferris, Casey Neistat, and many more.  In addition to making appearances on The Ellen Show, he is also appearing in the Think and Grow Rich Documentary alongside Joel Brown, Tony Robbins, and many others.  In addition to interviews, Lewis uses his podcast to share wisdom and insight gained from his years of experience.

Here are some awesome quotes from Lewis:

1. “The world makes room for passionate people.” – Lewis Howes

2. “In reality, failure is simply feedback. It’s not that you are bad or not good enough or incapable. Failure (or feedback) gives you the opportunity to look at what’s not working and figure out how to make it work.” – Lewis Howes

3. “Greatness is the result of visionaries who persevere, focus, believe, and prepare. It is a habit, not a birthright.” – Lewis Howes

4. “You become what you envision yourself being.” Lewis Howes

5. “You need desire to be fully alive and you need vision to fulfill your desires.” – Lewis Howes

6. “We only have one rule. You can’t stop. You can go as slow as you need to go, but you cannot stop. You can never drop out.” – Lewis Howes

7. “If you don’t give yourself a moment to visualize the clear results you want to create, then you are less likely to achieve what you desire.” – Lewis Howes

8. “Your job is to create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If it doesn’t, go back to bed until you have a bigger dream.” – Lewis Howes

9. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”Lewis Howes

10. “To be great is to be misunderstood.”Lewis Hofwes

11. “Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness,” – Lewis Howes

12. “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Lewis Howes

13. “Speaking is no different than staying in shape; it’s not something you get, it’s something you maintain.” – Lewis Howes

14. “Everyone fails. Highly successful people fail many more times than the rest of the world and with much higher stakes at hand.” – Lewis Howes

15. “Remember, no one has ever achieved anything truly great without going through extreme adversity.” – Lewis Howes

16. “The easiest way to live a short unimportant life is to consume the world around you rather than contribute to it. Meanwhile, the people who keep on contributing tend to be the ones who keep on living. The message was clear. People who contribute to their community live longer.” – Lewis Howes

17. “Fill your mind with good and surround yourself with people who lift you up.” – Lewis Howes

18. “The greatest gift you can give yourself is education and growth.” – Lewis Howes

19. “Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration; and the outward proof of possessing greatness is that we excite love, interest, and admiration.” – Lewis Howes

20. “Life should be lived passionately otherwise you’re playing another person’s game.” – Lewis Howes

21. “People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Lewis Howes

22. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Lewis Howes

23. “The reward for good habits is growth, and there is a reward for bad ones with instant gratification.” – Lewis Howes

24. “You have the power to create the life income and lifestyle you desire.” – Lewis Howes

25. “Doubting yourself is doubting your creator.” – Lewis Howes

Which quote is your favorite?  Have you listened to his podcast?  Comment below!

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Why Images Increase Your Social Media Reach – Proven Reasons

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Social media is a massive marketing channel and it’s important everyone utilizes it one way or another. If you’re a beginner, then you’re not limited to the amount of resources you have available. When I did a quick search for “social media marketing”, I was impressed at the amount of case studies, tutorials, guides, and statistics I found readily available to everyone. However, these are only useful if you implement the strategies outlined in the resources. What’s even more impressive is social media can be used no matter what the niche to build momentum and brand awareness. Did you know social media engagement has been increasing each year by 15%? As a matter of fact, the increase has been 300% since Facebook and Twitter first went live. The only obstacle is finding what works when implementing social media into your marketing strategy. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Time
  • Date
  • Type and format

Kiev, Ukraine – October 17, 2012 – A logotype collection of well-known social media brand’s printed on paper. Include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr, Myspace, Tumblr, Livejournal, Foursquare and more other logos.

The fact is so many have tested different social media marketing campaigns we’ve all been able to benefit from through the results. For example, below, you’ll find what’s been proven to work in terms of images on social networks. Apply them to your social campaign to get a jump start. Let’s get started…

Last year with Facebook, the most shared posts are image format with videos and others way behind. Much of this success can be attributed to the geographical location of users. People in different regions find image illustrations of content to be much easier to understand than content. With so much content being shared online, people are looking for quick absorption of content usually seen with image posts.

The next popular social media platform, Twitter, is amazing and they’ve tweaked their interface to show images more clearly. When you post an image to Twitter, it displays without any loss on Twitter, which is why many people are finding creative images to tweet. Here’s a cool statistic:

When you include an image in Twitter, you’ve increased the chance of a “retweets” by 35%. As a matter of fact, image tweets get 35% more “retweets” than others. The next time you post content in Twitter, consider images rather than text.

There are so many plug-ins you can add to your content to make it easier to share content. Statistics show when you include a minimum one image to your content, you’ve doubled the chances of it being shared on Twitter and Facebook. However, make sure you have the correct code within your header so Twitter and Facebook will pull the corresponding image from the content.

The popularity of image social media doesn’t stop at Facebook and Twitter because Instagram has had enormous growth over the last few years. It was sold within a year to Facebook for 1 billion dollars because they understood the importance of how images resonate with users. In a single day, a combined 70 million images and videos are shared on Instagram.

The most obvious reason to focus on posting images in social networks is simply how the human brain functions. For example, the human mind has been wired to process information from images more quickly than text. This alone helps your message get across, leading to a conversion faster than a user reading text. Images have been proven to leave a longer lasting impression, which is perfect for all those looking to build brand awareness.

Social media networks have grown more quickly than any other network in recent years. This alone should shed light on the power of these networks. If you are an expert blogger or simply starting, you should always connect with users through social media. This doesn’t have to be difficult as setting up an account takes minutes. You can search followers through #hashtags and because others understand the power of social media, they are open to connecting with you, sharing ideas.

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22 Motivational Quotes for Athletes by Athletes

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In the sports world, motivation is everything. It can drive us to continue our passions, and give us the necessary push to tear down any obstacles in our way. Motivation ignites inspiration and encouragement, lifts spirits and sends waves of confidence through your entire being. Much of this can be found in quotes from athletes […]

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