Achieving success requires being a little crazy

The recipe for greatness involves three ingredients: talent, skill, and effort.

Talent is a special aptitude — something you’re naturally good at.

Skill is similar to talent, except it can be cultivated. While talent gives you an advantage, honing your skill takes you to the next level.

But talent and skill are a dime a dozen. There’s no shortage of people out there who are capable of doing amazing things. But capable is overrated.

The last ingredient, effort, is what sets you apart from everyone else.

Tried and True Doesn’t Last Forever

Abstract Colors 3People don’t want to experiment anymore. They want to stick with the tried and true, something that assures them adulation and success.

But playing it safe won’t get you there, you have to take risks. There has to be something on the line. You’ve got to put yourself out there and say, “This is me. Look what I made. This is my art.”

And that’s scary.

But the only way you’re ever going to truly discover yourself in this world is by pushing your boundaries and exploring your creative spirit.

Purpose Above Passion

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Forget happiness for a second, let’s talk about purpose.

Hardly anyone wakes up every morning raring to go. We all have off days. But if you woke up today without a puzzle to solve, a fight to train for, a mountain to conquer, the time to make a change was yesterday.

Humans are amazingly complex, but we’re also paradoxically simple. We need a cause. A reason to get out of bed. Your mission in life is to find this reason. It’s okay if your job isn’t it, but you’d better find something that is.

Without purpose, the spirit stagnates. But when you know what you’re fighting for, you open a world of possibilities.

3 Reasons To Stop Fearing Your Competition and Go For It

Stop Fearing Yor CompetitionMost aspiring entrepreneurs fail before they even begin because of one particular mindset: they fear competition.

If there’s already someone else doing what they want to do, they quickly throw our hands in the air and give up.

Are you guilty of this? How many times have you thought to yourself, “It would be awesome if I could (enter great idea here)” and then toss the idea out the window once you discover someone is already doing something remotely similar.

If this is you, listen up: In order to start following through with your creative vision, you must learn to embrace competition.

How Your Comfort Zone Is Sabotaging Your Success

How Your Comfort Zone Is Sabotaging Your Success

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Despite what you were taught growing up, being comfortable is bad.

Many people envision a lifestyle where they can achieve success without having to step outside of their comfort zone. This is delusional thinking.

If you want to make progress with your dreams, you have to do things that scare you. Let me show you why.

Why Being Busy Is Overrated

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There’s a difference between being productive and being busy.

Being productive is defined as producing a significant amount of results.

Being busy is merely keeping yourself occupied.

See the difference?

For the longest time, I fooled myself into thinking I was being productive — measuring my “productivity” by how much time I was spending on tasks, not the value or end-result of those tasks.