How to Turn Negative into Positive

One key skill successful people have is the ability to turn problems into opportunities.  They alchemize the painful experience and turn it into a pleasurable one.  Here’s a video I made that discusses more about it:

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6 Things to Become World Class

The best in the world aren’t lucky.  They are prepared and they work their butts off every single day…day in and day out.  The cool thing about life is that everything is a skill which means that with the right strategy and practice you can become great at anything.  However the reason most people don’t become masters at most things is because they are unwilling to put in the hard work and then come up with stories of how things outside of their control are stopping them.

To be great at anything you must treat it like a world class athlete trains for the Olympics.  They do not mess around and they make sacrifices to become great.  Here’s a good example from my friend and coach Jairek Robbins of 6 things world class performers do each day to be at the top of their games:

  1. Training 2-5 hours per day
  2. Visualizing (20+ min per day)
  3. Weights 1 hr per day or every other day
  4. Race/Competition (about once per month)
  5. Peer group (hang out with other world-class athletes)
  6. Adapted training (they go train in places that they are going to be racing… i.e. mountains, snow, hills, flats…etc.)

Imagine how great you could become if you approached your vision with that type of regimen day in and day out.  You will become unstoppable and more importantly you will have an inner sense of joy and pride that remains within you for eternity.

Small Steps From the Heart

You just need to take one step after the next.  You just need to listen to your heart and let it shine through.  You don’t need to do everything all at once.  You don’t need to come up with a secret formula for success.  The main problem people have on their road to achieving their vision is a lack of forward progress.  The reason people lack forward progress is twofold.  First, most people are overwhelmed by all the things they need to do so they try to come up with a special ‘hack’ to have things magically work out perfectly.  Second, most people also are so concerned with the end result of being successful and only focus on the ‘overnight’ successes they see that they try to do everything yesterday.  I am speaking from my own experience as well on these insights btw … I still do get caught in these patterns of behavior sometimes and then I also do my very best to nip it in the bud right away.

To be great at anything you must practice and it takes time to build and create great work, especially a masterpiece.  The daily repetition of a skill is what creates works that we look upon with wonder and will create unimaginable new works in the future.  Solve one small problem after the next until you get to your destination.

A good example of this is Matt Damon’s scene from “The Martian” below:

You also must connect your heart with what you are doing.  You must have your heart in it because that provides you with the fuel to keep on going when you feel defeated.  When your heart is in it the end result is also irrelevant because you are already at the end result each moment.  You love what you are doing each small step of the way.  The reason you are moving towards a vision is because growth is a human need you want to fulfill and challenges are what make life worth living.  You aren’t moving towards a vision to achieve and be significant because that pattern leads to an unfulfilled life.

When your heart is in it you are sending the vibration of love into your work and people can feel it.  They feel your essence and it leads to them sharing your work with people they care about.  Two people each share it with two more people.  Those people share it with two more people and so on.  That is how viral success happens … small steps from the heart.

The Power of Emotion

To create your vision in life a reality you need to become a master of your emotions.  If you can feel and experience what you want before you create it you are more likely to get it albeit much quicker.  So what you need to do every day is condition the emotions you want in your life just like you would go to the gym and work out.  When people say to visualize what they also mean is ‘feel’ what it is going to be like.  When you have a vivid, bright, colorful, moving, 3D, large visual image you will definitely feel the emotions that come with that picture.

The reason people have goals is because they want to feel a certain way.  And the cool part is that you can feel the way you want even before you attain the goal.  And the crazy part about that is that it will help you achieve the goal even faster because abundance begets more abundance.  You will never get beyond scarcity, you must start beyond it no matter how bad you think things are.  Look and feel for the things that are going your way in life no matter how small and simple they may seem.  For you they may seem insignificant but for another person it would be a dream to be in your position.

This is why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  Or the fit/healthy people get more fit/healthy and out of shape people stay that way and get worse.  They are tapping into the emotions and feelings that move them in those directions to create those results.

Start with gratitude for all you have…even your challenges.  From there paint the picture of what you want for your life physically, socially, financially, the impact you have on the world with your work etc.  Visualize it.  Hear it.  Feel it.  If you want to go deeper into it you can play with the submodalities of your experience.  Juice it up and feel the emotions.  Love.  Joy.  Playfulness.  Excitement.  Adventure.  Laughter.  Curiosity.  Bliss.  Peace.  Comfort.  Power.  Security.  There is proven science behind the effectiveness of this which is why we hear of athletes visualizing their success before they perform.  They literally rewire the neural circuitry in their brains.  Just like anything the more you do it the better you’ll get and the easier it will be for your mind and body to just go there and eventually live in that emotional state.


How to Validate Your Idea

Have you ever wondered why some people/companies gain traction and others don’t?  I did.  I struggled a lot when I first started creating for my business.  I saw people creating amazing work with positive feedback from their audience and I felt like I was spinning my tires.  The difference between what the successful people were doing and I was doing was they were sharing their work and observing the feedback/lack of feedback they received from their audience.  I was holding back from sharing my work and I wasn’t paying attention to my audience.  I was creating what I thought people wanted and actually was focusing more on what I wanted.  Also, in all honesty I didn’t want to know what others thought of my work because I was embarrassed to find out if they didn’t like it.

A great strategy I read in Tim Ferriss’ book “Tools of Titans” is from Seth Godin, one of the best marketers out there is called the rule of 10.  Tell 10 people about your idea/product/service, show 10 people and share it with 10 people.  The test is what they do with it.  If they decide to share it with others in their network that is a good sign.  If they don’t that means you might strongly consider iterating.

The Most Important Person in the Room According to Jeff Bezos

Do you know why most small businesses can’t get off the ground?  Are you one of them?  The challenge is that most businesses don’t know who their customer is!  Even those who have done the standard customer avatar roadmap on a business model canvas, few delve into it as deep as they should given it’s importance to any business.  You don’t know what you don’t know and the customer is who you need to know!

Jeff Bezos at Amazon obsesses over his customers.  He wants to meet their needs and wants and desires.  Even beyond that he anticipates what they will need and want and desire and invents it for them.

Steve Jobs said he invents what his customers want next.

As  Henry Ford said,

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”


Bezos says it is not the customer’s job to know what they want, it is his job.  He loves it!


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Why Sales is Important for Everyone

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to get what they want and others don’t?  The reason why some people seem to always get their way is because they are very good at the skill of influence and persuasion.  The mainstream term people use and most have a bad association with is sales.  We are all in sales whether we like the stigma that comes with it or not.  People just use different labels for it most of the time.  As Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and co founder of Paypal, says in his book “Zero to One”

“….almost everyone whose job involves distribution— whether they’re in sales, marketing, or advertising— has a job title that has nothing to do with those things. People who sell advertising are called “account executives.” People who sell customers work in “business development.” People who sell companies are “investment bankers.” And people who sell themselves are called “politicians.” 


“Whatever the career, sales ability distinguishes superstars from also-rans. On Wall Street, a new hire starts as an “analyst” wielding technical expertise, but his goal is to become a dealmaker. A lawyer prides himself on professional credentials, but law firms are led by the rainmakers who bring in big clients. Even university professors, who claim authority from scholarly achievement, are envious of the self-promoters who define their fields. Academic ideas about history or English don’t just sell themselves on their intellectual merits. Even the agenda of fundamental physics and the future path of cancer research are results of persuasion. The most fundamental reason that even businesspeople underestimate the importance of sales is the systematic effort to hide it at every level of every field in a world secretly driven by it.”

We are always influencing and persuading.  The trick is to become aware of what we are doing so we can achieve our outcomes and the other people we are communicating with.

So here are two questions to make you more heart centered and caring about not just your own outcomes during the interaction.

Will this person’s life be better off?

Will the world be better off by the person taking action?

The reason you want to be more caring about the other person is because sales is about service and meeting the other person’s needs.  And in turn you won’t be that pushy aggressive sales person. You will be a person who cares deeply for others and as a result your success will also follow.  Life supports more of that which supports life.

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How to Follow Through on Your Vision

A client asked me the other day, “How do I keep my eye on the prize….physically, mentally, emotionally?”  It hit home for me because it was something I had lots of challenges with and I still do once in a while.  As you get higher and higher on your climb of your mountain of success the challenges will get harder and harder.  Just like in a video game the levels get more and more difficult.  The good part is that you also get better and better!

The first step is getting clear on your vision.  What do you really want?  Not what you think you should do to get approval from others like your family, friends or society.  What do you truly want deep down in your heart?  The more you ask yourself this question the clearer your answer will be and it will be a continuously evolving process as you grow and start to achieve your goals.  The deeper anchor behind what you want is….why?  What’s the reason you want it?  You want to make sure it’s an empowering and inspiring purpose that is good for you and others and will fuel you to pull through the hard times because they are inevitable.  Have you ever heard/watched/read a story that shows the hero/ine rise straight to the top without any pain, struggle and hardship.  If you did it was probably really boring.

The reason we have the pain is because that is our workout to get stronger and become a bigger person.  And the reason of becoming a bigger person is so you can give back and contribute more to those following in your footsteps.  What’s your legacy?  Will you be a warning or an example?

What you need to do is set up a life and daily workout program that consists of the specific/consistent actions/rituals you will take every day to create the results you want and more importantly help you become who you need to become.  What do you need to do in each area of your life (physical, emotional, relationships, time, financial, mission/career, contribution, spirituality, celebration) every day to create your version of a successful life?  It’s not set in stone…if something isn’t working you can change it to something that is working better for you.  And it will change inevitably as you grow and become stronger.  The key is to test things out and see what works for you.  Your rituals will evolve and you will refine and innovate them.

That being said, all this talk needs some action behind it.  So….

What are one or two daily rituals in each area of your life you can put in place to get the results you want?  What is your formula for your success?

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Delicious and Nutritious Dinner for Less than $15

I struggled a lot in college and my early working years after I graduated with eating healthy.  There were two main reasons for this.  The first was I didn’t have much money and fast unhealthy food was cheaper and more filling (or so I thought).  The second was that healthy food seemed so difficult to make myself at home.  These reasons affected me a lot physically of course, but also mentally, emotionally and financially over the long term.  It was not a fun cycle and it limited me from taking my life to the next level.  How could I live up to my full potential without my physical body operating at optimum levels?

When I finally did some research and learned from people who were eating healthy consistently on a budget I realized I was telling myself stories that weren’t true.  I too could live a healthy, energetic and vital lifestyle even though I didn’t have much financial resources!

I always loved red meat and was thrilled to find out I could pick some up at the store for less than $10 and it could be a meal for two days.  In the past I would go to a restaurant to treat my cravings and spend $20 or more and it usually wasn’t the healthiest option.  As a side note – today I do limit my animal consumption for health, moral and ethical reasons and allow myself to eat animal products based on certain criteria I defined for myself.

The video shows a simple meal I chef up regularly.  It costs less than $15 and serves up four meals.  It is grass fed meat which is usually the only way I go when I eat meat.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Grass fed bison
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Scallions
  • Roasted pepper sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salad
  • Parmesan cheese

My suggestion to you would be to choose a few go to meals you can master that are staples in your diet and you can rotate through for variety.

Bon appetit!

How To Snowball Your Motivation

Do you ever have trouble getting started on something?  Or perhaps you get stuck in the process of a project and don’t know what to do next.  I have had plenty of those moments and they still pop up for me.  A client of mine mentioned this happens for her as well and she went on to ask, “how do you snowball your motivation once you do get going?”  It can be tough to keep the momentum going when you run into a road block which is inevitable.  One way is to reframe the idea of problems as challenges that are part of the process you are going through.  They are the workout you need to become the bigger stronger person you need to be so you can have a greater impact in this world.  Also I love the quote that says, “every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”  If you choose to look at your problems this way, which is what successful people do the entire paradigm shifts.  It’s not always easy as life can have it’s ups and downs, it is worth it though.

When it comes to business successful entrepreneurs take on an experimental mindset and test their ideas.  They do not see things as right/wrong, they test the market/their customers to get feedback and then refine their ideas.  Most people get tripped up in business because they are doing it to meet their needs vs. their clients’ needs.  It’s true many businesses start with the founder scratching their own itch and the ones that go on to become profitable also make sure to come up with solutions for their customers.  They find out the answers by reframing the problems they are up against as experiments and they test them to get real life feedback and information.  In the video I talk about three simple questions my friend, a successful entrepreneur who sold his business, asks himself when getting started each day and when he gets stuck.

What’s the simplest thing you can do now?

What’s the easiest thing you can do now?

What’s the thing that will give you the biggest return on your time?

Those are the questions above!  What do you think.  Are you willing to try it out when you get stuck?  If you find it useful or not send me some feedback so I know 🙂