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The title to this piece may seem to fly in the face of street sense and even hard-thought wisdom, but allow me to elaborate.

For now, let’s set aside the “Master Your Mind” part of the equation.

Many guys, including those whom I consider to be among my most respected and well-loved friends, readily grasp that getting the girl cannot be had without stepping up. That is to say, they understand you can’t have something for nothing.  You want the princess?  Go become the prince.

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big tree sprouting

“Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
-Marie Curie

Hating on others, criticizing others, discouraging and subverting others—these behaviors usually stem from a loss of belief in yourself.  I say loss because at some point, every one of us did believe in himself, in his dream, in his boundless potential.  But something—someone even—happened.  And just like that, the grand edifice collapsed like a house of cards.

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Be a Real Friend

looking up at a palm tree

I am writing this to a friend as much as I am writing this to myself.

Anyone can criticize.  It’s easy (and sometimes gratifying) to tear someone apart, finding fault with anything that doesn’t conform to your ideals and expectations.  What’s difficult, is to turn the looking glass on yourself, to see all the shortcomings and contradictions in your words and actions.  Not that you need to fruitlessly root out every last defect that crops up, but at least be honest with yourself in the areas that matter–areas of your life that you’d like to shine in and in which fabricating self-assuaging stories about why you can’t succeed would delay your ascent.

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Viriato, warrior

The man had a dream. At one time, he even believed in his dream. He took action towards realizing this dream and with each step he took, he could smell the sweet aroma of victory filling his nostrils. But something happened, something that would forever change the course of his life.

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music speakers

“Reach for the stars. And if you don’t grab them, at least you’re on top of the world.”
-Pitbull

Go after your dreams. What’s the worst that could happen?

Rejection? Ridicule? You don’t get what you want? Does it really matter?

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Hey guys,

This is my first attempt at making a video. Even though I’m a writer at heart, I thought I would give YouTube a shot for a few reasons:

#1 I want you to see that I am sincere in my communication with you. This is more readily apparent if you can see my face.

#2 I will reach more people who might otherwise not read my blog.

#3 In line with my philosophy of being progress-oriented, I wanted to challenge myself to try something outside of my comfort zone.

Anyway, I hope you like it. I woke up 3 hours early before work so that I could get good lighting in that location for you guys.

 

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dandelion seeds

I’ve known several people who were born into money and I can tell you that most of them are soft. Weak. Undisciplined, and unhappy. They cry at the slightest provocation, give up at the first sign of resistance, and complain incessantly. This is because once you’ve achieved a certain level of sustenance and stability, money can no longer buy happiness, only stimulation. The real currency of happiness lies in your courageous deeds and your positive effect on the world. Through these, your heart will find peace. If you don’t believe me, study anyone who is consistently happy and fulfilled, and you will find that he is constantly focused on his personal growth and his interpersonal contribution. Laziness and selfishness will only beget a restless spirit.

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