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3 reasons why what other people think of you is none of your business

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This article is a little bit different than all the other ones. In this one I’m not sharing what I’ve learned through reading a bunch of scientific studies, but rather something personal. I used to worry a lot about what other people think about me. I would get consumed by it and play lots of different variations out in my head, this would take up hours in my day.

Eventually, I came to the realizations I share below. These are what made the change for me. They switched off that “Oh what are they thinking?” switch in my head and I’m sure they can work for you as well.

Had it not been for this, I would probably never have started writing these articles. Putting myself out there would have been my worst nightmare.

But lets start at the beginning.

It all started in High School, as I’m sure it does for most of us. High School is a period in your life where you are almost solely preoccupied with what other people think about you. “What’s cool?”, “What do they think about my hair?”, “What do they think about my clothing?”, “Oh, I hope they like me.”.

What makes it comical, when you look back, is that the cool kids were the ones that acted like they didn’t care about what other people thought. The ones that just did what they wanted. Oh how we wished we could have been like them.

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How gratitude literally lets you rewire your brain

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Does it feel like bad things always happen to you? Like there is always something bad out there just waiting to happen to you? Your spouse is going to cheat on you, or the business deal is going to go south and you are just waiting for it to happen…..

Don’t worry, I’m exactly the same.

It’s actually completely natural to always be looking out for the bad in life. It’s part of your self protective nature. As hunter gatherers we were always scanning the horizon for approaching danger and getting ready to react to this danger. Therefore we are predisposed to look for negative experiences in stead of positive experiences.

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The surprising study that convinced me to meditate daily

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard about mindfulness and meditation or seen some celebrity talking about it on TV.People like Tim Ferriss, Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry, Ellen Degeneres and even some of the largest hedge fund managers in the world are saying that meditation is something they do each and every day.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Could sitting still and thinking about nothing really make such a big difference?

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What does a Navy Seal do when he knows his next decision might be life or death….

All of this starts with one tough mother…….. Mark Divine.

He’s one of those guys you can see is hardcore to the bone:

  • Ranked the #1 trainee of SEAL BUDS/class number 170
  • Served 9 years on active duty,
  • 11 years as a Reserve Seal,
  • Retiring as Commander in 2011,
  • NYT Best seller, WSJ Best seller and #1 Amazon for books

This is a guy you can probably learn a few things from……

What makes Mark really impressive is the fact that he isn’t just a Navy Seal that pushes through the pain and does insane things physically. He also has a degree in economics, an MBA in Finance and he is a CPA (I think all of you know why I like him now). Read more

7 reasons smiling is the easiest hack to get ahead in life and how to improve your smile

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So where did this whole article on smiling start? Funny story……

I have this friend who is one of those people. You know the ones, they are super popular, easy to talk to and everyone wants to be around them.  This guy just seems to cruise through life and have a ball doing it. So I decided to ask him what his secret was. We discussed a lot of different things, but one thing that really surprised me was that he believed smiling was his secret weapon.  

This sounded too simple to be true, so I decided to do some research. There are lots of studies out there that actually prove something as simple as smiling, will have a massive impact on your life.

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