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Feeling Stuck? Try this…

January 4, 2017
Location: sitting on my couch watching Better Caul Saul on NetFlix in my villa in Bali, Indonesia
Time: 7:51 pm

So it’s the 4th day of the New Year and all over Facebook you are seeing people posting about their “New Year, New Me” and all kinds of Resolutions…

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This is pretty normal if you pay any attention to trends over the years. People get all jacked up and excited about the New Year and have all these crazy cool plans to be the best version of themselves for the New Year.

Hell, I wrote about it in 2011 lol… (You can check it out here –> New Year Activity To Find Your Core Identity, it will open in a new tab)

But, what happens after the drunken stupor from New Years Eve is over? It tends to be back to reality, right…

yeah, I know. The tequila was flowing and those dreams you want to happen just happened to spit out un-filtered. Gotta love the filter eliminator…

Okay so now it’s time for reality to kick in…

It’s time to get real.

Time to actually figure out what your dream life honestly looks like, and plan some action steps to building that life you have always dreamt about, but never wanted to tell anyone about.

STOP

Stop what you’re watching on tv, listening to on the radio, tweeting about, or whatever the current distraction is in your life.

and grab a piece of paper and a pencil.

…but Chris, I don’t want to.

Shutup past you. Just do it.

It’s a new year. It’s time for that new you that you’ve always dreamed about…and sometimes it takes some tough love to bring that guy/girl out.

Okay, so now that you have that pen and paper… you’re done!!! You win!

Your dream life is now a reality. You are now a millionaire who lives in the house you’ve always wanted and has the life that you’ve only ever dreamed about.

haha, yeah right.

We know its not that easy.

BUTT…

when you read that, did you think of anything? Maybe about the type of house you are living in now, the type of car you drive, the type of relationship you have, maybe the type of person you became?

There’s a good chance you didn’t. . .

but there’s also a chance you did.

For those of you who immediately thought of something, write this stuff down RIGHT AWAY.

For those of you who didn’t, don’t worry…most people don’t actually know what they want in life.

Only dogs really know what they want… these are 3 puppies that my girlfriend Sam and I were foster parents for for 3 weeks here in Bali…

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I mean, all they wanted was food, water, shelter and a whole lotta lovin.. (Dukes front-left, Ernie’s in the back, and Gruber on the right)’

Simple, right?

  • Food – check
  • Water – check
  • Shelter – check
  • Lovin – check (I mean, look at how cute they are)

Now us humans on the other hand… we’re a little more complicated… and that SUCKS.

Or does it?

Well, honestly. I think it’s awesome because we have the ability to create the exact life we want.

The problem is that no one ever thinks about what it is that they want. They simply go with the flow, just doing what they’re told, day in and day out.

But what if life didn’t have to be this way?

What if you could live your dream life?

Oh man, Chris. You’re a weirdo.

haha I know, it’s great.

Ok. Here’s where the fun begins.

On the paper you grabbed earlier, you’re going to write out “BE, DO, HAVE” in big lettering and leave some spaces underneath. Ideally you will have 3 separate pieces of paper, one for each of those words.

Weird uncomfortable moment time…

Under the “BE” category.

Who do you want to be?

When you’re brushing your teeth in the morning and staring yourself in the eyes… or looking at your sexy body… who do you want to be when you look yourself in the mirror?

This can be a very uncomfortable thing. But it doesn’t have to be.

Here’s a starter for you..

  • do you want to be happy?
  • how about healthy?
  • how about wealthy?
  • if so, write these down!

The beauty of this activity is that no one need to see this. For all I care you could put “the ability to drink tequila without losing all my clothes”. Seriously, it’s up to you. It’s your life.

You can honestly put anything. I really need to hammer this home, because this is your life. Want to be an author? Fuck it! Write it down!

Want to be fluent in another language? Write it down!

Go crazy with this! It’s your life! You could even write “The greatest pizza grenade launching champion of Eastern Europe” if that’s a real thing, I want to try it.

…okay, next step!

DO

What do you want to do?

Want to become the “greatest pizza grenade launching champion of Eastern Europe”? Guess what, that’s something you can do! Well, it might not be. I’m still not sure, I just hope you’re getting the general idea here.

These are the things you want to do with your life.

Always wanted to see The Empire State Building? Write it down.

Always wanted to dive with sharks? Write it down.

(I highly recommend diving with sharks, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life, here’s the video of it Stuart’s Cove Shark Dive in Nassau, Bahamas )

This is the stuff you’ve always wanted to do. Scared someone might see the list? Do it while they’re asleep. Seriously. Write out everything you’ve ever wanted to do. It’s important, so you have something to plan out!

 

HAVE

Now this is one of the things that once people see what it is they thought that they would like to have, they’re usually like “oh shit man, I’m crazy”…

and that’s awesome.

It’s good to be a little bit crazy.

But writing it all out allows you to calculate the exact costs of having every single thing on your “have” list.

If you don’t write it out, you’ll never create a plan to have it….and then when you’re all old and dying you’ll think to yourself “damnit, Chris was right… I should have done the activity he told me to”

So, what do you want to have?

Want a Ferrari? Write it down!

Who gives a shit what other people think about what you want. It’s your life remember. You get to choose what it is you want to have.

Want to own your own winery? Write it down!

Hell, when you own your own winery send me a bottle or invite me to visit it and we can sip on some wine while discussing how awesome life is.

Another thing is that most people don’t know what they want to have. One piece of advice is to think about all the stuff you’ve always dreamed about having and looking at it online to see if its still something you would be interested in. Maybe as a kid you wanted to have your own jetski…

It’s your life, so honestly I don’t know what you want. Only YOU can choose it…

that sentence reminds me of those Smokey The Bear commercials that were on TV when I was a kid… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.

As a kid I used to always think “yeah, and I can start them too!”… but that’s not important.

What do you want?

Write it down!!!!

 

 

7 Ways To Find Trending Content Ideas for Viral Bloggers

If you’re reading this right now, you probably are interested in viral blogging or learning how to find trending content so that you can capitalize on it while it’s hot and make some money from it.

I’ve done this over the last few years by capitalizing on some trends that I’ve noticed and it’s led to some pretty good pay-days.

One problem I used to have was actually finding content that was going viral and when it was on its upward swing.

If you catch something before it hits the critical mass, you can usually capitalize on it pretty well.

If you catch it at the end of its buzz, you’ll still be able to make a bit of money with it, but less than if you caught it sooner.

Here’s 7 Ways To Find Trending Content Ideas for Viral Bloggers

  • Buzzsumo: Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor. All you need to do here is type in a topic or keyword to search for viral contentbuzzsumo-finding-content
  • Ruzzit: Find the most shared content on the web. All you need to do is type in the keyword where it says “Search Keyword or Share a link” on their siteruzzit-finding-viral-content
  • Feedly: Compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize & share.
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  • Google Trends: A new way of displaying trending searches.google-trends-to-find-viral-content

     

  • Hubspot Blog Topic Generator: Custom blog ideas.

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  • Portent: Content idea generator. This tool is pretty cool, you can take some of the topics from the other resources and plug those keywords into this tool to come up with clever headline topics.
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What These Guys Did Will Change Your Outlook On Today

With all of the negativity that seems to be taking over social media, it’s important to remember that there are good people out there.

People who want to spread happiness and joy and not just anger and hate.

I’m so happy and grateful that I’m able to share this video with you.

 

Honestly, these are just 2 normal dudes who decided to make a simple difference in peoples lives.

The look of pure surprise and joy that is experienced by the receivers of this makes me so damn happy.

Here’s what the guys on the page had to say

“We’re just two regular guys. Anyone could do this! Go make a difference today. We plan on filming more videos like this. Please leave your ideas in the comments.”

 

If you are reading this right now, there’s a great chance that you live a life of abundance and have more than a lot of other people do. Sure, you might be struggling a little. I’ve been there. Hell, I still go through it from time to time.

The thing is, it’s important to always find ways to give back.

Whether it’s your time volunteering, or just lending a helping hand or listening to someone who is having a tough day. This is something we can all do.

OR if you want, you can do something simple like I do on my giving back page, where you can partner up with myself and Kiva that does loans that change lives.

Thank you so much for watching the video. Be sure to share this on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to see this video on other people’s timelines and spreading happiness instead of hate.

What If Money Was No Object? Every Person On Earth Should Watch This Video..

July 18, 2016
Location: sitting on my porch listening to the birds chirp while I overlook the ocean in the distance in Bali, Indonesia Time: 1:45pm

I can almost guarantee that you have dreamed about living your exact dream lifestyle more often than not. I know that for me, I used to dream about living the exact life I live now.

In fact, yesterday I flew back to Bali from a weekend trip to Singapore with my girlfriend. Right now, we’re living in Bali, a place that both of us have dreamed about for years.

The truth is that my life wasn’t always like this.

…it all started a few years back when I came across a few different mentors who helped me to get more specific about what I really wanted out of life. One of the messages they kept saying to me was that “If money was no object, what would you be doing with your life?”

I know, it’s pretty cliché. But, it works.

There is an amazing truth behind this question. It forces you to get very specific about your life and what you truly want out of it.

Have you ever actually thought about what you want out of life? Not just the “oh, I’d like to travel more” or “I’d like to make $100,000 a year working a job I love” I mean the exact specifics…

Here’s an example of what I answered with this question.

I want to live a lifestyle where I can do what I want, when I want and go wherever I want. To do this, I will build a business that allows me the freedom to travel the world and have my business grow on auto-pilot, whether I choose to work or not that day. My intention is to earn $100,000 a month in order to achieve my financial goals. I intend to be able to spend my time surfing when the waves are good, and not worry about my business while I’m out catching waves, knowing that it will grow on its own without me. My life will be based around doing things that I think are fun and adventurous, in order to create memories that will last a lifetime. If I hear about something that is a “must have experience” I want to be able to do that. (This happened a few months back when my friends invited me to the Thailand New Year Songkran Celebration) I want to love the businesses I build and be challenged when building them so that I can use my mind to overcome obstacles to create solutions to problems.

 

Do you see what I did there?

I was specific about what I wanted. It wasn’t just a generic answer.

Where are you now?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably younger in your career (18-35) and are looking for an answer for “how to live your dream life“.

You may have even asked yourself “How did I get here?” with your current life. If you don’t have an answer for that, it’s time you get specific about what you truly want.

I want to introduce you to a video and audio from Alan Watts that addresses this question.

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So now what? If you’re anything like me, you probably got a little excited feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know the feeling. The excitement. The joy. The air of mystery..

Well, what are you going to do about it?

Seriously. You have two choices. You can go back to your Facebook news feed and keep scrolling…. keeping your life exactly the same as it always has been…. OR You can do this exercise and start to change your life.

The exercise really is simple, just like the question it addresses. When you are answering these questions, it is important to go beyond just the shit you were taught to strive for…. you know the things.

Stuff that Hollywood makes you believe you want. For example, letting go of our ideas about ‘success,’ money, material goods, fame, etc. and instead looking at it like Alan says – if money didn’t matter and I could do anything right now… what would it be?

Don’t worry about the whole career or job thing right now, just begin with what you like. Then think about what you feel you can contribute to the world, whether it be to just one person or a whole community (or the entire globe!).

Educating others, contribution to a project, and bringing joy to others are all examples of ways you could contribute to the world. 
The next step is to grab a piece of paper and answer these questions:

“What do I enjoy doing? What makes me tick or gets me excited?”
“What would my ideal day look like if I could do what I wanted to do?”
“What is my ideal job? What does it look like?”
“What are my favorite hobbies or things to do?”

(if you don’t have a piece of paper and pen, go grab one right now and do this activity)

(seriously. If you are still reading this and didn’t get a piece of paper and pen, get off your ass and go get them)

(yes, I said ass.)

Once you start answering some of these more basic questions, we dive into things like:

“Why do I like these things I enjoy doing?”


“What about them are interesting to me?”


How are you starting to feel after answering these questions?

This is going to help you to start understand the things you truly love to do and things you enjoy. It also gets you thinking about why you enjoy these things, which is the truly important thing.

What you just found out is what you value in life, and this is important because it will allow you to make a more educated decision about what you’re going to do with your life.

If something isn’t in alignment with what you want, you don’t do it. Or you do it until you can find a replacement.

For me, I believe Entrepreneurship allows you to eliminate the shit you hate, and focus on the stuff you love. It provides the replacement.

These little details are going to help you create a life that you absolutely love.

In the end, it’s all about doing the activities that bring you joy and ignite your passion, even if it’s only a few hours a week. ….and don’t worry if you can’t find your passion or purpose immediately, it takes time.

Just have fun with this and be playful about the whole idea.

As you get older, your answers will probably change a bit. I know mine have over the years and they will continue to as I get older.

It’s part of the fun of living.

Now here’s a gift I want to give you that will help some of you to start to pursue your dream life.

Yes, I said some of you.

This isn’t going to be for everyone, because let’s face it.

Some people are fu#*ing lazy and won’t do anything.

If you are reading this right now and are thinking “I can create my dream life” and “damnit, I’m not lazy and I am willing to work my ass off to build something to help me live my dream life”, then this might be right for you.

I was able to get a 14-day trial offer to my blog readers here to something that I like to consider a “Internet Marketing for Dummies” course.

I’m not 100% sure how long it will be available to test out for the 2 weeks for free, but it’s still working at this point. Click here to claim your free 14-day trial

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July 8, 2016

Notes from ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehlo

In this short post, I’m going to include the Kindle notes and highlights I had in the book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

 

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“But in his heart he knew that it did matter. And he knew that shepherds, like seamen and like traveling salesmen, always found a town where there was someone who could make them forget the joys of carefree wandering.”

 

“PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE PASSED through this village, son,” said his father. “They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived. They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now. They have blond hair, or dark skin, but basically they’re the same as the people who live right here.

 

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting, Check out this quote.

 

When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry.

 

Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

 

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.

 

“when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

 

“When he was a child, that man wanted to travel, too. But he decided first to buy his bakery and put some money aside. When he’s an old man, he’s going to spend a month in Africa. He never realized that people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

 

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”

 

He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.

 

when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

 

“That’s the way it always is,” said the old man. “It’s called the principle of favorability. When you play cards the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner’s luck.”

 

‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

 

“I’m like everyone else—I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.”

 

“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure,” he said to himself.

 

“All things are one,” the old man had said.

 

Who knows … maybe it’s better to be like the crystal merchant: never go to Mecca, and just go through life wanting to do so, he thought, again trying to convince himself. But as he held Urim and Thummim in his hand, they had transmitted to him the strength and will of the old king.

 

I know why I want to get back to my flock, he thought. I understand sheep; they’re no longer a problem, and they can be good friends. On the other hand, I don’t know if the desert can be a friend, and it’s in the desert that I have to search for my treasure. If I don’t find it, I can always go home. I finally have enough money, and all the time I need. Why not? He suddenly felt tremendously happy. He could always go back to being a shepherd. He could always become a crystal salesman again. Maybe the world had other hidden treasures, but he had a dream, and he had met with a king. That doesn’t happen to just anyone!

 

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.

 

“Creatures like the sheep, that are used to traveling, know about moving on.”

 

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

 

“In alchemy, it’s called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.”

 

They were men who had dedicated their entire lives to the purification of metals in their laboratories; they believed that, if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the Soul of the World.

 

“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.

 

“This is the first phase of the job,” he said. “I have to separate out the sulfur. To do that successfully, I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”

 

He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of the birds … whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Highlight | Page 110 to die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world. Everything depended on one word: “

 

“Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.”

 

“You must love the desert, but never trust it completely. Because the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.”

 

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream”

 

“You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love … the love that speaks the Language of the World.”

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

 

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.

 

“The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom. That’s what I mean by action.”

 

“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.

 

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

 

Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

 

..before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.

 

“To show you one of life’s simple lessons,” the alchemist answered. “When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.”

 

“You dominated those horsemen with the way you looked at them,” he said. “Your eyes show the strength of your soul,” answered the alchemist.

 

..they understood that when something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well.

 

“If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

 

“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.

 

“This is for you,” he said, holding one of the parts out to the monk. “It’s for your generosity to the pilgrims.” “But this payment goes well beyond my generosity,” the monk responded. “Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.”

 

If you want to get a copy of The Alchemist click here.