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Today more than ever there is an endless amount of demands stacked on our shoulders.

Grow your business, focus on your career, start a family, be a good parent, see the world, and have unforgettable experiences. So much to do, so little time.

We like to think that the problems we face are new and unique to our era but for millennia we’ve struggled with being busy and we’ve constantly sought ways to be more productive. This is something philosophers spoke about ages ago.

Socrates said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

Marcus Aurelius admired others for their purpose…


Every year elite professional runners and Olympians like Galen Rupp, Emily Infeld, and Shannon Rowbury take six to eight weeks to train at altitude.

They hole up in remote, high elevation locations like Flagstaff, Arizona and Utah to train as a team where they push themselves physically and mentally to the brink of exhaustion.

Amidst snow-capped peaks and stark beauty of the high desert, these elite athletes subject themselves to long, grueling training sessions. The air is crisp, cool, and thin. …

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“Don’t try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand.” — Marcus Aurelius

Life is incredible, there’s no doubt about it.

You just never know what curveball life is going to throw you, but it’s those curveballs that make life so amazing.

My wife and I just experienced the greatest joy of our life to date, having our first child and it was easily the most exciting event of our lives. It will no doubt be the greatest journey either of us has undertaken.

But life is full of surprises.

Just days ago, as…

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There are a million so-called experts today touting “productivity hacks” but let’s be honest, most of these hacks are generally ineffective or the usefulness of the tip quickly wears off once you revert back to your normal way of operating.

Most of these hacks fail because they are just a band-aid solution. If you really want long-term, sustained productivity, you need to create foolproof systems.

Coming up with quality work consistently can be extremely difficult. Not to mention there is an endless amount of distractions keeping you from achieving a flow state of work. …

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“Remember that it is we who torment, we who make difficulties for ourselves — that is, our opinions do.” Epictetus

Nearly all of us, are hardwired to believe it’s external events, people, or things that cause us harm.

In reality, it is we who cause ourselves harm. Our subjective understanding of events becomes more powerful than reality.

In Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus, he spends an inordinate amount of time talking about perceptions, to the point it can be redundant.

It’s like listening to a parent preach to their child about the importance of brushing their teeth for the…

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More often than not we learn more from our failures than our successes. The mistakes, screwups, mess-ups, and blown opportunities.

Everybody fails and lands flat on their face at some point, but what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is what they do next.

Do they learn from their mistakes and correct their behavior or do they soldier on like nothing happened only to repeat the exact same mistakes later on?

We focus so much on the habits, routines, and skills that make people successful, that we overlook the more important lesson to be learned. …

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It’s easy to be caught up in your own problems. Your job sucks, nobody wants to date you, and you don’t make enough money.

It seems like everyone around you has it better. Instagram, Facebook, and social media only compound that effect. Beautiful pictures of envy-worthy vacations, cool people having an epic time, and “influencers” with a luxurious lifestyle you’ll never attain.

What most of us need is somebody to shake us out of this narcissistic stupor. To show us all we do have in our lives. To show us how great we actually have it.

But how can you…

When’s the last time you had a major breakthrough in your business?

Are your sales in the dumps?

Does it feel like pulling teeth to attract new customers? Even worse, are customers not paying attention to what you have to say?

The shame is you have a great product. Once you get your product into your customer’s hands they fall in love with it. Your product makes their lives better and it’s just not right that you can’t get it to them!

Perhaps your problem isn’t attracting new customers. Your sales are growing steadily and your customers love your product…

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Many times, the most successful people are not the most talented.

We assume since somebody is stronger, taller, better looking, or vastly more intelligent that they must be the best, but that is hardly the case.

The code word for somebody with vastly greater talent but without the results: potential.

Potential, like talent, doesn’t matter, it’s mental toughness that matters. The ability to be courageous, to endure hardship, withstand trials and tribulations, and to persevere through adversity.

If you want to be mentally tougher, find strong role models and inspirations. Act like them and emulate them. By acting a certain…

A lock and home screen designed to promote productivity and joy. (How can you not be happy being greeted by that face?)

The iPhone is no doubt an incredible tool, but out of the box it offers us two paths to take: one that can enhance our lives and become a great tool for productivity, connectivity, and education or a second path that can become the greatest distraction of our lives.

However, if you are willing to spend a little time customizing the iPhone to work for you, not against you, your life will be much better for it.

With an optimally configured phone, you’ll be more focused, have fewer distractions, and you’ll be much more productive. …

Parker Nash

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