Self Discipline Like A Roman Emperor,

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

Why is it so hard to do the things that are in line with our goals but not with our desires at that moment? How can we harness the power of our minds to create a steady fountain of self-discipline each day? Thomas Frank may help us understand how Marcus Aurelius envisioned human motivation in his classic work, Meditations.

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who practiced the age-old tradition of Stoicism. His work, Meditations can be held as one of the foremost works in Stoic philosophy. Aurelius was also known as a Philosopher King, a lover of wisdom, who questioned and challenged the preconceived notions of those in his circle.

Thomas Frank is likely to be called the Philosopher King of College. His ever-growing YouTube channel and website began as an endeavor to help students develop better study habits. Thomas has now moved past study habits to concepts such as motivation, discipline, fear and anxiety. Thomas has succeeded in helping thousands of students move on to college and excel in higher education. He has now taken his show on the road speaking to companies, graduates and educators to further his message.

Many thanks to Marcus Aurelius, Thomas Frank and all other Philosopher Kings for their contributions and guidance to so many of us.

Enjoy the day and don’t waste it.

Don’t Follow Your Passion, Eat Dirt Instead

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

-Benjamin Franklin-

What if you were told not to follow your passion, rather to bring it alongside with you? Countless motivational speakers, successful people and even our parents tell us to follow our passion. Could they all be wrong?

Mike Rowe, from the show Dirty Jobs shares a story with us about missed opportunity, explaining how our happiness does not always depend of the type of job we perform. He shares a story of a Septic Tank Entrepreneur who became financially successful and did so because the market was untapped, not because it was his passion!

Mike expands this line of thinking with his new book, Profoundly Disconnected : A True Confession From Mike Rowe By Mike Rowe

Mike continues to tell us that many awesome opportunities are available to us while we are still discovering and nurturing our passion. Don’t pass those up! They could help you make a great living, support your family, support your community and even finance your ultimate passions.  Check out this video and you could be open to a different perspective.

PragerU’s mission is to explain and spread what they call “Americanism” through the power of the Internet. They are a conservative thought bubble, producing five-minute videos explaining profoundly significant and uniquely American concepts.

Check out Mike Rowe’s Pod Cast and PragerU for some pretty innovative content.

Have a great day and Stay Wise!

Develop Grit, Perseverance and Passion in Life.

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

-Julie Andrews-

What makes some of us work harder than others? Can doing “one hard thing” a day help develop “grit” early in life? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Stefan at Project Life Mastery is a great primer to understanding the world of “grit”.

Stefan’s thesis comes from a book by Angela Duckworth, check it out below:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela quit a stressful consultant position to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City. After studying why some students worked harder and longer than others, she began to develop an understanding of the qualities which promote perseverance.  Angela then developed a Grit Scale which is a series of questions to test your ability to persevere.  Check it out here!

If you enjoy this clip, check out more from Project Life Mastery. Stefan James does an awesome job helping us move toward a more abundant life. Learn more about Angela Duckworth via her website and her Ted Talk where she introduces her research on Grit.

Hope you enjoy these two great creators as much as I have. Have a great day.

“Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.” Jim Rohn

Why aren’t you better? Healthier, wealthier, deeper relationships and purpose? Maybe it’s all those haters, maybe its your ex-wife, boss, parents holding you back. Hmm. I I call BULLSHIT.

Its YOU. Life isn’t easy, but I bet many of us have it easier than millions of other humans on earth. So, how can we get our shit together and change? Well I got you.

In my quest for personal development I found one man who led the pack, his name is Jim Rohn.

Jim is no longer with us but has left an amazing legacy, which includes videos from the 1970’s forward. Those recordings are a mix of comedy standup and daily encouragement. Jim had one of the most distinct Midwest accents and a kind supportive smile that made you feel like he was sure you could achieve your goals. He has left a number of awesome reads too:

Twelve Pillars

Seasons of Life

Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

Jim’s story always started with a tale of a girl scout coming to his door to sell cookies when he was flat broke. After lying to the girl scout that he had an ample supply of thin mints to not disclose his poverty, he decided he was sick and tired of being broke. Finally, he gives us the courage to be honest with ourselves and work harder rather than relying on excuses or resting on our failures.

Spend a bit of time with Jim’s talks and you will find his wisdom timeless. He tugs on the same chords we struggle with today as humans trying to eek out a secure existence. Jim’s wisdom is not just for those in business but for anyone who wants to enjoy their craft while living life to the fullest.

How to Lead Without A Title, shared by Robin Sharma

When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’

-Lao Tzu-

How many Leaders do you know without a title? How many managers and bosses do you remember as unelevated as those they managed? Our society reserves the qualities of a leader to those who have attained a certain designation. Often we cannot imagine becoming a leader without achieving a few letters behind our name. Today’s Daily Dose by Robin Sharma shares leadership tips from mentors who led without a title; encouraging us to do the same.

Robin Sharma, speaker, author and YouTube creator gives us a lesson in humble leadership with his book, The Leader Who had No Title. In this short clip Robin encourages us to run our own race; if you’re in your own lane, there is no competition. To celebrate our eccentricities and be proud to stand apart from the pack. Finally, to become world-class by dialing into our passions with rigor. Never settling for dabbling in something with the intention of mastery. Check out my 3 favorite Wise Reads from Robin Sharma:

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny

The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life

The Greatness Guide: 101 Lessons for Making What&8217;s Good at Work and in Life Even Better

This is a great study for those who have always believed that the managers, CEO’s and CFO’s are the only people capable of leadership. In today’s changing world we can all run our own race.

Learn more about Robin Sharma via his books, talks, and leadership training. He is an awesome source of motivation and knowledge when you have the vision to lead and value the encouragement of those who have led before you.

Hope you find this as enjoyable as I did.

Have a great day and Stay Wise!

Are You Working Hard Enough? shared by Gary Vaynerchuk

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

-Stephen King-

Do you think you work hard enough? Are you moving toward your goals or do you feel like you’re just treading water? Can you be honest with yourself that you may need to get motivated and start hustling? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Gary Vaynerchuk could help.

Gary takes us through a quick preview of how he gauges the hustle and grind of people in his industry. He shares that most people do what comes easy; they “right hook and rarely jab”.  Often we look at those with massive financial, relationship or creative successes and misjudge them as simply “lucky”, dismissing the hard work they endured. In this short clip, Gary shows us how to engage with our passions rather than merely participate in them.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a self-made media guru who began his career growing his family’s wine business via social media and YouTube. Gary hosts two shows on his YouTube channel. On #AskGaryVee he answers questions about entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses. His second is #DailyVee, a vlog that follows Gary’s day-to-day life. Find Gary on Instagram and Twitter as well.

Spend some time with Gary and you will become more passionate and engaged with your life’s work. Many thanks to Gary for the wealth of guidance he has provided to entrepreneurs and family businesses; awesome work and a great legacy.

Thanks for reading; hope you all enjoy Gary’s work as much as I have.

Check out 3 of my favorite Garyvee books below:

Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

Just Do Right! shared by Maya Angelou and Evan Carmichael

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

“Do right”,  simple isn’t it? Why do so many of us believe we can’t just do right? When faced with the choice, how can we move towards right action? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Evan Carmichael and the late Maya Angelou is a quick nudge in the right direction. Maya encourages us to trust our inner spirit and make choices which will leave happiness and joy as a result. Evan adds his unique brand of motivation to help us believe we have the power to accomplish the two simple words, do right.

Check out Evan’s awesome book here: Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter

Evan Carmichael is an entrepreneur with a successful YouTube channel and website. His goal is to reach people around the world to help them follow their skill sets and pursue fulfilling work. Evan has a humble tone and a bold goal, which he moves toward each day with focus; it’s a joy to watch and read his work. Connect with Evan via YouTube, his blog, and Twitter.

The great Maya Angelou was a prolific writer, poet and communicator. As a young woman from Stamps Arkansas who faced the challenges of single motherhood and poverty she rose to greatness with integrity and grace. Her well-known work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings went from banned to standard course adoption in universities around the world. Connect with Maya’s library of work and legacy via her website.

Thank you Evan Carmichael for bringing us this awesome clip and thank you to Maya Angelou for a life of wisdom communicated through prose.

Thank for reading, have an awesome day!

Self Discipline Like A Roman Emperor, shared by Thomas Frank

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

–Marcus Aurelius–

Why is it so hard to do the things that are in line with our goals but not with our desires at that moment? How can we harness the power of our minds to create a steady fountain of self-discipline each day? Today’s video shared by Thomas Frank may help us understand how Marcus Aurelius envisioned human motivation in his classic work, Meditations. Check out some Wise Reads of today to train that disciplined mind: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who practiced the age-old tradition of Stoicism. His work, Meditations can be held as one of the foremost works in Stoic philosophy. Aurelius was also known as a Philosopher King, a lover of wisdom, who questioned and challenged the preconceived notions of those in his circle.

Thomas Frank is likely to be called the Philosopher King of College. His ever-growing YouTube channel and website began as an endeavor to help students develop better study habits. Thomas has now moved past study habits to concepts such as motivation, discipline, fear and anxiety. Thomas has succeeded in helping thousands of students move on to college and excel in higher education. He has now taken his show on the road speaking to companies, graduates and educators to further his message.

Many thanks to Marcus Aurelius, Thomas Frank and all other Philosopher Kings for their contributions and guidance to so many of us.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!

Ego is the Enemy, shared by Ryan Holiday

All bad qualities center around the ego. When the ego is gone, Realization results by itself.

Ramana Maharshi

Can the stories we tell ourselves be detrimental to our development and growth? How dangerous can the Ego really be?   Will a study of the Ego result in humility and self awareness?

In today’s Daily Dose, author Ryan Holiday presents his new book, Ego is the Enemy, to employees at Google. Ryan’s work guides us through the phases of aspiration, success and failure, as they are tied to life lessons. Check it out below!

Ego Is the Enemy

Learn more about Ryan and his other wonderful creative works via twitter and his website. Also, check out his other Wise Read below!

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

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