1. Mentors
    1. Who do I know that is wise about career issues?
    2. Who have I worked with in the past?
    3. Who do I know that is influential?
    4. Who do I know that owns a business?
    5. Who do I follow online in my desired career space?
    6. What relationships might I have that may have impact in my career path?
  2. Vetting
    1. Am I getting paid to do what I love? Or, is what I’m getting paid to do getting me closer to that goal?
    2. Am I surrounded by people on my team that are positive, lifelong learners and self aware?
    3. Will the project allow me to work remote or in a location within reasonable commute?
    4. What’s a goal that excites you? What goal would genuinely energize you immediately?
    5. Validate before you start
      1. Trash away your ideas quickly. Having more ideas is making us busier. Quickly validate your idea by asking your prospect audience (and yourself) critical questions. If the feedback is negative, forget about it.


  1. Develop a plan for executing and deciding which ideas should move forward.


  1. Study and replicate the people that have already figured out what you want to do.
  2. Steal like an artist.
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Personal Branding

  1. Generate content from posts, interactions, stop doing isolated work


  1. Scheduling
    1. Morning routines
      1. Alarms
        1. Only set one alarm. There should only be one alarm on your phone. Either you get up or you don’t. If you don’t get up to your alarm you are leaving it to chance to wake up and stand up, meaning you could end up sleeping till 2 p.m. or worse. Again, leaving yourself with too many options causes you to push it back and to avoid making the right decision.
        2. Use smart alarms that track movement.
      2. 2 seconds of discomfort for a full morning of awesome. Once you are up, you are up. It is only those first 2 seconds of finding the motivation to stay up that are the hardest.
    2. Evening routines
      1. Avoid blue screens at the end of the day. If you can avoid screens altogether for the last 30 minutes of the day, do so.
      2. Get to bed 30 minutes before you want to be asleep, and try falling asleep 15 minutes before. Plan it right, do not expect to fall asleep instantly.
  2. Mindset
    1. Dedicate time every week to work on yourself. Reflect upon whether you are growing, and making progress.
    2. It’s your decision to chase every minute or live for the moment.
    1. Redeem your time
      1. I’ve always been struck by the seemingly accelerated passage of time, but ten years ago I wish I had known what accounted for that illusion. My mother was near her death in 2010 when she suggested that the years seem to go by quicker all the time because each one becomes a smaller percentage of our whole. When you’re four, reaching five will cost you another 25% of the time you’ve already lived. But do the math for how long it takes to get from 60 to 61 (under 2% of your total).
    2. Health checks
  3. Your dream job requires a five-year plan. Start by dividing a piece of paper into three columns, labeled “One Year,” “Three Years” and Five Years.” Then within each column add your ideal employment situation at each time and what skills, experience and education you’ll need to get there. For example, say your dream is to be a writer. In the “One Year” column, you could add, “Write ten blog posts” and “Attend creative writing course.” Then, in the “Three Year” column, you could write, “Get paid for writing articles” and “Have written multiple short stories.” Finally, your five-year goal could be “Have a book published” and “Regularly contribute to top-tier magazines.” Clear goals will help you on your journey to your dream career.
  4.  Technology
    1. Tools
      1. Trello
      2. Todoist
      4. Moleskine
      5. Boomerang
      6. Inbox
      7. Streak
      8. Airplane Mode
    2. Backup
      1. What if all my files are lost?
      2. iCloud
      3. Backup hard drives
      4. Time Capsule
    1. Task management
      1. Ideas for routines and habits
        1. Forget about your goals after you set it. Take it one step further. Build a system—routines and habits—and start focusing on that. If you’re a writer, make sure you write every day. If you’re an athlete, train every day. If you’re a salesperson, schedule appointment every day. Keep thinking about the goals doesn’t help at all.
        2. What distractions are holding you back from your goals? Remove them.
      2. What item on my to do list makes me most uncomfortable?
        1. What are you scared of right now? How can you move towards that? Discomfort is your growth!
      3. What item on my to do list, if done, will make other items unnecessary or easier?
        1. Optimize the first thing
          1. Improve the first item that has a cascading effect down to a funnel. Ask yourself what is the first thing you do that will affect everything after it. Some great examples: design a morning routine, increase your trackpad/mouse speed, and invest in the best WiFi modem you can afford.
      4. Ban multitasking
        1. Multitasking is an illusion, we’re tricking ourselves to believe we’re handling many tasks at the same time, but what we are really doing is simply switching from one task to another, back and forth, during that given period.
      5. Strategic vs tactical
        1. Schedule a specific time to think and plan, then, schedule a specific time to execute the plan.
      6. Pomodoro
        1. Sprint for 20 minutes and rest for 5.
    2. Time management
      1. Beware of “work play” where you’re not quite working and not quite playing. Commit to one or the other 100%.
    1. Decision minimalism
      1. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama have done the same thing. They wore almost the same outfit every single day. Make less decisions to avoid decision fatigue, so you have more energy to focus on truly important stuff.


  1. Graduating from school
  2. Losing a job
  3. Changing careers
  4. Increased financial need

Public speaking

  1. Tony Robbins encouraged us to meet our neighbors and keep each other excited.
  2. He kept participation super high. He continually asked everyone to raise their hand and say “I” if they agreed. He also let the audience finish a lot of his sentences (“The truth will set you ____”).
  3. He challenged us: “I’ll deliver but you have to promise to commit. If you sit down during the dancing, then you aren’t committed, and you aren’t going to get what you came for. Play full out with me.”
  4. He repeated things over and over to drive points home and increase retention. He also backed up his claims with statistics.
  5. He told great stories and incorporated a lot of humor.

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