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Why Not You? Classic Jim Rohn

During my sabbatical in the month of August I am in “Monk Mode.” So, instead of writing brilliant new blog posts, I am sharing classic personal development videos. Enjoy!

Jim Rohn was one of the greatest personal development authors, speakers, and minds. Here is his famous lesson on choosing yourself.

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What was your greatest take-away from the video? Let me know in the comments below.

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Are you ready to optimize the best decade of your life? In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I share my best advice for anyone in their twenties.

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I entered my twenties with incredible optimism and abundant ignorance (a killer combination for ambitious living) and left my twenties with a little more wisdom.

Today I share some of that wisdom with the hope that you also have crazy ambitious goals you’re working towards as you near your next awesome decade of life.

Listen to Episode #057


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My first grade teacher, Mrs. Janet Oxenhandler, follows me on facebook and recently commented on a post I wrote about my upcoming hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail, “Do you ever just get tired and sit down?

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Great question Mrs. Oxenhandler! The simple answer is no. Taking breaks is not really my thing. Well, at least it hasn’t been a part of my life up to this point, but it’s definitely going to take center stage in the near future.

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UPDATE TO THE TIP OF THE WEEK: After I recorded this episode, Darren Hardy made a change to his Success260 mentoring program. The website has changed to DarrenDaily.com and the start date has moved back one week to July 28, 2014.

Are you as intimidated by Evernote as I was when I started? In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I share how to master the basics of Evernote, my favorite tool for capturing ideas and managing all of my projects.

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Back in 2008 I signed up for Evernote, try to use it for about a week, and then gave up for over three years. When I began using it again, I couldn’t believe how amazing it was.

There is more to Evernote than meets the eye and that’s what I want to share with you today. If you are an Evernote newbie and would like a quick tutorial on how to get started, listen to this week’s episode and get ready to take notes!

Listen to Episode #056


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The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

In the eyes of David Allen there is a magic to getting things done, which is accomplished through relaxation. More specifically, stress-free productivity.

It seems counter intuitive. Think about it. When are you getting a lot done AND feeling completely relaxed at the same time?

I tend to associate relaxation with napping and productivity with working hard. So, where’s the overlap?

That’s the magic and art of GTD, David Allen’s system of Getting Things Done.

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Have you ever set your sights really high? No, I mean higher than that. This week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast features an interview with Nicole Antoinette, a wildly ambitious runner on a mission to make it all the way across America, on foot.

Nicole AntoinettePhoto Credit: Nicole Antoinette

It’s a rare occasion for me to meet someone who blows away my own big goals. Today you will meet Nicole Antoinette. She is not just a marathon runner — she is a CRAZY ambitious runner who is willing to see just how far she can really go.

If you get anything from this interview it will be nothing less than incredible inspiration to push for bigger goals than you ever thought possible. Enjoy!

Listen to Episode #055


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Minimalism, or doing less, has always made sense to me. However, the concept of “less but better” upgrades minimalism to an ideal that I have never heard described so well as Greg McKeown has done in his book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

EssentialismPhoto Credit: Greg McKeown

Over the last few years I have found many ways to cut things out of my life. I have quit jobs I hated, donated piles of clothes to charity, and even stripped my diet down to eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables.

However, last week I read Essentialism and realized that I have missed the point of minimalism — or, really, I have not optimized what it means to intentionally do less in pursuit of better results.

And yes — this book is easily one of the best I have read in a long time — mostly because this is a timeless message that ALL of us need to hear and fully embrace. If your life, like mine, is need of an Essentialist overhaul, buy the book. You won’t regret it.

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