Do you know the most requested topic from the 220 Community for 2018?
The psychology of top performers.
This got me excited because it's something Joseph and I think about, talk about, consume and teach all day long.
I'm starting off the topic by addressing the most consistent skill we've found among top performers:
"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." -Jack Canfield
I know this because in addition to my 12+ years of research, experience has taught me that:
1. In situations when I confronted my fears and took action, the outcome was extremely positive.
Whether it was in school, networking, entrepreneurship or asking a girl out, even if the result was a "failure," that led to knowledge or experience that made me successful later on.
Can you think of some your defining moments? Most likely, you had to overcome fear to take action.
I still remember how scared I was as a college freshman pitching...
One thing I hear a lot from a lot of young professionals is, "I like what I'm doing for now, but someday I want to do something I'm passionate about."
I was there not too long ago.
I knew someday, I wanted to be an entrepreneur.
But the allure of a finance degree from a great business school and the associated high-paying jobs was too much to overcome in college. So my entrepreneurial timeline stayed at someday.
I thought, "I'll work for a few years, save some money and then figure out how to start my business."
But the addictive compensation and environment of like-minded young professionals at my banking job delayed my entrepreneurial dream even further.
"I still want to start a business, but maybe I could do this for awhile. I could work here for another 5-10 years, make a lot of money and learn a lot about business. I could still start my business someday after that."
If I didn't have my wake up call in...
Excited to be featured on Bryan Teare's podcast, the Quarter Life Comeback. Click the player or image above to listen.
We included Bryan's description of the interview below, and be sure to check out his site and other podcast interviews. He has an awesome interview style and I really enjoy being on his email list.
Today I’m excited to welcome Joseph & Matthew Moheban to The Quarter Life Comeback podcast.
Joseph and Matthew Moheban are two brothers who left the corporate world together to start a company that helps students and young professionals design and live their ultimate lives, with a focus on not letting money or traditional assumptions hold them back from the work, lifestyle and relationships they deserve.
After feeling frustrated that they weren’t running the entrepreneurial business they dreamed of, the brothers asked themselves 3 big questions you’ll hear in the interview and realized they didn’t have to wait.
Growing up, the Moheban...
We were featured on Breaking Into Startups FB Live Interview Series to talk about how to break into new industries, leaving before you're ready and how to overcome the obstacles we face as young professionals.
Click on the image above to watch the video.
Breaking Into Startups helps professionals break into the tech industry regardless of their current skillset or previous experience. These guys are on a mission to help aspiring professionals meet the high demand of lucrative and fulfilling jobs in the tech industry.
Really enjoyed this interview!
"Why would you be realistic? What's the point of being realistic?" -Will Smith
One of our key themes when we work with anyone on living their ultimate life is that nothing is unrealistic.
This mentality helped us leave 6-figure jobs in Corporate America at 25 and 23 to bootstrap the company of our dreams.
And it's the mentality top performers use to rise above obstacles and traditional limitations to accomplish their ultimate goals.
But it's hard for most of us to think this way. Because even though we weren't afraid to dream when we were really young, we're trained as we grow up to "think practically" and "set realistic goals."
In order to help people rewire their brains into thinking unrealistically, we love using examples of people achieving "unrealistic goals."
Recently, a close friend sent us an article from The Player's Tribune written by Adam Thielen, the 5th-year Minnesota Vikings WR who is having a breakout year.
Two months to go in 2017.
Some would argue two of the best months all year with Halloween catapulting us into the Holiday Season.
Work tends to slow down. We get a little more downtime to relax before we ramp up our big resolutions for next year.
And even though we shouldn't miss the chance to spend time with loved ones, reflect on this year and rejuvenate for next year, we do still have two months left.
2 months. A little over 8 weeks. 61 days.
This expected downtime actually gives us an incredible opportunity.
If I told you that you have 61 days to dramatically improve your life, what could you accomplish?
A new job? A new hobby? Huge progress in your side business? A new relationship?
If you want 2018 to be a different year, give yourself a running start by taking advantage of the next 61 days.
And yes, you can still relax and enjoy the fruits of the season.
"With great power comes great responsibility." Voltaire
How often does one of your projects take way longer than it should?
When is the last time you told yourself, "if I just had x amount of uninterrupted time, I could get this done in no time!"
I've been there. When I was in the corporate world, my time was constantly compressed by meetings, client visits, quick deadlines and surprise projects.
Now, my flexible schedule is one of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur. Actually, you don't have to be an entrepreneur to have one.
Not only is it amazing because I can work and not work when I want (I've taken 26 trips in the last 2 years), it's also unbelievable for productivity.
I remember when I first left, the freedom was incredible. A little too incredible...
I didn't know how to structure my time to be most efficient, and I didn't understand the difference between trivial tasks and deep work.
I thought it...
Last week, we were running a high school workshop with 20 students.
We had just finished leading a fun warm-up exercise that gets all the students up and cheering for each other.
Then, we explained the theme for the day: breaking down their long-term vision into tangible 1-year goals.
Right before we were about to dive into the next exercise, one of the girls raised their hands. In a very somber tone, she asked,
"Why should we set goals if we're all just going to die anyway?"
I imagine how we felt was similar to how a standup comedian feels after getting heckled on-stage.
For a brief moment, my brother Joseph and I looked at each other shocked. The other 19 students also looked around at each other surprised.
This was not on the agenda. We had never been asked anything like that before, especially in a live workshop.
Did she just derail the entire workshop? Did the rest of the students just lose all focus and...
It's just hard to make sense of it.
A man prioritized taking as many lives as possible over quietly living out the rest of his. Men. Women. Children. People he didn't know.
That was the mark he wanted to leave on this Earth.
This one has hit close to home. A friend of my girlfriend's sister got shot. She's expected to make a recovery, but people around her died.
And going to outdoor concerts is one of my favorite things to do.
This could have easily happened to me, my family or one of my close friends.
Maybe you know someone who was injured or killed. If that is the case, I cannot express how sorry I am.
Things like this keep happening.
After each one, I always have the same thoughts.
On an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast from August 2016, Tony Robbins was commenting on the similar then-recent events in Paris, Niece, Orlando and San Bernardino. People were asking him why someone would carry out these acts.
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford
This month, we passed the two-year mark since we left our jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs.
What a journey.
There have been a lot of unexpected challenges and obstacles. A lot.
Countless failures. Financial instability. Emotional stress. Just to name a few.
At times, we've questioned whether or not we made the right decision. Because in terms of volume, there have been way more challenges and obstacles than successes.
But sprinkled in throughout the journey, we get reminded of the four reasons we wanted to become entrepreneurs in the first place.
They make us more sure than ever that we're doing what we were meant to do.
That it's all worth it.
When you get emails like this...
When your office looked like this last week, you worked 2-3 hours per day, then spent the rest of your time...
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