People often ask entrepreneurs, athletes, and other successful people, “What is the key to success?” They want a magic formula or path they can follow to get there. While there isn’t a step-by-step process to find success at whatever you’re doing, it boils down to three things: self-awareness, hustle, and discipline.
I took the week off from my day job to relax, reflect, and finish my upcoming book. During this week I’ve been thinking a lot about what really motivates me and what my values are. This is something people don’t really think about, or they aren’t honest with themselves.
We all have different sources that we draw inspiration from. Some people look at athletes, movie stars, and entrepreneurs. I am inspired by countless people, both celebrities and people in my own social circle. Who doesn’t love a movie or TV show where the main character fights against all odds to defeat the villain and save the day? One of my biggest sources of inspiration as a kid was Anime.
I had a fun year in Buffalo, but I had a cloud hanging over my head. I kept wondering ‘What if I had moved to Tampa?’ I kept thinking about the warm weather, beaches, night life, all the reasons I originally wanted to move down there. After a week in my new Buffalo apartment I was already regretting the decision and beating myself up for it. I felt like I missed the boat and was watching it sail away.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday, perhaps the biggest unofficial holiday of the year. Millions of people around the country will tune in to see the Patriots and the Rams battle it out to see who will be this year’s Super Bowl Champion. I’ve been a big football fan since college, but what about the other millions of people who barely watch football? What makes the Super Bowl such a big, memorable event?
I remember MLK day back in 2011, my senior year of High School. I had gotten my wisdom teeth taken out two days earlier and was still feeling tired from the surgery. I was playing around on my family’s computer and was seeing a lot of trending videos related to Martin Luther King, Jr. I never knew that much about the man, other than he was a preacher and fought for the black community and their civil rights for years. I also knew, like everyone else, that he was perhaps the most famous and impactful activist in American history.
The holidays are a great time of year. Friends, family, and co-workers gather together and bond with each other. People tend to be in a better mood and there’s a different feeling in the air. Another common theme is to make a new year’s resolution. A lot of us brush this under the rug, myself included, because I’ve always thought it was pretty lame.
I was watching boxing with a couple friends on a Saturday night last week, something I enjoy doing when I have the opportunity. There were some great fighters with a lot of charisma and the matches were all good. However, there was one fighter who really stood out to me as they were telling his story. They introduced him as Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King.
Cognitive Dissonance is defined as the ‘mental discomfort, or psychological stress, experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.’ This is a concept I learned in Psychology 101 that stuck with me over the years. I also see it pop up in articles and books from time to time. Last weekend was Thanksgiving and I was thinking about all the things I’m thankful for.