3 Tricks for Dealing with Crippling Discouragement

I just pitched Entrepreneur another article.

I emphasize “another” because this is the eighth pitch I’ve sent their way. For the first six article pitches, I was connecting with an editor named Peter. Then, I started pitching an editor named Liz, hoping that she would be more reasonable and slower to reject me.

She wasn’t.

In fact, today, I received this email back from her after following up twice about an article idea.

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5 Lessons from Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Walt Disney was once fired for lacking imagination.

Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale not once, but twice.

And Isaac Newton drove his family’s farm into the ground.

The point?

People screw up a lot on their way to success. Often times, the difference between people who end up succeeding and people who… well, don’t, is the amount of perseverance that the person has.

Of course, persevering through shitty circumstances is easier said than done. And although I don’t mean to imply that Viktor Frankl’s experiences in a Nazi concentration camp are similar to the things we experience, I do mean to insinuate that Viktor Frankl has some worthwhile lessons for you and me.

Five, in particular.

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6 Morning Tricks To Set Your Day Up For Success

There’s no hack for success.

There’s no magic button, pill, or pen that will make you great. Rather, building the business and life of your dreams takes a massive amount of sweat, blood, and tears.

Ask anyone who’s “made it” and they’ll tell you that they didn’t arrive by sitting on their couch, eating potato chips, but by working hard one day after another.

But how do you work hard every day?

We all have good days and bad days. And working hard on the days we don’t feel up to it can be a real challenge.

There’s no magical answer, but there are some effective tricks that seem magical. And they all revolve around starting your morning with a routine that prepares your body and mind for action.

Here are the six tactics the pros use.

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The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

What if you didn’t have to be the victim of your old, destructive habits? What if changing those habits was simply a matter of knowing how to do so? In other words, what if you could systematically eliminate old habits and create better ones?

That would change your life. Wouldn’t it?

Well, according to Charles Duhigg, you can. And if I’m being honest, I totally believe him.

In fact, I’ve been using these 3 principles to change eating and exercise habits over the last few weeks. And for the first time in the last 6 months, I actually hit my goal of going to the gym 5 days a week — not just once, but two weeks in a row.

You can too. Here’s the three things you need to know to change any habit.

“There’s nothing you can’t do if you get the habits right.”

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Why your upcoming death should encourage you to live.

On Tuesday, a friend of mine died. She was 25 years old and she’d been struggling with a rare form a cancer found primarily in old men.

It wasn’t a surprise. She’s had the cancer for the last three years and few people survive the beast. Everyone saw it coming. And yet… thinking about her death before it happened and after it happened is a whole lot different.

Before, it was something sad to think about. Now, it’s a painful reminder of life’s fragility.

It takes me back to when another close friend shot himself in the head in June after consuming too many drugs and getting in a fight with his mom or when another friend drove off a cliff in April of 2016, starting me on a path that would ultimately destroy my faith, shove me out of ministry, and make me who I am today.

So why am I talking to you about death?

Because sometimes getting off your ass to build that business or write that book or give that speech is a serious challenge. Death has a way of moving us forward.

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The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Do you ever find it hard to get out of bed? To exercise? To do that thing that you know you should do… but damn, you’re just not feeling it today.

C’mon. We all have.

Each one of us has days where getting out of bed is a chore, the gym seems farther away than usual, and our general motivation to do anything more than lay in bed and watch Lord Of The Rings is nonexistant.

But here’s where the story gets sad.

Many of you don’t just have days like this, but this is your norm. Everyday, it’s hard to keep up with all the things you should do, but don’t want to do.

So what happens?

If you’re lucky, you do the bare minimum. If you’re not, you stay in bed and watch Lord Of The Rings — feeling shitty about yourself the remainder of the day.

Fortunately, Mel Robbins has a solution. And it’s dead simple.

She call it the 5-Second Rule.

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Persuasion Secrets of the World’s Most Charismatic & Influential Villains by Ben Settle

The title alone should set off your curiosity sensors. Why wouldn’t it? It gives a refreshing new look on personal development while summing up everyone’s true villainous desire:

To have more influence and power in life.

Maybe you’ve heard the stories (or experienced it yourself) where a guy with below-average looks and average intelligence can walk into a room and own it — people flock to him. But what creates this influential force that fills the room? The quick answer is charisma and influence.

In Ben Settle’s book, he takes an uncommon approach to show you what it takes to harness the power of charisma. He uses “the villain” to make his point. Who better to drive his message than the most influential and powerful characters in life?

There are 10 qualities (that all villains have) that can better your charisma and turn you into a more influential person.

Why charisma and why the villain?

Because if you can master charisma (and not fake it) the world will hand you anything. It’s a weapon that villains wielded for centuries to implement mass influence on the world.

Use it wisely.

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Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

I have a complicated relationship with change.

I say that I like it, that I will embrace it when it arrives, that I will handle it with serenity.

But the reality is different.

Sure, I chase after change like a dog with an overactive sniffer, but when I actually catch it, I want it to go away.

In the end, I’m dragged off to the change chopping-block, yelling and screaming. Eventually, I adapt.

If we’re all being honest, despite how much we chase after change and believe that we love it, it bothers us.

Once it actually happens, most of us feel as though we’re in a sea of confusion where every turn is completely unexpected.

Here are, according to Who Moved My Cheese,  7 ways to deal with change and become more successful because of it.

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The Brain Audit by Sean D’Souza

What if selling was a science? A set of principles that you could easily apply, getting people to buy your product regardless of their objections?

Just a dream?

Thanks to Sean D’Souza, it’s not.

In the Brain Audit, he outlines the psychology of why people purchase, why they don’t, and how you can sell to practically anyone.

For every entrepreneur, selling is a remarkably necessary skill. If you don’t know how to sell yourself and your product, you’ll never build a business.

Here’s the exact formula that you need to sell stuff.

Bookmark this page and use it as your guide to writing copy, creating a presentation, and winning customers.

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Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

You’re probably wondering what value you can possibly get out of a book on writing.

In part, the answer to that question lies in Ann Handley’s title to her Wall Street Journal Bestseller: “Everybody Writes.”

Yep. Even you.

Even though you assume you’re a bad writer and swear that you’d never dare to put your words on a page, much less in front of an audience, you’re wrong.

How do I know you’re wrong?

Because you’ve emailed people, posted publicly on Social Media, and sent text messages.

Whether you like it or not, all of that counts as writing.

So the question isn’t, “Do you write?” Everyone writes. The question is “Do you write in a way that positions yourself and your business well or poorly?”

Of course you want to position your business correctly, but doing so isn’t as simple as desire.

Luckily, Ann Handley’s tips are as good a place to start as any.

“In an online world, our online words are our emissaries; they tell the world who we are.”

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