Practical Idealist

Practical ideas to achieve worthy ideals

Robert James Collier

Happy Father’s Day: A Living Tribute

You know the saying “common knowledge isn’t all that common?”

Well it’s true. All too often I find myself proving this truthfulness of this statement.

For example, yesterday was Father’s Day. Common knowledge to pretty much everyone on the world wide web, right?

Well, not me.

A full week before Father’s Day, I called my dad to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. Of course, the only problem was that it wasn’t Father’s Day yet… and I was a week ahead of schedule.

“Hey, Dad! Happy Father’s Day!”

“Thanks, Rob…. but it’s not Father’s Day, buddy.”

“Oh… well, is it your birthday?”

“Nope. That’s not until next weekend too, one day before Father’s Day.”

“Oh… haha. Mom told me it was Father’s Day today!”

Of course, I blame it on Mom. – Read More –

One Man’s Secret for Achieving Your Biggest Goals NOW: My Interview w/ Dr. Chris Stout

How often do we complain about not being able to do what we really want to?

Have you ever been guilty of silently muttering to yourself any of the following:

“This job sucks… if I had more money, I’d quit so I can travel the world and help improve the lives of others!”

“I don’t mind what I do… but it’s definitely not my passion. If I had the freedom to pursue my passion, my life would be 100 times better!”

“I’d love to do more of what truly inspires me, but I just don’t have the time! If I did have more time, I’d create more of what I love doing the most. And I’d be happier for it.”

Sound familiar?

When we stop to think it about it, how often is the solution to our problems “more money,” “more freedom,” and “more time.”

We always assume more free time will equal more productivity but often that isn’t true. I personally tend to get much more done when I’m busy.

When we dig deeper, we find that these aren’t solutions, but excuses that we repeat to ourselves  rooted in fear.

We create a fictional set of conditions that must occur for us to act. We create them because then we can feel better about currently not following through on our desire to make drastic changes in our lives.

Often times, what we actually struggle with is not knowing exactly what it is that we want.

In this world of 24/7 news cycles, deceptive television programs, distracting advertisements, and ever-present social media feeds constantly attracting and diverting our attention in a million different directions, it’s become increasingly difficult for us to simply figure out what we really want in the first place.

That’s why it’s crucial for us to define what we want out of life and how we plan to contribute, as soon as possible, so that we begin building our own dreams and not wasting our time building someone else’s. – Read More –

How to Live Fully (My Life List)

How long is it supposed to take us to figure out what we really want to do in life?

20 years? 40 years? 65 years..?

I don’t know. Some people seem to know what they want to do in life as early as grade school.

For the rest of us, it can take several years and a number of difficult failures to figure it out.

After 26 years, I think I have a pretty good idea. And I learned of a tool that can help others speed up the process for figuring out and accomplishing what they want to do in life too.

It’s not my idea, so I won’t take credit for it.

But the key is it works.

How do I know? Because it’s working for me… and it’s worked for a number of others.

I’ll to talk about two people who have used this simple tool to accomplish some incredible goals below.

Here’s a quick snippet of their amazing accomplishments:

One of these individuals has been called “The World’s Greatest Goal Achiever.” He has…

  • visited over 160 countries
  • traveled around the world 4 times
  • milked a poisonous snake here and there
  • and he became the first man to explore the entire length of world’s longest river, the Nile. That’s a total of 4,132 miles from start to finish if you’re counting. (Oh yea. He did it in a kayak…)

The second individual has held titles of CEO, COO, CIO, Sr. VP and Founding Director—all at separate businesses, including a top-rated healthcare non-profit that he started to improve access to healthcare in underserved communities around the world. He has…

  • become a best-selling author who has written over 37 books
  • swam with sharks
  • rock climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, including the world’s tallest single summit, Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • and he was invited as one of only 100 world leaders appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow 2000 (joining the ranks of Bill Gates, Tony Blair, R. J. Rowling, and Lance Armstrong)

Preettyyy damn impressive, right?

Here’s the best part: the same tool that they used to accomplish these extraordinary goals can work for us too.

What is it? – Read More –

Depression F-ing Sucks! 5 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Overcome It…

Okay, depression really fucking sucks.

It’s like doing everything you can, day in and day out, just to have the chance to take a positive step in the right direction.

Every day is an accumulation of all the shitty days that came before, piled onto your back like 49 contestants from the Biggest Loser, waiting for you to take them to the finish line.

The finish line, of course, is your bed. Because you can’t wait to get away from everything and everyone and just do nothing.

The last 5 months I’ve been in and out of depression. – Read More –

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