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2014 Business Year in Review [Blog, Business Pursuits, & More…]

This is a year in review for Practical Idealist and my business pursuits.

Writing gives me the opportunity to organize and record my thoughts, so I like the idea of reviewing two things:

  • What went well this year? (Positives”)
  • What didn’t go well this year? (Negatives”)

As such, this review is as much for myself as it is a review that I hope may help you in some way.

This review won’t include personal aspects of my life; things like my self-improvement goals and personal milestones. I may decide to write a personal review in May on my next birthday as it provides a good 6 month split between this business review and a personal review.

Instead, I’ll try to focus on business-related matters: the positives and negatives from the year which directly affected my professional work or resulted from my business pursuits.

It’s often difficult to distinguish clearly between business and personal because our personal lives impact our professional aspirations and vice versa.

I’ll do my best. – 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 –