How do I continue to do something that I started and loved?

How to Deal With Multiple Passions and Leverage the Power of The Dip Without Burning Out

Does this sound like you?

Whenever you start to do something in a field (that you love), you feel interested initially and you put in all your effort. But after some time, you lose interest and stop doing it although you still love it. 

How do I continue to do something that I started and loved?

Today, I want to share with you:

  • how to solve the dilemma of “multiple passions” and find your calling.
  • why there’s massive, disproportionate reward with being the best in the world.
  • how to get there without burning out because you can even if you’re passionate about it.

The Dilemma of Multiple Interests and How To Tackle It

Ever since I found about the “Follow Your Passion” movement a few years ago, I struggled because I thought I had multiple interests and believed it was a bad thing. It seemed like successful people only had one interest and focused on that interest for decades until they got rich. I was told that you have to focus on one interest because no one has ever become successful at multiple skills except for once-in-a-millenium freaks like Leonardo DaVinci, Ben Franklin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But it was so hard to restrain myself. I had dozens of interests, like video games, YouTube, manga, anime, personal development, business economics, music, and so on.

Now, there are a couple of TED Talks that argue that people like us have their own label. We are called “multipotentialites” or “polymaths.” They argue we should be proud of who we are and the world needs us.

I respectfully disagree.

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Ramits Dream Job Course Review

A Brutally Honest Review of Ramit Sethi’s Find Your Dream Job Course

If you haven’t heard of Ramit Sethi, he runs a blog and company at Iwillteachyoutoberich.com. He teaches Millenials in their twenties and thirties how to earn money on the side as a freelancer, get their dream job, and/or start an online business.

This is the story of how I spent over $2,000 on his online course, Dream Job. It’s also my brutally honest review on if it was worth it. Maybe Ramit would kill me if he saw this, but I thought it’s best to be honest as a consumer; I have my right to be.

Perhaps, it’s best to start my story at the point where my emotions were highest…

Before I Bought the Dream Job Course: Desperate, Frustrated, & DisIllusioned

Before I bought Ramit’s Dream Job course, I was at one of the toughest times in my life. I was frustrated and confused with getting any job and I was getting desperate, which wouldn’t make sense if you knew how academically-focused I was in school right before. 

I was taking some of the hardest classes out there. I was used to a rigorous workload and schedule. In high school, I spent hours a day preparing for SAT, practicing piano, running track, and doing homework for advanced placement classes. In college, it was a similar story. Yet the job market wasn’t rewarding me for it. 

Two years after college, I was working as a waiter and still looking for work. How is this possible?

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Is it too late to be successful after a certain age

Is It Too Late To Be Successful After (Insert Age Here)?

For the longest time, I felt like it was way too late to make an impact on the world and become successful.

I am ambitious and I wanted to be really successful. But the news made it seem like if you did not become a singer, actress, or tech entrepreneur by the time you were 21, it was over. It turns out I’m not the only one. A lot of other people (some into their 40’s) think it’s too late.

But then I got into personal development and did some research. I studied hundreds of the world’s most successful people and I was startled at what I found.

It’s not true at all. When you think it is all over, it’s really just the beginning of an incredible journey.

Get Excited. The Best Years of Your Life Are Ahead.

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How To Get Someone To Like You in 5 Minutes or Less Without Lying

Have you ever been in a social gathering with strangers around you?

I bet you wanted someone to like you so you didn’t seem so strange standing alone.

Perhaps, it was a networking event. Maybe a barbeque. Or a party. I have found myself in plenty of these situations.

Not long ago, I was a lost boy who went to these gatherings to make some of my first friends. The problem was that I thought that your ability to make people like you was limited from birth. I thought you couldn’t change it and you were just as good as you are (psychologists call this a “fixed mindset.”).

But then, I discovered personal development (specifically social skills advice) online. It was a new opportunity that changed my life because it gave me hope that I could be better.

I learned that there are changes you can easily make to your body language, ton, expression, and language that could dramatically affect how others respond to you.

Take a look at this new video, which will explain the good and bad about the advice online. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of bad advice online that didn’t work out when I experimented in real life:

I want to conclude with a few bonus tips that weren’t mentioned thoroughly in the video:

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I Spend $145 a Month on Crossfit

I Spend $145 a Month on Crossfit. Here’s 3 Surprising Reasons Why Spending More Intelligently Gets You More Results.

I spend a $145 on fitness every month.

I know. ABSURD!

But here’s why:

A GREAT way for anyone to achieve their goals faster is to force accountability in a way that hurts.

But people don’t want to…

They say:

“Why would I pay more money unnecessarily when I can just save money and use my willpower?”

“You should do work you’re passionate about to succeed. You don’t need to pay for suffering.”

Money only gets you so far.” 

But a Harvard behavioral scientist and professor found that people psychologically trust and follow through with the same quality of information when they pay for it versus when they it’s free. In fact, the more we pay, the more we listen to it.

But there’s more to why I do it. I reveal it all in this new video. You will learn:

  • why the cheapskate pays the most.
  • why this explodes your mental resiliency and happiness.
  • why this improves your ability to work at a high performer level.

When you’re done watching the video, tell me in the comments about the last time when you spent a lot of money. What did you learn from the experience?

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How to Improve and boost Personal Productivity Without Burning Out

How to Improve Personal Productivity Without Burning Out and Still Having Fun

You control your time. Sitting and thinking may be a much higher priority than a normal CEO, who has all this demand and feels like they have to see all these people, [thinks]. It’s not a proxy of your seriousness that you fill every minute of your schedule.” –Bill Gates on what Warren Buffett taught him about productivity.

Today, I want to share with you how to improve personal productivity without burning out. As hinted at by the quote, I’ve spent a few years studying the best in the world when it comes to time management.

It turns out there are different paths to success. And some let you feel more relaxed and at peace. Bill Gates fills out every minute of his calendar. He even budgets a specific time for showering.

Warren Buffett, on the other hand, has three or four tasks per month on the calendar he carries around. And it’s not because he’s light on tasks he could be doing. It just goes to show you the importance and value of focus and prioritization.

In this podcast episode, be prepared to learn some interesting productivity habits and techniques you can test out immediately at work or at home. Listen below:

Will's Personal Development Podcast

Will's Personal Development Podcast

Bonus Show Notes

A more advanced but highly useful productivity tip I want to emphasize is the act of cutting down the time it takes to do daily or weekly activities you do every day. If you’re going to be doing the same task over and over for most or all of your life, it adds up. 15 minutes may not seem like a lot but it can add up to thousands of hours of wasted time.

Here are a few examples of activities like this:

  • Computer related tasks, like checking your email and typing on your keyboard.
  • Chores, like washing your clothes or dishes and taking out the garbage.
  • Driving to work, the groceries, the mall, or anywhere else.
  • Choosing and preparing your clothes for the next day.
  • Waiting in line to buy food or anything else.
  • Reading books or articles online.
  • Listening to audiobooks.
  • Mowing your lawn.

There are plenty more out there. Be creative and find ways to get the same task done in less time, so you can use it for more profitable or valuable activities. If you still can’t, find ways of multi-tasking and killing two birds with one stone.

Here are examples:

  • Listen to audiobooks and podcasts at double or triple speed.
  • Listen to audiobooks and podcasts while you’re waiting in line.
  • Take a speed reading course to read faster. Warren Buffett said in a Q&A with Bill Gates with students that he probably wasted ten years of his life reading slowly.
  • Decide what you will buy before buying food or clothes so you don’t waste time wandering around when you get there.
  • Master keyboard shortcuts, take a typing class to type faster, and get a DVORAK keyboard (which is proven to let you type much faster).
  • Outsource lawn mowing, cleaning your room, and washing your clothes. If you can make $100 per hour, why are you spending your time on a $15 per hour task? Hire someone else and you have just bought back your time.

Other Useful Resources:

Remember, time is your most important resource because you can never get it back, so it’s important to master it first.

“I can buy anything I want. But I can’t buy time.” –Warren Buffett

Here’s a question for you. Leave your answer in the comments. If you could wave a magic wand and fix one issue related to productivity what would it be? Did this podcast episode help you solve it? If not, how could it be better?

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Day 7 of the “Less Things, More Happiness” Challenge

It is the final day of the “Less Things, More Happiness” challenge. As a recap, the goal of each day of the challenge is to test out practices that will bring you happiness (based on extensive science) and focus on minimalism (not having to spend tons of money to do so).

That’s the beauty of happiness. A lot of what brings it isn’t expensive.

Today, was a day of pondering. I watched this interesting TED Talk by Simon Dabbicco, which you can see below:

It raised some interesting points on possessions (or the lack of them). One of them I had thought a lot about already was the topic of possessions controlling our lives. Even if I go outside and say that I only need water, air, and food to be happy … I go back home to all these possessions that chain me down to that location.

Part of me believes I still need the ironing board, iron, space heater, vacuum cleaner, electronic shaver, and everything else in my room. It is tough to lug all of this stuff around. Those who do fall under the category of what I like to call “mainstream travel.” They almost bring their entire homes with them, go for a short one or two week “vacation” to a commercial tourist location, and then come home.

Arguably, these items do make life easier. But it also means that I am truly not completely free to live a happy life without them. These possessions chain me down from traveling.

I thought about it and I came to the conclusion that I should learn to live without them if needed. If I had the money, I could buy these on my journey when needed. Heat to keep my body warm can be provided in other forms, like a blanket or heating of a hotel room. I can buy shaving essentials if need be.

Dabbicco brings up two interesting points:

  1. Most people fall into the trap of modern life where they buy all these items that they think they need but don’t by working a job they hate. They get chained to their lifestyle.
  2. The best form of travel is one where you spend little or no money to really experience a location. Avoid the tourist trap of eating the same food at the same restaurants you do at home.

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Why We Have Too Much Stuff and What To Do About It

Does this situation sound familiar?

You buy something, maybe it’s a house, because you think it will make you happier. But then, you realize you need accessories for your house: a fancy garage opener, a beautiful garden, and sun-powered lights.

All of a sudden, you are overwhelmed by an infinite amount of products you can buy. You feel you need these to be happier and keep up with your neighbors. It’s a never-ending chase and businesses are more than happy to up-sell you on these to make more money.

You may be able to afford all of this stuff, so you get it. You end up with too much stuff, yet you feel no happier. In fact, you feel worse because these possessions own you rather than the other way around. Too many possessions clutter up your workflow.

A similar phenomenon can happen when it comes to your to-do list. There’s always something more you can do to earn more money, have a higher impact, or get better at a skill.

You may feel like you’re doing so much, but not accomplishing enough.

What if I told you all you need you already have. 

This isn’t a theory. It’s based on years of scientific research. Listen to this podcast for more info:

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As a reminder:

  • Busywork is not the same as results-driven work.
  • Less possessions can lead to more efficiency, beauty, organization, and/or happiness.

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Billionaire productivity hacks

12 Productivity Lessons From Billionaires

There are around 2,000 billionaires in the world.

And by definition, they’re some of the best at time management. They’re bombarded with thousands of emails. They have a thousand things they could do: meet with an employee, schedule a meeting, find a new marketing strategy, work on a product design, etc.

How do they choose what’s most important and still effectively build their wealth to $10,000 per day or more?

It’s not a “myth” that people succeed because they’re more productive.

  • The female billionaire Sheryl Sandberg has stated in her books that she made sure to leave work at 5:30 every day because her children were a priority.
  • Richard Branson has over 400 companies to run but he still has time to kite-surf because he puts his fitness as a priority.
  • President Bush has a million things to do: foreign leaders to call, CIA briefings to read, voters to please, and so on. Yet he was able to still read 95 books in a year: more than most people ever read.
  • Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell Soup, sent 20 handwritten thank you notes a day while running a Fortune 500 company.

I stumbled across a book called 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs.

It has the longest title I’ve seen in a while. And I think it’ll help you uncover some secrets of time management.

Here are the top tips on billionaire productivity tips I know (which I learned from this book and all the other videos and podcasts I consumed):

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