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Four amazing suggestions from the book, ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is having a great week and running laps around those around you! And if you’re not, pick up the pace some. It’ll pay off. And if you are, encourage someone who’s struggling!

Now, with those formalities out of the way, I thought I’d try something a little different with the blog from time to time. (And this beith one of those times!).

As my close friends know, I read a tremendous number of business books and self-help guides. I formed this habit after it proved a necessity back when I stupidly launched a company at the age of 27 and jumped in the deep end of the pool.

I soon found myself drowning from said deep end of the pool and looking for every angle and bit of help I could find.

By far, few things helped me more than reading business books and self-help guides. Clearly, in a perfect world, you should be smoking through about one self-help book every month or two. And as your primary (hopefully favorite) motivator, I should chew your ass some for not doing so! : )  

But I also know we live in the real world. You’ve got kids, obligations, and that one TV show you’re totally addicted to, so you’re probably not cranking thru that one book every other month. And frankly, some of you don’t even enjoy reading, so until Kim Kardashian or your Zombie show starts passing off some great advice, you might not be getting as much mental growth as you should! lol

Thus, this fantabulous (and free) blog post in your email box today. (Remember, you do get what you pay for, so proceed with caution!)

I thought I’d share today four really great ideas from the book, “The 4-Hour Workweek.” (I’m be posting about these books in random order, so don’t go reading into anything about why this one is first.)

The 4-Hour Workweek” is an incredible book that I’ve read probably three or four times. I was recently re-browsing through it — yes, I’m that big of a dork that I re-read my own self-help books; I’m aiming for the clouds, people, cut me some slack — and came across four really key things that stuck out from the book and are definitely worth sharing.

  1. “If everyone is defining a problem or solving it one way and the results are subpar, this is the time to ask, What if I did the opposite? Don’t follow a model that doesn’t work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn’t matter how good a cook you are.”
  2. “Our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.” (This comment was about the point that we usually measure how many hours we work instead of how much we actually accomplish.)
  3. “It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair.” (This is just one of the many tips that hit home for me. I HATE editing, which is probably why this post has several errors. I’ve read book after book on editing, and I’ve gotten better, but I don’t enjoy it. About a year ago, I realized it’s far better to just pay to have the editing done. Some people actually live to edit!)
  4. “Ninety- nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for “realistic” goals, paradoxically making them the most time- and energy- consuming. It is easier to raise $1,000,000 than it is $100,000. It is easier to pick up the one perfect 10 in the bar than the five 8s. Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance to overcome the inevitable trials and tribulations that go along with any goal. The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals.”

These are just four of the really great ideas in the book. I found the book to be a great read and it’s certainly helped me a lot. (Especially if you love to travel, the book has all kinds of ways to find more time to travel.)

I’m not really much of a person who loves to travel, but the book was a real motivator with tons of out-of-the-box ideas on how to get ahead.

And right now the book is only two freakin’ dollars on Amazon Kindle, which you can read on your desktop, so I highly encourage you to take a glance at its description and see if it’s something that interests you further.

Or you can watch your Zombie show and wait for me to share some tips from a new book probably next week. : )

Either way though, you better be running laps around those around you! That’s kind of a requirement for staying subscribed to this crazy site.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

P.S. Anyone else read the book? And if the four points from the book don’t make sense and could use further elaboration, just let me know and I’ll say more about them in the comments.

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and entrepreneur who spent nine years running a weekly newspaper that I started. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

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What makes you enthusiastic about life?

What makes you enthusiastic about life?

It’s an interesting question. And it’s one Author Britt Skrabanek has been asking folks as part of a monthly series she’s been doing.

Last month, Britt asked me to take part and here’s my answer to “What makes you enthusiastic about life?”: The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Stan.

And while you’re there, make sure you check out her books. Britt is a lovely writer and fantastic person! I’d love nothing more than if you bought one of her books (if it interests you), or if they don’t, file them away in your mind and tell a friend that might be interested in them.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

P.S. You should really consider buying this book: The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way. It’s absolutely changed my life for the better.

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Why you shouldn’t be hard on yourself when you fall short of the mark

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

P.S. You should really consider buying this book: The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way. It’s absolutely changed my life for the better.

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Life brought it’s “A game” today… It should’ve brought more.

I’m putting two videos up tonight because I really want to knock the shit out of the world tonight.

See, the world whooped my ass for a good couple of hours today. Matter of fact, hadn’t been whooped like that in a while.

A little quick background. My wife and I spent this weekend working with a contractor (providing some labor to save some dough) fixing a major home repair we’d been procrastinating on for a bit. So, we fixed a couple major leaks, replaced a gutter, put up some new sheetrock, and resealed it all with trim. Lot of work, took better than two days.

And it obviously cost a decent amount of money.

But it felt great afterward. You know how when you do a big project like that, you feel a million times better afterward? You feel relieved. You feel proud. You feel less stressed.

Well, this morning we woke up to the leaks having returned, only worse. So, I spent two hours just about ready to pull my hair out. I was out in the rain on the roof trying to see what had happened. I was in our tiny, cramped attic, hitting my head in the pitch-black dark while waving a tiny flashlight around in an act that basically bordered on complete helplessness. (Why in the world don’t we have a larger flashlight?!)

And, of course, life knew that wasn’t enough, so it brought back a serious dose of pain for a crown I recently had replaced, and decided that for good measure, it would throw in five days of low books sale, which are 1/3 of what they had been.

So, for about two hours, life had me pinned. Life had me thinking, “You know, Stan, you just thought life could be good. That life could be something other than a nearly desperate struggle. We’ll show your ass. You’re weak. You’re nothing special. We’re going to break your ass, get you back working some shitty job, and you’ll be giving up on these insane dreams you’ve been holding onto for too long to recall.”

I’ll give it to life. They brought their A game today. And there I thought I had kicked their ass enough so that they’d leave me the hell alone.

Well, it took a while for me to regroup, but we’ve got two tarps up and the day in the rain reminded me how miserable it is to be soaked. And how I’m so thankful I no longer spend much of my time in such a state. (Huge props and mad respect to all infantry and combat arms warriors out there serving in the rain this very night.)

Tomorrow, we’ll start getting quotes on replacing the roof, and I’ll find time to get by the dentist again. Oh, and I just checked, and it looks like the day ended with a a partial return on my sales and nice book review.

And that leaves just one thing left to do on this beautiful day.

First, a quick message to life. “Listen, you stupid SOB. You think today’s little bit of fun was enough to change my life direction?

“Have you forgotten the months I spent living in a friends basement practically homeless, with no ability to pay myself from my company or even pay any money toward my friends for rent? Have you forgotten the nearly $150k I invested into that dream, against nearly all my friends and family’s wishes? The ‘failure’ of that dream should of broken my spirit. Newsflash: It didn’t.

“Tomorrow, I’m going to write more and work still harder toward my dream.

“Furthermore, I’m going to keep inspiring others. And you know what? You better watch your back because they’re coming after you, too.”

Now for those two videos. Remember my friends. You’re never too old, and there’s never a valid excuse.

Actually, on further thought, I’m still pissed life thought it could take me, so here’s one more video. This one is of a man who set the record for most pull ups in 24 hours. And get this: He’s 54!!! Not 18 or 21 or 30. Fifty. Four. If that doesn’t inspire you, then I’m not sure what else I can say…

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

P.S. You should really consider buying this book: The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way. It’s absolutely changed my life for the better.

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Be Phenomenal

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

P.S. You’re nuts if you don’t buy this book: The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way.

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