The 1 skill you need to be a top performer

I know this because in addition to my 12+ years of research, experience has taught me that in situations when I confronted my fears and took action, the outcome was extremely positive. Whether it was in school, networking, entrepreneurship or asking a girl out, even if the result was a "failure," that led to knowledge or experience that made me successful later on.

Can you think of some your defining moments? Most likely, you had to overcome fear to take action.

Why I stopped saying "someday"

If I didn't have my wake up call in December 2014 when I didn't get promoted, someday might still be someday. After I didn't get promoted, I knew it was time to turn someday into a deadline. In August 2015, I made the jump to do what I love full time.

How to eat better without sacrificing the foods you love

Fortunately, this is a resolution I don't have to worry about anymore.

I'll tell you how I eat pizza, burgers, and chicken sandwiches, drink 2-3 nights per week, and still get made fun of for how good of shape I'm in by my family and friends.But first, why do so many people fail to eat better?

They feel restricted.

How Vikings WR Adam Thielen got his Dream Job

Thielen was only recruited from high school to play football by one college: Minnesota State- Mankato. A Division II school that landed him on exactly nobody's radar for the NFL when he graduated.

The stats for Division II players in the NFL draft? In 2016, 3 out of 256 (~1%) were Division II.

So of the 1.5% that make it to the NFL, roughly 1% of those are Division II players.

Which loosely means there was a 99.99% chance that Adam wouldn't make it to the NFL, where the average lifespan is 3 years.

Let alone start and become an elite receiver, now playing in his 5th year.

How to break into a new industry, regardless of experience

We were featured on Breaking Into Startups FB Live Interview Series to talk about how to break into new industries, leaving before you're ready and how to overcome the obstacles we face as young professionals.

Click on the image above to watch the video.

Breaking Into Startups helps professionals break into the tech industry regardless of their current skillset or previous experience. These guys are on a mission to help aspiring professionals meet the high demand of lucrative and fulfilling jobs in the tech industry.

Really enjoyed this interview!

Disrupt the Cycle

If work and life feel separate, if you get substantially more excited for life outside of work, it's time to make a change.

Click here to sign up for our free 7-Day Email Challenge. 7 barriers holding you back from your ultimate life, 7 emails on how to overcome each one.

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The Power of a Flexible Schedule

How often does one of your projects take way longer than it should? Have you ever told yourself, "if I just had x amount of uninterrupted time, I could get this done in no time!"

I've been there. When I was in the corporate world, my time was constantly compressed by meetings, client visits, quick deadlines and surprise projects. Now, my flexible schedule is one of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur.

Not only is it amazing because you can work and not work when you want (I've taken 26 trips in the last 2 years), it's also unbelievable for productivity

What an incredible opportunity we have in 2017

If I told you that you have 61 days to dramatically improve your life, what could you accomplish? A new job? A new hobby? Huge progress in your side business? A new relationship? If you want 2018 to be a different year, give yourself a running start by taking advantage of the next 61 days.

And yes, you can still relax and enjoy the fruits of the season.

Why set goals if we're just going to die anyway?

Right before we were about to dive into the next exercise, one of the girls raised their hands. In a very somber tone, she asked, "Why should we set goals if we're all just going to die anyway?"

I imagine how we felt was similar to how a standup comedian feels after getting heckled on-stage...

Is Entrepreneurship Is Worth It? Our Thoughts After 2 Years

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Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

This month, we passed the two-year mark since we left our jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs.

What a journey.

There have been a lot of unexpected challenges and obstacles. A lot.

Countless failures. Financial instability. Emotional stress. Just to name a few.

At times, we've questioned whether or not we made the right decision. Because in terms of volume, there have been way more challenges and obstacles than successes.

But sprinkled in throughout the journey, we get reminded of the four reasons we wanted to become entrepreneurs in the first place.

They make us more sure than ever that we're doing what we were meant to do.

That it's all worth it.

1. Impact

When you get emails like this...

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2. Flexibility

When your office looked like this last week, you worked 2-3 hours per day, then spent the rest of your time relaxing with family...

3. Passion

When you:

  • Wake up with the same excitement 7 days per week
  • Experience no Sunday Scaries, or let down coming back from vacation
  • Have fully integrated work and life

4. Upside

When you just re-sign two of your largest clients, get rewarded accordingly, and have built an engine for unlimited financial upside and impact on the lives of others...

...it becomes hard to question your decision.

Conclusion

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." -Arthur Ashe

This is our ultimate life. Are you living yours?

If not, why not?

Life is short. Don't wait anymore.

Take one step towards your ultimate life today.

Disrupt The Cycle

If work and life feel separate, if you get substantially more excited for life outside of work, it's time to make a change.

Click here to sign up for our free 7-Day Email Challenge. 7 barriers holding you back from your ultimate life, 7 emails on how to overcome each one.

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Our Journey from Finance To Freedom, How to Start Your Side Hustle, and Why You Should Fully Integrate Work and Life

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"If there is something that's not right about your career or your life, think hard about the cost of inaction and how much it's costing you to leave the status quo unchanged."

We were recently featured on the Zero To CEO Podcast with Austin Belcak (click on the play button above to listen) to talk about our journey into entrepreneurship, how to start your side hustle, and the why your work and life should be fully integrated. The intro from Austin is below:

Today on the ZTC podcast, I've got Matthew & Joseph Moheban from Live220.

Matthew & Joseph started out their professional lives following the "traditional script." Go to college, major in business, get a job in finance, and climb the ladder.

After three grueling years in the finance world, they decided it was time to re-write their script and live life on their own terms. Now they help coach students and young professionals on how to follow their passions and live their ultimate life.


Austin is the founder of Cultivated Culture, a company that helps young professionals accelerate their career by increasing their salaries, gaining unique experience to jump the corporate ladder, or finding and landing their dream job.

Austin's content is unique, practical, and easy to implement. I've taken a lot away from his regular emails and posts, and highly recommend checking out his site and resources.

For example, his comprehensive guide on crafting a resume is the best I've seen because it's about more than just making it look and sound good. It's designed to help your resume stand out from the masses, demonstrate your unique value to your dream company, and develop strong relationships in a short amount of time with your interviewers.

Disrupt The Cycle

If work and life feel separate, if you get substantially more excited for life outside of work, it's time to make a change.

Click here to sign up for our free 7-Day Email Challenge. 7 barriers holding you back from your ultimate life, 7 emails on how to overcome each one.

Sign up here.

Preview: The 7 Obstacles Keeping You From Your Ultimate Life

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos uses a decision-making framework called Regret Minimization, which forces you to make decisions based on which option, when you’re sitting in your rocking chair at 80 years old and look back, will cause you the least amount of regret.

Interview with Great Minds on Entrepreneurship, Leaving Corporate America, and Claiming Your Ultimate Life

We recently had the opportunity to be featured on Great Minds' Set The Tone Sunday interview series. We focused on our journey from the corporate world into entrepreneurship, the obstacles we faced, and our advice to others who are thinking about making a big change in their life.

3 Life-Changing Lessons from Jordan Spieth's Open Championship Win

When Jordan Spieth began his final round on Sunday, he did not expect to play poorly. But that's exactly what happened.

He could have panicked. He could have started blaming something or someone else. He could have stayed really down on himself. Most of us would have.

Instead of telling himself a story of sorrow and disappointment, Spieth told himself a story of opportunity and resilience.

And it worked.

The Mentality That Could Solve Every Problem In The World

"You shouldn't give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don't care at all." -Marcus Aurelius

Alternatively, in these situations you can ask yourself:

What would a lion do?

I'll tell you what they don't to: they don't blame external circumstances for their problems. They do something about it.

  • If a lion outside the pride challenges the pride leader, he either fights them off or he's removed from his pride.
  • If three lions challenge him in the same week, he doesn't complain about his luck or the sun being in his eyes. He fights off three lions.
  • When it's time to eat, lions have to go find food, so they hunt.
  • What if they can't find food? They keep looking.

But most young professionals don't think like a lion.

Seize Your Ultimate Life By Asking These 5 Questions

4. What can I do today to move closer to my ultimate life?

Ask yourself this question today. Then do that one thing.

Then, ask yourself the same question tomorrow, and do that one thing.

Then do it the next day. Then every day after that.

Consistent small wins lead to powerful results. If we can build a 6-figure business in a year by taking daily action, so can you.

"Don't let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started." Marilu Henner

Set "Unrealistic" Goals, Transform Your Life

How many young professionals are looking their second/third/sixth job, or chasing the next promotion and salary increase, or going to grad school to delay decisions on which path to pursue?

On the other hand, how many young professionals are currently at their dream job, aggressively exploring their curiosity, pursuing their creative interests, or running their own side/full-time business?

There's less competition for Unrealistic Goals.

3 Money Concepts Helped Me Give Up a 6-Figure Income at 25

This isn’t an article to persuade you that money doesn’t matter. What I am saying is that money is only one part of a much bigger formula, but most of us forget about this or just plain underestimate the control we have over our lives.

As a result, we substantially overvalue money.

I have friends, and maybe you do too, that are making $200,000+ per year and are miserable. It’s not just about the money.

I was able to escape the rat race, and am living my 20’s on my terms because I significantly reduced the value I was placing on money.

What I realized was that all money is not equal.

10 Ways to Get More Free Time Every Week, Part II

Free time is most often misused because the payoff of using this time to be productive towards your ultimate goals does not outweigh the near-term satisfaction of relaxing or getting routine tasks accomplished.

This means you're either setting ultimate goals with too low of a payoff, or you don't actually believe you could accomplish these goals.

I'm here to tell you that 80% of the battle is actually believing you can, and the other 20% is taking action. That's it. If you're committed, the rest will take care of itself.