How to Set Goals for 2014

by Scott

This post will teach you how to create goals for this upcoming year that won’t leave you empty when you achieve them.

This actually happens a lot because “goal lists” are rarely accountable to all areas of our lives that are important to us.

If you have a bunch of goals that are solely focused on one area of your life (cough work), you’ll probably end up feeling unhappy even if you crush them.

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Below is a methodology you can use to set goals for 2014 that are holistically ambitious. It relies heavily on a 400 year old Buddhist tool called the Bhavacakra or “Wheel of Life.”

You can use this framework precisely as outlined like I did last year or simply as a …
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2013 Goals Report Card and Reflection

by Scott

At the end of last year, I wrote out everything I wanted to achieve in 2013.

Here’s how I finished up as well as some breakthrough realizations I had this year.

Goals Completed

Pay off student loans
Steady side income of over 2k a month that takes less than 4 hours of work to maintain
Reach 1,000 blog subscribers
Guest blog for 6 reputable blogs
Create and market a digital product
Travel to 2 new countries (China, Peru, Chile, Netherlands, Brazil)
Start an interview series
Drinking 1 less day per month
Create an LLC to write off expenses
Create an event that people love (New York Personal Development Meetup)
Redesign my blog
Go to China to visit one of my best friends while he’s there
Take 2 weekend trips with friends (Jackson Hole, Montauk …
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The Least Talked About Enemy of Personal Growth

by Scott

Four months ago I committed to completely cutting lying out of my life.

The positive results from this change have been shocking and hopefully serve as a potent motivator to consider doing the same in your own life.

In the process of striving for 100% honesty at all times, I’ve realized that:

a) I used to tell told lots of baby lies.

b) Lying is one of the most crippling things to your personal growth.

Below I want to explain how lying, even in the most minuscule forms, is hindering you from becoming the most virtuous, courageous, happy member of society that you can be…

But first, have you ever heard someone say this?

 “Honesty Is Very Important to Me”

If you …
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Behind the Scenes of My Tim Ferriss Mentorship Application

by Scott

It was 2am and my heart was racing uncontrollably. So many ideas. So much excitement about prospects for the future…

This is it. This is what I want for my life.

I’m not sure I remember any restless night as vividly as the one following the first time I picked up The 4 Hour Work Week.

Maybe it’s because that night marked the beginning of my romance with entrepreneurship and prompted me to quit my cushy job in Chicago to go work for lunch receipts at a tech startup in NYC.

This why I regularly bear hug my 4HWW book at least.

When Tim Ferriss mentioned he was offering a week long mentorship for someone to work with him and Noah Kagan, another guy I look up to, …
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A Step by Step Guide to Pre-selling With Carl Mattiola

by Scott

Most people who try to start a business begin building something before getting a dime from a single customer…

“Que triste” as my Brazilian friends would say!

Today I’m pumped to chat with Carl Mattiola, founder of ClinicMetrics, about pre-selling and the exact steps he used to get paying customers before he built any software.

In this interview you’ll learn:

The process he used to go from no idea to settling on building clinic metrics [3:42]
Which prospects to start with when you’re ready to pre-sell [10:03]
The logistics of his first pitch and what happened immediately after [20:39]
The power of “price anchoring” and how to utilize it in pre-sales [26:29]
Common objections he received in his pre-sales process and how to overcome them [31:58]
Tactics to de-risk …
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Cracking the Code to Behavior Change

by Scott

WARNING: This is not a post about tactical information to improve your effectiveness like many of my others…

This is a brutally honest account of the parts of my life that I was unhappy with that were the driving forces for my relocation to Rio De Janeiro.

I want to share these truths and a transparent self-reflection after living here a month to inspire others, catalyze self-awareness, and reveal the fire-seeds of a proven approach to behavior change.

This is long post. It bleeds truth and many people will likely disagree with it because it challenges conventional views. I’m fine with that.

It will likely take you 10 minutes to read, but I think there are people that will read this and see truth …
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The Most Undervalued Skill to Become More Persuasive

by Scott

In this post I want to highlight one skill that can help you become more more persuasive in life and business.

This skill has been pigeon-holed within one business discipline which has prevented throngs of people from accessing its power that could be taking advantage of it.

But first I want to ask you a simple question…

What is the difference between the two items pictured below?

If you’re having trouble seeing, the first photo is a cold email asking for a partnership I grabbed from google. The second photo is a pamphlet asking me to sign up for a credit card.

…wheels turning…pinky and the brain style…

Though these two items pictured may seem very different, their high level …
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