Category: Motivation Series

Happy New Year! Its’ That Time to Reflect!

2016 was an amazing year and saw the launch of this new platform revolutionizing the way we search for freelancers. All work aside, it’s about 9pm EST, NYE and I’m sitting here wondering What Can I Do To Make 2017 Better?

First I started looking back on 2016. What did I do in 16′ that I can do better in 17′? I realized my accomplishments are made up of 2 things 1) Milestones I Achieved but also 2) What I Have Contributed. People want to be remembered long after they pass; whether on a global scale or within their community. When they same my name, what will they remember? I helped launch a business, got married, traveled the world, worked out more, made new friends, sold a ton of stuff, reached career goals. That’s all good, but What Have I Contributed? I helped homeless people find comfort in a time of need, helped champion athletes achieve their dreams, helped a lost soul find direction, I… and then I hit a road block.

I need to contribute more. 

That sort of hit a nerve. So I have some sort of direction for 2017. How do I act up on it? I was in a spin class this morning (for the first time since college…ouch) and heard an inspiring speech:

“Don’t make a resolution for one day. Wake up each day with conviction. 365 days, wake up every day, go out there and execute. Set goals and crush those goals”

In 2017, my goal is to Contribute More. And by that I don’t mean financially & materialistically. I will teach people what I know. I will share my experiences and help people learn from them. I will learn how to manage my time better and by doing so, I will donate spare time to those in need. I will share an infectious smile with everyone I meet. And most importantly, I will leave a lasting impression.

I want to leave you with one last quote from the inspiring Tony Robbins:

“Life is really about creating meaning. And meaning does not come from what you get, it comes from what you give. Ultimately it’s not what you get that will make you happy long term, but rather who you become and what you contribute will.”

Happy New Year & Cheers to 2017!


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Define Your Own Success

It’s been a while since I have sat down to write. No excuses, but the last few months have been a whirlwind of an adventure and I am actually getting married this weekend! Because of that, I have found myself reflecting on where life’s journey has taken me so far.

I know it probably seems silly to think about, but I keep contemplating what it really means to be successful. When do you know you’ve made it? A little while back I wrote a piece called “Visualize Success.” In that I taught you how to use the power of positive thinking. We also looked at goal setting in Part 2 of the Motivation Series. Putting it all together, how do you define success?

Success should not be predetermined.

Success is what’s important to you.

Success can mean many different things to many different people. Plant your own flag in the ground and tell yourself what is important in your life and makes you happy. Is it a salary that pays for college? Or a 100 million dollar valuation? Only from there can you determine the necessary steps to get to there. Hone in the process and that is when you will know you’re on the path to success. An extra bonus is when you can wake up every morning and be excited to take that journey. To work hard, but towards something that really matters to you.

If you don’t take the time to find the right process, you could be working towards a dead end. If you’re not ready for growth, how do you get to 100 million dollars? If you fail to study for school, why did you waste all that money on your education? Have a plan to execute. Don’t work to fail.

No matter what, you are successful when you have attempted something and achieved a result. That means you took a risk, a gamble, a chance. And this doesn’t always mean a favorable result. You can be successful learning from your failures. I think that says a lot about your character. You are willing to try something different to get to your goal.

So when you wake up tomorrow, go set that flag and work towards it. When you get there, let us know. We’ll be next to our flag too.

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To The Graduating Class of 2016

Senior year was the greatest. High School and College. It didn’t matter what the past was because I always had a new world ahead of me. To this day, I look back and tell myself how surreal it is because we have come so far in 10 years. So sitting in my shoes now, what would I tell the graduating class of 2016?

1. Soak It All In

Sorry guys, I hate to say it but it doesn’t get any easier! Take in all that you can. Enjoy the time with your friends, see the sights & learn a little more. Get the full experience and appreciate all it has to offer. Like I said, graduating was moving on to a new life. You have the opportunity to reinvent yourself, try new things and see life in a new light.

I really never have any regrets. I made life long friends going to college where I did. I found my future wife going about life the way I did. And enjoyed every waking moment of it. The only times I look back on are the good times. Hard work comes with the fun, but if you make it all enjoyable, you’ll have some great memories.

2. Try All the Flavors

It’s a great time to try new things, take a new perspective on life and make changes. Fail to the greatest extent, because you still have time to get back on your feet. Take a leap of faith on something you believe in.

I tried the 9-5, I tried being locked up in a cubicle all day, so I can truly say it wasn’t for me. I worked the corporate life, it just wasn’t my passion. Without actually going for it, you can’t claim something isn’t what it is. You can’t ever say you won’t make it doing this, doing that.

I will never forget having a conversation back in college saying, “ I will never go into sales.” Look at where I am now? But this was before truly experiencing all that this life has to give. And when the opportunity arose, I dove right in. While it’s not the easiest job, I have the most fun doing what I love.

I think I’m ok at it too…

3. Give in To the Yes

Say Yes. Say Yes. Say Yes.

This is the time, take chances and take that leap of faith. Go to the social scene, get out and network. This is the ultimate key to your success. I didn’t get where I am with my tail between my legs. Sometimes your perseverance will lead to opportunities where you have to just say “Yes.” I have seen so many lost moments where people didn’t say yes. And it’s tough; I get it. There are so many different opportunities to act upon, but remember, it’s ok to give in and try something different. Go ahead and say “Yes.” I love this quote from Richard Branson:

 “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”

Don’t EVER be in that position where you ask yourself, “Why Didn’t I Say Yes?”

 4. Make Sure You Work Hard

This is basic, sure, but I hear this all the time:

“Your generation is all about, give me. Not let me work for it.”

Well, I couldn’t agree more. I won’t hide from it. I didn’t come up from the slums. My parents weren’t below the poverty line and I definitely didn’t’ live in a rough neighborhood. But my greatest character trait, and anyone can tell you this, is I work hard. I put in the extra effort and I absolutely, 110% hate to fail. I don’t care if it’s in the gym, out on the rink, making sales calls, baking a cake; I hate to fail. I will do everything to get ahead of the game, but even when I do fail, it won’t be from a lack of trying.

Put in some long hours; you’re young. Take an extra passion class; it’ll make you feel better about everything else. Squeeze in some extra work! I know, my last post was about taking time off, but don’t confuse long hours with hard work. Soak it all in around you when you have the opportunity. I travel long hours and spend a lot of time away from home, but when I am home, I spend all the time I can with family and friends. But when it’s time to work, it’s all or nothing.

Your education never ends. No one ever stops learning and if you think you know it all, then you have failed yourself. Soak it all in, try everything you can, say yes and make sure you work hard.

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Dead End At Work? Take A Step Back & ReGroup

Part 5: Take a Step Back

We have an ongoing epidemic. Especially this generation.

The world is always connected, 24/7, 365. With the Internet and social media explosion, everyone there is so much to intake. We are overloaded with information! Same goes for the work that never ends. Emails come in around the clock, text messages never stop.

I think the best and most successful individuals know how to unplug and step away from it all. They don’t get burned out and bored by work. They always show up in the morning, buzzing with new ideas. They are constantly motivated to go, go, go and I know you are always jealous of their enthusiasm!

Step 1: You Don’t Have To Work a 14hr Day!

Voila! Working too hard makes for more work later on. As you work longer hours, you tend to make mistakes, rush through simple tasks and simply begin to neglect. There is a phenomenon called “ego depletion.” Making choices costs energy and the harder the choice, the more ego gets used up. As we’ve said before, Make a List, organize your day with the hardest choices first thing in the morning when your ego is full. Work yourself down to lunch time, then start over again after you have refueled. By the end of the day, you are left with the menial tasks that won’t require much. By doing all this, you will find that the harder choices don’t take up as much time as you think and by mid afternoon you may be twiddling your thumbs! Sorry to all the head honchos out there 🙂

Step 2: Turn it All Off

Turn the email notifications off on the weekends. Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table. Remove yourself from the inhumane grind that society forces you in to. There is time to work, there is also time for family and friends. While I understand we are all guilty of it, there comes a time to create separation from work and home. Don’t burn yourself out by constantly replying to emails or writing creative briefs. What’s the point at 11pm? Unless you are collaborating with someone overseas, nothing is that important. It can wait until morning. Research has proven time and time again that a full night of rest is not only recharges you mentally, but does wonders for your health. It helps prevent depression, obesity, lowers stress and helps spur creativity!

So when all is said and done, that last text you sent could’ve waited until your daughter was done walking across the stage. The phone call to your client was not more important than dinner with your wife. And you definitely don’t need to be the last one out of the office!

Take a step back, re-prioritize, regroup and you will find yourself ready to go!

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Realizing Your Full Potential

Realizing Your Full Potential

“You only ever function at 40% capacity”

 This is a hard fact to grasp. I always told myself that I’m giving it my all. Leaving it all out on the rink as they say. Little did I know, there is always more in the tank…

I found the above while reading articles on the Navy Seals. Let me tell you, these guys are tough! Imagine the hardest thing you have ever done. Got it? Now multiply that by 1000! Seals are put through the ringer. They face some of the toughest mental and physical tasks known to man. How do they push through it? They are taught that you are capable of more; that there is another 60% that you have yet to tap into.

On top of helping write blog posts for a startup, I work a traveling sales job and coach youth hockey. Needless to say, it was hard to put time aside for my own personal life! I remember sitting in the office one day and telling myself, “I am exhausted, I can’t do this & there is not enough time in the day.” I would test the limits of my sanity more than once before realizing my potential. But it hit me that I was capable of more. Simply by reorganizing the way I did things, I was able to reach a higher potential.

There is a lot you can do to push the limits. If you have read previous blog posts in the Motivation Series, you know there many different ways you can prioritize your day and organize better to get more out of your day. By then you should be adding more efficiency to the time you spend working.

• Don’t Multi-task, focus on 1 objective until it is complete

• Make a list and keep track of tasks

• Visualize your success

OK, we have all that down, but what else is part of that extra 60%? There is a physical capacity and a mental capacity. Without both, you are useless. What you can prepare yourself for mentally will get you there physically. Doesn’t matter if it is work related, sports related, family related. It starts by training your brain to tell yourself, YES. I CAN DO IT.

Here is an easy example:

Go do some pushups. Mentally, you know your limit; say 20. But tell yourself over and over 24 is no problem. When you hit 20, tell yourself you will do 4 more. Did you know you just upped your push up capacity by 20%? Physically you got there by telling yourself that 4 more is no problem.

What a wonder 20% more capacity is in life. So much more can be accomplished in 20% more time, with 20% great efficiency! It takes training and you won’t achieve full potential instantly. Another mental battle, yes but it’s possible; you just have to tell yourself to do it. Sometimes it takes pushing yourself to the limit before finding out you can handle more. Test yourself and see what you can really achieve.

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Part 5 – Why I Talk To Everyone

Part 5: Why I Talk to Everyone

I got into sales at a very young age. Many people gave me advice, but there was one that stood out. I was at my first sales meeting when I noticed what one of the other reps was doing. He would say hi to every single person who he walked past. Housekeeping, strangers, valet, waiter, pool boy, it didn’t matter. He said hi to everyone. And sure enough, by the end of the trip, he knew everyone. He gave me one piece of advice before we split:

“You can’t be silent. Acknowledge everyone, be kind to all. You never know who is who.”

This actually resonated with me quite a bit. I was never the quiet one, but wouldn’t ever be the first one to initiate conversation. Now I talk to everyone and like I said, you never know who you will meet. I have talked to CEOs, influential business marketers, bloggers all the like. These are people you want to know and by some small chance you are connected to them by a simple “hello.”

I’ll give you an quick example. I was flying back from Orlando, 6 hour flight packed with kids. I looked at the guy next to me, we both sighed and put on head phones. Screaming kids just didn’t cut it! Well, I started flipping through a book and sure enough he had read the same book so we started chatting. Very quickly I found out he had been an executive at Target, 99 Cent Stores and now working in naval warfare. He gave us some inspiring tips on MyClyq and how our model could really thrive in such a competitive marketplace. An outside exec with so much experience is validating our work! This really got me going! And it didn’t take much. Just the art of conversation.

With how ingrained technology has become in our lives, conversation is lost. Kids don’t all come out of college with great interpersonal skills. I’m writing this sitting on a full Amtrak train and there are too many people who just sit down, headphones blaring. That person sitting next to you could be a Johnny Depp in costume, but you’ll never know…

Did you say hi to the person next to you? Did you strike an engaging conversation? Or did you put your head down and turn away?

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Part 4 – Take Risks. Lose to Learn

Part 4: Take Risks. Lose to Learn

“You win, even if you lose.”

I think this speaks to every athlete out there, but everyone and anyone who has had anything to do with some form of “business.” A good loss is more important than winning all the time.

I have coached youth hockey for 10 years of my short life…so far. You can ask any of the kids I have coached, many who are destined for D1 Colleges and Pro levels, they can remember the tough losses more than they can recall the hundreds of times they may have won.

In starting this business, my partner and I have encountered many ups and downs, with many unforeseeable speed bumps to go. But thus is life. There is nothing worse than going through life unscathed only to get in a major accident late in life; not knowing how to rise from the ashes.

A good defeat makes you realize you are human. It teaches you how to rise up, improve and be a better person, a better athlete, a better business. I challenge…actually I command you to challenge us and help us improve as a site. Leave feedback, good or bad, ask questions and we will respond.

This is how I approach life everyday. Do things that are questionable and invoke risk. Don’t sit back and be comfortable, because soon you will be faced with a challenge you will not be able to overcome. If you can fall down and get up stronger every time, you know you will have accomplished more than someone who fell down once and crumbled.

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Visualize Success

Part 3 – Visualize Success

Part 3: Visualize Success

Motivation Monday: A Quick Read…There is a good quote in a book I am reading that says:

“While positive thinking doesn’t always work, negative thinking, unfortunately almost always does”
-Mind Gym

For those who haven’t read this book, go pick up Mind Gym by Gary Mack. All of us are athletes on the inside and this book teaches you how to prepare yourself mentally for all and anything that could come at you.

Many people underestimate the power of positive thinking. If you ask the best athletes, they all visualize their success. Whether it is the pitches that will be thrown, the speed of the game or the curves in the track, they all prepare mentally. If you are a business professional, you should be visualizing your sales pitch, thinking about the questions that could be thrown at you and visualizing the success you will have when the pitch is over; this will make you ready for the real deal.

Negativity and doubt can cast a shadow on an otherwise sunny day. The strong ones learn how to block that out and use positivity to break through. Next time you are feeling down or had a bad day here is a quick exercise:

• Take a second to sit down and visualize what a perfect day would entail. Go through every detail, who is there, what is going on, what’s the weather like?

• Then think of the happiest moment you’ve had in your life so far; an engagement, children, graduation, etc.

• Now pause, take 10 seconds to let it all sink in.

I’d bet $100 right now you are feeling a little bit better. I’d also bet $50 that you didn’t know you just meditated. ☺

• Now you must take the same steps to visualize what you are trying to succeed in. Your ball game this weekend, the presentation at work, the startup you’re launch and life in general. Visualize how you define success and never let that thought go.

The power of positive thinking allows you to visualize success. The more you think about it, the more inclined you are to do something about it.

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Part 2 – Make a List, Check it Off

“There’s not enough time in the day to do all this!”

You can’t tell me you’ve never heard that line before. The truth is, there is plenty of time. An average person is awake for 13-17 hours. Take away 20 minutes in the shower, an hour eating, 40 minutes on Facebook and you still have 11-15 hours to do everything. The difference between getting it done or not, is your list.

Phase 1

Try it tomorrow: write a list of everything you need to accomplish, whether it’s at work or at home. Everything from groceries to those damn TPS reports, the more you know the better.

And I mean physically write it, in a notebook, on a post it, whatever. You don’t realize it, but mentally it has more meaning to you when you write it down instead of using your phone.

*I always carry a notebook on me for notes, to do lists, observations; it’s very handy

Don’t bother prioritizing it; just take the day to run through that list. At the end of the day, check how many things you missed. Or did you complete it all? Why did you run out of time? Was a curve ball throw at you? All questions you need to ask yourself.

Repeat for a week and you’ll start to see your efficiency rise. All these tasks are now in your face and not stuck in your head. You are forced to get the job done.

Phase 2

After a few weeks, you should see the importance of the list. Whiteboards make for great lists and here is where you can begin to prioritize and help you and your colleagues get more accomplished. Phase 2 involves long-term goals.

Can you guess what you should be doing? That’s right; create your list of long-term goals. What do you want to accomplish in a year, 15 years? Where do you see yourself? This is a cool project and if you don’t have the money, using a piece of paper will work

-I took a cork board and divided it into 3 sections

1 Year | 5 Years | 15 Years

-Using note cards, I began to write goals down and would pin them where appropriate

“Make 6 figures”                     “Get Married”                          “Buy a House”

“Run a startup”                       “Learn how to write a blog”

Put this project somewhere where other people can see it too: on a fridge, in the living room, next to your keys, etc. As silly as it may seem, your peers are motivating factors. They can help you reach those goals. And if they just make fun of you, they’re not worthwhile friends any ways. Use them to your advantage!

So there you have it. Phase 1: Day to Day, Phase 2: Long Term. Let me know how you are doing with your lists. Feel free to discuss with your peers below how lists are helping you!


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