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We’re a species of doubters, cynics and self-deprecators – forever searching for that one elusive reason as to why something won’t work, why we shouldn’t do it or why we’re just plain useless.

Animals don’t care. Neither do kids. The concept of embarrassment and failure is alien to these quirky life forms. They tend to exist in the present moment – you know, the only time when stuff actually happens.

Both cats and children will scream at you if they want something. They don’t worry about what we think of them. They will happily steal food from your plate if you turn your back for even a second.

They don’t give a damn. But we do…

We give all the damns.

“Oh, I don’t know if I can do that…”

“What if someone doesn’t agree with me?”

“If only I was different… I’d do something… different…”

Stop it. There’s no need. Here’s why…

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No news is good news! Check out my latest article, where I go through my thoughts, experiences and what I learned from my recent 30 day challenge!
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Do you feel trapped in your job? Did you dread returning to work after the holidays? Is your 9-5 a day in hell?

Maybe your employer is slowly turning you into a chicken... click to find out why.
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1. Putting your own opinion to a fact. Unless you’re 100% certain – it’s not a fact, and you’re probably making it worse.

2. Waiting for something better to come along before you quit the thing you hate. This goes out to all the people stuck in dead end jobs, mismatched relationships and boring social circles. Tomorrow never comes.

3. Not asking someone out because you think they are out of your league. Give them a chance to make that decision, not you.

4. Worrying about the traffic jam making you late for work, getting caught in the downpour without a jacket or forgetting to get back to someone after you made a promise. Shit happens, get over it.

5. Thinking you’re more important than anyone else. You’re not. You’re just as important as everyone else.

6. Blaming other people when shit hits the fan. If it’s your own fault, admit it. If it’s not, then assume the person responsible is fully aware – they don’t need you pointing it out.

7. Forcing your religious beliefs onto another person. Well done – you’re a Christian/Muslim/Buddhist/Atheist/Jedi… whatever, do you want a medal?

How many are you guilty of?

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It’s March and that means many things. But for me, it’s time for another one of my insane and pointless 30 day challenges.

18 months ago I did one of these and I found it incredibly, erm, what’s the word? Oh yes… challenging. If you want to check it out, and the follow up articles such as this, and this, go ahead. I’ll wait here.

But this one is a little different.

Each week this month I will attempt a new challenge. Four of these will last 7 days, and the other will span 30 days (from February 23rd until March 22nd).

The five challenges are as follows;

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It’s not supposed to be like this. The whole point of quitting my job was to give myself the freedom and the time to do all the things I want – without the overburdening pressure and stress of the 9-5.

Oh and the hatred too. Let’s not forget about that.

But two and a half years on, my life doesn’t revolve around the 9-5… it appears as though I’m living in some weird parallel dimension where time stands still, but strangely, seems to pass by a little too quickly – like an ‘all you can eat’ buffet, where you find can find yourself lost in the moment of perpetual pizza scoffing and gross self-negligence – only to suddenly realise you’ve cleared your plate and there’s nothing left to grab.

See, I’m quite good at finding the time. Not that you’d believe me.

The day is full of hidden opportunities – in plain sight, of course. You just have to know where to look.

Several weeks ago I had an epiphany. At least, I think I did. I’m not sure if an epiphany is supposed to be accompanied by an angelic chorus of audible enlightenment and discovery, or merely a ‘ping’ of a light bulb going off (or on?). Sadly, I experienced neither. But nevertheless – the idea was there.

I chose to wake up at 4.30am the following morning. You know – to see what it was like.

Yeh, that didn’t last. But 5am? The extra 30 minutes makes a world of difference. If you have any doubts – try watching an extended cut of any movie, ever; except Lord of the Rings. That’s about 15 hours too long.

I’ve pretty much sustained that wakeup time to this day. I’ve had little deviations here and there when needed. A 6am here – a 5.30am there. But the difference to my life has been amazing.

I generally use those crazy morning hours to play guitar. It’s inspiring when it hits 9am and I’ve already put in 3 to 4 hours of solid practice. This gives me a huge boost and I’m able to spend the next few hours studying for my degree, without feeling that dreaded internal misery like I’m sacrificing something.

My cake is being well and truly devoured.

Then it’s the afternoon, and post workout, it’s time for some extra study/practice before I start teaching.

A jack Bauer inspired day of awesome (and not a ‘dammit’ in sight).

I know you all think I’m insane. But if you’re pushed for time, feel like you’re sacrificing your hobbies and passions or just want to add more to your day – you must give 5am starts a try.

If you still have doubts. Here are 5 great reasons why waking up at 5am will improve your life...

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So who's on the list? Come and find out which personal development bloggers you need to be following in 2015!
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A little something we should all remember!
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Starting your own business is difficult. By the very nature of the term – you have to actually start something, which invariably means you have nothing to begin with. No clients, no products and no profits.

Each day is a new adventure. You have no idea where this story ends. You’re full of hopes and dreams but at the back of your mind are the doubts, insecurities and worse case scenarios which haunt your daily thoughts.

Will I succeed or will I fail?

What could I be doing differently?

What if nobody likes my product?

I think it’s normal to have these feelings. We all go through similar emotions every time we start something new, whatever the situation. Our inner voice never shuts up. It’s the yapping dog from the other side of the garden fence. It’s the buzzing phone when we’re drifting off to sleep.

Its ten thousand spoons, when all you need is a knife…

No wait – that’s from a song.

Anyway, I’m not here to discuss the obvious stuff you’ve probably already picked up from the ‘Start your own business 101’ school of common sense. You know, things like;

Creating a good website and ranking it in Google for the most searched for keywords/phrases
Creating business cards and plastering them wherever you may roam
Developing a brand (logo, theme, clear direction)
Leveraging your friends and family and developing a mini ‘word of mouth’ network
Advertising in the local newspaper and any other publications relevant to your niche.
I’ll safely assume you’ve done all that. Great, fantastic – let’s move on.

I want to share a load of techniques, methods and tactics which I’ve personally used over the last 2 and a half years to drag my guitar tuition business from zero students to where it is today.

Well, It’s in the same place – just with a crap ton of more students.

Some of these may seem a little crafty and a bit underhand.

Some of these may seem a little counter intuitive.

But they are all effective.

So if you’re just starting out, your business is in a bit of a rut or you’re just willing to try something new. Have a read through these 10 methods and see what tickles your fancy…

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Believe it or not, there are many reasons why not earning an income can be beneficial to your life - here are 6 of them...
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