1) Have a goal
Seems obvious, right. If you don't have a goal then you have no reason to be motivated. To stay motivated you have to have a goal, a mission, that you can work towards. Goals can be gigantic or miniscule, it only matters that you have one and that you work towards making it happen. Fuck trying, make it happen.
2) Read motivating works
Every morning I start my day off with a motivating or educational book. It is essential that you can learn something, get pumped up or both. Fiction is for playtime, if you want to read fiction you can read it in bed at night.
Currently I am reading How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis, founder of a UK based publishing empire and altogether rich bastard. I cannot recommend the book enough for readers of BOLD & DETERMINED. No bullshit, take no prisoners, killer attitude. Buy the book, you will like it.
These are my personal must-read books.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – This book completely changed my life and taught me one very important trait you need to be successful – thinking positively.
- Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger – This is the most motivational book I have ever read in my entire life.
- The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco – This is the best business book ever written and is a must read for any entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur.
- The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferris – This book literally changed my life. I thought I was tied to the USA forever, I finished reading this book and immediately bought a plane ticket to Thailand. I haven’t looked back since reading this book.
- How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secretsby Felix Dennis
- Gorilla Mindset – by Mike Cernovich. The ultimate book about changing your mindset to change your life.
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – by Dale Carnegie. This is the best book ever written for learning how to “let go” of negativity and live life.
3) Stay clean
One of the best decisions I have ever made was to shave daily and to get my haircut into a pristine high and tight every two weeks. Every other Thursday morning I'm at the barber ready to cut off my hippie length hair and get clean and mean. Staying clean and well groomed is of utmost importance, important for your own morale and important to inspire confidence in others.
Dirty freaks don't inspire confidence in anyone. You will notice one thing amongst the upper class and the very well off, they are always impeccably groomed. Even if they are just wearing a t-shirt and shorts, they look clean. Poor people cannot look clean no matter how hard they try. The simple act of putting on a suit does not make you look clean, even the simple act of bathing does not make you look clean. A dirty person always looks like a dirtbag, even with a suit and tie on.
Staying clean and groomed doesn't require 18 different soaps or specialty shampoos and conditioners, it simply requires you take care of your body the way in which you should. Daily bathing of course, clean, form fitting and stylish clothes, hair trimmed (especially the hair on the back of the neck), face trimmed (if you can grow a full beard, great, but if you grow spotty facial hair then you should always be shaved). On the poor class facial hair only seems to grow into a mustache and goatee.
There are no winners who look like losers. You can stand next to a winner and know it instantly, you can know it by their dress, by their cleanliness and by their demeanor. Dressing like a winner is a must. Every time I say “Dress like a winner” I always get a flurry of responses and excuses about why you shouldn't dress like a winner, or that the weather is too hot to dress like a winner.
Winners are winners on the inside and the outside, and their style of dress will confirm it. You should never wear dirty clothes, you should never wear ill-fitting clothes, and you should never wear cheaply produced clothes. It's certainly ok to pay a steep discount (I do) but for quality clothing, you shouldn't pay a cheap price for cheap clothes.
Since it is the dead of summer right now I'm going to let you in on my little secret – it's too hot to wear a suit and tie, every day I wear single color V-neck t-shirts made out of Peruvian Pima cotton. These shirts are so comfortable that any time I put on another t-shirt it feels like it's made out of cactus. Not only are they comfortable but they look phenomenal (they aren't made for peasants) and they can be purchased at a very reasonable price. Check your local upscale shopping mall for Pima cotton t shirts and then wait for a sale and buy in bulk.
Note: The only people who can look good in t-shirts, and especially v-neck t-shirts, are men who have a good build. If you're a skinny guy or a fat guy you need to hit the gym before you worry about an upgrade in clothing.
I can't say this enough: The way you dress matters more than most will ever imagine. If you don't believe me, if you're one of those deluded guys who thinks clothes don't make the man, then go ahead and put on a dress and tell me clothes don't matter. I saw a fat slob yesterday that made me sick.
The fella had a nasty beard, the fella had greasy gelled hair (and was balding), he was wearing gigantic khaki shorts with army pockets, he was wearing a gigantic cotton t-shirt, he was wearing some basketball shoes that a white man should never wear and he was wearing dirty white socks that poked up an inch above his shoes.
He looked like complete shit and I'm sure he felt like complete shit because he kept his hands in his pockets the whole time. If that fella would take a bath, shave his dirty face, put on a form fitting suit, wear nice shoes and lose 50 lbs he would feel like a million bucks. He would be a brand new man and he would probably for the first time in his entire life get stares from cute girlies.
Gentlemen, when I walk into a grocery store I get smiles, stares and blushes from the girls. If that doesn't happen to you then you should fix that problem.
5) Drink Coffee
Coffee is probably the worlds greatest drug. There's a reason all those fruity types are obsessed with Starbucks, and that reason is this – coffee works. Coffee wakes you up, coffee helps you focus, and coffee keeps you alert. Coffee is a minor nootropic and it's the most easily available nootropic in the world. Buy it, drink it.
Wealth is a mindset. Poor dirtbags are always going to be poor because they have a poor, dumb mindset. Ask any dirtbag how to get rich and they will say one of two things: Win the lottery or win a lawsuit.
Making money is just a game, when you take it super seriously and become frightened of it you will never make any of it. You'll go to your job and get paid exactly what you're worth – pennies. The difference between the owner and the manager of a company is that the manager is scared and the owner pushed through his fear of failure and is reaping the rewards.
The manager works hard to put money in the pocket of the owner. Thanks, manager! It doesn't take a genius to make money, it takes determination and drive and a refusal to listen to the whiners, losers and complainers who give you reasons why it can't be done and why it will fail.
Saying “if only this”, or “if only that”, or “when this happens blah blah” is a copout and a bullshit excuse. Nothing is ever going to happen for you until you GET THE FUCK UP AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.
7) Use Smart Drugs
One thing that separates winner from losers is energy. The rich have a boundless energy and drive. They work 16 hours a day, party all night, sleep 4 hours and then do it all again. Well, if you do not have boundless energy there is a way to get it and that way is called SMART DRUGS.
Aiming to be average is a great way to be average. Aiming for higher is a great way to become superior. It's all in the mind. What you aspire to is what you become. Of course it takes action along with your aspiration, but hear this: You are going to take action no matter what.
Most people will take action to be a faceless nobody who makes 50k a year working some shit job with “benefits” and two weeks vacation per year and one week sick leave per year, takes orders from some useless manager or some fat hog in HR and then dies a nobody.
“I'm not greedy, I just want…“. Fuck your “just”. If you “just” want an average life you will get it. Winners don't “just” want anything. Winners demand a taller order than that. And they'll get it, too. We all get what we want.
If you just want an average life that's what you'll get. But look around at the average Joe and Jane, their lives are as enviable as AIDS. I'd sooner eat a bullet than aspire to be average. Aim for more, aim to become above average. Aim for the stars. Maybe you only reach the moon, but you'll be far above the rest of the faceless average Joe's still stuck on Earth.
9) Howl like a Wolf
This is another one my of little secrets. It's impossible to feel sad or feel depressed or feel lethargic after you howl like a Wolf. That's a scientific fact. Do it right now and you are guaranteed to feel like a king and you are guaranteed at least 5 minutes of boundless positive energy. Do it now.