An investment in Knowledge Always Pays The Best Interest

“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

In November 2012, I could finally call myself a full-time blogger. I was earning anywhere between $100 and $800 per day, averaging an income of between $5,000 to $12,000 per month.

I felt invincible. I felt that there was nothing else I had to do. I had reached the top of the mountain.

I stopped reading other blogs with the goal of improving my own writing, or to be inspired. I stopped reading books. I stopped investing in my education. I stopped investing in myself.

That wasn’t a smart move.

You see, education, learning, knowledge — you lose it if you don’t improve it.

The world is changing at an accelerated pace: even if you’re on the road to success, you will get run over if you aren’t fast enough.

That’s what I didn’t get for most of my life. Education is not something you accumulate and will remain in your head forever. It’s the same as working out: you need to do it on a consistent basis in order to stay in shape.

If you can’t wait to get out college, so you never have to learn anything at all, I am sorry to tell you this, but all the years you’ve spent learning didn’t teach you much.

The more you learn, the more you earn.

The more skills you develop, the easier it is to adapt to an ever-changing economic environment.

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These 7 Daring Ideas Could Change Your Life

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If there’s one thing I learned is that your thoughts determine the outcome of your life. But thinking is hard work, which is why we tend to avoid it.

We rarely think about ideas as the framework upon which we can build the life we want.

My father always used to say that those who have lots of ideas were idiots, but the truth is that ideas can change your reality for better or worse.

That’s why I am going to share with you seven ideas that will forever transform your life. Ready? Let’s get started.

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The One Habit That Is Going to Change Your Life

To be honest, at even a mere subconscious level, you are aware that there are some habits that are going to help you a lot in life.

Feeding your brain with the right type of information.

Feeding your body with healthy and nutritious foods.

Getting enough sleep.

Drinking enough water.

You know that.

But there’s one habit that is mostly ignored by those in the self-help community.

And, truth is, this is the one habit that those who are most obsessed with personal growth tend to overlook.

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Imagine

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It is said we spend about 30% of the time daydreaming. It is said we fall asleep imagining perfect scenarios…some times we sleep with them inside our heads too.

Tonight I’m going to tell you how imagination can help you get everything you ever wanted.

Imagine your dream. Your big desire. That impossible thing that you ask of the Universe. What you want most.

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The Secret to An Extraordinary Life

Three months ago, I packed everything I owned into my girlfriend’s car and left my hometown of Constanta, Romania for a lot of unknown possibilities in the capital of Romania.

Don’t tell her that, but I was kind of scared to death.

You see, just like most other folks, when you’ve been doing something in a certain way all your life, it’s almost impossible to decide on a new way of doing it.

But I had to decide. She had gotten a new job, a much better job, and I couldn’t tell her not to take advantage of such an opportunity because I didn’t feel like stepping outside my comfort zone.

Now, the thing is that opportunities don’t look like an incredibly easy and fast way to achieve something.

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Life is Like Going The Wrong Way On a Moving Sidewalk

“Life is like going the wrong way on a moving sidewalk. Walk, and you stay put. Stand still, and you go backwards. You have to hustle to get ahead.”

Casey Neistat

When you have to choose, do you take the elevator or the stairs?

Silly question, right?

But it does say an awful lot about your mindset.

Do you walk or do you stand? Do you act or do you wait?

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I Wasted My Twenties By Being Successful Too Soon, Too Fast

There, I said it. 

I started my first blog on the 22nd of April, 2012. A month or so later, after having published a bunch of mediocre blog posts, one of my articles went viral.

From then on out, it was all rather confusing. Yeah, Neil Gaiman mentioned one of my articles on Twitter. So did Random House. I was gaining anywhere between 500 to 800 new followers per day.

By November the same year I was earning around $100 per day. 

I see everyone running around for success. And I wish that everyone could have their fair share of success and fame and glory and the respect and admiration of others, but the truth is that we do not enjoy the victory, but the struggle.

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Don’t Chase Happiness. Create It.

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Fear. Pride. Boredom. Laziness. Overthinking. Lamenting. Feeling sorry, guilty, as if you’re not good enough.

Hurting others with the truth or comforting them with a lie.

Listening to reply or to understand.

Life becomes increasingly complicated. But it’s not. It’s damn simple. It’s hard, but simple.

I believe there’s something that keeps everything in place so to speak. The Universe — it’s a work of art.

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The Four Rules of Success The Successful Don’t Want You to Know

When you see someone who’s fantastic at what they do, you just can’t ignore them.

They operate at what is commonly called “highest level.” Their every thought, action, and word is in reach of mastery.

But, as contrary to what most people believe, especially those who dedicate their lives to just watching mastery on a TV screen all day long, the desire for greatness resides in all of us. We all have this innate desire to work hard in order to become great at what we do.

Unfortunately, most people give up on this feeling in order to watch someone else be that good. That’s why we watch sports, or movies, or those auditions on Whatever Country’s Got Talent.

We want to be reminded that some people can hold the world on their shoulders, but we don’t want to hold the damn thing ourselves.

As I often say, everybody wants to eat, but few are willing to hunt.

Well…. today I am going to share with you four rules of success that the successful among us rarely share, four rules that are going to help you on your quest for mastery and greatness.

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It’s Perfectly Fine to Waste Your Twenties

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In 2012 I kind of became online famous. It was the year when I released my first book, got my first twenty thousand readers, and fell in love with a beautiful and talented artist.

I knew what I wanted to do, why I wanted to do it, and how to do it.

There was nothing quite like it. Clarity of purpose, financial purpose, love, the admiration and respect of countless strangers from around the world.

Then I lost it all. March 2014. Worst month of my life.

Struggled with some health issues. My grandfather died. My girlfriend left me.

After that, I’d break down repeatedly from time to time. It was difficult to focus. People don’t often talk about that; how difficult it is to focus when you are depressed or grieving or feeling lost in ways you cannot define or analyze.

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