How to hold yourself accountable.


Why do we fail?

Sustained interest, that’s what always gets me. Too often we get fired up to do something, invest our time in research trying to figure out what fundamental tools we need, and then lose interest a few weeks later.

I have a folder full of unfinished writing projects. Why? I ask myself this often and the answer is always the same: Accountability. Continue reading “How to hold yourself accountable.”

A Shortcut to Forming New Habits

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Did you know that 40% of what you do throughout the day is based on your habits.  This was found in a study published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  

This confirms what Aristotle knew thousands of years ago.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Whether you are successful or not in establishing a new habit or getting rid of an old habit will depend on how important it is to you.  

If you find it important enough, you will find a way, if you don’t you will find an excuse.

This, in a nutshell, is the driver of most of our actions.  You want to workout but you have not made exercising important enough.  Instead you value free time, relaxing or being lazy more.  That is why you are never able to establish a consistent workout routine.  You want to quit smoking but you haven’t because it’s not important enough to you yet.  Instead you value the feeling of smoking that cigarette more than quitting.  You want to be wealthy but you are not, that is because being wealthy is not important enough to you.  Instead you likely value consumerism more, buying the newest clothes, cars, or technology or maybe you value your free time so you refuse to commit and work long hours to help you earn more income. Continue reading “A Shortcut to Forming New Habits”

What is on the other side of Fear?


Your relationship to fear is the single greatest factor that will determine the kind of life you live.

Fear is the driver of the vast majority of anxiety and stress that we experience in our lives.  Fear limits our thinking, puts us into a negative state, and prevents us from growing.  Worst of all, fear prevents us from taking action. It stops us from introducing ourselves at networking events or having that difficult conversation with a friend.  It stops us from taking that project on because it requires a public presentation or from starting that business or writing that book. Continue reading “What is on the other side of Fear?”

Collaborate Right By Knowing When

Sam Zemurray was a Russian immigrant that came to the U.S. in the early 1900s with nothing. From there he raised an empire, becoming one of the most successful, and powerful, men in America by peddling bananas.“From his first months in America, he was scheming, looking for a way to get ahead. You did not need to be Rockefeller to know the basics of the dream: Start at the bottom, fight your way to the top.” This is precisely what Sam the Banana Man did, he fought his way to the top. Overthrowing South American governments, avoiding the FBI and CIA, and even playing a hand in politics in Louisiana Sam Zemurray built his empire almost entirely on his own. When speaking of success many people in America refer to stories like Sam Zemurray’s. Continue reading “Collaborate Right By Knowing When”

How a few past experiences could be ruling your life.

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Edwin Catmull has said, “Hindsight is not 20-20.” It’s a counterintuitive statement, but an accurate one as well. We tend to use our past experiences to guide our present decisions. It’s how the mind works. However, sometimes one experience, or a handful of them, can dictate the trajectory of our entire lives. When this happens hindsight becomes our enemy. Continue reading “How a few past experiences could be ruling your life.”

The Challenges and Importance of Creativity


Martin Buber’s philosophical account on life, religion, and identity lends itself to the the creative individual. While the text is considered somewhat existential, and works towards wedding Western religion with Eastern philosophy, the book nevertheless gives alarming insight into art and the creative realm. Buber’s I and Thou challenges readers to work towards self-improvement, and practice living in the now by paying close attention to other “You(s)” around them. Continue reading “The Challenges and Importance of Creativity”

The Importance of Failing


Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, is a valuable reference when looking into both becoming a better writer and person. Combining craft and experience, King supplies a no nonsense approach to writing that removes a lot of the decor surrounding many other books and writer workshops. The bare bones of writing,  this text demands more from readers; in essence it calls for everyone to just sit down and write. Continue reading “The Importance of Failing”

Success Boiled Down to One Element: How John Steinbeck Shows True Grit.

While we don’t always do it, one of the primary goals here at 2brains1mind is to show our readers the inner mechanics that lead many people to success. Focusing on everyone from artists, business people,  hobbyists, and entrepreneurs the point of this site is to try to deconstruct what it is exactly that makes so many successful people, both past and present, good at what they do.

This entry focuses on grit in relation to success, and was inspired by one of Maria Popova’s annotated readings on The most essential component to any successful story is grit, or as I like to refer to it sometimes, showing up. No matter what you’re wanting to accomplish, consistency hands down distances the professionals from amateurs day after day. Sure, a select few individuals might be savants following the footsteps of Wolfgang Mozart who could compose at an age as early as five, but the majority of people, myself included, do not come into possession  of a skill so easily. Continue reading “Success Boiled Down to One Element: How John Steinbeck Shows True Grit.”

Why Prioritizing the Right Way Will Rapidly Improve Your Life

Everyone is always busy — but very few people know how to truly prioritize. Prioritizing is not about being efficient, it is about being EFFECTIVE.

Efficiency is doing things the right way, being effective is doing the right thing.   Said another way, efficiency is how well you do something and effectiveness refers to how useful it is.

If you are anything like me, you have experienced that sense of overwhelm, where you have 20 things you want to do but you don’t know where to start and you don’t know what to start on. You may have several projects to get done and no clue where to even begin.  You try set goals and get stuck on picking the “right” goal. Continue reading “Why Prioritizing the Right Way Will Rapidly Improve Your Life”

Discovering the single most common attribute leading to success in business and creativity

I’ve always been intrigued by what makes people successful. From Elon Musk and Benjamin Franklin to Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway the question I always ask is: What makes them so great at what they do?

One of the most common themes across the board for successful people, both in business and in arts, relates to the act of rising early every morning to do the thing they most desire.

Mason Currey, in his book covering the routines of some of the most successful people in the past, titled Daily Rituals, gives an account following the mannerisms of Benjamin Franklin. Currey remarks on how Franklin awoke daily at dawn to take “air baths” so that, as Franklin puts it:

“[He could] rise early almost every morning, and sit in [his] chamber without any clothes whatever, half an hour to an hour, according to the season, either reading or writing.”

Continue reading “Discovering the single most common attribute leading to success in business and creativity”