How to hold yourself accountable.

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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.”

What is on the other side of Fear?

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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 to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

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The new year is upon us and this is, scientifically speaking, the best time to plan and prepare for what you want to achieve for 2016. The fresh start effect takes hold and allows you to more easily engage in high-level thinking about where you want to go in life, areas you want to improve, and goals you want to achieve. Continue reading “How to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet”

The Importance of Failing

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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”

Love: American Made

Against Love, by Laura Kipnis serves as a wake up call to couples today. It provides a refreshing take on relationships, and strips away all the makeup and pomp surrounding love. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that most adolescents or teens, and to a large extent adults too, need to read at least part of Against Love: A Polemic.

The purpose of such a reading? Well to educate the audience about the more un-alluring aspects of love of course. Love, at least in America, is usually the flagship touted at the frontline in order to get compatriots in tow behind American ideology. No concept in America has worked its way so seamlessly into the social fabric of civility as the current take on Love. Specifically, Hollywood love, toting around Puritan values of the soulmate and incessantly reminding the country that relationships take a lot of work. Continue reading “Love: American Made”

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 BrainPickings.org. 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.”