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I get this question or a variation of it on Twitter at least twice weekly:

“How do I find the motivation to do x…”

It’s flawed thinking.

Firstly, there’s no mention of discipline.

Secondly, the idea that you’ll “find” motivation is false and, even worse, damaging to achievement.

Contrary to popular platitudes, motivation is not useless.

It’s a crucial first step on the disciplined path.

Think about it from this perspective:

It takes an unbelievable amount of force to launch a rocket into outer space. The initial thrust from the ground consumes most of the fuel, and it gradually requires…


“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”

Tecumseh

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People have an awful relationship with mortality, and it’s not a surprise considering the broader societal context.

Society implicitly teaches you to avoid thinking about death through distraction. …


I have learned a lot over the course of my young life and am grateful for every single lesson, regardless of the pain it manifested within.

My goal with this post is to share my perspective to help everybody, especially people in their 20’s, to become joyful, healthy, and inspired.

Let’s jump right in.

I am a competitive soccer player. It is my preferred sport and muse and acts as the foundation of my personal development.

Maybe your thing is running, swimming, playing football, etc., but regardless, developing the mindset of a professional athlete is valuable.

There are many similarities…


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Don’t trust people who tell you to “protect your energy.”

They’re often the worst offenders of neglecting their energetic system and have no idea what the statement means.

I have a healthy relationship with vitality, and the only times I experience lethargy are when I stray away from a disciplined lifestyle.

Here are six deadly mistakes that make you feel lethargic and unmotivated.

Keep reading if you want to stop procrastinating, feel powerful, and knock out crucial tasks towards an inspiring vision.

They tell you to be wary of external influences but ignore the internal.

Nutrition is a keystone habit…


“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

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The feeling of being lost in life isn’t a pleasant one, but you can learn how to embrace the unknown and use it to your advantage.

As a 23-year-old, I have gone through a few periods where it felt like I was the only sailor navigating life’s ocean.

My most crucial experience manifested when I was in England as an 18-year-old, far from home in Southern California.

My passion and childhood dream for professional soccer sent me halfway across the world to get an opportunity to share my gift…


“The biggest challenge is to stay focused. It’s to have the discipline when there are so many competing things.”

Alexa Hirschfeld

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You want to know how to ascend the hierarchy, especially among your peers.

If you have the same mentality as I do, then you’re on a good path.

Most young people are interested in short term pleasure because nobody teaches them how to create an inspiring vision and act upon it.

There’s one skill that you need to cultivate if you desire self-respect, abundance, and success…

If you’ve read enough of my work, you’ll know that self-control is a…


“The positive and negative poles of a battery create an electrical flow. The masculine and feminine poles between people create a flow of sexual energy in motion.”

David Deida

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As we speak, I’m currently on day 37 of semen retention.

I first came across this idea about a year ago and vouched for its benefits.

Keep reading as I explore my perspective on the subject and how it can help you reach greater heights.

Semen retention is simple in theory and practice:

It is the art of avoiding ejaculation.

Many young men stumble upon the practice because they search for…


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2020 has been hectic.

You experienced tragedy, heartbreak, love, bliss, gratitude, and despair.

But I want you to notice one thing:

You are still here to live, laugh, and love.

Express gratitude for this gift.

You made it through one of the most turbulent years to date.

In preparation for 2021, I want to share some lessons that have personally impacted my character.

At the beginning of this year, I chose to connect two close friends and run the idea of a podcast as a trio by them.

They loved it.

Fast forward to this month, and The 2 AM…


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I’ve been thinking a lot about society and how the individual relates to it.

Current culture doesn’t have your best interest at heart.

It unconsciously wants you to act sheepish.

It seeks your attention, and more importantly, your obedience.

Here’s a crucial thing to understand:

Society cannot look out for you because it isn’t human.

Large human-created entities such as corporations cannot empathize with you because no one person is controlling them.

People collectively create these entities, but…


“When we are no longer able to change a situation — we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor E. Frankl

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There is one universal force that rules every human being.

It is an invisible energy that keeps us within the safety of our comfort bubble, tidying our worldview to help us feel good about ourselves and the environment.

Even though you cannot see it, you can feel it tugging away at your spirit nearly every moment.

It influences your food choices.

It whispers answers to commonly asked questions within the mind.

For the majority, it is in the driver's seat…

Zaid K. Dahhaj

Writer. Autodidact. Competitive Soccer Player.

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