Self Discipline Like A Roman Emperor, shared by Thomas Frank

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

–Marcus Aurelius–

Why is it so hard to do the things that are in line with our goals but not with our desires at that moment? How can we harness the power of our minds to create a steady fountain of self-discipline each day? Today’s video shared by Thomas Frank may help us understand how Marcus Aurelius envisioned human motivation in his classic work, Meditations. Check out some Wise Reads of today to train that disciplined mind: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who practiced the age-old tradition of Stoicism. His work, Meditations can be held as one of the foremost works in Stoic philosophy. Aurelius was also known as a Philosopher King, a lover of wisdom, who questioned and challenged the preconceived notions of those in his circle.

Thomas Frank is likely to be called the Philosopher King of College. His ever-growing YouTube channel and website began as an endeavor to help students develop better study habits. Thomas has now moved past study habits to concepts such as motivation, discipline, fear and anxiety. Thomas has succeeded in helping thousands of students move on to college and excel in higher education. He has now taken his show on the road speaking to companies, graduates and educators to further his message.

Many thanks to Marcus Aurelius, Thomas Frank and all other Philosopher Kings for their contributions and guidance to so many of us.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!

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Ego is the Enemy, shared by Ryan Holiday

All bad qualities center around the ego. When the ego is gone, Realization results by itself.

Ramana Maharshi

Can the stories we tell ourselves be detrimental to our development and growth? How dangerous can the Ego really be?   Will a study of the Ego result in humility and self awareness?

In today’s Daily Dose, author Ryan Holiday presents his new book, Ego is the Enemy, to employees at Google. Ryan’s work guides us through the phases of aspiration, success and failure, as they are tied to life lessons. Check it out below!

Ego Is the Enemy

Learn more about Ryan and his other wonderful creative works via twitter and his website. Also, check out his other Wise Read below!

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

Develop Grit! shared by Project Life Mastery & Angela Duckworth

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

-Julie Andrews-

What makes some of us work harder than others? Can doing “one hard thing” a day help develop “grit” early in life? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Stefan at Project Life Mastery is a great primer to understanding the world of “grit”.

Stefan’s thesis comes from a book by Angela Duckworth, check it out below:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela quit a stressful consultant position to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City. After studying why some students worked harder and longer than others, she began to develop an understanding of the qualities which promote perseverance.  Angela then developed a Grit Scale which is a series of questions to test your ability to persevere.  Check it out here!

If you enjoy this clip, check out more from Project Life Mastery. Stefan James does an awesome job helping us move toward a more abundant life. Learn more about Angela Duckworth via her website and her Ted Talk where she introduces her research on Grit.

Hope you enjoy these two great creators as much as I have. Have a great day.

Stay Wise and Gritty!

How to Lose Those Limiting Beliefs! shared by Brian Tracy

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn

What would you consider a successful life? Would it be a cohesive and loving family? Financial Stability? Exploring the vast world we live in? If those goals ever seem too bold and unattainable, Today’s Daily Dose shared by Brian Tracy may help.

Brian encourages us to move forward slowly and methodically, with great confidence. He also shares a great exercise for creating a definite purpose while overcoming those limiting beliefs. Check out his new book below: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

Brian is an old school business and financial speaker, reaching out via his speaking engagements, writings and coaching. What I find most accessible are his YouTube Channel and Blog; both free, updated daily with tips, exercises and mantras. Brian also includes a wealth of free resources on his website.

Having attended company sponsored events where Brian was paid to speak, I find it pretty awesome he has shared so much of his work online without a cost.

Many thanks to Brian and other creators he has inspired.  Enjoy the day!

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree, shared by Jim Rohn

Time has more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.

Jim Rohn

Let’s be honest, motivational speakers can be annoying. They share anecdotal tales of rags to riches and tell us we can do the same thing with minimal effort if we desired. Could there be a speaker worth tolerating? In my quest for personal development I found one man who led the pack, his name is Jim Rohn.

Jim is no longer with us but has left an amazing legacy, which includes videos from the 1970’s forward. Those recordings are a mix of comedy standup and daily encouragement. Jim had one of the most distinct Midwest accents and a kind supportive smile that made you feel like he was sure you could achieve your goals. He has left a number of awesome reads too:

Twelve Pillars

Seasons of Life

Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

Jim’s story always started with a tale of a girl scout coming to his door to sell cookies when he was flat broke. After lying to the girl scout that he had an ample supply of thin mints to not disclose his poverty, he decided he was sick and tired of being broke. Finally, he gives us the courage to be honest with ourselves and work harder rather than relying on excuses or resting on our failures.

Spend a bit of time with Jim’s talks and you will find his wisdom timeless. He tugs on the same chords we struggle with today as humans trying to eek out a secure existence. Jim’s wisdom is not just for those in business but for anyone who wants to enjoy their craft while living life to the fullest.

Have an awesome week and stay wise!

Happy Father’s Day! Generational Wisdom shared by Gary Vaynerchuk

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”

-Lee Iacocca-

How awesome would it be to sit down and tell your parents how amazing they are? Maybe even over a few bottles of wine? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Gary Vaynerchuk, aka Gary Vee is a wonderful testament to the masterpiece of family.

Gary and his father, Sasha, spend about a half hour exemplifying the joys of life together. Gary Vee is a best selling author, media guru and serial entrepreneur. His work includes the AskGaryVee Show, a forum for entrepreneurs, and an equally well done Social Media and Tech Blog. Spend a few moments with Gary and Sasha to see how one dad’s wisdom and dedication helped shape an equally wise son.

Thanks Gary Vee, to your continued success and the success of your family; best wishes for 2017.

Thanks for reading. Happy Father’s Day.

Self Discipline Like A Roman Emperor, shared by Thomas Frank

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

–Marcus Aurelius–

Why is it so hard to do the things that are in line with our goals but not with our desires at that moment? How can we harness the power of our minds to create a steady fountain of self-discipline each day? Today’s video shared by Thomas Frank may help us understand how Marcus Aurelius envisioned human motivation in his classic work, Meditations. Check out some Wise Reads of today to train that disciplined mind: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who practiced the age-old tradition of Stoicism. His work, Meditations can be held as one of the foremost works in Stoic philosophy. Aurelius was also known as a Philosopher King, a lover of wisdom, who questioned and challenged the preconceived notions of those in his circle.

Thomas Frank is likely to be called the Philosopher King of College. His ever-growing YouTube channel and website began as an endeavor to help students develop better study habits. Thomas has now moved past study habits to concepts such as motivation, discipline, fear and anxiety. Thomas has succeeded in helping thousands of students move on to college and excel in higher education. He has now taken his show on the road speaking to companies, graduates and educators to further his message.

Many thanks to Marcus Aurelius, Thomas Frank and all other Philosopher Kings for their contributions and guidance to so many of us.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!