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So I just got back from a masterminding retreat in Moncton with the inimitable Dan Martell where I had the honor to connect with 8 hand-picked world class entrepreneurs, speakers and leaders from around the world.

Kings and queens of their various industries, I was asked to share what I learned in my many years as both a trader and hedge fund founder/manager.

I was nervous to step up on the stage but I overcame my fear and pulled out all the stops, and the presentation went great. Dan was so impressed in fact he wanted to share some of the key takeaways with his over 25,000 people on his Facebook page and Periscope as we raced through the icy streets of Moncton.

He picked me up from the hotel and we were off to the races, going live on Facebook Mentions. That's one way to wake up!!

Anyway, it came out great and there's a ton of value there including excerpts from my presentation from that weekend, so I wanted to share this here in an evergreen format.

In this Facebook Live Stream, we cover the following:

  • How Entrepreneurs Should View Money
  • The biggest mistakes to avoid when investing
  • How to save and earn more
  • How to balance risk
  • Lessons from the top hedge fund managers in the world
  • The impact of fees on performance
  • The power of compounding
    ..and much MUCH more

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time, travel, productivity, hacks

Time is the great equalizer. No matter how much we wish it were different, we simply can't create more.

You want to have more time. More time with your family and friends, more time for yourself, and more time to earn money and follow your dreams.

We've all been there. The feeling like “there's never enough hours in the day”.

Whether you're the homeless person on the corner, or Richard Branson, you have 168 hours in the week.

But time is also a relative thing, and relativity is something Einstein summed up well when he said:

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”

So how do we create more time “in the zone” and less time where we feel drained, agitated, bored or uninspired? How do we live each day to the fullest, make more money, and earn our freedom?

This video describes the methods that top performance coaches, entrepreneurs, business moguls, and top performers use to hack their productivity, earn more money, and chase their dreams.

You'll want to watch the whole thing, because these 10 minutes might just change the quality of your life for the better, forever.

Here's to the time of your life!

Productivity Hacks | How To Reclaim Your Time and Make More Money

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Our best recommendation, if you’d like to triple your productivity and solidify some great habits, is to check out the productivity hacks cheat sheet.

Commit to upping your productivity and reclaiming your time for the next month. You can do anything for 30 days. And it might just change your life for the better, forever.

Ready to accept this challenge? Looking for tips, ideas, hacks and strategies to do it? Watch the video above and download our free 15 page guide here!

Further Reading/Resources

View this Video (and Embed) on YouTube

The 3 Habits Productive People Find Time for Every Day

Exercise Is Key– Even When You're On The Road

11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently

Productivity Hacks Cheat Sheet- 15 Pages of Apps, Tools, Tricks, Services and More to Supercharge Your Productivity Today

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done

7 Million-Dollar Habits of the Super Successful

7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs

Anthony Robbins- The Time of Your Life – 10 Days to Change Your Life – More Time For What Really Matters To You [16 CDs]

Now it's your turn to weigh in: Let me know your thoughts, hacks, tips, tricks and stories in the comments below! If you've found value in this post, please consider sharing it with your tribe.

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We've all been there.

You're traveling. Maybe in a foreign country. Somewhere exotic. Tahiti? Hawaii?

Trouble is, you don't have access to a gym to keep your workout routine going.

Maybe you travel a lot and your body suffers for it?

It's a shame to let travel stand in the way of your fitness goals, just because you don't have access to your fancy home exercise equipment (elliptical, treadmill) or your Equinox… or your rowing machine (my personal favorite after doing crew in college)

And what about weight training? How do you keep your hard earned muscle tone while traversing the globe?

It doesn't have to be this way! In fact, there are plenty of great body weight exercises you can perform without equipment, or with very minimal gear that you're likely to find anywhere you travel.

For example: Did you know that you can do pull ups on a tree or with a towel? That you can use water jugs or buckets/bags full of sand/rocks for resistance?

You can even use just your own body weight and calisthenics to stay in shape, getting a full body workout as you vagabond across the world like our nomad ancestors.

This program will allow you to continue keeping your body in shape, even on the road.

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I know. I know. Alcohol is a very important part of life for a lot of people.

It's a social lubricant, and a lot of people use it to “reduce” anxiety, stress, depression and more.

But did you know that it might actually be hurting your productivity? Your health? Your relationships? Your wallet? Increasing anxiety, stress?

That it could be leading to depression, suicidal thoughts and more?

Not to mention all the time and you might lose, relationships you might damage, friends you might betray, people you might hurt.

So what are the benefits of stopping drinking, even for a little while? Better sleep, sex, and relationships, more money in your pocket, and a whole lot more. We go into it all here.

What are some of the dangers? In this video, Frank and I discuss our own challenges with alcohol, including all the things we learned about quitting for an extended period of time, and share our various takeaways with you all.

5 Lessons We Learned Quitting Alcohol For 30 Days

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Video Notes:

Our best recommendation, if you'd like to see how much better life is without alcohol, is the 30 day no alcohol challenge.

You can do anything for 30 days. And it might just change your life for the better, forever.

Ready to accept this challenge? Looking for tips, ideas, hacks and strategies to do it? Watch the video above and download our free 10 page challenge guide here!

Further Reading and Resources: 

Watch on YouTube (you can also embed) here.

The Power of Habit, By Charles Duhigg

The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-Being

The 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge Website

There's More to Quitting Drinking Than Quitting Drinking

The Easy Way to Stop Drinking

The 30 Days No Drinking Experiment: Part 1 (What Happens When You Quit Cold Turkey)

Why You Should Quit Coffee & Drinking For 2 Weeks

Here’s How This Man Quit Drugs, Alcohol, And Junk Food And Lost 125 Pounds

10 Reasons You Need To Quit Drinking 

7 Things I Learned During My Year Without Drinking

30 Day Alcohol Challenge Guide

UPDATE 9.4.16

In the spirit of continued learning and transparency, I think an addendum to this post is really important at this point. It's become a very popular video and a lot of people have reached out to add their viewpoint to the discussion. Most of the feedback has been constructive and positive, and some has been really enlightening as well.

I think I should take a moment to further clarify my position as a result…

I'm not, nor I never was, as I point out in the video, substituting my experience for medical advice. If people need therapy and counseling, I am not qualified to provide it. Frank and I are only sharing our story, and it's objectively helped a lot of people.

Since its been up I've received no less than 200 emails/messages/comments from people who have quit drinking for a long period of time or altogether and they credit this video and it's supporting materials as a reason or the reason.

We never made it with full blown alcoholics, or whatever the correct and acceptable term for people who might need medical attention to treat an actual disease, in mind.

Not that we don't want to help those people, I for one lost my Dad and best friend in college to this disease. I absolutely want these people to get the help they need. There are people who love them and want them to heal. There are those, like me, who wish they could have done something before it was too late.

Alcoholics are not the target audience for this video, nor would we be medically qualified to help them if they were.

We touch on this in the video, but it bears mentioning again. We are only addressing people who want to quit alcohol for a short period of time to gain clarity and insight on their lives and for peak performance reasons.

These are the in between folks who may not be happy with the role of alcohol in their lives, but have it in their power to stop drinking on their own accord.

I'm not medically qualified or professionally licensed to draw that line, but I am confident it exists, based on my own anecdotal experience.

People who, like me, do not wish to label themselves one way or the other, they simply don't want to drink anymore and don't want to be harassed or stigmatized about it.

If someone is an alcoholic ie physically addicted to alcohol, then they should seek medical attention, or whatever other program someone with more experience in the subject would recommend.

In the mean time, the video is helping a certain subset of people, and was never meant to be a cure all for all people in all situations.

It's really just two guys who quit drinking for a while, sharing their experience. That was the intent, to help and serve and in that it served it's purpose.

It's now the number one YouTube result for its keyword. Which is amazing and humbling. Thank you for all the support.

The outpouring of great feedback has been overwhelming… but it's not without its admitted shortcomings.

Heavy drinkers aren’t necessarily alcoholics, but may be “almost alcoholics”. I just picked up a book of the same title, and have been having conversations with some really smart people who understand this way better than me.

Here's an excerpt from a conversation with a mentor which is particularly thought provoking. His mission is to help people afflicted with this illness, and he is fighting a good fight.

POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2014, 3:17 PM , UPDATED OCTOBER 29, 2015, 8:25 PM
Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Nearly one-third of American adults are “excessive” drinkers, but only 10% of them have alcohol use disorder (alcoholism). Those numbers, published yesterday in a national survey, shine a new light on alcohol consumption in America.

“This study shows that, contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, Alcohol Program Lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the report’s authors, in a press release.

The term excessive drinking covers several different groups.

·        Binge drinkers: men who have more than five drinks on one occasion or women who have more than four drinks
·        Heavy drinkers: men who have more than 15 drinks in a week or women who have more than eight drinks
·        Women who drink during pregnancy
·        Anyone under age 21 who drinks

Alcoholism, now formally known as alcohol use disorder, is a medical condition that applies to individuals who have strong cravings for alcohol, can’t control their drinking, show withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking, and continue to drink despite health or other alcohol-related problems.

The new study, done by researchers with the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, found that about 70% of all American adults drink alcohol at least now and then, about 30% report excessive drinking, and 3.5% have alcohol use disorder. It is higher among heavy drinkers (10%) and binge drinkers, ranging from 4% among those who report binge drinking once or twice a month to 30% among those who binge drink 10 times or more in a month.

Almost alcoholic

The knowledge that only 10% of heavy drinkers are alcoholic may be reassuring, but that doesn’t mean the other 90% don't have problems with drinking. I spoke with Joseph Nowinski, PhD, coauthor of Almost Alcoholic. In the book, Nowinski, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and coauthor Robert Doyle, MD, a psychiatrist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, describe how drinking negatively affects up to one third of drinkers who aren’t classified as having alcohol use disorder.

“There are many people in the almost alcoholic zone who are having alcohol-related problems with their health, their relationships and social lives, and even their work, but who don’t connect the dots between these problems and their drinking,” says Nowinski.

“These people dismiss the possibility of being an alcoholic—and they truly don’t qualify under current definitions—but may need to take a step back to look at how drinking is affecting their lives.”

You can find out where you fall on the by taking the Where Do You Fit in the Drinking World? quiz that Nowinski and Doyle developed for their book. If your score is 9 or above, the suggestions and solutions in Almost Alcoholic may be helpful.

Patterns matter

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism categories low-risk drinking as 14 or fewer drinks a week for men and 7 or fewer drinks a week for women. But how those drinks are spread out over the week matter. A woman who has a drink a day is different from one who has three drinks on Friday and four on Saturday.

A drink a day, especially with a meal, has been linked to lower risks for heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other conditions. But seven drinks in a day can lead to an inflammatory response that tips health in the other direction.

“This may be important as we approach the holiday season and festivities invite heavier alcohol consumption,” says Doyle.

This mentor has lost a lot of people over the years to this disease, as have I, and urged me to add this layer to the discussion.

Long story short. If you think you might have a problem, get help, don't just watch a YouTube video and try to white knuckle your way through a potentially life threatening situation. That could endanger your life. So please, do the right thing, even if you don't think you have a problem.

Maybe, just maybe, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. It's certainly worth getting another opinion or two, especially if your life depends on it.

Your life is too important to be toyed with. Get the help you need if you need help. We cannot be held responsible if you fail to do this despite our warnings and clarifications.

Thank you for your continued support and for adding to the conversation. You are greatly appreciated.

 

VIDEO NOTES AND RESOURCES:

I got my start writing on the internet for travel blogs as a NYC correspondent for a now defunct travel blog called NotAnotherGuide. I really enjoyed giving my favorite restaurants, and even made a few neighborhood guides, detailing my 20-something version of the perfect day.

Want more great stuff? Get my productivity hacks and cheat sheet, with 15 pages of hacks, tips, tricks and apps that will allow you to use technology to increase leverage, gain more time, live off the grid and more!

Other great resources from around the web:

Nomadic Matt: A great site for travelers who want to save money on flights, learn to purchase travel insurance, get the best deals while traveling in a country you've never been to, and much, much more. Check out his book on How to Travel the World on $50/day. It's the best $10 investment you'll ever make and will save you thousands with real world, practical tips.

Perpetual Travel: This guide is a no frills bible for the mindset, emotions and practical parts of traveling for an indefinite amount of time.

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts: THE book for those who wish to travel for an extended period of time, full of philosophy and practical tips for living with only what you can carry for extended periods of time in any country, around the world. This is the one book I recommend for anyone interested in long term travel.

The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (Blog Here) Tim's blog is a cornucopia of great content about travel, time hacking, automation, delegation, automation and elimination, so you can use leverage to increase your income and productivity, and live wherever you like. I've read his book at least 8 or 9 times now, and spent time with the man himself in Africa, so I guess you can say I'm a fan, but that doesn't discount the wealth of knowledge his blog and books provide.

Justin Alexander: A friend who was once told by the actor that plays “The Most Interesting Man In The World” in the Dos Equis commercials that he was in fact “THE most interesting man in the world”. Justin climbs bridges for fun, travels year round, fights, rides motorcycles and has more fun than anyone I've ever met. He's also a really kind, down to earth guy. Check out this podcast for some really insightful travel knowledge and to hear more about his amazing journey thus far.

The Daily Travel Podcast: Featuring Chris Guillebeau, Nomadic Matt and several other top travel bloggers, this daily podcast is one of the best resources I've found. Recommended by my good friend Ginger Kern who I mention in the video. Ginger is an inspiring coach, speaker and entrepreneur from Boulder, CO. She's working on The Passport Project: an initiative to match those who's lives have been changed by travel with kids who may not have the resources to travel, so that they can expand their horizons as well.

The Art of Non Conformity: An awesome blog with great tips for travelers, entrepreneurs and those who wish to live the nomadic lifestyle. Chris has written a number of books on these subjects as well, including his blog's namesake, and The $100 Startup.

Want to stay fit while you're on the road? Check out this video Frank and I made here:

10 Body Weight Exercises – The Only Travel Workout You’ll Ever Need

Also don't forget to grab your expansion pack to accompany the video!

As always, let me know your favorite travel resources, tips and hacks in the comments below, and keep the questions coming!

Ciao and travel well,

B

 

 

We’re aggressively making love… and the bed breaks. So we move to the kitchen, where a short time later, we break a chair. We finally give up and just fool around on the floor. And then again in the shower.

 

It hasn’t always been this good, and I thought it might never be this good again.

Fast forward. I’ve covered more ground in 3 months than I previously had in 10 years. My lifting performance had exploded nearly overnight, increasing by 50% or more. That is not a typo.

After plateauing for years, my bodyfat had suddenly dropped by 6% in 3.5 months. My weight has stayed fairly consistent, but my body composition has radically shifted.

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Before (with my cousin and friend in Vegas) I'm the fat guy on the left with the blue shirt on.

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After 4 months of ETA Training… decreasing my bodyfat to sub 10% while increasing my strength 2x.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My girlfriend says I look like an Abercrombie model. I’m not sure how I feel about that…

And most importantly, my sex drive has gone CRAZY… like ludicrous plaid. Ikea beds are just not made to handle what I’ve been dishing out, so I had to upgrade…

It wasn’t always like this.

I’m just a regular guy, and thought that as I got older my sex drive would wane, that it was to be expected.

Until I met Roman, and subsequently started to practice what he preaches, I had never connected the dots between the symptoms I was feeling (lethargy, depression, anxiety, lack of focus, diminished sex drive) and an hormonal balance issue called Low Testosterone, or Low T.

Low T is the most insidious condition that could befall a man in his twenties, and you don’t think it could happen to you or realize it’s happening until it’s too late. She’s packing her things to move across the country and out of your life, and you can’t figure out what went wrong.

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How To Get Into A Flow State- You will learn the importance of getting into flow on command, as well as tips, tricks and hacks to call up flow states on a daily basis, This will give you more clarity, focus and attention to your business and relationships. Quick ways to get leverage on yourself and achieve peak flow states starting today!

Guys, this is one of my favorite topics, and a big shout out to Jerzy for bringing it up in the latest round of “How can I help you?” emails.

Video Notes

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) by John Grinder 

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Hey gang! Latest installment at Make More Marbles here. In this video, I go into detail about my morning nutrition and supplementation routine, as well as some tips I've learned over 5+ years of tweaking my routine and supplementation.

Things mentioned in the video:

Athletic Greens (Greens, Vitamin D and Fish Oil)

BlueStar Nutraceuticals IsoSmooth

Vitamin Rich Butter Fat/Cod Liver Oil Blend

B Complex

Folinic Acid

ZMA

Twinlabs Krill Oil

Bulletproof MCT Oil

Post inspired by Broman at Roman Fitness Systems

Now it’s your turn to weigh in: Do you have a great tip for the mornings to share? What were the benefits you enjoy on a daily basis?  

Let me know your habits and any questions you might have in the comments section below, and please do share this post with your network.

 

Today we tackle the biggest beast that holds many of us back from achievement, ultimate success, and the life we deserve: self doubt.

Thank you to the Make More Marbles community for all the great questions, and please share this if you've gotten any value out of it at all and think it might be able to help someone you care about.

Have something that's holding you back from the life of your dreams?

Let me know in the comments, and I'll make a video breaking it down in the coming days and weeks. Ok go! Don't be shy. If it's really personal you can always email me through the site.

Video Notes:

Getting There: A Book of Mentors, By Gillian Zoe Segal 

Screw It, Let's Do It by Sir Richard Branson

Have you ever had your IQ tested? Was it high?

Has having a high IQ correlated to more income? Wealth? Happiness? Emotional stability?

Probably not.

That's because how logically intelligent you are is only part of the puzzle.

You see, as you go through life, you'll realize that the 80/20 rule is in full effect.

It comes from an Italian Economist called Pareto, and has become the topic of a lot of discussion in the entrepreneurial community lately. But it applies to everyone, from all walks of life, whether they realize it or not.

In any endeavor, 80% of the results come from 20% of the efforts. That's the whole effect in a nutshell.

Sometimes, it's more like 90/10 or even as drastic as 99/1.

80% of the popularity of a post comes from marketing, 20% from the actual content itself.

And in the context of emotions vs logic, or psychology vs strategy, 80% of the game is won or lost in the mindset of the player, the emotional intelligence.

The ability to lead oneself to greater heights, and in turn lead others. The most certain one influences the less certain.

The most emotionally intelligent person finds a way, where the most logical person might give up, or see taking a chance as too risky in the first place.

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