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3 lessons I learned from my first big month

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I’ve been on Medium since July 2019, and up until June of 2020, I didn’t even make enough to pay for the Medium membership itself. I wasn’t serious about the platform; I had a 9–5, and I didn’t think I was good enough to make money here.

That all changed the moment I started making enough money to pay for things. …


Learn to be more productive and produce results every day.

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While some people are obsessed with normal day-to-day activities, sports, friends, shopping — I’ve always been obsessed with productivity.

It all started when I realized I strongly disliked my life — I had little to no motivation to do anything. I had no goals, no plans; life felt pointless.

I started deep-diving into the world of entrepreneurship. I craved escaping my 9–5, living a life on my own terms, and doing the things that truly make me feel good.

Fast forward to now; I live in Los Angeles, I set my own schedule, I wake up every morning motivated and driven to work and produce results. …


If you’re struggling with understanding yourself, this habit will help.

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How well do you know yourself?

How often do you reflect on your life? Your progress? Your goals?

If you had asked me those questions a few months ago, I would have lied and told you I know myself pretty damn well. But, in all honesty, I’m 23 years old and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Author Julia Cameron created a tool for endless creativity called “Morning Pages.”

This consists of 3 pages of longhand writing; as Cameron says, these are strictly a stream-of-consciousness. Write down anything that comes to mind, and always in the morning. …


For the days you feel burnt out, here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

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I get my inspiration from various things, mostly films and books. I like to find characters in novels that are deemed “unimportant” and piggyback off their stories. You never really know when you’ll find that hidden gem.

At times I struggle with finding inspiration despite my usual tactics. I wish I had a tool to spark some inspiration for times like that, which is why I wanted to share 20 topic ideas for you to write about.

  1. If there’s one thing you’d want your younger self to know, what would it be?
  2. What’s something that comes easy to you but is difficult for others? …


After you write down everything you want out of life, when are you going to actually start doing what needs to be done to achieve it all?

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You dream of having a better life. You dream about waking up whenever you want to wake up, making coffee, sipping it on your balcony that overlooks the ocean — or perhaps you prefer a city view.

You envision that every single morning as you lay in bed staring at the ceiling, counting the days until you finally make it.

You write down your goals, your dreams, your aspirations. You look online for opportunities, maybe even an internship. You want to learn new things; you want to try something different. …


Don’t sabotage yourself by dwelling on other people’s journeys.

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You might think you’re behind in life. Maybe you’re not where you need to be. But the fact of the matter is you’re probably exactly where you should be. Every decision you’ve ever made has led you up this point. Every ounce of effort you’ve given to get here was all you. You might have been lazy, procrastinated a bit, forgot your goals along the way, but at the end of the day, you’re here.

I used to believe I was incredibly behind in life. Social media paints a pretty picture of the things you should have and the things you should be doing, but the reality is that your life is what you make of it. So if you feel like you’re behind, what can you do to fix that? …


Stop trying to be Joanna Gaines, he’s not worth it

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Picture this: You met someone incredible; he looks fantastic. He works out, knows how to cook dinner, has impeccable taste in wine, you love the same music. You watch the same shows, and he even eats the same kind of food.

You talk all the time; you stayed up till 3 am just last night talking and laughing endlessly. Basically, your chemistry is off the charts. Everything is perfect, or at least would be absolutely perfect if he just changed that one teeny, tiny little thing that has been bugging you to no end.

I’m not talking about his weird habit of not wanting to drink water from the same bottle; in fact, I’m not talking about any of those little human imperfections. I’m talking about the thing that’s been keeping you up at night, the one thing you keep asking yourself, “am I willing to compromise on this? No? Alright, maybe, somehow I can change him.” …


Motivational tips to help fuel you for a better and more productive day.

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Morning is my favorite time of the day; it’s also when I’m most productive. If not earlier, I wake up by 6, make coffee, take my vitamins, and start writing.

However, now and then, I need a little something extra to push me. We all have those days — you wake up feeling like total crap for no reason and can’t be bothered to complete anything. But it’s only the middle of the week, and you need to get shit done. Your hustle can’t grind on its own.

Here are a few things that can help you jumpstart the day.

Success is a series of small wins

You don’t need to accomplish 100+ things every single day. Start small. …


It’s time to cut the BS and all the excuses and get to work.

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Have you ever woken up, made yourself a cup of coffee, sat down at your desk to work, and all of a sudden you just don’t feel like working on your goals?

Or, perhaps you’re past that. Maybe you’re able to get in the zone but staying there is a problem. It feels as though all of a sudden, every goal you’ve ever set for yourself seems unattainable and not even worth the effort.

You’re disciplined, but you’re doubtful. You’re ambitious, but you’re anxious. You’re capable, but you’re fearful.

For example, almost a year ago now, I decided I want to pursue writing full time. I want to be a published author one day, and in order for that to happen, I realized I had to hone in on my craft and start now as opposed to “waiting for the right time.” …


Fiction Friday

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“When was the last time you saw her?”

I’m gazing out the window. The Empire State Building has never looked so clear before.

“I-I…” I’m stammering. I can’t think straight because I saw you last night, but I can’t admit it because you didn’t actually invite me inside of your house; I’d snuck in after you went to sleep.

“I saw her at a coffee shop. Yesterday, she was on her way to work.”

Dr. Kingsley looks at me with — what is that? Doubt? A moment later, she nods and scribbles something in her journal.

“Do you run into her at coffee shops frequently?” she asks me. …

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