Using the ONE GOAL strategy to set goals once and then constantly focus on them

On September 12th last year I felt pretty good about myself. My Bachelor’s thesis was all done, I had a month to prepare for the presentation and my first website was done, all shiny and new.

4 weeks earlier I had decided that a) I was going to take a year off before eventually starting a Master’s and b) I was going to use that year to become my own boss and stop living off my parents’ money.

All I wanted was to make $500 a month, so I could pay for rent and food.

Since I had spent 2 semesters studying abroad, and friends kept asking me to review their English papers, I thought I’d do a great job at translating between English and German.

That day I had just put the finishing touches on the intro video.

Fast forward to mid October, one month later. I had just sent out 50+ emails to former customers of translation agencies, trying to collect information about why they had hired a translator, what results they had hoped for and how they found who they were looking for.

The results after over a month of work: $0.

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Brain Foods – The Art Of Brain Hacking: An Introduction To Nootropics

I try to live as drug-free as possible. I never smoked cigarettes or marihuana, never took any hardcore drugs. I quit alcohol about a year ago and today is my 101st day without caffeine (although I might re-introduce that at some point, there’s just something ritual about brewing coffee, the steam rising from the cup in the morning /sidetrack). Ever since watching the movie Limitless though, smart drugs have had my curiosity.

Tim Ferriss has experimented with Desmopressin nasal spray to ace his Chinese character tests, Dave Asprey openly admits to taking Provigil, so there must be something about these brain foods worth exploring. Luckily, my friend Moe from LifestyleApex has taken it upon himself to explore the depths of using nootropics for focus and will share his findings in this guest post, thus saving me the trouble. Take it away Moe!

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Comfort Zone Quotes – 77 quotes that will inspire you to take action today

Do you need a daily dose of inspiration? I know I do. Especially when it comes to making an effort, getting off my butt and doing something outside of my comfort zone.

I often find reading a quote in the morning helps me remember why I do the work I do. It is also a good trigger for me to quit the shenanigans and get to work.

But when I googled “comfort zone quotes” recently, I was disappointed. Lots of quotes, lots of repetitions, lots of images in weird sizes. Plus, hardly any of them were really talking about the comfort zone.

Yet, after reading one of them, I was inspired to build my own list. A proper list.

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How to fix Tinder and find love – a step by step guide

Okay, time to get real. No one likes to talk about online dating. Especially not their own experiences, because let’s face it, most of them suck.

But today I will. By showing you how to fix Tinder. Because contrary to common belief, good things can come from online dating, if you use it right that is. That’s why today I’ll show you how to increase the quality of your Tinder matches tremendously – and thus increase your odds at finding love.

Note: If you’re really lazy, I’ll show you how to do this in a video tutorial, and also give you the exact words to say at the end of this post. It takes less than 7 minutes.

This is for all the 23 year olds, who have gotten their shit together. If you’ve realized how tough it is to find somebody to spend your life with, and that you should start looking no later than today, then this is for you.

Hint: This is not for young horny idiots and “pick up artists”, looking for quick hookups. If that’s what you’re looking for, go look elsewhere. The strategy I’m suggesting will actually work against you 🙂

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Paleo gone Vegan – 10 Lessons from an entirely plant-based week

I have been eating mainly Paleo for quite some time now. A friend introduced me to it and it has worked well for me. I was not strict about it though, so I would on occasion eat something made from grains, e.g. at restaurants or on special occasions.

Naturally, I had a tough time wrapping my head around the concept of Veganism, as this group is right on the other side of the spectrum of Paleo. But one day I came across this quote:

Since I hate to leave great advice go by, I thought a 1-week Vegan challenge won’t hurt. And it didn’t. To the contrary, it greatly improved my knowledge about food and nutrition and actually had a major influence on my future diet.

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Useless Diets: Why no diet works – but you must try them all

Remember I told you I was on a 1-week Vegan challenge, way back in October? Yeah, I’m way behind on the results, sorry about that. I’m not gonna make excuses saying I didn’t have time – I don’t believe in ‘having time’ (see below).

Something else I don’t believe in, is diets. At least not in what we call diets these days. If you look up where the word diet comes from, Google shows you this:

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See the last line? Greek – ‘diaita’. A way of life. This is, in a nutshell, the reason why all these powders, pills, belly- and waistbands, electric power plates and magazine diets that are re-named and re-promoted year after year, don’t work.

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How to google: 10 Shortcuts you definitely haven’t seen before

This is part 2 of a 2 part post series related to the release of my ebook ‘How to google – the Ultimate Guide to finding everything!’ This post shows you 10 Google Shortcuts you definitely haven’t seen before. It’s a modified excerpt from the book.

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Since you have mastered how you search, you must now take the second step to becoming a Google master.

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How to google – the Ultimate Guide

This is part 1 of a 2 part post series related to the release of my ebook ‘How to google – the Ultimate Guide to finding everything!’ The post below is a modified excerpt from the book. 

Introduction

‘There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.’ – Sherlock Holmes

A few weeks ago my Dad called me into his office. He said he had a computer-related problem.

Now I know what you’re thinking: Haha, those Dad’s and their computer problems, right?

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Comfort Zone Challenge: I just ate an entire lemon – and I’ll give you 5 reasons why you should too.

Around 9 am I always need a second breakfast, since my first breakfast at 6:30 am won’t last. Usually it consists of a pretzel with butter, but as I’m on a 1-week Vegan challenge right now, that’s off the menu. Fruits and nuts it is!

Over the week I most often chose an apple or a banana with some nuts. I got used to it so quickly that today I thought I had to stir things up a bit – how can I make this uncomfortable? As if eating Vegan for a week wasn’t uncomfortable enough, right?

So today, I’d like to propose a comfort zone challenge to you: Eat an entire lemon!

When I checked the fridge, I spotted a few lemons sitting at the bottom, and before I could finish wondering whether you could eat lemons whole, like you do with oranges, I found myself next to a bowl with 4 big, peeled, chopped up lemon slices ready to go.

Here’s me eating one:

I finished the whole thing. I’ve had more pleasurable experiences with fruit, goes without saying. But here’s what I learned:

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