10 Things I’ve Learned In the Past 10 Years

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Today I turn 30. It does not seem like a big deal to me, but I guess it’s one of those big birthdays sort of like when you turn 21. My 20’s are over and wow does it seem like time flies. When I turned 20 I had no clue how my life would turn out, but I think things have gone pretty well. I am my own boss and I love what I do. I have amazing friends that support me and knock on wood I am still very healthy. Instead of doing my normal post where I reflect on the past year I decided to give you 10 important lessons that I’ve learned in the past 10 years.

It’s not all about money – of course money is a good thing, without it we couldn’t buy nice things or go places, but don’t make your life all about money. When you do that you forget about actually doing things you enjoy. I know people that make over 500K a year and are miserable because all they do is work. What is the use of having that money if you can’t enjoy it. We all think we want to make a million dollars, but in reality we want the lifestyle that we think a million dollars brings. The truth is you can have that lifestyle for far less.

Follow your passion – What are you passionate about? Is it a big part of your life? What is the point of living if you are not doing things you are passionate about? I know not everyone can have a job that they enjoy and they are passionate about, but if you are not going out on weekends or in your free time doing things you enjoy, what is the point? You will be happier in life if you do something you are passionate about, even if its only once a week.

Say Yes – This has been a big change for me. For the longest time I would always say no to things. This past year I have said yes to a lot of things. Some of the best times of my life have been from saying yes to people. Saying no all the time just limits your opportunity and you never know what experiences you are missing if you say no. As the famous quote goes, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

Fail early on – This way sound weird but try and fail early on. These failures will teach you a lot and lead you to your biggest successes.

Be nice to everyone – While this may seem like a simple thing many people do not follow it. I’ve always tried to be nice to people regardless of anything whether it be social status, race, etc. This is why I have so many different “groups” that I am friends with. This has made me a very well like person and you never know when you may need a favor from someone.

Not getting what you want is important – As they say the world works in mysterious ways and it is true. Always remember when one door closes another one opens. If you are going through a bad breakup or things are not going well with business it is ok. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. This was very true for me this year as I myself went through a bad breakup, but that actually turned out to be a blessing as I’ve had the best summer of my life!

Eat well and take care of your body – As we get older this is huge! Stop eating like crap! Over the past few years I have really changed my diet around and I eat very well. Instead of shopping once a month and getting mostly frozen food I shop weekly and get everything fresh. On top of that I mainly eat healthy food. Hardly any snacks, sweets etc. I see people that I’ve grown up with not take care of their body and I’m glad that I have.

Better to have a small group of real friends – Growing up it seemed all you wanted was a ton of friends. As you get older your group of “real” friends gets smaller, but that is a good thing. People show their true colors and over time you find out who your real friends are. I am not saying don’t be friends with people, but do not consider everyone a true friend. It is far better to have a small group of people that actually care and that you can count on.

Don’t take anything for granted – There have been times in my life that I’ve taken things for granted. When these things leave our life they all of a sudden become the most important thing in our lives. Do not wait until that moment to appreciate what you have.

Have a positive outlook – You have to go through life with a positive outlook. Bad things are going to happen in life it is inevitable. But it is all about how you take them. Life is 10% what actually happens to you and 90% how you react to it. And who wants to be around someone that is negative all of the time?

Wow so I am 30, what will the next 10 years of my life bring?

Buying a Product Because of Instagram

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Instagram and most likely have an account. If not Instagram is a simple way to take a share photos, and add some cool filters to along the way. It is a social network as well so you can follow users and see what photos they are sharing.

I have been on Instagram for a good while now and I follow a good amount of people. It is always fun to find new and interesting people to follow. Since I am pretty big into cooking and eating well I follow quite a few different healthy living and cooking profiles. I started to noticed many of these profiles that I followed were talking about Flavor God Seasonings and posting photos of some awesome food they have made using the seasonings.

Well it turns out Flavor God had their own Instagram account so I went and checked it out. There were some pretty awesome photos of food on there like you see below.

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There was quite a lot of information on their Instagram page and on each post. They also do a great job showcasing people who are using their product. There is a great way to “keep the conversation going” about your product. Another great thing they do is list recipes using their product so you can try them.

So after seeing awesome food for about a week I went over to the Flavor God website and ordered the seasonings. They arrived about a week later and I love them! I use them on pretty much everything I cook and they have really helped me with my meal prep as well.

For those wondering Flavor God seasonings are low in salt, contain no MSG, use all natural spices, are gluten free and follow the paleo diet. Also shipping is free in the US!

Anyways I would have never heard of this product if it was not for Instagram. Again if you think social media is not important to your company you are behind the times. Instagram is completely free to use and is a great marketing tool you can use for your company. All you have to do is put in the time to do it.

Have you found a product or service on Instagram? Let me know in the comments!

Actually Living Life…

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If you may have noticed I have not blogged for about a month. So what have I been up to? Well plain and simple I have been living life and loving every second of it! I posted a status update on Facebook about how my life has seemed like a movie lately. Below is that post…

“The last 3 weeks of my life seem like a movie almost. And not just the good times that you see on Instagram or Facebook, but work and my personal life as well. I think the big change for me was to let the negative people in my life go and live for now. Negative people have so much to complain about and are never happy. No one wants to be around that. Do you know how lucky you are? How blessed you are to have great family and friends? To have a job and a roof over your head? I think it is the little things like this that we take for granted. You should wake up each day with a smile on your face and be happy with what you do have rather than harp on what you don’t. Living for now means if you want to do something go do it. That means go on an unexpected vacation, take a day off from work and hang out with friends, have a party, etc. Don’t make excuses and worry about every last detail. If it is important to you and will make you happy, just do it and correct course along the way. At the end of the day life is too short to be anything but happy…I am truly blessed to have such an amazing group of friends that bring out this euphoric positive energy that’s contagious!”

Let me touch on a few things that I said here. The first is to let go of negative people. You can’t expect to live a positive life if you are surrounding yourself with negative people. Let them go and see the difference that it brings you.

Appreciate the little thing and be thankful for what you have. While I may not be making a million dollars a year I am extremely blessed to have my own company that pays my bills, my amazing friends and more. Each day I realize things could be a whole lot worse for me.

Live for now. So many times I have told friends no or just stayed in. Over the past month I have said yes to so many things and had a great time. As I said in my previous post having amazing times with friends can really help improve productivity. If something is important to you just go do it, stop making excuses not to.

With all of that said the past month or so has been some of the best times of my life. I am definitely appreciating things and people more too. I am not sure why I did not have this outlook on life much sooner. I think that for many of us we get in auto-pilot mode and just let things go and put things off, many times until it is too late.

I recently found this amazing video which sort of sums it all up.

There are so many amazing things in that video, but I think the point I’m trying to make and what I was thinking when I wrote that Facebook post is that life is too short to be anything but happy. So if you are not happy go out and do things that make you happy, leave the negative behind and actually live life.

Work Hard, Play Hard & More

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Well this past Memorial Day weekend was one of the best weekends of my life. I spent each day with great friends and had an all around good time. After all the fun was over I did feel a little down, but the next day I was extremely energized to work and get a lot done. This got me thinking about something Tim Ferriss said in the Four Hour Work Week about how he suggested one month of travel for every two months of work.

While not everyone can travel for a month his point was that you need relaxation and good times to keep you motivated and to keep you going. There have been times where all I have done is work with no social life and I was just miserable. I found it very hard to get motivated each day. As soon as I started going out more and enjoying life this all changed. I knew that I could continue to travel, have amazing times with friends and much more if I got more work done and made more money.

Many of people have told me, “you party too much” or “you go out a lot”. If these people could see the results that having great times has on my work I don’t think that they would say those things to me. For example this past week after Memorial Day I triple the traffic on ThinkComputers and put out twice as much content as the previous week. This of course led to more money.

Why do you think that so many successful people are traveling or partying? It is because one they have the means to and two it shows them what hard work can bring them. Have you ever been on an amazing trip? Or had an amazing night with friends? What if you could do that over and over again? That is why so many people I know have the work hard, play hard mentality. Life is too short to sit at home watching TV or doing things that don’t excite you.

If you are feeling some type of void, feeling unmotivated, or just down why not plan a trip or a night out with friends. It is amazing how good times with friends can really effect your work and outlook on everything.

Here is a little recap video of my Memorial Day weekend that my friend made. I’m not sure if you are going to want to watch it at work though!

Staying at Revel in Atlantic City

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As I said in my Time To Reset post I have been traveling over the past month. It is a great way to clear your mind and I always love exploring and going to new places. I had never been at Atlantic City before this year, but I actually really enjoy it. It is like Vegas with a beach! This last time I was in Atlantic City I stayed at the newest hotel in town, Revel.

Revel is ultra-modern and really reminds me of Vdara in Las Vegas because if you didn’t want to you could never see the casino part of the property. I’ve always hated coming down from my room in Vegas hotels and the first thing I hear is the annoying sound of the slot machines. I stayed in an Ocean Room with a king size bed, actually all of the normal rooms have an ocean view.

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The first thing that I noticed about the room was it was much larger than other rooms that I have stayed in at other hotels. The bed was huge and there were actually two large chairs by the window that you could just relax in and watch the amazing view of the ocean.

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Another thing that surprised me was how large the bathroom was. Unlike most bathrooms you actually had two sinks so more than one person could get ready at once. The shower is a huge walk-in shower that even had a place where you could sit down. The only thing that it was missing was a rain shower head.

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The room was outfitted with a large flat screen TV, which you could do everything on from order food and drinks to check the weather and of course watch TV. While Revel says they have free WiFi you are charged at $7 resort fee if you use it.

Revel also houses HQ Nightclub and HQ Beach Club. I was able to make it out to see Sultan and Ned Shepard at HQ Nightclub and wow was it a great show. The club is extremely big too, much like many Vegas clubs. Unfortunately HQ Beach Club was not open when I was there, but I will definitely be back before the end of summer to check it out. Revel has been bringing headlining DJs to HQ recently, which makes it the perfect destination if you are into EDM music.

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Unfortunately I did not get a chance to check out any of the restaurants in Revel, but I will be back soon!

If you are planning a trip to Atlantic City definitely consider Revel. The rooms are awesome, the view is great, you don’t have to even go into the Casino if you don’t want to and the clubs are some of the best in AC. Being that Revel is newest hotel in AC it is a little more expensive to stay there. Prices per night during the week range from $150 – $200, but on the weekend they go up to $400 – $500. Also also a quick tip, Revel has automated check-in kiosks in the lobby, use those to avoid the long check-in line!