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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 11 Bloggers to Follow for Lifestyle and Productivity Tips

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 11 Bloggers to Follow for Lifestyle and Productivity Tips


    Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

    Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

    Name one productivity/lifestyle blogger that you follow for advice/tips on staying balanced. Why are they so great?

    1. Marie Forleo

      I heart Marie Forleo’s weekly Rich, Happy & Hot videos. Not only do they provide actionable suggestions for creating a rockin’ business, they also illuminate how to shift from working hard to working smart in order to integrate work with the rest of one’s life. I appreciate Marie’s “everything is figure-out-able” attitude and her belief that the best entrepreneurs are multi-passionate.

      Alexia Vernon, Catalyst for Action

      2. zenhabits

        Leo Babauta runs zenhabits, one of the most popular blogs on productivity and lifestyle. The content is amazing and the design makes it such a pleasure to read.

        Ben Lang, EpicLaunch

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        3. Tim Ferriss

          Tim Ferriss

          took productivity and lifestyle hacking to another level with his ideas in The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body. He publishes an exceptional blog, with the subtitle “Experiments in Lifestyle Design.” His ideas are eye-opening and his interviews with entrepreneurs are fascinating. I highly recommend following his blog for motivation on being the best you can be.

          Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

          4. Seth Godin

            Seth Godin’s

            posts are short on word, but pack an amazing punch. His direct, to the point blog posts really help me to stay focused on the important things in life and see things from a different perspective.

            Nathan Lustig, Entrustet



            5. James Altucher

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              If you’re looking for a brutally honest and straight forward thinker, James Altucher’s blog is a must read. He is the author of several books and has sold several companies he personally founded. The blog provides many great resources for entrepreneurs and a unique insight into his thoughts on both personal and professional relationships.

              Evan KirkpatrickWendell Charles Financial

              6. Cal Newport

                I really appreciate and share Cal Newport’s philosophies on pursuing excellence and enjoying life in the process. Although his blog, Study Hacks, started out geared toward students, it has evolved into a place to find relevant information for anyone interested in the pursuit of being remarkable without burning out.

                Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E®


                7. Sean Ogle

                  Sean Ogle graduated college and entered the work force as a financial analyst. He quickly realized this wasn’t for him, quit his job, moved to Thailand and built an online business. Sean’s blog posts on Location 180 are inspiring and provide practical ways on how to build businesses that can be run from anywhere and, most importantly, how to achieve the independent lifestyle of your dreams.

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                  Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings

                  8. Jason Fried

                    Jason Fried has built an incredible business around making projects more efficient. He blogs about his company’s lessons learned at “Signal Versus Noise”. It’s not simply about the company’s tools, but he shares amazing insight into building a positive culture.

                    Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches


                    9. Yaro Starak

                      Yaro Starak of Entrepreneurs-Journey.com not only gives really good online marketing advice, but he teaches people to build businesses that support their lifestyle and value system. Yaro is from Australia and lives the life of a true entrepreneur.

                      Matt Wilson, Under30CEO.com

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                      10. Chris Guillebeau

                        Whenever I need a little inspiration, I head to Chris Guillebeau’s site, The Art of Non-Conformity. His posts never fail to get me fired up, whether he’s written about business, travel or something else entirely.

                        Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting



                        11. Mayi Carles

                          Mayi Carles

                           has great weekly videos, but more importantly she’s designed a set of weekly and daily “Life Is Messy” planners to help keep you focused. She gives great advice for creative people, who tend to be all over the place when it comes to ideas and productivity. Her attitude is really upbeat and her advice is spot on.

                          Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media

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                          Why Do I Have Bad Luck? 2 Simple Things to Change Your Destiny

                          Why Do I Have Bad Luck? 2 Simple Things to Change Your Destiny

                          Are you one of those people who are always suffering setbacks? Does little ever seem to go right for you? Do you sometimes feel that the universe is out to get you? Do you wonder:

                          Why do I have bad luck? Is bad luck real?

                          A couple of months ago, I met up with an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen since last year. Over lunch, we talked about all kinds of things, including our careers, relationships and hobbies.

                          My friend told me his job had become dull and uninteresting to him, and despite applying for promotion – he’d been turned down. His personal life wasn’t great either, as he told me that he’d recently separated from his long-term girlfriend.

                          When I asked him why things had seemingly gone wrong at home and work, he paused for a moment, and then replied:

                          “I’m having a run of bad luck.”

                          I was surprised by his response as I’d never thought of him as someone who thought that luck controlled his life. He always appeared to be someone who knew what he wanted – and went after it with gusto.

                          He told me he did believe in bad luck because of everything happened to me.

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                          It was at this point, that I shared my opinion on luck and destiny:

                          While chance events certainly occur, they are purely random in nature. In other words, good luck and bad luck don’t exist in the way that people believe. And more importantly, even if random negative events do come along, our perspective and reaction can turn them into positive things.

                          Your luck is no worse—and no better—than anyone else’s. It just feels that way. Better still, there are two simple things you can do which will reverse your feelings of being unlucky and change your luck.

                          1. Stop believing that what happens in life is out of your control.

                          Stop believing that what happens in your life is down to the vagaries of luck, destiny, supernatural forces, malevolent other people, or anything else outside yourself.

                          Psychologists call this “external locus of control.” It’s a kind of fatalism, where people believe that they can do little or nothing personally to change their lives.

                          Because of this, they either merely hope for the best, focus on trying to change their luck by various kinds of superstition, or submit passively to whatever comes—while complaining that it doesn’t match their hopes.

                          Most successful people take the opposite view. They have “internal locus of control.” They believe that what happens in their life is nearly all down to them; and that even when chance events occur, what is important is not the event itself, but how you respond to it.

                          This makes them pro-active, engaged, ready to try new things, and keen to find the means to change whatever in their lives they don’t like.

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                          They aren’t fatalistic and they don’t blame bad luck for what isn’t right in their world. They look for a way to make things better.

                          Are they luckier than the others? Of course not.

                          Luck is random—that’s what chance means—so they are just as likely to suffer setbacks as anyone else.

                          What’s different is their response. When things go wrong, they quickly look for ways to put them right. They don’t whine, pity themselves, or complain about “bad luck.” They try to learn from what happened to avoid or correct it next time and get on with living their life as best they can. They have this Motivation Engine, which most people lack, to keep them going.

                          No one is habitually luckier or unluckier than anyone else. It may seem so, over the short term (Random events often come in groups, just as random numbers often lie close together for several instances—which is why gamblers tend to see patterns where none exist).

                          When you take a longer perspective, random chance is just . . . random. Yet those who feel that they are less lucky, typically pay far more attention to short-term instances of bad luck, convincing themselves of the correctness of their belief.

                          Your locus of control isn’t genetic. You learned it somehow. If it isn’t working for you, change it.

                          2. Remember that whatever you pay attention to grows in your mind.

                          If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life—especially if you see it as “bad luck” you can do nothing about—it will seem blacker and more malevolent.

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                          In a short time, you’ll become so convinced that everything is against you that you’ll notice more and more instances where this appears to be true. As a result, you will drown yourself in negative energy and almost certainly stop trying, convinced that nothing you can do will improve your prospects.

                          Not long ago, a reader (I’ll call her Kelly) has shared with me about how frustrated she felt and how unlucky she was. Kelly’s an aspiring entrepreneur. She had been trying to find investors to invest in her project. It hadn’t been going well as she was always rejected by the potential investors. And at her most stressful time, her boyfriend broke up with her. And the day after her breakup, she missed an important opportunity to meet an interested investor. She was about to give up because she felt that she’d not be lucky enough to build her business successfully.

                          It definitely wasn’t an easy time for her. She was stressful and tired. But it wasn’t bad luck that was playing the role.

                          Fatalism feeds on itself until people become passive “victims” of life’s blows. The “losers” in life are those who are convinced they will fail before they start anything; sure that their “bad luck” will ruin any prospects of success.

                          They rarely notice that the true reasons for their failure are ignorance, laziness, lack of skill, lack of forethought, or just plain foolishness—all of which they could do something to correct, if only they would stop blaming other people or “bad luck” for their personal deficiencies.

                          Your attention is under your control. Send it where you want it to go. Starve the negative thoughts until they die.

                          I explained to Kelly that to improve her fortune and have “good luck”, first decide that what happens is nearly always down to her; then try to focus on what works and what turns out well, not the bad stuff.

                          Then Kelly tried to review her current situation objectively. She realized that she only needed a short break for herself — from work and her just broken-up relationship. She really needed some time to clear up her mind before moving on with her work and life. When she got her emotions settled down from her heartbreak, she started to work on improving her business’ selling points and looked for new investors that are more suitable.

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                          A few months later, she told me that she finally found two investors who were really interested in her project and would like to work with her to grow the business. I was really glad that she could take back control of her destiny and achieved what she wanted.

                          Your “fate” really does depend on the choices that you make. When random events happen, as they always will, do you choose to try to turn them to your advantage or just complain about them?

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                          Now that you’ve learned the 2 simple things you can do to take control of your fate and create your own luck. But this isn’t it! These simple techniques you’ve learned here are just part of the essential 7 Cornerstone Skills — a skillset that will give you the power to create permanent solutions to big problems in life — any problem in any area of your life!

                          If you think you’re “suffering from bad luck”, you can really change things up and start life over with these 7 Cornerstone Skills. It may even be a lot easier than you thought:

                          How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

                          Thomas Jefferson is said to have used these words:

                          “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

                          Your luck, in the end, is pretty much what you choose it to be.

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