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The following is from a stream of tweets I sent out last night as the clock struck midnight here in Des Moines. They were raw, unedited, and totally honest. Enjoy

2013 showed me that, no matter what someone might tell you, it is up to you to START the work of building your dream—it’s on YOU.

You must START, but you must find others who want to help you make it happen. Get rid of the doubters, the haters, the phonies.

SO many people are sitting in a job they hate/tolerate because the risk of launching out on their own seems too great.

Having taken the trembling steps forward to build the life I want (instead of the one others what for me), I can tell you it is terrifying. There’s no way of getting around it.

But I wouldn’t—not even for a minute—trade the experience of this past year. 2013 literally changed the course of my life. That’s not an overstatement.

By no means do I feel like I’ve “made it,” but as I succeed in 2014, it will be because of that first step…

2014 will continue to be FILLED with first steps. Constant, fearful, excitable first steps.

Will you join me? Let’s do this. Go get ‘em!



I love this story and want to share it with you.

There are many of you reading this right now who know you were meant for something more.

The best way to get there? Build an online audience and learn how to influence them to take action. With a committed online community, you can do anything.

So as you read, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What lies am I believing about my potential?
  2. Who do I know who enjoys what I do/create/write? Would they be willing to pay me for this work?
  3. What am I doing now that I don’t want to be doing?
  4. What’s the “mullet” (it’ll make more sense in a minute) that I’m hunting for? What do I want?

The One About the Scientists, a Barracuda, and Glass Cages

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute did the following study:

It’s a widely known fact that Barracuda love to eat mullet.

Scientists put a barracuda into an aquarium, added a glass partition in the middle and then put a mullet in the other side.

Not believing his good luck the barracuda circled a few times, gathered up speed and launched directly at his lunch – the poor
unsuspecting mullet.

Wham! Bam! Full throttle into the glass partition.

Unfazed at this, the barracuda did his preliminary circles and sped off again toward the mullet. Again, Wham! Bang! into the glass partition.

Again and again and again he tried. Some weeks later, the scientists noticed the barracuda quit trying to eat the mullet, so they removed the glass partition.

Amazingly, the barracuda remained in his side of the aquarium, silently swimming in circles.

In fact, the hapless barracuda slowly died of starvation while the lucky mullet swam about in safety just a few inches away!

Many of us are like that barracuda – hurt, bruised and wounded from many previous collisions with life.

We’ve given up, our lives have become unproductive, lifeless, hopeless, without goal, purpose or meaning.

Around and around we go, going nowhere…silently, starving to death… while just a few millimeters away there is a prize to be collected, a blessing to be claimed, a job to be had, a relationship to begin, an education to be gained, earnings to be earned.

Take this advice seriously and let me tell you, the mullet is delicious!

[Original storyline from the book, Follow Your Heart by Andrew Matthews]

Coffee Beans

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How do you buy coffee for 12,000 people?

Unless you’re Jesus or someone with gobs of money who likes buying alotta lattés, the task could be a little tricky.

Enter: social media.

Turns out, with the few swipes of your finger and a couple of tweets, you can buy coffee for as many people as you want. Here’s how…

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