success myth # 1: belief

One of the great myths out there in the world today is that if you just believe enough, things will turn out the way you want them to. Sadly though, each year thousands of well-meaning people go bankrupt all with big dreams and belief that they would strike it rich. On countless occasions I have…

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learning is the first step on the road to success

This may seem hard to believe for most people born in the 90s, but back when I was in high school in order to track down historical data or whatnot for my projects and papers I had to pay a visit to the library (gasp). It was once the case that the people with the…

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mentors always ask the hardest questions

Have you ever noticed that the best teachers ask the toughest questions? Questions that make us think, those that force us to reevaluate what we know, and those questions we sometimes are afraid to answer. So many of us try to avoid the truth. We tell ourselves that our lives aren’t that bad and that…

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how do we define an expert?

Each day I set aside at least an hour to studying and my own improvement in the fields of self-development, marketing, business, negotiation, and productivity. And let me tell you, it’s not nearly enough. I have a stack of books just waiting to be read. If you came over to my house you’d find them…

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the choices we make determine our lives

The other day one of my clients was telling me about their life. They explained how, in both their personal and business life, they had trouble finding time to do what they wanted. They talked for about 15 minutes straight on how they couldn’t do this because of that, or how on they couldn’t get…

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the hows and whys of change

For those of you who have read my book iSucceed or read my bio you’ll know that I run my own English school here in Japan. But for the past two years I have invested a considerable amount of time into my writing. As you can see the result of which is my book, but…

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the difference between dreams and goals

Sometimes I get the opportunity to work with people starting new businesses and one of the first questions I ask is what their goals are. The answers I get back often surprise me because I hear people say such things as “to have 100 clients by the end of this year,” or “to earn $1…

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Just how much do we value time?

The other day I was talking with a student that has been with me for a few years. She’s known me from before I ever started writing and she’s seen me change over the years, as I have her. We have deep discussions on a variety of topics, and today’s class was no different. Somehow…

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Where to Start on the Road to Success

So here I am. My first real post. It’s been about 5 years now since I started this journey of mine. During which I have learned a lot about leadership, management, negotiation, understanding, love and, of course, success. Many people ask me just how I got into this field and my answer is always the…

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