What Leonardo da Vinci Would Teach You About Achievement

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered to be one of the most diversely talented individuals that has ever lived. He held over 10 professions to his name at any given time, and is credited with creations and discoveries that still influence the world to this day, nearly 500 years later. While I would love to nerd out on how … [Read more...]

Less Turkey. More Gratitude. How Practicing Daily Gratitude Can Dramatically Change Your Thinking

As I write this, it's Thanksgiving week in the U.S. This is a day when Americans are supposed to pause, reflect, and express gratitude for the positive things in our lives. Brief history lesson - This holiday evolved from the "thanks giving" prayers of the explorers who originally discovered and colonized early America. The difference between then and now is that our ancestors gave thanks for literally DAYS during this period (yes, I did pay attention during a small minority of history … [Read more...]

What It Means to Behave Successfully

You may have noticed a few recent changes to Academy Success. A cleaner look with easier sharing options, a sharper font that is easier on the eyes, and last but not least,  a very subtle yet very powerful new tagline - just underneath the main logo. "Behave Successfully" A couple of years ago when I started Academy Success, I set out to make a difference in the lives of as many people as I could. It's been fun and rewarding so far and I'm grateful to have as many readers as I do, but … [Read more...]

How to Eliminate All of Your Excuses… Forever

Whatever you think is holding you back, there is someone who has done what you want to do with less resources and more obstacles. - Tim Ferriss What if you could eliminate all of your excuses that are holding you back from accomplishing your goals - for good? This doesn't require a ton of work. In fact, it requires very little work at all. As I channel my inner Derek Halpern, so check it... What eliminating your excuses really comes down to is morphing your mindset towards what you … [Read more...]

[Video] 4 Inner Demons You Need to Conquer, And Exactly How to Do It

Believe it or not, there was a point in my life where there was no way in hell I would have even thought about publishing online. I thought to myself, who would want to listen to what I have to say? What if people don't like me, what if they make fun of me? Those being among other self-defeating thoughts. And at the time, I seriously believed it. Today I look back at that person and can't even believe it was me. And according to my survey results, I know for a fact that a lot of you out … [Read more...]

My Tough-to-Tell Story of Why, And The Start of a New Series

As I write this, I've been writing in Academy Success for a little over a year now. I've published nearly 100 articles, recorded dozens of videos, compiled several specialized reports (including some of the industry's top bloggers), just released a brand new upgraded design, and have even written a book on Amazon. I've also been featured on nearly a dozen productivity and personal development sites, attracted hundreds of subscribers, and thousands of readers, many of which have reached out … [Read more...]

How My 30th Birthday Coined a Simple New Method for Success

As I write this post, I just turned 30 years old last week, which naturally made me reflect on the last 30 years of my life as anyone who has just turned 30 does - well actually the last 25, because who remembers stuff until they're 5 anyway, right? Either way, I got to thinking about the practices in my life that have chiseled and forged me into the person I am today, and there was one that really stood out. Sure, I could make a big massive list post about everything that has helped me so … [Read more...]

Accomplishing Short Term Goals, Try This Unconventional Approach

Quite a few people struggle with leaving things unfinished. In fact, I used to struggle with this very thing myself. There's a lot of psychology and brain chemistry at play when it comes to motivation, and the reasons humans behave in certain ways. This has a huge effect with the conventional advice that most big box experts give out to people to help them accomplish their goals. They'll tell you to tell as many people as possible, get buy-in, get your idea out into the world. But that … [Read more...]

Three Easy Steps to Overcome Your Lack of Motivation

So, I have a confession to make. I haven't always been the productive person I am today. Truthfully, I've never been a person with an overabundance of natural energy. Some people are naturally energetic, like my wife. She's up and moving with a smile on her face within 3 minutes of waking up... but not me. Catch me before 10 am and its likely you won't talk to me for the rest of the day. I'm just a pretty relaxed kind of dude. Because of this I often used to struggle with staying … [Read more...]

Life Lessons Learned While Dangling From a 15 Foot Rope

Having graduated with an MBA and having done fairly well for myself in life so far... it's not often I feel like a total idiot, but a couple of days ago... it happened. There I was in CrossFit class, in an incredibly equipped industrial style gym with about 15 people in it... all of whom were ready to do an ass-kicker of a workout. We had to lift around our body weight up to our face (depending on skill level), climb to the top of a 15 foot rope, and sprint a few hundred meters. But not … [Read more...]