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There’s no way Ralph Macchio should have been dumped by his girlfriend in Karate Kid II.

I’m writing a new book right now. It’s fan fiction for the Val Kilmer movie, “The Saint.” In it, super spy Simon Templar has to rescue a scientist (played by Elisabeth Shue) who has invented dinosaurs. A Russian politician has been sent from the future to kill her. It’s a Jurassic Park/Back to the Future/Terminator/Saint mashup.

At the end Kilmer will dump her because she broke Ralph Macchio’s heart at the beginning of Karate Kid II. How you going to leave a guy right after he’s just swept the All Valley Karate Championships? Ladies, back me up on this point. No way do you end the relationship at that moment. You’re dating the champ!

That’s actually how Jenny and I started dating. I was fresh off a huge Kung Fu victory. There was a lot of buzz around town about my dojo abilities and Jenny just kind of got swept up into it.

That’s not exactly what happened, but this next thing is very true and this transition is very thin.

A few months ago I had a conversation with my wife Jenny at our dinner table. Here’s how it went:

Me: I’m too afraid to write this book.

Jenny: No, you’re too lazy, but fear is fun to blame because then it’s not your fault.

Grenade.

If you’re hiding from your work, it’s easier to blame fear than it is to admit you’re lazy.

Fear is a force outside of you. Some evil beast from the shadows hell bent on stopping you from a goal.

Laziness lives a lot closer to home. Laziness is inside us and to face it means you give up your victim status.

When you do that, you take responsibility for your actions. That’s scary at first because blaming others is easier than owning things yourself. But when you own problems, you get to fix them.

So instead of pretending I was afraid, I admitted I was lazy and got to work on my book.

I turned in a 30,000 word outline for it last week.

To put that in context, Do Over was a 70,000 word book. An outline is usually 2,000 words but when you deal with laziness it’s amazing what you can do.

Today, be honest with yourself.

Have you been blaming fear for your lack of hustle?

Has a little bit of laziness slipped into your week?

It’s fun to be the victim at first because it’s so easy.

All you have to do is point the finger.

But your hands were meant for a lot more than that.

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The world just got a little bit brighter because of that thing you did last month.

A few weeks ago, I asked for your help.

I told you about Thistle Farms, a two year residential program in Nashville that helps women escape trafficking, addiction and prostitution.

I told you they’ve been doing amazing work for 18 years and have sister organizations across the country.

I told you the candles they make are such high quality that Whole Foods sells them.

I told you there were 100 women on the waiting list and that wasn’t OK.

I told you that if we raised enough money, we could buy them a new candle making machine which would lead to more jobs and more people in the program.

I asked you to help Jenny and me light the way home for the women still on the street.

And wow, did you respond!

More than 100 of you showed up in Nashville to package the candles with my family.

Hundreds and hundreds of you bought candles.

Friends of mine like Michael and Lindsay Moreno started selling the candles at their events.

The campaign was a crazy success and the world got a bit brighter in the process.

The women at Thistle Farms put together a thank you video for you.

Here it is:

If you missed the campaign and still want to help Thistle Farms. Buy a candle today or volunteer to help.

The world will stay dark unless we’re brave enough to light the way home.

Thank you lighting the way last month!

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3 lies kale eaters tell you.

I think kale is on it’s way out, now that “kalettes” are becoming a thing. What’s that? Oh, just a hybrid of kale and Brussels sprouts that is gaining popularity. (It’s like some evil scientist thought, “How could I make Brussels sprouts even worse? It’s impossible. No wait, what if I kale and Brussels sprouts had a love child?”)

Kale won’t be hot forever, ask arugula, which owned 1990, beets who dominated 1982, or Portobello mushrooms, everyone’s favorite in 1995. Veggies come and go faster than true love on the Bachelor.

But until then, watch out for these three lies that kale eaters tell you:

Lie #1 – It tastes good!
No it doesn’t. It tastes like sad grass or lettuce’s mopey cousin who was really into the Cure before anyone else was.

Lie #2 – You can’t even taste it!
If you don’t fall for lie #1 they switch tactics. They’ll tell you, “Don’t worry, you won’t even notice it. Just add it to stuff, you won’t even know it’s there.” Lies. So many lies. Spinach is a gentleman. Spinach will hide in the corner of a meal, not causing any trouble. Kale punches you in the mouth all day long.

Lie #3 – It’s an alternative to French fries.
Stop it. Just stop it. There is no way you can switch out French fries for kale and expect not to notice. No one in the history of eating has thought, “Was that kale or a delicious, golden, salty, heaven in potato form French fry? I can’t tell.” But I promise you there are restaurants right now saying, “Do you want French Fries, Tater Tots or a kale salad?”

I bring up kale right now because it’s the time of year that people stop eating it.

A cashier at the grocery store told me that the last week of January is also the last week of salad. People stop buying kale. Why?

Because most people don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, they make January resolutions.

Everyone starts out with this huge swagger January 1st, but by the end of January, the kale is done. The running is done. The book writing is done. The business starting is done.

But not this year.

I wasn’t going to offer a February round of 30 Days of Hustle, until the wait list hit 600 people and I realized there were lots of people who wanted to win all year, not just in January.

Sign up ends tonight at midnight.

If you haven’t seen the 679 tweets I’ve done about it, the 30 Days of Hustle includes the following:

1. 30 brand new videos
2. Access to a private Facebook community
3. The 30 Days of Hustle Workbook
4. Daily email reminders to keep you motivated for the 30 days
5. The 30 Days of Hustle Worksheet

Plus, I’ll refund your money, unlike that punk kale, if you don’t absolutely love it.

This is it.

Don’t set January Resolutions.

Hustle on New Year’s Resolutions.

Join the 30 Days of Hustle before midnight tonight!

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The dumb mistake I made because I was afraid of the wrong people.

“My haters get to tell me how to live my life.”

I might never admit that out loud, but sometimes that’s exactly what my actions say.

Case in point, when I do a book tour, I try to be vocal about it online.

I’ve learned over the years that if you don’t tell people you’re coming to their city, they won’t come to your event. Novel thought, right? People can’t attend events they don’t know exist.

As I plan for the event, I put the information on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and my blog. Each time I do, I hear a small voice inside say, “You’re bothering people too much with your announcements. They’re tired of hearing you talk about the events. Someone is going to get mad and criticize you.” So I pull back, I flinch and start posting less. The fear of that invisible hater edits my actions.

I only emailed my readers one time about my 15-City Do Over tour. I was afraid that someone would get mad. I was afraid people would angrily unsubscribe or worse mark me down as spam. So I went to all the trouble of traveling thousands of miles across the country and only sent out one email.

One night, after I posted the photo of the event I did in Kansas City, someone tweeted, “I wish I had known you were coming to town. I would have loved to have gone.”

In that moment, I realized I was performing for my foes, not my friends. I was so worried about pleasing people who didn’t like me that I under served the people who do.

Who was I concerned about offending? One or two people who weren’t going to attend the event anyway? That’s what really kills me.

The people who don’t like what you’re creating are not the audience that matters. Trying to convince them to like you, your business or your service is a terrific waste of time. And in focusing on people who don’t like you, you often ignore the people who matter – your friends, your clients, and your fans. You end up quieting your voice to please other people.

I wrote this idea as part of a collection of essays called, “Living Loud in a World Full of Haters.” It’s a special resource you get for free when you sign up for the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge, a video course I made that teaches you how to accomplish your goals.

I taught it to 10,000 people last year and 2,500 people in January. It’s crazy what you can do when you get plugged into a private community of supporters and learn how to hustle on you dreams. Registration ends Friday night at midnight, so tomorrow I’ll probably stop talking about it.

Until then, this is your invitation. I don’t want you to miss it, you can sign up right here.

But even if you don’t, make sure that in whatever you do, you don’t let the hate get you down.

Use your voice.

You’re the only one who has it.

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When I found out Rick’s plans, I had to tell everyone.

“Why would Rick give me money?”

Isn’t that the question we all have about Rick?

Come to think about it, I’ve never had a bad experience with a guy named Rick. I even liked Rickie Lake, although that might be because I always get along with people who have bodies of water in their names. Justin Timberlake, Billy Ocean, River Phoenix, etc.

I digress, back to Rick.

Recently, Rick Theule, posted this on Facebook:

Rick

Just so we’re clear, I didn’t know he was going to do that. I didn’t write that. I didn’t come up with that.

Rick said that he went through the 30 Days of Hustle last year and didn’t think the January course would be worth it. He signed up with great apprehension, but when he got the videos and everything that the course included, he loved it so much he didn’t want anyone else to miss them.

Rick is awesome.

Not only that, when I tracked him down he said I could offer that same money back guarantee to my entire group of readers. (I really want to call it a “30 Day Money Rick Guarantee.”)

So if you’re on the fence, Rick just knocked you off. Amazing years don’t happen by accident. Rick knows that and wanted to make sure you did too.

If you don’t love the course, if you don’t get a ton out of the 30 videos, 8,000 word workbook and private community, Rick will refund your money.

If you don’t learn how to hustle on your goals, get more done and have fun along the way, Rick will refund your money.

If you don’t like the black v-neck sweater I wear in the videos, Rick will refund your money.

He’s just that kind of guy.

So, are you in?

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Rick believes in the course, but more than that, he believes in you.

Sign up today!

 

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The cage fighter, the book writer and you.

I know that when you see my body, the first thing you think is, “Cage fighter.” Given the state of my core, it’s hard not to assume I’m proficient at mixed martial arts or at least some sort of obstacle course where you pay money to have people throw you in mud and shock you with electricity.

But I’m not a cage fighter.

You’re probably thinking of John Hackleman. He’s the one who runs The Pit, one of the top training dojos in the world. Don’t believe me though, ask UFC legend Chuck Liddell, who John has trained since 1993.

Why do I know John? Because he signed up for the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge. Here’s what he had to say about it:

Pit

Now, if you’re thinking my 30 day video course is just for cage fighters, I’d like to introduce you to Rae Ann Parker. She’s writing a book and said this about the challenge:

Book

We’ve heard from one cage fighter, one book writer and now it comes to you.

Why should you join the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge?

I could say the 30 different videos you get, the 8,000 word workbook that is jam packed with tips, or the helpful checklist, but I think the biggest reason to join is the community.

As a member of the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge you get access to one of the most encouraging private communities on the Internet. I said that approximately 97 times in 2015, but here’s Ingrid Griffin’s opinion on it:

Community

Why does community matter? Community calls us to heights we cannot call ourselves.

All this feedback was unsolicited. (As a general rule you shouldn’t try to force a cage fighter to do anything.)

But, when I asked the January members if they’d recommend the challenge to a friend, here was the response:

Poll

Why am I telling you all of this? Because we’re doing a February round and registration opens today!

Starting on February 1, I’m going to take a whole new group of people through the most inspiring, content rich goal crushing video course on the planet. (I was going to say “in the galaxy” but they just discovered a 9th planet and who knows what they’re up to.)

The course is worth $1,000, but I’m only charging $90 for it this week. On Friday night, it closes.

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Does your goal need a boost?

Do you want to get unstuck?

Do you want to do something that thousands of cage fighters and book writers and accountants and firemen and stay at home moms have already loved?

Sign up for the 30 Days of Hustle today!

P.S. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee. Simply put, if you don’t love it I’ll give you every penny back!