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2015 was the best year of my life – easily. And a lot of really horrible shit happened.

Ever since I started Milk the Pigeon in 2011 (I think? Has it really been 5 years?), I had ONE, somewhat long-term goal:

Build a life that I could actually fucking enjoy day to day, and do that through self employment, which would give me freedom.

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When I started Milk the Pigeon, I didn’t have a goddamn clue how to live this amazing life I dreamed of.

I didn’t have a single role model that was self employed in an online business, traveling, doing whatever they were most passionate about, living the dream, and working daily towards the thing they loved.

It actually didn’t need to be self employment or an online business, but I didn’t know ONE person.

So I figured I would just figure it out myself. Later on, I found that there are lots of people doing this, most of whom appear to be entrepreneurs because they have the freedom and flexibility to do whatever they want.

Today, I want to highlight what really happened in the last year and the most important habit that I think allowed this stuff to happen.

Am I a millionaire? Hell no, not yet.

Am I some guru? Nope, don’t want to do.

Am I 100% living my dream? Not yet.

But this is the first time since I started Milk the Pigeon that I am happy almost every day – working on what I want – excited about my future and my vision and the road ahead. And I can share with you the exact habits I took to get there.

First – how it went. Second – how to make it a reality for yourself. Third – a very unique opportunity I’m offering in 3 weeks.

What Went Awesome (And Horrible) in 2015

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Most of my 20s sucked shit.

I’m totally comfortable admitting that to myself now at age 28 – it really sucked. I found myself working these goddamn awful jobs, that didn’t pay me much, that didn’t mean much, and didn’t have opportunities to even grow or learn much.

When you aren’t learning new skills…

… And you aren’t getting paid much.

… And you don’t like what you do.

… I call this “shit city.”

It’s literally, in every sense of the word (or phrase), a waste of your life. But sometimes that’s a price you have to pay temporarily.

Problem is, when you find yourself getting stuck like this, it’s easy to fall into a depression and lose the steam that’ll push you out of it. So here’s what I wish someone would’ve told me all those years ago, when I could’ve progressed so much more in my life.

#1 Learn Hard New Shit

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Growth.

This first principle is so shockingly simple, but rewarding, that I’m surprised I didn’t realize it sooner.

Just pick a new aspect of your life to grow in – so maybe you’re doing the soul crushing (or simply shitty) ten hour workday somewhere else just to barely pay your bills.

That’s fine.

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It’s lonely at the top. 99% of the world is convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre middle-ground. The level of competition is thus fiercest for “realistic” goals, paradoxically making them the most time- and energy-consuming. It is easier to raise $10,000,000 than it is $1,000,000. It is easier to pick up the one perfect 10 in the bar than the five 8s. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”

- Tim Ferriss

Everyone glorifies success, but no one ever tells you about the downside that can crush you.

We see it everywhere, and I’m one of the worst offenders – feverishly pursue something you care about and “get successful”  no matter what it takes.

It all seems like unicorns and rainbows – once you get “there” life is easy. With influence, you have opportunities. With money, you have choice. With time, you can do whatever the hell you want.

The truth is that most people glorify only the good parts of success because they aren’t successful yet – and thus don’t realize the dark nature.

Here’s what they didn’t tell you.

Why Everyone Hates You When You’re At The Top

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How to have your best year ever

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

There’s one life changing daily ritual I wish someone would have told me about a decade ago.

It’s something that only takes as little as ten minutes a day.

It’s something you can do anywhere on the planet – if you’re in New York City, or you’re waking up in the slums of India.

And best of all, it’s something anyone can do anywhere, and it’s free.

It all comes down to this: a morning routine where you think about what you want, and you see yourself getting it.

What’s The Big Secret?

A few years back, my life was pretty much in the shit hole.

If you objectively looked at every aspect of my life, you could tell each one was in shambles.

Relationship – Didn’t exist, even though I wanted one.

Finances – Usually went negative $200-$300 each month, so I had to freelance to cover those costs and not go into debt.

Health – Sleep problems, GI problems, back and neck problems.

Happiness – Just a miserable bastard.

Purpose/Meaning – Nonexistent.

If you looked at me a few years ago, you would’ve felt bad for the sorry bastard you saw.

These days, that former me doesn’t even exist. It’s like a figment of my imagination.

But one of the things I didn’t tell many people is this: one of the things that helped me most get out of this funk was a morning routine. In fact, it was possibly the thing that got me out of the morning funk.

So what did I do?

That’s what I’m going to share with you today.

The Million Dollar Morning Routine

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I messed up spectacularly a bunch of times in my 20s. But I’ve also done a lot right, and I’m glad I figured out some of the “right” stuff that produces massive success and happiness. Some of the “secrets” that the happiest, most successful, most fulfilled people in the world know.

But one of the best investments of time I ever made was making it a habit of studying and hanging out with the most successful people I could find.

For example, in the past few months alone I wanted to upgrade my social circle, like I frequently suggest many of you do if you want to take your life to the next level. I wanted to hang out with people who were crushing it, or who would be crushing it. People with a huge fire to improve their lives like I have.

The result just a few short months later? 75% of the time, the only people I’m texting, emailing, and hanging out with are people earning $200k+/year in their own businesses or ventures.

And let me tell you – they think WAY differently from most of us. From the average person.

But there’s one thing in particular that all successful people have, that I’ve noticed.

There’s ONE overarching principle that allows them to have epic levels of fulfillment, happiness, finances, health, relationships and a lot more.

They live life deliberately.

The truly successful people, not just the financially successful, think about everything and their own vision of the future.

It’s the exact opposite of how the average person lives – constantly waking up in a life they didn’t want.

Constantly wondering “how the hell did I get here?”

I get hundreds of the same types of emails – I woke up in this life somehow. I don’t know how I got here, but I don’t want to be here any longer.

It doesn’t matter if the person is talking about their health going to shit, their relationship failing, not having enough money, or just plain waking up in an extremely boring, mediocre life.

The origin is always the same: failing to live an examined life. Failing to take time to figure out what you want. Failing to learn the daily action steps that will help you get to where you want to be.

The solution is always the same: live life deliberately.

“Yea yea yea I’ve heard this before”

You’ve heard Thoreau before:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

Living a deliberate life means you’ve thought shit out.

It means you think about WHAT YOU WANT regularly, and how you can get there. This is directly contrary to how most of us live.

Think about it.

Your job. How’d you get it? And why? Because it was your major or related to it? Because it was what you’re good at? Because it’s just what “Men or women in the Johnson family do?” Because daddy or mommy wanted you to be a particular profession? Because you’re scared of poverty? Because you crave feelings of power and admiration?

Romantic partners. I once sat in a cafe thinking about how strange some couples are.

Sometimes there is a huge mismatch in looks, personality or just compatibility.

Sometimes that’s just because billy bob and cindy lou hoo just happen to be the only two people that keep running into each other, and are slightly compatible on one tiny thing.

Sometimes they just happen to “be there” when the biological clock is ticking and we want to settle down.

Where you live. The majority of people choose two options: Option A: Close to home and family. Option B: Far away from home and family. So we choose to live in places not because they match our interests, hobbies, career opportunities, etc. but because it’s “just where our parents are” or because “we’re trying to get as far away as possible.”

Neither of these are “examined” decisions.

How we spend our lives.

Think about your daily routine, and the routine of most of your parents or elders. Work, bowling at night, American Idol on TV, the same family gatherings, not using your vacation time, movies on the weekends, etc.

There’s nothing wrong with it – but is that really what you want to be doing? Or have you never thought about what you’d rather really be doing?

Most of our life is lived by default – where your parents are, what you majored in, what people around you do, or going against what the people around you do.

And as a result, you end up living a life that’s unexamined. That’s fine – nothing wrong with it – but if you’re like me, you want MORE from life. You want *THE* life, and I can assure you, it’s possible.

So What’s The Fix?

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