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Trust Yourself

Today is my birthday. When I woke up this morning, after gracefully letting myself sleep in later than usual, I made coffee and said to myself, “Last year was pretty good. I finished a book, moved to Manhattan, became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, slept in the Maui jungle, and fell in love. Now, what do I want for my 34th year?”

The answer hit me like a lightning bolt. “Trust yourself.”

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What does success look like? If we look at traditional metrics of accomplishment – perfect relationship, Ivy League education, spotless resume – I’m a failure.

But what if perfection wasn’t the point? What if we are alive, not to succeed, but to learn? What if the point is not to find glory, but to find ourselves? What if there is no single finish line to measure ourselves against, but rather the dotted line of personal progress as we stumble imperfectly forward?

I am perpetually awkward, I cannot make a relationship last longer than a year, and my mouth is my foot’s second home. Men are not supposed to be vulnerable, but I’m tired of pretending.

I’m a fuck up. And that’s okay.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Hurry.”

We are artists, not machines, and life is an adventure, not a punch clock.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’m Afraid to Follow My Dreams.”

When did being a “dreamer” become a bad thing? Think about it. As kids, we were taught to dream big. But as we grew older, the encouragement to follow our dreams decreased as the pressure to conform increased. What changed?

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Give Me Profits Over Purpose.”

There are two different roads to success. The path you choose is the most important choice of your career.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Be More Stressed.”

We live in a stressful world. But when we cultivate our inner peace, we have the power to transform stress into peace, not only in our lives, but in the lives of others as well.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “That’s The Way I’ve Always Done It.”

Are you attached to your comfort zone? The Ego is afraid to face the unknown, but only by exploring uncertainty do we find authentic success.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I Want To Achieve More.”

How do we achieve authentic happiness and success? It’s important to be a hustler, but nothing is more important than loving what you do.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Fight Hate With Hate.”

In a world filled with hate, an act of love is incredibly brave. The Ego tries to fight hate with hate. But the world needs you to fight back with love.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’m Not Good Enough.”

The Ego tells us that we are not as good as other people. But the truth is, when we live our authentic truth, nobody can compete with us.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’m Worried About What Other People Think.”

Everyone has a vision. But do you hold yourself back because you are worried about the reaction of others? Learn how to let go of self doubt and show the world your vision.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’m Embarrassed To Follow My Dreams.”

Following your dreams is risky. “What if people make fun of me?” the Ego says. Learn how to follow your truth in spite of society’s expectations.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’m Too Busy To Be Creative.”

There are two ways to live your life. Creatively or reactionary. Creativity is a mentality that says “I don’t have to accept circumstances as they are. I have the power to change my life and my surroundings.”

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I Don’t Know Where To Start”

When it comes to the creative process, starting is the hardest part. But the secret is it doesn’t matter where you start. Learn how to let go of resistance and get started on your authentic path today.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I Need To Be Aggressive To Be Successful.”

Aggressive behavior seems to get people ahead in life. But the truth is that we find success to the same degree that we live our purpose.

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