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Lets face it, if you are like most of us over forty people, you are stuck in a unfulfilling job, dragging your stressed out ass through the tired 9-5 grind of life only to come home depressed and unsatisfied.

You are filled with woulda-shoulda-couldas.  I’m stuck in the 9-5 hustle right now.  But my side hustle has lit a fire inside me.  The pain of the day job is now surpassed by the joy I have n building my empire.  I don’t do network marketing,  or mlm, I work in sales.

There is no shortage of jobs in the sales world that pay very well.  However, you need to work.  It is a side hustle after all.  A side hustle can be a blog or YouTube channel that you wish to monetize, perhaps you produce amazing cole slaw and want to produce the best-selling slaw in America.

Whatever the desire, you need a side hustle.  Especially if your 9-5 doesn’t have you were you want to begin life, and for most of us, it’s the desire to plan your day as you see fit.  To be able to work a business on your terms, not on the terms of corporate America.  In may opinion humans were not meant for cubes in buildings with artificial light for 8 hours a day.  It’s why we are the number one society with depression issues and illness.  It’s not a gratifying existence.

A side hustle will not only help you build a financial future, it will help you create immense disciplines that will make you a better person over-all.  We cannot count on the company to take care of us, the government will most likely bankrupt social security.  It is up to us to make sure we aren’t working our asses off at Home Depot at 68 years old when we should be doing the things we want with the people we love.

A side hustle keeps your mind active.  I’ve witnessed first hand what lethargy and complacency can do to people.  I watched my father give up on life. It’s a sad experience to witness.  Don’t let it happen to you.

A side hustle will help you meet new people.  If you are serious about success you will need the help of others.  One of the great things about building a side hustle is the people you will meet along the way.


A side hustle can hep you fight off depression.  Many people I talk to re seriously depressed about their work situation.  They wake up every morning, physically sick with the prospect of facing yet another day on the job.  he side business that you are building can help you shift focus from something that pains you, to growing a business that excites you.

Finally, a side hustle will help you become a better person.  To build an empire you have to become an empire builder, the mindset that has you were you are in life, has to change, and you will change, for the better.


Great reasons why you need a side hustle.  Find something you can be passionate about and create a business.  You can do it.


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Lately I have had to really focus on making my mind less hectic.  I have a doctorate in procrastination and found I need to write things down in order to get some things done.  I have also discovered that I still put off doing things on my list sometimes.  Well, a lot of the time.

A to do list is a great tool to get you started, but I found that scheduling things in my calendar was a huge step in getting more important things done.  Your phone comes equipped with a calendar, use it.  Once I started scheduling my time at the gym, time to work on my business, my meditation practice and other important matters in life, I became much more efficient with my time.  Time is the one commodity we can not acquire more.  Be stingy with your time.  Everything I do is scheduled on a calendar. This is a tough habit to stick with, but when you commit 30 days to the process, you will be surprised about how much more efficient you become.

Meditation is the second practice I have started that was so difficult in the beginning, but is an important part of my daily routine. How do you start meditating?  Youtube has great beginner videos that will walk you through, 10, 15 or 30 minute sessions.   Just push play and follow the instructions.  I highly recommend starting off in the 5-10 minute range.  Spotify is another great resource for meditation.  Just start.  set aside 10 minutes a day where you won’t be disturbed.  Meditation benefits include reduced stress, improved concentration, information processing, fosters creativity an a host of other amazing things.


With great change comes great patience.  Try these practices in your life for the next 30 days and I guarantee you will see dramatic improvements in you life.  So many people I talk to live unfulfilled lives.  They are over 40, and feel like the American dream is really not a dream at all.  We are at a point were we realize this ride is at best half way over.  Perspectives and things change dramatically as life chugs along.  Thank you for joining me as I document my journey to build a newline after 40.


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When I look back over the past several years of life, there are certain moments where you can pick out that instance where life changed. Wether it was for better or worse we all have an impactful event that changes the course of life.


Years ago, in my early thirties I was a fat, lazy, depressed slob. I had no idea what I was doing with life. I had what they call a good job, nice house cars and all the other bullshit. But it sucked. I wasn’t happy. What I lacked was any type of positive disciplines in my life. I had no real goals. No aspirations. The fire that burned as a youth had been reduced to barely an ember after years of failures and horrible decisions.


Go to work, come home, live for the weekends and that vacation to the beach once a year. I wanted to change. The desire was there, but I had no fuel for the ember.


Finally the fuel came when I fully committed to a fitness program. I created a discipline that was a catalyst for change in my entire life.



Depressed? Lost? Angry? Work out! Get into the habit of refining your body physically. Eat better. Create those disciplines that will build moment and spill over into other aspects of your life. It happens. It did for me and for many others.



Make a commitment to a better you. Life is too short to live it in misery. Be Superhuman!


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It seems as though part of life is learning lessons the hard way. For me personally, I have learned lessons the hardest way possible. Repeatedly.

My parents never taught me anything valuable. Honestly, I’m surprised they managed to keep me alive. Growing up as I expressed my dreams and ambitions I was always told “Thats too hard” or “You don’t want to do that, it’s a lot of work.” I was never pressed to go to college, pursue any ambitions or do anything for that matter.

My father feared the world and hid in a Budweiser bottle. My mother did her best but was of little help in pointing me towards designing a life. Go to work and get a job with benefits, was all I was told.

Growing up and moving on with life you begin to look to others for helpful advice in reaching goals or ambitions. However, this can be a disastrous method. I learned that the hard way. Over the past several years I have developed a set of rules I live by to help maintain my sanity as well as keep me on course in life. Here are some of my top rules.

5. Don’t take advice from someone who isn’t where you want to be in life.

Want to be a chef? Don’t take advice on how to do it from the grill cook at the pizza shop. Be a real estate millionaire? Don’t take advice from a relative who lives in an apartment. Find people who are doing exactly what you want to do and seek them out. There are loads of people out there who can give all kinds of advice on how to do or achieve something, but never have accomplished anything themselves. Avoid these people like the plague. Success leaves tracks, follow them.

4. Don’t Gossip

Pretty simple. Don’t say something about someone you wouldn’t say to there face. This can be difficult because it’s in our nature to gossip. If people confide in you. Keep it to yourself. You are much more valuable to someone as a confidant then a gossip. My motto, “I don’t know anything, and even if I do know something, I don’t know anything.”

3. I Don’t Take Shit

I’m 38 years old, I don’t take shit from anyone. And by shit I mean don’t guilt me into doing something, try to manipulate me or lie to me. My bullshit meter is pretty spot on these days.

2. I Will Cut You

I have never actually cut someone with a knife or a weapon, but if you are a drain on my existence, a liar, or anyone who distracts me from my goals, or means to be an asshole, I will cut you out of my life immediately. I don’t have time for bullshit.

1. I Am A Sarcastic Asshole

This is who I am. It means one of two things, I’m comfortable enough with you to be that way, or I don’t like you. It’s up to you to figure out which one.

Rules. They provide guidance in life. These rules have helped me stay focused. Do I break my rules? I try not too. However rule 1 nevet gets broken. Thanks for reading and please share!




One of the many painful lessons I learned in life is you need someone to guide you to your goals. It is impossible to succeed in in any endeavor by yourself. You need someone to assist you.

As a kid we idolize many people, celebrities, parents, athletes and even adopt some of their characteristics. However along the road of life sometimes we lose this trait and “grow up”.

Of course we idolize our parents, but sometimes, their lack of information, can be of no service to us in adulthood. My father always told me to graduate high school and get a good job with benefits. That was his life model. He knew no better. The desire to conquer the world wasn't a concern for him. Complacency and dependence on alcohol were his driving motivators.

So, I did as my father said, found that great job with benefits. Within a year I was left with a feeling of “now what?” Is this what you do for life? Work the same job for 45 years and retire? Screw that.


I craved more out of life. It became a fire that consumed me, I decided life would be more than a 45 year job with hopes I can retire and survive until I die. Over the next several years I looked for people who were doing the things in life I wanted to do, people who achieved great things and making the world a better place. I began a relentless search of people who lived a life I wanted.

One of the first books I read was by Robert Kiyosaki. Rich Dad Poor Dad. It changed my life. Even though I have never met Robert. He was a mentor. I learned something from him.


Napoleon Hill was another mentor in the early years I never met, but his philosophy greatly shaped the direction of my life. His book Think And Grow Rich is not only about financial riches, but riches on an emotional level.

Fast forward several years later and there have been dozens of other people who are mentors to me. Tony Horton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rich Froning are just a few people who have helped me tremendously.


It may be crazy, but when I discover someone who interests me, I become consumed with them. Their journey to success, their mindset and their philosophy of life. It all feeds my mentality, it helps me to adopt ideas or characteristics to help propel me towards my ultimate goals in life.


Mentors are important. People to help spark you creativity, give you that one idea that changes the course of your life. They can be living or dead, authors, athletes, parents, teachers. Anyone you find amazing and interesting, learn about them, find something that can improve your life. Be inspired by them.


Here I am meeting Tony Horton.


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There was a time in my life when I was angry. I mean really angry. Anything and everything would set me off. Especially technology. I was never violent towards family or people, however, in my anger I destroyed a lot of things.


Eventually I realized I had a real problem. Books, talks on CD, meditation, I tried them all. Nothing helped. I destroyed laptops, chairs, so many walls that I've become an expert with sparkle and wall patches. I even destroyed a DVD player by tossing it out a window, running over it and finished it off with an axe. Don't get me started on play station controllers.


So, one day after yet another rage filled outburst I went to see a shrink. 2 sessions in and I discovered the cure, as well as the cause. My anger was the result of guilt that I had bottled up inside, frustration with my circumstances in life and a few other mental hang ups that I will reserve for a future post. Recognizing these issues didn't cure my anger, but they did help me realize I could control a lot more things in my life that added ingredients to my rage.


What was the key to helping me conquer my raging outbursts? The shrink said, “Think about how other people see you when you carry on like this.” And then it clicked. I had spent my childhood watching my father flip shit over dumb stuff all the time. I then realized how stupid my rage was and resolved to get it under control.


Now I'm not perfect, and once in a while I lose my cool, but I quickly regain control and squash my rage monster before he reveals his ugly head. Believe me, it hasn't been easy, but the thought of my daughter seeing me act like a lunatic over stupid crap isn't healthy. Most of my anger outbursts reside in my car, on the road, with horrible drivers. Nobody can hear those outbursts, since I'm usually on my own, and it has become a therapy for me.


We all have anger for different reasons, in my case it was my own stupidity. It all boiled down to being mad at me for failing myself. I had no goals, I was fat, lost and unhappy. I knew I didn't want to be that way, but I couldn't figure out how not to be. It's been a long road, and I have learned many, many lessons the hardest way possible. It even seems like I've learned the same lesson the hard way more than once. But I created goals and started knocking them out, all the things I was angry about began to melt away.


Find a reason to not be angry. Build on that.

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1. Fitness builds a foundation for success in other areas of life.

2. It's the best anti-depressant.


3. You will feel amazing.

4. It makes you crave healthy foods to fuel your body.

5. You will look amazing.

6. Because it will challenge your body and mind.

7. It's cheaper than therapy with a professional.

8. To become Superhuman.


9. It raises confidence.

10. You will meet amazing people.

11. It helps with goal setting.

12. Sleep better.

13. Have loads of energy.

14. Because when your 70, your body will thank you.

15. Better sex.

16. Overcome self imposed limitations.

17. Squats are amazing.

18. Arnold would be proud.

19. You'll be happier with yourself.

20. A new wardrobe.


21. Because you owe it to yourself to be the best you.

22. You are someone's inspiration.

23. Because it's fun

24. Because you are investing in your future self, not just for you, but your family and loved ones.


There, 24 reasons why you should hit the gym. Don't wuss out, do something your future self will thank you for.

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As the New Year approaches many of you will resolve to do more, accomplish more or whatever goals you may have to conquer the approaching New Year. But what is your plan of attack?  How are you going to make sure you achieve all those resolutions?

Over the years I have tried many ways to keep myself organized, productive and efficient. I experimented with many apps to help me be more efficient, but I quickly found some apps did too much, some, not enough and where overly complicated.  I needed something efficient, free and compatible with my iphone and ipad.  After much trial and error I have discovered that Evernote is the best app for helping me become better organized and efficient.

One of the biggest things I achieved was creating a To Do List.  Every morning before I start my day, I compile a list of things that need to be accomplished for the day.  Here’s a quick tip, put the item you are dreading doing on the top of your list.  For more on to do lists and the power of getting stuff done , I highly recommend Brian Tracey’s book, Eat That Frog.



Evernote will allow you to create notes and categorize them, Goals, To Do Lists, etc.  The app is simple to navigate and best of all its free.  You can achieve so much in life if you have a visual map of where you are going. The daily list of accomplishments will build momentum towards achieving more of your personal, professional and financial goals.

By using this app and creating simple notes I have been able to quadruple my production in life and work.  What’s the benefit of all this?  More time to do the things I want when I want.  It has streamlined life.  I highly recommend Evernote to anyone looking to becoming a more productive and efficient Superhuman.

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