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I tracked my sleep obsessively for a year and consumed every piece of knowledge I could find on the topic. I summed up everything I learned in this article. Enjoy!

By the end of this article you will know 3 things:

  1. Why great sleepers have a competitive advantage when it comes to both, optimal mental & physical fitness and creating meaningful work for the world.
  2. What is stopping you from great sleep and what sleep deprivation is doing to your brain and body.
  3. How to become a great sleeper and ultimately leverage the skill to show up for people, projects, and causes you care about the most.


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It was mid-2015 and I was anxious to start something that exercised more creativity than selling houses (I was a realtor at the time).

So my friends and I decided to start a company. We started with some simple questions that most ask when thinking about starting a company. What problems do I have? What do I do often that could be improved upon?

Jackie: “I shop for clothes online but matching outfits is hard because you can’t really see what the items look like together”


Journal Entry: Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Anti-racism is the term I keep seeing. The anti-racism message seems to be spread amongst other people who agree with this message. (For the most part) Of course, we do. We all bleed, shit, and cry. It’s a simple yet powerful truth that most of us hold close to our hearts. We are all human.

Now… is telling someone who is truly racist that it’s wrong going to change his or her mind? Maybe. But these are the people we want to be speaking with right? …


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The Coronavirus, otherwise known as “COVID-19”, has swept across the globe, infecting more than 700,000 people according to Worldometer, as of March 29, 2020. What started as a simple media scare has quickly evolved into a pandemic. Quarantines, business shutdowns, and lockdowns in entire countries are the new norm.

Billions of people are told to stay home at all costs to slow the spread of the virus. For many people, this means working from home for the first time. …


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I just turned 26 years old in Lima Peru. Most of the day was spent working and stressing over something I can’t even remember.

It was now 7 pm and my friend Brett and I were still aggressively staring at our computer screens. Both of us often get so caught up in work that we forget to eat or drink.

Zero birthday fun was planned.

We decided to head back to the apartment I was staying at to cook dinner and have a relaxed night with Emma; my roommate in Lima. …


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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

In The Pirates of the Caribbean, there is a special compass.

A compass that points in the direction of what you want most in the world.

The idea of this compass fascinates me. Maybe because I have always struggled with knowing which path to take. Which career do I choose? What friends do I choose to spend time with? Where do I live? Where do I spend my free time?

There are so many fucking options today it’s absurd. It’s equally incredible and debilitating at the same time.

If there was a way to measure decision-making anxiety, I’m confident we would be at an all-time high.

Maybe it would look something…


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There are only a handful of things we have control over in our lives and at some point, most of us accept the fact that there are A LOT of things we simply can’t control.

I think it happens to all of us a bit differently but ultimately… it’s inevitable.

Maybe you realized it while screaming at the traffic as you missed the most important meeting of your life. Or when your home lost 50% of its value overnight and forced you into foreclosure. …


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Photo by John Arano on Unsplash

The rise of the CrossFit gym did something pretty awesome for the average human(not a professional athlete).

It brought something that resembles the performance-based training used to train professional athletes to us all. Now we get to suffer together like the best in the business ;)

If you haven’t taken a CrossFit class, here is the general premise:

You are put through an exercise circuit with roughly 3–5 different exercises which you complete non-stop for a set time period. The goal is to get as many reps as possible (AMRAP) in the given period of time.

It’s gritty and it’s…


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When you google “Why is mental health important” you are provided with several articles that are typically broken down like so:

  • signs of mental health issues
  • how to get help or how to ask for help

Thanks, mentalhealth.gov but I already know I feel like crap. You don’t need to give me a list of signs to remind me of the symptoms of feeling like crap.

…Feeling helpless or hopeless — yea no shit.

Maybe it’s a silly question. …


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“Fail fast and fail often” — Phil Knight

Okay, I don’t have a son, and I don’t think failure is wrong.

Although, I think the current dialogue around failure could be reframed. Failure is not a good thing but it’s not a bad thing either. Approaching a task with the mentality that failing is a good thing can be dangerous. Failing is inevitable, but playing to lose is not the way to win.

Michael Hyatt talks about this in his book “Your Best Year Ever.” He says, when you have a plan B or C that you are content with…

Tyler Donahue

Writer @TheHustle @thriveglobal | Founder @th3kindproject @essentialblankets

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