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Running into Myself: Thoughts from NYC

Cool picture from my flight into NYC!

New direction with this weeks blog, if you like it let me know. Sharing some random things that I’m thinking about. Take what serves you. Ignore what doesn’t.


A thoughtful quote: "Fortune sides with him who dares." —Virgil


A podcast I enjoyed: don't assume you know someone based on their family.


A great book: A million miles in a thousand years:

This book was phenomenal!


I spent a long weekend in NYC. Walked far too many miles before running a half marathon. I ate some wonderful food, and really mixed up my traditional birthday weekend. Step out of the comfort zone, that's where the magic happens.

1. If there is a parade, go see it! You are never too old or too young to go to a parade. Bag pipes are loud, and cool! I'm always a fan of marching the wrong way of a one way street! Surely I'm not the only one who noticed...

2. Spend less time asking yourself "what do I need to do" and focus more on "who do I need to become?" When I focus on who I truly am, my next steps of what needs to be done are insanely obvious.

3. Hold on to the people who want you to succeed and genuinely care about you. If you haven't found them keep looking. Do not hold space for people are jealous of your success. We go further when when go together with people who genuinely want us to succeed.

4. Fear is so stupid, yet it feels so real ONLY if you let it. National guard in the subway? (photo above) Go anyway... Croatia is dangerous? Go Anyway... You might fall flat on your face creating a community? Do it anyway... People might stare at you when you run without a shirt? Do it anyway... It really doesn't matter the outcome, what does matter is you don't let fear stop you.

5. Spend some time alone WITHOUT distractions. Get bored and just hang out with your own thoughts. Maybe it's 30 minutes maybe it's an entire day. Work on yourself, listen to yourself, and find your inner voice.

6. Give your friends grace. People will 100% disappoint you if you try to put them in a box and assign them expectations. Don't hold your made up expectations against someone when they don't respond or do what you think they should. We all have moments where we aren't the best version of our true self, stop taking it personally.

7. Self doubt will keep popping up in different areas. Quickly identify when this happens, and monitor your inner dialogue. This will never stop, there is nothing wrong with you, and feel free to tell your self doubt to STFU.

8. If you are running a race, the shortest distance between the start and the finish is a straight line. I know it sounds obvious, but it took me 8 miles to realize why my watch and the course markers weren't lining up. If you take the corners wide, expect that 13.2 mile race to turn into a 13.90 mile race. It's fine, accept your medal with gratitude, be damn proud of yourself!

9. If you have money sitting in a bank account and you aren't earning interest you are passing up FREE money. High interest rates suck when you borrow money, high interest rates are easy passive income when you are a saver. Don't ignore this.

10. I believe you have reason for being here. Don't overthink what your function in this life really is. Not everyone is supposed to be a CEO, a doctor, or a lawyer... Stop living what other people expect you to be, start being who you really are.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading these words. In case no one has told you recently, YOU MATTER. If I can build a life of freedom so can you. You’ve got this, and I believe in you!

See you next week! Head over to my Instagram at @playbooktofreedom for ongoing motivation and a community where we navigate stock market trading together.


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