Entries by John Andreula

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Moving On Minute 8-4-19: Calibration

People seek out ways to improve themselves. They create changes in their habits and routines with hopes of becoming better versions of themselves When doing so, it’s equally important to evaluate those changes to ensure that they are producing the best possible results. That process is called calibration. Precision machines require calibration. Scales, lasers, and […]

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Moving On Minute 7-14-19: My Network Gave Me Everything

It’s impossible to downplay what my network has done for me, and it goes far beyond professional networking. Assuredly, professional networking is important to one’s business and financial success. It may possibly be the most important skill any professional attains. Personally, I haven’t commenced working for an employer through the cold application process since I […]


A Letter From My Future Self

Recently, a friend and I were discussing the advice we’d give to our younger selves. I’d thought about this countless times before. Although this has been a recurring concept in my thoughts previously, in this particular moment I’ve decided how negative such thinking was. Considering what advice you’d give yourself in the past seems too full […]


Don’t Want Want

It’s an incredibly liberating to do away with want. Want sucks money directly out of our wallets, bank accounts, and the mattresses and coffee cans we hide it in. In modern times it’s too simple to say, “I want this!” Whether we’re looking at a large 4K television strategically placed at eye-level at Costco, especially […]

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Moving On Minute 4-5-19: Unwrapping My Birthday Present

Birthdays come every year. They are inevitable like trips around the sun and years passing by. At a very young age many people in the United States of America are conditioned to view birthdays as special days. We celebrate birthdays similarly to Christmas, except it is far more individualistic. Showering gifts and additional attention on […]


Moving On Minute

Moving On Upwards was created with the vision of making personal development and self-improvement accessible and fun. Who doesn’t like becoming a better version of themselves? However, much of the content available in the aspirational and inspirational landscape comes in excessively long-form. All too often, these drawn-out works include only a small percentage of substance. […]

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Assisting Others’ Change: Choosing How Much to Invest and When it’s Time to Stop

It’s common knowledge that to create change in life, one needs to want to change first. Nobody is going to be able to make anyone else change. It just doesn’t work. When someone resists change and continually put up barriers that prevent them from changing, then there is no point in even trying to help. […]

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Where Discipline is Born: How I Started Moving On Upwards

It’s common for people to start out their lives believing what will happen to them, and more importantly what they are capable of, is outside of their individual control. This fatalistic view of life leads to self-victimization. This paralyzing paradigm relies on luck and so much to go in a person’s favor that it becomes […]


The Scam Is

You get a job to get paid, but you gotta work lots of hours each day. Divide up those hours by how much you get paid. It’s not a lot by the hour. The fact is it’s a fraction after taxes. Still you’re there early and after hours; sometimes on your day off. They should […]

An Ambitious Ares: My Nano-Failure

I’m an ambitious Ares. Essentially that means I have tendencies built into my personality that I have to be cognizant of, or else those tendencies get me into trouble. Being an ambitious Ares means I exhibit a considerable amount of intensity as well as a desire to attain greatness and achievement. Inversely, that tremendous energy […]

Illusions and the Reluctant Messiah

Just yesterday I completed reading the novel Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. It was an unusual but compelling story that makes for a fast fulfilling read. A fellow wanderer, who has been a confidant in my recent personal journeys, as well as a partner in my learnings, shared a story with […]

The Earth Remembers

It’s a tight window, This duration of time. Three thousand or so years since the expanse of civilization. The Earth remembers… The time before; The quiet time near forgotten. She longs for a period of silence And of rest and peace. The Earth wishes… For growth without sentience, For terrain lacking so-called intelligent fauna, So […]


I don’t know where I’m headed, but I walk ahead sure I’m going somewhere. I walk toward the light. Onward toward the sound of laughter and good spirits. I leave all the negativity in my wake. I cannot predict how my story ends, but when it does I hope my eulogy is delivered to the […]


A smile is the look of attraction. It is an action that needs practicing. A muscle that needs to be worked out. At a minimum, a smile will earn a smile back. It is disarming and charming. When not expected it can be weird or even alarming. I practice my smile and try to make […]

Friends with Benefits

Jim Rohn, famed American author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Think about that. If your five closest friends are bad at managing their finances, or their idea of what they should do every night is getting drunk, smoking weed, watching TV, […]


We travel down this path, tired, sore, but still moving on. I try to recall why we initially embarked on this journey, but my memory is unclear after so long. It may have just been our wanderlust. It may have been our curiosity to find we are truly capable of. The immensity of what lays […]


Finding Why

The “Why” is the common denominator that author, speaker, and thinker, Simon Sinek, has concluded separate most uber-successful businesses and leaders from their counterparts and contemporaries. Hence the concept Start With Why. However, “Why” is not enough. It was not enough for Martin Luther King Jr. It was not enough for Steve Jobs and Apple, […]

One Powerful Read

Upon completing my reading of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle I felt victorious. It was an incredibly deep and personal read. The Power of Now is the best non-fiction book I have read. I sincerely hope its teachings stay with me for the rest of my life. I believe its contents will assist […]



In my thirty six years of existence I have taken so much. I have taken resources from our mother planet in such excess that forever will be well acquainted with my refuse. I have bought and traded and earned and stole and acquired countless things. I have trashed and recycled that much and more packaging, […]

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Failure Habits Turned Into Successful Ones

Failing Upwards has been born and grown very organically. I originally set out to reinforce my writing habit and create a new habit of creative production and publication through these posts. My original intention was to produce fiction works. I was hoping to use this blog as a sounding board for anyone interested in reading […]

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Making Babies (Creating Experience vs. Selling)

Selling is a part of nearly every occupation and business. My personal experience specifically is in retail and services. I have had tremendous success over the years learning skills and techniques in closing sales and building value. I would like to demonstrate the benefits of creating a customer experience over just having selling skills. “Welcome […]


Be Undeniable

It’s time to give ourselves a pat on the back and a pep talk to get us ready for our future. So far here on Failing Upwards we have eliminated some of our worse habits and introduced new more positive ones (see: The Dichotomy of Habits). We have learned to use defeat to find strength. […]

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Hack Your Life to Peaces (punny title, I know)

Hacking, it’s not just for computers anymore. Technology today hacks things like note taking and to do lists making them much easier, more accessible, and most importantly quicker. Athletes hack their workouts to maximize gains and wins. Companies try to hack the business processes to maximize income and productivity while employees try to hack the […]


Chase Your Happiness

It’s hard, I know. You are making an attempt to be relentlessly optimistic and positive. You are doing your best to improve yourself every day and with every interaction. You have a general desire to add value to other’s lives. Inevitably someone or something will attempt to rain on your good vibes parade. Don’t let […]

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The Interconnectivity of All Beings (or How You Met My Network)

Currently my career is in sales. I’m looking to transition back into management after an almost four year break. One of the tools I’ve placed into my tool-bag and forgot about from my decade of management was my network. Until recently I hadn’t really thought about it, but it’s been there waiting for me to […]