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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…
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Endings & Beginnings

In these waning days of 2018 I feel it's important to reflect on the year that is passing. It's of equal import to consider the new year that is about to commence. In my life, 2018 has been a year of transition. It was the year I decided…
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Habit Stacking / Don't Snooze

My alarm buzzed this morning at 5:52 am. I hit the snooze button knowing the back-up on my phone was set for seven minutes later. I drifted back to that light NREM sleep that doesn't really have any positive benefit for the body. It kind…
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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…
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The Moments of Moving On Upwards

It is impossible not to recognize that moment. Isn't it? It's the moment where you realize you are doing the wrong thing with your life or you're on the wrong path. That moment stares you right in the face and screams your name. It calls…
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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,…
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Kung Fu Friends

In recent days I have received a lot of commentary from close friends in regards to the advice and concepts introduced in the Pluck Those Weeds From Your Life article. A few have pointedly asked or wondered if I consider them weeds. To them…
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Pluck Those Weeds From Your Life

We all attempt to stay focused on what's important to us in our lives. Time with family, exploring our passions, and exercising are all examples of some of the best uses of our time and emotional energies. The people in our lives can be our…
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There is no I in team (but there are two U's in F.U.)

"There's no I in team." That old cliche. Bosses may say it after an employee refuses to stay late on day they had made plans. Coaches say it when a player asks for more touches or minutes. They say it as well when the players request more…
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Face First Into Fist (This Week's Colossal Failure)

I did it again. Failure seems to wait for it's chance to remind us that we are weak, slow, and dumb. It found me once again at my Kung Fu school last night. After our normal class ended and we bowed out I invited an old training partner…
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10 Reasons to Start Looking at Networking Positively

If you are the type of person who says, "Eww gross, networking..." then you probably won't read this article. If you already value your network, or if you are just building up your network from a small or malnourished one, then the title…
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Defining Success (a Narrative)

"A man has dreams of walking with giants, to carve his niche in the edifice of time..." -George Banks from Mary Poppins Shortly after my most recent article, Failure Habits Turned Into Successful Ones, a friend, Dave asked me what determines…
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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.…
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Failure Makes for Progress

We've established that we want to be 9's striving to be 10's. It is impossible to never slip and fail or we'd already be the 10's we're striving to be. Perfection is an irresponsible and unattainable goal. You could spend the whole day doing…
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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…
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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).…
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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…
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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…
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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…

Give Yourself A 10-15% Raise (or Failing Upward Secret #1 Ask for the Discount)

Since Failing Upward is the umbrella under which my set of personal philosophies exist I wanted to share one of the actions I take to give me a financial edge over the majority of consumers and money spenders and savers out there. I may take…
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The Time Space Continuum

My wife and I have created several entrepreneurial enterprises over the past decade. Occasionally our e-businesses would make a large sale or several moderate sized sales. These endeavors have cost us money in the acquisition of product or supplies…
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Using Defeat to Build Strength

I would like to share some of my experiences in Failing Upward, my personal philosophy. It is defined by a relentless positivity and continually making lemonade out of lemons. If I am going to fail or lose or get hurt or even get fired from…
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The Dichotomy of Habits (or I Only Have One Criterion)

So you have taken a hard look at how you currently utilize your time. It's time to address those pesky bad habits. Some examples are excessive social media, phone and screen time, recreational drug use, pornography, and especially working too…
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Welcome to Failing Upwards

A short while back I made a decision to make some extreme positive changes in my life. At the time and for as long as I can remember I was not happy. I had difficulties in my relationships with family and friends. I brought work stress home…
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Commitments to Myself

I commit to exhibiting high value behaviors and reducing low value behaviors in my life. I commit to surrounding myself with others who are high value in their actions and reducing interactions with those who are low value. I commit to adding…