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Are You REALLY Trying to Succeed?

I’ve spent the better part of the past two and a half years trying to build a business online while holding down a full-time, 9 to 5 job (and during parts of the year, working much more than 40 hours a week).  This blog, My 4-Hour Workweek, was born like many others – following the reading of The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.

Since that time, I’ve had a strong desire to build an online passive income business, and those of you who have been reading this blog for the past couple of years have seen my many ups and downs.  Recently though, I’ve called into question my own motivation: Am I really trying to succeed? Or has the once lit fire finally died out?

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5 Posts That Will Definitely Motivate You

Occasionally, I find that my motivation falls asleep or disappears, and sometimes needs a little spark to get going.  There’s only so much I can do to internally motivate myself – sometimes I need to read about someone else’s success or action to get myself pumped up.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done any kind of  compilation post, but here’s a collection of some things I’ve read lately that I found to be really motivating…Enjoy.

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The Motivation Vault

Today’s post is short and sweet (this has been a really busy week for me), and I’d like to get your feedback.  I’ll start by saying: I shouldn’t be doing this.  I have too much work to do, too many side projects, and too many “challenges.”  Nevertheless, I’m not one to pass by an idea that I think I can implement fairly easily.

It’s hard to stay motivated as we try to escape our jobs, start our muses and businesses, and really reach the life we desire.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a place you can go to that is almost guaranteed to motivate you, even if it’s only for a short while?  Here’s the idea. There will be a new feature/page on My4HWW called The Motivation Vault. This page will feature (over time) a massive collection of links to articles, interviews, blog posts, etc. that motivate you.

Here’s what I need from you:

1) Your feedback. Do you like this idea?

2) Your submissions. If I go through with this, I want to know all about what you read online that really motivates you.  I’ll have a lot of my own things to list, but it’ll be a lot better if I get contributions from other people!  If you have ideas now, you can submit them via the Contact page, however I’ll also set up a contact form on the actual Motivation Vault page once that’s set up.

Sound good?  Head to the comments!

A Crazy Success Story That Should Motivate You

It’s amazing how “fluid” motivation can be.  One minute, you’re pumped and ready to dominate every challenge on your path, and the next minute, you’re demotivated, discouraged, and feeling like you just want to lay down and watch TV.  It comes and goes.  As aspiring entrepreneurs, we need to do whatever we can to keep that motivation around as long as possible.  It’s easier for some than others.

How do we create motivation?  There’s probably no easy answer to that, but one thing that has always motivated me (and I’ve probably mentioned this several times before) is the success story.  There’s something compelling about reading a real-life story or interview about how someone has overcome failure or some other obstacle to ultimately find success.  It somehow lights the fire in you and gets your motivational juices flowing (at least, it does so for me).

With that in mind, there’s a success story I came across on the internet recently that I want to share  with you, in case you haven’t seen it already.

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34 Sources of Inspiration!

IdeaPeople often struggle with inspiration, and generally fail to realize that inspiration is EVERYWHERE if you just keep your eyes open for it. I don’t usually do lists (besides my monthly reading list), but I thought this would be a fun way to present places I’ve found ideas or inspiration, in addition to places that I think could provide inspiration. There are an infinite number of ways and places to find inspiration, but here are 34 to get you started.  Please note: These are not listed in any particular order.

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