Saturdays are for ___________.

Saturdays are for ___________. Today can be whatever you want it to be. Adventure, relaxing, family time, zooming, distanced drinking, voting, rock painting, soap carving, competitive dog grooming, extreme ironing, gongoozling, speedcubing, axe throwing, hobbyhorsing, underwater hocky, or perhaps you’re taking part in the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta? Whatever your thing is, you get Read more about Saturdays are for ___________.[…]

From failure –> failure

Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to move from failure to failure, without loss of enthusiasm” Everybody fails. Actually, people fail all day every day. Life is packed with failing. This is how we learn. But it’s how we move from one setback to the next that defines us. It’s the actions and enthusiasm Read more about From failure –> failure[…]

If you can dream it –> you can do it.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”  – Nelson Mandela   Nelson is a smart guy. Today, he wants you to: – Think bigger – Try harder Because you’re more capable than you think you are Read more about If you can dream it –> you can do it.[…]

Dont “yes” your life away.

“Don’t do it! Make yourself unpopular, if you must, but don’t “yes” your life away. Be generous. Be helpful. But protect your own fundamental right to BE YOURSELF. For if you don’t, nobody else will.” Happy Friday, y’all 🤠 Remember, Friday = MYday. Be sure to get some self-care in the mix today. Cheers! Joel Read more about Dont “yes” your life away.[…]

Rise above the negativity…

Negativity is like a cancer. If it’s not squashed it will grow and grow overtime and kill everything you love. Unfortunately, there is a lot of negativity in this world. When you see, hear, or witness something negative, you have two options… 1. Foster, replicate, and spread the cancer. OR 2. Stay positive, rise above, Read more about Rise above the negativity…[…]

Showing love when someone’s being an asshole…

Yesterday I saw someone texting while driving and they nearly hit a bicyclist! 😠 Later, I saw another driver throw a cigarette butt and some trash out of their window. 🤦‍♂️ Last week, one of my friends posted an extremely insensitive comment on social media.😞 I came across this comment recently… “It’s okay that we Read more about Showing love when someone’s being an asshole…[…]

Where’s your grandma? – The depth of life.

About 2 years ago I found a 93 year old grandma wandering around the streets. She was lost, in her pajamas, and couldn’t find her home. Here’s the original morning email I wrote about this (Many of you weren’t on this email list back then). It was one of the coolest miracles and coincidences I’ve Read more about Where’s your grandma? – The depth of life.[…]

Stop Starting and Start Finishing

I have a bad habit of multi-tasking. While I’m working on 1 project, I come up with 3 ideas for other things. Then I start working on those, leaving the first project forgotten and unfinished. This happens daily, so I slowly collect a bunch of unfinished work and to-do items throughout the week. By the Read more about Stop Starting and Start Finishing[…]

Negativity helps absolutely nothing.

“I do not recall a time when negativity fixed anything” Just a quick reminder to approach everything with a positive attitude today. Good times, bad times, boring times, creative times, productive times, stressful times, at home, at work, with family and friends… Whatever you get up to today, remember negativity helps the situation zero. Have Read more about Negativity helps absolutely nothing.[…]

Month updates, parents teaching kids, and 100 days left this year!

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my Mum offered to give me $100 if I could give up eating chocolate for 1 whole year. $100 was more money than I could even fathom at that age! But do you know how hard it is for a kid to not eat chocolate? Birthday party treats, Read more about Month updates, parents teaching kids, and 100 days left this year![…]

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Your Monday focus

If you focus on problems and setbacks, all you find is more problems and setbacks. If you focus on possibilities and solutions, you’ll find that things will start working out right for you. Opportunities will favor you. Try this today: Be hopeful and confident that things are going to work out for you! In the Read more about Your Monday focus[…]

Quickest way to happiness –> GIVE

One of the quickest ways to GET happiness, is to GIVE happiness. This morning as you’re starting your day, plan a few quick things that will bring happiness to others. Then after those are done, try doing even more 🙂 Chores around the house, so your loved ones don’t have to. Leave love notes or Read more about Quickest way to happiness –> GIVE[…]

Friends on FIRE – An Awesome Podcast

  This week I was invited on the Friends on FIRE podcast with hosts Maggie and Michael. They are awesome! We spoke for about an hour while recording, then once the session was over we stayed chatting for almost another full hour. I really love these guys’ backstory and mission to get more people to Read more about Friends on FIRE – An Awesome Podcast[…]

Time = Life

Would you steal $20 out of someone’s wallet if they weren’t watching? Of course you wouldn’t. Because thieving is selfish and you wouldn’t want someone to steal money from you. What about stealing time? It’s only fair to respect other people’s time as much as you protect and respect your own. Some ancient cultures believe Read more about Time = Life[…]

Why am I so tired lately?

Ever check out your sleep data analysis on your iPhone? It’s inside the Health app. Here’s a snap of mine…   Well, dang! No wonder I’ve been feeling so tired lately – my bedtime is all over the place! I’m averaging less than 7 hours of sleep the past month. I’ve been groggy, slow thinking, and less Read more about Why am I so tired lately?[…]

Keep the vibe alive

A “vibe” is energy transferred to another person. When you’re in a positive mood, you spread good vibes out into the world. The people and environment around you love this, and respond by returning good vibes back. Today: Keep the vibe alive. Stay in a good mood. Share positive stuff with others. You will build Read more about Keep the vibe alive[…]

Great moves are usually greeted by yawns

  “Beware the investment activity that produces applause; the great moves are usually greeted by yawns”   I love Warren Buffet. His advice and quotes aren’t just applicable to investing… Many of them can be used as good life advice. Here’s a quick reminder for today… The small and boring self-improvement activities you’re doing each Read more about Great moves are usually greeted by yawns[…]

Gratitude improves all your experiences

Gratitude. Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life. – It turns what we have into enough (and more) – It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. – It turns regular meals into feasts, houses into homes, strangers into friends. – Gratitude brings you peace. It makes sense of your past, and gives Read more about Gratitude improves all your experiences[…]

Friday reminders…

Happy Friday! Quick reminders for today… – Look for the humor in stuff: Even when crap hits the fan, there’s always a funny side! – Celebrate the small stuff: I plan to have about 20 mini-celebrations today when tiny things go right. Don’t care how small it is, nobody can stop me from celebrating life. Read more about Friday reminders…[…]

Right place, right time. Look for the signs…

  About 6 months ago I was walking on the beach. It was one of those long, soul searching walks where I was feeling stuck and trying to figure out what the heck my purpose is in life. Am I on the right path? Am I making the right career moves? Stuff like that. All Read more about Right place, right time. Look for the signs…[…]

4 quick tips – for when you feel overwhelmed

Here’s a cool message I keep in my notebook and refer back to on days when I feel scattered… “To my sweet Joel… 💕  these are the four things I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed… 💕  I do the next right thing… 💕  I Finish what I start…💕  I Use what I have…💕  And I do what Read more about 4 quick tips – for when you feel overwhelmed[…]

Refinance Magic – Putting Equity to Work

Refinance Magic – Putting Equity to Work [Guest post by “K. Money!”] What if I told you that I could increase the production value of your rental property by 10-20% and I will PAY YOU $4,600 to do it, does that sound like something you’d be interested in!? Now you are probably thinking…… “This sounds Read more about Refinance Magic – Putting Equity to Work[…]

Altruistic actions

Altruistic actions are selfless acts that put the wellbeing of others before yourself. Actually it’s not just helping people, it covers all living things like animals, plants, helping the earth, etc. Here’s a few ideas to spread some kindness today: Leave a positive note on your neighbors doorstep. Doesn’t have to be long, just a Read more about Altruistic actions[…]

A sneaky challenge for you…

Happy Friday! Your challenge today… (should you choose to accept it) is to: Steal your partner’s iPhone (or any loved one’s phone) when they are not looking… Hold down the home button to activate Siri, and speak the following into the phone… ”Remind me in 20 days that xxx loves you” (use your name in place of xxx) The Read more about A sneaky challenge for you…[…]

Are your problems “real” problems?

Some of the best advice I ever got was that real problems are ones that can’t be solved with money.   Day to day annoyances like car repairs, tuition payments, bills, house maintenance issues – all easily solved with new DIY knowledge, creativity, or cash.  When you have a health problem, sick loved one, regrets, damaged Read more about Are your problems “real” problems?[…]

Your happiness = your responsibility

YOU are the biggest part of your own happiness. Happiness isn’t out there waiting for you… It’s not something that you stumble upon randomly or only deserve later in life. Happiness is already within you. Right now. It’s on you to recognize that and consciously lead your day with it. 🙂 Sometimes its easy, sometimes it’s hard work. But it’s always worth Read more about Your happiness = your responsibility[…]

Friday Happiness Checklist ✅

Happy Friday, dudes! Here’s a checklist for today. Feel free to add/change/delete items as you see fit. Then print it out, and check them off 1 by 1, and notice your happiness increase 🙂 HAPPINESS CHECKLIST ✅ I’ve reminded myself that I’m incredibly blessed in life. ✅ I’ve reminded myself that I’m really good at _______, and I’m Read more about Friday Happiness Checklist ✅[…]

Under pressure? So were diamonds once!

It takes extreme pressure to turn carbon into diamonds. Immense heat to forge the strongest steel in the world. Piping hot fire allows glass to be blown into beautiful objects. Intense sun rays helps animals grow protective armor and leather skin. Keep this in mind when you encounter any stress, pressure, or heat from your Read more about Under pressure? So were diamonds once![…]

How to supercharge your weekend…

Do you know how often lightning strikes the earth?… About 100 times, every second! ⚡️ ⚡️ ⚡️ 🌎 Hard to believe, right? Well it’s true. Right now, as you read this, at different places all around the globe, massive amounts of energy are striking the earth. 6000 lightning bolts per minute! Amazing. But even more amazing is this… The Read more about How to supercharge your weekend…[…]

Cheer for yourself

  My friend said this yesterday… “We know the most famous people in the world, better than we know ourselves” It’s sad, but I think it’s kind of true. Sports stars; we memorize their batting averages, points, and record times. Business heroes; we study their career moves, big decisions, and accomplishments. Movie stars; we memorize Read more about Cheer for yourself[…]

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The Leaky Bucket

Two buckets lived in a village. They carried water every day from the river to the people. One bucket was old, warn, and cracked, and lost half it’s water by the time they reached their destination. It felt terrible not fulfilling it’s sole purpose. However the younger, newer bucket (without cracks) told the older bucket to look behind the trail they walked Read more about The Leaky Bucket[…]

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The Slouch King

I don’t mean to brag… but I’m pretty awesome at “slouching” and having horrible posture. If there was an award for “most likely to have back troubles later in life”, I would win it hands down. Now, you might be wondering: “Joel, how can I grow a hunchback like you and have horrible back pain too? Teach me your awesome ways!” Read more about The Slouch King[…]

Better effort = better results

If you want normal results, do normal things. If you want better results, do better things!   My friend said this quote to me last week. It’s a great saying, but since hearing it I haven’t really put it into practice. Today that changes. Here are the ‘better than normal’ things I’m going to do Read more about Better effort = better results[…]

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Work on your inners.

“Your outer world… is a reflection of your inner world” You can’t control the things that happen around you. But you can shape your own reality and control how you view things. It starts with working on your inside world. The tiniest inner progress can dampen the chaos around you. Like… – Doing 10 pushups makes you feel fitter all day. You’re Read more about Work on your inners.[…]


te·nac·i·ty noun 1. the quality of being very determined; determination. “Dang! I want Jane on all my team projects moving forward! She’s got awesome tenacity and it’s inspiring to be around!” 2. the quality of continuing to exist; persistence. “It’s like nothing ever gets Steven down! He just keeps trying and trying and trying. Soembody Read more about Tenacity…[…]

“it” is just a point in the process.

Ever met someone and thought, they’ve got ‘it’? They’re so good at what they do, it’s like they were born with talent, or gifted an amazing skill that others don’t have… Seems unfair sometimes! But, while it might seem like they’ve always been good, you‘re probably only meeting who they are today. A whole lot Read more about “it” is just a point in the process.[…]

Nothing will come of nothing

  “Nothing will come of nothing. You will gain nothing if you invest nothing“ ​ Today, I’m up early, investing a tiny bit of time and effort to better myself. Reading, writing, and reflection. I’m noticing that these tiny activities —> pay massive dividends. 😀 Cheers to an awesome Sunday. It’s gonna be a great Read more about Nothing will come of nothing[…]

Not everything is cancelled!

Not everything is cancelled!

Love this! Thinking of all the things we DO have vs. the things that we don’t. I would add to the list: – beer is not cancelled – cooking your favorite foods is not cancelled – hobbies are not cancelled – arts and crafts… not cancelled! – learning is not cancelled – thinking of funny Read more about Not everything is cancelled![…]

Stayin’ Positive and Happy!

Last week someone called me “naive” for being happy and positive all the time. 😔 Whilst I can see how it comes across that way (and I definitely am naive about a lot of stuff) that’s not the reason I’m so positive. Being happy and positive is NOT: Ignoring your problems Pretending world issues don’t Read more about Stayin’ Positive and Happy![…]

Perceptions –> Beliefs –> REALITY

The interesting thing is that our subconscious “listens” to our conscious self and will start to absorb what we tell it! We have to be careful about what you say and think. When you say you “Can’t” workout today when you should be saying you “won’t” workout today, you are telling your subconscious that you Read more about Perceptions –> Beliefs –> REALITY[…]

Mondays are awesome

Was there anything about last week you didn’t like? Maybe you screwed up at work or missed an opportunity. Maybe you didn’t exercise as much as you wanted or neglected a friend. Well, today is Monday and you have a chance to start over. You can correct whatever you didn’t like about last week. It’s a fresh start. A chance to Read more about Mondays are awesome[…]

You’re doing great

“Just because someone does more than you, it doesn’t mean you don’t do enough.” Today, be proud of the stuff you’re accomplishing. You’re on a great path, going your own speed, building a life that’s full of things important to you. You’re shooting for quality… so don’t be too concerned about quantity.  Have a kickass Tuesday, peeps!– Joel

There is no finish line

Life is an infinite game. Opportunities are never ending. There’s always someone new to meet. Places to travel and explore are limitless. Love and friendships have no restrictions. Learning is limitless. Your value and impact in this world is infinite. The best way to play an infinite game —> is with an infinite mindset. Think: Read more about There is no finish line[…]