I nearly tripled my email list in just the first 24 hours.

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When I first started writing online, it seemed like every successful writer that I read said that “the email list” was the most important part of building an audience.

If you wanted to make money, you needed an email list. If you wanted to build a following, you needed an…


If you’re the best in the room, leave the room.

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Sometimes, I feel like an imposter in my own inner circle.

Most of the people I’ve surrounded myself with are successful business people, high-level athletes, and professional creatives. A lot of them are living my dream. …


This is why I’m bouncing off the walls like a jackrabbit.

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Growing up, I always had a lot of energy.

Even as a baby, I used to stand in my crib every morning, hanging off the edge screaming, “Outside! Outside! Outside!” to my poor mother.

I was like a dog who needed to be let out for his morning playtime. The…


If you can master indirect improvement, you’ll never stop learning.

Man celebrating a martial arts victory.
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When you’re a kid, everyone tells you that if you want to be good at something, you have to practice.

“Practice makes perfect”, or whatever.

It isn’t true. “Practice makes perfect” is a scam.

In fact, this statement couldn’t be more false. Perfection doesn’t even exist, it’s just a concept…


Not every hobby should become a job.

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They say “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.

They’re wrong.

For example, I love martial arts, but I work insanely hard to try to be the best martial artist I can be. I train 2–3 times a day, teach all over the…


Being “too nice” is probably not your problem.

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People sometimes tell me that I’m “too nice”.

I don’t agree.

I’ve got a list of ex-girlfriends who wouldn’t agree, either. I am not too nice. In fact, exes would probably say that I’m not nice enough, not a good enough listener, a bit self-absorbed, and many other equally valid…


Overcoming fear starts with the ideas that you put in your head.

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I used to be obsessed with podcasts.

I’d listen to them every day, everywhere, all the time. In the car, in the shower, while I cooked — it didn’t matter. I loved podcasts. Specifically, I loved interviews where smart and successful people shared how they did things. …


Sometimes, all you’re missing is an understanding of what’s possible.

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Philosophy has been the most powerful tool that I’ve used to improve my life.

Ever since I finished college a bit over a year ago, I’ve gone on a bit of a rabbit hole studying philosophy and writing about the things that I’ve learned. …


Becoming happier doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

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One thing I hate about “self-improvement” is how long it takes to see results.

I can't help it, I’m impatient.

I’m a lot of things, but I am not zen and I am not relaxed. Honestly, most of my “self-improvement” effort has been aimed at changing this flaw about myself.

Chris Wojcik

writer. martial artist. thinker. for more: https://chrismwojcik.substack.com

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