Monthly Archives: August 2011

This is what it takes to be the best

Commitment, consistency, focus, discipline, mental toughness, diligent work ethic, constant and never ending improvement. These are some of the key factors that make you “the best“.

George St-Pierre is the UFC‘s welterweight world champion, and he is considered by many as the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the world, and in these videos we get the opportunity to follow his preparation for the toughest fight of his career, when he faced another remarkable fighter named Jake Shields.

Now, you may be wondering: “how does this relate to me?” … “I am not a fighter?” … well, I don’t care what is it that you do, weather you are an entrepreneur, a banker, a nurse or a taxi driver; if you want to succeed, if you want to be the best … you need to embrace all the elements I have just mentioned at the beginning of this post.

I am sure that you do not need to be a fan of MMA or other martial arts to enjoy and get value from these videos.

Note: You can just watch one of the episodes to see what I am talking about. However I have included all three videos in case you really enjoyed them and end up wanting to watch the whole program (that was what actually happened to me. I watch the first-one and I simply could not stop. Now, I am definitely a big fan of George St-Pierre!)


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

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1. How high are your standards?
2. How mentally tough are you?
3. The Pursuit of Mastery


Inspiration is everywhere

This is one of my favorite videos. It tells the story of Manuel de los Santos, a Dominican Republic former baseball player who in 2003 lost his leg after a motorcycle accident.

A few years later he watched the film ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance‘, and he was inspired to take up golf. Today Manuel plays to a handicap of just three and is competing in high profile tournaments all around the world.



I believe that you that inspiration comes from within. That when you have a clear purpose, this will propel you to achieve anything you want. However, great stories, great books, great speeches, or on Manuel’s case, great movies, can give you that kick in the ass that you need to get going. So, go out there. Expose yourself to great sources of inspiration.

There is no longer the excuse that “you can’t get inspired”. Inspiration is everywhere. You just need to expose yourself to it.

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1. Great lessons on creativity, risk taking and mastery by John Mayer
2. How high are your standards?
3. Team Hoyt: Love, courage and devotion
4. Michael Phelps: Focus and determination

Priceless business advice by Derek Sivers

In one of my previous posts I shared an awesome video (extra TED Talks included) created by Derek Sivers where he shared why you need to fail in order to be successful.

Well, Derek has just recorded a remarkable presentation broken down into eight short videos, in which he shares all what he has learned over the 10 years he built CD Baby, a multimillion dollar business. All the videos are full of priceless advice.

I strongly recommend you to take the time to watch all the videos (it will take you around 40 minutes). I know how valuable your time is, so trust me when I say that this 40 minute presentation will be worth your time.


Uncommon sense

Part 1: Derek’s background

Part 2: Why are you doing what you are doing?

Part 3: Nobody knows the future

Part 4: Revolution?

Part 5: If it is not a hit, switch

Part 6: Version 0.1

Part 7: Ideas vs Execution

Part 8: The most successful thing we did at CD Baby

P.S. And if you enjoy these videos make sure you check out Derek’s new book Anything You Want (Amazon affiliate link).

Related post:

1. Why you need to fail

Quote of the week

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original
Sir Ken Robinson