The new normal

When I was a young’n I dabbled a lot in athletics. I ended up being the (heavily disputed) fastest sprinter in my prep school, but in the beginning I was the worst. It didn’t help either that I was tall and lanky. People looked down on tall sprinters at the time, Usain Bolt didn’t bring it into fashion yet. Every …

What world domination can teach you about achievement

Every now and again, there are these shows that have everything going for em’: top-notch acting, gripping storyline and stellar visuals. Nowadays, the best ones for me are those that convince you to root for the villain. If you’ve watched “House of Cards” you know exactly what I mean. When I got to the end of my season 3 binge …

Omlette du fromage

80s babies, like yours truly, will remember an old (awesome) cartoon called “Dexter’s Laboratory”. It’s about a boy genius, Dexter, who’s constantly interrupted and terrorized by his older sister, Deedee. Kid’s today don’t even know what they’re missing. But they have programming kits for infants and flyable Legos now so they’re prooobably better off than we were. But I digress… …

What is real…

Sometimes... its not true. It's what we believe

“How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signal interpreted by the brain.” – Morpheus from The Matrix It’s generally accepted that the sky is blue and the grass is green, and rightly so, we’ve identified that as the “truth”. …

Enemy at the gates

What to do if we want to influence others to do better

Yesterday I watched a classic movie called “Enemy at the Gates” for the first time. It started out as a gory, chaos and carnage-filled World War II movie, but turned out to be full of romance and heartbreak…. just… wrapped up in a ton of gore and chaos.

The artist vs the businessperson, where do you stand?

Is it shallow to go after riches instead of honing your craft?

Last weekend I got together with a friend to catch up over sushi. Between fumbling with the chopsticks, we got into a huge life discussion and I would love your input on the topic.

MVP – Most valuable podcasts

The biggest and best podcasts in the game for the biggest impact

Alex and I live a little way out of the major city of Kingston. When we bought the house initially we wanted a couple things: Somewhere quiet: check. A big enough yard for kids someday: check. A relatively crime-free community: check. One item we never realized would have been a huge issue: a short commute.

Motivation sucks! Or does it?

Motivation is the spark, the habit is the gasoline.... BOOM!

In the past, I’ve been a huge supporter of the “Motivation sucks” movement. Whenever I was introduced on stage as a motivational speaker I would step out and quite smugly proceed to tell the world “I am not a motivational speaker, motivation doesn’t last, and if you wait until you are motivated, you’ll hardly get anything done!”

3 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination

3 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination | Amazing Gains

My name is Paul and I’m a procrastinator. Unless you’re some kind of enlightened guru, you’ve had to deal with the procrastination monster in at least one area of your life. You know what it’s like. Case in point: Around the time I got started with Amazing Gains I kept putting off setting up my website for months. Then one …

Why You Should Go Off the Deep End This Weekend

Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Online Business

Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Online Business | Amazing Gains

Last weekend my wife and I went completely off the deep end. It all started on Saturday with us crawling out of bed after more decent people would have been eating their lunch. Actually, because of the 36°C weather, it was more like peeling ourselves off the bed. Despite the late start, we headed out for groceries straightaway. Well… the …

Cry Your Eyes Out & Chill

Starting the Journey of Self-Discovery

Starting the Journey of Self-Discovery | Amazing Gains

Last week I had the pleasure of crying my eyes out (Alex hates when I use this phrase) to a show on Netflix. I’m a weirdo when it comes to challenges. No matter what, if you challenge me to something, I’m going to dedicate my life to being the winner. The other day, some of the folks I work with …

Brain Swimming and Creating Reality

Creating Your Reality | Amazing Gains

“This makes no sense to me”. “I don’t understand it and I can’t do it”. I started going to swimming classes last summer. I was fed up with living on an island and not knowing how to swim. After years of being thrown into pools by my maniac friends, I built up quite a fear of the deep end. This …