What you can learn from one of the greatest boxers to ever live has nothing to do with boxing.

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The “Baddest Man on the Planet” has lived a life that is truly remarkable.

Massive highs and plunging lows.

Growing up in New York with a single mom, Mike Tyson, like many fighters had a brutal childhood.

He was bullied when he was younger and was in and out of jail.

Legendary trainer Cus D’Amato discovered him at 12 and immediately began training him to be a trained killer.

It worked.

Fast forward and he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 20-year-old.

He found his dominance fizzling out by the mid-’90s while simultaneously going through ugly personal episodes.


Understanding how this works will shed light on the mystery of success

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Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states that for someone to be able to be freed up to create and do their best work, they must have their basic needs met.

The person who is standing in a torrential downpour without an umbrella has only one concern at that moment-getting out of the rain and drying off. He isn’t concerned with what’s for dinner, having to see his in-laws at thanksgiving, or how his 401K has performed that week.


Treat yourself like you are someone responsible for helping.

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Jordan B. Peterson begins chapter two of his best selling book (3 million copies sold and counting) by dropping some statistics on patients' prescription taking habits.

The surprise is that a huge number of people with serious conditions don’t even bother taking their meds.

Huh? This seems quite strange on the surface. But if you think about it, plenty of people don’t really like themselves, so why would they do what’s best for them?

There’s a problem. It isn’t only them that are affected. What about the people in their lives?

Friends and family are devastated watching a person neglect…


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“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Steve Jobs

You know the feeling, you’re going through the motions again. You’re commuting in traffic, paying bills, arguing with family.

Life can sometimes feel like it closes in on us. Like it is telling us what to do. What to think. How to feel. Who to be.

But the mega-genius Steve Jobs rightly points out to us that it doesn’t have…


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The Protestant Reformation happened almost 500 years ago but its Theology is still relevant and gripping today, even in our Postmodern Western Culture

Standing in a crowd of 2000 at the Minneapolis convention center’s main auditorium singing hymnals at a heightened, yet restrained volume was just one of the many delightful experiences I had at this theologically Reformed conference.

Hosted by Bethlehem College and Seminary, probably best known for being the home church of John Piper, the fiery Calvinist pastor, Reformed theology is alive and well in America even today, amongst the landscape of decaying morality and spirituality where one…


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Hitler Youth. 1933

After escaping the Soviet Gulag, Alexander Solzhenitsyn quipped that the line between good and evil does not run along political lines, between races of people, or borders, but rather down the middle of the human soul. If anyone would know this, it would be Solzhenytzin (Sol-zhun-itsin).

A soldier in the Red Army, Solzhenytzin was a good Soviet. After he was accused of being critical of Stalin in his private correspondence, he was sent to the Gulag as a political prisoner. The machine he helped build and defend, had turned on him.

In the brutal work camps, he described seeing the…


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Rochelle and I recently had a realization that was somewhat shocking: we didn’t trust each other.

We’ve been married for just over three years now and things had started to become a bit stale. Sex wasn’t what it used to be, there were fewer hugs and tender moments. We decided to investigate. It turns out, we were not communicating with each other.

Sure, we joke around, shoot the breeze about work, and bicker over what to watch on Netflix (the Ranch is good IMO) but we don’t REALLY communicate. We haven’t trusted each other with our feelings for a while…


Is truth something that must be able to be proven in a lab? Two of the oldest, most profound pieces of knowledge prove why some types of truths can’t be seen, but that doesn’t take away from their inexhaustible depths.

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“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.”

Jesus proclaims this in the Sermon on the Mount, some of the most profound utterances ever recorded in the annals of western civilization. …


Not knowing the limitations on our understanding is dangerous. In the 20th century, it was fatal on a massive scale and it weasels its way forward into the present.

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Knowing that we don’t know everything is the beginning of knowledge.

Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

I am keenly aware that I don’t know everything, in fact, that I don’t know most things.

Someone once said, “The problem with rationality is, it falls in love with its achievements.”

If we become enamored with our intellectual accomplishments, our minds ability to stretch itself and…


This phenomenon is the reason that successful people become more successful, and the frustrated slip further and further

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Photo by CMDR Shane on Unsplash

The phenomenon known as the positive feedback loop is a key to success that the emotionally healthy, and the fulfilled are keen to. They’ve discovered it, and it is an essential part of their lives. Its free to anyone and everyone, and it is the closest thing to a lifehack I have ever encountered.

One of my favorite things to do nowadays is the dishes. Yes, the dishes.

Then I go and fold the laundry and put it away.

Then I go…

Jared Walls

Teaching how to fix bad patterns and live a purposeful, vibrant life.

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