Motivation: Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts

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This new book is a collection of intimate and sometimes shocking conversations about motivation with twelve Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts.

The end result is twelve fascinating and unexpected stories about overcoming adversity and achieving success in life and Jiu-Jitsu.

Jiu-Jitsu has often been used as a metaphor of life, but you can replace Jiu-Jitsu with any sport, business or ambitious pursuit – the lessons are universal.

What drives ambitious people is often shaped by our subconscious mind. We are not always aware of the influences driving our behavior, but you will discover underlying themes which reveal answers to the following questions:

  • What drives highly successful people?
  • Are they born ambitious or is it learned?
  • What is common among extremely motivated people?
  • What lessons have they learned during their journey?
  • Were the sacrifices worth the rewards?

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Most Choose to be the Victim: How to Take Control of Your Life

shell beachIf you are chronically unhappy, depressed or disappointed in life, it is because you have chosen to be a victim.

The victim mindset is toxic, yet the majority unconsciously embrace the victim’s way of life.

You can choose to be happy or sad – a winner or loser.

Blame strips you of your power – leaving you defenseless.

But you will become emboldened when you accept complete responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and actions.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Viktor Frankl, survivor of Nazi concentration camps.

Your “victimization” may stem from race, sex, childhood trauma, unhappy marriage, disappointing career or everything in between. Continue reading

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Danielle Martin – Overcoming Adversity, The Journey of a Model Turned Black Belt

Danielle-Martin-BJJDanielle Martin makes life look easy in her stunning modeling pictures, but those images do not tell the story of her tumultuous journey to becoming the Jiu-Jitsu black belt she is today.

In high school, Danielle was homeless and slept in a campground restroom.

Her mother made some bad choices selling methamphetamine and went away to prison and her father was not there for her.

But instead of becoming another statistic, Danielle fought her way through hardships and has shaped an inspiring life.

After high school, Danielle found herself in a whirlwind as a professional surfer, model and TV personality.

She grew up in Hawaii where she began surfing when she was seven years old. Her passion for surfing lead to sponsorships from O’Neill, Rip Curl and others.

Professional surfing led Danielle to modeling jobs with major national brands like Nordstrom, Nike and Reebok. Danielle was also featured in magazines like Sports Illustrated, Shape, Health & Fitness and Surfing.

After a chance encounter on the beach, Danielle was invited to host a television show that led to roles on shows like Dirty Jobs on Discovery, Planet X on the FOX Network and Pro-Truck TV on Speedvision.

In addition to her professional career, Danielle has won multiple championship Jiu-Jitsu medals at the National, Pan American and World tournaments while progressing through the belt ranks.

Today Danielle is a motivational speaker and founder of True Boundaries — a personal protection and self-empowerment company.

Danielle started when Jiu-Jitsu schools were hard to find and she had to drive two hours round trip to get to academy.

“I don’t really know why I was drawn to it, but it was probably because I grew up not feeling safe,” Danielle said. “I think I was subconsciously preparing myself for the worst.” Continue reading

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How to be Happy — Success, Money and Happiness

How to be happy

The formula for success is obsolete.

It’s the model that dictates how we’re supposed to live.

We chase success expecting that happiness is on the other end. It’s not.

But if happiness is your focus you will never find it. Happiness cannot be pursued. The more you aim, the more you’ll miss.

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, but instead a search for love and significance.

In other words, you will find happiness when you find a reason to be happy. Once you find that reason, happiness follows automatically.

The greatest challenge is to find meaning. Here’s how… Continue reading

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Budgeting Sucks — Do This Instead: Regardless If You Earn $50K or $1,000,000

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Budgeting is a lot like dieting.

They both work in theory, but in the real world they are almost worthless.

Surprisingly, the secret to controlling spending is to abandon strict and impossible rules.

And forget the complicated online programs too.

Few people are disciplined enough to track their spending, but more importantly, monitoring expenses does little to change behavior.

If you track your restaurant purchases, for example, and discover you spend $300 a month, what does that tell you? It does not answer how much you value eating out and arbitrary historical numbers do little to modify your spending.

Perhaps the $300 is a frivolous waste, or maybe restaurants are the only place your family gets quality time together. In this case, the $300 a month may be the most important thing you buy. What’s outrageous to some families is insignificant to others.

Instead of boring recording keeping, you need to figure out what is really important to you. Your buying choices when funds are limited is what brings your true values to the surface.

The system that works best for most people… Continue reading

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