If you want to be successful, you need to know how to be a badass. Whether your goals are personal or professional, your success increases if you have mentors and role-models to follow.
Learning from another person’s experience and wisdom can significantly reduce wasted time, effort, and frustration.
Leverage is the key to the game.
Use the wisdom from these 20 websites to leverage your life further than you could have dreamed possible.
Starting off with my favorite, Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker has been a must-read of mine for almost 4 years. Eric has been sharing tips on success, happiness, and productivity for over 8 years.
And his articles are not just opinion but based on the latest research and real-world experience of experts.
If you want to get ahead in life, browse through his archives.
Apparently, Bakadesuyo, the URL of the site, is what his name translates to in Japanese.
After 8 years of writing on his blog, Eric finally came out with a book that summarizes all of his research and into a usable model for success, Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Some of my favorite articles:
What Do Successful People Have in Common? 8 Things
How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done – 5 Expert TIps
New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals that will Make You Happy
In a world of immediate gratification, quick fixes, and “follow your passion,” Cal Newport’s take on deep work is a happy counterargument. I first heard of Cal when I reading about how to stop being lazy…
Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. He’s insanely productive:
He has a full-time job as a professor at Georgetown University, teaching classes and meeting with students.
He writes 6 (or more) peer-reviewed academic journal papers per year.
He’s the author of 4 books including the wonderful “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.” And he’s at work on a fifth.
He’s married with a young child and handles all the responsibilities that come with being a husband and dad.
He blogs regularly about productivity and expert performance.1
And yet he finishes work everyday at 5:30PM and rarely works weekends.
He certainly knows how to be a badass, both at work and at home.
Cal argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.
Tim Urban, of WBW, follows Cal Newport’s creed of deep work. His articles in Wait But Why is anything but shallow fluff (well, maybe his drawings are but hey, they’re better than my drawings).
He offers thought-provoking articles on a wide range of topics, including technology, productivity, and his man-crush of Elon Musk (but I’m also guilty of that).
This article on Musk’s latest technology company is a magnum opus, at 36,208 words it could be a book you would pay for on Amazon.
Read it here, Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future
Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
The Teen Years: 9 Cringe-Inducing Realizations
What if All 7.1 Billion People Moved to Tunisia
The Deal with Solar
Elon Musk – The World’s Raddest Man (see, I told you, we have a man-crush on Elon, I needlessly bought the book compilation of the article series, you can also here.)
For over 10 years, Khan Academy motto has been, “A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Focusing mainly on math and science, you can get the equivalent of a college education from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with online access or a smartphone.
What could be easier than that?
Click here to see the free classes available:
https://www.khanacademy.org/ (click the “Subject” tab in the upper left corner)
As an added bonus, a few years ago, Mark and Angel Hack Life wrote an epic post featuring 12 Dozen Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free
While we’re on the topic of education, one key to learning is to read with “depth and breadth.” Maria Popova of Brain Pickings certainly does that.
Maria certainly knows how to be a badass!
She reads 12-15 books per week, writes for 3-8 hours per day and publishes about 15 articles per week! She is quoted that she works 450 hours each month to accomplish all this!
If you want to tap into her genius then you need to be reading Brain Pickings.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Bruce Lee’s Never Before Revealed Letters to Himself About Authenticity, Personal Development, and the Measure of Success
The Invention of Zero: How Mesopotamia Created the Mathematical Concept of Nought and Ancient India Gave It Symbolic Form
The Story Behind Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gently Into that Good Night” and the Poet’s Own Stirring Reading of His Masterpiece
“You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.” – Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon), Good Will Hunting
That pretty much sums up Josh Kaufman’s thoughts on the business of college education. In a world where the institutions of higher learning have now become big business.
Often serving more the institutions than the students, how do you invest in your education without burdening yourself down with outrageous debt?
That’s where The Personal MBA comes in.
Each year, Josh updates his, The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List: The 99 Best Business Books, which is a goldmine for business AND personal success.
And if the entrepreneurial bug bites you, his book, The Personal MBA, is a must-have to build your business library.
One caveat though, as much as I love ebooks and audiobooks, The Personal MBA is a book that is best read as a paper book since you will be flipping through the book as you learn business principles.
The list so far has been filled with resources for doing, learning, and building; but what about just “being.”
Leo Babuta of Zen Habits has helped millions of people to re-learn how to relax and breathe again. Breaking down the pitfalls to the endless race of accomplishments, Leo helps his readers to slow down, feel, and re-connect while striving in our hectic environment.
Something we all forget to do in our pursuit of success.
Zen Habits is a happy time out from the noise, chaos, and stress of pushing forward. It is the yin to the world’s yang.
But don’t let the Asian mysticism-ness of the site fool you, Leo has built a platform that allows him to support a family 8(!) in San Francisco($$$) while focusing on living simply and to simply live.
I’ve included this site for two reasons.
First, for it’s inspiring message and purpose to help each individual to live their passion, regardless of what Cal Newport says.
Secondly, as a reminder that life is fleeting and you never know when it’s time to clock out. Live Your Legend was started by Scott Dinsmore.
Scott had an insatiable passion for living and sadly that passion was cut off way too early to a man who was way too young. He was a close friend to Leo Babuta of Zen Habits and other successful bloggers.
His joy and passion were hard to miss as you read his articles and engaged in his community, you can see his enthusiasm on his TED Talk here.
Take a lesson from Scott, live your passion, enjoy life, make friends and live life to it’s fullest because none of us know when it will be time to say goodbye.
Some of my favorite articles that Scott wrote, before his wife, Chelsea took over the reins:
Warren Buffet’s 5-Step Process for Prioritizing True Success (and Why Most People Never Do It)
On Modeling the Impossible and How to Do Anything
Quadruple Your Productivity and Enjoy a Little Life: 8 Steps to Getting Things Done
Tim Ferris crashed into the public view 10 years ago with his book, The 4-Hour Workweek.
Even if you are not a book reader (which I hope to change), it’s been difficult to miss him, with his successful podcast, 2 popular TED Talks (here) and (here), and his quirky obsession of challenging how far he can push his body.
Tim Ferris is a perpetual lifehacker, testing the limits of how to be a badass each day, and seeking to help you to leverage the most out of your life.
Since devouring those two books, I’ve been on a kick of getting my daily dose of Greek Stoicism and the Daily Stoic has filled that need admirably.
Stoicism is a great tool in your arsenal on your path toward success, it will help you to weather the inevitable ups and downs that you will face.
Here are some of their most popular articles:
“Momento Mori”: The Reminder We All Desperately Need
A Stoic Response to Anger
Rock Superstar Nita Strauss on Stoicism, Humility, and Why Ego Kills Talent
I was tempted not to have Seth Godin on this list because I wanted to make it about personal success and not necessarily business.
But then I reminded myself that without business success, personal success is very difficult. There’s enough starving artists and students out there, we don’t need anymore.
Seth’s motto is, “make something happen.”
Often, with his tribe, that means business, but it’s more than that. Seth wants you to make something happen with your life.
His email posts are famous for being short but they hit you at the core. They have you question what is common and normal and test whether it’s appropriate or valid. Also, Seth offers wonderful free resources to help bootstrap your personal success journey.
Give him a try, I don’t think you’d be disappointed.
The name says it all.
If you want to be successful, you need to invest your time, thoughts, and energy toward success. Instead of social media, online gaming, or Netflix how about immersing yourself in success principles, tips, and topics.
Here are some great articles to start with:
Why You Need a Failure Résumé
What Brilliance Looks Like
Why You Should Make Visualizations a Daily Practice
As you may have guessed already, I’m a huge TED Talk fan.
On TED, you can find some of the most thought-provoking presentations by experts in their field. All without getting out of your pajamas.
It is said that genius is the ability to take a wide range of resources and bring them together in a novel way.
Sit down and watch a few TED Talks, tell me it that doesn’t get your head spinning about what is possible? Making TED a habit will continually fuel your mental muscles for options toward success. Making success inevitable.
Some of my all-time favorite talks:
How Great Leaders Inspire Action
The Math and Magic of Origami
There’s More to Life Than Being Happy
The Puzzle of Motivation
The Happy Secret to Better Work
What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness
Who says exercise, healthy eating, and being svelte had to be serious?
Nerd Fitness certainly doesn’t.
Have you ever dreamed of being the main character in your own epic quest? On Nerd Fitness you can.
NF allows you to build an avatar persona (real or imaginary), go on quests (exercise-minded and Bucket List life goals), earn points, go up levels and be a badass.
Of course, there’s the usual fare of learning how to eat healthier, exercise safely, build strength, and lose weight.
But it doesn’t have to be boring, you can have fun and make nerdy friends at the same time.
In the age of hipsters, metrosexuals, and androgyny, it was inevitable there would some push back.
While I believe that you need to follow your heart wherever that leads (as long as it does not harm anybody else) as a 30+ years blue-collar worker and traditionally-trained martial artist, old-school “manliness” resonates strongly with me.
The founders of AoM idolize Teddy Roosevelt and his “walk softly and carry a big stick” mentality. While this might not be for everybody, if you’re a young man looking for a healthy role model of the “warrior-sage,” AoM is a great place to start.
Further is a recent addition to the personal growth WebSphere.
It’s the brain child of CopyBlogger CEO Brian Clark. Each week, for his work, Brian is scouring the web for the best information out there.
He decided around the beginning of 2015 to start a curated site that would feature some of the best articles he had come across.
By subscribing (for free) to Further you can access to some of the latest articles that will help you to live by Ben Franklin’s motto of healthy, wealthy, and wise. He covers a wide range of resources and topics so it’s always a mixed-bag which is part of it’s appeal.
To access the site, you’ll need to subscribe for free email updates, yeah I know it’s a pain in the butt but I believe it’s worth it.
Chris is another entrepreneur-turned-thought leader helping individuals to live a life of non-conformity.
In fact, each year he hosts the World Domination Summit which is all about The Art of Non-Conformity.
If you’ve wanted to learn how to create a side-hustle that would allow you to supplement, or even replace, your job income, then check out Chris.
In the process, he’ll also show travel hacks so that you can travel for little to no cost. And he knows what he’s talking about since he used those same strategies and tactics to visit ALL 193 countries around the world.
Here’s Chris talking at a 2010 TEDx in Portland Oregon on Fear and Permission.
All in all, Chris is a great example of learning to live by your rules without trampling on anybody else.
Since 2004, Steve Pavlina has been a resource of “Personal Development for Smart People.”
His blog is a rich mixture of personal and professional advice to help you to go further.
The underlying theme of Steve’s message is conscious growth through intelligence and deliberate effort. A perpetual student and explorer, Steve loves learning and sharing. You can do well by tapping into his wisdom to help you to go further.
If you want to be successful in today’s society, that’s going to involve money.
Forbes is a leading periodical reporting on business, finance, and investing. And they also have a great resource for individuals looking to raise their Financial Quotient (F.Q.).
There is much truth in the saying, “it’s not how much you make but how much you keep.”
Let the Forbes – Personal Finance section help you to make more and keep more.
Who doesn’t need a bit of inspiration at times?
While not a website to read per se if there is one thing that I love on Facebook is the video feed from People Are Awesome.
Each time, I am amazed at what individuals are capable of doing if they just give themselves the opportunity to try (and try and try again because as Fail Army shows, it’s not always easy).
Sometimes on your road to success, it may feel as if the slog is not worth the trouble. Times such as these, it’s time for a reminder of what is possible when you tap into your awesomeness.
Putting It On the Mat
Now it’s your turn.
Learning how to be badass is more than reading a couple of blog posts and websites.
They say knowledge is power and I say that’s bullshit.
Knowledge is only potential power.
Knowledge doesn’t get you anywhere unless you are able to apply it skillfully and repeatedly.
When training in martial arts, there are always those students who say this or that technique works great. But until you put it on the mat, test it, and see for yourself, it doesn’t mean anything.
With this list, you have a great resource to help you to achieve anything that you desire but it won’t do you any good unless you learn it, use it, and master it. I would love to hear from you to see how it’s working out.
Please leave comments below.
Also, if there is a site that I missed that you think would help others, please also let us know. I’m planning on updating and adding to this list as time goes on.
Take care and wishing you all the best on your path to awesomeness.
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- How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done – 5 Expert Tips – Barking Up The Wrong Tree, How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done – 5 Expert Tips, https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2014/08/how-to-stop-being-lazy/