Why I Decided Not to Get My MBA

Life Direction “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Since the very beginning of my college career, everyone seemed to agree that I needed to get my MBA. My advisors heavily encouraged it my freshman…

Do You Feel Like People Are Holding You Back?

The Monkey Story I passionately believe in challenging the status quo. It is my opinion that we need progress in our world, and the traditional ways will no longer work. Unfortunately, people tend to join into the flow of conformity, rather than challenge what the majority says. I realized this in college, and I’m starting…

Survival of the Fittest

Meritocracy Survival of the fittest describes the idea that, in nature, there is competition to survive. It is a metaphor representing the struggle for existence. 99% of all species that have been on earth are now extinct. What enabled that other 1% to survive? Their ability to evolve, and to become the most fit. I’ve…

Dreams: What We Lose in Adulthood

Dream Lofty Dreams “The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality.” – James Allen Do you remember being a kid? Sometimes…

The Delusional Popular Belief in College

Partying One of my favorite books of all time is Zero to One by Peter Thiel. In his book, Peter Thiel says if you can identify a delusional popular belief, you can find what lies hidden behind it: the contrarian truth. The delusional popular belief I identified in college is that college is all about…

The World’s Greatest Fear

The Art of Speech It is my belief that public speaking is the greatest force in human history. It also turns out though, that the greatest force in human history is also the number one fear in the world. At a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than deliver the eulogy. But…

Politics: A Millennial Movement

Time to Unify The 2016 Presidential election was unlike any election we’ve ever seen as a country. If it proved one thing, it’s that the American people are tired of the establishment; the people want political outsiders. One word resonated for me above all others: change. The American invention of voter-based political parties started in…

The Intersection of Money and Passion

Doing What You Love I’ve grown up in a society that always talks about work/life balance. We have this idea that work and life are separate; that we should work all week and then do what we’re passionate about as a hobby, or on the side. I have the belief that if you’re doing it…

Against All Odds

Achieve the Unachievable I wrote my book about the secret to success in college, and in my book I wrote an entire chapter about my brother. Some people criticized me for it. They said, “That chapter doesn’t make any sense. People who don’t know you or your brother won’t care about it.” Let me tell…

Sales Lessons For Life

What I Will Always Remember Sales with a tech startup company in Denver was my first job out of college. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, a job in sales was not for me. With that said, I truly have a lot of respect for people who not only excel at sales,…

The Philosophy of Vulnerability

Who’s Your Person? Guest Author: Nick Johnston http://nickjohnston116.wixsite.com/mysite/blog About the guest author: My Name is Nick Johnston. I don’t really have any cool titles about me or anything—at least not yet. I am majoring in Psychology with minors in Leadership Studies and Outdoor Physical Education at Colorado State University – Pueblo. Yes…I’m aware that none…

I’m Not Afraid to Die on a Treadmill

Relentless, Sickening Work Ethic The video above is my favorite motivational video of all time. Towards the beginning of the video, Will Smith says, “The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is, I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. You might have more talent than me, you might be…