It’s not often that a book completely changes my life. The last time this happened (until just recently) was last year when I read Atomic Habits by James Clear (a fantastic book on changing and designing your habits).

But right now I have two books that have changed my life in the last month. So I decided to tell you about them in case they can help you.

Be warned-the links I provide are affiliate links and may make me extremely wealthy. …

If you’re like most people, you want to live a good life. One that excites you and leaves you fulfilled.

You want to accomplish meaningful goals, enjoy life with people you love, and make a positive impact on the world.

In essence, you want to live a life you love.

If this is you, read on to learn the 12 habits that automatically help you create your best life.

1. Exercise

Exercise is essential to becoming your best self.

It immediately increases your energy, improves brain function, and fosters positive feelings by releasing endorphins.

The long-term improvements to your brain and body…

Learning how to craft the perfect DM when reaching out to influential people is an essential skill, especially when you want to grow your business or following.

My man Danny agrees with me — learning how to make friends on the internet is one of the most valuable skills you can learn.

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February 2020 was an exciting month. I moved my family to Austin, Texas—a state I had never even stepped foot in.

I couldn’t wait to make new friends and start a new life. Then, Coronavirus came and the quarantine happened.

After settling into our new stay-at-home routine, I concluded: It’s going to be a while before I make any friends.

The Entire World is Shook

Everybody is affected by this pandemic and each person is dealing with their unique combination of changes—wearing masks, working from home, social distancing, canceling trips, etc.

The impact is significant and our social lives have diminished.

We don’t talk to…

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Whoa. I shake my head and snap out of zombie mode after mindlessly scrolling through Twitter for an hour.

I sat at my computer to write, but I haven’t accomplished anything. My Google Docs page is blank and my brain is fried.

What’s worse, I don’t even know why this happened. How did I lose an hour of my life?

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

When we create goals, we often design a game plan to guide us to success.

If you want to write a 300-page book, you may decide to write one page every day. Do that and you’ll have a book written…

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You hit publish and excitement surges through your body. It was worth 30 hours of your life because this is your best article yet.

Until a few days later.

Why didn’t my article get more engagement? Why didn’t more people read and love it?

It’s a crushing feeling, I know. I wrote a blog that didn’t get any readers for almost a year. And now I’m starting a new blog and Medium account, each with no audience.

We all want our articles to get attention and praise. That’s the point, isn’t it?

We want to grow our following, increase our…

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We live in a world where people chase extremes. I recently saw an article titled How to Maximize Your Happiness. Then, that same day, I skimmed past a headline that read How to Get the Most Meaning Out of Life.

One article says you should focus on happiness while the other argues for meaning. But what if both are wrong? What if the entire philosophy behind those two articles is leading people astray?

How to Screw Up Your Life Without Realizing it

Everyone falls somewhere on the short-term/long-term thinking continuum. At one extreme, people live for today and today only. All their decisions solve one problem—how do I enjoy…

I always believed that I’d accomplish my goals and live my dream life.

Working for myself, doing what I want, when I want.

Only it didn’t happen. And I almost gave up on myself, succumbing to a lifetime of 9-to-5.

But there’s one thing I’ve noticed in life:

When you think you’ve failed and don’t believe you can accomplish your mission, you’re closer to success than you realize.

Remembering this, I decided that quitting isn’t an option.

This year, I’m determined to make big strides toward my goals. I’m going to show you my exact plan because I’ve learned a…

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When I came up with the idea for my site—before I decided to create this daily writing habit—I wanted to create a reading and note-taking habit and document the process for various reasons:

  • Announcing my idea publicly would provide extra motivation
  • Writing a detailed article would force me to analyze my process and do deeper research
  • Other people could benefit from my lessons
  • Some people may connect with my writing and want to read more from me
  • I want to write consistently and improve my writing ability

That last bullet is why I am writing this article. I realized…

Before I begin, I’m going to cut right to the chase. If you want to learn how to connect with people and improve any of your relationships, you need to ask good questions.

Before you sigh and think about ditching this article, you should think twice. This is the real deal. This is that one skill that, if you develop, will 10X your life.

In this article, I provide stories, examples, and research that show you why the questions you ask are so important and how you can improve yours. …

Rob Riker

I write for positive people determined to chase their dreams. Creating my dream life transparently at

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