Staying Sharp

Look at any entrepreneurial or creative venture, and you’ll see that it was built on the backs of very sleepy people.

I­t­ seems like sleep deprivation is a badge of honor nowadays. Does creating success mean we need to have unhealthy habits to make I­t­ happen?

What about anger? Pain, injury, heartache, negative bank accounts, fear, frustration...

Are the emotions and setbacks that make us sharp necessary to be successful?

In her excellent book, The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington implores us to take back our lives and sanity by loving sleep again. Working on Huffington Post, Arianna literally stumbled upon our culture’s sleep deprivation problems when she collapsed and blacked out on the floor after consecutively pushing past her body and mind telling her to sleep.

I 100% agree with Arianna’s assessment:  sleep makes us better at what we do, not worse.
However, at the same time, I️ wonder, would I­t­ have been possible for her to create the massively popular Huff-Post without all the late nights working? 

It’s an unfair question because it’s impossible to know. I️ don’t want to pick on Arianna. I️ could name dozens of influential people who used their borderline unhealthy work ethic to create successful companies and freedom lifestyles, where they could mitigate and recover from the damage I­t­ created.

How many ideas of the Huff-Post caliber are crushed by lack ambition and putting in the work?

Is there a way of being rested AND successful?

I honestly don’t know. (Hopefully, someone smarter, or my future self can tell me).

The answer might come down to *everything in moderation.*

Oversleeping is just as bad sleep deprivation.
Too much-uncontrolled anger will eventually kill you. But a small amount of controlled anger? Now that might push you in the right direction to make change happen.

Change is the key factor.

Does this emotion / state / experiences / action fuel me towards changing? Does I­t­ help me create a life of meaning and worth? Is I­t­ a benefit or a detriment?

If it’s a detriment, we need to cast I­t­ out. If it’s a benefit, then perhaps the benefits outweigh the side effects they incur.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Say hello on Insta @Renaissance.Life

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"There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep." — Homer

"One of the metaphors that I use for start-ups is, you throw yourself off a cliff and assemble your airplane on the way down. If you don't solve the right problem at the right time, that's the end. Mortality puts priorities into sharp focus." — Reid Hoffman

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." — Vince Lombardi

A Live Worth Living

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

Paint a picture of your day for me.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up? (Do you leap out of bed, or reluctantly crawl out?)
Do you go to school? Perhaps you go to your day job? (Where is your focus?)
Who do you spend the most time with? (We usually we spend more time with the people we work with than the people we choose as friends)
What do you do after work? (TV? Go out for drinks?)

Show me someone's routines, and I’ll show you how far they get in life.

How we embrace each day can show us how in tune we are in life.

If you crawl out of bed, rolling through your day like a thunderstorm of anger, negativity or hate, you have some Life assessing to do.

The fact of the matter is, dreams are easy to think up and hard to make real. It’s easier to be negative than pursue a life of positivity and abundance.

I’ve been in a rut the last couple weeks, I’m sure the quality and length of my daily writings have reflected that. I️ wake up feeling like I’m not where I️ want to be yet. (You could argue that’s a good thing. The feeling of dissatisfaction used as a driving force to want to change.) I’m not writing enough. I’m not honing my music and songwriting skills enough... I’m not dividing my time appropriately... on and on ad infinity.

The question is, what is my next move?

What do I️ need to do to unstuck myself?

‘Do something worth writing’

Writing skills not there yet? Keep writing.
Podcasting not there yet? Keep podcasting.
Music not there yet? Keep practicing.

Keep experimenting and being curious about the world.

Do I­t­ for yourself and for others like you.

If you are only doing things for yourself, your scope on life isn’t big enough yet.

We don’t reach mastery in a single day. We arrive at mastery with daily actions.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Say Hello on Instagram: @Renaissance.Life

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"Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living." — Travis Barker

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." — Steve Jobs

"Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?" — Bob Marley

Slow down.

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air, and behold the view. Climb I­t­ so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” — David McCullough

Slow down — even when everyone and everything are telling you the opposite.

We all want to be rich, skilled, and famous NOW, but instant gratification is the fast food of life. There’s a good reason why most lottery winners blow all of their money immediately — because they didn’t build the wealth with their hands, they have no respect for the process.

Your direction in life is born and bred from the life you have. 

Killing yourself to get to your ultimate lifestyle as soon as possible is not worth I­t­, and you’ll probably burn out before you get there.

No for me, I️ want to slowly, and steadily work my way towards reaching mastery.

This is your life right now.

As you move and breathe — this is your life.
As you work and pursue your goals — this is your life.
Standing in line, eating food, cherishing others — this is your life right now.

If everything sucks, you’re only a few steps away from building the ultimate life of your dreams if you’re willing to put in the effort and time investment to get there.

Greatness begins in the mundane or the fires of pain and discomfort. Struggles and challenges are the same things, the only difference is our perspective.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life


“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” 
—  Warren Buffett

I love this quote.

Daily habits are a great way of growing trees.

Q: What are you building and cultivating today that will create a happier, healthier and successful life in the future?

Happiness, Health and Wealth are built with one small act each day. Stick with that long enough and you'll have something incredible on your hands.

Hard work now, rewarding life later. But it’s not only that. We’ve gotta start learning to love the suck. 
There will always be moments of grinding, putting in the extra effort, elbow grease, and fighting past plateaus. That’s part of the learning and living process. (If you’re not plateauing or digging in the mud, you’re probably not growing) As hard as it is, this is part of the process of seeking an extraordinary life.

Go out there and start planting.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." — Francis of Assisi

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." — Milton Berle

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." — Malcolm X

The Underdog

Perhaps the setbacks and problems you are facing are exactly the challenges you needed at this time.

It’s like a little over the threshold what you thought was possible. 

As difficult as it may seem, perhaps this is exactly what you need.

Everyone loves an underdog. 80% of movies out there are about how a person goes against unbelievable odds and makes it out ahead.

That’s why I like to use the word 'challenge' instead of the word 'problem'. It’s only a problem when you don’t see it as a challenge. This is your chance to reach achievement against all odds and live to tell about it.

That’s why I face things head on. That’s how I can motivate myself to keep going during the worst moments.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

Bad habits start with good intentions.

Bad habits start with good intentions.
I think habits becomes detrimental the moment we lose focus of the intention behind the habit and let it run away from us. Consider drinking, for example. Going out every now and then and having a drink with friends is fun. A couple of glass of wine won’t kill you. But what about a couple glasses every night for the next 3 Years? Slowly but surely, you’re body and mind will start to feel it. With every action that we can take, there’s always a slight chance of abusing The behavior. 


Trying to impress the boss, a 9 to 5 can slide into a 9 am to 9 pm.

Leaving your job to start your own company can slide into working all the time.


Sleeping in on the weekends can slide into sleeping in all the time and abusing the stupid snooze alarm.


A new boyfriend/ girlfriend can slide into you only hanging out with them, and neglecting everyone else.



It’s far to easy to neglect what we have while pining for what we don’t have and then get whiplashed when we lose the things or people we value most.  

Sometimes are more addicting than others, and to each his own. If I try to take a cheat day with food, I go crazy (and feel it in the morning). I’m better off avoiding bad foods altogether. But not all bad habits are addictive. Some bad habits are only bad if they are not given moderation.

I believe we are the sum of our daily actions and behaviors. Life is too grand and complex to be put into a box like that, but if you think about it, everything you do today, no matter how small, will affect your tomorrow in some capacity.

This doesn’t mean we should run and hide from our problems. The more awareness we bring to the equation, the better off our result will be.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them." — Benjamin Franklin

"The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones." — Steven Pressfield

"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." — Albert Einstein

Life Seeker

How many non-decisions do I️ make in a day?

Meaning, options were I default to doing nothing or as little as possible, or choosing the lazy way.

How’s that for living?

As hard as it­ may be, we’ve got to choose what’s going to take us towards reaching our dreams. To be ALIVE, truly alive, is to never give into lazy choices. Ignoring debts, neglecting people you love, choosing faster foods over wholesome ones...etc where will these roads take us? 

We are what we put our energy into.

As little effort as possible gives us a little life. Aas much effort we have gives us an extraordinary life.

I️ think we are all secretly waiting for an overnight success to happen to us, but that’s just not how things work. Even the mega-talented still have to earn their talent eventually with hard work and dedication.

One thing I️ should clarify is that resting isn’t being lazy. We all need ways of rejuvenating. But I️ think we can tell when we are resting versus when we are “resting” — one is a necessary part of seeking life, and the other is an excuse.

In whatever matters to you, seek I­t­ with all you’ve got. I­t­ takes all of who you are to be who you want to be, you can’t leave anything on the table. Find what matters to you, set a BOLD goal, and then keep pursuing I­t­ with all you’ve got.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily." — Napoleon Bonaparte

"The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda." — John C. Maxwell

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." — William Morris

Health Tomfoolery

Give yourself permission to be healthy.

If there ever is a word with that is more overused then the word ‘health’, the planet would explode.

We are bombarded with opinions about health and what it means to be healthy. One news source tells you Fats are bad for you, someone else may tell you it’s great for you, and your family will have all manner of opinions about what’s good and what’s bad. With all of these differing philosophies, it’s easy to lose your sanity on what you should do and instead do nothing at all. (Ugh! One day they tell me eggs are bad for me, the next day they tell me they’re great... eff it! I’m going to go eat some cake.)

What you’re seeing in the health industry is the battle between science and money. Why is a large french fry and soda less money than a pack of blueberries? Why is the immediate response to most mainstream doctors is to give us pills to mask the problem versus figuring out how to fix the problem. There are so many facts and figures, opinions and antidotal answers, it's hard to know who to trust.

Ultimately, you are the one who decides what’s best for you. The choice to be healthy or not is up to you. Opt out of the games. Trust your gut. Experiment and find out what works best for you.

There’s one thing I know and that’s why you should want to get healthy in the first place:


What’s one thing that affects our ability to create and enjoy life?

I’ve experienced first hand the frustration and despair of Chronic Fatigue and low energy. If the energy you use is more than the energy you generate. Without enough energy, you are a slave to your health. 

Eating whole, moving your body, breath work, and aligning your daily habits to the lifestyle of your dreams is how you can build up positive energy.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"What is called genius is the abundance of life and health." — Henry David Thoreau

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." — Mahatma Gandhi

"Health is not valued till sickness comes." — Thomas Fuller

Reading Muscles

Saying ‘I hate reading’ is like saying ‘I hate green foods’. You probably don’t know if you like it because you’ve barely tried it. You might still think broccoli taste awful, but maybe you or your family just sucks at making broccoli and are great at overcooking it. (Sorry mom, I didn’t mean it)

The biggest problem with reading is that people don’t tell you why you should read in the first place.

Reading is A straight path toward success. 

(Whatever success means to you. It could mean swimming in a hot tub full of money, or maybe just having flexible work hours) If you want to succeed, if you want to be more than a beginner, and if you seek change and have a desire to live an extraordinary life — start reading. 

Knowledge, Skills, the ability to learn and connect ideas is a surefire way to become a linchpin.

Reading opens up your mind to infinite ideas and possibilities. (Put that on a motivational poster and smoke it) Reading expands your ability to think and see, it wakes you up to new worlds and new perspectives on life. (And that goes for fiction and nonfiction too)

I can’t even count the number of ideas reading has sparked for me. Half of my writing ideas were prompted by a word or phrase that I️ read in a book. And that’s the crazy things about books: they are a summation of experience, expertise, and ideas. Ideas that can change your life, and the lives of thousands of people out there facing their own challenges.

It’s okay if you don’t quite understand a book. When did not understanding become a sign that your an idiot?! Not understanding simply means you haven’t understood it yet

How to Build Up Your Reading Muscles

The act of reading a book is like going to the gym. Each time you do I­t­ you’re working your reading muscles and getting mentally stronger. Reading The Count of Monty Christo is going to feel like you’re jogging through pudding compared to reading The Hunger Games. And reading Plato is going to feel like someone strap hippos to your feet compared to reading Make Good Art. (Both fantastic, but Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art is much easy to understand than Plato) You don’t start working out by going to the gym and bench pressing 400 lbs on your first go. You start gradually and work you’re way up.

Each time you read new a book, pick something that feels like I­t­ might be a little out of your comfort zone. 

Read EVERYTHING that interests you, and be open to new genres that might not. Ideas can come from anywhere. It’s okay to put a book down if you dislike I­t­, but never put a book down because you /think/ that you would dislike I­t­.

I­t­ bears repeating, reading is your path to success. Whatever you want to learn, whoever you want to be, there’s a book out there for you to help guide your way. Mastery begins with the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

Get reading.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." — David Bailey

"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." — Will Rogers

"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well." — Mark Haddon

Stop Trying to Do It All Alone

I always seem to default to trying to solve my problems on my own. I fight tough and nail to fix things, practically kill myself in the process, and for what? 

So I can be a self-learner? Self-starter? Self-lifer?

You were not put on this earth to go through life alone. Some problems you are facing are bigger than you. To create real change — the kind of change that makes waves, and sparks revolutions — happens when we’re facing them on together.  What can one soldier do against an entire army?

This isn’t a woo-woo plea for us to hold hands and cry together.

yet… sometimes maybe we do need to cry together or to have someone to go to when the world gets tough, and everything around feels stale or overwhelming.

Who do you turn to when your back is against the wall?

If it's just yourself, you might have some self-reflecting to do.

There is no weakness in advice. In fact, seeking advice is wisdom and a strength.

Seeking knowledge that others have is the epitome of shortcutting your way to success.

Build a ragtag group of friends and family around you that will guide you through accomplishments and failures.

Never let someone tell you no when deep down in your gut you no the answer is yes.
Always be open to council when you don’t know what the h-to-the-ell you are doing.

Stop Trying to Do It All Alone.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." — Vincent Van Gogh

"Let's be very clear: Strong men - men who are truly role models - don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together." — Michelle Obama

"Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change." — Barbara Mikulski

The Confidence of Your Inner Child
“Don’t be mad, 
cause I’m doing me
Better than you doing you.”

Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)

What did you love to do when you were a kid? (What did you love to do when you were alone, or with friends?) Was it build huge structures and worlds out of legos? Was it drawing weird creatures and imagining them coming to life?

When I was growing up I did so many things.  I would draw, build legos, fight imaginary battles with a tree branch as a sword (still have the scar to prove it) My sisters and I grew up in a great neighborhood with a flock of kids the same age. We would bike, skateboard, run around, climb things we weren’t supposed to and all manner of shenanigans. (My own version of sandlot)  

The older I get, the more value I see in being childish. I have a strong gut feeling that the closer we get to our inner child, the closer we are to our true self. Our true self is the kind of person we would love to be, someone who doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable things, or from trying new things. Someone who just does things. Someone who is resilient, kind, insightful, opinionated and capable living past fear, and boldly moving on from failure.

Our inner child Is filled with wonder and possibility and has no doubt about who he or she is, no fear of failure, no worry or stress about what to do or who to be. Our inner child just is — he / she loving who we are, the way we are.

I think as kids we feel invincible. 
We don’t shy away from things, because what’s there to shy away from?

But somewhere down the line circumstance tells us to be cautious.
And in some cases, the circumstance is right. We should be cautious. Crossing the street can be dangerous. Sometimes stranger-danger is no joke. And if you jump off enough things, you’re bound to injure yourself.  The problem is being cautious is a slippery slope towards being hesitant.

We are hesitant to make new friends because, ‘what if they don’t like me?’
We are hesitant to try new things because, ‘what if I suck at it?’
We are hesitant to go outside our comfort zones because, ‘what if I embarrass myself?’

And the inner child in all of us says 'So What?'

Kids don’t think, ‘man I really suck at this’. 

No! They think they’re great at everything! And maybe their josh-awful at it, but at least they are trying. To master anything, you must start as a beginner, just like everyone else, and then you must give it your all.

So what if I embarrass myself? Own it. Go ahead embarrass yourself. What’s it to them? By stepping outside your comfort zone, you’re doing what 80% (just made up that number) of the population won’t do. Be proud of that.

As humans, we are not invincible. (Just vincible) But that doesn’t mean we play our life safe. Be cautiously optimistic. Feel invincible while being smarter too.
You might end up worse, or better off. Play it safe and you’ll only get the same.

Your challenge today is to do something you loved to do as a kid. (Something no average mainstream abiding adult would ever do... scratch that — especially what no average mainstream abiding adult would ever do)

It could be something as simple as an activity you haven’t done in years: 
Throw frisbee with a friend, play pretend and build an epic imaginary adventure across your city, join a pickup basketball game with strangers at the YMCA. Build a pillow fort with your kids. (Building a pillow fort is always a great idea)

Whatever you do, the sillier the better. There are no brownie points for half-assing things. (Sure you could play Mario, but so is everyone else in the world, 50 years old and down)

Challenge: Do something childish.

Call a friend and invite them to do it too.

Take a photo, tell me what you did! tag me on Instagram or email me Make it public for all to see. Make them jealous of your new childlike freedom.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" — Eleanor Roosevelt

And sometimes you need something different.

Sleep is a great mood palette cleanser.

But sometimes I'll find myself in a super funk even sleep won’t phase it. 

The best way to get out of a funk is to focus on your physical state.

Change your environment. Get up and move. Go to the gym. Grab some healthy food. Call someone you enjoy talking too. Our physical state directly contributes to our mental state (and vise-versa). Change one and you can change the other.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

P.S. Shorter post tonight, Gabriella broke her wrist  rollerskating : /

Sometimes you just need to sleep on it.

Bad moods, bad days, poor decisions, big decisions still needing to be made... sometimes sleep is the best reset.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Sleep on it. Refresh yourself. Wake up with a better mood, better day, and better decisions.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

P.S. Shorter post tonight, Gabriella broke her wrist  rollerskating : /

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"Sleep is the best meditation." — Dalai Lama

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?" — Ernest Hemingway

"Tired minds don't plan well. Sleep first, plan later." — Walter Reisch

How to Surround Yourself with Friends

You can compare yourself to others all day long, but it’s not going to make you a better you.

If your friend is thriving, be genuinely happy for them. Practice gratitude for their successes and happiness.

If your friend is having a tough time, be the person who lifts them up. Show up. Showing up will be one of the greatest things you can do for them.

Be inspired by others achievements.
If they can do it, so you can you.
If you can do it, so can I.

Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self.

It’s cliche and sounds like it should be on a Hallmark card, but it's true.

Being genuine is the best way to go through life. Sure you could tell white lies, maybe boast or exaggerate your life a hundred different ways, but when you are 100% you, (full of life, quirks, enthusiasm...) people go out of their way to be around you.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." — William Morris

"Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship." — Marilyn Monroe

"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood." — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Getting Through Anything

In whatever you do, never lack in enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm is part of your fire, your will of an extraordinary life.

No matter hard or stupid things get, your enthusiasm is your way through. It gives you the strength to attack head on any problem and persist until an opportunity arises.

How do you build up your enthusiasm? Like most things, one day at a time. Enthusiasm is a mixture of positivity and genuine care about things. Resetting your mind to be more enthusiastic starts with small acts of being enthusiastic. A moment of choosing to say something positive, even though you might be thinking negatively. A moment of practicing genuineness by listening and caring about what a friend or acquaintance is saying. 

Build up your resilience with an enthusiasm practice and you can get through any setback

— Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

Pumpkin Growing is Like The Olympics

Let’s say you are a world-renowned pumpkin farmer. (Punk farmer for short)

Obviously, your main mission each year is to win the state fair pumpkin growing contest at all costs.

These are high stakes people.

I mean seriously, are you really going to let Sally from one county over take home the prize  (pie-rise? Get it the prize is a pie?) winning pumpkin medal?

H-to-the-ell no.

You’re going to do whatever it takes to grow the best darn pumpkin the world has ever seen.

So what do you do? You give the pumpkin what it needs. You're not going to give it beer and bread.

You’re going to make sure your prized pumpkins are watered and cared for.

Same goes for Olympians. 

Competing in the Olympics is pretty much exactly the same things as growing a pumpkin. (No steroids allowed)

You don’t become that chiseled and mentally and physically sharp on beer and sandwiches.

Optimize with food that is best for your body. YSee food as fuel and medicine. Health and training can become your golden ticket to success.

Perhaps you are not running for the Olympics or growing pumpkins, but you are likely pursuing something challenging in your life — creative pursuits, health issues, raising kids etc.

That means to be on your A game. You need to give your body and mind the fuel it needs so you can live optimally.

Don’t just treat your body like its a temple — treat it like a prize-winning pumpkin.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

Plant Your Flag

“Distractions will do you in” — Drake

Rich Roll picked health.

Josh Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus picked Minimalism.

Sophia Amoroso picked fashion.

Tim Ferriss picked optimizing work.

Elon Musk picked online finances.

Jeff Bezos picked books.

They all have dozens of interests but they started with one.

It’s hard (maybe impossible) to build a personal brand or company around multiple interests when you’re at the beginning (I️ know, I’ve tried). It’s too confusing to your audience.

Trying to be all things to all people leaves you with nothing to show and no people. To rally fans around your ideas, you must first plant your flag into ONE thing you love.

Q: What’s the main cause behind what you do?

Plant your flag in a category you love, make it a lifelong pursuit, and as your audience grows to expand into your other passions.

Lifestyles aren’t made in a day, they’re made with consistent actions each day. Huge difference.

The biggest creativities and entrepreneurs didn’t start by doing and knowing it all. If you want to build your own unique lifestyle similar to who you look up to, plant your flag. Become really good at what you do, then expand into other interests. Your fans will follow. Eventually, your fans will love you for you (your weird, eclectic, quirky self), not just what you do. They come from what we do but stay for our personalities.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner 

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well." — Horace Walpole

BOOK: The One Thing by Gary Keller

Wanting to Change Before We Feel Like We Can

‘I can’t workout until I lose twenty pounds’

‘I’ll start saving money when I have money to save’

‘When I know more, I’ll start writing my book’

Why do we feel like we have to fix ourselves before we can fix ourselves?

This is a great example of getting in our own way.  We’ve all said or thought similar lines like the ones above some point in our lives. We desperately want to change, but if it’s not perfect, if we can’t drop everything we’re doing and go all in, we’d rather not even try.  Change isn't perfect. It usually doesn't happen the way we want it to, or when we want it to. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't change.

We need to upgrade our way of thinking and approach to change.

We’ve got lives to live. We have jobs or school work or family responsibilities or one hundred other things we need to take care of — we don’t have time to wait for the perfect moment to start.

The perfect moment to start is too late. The best time to start something is now.

Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, starting gives you the outlet to learn what to do.

You’re living your life this very second. If you don’t like what you see it’s time to start making small, daily changes to reach for something better.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner
IG: @Renaissance.Life

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Health Starts With You

Your health is your responsibility.

As much as I would love to just be able to give my health problems to someone else to take care of for me, that’s not how i­t­ works. (Steve, you’re in charge of exercising my muscles. Brad, you’re in charge of meditating, while I’m going to lay on this couch and watch YouTube. Alright, ready GO!)

For the last couple years, I’ve had energy problems. It’s a zombie lifestyle: I go to bed tired and wake up tired. Exercise is exhausting. I push through the fatigue to make a living and work on my pursuits (like this blog and podcast), but I still don’t feel as RADIANT as I want to be. My mind, creativity, energy, liveliness doesn’t feel sharp. I’ve been to multiple doctors, which helped spotlight the problems, but they weren’t able to provide me a road to recovery and change.

That where I come in. Am I just going to give up? Lay in bed for the rest of my life, to never write a book, release a music album, travel the world? Hell No.

This is my responsibility.

The only person who cares 150% about your wellbeing is yourself.
Others can care, but you should care even more. Some doctors care, but there’s only so much they can do with a 20-minute consultation. You are the one who has the power in your hands to change your life trajectory. I’m not a doctor (nor do I play one on the Internet), I’m not telling you to do something stupid. In fact, I’m telling you to do the opposite — be smart about your health. Your health directly affects everything you do, including your creativity and success. If you want to be a high performer in what you do, you’ve got to go beyond the basics and learn to take control of what ails you.

You must be the one to take charge, gain knowledge and master health and wellness.

Somewhere out there, there is someone who has been through what we’re going through. It’s up to us to learn from them and smartly experiment with what works for ourselves.

You’re health — and ultimately your life — is in your hands.

A greater understanding of health is a certain roadmap to a better all-around YOU.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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Make $100, spend $80, the result is happiness. Make $100, spend $106, the result is pure misery.

— My Reinterpretation of a Charles Dickens line.

I recently wrote a post on my entitled “Your Self-Worth is Not Your Net-Worth”. One thing that I’d like to expand upon is although money should not define who you are, we still have to take ownership of our finances.

Ignoring money problems won’t make them go away. (or any problem, not just $)

If you’re spending more than you are saving, you’ve sprung a leak somewhere. Somewhere in your daily spendings, you’re buying a lifestyle you can’t afford yet. Whatever it is you've got to find the leak first before you can stop the boat from sinking. It’s incredibly easy to do and fall into nowadays with credit. Maybe you’ve bitten off more than you can chew with a car, or maybe you’re eating your money like I am. The issue I’m working on is how to eat healthy, like stupid mega healthy, while not spending my entire paycheck on food. I don’t know the answers, but I’m going to seek out the people who do and follow their lead.

For me, spending ultimately boils down to that first sentence above. If I’m spending 100% of my monthly income on super mega foods that make me feel good, I’m still going to be miserable because I’m left with no margin.

With this kind of spending, I’m no better off financially than a homeless man who spends all of his money on beer.

I­t­ comes down to control. Who / what are you going to let determine your life? Are you going to let lack of knowledge about money control your entire life? Are you going to give your time away to everything EXCEPT that creative dream you have? Are you going others determine you’re altitude in life?’’

The more things — addictions, ignorance, lack of knowledge, and resources — control you, the less control you’ll have over your future. But the more you learn and time you spend on your strengths and downsides, the further in life you will go.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

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“Annual Income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.” —  Charles Dickens (Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield)