(Warning: borderline d-bag post)
Living alpha is a good look.
Superior provider? Peak performer? Stays ready? Check, check, check. I don’t claim to have all the alpha answers, but my life is trending in an alpha-sorta-way.
I’m smarter, stronger and thinking bigger, attacking life in Westbrook fashion.
Between my digital assets and this shy-looking blog, my side money bullies my mid-level marketing salary by 300%.
A salary that I abandoned two weeks ago.
The result? A life, where alpha happens:
- attending the Pac-12 basketball tournament in Las Vegas
- experiencing SXSW from a friend’s downtown condo in Austin
- taking backpacking trips with my retired Dad
- spending time with my sister’s family in Paradise, CA
- attending a 3-day investment summit in Cancun, Mexico
- mini-retiring in Brazil for sun, solitude and learning
When you create time wealth, you put yourself in a position to better your relationships, improve your fitness and live a more meaningful life.
Here’s the steps that’ll get you there:
Step 1: find mentors and coaches
Going alpha requires you to put yourself around people who’re already doing what you want to be doing.
Finding coaches and mentors, or the 1%-ers.
This was probably my biggest breakthrough in 2014.
Instead of following dozens of other marketers, I deconstructed my learning from ground zero and found mentors.
My biggest mentors? Troy Shanks and Brad Campbell.
They’re both living happy, healthy lives in sunny locations, engineered by passive income. They’re people who’re already doing what I want to be doing.
I studied their content, bought their coaching, read the same books, and OCD’d about their lifestyle and habits.
Then, I produced for them, eventually forming partnerships with both.
Living alpha is producing for your mentors and proving yourself as a peak-performer or A-lister.
When you do this, you earn a spot in their circle. Surround yourself with a few of these 1%-ers and it’s impossible not to get on their level.
Step 2: develop habits for peak performance
My routine the last 90 days:
Start day with prayer, 40 push-ups, drink 20oz of water, and listen to mindset audio while sipping on a protein shake during my 13-minute commute to work.
Begin work by addressing the biggest task of the day. What’s the one thing that needs to get done?
Lunch. Usually the same thing: steak burrito with pinto beans, salad and extra steak.
More water. Diet Monster energy drink and 40 more pushups right after lunch. Continue working at office until 4:30.
Meet up with older brother for quick workout. Dinner. Scoop up buddy and head to coffee shop in downtown SLC. Order yerba mate, work till midnight or 1 AM. Read before going to sleep.
Although this daily routine is not permanent, it’s engineered by habits that qualify myself for peak performance.
Let’s study the habits behind the routine:
The morning routine is borrowed from one of my coaches, Brad Campbell. Notice my body is strengthened, hydrated and fueled with positive energy before I turn my computer on. The result? Optimized, peak performance.
The one thing? From Gary Keller’s The One Thing, the power of starting your work addressing the most important (oft-times most uncomfortable) task and doing nothing else until that task gets done. One internet tab recommended.
Ask yourself, what’s the one thing that needs to get done such that everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?
Same lunch? It’s healthy and minimizes willpower. I don’t have to decide where or what to eat for lunch.
Workouts with the bro and coffee shop jam-sessions with a buddy? Power of accountability. Finding others to ride with you will keep you in check and make habits easier to keep.
Reading before going to bed? Simple, alphas study alphas.
I’ve consumed Richard Branson, MJ DeMarco, Gary Keller, Peter Drucker and Neil Strauss all in the last few months from consistent, nightly reading.
The result? I think 10x bigger than I did a year ago.
Again, this routine is not permanent, but an example of what can be done with the right habits in place. I rarely went out, and my social life lagged.
However, during this period, I hit a tipping point and doubled my side income in three consecutive months.
Magic happens at the extremes, they say.
Now that I’ve let my 9-5 go, the habits stay the same. I’m just 8 hours closer towards my own entrepreneur work, every single day.
Step 3: stay ready
Staying ready is the art of not getting comfortable.
Study peak performers, and you see a borderline-obsessiveness of staying ready.
Anyone who is world-class – entrepreneurs, visionaries, athletes, authors – they condition themselves through daily repetitions.
They’re getting better and preparing for what they cannot control.
Your first 5k month? Congrats, dude, but that $5k coming in every month is not guaranteed.
The daily repetitions, income-producing-activities, mindset conditioning and gym workouts must go on.
Staying ready is committing yourself to a lifelong pursuit of mindset development.
Staying ready is living within your means while seeking to expand your means.
Staying ready is having your best month financially, but approaching each day like you’re broke.
Staying ready is being in peak physical performance, ready to protect and defend your family.
Think the US government and federal reserve are insolvent and on the verge of collapsing?
Staying ready is opening a bank account in Singapore or applying for dual citizenship in Panama or Belgium.
Be alpha about it. Do something, don’t get emotional about it.
Always stay ready.
Wanna be a superior provider? Wanna be in peak physical form? Start living alpha, and take control of what you can control. Living alpha comes down to following the right mentors, developing the right habits, and never getting comfortable.
Now, since you’re here, on Multiple Streams, you’re probably looking at MLM’s or ways to make money online. I get that.
Ask yourself, am I chasing money? or am I following a coach or mentor who’s already doing what I want to be doing?
If it’s the former, cock-block your money-chasing habits and look at mentorship possibilities here.