Entries by Chris Dessi

5 Simple Things You Need To Be Happy

Shawn’s team at his company GoodThink, Inc. have ensured that positive psychology no longer lives in the gray area of qualitative assumptions. They are creating a bedrock foundation of data that proves how we can become happier. And the quantitative results are profound.

Shawn told me “the truth that science is revealing is that small positive changes can change the trajectory of our life.”

Here are five small changes you can make to be happier. And they’re all free:

Why You Need to Embrace ‘The Suck’ in 2017

The military has a way of boiling everything down to its most eloquent and basic foundation. They teach newcomers to embrace, what they refer to as “the Suck.”

It’s that threshold where your body breaks down, and your mind takes over. If you’re weak-minded and ready to quit, your body will follow suit. If you’re expecting “the suck.” Then you welcome it. You embrace it. You won’t succumb to it, and you push yourself through it.

Here are 5 steps for embracing “the suck.”

How the Most Self-Disciplined People Create Remarkable Results

You’re disciplined. I get it. You focus on keeping yourself motivated. You stay healthy. You even seek new ways to be successful in your career.

Self-discipline is a cornerstone of your life. Mine too. Also like you, I want to get better at it. So recently I decided to consult the most disciplined person I know:

Jason Van Camp is the founder and chairman of Mission 6 Zero. The company specializes in performance enhancement. Jason is also a West Point graduate, a Green Beret, and a great human being.

I recently connected with Jason to learn secrets to self-discipline. He shared seven daily habits that keep this Green Beret sharp, in tune, and over-performing on a consistent basis.

20 Insanely Weird and Unique Gifts From Killer Startups

When I was younger I was obsessed with companies like Sharper Image. I would peruse the isles to discover new and compelling products to buy for friends and family.

While discussing this obsession with a friend recently, I decided I’d seek out and share a new generation of interesting products with you here.

So here it goes. Here are 20 insanely weird and unique gifts/products from killer start-ups.

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

I’ve been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I wasn’t exercising, and I wasn’t keeping my mind clear with meditation.

In the middle of what felt like my most stressful month of my life, my most senior employee resigned. While I was complaining about the debacle to an entrepreneur friend, he called me out: “Get comfortable with the feeling that you have right now.”

Confused, I asked, “What feeling?” He replied, “Feeling uncomfortable. Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable.”

He stopped me in my tracks. He was right. We all need to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable. We’re soft!

Here are 7 ways to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, according to one of the toughest and most resilient people I know, Green Beret Jason Van Camp.

How To Always Be The Best Version Of You

Motivation can be a fickle concept. We’re all go-getters at some point. We’re also all slackers at other times. Admit it…

When we’re confronted with unrealistic demands, how will we react? Can we sustain optimal performance? Sometimes, yes. Mostly, nope.

If you’re reading this, you should have a general understanding of how to do well at work. What I’m more interested in, and what I think will help you more, is reaching excellence in life.

How can we create a life where excellence becomes our default? And is it even possible?

I’m going to share six ways to be the best version of you.

Why You Need To Know The Answer To This One Question If You Want To Be Successful

Last week I sat down with former Green Beret, and NFL player Nate Boyer. We were on the phone to talk about his involvement in Mission6Zero, as well as his important work with not for profits. I was very curious about how a guy like Nate had accomplished so much in such a short period of time.

We spent a great deal of time discussing his unique approach to networking. More on that in a minute