dan-gheesling-be-productiveBeing productive is subjective.

It all depends on what we expect ourselves to do, our ability to assess (or be overly hard on ourselves) the day, combined with what we actually execute in the day.

This week I had my single most productive day of the year, and it was extremely simple to figure out why.

For the first time in 2015, I was able to get everything done for my online business, offline business, and my gaming channel all in one day.

Most of my days, I end up coming home with things still to do, but more importantly, feeling like I left something on the table.

You may be able to relate to this feeling, based on how you set your day up (ie. if you have a checklist with 1,000,000 things on it), but that’s a whole different story.

Bottom line, it was really simple to understand why I had my most productive day in 2015.

It was simple to understand and plan for, but not easy to execute.

How I Pulled It Off (Book Recommendation)

I do a ton of reading. At any given time I’m usually reading 2 personal development/real estate books and one book for fun (Game of Thrones). [click to continue…]

In January of 2015 I did not post a single blog.

I didn’t write a single article, and I didn’t write, or share my goals for the new year.

Why?

Because for the past month I have just put my head down and got to work.

A lot has changed in my businesses and I have spent a lot of time working on my offline business, which has always been real estate.

I wanted to write, but this article kept popping up in my head from one of my favorite business thought leaders, Gary Vaynerchuk.

The gist of the article basically says: just shut up and get to work.

For many reasons, that article has resonated with me for a very long time. When I look back at the things I’ve done, I’m not satisfied.

From a business standpoint, I’ve always wanted three things: to create multiple passive businesses, to continue to invest in Real Estate assets, and have a creative outlet (YouTube & Twitch) that can be monetized.

In business that’s all I want and need, but it is not always what I have focused my time on, until now.

Of course, there is more to life than just business – we all have a reason for “why” we work so hard.

For me, it’s for my family, and the ability to free up time to do other things I love that have nothing to do with business or money, but are more about helping others (i.e.- coaching football).

The catch 22 is that you can’t do those things that you love to do, without a business behind you. It’s a tough balance for a lot of people who work for themselves, myself included.

My Achilles Heel

One of my biggest downfalls (and motivators) is that I am extremely hard on myself.

Rarely, if ever, do I look back at what I’ve done in a day, week, or even month. I always look at what I didn’t get done, or how I could have gotten more done, which is extremely damaging over time.

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Dan-Gheesling-MacEwan

Without a doubt these past two weeks have been very exhausting, eye opening, and rewarding.

Most of the time when I travel for speaking it is a 1-2 day trip, sometimes even there and back in the same day. This month we packed a bunch of presentations into a two week stretch and it taught me a lot.

It made a lot of business sense to do it this way – to visit all the schools in a short period of time collectively on the road, but sometimes things happen that are more important than business.

Unexpected Surprise

When planning this two week speaking tour, we planned it around the “due date” of my niece Chloe, so that I would be able to be home to see her be born.

My niece Chloe had plans of her own, and I was devastated at first. [click to continue…]

Why I’m OK With 2% (How I Got Started Speaking)

About a year ago, I sat down to look at the “business” behind public speaking. I often get asked how I got started speaking, and it all stemmed from one speaking opportunity at Rider University in NJ. (Thanks Nick! If you have attended one of my speaking events, send Nick a quick tweet – because […]

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November Speaking: Wisconsin, Alberta, Maryland!

It has been a while since an update post and a lot has been going on! First off, I hope everyone had a great and safe Halloween, Chelsea and I had a blast:   (Probably our best combo costume of all time…Heisenberg and Jesse Pinkman for anyone who didn’t watch Breaking Bad) Side note: that […]

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Be Boring & Predictable

People see consistency as boring or predictable, but being consistent is everything. Being consistent is one of the toughest things to do, and often the most valued in any situation. The consistent .300 hitter in baseball. The friend who is always there for you. The always on schedule content creator. With some people being consistent […]

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Success Is Predetermined

Success is predetermined. Not predetermined in the way that you may think of in which everything is already scripted out because of “fate.” Success is predetermined by your preparation and experience. A personal example… Tonight I have a speaking event at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON. I know it is going to go well because […]

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Getting Out of a Tough Spot

Hitting a rut, wall, plateau, whatever you want to call it is inevitable. You can be on a win streak for only so long, before things taper off. It can happen in a lot of different ways, whether in business, personally, or in my case fitness. When things tend to get tough it is a […]

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Why Are You Posting That Online?

This past weekend I went to the Homecoming game at St. Mary’s. I used to spend a lot of time on the campus when I was teaching and coaching, but now not so much. I try to make at least one football game a year to check out the team, and say hello to some […]

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