Two Blogs which Will Make You Step Up
Sometimes you need information. Sometimes you need inspiration. Sometimes you need entertainment.
And sometimes you need rock solid motivation.
I go to different blogs for different things.
If I’m looking for encouragement and support, I might head over to Puttylike, because the people there think the same way as me. If I need advice on starting my own business, I’ll stop by Location180 to see what pointers Sean can give me.
Quite often, I’m in search of motivation.
And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I’ll stumble across a blog post or two that will really get me going.
But it’s hit and miss. Sometimes I just luck out and can’t find what I’m looking for.
Well, that was until I stumbled upon two beauties.
I now visit two particular blogs almost daily because I KNOW that they’ll get me pumped up. Whether or not the specific posts I read are relevant to my life, they get something stirring inside me so that I can’t wait to get on with whatever I need to do that day.
It’s the way they’re written, the assumptions they make, the excuses they won’t accept.
Introducing the Blog of Impossible Things
The Blog of Impossible Things is about doing the impossible, as you might expect.
Joel Runyon got fed up of living a normal life. He was sick of doing only doing ‘possible’ things, and realised that he wanted to do the extraordinary. He wanted to do things that everyone else said were impossible. He wanted to make his life a story worth reading.
So he started challenging himself, and doing things he used to think were impossible.
On his blog, he talks about the incredible things he does, like climbing volcanoes, running back-to-back marathons, and living in foreign countries. And he teaches his readers how to do similar things:
- How To Keep Going When You Don’t Feel Like It
- How to do so many diverse and awesome things that people will want to punch you in the face
- The Renaissance Man’s Guide To Maintaining Momentum While Doing Everything
But the best thing about his blog is not learning how to be as crazy overachieving as Joel. The best thing is his expectations.
Joel expects you to step up. He expects you to do the impossible. He expects you to destroy your excuses. He expects you to keep going.
He DEMANDS that you do the impossible.
If you read the Blog of Impossible Things regularly, you can’t help but start to believe that impossible things are possible, and that you can live just as an exciting life as Joel. You can’t help but come to demand more of yourself.
Here are some blog posts that’ll make you step up:
- It’s All Mental
- Discipline Is…
- Are You Building Something That Matters?
- The Only Self-Help Post You’ll Ever Need
- Screw It & Do It
Whatever level you’re starting from, at whatever you’re trying to do, Joel demands that you take it up a notch. It’s not about being the best, or outstripping anyone else; it’s all about you and your limits. If you’re not physically fit enough to run a mile at the moment, running a mile is currently impossible for you. But (assuming you are able to walk) if you want to, you can achieve that impossible.
Again, it’s in the name. Advanced Riskology is about taking risks to live a better life.
Tyler Tervooren had a pretty sensible childhood, but he wasn’t happy with this straight and narrow path. He started shaking things up a bit, until he realised that his favourite memories were of times when he’d taken risks. In those moments, he’d grown and learnt more than at any other time.
Eventually, he realised that he’d taken the biggest risk of all by not going after the life he most wanted. So he changed that.
Since then, he’s been living according to his own rules, taking risks, and feeling awesome. He created Advanced Riskology for other people who want to take the less travelled path. The idea is that if we get stuck and bored from playing it safe, we learn and grow by taking risks; we need uncertainty to live better lives.
Again, Tyler teaches his readers how to take risks and do crazy things:
- The Riskologist’s Guide to Decision Making
- The Bring Your Own Awesome Policy
- From Hobby to Micro-Business in 3 Somewhat Difficult Steps
But, again, it’s not what he says, it’s his attitude.
Like Joel, Tyler expects his readers to go after their dreams, to do rather than worry, and to give life their all.
Have a look at some of these posts if you need shaking by the shoulders:
- Every Decision Is Life or Death
- Abundance and The Art of Life Avoidance
- Fear and The Very First Step
- What Happened to Setting Your Own Rules?
There you go. Enjoy, dare, be motivated. Have a good one, folks.
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