A Call To Doing It Your Way.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Fuck the experts.

Fuck the trends.

Fuck the template.

This is a call to doing it your own way — flight or failure, success or sudden collapse. Don’t you want to go out, win or lose, knowing that at least you didn’t sell your soul?

Don’t you want to die knowing that when it came down to it, in the end you did it the-way-you-wanted-to-do-it-dammit?

Personally, that’s the way I want to be remembered. I don’t want to be number one in a category someone else created. I don’t want to master a game someone else built for me.

I don’t want to be recognized, heralded, awarded for being the greatest, when I never felt like I was being true to me.

So, this is a call to forgetting what the experts recommend. This is a banner raised for renegades, the daring pioneers, the stubborn ones that refuse to accept anything less than their heart’s deepest desires.

Whether your star rises like a supernova, or you quietly burn like a steady candle in the night — do it your own way.

Give yourself permission to forget the templates, the routines, the systems and the established “right” ways.

Forget all your good ideas and what you think should work. Be daring. Be brave. Be innovative. Be you.

Follow the call of your heart, wherever it may be leading you.

Fuck their way. Do it your way, or don’t do it at all.

You may die a bum or win a nobel prize. At least you’ll sleep soundly at night.

That is a peace that no salary, pension or prize can pacify.

Do it your way, or don’t do it at all.

Why I Don’t Care About Success?

by Jeremy Michaels

A lot of people in my field write about how to be successful, but I try to avoid it. It’s just not something I believe is important.

Now, that might seem weird to you. Like, what kind of loser doesn’t want to be successful? Me, I’m that loser in your mind. Or am I really?

Obviously, the first problem with success is how you define success. Is it becoming famous? rich? creating a world changing business? coming up with an idea that changes people’s lives? helping others? being happy? So many people with values similar to mine would reject the traditional definitions of success which are being rich or famous, or creating a huge business or even having the best-selling book.

And those people are right in my opinion. If all you’re striving for is money, you’ll do horrible things to get it. If all you want is a successful business, you’ll screw people over to get it. If all you want is fame, you’ll give up your dignity to achieve it. And that’s not “love” which completely goes against my character and my values. I am love…

I could probably get a book on the New York Times best-seller list if I really tried, but it’s not something I care enough about, and I know I’d have to do things I wouldn’t be happy doing in order to get there. I’d have to make promises I couldn’t deliver on, sell something to people who are looking for answers I don’t have, trick them into buying my book and go against my morals and character to become successful in that marketing, advertising and business field.

I could make a lot more money than I make now if I capitalized on all the readers I have and pressured them into buying something or doing something to benefit me toward success. But I really don’t think that’s a good thing, nor a loving way to be so I’d feel crappy doing that. It’s not me and never will be. I’m the oppostie of an entrepeneur because i am love and I refuse to profit and gain off others.

So those who teach you to be successful or are already successful, they’ll share methods that are a bit shady sometimes. If not, often they sell you platitudes that sound good but are too vague to really mean anything.

I’ve read many articles and blogs on how to be successful and I can’t avoid finding them because they’re everywhere, and rarely will any of them really show you how to get where you want to go. And when you don’t get there, you’ll blame not the success system, but your own inadequacies. And that’s ultimately the deeper problem.

Whatever your definition of success is, it’s something you’re looking for. Something that exists in the future. It’s based on your desire to achieve something, your feelings that you’re not where you want to be. That’s why the snake oil salesmen are so “successful”. They capitalize on the feelings of inadequacies that other people have. And I think that’s horrible and the sole reason why the world is the way it is.

But beyond that, the trap of striving for this future “success”, it’s never-ending. You strive for more, and then when you get there, if you ever get there, you’ll strive for more again. You’re never satisfied. People who have a billion dollars, for example, they’re successful, right? Why don’t they stop trying to make money, then? Why would they possibly need more than a billion dollars? How can you possibly spend that much? They strive to make more because there will never be enough. They’ll never be successful enough. That’s true not just of the rich, but of anyone who strives for their version of success. Striving is a condition that doesn’t have an end, unless you give it up.

Now let’s talk my perspective. I might have a lot of readers now on this website, over 100,000 a day but I don’t feel that’s what makes me a success. I’ve been a success since day 1, because even when I had 0 readers, I was doing what I loved. Even when no one else would have called me a success, I absolutely loved writing and self improving and I was as happy as I am right now.

Success isn’t about achieving something in the future to me, but about doing something right now that you love. So doesn’t that mean I care about success? Well, sure, because I define success as whatever I love to do and passionate about. I’d rather live comfortably and happy then strive for a never ending more that the averaged person is conditioned to. Success really doesn’t have a meaning, does it? Because your definition of success is whatever your mind and perspective makes it out to be. So if success can mean anything, then it means nothing.

So forget about “success”, and just find value. Values and morals include happiness, joy, passion, love, giving, caring, sharing, helping and awesomeness right now, in this moment. “That” is a success you can achieve without any self-help course, without any methods, without going against your character and purpose, without using, owing, borrowing, forgetting, neglecting and unloving people. It’s a lifestyle of value and purpose that brings unlimited happiness and love.

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The 10 Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Our Health.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Plants can offer amazing benefits; grown indoors, they’ll easily allow you to experience better health by creating a great healthy atmosphere.

For a long time it has been incredibly easy to grow plants at home. Indoor plants have many benefits. They can relieve tension, reduce stress levels, purify the air and even help with the healing process. So why not get the benefits nature can offer by adopting one, or more of the following plants into your home.

Here Are The Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Our Health:

1 – Aloe. Not only is the aloe plant readily available to soothe sunburns, stings, or cuts, it can also detoxify the body and is great for purifying the air. Aloe can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products. When the amount of harmful chemicals in the air become excessive, the plant’s leaves will display brown spots.

2 – English Ivy. According to NASA, English Ivy is the number one houseplant to grow indoors due to its incredible air filtering abilities. It is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing “formaldehyde”, and is even easy to grow. An adaptable plant, it can be hung and perched on the floor and prefers moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.

3 – Rubber Tree. This plant easily grows in dim lighting and cooler climates. This low-maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.

4 – Snake Plant. A wonderful corner plant, the snake plant can thrive without much light or water. It’s also efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do during the day), therefore one in the bedroom may help you in experience better sleep.

5 – Peace Lily. This beautiful flower is a wonderful low-maintenance plant to keep in the home. Peace lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.

6 – Philodendron. The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they’re easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. Similar to the English Ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde. If properly cared for, they can last for many years and grow with your family. The philodendron prefers moderate water and some sunlight.

7 – Bamboo Palm. An attractive and soothing plant, the bamboo palm also made NASA’s list of top-ten clean air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. The palm is also quite effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene. Well watered and placed in shade or indirect sunlight, they’ll flourish and intensify the peace in your home.

8 – Spider Plant. Spider plants are easy to grow and are a popular house plant for many. Not only are they decorative, but they’re also on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants. Effective at fighting off pollutants (including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene), they’re a beautiful addition to any home seeking cleaner air.

9 – Golden Pothos. The pothos is a simple yet beautiful plant which also made NASA’s list. It grows best in cool temperatures and in low levels of sunlight. Able to clear formaldehyde from the air, it’s a beneficial plant to have in your living room or as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines.

10 – Red-Edged Dracaena. This vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling height (15 foot dracaenas are common), making it a great plant for decorating and filling up space. It’s beneficial for removing toxins, such as xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. It flourishes in sunlight and will be a welcome addition in your home.

Creatine, Explained.

by Jeremy Michaels

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What is Creatine? Creatine is a natural substance in the liver that helps supply energy to cells all over the body – particularly muscle cells. It is made out of 3 amino acids: L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine. Creatine is also found in meat and fish and also naturally made by your kidneys and pancreas.

Most bodybuilders, weight lifters and athletes use creatine supplements for improving their athletic performance and to gain faster results because of creatine’s ability to supply energy where it is demanded, which increases the ability to produce energy rapidly, improving athletic performance and allowing muscles to train harder.

Now it’s important to understand that the nutritional supplement industry is a multibillion-dollar industry full of products claiming enhanced performance, quick weight loss, quick muscle mass gain, increased longevity, and better health. And one of the widely known supplements in the sports nutrition field is creatine. In the U.S. alone, creatine dietary supplements make up a large portion of the estimated $2.7 billion in annual sales of sports nutrition supplements. Despite its widespread use, creatine supplementation is still a controversy amongst athletes, researchers, doctors and clinicians regarding its efficacy and safety. In order for you to make a well informed stance on creatine supplementation, one should review the role of creatine in the body, the research surrounding its efficacy in performance enhancement, and the potential side effects of creatine supplementation.

HERE IS WHY YOU SHOUDN’T USE CREATINE SUPPLEMENTS:

  • High doses of creatine can potentially harm your kidneys, liver and even your heart.
  • Creatine causes dehydration. Creatine causes muscles to draw water from the rest of your body. As creatine absorbs water from your blood stream into your muscle cells, those who do not drink enough water can face this negative side effect – dehydration. Creatine supplementation causes your muscle to retain water and your body’s demand for water increases.
  • Creatine does more harm than good. Taking more creatine is not going to help as higher than the recommended creatine grams per day increases your risk of kidney failure. Also the more creatine you take, it decreases your performance and makes you gain weight, rather than gain muscle and fitness results.
  • Besides weight gain, other potential negative side effects of taking creatine include stomach pain, muscle cramping, diarrhea and nausea.
  • Another important reason why you shouldn’t take creatine supplements is that processed creatine in powdered forms may have aspartame. Aspartame is a food additive that’s literally a poison that causes seizures, brain tumors (cancer), multiple sclerosis, and grave disease.

HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD OPT FOR:

  • Opt for simply eating lean meats and fish such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salmon. Meat and fish produce natural creatine just like your liver.
  • Opt for drinking raw coconut water. Coconut water is a nutritious, hydrating, natural energy drink. It has the same amount of electrolytes as your blood, contains more potassium than a banana, and contains lauric acid which is known for boosting your metabolism. Coconut water also contains the vitamins C, B9, B1 and B2 – which are essential in aiding muscle recovery and promoting energy metabolism.
  • Don’t fall as a victim to the supplement industry. You have to understand, a supplement is exactly as the name implies…A SUPPLEMENT. It is not going to make or break your gains in the gym. The majority of supplements being marketed to hardgainers looking to gain muscle are focused on increasing water weight instead of muscle which after you come off the supplement, your muscles will decrease or go back to normal. Other supplements for weight loss, muscle recovery, stamina, endurance or even energy are all proven to be quick fixes too. The only supplement I recommend is raw protein powders as you may not being getting the proper amounts of protein from your food on the daily basis.