A man beating steel with a hammer while working hard on his craft.
A man beating steel with a hammer while working hard on his craft.
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I stole the title of this post from Cal Newport’s book So Good They Can’t Ignore You. But I did so for a purpose. I picked this title because it is so good you can’t ignore it.

That is what you should strive for if you wish to do something you are passionate about or succeed as a writer or whatever your craft is. Strive to become so good others in your field can’t ignore your work.

Here’s why:

Cal Newport found, after interviewing professionals from various professions, that people are passionate about what they do when they experience creativity…


A writer sitting in a dark room, writing.
A writer sitting in a dark room, writing.
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I’m a professional creativity thief, and I’m no longer shy about it.

For my first novel, I stole tons of ideas from George R.R. Martin’s popular ASoIaF series. The characters, the world, and the plot of my story all had been influenced by Martin’s work.

But I’m not the only one.

Robert Jordan, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin are only some of the remarkable writers who admitted to stealing ideas. In 1994, Quentin Tarantino proudly admitted to Empire magazine that he steals from every single movie ever made.

I can name you dozens of great writers and artists who steal…


An empty road beside mountains.
An empty road beside mountains.
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You must have heard or read this saying — or one close to it — from somewhere, at some time:

“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn

Maybe it was a motivational video, an Instagram post, or you’ve heard it from Steve Harvey or Oprah Winfrey.

I did from all.

I heard it so much that it started messing with my head. Oh no, I thought, the five people closest to me aren’t successful. I’m never going to make it.

It wasn’t only the five people closest to me, but everyone


Black iphone on white surface.
Black iphone on white surface.
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Throughout history, humans have relentlessly kept trying to make their lives easier. We used to hunt for our lunch and supper and whirl around to find wood for the fire. Nowadays, we have ovens, canned food, and McDonald’s.

Back in the days, you had to go shopping for products, physically go to the movies or the bank, and hunt for ages to find a decent place to rent. Nowadays, there’s Amazon, Airbnb, Netflix, eBay, and mobile banking.

At this age, we can say everything is in the reach of our fingers. Life is much simpler now than it was for…


Someone placing a white iPhone on a dark table.
Someone placing a white iPhone on a dark table.
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The thing that, other than work, takes the most time out of our day is content consumption. Content is everywhere; everyone consumes content. You’re consuming content right now.

I have no doubt that there are some developers right now in a garage or a tiny office somewhere, hustling to finish working on their new social media app. On the other side, there are millions of content creators — like myself — who are grinding to get their articles, videos, or posts in your face.

And you know what we do? We put crazy effort to make what we create so…


Tough man holding a rope in his hand.
Tough man holding a rope in his hand.
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I find it interesting how we just assume that someone is tough if they have big arms and shredded legs.

Yes, a lot of meatheads are tough. But not all of them. We can’t tell if someone is truly strong until we see how they handle life’s toughest and most brutal situations. What will they do when they lose their unappreciated luxuries? How will they react when someone so close to them dies?

Here’s where the real toughness appears; the mental toughness. And where those with remarkable mental toughness stay their ground, while most others break.

Mental toughness isn’t only…


A young baseball player waiting to strike the ball with his bat.
A young baseball player waiting to strike the ball with his bat.
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I once heard Anthony Joshua say this beautiful quote:

“Rising stars wake up before the sun.”

It used to pump me up because, at that time, I used to wake up at 4:30 a.m., which was in June of 2020. I was one of those early risers that, I liked to think, my man AJ was referring to here.

There is no doubt that early rising is one of the most common pieces of advice we hear about success or being a “Winner.” There’s also no doubt that there are many who reject this advice. Some consider it to be…


A cup of protein shake in a white table.
A cup of protein shake in a white table.
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In a little over six months, I gained over 20 pounds of healthy weight without even realizing it. What’s more satisfying is that I didn’t try some extreme stressful bulking method.

The credit goes to the organic protein shakes that I have started drinking daily for more than two years now. I had only to throw in an extra tablespoon of oats, 50 milliliters more milk, and about half a tablespoon of peanut butter to the mix to gain this weight.

A lot of folks might think that gaining 20 pounds in a relatively long period isn’t so impressive. And…


Police officers in a state of preparedness.
Police officers in a state of preparedness.
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France is in a war state. They are spreading troops in cities after the latest terrorist attack in Nice and the horrific beheading of the French teacher in one of Paris suburbs. They claim they are fighting “Islamist terrorism.” But are they?

If you look deep enough, you’ll realize something else. You’ll see how they’re using the latest attacks as an excuse to oppress Muslims more in their alleged freedom-granting country. They know very well that terrorism has no religion. Yet, they choose the bogeyman route. They choose to blame Islam for the terrorist attacks in France.

Those who carried…


Two boxers getting ready to fight in the ring.
Two boxers getting ready to fight in the ring.
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“Jack Johnson was the greatest. He had to be the greatest of all… I know I’m bad, but he was crazy!”

Those were the words from the man himself: Muhammad Ali, about another boxer, arguably the baddest of all time. If Ali said he was the greatest and was crazier and more controversial than him, then how bad and bold was he?

Jack Johnson was bad. He was so bad that he broke the color barrier in America and became the first African American Heavyweight Champion of the World. …

Mohammed Nadir

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