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…


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. …


Black and white typewriter keyboard.
Black and white typewriter keyboard.
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“My precioussss, how can you reject my precioussss? How!”

This is how Gollum from Lord of The Rings would react if he was a writer and a publication rejected his article.

It sure wouldn’t be a fun time for whoever rejected his precious article. I’m sure every writer can resonate with how Gollum feels about his precious. Those who work so hard just for their work to end up mercilessly rejected will resonate the most. But Gollum needs to understand that this is a part of the game, and it is the one common thing writers face.

And no matter…


An old black typewriter sitting on a wooden desk.
An old black typewriter sitting on a wooden desk.
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It’s hard not to get romantic about writing.

After all, it is your passion and what you love to do. You would do anything to write for a living. You would do anything to write your way to riches. But the thing is, it is tough to make that happen. Most writers who aspire to do so fail.

It is not because they lack belief in themselves or because they don’t work hard enough. It is because of the way they approach writing.

Through my journey as a writer, I noticed how most writers think, act, and perceive the craft…

Mohammed Nadir

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