Sunday, December 31, 2017

Are You Gaining Fat While Bulking? Lean Bulk Experiment.

Over the past couple months or so I have been geared towards bulking up.  My current goal is to gain 10 pounds of muscle by December 2018.  Although I have noticed muscle growth, especially over the past few weeks, I have also noticed some fat gain and it seems almost impossible to get rid of when bulking.

My experience and how it can help you

So far I have been really pushing (especially over the past few weeks like I said above) to gain muscle and its working, really working.  I have noticed probably about a 5-10% growth in muscle just over the last few weeks along.  It may sound crazy, but my arms look bigger, my legs look, bigger, and so do the rest of my muscles.  The only problem is that I also am starting to notice some belly fat being gained.

This is a huge problem I have noticed with myself, but also when I look it up online I see many other guys are struggling as well.

A few months back I did a 30 day cutting challenge, where I strived to lose the most amount of fat I could in one month.  However, I did make a really, and I mean really stupid mistake.  I said to myself "I should just eat 1200 calories per day on non workout days, and 1800 on days where I go workout." Long story short, I later figured out this was about the dumbest thing I could do to lose the belly fat I did have.  The reason being is that your metabolism will adjust to how much you are eating.

In the last couple months, I would say October-November, I wasn't tracking calories at all and just eating, probably more than I should've.  Even being what I consider healthy foods, I gained fat again. Around the end of November and beginning of December I started tracking my calories.  I started all the way up at 2500 calories per day.  Currently I am at 2100 and plan on getting down to 1900.  The difference this time is that instead of going from one day eating 2500 calories to the next eating 1200 is that each week I am lowering my calories per day by 100.  This way my metabolism should adjust properly, and I will be eating enough to be able to gain muscle and get shredded.

If you are noticing that you are gaining fat while bulking, I would recommend you at least try this out as an experiment.  Even just tracking calories alone can be super beneficial to your daily life and in the long run.

Closing thoughts.

I hope this was a huge help to you along your bulking journey.  If this blog resinated with you, or if you have had the same trouble or similar as me I would love to hear your story, so be sure to comment down below!

Make the best of today,

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017.

Let me start today off by saying Merry Christmas.  I hope your Christmas is great and get to spend time with your family.

Last night on Christmas Eve we had a HUGE snow storm here in Michigan.  The roads were not plowed at all most of the way home form the Christmas Eve parties, so we had to drive at about 20 MPH the whole way, but luckily we made it home safe.

As for me I am going to be with my family at my aunts and uncles house for dinner.  We are also going to have some family time and time for Cards Against Humanity for some fun, since my parents got me some new expansions for the game I am really looking forward to playing the game with the family for some laughs. 
Today is also my cheat day, which I plan on making a good one, since food on Christmas is always delicious and I will be happy to enjoy it.

I am also vlogging today which will go way more in-depth on the past couple days than this blog because today I really just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and update you on my day.

Closing thoughts 

I hope this is your best Christmas yet, I thank you for reading this and once again Merry Christmas!

Make the best of today,

Monday, December 18, 2017

Why You Should Re-read Books

If you have been following me for the past couple years you know that I have read between 70 and 100 books in the past 2 years.  Some books are awesome, others aren't the best.  Over the past few months I have made it a habit to re-read books.

You save money.

Maybe this sounds weird to you but there are a couple reason why I am re-reading books and why you should as well.  First off, it will save you money.  The average book costs somewhere around $20.  If you are reading 50 books per year you will be spending about $1,000 per year, and there is nothing wrong with this but if you are not willing to spend that and already have a good amount of books at home, then re-reading the books you have can be a huge benefit.

You learn more.

Second, you can always learn more from books you have already read.  There is always something that you miss when reading the book for the first time.  Re-reading a books gives the change to take more time and go through the book and really take notes and mark sections of the book that you find useful.

Like I said buying new books to read is a great thing, however if you have books that you read that were hard to understand in the past, they may make more sense to you today.

I am currently re-reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.  I have only read about 90 pages in the past few days but I have already been finding things I didn't notice in the book the first time around.

Closing thoughts. 

I know this was a really short post but I really wanted to be short and to the point today.  Re-reading books can be a great benefit to your life and you will be able get the most out of each book that you buy if you choose to re-read each of these books that are great for your life.

Make the best of today,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

13 in. Macbook Pro With Retina Display 2 Year Review.

I have had my 13 in. MacBook pro with retina display since early 2015.  After taxes I believe I paid somewhere around $1250 for it.   These are the main stats of the computer from


  • Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 300 nits brightness
  • Standard color gamut (sRGB)
  • 900:1 contrast ratio


  • 2.7GHz - 128GB
    2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache or 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.
  • 2.7GHz - 256GB
    2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache or 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.
  • 2.9GHz
    2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.


  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    Configurable to 16GB.


  • 2.7GHz - 128GB
    128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 2.7GHz - 256GB
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 2.9GHz
    512GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Configurable to 1TB flash storage.

Size and Weight

  • Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
  • Width: 12.35 inches (31.4 cm)
  • Depth: 8.62 inches (21.9 cm)
  • Weight: 3.48 pounds (1.58 kg)2

Graphics and Video Support

  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on up to two external displays, both at millions of colors.
  • Thunderbolt digital video output
    • Native Mini DisplayPort output
    • DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI output supported using Mini DisplayPort adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI video output
    • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
    • Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30Hz
    • Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24Hz

Why did I buy the MacBook?

The reason I saw it to be a good purchase was because I am not much of a gamer anymore, and was looking for a computer that worked good for video editing, as well as getting started with different eCommerce types of businesses.

I also really love the build quality and the way Mac is set up compared to Windows.  Lets talk about the build quality first.

I really despise when I am looking at a computer with great specs and the screen is super flexible or bends real easily.  The MacBook screen does bend but you really have to try to compared to other computers, and the bend is very slight.

As for liking the setup of Mac over windows, that is all personal preference.  I find it to be very simple and easy to use, especially for the photos app on Mac compared to Windows.  Maybe I just really got used to how Mac operates, but it seems so much easier to find the photo I am looking for and to quickly get it into iMovie to edit it.

The trackpad is actually useable.  This is the first laptop that I have been more comfortable using the deftly trackpad than an actual mouse.  I have used regular mice with it, and even the Magic Mouse by Apple.  Both of with worked perfectly fine, however I just found that the trackpad on the MacBook to be way better (and you won't have to waste money on a mouse).

What problems I have had over the last 2 (almost 3) years?

In mid 2016 I had the first very rare and major problem with my MacBook.  I was doing yoga one day and after I decided to close the screen and charge it (something I have always done without a problem).  Well on this particular day it decided not to turn back on.  (I decided to buy a back up laptop for the time being a Toshiba Satellite). A few weeks later when it did turn on again it acted like I was holding shift down and no matter what I did I couldn't sign into the computer because "my password was incorrect"  A pretty troubling experience over the course of 2-3 months.  We even took the shift keys off to see if one was stuck or something, they weren't.  A couple months into this problem we take it to the Apple Store and they gave me a price of I believe $300 to replace the motherboard which isn't too bad.  I decided to hold off on it, and after a week or so of letting it sit and not touching it at all I decided to try and turn it on.  Surprisingly it powered up normally and hasn't given me trouble since.  I cannot explain why this happened or how but it was a pretty huge problem.

I only have 2 other minor problems with it and one is my fault.  The first is that I don't know how to put the shift keys on correctly from when I took them off, so they are on and work, but they are not as neat in the computer like they rest of the keys.  

The next is that it seems that one pixel in the screen randomly disappeared and left a mark on the screen. 

Both of the last 2 aren't huge problems to me, but the first problem was a real pain in the ass and a lot of stress.  At least it works prefect now and didn't cost me anything to repair it.  I haven't heard of that many people having that problem so it could be a 1 in 1,000,000 type of thing.

Closing thoughts

If you are someone who likes to edit video, a blogger, a vlogger, or someone that has an amazon, eBay, or any type of eCommerce store, and is willing to spend over $1,000 this is the computer for you.  If you are a gamer I would recommend sticking with a gaming computer/laptop which can also do all the things that the MacBook can do, along with gaming as well.  Or you could even spend around $700 and get a computer with comparable specs, but I the MacBook is a very strong computer on the outside, either way, it all comes down to what you prefer in a computer. 

For me it works great for everything I do on Youtube, for video editing, for the blogs I write, and for drop shipping.  I will definitely buy a new one in the future, but for now I am going to stick with mine since it is working great for everything I do.

I also recommend buying new so you know that you are getting a MacBook that has never been through anything before.  I hope this helped you make a decision on a MacBook, if it did here is a link to purchase your very own! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How The Slight Edge Can Dramatically Impact Your Life.

"The Slight Edge" is something that affects every single human being alive today, it always has and always will.  It is the thing that determines whether or not you will live your life potential or not.  Here I am going to share my top 5 favorite key points of the book, I hope you enjoy!

"Slow down to go fast"

It's not about doing a bunch of things at once and rushing through them.  Although everyone is guilty of this.  We either try to multitask, or underestimate how long something will take, and so we rush through it.

Instead Jeff suggests doing little things consistently.  This is the main theme throughout the book.  Every single second of everyday we have a choice to choose progression or to choose regression.  Take for instance writing a school essay for example.  This is something we all had to do at least once in our lives.  Lets say you are like I was and like most students are, you wait till the last day or 2 and write the essay then, in other words you procrastinate.  You usually have a couple weeks to write about 10-paragraphs, so if you went slow and steady like Jeff suggests in the book you could do one paragraph a day for 14 days.  But like most of us, we try to go fast at the end, and we end up rushing and not doing our best work, instead of working in small increments to do our best work.

Raise your happiness level.

In "The Slight Edge" Jeff states that by raising your happiness levels you will notice that every area of you life gets better.  And I can say that this is very true.  Think of it when you are happy are you doing your best or worst work?  You are probably doing your best work or having the most fun right?

Being happy will radiate onto others as well as in what you do.  As I am writing this section here I am feeling pretty happy about life today, and I can feel that I am able to share more than on days when I feel negative or pissed off.  So if you are in a state of negativity, what are some things you can do to raise your level of happiness today and how could that help you in other areas of life?

What words are you constantly speaking.

What words are you using right now, or everyday?  Are the words you are saying bringing you up or bringing you down?  This is something that we all overlook and probably never even recognize, but it is huge to our success in every area of life.  If you say words negatively that limit you, you will be limited by these words which also become beliefs.  Tell yourself you "can't" do something enough, and you won't be able to do it.  Tell yourself you "can" do something enough and you life will be limitless.

Take responsibility.

This is something everyone struggles with, and I have talked about this before in my own life but I will say it again.  When I was younger I used to always blame.  Lets say I accidentally knocked something over, I would say "it fell" instead of taking responsibility for knocking it over in the first place.  This is a small example, but maybe you do this as well?  It could be big or small but we must take responsibility for what we do.

This way we can start to recognize what we are doing wrong and what we are doing right, and by taking responsibility we can shift the things we do wrong into things we do right.

Book smarts, street smarts, and mentors.

Jeff says that successful people have three qualities in which they learn from, they have book smarts (knowledge), street smarts (action), and mentors (people that guide you).  Having these all will save you drastic amounts of time while you are on your journey.  Book smarts and street smarts are the easiest of the 3.  For book smarts all you need to do is read a book or a course and find some nuggets of wisdom.  Streets smarts although a little harder is still pretty easy.  You can have all the book smarts but you must act on them.  Acting on what you have learned is street smarts and will get you closer to your goals.

When I hear people talk about book smarts and street smarts, I rarely hear anyone talk about mentors being a part of it.  Jeff suggests that having mentors to guide you will really propel you to reach your goals faster, since you will have someone "holding your hand" and guiding you along the way.  They will help you put the street smarts and book smarts together to have the best life you possibly can.

Closing thoughts.

These are my top 5 nuggets of wisdom from the book "The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson".  I hope they were a great guide into the book.  If you would like to learn more from the book on your journey, click the link below to get your very own copy of the book delivered to your home today!

Make the best of today,

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My 2018 Plans For The Blog and Life.

In 2018 I have one bigger goal with the channel.  I would love to bring more car based videos to you guys.  Exotic and luxury cars are a huge passion of mine and I can effortlessly talk about them.  I do need to work on my reviewing of cars as well and learn more about each car before I go to the dealership to review them.

I would love to be able to hopefully get a Lamborghini review or tour video out to you next year as well.  For now I am going to work up to that, and probably see if Porsche will let me review a couple of their cars next year, as well as BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac, maybe some SRT stuff as well.  But it is up to each dealership.  These are all cars I believe they would let me review or do a tour of.  Lamborghini on the other hand, I have no idea.

The reason these are 2018 goals is that in Michigan it is cooling off, and Michigan winters can be pretty harsh, I hate the cold, and I don't want to damage my camera equipment because of the cold weather.  So I am going to start back up in the spring, or if we get a warm day here in Michigan before then.  Or if I end up going to Florida or somewhere warm for a while.

In the mean time I will continue sharing my workouts, and making some vlogs, as well as doing book reviews and writing and "videoing" whatever else comes to mind.

I also really plan on doing more with affiliate marketing on this blog, since over the past couple years I rarely ever put affiliate links in my posts.  This will make it easier for you to purchase a book or item I talk about, and will also help me continue to bring these videos an blogs to you.

For muscle growth I plan on gaining 10 pounds of muscle over the next year.  I have no idea if this will happen.  I am currently eating more than I usually do and gaining some muscle, but I am the only one who really notices it (maybe 1 pound in the past month).  Over a year, however this could be 12 pounds, but only time will tell.

Closing thoughts.

The end of 2017 and the year of 2018 will be huge,  I already see myself transitioning into more productive habits compared to a few months ago.  I am currently listening to the 10x Rule by Grant Cardone, which just alone this morning kinda reminded me what productive things I need to do to make today great.

Thank you for reading! What're your 2018 goals?

Make the best of today,

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In Depth On my Bulking Workouts.

Today I am here to share and go in depth with you on my new exact bulking workout routine that I am currently using to gain muscle.  I am hoping you will implement this into your routine as well, especially if you are a hard gainer like myself.

I have been experimenting and trying to fine tune a perfect workout for hard gainers and I believe I am getting pretty close to perfecting it to the best of my ability.  I am hoping to gain 10 pounds of muscle by the end of next year (December 2018) and believe I will be able to if I continue to follow the workouts that are laid out in today's post.

I know over this period of time I will have to have a secondary routine as well for when my muscles get used to the normal routine.  Currently, however it has not come to that, so I am going to share what has been helping me so far gain muscle faster as a hard gainer.

Before I share the workout, I recommend 5 days a week, Monday-Friday.  Some weeks you may not be able to do this, take this week for example with Thanksgiving ahead you may go out of town and may not have a gym near you.  This is ok, do what you can do and start again on the normal schedule when you get back on Monday.

Myself I like to workout my abs on the weekend, this way I am always doing some sort of exercise every day of the week.  Anyways lets get into the workout routine.

Monday and Friday (arm day)

Tricep extension - 4 sets total, the last set add one more rep each day until you reach 14 reps, then add one rep each day to the previous set after your reach 14 on the final set.  This will be the same for every workout.

Close grip bench press or skull crushers - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Seated tricep extension - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Barbell preacher curl - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Forearm preacher curl - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Hammer curl - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Tuesday and Thursday (leg day)

For leg days I kind of switch it up so I will share a couple variations

Variation 1:

Leg press or squat- 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set and add 20 pounds last set as well.

Leg extension - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Glute machine or as I like to call it "the kickback machine" - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Seated leg curl - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Laying leg curl - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Calf raises - 2 sets of 20 reps as fast as I can go.

ending with 5 minutes of stair steppers.

Variation 2: What I prefer for maximum growth

Leg press or squat - Stays the same.

Kickback machine - 6 sets each leg, first 4 sets 8 reps, last 2 sets add one rep each day.

Laying leg curl - 6 sets each leg, first 4 sets 8 reps, last 2 sets add one rep each day.

Calf raises - Stays the same.

Ending with 5 minutes of stair steppers.

Also with the stair steppers I am always striving to do more staircases than I did last time in that 5 minutes to always strive for growth!

Wednesday (back, chest, and shoulder day)

This is by far the longest and hardest day.  (Thats what she said)  Jokes aside by the end of this workout you should be completely out of breathe, even more than you were after stair steppers on leg day, because you are going to be doing 9 exercises.

These will all be the same routine as most of the other exercises for how many reps you will do.  Only push ups will be different.

Upright barbell row - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Shoulder flye - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Barbell shoulder press - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Pull down - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

MTS high row - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

MTS low row - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Seated incline press - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Seated flye  - 3 sets total 8 reps for the first 2, and add one rep each day for the last set.

Push ups - This may kind of confusing at first but it is a great chest workout and will leave you out of breather after set 1!  The first set we are going to do 5 diamond push ups, 5 regular push ups, and 5 wide grip push ups.  The second set is 4 of each, and the final set is 3 of each.  This may sound easy but I guarantee that you will struggle to complete this!  And if you don't, good for you!  You should add one more set of 2 of each.


At the end of each workout I like to end with a stretch for more openness and flexibility in my body.  I usually focus on stretching my legs because my legs are still the least flexible part of my body and also affect my back.

The stretches I do are

1. Hamstring stretch with one leg extended out to the side and I try to touch my toes of the extended leg.

2. Butterfly stretch

3. Seated or laying hip stretch

4. Standing quad stretch

5. Calf stretch (the most important for me)

I also will sometimes do an inner thigh stretch as well as a side stretch.  And I will also do cobra stretch for my lower back and openness in my chest.  And on days I do shoulder I will do the towel shoulder stretch without the towel since my shoulders are thankfully pretty flexible.  If your shoulders are not, bring a towel and work up to doing it without a towel.

I also have taken up foam rolling along with my stretch every single day I work out.  Sadly I have trouble foam rolling my hamstrings and calves so I only foam roll my side by my ribs, my back, my quads, as well as shoulders.

Closing thoughts.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this.  Whether you are a hard gainer or someone just looking to bulk up over the winter, I hope this has helped you get the results you want over the next few months!

Make the best of today,

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Top 5 Books For A Better Life In 2018.

Before I get into each book and why I believe they are the best books that can help you in you life I wanted to say a couple things.  First off you must be willing to take action from what you are reading, and this can be very hard to do.  It is simple and easy to read a book and truly understand what to do but it is often easy to not do it even though you do understand it.

Books are by no means a magic pill.  They are guides that can hep you get to where you want to go, but they can't do the work for you.  With that in mind lets get into how these 5 books can help change your life if you take the action from these books.

1. The Power of Now

This book has been a tremendous help in my life and will be in yours as well.  It is one of those books you can, and should read once or twice per year.  I have read it about 4 times and still find new points that I have missed before.  Even as I am writing this I am doing a practice from the book.  I have literally been in a pissed off mood all day, I guess I am just having one of those days.

When I started to write about the book, I also thought of the practice that helps me be more relaxed from the book, where you are supposed to close your eyes and ask yourself "I wonder what my next thought is going to be?"  For whatever reason asking myself this a few times just now and being present has helped me be less tense and less in my body, I also feel I am able to take a deep breathe a lot easier now.

This is just grazing the surface of what this book has to offer to you.  If you are stressed or just need some direction in life, I suggest you get a copy of this book today.

2. The Slight Edge

This is a book I just finished reading recently.  I bought it at the perfect time, right when I needed to read it.  I saw myself losing some momentum in life as far as taking small steps.  I was always focussed on how fast I could make things happen instead of looking at how every small thing done every day can add up to create those big things that I wanted.

I started focussing more on the gym than before and I notice how when I show up every single day to exercise my body I see a tiny 1% increase that is barely noticeable.  Those small increases every single have lead to a pretty big increase so far, even though I have only been practicing the Slight Edge practices for a couple weeks in the gym.  I already see my arms and legs growing faster than ever before!

The Slight Edge can also go the other way. It is based off of the small things you do every second of everyday.  Do you decided to drink water or drink pop?  These are each an easy choice to make, but which easy one will you choose?  One will take you down the right path, one won't.

I think its a great read if you are a result oriented person, as being results oriented can often make you give up when you don't see results fast enough.  Take baby steps every day to make drastic changes down the line!

3. The 4 Hour Workweek

I believe this is the book that got it all started for me, the book that got me into reading.  It is also what has inspired me to find other ways of making money outside my job.  Although I am still learning how to improve my money making capabilities outside of work I think this book is a great book for beginners or people new to self development as it opens up your mind to realize there is more than just one way to make money, and that you can do it from anywhere in the world, even on vacation.

I definitely need to give it another read, it is one of my favorite books, but I feel there is so much more that I will get from it when I read it for the third time.  It is a book that is a yearly MUST READ!

You will love it as well and it will open your mind up to so much more!

4. The One thing

If you buy one book with "The Slight Edge" this is the book that will go hand in hand with it.  Being one of the very first books I read along my journey, I can say I find myself going back to it, I am currently reading it for the 4th time.

You will love this book and it will dramatically help you if you are always focussed on being busy instead of being productive.  If you are going to pick one book to read first, this is the book.  Tim Ferriss's "4 Hour Work Week" comes very close.

The reason I would say this is the one to read first is that it will get you head focussed in one direction, as long as you follow what is said in the book.  From there being focussed on your "One Thing" you should choose other books that relate to it.  This way you will be able to go deep in your dreams instead of broad.

5. The Way of the Superior Man

This book recommendation may sound one sided but it really isn't.  I have seen many comments from men and women saying that this book helped them in their life.

With that said this book can really help you if you start to follow what David says in the book.  There are things that will take longer to learn and do in the book and some things are easier to implement into your life.

One of the greatest parts of the book is about making decisions.  It is still something I am working on, but I have gotten better at it since I have read the book.  This is one of the hardest things we can learn today.  There are so many decisions we make throughout the day and making decisions in a split second can be hard.

If you want to go out to eat but you are trying to choose between Outback Steakhouse and Chili's, as an example, you will be wasting much more time deciding which one you are going to go to rather than just choosing one right off the bat.  A "superior man" would be able to make the decision quickly.

Now I used a more broad example than David uses in his book just to show you a regular scenario.  But in the book he goes way more in depth on ways to be a "superior man".

It is a great read for men to understand themselves, and for women to understand men as well, because it goes in depth on Masculine and Feminine energy and how to deal with both. No matter who you are, I recommend you get a copy of this book in your hands today!

For some reason I can no longer find the Amazon link I used for this book on my recommended resources page.  If you wish to purchase the book here is a link to my recommended resources page so you can purchase the book for yourself.

  Closing thoughts

Narrowing this blog into only 5 books was hard to do.  There are many books I love, such as "On Success" "Power vs Force" "The Ultramind Solution" and "The 10x Rule" but need to re-read in order to share how they can help your life in more detail.  So I may come out with more posts of recommended books in the future or just do book reviews on the books that I love and think will help you the most.

I hope you decided to pick up these books to transform your life.  I believe these are 5 great books to start your journey and better yourself.

Also if you have read any of these feel free to leave a comment below on what you like or don't like about these books.  Or if you haven't read them yet, get your copy today, and come back here when you finish reading each book and share what your learned.  Also what books would your recommend to someone starting their journey?  I would love to hear your feedback!

Make the best of today,

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Benefits of Exercising Daily as a "Skinny Fat" Man.

Today you are going to learn the benefits that I have noticed from exercising daily over the past couple weeks.  Keep in mind while reading this, that as a skinny fat body type man, my current goal is to build as much muscle as I possibly can over the winter.  I am eating a lot more, so I am gaining fat, but enough about me lets talk about how exercising every single day can help you.

1.  Muscle Growth

This is pretty obvious, but by going to the gym 5 days per week and working out your abs twice per week you are going to notice more muscle everywhere on your body, even if it is only 1% more muscle.  What I have found to work great for putting on muscle growth is to do 3 exercises for each muscle group.  So you would be doing 3 exercises for biceps, 3 for triceps, 3 for your back, and so on.  This seems to be the right amount to really make your muscles look bigger and to progress with strength (I can go more in depth on this in a later post if you would like to hear the exact routine).

2.  You feel more alive each day.

We all have those days where we don't feel like working out, but what happens after you push yourself to workout?  You instantly feel better.  Not only that but you feel more alive, and more confident because you did something that seemed hard to do.  

This may vary from person to person, but working for me can put me in a state of meditation, it may be true for you and it may not, everyone is different.  If it does put you in a mindful place or helps you become more present that is another reason to do it!

3.  You will love the way you look.

Admit it, we all love to look in the mirror and flex our arms after a good workout.  And guess what?  The more you workout the more you can do just that!  Being comfortable with wherever you are is important though.  If you are someone who has never stepped foot in a gym, you may not even be close to where you want to be, but look at yourself after that first workout, 2 weeks, and 2 months later, you will be a totally different person (even if only you notice it).

When I first started being really serious about working out I had to accept that I wasn't the biggest or strongest guy there, but I also had to accept myself for where I was at and where I was going.  You must do the same in your journey, don't compare yourself to another guy 15 years ahead of you, but ask yourself "what will it take to get to where he is?"

Closing thoughts

Where are you in your fitness journey right now?  Did these benefits help you at all?  If they did please feel free to share in the comments below what helped you, or your experience so far, I would love to hear your comments!

Make the best of today,

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Why Reading Every Day is Important, and How it Can Change Your Life.

Life has many obstacles, and no one is exempt from dealing with them.  Not you, not me.  There are things out there that are in this world to help each and every one of us with these obstacles we face.  These things are called books.

 Yes books, this may seem very boring to a lot of you, don't worry it was boring to me to for about 17 years of my life.  I used to be that person that would rather play some video game than sit down and read for even 5 minutes out of the day.  I believe the reason this was, is that in school we are pretty much forced to read books that we may not even like, and when you are forced to read a book you don't want to it makes you think all reading is boring.

Since 2015 I have been a pretty avid reader.  Most of the books I read were in 2015. 2016-2017 I probably have only read 20-30 books.

I did make a huge mistake in 2015.  I would read the books and fold the corner of a page to mark it, but I would never underline the lesson I found on that page.  In 2016-2017 I started to do both.  The reason for this is that so when I re-read each book I can go back and see what I thought was useful before, however while I am reading I am still looking for new things that I might have missed when reading the book previously.

I want to share how reading is important and then share the routine I am doing now to build back my momentum into reading, which I believe is a great path to follow if you want to read but never have the energy to or just want to read but think that reading is boring.

First off, you have to find the right kind of books for you.  I recommend non-fiction, but that is still pretty broad, since you may like history, auto-biographies, self improvement, or business books and so on.  It doesn't matter what you are into but rather what you can learn from these books. 

Second, once you have found the category of book you think will help you the most, invest in those kinds of books to help further your journey in life.  Most authors are there to help you and give you insight on what you are reading.  We can learn so much from someone years ahead of us, that are where we want to be.

My current routine for reading anyone can do to build up some momentum.  I am currently working to building back up to reading 50 pages a day.  Currently, I wake up and meditate for 15 minutes, and most days right after my meditation I will read 10 pages, some days I will wait till a little later to read, but most days it is directly after my mediation.  I do this so that no matter what I read 10 pages each and every day.  This gives me time if I want to read more before bed I can or even listen to an audiobook and learn as well.  I like doing it because it is a great way to start the day and allows me to read as much as I want or as little as I want to.

I hope this helped you start reading and helps you build momentum.  What is the first book you are going to read?  Or if you are already a reader what book are you currently reading?

Make the best of today,

Saturday, October 28, 2017

How to Feel Less Tense and More Relaxed.

The other day I was doing my morning reading of the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  During the reading I came across a point that I really loved and that has helped me tremendously since then.

I have been kind of tense and in my body lately but every single time I do what he says to do I automatically feel less tense and more in the moment.  And this is super simple and easy to do, literally anyone will have time to do this and it will benefit your day.  I understand some people may not have time to meditate every single day so this will also benefit you if you are one of those people.

As for being present, that is what this exercise was intended to help with, but I also found it to help with being relaxed and not as tense.

Eckhart says to try an exercise.  He says to "Close your eyes and say to yourself 'I wonder what my next thought is going to be.' Then become very alert and wait for the next thought."

You should notice that it takes a while for you to even have a thought.  Now this is useful because throughout your day you may be thinking so much into the future and for everything you have to get done that day.  But this exercise takes you into the now and helps you realize that the now is all you have.

It has helped me for the same reason.  Even before starting to write this, I was thinking of everything I have to do.  I have to write this today, go workout, read, make a video, and go to work.  Kind of a lot to focus on when right now I should be present while writing this, not focussed on those things.

And I am glad that I did that exercise before writing this because now I am able to focus solely on sharing this with you, not the other things I have to worry about today.  I can worry about those when I am done with what I am doing now, and so can you.

I hope this helped you get into the present and feel more relaxed.  Being relaxed is the one thing we all need, since we all get caught up in what we have to do, not what we are doing at this very moment.

Make the best of today,

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Completing the 30 Day Muscle Building Challenge.

As of writing this I am already done with the 30 day muscle building challenge and have been for a couple of days now.  Here I would like to share my experience with it, the ups and downs and all that good stuff.

We will start with the good in today's post.  Over the past 30 days I have been able to find which workouts I enjoy the most and which ones build muscle the best for me.  Although I know there is a lot more experimenting to do to really get this down, I think in the time of these past 30 days I have gotten my body down pretty good on what type of workouts work the best for me as a hard gainer.

I have noticed tremendous amounts of chest and back muscle, and even ab muscle even though I am bulking and gaining some fat.  I believe that I have gotten my chest and back workouts down perfect, but those are the places of my body that grows the fastest.  My limbs grow a lot slower and I don't have a clue why.  Even though this is true I did notice small changes in my arms and legs, but not as much as I noticed the change in the depth of my chest and back.  That being said, I still do have chicken legs, and it is the thing I really need to change.  And for a warm up from now on I am going to use the stair stepper machine before I do my workout, no matter if its leg day or arm day.

As I am writing this, I just realized something that worked great for building muscle that I didn't even think about at all over the past 30 days.  One arm day in the past week I had so much energy and wanted to get a killer arm workout in.  I ended up doing 3 different workouts for the bicep and for the tricep.  This is something that I should've been doing every single day for every muscle group.  At least I know now for the future to do that and see if it works better for me.

As for being a hard gainer for my limbs, I will definitely give my arms and legs more of a workout than usual by adding another exercise or two to each muscle group.  I will also focus on time under tension instead of doing exercises with fast reps.  I was working out yesterday, it was leg day, and at first I was just doing each rep as fast as possible, while still doing the full range of motion.  This was still giving my legs a little bit of a burn, but the real burn didn't happen until I started to squeeze at the top of every rep to give my muscles time under tension.

Closing thoughts

From what I have come to realize over the past 30 days is that I have done some experimenting but I can always learn more.  For now I believe I have a pretty good road map to gain muscle for the next couple months and will keep you updated on what I am experiencing while working out and tips that can help you.

Make the best of today,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2018 Range Rover Velar P380.

Last week I had the opportunity to go and review the new 2018 Range Rover Velar.  My plan was to actually go and review a Jaguar F-Pace, but when I got to the Jaguar dealership I noticed they had some Range Rovers.  I guess they got a new owner at the dealership and he decided to bring in Range Rovers as well.

Anyways I saw the new Velar on the lot and I knew that it would be a way more interesting video than the F-Pace.  You probably would rather see the newest car than last years model right? Well today I am going to share my likes and dislikes about the car (I have to warn I am someone who likes to focus on looks and quality of the car's exterior and the interior and not as much electronics unless I really get to own the car and use it for a while, so here I will just mostly be focussing on the interior and exterior of the car.  This may also be a shorter post since it is harder for me to write about a car than talk about it on a camera and show you around).

I was reviewing the P380 version which comes with a suprecharged 3.0 liter V6 producing 380 horsepower.  This one came with real leather seats and a way better looking interior than the base model, with leather pretty much all around you, and if you know me you know that I love real leather, maybe a little bit too much, but it can really make a car feel and look that much more luxurious!

2018 Range Rover Velar P380.What I do like.

The car did feel very luxurious, it is the first Range Rover with door handles that pop out of the door (kind of like a Tesla or F-Type) when you unlock the car, which I think is a very cool feature for an off roading SUV.  Upon steeping inside the car you are surrounded with leather and wood almost everywhere.  And the second you sit in the seat it feels like you are sitting on a cloud, just like a Range Rover should!  Not to mention this huge panoramic sunroof that is exposed beautifully to you the second you start the car.

Everything on the car was easy to use.  Range Rover makes it easy to switch between your different off roading modes, and you can easily raise and lower the car, which surprising happens within a second or two.  To be honest I've never got to use the raising and lowering feature on a car, but this one was so fast that it almost felt like the car was shaking and scared me at first.  But once I noticed what the controls did I really learned to admire how fast they work.  Props to Range Rover on that.

The front of the car felt very spacious and filled with quality.  As I said before almost everything is wrapped in leather.  The front had a great feel for comfort, as well as being in an off roading SUV.  It even had the smallest detail not many people would car about but I think its kind of a neat and silly touch to the car, to open one of the cup holders you have to press a little button labeled "Land Rover".  I have no idea why they did this, maybe to remind you that you are sitting in a British luxury off roading vehicle and not a Jeep?  But I do like the attention to detail by that small little button in the car.

What I don't like.

When I hopped in the back seat of the car it felt kinda cramped for leg room.  Keep in mind I am about 5'6" or so and a luxury SUV of this size felt cramped in the back.  I did have the front seat pretty far back, but still it almost didn't feel right for a car that was priced over $80,000.  The car also had a plastic material on the inside of the B-pillar, which would be okay on the base model with no options, but this one had beautiful and comfortable leather all over, then they decided to put this cheap plastic on the interior as well, where they easily could've put alcantara instead of showing the plastic to everyone in the car.

The last thing I didn't like was another plastic on the car.  This plastic was actually on the door handles.  Sure the outside of the door handles are cool and look nice, but the second you go to pull on them you see and feel this cheap feeling plastic that I haven't seen on any car.  The F-Type's all have almost the same door handle style, although they do come out of the car a little different, Jaguar (which is the same brand) has the door handles come out but when you go to grab it you can tell they put detail into it, it even says "Jaguar" on it, and have a nice, well designed piece of aluminum that the word "Jaguar" is placed on. Not on the Range Rover though, it seems they just kind of said "Oh lets put the cool looking, pop out door handles on the car but make them feel cheap like they should be on a Ford Focus."

Closing thoughts.

All that being said, I really do love the car and the things I complained about aren't really the biggest problems but for the price you could spend a few thousand dollars more for the real Range Rover, if you are in the market for one.  I do love how they modernized the Velar with the pop out handles but still kept the classic Range Rover look and while still making a comfortable interior that looks and feels nice and good quality for the most part.  It is the first year they are making this car, so if you are looking to buy one I would wait a year or two so they can make it better and more reliable.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My Experience So Far With The 30 Day Muscle Building Challenge.

Today I am over 2/3 done with the 30 day muscle building challenge.  I have to admit there are some days where I have felt like just saying "fuck it" and not even exercise at all.  But I have barreled through that because I made a commitment to myself and to you that I would do some sort of exercise for 30 days in a row.

A lot of this has been trial and error and lots of experimenting with what works and what doesn't.  So far what I have learned for myself, and this may also work for you but I can't promise anything, is doing drop sets on secondary lifts.  This means to not do drop sets for exercises such as squats, pull ups, bench press and so on.  secondary lifts are ones like leg curls or extensions, bicep curls, tricep extensions, and so on.

Note this is just what I have noticed for my body, it may not be the same for you.  However if you are someone who is a hard gainer like myself, I would recommend focussing on drop sets for secondary lifts for a few weeks or few months and see where that gets you.  You can always tweak what you want to and make it your own for the best possible muscle growth for you.

I do have to admit, I am gaining fat because of the amount of food I am eating.  But I am eating to gain muscle not lean down.  Since gaining muscle has always been the hardest thing for me while working out it feels like I am gaining more fat than muscle but I am noticing the muscle I am gaining even if its only a little bit each day.

I am someone who believes in doing muscle building naturally.  Sure steroids would help but I just wouldn't feel like I'm the one putting in the sweat and effort and I'd be relying on something else for my gains.  I just think there is something cool to achieving success by doing it naturally with bodybuilding because you had to perceiver instead of take the easy route.  Myself I don't even take pre workout or anything.  Sometime I'll have a protein shake but thats about it.  Other than that I love to just eat food.  I admit, however that I might be doing this wrong.  Maybe I should be taking pre workout and other supplements for muscle growth.  But for me, where I am in life right now, that isn't what I want to do.

I want to put as much good food into my body as possible right now, and the least amount of processed food that I can afford right now.  I do this to help my body as much as possible.  However, just because I do things one way doesn't mean you have to as well.  There are many protein powders and drinks I will rarely drink just because they have way too many harmful ingredients.  But they would probably help with building muscle.  So if that is the one goal you have is to gain muscle, which it probably is since you are reading this, protein drinks are probably the easiest way.

Now I know there are protein powders that are pretty healthy and don't have all that processed crap in them, but myself I only spend money on them every few months because those can easily put a hole in your wallet compared to other protein powders.

But I have went way off topic.  To break it down I have been eating food mostly for the past 25 days or so instead of drinking protein shakes.  I have still been taking my cheat days once per week, and have noticed muscle growth, but there may be a time in the future where my goals switch and I start drinking more protein shakes just to put on muscle, but right now I am concerned with being healthy 6/7 days per week and gaining muscle.

Make the best of today,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The 10x Rule: How to Create Huge Amounts of Change in Your Life.

"The 10x Rule" by Grant Cardone was a really hard book to find 
only the top 5 best ideas from.  This book goes in depth on success,
and what the successful do more than most books I have read to this day.
I literally have about 100 ideas to choose from that I found useful

Today I would like to share with you the top 5 of those 100 ideas
that I highlighted while reading the book.

1. 10x your goals.

"You must set targets that are 10 times what you think you want and 
then do 10 times what you think it will take to accomplish 
those targets. Massive thoughts must be followed by massive actions."

The reason this is number one on the list is because it is the
framework and blueprint you need to know.
The hardest part of this rule is applying it to your life.

This framework is so powerful is because it takes you beyond the "realistic" 
goals you didn't even know you had.  Grant suggests that writing 
down a goal that is 10 times as big as you think you can achieve is best.
The reason he says this is because, lets say you have a goal to make 
$1,000,000 in 10 years.  That is a great goal!  But Grant suggests you 
should turn that goal instead to $10,000,000.

Yes this goal may seem impossible.  Although you may not 
make the $10,000,000 in 10 years, you will still be 
10x'ing the amount of work you will think it will take to 
accomplish this goal.  From Grant's experience he says
that if you put these 2 frameworks into practice and take
it seriously, even if you don't hit that $10,000,000 you will
still make that $1,000,000 at least.

"Never reduce a target. Instead increase actions." -Grant Cardone

2.  Move beyond the situation. 

Grant takes this to the extreme.  He says to take responsibly for
everything in life, and I mean everything!  Every action you take determines
what will happen.  He uses as an example, that you are
late to work because traffic was bad.  This may be true
but he states that you could've left earlier to be prepared
for the traffic

This boils down to taking responsibly in our lives, not
blaming what happens to us on some outside of us.

Tony Robbins always hammers on this subject as well.

I would say that this one mind shift has helped me in life
and can help you as well.  Being responsible for everything you
do will make or break you.
Don't be responsible for every action you take,
and good luck ever succeeding.

When you start to notice
when you are blaming an external force for your
hardships your life will change.You will start taking responsibly
and learning from mistakes instead
of blowing the mistakes off and never worrying about them
or even realizing them in the first place.

You are responsible for your actions, and what
happens "to you" not anyone or anything else!

3. Write down your goals down daily.

I am going to be honest, I have trouble with this but it is something
that really helps as motivation.  Whenever I record my goals
and write them down, I find that I am inspired
 right away to work toward those goals.

Grant says to do 2 things.  Write down your goals every single day,
 and choose objectives that are out of reach (which we talked about earlier).

This is now something I am going to commit to every single
day since I have trouble with it right now.  Lets start a 30 day
challenge together for writing down our goals every single day.
And don't forget to make sure they are unrealistic.

4. Middle class.

This whole section focusses on chapter 11, where Grant talks
about "breaking out of the middle class".  I have made a video on
this chapter along and I believe it to be a great start for many
people, and that is why I am including it here today.

He states that the middle class is based on how much you make
but also isn't.  It is mostly a mindset people adopt.  The middle
class is considered to be somewhere between $22,000-$65,000
per year.  However Grant states that anyone can have
the middle class mentality , even if they are making $1,000,000
per year.  This person can still be spending more
than they are making on more expensive things.

The middle class is what most of us are brought up to
believe to be normal.  But if there is one thing you will
learn in "The 10x Rule" it is to not be normal.

5. For successful people work is a passion.

Maybe you aren't passionate about the job you are in right now.
I know I am not, however some days I decide to make work a
sort of game.  I find ways to be the most talkative with
customers, and also how I can get more
done in the time I spend there.

What are some ways you can turn your job into a "game".
If your job sucks right now it can be beneficial to make it
more fun for yourself, find ways to getting more done
in your time there enjoyable,
or at least somewhat enjoyable.

This is something I am still working on at my job.
Like I said my job isn't my true passion, (and I am working towards
being able to quit) but I know that if I can
make it fun, I won't be completely miserable
while working.  What are some ways you can make your
job more of a game?  If you are in sales you could
play a game to compete with a friend to see who can sell
more.  Be creative with whatever your job is and
find a way to make it more enjoyable and productive.

You may also have some side stuff you are building
outside of work, which I hope you do.  Does this ever feel
like work to you?  Probably not, because it is something you created.

I can say for myself whenever I edit a Youtube video, I find that
I can be editing for an hour, a really productive hour, and
that'll feel like 5 minutes.  I even have the same passion for
writing these blog posts.  Even though I am not the best
writer I still strive to make these the best I can and find
the passion in sharing with others that
writing this right now is fun for me.

"Truly successful people don't even call it work; for them, it's a
passion.  Why?  Because they do enough to win."- Grant Cardone

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Birmingham Michigan Cars & Coffee September 17, 2017.

I started today right, well sort of.  I forgot that cars and coffee was today until I woke up.  I set my alarm for 9 a.m. just because I wanted to be up by then.  The second I woke up I remembered, then in that moment, "omg cars and coffee is today".  The thing I didn't know is that the Cars & Coffee started at 10 a.m.  I though it ended at 10 a.m.  So here I was in a huge hurry.  I jumped right in the shower at 9:05 and was out and dried off by 9:09.

I got to downtown Birmingham as fast as I could (while driving safe).  I decided to park on the other side of the city where there was parking just in case there wasn't parking close to the cars & coffee location.  I parked at 9:20 and ended up running halfway because I wanted to see the cars for at least 30 minutes.  I get there at 9:30 and only see one Porsche and a couple of guys standing in front of Darakjian Jewelers (one is Armen, the owner of the shop).  I ask him where all the cars are at and he tells me it starts at 10, and we talk for a few minutes, then he offers me coffee, doughnuts, and bagels.  I took a glass of coffee, and as I fill my cup of coffee, a white Lotus from the 80's pulls up.  It looked like the one from James Bond, but about 10 years newer.

By 9:40 more and more exotic cars show up and even some muscle cars.  Ranging all the way from a Mustang 302 all the way to a 2005 Ford GT 40.  More and more cars start to arrive and by the time 10 hits, there are already no parking spots on the street for anyone to park.  So many people kept circling around the street up to 10 times seeing if a spot would clear up.  Some people were even told to move their car to make room for more special cars on the street.  It was kinda funny and everyone was laughing because some people had to move their Corvette and even a Lamborghini to make room for another Ford GT.

By the time I left the turnout it was fucking SICK! (as you can see in the pictures)  Even an old yellow GT 40 showed up, and the best part, it wasn't a replica, it was completely real!  The car costs more than a Bugatti at $4,000,000!

Closing thoughts.
This was the first Cars & Coffee I was able to enjoy and as expected, I loved the turnout.  From past Cars & Coffee in Birmingham I have seen pictures of LaFerraris parked on the street, sadly this time they weren't there, but the whole thing was amazing and super enjoyable if you love exotic cars.