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4 RULES FOR LIFE
Ouch. Sounds like you're having a tough time max. That sucks. I've been there, so I kinda know what you're
talking about. I've been in the ever circling vortex of self doubt, frustration, and loathing. It's no bueno. I know.
If you don't mind lemme tell you a couple things. You can read em if you want, read em again later if you feel
like it. But honestly man, if I spend all this time typing this out to you and you don't let it be a little tinder for your
fire, well, you're just letting us both down. And you don't HAVE to do that. You don't HAVE to do anything. But
you get to choose.
(Who am I? My name’s Ryan and I live in Canada. Just moved to a new city for a dream job that I got because
of the rules below. I owe a lot of my success to people much cooler, kinder, more loving and greater than me.
When I get the chance to maybe let a little bit of help out, it’s a way of thanking them. )
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RULE N UMER O UNO
There are no more zero days. What's a zero day? A zero day is when you don't do a single fucking thing
towards whatever dream or goal or want or whatever that you got going on. No more zeros. I'm not saying you
gotta bust an essay out everyday, that's not the point. The point I'm trying to make is that you have to make
yourself, promise yourself, that the new SYSTEM you live in is a NON-ZERO system. Didnt' do anything all
fucking day and it's 11:58 PM? Write one sentence. One pushup. Read one page of that chapter. One.
Because one is non zero. You feel me? When you're in the super vortex of being bummed your pattern of
behaviour is keeping the vortex goin, that's what you're used to. Turning into productivity ultimate master of the
universe doesn't happen from the vortex. It happens from a massive string of CONSISTENT NON ZEROS.
That's rule number one. Do not forget.
LA D EUXI EME R EGLE
Yeah i learnt french. its a canadian thing. please excuse the lack of accent graves, but lemme get into rule
number 2. BE GRATEFUL TO THE 3 YOU'S. Uh what? 3 me's? That sounds like mumbo jumbo bullshit. News
flash, there are three you's homeslice. There's the past you, the present you, and the future you. If you wanna
love someone and have someone love you back, you gotta learn to love yourself, and the 3 you's are the key.
Be GRATEFUL to the past you for the positive things you've done. And do favours for the future you like you
would for your best bro. Feeling like shit today? Stop a second, think of a good decision you made yesterday.
Salad and tuna instead of Big Mac? THANK YOU YOUNGER ME. Was yesterday a nonzero day because you
wrote 200 words (hey, that's all you could muster)? THANK YOU YOUNGER ME. Saved up some coin over
time to buy that sweet thing you wanted? THANK YOU. Second part of the 3 me's is you gotta do your future
self a favour, just like you would for your best fucking friend (no best friend? you do now. You got 2. It's future
and past you). Tired as hell and can't get off reddit/videogames/interwebs? fuck you present self, this one's for
future me, i'm gonna rock out p90x Ab Ripper X for 17 minutes. I'm doing this one for future me. Alarm clock
goes off and bed is too comfy? fuck you present self, this one's for my best friend, the future me. I'm up and
going for a 5 km run (or 25 meter run, it's gotta be non zero). MAKE SURE YOU THANK YOUR OLD SELF for
rocking out at the end of every.single.thing. that makes your life better. The cycle of doing something for
someone else (future you) and thanking someone for the good in your life (past you) is key to building gratitude
and productivity. Do not doubt me. Over time you should spread the gratitude to others who help you on your
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RULE NUM BER 3
Don't worry i'm gonna too long didnt' read this bad boy at the bottom (get a pencil and piece of paper to write it
down. seriously. you physically need to scratch marks on paper) FORGIVE YOURSELF. I mean it. Maybe you
got all the know-how, money, ability, strength and talent to do whatever is you wanna do. But lets say you still
didn't do it. Now you're giving yourself shit for not doing what you need to, to be who you want to. Heads up
champion, being dissapointed in yourself causes you to be less productive. Tried your best to have a nonzero
day yesterday and it failed? so what. I forgive you previous self. I forgive you. But today? Today is a nonzero
masterpiece to the best of my ability for future self. This one's for you future homes. Forgiveness man, use it. I
forgive you. Say it out loud.
RULE NUM BER 4
Last rule., is the easiest and its three words. exercise and books. that's it. Pretty standard advice but when you
exercise daily you actually get smarter. when you exercise you get high from endorphins (thanks body). when
you exercise you clear your mind. when you exercise you are doing your future self a huge favour. Exercise is
a leg on a three legged stool. Feel me? As for books, almost every fucking thing we've all ever thought of, or
felt, or gone through, or wanted, or wanted to know how to do, or whatever, has been figured out by someone
else. Get some books max. Post to reddit about not caring about yourself? Good first step! (nonzero day,
thanks younger me for typing it out) You know what else you could do? Read 7 habits of highly successful
people. Read "emotional intelligence". Read "From good to great". Read “thinking fast and slow”. Read books
that will help you understand. Read the bodyweight fitness reddit and incorporate it into your workouts. (how's
them pullups coming?) Reading is the fucking warp whistle from Super Mario 3. It gets you to the next level
that much faster.