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Train of Thought: Grit, Personal Reinvention, Focus on Why

by Brice Hogan

September 29, 2022 |

Hello Everyone,

Here is your weekly dose of thoughts, ideas, and other things. This is the stuff I have been thinking about and exploring this week.

Hope you enjoy this week's issue!

As always if you have any feedback or suggestions about the newsletter reach out to me at



Here is a Quote about patience

“Some people think that as soon as you plant a tree, it must bear fruit. We must allow it to grow a bit.”

- Tunku Abdul Tahman -

Malaysian politician


What I Listened To:

Tim Ferriss Show with Bas Rutten The Art of Personal Reinvention

I was fascinated by this interview. Here is why. Bas Rutten is a former MMA/UFC fighter and was one of the best of all time. You can go look at his Wiki page He is Dutch and they have a reputation as some of the best fighters in the world.

When Bas was a kid, he tells the story that he was picked on quite a bit in school and didn't have too many friends. Part of the reason was he had Eczema, a skin disease that could be really painful and the kids ruthlessly bullied him.

Despite all that he went through he was able to become one of the best fighters on the planet. It goes to show that if we really want something out of life nothing can handicap us. It takes work and perseverance but we can all become something.


TED talk I watched

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

I picked this TED talk after scrolling through a few on my morning exercise bike ride. Some people think that to be successful you need to be smart, lucky, or a combination of both. But neither is true maybe you need a little of both. But according to Angela Duckworth, you need Grit. In fact, there are studies that show that grit is a better predictor of success than IQ.

This talk dives into the growth mindset, how the ability to learn is not fixed, and that failure is only temporary. It's about 6 minutes long and definitely worth the watch. If you want you can check out Angela's book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance here.


Article I liked

What to do when your side hustle becomes a drag

You maybe going through this. I may be going through this. Whether you are or I am the points in this article are so helpful. There were a few things I got from it.

Focus on Why.

It's easy to get caught up in numbers. How many followers, looked at my blog post, and how many clients do I have?

Finding the real purpose behind what you are doing will lead you to one of two outcomes, you keep doing it or you shut it down.

Should Have

Saying I should have done this or I should have done that gets you caught in a comparison trap and its easy to heap on a whole bunch of those.

If you align yourself with your Why. It's easy to focus on what you are doing to provide for your clients or audience.


Some things just don't work. Switching things up can help to reinvigorate a rut you're in. That could be changing up your format, varying the time you send an email, change up the product. It's these little iterations that can have big impacts down the road.


One Quick Thought

Choose a Mini Habit

A few weeks ago I set a goal to do 100 pushups in a row. Now before your arms get weak thinking about it. There is no way right out of the gate I could do 100 it just wasn't going to happen.

So I set a mini goal and here it is. At least do 10 that's it. I can do more but not less. I have to think that if I am totally exhausted at the end of the day what is the very least I could do 10 was a good number.

I attempt something everyday and it falls short of my max but it's at least 10 I actually feel pretty good.

As I started each day to try to hit my max the number kept going up, one week my max was 60, then 72, then 85, and this week I am at 92.

It was a small little amount everyday that has compounded to now something pretty substantial.

I have 3 mini habits I am working on

  • Write at least a few sentences a day

  • Read 1 page every day

  • 10 push-ups every day

If you actually timed me doing this it takes less than 10 minutes a day. That is it. Of course, I can do more. I usually end up writing a few pages, reading a few chapters, and now at least 50 pushups altogether.

But you have to start small.

So make a quick list of habits you want to start. Jot them down and focus on one and break it up into a small doable habit, where you don't need motivation you can do it really without thinking about it.

Email me for help with developing small doable habits at



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