When to Make the Right Choice Instead of the Safe Choice

July 6th, 2016 by Nick Notas 8 Comments

We are constantly faced with challenging decisions in life.

Frequently, we choose the safe path because it’s the easiest path. It’s the one that offers the most protection. It’s the choice that doesn’t push us to experience discomfort or embrace our fears.

But that may not always be the right choice.

Because the right choice is often much harder. It may throw us into the unknown, force us to confront ourselves or others, and endure much greater hardships.

It makes perfect sense to take the safe choice and I understand why so many people follow that route. But I’m here to tell you that the decisions you make can either hinder your development or propel your individual growth.

Decisions such as…

  • Telling a friend a harsh truth. The safe choice may be to avoid straining your friendship and just let them keep making mistakes. The right choice may be to try and help them even if it means upsetting your friend.
  • Stopping someone from getting harassed. The safe choice may be to keep walking by and not getting into a confrontation. The right choice may be to speak up and tell the perpetrator to back off even though it will draw their attention to you.
  • Breaking up with someone you know isn’t for you. The safe choice may be to keep your partner and not have to be lonely or put yourself out there again. The right choice may be to let your partner find someone who does want to be with them and find someone you do want to be with, too.

I remember a major decision that changed me to this day. Let’s just say I didn’t play it safe…

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Your Roadmap to the First 60 Seconds of Engaging Conversation

June 24th, 2016 by Pete Zbrojkiewicz 5 Comments

Today my friend Pete from Beard Strokings is going to teach you exactly what to say for the first 60 seconds of conversation in any situation.

When Pete first e-mailed me, he immediately stood out. He related to me about his old days playing Counter-Strike, talked about how he loved my message of better human connections, and shared how inspired he was to write about the same subjects of bringing people together.

We jumped on a video call and two things were apparent: he genuinely wanted to know who I was and could hold engaging conversation almost effortlessly. I could tell that he was someone who had put himself out there in the past and gotten tons of real-world social experience.

He had recorded YouTube videos asking people all sorts of social experiment questions. He had spent years pushing himself to talk to strangers. And he even created a card game to help people get out there and start talking to new people.

Then I read his content. He was incredibly thorough and you could tell he was calling on his own experiences to provide legitimate advice. A lot of people “talk the talk” in social skills but few people have actually taken the journey themselves. For that, I have immense respect for Pete and the work he does. 

Welcome Pete…

There’s a person standing in front of you. Gazing into your eyes. Expecting you to say something.

You expect yourself to say something in reply, and your eyes grow a little wider as you start to realise that nothing’s coming.

Are you imagining it…or do you also see fear in their eyes? The silence has stretched too far to be comfortable and you’re desperate to break it.

You blurt out a sentence that’s barely relevant to what you were talking about. You even trip over the words as you say them.

“Did that make sense or did I make this more awkward than it already was?” — your internal dialogue.

The person responds. It’s a normal response. Thank God.

You’re out of danger for now, and your conversation has a starting ground.

If the above is your method for finding a starting ground, it’s not a very good one.

It works some of the time, sure. But it’s unreliable.

The starting ground of a conversation can be whatever you want it to be. You’re only struggling to find it because you haven’t decided where you want the conversation to go yet.

It’s like you’re driving a car with a steering wheel that won’t stop spinning around, and it’s not one of Google’s self-driving cars, either. It’s a regular old hand-driven sedan.

How do you honestly expect to reliably gain momentum in your conversations when you have no control over where you’re going?

I think it’s time you installed a new steering wheel, my friend.

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How to Be Great With Women Even If It Doesn’t Come Naturally

June 9th, 2016 by Nick Notas 8 Comments

It’s hard to keep a positive attitude in dating when you’re not getting the results you want.  It’s even harder not to blame yourself for your lack of success and feel helpless to change it.

You probably believe that since you weren’t born with certain genes or because you don’t look a certain way — you’ll never be one of “those guys” who’s awesome with women.

If all that were true, however, I wouldn’t have a successful business coaching men for almost 10 years. I’ve helped men of all appearances and personalities become confident, charismatic, and attract the women they desire.

Yes, some men had an early advantage because they were brought up in a way that facilitated the development of excellent self-esteem and social skills. That’s why some guys seem to effortlessly create sparks with women. But if you weren’t fortunate enough to be taught this from a young age, you can still cultivate those same skills and habits as an adult.

In fact, the men who make a conscious effort to improve themselves often develop better skills than so-called “naturals”. Men who actively learn how to date usually get higher quality women, have more choices, and create healthier relationships through self-analysis and personal growth.

Naturals learn how to act through experience and don’t necessarily know why certain things work for them or how to continue to improve.

Go ask a friend who you think just “gets it” about what their secret is with women. You’ll usually get responses like, “You’ve just got to be yourself.” or “I don’t know, I just talk to them and it works out.” They don’t exactly understand their success and therefore have a hard time building upon it.

On the other hand, men who decide to improve themselves start from a clean slate and fresh perspective. They’ve seen what doesn’t work which makes it easier to see what does. And they’ve endured the worst of it, which makes them stronger to handle hurdles in the future.

To see your potential, you need accept that you’re not permanently screwed up and that you can change. You just have to understand how your upbringing affected you and then practice new behaviors to overcome it.

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You Need More Than Your Academic Education to Survive

June 2nd, 2016 by Nick Notas 5 Comments

 

Our parents taught us the value of education. We were pushed to study hard, get into a great school, and achieve that fancy piece of paper.

Most of our generation entered this world proud of those accomplishments. We believed all that work would pay off and provide an easy, sustainable life.

Only now we’re all realizing that a college degree doesn’t mean we’re going to get the job of our dreams. In fact, the value of our degree is diminishing as more people get them and more people get higher level degrees.

The merits of a prestigious school are dwindling, too. Many employers don’t care about the university you attended. They care about your portfolio and experience, interview skills, and connections.

Many people are applying to dozens upon dozens of jobs with no success. This trend is only going to continue as more jobs are replaced by technology. We’re already estimating 5 million US jobs will be replaced with robots by 2020 and another 80 million replaced in the next 10-20 years.

And most of all, we have a generation who spent their entire life focusing on academics that can’t attract the people they want into their lives or maintain healthy relationships.

I have nothing against education. In fact, I think education is at the core of human survival. But we need to start thinking of your primary education as more than just an engineering degree from MIT.

This isn’t the industrial age. This is the information age.

The most important skills in life aren’t taught in school anymore.

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How to Become Magnetic: A Guide to Charm and Charisma

May 24th, 2016 by Jason Connell 14 Comments

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My close friend Jason Connell is dangerously charismatic. After meeting him only twice, my fiancé felt so close to him, that she asked him to officiate our wedding later this summer.
 
Jason’s ability to charm, understand, and connect with people has enabled him to create a life most people can only dream of.

A short list of examples includes:

  • Two months after moving across the US to a city where he knew no one, he was hosting epic dinner parties with influential thought leaders.
  • He doesn’t have to put much effort into meeting girls because his female friends go out of their way to set him up with gorgeous women. At one point, he was even dating two models at the same time.
  • He periodically scores invites to celebrity parties, including an invitation to have dinner with one of his idols, Penn Jillette, at Penn’s house.
  • As an entrepreneur, his businesses have grown organically and often outpace competition because his clients actually care about him and want to invest in his success.
  • And on a personal note, whenever I spend time with Jason, I always learn something about charisma, human connection, and even myself. It leaves me looking forward to the next time we hang out.

You might think that Jason is some sort of suave, extroverted dude. But that’s not the case.

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Are You Finally Ready to Conquer Confidence?

May 20th, 2016 by Nick Notas 0 Comments

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Don’t you wish you could feel confident and outgoing walking into any room?

Imagine being the type of man with an unshakeable presence that instantly commands attention.

It’s time to make that a reality. It’s time to create an empowering life without anxiety or constant self-criticism.

Julian Reisinger (of LoveLife Solved) and I are proud to announce Conquer Confidence. This is a 5-day retreat where we teach you the mindset and skills necessary to overcome your fears and become an attractive leader. It will provide you with social experiences that obliterate your comfort zone and develop genuine, lasting confidence for any situation.

Join 12 like-minded men this July 31-August 5 on the island of Majorca, Spain in a luxury mansion.

Click here for more info and apply now.

5 Ways You’re Too Available With Women

May 12th, 2016 by Nick Notas 6 Comments

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Problem: You’re talking to a new girl, and you don’t want her to think you’re too available (and therefore desperate.)

Solution: You take a long time to respond to all types of communication.

Right?

Wrong!

Artificially waiting to reply only encourages the same kind of behavior from women. It makes you look like you’re not that interested. And they aren’t excited to go on a date with you because you haven’t created a strong enough connection.

In turn, women delay messaging you back because they don’t want put themselves out there to someone who’s not that into them.

This all results in frustrating, dead-end conversations. And no dates.

If you get a message from your friends, do you even think twice about replying? Of course not. So why should texting women be any different? It shouldn’t be. And pretending to be too busy to respond shows how much you’re seeking approval.

If you’re having engaging conversation (which is a different topic in itself), a woman isn’t going to be turned off by you responding to her in a timely fashion

So, to return to our original problem — you may be too available with women, but not in the ways that you think. It has to do more with how you prioritize a woman you barely know and how much you value your time.

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How Self-Analysis Leads to Self-Empowerment

May 5th, 2016 by Nick Notas 5 Comments

 

Ask any parent about their child’s inquisitive nature and they’ll tell you how kids question everything. They want to know all about the world around them, where they came from, and where they’re going to go.

If you answer one thing, kids will prod deeper and deeper and deeper until you can’t take it anymore. It requires a massive amount of patience because nothing seems to quench a child’s thirst for knowledge except…more knowledge

As we grow older though, we seem to lose that sense of wonder. We get stuck in our ways. We tell ourselves that ignorance is bliss. And our scope of curiosity often narrows to what we already know and are comfortable with.

I don’t think this is purely a product of age or cynicism. Yes, some people are just grumpy old farts. But it almost always comes from a place of fear.

Over time, we begin to fear the reality check that comes with accumulating more knowledge. We’re afraid of prodding and poking too deeply — especially when it comes to self-analysis. And this plays a huge role in what hinders growth and development.

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How to Give Yourself the Courage to Kiss a Girl

April 22nd, 2016 by Nick Notas 7 Comments

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In my previous article, I tried to convince you why going for a kiss on dates is always the right choice.

Some of you thanked me for the insight and the perfectly-timed reality check. Others already knew deep down that you had to start consistently making a move, and not doing so was killing your dating opportunities.

But that still doesn’t necessarily solve the problem of how to actually do it. Because our anxiety often dictates the actions we take.

As much as I’d like to, I can’t be there with you on a date to push you to go for the kiss. You have to be the one to make that leap in the moment.

To help you do that, I’ve devised a set of ideas to help you gain the necessary courage to kiss the women you like. Continue Reading…

Why You Need to Make a Move or Move On

April 14th, 2016 by Nick Notas 10 Comments

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Is there a girl you like that you’re just dying to know if she likes you back? Have you hung out with her time and time again but things are still ambiguous?

Do you rack your brain with never-ending questions such as, “Does she like me?”, “Does she see me as just a friend?”, or “Could she still like me after all this time?”

That uncertainty is a terrible feeling, isn’t it?

You’re not alone. In all my years of work, this may be the most common situation men tell me about.

They’re frustrated and feel stuck in limbo. They get tunnel vision and become obsessed with one girl. They can’t focus on other eligible women.

These men detail their entire history with their romantic interest to me and ask, “Nick, what do I do? How do I find out how she really feels?”

Regardless of their situation, my answer is always the same. I’m here to tell you what I tell them…

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