5AM Productivity Hacks for Busy Entrepreneurs - by Dan Luca

18 Lessons from the Greatest Athletes of Our Time

I wrote this article 4 years ago…

… and it’s fascinating how all of these lessons are 100% valid even today!

I was inspired to write about the Olympics because it’s an extremely inspirational event!

And because I want to escape the environment surrounding me these days that is filled with arguments, complaints and mediocrity.

I wrote this article because I want to offer you a series of stories and life lessons that were made possible because of these Olympic Games.

I’ve always had a deep sense of admiration for performance athletes and this article is a tribute to their work, sacrifice and dedication.

Read it and let yourself be inspired to change your life for the better!

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Hack #12
15-minute Review of the Day

In my late 20s I felt miserable a lot of the days.


Because I was crazy busy and I still felt that I was going nowhere.

The only rays of sunshine were during some fortunate encounters when I would meet a long missed friend that would tell me:

“Hey, I’ve been following your work. It’s quite impressive, I like the man you’ve turned out to be since our time at Company X”…

I would raise my eyebrows, smile and say: “Really?” and they would invariably reply: “Yes, really.”

It’s quite interesting that because of my inside turmoil, I was completely unaware of my progress or the results that I was creating.

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Hack #11
One Goal

I must confess: For a long time, I was a “shiny object addict”

I used to get excited by any new idea that came my way. At times, I was working on 6 to 10 projects simultaneously… finishing one at best.

The thing that stimulated me was starting anew. I got an instant rush of dopamine. New project – new reward – new dopamine delivery! My neurons were ecstatic!

For a long time, I thought this was the best way to do it… try a lot of things, and see what pays off.

The downside to this thinking is that if you don’t finish any of the projects, you don’t get to reap what you sow and basically you don’t have the resources to go on with your projects.

I called this time of my life: “The Scattered Age”

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18 lessons I learned from watching the 2016 Rio Olympics

I wanted to write a sequel for the article regarding the lessons I learned following the 2012 Olympics because this global event is an incredible source of extraordinary stories, unknown heroes and life lessons we can all learn from.

I wrote this article just as I would have liked to read it… however, even though I did extensive research, I wasn’t able – unfortunately – to find an article written to my likings… I wrote it.

In this article you won’t find .references to the legendary Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky or other titans who won multiple gold medals…

… no, this article is mostly about those who have overcome their status, who have faced extremely difficult challenges and although some of them are not medalists they all have a story and a valuable life lesson to share

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Hack #10
The 5-Minute Note that can Save a Marriage

No meaningful relationship will always work flawlessly all the time. Being too black and white about the quality and health of a relationship spells trouble. There will always be difficulties present, but you can still focus on the good.

Insecure people constantly look for signs of what’s not working in their relationships. What you need to do is look for signs of what is.

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