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Name: Ryan J | Blogger and dad | From Northern Ireland, based in Australia | Sharing thoughts as they enter my head. {Insert quote here to sound profound}

Deemed as one of the best day hikes in New Zealand

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“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand is a must for adventure seekers wishing to test their mental and physical strengths. It’s a challenge rife with reward.

Leaving The Shire

Standing in Mangatepopo’s gravel car…


Don’t be embarrassed about creating cliché content. Embrace it.

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Nowadays, it’s almost considered cliché to write self-help articles and talk about positive mindset hacks. After all, we’ve probably already heard most of what has to be said and read heaps of the same content, over and over again, addressing the topic.

However, every time I sit down to write…


It’s time to switch up your mindset and get after it.

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As a teenager and as a young man in my twenties, I used to hate Mondays with a passion.

Mondays meant back to school or back to work. It meant the weekend had ended and I had to, once again, return to the challenges of life and the real world…


It all begins with the correct mindset.

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SITTING DOWN TO WRITE isn’t always as easy as it sounds. For one, you’ve got your mind running overtime. Question after question on a never-ending loop.

What will I write about? How will I put my message across?
What’s the best approach to ensure the readers get what I’m trying…


It’s time to deter those time wasters who flood our comment sections with their drivel.

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A few days ago I published the piece ‘Maybe It’s Time We Question Writers and Their Bullshit Articles’ were I suggested we take a stand against those who post deceptive articles littered with false claims that mislead newbie writers and sell them false hope.

Well today I’d like to add…


Because I prefer to write in the moment.

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NOW, I KNOW THIS DOESN’T APPLY TO EVERYONE and there may even be some writers who disagree, but I find a drafts list to be a waste of time.

At the moment I have 128 drafts sitting idle on my list (not including this piece) and I’m 99% sure I…


So, don’t be too proud to roll up your sleeves and do what you gotta do to survive.

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RECENTLY I READ AN ARTICLE that discussed the effects a market crash could have on those who make a living in the content economy — writers, content creators, course creators etc. — and what they could do to prepare for such an event.

The synopsis of the article was that…


Let’s stop giving tacit approval to these jokers as they sell a false sense of hope.

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‘How to Gain 10,000 Followers in a Month’
‘How to Make Thousands Through Writing’
‘How to Write Articles That Never Fail’

We’ve all seen the articles littered throughout our newsfeeds. Claims of quick success that is easy to achieve and can be done by anyone.

Sounds like a dream come…


Stop procrastinating on your dreams and take action today!

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“Right now, someone far less qualified than you is living your dreams… All because they didn’t just talk about it, they took action.” — Brad Sugars

What are you waiting for? What’s holding you back? What’s stopping you from taking action?

Is it fear of failure? Or maybe you’re just…


Start your week with a mindset for success.

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As we enter into a new week, with a new set of challenges ahead of us, it’s important to get yourself into the correct frame of mind from the beginning.

For most, that will probably mean switching from a relaxed, weekend demeanour to one of a more serious nature that…

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