New Book Launch: Skinny

I am ecstatic to be launching my new short read called Skinny: How To Be a 140-Pound Goliath in Life.

I’ve taken a unique approach to this book by adding some humour and creativity to my writing.

I enjoy telling you my story with the hope that you will identify with what I go through in life. If you feel inspired, I’d love to hear from you! I’m always open for a chat on social media.

If you get the chance to pick up a copy of Skinny, I would be so grateful if you could leave an honest review.

Thank you for supporting my journey and enjoy the book!

25 Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone

Originally an eBook, I decided it would be advantageous to freely share this incredibly valuable resource I’ve created for you to help you overcome discomfort and shyness.

If you are a live human and not a robot, you will find this guide beneficial for you.

We all face uncomfortable obstacles on a daily basis. It can be related to our work, relationships, finance, business, you name it, we’ve felt the butterflies.

Here I am going to share 25 ways to expand your comfort zone and overcome challenging obstacles:

  1. Put your hand up and ask your superior to clarify something.
  2. Take part in a club locally via meetup.com.
  3. Ask to be the leader on your team’s next project.
  4. Go to the mall and tell a cashier they look pretty/handsome (warm-up: say hello and smile to the cashier).
  5. Start a passion project that pushes your skill level.
  6. Go to the next local event on eventbrite.com.
  7. Speak in front of your friends, team or customers.
  8. Wear mismatched socks.
  9. Compliment five different people on their clothing in one day.
  10. Talk to your stranger-neighbour (next door, on a train, etc.).
  11. Try something you’ve never tried each Saturday.
  12. Turn off your electronics for 24 hours.
  13. Find 3 opposite-sex friends to learn socially from a fresh perspective.
  14. Walk around the block and say hello to everyone you meet.
  15. Hike a trail.
  16. Reach out to 3 Facebook friends you haven’t chatted with for over a year. Script: hey John, it’s been awhile, wondered if you wanted to catch up at a local Starbucks?
  17. Travel to a new place (nearby or country).
  18. Give critical feedback.
  19. Change your story (I am Negative Nancy to I am Nice Nancy…Timid Trev to Triumphant Trev).
  20. Change your mindset (can’t to can, won’t to want).
  21. Ask for a raise (list all the reasons why you are valuable).
  22. Start saying yes to every invite.
  23. Network with a support peer.
  24. Grab an accountability partner to accomplish a goal or break a habit in 30 days.
  25. Immerse yourself into groups to get away from the computer.

To grab more ideas to help you overcome adversity and be big in the world, check out my book called Skinny!

Exclusive Preview of My New Book on Life

I thought I’d include the introductory chapter to my new book on life below. If you’re overcoming a struggle, this might be the best book to motivate you. To grab a copy today, head over to Amazon with this link. Overcome struggle today and achieve anything.

life

Introduction.

My name is Trevor Carss and this is my story.

Recently I had a retinal tear which affected my vision. Potentially the damage could have blinded me. It was a scary moment. I went in and had laser treatment. Things seemed to be progressing in the right direction.

A couple of weeks later, I suffered four more retinal tears.

My entire vision is threatened for the first time since childhood. I have no vision in my left eye so something like this happening to me at the age of 28 is certainly a wake-up call for how I live my life to this point and how I choose to conduct myself in the future.

Happy to report as of this point that the repair has been a success and the tears seem to be fixed with a special belt that the doctor placed around the eye to ensure that no more retinal tears would occur – we hope.

With my eye, you never say never. I’ve only got the one eye that I can see out of. When you think about it, you take your vision for granted. There’s so many things that you do day-to-day with your vision and the minute you have some sort of a threat to your eye, you realize, okay, this is really important and you take for granted what you can see in this world. You take for granted all of the different sensory experiences that you see with your vision.

What I realized is that I need to look at how I spend my days. My life isn’t over or anything. I do expect to be able to see and recover completely. But I also now cherish what I see, how I spend my time seeing, and how I live my day.

When I look back at my childhood, I lost my left eye at a very young age. As a result, I didn’t fully appreciate the ability to see out of two eyes, because I never had that function and privilege in my life.

So now I only have one eye and a threat has now occurred to my one eye, affecting my ability to work on a computer screen, read things, really do a lot of what I did, which was marketing online.

It’s affecting how I should continue and adapt. I’m definitely thinking about it because I have a lot left to explore. We all do.

I’m telling you this real-life, raw story because I want to create a theme around getting you motivated and seeing all of the opportunities you have out there. I created this book because these are experiences that others are going through all over the world.

People are sitting around. People are lying around. People are just taking things for granted. I don’t want you to go down the same road that I did and just lead an average life.

I want you to be excelling with the one life that you have and what you’re given, whether it be the full two sets of eyes, one, or none. Cherish what you do have. Arms. Legs. Your mind. These are all things that we take for granted. So instead of me sitting around and recovering, I have to do something impactful. I can’t be lying here, waiting for things to get better. I thought it would be important to create and document while I’m recovering so that I’m producing something of meaningful value. Something that you can relate to that would maybe get you excited in your situation. That’s why I created this book for you. Hopefully this will connect with you on a meaningful level.

You may have gone through something in your childhood that you’re still dealing with today – 20, 30, 40, 50 years later. I want you to know that it’s never too late to really consider how you’re spending your time and how you’re living your day.

Definitely this was a surgery that was a wake-up call. I now question a lot around what I’ve been doing for the last 28 years because I have an opportunity to make an impact, and have I? The answer is no, not yet. I always say I’m going to and I think this is a realization that I must create more.

Couple of weeks ago my first retinal tear was a wake-up call, right then and there. From that day onward, after I did the laser treatment to repair the tear, I worked hard. I was putting in sixteen-hour days to make a living. Sixteen-hour days to produce content for the world. Sixteen-hour days to tell a story. Sixteen-hour days to help others. I was motivated because I had only the one eye left, and how much longer? It was a sign that I needed to start creating rather than consuming. That was an interesting wake-up call. Couple weeks later it was like another reminder. You’re not over the disease yet, you’re not over this injury, you’re not over this hereditary illness. You need to continue to appreciate what you have.

So if I look back at my story, this is an introduction, really. I look back at my childhood and certainly did not appreciate the fact that I only had one eye. I did not appreciate it to the extent that I could have. Maybe it was just with not knowing and not understanding, but I wish I had taken the time to appreciate and be more grateful for what I had.

So today I’d like to encourage you to reflect on your childhood and appreciate or be grateful for the things that happened in your life. Appreciate the things you had. Turn the page on this book and start fresh today. I think that it’s important to reflect and admit there was a stress or traumatic event that happened in my life, but it’s not dictating how I live my life going forward.

These are things that you might want to consider if you’re down, if you’re unhappy, if you’re in a situation where you wish things were better.

You may want to consider where you are right now and say this is pretty good. This is pretty good that I’m still here. I still have this. I still have that. Appreciate that you have something because I know you do. You will construct your future life the way that you should because you’ll start looking at the meaning behind what you have. That is really critical.

That’s my intro story and what I’ve seen and what I need to start appreciating. I encourage you to reflect and decide if where you’re headed is where you want to be headed. If not, assess whether you should change course. If I didn’t say anything about my life or I didn’t share with you where I’m at in my journey or what I’ve gone through, then it could be a lost learning opportunity for you. I hope at the end of the day that you learn something from what I’m saying and that you start to appreciate where you’re at.

My Surprise Pre-Workout Meal

I have been testing a new diet to optimize my health, where I eat within a 9-hour window. This is called intermittent fasting, and it’s been shown to improve digestion and muscle growth. I’ll start eating by 10am and stop by 7pm at night.

I like exercising in the morning and have found that eating a pre-workout meal is unnecessary for peak performance. I’ll have a glass of water beforehand and that is it. Our body already stores the energy needed.

The next time you’re looking for a way to optimize your diet and exercise, try skipping your early-morning meal.

33 Traits of Successful People

I have spent years studying successful people. Inspired by what I saw, I’ve decided to compile a list of 33 traits that are common among the elite. With each trait I’ve included a bit of a description. If you want to be successful, make sure you work on these 33 traits for yourself:

Passion.
We love what we do.

Work Ethic.
We work when others sleep.

Persistence.
We never give up until we get a yes.

Non-conformity.
We break the rules and re-structure norms.

Cleverness.
We find a unique way to overcome problems.

Manipulation.
We influence people and their minds.

Creativity.
We create more than we consume.

Technique.
We have the skills to handle the process.

Excellence.
We only accept the best as standard.

Vision.
We see long-term.

Leadership.
We are at the top, inspiring others.

Intuition.
We know the pattern that works.

Decisiveness.
We make choices and stick to them.

Money-Last-Mindset.
We follow the passion, not the wealth.

Focus.
We are single-minded in our pursuits.

Ambition.
We have wild dreams.

Action.
We execute constantly, unwaveringly.

Opinion.
We stand by our beliefs.

Spine.
We can handle any criticism with ease.

Optimism.
We are positive about the future.

Courage.
We are brave to where others do not.

Learning.
We absorb material to enrich our minds.

Sacrifice.
We take risks and lose willingly.

Self-Motivation.
We get moving without a push.

Long-Term Thinking.
We plan months and years ahead.

Pragmatism.
We are realistic in our choices.

Work-Independence.
We are entrepreneurial by nature.

Humility.
We are modest, humble and kind.

Strategy-Orientation.
We think more ahead than today.

Hustle.
We do until it’s done.

Dedication.
We are loyal to our craft.

Calmness.
We stand still when others shake.

Listening.
We hear others first.

10 Ways to Make Money Online

As we move to a landscape where people are more willing than ever before to pay for products online, let’s look at 10 ways you can make money. These ideas can be done from your bedroom, on a beach, anywhere:

E-Commerce.
With Shopify, you can have an online store up and running in the next hour. Whether you like to sell clothing or accessories, you can do it on here! I use Printful to dropship my products, making everything automated so I can focus on my marketing activities.

Freelance.
If you are looking to work on a variety of projects and like finding clients, freelancing might be for you. Upwork and Freelancer allow you to apply for job postings like a real job – if you have a niche set of skills and a solid proposal, you might have the edge over others!

Blogging.
If you enjoy writing, blogging is a great opportunity to build your following on a topic that interests you. If you get enough traffic to your site, you might be able to monetize with products, services and ads. WordPress is the platform of choice if you want to get into blogging.

Affiliate programs.
You can be an affiliate marketer for sites like Amazon or Commission Junction. Everytime someone clicks an affiliate link you share and then buys products, you make a portion of money from that sale! Amazon is a great start as they practically invented affiliate marketing – find a trending product to sell and tell your friends.

eBooks.
Take your writing skills and knowledge to the next level by writing an eBook. With Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing you can create a book of any length, self-publish it and tell the world through promotions and giveaways. Even if writing is not your strong suit, consider hiring a ghostwriter to handle most of the production work. You hand them the outline and they take care of the writing! With this method, you can produce quite a few eBooks in a short time.

Courses.
With Udemy and Coursera, you can build a course on anything you’re knowledgeable about and charge for it. I actually use LearnPress, which is a plugin built into my site. I can then build my courses without having to pay out commissions. For anyone who wants to get started quickly without the technical work, Udemy is quite simple.

Coaching.
If you’re like me and you love giving advice to others, become a coach or consultant! You can use a program called Clarity.fm to show your expertise and mentoring skills.

YouTube.
This is a challenging road to take, but if you can get to YouTube celebrity status and amass a nice number of subscribers, you could make some cash with YouTube AdSense! Keep in mind that on average you will only receive $1-2 per 1,000 views of your videos. But if you like being in front of the camera, YouTubing might be the right approach for you!

Influencer.
If you are a social media wiz and you have tons of followers, you could reach out to companies and offer to mention their products or give a shout-out in exchange for cash! Instagram and YouTube are popular programs for influencers.

Apps.
If you love coding for the mobile world, try building and selling an app! One way to ease the selling of your app is to offer a free version with add-ons – also called the freemium model.

There you go, 10 easy ways to get started making money online! What’s holding you back? Start today!

I’d love to hear from you! Have you made money online? What are your favourites?

Book Directories to Promote Your Next Masterpiece

Excited to be finally launching my book called Life: Overcome Struggle. Achieve Anything.

I am in the process of testing out book directories to see if I can build more traffic to the Amazon sales page. Here are just a few of the directories I’m testing, which may be helpful for your next book launch:

eLibrary – Open eBooks Directory. We offer hundreds free eBooks! Free for addition of one’s own e-books.
http://www.ebookfreeway.com/
http://www.e-booksdirectory.com
http://www.free-ebooks.net
http://www.memoware.com
http://www.getfreeebooks.com
http://www.ebook88.com
http://www.ebookee.com
http://www.feedbooks.com
http://ebookdirectory.com
http://www.ebookjungle.com

Triathlon Checklist: Race Day Gear

Onе оf thе most nеrvе-rасking thingѕ fоr bеginnеr triаthlеtеѕ iѕ mаking ѕurе thаt уоu hаvе all оf уоur gеаr fоr thе triаthlоn. Yоu are оftеn rushed, tirеd аnd a bit nervous – not thе timе tо rеаlizе уоu fоrgоt уоur gоgglеѕ.

I’vе put tоgеthеr thiѕ race dау сhесkliѕt with all оf thе mоѕt соmmоn itеmѕ уоu’ll nееd fоr your big dау. It’ѕ bеѕt tо gеt tоgеthеr аll thе itеmѕ оn thiѕ сhесkliѕt thе night before ѕо уоu саn fосuѕ оn уоurѕеlf аnd thе rасе in thе mоrning.

Hopefully this simple сhесkliѕt will hеlр уоu fосuѕ оn уоur race аnd avoid thе lаѕt-minutе frеаkоut оf gеtting everything tоgеthеr.

Swim:
• Swimѕuit (if nееdеd)
• Wеtѕuit
• 2 ѕеtѕ оf gоgglеѕ (оnе bасkuр)
• Bоdу Glidе/Anti-сhаfing рrоduсt (optional)
• Rасе сар

Bikе:
• Bike hеlmеt
• Bikе glоvеѕ
• Sunglаѕѕеѕ
• Bikе shоеѕ
• Sосkѕ
• Tri/cусling shоrtѕ
• Tri/cусling shirt
• Aero оr wаtеr bоttlе
• Pumр/CO2
• Sраrе tubеѕ
• Bаrѕ/gеlѕ/fооd

Run:
• Running ѕhоеѕ
• Race numbеr
• Rасеbеlt/fuеlbеlt
• Bаrѕ/gеlѕ/food
• Wаtеr bottle/flasks
• Hаt
• Sunglаѕѕеѕ
• Sосkѕ
• Hеаrt rаtе monitor + strар

Gеnеrаl:
• Lаrgе tоwеl tо lay out gеаr
• Sunѕсrееn (fасе аnd bоdу)
• Liр bаlm
• Dirесtiоnѕ
• Cоurѕе map
• Phоtо ID
• Rасе numbеrѕ/ID
• Trаnѕitiоn bаg
• Mоnеу fоr роѕt-rасе fооd/drink
• Prеѕсriрtiоn glasses/contacts
• Prеѕсriрtiоn mеdiсinе

Miѕс Itеmѕ:
• Sосkѕ fоr роѕt-rасе
• Wаtеr fоr роѕt-rасе
• Warm сlоthing fоr роѕt rасе
• Music player (fоr mоtivаtiоn bеfоrе rасе)
• Mini flаѕhlight
• Camera
• Duсt tаре (fixеѕ аnуthing)
• Fliр-flорѕ/sаndаlѕ
• Tооlѕ/Allеn wrеnсh
• Chаin lube
• Advil/Aspirin
• Plаѕtiс trаѕh bаgѕ
• Wеt wiреѕ

For the full guide to triathlon training and completing your first race, check out my eBook here.