The role of the professional

A true professional shows up no matter what.

Imagine if your heart surgeon decided she didn’t really feel like replacing hearts today right in the middle of your surgery.

 ’Well, I’m kind of over all this blood, I’m going to a beach.’

But she doesn’t go to the beach. Because she’s a professional. 

A professional is not immune to thoughts of doing other things. Nobody is. But a professional deals with them accordingly.

A professional knows there’s a job to do, a mission to complete. 

There will be times where you don’t want to do the thing you know you have to do.

And in that moment you a choice. A choice whether to take on the role of the professional.

 ...or not.

The first one rarely works

It’s rare to write a viral article the first time you post.

It’s rare for a video to break the internet.

It’s rare for a product to become a multi-million dollar success.

But these things aren’t seen as rare. Because they’re the things we see all the time.

Your first piece of work may not hit number 1. But it’s better than not being on the scoreboard at all.

The trenches are where the real battles happen, not in the offices of those watching over.

Everyone is capable of making something. Including you.

And if the first one doesn’t work. Try again. And again. Keep going good work. Keep making good art. Better art. You’ve got time.

Changing your mind is free

Someone came up to me today and said they wanted to get healthier.

‘I’ve got a pack with my friend to sign up to the police force,’ he said, ‘and we’ve both let ourselves go a bit.’

‘And you look like the type of guy who knows what he’s doing, and I’ve decided it’s time to do something.’ 

‘Yeah, of course, I can help,’ I said, ‘ask me anything.’

What he did takes guts.

It’s hard to look at the world and say, ‘I’m going to make a change.’

It’s sometimes even harder to look at yourself and do the same thing.

Changing your mind is free but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.

On another note, these kind of situations are why I stay fit.

My body is my product. It’s skin in the game. If I’m going to write, talk about and spread the message of being healthy, I have to first be healthy myself.

You are what you repeatedly do. That’s your personal brand.

The same principle applies. If your personal brand is what you repeatedly do, you can change it like your mind. It’ll be free but no one said it’ll be easy.

Health inheritance

Everyone is familiar with the concept of DNA.

One generation passes theirs onto the next.

Evolution slowly but surely worked out the best way to transfer information across generations.

Now we’ve got different methods; books, video, photos. But when it comes to replicating the population, DNA is still King (and Queen).

Chances are if you’ve heard of DNA, you’ve heard of genes.

“How does she look so good?”

“She must have got good some genes!”

But what are ‘good genes’?

From the sounds of things, most people would think you get your genes, they’re good or bad and that’s that.

Well, that’s partly true. You are born with specific genes but they won’t stay 100% the same throughout your life.

Much like how your bank account fluctuates depending on your spending habits and earnings, your genes with fluctuate with your health.


Let’s say you want your kids to get a big inheritance. You work hard and control your spendings.

Eventually, little Johnny gets a good deal of cash after you pass.

Whether this is good or bad is up for debate.

But the other side of the coin to wealth inheritance is health inheritance.

Just like years of poor spending habits will put a dent in anyones bank account, years of poor health habits will damage your genes.

Now you may not notice the effects immediately. Once formed, the human body is a resilient beast.

But your offspring may not be as lucky.

You know you shouldn’t smoke or drink during pregnancy as it can lead to a deformed baby.

But what about eating a diet lacking Vitamin K2, which is crucial to jaw development?

Vitamin K2 is a fat soluble vitamin which means it’s found in fatty foods (especially eggs).

During the past few decades there has been a trend to go against fatty foods.

Which may explain why so many dentists are driving around in BMW’s. The braces business is booming.

Causation or correlation?

More work has to be done but this is just one example of how food can influence future generations.

Eating well and taking care of your health won’t only mean you’ll look good, it’ll give your future offspring the best chance of growing up attractive and healthy.

Inheriting health is far more important than inheriting wealth.


PS If you’re looking to learn more about nutrition and health, I’ve been loving the book Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, 11/10.


Bring the target closer

Someone emailed me the other day saying they were having trouble completing the projects they started.

'I have 17 unfinished projects, how do I keep going to the end with them?'

The truth is, I'm the same. I have a list of unfinished projects. A book, a couple of apps, an AI curriculum.

So when I thought about how I should respond, the advice was to myself as much as it was the person on the other end.

If you keep missing your goals, bring the target closer.

Make your goals smaller. Have the big picture in your mind but break it down into sizeable steps.

If you want to write a book, write 500 words per day.

If you want to improve your data science skills, practice 1-4 hours per day.

If you want to build an app, strive to write one line of good code per day.

Some days you’ll do more. But aim for a at least a little each day.

Get a feeling for what it's like to complete something. Something small.

Then as you keep achieving smaller goals, you'll start moving toward your bigger goal.

Lay one perfect brick per day and eventually you'll have a beautiful wall.

 Damn, I wouldn’t mind a wall like that. Let's see if I can follow my own advice.

Damn, I wouldn’t mind a wall like that. Let's see if I can follow my own advice.

Your most important asset

Whatever your goals are.

Whatever your ambitions are.

It doesn’t matter.

You can all the drive in the world but you still need gas.

Energy is the most valuable resource you have.

And energy comes from taking care of your health. Mental, physical, spiritual.

Recent advancements in modern medicine have been exciting but they’re still no match for the most established health technology of all time.

Mother Nature.

Don’t overcomplicate it.

Eat food, real food. If it comes in a packet or through a window, you probably don’t need it.

Sleep long and well. 17+ hours without sleep and your cognitive abilities are the equivalent of a drunk driver.

Move. Often. Ever noticed what happens to a body of water when it stays still? It becomes stagnant.

Mental and spiritual health often come second to physical health. But they’re just as important. Check in with yourself. Check in with others.

We’re all looking to answer the same thing. ‘Where do I fit in this world?’

There’s no right or wrong answer. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to find. You’ll need energy to keep looking.

Take care of your health. It’s your most important asset.


‘Oh no, what do I say next?’ (3 tips for more confident conversations)

'Hey, I'm Daniel.'


'Nice to meet you.'

'You too.'

Oh crap what happens next?

'How was your day?'

'Busy, very busy. How about you?'

'Yeah good.'

*brief silence*

'What are you up to later?'

'I'll probably go home and make dinner.'


There it is! That's what you're after. Now you've got a hook.

A what?

The person mentioned they're going home to cook dinner. Time to explore.

'What's for dinner?'

'Do you cook often?'

'Do you prefer cooking for yourself or eating out?'

'Where are your favourite places to eat out?'

'What's your special cuisine?'

'Where did you pick that up from?'

The trick to better conversations is not always talking more. It's about listening better and getting the other person to talk more. And then you can keep it flowing. Soon they'll catch on and follow your lead.

Most of the time when you meet new people, you won't know much about them.

So you'll hold yourself back from asking a specific question and stick to the standard.

'How was your day?'

'Been busy?'

These are great to start. But to keep it going, you can use the hook technique.

And if the hook leads to a dead end. You can use the get out of jail free card.

'What are you currently obsessed with?'

There will be one of two responses.

‘Ohh I’ve never been asked that before.’


‘What do you mean by obsessed?’

Everyone is obsessed with something. Make it your mission to figure it out.

And here’s the thing. You can use this question as a double edge sword.

Ask yourself the question. If you find yourself with nothing to talk about. This is where you start.

You start with what you’re obsessed with. Not only interested in. The thing you were Googling at 12:17 am last night.

Still stuck?

Here’s the final key.

Don’t say anything. Embrace the silence.

Having confidence doesn’t always mean talking up a storm. Or listening to every word.

Silence is only awkward if you make it awkward.

Some of the most confident people I know are also the quietest in the room.