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 Hey there, it's Todd.

In this article you will learn how to TURN YOUR CHORES INTO ADDICTIONS and achieve the motivation necessary for true greatness. I’ll break down for you exactly how to motivate and discipline yourself to achieve ANYTHING, including real-world examples.

This article is being written somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in a race between my typing and my computer battery. I’m on my way to Papa’s wedding, which is proof that love exists and is beautiful . Congratulations to Nick and Amber! I actually missed the flight yesterday and had to rebook but I was able to renegotiate at the gate and get a refund for the second flight. ALL HAIL SOCIAL SKILLS!

It’s actually ironic that I’m posting this particular article at the moment as this has been an apparently lazy week for me. By outward appearances it would look like I barely left the house and got almost nothing done. PATHETIC. However, a closer examination would reveal that I made a lot of seemingly insignificant first steps toward excellence. Sometimes those little things make a HUGE difference.

For example, I spent time on hiring instructor assistants (STILL LOOKING BY THE WAY), tying up loose ends in Boston, working on a move to New York City, brainstorming and implementing lead generation, recording promotional materials, outsourcing my online game, and cleaning up my financial picture. None of this will show tangible results in the short-term, but they are extremely high value activities in the long term.

This leads me to one principle of motivation and productivity that I did not include in the video.

Do the things that won’t have immediate consequences first! If it will be a disaster not to do a particular task, then you WILL get it done. During your spare time do something that is equally important, but less urgent. That way you’ll be under pressure and get both done. Had you done the urgent task first, you probably would have procrastinated on the other one. Obviously don’t take this to the extreme of failing at the urgent task, but if you have plenty of time…

More on motivation later in the article, and also in the video…

After Papa’s wedding in San Francisco, I’m excited to visit Jeffy in San Francisco and then teach a bootcamp with Tyler in Orlando. I always learn have so much fun and learn so much from those guys.

Speaking of San Francisco, I’m teaching a free tour soon in San Francisco and available to teach bootcamps in Orlando, Washington DC, Sydney and Melbourne this month, and anywhere in the world by request. My upcoming schedule is below:

[=rgb(65, 105, 225)]Where I'll be next...

BootcampJanuary 20-22, 2013: Orlando, FL, USA
FreeTourDecember 27, 2012: San Francisco, USA (7pm-9pm)
BootcampJanuary 4-6, 2013: Washington, DC, USA
BootcampJanuary 11-13, 2013: Sydney, Australia
FreeTourJanuary 14, 2013: Sydney, Australia
BootcampJanuary 18-20, 2013: Melbourne, Australia
BootcampJanuary 25-27, 2013: Sydney, Australia
BootcampFebruary 1-3, 2013: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Ok. On to the video.

I’m really proud of this video as it is the best job I’ve ever done with video editing and also it was the most requested topic for me on the RSD Facebook page. So hopefully it resonates with you.
The basics of the video are this:

First, know what sort of task you are motivating yourself to do. Does it require creativity and is it something you are trying to be excellent at, or is it just a mindless chore. The type of motivation required for mindless chores… often punishment/reward… can only get you so far, and will fall flat when true inspiration is required. That said, it’s an effective tool as far as it goes.

For real motivation and greatness it is necessary to go deeper. You must not only know the HOW of what you wish to achieve, but also the WHY. Unless you have deep reasons and drives, you will just be going through the motions. True greatness requires immersion and obsession, and in order to do that, it is necessary to understand your true motivations and to make sacrifices. Here’s the thing though. The sacrifices won’t FEEL like sacrifices.

Lastly it is ESSENTIAL that you structure your process in such a way as to give you continual challenges, but also continual positive feedback. If you lack in one or the other, you will lose focus and the task will feel like a TASK. If done properly, the most difficult tasks can be turned into fun and fulfilling games that you never want to stop playing. I hope you enjoy the video:



As I said before, this is the best editing job I’ve been able to do thus far, as I am learning to edit week by week. Please give me your comments on both the content and the videography as I am always eager to learn and improve. I’d like to find out what is most important to you, so I can adjust accordingly.

Before I sign off, I want to mention that if you want more unique thoughts and information I put out ideas and lines on both facebook and twitter daily:

facebook.com/rsdtodd
and
twitter.com/rsdtodd


Thanks again, and until next time,
-Todd

p.s. Check out www.rsdinnercircle.com for more info on the program and how to get ongoing lessons and support from RSD Instructors like myself.

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#1

Kash.TO

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Todd really great vblog. Topic really speaks to me as I've been struggling lately to keep motivated in the field. Keep up the awesome work!

Also Miami South Beach is one of my favorite spots for gaming. As you mentioned in your last article "the girls are so hot and the vibe is so sexual, it’s like Vegas meets New York, meets Los Angeles but easier to game." I will be there again in early Feb 2013. Can hardly wait.

- Kash
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 I want a milf guide
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screen titles help a lot.... Todds style is sober and informative...over 20 odd minutes i find it hard not to tune out. however, the screen titles helped to break up the information and keep me engaged, in fact i just realized thinking about it how clear and logical the information was presented here. The background story helped a lot to both relate to the speaker, and  internalize and memorize the concepts presented. Great video.
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In this viewer's opinion best video that Todd has done so far. Also I think Angry Brids' creators and similar will agree a lot!
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Are you doing free tour in San Francisco THIS thursday or NEXT thursday or BOTH? (middle of article says "SF 12/27" but below bottom of article before start of comments says "SF 12/20")

Also, is the inner circle regional conference in SF this Saturday or next Saturday? Different pages on the site list different dates (12/29 vs 12/22):
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=1602
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=965
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=1584
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#6

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Great video Todd!

I really liked the background scene and your way of delivering the content. I admint that I lost focus most of the time watching your previous videos. This one was way more engaging. The energy or flow or howsoever you wanna call was really great. I see you improvement :). On the other hand I think the editing has still A LOT room for getting better. Brad seems to be the most advanced one of you guys regarding that discipline.
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 awesome vid, todd. motivation. i need to think about that for a video topic too.
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 great video Todd. there were some memorable lines that I wrote down.
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#9

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EXCELLENT video. The point about handicapping yourself by making approaches (on mediocre girls) more difficult is really great.
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Amazing  video, already watched it 3 times so far. Great Content and ideas and concepts i can apply immediately.
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Alphamode wrote:
Are you doing free tour in San Francisco THIS thursday or NEXT thursday or BOTH? (middle of article says "SF 12/27" but below bottom of article before start of comments says "SF 12/20")

Also, is the inner circle regional conference in SF this Saturday or next Saturday? Different pages on the site list different dates (12/29 vs 12/22):
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=1602
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=965
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=1584
The Regional Conference is 29th and Free Tour is 27th.
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Much better than previous videos. The "Tyler-like-video" background looks great and the speech is easy to follow. 20 minutes and I listened to every word.

Todd, what did your father do for a living?
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#13

Heurisko

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 Great topic and delivery. I'd love to hear more from you on this topic. Have you ever read "Flow" by Csikzentmihalyi? 
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Wow this was really good. I thought I already knew so much about this that there wouldnt be anything new here but you surprised me. Great stuff!
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Ya, thanks.  I LOVE Miami now.  If it were a bigger market for us I'd consider living there.  I had SOOOO much fun!
Kash.TO wrote:
Todd really great vblog. Topic really speaks to me as I've been struggling lately to keep motivated in the field. Keep up the awesome work!

Also Miami South Beach is one of my favorite spots for gaming. As you mentioned in your last article "the girls are so hot and the vibe is so sexual, it’s like Vegas meets New York, meets Los Angeles but easier to game." I will be there again in early Feb 2013. Can hardly wait.

- Kash
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Todd

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Ya, I've been wanting to do these types of screen titles for a while, but I didn't have the poper editing softward until recently.  Hopefully as I learn to use the new software I'll be able to further improve the quality of the messages I put out.  Thanks for the feedback!
slickblaster wrote:
screen titles help a lot.... Todds style is sober and informative...over 20 odd minutes i find it hard not to tune out. however, the screen titles helped to break up the information and keep me engaged, in fact i just realized thinking about it how clear and logical the information was presented here. The background story helped a lot to both relate to the speaker, and  internalize and memorize the concepts presented. Great video.
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Todd

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Thanks, yeah.  I'm very proud of this one.  The goal each week is to put something out that is better in at least one significant way, than anything I've put out before... and hopefully better overall.  I think I did, this time.  Now I have to go try to one-up myself again this week :/
Elamanopiskelija wrote:
In this viewer's opinion best video that Todd has done so far. Also I think Angry Brids' creators and similar will agree a lot!
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Todd

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Yep, still working on the editing.  I have no idea how to do transitions or effects yet... but I'm learning.  Thanks for the positive feedback.
Simon93 wrote:
Great video Todd!

I really liked the background scene and your way of delivering the content. I admint that I lost focus most of the time watching your previous videos. This one was way more engaging. The energy or flow or howsoever you wanna call was really great. I see you improvement :). On the other hand I think the editing has still A LOT room for getting better. Brad seems to be the most advanced one of you guys regarding that discipline.
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Thank you sir.  It makes things more FUN as well!  Glad you enjoyed the video.
pimpyMcPimper wrote:
EXCELLENT video. The point about handicapping yourself by making approaches (on mediocre girls) more difficult is really great.
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Todd

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AWESOME!
seonsoo wrote:
 great video Todd. there were some memorable lines that I wrote down.
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This might be my favorite comment received ever!  Glad you enjoyed the video so much and learned so much from it!
Davey213 wrote:
Amazing  video, already watched it 3 times so far. Great Content and ideas and concepts i can apply immediately.
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#22
Todd

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He was/is a jack of all trades:  Nuclear Engineer, Writer, Schoolteacher (and coach of state championship teams in 4 different types of competition), Investor...  One of the most talented people I know, particularly with respect to teaching and coaching.

Thanks for the positive reactions to the video as well.


besserwisser wrote:
Much better than previous videos. The "Tyler-like-video" background looks great and the speech is easy to follow. 20 minutes and I listened to every word.

Todd, what did your father do for a living?
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Never read it, but it's been referenced in about five different books that I have read, so I think I'm pretty aware of the general ideas.
Heurisko wrote:
 Great topic and delivery. I'd love to hear more from you on this topic. Have you ever read "Flow" by Csikzentmihalyi? 
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Thanks.  I'm flattered to hear it.
ludvig wrote:
Wow this was really good. I thought I already knew so much about this that there wouldnt be anything new here but you surprised me. Great stuff!
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#25

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its funny, i felt about poker what you talked about. I am an "ok" player, can hang around, more or less a break even player and i enjoyed the game but i got to a point where i was like.. you know what, im either going to commit to getting good or im going to quit because i cant continnue like this, i know there is mountain to climb if i ever wanted to call myself a good player so i quit. it didnt interest me enough to commit to the tons of work required to call yourself a good player.
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Thanks for clarifying & making the info on those pages congruent ...I was just confused about the SF free tour since rsdfreetour.com still says 12/20
Mario- wrote:

Alphamode wrote:
Are you doing free tour in San Francisco THIS thursday or NEXT thursday or BOTH? (middle of article says "SF 12/27" but below bottom of article before start of comments says "SF 12/20")

Also, is the inner circle regional conference in SF this Saturday or next Saturday? Different pages on the site list different dates (12/29 vs 12/22):
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=1602
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=965
http://rsdinnercircle.com/members/?page_id=1584
The Regional Conference is 29th and Free Tour is 27th.
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#27
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 Yesssss

Really relevant to me now

I went from being a beast at daygame approaches now I get really in my head bc I had to take a break from game to work long ass weeks to get my car..

Now I'm doing solo night game and the approaching part is challenging as hell

But when I do the actual game aspect is super easy..

So the creative intuitive part is not challenging at all but the chore aspect of going up to random girls with no social proof or value adding context other than the vibe I bring is super difficult...

Cool shit bro.. 
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REALLY good content.  In all honesty, one of the best self-improvement videos I've ever seen (and I've seen many).
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Good video, much respect.
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#30

Stanislav

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 Hey, Todd

 You don't see a lot of PRACTICAL advices, tips and strategies on motivations. This particular video has the most pracise based tips I have seen recently. Therefore,thank you very much for this content.

Also, don't you think one of the most important part of being motivated is your belief system around the thing you are trying to achieve? I mean, you may apply all sorts of techniques, like reward and punishement, however, if you don't have the proper belief system regarding the subject, it will be hard to stay motivated. What do you think?

Stan
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Oh and btw... outsourcing online game. Brilliant. I wish I had someone to do that too.
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Hell yeah at 7' 00"......!
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Great great content Todd, you are succinct and on point, it's great feedback.  Asking the "why" question has been esp useful for me and understanding extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation in this context also explains a lot that's going for me personally in game (basically I've been gaming to write good FRs instead of gaming for the girl which is why I've been on my harem so much, boring but nothing to prove).

ANYWAY my suggestion for videography: move the camera around and move with the camera.  You can start the shot 60 feet away and walk into frame (there is a very famous Woody Allen shot in Annie Hall where he does this, booya).  Think, generally, of the camera as a person, and of you as a person, both with a perspective.  You can keep one still and move the other and vice versa (i.e. your camera man pans the camera to you or you walk around in frame while the camera is still), or you can move with the camera.  This creates visual diversity which holds the ADD folks attention better.

I like the quotes.  If you are using Premiere Pro you can spice the fonts up to look cleaner, layer them over the video and use the transitions effects for a better look.  OTOH I like that they take up the whole screen on black and you really notice them.

Adding some simple visual transitions between the quotes will help.  Little things to smooth out the kinks.  THEN AGAIN, while they don't look professional, I feel as I'm watching "this is just good fucking content, fuck the pretty bullshit".  Exactly like pickup: sometimes the "textbook pull" is great, othertimes the sloppy "war-zone" pull gets the girl.  

Keep producing this content man, I think you are really hitting on new ideas and not rehashing or rexplaining old ones.  

Cheers
-Cat
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Motivation! Fantastic topic and great concepts. The sweet spot of pushing your limits and external rewards for non-creative tasks.
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Tyc

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 Despite the 20min blog I was engaged the entire time. Nice relevant and interesting anecdotes and a great breakdown of motivation. Really emphasises the point that if you put in the work and time, you will get results.

Great job!
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good video
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nice vidx!
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#38

Rohr

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I had heard most of these ideas in Tony Robbins RPM. Todd are you a fan of him? Anyways I recommend people to check that product out has got great results into my life.
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Your posts and videos are amazing. With your help I finally got it. You are given the true secrets of the GAME plain and simple. Thanks Todd.
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