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Every morning, we gather here to contemplate, plan, soak up inspiration, harvest motivation, and get jacked up on coffee and confidence for a day of kicking ass.

WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP IT’S THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. A NEW MONTH FILLED WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES. CAN YOU FEEL IT? THAT’S DESTINY SWIMMING DEEP DOWN IN YOUR NETHER REGIONS, BEGGING YOU TO GET OFF YOUR ASS AND FULFILL YOURS. THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT TO BUILD YOURSELF UP, MAKE YOURSELF GREAT, AND WIN THE DAY. IN THE FEW SECONDS IT HAS TAKEN YOU TO READ THIS OPENING PARAGRAPH, SOME DOOFUS CAME UP WITH A BILLION DOLLAR IDEA AND IS DRIVING STRAIGHT TO THE BANK IN A DROP TOP MIATA TO STEAL YOUR GIRL, SO YOU BEST GET TO COOKING. DEFINITELY FINISH READING THIS COLUMN FIRST, BUT AFTER THAT, IT’S TIME TO HIT THE STOVE.

WHAT MORE CAN I SAY THAT BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY CAN’T SAY BETTER? TAKE IT AWAY, BOYS.

Now that we’re all ready to run through a wall, let’s discuss a little strategy called “acting like you’ve been there before.” Assuming that you have great success in this life (if I know you all like I think I do, that’s a predetermined guarantee), there are going to be many, many opportunities to point haters in the direction of the scoreboard. However, it’s important to remember that after any win you essentially have two options.

1. Be a total douche.
2. Act like you’ve been there before.

I don’t care if it’s something as big as landing a high-paying position over a clown you went to college with, or as small as beating your office rival to that prime parking spot. Deep down inside, part of you is going to want to showboat. It’s not your fault; that’s just human nature. Now, I’m not going to sit here and lie to you like option one doesn’t sound fun on occasion. Being a total douche in short stints can be extremely fulfilling. But that’s a short-term play for a short-sighted individual. We’re in this for the long haul, and, long term, acting like you’ve been there before always reaps greater rewards.

I’ll sum this up by describing two different individuals for you.

One is next to you in traffic driving a brand new, lipstick red Corvette with paper plates, blaring “Closer,” windows down, wearing a French cuff button-down with a tie that screams, “I’m a selfish lover,” and when the light turns green he guns it and switches lanes immediately like a dickhead.

The other is next to you at a red light in a blazing yellow 2002 drop top Miata, sans top, listening to “Baker Street” at a volume just loud enough so that surrounding cars in traffic know who’s boss, tasteful tie undone ever so slightly, with a look on his face that lets you know he doesn’t need your fucking approval, and when the light turns green you have to give him a slight honk because he’s so at peace with himself that he zoned out and was just sitting there winning big.

Both dudes are clearly killing it, but fast-forward 20 years down the road and I guarantee the second dude is still cruising down the highway of life with deep pockets while the first dude is chain-smoking cigarettes outside Twin Peaks after being cut off by management because he wouldn’t stop asking the waitress about her bra size. If you ride like lightning, you’re gonna crash like thunder. Facts are facts. Always keep your feet on the ground.

Dream big. Close deals. Stay anchored.

What’s on the schedule this morning? What are you going to conquer today? Let us know in the comments section below. Positivity only. Build the energy. Come correct or don’t come at all.

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Ross Bolen

Ross Bolen is a New York Times Bestselling author, co-host of the Oysters, Clams & Cockles: Game of Throbes podcast, co-host of the Back Door Cover sports podcast, 2017 Masters attendee, bigger and more loyal Rockets and Astros fan than you, cheese enchilada aficionado, and nap god.

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