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A1518C68-BE33-4712-B44E-367C235264DFThe Official Guide to Being a Badass

Most of the articles on the internet about being a badass focus on getting laid.

Now, there sure ain’t nothing wrong with gettin’ some, but this post ain’t about that. It’s not for the aspiring pick-up artist, nor is it about getting ripped or being able to kick someone’s ass.

It’s about going through life as a true badass…

It’s About Being an Agent of Awesome on a Grand Adventure

…and having a helluva good time along the way.

Enjoy…

1. Be cool to everyone

One time I was in line for something at the local bagel shop and the line got kinda messy, and it was hard to tell who was next. I was in a hurry, and felt I was next, but this other dude started walking up to the counter, kinda cutting in front of me. I called him out on it and was basically a total asshole to the guy. He turned around and said “Hey we’re all in this thing together, man.”

How right he was. I’m not saying let people walk all over you, but we are all in this thing together, and the cooler you are to everyone else, the cooler they’re gonna be to you.

“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”

Wilson Mizner

how_a_about_a_boxing_with_hemingway2. Put people before ones and zeros

It can be so easy to get caught up in making a buck. We’re conditioned to believe money will make us happy, but we forget about what’s really important: each other.

Instead of trying to extract value from this world, add to it in your own unique way, in a way no one else can but you, by contributing massive value to people’s lives in the most impactful way you possibly can.

When you fall down in life and climb out of the holes along the way, be the hand that reaches down and lifts the next guy up and says “Here, let me show you the way.”

3. Make as many mistakes as possible

Be amazing at making mistakes; make more mistakes in the next year or two than you’ve made in your entire life. When we make mistakes, that’s when we learn.

If you’re not making mistakes, you probably aren’t learning and growing, and that which doesn’t grow dies.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

4. Stay in your own business 

I once heard a guy say, “At 18 I worried about what everyone thought of me, at 40 I stopped caring what they thought, and at 65 I realized they weren’t thinking about me at all.”

At some level we all care what others think, and the guy who says he doesn’t care what people think of him wants people to think he doesn’t care what people think of him.

Even though we ALL care what others think to some degree or another, the more you can realize that what others think of you really isn’t any of your business, and that your business is what you think of you and what you think of them, the more badass your life will be.

Just like your thoughts are your business, their thoughts are their business. Stay in your own business.

4474D10E-7F57-462A-AB41-15B883F9E7C85. Piss people off

Don’t intentionally piss people off—remember, you wanna be cool to everyone.

But when you walk your own path in life, others will be irritated and often offended. That’s their problem, not yours.

Refer to #4—their thoughts are none of your business, so stay in your own business. BTW, I have to give credit for the whole “Stay in your own business” thing to a true badass,  Byron Katie, whose teachings called “The Work” have had a profound impact on my life.

“The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.”

George Bernard Shaw

2932788E-7CB6-4830-98D6-4573DCCA83416. Right your wrongs immediately

Whenever you’re wrong, and someone else becomes wronged in the process, fix things as soon as possible.

For one, this will keep a lot of your relationships with people running fairly smooth…but also, as you get into the habit of righting your wrongs as you go, you’ll become much better at seeing when you’re wrong. You’ll notice patterns within your behavior, and more and more often you’ll be able to catch yourself in advance before you go and step all over someone else’s toes and end up owing them a pedi just to make things right.

Admit your wrongs as soon as possible and do whatever you can to make things right.

7. Slay that scary ol’ dragon

There is an AWESOME life, FAR beyond the innermost depths of your imagination, waiting for you right on the other side of that shit you’re afraid of.

And no matter how hard you try to avoid the things that frighten you, there is no way around them, only through.

Funny thing is, doing what you fear usually isn’t bad at all—it’s the thinking about it that’ll fuck with you.

The big scary nucleus of the thing we’re afraid to do is like a dragon…’cuz just like a dragon it’s total fucking make-believe.

We must approach the dragon head on, feel its fiery breath, and do what needs to be done.

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

Steven Pressfield

muhammad_ali8. Stand up 

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it’s a safe bet you’re of stronger body and mind than the average citizen.

When you see someone being taken advantage of, abused, or wronged who may not have the strength to stand up for themselves, do whatever you can to kibosh the injustice.

When you see our planet or the people on it being given a raw deal, rise up and take a stand.

I’m not talking about being some self-righteous white knight so you can get an ego fix, I’m just talking about looking out for your fellow man and doing the right thing when it needs doin’.

“We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are famine, warfare, and the destruction of our environment.”

RSIFFIAOI

9. Say “no”

It’s important to know when to say “yes,” but it’s much more important to know when and how to say “no.”

If you don’t know how to say “no” you’ll end up over-extending yourself, committing to things you can’t really give 100% to, and spending your time running around trying to make everyone else happy. You’ll lose your focus and dilute your power.

“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying ‘yes’ too quickly and not saying ‘no’ soon enough.”

Josh Billings

10. A.B.L. – Always be learning

Read books, listen to audiobooks, take courses, read blogs, work with coaches and mentors, and model others who are doing things that you wanna know how to do. These days you can find the answers to whatever you need, as well as the guidance, and oftentimes for free. Information is everywhere.

Choose which actions to take from what you’ve learned, and take them with everything in you. (And then refer back to #3 and make as many mistakes as possible, ‘cuz that’s when the real learning begins.)

812C730C-5C39-4205-8941-B94251CDDA7011. Drop the mask

Grandma was right again. Just be yourself.

If you aren’t, others will know it, and more important, you’ll know, and hate yourself for it.

And what’s awesome is that being you is the one thing you can do better than anyone else in this entire world.

I recommend Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” to learn more on this subject.

12. Do the shit you love

Life is over quickly.

While you’re here, do some totally awesome stuff. Now, I don’t know what that is for you—maybe it’s climbing mountains, surfing, starting businesses, or just sitting around writing about stuff that’s important to you. Believe it or not, it’s writing that gets my juices going more than just about anything else in the world.

Maybe it’s one thing, a bunch of things, or always something new.

Whatever it is, whether as a career, hobby, or just random adventures in awesomeness, spend as much time as possible doing the shit you love.

13. Accept that you’ll never get everything done

The to-do list never ends.

Between taking actions on the goals that’ll get you to your dream life, making money, needing new stuff, getting broken stuff fixed or fixing it yourself, family obligations, being a good friend, having to do that thing you should have said “no” to three weeks ago when you were asked and now it’s too late, taxes, car stuff, house stuff, kid stuff (should you have any of those little loveable monsters), health stuff, legal stuff , bank stuff, food stuff, and any of about 113,984,767.63 other things that require your attention….you’re never gonna get it all done.

3EEAF0D5-B329-4185-8E12-A49788BB41CAThe ducks will never be in a row...in fact, most of the time, half of them’ll be quacking their little asses off and running out in front of cars.

Not only is chaos the order of the universe, tossing new shit to deal with at us every chance it gets, but to make matters worse our minds are basically machines on overdrive looking for stuff to keep us busy so our ego remains intact. Anything to keep us busy.

Also, Aunt Madge needs your help moving some furniture this weekend, you’re low on almond milk, and the car needs an oil change and the tires rotated…plus, looks like your website just crashed, so there’s that too.

How in the heck are you ever gonna find time to do the important stuff that gets you one day closer to your dream life?

Well, do the important stuff first, and watch out for any non-important “busy-work” or seemingly urgent tasks that like to creep up on you every chance they get so you can avoid doing the real important shit—the stuff that scares you, the actions that require you to grow and evolve so you can become the person you need to become to get to where you wanna go.

You’re never gonna get everything done, so just do what you can do today, focus on what you’re doing right now, and ease back a little into the seat of your being instead of losing yourself in the ever-growing to-do list.

14. Never relent

Life will try to beat you down, others will try and take what you have, and your own mind will tell you that you’re not good enough, but…

…set your sights, move forward, and keep punching.

“If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet, or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way.”

Henry Rollins

imagese15. Adapt

Stay on your path and trudge forward with big strides, but be flexible and adapt to the conditions of the road.

If you’re too rigid, life will feel like it’s against you, so sometimes you gotta adapt a little and go with the flow. Be like water, not cement.

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”

H. G. Wells

16. Take bold action yet remain unattached to the outcome

Do your part, do everything you fucking can, go after your goals like you have a gun to your head and unless you give it your all, that trigger is gonna get the squeeze…but then let the chips fall where they may.

You can only control what you do, NOT how things turn out.

Worrying about the outcome will tear you apart inside with anxiety…and that anxiety will create even more worrisome thoughts, feeding more anxiety in the body, creating a big mind-body loop of stress wreaking havoc on your system like a mosh-pit in the bottom of your soul.

pam17. Realize life is about relationships with other people

Put and keep good people in your life.

Cherish and nurture the relationships you have with the ones you like and love.

Start new relationships with the giving hand. Be a friend rather than looking for friends.

Life is about others. Again, going back to number two, put people before numbers and zeros.

18. Cut out the crap

Less is almost always better.

Hoarding possessions that you can’t take with you after you breathe your last breath is a futile activity.

The only exception is books. Books can take you to another dimension of existence—and, since I collect books and love having a massive library of them, I figured I’d write in this little exception to the rule (=

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”

George Carlin

3BBF92FC-A44B-4A92-AB4B-93A0BB9EA41119. Make the world a better place

The world is fucked up, and it needs our help.

Do strategic as well as randomly awesome shit that makes the world a better place for all of us, and do it as often as you can.

Go through life looking for ways to make this planet and your community more awesome for everyone in it now, and for generations to come.

Leave a legacy you’ll be proud of.

“When Paris Hilton can top the bestsellers’ lists, we are one more Connect Four move closer to Armageddon.”

Corey Taylor

20. Dig your flaws

You’re a flawed creature…we all are.

We have bumps, lumps, scars, and moles. We have insecurities, back problems, and daddy issues. We doubt ourselves, we try to be things we are not, and when we look in the mirror all we see are the things we don’t like.

We are human. We’re not a fucking magazine cover.

We aren’t Men’s Journal, Cosmo, or Details, and none of use will ever be as cool as The Fonz, Matthew McConaughey, or Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction.

Accept yourself as you are, warts and all.

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 4.00.15 PM21. Don’t buy into your own bullshit

When you start thinking you’re cool or something, life will show you just how uncool you are.

The wise dude (or dudette) chooses the humble path.

Maybe you have a public persona, and that’s OK—but keep it as authentic as you can, and if people start telling you how great you are, thank them but don’t let it go to your head. When you start believing the praise, buying into your own marketing, thinking that you and your awesome Facebook profile are one…life will show you that you’re just like everyone else.

If you don’t stay humble, then you just may have a date with the grueling process of humiliation…which can suck. I speak from first-hand experience: You’ll be better off just being humble in the first place.

22. Do a lot of the right “little” things

Constantly strive to make small improvements.

There’s no ONE THING that’s gonna come along and make everything better…no magic bullet, no book with all the secrets to life, no seminar where you’re gonna walk in an asshole and walk out the Dalai Lama, no perfect mate, no perfect mentor, no one big action.

It’s about doing a lot of things right and constantly making small improvements. The little stuff adds up. Kaizen!

“Don’t try to be 100% better, rather 1% better a hundred ways.”

Ann Mitchell

D154D7A1-B4C9-4ACA-AFE8-5761D41BC5FD23. Learn from your mistakes and move on

Everyone’s life is chaotic and problematic, and bad shit happens to all of us.

There is no ultimate destination in life where everything is gonna be perfect. Learn to be reasonably happy no matter what you’re going through…and realize that whatever it is, you probably caused it.

Your mistakes can beat you down, make you sick, turn you into a bummer of a person, and kill you…or they can make you stronger, more humble, more loving, more giving, and more badass.

There’s a gift in all your mistakes and everything you’re going through. Look for it.

24. Choose a career path that you burn for deep inside

Far too many people settle on whatever comes their way just to make a buck and maintain their false sense of security. The looking within, listening for the call to adventure and putting one foot in front of the other, and tearing that little security blankie to shreds and putting it all on the line is just too much for them.

I think putting your destiny in someone else’s hands—like working for some company, corporation, or boss who could kibosh your ass any second they want—is a lot riskier than working for yourself, but hey, maybe that’s just me.

Some people weren’t meant to work for themselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that…but at least spend your work week doing shit you love. There are plenty of badasses with day jobs.

But trading your dreams and your time for a check on Friday, whether it’s minimum wage or a cool 7 figures,  at least in my opinion, sucks. But this is what most everyone does, settling for the “steady pay” instead of going after their dreams with relentless vigor, focus, and intensity.

A25F3DBA-7A53-4ED8-A873-B888D2E04F27Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Find and do what you feel called to do. Do what you know with every cell of your being is the shit you’re supposed to be doing.

The badass refuses to settle for 9-5 mediocrity. If he ever sat in a cubicle, chances are he burned that thing down a long time ago, unless of course, his dream career somehow involves cubicles… in which case I say burn that fucking thing down anyway.

Now, there are a few exceptions to #24… 

If you’re a single parent or father of 10 who just can’t afford to risk the steady income to go follow your passion, hey, I get it, it’s cool. If you’re working your ass off ‘cuz you have more mouths to feed than the old woman who lived in the shoe, I don’t care what you’re doing for a living because you, my friend, are a badass.

And, kids or no kids, if you spend your free time engaged in some kind of hobby that you love, and are happy putting in your 40 doing just about anything to pay the mortgage…you too, can keep your official badass membership card.

But, by and large, badasses spend most of their time doing the things they’re intrinsically motivated to do and are passionate about, and get fulfilled by far more than just money. With this path, you’ll be much happier and have a much bigger impact on far more people than the stuff that you do only because of extrinsic motivation (money).

In the short term, the extrinsic stuff might pay more, but it can also rob you of happiness and rob the world of the gifts that come from you doing what you love.

Jam your tunes; even if you’re in a garage band, crank those amps on ten and fucking jam.

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”

Bukowski

CF75B63A-3346-4D60-BED7-C81451D00F3D25. Go with your gut; it’s right, but only 100% of the time

If someone or something feels wrong to you, or a project just doesn’t feel right…listen to what your intuition is telling you. It knows a helluva lot more than you do.

There’s a part of you that knows what’s best…it KNOWS what path you should be on.

I discussed this in detail in my Stranger Than Pulp Fiction Post, including some pretty crazy things that happened to me.

If you’re having trouble getting in touch with that part of you that knows best…try meditating, going for more walks, and dropping any substances that may be blocking or jamming up your inner compass. (I know Fat Burners were one that really seemed to disconnect me from my intuition. ECA stack = Little or no serendipitous experiences…at least that’s been my experience.)

“We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.”

Paul Coelho

EBD4B64C-FBB5-4CDA-8474-AE842DBE874326. Know who you really are

You’re not your designer jeans, t-shirt, shoes, haircut, car, house, bank account, income, business, job, biceps, abs, butt, or face.

You’re not a magazine cover. You’re not who they think you are or who you think you are, and you’re not your tweets or your fucking Facebook profile.

Never fool yourself into thinking who you are is what you do for a living, how much you have, what you look like, who you’ve fucked, how many of them you’ve fucked, and what you put on your “about me” page.

Smash the trophy case and burn it to the ground.

Money, possession, status, sex,  your body…everything comes and goes, and it has nothing to do with who you are at your core. Our egos love to attach to these things as a way to compare us to others…and it’s all bullshit.

Your heart and your deeds are way better places to hedge your bets when it comes to defining who you are, but the awesomeness of who you are is even FAR greater than that—yet it’s so simple it’s impossible to define.

You are just you. The space where your entire life happens.

“You’re not your fucking khakis.”

Tyler Durden

D9E37BAB-899B-40BF-A306-9FCC6477C2E927. Forgive yourself and forgive others

When you forgive, you’re not actually doing something for them. The karmic cause and effect of their life will work itself out on its own. You forgive them for you.

Usually when you have something against someone and need to forgive them, it’s actually something in yourself you need to forgive; the other person is just holding up a mirror for you and you don’t like what you see.

Sure, you still may need to go up against them and handle whatever business needs to be handled. But do it from a place of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the path to peace.

Resentment is the road to misery. And it’s toxic as a motherfucker.

It’s like putting a gun to your head, pulling the trigger, and hoping the bullet hits them. But it never does.

This is one I’ve struggled with a lot personally, and all I can say is that when I stay in resentment I’m all clenched-up inside and angry. When I’m in forgiveness, I’m in total peace.

brucelee28. Be grateful

When you’re in gratitude, you’re in the opposite of regret, resentment, envy, and longing, all of which make it REAL hard to be a badass.

I know you have a ton of problems; I get it—I do too.

But I bet you have food in your belly, a roof over your head, and there isn’t a tribe of bad motherfuckers on horses coming over the hill to burn the village down tonight.

Be grateful, even for your problems, for they’re all just gifts in disguise—AND most of ’em aren’t nearly as bad as your ancestors probably had it and other people all over the world are having right now.

And when you’re grateful, you’re happier, life flows better, you get better stuff in your life, and you get to live like a true badass.

29. Tell it like it is

Secrets and lies poison every cell of your being.

At minimum, be honest to your friends, family, and the people you care about. I haven’t always been this way, and I’ve paid dearly for it.

When you tell the truth life will treat you better, because YOU are treating life better.

And if you’re honest, you’re never really wrong. Sure, you’ll still make mistakes on the reg, but when you’re transparent about everything and admit your wrongs and flaws, the fear that comes from trying to be something you’re not is taken completely out of the equation.

True badasses are open and honest about their intentions in everything they do.

4F362B61-1582-47B9-ACF0-0C0C4A3A732330. Treat the following people extra-awesome…

Servants, waiters, busboys, baggage handlers, cashiers, counter attendants, house cleaners, dishwashers, cooks, bathroom attendants, gardeners, helpers, tellers, the poor, the abused, the homeless, the handicapped, and the elderly.

Be super cool to them, and leave big tips when appropriate.

Say “hi” to people most people ignore, like the landscapers who mow the public greenbelts.

Give a few bucks to those who need it more than you.

Understand that old people move slower than you and are often in a lot of pain, and make their lives easier in any ways you can.

Again, refer back to #1 and be cool to everyone—but be extra cool to these people and anyone else you can think of who could use a little dose of your awesomeness.

31. Be funny

Being funny is a great way to put a smile on people’s faces and make their day a little bit better.

The silent mysterious type who can’t crack a smile is only a badass in the movies and at picking up females who have monster-size father issues. And that dude actually ain’t all that mysterious—he just usually doesn’t have anything intelligent to say, and that’s why he’s so silent.

A TRUE badass loves to laugh and make others laugh.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the only one who thinks 80% of the shit you say is funny, because that means 20% of the shit you say IS funny, and this is enough to make you a badass.

So be funny, even if you’re the only one laughing.

9DFDB4D7-3855-4C72-ADD0-0BB6F31977F932. Realize you don’t know shit

None of us do.

Ever met a happy or badass know-it-all? No, ‘cuz they don’t fucking exist.

Stay open—you’ll learn more, you’ll be happier, and you’ll be WAY more of a badass.

Recently I heard Joe Rogan put it like this…

“We don’t know shit. Yeah we know a lot and are brilliant in comparison to cavemen, but in comparison to understanding just the very nature of the universe, with sub-atomic particles (all rules go out the window when you go subatomic)…to say we know a lot, yeah we know a lot FOR PEOPLE, but there’s some shit we don’t understand at all…they don’t even know why the universe stays together, they don’t know why it doesn’t just fly apart!”

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”

Frank Zappa

33. Realize everything you do affects everything else

We’re either putting positive or negative out into the world…with every thought we think and word we speak, and in everything we do.

We affect not only our own life, but the lives of the people we touch and the lives of the ones they touch.

There’s no such thing as a small insignificant action; everything we do effects everything else. Period.

“Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

Scott Adams

34. Enjoy the ride…it’s short

Seriously…we’re all gonna be dead soon anyway, at least the you and me as we know ourselves to be right now—so live it up and have a helluva good time while you’re here.

“Life is short. I’m 47 years old. I’ve got 10 years to go where I can be the best I can be. I want those 10 years to be precious, not like before, cranking two or three movies a year. I’ve made a ton of movies in my life, but so what?”

Jean Claude Van Damme

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 6.19.03 PM35. Train 

To be a true badass you need to train your body and make it strong. Training can make you feel so damn good—it’s the best anti-depressant around.

Training has done so much for me. A few days without it and my body cringes and screams at me, “Fuck you Chris, fucking train, motherfucker!”

It opens the pressure valve and releases the demons. It takes me out of my story, my life, and my problems.

It puts me into the moment. A single point of focus. One rep at a time. One set at a time.

I’m never more alive or more ready to take on the world than when I’m training.

Look at old people who don’t work out…they’re slouched and brittle.

And look at old people who’ve been training for years. They’re sprightly. They stand up straight. They smile. They look like they just got laid. They are able to outrun death one more day.

Training gets rid of stress, anger, and anxiety.

Training teaches you the value of sacrifice, hard work, and discipline.

It moves you in the direction of something greater.

When you train. you’re carving out a better existence for yourself.

36. Eat good, healthy stuff

Everything you put in your mouth can either give you better health, or cause you harm.

It’s hard to feel dialed in like a badass when you’re living on fast food, Cheetos, and soda. If it’s 5% or 10% of what you eat, that’s one thing, but if you’re living on 40, 50, 60, or 70+% crap, that’s another story.

There are plenty of ways to make healthy food taste great, so there’s never an excuse not to eat at least mostly good stuff.

Most of the time, stick with high-octane foods.

johnny-cash-finger37. Read this blog as often as possible

This one is a must if you wanna be among the baddest of the bad. In fact, 4 out of 5 doctors recommend ChrisMcCombs.net for getting rid of inner-wussy and becoming a straight-up badass.

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“Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear.”

Rumi

Talk soon,

Big Chris

 

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brandon says April 11, 2013

Really awesone chris I loved all of it. Seems like I am reading this at the right time to let it really sink in.

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Right on, thanks Brandon, I love when that happens

    that means you’re ready for it brother!

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    Kerrie says May 8, 2013

    Me too!!! This came along at the perfect time for me. So stoked I found it and read it. I am officially ready to be a total bad ass.

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      Chris McCombs says May 11, 2013

      Right on Kerrie

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    micah says October 6, 2013

    Aye man the comment line is so long so I just wrote this here man. You are truly an awesome dude for putting this out there. Man with out this I’m like fucking dead man. I just had to let you know this man. Im gonna train like a motherfucker man. Imean you are theee fucking man bro. I can’t say it any better man. You gotme So pumped man.

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      Chris McCombs says October 7, 2013

      oh wow micah

      thats awesome

      thanks so much for sharing

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    WY girl says November 18, 2013

    You are helping people and that is pretty cool ! Stumbled upon your blog at a perfect time. I am 49, married to my soul mate of 26 years, been in a corp career for 25 years… Basically miserable. I’ve been searching for answers… Is it the economy? Do I need a new job? Is it my boss (he just got laid off), maybe I need to see a shrink, get some drugs. I am currently taking sleepers because my mind is buzzing, and also on stomach meds, out of shape too. I have always been healthy and have enjoyed a life of outdoor adventure. OK enough! Reading your BLOG has given me the strength to get out on the edge and stop waiting to go pursue my dreams! I have come up with a 6-mo plan to simplify, divest some material possessions, and get going on life’s great adventure with my great Man! We have worked our asses off our entire adult life and saved enough to live comfortably and get what we need, although it will be a life-style adjustment. It’s kind of scary, man. My good friend was just diagnosed with cancer this week. She’s a big corp career woman too- VP title and all. We always talk about retiring and how we can’t wait to have freedom to do what the hell we want. Well guess what, life just dealt her a big fucking shit sandwich- sucks. She is a strong woman and hopefully will pull through- but her suffering has helped me realize what’s been in the back of my mind for a few years now…that life is too short. I need to follow my heart. No more living in fear! The dream is NOW baby… Bring it on! Thanks for the raw wake up call Chris!!!

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Mike Orlando says April 11, 2013

Chris I am fucking speechless man. I am a relative newbie to your world. I connected through a link of another link from someplace. But I truly believe things fall into place for a reason. This post of yours hit home on so many levels for me , I don’t know where to start. I knew you were no bullshit when I hit the pic of snake plisken, dude you have my attention!
You have managed to break the politically correct kiss everyone’s ass shell off this business and you are 100% right on the money. We have all worked for a check, bought our own bs, and told clients what they want to hear to keep the peace.
All I can say is …you are right, tomorrow is going to be fucking fantastic, and I can not wait!!!
I owe you a beer my friend…..probably 3 or 4 ..
Mike

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Hey thanks Mike!

    Snake Plisken, I put that up wondering if anyone reading was gonna know who it was, I mean, I figured they would know it was Kurt Russel, but that’s a pic of Snake, not Kurt Russel ya know

    that dude was my fucking childhood hero man

    thanks again mike

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      Justin Harmon says May 7, 2013

      Hey Chris,

      Really awesome post man. Snake Plisken’s the shit. My brothers and I would watch escape from New York and L.A. all the time.

      This is the first time seeing your site. Glad I found it. It’s nice to find a site that’s a little more badass. Nicely done man!

      Later

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        Chris McCombs says May 8, 2013

        Snake was my childhood hero brother

        The LA didn’t do it for me

        But that first one, in New York

        Damn

        thx for sharing Justin

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Veronica says April 11, 2013

You did it once again. Another awesome post. I love your writing style. I love all of these, I need to work on Number 9 more:)

Thanks for this amazing post, it was just what I needed

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Yeah, 9 is a big one for a lot of people

    Thanks a ton for sharing Moni, I always look forward to happy little comments (=

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DK Fynn says April 11, 2013

I’m just about to go over it, but I skimmed through it. Really cool stuff, man. I think I’ll share it on FB right after I’m done typing.

And speakin’ ’bout typing, found a typo: “…4 out of 5 doctors recommend ChrisMcCombs.net forgetting rid…”

I think you mean, “for getting”, not “forgetting”.

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Right on DK, really appreciate you having my back there man

    You should see these thing before I have two people review for edits…. doh!!!!

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Chloe says April 11, 2013

Love this blog Chris!

Keep the inspirational words coming!

Xoxox C

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Thanks Chloe

    appreciate the super kind words (=

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Randal says April 11, 2013

Another fucking great post Chris.

I have never considered myself to be a badass but a majority of the things you posted are things that I have done throughout my life. Following this path has led me to some interesting jobs, situations and places.

What is interesting to me is how these things have made me successful in other countries but would have acutally held me back in the USA. I think this illustrates the direction our country has gone.

Here in Egypt, where I have worked for 4 years. Despite my full sleeve tattoos (well, one arm is done, working on the other), my disdain for wearing suits (something that higher ups are expected to do here) and my no bullshit attitude, I am a HSE director of a petrochemical country that gets invited to weddings, dinners and other social type things. I’m expected to meet with boardmembers and investors (and fuck no, I don’t wear suits for that) and at the end of the day, get the job done.

The chairman values my opinion and refusal to be a “yes man”. I have fucked up more times then I can remember, owned up to my mistakes, fixed what I could and got the fuck on with my business.

I treat everyone the way I would want my family to be treated regardless of position.

In the USA, I would have no chance of getting a position like the one I have here because in the US, I’m just not the corporate type.

I’m results oriented, they value that over here.

Ironic, I have more freedom in an Islamic country then I do in the “Land of the free”.

I think this post could be subtitled “37 rules for success”.

Great job.

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    Tamera says June 3, 2013

    Randal, I lived in Saudi Arabia for a number of years and even though there was a strict dress code for Western women when we were in Arab towns, it was still a place where I felt like everyone could just be themselves. It was only coming back to the States that I felt the pressure to conform – irony, indeed.

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      Randal says April 20, 2014

      It is the same in Egypt Tamera. The thing I love about Egypt is that it is borderline anarchy. Traffic is chaos and dangerous. And interestingly enough, I feel much freer here than I do in the USA.

      How ironic.

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rodney nguyen says April 11, 2013

Chris, great post!

I have to say #24 and #25 really resonated with me, but all in all, I love how you speak the truth brotha! Today, I’m officially a BADA$$ for reading this!

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Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

Yes you are Rodney, yes you are (=

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Gaurav says April 11, 2013

Hey Brother,

There is an old saying “when you want something bad enough, the universe conspires to give that to you.” That’s just what happened.

Good thing with you is that you have lived this so there is a real world perspective in what you are saying rather than someone just blowing gas.

Keep the awesome stuff coming.

Much respect !

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    hey thanks Gauruv , thanks man

    “when you want something bad enough, the universe conspires to give that to you.”

    Tru Dat

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Shaun Brant says April 11, 2013

Awesome post dude, I love this quote: “Instead of trying to extract value from this world, add to it in your own unique way, in a way no one else can but you, contributing massive value to people’s lives in the most impactful way you possibly can.” I really liked how you took a complete and multi-faceted approach to becoming a true badass and I think you really hit the nail on the head with this post.

You really covered everything it takes to become a really cool mother f*cker, it almost seems easy with this step by step formula you created. Very badass of you.

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Shaun, you are bad mother fucker my friend, I always enjoy and appreciate your comments

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Sean Keats says April 11, 2013

Love this post, Chris!! I have 6 new things to change/work on before I’m as badass as you. =)

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    31 down and 6 to go! not bad (=

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JTR says April 11, 2013

Hey Chris,

This is my first time posting. I appreciate this list because sometimes people forget what badass is really about because we stick a dollar sign to it. My parents came from a different country and work two jobs to send money back to their home country and provide for us. We had 11 people (aunts, uncles, cousins etc.) living in a two bedroom apartment. We grew up in a ganginfested area with drive by shooting but all my five brothers never got involve. I am not saying we are perfect but my parents and others in similiar situations are badass. I have a dream of starting a fitness business and this list reminds not to look down on myself because I can make it if I focus on my passion. Thank you

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    wow man, that’s crazy, thanks so much for sharing JTR, and you must be proud of your parents, they’re done well

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Matt Jennings says April 11, 2013

Brau…Brau…Brau…Damn! Man, if or when you are in Jersey (Jersey shore) you, Zach-E, Mike Steehle and me have got to hang out. We are all within a few miles of eachother and I can’t think of a more bad-ass group of really good dudes to chill with for a bit. Brilliant stuff, brother Chris! I am sharing that shit right now…

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    thanks Matt, super cool of you to say

    Zach is good friend, connected with him out there before he took my part way down a big busy new york street it was crazy, you should have seen the U’y he flipped… then we got lost in Jersey for soooo long, it was a crazy day, ask him about it, thanks matt!

    just peeked at your website, cool man, keep it up brother

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Steve MacCormack says April 11, 2013

That post is the shit Chris! you’ve been honing your skills brother, that’s a long ass post that never gets boring and leaves you wishing you had another 37 more to read. I must’ve tweeted ( I know, I can’t believe I said it either!) at least 4 passages and another pile of quotes I got so juiced reading it! You knocked it out of the fucking park this time amigo.

don’t ever stop doing what you are doing bro.

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    awesome steve, thanks so much for sharing, may that “social media karma” come back to you bruddha!

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Shaun Zetlin says April 11, 2013

Chris,

WOW! I am impressed, bro! Amazing read and extremely inspirational! I love the concept of being nice to others is BADASS and not considered weak. This article was full of positivity and contained so many lessons to learn about life such as forgiveness, mistakes, flaws, and slaying the dragon were all such powerful concepts. I loved what your wrote about training the body, too. Thank you very much for creating such an incredible article. It was as BADASS as they come.

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    Chris McCombs says April 11, 2013

    Thank you Shaun, glad you enjoyed it man

    Yeah, being nice is a big one

    Life would so much better if everyone was just nicer to eachother ya know?

    thanks again brother

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Brett says April 11, 2013

Simply Awesome! One of the best posts I’ve ever read and put out at a time that I needed to read it. Thanks for the post, Chris!

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    Why thank you Brett, glad it came when you needed it

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Brandy says April 11, 2013

This might be the best “HOW TO” I’ve ever read! Thank you. I am printing it and tacking it up on my wall!

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    NICE, glad you liked it so much! It’s honor to be on your wall!

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    BTW, went to your site Brandy, that looks awesome that crazy stuff you’re doing out there in the snow, wow

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Craig Huntington says April 11, 2013

Awesome stuff as always Chris.

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    thanks Craig!

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Daniel Beyer says April 11, 2013

Hey Chris,

Things are still on the up and up. I think we both have hit some of the same rocky road paths with our ex-wives. It’s hard man. Keep your head up man. It is hard for me to do at times, but you never know.

I run my own business and a million dollar Strength & Conditioning Facility. This just rocks. I worked hard and busted my butt to get there. I just signed up 3 clients this week for a long term package and 2 short term programs.

At the same time, I lost clients too … in one door and out the other. I’m definitely at peace with it all. The bills are paid and I get to make an impact in my son’s life. That’s all that I really want.

I’ve realized that my lifestyle is not meant for my wife. We totally conflicted. Train, help others, and give back to the community. Build a legacy. I’m investing my legacy into my son.

I talked to a military guy, he is actually going to take my clients that I’m training in Brazilian jiu jitsu. He is going to just take them. I lose the money … and he isn’t even going to charge them!

But, my clients are happy. Better yet, I am happy. That gives me more hours to spend with my son and focus on training myself rather than training the others. Money is definitely not the answer to happiness.

Once I sign these clients over, I’ll have lost 6 clients this month. Money I was counting on … actually money I was settling for. I’m not even worried about the financial hardship because I set myself up for success. And that is not really a financial success. Although — I’ve definitely got it ALL lined up so that my future is secure.

I’m talking about working part time and making 100k/year …

First off, I love what I do … so it is NOT work.
Second off, I set myself up for success — Rather than going into debt (although I struggled!) I met real people and made meaningful connections with them.

Saying NO is a huge thing my friend.

Rather than say “no” beforehand. Now, I am going back and saying, “enough is enough. This ends now.”

I’m letting 6-8 clients go this month and made back that money in 3-4 new quality clients. I started with no money, a kettlebell, time, and a vision for success.

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    Daniel, I love your outlook man

    Not sure if you realize all the wisdom in your words there, it’s a lot my brother

    you are so on the right path… leave that legacy man, your son will be proud

    And have a helluva good time while you’re at it

    thanks again for sharing Daniel

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Tim Bell says April 11, 2013

Inspiring Chris! Thanks Bro 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    thanks Tim!

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Nicole Rorden says April 11, 2013

Chris,

I love this post and your no BS approach. You cut through all political correctness and it’s refreshing. I will share this with my friends and family. Looking forward to your new book. I’ll be one of the first in line to buy it. Keep inspiring!!

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    Awesome Nicole

    thank you so much for sharing with your friends, that means a ton to me

    I’ll definitely keep you posted on the book (=

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Andy Campbell says April 11, 2013

Love this post. Such a great collection of thoughts you’ve touched on a few times before but in bigger, badder, bolder fashion. I’ll share this quick story that I thought of as soon as I read #1 – 10+ years ago I was driving through campus at the University I work at and this dude in front of me blew through a pedestrian crosswalk nearly clipping a couple students. It pissed me off and a few blocks later I caught up to the dude – beamed him a few times & he pulled over. I got out of my car, ready to lay into this dude verbally and physically if necessary. Now, I’m not a real physical person but I was pretty worked up and felt pretty invulnerable at the time – terribly stupid in retrospect. I get close, barking at this dude and he is cool as a cucumber, looks me dead in my eye and says “don’t be a hero”. Stopped me in my tracks. He said he was wrong, didn’t see the kids and was driving too fast – but that I needed to back off. He was a badass motherfucker just by his outward appearance and the vibe he kicked. He probably would’ve kicked my ass, easy. But he was cool about it, we spoke for a second, shook hands and we went about our ways. This wasn’t the way I saw it all going down but it has left an impression on me ever since – first, there is probably someone bigger & badder out there who will give you that fight you might be looking for so be careful what you ask for and second, be cool. No need to go crazy to make your point, as I was doing. I still speak my piece & do the right thing like #8, but under control (most of the time).

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    Andy, that is an awesome story man

    I have a similar one I’ll share sometime, crazy how those moments stick with you

    Sometimes we need to be humbled a little

    thanks for sharing brother

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Kevin says April 11, 2013

Hell yes Chris!

I’ve got a few things to work on to get my official badass membership card.

In the meantime, can you tell me where you get the Rollins quotes? Does he have a book you recommend?

Thanks 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    hey thanks Kevin … get his “Get in the Van” on audio book, it’s dark, but the writing is amazing… you can hear part one here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsPjS6nYR4k

    and check out his spoken word stuff

    it’s cool to compare his stuff from 20 years ago with what he’s doing no… he’s evolved a lot, super hilarious, like stand up comedy in a way with a message

    https://www.youtube.com/results?q=henry+rollins+spoken+word

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Tommy Gill says April 11, 2013

Chris,

I have Just discovered you and all your help that you provide on KBL. Let me tell you on this particular post you articulate everything that I practice or try to aspire to.

I am just a regular dude who is turning 44 this month. I love to train and I love to help people. I am testing for my NASM cert at the end of this month. My dilemma— which is very similar to many Joe Schmo’s out there— is that I have a secure job (not training related) that pays my mortgage, feeds my 2 1/2 year old boys (yes, an older Dad), and takes care of my wife, but I want to transition into a group fitness business. The challenge is making time and getting the balls to take a few chances and make a leap of faith… So your help on KBL and your inspirational words on this blog help snuff out the inner-wussy.

Keep coming with your sage advice and whether it be personal or fitness business. I for one have to remember life is fleeting. I need to slay my dragons and take bold action to get to my goals and remember my life is fleeting… I need to be a Badass or Snake Pliskin (minus the eye patch), to be the best for me which, in turn, I believe will inspire my boys to also be Badasses… Thanks.

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    Snake Plisken!

    love that dude

    my childhood hero

    I know a guy named mark greenwood https://www.facebook.com/mark.greenwood22 who about 18 months ago was in the same dilemma, family, full time job, the whole deal

    now he has almost 60 clients, his goal is 80 and he’s almost there, and did it all while working full time. It is very doable, just be willing to put in a year or two of long hours ( meaning full time work and an hour or two of groups a day before and/or after work) … after that year or two you can ditch the job and refine the training biz to be anything you want

    Im keeping good thoughts for you reaching your vision tommy

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      Tommy Gill says April 12, 2013

      Thanks Bro… I so appreciate your kind words. I’ll keep you posted.

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Marcy says April 12, 2013

I’ve been following your blog for about a month now, and I so grateful for your daily wake-up calls! Such great insight. Can’t wait to share! 🙂

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Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

Awesome Marcy, thank you so much for sharing, super duper cool of you (=

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Ryan Bruno says April 12, 2013

Awesome article, so many well written posts that are pretty relevant to most people.

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    thanks Ryan!

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Joel Herrmann says April 12, 2013

Another solid self-awakening article man! This is the kind of information that needs to be fed intravenously to people today, starting with young men the world over. I struggle with quite a few of these, none so often as #24, the bane of my existence. I’ve got a soul crushing job, and coma inducing workmates, but with baby number 5 on the way, it’s the hardest one to solve. I start a lot of sentences and facebook status with ” I wish I could…or Why can’t I…. and that needs to stop, I’ve at least progressed to that stage of realization. Keep the asskickings coming, hopefully others are getting just as much out of this sage guideline as I am!

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    Chris McCombs says April 12, 2013

    Hey thanks Joel, love the intravenous suggestion, I’ll see if I can make that option available to all my readers

    I know about those soul crushing jobs man, Im holding a good thought for you as a strive for the existence you want deep down inside

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Don Burnell says April 12, 2013

One word for you my friend….PODCAST. Get it out there Man! I like what your saying and I am sure other will as well. You probably know how to get on i-tunes or sound cloud but if you need some help let me know. Great Blog.
Don

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    Chris McCombs says April 13, 2013

    Appreciate it Don, yeah I love the podcast model

    I’m huge fan of the joe rogan experience and listen every chance I get

    Only thing man, I’m more of a writer ya know, just kinda the way Im wired, I enjoy writing , but no doings videos, or interviews or speaking gigs… For the most part at least

    However, it is on the horizon of possibilities

    Thanks don

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      Don Burnell says April 17, 2013

      Cool brother….until then keep the blogs coming and I will keep on reading.

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Renaldo says April 13, 2013

This is a killer of an article. Motivating, insightful, just BRILLIANT.

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Chris McCombs says April 13, 2013

Thank you Renaldo. Glad you enjoyed it

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john hackleman says April 13, 2013

I love it…thanks

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    Chris McCombs says April 13, 2013

    nice!
    thanks John

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Ben Ballinger says April 13, 2013

Great post man. Kas and I got a lot of “to-do’s” out of this one. For myself it’s numbers 12, 13, 16 and 28. In fact, I’m gonna go restring my guitar and get a jam session in right now. Thanks for the post bro.

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Chris McCombs says April 13, 2013

Right on Ben , string that bad boy up

Proud of you man, your new gym is looking awesome

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Victoria Nye-Cordi says April 14, 2013

Chris, The thing I love the most about you, You tell it like it IS & I’m sure you have NO trouble sleeping @ night. You Tow , Walk & Know the “line”.

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Chris McCombs says April 14, 2013

thanks Victoria, I appreciate your super cool comment

Glad you liked it (=

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Stewart Jordan says April 16, 2013

Chris, yet again you hit the nail (or nails) square on the head. Going through a time in my life at present that has led to some actions and behaviours that I regret and to me being in a very dark place mentally. This has been another positive on my road back. Thanks

Stewart

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Chris McCombs says April 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing Stewart, darkest before dawn brother, do your best to stay out of regret and look for the gift in all this… something great will come out of it. Many people point to their darkest being what brought them to their current heightened levels of happiness

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Justin says April 17, 2013

Hey Chris

Good to see this site is still kicking ass!

What an awesome round up of all these nuggests we’ve discovered over the years.

It just amde me think once again of the incredible series “Conversations With God” and the main principles which sum it all up:

– We are all One
– There’s enough for us all (so don’t be afraid)
– Think, speak and act on your truth

Your presentation at Weekend With Sam in February really helped me understand these concepts even better – especially acting on your truth which you are doing 100% in this blog.

Keep em coming bro

Justin

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    Chris McCombs says April 17, 2013

    Hey Justin thanks so much for sharing, you’re never gonna believe this man, but I had a dream about Neale Donald Walsch right before I woke up and read your comment

    Love it

    I’ve read the first one and seen the film , great message brother

    Thanks again

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Robyn says April 21, 2013

Why does the use of guns have to portray a bad-ass image? This entirely depicts violence as a way of becoming badass. True badassness comes from attitude and not from gunpowder and bullets.

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    Chris McCombs says April 21, 2013

    Chill out Robyn , those pics are all just in good fun … That, and they’re badass

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Robyn says April 23, 2013

I did enjoy the rest of your content! Staying true to oneself and the world is harder than it looks, and anyone who can master this skill has to have some balls. It’s easy to get caught up in wearing masks and trying to impress the other.

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    Chris McCombs says April 23, 2013

    I concur (:

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Dani says April 25, 2013

I must admit. I’m impressed.

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    Chris McCombs says April 25, 2013

    awesome Dani (=

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Danny says May 2, 2013

I got directed here by Kevin Ross (Muay Thai fighter) and I have to admit, this is a post i really needed to read.

bookmarked!

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    right on Danny, glad to know it’s getting passed around (=

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Lori Marra says May 2, 2013

EXACTLY…. I MEAN EXACTLY what I needed to read, RIGHT NOW and today. Awesome write up. THANKS!

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    why thank you Lori, it was here for you right when you needed it (=

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Tom says May 2, 2013

Fuck yeah mother fucker! Woot Woot! Work Hard be Awesome!

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Kim Hughes says May 2, 2013

Just what I needed today…will keep to read often!!

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Joshua says May 2, 2013

I dig this brother, staight to the point, and honest. A lot of people will take great value in what you have listed here. # 20 ,”Dig your flaws”, stood out to me today, when I think about it, most people don’t even see the flaws I see in myself, meaning I am my own worst critic. I will reread this for some time to come, it is a good guidline to become a better version of myself. keep up the greatness, and thank you.

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    Awesome Joshua, yeah man, I know about being my own worst critic

    Just yesterday I was baggin’ on myself for being a shitty writer and then I wake up today and not 12 hours later BAM, this post has 4000 likes and counting

    you may enjoy this post here as well https://chrismccombs.net/overcoming-self-doubt/

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Alison Wedding says May 2, 2013

Wow. I can’t even find the words to express my gratitude for your post! Thank you thank you thank you! And I’m so looking forward to following your blog (and through sharing this, I hopefully will be leading a few other peeps your way). Hope you have a freakin’ amazing day.

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    Alison you just stoked me out Girl

    thank you so much for sharing it and for your kind words (=

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Pip says May 2, 2013

Never read your blog, but will be reading it full time now. Straight badass is right. You hit the nail on the head so many times it’s not even funny. I’m a professional firefighter/emt, I could rename this , how to succeed in the fire service, give it to the 8 kids we just hired on Monday, and in ten years, they will be the firefighter everyone aspires to be. Hands down. Strong work son.

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    wow Pip, that means a lot. sounds like you’re a great mentor to a lot of the young guys coming in. Appreciate you keeping us all a little safer man

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D'Arcy says May 2, 2013

WOW! This is the first time I’ve read your blog (and I DON’T read blogs) and I’m already hooked. What inspiring, humorous, wonderful words to live by. Definitely looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    D’Arcy

    SWEET, that was one of my goals, resonate with people who don’t normally read blogs

    glad it’s working (=

    thanks for the kind words

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Bryan says May 2, 2013

Thanks Chris for this. I was having a bad day, but this helped put things into perspective…keep up the good work!

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    I know about those bad days brother, glad it helped

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Holly Geier says May 2, 2013

Chris,
i try to incorporate all 37 each day. These are important actions that we all need to try to achieve each day. #25 hit home today as yesterday my college kid was not getting the correct advise or resolution to an issue. So I made a simple phone call and found out what he needed to do. Yes, I SHOULD not interfere in an 18 year olds world, but this was the exception to the rule. He is now on track and will be reading this copy when he logs into his email or reads the print out that is lying on his bed.

thanks for writing your blog! I love them, so real life, educating stuff. I feel I have earned my “Bad-Ass” certificate over the years. Embraced my chemo treatments with a passion and energy that made me finish without side effects, all to an open mind, hard workouts, and LIFE!

We can all live our lives this way…again thanks!!
Holly

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    Right on Holly, chemo huh? Sounds like all that stuff made you a stronger and better person

    yes, you have officially earned your “Bad Ass Certificate” that’s for sure

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Kim says May 2, 2013

There is SO MUCH TRUTH in this- a lot of it is stuff I’ve heard or read before, but from so many varying sources. This is awesomely condensed. I could read it every day and still get new insights from it. I know you’re not the “religious type,” but God is speaking through you and will use you in awesome ways. I’m a definite fan of the blog and will keep reading to become more of a badass. 🙂 You rock.

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    hey thanks Kim

    I’m more than happy to used in the awesome ways you speak of. I actually pray for it daily (=

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alexei muniak says May 2, 2013

Chris,

That was truly amazing. It totally puts things into perspective and for that I am grateful.

Thanks,

Alexei

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    Thanks Alexei!

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Man Ha says May 2, 2013

Awesome article man. I would love to buy you a few rounds of beers. Cheers.

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    Hey thanks Man

    Beers and me don’t mix too well, it gets ugly fast, but I’ll take a large ice coffee (=

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Nicolas says May 2, 2013

Facebooked and Tweeted. Best piece i’ve read in a while! Thanks for the ass-kicking.
As I was biking around and tempted to give people an attitude, I remembered: we’re all in this together. It turned my mind around.
I think you’ll enjoy something similar that pulled me out of bed on the first morning of the year. I wanted to sleep a bit more, but the words wouldn’t let me:
http://www.nicolasmaranda.com/01.01.2013/
Keep on rockin’
N

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    oh hey Nicolas, thats awesome man, so many great points in your post

    One of my favorites:

    “2013 is the year to clean up your information sources. The mainstream media’s main sources are privately owned by a very small group, and the result is socially engineered propaganda. It’s time to wean off the consensus trance. As Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” And reality was much, much less manufactured in his days, due to the lesser reach and influence of media.”

    Love it, thanks for sharing

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John-Joseph Stone says May 2, 2013

Dude this is the best list of Life Changing things I have ever read…! Excellent Job Sir!

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    Why thank you John-Joseph!

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Catherine says May 2, 2013

Absolutely brilliant.
It made me laugh out loud, nod in agreement, deeply contemplate, all in one blog!
I’ve been needing to reconnect and this hits all the right spots including getting fierce with my training, moving forward in life and keep releasing that fear! Cos the damn stuff creeps back in when you’re not looking!
With grattitude,

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    Chris McCombs says May 2, 2013

    “It made me laugh out loud, nod in agreement, deeply contemplate, all in one blog!”

    That’s what I was going for!!!

    thanks Catherine

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pamela says May 2, 2013

Loved this so much, read it three times in a row….and, of course, shared it. I will read it again, obviously. And, now, more of your writing. Thank you!

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    three times! holy moly…. that’s so cool Pamela

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Chadwick says May 2, 2013

I came across this blog from a retweet.
Dude. Everything you said is perfect. I love it! It’s totally just where I am in life as well, trying to be a bad-ass, and be the best version of myself out there. Love it dude, plan on reading more that you have to offer. Keep it coming!

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    Sweet

    glad it resonated Chadwick

    And I promise I’ll keep em coming (=

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Steve says May 2, 2013

Powerful list and it was greatly appreciated…minus the barrage of photos with a girl or a guy yielding a gun…especially with the first photo to kick it off, it simply doesn’t flow with the rest of the post and it does nothing to re-define what a ‘bad-ass’ is beyond the average perception.
I find it far more powerful to show images of someone being a leader, a coach, a teacher, an artist creating something or images of one pushing themselves training (which I you did at times).

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    thanks for your imput Steve

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Heather says May 2, 2013

Hey Chris!
Really enjoyed reading this! Very encouraging and super funny! I love and agree wholeheartedly with your perspective on success ie the true badass. AND of course the glorious joy of book collecting! Amen mah brotha!! ;D I Just subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more.

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    right on Heather

    yeah I love the books, I think just having them makes me smarter (=

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Dave S says May 3, 2013

This is what I will share with my two year old son as he gets older. It pretty much encapsulates all the advice I wish I had growing up.

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    I am honored

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Katie S says May 3, 2013

A friend of mine posted the link to this on her facebook page. I am so glad I clicked on it. I’ve let myself get caught up in the utter mess that life is sometimes without remembering how truly blessed I am, and how much worse off I could be. It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Someone happens to post something, you happen to click on it and it turns out being exactly what you needed. Thanks for the reminder! Kudos for responding to your comments. It was a awesome thing to see. Although I haven’t read all of them yet, I did see your need to buy a suit, good luck! It’s a knock down drag out fight but kids are worth it =) Hang in there!

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Tom A. says May 3, 2013

Fantastic post, Chris. I got here late to the party by way of a friendofafriendofafriend kind of thing. I’d vaguely figured out a lot of this, and had a lot more pounded into my head in a more organized way. And have tried to live it for the past 35 years or so. Needless to say, it has been with varying degrees of success. So I pick it up and try again. That’s one of the advantages of being old, I guess. But I just loved the way you laid it out, brought some stuff to the fore that I hadn’t put together, etc. Thanks so much for it, I’ve passed it around to several people. I hope it sticks to somebody else too. Thanks again.

Tom

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    Hey tom, thanks for passing it around, super cool of you

    I hear ya about the “picking it up and trying it again” thing, what’s great about life, is that we’re allowed do-overs any moment we want, we can just start over, done it many times in my life, like it sounds like you have too

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Mike rodbro says May 3, 2013

Chris- you just made me want to quit my corporate job and work for and do something for myself. I feel like I’ve kicked ass in everything I’ve done, and this makes me think about what I could do leading something myself, instead of following. My crossfit gym posted the link to your blog, and I feel like training in crossfit has all of a sudden rekindled my inner spirit and drive. My inner creativeness is suddenly awake the last month and I feel like I should Do something bigger than be a sheep in the herd before my time is up on this earth.

Thanks man!

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    Holy shit!

    that is soooooooooooooo awesome

    Seriously, BRAVO

    there’s nothing like doing your own thing

    and yeah, training can change everything huh?

    just wrote about it last night actually https://chrismccombs.net/why-i-train-no-matter-what/

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amanda says May 3, 2013

Right on, Chris. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to be the best version of myself that I can be.

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    Chris McCombs says May 3, 2013

    happy to help amanda (=

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Chris says May 3, 2013

Hmmm…I was just getting started on writing a “Ways to Turn Your Life Around” post based on my life experiences…starting high school in honors classes, getting involved with the wrong crowd/drugs at age 16, (temporary) recovery, losing over 80 pounds, becoming a trainer, breaking my neck in a motorcycle accident & losing the use of my right arm, depression, stripper girlfriend, bad break-up, more drugs, alcoholism, homelessness, and then coming back to open my own gym where I currently lead a team of 5, training some of Hawaii’s top athletes (including one very well known UFC fighter with the last name Leben), and was recently invited to speak to an exclusive entrepreneur group (min. $1,000,000 annual sales to join).

I’ve read (and bought) your stuff for a long time. It has been inspirational, and immensely helpful to say the least. I attribute much of my success (if I can call it that) to things I’ve learned from you.

BTW: I was recently in Orange on a trip to Disney, and met Corey Beasley. He said you were awesome dude, and that you weren’t far from his gym. Even though I never ran into you, it was cool to know that one of my heroes was so close by.

Now, how the fuck am I supposed to finish my little post after reading such an epic post like this?!? I think you’ve covered almost everything! Great job, brother! Keep fighting the good fight. We’re all standing beside you.

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    Holy shit Chris, that’s one helluva story man

    Sounds like you have many greats posts, as well as books, in you

    Checked out your site, your gym looks awesome

    All that shit in your past has made you the success you are today, and your story will help many people I’m sure

    I’m humbled by your super nice words, and Corey is one of the coolest mofos around, that’s great you got to meet him

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Michele says May 3, 2013

One of the best things I’ve ever read. I need it on a poster in my house 🙂

Thank you!

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    stoked you enjoyed it michele =

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ruth says May 3, 2013

awesome…. didn’t realize i’ve been a bad-ass for that length of time ….. i just consider myself a decent human being…. thanx for the insights…

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    ha ha, I love your humility ruth (=

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Ali says May 3, 2013

This is too awesome. I have no idea who you are, but congrats on having some great insight about life! My friend posted this on FB and I had to share it, too, and so far 2 other people have shared it from my post. Well done! People need to read this – a lot!

I’ll be checking out your blog again :o)

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    Awesome Ali, thanks for sharing it

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Margaux says May 3, 2013

Absolutely awesome. Loved this, thank you for posting, keep up all you do!

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    why thank you Margaux

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Russ says May 3, 2013

Hey Chris, I have NO IDEA who you are, but after reading this, I look forward to reading more of your stuff. I think what you’ve written here is BRILLIANT. <– period — I am a martial arts instructor and I can't wait to share this individually with each of my students. I can't wait to go through this line by line with my wife (of 26 years), who is a BADASS herself and my two girls (25 and 21), certified badasses. You have CAPSULIZED beautifully the things that I have tried to pass on to them in a way that I could never hope to myself. I am going to cut and paste this and place it by my bedside for my own daily reflection. This is my new BIBLE. If you are ever in the SoFla area, a beer or three is on me…

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    Russ, I am stone cold honored by your words and you would share this with the people you care about most, damn, I’m humbled

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kevin says May 3, 2013

Man, I want to be a badass. Great article.

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    you got the right attitude Kevin

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Tristan Erlenbaugh says May 4, 2013

Awesome post Chris and so true…great reminders to keep your mind on the present and live in the here and now! Write some more!

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    thanks Tristan, I absolutely will my friend

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Cynde Rich says May 4, 2013

Great read 🙂
Three points hit home, dragon slaying, relationships and training .
I’ve been so busy with the job that feeds the kids I’ve neglected my body and she’s pissed! This read is the nudge I needed to refocus.
At one point life forced me into survival mode and my mind helped me survive by focusing only on the moment. God has blessed me and I don’t have to just survive anymore but I am so scared of stepping out of survival mode…especially where money is concerned . I’m determined to face my financial dragon.
I have neglected my relationship with the one who created me, The God Who Sees Me. I became so burned out by religious crap that I walked away from all things churchy. My relationship with God has suffered. I’m glad he hates religion too 🙂 I want to grow this relationship …. Thanks for the reminder!
Best Wishes – Cynde

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    Hey Cynde, I can relate to your words a lot

    thanks for sharing them

    yeah, the ducks never are all in a row huh?

    life’s weird like that ya know

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Dominic says May 4, 2013

great post again Chris. A lot of what you talk about we all know but by GOD do we need to be reminded & pushed, as 20th century living can be apathetic, toxic and far from creating the kind of real treasures and values you so eloquently put forward.
BIG BIG THANK you, & please continue as your work, it has a real HUMAN & profound message that hits home,
huge Thanks again
Dominic

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    Hey thanks Dominic

    I promise to keep writing my brother

    we do like in a pretty crazy time don’t we ?

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Kris says May 4, 2013

best thing I have read in a long time!

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    Chris McCombs says May 5, 2013

    YES!!! that makes me feel fucking great Kris

    I’ll take a compliment like that any day of the week my friend

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Ali Almubarak says May 6, 2013

Hello, I just wanted to let you know that your posts have reached Saudi Arabia. This is a very awesome article. I learned a lot and I was inspired a lot as well.

My favorite part was number 13. I’ve always thought that it’s my fault for not getting stuff done. I’ve always blamed myself for not getting everything done.

My to do list have always been so long and so stressful. However, reading your posts made me realize that I could only do much. I will focus on doing what’s important and try day after day to get more shit done. I’ll never feel bad for not being able to finish everything on my to do list, especially when I know that I’m actually trying.

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    Hey Ali, wow man, Saudi Arabia, that’s crazy

    Yeah, man I get sucked into that to-do list stress too, not worth it though ya know?

    People do that and there whole life slips by

    there’s a much better way to live (=

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Epic Ed says May 6, 2013

Page bookmarked and blog tagged for following. This post absolutely spoke to me, bro. It’s an affirmation of many of the things I do well and several I need to work on. I got canned from my job a couple of weeks ago (laid off) and I’ve had a few days full of self pity. Fuck that. Getting your security blanket yanked out from underneath you can generate a lot of fear but it can also be the eye-opening motivator that propels you on to greater accomplishments. Fortunately for me, I have surrounded myself with quality people who are positive influences. It’s times like these that I’m grateful to have them to lean on and slap me in the ass when my confidence is waning.

Thank you for putting words to a solid framework for what it takes to seize the day and suck the marrow out of life.

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    Hey Right on Ed ( Epic Ed, that’s a cool fucking name BTW )

    Use this as an opportunity brother

    it’s all up to you how it goes down from here ya know?

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Rico says May 6, 2013

Awesome read. Thanks….

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    thanks Rico!

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Joseph Moore says May 7, 2013

This is the first thing I have ever read of yours, it was linked by a Farcebook ‘friend,’ and it comes with perfect timing. I really needed this and you hit all the nails on the head for me. I have some young friends who really need this and will share it with them – start off being Badass young, I say! Seriously, thank you so much for writing and sharing this, it was exactly the counsel I needed right now.

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    Awesome Joseph, yeah , it’s good to get this stuff when your young, I’m 42 and am just getting some of this stuff now ya know

    Late better than never

    Everything in its time

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      Joseph Moore says May 8, 2013

      I just returned to this today and started rereading the list. #16 hit me right ‘tween the eyes. Yep, do the work, but remain unattached to outcome. Very tough to practice, but very necessary for me at this time.

      Thanks again!

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        Chris McCombs says May 8, 2013

        That ones a biggie for me too

        I used to try to control EVERYTHING

        made me miserable

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Chris says May 7, 2013

Brother, I don’t have the words for how this speaks to me! Well fucking done, getting this out into the world has already helped prolly thousands! Am digging it, and hungry for more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B65ORNrzBs

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Stephanie says May 7, 2013

Chris- totally badass! Love “Go with your gut, it’s only right 100% of the time”…How true and wish a lot more people believed in their gut rather then the bad angel on their other shoulder, lol.

Again, totally Badass!

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    yep, the gut knows (=

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Gina says May 7, 2013

There is good advice here, but I’m not sure I understand the desire to be a “badass”. Why not just trying to be a good person? Anyone who wants to be cool or “badass” is narcissistic or highly insecure in my book. Be true to yourself and try to be the best version of that. That is all.

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    simple, cuz no one is gonna read a blog post called “Just Be a Good Person”

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Tiffany says May 7, 2013

I think this is perfection and simply amazing.

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    Chris McCombs says May 7, 2013

    thanks Tiffany!

    means a lot Girl (=

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Jeff says May 7, 2013

Chris, there is an amazing amount of truth and wisdom here. THANK YOU for clarifying my thinking, and leading me to actually making a decision on a course of conduct that will benefit many others but perhaps come at significant cost to me. You helped me realize that, for me, for sure, the cost of NOT acting is even greater. I particularly loved the line about not needing to fear a band of crazed horseman sweeping over the village tonight. Don’t see much of that, at least here in the states, anymore! It reminds me of the great scene early in “The Searchers”, where the farmer is standing at his porch shortly after dusk, hears bird calls that are not bird calls, and realizes that he and his family are about to be attacked, and in his face you can see the profound resignation that only he and his wife can fight back, which means they can’t cover all four sides of the house at the same time, and will be dead by dawn….Keep up the great work! Jeff

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    Chris McCombs says May 8, 2013

    Jeff that’s a powerful fucking story man

    yeah, when I worry about my “problems” , thinking about those dudes on the horses makes me sooooo grateful

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      Jeff says May 9, 2013

      Your 41 reasons to work out, especially number 38, got me to the gym today for the first time in months. I never thought of exercising that way before, and it is a very powerful motivator. One day down, all of the rest of my days to go!

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        Chris McCombs says May 9, 2013

        NICE

        One workout at a time bro

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          Jeff says May 10, 2013

          I work at a grocery store, spending about 80% of my shift in a cooler, and the rest on the floor. About two months ago I started “recognizing” veterans (typically from their baseball cap or t-shirt). I shake their hand and thank them for their service; I often ask what branch or when they were in. I am a big fan of military history and sometimes can guess where the were and/or what they did. The time that was the best was about a month ago, when a very old man and his wife came through my area; his baseball cap had a “WW II Combat Vet” badge on it. After I shook his hand, I asked what unit . He said “101st Airborne” and I immediately said “The defense of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge”. I think this made his day; I know it made mine. We chatted a bit and then he and his wife continued shopping.

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          Chris McCombs says May 10, 2013

          that’s so cool Jeff, sounds like you stoked that dude out, pretty sure you did make his day

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Ryan says May 8, 2013

I’d like to say I stumbled across your blog but I am prety sure it found me! Great stuff here! No frills no bullshit just real. I am a fan!

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    Chris McCombs says May 8, 2013

    Nice

    Glad it found you Ryan

    It likes to do that (=

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David S says May 8, 2013

Chris,
Well stated and poignant. A lot of thought went into this and respect it highly. Really enjoyed the photos as well. There are photos in here that I have loved my whole life. Keep it up and I do agree with the podcast idea, I think you have a lot to say. David

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    Chris McCombs says May 8, 2013

    Hey thanks David

    Podcast MAY be in the future, love Joe Rogan’s, listen to it everything chance I get

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Andrea says May 8, 2013

Love everything on this list. It is almost like this should be our wake up message every morning. A recording to be listened to along with the read. I know I am guilty of being my worst enemy, too hard on myself..trying ways to be better to myself and those around me. Nothing makes for a better day than a smile and a laugh from someone around you.

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    Chris McCombs says May 8, 2013

    Glad you liked it Andrea

    And RE: this: “Nothing makes for a better day than a smile and a laugh from someone around you”

    I concur

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Andre says May 9, 2013

Never seen this blog or heard of you, but that’s besides the point. Love this post and I hope that the rest are as quality as this one ( I literally put everything I was doing on hold to read its entirety, even reposted it) since I just subscribed. Everyone needs a reality check every now and than. Anyone who doesn’t take at least one thing from this is either perfect or stupid. But thanks for the great material.

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    Chris McCombs says May 9, 2013

    Hellyeah Andre

    Yeah, we definitely can all use more reality checks ya know, the more the better

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madu. says May 9, 2013

Too bad I have an exam in a couple of hours an I coldn`t read everything carefully. All I can say is that you just gave me a new idea to “redecorate my walls”. 😀
Honestly, I am trying to do all these stuff for some time now, believing that it is the “right thing”, becoming a better person for others and myself….and now I`ve found them all here and seeing that someone else listed all these points, encourages me to keep my path, because I still have a long way to go and there is not much time. As you said: Life is short, isn`t it?
Thank you for sharing this with us and I hope you`ll have an awesome day, sir!

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    Chris McCombs says May 9, 2013

    Hey Madu, thanks man

    and yep, it’s over quickly

    and we never know when we’re gonna go ya know

    I have soooooo many friends who are dead now, it’s a trip

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Anthony Gillespie says May 10, 2013

Hey Chris, just a quick one from the land downunder. I like all this. Sometimes what it means to be a ‘man’ gets so screwed up but you have nailed it on so many levels. The more people who read this and act like this the better we are all going to be. Normally I wouldn’t take the trouble to comment but it hit home. I hope my young step son gets to take this on board in his life. Very cool mate. Well done.

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    Chris McCombs says May 10, 2013

    Hey thanks Anthony, my evil plan was to slip important stuff into posts that were fun to read

    glad you like it (=

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Tom says May 10, 2013

Hey Chris, thanks for sharing this. Quite a few things hit home with me. I know I got a lot of baggage and emotional crap to shake some people into screaming in terror. But I am gonna bookmark this and read it every time I need a reminder.

I haven’t been true to myself in a long time, and am not quite sure who I am anymore. I work the 9 – 5 job just to keep afloat. Just to keep bills paid. I enjoy writing, keep getting idea after idea from being able to remember dreams long after I’ve slept / lived them. I believe remembering and reminding myself of what you said here should help me focus enough to follow the dream of getting my creative mind published.

Thanks!!

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    Chris McCombs says May 10, 2013

    Hey right on Tom

    you may enjoy “The War or Art” and “Turning Pro” by Stephen Pressfield based on what you say here, check em out bro, I think you’ll dig em

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George says May 10, 2013

That was a great post I am kind of happy now to be on face book to run into it. keep the good stuff coming

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    Chris McCombs says May 10, 2013

    thx George, I’ll keep em coming for sure

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Adrian says May 10, 2013

Hi Chris. Fantastic, Great to hear the real stuff about life that no one really admits is what we need. I think everyone is afraid to really live, too concerned about getting it…..wrong?
Few less gun pictures would be nice.

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    Chris McCombs says May 11, 2013

    Yeah Adrian, we all walk around with too much damn fear

    so true

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Holly says May 10, 2013

Well said, brotherman. I need to work on a few of these! Re-posted, and I’ll be following you!

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    Chris McCombs says May 11, 2013

    Thanks for posting Holy

    I need to work on a few of these myself

    Sounds cliche but it truly is a lifelong process

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stephanie says May 10, 2013

thank you! just read this 3 times and could easily read it 3 more TODAY!

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    Chris McCombs says May 11, 2013

    3 times! awesome, I’m a slow reader so that would have taken me like four and a half hours, but you’re a girl so you probably finished up all three readings in like 11 minutes total

    Girls!

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alan B says May 11, 2013

It’s BAD ASS!

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    Chris McCombs says May 11, 2013

    I was hoping it would be (=

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Ms. Jo says May 11, 2013

Chris,
Just wanted to express my appreciation for your blog post. To be honest, I had no idea who you were; I was directed to this post from a link on Thriving Business.com, a website about growing your business. My story is as unique as everyone else’s. I am however, most likely a lot older than your average reader. I just received my Medicare card! I may be getting older, but I’ll never be old! I started my career as a young person as a Physical Education teacher, so I know the value of good training, and having had to modify my own exercise habits as my body has gotten older, I know the wisdom of keeping up with training. And, after a lifetime of working at various and sundry J-O-Bs in 3 different career fields, I was laid off 3 years ago, and found that I was considered “too old” for a career position. Well, being the BADASS person I am, I decided enough was enough and have been freelancing for the last 2 years. I am just now starting my own business and will be taking it offshore by the end of the year.
Your definition of Badass is such a hoot! I’m old enought to have seen the definitions of many terms change over the decades, and I really love this blog post! I am sending it to all the young people I still work with and have in my life and family. Even though it is, as I was warned, “a little hard edged” and the language is not something I use, I do appreciate the difference in culture. Back in the old days ( tongue firmly planted in cheek), most people were raised to live by your Badass principles, and they weren’t really news to anyone; it’s just how most people lived. In this “Brave New World” we live in, it’s good to see someone like yourself has undertaken the challenge to teach young people the truths of a much older generation, in the language, and with examples, they understand from their lives. I applaund you! You are truly BADASS!!!

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    Chris McCombs says May 11, 2013

    So cool

    I appreciate your insight, kind words and that you’re sharing this some young people

    Yeah I didn’t start leaning a lot of this stuff until my 30’s

    I mean, some of it goes back to good old wisdom our grandmas all gave us, but many of us mostly seem to learn by making mistakes

    And if we’re fortunate enough, in time, we do learn

    thanks Ms. Jo

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Glen says May 13, 2013

Inspirational and a lot of common sense words. Arrived on my facebook wall at a particularly low (the lowest) point in my life. It has given me the push to carry on and keep on plugging away.

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    Chris McCombs says May 14, 2013

    Right on Glen, I know all about those low points my man

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Yvonne Radley says May 13, 2013

I found you online 3 years ago and you helped shape my business for free! I owe you BIG time, you continue to be an inspiration x

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    Chris McCombs says May 27, 2013

    Thanks for the kind words Yvonne , hope all is well with you (:

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Julie says May 13, 2013

Thank you, Chris. It was one of my personal priestesses who turned me onto your Temple of Badassness! ;-D I’m no longer, at 53, the KIND of badass I was when I was younger (street counselor; corporate mole who actually loved her jobs and brought both spirituality and lessons in self-esteem to the folks with whom I worked) — now I’m an urban shaman. I LOVE this post because it’s such clear cut-the-fucking-shit, DOABLE instructions in heart-centered championing of both self AND Other (don’t think you’d put it that way. That’s just what I got out of it.) Wanted to say THANK YOU for your candor; the brilliance of the wake-up call that is your is-ness; and the assimilable wisdoms you share with such passionate eloquence. You rocked my world, Dude. I’m moved to tears with how you’ve helped me want to take even better care of myself, Good Sir. You’re a Warrior who’s waging peace on behalf of a better world and I’m HONOURED to hear what you have to share. I’m signed up and dialed in… PLEASE let me know if there’s ever anything that I can do to support you in a more concrete way — your beingness ROCKS! “At the heart of every mistake are the seeds of a great wake up call” ~ The Urban Bliss Shaman

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    Chris McCombs says May 14, 2013

    Hey Julie, thanks for this awesome comment

    Urban Shaman

    Love that, never heard it before, so cool

    Happy to rock your world anytime (=

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Stephen Hopson says May 13, 2013

That was one hellva badass article and I loved it so much I shared it in at least 5 different places including FB, Twitter, Macro7, Conscious Index, etc.

I’m a baaadass too. I happen to be a global spiritual healer in training with a pair of ears that don’t fucking work.

LOL

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    Chris McCombs says May 14, 2013

    wow Stephen, 5 places, thank you soooooooo much man, REALLY appreciate you putting it out there man

    Global Spiritual Healer in Training huh?

    love that

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Isabella J says May 13, 2013

Just embarking on a whole new life, fuck the new chapter, this is an entirely NEW me we are talking about. Read your blog and it just made me know I can do this and I can do this well.
Thanks for reminding just how much ass I can totally kick!
Isabella J.

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    Chris McCombs says May 14, 2013

    fuck the new chapter

    ha ha, awesome

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Dean Coulson says May 14, 2013

Damn Chris

This is seriously great, it is all live your life by cool shit.

Really feel your heart and soul pouring out of this, love the way you write.

You just reminded me of stuff I had read and forgot all in one bad ass post.

Nice 🙂

Dean

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    Chris McCombs says May 15, 2013

    Sweet, glad to help remind you bro, we can all use more reminders

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James says May 14, 2013

Chris,

Love the blog. I recommend it to everyone. Whenever I get tired, frustrated, hungry, or stressed. I read your blog and it re-centers me. I have been dealing with some pretty serious depression and separation from my wife and 2 year old daughter who is my life. Whenever I need to refocus my life I read these 37 ways to be a total badass and I am reminded of who I really am. Thanks for your insights.
James

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    Chris McCombs says May 15, 2013

    hey james, I’m honored and humbled brother

    I feel for you regarding your daughter, that’s a tough one

    It’ll make you stronger bro and your relation with her will be solid

    My thoughts are with you James

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      James says May 26, 2013

      Thanks Chris. I will tell you that you are dead on as it relates to your other posts as well. Especially about training. I get into the gym or work with the heavy bag, and all the other heinous shit that I am dealing with just disappears. You are the man. Reading some of your posts have inspired me to create my own list of rules by which I live. Some of them are directly stolen from some of your posts and others come from things that are important to only me. Keep doing this great work as I know that it must be an inspiration to many.

      James

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        Chris McCombs says May 28, 2013

        I appreciate it james

        It’s awesome how training can change everything

        you can walk in stressed and feeling like shit, and walk out feeling like a bag full of boobies

        I’ll keep posting brother

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Refugee Carpenter says May 15, 2013

Not exactly sure where in the world you may be Chris. The boat boys from NorthCraft Fabrication in Sooke, British Columbia are kickin it in these ways, and a free thought fist rises up from the stratosphere. One.

My girlfriend linked your page, and having a few laughs with the fellas about a couple mentionables. Many of these aspects are not only “badass” but of a star children ascension mindframe and thought pattern. You’ve done an impressive job of breaking it down into honorable categories. An acquired truth is wisdom, and I see many in your writing today. Kudos to you brother.

From a westcoast kid.

Keep on rockin… subscribed.

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    Chris McCombs says May 15, 2013

    Hey thanks Refugee Carpenter ( love that btw)

    Sounds like you guys got the goods going on out there in Sooke

    Glad you liked it my friend

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Darko Arsenijevic says May 15, 2013

Who the fuck are you? This shit is awesome lol! Have very few fav sites, this is new one!

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    Chris McCombs says May 15, 2013

    Darko, damn you got a bad ass name

    Who Am I? Why i’m Chris McCombs (=

    Happy to virtually meet you Darko

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Bree Z says May 15, 2013

Fuck yea! Need to read this everyday. Way to put all of the random thoughts and lessons (and more) into one, nearly perfect, guide to living in today’s world. Thank you!

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    Chris McCombs says May 15, 2013

    hey thanks Bree

    “Way to put all of the random thoughts and lessons (and more) into one, nearly perfect, guide to living in today’s world”

    so cool, love the way you put that

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Tripod says May 15, 2013

38. Always assume George Carlin never said that!

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    Chris McCombs says May 15, 2013

    LOVE GEORGE

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Bev says May 16, 2013

Dude! Totally love the way your mind works!! Excellent article that would show us all the way to Nirvana if we could practice what you preach. Personally, the dragon spoke to me. I need to walk into that fire. Fear is a constant companion. Will work on that. Thank you!

P.s. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a proofreader who knows the difference between there, their, and they’re. My mind kept having to bump over that error again and again, distracting me from the meat. And yes, I’m easily distracted. 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says May 17, 2013

    hey Bev, appreciate the words and thanks for the tip, I had two people edit it but I guessed we all missed those, thanks for the heads up

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Nicole says May 16, 2013

What an awesome, amazing, and inspiring piece of work. Never heard of you before. Someone shared your post on FB. Now I’m a fan!

This post could be renamed The Essential Steps to Live an Extraordinary Life, or something like that.

Reposting and sharing!

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    Chris McCombs says May 17, 2013

    Hey thanks Nicole

    Happy to have you as a reader

    And thank you soooooo much for sharing (=

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ken says May 17, 2013

you quoted tyler derden –you bad ass 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says May 17, 2013

    The first rule of quoting Tyler Durden is…

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nannette says May 17, 2013

Thank you for your encouraging words I try to live by the same type rules everyday of my life I’m not always successful but your blog hit the spot tonight. Life is short and precious and thank you for sharing your views.

god bless u

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    Chris McCombs says May 17, 2013

    thanks Nannette, I’m not always successful either

    Progress, not perfection

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jonny smokes says May 17, 2013

chris- good effort here and i applaud your vehemency however, whats with all the swearing and all the gun pictures? i mean.. i can understand the overuse of swear words since you are trying to advocate being a ‘bad-ass’, whatever that means these days. but the pictures of fools with guns? im not sure where you were going with that. guns and gun pictures mean only one thing: violence. this certainly does not go along with your value of ‘being super cool to each other’ etc. i know that you think that guns and gun movies and chicks with guns and photos of people with guns and ultra close camera angles are cool and bad ass but really thats kind of out dated. gun stuff and the whole ‘guns are badass’ image is obsolete and if you are still trying to use that archetypal image then you are kind of a tool and i doubt that is what you are going for here. you really seem like youre advocating for peace and harmony in a urban cool kind of way which is cool. the gun imagery just doesnt fit here. i would go for less contradictory images and a tiny bit more humility. secretly, humbleness is the new bad-ass. we’re all in this together man!

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    Chris McCombs says May 17, 2013

    Hey Jonny

    First off, the swearing is how I write, and this blog ain’t for everyone. Fortunately, it reaches a lot people who wouldn’t normally read spiritual and personal development stuff. People who say things like “fuck” … There’s 20 million other blogs that all teach that stuff the same way. I write like I talk and this blog is mainly written for the kind of people that in real life I would be friends with

    I get into it here: https://chrismccombs.net/about-chrismccombs-net/

    Now, about the guns. I never thought this post would be as popular as it is. When I wrote it, I just posted pics from movies and characters from movies that to me, are “bad ass”

    Now, I’ve had quite a few people bring up the gun thing, in fact, I’ve even had a few real haters come on here and say some really mean shit ( those comments i did not publish )

    After reading your comment, as well as a few others, and reflecting on it a little I’ve come to this conclusion…

    While to me, those were bad ass characters in bad ass movies, I do not want some kid to think that owning or using a gun can in anyway make him or her a bad ass

    I definitely don’t wanna promote that.

    So… I have taken down most ( if not all ) of the gun pics

    Thank you for getting me to look at it in a way I hadn’t before, even if you did call me a “tool” (=

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      dd says May 25, 2013

      please dont stop writing the way you do I love it personally. Its you its a reflection of you

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        Chris McCombs says May 28, 2013

        I promise to keep writing dd (=

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Jen says May 17, 2013

I’d like to turn this into wallpaper and plaster it to my walls…

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    Chris McCombs says May 17, 2013

    AWESOME… now that fucking rocks

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kelley says May 18, 2013

life is good, ya know? : )

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    Chris McCombs says May 20, 2013

    So good, no matter what our minds tell us sometimes (=

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Savoy Horvath says May 21, 2013

Best fucking shit I read in years, you a dude Chris !!!

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    Chris McCombs says May 21, 2013

    Savoy, that means a lot to me, thank you

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Jason Rogers says May 21, 2013

great read Chris..keep up the good work!

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    Chris McCombs says May 21, 2013

    Thanks Jason, I will (=

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Wildcherry says May 21, 2013

Thanks to Wealth Warrior : Steve Chandler for the link to your incredible post.

I’ve just found my new ”go to” inspirational read – for when life in general seems to make so little damn sense, that I have to dig way deeper for my MAX ENERGIZER BUNNY, positive-about-everything-SELF than usual.

I’m grateful for this post today. Especially today!

You’re a powerful writer.
Thx.

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    Chris McCombs says May 22, 2013

    Right on Wildcherry, your MAX ENERGIZER BUNNY thing, that’s so cool

    This is one of my fave go-tos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6xLYt265ZM

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      Chris McCombs says June 11, 2013

      Oh, and dig your name (=

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Dora says May 22, 2013

I came across this on Facebook, friend linked it with one word – BOSS.

And I must say I agree wholeheartedly. This post was fucking boss. It reminded me about how lucky I really am, even though some days just suck, and suck hard when you’re a single parent. I have a roof over my head, food in the pantry, and a car that works. My job may suck, and the people I deal with there on a daily basis may drive me up a wall on a good day, but I have one.

So thank you Chris, for the swift and needed ass-kicking reminder. Much appreciated, good sir.

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    Chris McCombs says May 22, 2013

    Why you’re welcome Dora, and thank you for your kind words

    You have food in the fridge, a roof over your head and there isn’t an army of badass mother fuckers on horses coming over the hill right now to kill everyone and burn down the entire village. Not tonight.

    You may enjoy this https://chrismccombs.net/35-reasons-your-life-kicks-ass/

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Mat says May 23, 2013

Hey Chris,

Phenomenal article, very well written. Your bit about training really hit home today; I’ve been training for about 8 months now, and have managed to lose 75lbs 🙂 I tend to feel guilty when I miss time too, even on rest days! lol My biggest battle is the negativity that comes out when things get really intense, especially when exhaustion sets in and there are still sets to get done. But the last line in that segment about carving out a better existence brought me back to why I train in the first place, so thanks for the much needed reality check.

Rock on 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says May 23, 2013

    Right on Mat, happy for your progress bro

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Derick says May 23, 2013

Chris,

Great read. I like your mix of zen and kicking @ss, it speaks to me. I coach people on how to live a more bad @ss life and will definitely add some of your insights into my tool belt.

Also, if you’re up for it, maybe we can do a phone interview sometime. I’d love to share your outlook with my group.

Derick

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    Chris McCombs says May 23, 2013

    Hey thanks for the kind words

    yeah, mixing Zen and Bad-ass, never thought of that one, but it sounds good to me!

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Va says May 24, 2013

LOVE this post! Thank you for keeping it real and reinforcing the positive! “It’s About Being An Agent of Awesome”

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    Chris McCombs says May 24, 2013

    Agent of Awesome baby

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Jahn Laster says May 24, 2013

Thanks Bro.
You are an Harbringer of Badass
in a sea of Me dio cracy.

OoRahh CMc

~JAHN

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    Chris McCombs says May 24, 2013

    Harbinger of Badass

    LOVE THAT

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dd says May 25, 2013

The post is dat bomb chris . You are on point with it. Some people always did call me a bad ass but I really didnt know what it was about. Until I read this post. I love it.

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    Chris McCombs says May 28, 2013

    ha ha

    classic

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Matt says May 26, 2013

Good stuff here. The thing I like most is the fact that you take the time to respond to people who comment. I think that is badass.

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    Chris McCombs says May 28, 2013

    Thanks Matt, yeah it can take quite a bit of time, but this blog means a lot to me, and the fact people are commenting, like yourself, means a lot to me too

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Awais says May 26, 2013

I found your blog via Alex Zinchenko mentioning it. I just gotta say I have only been read a couple of the articles; but I already know I love your thought output 🙂 I look forward to following your musings…

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    Chris McCombs says May 28, 2013

    Thanks Awais, glad to have you on board (=

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Sara says May 27, 2013

OMG! How is this the first time I have ever come across your blog?! This is an amazing post! Came at the perfect time for me as well. I love moments when you read something that you felt was written only for you! Thanks so much Chris!

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    Chris McCombs says May 28, 2013

    Thanks Sara, I knew you’d love it, cuz of course, I wrote it just for you (=

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Hamish says May 28, 2013

Revenge Of The Nerds was all about becoming a real badass.

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John Hell says May 29, 2013

Hell Goddamn YEAH!

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    Chris McCombs says May 30, 2013

    HELLYEAH MOTHER FUCKER (=

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Marion David says May 31, 2013

I was truly impressed by you. You have your own voice, which seems to be getting only rarer in a world where everyone is chattering – simply because it is easy to do this – but few are thinking. You have a great gift, I believe, for identifying diamonds in the rough and then faceting them to reveal their beauty. This is not the kind of comment I usually bother to make. I hope that you will keep writing.

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    Chris McCombs says May 31, 2013

    Hey Marion, thanks a ton

    It’s definitely taken me a while to find my voice, been a process, I’m excited to see how it evolves

    I’ve gone through phases where i sounded like this person, or that person… happy to be peeling away layers of the onion so I can get to some raw stank

    your comment means a ton

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Jess says May 31, 2013

Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Chris McCombs says May 31, 2013

    You’re welcome Jess

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hunterc says May 31, 2013

Weird and great finding this – after i got fired from a shitty job i hated – i picked up the Power of Now – joined a boxing club kept of the drink and stuff – its went well for a while but I’ve fallen back into my old groove kinda – but even though im sitting drinking an 8 pack now – today I tried to improve my voice by reading aloud some Bukowski poems – I sat down and listened to some classical music while I tried to get back into my writing – got 2 pages done – then later i sat outside and watched the sunset while I read some of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence – and on monday I go back to my new volunteer job for a charity that fights 3rd world hunger – strange im doing the”RIGHT STUFF” but it wont all add up – Im still my fucked up self – if that makes sense? feels like the Higher me is always getting blocked off for some reason? – “I kneel in the night’s before Tiger’s that will not let me be” -Bukowski ps great article man

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    Chris McCombs says June 1, 2013

    ohhh, I can relate… fortunately you are doing some good things ( like volunteering, being creative, Power of Now )

    First of all, we’re all fucked up to one degree or another

    And the ducks will never all be in row

    However, I know if it’s me, the alcohol blocks a lot of the good stuff, so I gotta stay away from it myself, cuz I know where it can take me

    It may be something worth addressing IMO

    IF it’s a problem for you, this is a good place to start http://www.aa.org/

    I appreciate your comment, thank you

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Amanda says June 2, 2013

Chris…great stuff here and to think all these years I thought I was an honest, good person, just doing my thing, going along and getting along…now I KNOW I am a BADASS and so are you. Thanks I needed that boost today, glad I was paying attention when I saw you post float by in my newsfeed.

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    Chris McCombs says June 3, 2013

    awesome Amanda, sounds like you’re a badass to me (=

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Kate says June 3, 2013

Hey Chris

As someone who writes about gratitude as often as possible, and about trying to make the time to truly live life and love it, I really respect what you have to say. Thanks for this post. You have a powerful voice and it’s awesome to see it being used for good, not evil!

Signing up to read your blog as I type. It’s the bomb. Figuratively speaking of course. Would kind of defeat the purpose if it was literal…

Stay happy.

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    Chris McCombs says June 3, 2013

    ha ha

    yes it would be

    Glad you enjoy it Kate, thanks for signing up (=

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Tamera says June 3, 2013

I so love this! I especially love how you stress that being a BADASS is not the same as being an ASSHOLE. Too many people think they have to treat everyone around them like dirt to get respect. Being kind to society’s “invisible” people is, in my mind, the mark of a true badass and just the right thing to do. Kudos to this awesome post. So glad I found this site!

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    Chris McCombs says June 3, 2013

    Thanks Tamera, yeah being an asshole ain’t being a badass in my book, its just plain being an asshole

    whos got the time ya know?

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Michelle says June 3, 2013

Thanks for this, Chris.
Your path is a very good thing.

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    Chris McCombs says June 3, 2013

    thanks Michelle!

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Rae says June 4, 2013

My friend showed me this in our “Hunt the Good Stuff” group.
You’re a genius and inspirational.

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    Chris McCombs says June 4, 2013

    Hey thanks Rae, glad you enjoyed it (=

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Francois Tsao says June 5, 2013

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah Buddy! Chris My Man! Hahahahaha. I too was one of those silent mysterious types. Didn’t want people knowin I was a big softie then one day thought FUCK THAT SHIT take it or leave people cause I loves all o Yall and for those of yall hatin on me I wish yall the best of luck in life.

Franco

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    Chris McCombs says June 6, 2013

    Thanks Franco, I concur!

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Chad says June 5, 2013

You lit a fire my friend. My sincere gratitude to you for sharing your wisdom.
Chad

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    Chris McCombs says June 6, 2013

    Happy to spark it up Chad

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John says June 6, 2013

Hi Chris, First time reader. Really loved the article, just need to figure out a kid friendly version to share with my sons. The motto I try to live by is “Be yourself, unless you can be somebody better”

best,

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    Chris McCombs says June 6, 2013

    Right on John, yeah there’s probably quite a few kid friendly versions of these kinds of teaching out there ( heck , most of the places I originally learned all this from are VERY family friendly )

    You sound like a great father

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Steve says June 7, 2013

I am a first time reader, and I found your list thoroughly inspirational. A year ago I was 30 lbs. overweight and suffered from a variety of insecurities and bad habits. I am now extremely fit and look the best I have in my life. I run all the time, work out almost everyday, eat ridiculous amounts of delicious healthy foods and run a half-marathon on average every two weeks. A few months ago I was wondering why it wasn’t all still coming together for me. It is not about looking like a badass or acting like a badass, it is about being a badass. The training will never stop, but I am concentrating on the following, quite in line with your thoughts: honesty, integrity, humility, courage, tenacity and kindness. I becone a better person everyday!

Cheers!

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    Chris McCombs says June 7, 2013

    Wise words Steve, and I commend you on the positive changes you’ve made and are making my man

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Joanie says June 7, 2013

Dear Chris,
I’m so excited about your words and thoughts i don’t even know what to say, but I just need to say something, you know – just need to express to you I think this is absolutely brave, strong, SO tough, touching – you’re blessed, and I feel blessed to have met you here. Wow. Joanie:)

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    Chris McCombs says June 7, 2013

    Wow back at you Joanie, LOVE your passion, thank you so much for tossing some if it my way (=

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Amy says June 9, 2013

Hi Chris,
Wow! I just finished reading your blog for the first time and I am beyond blown away! Got a referral to check you out…so very glad I did! So amazing and wonderful to hear a man speak so boldly, bravely, intelligently and so straightforward about such relevant issues. I checked out another one of your pieces…You’ve come a long way, brother and traveled a very inspirational path. Well, you’re stuck with me now, dude! LOL! I’m hooked. Looking forward to the next one. Oh, and I will be spreading the word. Thank you so much, Chris.

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    Chris McCombs says June 10, 2013

    Ahh, thank you so much Amy, glad it stuck (=

    And I soooo appreciate you spreading the word, that’s *pretty much* the only way I get new readers

    thank you, thank you, thank you

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Renae says June 11, 2013

Thanks, I really needed this , a friend forwarded your link, I was having the conversation of I keep reading all this positive stiff hoping I’ll absorb it, but it was becoming a bla. This hit home no Bullshit how it is Thanks. Will be read more of your blogs this was my first. Great to get started : )

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    Chris McCombs says June 11, 2013

    Hey Right on Ranae, glad it resonated with you

    Plenty more to come (=

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Dave says June 12, 2013

Great post – super motivating and the truth.

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    Chris McCombs says June 12, 2013

    thanks dave!

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John Mann says June 13, 2013

Chris,

A buddy of mine (he’s a Bad Ass IMNSHO) turned me on to you and your blog yesterday. I just got through 37 Ways right now and dude, your shit is awesome.

I agreed with everything … even the ones (like “Train”) that I need to work on.

Thanks for a great read. I’ll be on your blog every day from now on.

John Mann

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    Chris McCombs says June 13, 2013

    Hey right on man

    Glad you liked it

    Yeah training is a biggie in my experience, we we’re meant to move

    Here’s some great reasons to get in there and get to it:

    https://chrismccombs.net/41-reasons-to-train-today/

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Maurice Ottey says June 23, 2013

Hey Chris Thanks for signing me up to/for your blog. Great material here. My story is no more profound than any other here. It is just the honesty and straight up vibration here from you and all that moves me. I’ll probably read more than comment. I’m a work in progress! On July 10th I have a gallbladder removal and surgery to remove a mass in the transverse colon to go thru. Don’t know if cancerous or not until after surgery. I’m not concerned either way really. My wife/partner of 20 plus years left our relationship because she “didn’t want to come home and find me dead”. So she left, bills and all. Also my gig of 35 years is on the line. Actually I find freedom and a bit of humor in all of this. You see, my life has only gotten better and sychronicity or not, it gets better each day and each moment of each day! I ‘found’ your blog!! Now thats wonderful. I’m coming out better, stronger, renewed, healthier and financially happier than before!! If there is a God/Universial force, whatever thats how it works out for me. So right after my 59th birthday in Dec./2012 I picked up my guitar and recorded the following vid. I submit it because many of my associates have termed it “badass” for anyone at any age. The point is; ‘Move on Maurice. More good shit is headed your way baby. Stay in the game.’ It isn’t my music, a friend wrote it, I just wanted to touch it and encourage folks around me to do the same. Enjoy it. I gotta go work out, surgery or no surgery. Been a martial artist for 47 years. Take Care Chris!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dgHXwOQnU

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