21 Keys to Living a Damn Good Life - (A.K.A) A Simple Guide to The Good Life - Chris McCombs
Chris McCombs

21 Keys to Living a Damn Good Life – (A.K.A) A Simple Guide to The Good Life


753E829C-7403-437A-ABC3-BD08881721E3WARNING: There’s nothing revolutionary here.

In fact, you already know this stuff. It’s nothing new, no big secrets revealed, no new data uncovered. These are just the Cliff Notes to the book you’ve already read.

But sometimes in life something gets lost in translation between knowing and doing…  life’s little dramas pull us in and we forget the important stuff.

We need to remember what we know, and if you’re anything like me, you can use all the reminders you can get.

So I present to you…

 21 Keys to Living a Damn Good Life…

1. Remove the clutter from your life, the stuff that’s holding you back. Get rid of the vampires, the unnecessary possessions and 80% of the shit on your to-do list. You’re better off without it.

2. Do new things and experience new realities. There’s a whole big world out there, but there’s only so much you can see from your clouded little bubble. Without some kind of expansion, the bubble hinders your perception and keeps you stuck in your ways, and those ways will no longer nourish you.

3. Have lots of sex, even if it’s with yourself. Don’t get too carried away though.

4. Be cool to people; the asshole is never happy and is always just surrounded by other assholes.

5. Do work you love; it’s hard to unleash your inner badass on the world if you’re stuck behind the desk of dislike, slowly trading away your soul with each deal, each phone call, each email and each assignment you secretly hold in contempt.

6. Add value to the world. The ‘way of the take’ just leads you to holding out your empty hands looking for more. Give the world something great, and you’ll never want meaningless things to fill some kind of void. Don’t be a consumer, be a creator.

7. Fill your life with amazing people. If you run with two-bit hustlers, takers, and trash talkers, that’s what you’ll become. Want an amazing life? Fill it with people who are living amazing lives themselves.

964542F6-60DB-4FE9-8A9A-474286C71C6E8. Get set on what you want your life to look like, see it in your mind, and feel good about it. If you spend your days with no clear idea of what you wanna accomplish—or worse, worrying about a bunch of shit that’s outta your control—you’ll find yourself the protagonist of your own sad little tragedy.

9. Take action in the direction of your goals; you can only catch em’ if you’re moving. Don’t worry about trying to figure out all the little stuff you need to do to get to the place you wanna go. Just figure out what the first step is and take it.

10. Walk through the shit you’re putting off and are afraid of… otherwise life becomes a bully waiting for you in the parking lot after school. If you’ll just swing first, you’ll see he ain’t so tough after all. Call him out on his game of mental fuckery; he only holds power over you when you buy into his bullshit.

11. Be grateful for what you have, you’re gonna miss it when it’s gone… and it’s all going at some point. We usually don’t know when, so appreciate it before it disappears.

12. Move your body every day, not putting in some sort of physical work or conditioning is like saying ‘fuck you’ to your body … and when you do that, it’s gonna throw down on you and dish out a beating you don’t want.

13. Eat all-natural foods, with lots of fresh veggies, grass-fed proteins and wild-caught fish … when you don’t, your body releases something called “now you’re gonna feel like shit” … it does this to let you know it wants you to give it better food. Give it what it wants and needs.

14. Drink lots of water; the dehydrated man is weak, miserable, and half-dead… more zombie-like than human.

15. Get a good night’s sleep… the body and mind must rest. Mix being thirsty, with being tired and you’ve turned – you are now officially a full-fledged zombie.

70AE524C-9773-4A73-91BF-9657D5A0BC6716. Resist nothing. When you resist something it’s like saying “I don’t like life, I think it sucks and I’m totally against it.” It’s misery. Acceptance is the way out. If you have trouble with acceptance, usually it means your spiritual path needs to be stronger – whatever that spiritual path may be.

18. Laugh a lot, especially at yourself. Admit it, some of the dumb shit you do is hilarious.

19. Help other people; life will take note, and it’ll help you back.

20. Question everything. Especially anything you hear from me.

21. Stay in the moment; there literally is nothing else – the rest is fiction.

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Big Chris

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Allan Richardson says July 3, 2013

Great reminders for stuff we know and lose sight of

Chris McCombs says July 3, 2013

hey thanks Allan, yeah, stuff we all know but often forget

Chris Forever Young says July 4, 2013


This is right at my heart, once a-freakin-gain! “Walk through the shit you’re putting off and are afraid of… otherwise life becomes a bully waiting for you in the parking lot after school. If you’ll just swing first, you’ll see he ain’t so tough after all.” That’s some of the best stuff I’ve heard in a while! And your secret of life in two words “Resist Nothing” combines Tolle with Buddhism and just freaking letting the Powers That Be do their thing… I totally dig each and everything you post, bro! As a 80’s Dugeons and Dragons playing nerd/THC enthusiast, turned bouncer, kickboxer, muscle-head, mma fighter, now geting my personal training cert and gearing up to make a move to do what I love…. your story and your words inspire me, bro, more than I can say

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    hey thank Chris

    D and D
    Muscle head

    I too know these thing well my friend

    You’re gonna kick ass in your training business my brother, I can see it in your attitude and style

Ryan The Lion says July 4, 2013

Chris. Your a bad ass brother! I appreciate your “no holds bar” fighting/writing style. I’m new to your site. I don’t know if you have an article on being a man a real man. Without taking shit from people or life. If not I believe that would make a great article.
Many Thanks,

Garth Willoughby says July 4, 2013

Words that we dont hear enough of, just need more people to listen. 🙂

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    thanks Garth!

Natalie says July 4, 2013

Number ten. I’m totally using that term now. Love it:)

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013


    thanks Natalie

Wes Minyard says July 4, 2013

Hey Man, I’m from LBK and Big Larry is one of best friends. I ran into your blog through a post he made on FB. I’ve been reading your stuff and I love it Bro. I’m going through some personal shit right now and I’m finding some real inspiration in the wisdom you’re sharing. Talking it out with Larry helps too. Thanks man!!!!

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    hey right on Wes

    is the bar Chances R still there, I used to be a bouncer there

    Larry is the best… such an awesome dude

    Wes, I appreciate your kind words brother

      Wes says July 5, 2013

      Yeah, its still there. I used to run the Blue Light down in the Depot District.

      I’m sure we crossed paths back in the day. We have very similar stories. I turned my life around too.

      I got out of Lubbock 7 years ago and live on the East coast now. I manage a busy health club in Baltimore.

      And yes, Big Larry is good people. I told him I was following your blog. It’s a small world.

      Keep up the good work Bro!!

        Chris McCombs says July 8, 2013

        Hey right on man. Lubbock was a low point in my life

        Larry and Becky Middleton were the best things to come from it for me

        I used to run security at Athen’s Club

        Keep doing your thing man, and thanks for chiming in brother

Isabella J. says July 4, 2013

You have a disease called AWESOMENESS!

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    and there ain’t no cure!

    ha ha

    thanks Isabella

Tim Bell says July 4, 2013

Hey Chris,

Great, great post, I especially liked number 6…

“Add value to the world. The ‘way of the take’ just leads you to holding out your empty hands looking for more. Give the world something great, and you’ll never want meaningless things to fill some kind of void. Don’t be a consumer, be a creator.”

Soooo friggin true.

As always, thanks for the inspiration.

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    Tim, thank you

    I always appreciate your comments brother

    Foot says October 28, 2013

    it is better to give than receive, taking has its short term rewards but the lustre goes away. Giving is so much better. Giving is a labor of love, anything that includes passion is probably gonna be good!

Janet Stephenson says July 4, 2013

New visitor here, Chris – just found your blog tonight. I’m in love. ha!

This post kicks ass, and I’ve been connecting with you on different social media platforms, so now I know that you kick ass, too. Happy to make your acquaintance.

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    thanks Janet

    checked out your blog, looks like you’re doing some great stuff

Sorcha says July 4, 2013

I’m having a tough time right now. Your posts are my prozac

Thank you. Sincerely.


HRE says July 4, 2013

Numbers 4 and 6. Definitely.

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013


Sarah Cammack says July 4, 2013

I love reading your blogs right before I fall asleep. It gives me a boost of gusto the following day! Thank you! 🙂

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    yeah something about reading before bed helps stuff sink in ya know

    thank you so much for your kind comment Sarah

Hadashi says July 4, 2013

Chris, my wife could maybe translate this into Japanese. Might take some work to get it all polite and humble like 😉 But it’s medicine that is sorely needed over here.

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    that sounds like quite the task Hadashi

    I bet those things that automatically translate website probably jack up everything I say huh

    I appreciate you man

Randal says July 4, 2013

“18. Laugh a lot, especially at yourself. Admit it, some of the dumb shit you do is hilarious.”

Holy shit is that list long and distinguished for me!

One that sticks out, offer to work on a drilling rig as a H2S tech. In February. 30 miles above the Arctic Circle. In Northern Russia.

Me when offered the job? “Fuck yea! I ain’t been there before!”. It was 45 below when I left, C or F, makes no difference. Never again.

And the list goes on and on, I have the scars to prove it.

Another great post Chris.

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    ha ha

    that sounds nut man, nuts

    makes for a great story though

    thanks for sharing Randal

Jeanne says July 4, 2013

Wise !!

    Chris McCombs says July 4, 2013

    thanks jeanne!

Daniel Beyer says July 8, 2013

Word, another great post. I learned to do a flare this week. I got out on the dance floor this weekend too. I killed it on the dance floor.

It was so crowded, but I felt the music and made my own circle. I danced so well, I got phone numbers that I don’t even need.

I let things go that were holding me back. And it meant financial loss. But it opened up more opportunities for financial gain. As soon as I let go, a new window opened. I love running a business. I love sitting back and watching hard work pay off.

When you cannot control things, it used to make me mad. I used to be stressing about the worst stuff. Now, I just do what I love. Better yet, I love what I do. Best of all, I get paid to do those very things.

Its the American dream, by doing the 21 5

    Chris McCombs says July 8, 2013

    Daniel, so awesome brother

    sounds like you’re on one helluva path

    I commend you man, you’re doing it

Daniel Beyer says July 8, 2013

… Doing the things I love. Jiu jitsu, Parkour, Bboying, Kettlebells, Functional Movement Training. I have the best jiu jitsu school in Delaware. I have a million dollar Strength & Conditioning facility. I have loyal friends, family, and clients.

What more could you want?

    Chris McCombs says July 8, 2013

    Your gratitude shines through my man

    it’s the key to everything

Bonnie Formia says July 8, 2013

Hi Chris…I have been following you for a long time…a few years now. I love how you just kind of let it all hang out, wear your heart on your sleeve. I aspire to achieve the things you have done, and when I feel stuck, I just go to this site, and re-read your amazing posts…thanks so much!

    Chris McCombs says July 8, 2013

    Hey Bonnie, I am humbled by your words, so kind of you (=

James Cipriani says July 8, 2013

I am now personally crowning you the “King of Lists to Live By.” Keep doing what you do!!!

    Chris McCombs says July 10, 2013

    ha ha, right on James, thanks man

Apoorva says July 31, 2013

Discovered your blog a few days ago. Now addicted to it. Thanks for creating it.

    Chris McCombs says August 5, 2013

    awesome, it’s a good addiction (=

Brenda Mattie says October 25, 2013

This is awesome! Thank you for sharing! I shared it as well! 🙂

Shawn says October 25, 2013

I have to admit that most cases I would have just archived your email and told myself that id check it later…..and never do. This morning was different. I opened and read the email completely and I have to say it’s exactly what I needed. Thanks Chris. I’m stuck in a slump and I’m ready to get the hell out of it.

ONE NUGGET (John) says October 25, 2013

Open the door Andy! NICE!

Jackie says October 25, 2013

I like you! thx

Stephanie says October 26, 2013

Good reminder to all of the important things to remember!

Beth Ellis says October 26, 2013

I enjoy your creative writings, but this one I wanted to leave you a comment. I am going through some life events at the moment and this article came to me at like, “the perfect time.” I just wanted you to know that. I appreciate you very much for writing and sending them out. You just never know who you touched. Today, this article really, really helped me. For that I want to say, Thank You Chris. I appreciate you.

Mickey says October 26, 2013

Thanks again!!! Your blog hits my email just when I need it. Every time I want to let go if the wheel, I read your blog and it keeps on point. Thanks you.

Alycia says October 26, 2013

HIGH FIVE! Unless you’re blessed with six.
Or some dumb hilarious shit happened and you now have less.

Jinks says October 28, 2013

Is the fact that #17 is missing directly related to #18? 😉

Jim says October 29, 2013

We run on the same engine!! I share your blog every chance I get.

Jonathan says January 19, 2014

All right on. #8 is the best. Thanks for the inSpiration, friend!

Silas Robinson says February 2, 2014

Love it! This one’s going on the wall in front of me at my desk!

Favour Chinonso Agu says February 14, 2014

your tips really helped me alot to get back at my feet. for some years now i have been living in my own shell but after reading your article i was lifted, and my eyes open to the reality of life.

Thank you so much……

    Chris McCombs says February 14, 2014

    right on Favour

    and thanks a ton for your comment

    yeah, fuck the shell, gotta crack that mutha open (=

Kay says March 26, 2014

Really great stuff! Just wondering where #17 is?

Philip Drummond says September 29, 2014

You knew what you were doing when you wrote this stuff.. I’m more appreciative than you know, or maybe not lol.. You saved me man. Thank you!

Kim R. says August 24, 2018

Still good advice. 2018. Thank you.

Daniel Ashbeck says October 31, 2018

Great thoughts Chris. But what’s #17?

    Chris McCombs says November 6, 2018

    Ooops. Look like I missed one. Thanks for pointing that out, Daniel

Arlene Kieslich says March 11, 2021

Hello, Chris, Veronica & Little Kiddos!!!!! Thinking of ya’ll. . . sending end of winter greetings a long, long way to you in lower 48 from this last frontier, Homer, Alaska, tip of Kenai Peninsula!! Am writing as an AK resident since Aug.2020…so finally feeling really fine about where my current life adventure is – w/trust in God,Holly,Jesse,Koren,Parker who felt this was going to work out in wonderful ways! It surely has, tho’ granted, taking time for adjustment – this massive move amplified many different things! Wowee! But all in God’s good time! T U, Lord! Chris, hope things are progressing well for you & whole family!!!!! Keep taking real good care! Be very safe! Hold hope darn Covid goes far, far away! Love, Prayerful thoughts all around! XO

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