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The Lessons Learned from a Wasted Youth

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Jan 28, 2015

I turn 35 in a couple of months. I feel young but by the system's standards I'm not too far off being middle aged. Should this bother me? While I can't say getting older per se concerns me, what does bother me is getting older and not having done the things I wanted to do with my life. Now that gets to me. I look back over the years and, although I've been in a positive place for a good man...


Be the Baddest: Michael Jackson’s 3 Rules for Mega Success

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Dec 1, 2014

"You can't do your best when you're doubting yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?" -Michael JacksonThe media got Michael Jackson ALL wrong. They wanted you to believe he was a wacko, race changing child molester. They wanted you to forget his musical genius and instead, view him as a figure of ridicule.The system always does this to people who don’t conform. It d...


Why I paid $100,000 to look like this!

by Joe Barnes

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Rebellion

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Date: Oct 22, 2014

Why, you might ask, have I posted this ridiculous picture of myself on my supposedly serious blog?  Do I need some attention? Have I decided to turn Screw the System into a health and fitness blog? Have I lost my mind? None of the above.  While I appreciate that there are thousands of guys on the internet with more photo worthy physiques, I wanted to let you know that I keep myself in shap...


Why it’s Bad to be Good

by Joe Barnes

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Rebellion

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Date: Sep 16, 2014

Rebellion is taking a new form. The 60’s had the sexual revolution, recreational drug use and war protests, the 70s had punk rock and strikes and the 80s and 90s saw the growth of hip hop culture. But what have we got today? For better or worse (I’m inclined to think the latter), capitalism and consumerism are now the dominant socio-economic forces in the world. Although begrudgingly accepted ...


Why Earning $1500 a week isn’t Enough

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Aug 10, 2014

I'm gettin' paid!!!   The sun is out, the kids are on their school holidays and my tennis camps are packed. I'm making money. Maybe not BIG money, but I'm clearing over $1500 a week. Why am I telling you this?  Because I'm into the highest grossing period of my year, yet I couldn't be further away from realising my dreams!!! Sounds confusing? Let me explain my dilemma and in the process, ...


The 3 Steps to Becoming Great

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Jul 10, 2014

Legend has it that Michelangelo could stare at a rough slab of rock and see a beautiful statue inside. His job, therefore, was one of freeing the beauty within rather than creating something anew. He would take his tools, chip away at all the imperfections and smooth the rough edges until a glorious statue stood for the world to behold. People would marvel at his work and ask him how he was ab...


Why you WILL Achieve your Dream

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Jun 13, 2014

If someone called you a 'Dreamer' would you be offended? Pause for a moment and think about the connotations; Head always in the clouds. Thinking fantastic thoughts yet never taking any of the steps necessary to achieve them. Little grasp of how reality works.  'Naive, idealistic, utopian and unproductive' are just some of the labels thrown at dreamers. They have no place in the sys...


Why you should STOP living in ‘The Real World’

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: May 21, 2014

‘Only a few months to go and you’ll be finished and out in ‘The Real World.’ ‘Oh, you’ve finished Uni now? Welcome to ‘The Real World.’ What were these people talking about? The first comment came from a University tutor, the second from a guy at the gym. Both were made some 10 plus years ago as I was about to finish, and once I had completed, university. They’re just two of the comments I c...


What Everybody should know about the T.I.M.E it takes to Live your Dreams

by Joe Barnes

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Pratical Tools & Tips

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Date: May 5, 2014

"Sorry I haven't got back to you. I've been SO busy lately." Have you heard that line before? I'm sure you have. It's usually offered after failure to respond to an email, call or txt. What you might not have heard, though, is this - NOBODY IS BUSIER THAN ANOTHER PERSON!  It's all relative because everybody has the same 24 hours. Therefore, it's not about how much you have to do, but what y...


Be Like Water: Bruce Lee’s 3 Quotes for living a Limitless Life

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Apr 23, 2014

Bruce Lee personified all it means to Screw the System. Martial artist, movie star, teacher, visionary and self-made man, his was a truly extraordinary life. However, it's not just his movies that he's remembered for. He also gave the world some of the most insightful quotes about realising your dreams and potential. If I had to sum up his life and philosophy in a single wor...