Boil the water, stir the noodles, eat.
It’s simple, just takes time.

The following items are the same. They take time to understand. They’re simple. You don’t realize the power of them until you stir. You’re the water, they’re the noodles.

The 1% rule

Every day you wake up, you have to spend the entire day making yourself 1% better. How ever this translates, pick an aspect of your life and improve on it. Physical, Vocations, Social, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual are your options.

Source: The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher

The ONE Thing

Which ever list of objectives and goals you have for the day, find the ONE thing that is the most important. Which ever list of goals for success you have, which ONE thing will get you there the quickest? Start by taking the top 20% of your list and rewriting them. Do it again. Do it again- And keep doing it until you have only ONE thing left to do. Now go do it.

Source: The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

Betting on  your DNA

I’m better at writing than I am speaking. I’m better at being alone than I am being with other people. I’m better being angry than I am sad. I’m better at eating than I am refraining from eating. So, bet on your strengths. If you take all the things you do and cut out all the ones you’re bad at, you’re now doing 50-100% more of the things you’re good at. This is the same thing as being 50-100% better at everything you’re doing but now you’re more focused on Disproportionate Success.

Source: Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Validated Learning

This is achieved by entrepreneurs when you’re NOT spending time shooting for vanity metrics. Work the process backwards; When you know what you want to learn and figure out how you’ll measure this, you know what your Minimal Viable Product will be- Then you build it.

The Build, Measure, Learn feedback loop will help you achieve Validated Learning. Speed through iterations of this loop as many times as possible, validating your learning, bringing you closer and closer to your ONE objective, a marketable product.

Source: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Disproportionate Success

This is all about relativity. Ever heard the saying about feeding a man a fish versus teaching him to fish? It’s a horrible example but if your objective is to feed him as many fish as possible doing the least amount of work, teaching him to fish would be Disproportionately Success.

Your ability to be Effective and Efficient skyrocket when you focus your time and tasks on objectives that offer Disproportionate Success

Source: Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Minimal Viable Product

In Validated Learning you need to Build the Product that will help you Measure your Learning through iterations. Since the goal is to learn through iterations of measurements, the product must be quick to produce with minimal effort. If you’re learning what people want to read about in the Self Help genre, you’d be better off to write ten smaller books on ten different subjects than to write one large book on a single subject.

Source: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Feedback Loop

No matter what you’re doing in your life, if your time spent leads to a dead end and there is nothing to learn from the experience, what’s the point? Feedback is necessary for learning and helping you grow as a person and as a business. Creating a loop helps you maintain this growth.

If you’re selling a variety of books, a feedback loop would be the reviews of those books from customers. If you’re in a relationship with someone a feedback loop would be their approval of your romantic gestures, or lack of.

Source: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

From Passion to Skill

What you think is fun, you do more of. What you do a lot of  is considered something you’re passionate about. What you’re passionate about, you do so often that you develop skill. This skill develops when you become disproportionately knowledgeable. The more you develop this skill, the more value you bring to the passion.

Painting never made anyone rich. It’s how many paintings they’ve create, the time they spent on those paintings, their skill level and love for their craft, their connections in the industry and the factors of success they’ve generated, adding value, which make them rich.

Source: The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

Accidental Success

Every time I look at YouTubers I see the Passion to Skill fundamental. Especially when you look at the larger YouTubers that’ve left all their videos on their channel, you’ll notice how pathetic and weak their skill was. It was pure passion in the beginning. They created those videos because of all the things they wanted to do, most often, for themselves.

Not long and most often what seems over night, they go viral. Accidental Success is something that happens when you’re focused on your ONE thing and putting your passion first. Do what you do best and what you’ll realize over time is that you’re creating Factors of Success. These factors lead into Disproportionate Success because you’re adding value to the craft and people with money are looking for ways to extract that value.

Suddenly, you have financial opportunities.

Source: Failures, accidental success, and the reason why we do anything these days… by CADs Academy

Factors of Success

Despite what people believe, success in any form, let’s say financial or some means of living happily emotionally, isn’t achieved in one big blast then forgotten. Success happens incrementally. Happiness is best defined as such:

A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp, but if you sit down quietly may alight upon you. – QuoteInvestigator

The same way happiness is achieved by lacking effort, success is achieved by your passive actions and habits. In a 24 hour period you are yourself 24 hours of that time so why not make sure that you exude success passively rather than limited your ability to achieve by setting one time goals for successful actions?

Source: CADs Academy

Purposeful Success

Somewhat discussed in the Factors of Success and Accidental Success, Purposeful Success is something that’s achieved when you set sights on a goal and achieve it through specific and dedicated task completion.

Many Purposeful Successes are middlemen, which while are fantastic in their own way, are awfully difficult to achieve. When Proctor and Gamble wakes up and decides to push a new product, they’ve got such a megaton of resources, products lines, money and research that their success is purposeful.

Source: CADs Academy


Nothing in this world other than water, is more important to you than sleep.


Not money, not love, not relationships and people and warmth or food. Forget it all. Sleep is your friend. Deny and regret your decision sooner or later. One day you’ll simply accept it and thank yourself for what should have been your FIRST concern.

Want to stay up and finish that blog post? No, Sleep. Finish it in the morning.

Want to argue your point with the wife? No, Sleep. Finish it in the morning.

Life will still be there when you wake up.

Source: Every smart person and CADs Academy

Goal Setting

I recently learned about goal setting from a career perspective. What I learned was that emotional roots are the purpose of all human action. This is something that I already knew, by perspective, because without emotions we couldn’t have opinions to drive decision. But practically, what I’ve learned is that everything we do is based on a deep emotional root.

I’m not trying to tell you that those silly psychiatrist stereotypes of  digging into your past and questioning your relationship with your parents as a child are true, but they are.

Every time I ask people why they want to lose weight, gain muscle, look and feel better, gain confidence, it comes out to be some deep seeded issue of “how their loved ones make them feel disgusting and they believe they deserve more from life because it shouldn’t be so difficult to be happy and love myself” or some version thereof.

Source: My Career and CADs Academy


Everyone has a process. I’ll find and document them here but until then, I’ll explain Mantras. They’re the thing that happens just before success. That moment of clarity. A way of addressing your fears, setting yourself up, and getting pumped to make change.

A Mantra is also disguised as The Secret; The Law of Attraction.

Just know this. You can fill your mind with anything you’d like. Fill it with all the possibilities of error you’d like to avoid if that’s what you think will work. The majority of successful people and achievers will not tell you in an interview afterwards that they were constantly doubting themselves and sabotaging their state of mind. Nope, they’ll admit their fears and tell you that they have some process of “getting their head in the game”, then took action on the positive.

Source: Success Stories worldwide

Pareto Principle

As discussed in The ONE Thing, the Pareto Principle was not exactly defined as it is by Pareto however, the message stays the same. Eighty percent of the success from twenty percent of the workload.

In another form, 80/20 necessity rule.

Another form, only 2 of the 8 tasks are relevant.

People place way too much emphasis on working 16 of the 16 hours they’re awake when more than half of what they’re doing is irrelevant. This has been discussed by Gary Vaynerchuk, Seth Godin, Eric Ries, Tony Robbins, James Altucher, Robert Herjavec and Gary Keller and Warren Buffet- that on average:

80 % of what you do means nothing. You need to focus your attention for a few hours a day to get what you want the most. That everything you do outside of your success habit is complimentary but unnecessary.

I believe this is where we see the real effects of Disproportionate Success if you find your ONE thing and spend time creating Factors of Success

Source : Vilfredo Pareto and Joseph M. Juran

Learn to Earn

There is something to be said of the fact that we know nothing when we’re born that everything we’re capable of achieving must to some degree be a part of our knowledge.

You cannot tell a story you do not know. Therefore, the more  you know, the more you can tell. You must learn earn. Learn nothing, earn nothing.

Compare what you know now versus what you knew when you were 10, 20, 30. Are you earning more, financially and emotionally. Are you capable of doing more and earning more now than you were 10, 20, 30 years ago? If you say no,  you’re lying.

Source: Warren Buffet

The Domino Effect

Toppling a domino is simple. To begin the chain reaction is simple. To incrementally increase the speed or size of the task is simple. What’s difficult is knowing where to begin. But how about this, just remember that a domino can topple the next of up to 1.5 times larger it’s own size.

If you started with a 1 inch domino and followed this pattern of 1.5 times the size for only 30 iterations, your last domino would be 127,834 inches tall which is over 10,652 feet up in the air.

Think about that the next time you’re setting up your MVP for iterations of Validated Learning. This compound effect called Disproportionate Success happens with domino toppling as much as it does with personal success in life.

Source: The ONE Thing

The Snowball of Life

The last and final fundamental that I believe sums the whole noodle soup is the Snowball of Life. Simply defined as the purposelessness of your life, the rolling of the snowball through the snow making it larger is irrelevant.

The actual success is in the rolling of the snowball. You see.. In this analogy, every human on the face of the planet is rolling The Snowball of Life. Some of us are rolling it through snow, others through mud, and some through lakes, rivers and city landscapes.

The only snowball rollers who’re failing are those who’ve stopped rolling.

Source: CADs Academy

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Christopher Doiron

Christopher Doiron is the founder of CADs Academy, an online school that focuses on expanding your mind through contextual learning. He is also responsible for the creation of and has authored two books which are available on Amazon.

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