Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY

If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.

Prepare yourself.

WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

You said you needed motivation. I’m going to do what needs to be done to get your ass in gear. NO EXCUSES.

If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. You’ve been warned.


Here goes.

Do you want some motherfucking motivation right now?


Do you want to get some seriously useful shit done today?

Do you want to get off your ass and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back?

Are you sick of not getting anything done?

Let’s DO THIS.

The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Don’t just absorb this and continue sitting around procrastinating.


Follow the steps below carefully.

1. Quit bitching about how tired you are.

The world doesn’t care.

And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. It doesn’t matter.

We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

Did you catch that? It was the secret to life. Seriously.

Let me say it again.

We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

Period. End of story.

2. Read the quotes below. If you have a favorite quote or two you always refer to, read that too.

Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. – Benjamin Franklin

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

3. If the motivation you need is to work on building your own business, watch this video.

I don’t care if you’ve seen it before. Watch it again.

Be warned, if you’re not working towards being self employed, this video might push you in that direction.

4. Put a pot of coffee on or get some tea brewing.

Try a bulletproof coffee if you need an extra kick.

5. If you haven’t eaten something, eat a little snack now.

For god’s sake don’t eat a fucking twinkie or some other junk food.

Eat something healthy. Eat some nuts or fruit. Take your vitamins.

6. Do one of the following three things:

A) Take a shower, OR

B) Go for a brisk walk, OR

C) Call the friend who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little pep talk. Put a 10 minute limit on the conversation.

7. If you’re around people right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.

Just say, “hey, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you because…”

If you’re not around people, think about something or someone you’re grateful for. Go over the reasons you’re grateful in your mind.

Gratitude is happiness. Happiness is motivating. Be grateful more often by thinking about who and what you’re happy for, or by telling someone.

8. If you normally sit down to work, stand up.

Standing up to work is motivating. It gets the blood flowing.

9. Turn off email, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and whatever other social procrastination network you’re part of.

Turn off the TV if it’s on.

Seriously, TURN THEM OFF.

10. Now, put on your favorite music playlist.

Play something that gets you jacked.

Hint: try the playlist you use at the gym.

(If you don’t regularly go to the gym or workout otherwise, start doing that tomorrow. You have to be healthy to stay motivated.)

11. List the top 3 positive outcomes of achieving your task.

Think about what you’re planning to accomplish today.

Don’t worry about everything that’s holding you back from accomplishing it. Instead, focus on the positive things that will happen once you get it done.

For example, if you have homework to do, your list might look like this:

1) I’ll learn something useful.
2) I’ll make myself and my teacher proud of what I accomplished.
3) I’ll get closer to achieving a good grade in the class so I can graduate and move on to doing what I’m really meant to do in life.

Write down the three things. Don’t skip this part. Make sure you focus on the 3 most important outcomes.

12. Think about the part of doing this task that you enjoy.

Most tasks have some enjoyable component to them.

Focus on what you like about what you have to do, no matter how simple or how small. Enjoy the very act of doing your task for what it’s worth.

13. Now here’s the most important part.

Lock yourself in a room with the thing you need to be doing.

Don’t leave until you make some progress.

Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or axe to the grindstone.

Stop looking for external motivation. Stop letting yourself procrastinate.

Start going through the motions of making progress. At first it might feel forced, but eventually you’ll get in the groove.

What to do if this doesn’t work.

We all have things to do that we really just don’t want to do, but have to for some reason. These are the toughest to find motivation for.

For these especially difficult situations, I recommend two things.

First, question whether or not this thing really needs to be done.

What are the consequences of not doing it? Can you live with the consequences? Is there any way to not do this thing?

Then, if you still conclude that this thing absolutely has to get done, focus on simply getting past it.

Imagine the relief of not having this thing on your plate anymore.

How will that make you feel?

Dig deep. See how quickly you can possibly do this thing.

Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.

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Thanks for reading. Now go out and get something important done.

Please share this with someone else who needs motivation.

In the comments below, share your other favorite motivation hacks and tell me what this post helped you achieve.

UPDATE: We’ve just recorded an episode of our podcast about THIS VERY ISSUE.

If you want to listen to some motivation (and learn some tricks for staying motivated) you won’t want to miss it.

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  • Chris C. Ducker


    I absolutely mother-fucking LOVE this post.


    Gonna share it with my entire network, NOW.

    Thanks, man.


    • Corbett

      Boom! Thanks C!

  • Tony

    Corbett, I’m grateful for YOU because your motivation has motivated ME. Thanks for helping pave a way to a better path for many people.

    Good work.

    • Shogo Garcia

      Agreed Tony!

      Corbett, just found this post 11 months after publication, and you got me pumped today :)

      I’m usually not a fan of motivational material, but I can tell you truly wrote this from the heart, and that makes all the difference in the world…

  • Sean Davis

    You’ve got to love this one! No time for a long, drawn out comment. I’ve got shit to do!

  • Kris

    Wow, very very powerful. And very very true. Thanks, you made my day!

  • Everette

    I think I am going to read this every morning now.

  • Maja (sounds like “hiya”)

    Brilliant post!! Love it!

    Your final part particularly attracts my attention as I am personally passionate about deeging really deep to uncover ALL the roots of obstacles holding me back and then work dilligently on removing them…… for ever :-)

    So, in addition to your good advice, here are a couple of things I’d do if I needed to motivate myself to do something that has to be done but I REALLY didn’t enjoy doing it:

    I would block the time in my diary that I will need to finish the task at least a week in advance. This way I would prepare myself psychologically for it e.g. use the week to TRULY and DEEPLY accept it’s ok to hate it with passion, that it’s ok to realy not enjoy it while doing it, that it’s ok to feel and act in the most unpleasant way while doing it (unless it’s customer facing of course) etc. You get the picture…basically, to me it’s about giving myself permission to be honest even if it’d be “frowned upon” – in this case miserable and pissed off with an joyless task at hand . This somehow manages to take the edge of my dislike and turns the activity into a humorous one. And things get done :-)

    In addition to the above, I sit down, remember and write down examples of a few similar times when I completed things I disliked and was satisfied with the result. This I look at daily during the week of psyching myself up for the task.

    This second method also serves another purpose: it reminds me that I can do things I ‘hate’ and that such a skill will come useful many a times again. So, it’s about building a toughness that will serve me well on my way to building my dream.

    And last but not least, I also use many NLP techniques (working with my submodalities) to reduce the effects my demotivating states have on me – and they work a charm! :-)

    Thanks for the great post Corbett!

    I’m now done with this particular procrastination :-) and am off to do some proper work :-)

  • Barbara McDowell

    Wicked good advice!

  • Bunny

    i knew you could Motivate, But never thought you would come after with a baseball Bat :) i better go an do some stuff !

  • Sandi Amorim

    The best reach-through-the-screen-kick-ass coaching I’ve seen in a very long time!

  • Dwayne@TWC

    YESSSSSS!!!! This is EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to tell people. Stop crying and create what you want!! I will be sharing this post with others. Thanks, Corbett.

  • Holly Em

    The hardest part is just starting. Once you’re underway with a task/project, it’s so much easier to get back into the swing.

    No.6 (b) & No. 10 in combination always does the trick for me. If the weather is poor, then simply blasting some pumping music and jumping around the room for a few minutes does wonders.

  • marianney

    Damn, as always, just what I needed to hear at the right time as I put off getting things done yet another day. Thanks again Corbett. :)

  • kathy

    As usual, you are reading my mind (and millions of others)! Thanks for the virtual kick in the ass!

    • Corbett

      The pleasure is mine!

  • John | Married (with Debt)

    “Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.” Great anti-procrastination advice, because procrastination is rooted in the thought that we don’t really want to do what it is.

    If you frame it as a way to move on to something else, that’s a big help. I’m sharing this with everyone I can.

  • Nathalie Lussier

    Great stuff Corbett, it definitely grabs you by the lapels and moves you forward. In fact, I didn’t want to leave a comment – I just wanted to get onto my next task. (But I had to let you know how powerful this was and thank you! :)

    • Corbett

      In that case, I’ll accept this comment because it’s short :) Thanks Nathalie, I hope you get hundreds of awesome things done today.

  • Tess The Bold Life

    Good of done without the swearing but the rest was over the top. I did have to give myself a pep talk this morning. I hate self-whining.

  • Sergio Felix

    Hey Corbett,

    I don’t even swear in Spanish but this was fucking EPIC bro.

    The video got my juices flowing too and I just hope everyone that whines can take a look at this and think about it before doing it again.

    Definitely “Start A Blog That Matters” material, THANK YOU!


  • Jen

    This post is AMAZING. I love Gary Vaynerchuk – I attribute leaving my job to his book Crush It (for better or worse). Watching him on video is insane- he is one jacked up man. Is that just coffee he’s on?? Either way, I love him and you rock for posting this. Everyone should read it. Well done.

  • Jenn Swanson

    Exactly what I needed today. I think I’ll bookmark this. I’ve been working hard and hardly seeing any results…and it’s easy to get discouraged. But I keep hearing people say to persist and just keep creating “epic shit” and eventually things will start to happen. I’ve been at this about 4 months and I have devoted HOURS and HOURS to my site and to learning as much as I can…and some days it seems really hard to justify.

    This post really helped…and I love the video…that guy is on fire!


    • Corbett

      It does get easier, and it is all worth it, BUT you will question whether you should keep going dozens of times before you make it.

      Remember, it’s always darkest before the dawn.

  • Andrew Rowley

    Corbett dude, I seriously appreciate every single fucking post you have put up here. In the past few weeks I have been having some doubts since I started doing something that is somewhat foreign territory to me and this post and video tore me apart, opened me up, slapped the hell out of me, closed me up and kicked me into the streets of my mind and I’m insanely motivated.

    All I can say is thanks for being awesome and a serious fucking motivator. If you’re ever roaming NYC and I’m out I’d be more than happy to buy you a beer for the words dude!

    • Corbett

      Haha, perfect, that’s exactly what I was trying to do. And by that I mean I was trying to get SOMEONE here to offer to buy me a beer in a cool place like NYC. We’ll be there this summer and I’d gladly take you up on that offer.

  • Darren

    Mate, great post, just what I needed for a rainy shitty Tuesday at work….

  • Betsy Talbot

    Thanks for the kick in the pants. You used almost as much profanity as all my favorite workout songs.

    #10 is my go-remedy for the slump. I use the same playlist that got me from being a couch potato to a half-marathon runner to get my juices flowing for a work project.

    When the music goes on, my mind is ready to GO, Motherfucker!

    • Corbett

      Damn, I’d like to get ahold of that playlist Betsy. Sounds pretty kick-ass!

  • kingsley

    That’s being point blank! Thanks for another useful tip.

  • Ashley

    This is absolutely one of the best articles about motivation ever. Hands down.

    Everyone I know must read this! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Laura

    Hmm I have to respectfully disagree – if you want to procrastinate complete steps 1-12, if you want to actually get shit done skip to step #13. That’s my experience. I guess it wouldn’t make for a very exciting blog post though! ;)

    • Corbett

      Haha, I guess that’s why you get such a ridiculous amount of work done Laura. Well played :)

  • Jennifer Belanger

    Great advice!!!! We all need to read this every morning!

  • Jamie Varon

    Seriously read this at the exact right time. I fucking love when that happens. Thanks, Corbett!

    • Corbett

      I love when that happens too :) I hope you rocked it with all that new motivation Jamie.

  • James Clark

    Awesome! Consider it shared, after I have done my work and logged back into my social network sites ;)

  • Rodrigo @ The Brave Man Blog

    FUCK YES! I LOVE THIS KIND OF MOTIVATION! it’s time to ROCK ON!!!! I would like to share something that it’s a little bit weird in the beginning but when you look it in the right angle you learn to love it

  • Caz Makepeace

    Gary Vee is the man motivating me the most lately. He is the BOMB and has made hustle the word of the year for us!!

    You’re following in his footsteps Corbett. Kick ass post.

  • Kristi

    ummmmmmmm MOTIVATED!!!!!

  • Devang

    Hell yeah !!!! awesome article is awesome…… Right Now..I’M AT MY BEST .!!!
    thanks man !!!!!

  • Sarah O

    Awesome kick in the butt. Thanks Drill Sargeant!! Gonna cut and paste this above my desk! Glad you got in #6. Stepping away from the computer is important too, and easy to forget when you’re just telling yourself to GET MOTIVATED. And okay, I guess I’ll actually turn them the fuck OFF (instead of just minimizing the social network/email window – which doesn’t really work.)

    PS: Have you really tried that crazy coffee drink??!

    • Corbett

      Yeah, I’ve tried the bulletproof coffee a couple of times. It’s definitely energizing!

  • Steve Watson

    Superb timing! Don’t need the music I’m jacked just reading this. :) Thanks Corbett

  • Rodney

    Ouch, my butt hurts!

    Thanks for the Muther Effin Shut Yo Mouth Post! I’m still up at 2 in the morning working (coding) my craft.

  • Magnus Forsberg

    Great advice and delivery in the post. Kudos Corbett.

  • Mike

    God bless you, man, for this unbelievable post. WOW, I feel so fuc…ing motivated!… Action! Action! Action!

  • Wendy White

    I was already feeling ultra-motivated, but I read this anyway just because I like getting punched in the face with awesomeness :-P

  • Chris Green

    Awesome Motivation!!!

    I’m going to go get off my ass and make a product now.

  • Doug Campbell

    Thanks Corbett, that ROCKED! I read the post, watched the video, knocked out a chapter of your Start a Blog that Matters course, and came back again for another motivational kickstart!

    • Corbett

      Thanks so much Doug! Come back any time you need another kick.

  • Tanzin

    I’ve just written a part of the first chapter of my report/ebook after reading your post. To start doing something is the hardest part of the task. Thanks, man! :)

    • Corbett


  • Erick

    This reminds me of how my high school soccer coach used to pump us up to crush the competition! You were just a lot more eloquent…

    Combining this kind of intensity with the advice you’ve laid out in “How to Start a Blog that Matters” (which I just signed up for) means I will be unstoppable.

    • Corbett

      That’s the sprit!

  • Dan Sumner

    Awesome shit man! Had some nuts, now I’m going to smash that video series right now

    Thanks man

  • Rodrigo @ The Brave Man Blog

    Here are some hacks I use to motivate myself:

    I set the alarm in my phone to ring with a song that motivates me and that is loud enough to wake me up, I change this every week so my body doesn’t learn to ignore it (usually from Disturbed)

    I jump out of bed and do some jumping while singing the song so I will not go back to bed

    I drink water from a bottle I leave in my room while reading some instructions for the day in my mirror

    Then I read my goals that I have in my chalk board:

    I work out

    I do breakfast while letting my body to cool down

    then I get prepared to get to work and take off while listening to music that motivates me to set the pace of the day

    When I’m feeling weak and want to fail I remember myself how it felt when I failed previous challenges because I gave up and how I felt when I achieve something great and remind me that I don’t want to feel that failure again in my life (something we did in boxing training)

    I support it with music that motivates me (I always carry my headphones with me)

    At night I take 30 min to disconnect with everything and I meditate to remember the things that I have to do the next day, but most importantly, the attitude that I have to keep during the day and when doing the challenges, how do I have to react when feeling weak and what do I have to do in difficult moments (much like shadow boxing)

    I hope this can help somebody :D

  • http:.// Spatch Merlin

    Corbett I really need this right now. Thank you so much. I have been boxing with problems and worries lately. This is definitely a good article to push me back to the working phase. I did most of the activity you listed. Matter of fact, I am listening to my favorite playlist right now. And I’m standing while writing this down. Thanks for the words of inspiration.

    God Bless!

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  • Eugen Oprea

    Corbett, this article is just fantastic!

    I have been planning for a while to stand up while working and I will try this today, even if I have some back problems, but I will see how it goes.


  • Mickey Oddwin

    Mint post man. Shared via Twitter/Facebook/Google+ and soon to be linked to on my blog. I like your style ;)

  • Nicola

    When I’m feeling lazy I remind myself of my favourite quote – which I always write in the front of my diary:

    ‘Failure isn’t the only punishment for laziness, there is also the success of others’

    Thank you for this post – tomorrow the chair is gone, I’m on my toes! (Standing whilst working is my favourite tip!)

  • Brian Tomlinson

    This absolutely frickin rocked dude. This is totally the way to get pumped up and get productively. Keep on keeping it real!!

  • Ruxi

    thanks for the ass kicking. will keep this handy for those slow starting days. ;-)

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  • Stacey Hoepfner

    Oh my fu##en god!! Thank you Corbett!! This post is amazing.. I am contemplating a new venture and this is all the motivation I need.. You’re hilarious also!

  • nitin

    thanks for the shit man…..

    thats surely pumpin the legs out of mah ass……..

    really a buster one……

  • Kay Payos

    this is something i always get back to whenever i get distracted. for step 2, i also always think of your five most encouraging words, mr. barr. thanks. :)

  • Miro the YESMad

    One of these posts you want to write on a piece of paper and do a copy for all people you care about. Real motivational kick. Thank you so much Corbett.

  • ray parker

    Can I get a Hallelujah! in da house … awesome.

  • doi

    this is the first time i stumbled on your site after a friend shared it and i gotta say i’m hooked!

    #9 is something i need to work on seriously to be able to move on and do the things i’m supposed to do. anyway, thanks for sharing this corbett! i definitely need one at the moment.

  • SarahC

    Thank you for posting this! I love it! Keep up the great work! xx

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  • Melody

    Hi Corbett

    This is Melody from China. Yes! you heard that,you’ve got a reader from mainland China!!
    I wanna say thank you for posting this.It’s so awesome! it’s exactly what I need right now or anytime!I I’m definitely gonna share this with friends

    Keep going with the blog! looking forward to read more of them. :)


    • Corbett

      Hey Melody! Thanks for stopping by all the way from China ;)

  • Turner

    Love the Lost bomb. But true. It is so easy to get distracted and fall into living mediocrely because it takes less effort. Good to refocus. Thanks for this.


  • Kurt Frankenberg

    To quote the ineffable Steve Carell:

    “F YOU, you F-ing Mother-Effer!”

    You got me off my ASS and to work. Thanks for that.

    Kurt Frankenberg

  • Fiona Lewis

    Hi Corbett – I was sitting here reading this article nodding my head and thinking, yes, yes, YES!!!

    Absolute gold….

    I will be sharing this as a point of discussion with my community on my members’ webinar next week!


  • carolyn

    Thanks for this very encouraging blog post. I needed to read this today. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff. Thanks a bunch.

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  • Micki

    Putting this sucker in my favs to pull up whenever I need a good, old-fashioned kick in the ass.
    Thanks! Love it.

  • Abraham

    Thanks for kick… guess we all need it sometime.

    I personally use the Pomodoro technique and it helps me get started. I also find automation helps get rid of the procrastination a fair bit. I create a lot of content (and that sure needs a lot motivation) but I have found using voice recognition tools make it a lot easier/faster than having to type it all up manually.

  • Gloria

    You are a dead set champ.

    Excellent delivery of vital information. Love it so much.

    Thank you Corbett.
    Being so true to yourself and your vision has clearly allowed others to shine as well.

    You are greatly appreciated by many.

  • Jeff

    Epic. Love this post.

  • Birgit

    I got to about point 7 and am waiting for the espresso machine to warm up for my shot. I gues down weeks are not the best time to give up the one coffee a day habit. I love coffee smell and the luxury of the little ritual. I have never (!!) given my e-mail to a sign up list THAT fast. I had barely opened your page. But today is one of those days and your opening line somehow got me. I arrived via a google search ‘feeling alive’ .. In case you wonder. OK. espresso and then some action. This miserable week (ok it’s a month) needs a drop kick…. THANK YOU. I have a feeling you’ll be my new best imaginary friend!

  • Niall

    Loved this- just bloody do it! That’s the answer.

    If you have internal or external voices telling you that you cannot do something, the best way to shut them up it to just fucking do it!!

  • Char

    Absolutely needed this kick up the butt! THANKYOU!

  • karen

    Awesome post. I study a myriad of resources for helping myself and others get unstuck & motivated etc. Your post rocks. Love it. Thank you.

  • Adam

    Thanks Corbett
    I really needed that.
    The 2 things I loved the most were:

    1.The quote: “We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.”
    It’s well known and I think it’s true. It’s so clever in its simplicity. And it’s a good reminder as we’re often forgetting that everyone’s facing the same obstacles

    3.Gary’s video.
    That guy is an energy bomb and he always gets to motivate me. I’ve read both his books and his first one, “Crash it!” was a true motivator for me.

    I’m adding your post to my secret motivational arsenal…

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  • Melissa

    I will have you know that I have been putting off getting my room/office/car cleaned and organized for…..months. As soon as I finished reading this blog post, I got my room/office/car cleaned, started my laundry, cooked supper, emptied the dishwasher, and cleaned the floors. All in one day! I feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for yelling and swearing at me. It was exactly what I needed!

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  • Amelia

    I love the video super..” If you want that bling bling thing… WORK!!”

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  • Zach

    Fantastic. Love it

  • Gaielle

    It made me smile and actually wanna do something. Funny cz it represents pure reality. Especially the video caption “I don’t care if you’ve seen it before. Watch it again.”
    i said to myself oh i know it im not gona watch it again and then saw the caption!
    Damn it hit me! I am lazy and need motivation.

  • Irma

    And so I stumble in to this page at the break point of the term, when the stress and tiredness and the almost impossible urge to whine is floating in the air of my studio. Quite motivating, actually. It makes me feel sorry for the fucking crying, I know you don’t give a fuck, and I don’t give a fuck that you don’t. So, I’ll get back to work. Thank you.

  • Rudy

    Its so true to take a stand up position while you working.. I tried and it absolute work..

    Thanks for this fabulous post..

  • Brad

    I’ve been going through a TON of changes in my life right now… this post is doing a lot for me in, so many ways – thank you for shining your passion through in this post kind sir, it is most appreciated!

  • Lauren

    Love, love, love this post! It needs to read by everyone!

  • Peggy-Sue

    Man, I’m feeling motivated as FUCK. Time to get some shit DONE.

  • Rahat

    This is the first time a post made me laugh. Its time to get my SHIT together and get started

  • Julia

    Hey, high school student here. I’m sort of getting into the senior slide, so i’ve been visiting this a lot. Thanks for the help :) Now I’m gonna do Latin homework….. after reading it one more time.

  • Hannah


    Thank you and I am going to share it on our FB page. I am doing something I love and enjoy, but sometimes I feel tired and can’t do my best- that make me upset as I am very hard working person.

    Thank you Corbett for taking the time to put all the above togther…

  • Derek lauber

    This was absolutely tremendous and I loved it. I feel like my work and life has been all over the place, but after reading your post and listening to Gary it is so clear…focus on what you love and work your ass off.

    This rocked!

  • Ali

    That was just awesome, especially no. 13
    LOCK YOURSELF and stay there!

  • Tshering

    True motivation. Alright back to get something done now ;)

  • Heri Purnomo

    Bloody awesome post, thanks…

  • Renayv

    Absolutely fabulous !!!! Sharing is caring….woohoo Ty!!!!!

  • Nancy

    Finally got my gutters cleaned out, right after I finished reading this. Thanks!

  • kathy

    It is straight to the point………..I like to play music when I work too. It motivates me and gets me in the mood to get more done.

  • Mukul Bhardwaj

    Hey, I must say that this is something really motivating. I am myself a blogger who writes on making yourself for better and happy life. I have never read a post with such enthusiasm. The way you “shouted”, was brilliant, it gives a blow to me. Although I would suggest you to create a podcast or an audio file on this topic. It would really get 100% of the effect.

    It made me to write another post on motivation and developing interest in ourselves. Language is rough, but I guess that is essence of this post. I wrote to developing positive attitude if you may wanna check at
    The matter, although, is not as motivating as yours.

    Keep writing! :)

  • Mathilde Mougin

    Loving this post so much that after reading it quite a few times myself, I decided I just needed to share the looooove! Good Monday morning kick up the… for me. For everyone. Thanks Mr Barr!

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  • Skye

    Thank you, this is just the thing I needed

  • Vedette

    I do the exact same thing when I need motivation, I turn off everything and put on my favorite playlist. It is a great way to get some work done.

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  • Tcheula Lienou

    it WORKS, I smiled while reading through this post and when I was mid way through it, I opened a tab next to it and wrote a post that had been on my mind for about a week. Now I’m back to say, Thank You!

  • Scot

    I would like to add from a forgotten source.

    Do the hard stuff first! Work through it. It is best to take a break when you know what to do next, not every time you get frustrated.

  • Muhammad Aamir

    Man great post!
    ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish.

  • nomadic translator Maria

    BAM! right on. I need to get a lot done today, so thanks for this ;D

    and happy new year by the way!

    -Maria Alexandra

  • Manda

    Absolutely stunning!!
    I was scouting around for a one liner or two, printable, to go up on my cupboard to motivate the kids…..
    And instead you motivated ME!!
    *takes hat off to you sir!!*
    And now…to do those crappy jobs I don’t wanna do. Maybe my music will rival that of my teen-kids!!

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  • Harsha M V

    I am pumped ;-)

  • Renea

    Hilarious because it is so true! This totally cracked me up and also put a foot in it…my behind that is…Thanks, Corbett! Your awesome!::))

  • blahblah

    OMG now i’m gonna actually do my hated global homework

  • Josh

    I wasn’t able to get past #9. I had to shut down my computer… :)

  • sam

    WOW! I have no idea how to thank you ! I think that it actually saved my life from getting DESTROYED!

  • Candice

    Fuck to the yeah! Late night dicking around on Stumble Upon is made of win! I found this after getting mega work done, but hey it’s the tits for tomorrow morning too. ;)

  • daniel

    yh that is some motivation. we need it everyday to keep us going, like Zig Ziglar said “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily”

  • jenny at dapperhouse

    thank you. Karma sent me to get exactly what I needed here.

  • Youngjoon Kim

    Thanks for this post man. Lately I have some trouble doing anything productive…Seems like everything around me (internet, facebook, entertainment sites) is saying “You are lazy, and that’s alright” NO THAT’S NOT ALRIGHT GET OUT OF MY HEAD! So yes. I just gotta turn off my internet while doing something that has to be done.

    Thanks for the post again!

  • Will Shea

    Dude I found this on stumble upon, which means you caught me in the act of procrastinating

    • Will Shea

      I was procrastinating when I found this. Thank you so much!

  • Alex Iacob

    This post reminds me of a ted talk by a woman (I can’t remember her name) who talks about the amount of energy needed to get up in the morning, out of a warm bed into a cold, dark room. She called it “activation energy” and it was a powerful analogy to what is required to getting any kind of thing done. I think this post helps push people out of that warm bed. Great work!

  • inki

    may I do this in German? SCHEISSE DAS MACH ICH JETZT! thanks so much love inki

  • M

    Okay I will:
    When you have something to be done, most of the times you think “I’ll just do it later”
    Change that, when this pops up think instead “I’ll just do it now” and go about it.
    After a few days it will be programmed into your brains. ;)

  • Natalie Normyle

    I LOVE this Post!
    “Quit bitching about how tired you are.

    The world doesn’t care.

    And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. It doesn’t matter.

    We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

    Did you catch that? It was the secret to life. Seriously.

    Let me say it again.

    We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

    Period. End of story.”

    When I’m really having a pity party I tell myself that no matter how bad I think my life is, billions of people would think they won the lottery to have my life, petty problems and all.

    • kathy

      people tell ask me what is wrong and I just don’t know then they say you are lucky I wouldn’t say that

  • Clarence

    I really needed this today! i’m MOTHERFUCKING MOTIVATED now! Thank you.

  • IV

    I’m trying to get a book written. I CAN’T THINK OF WHAT TO WRITE AMD IT”S NOT DONE YET! I thought getting it out and looking at it would help, but it didn’t. So I looked here. Now I feel like getting it done, but I’m still getting no ideas…

  • Eddy Mihalache

    Great read ! Straight to the point, no sugar coating !

  • mirela

    ‘the world doesn’t care’ – this should be our biggest motivation. feeling down is just an option and we choose it because it’s easier. great post!

  • sandeep

    this direct statements motivates alot … u have done it by saying ” Do Something Right Now..!!!”

  • Edwin

    A lot of us think just about our limitations that’s why we don’t take action. Motivation should come from our vision and goals in life. Great encouragement really to just do it and not procrastinate.

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  • Jake Johnson

    Dude, I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ve got to let you know how much this post has changed me.

    I read this and watch Gary’s video every morning, and I’m seriously a completely different person now. I don’t have to struggle to find motivation, because it’s right in front of me as I start each day. Thank you so much for the passion and energy you put into this post. It has changed my life, not exaggerating at all.

    Keep up the epic work!

    Jake Johnson

  • Jared


    I need to print this out and shout it to myself every morning…

    Thank you. (y)

  • William

    You just said everything I’ve ever wanted to say about motivation and more. I give this link to my friends when they start whining about how tired and unmotivated they are.

  • Mike

    Thanks this helped alot! I’m going to be productive today!

  • Cookie

    You are right. Thanks for the motivation today.

  • SeAndra

    Thanks I needed that. And oddly enough, I totally enjoyed that “swift kick.”

  • James

    This is just what I needed. Found your post when searching questions about FB ads and this post title caught my eye. I’m going to take some real action today and do some things I’ve been putting off. It is easy to get lulled into unproductive states when we think we’re working but just piddling around. Thanks for the lift!

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  • Melissa

    :) Thank you so much. I don’t know what else to say :)

  • Samantha

    THANK YOU! I so needed this – after doing nothing productive all day, i found this and suddenly my chewing gum became less interesting! Very inspiring and i’m definitely passing this on to all my friends and family.

  • Liza

    Thank you for honest words and shove in the right direction. You’ve turned my month around. Now for the doing ….

  • Anthony

    Thanks to this site, I had a productive sprint that brought me nearly to the end of a software contract that has dragged on far too long with so many damn contradictory changes in the product specification that I was almost ready to throw in the towel and lose money.

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  • Ellen , RN

    These are words to live by. Got me going today. Thanks Corbett.

  • Ali

    Marvelous. Makes sense
    I’d like to add another, my own experience:
    Look at everything from above. like a commander looking at his battle field.
    you don’t have to solve everything at the same time, collapse it to some minor steps,
    then deal with it.
    wish you luck

  • poonam rajput

    Awesome… Was depressed…. Bt m feeling better now…. Love u

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  • William

    Thank you so much! I sometimes slip due to PTSD (stress) from marine corps combat and even the smallest of tasks can sometimes be overwhelming. Today was one of those days… I motivated myself up enough to look on the web for motivation and cans across your post.. Thanks!
    (By the way the cursing did not in any way affect the positivity in your post). Kick ass man

  • Marc V

    This is a very, very intelligent guy. He also has more energy(if he worked 15 hr days for 7 yrs!!!) than 98% of us will ever have. Im sorry to say, most of us cannot replicate what he did. Why? Thats the problem-There are soooo many reasons. What if his passion was fruit loops instead of wine? Would he ever in 1000 yrs be offered a tv show for it. Yet this guy is worth listening to.

    As far as building brand equity, some of us arent creative enough to think of a name for a slice of Pizza let alone a whole company model. And what about shy people? Are they just f-cked from the beginning or should they just do another Anthony Robbins firewalk? Im just playing devils advocate here guys.

  • Dominic Farquharson

    Thank you so much for this. I really needed this kick in the pants.

  • Ines

    Thanks! it took me a while but it helped. Loved the video! and Steve Job´s phrase is now my laptop´s screen.

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  • Krystal Kovacs

    Amazing post! Love your blunt no-crap approach – it’s what we need in times of feeling under the weather.

  • Soum

    Thanks again :)

  • Jason

    I’m 28 years old, married with a child on the way. I have a great wife, family and friends. I’m self employed for a couple of years now in my profession of eight years. My income is probably slightly below the wage of an average person. For years – as long as I can remember – I’ve never had any REAL desire. Any REAL ambition. School never meant much to me. I never aimed for A grades; I was happy with C grades. I was always more interested in doing stuff that I didn’t need to do. My employed life has been the same. I do just enough to get by and pay the bills, and that’s it. But up until recently, something has changed.

    For the past few months I’ve been experiencing something strange. It’s like a burning desire inside my chest to become someone, I mean REALLY someone. And it just won’t go away. As a matter of fact, it’s growing. It’s like I need to put that old person behind me, surround myself with the greatest, most inspirational people this world has ever seen and heard and be like them. And it makes me want much more than what I have right now.

    In my new-found quest to succeed, I need constant reminders of where I want to be. I struggle with procrastination – no doubt the major factor as to why I’ve had this ‘close enough is good enough’ attitude for all these years – which is how I came across this post. Thank you for the words of motivation. You have inspired me to push myself one more rung up the ladder towards my goal of wealth, recognition, or whatever it is I’m looking for.

    I will be somebody. It may not be tomorrow. It may not be in my current profession. But MARK MY WORDS: one day people will know my name, and I will become an inspiration to others as others have been to me. Here I come.

    • Tiare

      Today is your someday, Jason! Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal. So stay focused and strong. Sending you positive vibes.

    • Jonathan Howard

      “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – I love this :D

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  • WendyLee

    This is by far the best motivational article I have ever read in my entire life. I’ve read a ton of them and none of them really helped much.

    I got so much done yesterday just because of this article. “Thank you” doesn’t really say it. I don’t know how to say it, all I know is that this alone has changed my life. Seriously.

  • Akanksha

    Really needed this right now. Thank you :)

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  • Wiritto

    Just what I needed to read this morning.
    You guys are AWESOME!!!

  • consulting marketplace

    Good read. cheers.

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  • Rayne

    LMAO very very funny. This is the first article on motivation that I was motivated in reading all the way through. I’m sure those moments of spacing out today in an unmotivated moment I’m going to hear you say ” JUST GET YOU’RE ASS MOVING!” Some of us need a miniature you sitting on our shoulders. Lol

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  • Cara

    Ahhh, that’s brilliant! Thank you for that. It’s put me in a good mood for tomorrow to do stuff :D

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  • Jeremy

    It’s so easy to lose focus and encounter adversity. I normally find that I’ll be rolling along for about 3 months and then I lose steam. It’s sort of my pattern. But reading this post again when I hit that snag will definitely be the kick in the arse that I need! Brutally honest and motivating. Thanks for the great read!

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  • Heidi

    Just what I needed for a kick today! Nice work. Thank-you. I’m all over it….

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  • DAM

    The problem really is that motivation just stays for that moment or for say an hour….later, its a goner…..we fall in to our daily routine…..the spark to live life with jest, has been missing for a while now…….

  • MustSucceed

    I’m going to use this knowledge to start my own Software company I will do that ASAP, no procrastination.

  • fele rocks

    I stopped reading at point #12

    Guess I’m not motivated enough to finish a simple reading about motivation


  • azalea

    Thanks! That was amazing

  • bt

    totally useless. says nothing new. I’m waaaaay past any of those points. I need to get shit done right now. I can’t live with the consequences, but I absolutely loathe what I have to do and no matter how necessary I know it is I can’t bring myself to do it. How come no one on the internet understands this.

    • noname

      I know this feeling.. when you’re so sick of or unconfident about the task that you feel actual revulsion and it kicks in after only a few seconds of trying to work on it.

      Only thing that works for me is to break the task into TINY pieces and find something fun that I really want to do, that can also be broken into tiny pieces. Every tiny goal accomplished in the task (add one slide to my talk, write a single paragraph of this document, whatever) I get to do a tiny bit of the fun thing (5 moves in this turn based game, one page of what I was reading, etc).

      It’s a bit extreme but it gets you past the initial psychological hump because you know you’ll only be working on it for the next minute or so. And then once you’ve got properly started and can see the shape of the solution, the task usually seems less horrible.

  • Flannigan

    Dude, this completely unmotivated me. Sorry, mate.

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  • Dilpreet Bhatia

    :) its not that bad Flannigan. I just feel that internet and reading posts sometimes, keeps one in the loop, instead taking action. !! You shift from one post to another, just to look for motivation, and 2 hrs are gone.!! Its important to take action, even when you are not motivated!

  • winteriscoming

    very realistic, to the point! thanks c! this article is wonderful! Fuck yeah I’m going to get shit done RIGHT NOW!!

  • Bani

    I think it was pretty good, and pretty entertaining. That part about writing the three points down is pretty motivating. And this is to all those who felt ‘UNmotivated': Sweetheart, if you were motivated in the first place, why come here? To the creators/writers/editors: Thank you.

  • The Brain

    After countless failed attempts to take over the world with the help of my assistant Pinky, I was feeling morose but thanks to this post i realised that every failure is a step closer to success and that one day the world will bow down to my genius. Allow me to express my gratitude human.

  • ariellamaze

    This is fantastic advice. I can do it.

  • Someone Mcmindyourownbusiness

    Awesome Post! There are a lot of posts on motivation scattered all over the internet, but the way in which this was presented really got me going.
    Thanks a lot, and keep up the good work!

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  • Danny

    Right now, I went through a whole loop of unmotivated life, and I actually felt that I need to get SHIT done!! My business failed…. but myself didn’t want to study.. I felt this GIANT WALL surrounding me… BUT NOW! IM THROUGH WITH IS UNMOTIVATIONAL BULLSHIT! This post helped me feel more assured. seems like some people are not, but feeling motivation by these type of post, I think its really up to how fucked up you think you are, and now you feel like you need to get the FUCK UP! and DO SOMETHING!! JUST DO IT! Do it and do it and do it. I be back when I make a lot of money. stereo typical? NO. I want to make so much that would make me SICK!
    The things that I hated doing, procrastinated, things, I feel like these things are just steps for me to DO ThIS!!! PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE ME… WAKE UP. please just WAKE UP and look around. and realize there is REALLY nothing you CANT do.
    I love you world, Im ready to get out and make shit happen!
    I wish best of luck to you all.

    Make it happen. MOVE YOUR ASS

  • iDock Mobi

    If nothing else, “Turn of the Social Procrastination” is key to most things. It’s a MUST!!! Now, what was I doing, lol.


    Un-motivating.. leading to procrastination by having to read all of these comments

  • Mei Sze Phung

    Ah, I love you guys so much! <3 Thanks for this!

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  • j

    lawd I needed this. THANKS, GUYS! :)

  • Jason Love

    I have a hard time being motivated to exercise. Which is a little bit of a paradox since exercise helps motivation. I guess I’ll have to use one of your other motivational techniques to overcome this.

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  • kathy

    I suffer from depression and right now im having a bad day have done nothing today just sleep and smoke my health is not good and my husband doesent even try to motivate me what should I do

  • kathy

    are you for real?

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