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  • A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut.

  • So I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days.

  • The idea is actually pretty simple.

  • Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.

  • It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit--like watching the news--from your life.

  • There's a few things I learned while doing these 30-days challenges.

  • The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable.

  • This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month.

  • And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day.

  • I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, my self-confidence grew.

  • I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work -- for fun.

  • Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

  • I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges.

  • I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days.

  • Have you ever wanted to write a novel?

  • Every November, tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000-word novel from scratch in 30 days.

  • It turns out, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a day for a month.

  • So I did.

  • By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you've written your words for the day.

  • You might be sleep-deprived, but you'll finish your novel.

  • Now is my book the next great American novel?

  • No, I wrote it in a month.

  • It's awful.

  • But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don't have to say, "I'm a computer scientist."

  • No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist."

  • So here's one last thing I'd like to mention.

  • I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick.

  • There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges.

  • In fact, they're a ton of fun.

  • But they're less likely to stick.

  • When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.

  • So here's my question to you: What are you waiting for?

  • I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not.

  • So why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?

  • Thanks.

A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut.

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