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We have all heard Einsteins definition of insanity (or was it a Chinese proverb?) as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It is something that people throw out via meme, tweet, t-shirt, bumper sticker etc. yet, almost every one of us continues to do the same thing day after day. We are after all, creatures of habit. And I am not the exception.

I like to talk shit about how the world works and bloviate about politics and philosophy, but I rarely take the time to look at myself. Sure I beat myself up here and there, but I rarely talk in depth about my real flaws or focus on the fact that I am often part of the problem, not of the solution.

Give me a website that is not converting and I can show you how to drive traffic, build engagement and increase conversions. It’s like optimizing digital products comes naturally to me, but ask me to fix myself and the blinders come on. My ego throws up a wall that stops me from objectively looking at what is really wrong. I raise the barriers and start to defend my behaviors. I get frustrated and of course, nothing changes. Then, like clockwork, I begin to hate myself for being so stubborn.

But today I am trying something different. Today is the first of my 30 Days of Thought Challenge, and I have decided to do something completely different today than I have done every day for the last 5+ years of my life. Starting with this post and the admission that I need to change myself before I can ask or guide others to change themselves.

That being said, not only am I starting a writing challenge, but I will also be working to change a few of my bad behaviors over the next 29 days as well. For instance, today I set and alarm for the first time in years, I woke up early and I even thought about eating a healthy lunch. See, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? But those are all surface issues and this is where I hit my first real barrier.

You see, I have been struggling with a few issues that I am not sure I’m ready to share just yet, but I have a sneaky suspicion that they may all come out during the course of this challenge. I intend to purge my mind, body and spirit over the next 30 days and I’m going to do it right here on this blog. So I hope you’ll join me because I am going to need your support in sticking with this thing.

If you do decide to join me on this quest, thenfeel free to share your 30 Days of Thought with me as we go along. Feel free to use the same format, and then share your thoughts in the comments of each article or send them via email to

You can also share with us on social media by tweeting @RayTirado and using the #30DOT in your posts!

That is all for today. See you fuckers tomorrow.

Just a note:

Most of my blog articles are super long and heady. This challenge is not about posting long, well articulated arguments about how the world works. This experiment is about sticking to a new set of behaviors over the next 30 days in order to try and change some of my stubborn habits. That being said, these posts may be all over the place. Think of them as unedited journal entires. There may be some typos here and there and sometimes they might be short, sometimes they might be super long. At the end of the day, I am just challenging myself to stick with it for 30 days and then look back from there.

11 replies
  1. Gods of Mayhem (@godsofmayhem)
    Gods of Mayhem (@godsofmayhem) says:

    Day 1 – Today I Am Doing Something Different

    I am going to be myself. I am going to do me. I going to do business the way I feel is right. I’m going to connect with the people I have seen along the way who I feel are inline with my goals, my ideas, and who I feel inspired by when I see there emails in my inbox. I’m going to see what they are doing in there lives.

    I’m going to learn how to make something I want to have to sell. I’m going to write what I want to say and tomorrow I’m not going to regret saying or doing what I do today – even if it was wrong or bad. I will take it as it comes, apologize when necessary and accept praise when it is given by simply saying, “Thank You”

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    • Raymmar Tirado
      Raymmar Tirado says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for sharing the post!

      I agree. Do you, share your thoughts. Be bold and never look back. Ok, well sometimes look back, but only to make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes.

      Interesting link there by the way. Are you involved with that website?

      • Gods of Mayhem (@godsofmayhem)
        Gods of Mayhem (@godsofmayhem) says:

        Yes. I chat with the founder and some times other people, like I chat with you. I give my opinion, observation, idea, command, etc. when I feel I have something to say. And he’s liked me so far :) mostly since I know he is working to build his community I thought the challenge might be something to fit the platform. Did I mention its a crowdfunding community and most campaigns last 30 days?

        Oh and one of my connections on LinkedIn started the campaign today too! We’ll see how long she does it!

    • Raymmar Tirado
      Raymmar Tirado says:

      You rock! Thanks for joining in.

      That is exactly what this is all about. It’s about finding yourself inside of others and encouraging them to find themselves inside of your thoughts.


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