Using Meta-Habits and Foundational Principles to Improve Your Life with Daniel DiPiazza

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Daniel DiPiazza is the founder of Rich20Something, where he teaches young people how to start businesses they care about and live happier lives. He's also the author of the book Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start an Epic Business, and Score the Life You Want (which I am fortunate enough to be a part of). You can find him on Instagram @Rich20Something.

Daniel and I have been friends for a few years so this is a fun interview. We talk about a variety of topics including:

  • How he built his first business that allowed him to quit his job
  • Why he journals every day
  • The power of consistency
  • The difference between working IN your life versus working ON your life
  • His morning routine
  • Foundational principles and the philosophy that spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink both live by
  • His reasons for using DMT

My favorite part is when we discuss working on your life on a macro level -- what that looks like and why it's important (starting at around 24:55). We discuss various behaviors I like to think of as meta-habits (although I don't think we ever actually use this term in our conversation).

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Selected Links and Resources From the Episode:

Principles by Ray Dalio

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Tao Te Ching

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Jocko Willink's "Good" philosophy

Eckhart Tolle's "Accept What Is" philosophy

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Jim Kwik (memory and brain performance training)

What It’s Like to Die: Meeting God Through My Experiences With DMT by Daniel DiPiazza

Daniel's Alpha Mentorship Program

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Fast forward a year, it had amassed an audience of about 100,000 followers. I starting receiving messages of gratitude from complete strangers. People were inspired and moved by my posts. 

I was enjoying creating this content that seemed to resonate with so many people and I wanted to keep doing it...but I also had to eat! If I wanted to continue, I knew I needed to figure out a way to start making some money to compensate myself for the time I was spending on this project, which was up to 5-6 hours a day...

3 Steps to Succeed on Social Media

No matter how you slice it, we live in a world of likes, followers and views. Because of this, we are often looking to be validated in all of our social media channels. One of the most common questions I receive via email is how to make content go “viral” and get a large social media following.

I decided to answer this FAQ with a blog post. :)

Social media is everywhere and it’s no longer something that is viewed as a waste of time. Quite the opposite. Social media is now a marketable job skill, it’s something you can put on your resume (or LinkedIn).

Whether you approach social media as an entrepreneur, employee or just for your personal life there seem to be so many strategies, complicated processes and filters that you need to be successful.

I think it’s a lot simpler than that.

There are three foundational things that most people and brands with large and engaged followings are all doing.