Be the Master

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post here entitled, “Be the Master, or Go Away.” The basic gist was the we’ve all had someone help us in our lives and careers; if you’re not lining yourself up to do the same, then you’re kind of just consuming resources, and you should stop it.

The feedback was pretty good, but I realized that I could be a lot more prescriptive in the message. Some people don’t know how to start helping others, and paying back their “debt.” Many of us don’t think we’re “worthy” of helping others yet.

And so I wrote Be the Master, which is now in its fourth edition. It’s a book about defining your success, achieving that success, and realizing that you are worthy.

For me, it’s a hugely important message. So much so, that I’ve made a trimmed-down version of the book, based on the third edition, available for free. Get it as a PDF, MOBI, and EPUB all in one download. If it speaks to you, I strongly urge you to grab the fourth edition, either on Amazon or, if you prefer ebooks and aren’t a Kindle Unlimited user, on Leanpub.

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Many of the posts on this site relate to Be the Master, and try to address some of the bad ideas we all build up in our heads about ourselves, about teaching, about success, and more. Browse around and see what you think.

On Success

One of the first things The Grind (from Be the Master) has you do is Define Your Success. I can’t stress enough how important this is, or how much people can overthink this. Look, I’m not saying you need to sit down and write stuff like, “I will be the new Bon Jovi.” People hear […]

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“Discipline:” A Definition

We all put things off. Typically, if something isn’t contributing directly to our immediate survival or pleasure, it’s easy to put it off. Folks will tell you that not putting it off is a sign of discipline. But what is discipline? In my book, discipline is nothing more than remembering why you wanted to do […]

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Who are Your Stakeholders, and What are Their Values?

I’m married, with no kids. But I do have some extremely close friends who are every bit part of my family. They’re my stakeholders. If I want to make a change in my life, they need to buy off on it, and they get a say in it. Their values are important to me. They […]

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Get the Book

  • Be the Master: Special Edition is an ebook based on the 3rd edition, and is designed to be a concise, immediately actionable entry into Mastery. It’s free, and you can click the Download button above to get it.
  • Be the Master, 4th edition is the current edition of the book, available as a Leanpub ebook or in Kindle or paperback from Amazon. It’s included in Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. If you’re ready for something that’s more actionable, more real-world, and more in-depth, this is the one for you.
  • Be the Master, 4th edition Audiobook, read by the author, is available as a DRM-free M4B audiobook. Purchase it directly from the author.
  • The Grind is the workbook referenced in Be the Master; you can get a print-it-yourself PDF that can be used in any year. You can also get a spiral-bound hardcopy that’s laid out specifically for the current year.


Check out a “Be the Master” workshop, either in-person, online, or held privately for your team or group. You can also purchase the audio recording from a six-hour workshop to experience it at your own pace. Learn more >