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Episode Info: What happens when the personal and professional life we have planned comes unraveled with a series of setbacks? Is there a way to reframe the most stressful period of our lives as an opportunity? Marc and Angel Chernoff contend that the way we spend our days is the way we spend our lives, and when they came up against back-to-back tragedy, the couple ruthlessly examined their everyday habits. And one by one, they started to incorporate new daily rituals. Little things that got them closer to where they wanted to be. So, how can we work through our own tornado moments and use the experience to grow? How can we learn to excel—even as our world is falling apart? Today, Jeffrey examines the art of life design with Marc and Angel, the creators of the Marc & Angel Hack Life Blog and bestselling authors of Getting Back to Happy and 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently. Marc and Angel share the series of personal tragedies that led to their work in the personal development space and the challenge they faced in shifting their own daily habits. The couple discusses what they had to unlearn to build a collective personal brand and speaks to their ability to translate complex theory into actionable insight. Listen in as Marc and Angel challenge us to ask what’s worth suffering for and learn why rituals are essential in shaping our days along the journey to an excellent life. Key Takeaways [0:02] How to turn tornado moments into opportunities Ruthlessly examine every part of daily habits Muster courage to shape life of excellence [5:51] How Marc & Angel’s young genius informs their current work Marc given freedom to explore spirituality at young age Angel always driven + competitive, desire to be #1 [10:22] What Marc & Angel’s life was like before their tornado moment Pursuing careers in computer engineering + business Unrestricted, relatively carefree young adult life [12:31] The series of tragedies that led Marc & Angel to personal development Mutual best friend passed away and Angel’s brother committed suicide Angel lost job (primary source of income for couple) Turn to distraction to numb pain, avoid real conversation [17:32] The challenge Marc & Angel faced in shifting their daily habits Difficult to acknowledge that daily habits not serving them Do one thing to break cycle (started with 45-minute walk) Add daily rituals like reading + blogging for accountability [22:50] When Marc & Angel realized their blog could be a business Audience resonated with story, asked for one-on-one help Several articles went viral and fueled traffic to site [27:14] What Marc & Angel had to unlearn to build a collective personal brand Define specific roles, afford each other autonomy and respect Embrace mantra ‘this is not my job’ [31:48] How Marc & Angel developed the discipline to turn theory into actionable insights Identify principles to take us from where we are to where we want to be Make ideas simple ...
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