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Aftermath: The Motivation Hacker

It's been almost six months since I published The Motivation Hacker, my book on how to get yourself to want to do what you always wanted to want to do. Here's what surprised me.

Sales (updates: First Year Book Sales, Second Year Book Sales, Fourth Year Book Sales)

I use a site called PredictionBook to compare my private guesses to reality for things like this. It helps me be less overconfident. I took a brutal calibration beating on my predictions for how many copies I'd sell in the first six months:

Here's how many I actually sold:

Where have I been?

On Python Bake

Last three weeks have been tumultuous to say the very least. I have realized that I have to step back and try to deal with some demons that have been lurking in my life for some time - lack of focus, lack of self-control, procrastination.

I have been struggling over the past few weeks to try and identify the specific steps that I need to take to address these issues. I have also resolved that I will not be pursuing Python at this time and will instead focus on skills that are more relevant to my career, like improving my writing and studying the area of law relevant to my job.

My temporary goal of learning Python was really just a distraction, an escapism that is part of a greater pattern in my life of leaving things behind when the going gets tough. I have a short attention span and often shift focus when I get bored.

But this behavior is not sustainable. While in many ways it has led me to my current career, which is a great one, it is now an unwanted habit since I would like to remain and succeed.

I started following zenhabits and will try to implement Leo's recommendations from Zen to Done to get my life in order and retake control of my life. This all sounds cheesy, but it is something I absolutely have to do now that I will be a father soon.

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