Friday Ignite 9 – Critique The Critics

Last week I started writing my first book.

Why I waited so long to finally do it is beyond me but now that I’ve started the “momentum” is picking up big time.

I’m doing a ton of research for this book by talking to people who have reinvented themselves in 1 or more areas of life. At the end of week 2 I have completed 22 hours of interviews with at least 30 more to go. By the way… all of my other tasks and responsibilities have not gone away so I have literally proven to myself that not writing my book up until now was just an excuse.

Here’s the amazing part. EVERY single interview has been a life changing experience. When you take time to sit down and ask people deep questions about how they have been able to transform or reinvent themselves, you start looking at how you may have been limiting yourself.

Today’s video talks about 1 particular story I learned from an interviewee about how she took a stand and refused to let a serious diagnosis make her life miserable.

Would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, reflections in the comments below.

Thanks 🙂

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15 Responses to Friday Ignite 9 – Critique The Critics

  1. Ted October 5, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Dude – amazing story re: the MS diagnosis, amazing video in general – and an overall great point.

    One of the first thoughts i had while watching was how “critical” the Internet Marketing world is. I don’t know if it is the anonymity of the net, the massive amount of people you can connect with or just people lashing out because they got burned before, but working online leads to massive criticism, no matter what it seems.

    Videos, like yours above, really help to keep that criticism in perspective.

    No exaggeration at all, if a friend of mine asked me how to get started in Internet Marketing, I would make this video one of their must-views. Dealing with criticism is a massive issue in the online market, and any perspective on the issue is appreciated. Thanks for the insight!

    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks man and that’s an awesome compliment what you said in your last paragraph. Maybe I could take a video like this and add it to some business training before people even get started on the tactical how-to stuff?? Great call… thanks for the idea!

  2. Brad Gosse October 5, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Great video man.

    So cool to hear all the stories of the people you are interviewing. This will be a life changing journey for you and anyone who ends up reading your book 🙂
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    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Yeah the interviews have been unbelievable and very eye opening. So many cool stories and inspiring people we can all learn from.

  3. Diane October 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm #


    As usual, you are right on with your advice. It simply could not be truer. As far as listening to other people goes, I’m way past doing that for some good reasons. People, with all due respect, do the best they can, but we’re all fallible. We all lie ( some a whole lot more than others), and we all lie to ourselves. The thing I pay attention to is how people ACT because that tells the truth about who they really are. I’ve found this to be so true that I have a permanent filter on when I listen to people, but I’m all eyes to see what they do.

    Ted, I’m with you about IM. It’s a new level of hype and dishonesty. After a while, I think, we become immune. But I really have sympathy for the new people who are overwhelmed and want so much to get some guidance. That’s a shame when they are taken for big $.

    Great video, Justin. Thank you so much.


    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks Diane. Great point. Actions speak louder than words and that is a GREAT reminder about the filter. I am going to have to make sure I do that even more in my life… to be able to read how people REALLY are!

  4. Kimberly Castleberry October 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Like the woman in question, I was given a life sentence (technically a death sentence) at a young age. In fact, I was little more than a (rather fiesty) kid at the time. My mom empowered me to continue to make choices about MY body and decide how and what I would and wouldn’t accept. I argued so loudly with a neurosugery team in Chicago that, at age 14, I wound up signing myself out of a hospital and literally taking my health in my own hands. It’s made a world of difference. Sure, I still have struggles and challenges and bad days… but I’m still here! Sure there are rough spots… but there are also incredible lessons. There are stories learned that I would never be able to replace. Things that shape everything I do not only in “life” but also in “business” (though those are so drastically intertwined it feels odd to say them as two things). Thanks for reminding others that EVERYTHING is possible. Even when spoken by an “authority” you never have to buy into critical “sentences”.
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    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

      Hey Kim,
      Wow what an amazing story and example for all of us about the power of following your own path, heart, ideas, etc…
      The problem with authority figures is how dominating they can be over the psyche of the average person. Your story is evidence of what’s TRULY possible. I would love to learn more I will be reaching out to say hello.


  5. Clara October 6, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Sometimes success can look easy from a distance, but often people have had to overcome a lot. Definitely makes me reevaluate my ‘problems’.
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    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      Hey Clara

      Good call. People who are “successful” in other people’s eyes have likely done a TON of work behind the scenes that other people probably don’t even realize. thanks,

  6. Karen October 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Right on time, Justin! I’m working on a goal (downsizing my lifestyle and building a tiny house) that some people think is nuts. As I move towards more freedom in my life, I’m trying to ignore the naysayers – who are often well-meaning friends. But sometimes their “advice” derails me. Your video is just what I needed today. Thanks:) And as always, you rock!!

    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Hey Karen
      That’s awesome!! I always think it is a good sign when other people think you are nuts… especially if those people are living the kind of lives you don’t really want for yourself… means you are on track 🙂
      Always great to hear from you thanks for the comment

  7. Shannon Grissom October 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Love your message! Such a great reminder to actively seek out, and surround myself with people who will encourage my dreams. So glad you are writing this book!
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    • Justin Popovic October 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

      Hey Shannon
      And I’m so glad you are one of the people I interviewed for the book. Your story teaches the depths of what I tried to squeeze into a few minute video here on this post. Thanks very much for your comment, I look forward to seeing more of your work

  8. Ethen Bennett October 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Thanks for your travel on a new dimension and wish your success as writer.
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