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Matt Lillywhite

I write articles. I make music. I eat mangoes.

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Here’s Something You Might Not Know: I Don’t Really Have A Home.

What do I mean by that? I spend so much time traveling around the world that I haven’t really settled down anywhere. I don’t know what country I’m going to live in next year. Heck, I don’t even know where I’m going to be in three months time.

I wander from one place to another with no particular goal in mind. I just want to be happy and live a meaningful life. The type of life where I can look back and say to myself, “wow… that was pretty damn good.”

I’m pretty good at collecting accents. Drop me in…


It’s a rare skill that will massively improve your relationships.

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I know exactly how you feel.

I can tell that you want to make friends with anyone and live each day with a beautiful sense of optimism. But for one reason or another, you have no idea how to start.

Let me begin by saying you’re capable of achieving a much better life than you think. But before I continue this article, I need to drop some truth bombs:

  • You don’t need to be extremely good looking to have amazing relationships.
  • You don’t need to have an incredible sense of confidence to make friends with anyone.
  • You don’t need to…


If you want to work more efficiently, here’s what you need to do.

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Why do you struggle to be productive?

Without even knowing you, I can tell that your answer is a lack of time & energy. You want to create incredible amounts of wealth and to make consistent progress towards your dreams. But no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work.

Right? We think “if I can finish watching this episode on Netflix, or feel more motivated, then I’ll finally be productive.” But sooner or later, you realize that nothing is going to change until you take action. As Stephen Pressfield writes in his book, The War Of Art:

“The…


Now is the perfect time to understand our way of thinking

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A lot of people don’t like being alone. They have a desire to go to large parties, meet hundreds of people, and have long conversations until the early hours of the morning.

That’s not me. I prefer being alone with my thoughts, reflecting on the past, and thinking about everything that the future has to offer.

Why? I don’t know. But it’s a natural part of who I am. I can’t help it. So instead of wishing for my personality to be extroverted, I read, write, and do many other things that you’d expect a typical introvert to do.

You…


A reading list that will inspire you to think differently.

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Mark Cuban is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. He’s the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, frequently appears on Shark Tank, and has a net worth that’s reportedly over $4.4 billion. If those aren’t incredible achievements, I don’t know what are.

Unsurprisingly, he’s a massive fan of reading books. He even wrote one about “winning in the sport of business” that many consider to be one of the best and most informative books in the industry.

Mark Cuban credits a lot of success to studying other successful people by reading books. …


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It’s really easy to make money on the internet

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Growing up, I knew that I was going to be wealthy. My lemonade stand generated several thousand dollars per week in revenue, and I was making $120k in passive income aged 12.

I was correct. A few months ago, I made $500k from an online course in less than 30 days. Of course, it was pretty difficult. But then again, I accomplished what many people said was impossible.

Here‘s how I did it:

I Copy And Pasted Cliché Advice From The Internet

I’m not an expert in anything. I live in my mom’s basement and eat pop tarts for breakfast. …


Yet, both sides of the political spectrum want to do it

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Right now, many people on the left want to ban books for being racist, transphobic, politically incorrect, and many other things that are totally subjective. They don’t want anyone to feel offended. So, they do everything within their power to ensure that “dangerous” or “harmful” concepts and ideas in books never get read.

Take Jordan Peterson as an example. When his books were released, many people wanted them to be removed from libraries and bookstores. In part, this was because the author’s words were frequently taken out of context. Thus, many people thought Jordan Peterson was saying something completely different…


It’ll teach you to turn adversity into opportunity.

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A few years ago, I went through one of the darkest moments of my life.

My mom had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, my mental health was at an all-time low, and consequently, I found it difficult to sleep at night. As you can imagine, life sucked for a very long time.

But one day, I picked up an interesting book titled The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday. And once I started reading it, my life and mental health rapidly improved.

The Art of Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

Although every chapter in the book is brilliant and worth reading, there’s a short passage that…


My work ethic has skyrocketed since I started gaming every day.

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“You’ll never get anywhere in life by playing video games.”

That’s what my mum told me a few years ago when I was sitting in my bedroom playing Call of Duty. Back then, she didn’t know the creative benefits of video games. Neither did I. But I thought they were fun and played them as much as humanly possible.

Now, the benefits are clear. In moderation, video games can have incredible benefits for creativity and productivity. Quoting an article published by the American Psychological Association:

“While one widely held view maintains that playing video games is intellectually lazy, such play…


A reading list for reaching your full potential

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Several books radically altered the trajectory of my life and made me a better person. They made me think about a broad range of topics and challenged me to see every aspect of life from a new perspective. Honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those books.

Chances are, you want to change your life. For one reason or another, you’re not precisely where you want to be. You know you’re capable of living an incredibly fulfilling life. However, you need a tiny bit of encouragement or motivation to get started.

For thousands of years…

Matt Lillywhite

I write for people who want to live a happier life in the modern world. Let’s chat: Mattlillywhitemedium@gmail.com

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