CHAPTER 3Life, Unlived

In the personal development, do-these-seven-things-to-ensure-your-success world, there’s endless chatter around morning routines. You can’t spend any time online perusing a blog in this world without mentioning these routines, or the countless books that have sprung from them.

I say these things, too. No doubt there is an incredible power in setting the tone for your day with clarity, energy, space, and rituals to put you in a peak emotional state. However, one of the most powerful morning routines I have has nothing to do with gratitude or aligning my chakras.

It’s reading Reddit. Often considered the garbage bin of the Internet along with Twitter, reading Reddit is a crucial part of my morning routine.

The truth is, I’d be lost without it. I’d forget to live with purpose. I’d fall prey to the little details trying to pull me away from my vision—gossip, what someone posted on Instagram or how my bulldog still can’t follow through on a “paw” request.

I don’t simply read Reddit aimlessly, I read one specific post.1 In fact, aside from this one post, I know very little about Reddit and spend no other time on it.

The post I read every single morning is shown in Figure 3.12


Figure 3.1 My favorite “Today I F****d Up” post on Reddit.

Ouch. There isn’t a time when I’ve read this text and not experienced a sinking feeling in my gut, and if you did too,

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