How to Stay Motivated and Persistent: The Futur's Finds

How are you doing? Yes, you.

If you've had a busy week, are feeling a little burnt out, or just need a reminder to keep your head up, we've got you covered with today's list. No matter what you've got going on, we're sharing tips, stories, and more to help.

Did you miss our last list? No worries. Just click here to catch up on all the sales and negotiation tips we shared.

Here's to another week and finding the motivation to push through obstacles:

Can't Hurt Me: Master your Mind and Defy the Odds. David Goggins book.

Book of the week

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare. He transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals how anyone can push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

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Marie R. Gill headshot.

Articles to read

  • In 2015, Marie R. Gill lost her firm's biggest contract after a computer glitch. Her firm almost fell apart, but with a second chance, she and her team recovered swiftly. They came back stronger than ever, claiming the 406th spot on the Inc. 5000, with a three-year growth rate of 1,131% and $2.9 million in revenue last year. Learn how Marie and her team did it in this article.
  • Before becoming the founder of environmental beauty brand, Volto Urbano, Lela Kelly was living on welfare as a single mom, supporting her two children. Read her story and how she built a beauty empire in this article.

What to watch

  • A struggling boxer finds himself up for the challenge of his career. To go from nobody to somebody, Rocky Balboa is in for the fight of his life. Rocky (1976) is the ultimate, classic fighting movie that will motivate you to face your challenges head on, pump your fists in the air, and celebrate your accomplishments.
  • Chris Gardner is a single father dreaming of a better life for him and his son. He risks everything he's got to make this happen by taking an unpaid internship with hopes of becoming a stockbroker. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) is based on this true story of one father's determination to create a new life.
  • 18-year-old Jamal Malik is a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." As Jamal advances through the gameshow, flashbacks of his life in the slums of Mumbai reveal how he landed on the gameshow. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) is the powerful, heart-wrenching story you'll definitely want to watch this weekend.

Cover mockup art for The Setup Kit from The Futur.

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Listen while you work


  • Andy J. Pizza (AKA Andy Miller) is a podcaster, public speaker and illustrator best known for his optimistic and energetic show, Creative Pep Talk. He joins us as we kick off our 4th Season of The Futur podcast to talk about how he built this remarkable career all on his terms. Listen to the episode here.
  • Earlier this year, many businesses have had to make drastic changes to their business models due to the pandemic. Amidst all this uncertainty, there's one thing companies can do to continue to stay afloat during this time: ask for help. This episode of the EntreLeadership podcast explores the power in reaching out to others.


And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." — Margaret Thatcher