FixWillpower is a site where I collect and share ideas on how to improve your willpower. Willpower is the key to do all the things we should do and avoid the things that are bad for us. More willpower will lead to a healthier and happier life.
I am Priit Kallas, founder of FixWillpower.
I have been working in sales and marketing for the last 20+ years. Marketing is about influencing people, and that has led me to psychology and understanding human condition.
In the last few years, I have focused on motivation, willpower, and positive psychology. I am interested in why we act the way we do and how to make ourselves to do the right thing that improves our quality of life. I look into psychological research and share the results of the studies that help you (and me) to achieve the results we want.
All my career, I have built my businesses. I believe in stepping up and taking action to get the results you want. In my view, entrepreneurship gives you the freedom to do the things you want, but you have to have the motivation and willpower to wade through the hard parts and not relax your grip too much when things are going very well. I will share the latest research about businesses and my own experiences that may help you avoid wasting time and repeating the mistakes that countless others have already made.
Management and leadership
Over the years, I have hired and managed hundreds of people. Mostly in marketing from old school advertising to SEO services. I have made a lot of mistakes, but every now and then I get things right. How to motivate your team members. What makes people tick in general and how can you use it to inspire the best work they can create. I will share my own experiences mixed with stories from other leaders. Most importantly, what science has to say about it. Bringing you the latest from psychology and neurosciences about management, leadership, and getting stuff done.
I have had some successes over the years. I’ll use my own experience and add as much research as possible into the mix. Here are some of the accomplishments that I’m proud of:
I used to hate running. I started running in 2007 after I quit smoking and started to gain weight. In the beginning, I just made myself run with brute force willpower. Fast forward six years, now I feel incomplete if I can’t run for a few days. I have run three marathons and the best time was 3:09:00. I want to improve it this year. In 2017 I ran 100km in 11 hours and 54 minutes.
The school system taught me that writing sucks. And I sucked at writing, too. I wrote only if I really had to and there was no way around it. School, work, exams, proposals, etc. Painful and joyless are two words that described writing for me. At some point, I understood that writing is the must-have skill if I want to succeed in almost anything that makes use of your brain.
So, on November 28, 2005, I started blogging.
Today more than 1,600 blog posts later I don’t hate writing anymore (that much). Read about my 365-day writing challenge that has now extended to more than 1,000 days without skipping a single day.
Another form of expression I was terrified of. Standing up in front of an audience and talking to them. Public speaking is a form of torture for many people. Surely they will all laugh. It took me a lot of practice and conditioning to get over the anxiety of public speaking.
Now I have spoken on hundreds of seminars, training sessions, conferences, and other events. I still have butterflies in my stomach when I go up there, but they fly away in a few minutes into the presentation.
I smoked for 15 years. About 15 cigarettes per day. Then I quit on February 21, 2005. I think this is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I wrote about the experience here, and you may find some pointers there that help you quit.
I will write about these and other experiences in FixWillpower. Hopefully, you will get something out of it that helps you to increase your happiness and wellbeing.