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Dreams don’t work unless you do


If You Snooze, You Lose: Why Getting Up Early Is Essential To Success

If You Snooze, You Lose: Why Getting Up Early Is Essential To Success

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”  There’s a reason this old saying has stuck around: getting up early benefits your health, your career, and your sanity. Breaking ties with your warm bed in the morning is painful, but it’s like removing a band-aid: one way or another it has to be done.  Try ripping off the band-aid a little faster and giving yourself the luxury of enjoying some or all of these perks.


You may think that those extra fifteen minutes in bed will make you more relaxed for the morning, but will they really if you then have to rush like crazy to get out the door?  Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier the night before instead, because you don’t really need to watch another episode of whatever you’re currently addicted to.

Then, do yourself a favor and slow down your morning by getting up a little bit earlier—you’ll be calm and collected as you begin your day.  Hell, maybe even give yourself time to read the news.  Start your day by informing yourself about the world, because knowledge is power.


Dare I say this?  Exercise in the morning.  I know, exercise is probably the most difficult thing in the world.  However, no one EVER regretted getting up early to exercise after the fact.  Even if your workout consists of a few yoga poses while you’re still in bed, you’ll get your energy levels up and start your metabolism for the day.

If you wake yourself up with exercise, then you might be able to resist that pastry at the office because your body won’t be craving a quick sugary energy shot.  So, pull it together and set a reachable goal for yourself–maybe you can’t get outside to run in the morning, but you can do twenty crunches in your bedroom.  Start small and focus on developing consistency.


Dawn is probably the most under-appreciated time of day.  There’s dew on the ground, the air is fresh, and the sunlight is just starting to creep into the sky in beautiful sunrise colors.

At dawn, there’s a feeling of rebirth as the new day begins.  Go for a ten-minute walk to get your blood flowing and soak up that splendid dawn energy.  What better way to begin your day than to embrace that feeling of new life and channel it into your ideas and actions?  Get inspired.


Breakfast, done right, is hands down the best meal of the day. Take a little time to make it delicious—cook a fancy omelet, brew a great pot of coffee, or even just make sure your toast is browned the way you like it.

Think about the difference between how your body feels after (1) a late-night pizza binge and (2) an awesome a.m. smoothie.  There’s just no comparison.  Skip the midnight snacks and go to bed, then wake up and fix yourself a breakfast of champions, because you are one.

…and with that…

Be a champion

If you have the willpower to set your alarm an hour earlier and actually obey when it calls you out of bed, you are a champion.  You can then apply that willpower at the office, in class, and pretty much anywhere else you want to accomplish something.

Showing up to wherever you need to be in the morning with a workout under your belt (and a nutritious breakfast literally under your belt) gives you so much more energy than if you arrive still wiping cobwebs out of your eyes and nursing a triple-shot latte.

The better you feel, the more likely you’ll be to make positive and productive choices. Getting up early sets you up for success all day long.

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.


Tony Evans & deVere Group EFN III – Fight 7 – Mark “Boom Boom” Smith VS Stephen “Bulldog” O’Shea


EFN III – Fight 7 – Mark “Boom Boom” Smith -VIDEO



EFN III – Fight 7 – Stephen “Bulldog” O’Shea -VIDEO

Metropolis Japan covering the Tony Evans & deVere Group Executive Fight Night III #devereefn

Metropolis covering the Tony Evans & deVere Group Executive Fight Night III

Would you undergo three months of preparation openly billed as, “train till you puke”? Would you subject your body, face, ego and reputation to a beating in the ring?

A surprising number of corporate leaders in Tokyo have accepted the challenge and stepped into the ring. The fact that it all takes place in a luxurious ballroom—Vegas-style—and proceeds go to charity, helps to take a little of the sting out of a right hook.

“We are pleasantly surprised at just how many executives are out there who want to challenge themselves in Executive Fight Night,” says Dave Thomas, who is the vice president of marketing for Adidas Japan by day and fights under the name “Naughty Ninja” by night. Thomas organizes the event with Adidas colleague Eddie Nixon (a.k.a. “Nifty Ninja”) and Nathan Schmid (a.k.a. “Nimble Ninja”), owner of Tokyo Fitness and Club 360.

Like many great ideas, the event was born during a Friday night on the town—but needed a lot to make it work. “None of us had ever organized a fighting event like this,” Thomas admits. “There was a lot to consider and do. We all have demanding jobs, so the work was done late into the night and on weekends.”

At first, the trio brought some corporate sponsors and other organizers on board, but now Executive Fight Night III: Triple Thunder is set for November 8 at Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi. “When a friend of mine said that it was a charity event, I was in. When I found out it was a boxing event—that was a bonus,” says Tony Evans, area manager for the deVere Group, the event’s main sponsor. “I decided this would be a way to give back personally, as compassion makes us human.”

Compassion wasn’t on the list of requirements for trainer Jan Kaszuba. “Contact training begins on day one,” he stated, adding that some of the fighters were in “terrible shape” when they first came to him.

“Some of these people have never boxed and needed to learn how to give and take a punch correctly,” explains Kaszuba, who has competed in international MMA, Muay Thai and karate competitions. “I like to keep strategy as simple as possible because it often gets thrown out the window if it’s your first fight.”

Ed Overy is one of those who went through Kaszuba’s training and lived to tell the tale. “By fight night, I was in the best physical condition I’d been in in my life,” says Overy, who fought in the first event at the age of 43. The Air New Zealand general manager hung a punching bag in his garage to train and felt ready to face a taller, heavier, and younger opponent.

“I was 100% psychologically ready for the fight,” Overy recalls. “There was not a scenario that I had worked through that had me losing. It was an amazing feeling to step in that ring.”

But after three two-minute rounds, things hadn’t exactly gone according to plan. “He consistently landed more blows on me,” Overy admits. “The brutality of it was intense. I got a few clean shots through but in the end, he landed more on me and won the fight by decision.”

While the part-time boxers duked it out, the audience at the black-tie event enjoyed a four-course meal while making contributions to Refugees International Japan, which funds projects in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and a host of other countries.

“This event reaches a new audience for us and really gets people involved,” say Jane Best, the president of the NPO. “The boxers did a great job promoting the cause. Refugees find an outlet for their frustrations through sports, and sports therapy is important in projects that help refugees rebuild their self-confidence.”

Is Overy ready to strap on the gloves again? “I don’t think I could find the mental motivation required to lift me to the level needed to get back in the ring,” he admits. “That said, the training was the best physical fitness I’ve ever done.”

From top to bottom row, left to right: Raj “Knuckle Sarnie” Notani (UK), Aaron “Soul-Train” McCain (USA), Nanice “Rapid Fire” El-Gammal (Egypt), Kate “The Brawler” Buehler (USA), Paul “I Gotta Feeling…” Maoate (New Zealand), Tatsuya Tomiyasu (Japan), Stephen “Bulldog” O’Shea (USA), Mark “Boom Boom” Smith (UK), Andrew “The Guv’nor” McGovern (UK), Mirhat “Ice Cold” Alykunov (Kazakhstan), Keith “The Horse” Hudson (reserve, Ireland), Yusuke Toyama (Japan) Nick “The Meguro Mauler” Rees (UK), Naritake “Tank” Fukumoto (Japan), Case “The Ace” Grant (New Zealand), Adam “White Lightening” Johnston (Australia), Hideki “Genie” Izutsu (Japan), Jan Kaszuba (trainer, Canada) Davaa Ona (trainer, Mongolia)

Tony Evans & deVere Group Executive Fight Night III – Sparring

One month to go! Our Executive Fighters have all been training hard to ensure they have the edge on the big night on November 8 at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom. See some of our fighters put through their paces here. Will they be ready?


If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.


If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

Totally agree Mr. Ford

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain

Today’s that day in Tokyo .

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
― Vivian Greene


Executive Fight Night III – Thank You Party

deVere Group -Tony Evans Gold Sponsor of EFN II ,
and for EFN III news will follow .

What a night
Executive Fight Night will give courageous participants the opportunity to get fitter and learn to fight in a rigorous 12-week training program run by professional trainers and fighters. At the end of it they will compete in a safe, professional and heavily-publicized Vegas-style Fight Night in front of hundreds of cheering fans.

If you don’t succeed at first, there’s no need for the F word (Failure). Pick yourself up & try, try again “

The F Word –
Richard Branson blog

: If you don’t succeed at first, there’s no need for the F word (Failure). Pick yourself up & try, try again

Take the positives from bad experiences and apply them to your next business decision.

By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group


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