Hi. My name is Sid Savara, and I am still a little stunned that you’re here.
It’s crazy to think that in these past five years, my lessons about time management and personal development have touched so many lives, and that you are here because you too can learn from the strategies and techniques I’ve discovered.
The truth is, telling people “About Sid” has always been something very difficult for me.
So rather than giving you a formal, “best foot forward” biography, I’m going to tell you the real story.
You’re going to come with me way back to the beginning about who I am, where I came from – and why I can’t help but do what I do.
(By the way, if you DO just want a quick clean bio for a publication, feel free to grab it here: Sid’s media bio)
In The Beginning…
In the beginning, I never meant to teach people how to improve their lives – I just wanted to figure out how things worked. And I don’t just mean about accomplishing my dreams – I mean, how everything worked
I always was a bit of an odd kid, and had an insatiable appetite for learning how things worked. I was never quite content to just listen and do it because “that’s the way we do things” – at a young age, I constantly annoyed adults by asking “why?”
But I can’t say I did it because I’m much of a rebel – I just really wanted to know.
- Why is it that I shouldn’t swim after eating?
- Why should I eat my vegetables?
- Why can’t I blow out candles on other people’s birthday cakes?
And thank goodness for my parents having the patience to deal with me – they would actually explain it to me.
And while I didn’t agree with it, and didn’t enjoy it, I understood why I was supposed to eat my green vegetables (and would later do the research to back up my mom’s life advice).
I Break Things (To See How They Work)
One of my clearest memories from my childhood was intentionally breaking my cousin’s brand new hand held video game he had received for his birthday.
All of us cousins were sitting around amazed by it, and when he went to school, I was left all alone with it.
I couldn’t stop playing the game – and once I figured out the mechanics, I promptly beat the game and got bored with it.
And then I wondered…how does it really work.
- How do the lights light up?
- How does the control pad work?
I had no idea how expensive his new toy was – but I knew I had to know how it worked.
So I smashed it.
He came home and saw me playing with it in shambles and asked me … “What happened?”
“It’s broken. But it still works!”
I showed him how I had rigged it up so you could still play it (sort of)
Looking back now it’s a wonder he didn’t beat the snot out of me.
Still Odd As I Grow Up – And Notice Patterns
Time flies by fast as you grow up, but I remember so often looking at things and seeing patterns where nobody else did.
I was undersized playing soccer and basketball, but what I lacked in brute force I made up for with seeing patterns that worked and what didn’t. I was less a player on the field and more of an assistant coach.
And then I started to notice that patterns didn’t just apply in electronics, and video games, and sports – but that there are patterns in all areas of life.
I started to learn that things could be so much easier if I just learned from what was working, and what wasn’t – and applied what worked to my own life.
Patterns Applied In Real Life
Though I initially was shy, introverted (and not to mention culturally a fish out of water, having moved countries three times before I even started kindergarten!), I realized that by analyzing the patterns of what worked for others, and then systematically testing them, I could be just as good as anyone else.
So that’s what I did…
- I learned what was required in school, and ended up graduating at the top of my class and receiving a full scholarship to college.
- I researched nutrition and fitness, and ended up first losing 30 lbs of fat, and then gaining 50 lbs of muscle
- I learned what worked and what didn’t in the professional world, and quickly climbed the ranks to a senior position
- I studied and learned social interactions, and went from being a introverted nerd, to being a extroverted…well, still somewhat odd nerd =)
But most importantly of all:
I learned that there was a way to always achieve what I wanted. It’s not easy, and it’s not that I magically can have anything I want. But I have learned that I can manage my time, effort and energy so that with very little mental effort or stress I (or really, anybody) can accomplish great things.
Perhaps the best example of this was when in my early 20s, I was able to work full time at a Fortune 500 company, while completing my Master’s Degree at a Top 20 University, all while growing my circle of friends, improving my fitness and starting a band!
Where We Are Today
(pic by Jade Craven)
And that brings us to where we are today. Over the past few years I’ve learned so much about business, life, relationships, fitness and long term happiness.
I think a lot about not just where we are today – but also how to accomplish my dreams and also live my life so I can look back with satisfaction rather than regret. I’ve made mistakes, and where I have, I try to share those lessons so you don’t have to go through the same mistakes I did.
And through it all, I’ve continued to stubbornly refuse to just accept things – especially techniques to improve my life. I always ask:
- Does it really work?
- How does it work?
- Why does it work?
- How can I share this so it helps others
Some of the research I’ve done includes looking into whether the Harvard (or Yale) written goal study exists, how dopamine affects achievement, altruism as a key to happiness and the science of willpower.
Asking why, searching for the patterns that work, and really just searching for the provable truth is what drives everything I do.
Why I Started Writing
The reason I started writing here wasn’t because I wanted fame, riches or to influence people.
I started writing here because I was tired of all the junk out there – all the bad advice that sounds good on paper, that makes people feel warm and tingly inside – and then doesn’t work.
I got so frustrated of seeing people follow what I knew was bad advice, and then fail – just as I had followed bad advice and failed in the past.
So I began to write. I began to share. And something amazing happened.
People started to try out the advice I was giving and started to see real results.
So I wrote more, and developed an online course, and even MORE people used it and saw results.
Now in the years since I started writing, literally tens of thousands of readers just like you have gone through my courses. Hundreds have written in pouring in their thanks, letters of testimonial – and perhaps the best of all, have told their friends about the resources here.
I love accomplishing my goals – to me, accomplishing your goals is about the closest to a magic bullet for getting exactly what you want in life. I think everyone should have the opportunity to do what they love, contribute to the world, and live a life of freedom to do what they desire.
A Favor Please? Some Feedback
Now that you know a bit about me, I’d like to ask you to do me a favor.
I want to know a bit about you.
I want to know how I can help you improve your life – and I’d love it if you could fill in a few questions to help me direct my energy towards personal experiments and articles to help you more.
I’ve put together a short 3 quesiton survey. It is very personal, and I would like to enter into a trusted conversation with you: I promise I will always give you my best, and I want you to be 100% truthful and honest. I know this can be scary – so you can share your story with me anonymously.
I don’t want you to sugarcoat, or pretend, or tell me what you think I want to hear.
The truth is something I value very highly: and that sacred trust you and I have is what makes this website so unique, and so helpful.
So, if you are willing to be 100% honest (and protected by anonymity), please do me a favor and answer 3 questions here about what is holding you back in your life: