Self-Development

The Anatomy of a Slump: Why it Happens & How to Handle it

The Anatomy of a Slump: Why it Happens & How to Handle it

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been in a writing slump for the better part of a year. It’s been increasingly challenging for me to find topics worth exploring in-depth, and worse so, finding the drive to write. This shouldn’t be that difficult, right? There are millions of subjects and angles to be tackled, yet here I am, struggling to put fingers ... Read More »

Reading to Understand Human Nature

Reading to Understand Human Nature

Recently, when skimming through Tim Ferris’ podcasts, I stopped at Episode #187. His guest was Jocko Willink, ex-Navy SEAL (read more on Jocko here), and since this was Jocko’s second appearance, he spent the episode answering listeners questions in a Q&A format.  Jocko was asked what types of books he reads and his answer was particularly interesting to me. As ... Read More »

Learning Self-Mastery from the Four Agreements

Learning Self-Mastery from the Four Agreements

Change is hard. Attaining true freedom is harder. When I was gifted “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, I didn’t know what to expect. Examining inside the back cover, I found out that Ruiz is a Mexican author who emphasizes Toltec spiritualism, an ancient belief system founded over a thousand years ago in Mexico. According to Ruiz, the Toltec ... Read More »

The Lone Savage: Breaking Free from Herd Mentality

If you are reading this, it’s not too late. There is still hope for originality. Men and women alike still have a choice to carve out a meaningful life. But there isn’t much time left to get moving. The world is creating new distractions daily – distractions to keep us content with average. Disguised as fun, these distractions will eat up ... Read More »

Thinking Like Lincoln: Learning From a Legend

Thinking Like Lincoln- Learning From a Legend

All quotes in this discussion come from the book “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Buy this book here. Abraham Lincoln is arguably among the most well-known men in American history. The 16th President of the United States, Lincoln presided during the American Civil War, a time where democracy was on the brink of destruction. He led the Union to ... Read More »

My Integrity Report: 2016 in Review

Due to time restraints, I don’t get to read as many online authors as I’d like. One person I do read, however, is James Clear, and his annual “Integrity Reports” were something I really enjoyed when I found them last year. Shameless Pride will turn three years old in January, and I wanted a way to critique my year and what ... Read More »

Understanding the Art of Seduction: The Rake

Understanding the Art of Seduction: The Rake

  (This is the second part of a series on Seduction. Read here a primer on the series). The Rake is the second persona described by Robert Greene, in his masterpiece, The Art of Seduction. The Rake has an unquenchable sexual passion for women. He can never have enough. A Rake uses an incredible repertoire of verbal skills and persuasion techniques to seduce ... Read More »

Success Principles from the World’s Greatest Conqueror

Success Principles from the World's Greatest Conqueror

All quotes found in this article are from the book, “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,” unless otherwise noted. The book can be purchased here.  “The armies of Genghis Khan crushed every army wherever they found them, from the Himalayan Mountains to the Caucasus Mountains, from the Indus River to the Volga River…No city withstood their onslaught. ... Read More »

Understanding Logic: Why You Do What You Do

Understanding Logic: Why You Do What You Do

Every decision we make feels right. We believe we are rational creatures, always making the correct choices and decisions. The book “Predictably Irrational” author Dan Ariely presents numerous experiments that prove otherwise. His findings show we are more likely to make irrational decisions in almost every set of circumstances, especially economic decisions. We’ve proven that we have very erratic thinking patterns. Because ... Read More »

Why You Waste Free Time

Why You Waste Free Time

Boredom is poison. We crave meaning in our lives. We also want our time to make a difference. Spending time on irrelevant pursuits leaves us feeling hollow. The irony is that everyone claims to want more time, but most aren’t capable of handling this time. We waste free time because we are constantly distracted. The recipe for human happiness hasn’t ... Read More »