Self-Development

The Futility of Self-Importance (and How to Cure it)

The Futility of Self-Importance (and How to Cure it)

Reading Time: 7 minutesTell me if this sounds familiar. You are out with a group of friends, having a discussion about where to go out for the night. Everyone is throwing out ideas, and when it comes to your suggestion, the group laughs and dismisses it as being foolish. Think about how you felt. Did you feel a chill come over your body? ... Read More »

My Integrity Report: 2017 in Review

My Integrity Report_ 2017 in Review

Reading Time: 6 minutesDue 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 turned 4 years old on January 1st, and I wanted a way to critique my year and what I ... Read More »

Napoleon: Learning from the Greatest General The World Has Seen

Napoleon: Learning from the Greatest General The World Has Seen

Reading Time: 4 minutesNapoleon Bonaparte, the French statesman and military leader, remains a polarizing figure to this day. History is truly divided on whether this man was a military genius, or simply a greedy warlord who overplayed his hand, leading to the ruin of France and his own exile. However, few can match Napoleon’s success on the battlefield. He is arguably the world’s ... Read More »

The Usefulness of Regret

The Usefulness of Regret

Reading Time: 4 minutesRegret is a mystifying emotion. Often lamented as a time waster, regret does have its utility if properly harnessed. Emotions, both negative and positive, are part of human nature. They are inescapable. The key lies in being able to “domesticate” them; to use emotions to your tactical advantage. Regret is one such emotion. You’ve been taught to regret nothing in ... Read More »

The Science of Fear (and How to Overcome Inaction)

The Science of Fear (and How to Overcome Inaction)

Reading Time: 6 minutesInaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -Dale Carnegie Blessed is the man living today. He inherits a world overflowing with opportunity. It’s up to him to take it. Information is free. Communication is instant. Risk is minimal. ... Read More »

How to Not Be Broke: The Beginner’s Guide to Better Money Decisions

Reading Time: 14 minutesBeing broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind. -Mike Todd Most people’s idea of building wealth focuses solely on one thing only; I need to make more money. This is undoubtedly true, but it isn’t that easy. Wealth is a mindset, and in changing how you approach your money habits, you will see a drastic uptick ... Read More »

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

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

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesRecently, 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

Reading Time: 6 minutesChange 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

Reading Time: 8 minutesIf 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 »