Self-Development

4 Side Hustle Metrics Mandatory for Success

4 Side Hustle Metrics Mandatory for Success

My assumption is that all of you are working diligently towards a side hustle (or two). If so, this article is for you. Currently, the near majority of my income comes from my employer. My goal over the better part of the past six months has been to diversify my income stream. I started this blog two years ago as ... Read More »

How to Destroy Time Wasting Activities

Avoiding Time Wasting Activities

Over the past few months, my focus has been on ruthless self-discipline. I’ve written about this extensively on the site. It’s important to me, and it should be to you as well. After all, we live and we die. Life moves quickly, a realization I’ve made just recently. Before we know it, our best years are behind us. We wake ... Read More »

Learning Self-Discipline (4 Life Areas of Focus)

Learning Self-Discipline (4 Life Areas of Focus)

When self-discipline is weak or non-existent, frustration sets in. What results is what we commonly refer to as a “rut.” When we do not understand the process, we wallow in inconsistency. If prolonged, this inconsistency turns to self-disgust. Learning self-discipline will change your life – it may not be the catalyst you remember the most, but it will be pretty close. Self-discipline ... Read More »

The Importance of Charitable Giving (and How You Can Help)

The Importance of Charitable Giving (and How You Can Help)

Christmas will be here in a few days, and with that, a time for me to reflect on the true meaning of the holidays and gift giving – specifically, charitable giving. This Christmas, my girlfriend and I decided to keep gifts under $50. We also plan to spend a day volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Unlike most of my possession-driven companions, ... Read More »

Why a Chip on Your Shoulder is Mandatory for Success

Why You Always Need a Chip on Your Shoulder

You need a chip on your shoulder to maximize self-discipline and consistency. Without an intrinsic purpose, attention to detail wavers and eventually ceases. The reason why we  give up so quickly is because we do not have a strong enough purpose to stay the course, especially when complications arise. There are days where we might not feel like doing anything. That ... Read More »

Learning From Squirrels: Three Traits to Embody

Learning From Squirrels: Two Traits to Embody

Squirrels are cast as a disruptive, invasive species that serves no purpose. But they are remarkably misunderstood. Let me explain. I’ve learned that squirrels are crafty creatures we can learn a thing or two from. Being in the city, I see squirrels all the time. Perhaps a moment of serendipity, I focused on this one squirrel the other day on my way to the gym. The ... Read More »

Stoicism and Death: Making Sense of Our Eventual Demise

Using Stoicism to Make Sense of Death

Everyone dies. It is the end of all and can be a mortifying thought. I used to think about death a lot. I would get stuck, often thinking about a large black void on repeat. I told myself over and over, “the day will come where I no longer exist. I will be nothing.” Dwelling on our eventual death is unhealthy and a poor ... Read More »

How to Make Envy Work for You

Make Envy Work For You

Envy is a complicated, often misunderstood emotion.  Envy can be destructive if you lack the proper frame. If you are constantly resentful of what others have, you are struggling with a fleeting sense of self-worth. This can be anything from material possessions to someone’s personal success, lifestyle, physical qualities, relationships, etc. If you let envy dominate your life it will ruin ... Read More »

The Dangers of Motivation (and How to Protect Yourself from Imbalance)

Dangers of Motivation

I’ve spoken at length for the need to self-educate. Our school system does not adequately prepare us for a happy, prosperous life. I’ve emphasized how reading the right books will guarantee you some level of success. But there is a catch. Learning is worthless unless we apply what we learn. Tell me if this sounds familiar.  You sit down, open a web ... Read More »

The Death of Creativity: 10 Ways You Can Fight Back

The Death of Creativity 10 Ways You Can Fight Back

Recently I had the privilege of volunteering with a major charity organization, creating life-size board games for underprivileged children. It was fun and rewarding. Along with 15-20 of my co-workers, we worked on the projects for several hours. I was taken back by the mood of the group. People I had known for years, silent desk jockey types, were interacting in a ... Read More »