Self-Development

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 »

Working Hard the Right (and Smart) Way

Learning Hard Work the Right (and Smart) Way

We have it all wrong. The way we approach success is faulty. Our focus is on the final product, the end game. We’ve lost sight of the process. The blueprint is simple. It’s been widely available for years. What is it you ask? HARD WORK! That’s it? There has to be more to it! Nope, that’s it. A daily process of hard work ... Read More »

5 Crucial Life Skills You’re Not Taught in School (and How to Learn Them)

Life Skills Not Taught in School

The American education system is broken. We are not learning life skills necessary to succeed in today’s world. College costs continue to skyrocket (private schools now average $67,000 per year), yet the education we receive there is lackluster at best. Courses and curriculum are completely devoid of necessary life skills, and instead encourage herd mentality; get a job and sit at a ... Read More »

How to Use Kindle Highlights to Preserve Knowledge

How to Use Kindle Highlights

The benefits of reading are known to almost everyone, yet few people I know read more than a book or two a year (maybe zero). It’s a travesty. Strong reading habits are the most surefire way to growth knowledge, vocabulary, and perspective. By reading about events, concepts, innovations, and theories – we become more creative, more skeptical, and more inquisitive about the ... Read More »

What Does Time Mean to You?

Stop Wasting Time

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. ~Unknown 76.4 That is the life expectancy for men in the United States.  We are living longer than ever, but what are we actually doing with those years? How long will time last? Will we live into our old years? Will some unforeseen travesty cut us ... Read More »

Find Your Reason: The Mindset You Need to Avoid Mediocrity

Find Your Reason: The Mindset You Need to Avoid Mediocrity

August 2015. I started out at the skyline, watching the sun set in the distance. It had been one year since I moved into a new apartment 10 minutes from the city center. I had everything I would ever need here – a luxurious, third floor pad with a private roof deck overlooking the city around me. Close to work, close ... Read More »

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success

5 Terrible Phrases You Need to Avoid

In today’s society, there is a clear divide between the motivated and those content with an average life path. The average person is almost always weak-minded and takes what he can get. They avoid “rocking the boat” and taking risks. “GOOD ENOUGH” is the goal. Pessimistic due to their life choices; these people will always try to dampen your mood ... Read More »