Self-Development

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 »

Society, Technology, and the Downfalls of Conformity

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” John F. Kennedy The desire to “fit in”with the masses is the predominant reasoning that governs why people often lose their sense of individuality. What follows is often a risk averse life and in turn little to no variance in one’s day-to-day existence. By following the crowd and never challenging ... Read More »

Realize What Matters in Life

My father passed away on Halloween. Its been a grueling, two-week stretch. After a week in the hospital, unconscious and no hope for recovery, we decided to pull the life support. The trivial things in life are put into perspective when you watch a parent take their last breath. It was a surreal experience, and it has further strengthened my ... Read More »

Avoiding the Road to Nowhere

The goal is simple. It is to avoid the road to nowhere. “The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.” ― Johann Wolfgang von ... Read More »

The Downfalls of Escapism

Escapism: The tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. Today’s world bombards us with unlimited forms of escapism. As technology continues to advance, so does the ways in which we can “get away” from our lives. Television, movies, video games, e-mails and smart phones are just a few of the ways people ... Read More »