Self-Development

Look Up: How Smartphone Addiction is Destroying Everything

Look Up: Phone Culture

Everywhere you go, it’s the same thing. It doesn’t matter the country. It doesn’t matter the city, or even the time of day. It could be sunny, rainy, cloudy, hold or cold. There is a commonality that prevails through all cultures across all the lands. It’s a relatively new phenomenon, bred in the age of advanced microchips and fast processors. …

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My Integrity Report: 2018 in Review

2018 Quick Stats Articles Published: 9 (10 in 2017) Books Read: 40 (35 in 2017) Site Users (YoY change): +43.6% Site Sessions (YoY change): +43.2% E-mail list (YoY change): +148% 9 articles published this year, compared to 10 last year. My volume has dried up since I began a new career path that has taken up the majority of my time. I’ve …

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Napoleon: On Reading Books

Napoleon and the Importance of Reading

Napoleon, the greatest general to ever live, was a relentless reader and connoisseur of books. He favored the classics and could never get enough of books written about his two heroes; Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Like most men of history, Napoleon embraced reading as a boy, which helped to foster one of the most innovative mind’s the world …

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Martial Arts Meets Philosophy: Developing an Iron Mindset

Martial Arts Meets Philosophy: Developing an Iron Mindset

Bruce Lee is renowned as one of the greatest martial artists who has ever lived. Death took Lee at only age 32 (due to a bizarre allergic reaction to the tranquilizer meprobamate), but he had already left a stunning legacy. Beyond being an acclaimed actor and practitioner of the martial arts, Lee was also a philosopher. He first studied philosophy as …

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Principles of War: 4 Strategies to Conquer Life

Principles of War: 4 Strategies to Conquer Life

Life lessons litter history. In studying the past, we learn from the experiences of other people; an exercise designed to help us avoid pitfalls and setbacks in our own life. Next to nothing we see in our lifetimes is unique; nothing more than a re-occurrence of something that’s happened over and again in the past. However, our time is limited …

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Mastering Ambition: Why What You Have Is Good Enough

Mastering Ambition: Why What You Have Is Good Enough

Repeat after me; “I have enough.” Take note of yourself right this moment. How do you feel? Chances are you are physically comfortable. You are free from exposure, warm, fed, hydrated. Now take a look around you. What do you see? You’re probably reading this from a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. In fact, you probably own all 3 of these …

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The Art of Worldly Wisdom: Strategies for a Better Life

The Art of Worldly Wisdom: Strategies for a Better Life

Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658) was a 17th century Spanish Jesuit and philosopher. On becoming a priest, he spend the majority of his adult life teaching in Jesuit schools and becoming a gifted preacher and orator. But where he really excelled was writing. He published a novel, Criticón, which became his masterpiece while he was living. However, what Gracián is most known for today is …

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How to Thrive in a World of Opinions

How to Thrive in a World of Opinions

Life moves fast. One day we are young with not a care in the world. As we grow older, we gain wisdom that comes from maturation and experience. Responsibilities pile up, and we get pulled in a million different directions. It’s natural we would seek advice on how to cope with everything. Thanks to technology, the internet makes it easier …

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

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

Tell 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? …

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My Integrity Report: 2017 in Review

My Integrity Report_ 2017 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 turned 4 years old on January 1st, and I wanted a way to critique my year and what I …

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