Conquer Thy Body: Avoiding Bad Fitness Advice (Two Books to Trust)

Conquer Thy Body - How to Navigate the Overwhelming Advice of the Fitness

 This is Part I of a three-part series on understanding the fundamentals of a successful workout program. My goal is to help you avoid the common pitfalls in a world of false information. I will break down concepts using scientific reasoning and evidence, so you know exactly what you need to do to maximize your time and effort in the gym. I’m obsessed with …

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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 …

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Becoming One with the Cold: My HIIT Contrast Shower Routine

HIIT contrast shower

“The cold makes you go within.” -Wim Hof One of my 2015 goals was to incorporate cold shower therapy into my daily routine. I had recently found Wim Hof and became mesmerized by his interviews where he discussed his rare accomplishments through the mastery of cold water therapy and controlled breathing. I was impressed with the logic behind his actions and wanted to embrace the cold. So …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Blood & Steel: 10 Video Clips of Ancient Warriors

Cold Steel: 10 Video Clips of Ancient Warriors

If you tune into today’s news cycle, you will undoubtedly be confused. The barrage of cynicism makes you believe we are living in a dangerous, unforgiving time. Mass shootings, civil wars, nuclear arms races – these topics dominate the headlines. However, one must be in tune with historical events to understand the proper context of the present day. Today is the safest …

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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 …

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