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 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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The Expert Guide to Getting Motivated for the Gym

How to Get Motivated For Your Workout

I’ve been there. So have you. It’s 5:30, and you just finished another 8+ hour workday. It’s Monday, you had a pretty wild weekend, so you’re sleep deprived and lacking you’re usually energy. You’re mentally shot. You woke up planning to go to the gym, but now you aren’t so sure… “I’ll just go tomorrow instead” you say. “Besides, it’s …

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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 …

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Student Loans & The Lies of Higher Education

Student Loans & The Lies of Higher Education

The following post was written continuously from start to finish, with minor breaks to gather supporting graphs and charts. This stream of conscious narrative will be an approach I will tinker with from time to time when I want to quickly put my “in-the-moment” thoughts to paper, without in-depth deliberation and contemplation. Let me know what you think! Spring 2004 …

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