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The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Exhaustive Reading

The benefits of going into a book completely, of being completely absorbed by it: …you absorb everything in the authors mind, their way of life, patterns of thinking (how they arrive to certain conclusions, their mental shortcuts, etc.) character, outlook, disposition, mental modes/frameworks… That is to say, reading in this way gives you a new lens with which to view the world. It can help you to open your eyes and experience new/alternate patterns of thinking that might not have been possible before. This is obviously a good thing, and mainly for some of the following reasons: 1) you gain

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The “No Excuses” Equation

You have…  168 hours in a week -40 hours for day job = 128 hours left over -56 hours for sleep (8 hours/night) = 72 hours left over -21 hours for breakfast (1 hour/day), lunch (1 hour/day), and dinner (1 hour/day) = 51 hours left over -14 hours for relaxation (2 hours/day) = 37 hours left over -5 hours for showering/getting ready for day job (1 hour per day) = 32 hours left over -5 hours commuting time (1 hour/day to and from work total) = 27 HOURS TO TACKLE YOUR REAL WORK/GOALS DURING WEEK If your profession/day-job isn’t in

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Thoughts On Finding/Doing What You Love: #1

If you are lost, confused, don’t know where to start, or how to choose from the myriad of options… choose to pursue wisdom; a subtle choice that is made where you start every day striving to achieve virtue, to be a better human, to help others, to learn more, and to experience life in its truest form every moment. If you do this, you will not only find what you love, it will grow from you as if it were a plant that has been properly seeded, cared for, and cultivated.

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Schopenhauer Sunday

I’ve been spending a good portion of the day today reading Schopenhauer’s Essays’s and Aphorisms; my new favorite book. This passage in particular I wanted to share as it resonated strongly with me… “And yet, just as our body would burst asunder if the pressure of the atmosphere were removed from it, so would the arrogance of men expand, if not to the point of bursting then to that of the most unbridled folly, indeed madness, if the pressure of want, toil, calamity and frustration were removed from their life. One can even say that we require at all times

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Checking Course

I came across this HBR survey today which I thought was pretty cool: http://hbr.org/web/2014/05/assessment/which-strategy-comfort-traps-are-you-falling-into. It essentially identifies what traps you may fall into when assembling a strategic plan. The survey is written from a business perspective, but try to re-frame the questions to best suit your needs. That is, try to see how each question applies to your own strategic planning in domains outside of business…

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Play-Doh Brain

Your brain is essentially play-doh. You can sculpt it however you wish. If you aren’t on guard, bad habits can easily become implanted, whether through your own doing, or as a result of an external invasion into your mind by others against your will (however in some cases, you allow it to happen unconsciously). If not corrected, over time these habits can magnify and thus become harder to remove. However, good habits can also be implanted, and likewise, if proper care is taken, those can also be magnified and thus harder to remove. No one really knows what depression is.

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The best part of life is wherever you are right now. One can always find evidence supporting one’s point of view: Childhood? Golden.  Young adulthood? Prime.  Adulthood? The apex. Old age? A period of ripeness in all faculties. All are true, I believe. You needn’t wait, and you haven’t missed out. Have they been experienced in a premature or delayed fashion? There is only one requirement in my opinion: follow nature and don’t remain a child (devoid of action and responsibility) your whole life…  I’m 27, and as I approach 30 I find myself missing a lot of my childhood

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Practical Tips For Dealing With “The Downs”

I experience many ups and downs, some to varying degrees; some severe, some not so severe. I’m not weird or different. I’m not bi-polar. I’m not [insert fancy ridiculously contrived term that social scientists (i.e., psychologists) invent to describe mental conditions they don’t understand]. I’m normal. Every human experiences ups and downs. And some people experience different ranges of ups and downs. This depends on many factors; your genetics, your environment, and your attitude in general. But I’m not going to write a discourse on why you experience ups and downs. I am going to give you a few tips

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