SNEAK PEEK: Chapter 1 of The Tao of Jiu Jitsu

While writing, I find myself always returning to Jiu Jitsu. I have made an effort to focus my writing on fiction, for I believe this to be where my future lies, but I am ceaselessly compelled to write about this art. I have spent more time practicing Jiu Jitsu than any other human activity, in […]

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A Movement Toward The Meaningful

As the world becomes increasingly connected, we will continue to find more opportunities to express ourselves. This creates the temptation to spend more time on the expressing rather than that which is expressed. Mankind still competes with one another for our survival. Where we once fought for mating rights and the best cut of meat, […]

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The Significance of Storytelling

Storytelling remains the backbone of our education. We grow up begging for bedtime stories; as adolescents, we yearn for television and movies; and, in adulthood, many of us turn to books. Joseph Campbell, world-renowned mythologist and author, discussed at length the importance of myth. He had a wide understanding of myths across geography and time, […]

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On Writing and Work Ethic

Writing is difficult and intimidating. Nothing makes you question your worth like a blinking cursor on a blank page. Many great writers encourage that the first draft should be absolute garbage. It doesn’t matter. No one will ever see it. The point is to get the ball rolling. Writing is like physics; more force is […]

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On Jiu Jitsu and Effort

Jiu Jitsu is a skill. All skills are fostered through intelligent repetition. There is no substitute for mat time. The most efficient way to get better at Jiu Jitsu is to do Jiu Jitsu. With the combination of guidance and will, effort is the deciding factor in a student’s progress. “We tell ourselves that skill […]

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Modern Stoicism

All undesirable circumstances afford us the opportunity to practice virtue. It is the moments in life we least enjoy which are our greatest assets. Stoicism is a school of philosophy founded by Zeno in the 3rd Century B.C. Stoicism teaches that virtue is the sole requirement for happiness, and through the use of logic and […]

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The 10 Books Which Most Shaped My Philosophy

Since publishing “On the Importance of Reading”, I have received many inquiries for book recommendations. Below I have listed the most impactful books I have read (in no particular order), but this advice comes with one great caveat. These books worked for me. That does not mean they will work for you. Remember the teachings […]

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The Gift of Fear

The truth of adulthood is that few people care whether or not you pursue your dreams. Even worse, we rarely share these dreams with others. This leads to a complete lack of external accountability in matters we deem most noteworthy. Luckily, we come hard-wired with a tool to combat this: Fear. As much as the […]

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On The Importance of Reading

We read not to understand the author. We read to understand ourselves. We read because it gives us a language to articulate what we feel but previously could not find the words to say. We are never alone in our experiences. The path is well-trodden. The highest purpose of reading is to find highly-skilled travellers […]

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An Open Letter To All Of Us On Social Media

If you have seen the movie or read the book Into the Wild, then you are aware and perhaps forever altered by these words. McCandless, a young-thoreauian male wanders off to Alaska to find truth, inadvertently poisons himself by eating the seeds of the wild sweet pea, and in his waning moments inscribes these words in […]

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What Sylvia Plath taught me about Happiness

I recently finished reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It was a beautifully-written, tragic tale of a young woman battling her own demons along with those inherent to all whom embrace this human condition. With witty prose and subtly didactic dialog, Ms. Plath truly created something magnificent before she took her life at the […]

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