Growth Hacks & Habits

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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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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Why your New Year’s Resolutions will Fail

Each year many of us attempt New Year’s resolutions. Each year most of us fail. We fail because a new month, a date on the calendar, and a new year are all social fictions. There is actually no such thing as January 1, 2016. This is odd but true. What actually is January? We arbitrarily […]

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5 Key Tools to Master the Art of Reading

There are innumerable works covering the vastness of human activities, so much so that we can become highly educated in nearly any area of human study through solitary learning. We are afforded the opportunity to read the thoughts of the great men of the past, and our world view and wealth of knowledge benefit from […]

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Life’s Standards of Performance: 12 Do’s and Don’ts

There you are, walking away from a heated argument. But you feel good. You feel accomplished. Your head is held high. Finally, you got to say exactly what you wanted to say when you wanted to say it. What a rare opportunity! But, the next day you wake up, that conversation is still on your […]

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Why you should define your vision statement today

On the importance of a Vision Statement: A few weeks ago I sat down with the hopes of clearly articulating my message. How could others understand my message if I could not concisely describe it for myself? Human beings most often fall short in areas that they find themselves unable to clearly specify their feelings […]

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New Year, New Resolution, Old Habits: How to see real change in your life this year

“This is going to be the best damn year of my life. This is the year I’m going to… “Lose 15 pounds.” “Get a new job.” “Learn a new language.” “Be more compassionate to those in need.” Sound familiar? If you are anything like most people – including myself – the buzz of these resolutions […]

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The Battle of Inflation: Be Better Tomorrow Than You Were Today

Do you remember having conversations with parents or grandparents about how cheap things used to be? Did you marvel at gas costing 25¢? This is due to a phenomenon known as inflation. At this point, you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about the inflation rate or any other economic concepts on a blog that’s supposed […]

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The Helping Paradox: How to help yourself to help others

Think of the warm breezes, beautiful sunny skies and the sweet taste of mojitos grazing your lips as your toes sink into the sand. Yup, it’s summer time – but you better get your body toned up into shape before you can even entertain the thought of hitting the beach. So what do you do? […]

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Values & Happiness: Define the Terms Yourself

I believe you will never be truly happy until you know what happiness means to you. Society gives us a generalized definition of happiness in which we have a well paying job, spouse, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. Webster defines happiness as a state of well-being and contentment. Albeit a nice thought, this […]

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The Beginner’s Mindset: From Toddlers to Tchaikovsky

One of the major goals I have for myself in this life is, no matter what, to continue to grow and develop myself. I strive for this for two reasons. First, I truly believe that there is no neutral ground in life. Every day, you have a choice; growth or atrophy, and if I have […]

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Creating Your Personal Review: Staying on the Right Track

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela In a previous blog, I wrote about the benefits of having an accountability partner to help make sure you are staying on the right path. Now I want to share another […]

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