Lessons Learned

A Fasting Two-Day 30-Mile Hike Through The Yosemite Wilderness

I have just returned from a fasting two-day 30-mile hike in the Yosemite Wilderness. It was a grueling experience through a pristine landscape which produced a stillness I have never known. Our senses collect data at every moment, and we often don’t notice that things as simple as conversations, images, songs, and television, even passively […]

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Rocks, Sand, and Our Greatest Freedom

With the second post from my experiences on this trip, we will discuss a very different kind of adventure, not of mountainous landscapes but of the mind. I recently spent time in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, a desert terrain filled with canyons that remind one of 127 hours and rock formations that […]

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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 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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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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The Difference Between Capitalism & Extortion: Martin Shkreli

I don’t usually write commentary type blogs on current events, but a viral story has caught my attention and I felt the need to at least write something. Earlier this week, news broke that Martin Shkreli, a 31 year-old ex-hedge fund manager-turned-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, had purchased the rights to the drug Daraprim and increased […]

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What the Wright Brothers Taught Me About Purpose

I spent the last week of August in Nags Head, NC, and had the most humbling opportunity to visit Wright Memorial Park. To stand on the field where Wilbur and Orville first took to the air, to see the landing sites of each successively further flight, and to read the inscription upon their memorial high […]

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The Fisherman and the Businessman

The first Wednesday of every month, my friends and I go to the local tavern affectionately known as “The HOB”, have a drink or two, and play the open mic night along with some of the other regulars. It’s always a blast, but last night was, by far, the best time I’d had there. Last […]

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Five Life Lessons My Dad Taught Me Last Week

Last week, I received voice mail from my Dad, asking me to give him a call back when I had a minute, because he’d been thinking of some things and wanted to talk to me about them. He had a sort of excitement in his voice. The same sort of excitement a scientist might have […]

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How I Found Gratitude in a Bowl of Stew

It’s true. I found gratitude while eating a bowl of beef stew.

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A Lesson From Socrates

Around 2,400 years ago in ancient Athens, mankind was dealt a humbling blow to our collective self-confidence, and it came by the way of Socrates. We all know the name Socrates, but few know what he stood for. In my eyes his greatest lesson came

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Success is Not a Movie Montage

(See this quote illustrated from Zen Pencils) Perhaps not everyone believes that movies mimic real life, but when I think about some of the most motivational videos I’ve seen, they include some sort of three-minute Hollywood montage where the underdog trains like hell for the upcoming battle of wills. Some that come to mind are […]

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How One Random Act of Kindness Can Change a Life

November 22, 1973 It’s thanksgiving morning in North Hollywood, California. A day typically spent eating turkey and giving thanks to family and friends, the Mahavorick family of five will anticipate neither this holiday in their modest-sized home. This is the same home where 13-year-old Anthony Mahavorick’s senses will eventually be awakened by the taste of […]

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Life Lessons at the Eye Doctor’s

For the second time in my life I have committed to wearing contacts. I say second time, because about ten years ago I attempted this feat to no avail. My combined lack of patience and long eye lashes proved too great at the time. My eyesight has gotten progressively worse over the years which inevitably […]

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