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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The Ben Franklin Effect: An Unexpected Way to Build Rapport

On rare occurrences, life moves in such harmony where it provides you with an experience that prompts you to question why something happened, and then subsequently provides you with the answer the next day. A few days ago, I was lucky enough to experience this phenomenon.

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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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The Real Reason to Earn a Black Belt

I have been given the rare opportunity to teach Jiu Jitsu for a living. This is a privilege that I wake up everyday grateful for, and a responsibility that I hold dearly. I understand how rare it is to be employed through a labor you genuinely love, and one which can be used as a […]

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Is Karma Real? The Definitive Answer

Guys, I solved it! I finally figured out the answer to a question that has confounded humanity for thousands of years! Perhaps for those who fundamentally subscribe to the Hindu & Buddhist religions, this question has already been answered, but for the rest of us, it’s still persisted: Is Karma Real? And, I, Chad Daniels, […]

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#Human: The Preface

Friends, With extreme gratitude we announce the release of my new book #Human: Learning To Live In Modern Times. Very much in line with the ideologies of My Mastery: Learning to Live Through Jiu Jitsu, this book dives straight into the matter of cultivating an amazing life. Traversing the spiritual landscape from seeing through the […]

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We Are All Artists

Many, many generations ago, when man existed as wanderers across the land, and hunted in packs, societal acceptance was an absolute prerequisite to survival. Our very life depended on the acceptance of the group, and so we acted accordingly to ensure that we would remain part of that group, and be granted the benefits of […]

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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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My Birthday Manifesto

It was mid-July 2013 and I was on the tail end of a road trip with two of my closet friends. Departing New Orleans in the morning and driving through the day, weary, with tired eyes, we arrived at dusk in Fall Creek Falls, TN. Luckily, we arrived thirty minutes before the sun set, and […]

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On the Oneness of All Things

True intelligence and awareness is gazing at a bee on a flower and understanding that the two are actually a single organism. In our attempt to break down the world into small, digestible chunks, we have created a misperception in the way in which we view, and articulate this view, of the world. As our […]

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Independence Day: Living Up to the Name

On this day 238 years ago, we declared our independence from the kingdom of Great Britain. There was a time when the states were recognized as individuals, and people would say “The United States are..”. Now we stand 50 in number and exist in a state of unity, as people now proclaim, “The United States […]

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Why I Train Jiu Jitsu

In the past few days I have been asked numerous times why I train Jiu Jitsu. My inquirers expect answers involving arm bars and berimbolos. In truth, these are the farthest from reasons why I practice this beautiful art. I train because it makes every area of my life better, and it makes me better […]

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Forge Meaning, Build Identity, & Allowing Yourself to Feel

Note: This post was influenced by the wonderful TED Talk by Andrew Solomon Imagine that you have the power to take yourself to an experience that you’ve had before. Where would you go? Your first kiss? Maybe the time you got your first acceptance letter to college? Or, how about the time you jumped out […]

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On the Polarity of Things

In life we too often focus on the foreground, and forget the background. We view things in space to be more real than the space itself. We forget that things can only be things when there is something which is not a thing, the space. Conversely, space can only be space when there is something […]

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Impermanence: Building Castles out of Sand

Impermanence is a beautiful thing. Actually, more accurately said, Impermanence is that which makes every thing beautiful. All of the joys of the human experience owe their intensity to the ever-receding state of existence. Everything we love, we love all the more when we realize that both it and ourselves will not be here for […]

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