Humanity & Sport: The Common Ground of Jiu Jitsu

I have been blessed to be a member of an incredible team at RABJJ for the past six years. Jiu Jitsu has given me more in terms of self-worth and relationships than I had ever hoped. My only response now is to try to pay these benefits forward to my students and teammates. Jiu Jitsu […]

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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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Jesus was not a carpenter forever. Will you be?

While on the path of personal development one inevitably comes to the point where living for one’s self just seems too menial. This can happen at any age, but at a certain point you see that constantly focusing on YOUR concerns, trying to focus on YOUR problems becomes an insult to your existence. It becomes […]

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Your Life is a Blank Canvas. What Will You Paint?

Life is a blank canvas. In a blind stroke of luck, one evening (or day, I don’t know what kind of sex your parents had), your parents met up and decided to give you the empty picture frame that is your life. Your obligation, until the day you die, is to fill that picture frame […]

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The ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’: How to find purpose in your life

Half a decade ago I graduated college. Upon being thrown into the real world, my friends and I began to start our careers. Five years later, we are officially “adults”. There has grown a clear distinction between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. But this is not a distinction of money. This is a distinction […]

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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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Ten Important Life Lessons from Martial Arts

I have been incredibly fortunate to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the best in the world for the last half decade. The past five years or so have been the most enjoyable and growth filled of my life. I have met great friends, brilliant teachers and have been afforded the opportunity to be part of […]

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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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The Thinking Mind

Thinking, like any of our inherently given abilities, is a skill. And this skill serves a very specific purpose. But we have misunderstood the terms of using such a tool, and we constantly try to use it for projects that require a different one. Thinking, you see, is like a hammer. And when nails are […]

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The Fail-Proof Path to Happiness: Invest in the Process

Growing up, I was addicted to outcomes. As a hockey player I can remember my happiness in life being dependent on the amount of goals I scored and the wins or losses my team had on the weekends. If I scored a goal and we won, I was flying high, but if I went goalless […]

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Embrace Dichotomy. Embrace Yourself.

di·chot·o·my /dīˈkätəmē/ Noun 1. A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. In my own efforts towards self understanding and personal mastery, I have spent the past few years trying to find a balance. On one hand, I have been pursuing mastery of a martial […]

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Forgo Public Praise in Pursuit of a Better You

There exists an unfortunate paradox of being human: Our most valuable victories are those which go without praise When you win a game, you receive a trophy. When you perform well at work, you are awarded a raise. However, there are no trophies for the real victories in life. There is no external praise when […]

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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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Drops in the Ocean: What Will You Contribute to the World?

We are bound by the narrowness of our existence. Our empathy confined by only those experiences with which we have shared. We are quick to look at our lives in this moment, and begin to think that we have even the faintest idea of the footprint we leave on this world. There is an adopted […]

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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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