The Fallacy of Words

We humans are a beacon of intelligence and reason. Among all the sentient beings of this world, we stand among the top of the intellectual food chain (and we constantly remind ourselves of this fact). The major distinction between ourselves and the other animals on this planet is language. Through a colloquial system derived from […]

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One of the Many Ways Jiu Jitsu Has Taught Me Humility

One of the prerequisites to becoming highly skilled in Jiu Jitsu is that you must first lose extensively. We must fail over and over again until having learned from those failures we grow beyond them. If you are fortunate enough to be in a room which constantly reminds you of your shortcomings, you will inevitably […]

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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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How to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Start Loving Yourself More

This post was inspired by Tara Brach’s awesome guided meditations on self-love. You feel this sinking anxiety. This fear. It comes in and out throughout your day anytime you have a moment silence. It’s a very subtle, dull pain. Like a bad roommate, it’s bearable most of the time as long as you shut it […]

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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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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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The new My Mastery has been released!

Dear Readers, As we have done with my previous books, we wanted to give you a peak inside my newest book, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu. Keeping in theme with the original My Mastery, this is a book more about success in life than success in sport. Using the endeavor of skill acquisition […]

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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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On The rewards of meditation and the surprising obstacles (It’s not what you think)

The following is a letter I wrote to a dear friend in response to his questions concerning my practices of meditation. Considering that this is becoming a popular method of practicing mindfulness, it is our hope that the topics discussed in this letter could be of use to many of our readers. Enjoy! B, First […]

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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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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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