The Learning Series pt 2: Recognizing Your ‘Distant-Wise’

The following statement may be a shock to you, but here goes: There are NO new problems. Sometimes it feels as if every problem or challenge that you encounter seems brand new and specifically tailor made for you. These problems, no matter how big or small, emerge into an expanding source of anxiety where you […]

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The power of an accountability partner: Having a trusted confidant to help you along your way

I’ve made a lot of commitments to myself in the past in regards to the direction I want to take my life. To be honest, I’ve failed many more times than I’ve succeeded. In all of these experiments to see how far I can push my growth, I’ve found one constant: when you have a […]

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The Pareto Principle: Accomplishing goals with purpose

While living our incredible busy, alarmingly finite lives we must be sure to use our time efficiently and effectively. This has been the focus of my study over the past few months as I have read anything I can get my hands on regarding the most important of topics, learning how to learn. I have […]

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My own prison: An introduction to a series on learning

Uncertainty… Not fear, or anxiety, or even the familiar uneasiness that accompanies the feeling of being out of place. No, it’s definitely uncertainty. This is the numbing feeling running through my veins as I walk the steps up the 1,800+ capacity North Jersey prison toward my classroom. Today is my first day teaching prisoners and […]

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Bar stool advice from an old friend

I recently ran into the father of one of my former students at a local bar. After exchanging the usual words and sharing a few beers, we delved into the nitty-gritty of what it means to truly live. I hold this man’s opinions in high regard. A recently retired financial trader and father of four, […]

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Build your personal fire

Metaphorically speaking, building a fire can teach a valuable lesson about motivation, confidence and how to build sustained momentum. I first made this connection while staying in a small cabin on the U.S./Canadian border with no electricity, heat, or immediate running water. Consequently, the only way to stay warm at night was to build a […]

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