My 2017 Solutions

First of all… I don’t want you thinking these are some kind of New Year’s Resolutions. I actually wrote these all down in November, because hey, who doesn’t like a head-start? So I feel like I’m actually barreling into 2017 with a full head of steam and miles of track …

Notes on the input=output scale and the growth chain

Input=output scale Using this, you can become a power-user of life and apply the 10x rule to your output. Growth chain Meditation becomes focus, focus becomes knowledge, knowledge and wisdom become insight, insight and confidence become action, action and persistence become results.

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Are we just the purples and greys on a canvas of clouds

Are we just the purples and greys on a canvas of clouds strung across the ribs of a naked ship in the clam bank east side Are we just the purples and greys on a canvas of clouds troweled heavy into the Sagittarius soils in the loading dock of a recluse …

A Hole in Your Heart

The heart has six chambers. At least, that’s what I think they told me in school. Maybe it was four. I don’t know. The heart has four chambers. Yeah, four containers, four suitcases, four dusty attics. And mine’s missing something. And the big problem with that—the really big problem—is that …

The poetry of life

What is my favourite thing in the world? Hmm. It’s the poetry of life. Beauty. The beauty of a dinner with friends that goes deep into the moonlight, three bottles of wine and too much time. The beauty of cherry blossoms falling like snow, a street lined with the trees …

Kid Cudi’s ice cream

Fuck you Kid Cudi I want messages of hope. It’s getting hot and I want to lie in the grass before it dies. All these musicians now are writing lyrics (or paying for them, anyway) that depress the shit out of me, and that’s probably the biggest waste of my …

Describing a sunset

A friend asked me how to describe a sunset. This was an interesting thought because I had, in fact, seen a sunset the night before. So I knew how to do it, and I told her the only way is to avoid any clichés. But that’s pretty weak advice, and …

Where Were You?

Where were you when it happened? “Right in the living room, and bam, 80 inches of history right in front of my face, it was unbelievable–” “I was in the kitchen, the egg rolls had just finished in the oven, I heard the shouting and rushed right on back to the …

The foundation of happy

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My buddy and I went on a coffee crawl the other week—eight coffee shops in eight hours. The idea seemed pretty stupid beforehand, but there was something in that mixture of long-distance walking, long-form talking, and immense amounts of caffeine that changed my life. Now I’m an ambitious guy, so devoting a day …

10% farther: Meditations on a bird

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I went for a walk recently, only planning to leave the house for a few minutes, but I didn’t come back for half an hour, and when I did come back, it was with a completely different perspective on my life. So what did I do on this incredible walk? Not …

Micro goals, slow growth

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There is no death sadder than that of a goal, yet none more frequent. In fact, most goals are designed to die, because when most people set goals, it looks like this: “Goddamn, Steph [your name is Stephanie, right?], today we’re going to get healthy.” Well that’s great! Let’s get healthy! Let’s: Revamp our …

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Things I wish people would shut up about

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  People talk too much these days. This can be a problem, especially since almost everything everyone says is boring. Not only that, we’re seeing a worldwide epidemic of shortening attention spans.But don’t worry—I’ve got a plan. If we make our topics of conversation more interesting, people will become inherently …

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An update on my yearly goals

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This is an update to my yearly goals as of March 3rd. Read the original article here. It’s working! My systems are all in place and the massive machine that is my goal-crushing steamroller is moving. Sometimes imperceptibly so, but moving, yes. These systems are essential to completing my goals in …

I have a diary and so should you

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You don’t have to be a writer to write. Take this as good news, because writing is better than sex: it’s extremely therapeutic and can help you process ideas, clear your mind, and boost your creativity and cognitive abilities. And jesus, it feels good when you get into it. This is …

Go backward to go forward

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He stared at me, emphasizing with a pointed finger: “If you stop moving you’re dead.” My business teacher was talking about D-Day, but his message was clear: If you stop moving, you’re not going to get anywhere. So what did this have to do with me? That was emphasized with a fist …

Get into the habit of saying no

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I used to have no free time. I would work a full day, then come home and work some more. I’d sit at my computer and hammer the keys in a desperate attempt to clear off my to-do list, but instead of shrinking, the to-do list grew as if it was feeding off my …

Why I only pray to myself

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I don’t pray, but if I did, it wouldn’t be to some god or all-powerful being; if I prayed, it’d be to myself. Why? Because there’s no way I’m giving up my power. Too many people pray to some external force, asking it to solve their problems. Peasants used to think it was their lot in …

Write cheap, talk big

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Just because words are cheap doesn’t mean you should use a lot of them. I’m a big proponent of the “thrifty” style of writing: using the fewest words necessary to get your message across. A lot of people are uncomfortable with this idea because they think it means you have to cut …

My goals are bigger than your goals

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I love failure. Especially what it indicates. To me, failure indicates something absolutely incredible: We tried. And when you try, no amount of failure should bring you down (unless you are fighting a war or robbing a bank). Trying is what our modern world was built on; trying means trying new …

We are princesses

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A lot of people make resolutions. Not too many people follow through with them. Need proof? 88 percent of resolutions aren’t achieved. But why do people make such bold, life-changing claims one month and drop them the next? Whatever their reason is, we know from their actions that they’re willing …