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How To Read 7 Books in 7 Days

Monday, June 25th, 2012

It’s time for an epic reading assignment. In the next week I will be reading one book each day. 7 days. 7 books. You should too. Here’s how. BUT WHY? PART 1. Because everyone is dumb and getting dumber. The world is constantly changing and most people cannot keep up. Maybe the pace of machine […]

A Question About Staircases

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Imagine that you were running a race on one of three escalators. Which race would you rather be in? 1. An escalator that is helping you up. 2. A broken one that is not moving at all. 3. An escalator that is going down while you head up, making it harder to reach the top. […]

How to Change Your Life: An Epic, 5,000-Word Guide to Getting What You Want

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Everybody talks about it. Nobody does it. If I’ve learned anything about the world by my age, it’s that most of the world, myself included, is composed of talkers, not doers. There are very few exceptions to this rule. The good news is, you can be one if you want. The ability to act is […]

"You have to embrace the suck" - an interview with Leo Babauta of Zenhabits

Monday, December 19th, 2011

For most, the man needs no introduction. But in case you do, here’s one anyway. Leo Babauta is the founder of ZenHabits, a massively popular blog that is considered by Time Magazine to be one of the top 25 blogs in the world. This is already enough to make him interesting, but actually, there’s more. […]

Everything has been done. Give up now.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The list for what has never been done is very short. If you’re looking for something new before you even begin, you may as well abandon the quest. You will probably fail. Everyone has a voice now. Everyone has a camera, too. Every picture at every monument has been taken better by someone with better […]


Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

You will not achieve anything unless you are capable of this fundamental act. As a child, you excelled at it. You snuck out at night, smoked when you weren’t supposed to, and made out with someone you weren’t supposed to. None of this killed you. In fact, the more you disobeyed, the more interesting you […]

Why You Should Quit the Internet

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Life is a series of decisions, one after another. When put together, they make you who you are. Each decision is a bet. Some are made consciously; others not. Each bet you win shows you what you’re capable of, and what your next bet should be. As you win more bets, you get more ambitious. This […]

How To Test Your Strength

Friday, November 26th, 2010

You may think you are strong, or that you have willpower. But do you, really? A few years back, I remember watching a bunch of old Survivor episodes. I would download them off iTunes, eventually watching all the old seasons. I remember thinking, like many viewers probably, “I could totally do that.” During this time, […]

Take the Risky Path (Not the Stupid Path)

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I did a quick interview the other week with Chris Garrett, which he posted here. The comments got me thinking. The people who read Chris Garrett’s blog are not our tribe, they’re a different kind of people. Seekers maybe. Maybe more pro-blogger types. Either I didn’t express myself properly, or my message is not what […]

Everything is Stupid and Easy To Do

Monday, November 1st, 2010

 With no experience yesteday, I carved my first pumpkin. I used this website, found through Google, which teaches you the how to, best practices, what to avoid– everything about pumpkin carving. They even let you print out over 240 stencils for $10. I was instantly sold, and silently noted that somebody was likely making a good […]