Decision Making Principle #1: Model Success

What do you value?  Do you have values? Do you know what values are? These questions floated around the periphery of my consciousness for some 15-odd years, from young adulthood into my mid twenties. Then, knowing my values became an essentialism for success in every area of life, be it business, health, or relationships. Knowing what I valued allowed […]

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Back in Ho Chi Minh: returning to Saigon after a year of travel

Rewind a year. Me: 26 and FOJ (fresh out of a job). Having saved up a fair amount from my 9-5, I was largely living off savings. Nevertheless, I was thoroughly enjoying life: making money online by freelancing SEO services, and seeing the world. After two years of long work hours, I was finally free. I committed to […]

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Meditation’s second course, with a side of binaural beats

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb I learned to meditate in about a year, thanks an app called Headspace. In the app, founder Andy Puddicombe guides you through meditations while giving advice for managing our emotions. He also covers meditation basics like […]

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The writing effect

Writing is like good sex. When the conditions are right, it just happens. “Happiness is not something that you can find, acquire, or achieve directly. You have to get the conditions right and then wait. Just as plants need sun, water, and good soil to thrive, people need love, work, and a connection to something […]

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Mickey Mouse Motivation: When Insta-Wisdom Goes Too Far

It began about 6 months ago. What started on Twitter quickly spread to Instagram, and now Facebook. It’s the commoditization of inspiration, and it seems like everyone is taking part. First it was celebrities, then fitness gurus and now marketers. All of whom clamber for eyeballs and attention by posting motivation images with overlaid text. Once a sucker for these […]

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