We all want to be successful. We want to be happy and have a good life. But what does that look like? How do we get there?Read more "8 Lessons On Success From Alain de Botton"
Nobody will be born just like me ever again. Nor will anybody be born just like you. Ever again.
Shouldn’t I do what only I can do? Shouldn’t I be what only I can be? Shouldn’t you?Read more "Do We All Have A Calling?"
It matters because learning something is pointless if you don’t use it.
That’s clear enough, right? The problem is, using the information we learn has gotten harder and far more complex over time. Especially since the web became a thing.
Why is it so hard? Because of the staggering amount of information we process on a daily basis.Read more "Organize and Implement the Information You Learn"
That’s what people mean when they say “find your voice.” Actually, we all have our voices already. We don’t need to “find them”, per se.
We need to get everything else out of the way.Read more "You Don’t Need to “Find” Your Voice. You Need to Use It."
There are some electrons and photons moving around in really interesting patterns, and there’s the reaction they produce in my brain when I look at them. Maybe some sound waves. I don’t deny these things are amazing. Obviously!
In the physical world, you are constantly clashing with molecules large and small and hard and soft and brittle and strong. You run into brick walls, get punched in the face, swim in deep water, feel the breeze in your hair, and other things that are merely metaphors for larger things.Read more "I Made Up a Stoic Exercise"
So many people, millions of them, who have this kind of opportunity, never commit to anything on this level their whole lives. You don’t have to be smart. You don’t have to be educated. You don’t have to be rich. You just have to care. Care more. Make things happen.Read more "What I Learned at Startup Weekend: 12 Lessons on Leaping, Connecting, and Finishing"
Speed reading seduces you by promising you an easy way out. “If I can just read faster, I can read more—maybe even everything! Then I’ll…”
What? Get a better job? Create a successful business? Become wise?
No. Those things happen by thinking more about what you read.Read more "Forget Speed Reading. Try Slow Reading."
There’s much ado these days about new reading technologies. In particular, the ebook, but there are more recent innovations in digital reading, too: Spritz is one, and social e-readers are another. The way digital reading is discussed, you’d think people who like reading plain old paper books are Luddites.
But what if I told you that physical books are technological marvels themselves?
I encountered a provocative discussion of how we use this far-out dead-tree technology in–where else?–a book, dead-tree version, by one of my favorite writers, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. After reading this, I’ll never look at a book the same way again.Read more "“A Book Is a Machine to Think With”"
I read a blog post today called “The Case Against (Non-Fiction) Books.”
I cried a little inside. OK, I cried outside, too.Read more "13 Ways Your Life Gets Better When You Read Every Day"
One of my favorite authors, James Altucher, recently published his “personal manifesto.” He encouraged his readers to try it for themselves.
That sounded like a good idea.Read more "39 Incontrovertible Facts of Life*: A Personal Manifesto"