I’m Starting A Nonprofit

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“Joel taught me that my assumptions about the nature of charity had been wrong. When we give handouts to those in poverty , we do them a disservice . We create a cruel cycle of dependence. After three days with Joel in his remote village, I left knowing that he now had tools to self-educate. […]

Read Biographies. Trust me. Read them.

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“One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.” -James Russell Lowell You should read biographies. I didn’t realize how useful these were until I started reading them. Here are a few I recommend: Screw it, Let’s Do it by Richard Branson Delivering Happiness by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh The Everything Store: Jeff […]

Live Without

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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo […]

Is Life Passing You By?

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“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” ― John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller – Pamphlet No matter how much I learn, how much I write, and how much I can give advice or preach to others, I will always be imperfect. And so will you. I […]

Control Your Mind or It Controls You

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“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost You know what class they should have taught in school? Mind Control. Not mind control in the sense that you can use telepathy to control another human being, but control over […]

The Grim Reaper

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“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But […]

The Power of Simple

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“The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy.” ― Lin Yutang I’ve always had a profound respect and admiration for Asian culture. The slowness, the wisdom, the not-too-witty-but-supremly revealing proverbs, and the simplicity of the culture. This has a lot to do with my martial arts training as a kid, […]

You Can Never Overdo Life But You Can Overdo Parts Of Life

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“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” ― Oscar Wilde I agree with Mr. Wilde. To me, this quote signifies more than just showing up with too much education or clothing. It reminds me to always go above and beyond what others expect of me, and far beyond what I expect of myself. It reminds […]

7 Life Blunders and How To Avoid Them

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Gandhi once gave his grandson, Arun, a talisman that listed seven “blunders” he believed led to violence. They are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle. Just now, as I was trying to figure out which way to go with this, […]

Do Good Art And Work No Matter What

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“The Paradoxical Commandments People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and […]

Why “Clocking Out” Is A Huge Opportunity For Success

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“Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” ― George Carlin It is sometimes hard for me to relate to other people’s situations because of the “unconventional” life […]

Animus is Latin For Spirit, Mind, Courage

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There’s a word I recently learned and it’s called, “Animus.” Animus is Latin for spirit, mind, courage. When I think of Animus, I think of the ancient Romans, Spartans and Greeks. I think of these civilizations not just because the word is Latin, but because it was a time in human history when people extolled […]

A Piece of Paper Can Change Your Life

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“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” ― Susan Statham I’m going to ask you to do something at the end of this piece. It’s going to be simple to do, cost you nothing other than a second of your time, and still most of you won’t do it. Each one of us […]

Do You Have Grit?

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“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”  ―Michelangelo  I’ve learned a lot about people over the years as a small business owner. The number one thing that I have observed is this: Most people don’t have grit when it comes to […]

Life Should Be Fun And If It Isn’t, Change It Until It Is

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“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.” ― Richard Branson, Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life Why don’t more people live this way? I think it’s because […]