It All Starts With The ?

“The object of knowing is constantly changing. Feeling, tasting, sensational experiment, etc., are dogmas and not true knowledge as they can be wrong. Objects of perception, therefore, are ruled out of true knowledge.” -Bruce Lee Lately I’ve been talking with friends and family about their personal goals. A common thing I hear from them is they don’t […]

Experiment Or Die

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Do you regularly push yourself outside of your comfort zone? Or do you take the path of least resistance? There are people that make the conscious effort to do things that make them uncomfortable, but they are the minority. The fact […]

How Do You Know Where You Are Going If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going?

“Remember that thought is the fire that creates the steam that turns the wheel of fortune, upon which your experiences depend.” –Haanel, Charles F. – The Master Key System There’s a thing we all do every day. Some do it better than others, more controlled and directed. Others do it randomly and haphazardly. This thing […]

5 Rules For Finding Your “Secret” To Success

Do you agree with Mr. Powell? Personally, I agree and disagree. He’s got it right with the latter part of his quote: success requires preparation, hard work, and learning from failure, but he’s wrong about there being no secrets to success. There are secrets. More on that in a bit. This makes me think of […]

How Much Attention Equals How Much Success

“Attention or concentration is probably; the most important essential in the development of mind culture. The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment […]

What Reality Do You Live In?

“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.”  ― Kristian Kan I often tell people, “I’m living in my own reality and everyone else is a guest.” Egotistical or honest? Maybe both? Meh… who cares? In my reality, I don’t, nor should anyone care about […]

Will Money Buy You Happiness?

This essay was originally featured in my free Sunday newsletter. Preface: The following piece does not come from a place of judgement—I am as much a perpetrator as the next guy. It is meant as an observation of humans (and myself) living in modern society. In fact, writing this is as much a reminder for myself as […]

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde

This essay was originally featured in my free Sunday newsletter. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ―Oscar Wilde There was once a research survey done of nursing home residents around the country. A question on that survey was, “What is your greatest regret?” One answer that kept coming up went something like this: I wish I […]

To Practice Restraint Is To Practice Life

This essay was originally featured in my free Sunday newsletter. “Practical exercise is even more important for the student of philosophy than for the student of medicine or any similar art, just as philosophy claims to be a greater and more difficult discipline than any other study. The reason for this is that men who enter the […]

Plans Suck. Do.

This essay was originally featured in my free Sunday newsletter. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” -Confucius There is this concept known as Neophiliac, which is a personality type in which a person has a strong affinity for novelty. I think that we all are, at least in our Western culture, a bit […]

You Are Designed To Be Unhappy (Here’s Why and what To Do About It)

This essay was originally featured in my free Sunday newsletter. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus Think about all the things in your life right now: your car, job, career, education, and every purchase you’ve […]

What’s Your Philosophy

This essay was originally featured in my free Sunday newsletter. Diogenes the Cynic also reputedly said that a good man considers every day to be a festival and Epictetus subsequently taught his Stoic students to contemplate life in this way. The Stoics used this metaphor to convey a sense of gratitude for the opportunity of life, while […]