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 Have To Sell Yourself

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” -Mark Twain “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” -Isaac Asimov The quotes above make me laugh. You know: the kind of laugh that comes from someone who gets it. Now, I’m not suggesting […]

Read Biographies. Trust me. Read them.

“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 […]

Breath Meditation: The Simple Way to Start Meditating Now

Breath Meditation ‘Counting the breath’ is the technique that I started with when I first started on my Buddha journey. While I have learned other techniques since than, I find myself using this technique as the root of all my practice. When most people think of meditation they usually visualize a bald monk in the […]

Minimalism and Why Your Stuff Owns You

I’ve come across minimalism multiple times over the past few years. The concept has aligned with other ideas in my life that I am working on like: spending less, paying down debt, simplifying. I’m referring to minimalism as it pertains to living life and not art or architecture as it is more commonly known. Here is […]

Cheap Food Comes With a Price (graphic links provided)

Watch these Vides: Walmart Cruelty and MeatVideo.com (graphic videos, be warned) The above videos are very graphic and that is exactly why you should watch them. Then, when you go to the grocery store to buy that ‘big brand’ cheap meat (or eat at most restaurants) you will visualize these horrific images as you support the […]

The Goal Problem

What do your goals look like on paper?  Have you analyzed them thoroughly and mapped out a process for reaching them? No, right? That’s ok, you would be a rare specimen indeed if you had the foresight to do this.  Hell, I don’t think I’ve ever done this and I think about my goals on […]

Why Happiness Will Not Come Naturally To You

How often do you get sucked into things you enjoy doing: work, play, hobbies, relaxing, sleeping, etc? And do you balance these things with your overall  life or do you become compulsive to a point where you need to “quit” them altogether? When we are lacking in our general happiness, or when life gets difficult, […]

The New Age of Getting Shit Done

Getting shit done nowadays is easier, cheaper, and more effective than in anytime in the history of man. Corporations are more efficient than ever (the better-non-bail-out-ones that is).  But the average person is less effective than ever.  The gap between the haves and the have-nots is widening.  Why is this? You would think that with […]

The Simple Secret For Reaching Your Goals

The secret to reaching goals is not what you think. It’s a simple habit that can literally change your life. Read below to find out what it is. The First Goals Rule: Make your goals specific and time-based   I started reading this book: One of the main lessons in this book is the writing […]

Habit, Creatures of

When is enough a enough? We are creatures of habit for better or worse. We do the same stupid shit over and over. Usually this goes on until something gives, and often, nothing ever does. So we get stuck repeating the same mistakes, stuck in the same routines, forever. Why is this? I really wish […]

Expectations

How many days, events, outings, trips, sessions, and relationships have been ruined by expectation? We are let down when outcomes don’t match what we expect.  As we reflect, we are robbed of any good from the circumstance, good that is usually due.  Setting expectations is the perfect way to be let down, in fact, it’s […]

The Outsource Test: Hire 1 person for 10$

You must start. The rest is easy, and best of all, cheap. You can outsource SOOO much and prices are usually absurdly low. Here are a few things I get done for super cheap on the regular, and remember, I own two businesses and am building a few others. I’ve gotten so good–it’s not hard–at […]

The Racing Mind Is Not Your Friend

I have a love hate relationship with thinking. Yes, the act of thinking. Most people don’t think about their thinking, like at all. They don’t think about their thoughts and how, positive or negative, they can dictate their actions. This is a fatal flaw. I love thinking when it is towards a goal, like business […]