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Life Is By Definition A Struggle, But Slumps Can Be Detrimental

If you're not happy with the terrain you're treading, it could be that long ago, distracted by your obligations, tiredness, social media, and love-hate...

On The Consequences Of Success, And An Alternative Way Of Measuring It

Defining—and therefore, measuring—success is a controversial, foggy and confusing matter. How about by the amount of freedom, options, skill, and sense of meaning your...

Is The Real Problem The LACK Of Problems? Perhaps Life Is Too Good |...

Seldom throughout history has there been so few barriers—and yet indolence still prevails en masse. Seldom has opportunity for learning been so abundant—and yet...

What To Do With All Your Ideas

Ideas are easy; it is execution that matters. But what about all of those ideas you have written down, and that BIG one you...

If Free Will Is An Illusion, Are We Doomed?

Free Will is an illusion. Does that now mean we are helpless when it comes to self-improvement, the pursuit of virtue, wisdom, long-term thinking,...

If You’re In A Low Place, It’s A Low Door That’s Gonna’ Open

When you’re in a low place it’s a low door that’s going to open. Your instinct will be that you’re ‘too high/too superior' to...

Painful Words About A Painful Process – Creativity | Short Reads

If I shy away from the suffering, from the struggle, then I also shy away from the essence—the truth, the ethos, the lifeblood, the...

Did School Kill Your Curiosity? | Short Reads

School should be a place where a love—or at least, a liking of—learning should be cultivated, harnessed, developed; instead, a great deal of kids,...

On ‘Being Yourself’ and ‘Following Your Passion’ (hint: don’t)

'Be yourself' and 'find your passion' are perhaps the most substandard, shabby, useless pieces of advice around. The first is anti-self-improvement—and we all have...

How To Get Started With Psychedelics

Mind-blowing in more ways than one, the subject of Psychedelics is a rich, dangerous, fascinating, controversial and very important one indeed. How does one get started with Psychedelics? The answer is education.

On Writing ‘One True Sentence’ | Short Reads

Fancy words and grammar are so often what spoils the writer; having something to say is of first importance, and saying it in the...

The Important Things In Life Get None Of The Attention

The work of the scientists, nurses, educators and philosophers will always be beaten to the spotlight by the latest phone, piece of news, fashion...

The Quality Of Your Life Hinges Upon Where You Direct Attention

Living a good—and/or successful, blissful, healthy, contented, happy—life depends on something very simple, but also as rare as it is delicate: your attention.That which...

Facilitating Mindful Living In An Unmindful World

In an increasingly distracting, overwhelming and maddening world, the role and value of mindfulness is now unquestionable. The problem is, can mindful living be...

Comparing Yourself To Your Former-Self Is A Perilous Business — Better To Focus On...

Worrying about past success is as bad as worrying about past failures. They can generate an anxiety from the expectation to match or outperform...

Why Working For Free May Be Exactly What You Need, And Why The Concept...

Letting go of your feelings of entitlement in order to stoop down and squeeze your ego through the 'low' door that is volunteer or...

The Tallest Poppy Is The Most Vulnerable, Envied—And The Most Beautiful

On tall poppies, naysayers, and loud noisesEven if you life the perfectly virtuous, moderately successful and good life, you will still have naysayers to...

Why Your Colleagues (or you) Don’t Work Hard — The Main Cause Of Mediocre...

This piece is a takeout from my recent series of articles on the cognitive biases and other irrational tendencies. The series consists of four...