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9 Ways to Improve Your Life (and the lives of those around you)

See #5 below Below is a list of ways to improve your life that have occurred to me over the past week or so. They aren’t always easy to follow, and I don’t claim to be a perfect practitioner, but they’re good to think about and work toward. All of them do require you to […]

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Dealing with Pressure

I recently signed up to do my first ultra marathon – a 50-mile trail race called The North Face Endurance Challenge. I’ve done regular marathons, but this is a totally new animal. New gear, new training methods, new paces, new nutrition – new everything. Arguably the best in the sport of ultra trail running is […]

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Money Isn’t Holding You Back, Excuses Are

Photo: David Goehring I recently wrote that insecure people are ugly. They are, but this pathetic excuse-maker on Reddit (found via @Ramit) is uglier, bitching that only people with money can become wealthy or “make it.” I can’t stand excuses like this. Let’s begin with the most obvious. Your problem isn’t a lack of money, […]

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Insecure People Are Ugly

From Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement I like to watch people’s reactions when they hear about someone else’s good news. Whether it’s a promotion, a big sale, or some other big win, good news can bring out the worst in people. Why? In my experience, it’s all about one’s personal security (or insecurity). The more insecure […]

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Atlas Shrugged and Productivity

Photo:  Francisco Diez Earlier today, when I was waiting for the notary who was AN HOUR LATE to my refinance closing, I obviously opened up my Facebook page to kill time while I waited. Now, I have many issues with Ayn Rand, but I’m still a huge Atlas Shrugged fan. No, I don’t dream of a sharp-elbowed society […]

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Failure Doesn’t Exist

Photo: ParadoxofMatrix Ever heard of decision paralysis? It’s an ailment that strikes far too many people (myself included). When facing multiple choices and the correct pick isn’t obvious, we ultimately don’t decide. Status quo wins and we don’t have to face the anxiety of affirmatively choosing something that might be wrong. But that’s a false […]

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How to Effectively Ask for Help

Photo: Marc Falardeau I’ve written about how to effectively offer help before, but today’s post deals with the opposite side of the help coin – how to effectively ask for help. Obviously the way to tell if you’ve effectively asked for help is if you ultimately receive help. If you don’t, you probably didn’t. Even if […]

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Back to School

Photo: David Blaikie Returning to school after a summer away is a unique time in one’s life. Not because of the normal bullshit you hear like “you’re only young once” and not because co-eds are still sporting their summer wear, or because you’re finally free from the parental tyranny of life at home. No, returning […]

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Everyone is Bluffing

Photo:  Eoin O’Neill Have you ever met someone who just exudes confidence? Conversely, have you ever felt yourself recoil upon realizing (or thinking) that you were under-qualified or out-matched? Surprisingly, you and the confidence-oozer probably had the same anxiety over being viewed as not good enough. The difference lies in how you each dressed up […]

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Are You Ambitious About Your Career… or Delusional?

Photo: Jason Rogers This is a post I originally did for Brazen Careerist, a great social network for Gen-Y professionals. The full post is now available below. If you paused for a moment before answering, that’s a good sign. It means you’re aiming big enough that even you think you might be crazy. No one ever achieved something great […]

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