Life

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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

I am not a self-made man.

We all need fuel. Without the assistance, advice, and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we’re stuck with nowhere to go. I have been blessed to find mentors and idols at every step of my life, and I’ve been lucky to meet many of them.

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Who Still Lives at Home with Their Parents?

Living at home with your parents isn’t just for little kids anymore. Young adults are now more likely to live with their parents than in any other living arrangement, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

The Busy Person's Lies

A December Gallup poll found that 61 percent of working Americans said they did not have enough time to do the things they wanted to do. Some of us feel this more acutely than others: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that 9 in 10 working mothers said they felt rushed all or some of the time. In an attempt to understand this frenzy, I spent the past 12 months studying my own time during what might turn out to be the busiest year of my life.

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Why 30 is the decade friends disappear — and what to do about it

New research recently found that starting at age 25, we lose more friends than we make each year.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices

Our devices are so deeply enmeshed in our lives that we anticipate them being there at all times with access to the full range of the internet’s offerings.

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded

Being “needed” does not entail selfish pride or unhealthy attachment to the worldly esteem of others. Rather, it consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women. As the 13th-century Buddhist sages taught, “If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.”

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016

You should only compete with one person: yourself

It’s easy to compare yourself against other people especially as they flood our screens with images. But when you compete against other people, you judge yourself based on their values and metrics. The problem with this is even if you win, you only do something that’s important to them, not you.

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016

You Don't Need a Master Plan — You Just Need to Start

Starting something in the hopes of making an extra $1,000 a month is every bit as worthy as trying to colonize Mars. Start small and give your ambitions room to grow.

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

How being alone may be the key to rest

How much rest do we think we need, who is getting the most, and what are the most restful activities? The results of the world’s largest survey on rest indicate that to feel truly rested, a lot of us want to be alone.

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016

The Perils of Peak Attention

Two new books assess the quality of our digital lives: How do we shake off the village when we carry the world in our pocket?

Monday, Nov 7, 2016

What do you regret in life?

What do you regret in life?

Monday, Oct 31, 2016

I Wore an Expensive Watch While Traveling, and People Treated Me Wayyy Differently

For the traveler whose time is spent making snap-judgment impressions all day, every day, an expensive watch can be a shortcut to a kind of acceptance, however cheap it might be.

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016

How can I stop being average?

Getting out of your comfort zone sounds awesome but the odds are that while this will expose you to new experiences, you’re unlikely to be above average at anything you try at first.

Friday, Oct 21, 2016

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee's Famous Metaphor for Resilience

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

Why I Stopped Taking My Mobile Phone to My Bedroom

But I realized that one are that technology was having an unhealthy impact on my life and that was in the bedroom. Like many of you I dragged my mobile phone into my bedroom at night and would occasionally check email or Twitter or Facebook before bed. I used my iPhone as my alarm clock and I often did 20 minutes of email in bed in the morning before starting my day.

Monday, Oct 10, 2016

How to Retire at 40

Three early retirees tell their story of living on 4 percent or less.

Thursday, Oct 6, 2016

Making Modern Toughness

We are all fragile when we don’t know what our purpose is, when we haven’t thrown ourselves with abandon into a social role, when we haven’t committed ourselves to certain people, when we feel like a swimmer in an ocean with no edge.

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016

Our life in three stages – school, work, retirement – will not survive much longer

Babies born today have a good chance of surviving to be 105. If they are to exploit the great opportunities raised by longevity we must abandon outdated notions of a traditional life.

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016

How to Tell If You're a Jerk

If you think everyone around you is terrible, the joke may be on you.

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

I Used to Be a Human Being

An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.

The Free-Time Paradox in America

The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening. Why?

10 Tips for International Relocation

The US is now the fifth country I’ll feel comfortable calling home — after the UK, Germany, China and Japan, each time the process of relocating has become a little easier. Whilst each of the moves was under very different circumstances, life stages the following tips picked up on the way should help smooth your next relocation.

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016

The Passion Fallacy (or, Why You Need More Than Passion to be Successful)

For starters, you need to stop thinking about what you enjoy, and instead - start thinking about your strengths and the opportunities around you.

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

Why you feel busy all the time (when you're actually not)

It’s become a status symbol to be busy, which is absurd when you consider its effects on well-being.

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

Why are Adults so busy?

I’ve always wondered growing up - what makes adults so busy? Sure, you’re working a 40 hour a week job but the rest should just be fun and games, right?

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016

Why I Rent a Tiny Apartment Rather than Buy a Big Home

I’m not saying that you should never buy a house. Just don’t make it your life ambition, much less try to fit your entire life inside it.

Friday, Sep 16, 2016

Design Your Way to a Happier Life

Don’t worry about finding your ‘passion.’ Think like a designer: Try out quick prototypes of multiple ideas to learn what actually makes you happy.

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Why can't we see that we're living in a golden age?

If you look at all the data, it’s clear there’s never been a better time to be alive.

Friday, Sep 9, 2016

What's an item on your bucket list that's off the wall unique, but still realistically achievable?

What’s an item on your bucket list that’s off the wall unique, but still realistically achievable?

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

What was your why didn't I start doing this sooner moment?

What was your “why didn’t I start doing this sooner” moment?

Loneliness Is a Warning Sign to Be Social

“Loneliness is a warning system,” says Louise Hawkley, a psychologist at the University of Chicago. It is our body telling us we’re breaking from the social bonds that nourished us as a species.

How to be mediocre and be happy with yourself

In the novel Catch-22, the author Joseph Heller famously wrote: “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.”

How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do

This post is a framework to quickly get you into the top 5–10 percent of your field so you can begin the real quest of becoming the best at what you do.

What did you learn too late in life?

What did you learn too late in life?

Friday, Aug 12, 2016

How do you find friends after moving to a new city?

How do you find friends after moving to a new city?

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

Out of ideas, what to do?

I am having a lot of free time during this period but I don’t seem to get any good ideas into my head like it used to be when I was busy. What do you guys do when you don’t have any good idea? How do you look for inspiration? Have you guys faced similar situations?

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016

Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years

But what people aren’t talking about, and what’s getting my attention, is a forthcoming rapid demonetization of the cost of living.

What was your why didn't I start doing this sooner moment?

What was your “why didn’t I start doing this sooner” moment?

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

I've never had a goal

I do things, I try things, I build things, I want to make progress, I want to make things better for me, my company, my family, my neighborhood, etc. But I’ve never set a goal. It’s just not how I approach things.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

When you feel stuck in life

You have the drive and motivation to get to your destination but once you are there – you’re left wondering – “what else could I have done? What else is there to life? Because if this is all there is then I’m not happy.” And, truth be told, I am not happy. I’d like to be something – more than just an office person. More than just someone who works that 8-5 shift.

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016

It's Not What You Want to Be When You Grow Up — It's Who

What should I be doing with my life? That’s when I (finally) started to recognize the pattern. If I always asked myself the question assuming I had to make a life altering career choice that very day, I would always be stumped, scared and frustrated.

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Why exhaustion is not unique to our overstimulated age

What often goes unnoticed, though, is that anxieties about exhaustion are not peculiar to our age. Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower and better are wrong.

Friday, Jul 15, 2016

I am Werner Herzog, the filmmaker. AMA.

I’d like to add that when I travel by foot, I don’t do it as a backpacker where you take all your household items with you, your tent, your sleeping bag, your cooking utensils. I travel without any luggage and I do not travel, let’s say, the specific trail 2000 miles which is marked. I do traveling for very intense quests in my life. I do that on foot.

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016

How I Became My Own Boss By Side Hustling and Doing What I Love

I believe in the side hustle 100%. It’s unrealistic to think that you could ever reach a moment where you can just cut off all financial security and start the career of your dreams. Unless you have years of savings or planning a couchsurfing trip.

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016

What's lost when we photograph life instead of experiencing it?

Indeed, the compulsive urge to immediately, electronically exhibit one’s self is a phenomenon made uniquely possible by our digital age. Yes, there are benefits to being able to share more images with a greater audience. But the impulse to incessantly document and post has taken precedent over simple focus and direct human connection.

The meanings of life

Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016

How Did You Start Over?

Have you ever just said F@#%k it? ..Wiped the slate clean? Just dropped the mic…and walked away into a whole new uncharted life? Career-wise that is. Would love to hear your story/musings/wisdom.

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016

Packing for a move - 8 tips for staying sane

Packing is one of the scariest things about relocating. The idea of moving all of your belongings from point A to point B might tempt you to set everything on fire and start from scratch rather than dealing with having to pack everything up.

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016

The War on Stupid People

American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.

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