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What Fear Can Teach You About Yourself – Part 1

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Over the past several years, I’ve read dozens of books related to personal development. In those texts and in myriad articles and videos I’ve consumed online, I’ve been told a lot of interesting, scientific advice about how to self-improve. It pumps me up in the moment, and sometimes I even retain the concepts well enough to apply them with measurable …

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Eat, Sleep, Ramble, Repeat: 30 Days on the Road in the Western U.S.

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In February 2016, I sat down to check my email and learned something exciting. GRiZ, an eminently entertaining “future funk” DJ and live saxophonist, had announced a show on October 1st at the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver — the venue which had quickly summited my “must visit” list when I’d learned of its existence the past year. Need I …

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Meaningful Books: “The 4-Hour Workweek”

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This week’s book hovered on the periphery of my lifestyle design reading for some time. My impression of its main premise, formed last year from various reviews and descriptions, was to quit your job and travel. Since I’d already set plans in motion to do just that, I assumed that reading it would be more for entertainment than practical enlightenment. …

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Meaningful Books: “Crucial Conversations”

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I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress towards becoming my best self in the last couple years, and a big reason for that is books. I’d like to begin a semi-regular practice of highlighting the ones that have connected with me the most – starting with one I finished just a few weeks ago. Crucial Conversations came with …

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A Poi Odyssey: Six Months in Southeast Asia

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In November 2015, I quit my corporate job in Los Angeles and boarded a one-way flight to Bangkok. I returned to California on May 11th, 2016, six months to the day later. If there’s a way to concisely express the sum total of the thoughts and emotions related to those six months, it has so far eluded me. I’ll keep …

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What I Learned from 10 Days of Silent Meditation

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Hot pain coursed through my hips and knees as I sat cross-legged in the stuffy meditation hall. A blanket of silence covered the room, broken only by the occasional sneeze or errant belch from one of the 150 participants within. I strained my ears for a different noise: the low growl of recorded chanting that would herald the end of …

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Why I Recently Changed my Opinion on Fate

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I sat on the tall curb in front of the 7-11 and stared down at what I’d written. The pocket-sized Moleskine notebook lay open in my hands, bathed in the soft green-yellow glow of the store’s neon sign. Motorbikes and taxis hummed by every few seconds on the street in front of me. Their headlights reflected off the fresh black …

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How I Almost Missed an Unreal Experience Because of False Assumptions

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“So, you’re gonna film this one, right?” Jess smiled back at me as she readied her camera. “Duh.” I looked to Daniela and Merijn on her right, and they grinned back encouragingly. I nodded, turned and approached the backstage stairs to make some final preparations. My mind was surprisingly tranquil as I stared down at the two glowing orbs in …