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Why being told you’re smart is not good

All my life people have told me that I’m smart. From a young age to now, it was my brain power that was praised. Very rarely did someone commend my work ethic. This fact has had several detrimental effects on my life. The first is that it made me feel superior to many people. I […]

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How and why I’m going to earn passive income by year’s end

Are you familiar with Steve Pavlina’s blog? No? Well you should be. He’s a bona fide personal development guru and he’s been a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. I recently finished reading his book “Personal Development for Smart People” and found myself nodding along with everything written. His blog is a veritable […]

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Getting started is scary as hell, but it needs to happen.

I was called out on my behavior recently by two different people. I’m stalling. I’m waiting. I’ve been wasting my time. Talk about a punch to the gut. Over the past few months, I’ve taken the time to invest in myself. I’ve been writing nearly every day, Invested in the Trailblazer course, read well over […]

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Turning Pro

I haven’t written because I don’t want to write shit. I wrote that a few days ago in my moleskine as a rationalization about why I haven’t been keeping my 1000 words/day goal. There’s some truth behind the statement, but it’s not the whole story. The truth is that I’m a bit lost with this […]

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My Path is Unknown, but I Know What It Isn’t. And Other Random Updates

My stomach was in knots the more I listened to her speak. The path she praised is not the one for me, and I knew it in my gut. We had an alumnus of my PhD program come to school and talk about her experience in industry. She offered to have a roundtable discussion with […]

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One thing ends, another doesn’t, and something else begins.

I had a different sort of post in mind for today but life has a way of shoving monkey wrenches into the gears of the best laid plans. My effort at living in complete congruence with my physical and digital selves is going to be put on hold for another week. Evidently there was a […]

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From Fake Honesty to Real Honesty

With as much emphasis as I place on honesty, you think I’d do a better job of it sometimes. My life is somewhat of a lie right now. It’s not a lie in the sense that I’m intentionally deceitful or manipulating people to get what I want. Rather, I’m guilty of the lie of omission. […]

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Every muscle tense to fence the enemy within

I’m not giving in to security under pressure. I’m not missing out on the promise of adventure. I’m not giving up on implausible dreams. Experience to extremes. Those are lyrics from an excellent Rush song titled The Enemy Within. This song has resonated with me very strongly over the past few weeks because of the […]

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Can a Chemical Engineer be a Creative?

This is a question I’ve been pondering for several months now. Up until recently, my worldview was quite narrow and those that felt outside of my bubble weren’t ‘on the right path’. I had little personal experience with creative people and it was difficult for me to understand that mentality and lifestyle. As I’ve learned […]

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This post sucks, but it’s all good.

At some point along a journey, a destination must be defined. You may start out not knowing where you’re going, but that won’t last forever. The destination may change along the way, but instead of going away from your origin, you start heading towards the goal instead. I’ll be the first to admit, that this […]

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