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Defining Success

A 6 figure home. A luxury sedan. 2.5 kids. 0.8 acres in the burbs with neighbors you only sort-of like. A large TV with hundreds of movies. Garage and closets jammed with stuff. Thousands in debt. Crammed schedules. Lack of sleep. Is this what success is? Ask any of the over 300 million Americans and […]

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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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Do I Have to Write, or Do I Just Want to Write?

This question was posed to me in epistolary form by Christopher Hitchens. In his Letters to a Young Contrarian, he mentions this philosophy in passing, as an afterthought. But it stuck with me through the rest of the book and I had to write it down immediately in my notebook. This isn’t some tautology. There […]

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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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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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Just as Good as Them

A common symptom among the newly motivated is the thought that success should be immediately theirs. After spending a few weeks working, they become frustrated at the realization that they don’t have the success they want. The motivation starts to fade and they’re faced with the drudgery of actually doing the hard work. A sentiment […]

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Who Am I?

Who am I to expect any amount of success? I am merely 1 of over 7 billion (7,000,000,000!) people on this floating rock. Why should I expect that any success should be mine? The truth is I really shouldn’t. I have zero expectations that success should be bestowed upon me or given freely. Having that […]

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