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The essence of my philosophy is this:

  1. You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect
  2. You can do good things for yourself and help other people at the same time
  3. If you don’t decide for yourself what you want to get out of life, someone else will end up deciding for you
  4. There is usually more than one way to accomplish something

In short, I’m interested in the convergence between highly personal goals and service to others.

Return of the Annual Review! Let’s Do This! (I mean, if you want.)

Over the past eight nine ten! years, nothing has helped me to accomplish big goals and stay on track more...
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Sometimes The Best Thing You Can Hear Is “It’s Going to Be Okay”

I’ve had a few people write in to ask me if I’ve stopped blogging. Nope—but I’m sorry! It sure looks...
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No Reservations to Parts Unknown: Thank You, Anthony Bourdain

I wasn’t always an Anthony Bourdain fan. My first exposure to him came when I read a critical comment he’d...
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If You Want to Make Money, Don’t Study Hard in School

If you want to make money, question the rules and don’t study hard in school. That’s the finding of a...
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The Truth Is a Terrible Thing, But Not Compared to Falsehood

Reality isn’t just what someone tells you. They could be lying to you, or they just might be speaking from...
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To Win the Lottery, Buy a Ticket and Never Check the Numbers

I recently bought my first lottery ticket in something like 15 years. The purchase happened on a whim, as I...
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Under the Unseen Blue Sky in Sydney, Australia

If you’re going through a dark night of the soul, you might as well pass the time in a beautiful...
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Don’t Feel Pressured To Find Your Life’s Purpose At Age 21

I got an email from a reader who wrote in with a question I’ve heard many times in different ways....
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The Importance of Having a Breakdown, AKA “What Happened to the Annual Review”

What can I say about the Annual Review process that I’ve completed without fail for more than a decade? This...
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2017 Annual Review: How to Evaluate Your Life Even When You’re Feeling Sad

UPDATE: The Importance of Having a Breakdown Last year I resisted my Annual Review for the first time in 10...
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When You’re Stuck in a Hole, Look for Someone to Join You: A Lesson in Empathy

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and not just those in the U.S.! Thankfulness is available no matter where you live. Hopefully...
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A Field Guide to Wandering in the Wilderness of the Soul

When you’re wandering cobblestone streets in Europe, stopping at cafes and making unexpected discoveries, it’s fun to lose your way...
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The Limits of Lifehacking: What Happens When You Approach Optimization?

I have a weird memory of my dad explaining math to me when I was a kid. I never actually...
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7 Questions to Ask When You’re Feeling Stuck

Do you ever feel stuck? I’m pretty sure we all do at some point. Feeling stuck is like feeling afraid:...
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“We’re not supposed to fit in, we’re supposed to stand out.”: Agapi Stassinopoulos at WDS

2018 Tickets are now on sale—join us! Here’s our next superhero from WDS 2017: Agapi Stassinopoulos is a best-selling author and...
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Decide for yourself what you want, then find a way to make it happen.