Self-Directed Living

being empathetic

This Is What the Latest Science Says About Empathy

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Being Empathetic is More Than Just Putting Ourselves in Another’s Shoes There were some really interesting findings recently published in the journal of cognitive enhancement about empathy. Now empathy, of course, is the ability to understand someone else’s world. To feel and understand why they feel the way they feel. To take our feet and put them in their shoes. To put ourselves in their body, in their mind, and understand how they feel — right? Well, you would assume the way to do that is to just get ...

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human survival

What Made Us Human May Actually Cause Our Extinction

Total Reading Time: 2.5 minutes. What Makes Us Human? Is it our capacity to love, to laugh, to cry… to be self-aware? Some would say it’s the fact that we manage to put on clothes every day (and as you know many solopreneurs don’t even do that every day). Others would say it’s our amazing brain or our ability to speak using the larynx (the voice box). While all of these are true, we wouldn’t still be here today were it not for our innate desire to connect, collaborate, and be an accepted member of society. This amazing human trait is what allowed a ...

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vocation identification

The Key to Identifying Your Vocation and Career Path

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 3 minutes Vocation identification is something that I’m continually working on, and I’ve actually partnered with a couple of cognitive psychologists and data scientists to develop a test that helps people identify their unique craft. The first email that automatically goes out to people that join my private email list addresses their biggest pain point: What’s something that you’re currently struggling with right now when it comes to finding your career path? So many people say things to me like…”I don’t even know what my passions are. I don’t know what I care ...

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dream job

How to Stop Competing and Get Your Dream Job Today

Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 4 minutes The Question We All Ask One of the questions we all often ask ourselves is, “What can I do to ensure I get my dream job?” And this applies to everybody, not just people that work in the corporate world, but even in the world of solopreneurship as well. There is this idea that if you really want to be successful in your chosen field, you have to go and find the model. You have to emulate success. One of the easiest and fastest ways to do that is to go and ...

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The Money Paradox Formula: An Odd Methodology That Teaches You How to Earn More Money

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 1 minute What is the Money Paradox? The money paradox is very simple. When I started my journey into solopreneurship and the freedom lifestyle, I struggled like many solopreneurs. It’s a roller-coaster ride. But I think the biggest reason I struggled was because I was only focused on making money. I was so concerned with how I was going to make my next dollar, that I was not able to do something that’s so critical — deliver massive value to my audience, to my prospects, to my customers, to my future customers. ...

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interview hire google

How to Interview and Hire Like Google (Insights from a Former Googler)

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. Why Is Hiring So Difficult? Hiring is one of the most difficult things to do. But it’s also one of the most important. We all know that if we can align ourselves with the right people and bring in the best talent, that’s what will take a company or a business to the next level. And if you’re working for a company and responsible for doing the interviews, there’s an equal responsibility there. If you’re starting to scale as a solopreneur/entrepreneur and you’re bringing on different kinds of people into ...

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irony of genius

How Your Pain and Misfortune Can Make You a Genius

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 2 minutes. If we a take a closer look at the people we call genius, the ones that have achieved greatness throughout their lives, we often find that they grew up in a disadvantaged matter. Incredible people like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Charlie Chapin, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, J.K. Rowling, and many more had difficult upbringings. Whether it be poverty, a learning disability, family issues, or the way they grew up — there was some sort of disadvantage they had to fight against. This led to two things: hunger and ...

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Love your life

How to Be Absolutely in Love with Your Life

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 1 minute. If you don’t absolutely love your life and love yourself, there may be two core reasons why this is happening. The first reason is that you have a life inside of you — a version of yourself — that is unlived. You have a life that has been unexpressed, and you’re resenting yourself because it’s living inside of you, this dream, this goal, this other life; and you’re not allowing it to blossom and be out in the world. The only other real core reason that this is possible is ...

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know yourself

You Don’t Know Yourself

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 1 minutes. Most of us are deathly afraid of one thing, and that thing is ourselves. We are afraid to actually look at ourselves in the mirror and ask the questions needed to identify who we really are and what we actually want from this experience. The reason is because it is the unknown, it’s like opening a door that’s never been opened. To know thyself can be a scary thing for a lot of people because you have to venture into this unknown, uncertain world. I’ve only begun to open ...

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wonder magnificence

The Magnificence of Life: The Key to Happiness and Living the Good Life

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. If there was just one skill that we could create, cultivate, and really master throughout our lives, it would be to truly see the magnificence of life. Now, why do I say that? Well, we can at least agree on the fact that achievement, money, and success are not going to lead to the highest level of fulfillment and happiness. We’ve seen overwhelming studies on this idea that experiences are now leading to more fulfillment versus material things. There are documentaries like Happy that show that it’s not money, it’s not fame, it’s ...

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