Self-Directed Living

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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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Why Is Solopreneurship Exploding?

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. Why are so many people pursuing an alternative way of approaching your career by looking at things like freelancing, self-employment, and becoming a solopreneur? Or possibly shifting into being a contractor and looking at things like entrepreneurship and online business? It’s fascinating because every single year this is growing in the United States, and abroad. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. There is a growth happening across all age groups, genders, and generations. It’s not specific to just millennials that know how to use social media. You can see ...

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The Re-Birth of Philosophy and Living a Life Well Lived

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. When we say the word philosophy we generally think of ancient wisdom. Ancient thinking and wisdom that has been passed down and was really only relevant at that point in time in Ancient history 2000+ years ago. And I think that’s unfortunate. I think that philosophy is incredibly useful and that philosophy is necessary to living a life well lived. Aristotle, a famous philosopher, argued that a genuinely happy life required the fulfillment your own physical and mental well-being.   Where Do We Go From Here? I believe that there is a ...

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Is Your Work and Career Just a Game? Here Are Two Popular Paths

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Types of People I believe there are two types of people when it comes to the world of work and careers. We have the people that view it as a game, and realize that in order to do that type of work in which they are doing they must tap into some natural skills that they are already proficient and adept at. Their job is simply to be like a chess piece on a board and understand the landscape. By understanding the politics of the arena in which they are ...

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5 Real-World Steps for Networking with Celebrities and World-Class Humans

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time:  5 minutes. If you retrace the steps that led to success for the most popular, famous leaders that we know today, you’ll often find that it was a single relationship that catapulted them to success. Here’s Uber in their early stages: @KonaTbone heres a tip. email me :) graves.ryan[at] — Ryan Graves (@ryangraves) January 6, 2010 And we all know the value of relationships. We all know that your network is your net worth. That you’re the average of the five people you associate the most with. That’s not what this is about. ...

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3 Levels of Human Evolution: How to Get More by Trying Less

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time:  5 minutes. I want to talk about one of the foundational lessons that I’ve learned and concepts I’ve really experimented with when it comes to getting more of what we want out of life. It could be money, fame, achievement, success, whatever it is we want. It all happens in these three levels of consciousness of evolution — levels of your own personal development. We can break these down into three levels. If we understand what these three levels are, how to move from one level to another, and what the ...

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Recovering from Rejection: The Painful Truth

Total Reading Time:  4 minutes. We’ve all faced rejection at least one point in our lives. We are vulnerable. Thanks to electronic communications, we are at risk of rejections in all shapes and sizes from social media, or dating apps, where we are connected to millions of people. No matter what size or where the rejection came from, it still hurts. This was something that I wrote back in the day…   Recovering from Rejection Today is one of the first times I’ve ever felt true, disappointing, gut-wrenching, soul-crushing, rejection. I’m sort of numb and confused. While I’ve definitely experienced my fair share ...

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REEP Challenge: How to Gamify the Art of Living

Total Reading Time: 14 minutes. I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve struggled a lot with working while traveling. Over the years I have devoured a tremendous amount of education on productivity and effectiveness and experimented with many of these various solutions. There’s always that moment in the taxi or Uber/Lyft where the drivers asks… “So are you traveling for business or pleasure?” “Umm…well, you know. It’s always kinda a bit of both!” The idealistic world of blending business and pleasure is 100% possible. I’ve done it on many occasions. Nevertheless, this blending can be the cause of much frustration, FOMO, ...

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Surprising Ways Investing in Yourself is the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

Information without implementation is absolutely useless. Click to Tweet   Audio/Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time:  5 minutes. Greetings. I’m Arman Assadi. Welcome to our very first… I don’t know what we’re going to call these. It’s not quite a podcast. It’s like a minicast, an audiocast. We’ll call it a minicast. How about that? Welcome to our first minicast. Today’s topic is really important — about what the number one thing you need to be investing your money and hard-earned cash into. You work, you work, you work, you make money, and then you have to decide ...

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Why a Sabbatical Can Massively Boost Your Focus

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. I’m going on a blog publishing sabbatical. Before you get sad and feel like you just stepped in a puddle and have wet sock (worst thing ever), allow me to share some reasons why you may want to do the same. I’ll also share my own motivations for doing this toward the end of the article. I once learned from a brilliant man—Eben Pagan, creator of my favorite program for work effectiveness Wake Up Productive—that it’s critical to be deliberate with our time. Eben is the archetype of the modern-day internet entrepreneur. He has made tens ...

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