Self-Directed Living

10 Must Have Apps for the Travel Lover

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. It was the late Summer of 2013 and I had just finished traveling all throughout Southeast Asia for 97 days. This was my first experience with traveling while working, and many lessons were learned. The most difficult aspect of these nomadic 3+ months was not knowing who or what to trust when it came to: accommodations, transportation, and general information. Whether you have to occasionally travel for work, or are a location-independent entrepreneur, full-time vagabond, digital nomad, or travel junkie—there are a handful of apps and services that are critical to your survival. The issue is knowing which ...

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Floatation/Isolation Tanks: The Odd New Secret to Upgrading Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Total Reading Time: 14 minutes. Let’s get weird. Float tanks. Sensory deprivation tanks. Isolation tanks. I’m not one to argue over nomenclature, so let’s keep it simple with float tank. Well, they’re here, and they’re taking over every hipster neighborhood in the world by storm. Facetiousness aside, this topic is exploding and for good reason. Float tanks vary, but in general you will find a large tank filled with warm, body temperature water and around 1,000 pounds of epsom salt (here’s the Wiki). They are designed to shut out all light and sound, i.e., you are fully isolated and disconnected. ...

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Have You “Made It”? Musings on Goals Post-Amalfi Coast

Total Reading Time: 2.5 minutes. It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. – Echkart Tolle, from The Power of Now (Tweet this!) Home again. Visited 10+ different cities/sites in about two weeks all throughout Italy, and now slowly been getting back into the normal rituals until the next trip. Florence was by far my favorite. But this was only until the conclusion of the trip—which ended with the beautiful wedding of my close friends in Ravello—a small town on the Amalfi Coast. It was magical. The scenery and architecture is the stuff of ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Social Anxiety and Increasing Your Confidence

Total Reading Time: 19 minutes. “We’re not all extroverts”, my friend and former co-worker said to me once. “We’re not?”, I sarcastically replied. Too often we forget that the lens through which we see the world is not the only one, and this is a topic I often neglect for that exact reason. We often find that online entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, writers, and bloggers are actually introverted by nature. And whether we’re extroverted or introverted, there are a few mental myths that most of us subscribe to. That’s where Katrina Razavi comes in. Katrina first reached out to me as ...

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Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci on Achieving Mastery in Your Vocation

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Total Watching Time: 6 minutes. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.  – Carl Sagan If you’re a bibliophile (i.e., certified book addict) like me, the euphoric rush and ecstasy that comes with new knowledge entering the mind isn’t foreign to you. This is what true learners live for — that ecstatic, unexplainable feeling of growth. In this short video, I give you the framework that greats like Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci used to find their vocation and achieve mastery. After working with millions of people and carefully studying the most fulfilled humans, Tony Robbins says that growth, ...

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Premeditation: How Your Thoughts Create Your Future

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. You walk into a cafe ready to place your laptop down on the nearest table and get some work done. Sitting opposite you is a person around the same age. From the way he has his laptop positioned on the table you can see there’s not enough space for your laptop too, so you start thinking about how he’s taking up too much space. You know you need him to meet you halfway and share the space so you can also sit and place your laptop down. Yet, before you even request this of him you decide (casually) that he’s probably going ...

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How to Create the Perfect Morning Ritual (plus the Apps You Need)

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. The topic of morning rituals is hotter than the Pareto principle and the center of the sun right now. God that was nerdy. Seriously though, no matter where you are on the interwebs you’ll run into yet another article on the importance of morning rituals. There’s a problem though: I find that most of the articles are either too complicated or too basic, to the point where they’re just fluff and not actionable. I’ve been studying and experimenting with productivity and effectiveness for years. With that said, I thought I would add my take on this topic ...

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24 Eye-Opening Life Lessons Learned from a Year of Intentional Solitude

Total Reading Time: 9 minutes. The theme of my year was intentional solitude. During this time the goal was to focus on personal growth and learning how to flex my creative muscles. Ironically, I also learned a major lesson: the fastest and most effective way to learn a new skill or concept is from other expert people. So yes, this does mean I’ll be leaving the dungeon more often now. But before I do that, I took some time to put together a list of the most eye-opening lessons I learned during this year of discovery and intentional solitude. One of ...

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How to Automate Your Personal Finances and Stop Worrying about Money

Total Reading Time: 8 minutes. “We’re heading to Belize with some friends to go diving at the Great Blue Hole near Belize — you should come! Can you make it?” “Umm…I’m not sure if I have the funds for that. Let me think about it and get back to you.” Or… “This is a really great investment opportunity. They are multi-family apartment complexes, and you’ll receive a check in the mail every month.” “Hmm…I don’t have enough in my checking right now, and I don’t want to touch my savings for this.” Face palm. Sound familiar? What if there was a way to ...

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I Discovered What the Rich Know about Wealth and I Can’t Keep It to Myself

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. Over the past few months I’ve discovered a big secret, and experienced a massive paradigm shift…AKA a holy sh*t moment. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been studying money, wealth, and business — yet it took me this long to figure out the secret. If you look at my bookshelf, the word “money” or “rich” appears on many of the books. The main motivation (the big why) for wanting to be rich, is probably the same as yours: complete financial freedom. The ability to do what you want, when you want, how you want…even with ...

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