Contempo Philosophy

art of living

The Secret to Becoming a Master in the Art of Living

  Video Version   Text Version Total Reading Time: 4 minutes.   The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love in his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both. – James A. Michener   What Is a Master in the Art of Living? This quote changed my life. ...

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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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create a vision

How to Get out of a Funk and Create an Exciting Vision

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. Do you ever find yourself stuck in the weeds of inertia? It might be the fear of failure, the desire for perfection, or something else entirely…but none of us seem to be able to fully avoid that feeling of being locked down by an invisible force at times.  The amazing thing about human beings is the software we come into this world with. What most people don’t realize is that their mind is programmable. It cannot be taken beyond its limits (for now), but it can be optimized. Unfortunately, we don’t come with instruction manuals ...

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wake up early and early rising

The Real Reason Why You Should Wake Up Early

Total Reading Time: 2 minutes. It’s Not What You Think The real reason you should wake up early has absolutely nothing to do with the conventional wisdom around the benefits of early rising. It has nothing to do with getting more done, or getting to the gym at an early hour, or having time for your morning ritual, or even making a green juice smoothie to be healthier. It has nothing to do with any of the attributes you might attach to waking up early and its benefits. The actual core, underlying root reason that a human being should wake ...

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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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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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cartoon philosophy

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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