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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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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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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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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richard feynman nobel prize winner formula for learning anything

Nobel Prize-Winner Richard Feynman on Learning Anything Using His Personal Formula

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. ~Albert Einstein Today there is more information being created and shared than ever before. We are all trying to learn more, do more, be more and grow our minds. Yet, ironically, it has actually become more difficult to truly gain and implement knowledge. It’s become more difficult to become masters of something while also being able to retain it. In school we were taught to retain knowledge for a short period of time, just to recite it with rote ...

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napoleon hill think and grow rich two feet from gold

Napoleon Hill and His Little-Known “Two Feet from Gold” Theory

  Video Version Text Version Total Reading Time: 2 minutes. In the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which is one of the bestselling non-fiction books of all time, Napoleon shares a theory and concept he calls being “two feet from gold”. It’s a beautiful metaphor that describes what so many of us are going through today… If you are someone who’s after a certain level of success and achievement. If you’ve got some sort of goal you want to hit in life or just a certain quantitative or even qualitative state that you want to achieve, then you ...

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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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