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Leveraging Lessons From 2017 To Gain Momentum In 2018

Leveraging Lessons From 2017 To Gain Momentum In 2018

By far 2017 was definitely, undisputedly the best year of my life (so far). I had tremendous success in intentionally changing myself, including habits, mental patterns and outlook on the future. Trump’s inauguration and highly successful first year in office was sprinkling on the top. Even without all the glorious Tweets from Trump, the machine-gun paced reversal of Obama’s legacy, and the proving-his-critics-wrong-faster-than-they-could-comprehend pace of the year, it was a fantastic year making me hugely optimistic when contemplating the future….

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Judging A Book By Its Cover, Literally!

Judging A Book By Its Cover, Literally!

One of the topics that has evolved over time for me is the importance of visual attractiveness. When I was younger I casually discarded the importance of outward appearance, citing the politically correct adage that “its the inside that counts!”. I held this statement to be true not just for evaluating people (including myself), but also for book covers, movie posters and on and on. I don’t need to tell you that this attitude wasn’t particularly helpful in my social…

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Cyclicality of Timeless Wisdom

Cyclicality of Timeless Wisdom

I was struck by a sudden realization while going through “Hagakure” by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Many of the topics, problems, solutions and issues that are brought up are remarkably similar to what we have to deal with today. I don’t think I’m pushing the line by noticing the cyclical nature of this. Even though this work in particular is many hundreds of years old, I immediately recognized specific points from similar self-help books I’ve recently read. Ground-breaking and transformative innovations often…

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Admitting Your Mistakes

Admitting Your Mistakes

Admitting your mistakes is a powerful, transformational and necessary thing to do in order to insure continued personal growth. It isn’t easy to do, especially in the face of victimhood culture pressuring you to blame everyone and everything but yourself. Rather than being a sign of weakness, I believe that showing self-knowledge through objective analysis of yourself is a positive virtue. I’ve recently spent quite a bit of time looking back at the decade that was. In that period of…

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Removal of Negatives and the Pursuit of Positives

Removal of Negatives and the Pursuit of Positives

Regarding self-improvement, I think it’s useful to differentiate between removing negative aspects of yourself and pursuing positive change. Myself, I’ve recently lost a lot of weight. To me, my obesity was a negative trait I had, displaying to the world a lack of self-control and poor deferral of gratification skills. Making the transition to skinniness displayed to those around me that I had the capability to subjugate the immediate desire for sweet calories for the long-term benefits of improved bodily…

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