How We Assemble Ourselves With Parts of Friends
Apr04

How We Assemble Ourselves With Parts of Friends

I do believe to some degree that you are the ‘sum of everyone you’ve ever met.’ Of course, some of us are the sum of the best parts of everyone we’ve ever met and some of us may not recognize we are not choosing the best parts of everyone we’ve ever met. I make it a constant effort to try and pull the very best parts of all of the people I meet, and somehow let it influence who I am. As time passes, there...

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One Way to Be a Life-long Learner
Feb06

One Way to Be a Life-long Learner

I’ve heard it said that you can get a university-level education in two years simply by listening to audiobooks in your car each day during your commute. I don’t know if that’s true or not. But I do know that I’ve adopted the practice of listening to audiobooks during my commute instead of news or music. (learn how to avoid letting the news give you a negative attitude) As a result, I often look forward to my...

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Why Face-Planting On Water Skis Is Awesome
Jan03

Why Face-Planting On Water Skis Is Awesome

Right at the critical moment when I feel I am about to stand up, I break the cardinal rule, “Do NOT pull yourself up with your arms.” The instructor on the dock told me this…at least three times.

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How to Live Longer by Mastering Perspective
Dec26

How to Live Longer by Mastering Perspective

While our everyday happiness is important and depends on our unique perspective, according to Kelly’s compelling argument, there’s much more at stake. The potential length of our lives may actually depend on our perspective.

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A Whistling Sixty-Three-Year-Old Bus Boy
Dec19

A Whistling Sixty-Three-Year-Old Bus Boy

As a teenager, I used to work as a waiter in a restaurant called Bob’s Big Boy. I’ll pause here for the laughter to subside. Just know I’m pretty sure I invented vanilla Coke and I made the best milkshakes you’ve ever had. I met a sixty-three-year-old man there who was our bus boy — one of the happiest people I have ever met. This guy literally whistled the entire time he worked. He always smiled. He was...

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Are You Protecting Your Mind?
Dec05

Are You Protecting Your Mind?

We are the sum of everyone we’ve ever met. If that’s true, which it certainly is to a large degree, are we meeting and spending time with people that add up to the person we want to be? Here’s why we should be certain we surround ourselves with the people we want to emulate. Hetero suggestion is the influence of other people. It happens to us all the time. It’s happening now…you’re reading my post....

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