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Plans Which Can‘t Fail

External events often have to be left to chance. You submit your book proposal, and maybe it gets accepted and maybe not. You go talk to the cute stranger, and maybe you‘re compatible and maybe you‘re not. You plan a camping trip a month ahead, and maybe it rains or mayb

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Small Footprint Identity

Once in a while I do something that threatens my status as a minimalist. It was pretty clear cut when I traveled the world with nothing but a backpack and had nothing back home, but now it‘s not so clear. I wear the same shirt every day, but I have real estate in a few d

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How to Relate to Others

I have to admit that I never thought that I‘d write a blog post on how to relate to others. For most of my life I realized that I wasn‘t particularly empathetic but didn‘t prioritize changing that. Then I met a very empathetic friend (she wrote The Charisma Myth) and she

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What I‘ve Learned from Six Months of Coaching

Six months ago I began accepting coaching clients beyond my one initial client. I had this plan that after six months I‘d collect a bunch of testimonials, write about coaching, and sign up a new batch of people. But the truth is that my schedule is pretty full, so I‘m no

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Getting Huge Chunks of Work Done

This feels like a slightly ironic title, as today I spent sixteen hours showing my cousin and her boyfriend around one of my favorite cities in the world, Budapest. No work, except for writing this post before I go to sleep. On the other hand, the only reason I can take

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Analyzing Risk

On a recent podcast I was on, I was asked why I took so many risks. I stuttered for a second before answering the question because I was trying to think of an example of a big risk I took. I couldn‘t think of any, so I had to answer the question in a different way. At th

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Some Quick Thoughts on Growth

A few random thoughts on growth, prompted by some observations of myself, friends, and coaching clients. Boredom is good. It means that you‘ve reached a new level. Staying bored is really bad, because it means that you aren‘t moving on to the next thing. So enjoy it for

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Sleep and Crossword Puzzles

I wouldn‘t say that my younger cousin and I are competitive, but let‘s just say that when she got good at crossword puzzles, I felt that I had little choice but to also get good at crossword puzzles. So for the past few months I‘ve averaged probably 2-4 crossword puzzles

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Long Life Trajectories

I went to a Roger Waters concert earlier tonight. I got a free ticket and I make it a habit to see anything or anyone who‘s supposed to be one of the best, even though I don‘t like rock music. One of my first memories of music is listening to Another Brick in the Wall in

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What‘s Going to be Different Tomorrow?

Yesterday, in a fit of inspiration, moved the furniture out of my bedroom and tore up half of the carpets. A few months ago I did the floors for the rest of my house, but I ran out of time and my bedroom threshhold was a natural stopping point. And then... there was no n

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Okay with Process, Okay with Outcome

My recent car purchase has been something of a disaster. That‘s why I haven‘t written about it yet (or, rather, posted the rather excited blog post I‘ve already written). The car is currently back with the seller, who owns a shop that repairs these sorts of cars, and he‘

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