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Archive for January, 2013

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

dancing chili peppers

On your path to success, you will periodically burn out, especially if you take it too seriously, overextending yourself in a rush to get to the finish line. But keep in mind that work will always be a part of your life, in one form or another, so take the time to let loose a little, and enjoy the moment.

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“Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?”

No, just kidding. That’s not it. When I first started approaching girls (click here to read about it), I started to obsess over the perfect pickup line. Every guy and his sister gave me their unsolicited opinion on the matter, and not knowing any better, I tried everything. There are really too many lines out there to discuss them all, but aside from just complimenting the girl, most utilize one of the following angles…

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Krishna, Arjuna's chariot

A common meme in the self-help community is that 1% improvement a day will compound and lead to astronomical results over an extended period of time. I think it’s a great idea and one of the first concepts I latched onto when I first began my journey. It inspires patience by removing the need for quick, earthshaking results.

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So I started out trying to maximize my day by upgrading my morning ritual. My intention was to complete the following before I left for work:

1) Sleep better the night before so I wake up refreshed.
2) Eat a healthy breakfast at home for both health and financial reasons.
3) Make a healthy lunch to bring to work, again for the sake of my body and my bank account.
4) Work out because I never feel like it after dinner.
5) Write.

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Video game addiction. You typically see it among young intelligent males with low self-esteem. They play for several hours a day until the wee hours of the night, neglecting school, work, their health, and a real world social life. If you restrict their game-playing, they often become depressed, irritable, and resentful. They may verbally and even physically lash out at loved ones at the slightest provocation. How do I know? Because I used to be one of them. Unfortunately, video game addiction is an increasingly common phenomenon worldwide.

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Be Cool

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As regular readers of my blog might know, I have started to go out, a lot. Initially I only went out with friends, but eventually I started to go out by myself sometimes and just make friends on the fly. Why do I do it? For one thing, it’s fun. Really fun. Maybe not always, but one thing I’ve realized about myself is that I am a natural introvert and if I don’t go to the gym and get out of the house regularly, I get stuck in my head. If you are also an introvert, you know that being stuck in your head is not fun. It is anti-fun. It sucks.

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Making mistakes is a part of the human condition. How you choose to deal with it determines whether you will eventually become a charismatic leader or a bitter old man.

Most people associate a variety of negative emotions with making mistakes. They feel stupid. Embarrassed. That their pride has somehow been wounded. Frustrated. Angry. Sad. But is all of it really necessary?

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