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big tree sprouting

“Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
-Marie Curie

Hating on others, criticizing others, discouraging and subverting others—these behaviors usually stem from a loss of belief in yourself.  I say loss because at some point, every one of us did believe in himself, in his dream, in his boundless potential.  But something—someone even—happened.  And just like that, the grand edifice collapsed like a house of cards.

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chemistry, colored flasks

I see it over and over again. Some well-intentioned guy comes in and hits on one of my coworkers: “Hey, I think you’re cute.” He spits out his résumé unsolicited: “I’m a lawyer.” Then he immediately goes for the close: “Can I take you out for dinner sometime?” I’ve seen the same misinformed courtship ritual play out countless times at my local watering hole and at the clubs downtown.

It never works.

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hammer and egg

As men, testosterone is essential to our health, our energy, our optimism, and even our ability to take risks. As we age, our testosterone production naturally drops, leading to a decrease in our vitality, our vibrancy, and dare I say it, our vigor. But some 60-year-olds have managed to remain stronger and more spry than most 30-year-olds. The reason is because what matters is not necessarily how much testosterone is produced, but how much is available to your body for use. Doesn’t it make sense then, that we need to find ways to naturally jack up our testosterone levels? Of course it does. Hulk Smash!

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male symbol

Thoughts are things. Any thought, good or bad, repeated often enough and with enough emotion will eventually manifest itself as its real-world equivalent. If you think back to your past, you will find this to be true.

The following are thoughts that I affirm from time to time in order to tap into my masculine core:

My thoughts are clear. My words, distinct. My vision, compelling.

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one against the crowd

Unexpectedly, I’ve found that the longer and harder I work on my blog, the more frequently and intensely others discourage me. I say “unexpectedly,” because I always assumed that all of my friends would be interested in encouraging me, as doing so would only embolden themselves in the process. Whenever I have supported a friend in their own journey, whether it was going back to school, or getting back into the gym, I have gotten back twice as much by way of my own motivation to be better. Regardless, I got to thinking about how most forms of discouragement arise from only 2 premises. I want to take this opportunity to debunk them so that you will have the antidote to these mental poisons should you need it:

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a determined dog

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
-Mark Twain

Human beings neither have the strength of the gorilla, the speed of the cheetah, nor the plumage of the peacock. Our distinguishing feature as a species is of course our intelligence. It’s no wonder then that no other topic is as emotionally charged and as hotly debated as IQ. Though not the same as intelligence, IQ still remains our best approximation. The problem with studies on IQ is that they mostly describe populations, not individuals. To say that a high IQ population vis-à-vis a low IQ population will tend to be wealthier is like saying a group of big dogs will tend to overpower a group of small dogs. That doesn’t really say anything about the capabilities or motivation of any single dog.

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a row of chess pieces ordered in descending rank

This post is meant as a wake-up call for lifelong complainers and excuse-makers.

When you look at someone who has what you want, do you ever try to rationalize away his success?

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