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    “Success” is an Evil Tyrant

    In his podcast by the same name, author Tim Ferriss asks each of his guests a series of rapid fire questions at the end. One of his favorite go-to questions is “when I say the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind?” Each time I have heard this question it has left me […]

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    This is How to Speak to a Foreigner

    Every time I find myself stumbling for words in a foreign language, I can’t help but think of all the people I’ve met struggling to learn English. This post is meant as a guide for native speakers in their home country to understand the best way to communicate with non-native speakers.   Love learning languages? […]

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    Using Tracking to Accomplish More

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   If there is a single undervalued psychological technique to accomplish more, it is that of tracking. If you don’t know where […]

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    Building Motivation for Accomplishment (Science and Practice)

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   In the previous Nonstop Accomplishment post about hacking decision-making, I showed you how to use habits and other tools to remove […]

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    Tiny Data is Hugely Powerful (and Easy to Obtain)

    Tiny data is the reason I made this blog. What is tiny data, and why is N=1 so powerful? Read on to find out… Odds are, you’ve probably heard of “big data” by now, the means by which companies and governments are collecting massive amounts of data on… everything. One of the key insights of the […]

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    The Upside to Being Down (Why Unhappiness is Good For You)

    So frequently, advice-givers get caught up on ways to stay perpetually happy. Current wisdom available in self-help books, the blogosphere and elsewhere seems to indicate that if things aren’t always going great for you, it’s your own fault and it needs to be fixed. In reality, unhappiness is a very important part of psychological health. […]

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    What Does Yoga do to Stress Levels?

    If you’re like me, you’ve heard lots of chatter about all the benefits of things like exercise, yoga and meditation. There have been studies linking exercise to decreased stress, and of course any practitioner of meditation/mindfulness will be happy to tell you about the benefits of a regular practice. Still, all of these supposed benefits […]

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