Facing the Answers

On the introvert-extrovert scale, I am the text book example of the socially less-desirable end. I'm one of those strange creatures that retreats to the back room in the middle of parties, reads encyclopedias for fun, and doesn't seem to have much to say. I like being alone. I enjoy sitting in silence, wandering through... Continue Reading →

Self-Reliance and Financial Freedom

When I was four years old, my parents bought me a clear plastic, house-shaped box. The box was divided into three parts and adorned with various stickers, including some words I couldn't yet read. The long, skinny box was my childhood piggy bank. When I found a penny on the ground at my preschool, I... Continue Reading →

Nature As The Antidote To Cynicism

“The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.” --Carl Sagen I've always been deeply intrigued by the seemingly undeniable relationship between science and spirituality. We work in the city for 50 weeks out of the year and then spend our two weeks of vacation in a wooded cabin,... Continue Reading →

An Argument For Increased Efficiency

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it; if you can't manage it, you can't improve it. I advanced quickly at my current job. Productivity and efficiency are some of my core values, so it was easy to apply the mindset and tactics to my work. Even the smallest productivity gain, say 1% monthly... Continue Reading →

Examine What You Tolerate

Over the course of a day, I stumbled across the same sentiment in three different locations. The message: examine what you tolerate. I have always gone out of my way to avoid conflict, rage bubbling beneath the surface as I sit with my head down and mouth shut. It's only over the last years that... Continue Reading →

Self-Assessment in a World of Noise

There is an overwhelming abundance of tools to discover your purpose, and just as many people advising us that a clearly defined purpose is the key to happiness. I find it curious and amusing that humans are the only creatures that have rejected their sole biological purpose--gene propagation--in favor of the lifelong, stress-inducing journey to... Continue Reading →

The Distraction Drug

My parents limited my media diet as a child. I was allowed one hour of PBS on weekdays, an hour of cartoons on the weekends, and Disney VHS tapes on occasion. I never had a game console and the only computer games I played were educational in nature—math, science, geography, and art. For the most... Continue Reading →

A Case for Modern Day Renaissance Men

The world is rapidly evolving. New technologies become obsolete within a matter of years and the long-standing career options are gradually being replaced by positions that did not exist ten years prior. “Don’t worry about what your job is going to be—the interesting jobs are the ones you make up.” --Chris Young, Tools of Titans... Continue Reading →

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