What we notice

Successful people focus on opportunities. Sure, they notice problems, and might try to fix them, but most of their attention and energy is spent on opportunity.  It’s always an offensive play. Or at least this is what I observe. I heard a story yesterday about how some top climbers are taking mood stabilizers or beta-blockers…

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The Autodidact Degree

Sign up to receive an email every time a new blog post or video is published. Over the past month I’ve been working on a frame for my studies, which I’ve begun fondly calling The Autodidact Degree. The idea is simple: I love intellectual activity, I love learning, and I love systems- systems I create.  I’m also,…

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Pick and Pack

I’m pretending we’re on vacation.  Daniel disagrees. Anyway, during the two real vacations we’ve taken over the past (nearly five) years together, I noticed, after some five or six days away, and really positive and interesting shift in thought patterns and thinking habits.  It’s like that routine is in so deep that it takes almost…

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The Hierarchy of Needs

You’ve no doubt heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Described in A Theory of Human Motivation (first published in 1943), Maslow names a series of needs that human beings strive to fulfill. They are: physiological : food and water safety love esteem self-actualization Maslow’s theory is that people work to meet these needs in order, and the higher order…

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New Thoughts Please!

It appears, through exhaustive research, there are exactly two techniques I can successfully use to get out of a negative mental loop. The first is to go climbing, which works for the obvious reason of that perfect mix of adrenaline, endorphins, and fun. The second is to do something in a foreign language. My hypothesis about…

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The Beginning

Who do we admire, but the iconoclasts, the rule-breakers, and the fearless? This question came to mind today as I was reflecting on my mental loops. Not infrequently, I find myself repeating an anxious mental loop. Really, they are more like repetitive mazes than loops, I suppose, and they seem to serve no purpose. And so, this phrase…

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Thought System De-Regulation

Generally, when I write anything in public, one of my personal rules is not to complain or be negative. The internet is full of people complaining, and all of them will insist they are justified in this because their cause/problem/whathaveyou is legitimate, and unless you have the same background, you will never understand. I haven’t…

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Fears, Irrational and Other

I have a completely ludicrous fear of bears. I can trace this, quite specifically, to my sixth grade science teacher.  He was a good teacher for sixth grade-  his classes received rapt attention, because he did lectures on the interesting stuff.  We probably spent a week on bears, and how to survive bear attacks, and…

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Self Actualization Studies

I’ve been using the phrase Self-Actualization in my thought processes and conversations to describe an amorphous goal. Just the nature of that phrase makes me pause to say: I ought to define this better. The origin of the term is generally attributed to Abraham Maslow (wiki on the subject), and although I’ve been using the…

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