Harnessing Good Fortune

Buy a lottery ticket, and you might have a chance to win. Granted, your chances might be one in several hundred million, but it is still a chance. If you don’t buy the ticket, your chances go all the way down to zero. Is it worth the dare, or the money? Instead of spending the […]

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Three Simple Things for Fulfillment

What does it mean to do the useful thing? This is the thing that needs to be done. It is the thing that will in some way, shape, or form add value to your life or the lives of those around you. It is not always pleasant, but it is useful. And in truth, that […]

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Examining Epictetus #35: Memento Mori

One day, I will leave this body. Death will come, and there is no stopping it. Time. Once it is lost, it is gone forever. As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Space I can recover. Time, never.” Death cannot be cheated. Time cannot be recovered. It almost sounds inevitably depressing. Doesn’t it? But… If I spend […]

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Separation through Practice

The great separator will be practice. It will be the time spent mastering the skill. It is the difference between the hobbyist and the artist. One views it as novel, the other as the very meaning of life. Generally, we are all the same. But the one who spends the most time in practice, that […]

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Rekindle the Spark That Leads to Mastery

This week I started reading the book Mastery by Robert Greene. What does it take to become a master? Well for starters, it starts at childhood. It starts with passion for doing something that you really enjoy doing. Children have a natural inclination to do what they like to do. Unfortunately as adults, we like […]

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Simple Progression to Personal Wealth and Happiness

Here is a little wealth and happiness insight from a theologian and evangelist from the late 18th century: Make all you can. Easy right. I guess that depends on what your definition of easy is. “Make all you can” is not to be confused with “make as much as your neighbor or friends or those […]

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Outperforming Yourself

I have been thinking about my fitness lately. I am not nearly where I want to be. Will I ever? Who knows? In the same manner, I have been thinking about how my level of fitness can make me a more virtuous person. Is this possible? I’m starting to think that living a life of […]

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Be the Change

Think of the great revolutionaries of the past. They were people who wanted to change the world and that is what they did so. Moses pulled his people out of a 430 year span of slavery and created the catalyst for establishing a new nation in the Promised Land. Jesus established his kingdom, not on […]

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Think, Talk, Feel –> Get

I write about virtue all the time. Why? I figured that the more my mind is set on these higher plains of existence, the less my mind will be in the gutters of depravity. In order to write about them, I have to read about them, think about them, and then act based on them. […]

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Omne Bellum

Omne Bellum translated from Latin is “Everything is War.” Exercise. Every time I work out, I go to war. In my mind, I have two options: win or lose. In my heart: press on or give up. There is a battle to begin, another battle to stick with it, and one to finish strong. There […]

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