Competition OR Fun

The notion of a competitive challenge is obviously compelling to us humans. The sheer number of fans for both amateur and professional sporting events, and a fascination with the world of business, is evidence of that. This attraction appears to be coded into our DNA for reasons unknown, but that must have served a valuable purpose at one time in the evolution of the species. Perhaps it still does, but I have to wonder.

Competition has gone far beyond being a ...

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Misunderstanding Experience

Elsewhere I have noted the lack of words that can accurately capture a feeling, or reliably create a feeling in others. At best, words can only allude to some different perspective than to which the person is accustomed. Since new feelings are most of what we’re after here, it can be a little frustrating when words are the medium.

Sometimes, when I use the word “experience”, I forget that not everyone gets my reference. This word is such a ...

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Unless You Say No

I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in getting a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of messages arriving in my email inbox daily. I decided to take stock recently and make a mental note of the different sources for emails addressed to me on any given day. I discovered that nearly all of them were marketing messages of some kind.

The vast majority of my email is coming from companies, small and large, all eager to make a ...

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The Importance Of Importance

In the ever-evolving practices for managing my life, I find that I have different priorities than most. It seems that I have little interest in the common goal of being more efficient, or maximizing my productivity, or accommodating other people’s schedules, or most of the other priorities labeled as good “time management”. I am far more interested in what makes my life more enjoyable and interesting first, and as exclusively as possible.

In that process I’ve always had the ...

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Is Life A Competition?

Sports and business are often used as metaphors for life. Are you among those that automatically assume that this is a constructive metaphor? What about the possibility that the qualities necessary for success in those disciplines is actually destructive to your quality of life?

This sports/business-life corollary is a constant theme in advertising and other forms of motivation. Personal development teachers all have their litany of sports/business metaphors that appear to prove their point and provide a benchmark for ...

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I’m A Terrible Blogger

I’m a terrible blogger… primarily because I don’t know what constitutes a great one, other than brevity.

But here’s what I do know, it appears to be impossible for me to communicate nearly anything on this subject matter with brevity.

To be honest, I have been accused in the past of believing that I got paid by-the-word. I’m certainly not conscious of that inclination, but the evidence is clear: the end result of my blog writing is horrifically longer than ...

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Harmless Life-Antidotes

As you know, we promote the umbrella concept “Quality Of Life” as a first-line strategy (details here), but for some people, the act of creating uncommonly high levels of that quality is actually so simple that it doesn’t seem like they’re doing enough. What a nice problem to have, huh? Just to address this briefly I would say that it’s quite alright, in fact preferable, that universal QOL practices are the only strategy you employ. That ...

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What Does It Mean To Thrive

Here’s some thoughts that ought to help set the stage for the creation of a spectacular 2nd half of life: The primary goal of life is to die with no regrets. In other words, causing your life to thrive today and always. How is that different than what you’ve always done? The difference is in the definition of “thrive”.

This is not a passive approach, but an aggressive one. I’m not here to help you make excuses for why your ...

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Never Say Retire

I’m not sure where the concept of retirement came from; I’m only guessing that it was never part of the vocabulary prior to 70 or 80 years ago. This notion that we could step out of the mindless machinery that our careers have become and still survive financially is a good notion I suppose, but it begs the question of why we ever allowed ourselves to be sucked into that machinery in the first place. Also, the concept ...

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Natural Anti-Aging

Before you read on, ask yourself how you would characterize another kind of anti-aging. If you can’t quickly and easily describe the other kind including examples, just realize that this uncertainty will make you vulnerable to making some misguided choices for maximizing and extending your life. Then, read on, because this article will clear that up once and for all. It’s a very valuable distinction to have.

Before we talk about any kind of anti-aging, the ...

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