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The man in the arena

On April 23, 1910, at around 3 pm at the Sorbonne (aka The University of) Paris, Ted Roosevelt delivered a rousing speech called “Citizenship in a Republic,” which would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.” Little did Ted know that even a full 110 years after that event, people would still […]

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Stuff that Tom Whitwell has documented since 2014

Wait up, who the hell is Tom Whitwell? For all I know, he’s a consultant with Fluxx, a design and innovation company, and a former journalist whom I accidentally discovered, thanks to his Medium post on the list of things he learned in 2020. And from there I found he’s been documenting all he’s learned […]

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Chop the wood, carry the water

Oh, I so much love this piece from The Practice by Seth Godin.  161. Layman Pang, more than a thousand years ago, wrote: My daily activities are not unusual, I’m just naturally in harmony with them. Grasping nothing, discarding nothing. Drawing water and chopping wood.  That’s a routine without any drama, tension, commentary, judgement, or […]

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Almost no writing happens in a state of inspiration, but perspiration…

I’ve wanted to be a writer since the day my 9th grade English teacher praised my essay in front of the class. It was one of the greatest moments of my adolescent life.  And since that day, twenty-one years ago, I’ve been trying to find the time and inspiration to write similar essays. While I’ve […]

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Read this if you’re feeling unmotivated because you don’t have an “original” idea

I discovered this profound piece on Reddit through one of my favourite newsletters — Recommendo. If you’re not on the list, you’re missing out something fantastic.  While I believe you should read the post in its entirety, here’s the big picture:  The idea doesn’t matter nearly as much as the execution does. No one will have […]

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Why read?

I’m yet to read Harold Bloom’s How to Read & Why, but I sure did read his incredible work, “Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human” during my undergrad years. Farnham Street recently shared a compendium of Harold’s advice on Why to Read that I loved! Of course, you don’t need much of a push if […]

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Life advice by Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog is possibly one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. I so love his documentaries and watched almost all of them! And if you’ve watched some of his interviews, you’ll realize that he’s also an armchair philosopher.  I found this gem while perusing Kottke.org (thanks, Jason!) and decided it was steal-worthy enough to be reposted here. The […]

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10 things I stole from Ryan Holiday (who stole them from others)

I’ve been following Ryan Holiday for the past several years, and his work has made me realize how deeply I appreciate the study of philosophy. Not just stoicism, although his ideas on the stoic philosophy are a must-read. He’s written five books on the topic but if you’re new to his work, start with DailyStoic.com. […]

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Your life in weeks

The best gift you can ever give yourself is this 4,000-weeks poster. What is it? Well, it’s a long story and only Tim Urban can explain in an entertaining manner. But the gist is this — the poster has 4000 boxes corresponding to each week in the average 88-year lifespan. You simply fill out every […]

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Wabi-Sabi, Wu-Wei, and the future of this blog

I discovered two scintillating videos from the team at The School of Life — Wabi Sabi and Wu Wei. If you’ve studied or have read about Eastern Philosophy, you would know these two concepts are quite central to the core teachings. Wabi-SabiIs the Japanese philosophy of accepting your imperfections while making the most of life. […]