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The No-Bullshit Way to Find “The One”

No one can see your value as a person if you don’t value yourself first. And taking care of yourself, when done from a place of non-neediness, is what demonstrates that you value yourself. Now, there’s a fine line between taking care of yourself for the right and wrong reasons. If you do these things I outline below in…

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How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs

It’s hard enough to spot your limiting beliefs. It’s even harder to overcome them. But it can be done. Here are some simple steps to help you get started. Photo by Jukan Tateisi. 1. Ask yourself, “What if I’m wrong?” Generally, limiting beliefs lose their power as soon as we consider that they may not be true. Can’t date…

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How to Get Better

Note: This was originally written for my weekly newsletter. You can sign up for it here.  Welcome to another Mindf*ck Monday, the only weekly newsletter where the ideas are as good as the jokes are bad. Each week, I send you three potentially life-changing ideas to help you be a slightly less awful human being. This week, we’re talking three…

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5 Boring Ways to Become More Creative

What Does It Mean to be “Creative” Anyway? Creativity is a delicate dance between novelty and value.2 For something to feel creative it must feel both new but also useful in some way. Although we think of creativity as creating something that is unique, most of it isn’t. In fact, most of what we experience as being “new” is…

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Why Some Dreams Should Not Be Pursued

Recently, a friend of mine met a woman while on vacation in another country. They had immediate chemistry and decided to keep in touch after he left. As the months passed by, he became more and more enamored with her, telling me that he had never met a woman like this before. He said he hadn’t felt this way…

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25 Tips For Learning A Foreign Language

When I arrived in Buenos Aires in the beginning of 2010, I could barely order food in a local restaurant. Two years later, I calmly explained the mechanics of Russian grammar to a Guatemalan friend… in her native Spanish. Today, I’m conversationally fluent in both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, and low conversational in Russian. I’m not going to blow…

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The Fear of the Unknown

At least some degree of tolerance for uncertainty is required to grow and thrive in the world. 1. Get Good at Feeling Bad A central tenet of my philosophy is that the more we avoid negative emotions, the more those emotions will paradoxically screw us over at some point. Ignoring the fact that you’re angry only causes that anger…

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