Category Archives: Personal Development and Productivity

Just One Question

Let me ask you a question: What are you thinking about right now? Are you thinking about what you have to do? What you should have done already but you haven’t done yet? Are you thinking about something you did that you wish you hadn’t done or perhaps done differently? Are you debating whether you […]

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How To Find The Time And Energy To Work On Your Side Projects

When I had moved to Japan after graduation, it was my plan to make a little money and work on my novel. I’d teach English classes during the day and hammer out a few pages at night.  By the year’s end I’d have a finished draft, good to go. Instead, by the time I got […]

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The Power of Self-Forgiveness

If I were to sum up 95% of what personal development gurus preach it would be this: “You have the potential to do, have, and be anything you want.  All you have to do is adopt a positive mindset and take 100% responsibility for what happens in your life.” I’m not saying that there isn’t […]

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Five Hard Truths You Need To Accept

Ignoring the hard truths of life is a dangerous thing to do. Unfortunately, because the truth is so damn scary, it’s something we all do from time to time. In order to ignore them we tell ourselves lies–lies that warp our view of reality to the point where we’re incapable of knowing the actions we […]

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The Greatest Lesson I Chose Not To Learn

The only way have principles but not live by them is to avoid the Truth, to fool yourself into feeling that you’ve honored your  principles when in reality you haven’t.  In order to do this you create  excuses to shelter yourself from the Truth,  and thus avoid the fear and uncertainty that comes with facing […]

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Fun With Affirmations! *OR* Why You Can’t Become a Space Vampire.

In his audio series, The Psychology of Selling, Brian Tracy tells the story of a top salesman who attributed his success to just one thing: affirmations. Just before the salesman went to meet with a client he would repeat to himself: “I am the best! I am the best! I am the greatest salesperson in […]

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Forget Your Weaknesses. Develop Your Strengths.

Note: This article appeared on my old website full-time-writer.com. As it most definitely applies to the theme of this blog, I’ve re-published it. Enjoy. The idea that we should turn our weaknesses into our strengths is a common theme in the self-help community. There are countless books and blogs that tell us to focus on […]

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Guest Post at the Skool of Life: How to Teach Yourself to Do Anything

Have you ever let your lack of knowledge and skills keep you from doing what you really want to do? If so, you might want to check out this guest post I did at the Skool of Life: How to Teach Yourself to Do Anything. Check it out!

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The Rise of the Generalist, Part I: The Fall of the Specialist

When it comes to your marketable job skills are you a koala or are you a crow? Koalas are super-specialists. Over the past few million years they’ve managed to evolve the capability to eat and metabolize poisonous eucalyptus leaves. This is great for the koalas because it ensures a stable food supply. When it comes […]

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How Finding Your Genius can Open up Career Opportunities

How can you find your genius? How can you find the one thing that you do better than other people and exploit it? This is a common theme in the personal development world. It’s the concept that everyone has innate talents that lie at the core of their being. Once you determine those talents it’s […]

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