Category Archives: Personal Stories

Choosing the Way of the Coder

In Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist a mysterious old man by the name of Melchizidek presents the protagonist Santiago with two mystical stones by the name of Urim and Thummin. He tells Santiago to consult them when his path is unclear. Should he retrieve the black stone from the pouch, the answer to his question was “yes.” Should the […]

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Looking Back: My First Year as a Meditation Practitioner

Ever since I started meditating regularly last year, one question I continued to ask myself was: “Am I happier?” For the first three months, my answer was “no.” Contrary to my expectations, I often felt more emotional turmoil than I had before. It seemed as though any event, no matter how trivial, would set off […]

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What I Learned From 10 Days of Silence and Meditation

The morning gong woke us at 4:00AM. We were to get up and sit: spine straight, chin tucked, hands in our laps and direct all of our attention to the breath flowing in and out of our nostrils for two hours until breakfast time. The first morning’s meditation was a struggle, not just because of […]

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A New Chapter

As of last Thursday, I am no longer working at TeachStreet.com. To make a long story short, they hired me to drive traffic to the site. For the first few months I did just that, and helped increase traffic by over 50%.  To do this, I reached out to influential bloggers to earn links, guest […]

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Ten-Minute Method Update and Interview With Marquis Parker

It’s been nearly three months since my last blog post about making time for side-projects.  Since then, I’ve mostly been in the process of redesigning goldhat.org and making a few small changes to the app itself before I start to plan a marketing campaign. I’m astonished how much devoting a minimum of ten minutes per […]

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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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‘Plan B’ Can Be Better Than You Think

It’s been a whirlwind week. On the 7th of September I decided to start looking for a job. This wasn’t the easiest decision to make. After all, I had high hopes for my web business, and liked to think of myself at least as capable as those internet superstars who managed to make a comfortable living […]

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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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Two Conversations with Self-doubt

Just the other day… Self-doubt: You gotta stop working on this web application and get a real job. You have absolutely no training whatsoever in computer science. How can you possibly create a fully functioning web app? Me: Well, I know I’m new to programming, but everyone has to start learning somewhere. I think I’ve […]

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