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How might we live in a way that renders our death bearable?

“I’ve never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch.” -Kristian Bush There are numerous observable patterns about the human condition. Patterns which make it easy for us to speculate on the outcome of any given situation. Specifically, as we age, the ways in which the human body begins to fail has become predictable. In fact, there is no bigger data set than that of the eventual break down and deterioration of the human machine. If you subtract the roughly 7.4 billion people who are alive right now, the earth has seen around 100.8 billion people die before us. And whether you like it or not, you and I will eventually be joining them. Chances are that just in reading that...

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How much are you paying to settle?

I read a book a while ago titled Stop Doing Stuff You Hate. While the concept is simple enough to understand, its implementation is actually much more difficult than you might imagine. Because most of us don’t know what we hate. And we don’t know what we love either. Not really. Not once you pull back the layers of expectations, obligations and responsibilities. And those could be deep because they’ve formed over the course of years. We have commitments. Real or otherwise, to ourselves, our loved ones and to society at large. Over the course of our lives, there have been an incomprehensible number of experiences that have happened to us or that we have witnessed. Each one has played...

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Why do we squeeze the life out of our moments?

A while back I had set out to write a book called The Invictus Principle. Invictus is often referred to as the ability to master one’s own fate as described in the 1973 Ernest Henley poem carrying the same title. My thought process behind the book was to interview as many high performers as possible and tease out a formula that you and I could apply to our own lives. A three to five step process that if followed, would all but guarantee success in whatever your chosen pursuit happen to be. I wanted to know how we might learn to define our own parameters for a successful life and what formula might help us achieve whatever that is. An...

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What if this isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson You have an ability to harbor two extremely different mindsets when dealing with adversity and while both are available to you, the one that you choose to adopt will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to your long term success. Often due to a lack of perspective, we have a propensity to get caught up in the mundane. We focus on things that really don’t matter in the broad sense of our lives and we allow our neurosis to dictate our emotional state. We obsess over things we can’t change and we become angry in the wake of a reality that doesn’t...

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An essay for a better life

For all of the careening at terminal velocity and the gut wrenching, inverted circles that might take place, Skydiving has, for the most part, proven to be safe. The law of percentages, not to mention a thorough pre-jump check list, allows even the perpetually grounded humans a feeling of flight while safely touching them back on the ground from where they began. Uncomfortably shaken up perhaps, on the edge of fear for sure, a bit worn out and uncomfortable from going fist-to-cuffs with gravity, but nevertheless, returned safely. Unchanged, except for the ear to ear smile, the transcendence of spirit and the itch to go again, maybe even to go bigger. Skydiving for the first time can teach us a...

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