Author: Michael Kwan

How to Win at Earth Day (and I’m No Hippie)

Tomorrow is Earth Day. Or depending on where you are in the world, it could already be today. Or if you’re reading this post tomorrow, then it’s also today for you. Let me start again. Earth Day is April 22 and it’s a day where we are meant to honor this humble planet we call home. You may be aware of all sorts of initiatives, like how you might be able to get a free cup of coffee if you bring your own reusable cup or how some places might turn off all their lights for an hour. The...

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Are Distractions Making Me More or Less Productive?

Yeah, that’s a pretty good representation of my workspace, except I’ve got a little more clutter (OK, a lot more clutter) and precisely one fewer Mac Pro shiny trash can. I started running a dual monitor configuration years ago and I’ve never looked back. It’s great for having my writing program open in one window (Notepad, WordPress, Google Docs) and my reference material open on the other screen. For a while there, I’d even “snap” windows such that I could have two or more programs open on each screen for “optimal” performance. I tell myself that the dual monitor...

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Vlog #20: Toddler Stuff That’s Actually Useful

This week’s vlog is partly tongue in cheek — all your kids really need is your undying affection and food and free access to Wi-Fi, etc., etc. — but it’s also meant as a public service. There is just so much toddler stuff out there and a lot of it is not especially useful. Before you go out and buy your two-year-old the newest Samsung Galaxy smartphone, maybe you should think about some of these things you can get for about twenty bucks or less. As you may recall, I’ve written before about must-have baby products that are a...

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Sunday Snippet: Mark Cuban on Passion

Let me make this as clear as possible. When you work hard at something, you become good at it. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen. Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it. Mark Cuban has a very...

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Why Are They Called Dad Jokes Anyway?

Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? They say he made a mint. Sorry. Actually, I’m not sorry at all. Dad jokes have become just as much a core part of my identity as fatherhood itself. Maybe it’s because I make my living as a writer and I am naturally drawn to clever wordplay, even as cringe-worthy as some dad jokes may be. In fact, it might even be because they’re so cringe-worthy that I like them so much. A friend of mine remarked that he cracks dad jokes all the time even though he is not...

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Resurrection of the Renaissance Man

The Renaissance man (or woman) can be loosely defined as an individual with a great number of talents, interests and areas of expertise. He’s not especially skilled in any one area in particular, instead casting his net wide to pursue a variety of endeavors. Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps one of the best examples. We know da Vinci as the artist behind The Last Supper and Mona Lisa. We also know that he was fascinated with the human form and explored the complexities of anatomy. His inventions, even if many were only theoretical, were remarkably varied, including the bicycle,...

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Vlog #19: The One in Los Cabos

Welcome to the first ever travel edition of the vlog! And not only that, but this is also the first ever double feature vlog. It’s not like I haven’t blogged about (and shot video about) my travels before, but this is the first time that I’ve done it in the context of this vlog series. Our family spent all of last week in Los Cabos, soaking in the sun, sand and ceviche. I’ve long since said that travel is one of the best ways you can spend your money, because you are far better off investing in experiences than...

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Sunday Snippet: Will Rogers

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Call it what you will. Fulfillment. Purpose. Happiness. We all want to feel like we’re doing the “right” thing and, on our deathbeds, we want to look at our lives with pride, not regret. Of course, when we first set out on our respective journeys, we can never be completely sure we’ve chosen correctly. As we make our way through life, we may question our decisions. Maybe I should have worked for a different company, lived in a different city, or pursued a...

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The Community Grocer Food Club

Most of us understand that we should be eating healthier food. Instead of picking up another box of processed who-knows-what shipped over from who-knows-where, it’s generally a better idea to get fresh, nutritious, environmentally sustainable products closer to home. But that can prove expensive. Working to overcome this challenge is Community Grocer, a local startup set to deliver healthier products at more affordable prices. Community Grocer is the brainchild of Vancouver area entrepreneur Michael Menashy, a name you may recognize from Tea Sparrow. In some ways, Community Grocer is similar in that it works on a membership basis. Instead...

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Trying to Do It All (And Every Decision Is Wrong)

Let’s go back a few hundred years to Feudal England. Chances are that you’re born into an agricultural family. You’ll likely be working the land of the same farm from the time you’re old enough to wield a pitchfork to the day you die at the ripe old age of 40. And that’s only if you’re extremely lucky. You didn’t have too many vocational decisions to make. And even as recently as a generation ago (or even to this day in certain parts of the world), the main reason why you chose any given job was that it was...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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