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Sunday Snippet: Lupe Fiasco

February 1st, 2015

“If at the end of the day you can’t find peace in your own mind then you’ll be doomed to chase it in a world where it doesn’t exist. Go home.” There exists a certain sub-culture in hip hop that is embodied by the so-called conscious rapper. These are the kinds of guys who are […]

On the Notion of Being a Humble Elitist

January 29th, 2015

Life is full of contradictions. We are told that birds of a feather flock together, yet at the same time, we are also told that opposites attract. One day we’re told that drinking milk helps to build strong bones; the next day we’re told that cow’s milk is a seriously bad idea. And even in […]

Fitting Work into My Life Schedule

January 22nd, 2015

Several years ago, I wrote a post about whether or not freelancers should have a set working schedule. Ask many a productivity expert and they’ll tell you that one of the best ways to achieve work-life balance when you work from home is to establish true office hours. This way, you have a tighter differentiation […]

Sunday Snippet: Maia Szalavitz on Empathy

January 18th, 2015

“In a country like the United States that thrives in its citizens’ individualism and competitive spirit, empathy is often seen as a luxury or a frill–a personality trait that is admirable, sure, but far from essential. In fact, the ability to understand the minds of others and then to care about what the world looks […]

Sunday Snippet: Johnny Carson (1925-2005)

January 11th, 2015

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” Consider a standard 40-hour work week. Not accounting for the prep work […]

Sunday Snippet: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

January 4th, 2015

“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” Just as we’ve been told many times before that we should dare to dream the impossible dream, we have also been told just how impossible those dreams really are, oftentimes by ourselves. As we get started with a new year filled with new opportunities […]

Happy New Year: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

January 1st, 2015

With a new year comes renewed hope and a fresh perspective. Sadly, I wasn’t able to accomplish the goals I had set for myself for 2014. I have started writing another book, but it’s far from ready for publication; I’ve set aside some rainy day money, but learned very little about better investments; and I […]

Sunday Snippet: Seth Rogen

December 28th, 2014

“I’m proud to say that I’ve never had a normal job. I started doing stand-up when I was in high school, purely as a measure to never get a proper job.” Am I the only one who thinks that this whole hullabaloo over The Interview and North Korea was just one big elaborate PR stunt […]