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Archive for the ‘Personal Development’ Category

Sunday Snippet: Afeni Shakur (1947-2016)

May 22nd, 2016

“I guarantee that the seed you plant in love, no matter how small, will grow into a mighty tree of refuge. We all want a future for ourselves and we must now care enough to create, nurture and secure a future for our children.” Earlier this month, Afeni Shakur passed away from an apparent heart […]

My Life as an RPG (Are You a Level 50 Wizard?)

May 16th, 2016

Most people would agree that video games provide a rather unrealistic portrayal of the real world. Most of us can’t throw fireballs with our hands or double in size by consuming a mushroom. Even so, the fundamental principles of an RPG can provide some insight into how we go about making decisions in real life, […]

Sunday Snippet: Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000)

May 15th, 2016

“Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them.” My family and I are currently in Montreal on vacation (I’ll have more pictures and posts to share soon). This is actually the first time […]

Sunday Snippet: Comedian Gary Gulman

May 8th, 2016

“I figured out how smart I am. I’m not a moron, but this is what I am. This is how I like to put it. I’m just smart enough to be unhappy. Like if ignorance is bliss, I’m right above that. Like there’s no bliss. I have no bliss. I know too much, but not […]

Sunday Snippet: Chelsea Handler

May 1st, 2016

“It’s been my experience that people who make proclamations about themselves are usually the opposite of what they claim to be.” In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant changing of the guard among late night talk show hosts. Jay Leno is gone. David Letterman is gone. Jon Stewart is gone. Conan O’Brien, John […]

Sunday Snippet: Ruth Chang and Hard Choices

April 24th, 2016

“This response in hard choices is a rational response, but it’s not dictated by reasons given to us. Rather, it’s supported by reasons created by us. When we create reasons for ourselves to become this kind of person rather than that, we wholeheartedly become the people that we are. You might say that we become […]

Sunday Snippet: Adam Grant on Originality and Procrastination

April 17th, 2016

“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they’re slow to finish.” It’s far too easy to get distracted on the Internet. You’re interested in what your friends are […]

Sunday Snippet: Jim Noonan on Marriage

April 10th, 2016

“But in order for a marriage to work, all disputes have to end the same way. They must end with a compromise. For every god-awful romantic comedy she drags me to, she’s more than willing to cozy up and watch some football. That’s marriage, plain and simple. On that particular day, she won.” It’s said […]