Blog Category: Inspiration

The 13 Things I Regret Not Telling Her

“Playing with your kids will make you feel better,” my mother told me. My grandmother told me, “Play with your daughters. It will calm you down.” I had been depressed for precisely…

“Playing with your kids will make you feel better,” my mother told me. My grandmother told me, “Play with your daughters. It will calm you down.” I had been depressed for precisely 19 months at that point. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. I was four months away from going broke. I […]

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Good or Bad: Monogamy

Strong opinions are like a disease. You get one, then your friends get the same one (else, according to the rules of groupthink they are no longer friends) and so on. I…

Strong opinions are like a disease. You get one, then your friends get the same one (else, according to the rules of groupthink they are no longer friends) and so on. I hate opinions. There always seems to be someone smarter than me who has the opposite opinion. But I’m skeptical. And I like to […]

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Self-Help Dictators, Stillness, and Altucher’s Book Club!

Kim Il-sung killed millions of people while supreme leader of North Korea for 50 years. “People only get free from oppression through struggle.”–Kim Il-sung. Kim Il-sung was the self-help, failure-porn motivational speaker…

Kim Il-sung killed millions of people while supreme leader of North Korea for 50 years. “People only get free from oppression through struggle.”–Kim Il-sung. Kim Il-sung was the self-help, failure-porn motivational speaker of his time. Anyone who disagreed with him was “disappeared.” — In the mid ’00s, I was getting a divorce and my latest […]

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I’m Easily Manipulated — Are You?

“I won’t love you unless…” “I won’t give you that promotion unless…” The manipulator is never the stranger down the street. It’s your friend, your boss, your romantic partner, your employee, your…

“I won’t love you unless…” “I won’t give you that promotion unless…” The manipulator is never the stranger down the street. It’s your friend, your boss, your romantic partner, your employee, your customer. “I can’t believe you won’t do this one thing for me…” — I have these holes and it’s hard for me to […]

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Fecal Matter and Zen Will Make You Better

If you take the fecal matter of a thin rat and put it into the rectum of a fat rat, the fat rat gets thinner. If you take the fecal matter of…

If you take the fecal matter of a thin rat and put it into the rectum of a fat rat, the fat rat gets thinner. If you take the fecal matter of a fat rat and put it into the rectum of a thin rat, the thin rat gets fatter.  That thin rat must get […]

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How to Be an Ultimate Fighter

“This tube you see coming out of me is directly connected to my heart and pumps liquid into it, tricking my heart into thinking it’s OK.” I had asked the cab driver…

“This tube you see coming out of me is directly connected to my heart and pumps liquid into it, tricking my heart into thinking it’s OK.” I had asked the cab driver what that machine was. I saw the tube sticking out of his side. “Are you OK?” He looked at me through his mirror […]

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I Threw Out All of My Belongings and Then This Happened…

I threw out all my belongings. I was living in Airbnbs. I had one carryon bag that had one or two outfits and a computer and a toothbrush in it. My rule…

I threw out all my belongings. I was living in Airbnbs. I had one carryon bag that had one or two outfits and a computer and a toothbrush in it. My rule was, if I bought anything, I had to throw something from the bag out. I lived this way for three years. I would […]

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