Jan 17

How Not to Train for a Half-Marathon

  I’m a big fan of efficiency and getting the biggest bang for the buck. A fancier way to phrase this is I like to apply the Pareto principal to my life. In general, the smartest 20% of the effort results in 80% of the gains. If you apply this to all areas of your …

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Jan 12

Happy Philosopher’s Weekend Reading: Volume 7

  Well it’s been a while since I’ve published a weekend reading list. Sorry about that. I’ve been rather busy I have been a little lazy as of late and not made it a priority. That is a feeble excuse, but the truth. You would think in between sledding (I’m the best in our neighborhood …

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Jan 07

The Power of Love and Fear

I’ve heard it said that there are only two basic emotions, love and fear. Everything else is a derivative of these basic two drivers. When we talk about freedom it is useful to differentiate freedom to (love) and freedom from (fear). It is about running towards something or running away from something. This is an …

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Dec 30

Dangers of Relying on the 4% Rule in Early Retirement Scenarios

  I recently found myself on a beach in Maui. We had some airline vouchers we needed to use before they expired and decided Hawaii would be a great way to burn them (it was). As I laid there on the warm sand and listened to the ocean waves gently breaking on the shoreline my …

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Dec 23

How to Find Contentment

There are really two ways to become more content with life, as contentment is really just a comparison between what is actually happening to us and what we expect or desire to happen to us. When these match or our expectations are exceeded we are content. Humans do not perceive absolutes very well. Unless we …

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Dec 06

Happy Anniversary Happy Philosopher

  Well the blog is 1 year old today. Happy…blogiversary? This year sure went by quickly. It doesn’t really feel like it’s been a year, but here we are. I didn’t know quite what to expect from blogging to be honest. I  didn’t have a grand plan. I mainly wanted to get my thoughts out …

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Dec 01

Burnout is Not Bullshit

Recently I’ve been stumbling across more and more articles about physician burnout. It is a trendy term to use these days and I think a pretty darn good one. It was first used in the field of psychology in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, and the meaning has evolved over time.  Social psychologists Christina Maslach and …

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Nov 19

Happy Philosopher’s Weekend Reading: Volume 6

  It’s been a while since I’ve published Weekend Reading so I thought I would give you a few articles to ponder. I don’t write directly about politics much, but of course life philosophy often translates to political philosophy and I’m sure some of my political ideas come out in my writing. Many people were …

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Nov 14

The power of Incremental Change

Incremental change is a powerful force in the universe, but we tend to underestimate it because it is difficult to see. Tiny changes occur and we immediately start adjusting to them, as if the world always existed in that state. We tend to crave stability, but change is inevitable. It defines life. We constantly use …

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Oct 26

How Understanding the Marginal Utility of Money Will Make you Happier

  Money is a very interesting thing, and not as simple as it seems at first glance. I really didn’t understand it’s complexity until recently. We go to work and in return we receive money as payment.  We spend this money on stuff. This is as sophisticated as most people get. I thought of myself …

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