Jun 11

Comfort is Fear in Disguise

  All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. Blaise Pascal I recently had an epiphany I want to share with you.   As I mentioned in my blog post last week I recently attended a several day long retreat geared towards people seeking early financial independence.  I …

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Jun 04

A Walk In The Woods

The Walk Well it wasn’t really a walk, more like a vigorous hike. I guess it was a walk. We walked/hiked about 9 miles total with 3000 feet of elevation gain in less than 4 miles of climbing. I was not all that well prepared for the walk with my thick cotton pants and running …

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May 25

Radical State of the Blog

Hello readers. I have nothing new or insightful written for you today, but I did want to let you know about my recent interview with Joshua Sheats on the Radical Personal Finance Podcast. It was a wide ranging discussion on many topics but focused on career burnout and what to do about it. We talked …

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May 16

Welcome to the Age of Filtering

Historians like to break down civilization into revolutions or ages. These typically hinge on certain technologies or system changes that bring about massive societal change.   There are many ways to classify, but the way I see it the big ones were agriculture, industrialization, computers and, most currently, information. Let’s ignore the first three for …

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May 10

Decluttering 2.0 – Beyond The Basics

In a previous article I described my experiences with the Konmari method of decluttering. Eliminating unnecessary material things from your life is great, truly, but decluttering 2.0 is realizing there are many other things that are perhaps even more important to cull. The material things are easy because they are seen. Non-material clutter can be …

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May 04

Why You Are Not Living Up To Your Potential

  A few years ago I did an accidental experiment with quite remarkable results – and profound philosophical implications. Actually the experiment was not accidental, it was quite intentional, but I didn’t realize until afterwards what I was actually testing. I was a year or so into a temporary obsession with racing triathlons and I …

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Apr 29

Experiment: Abstaining From Alcohol

  It was New Year’s Day a little over three years ago.  I rolled out of bed a little groggy from the celebration the night before – not skull crushing hangover, but enough malaise to realize I was not at 100% of my potential. I felt a little better after a glass of water and …

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Apr 19

Are New Cars Getting Cheaper?

We all know the cost of goods and services tends to rise over time, what we commonly refer to as inflation. Well as you know, I like to challenge conventional thinking and I had a buying experience that adds a bit more nuance to the discussion.   Last year I finally decided to purchase a …

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Apr 12

How to Live a Life of Quiet Desperation

Most of us will get there soon enough just by doing what we are doing. Or perhaps you have been living it for some time now and wonder how it came to this. The lucky few who have escaped can read on with bemusement. Thoreau put it so brilliantly:   The mass of men lead …

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Apr 05

How Embracing Insignificance Can Improve Your Life

  A problem with the human mind is its difficulty realizing how insignificant it is on a cosmic scale. Much of our suffering comes from our attachment to outcomes we deem good or bad. Outcomes that matter. We worry about who we will marry, how much money we make, how successful our career will be, …

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