The Nuts and Bolts of Running Your Own Business (Ep. 190)

Starting a business can seem daunting.

Between taxes, expenses, marketing, business types, and creating actual value for your customers, it’s pretty easy to decide that your million-dollar idea is just too hard to think about.

But clearly, some people actually follow through on their ideas, or I wouldn’t be writing this on a MacBook Air on a Roost stand in a local tea shop.

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Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189)

Humans are predictable. Sometimes, too predictable.

We’ve been reading Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and it turns out that many of the same social patterns that have helped humanity flourish have a dark side.

In part one of this series, we talked about reciprocation.

Today, we’re talking about consistency, and why sticking to your guns isn’t always the smartest thing to do.

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The Cold Shower – My #1 Exercise for Building Self-Discipline

Every time I skip a workout, procrastinate on an assignment until the last minute, or succumb to the temptation of that pint of ice cream in the freezer, the same thought goes through my head:

“Man, I wish I had more self-discipline…”

You’ve probably been in the same boat before. As students, we always say that we lack self-discipline, and that we want more of it… but what, exactly, is self-discipline?

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Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)

To meditate properly, you need to be sitting in the full lotus position on top of a mountain just before the sun rises.

As the rays of the celestial body crest the horizon, an eagle will land near you. If this does not happen, you’ve done it wrong and will gain no benefits whatsoever from the meditation. Walk the 17 miles back to your car and try again tomorrow.

Ok, I lied about all that. But seriously, meditation is one of those practices that can seem daunting to get into. There are so many ways to practice it: Vipassana, Zazen, Loving-Kindness, you name it. It’s heavily tied into religion, spirituality, and philosophy.

So where does someone with no meditation experience start? Read More…

How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to wake up every day and, like, hunt antelopes to get food.

It’s easy to take for granted the fact that life is pretty easy compared to how our ancestors had it. You name it, they had to deal with it – famines, cholera, saber-toothed helicopter bears… life back then was rough.

One thing they didn’t have to worry about, however, was the ever-present threat of some random attacker hacking their bank account from a dingy basement thousands of miles away.

So, in a way, we’re just as tough as our saber-toothed helicopter bear-fighting ancestors, right? Read More…

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