It’s pretty obvious that life doesn’t always go as planned. This blog is all about personal development, and that means taking control over things like our habits, our attitude, and how we manage time. But no matter how hard we work to become better at directing our own lives, the fact of the matter is […]
Below, you'll find articles on personal development. What is personal development, you ask?
It's simply making a conscious effort to get better at life.
Specific topics include learning new skills, overcoming fear, and giving generously.
A year and a half ago, I started getting rid of my stuff. I sold or donated clothes, musical instruments, power tools, and an old vacuum cleaner. I gave away my first dictionary, a gift from my parents in 7th grade. Mom and Dad have always supported my writing, and this dictionary represented that better […]
Our habits, good and bad, run our lives. And we’ve all tried to change the bad ones. Sometimes we’ve been successful, but most of the time it’s been a struggle. Why is this? For a couple years now, I’ve been teaching out of Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit in my college study skills […]
In ancient Greece and Rome, many prominent thinkers subscribed to a philosophy called Stoicism.1 We’ll talk generally about borrowing ideas from Stoicism in an upcoming post, but today, I’d like to share a simple Stoic thought exercise that can make it a little easier to bounce back from hardship. I first encountered this thought exercise […]
We all feel defeated sometimes. In some area of life, you probably feel defeated right now. Even when everything’s going great, there’s usually some small corner of our world where we’re stymied. When it seems like we’ve tried everything and nothing’s worked, we inevitably find ourselves bumping up against a decision: Keep trying or give […]