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When I was a child I experienced nightmares on a regular basis. I can’t count the number of times I died in my dreams as a kid. When I would die there would be a joker-like figure who met me at the gates of wherever the afterlife was and told me I had just died. Almost like a video game, but I didn’t play video games. The nightmares ranged from spiders crawling all over me, a possessed vacuum that would suck out my voice box, ghosts, and all sorts of generally scary events. I hated going to sleep.

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(I will also be taking a break from posting on Medium moving forward. I am not finding my content reaches many people on this platform and is not worth the extra effort. If you’d like to keep reading please visit my website here.)

I’m halfway through my goal of posting 50 pieces of content. Currently I’m writing about one article and creating one YouTube video every 2 weeks, which puts me right on schedule. However, it’s been a challenge and it’s time to take a break. Or at least not post as frequently. …


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I’m turning 30 this year and what better way to celebrate than to share with you 30 thoughts for my future 30 year old self. In no particular order, I bring you these thoughts:

  1. Do it now — “Dos it while you can my boy”. That was the advice given to me by my great uncle before he past away recently and it stuck with me. Make every single day count. There’s a lot of cliches I could throw in here but I’ll leave it at this: Do it now, do it right f*cking now.
  2. Take care of your body

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Welcome to part two of my information advantage series. The purpose of this short series is to provide you with a mental model to use when thinking about information. Last time I’d mentioned that to simplify my worldview I’d probably settle on looking at it from two perspectives: information and energy.

Humans have looked for advantages to get ahead of others throughout history. It’s a part of our competitive nature and why we are the dominant species on the planet currently. I believe a big part of our dominance is our information advantage. Last time I posted about information inputs…


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If I were to try and simplify my worldview I’d probably settle on looking at it from two perspectives: information and energy.

Humans are chemically powered biological processing machines that use information every day. This has been highlighted even more through the invention of the information superhighway: the internet.

Having better, faster, newer, and more accurate information gives the receiver an advantage. As a competitive species we’re all looking for an edge. It’s the selfish nature of our genes that drives this competition to survive and thrive. When we are able to look at information objectively I think we discover…


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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

I stumbled across the Stoic philosophy going down various internet rabbit holes several years ago. The concept, philosophy, way of life, school of thought, or however else you choose to look at Stoicism, has positively impacted my life and so I wanted to share it. I wouldn’t consider myself a Stoic but I apply certain principles, especially related to mindset, on a daily basis. It provides a framework to influence my perspectives and internal state of mind.


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Guiding principles can help with daily decision making. We are the sum of all our small decisions and having some principles to fall back on can be helpful. Principles can also help guide larger life decisions. I created a list of guiding principles for myself back in 2016 and it’s evolved into what you see below over the years with some refinement.

Sometimes I’ll fall off the track of applying these principles but I do work to find my way back. I should really review them more often. Although I feel as if they’re ingrained in me. After all these…


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If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’re distracted from what you should be doing. It’s cool, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’re looking for some inspiration or a shortcut to go into superhuman focused productivity mode. This article won’t help you there. You are what you habitually do and this is not a get productive quick scheme. You can try Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, but I don’t think that cheat code will work here.

Production happens when thoughts, ideas, information, and knowledge (inputs) leave the mind and turn into something else through…


All that we are is the result of what we have thought. — Buddha

In Buddhism, the 5 hinderances impede or get in the way of forward progress in meditation and life. They are obstacles that challenge you. It’s important to pay attention to what is happening when you feel their challenge. By identifying the hindrances, you can get a better sense of what caused them to arise. Then figure out how to overcome them.

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Generally, the 5 hinderances are applied to the practice of meditation. If you are able to keep the mind’s energy and attention focused on your…


Interest is in the senses of the brain holder.

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We want to spend our time on interesting content. Whether it is something you are consuming (what others create) or something you are producing (what you create). I will refer to the object of the interest as “content” for simplicity. Interesting content is not boring, it elicits passion, and feels fulfilling. There is a sense of satisfaction when giving attention to content that is interesting, whether you’re making or experiencing the content. The mind naturally pays attention to what is most interesting. I’m going to provide you with eight ways to…

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