Category Archives: Personal

Advice for people in their early 20s



Great advice from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits for young people who are lost and worried about their future. He talks about getting good at something, connecting with interesting people, and other tips for how to start building your life and your future. (Continued…)

Setting goals: Tim Ferriss and Leo Babauta debate whether or not you should set goals


Setting Goals: Tim Ferriss and Leo Babauta Debate Whether or Not You Should Set Goals

This casual talk between Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Tim Ferriss of Four Hour Work Week is excellent. Both of these guys have reached some major goals in life, and they have worked to share with everyone how they reached those goals. They have written so much about things like setting goals, creating habits, productivity, and learning new things. So they know how to set goals and achieve them.

But as Leo has continued to write and grow, I found he started to write more about not setting goals. Part of that involved creating habits. But part of it is just about enjoying what you are doing instead of focusing on some future goal all the time. In this video he talks a bit about that. And they both discuss the positive and negative aspects of setting goals to improve your life. Enjoy it. I sure did. (Continued…)

Bruce Lee’s top fundamentals for getting your life in shape


Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape

The Positivity Blog uses some of Bruce Lee’s best quotes in this article to explain how you can get your actual life into shape, not just your workout or your body. I’m sure everyone knows but Bruce Lee wasn’t just a martial artist or actor. I’m not saying I know a whole lot about him, but I did read The Tao of Jeet Kune Do when I was younger. I remember many of these quotes and philosophies from the book when I read this great article. One of my favorites, which was one of the 7 points in this article, was this great quote on simplifying.

Things I wish they had taught me in school


16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School

The things on this list are not just self improvement ideas that can help you, but are basically truths and rules about what you can do to get what you want from life. If you don’t have time to read the full list, here is one great tip from the article. The 80/20 rule is great for people who are procrastinators or perfectionists. (Continued…)

What does thinkist mean?


What Does Thinkist Mean?

Thinkist is a made up word that the founder of Life Thinkist came up with. The term thinkist was coined to describe a person with a certain set of philosophies about life. In my mind, someone who is a thinkist is a person that is interested in improving their life, getting things done, setting goals, and learning to be happier. Without hearing the definition before, you might know if you are a thinkist or not, or maybe if you are starting to become one. Basically you are a thinker. And you use your thoughts to help you achieve what you want in your life. (Continued…)

Top regrets of the dying


Regrets of the Dying

This short article is written by a thoughtful woman who was a palliative care worker. She came across a few common themes for what people regretted when they thought about how they had lived their life. We can learn a lot from history. I feel that more and more of us are learning our history by reading online and by reading books, which is great. However, there is nothing like learning from other people; from our mothers, our fathers, our friends, our elders. (Continued…)

Zen Habits writer Leo Babauta released free ebook “The One Skill”


Zen Habits Writer Leo Babauta Releases New Ebook "The One Skill"

The book, released April 30th 2014, is currently free and can be downloaded in various formats. You can even subscribe to an email version by getting a new chapter each day. Neat idea.

This new ebook, “The One Skill: How Mastering the Art of Letting Go Will Change Your Life”, is written with the goal of teaching what writer Leo Babauta (Wikipedia) calls the art and skill of letting go. Be sure to check out the One Skill ebook, since it is currently being offered for free. It sounds like it will always be free, but I don’t want to say it’s free forever just in case people find this some time in the future and it’s no longer free.

Today marks 41 years of wonderful life that I’ve lived, and as a birthday present to all of you, I’m publishing a free ebook: The One Skill: How Mastering the Art of Letting Go Will Change Your Life.

It’s about learning the skill of letting go, and how that will help you with every problem in your life. From stress to procrastination to habit change to loss and much more.

It’s an amazing skill, and the better I get at it, the better I am at life, the happier I am.

How to stay positive: Smart habits


How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits

Happiness isn’t easy to find. Where do you go to find happiness? This article would be a good place to start if you ask me. Henrik Edberg writes on many things, but as the name of his blog states he focuses a lot on positivity and happiness. This is a back to basics article about all of the things he has learned over the years on the subject. Why not learn from one of the best on the subject who has been studying happiness himself. One of the smart habits talks about creating a positive environment around positive people. (Continued…)

Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek started a podcast


Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek has Started a New Podcast

Kevin Rose (Wikipedia), formerly of Digg, is one of the first guests. The show is called The Tim Ferris Show and it looks like he launched it on April 18th, announcing it on a new blog post a few days later.

In a blog post about the show, Ferriss says he will keep making new episodes depending on the demand for the show and if people let him know they like it or not.

After fantasizing about starting a podcast for nearly two years, after being asked hundreds of times, The Tim Ferriss Show is now live. Sometimes you have to stop over-thinking things, bite the bullet, and figure it out as you go.

I will read EVERY review and, based on that feedback, I’ll either stop or keep doing this podcast.

I have to admit I haven’t read The 4-Hour Workweek, but it’s certainly on my list of books to read. It will be interesting to see if he keeps this podcast going, and what types of guests he will have on the show.

Ways to do what you don’t want to do


10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

If you haven’t read any articles from Zen Habits then you are in for a treat. This is a fairly new article and what a great place to start off with from this great blog. Getting motivated to do things we don’t really want to do is difficult. One thing I really liked about this particular list of tips is that it includes both ways of changing your thinking and actual practical tips in order to do things you aren’t very excited about doing. Tip 7 is a specific habit you can create, while tip 1 is about changing your thinking towards the thing that you need to do. (Continued…)