self-improvement

What Makes You Happy?

March 29, 2010 Living

I’ve been spending time lately wondering about happiness. I’ve been blessed with a reasonable amount of happiness and a fairly optimistic demeanor, so I most often wonder what someone who’s not happy can do to achieve it. Fortunately, there are people smarter than me who have put a lot of thought into happiness. One is […]

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So You Think You Can Drive?

January 29, 2010 The Total Man

In the grand tradition of the surveys where most people say they’re smarter than most people comes this one: When Ottawa University researchers polled nearly 400 drivers ranging from the youngest to the very old, virtually all rated themselves favorably. […] Young men felt the most superior. Middle-aged men rated themselves as better than similarly […]

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Words of Wisdom from Conan O’Brien

January 24, 2010 Living

In case you’ve been on Jupiter, this past Friday was Conan O’Brien’s last episode of The Tonight Show. I’m not going to go on about how awful a move NBC has made, but instead bring you words of wisdom from the man himself: “I hate cynicism…it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what […]

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Success is Within You

January 8, 2010 Living

Week One of 2010 is over. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming? Have you even started working on them? If not, I want you to read a couple of recent blog posts. The first is from Glen Allsopp, who runs a great blog called PluginID. The post is called Grasping This Concept Will Massively […]

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What’s Your Plan?

December 30, 2009 The Total Man

In the media, the new year is the time for resolutions: promises you make to yourself. If you’re like most of us, these promises are ultimately broken, usually before winter turns to spring. I’ve historically done something different: every year, usually on New Year’s Eve itself, I come up with a motto for the coming […]

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Meditation for Men: A Better Life Starts Now

November 12, 2009 Living

Life is fast. Most of us have jobs where we’re expected to do as much as possible as quickly as possible. We drive in a hurry, eat in a hurry, and shop in a hurry. When we take a vacation, we run around like we need to see every sight before time’s up. And we’re […]

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Hump-day Links XX

November 4, 2009 Grooming

I hope you had a great Halloween. I’ve said before that it’s my favorite holiday, and this one didn’t disappoint. Good friends (in good costumes), good booze and good music conspired for an awesome night. Next up, holiday-wise: a Thanksgiving ski trip. In baseball news, the Yomiuri Giants just beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-4 […]

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How to Enjoy Life More

October 6, 2009 The Total Man

I’m going to leave this very simple. In two bullets of equal importance: Do things you enjoy. Find new things to enjoy. The first point is something we all gravitate to. We all have something we enjoy. Some love sports, others play video games, still others pursue a career that makes them want to get […]

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