Ego is the Enemy

Ego is the enemy — giving us wicked feedback, disconnected from reality. It’s defensive, precisely when we cannot afford to be defensive. It blocks us from improving by telling us that we don’t need to improve. Then we wonder why we don’t get the results we want, why others are better and why their success is more lasting.

Ryan Holiday

The ego — the part of your brain that feels an offense, that holds a grudge for a wrongdoing — is your biggest obstacle to peace of mind, to growth, and to being a positive influence in the lives of those around you.

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Building Your Personal Monopoly

In a genuinely developed society, work is an essential dimension of social life, for it is not only a means of earning one’s daily bread, but also of personal growth, the building of healthy relationships, self-expression and the exchange of gifts. Work gives us a sense of shared responsibility for the development of the world, and ultimately, for our life as a people.

Pope Francis

With the exception of a select few, everyone must work. It is the bedrock of our civilization — through working we are able to obtain and sustain the lifestyles that we wish for ourselves and our future kin. We spend so much of our life working that it inevitably becomes part of who we are and who we become. For this reason, we must look deeper into our relationship with work, past the superficial premise of the exchange of time for money, to find the meaningful work that we all need.

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On Quality Sleep

As I continue to age and leave behind my youthful energy and resilience, it has become evermore important for me to structure my days in a sustainable, productive, and efficient way. In previous years, particularly in high school and university, I thought myself to be firmly in the night owl camp — sleeping at 2 or even 3 AM was not uncommon, and this would in turn shift the productive hours of my day towards the afternoon and evening. When you are a student with no time or personal obligations, it is possible and even enjoyable to live such a lifestyle. However, being a 9-5er with goals outside of my professional life, the game of time management is one I am starting to appreciate, and enjoy. It seems to me that having less ‘free time’ actually leads to more productivity and ‘true free time’, because it forces one to address the mandatory tasks and blocked off hours of the day before scheduling the remaining personal time with tasks of priority. Like anyone else, I have my highly productive days and practically useless days, however one thing that has been a consistent and critical variable in the productivity of my days has been the quality and quantity of sleep. The benefits of sleep are well documented, and I will not attempt to rehash them here. However, one must approach sleep in a personalized and disciplined way in order to get the most out of their days. Below are a few of the most important factors in mastering sleep and maximizing the potential of the day:

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The Social Dilemma

“As soon as he has spoken with éclat, he is a committed person watched by the sympathy or the hatred of hundreds, who’s affectations must now enter into his account.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I recently stumbled upon an article on the internet detailing the ‘canceling‘ of a certain TikTok star due to some comments she made towards her chef. The advent of ‘cancel culture’, at least the widespread nature of it in the current media, is a direct result of the development and proliferation of the internet social media. It is something that I think is highly toxic and frankly quite dangerous.

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On Running

This year I decided to try and make running a part of my daily life — if I am being honest, I was finding that my lack of lower body endurance was affecting my Sunday league soccer performances and I wanted to do something about it. However in the process I have actually come to enjoy it; once you get your body up to speed with the demands of regular running, it becomes a mental challenge more than anything. The days when I run the fastest and the farthest are the days when I am completely dialed in and not even paying attention to my time or distance travelled.

I usually do 5-10km runs, 3 times a week: it’s the distance and frequency that I have found to be manageable and sustainable. Running has become one of my favourite tasks of the week; I hope the benefits and tips below can motivate you to start running too.

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The Office

“Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves — their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.”

~ Peter Drucker

Most people by their mid-20s, and perhaps well into their 30s, are deeply engaged in the process of career-building. This process is pretty much non-negotiable, and if one does not deliberately seek out a fitting and fulfilling career, one will simply be forced upon them in due time. It is therefore important to assess oneself to identify the career that maximizes one’s potential.

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The Age of Enlightenment

“We are all fascinated and overawed by statistical truths and large numbers and are daily apprised of the nullity and futility of individual personality, since it is not represented and personified by any mass organization.”

~ Carl Jung

The scientific revolution and subsequent technological advances over the last 500 or so years, but particularly in the last 150 years, has given the human race a historically unprecedented level of power and control over circumstances. The age of enlightenment, in succession to such a scientific revolution, gave birth to a new epoch of intellectual exploration, cultivation of ideas and political transformation. We have science to thank for our higher-than-ever life expectancies and infant survival rates, for our planes, our iPhones, and our medical institutions. But at what cost?

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The Waiting Game

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will — either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen at once.”

~ Paulo Coelho

I have looked for some time now — in history and literature, on the internet, in the stories of those around me — and have concluded that there is no right path in life. Life simply is. In the end, we all become dust and bones; whichever path you take, that is uniquely yours, is the path you are meant to be on. The journey is your own, the luggage yours to hold. That being said, a lack of tangible evidence to confirm one’s actions are moving them towards the intended goal is disheartening. I would like to believe that you get out what you put into life, but sometimes the race seems to go on and the finish line evermore obscure.

I recently stumbled across a poem by a First Nations chief that I wish to share; I hope it has the same effect on you that it had on me.

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