Month: September 2014

Humans, Listen to Your Raccoon King: Drop Out of The Cult of Self-Esteem in Favor of Your Rational Animal Confidence

This morning I came across an entry on a blog I follow that addressed the potential harm in the pursuit of self-esteem. I’m glad I came across this because I thought about this very topic last night as I was working on mapping my values and virtues. In fact I opted not to list self-esteem…

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Notes and Lessons from Napoleon Hill’s 1928 Masterpiece: Outwitting The Devil

Update: Jan 2017 – just going to leave this here:  https://www.google.com/amp/paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-untold-story-of-napoleon-hill-the-greatest-self-he-1789385645/amp?client=safari – Not to detract from the man’s work, but the above read was eye opening to say the least. Take what you will with a grain of salt, the entry below included. As a follow-up to yesterday’s entry on Napoleon Hill’s Outwitting The Devil, tonight…

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Napoleon Hill: Outwitting The Devil

Update: Jan 2017 – just going to leave this here:  https://www.google.com/amp/paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-untold-story-of-napoleon-hill-the-greatest-self-he-1789385645/amp?client=safari – Not to detract from the man’s work, but the above read was eye opening to say the least. Take what you will with a grain of salt, the entry below included. tl;dr – I am incredibly excited about this discovery. I am buzzing with…

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Poetry: This is Farewell

What can I say That desire that you crushed It was all that I had – that was the last of my trust Once again you didn’t see that there was love behind my lust And now you’re gone – And I won’t see you again – But I warned you – We could never…

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Attitude is Everything.

If you had this guy’s mindset, you could not lose. I don’t even want to quote anything specifically, because he [Apollos Hester] says so much of value here. Bookmark this and watch it again, and again. Update: Just found this beautiful edit (made yesterday!) of it…

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Jules Evans: 8 Great Ideas from Stoicism

Note: The following non-italicized copy was originally published at Psychology Today, and I am republishing the content here for preservation’s sake. According to Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems, a combination of philosophy and psychology is not only practical, but an effective way of approaching today’s problems.…

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On Self-Control: Do Yourself a Favor and Watch This Video

Update: 10/17/14 I’ve posted a follow-up entry to this on self-mastery that covers both self-control and self-discipline. If you’re interested in self-control and self-mastery, I highly advise you read it. Finding this video is almost a bit uncanny because the creator literally references the very same concepts I came to know through meditation. These include the…

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‘Self-Talk is the Conversation You Have in Your Head’ & Expectations vs. Beliefs

As I get more into CBT, Self-Talk, and Stoicism, the line between philosophy and psychology is becoming more and more blurred – and I like that, because I’m coming across some amazing stuff that really can’t fit into one single bucket. This relatively obscure video is golden – I might watch it everyday. It’s so…

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Meditations: Session Four – On Fear

Edit / Update {9/28/2014} I’ve since some to the realization that fear is not tempered by courage, but by faith, and I’m coming to understand that spirituality is the backbone for creating the confident self-talk that will allow you to overcome fear. Also, my discovery and journey into Outwitting The Devil, the following quote, which supports…

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Flash Fiction: The Arrival

He awoke tired and sluggish as any other day. There had been so many barren days in this untold chapter of his life. So many unfolded tears and so much frustration had amassed within him that his quiet corner of the world now felt like an island. His thoughts had marooned him there, and like coconut…

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Wicked Tuna, Serendipity and Zemblanity: The Zen of The Universe and The Power of Authentic Belief

I hate to post something on the heels of my previous post, which meant a lot to me – but this has to be written. Tonight I was talking to my dad and he was tell me about watching the show Wicked Tuna, which chronicles the stories of competing Bluefin tuna fisherman in Gloucester Mass.…

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Poetry: The War is Over

I was stopped short of the start by every worry that ever gripped my heart Because there’s a kind of squeezing that made me sick, But there were no days off Just a weekend’s denial to bury the fear, I kept it at bay long enough to keep running, I ran towards the dream: The…

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