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Tension Compels The Sell

Here’s a word you don’t usually hear: medicalization. What does it mean? It is defined as the act of medicalizing something. But what is medicalizing? Well, it’s the act of medicalization. That should clear things up. Circuitous jokes aside, I came across this term in the global health journal BMJ while researching modern practices of […]

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The Best Book for Learning How To Live

A Guide To The Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy By William Irvine Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: What do you want out of life? Best Line #2: Yoga has been a wonderful source of voluntary discomfort. This marks the second book I’ve featured by the author and professor William Irvine. The first was […]

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Goal Cessation

Buddhist traditions recognize that desire and ignorance are the origin of suffering. Stoic tradition recognizes this too. These arguments are quite durable, having maintained relevance for centuries, and the author William Irvine uses the teachings of both schools to reach a very clear, obvious truth in his book The Guide To The Good Life: We […]

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How To Stop Feeling Numb

The term stoic is defined as “a person who can endure pain and hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.” By this typical usage, the idea of a stoic philosophy suggests a way of thinking that leads people to quash their feelings altogether. Philosophy has that effect regardless. After all, the topic is quite dry […]

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Strengthening Our Free Will

Some people argue that there is no such thing as free will. I suppose they just can’t help but think that. When taken to the fullest extent, the idea can be very difficult to grasp. It’s easier, instead, to consider free will as a light switch. We can turn it on and off. Sometimes deliberately. […]

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The Feel of Misliving

Most people have a discrete collection of their favorite books. No one person’s collection is the same. And why is it so individualized? Because sequence matters. The first books you read on a given topic can have a very strong influence over future books you read. There is an imprinting effect that causes you to […]

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Blind Values, Empty Metrics

Nothing compares to great data. Nothing does more to help me clarify situations, develop solutions, or make changes. And when data is woven into an honest narrative, it makes for some of the most beautiful, compelling expressions of thought we can find. It reminds me of a great line from Steven Pinker in his seminal […]

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The Final Book To Read To Become A Great Manager

How important is management, as a profession, to the overall success of an enterprise? Pretty important, I think. Especially as you scale upward. This means we need to train people to specialize in this work, right? After all, we train specialists in many other walks of life. Engineers, scientists, and artists. Managers surely need the […]

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Stories We Tell Ourselves

A writer far greater than myself once said we are pattern-seeking animals. But that’s not the story I want to tell; it’s not the story you want to hear, either. The notion that we simply seek out patterns, even when they don’t exist, makes for a very unsettling reality. Before you know it, we’re questioning […]

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A Higher Form of Procrastination

Steve Jobs hated Powerpoint. I understand why. He said it was the surefire sign that someone didn’t know what they were talking about. This seems apparent when you consider the poor soul who just reads words off the screen. But it’s also apparent when the presenter fails to shift their thinking once you take the […]

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