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Life Lessons from a Cranky Old Man

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve told sad stories. So today, I’m going to mix it up and tell a good old-fashioned Tale of the Strange and Bizarre, 100% true (like all the stories on this site) and chock full of valuable life lessons for your enjoyment and edification. Proving once again that life’s most important lessons can arrive …Continue reading →


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My 7 Most Significant Life Lessons of 2007

Why does this post seem like a confession? Maybe because it catalogs the major events of my life over the last 12 months in an effort to capture everything I learned during that time. What follows are some of the most important life lessons I’ve ever learned, and if you want to learn them too (insomuch as one is capable …Continue reading →


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How to Stop Being Envious of Other People

Do you find yourself envious of other people? Do these feelings of envy affect the way you feel about yourself? About others? If you answered yes to any of these questions (and especially if you answered yes to all three), listen up: you’re wasting your potential; squandering your happiness. Let’s talk about how you can put envy behind you forever …Continue reading →

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7 Life Lessons I Learned Playing Call of Duty 4

Can video games be useful for personal development? During the long Thanksgiving weekend, I spent a fair amount of time playing Call of Duty 4 on my Xbox gaming system. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Call of Duty 4 is a video game that allows you to play as a modern-day soldier, pitting your simulated gun-fighting …Continue reading →

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The Anti-Pattern Approach to Personal Development

As many of you know, I have a lot of experience working in software development. I also have a lot of experience with personal development. Every now and then, I run across a topic that applies equally to both fields of interest. The other day, I was reading a book on software anti-patterns, and I thought, wow, anti-patterns aren’t just …Continue reading →

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The 3 Layer Cake of Happiness

If you’re looking for a quick way to remember the basic principles of happiness without going blind reading the latest research, this article is for you. Let’s start with some helpful symbolism, shall we? I like to think of happiness as a cake. That’s right, a cake. Chocolate, Angel Food, or Black Forest Surprise, the flavor makes no difference. What …Continue reading →

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7 Dumb Reasons Smart People Settle for Terrible Jobs

There are a lot of people in this world who believe that work necessarily involves pain and sacrifice. They say, “All jobs suck.” They say, “You might as well go for the big money because money is the only reason anyone works.” They say, “Anyone who thinks he can find a job that will actually make him happier is a …Continue reading →

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Be Happier Today — 5 Helpful Strategies

Tonight, on my way home from work, I heard a snippet of Desparado, the old Eagles song, playing on the radio. One particular line really resonated with me: It seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table, but you only want the ones that you can’t get. And I thought, man, that’s human nature for you. …Continue reading →

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The Top 7 Myths about Happiness

There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there regarding happiness. Let’s take a look at the top 7 happiness myths so we can address them quickly and effectively whenever they begin to affect us: 1. You can’t learn to be happier: It wasn’t long ago that researchers believed that every human being was born with a set “happiness …Continue reading →

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Have You Learned to Be Helpless?

This post is for anyone who’s ever felt trapped. Workers trapped in dead-end jobs Spouses trapped in unfulfilling marriages Depressives trapped in despair Addicts trapped in a helpless cycle of substance abuse, cigarette smoking, or binge eating Lonely people trapped in emotional isolation Poor people shackled by poverty Anyone old enough to read this article has likely felt trapped by …Continue reading →

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