Examining Motivation and Reflecting on Why We Do The Things We Do

I once heard someone say that, “Most people don’t even know why they do the things they do.” This concept struck a chord with me, and I incorporated the idea into an entry I wrote early last year on motivation, titled: A More Fluid Look at Life and Going Beyond Maslow’s Hierarchy, saying:  The truthContinue reading “Examining Motivation and Reflecting on Why We Do The Things We Do”

Acknowledging the Gorge: Accepting and Embracing MY Reality

I don’t typically write in the mornings; however, today is anything but typical, for my life is no longer typical; I have evolved, and I am growing, I am changing, and life has become something other than I thought it was, so I am writing this to declare something: I am accepting that I live inContinue reading “Acknowledging the Gorge: Accepting and Embracing MY Reality”

On Consciously Becoming

Goals, but as a means to what end? Happiness. For I know no other that lasts; all other ends that we may pursue: sex, pride, gratification, self-satisfaction, approval, status, image, respect – these are mere vanities. Vanities chiefly fed by insecurity, which leads to that slow, creeping death of the soul we call conformity. NoContinue reading “On Consciously Becoming”

Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence

I’ve previously featured their father, Will, as one of my real life inspirations; so it’s no surprise to begin this entry tonight by writing about his two terrifically well-adjusted children, Willow and Jaden, whom I think are awesome. In a word, they are that rare thing among people – individuals – those fine persons capable of thinking and actingContinue reading “Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence”

Finding and Focusing on The Intermediate Destinations Revisted

Originally posted on Yves Saint Lawrence:
I remember learning to drive when I got my license after coming home from the Navy. A close friend of mine gave me the most important driving advice I had received to date: he taught me to look down the road, instead of directly ahead of the car. This…

Hacking an Open Source Cognitive Model for Goal Prioritization and Attainment

Update: 3-16-19 I’ve published a new entry: Introduction to LEVELS, which compliments this quite well for anyone looking to level-up in life. Introduction and Preface On the heels of my previous entry my father emailed me a link to a piece from Wait But Why, titled, The Cook and The Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce. Today IContinue reading “Hacking an Open Source Cognitive Model for Goal Prioritization and Attainment”

Finding Excalibur: My Journey to Knowing Confidence in Myself and My Path

I have been following the muse in my sense of destiny and in my path of learning and self-discovery, awareness. Yes, I have clear goals – clearer than ever – and yet, as of late, I have chosen instead to follow the muse rather than my goals; for my intuition is strong – stronger than it’sContinue reading “Finding Excalibur: My Journey to Knowing Confidence in Myself and My Path”

School is Out: Quit Drinking the Kool-Aid and Live Your Truth, Your Story

I wrote something once, about how at a certain point in life, you have to put aside your identity as a student of life, so that you can lead your own [1]. And this, like many of the truths the muse has whispered to me, I have forgotten time and time again. Thankfully I wroteContinue reading “School is Out: Quit Drinking the Kool-Aid and Live Your Truth, Your Story”

A Minor Breakup Poem, Magical Optimism, and The Toxicity of Self-Pity

Thought she was my priestess, But she was a chimera Her head in my lap, Eyes on fire, Masking the truth behind black mascara and desire Looking up to me always, Only to let me down again And in our tempests, I tried my best to swim But joy perished, And I returned to theContinue reading “A Minor Breakup Poem, Magical Optimism, and The Toxicity of Self-Pity”

Laying Out Some of My Philosophy: A Solution to The Human Condition

Preface: What follows is a stream of consciousness, outlaying some of my philosophy as a writer and as a human being. Part art, part manifesto, and pure generosity of spirit, this is my life; my writing is the thing that allows the hours to pass like minutes. And now, at nearly 4am PST, I lay meContinue reading “Laying Out Some of My Philosophy: A Solution to The Human Condition”

Happiness, and Two Kinds of Selfishness: Having The Courage to Be Happy

Happiness requires that you be the hero of your story – not the victim. Happiness requires you to exercise the latent traits that exist in each of us: courage, faith in ourselves, a belief in our desires, and the ability to face our fears. We can all do these things. Only, most of us are too afraid to let others down. We are too afraid to exercise the healthy selfishness that happiness demands of us.