Want More Good Ideas? Read More Books

We’ve all heard that we should read more books. It’s true. Books are good for critical thinking and logic. They are good for your concentration. And they are essential for producing ideas. I tend to read in cycles. I’ll read a lot of books for a month or two. Then, for the next several months I’ll barely read any. I don’t know why this is, but it has made me notice something interesting about the production of ideas. I have

Why Sleep is Important: An Accidental Personal Experiment

I have always been one of those people who need more than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. It takes about nine and a half to ten hours for me to feel the best. Much more or less than that is a tried and true recipe with results of tiredness (bet you didn’t see that one coming), moodiness, cloudy thinking, and missing things right in front of my face. Right now, I am struggling to stay awake. And

Lifehack: Get More Sun

Three-quarters of the American population have a deficit in Vitamin D. This essential vitamin is provided most effectively and naturally through exposure to the sun. Unfortunately, there’s a problem here. This widespread lack of sunlight is a detriment to our health in more ways than one. Immediate benefits It’s no secret that there are higher rates of depression in cities with fewer days of sunlight. I sometimes find myself in a bad mood, but then step foot outside on a

Live in the Moment

You’ve heard it a million times. If you are anything like me, you’ve probably consciously tried it for a few hours, at most maybe a day. But you need to hear it again. Because it’s important. So here it is. Live in the moment.   If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or

The Best Way to Lead: Find Your ‘Why’

Martin Luther King Jr. Apple. The Wright Brothers. Why was it Martin Luther King who inspired the Civil Rights Movement? It could have been a hundred other men who were discriminated against. Why is Apple more than just a successful computer company? Why do they have such loyal consumers when other companies are just as qualified to make computers as they are? Why did the Wright Brothers succeed in the first man-powered flight when other, better-funded teams were also in


Failure is a harsh word. It’s a harsh concept. Don’t even start it. That business idea isn’t worth it. 90% of new businesses fail in the first year. You started this project six months ago. It’s not working. It’s a failure. You should just give up now before you loose even more money. Your book has been rejected twice now. No one is going to publish it. Did you know that Thomas Edison failed over one thousand times before finally

Show Up and Do It

I’ve been staring at this blank page for about an hour now. I’ve started two different posts and slowly backspaced both of them. I’m not out of ideas. I just don’t feel like writing. So I’m writing about how I don’t feel like writing. For several years now, I’ve participated in a program called National Novel Month. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in a month. That works out to 1667 words a day. There were days when I

Your Posture Changes the Way You Think

What if I told you that you can change the hormones in your brain and improve your mood, all in the time it takes to heat your food up in the microwave? All you have to do is change your posture. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true. Emotions Several studies by Dr. Erik Peper of San Francisco State University have proven that your posture changes your emotions. In one of his studies, Peper asked test subjects to walk down a

My Goldfish and the Power of Expectations

Two years ago, I took part in a white elephant gift exchange. Nothing unusual for the Christmas season, but this one turned out to be memorable. I ended up going home with a goldfish in my hands. Neither I nor any of my friends expected this fish to last a week. It’s alive to this day. Expectations This fish has defied expectations. Humans tend to do the same. But we also rise to meet them. Once, a school gave a