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Grow Someone Past You

“You can tell who the strong people are. They are the ones building one another up rather than tearing them down.” Recently, I was hiking with a friend. By every measurable standard, he would be considered successful in business. Over...Show More Summary

Which of These 8 Types Describes You, as You Relate to Your Environment?

Every Wednesday is List Day, Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Which of these 8 types describes how you relate to your physical environment? I’ve been reading Brian Little’s interesting book, Me, Myself, and Us: the Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being. Show More Summary

Why Indecision is Killing Your Business Dreams and How to Stop It Now

Don’t be too smart for your own good! You want to make an impact on the world. You want to start a business. You want to be part of a cause, a mission, something much larger than yourself. You are hungry for it, you’ve been thinkingShow More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: Take Yourself Less Seriously–and Take Yourself More Seriously.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   When it comes to human nature, paradoxes abound. Accept myself, and expect more from myself. I’m very like other people, and very different from other people. (This was one of my key insights about habit-change, in Better Than Before.) Use my time efficiently, yet also make time to play, to wander, to read at whim, … ?

The Value of Having A Transcendent Purpose for Learning

School is the ultimate marshmallow test. School requires doing lots of things in the short-term that are less fun than what you could be doing, but lead to better long-term outcomes. After all, studying for an exam is less fun than watching YouTube videos. read more

Why Today Is a Huge Milestone For Me.

Weirdly,  as an author, it’s hard to say when a book is “done.” I finish the first complete draft — then it’s “done.” But then I do endless numbers of edits. Then that’s done, and I send it to my editor. Then it goes through several stages, of which the last is “second pass pages.” That is the last time … ?

Searching for Security

It is human nature to need and desire security. We’ve just been looking for it in all the wrong places. A sense of security can come either from material goods or from supportive relationships. In fact, researchers point out that people who do not feel loved and accepted by others tend to put a stronger […]

Find Your Balance Mini E-Course with Iona McArdle

Do you feel like you've lost your balance in life? All of us face challenges in life and the odd curve ball that comes from nowhere, to knock us off kilter. Perhaps you’ve; > just left school or college with little idea of ‘what next’ > been left alone with your dreams now that your […]

Fill in the Blank: “The Mind Is So Rarely Disturbed But That __ Will Restore It to Tranquility.”

“The mind…is rarely so disturbed, but that the company of a friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments Agree, disagree? Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: strong relationships are a key to happiness. We usually get a little lift from engaging with other people.

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

There’s more to life than buying stuff. There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in communication and choose to encourage and inspire us with their words. I enjoy reading their unique perspective. I’m sure you will too. So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or […]

On sale for $1: An amazing assortment of authentic artifacts and amenities!

Look what the One Perfect Dollar students have created… and buy it for only $1! 30 days ago, the One Perfect Dollar 30-day challenge began. Today’s the day where the students share their offerings with the world. You are the world! (You may or may not be the children.) And since the class is named […]

An adventure in your inbox

Experience a tiny adventure story told through postcards. You will be getting a story written for and inspired by a special place, told with the help of postcards. The postcard images will be original photographs from the location. The story will be written in postcard format. All will be delivered in digital format to the email address […]

#391 When your parents bring you back gifts from the business trip

It’s a tiny paper-wrapped bar of soap, mesh bag of gold coin chocolates, Teddy Bear dressed as a Buckingham Palace guard, little foam shoe shiner thing, clicky-pen with a conference logo printed on it, mini bottle of maple syrup, matches … Continue reading ?

The Vaudvel Self-Improvement Program (Comedy Film)

Join the nutty cast of Vaudvel as they do their best to help you improve by giving you outrageous advice and absurd tutorials. In this video program you’ll experience the following: Optimal tea absorption with Duchess Crumpette Noodles & self-confidence with Candy Cotton A 3-part psychic reading with RooRoo the Guru Communication with Zizibo from […]

Here’s My Habits Manifesto. What’s Yours?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My Habits Manifesto. Writing a personal manifesto is a great exercise for clarifying your thinking — and it’s also a creative, absorbing process. I’ve written my Twelve Personal Commandments, and I also collect Secrets of Adulthood, which aren’t manifestos, but related to the same impulse. As I’ve … ?

Pathfinder’s Special EP (3 song download) from OrbitQuest Music

Are you a music lover looking for inspiration as you travel along your path? As a spiritual and creative person, you know how important it is to listen to what your heart is telling you. The Pathfinder’s Special EP consists of three songs that will help inspire and motivate you to be quiet and still, listen to your creative voice, […]

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple … ?

Handmade for the HeArt

Want to support an artist but don’t have hundreds of dollars to throw down for original paintings or obscure experimental films? Now you can! Provide direct support of an original work-of-art-in-progress by Erin Rielly Clarke with the purchase of a unique piece of sterling silver and gemstone jewellery lovingly handmade by the artist. Here’s how […]

#394 When your dad checks under your bed and finds no monsters

There’s something in the dark. Floors creak and doors squeak as furnaces click and ticking clocks tick. Fridges hum and oven burners pop as garage doors close and footsteps flip flop. Sometimes it sounds like there’s a monster hiding deep … Continue reading ?

See for Yourself! The Jacket for “Better Than Before” Is Revealed.

In the life of a book, there are many milestones. Finishing the first draft, choosing the title, making the final edit — and figuring out the jacket art. We’ve all heard “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but covers matter so much. The look of a book really influences our perception. So, it’s a big moment for me to … ?

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