Divergent Evolution: How an Evolutionary Advantage Can Change Us All

Divergent evolution is a complicated topic but an important one. Divergent evolution shows us how an evolutionary advantage – or more precisely, a series of random evolutionary advantages – can change the way humans think and live.

Understanding the divergent evolution of our species, including what evolutionary advantages caused the divergence of humans from the great apes, can tell us a lot about ourselves. If done correctly, we can use our understanding to make better and more informed decisions.

For example, most of us know that humans are social creatures. However, if we knew exactly why we’re social, we could maximize our sociability, thereby increasing our baseline level of happiness and decreasing our emotional distress. And that’s just one of a nearly infinite number of examples.

Clearly, understanding your nature – including the nature of the people around you – is itself a huge advantage. If you’re in business, think about your sales abilities if you could understand exactly why people act (and react) the way they do.→ CONTINUE READING

You Are Enough: How to Answer the Question “Am I Good Enough?”

It’s not often that people answer the question of “am I good enough” with a resounding “yes.” In fact, the idea that you are enough is elusive in the minds of more people than I wish were true, myself included.

But think about how life would be if you knew that you were enough. If you didn’t even need to answer the “am I good enough” question because you already know that you were. Good enough, that is.

What a weird world that would be, if everyone believed they were good enough. Tensions would decline, confidence would rise, and people just might be a bit more harmonious. But most important of all, your life would be better.

Let’s take a closer look at how the ideology of knowing you are enough can change your life.

What Does “You Are Enough” Even Mean?

Without getting too clinical, the word “enough” represents an amount needed or required.→ CONTINUE READING

Decision-Making Process: An In-Depth Guide on How to Make Better Decisions

“Decision-making process” is the act of gathering relevant information in order to choose the best decision based on a set of available options. A good decision-making process is a step-by-step approach that allows a person to make consistently better decisions. The result of these better decisions is a life with less stress and more happiness.

Sadly, however, few of us actually have a concrete decision-making process. Instead, we make decisions on a whim and often by the seat of our pants. This can make life increasingly harder for yourself since you’ll often find yourself in situations you didn’t actually want. So, how can we use our decision-making process to make better decisions? The answer lies in the process you use and the information you collect.

What is the Best Decision-Making Process?

The best decision-making process is one that starts with a broad hypothesis and ends with a firm decision. Good decision-making processes help you make better decisions by accurately assessing all the available information.→ CONTINUE READING

Benefits of Meditation: How 5 Minutes Can Change Your Life

This is a syndicated post originally written for The Life OS, an interactive self-development program

If I told you that the benefits of meditation could change your life in 5 minutes, would you do it?

You might say yes, but from my experience, the answer is sadly no.

You see, the daily practice of 5-minute meditation sessions can alter your mind and create an environment of happiness and fulfillment. That’s really all it takes: 5 minutes a day. And you can even cheat on the weekends, confining your meditative practices to the weekdays.

And yet still, when I suggest meditation to someone who’s unhappy or someone who doesn’t have control over their life, the response is almost always “no.”

But why?

Well, for better or for worse, the act of meditation has been psychologically lumped into “woo-woo” practices that have no basis in reality. But what if I told you that there have been over 3,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies on meditation and that the results are consistently astounding?→ CONTINUE READING

Startup Equity: How to Give Away Equity and Still Come Out Ahead

This is a syndicated post originally written for Xcelerate Financial, a fully outsourced CFO and accounting firm for tech startups and one of my clients. Enjoy!

A startup company’s equity can often be its most powerful asset. With equity, business owners can incentivize employees, entice investors, hire co-founders, increase synergistic partnerships, and earn a payout in an exit event.

However, while startup equity is powerful, it typically causes early stage companies a lot of problems. This is because a lot of companies give out equity in the wrong way. Rather than finding the best ROI for their equity, founders too often give away equity to friends and family and use it to raise funds from minority investors.

But this squanders the power of startup equity. You only get one chance to divide your startup company. If you give too much – or too little – to such things as employee pools and investors, you might constrict your company to the point that it suffocates.→ CONTINUE READING

Satire Topics: Two Short Stories That’ll Make You Laugh (And Then Cry)

The below is a collection of two stories I wrote on two very different satire topics. The first is about non-conformity (or maybe conformity) and the second is about reality TV.

Satire Topics:

  1. Conformity and non-conformity (or non-conformity and conformity)
  2. Reality TV and its influence on our lives

I hope that these two satire topics give you a little reprieve from your day-to-day. They’ll make you laugh (hopefully), and then they’ll make you cry when you realize that the state of the world is just one big satire.

Enjoy, and keep smiling! The world is a funny place…

1. Conform Your Way To Non-Conformity

 Hello to all you non-conformists; you beanie wearers, you multi-colored jeans owners, you lack of shower takers. Hello to you all – champions of the counter culture, torch bearers of individuality, believers in deep-rooted principles.

As you read this article while sitting in your local independent coffee shop, wearing your 1969 Pink Floyd concert tee (how was that concert, by the way?), listening to a band that you will most surely hate as soon as someone else knows about them, you should ask yourself – why did I walk by six Starbucks in order to get here?→ CONTINUE READING

Fear of Time: The Root Cause of All Your Negative Emotions

Everyone has something – or some things – they’re afraid of. Typically, these fears are unique to the individual. However, every single one of us shares a common fear: the fear of time.

And no, I’m not talking about clock phobia or the fear of your blaring alarm at 6 am. Rather, I’m talking about the fear of depleting time. That is, the fear of death; the fear of our time running out.

In fact, I’m here to argue that literally every anxiety or stress you feel stems from a fear of lost time. This universal fear is running rampant throughout our society, affecting people in much deeper ways than they realize.

Don’t believe me? Well, I challenge you to read on. If you do, you’ll not only realize that each of your fears are intertwined, but you’ll know how to deal with the universal root cause, thus eliminated your negative emotions.→ CONTINUE READING

How to Build Personal Wealth: The Truth About Appreciating Assets and Depreciating Assets

We’ve all heard the saying, “you’ve got to make your money work for you.”

We listen, we nod, we promise we will, and then we forget about it and overspend on bar tabs and greasy (but oh so good) pizza.

People understand that making their money work for them is a core principle of personal wealth. Using investments to increase cash inflows while reducing cash outflows is key to creating a life of monetary riches.

However, while many people get it, few people actually know how to do it. But I’m here to tell you that investing is easier – and less risky – than you might think. It all comes down to two principles:

  1. Buy Appreciating Assets
  2. Lease Depreciating Assets

It’s as simple as that (in theory, at least). If you follow these two principles you’ll create a life filled with personal wealth. Therefore, in this article, we’ll discuss:

  1. Assets and their importance
  2. Appreciating assets
  3. Depreciating assets
  4. A simple strategy for wealth building

Alright, let’s go!→ CONTINUE READING

Overcome Your Life Obstacles: Ancient Stories Secretly Teach us with the Threshold Guardian

If you’ve ever been alive (which, if you’re reading this, I assume to be true), you’ve faced obstacles. In fact, your life is most likely riddled with obstacles, dead ends, and false starts. But fret not, because part of being alive is the act of facing – and overcoming – life obstacles.

Luckily, overcoming a life obstacle is easy. That’s because the ancient stories we’re all used to (The Illiad, The Odyssey, etc.) have secret meanings and teachings that actually tell us how to overcome our life obstacles.

Pretty cool, huh? And the best part? Many of these ancient stories are thousands of years old, and their lessons are verified and proven.

So, in this article, we’re going to discuss the following:

  • What is a Life Obstacle?
  • What is a Threshold Guardian in Ancient Stories?
  • What Does a Threshold Guardian Represent in Your Life?
  • How Can a Threshold Guardian Help You Overcome Your Life Obstacles?

How to Focus on the Art of Fulfillment Over the Science of Achievement

This is a syndicated post originally written for Launchpad, one of my self-development clients. Enjoy!

Nearly everyone knows about the work of Tony Robbins. In fact, not to brag or anything, but Launchpad itself was created by performance coaches taught by Robbins.

One of the most important things that Tony Robbins teaches is the idea of “creating a breakthrough.” To Robbins, a breakthrough is anything that gets you closer to your ultimate goals and also helps you live a life of fulfillment.

It’s a two-parter. A breakthrough can be defined as goal achievement, sure. But if the goal achievement isn’t coupled with greater fulfillment, the goal wasn’t a breakthrough after all.

According to Tony Robbins, anyone can have a breakthrough if they consistently answer the following three questions:

  1. What do you really want?
  2. What’s preventing you from having it?
  3. How do you change your life now?

Each of these questions is extremely important in their own right.→ CONTINUE READING