Luck as a State of Mind

There’s this study that’s been fascinating me for years. Called “The Luck Factor,” it was conducted by a British researcher by the name of Richard Wiseman.

During this study, Wiseman proposed a simple task: he gave people a newspaper and asked them to count the number of images it contained.

There were two groups of people, those who considered themselves to be lucky and, you guessed it, unlucky.

The “lucky” took only a few seconds to count the images contained by the newspaper, while the unlucky… it took them a few minutes at least.

Why?

Continue reading “Luck as a State of Mind”

Stoic Wisdom to Help You Handle the Possibility of Disaster

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.” — Seneca

The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877. Just above the players’ entrance to the Centre Court, the tournament’s main arena, inscribed are two lines from Rudyard Kipling’s “If:”

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

There are a lot of things that don’t work in our current society. Our obsession with instant gratification, our desire to fix ourselves by all sorts of means…

But there’s one aspect that is often promoted as a magical solution to all our problems, when in fact is a double-edged sword.

Visualization.

Believe you can, think about it, over and over again, and you’re halfway there. 

Visualizing triumph is easy.

But what about disaster?

What about visualizing the worst-case scenario? When everything that can go wrong does go wrong?

Continue reading “Stoic Wisdom to Help You Handle the Possibility of Disaster”

Selling Our Pain for Likes and Reads

Photo by Sam McGhee on Unsplash

“You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

In a way, who I am is inseparable from my suffering. My pain dictates my personality, my emotional resilience, and my ambition. My struggle to establish a soul that belongs to me only affects my relationships, even determines the people I want close to me.

If I had to get rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels too. If I’d never write about my suffering, you’d never quite get a sense that I’m an actual human being. Just like every single one of the perfect strangers you encounter on any given day.

Continue reading “Selling Our Pain for Likes and Reads”

7 Daring Ideas to Change Your Life

Photo by CJ Dayrit on Unsplash

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My father always used to make fun of me for having a lot of ideas. He’d say those who have lots of ideas were idiots, and I’d reply that they’re called idealists instead.

Well, the truth is, ideas can change your reality for better or worse.

Ideas can form the foundation for financial wealth, success, and fulfillment. Ideas can help us better adapt to the world around us, and in many ways, everything we’ve ever designed, built, written about, painted, or sculpted into existence began as an idea.

Continue reading “7 Daring Ideas to Change Your Life”

Your Ego Is Not Your Enemy

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

The ego is not the enemy is often portrayed to be.

Defined as a person’s sense of self-esteem, the ego has become a sort of villain in the personal development community, mostly by Ryan Holiday trying to sensationalize a rather complicated and often nuanced philosophy called stoicism.

Your ego is not your enemy. Your ego is not an excuse for being obnoxious, arrogant, or self-centered.

Continue reading “Your Ego Is Not Your Enemy”