Archive for February 2006

Polyphasic Sleep in USA Today

In today’s (Feb 27th) edition of USA Today, you can find a feature article about sleep by Marco R. della Cava titled, “When Sleep is Just a Dream.” Marco interviewed my wife and me a few weeks ago for the article, so the last several paragraphs of the article are about my polyphasic sleeping pattern.…

Polyphasic Sleep 2.0

Over the past several weeks, I’ve tried several tweaks to my polyphasic sleeping routine. I felt my habit of sleeping this way was established enough that I could afford to experiment a little. I figured that since this was now my default pattern, I wasn’t going to screw the whole thing up if I tried…

Are You Ready to Take Action Now?

After a stock market rally, many investors will sell some of their stock to “lock in their gains.” They cash out and take the rewards they’ve accumulated. Partly this is to ensure that the rewards of their efforts are actually received because in a short period of time the market could very well erase them.…

Asking the Right Questions

Tony Robbins says that thinking is a process of asking and answering questions. He stresses the importance of asking the right questions to get the right answers and therefore the right results. I agree with him. Most people ask lousy questions that cripple their results. Lousy questions turn your focus away from what you want…

Purging

My wife and I spent this past three-day weekend cleaning out our garage and purging many unwanted items. This was a project that was long overdue, and we finally set aside the time for it. It seemed a daunting project at first, but it felt really good to sort through and purge those old items.…

Personal Development Library Tips

Reader Ben Willmore sent me several tips he uses to build and maintain his own personal development library. I thought they were great, so I asked him if I could share them here in the blog, and he agreed. So here are Ben’s tips: I have shelves dedicated to certain subject matters (marketing, management, health,…

What’s Your Motivation Threshold?

Over the past year and a half, I’ve seen just what a vital role purpose plays in the pursuit of personal growth. I believe that growth is an inborn human need to a certain degree, and apparently so does Tony Robbins, who includes growth on his list of the six human needs. However, I’ve found…

Build Your Own Personal Development Library

This weekend I’m organizing my ever-growing collection of personal development books and audio programs. A good portion of my home office is taken up by bookshelves, and I’ll be adding another set of shelves today. Even though I donate many books I’ve read, check some out from the library, and keep ebooks in electronic form,…

Why Did You Choose to Incarnate as a Human?

One question my wife and I often ask each other is: Why do you think you chose to incarnate as a human? We imagine ourselves as pre-human spirits before birth, debating whether or not we should dip our toes into the earth realm for a lifetime or two. Suppose we choose to incarnate, and down…

Polyphasic Sleep Put to Shame

Just when I thought polyphasic sleep was the ultimate way to sleep… I find an article about a man in Vietnam who hasn’t slept a wink in 33 years: Vietnam Man Handles Three Decades Without Sleep Apparently 64-year old Thai Ngoc had a fever in 1973, and after that he never went to sleep again,…