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What If You Have Many Different Interests and Cannot Commit to Any of Them?

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

If you’re attracted to many different pursuits and can’t commit to any single one of them for your career, college major, or income source, then good for you! Leonardo da Vinci was in the same boat. He’s considered by many to be the greatest genius of all time. The notion that you have to commit […]

How to Earn Your First Love Dollar

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

If you really commit yourself to the idea, can you earn $1 from doing something you love? Very often people who are stuck in the pattern of doing work they dislike will shun simple opportunities to earn small amounts of money doing something they love. They assume that if they could only earn a few […]

What I Learned From Going Bankrupt in My 20s That Proves to Be Immensely Valuable in My 30s

Monday, July 14th, 2008

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt It’s so easy for us to fall into […]

Pre-order Personal Development for Smart People

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

In case you haven’t noticed the links I splattered all over StevePavlina.com during the weekend, my new book Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com (with a discount off the cover price). The official release date is October 15, 2008, so we […]

Feeling Blessed

Monday, June 9th, 2008

It’s easy to get caught up in the pattern of thinking too much about what you don’t want. This includes noticing what you already have in your life but don’t like. If you think often about what you don’t want, it’s a safe bet you’ll make a mess of your life. Thinking about what you […]

10 Reasons You Should Never Have a Religion

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

While consciously pursuing your spiritual development is commendable, joining an established religion such as Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism is one of the worst ways to go about it. In this article I’ll share 10 reasons why you must eventually abandon the baggage of organized religion if you wish to pursue conscious living in earnest. Since […]

How to Be a Woman

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Here are the results from the “How to Be a Woman” writing challenge I posed at the end of last week’s “How to Be a Man” article. A total of 52 submissions were received. Erin and I both read every single one of them. By the time I was done, I felt like I’d just […]

How to Be a Man

Friday, May 9th, 2008

What does it mean to be a man today? How can men consciously express their masculinity without becoming cold or closed-hearted on the one hand… or wimpy and emasculated on the other? What’s the most loving way for a conscious man to express himself? Here are 10 ways to live more consciously as a man: […]

Resourcefulness

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. – Richard Byrd When you think of someone who’s extremely resourceful, what images come to mind? Do you think of someone who’s wealthy, well-connected, and in control of significant assets? Or […]

The Middle Path

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Supposedly Buddha recommended avoiding extremism, suggesting we should instead pursue the middle path. But where exactly are the edges of the middle path? Does the middle path mean the average path, close to what everyone else is doing? No, I don’t think the middle path is something you can measure with an external yardstick. This is […]