Self-Discipline Category Archive

How to Make Accurate Time Estimates

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Many people are really bad at estimating how much time a task will take. Perhaps you estimate you’ll need about an hour, and it really takes you 3-4 hours to finish. Or maybe you allocate 30 minutes for a task, and you’re done in 5 minutes. What can you do to get better at making […]

The Value of Ideas

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Every week I receive emails from people who tell me their ideas for new websites, businesses, or organizations they’d like to build. Usually they ask me for feedback on their ideas, implying that their ideas have some intrinsic value. Occasionally they want me to invest in their ideas, either financially or by putting in some of my time […]

The Anatomy of Personal Change

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I want to share some thoughts on my recent decision to switch to a raw food diet with respect to how I finally made this change. Although I only made the decision about a week ago, it feels to me like a permanent change, and I have a hard time seeing myself returning to cooked […]

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 Most Direct Solution to Any Problem

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

When trying to solve various problems in life, an approach I find very useful is to first identify what I’d consider the most direct solution, regardless of how I feel about actually implementing it. What’s the clearest, most direct path to my goal or the most efficient way to get around an obstacle? Many problems will have multiple […]

How to Beat the Competition

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

In a recent forum thread about starting a new business, someone asked about the best way to handle competition. How do you ensure that your efforts will pay off instead of merely jumping into a giant pool with everyone else and being unable to stand out? My strategy for dealing with competition is the same no matter […]

30 Days Raw

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I’ve decided to kick off 2008 with a 30-day trial of eating a 100% raw vegan diet. I’ve done a couple 30-day trials as well as a 45-day trial of raw foodism during the past several years, but I always went back to eating cooked vegan food. I’m eager to give it another try now […]

Start the New Year With a 30-Day Trial

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

One of the best ways to kick off the New Year is by starting a 30-day trial of a new daily habit or activity. Instead of creating a New Year’s Resolution that probably won’t stick, just commit to a short-term change. Make a January resolution only. If it doesn’t work out, you’re completely free to abandon […]

Love Your Work or Don’t Work at All

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Why is it that so many people are willing to tolerate work they don’t enjoy for the sake of a paycheck? I think it’s because most of them simply don’t know what it’s really like to be in love with their work. Their fear is greater than their power, so they never make the leap […]

Career Transitions

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

I’ve been in the fortunate position of watching a lot of people undergo career transitions during the past several years, myself included. I’ve noticed a very simple recurring pattern that I’d like to share with you. This pattern is so common you could almost call it a rule. During the pre-commitment phase, when people consider making a major career change, they usually focus on […]