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Surrendering self-cherishing

A little while ago I had the striking realization that all of my suffering—all of my hopes, cares, and tears—are private only to me. I guess it made me feel like… why do I care so much about myself? If all of my desires to have a nice life are only going to affect me… […]

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7 things I learned in 2017

If you can’t repress a desire to change course, just trust it and let go. Check out what’s on the other side. Fight anxiety with curiosity. Both are valid responses to new situations. One is fun. The insights from travel can be more valuable than a year of staying in and reading. Possessions are weights […]

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Books Read in 2017

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Huari Like Sapiens, Huari’s previous book, Homo Deus changed my perspective on reality. Homo Deus breaks down the forces shaping our future. Though the book’s close left me in a nihialistic depression, Homo Deus goes in my “must-read-if-you’re-a-human” category. Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior […]

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Reflections on Effective Altruism 2017 San Franciso

I heard about the Effective Altruism organization through a blog post on Giving What We Can. Here’s how EA explains their aim: Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to […]

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Is this moment over yet? Reflections on a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat

Meditation was always something reserved for my ideal self, the self that was ten pounds slimmer and religiously followed a budget. So I was intrigued when my friend said he never could meditate before the retreat, but after it, he regularly meditated an hour or more. I wanted to try it. But finding a spare […]

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Books I think everyone should read

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari There’s a reason why everyone recommends this book. Sapiens peels away the frame of reference that comes from waking up a homo sapien in modernity. Deep Work by Cal Newport If you aspire to create meaningful work, read this. If you wonder why you can’t concentrate or get things done, […]

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Books read in 2016, from most to least highly recommended

Deep Work by Cal Newport If you want your career to survive technology, I recommend reading this book. Since reading it I have drastically cut out notifications, social media, interruptions, and multitasking, but there’s still far more to go. Reading the book is really just the beginning to shifting your life and training your brain […]

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Grit

I expected Grit to be a pop-psychology book that reiterates one point (persist and succeed) over and over. While that is an apt summary of Grit, I was delighted to find the book entertaining, inspiring, and insightful. Duckworth convincingly argues that everyone loves the idea of a “genius” or someone with “inborn talent,” but what […]