100 years of Hermann Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha’

A book that changed the trajectory of my life is now 100 years old! “When the novel about an Indian man’s spiritual journey was first published, it barely created a ripple. Decades later, it inspired millions to embark on a voyage of self-discovery.” Source: https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-hermann-hesses-siddhartha/a-63113218?maca=en-GK-Inoreader-Culture-21643-xml-media

How stoicism can make you a better person

Source: Stoicism 101

12 (Stoic) Questions That Will Change Your Life

The Swedish philosophy of lagom: how “just enough” is all you need

Just because a thing is good doesn’t mean that you need more of it. “Lagom” teaches us to appreciate that “just enough” is all we need. Source: The Swedish philosophy of lagom: how “just enough” is all you need

The Secret to a Meaningful Life is Simpler Than You Think

Unhappy people fail to recognize what matters, instead becoming overly focused on what they believe is missing from their existence: The Secret to a Meaningful Life is Simpler Than You Think

Six behaviors to increase your confidence

The One Subject You Really Need to Study: Your Own Childhood

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The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: David Allen at TEDxClaremontColleges

Life is Great When It’s Ending; The Philosophy of Seneca

Getting older? Awesome!

What Cats Teach Us about Happiness

“Most of us would agree that cats and humans are vastly different. We tend to think of ourselves as more developed, as a higher species, not just because of our superior intelligence but also because we gave ourselves the gift of morality and ethics. Unlike cats, weknow about what’s good and evil, right and wrong, and we aspire to transcend our animalistic tendencies to improve morally and make the world a better place. Cats, on the other hand, don’t care about morals. They don’t have ambitions to improve the world either, nor themselves.

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We Worry About Problems We Don’t Even Have

Two people attend a house party, where they socialize with the same guests, drink from the same beer tap, and are exposed to the same music and atmosphere. They decide to share a taxi and drive home when the party is over as they live closely together. “That party really sucked,” one person says. “The beer was terrible, the DJ was really bad, and the guests were insufferable.” Then the other person says smiling joyfully: “Really? I just had the best party in years. It was awesome.”

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Einzelgänger; one of my favorite YouTube channels

Just an exploration of ideas and topics, which hopefully inspires, resonates and entertains. Einzelgänger provides analyses, reflections, and elaborations with a dose of “as I see it.” The purpose of the material provided by Einzelgänger is to entertain, inspire, resonate and share the love of ideas with others. This isn’t a clinical/medical service or replacement of mental health professionals, nor an academic resource. Source: Einzelgänger

Optimize yourself

One of the world’s best resources for optimizing your thinking and your life is now FREE! It’s all here

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How to Make the Baggage of Your Past Easier to Carry

Rewriting the stories you tell about yourself can make for a better future. Source: How to Make the Baggage of Your Past Easier to Carry

5-Minute University

In the last millennium, there was a character on SNL called Father Guido Sarducci and one of his favorite thoughts was the 5-Minute University. Watch here…

While humorous, there’s great truth in that concept. In a similar fashion, Brian Johnson has applied this concept to some of the world’s great books. He calls them philosopher’s notes and they are available at no cost on his site http://optimize.me — you only need to create a free account to access them. Here’s an example:

Here’s an audio commentary on Marcus Aurelius’ meditations as an example. There’s a video, audio and text version (see below) of every Philosopher’s Note and Brian always delivers on his tagline: more wisdom in less time.

How to Be Happy at Work

Einstein wasn’t trying to “crush it” at work. You shouldn’t either. Source: How to Be Happy at Work

The real secret of life

“This is the real secret to life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

Alan Watts


The Treasures of Late Life

The inner work of age brings a surprising gift. Source: The Treasures of Late Life

This Is Water

Yet another commencement speech worth listening to:

h/t the Noble Savage…

Needless Angers: Can They Be Eliminated?

Anger poisons relationships, yet anger can easily become a too-frequent habit. Learn more here: Needless Angers: Can They Be Eliminated?

Setting Goals for a Life Worth Living

Why—and how—to set meaningful goals outside work: Setting Goals for a Life Worth Living

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