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Mental Tools

Why Everything You Do Wrong Is Right

July 10, 2014

You are not a screw-up. You are not lazy. You work hard. Too hard. At things that don’t matter. You work hard at struggling and self-blame and self-hate. You work hard at worrying. You work hard at pacing the floor. You work hard at imagining terrifying, low-probability contingencies. You work hard on trying to force yourself, like a stubborn...

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You’re not learning the language…

June 25, 2014

…You already know the language. It already belongs to you. You’re just maintaining your knowledge. You’re not struggling and there is no “there” to get to. You’re not a foreigner; you’re just a remedial native speaker who was functionally deaf (not enough hearing hours) and is now getting speech therapy.

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Think Like An Aristocrat, Act Like A Builder

June 20, 2014

 lay Lego bricks of fluency one at a time“Mallory is famously quoted as having replied to the question “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” with the retort “Because it’s there”” Growing up, I had the privilege of interacting with people from a wide range of social classes on a daily...

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Isn’t Competing Against Yourself Kinda Lonely, Aspy and Pathetic?

June 15, 2014

There is no doubt about it. Living to amuse yourself is lonely and pathetic. But so is living to impress the Joneses. That lifestyle leaves you feeling plenty empty inside; it’s always psychologically impoverishing and often monetarily so as well. One either dies trying to fill one’s life with the accoutrements of Jonesiness (BTW, I have IRL friends who...

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Why You Don’t Need To Go Back in Time and Do It All Over Again

June 10, 2014

Maybe this one should be called “why life is so good to you, but you don’t realize it”. Anyway. Starting dirty is amazing. Remember how video games were back in the 1970s, 1980s and even the first part of the 1990s? No? Well, let me jog your memory: you couldn’t save! YA COULDN’T SAVE! You couldn’t save your place....

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What’s The Point Of Doing Anything When Other People Are So Much Better At It Than You?

June 5, 2014

What’s the point of even trying? What’s the point of even showing up? What’s the point of starting or continuing anything when other people are so much better at it than you? What’s the point of doing anything you’re not already and instantly the best in the world at? Why endure the shame, the laughter, the mockery, the derision,...

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