Develop an Indifferent Attitude


“People are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things…” Epictetus. I’ve always associated true productivity with calm focus. If you’re feeling frantic and rushed, especially when doing complex mental labor, you’re simply not going to be as effective as you could be. Here’s how to work toward achieving more … Continue reading Develop an Indifferent Attitude

Connection Over Protection


Kendra Adachi is the author of The Lazy Genius Way.  Her book is intended to help you hack your life, and decide how to spend your time without the shame of comparison or the guilt of not being good enough. Adachi says “being a Lazy Genius is not about doing things the right way but … Continue reading Connection Over Protection

You are a Lazy Genius. (Or you could be.)


I am a lazy genius. At least, I aspire to be. You should too, according to Kendra Adachi, author of The Lazy Genius Way.  Her book is intended to help you hack your life, from the house, kids and chores, to deciding how to spend your time, without the shame of comparison or the guilt … Continue reading You are a Lazy Genius. (Or you could be.)

Happiness is More Time, Not More Money


“Spending of the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it, reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up garret at once.” (Henry David Thoreau) The … Continue reading Happiness is More Time, Not More Money

Just Start. Ugly is fine.


I’m staring at a blank screen. Blank. I’m stuck on stop and I need to move to go. If you’ve ever aspired to write, you know the feeling. If you’ve ever aspired to any goal, business, personal, or health, you know the feeling. The easiest thing in the world is to stay put. Starting is … Continue reading Just Start. Ugly is fine.

Coaching Yourself


Eileen Mulligan is the author of Life Coaching: Change Your Life in Seven Days.  The book is designed to help readers reassess their lives, redefine success, and set new goals.  Mulligan says that “problems are a useful and necessary part of your development.  They can reveal things that you might not otherwise see.”  Losing your … Continue reading Coaching Yourself

There is No Japanese Word for Retirement


There is, in fact, no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense of “leaving the workforce for good” as in English. This is one of the fascinating differences between our cultures that bears some investigating. That’s the purpose of the book that Hector García, and Francesc Miralles wrote called  Ikigai: The Japanese Secret … Continue reading There is No Japanese Word for Retirement

Less Ego, More Soul


(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.) Jane Ioli is a business coach and author of Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women, a book based on her personal journey and the work she’s done with thousands of business clients she’s coached over the course of … Continue reading Less Ego, More Soul