The Importance Of Importance

In the ever-evolving practices for managing my life, I find that I have different priorities than most. I find that I have little interest in the common goal of becoming more efficient, or maximizing my productivity, or accommodating other people’s schedules, or any of the other priorities often labeled as good “time management”. I seem to be far more interested in what makes my life more enjoyable and interesting first, and as exclusively as possible.

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Is Life A Competition?

Sports and business are often used as metaphors for life. Are you among those that automatically assume that this is a constructive metaphor? What about the possibility that the qualities necessary for success in those disciplines is actually destructive to your quality of life?

This sports/business-life corollary is a constant theme in advertising and other forms of motivation. Personal development teachers all have their litany of sports/business metaphors that appear to prove their point and provide a benchmark for ...

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Everyone Knows How To Sing

There was a time in your life when you sang full-throated and loudly, with no self-consciousness or concern for whether you “knew how” or not. You may have only been 4 or 5, but it was still you. The only reason you now don’t sing, do it badly, or even think you can’t, is because someone in your past suggested to you that it was hard, rare, only for the talented, etc., and it caused you to think ...

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Formulas Don’t Produce Greatness

The above statement is why I believe that most—if not all—of the formula-for-success books currently raking in boatloads of money for their authors mostly miss the point of greatness. They write about formulas that were likely in place when greatness occurred, but those processes were never the cause of that greatness. Yet, to hear that a reproducible formula equates to reproducible greatness is just so logical that it sounds like ...

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The End Of The Living Room TV

If tech hardware reviewers are to be believed, there’s a mystery afoot as to why multiple major tech hardware players have recently committed big dollars and research resources to the development of XL tablets (12″+), and then shoved them out the door to a consumer market that appears to have not been waiting for them. Could it really be a simultaneous blunder on the part of the largest tech hardware ...

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