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7 Ways to Detect B.S. When Reading Pop Science and Self-Help

Popular science and evidence-based self-help writing—both in books and articles on the internet—has grown astronomically over the past decade. On the one hand, this is great because it means that more people have access to fascinating and potentially helpful, even life-changing, ideas. On the other hand, this is not so great because so much of what passes…

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You Are Enough Right Now: Freedom and Self-Improvement

There is lots about the self-improvement industry that can make you feel like you aren’t enough. In order to actualize, you need this particular diet; that workout plan; this social media behavior; that mediation practice. While it may be true that those kinds of things can help you actualize, they probably won’t work if you feel like you need to, if…

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Practices and Habits over Resolutions

I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Resolving to do something is not the same thing as actually doing it, and I’ve found that the more big and grand and resolute we get about proclaiming we’re going to do something, the less likely we are to *actually* do it, at least in a sustainable manner.…

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Coach People, Not Numbers

In his fascinating documentary Vietnam, director Ken Burns briefly profiles Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense under John F Kennedy, and Lyndon B Johnson. McNamara focused exclusively on the measurables, believing that everything imaginable should be quantified. “What you measure gets managed,” as the popular saying goes. McNamara took this to the extreme, demanding…

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