Mastery

The Struggle Makes the Reward

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Why does anyone buy anything from IKEA? You open the box and are left with an inordinate amount of pieces,…

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The Case for Friction

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We need to start thinking about building our identity in the same way we think about building our physical fitness.

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Doing Real Things is Good for the Soul

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Even the best outcomes are meaningless if we don’t get to go through the process of creating them.

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The Need for Peak Experiences in a Superficial World

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In my favorite fiction book, ​Once a Runner​, there is a scene where the protagonist Quentin Cassidy has gone all-in.…

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Excellence Requires Intimacy

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If we want to experience fulfillment and quality in whatever it is that matters to us, we’ve got to find…

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Stop Over-Optimizing Everything

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Since the glory days of Babe Ruth, with only a few dips here or there, home runs have been king…

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In Defense of Craft

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Whether it’s stacking wood, lifting weights, running a mile, drawing a picture, recording a song, or writing an essay, I’ve…

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The More You Do, The Less You Accomplish

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As I was making my way through Cal Newport’s new book ​Slow Productivity​, one of the more paradoxical principles is…

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Don’t Rush the Lift

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Something I’ve been working on in the gym is not rushing my deadlift. Especially as the weights get heavy, there…

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