Money

Trying the “Medium Investment Challenge”

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For most of my life, investing did not make much sense, and I hadn’t bought even one share of stock. I was self-employed, making a lot of money, and never felt it was necessary to do so. Fun, as well as my future, seemed certain as I was assured lots of fresh money would always be coming in. Even after my business failed, it still took me a long time to come around with the concept of investing and I just began at the age of 36.

So many doubts kept me from taking the leap. For instance, I did not know anything about investing or where to start. Who was I to believe or learn from? What is a market cap or what are dividends? Without some foundational knowledge, investing in stock was like gambling in a casino, and I was certainly going to lose. …


Psychology

Fight the surprises

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Even though I like to drink regularly, I feel like a dry month can do a lot of good. It’s a great opportunity to reset, recharge, and regain clarity. Heading into another dry January, I thought it would be helpful to share some advice on how to get through it who are trying. After all, it is an addictive substance many of us are regimented in consuming because it feels good. It forms part of who we are and our social fabric. Even if you’re not an alcoholic, it can be a challenge.

If you already drank this month, it’s ok, try a dry February. Because it’s a shorter month, it’s perfect for first-timers. …


Life

In case you don’t have any

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Who knows if you’re coming off this year with any grandiose life lessons. Maybe you’re just confused, uncertain, and bored. Maybe you think there are lessons to be had, but not sure what they are. I have compiled some good ones if you’re part of the latter group.

  1. I’m the only one that can help me.
  2. My mental health deserves the highest priority in my life.
  3. It was never a lack of time that stopped me from doing things.
  4. I should create as much as I consume.
  5. I am capable of surviving some pretty bad shit.
  6. Human contact is a true blessing. …


Weight Loss

An honest review

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It’s getting to that time of the year when we start making those promises. New year, new me! Like so many others, weight loss seems to be of central focus especially after a year indoors stuffing my face. This time around, I wanted to try something new. Many new apps like Noom, offer a proven way to meet our weight loss goals. I was going to wait until New Years' to try Noom, but I figure I would test out the free trial before completely committing.

Good News: I am not sponsored by Noom or here to sell you anything. I feel like it's my life’s calling to experiment with new technologies to educate others. Medium offers the perfect vantage to share my experiences as my life as a guinea pig. If you have any weight loss goals, I am sure Noom has made its way into your social media feed. With the new year rolling around, many are thinking of pulling the trigger and I am offering you a walk-through before you decide to take the leap and submit your financial information. …


Running

Reaching compromise

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I’ve met countless couples that run together, and it seems like an ideal arrangement. But what if you don't have that advantage? My wife couldn’t be less interested in running, and most of my family and friends share a similar sentiment. Most people I know think “cardio is silly” and “running is just putting one foot in front of the other.”

It’s not like my spouse doesn’t try. I get running gear for Christmas and get some encouragement to pursue my goals. My spouse even surprised me at an ultra-marathon waving a motivational sign, despite feeling out of place because she was the only one there. …


Love

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Photo by Heather Mount on Unsplash

I have been happily married for five years. I attribute most of our success to apologizing when need-be. Showing you’re sorry is the best way to show you are willing to let go of hostilities and end arguments.

When we first started dating, I was a lot more stubborn. I didn’t want to show sorrow because it made me weak. I needed to be the strong and righteous one because I thought that was my role in the relationship. Showing defeat by apologizing was a shortcut to being walked over and mistreated.

After a while though, I learned that deflecting responsibility is often a lose-lose for everyone involved. The longer I built a wall, the more the stress of the conflict would build up. Minor conflicts would escalate to hours of arguing, and we would go to bed upset. I wouldn’t sleep well and the next morning would have a rickety start. Eventually, we would make up but it seemed like a sad and preventable waste of time. …


Humor

A new paradigm has arrived

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2010–2020 was easily the era of hustle. Get up at 4 AM. Crush the gym. Grind until you go cross-eyed. Sleep when you’re dead. Get that money!

The pendulum has inevitably swung the other way, ushering in a new paradigm for performance, health, and most importantly….status!

Whether it’s athletes or entrepreneurs, sleep and relaxation are the new social currency for the new decade. Lack of sleep has become America’s largest silent killer. At some point, we got so obsessed with making it big, we forgot that we need a little R and R. Recharging is in such high demand right now, it’s become the ultimate luxury. Forget Louis Vuitton, high-rollers are springing for Sleep Number. You can’t achieve the American Dream without getting some Z’s. Sleep is king. …


Running

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I am grateful for the huge reception that my Maffetone Method article got recently. Out of the 8,000 people who read it, I am sure at least one person is trying it and undoubtedly struggling. My goal is to provide more tips and guidelines that go further than the introductory concepts and help others get the most impact from the training method.

While the current heart rate is essential to make sure you are staying under the recommended beats per minute (bpm) during your run, the average heart rate is probably the most important metric for Maffetone runners. After a run, people look at the average bpm on their watch or app to see how well they stayed under their prescribed Maffetone heart rate essential to aerobic conditioning. …


Psychology

It's not what you think

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With every new year rolling around, New Year's resolutions tend to follow the same promises: Lose weight, get healthy, stop smoking, get organized, etc. I have no doubt with how 2020 has gone that these same promises will grow exponentially.

But I have grown a different perspective. I have had a lot more free time this year with traveling less, commuting less to work, and attending fewer social events. I’ve had all the time in the world to lose weight, get more organized, or get healthier. It didn't happen. Promising these things doesn't seem as genuine this time around.

My New Years' resolution is to…..Stop Reading the Comments!


Self-Improvement

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This year’s pandemic has manifested an explosion of sickness, unemployment, and social alienation. There’s no doubt that there a lot of people out there suffering. The problem is, it also opened a convenient nexus for predatory people, businesses, and thoughts to prey on those who are vulnerable.

A few examples:

  1. Many businesses are preying on consumers this year by playing on the COVID pandemic. They may advertise a sale or offer which plays on these sentiments. But often their product or service was not great to begin with, they are insensitive to what is going on, or want to steal your info. A lot of charities are also playing on these sentiments but not all of them are genuine or intend to use your donations sincerely. The FBI just recently issued a bulletin advising about COVID charity scams (MOAA, 2020). The advice is simple but effective. DYDD: Do Your Due-Diligence! The ideal victim has disposable income, good intentions, and is scrolling through social media in the middle of the night, impulsively making decisions. …

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Bradley S.

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