If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Time flies when you’re busy. Considering it has been over a month since I last posted and my life is in a sort of shambles, I think it’s time I get back on track with blogging and my self improvement goals. The past month was filled with a two week-long vacation and business travel every…

Know Where You’re Going in Order to Get There

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. —Eleanor Roosevelt The concept of happiness as a by-product is the foundation upon which The Seven Habits book stands. The paradox,…

You Are What You Repeatedly Do

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” —The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Change your habits, change your life. I’ve proven this to myself in ways that have often surprised me. I quit smoking one day at a…

It’s Called Consumerism Because It Consumes You

At last, my friends, the resolve to pull myself out of the pit of debt I created has finally come to fruition. But as I take a moment to appreciate this hard-won victory against my credit card and spending habits, I know it is only the beginning of a longer life journey. True, eight months…

Not Selfish, Just Self-Empowered

What is it that makes someone an adult? Is there a defining moment in your life? I know it’s not age. Contrary to what I believed during my entire childhood and adolescence, it has nothing to do with having the freedom to do whatever the hell you want. I didn’t give it much thought during…

Hate traffic? Put that time to better use!

You settle into the driver’s seat after eight hours at a desk and prepare yourself for the rush hour commute. It’s stressful. You hate it, and maybe you avoid it at all costs. But if you’re one of the more than 280 million Americans who drive to work1, chances are there is no getting around…