2018 Reading Challenge, Part Deux

I was afraid I was falling behind. Goodreads suggested I read two books a week to get caught up, and I wasn’t managing it.

Wuthering Heights took forever to read. Five days. I enjoyed it, but how am I going to get caught up at that pace?

The family also took 9 days vacation. With all the driving, sleeping, watching kids, etc., I read nothing more than museum pamphlets and Google Maps.

I still managed to do alright.

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Seth Godin is Wrong, Your Brain is Right

The brain

Seth Godin is wrong.

I am a Seth Godin fan, so that took a moment to click.

Of course, he’s right in a lot of ways. But in one specific thing, he’s wrong. Right enough for daily use, but still wrong.

I was listening to the audio book version of “The Icarus Deception” when I heard him talking about embarrassment and fear of doing something new. How the amygdala is wired to protect us from being an outlier, from stepping out, because of the potential of death. Continue reading “Seth Godin is Wrong, Your Brain is Right”

How I Lost 20 Pounds In 10 Weeks Without Losing My Mind


Here’s a post that’s been sitting on my hard drive for a few months. I’m going to post it now.

There’s something they don’t tell you about low carb diets. It nearly made me give up three days into the new year.

What turned it around for me was treating my diet like an experiment. Something that might not work.

I’ll explain. But first, let me tell you what a fat loser I’ve been. Continue reading “How I Lost 20 Pounds In 10 Weeks Without Losing My Mind”

What Am I Even Doing? Becoming A Better Me.

Why am I here?

There was a personal emergency. A few friends and family were trying to help someone get through the crisis. As the conversation went on, talk went from the immediate emergency to what to do next.

There was a lot of good advice. Avoid owning a car (in this specific case). Start putting money away now so if the same thing happens 6 months from now, you will have options. Plan to move to a bigger city with more opportunities. All drawn from several perspectives.

After we had been tossing ideas around for a few hours, somebody said “Why didn’t you tell me that when I was 20?” Somebody else agreed that these ideas could have saved them plenty of money and stress.

We can learn a lot talking to others, or reading, or just trying stuff. I talk to others about stuff all the time. I read a lot. I try stuff. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t. Sometimes it works out even better than I imagined. I’ve also learned that I only have so much time to make mistakes. It’s very helpful to learn from other people and their mistakes.

There are things I wish more people knew. And there are things that people seem hardwired to believe, until you prove it. And there are a lot of things I believe, but want to try for myself. Like the idea that talent doesn’t exist.

If that’s true, if there’s no such thing as talent, that blows things wide open. How would that affect your life if you could be good at whatever you wanted. Maybe not Malcolm Gladwell style 10,000 hours good. But good enough to have fun, improve your life, make a little money, whatever.

What can you expect to see?

This website is a resource to help people do better than I did. Posts will be a combination of things I’ve learned and things I’ve tried. So really things I’ve learned.

I have a few challenges/experiments lined up over the coming months to prove or disprove things I’ve read about. When I finish one, I’ll post the details, my results, and how you can replicate or avoid my example.

Other posts will be things that I really wish I had known when I was in my 20s. And while I have a strong interest in personal finance, that will probably go on its own site.

My goal for this site is to provide actionable information. Things that I am doing, and that you can choose to apply to your own life. Not everything will be interesting to everybody. I hope that some people get something useful.