Life is Better the More It’s Your Fault

"God said, take what you want and pay for it." -- Ayn Rand (or, a Spanish proverb) The above is one of my favorite quotes. It embodies two of my favorite principles in life: freedom and responsibility. Freedom, to take the things you want -- blatantly, liberally, unabashedly. Responsibility, to bear the consequences of those actions -- competently, evenly, calculatedly. Everything in life has a cost. We don't always know what it is, and sometimes…

Stop Treating Your Goals as Checklists and Turn them into a Lifestyle

When we set goals, our inclination is to add their pursuit as items on a to-do list. It's our base assumption about goals -- that they're things we "have to do." We add their pursuit to our days, tacking them on before and after work, before and after dinner, before we go to bed at night and directly after we rise in the morning. We add them as items on a checklist -- and maybe…

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