Travel Journal: Atlanta

When I drove into Atlanta the first time it was pouring rain. I'd been on the interstate all day and I'd never been to the south before. Hot summer day with humidity so thick it made your clothes and your hair stick to you -- the kind of weather that breeds bad smells and rain. West Virginia had been too long -- ugly mountain after ugly mountain -- and Virginia had been a short but welcome swath of…

How to Start a Mastermind (and why it’s valuable to do so)

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.” — Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich One of the most beneficial things you can do for your professional development is form a mastermind. A mastermind is a group of people in a similar place in life who are all striving for similar goals. It’s a group dedicated to self-betterment, personal growth, and the pursuit…

Notes on Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learning is challenging and liberating. It's hard, because it's all on you -- success, failure, and vision. It's liberating, because it gives you the freedom to learn exactly what you want, however you want, without having to conform to anyone else's standards. It's the purest and most effective form of education there is. As follows are my top five rules (or perhaps tips) for being successful in your endeavors with self-directed learning: -feed your…

Thoughts on Writing Every Day for Almost a Year

Actually, to be precise, eleven months. I started this daily-writing thing at the end of January 2017, after talking about it for months and throwing around the word "someday" and never actually doing anything about it. I'd watched my friend do it -- he'd started writing every day in the fall of 2016, and he went from shitty to good in a matter of months. I'd watched, and I was impressed, and I wanted some…

Notes on Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers was my first taste of D.H. Lawrence. I'd heard good things and wanted to try, but ultimately it was one of those books I picked up because of the cover, got hooked on by the summary, decided to give it a go. My old coworker had a copy, was moving and giving it away, so I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I'd expected.   Sons and…

Five Misconceptions About Not Going to College

Three years ago right now, I was trying to figure out what on earth I was going to do with my life. Three years ago, in December 2014, I was a senior in high school. I was homeschooled, immersing myself in recorded college lectures and books and self-directed learning, and I had no clue what I'd be doing six months in the future. I'd always had a bias for academics, so most people assumed I was college-bound,…

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