The Art of Learning Josh Waitzkin
Books, essay

Books: The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin's "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance" is a revelation. It's a stunning read that I could've devoured in one sitting, but I wanted to savor it, so I read it over a few days. This is definitely a book that I will go back to time and again. I… Continue reading Books: The Art of Learning

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essay

8 Habits for Happiness

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, inaugurated in 2012 by the United Nations to recognize the importance of happiness in everyone's life. Happiness may be a universal feeling, but its construct is personal. It's an apt time to ask: What makes you happy? I've discovered some fundamentals for my… Continue reading 8 Habits for Happiness

design, essay

Creating an Environment for Productivity

I got a new vacuum, and I'm absolutely delighted. Some might look at a vacuum and think of all the chores they have to do. I look at that vacuum and love it as a new tool. Why? Because it will help me keep my space clean, and a clean space is conducive to productivity.… Continue reading Creating an Environment for Productivity

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Art, essay, Music

Magic Can Come From Routine

Creativity is mysterious, but there is one constant in a creative life: You have to make space for it. Making space requires carving out time. The amount of time is up to you. It could be 10 min. a day, or an hour a week, for example. If you establish a routine and stick to… Continue reading Magic Can Come From Routine

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Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You