We live in a time of hype and self-aggrandizement. But my guest today argues that what the world needs more of are quiet professionals — people who’s only focus is to get the job done well. His name is Rob Shaul and he’s the founder and president of Mountain Tactical Institute. We had Rob on […]
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Like most American boys, I played baseball in the summers. And as cliché as it may sound, I took away some important life lessons from my days on the diamond. One that has stuck with me and that I think about often even today is the adage on how to field ground balls: Play the […]
“I Don’t Know” From the Business of Life, 1916 By Frank Crane One of the healthiest exercises for the soul of man is the habit of saying “I don’t know.” I like those words. They smell of intellectual honesty. They smack of courage. They connote a refreshing absence of egotism. When a man says he […]
Whether you’re moving, getting new furniture/appliances, or simply decluttering, it can be hard to know how to dispose of large, unwanted items. The old ratty couch, the refrigerator that runs constantly and is as loud as a fighter jet, the unsafe trampoline taking up space in the backyard. (Yes, these are all examples from personal […]
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Studies show that people remember the beginning of something, and the end of it, the best. The middle of it is recalled a little more hazily. Once a novel experience starts, your brain really starts focusing on what’s going on and quickly makes judgements about the new people you meet. And you clearly remember the […]
Igniting a fire requires more than a spark. Sweating through a bow drill session to create an ember or grinding away at a piece of flint to make a shower of sparks is wasted if you don’t have a good home for the flicker of fire that’s produced — a place that will help turn […]
Have you ever been part of an organization where everyone and everything just seemed to click? People are motivated and things get done. Contrast that experience with being part of an organization that feels toxic. Demoralization, cynicism, and infighting emotionally drain the people who work within it, and dysfunction reigns. Why do some organizations thrive […]
So you know how to pick a lock with a tension wrench and rake. This is an incredibly useful skill, which will allow you to get in your house if you get locked out without having to call a locksmith, and will also allow you to help others who’ve become locked out. You might even […]
When the Soviet Union invaded Finland in 1939, Russian leadership thought the country would be easily conquered. After all, the Soviets had one of the world’s largest militaries, while Finland had one of the smallest. The Finns were monumentally outmanned and outgunned. Yet the Finns put up a gritty, prolonged, improbable resistance that surprised and […]
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It’s been said that life is a series of decisions. But life is complex and filled with randomness and uncertainty. How do you make decisions when 1) you don’t know everything you need to know to make the optimal decision, and 2) the factors influencing your decision are constantly changing? My guest today suggests thinking […]
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It’s hard not to notice that in interactions both online and off, people seem increasingly polarized when it comes to political, social justice, and moral and ethical issues of all kinds. Rather than engaging in a civil discussion, debates turn into emotionally-charged flame wars, marked by blame, shame, and the exchange of insults. Such interactions […]
When you’re a busy parent, going out to eat can be a godsend. There are just some days when you don’t feel like cooking dinner, you don’t feel like cleaning up the subsequent mess, and you don’t even feel like getting take-out; after waiting on other people all day, you’d like to sit down and […]
With boxing on the wane in America for the past twenty some odd years, it’s easy to forget how much of a cultural juggernaut it was for much of the 20th century. Boxing was not only a common recreational pastime and athletic pursuit for young men, and a wildly popular spectator sport, it was a […]
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Your casual clothes are the ones you wear on your own time. It’s hard to put boundaries on what pieces of clothing count as “casual” and which ones don’t. If you ask what a suit is, most people will say “business wear,” but a salmon-pink suit with yellow pinstripes? Not so appropriate for the boardroom. […]
When you study for a test or you’re trying to learn a new skill, what’s your typical approach? If you’re like most people, you might repeat facts over and over again or do the same task over and over again until you can do it in your sleep.While these brute force tactics might make you […]
It’s been two months since the start of the new year. How are things going for you? There’s a good chance that your answer is: “Not great.” There’s a good chance that the optimism and motivation and momentum you started the year with have faded. Setbacks have arisen. Unfinished to-dos have piled up. You’ve gotten […]
When you hear self-reliance, what do you think of? Living off the grid in a cabin somewhere? Doing everything yourself, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? Do these images get at what it really means to be self-reliant, or is there a deeper and even more profound meaning to be grasped? Indeed there is, […]
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Maybe you’ve been following a barbell training program for a while now. Maybe you do your workouts in a garage gym at home, and your curious kids have been hanging out with you while you exercise and cheering you on for getting swol. Maybe they’ve even wanted to imitate you, and would like to start […]
Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Kyle Eschenroeder, author of The Pocket Guide to Self-Reliance. “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson The goal of self-reliance is to achieve sovereignty in our connected, civilized world. It’s to remember that your judgments are valid — […]
What does it mean to be “self-reliant”? Is it living off the grid in a cabin in the remote wilderness? Doing everything yourself, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? Or is there a deeper and even more profound meaning to be grasped? In The Pocket Guide to Self-Reliance, Kyle Eschenroeder makes the case that self-reliance is much […]