5 Books for the Self-Reliant Millennial

5 Books for the Self-Reliant Millennial

“He truly lives dangerously who trusts his health to a doctor, his rights to a lawyer, his money to a banker or his soul to a preacher” -Anonymous The education system is basically useless for applicable real world knowledge. Most people my age know the 3 phases of the reconstruction of the south after the Civil War, yet cannot balance a checkbook. Luckily we now have access to the internet and books. Although it is too easy to drown yourself…

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The Angst of The Early 20s

The Angst of The Early 20s

Something feels amiss. Sure the sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer and the days are lenghening. But as a wise man once wrote “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. As a species we are connected. We can pick up a 6 inch piece of glass and metal and suddenly communicate with someone across the globe. Yet depression and feeling of loneliness are prolific. If you are reading this than you are part of the richest group…

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Petting the Lizard

Petting the Lizard

We can’t stop the voices in our heads. Don’t try. Trust me you will drive yourself insane. Instead we can befriend the lizard. The one that tells us we are no good, or losers, or smell funny. Seth Godin gives some great advice on how to tame the lizard: fail often, speak in public, write often, teach. All great things to make a habit of. I’m hoping the lizard follows the laws of physics and will obey inertia. Meaning it…

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One Mans Trash is Another Man’s Profit

One Mans Trash is Another Man’s Profit

Garbage is very similar to food production in the modern world. For the most part, the life cycle of both trash and food is out of sight and out of mind. We can walk into a store and order one pound of ground beef with little thought of how this purchase came to be. The same is with garbage: one day the waste is sitting next to our curbs and the next day it is gone. Out of sight, out…

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Find of the Week

Find of the Week

You can find some weird stuff at Goodwill. You can also find gold. By gold I don’t mean real gold, although I have heard of someone finding a real silver platter worth $1500. Last month I decided to get back into reselling. So far, since January 7th, between my two eBay accounts I have made $2510.36. Sure not all of this is profit (probably around 2/3 of it is) but that is a lot of money. I didn’t realize that…

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Student Loans Can Suck a Fat One

Student Loans Can Suck a Fat One

Here is my student loan balance: That is a lot of money. $23,793. Typing it out hurts a little bit. However this amount is still almost $15,000 less than the average American graduate. That is fucking outrageous. I was an engineering major. If I graduated with this degree my earning potential straight out of school would have been at least three times this total loan, so in reality college was a good investment. Then again I am without a degree…

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S-E-X

S-E-X

My college was a huge bar school. There were about 20 bars in downtown Columbia and every weekend we would put on our polo shirts and jeans and go to the bars. Of course the main reason for going was to try and get laid, but my friends and I never admitted that to ourselves. For the year and a half or so of bar hopping I brought exactly one girl back to my dorm room. And she was fat….

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One Word That Can Completely Transform Your Life

One Word That Can Completely Transform Your Life

Yesterday I was checking my local Craigslist pages to see if any girls wanted to meet up with me later that day. Eventually this one woman responded. At least she claimed she was a woman. We proceeded to… Are you still with me? Did you actually believe that I was checking for dates on Craigslist?! Ok I admit it. I actually, truthfully, have done that in the past. And I’n not proud of it. But yesterday wasn’t one of those…

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Carrots

Carrots

Ok I admit it. I am obsessed with self development. I spend a lot my time thinking how i could make my life even better. Though obsession in general is not conducive to happiness, i consider this obsession relatively benign. Perhaps I am young and naive, but with my young eyes I see a lot of people’s habits as harmful. Both internal and external things. I think the internal is more insidious. Things like having fake arguments in their heads,…

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How Will You Craft 2017?

How Will You Craft 2017?

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”- Benjamin Franklin I am anticipating 2017 to be the best year of my life. Loaded statement? Perhaps. But after being in the depths of deep depression for most of my adolescent life, and being able to finally feel the fog starting to lift, it is like I see a light at the end of the tunnel. The suffering felt…

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