Essays to Improve Your Quality of Life
My essays explore what it means to build a fun and fulfilling life. They include explorations about careers, finances, health, relationships, leisure, and personal growth.
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A story about letting go, Alaskan grizzlies, and what it means to live in a fundamentally unpredictable and uncontrollable world.
When confronted with increased responsibility and agency in adulthood, many people opt to become more serious. Is this the right choice?
The best of poet and novelist Charles Bukowski’s ideas about writing, creativity, and navigating the ups and downs of living.
Many adults are lonely and want more friends. This article explores how to make friends as an adult in a more fun and intuitive way.
In the midst of a burgeoning existential crisis, I heard birds sing on a remote Portuguese island. This is the story of how hearing that first birdsong changed my life for the better.
Figuring out how to enjoy your life is like Calvinball. It’s a game that’s best played by making up the rules as you go.
Figuring out what you want is the central task of adulthood, and it’s not an easy one. Learn how you can better answer life’s most important question.
This article explores ideas, protocols, and products that I’ve experimented with on my pursuit of living a long, energy-filled life with a high degree of satisfaction.
Losing someone you love is never easy. This article discusses some thoughts on grief and how you can better navigate difficult times.
People blame bad luck and political enemies for their dissatisfaction, but cultural gravity is the real culprit. This article explores how you can question the default path and defy gravity.
Good life advice is easy to find, but hard to follow. These 40 pieces of advice will help you create an aligned life with more inner peace.
After 20 months of trying and failing to beat the market, it’s time to take back control of my time and leave the casino.
After losing my mom, I wanted to create a memorial scholarship fund to honor her legacy. This article covers a simple process I discovered for creating tax-deductible memorial scholarships in minutes.
This list of beautiful, untranslatable words from around the world will help you understand and enhance your experience of the world.
Money increases happiness, but not in the ways you might expect. This article explores how money actually improves the quality of your life.
Privilege is our blindness to things that are visible to someone whose life is different from ours. This essay explores how and why we need to see the nuance of privilege.
This is the story of my obsession with Target V-necks, getting lost in the expectations of other people, and returning to my core values.
If you want to be persuasive, spread ideas, and elevate causes, you need to avoid these 5 common mistakes that prevent you from being effective.
After losing $50,000 in the market with one bad investing decision, I created this written strategy to help me avoid such costly mistakes in the future. This investing guide is my attempt to learn from and make meaning of my experience. It outlines my investing beliefs, principles, and strategy.
Long-term travel offers both tasty fruit and painful thorns. This essay explores what I learned and where I ended up after four years of working and traveling to 40+ countries.
It’s hard to know your limits until you’ve gone beyond them. This article explores the tedious art of testing and knowing your limits.
After decades of relationship mistakes and honest reflection, I learned four powerful lessons that will improve the quality of your romantic relationships.
Planning for Burning Man is overwhelming. This Burning Man packing list will help you identify what you need to survive and thrive on the playa.
My experience with naked yoga, breathwork, sound healing, and ecstatic dance. Learn how these practices can challenge your worldview, deepen your consciousness, and enhance the quality of your life.
Get the answer to the big question: What is the meaning of life? Learn how to confront nihilism and find meaning in your life.
This vetted list of 28 great books will help expand your knowledge, open your mind, and transform the way you think about the world.
This in-depth goal-setting guide will teach you how to evaluate your life, set inspiring and smart goals, and execute on a vision that will improve the quality of your life. It includes free templates and resources.
I fell in love with a girl during college, and after 5 years of dating, I broke off the relationship to travel the world. In this article, you’ll find my candid thoughts about the difficult process of falling out of love and moving on.
Nonfiction books can radically transform your life. This article teaches you a simple system that will allow you to understand, retain, and apply the key lessons and insights from the nonfiction books you read.
If you’re interested in building romantic relationships that endure, read this article to learn about the 3 universal killers of romantic relationships and how you can avoid them.
In the last decade, I’ve moved from a poor kid in Orlando to a Princeton graduate and entrepreneur who travels the world. In this letter to my younger self, I give advice and lessons I’ve learned along the journey.
I started writing to help people, and during my first year as a writer, I learned a lot more than how to write. This article explores 5 lessons I’ve uncovered that are applicable to anyone pursuing a creative endeavor.
The Sunday scaries can be incredibly overwhelming. In this short reflection, I give a candid look at how I conquered the chaotic river of anxiety-inducing thoughts keeping me up on Sunday night in London.
In 2019, I ventured to Burning Man, the legendary temporary city in the Nevada desert. I left the experience feeling a deep internal stillness, and I took away important lessons about death, dancing, and intimacy.
Your daily choices determine the quality of your life and who you become. In this article, I discuss a decision-making framework used by comedian Kevin Hart’s and how you can use that framework to make better choices in your life.
In life, we’re all dealt a different hand of cards. But the cards you are dealt don’t matter nearly as much as how you decide to play those cards. Below you will find 44 badass quotes that will inspire you to be better, live better, and take action.
Productivity is not just about getting more done in less time; it’s about getting the RIGHT things done in less time. This article details 7 unconventional practices that will help boost your daily productivity.
After a decade-long battle with the darkness, my mom committed suicide in late 2017. In this article, I tell her story and provide practical thoughts on how we can move forward as a society.
We are constantly blinded by our desire to be right, and while being right is often rewarded, it might not always be the right thing to do. If we learn to take a more open perspective, we might just find the answers that we are looking for.
This article examines the critical difference between responsibility and fault. If you don’t understand this distinction, you will drown in misery when things don’t go as planned in your life.
Have you ever had someone try to change you? If so, read this article, which explores our often misguided desire to change people and how we can adopt an alternative approach to inspire and motivate change.
When we’re young, life is easy. But as adults, we face a more challenging and ambiguous reality. If we don’t learn how to navigate this new reality successfully, we might end up living an unfulfilling life.
I treat my life as a big experiment aimed at designing an immensely exciting and fulfilling life on my terms. In this article, I discuss 12 practices that have made a profound and positive difference in my life.
Fear will either serve us or stunt us. To grow and reach new levels of fulfillment, we must learn to channel and overcome the fears that keep us from taking the more fulfilling path. This article will teach you how to do so.
I lost my mom to suicide, my mentor to cardiac arrest, and my dog to cancer. These experiences came with deep suffering. In this article, I explore how finding meaning in my suffering has helped me move forward.
I stopped consuming news 3 years ago, but was this the right decision? This article explores why we consume news, problems with news in the digital era, and how we can move forward as conscious consumers.
This article outlines 15 thought-provoking questions that you can ask colleagues, new acquaintances, and old friends to help deepen your relationships.
As humans, we have many cognitive biases that limit our ability to build meaningful relationships with others. I explore 4 of those biases in this article and discuss how you can overcome them.
My amazing mom, Sheri Rosser, took her own life and passed on my birthday. This is the eulogy I delivered at her funeral to remember and celebrate the 25 years we spent together.
This is a story about how growing up in poverty and making career decisions while working on Wall Street taught me the value of starting with why and creating a narrative that works for you.
As humans, we have the unique capacity to choose our response to any set of circumstances. This article explores this fundamental principle and how you can use it to improve the quality of your life.
This is a story about Howard Sherman, a generous man, friend, and mentor. Through his actions, he helped transform my life and taught me the power of mentorship and paying it forward every single day.