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A story I tell my students to help them experiment more in their thinking is that the biggest mistake I made in school was being “a straight-A student.” I defined myself as very smart, which meant that I had to get good grades all the time. If I messed up or made a mistake, that… Keep reading

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In high school, I once worked on a game setting for 4 hours straight, typing so furiously I broke my. In college, I once spent 3 days writing constantly in 6 and 4 hour blocks, with breaks only for food and sleep. Nowadays, however, I can’t imagine engineering that sort unbroken focus. It’s not just… Keep reading

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If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. –John Wooden Today, I want to share one of the most harrowing experiences of my life: learning to type in a new layout. Voluntary Lobotomy This is a lot scarier than it sounds. Imagine losing part of your… Keep reading

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This is one of Warrior Spirit’s favorites that the server disapparated somehow. It’s one of my earliest articles, and much of my thinking has developed, but it still expresses the core ideas really well. “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”… Keep reading

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For the last three weeks, I’ve been learning how to type all over again, since I transitioned to to a new keyboard layout. Which is why there haven’t been any blog posts, since writing one would have taken me approximately ten years. I’m still getting back to where I was, but I’m finally at the… Keep reading

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Last weekend, I played a game of chess in which I managed to get two queens on the board. I thought I had the game in the bag at that point, so of course I didn’t notice that my opponent was one move away from checkmate. As soon as his king got space for a… Keep reading

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My girlfriend creates large, complex mandalas, which are impossible to draw freehand. Because of their complexity, they require a lot of planning. She can spend days just drawing guides, measuring angles, and sketching in fills to make sure everything will fit. At first, I thought this was very unartistic, as if the act of planning… Keep reading

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Teaching (or any kind of leadership) is one of the most exhausting jobs you can do, but every good teacher will tell you, the real work is done by the student. Even if you’re not officially a teacher, tutor, leader, coach or therapist, you probably want to help those you care about grow. But there’s… Keep reading

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The best and worst thing about being human is that you get to be great and imperfect at the same time. I love martial arts, movement, fitness, everything to do with athleticism, but very early in my martial arts career, I tore my right pelvic labrum, the ligaments that hold my leg in place. It’s… Keep reading

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I’ve always had trouble reading chick-lit (probably because I called it that). Jane Austen, while not entirely chick-lit, fell into the box I’d created. She was entertaining, but not really substantial. Until I discovered what she’s really about. A friend lent me a book called Jane Austen: Game Theorist, in which the author argues that… Keep reading

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