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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“I want.” When was the last time you said those words in such a direct way? I thought it sounded childish just typing it, the mantra of a two year old child. When I visited my aunt in Jordan, I couldn’t figure out how to say, “May I please have the X?” in Arabic. She… Keep reading

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Relationships take work, and sometimes, tensions aren’t dealt with, leading to a classic white elephant situation, or a more serious distance. When this happens to a relationship, it sucks: you don’t know whether to bring up the issue or just hope it blows over. Sometimes, you wonder if it’s just you and the other person… Keep reading

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As a tutor, I sometimes get the chance to work with really bright, motivated students. You’d think they would be the easiest to teach, but sometimes they’re actually the most frustrating. On the other hand, I sometimes get kids whose scores showed that they really struggle with a lot of the material. I used to… Keep reading

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Wanna hear an embarrassing story? My first high school girlfriend engineered an entire evening to get me alone at her place to make out, but I was so inexperienced and shy, I bolted: “Huh, everyone else went home, I guess I should probably head out then, g’night!” She legitimately pointed out that she just wanted… Keep reading

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A few months ago, I was experiencing what felt like extreme financial scarcity. I was constantly worried about paying my bills and my income was dwindling month after month. I knew what I should do to make things better–put in more hours freelancing, maybe pick up another job to tide me over–but I just couldn’t… Keep reading

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This post was originally published on Warrior Spirit, my old blog. It struck a chord with a lot of folks, and it deals with the challenges of growth and the journey of learning, so I’m reviving it here. Yesterday, I brought up the reality that we all have troubling questions we’d rather not deal with… Keep reading

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Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t gotten around to? Why not? What keeps you from learning a particular skill? After I graduated college, I realized (through a series of painful misadventures) that I was really unskilled when it came to women and relationships. I had met and dated great women, but… Keep reading

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