A Practical Definition of Freedom

A Practical Definition of Freedom

If I had to summarize my struggles over the last couple of years under one label, I would probably choose the term “freedom.” Everything I do seems to come back to that one single notion: Striving to attain more personal freedom. At times when I was making progress with that, I usually felt happy; and when it wasn’t happening for me, I tended to be on the miserable side of things.

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My Minimalist Digital Nomad Workout

My Minimalist Digital Nomad Workout

For me, living a digital nomad lifestyle goes hand in hand with being a minimalist. After all, what’s the point of being completely location indenpendent, i.e. free as a bird, if you are constantly carrying two major suitcases and a monstrous backpack around? More stuff just weighs you down, and that’s the opposite of being as mobile as possible.

However, that doesn’t just go for the things that you carry with you; it also applies to the environment and the equipment needed for certain key activities in your life – such as keeping fit. “Normal” people join a gym, because for some reason, they feel like they NEED a special place to work out, they NEED a wide range of equipment, they NEED to wear certain clothes while doing so, etc. And of course, in order to do all of that, they need enter an agreement with the gym owner in the first place, further binding them to one place.

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The Survivor Paradox

The Survivor Paradox

This blog is obviously a self-development blog. Many people despise that topic, as it smells of indecisive advice like “think positive” or “be grateful every day.” I can understand why people make fun of this – I can’t stand that kind of nonsense either.

The way I look at self-development though, the real thing I mean, is that you really have no choice in the matter. You are either winning or losing at it, notwithstanding a proclaimed interest in Oprah style self-help books or not. You are either losing weight and gaining muscle or you are getting fatter. You are either moving towards a point in your career that fulfills you or you are moving away from it. You are either getting more and more emotional rewards from your relationships or you get more pissed off by the day.

Self-development, i.e. your progress in key areas of your life, is ALWAYS happening, one way or the other. You simply can’t get away from it.

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My October 2015 Monthly Habits Report

My October 2015 Monthly Habits Report

How This Works

Every month, I publish a list of the habits I am currently trying to incorporate into my life (such as ‘do two sets of pull ups every day’). I document my successes and failures, and then I punish myself for the latter – $100 for every time I break a habit!

The Rationale Behind It

I realize my obsessive documentation, and especially the self-punishing aspect of this, may seem rather extreme to most people…

So why do I do this?

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The One Thing - A Critical Review

The One Thing – A Critical Review

About a year ago, I read the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller for the first time and immediately got the sense that it had been written specifially for me. It nails my single biggest problem which is my inability to focus on just one thing for an extended period of time, until you have fully mastered it and before you move onto the next thing.

There is a certain irony there. When I tell people that I have a very hard time prioritizing, they usually don’t believe me. On the contrary, they take me to be someone who focuses excessively, bordering on obsession.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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My September 2015 Monthly Habits Report

My September 2015 Monthly Habits Report

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that once a month, I publish a list of the habits I’m currently trying to incorporate into my life. I document my successes and failures, and then I punish myself for the latter – $100 for every time I break a habit!

I’ve been sticking to this basic setup since November 2014. (My older habit reports were published on my previous blog, but the format remained almost unchanged throughout that time.)

This month is going to be different, though. Why? you might ask. Has he finally given up? Is he tired of paying hundreds of dollars to charity each month because he didn’t stick to his self-prescribed paleo diet, or didn’t do his daily walking?

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The Pitfalls of Habit Building

The Pitfalls of Habit Building

I’m a huge fan of habit building. Whatever skill you want to possess, whatever project you want to tackle – forming the right habits is the answer. That means any kind of complex task is best tackled by working on it DAILY, in MANAGABLE chunks. By working on it daily, this new routine becomes completely ingrained in you, so you never stop – regularity is key. By focusing on manageable chunks, you make sure you can keep the habit up, even after a really bad night’s sleep or when feeling sick – sustainability is key.

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My August 2015 Monthly Habits Report

My August 2015 Monthly Habits Report

How this works

Every month, I publish a list of the habits I am currently trying to incorporate into my life (such as ‘do two sets of pull ups every day’). I document my successes and failures, and then I punish myself for the latter – $100 for every time I break a habit!

The rationale behind it

I realize my obsessive documentation, and especially the self-punishing aspect of this, may seem rather extreme to most people…

So why do I do this?

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Why I Can't Enjoy Roleplaying Games Anymore

Why I Can’t Enjoy Roleplaying Games Anymore

I’m one of the biggest nerds you’ll ever meet. I could make many claims to prove that epic statement, but the most convincing one is probably the story about how I got into fantasy role playing games. I’m not taking about computer role playing games, oh no… I’m talking about sitting around a table with a sheet of paper in front of you, with a bunch of other nerds, listening to the “dungeon master” tell a story of how your group of characters just met up in a tavern. Every now and then, you roll a couple of die to determine if you successufully slayed the dragon or found the secret trapdoor. That type of thing.

As I said…nerd.

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Traveling vs. Nomading

Traveling vs. Nomading

About 9 months ago, I decided to give life as a digital nomad a try, and about 4 months ago, I actually did it and physically left home. It’s been a very interesting journey, to say the least. I’ve spent my time exploring New York on foot for hours on end, teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Vilnius, Lithuania, and finally coming to the now obvious conclusion that absinthe is really not for me when in Prague.

I was lucky enough to have several of my best friends visit me while I have been hither and yon across the globe – life on the road DOES occasionally get a little bit lonely. There is nothing like having a late night talk with your best buddy, abroad or at home.

But there is another unexpected benefit I had from my friends visiting me. I came to realize the distinct difference between traveling and nomading (yes, I just turned that into a verb).

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