How to Stop Making Excuses for Bad Behaviors

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Short-term intensity vs. long-term consistency

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Learn to love being uncomfortable

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Do a lot so you can fail a lot.

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How to Write a Book in Your 20s (Interview with Todd Foley)


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How I Started Living With 80% Less Stress in My 20s

Let me tell you a little story that I think accurately depicts how stressed I was on a daily basis. [Read more…]

Buyer’s Remorse: The Life You Thought You Wanted in Your 20s

I know, I know. I’ve missed you, too.

You may have thought StuffGradsLike had been trapped in a cell in Bulgaria for the past month, anxiously waiting for Liam Neeson to rescue me from my kidnappers.
Buyer's Remorse Cover Final

Well…you were right.

….I’m just kidding. [Read more…]

How to Fit in 71 Productive Hours/Week in 3 Easy Steps

busy schedule?

I’ve been really productive recently. It’s kind of a nice change.

Sure, I’ve given up my binge watching and going out all the time. It can be boring. I read a lot.

Here’s a list of all the activities on my agenda for the average week:

  • Full-time job (40 hours)
  • Full-time Masters degree (7 hours)
  • Write 2-3 quality blog posts (5 hours)
  • Write/edit my new eBook (3 hours)
  • Chip away at goal of reading 30 books in 2016 (6 hours)
  • 1-2 fellowship meetings with church friends (5 hours)
  • Playing sports/exercising (5 hours)

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The 4 Best Habits I’ve Picked Up in My 20’s


1. Reading

“I don’t like reading. I’m a slow reader. I don’t know what to read. I don’t dislike reading, but I think I’ll just go see the movie instead.”

Here’s a silly “Top 10” list of why reading is good for you. You probably already know some of the benefits: mental stimulation, increased vocabulary, superhuman strength (probably).

Reading is something that no one can make you do, no matter how motivating they are, how good the book is supposed to be, or how many benefits reading offers.

I’ll tell you from experience that from reading 23 books last year: [Read more…]

Resentment: The Greatest Energy Waster in Your 20s


Kimi and I live in an apartment complex. There are about 50 apartments. There are 4 washers and 4 dryers that everyone shares.

Here’s the thing. The washers? Fine. The dryers? Not fine. There are 2 dryers that are the equivalent of a runner on his 25th mile of his marathon. They’re sweaty. Dirty. Nearly dead. In fact, someone ever scratched directions on these two obsolete machines. “Don’t use this one, use that one” it reads, with an arrow point down. The other dryer simply reads “The Sad One.”

And it’s true. They are sad, broken machines. Someone stick a fork in ’em – they’re done. [Read more…]

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