Don’t Make “Feeling Nice” a Goal

“So you were born to feel ‘nice’?” -Marcus Aurelius

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


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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.

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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…]

Certified Beer Server: What Barely Passing Taught Me About Success

Ahh, the colors of fall. A picturesque autumn afternoon bike ride and enjoyment at @confluencebrew.

I’m going to tell you 2 of the most well-kept secrets I have.

1. When I graduated college, I told everyone I had a 3.0 GPA.
Secretly: it was actually a 2.99 GPA. 

2. Ever since high school, I was 6′ feet tall. I had measured myself countless times.
Secretly: I went to the doctor a few years ago, and they measured my height. I’m actually only 5′ 11″ and 3/4’s of an inch. 

There. You know my terrible secrets.

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What to Do When You Realize That No, You Didn’t Win the $1.5 Billion Powerball

Photo of the Day Project 2016, Jan. 10: Powerball now worth more than $1 BILLION

On the night of January 9th, a group of coworkers working at an average-priced Italian restaurant in New Jersey waited casually to read whether or not they had won the $1.5 billion dollar powerball lottery. They knew the odds of winning were around 1 in 292 million, but hey – lottery tickets were a paltry $2 each.

A member of the group logged on to the powerball website. They read the numbers. Someone from the group started in disbelief – they had those numbers.

They read the numbers again.


They had the $ 1-billion-dollar-winning lottery ticket.

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When All the Books You Read Are Written By Impressive, Handsome, Accomplished People and You’re…Not

I accidentally brought money to a book sale.

It seems to me that every person who’s doing what I want to be doing – making a living writing inspirational books, blogging to thousands of followers, speaking to sold-out crowds – all have this ballin’ ass background.

They set a world record in some physical feat; racking up 400+ receiving yards in a professional NCAA football game, for instance. Maybe they won an Olympic medal or two. Almost all of them have a huge following and make a ton of money, which proves their expertise and yells “HEY YOU I’M RELEVANT” in your awestruck face.

Even the smaller fish have a lot going on. They built a blog that gained 100,000 followers in their first year. They created a product that hundreds of thousands of people bought. Also, they used to be face models. Obviously.

I’m not those things. Most of the time, I feel wildly insecure about that.

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Making Friends When All Your College Friends Have Moved and You’re Lonely Until Your Wife Gets Home

Alone in splendour

I’ve recently gotten into craft beer. I live in San Diego, and we’re basically the craft beer capital of the galaxy. My palate has gradually changed from if-it’s-not-pink-zinfandel-I’m-not-interested to I-wonder-if-I-can-mix-black-coffee-bourbon-and-a-double-IPA-together.  [Read more…]

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