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You can’t get back the time you spend worrying

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Have you ever said words to the effect of If only I knew then what I know now?

You’re not the first person to express such thoughts, and you certainly won’t be the last.

Many of us are convinced that if we could go back in time and have a chat with our 20-year old selves, then we could absolutely kill at adult-ing and beyond.

A lot of growth occurs in our 20s. Yet, at 20, we convince ourselves we know everything we need to know and we’re ready to nail it.

It does beg the question, though, what would…

When the world is scary, find comfort in the teachings of philosophers who knew how to handle a crisis

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We often think of philosophy as a bookish pursuit or perhaps as the lifestyle choice of bearded old men living ascetically in caves. But Stoicism — an ancient school of philosophy famously practiced by the likes of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius — is for the real world, and as we face the coronavirus pandemic, its teachings feel distinctly relevant right now.

When the future is scary and we don’t know what’s next, we can find comfort in the wisdom of those before us, those who’ve endured famine, plague, and natural disasters. …

It’s time to say goodbye to the traditional linear path of the past

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The pandemic has accelerated many employment trends that were already building over the past few years. Many companies moved to remote working during the pandemic. Many workers have been happy to embrace the flexibility of working from home while companies have found they can massively reduce the cost of maintaining expensive offices. The growing gig economy has seen both workers and companies rejecting traditional fixed employment in favor of having tasks performed on an ad-hoc basis.

Long before the pandemic hit, the traditional world of long-term stable employment was already becoming outdated. A 2018 Deloitte survey of 10,455 people across…

Don’t destroy the present by worrying about tomorrow

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

Have you ever answered that question and found yourself in that position five years later? Probably not. I know the change between who I was at 25 and who I was at 30 was such a wide gulf my 20-year-old self wouldn’t have been able to predict who I would become.

We are constantly growing and changing, but we don’t tend to notice it at the time. It isn’t until we reach a point and look back on our lives that we realize the journey we were on.

Goals are important, but…

It’s never too late to be what you might have been

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Our dreams are the things that give us life. When we follow our dreams, we find ourselves living fulfilled and satisfying lives that allow us to make valuable contributions to society, whether directly or indirectly. Many people struggle to pursue their dreams, particularly those in midlife.

It seems there are a host of barriers that keep them from venturing out and giving it a try if they haven’t already started the pursuit by then.

While many thoughts and fears can play a role in keeping someone stagnant, the following are some common absurd thoughts that prevent people in midlife from…

The classified list was exposed online for three weeks

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This almost sounds like the premise for a fictional thriller about international cyber-espionage. The details do, however, raise a number of valid questions, even some relating to rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Numerous articles, including one posted on August 16, 2021, to, reported that an online database accessible without a password was found to contain what appeared to be a secret terrorist watchlist and no-fly list information. It’s important to note up front that, as of the date that article was posted, no confirmation had been made as to whether the records exposed actually originated from an agency…

No, you do not have to drink eight glasses of water a day

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So many people carry around little plastic bottles of water these days that they have almost become fashion accessories. The ubiquitous bottle is the public display of a widespread belief that people must drink at least eight glasses (around two liters, or a half gallon) of fresh water a day to stay healthy.

A cynic might say the trend was started by bottled water companies more than happy to cash in on what has become an almost worldwide craze. It’s a crazy craze, however, because it has no solid scientific basis.

Normally healthy people need to drink water only when…

“You fail only if you stop writing.” — Ray Bradbury

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Do you have a favorite writer? Is that writer someone who has found success or, is it someone you view as being criminally underrated?

One of my favorite fiction writers has tasted success monetarily, but mention his name to other fiction readers, and they’ll raise a confused brow. Nobody seems to have heard of him, even those who solely read the same genre as he writes. I find it baffling. He’s lucky, though, because he has at least tasted monetary success. Many incredible writers never see any of the rewards they deserve.

Writers whose words make you feel light, those…

Stick with the people who pull the magic out of you

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Are you happy? Do you have a high level of self-worth? The biggest mistake people make is to seek those things from others. You shouldn’t find your self-worth in the relationships you have with others. You shouldn’t seek to build your happiness on the relationships you have with others. However, the relationships you build will influence your feelings, including how you view yourself.

Everyone has reached a point where they meet up with a friend they haven’t seen in a while. …

Your thoughts shape everything around you

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When you’re going through rough times it’s easy to forget all of the positives in your life. Whatever it is that’s going on… you just feel hopeless. It feels as though nothing will ever get better. You simply can’t imagine waking up and feeling fine.

It’s important to remember the positives all the time, so we don’t forget them so easily during the bad times. What are those positive things that people forget when they’re feeling down and out?

You’re Not Alone

When you feel low, it’s easy to forget just how many people are in your corner. Look around you. You have…

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