Success Boiled Down to One Element: How John Steinbeck Shows True Grit.

While we don’t always do it, one of the primary goals here at 2brains1mind is to show our readers the inner mechanics that lead many people to success. Focusing on everyone from artists, business people,  hobbyists, and entrepreneurs the point of this site is to try to deconstruct what it is exactly that makes so many successful people, both past and present, good at what they do.

This entry focuses on grit in relation to success, and was inspired by one of Maria Popova’s annotated readings on The most essential component to any successful story is grit, or as I like to refer to it sometimes, showing up. No matter what you’re wanting to accomplish, consistency hands down distances the professionals from amateurs day after day. Sure, a select few individuals might be savants following the footsteps of Wolfgang Mozart who could compose at an age as early as five, but the majority of people, myself included, do not come into possession  of a skill so easily. Continue reading “Success Boiled Down to One Element: How John Steinbeck Shows True Grit.”

Why Prioritizing the Right Way Will Rapidly Improve Your Life

Everyone is always busy — but very few people know how to truly prioritize. Prioritizing is not about being efficient, it is about being EFFECTIVE.

Efficiency is doing things the right way, being effective is doing the right thing.   Said another way, efficiency is how well you do something and effectiveness refers to how useful it is.

If you are anything like me, you have experienced that sense of overwhelm, where you have 20 things you want to do but you don’t know where to start and you don’t know what to start on. You may have several projects to get done and no clue where to even begin.  You try set goals and get stuck on picking the “right” goal. Continue reading “Why Prioritizing the Right Way Will Rapidly Improve Your Life”

Connectedly Disconnected: Why technology is making us feel more alone.

How does one form an identity in the 21st century when a good portion of life takes place online? With social networks, online media, forums, discussion boards, and even classes being held on the World Wide Web a normal teenager might spend several hours a day online. As the American Psychological Association has reported:


Numerous surveys have attempted to measure how frequently children use the Internet at home. Estimates vary from as high as several hours a day to as low as 3 hours a week…” However, they concluded by saying, “Despite high variability in empirical estimates, public perception is that children spend a great deal of time online (Tapscott, 1998).”

It’s easy to see, whether through direct contact with friends and family, or through simple interactions in public that people are “always-on” as Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, likes to put it. Continue reading “Connectedly Disconnected: Why technology is making us feel more alone.”

A Full Proof System That Will Have You Saving Money by Tomorrow

As an attorney who focuses on finance, I have counseled over 4000 clients who have faced financial problems.  During this time, I have been able to test and develop a comprehensive budgeting system that if applied, will guarantee financial transformation.  This system works for everyone — I don’t care if you make $30,000 or $250,000 a year.

To illustrate how the system works, I want to share a story.   Continue reading “A Full Proof System That Will Have You Saving Money by Tomorrow”