The Challenges and Importance of Creativity

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Martin Buber’s philosophical account on life, religion, and identity lends itself to the the creative individual. While the text is considered somewhat existential, and works towards wedding Western religion with Eastern philosophy, the book nevertheless gives alarming insight into art and the creative realm. Buber’s I and Thou challenges readers to work towards self-improvement, and practice living in the now by paying close attention to other “You(s)” around them. Continue reading “The Challenges and Importance of Creativity”

The Importance of Failing

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Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, is a valuable reference when looking into both becoming a better writer and person. Combining craft and experience, King supplies a no nonsense approach to writing that removes a lot of the decor surrounding many other books and writer workshops. The bare bones of writing,  this text demands more from readers; in essence it calls for everyone to just sit down and write. Continue reading “The Importance of Failing”

Love: American Made

Against Love, by Laura Kipnis serves as a wake up call to couples today. It provides a refreshing take on relationships, and strips away all the makeup and pomp surrounding love. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that most adolescents or teens, and to a large extent adults too, need to read at least part of Against Love: A Polemic.

The purpose of such a reading? Well to educate the audience about the more un-alluring aspects of love of course. Love, at least in America, is usually the flagship touted at the frontline in order to get compatriots in tow behind American ideology. No concept in America has worked its way so seamlessly into the social fabric of civility as the current take on Love. Specifically, Hollywood love, toting around Puritan values of the soulmate and incessantly reminding the country that relationships take a lot of work. Continue reading “Love: American Made”

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 BrainPickings.org. 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”

Silencing the Chatter: Moving Beyond the Voices in Your Head

How many thoughts do you think you have in a single day? According to a study done by the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at USC, the average person has 70,000 thoughts per day.

This study may also explain why our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter.  We have too many thoughts going through our mind and less time to focus. In fact, a recent study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that the average attention span of a human being is now 8.25 seconds.  To put that into perspective, a goldfish has a 9 second attention span. Continue reading “Silencing the Chatter: Moving Beyond the Voices in Your Head”

Discovering the single most common attribute leading to success in business and creativity

I’ve always been intrigued by what makes people successful. From Elon Musk and Benjamin Franklin to Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway the question I always ask is: What makes them so great at what they do?

One of the most common themes across the board for successful people, both in business and in arts, relates to the act of rising early every morning to do the thing they most desire.

Mason Currey, in his book covering the routines of some of the most successful people in the past, titled Daily Rituals, gives an account following the mannerisms of Benjamin Franklin. Currey remarks on how Franklin awoke daily at dawn to take “air baths” so that, as Franklin puts it:

“[He could] rise early almost every morning, and sit in [his] chamber without any clothes whatever, half an hour to an hour, according to the season, either reading or writing.”

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Meditation: An Overlook Into Happiness, Striving, And Practice

“Happiness is a skill.” This sentence resonated most closely with me when combing through the multiple books, articles, and podcasts on meditation. Dan Harris, the author of the quote above and the book 10% Happier, puts the practice of meditation into a very real context by showing how happiness consists of something more akin to a muscle, one which can be trained within the body, than any external object that needs to be obtained.
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