Monthly Archives: August 2008

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius’ Six Timeless Observations on Life

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was Roman emperor from 161 until his death in 180. A great thinker, Marcus embodied Plato’s ideal of the philosopher king to a considerable extent. He was a strong emperor, engaging in various wars in defense of the Roman empire for his entire reign, but he was also greatly concerned with social justice and welfare, even going so far as to sell his own possessions to alleviate people’s suffering from famine and plague (from which he died). Continue reading

Mood

Why Your Mood Is Killing Your Productivity (& What To Do About It)

Most people are on a quest to increase their productivity in order to do less and achieve more. Tips on how to organize your passwords, instructions on how to handle e-mail, advice to take creativity breaks, and information on how … Continue reading

introverts and extroverts

Introverts And Extraverts: Can’t We Just Get Along?

Being an introvert is a bad thing, right? Well, a lot of people seem to think so, judging by the number of articles I’ve read about how to “cure” introversion. In response to these articles, I wrote The Introverts Strike Back, in which I argued that (1) introverts can’t become extraverts, and (2) they shouldn’t particularly want to. Continue reading

Self Improvement

Is There Really Such a Thing as ‘Self Improvement’?

Can the self be improved? What is the self, anyway? Does the currently popular “self-help movement” really help us or is it a paradoxical diversion from our true self? I hope that you will help me in addressing these questions … Continue reading

Human relationships

Why Personal Development Should Focus More On Human Relationships

There’s a mountain of personal development literature out there about improving the material circumstances of your life, mostly by making more money and becoming more productive. A topic that gets less coverage, however, is what we’re supposed to do with … Continue reading