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Counter intuitive results from personal data

Unfortunately in society when we talk about fitness or getting fit, we often think of something like this:

Journalling first thing in the morning? Sorry, that’s a hard pass from me. Photo by Team Fredi on Unsplash

COVID has shown how overblown the concept is

Morning routines have been the darling of the self help crowd ever since Tim Ferriss began asking every single person on his podcast what theirs was. He’d ask questions down to what brand of coffee they’d drink in the morning and possibly even the damn grind size they used for their beans. No detail was too minute to go into, because you never knew where the silver bullet lay.

The implication was that these titans of their respective fields had found some kind of secret sauce at the beginning of their day that we could all emulate to be a…

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There were a lot of unexpected results

I’ve been thinking about doing some fasting for quite a while. I’m an athlete and very healthy, but as a 40 year old I can’t ignore the mounting evidence that going without food on a regular basis is very good for you and has a lot of bang for buck when it comes to anti-aging. Having found myself at home and off work due to heart issues, I figured now was the perfect time to give it a shot.

It was an interesting experience.

The experiment

There were several reasons I wanted to do this on a regular basis β€” that being…

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Get over here!

I was a teenager when the first Mortal Kombat was released in theatres. I’d been playing the games since their release and eagerly went to see it with my friend, looking forward to seeing my favourite characters on the big screen. While some of the acting was very sub-par and it devolved into cheesiness at times, overall it was pretty great.

And so it was that, after seeing a few previews for this upcoming instalment, I was excited. It looked gritty, dark and everything we want to see from Mortal Kombat.

Now, a disclaimer before we begin. I’m going to…

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The key to coping with adversity

Think about any time something went wrong in your life. Maybe you got passed over for a promotion, maybe you had a spouse cheat on you, maybe you got in a car accident or had an unfortunate health diagnosis. There’s a common response most people have. They get emotional, they freak out, and then they ask the worst question possible:

Why me?

That response is so natural, so instinctive, that you’re probably wondering how the hell you’re supposed to react to bad news. Well, I can give it to you in three words. …

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Major injury awaits…

You’ve been in the gym for an hour, and so far you’ve had a great workout. You’ve pushed it really hard and the fatigue is starting to set in, but you only have a little bit more to do and then you get to cool down and go home. You unrack the bar for the last time today and start on that last set of 5 squats. You count down each rep, telling yourself that you’re almost there.

On the very last one, you relax just a little towards the bottom and you feel a twinge right where your lower…

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Bullshit conventional β€œwisdom” that needs to be thrown out

1. Don’t get involved in office politics

Dear god, this is some clueless shit right here. Office politics are everything when it comes to success in the corporate, military and even academic world. Anyone that tells you otherwise is hopelessly naive or flat out lying to you. That doesn’t mean you should involve yourself in office gossip mind you β€” because gossip and politics are two different things. One is essential, the other is playing with fire.

Getting involved in office politics is essential because in the real world people don’t get promotions and opportunities for having the most skill or the best work ethic. They get…

How to ensure you don’t get stuck in

Boy I’m sorry Carl, we just don’t see you as management material. Better luck next time. Photo: Aslan Kumarov/Unsplash

Let’s be as real as possible β€” the business world is a crapshoot when it comes to advancing your career. You need just as much luck as you do work ethic and skill, because even though you might be the best at what you do, unless things go almost perfectly for you in the world of office politics, you might find yourself stuck in a position for many years longer than you’re happy with.

You may even be stuck there for good.

One of the biggest hindrances to career advancement is performance and talent reviews. This is when your boss…

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Here’s how to emulate it on a normal person’s budget

Ever since LeBron James and his personal trainer appeared on an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast, a bunch of media outlets have jumped upon the fact that he spends over $1.5m per year on ensuring his body is in tip top condition. It makes complete sense β€” professional athletes have a short career span where they make their most money. $1.5m is nothing to James, and it’s an investment that ensures he can earn many times that for every year he adds to his career.

The question is, what is he spending all this money on, and can…

An important message for all twenty-somethings

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Gary V has copped a lot of shit here on Medium. Loads of people have taken issue with his message and as usual, plenty have misinterpreted it as well. For many, he’s been the poster child of hustle culture and thus a strawman to throw flamey things at in anger. I feel like a lot of people are projecting there, but whatever, because there’s one thing Gary gets absolutely right that I don’t think anyone is really acknowledging.

Let me tell you a short story. When I was at the end of my twenties, I trained in judo with a…

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