You can’t achieve anything without it.

But you can improve your discipline “muscle” with use. The more you get yourself to do things you know you ought to do but would rather not, the stronger that muscle becomes.



What I believe in is continuous improvement as a mindset. Commit yourself to the idea of continuously improving whatever you do, both in terms of big things and even very small and seemingly trivial things.

Managing your finances — a big thing — how can you improve that? Washing the dishes — a trivial thing — how can you improve that?

Continuous improvement — that should be your mindset permanently. Nothing short of that.

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What Are Your Thoughts?

What are your thoughts? Not what are you thinking now, but what are your thoughts literally? I don’t think a thought in the mind is a word or words, although after the fact we can shape them into words to express them, but when you have them, they are these very abstract electrical impulses in the brain, it seems to me. So. in truth, there is an air of mystery about what human thought really is. Not at all clear what a thought produced by a human brain actually is.

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I Don’t Think So

I don’t think there is systemic racism.

I don’t believe white people are evil.

I don’t think people younger than 60 should refrain from going back to work.

I don’t think we should suppress the use of fossil fuels and ruin our economy.

I don’t think the Chinese government is benign.

I don’t think Russia is the bogeyman.

I don’t think suppressing “hate speech” is a better or viable substitute for freedom of speech and the 1st Amendment.

I don’t think groupthink is better than individualism.

I don’t think open borders is a good idea.

I don’t think you accept immigrants as citizens without vetting them for criminal behavior, infectious diseases, and terrorism.

I don’t think this last presidential election was honest and above board.

I don’t think over half the country supports this new administration in Washington, but that a sizeable portion of the country sees this recent presidential election as a fraud.

I don’t think your vote matters anywhere near as much as who counts the votes.

I don’t think a majority of conservatives in the American public agrees with the goals propagated by the Left and the universities.

I don’t think Biden’s son’s influence-peddling was anything other than graft.

I don’t think the liberal press is anything other than distorted ideology.

I don’t think you impeach a former president after he leaves office.

I don’t think you impeach a former president because of a popular demonstration protesting a rigged election.

I don’t think all the money printing by the Federal Reserve is going to end well.

I don’t think our fiat currency in dollars has much value anymore.

I don’t think government by massive deficit spending is viable long term.

I don’t think our current economy is anything other than crony capitalism, thanks to the money-printing Federal Reserve as well as bale outs by the government.

I don’t think socialism is a viable economic system or produces any real value.

I don’t think the anti-business Biden administration is going to tackle the dismal unemployment situation and restore the economy.

I don’t think raising the minimum wage across the entire country is going to help create jobs — I think it will do the opposite, as employers reduce staff to compensate, particularly in states with a lower cost of living.

I don’t think the future is going to be bright.

I don’t think life in the US is going to be peaceful in the future.



Don’t underappreciate calm serenity.

Marcus Aurelius noted that one can retreat into the serene haven of one’s own mind at any time.

We live in an age that dotes on excitement and entertainment, but this perspective may be harmful if taken to the extreme, and may lead one to not appreciate the very real benefits of serenity.

Those who practice some form of meditation have come around to this point of view.

In the long run, which is really more beneficial to you, excitement or peace of mind?