Choice: Battling the Daily Dilemma for the Better

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
~ Aristotle

The Beauty and Beast of Choice

In everything we do, from yogurt to cars to pants, from university to profession to location – we have to make difficult choices.

While it’s nice to have options, it’s stressful, difficult, and often overwhelms, leading us to skip choice and accept default. We become passive, crippled by options.

Industrial growth and market economics built a worldview assuming that more choice equals more freedom and more happiness. As the more is better cliché continues to mingle its way through society, it’s becoming evident that more is not necessarily better and certainly does not make things easy.

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4 Highly Effective Work Habits Learned From Fitness Routines

“Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.”

~ Truman Capote

Do you have ambitious ideas that overwhelm your senses just thinking about their potential? Just get choked up like Capote over his book?

If so, that is something amazing and certainly worthy of gratitude and respect. But it can also drive you crazy. It’s a beautiful beast that brings you to life and then kills you if you can’t achieve it.

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Are You Hurry Sick? The Paradox of Productivity

“What kind of rule is this? The more time saving machinery there is, the more pressed a person is for time.”

~ Sebastian de Grazia, Of Time, Work, and Leisure

There’s an app for almost everything and a tool for every job–in most cases, more than one.

Market economics and technology have exploded with an abundant diversity of ways to make our lives easier, more efficient and productive. Interestingly, the opposite is often true.

The more gadgets and tools that are created to make our lives more streamline, the more stress we experience and less time we seemingly have. There is always more to produce and more to consume.

The urgency created around time can extend to extreme habitual patterns of rushing without real external time pressures. Cardiac psychologist Diane Ulmer and Leonard Schwarzburd call this “hurry sickness.”

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We’re Hardwired For… Unhappiness?

“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord”

~ Thomas Paine

Do you ever wonder why we have to make an effort to divert negative thoughts and comments? Why we often have to pause and think before seeing positively? It can seem tiresome to keep up with staying positive! What gives?

Unhappiness has one best friend: fear. We fear that we aren’t good enough, don’t have enough, aren’t safe and secure, aren’t worthy and so much more. This perpetual cycle of fear and doubt is tickled out of us society daily, as we increasingly feel like it’s all our fault. The good within the bad is that it’s not your fault; it’s natural. Continue reading

Why Office Work Doesn’t Work: Escaping the Confines

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.

~ Wendy Wasserstein

Where Do You Go When You Really Need To Get Something Done?

Jason Fried spent 10 years asking people this question and found surprising, yet sensible answers.

Fried, Author of Rework and President of 37signals, a Chicago-based privately-held company committed to building the best web-based tools to increase collaboration and productivity. Their products include ever-popular project-management tool Basecamp, as well as Highrise and Campfire. 37signals blog, Signal vs. Noise is read by over 100,000 people everyday.

He has more than a knack for business and productivity.

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Welcome to the Good Life

 “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello and welcome! I’m happy you’re here. It’s a good place to be if your interested in or seeking to liberate from convention and live with extraordinary intent. I’m committed to living to these ends and will be sharing all I’ve come to know and continue learning. My goal is to provide inspiration and tools for others to better their lives.

As things gear up, you can check out the Start Here page, work over to the About and continue on to get my whole story.

We’re building a community of sensible people with the courage to forge extraordinary lives. If that’s you, sign up to follow in the top right by clicking “Let’s Liberate” and receive the know-how to get started.

Drop me a note, I’d be happy to hear where you are in life, your struggles, successes and how you do or wish to Mind a Good Life.

One world. One people. One love.

With intent,

Mehdi René