These are my best stories as in “I think this is my best work.” In no particular order:
#2, #9, #10 would have made the…
Why is America “The Greatest Country in the World™?”
Unlike Italy (Caesar), Greece (Alexander the Great), and Mongolia (Genghis Khan), America never ruled half the known world. In fact, America is only 200 years old. It’s one of the youngest countries of all.
So why do they get that slogan? America gets that slogan because for all 200 of those years, they’ve been yelling it at the top of their lungs. When the founding fathers put their signatures on that document, they said: “This is what makes a country great.”
Ever since, America at large has been saying, “Look! This…
If his mom hadn’t called him about the suicide book he’d ordered from the library, Tim Ferriss might not be here today. Thankfully, most of us will never need such a chance encounter or staged intervention. Why is that?
Why don’t we all require literal life-saving, given we all fight the same existential battles? I have a theory: You’re already being saved. It just happens differently than you imagine, and you don’t realize it does.
Every day, tiny parachutes protect you from falling. You don’t know who made them. You don’t see them on your back. …
Your mind has many layers. All day, you keep jumping from one to another.
There’s the work layer, which contains your to-do list, your career goals, and a million process workflows.
There’s the organization layer, which reminds you to do grocery shopping and keep your adult life together.
There’s the social layer, which sends a friend’s joke into your ear mid-lunch and prompts you to call your mom.
Each of these layers breaks down into a million smaller sheets, and you’re Tarzan, trampolining from level to level inside the bouncy castle of your mind. That can be exhausting. …
If you could vanish from society and start a new life, what would you do?
Directed by Michael Bay, the movie sees six self-appointed action heroes toppling a cruel dictator in the fictional country of Turgistan. Led by a nameless billionaire, played by Ryan Reynolds, they do so in Bay-typical fashion: with lots of guns, cars, one-liners, and explosions.
Despite its over-the-top action and straightforward plot, there’s a deeper meaning behind the films…
When a fly lands on your nose, your inclination is to swat at it. Shoo! Go away! There are several reasons not to do it.
For one, even though it only takes a second to wave, it might not be much longer before the fly sits in the same spot again. She can play this game for hours! Can you?
This leads to the second reason: You’re not in the business of fly-swatting. Whatever job you actually have in the moment, it’s much more important than squashing a pesky bug — especially one that means you no harm.
One time, Will Smith and Kevin Hart were on a talk show. The host did an experiment with the audience: Everyone had to write their worst fear on a card, and then Will and Kevin would help some people overcome it.
The first candidate was a woman named Galia. Galia was afraid of feet. “Any feet. My own, my friends’, any. I don’t want to look at them, see them, be touched by them…”
Will goes first. What advice does he have to offer? Will is a man of action, and so, instead of talking, he proceeds to take off…
French scientist Pierre Fouquet was an early researcher of alcoholism. He broke the illness into three categories, two of which describe the circumstances of people we now describe as “alcoholics,” such as drinking in secret with the goal of blacking out.
The third, “alcoholitis,” is “the most common form of alcoholism in France, particularly among men,” Fouquet noted. The subject has a high tolerance and lacks serious psychological complications — they mainly drink beer and wine in social settings, just in too large quantities for it to be healthy.
“We drink to drink with others,” Fouquet said, but “the toxic…
“Matter” is my theme for this year. As in: What matters?
So far, it has been fun to ask this question in my personal life. What are the things I really need? Who are the people I really want to be around? I’m decluttering and prioritizing the people I care about.
When it comes to my work, however, asking this question hasn’t been fun at all. It’s throwing me for a massive loop. All writers eventually hit this wall. In my case, I look back at seven years and some 2,000 pieces, and when I ask, “Which ones did I…