Happiness

Applying “HELL YEAH Or No”

Derek Sivers has a very short, very popular, and very timeless post entitled No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.” The gist of it is: When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” — then say “no.” Derek discussed this in more detail in this great Tim Ferriss Show podcast if you’re interested in learning more about how he came up with this approach. He does mention that when you’re just starting out… Continue reading

5/23/17

Living The Dream

In William B. Irvine’s book on Stoic philosophy there’s a great passage on happiness: Most of us are “living the dream” — living, that is, the dream we once had for ourselves. We might be married to the person we once dreamed of marrying, have the children and job we once dreamed of having, and own the car we once dreamed of buying. But thanks to hedonic adaptation, as soon as we find ourselves living the life of our dreams, we start taking that life… Continue reading

3/21/17

Vacations vs. Trips

This is sort of an addendum to my Hacking Vacation Time post from the fall. I like to categorize my travel as either a vacation or a trip. Let me explain. The goal of a vacation is to relax. I don’t over-schedule my time. I like to be doing things each day, but at a relaxed pace. A perfectly acceptable day might be getting up late, eating breakfast, lying on the beach, and then grabbing a nice dinner. On my travel days I don’t want… Continue reading

1/31/17

The New York Times Weekend Briefing Is The Only “News” I Read

James Altucher has a really good quote in Tools of Titans: Short and Sweet On the Value of Selective Ignorance, After Working at a Newspaper “You’re basically told, ‘Find the thing that’s going to scare people the most and write about it.’…It’s like every day is Halloween at the newspaper. I avoid newspapers.” Tim Ferriss has mentioned this before, and I think it’s one of the better takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek: I never watch the news and have bought one single newspaper in the… Continue reading

1/24/17

Hacking Vacation Time

One of the big themes in The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is the concept of mini-retirements: taking extended vacations as a means to recharge as opposed to delaying gratification until the magical age of 65. While I think delaying rest, relaxation, and travel until retirement is a sucker’s game, I’ve never been all that interested in the type of mini-retirements that Tim proposes. In theory it sounds great, especially if you’re young, single, and can work remotely, or if you’re between jobs. But for… Continue reading

9/20/16

Does Bad Weather Affect Our Business?

We set all sorts of records for cold and snow this winter. More than a few people have asked us if a long, cold winter in the Northeast has negatively affected business. It stands to reason that people are less likely to detail when the winter is brutal and Spring starts a month later. The real answer: it’s probably hurt a bit, but we don’t really know. Sales are up, but they’d likely be up a little more if the country had a warm and… Continue reading

4/27/15

The Freedom of Flexibility

One of my most vivid memories from my one full year in corporate America was on a beautiful sunny summer day. My cubicle was right near a window so I could always see just how nice it was outside. It was the perfect day to go for a bike ride, play some basketball, or relax on the beach. Instead, I was in a cubicle wearing business-casual clothes. By the time I got out at 5, fought traffic on the way home, and ate dinner it… Continue reading

7/1/14

The Best Read On The Web Right Now

I am completely sucked in to the tumblr blog My Startup has 30 Days to Live. It’s written anonymously by an entrepreneur who ran a successful business, took VC money, and now the business is on the brink of failure. Or as he says it: Through a series of unfortunate events, I took a bootstrapped (and profitable) startup onto the VC rocket ship. Now it’s crashing into the ground. Hard. If you want an unfiltered look at what it’s like to have your business slowly… Continue reading

7/12/13

Why We Still Pay For Health Insurance In Full For Every Employee

Last month I had a dentist appointment. The dental hygienist – who I’ve known for my entire life – was asking me how business was and we eventually got on the topic of health care costs. I mentioned that our plan was being canceled and we had to pick a new plan for 2013. After quite a bit of research we were able to find a pretty good new plan. Of course, it’s still significantly more expensive than the old plan and has significantly worse… Continue reading

1/24/13

Monday as a Measure

Steve over at Nerd Fitness wrote a great post last Monday entitled Always Dominate Monday: I challenge you today to start looking at Mondays differently. It’s not the start of a long week. It’s not the worst day of the week. Monday is the most important day of the week, so do it right: Plan out your meals for Monday on Sunday night. Where, when, and what will you eat? Can you prepare any of that the night before? Plan out your workouts for the… Continue reading

8/13/12