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Turn Every Day to Gold with The Law of 1
Have you ever tried to get good at doing laundry? Let me tell you a story. The year is 2002. The 1st Extreme Ironing World Championship is underway. Yes, you read that correctly. Competitors are tasked with ironing clothes in challenging environments — floating down rivers, high in a tree, and on a climbing wall — graded on speed, how they managed their settings and their ironing prowess.
My 1 Shortcut to Thriving That Feels Like Cheating
Among the chirping crickets, filibustering frogs, and whistling winds, a sound, equal parts cacophony and harmony. Beautiful. Perfect, even. Why then, was I uneased? I took off my headphones, returning to absolute silence, save for the electric whirring of my computer and my analog breath.
Don’t Balance Your Life, Commit to It
It wasn’t that I wanted to get struck by lightning. Maybe I just liked to fly kites in the rain, even if the cold was a bit unbearable. This bottle wouldn’t fill itself — and fireflies were a terrible substitute for a lantern. I felt the line pull taut as Zeus’s breath called my kite deeper into the stratosphere. I gave it some slack and grit my teeth — couldn’t risk biting my tongue.
My 5 Golden Rules From Living Alone for 2 Years
This bed and breakfast was shit. The communal kitchen was dressed to the nines in food scraps, permanently stained silverware, and cockroaches. An odor so rancid I could feel it — the room’s air hung like a swamp’s breath. Or bog. Or mire. Would that make me a swamp monster, then? Maybe a bog troll? Mire goblin? I harrumphed at the thought as I sat down to eat.
I Joined the 5 AM Club and Hated Life for a Bit
Before this experiment, the title that had come to mind was: I joined the 5 AM Club and Changed My Life. I had a gut feeling that this would finally be the one simple habit to start turning my days into true wins, allowing for maximum productivity, creativity, and happiness.
The 1 Book on Creativity I've Recommended 100 Times
The best books are able to make coherent sentences from thoughts your mind can only mumble to itself. I’ve only ever read one book that has put my thoughts to words, and it’s one that I’ll be recommending to friends until the end of time.