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168/365 Work ethic is not a moral virtue

Work ethic is not a moral virtue that can be cultivated simply by wanting to be a better person. It’s actually a biochemical condition that can be fostered, purposefully, through activity that increases dopamine levels in the brain. from The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What[…]

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167/365 A fighting chance

Although we live in a world engineered to make us want, we can—just by paying attention—start to see through some of it. Knowing what’s going on won’t eliminate all your wants, but it will give you at least a fighting chance to exercise your “I won’t” power. from The Willpower[…]

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163/365 Find Your Torture

On the Howard Stern show, Jerry Seinfeld was explaining how it never gets easier. How it is all work. He joked that “your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with.” For me, that’s writing—I’m grateful that it’s so hard. That Allen Iverson clip: We’re talking[…]

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