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Motivation

Surgery Tomorrow: The End, or a New Beginning?

Tomorrow’s a big day for me, literally and figuratively. It could be a new beginning… or the end of everything. You see, I’m checking into Auckland Hospital for bariatric surgery – a gastric bypass, to be exact. Despite the complexity of the procedure, my surgeon promises me that he’s “never lost anyone,” but had to advise me of the 1-in-1000 risk of complications. There’s a lot for him to do – staple off a section of stomach here, remove a section of intestine there, connect the remaining shorter intestine to a 1cm hole he’s creating in the remaining stomach pouch, and reconnect the original stomach further on down the intestinal tract. And he’s doing this all laparoscopically, via 4 small holes. I should be out by Sunday. Or… I’ll know what’s really on the other side – most likely nothing. But I won’t be around to care.

Wait But Why: SpaceX and Elon Musk

I love Wait But Why – the articles are in depth, fascinating, well written and full of humour.

The latest piece on Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and what’s it’s really about is awesome. Just saying. it’s a long read, but worth it 🙂

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html

Eat Live Frogs for a Productive Life!

Continuing the small water-friendly animal theme…

“Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst things that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

Friendship

This post comes from a series I wrote as part of a private Tumblr account, way back in 2012. I thought it would be cool to reproduce some of my amateur psychology here 🙂

Over the years I’ve been involved in many friendships and noticed they generally follow a pattern, or life-cycle, that can be separated into “phases”. I expect this is a similar progression to that experienced by couples in romantic relationships. By analysing friendships in terms of these phases it becomes easier to see where things are going and improve your approach and attitude and make the relationship better and more valuable for both parties.

Setting Goals

This post comes from a series I wrote as part of a private Tumblr account, way back in 2012. I thought it would be cool to reproduce some of my amateur psychology here 🙂

Goal setting is interesting, because in a way, it conflicts with the idea that life is about the journey, not the destination. To be honest… the destination is inevitably death. If you’re lucky, this will happen in your sleep or in a way where you’ll never know it happened. For most of us though, it’ll be a fairly unpleasant experience.

Fear

This post comes from a series I wrote as part of a private Tumblr account, way back in 2012. I thought it would be cool to reproduce some of my amateur psychology here 🙂

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Dune (Frank Herbert).

Fear is probably the greatest burden, the biggest obstacle and the most powerful force stopping someone reaching their goals and full potential. It can permeate almost everything we attempt, and cripple development. We’re challenged by the “big” fears – death, poverty, illness, loneliness, as well as the smaller, more insidious fears – what do people think of me? Do they talk about me behind my back? Do they laugh at me? Am I any good?