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Historically, there has been a clear separation for most people between what they did for a living and what they did in their free time. It was universally accepted that work was filled with struggle and sacrifice. The payoff was…
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Why Do You Want It?

Thoughts and feelings precede actions.  What this means is that you must think or feel something before you do something.  The first time you do something—for example, swing a baseball bat or ride a bike—you are highly conscious of all aspects of that action.  But over time, conscious thought falls away and your habitual system…

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The Blame Game

Welcome to The Blame Game! The game that stars a low-consciousness person in a high-stress environment. I’m your host, Alan Philips, and we’re here to rage for a moment, discharge our discomfort and pain, and create feelings of long-term guilt.  Our goal is to slowly tear all of our meaningful relationships to shreds. Without further…

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99 Problems But An Idea Ain’t One

I am a man with too many ideas.  Not a day goes by that I am not hit by some epiphany that leads my mind down a path of hypotheticals. I immediately begin testing the idea of the day against my innate principles.  Would this be possible?  Would it be profitable?  Would people want this…

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James Jebbia

Founded in a small store located in downtown New York in 1994, James Jebbia’s independent label Supreme has become one of the foremost underground streetwear brands, boasting a cult following eager for it’s coveted range of tees, footwear and branded miscellanea. Produced in limited editions, Jebbia regularly collaborates with mainstream brands such as Comme des Garçons,…

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KITH, Making of a Modern Brand

In the Jewish religion, a bar mitzvah is the ritual induction of a boy into manhood at the age of thirteen. It’s recognized as the time when he, not his parents, becomes responsible for his actions. Ronnie Fieg took this transition quite seriously. Fieg’s first cousin is David Z, a legendary sneaker and sportswear retailer…

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99 Problems But An Idea Ain’t One

I am a man with too many ideas.  Not a day goes by that I am not hit by some epiphany that leads my mind down a path of hypotheticals. I immediately begin testing the idea of the day against my innate principles.  Would this be possible?  Would it be profitable?  Would people want this…

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Apr 14 , 2019

Why George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones Almost Quit Writing

On Sunday, the much-anticipated eighth, and final, season of HBO’s massively popular series “Game of Thrones” will finally debut. Over the previous seven seasons, millions of viewers have become obsessed with the fantasy world filled with dragons, knights and frozen zombies — all of which was created by author George R.R. Martin. As the author…

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Apr 12 , 2019

Your Best Self

Historically, there has been a clear separation for most people between what they did for a living and what they did in their free time. It was universally accepted that work was filled with struggle and sacrifice. The payoff was financial gain and, if you were lucky, a hint of passion on the weekends and…

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Apr 07 , 2019

Byron Katie’s Four Questions

Byron Katie is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as “The Work”. She is the founder of Byron Katie International, an organization that includes The School for the Work and Turnaround House in Ojai, California. TIME describes her as “a spiritual innovator for the 21st century.” I was blown…

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Apr 07 , 2019

Why Do You Want It?

Thoughts and feelings precede actions.  What this means is that you must think or feel something before you do something.  The first time you do something—for example, swing a baseball bat or ride a bike—you are highly conscious of all aspects of that action.  But over time, conscious thought falls away and your habitual system…

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Mar 31 , 2019

The Cult of Homework

From The Atlantic: America has long had a fickle relationship with homework. A century or so ago, progressive reformers argued that it made kids unduly stressed, which later led in some cases to district-level bans on it for all grades under seventh. This anti-homework sentiment faded, though, amid mid-century fears that the U.S. was falling…

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Mar 31 , 2019

The Blame Game

Welcome to The Blame Game! The game that stars a low-consciousness person in a high-stress environment. I’m your host, Alan Philips, and we’re here to rage for a moment, discharge our discomfort and pain, and create feelings of long-term guilt.  Our goal is to slowly tear all of our meaningful relationships to shreds. Without further…

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Mar 24 , 2019

Why Being Near Water Makes Us Happier

From Conde Nast Traveler: Every time my brother crosses the Sagamore Bridge from mainland Massachusetts to Cape Cod, we all know where he’s headed: a sandy spot off an ocean road on the Nantucket Sound, home to the little beach club my family has belonged to for over 30 years. On clear days, you can…

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Mar 24 , 2019

99 Problems But An Idea Ain’t One

I am a man with too many ideas.  Not a day goes by that I am not hit by some epiphany that leads my mind down a path of hypotheticals. I immediately begin testing the idea of the day against my innate principles.  Would this be possible?  Would it be profitable?  Would people want this…

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Mar 17 , 2019

The Three Stages of Truth

Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in 1564. His father wanted him to become a doctor and sent him to study medicine at the University of Pisa. While there he discovered a natural talent for math, and eventually left medical school to pursue mathematics. In 1609, Galileo learned about the spyglass, a new invention helping…

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Mar 10 , 2019

Richard Plepler, HBO

I was alarmed and upset when I heard about the departure of CEO Richard Plepler from HBO after over thirty years at Time Warner.  Sometimes the most prolific creators are the ones who enable the creatives to do great work.  From my understanding Mr. Plepler was one of those people.  While I am sure he…

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