The traveler's trail is a boulevard of tragic stories of lost iPhones, Android Devices that (like in their clever commercials) grew legs and ran away, pilfered ergonomic earphones, stolen laptops, absentee underwear and most seriously, misplaced passports. Losing your stuff while traveling sucks, not only because of inconvenience, the stress, the replacement costs but more importantly because of the time it takes that could be spent enjoying travel, doing cool things and connecting with interesting people. This article will present some bizarre memory systems, life hacks and uncommon yet practical solutions for not losing your valuable stuff while traveling.
The most common sense (yet uncommonly practiced) solution to not losing your stuff is this simple: keep your things in the same place. One of the biggest reasons people lose things, temporarily and permanently, is that they leave them in new places because of convenience or absentmindedness. You are rushing to meet friends for dinner so you leave your shaver in the hostel bathroom or you are exhausted after a long flight so you fall asleep with your laptop on your bed. Resist this temptation, and create a system for keeping your stuff in the same place.
Here's a few practical examples:
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Society puts smart people on quite a lofty pedestal but there's some real downsides to being highly intelligent. You're on this website because you were either born a smart person (which as you will see by the end of this article is actually not such a lucky roll of the genetic dice) or on your way to becoming a very smart person. Whether you're part of the club already or still (like me!) paying your dues there's some things that really suck about being smart.
You will understand some of the vexing problems that you have, up to this point in your life, failed to beat with your smarts and intellectual resources. For each problem we identify solutions; both actionable behaviors to change and deeper mindsets to internalize.
Do you know anyone that when you talk to them you feel like a young Jedi getting advice advice from Yoda? I do. His name is Dr. Mark Ashton Smith. Dr. Smith runs a cognitive psychology lab at the University of Cyprus, is a lecturer at Cambridge University and is the creator of the brain training software Dual N-Back Pro. He's one of the most insightful, well spoken and charming people I know. We had a +1 hour conversation about smart people problems in Podcast #26, give it a download!
Highly intelligent people usually have less sex, especially when they are younger. I totally used too fit into this stereotype...
I lost my virginity to spy. Here's the story...
At age 20 I had a great social life and lots of friends who were girls but I was a virgin and I badly wanted to change that. I met her on the dancefloor at a foam party (classy... I know!). She had an exotic, uhm, black woman's name.
The girl I met a midst the suds aggressively thrust me into her social group. We started going out together once or twice a week, as friends. One night we jokingly agreed to be each other's PLAN B in case we didn't hook up with strangers at the party we were going too (again, classy, I know!). Before I dropped her off I announced that I needed a glass of water from her apartment. I left about 3 hours later devirginized. When we had first met she mentioned she had studied criminal justice. I found out a year later that her secretarial office job was a cover for her job as spy. She worked for the State of Colorado and was investigating her employer for financial fraud. As she grew to trust me she confided various details of her undercover assignments. Eventually she quit after witnessing a recently deceased coworker - there's no way I would share this via my blog if she was still a spy. She was a good friend.
Unfortunately the stereotype of the sexually frustrated nerd who hasn't been laid in 6 months is pretty accurate, especially in younger people as documented in a Journal of Adolescent Health paper. I'm not just talking about smart guys either, there's is a strong correlation between lower birthrate and women of higher education and IQ. Smart people's tendency to over analyze probably has a lot to do with this problem, we are more often doing cost-benefit analysis, second guessing decisions and trying to make predictions about our future relationships when we should probably be thinking with our loins instead of our neocortexes.
On the Bright Side: General Survey Data from the United States suggests that richer, more educated people enjoy sex more.
The Solution: The activities that get you laid; dating, courtship and lovemaking really are skill sets that need to be developed with study, coaching, practice and repetition. Three really excellent, ethical resources I've found for these areas are the The Art of Charm Podcast and Daygame. A Mindmiester flowchart is a great tool for purposeful lifestyle design.Add a comment
For most of history true mastery of self control and willpower was regarded as a mythological act or feat of accomplishment that could only be reached by individuals who were more than human. Today, we are exceedingly lucky to live in a time when attitudes have matured and the science of biology has quantified the factors that determine the degree of self control we have and practice. This article will present some cutting edge biohacking techniques along with some rare philosophical mindsets for significantly increasing your will power, focus and ability to resist addictive behaviors.
David was my best friend for 4 years, towards the end of that time it became increasingly evident that he was a non violent, high functioning psychopath.
David was on the path to become a doctor. David at any given time had at least one woman intensely in love with him, he had to pay for abortions at least 3 times that he told me about. To this day he remains the most charming person I have ever met.
David partied; he loved nightclubs, bottle service, cocaine and occasionally smoking crystal meth. He had a contagious ability to energize any room.
The only other passion that matched his appetite for intoxicants was his religiosity. He came from an intensely religious mormon family (who I knew well, they were some of classiest, most generous people I've ever known). Sometimes in a drunken fervor he would explain to me how he was one day going to become a god of his own earth (this is part of the Mormon religion).
David carried an atlas of guilt on his shoulders. As his best friend and confidant, I heard from him almost daily about how bad he felt about his alcoholism, his wasteful spending, and his cheating on his lovely mormon fiance. Despite being incredibly hard working, smart, charming, healthy, financially stable, surrounded by caring family, and getting laid all the damn time David was profoundly unhappy because of his lack of will power when it came to his vices.
Practicing self control will be demystified for you, beyond a pseudo-spiritual lifestyle of abstinence from things that feel amazing. Self control is not an ongoing process of self flagellation, it is an automatic system for making good decisions. Self control is like a software operating system your day to day thoughts and impulses run on. By the end of this article you will understand how to re-install, behaviorally configure and upgrade your software. Next time you face a task, temptation or challenge requiring a high degree of self control you will be able to confidently choose from a variety powerful tools to handle it.
A philosophy first articulated Aristippus of Cyrene, a pupil of Socrates. The core belief of hedonism is that...
It is also the idea that every person's pleasure should far surpass their amount of pain.
Ethical hedonism, is the idea that we should have a dual focus on maximizing pleasure within the bounds of what is ethical. Therefor an ethical hedonist is a person who seeks to maximize their own pleasure but only if it's morally right to do so.
The reason this is such a lifehack is because, by prioritizing ethics you actually get to be more hedonistic, both in qauntity and qaulity.
Aristippus wasn't big believer in an after life so he figured that as long as you were above ground you might as well be enjoying yourself. He held the idea that pleasure is the highest good, I mostly agree!Add a comment
Contrary to what the personal development industry and countless self help platitudes will tell you, a positive mental attitude, on it's own, really is quite useless. This point is driven home in the heart breakingly raw documentary below about heroin addicts in the city of Swansea in the UK. A self admitted junkie in the documentary talks extensively about a positive mental attitude. The junkie talks about:
At the end of the film we see him as the truly tortured soul he is relapse into heroin abuse, completely failed by his positive mental attitude... The documentary is about an hour long and is well worth the watch, if just to put your own problems in perspective.Add a comment
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There are over 3500 self help books published yearly, courses and seminars ranging from $5 to $50,000 that money back guarantee to make you a more empowered, productive, happier version of yourself. Amidst this fury of commercialism I would like to present the least monetizable piece of self help advice you will probably ever hear.