self help gurus

Self-Help Gurus Suck. Here’s Why And How To Choose The “Right” Ones

Noam LightstoneSelf-Improvement 7 Comments

Self-help and personal development is an over-crowded market. I knew this coming in. There’s tons of people trying to give advice, feedback, coaching, etc. You can usually trace each site or resource down to one person, or so-called “guru”. Not every person likes that label, but let’s stick with it for now. It could also be mentor, teacher, or something …


How To Improve Productivity – A Simple Cycle Based System

Noam LightstoneSelf-Improvement 3 Comments

When we get things done, we’re happy. It’s why so many of us want to know how to improve productivity. I had to learn how to be productive very early on out of circumstance. First in engineering school, when you’re sometimes in class from 8AM until 8PM with one 1.5 hour break during the day, still have lab reports to write, …


The One Mistake You Make With Positive Thinking And How To Fix It

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Positive thinking and learning how to stay positive is powerful. These are probably some of the first things you learned about in self-improvement. What you focus on grows, so if you are always assuming people are judging you, if you always assume something bad will happen, if you always contemplate anxious thoughts and churn on them… Well, you’re putting garbage into your …

15 Things I Learned (or Re-Learned) about Life from Grad School

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Coming to the end of my Master’s I originally felt depressed, annoyed, and angry that I hadn’t done all that I originally set out to do. But thanks to some outside sources, I was told that the degree isn’t about getting the exact goal done, it’s more about the learning involved. You learn how to do research. But I learned …