The Fantastic Life

Over my lifetime I have become an avid reader of all things personal and professional growth. I’ve also come to learn that many people don’t have time to read, don’t like to read or don’t know what to read to help them live a Fantastic Life. This blog is a shortcut to articles and stories that I’ve found helpful. There are thousands in this library, organized by topic and by Fantastic Life rule.  Even better, I’ve summarized each entry and highlighted what’s most important. So you don’t have to.

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7 Cool Hacks

I saw the below thread about psychology hacks on Instagram and put it all together for the LIFEies crew to scroll through. Here are my

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Life Lessons

Gaining Self-Discipline

I have been told for all my adult life that I have a ton of self-discipline. If you look from the outside, I do (with

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Rule #11

Consistency with Exercise

Yes, I am on a consistency kick this year. I have written about my daily morning routine and the huge value it has brought to me.  Below

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Rule #3

Evening Walking

Last week, I talked about the big positives that come with simply walking every day. Today, I want to take it a step further and

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Rule #10

Walking

Humans were built to walk.  We get so many health benefits from moving our bodies and yet here we are sitting at a desk for

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Goals

Becoming Consistent

Last week I sent a write-up on Discipline and Consistency. This week, let’s take one more look at consistency—my word for 2022. Below is another

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Rule #9

Discipline and Consistency

Today’s LIFEies is a simple write up from Shane Parrish and his Farnam Street blog. I have been sending this piece on discipline and consistency

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Life Lessons

Stoicism Made Simple

I have been into Stoicism for some years now and have written a few LIFEies about this ancient school of thought in the past.  I

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Life Lessons

In Praise of Anxiety

Anxiety seems to be at an all-time high these days.  Over 100 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an anxiety disorder in their

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Life Lessons

A Technique For Maximum Retention

Watch for an important announcement about The Fantastic Life and LIFEies coming soon! I am constantly looking for places I can save time. If I can carve even 5

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Family

Waking Time

We are always on our phones. That’s no secret. But I was surprised to see just how much time people spent on their phones. According

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Family

Dying Peacefully

I have written previously about Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh and all the value I have received from his writings, talks, and life.   As

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Life Lessons

Stressful Situations

We all get into stressful situations. As a 100% commission broker for 37+ years, I know stress. Over time, I have figured out how to

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Goals

Breaking Rules

Below is a simple graphic with 15 so-called life rules that are worth breaking. Take a few minutes to check it out below. Here are

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Family

Overthinking

The below article caught me on the first line:  Overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t even there.   How do you not

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Family

The Secret of Happiness

Over the past few years, making a conscious effort to be grateful and show gratitude has become a big part of my life. It’s more

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Business

Email Etiquette Rules

I spend over 20 hours a week on emails, both reading and writing them.  So, I wanted to send the below article on email etiquette

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Education

Intensely Present

I am working on being intensely present. This was a top 3 goal for 2021 and has continued at the top for 2022. I am

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Education

Ordinary Mind

Below is a very interesting talk given by Zhang Yiming, the CEO of ByteDance and translated into English. This philosophical speech gives great insight into

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Family

Mantra`s for Loved Ones

Buddhist monk and Vietnamese philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh passed this past January.  I followed him for years and loved his messages, which have not died

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Life Lessons

5 Lessons in Meditating

Yes, I have spent a lot of time on meditation in LIFEies.  But I still have more to say about this topic. Why?  The lessons

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Family

The Secret of Happiness

Over the past few years, making a conscious effort to be grateful and show gratitude has become a big part of my life. It’s more

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Goals

Calm Under Pressure

Being calm under pressure is a skill that can be learned. How do we learn it? By learning to control our breath.  Simple — right?

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Family

The Average Savings of Americans

Let’s start today’s LIFEies with this crazy stat: 48% of ALL American households headed by someone over 55 years of age have NO retirement savings whatsoever.

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Business

Taking Great Notes

Today I want to share a quick primer on note taking.  I take notes in every single meeting I attend.  I used to exclusively write

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Family

Quotes, Quotes, Quotes

I have found there is never a set-and-forget cheat for motivation. Quotes that motivated me yesterday may not do it today. Certainly last year’s inspiration

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