What's More Dangerous? A Pool, or a Gun? Statistics That Question Human Rationality

Are you more scared of a six-year-old boy being shot in the head, or drowning in a pool?

Every year, in the United States, around 550 children under the age of ten die from drowning in a pool. 
Every year, in the United States, only 175 children under the age of ten are killed by a gun.

Death by pool is over three times more likely than death by gun, yet, there are forty guns for every pool in the United States. Why are we so scared of a child being shot by a gun, when we don't think twice about sending a child to go play in a pool?

If you've ever experienced bad turbulence on a plane, you know that every passenger usually goes silent after a few big bumps. Turbulence can cause entire rows of people to hold hands, close their eyes, and quietly whisper prayers. You might even get a sinking feeling in your stomach yourself in these situations. Yet, while driving a car, most of us don't think twice about eating, blasting music, changing the radio station, or talking on the phone. Some of us don't think twice about driving after a beer or two.  

I think you know what's coming...

Every year, about 550 people die from plane crashes, and this includes private, non-commercial accidents.
In 2011, the year of the lowest number of fatalities from traffic accidents in recent history, over 32,000 people died in the US alone from traffic accidents.

That means that even in a freak year, for every one person that died in a plane crash, sixty died in a car accident. What's the deal with humans?

Why are we so quick to worry over risks that scare us, and more-or-less apathetic over risks that kill us?

Is it because we don't understand the statistics? Is it because we feel like we aren't in control over risks that scare us? Or, is it because we are irrational as human beings?

Is there another reason the risks that kill us are so much different than the risks that scare us? What are your thoughts?

Dream - Motivational Video

Today, I have a video to share with you. I usually don't share motivational videos, but I first saw this about a year ago, and it deeply inspired me. If you enjoy posts like this, let me know, and I'll share more. Enjoy!

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What Do Tim Ferriss and Modest Mouse Have in Common?

Take a quick listen to this 30-second song by Modest Mouse: Black Blood & Old Newagers.

Notice anything odd? If it sounds to you like this is a recording of some kid spitting random jargon into a mic, it's because it pretty much is. This song is on the first album Modest Mouse ever recorded, Sad Sappy Sucker, back in 1994.

Today, Modest Mouse is selling out venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and Madison Square Garden in New York City. They've closed some of the biggest music festivals in the country, and frequently draw crowds of 100,000 people to their shows.

How did a bunch of high school kids singing nonsense into a mic become one of the biggest names in the indie rock world? 

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A Simple Test To Gauge Your Future Success

What's something that almost all successful people have in common? Take a guess. 

It's not luck, fortune, fame, drive, or good genes (of course, these are all a plus).

The thing that most successful people have in common is a high internal locus of control. People with a high internal locus of control tend to live longer, have better marriages, and have happier lives than people who don't. So, what does an internal locus of control look like?

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How To Increase Your Odds Of Doing Anything

Is there something that you've been meaning to do that you keep putting off? 

For me, it was teaching yoga, writing, and meditating daily. I always wanted to wait until I got better, until I learned more, and until I had more time before I started. And then I started traveling.... I was on a five month extended vacation with literally nothing to do but explore the world and meet awesome people, and still was putting off my goals. What were my excuses for not performing now?

No matter where you are in life, there will always seem like a better time to start something. You'll always be too busy, nervous, tired, old, young, smart, or dumb to start until you actually do it. I recently learned a little trick that finally got me started:

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Declutter Your Life With One Simple Rule

I’ve been living in Colombia for four months now, and today I had a simple, but fascinating realization. Since leaving the states, I haven't used any of the things I left back home, and the only shopping I've done has been for one, really cool shirt in the small coffee town of Salento.

On top of that, dishwashers, dryers, and microwave ovens don't exist here, and the only air conditioner I've had access to was in a hotel for a few days (thanks for visiting mom and dad!).

Not only did it take me four months to recognize that so many of my American essentials were missing from my life, but it took me equally as long to realize that none of these things really made my life any better. I’m just as happy, if not happier, without them.

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What I Learned From Being Broke

Today's post is a guest post written by Arey Karasin. Arey is an inspiration to me and is one of the reasons I decided to start a 30 day writing challenge. Arey runs his own blog, and although English is not his first language, he manages to write a post in English every single day. I was inspired by Arey's vulnerability and ambition, and today, I want to share one of his posts with you. To learn more about Arey, visit his website at www.karasingroup.com.

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Getting Comfortable With The Uncomfortable: 7 Simple Challenges to Try Today

mfort challenge is the act of performing an uncomfortable task for the sole purpose of getting more comfortable with the uncomfortable. Comfort challenges are one of the best ways to stretch your comfort zone and live life the way you've always dreamed of living it.

I first learned the incredible benefits of comfort challenges in 2013 from Tim Ferriss, in his book, The Four Hour Workweek. One particular quote from Tim has stuck with me ever since:

“A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” -Tim Ferriss

According to Tim's metric, I was destined for a pretty underwhelming and unsuccessful life. Like most people, I had spent the majority of my life in comfort, surrounding myself with familiarity.

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A Simple Tool For Better Sleep

In a world where most of us are watching TV, checking our phones, or finishing up work on the computer late at night, it's becoming harder and harder to get a good night of sleep. Not only do we get distracted and forget how tired we actually are (have you ever been dead tired at 10pm only to be wide awake at 2am after watching a movie?), but all of the screens on our devices emit a blue light that tricks our brain into thinking it's daytime. There have been many studies done that suggest that seeing this blue light within even a few hours of going to bed disrupts the brain's natural sleep-wake cycles. Although you may still be able to fall asleep at night after looking at a screen, your body and mind pay the price for days to come. 

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You Are Who You Surround Yourself With

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn

Be aware of the people you surround yourself with. Eventually, you'll become them.

From the way you dress and talk, to the amount you weigh and your hobbies, the people you surround yourself with change everything. This is simultaneously some of the best news you'll ever receive, and some of the worst. 

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The Two Things That Control Every Aspect Of Your Life

There are two things that control every single aspect of your life. You may think there are more, but in reality, there are only two. These two things will determine whether or not you read this article. They'll determine how successful you become in your chosen field. They'll even determine the type of person you marry, the amount of money you make, and your hobbies. What are they?

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Stop Consuming, And Start Creating

For most of my life, I've been a remarkable consumer. I've easily spent over ten thousand hours over the span of fifteen years watching movies, listening to music, playing video games, and reading articles. According to Malcolm Gladwell, I've achieved mastery in the skill of consumption. All of this consuming has given me a head full of information, but has produced little value for the world.

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My Experience With A Salt Water Cleanse & What You Can Expect

“Death begins in the colon.” - Hippocrates

I was hesitant about this cleanse at first. I thought, “How could ingesting a liter of warm water with two tablespoons of salt actually be good for my body?!” After reading a massive amount of literature on the topic, however, I became convinced of the methods behind this madness. To my knowledge, there are few (if any) negative side effects to the cleanse and it’s a process that dates back to the ancient yogis. 

As far as cleanses go, the salt water cleanse is a safe, natural, and cheap way to cleanse. It beats buying expensive cleanse kits, pricey laxative teas, and other uncomfortable tools that are not so light on the wallet. 

Below are the insane benefits of salt cleanses, three simple steps I took to completing my cleanse, my reactions, and the results. Hopefully this will inspire you to give it a try and ease any anxiety you might have about the whole process!

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8 Celebrities Using Meditation To Cultivate Success

What do Ray Dalio and Gisele Bündchen have in common? Apart from the fact that they are both incredibly successful, they both share a common habit that has helped to spiral them into success without going completely insane. This simple habit: meditation. Why they practice the art of mindfulness: I'll let these eight celebs take it from here...

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The Mind-Blowing Benefits of Cold Showers

For most of my life, I took hot, cozy, twenty-minute showers that turned my bathroom into a sauna. It was not until two years ago, when I discovered the benefits of comfort challenges, (the act of doing something uncomfortable for the sole purpose of improving your life in the future) that I learned of the similar benefits of cold showers.

Before discussing these benefits, I’d like to propose an inherent flaw with hot showers: they’re completely unnatural. Besides the few places gifted with hot springs, hot water simply doesn’t exist in nature.

Taking a hot shower is a relatively new concept—just because it’s comfortable doesn’t mean it’s good for us. We need to grow more aware of the damage hot water can do to our bodies.

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The Mirror of Relationship: My Self-Reflective Colombian Breakfast

Last week, I took a morning walk to one of my favorite cafes in Medellin, Café Ubicuo. I sat down at a table on the patio, greeted my favorite barista, Andres, and ordered my usual americano and omelette. As I waited for my breakfast, I couldn’t help but notice the surrounding tall bamboo trees and lush plants that seem to give the big city of Medellin a welcoming, small town vibe.

A few minutes later, my breakfast arrived. The scene couldn’t have been more perfect… or so it seemed. I scooped up my cheesy omelette to take my first bite, but just as the sweet moment of silence and serenity I had been waiting for all morning approached, the conversation behind me became much louder and stopped me in my tracks. I put down my fork and turned around to get a good look at the two Americans sitting about eight feet away from me. Their loud and abrupt chatter annoyed me almost as much as the way in which they were speaking to Andres. This did not sit well with me. I didn’t feel hungry anymore.

It wasn’t that this couple was saying anything hurtful or acting totally outrageous. What bothered me about the situation was the way in which they were speaking to my favorite Colombian barista. They spoke as if they owned the cafe, and as if they were entitled to be the loud, and the center of attention. It was as if the coffeehouse was devoted to them, and everyone needed to hear their conversation and feeble attempts at speaking Spanish.

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Making Fitness Fun

People often ask me what I do for fitness. I usually respond by saying yoga or running, but that's a lie. I don't do anything specific for fitness. I believe that a person's level of fitness is a result of the lifestyle they've chosen to live, not a result of the sport or activity they perform for 30 minutes each day.

So what do I actually do for fitness?

I live a life of play and movement. I never go to the gym to work on my body. I go to the gym because I want to play. I do sports because I want to have fun. I run because I like to test the limits of my mind and body. I practice yoga because I'm eager to strengthen my sense of spirituality. 

By living a life where you play more, your body and fitness will improve without all of the stress that normally comes along with getting into shape. Stop trying to work on your body, and start playing, all day, everyday. If you do this, I promise that you'll not only feel better physically, but your mind will become clearer than you ever thought possible.

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Let Go of Your Purpose

It is often said that in order to excel in a career or craft you must love what you do.

When you love what you do, you tune into something higher than yourself. It’s no longer about what you will accomplish, what level status you will attain, or how decorated your ego will become. It’s about the peace and joy that comes with the action.

The writer who pens beautiful prose allows it to unravel through him. He does not conjure it. The photographer who takes beautiful photos discovers a unique expression in the moment captured. He does not create it. The athlete that competes seamlessly on the field allows his body to react and flow. He does not calculate his movements.

Each is lost in vastness of the moment. Each exposes something larger than themselves. They are the revealers, not the objects of revelation.

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