Self Improvement

Just completed a 4.5 day fast…and I feel fine

2 Comments 07 December 2013

I’ve been eating like crap over the past few weeks. As a result, I moved up a belt notch and my pants were a bit more uncomfortable. My normal 173 pounds was hovering around the 180 range. Out of my desire to not feel gross, I decided to not eat from Monday – Friday this [...]

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Self Improvement, Success Strategies

Three Ways to Impress Your Boss

2 Comments 02 September 2013

I’ve been at my current job for about 9 months or so now, and I noticed a few things that tend to make the boss happy. I use the term “boss” loosely, as I’ve used these techniques on people other than my direct supervisors, and I think you can use them at your own job. [...]

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Asking Good Questions: Recall vs. Analysis Questions

4 Comments 04 May 2013

Sometimes when I ask people questions, I get the sense that I’m being lied to. Not in a way where the person is trying to deceive me, but in a way where the facts don’t line up with their answers. I think the problem is that I ask questions incorrectly. I have a theory that [...]

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Sh*t my Japanese Mom Sends Me: Birthday Edition

1 Comment 07 April 2013

My Japanese mom periodically send me silly things. It is one of her quirky personality traits. For my birthday a few weeks ago, she send me a few things I thought I’d share with you.   Here’s the best thing: a Cat Bank! I’m using this to build my travel fund. Thanks mom!    

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Diet and Fitness, Self Improvement

Thoughts on my Fasting Experiment

0 Comments 02 February 2013

Since I started my new job back in November, I’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting. I started off by skipping breakfast and lunch and just having a large dinner when I got home. Weekends I didn’t make an effort to fast. If I was hungry, I ate, regardless of the time of day. I’ve continued [...]

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Career, Success Strategies

Reflections on the Past 6 Weeks and Thoughts for 2013

1 Comment 30 December 2012

Six weeks ago I started my new job at a human capital consulting company. I  settled into my new apartment, set up a new productive schedule to follow , and read a few new books. Below are a few of my observations and thoughts. Job Observations I’m an “idea guy.” There’s a whole line of [...]

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Self Improvement, Success Strategies

My process oriented goals for the next year: fitness, side projects, work projects, and schmoozing.

2 Comments 13 November 2012

I mentioned in my last post that even though I had a ton of free time on my hands while I was looking for a job, my productivity went downhill. I got very little done and just felt generally gross. This was in contrast to when I was working in my previous job (with pretty normal [...]

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Career, Happiness, Job Hunting, Learning

What it’s like to move to a city with no apartment and no job

9 Comments 08 November 2012

I moved to Washington, DC from my hometown of Lexington, MA on June 28th. I left for two primary reasons: a) I was getting a little anxious living at home with my parents (I’m a grown ass man for christ’s sake) and b) My girlfriend wanted to move to DC after she finished grad school, [...]

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Dissecting Ramit Sethi’s Sales Techniques in his Dream Job Course

3 Comments 15 August 2012

For those of you who don’t know, I moved back down to DC six weeks ago and have been going through the job hunting process. I’m fully aware resume blasts and online applications are a waste of time, so I started looking for additional, unconventional job hunting tips that would get results. That’s when I [...]

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Human Capital and Industrial Psychology, Job Hunting, Success Strategies

Here’s a Not-So-Quick Way to Solve Unemployment (and Bonus Job Hunting Tips)

0 Comments 05 August 2012

I finished reading Peter Cappelli’s short book Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It and it basically confirms what I have suspected for a while now: Most companies have stupid hiring practices and make up false reasons as to why they can’t hire qualified people. In the [...]

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