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Conservation of Will - SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

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Willpower Isn't Enough

Jason Shen graciously contributed a new guestpost to the site -- his have always been popular here. He's running an online class on "The Science of Willpower, Habits, And Behavior Change" in January. Here's Jason --

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is one of my favorite films and the best comic book to film translation ever done. Nolan's take on Batman is gritty, heroic, fresh, and even somewhat plausible. One of my favorite scenes from the first film, Batman Begins, is when he is being trained by Ra's al Ghul on the art of ninjutsu. The key conversation I want to point out here: 

George St. Pierre pummeling your untrained face

Evolutionary Pressure, The Essentials, And Sustainability

On Cameron Chardukian

I’ve only been back to school a week now, but I’ve had a number of epiphanies during that time. These epiphanies haven’t come from my teachers or the material presented in my classes, but through the unique challenges with trying to be a hustler while you’re parents still force you attend an outdated and irrelevant “education” system.

This week has had more ups and downs than any in recent memory. I had a stretch of 3 days last week where I was working 15 productive hours per day and absolutely crushing life. I also hit a really low point this weekend where I had somewhat of a nervous breakdown, and although that was a really painful experience it did help me internalize some important lessons.

The Three Powerful Lessons I’ve Learned This Week

You’re capable of a lot more than you think you are, but you’ll never know it if you don’t force yourself to show it.

What do I mean by this? Our brain doesn’t like doing any work beyond what’s absolutely essential. It likes to conserve energy. If you don’t put evolutionary pressure on yourself to do stuff you probably won’t. It’s not that you couldn’t, you just won’t.

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