It wasn’t a creator, thinker, or leader.

Gavrilo Princip Prison Photo — Photographer Unknown, wikipedia creative commons

If I asked you who the most influential person in modern history was, could you come up with an answer? The question itself might seem a bit monumental. To define it down to a single person over the last couple hundred years might be a struggle.

I’m sure your first…


The lifelong pursuit of a mind-body skill is the path.

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“Dō expresses progress in the practice of an art, whatever it may be. Indeed, the kanji is particularly used in traditional Japanese arts, whether martial arts or aesthetic arts. So kado 花道, is ‘the way of flowers’, that is, the art of flower arranging... Shodo 書道, ‘the way of writing’…


It wasn’t just an iceberg that led to the infamous tragedy

Titanic leaving Southampton. Photo: F.G.O. Stuart

Most people know the story of the Titanic—a massive luxury liner deemed the “unsinkable” ship. At the time of its completion, the Titanic was the largest man-made moving object on earth. The company building the ship was so sure it wouldn’t sink, they didn’t include enough lifeboats for all the…


Stress management techniques from ancient warriors.

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“Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”

— Miyamoto Musashi, “A Book Of Five Rings

Many things change over the course of history, but one thing hasn’t — stress. Humans have been dealing with stress well before modern society and psychology. Stress management…


You are what your teacher says you are: building the confidence circle.

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It’s September of 2002 and I’m doing something I’d never picture myself doing. I’m going to a martial arts school. Not only am I going, but taking a belt test.

It’s a test I’m totally not comfortable taking.

No number 2 pencils in sight for this one. But there is…


Wisdom from the Bible, Confucius, Ancient Greece, and Jordan Peterson

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I’m a natural complainer and I’ve always been. It’s only logical to do so when you think about it. Things always go wrong and often the media focuses their camera and attention on the big things going wrong.

The state, political battles, celebrity debacles, and notable people catch their attention…


Reinheitsgebot: the German purity law of 1516

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You might have never realized it, but some people take beer very seriously. The younger, idiotic version of myself saw it as a means to an end. Beer just gets you drunk. Who cares how it tastes or what they put in it? All that amber crap is awful.

As…


No one can send an angry note quite like a Kahn

Pixabay — Photo By JonasKIM

What’s the most threatening note you ever received in your life? Perhaps something from the Internal Revenue Service? A cease-and-desist letter from a lawyer? Maybe a court summons? Then again, it might have been something a little more sinister.

Now, imagine for a second you live far from society —…


We may not conquer the globe, but can win in our small world

“Heraclitus” (1630) — Painting By Johannes Moreelse Via Wikimedia Commons

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

Heraclitus

The…


Common logic is wrong, early people ate grains and carbs long before farming

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I’ve always been interested in nutrition, mainly because I needed to be. Growing up overweight puts a target on your head. Being as fat as I was, made me large enough to be everyone’s punching bag. So, exercise and nutrition became a make-shift way out.

While my first target was…

Erik Brown

Work out fanatic, martial artist, student, MBA, and connoisseur of useless information. CantWriteToSaveMyLife@yahoo.com

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