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Copy the masters to learn to see the world the way they see it.

Kobe Bryant used to watch film of Michael Jordan and try to imitate him. He wasn’t always able to do the moves exactly the way Michael did them but he did learn to do them his way. He was never above learning from others, even asking Jordan for tips and advice during games. Not being able to copy a master perfectly you discover how you do it and this becomes your style. Seeing the fundamentals and skills through the eyes of the masters of the craft, rather than just working hard at it, becomes the path to thrive.

“If I…


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The thoughts in our head spin around what we feel is lacking

A work colleague of mine and I used to work out regularly at the gym on the way home. He would often say how lifting heavy things would help him get out of his head. At first I wasn’t really sure what he meant until I had experienced a few sessions with him. I realised the goal was to go beyond our comfort zones and well into the the zone of discomfort. In the process we both walked away physically stronger and more content.

So many of us are discontent with the way things are every day. We might feel…


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What I believe in changes. Faith is a different thing.

My dad once told me that he was disappointed that I had given up my faith. I remember disagreeing with him and defending myself. The crux of our disagreement lay in the difference between faith and belief. I didn’t realise it at that time but the faith that my dad was saying I had given up was not faith at all but belief. I did not believe in many things then including organised religion and this has not really changed. Beliefs are the source of much confusion and conflict. When someone challenges our beliefs we can feel as if our…


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“If you stay in the centre and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever” Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, Translation by Stephen Mitchell

I grew up in a small rural town called Manjimup, in the south west of Australia, and often visited my friend who lived and worked on his family’s potato farm. We were both learning to play the guitar and would spend hours attempting to create recognisable versions of our favourite tunes. By the time we were done it was often late in the afternoon. If my friend’s mum had began preparing dinner she would often ask me if I wanted to stay.

Today everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere. But to suggest that staying put is…


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He who knows he has enough is rich. Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

I read an inspiring story today about Peter Rahal, co-founder of RxBar, who recently sold the company for $600 million to Kellogg. What struck me most were some of the things he said about his success.

Rahal’s biggest problem now is:

“anxiety on figuring out the next thing to do”

One of the things that Rahal does is to purposefully make his life more uncomfortable because he believes that:

“We have a tendency to remove pain… I find myself seeking uncomfortability”

He is seeking bigger ways to reintroduce struggle to his life because this is where he feels like:

“flying…


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Dr Bredesen’s treatment program for Alzheimer’s (Adapted from presentation at 2019 Metabolic Health Summit)

Cognitive decline can be one of the scariest scenarios for people. Maybe this is because is represents a complete loss of autonomy, personality and self awareness.

In 2019, of all American’s currently alive, 45 million of those people will develop Alzheimer’s during their lifetime. Alzheimer’s is already the 3rd leading cause of death in the US and dementia is currently the number one cause of death in the United Kingdom.

Alzheimer’s is not one thing

Alzheimer’s disease is a smaller subset of diseases in the broader range of brain disorders known as dementia. Yet even still there are 6 known types of Alzheimer’s and 36…


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Returning to what you already know can feel like you are going backwards

Going backwards can sometimes feel uncomfortable for me and if I am not fully aware of what is happening I might avoid the opportunity that this is in the moment. It seems I have a talent for avoiding discomfort and a natural default setting for seeking out novelty. Novelty feels fresh and exciting but it’s really the path to a superficial life.

Chasing the next thing I know that I have missed many opportunities for learning deeply and growth in the past. …


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What is the doorway to freedom?

Have you ever walked through the door of an ice cream store and then stood there for ages. You have trouble deciding which flavour to choose? Or have you been trying to eat more healthfully but getting bored with the same food everyday? Somehow our sense of freedom can get crowded out when we have too much choice.

Free choice is a con

When we think of freedom we often think in terms of having free choice. But is free choice really freedom?

“Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart” Lao Tsu

We say we want free choice, but is it really all…


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If you don’t stall the car when learning to drive you’re missing out on a learning opportunity

I’ve been teaching my son to drive a manual (stick shift) car over the last few days and there have been a lot of bunny hops, stalls and silent screams. My son has mostly been learning to drive an automatic but because he wants to get his full open license has to learn how to use gears, the clutch and handbrake. The poor little green Mazda 2 we were driving was complaining bitterly and by the end of an hour of attempted hill starts and dozens of stalls it was beginning to smell like something, probably the clutch, was burning…


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Brain chatter can feel like you are surrounded by seagulls while you try to enjoy your fish and chips at the beach.

It’s Sunday. You go out for a coffee at the local morning market. You are sitting under an ancient tree opposite your life long friend. The breeze is cool, the coffee is wonderful and warm, the sky is blue and clear, it is a beautiful day and yet you are missing it all. You find yourself becoming distracted by the conversations of people sitting nearby. You start judging their words, their voices and feel a sense of aversion arising. The coffee burns the back of your throat a little because you threw it back just a bit too fast. The…

Matt Rosinski

Writer, cartoonist, health coach and process engineer. I write about designing the daily process of living a good life right now.

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