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The Pattern of Preferences: Why We Like What We Like

The Pattern of Preferences: Why We Like What We Like Have you ever found yourself gravitating towards the same things repeatedly, like buying a style of shirt only to later realize you already own eight similar shirts hanging in your closet? This phenomenon is not just a quirky habit but a reflection of our deeper…

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The Power of Discipline: This Rigid Planner’s Guide for Getting Things Done

When asked to describe myself professionally in one word, the answer is simple: disciplined. As someone who prides himself on meticulous planning and unwavering commitment to a schedule, I’ve come to realize that discipline is more than just a trait—it’s a way of life. While some thrive on the adrenaline rush gained from spontaneity, I…

Viewing the World Through a Lens of Curiosity

In a world that’s constantly evolving, where change is as persistent as pop culture trends — something teenagers like to remind me I’m always a beat behind on — curiosity is a vital skill. It’s not merely a fleeting interest or a passing phase; rather, it’s a lifestyle—a lens to look through and an ongoing…

The Trilemma of Good, Cheap, Fast — What to Eliminate When You Aren’t Afforded All Three

When it comes to the choices we make as consumers, there’s an age-old adage that still rings true: good, cheap, fast — at best you’re afforded two of the three, but very rarely can you have all three. This principle applies to many of the products and services we rely on. Picture this: you’re hungry,…

9 Ways to Balance Time in Today’s Modern Era

Time management is a lasting and formidable challenge. Throughout history, we’ve learned to track, divide, and measure time, but these days, more and more of us are trying, in vain it seems, to capture it. Most of us can barely manage our time let alone master it — it’s too stubborn in its onward march…

Connecting Through Cuisine: Pittsburgh’s Community Bond Anchored through Culinary Diversity

Pittsburgh, often renowned for its industrial heritage, steel roots, and resilient spirit, holds a vibrant tapestry of diverse traditions that weave together the city’s unique neighborhoods and cultures. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I can attest that our culinary landscape is a unique opportunity for cross-generational connection, community bonding, and cultural exchange.  Just a few years…

Embracing the Magic of Process: A Practical Guide to 2024

Throughout 2023, I’ve had the privilege of learning from some of the world’s greatest masters of their craft. And oddly, my conversation with each of these titans of industry – the business leader, the athlete, the orator, the professor, the singer – did not focus on their achievements or accomplishments. Instead, I’ve been thirsty to…