Author: dandolderman

13) I put Donald Trump in the White House

Yep, it’s true. I did. This is the most important thing I learned in this election. It’s going to be a bit painful to admit this to you, but I do have to confess. President Drumpf is my fault. See, I laughed at him. Assumed he was an idiot. Racist. Xenophobic. Totalitarian. Immoral. Someone who…

12) Ninja Training, Part 3: My first Habit

To illustrate the process outlined in earlier posts, I am choosing EXERCISE. This is a good one, because I’ve set it before, have partial success usually, but can never make it stick. When I was 17, and spent my summer earnings from McDonald’s on a universal gym that I then built in my mom’s basement,…

11) Ninja Training, part 2: WISE goals

I am presenting to the world, the Dolderman Theory of Intrinsic Motivation.  This is rooted in complex systems thinking, humanistic psychology, and modern integrative social-developmental neuroscience.  But for now, let’s stick with the fun, useful part. My claim:  WISE goals rule, especially for long-term happiness. They wipe the walls with those silly SMART goals we’re…

10) Ninja Training — Habit Change, part 1 (or how to stop “being a loser”)

Important Preamble:  Let’s start off with a common understanding here. I am not some motivational guru.  No way man, not even close.  Here’s the thing –each person in life exists within, and indeed is formed out of, a karmic web of infinite cause and effect relationships, which interact dynamically through vastly complicated feedback loops that…

9) Stop trying to hit me. And hit me!

I love the ‘training montage’ moments in movies. Like martial arts movies, when the hero gets his (or, very rarely, her) butt kicked. Hard. Leaving the hero practically dead, washed up, hopeless, beaten and broken. Then some kind person helps the hero, nursing her back to health. And then, training montage time! That’s when all…

8) Gobble Gobble

Celebrating Thanksgiving today. It’s an interesting thing to do, to celebrate the bounty that life brings. I’ve always liked the holiday, and the idea of being grateful for things. But I have to admit, although this makes me sound like a terrible person, the truth is, for most of my life, even when I’m trying,…

7) Beauty eh?

Want to learn how to see lightning bolts on a sunny day?  No?  Seriously?  Okay fine…whatever.  Your loss! Oh, wait, you said yes?  Oh okay, cool.  Then I have a little story for you.  About lightning bolts. And the Secret of Life. One of my favourite things in the world is to wander around, uh,…

6) Something Positive

Well, that took more than half a year.  Hehe….not exactly how you start a successful blog eh? So, here’s what happened.  Depression. It turns out that staring into the abyss of society’s escalation into madness, without knowing how to make a meaningful difference, gets depressing!  Who knew? So, this is about Something Positive. Here’s what…

5) Warning: Angry rant ahead

You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own risk. I need to rant. I often feel like I shouldn’t though, like ranting about stuff isn’t a very good idea.  It’s pretty, you know, negative!  Who wants to read depressing stuff?  But sometimes I’m feeling depressed, so, well, what the hell?  After all, this is my blog,…

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