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Before this explosion of whiskers on trendy men everywhere, if I saw a bearded man it was safe to assume certain things about him. Like, he probably owned a hammer. Or washed his hair with a bar of Irish Spring. His beard was probably scented with motor oil and probably had remnants of last night’s chili in it.

An open letter to bearded hipsters « The Nicki Daniels Interview

Mostly a rant with sprinkles of truth. Beards have enjoyed a certain stereotype. And like most stereotypes, they are somewhat true on average. They’re also really convenient. Oh you’re a member of that group? Then you must be x, y, z. So the hipster beard throws a wrench into all that. 

But ladies, here’s your solution if you want a traditionally bearded man. Look at his hands. If a man uses his hands, they will be at least twice as muscled, callused, and at any given moment they will have 3 or more scratches, cuts, or other signs of recent use.   

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Are you smart? Funny? Interesting? Talented? Ambitious? Creative? OK, now what do you do to demonstrate those attributes to the world?
You don’t hate yourself because you have low self-esteem, or because other people were mean to you. You hate yourself because you don’t do anything.
Do the math: How much of your time is spent consuming things other people made (TV, music, video games, websites) versus making your own? Only one of those adds to your value as a human being.
“Why should I create anything when the things other people create suck? I would totally have written a novel by now, but I’m going to wait for something good, I don’t want to write the next Twilight!”

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person |

A nice kick-in-the-ass article. The world really only knows how to evaluate you based on what you DO. 

ht Matt Hanson

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Maybe she thought I was another frustrated pessimist who thought the mountains of Peru hid the answers to my entitled boredom. I am not that. I am not looking for secret answers. I don’t believe anyone else has the special revelation. I am just putting myself in a place that wakes me up.

Lessons from Living on a Bicycle | Living on GOOD

I’m inspired by my friends’ journey into the “uncomfortable.” Makes me want to plan my own, semi-miserable (but also semi-incredible) adventure. 

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If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything. Everyone wants that. So what’s the point? What’s more interesting to me is what pain do you want? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives end up.

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today | Mark Manson

ht Oviatt