Be happy while in the process of achieving your goals

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The concept of success is different for everyone. For some people, success means creating a masterpiece that will last throughout the ages. For others, success is discovering a breakthrough in science or technology that will change the world. These are just a few of the many accomplishments people work towards to achieve the coveted success.

Whatever your definition of success is, there are certain things you need to realize before you can achieve it.

The truth is, there’s A LOT of bad advice out there. And because there’s so much information on the internet, it can be hard to discern…


“The first step is usually, I know who I am not. Process of elimination. Defining ourselves by what we are not is the first step that leads us to really knowing who we are.” — Matthew McConaughey

The author. Photo creds: r.schreibz

I was a real good kid— I did everything that my parents asked. Growing up, I got good grades, played in the school band, and even lectured at church.

I went to college, got two degrees, and graduated with honors.

Yet throughout this whole process, there was this underlying feeling that I was missing something; a feeling that I never really knew myself. It always seemed like I was going through the motions for someone else, while I put my own ambitions on the back burner.

I failed to realize that you have to please yourself before others.

It took…


“The Earth is what we all have in common.”

Photo Credit to my hiking buddy r.schreibz. It was taken at sunrise before we set out on the hike.

The locals warned us not to attempt it in one day; to get to the river, camp out, and make it a two-day trip.

Even the national park website warned against it. But as stubborn 20 something year-olds, we set out to prove them wrong.

This past week my backpacking buddy and I hiked the South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon. At 16.5 miles with almost a mile of elevation loss and gain, it was the most strenuous hike I’ve ever done and one I will not soon forget.

Below are the map and elevation of…


Implement these tips to produce better work in less time.

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There is a subliminal epidemic going on right now and few realize it. The inability to focus isn’t just making us less productive, it’s contributing to the plethora of mental health issues plaguing society. In this day and age, the average attention span is a mere 8 seconds!

We all have the capacity to focus, it’s in our neural programming to focus solely on fleeing when a saber tooth tiger comes at us. But let’s face it, survival today as we know it, even with its stressors, is much easier than in prehistoric times.

Focus takes a lot of energy…


Explore your mind to find building blocks to your future

The author on a camping trip in Maine. Photo by r.schreibz.

I don’t have much money nor fancy possessions.

But while I am poor in wealth, I am rich in experiences.

This allows me to be more interesting than a millionaire. It also makes my writing more trustworthy than other writers who haven’t experienced what they write about.

I contain one of the 5 personality traits called openness otherwise known as openness to experience. My openness to experience has proved my greatest asset. It’s lead me to create my own music, drive across the country, and be receptive to eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Taoism.

With every new experience I…


My experience with psilocybin mushrooms

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I write this narrative to dissolve the stigma surrounding psychedelics and to promote a new age of medicine and peace of mind. 

Psychedelics have the potential to heal the afflictions that plague people’s lives — the traumas, addictions, and all the depression and neuroticism of the mind.

The world is a troublesome place. In America, almost 20% of people struggle with a mental health condition. The pandemic has only made things worse with depression and anxiety double what they were in 2014 according to a national survey.

Imagine the people who could be saved by psychedelics; the suicides that could…


Follow these tips to accumulate and keep wealth

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In 1972, my grandfather bought 20 azaleas and lined them up next to the pigpen on his small New Jersey farm. An agricultural farmer by trade, he mainly dealt with the tilling of the soil, planting and harvesting feed corn and soybeans.

He was a visionary as he saw the market demand for plants before it was there. At the time, the town he lived in was mostly farmland with few houses scattered about. Now the rural town that had maybe a hundred houses scattered about the 70s has turned into a booming residential area and is still growing.

While…


If our minds are always consumed with the acquisition of wealth, we’ll never be able to seek that which is greater than ourselves.

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Living in America, I grew up with certain expectations imposed on me. I felt in order to fit in, I needed to buy a house, have a family, work most of my life and die with a decent sum of wealth in the bank.

I went through the normal middle-class kid set path and graduated college. Yet I still didn’t feel satisfied. I began to ask questions:

“Why are we here?”

“What is life’s purpose?”

“What is there to gain after money?”

I started to think differently from the conventions I had been taught. No longer did I feel the…


“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” — Albert Camus

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Most people never embrace their differences.

The fear of criticism prevents them from rising to their true potential. It goes without saying we are a herd species. We like to be a part of a group and we usually follow the group's beliefs. If we have any question about whether our friends, family, or society will disapprove of our behavior we immediately shut the idea down in our heads.

Most of the time, there's nothing morally wrong with our ideas, but because we’re afraid of how they will be recieved, we don’t pursue them. …


“The Sage holds in his embrace humility, and manifests it to all the world…It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.” — Lao Tzu

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Have you ever witnessed a male lion in his natural habitat? He sleeps most of the day, conserving energy. Only when there is the opportunity to mate or if another male invades his territory will the king of the pride move from his sloth.

He doesn’t think about food, yet food is brought by the female lions. He acts only when necessary. No movement is wasted; not a step is taken in vain. From this, we can derive that nature does not strive, it only acts when the time is right.

Non-action is evident in plants too. The tree stocks…

Jesse Pedersen

Helping people find happiness while exploring nature and spreading compassion; check out my music — Spotify @Jesse Pedersen; Instagram: @Jesse__Pedersen

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