Passion and Minimalism
For those interested in the deep contentment of a minimalist lifestyle, few strategies work better than using a passionate pursuit to focus your attention beyond the clutter and distraction of modern life. But where do such pursuits come from? This is the topic of my recent guest post on Zen Habits, one of my favorite blogs (and the original inspiration behind my Zen Valedictorian philosophy).
The post is based off Part 1 of my new book about finding a Zen path through the college admissions process. Specifically, it details the research I discovered about how deep interests are formed. (Preview: you can’t forcefully identify them with self reflection or personality tests; you must instead expose yourself to bulk positive randomness and see what sticks.)
For Zen Habits Readers: This blog is dedicated to strategies for building a remarkable life, which I define to be one that is both remarkably accomplished and remarkably enjoyable to live. Though the site started out focused on achieving this goal as a student, I have since broadened its scope to cover all walks of life.
Here are a few highlighted articles to give you a taste of what Study Hacks has to offer. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to my feed.
Articles on Building a Remarkable Life
- Corrupted Callings: The Subtle Difference Between Finding Your Life’s Work and Loving Your Life
- Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do
- Treat Your Mind as You Would a Private Garden
- Is Allowing Your Child to Study While on Facebook Morally Irresponsible?
- The Grandmaster in the Corner Office: What the Study of Chess Experts Teaches Us About Building a Remarkable Life
- Does Living a Remarkable Life Require Courage or Effort?
- How to Become a Star Screenwrite: A Case Study of Modern Craftsmanship
Articles for Students
- The Study Hacks Philosophy on College
- The Radical Simplicity Manifesto
- How to Become a Zen Valedictorian: Decrease Stress Without Decreasing Your Ambition
- Want to Get into Harvard? Spend More Time Starting at the Clouds
- How to Get Into Stanford with B’s on Your Transcript: Failed Simulation and the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness
- How to Become a Star Grad Student: James McLurkin and the Power of Stretch Churn