Friday Musings: Shamrock's Formula for Optimizing Growth

Shamrock’s formula for success is one we can all apply in any field where we desire improvement. Whether in sport, as a writer, a speaker, a comedian, a mother, or in any other realm of life, we need growth and contribution. Absent of these needs we fall into malaise and depression, so it stands to reason they should be a primary concern. Creating structures and an environment that promotes growth is an essential step towards becoming the person we want to be and building a more fulfilling life.

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How to Create Freedom in the Age of Dependency

We go crazy for freedom and rightly so. It honors our individual power to choose how we wish to live and create the best of our situation. It recognizes that nomadic spirit within us all who wants to wander, chase, flee, create, and explore. Freedom entails a sense of limitless possibility- like a full tank of gas and the open road. Yet, when I look around I’m convinced that we’re racing to the opposite extreme. Most Americans seem to be short on gas, headed down one large, straight superhighway. Oblivious to the complex web of sparsely populated trails, they plunge forth in a headlong dash towards limited living and the age of dependency. America, the free?

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Creating Your Own AWEsome Rite of Passage in the Modern World

The beauty of our modern society is that we have an abundance of experience available to us compared to our primal ancestors. This is both a blessing and a curse. A balanced diet and active lifestyle used to be guaranteed as every human lived in accordance to the tribal needs and patterns hewn from generations of tribal life. Now, faced with the “Omnivore’s Dilemma,”  an abundance of dietary options pulls us away from that natural harmony. Much like our nutritional choice paradox, in a world that provides availability to nearly endless life experiences, which will provide the transformative, positive growth to mimic the rites of passage of old?


There is no “correct” diet. We can only educate ourselves to become the most well-informed omnivores possible. Similarly, you have the opportunity to craft personal rites of passage. I have discovered the three pillars upon which these transformational experiences stand.

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Friday Musings: Clarify Values to Simplify Choices

The parenting paradigm has shifted to an obsession with providing and protecting abundantly while neglecting the priority of creating autonomous, purpose-driven youth who are inclined to contribute. Expectations are not clearly defined, because principles are not clearly defined.

Principles simplify decision and action. They are our brand. If we have not defined what type of values we want our kids to have then we are at the whim of strong forces intent to normalize the Standard Model's patterns that ensure limited living. When there is lack of clarity about what is the priority, we falter and lose to a culture obsessed with entitlement, convenience, and perpetuating childhood. It is very easy to make infinite compromises when we are not sure about what we stand for.

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Five Reasons This is the Best Time Ever, Why You Are Still Depressed, & How to Fix It

We have an incredibly malleable world of far more opportunities for creating flexible, purpose-driven lives, yet most follow a failed standard model obsessed with a linear pursuit of money to buy the things that are supposed to bring happiness. Our standard of living is inconceivably high. Yet, suicide rates, drug overdoses, mental disorders, school shootings, obesity, and lifestyle-related diseases, have gone up drastically.  We’re rife with signs of a human spiritual crisis. Less intentional, less growth-minded humans will continue down the hedonic treadmill that only ends in dissatisfaction, superficiality, and poor health. However, for those who are willing to think differently, this world offers more magic and possibility than any previous time and its only getting better.

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Friday Musings: Justin and My Version of Our Story

As an athlete, coach, and writer I have to come to embrace my wandering spirit. I know that I do not have the temperament for the hyper-specialization required for world-class performance. However, I feel that I am world-class (or at least pretty good…) at drawing value from many seemingly disparate philosophies and communities to craft a unique and meaningful approach to fitness and life. If I am special at all, it is in my ability to “speak” many different languages and walk between worlds.

It is with this ability that Shane and I connect deepest. Although we have never met in-person, I immediately knew that I found a brother. Though we were shaped from very different influences, our experiences have crystallized into similar and very symbiotic philosophies.

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John Henry, Automation, and the Future of Human Usefulness

Yuval Noah Harari’s book, Homo Deus, predicts that a world could emerge where even our choices are relegated to technology. Body monitors tracking physical reactions and lifetime patterns may be better than our own minds for deciding marital partners and every other conceivable choice. Harari notes that the common robo-future dystopia of machines becoming self-aware and deciding to eradicate humanity is the far less likely and less scary option. More likely, the technology will work perfectly, freeing us from any inconvenience such as living life.

Humans are not fulfilled by gifts and creature comforts. These enhance life’s immense richness, but few lessons are better documented than the terrible angst and dissatisfaction that follows hedonistic orgies of consumption. Rather, humans need a sense of competency and connection to thrive. People need to feel authentic and a part of something greater than themselves where they offer essential contribution.

Automation can offer free time to feed our better nature, or mindless distraction to enslave us to a need for evermore mindless consumption. Technology can work with us to empower what is beautiful about humanity, or cause us to lose it all together. Culture is our power. Art is our power. Humanity is more than any mechanization. Adversity and problems are what give life meaning. We are not at a loss for major problems- we’re at a loss for the inclination to act.

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