Self Mastery

Create the best self imaginable
All great change begins with you. In this section, we discuss the thoughts, principles and behaviors that make up your life—from the habits that form your routine to the beliefs that shape your decisions. Here we explore the deeper foundations of productivity, empowerment and identity.

Every Day is a New Year


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The New Year is a funny holiday. It’s an incredibly powerful moment to self-reflect, recalibrate and set a plan for the year ahead. And it’s also completely arbitrary. We’re not going to talk about how to make New Year resolutions, because it’s all in vain. As much as we like to celebrate new beginnings here at The Art of Charm, … Read More


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How to Cut Toxic People out of Your Life


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There’s an old myth that frogs will pull down other frogs trying to escape a pot of boiling water. That’s likely the stuff of folklore, but the dynamic is real: In everyone’s life, there will always be people who will resist, threaten and sabotage the possibility of self-improvement. This general group of people — whom we can safely call “toxic” … Read More


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Men Who Have Remade Themselves


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I often say that who you are now is not who you have to be. I genuinely believe that our past does not determine our future, and that there’s nothing truly fixed about our personalities. Self reinvention isn’t just possible, but incredibly important for our growth, and there are plenty of effective ways to reinvent yourself. So I got to … Read More


in Empowerment, Finding Your Purpose, Self Mastery

Scott Young’s Learning Paradigm


Jordan has a lot of fascinating people on The Art of Charm Podcast. One of the most interesting was Scott Young, whose recent episode on learning and language really grabbed my attention. Young speaks four languages competently enough to debate politics and philosophy. He once had a thorough discussion on the Tibet question with a Buddhist in Chinese. He also … Read More


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How Do I Know I’m Not a Psychopath, Sociopath, or Idiot?


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Fact: One in every 25 people is a sociopath. That’s not many in absolute terms, but that means sociopathy is super prevalent and incredibly hard to spot. What’s more, sociopaths are expert manipulators. Couple this with the well-documented propensity for the average person to be manipulated into doing horrible things without even realizing what’s happening, and you’ve got real reasons … Read More


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The Secret to Achieving All of Your Goals


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Jerome Lebeau, the medicine man of the Oglala Sioux tribe at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, had just put out his second cigarette as he described the enormous challenges the Native American people are facing. Their housing conditions are among the worst in the United States. I was at Pine Ridge filming a documentary on a sustainable housing project the Native … Read More


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