Author: Stephen Guise

How I Lost All Hope But Gained Freedom

In the movie Fight Club, Edward Norton’s character says, “Losing all hope was freedom.” It’s a quote that strikes you, because it deals with two important concepts—hope and freedom—and pits them against each other in a way you wouldn’t expect. We naturally think of hope as a positive thing, as we do freedom, but this says that losing hope brings freedom. Is it a nonsensical or brilliant quote? Based on my experience, it’s brilliant. Losing hope has been my most unexpected lifesaver. My Mental Breakdown I struggled with severe anxiety 3-4 years ago. The onset was abrupt. Up until the age of 25, I was...

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The Embarrassing Way I Got Into the Best Shape Of My Life

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War I was trapped behind my ambition. I knew the supreme importance of exercise and how it would benefit me so much, and yet I couldn’t do it consistently. I’d often think, “I can’t do my 30-minute workout today because [excuse]. I’ll do it tomorrow.” The benefits we gain from exercising are unreal. When you exercise, you improve your health, circulation, body, stress levels, moods, mental sharpness, willpower, libido, and more. Singling...

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