Independently Strong

Three years ago I read a weight training book that was more influential on me than I expected. Muscle According to the book, called “Training for Mass” by Gordon La Velle, weight training is best done at high intensity. You might think all weight training is high-intensity. High-intensity training (HIT) is a particular flavor of […]

More Important to Teach Principles than Facts

This week I read The Leader in Me, Stephen Covey’s new book about teaching the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to elementary school students. Schools in North Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Guatemala, Singapore, and elsewhere have successfully incorporated 7 Habits into their curriculum. As an outsider to education, what most interested me were the chapter […]

You’re Already in the Best of All Possible Situations

Last month I finished reading Bonds That Make Us Free by Terry Warner. Though I found it repetitive in some spots, overall I liked it. My favorite concept from the book was that you are currently in the “Best of All Possible Situations.” This idea might be traced to Søren Kierkegaard’s parable of The Two […]

Steadiness in small things has great consequences

I’m impressed by the idea that the steady pursuit of small things can have great consequences. Rudy Giuliani noted that crime in New York City decreased when they began enforcing the “petty” crimes: “If you want to change big things, you pay attention to small things.” (Via 37Signals.com.) The Book of Mormon prophet Alma similarly […]