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To be extraordinary is to have a way of doing, thinking, and/or communicating that is beyond the ordinary.

On the surface it doesn’t sound like it would take much to be extraordinary, but to be truly extraordinary is to be different in such a way that your unusualness sets you apart from the crowd and you become known for the unique qualities that you bring to the table.

Being extraordinary requires a willingness to risk being misunderstood and/or rejected, even by those closest to you.

Being extraordinary is your gift to the world. But don’t expect the world to recognize…

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Our thoughts are part of who we are. But not all our thoughts are the best expression of who we are.

That’s why it’s so difficult to resist negative thoughts. By trying to fight against them we’re fighting against a part of ourselves. And that part of us that we’re trying to deny refuses to accept that it doesn’t exist.

It’s best to not deny that these types of thoughts are part of us. It’s better to not indulge them, the same way we might avoid an argument. By simply not engaging in the argument in the first place.


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  • Increase your physical strength. Go to a gym 3 times per week and follow a specific weightlifting program.
  • Learn a martial art or some other self-defence system. I recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Learn more about a subject that intimidates you. We fear what we don’t understand.
  • Write down every positive thing you have accomplished in your life. It’s easy to forget.
  • Learn to meditate and be present in the moment.
  • Take account of all the good things in your life and remember the things that have worked out for you in the past, especially the things that came unexpectedly. …

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There once was a man who lived alone in the woods. People thought he was crazy for living that way. They didn’t understand it.

One day, a young women asked him why he lived that way.

“Aren’t you bored and lonely?” She said.

“Aren’t you worried about what others are saying about you?”

“It’s the people who live in society who are bored and lonely”, the man said.

“That’s why they need to own so many things. That’s why they always need to be around others. That’s why they need drugs, alcohol, and excessive amounts of food. They need these…

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I recently became aware of two doctors in the field of human longevity (the study of why we age and how to extend healthy lifespan). The first is Dr. David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School. The second is Dr. Valter Longo, a biologist at USC.

Here’s a summary of what I learned. First, from Sinclair:

  • Scientists have been able to extend the lifespan and even reverse aging in mice through calorie restriction (fasting) and through giving them certain molecules.
  • Fasting has been shown to extend the lifespan of mice, because of something called sirtuin genes. All organisms on…

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Remember to do what brings you peace. Don’t chase after the world’s nut. In the world people chase after the same nut and divide it up amongst themselves, thinking they are rich. But most people are poor in spirit, because they are too busy chasing after the world’s nut. Don’t be a slave to your ego, be a slave to contentment.

In other words, don’t sacrifice inner peace in pursuit of money, power, reputation, etc. You don’t have to be like everyone else or do what everyone else is doing. …

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Somewhere along the way someone probably told you that you were no good. And somewhere along the way someone probably had good things to say about you. So why should you default to the negative? If you are going to live in the past you might as well make it a good one.

Better yet, why not stop measuring your worth based on the opinions of others? You are not who other people say you are and you are not who other people say you are going to be.

If we stopped worrying so much about what other people think…

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Don’t give up on trying to find balance in your life. Stick to your priorities. Remember what’s most important to you and do every thing you can to put yourself in a position where you can focus on those priorities, rather than being pulled by the expectations of others.

It’s easy to get caught up in the expectations of others. To know what to do sometimes you have to distance yourself from others. You need to know how to be alone sometimes in order to know how to be around others.

The world is mad with a lot of mad…

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Our health has a lot to do with managing our level of stress. In particular, we tend to spend a lot of time and energy stressing over money and material possessions.

We need money in order to survive, and some stress is normal (even healthy), but where we get into trouble is when we spend too much time and energy trying to obtain things that we don’t really need. We end up sacrificing some of the more important things that we have (health, relationships) in order to obtain things we think will make us happier, but usually don’t.

Our health…

Dan Pedersen

Writing mostly to myself. Sharing some of it with you. Hope it helps.

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