The Hour Between Dog and Wolf – A Review

by Stephen Mills June 12, 2012

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Or Subscribe to The Rat Race Trap by Email Thanks for visiting!This is a review of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust. This strangely titled book is about how stress, excitement, […]

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You Have A Dream, So Now What?

by Stephen Mills May 29, 2012

Note from Stephen: I’ve been taking a break from posting.  Here is a guest article by  Mario Taylor II, Co-Author of Plan “B” Sucks: Work on Your Dreams, Not Your Boss’s If I told you to meet me at the bank because I was going to give you a check for $10 million dollars, hopefully […]

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Should We Believe Experts?

by Stephen Mills April 9, 2012

The answer to that question is complicated and my answer is usually yes, but you have to be careful. We live in an age of explosive growth of knowledge. Much of it comes to us in the form of truth claims. Many of those claims are irrelevant to our lives, but some of them aren’t and some of them may are quite important. We all have busy lives and we can’t be experts at everything so in the end we have to rely upon the real experts, but we have to be very careful in how we do so.

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What the Trayvon Martin Case Says About Public Debate

by Stephen Mills April 3, 2012

I have to let the police handle this. We may not like it, but it’s the only choice we have. That’s called the rule of law and something we should hold dear. They may be biased and have an agenda but so does everyone else. What are we supposed to do, let the mobs in the streets make the decision? Do the people protesting in the street really want to go back to that? I don’t like street justice of either George Zimmerman’s kind or the kind that some people are now calling for. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson need to go home. I don’t want street protests to decide this case. Everyone else needs to stop shouting and calling each other nasty names because they happen to be on the other side of some political or cultural divide. That not only gets us nowhere, it makes the problems worse.

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The Idea Factory–A Review

by Stephen Mills March 14, 2012

loved this book. It’s amazing to think about what the people at Bell Labs accomplished in this corporate American lab in the mid-twentieth century. I knew it was important, but I didn’t realize the extent of the innovations and inventions that came out of Bell Labs. We owe much of our modern information and connected world to work that was done in those labs and funded by AT&T.

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Enough Stuff

by Stephen Mills March 3, 2012

People go into debt to buy bigger homes to hold more stuff that puts them further in debt. It’s an endless cycle. We enslave ourselves to our stuff. I don’t really know what to do about it. I’m guilty of it but I’m getting better. Spending some time reflecting on it (like writing this article) helps when I have the urge to get something new. We’ve enslaved ourselves with the help of advertising and the media, but we can also choose to set ourselves free. Maybe you have enough stuff. It’s worth considering anyway.

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Should You Embrace Your Negative Thoughts and Urges?

by Stephen Mills February 19, 2012

I know this is a rather strange suggestion, but I have recently finished an excellent book on willpower: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It.  Towards the end of that book there was a chapter called “Don’t Read This Chapter: The Limits of […]

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Guitar Zero–A Review

by Stephen Mills February 12, 2012

This is a review of Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning.  It comes from my reading of a copy of the book prior to its release date.  My review on Amazon is the first one and listed under “Book Fanatic”.  Some parts of that review are also included here. Guitar Zero […]

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The Power of The Daily 10

by Stephen Mills February 8, 2012

Consider this: one month from now you can have easily taken 300 steps towards your highest values. In three months 900 and in a year 3,650. It’s very simple and surprisingly powerful. I’m not a big proponent of commitments that will tie you down and that’s what is so beautiful about the daily 10. You are only making one commitment and that’s to the daily 10 itself, and those 10 things can be whatever you want them to be on any particular day.

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Beware of Pseudo Self-Esteem

by Stephen Mills January 29, 2012

Over the past few decades there has been a vast wave of pseudo self-esteem washing over our culture.  Pseudo self-esteem has displaced true self-esteem and created a nation of the entitled and narcissistic, especially in the less than 45 age group. True self-esteem is based upon an a self-appraisal of one’s own competence and worthiness.  […]

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