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“When I’m finished, I always wonder what would have happened had I made different decisions along the way.” – Brent R. Laycock

leonardo da vinci self portrait aged 30

That’s a 30-year-old Leonardo da Vinci.

It’s a self-portrait. And if you’re wondering why it doesn’t look as perfect as the Mona Lisa…

That’s because it’s unfinished.

Leonardo has lots of unfinished works.

When I visited Florence a few years ago to see this paining, The Adoration of Magi, the tour-guide explained to us the reason why Da Vinci left behind so many incomplete paintings.

She told us he was,“A CHRONIC PROCRASTINATOR”.

As soon as she spoke those words I knew she couldn’t have been an artist herself.

Artists by nature don’t look for simplistic truths. Artists look for nuanced explanations. They look for the grey zones.

And she missed the grey zone in Leonardo’s supposed procrastination.

A procrastinator is someone who can’t start a creative project.

Leonardo da Vinci was someone who couldn’t stop starting creative projects.

He was not a chronic procrastinator. He was a creative polygamist.

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There are pharmacological treatments for acne that do work.

natural ways to get rid of acne - turmeric

Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is one of them.

Accutane is the biosynthesised form of vitamin A. It works by closing down the sebum production in your skin.

But like most drugs, there are side-effects. Bad side-effects.

Hair loss, suicidal depression, dry eyes, dry lips, red and flaky skin are a very real risk when you take this drug.

Just google “Accutane side-effects” and you’ll find many regretful forum users who can testify to this.

When it comes to natural ways to get rid of acne there is no one absolute cure.

There are, however, many small remedies that when stacked together can have significant acne-reducing effects.

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what vitamins should I take?We don’t want to be healthy.

We want to be SUPER healthy.

We don’t just want to score well on our medical tests, we want to be the best the doctors have ever measured.

Good enough just isn’t good enough anymore.

We all want to be OPTIMAL.

This need to be optimal is just a fancy repackaging of our innate desire to be good at the things we try. We’ve always been this way. What’s changed are the things we’re trying to be good at.

There was a time when you just went to bed, woke up and you either had a good nights sleep or you didn’t. Now, with an iPhone app, you can measure the movements you make in your sleep and get a ‘Sleep Quality Score’ at the end.

I thought I was good at sleeping until I used that app. I woke up with a 60% sleep quality score and that soon changed.

And the media makes things worse by constantly reminding us, like a smug personal trainer, of all the new ways we could be more optimal. New ways to prevent cancer, new ways to improve heart health, new ways of realising how stupid we are.

“Fish oil causes brain power.”

“Fish oil causes heart health.”

“Fish oil causes prostate cancer.”

The only thing fish oil causes is confusion.

That was a joke, fish oil is actually amazing. But we’ll get to that in a bit.

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Designing the perfect daily routine with aTime LoggerHarvard’s Positive Psychology Professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, believes happiness is the result of balancing meaning with pleasure.

But understanding what gives us meaning and what gives us pleasure is not as easy as it sounds.

Work, for example, is thought of by most people as boring and tedious but psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Judith LeFevre show otherwise.

In their article Optimal Experience in Work and Leisure [PDF], they show that while people say they prefer work over leisure, actually, they have more ‘flow’ and ‘peak experiences’ at work. This has since come to be known as the work paradox.

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How to be more attractive in 3 simple steps (really)

To be happy should never be our end goal. Striving to be happier, however, is not only healthier but more attainable. Attractiveness is much the same.

It is best viewed as a continuum, not an either/or. The desire to be more attractive, or at least fend off unattractiveness, is normal and a healthy component of high self-esteem.

“Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.” – Francis Bacon

Now before we begin I want to make a few disclaimers: I’m not going to give you fashion advice, tell you what face wash to use or how to apply invisible concealer. There’s plenty of advice on those topics already on the internet.

I’m also not going to tell you to act confident, speak clearly and hold eye contact. I’m not saying your behaviour doesn’t massively affect your attractiveness, it does, but it’s already been covered elsewhere.

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