How to Level Up

Here are three questions that I’ve recently started using to help focus my weeks. I’ve been doing some version of these questions for years, and it has always ended with promotions, better relationships, money and most frequently, fulfillment. Here they are: 1) What are you grateful for this week? 2) …

One good habit

It’s soapbox time.  These self help gurus are overwhelming. Suffocating daily routines, conflicting self help books, personality quizzes. You’re classed into phenotypes, archetypes, personality types. You’re like a cattle for them to manipulate. No wonder you walk away frustrated and worse off than you started.  I have a friend who …

Hobo Skillzz

Years ago, when I was still Vlad Kraven, magician, I worked in a little magic nook inside a Union Square costume shop. It attracted a lot of strange and fascinating characters, but one stands out above the rest. He went by the name of Nevada Dan, and he was a Tornado of a …

Friday Morning Stoicism

​”Men do not let anyone seize their estates, and if there is the slightest dispute about their boundaries they rush to stones and arms… but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.” – …

Night mode, all day

For weeks I was battling tension headaches. This seems to have helped alot: On both my phone and my laptop, I turned on night mode (Twilight on my Android, f.lux on Windows) to run all day.  These apps are made to change the colors on your display, to filter out …