All posts by Teddy Kim

The Chaos Monkey: How to Improve Your Life Through Failure

The Chaos Monkey: How to Improve Your Life Through Failure

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In 2000, I ventured onto a then-new website called “Netflix.” I can still remember how exciting it was to see the familiar red DVD mailer when I opened my mailbox.

Then in 2007, Netflix launched a streaming service. As an early adopter, I distinctly remember how crummy the the streaming service was at first. I don’t think I was able to finish a movie for the first year.…

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Plank

Can’t Do Sit-ups? 3 Awesome (and Fun) Ab Workouts for You

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After running a gym for a while, I noticed that many women who have had children can’t do sit-ups anymore. Now there’s a strange gap in evolutionary pressure! I won’t dispute that we were “born to run,” but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest we were not “born to do sit-ups.”

Which isn’t really a problem, since you don’t need to do sit-ups to get great abs.…

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How to Find Fulfillment and Happiness: Identify Your Hedgehog

How to Find Fulfillment and Happiness: Identify Your Hedgehog

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The world is made up of hedgehogs and foxes. The foxes are clever. They can run and jump and bite. They can attack hedgehogs in any number of ways. The hedgehog is very simple. Under attack, a hedgehog always does the same thing. He rolls up into a ball with his spines pointed out. The fox is clever, but the hedgehog keeps it simple, so the hedgehog always wins.…

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How to Harness the Hidden Power of Practice

How to Harness the Hidden Power of Practice

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Back in January, I suffered a cervical herniation between my C5 and C6 vertebrae. It happened during sparring at my Brazilian jiu jitsu academy. I got caught in a guillotine and rather than tap I tried to fight out of it. Why did I do that? Because I’m an idiot. More on that later.

As the day wore on, my neck became more and more stiff.…

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Why Your To Do List Is Broken

Why Your To-Do List Is Broken and How to Fix It

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Over the years I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with to-do lists. I’ve learned numerous productivity methodologies and found value in all of them, including David Allen’s GTD system, Kanban, and Bullet Journaling. Each of these systems has made me more effective, in the sense that I become efficient at doing stuff. But no matter how good I get at these systems, deep in the back of my mind is a sneaking suspicion that I’m doing the wrong stuff.…

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The benefits of meal prepping

How Meal Prep Makes Your Life Better, Plus How to Do It

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Meal prepping has always been a big part of the bodybuilding and figure scenes. Of necessity, bodybuilders take their nutrition more seriously than just about any other athlete, so it makes sense that meal prepping would be such a mainstay of the sport. Most meal preppers cook a bunch of food ahead of time, and then use a custom cooler bag to tote around a single day’s worth of meals in their highly organized, stackable plastic cartons.…

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Make Your Own Party - Be Happy

You’ll Never Be Happy at Someone Else’s Party

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The other day I had an interesting conversation with a young person seeking career advice. This young man is bright, talented, and highly pedigreed, but not engaged at his job. Bored at work, he was out fishing for a new job in a different field.

My conversation with this person felt uncannily like conversations I have with my five-year-old. My son seems to think that my function in life is to entertain him.…

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Tips for Beginner to Running

How to Avoid Injury as a Beginner to Running

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When I started run coaching I thought that most of my athletes would be competitive runners looking for an edge on race day. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, the vast majority of my coaching is remediation work for runners who have been sidelined with injuries.

For a long time, I flattered myself that I was developing a profile as “the guy who can fix broken runners.” But as I took on more clients, I realized my abilities have nothing to do with it.…

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Stress management

3 Tested Techniques for On-the-Spot Stress Prevention

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Imagine this: You’re sitting at work minding your own business when out of the blue, some jerk face schedules a meeting at the end of the day. Groan. You have to pick up your daughter from daycare across town and the late meeting means you’ll be late to pick her up. But the meeting must be important and you’re a team player so…

At the meeting you realize people are just sitting around waiting for their turn to talk.…

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The 3 Elements of a Beautiful Life

The 3 Elements of a Beautiful Life

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The concept of beauty is fascinating. The word has such diverse application that it seems to have no meaning. For example, Mike Tyson fighting under Cus D’Amato was a thing of beauty. But no less beautiful was the smile of Mother Teresa, who said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

How can this be?…

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First Sharpen Then Cut

First Sharpen, Then Cut

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One of the traits associated with a type-A personality is a fear of wasting time. People in this category tend to work with a sense of urgency, and they love to accomplish their goals.

As a coach, I work primarily with goal-driven, achievement-oriented people, and over the years I have observed that this personality type is more susceptible to burn out.…

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I don't care what you think

I Don’t Care What You Think About Me

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“You don’t seem to give a crap what anybody thinks about you.”

These were the parting words of a client as she fired me. This person wanted me to comment on some rumors that others had been spreading. I refused, explaining that as a rule I don’t talk about other people behind their backs – even when they are saying bad stuff about me.…

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