Author: Stephen Guise

How I Lost All Hope But Gained Freedom

In the movie Fight Club, Edward Norton’s character says, “Losing all hope was freedom.” It’s a quote that strikes you, because it deals with two important concepts—hope and freedom—and pits them against each other in a way you wouldn’t expect. We naturally think of hope as a positive thing, as we do freedom, but this says that losing hope brings freedom. Is it a nonsensical or brilliant quote? Based on my experience, it’s brilliant. Losing hope has been my most unexpected lifesaver. My Mental Breakdown I struggled with severe anxiety 3-4 years ago. The onset was abrupt. Up until the age of 25, I was...

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The Embarrassing Way I Got Into the Best Shape Of My Life

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”― Sun Tzu, The Art of War I was trapped behind my ambition. I knew the supreme importance of exercise and how it would benefit me so much, and yet I couldn’t do it consistently. I’d often think, “I can’t do my 30-minute workout today because [excuse]. I’ll do it tomorrow.” The benefits we gain from exercising are unreal. When you exercise, you improve your health, circulation, body, stress levels, moods, mental sharpness, willpower, libido, and more. Singling out...

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