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Son, Grandson | Reimagining Personal Development | “What Happens in Tomorrow World?” Publishing Spring 2021, BenBella Books, Matt Holt Books
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“It’s not about purpose. It’s not about healthy eating. It’s not about rest, or relationships, or religion or exercise. I only have two secrets that helped me live to 103-years old.”

The woman on the tv screen was mesmerizing. My dad and I sat together smiling, hanging onto her every word. She lived on this earth for more than a century, but her face was barely wrinkled. She stood without a hunch. She spoke without any slurred speech or delay. Mentally, she seemed as fit as I am.

There must have been something that led to this kind of sustained…


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With slippery hands gently clutched around my knees, back curled over ninety-degrees, face looking down into the scalding cement pavement, I focused on catching my breath and wiping off the ovular drops of sweat that were relay-racing from the top of my forehead down into my eyes and congregating just above my top lip.

I straightened out, put my hands over my head to give my lungs some expansion room, let out a booming exhale and turned up the volume on the little voice that was offering words of wisdom inside my ears.

That’s when I heard a phrase that…


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“There was blood everywhere. But wait, let me backtrack.”

“This piercing voice was screaming so loudly that I could hear her from the second floor. She lives on the fourth. I’m a nurse, so when I hear somebody screeching, “Heeeeelp! Heeeeelp!” I spring into action. I jolted out of my apartment and checked all the rooms on my floor. Then I sprinted up the stairs to the third floor. The screaming wasn’t coming from there either.

I raced up to the fourth floor, and I heard it loud and clear. “Help! Help me right now!” I crept into apartment 4F…


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A monk told Joshu, “I have just entered this monastery. I beg you to teach me.” Joshu asked, “Have you eaten your rice porridge?” The monk replied, “I have.” “Then,” said Joshu, “Go and wash your bowl.”

At that moment the monk was enlightened.

This zen story shows the simple, yet small power of tiny actions to make big changes. It doesn’t take much. Sometimes all you need, is a minor shift, to make a major improvement.

Some stories from this week to represent this mindset:

mind cafe’s picks of the week

  1. 6 Tiny Habits That Can Boost Your Sex Life As a Man by Growth Lodge
  2. 3 Daily Challenges That Will Strengthen Your Mental Fortitude by Jesse Pedersen
  3. The 3 Words That Will Make You More Empathetic by Jamie Logie

Until next week.

Much love,
Jordan


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Today starts the beginning of my 20-week guilty pleasure…

Football Sunday!!!

Every Sunday from now until the end of the NFL season, I melt into my couch, eat a few cheat meals, and watch football on TV all day long.

Guilty pleasures are necessary. They help us maintain a balance between work and enjoyment. They keep our lives in moderation.

What’s yours?

mind cafe’s picks of the week

  1. How To Naturally Balance Your Sex Hormones by Alexa V.S.
  2. A Mantra to Quickly Get Back on Track by Patrik Edblad
  3. Burnout Didn’t Happen To Me — It Happened For Me by Janz Is Writing

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Much love,
J


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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

We have fully sold out our first ever storytelling workshop, and we already have people on the waiting list. We’ll let you know if things change. If they don’t, not to worry, we’ll be having many more workshops in the future!

Alternatively, I run a 6-week storytelling class with 4 students if that interests you. I’m looking for 3 more. The price for that is $1,339. Email me @ jordan@mindcafe.co if you’re interested.

Now to…


There are only 2 spots left!

A reminder about the info below:

who is teaching the class: best-selling author of 3 books, 2x TEDx speaker, and mind cafe’s editor, Jordan Gross

what will you get out of it: 2 peer-reviewed 500–1000 word stories with ‘feedforward’; 1–1 suggestions and feedforward from Jordan; a better understanding of stories and their importance in writing and in life,

where will it take place: Jordan will send a Zoom invite once you register,

when will it happen: Sunday, September 26th from 10am–12:30pm EST,

why should you join: personal development is a crowded space. There’s not…


come join us!

who is teaching the class: best-selling author of 3 books, 2x TEDx speaker, and mind cafe’s editor Jordan Gross,

what will you get out of it: 2 peer-reviewed 500–1000 word stories with ‘feedforward’; 1–1 suggestions and feedforward from Jordan; a better understanding of stories and their importance in writing and in life,

where will it take place: Jordan will send a Zoom invite once you register,

when will it happen: Sunday, September 26th from 10am–12:30pm EST,

why should you join: personal development is a crowded space. There’s not much to say that hasn’t been said already. What…


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My girlfriend loves her birthday. But she loves it for every reason except that it’s a day about her. In fact, in her big beautiful blue eyes, it’s a day about everyone else. It’s an excuse to get her favorite people together and celebrate each person who’s helped shape her life.

This year, as my 27th birthday rolls around, I want to honor those who have made me feel special. I’m incredibly grateful to each person in my life who’s taught me something profound this year.

Here’s to you.

1. I have a friend from LinkedIn who used to message…


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When was the last time you fucked?
You heard me! When. Was. The. Last. Time. You. Fucked.
Ah, no response. Crickets. Well, I bet I got your attention.

He was right. I’d heard Mr. X was going to be a handful, but never did I think he’d have my undivided attention within the first three seconds of talking. But he did. And I had to say something. I switched the phone to my left ear and spoke.

Mr. X, I hear you’re going through some challenging times right now. Would you be willing to tell me more about them?

Some…

Jordan Gross

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