The 5 Best Ways to Learn to Play Guitar

The 5 Best Ways to Learn to Play Guitar

Has that dusty guitar been sitting in your attic for years? Or has it been standing in the corner of your living room as a tasteful decoration? Maybe hanging on your wall? Or maybe you just heard Steve Vai for the first time. Or Jimi Hendrix. And you went out and bought a brand spankin’ new guitar. You couldn’t resist. Regardless of how you got here, this much is clear – it’s time to learn to play guitar. But how…

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9 Great Quotes (and Lessons) About Failure

9 Great Quotes (and Lessons) About Failure

When the going gets tough, it’s tough to keep going. Whether we’re just going through our everyday lives or we’re trying to accomplish something specific, failure and adversity often arise to make us question ourselves and the path that we’re on. Sometimes the best choice is to re-evaluate and change our path, but other times the best choice is to simply push forward through the BS and prove all the naysayers, haters, and non-believers wrong. And for those times that…

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The Best Ways to Learn a New Language

The Best Ways to Learn a New Language

I was really terrible at Spanish in high school. My grades were pretty bad throughout the year and I thought that I would never be able to learn a new language. I had nightmares about “conjugating” verbs. My teacher even suggested that I avoid taking Spanish classes once I got to college. I just barely made it out alive… Luckily, things have changed a lot since then. I’ve gained a lot more motivation, a lot more interest in other cultures, and…

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Small Instruments for Musicians Who Love to Travel

Small Instruments for Musicians Who Love to Travel

Backpacking with a large instrument like a guitar, a keyboard, a bass guitar, a tuba, or heck, a cello, can be difficult. Although guitars are fairly portable, they can still be a bit too bulky for the constant traveler. Luckily, there are many small instruments that are perfectly travel-sized and ready for any journey. Not only that, many of them are also super cool in their own right. I’m preparing to take some trips of my own over the next few…

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Rejection: The Clear Sign That You’re Not Being Lazy

Rejection: The Clear Sign That You’re Not Being Lazy

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard Rejection hurts. Whether it’s in dating, work, social situations, or any other part of life, this much is clear: nobody likes getting rejected. It bruises the ego, it makes you feel unworthy, and it just sucks. Yet… I’m starting to realize that getting rejected is an essential part of an interesting and active life. It definitely hasn’t been easy for me, but over…

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5 Cool Works of Art and Media To Check Out

5 Cool Works of Art and Media To Check Out

Too much television, too many movies, too many video games, probably even excessive reading can be detrimental to your health and well-being. But nevertheless, I love watching a great TV show. Movies are awesome. I’m a little addicted to self-help books. This year, for the first time in a while, I’ve started really getting into fiction too. Not all creative works and media are created equally, however. A few have really stood out to me over the past few months,…

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7 Unconventional Hotel Alternatives for Cheap Travel

7 Unconventional Hotel Alternatives for Cheap Travel

If you’re anything like me, you probably love to travel and discover new places. BUT… your wallet doesn’t always have the same aspirations. Luckily, over the past few years all kinds of new options have sprung up around the world for sidestepping expensive hotels and seeing new places on a budget. Whether you’re a broke college student and HAVE no other options or you’re just looking to save a few bucks, here are some of the best cheap travel alternatives,…

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Stuck in the 9 to 5? Here Are 7 Methods for Leaving the Corporate Grind Behind

Stuck in the 9 to 5? Here Are 7 Methods for Leaving the Corporate Grind Behind

Many people see the 9 to 5 “corporate lifestyle” as an inevitability (if you’re still in school) or a necessity (if you’re working already) but as I get older I’m constantly learning about new ways of living and looking for alternatives to the typical work week and corporate culture. Many people work themselves to exhaustion for 40+ hours a week for 30 years, waiting for retirement to come, and only then do they allow themselves to go travel and do…

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