Author Archives: David Mirman

Add “I will” and “I want” Willpower to Your “I won’t” Willpower Challenges

Lily Dayton of the L.A. Times has written a nice article summarizing key points from the book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can  Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal. Many people … Continue reading

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Resolved: I will change my New Year’s resolutions into goals

Postcard of a New Year's Resolution from 1909

Tomorrow marks the end of the first quarter of the year.  Businesses will determine if they have met their quarterly goals and will check their progress toward their annual goals.  It is a good time for individuals to do the … Continue reading

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New Published Work: “John Cisna’s All-McDonald’s Diet Illustrates Importance of Choice”

My piece “John Cisna’s All-McDonald’s Diet Illustrates Importance of Choice” has been published in the blog of The Objective Standard, today, January 13, 2014.

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Lessons from swimming phenom Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad had tried to swim from Cuba to Florida four times before.  On her fifth attempt, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad made it.  It took her 54 hours to cover the 110 miles swim.  As reported by … Continue reading

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Babbitt’s Razors

Cover of Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

I’m haunted by a scene from Sinclair Lewis’ novel Babbitt.  It is a mundane scene, not one that would seem to be the stuff for a haunting.  This is the scene:  after the character Babbitt shaves, he removes the used blade from … Continue reading

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Share: Chris Erskine reports “Bomb blast couldn’t keep him down”

We’ve all seen the video of the older man who fell as one of the bombs at the Boston Marathon exploded.  His name is Bill Iffrig and he is 78 years old.  L.A. Times columnist Chris Erskine writes “What you maybe … Continue reading

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New published work “An Ingenious Invention to Treat Chronic Heartburn”

My piece “An Ingenious Invention to Treat Chronic Heartburn” has been published today by The Objective Standard blog.

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Share: Building Hoover Bypass Bridge video

This video is now a couple of years old, but I still think of it so it must have made an impression.  Stunning photography of the construction of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge, with music from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. … Continue reading

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Never Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good

“Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good”.  This is my preferred translation of Voltaire’s statement, sometimes also translated as “the best is the enemy of the good”.  I interpret it as a warning against perfectionism. Our writing … Continue reading

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“Even Superman Has To Be Clark Kent Sometimes”

Many years ago I heard this quote and it has stuck with me.  It was shared by NBA star Charles Barkley after he had a poor performance.  He said one of his golf buddies had attempted to cheer him up by telling … Continue reading

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