Longform Essays and Articles

Longer essays and articles, published on the first Friday of each month.


Finding the Harmony Zone: Where Pleasure Taken and Value Offered Align

  My grandmother—forever known as Nanny to her dozens of grandchildren, and who died in 2013 at the age of 93—had great wisdom, amassed from her 9+ decades of paying close attention to the world and everyone in it. She used…
Disconnection to reconnect
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Why Choosing to Disconnect Could Be Just What We Need for Deeper Connection

Words are important. The old “sticks and stones might break my bones, but words can never hurt me” line never fully rang true for me. Because I know how powerful words can be. Words, used with casual flippancy or malicious intent,…
Uncertainty in an Uncertain World

Your Guide to Uncertainty: Why It's Good, and What To Do With It

Sometimes you come to a time in life and for a while, the same word just keeps coming up. That word for the last while has been "uncertainty". Every now and then something—an idea, a way of thinking, making big changes for a new chapter…
Scarcity Mindset vs Abundant Mindset

Navigating the Tension Between Scarcity Mindset and Abundant Mindset

What is Scarcity Mindset? What is Abundant Mindset? Is a life well lived abundant and not scarce? Or are there dangers in over-abundance? How best can we embrace the best of both abundance and scarcity? In this blog I try to tease out these…
Rich Roll meets Guru Singh | Talking about what to do when you're so depressed you can't get out of bed

Guru Singh and Rich Roll: What To Do When You're So Depressed You Can't Get Out Of Bed

(This blog first appeared on my weekly Happiness Bulletin email which lands in inboxes every Saturday morning. If you'd like to receive it each week, you can sign up here.) Welcome to another bulletin. I hope you've had a great week,…
what happened when I decided to give up social media
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I Gave Up Social Media For a Month. Here's What I Learned

On March 1st, I made a spur of the moment decision in a fit of … what was it? Anger? Frustration? Clarity? I announced to my family, friends and anyone else who happened to be shown the message by the various algorithms at play that I would…

What I Talk About When I Talk About Happiness

Since I started out on an exploration of what really adds up to happiness, one thing has come up repeatedly in my mind: what is happiness? What is happiness, exactly? How do I define it? How can I experience it? How can I help others do the…

What the hell is happiness, anyway?

Happiness is seven billion endless lists of things for seven billion unique people on the planet. What's on your list? How do you view happiness? What is important? Take this 30-second survey and I'll post the results every now and then.…
Tom Brady Tom vs Time Motivational Quotes

Tom Brady's Motivation: 17 Inspiring Quotes, Thoughts and Musings from the Tom vs Time Facebook documentary

Tom Brady is widely regard as the GOAT of American football, the greatest player in the history of the game. He offers a unique brand of motivation. Here's a list of 17 of my favourite motivational quotes, musings, segments and thoughts from…
The Dalai Lama and Gary Vaynerchuk might have more in common than you think.

What the Dalai Lama and Gary Vaynerchuk say about patience

By Shane Breslin “He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin Here are two things that I do every day. I make my bed I brush my teeth Here are two other things that I also do every day. …
Author, podcaster and motivational speaker Hal Elrod and three-time Golf Major champion Padraig Harrington

The Outcome vs The Process: Hal Elrod and Padraig Harrington Have Something in Common

I have to confess - I’m a podcast addict. I listen to perhaps 15-20 podcasts a week. When I’m walking the dog, driving the car, sitting on a bus or a plane - chances are, I’ll be listening to a podcast. I have my podcast app filled…

30 on 30: I Decided to Give Myself a Six-Month Review (In Public)

  So, we’re halfway through 2017. Generally, in the past, I was always preoccupied with the next destination, and not taken enough time to enjoy the journey. So I’m trying to change that. Today, on June 30th, I decided to…

Me, D, McG and Gary Vee

This blog first appeared on Medium.com This is a story about a life and a career. My life, my career. Hi, I’m Shane, and this is my first personal post on Medium. I remember, 10 or 12 years ago, talking with a friend about our individual…

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