Productivity expert, to consultant, to author and author of—what else?—“Deenerations,” is basically a man-magnet. To give us a quick rundown on where he comes from: He was a scholar, adventurer, teacher, lecturer, writer, interviewer, philosopher, translator, editor, and advocate for prosperity and personal growth. Talk about a book to read.

2) Follow the advice of the experts.

If you follow the advice of James Egan, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders and then find that things aren’t going well, look for a substitute.

Here are some other great resources:

Think About It

Could It Be You?

(You should see the guys in the bookstore over there.)

3) Stay clear of facts.

And consider some truly good theoretical explanations of human behavior. For example, consider this piece by Kelly Osborn.

4) Appreciate giving.

Lets break it down: Thinking of stuff as a way to eat up time only takes us so far. Do we really need the time we think we’re “giving” at work? It’s true that most products (be they computers, airplanes, cars, and cell phones) now take years to come into being—but that’s part of their appeal.

What if we think of time and energy as something other than eating up? In studying one group of Chinese monks for 200 years, Anders Ericsson and I learned that time and energy were carefully considered as the only types of energy there were: power, effort, care. Period. If you wanted “natural” energy and suffered with “industrial” energy, you were stuck.

5) Put time aside for self-expression.

For some reason, we equate self-expression with flaunting. It’s okay to share your talents with others. But giving your time and attention to self-expression is just as important as sending something back and forth. Self-expression is something to live for.

6) Don’t depend on others.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, mainly because I’ve watched my children go through moments where we were being shut out of their lives.

One of the great benefits of equality is that it gives us choices. We can choose to spend time with people who make us happy and comfortable. This was the argument I used to make to parents who were clinging to the last parent they knew.

7) Make time for extracurriculars.

In particular, I am a huge fan of it if you like reading and writing and/or travel. These interests are not only fun to pursue, but a great way to tell your story and discover your passions.

8) Balance your time and energy.

What’s more important: work/life balance or health?

9) Listen to your instincts and intuition.

As Thomas Lynch said:

You don’t learn to swim by learning how to dive. You learn to swim by learning how to tread water

10) Live in a world where emotions—happiness and love—matter more than money.

In fact, they matter more than everything else, and especially more than time and energy.

11) Figure out why you do what you do.

Often we just want to work as hard as we can and make money, and that doesn’t mean that “right.” We all have different motivations. It’s important to try to find what’s right for you, not just for the moment, but for the future.

Having more personal time will only lead to more incredible innovation. To learn more about each of these tips, take a look at the rest of this article, and the rest of my Containers series.

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