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Experience the Practical, Life-Serving Value of Philosophy at TOS-Con 2020
By Thomas Walker-Werth | May 27, 2020
TOS-Con is all about practical, life-serving philosophy—with an emphasis on “practical” and “life-serving.” So what’s in store for you July 29–August 1? Explore the Value of Philosophy and History Freedom and flourishing...
On Choosing to Be a Younger Son
By Craig Biddle | May 26, 2020
Why do some people excel in life while others stagnate? Many factors are at play, but none is more powerful than free will. We can choose to think or not to think, to exert mental effort or not to do so. That’s our fundamental choice. And choosing to...
Tim Ferriss on “Living a Full Life”
By Thomas Walker-Werth | May 22, 2020
Do you ever struggle to balance staying productive, living a full life, and leaving time to think and reflect in the limited time you have? In this video, Tim Ferriss, author of the self-help classic The Four-Hour Work Week, talks about how to integrate being...
Why We Created OSI
By Sarah Biddle | May 22, 2020
Many people live unhappy lives because they accept philosophic ideas that undermine personal happiness, such as “Being moral consists in selflessly serving others.” Likewise, many advocate and live under statist or tyrannical regimes because they accept ideas that...
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Improve Relationships, Teams, and Communication with Radical Candor
By Angelica Walker-Werth | Sep 8, 2022
“Care personally, challenge directly.” These are the basic ideas that management coach Kim Scott suggests for being what she calls “radically candid,” a method of being honest and compassionate, especially when it comes to giving feedback. Her book Radical Candor is aimed at corporate managers, but most of its advice is applicable to any relationship.
LevelUp 2023: TOS-Con’s New Name, Date, and Location
By Craig Biddle | Sep 7, 2022
Objective Standard Institute’s summer conference—previously called “TOS-Con”—is now “LevelUp Conferences.” Level Up 2023 will be in Phoenix, Arizona, June 21–24. The venue is the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.
Five Great Life Lessons from the Music of Rush
By Thomas Walker-Werth | Sep 4, 2022
Music can be a powerful tool for enriching our lives. It can bring us joy, or provide solace during tough times. It can inspire creativity and spark passion. Some music can also teach us valuable life lessons. This is the case with much of the work of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush.
Pushing Forward with “Extreme Ownership”
By Thomas Ricucci | Aug 4, 2022
Are you experiencing leadership challenges at work–with employees, supervisors, or peers–and seeking examples of what excellence looks like? Or maybe you’re looking for motivation or inspiration to get you through difficult moments in your life, or simply to keep pushing forward. If so, then perhaps “Jocko Podcast” is for you.
Ella Enchanted: A Fun Celebration of Freedom
By Angelica Walker-Werth | May 10, 2022
Imagine a Cinderella story that’s about something deeper than just a girl being swept off to become a princess. Ella Enchanted, a 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway, is exactly that: a fun film set in a medieval-style kingdom with fairies and elves that demonstrates the importance of freedom.