The World’s Quickest Advice Column: Hack Your Life

We'll give you some quick but awesome life tips today.

I tend to be wordy with articles on Nerd Fitness.

With now 680 articles published, there’s a LOT of information to wade through.

So every once and a while I like to change things up, and provide you instead with the world’s quickest advice column. If you’re currently struggling with leveling up your life, consider this your wake up call!

I’ve already done two of these on getting healthier (here and here), so here’s one on getting happier.


This LEGO wants you to know it's okay to accept who you are and also want to change.

I’m not happy. Change something in your life, or change yourself.

What do I change? Pick one thing and change it. Report back with results.

I’m overwhelmed. Deep breath. Pick one thing. Change what you are in control of right now.

Will more money make me happier? Yes, but only up to a certain amount.

What’s more important than money? Time. Time to spend time with people you love or doing things you love. You can never get it back.

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I don’t have enough time to get stuff done. You have poorly managed priorities.

But there’s so much to get done. Do less. Say “no” to more things.

But I have [obligation]. It’s either a “hell yeah” or a no. Clear your schedule.

But I might offend [somebody] by saying no. That’s on them. Better to not go than go and not want to be there.

But the timing isn’t right. The timing is never perfect. If you wait for the perfect moment, you’ll never do anything. A month from now, you’ll wish you started today.


Proper love can make for a leveled up life, as these two LEGOS know.

How do I make a good first impression? Look them in the eyes. Smile. Talk slowly. Stand tall. Wear clothes that fit.

Should I ask that person out? Yes.

What if he/she says no? Then you’re in the same spot if you did nothing, except now no regret.

What do I say? “Hey, I think you’re cute/beautiful/stunning. I’m [name], can I buy you a cup of coffee or a drink sometime?”

I have anxiety now! Use 20 Seconds of Courage.

I’m in a bad relationship. Get out.

What if I never find anybody better? What if you find somebody way better?  What if you get hit by a bus tomorrow?

I got dumped. I’m heartbroken. But it’s still ticking, which means there’s hope for you yet.

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But Steve, none of this is that easy. I know! If it was, everybody would be happy with everything!

I’m not the type of person who does ___. Stop sabotaging yourself with self-limiting beliefs. You aren’t the type of person who does ___ until you do it. Now you are.

This won’t work for me. Okay! Keep doing what you’re doing.

But what I’m doing isn’t working. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Damn you, Steve. We’re either growing and changing, or we’re dying.

When should I start? Right now.

What other short questions do you have?

I’ll be hanging out your questions in the comments below as quickly and succinctly as possible!



Photo sources: Working, Amazing, Time Machine Clockwork, the giving of flowers, rain doesn’t stop a photographer.

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    74 thoughts on “The World’s Quickest Advice Column: Hack Your Life

    1. Steve you always challenge us. I now challenge you! What I challenge you to do is to go to your nearest pet chain store, like petco and ask to hold one of their tarantulas! Look for a Chilean rose . Very friendly spiders. And if they do bite you most likely they will not inject their venom but if they do you will experience mild cramping. You will not die, lol! What do you say? Can you take up this challenge and hold the tarantula for YOUR 20 seconds of bravery?

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    4. Your advice on time and money is spot on. There is a concern about our belief that we should always be happy. Instead, seek contentment. Happy 100% of the time is not realistic. May we all be fortunate enough to find love. I think this one starts with the man in the mirror, but if you’re good with him, then it’s gonna be about how well you listen to others. Great read, Steve.

    5. This is awesome!!!! i just saw the old one!!! Your articles just keep getting better and better Steve!!! thanx for all the help and advice!!! great job man!
      Im doing pretty good except for I dont make enough money with my job which is what I love,
      photography! I still need to figure out how to fix that!

    6. Probably the BEST article you have ever written. Thanks for putting everything together in one place.

    7. How do I go about not hating myself when my old injuries and depression about my old injuries keep me sidelined? (right ankle, both knees, broken pelvis, arthritic fusion in the neck, both shoulders)

    8. You just gotta do what you can with what you’ve got. I don’t know much about the depression aspect, but maybe a doctor can help? Don’t get down on yourself for what you can’t do, and learn to accell within the boundaries of your capabilities. Good luck!

    9. Teacher here: leave work at school. The world will not fall apart if you go home and kiss your wife/husband/children instead of marking endless pieces of work.

      Top tip – do your marking as the kids are doing the work, walk around the room, comment on good/bad things, tell them how to improve, then sign and date their work. That way you can actually get the kids listen to what they need to improve, and you don’t need to take their work home, and you have a dated record of one to one feedback with the kids.

      And to get up earlier, put your alarm clock in the bathroom – by the time you get to it, it seems silly not to get straight into the shower.

    10. This is the best article I’ve ever read. I can’t stop laughing at how simple and to-the-point it is.

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    12. Thank you Steve. I love this article and keep it for when I need a reality check.

    13. Hi Steve! can I translate your post into Lithualian and publish on my blog? With all the source credits?

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    16. I’ve spent the last hour reading your posts and I love it! They’re just the right amount of inspiration, humor, and hard truth. Thank you!

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