The results: 7–8% body fat, great balance, flexibility and strength, consistent focus, and a happy mood

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To my very core, I believe 99% of the world’s problems can be traced back to one thing:

Our relationship with nature is broken.

The current health crisis of chronic disease linked to poor health habits (and exposing us to things like COVID-19, cancer, and Alzheimer’s) is perhaps the most obvious example of that connection.

The modern health industry will try to sell you a bunch of nonsense beliefs about what it means to be healthy; you have to train like this or buy this new gadget, you have to stuff yourself with turmeric and chug “antioxidant” green smoothies 24/7…


If you’re always comparing yourself, you will never feel successful.

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Adeo Ressi is a wild success. In 2009, he started Founder’s Institute, a startup incubator now operating in 165 countries (I recently used one of their tools, and I live in Sweden). Before that, he started a handful of other companies, all of which he successfully sold. Estimating from Wikipedia, he is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

For a period of time, Ressi worked with popular psychologist Jordan Peterson. At one point during that time, Ressi opened up to Peterson about how little he felt he had achieved in his life.

“How could you possibly be unhappy about that!?”…


Reset your dopamine and become more present.

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Phone addiction is very real. It affects your sleep, focus, and the quality of your relationships. But I don’t really have to tell you that — you already kinda, sorta, know. That’s why you clicked on this headline.

The big tech corporations that make smartphones are using every trick in the book to take advantage of their users’ information and biological instincts. And it’s not a fair game, either. …


Everything you spend time on, you pay for with your life — so choose wisely.

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“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” — Seneca

Because we don’t know exactly when we’re going to die, we tend to think of death as an abstract event happening sometime far away in the future. This gives us the illusion that our time here is unlimited.

So, we waste a lot of it.

We let moment after moment pass, without ceasing any of them. We let our comfort win, instead of laying it all on the line. …


They paid $70.000 to join our beta test — and we discovered our market along the way

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Send.

The familiar “swoosh” of a digital paper plane assured me the email was sent successfully. I shut my laptop and left the café where I had spent the morning, then headed out to find my first meal of the day.

As I walked the streets on my usual mid-day commute, my thoughts raced, and butterflies tickled my stomach. Something had changed. Something new had started to grow inside of me.

I didn’t have a team back then. I didn’t even have a plan. It was just me and my idea. Not even an idea — an overpowering intuition, a…


A story about the process of learning how to write well

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Kevin Kelly

When we look for writing advice — or any advice for that matter — we tend to focus on technicalities and shortcuts. This is because most of us don’t want to hear the truth, which is this; while successful writers all have their own unique style of working, if you ask them how they got there, they all give the same answer:

“You have to sit down and write every day.”

We have all heard this before, haven’t…


You should put your dream life to the test.

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When most people think of a “digital nomad” they picture a person sitting on a tropical beach with their laptop in hand. Or perhaps someone who travels from country to country like it’s a sport — almost as if the goal isn’t to experience those countries but to collect the experiences themselves.

My image of this lifestyle is quite different.

I’ve technically been a digital nomad my whole professional career. I started freelancing after college and about a year ago, I shifted my focus to my remote health-tech startup. I never had to go to an office — but I’ve…


A simple formula for creating purpose by “hacking” your biology

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When we search for a purpose in life, we usually turn inward. We visit the depths of our psyche and ask, “what is it that I was put on earth to do?”, then try to think our way to the “right” answer.

When we get stuck in our heads like this, we tend to overcomplicate things. We forget that part of us is like an organic computer running on inputs, algorithms, and outputs — and computers are programmable!

No doubt, we are more complicated than this in some ways. But a significant part of us still runs on “caveman software”.


Realistic ways you can get your independence fast — yet give yourself enough runway to fly

Young professionals working together in an open office setting.
Young professionals working together in an open office setting.
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Becoming a freelancer may have crossed your mind. You’d like to create something of your own and have the freedom and autonomy you can only get from self-reliance.

But how do you build a successful freelance career? And is it even possible for someone like you?

You’ve probably been fed this idea that you have to slave away at a job for years to become an “expert” before you can even think about going out on your own.

While that’s sometimes a smart way to do it (more on that later) — I’m here to tell you it’s not true.


From studying yourself to doing hard things that matter, these are my observations.

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Life is like a huge, non-refundable purchase. We’re all kind of stuck with it, and most of us don’t know what to do. Why doesn’t it come with a manual?

Instead of simply giving us the instructions, each of us must go out into the world and figure it out for ourselves. If we get it right, it can be grand. But life is complicated, and it’s not exactly obvious how to get there.

If we pay close attention, however, we can find patterns in all the data. By observing our own lives and the lives of those around us…

Sebastian Hallqvist

Co-founder & CEO at holo.health. I write about the intersection of modern life and our natural state of being. Say hi@seb.design or IG:@sebastianhallqvist

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