Gregory Russell Benedikt

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How Doing Hard Things Can Increase Your Lifespan

Hi Reader, Welcome back to Renaissance. Your one-stop shop to learn new things and (maybe) laugh a little. This week's volume has the potential to lengthen your life. So let's not dilly-dally. Let's get into it. What I'm learning about 🧠 Another compelling reason to do hard things. If you know anything about me, you know I enjoy seeking discomfort. Not because I'm a whip-yielding masochist, but because I love a good challenge. There's nothing better than proving your inner critic wrong....
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2 days ago • 2 min read

Slapping Your Soul Back in The Driver's Seat & Why Your Woman is Mad At You

Hi Reader, Only a few more days until Thanksgiving! Or as I've heard it humorously called: National Turkey Genocide Day. This year I am grateful for you, Reader. And the fact that we are not turkeys... What I'm learning about 🧠 The anatomy of an argument. This is from the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. A must-read for anyone in a relationship. This model resonated deeply. It also showed me how often I've been getting things wrong. A woman expresses her upset feelings about...
9 days ago • 2 min read

How to Boost Your Happiness Levels and Not Let The Algorithm Eat You For Breakfast

Hi Reader, Have you ever wondered where the word Monday came from? It stems from the Anglo-Saxon word Mōnandæg. This loosely means “the moon's day.” So happy moon's day. Let's make the most of it! What I'm learning about 🧠 The coolest AI app I've ever seen. It's called and it will blow your mind. Gone are the days of painstakingly making PowerPoints or PDFs. With the click of a button, Gamma will use AI to make one for you. It pains me to think of how many hours this would have...
16 days ago • 2 min read

The (Un)sexy Realization That It's Supposed To Be Hard

Aloha Reader, I'm in Maui right now with my amazing girlfriend. 8 months ago she was a stranger in a cafe. Now, she's one of my favorite people in the world. You're on that list too, don't worry). You don't need dating apps to meet people. You need courage and a willingness to look silly. In fact, courage + repeated willingness to look dumb = everything you want in life. So go BIG for something you want this week. The worst thing that can happen is nothing (i.e. things stay the...
23 days ago • 3 min read

How to Live This Week Like Zen Master Chao-Chou

Hi Reader, Welcome to another week of extraordinary opportunity. This could be the week that changes your life. It could be the start of something new. Or, it could be just another week. One that you slog your way through, praying for the weekend. The choice is yours. It's your life. And you're the one who decides how to live it. What I'm learning & thinking about 🧠 Zen and Master Chao-Chou. For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by Zen. I'm quite certain I was an old Japanese...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Tools For Defeating Depression & Avoiding End of Life Regret

Hi Reader, It's about time I told you why I think dad jokes are amazing. It's because they have a powerful life lesson embedded in them. Low expectations = unexpected positive outcomes. When you know someone is telling a dad joke, you have low expectations. Unless it's me, of course) You expect to cringe. And yet...if you start to chuckle... Bada bing bada boom! magic What I'm learning about 🧠 Reframing and the work of Byron Katie. Reframing is a concept I am currently learning more...
about 1 month ago • 3 min read

My New Daily Mantra and The Difference Between You and Your Heroes

Hi Reader, Welcome back to your favorite way to start your Monday. Settle in with a nice hot cup o' something and let's chat. About what gentle topic you ask? Hmmm, how about the inarguable fact that we are all dying... What I'm learning about 🧠 The average person lives 27,886 days. Yes, good morning to you too! I know it's early but this doesn't feel like a topic we can ease into. Finding out that I have approximately 17,301 days left to live slapped me in the face. You can find your own...
about 1 month ago • 3 min read

If You Are Feeling Anxious, Try This!

Hi Reader, Thanks for being here. No witty remarks or dad humor to bring us in today. Cue sigh of deep relief. Just some genuine gratitude that you are here every week. Thanks for making the time to join me on this magnificent Monday. You mean a lot to me and I appreciate you! What I'm thinking about 💭 The inverse relationship between cleaning and anxiety. Let's start with a disclaimer. I don't have clinical anxiety, yet sometimes I feel anxious. Yesterday was one of those days. As I'm...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Ice-Luging 11 Espresso Shots & Realizing There's No Right Answer

Hi Reader, Telling someone they look better with a beard is basically saying they look better the less you can see their face. Mustaches, on the other hand, are like a third eyebrow. Mine has made me a better communicator as I can now hit new levels of facial expression. That's just another reason why mustaches > beards. P.S. In the (highly concerning) event you are questioning your manhood, watch this hilarious 90-second video on How to Kill a Mustache​ What I'm learning about 🧠 The...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Living Life on The Precipice of a Smile

Hi Reader, If you're new here, there's something you must know. Mondays are for mustache humor. If you can't handle that, I get it. Not everyone can handle the truth. I recently hired a private investigator to track down a few people. Those cold and timid souls who hit the unsubscribe button. Do you want to know what they all had in common? A ludicrous love of shaving cream... What I'm learning about 🧠 Here's your fun(ny) fact for the day: Laughing is like exercising, meditating, and...
2 months ago • 1 min read
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