Smarter and Harder is a place for anyone who wants to explore big ideas, find inspiration, and make lasting, positive changes in their lives. It is a hub for conversations about some of the most common goals and challenges we all face, and what we can do about them.

We venture into a variety of topics, all geared toward building a more fulfilling life. For example:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Success and Productivity
  • Money management
  • Positive thinking and happiness
  • Achieving goals

The list goes on, but you get the idea. If there’s a way to make life easier, bigger, or more vibrant, chances are we’re talking about it here. And we explore these topics through the lens of what I call the Smarter and Harder Mindset.

Why Smarter and Harder?

The idea is pretty simple, and that’s actually kind of the point. Basically, we look at every problem, challenge, or goal from two angles: 

First, what can we remove or reduce from the equation? What’s slowing us down, making things more difficult and, well, worse?

Second, what should we add or increase in the space we’ve opened up? What will change the game and make us happier, more energetic, and more successful?

And that’s about it. A two-step approach to all of life’s great pursuits. Whether it comes to health, happiness, wealth or success, we always need two things: Less and More. Or in other words, Smarter and Harder.

About Me

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Hi there, I’m Sam. I build things, I write things, and I start conversations. I also eat ramen with alarming frequency, but that’s neither here nor there.

This website is where I explore new ways to make positive changes in life that last. My mission is to never stop learning, growing, and having fun along the way. 

I will never claim to have all the answers. Life is a journey and we’re all on it together. I just explore ideas for improving that journey, sprinkle in a few references to cartoons and video games, and share it all to help as many people as possible.

My life is at its best when I am balancing the joy of the moment with an optimistic eye to what comes next, and my goal is to absolutely smother you with both. So come on in. Let’s hang out and figure this shit out together.