Hi there! My name is Todd Lincoln, and I’m a fireside philosopher, stock-market investor, battle-scarred entrepreneur, passionate writer, thoughtful old soul, and loving husband and father.

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— Todd Lincoln


Are you a Giver or a Taker?

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Last month, I was at a wedding and the maid of honor said something profound in her wedding toast. She looked at the bride (her best friend) and as tears welled up in her eyes, she said:

I believe you can judge someone’s character by how they make you feel. And I always feel like my best self when I’m with you.

That idea has been echoing in my mind for the last month. There are so many ways to judge a person in your life: You can look at how fun, kind, generous, interesting, or supportive they are. …


Why mass hysteria is hard-wired into our DNA

Salem witch trials: Stern Puritan men lead a young accused witch to be hanged. Her hands are bound and she looks sad.
Salem witch trials: Stern Puritan men lead a young accused witch to be hanged. Her hands are bound and she looks sad.
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Over the last month, I’ve been absorbed in a podcast called Unobscured.

Created and narrated by Aaron Mahnke (best known for Lore), Season 1 of Unobscured is a deep and detailed exploration of the Salem witch trials.

In case you’re not familiar, or just need a refresher, here’s a quick summary of the trials:

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. …


Deep and meaningful quotes on life, love, and happiness

Man stares up at the beautiful stars and galaxy. Deep in thought about life.
Man stares up at the beautiful stars and galaxy. Deep in thought about life.
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I love getting lost in deep thought.

The kind of thought where you explore meaning, ponder happiness, reflect on life, and come away changed.

That’s why I created Fireside Philosophy, a free newsletter on life, love, meaning, and happiness. It’ll help you grow smarter, happier, and wiser with deep life lessons and practical words of wisdom.

It’s a place where you can step away from the stress, noise, and rush of everyday life and ponder deep ideas that make you reflect.

Below I gathered 300 deep quotes and sorted them into sections:

  • Deep quotes on friendship
  • Deep quotes on motivation
  • Deep quotes on…


Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

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When I was six years old, I got a vaccination shot during my annual check-up. It was terrifying and it hurt like hell.

During my visit, the doctor mentioned that I would get another booster shot when I turned 11. Given the pain and stress I had just gone through, I circled my 11th birthday in my mental calendar and began to dread its inevitable arrival.

Over the next five years, I worried about that booster shot a lot.

Sometimes, as I fell asleep at night, the thought of the needle would pop into my head and I’d jolt awake. …


One simple practice changed my life forever.

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Nearly 10 years ago, I started a simple practice that forever changed how I make big decisions. My life was at a major crossroads, so I wrote an in-depth journal entry about my situation. Without realizing it, I had created a decision journal.

A decision journal is a journal entry where you write about your current situation, examine your options from all sides, spell out which path you’re choosing, and explain why.

Think of it as you interviewing yourself about a big decision, right as you’re about to make that big decision.

It only takes a few hours per decision, and most people don’t average more than one big decision per year. As far as habits go, it’s hard to imagine a practice that delivers more bang for your buck. …


Break from the noise and reflect by the fire

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Have you ever sat around the fire with thoughtful friends and had a deep and meaningful conversation that stuck with you and changed your life philosophy?

Talking around the fire with good people is magical. The sacred circle brings out thoughts, questions, stories, reflections, wonder, insights, vulnerabilities, and feelings we rarely experience in day-to-day life.

Our world is filled with too much mind-numbing noise: 24/7 advertising, divisive politics, meaningless soundbites, vapid social media, quick-fix gimmicks, and more. …


How to craft an unforgettable story that stands out

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Over the past year, I’ve read 53 books on the art of writing great stories. They ranged from Stephen King’s ever-popular On Writing, to the fantastic Creating Character Arcs, to the niche Suspense Thriller.

As I read (and took pages of notes), a simple question kept circling in my mind: How do I write a breakout story?

Across the 50+ books I read, the accomplished authors, editors, and teachers talked about widely different genres, writing practices, and career experiences. But as I studied my notes, some clear themes emerged. …


Corporate nonsense wastes money, drains talent, and kills culture.

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It’s hard to capture the true cost of corporate bureaucracy.

Restrictive policies, archaic systems, extensive approval procedures, executive pet projects, and office politics all drain precious time, money, energy, goodwill, talent, and culture from an otherwise healthy company.

This is the true story of how my employer spent $1,000 on a Kleenex. Consider it a case study, and a cautionary tale.

I was working as a Senior Analyst for a large, old-fashioned corporation that was struggling to keep up in a modern, high-tech world. …


30 evidence-based lessons on finding true love

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I went on over 100 first dates before I met my wife.

I tried dating services from Match, OkCupid, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, Tinder, The League, Happn, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, Jdate, Yahoo Personals, Three Day Rule, and speed dating (once).

During my dating journey, I met some exceptional women and had some wonderful relationships. But none of them felt quite right. Somewhere along the way, I decided I wasn’t going to settle. I was going to find the perfect person for me.

When I finally met my wife, I was in my mid-30’s, active on eight different dating apps, and going on 2–5 dates every week. …

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Todd Lincoln, MBA

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