Articles That Rocked Me In 2012

by Dan Walsh

Many hold the belief that articles in their short form are inferior to books in their long form. I mostly agree with this sentiment, though that does not completely exclude articles from having impact. They just have to be excellent, thought-provoking articles. The following eight articles sparked profound change in me – at least as much as any book I read in 2012.

How to Read a Book a Week in 2012

This article was the sole impetus for remarkable changes in my life and outlook during 2012. I read 58 books this past year. Each one altered my person in ways I never could have guessed, and had the side-effect of making the year feel as if it was stretched out into 58 lifetimes. This was a massive accomplishment and was literally one of the best things I have done in my life. Truly fulfilling.

Read: How To Read a Book a Week in 2012 by Julien Smith


How to Make Your Coffee Bulletproof… And Your Morning Too

Dave Asprey eats (almost) a stick of butter every morning in his coffee and he’s ripped. This article flipped a lot of what I knew about nutrition on its head, and allowed me to realize and mitigate my emotional relationship with food. Through this, I developed an understanding and near-mastery of my own willpower. This article, and the rest of the resources on his blog dispelled much of the mystery behind weight loss and weight gain. These realizations sent ripples across my life, and I feel as if I’ve transcended to a knew level of awareness, health and otherwise.

Read: How To Make Your Coffee Bulletproof… And Your Morning Too by Dave Asprey


The Million Dollar Question

I think I actually read this in 2011, but it’s beautifully written and will galvanize any who blaze their own trail.

Read: The Million Dollar Question by Sebastian Marshall


The Spark File

I started my own Spark File sometime in September 2012, and have already produced 54 pages of ideas, whims, what-ifs, and potential project ideas. It has been an excellent way to defrag my brain, and create a chronological catch-all list of  pretty much anything that runs through my head. It’s been especially useful during my morning caffeine and piracetam fueled state of “thinking all thoughts at once.” After some experimentation I found that a simple Google doc works the best.

Read: The Spark File by Steven Johnson


Nootropics – The Facts About “Smart Drugs”

I started experimenting with nootropics because of this article and haven’t looked back since. I’m still taming the beast, as it were, but choline + piracetam and eating a Bulletproof Diet have cleared away the mental fog that had settled upon me following college. I source my piracetam from and my choline from Nature’s Way.

Read: Nootropics – The Facts About “Smart Drugs” by John Holcomb


The Island Where People Forget to Die

I’ve been interested in longevity since high school, but this article rekindled my interest. A great read on it’s own, it’s also full of insights for a long, healthy life – though many aren’t explicit. Key takeaways: have a reason to wake up in the morning, avoid stress, be social, eat chemical free food, consume antioxidants (wine) and decrease inflammation (herbal tea), and laugh!

Read: The Island Where People Forget to Die by Dan Buettner


How I Launched a Profitable Product in 3 Hours

Talk about an efficient framework for cutting through bullshit and accomplishing something worthwhile! Mileage may vary, but the resources outlined by Amir are an excellent way to hit the ground running. His attitude is applicable to any endeavor, not just starting a small business.

Read: How I Launched a Profitable Product in 3 Hours by Amir Khella


Friends of a Certain Age: Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30?

This article provided insight into the friendship challenges I have been brooding over for the past year. It gave me a framework to wrap certain events around. It also gave me actionable strategies to pursue, though that was not the intent of the article. In my opinion, the most pertinent element of the article can be distilled in the following quote.

“As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other, said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college, she added.”

Read: Friends of a Certain Age: Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? by Alex Williams