Let the Hackathon Begin


Anyone involved in computer programming is familiar with the term ‘hackathon’.

A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others collaborate intensively on software projects.

I’m talking about something a little different.

Bring the hack to your life

The ultimate life hack is to automate our self-control.

It allows us to use our energy more efficiently, leading to more betterment of our selves and, ultimately, more happiness.

So I am calling for a sprint in which we implement this concept and see how, in a short period, we can see some results, learn some lessons, and take some ideas away for implementation down the road.


For this hackathon I’d like us to focus on one fundamental rule: no backbiting. We’ve seen and heard all the signs and traditions before. Time to implement.

This is one of the most important aspects to unleashing our secret selves – the selves that are hidden away behind our overgrown lower selves.

Leaving backbiting shuts off a major source of food for the lower self and opens a major source for our secret selves. It’s as simple as that. The one we feed will be the one that survives.

Simple – not easy.


This really is a hard task. Usually the fundamentals are the hardest aspects of life to get right. In order to succeed we’ll have to execute strategies that set us up for success.

Here’s what I propose we try during the hackathon to stop backbiting:

When noticing a fault in someone, immediately turn the tables on the lower self and reflect on how that fault is hidden within us.

Then preoccupy ourselves with ridding ourselves of that fault. We should then have forgotten about the other person completely and get busy improving.


We just utilized a practical strategy to simultaneously avoid backbiting (starving the ego) and concentrate our effort on getting better (feeding our secret selves).

The feeling of our secret selves growing and getting nurtured is a great source of happiness.

Best of luck. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.


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