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Never stop proving yourself wrong.

Fallacy of the Greater Good

You're one of the experts in a team hiking up a treacherous mountain which has a morbid 29% death rate. As you all are making your way through a difficult area, one of the team members slips and tumbles down what looks like about 20 meters. You all can see that they are alive but it appears they hurt their leg. The only way to get to them is to try and hike back...

Candy Land. The Power of Imagination and Addiction

Imagine being a 7 year old. You are standing at the entrance of maze-like-land that has two paths. One path is candy land, it has all your favorite food and candy and the music you love. The other is the boring path, which has all the boring food, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free cereal and the most boring music you can think of. Chances are, just about every kid is going to choose the path filled...

The Man, the Donkey and the Boy – Joe Clark

Stop trying to please everyone. But at the same time love them anyway... "When you've given your best to this world, you're gonna get kicked in the teeth, but give the world the best that you have anyway." -Mother Theresa Joe Clark recites his own version of the Aesop's fable and then a poem from Mother Theresa. Principal Clark was the protagonist in the movie "Lean on Me", with Morgan Freeman. It was based on a...

Sticking to Our Resolutions

Happy new year everyone! It's pretty traditional that we look at where we are going this upcoming year and set goals for ourselves. Working out, eating right, spending time with loved ones, working on that special project, etc; all things we didn't get to do as much as we would have liked last year. Yet, how many times have we had a resolution fizzle out after the first few weeks? According to inc.com, 80...

The Paradox of Control

Recently I spoke to someone who was having a rough time with a new job and feeling as though they aren't successful to the level they believe they should be. A mix between stress of the new job, not feeling as though they are being paid and acknowledged for the work has them in a bad place mentally, especially with the pressure of feeling like they should be more successful for their age. These...

Mentor Shmentor

You're working at a new job and you've been assigned a mentor. You've never had a mentor before so you honestly have no idea what to expect. In your first meeting, the mentor asks you about your goals and general questions to get know you, which you found somewhat intrusive for someone you never met. As the months go buy, you all continued to schedule regular meetings and do get closer over time, but...

Patience and Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk

"There's way to many people who are doing stuff that they hate. Please stop doing that. There is no reason to do !@# you hate! None. Promise me you won't .... Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, "What do I want to do everyday for the rest of my life?" Do that ... If you love Alf, do an Alf blog. You collect smurfs? Smurf-it-up. Whatever you need to do .... But...

Micromanaging, Opinions and Autonomy

You're an artist and you've been doing a lot more work than usual lately due to some recent management changes. You've started reporting to a new manager who tends to like a lot of detailed status information about what you're doing. Creating artwork doesn't seem to translate to status reports very well, so you tell him you're on track for a particular time frame and don't have any anticipated issues. But you also tell...