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Embrace Possbility What my two-year old taught me about managing setbacks
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What my two-year old taught me about managing setbacks

My two-year old son, Jake, fractured his shin a few weeks ago and had to wear a full leg cast. As a parent, I imagined endless whining and moping and an annoying summer all around. Surprisingly, that didn't happen. He didn't even cry at the doctor's office. I've never been in a cast before but I would  imagine [...]

10 books I wish I read earlier in my life but glad I still read them eventually

Have you ever finished a book and found it so useful that you wished you read it much earlier on in your life? I read on average 1-2 books a week (the silver lining to a long commute to work). Most of the books, I read once, glean the key ideas and never re-read again. Which is why I [...]

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The Scientific Approach to Personal Mastery

When it comes to personal growth, it's easy to just wing it. We live life and believe that we'll automatically learn from our experiences and log those lessons into our memories. We're heavily influenced by the self-improvement fad of the month or the advice we're hearing from friends, family, colleagues and the media. This take-life-as-it-comes approach is [...]

When you’re already procrastinating in the new year …

... procrastinate with another productive activity. For me, it was writing this article. For you, it may be reading this article. Procrastination powerfully pulls me - it's one of those habits that I am shamefully unable to shake. I've written, read and discussed about it. I understand the mental and material costs of procrastination, the impact [...]

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Let Your Light Shine

The most important decision you have to make every day is where you spend your time and energy. Every day you allocate these two precious resources and your current situation in life shows you how you're doing. To live your life to your fullest potential, you want to choose activities that provide the best return for [...]

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Two Quick Tips to Be More Patient

If you're the type to lose patience quickly or if your patience is wearing thin at this moment, here are two tips that can help immediately: Remove expectations You lose patience when something you expect to happen does not happen. You expect your colleague to get back to you within 24 hours and you're mad [...]

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How to Get Along with Almost Anyone (it’s easier than you think)

Over the years, I've received a lot of advice from friends and family, trained professionals and books on how to get along with others and build strong relationships. Most of it is insightful and effective but when I'm caught up in the moment, I find it hard to apply what I've learned. This is especially true [...]

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When Just Trying to Help Fails

"I'm just trying to help." How often have you said or thought these words? If you're a loving parent, good friend or caring colleague, probably one too many times. It's a plea you usually make when your good intentions fall short and it reflects both frustration and surprise. So why does this happen? Why are you [...]