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Choosing Between More Hours or More Dollars

February 1st, 2016

Over on Facebook, I asked my friends a deceptively simple question. Given the option and your current circumstances, would you rather: Earn the same amount of money you do now, but work fewer hours Earn more money than you do now, but work the same (or more) hours As a society, we’ve come to accept […]

Sunday Snippet: Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

January 24th, 2016

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine […]

The One Life Skill That Changes Everything

January 19th, 2016

As you make your way through school and progress through your career, the hope is that you will continue to acquire all sorts of skills and gain all sorts of knowledge. By learning how to touch type, you’re able to write documents far more quickly than if you had to spend the whole time staring […]

Sunday Snippet: Jennifer Weiner

January 17th, 2016

“I’ve learned a lot this year… I learned that things don’t always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think they should. And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I’ve learned that some broken […]

Do You Struggle with Asking for Help?

January 14th, 2016

Modern western culture is built on the notion of upward mobility. We are quick to celebrate the success stories of people who started out with next to nothing, yet through their own ingenuity and hard work, managed to rise to the occasion and become self-made millionaires. Or even billionaires. As a society, we prize self-efficacy […]

Sunday Snippet: Sherlock Holmes on Fear

January 10th, 2016

“Fear is wisdom in the face of danger. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.” Franklin D. Roosevelt once taught us that we had nothing to fear but fear itself, except that’s not completely true. We shouldn’t be afraid of fear, as it is a perfectly natural response and it can prove to be remarkably useful. […]

Sunday Snippet: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762)

January 3rd, 2016

“You can be pleased with nothing when you are not pleased with yourself.” Far too often, we go looking for happiness in all the wrong places. We think that we’ll be happy when we finally land what we perceive to be the dream job and finally put our careers on the right path. We think […]

Sunday Snippet: Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)

December 27th, 2015

“Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation.” It’s one of those age old philosophical questions for which no one has a truly definitive answer: what is the meaning of life? Different people seek meaning in different places. Some […]