Seth Godin says that it's dangerous to be average, to appeal to the masses. You look just like everyone else. You're just another individual. This idea is conveyed in this TED talk. Platitudes that hold up: 1. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. 2. Fortune favors the bold. Authenticity … Continue reading If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right
It's simple yet it can be so hard. Be the person in the afternoon that you wanted to be in the morning. Consistently follow through. It won't always be perfect, but cultivating a character of dependability will make you a stable, reliable, and leading person to others.
Development is a long game. If you're trying to change habits, it isn't about being perfect today. It's about who you are five or ten years from now. The greatest things take time, patience, and perseverance. A journalist trying to build enough trust to get a story, a writer drafting a great long-form article or … Continue reading The habits we form
The professional tends to live according to a system. There is a method in place. When meeting people they follow the rules of the game. They follow their checklist, introducing themselves with a smile, shaking hands firmly with eye contact, trying to display a good attitude, and if they're smart, letting the other person talk … Continue reading The artist and the professional
The last post I published, We don't care, was inherently negative. It is an unfortunate truth that as we get older it is easy to become embittered for a variety of reasons. Human beings are capable of terrible things. They can be selfish. They lie. They harm others without caring about their action's impact. However, … Continue reading The power of positivity and a smile at Christmas
One of the requirements in the human resources class I am currently enrolled in is that I have to teach for one day. The topics that I chose to teach about are organizational culture and employee motivation. This post is about my most important findings. Scholars Arie Halachmi and Theo van der Krog recommend the … Continue reading How to motivate employees
About a year and a half ago I helped facilitate a youth services program for a Chicago suburb township. It was about teaching social skills to kids. One activity during the program has stood out to me more than any other. Here it is: Kids (and I) were blindfolded, told to line up, and informed … Continue reading What’s so hard about asking for help?
Express their intentions. Tell you they're busy, but they'll get back to you when they can. Empathetically inform you when you've made a mistake. Listen to what you feel you need. Introduce you to other people who can help you. Give honest feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. Shun selfishness and put their egos to … Continue reading 10 things good mentors do
Triage usually refers to something that takes place in a medical environment, but it is also applied to students in graduate programs and professionals with a lot of responsibility and little time to make a decision. It's the idea that when you're in an emergency or urgent situation, you have to group (in the case … Continue reading Triage & crisis management: The way of the graduate student
A lot of things worth doing aren't easy. It's hard to create; intentional creation - of a habit, of a piece of art, or of anything takes work. And you'll probably fail. You will miss days of blogging. You will not succeed all the time at self-discipline. You will not always be a good person. … Continue reading Creating