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How to Be a Good Loser

How to Be a Good Loser

The other day, I was playing Dr. Mario with my wife Jenn. (We have one of those old 8-bit Nintendo game systems.) Unfortunately, I was doing poorly. After I lost, I was so grumpy that I threw my controller across the room in disgust. I’m a Bad Loser I’m not a very...
What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

When trying to figure out a direction for your life and career, people often ask themselves questions such as “What is my passion?” or “What am I most interested in?” You might be asking yourself some of these questions right now. The Wrong Question If you really want...
Work at the Edges of Your Ability

Work at the Edges of Your Ability

This post is Part 6 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) A lot of times in life, we get to a point where we are “good enough,” and then we stop improving. The reason is that as humans, we like to be...
5 Ways to Harness the Power of Self-Efficacy

5 Ways to Harness the Power of Self-Efficacy

At the beginning of 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Brown, told our class that she only took the absolute smartest kids from the 2nd grade into her class. She said we were the best of the best. Looking back now, I can’t imagine we all took a test in 2nd grade to figure...
Take Your New Year’s Resolution Outside

Take Your New Year’s Resolution Outside

We are in the season of New Year’s Resolutions. There’s something about the beginning of the new year that gives us a chance to think about the things in our lives that are working, as well as the things in our lives that are not working. The beginning of the New Year...
When Working On A Goal, Succeed Early and Often

When Working On A Goal, Succeed Early and Often

Let’s say you’re working on a new goal in your life. Maybe you want to lose weight or get in shape. Or maybe you’re trying to learn a new skill, like playing golf or the guitar. Or perhaps you’re working with one of your kids, trying to teach them their multiplication...
Alignment with the Way Things Are

Alignment with the Way Things Are

Often in my life, I’m working to change or improve some aspect of my life. As a psychologist, the people I work with usually want to change or improve something as well. This is all well and good. I think it is helpful to be in the process of working toward your...
The Power of Failure to Promote Humility

The Power of Failure to Promote Humility

Do you remember seeing the movie Titanic in theaters? It was an epic tragedy that still engages us today, even though the sinking of the Titanic occurred over 100 years ago. I bet you haven’t heard of the Olympic, which was the sister ship to the Titanic. Unlike the...
The Resume of Failure

The Resume of Failure

I visited a website the other day in which a professor posted his ‘Resume of Failure.’ On it, he listed all of his many rejections over the years—graduate schools and academic jobs he had applied for, journal articles and grant applications he had sent in, and even...
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