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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...
25 Lessons From Research That Can Improve Your Life

25 Lessons From Research That Can Improve Your Life

As a professor, I spend a lot of time doing research—coming up with a hypothesis, conducting an experiment, analyzing data, and writing up manuscripts. But over the years, I have realized that many lessons from research can actually change your life for the better....
Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

One of my favorite episodes of the Simpsons involved the Simpsons family going go-karting. Homer, Bart, and Lisa flew by on their go-karts, going as fast as possible. Marge, on the other hand, was VERY SLOW. All the other go-karts lapped her almost immediately. Then...
PLAN to Respond, Not React

PLAN to Respond, Not React

In my life, I spend a lot of time reacting. For example, I might take on too much at work and get stressed out, so I react by going the opposite direction and not talking to anyone for a few days. Or I might start to feel lonely, so I react by calling a bunch of...
Don’t Be in a Rush

Don’t Be in a Rush

As I traveled home the other day, the train was packed. All the seats were taken, so I had to stand by the door, next to a man in a suit. It wasn’t the most comfortable commute home. At my train stop, I had to squeeze by a few folks to get out the door. The man in the...
Lose Weight by Eating Slowly

Lose Weight by Eating Slowly

This post is about a simple intervention that can help you lose weight and improve your health, without any major changes in your diet or exercise habits. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s important to eat healthy. And it’s a good idea to move and get sweaty every day. But...
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