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3 Reasons to Separate Facts and Story

3 Reasons to Separate Facts and Story

I want to talk to you about a simple exercise that can help improve the clarity of your communication and the health of your relationships. The exercise involves separating (1) the facts of the situation from (2) the story you make up about the situation. Facts The...
4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

Part of my job as a professor is to review manuscripts for academic journals. A journal editor sends me an article in my area of expertise, and it’s my job to give an opinion about whether or not the journal should publish the paper. I recently finished reviewing a...
Leave Judgment for God

Leave Judgment for God

As human beings, we have a bad habit of judging others. It’s easy to do. We see someone who is doing something we view as bad, or living their life in a way we disapprove. So we look down on them. We criticize them. We think they should be making better decisions or...
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....
A World Without Facts

A World Without Facts

I was having a discussion about gun control with some friends the other day, and the dialogue ended up breaking down. As I was reflecting on the conversation, I realized part of our problem was we couldn’t agree on the facts. Disagreement About the Facts One example...
Exploring Stories of Accomplishment

Exploring Stories of Accomplishment

This blog post is Part 12 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In this blog post, we will discuss another exercise that can help you discover and clarify your mission and...
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