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Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

A couple months ago, I was complaining to my wife that I wasn’t in as good of shape as I used to be. What triggered the feeling was a meeting with my Crossfit coach. They got a fancy new machine that measures your body fat percentage. Mine was about 5 points higher...
2 Tips to Leave Short Phone Messages

2 Tips to Leave Short Phone Messages

I have a bad habit of leaving long phone messages. I’m not sure why. I make the phone call, the person’s voicemail picks up, and then I ramble on and on. The tough thing is, most of the people in my life hate receiving long phone messages. And if I’m honest, I...
When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

I recently saw the movie Vice, which chronicles the political life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. What struck me the most about the film was Cheney’s ability to remain remarkably calm in the face of adversity. Heart Attack One scene stood out to me. Cheney is...
Take Care of Your Own Business First

Take Care of Your Own Business First

Sometimes in life, we’re so focused on what other people are doing that we forget to take care of our own business. This happened to me the other day. One of my hobbies is fantasy football. Although I love it, I’m not the best at it. This season has been particularly...
3 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

3 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

Psychologist Carol Dweck has found that some people have a growth mindset, whereas other people have a fixed mindset. Growth Mindset A growth mindset means you believe your personality, abilities, and skills are malleable. They can change over time. If you aren’t good...
How to Listen Well: 11 Key Skills

How to Listen Well: 11 Key Skills

It can be challenging to listen well. Maybe you’ve received some feedback from your spouse or family about your lack of listening. Maybe someone caught you zoning out and confronted you about it. “What did I JUST SAY?” Or maybe you find yourself talking more than you...
How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

In life, it is important to enjoy the process, not just focus on the outcome. This is something I struggle with a lot. At work, I’m often focused on outcome. “Let’s get this paper published ASAP!” “What’s your plan for defending your dissertation and graduating?”...
Why You Shouldn’t Count the (Sunk) Costs

Why You Shouldn’t Count the (Sunk) Costs

Before you made a decision growing up, your parents probably told you to count the costs. Usually this is good advice, unless the costs are sunk. What is a Sunk Cost? When we make a decision, we often consider resources (e.g., time, effort, money) that we have already...
What I Learned from a Weekend of “Wasting Time”

What I Learned from a Weekend of “Wasting Time”

Sometimes I have the tendency to work all the time. I don’t necessarily want to work constantly, it’s just a default I go to when I have some empty space in my life. If I don’t have anything going on, I think to myself, “Well, I might as well get something...