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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...
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
Set a Time Limit For Your Tasks

Set a Time Limit For Your Tasks

The amount of time you allot to complete a task influences the amount of time the task will take to complete. Let me tell you about an experience I had that illustrates this principle. One of my friends misplaced his car keys, so I drove him across town to get his...
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