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Selfishness and The Airplane Rule

There is a reason the flight crew is directed to instruct you that, in the case of an emergency, do not be a martyr: put your own mask on before helping someone else. How does the genius of this request not make it past customs? Here are some of the next-level insights it imparts: 1.…

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Small Changes, Big Consequences

Question: If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day? If not, why not do the one thing that would make the day a success? (Not the 5, 15, or 500. Find one thing that, alone, would make you satisfied with your day or consider it a success.)…

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The Truth About Power.

“Knowing others is perspective, but knowing one’s own self is enlightened; conquering others shows strength, but conquering one’s self shows true power.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching This is why we do the work. Why I do the work: Power. That’s right: not for ethical, moral, or some other socially acceptable reasons – that is, not first…

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Check Yourself.

“I have learned that a man has the right to look down on somebody, only when he is helping him to get up.” Gabriel García Márquez Of course this truth applies equally to you, and so: you have the right to look down on yourself, only when you are helping yourself to get up.  Remember…

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Introducing: On Being Confused

Introducing: On Being Confused. Or Conversations Between Me, Me, and You. I am overjoyed to announce that these vignettes, or tête-à-têtes, or ‘conversations between me, me, and you,’ are no longer waiting for me to get to you! Well, that’s not entirely true, a number of them are still waiting. But these two are ready!…

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On Wishing.

“Wishes are recollections coming from the future.” – Rainer Maria Rilke My girlfriend sent that quote to me yesterday. She said she thought I would like it. She was right. It makes me smile. I’m a ‘what if…’ kinda human. I like to play that game. And I especially like to play it with thoughts…

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Dissatisfaction.

Glass makes a good point – in fact he makes a lot of them. Here they are, taken apart and put back together. Number one: our dissatisfaction is recognition of the gap between our taste and the fruits of our labor; between our potential, and what we are currently actualizing. It is not, as we are…

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