Category: Core Principles

Effective Communication

Chances are, at some point or another, you’ve come across someone with whom you just couldn’t see eye to eye with. Perhaps you chalked it up to a clash of personality, but it’s possible it was related to something with which neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) could have helped.

6 Money Truths

Occam’s razor is a concept that, when faced with multiple possibilities, the simplest explanation is the one most likely to be correct. Applying the principle of Occam’s razor to money matters, there are some simple truths that are good to keep in mind. Some of these truths may be found in a recent CNBC article, “The 12 most overlooked truths of money and life.”

Is 2020 the Worst Year Ever?

If you ever listened to Paul Harvey’s radio show, you know that he’d tell a story and then say, “And now for the rest of the story.” He’d go on to give the punchline, which might be a completely unexpected ending. The “rest of the story” relates to three P’s that are worth considering when it comes to 2020: presumptive, preposterous, and perspective.

6 Tips to Increase Your Energy

“It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.” That’s Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, known for his dim outlook on things. Most of us don’t want to be an Eeyore, nor be surrounded by Eeyores, though this year’s COVID-19 challenges have, at times, made it difficult to stay energized and keep a positive outlook.

To Disagree and Commit

During the Battle of the Pacific in World War II, General MacArthur would observe the briefings for major offensive campaigns. Once the briefings ended, he would make a few changes that he felt were the right changes, and would then work to get his entire staff to agree. This resulted in a simple leadership trick: disagree and commit. There were lives at stake, and they all needed to agree on the correct course of action.

Controlling Your Time

Self-help books, various diets, workouts and exercise equipment – these are all tools people use to improve themselves and their lives. Unfortunately, they often fail, and it tends to be because they don’t fully commit to making the change. It can be especially difficult to commit to change when we’re busy, not fully in control of our time because we’re working full time.

Time Management Lessons

“Putting things off is the greatest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.” This is a quote from one of the great Stoics, Seneca, and it’s the essence of the first lesson from The Daily Stoic’s blog post, “5 Stoic Lessons on Time Management.” Delay gratification, work diligently, and don’t waste time.

How to be Emotionally Resilient

We’ve all had times where we’ve found ourselves overwhelmed by stress, uncertainty, and difficulties in life. During these times, our emotions tend to run wild and we lose our control over them. It’s not a good feeling and we tend to want to minimize the amount of time we experience this. So how do we bounce back from adversity and regain control of our emotions?

Reconnecting to True Happiness

Over the past few months, you may have seen articles and news stories about how wildlife returned to areas where it hadn’t been seen in decades. People photographed wild animals in cities around the world – coyotes running through San Francisco, penguins waddling around Cape Town, and jellyfish in the canals of Venice, just to name a few. These stories have been a ray of sunshine and source of amusement in an otherwise stressful and difficult time.

Our Cognitive Ability as We Age

If you’ve spent any amount of time around young children, you’ve probably noticed they’re full of questions. They’re curious about absolutely everything and won’t hesitate to endlessly ask “Why?” and “How?” It makes sense: the world is still so new to them and life is fascinating! Wouldn’t it be nice, as an adult, to possess some of that wonder?

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