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Intuition Is the Highest Form of Intelligence Intuition, argues Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is less about suddenly "knowing" the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded. (read more)

When You Make a Mess, Have Fun Cleaning It Up One morning last week, I made myself a bowl of oatmeal, poured an iced tea, and headed towards my home office. But I was already preoccupied with work and not really paying attention. My toe caught the edge of the second step. Wham! Oatmeal and tea splattered everywhere. At 7:58:01 I was excited about a great new idea. At 7:58:31, I was mopping up a mess. (read more)

Never Tell People What You Do It's a simple question, and you've probably answered it hundreds of times. "What do you do?" If you're like most people, you probably get the answer dead wrong. Your standard reply is probably a factual description of your current job. The right answer is: what you WANT to do. (read more)

How To Stay Calm, No Matter What Last month, I was pretty stressed out, thanks mostly to a seemingly endless stream of minor, but irritating, problems. It got so that I was reacting negatively almost immediately to each new development. Some people spend entire years in this state. (read more)

Do NOT Teach a Starving Man to Fish You've heard this old saying before: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. You may even be nodding your head in agreement right now. Sorry— this saying is all wrong. (read more)

A Dangerous Lack of Empathy Prevails Remember Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? You can see a simplified version of it above. It basically says that before humans pursue higher order needs (i.e. the top of the pyramid), they first focus on basic needs like food and safety. In other words, if you're struggling not to be eaten by a bear, you won't be inclined to ponder your true purpose on Earth. (read more)

Never Say "Currently Seeking Employment" Some days, it seems like the world's biggest employer is Currently Seeking Employment. That's because job hunters often use this phrase as their headline, or they create an imaginary job with this title. Cute, eh? Not really. Using this phrase is one of the best ways to slow your job search. (read more)

To the "Manager" Who Just Fired My Friend A close friend of mine got fired this afternoon, after working for a non-profit agency for five years. My friend is a generous, responsible, and highly capable person; I personally watched her chair - as a volunteer - fundraising events that brought in over $250,000 for two schools in our area. (read more)

How to Be Positive Pretty much every job in the world has its bad moments. Super Bowl-winning quarterback? By the end of the season your ribs, shoulders, knees and arm are so sore you probably have trouble turning over in bed. (read more)

Surround Yourself with Big Challenges I go back and forth between Flatland (i.e. Connecticut) and the only "Gold Level" mountain biking destination in the world (Park City, Utah). In Park City, we are surrounded by 400 miles of biking and hiking trails, so in Park City, I mountain bike. A lot. In Flatland, not so much. (read more) 


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