You are not your brain, and yet your brain determines a large chunk of everything that happens in your life. Your brain is a tool you must work with. This is an important distinction to how we usually think of ourselves.
When a man walks his dog on the street, the dog may start pulling in the opposite direction. It may refuse to walk or start barking. As we pass by, we can see the man struggling. We might smirk or laugh at him. “Ha! Stubborn dog. My dog used to be like that. Good times.”
If the man was…
When he was 29 years old, Eckart Tolle found peace overnight — literally.
After years of troubled living punctuated by episodes of depression, Tolle went to bed plagued by his usual, haunting late-night thoughts. This time, however, he began questioning them.
“Why does my life feel unbearable? Why do I keep having these thoughts?” The answers came to him in the form of a powerful, internal epiphany. “Resist nothing,” his inner voice said. He fell into a deep sleep, and when he awoke, he felt “no more fear,” in his own words.
He spent the next day walking around, wandering…
“All is fair in love and war.” “Love is a battlefield.” “Life is suffering.”
We have many sayings to capture the struggle factor inherent in being human, and even though many overstate and dramatize it for show and effect, there is no denying that, indeed, we all fight for something in life.
When he compiled The Art of War in 500 BC, Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu did not think of businessmen, athletes, and lovers reading his book 2,500 years later to win battles fought far from the field, but because of its structure and comprehensiveness, that is what happened.
“Your ‘I can’ is more important than your ‘IQ.’”
That’s one of the lessons Julian Mantle learned from the Himalayan sages he sought out after selling his Ferrari and quitting his seven-figure career as a lawyer post stress-induced heart attack.
Mantle isn’t real — but Robin Sharma is. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until he was 25. He was wealthy, successful, and miserable. …
You lose when you snooze because sleep fragmentation hurts your body’s ability to recuperate.
Every time you fall asleep, your body starts going through a 5-stage sleep cycle. The later the stage, the deeper the sleep — and the more restorative it becomes.
When you wake up at 7 AM after 7 hours of sleep, you’ll be closer to the end of the cycle and in a state where your body is already preparing to wake up.
If you hit the snooze button, however, your body starts going back in the opposite direction. It’ll gear up to sleep more —…
“If we take man as he is, we make him worse. But if we take man as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be.”
In paraphrasing Goethe, Viktor Frankl just delivered a big lesson about what it means to be a good therapist to Canadian psychology students. The year is 1972.
Frankl is a neurology professor at the university of Vienna. He holds a PhD in philosophy, an M.D., and is a bestselling author and sought-after speaker.
30 years before, none of this seemed possible. On most days, it was more likely for Frankl…
The biggest misconception in leadership is that a leader must always be strong.
When Brené Brown comes home, she and her husband indicate their emotional levels with numbers. She calls it “the 80/20.” The idea is that as long as they can reach 100 together, they’re fine.
“Marriage is not something that’s 50/50. A partnership works when you can carry their 20, and they can carry your 20, and when you both just have 20, you have a plan where you don’t hurt each other.”
Sometimes, the strongest thing a leader can do is to admit they have no strength…
Why did Albert Einstein receive a Nobel prize? Chances are, you’re now thinking of his most famous equation, e=mc². That’s special relativity.
Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Albert Einstein received the Nobel prize for discovering the photoelectric effect. Einstein postulated that light does not only travel in wave-form but also in discrete particles — an insight that would become the foundation of quantum physics.
The reason you think Einstein won the Nobel prize for relativity theory is what Daniel Kahneman calls “the availability heuristic.” He too won a Nobel prize. …
Tim Ferriss wrote The 4-Hour Workweek to get out of depression. He needed to address and transform a source of immense frustration in his life: work was crushing him.
Tim decided if he went through this ordeal, he might as well document it. This way, his template could help others. It did. As it turned out, Tim Ferriss was not the only successful business owner who felt deeply unhappy running a million-dollar business.
Despite not being a writer nor fundamentally in love with the craft, Tim did his best, and the book became not just a bestseller but a global…
When I was 16, my uncle, a partner at a big consultancy, gave me two books he had spare copies of. One of them was called Who Moved My Cheese?
I looked at the cover, decided it was “a book for managers,” and put it on my shelf. For the next ten years, it would stay there, untouched, still wrapped.
Today, I wish the picture of a big cheese slice on the front had intrigued me enough to open it sooner. …
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