Hi, my name’s Michael Thompson, and growing up my primary goal was to live as many lives as possible. Towards the end of my twenties, however, I learned the hard way that constantly reinventing yourself without taking the time to truly get to know yourself wasn’t necessarily a smart move. As a result, I spent the better part of my thirties trying to learn how to smile without having to fake it.
Now that I’m in my forties, I’ve got a new goal: find a little corner to do the work I care about surrounded by the people I care…
Good communication is always simple.
What’s hard is having the courage to let it be. To say “I don’t love you,” rather than concoct some elaborate web of intricate, lesser truths — or even outright lies — hoping the other will stumble into it, trip, and fall over all on their own.
In the movie Hitch, titular character and communication expert Alex says:
“60% of all human communication is nonverbal; body language. 30% is your tone. So that means 90% of what you’re saying ain’t coming out of your mouth.”
It sounds intriguing, but I think it grossly underestimates the…
I went through two very extremes this past year. On one hand, I began my year looking forward to what I had already expected to be the best year of my life — celebratory events with friends and family, Olympics 2020 in my city of Tokyo, and a summer full of travel and adventure. I had no reason to believe that these things wouldn’t happen.
But of course a few months later, my expectations were completely flipped. I began to assume the worst, as the dialogue around me began to change.
“The economy is tanking!”
“Work will never be the…
Burnout is brutal.
I could go on and on with the symptoms of burnout, but if you’re reading this, you probably know them all too well.
Instead, I want to give some practical and creative advice for learning to deal with burnout at work more effectively. And the gist of it is this:
The best way to manage burnout is to get better at avoiding it in the first place.
“I’ve arrived!” the young Hungarian announced to an audience of none. The year was 1921. The place was San Francisco. He’d been traveling for days, but instead of looking for a place to rest, the man had one last thing to do.
“Excuse me ma’am!” he politely said to an elderly woman. “Would you be so kind as to tell me which building houses the city press?”
“You can’t miss it!” the woman replied while pointing straight ahead. “It’s that building right there with all the flags hanging from it.”
After giving the woman a hat tip to show his…
Your mind has many layers. All day, you keep jumping from one to another.
There’s the work layer, which contains your to-do list, your career goals, and a million process workflows.
There’s the organization layer, which reminds you to do grocery shopping and keep your adult life together.
There’s the social layer, which sends a friend’s joke into your ear mid-lunch and prompts you to call your mom.
Each of these layers breaks down into a million smaller sheets, and you’re Tarzan, trampolining from level to level inside the bouncy castle of your mind. That can be exhausting. …
In 74 years, Betty Harper has drawn 20,000 images of Elvis Presley. That didn’t stop in the pandemic. “Since the pandemic, I’ve probably done almost a hundred pictures of Elvis,” she says. “It’s kind of relaxing. It’s like comfort food. You know the face so well.” Harper might have stumbled into creative wellness, but she certainly isn’t the only person who finds these repetitive rituals soothing.
“Alright gents, what’s your excuse? My wife and I are training for a dance competition in May. This is our 2nd rehearsal. If anyone knows Pink, we’d love to invite her to our performance! Shaina Swan is on fire!”
If I’d seen the words above from anyone else on Facebook, I would’ve kept scrolling. But the accompanying video of my friend Kevin Swan dancing with his wife Shaina (Shay) sent me to the moon.
If you could vanish from society and start a new life, what would you do?
Directed by Michael Bay, the movie sees six self-appointed action heroes toppling a cruel dictator in the fictional country of Turgistan. Led by a nameless billionaire, played by Ryan Reynolds, they do so in Bay-typical fashion: with lots of guns, cars, one-liners, and explosions.
Despite its over-the-top action and straightforward plot, there’s a deeper meaning behind the films…
I was chatting with a friend Michael Thompson and he mentioned how much he likes the African expressions I sprinkle into our conversations. To be honest, I’ve never really thought about it since I’m from Africa and what I say is what a lot of my people say. But it gave me the idea to put a collection of my favorite sayings in one place.
As Nigerians, we speak a lot of street slang, encoded with deep wisdom. Stuff about life and the hustle and bustle that comes with it. Like in a lot of places, especially in Nigeria, people…
Better living for busy professionals.