Success in Life

You possess a power that can determine the quality of your life. This power is called discernment. It is the skill (or lack thereof) to discern which people you want to associate or spend time with. Discernment is choosing which friends to be close to. Discernment is choosing whether or not to work for a [...]

There’s an expression here in the United States that money changes people (for the worse) and that power corrupts people. I disagree. Instead, I think money and power merely amplify a person’s true values and beliefs. When you have money and power, you aren’t beholden to anyone. You can be yourself without fear of the [...]

Any time a decision needs to be made, two roles often emerge. There’s the role of the decider versus the role of the critic. Anybody can be a critic. If a critic criticizes and is wrong, rarely does anybody go back and blame the critic. For the critic, there is no downside to criticizing. A [...]

My life is beautiful. My life has always been beautiful. To be more precise, there have always been parts of my life that have been beautiful — whether or not I was aware of this is another matter entirely. Consider the possibility that... Your life is beautiful. Your life has always been beautiful. In many [...]

I’ve had many mentors throughout my personal and professional life. I’ve had several mentors, but one in particular who taught me how to write persuasively. While he has since passed away, his legacy lives on in his writings. He believed that... Nearly any business problem could be solved with the written word. Need to hire [...]

A year ago, I started taking classes in improvisational comedy. Unlike stand-up comedy, where a comedian memorizes an entire show and performs it for his audience, improv comedians get on stage having no idea what they will say or do. Performers ask for inspiration from the audience, such as: "name a person you know, an [...]

In many corporate cultures, the validity of any idea is often dependent on the authority level of the person who said it. The best idea doesn’t win. The idea that came from the boss’s mouth is the one that wins. The problem is that sometimes the boss is wrong. This is one reason why one [...]

Traditional career planning strategy involves going to a good school, getting a job from a big brand name company, and getting promoted. This is the premise of all academic schooling through college. But... the world has changed quite profoundly in the last 15 years. The world is more hyperconnected than ever before. This has several implications [...]

Today is my favorite U.S. holiday -- Thanksgiving. It is a holiday devoted to being grateful for what we have and appreciate in our lives. On this day, I am grateful for... (wait for it)... three things: (I know, I know... even my gratitude is in concise McKinsey synthesis format... :) ) 1) I am [...]

Unless you’ve been on another planet, you’ve most certainly heard about the U.S. Presidential election. As you know, Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. The outcome was considered by most to be a stunning upset. Most, including Donald Trump’s campaign staff, were surprised by the results. Nearly every election forecast [...]

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