2014

The Paradox of Paradox

I find the word paradox fascinating. Definition: A paradox is a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking. A paradox I’ve noticed in my own writing is how sometimes I will knowingly contradict myself. One [...]

5,000 Reasons to Be Happy + Deconstructing Happiness

The other day, I suggested a thought exercise around the 80/20 of happiness. I suggested you write down 50 things you were grateful in your life and attempt to do so in 3 minutes. Well several hundred of you did exactly that and posted in aggregate over 5,000 things you were grateful for in your [...]

The 80/20 on Happiness - Part II

One of the wonderful things about writing for my newsletter is appreciating the incredible depth, talent and diversity of my readers. In my last article, I wrote about the 80/20 on Happiness. When you wake up in the morning and also right before bed, think of 3 things you are grateful for. Do this for [...]

The 80/20 on Happiness

If you’re looking for a quick 80/20 rule on how to be happier in your life within 7 days, then do the following: 1) Wake up in the morning and think of 3 things that you are grateful for 2) Before you go to bed, think of 3 things you are grateful for Do this [...]

The Logical Argument for Chasing Dreams

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the roles of dreams, the hope they provide, and the role they play in life. I’ve been conflicted about this topic for much of my life and career. I’ve associated with two polar opposite peer groups. One that says the only thing that matters is chasing dreams — [...]

The Burden of Leadership

Many people I speak to, from little kids to professionals in their 50s, want to be “in charge.” They want what they perceive to be the perks of being in a position of authority. What most don’t recognize is the BURDEN that comes with leadership. When there’s an uncertain environment, it is the leader that [...]

The Value of Obstacles

For most of my life, I had goals and would get irritated by obstacles that got in my way. I heard a wonderful quote the other day, but don’t recall the original source. The quote went something like this: Having obstacles in your life is a sign you aren’t settling for what life gives you, [...]

IBM Offer from Non-Target School

Success Story: I want to take the time to express my gratitude for the materials you have posted online. I am a graduating senior at [U.S university – non-target] who has spent the past four months trying to make my way into consulting. After networking, prepping, and interviewing over a four month period, I was [...]

Performance, Trophies and the Goal

Many people make the mistake of confusing their performance results with the trophy and their goal. Let me explain. One of my favorite actresses is the legendary Meryl Streep. She has more Academy Award nominations than any other person in the history of planet earth — a total of 18 nominations. She was nominated for [...]

McKinsey Offer for Non-Traditional Candidate

This McKinsey F1Y’s story reminds us how important practice and prep work is in securing an offer. Success Story: I wanted to shoot you an email to let you know that I just received an offer for an Associate position with McKinsey. It was the culmination of nearly three months of near-constant preparation, not only [...]

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