2014

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 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, [...]

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 [...]

The Right Tool for the Job

The other day I was assembling a basketball hoop for my girls. I had played when I was in high school, and the girls have suddenly starting showing an interest. As I was putting things together, I ran into a small problem. To keep the backboard smooth, the fasteners that connect the backboard to the [...]

How to Eliminate Stress from Your Life

I’ve spent most of my life under a lot of stress. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that stress management is a pretty big deal. In short, stress can literally kill you. In this article, I describe my theory about the underlying root cause of stress from modern day life, and suggest a [...]

MBB International Applications

Question: First of all thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge over the web, it has given me the courage and confidence to challenge what I thought would be impossible. My question is about applying to multiple firms, and internationally – the process itself, advantages, and disadvantages (particularly with regards to MBB). I’m [...]

Never Give Up

If you attempt anything meaningful or ambitious, you will eventually fall down and “fail.” The only way to avoid such failure is to not try. My former McKinsey colleague and old friend Angela Duckworth has done extensive research in this area. It turns out that the ability to persevere in the face of adversity is [...]

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