thoughts on life

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Ultimate Strategic Life Decision

The premise behind being strategic is simple – begin with the end in mind. My first encounter with this principle came from Stephen Covey’s classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When I worked at McKinsey, much of the client work was focused on this principle — begin with the end in mind. [...]

How to Accomplish... Anything

I recently wrote about the purpose of having a purpose and how it provides clarity in decision making. In response, I received a question about how one goes about going from Point A to Point Z when nothing seems to be working. I used to adopt a lone ranger mentality, whereby I would insist on figuring [...]

How to Develop Unshakeable Self Confidence

I’m often asked how one can project self confidence in a case interview or with senior level clients. I’m also asked how one can develop a sense of confidence after an enormous setback of some sort — “failing” at a case interview, messing up a meeting with a partner or a client, and so forth. [...]

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