“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Whenever I notice a gap between a desired goal and an experienced reality, it’s typically a sign that the disconnect is located in my habits.
Excellence, as it turns out, may be best defined not as the uncovering of a vast hidden talent but as the result of an intentional process.
Trust is born when fallible people, understanding their nature, invite the scrutiny of others to keep them in check.
Why do we trust the words of a person who claims to be telling us the truth, when they stand to gain so much by our believing them?
Can one person sitting alone in front of their computer somehow uncover the real truth?
No one has a monopoly on original ideas.
Caring for the world is not enough if you continue to ignore the hurting faces in front of you.
My dog reminds me that our lives are at their best when our natures are bent into a better path.
And How to Fix Them.
If you think you are the hero in the story, it might be time for a new role.
Our lives are healthiest when they’re at their least entertaining.
Don’t miss the moment you’re in.
What a few jars of water, a $7,000 mistake, and the Columbia shuttle disaster can teach us about the danger of leaning on experience.
These two traits seem like a paradox, but they are actually two sides of the same desired outcome.
If our goals center around growth, purpose, or even planning for a desired future — then comfort may be our greatest adversary.
The discipline of recongizing and then capturing wisdom and insight is in fact like laying a foundation upon which you can build your own great work.
What I learned in the process is that the most important part of any great undertaking is getting started.
Before the tragedy, if you had asked either of the captains they would have told you these two mistakes were not actually not mistakes at all.
"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.” - Immanuel Kant
It seems to me that the students we so often worry about are concerned too.
The next time you feel you might be experiencing stress, halt what you are doing and ask these four questions.
“We seem to have arrived at an important moment of transition between two very different modes of thinking.” - Nicholas Carr
Finding the resolve to take up responsibility and fight for something you believe can come only once you first know who you are.
The reason we struggle with this conversation is that we seem to no longer understand nuance. Most things in life are not black or white.
Grounded and genuine beats pretty and popular — especially if our goal is positive mental health.
This is what happens when we are constantly exposed to the manufactured facsimiles of other people’s social lives.
There is a natural by-product of well-developed social and emotional skills in young people — they become leaders.
Absent the process of cultural evolution, our technology, our principles, and our culture seem to be declining in character. It's time to realize we've made a mistake.
I believe it’s fair to say that the most important choices we make each day are often the ones we think the least about.
Surprisingly, it is possible to prepare for even unprecedented circumstances. You just need to tie your rope to the right post.
If you don’t live somewhere that gets a lot of snow you may be unfamiliar with the term “whiteout conditions.” Hazel Miner knew, but sometimes even that isn’t enough.
Why should we choose to do things the hard way? Because “better” and “easier” are not always synonyms.
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