Defensiveness Kills Growth

If life is a classroom, then each experience is a lesson. The signals we receive, in response to our words and actions, teach us how to modulate our behavior to achieve the results we seek. By paying attention to feedback from the world around us, we can learn to...

Belief vs. Truth

The more tightly we hold on to our beliefs about the way things should be, the more trapped we are in a prison of our own making. Stubbornly sticking to beliefs makes us primitive and tribal, because we view the world as “us versus them”. This takes us...

What You Don’t Know

You may follow current events, politics and science very closely. You may consider yourself educated, well-informed, analytical and good at critical thinking. But you still have no idea what will happen in the next day, week or year. You have theories, but you...

It’s Never Personal

Seeing the world through our highly subjective, personal lens is unavoidable. But, we can temper our bias by remembering that our perception of reality is limited. We can’t see the big picture from our point of view and often won’t be able to clearly...

Hold Opinions Lightly

Humility is key to sustaining good relationships. Recognizing that our perspective isn’t the absolute truth and our opinions aren’t beyond question is a refreshing trait that is deeply appreciated by others. Holding what we know lightly means understanding...

Hold Certainty Lightly

With each new generation comes greater scientific understanding, often proving previously accepted ‘facts’ as incorrect. This same pattern occurs at the personal level. Even when we think we know what’s going on, we often later discover that we...