Luck Is a Long String of YES’s

Luck Is a Long String of YES’s

Here’s a common exchange that I have: Me: “I owe most of my success to luck.” Other person: “Don’t say that. You work really hard!” Most of us have a knee-jerk reaction to the mention of luck. We deny it, choosing instead to focus on the hard work that went into...
My Anti-Jet Lag Recipe

My Anti-Jet Lag Recipe

We think of jet lag as a sleep disorder. But it’s really a disorder of your body clock, or circadian rhythm, which controls when you experience energy peaks, when your energy dips, when you feel sleepy, and a million other little highs and lows that impact how you...
Habits Are Statements About the Past, and the Past Is Gone

Habits Are Statements About the Past, and the Past Is Gone

It’s a red flag for me when someone says, “I always like to say…” and then offers some piece of advice. It makes me wonder if they’ve stopped examining their beliefs, if active thinking has been transformed into passive habit of mind. Over the past few years, I’ve...
Happiness Is a Choice

Happiness Is a Choice

George Saunders wrote a beautiful piece for Esquire over a decade ago called “The Incredible Buddha Boy” about a young man in Nepal who has been meditating, without eating or drinking, for seven months. On the plane to Nepal, Saunders himself starts to meditate on our...

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