Monthly Archives: March 2013

My experience doing yesterday’s exercise and what it means to you

on March 31, 2013 in Awareness, Exercises, Models, Tips

[This post is part of a series on “Mental models and beliefs: an exercise to identify yours.” If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.] Since my results surprised me, I bet your results will surprise you when you do yesterday’s exercise to record your beliefs (aka mental models or just[…] Keep reading →

An exercise in knowing your beliefs; so you can change them

on March 30, 2013 in Awareness, Exercises, Models, Tips

[This post is part of a series on “Mental models and beliefs: an exercise to identify yours.” If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.] We all know the story about the three guys doing the same physical work at quarry yet feeling different — one felt miserable because he felt[…] Keep reading →

On giving unsolicited advice

on March 29, 2013 in Blog

A friend asked, “Do you like to give unsolicited advice?” I said, “When I want to annoy people and have them tell me to mind my own business.”

How not to overspend on things you don’t want

on March 28, 2013 in Blog, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Leadership

I can’t resist reposting a comment I posted on the forum of one of my favorite other blogs, Mr. Money Mustache. I’m reposting it because two other readers rated my response highly, one giving my response this animated image, making me proud. The post I responded to Alright mustachians [the term for people in the Mr. Money Mustache community who practice his principles of not spending money on stuff that[…] Keep reading →

We proved each other wrong… and right.

on March 27, 2013 in Awareness, Blog

Sometimes being proved wrong improves your life. This story is one of them. Actually, my friend and I both proved each other wrong and it worked out well. If you’ve been reading this page, you know how much I value self-awareness and emotional intelligence. I’ve worked hard to develop resilience to feeling bad when things don’t go my way. I like being able to stay calm under pressure. I have[…] Keep reading →

How to avoid temptation

on March 26, 2013 in Blog, Fitness, Tips

Today’s post will sound like it’s about food, but it’s about a lot more. The other day I was at a party with a great spread — rich, delicious food and a lot of it: cheese, crackers, chips, cake, ice cream, and so on. I liked eating some, but realized I didn’t want to eat too much. But everyone was talking around the food table and I find it hard[…] Keep reading →

What makes a world-class speech

on March 25, 2013 in Blog, Leadership, Tips

I was watching the beginning of the movie Patton. If you haven’t seen it, it begins with George C. Scott as General Patton giving an incredible speech. YouTube has only the audio, but here it is. Many see giving a speech like that as the pinnacle of leadership — “I have a dream,” the Gettysburg Address, Churchill’s great speeches, and so on. If they are the pinnacle of leadership, I[…] Keep reading →