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How we simultaneously underestimate and overestimate ourselves, and how to avoid both

Is there any more overused cliché than “less is more”?

I guess that’s kind of ironic, given the spirit of the saying. But I digress.

There’s an application for the aphorism that I don’t think gets enough attention. It has to do with achieving goals and managing tasks. When it…

The Zen Buddhist monk, who died last Saturday, is even more relevant in these deeply frightening times.

There was a time in my life — late June or early July of 2012, in the weeks following the worst depressive episode I’ve ever experienced — where the only thing I could do was sit on the beach, breathe, and read Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve thought of that time…

Why the way forward might actually be upside-down

Illustrations by Mark Starmach

Some things are said so often that they just ring true — “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all”, “Let’s agree to disagree”, “Good things come to those who wait”, and “M&Ms. Melts in your mouth. Not in your hands.”

There’s a bigger truth…

Lotion is a small thing, but it makes a big impact

Illustration by the author.

Let’s talk about lotion.

Yeah, lotion. Just, lotion. Maybe you’re thinking, “Surely she’s not talking about lotion. Maybe she has misspelled ‘potion’ or ‘notion.’ I can’t imagine that this whole post is about lotion.” But it is. In Chicago, the weather is in the single digits this week, and there…

Success is usually defined as having lots of people working under you — what if that’s all wrong?

Photo by Nanda Green on Unsplash

Picture someone you view as “successful,” and what image comes to mind?

Maybe it’s the scrappy entrepreneur who started in their garage and now works with 100 employees under them. Or the executive who has multiple assistants and thus doesn’t read her incoming emails anymore. …

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