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Math is Underrated

How math can propel action and make you a better thinker.

Math is underrated. Because of its analytical nature, we tend to perceive math as a nuisance. As a student, you might have demanded math to be more practical. Some students feel there’s little real-world applications of the math they’ve learned. On the other hand, teachers explain that math helps you become a better problem solver. But math goes beyond problem solving. Keep Reading here!

How to Enable the Growth Mindset

You have probably heard of the growth mindset. It’s the mindset that helps us embrace the inevitable hurdles we face. But the reality is that sometimes we don’t—it’s elusive when we’re struggling. Can we have a growth mindset especially when we most need to? There is an excess of advice to be joyful, but inevitably we must also face the struggles that come with difficult learning, creative challenges, or starting something new. To develop the skills that you want, you know it will require a lot of practice. Building new skills is challenging. Furthermore, can we expect to be joyful without a struggle? Of course you shouldn’t want to do something that you dislike overall, but setbacks are part of what makes life interesting and worthwhile. Keep Reading here!

Problem Finding: How You Can Become Better At It

We go through many years of school solving all sorts of things. Math, for example, is about becoming better at problem solving. Granted, we do depend heavily on our ability to solve problems. But could it be possible to find problems as well? Nobody wants more problems, yet everyone wants opportunities. Could they go hand in hand? How do some entrepreneurs, parents, or teachers manage to find problems and benefit from them? Perhaps work is not exclusively about solving problems but finding them too. And by no means is problem finding about inviting unnecessary conflict. It’s about the creativity of discovering unaddressed problems we’re not consciously aware we have. An unaddressed problem means there’s an unaddressed opportunity, and the potential to generate value.
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The Present is a Gift (So are the Past and the Future)

Understanding time and how to benefit from it.

They say, “Don’t live in the past, or you’ll be depressed,” and “Don’t live in the future, or you’ll be anxious.” Some people say, “Live at peace in the present.” They say, “Live in the moment.” “The present is a gift”. What do you think about that? Discarding the past or the future (as much as the present) is delusional. First, we must understand that each time frame has costs and benefits. No one is better than the other. So having said that: how can we embrace the benefits of the past, present, and future? And how can we better manage the challenges in each time frame? Keep Reading here!

Choose Themes Over Goals

Following through on your New Year’s resolutions

Why are theme parks so magical? And what exactly do you think triggers those feelings? They can be a source of dreams, joy, and inspiration. A theme park is a specific type of amusement park that offers attractions that can be enjoyed by large groups of people. The parks’ rides, landscape, buildings, and characters are centered on a specific theme or story. Perhaps that’s what makes it magical. Like a theme park, we can leverage the power of themes to set our own mission in this coming year. Keep Reading here!

9 Chess Principles You Can Apply to Your Life

Chess is a beautiful game that is considered by many an art and a sport. It’s also one of the oldest games in human history. As chess players learn and refine their chess principles through time, certain patterns begin to emerge. Chess principles often mimic life and offer valuable insights. Consider the following for a more strategic lifestyle:
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The Fourth Degree of Gratitude

In the Three Degrees of Gratitude, we explored how to engage in different levels of appreciation. The first degree of gratitude is about developing a habit of saying thank you. The second degree is a state of being in which we express gratitude with a kind gesture. The third degree is about finding gratitude where it’s hard. We especially need to be grateful in difficult times. But is there a more active way we can exercise gratitude?
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How to Discover (and Use) Your Values

If I asked you what your values were, what would you say? If you knew them, would you know what to do with them? Say your value is love, or honesty: how does that help you? Values are indispensable in determining how you live, and how you can live differently. They become more valuable as you clarify what they are and resolve to exercise them. Values are our unspoken standards of the life that we want. We can learn to ignite our values if we invest time and effort to recognize and connect with them.
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How to Seek an Imperfect Life

In 10 Empowering Principles to Live by, we explored that a set of beliefs is what we use to make sense of our world. We feel or think about something, and then our brain compares it to our cognitive map to understand the situation or generate meaning out of it. With time, we adjust those inner rules so that we can navigate our lives more effectively and with more clarity. But what does this have to do with seeking an imperfect life? What does that really mean? Why would we want to seek an imperfect life and how do we live it? Keep Reading here!

10 Empowering Principles to Live by

Deep down we all have a set of beliefs that we rely on to navigate our lives. These principles dictate how we process incoming stimuli, what it means, and how to feel about it. They determine our decisions, our attitudes, roles, strategies, and methods we live by. But here’s the thing: is our belief system helping to bring out the best in us? Keep Reading here!

Three Degrees of Gratitude

The first degree of gratitude:

This is when you say: “thanks,” “thank you,” or “I appreciate it,” and you really mean it. It can be a habit. And honestly, we can’t say thank you enough. It’s so easy and yet so powerful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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Play: Start, Stick, and Stay at Anything!

I was destroyed in a chess game. It was Halloween 1998 when I saw some friends playing chess over a bench by the courtyard. They asked me if I wanted to play and I said yes! I thought that I was going to beat them through my natural intelligence. Then I lost. The following summer, I was determined to learn how to play. I don’t know why, but I was motivated to keep playing (and losing) for about 200 games. That translated to about 60 hours of practice before I could finally win a game! I’ve played thousands of games since. Today I wonder: what happened that made me start, stick, and stay at it? Keep Reading here!

You, Yourself, and Chocolate Cake

How to be your best self.

Discovering who you are is fun. Becoming your best self, necessary. And with the baking elements of a dark chocolate cake, we’ll find out just that. When baking, you’ll learn two things are essential: you need the ingredients that provide the structure (eggs, flour) and those that provide the moisture (fat, sugar). But the ingredients alone won’t turn into a cake just by themselves—we need to stick them in an oven and bake them. Certainly, the structure of the cake is what holds it together, but the moisture is what makes you want to eat it! However, the whole process of baking is what enables it to become a cake. As we’ll find out, understanding who we are looks a lot like a chocolate cake. It has structure, moisture, and a baking process. Let’s look at how you can become your best self. Keep Reading here!

Being Grounded: A Lesson from the Douglas-Fir

Trees are captivating. They spark wonder with their willpower to reach to the stars and withstand high winds. When established, they are able to survive forest fires and they can live for centuries! And all of this is possible in a single spot where the resilient seed once landed. You probably already know the Douglas-fir. It is the preferred Christmas tree because of its elegant conical shape.   Keep Reading here!

Taking Flight with the Right Label

Labeling is one of the first things we do as babies.  Our brain associates certain objects with words.  We label the iconic red-round-sweet fruit as an apple.  And after that it will be hard to think of it as anything other than an apple.  Once we have enough associations stored in our memory, we begin to develop language.  We start with one word.  Then we move to a two-word sentence and so on.   At some point in our lives, we begin to develop our sense of self.  Keep Reading here!

3 Steps to Being More Authentic

Galileo Galilei opposed the Geocentric view that Earth was at the center of the universe.  He believed that Earth revolved around the Sun, not the other way around.  But in his time, most educated people didn’t think so.  Eventually he was called a heretic, but he followed through.   Keep Reading here!

Life Is Like Coffee

How your life can benefit from coffee

Every weekend I go through a ritual were I imagine myself as a maestro. I picture myself signaling at the symphony of coffee notes as I pour the ground coffee into the French press—awaiting the steaming water. Soon the kettle whistles and down the water goes, orchestrating fine earthy notes that dance around my living room at the beat of the baton. And only then does the coffee meet with the hazelnut cream—tempos of cocoa finish as I drink the warmth of this art. Keep Reading here!

Being Unusual: The Art of a Flying Duck

Have you ever paid attention to a flying duck? I get to observe ducks a lot since they fly around my suburb quite frequently. What caught my attention though, is how sloppy they look when they fly. With their short body-to-wingspan ratio ducks try really hard when they fly! And if you have seen a duck land, it’s not easy for them either. But they still do fly—successfully and playfully. Do you think we could learn anything of significance from a flying duck?

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