When idioms collide!

CIMG1155_4We’ve probably all heard a bunch of old sayings, like “A penny saved is a penny earned” (Ben Franklin), “The early bird gets the worm” (someone gross), etc.  Anyway, in thinking about the Middle East refugee crisis, I realized that the only real (possible) solution I could see is essentially a combination of two of these old sayings:  “You will attract more flies with honey than vinegar” and “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  Let me explain…

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Dessert Stomach Mind

DessertThe Zen approach to life is with the “beginner’s” mind. Basically, throw out everything you think you know and start with an empty mind. We also hear, outside of Zen, sayings such as “A mind is like a parachute–it works best when open”. I agree with these, and have had some great learning experiences that I would not have otherwise had, by employing an empty, open mind. In my daily life, however, I find this hard to do for both habitual and practical reasons. And when I look around, I see lots & lots of people who rebel against this approach entirely (especially when it comes to politics!). So, I would like to propose a modified version of this, that may be easier to swallow (pun intended), which I call the Dessert Stomach Mind. [Read more…]

Strengths & Weaknesses

SumoI was talking to the son of a friend this weekend who is going off to the military and ended up giving him some advice that I thought is good for everyone to hear, at any age & point in life. It is about strengths & weaknesses.
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Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor gave a great talk at TED about the the relationship between success and happiness, and how we seem to have it backwards.

Click here to watch the video.