Are You An Imposter?
May10

Are You An Imposter?

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other. — Emile M. Cioran It’s no fun feeling like a phony. In fact, for my first semester in graduate school, I was certain a mistake had been made. Everyone was extremely smarter than me; it took forever to get through my homework; reading scientific articles was like deciphering a cookbook (I’m not good at cooking). But after four years in the program—after getting my...

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Be the Hero
Mar16

Be the Hero

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan If you’re anything like me, you spend most meetings imagining that part of the ceiling is about to fall, right before you save the person underneath it. Or, terrorists suddenly burst into the room and your sequence of takedowns is executed with mathematical deadliness. But let’s be real—those moments only transpire like what, a dozen times in one’s life? So,...

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Goal Achievement is One Easy Step Away
Dec28

Goal Achievement is One Easy Step Away

A goal without a plan is just a wish. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Whether it’s the New Year or you own self-recognized faults that are motivating you to make changes in your life, today’s post will equip with you with one of the most powerful psychological insights to accomplish this: implementation intentions. An implementation intention—also known as an if-then statement—is a declaration that you will perform a specific...

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Wait, So Why Don’t We Do This?
Oct26

Wait, So Why Don’t We Do This?

“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the Heart. — Unknown Last week, we talked about self-affirmation and the ways it can help protect you from threatening situations. In fact, one of our readers even commented how he himself found the technique useful in his own life. But we’re...

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How to Stay Focused Longer
Aug31

How to Stay Focused Longer

Concentration is the root of all higher abilities. — Bruce Lee Do you ever get halfway through a page, only to have no memory for what you just read? In long meetings, do you often daydream that you’re a secret agent or a professional musician or lying on a secluded beach? Concentration and mental focus is arguably one of the most important psychological skills you can cultivate. From success in school to reading this post to...

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